Wow! What a great day everyone had yesterday as we experienced what school might have been like for a Victorian child. The children very quickly got used to calling Mr Youngs 'Sir' for the day!! First of all the children had their hands inspected to make sure both sides of their hands and their nails were clean! Next we practised our handwriting, by writing capital and lower case letters. The children were able to work in silence and concentrated really well. After that the whole class stood to sing the national anthem and then lined up in two groups as 'boys' and 'girls'. Next the children recited their two and ten times tables. They then wrote these times tables and afterwards completed some addition sums. In the afternoon we experienced a Geography lesson, History lesson about Queen Victoria and at the end of the day we went outside to complete our 'Drill' (physical exercise, hopscotch and skipping). It was a brilliant day! A big thank you to everyone who helped to create the childrens' fantastic Victorian costumes. They all looked fantastic! I hope you and your families all have a great half term break together.
The class have enjoyed making their own toy wooden car. First we painted the wooden base boards. Next we created the main body of the car by sticking cardboard onto the base board and then painting the body. Finally we added the axles and the four wheels to complete the car. I hope the children enjoy using their cars at home!
We learnt about Thomas Edison inventing the light bulb in America during the Victorian era. We then set the children the challenge of trying to create an electric circuit. We explained what things they would need to make the circuit and then they used trial and error to try and make the circuit. One of the children was able to successfully make the circuit and then was proud to show the rest of the class how to do it!
The class enjoyed taking part in some role play to act in role as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Have a look at our photos of the Queen and Prince Albert and their nine children! The children also had fun when they had the chance to bow and curtsy in front of the Queen and the Prince!
The children had the opportunity to bring in their favourite toy from home and were able to tell the class about it. We then thought about the materials that the toys were made from (as we had learnt about materials and made parachutes the previous week). Some of the toys were made from one type of material and others were made from a combination of materials. Next we used this information to create a bar graph to show the range of materials used to make all of these toys. The class brought a range of toys in, including: teddies, dolls, cars, a fidget spinner, a toy police megaphone and some Heelys!
After reading the story 'Old Bear', in which the Old Bear was rescued from the loft using a parachute, the children decided that they would like to make a parachute! The class thought about what resources might be best to make a parachute. We tested a range of resources to find which one might be the best (and tested: paper, card, tin foil, fabric and plastic). As a result of the testing the class decided to make their parachutes using fabric. Once the parachutes were finished we took them outside to test them! The children had a great time testing their parachutes and one of them even ended up on the Nursery roof!! Take a look at our photos!
All three Year 1 classes enjoyed a Fencing session, which was taken by a Premier Sport coach. The children wore a black or white vest with a target, a face mask and used a sabre! (sword) Each child competed against an opponent to see who could strike first to score a point. Fencing was something the children have never done before and all of them learnt the basic skills and had a great time! Take a look at some of the photos. Can you work out which child is behind the face mask?
Welcome back to school after the Christmas break. I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas with your families. We have now started our new topic for this half term, which is called 'Now and Then'. This is going to be a History based topic. We have started the new topic by visiting the 'Springfield Museum' in the hall. (Have a look at some of our photos). It has been fascinating to hear what the children think some of the objects were called and what they were used for (e.g. an old style home telephone, a record, a black and white TV, stereo and some old wooden toys). If you have anything old at home that you think would be interesting for the children to see (and you are happy to bring it into school) then please let me know.
What a lovely end to the term! The children were excited to come to school this morning dressed in their fantastic Christmas jumpers, tinsel and Antlers! Have a look through our photos. You will notice at the end of the photos there is also some photos of Father Christmas! He also paid us a visit today! The class were extremely excited to meet him and to have a chat with him! I hope you and your children all have a fabulous Christmas together! I look forward to seeing you in January for the start of the Spring Term.
Thank you to all of the parents who have supported their child to complete homework recently. The children seem to enjoy doing the homework and have enhanced their own learning. Here are some examples of homework completed.
The class have now finished painting their clay dinosaurs. Most of the children decided that they wanted to make a Stegosaurus and some children made a Triceratops. The children were really happy with the finished result and were excited that they were able to take them home! Have a look at the Dinosaurs in the photos below.
Wow! We saw lots of great spotty costumes for Children in Need. The children came dressed in spotty t-shirts, trousers, pyjamas, Pudsey badges, eye-patches, face paint and a Pudsey tie! All of the children looked really good. Thank you to all of the parents who sent in donations.
The children had fun this week getting messy with clay! They enjoyed the texture of the clay and how easy it was to change it's shape using their fingers and thumbs. They have started to create their own dinosaur using the clay. Most of the children decided to make either a Stegosaurus or a Triceratops. We now need to wait for the clay to dry and then next week we will be able to paint them. Take a look at some of our photos below.
Today we were really lucky to have a Dinosaur visit us in school!! Wow!!! It was amazing to see the size of the Dinosaur! The whole class were brave enough to have their photo taken with the Dinosaur. We learnt a lot of information about Dinosaurs and we saw a how a big a T-Rex's footprint might have been. The children were amazed to see the size of a T-Rex's egg. It was absolutely huge! What a fantastic day!
