2019-20 YEAR 1

Sunday 29th March, 2020.
Hope you are all keeping safe, Year 1, and looking out for everyone at home. 
Today, you should receive information about how to join the ClassDojo learning platform. It will be great to connect with you all directly again!
Please scroll down to look through photos and information about our topics for the year so far.
Our first topic this term will be Incredible Inventors. This topic will include our Geography, History, Science and Design Technology learning and will link to our writing.
In history we have begun to look at what an invention is and how some inventions changed our daily lives. We will look at some exciting significant people and their inventions.
We will be writing descriptions of things we would like to invent, writing lists of materials we need, writing factually about historical inventors and retelling a traditional tale all about materials.
Below are some photos of a Science and Geography trail we went on, hunting for materials around school. In Science, we have been exploring materials and finding out about their properties. We are moving on to investigate the best materials for making umbrellas and houses.
We will be exploring the school, using directions to find our way around and mapping the things we find and the materials they are made from.
Below are photos of our first lesson tasting ingredients for our Design and Technology topic all about healthy breakfasts and getting your five-a-day. Next we will design a breakfast product. We will practice skills in peeling, chopping and mixing to create breakfast pots and then evaluate our creations.
In art we have been learning about portraits and creating some of our own. We have made realistic pencil portraits inspired by our inventor that week, Leonardo Da Vinci, abstract portraits and some with fruit for facial features, after our fruity afternoon tasting! Below we are working on watercolour backgrounds for our next portrait task.
Here is some information on how to help keep your child safer online. The 'sharing pictures' video can be found on the ThinkUKnow website.
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Our second topics will be exciting explorers. This will include our Geography, History and Science learning and give us plenty to write about. 
In science we will look at the seasonal changes we notice at school and at the woods, investigate how to measure and record the weather, think about the sun's effect on the season and the length of the day at different times of year and finally think about animals at this time of year.
In history we will find out about Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong and polar explorers. We will find out about how exploring has changed over time, the difficulties they faced and the equipment and transport they needed.
In geography we will look at the globe and oceans. We will make and use simple maps and consider the climates near to and far from the equator.
In English we will write in a variety a of styles to compare explorers, report on exciting events, retell fictional stories and create space shape poems.
We had a wonderful time walking in the woods, looking for signs of autumn and talking about how it feels to be an explorer. Photos are below.
We have completed our termly DT project where we planned, tested, designed, made, and evaluated healthy breakfast fruit pots. They were very fun to make and most children enjoyed eating them afterwards! Photos below.

Safer Internet Day: On Tuesday 11th February Mr Walker will mark Safer Internet Day with an assembly for the children of Key Stage 1.   In 2020, Safer Internet Day in the UK will encourage young people to explore how they manage their online identity, and how the internet shapes how they think of themselves and others.


Free to be me: exploring identity online


We want Safer Internet Day 2020 to celebrate difference and help us work towards creating a truly inclusive internet. The campaign will focus on what makes up your online identity – such as the facts or characteristics about you, how others perceive and interact with you, as well as how online services identify you. It will also look at how offline stereotypes and discrimination are challenged or reinforced online.

Feel free to look through the resources below.

Online Safety for Parents

It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, the NSPCC can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe. Follow the link below.