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Summer 1 - I do like to be beside the seaside!

For our science topic 'Everyday Materials', we have been scientists and performed lots of different tests to find out more about the properties of different materials. One of our experiments was to investigate what happens to different materials when they are heated. Like scientists, we had to make a prediction first, then test the materials and finally record our findings. As our pictures show, we really enjoy being scientists!

To celebrate Trinitas Ten - 10 Years of the Trinitas Academy, we made a huge number 10 out of anything we could find in the playground - scooters, bats, balls, lego etc. We also used chalk to draw on the playground - whatever we chose to draw, we had to draw 10 of it. 

In English, we have been learning about the features of an information book. We have learnt that an information book explains and gives facts. It has special features that a fiction book does not have, such as, headings and sub-headings, a contents page, a glossary, an index, captions and photographs and diagrams. Once we became familiar with all these terms, in pairs, we decided on a topic of interest and created our own information books. We were so proud of our finished product, we shared them with Year 1. 

Dear Berlin Class

We hope you had a lovely break over the Christmas holidays and were able to spend some good times with your family. We are now moving into the Spring Term and our new topic will be 'Vroom Vroom' where we will begin to think about transport, journeys and exciting explorers. You are continuing on your journey in Year 1 and each term you will grow a little more and learn a little more. We can't wait to be learning with you again and hearing about what you have been doing with your families at home.

Let's get ready for the next stage of our journey together - Vroom Vroom!

Mrs Cole, Mrs Jolly and Mrs Hamilton 

Spring 2 - Vroom Vroom

For Money Enterprise Week, we were fortunate enough to work with someone from Nat West Bank . She carried out a 'Money Sense' workshop with us and we learnt about money, businesses and budgeting. We found it very informative in preparing us for setting up our own business, where we were given a class budget of £20.00.  We then made sweet cones and chocolate rice crispie cakes to sell to parents in the school hall. It was great fun learning how to sell goods to make a profit! 

As you can see, we enjoyed making our goods to sell, but had to resist the temptation to eat the sweets and the rice crispie cakes!

This term in maths we have been learning all about measuring, including height, length and width, volume and capacity and weight. Working as a team, we have weighed objects to find out whether objects were heavier, or lighter than a bean bag.   

Spring 1 - Vroom Vroom

We have a lovely new library at school, which we enjoy visiting each week. We get to look at lots of different books of our choice and can snuggle up on our own, or with a friend.

In science this term we have been learning all about plants and exploring the grounds of Jubilee to identify lots of different types of plant. We have also carried out our own investigation to find out where a plant would grow best and what it needed to grow. We then planted cress seeds and made our own prediction - would the cress grow best on the windowsill watered, or un-watered, would it grow best in the cupboard watered, or un-watered or would it grow best outside watered, or un-watered? We then spent the next few weeks watering and checking our seeds to find out the result. We learnt that our cress grew best on the windowsill when it had sunlight and was watered!

Every Friday we are mathematicians and work together in groups to carry out a 'maths reasoning roulette' task. One of our tasks was to find the relationships between numbers. We were finding out that subtraction is the opposite of addition and were exploring the inverse operation for number bonds e.g. 7 + 3 = 10, therefore 10 - 7 = 3 and 10 - 3 = 7.

Dear Berlin Class 

We hope you had a really fantastic holiday and are looking forward to your new adventures in Year One. Throughout the year, we will be learning lots and having so much fun together. We know you will impress us with your outstanding attitudes to learning this year. This is our class page where we will post different pieces of your work/achievements from lots of different subjects. Remember to keep visiting throughout the year to explore some of the hard work that you have completed. On our page, you can also see what we are going to be learning about in our topic brainstorm. You can access this page at home, so therefore, if you would like to, you will also be able to share your learning with your grown-ups. 

Welcome to Year One!

Mrs Cole and Mrs Jolly

Autumn 1 - Me, Myself and I

In English we have been learning about the features of instructions. We have learnt that instructions are bossy, they tell us what to do and have to be followed in a sequenced order. They also contain words known as 'time conjunctions' - 'first, next, then, after that and finally'. We used time conjunctions to give our friends a set of instructions to make a fruit face. As you can see, we listened well to the instructions given and here are our results. The best part was when we finally got to eat the fruit! 

In maths we have been looking at number and place value. We have been making amounts using different objects from around the classroom. We have also been looking at counting and writing numbers. We have been using what we have learnt to add and subtract numbers as well as find number bonds to 10.

We have been looking at the life of Mary Seacole and her important contribution to society. We then made our own statues to celebrate a person who is very important to us. We have been doing this for Black History Month which we celebrate in October, but we also cover black history throughout the year through our focus on equality.

Autumn 2 - Me, Myself and I

In Design Technology we have been learning about the general safety rules we need to follow when preparing and cooking food. Once we understood the safety rules, we began to plan a cold dish. We then thought about what type of foods should go in a cold dish, but we also gave ourselves the task of focusing on healthy foods! The options we decided upon were a salad or a fruit salad. We had great fun making the dish of our choice and were also very careful in using utensils safely. We were very proud of our completed dishes!

In RE we have been exploring what Christians believe and what is important to them. Christmas is celebrated in different ways around the world and means different things to different people. For Christians, Advent is a time to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. To think about this we made a Christingle - this is a decorated orange - for Christians a symbol of the world, 4 cocktail sticks representing the 4 seasons, sweets representing God's creations, red ribbon reminding Christians that Jesus died and a candle reminding Christians that Jesus is the light of the world.  In our class and around the world we all have different beliefs, but we found that we all very much enjoyed making our own Christingle! 

In PE this term we have been working with specialist sports coaches - Coach Rachel and Coach Owen. They have been teaching us gymnastic skills and we have learnt to balance, forward roll and have learnt different ways of travelling at different speeds and at different levels. Once we mastered the skills, we were able to work as a group to create our own sequence.

In our last week of school, we were very lucky to experience the wonder of snow. We had great fun - both at home for a 'snow day' and at school!

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