Spring 2020

Weeks 1 & 2

Class Cremyll have had a great start to the new year – well done Y1 and Y2! In our Art learning, we have explored the work of Piet Mondrian and used our favourite piece to inspire our own artwork. Our Geography learning has given us the chance to consider the similarities and differences between the town and the countryside as well as which is our favourite place to live. We had lots of fun with Mrs Perry learning the story of David and Goliath in our RE learning and even created our very own giant to add thoughtful messages to about challenges that we may face – this linked in really well with our learning in PSHE where we discussed our dreams and goals.

Homework

Please practise your spellings and see if you can find some interesting ways to help you remember them.

Please read 5 times throughout the week and remember to record any highlights or challenges in your reading record.

Week 3

We have had another busy week with a focus on our new text in English – the book is called ‘Wild’ and is about a baby that is found in a forest and brought up by a collection of animals. We have left it on a cliffhanger so can’t wait until Monday to find out what happens next! In PE this week, we linked to our Geography learning and used the countryside as our inspiration for creating short sequences in gymnastics. The children produced some great partner balances throughout the session and really enjoyed playing the game ‘Farmers, sheep and wolves’. We also learnt about the artist Jackson Pollock this week and thought about why he often used dark and dreary colours in his drip painting artwork.

Homework

Please practise your spellings and see if you can find some interesting ways to help you remember them.

Please read 5 times throughout the week and remember to record any highlights or challenges in your reading record.

Week 4

We have thoroughly enjoyed our week, which began with learning about the artist Wassily Kandinsky who used bold colours and shapes to create abstract paintings. We used his ideas as inspiration for our own artwork and some of us even took inspiration from all three artists that we have learnt about – the artwork is stunning! As part of our Geography learning, we learnt different facts about the four countries of the UK and chose to record particular facts to help us put together individual tour guides next week. We also used the Bible stories that we have learnt in RE to inspire artwork, role-plays and posters – it’s been a very creative week!

Homework

Please practise your spellings and see if you can find some interesting ways to help you remember them.

Please read 5 times throughout the week and remember to record any highlights or challenges in your reading record.

Week 5

In our Geography learning this week, we have shared our facts about England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales with each other to help us remember them and to decide which we wanted to add to our UK display. This linked with our first couple of Computing sessions where we learnt how to start a word processing program and how to create capital letters, change the font, size and colour of our sentences. In PE, we worked on our balance and agility while creating group representations of famous landmarks in London and began to develop forms of travelling between them – it was great fun!

Homework

Please practise your spellings and see if you can find some interesting ways to help you remember them.

Please read 5 times throughout the week and remember to record any highlights or challenges in your reading record.

Week 6

We had such a great day on Tuesday when Daya came to visit – we learnt about the religion of Islam with her and discussed its core values and how we also use the values of Kindness, Honesty and Respect & Responsibility in our own lives. Then we got all dressed up and took part in a prayer ritual and learnt some dance moves too! In the afternoon, we rolled out chapattis and Daya cooked them on a little stove – we served each other with a delicious potato curry which we ate with our chapattis and not a knife and a fork. It was delicious! Also this week we have continued with our word processing learning and learnt how to open and save a Word file. It was really great to see our colourful fact boxes printed out and added to our map of the United Kingdom in the classroom.

Homework

Please read 5 times throughout the week and remember to record any highlights or challenges in your reading record.

Please pay particular attention to reading words on sight, reading to the punctuation and developing use of expression.

Week 7

This week, we have begun our new Science topic all about animals which is one of our favourite topics! First of all, we designed our own animals and labelled their body parts and then we drew where they live – some of our animals are really inventive! Next, we discussed the different types of animals, for example, reptiles and mammals and we also created our own groupings like wings/no wings. In our PE session we talked about why we warm our bodies up before exercise and also why we cool down at the end. Then we completed a Joe Wicks routine which we found pretty challenging - we think that we will be able to do better next time.

Homework

Please practise your spellings and see if you can find some interesting ways to help you remember them.

Please read 5 times throughout the week and remember to record any highlights or challenges in your reading record.

Please also practise any high frequency words that you are finding challenging so that you can read them on sight.

Week 9

In our Science learning this week, we have focused on how animals change as they grow – we found out that reptile babies are called hatchlings and once they have hatched they have to look after themselves which is completely different to other animal groups like birds who look after their chicks once they hatch. We also found out about the different food groups in our DT learning and cleared up some of our misconceptions, for example, steak is meat and is a protein and potatoes are a vegetable and a carbohydrate. As part of thinking about how to be healthy, we have also completed several short Joe Wicks sessions – they’re so much fine but super exhausting!

Homework

Please practise your spellings and see if you can find some interesting ways to help you remember them.

Please read 5 times throughout the week and remember to record any highlights or challenges in your reading record.

Please also practise any high frequency words that you are finding challenging so that you can read them on sight.

Week 8

This week in Class Cremyll, we have continued our Science learning by looking at whether animals are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores – some of them were quite surprising. Did you know that a sea turtle is an omnivore! We also worked together in groups to compare animals by looking at their different body parts, for example, a duck has webbed feet but a goat has hooves. We have really enjoyed learning some new songs in Music with Miss Gillespie that are all about food and we have explored using musical instruments to add accompaniments to the songs too.

Homework

Please practise your spellings and see if you can find some interesting ways to help you remember them.

Please read 5 times throughout the week and remember to record any highlights or challenges in your reading record.

Please also practise any high frequency words that you are finding challenging so that you can read them on sight.