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Butterflies

Year 1

We have been learning about the different changes in weather in our country. We have been discussing how the weather affects what we do and what clothes we wear! We have been learning about the different weather symbols. We made our own weather forecast up and we pretended to be a weather forecaster. 

This week it has been  National School Sports Week. We have been celebrating this by completing sport themed activities all week. Butterflies Class have had daily P.E. lessons, learnt about famous and inspirational athletes who were born in Worksop  as well as learning about new sports. We  welcomed visitors into school to lead some sessions including Kixx , ACMAC Martial Arts and All That Jazz School of Dance and Acro.
We have had a great time learning new skills

 

ACMAC Martial Arts.

Samba Dancing with Miss Jazz from All That Jazz School of Dance and Acro

Today we have been drawing a toucan inspired by the "Toucan" painting by Henri Rousseau. Our toucans are very colourful.

Butterflies Class Platinum Jubilee celebrations...

Butterflies Class have made a fantastic start to our Platinum Jubilee celebrations with their portraits of Queen Elizabeth. Take a look at our amazing paintings.

Take a look at our Platinum Jubilee silhouette collages of the Queen.

This week we have been learning about the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. In our computing session we used 2Paint to paint a portrait of the Queen. Take a look at our fantastic paintings.

We had a great day dressing up to mark the end of of our topic "Paws, Claws and Whiskers". We all looked amazing.

We have been learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly. After reading the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' we talked about what happened within the story and how the caterpillar got bigger, then made a small house for himself called a 'cocoon'. He stayed in his cocoon for 2 weeks and eventually he nibbled a hole out of his cocoon and he came out of his cocoon as a beautiful butterfly. The story then helped us to talk about the life cycle of a butterfly. We also looked through some non fiction books that told us lots of interesting facts about caterpillars and butterflies. 

Then at the beginning of the term we got our very own caterpillars and together as a class we are looking after them and watching them turn into butterflies. 

 

This week we have been reading the book " Commotion In The Ocean ".  We have been solving the riddles in the book. We had a go at writing our own riddles. Can you guess what we are describing?

In Computing we have been looking at the differences between traditional books and e-books. We have been exploring the tools of "2Create a Story" on Purple Mash.  We have been designing our own animated e- book. We have made animations and added sounds to our pages as well. Here are a few of the pages we have designed.

This week we have been reading the book " Commotion In The Ocean" by Giles Andreae.  We have been identifying the rhyming words and the alliteration in the story. We made a collage of an underwater scene. They look fantastic.

Today in our music lesson we continued the pulse of a piece of music using instruments and different movements. We were fantastic at doing this!

As part of our topic work  we have  been learning about old toys from the past and how they are different to toys today. The children  looked at an old cup and ball toy and how it works. They then made their own! We followed instructions carefully to thread string into a hole in the bottom of a cup. We then  attached the string to the cup, and then used tape to secure the other end  to the ball. The best bit was getting to test them out!

What a great start to our new topic "Paws, Claws and Whiskers"! Today we had a visit  from White Post Farm, as part of their ‘On The Road’ experience. During this visit, Butterflies Class were  able to learn about, see and touch a variety of animals including mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, reptiles and many more. The children  handled some of the animals, as well as asking questions about their care. We had a brilliant time!

 

This half term, we’ve taken a trip to the past to discover what life was like at the time when we were born.   We've also found out how babies change and grow over time. We had a party to celebrate the end of our  "Memory Box " topic.  We invited our very own bears to it! We had a great time.

In our topic work work we have been  exploring a variety of fruits and vegetables, what they look like, taste like and feel like. In our Design and Technology work  we have been learning  how to prepare fruits and vegetables through cutting, peeling and more. We then had the challenge of designing, making and evaluating our own  fruit salad!

In Computing we have been using the programme 2 Go on Purple Mash.We have been  programming an on-screen robot around a canvas to either draw a trail as it moves or following a route to reach a particular destination on a map. We have been directing it around by entering commands using the arrow keys and numeric keypad displayed on the right-hand-side of the screen.

Butterflies Class have had fun celebrating Red Nose Day.

We had great fun telling each other jokes!

Today in our P.E. lesson we have been learning the skills of throwing and catching. Take a look at us practising these skills.

 

This week in our art lesson we have been drawing portraits of Queen Elizabeth II.

This week we are reading the story "Down By the Cool Of The Pool" by Tony Mitton. Before listening to the story, look at the title of the book and discuss what might happen in the story. 

Today we followed a set of instructions to make a frog! 

 

Today we discussed self-portraits. We looked at different self portraits by various artists. We then looked at the different materials and techniques used by  different artists. We had a go at drawing our own self-portraits. 

World Book Day

Butterflies Class looked amazing in their costumes. We had a fantastic and really enjoyed meeting the author Steve Antony who read two of his books and showed us how to draw. 

Story Boxes

Take a look at some of our story boxes we made at home. They look fantastic.

We have been reading the book " Room On The Broom" by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. We really enjoyed the story.  In the story, the witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand!  Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom.  But is there room on the broom for so many friends? 

Take a look at some of our writing about the witch. 

This week in our Computing session we learnt to save and open files in our folders on Purple Mash.

What a fantastic end to our topic "The Enchanted Wood". Take a look at the amazing masks we have made. We had a mask parade wearing our masks and hats around the playground. We went outside to make pictures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. He makes sculptures with natural materials on sites in the UK and around the world. He has made them in forests, cities, lakes and fields. We also had fun making some hedgehog shaped bird feeders. 

This week we have been learning about position and direction in maths. We enjoyed following directions forwards, backwards, left and right. 

Butterflies Class started off this week by celebrating Childen's Mental Health Week. We talked about different emotions and how we express these feelings. We also talked about how we like to relax. We discussed the importance of exercise too. We had great fun  taking part in the Imoves dancing sessions.

