This week in maths we have been learning about volume and capacity. These photos show us measuring the capacity of different containers and comparing the volume of water.
In our topic lessons we have been learning about the bridges and their different structures. We tested these structures by building bridges out of card and testing the strength.
Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
Wow! What an exciting first week back. It has been the first week looking at our new topic - Towers, Tunnels and Turrets. We began the week by building our own castles using wooden blocks including some features of a castle.
Then on Wednesday we went to visit Bolsover Castle. We enjoyed looking around the Little Castle where we visited all the beautiful rooms and then looked around the ruins of the old castle. We also were met by a knight who taught us lots about castles, armour and weapons.
After all this we even had time to carry out a science investigation. We had to find out which material made the best projectile. We built a castle wall from wooden blocks and carried out a fair test to see which material would knock down the most blocks.
Well done to all of the KS1 children this week for all of their hard work this week creating their masterpieces. They had to learn how to work collaboratively and organise their time and resources and did this brilliantly.
We hope the parents enjoyed 'The Big Messy Art Exhibition'.
Muck, Mess and Mixtures -Innovate Week
This week we will be finishing off our topic in style by working in groups to create one final masterpiece that will be displayed at our Big, Messy Art Exhibition.
Grown-ups are invited to attend this exhibition on Friday 26th May at 2:15pm in the school hall.
The children will also be making yummy treats to sell.
We look forward to seeing you there.
This week in our topic session we have been looking at a variety of materials and what we can do to manipulate them. We have used the words- stretch, twist, bend, squash, pull and scrunch to describe what happened to them. We really enjoyed creating differnet shapes and textures.
Muck, Mess and Mixtures
We had so much fun on our 'Messy Mixtures Morning'! We played with lots of weird and wonderful mixtures, such as cornflour, paint, jelly, shaving foam, water, sand and mud! Here are a few photos of us exploring...
Last week we had a special visitor from the pet shop. On Monday we had a parcel in the post that contained a mystery animal.
We began by deciding on a name for our mystery pet and thought about what she might like to eat and drink. We named her Cherry.
We discovered that she liked quiet and was scared of loud noises. She enjoyed helping us with our work and always chose the quietest table to work on!
Cherry needed somewhere comfy to sleep, so we created somewhere for her to live. Unfortunately, on Friday we received a letter asking for her to be returned because they had found her a forever home. We were all sad to see her go but we'd had a very exciting week looking after her!
In maths this week, we have been learning to count, read and write the numbers to 40.
We practised making groups of 10 and then counting on. This picture shows 30 + 8 = 38
We also learned that when we write 38, the 3 stands for 3 lots of 10 and the 8 stands for 8 ones.
In English, we spent time planning a story. We took the story of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and had fun thinking of new animals that we could use instead of goats.
We made sculptures out of clay and wire. We tried hard to make them look like our designs! Here we are in action!
Spring 1 Term
Welcome back to the Delightful Dolphins.
The first three weeks of this term we are continuing with the topic, Splendid Skies.
In History, children will discover who Sir Francis Beaufort was and what he invented. They will then be measuring and collecting daily data on wind speed, rainfall and temperature ready for our upcoming Science day.
Geography will allow children to study and compare the weather and climate of the Alps to the UK during this time of year.
As the start of our next topic, Paws, Claws and Whiskers on January 21st, KS1 will be visiting White Post Farm. We will write more on the coverage for this exciting topic soon.
The Delightful Dolphins have moved onto working with larger numbers to 20 where they are quickly recognising the 10 within these numbers, something which some are already using to strengthen their mental maths. Further skills for addition and subtraction will be taught this term as well as learning and using the correct terminology for comparing and measuring length and height.
Learn-its this term are doubling the numbers 6-10. Please continue to practise these at home with your child.
Children in year 1 will continue to work on all the skills they have been learning so far including; writing in neat, full sentences, using capital letters and full stops, checking their writing makes sense and using the connective and to join suitable clauses. Additionally this term they will learn how to use commas in lists. These skills will be used for different purposes, including instructions, postcards and recounts.
Please continue to listen to your child read, practise tricky words and learn their spellings at home.
Delightful Dolphins with Mrs Driscoll, Mrs Coope, Miss Boot and Mrs Borysiak.
It's that time of year again and what a busy week we have had! Rehearsal practises have begun for 'Humph the Camel' so thank you to those of you who have already sent in any requested clothing items for your child. Remember if you haven't already done so, and require tickets for the performace, send in the blue slip ASAP with your requests.
In literacy we have been learning the story of Chicken Licken ready to change and innovate the characters to some of our own using some super rhyming names. Can you guess some of the animals our class have created: Snakey Lakey, Catty Watty, Sheepy Leapy and Froggy Loggy?
Ask your child to re-tell you the story of Chicken Licken before telling you their own version which they plan to write next week.
We use our story maps to help us retell the original
story and then our innovated version.
In maths now that the children have grasped addition we have been working on subtraction. There are many different methods they have tried with pictures including; crossing items off , using bond diagrams and counting backwards. We have begun to look at number 'families', in relation to add and subtract , as shown in the picture below, something which we will conitinue to be doing.
There are 4 number sentences which can be made using the familiy of numbers. We call these number families.
Have a great weekend everyone!
W/E 18th November 2016
This week in Literacy we have been writing recounts of the Autumn walk we did last Friday. We have focused on using time connectives to order the events. The example in the picture is what the children used to help organise their own writing, after they had discussed what makes a good recount.
This has been our last week working on addition sentences. We are much better at looking carefully where the = symbol is before filling in our missing numbers.
Next week we will be moving onto subtraction.
We have had a week using lots of Geography in our new topic, Splendid Skies. Children have been looking carefully to identify the 4 seasons. They can begin to say what each season brings with regards to the weather and what clothes they would suitably require for each.
Every child has planted bulbs, taken part in a summer I-Spy task and created a winter tree painting/picture as a result of the Friday rotation day.
Delightful Dolphins with Mrs Driscoll, Mrs Coope, Miss Boot and Mrs Borysiak.
W/e Friday 11th November
In Maths we have been telling number stories to calculate addition problems, showing these in a variety of ways. When doing so we have been using the different vocabulary learnt (add, plus, more, together, equals, same as)
There are 4 eggs in a basket. 2 more are added. How many are there altogether?
6 = 4 + 2 or 6 = 2 + 4 or 4 + 2 = 6 or 2 + 4 = 6
We have been share writing welcome letters to the alien to make it feel less frightened and alone. Each child has written their own to inform it of their hobbies, even inviting it to join them anytime. Who knows what creatures may turn up at your doors ready for swimming, biking or playing!
We have begun our new topic, 'Splendid Skies'. All children have had a walk through the Belper countryside, learned a little about the four seasons and made autumnal bird feeders using Cheerios.
Welcome to the Delightful Dolphin class with Mrs Driscoll, Mrs Coope , Mrs Borysiak and Miss Boot.
Our current topic is 'Moon Zoom'. To kick start this topic we investigated an alien crash site which mysteriously appeared on our school field!
Friday 4th November
In Maths we have been looking at different number sentences. We learnt that = means equals, or, the same as. So, we can write a number sentence as 5+2= 7 or as 7=5+2.
We also were solving missing number problems.
In English, we were very excited to read a newspaper report about an alien sighting at Morrisons. We know the poor thing must be very frightened so we are busy preparing to write it a letter to make it feel more welcome on planet Earth.
We have been having an exciting time investigating balloon rockets in Science. We wanted to know if the size of the balloon would affect how far the rocket travelled. Here we are in action...