It has been another full and busy week in Year One as we continue to explore our lovely outdoor play area. Thank you again in particular for the donation of our new play house which we will be able to adapt throughout the year to link in with our themes of “Crowborough and Beyond”. On this topic the children this week have progressed from the 3D maps they created last week to 2D maps using map symbols and images. We looked at examples of maps, atlases and even Google Maps and Google Earth where we were surprised that some children could already identify the UK and North Sea, this is something that we will be developing more up until Christmas.
In Maths we have continued to look at numbers exploring the vocabulary of most, fewer, greater than, smaller than and the same. We then moved on to recapping on our 2d shape knowledge. The children had fun making pictures out of 2d shapes, we had some houses, trees, rockets and even a couple of dumper trucks!
In English we have been discussing our summer holidays and role playing some of our favourite things we did whilst we were away. It has been exciting to hear all about the wonderful places the children have visited and the fun times they have also had whilst at home in Crowborough. The role play was fun to see, if you look at the photographs see if you can guess what they enjoyed doing over their summer. After the role play they then wrote a postcard about where they went.
In Science we are continuing on the theme of the Seasons and weather. This week the children looked at what months are in each season and ordered the months of the year.
Art links in with our theme of “Crowborough and beyond” as we explored art inspired by the Ashdown Forest. We introduced the work of E. H. Shepherd who illustrated the A. A. Milne Winnie the Pooh book series. The children were then introduced to their first sketch books which they will use throughout their journey at Fermor. Inspired by E. H. Shepherd’s illustrations and Winnie the Pooh character’s the children sketched and coloured their chosen character. We had many Poohs, Piglets, Tigger, Kangas, and Eeyores.
In PE we have been developing our eye co-ordination skills this week, by practising throwing a ball and catching it with either two hands or one. Further developing these skills as we practised aiming the ball into a target. We have been very impressed by the pupil’s skills with many of them hitting the target every time.
Key Stage 1 have taken the decision to allow small toys or activity items to be brought to school to play with during the children's break time for a trial period. These items must not be expensive or precious and good examples are a small note pad, yo-yo, or soft ball. We have spoken to all the children about choosing appropriate items and reminded them to check with their parents that these toys are allowed to be brought in. They MUST fit into a coat pocket and are not allowed to be taken out at any other time than their play times. We have made it imperative that they are not allowed to get toys from other children's pockets. We also made it clear that if anyone breaks the rules then the privilege will be removed from all. Please support your child in making the right choice and speak to their teacher if you have any concerns or questions.
This term we are exploring our topic "Crowborough and beyond" where we investigate where we live and what is in our local area. We started off this topic by creating familiar buildings of Crowborough out of lego and blocks and then developed this into a 3D map. Familiar landmarks include All Saints Church, the school, Morrisons, the War Memorial and the Railway Station.
In English we began the week with a tour of the school looking at all the posters we could find from Year One up to Year Six. We talked about what we thought they told us. Then we created our own posters about how we could look after our school and our classroom, the pupils had lots of fantastic ideas.
In Maths we have been practising our numbers to 20, in particular we having been looking at how to spell the word. We have enjoyed using our Maths skills in our outdoor area searching for number pebbles in the sand and identifying what the number is and how we could spell that. We have also drawn number lines in chalk and played hopscotch.
In Science we have started our topic of the Seasons and weather. The children had fun sorting the seasons in order and talking about what they know and what they want to know about the seasons.
Year One have been busy exploring their new outside play area. Thank you again for all the hard work, dedication and contributions towards developing this new area. We couldn't do this without you!