What a fun last week we had !
Remember to read as much as you can over the holidays.
Every read counts towards a golden ticket to add to your new summer totals.
We would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter with lots of rest and fun.
Take care and keep safe.
Mrs Barber, Mrs Woodford and Mrs Cane
Golden Ticket Winner
Congratulations to Louie our Golden Ticket Winner for the Spring Term.
He read 97 times at home. Well done.
Louie won a WHSmith token for £10.
North Crescent's Got Talent
On Friday we watched North Crescent's Got Talent.
Congratulations to Seren who came 2nd
Congratulations to Lisa-Marie and Rihanna who came 3rd.
Well done to you all.
On Thursday we visited Colchester Zoo and had a fantastic Day.
The journey by coach was smooth and quick so we arrived in plenty of time for our experience workshop, in the Kalihari Theatre, with one of the zoo keepers. We learnt about the Fennec Fox and we looked at different habitats to find out where he lived.
We felt a wolf and ocelot's fur to discover how the animals adapt to the hot and cold climates they live in.
We worked out that the Fennec fox lived in the desert
Then we discovered how big a gorilla's hand was and how an elephant's foot works.
After the workshop we looked around the zoo and had our lunch.
Click on penguins below to see more photographs from our trip.
On Wednesday we had our end of term treat, our Easter Party.
We had great fun with dancing, party food and an energetic Easter egg Hunt.
We started the week with Mr Hotten, making Easter cards using the mechanisms we had investigated. When we finished our cards we evaluated them. Click on the chick below to see some of our cards.
This week our book is
North Crescent's Got Talent
On Friday auditions were held for the children to vote on the acts that they wanted to represent Class 1 at the North Crescent's Got Talent competition.
1st - Seren - tap dancing
2nd - Rihanna and Lisa-Marie - singing
Reserve - Edward - drumming
Thank you to all the children who auditioned it was great to see all your talents.
Monday 25th March - Spring Service
The children will be singing a selection of spring songs and poems at St. Andrews church on Monday afternoon. Doors to the church open at 2pm for a 2.15pm start. This event is open to parents and families of the children.
Thursday 28th March
Talk and Share
Parents please come into the classroom after school on Thursday so that your child can proudly show you their books and all the work they have done since September.
Friday 29th March
On Friday auditions will be held in the classroom for the children to vote on their two favourite acts that are going to represent Class 1 on Friday 5th April at North Crescent's Got Talent. So if the children have a talent, they need to practise their act ready to wow the class on Friday. We cannot wait to see all the children's talent. This event is for children in school only - no parents.
Wednesday 3rd April
Children's End of Term Treat
The children decided to have an Easter Party with games, activities and party food for their end of term treat. Please could the children bring in some party food that they can share with the class for this event. Thank you.
This week our book is
We learnt the names of the different parts of our body in Science and then labelled an outline of a human girl or boy.
Then we made a body out of clay. Click on the 'head' below to see our sculptures.
This week our book is
This week Mr Hotten has taken us to explore the continent of Africa. We have found out lots of information about the countries in Africa and he challenged us to identify the physical and human features we could find there.
This week we have based our lessons on the book Handa's Surprise.
We started by looking, smelling and tasting the delicious fruits that Handa put in her basket. I was so pleased that the children were excited and enthusiastic to try all the different fruits. We brainstormed describing words for each of the fruits.
Click on rainbow below to see our photos.
This week our book is
Winners of the Brilliance Cup
Well done Class 1. What a great end to the week. I am so proud of you.
Today we celebrated World Book Day.
We came to school dressed as our favourite book character.
Look at our photos by clicking on the book below
Thank you very much for coming to our Brilliance Showcase.
The children had a lovely time showing you some of the activities we have been doing in school. I was very proud of them and it was great to see how excited they were to show and teach you things they have studied.
RE - Shrove Tuesday
Today we found out that Shrove Tuesday is a time when Christians get ready for Easter. It is also known as pancake day because people in the past gave up food like butter and eggs during Lent. This meant that all these foods had to be eaten before Lent started so pancakes were made to use the items up. We talked about how to make pancakes and the different ways people eat them. Then we looked at how Pancake Day is celebrated in different parts of the world. Finally we had a pancake race with year 2 and some of us managed to flip the pancakes too! See the photos below.
