Our Seeds have grown!!
At the beginning of June we planted Dwarf beans, Runner Beans, Marigolds, Carrots and Radish seeds. As you can see from the photos most of the seeds have grown really well and look really healthy. Thank you to all of the children who have helped to water them every day! Hopefully at the end of the week the children will have some Radishes and possibly some carrots (It depends what they look like when we pull them up!!?) to bring home!
I hope all of the children and their mums and dads have a fantastic summer break!
Easton Farm Park
Wow! We had an amazing day at Easton Farm Park. We found out what a farmer needs to do to milk a cow and had a go at milking 'Mildred' the plastic cow! We spoke about all of the things that can be made from milk and even made an attempt at making our own butter! We then were in with touching distance of about 30 chickens! We learnt that a female chicken is called a hen and a male chicken is called a rooster. The children collected some of the eggs that the chickens had laid that day. After that we loved holding some baby chicks. The children were amazed to see a foal that was less than a month old! We also absolutely loved feeding the sheep and goats! Next we went on a walk along the river and saw horses, cows, a donkey and three Lama's in the field. We had a bit of spare time to have fun on the play area too!
Walk to the Dales
Last week we went on a walk to the Dales. The reason for doing the walk was so the children could look at and identify a range of different flowers and trees. We enjoyed the walk and were lucky enough to see lots of interesting flowers and trees.
Farm to Fork
We have started our new topic 'Farm to Fork' this week. We will be learning about growing vegetables and plants, the lifecycle of a chicken, butterfly & a frog and animals and food chains. We will also be visiting Easton Farm Park on Friday 23rd June. The children have enjoyed planting Broad beans, Dwarf beans, Radishes, Carrots and Marigolds. Take a look at our photos below. We spoke about the seeds needing water, light and warmth to grow. The Radish seeds are expected to grow the fastest, but we will have to wait and see!!
The class had a lot of fun with one of their recent Maths Challenges. In the week leading up to the challenge the children had been learning about Capacity and how much volume different sized containers had in them. The challenge involved the children estimating how much water different containers would hold and then working in groups to measure how much the containers held. There was a few water spillages, but this just made the challenge more fun!
After half term our next topic will be 'Farm to Fork', which will include learning about plants, trees, growing and animals. We will be visiting Easton Farm Park for the day on Friday 23rd June.
We had great fun making slime this week! Have a look at our photos to see how messy we got! Mr Youngs made the slime by mixing PVA glue, food colouring and Almat washing detergent together. The class also got to visit five other classrooms to complete a range of other Science activities, including a bouncing ball experiment, making planets and creating moon rocks!
Science and Alien dress up day
Some of the children's costumes were amazing. We had a wide range of different costumes, including: scientists, a Spaceman and various aliens! They all loved dressing up and looked superb! Thank you to all of parents who made a donation. These donations have been used to pay for an amazing Planetarium that came into school. This gave the children a great close up look at the stars and all of the planets in our solar system.
Fly Me to the Moon
Wow! What a great start to our new topic! On the first day back we discovered that some kind of alien spacecraft had crash landed in our wildlife area! We saw some remains of the spacecraft, a helmet, a phone, lots of slime, but there was no sign of an astronaut or an alien... The children had some great ideas about how the spacecraft might have got there, why it may have crashed here and what we should do next. We have started to learn about the names of all of the planets in our solar system and have found out some information about them. The children have also been thinking about what they might need to take if they had the chance to travel to space, including a space helmet, gravity boots, spacesuit, food, water and a camera!
Nick Butterworth - Author visit
Wow! A second author visit! Nick Butterworth was a very interesting person to meet. He showed us his fantastic illustrating skills and spoke to the children about how to use their imagination. Nick explained how he created the Percy the Park-Keeper book series . The children enjoyed listening to one of these stories. He also spoke to us about how he wrote the story 'Q Pootle 5' and about how this story was adapted for TV. It was certainly a memorable day!
Author Visit - Chris Wormell
The whole group were lucky to meet the well known author - Chris Wormell. They enjoyed listening to his story-telling and were amazed at his illustrating skills! He was able to draw an animal that was a combination of different animals. The animal created had a bear's head, a giraffe's neck, a whale's body, a dog's front legs, kangaroo's back legs and a monkey's tale!
