This week in Maths we have been learning about the properties of shapes. Our shapes that we need to know in year one are a square, rectangle, triangle and a circle:
We had spent some time looking at lots of examples of nature art and one Andy Goldsworthy piece inspired the children to make their own Autumn flowers:
After learning about environmental artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Chris Drury using woodland materials to build and create 3D art and sculptures, we decided we would build our own twig sculptures. To do this we would need twigs from long to short. This was a perfect opportunity to show our skills in comparing and describing lengths.
The children were able to describe longest to shortest and when questioned, could describe which were longer and which were shorter.
Although we have had only three days, we've fit a week's worth of activities in!
Multiplication Step 4: I can find the total number of objects.
The children collected leaves and sticks in order to make groups and work out multiplication problems.
"It gets colder and colder." "Conkers are a sign of Autumn."
"The leaves fall off the trees." "When it's windy, sticks get blown off the trees."
"The leaves turn yellow and fall down." "Some animals hibernate."
"The animals' fur gets thicker." "I found lots of acorns."
"Sometimes there's snow." "Hedgehogs hibernate."
Whilst Mrs Goldsmith and I are working with groups of children, the rest of the children are encouraged to access independent learning through play. Numicon is a maths resource that children love and is a fantastic boost to their maths understanding. Based on a proven concrete-pictorial-abstract approach, Numicon encourages children to explore maths using structured imagery and apparatus in order to understand and explain mathematical concepts. This gives children confidence through demonstrating how and why they arrived at their answer and enables their teacher to easily assess understanding by watching and listening to what children do and say:
The Smartest Giant Experience
After seeing a trailer for Meadowhall's Gruffalo experience from two years ago, the children decided we would create our own Smartest Giant in Town show. We have planned a list of jobs that we need to complete in order to run a successful show. One of the first jobs was to make lots of crowns for our audience to wear during the show.
What a busy week!
In the Giants we have started our guided reading cycle. Usually year ones won't begin this until after Christmas, but the attitude to learning in KS1 is so positive that we felt it was time to challenge the children and encourage independent learning.
This week has also been momentous because the children have exercised their democratic rights and voted for the school council. Not only have we voted for which year sixes are members of the main council, but we have also voted for our class representatives. Congratulations to that boy and girl who will be working hard to represent us and bringing us back news from their very important meetings.
On Fridays, in order for me to plan our lessons for the week ahead, Mr Murphy teaches the children in the afternoon. He has been focussing on science and specifically the topic of the seasons.
This week the year ones learning objective was to explore outdoors at the end of summer. They were encouraged to look closely at the plants, smell them, listen for any animals and to know how it feels to be outside. They recorded the weather in their science books and recorded what they saw, smelt, felt and heard. They were also given pictures of plants to find.
The wonderful thing about having a forest school in the school grounds is that if it isn't booked out by a class we can access it in any lesson we like. This week we were looking at the wonder of nature and how religious people express their thankfulness. The Learning objective was to recognise aspects of the natural world which you find wonderful.
We went outside to the forest school to smell the earth, look at the sky, feel the trees, hear the birdsong and even tasted the fruit.
The children then looked at digital images of the natural world and shared vocabulary to express how it made them feel.
Well it's been an amazing first week at Walkley and we've had a fabulous week of learning in The Smartest Giants.
Not only have the children dived head first into their learning, but Mrs Goldsmith and myself have been learning all about the children and how they like to engage with the classroom.
We're currently waiting for delivery of our water tray and sand tray. However, the continuous provision has been available to support their learning and they have got stuck in!
Our topic this term is our class book: The Smartest Giant in Town.
The children have been learning the story and painting animal masks, ready for some drama: