Welcome to the Infant classroom at The Boyle and Petyt Primary School.
The year one and two children are taught by Mrs Moore for the majority of the time. The class timetable and changes to the teaching arrangements can be seen below.
This term the infant class will be learning about the importance of being respectful to themselves and to others. In maths we will be learning about fractions before moving on to measuring.
Our topic for the first half of the Spring term has been
We have had such a great time this term learning all about dinosaurs. We started by creating a timeline using toilet paper to show just how long ago the dinosaurs roamed the earth and how recently, in terms of all of history, the first people lived. The children then created their own timelines to recognise their own milestones and see the chronology of these events. In science we looked at food chains, diets and habitats which culminated in the children creating their own dinosaur habitats from shoe boxes and writing fact-files to accompany them. After learning about the dinosaurs when they were alive, we moved on to looking at them after their extinction. The children learnt about different types of fossils and used their creativity to make their own versions. We finished the topic by making "fossil biscuits" and writing instructions as to how to do it.
In literacy, the children imagined what they would do with their own pet dinosaur after reading "If I had a Dinosaur" by Alex Barrow. They then wrote poems inspired by "Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp" by Margaret Mayo. Finally, by reading "How the Dinosaur got to the Museum" by Jessie Hartland, they learnt all about how a dinosaur discovered in America almost 100 years ago finally ended up on display. They children used their knowledge of this to write their own script and act out the story in their own words. The rest of the school loved the performance and learnt a lot!
In maths, we have been learning all about money before moving on to multiplication and division. The children have enjoyed investigating these areas of maths through many practical activities and also by being presented with real-life problems to solve.
Our topic for the second half of the Autumn term has been
"100 Years Ago"
This year saw the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Whilst the children in KS1 were too young to learn about the details of the war, it has been interesting for them to learn about what life was like 100 years ago. They have learnt about many aspects of life in 1918, such as school, shopping and transport - mostly through the eyes of a child. In literacy, most of our work has been based on the book "The Little Hen and the Great War" by Jennifer Beck. It follows the story of a homesick soldier named Arthur who discovers a hen who has been abandoned by her farmer who fled the war. He names her Bertha and Bertha brings hope to the soldiers by providing them with food and friendship in what seems like a hopeless situation. The children wrote letters to Bertha's namesake, Arthur's niece, telling her all about his time in the war. Aswell as hens, the children learnt, through reading "Flo of the Somme", how so many different animals were used in the war and proved crucial to our success. This led to the children having a debate about whether it was right to do this and the children had some very interesting and insightful opinions to share. We rounded the topic off with a trip to Ilkley Toy Museum to learn about toys from the past. It was great fun and the children learnt a lot about how toys' materials and moving parts have changed over time. The children celebrated what they learnt from the trip by creating their own amazing moving toys in DT.
I maths we have continued learning about place value and addition and subtraction and have most recently been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. In celebration of what the children had learnt, and to add a little festive decoration to the classroom, the children created their own repeating shape patterns on paper garlands. These are now adorning our classroom window and look fab!
The Autumn term ended on a somewhat magical note with our nativity. The children in the infant class, joined by Reception and Nursery, performed "The Christmas Toy Story" which was set around a group of old-fashioned toys who find themselves under a mysterious tree and have no idea where they are or why. The show was fabulous and brought our topic of "100 Years Ago" to a perfect close when the father in the nativity returned from the war. Many a tear was shed!
Our topic for the first half of the Autumn term has been
"Dungeons and Dragons"
The children have very much enjoyed this topic and are now experts on all of the different features of a castle. Working in large groups, and re-using old cardboard boxes and tubes, the children created large-scale models of castles and wrote fact-files to accompany them. These are quite a sight to behold - much like the real life castles that inspired them. Our topic also fed into the children's writing where the story "There is No Dragon in this Story" by Lou Carter sparked their imaginations and led to their own re-tellings of "Goldilocks" and "Little Red Riding Hood" but with a twist... our stories included a DRAGON! Children have also written adverts for castle jobs having looked at the different roles people played in castle life - some of which proved to be really rather smelly! We used our fabulous trip to Skipton Castle as an opportunity for the children to write about their own experiences and what a wonderful trip out it proved to be. Below are some photographs which show what an amazing time we've all had this last half term.
In maths, we have focused heavily on place value - understanding the value of each digit within a number. We have used lots of practical resources to reinforce their learning and their understanding of hundreds, tens and ones is growing by the day! We are now looking at addition and subtraction and the children have been exploring using resources, jottings and mental methods to tackle their number sentences and problems with confidence.
We've only just returned after our half term break but have already embarked on our new topic - "100 Years Ago". Watch this space to see what fun we get up to!