This week in music we have been learning to make a sound using a digeridoo.
Click on the music notes below to see the photos.
This week our book is
Reading at home
Reading is such an important activity.
If your child reads at home for just 20 minutes a day,
they'll see 1.8 million words per year.
Wow! What an advantage your child will have.
Thursday 7th March
Theme is Share a Story.
Thursday is World book Day and the children are invited to come to school
dressed up as their favourite book character.
In the afternoon the children will have the opportunity to take part in the 'Book swap'.
They need to bring one of their own books to school that is in good condition and then they can swap it for another book.
Art - Aboriginal dot painting
Today we looked at Australian Aboriginal dot painting.
Then we chose an Australian animal and created a dot painting of our own.
Click on artist palette below for photos.
It was great to see you all back at school on Monday, with your smiling faces and your eagerness to continue learning. It was also a wonderful sight to see your creative homework, such great ideas. Look at our photos below.
Wow! How quickly this half term has gone. You have all worked so hard and we know that in the next half term you will show us more of your brilliance.
We are all really looking forward to seeing your animals creative homework and look forward to displaying them in the classroom.
We hope that you have a great half term holiday with plenty of fun and relaxation. We cannot wait to hear about your holiday and we know you will have lots to tell us about your adventures and places you have seen.
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 25th February.
Mrs Barber, Mrs Woodford, Mrs Cane and Mr Hotten
Monday 25th February
Monday 25th - Friday 1st March - Travelling Book Fair
Come and join us for a showcase of some of the amazing learning that your children have been showing us this term.
Thursday 7th March - World Book Day
During English this week we have been looking at poetry and learning about some features of poetry such as alliteration, similes and rhyming.
To end the week we had a Big Write and wrote our own animal acrostic poems.
Special Symbols and Objects
We have previously looked at the special symbols and objects of the Christian Religion and over the last two weeks we have looked at the special symbols and objects of the Jewish religion. These have included 'The Torah', 'yad', 'The Star of David', 'Mezuzah', 'Kippah', 'Tallit' and 'Menorah'.
The children enjoyed making their own Mezuzah, with a special thought inside. Just like the Shema that this special box contains meaning that God is present in the house. Jewish people mount the Mezuzah on the right side of the door frame and touch it each time they pass through.
Animals including Humans
This week we have identified and named animal body parts
Then we compared the body parts of different animals looking at what is
similar and what is different.
This week our book is
This week we looked at the different foods that animals eat.
We sorted animals into groups depending on the food they eat.
Tuesday was Safer Internet Day and this was celebrated by the whole school.
We started the day by thinking about all the different ways we go online
and what we do when we are online.
When we are online we need to make lots of choices, and give others the chance to make choices for themselves. We discussed how upset / frustrated we would be if our ability to make choices was taken away.
We listened to a story about Zap and Zoom who love to use the internet and spotted some of the choices they made when online.
We looked at different ways of saying Yes and No, including different symbols.
When we are using the internet, it’s important we make good choices, so we can look after ourselves and other people. We learnt that we need to ask if something is okay to do or not okay to do.
We practised asking permission to throw a beanbag to each other. We learnt that it was important to wait for a response before throwing and that there were lots of different ways of asking permission using words and actions. We thought about which ones would work best online and what would not work but really it does not matter how we ask permission, what is important is that we do.
Then we thought about what the internet is and what it can do. We found that the
internet is made up of wires and cables that can connect people’s computers, televisions and games consoles, and it can also travel through the air and connect people’s phones, tablets, computers and games consoles. It’s a bit like all these things are having a big conversation all across the world!
Finally we thought about who we are connected to e.g. our family and friends, our school and home town. We sat in a circle and passed a ball of wall to a child of our choice that we are connected to and explained the connection. We ended up with a huge physical web of connections. See photo below.
We started the week by celebrating Chinese New Year.
We made Chinese flags and read the story of how the years got their names.
We found that this year is the Year of the Pig.
