Rabbits Class Home Learning
Rabbits' Home Learning
The grid below contains ideas and activities for your child to pick from over the whole period of isolation.
Additional resources mentioned in grid.
Children in school on Friday 20th March were also given a seed and a bean diary to complete. I can't wait to hear about how tall your beanstalk grew. Be careful of any giants who may wish to come down them and take a peek inside your kitchen!
Please continue to read with your child daily. The children have made amazing progress and reading for a minimum of 10 minutes a day really does help.
Weekly Tasks - Week Commencing: 30th March 2020.
Spelling Shed - The children all have logins in the front of their reading records. This week - Spellings containing the a_e digraph. I have also put the common exception words back up for extra practice.
Watch Lesson 1 from https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/
Watch Lesson 2 from https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/
Watch Lesson 3 from https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/
Additional Maths Challenge:
Finally, here are some websites which you may wish to look at:
There are lots of different maths games on this website which your child should be able to complete independently. We love the place value and addition and subtraction games in class but there are many more to explore. No sign up necessary.
Free phonics games for children. The children enjoy playing 'Obb and Bob' and 'Buried Treasure. You do not need to sign up.
The children love this game! The children can create their own monster to go on an adventure where they must read instructions, work out sounds and the correct graphemes in words whilst earning points along the way. It is always free on a desktop device but usually costs a small fee on ipads and phones. However, whilst schools are closed it is free on all devices. It does need a parent to sign up with their email address. Once signed in parents can set their children an account. It is quick and easy to do. For all children in the Rabbits' class, setting the level at the highest -'champion reader'- will ensure they get exposure to all sounds that they have learnt.
We have tested this at school and the children are able to play independently.
Children can learn whilst singing and dancing! We love the alphabet song and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s! There are so many different ones to try. Check out the Danger mouse video in the 'Just for Fun' section too for more fun.
Autumn Term 1 Blog
The Rabbits have come bouncing out of the blocks this term making a fantastic start to the academic year! A trip to Warwick Castle kick-started our Turrets and Tiaras topic. We had an amazing time learning about how a trebuchet works, watching a fantastic falconry show before exploring the medieval castle and its grounds. The children loved spotting all of the features of the castle and looking at all of the medieval artefacts.
Following our trip we delved deeper into our topic.
In History we have been learning about the different types of castles from the motte and bailey to the concentric castle. We have followed the Normans on their journey from Normandy to England, which resulted in the Battle of Hastings. The children loved using drama to learn the sequence of events that led to King Harold being shot in the eye with an arrow (allegedly) and William becoming King William I of England. We analysed pictures of sections of the Bayeux tapestry to help us understand the events that took place.
In Geography we have been learning about the four countries that make up the United Kingdom and looking at pictures of different castles which can be found in each. We learnt about map keys and how we can use them to identify different features on a map. The children studied large maps of areas in England and found out what different symbols meant. The children were then able to identify symbols on maps of Bozeat and Warwick.
After identifying castles on maps across England, the children investigated the locations of the castles and realised that the castles were always located near a river or a sea. The Rabbits were then able to decide which other natural features and materials they may need to be near if they were to build their own castle in medieval times. Combining their knowledge of maps and properties of materials (see science below) they were able to create their own maps with keys and explain why they chose to build their castles at that location.
Our Science lessons have been very hands on! We have been investigating different materials and their properties.The Rabbits have been finding out which materials are the best to make castles which are windproof and will go on to test other materials to find out which will be the best to make Norman boats which will not sink and which will be waterproof. We are learning the skills in order to make predictions based on what we know about the materials.
Our Art lessons have focused on using different mediums and techniques to create different effects. We joined with Foxes to learn about heraldry and had a go at making our own simple designs to make a two-coloured print with ink. It was very tricky working out which sections of the printing block to carve out in order to make areas a certain colour, but the Rabbits succeeded! We learnt how to use the ink correctly, make sure the prints were placed exactly on top of each other to build the colours up and how to apply pressure with rollers to make sure the prints came out properly.
