Just a reminder that Year 1 have their open classrooms on Thursday 25th January from 8:40 – 9. This will be an opportunity to take a look at the castle your child will have planned, made and evaluated. After dropping your child to school you will need to walk around to the Avenue Road entrance and through the office. You will then be escorted to the classroom. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Well done to the following children who have received Class Teacher awards since the start of the academic year for demonstrating one of the Avenue Values in their classes.
Ants: Ethan and Zakariya
Crickets: Aarit and William
Grasshoppers: Rachel and Gabby
Ladybirds: Sofia and Olivia
Bumblebees: Mitchell and Serin
Below is a reminder of our Avenue Values.
Pride in achievements and self confidence.
Building relationships and team work.
Mutual respect and tolerance.
This week in our topic lessons, Year 1 were called to the aid of a well-known but fragile egg named Humpty Dumpty. Humpty was distressed by the fact that his fall from the wall always left him cracked and so asked for our help to test different materials and recommend which would be the softest for him to land on. Happy to oblige, we began the week by thinking about the materials found in castles e.g the metal portcullis and wooden drawbridge. We then discussed the word ‘properties’ and were able to apply appropriate adjectives to describe different materials, for example: “metal is hard and shiny”.
Equipped with the correct vocabulary, we conducted a test to see which material would be the softest for Humpty to land on, making sure that our test was fair by dropping Humpty’s egg friends from the same height each time. We discovered that sand, cotton, fabric, leaves and hay are the best materials for Humpty to land on and were finally able to sort our materials in the categories of ‘soft’ and hard’. We had a fantastic week being scientists!
We have enjoyed another great week of maths in Year 1, having had to put our detective hats on in order to some worded and missing number problems. We began the week by continuing on from last week’s learning, using twenty frames with counters to solve word problems involving subtraction. We know that when subtracting, the answer will always be smaller than the original number. We also know that we can look out for certain key vocabulary in order to spot a subtraction number sentence: left. less and difference. This knowledge helped us when we progressed on to solving both addition and subtraction number sentences – we had to search to see whether the key vocabulary meant we needed to add or subtract (addition vocabulary: altogether, more, total).
In the latter half of the week, we discovered that we can use the inverse method to solve a subtraction missing number problem. We know that if we encountered 20 – __= 17 we could count on from 17 until we got to 20, essentially adding on rather than subtracting and therefore using the inverse or opposite method to the symbol that is written. We used our number bonds to 20 to solve these missing number problems – impressing our teachers with our expertise in recognising two numbers which add together to make 20.