Welcome back for the summer term. We have plenty to look forward to this half term. Soon we will be visiting Forty Hall in Enfield to go on a nature trail and look for different types of plants and trees as we are learning about plants in science. The children will be bringing home seeds that they have planted at school as they wanted to grow tomato plants. Please make sure you care for your plants and give them plenty of sunlight and water.
We have been learning about the human and physical features within our local area and are comparing Edmonton to Hobyo in Somalia. We have been looking at the different types of weather and finding the location of the countries on a map to understand why the weather is different.
Our topic this term is 'around the world'. We will enjoy learning about different countries such as China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Greece and Kenya. We will
have a chance to cook and taste food and learn about the currency in the country and the famous landmarks.
In maths we are counting in 2s, 5s and 10s...remember to keep practising!
Violet and Orchid class are looking forward to performing their class assemblies to the other children and to many parents and carers.
The children in Year 1 visited our local library in Edmonton Green. Brian showed us around and explained that we can borrow books to take to school or take home and enjoy reading. We listened to a story at the library before we were all able to choose a book that we wanted to read. He showed us how to work the machine to borrow the books so that we are able to visit with our parents and carers.
Year 1 visited Forty Hall this week to learn about plants and trees for science. We completed a workshop to help us identify and describe the structure of different types of plants. We then went outside into the walled garden and we used magnifying glasses to help us observe closely. "When we went to the herb garden we could smell the rosemary".
"The leaves were long and thin and a greeny, blue colour" Bersu, Sunflower.
"The grass was covered in white daisies. The petals attracted the bees". Borahan, Sunflower.
"There was a huge cedar tree. It was one of the oldest in the country" Daniella, Orchid.
We then went into the forest and found an adventure playground. We had a great time climbing on the logs and balancing. We also enjoyed the zipwire where we zoomed through the trees. What a fantastic time we all had!
This half term, in the infants, we introduced DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) on alternative Friday afternoons and I am pleased to say it has been extremely popular. This is a time for parents to come in to school and read with their child/ren and promote reading for pleasure.
In Year 1 we have been learning about and sharing traditional tales from different countries. This week we read a traditional tale from India called 'The Runaway Chapatti'.
"I really enjoyed the story, it reminded me of the Gingerbread Man" Anil, Sunflower.
We invited our parents and carers into school to help us to make chapattis so that we could taste them. We had to read and follow the instructions. "I liked it when my mum came into school. She is really good at cooking" Berkay, Sunflower.
"The chapattis tasted delicious. I want to make them at home to share with my sister" Iffah, Sunflower.
This week, 11 eggs arrived in an incubator. The Year 1 children observed the eggs everyday to look for changes and they noticed that a crack was starting to form! Out of the egg hatched a chick and he looked very tired! The next morning, we went to the incubator to find 4 fluffy chicks! The children have been handling the chicks and caring for them by providing them with food and a clean brooder. We have really enjoyed watching them grow.
We had a brilliant day of dressing up for world book day. It was exciting to meet so many different characters from different stories. We had a Gangster Gran, Fantastic Mr Fox, A Mad Hatter, Cinderella and many more brilliant characters.
We read lots of books throughout the day and got to do fun activities like making out own books, creating masks, role playing and art!
We also did a readathon – we had 10 minutes to see how many pages we could read. We all tried our very best so thank you to everyone who sponsored us!
We had a fun maths lesson making our own robots!
We made robots out of numicon; they had a head, a body, two arms and two legs. We counted the body parts and talked about which were the biggest, which were the smallest and which parts are equal!
‘The robot’s arms are equal because they both have two circles!’ Bersu, Sunflower class
‘The body is the biggest part. It has 8 circles. 8 is more than 4.’ Bonny, Sunflower class
‘The legs have two circles each. If you add them together that equals 4!’ Ceren, Sunflower class.
Thank you to the many parents and carers who joined us in our Letters and Sounds phonics drop ins this week. It was great to see so many of you supporting your children to blend and segment words to help them read and write. The children thoroughly enjoyed playing phonic games together supported by the adults. Many of these games can also be played at home and will really support your children with their reading and writing
We have been learning about explorers and the countries they discovered. This week we looked at a globe to find the North and South poles.
"Robert Falcon Scott was an explorer who travelled to the South pole. He wanted to be the first but the Norwegian explorers got there before him!" Daryl, Violet class.
"It is really cold in the South pole" Amir, Violet class.
"In our topic lessons, we have been focusing on traditional tales. We looked at Jack and the Beanstalk and The Gingerbread Man. We sequenced the story and changed features of each story. We also used our drama talents to act out the tale!"
"In Maths we have been looking at money and the value of coins. We used different coins to make amounts and checked our answers using our addition skills. We also counted in 2s, 5s and 10s. We used numicon, counters and cubes to show our answers."
This half term we are learning all about money! We have been learning about the value of coins and how we can add these together in different ways. “We don’t have a 3p but we can add 2p and 1p together.” Mehmet, Sunflower.
We have been playing shops and talking about when we give the person at the till our coins. When the coins add up to more than the value of the items, we subtract to find out how much change we will get! “If you buy two things that are 5p and 15p but you give the shopkeeper 20p, you will get 5p back!” Diego, Sunflower.
