Year 1 - Mrs Last

This term in Class 1SL we have been learning about habitats and Earth Art in connection with our ‘Save the Planet – The Ice Caps are Melting’ topic. The children have enjoyed spending time exploring the school grounds, looking for local and microhabitats, in addition to learning about British and world habitats. The children have particularly enjoyed learning about Antarctica and how the continent is used to identify the effects of global warming. We conducted our own scientific experiment to understand the effects of global warming and to explain what is causing the ice caps to melt. Additionally, we have used maps and globes to find out where in the world habitats are located. We have liked learning about the animals that live in them and the children have particularly enjoyed creating food chains and recognising carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We have also identified the human and physical features of a wide variety of habitats.

In connection with our topic, we have been learning about and creating Earth Art. As well as discussing the Earth Art movement, the children have been learning about significant artists, like Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long. The children have particularly enjoyed collecting and grouping natural materials and creating Earth Art using these different materials, outside. The children were surprised to learn that using natural materials to create sculptures and patterns is classified as art. However, they have thoroughly enjoyed this unit of work and created fantastic pieces of art using natural materials.

In Literacy, we have been consolidating our learning about different habitats and the effects of global warming and deforestation. We have been learning to write a story-opener, using the film ‘Over the Hedge’ as an example. We have been working hard to produce a class story-opener about Polar Bear in the Arctic and next week the children will write their own story-opener, choosing an animal and habitat of their choice. Once we have completed this Literacy unit we will be learning about poetry where we will attempt to write our own environmental poem. In addition, so far this term, the children have completed two pieces of independent writing for their Progression in Writing books. The first being a non-chronological report about Antarctica and the second piece being an interview with Wangari Maathai.

The children have enjoyed their Maths work; we have been focusing on multiplication and division. We started the term by revising place value to 50 and now we are coming to the end of our multiplication and division unit, our next unit will be fractions. The children have enjoyed using concrete resources to help them to understand grouping and sharing.

In PSHE, the children have been discussing how to keep safe and who can help them to do so. We have explored calling 999 in an emergency and the importance of the emergency services within our community. Additionally, we have been using the Zones of Emotions to discuss our feelings, daily and ensuring that we demonstrate the CHERISH values. We have also been demonstrating our understanding of different beliefs in R.E; the children have been exploring Special Symbols and Objects within a variety of religions.