This week we have been reading the book "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae .

Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. Take a look at our fantastic drawings of Gerald dancing!

We talked about our favourite stories and the reasons why we liked them.

We also played " Name that story". We looked carefully at the clues to identify the story.  We know so many stories!

This week Butterflies Class have had a great week taking part in National Storytelling Week. We have been celebrating storytelling and having fun telling our own stories!

We have been telling stories about what we have been doing at school, making up funny stories and retelling stories we already know. We have had a great time  using our imaginations and listening to each other telling stories.

 

We made our own woodland animal masks and had great fun storytelling!

This week in our maths lessons we have been  learning the names and the properties of 3D shapes. We have been investigating which 3d shapes roll, stack or slide. We investigated whether a shape can have more than one of these properties. We sorted the shapes into these properties.

Butterflies Class have loved reading the book “Rumble in the Jungle” by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz (Illustrator)

 ‘There’s a rumble in the jungle there’s a whisper in the trees, the animals are waking up and rustling the leaves.’
We have enjoyed hearing the rhymes and rhythm of this story. It describes a morning in a jungle, going through many animals and what they are doing. It has bright, colourful illustrations and it enjoyable to read at any age.  Take a look at our new book cover designs!

In our Computing session today, we worked with a friend to plan a route around the classroom. We used the Bee Bot symbol cards to map out a route for our friend to follow.

Butterflies had a fun today in our Mini Kix P.E. session. We had a great time.

In Computing today we learnt about algorithms. We followed a set of instructions to move around the classroom. We then used the Bee Bots and explored what happened when a set of instructions were inputted.

Today we had fun designing and drawing a fairy garden. We can't wait to make them next week!

Today we went outside to explore the environment. We looked at the shapes of different leaves. We collected twigs, bark and leaves which we will use next week in our art lesson.

We had a great last day of this term.  We watched a pantomine by 'Singing Hands'. We also had fun making our own party hats. We enjoyed our class Christmas party. 

This week in our Maths lessons we have been completing Christmas themed Numicon activities. We had some festive number fun!

Butterflies Class looked fabulous in their Christmas jumpers. What a great day we've had. Christmas dinner, Christmas jumpers and making decorations.

In our Maths lessons this week we have been playing addition games.  We have adding one digit and two-digit numbers up to 30. We had great fun!

This week we have been learning about Antarctic Explorers. We learnt about Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton's expedition to the South Pole. We had fun making a moving picture of an Antarctic Explorer. Take a look at our designs!

This week in English we have been reading the story " Cave Baby" by Julia Donaldson and Emily Gravett. We have been working on understanding the different parts to the story, and then placing these together in the correct sequence. We have been looking at some of the fantastic illustrations in the book, and then writing our own short description to help re-tell the story. The children have also been using some puppets to help recreate the story. We have had great fun getting into character of Cave Baby and his family. Look at our fantastic cave pictures.

Butterflies Class have had a fantastic day for Children In Need. We had a busy day. We took part in a Pudsey themed P.E. lesson  as well as making and coloring our own Pudsey Bears!

This week in our English lessons we have been reading the book "Lost and Found" by Oliver Jeffers. The story is about a boy who found a penguin at his door....

We have had fun retelling the story with the puppets we made!

In our Design and Technology lessons we have been designing and making moving penguins. We used sliders to make them move, Have a look at some of our designs.

Butterflies Class looked great in their odd socks to mark the start of Anti Bullying Week. We said kind words in our lessons to make each other smile!

This week in our maths lessons we have been counting in 2s.

We have been partitioning numbers into tens and units. What great mathematicians we are!

Today we have been learning about Remembrance Day. Take a look at the poppies we have made. 

To celebrate the end of our "Superheroes" topic we came dressed up as either a real life superhero or one with powers. Look how amazing we look! 

This week we have been reading the book " Handa's Surprise" by Eileen Browne. We have been using adjectives to describe the fruit in the story. We also had fun tasting different fruit this week, We tasted mango, pineapple, kiwi fruit and melon.

In  our computing lesson this week we have been logging into Purple Mash and using the paint programme.

Today in P.E. we  continued our learning on how to travel in different ways. We   practiced how to skip and hopscotch. .

During our computing lessons we have been working on, turning on and logging onto the laptops, logging onto Purple Mash, using the mouse and accessing activities, as well as shutting down the laptop. We have been using Purple Mash at home too. Take a look at some of our homework.

Today in our music lesson we have been learning to keep the pulse using claves.

On Friday we had great fun in Ch.I.L. (Children's Independent Learning) Take a look at some of the activities we chose to do.

This week in our maths lessons we have been learning  about shape. We have been identifying them and looking at their properties. In "Wondertime" today we had some squares with 4 parts.  We then chose 3 different colours and found as many different ways we could to colour the squares. We tried not to repeat the same pattern on different squares.

This week in our English lessons we have been reading the story "Farmer Duck" by Martin Waddell. We enjoyed retelling the story!

In our topic work this week we have been learning about the R.N.L.I. and the amazing work they do. We have been looking at the equipment they use and learning about the different types of lifeboats they use.

Today we danced and clapped to the beat in our music session. We listened  to and appraised a piece of music. 

Today we have been continuing our work on senses. We smelt some different types of food which were hidden from our eyes, and  we guessed what the foods might be. We had great fun smelling the different types of food. 

This week in our maths lessons we have been counting  to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0. We have been working very hard practising writing our numbers.

 

What a great first week back Butterflies class has had!  We have really enjoyed our new topic “Superheroes”. We have read a story about a superhero called Max and his special powers. We have designed our own superhero masks. We can’t wait to meet some real superheroes in the next few weeks!