Have a look at the children's finished Animal Puppets. They were all really happy with how their finished work looked!
World Book Day
Wow! We had some amazing costumes for World Book Day. There was a real range of book characters, including: The Lion and Dorothy (from the Wizard of Oz), Horrid Henry, Batman, Paddington Bear, the Incredible Hulk, Cinderella, Frozen characters, BFG, Captain America, the Monkey (from Day Monkey, Night Monkey), Snow White, a Crocodile and the Tiger who came to tea. Have a look at some of our photos.
A big thank you to all of the Parents and Grandparents who came in to school on Wednesday afternoon to help the class to create their own animal puppet. The children had designed their animal puppet and then enjoyed sewing the two parts of the puppet together. Googly eyes were added and nose, ears, hair and other features were added. The Parents and Grandparents seemed to enjoy it and the children loved it too, even though they found threading the needle a bit tricky!
The children have made a great start to our new topic. This week we have focused on the characters in a range of stories. We spoke about how traditional tales usually have good and bad characters. We identified who are the good and bad characters in the story of Cinderella and also ordered events in the story into beginning, middle and end structure. Next we will be learning about the settings in stories and starting to create our own animal puppets!!
Maths - Halves and Quarters
In Maths this week we have been learning about halves and quarters of shapes. The children had the opportunity to apply what they had learnt about halves and quarters by making jam and Lemon curd sandwiches! They cut a piece of bread in half, then added butter and jam or lemon curd and then cut their half in half again to create four quarters. The class loved making the sandwiches and loved eating them even more! Have a look at some of our photos.
Next Topic - Awesome Authors
After Half Term the next topic will be 'Awesome Authors'. We are very lucky to have some well known authors visiting school during this topic (Chris Wormell and Nick Butterworth). Later in the term we will also be presenting our Year 1 production ('Eddie the Penguin Saves the World).
For the last two weeks of our Rain, Rain Go Away topic the class have enjoyed learning about Whales. They have been very enthusiastic finding out facts about Whales, especially how heavy and long a Blue whale is! (They were amazed that a Blue Whale's tongue is the same weight as an elephant!) We found out that there are two types of Whale: Baleen (they don't have teeth, such as Blue Whales and Humpback Whales) and Toothed Whales (such as Orca Whales, Beluga and Narwhal Whales). We also found out what Oceans these whales live in and the things that they eat. The texts we enjoyed listening to linked to the topic were: 'The Storm Whale' and 'The Storm Whale in Winter'. We finished the topic by using clay to make their own whale. Once the clay dried the children then carefully painted their whales. Take a look at our photos (making the whales, painting them and the finished work). It has been a really enjoyable topic, learning about the Water Cycle, materials (floating, sinking and waterproofing), making boats and Whales.
The class have been testing a range of different materials to see whether they float and if they are waterproof. They then designed and made their own boat taking into account what would be the best materials to use. The children were very proud of their finished boats and were so excited when they did actually float!! Have a look at some of our photos. Next we will be finding out some facts about Whales - what oceans they live in, what they eat, who they live with and how they communicate. The children will be designing and then making their own whale.
The standard of homework continues to be very good. These are some examples of drawings to show their favourite story (without using words). There are some great drawings.
Making a gas!
We had lots of fun making a gas (Carbon Dioxide), when we added Bicarbonate of Soda to Vinegar. When the two ingredients were mixed together, heat was created leading to a gas being created. This gas then inflated a plastic glove. Have a look at the photos of what we did and the children's faces when they saw it happen!!
Rain, rain, go away!
We have started our new topic - Rain, rain, go away. We started by thinking about why it rains and how it rains? The class have learnt about the 'Water Cycle' and how it works through listening to and enjoying the water cycle song! They have begun to learn the vocabulary related to the Water Cycle. The children have learnt the meaning of 'Evaporation', 'Condensation', 'Precipitation' and 'Collection'. We have also started to compare what the weather is like in Ipswich (UK) to Ipswich (Australia), learning the names of the continents and the names of the oceans. We are also going to be thinking about what types of extreme weather happen around the world.
Christmas Jumper Day
The children really enjoyed coming to school in their Christmas jumpers, Christmas t-shirts and Christmas hats! Have a look at some of our photos below. Well done to Ruby and her mum who won our class Christmas Hamper and thank you to everyone who bought tickets for it! I hope you all have a great Christmas and look forward to seeing you all again in 2017!!
