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Year 1 - Berlin Class

Welcome to Berlin Class

Welcome to Year One! I hope you have a really fantastic holiday and feel ready for your new adventures in year one. I cannot wait to have you in my class to learn some wonderful new interesting things! This is our class page where we will post different pieces of your work/achievements from lots of different subjects. When you feel proud of something, please let me know so that I can post it onto our page. 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 class newsletter. You can access this page at home so if you would like to, you will also be able to share your learning with your grown-ups.

 

Mrs Cole

Autumn Term 1 Home Letter 2019

Topic Brainstorm Autumn 2019

What a very busy 1st half term it has been for Berlin Class. In art, we have been looking at the work of the artist Arcimboldo. He was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and books. We have created our own portraits by collaging various fruits.

 

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In English, we have been learning about the features of instructions - that they are bossy, numbered, have picture steps and can contain time conjunctions such as 'first, next, then, after that and finally'. We had great fun making jam sandwiches and then wrote up our own instructions for someone to follow, on how to make their own jam sandwich. The best part was eating the sandwiches we had made!

 

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In maths, we have been using numicon to help us learn about number bonds. We have been finding two numbers that add together to make 10. The challenge was to find as many ways as we could.

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In Science we have been learning about our 5 senses - sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Different activities helped us:

1) A 'tasting' table - we had to taste different foods whilst blindfolded and describe the taste. Some of us did not enjoy the sour lemon, but nearly all of us loved the sweet chocolate and wanted more!

2) A 'feely box' table - we had to feel inside the boxes, describe what we felt to our friend and see if we could guess what was in the box.

3) A 'sight' table - we had to find the objects hidden in a bottle of rice and record on a whiteboard what we had found.

4) A 'listening' table - we listened carefully to the 'Tiger Who Came To Tea' to see if we could re-tell it to a friend.

5) A 'smell' table - we smelled the scent in some bottles and tried to match the scent with its corresponding picture.

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We have been very lucky to be 'first aid' trained so young. With the support of a paramedic, we learned how to help someone if they had a nosebleed, how to put a bandage on and we also learnt about a very important organ - the heart.

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Homework Menu Autumn 2 2019

On returning from a well deserved half term, we started our English lessons with the story 'Jamela's Dress' by Niki Daly. The story is about a little girl who spoils the material that her mum is planning to use to make into a dress. Berlin Class were very good at acting out parts of the story and creating a freeze frame. They also predicted their own ending to the story, designed their own special outfit, wrote about their outfit using descriptive language and finally wrote their own stories.
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In maths, our second half term began with exploring properties of shapes. We found out that a polygon is a 2d (flat) shape made up of straight lines that are closed and that a polyhedron is a 3D (solid) shape with flat faces. To support our learning, we have made flat shapes using straws and have made solid shapes - cube, out of paper.
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November gave us opportunities for learning in history. We were able to learn that we celebrate firework night to remember that Guy Fawkes and his men tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament but failed. We made our own firework pictures out of chalk and also used chalk to draw fireworks on the playground. On November 11th at 11am we held a two minute silence as a whole school as part of remembrance and wrote our own remembrance messages. We were also lucky to have an actor visiting our school who dressed as a WW1 soldier and taught us about some of the events of WW1.

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It has been our turn for 'Coach Joe' in this 2nd half term and we have had great fun in PE developing our ball skills. This has included throwing and catching, aiming, balancing and playing collaborative team games.
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