Friday, 29 June 2018

Friday 29th June

In English we have finished our 'life cycle of a butterfly' books and we are all very impressed! As they are information books we ensured that we included lots of detailed information, as well as remembering the 'non-negotiables' that we remember for all our writing. 

During the weekend your child might like to investigate the life cycle of a different mini beast and we would love to share their findings in school. Here is a good place to start researching:

This week in maths we have been learning about time. After telling the time to o’clock and half past we learnt to tell quarter past times. We had to read clock times, draw the minute and hour hands on the clock and say what the time will be in one hour or what it was one hour ago. You may like to help your child tell the time at home, talk about the long hand being the minute hand and the short hand being the hour hand.  All week the children have been telling us when the class clock says o’clock, half past and quarter past times. You may like to encourage them to do this at home too!
Follow the links below with your child.
Later in the week we went outside and timed ourselves doing some activities including star jumps, hopping and writing our names.  We estimated first, then timed ourselves and then recorded the time.  After we compared our times with each other and talked about who was slower or faster.

On Friday we read the story the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’, we looked at who was faster and who was slower and talked about whether the quickest animal won and why. We noticed that the faster time is less time and the slower time is more. We compared times of animals and people in races and made our own time comparison sentences.

This week in science we looked at another microhabitat.  We did a tree shake to find out which mini-beasts live in a tree.  We predicted first and then went outside to find out.  We found spiders, ants, aphids, and other tiny minibeasts living in the tree.  We collected our data and then made a block graph showing our results.  After we used the block graph to ask questions like which minibeast was the most/least common, how many spiders did we see and how many minibeasts did we see altogether.

In art this week we used our plans to create our own clay minibeasts.  We used a range of techniques to make them including rolling, flattening, coiling, pinching and marking with tools.  Next week we will be painting our minibeasts.

We hope you have a fantastic weekend in the sunshine! 
Year One Team