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Sports Day

Thank you to all of the parents and Grand-parents who came to our Sports Day this afternoon. The children all did really well to take part in the various activities, especially as it was so warm!! As you will have seen the children had a lot of fun competing in sprints, an obstacle course, Frisbee throw, Boccia bean bag throw, egg & spoon race and tyre jumping. Well done to the Green house who were the overall winners of the Sports Day.

 

I hope you and your children all have a fantastic summer break! I wish all of the children well for September when they start Year 2! Thank you for being so supportive this year and I look forward to seeing you at future school events.

Dan Youngs

 

Springfield World Cup

All of the children in Year 1 really enjoyed taking part in our World Cup Tournament. The children in our class were representing Argentina and Japan. They all did fantastically well in the tournament and were determined to do well for their teams. I hope you all enjoyed watching the games as much as the children did playing! Congratulations to Egypt (1ST) who won the final against Australia 2 - 0. Well done everyone for a great tournament and thank you to Mr Andrews for referring the games. Take a look at some of our photos. Just a quick reminder that Sports Day is on Thursday 19th July from 1:45 to 3:00 on the church field. You are all welcome to come and watch.

World Explorer Topic

The children have really enjoyed our 'World Explorer' topic. The focus of the topic is the World Cup currently taking place in Russia. Each class have chosen two countries to focus on. The two countries the class are learning about is Argentina and Japan. The children have enjoyed making flags for these countries and also creating t-shirts to wear at our world cup tournament. The children have been very enthusiastic to practise their football skills in our PE sessions, passing the ball and working on their dribbling skills! The class have also had the opportunity to use the new outdoor gym equipment, which is proving very popular! Have a look at some of our photos, that show us playing football and other photos showing our finished Argentina and Japan t-shirts. We have been learning about how the weather in Argentina and Japan is different to England. In addition, we are finding out about the two countries populations, capital cities, famous landmarks, key football players and animals that are native to the countries. We look forward to seeing you at our World Cup Tournament on Friday 6th July at 2pm on the Church field.

Royal Wedding Celebrations!

Following Prince Harry's recent Wedding, we have experienced our own Royal Wedding Celebrations at school. All of the children dressed up as Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses. We made our own sandwiches for the celebration before lunch and then afterwards the whole school took part in a Royal Parade. Following the parade the children enjoyed eating their sandwiches and also had some cakes to eat! It was a great end to our Kings and Queens topic! I hope you all have a fantastic half term break and look forward to seeing you after the holiday.

Swimming

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The children have had a fantastic time at swimming and really enjoyed their last session.

Swimming

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Making Castles

A huge thank you to all of the Mums, Dads and Grand-parents that came in to school recently to help the children to create their own castles. The children were able to cut their own battlements, arrow slits and drawbridges and then painted the completed castles. The children were really proud of their finished castles! The children absolutely loved seeing their Mums, Dads and Grand-parents in school. They would not have been able to create the castles without their support! Take a look at some of our photos.

Colchester Castle

The class enjoyed a great visit to Colchester Castle on Friday. All of the children were excited about the day ahead as we got on to the coach. On arrival at the castle we explored the ground floor of the castle. The children had fun building an archway, trying on knights helmets, looking at a model of the castle and watching a video about the history of the castle. Next we took part in a range of activities, including sorting food that was available to a cook in the castle over 800 years ago, smelling herbs and spices that were used as medicine and sorting materials/objects and what they were used for. After lunch the class really enjoyed being given a tour of the castle by a knight. We enjoyed seeing how deep the well was, walking up the spiral stair case, seeing the swords and shields the knights would have used and being amazed by the views from the roof of the castle! Finally we had some time to explore the first floor of the castle before returning to the coach for the return journey to school. All of the children were well behaved and had a fantastic day!

Kings & Queens

Welcome back to school following the Easter break. We have now started our new topic which is 'Kings & Queens'. We have started the topic by thinking about the current Royal Family. The children have been able to name the members of the Royal Family and have arranged them into a Family Tree. The children have also learnt the names of Queen Elizabeth's Palaces and Castles that she lives in - Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Sandringham, Balmoral and Holyrood Palace. The children have been enthusiastic about starting to learn about Castles and why Kings & Queens lived in castles. We have learnt about the different types of castle, which are: Motte & Bailey, Stone Keep castles and Concentric castles.

