Class 4

Welcome to Class 4!

Spring  1 2022

We began spring term with an art day! First we learned about primary colours and how to mix them to create secondary colours. Then we learned about how to make tints and shades! Once we had learned how to make many different colours, we create our own pieces. We created two pieces, one inspired by Mondrian and one inspired by Kandinsky. 

Autumn 2 2021

This half term we have really enjoyed using the outside area, playing games and using the role play!

R.E

In Religious Education, we were learning about how light us used as a symbol. We learned lots about Hanukkah and the use of the menorah. We also learned about the use of light in Christianity, especially at Christmas. We made Christingles and talked about how it represents Jesus as the light of the world. 

Philosophy for children

Philosophy for children (P4C) develops children’s critical and creative thinking. We used our learning about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole as a stimulus and explored the question ‘Is it okay to treat people differently?’. We shared our initial thoughts and we had many different ideas. In P4C when we want to speak we put our hand out with our palm facing up, the children choose who will speak after them and are encouraged to agree and disagree and explain why. Our discussion took many turns, it explored treating people differently due to physical difference and treating people differently due to hidden differences. The discussion concluded that we shouldn’t treat people differently due to their physical differences unless they need help and sometimes people many need more help than others therefore sometimes they can be treated differently.

Today we dressed up as Florence Nightingale and soldiers from the Crimean War! We had lots of fun being doctors and nurses and bandaging up our wounded teddies! 

This half term our topic is Florence Nightingale! Today when we arrived at school, Miss MacBean was dressed as Florence! We did not know much about Florence, so we decided that we had to become researchers! We looked at lots of pictures, websites, watched videos, read books and even interviewed Florence (Miss MacBean)! 

We found out that Florence was a nurse who made a really big difference to how hospitals are run. We can’t wait to learn more!

We decided to act out one of the pictures of Florence, we all pretend we were wounded soldiers in hospital and Miss MacBean was Florence coming to check on us!

 

In maths, we have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes! We really enjoyed make exploring the shapes. We also really enjoyed playing mystery bag and guessing which 3D shapes was in it!

Autumn 1 2021

We have really enjoyed our houses and homes topic! We made clay houses in art, we thought really hard about what houses looked like and the tools we could use to create our houses. We also really enjoyed the opportunities to make houses out of lots of different construction! 

As part of our topic, we have been learning about houses and homes in History and Geography. We all really enjoyed exploring lots of different household items. Some of them were old and some were new! We researched how old irons were used, how gas lamps worked and looked at candle sticks. We talked a lot about how things are a lot safer now!

Our topic this half term is The Three Little Pigs! We have really enjoyed acting out the story using: puppets, story spoons and masks!

Geography 

Today we went for a walk around Overton. We saw lots of different houses with lots of different features! We really enjoyed exploring Overton.

 

Today we used globes, atlases and Google Earth to try and find Overton! We also looked for other countries and places that we know!

Sports Day

Year 1 enjoyed participating in Sports Day. We worked well in our house teams and cheered our friends to encourage them do do their best. We had fun with the three legged race, bean bag balancing, tennis ball and racket control and running races.

Autumn 2

Our topic for Autumn 2 is Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We will be learning about their lives and the impact they had upon hospitals and the treatment of patients.

 

English/History Topic

A visitor arrives…

A lady appeared in class 4… We think it could be Florence Nightingale. Where has Miss Cracknell gone? We will have to investigate…

Here we are investigating and preparing to interview our visitor. We have lots of questions!

 

Florence Nightingale Day

We enjoyed a Florence Nightingale day where we dressed up as Crimean soldiers and nurses.

Don’t we look fabulous!

We really enjoyed the Florence workshop…

 

 

A nurse visits…

We had a visit from a modern day nurse who works in the A&E department of a local hospital. We were able to ask lots of questions about modern day nursing and hospitals. Thank you Mrs Finnis!

We are very glad that we have clean, modern hospitals with well trained nurses.

Maths

We have been learning how to use the bar model to solve addition and subtraction word problems.  We have used concrete resources to support our learning.

It’s fun to take our maths learning outside too…

We have been looking at repeated addition 2+2+2+2=8

We discovered that we could represent repeated addition in the form of arrays.
We had to explain our reasoning… Arrays should have equal rows and columns.

This is not an array…  

Gymnastics

This half term in our indoor PE session we have been demonstrating the 5 main shapes in gymnastics. We are working on sequencing them to form a full routine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Learning

We have been enjoying role playing hospitals in our year 1 garden. We make excellent nurses, we think Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole would be proud of us!

Wet weather and injuries are not too much for us too handle! Nurses are always prepared, just like Florence was at the Scutari hospital in Crimea.

Art

We have been learning how to colour mix.
We studied the artist Mondrian and created our own large scale piece of art in his style as a year group. We loved painting outside!

P4C

In P4C we discussed ‘Is a wolf always bad?’ We used the book ‘Wolf Won’t Bite!’ to get us thinking.
Here are our best wolf impressions…

 

Heart Smart

Boris the Robot helps to keep us Heart Smart, he reminds us that we need to show love to ourselves and others in year 1. We love using peg boards and construction to create our very own Boris! 

Art

We practised moulding clay and using tools to create patterns. Then we designed, made and evaluated our own clay houses as part of our art project his half term. It was a bit messy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dance

During our indoor PE sessions in the hall we have been learning a Three Little Pigs Dance. We had to use our bodies to represent the straw, stick and brick materials. We thought about our movement to fit with the music and material when the wolf huffed and puffed the straw and stick houses down.

Maths

In maths we have been looking at measurement, place value and halving. We enjoy practical sessions where we can work together.

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