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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spring Term Topic - Vroom Vroom
As you are aware, in February, the Chinese New Year was celebrating the year of the 'Rat'. We were lucky to be able to have a 'dancing dragon' come into school and were taught how to celebrate through Chinese dances. This was great fun, especially when we were turned into a dragon! It also provided good cross-curricular links with PE, as this term we have been focussing on dance.
In science, we have been learning about plants. This has involved looking at plants and trees in the environment, we have also been labelling the parts of a plant and have learnt about the function of the petals. We hope you have noticed our newly dug soil which we had to prepare in order to plant our bulbs. All we have to do now is watch and wait for them to grow!
In Design Technology, we have been designing our own vehicles. We then made our vehicles, adding axels and wheels and finishing off by painting. In the final stage of 'evaluation', we had to think about what we liked and disliked, what we might change and whether the made product reflected our design. In the computer suite we have also used a programme called 'Paint' to design vehicles.