Wow! We have been back for two weeks already! Welcome to all the new Year 1 Class who have settled in so quickly and confidently in their new classroom.
So much incredible learning has been happening already.
The class has been busy getting to know the indoor space and enjoying the enhancements in our outdoor area. Lots of us have already brought in our boots and waterproofs so we are not restricted by the weather!
In Year 1 we build upon the 'In the Moment' approach followed in Reception class. Into this we incorporate enhancements that will allow children to work on National Curriculum objectives. We split our day into moments of whole class teaching and continuous provision which is child initiated learning. This has enabled the children to be fully engaged throughout the school day and are becoming autonomous, self-motivated learners. We believe some of the best learning comes directly from their interests.
Just some of our learning so far includes:
- Many children have been fascinated by the idea of a car wash. They have been making bays out of chalk and numbering them. They are then washing the trucks and using the clipboards and pens available in our Outdoor Learning Box to record their customers. They have even started including money! So much learning to be had, all initiated by the children, and assisted by the teacher.
- We have been looking at traditional tales. The children have been acting out the story outside using our outdoor story map. We have learnt the story of the Gingerbread Man and the Three Little Pigs. Feeling safe and our homes has come up a lot in our conversations and circle time this week. The children have been designing houses in our creative area and many added their own labels.
- In fact, performance has been a big interest for many children so far. The construction blocks make a great seating area and lots of props have been incorporated.
- Superheroes is a big interest for many of our children. They have made several 'lairs' for superheroes and the 'bad guys' to live in. A great opportunity for learning about shape was spotted and we discussed how we were going to build the lair.
- The sand and water area is always popular. Some children have been using the 'cake making equipment'. During the process of making a 'strawberry cake' the children expressed an interest in growing their own strawberries. What a great idea!
- In many pictures you can see the children writing outside. Children are able to get a clipboard, notebook, pens and pencils as they wish and record, design and create at any point they fancy during their outdoor or indoor 'play'.
Here are a selection of some of our learning moments so far:
Today, we were extremely lucky to have some special visitors in our classroom! The North Somerset Bird of Prey Centre kindly brought in some owls for us to see. We learnt so many new owl facts. Apparently not all owls are nocturnal!
We enjoyed stroking the owls and our listening skills were fantastic.
Our topic this term is called 'Starry Night' and is all about the dark and nocturnal animals. As part of this we have been looking at the story 'Owl Babies' and today we made some art work showing where the owl babies live.
We used charcoal to make it dark and added feathers and twigs to make their home.
This term, the children have been learning all about the traditional tale 'The Gingerbread Man'. Their writing from this has been fantastic. They have innovated and invented a new 'biscuit character' and wrote some recipes about how to make a really mean fox.
To end our unit of learning we made Gingerbread Men in the class. All the children really enjoyed having a turn putting in the ingredients and stirring the mixture. After we baked our Gingerbread Men, we decorated them with icing.