Year 1 Rabbit Class
Class of 2023/2024
Spring 1 – Terrific Toys!
For Spring 1 our history focus topic was on ‘Terrific Toys’. We discussed and experienced a variety of toys new and old. We looked at the toys our parents and grandparents played with before comparing them to some of our current favourite toys. We even looked at pictures brought in from home of our parents as children!
In Design and Technology, we created our own moving toy cars by recycling some old egg boxes. We carefully measured our wooden dowels before using a saw to cut them to size. We carefully painted our cars and once they were done we had a go at playing with them together.
As part of our English topic this half term we focused on the text ‘That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown’ by Cressida Cowell. We loved learning this story and after innovating parts of the text, we invented our own losing tales.
Autumn 2 – All Creatures Great and Small
Noah’s Ark Living Things Workshop
To introduce our Autumn 2 science topic of animals, Year 1 Rabbits were lucky enough to have an animal workshop visit our class! This visit was great to support our learning of mammals, reptiles and birds. The children were very brave and had the chance to hold a meerkat, skunk, chinchilla, chameleon, tarantula and snake to name a few! Oh my!
Dear Zoo Story Books!
As part of our English focus on 'Dear Zoo' by Rod Campbell, we created our own Dear Zoo books with the animals of our choice. This was a great activity for encouraging descriptive language as well as learning to sequence stories to form a narrative. The children had a lot of fun being writers and it really ignited a passion for creative writing!
Autumn 1 – The Big Wide World
The children have settled well into Year 1 and have enjoyed learning all about the weather and how climates differ in hot and cold countries. To help immerse ourselves into our English non-fiction topic on weather reports, we built our own weather equipment to help us measure the weather! Take a look at some of our amazing weather vanes and anemometers below!
Let’s Go Fly A Kite!
For our topic enrichment we filmed our group weather reports before spending a lovely afternoon flying the kites we made in Design and Technology. The children really enjoyed racing their kites against their friends!
Supporting your child's learning at home
Reading - Remember to read at least five times a week and complete the weekly reading homework tasks. Record all reading in your child's reading record. Reading books and records should be brought into school each day. On Friday, reading books are changed and children receive their Read 5, Hi 5 sticker on the chart for completing both parts of their reading homework.
Children will be given spellings to complete as homework through 'Spelling Shed'. Please support your child in learning these by accessing the assignments at home using their Spelling Shed logins. Year 1 spelling tests take place every Friday.
Maths - to support your child's maths learning in year 1, please practise an activity from the following list for 5-10 minutes, 5 days a week.
- Counting to 100 forwards
- Counting to 100 backwards
- Counting in 2s
- Counting in 10s
- Counting in 5s
Your child should also have logins to access the following to support learning:
Purple Mash and TT Rockstars.
These have a variety of games and activities to support a range of learning opportunities.
For a list of useful sites and resources to support your child's learning at home please click here