St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

"LET US DO LITTLE THINGS WELL TODAY"

Clairmont Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 9BE

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Round up of Autumn Term: What a Wonderful World...and me!

Piet Mondrian

During our Mathematics we learned all about shape, 2D and 3D. We created abstract art in the style of Piet Mondrian using 2D shape. 

What does it feel like?

We explored trees in the garden and examined their structures, we talked about these comparatively with the structure of a flower. We could not believe how big the roots were! We took some bark rubbings to help us in our descriptive writing!

Advent

 During Advent we have learned all about this extremely special time and preparing for the arrival of Jesus. We made our own Advent wreaths, we mixed primary colours to create secondary colours in Art. We learned all about deciduous and evergreen leaves in RE and Science. We collected our own evergreen leaves from the school surroundings, that we explored during Geography, to add to our wreaths and we then wrote instructions in our English lesson to help others make an Advent wreath. 

Science

We have been learning all about the structures of plants, we have looked at the structure of common flowers that we might know and we have invesigated different fruits, we chopped peppers, strawberries and pears in half and questioned why we could see evidence of a stem or stalk, seeds and leaves but they were very different. We asked some questions that we want answers to, here are some of the questions we will be invesigating next week: Why are some seeds outside and the others are inside? How comes the strawberry was the smallest fruit but had the most seeds? Why are there many different coloured peppers? How comes some strawberries are white at the top? Why is the pepper harder than the squishy strawberry? We used magnifying glasses to investigate the fruits in detail, we used our observation skills to draw the cross section of a fruit of our choice.

Art and Science

 After investigating our fruit and asking lots questions, we used the fruit for art. We used oil pastels on black paper to use our observational skills and drew what we could see, we tried very hard to add in details and look at the lines and shapes. We had so much fun.

CENTENARY! WW1

 On the 30th and 31st of October 2018, we learned all about WW1 and WW2. We learned that this year on 11th November we will celebrate 100 years since the first world war ended, we dressed up as evacuees, nurses, land girls and soldiers - even the teachers got involved. We learned what an evacuee was and thought about how we would have felt during that time. We learned that many women were encouraged to go and take on jobs that the men would normally do, but couldn't because they were fighting in the war. We learned all about the symbolism of the poppy and much much more. We collaborated with Reception and Year 2 to create poppies in teams, Reception used art straws to create the black middle, Year one used their 'pinky' fingers to paint the stem and leaves and Year 2 used their 'pointy' fingers to fill in the petals - we talked about how and why team work was and is very important. We also had a great time visiting the Museum! Thank you to Miss Spratt for a wonderful day and to everyone for the effort and loan of world war artefacts! A great 2 days!

Autumn Term 1

RE

In RE we have been learning about families, the similarities and differences between families, Jesus' family and our church family. We have been learning songs and Psalms and learning actions for special words.

Mathematics

This first half of autumn we have been securing our knowledge of number bonds to 10 and 20 using numicon to explore all of the different ways we can make these. We have learned about 3D shapes in our world by going on a shape walk and looking at th 2D shape faces we can find within 3D shapes, we studied the artist Piet Mondrian and used shape to create abstract art in the style of Mondrian. We have also been learning how to represent numbers with objects and pictures and by using a number line. We are learning how to tell the time to o'clock and half past. 

English 

In English this term we have read, Rainbow Fish, The Farmer Duck and The Little Red Hen. We learned all about colour, friendship and sharing under the deep blue sea with the Rainbow Fish, we sequenced the story and used our masks we painted as part of Art in our role play of the story. Down on the farm with Farmer Duck we learned the importance of working hard and being selfless and how laziness and selfishness are not very good qualities, we learned how to story map to help tell a story and we asked the characters questions to find out how they were feeling and why they behaved as they did. The Little Red Hen taught us how to make bread and where flour comes from. Before we read the Little Red Hen we went to Abbotts Hall Farm and ground our own flour and made our own bread, we looked for signs of mammals and found lots of evidence of foxes, rabbits and moles!!!

Common exception word list for Year 1

Here are a list of words that, by the end of Year 1, children should be able to read and spell, they are words that cannot be phonetically read or spelled. 

We are learning how to read and spell the days of the week and months of the year, the children love helping me solve the date by answering questions like: If yesterday was Tuesday and tomorrow is Thursday, what day is today? Tomorrow is the 19th September, what day of September is it today? 

We use 2 songs to help us remember the days and months:

Phonics:

 We are going to have a BIG focus on phonics sessions, learning sounds through English and Phonics lessons. Please find useful resources/links below. 

I have sent home phonics sound mats, the children need to learn each 'sound' and be able to blend sounds, for example the word rain has 3 sounds: 

r ai n

 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm 

http://www.familylearning.org.uk/phonics_games.html 

http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html 

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/ 

Along with learning phonics the children will be taught how to read and write high frequency and tricky words, these are words that generally cannot be sounded out, therefore, they are also being taught the names of letters.

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