There are some great websites that have fun games to help us learn too! Click on the links to have a go at home…
We are really enjoying applying our maths to real life problems!
Don’t forget that all pupils have a Mathletics login at the back of their Reading Logs too. You can log in here.
Year one have been learning about animals including humans this term. We have looked at mammals, amphibians, reptiles and fish.
Last week we looked at real fish, close-up! We visited EYFS to look into the fish tank and watched the fish swimming around. We identified lots of their features.
“They have fins which help them to swim!” – Bersu, Sunflower class. “We have two eyes and the fish have two eyes.” – Maya Reid, Sunflower class.
Afterwards, we went into the science lab so that we could have an even closer look! Our teachers had bought fresh fish from the shops so that we were able to observe them and if we were feeling brave, even touch them! This way we could see parts that were difficult to see when they were swimming.
“The fish has gills so it can live under the water.” - Treyson, Orchid class.
“This fish has scales. They are silver and blue!”- Abdirrahman, Orchid class.
This term we have been learning about Christianity in R.E. It is a special time of year for Christians so last week, we went on a trip to St Peter’s church. We met the Reverend Tina and enjoyed hearing about her job at the church. She told us all about advent which is the time leading up to Christmas when Christians celebrate the birth of baby Jesus. We looked at the Advent wreath which was covered in green leaves and had 5 colourful candles that are lit one at a time leading up to Christmas Eve. When we got back from church we wrote a recount of our visit and what we had learned about Christianity.
“First we looked at the Advent wreath. It had five candles in it. Then, we looked around the church for the cockerel.” - Jemimah, Crocus class.
“Reverend Tina talked to us about God and Love.” - Omari, Sunflower class.
We had a very special visitor in Year 1 this week... Lucy the Labrador!
In Science, we are looking at animals. We have been looking at their features and are going to be learning about how to classify them into different groups, so it was really exciting to have an animal in the classroom that we could observe.
On Tuesday we were able to touch Lucy and feel that she had very soft, golden fur. We could see that Lucy had paws and a tail. Lucy even showed us how she uses her ears to listen when Ms Cade said ‘sit’!
"Lucy has paws and claws. Lucy is wagging her tail!" - Vanesa, Sunflower.
"Lucy is a dog and dogs are mammals." - Lina, Sunflower.
We are excited to learn more about animals this term and want to thank Lucy and Ms Cade for making this science lesson very memorable!
Our new topic is 'Festivals and Celebrations' and last week, Year 1 looked at fireworks. We discussed the history behind Bonfire Night and wrote descriptive sentences about the noisy, sparkly explosions in the sky.
"Fireworks go up into the sky and explode." Daryl, Violet class.
"Fireworks don't just have gunpowder inside, some are like candles." Brielle, Violet class.
We made beautiful pictures of fireworks with different printing techniques. We used forks, cotton buds, finger painting and cardboard tubes to recreate the vibrant colours and wonderful shapes that fill the sky on fireworks night. Of course, we added glitter to make sure that they sparkled too!
We have enjoyed sharing Year One's brilliant work with their parents this week, thank you all for coming along!
The Year One team
The Children in Year one have been working very hard over the past couple of weeks. We have been exploring our senses and our local area.
We were very adventurous with our taste buds in science! We went into the science lab and got to try different foods..
Some of them were delicious but some of them made us make funny faces. Afterwards, we categorised the food by taste into sweet, sour or salty. "The lemon tasted really sour!" - Abdi, Sunflower.
We also went outside for a sound walk and heard lots of interesting noises! There was the rustling of leaves in the play ground, a gate squeaking, a very loud dog barking and a car driving past on the road.
"I heard a hammer banging on the metal and it was really loud." - Mehmet, Sunflower.
We went on another outdoor adventure to explore our local area and post a letter to our home address! On this walk we used our geography skills and identified lots of human features such as our school, the roads, houses and a post box. We even noticed that the house numbers go up in two's and that our school is called Eldon and it is on Eldon road.
"Those are flats. You can see all the windows." - Zamil, Sunflower.
It has been an exciting few weeks and we are looking forward to everyone receiving their letters in the post very soon!
Keep on exploring and learning Year 1!
Miss Rawlinson and the Year One Team
What a fantastic start to the year! The children have settled very well in to Year 1 and are busy learning inside and outside of the classroom. Our topic for the Autumn term is 'All About Me' and the children have enjoyed telling us about themselves, their families and their hobbies.
We loved paint mixing and making self portraits. We then tried to make portraits in the style of the artist Arcimboldo using different types of fruit.
"I made a picture of me. It is called a portrait. It has my brown eyes, long hair and my nose and mouth". Ceren, Sunflower.
In science we are learning about our senses. We went on a science trail around our school to record what we could see.
"We can see with our eyes" Bonny, Sunflower.
Well done to the children who completed their first homework task and thank you to parents and carers for your continued support. It was lovely to meet so many of you at our parent curriculum meetings.
Keep up the hard work!
Miss Rawlinson and the Year One Team