The weekly topics in maths are: place value, addition, subtraction, multiplying, dividing and fractions. The children have a maths warm up activity and are given whole class teaching relating to both Year 1 and Year 2 objectives before going into smaller groups to do independent work tailored to their progress.
In literacy lessons the children have enjoyed learning from the stories 'Not Now Bernard!' and ‘Oscar got the Blame’. They explored the techniques of writing questions and speech in stories and wrote lovely descriptions of their own invented imaginary friends. They then wrote some interesting stories describing situations at home where they got into trouble for the mischief of their imaginary friend. The children have also listened to the story ‘The Woods’ by Paul Hoppe. They acted the story out all together and did 'Hot Seating' in which children pretended to be characters from the story whilst others asked questions to explore the thoughts and feelings of the characters. The children then split into groups to rehearse scenes from the story. The worked hard, made props and finally put on a brilliant performance of the whole story with Class R as their enthusiastic audience. They are practising how to include good adjectives in their own stories, deciding which part of the story to adapt, drawing their own story maps and writing their own versions based on the theme of overcoming fears.
The science lessons during the first half of the spring term are about Living, Growing and Healthy Humans. Topics include basic needs, food groups, balanced diets, hygiene and keeping fit. The children also enjoyed investigating the varying size and quality of bubbles that they can make with different soaps after learning about the importance of keeping clean. They will work in groups to devise experiments to find out what happens to our bodies when we exercise.
The theme for RE lessons this half-term is Believing and Stories. Class 1 are thinking about what stories are special to them, what books and stories are special to people within religions and beliefs and what messages different religious stories contain.
In history this half-term, Class 1 are finding out how toys, games and books have changed, particularly within the past 50 years. The children have interviewed members of their families, brought in old toys and thought about the differences in toys and games over time. They will make a timeline of toys in the classroom and will also be visiting Bygones. The children have also learned a variety of songs relating to this topic.
Miss Cheung continues to teach art each week. Many of the lessons are linked to the history topic and have involved pencil sketching, painting with water-colours and collage as well as Chinese New Year crafts.