On Wednesday 13th November Year 1 visited The Albany Theatre in Coventry to see a performance of Dear Zoo Live. Last half term we used the story Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell to support our learning so we were very excited to see it come to life on stage. All of the children had a fantastic experience and behaved beautifully, listening to the story and joining in with the actions alongside Ben and Sally the characters.
So far this term we have been very lucky in Year 1 because we have had two different visitors into school. Alexis Deacon, the author of Beegu, visited us to share his stories and demonstrate how to illustrate pages using letters of the alphabet to create alien characters. Then firemen from Bedworth Fire Station visited us to discuss fire safety and what we should do in the event of a fire. The firemen challenged Miss White to dress in the fire safety suit within 30 seconds because that’s how long the firemen have to get dressed when responding to an emergency. The alert went off and Miss White managed to dress in the boots, leggings, tunic and helmet in 17 seconds!!! She said the suit was very heavy. We practised how to stop, drop and roll and how to crawl low. The firemen also challenged us to learn our whole address off by heart should we ever need to call the fire and rescue service.
Welcome back after the summer holidays. The children in 1W have settled back into school life brilliantly and have already been working hard in lots of different subjects. Take a look at what we have been learning about this half term.
As mathematicians we have been developing our skills when counting accurately, using a variety of different practical apparatus to help us. The children have been identifying more and less than a given number, represented numbers in different ways and have even been introduced to the part whole model to support our understanding. We have also identified the vocabulary and symbols used with addition and subtraction and used this to tell stories linked to addition and subtraction number sentences.
This 1/2 term we have been learning the long vowel sounds - a, e, i, o , u and all of the digraphs that make each sound. We are working hard to identify the different digraphs in words within books in our book corner and building real and nonsense words using the different digraphs.
During our guided reading sessions we have been reading lots of different stories with an animal theme. Using small world animals we have then retold the stories in small groups. We have enjoyed retelling the story of Owl Babies, The Rainbow Fish, The Tiger who came to Tea and Elmer.
Our focus text for the first half of this half term has been Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. Using actions and songs we have learnt the story off by heart to help with writing our own recount. As writers we have been working really hard to remember finger spaces in our sentences, we created our own song to help us with this. After writing a recount of Dear Zoo we have used a similar story structure to plan and write our very own story called Dear Farm. Before writing our stories we worked in pairs to retell the story we had planned to a partner to help us order simple sentences into a narrative.
As scientists we have been learning about the different animal groups. We have been sorting animals and classifying them as well as researching key features of the different animal groups.