Mrs Bhogal

1 Flamingo

Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 1

Mrs Bhogal and Mrs Richardson warmly welcome you to Year 1.

The aim of this page is to highlight some of the fantastic learning that has been happening in Year 1, this page will be updated monthly, with photographs and information about the learning we have completed during the month.

We hope you enjoy looking through these updates and do discuss your child’s learning with them to celebrate their success. We look forward to any suggestions you may have to make your child’s learning a pleasant experience.

Mrs Richardson

1 Rainbird

June 2019

What we have been learning so far:

Art

In Art, we finished our portrait unit and pieced all of our small paintings together. Now in Our Art Gallery we have proudly displayed our collaborative artwork of Fauja Singh.  

This term in D&T we are focusing on mechanisms. We have been given a brief to design and make a litter picker to ensure that our environment is kept tidy! First we started by looking at a range of existing litter pickers to give us inspiration for our own designs. Once we had collected these ideas we thought about what we would be able to make.  

‘Maybe we could put a hook on the end of our picker!’

Computing

In Computing, we have been introduced to codingWe learnt that when a computer does something, it is following a set of instructions called code. We have learnt how to give clear instructions to make objects on the screen move. This included creating a simple program to make fish move in different directions on the screen.  

In the ‘Fairy Stories’ coding lessonwe had an opportunity to use code to make three characters – a knight, witch and wolf –  to move around the screen. We then progressed to make our own transport scene, by adding code to make things move when clicked. 

English

In English, we have been learning the story ‘The Curious Garden’ by Peter Brown. This is a wonderful story about how a boy – Liam – is the only person who goes outside into his dreary city. He discovers a small batch of plants on a disused railway and starts to help it grow. Soon the whole city is covered in lush greenery! People from the city start to help Liam and they work together to create a wonderful farming community. We discussed what we liked and disliked about the book and asked questions that we were curious about. We cared for our plants like Liam cared for his. 

History

In History we have been learning about significant individuals from the past and present. We looked at our Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, and found out all about her family. She is the longest reigning monarch in the world! We looked at photos of her from the past and the present. She has changed a lot over her time on the throne. 

‘She’s changed so much. Now she has grey hair.’ 

‘When she was little she had a chubby face but now it is wrinkly.’ 

We also noticed that the clothes she has worn through time had changed too.  

Maths

In Maths we have been learning to read, write and represent numbers within 100. We have been deepening our understanding of the place value system by identifying 2-digit numbers as groups of ten and ones 

Five groups of ten are equal to 50.’ 

‘Seven tens and two ones make 72. 

To help us represent the tens and ones in a number, we used Dienes.  

After this, we moved on to using strategies to add and subtract numbers within 100. Some of us preferred to use Dienes, however many of us chose to use number lines, bead string and counters. We all used part whole models to help use to see the relationships between the numbers in the equation. 

Music

In Music, we have been linking our music learning to our topic ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’. 

We have learnt to sing the song ‘Digging the Garden’ and have added actions to help us remember the words. We have also discussed what a plant needs to grow and have experimented with percussion instruments to represent sunshine, rain, digging the soil, and growing plants. 

We focused on practising changes in sound, dynamics, pitch, tempo, pulse and timbre. For example, we used a low steady drum beat to represent digging. 

Panjabi

In Panjabi, we have been learning about plants and the different parts of a plant. First we shared our knowledge with our group and discussed it at length, then we learnt the key words involved with the parts of a plant. We then went outside and used our knowledge to observe plants. We noticed that the flowers are all different colours, so we learnt the names of colours in Panjabi.  

Phul da rang lal hai (The flower is red.) 

All of our Panjabi vocabulary this month linked with our Science lessons. 

Physical Education (P.E.)

This month we had our school Sports Day. There were many different races to participate in, which required us to put all our previous learning into action.  We had to use techniques learnt in PE lessons to compete against each other in a variety of challenges and races.  Some of our races involved problem solving where children had to work as part of a team to complete challenges faster than the other teams.  This put many skills learnt in PE lessons into practice and we showed excellent teamwork and tenacity to finish any challenge we were confronted with. 

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

In PSHE, we were lucky to have Year 6 come and teach us some lessons! We learnt all about friendships and how to maintain positive relationships. Sometimes people can be unkind, but usually it isn’t bullying. We learnt strategies of how to resolve issues on the playground, like by going to an adult or a Junior Leader.  

To prove how well we can all work together as a team, we shared a huge ball of string in a circle. It was really important to not let go so that the friendship web stayed strong. 

R.E

In RE we have started learning about Judaism. We learnt about the special day called Shabbat. We really like learning about other religions because it helps us to understand different people in our community.  

‘Really there’s only one God, but different religions use different names.’ 

To help us understand this special day, we role played what it might be like to enjoy a Shabbat meal. We learnt that Jewish people eat Challah bread on Shabbat as it is sweet, like their special day.  

‘Christians have their special day on a Sunday and Jews have their special day on a Saturday.’ 

Science

In Science, we have been learning all about plants. We went on a school trip to Iver Environment Centre. We learnt all about trees, including how to identify them from each other and how to tell their age. We looked at the different shapes of the leaves and measured the girth of the tree trunks.  

‘We were tree detectives. I measured an oak tree and Gurdit measured a birch tree!’ 

We also learnt about how seeds grow and the important role that bees play in pollinating plants. We even got to take our own radish/coriander seed home in a newspaper pot.