Welcome to Year 1 and Year 2!!
Here we have lots of learning taking place, so keep a look out for new photos and videos of our hard work and performances!
Please feel free to come into our classroom and take a look at our books and see our wonderful classroom displays. If you have any questions please feel free to speak to a member of staff.
Mr Leary and Jackie
This week our children have continued to look at the story of Neil Armstrong and how in 1969 he was the first man to walk on the moon. Our children have been using the tablets to research credible facts about Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 crew and have been starting to put together a plan for their reports which they will write next week. Jackie and I have been so proud at which the way the children have been able to navigate the Kiddle search engine and decide what is, and what isn’t a useful fact to put in a report.
In mathematics, the children have been looking at fractions in both Years 1 and 2. Year 1 have been looking at splitting into halves and quarters and ensure they create equal groupings, whilst Year 2 have been taking it a little further and looking at how fractions are written using numbers. They have also been looking at thirds and how a half and 2 quarters are the same.
Our children returned this week after the half term break ready and raring to go! On Wednesday, we discovered that overnight, a strange rocket ship had crashed in our playground and with it, it's Captain - Buzz Lightyear!
Capt. Lightyear bought with him a challenge: could the children of Westwood design him a new rocket ship to carry him home?
Needless to say, the children were more than up to the challenge, producing some excellent designs. Following this, we read our new focus book for this half of the half-term 'One Giant Leap', a story of the moon landing.
In maths, the children in Year 1 have revisited division and sharing whilst the children in Year 2 have revisited multiplication, specifically, within the 10 times table.
Next week, we will be moving onto looking at different type of fractions and their different values.
This week saw our children become authors of their very own books. After generating ideas for their own version of 'Titch' last week, our children 'boxed up' their final ideas before starting work on Wednesday and Thursday. By the end of the week, each child had created a story of their very own characters and how the ideas of smallest, bigger and biggest can affect children.
In maths, children in Year 1 have been looking at division. They have been looking at how to shared different items between groups and how the same amount of items can be shared in different amounts.
Year 2 have continued their work on multiplication, looking at the way the 2 and 5 times tables work together when doing multiplication sums.
This week in Year 1 and 2, we have continued looking at the story of Titch. After producing some excellent retelling of the story, with a particular focus on adjectives, the children have started to generate some ideas of their own to add to the story as they begin to make it their own next week.
In maths, the children have been looking at multiplication. Year 1 have been representing multiplication in the form of pictures, whilst Year 2 have been looking at laying out multiplication sentences correctly and multiplying by 2.
The children have also starting using Mathletics on the tablets towards the end of the week. Moving forward, we are looking forward to working with Mathletics more, both in school at outside of school.
This week, we have begun looking at our new focus book 'Titch'. In this story, the character learns that not only bigger is not always better, but great things can grow from the smallest of places - in this case a seed.
What better way to start our topic than to plant our very own seeds.
After following Mr Leary's instructions, the children not only planted their very own seeds, but then wrote their own sets of instructions ready for the children in reception to follow next week!
In maths, the children have begun to look at multiplication. We have started with representing multiplication in the form of pictures and have moved on to representing them in arrays. The children particularly enjoy arranging themselves in arrays in our playground.
Next week, we will look at writing multiplication sums in number sentences and seeing how the three tie together.
This week our children have started to piece together their own funny bones story by creating a comic strip based on the ideas they generated last week in class. The skeletons have found themselves in a theme park loosing body parts here and there and our children have been using their skills to bring these ideas to life in speech bubbles and sketches.
In maths, we've continued our focus on inverse operations and written word sums, and also looking at creating 2 equal groups / creating 2 halves of things and how this is represented.
This week in Years 1 & 2, our children have continued looking at the story of Funnybones. After they had continued writing their own interpretations of the story (in excellent detail!), they have started to look at how they can adapt the story of Funnybones into a story of their very own.
After some group work, the children have decided on a theme park as the setting for the next chapter of Funnybones and next week, they will begin writing their very own entry into the saga.
In maths, Year 1 have continued to look at inverse operations, with the focus this week on using the knowledge learned previously to solved missing numbers in questions. The children in Year 2 have been continuing to look at extracting the relevant information from written questions and turning it into a number sentence before solving it.
The children have also been looking at representing time on clock faces and diving things in half, both of which we will continue to do next week.
