Half Term Break
Where have the last five weeks gone? It has been super busy and we have learnt so much in all of our subjects. Thank you for all of your wonderful homework contributions, we had great fun this week reading through these and showing of our wonderful work.
In PE this half term we have been honing our ball skills, preparing for sports day (first week back!) and also learning all of the moves for Dance From The Heart. The children are so excited about both.
We have spoken to lots of parents over the last couple of weeks who have enquired about the phonics screening check and asked what more they can be doing; use the sheets we have sent home with both real and nonsense words on them; practise spotting tricky sounds in our reading books and write them down; use some of the resources online (a Google search will find you a wealth of practise papers and worksheets); make phonics fun - get the children to teach you.
Phonics and homework aside, please have a wonderful and safe half term break. Thank you once again for all of your help and support this halfterm from all the staff in 1L and 1M.
Unbelievably we are now entering the Summer Term; it's amazing how quickly this academic year is flying by! We hope you all had a lovely relaxing half term break and that you are now fully charged for another action-packed term of learning, learning and a bit more learning. This term we will predominantly be looking at 'Animals'. In Science we will be categorising animals and looking at their habitats, which will link with our Geography work and some of our favourite stories in English (starting with - Dear Zoo ).
To get us all in the mood for an exciting term focussing on animals, we started off last week by having two visitors come into our school. We were visited by both the Dog's Trust and Animal Care, who were accompanied by Bumble, a REAL adorable border-collie puppy. With over 9 million dogs in the U.K our children were taught some fantastic strategies for caring and looking after dogs and also what they should do if they ever encounter a stray dog.
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Last Week of the Spring Term
As we have reached the end of the Spring term, may we take this opportunity to kindly thank all parents and guardians for your support once again this term; you have kindly sent in hardboiled eggs, boxes, Wellington boots, charitable donations and a whole array of fantastic homework creations (and so many other things!). We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter this term and this culminated in our performance on Thursday morning - thank you once again for being such a wonderful audience. To echo the sentiments shared on Thursday morning, thank you once again for all your support this term and have a lovely, safe and restful Easter holidays. We will see you all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (in true Peter Rabbit fashion) on Tuesday 23rd April.
Please see some of the wonderful pictures from our Year 1 Creative Arts performance:
The Wheelbarrows (pinched/'borrowed' from grumpy Mr McGregor's garden)
The children in 1L and 1M had great fun last week designing and making their custom wheelbarrows. Most of them withstood the challenge of ferrying their hardboiled eggs and navigating through our garden creations. A lot of tin foil, blue tack, glue and patience later, here are some of our fantastic results (starting with the prototype):
Creative Arts (Design & Technology) Wheelbarrows & Mr McGregor's Garden
Continuing with our Peter Rabbit topic, Year 1 were very fortunate to have a wonderful local artist come and visit their classes and help them create a real life version of Mr McGregor's garden . With the help of the excellent Sarah Hicks, both classes painted, chopped, stuck, drew, cut, prodded and poked their way to their own individual masterpieces.
Please keep your eyes peeled for the wheelbarrow photos next week ............
Meanwhile, here's some of the 'action' from this week.
Creative Arts Week
The first exciting activity of our 'Creative Arts Week' started with both Year 1 classes engaging with a drama and dance class on Monday morning. Using games and activities, accompanied by music, our specialist coach brought our class text - Peter Rabbit - to life. The children loved escaping Mr McGregor's garden.
We have been looking for signs of Spring in our school area. When we went outside we saw lots of lovely daffodils which we had grown ourselves. Last Autumn we planted bulbs in pots of soil. The sun, light. rain and warmer weather has helped them to grow. Not all of our daffodils are the same. Some have big flowers and some have yellow buds that haven't opened yet.
Our Busy Week!
Year 1 have been busy all week learning about what worship means to Buddhists. We have carried on practicing our meditation and this has helped us to make the most of our busy week.
In our English work we have been using adjectives to describe some of the giant leaves left by Jack after he climbed the magic beanstalk. The giants friend phoned our class to see if we could describe the giant on a 'Wanted' poster.
Here are some of the adjectives we used for both:
gigantic huge big really big awesome scary giant wide long drowsy mean shiny
smooth green holey grumpy nasty hairy.
Can you guess which adjectives were used to describe the giant?
Year 1 Visit To a Buddhist Temple.
As part of our RE topic on Buddhism we went on a bus to visit a Buddhist Temple in Preston.
The monk chanted to us and helped us to meditate. We felt very calm.
There were lots of statues of the Buddha and temple offerings. We made our own offering of Lotus flowers to place on the shrine. We looked at Buddha statues.
We looked at a huge statue of Buddha dressed in Orange robes.
Afterwards we made our own observational drawings.
Hubble Bubble Double Lubble Year 1 Are Out Of Trouble!
Year 1 have had trouble learning some of the tricky lines from their class poems. However we have given it lots of practice and we now feel ready to perform to the rest of the school and parents on Monday.
Year 1 have looked at toys (some of them very old toys) and used them to make up their own versions of familiar poems. We have had lots of fun and even included some actions to go with our poems.
Ho ho ho we have been thinking of adjectives to describe our festive decorations!
Year One Writing.
In our English we have joined words and sentences with the conjunction 'and.' After that we went on to include adjectives. Here are some of our examples.
Year 1 have been learning about Buddhism and Christianity.
Year 1 Christmas Party!
year 1 had a great time at their christmas party playing games such as Musical Corners, statues and Pass The Parcel.
A special visitor arrived and gave all the children a present. He told all the teachers that they had been really good and assured Mrs Brownley that he knew where she lived even though she had changed her name. Phew!
Year 1 had a visit from one of Santa's helpers. Luckily all the children had been really good and enjoyed reading letters from both Santa and Sparkles one of our Elves. The children learnt how to write letters and wrote letters to Santa and Sparkles.
Each morning the children had to spot their Elf and letter in school. Our Elf has now gone back to help Santa and told him that all the children in Year 1 have been great at school.
We are hoping for a quick visit from Santa and we have been practising some lovely songs to sing for him.
Looking For Seasonal Changes.
Year 1 have been searching for signs of Autumn in our school grounds. We have spotted squirrels scampering across the grass storing food for winter. Some of the trees have leaves which have turned into yellow, gold and red. The fruit on the apple and pear trees has been harvested.
We will continue to look at the changes in our environment and record the changes we see.
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