December is always a wonderful time in Key Stage 1 and this year we’ve tried hard to make it as magical as ever, despite the pandemic. The children have had fun decorating their classrooms, creating Christmas cards, calendars and party hats. We were also incredibly lucky to have some snow on our Christmas jumper day!
This term the children have enjoyed our Light and Dark topic. At the beginning of the term we had a fantastic virtual visit from The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary who taught us all about nocturnal animals and how they are adapted to hunt at night. The children created some fabulous owl art inspired by Terry the tawny owl, one of the owls The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary care for.
In History this term we have been learning all about Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot. The children were certainly curious about what happened to Guy Fawkes and why he had chosen to plot against the king. The children learnt about the significance of Bonfire Night and created some colourful firework pictures in Art, inspired by their learning in their History lessons.
In Science we have been learning about materials. We explored the properties that different materials have and went on material hunts around the building, spotting what different objects were made from.
We’ve read some lovely books this term with a Light and Dark theme. In Year 1 we have read Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?, where the children retold the story using story maps and actions. We also read Sid and Stella and the Moon, where the moon had disappeared! The children had great fun thinking of suggestions we could use to replace the moon. In Year 2, we read a beautifully illustrated book called Moth, which inspired some wonderful descriptive writing. The Year 2 children also enjoyed reading The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark, particularly after meeting Terry the tawny owl!
Next term we will be launching our new topic, Let’s All Go To China! We can’t wait to explore across China and join in with Chinese New Year celebrations!
Our year 1 and 2 children have settled in well into their new classes this term and they have enjoyed our topic, Commotion in the Ocean. We started off the term by reading the book, Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers. The children looked at our wonderful world and reflected on their time at home during lock down.
In science we have been looking at animals. We spoke about our pets and how we look after them. We learnt that animals have offspring and we had lots of fun matching different animals to their babies. We have also been learning about germs and the children enjoyed participating in our glitter germ experiment. In geography we have been creating world maps using recycled plastic bottles tops. We learnt the names of the seven continents and the five oceans and discovered what we might see at each of the continents. In design and technology, the children have been learning how to create moving pictures using levers and wheels. Using the skills that they have learnt in their lessons, the children created a moving under the sea scene.
For our harvest festival, the children created some marvellous harvest wreaths using autumnal leaves. The children learnt about why people celebrate the harvest festival and they created lovely acrostic poems about the harvest for National Poetry Day.
In our PE lessons this term the children had the opportunity to join in with the Virtual Cross Country competition where they completed an 800 metre race against children all across Suffolk. The children were very competitive and thoroughly enjoyed participating in the race.
Despite the wet weather, we have had lots of opportunities to enjoy our outdoor learning, including learning how to do addition using natural resources in the forest area and creating dens in the forest to protect us from the rain. The children always love to learn outside and we are looking forward to more forest fun in the future.
Next half term our topic is Light and Dark. Our first day back day back is extremely exciting as the children will be meeting some owls from the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary. During next term the children will be learning about Guy Fawkes in history and materials in science.