We followed this by using the Chinese zodiac animals to add and subtract in maths.
After lunch we found out how the Chinese celebrate Chinese New Year
and then made dragons, money wallets and lanterns.
This week our book is
We started Number Day by drawing around our hands and feet, cutting them out and measuring them with non standard (cubes) and standard units (with a ruler in centimetres).
Then we measured how tall we were in rulers and in centimetres.
We measured other parts of our body.
In the afternoon we created Mondrian pictures based on squares and rectangles.
Look at our masterpieces below.
Photos coming soon
in the capital of Paris, France.
It is the most popular paid landmark in the world with about 7 million visitors every year! It was designed by Alexandre-Gustav Eiffel and completed in 1889.
We learned how to use lines in our drawings to draw an Eiffel Tower.
Look at our finished drawings below.
Photos coming soon
This week our book is
On Thursday we said a sad goodbye to the chicks who then left school on Friday to go and live in the country. We were also told that the 11th chick, who broke his leg, was making a very good recovery with the company before he too will join our chicks in the country. Such good news. We noticed that the chicks were beginning to grow feathers on their wings. Amazing considering only 8 days old.
Look at the pictures below of our last days with the chicks.
This week our book is
What an exciting week we had this week. We were really lucky to see some chickens hatch. They worked so hard to get out of their shells that they were exhausted. By the next day they had become fluffy and looked more like chicks. We cannot wait to see them again next week and see how much they have grown.
This week in Computing our objective was to create instructions using pictures.
To be successful we had to:
First we thought about instructions for getting dressed in the morning and for brushing our teeth. We realised how important it was to put the instructions in the correct order and that we had to give every instruction e.g if we were brushing our teeth it would be important to take off the lid before squeezing toothpaste onto our toothbrush!
In our lesson we took a number of lego bricks and built a model taking a photograph at each stage of the build. We discussed how important it was for these photos to be clear for someone else to follow. Then we pulled our models apart and gave the ipad with our photos to another pair of children with our lego bricks for them to follow the picture instructions to recreate the model. Finally we evaluated the picture instructions and whether we had built the final model correctly by following these instructions.
Click on the i pad below to see our picture instructions.
Today we looked at pictures of different animals and sorted them into groups.
Birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and insects.
Some animals were a bit tricky to group like the platypus who has webbed feet and a beak but is in fact a mammal.
For extra homework we decided to find out the difference between a tortoise and a turtle and an alligator and a crocodile.
Today we looked at all the symbols in our environment.
We then went around the school looking for symbols.
In English this week we have read the book The Big Animal Mix-Up by Gareth Edwards.
We discussed the different mixed up animals.
Then we created our own mixed up animals.
We wrote questions about them using the question hand.
We punctuated our sentences using question marks.
Here is an overview of our learning for the Spring term.
The children brought a copy of this overview home from school on Friday.
You can download from the link below.
This week our book is A Monster Mistake by Roderick Hunt
This term our theme is
A world of animals
We started by reading the book The Great Pet Sale by Mick Inkpen.
We enjoyed the story and talked about all the different pets that the boy found in the pet shop. Then we talked about our own pets and made a class pictogram. We answered questions using the data collected and even thought of our own questions.
This week our book is A Dog's Day by Claire Llewellyn
It was great to see all the children back at school today.
They all looked tired in the line this morning but gradually livened up as the day went on.
The children shared with the class all the exciting events of the last two weeks
and even told us about all of their lovely presents.
What a good time the children had over the Christmas Holidays!
With best wishes to you all for a very Happy New Year.
May all your hopes and dreams come true in 2019.
What a fun last day we had with lots of games, films and food!
We hope your parents will like their Christmas cards and calendars.
We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas with lots of rest and fun.
Take care and keep safe.
Mrs Barber, Mrs Woodford & Mrs Cane
Congratulations to the star readers in our class for the Autumn term.
Oliver - 300 reads
Louie - 125 reads
Emily - 105 reads
The Golden Ticket Autumn Draw for the £10 WHSmith voucher took place today
and was won by Georgie. Well done!
The Golden Ticket Scheme for the Spring Term will start on Thursday 20th December so remember to sign the partnership book over the holidays as all your reads will count towards a golden ticket.
