Describing toys

During Computing, Year 1 Puffins have today been using adjectives to describe toys.

The children used a word bank to describe different toys including lego blocks, a teddy bear and many others.

Later in the lesson, Puffins were asked to type in their own adjectives for each toy.

Sequence and directions

Year 1 Puffins continued their understanding of writing instructions when using Code for Life’s Rapid Router website.

Puffins worked through the levels as they programmed a van to move from one point to another using programming blocks.

The blocks were as follows:

– Move Forwards
– Move Backwards
– Turn Left
– Turn Right

The children came across various challenges including working out the correct turn to use (left or right). Some children did really well working this out however the others had to use a BeeBot to help them work out the correct direction.

The children were also introduced to a new Computing term called sequence. When programming, it is important to make sure that all the steps are presented in the correct order – this is sequence.

Here is an example of a real life sequence – in the correct order.

How toys work

For DT, Year 1 Puffins have been learning about how different toys work i.e. push, pull or leavers. The Puffins also learnt how to be safe when using scissors and how to mark and measure. For our final project we designed a toy animal and made it out of paper.

Similarities and differences

Today in PSHE the children discussed what they liked and didn’t also what is similar or difference to our friends.

‘I have the same hair as Krista but different coloured eyes’ Daisy B
‘I like to play football but Scarlett likes to dance’ Harvey

We then moved on to what makes us unique. The children had great fun exploring what makes them unique from their friends.

We finished the lesson reading Elmer the Elephant by David McKee.

Directions using 2Go town map

Mr Baddhan asked the children to use the town map on Purple Mash to direct their car from the starting location to a destination provided.

It was great to see the children understand their directions and seeing their instructions written on paper.

The children also learned about a new word today – debug – fixing and correcting mistakes in a program.

Writing directional instructions

During today’s Computing lesson with Mr Baddhan, Year 1 learned more about algorithms. They used a program called Lily Hop to write down instructions before trying them on the computer.

Yesterday Puffins learned that algorithms are a clear set of instructions to achieve an outcome.

The children were asked to write down instructions to direct the frog to the stone using directional commands. They then tested their instructions to see if they were correct.

Lord of the Dance

Part of our music lesson today the children all listened and appraised Lord of the Dance. The children were asked to think about what instruments they could hear and how the music made them feel.

‘I can hear a violin playing really fast’ Maya
‘I can hear flute, it sounds beautiful’ Helen
‘It made me feel happy because it was fast’ Daisy. G
‘It made me want to move because it’s fun’ Liam