WELCOME TO PLUTO CLASS 2021-2022
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Our topic this half term is Toys.
Our book is Traction Man is Here by Mini Grey.
She has written a number of other books which we will also read at story time this half term:
In science we will learn about materials and their properties. We will learn to identify a material and describe its properties and say what it is used for.
We will learn about the history of toys and where in the world they are made. We will also learn about the different toys that children play with around the world.
Please have a look at the homework grid. If you can work on one or more of the projects with your child please take a photo or bring the finished product to school so that we can share with the class.
We also enjoyed reading Beegu. We thought about how we would treat Beegu if she landed in our playground.
The book is by Alexis Deacon. In this video he reads the story and then demonstrates how he created the illustrations.
You might want to have a go and draw along with him.
Our final book of the half term was Look Up, about an ambitious girl called Rocket who wants to become an astronaut when she is older. We learned the difference between a meteor and a meteorite.
You can watch Nathan Bryon read the story and learn how the illustrations were created by Dapo Adeola.
Finally in art we learned about secondary colours and made our own colour wheels. We were inspired by the artist Mondrian to make our own paintings using only primary colours.
Spring 2 was all about growing.
We planted beans and investigated the best conditions for seeds to grow. We discovered that they need light and water to be really healthy.
We read Jack and the Beanstalk and came up with lots of adjectives to describe the Giant.
We have finished off the term by looking a poem by Shirley Hughes.
It is called Out and About and it is all about Spring. We have really enjoyed reciting it.
Here is the poem if you want to read it at home.
Out and About
In the garden,
Out and about,
Run down the path
Scamper and shout.
Wild white washing
Waves at the sky,
The birds are busy
And so am I.
I hope everyone has a really fun Easter holiday.
Things to do in and around Lewisham
Easter Craft at Lewisham Shopping Centre
Lots of Easter Acvtivities at The National Maritime Musuem in Greenwich
Horniman Spring Fair is on 16th April
Beckenham Place Mansion
You can see a puppet show of Pinocchio
There is a free Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday
Whatever you do I hope you have fun together and I will see everyone back at school on Wednesday 20th April
In Pluto we have been very busy planting bean seeds. They are growing really well and we can’t wait to see if they produce beans. We made an instruction book “How to Plant a Seed”
We learnt the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and we’ve used the story to inspire our writing. We’ve used adjectives to make a wanted poster for the Giant. We learnt when to use exclamation marks and question marks by writing a letter to Jack’s mother describing his adventure. Finally we all wrote a version of the story remembering to use capital letters and full stops in our sentences.
AUTUMN TERM 2
Please click on the link for the Homework Grid for Autumn 2
This week we have read the story of Rama and Sita and learned about Diwali. We learned that the candles lit on Diwali symbolise the triumph of good over evil. You can watch a version of the story here.
Diwali is celebrated by people who follow the Hindi religion and they light candles in small pots called divas to remember the story. We each made a diva and on Friday we enjoyed seeing the candles. It was very atmospheric.
We learnt that there is another festival in India at this time of year for Sikhs. It is very similar to Diwali and it is called Bandi Chhor Divas
You can watch this video to find out more.
Of course it is fireworks night on Friday and Saturday. I hope you and your families enjoy. Please stay safe.
AUTUMN Term 1
The first half of the Autumn Term has flown by, and we have all had lots of fun.
Please read the Newsletter for more details and to find out what’s coming up in the next half term.
We have read lots of stories that have linked with our learning. Here is a selection of videos of some of the stories.
Have a great half-term!
Show Racism the Red Card
Pluto Class was proud to take part in the Wear Red to School today. We are an inclusive class and united. Racism has no place in our class.
“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.”
This week we have been learning about parts of our body and measuring how tall we are. The children did so well and could label all of the main parts of the body. We measured ourselves against a big tall sunflower to see our heights and then counted over 100 to where we were on the line.
We have been learning how to sing and sign the rainbow song since the beginning of the term. I have put two videos of this on as the children were so clever! You can find the videos by going into the 'Children' menu then scrolling down to 'videos' the Year 1 section is quite a long way down but you will get there in the end. We hope you enjoy the Videos as much as we did!
Our Adults; Mrs Hicks (Class Teacher), Mrs Howell (Teaching Assistant), Mrs Blake (Learning Support Assistant) and Miss Grace (Learning Support Assistant) are all very happy to have such a lovely class. We have started to do some art, writing and maths work with the children this week so keep your eyes open for photographs to come soon.