Year 1 Voyagers and Discoverers have been very lucky this week to spend the afternoon with Mrs Hood, the school nurse, to learn about how to keep our bodies healthy!
Firstly, they learnt the importance of hand-washing and how to do it thoroughly for spotlessly clean hands after going to the toilet, before eating, after touching pets and if they sneeze or blow their noses. They don’t want to spread any germs! Each child was given paint spots on their hands and sent to practise hand washing themselves, ensuring all the spots had disappeared before they returned to the classroom!
Year 1 also got the opportunity to meet ‘The Veggie Gang’ and enjoyed tasting a variety of healthy fruits including strawberries, sultanas, pineapple, grapes and the ‘super fruit’ blue berries. The children know we need 5 portions of fruit & veg to eat-healthily and that a ‘portion’ means a handful.
We finished the session by getting our bodies moving and hearts beating completing our daily mile.
In English we have been building on our letter writing skills replying to our friend Panda, inspired by the focus text ‘Dear Panda’ by Miriam Latimer!
In line with our ‘Zoo’ topic we have also been using ‘The Animal Boogie’ to think about animal movements and describe them using the -ing suffix e.g. Swinging, roaring, stomping. Alongside this we have been using animal names to look at how to change a word from singular to plural.
As part of our Maths work we have been exploring “teen” numbers, thinking about how many tens and ones each has. We have been using tens frames to represent these numbers and discussing how a tens frame can show us whether a number is bigger or smaller than ten.
Please remember to check book bags on Friday as the children will be receiving their first piece of homework for Year One. Be as creative as you like and we look forward to sharing them!
Following a slow start to the day due to traffic, Voyagers and Discoverers had a fantastic day at Blackpool Zoo beginning to explore our learning challenge this half term ‘Why are tigers not like humans?’
To name just a few…we saw the sea lions swimming, the penguins posing, the gorilla’s snoozing and the lions prowling. Not forgetting, Blackpool Zoo’s newest addition, a 5 day old zebra!
We also got the opportunity to hear from one of the zoo keepers, who taught us about 4 of the different animal groups – mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds! We will be using and extending our learning of these groups in the classroom.
Voyagers and Discoverers have had a wonderful first few days in their new classes! We have been so impressed with how well they have adapted to Year 1 and their new learning environments.
In English, we have been focusing on the ‘smart name’ for each letter of the alphabet and applying this to painting our very own animal alphabet for the classroom!
In Maths we have been learning the months of year through song. We worked together to create a class birthday chart and used this to make comparisons between amounts.
In Science we have been taking part in group discussions and sharing about what we already know about animals before our topic commences! We have also been thinking about what we would like to find out about animals to direct our learning.
As a WOW for our ‘Animal’ topic this half term, the children (and staff, of course) are very excited for their first Year 1 trip to Blackpool Zoo! We look forward to seeing you on Monday 🙂
WOW! What a fantastic day Amazons have had at Bring Yer Wellies!
We most definitely didn’t need our wellies as the sunshine was glorious; a perfect day for an outdoor trip.
We began with a play on the “beach”, followed by a chat with our helper Nigel about what plants need to survive and how to look after them. Then we weaved through the herb garden and got to smell some lovely herbs – spearmint and lemongrass. After that, we put our newfound knowledge into practice and planted our very own spearmint and peppermint plants, before relaxing on the grass for lunch.
After refuelling, we worked in 2 teams – Miss Wilks’ team and Mrs Berryman’s team – to carry long sticks and sheets to make a den. Our other helper Melissa said that Amazons were the most sensible class she had ever had den building. Miss Wilks and Mrs Berryman were very proud! Finally, we were given a boat per team to name which we then took down to the brook to race in the current. Mrs’ Berryman’s team, the Minty Pirates, were victorious!
The children were an absolute credit to themselves and the school and a wonderful time was had by all!
The staff and children of Key Stage One hope you all enjoyed Sports Day as much as we did. We’re sure you can agree that the children should be very proud of how hard they worked in that scorching heat! The boys and girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves – especially seeing their adults trying to hurdle.
Here are just some of the hundreds of photos we took for you to enjoy! 🙂
Year 1 Swallows arrived today to a camp site set up in their classroom! After a lengthy discussion and speculation about who might have done it, it came to light it was Russell from the film Up. He is hoping to become a a Senior Wilderness Explorer but the strong Manchester winds had blown some of his pages from his notebook away. So, it was up to the children to use orienteering skills to locate the missing pages. They all gained their orienteering badge which they put on their sashes they made too.
This afternoon the children have started researching one of the names in Russell’s notebook, Sir Ernest Shackleton. They have learnt so far that he was a polar explorer, wanting to be the first to cross Antarctica from one end to the other. He travelled on a ship called Endurance that became ice packed but we don’t know yet whether he was successful…
Swallows had some reading and phonics activities this morning. They had to visit every station for 15 minutes in their groups and complete the tasks.
There was: reading bingo; a game where they had to decide whether the word belonged on planet real or planet nonsense; phonics I spy; creating nonsense words for a friend to decode; and poems to read followed by a WIPERS discussion.
Today we have been working with watercolours and focussing on blow painting!
We began creating a feelings board using different colours to represent different feelings. Then we experimented mixing the primary colours by blowing them over each other. We then created eagles by blow painting their wings.
First we talked about the words in the quote ‘Together we achieve the roots to grow and the wings to fly!’ which is our quote of the week. Then we looked at Cassie Leatham’s art work called ‘Over time we come together’, discussing the patterns and shapes we could see as well as how the art showed ‘together-ness’. We drew around our own hands to begin our own art work in he style of Cassie’s. On some we collaged different tones of paper to show that even though we are all different, we can come together as a family and work as a team.
In the afternoon we looked at aboriginal symbols as this is the art Cassie uses, and we even created our own symbols. Finally we added some symbols to our hands from the morning to create patterns.