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Heroes and Villains

This half term our topic is called 'Heroes and Villains'. We have started our topic looking at real life heroes in history. The first being Florence Nightingale. We looked at why she is an important person in history and what she did for modern medicine and hospitals today. The children really enjoyed learning about Florence and were very excited to see a video of what times were like in Florence's time.

BBC Watch Magic Grandad - Florence Nightingale

Guy Fawkes

As Florence is a hero, we decided that we needed to learn about a real life villain. We thought that as we enjoyed learning about bonfire night we would learn the story behind it. The children learned about the gunpowder plot and how Guy Fawkes and his plotters tried to blow up the king. The children wrote some fabulous retells of the story and used their best handwriting for a display. 

Traditional Tales 

Over the past few weeks we have been learning about heroes and villains in tradition tales. We looked carefully at what characters we thought were good characters and which were bad characters and why. We posed many questions about the different characters. Is Goldilocks a good character or a bad character? The children thought she was a good and bad character because she was lost in the woods and was hungry, so she looked for help,but she shouldn’t go into other peoples houses without asking. They decided that Goldilocks should write a sorry letter to the Three Bears and what it should say. The children pretended to be Goldilocks and wrote sorry letters. 

Terrific Transport 

We have now started our topic ‘Terrific Transport’. We have started this by looking at how transport has changed from the past up until now. This was brought to life by our trip to the Ipswich Transport Museum. The children really enjoyed learning about all the different types of transport from a Penny Farthing to an Electric Tram. They were able to sit on the vehicles and go on pretend journeys. The children did some fantastic writing and pictures of their time at the museum on their return to school. 

Terrific Transport

 

The children really enjoyed our terrific transport topic and had lots of fun learning about all the different types of transport there are and what they are used for. We also looked at how transport has changed over the last 100 years. To help the children understand what it was like we watched a film about it by Magic Grandad.

Watch: Magic Grandad - 90 Years Ago

After reading 'The Train Ride' by June Crebbin. We all imagined going on a train ride and where we might like to go and what we might see out of the window. The children chose to go all different places ranging from the Africa to see the safari animals to the Arctic to see the polar bears. Share the story with us below.

The Train Ride

There is a hot air balloon in the story of The Train Ride and the children were very excited about this that we decided to design and make our very own hot air balloons. We made them from mixing glue and water together and dipping in newspaper and covering a balloon. We had to do this two times to make it solid and then put a white layer on top ready for painting. We them designed the pattern we would have on our balloon and painted them.  

Making our Hot Air Balloons

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Making our Hot Air Balloons 2
Making our Hot Air Balloons 3

 

Welcome to 1ST class page. It has, already, been a busy start to the year. The children have settled well into the routine of Year One and are already working hard. The children have been learning about the Behaviour Buddies and how they can aspire to be more like them. 

 

The Learning Behaviour Buddies are:

Oscar the Owl (who can focus on the task and manages his distractions).

 

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Mandy Meerkat (who works well as part of a team)

 

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Connie Cat (who is a good independent learner)

 

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Terry the Tortoise (who never gives up and perseveres)

 

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Geoffrey Giraffe (who rises to the challenge)

 

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Dixie Dolphin (who is an excellent communicator)

 

Kelso's Choices

To help us become more independent in the classroom and at break times we have been learning about Kelso's Choices. Kelso helps us to decide if something in our play or learning is a small problem or a big problem. Through deciding if something is a big problem or a small problem it gives the children clear strategies to help them resolve without always needed help from an adult. The children have already started using the strategies to help them resolve problems.

 

We have been learning about the way that we can resolve small problems at school ourselves using Kelso’s Choices. This may be telling someone to stop what they are doing as it is making you sad or frustrated, choosing to play a different game if someone isn’t playing it nicely or walking away if someone is making you cross. 

 

Growth mind-set is an important part of our learning ethos. We have been teaching the children that we can all learn through getting things wrong and making mistakes.

 

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