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Year 1: Hedgehogs Class

Welcome to Hedgehogs Class!

This term our topic is ‘Out of this World’, a topic all about space!



In English, we have been basing our learning on ‘Man on the Moon (A Day in the Life of Bob)’ by Simon Bartram. We have ordered events from the story, written questions for Bob, written diary entries for Bob, and much more!



In maths, we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and we are now building on our knowledge of number and place value by partitioning numbers into tens and ones. We are using Numicon, cubes and tens and ones to help us with our learning.



We have had an exciting term as far as DT goes! We have made a moving picture of a rocket travelling through space. We also designed and made rockets out of items from the recycling. Recently, we have made moving moon buggies with wheels and axles!


Look at our moving pictures!




This term, our focus in art has been colour. We have all contributed to an amazing piece of artwork that is now hanging in the church, using paintbrushes and potatoes to apply colour! We have also been thinking about how we can create effective space drawings, and we have used chalk pastel to create vivid drawings of the planets on black paper.



In science, we have been learning about the properties of materials and also about space! We have been using a song to help us remember the order of the planets. We will be learning about important people who have explored space.



We follow the Charanga scheme for music, and we have been appraising lots of different pieces of music this term. One of the pieces of music that we explored was Mars by Gustav Holst! We have been learning how to prepare our bodies and voices for singing and we have been learning some special seasonal songs!



In PE, we have been lucky enough to work with Miss Coleman, who has taught us lots of space dance moves! We have been working hard to put these dance moves into a sequence and are looking forward to performing the whole dance!



This term, we have been learning about maps and aerial photographs. We have been using Google Earth to see what Bob would see as he is flying his rocket home from the moon. We have made aerial maps of our own area, including school and the church.


Miss Seager, Mrs Usher and Mrs Holland