Who will be our Golden Ticket draw winner for the Spring term?
Look at us in all our Christmas finery.
Look at the photos showing all the fun we had at our Christmas Party.
We played games, danced and ate party food.
Futuristic Fire Engines
On Monday we had a great time building our futuristic fire engines. Some of us based our fire engines on the ones at Manchester airport and added long tubes to squirt water on the fire. Look at our photos on the red blob below.
The children will be having their class Christmas party on the afternoon
of Tuesday 18th December.
Please could the children bring in some party food to share with the class.
The children can bring in party clothes to change into after lunch time.
Can you help?
Please could the children bring into school (by Monday) any boxes, tubes, small pots, egg boxes etc. that you do not want at home for the children to build their futuristic fire engines on Monday.
Christmas Jumper Day
Thank you to all the children that supported Christmas Jumper Day.
Wow! There were so many different designs of jumper. Amazing!
Today Explorers, Year 1 and Year 2 visited Chaplin Lodge
to sing Christmas songs to the residents.
The children enjoyed singing their songs and were thrilled when
some of the residents joined in the traditional songs.
The children enjoyed a drink and biscuit and then had a chat with the residents.
One of the residents was 100 years old!
Each class presented the residents with a large Christmas card from the children.
Today we went to the Towngate Theatre in Basildon to watch Snow White .
We had a great time and joined in lots of the songs and dances that
Muddles taught us.
Click on star to see other scenes from pantomime.
We all had a great time on Tuesday. We had a delicious Christmas Dinner, sang Christmas songs, pulled crackers and told cracker jokes as well as wearing paper hats.
Click on the star below to see our photographs.
Today we looked at instructions and how they are written. We started with a title for our instructions and a list of the things we would need. Then we looked at how we start our sentences with imperative verbs (bossy verbs) that tell us what to do. Finally we ordered instructions to make a paper chain.
Christmas Jumper Day
Don't forget Christmas Jumper Day on Friday.
Children to wear normal school uniform but replace red jumpers with Christmas jumpers.
We are looking forward to seeing you all looking festive.
Science - Materials
This week we have been looking at metals and describing their physical properties.
We then investigated materials to see if they were magnetic or not.
We found that the flip chart stand was magnetic but the paper was not magnetic.
We found that a lot of metals were magnetic but not all of them.
We found that a magnetic would work through a table to make a metal move about.
Christmas Play - A Midwife Crisis
I think you will agree with me that the children performed brilliantly on Tuesday and Wednesday's performances of 'A Midwife Crisis'.
They have worked so hard to learn all their scripts and song words and it was lovely to see it all come together for our performances to the parents.
Well done to all the children.
Tuesday 4th December 2pm - Christmas Play, A Midwife Crisis
Wednesday 5th December 9.30am - Christmas Play, A Midwife Crisis
Tuesday 11th December - Children's school Christmas lunch
Wednesday 12th December - Snow White Pantomime at Towngate Theatre
Thursday 13th December - Flu immunisations
Friday 14th December - Christmas Jumper Day and visit to Chaplin House residential home to sing Christmas songs to the residents.
Tuesday 18th December - Class 1 Christmas party
Wednesday 19th December - Last day at school before Christmas Holidays.
Today we jumped into a time machine and travelled back in time to 1666. We found ourselves in bed at Thomas Farriner's bakery in Pudding Lane. We woke to the smell of smoke and realised that the bakery was on fire so we quickly climbed out of the window to escape down the lane. We visited Samuel Pepys in Seething Lane and saw him writing his diary when his maid came running in to tell him that the wind had changed direction and the fire was heading towards us. We quickly gathered together Samuel Pepys favourite possessions of cheese, wine, special papers and added our own into a wooden box.
Then we wrapped the box up and buried it in the garden.
Next we went to fight the fire, we formed a line and passed buckets of water along the line to throw on the fire.
After a long time of exhaustive fire fighting the fire was finally out and we rushed back to the garden to dig up our box. Everything was safe in our box.
Our time travelling adventure was over and we returned to the classroom to record everything that had happened.