The children arrived back this week after their Easter break ready and have really hit the ground running. Year 1 have continued their work on inverse operations, looking at the way that numbers add together and subtract from each other to make number sentences. Year 2 have been working on written maths puzzles and looking at how to extract the important information from the questions before solving them.
In English, we have begun looking at our latest focus book - Funnybones. On Wednesday, the children had to help a visitor in the form of a skull called Skellybob who had lost his bones in the school playground. The children had to show their teamwork skills to help rebuild Skellybob and send him on his way. Then we read the story of the Funnybones skeletons and adventures that they got upto in the dark dark town.
This week in Years 1 and 2, our children have been putting their writing skills to the test by writing their very own acrostic poems based around a season of their choosing. After practising writing these in small groups, they went off to write their very own with some excellent results.
In maths, the Year 1 children have continued to look at how numbers link together when they are added and subtracted, seeing how one sum can be the inverse of another. The children in Year 2 have continued to work with money, looking at how they can find out what change you would get after buying things from a shop.
As part of our RE curriculum, children from reception, Year 1 and Year 2 took part in an assembly on the Easter story. The children listened very carefully, offered some very interesting insights and asked some excellent questions afterwards.
Finally, as part of our wellness and wellbeing time, we spent some time decorating our own Easter eggs.
Have a great Easter break everyone.
This week in Years 1 and 2, we have continued to look at ‘The Growing Story’. We have looked at how the little boy changed during the year as well as how the seasons and the plants changed during this time. The children then went on to write about these changed, incorporating commas into their lists. The Year 2 children produced some fantastic lists of features, correctly punctuated with commas, whilst our Year 1 children were able to tell and show us where commas would be used.
In maths, our Year 1 children have been looking at laying out sums (addition and subtraction) correctly and using their fingers and mental skills to answer sums. Next week we will look at how addition is the inverse of subtraction and how the numbers all link together.
In Year 2, the children have continued to focus on money and have made some excellent progress in suggesting different ways to make the same amount using a variety of coins. As the week has drawn to a close, they have been adding different money amounts together and finding change.
In other areas of the school, we have been looking at Easter food and how it relates to the Easter story, the children have had this year’s first swimming lesson and our new ‘look, cover, copy, check’ spelling practise books have yielded some excellent results.
Well done Years 1 and 2.
This week in Years 1 and 2, we have started looking at our new book - The Growing Story - which looks at the changing seasons over a year where a little boy wonders 'when will I grow?'
Will some beautiful imagery and the questioning the way the world changes over the course of a year, our children have started to think about their own growth and the way they will change as they get older.
(apparently, once you are 'elderly' you have lots of cats.....)
The children used measuring tapes to see how tall they are currently so perhaps in a years time, we can see how much they have grown!
In maths we have been recapping our knowledge of representing numbers and adding them together, as well as counting through 10's and finding the difference between two numbers.
Finally, to Mya, our resident 'Little Red Riding Hood', you are our star of the week. I set you the challenge to improve your reading by reading at home. You have embraced this challenge and your reading has improved significantly. Well done. Your tears of joy when receiving your postcard really moved us all.
Next week, we will continue to explore our focus book and begin to look at enhancing our sentences with commas.
As Monday 8th arrived, it bought with it the return of (the rest of) our school children into Years 1 and 2. It's unbelievable to think that this was the first time this calendar year that all 18 of our children had been together as a class.
This being said, the children have take it all in their stride and have hit the ground running. Alongside refreshers in Maths, English and Phonics, we have continued to focus on our mental health and wellbeing this weeks, as well as introducing our weekly assemblies on Mondays and Wednesdays (RE).
Next week, we will start to look at our second book of the half term which has a focus on growing up and the changing seasons.
This week in school, the children have continued to look at the story of the Tin Forest and how we can use adjectives to describe the story and the world around us. The children will now move on to writing their own take on the Tin Forest and using their knowledge of adjectives to bring their work to life.
In a similar vein, the children have bought a literal tin forest to life in our hall! Using pressed foil animals, flowers and bark rubbings and the children's work, our shared area has become alive with animals and jungle vines.
In maths, the children in Year 1 have moved onto looking at weight, seeing how we weigh things and comparing light and heavy items. Year 2 have been looking at how we represent data in the form if tally charts and pictograms.
