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                                                Term 2

Kookaburra Class have started their new topic ‘Who Likes to Party?’  We are going to be spending the first couple of weeks exploring the story of The Gunpowder Plot.  The children have enjoyed reading the story and using their creative minds to explore the setting.  As you can see, the children have produced the Houses of Parliament in so many wonderfully imaginative ways…..we just had to share them with you.  We were particularly proud of how the children independently combined their Maths learning in to their creations – 2D shapes!

Take a look at our beautiful firework paintings- made using cardboard tubes, colourful paint…. and plenty of sparkle!!  We feel it is very important that our children understand why celebrations take place and are also given the opportunity to reflect upon their own experiences J 

The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring 2D shapes!  We have been incredibly busy learning the name of each shape, becoming familiar with their properties and modelling the use of key mathematical language.  The children loved using 2D shapes purposefully to produce these wonderful Bonfire Night rockets!

Week 2

Our Writing Journey this week has continued to be based upon The Gunpowder Plot.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about why we celebrate Bonfire Night and have become incredibly confident with retelling the story in the correct order (as you will see when looking at their story maps!).  The use of familiar story language has also been superb!

The children have continued to learn about the properties of 2D shapes.  We have encouraged the use of key mathematical language when comparing and describing the various properties – and have been blown away by the children’s ever-increasing knowledge!  We have asked lots of thought provoking questions such as how do you know a square is a square?  what is similar about a rectangle and a triangle?  Why are the wheels of a car round? 

Our Maths activities have cross-linked this week to Remembrance Day celebrations as well our Science topic- the Seasons J

On Wednesday 11th November the children learnt all about Remembrance Day.  We linked it to our Art and practised observational drawings of the poppy.  We then practised a skill that we call Critique.  This is where we talk about how the drawing went:  what do the children like about their picture?  Were there elements they found tricky?  Is there anything they could do to make it even better? 

Once the children had evaluated their first drawing, they then had another go at drawing the poppy.  We are at the very early stages of modelling and developing the children’s critique skills, but we were amazed with the outcomes of drawing number 2!

We have started learning about the Seasons in Science J  The children have been practising the months of the year in the correct order, linking each month to familiar celebrations and weather patterns.  The children then had the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences of Autumn in a variety of ways- from painting to leaf rubbing and even observational drawing outside!

Week 3 and 4

Over the last couple of weeks the children have embarked on a new writing journey.  This time we have based it upon the story of Rama and Sita.  The children’s amazing recall, wonderful use of story language and sheer enthusiasm are all clearly reflected in their incredible work.  We have had lots of fun with this story!

Week 5

Kookaburra Class have had a very exciting week!!  The children received some rather special post from…FATHER CHRISTMAS!!  (along with some very yummy chocolate treats!)  We spoke about how to write a list, and then the children confidently used their Phonic knowledge to write a letter back to Santa…

This week we have read another version of the Rama and Sita story, which the children loved!  They used their knowledge of the first story and used this to make comparisons- we learnt that Rama and Sita had been banished by the Step Mother because she wanted her own to son to become the King.  We also discovered that the bridge to Ravana’s island had been built using mud, grass and rocks.  The children are a fountain of knowledge when it comes to the story of Rama and Sita!

Our Year 1 children have been working incredibly hard to secure their knowledge of numbers within 20.  We have practically explored the tens and ones in our teen numbers; using Numicon, counters, tens frames and Base Ten.  The children have also done an amazing job at recording partitions as a part-whole model…

 

Term 1

As part of our topic ‘What Makes Me Special?’ the children have been learning about a famous artist- Pablo Picasso!  We have explored his different styles of drawing and painting, and then created our own self-portraits based upon our learning.

First, the children drew their self-portrait using bold outlines.  They then added colour using pencils and crayons.

Next, we experimented with colour mixing so that the children could paint a self-portrait using colours from Picasso’s Rose Period (these were pinks, corals and reds which showed that Picasso was feeling happy J  we have also included a little bit of blue from Picasso’s Blue Period!) )

Finally, the children created one more self-portrait.  This involved experimenting with different shapes and sizes, which was inspired by Picasso’s later work.  The children enjoyed cutting out various shapes from a wide range of paper in order to create a collage!

As part of our topic ‘What Makes Me Special?’ the children have been learning about a famous artist- Pablo Picasso!  We have explored his different styles of drawing and painting, and then created our own self-portraits based upon our learning.

First, the children drew their self-portrait using bold outlines.  They then added colour using pencils and crayons.

Next, we experimented with colour mixing so that the children could paint a self-portrait using colours from Picasso’s Rose Period (these were pinks, corals and reds which showed that Picasso was feeling happy J  we have also included a little bit of blue from Picasso’s Blue Period!) )

Finally, the children created one more self-portrait.  This involved experimenting with different shapes and sizes, which was inspired by Picasso’s later work.  The children enjoyed cutting out various shapes from a wide range of paper in order to create a collage!

 

 

Self-portraits

The children have enjoyed creating some a wide range of self-portraits using pencils, crayons, paint, natural objects and tissue paper.  We have used mirrors to explore and discuss our similarities and differences, paying careful attention to our eye colour, hair colour and skin colour.  We have enjoyed getting to know one another- discussing and celebrating all the different elements that make us unique J

The children particularly loved bleeding tissue paper by spraying it with water- we watched carefully as the colours bled and mixed together J  This produced a beautiful background for our black and white self-portraits…I am sure you will agree they look incredible!

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