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

March 2019

What we have been learning so far this year:

Arts

We have continued to look at our portrait artist Chuck Close. After learning how to mix secondary colours from the primary colours, we used this skill to mark make. We used a range of tools such as forks, cubes, straws, cottons buds, sticks and much more. Some of us repeated the marks to create patterns, while others focused on varying the colours and shapes they used.

To develop our skills in colour mixing, we also learnt about tints, tones and shades. To make the colours lighter, we added white and to make the colours darker we added black. To make the tones we added grey.

Computing

During this Spring half term, the children have become familiar with logging onto the IT system using their user name and password.  

They have also become familiar with the layout of the keyboard. They have been introduced to the Caps Lock key and have been practising writing the alphabet using both capital letters and lower case letters.  

The children have progressed to writing simple sentences about their favourite toy. They have used the space bar to denote a finger space and full stops to demarcate their written work. 

The children have also been taught how to logout and shutdown the computer correctly. 

English

For the first part of March we learnt the traditional tale of The Three Little Pigs. We enjoyed comparing the original Grimms Brothers’ story to modern day versions. To immerse ourselves within the story we created puppets and performed a puppet show for the class. We also created our own stick and straw houses. After orally retelling the story we began our first draft of writing. To check our sentences were really exciting for the reader, we went back and checked for punctuation like capital letters and full stops. Some of us used adjectives to add more detail and exclamation marks for effect. Once we were fully satisfied, we carefully published our stories on special paper.  

Our second book this half term has taken the children to Kenya! The children have loved role playing the story of Handa’s Surprise – this helped us to remember the order of the animals and fruit. We also created story maps to sequence the story. To bring the book to life, we tasted all the fruits that are mentioned in the story. This helped us to generate interesting adjectives to use in our writing.  

Geography

In geography we are learning about the compass and directional language such as, north, east, south and west. We learnt the phrase ‘Never Eat Shredded Wheat’, so that we can remember the order that the compass directions go in. To link in with our book ‘Handa’s Surprise’, the children learnt some interesting facts about Africa. They are able to locate Africa on a map and globe and name some countries within the continent of Africa.  

‘Did you know Mrs Bhogal, that there are 54 countries in Africa!’ 

Maths

We have been deepening our understanding of calculation strategies, such as using known facts and the ‘Make ten’ strategy. We learnt how to use doubles to derive near doubles and spent a lesson exploring the idea of the = symbol as an indicator of equivalence. This learning has helped us to recognise how different strategies can be more efficient for different calculations.

Next we extended our understanding of the number system to 50. We developed our understanding of place value through grouping tens. We even counted all the pencils in the classroom! We now know how to compare numbers by looking at the tens first, as well as looking at the number’s position on a number line. We’ve got really confident with counting in twos, fives and tens.

Music

National curriculum aims to learn to sing, use their voices and play untuned instruments musically.

This month, the music in year one the children have continued to learn about pulse and rhythm. They have had the opportunity to play djembe drums and have followed a graphic score which incorporated adding a rhythm to a steady pulse beat. They have sung African songs including ‘Yebo’ and ‘Siahamba’

In addition, the children have played partner rhythms and social music games to encourage their social development. The children have listened to African music and discussed what they could hear, if they liked it or not and why.

Panjabi

The children have been learning first four sets of Panjabi letters and words beginning with those letters. We are also learning Biharee symbol (Biharee sound is ee and this symbol stands at the back of the letter like sI). 

Physical Education (P.E.)

The children have been practicing their football skills, focusing on passing and dribbling the ball.  Alongside this they have been learning about teamwork and how to share their ideas.  Having the confidence to share their ideas will help the children throughout the year in many other subjects.

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

We have been learning about how to work together to achieve success. With our partner, we wrote down some ideas of things that we are good at, like tying my shoelaces or skipping. When we shared it with our partner, we explained how what we did to achieve success and how it makes us feel.

‘I used to find reading really hard, but then I practised so much every day and now I feel really happy when I’m reading.’

We learnt that being successful sometimes takes time, so you should always try your best and never give up.

Science

After learning all about ‘Everyday Materials’, we moved on to ‘Animals Including Humans’. We learnt the names of all the body parts for different types of animals, such as reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fish and birds. We looked at the different animal groups and ourselves and discussed similarities and differences.

‘I’m different to a dog because I’ve got two legs and a dog has four legs.’

‘the lion and elephant both have ears to hear with, but the elephant’s ears are much bigger so that it can also use them to cool itself down.’

When we labelled the body parts of African animals, we also explained what they were used for.