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This week in Year 1 we have been creating food chains and learning what a carnivore, herbivore and omnivore is. The class decided that they were carnivores and could verbally explain why. The children enjoyed categorising the animals and creating food chains from their knowledge of what they eat.
In Maths, we have been learning how do double. We did this practically using our fingers and counters then when we realised that doubling involved the x2 tables, we moved on to harder questions.
We also used the bar model for the first time in Mrs Nicholson's class to work out missing number calculations. We used wallpaper borders to work out the missing number. The children really enjoyed using this method and the visual aspect helped the children with their learning.
This week in Year 1 we have been carrying out some science investigations following last week's science fair. We have been looking at forces, in particular pushes and pulls. We looked at different circus acts and talked about whether they were push or pull forces.
We looked at a tightrope walker and tried to determine what the word 'balance' means. We set up our own investigation in the classroom using a metre stick and tried out three different objects to balance the weight of a book. We discovered that the weight on either side of the metre stick needed to be the same in order for it to be balanced.
After the investigation, we discussed whether our predictions were right and if not, what did we find out.
In maths, we have being revisiting 3D shapes. At the beginning of the week we went on a miniature 3D shape hunt around the classroom to see if we could spot any hidden 3D shapes. We then created actions to help us remember each shape name whilst discussing the different properties of each.
This week in year 1 we have been looking at length and height in maths and measuring with different units such as our hands and our feet. We measured different objects around the classroom before discussing what might be a more accurate method of measuring. We all thought that if we used a ruler, we would get a more reliable measurement.
In English we have been looking closely at The Singing Mermaid and creating actions for every word of the story. Not only does this help with our understanding but it will also help us to sequence events from the story at the end of the week. We have really enjoyed getting to know the characters of the Singing Mermaid and Sam Sly. Please ask us about them!