We have also been studying the artist Paul Klee and his work ‘Castle and Sun’. The children used 2d shapes to create their own towers inspired by the painting. They are learning to use watercolours, oil pastels and chalks correctly in order to produce their wonderful work. The Rabbits are using the colour wheel to help them understand which colours are warm colours and which are cold colours and are using these in their art.
As if this was not enough drama and creativity! This term the Rabbits’ role play area was broken into by an unwanted visitor who ate all of the castle’s porridge! The Rabbits have had to brush up on their detective skills, collect the evidence left at the crime scene and check the CCTV footage! Together we have created a story map of instructions in order to capture the porridge thief. Over the coming weeks the Rabbits will be writing their own instructions to capture all kinds mythical creatures and villains.
Finally, the Rabbits have been mastering maths! We have been working on understanding different mathematical concepts within place value and addition, such as counting, number bonds within and up to ten and comparing numbers. Rabbits have been learning all about the different terminology that can be used for addition and for equals in written and oral questions. We have been exploring different ways to solve maths problems including the part-whole model, bar models and by creating number stories. Next half term we will be looking at subtraction and shapes.
As you can see, Rabbits have been extremely busy and have made brilliant start in year 1. The next half term is set to be just as exciting with medieval weapon designing and making, more super science experiments and opportunities to apply for a job in a castle to understand exactly how hard it was to live in medieval times!
Autumn Term 2 Blog
…And just like that a whole term has passed and what a term it was!
This half term the children have been continuing our work on understanding addition and subtraction to 10, exploring how to compare addition and subtraction statements, how to count back to subtract and how to find the difference between two numbers using a number line.
We investigated 2D and 3D shapes, learning their names and about their properties. The children took this further, exploring why some shapes were unable to roll or stack and whether a shape is still the same shape if the shape’s orientation changes.
Towards Christmas, we began to look at numbers to 20 and what ‘teen’ means. We learnt to partition numbers into 10 and some more using part whole models using a variety of resources. We also looked at how important it is to represent tens when counting and counting on (ready for adding) so we do not have to count out ten every time. In the Spring term, we will be looking again at addition
The children also continued their work on instruction writing. They were extremely successful at learning the features of instructions and applying them to a variety of different scenarios. Independently, they were then able to write their own to make some truly gruesome and disgusting crazy sandwiches!and subtraction to 20, place value to 50, including counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
The children learnt about some of the jobs they may have had in the castles in medieval times. They were not very impressed to learn about the long hours and how many of the maids and cooks would have to sleep on the cold floors together in the castle! They were far less amused by the fact that there was no electricity! Many chose to apply for the roles of squires in order to become knights hoping for a more glamourous ending… until they found out about the knights role in the many battles! By the end, the children decided that that living in the modern era was far better than in medieval times!
With the festivities of Christmas approaching our minds cast to thinking about food! We studied foods that would have been available for the rich to have in their banquets. The children were amazed to see what was on offer and how many courses they had! The children then created their own banquet menus – including adjectives to make them sound even more delicious! We looked at how ‘gyngerbrede’ had changed over hundreds of years to the gingerbread we know today. The children had the chance to try some ‘gyngerbrede’ based on an old recipe made mostly of honey, breadcrumbs and cinnamon. We learnt why these ingredients were used and sugar was not. The children described the ‘gyngerbrede’ as “gooey”, “sticky” and "bumpy". Some loved it whilst others needed to make a trip to the bin!
The children then made their own gingerbread and decided overall that gingerbread today is better than ‘gyngerbrede’ in the medieval era, with one child stating “and we can cut ours into different shapes and put Smarties on it!” Looks like medieval ‘gyngerbrede’ will not be making it onto anyone’s Christmas baking list anytime soon!
In addition to all of all of these exciting areas we joined forces with the Foxes to perform our Christmas production. Every child worked hard to remember lines, the words to the songs and where they should be and when. I am sure that you will agree, it was FANTASTIC! Just what we needed to end the Christmas term with a bang!
The Spring term is set to be just as exciting with our new topic… Monkey Puzzle!