King's St Alban's

18 November

Year 1 look up to the Night Sky.

The children in Year 1 are all enjoying our current topic of ‘In the Night Sky’, particularly spending time in our class dark den where above them they can see glowing stars and twinkly lights and can read ‘light and dark’ themed stories and information books by torchlight.  Another highlight has been using the invisible-ink spy pens to write and reveal messages using the special blue light!

The children have been enjoying their science lessons on ‘Light and Dark’.  So far, the children have learnt about nocturnal animals and have sorted animals into nocturnal and diurnal groups.  They have thought carefully about which of their senses they depend on in the dark and put this to the test when guessing items in a bag in the class dark den using only their senses of touch and hearing.  This week the children were introduced to the term ‘light source’.  They were able to list many light sources and decide if they were natural or artificial lights.

Our focus during our maths lessons this week has been doubling and also learning the order of the days of the week and the months of the year.  The children have worked hard on learning their double facts and increasing their speed of recall.  Referring to the well-loved story ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle, the children reinforced their knowledge of the order of the days of the week and practised giving the day before and after, using the correct vocabulary of yesterday and tomorrow.

The children loved reading the story of ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell this week during our creative writing session.  They were very excited to read a letter sent to them by Bill the baby owl, asking them for advice as he was missing his mummy while she was out hunting for dinner.  The children wrote Bill some lovely letters in return, showing great empathy for Bill and reassuring him that his Mummy would be back in the family’s nest in the forest soon.

Year 1 have a real love for reading and so they were very happy to have a library session with Mrs Stenson this week.  The children learned how the books were organised in the Pre-Prep library and were excited to hear that it would resume being a lending library in the Spring Term, with the children able to choose a book to take home each week.

Making links with our ‘In the Night Sky’ topic, this week in art the children learnt about the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh.  They were very enthusiastic to start their own interpretations of the painting ‘Starry Night’, which we will continue working on over the next couple of weeks.

Year 1 have certainly been busy, approaching all of their learning with enthusiasm and determination. Well done Year 1.