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Welcome to the Finches blog. 

Our topics this year will be.. 

Term 1 - Superheroes 

KERPOW! Intergalactic greetings, young heroes.  It’s time to rescue the planet from evil villains! Who’s your favourite superhero?  Spider-Man? Wonder Woman? Maybe your heroes are ordinary people who’ve achieved great things. Or is it those people who save lives in our emergency services that you admire the most?

 Superheroes have super senses. Use yours to identify mystery items by their smell, taste, sound and touch. What do true superheroes eat to keep their senses and special powers sharp?   Can we stop the dastardly plans of Professor Slime? He’s dropping his villainous instructions around town. We must stop people following them, but can we make it in time? Is that phone box free? Please excuse me…I have to save the world! ZAP! Whizz zoom. In this topic we will be learning about human body parts, sense and eating healthily. We will also be thinking about makes a hero or heroine so special and who our heroes and heroines are.

 Literacy- We will be writing Fantasy/adventure Stories using the popular story Supertato, character descriptions, comic strips and creating fact files.

 Numeracy- Children will be ‘Pattern Sniffing’ – counting forwards and backwards up to and beyond 100 and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. This will be followed by representing numbers in digits, words and pictures, working on number bonds and adding and subtracting numbers to 20.

Term 2 -  Splendid Skies (based up the story book Tree by Britta Teckentrup)

 

This term the children will be walking outdoors, exploring the weather and its effects. What weather do you prefer? Sunshine, snow, storms or showers?

 Get your wellingtons on …. Let’s go!

 The children will be observing changes across the four seasons and identifying seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK. Children will be looking at weather patterns in the UK and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.

 Literacy- During this topic we will be looking writing recounts.Thechildren will go on an autumn walk and then recount all the signs of autumn seen on the way. We will be looking at time adverbials to sequence sentences and vary our sentence starters. We will also use the book Tree Britaa Teckentrup to learn about rhyming words and will be creating poems based on the weather and seasons.  

 Numeracy- Children will be exploring shape, solving addition and subtraction problems. Children will learn about money and understand that different coins have different amounts.  Children will then be using their coin knowledge to make given amounts

Term 3 - Bright Lights, Big City

 Put on your outfit because you are invited to have tea with the Queen! Use your best manners and comb your hair, as ‘One’ will not be amused if you don’t! We will be designing a waterproof hat for the Queen using a range of materials. Let’s hope it keeps her dry!

 During this topic we will be finding out about England’s capital city, including famous landmarks and transport.  We will compare it with another famous city (non-European). Let’s take a trip back in time and discover what happened in the Great Fire of London. We will meet Marley Meercat all the way from Zambia! He’s new in town and we need to make sure he takes in all the sights and sounds before he stops to see his family at London Zoo.

 Hop in a black cab and let’s enjoy the ride!

 Literacy- Children will be learning about the features of a recount  and how to write labels and captions. We will write instructions and look at stories from other cultures. We will also use the story of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

 Numeracy- Children will be taught about halves and quarters.  They will begin to record measures and will be starting to solve simple multiplication and division problems

Term 4 - Memory Box

Can you remember being small? Being a baby and learning to crawl? Do you recall a favourite toy, maybe a teddy bear or a best-loved book? Learn and find out about days before you were born, it’s called history and it’s all about the past.

 Memories are special … Let’s make some more!

 This term children will also use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes. Children will identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense. Children will learn what memories are and how life changes through time.

 Literacy- Children will be learning what a recount is through the story ‘Farmer Duck’ and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. Children will learn how to write diaries and use their own life experiences for this.  ‘Titch’ stories will be used to help support diary writing.

 Numeracy – Children will be investigating statistics and will make and begin to record measurements.

Term 5 - The Enchanted Woodland

 If you go down to the woods today you're sure of a BIG surprise!

Foxes and badgers, voles and mice, beady-eyed owls in the swaying tree tops.  Beneath the leaves are tiny footprints.... animal or imp?  You decide!

 Deciduous or evergreen?  What can you find?  Can you match a leaf to its tree?  Can you match a petal to its flower?

 Let's build a den, stick by stick and branch by branch, or we could make a teeny tiny home for a woodland fairy.

 This topic will give the children the opportunity to explore and learn in the outside environment including our nature area. Children will be learning about different plants and animals that you could find in a wood. In Science we will be sorting and looking at the different parts of plants.

 Literacy- Children will be reading and sharing a variety of fairy stories and traditional tales including ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. Children will be sequencing these stories and writing character descriptions using adjectives. We will be learning how to write instructions and understanding why they are important and writing letters and invitations.

 Numeracy-. Children will be re-capping fractions and common 2D and 3D shapes as well as learning to sequence events and tell the time to the hour and half past.

Term 6 - Paws, Claws and Whiskers

 Soft fur, twitching whiskers. What’s your favourite animal? We will be exploring animals from pets at home to wild animals in the zoo. We will discover how they eat, sleep and live. Let’s investigate food chains and see who eats what and who! Who is an herbivore and who is a carnivore? Let’s explore how to care for them all!

 During this topic we will also be learning about keeping ourselves healthy through exercise and eating well.

 

Literacy- Children will be learning what fables are through ‘The Just So Stories’ and then using these to write a simple fable themselves. The Snow Leopard by Jackie Morris will be used to discuss the useful adjectives within a sentence.  Children will be writing lists and using their poetry skills to recite simple poems.

 

Numeracy- Children will compare describe and measure length, mass, capacity and time and will consolidate prior learning.



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Our Autumn walk

 

 

To start our new topic splendid skies we went on an autumn walk in the school grounds. We found lots of signs of autumn including, chestnut shells and conkers, beautiful autumn coloured leaves and even a hedgehog.  The children took clipboards and Ipads in order to record all the wonderful things we could see on the way. We then based the next 2 weeks English work upon our walk and created a recount. 

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Harvest Festival

 

 With big thanks to all our parents for donating lots of cans, packets and general food items. This year we have given the harvest donations to Peterborough Soup Kitchen. Mrs Dawson from Peterborough Soup Kitchen visited school to talk about the great help all our donations will be to those less fortunate than ourselves. The children had the opportunity to have a look on the van.

The children in Finches class enjoyed learning about where their harvest festival food donations are going. 

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A real life Superhero

 

As part of our Superhero topic during PSHE we have been learning about the real life Superheroes who work for the emergency services. The local PSCO Naomi Newell visited the year 1 Finches for the afternoon of Wednesday 9th October to talk about her role in the local area.

 

We had a great afternoon with the help of the school Mini Police, we looked at our finger prints, used UV pens and UV lights in look at secret messages and even had a look around the mini police car.

 

 

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Superheroes in Training

 

To kick start our new topic with a POW! The Year One children enjoyed a day of SUPER fun, they all came to school dressed as their favourite superhero and brought along a superhero toy.

We had a great day solving missions, including unlocking the hidden numbers in the jungle gym and completing a superhero obstacle course to save a captured animal from the Evil Pea.

The children completed some fantastic drawings of their favourite superhero character, which can be seen on display in the classroom.

We are sure the children are going to enjoy their first term in year one with this fantastic first topic, they sure knew a lot of facts about popular superheroes and were full of confidence to share their ideas.

 

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