YEAR 1A SPRING 2014 at Stannington Infant School
"A friendly, creative, environment for learning together"
Stannington Infant School
Stannington Road, Sheffield S6 6AN
0114 234 4401



Our learning this week.

Science :- senses, I am using my senses to explore the outdoor environment. I can record examples of things I have seen, heard, smelled, touched and tasted. We used sheets to record what we found. We tasted bananas. What do you think the compost bin smelt like? What does mud feel like? 

Safety :- I am learning how to stay safe at Forest School. I will be able to identify items to keep me safe at Forest School. The children took it in turns to take an object out of the rucksack and described what it was and why it is used in Forest School. We have a risk assessment for all our activities. Our first aid kit is very important as are reflective vests when we go to the farm.

Safety :- I am learning how to use tools safely. I can use a bow saw to cut a disk of wood. After a tool safety talk all the children used a bow saw to cut a wood disk. We used the force push and pull to saw through the wood. The children wrote their names on the wood. You can tell the age of a tree by counting how many rings it has. Can you count the rings?

Oral Story :- “Peter and the Wolf” using natural materials found in the garden to create a character from the story. The children mixed mud ready to make it into characters from Peter and the Wolf.

Topic Focus :- I am using my imagination to make a 3D object using a range of natural materials. We made a trap to catch the wolf. Each trap was different.

Independent activities :- I am learning to identify mini beasts using identification books.

Learning to use a camera. Each group had a camera detective to record their activities. We found a ladybird and photographed the beans we planted last term which are starting to grow. Snowdrops are bursting from the ground and primulas are the first flowers to show. 


This week’s learning.

Science :- I can identify the force push and pull and record examples of push and pull in Forest School activities. The children used the force of push to make tracks in the sand. We could see our footprint. There were different sizes and patterns in the sand. They also used push and pull to open and shut gates.

Art :- We all chose a tree to draw using charcoal. We used David Hockney’s winter trees as a stimulus and looked carefully at the trees in our garden and drew what we saw. In the classroom we used charcoal to draw winter trees on large sheets of art paper. The tree drawings will be kept as a work in progress through to Year 2 so that the children can add buds and blossom to the trees as part of their Forest School learning. As the seasons change the children will add to the drawings and in Year 2 will have completed a year in the life cycle of a tree.

Science :- We looked for tracks made from animals in our oral story “Peter and the Wolf” and learned to identify animal tracks linking them to the characters .

Oral Story :- “Peter and the Wolf”. We used the mud we made last week to continue making characters from the story and added natural materials found in the garden.

Oral Story :- The children used their imagination to plan and build a suitable home for the animal characters in our story using natural materials.

Independent activities :- To find and identify mini beasts. The children had to draw and label the mini beasts using books to identify the mini beasts.

Our Forest school camera detectives took photos of our garden. 


This week’s learning.

Science :- Forces, floating and sinking. The children collected natural objects in the garden and predicted which would sink or float. They then recorded their results in a table.

The Big Garden Bird Watch.

We took part in the RSPB bird watch. We put up a bird hide in the field, then took it in turns to look for birds landing in our school field. We had to be quiet if we wanted to see the birds. The children used binoculars and identification sheets to complete the bird watch audit. Our findings were later downloaded to the RSPB website.

The children learned to name body parts of birds, then used their knowledge to label a picture of a bird. We looked at pictures of birds that visit our garden.

Learning what birds eat and how to help provide them with the appropriate food during the winter is important. We made bird feeders to hang in our trees from plastic bottles and wooden spoons.

Do all birds have the same shape beaks? We used a range of implements to represent the different shapes of bird beaks and used them to pick up different food a bird might eat. Tweezers and pegs were like a blackbird’s beak and chopsticks moved like a crossbill’s beak. 


Our learning this week.

Science :- Learning to recognise natural forces. Investigate forces as a result of moving water, wind power and volcanoes. The children used scarves to find out about the natural force of wind. We made a volcano from vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. This is always a favourite with our children.

Oral story :- using their imagination, the children made a 3D object from natural materials they found in the garden. They had to design and make a cage for the wolf at the zoo. The cage had to keep the wolf in but let us see in. Each group chose a different area of the garden to make their cage. Rope was used to secure sticks together to make a tripod.

Oral story :- The children used modelling and natural materials to make a character from “Peter and the Wolf”.

Path clearing :- Our biggest task was to start and transform our garden paths. We are learning the importance of looking after our environment. Last week tree surgeons removed branches to make sure our trees are safe. We started by clearing leaves and bits of wood from the paths. Then the hard work of putting new pebbles on the garden paths began. We all helped to fill the barrows and buckets. A big thank you to 1A for all their hard work.

Independent activities :- finding and identifying mini beasts, drawing and labelling mini beasts. Using books to identify the mini beasts.


This week’s learning:

Science:- Materials. Learning objects around us are made of different materials and to name some.  A range of objects were hidden in the garden. When the children found an object they had to decide what material it is made of.

What is it made of?

Wool, cork, wood or paper?
Glass or clay?
Card or wood?

Lots of different objects to sort.

Paper or metal.
The children recorded their findings.
Whittling sticks.

Using tools:- Learning how to use tools safely. After a tool safety talk all the children whittled a stick to toast a marshmallow on. We let them cool before we eat them YUMMY.

Oral story:- Making a hide to watch for the wolf. The children had to build a hide to watch for the wolf. Each group designed and built their own hide.

Art:- Learning to look closely and carefully. To use different media to draw what I see. Observational drawings of snowdrops: The children used different media to draw snowdrops.  

Environment:- Learning to identify signs of Spring. With the support of Barry the children looked for signs of spring.

What they found:

 Snowdrops
 Buds on the trees
 Catkins on the silver birch
 Daffodils starting to push through the soil
 Birds
 Winter aconite (small yellow flower that only opens when its over 10 degrees )

Elliott made a sign that said “Signs of Spring” and put it on the snowdrops.

In the afternoon we finished resurfacing the paths.  Don’t they look better.


Science focus:- the children will complete a scavenger hunt for materials with different properties.  We went on a hunt for different materials with different properties: rough/smooth, hard/soft, rigid/flexible, shiny/dull. When the children had found different objects they recorded what they had found on a chart.

Soup:- Learning the importance of eating healthily. I know what foods are good for me. Mrs Gillott showed us how to cut up the vegetables safely. Then it was our turn. We put the onion into a large pan and put it on the fire to cook. Mrs Simpson poured the tomatoes into the soup. We talked about what the soup would taste like. We all tucked into the soup when it was ready. We enjoyed the tomato soup, it tasted good and warmed us up.

Oral story:- I am learning to use my imagination to make a 3D object.  The children designed and built a playhouse for “Peter and his friends”. Team work is important.

Oral story:- painting the clay characters from Peter and the Wolf.  Last week the children made clay models of characters from “Peter and the Wolf”. This week they painted them.  They worked very carefully.

Signs of spring:- the children use cameras to record the signs of spring in our garden.  We became detectives to look for signs of spring. We found snowdrops and daffodils.  Daniel looked in a book to identify what he found.

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