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Early release of Homefield's much awaited blog post ...hee hee

It is only Thursday, but we are already working hard (and having fun) in Year 1! This week we have all returned back to school fresh and revitalised and ready for our new topic! This half term's topic is called, "What happened to the Suspension Bridge in Great Yarmouth?" and is heavily focused on a local, yet tragic event but also on Science and Technology.

We have begun our topic by looking at Science and the Everyday Materials aspects of the curriculum. We thought about what the word 'material' means and have learnt that 'materials' refers to anything used to make an object. We have also learnt the word 'object' to talk about the thing we are investigating. We began by finding objects made from particular materials, as initially we thought materials only meant fabric items. We now know that wood, metal, plastic and glass are examples of different materials used to make things. On Wednesday we used our scientific skills to hunt out objects made from these four materials and then we drew them and photographed them using the IPad. We really enjoyed this!!!  We have begun to think about the different 'properties' materials have and talk about things such as, "Why would a chocolate teapot not be a good idea?". Here are some links to games we have explored/ will be exploring which simulate scientific testing of materials:

You may even want to go on a materials hunt at home (or in the local environment)! What different materials can you see? Why do you think those objects are made from those materials? What properties do those materials have... are they bendy (flexible)?, see-through (transparent)?, waterproof?, magnetic?

As we continue as Materials Investigators, we will experiment with different materials to find out which one is best for a specific purpose. This will help when we later become bridge designers in technology, shortly before learning about the 1845 event and visiting the Time and Tide Museum for our bespoke trip! How exciting!!! We are already counting down the days...

Phonics is back in full swing. Most children have had a turn at the practise phonics "quiz" and we shall use this to see if there are any common errors with phonemes we have already taught.If there are we will revisit these to help us with the June test. It is tricky as many children do try (and rightly so) to make sense of those tricky alien words... but like in Catchphrase, you must say what you see!

Maths: We have looked at number bonds to 20. This has caused a bit of confusion but can be quickly developed and understood. We have looked at how number bonds to ten are a "key" to understanding lots of later maths. We have explored through numicon, how knowing our number bonds to ten, can unlock our number bonds to twenty. By physically seeing 9 + 1 and how it is equal to 10, we have seen how 19 + 1 is equal to 20. We have made the 9 ten-times bigger and this means we are equal to 20 (which is ten times bigger than ten).

Most children would benefit from revisiting this: when shown a teen number and asked what it needed to make twenty, they could use their number bonds to ten knowledge and solve the problem. However, when shown a single-digit number and asked what they needed to make twenty, most children gave a single-digit number response (forgetting to make it ten times bigger). So... how could you explore this at home?

Use cut dozen egg boxes in sets of ten to replicate numicon:

You have 13... how many more do you need to make 20? 7 empty spaces filled will make 20.          

3+ 7 = 10

13+ 7=20

We have also found some fun maths games online which you can also use to develop your number bonds to twenty fluency. We want everyone to be able to quickly know the answer without needing to add on their fingers or on a number line.






When you are feeling confident, or if you want to test yourself to gain a score to improve upon, then try Hit the Button and select "Make 20". This will show and help you to develop your speed and accuracy with your number bonds to 20! Good luck Year 1, mission deployed ;)


Monday afternoons! Monday PE has now changed to our blocked Outdoor Learning time. Each Monday, this half-term, we will venture into the Bushcraft area with Mr Earle (our chair of governors) and learn about nature. We have a super-duper passport which will track our way throughout Homefield, where we will learn different Bushcraft skills with Mr Earle. In Year 1 we will look at tree and plant identification, as well as identifying local birds and insects whilst also making our own dens, bird houses and insect dwellings. Our first session was lots of fun!

In Literacy we have been working on our use of capital letters and full stops. We all know when to use these but at the moment we are still not applying this knowledge. So... we have continued to learn the alphabet, both in upper and lower case letters through songs including 'Alphabet flowers.' We have then practised matching our upper and lower case letters so that we know which capital letter we need to use. On top of all this fabulous consolidation work, we have been playing sentence games to deepen our understanding of what makes a sentence. By turning different Subject, Verb, Object cards we have been making silly sentences and having to punctuate them with capital letters and full stops. Hopefully this will help us with our own writing... lets see what happens.

Here is a game to help re-order broken sentences which we have also used to talk about the placements of capital letters and full stops.


Next week: Elephants and Giraffes will begin learning about split digraphs.... "Rock 'n Roll Dave Grohl" all shall be revealed! And a word for some house points for this week ... Brit Awards


Homework: This half term we will not be having a subject-based project like our previous Science Fair and Vile Victorians. Instead we shall trial an English and Maths weekly homework having listened to parents views. We will of course continue to listen to your views and look forward to hearing your thoughts after trialling this idea. Homework sheets will be sent out from Friday 2nd March along with our normal phonics homework.