What a great adventure we had but we think we like 2018 best!
Click on red blob below to see all our photographs.
Maths Problem Solving using number bonds
Today in maths we tried some problem solving. We had to find number bonds to 10 and match them to make a triangle.
Today Canon Jane came to visit us in the classroom. She told us about all the things that she does and explained how there are different services at her church.
Canon Jane showed us the Bible and the special clothes that she wears.
Click on the cross below to see some photographs.
Today we have been busy making sparkling stars to go on the stage backdrop ready for our Christmas play 'A Midwife Crisis'.
This week we are looking at the book - A Day in London
The children have been given a letter inviting you to come and watch their Christmas Play - A Midwife Crisis. Please return the reply slip stating the day and number of tickets you would like.
The children have also been asked to bring their costumes into school by Thursday 29th November for our Dress Rehearsal. Please ensure the children's names are on their costumes and they are kept in a bag that is also named.Thank you.
Today Fireman Steve came to visit our class.
He told us about the Great Fire of London and how fire fighting equipment has changed over the years. He also dressed up in his uniform and showed us how hard it was to talk and be heard with his mask on.
Monkey is sad
On Friday we came into school to find that Monkey was crying.
He was sad that we had not taken him to London yesterday.
We decided to write him a letter and tell him about all the things that we had done when we were in London. We used our lists of verbs to help us.
On Thursday Paddington took us to London for the day.
First we visited Buckingham Palace and had tea and biscuits with the Queen.
Then we went to Wembley Stadium to see some incredibly skillfull football and join in with the crowds cheering and clapping.
Finally we walked along the River Thames to Tower Bridge.
We met the controller who showed us how to open and close the bridge.
Then Paddington took us up the stairs to walk along the glass walkway.
We even saw the bridge open through the glass and a large ship called the Silver Cloud passed underneath. It was awesome!
Back at school we made a list of all the interesting verbs, words to describe actions, that we had done on our day out in London.
This week we are looking at the book - The Ox and the Yak
Children in Need Day
Thank you for supporting children in need and for dressing so well with your spotty outfits to raise money for this charity. You looked great!
In the classroom the children have been busy carrying out Pudsey activities.
In English we read and followed instructions to make Pudsey and Blush shortbread biscuits, this also covered some elements of the Design and Technology curriculum.
Then the children carried out counting and addition activities involving Pudsey in maths. In the afternoon Pudsey introduced one of his friends to the children and told them how he helped his friend to feel special by helping others. We talked about the fact that we are all special and have something to contribute to our community and families.
Click on purple swirl to see photographs of our biscuit making.
In maths the children are learning their number bonds for 10.
Click on the calculator image below to see some of our activities and sing along to video.
This week the children have been busy rehearsing their Christmas play.
If your child has a speaking part, please could you help them to learn their words.
This week we are looking at the book - Spots
Friday 16th November - Children in Need Day - Non uniform
Everyone to wear something spotty!
Donations to Children in Need.
We started the week by naming Paddington's senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. We then looked at how he used all his senses when he went to a firework display and we listed good descriptive words which we grouped by the senses.
We wrote a senses poem about firework night.
Paddington found an exciting poem to read to us which used onomatopoeia words. We all loved it and decided to write a poem of our own using onomatopoeia words.
Black Bears -
The Roman Candle screamed as it went up in the sky.
The Rocket exploded with a bang.
The sparkler fizzled as it was waved around.
Below is a clip about onomatopoeia words.
Today we used oil pastels to make a bonfire picture. First we made a rough sketch of the outline using a white pencil and then chose appropriate coloured oil pastels to draw the logs and flames. We tried blending the oil pastels to make different shades.
Click on the purple spiral below to see some of our pictures.
This week we are looking at the book - Special Days Poems
Friday 9th November - A Grand Morning out.
Come and join us for the Grandparents Coffee Morning with cakes, a raffle and entertainment by the children from all the classes in the school.
Class 1 were awarded the best attendance this week - 98%.
Well done Class 1.
Science - Materials Investigation
Today we turned into firemen!
We explored which materials were the best for holding water.
