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Science at The Ryde School 2021 – 2022
Class 1 introduced Venn diagrams and sorted materials according to their properties. They looked at ‘silly’ materials to help build the children’s understanding of what properties different materials have.
Class 1 went a trip to Knebworth House and took part in a seed workshop. They looked at uses of plants like medicinal plants and plants we eat.
As part of their work on plants, Class 1 went on a walk around the school to find leaves and used these to help identify and name trees. They also did some sketching sorting and labelling using the key words deciduous and evergreen.
Science – Live link to Frazoo
We were lucky enough to meet some more unusual animals via a live link session with Frazoo. This was to support the learning in science on animals, especially invertebrates and vertebrates.
We met the snakes Charlie and Lola, a stick insect called Betty and a chameleon called Beaker. He could lick his own eyeball! These animals need a lot of looking after, so don’t really make the perfect pets!
Year 1 English – Wanted: The Perfect Pet
In Year 1, since returning to school, we have been sharing the story ‘Wanted: The Perfect Pet’ by Fiona Roberton.
The main focus of this story is to teach and remind us about the importance of friendship.
The illustrations are beautiful and the children did some lovely drawings of the duck, Spot, feeling different emotions.
They also had a go at ‘hot seating’ where they pretended to be Henry, the boy in the story, or Spot. They asked questions and had to answer in character.
To link in with the book ‘Wanted: The Perfect Pet’ we thought about the pets in our school, Wiggles and Squiggles, the school guinea pigs.
Wiggles came to visit our class and we wrote a factual report about guinea pigs; what they need and eat. We got to stroke him too, he thought we were very well behaved!
World Book Day Potatoes
Here at the Ryde School, we celebrated World Book day on the 22nd March with children bringing in potato book characters from their favourite stories. The children created an array of characters from well-known stories, and these were displayed for everyone in school to see.
We are constantly encouraging a love of books in school. Did you know that reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success? We hope that the children can use their book vouchers to buy a book online and we look forward to them sharing their choices with us.
Forest School – Spring 2020
This term we have been enjoying taking part in forest school and exploring the outdoors. We have been developing our fine motor skills using the hammer and nails and clay to create our own models.
We have also really enjoyed having hot chocolate and biscuits!
History – Queen Elizabeth I
In history, we have been learning about Queen Elizabeth I. We have watched videos, read books and looked at pictures to help us understand more about Queen Elizabeth’s life and how she became the Queen of England. We visited the Old Palace in Hatfield House, where Elizabeth lived when she was growing up and did some sketching of the different features. We saw the oak tree where Elizabeth was sitting when she found out that she was going to be the Queen of England.
It was exciting to be walking where Queen Elizabeth I would have walked over 400 years ago. When we got back to school we put ourselves in Queen Elizabeth’s shoes and thought about how she might have felt when she became Queen.
Art – Using Nature to Make Faces
In art we have been looking at the painting ‘Summer’ by Giuseppe Arcimboldo. We have completed observational drawings of leaves and fruit and vegetables, experimented with power paint and made primary and secondary colours. At the end of this topic, we went outside and found lots of different materials that we could use to make a face, just like the one in Arcimboldo’s painting. We used sticks, leaves, grass, acorns, pine cones and lots more.
This half term we completed a science workshop looking at forces and magnets. We completed lots of different activities such as balancing clowns on string, making our own spinning tops, using magnets to get the animal out the maze and seeing how far our foam rockets will go. We had lots of fun!
In year 1 we have been exploring the human body and our 5 senses. We became ‘sense detectives’ and were given clues to help us to find the missing teddy bear. We completed lots of different experiments where we had to taste, hear, see, touch and smell things. We have also used our learning about senses to help us in Literacy. We are looking at the poem ‘That’s What I Like’ by Janice Johnston and having a go at writing our own poems based on things we like to see, smell, hear, taste and touch.
Making Stuart Houses – Parent Activity
This half term we have been learning about The Great Fire of London in history. We have explored where and how the fire started and compared houses from 1666 to the houses we live in today. With the help of our parents, we made our own Stuart houses and then recreated The Great Fire of London to help us understand why and how the fire spread so quickly. We had lots of fun creating the houses and were all amazed by how quickly they were destroyed by the fire.