Indigo Class / Year 1
Welcome to Indigo Class - Spring Term 2023
Please find more information about our Year 1 class below:
Have a look at our Knowledge Organisers to find out what we will be learning this term:
Science: Seasonal Changes: Spring
RE: Christianity: Prayer and Worship
Science: Animals, including humans
History: What is History? What were toys like when our parents and grandparents were young?
Science - Seasonal Changes: Autumn and Winter
RE: Judaism - Why is learning to do good deeds so important to Jewish People?
Geography - What is it like around our school
Learning in Indigo Class
In maths, we use lots of concrete materials to help us learn new concepts:
At Forest School, we have been connecting with nature in all kinds of ways: experimenting with mud recipes, designing and building dens, looking for wildlife, being creative, working as a team, testing ourselves with climbing trees safely, relaxing in a hammock and drinking hot chocolate to stay warm!
Below shows the learning from last year.
Autumn Term 2021
Please find out more information about our Year 1 class below.
Year 1 Reflective Space
Year 1 Work
Autumn 1 2021
This half term the theme was 'Amazing Me! Amazing You! and the children spent a lot of time playing in the Doctors Surgery in the role play corner. The children have been learning about the different parts of their body and their five senses.
In Art we have been learning about mark making and using different tools to create different textures. The children used pencils, crayons, paint brushes and sponges to create a straw, stick and brick house from the story of The Three Little Pigs.
In RE we have been learning about why belonging to God and the church family is important to Christians. We created biscuits with designs linked to baptism.
In Computing we have been using different tools such as the paintbrush, fill, shapes and eraser to create pictures on Paint. The children even modified a picture using paintbrush tool.
In Science we have been looking at seasonal changes. The children went on an Autumn Walk and looked at the signs of Autumn on the school field.
Autumn 2 2021
This half term our theme is 'Wonder'.
The children will be looking at how toys have changed over the years and the materials they are made from. We will also make a start on the Nativity ready for the performances in December.
In Art the children have been looking at printmaking. The children created collograph blocks to print with and they tried printing with a range of different materials such as: string, sticks, buttons, 2D shapes, sponges, corks, newspaper, pipe cleaners and border roll. They also used printing tools to make poppies for Remembrance Day and a display in the foyer.
In Computing we have been coding. The children have been debugging and creating algorithms.
In DT the children planned, created and evaluated their model house. They used a range of materials like: paint, coloured paper, card, pens, pencils, sponges and split pins.
In Maths we have been looking at Place Value within 20, 2D and 3D shapes and Addition and Subtraction within 10. The children have used a range of concrete objects during their Maths lesson such as: base 10, number lines, numicon, bead strings, cubes, spheres, cones, pyramids, cylinders, cuboids, squares, circles, rectangles and triangles.
In Science we have been looking at a range of different objects and the materials they are made from. The children also named different materials and talked about the properties of the materials.
This have half term we have also been rehearsing for this years Nativity called 'The Big Little Nativity.' The children worked so hard during the rehearsals and they produced a great Nativity which sadly had to be recorded .Key Stage 1 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Big Little Nativity.
Spring 1 2022
In Science the children have been learning to identify and name a variety of common animals including mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish, identify carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and describe and compare a variety of animals.
In Maths, the children have explored the Numbers to 50. They have been learning to count forwards and backwards to 50, comparing numbers and groups of objects, representing numbers, identifying tens and ones and counting in 2s and 5s.
In English, the children have been learning to write a set of instructions for 'How to look after the world' based on the book Michael Recycle and using their own ideas including imperative verbs, numbers and a title. Also the children have been learning to write a recount about 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' using conjunctions, adjectives, verbs with the suffix ed, time openers, the past tense and the pronoun I.
In DT the children have been learning ways to create mechanisms like sliders and levers for their own moving pictures which they have designed linked to a traditional tale.
In Art, the children have been learning about colour mixing using the three primary colours and they have looked at work by the artist Jasper Johns.