We thought about which ones we thought would be waterproof and therefore would be good to use as a bucket. We put the ‘buckets’ in order of how waterproof we predicted them to be.
Our class prediction.
Most waterproof - metal
Least waterproof - fabric
We tested each one in turn. It was a fair test because we poured the same quantity of water into each bucket. Then we took it in turns to pass the ‘bucket’ to the firemen who then measured how much water was left in the bucket. We noted if any water leaked through the bucket onto the floor.
We found that the metal and plastic ‘buckets’ would not let any water through so were waterproof but the fabric and paper ‘buckets’ let water through so were not waterproof. Click on image below to see our photographs.
We painted Remembrance poppies for an art competition. We had an outline of a poppy and we used different sized brushes to paint different areas of the poppy. We tried very hard not to go over the outline especially when adding the black centre.
We couldn't wait to see your creative homework when you returned to school this week and we were not disappointed. Look at the fantastic models below.
The London Eye
Tower Bridge The Bakery 1666
London bus, London taxi and Big Ben
This week we are looking at the book - The Lost Teddy
Autumn Half term
Wow! How quickly this first half term has gone. You have all settled into Class 1 so well and we know that in the next half term you will show us more of your brilliance.
We are really looking forward to seeing your 3D models of London landmarks when you return to school and we know that you will have lots to tell us about your adventures and places you have seen.
We hope that you have a great half term holiday with plenty of fun and relaxation. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you again on Monday 29th October.
Mrs Cane, Mrs Woodford and Mrs Barber
Congratulations to all the children in Class 1.
I am so proud of you all and what a fantastic end to Autumn 1.
Class 1 winners of the Brilliance Cup.
Also winners for the second week running of the Top Attendance for the week.
New Sports Ambassador for Class 1
Joanna and her classmate were voted to be our Sports Ambassadors in our school elections. Sadly she has left our class so we voted again for a new Sports Ambassador.
Today we listened to the story of Joseph from the Old Testament. We divided into two groups and with the help of some children from Year 6 we acted out part of the story.
Click on the star for photos.
Today we were visited by the Cats Protection.
Roger told us all about what we need to do to look after a cat. He talked about what different cats eat from kittens to senior cats and what they drink. He told us how cats like to play and explore and how the Cats Protection check the health of all their cats. Finally Roger told us about his pet cats at home. We loved his cat puppet.
This week Class 1 are the proud winners of both
the lunchtime sticker reward and the attendance certificate.
Well done Class 1.
Today the children took part in the whole school Big Write event.
The children watched a video about how Paddington Bear arrived in London and how he was found by the Brown family. Then we acted out the story so that the children had a good recall of the events before retelling the story during our Big Write. They used word banks to help them. Whilst writing we had sparkly lights in the classroom and calming piano music playing that helped us to concentrate and do our best work. It was great fun.
Today the children celebrated Harvest with an assembly.
Thank you very much for your food contributions which will be distributed by 'the gateway project' who help vulnerable people in our local community .
Thank you to all the parents who came into the classroom for our Talk and Share session.
The children were thrilled that you came in and were very proud to show you their work.
Tuesday 9th October - Talk and share
Please come into the classroom after school and let your children show you their books and talk about their learning.
Thursday 11th October - Children's Harvest assembly
The children will be celebrating harvest with an assembly on Thursday and throughout the week we would like to collect food donations for our charity - The Gateway Project. The children brought a note home about this on Friday and there is one displayed on Parent Noticeboard on the classroom window showing a list of items that would be great if you can donate (Mainly tinned and dry food items).
Wednesday 17th 5:30-8:00 & Thursday 18th October 3:40-6:00
Parent Partnership Meetings
Please return your reply slips as soon as possible to request your appointment times.
On Friday we went to the Collaborative Learning Centre for a special Science Day.
We were blessed with lovely weather for our walk to and from the centre.
On arrival we joined children from Oakfield and Abacus schools and we were given the challenge to build a bridge that would support a 1 kg weight. We worked in teams to plan and build our bridges. Half way through the morning we had a break with a drink, some fruit and a play in the fresh air.
Click on the arrow below to see our photographs of the event.