 

Half of the children in the class have also started their Swimming sessions at First Strokes. All of the children had a brilliant first session and are excited about going again next week!

 

Next week we are looking forward to our visit to Colchester Castle. Have a look at our website page after the trip to see some of our photos.

 

Enjoy the sunshine! Mr Youngs

'There's a Sunflower in my supper' performance

The children in 1DY and the other children in Year 1 did fantastically well in their performance. The singing, dancing and acting was superb! All of the children worked really hard and should be very proud of how well they did! Take a look at some of the photos from our dress rehearsal. I wish you and your children a fun and enjoyable Easter break.

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Making Butter and making sandwiches!!

The children had a lot of fun making their own butter with Mrs Davies. The children were amazed to find out that by having a tub with some butter in it and shaking it a lot they could make their own butter! They then used the butter they had made to spread on their bread and decided what they would like to have in their sandwich. Finally they enjoyed eating the sandwiches they had made!

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

We were lucky to have a visit from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust recently. One of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust's member of staff did workshops with all of the classes in the school. The children learnt about some animals that live in the UK and the habitats they live in. We also did some work about the four seasons. It was a session that the children really enjoyed!

Art Solutions

The children really enjoyed taking part in the 'British Wildlife, Art Solutions' project. It got quite messy with lots of newspaper, paper, tissue paper and glue used! The children had the task of creating a boar, a snail, a bee, a ladybird, a tree and some hills. The final results look fantastic, with children throughout the whole school taking part. A big thank you to the parents that came in to school to help the children with the project. The children should feel very proud of their hard work, team work and how the finished displays look!

Shelfies!!

The children really enjoyed showing their shelfies to the rest of the class! It was great to see their photos and to hear how much they enjoy looking at books and reading. Have a look at some of the photos to see the shelfies. Have fun reading!!

Fun in the snow!!

The children had a fantastic time playing in the snow! Their favourite thing to do was to create a snow angel. Even Mr Youngs created his own snow angel!! We had a go at building a snowman, had some running races, played catch with snowballs and had great fun throwing snowballs at Mr Youngs!!

Springwatch

Welcome back to school after the half term holiday. We have now started our new topic called 'Springwatch' - we might have to re-name it 'Winter-watch' after all of the snow we are having!! We will be learning about British wildlife (Hedgehogs, Squirrels, Rabbits, Badgers, Foxes and Birds). To start the topic we have grouped animals into two groups: Nocturnal (animals that are awake at night) and Diurnal (animals that are awake during the day and sleep at night). We have also learnt about the names of the four countries that are part of the United Kingdom and their relevant capital cities. Next we will be having a visit from a member of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust (weather permitting!) to learn about Suffolk Wildlife and to take part in an activity. We will also focus on the text 'After the Storm', written by Nick Butterworth. The children will be using Active Story-telling to re-tell the story, order the events in the story and completing a story board to summarise the story. Throughout this topic we will also be practising for our Performance, which is called 'There's a Sunflower in my Supper'. The two performances will be on Tuesday 27th March and Wednesday 28th March.

Victorian Day!

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.

Toy Wooden cars

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!

The invention of the light bulb!

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!

Queen Victoria

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!

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Our Favourite Toys

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! 

Parachutes!

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!

 

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Fencing in Year 1!!

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?

'Now and Then' Topic

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.

Mr Youngs

Christmas Jumper Day

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.

Mr Youngs

Dinosaur topic Homework

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.

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Clay Dinosaurs

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.

Children in Need

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.

Dinosaur clay work

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.

Dinosaur visit!!

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!

Dinosaur bone found!!

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'.

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Cooking!

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'.

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Dental Workshop

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!!

 

Town Centre Scenes

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!

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Police Officers visit!

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!

Read, Write Inc information

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).

Athletics

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.

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Ambulance visit

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.

Town centre scenes

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.

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Architects and Bridges

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!

Homework

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!!

I want to be... (Emergency Services)

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!

 

Our Brilliant Brains

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.

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Welcome to Year 1!

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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