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5.10 - Creating numberlines

The children were introduced to number lines today. We discussed the similarities and differences between a number line and number track and had a go at making our our as a class, judging where the numbers will be placed. We used our knowledge of 'one more, one less' to place numbers, and focussed on equal spacing. 

30.09 - Comparing numbers using 'greater than, less than or equal to'

The children have been introduced to the greater than >, less than < and = equal symbols. They have used this vocabulary to compare numbers and began to make the symbols to compare them too. We used cubes to show which are greater and how it effects the way the symbol will go.

29/09 - Maths - Comparing groups using 'fewer, more, same'

28.09 - Mixing primary colours to create secondary colours

Today we studied the colour wheel. We identified the primary colours so then we could predict the outcome of combining two colours .We mixed all primary colours to create orange, green and purple. Then we painted a picture of a dinosaur using primary and secondary colours effectively. 

26.09 - We are learning about nouns

Today the children learnt what a noun is and how to identify them around us. We went on a ‘noun hunt’ around school to identify the different types of nouns (a person, a place or a thing). After our noun hunt, we looked for the nouns in our model wanted poster and circled them with a coloured pencil.

A noun is a naming word. It names a person a place or a thing.

Oh no! Dinosaurs have broken into school!

This week we had a surprise visit from some dinosaurs! The dinosaurs were caught walking around the school on Wednesday by Mrs Bayliss. The children used clues to find the dinosaurs around the school but unfortunately they escaped! 

The Year 1 children are going to learn how to write descriptive sentences about dinosaurs so that we can create wanted posters to put up around the school and village to keep everyone safe. 

If you see the T-Rex wandering around Eynsham please contact us!


Dinosaur art from our Dinosaur Day!

22.09.22 - Maths

The children have been practicing their counting backwards using number tracks to help them. We ‘blasted off’ when we got to zero. The children then order their set of Numicon to go backwards, starting at 10. They challenged their partner to say what comes before a given number. We practiced counting back from a given number and discussed if we would say certain numbers and explained how we know.

The children explored the outside and the marsh to find natural objects to make a creation. We discussed how it feels to create something and how we would want it to be treated. We talked about if someone did something to destroy their creation, they would feel sad or angry. This is how Christians believe God feels when we don’t treat his creation – the world – with respect.

Check out some of our amazing messages to Drip!

In our message to Drip we focussed on using our phonics knowledge to write complete sentences. We practised using full stops, capital letters and finger spaces in every sentence. This writing task was independent, using the story map message we innovated and learnt as a class. I am very proud of the children's writing this early in the school year!

Innovating a message from a character

Last week we received a message from Drip (A character from Tyrannosaurs Drip) asking for help. We have studied the model message to understand what makes a good message, then learnt about capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. After, we innovated Drip's message to change parts to make sure we reply to each part of his message. Here are some pictures of the children innovating our class story map to create sentences in their reply to Drip. 


After this, we will be learning our reply through actions and 'stepping' each sentence, saying it aloud. 


Watch this space for some pictures of our writing next week. 

The children had a brilliant day exploring different dinosaur related activities. We had archaeologists discovery bones, making and creating the species of dinosaurs in different ways, learning facts and drawing environments a dinosaur could live. Thank you and well done for the effort in the costumes, it was great to see the enthusiasm and enjoyment the children had today. 

12th September - Maths - Representing objects using counters on tens frames

The children used tens frames and counters to represent how many there are of real-life objects or pictures. This allows children to understand that manipulatives can help us with maths problems by using concrete equipment to represent pictures. The children then matched their counters with the numeral.

8th September - Maths - Counting from a larger group

The children have been working with their partner to develop their counting skills and understanding of totals. They counted 10 cubes, and their partner gave them a number to make and then count how many were left. The children would take that many away to see what was left. Some children were noticing the pattern between this and subtraction.

7th September - English Hook Lesson

Today we started our new book Tyrannosaurus Drip. We received a special message from the main character in the story, saying that he’d left messages for us in the Marsh asking for help. We went to the Marsh and looked for the messages so we could work out how we could help him. We used the clues in the message to predict what we thought the story was about, who the character was and how he was feeling, and why he was feeling that way.

6th September - Maths - Counting objects

The children have been counting objects by using one-to-one correspondence where they assign one number person object to ensure they don’t miscount. To improve accuracy, children were encouraged to line the objects neatly and touch the object they count. They counted a variety of objects and matched these with its number.

5th September- Maths - Sorting Objects

The children have used practical equipment to sort objects by colour, size, shape or type of object. They verbalised how they sorted their objects and reasoned their decision by what is the same and what is different about them. Children were challenged to decide their own way of sorting the objects.