KS1 - Hummingbird Class
April – May 2018
This half-term we have been learning about minibeasts.
We went on a minibeast hunt outside – we had to look very carefully! We thought about why minibeasts live in certain places – snails seem to like to hide in dark damp places.
We painted pictures of some of the snails that we found. Mr Baker bought her giant snails in for us to look after. We fed them with leaves and fruit, and were careful to look but not touch.
February - March 2018
This half term we were learning about farms. We found out lots of information about animals and how food is grown on farms. We had a pizza take away in our role play area, and found out that the pizza dough is made from wheat. We also made our own mini pizzas, they were yummy!
We went to see the baby chicks which hatched out in Reception, and we are really looking forward to our trip to the farm!
April 2018 - Our trip to the farm!
January - February 2018
Our topic for this half term has been ‘Reflections’. We have been learning about shape, pattern and symmetry. We have made shape pictures and patterns using different equipment as well as symmetrical models from K’nex. We looked at or reflections in mirrors and even had a fancy dress shop role play area.
We read lots of stories about winter and painted some fantastic penguin pictures. We also used our senses to explore ice. It feels very cold and you can see cracks in it.
This half term we have been learning about autumn. We went on a walk around the school to look at signs of autumn and we collected leaves to look at and print with.
We have been finding out about woodland animals. We have read information books, written facts, painted pictures and made models. We also followed some simple instructions to make our own bird feeders, which we hung outside.
We have enjoyed maths work using our new ‘Numicon’ equipment.
We have been learning about Christmas, and the Christmas story. We have listened to stories about Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, and we are enjoying practising our Nativity play. We hope you will be able to come and watch us and listen to our lovely singing.
Our topic for this half term has been ‘Do you want to be friends’. We have been learning about making new friends, being kind, being helpful and how we are the same in some ways and different in others.
We thought about using kind words to talk to our friends. We also enjoyed playing games together, taking turns and getting used to winning and losing.
We learned about people who help us at home, at school and in the community. We had a visit from Firefighter Singh and his friend Ted, and learned about what firefighters do to help us and keep us safe. We made our role play area into a doctor’s surgery, and took turns to be the doctor and look after each other. We also went on a walk to find out who helps us at school.
This half-term we have been learning about plants. We planted beans, watered them and put them in the sun to grow. As they grew we measured them to see how tall they were getting! We enjoyed reading the fairytale ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, and wrote some fantastic stories of our own.
We had a great time on our trip to Painshill Park. We joined in with a magical fairytale walk in the woods, and made a new house for Baby Bear. We also made a big den to sit in from branches and leaves.
We have had fun playing on the new playground equipment and it has helped us to work on our strength and balance!
This half-term we have been learning about materials and mixtures. We experimented with different materials and mixtures in our ‘science lab’, making our own gloop, and playdough. We investigated floating and sinking with different materials and what happens to different materials when they are
We looked at information books about materials like plastic, wood and fabric. We used a range of different materials to construct with and use in our small world play inside and outside. We tried to share fairly and work together.
We have been enjoying PE with Miss Emma as always, and have started practising for our Sports Days!
This half-term we have been learning about castles. We dressed up as Kings and Queens and had a banquet with the Year 2 classes. We drank from the special goblets we decorated.
We found out about castles from photographs and information books. We played with the model castle and figures, doing lots of talking, sharing and taking turns. We also made our own castles from blocks.
As we were learning about castles, we read some fairy stories. We read that Cinderella lost her shoe, so we decided to have a role play shoe shop in our classroom. This gave us lots of opportunities to practise measuring and use mathematical words like bigger, too small and longer. It was lots of fun!
This half-term we also celebrated World Book day by dressing up and reading lots of our favourite books. Can you guess who we are dressed as?
Last week we went to visit St Dunstan’s Church to find out about the Easter story, and how Christians celebrate Easter.
This half-term we have been learning about animals. We have been finding out about animal body parts and drawing and labelling different animals. We enjoyed following picture instructions to make model animals.
We looked at information books about big cats, and found out about titles and contents pages. We even wrote our own facts.
We have particularly enjoyed learning and playing together in the role play vets. We have looked after the animals really well, taking x-rays, putting on bandages, taking temperatures, giving injections and checking heart beats.
This half term we have been learning about celebrations. We found out that Hindus celebrate Diwali, and we made some beautiful Rangoli patterns.
We have been learning about Christmas, and the Christmas story. We listened to stories about Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, and took part in the “Christmas with the aliens” play. We hope you enjoyed watching us and listening to our lovely singing. We had our own puppet theatre and put on our own puppet plays.
We have also been learning about materials. We sorted objects according to whether they are hard, soft, rough or smooth. We also enjoyed experimenting with magnets.
We have really enjoyed doing gymnastics in PE with Coach Emma, and all love doing forward rolls!
This year we are following Year 2’s topics and our topic for this half term has been ‘Wiggle and crawl’.
We enjoyed looking for minibeasts outside – some of them were very tricky to find! We thought about why they live in certain places – the snails seemed to like to hide in dark damp places.
We kept our own caterpillars in the classroom, and were very interested to watch them grow and change from very tiny caterpillars into great big caterpillars, and then into beautiful butterflies. The caterpillars came with their own special food, and we took care of them by looking and not touching, and by giving the butterflies sugar water and fruit pieces. When all the caterpillars had turned into butterflies we let them go in the new nature garden.