Today we had a special visitor who left his suitcase in our classroom with a label on it. The label was very useful because it told us who the suitcase was for - Class 1.
We found some initials on the case which helped us to work out who our special visitor was.
We were thrilled to find out that our special visitor was Paddington.
We looked at the label that he had round his neck which said 'Please look after this bear, thank you'. We talked about how labels can give us important information and then we wrote our own labels for Paddington.
Today we looked at our science topic 'Materials'. We talked about what a material is and then named some materials. We had a classroom hunt to find objects made of these materials and placed them in groups. Then we looked at the groups to see if they were all correct.
The children have been asked to bring in samples of materials that are made from wood, paper. plastic, fabric and metal. We are going to sort these materials and use them to make some pictures.
Please come and join us for a drink and piece of cake on Friday
9:00 - 11:00
This week in computing the children are learning to search the internet safely by using the visual search engine 'Kiddle'. We talked about what to do if we find an image that upsets us.Then we researched for pictures of fire engines for our DT project. The children noted the appearance and features on the fire engines.
Today we took part in the World'slargest lesson.
We learned that the UN have set up 17 Global Goals for sustainable development.
We looked at goal 1 - No poverty, we discovered that people that live in poverty do not have the most important things to live a healthy life. We thought the three most important things that children in poverty need were water to drink, food to eat and somewhere to live.
We then empathised with people who had to flee from a desperate situation. We thought about the things we would pack in a suitcase if we were going on holiday. Then we thought about what we would pack if we had to leave our homes and we might not be able to return. We then compared our two suitcases.
Teach Your Monster to Read.
Free to download across all app stores.
Starts Monday 24th September.
Ends Sunday 30th September.
Complete with goblin, who can be found causing mischief in
Teach Your Monster to Read 3 'Champion Reader'.
This week we have been thinking about our wellbeing and how we can all work to increase our levels of wellbeing. We discussed five ways we could improve our mental wellbeing and carried out an activity for each one during the week.
In circle time we talked about how it is good to feel close to and valued by other people. We each answered the following questions:
2. Be Active
Regular physical activity is great for our bodies and minds. We discussed what physical activities the children did outside of school. On Wednesday afternoon we went for a walk around the field and chatted to our partner to try to find out something new about them that we didn't know before.
3. Take Notice
For this way of improving our wellbeing we tried to catch sight of something beautiful, spot something unusual and notice the evidence of the changing season/weather whilst we explored our school grounds.
We learned a new word each day, found out what it meant and then tried to use it during the week. The words we explored were:
noun verb adjective silhouette kindness
We discovered that if we help others it makes us feel happy. In circle time we discussed what kindness is, how we can show kindness and what kindness does to
help us and our school. We then decided what we could do to show kindness.
Children can wear jeans to school for this day but must wear usual school uniform top and shoes. £1 donation is requested.
Great Fire Of London Day
What another exciting day we had today.
This morning we learned all about the Fire of London which took place in 1666. We travelled back in time to see how quickly the fire spread and how people were trying to save their possessions by burying them in their gardens. Samuel Pepys even buried his cheese! We talked about the things that were precious to use and what we might save.
Then after play we were busy sorting in maths. We decided what criteria we were going to use to sort the objects and then chose by colour, size or type.
In the afternoon we went over to the Forest Schools area and sat around the fire circle. We shared with Tiff all the things we had learned about the Fire of London and then we went on a Fire of London hunt to try to find all the things related to that time e.g. bucket, squirt, Samuel Pepys, wooden house etc.. When we had found all the items we cut out a wooden house and attached it to a stick. Tiff placed our houses in the fire circle. We prepared some 'squirts' filling each one with a carefully measured pint of water. Finally we were ready to sit down and watch the Fire of London re -enactment which helped us to understand why the fire spread so quickly.
Today we had our school elections. The children went into the hall to vote for the children they wanted to be Junior Governors, Eco Warriors and Sports Ambassadors.
The winners of our school election were announced in Brilliance Assembly.
Congratulations to our winners.
Teddy Problem Solving
Today we carried out some problem solving. Teddy was going on holiday and packed his suitcase with T-shirts and shorts. We had to work out how many days he could go on holiday for if he could wear each outfit combination only once.