We returned to school after half term to discover an enormous dinosaur bone in the forest school area! We thought about what animal this bone could belong to, but in the end we decided that it must belong to a dinosaur! We could not think of any other animal that could possibly have a bone this large! The children were also surprised to find that the corridor in school has been transformed into a jungle, with vines and leaves hanging from the ceiling and from the walls! It has been an exciting start to our new topic 'Jurassic Park'.
This week we have also cooked some Oat Round biscuits. The children worked in groups to mix the ingredients together and then to shape the mixture into biscuit sized pieces. Once the biscuits were in the oven the children also wrote some instructions to explain what they had to do to make the biscuits. The class seemed to enjoy eating the end result! (I enjoyed tasting one too!)
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came to our share event on Thursday afternoon. It was great to see so many of you in school. I hope you have a happy half term! Our next topic will be 'Jurassic Park'.
On Wednesday the children had the opportunity to take part in a Dental workshop. A team of Dentists and Dental Nurses came in to school to talk to the classes about how to clean their teeth correctly and the kinds of food that are healthy to eat and certain foods to avoid or to only have as a treat. Their favourite part was dressing up as Dentists and Dental Nurses and to sit in the Dentist chair!!
The children have now completed their individual street scenes. Take a look at our photos! The individual scenes were then fixed to the scenes from 1GP and 1ST to make a combined Town centre scene. The children were very pleased with the final outcome!
This week the children in the class were so excited to have two Police Officers visit us! The class had a chance to ask the Officers a range of questions and were lucky enough to try on the hats and Police coats. The Officers asked the children for a volunteer to put into handcuffs, but the handcuffs were too big for the children's wrists. The children thought that it would be a good idea to put Mr Youngs in the handcuffs, so the Officers were happy to do this!! The children were really excited to look at the police car, to sit in it and to see and hear the siren! The visit was something the children will remember for a long time! We hope you like having a look through some of the photos.
On Thursday 19th October from 2:30 parents and Grandparents are welcome to come in to the class to have a look through the children's work and to sample the biscuits we are going to make next week!
Please have a look at the R, W, Inc link towards the bottom of the class page. There are videos about why phonics is important, how the sounds should be pronounced, the value of reading to and reading with your child and another video about the Phonics Screening (that the children will be taking part in during June 2018).
This week in P.E. we found out about what it might be like to be an Athlete. The children were split into groups so that they could compete each other in running races and a throwing event. All of the children were competitive and were determined to win! A big well done to all of the winners who received medals to celebrate their achievements! You should feel proud of yourselves! Mr Youngs also awarded three medals to the children who showed the best attitude and really put everything into it! Have a look at some of our photos below.
We were really lucky to have a visit from a Paramedic and his ambulance this week! The children all had an opportunity to ask the Paramedic questions and then we were able to actually go into the back of the Ambulance! (The children were so excited!) Some of the children had their blood pressure measured and others had a leg splint fitted!! It was fantastic to meet a Paramedic and to find out what he has to do in his job.
This week the class have started to create their Town centre scenes in groups. To start with the children had to decide what kind of buildings they wanted to have in their scene. Later in the week each group started to paint their scenes. The plan is to add more details to the scenes by adding windows and doors next week.
Last week we learnt what an Architect is and what their job involves. The class could explain why bridges are built - so that vehicles can cross over the top of a river and also so that vehicles can travel over the top of a railway line. The children really enjoyed drawing designs for their own bridges and we thought about what makes bridges strong. Have a look at some of our photos below. Next week we will be creating our own small scale town centre scenes and we also have a visit from am Ambulance Paramedic planned!
The class have made a fantastic start with their homework. Thank you to the mum's, dad's and other relatives who have supported the children to complete their homework. The completed homework is an excellent standard. See the photos below for some examples of the homework completed for the first week. Keep up the good work mum's, dad's and children!!
The class have enjoyed the beginning of our new topic: 'I want to be'. We started by thinking about the Police, Fire and Ambulance service and how they help us and people in the community. We learnt about the equipment that the Emergency Services use and spoke about what we might do in different scenarios. Some of the children absolutely loved dressing up in the Police officers uniform! The class worked in groups to match the equipment to the correct emergency service. They also worked as part of a team to read a description of an occupation and then match it to the correct job. The children said what job they wanted to do when they leave school. The choices included: ballet dancer, gymnast, footballer, police officer, teacher, nursery nurse and computer game creator!
As part of our mini topic about our 'Brilliant Brains' we have been learning about our Senses (sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch). We used four of these senses when doing some food tasting. The children enjoyed touching, smelling, seeing and tasting crisps, popcorn and lemons! Have a look at our photos - especially the lemon tasting photos! Take a look at our class page next week to find out what we have been learning about during our new topic: 'I want to be...' and some examples of the homework completed by the children.
A warm welcome to our class home page! The children have all made a fantastic start to Year 1! They have made the transition from Reception to Year 1 really well. The class have quickly got used to the new routines and the structure of the day. We have started the year by thinking our 'Brilliant Brains' and have re-capped what we already know about the school' 'Learning Behaviour Buddies'. We have already experienced the children working as part of a team like 'Mandy Meerkat', rising to the Challenge like 'Geoffrey the Giraffe' and persevering like 'Terry the Tortoise'!
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