Spring 2 2022
In English, the children have been looking at a non-fiction book called 'Hello World' and the children have been learning different ways to say 'Hello', the names of different countries around the world and they have been describing pictures of animals and clothes from around the world using adjectives. The children have been looking at the story of The Little Red Hen as a stimulus for their writing and they have written their own letters to the animals to ask them questions about why they wouldn't help the Little Red Hen plant the wheat.
This term the children celebrated World Book Day and they brought in props linked to their favourite stories.
In Maths, the children have been exploring length, height, weight, mass, capacity and volume. They have been looking at the different ways to measure length, height and weight and making comparisons. They have been using cubes, balance scales and a ruler.
In Science, the children having been looking for signs of spring and identifying seasonal changes. They went on a spring walk around the school field and found daffodils, buds on trees, blossom, hyacinths, dandelions, daisies, primroses and forget me nots. The children even saw a butterfly, bees and ladybirds.
In Art the children have looking at different patterns and they have been learning ways to create their own patterns on strips of fabric using a range of materials such as oil pastels, crayons, pencils, felt tip pens and brusho.
In Computing the children have been exploring the keyboard and they have started to identify keys and type words and sentences linked to the story The Little Red Hen.
This half term the children have been learning to identify places on a map and they have been creating memory maps. In Science the children have been growing cress seeds. They started by predicting what they thought would happen to the seeds, then they wrote instructions to explain how they planted them and wrote their results.
In History the children have been learning about significant historical figures such as Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake and they created a timeline of key events in their lives.
In Art the children have been learning about the work of artists like Patrick Heron and Richard Long. They created a collage piece of work in response to the work of Patrick Heron and they used a range of hot and cold colours. Also they created a collage circle in response to work of Richard Long. Both pieces of artwork allowed them to focus on the skills of overlapping.
Also the children created their own bird nests using the skills they learnt and they thought about the properties of different materials. They chose soft materials for the inside to keep eggs safe and protect them and hard, rough and sharp materials for the outside to make the nest strong and protect it from predators.
In English the children looked at a book called Beegu and they have learnt to describe the main character using adjectives. They also learnt to write a letter to the Reception children to explain what it is like to be an astronaut. They used the book called Man on the Moon as a stimulus to support their writing and pretended to be Bob. They include questions, exclamation marks, adjectives, time openers, capital letters, full stops, the suffix endings ed and ing to verbs and conjunctions like 'and' and 'because'.
In Maths the children have been learning to multiply by creating equal groups and arrays. They then moved on to division and they learnt how to share object equally. To finish off the half term the children learnt how to find a half of shape and quantity and how to find a quarter of a shape and quantity.
In RE the children have been learning about Christianity and the festival of Pentecost. The children have learnt how the Holy Spirit arrived, why Jesus left, how Christians know God is always with them and the signs of the Holy Spirit.
This term the them is 'Explore'.
In History the children have been learning about significant historical figures such as Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth 2 and historical changes to the seaside.
In Maths the children have been learning to identify and describe a range of turns and positions, count forwards and backwards from 0- 100, partition numbers into tens and ones, compare and order numbers between 0-100, tell the time to the hour, tell the time half past the hour, name the days of the week and compare time using the vocabulary quicker, slower, earlier and later.
In English the children have been learning to write a recount, order words in alphabetical order, describe and explain a story with a storyboard, sequence events in a story, use their imagination to write their own story, create a list of adjectives to describe and write a poem about the seaside.
In DT the children have been learning about the importance of healthy eating, identifying unhealthy and healthy foods and designed, planned, created and evaluated their own fruit kebabs.
In PSHE the children have been explaining their own skills and talents, their learning this year and their aims for the future.
In RE the children have been learning about another faith. They have been learning about Prayer and Worship in Judaism. The children have been learning what it means to be thankful, what a Sukkah is, what happens at Shabbat, the key events in the creation story and why Jewish families say so many prayers and blessings.
Also this term the children have also been preparing and have taken part in Sports Day.
Miss Anna Jackson - Class Teacher