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Ducks & Geese (Year 1)

Teachers: Mrs Leach, Mrs Rixon, Mrs Miller

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Perryman, Mrs Brand, Mrs Hocking

Welcome to the Spring term in Year One.

In Year One, the Ducks and the Geese have begun the term with the first story in our learning relate to ‘Stories around the world.’ Exploring the biblical story of Epiphany (Matthew2:1-12) has led us on a journey in our space station to visit the stars.

 

We have been drawing constellations, finding out about light sources (both natural and man made) and looking closely at Van Gogh’s Starry Night. We have begun making marks in paint, then copying Van Gogh’s style with pastels and then recreated the painting in watercolour.

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We are using poems and rhymes about stars to find out what rhyme does and how we could create our own rhyming poems about stars. To help us with this we are using a book of poetry called Star Poems.

 

To help us understand how stars are made, how far away they are and why constellations look as they do, we had a mobile planetarium visit us in school. We stepped into the planetarium and could see all the stars in the Milky Way. We were able to find the Bear, the Plough, the Big Bear and lots of other constellations.

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We have even used stars in our maths, to make multiples of ten and to help us remember how knowing our number facts for pairs of ten will help us work out our number pairs of 20.

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In RE we are reflecting on how the stories in the bible show us that Jesus was a good friend.

 

We have also put an ‘I wonder…’ box in our reflection corner where we can post questions we would like to discuss and each week we choose one of these to talk about. These can be thoughts from RE or everyday things that happen and make us want to talk about in more depth. These have included: ‘Why can’t everyone be good?’ and ‘Why did God make the World?

Autumn Term 2016 - 

The Ducks and the Geese have had a ‘flying’ start to the year. Our friends Tony and Sue came to visit with a selection of the rare ducks and geese that they breed and we all had a chance to hold or touch them. We found the enormous green and blue Kyuga duck particularly fascinating.

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We have begun our learning with the question ‘What does a farmer do?’ We have been exploring how farms work; what animals you might find on a farm and what the animals need in order to survive and how fruits and vegetable are grown and harvested.

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We went to visit Whipton Lane allotments and walked around school where we  harvested lots of different produce. This also linked to our RE focus of caring for God’s world and we have looked at our immediate environment and the wider world. This has helped us to begin thinking about how we can limit the pollution we cause and help others to respect God’s world.

Grace and her mum talked to us about Grace's BMX experiences.

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