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 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!