This past week, our children in Years 1 and 2 have started looking at our focus book for this half term - The Tin Forest. It tells a story of an old man who, through his dreams and wishes, turns rubbish into a beautiful forest. As part of our immersion lesson, the children worked together to begin to build our very own Tin Forest. Following this, the children have been using this story to learn about describing the world around them using adjectives.
In maths, Year 1 have been continuing to look at measuring length, adding and subtracting items of various length. Year 2 children have continued to look at multiplication and have begun to move onto division. Their work around spotting links and patterns between multiplying numbers and dividing them has been excellent.
This week, our Year 1 children have been learning to count in 2's and 5's as well as starting to look at height and length. This will continue following the half term break.
Following their excellent work with multiplication, our Year 2 children have been looking at division. The children have performed excellently at what is traditionally a difficult concept to master and we are looking forward to carrying on working on sharing/division next half term.
In English, the children have been looking at the story of Jack and the Beanstalk from an alternative point of view (that of the Giant's) - an important skill when practising their skills as young authors. As the half term drew to a close, they also spent some time working on English activities based around the Chinese New Year.
The children have also been putting their artistic skills to the test by creating Valentine's Day cards and Chinese Lanterns to celebrate their New Year.
During the second half of the half-term, our children have been looking at the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
After reading the book and planting our very own beanstalks (hopefully they won't grow as big as Jack's!) the children have looked at what sometimes makes a fairy-tale different to other fiction stories. We've also looked at who the 'goodies' and 'baddies' are, and could this be looked at from another point of view?
Through linking the story to art, the children have created their very own model beanstalks as well as painting characters to decorate our very own class beanstalk.
During the first half of our this half term, our Year 1 and 2 children have been looking at the book 'Supertato - Veggies Assemble!'
The children have been looking at how to write a descriptive and entertaining comic strip, with a focus on short, sharp sentences incorporating the correct punctuation (WHAM!! and What will our heroes do next?)
This has blended into our art work with the creation of our superhero painting, mask making and vehicle building.
Christmas has finally arrived at Westwood this week. The children have been busy this week with Christmas themed activities. In English, the children were have been writing letters to Santa Claus, not only to ask for special things for themselves, but to also ask for things for their loved ones.
In maths, our Year 1 children were putting their addition and subtraction skills to the test with some colouring-by-sums and our Year 2's put their mathematical detective skills to the test to discover 'which elf had stolen the golden reindeer bells!?' (spoiler alert - it was Neville!)
The week came to end with some party games and a festive film to send the children (and staff) off full of festive cheers!
Merry Christmas everyone. See you next year!
This week, our Year 1 and 2 children have been writing the story of 'The Jolly Christmas Postman'. After spending a few weeks reading the story, mapping it out, looking at what a Postman does when he's out and about on his rounds, its time for the children to put pen to paper and write their story.
One focus this week has been shapes. Year 1 have been refreshing their 2d shape knowledge and learning about 3d shapes. Also, the class have been learning how to ask questions and putting it into practice by sending weird and wonderful questions to a real life postman. Let
s hope he's still jolly after reliving memories of 'what is your smelliest delivery?' and 'have you ever been chased by a dog?'
This week, we have begun to look at our new book: The Jolly Christmas Postman. One of the messages the book teaches is that Christmas can be a time to forgive those that might have been a bit mean to us. With this in mind, the children have been designing cards from traditional fairy tale ‘baddies’ who want to say sorry for trying to eat / squash other characters in their stories.
The children made some great inferences of how the ‘baddies’ might feel and how they would want to right the wrongs they had caused.
This half term, our topic is transport! We're going to be looking at how vehicles have changed over the last 100 years and how that has shaped the world we leave it. Has our world really gotten smaller?
We'll also be looking at the story of the naughty bus and how we can relate his little journey to a journey of our own!
In the first half term of the Year, the students have learned about the story of the Three Little Pigs. What better to start the topic off that with a visit from The Big Bad Wolf!
Luckily the children had built a strong enough house to keep the piggies safe in and the wolf was left disappointed.
Our students will be looking at the way the story is laid out, and then change it to include new features that they decide on as part of the 'talk for writing' program.
During our first half term, we are going to be looking at buildings, both at home and in our local area.
We're also going to be linking different types of buildings into our English work, where we're looking at Fairy Tales starting with The Three Little Pigs!