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Beech Class

Welcome to the Year 1 Class Page
 Here, you can follow our learning journey in Beech Class, both in and out of the classroom. We are looking forward to having a very busy and exciting year!
Autumn 1 2022
Our topic for this half-term is 'Into the Woods', where we will be looking at seasonal changes, weather patterns and map reading. Our main text, in English, is 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson.
Maths Investigation Day
During our whole school Maths Investigation Day, Beech Class worked on some sorting, pattern and 3D shape investigations. We had lots of fun using classroom equipment and natural materials from outside to help us.
Sorting Investigation
We investigated lots of different ways to sort objects. The children used categories such as colour, shape and size to sort their equipment. Some children even sorted Numicon into odd and even numbers.
Pattern Investigation
We used lots of different equipment and also objects from nature to explore repeating patterns. The children were able to use colour, shape and size repeats and were extremely creative. They also coloured patterns and made finger print patterns using paint.
3D Shape Investigation
Our final investigation involved the children using wooden blocks and 3D shapes to find out which ones they could use to build a sturdy tower. They tried lots of different combinations and discovered that some of the blocks and shapes would not balance. This meant the towers fell over.
Gruffalo Faces
This half-term, our main text in English is 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson. The children made some lovely paper plate Gruffalo faces with Miss Windeatt. They had to think very carefully about his features and where to put them.
P.E. - Gruffalo Dance
In our Dance sessions with Mrs. Barlow, Beech Class have been thinking about how each of the characters in 'The Gruffalo' move. They have practised these movements and made up a whole-class Gruffalo dance.
Seasonal Changes
In Science, Beech Class have been looking at how the seasons change throughout the year and the weather that is typical in each one. The children painted some seasonal trees and we made a large display using some of them.
Visiting the New School Library
Beech Class visited the new library. We had lots of fun looking at the books and discovering the exciting places we could sit.
Computing - Using Laptops
In our Computing lessons, we learned how to turn the laptops on, log on to the Year 1 pages and use the mouse to click on the icons on the desktop. We then used 'Word' to write and save a sentence about The Gruffalo.
We also use the iPads on a regular basis. Here, Beech Class are spending some time working on Numbots, developing their skills in Maths.
Maths Week - Time
Our theme during Maths Week was time. The children took part in lots of fun activities which enabled them to develop their knowledge and understanding of time.
We learned about the different parts of the day, including morning, afternoon, evening and night, and sequenced some everyday activities, according to when they take place.
We also timed one minute and tested how many times we could carry out different tasks. These included star jumps, touching our toes, writing our names, drawing a face and building cube towers. We learned that one minute is not very long!
Towards the end of the week, we learned to tell o'clock and half past times on an analogue clock. We recorded the times by drawing the hands.
We really enjoyed making our own clocks using paper plates. We used these to tell the time too.
We also made some wrist watches. The clock faces were laminated so that we could draw different times on them. We then moved around the classroom, asking each other what the time was!
Finally, we played a game of time bingo. We really enjoyed our Maths Week and learned lots of new skills.
Autumn 2 2022
This half-term, our topic is 'Heroes'. Our main text in English is 'The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man' by Michael Chabon. In History, we will be studying Grace Darling and Florence Nightingale, finding out why we still remember them. In Art, we will be making our own superhero capes and in Design Technology, we will be designing some super spoons to help us fight the baddies!
Science Day - 'Ourselves'
Our theme for Science Day was 'Ourselves'. We started off by thinking about the different parts of the human body. We drew around one of the children and then added labels to the correct body parts. Next, we had a go at labelling our own version.
Next, we learned about the senses and went on a senses treasure hunt around the school. We looked for things we could see, hear, smell, taste and touch.
Spring 1 2023
Our topic this half-term is 'Taking Flight'.
In Geography, we will be studying maps, along with the continents and oceans of the world. In History, we will be looking at the lives of the famous aviators, The Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart.
Our main text in English is, 'Little People, Big Dreams: Amelia Earhart. Please see the Year One Spring Term Newsletter below for more information.
Science Week - January 2023
Beech Class' theme for Science Week this year was 'Everyday Materials'. We began the week by naming and sorting lots of different materials that we see every day.
After learning the names of the materials, we looked at different objects and identified which materials they were made from and thought about why. We found that some were made from two or more different ones.
We studied the properties of our materials and used adjectives to describe what they looked like, how they felt and how they behaved. Some of the words we used were hard, soft, rough, smooth and bendy. We learned some new words too, including rigid, opaque and transparent.
After identifying the properties, we learned which materials were natural and which were manufactured, or made by people. We sorted them into the two groups.
Finally, we investigated which material would be best to make an umbrella for a teddy. We tested four materials to see if they were waterproof or not. In the end, we came to the conclusion that plastic would be the best material because we found that it was waterproof but also flexible enough to put the umbrella up and down!
On the last day, we showed the whole school what we had learned and how hard we had worked in the school's Science Fair. We had a very busy but very fun week and we learned lots!