Indian Wedding Celebration Day
Wow! What an amazing day! All of the children looked brilliant dressed in their bright colours for our Indian celebration day. The day started with the whole school coming together to see how the hall had been transformed for the wedding celebration. The year 1 children then enjoyed taking part in our own version of the Indian Wedding. The children in Mrs Phillips class showed us their dances they had been practising to celebrate the end of the wedding ceremony. Finally, the whole year group enjoyed eating an Indian banquet!! Have a look at some of our photos that are a great reminder of the fantastic day we enjoyed together!!
The children absolutely loved taking part in an Bhangra Dance workshop today. The children had the opportunity to dress up in Sari's, waistcoats, to use scarves and ankle bells. They were taught a dance routine and were very excited to perform it to music! The children had so much fun! You can see how much they enjoyed it by looking at some of the photos below! We will now start making preparations for our Indian wedding celebration to take place on Thursday 8th December.
Children in Need
On Friday the children came to school and were excited to 'Show their spots' for Children in Need. Have a look at our photos! Thank you to all of the parents for the donations.
The children loved preparing and then eating chapatis! A big thank you to Sukhraj's mum who came in to school to cook them for us. The children absolutely loved eating them!!
Our Incredible India topic started when two big suitcases were delivered to school!! These suitcases included several interesting objects relating to India and an invitation for the children to attend an Indian wedding!! The children were very excited!! They have been very enthusiastic to learn about India. So far we have learnt about the Story of 'Rama and Sita', made 'Diva lamps' using clay, found out about the animals that are native to India, what food is traditional in India and we have compared the weather in Ipswich to the weather in New Delhi in India. We have also learnt about Sikhism (thank you to Sukhraj's Dad for coming into school to talk to us about this).
Please note that the first swimming session will be on Wednesday 2nd November. Please make sure that your child has their swimming costume/trunks, swimming hat and towel every Wednesday.
Swimming dates: -
Parent Share Event
Thank you to all of the Parents and Grandparents who came to our share event. This was an opportunity for the children to show their parent/grandparent what they had been learning in our 'Brilliant Brains' topic. The different activities included: -
- Guess the object when blind-folded!
- 'The Dot' creating another object from a dot/circle.
- What is inside the balloon? (just by touching and listening!)
- Shape matching activity.
- Watch a video of your child making a Jam sandwich
The children all love a family member coming in to see them at school! Thank you for taking the time and effort to come in!
Our next topic, which starts after half term is 'Incredible India'. Enjoy your half term break!!
The class have enjoyed taking part in a range of different activities during our Brilliant Brains topic. We had fun learning about different parts of the Brain and what each part of our Brain does. We have learnt how our brain helps us to: -
- understand and learn
- eat food
- look and listen
We also explored our five senses (sight, smell, taste, hear and touch). The children had fun being blind-folded to try and guess what they were eating - using their taste and smell senses. Each week we have also listened to a different story linked to the brain and the skills we need to learn to improve our learning, including: 'Baby Brains', 'The Hare and the Tortoise', 'Ish' and 'The Dot'. The children have had fun getting to know our 'Learning Behaviour Buddies'. The five Learning Behaviour Buddies are: -
- Mandy Meerkat (who works well as part of a team)
- Connie Cat (who is a good independent learner)
- Terry the Tortoise (who never gives up and perserveres)
- Oscar the Owl (who can focus on the task and manages his distractions)
- Geoffrey Giraffe (who rises to the challenge.
Every Friday the children undertake a Maths Challenge. This is an open ended task that each child tackles with a partner. The aim of the challenge is for the children to develop the skill of working with a partner, to work independently (without adult support) and to apply the Maths skills that they have learnt. Take a look at the photos of the children taking part in some of the challenges.
We have had some fantastic homework handed in during the first half term! Have a look at some of the examples below! The support you are giving to your child with their homework is very much appreciated and is helping to improve their learning. Keep up the effort and hard work!!
Welcome to Year 1
Welcome to 1DY! Have a look at the photos of our new classroom! The children have made a great start to year 1. Our website page will give you some information about the topics we are learning about and will include photos of the children's work.