What a great day we had today with our teddies.
Click on orange spiral to see our teddies.
First we followed instructions to make teddy shaped jam sandwiches.
Click on the red spiral below to see some photographs of the children in action!
Then we made an observational drawing of our teddies looking particularly at how we could show texture using lines on our drawings. Pictures coming soon watch this space!
At lunch time our teddies were so tired after their busy morning
that they had a sleep while we went to have our lunch.
After lunch we woke our teddy bears up and got them ready to go outside for our teddy bear games. We played lots of teddy team games together until we were all exhausted.
Click on green spiral below for photographs of our teddy bear games.
Finally we had our teddy bear picnic in the classroom whilst watching teddy bear songs and rhymes.
Please bring your teddy to school on Thursday to join us for our special Teddy Bear Day.
Autumn term theme
We started our 'London's got talent!' theme today by taking a tour of London and looking at some famous landmarks. We looked at the shapes of the buildings and how we could draw these. Then we looked at the lines we could make with the chalk pastels and how we could blend them. Click on the Union Jack flag below to see our landmarks.
Well done to all the children for completing the first week in Year 1. They have all been so good and enjoyed exploring their new classroom. The children have been eager to embrace all of the new experiences in Key Stage One and have proved themselves to be very grown up and ready to start our theme learning next week.
Please can the children bring in water bottles each day as we do not have drinking water readily available in the classroom. Working in Class 1 is thirsty work!
Thank you, Mrs Barber
PE days in Class 1 will be on Thursday and Friday.
There is a list of dates for the Autumn Term displayed on our Class window. Please look at the Parent Notice Board for information about letters home and other events.
Thursday 13th September - Children's individual photographs
Friday 21st September - Jeans for Genes Day
Friday 28th September - Macmillan Coffee Morning 9:00-11:00 am
Tuesday 9th October - Talk and Share - Come into the classroom after school to look at the children's books and chat to your children about their learning.
Wednesday 17th October - Parent Partnership Meetings 5:30-8:00pm
Thursday 18th October - Parent Partnership Meetings 3:40-6:00pm.
Friday 19th October - Last day at school for Autumn 1.
The children brought their reading book and Partnership Book home today. Please could the children keep both of these books in the plastic bag so that they stay together when put in the reading box at school. The Partnership books are looked at every day at lunchtime and if your child has read their book it will be changed unless you write that you would like to keep the book to read again because your child enjoyed it or found it a little bit tricky. You can also note the pages your child has read to, which will count as a read towards a Golden Ticket, even if they did not finish the book (For more details about the Golden Ticket Reward click on the Reading icon at the top of this class page).
It has been great to welcome the children to Class 1 and to hear all about their adventures over the summer holidays. The children who brought in their 'Envelope of Summer' homework were brilliant at telling the class about the places they had visited. Well done!
Please have a named water bottle in school everyday. This must only contain water.
Please make sure that every item of clothing is clearly marked with your child's name (including shoes, bags and PE kits)
PE kits should be in school everyday.
Well done to Jimmie and Joana for completing the Summer Reading Challenge at the library.
Keep looking at this web page to see all the exciting news and photographs of our learning and events we take part in during the year. There will also be information about class routines, homework and reminders about future events.
We hope you are enjoying your summer holidays and that you are busy filling your
'Envelope of Summer' with lots of things that will remind you of all the exciting adventures you are having . We cannot wait to see what you fill your envelopes with!
Remember to try to take part in the Summer library Reading Challenge - Mischief Makers. You can find their web page on https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk or follow the link below. You can also watch the video telling you all about the reading challenge.
How many books will you read this summer?
We hope you will tell us all about your favourite book when you return to school.
We look forward to seeing you back at school on Tuesday 4th September
with your 'Envelope of Summer' and ready to burst with brilliance!
Have fun and keep safe
Mrs Barber, Mrs Woodford & Miss Hatley
Click on link below to see all the holiday fun taking place in Wickford.
Great Game and activity ideas to support children’s communication skills when you’re out and about this summer. Click on link below.