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Useful websites and apps

I have compiled a list of useful websites and apps to use during school closure. I will continue to update the list.

Here is a range of resources for prayer and other activities to do at home.

https://www.bdes.org.uk/resources-for-home-and-school.html

 

Useful websites and apps

I have compiled a list of useful websites and apps to use during school closure. I will continue to update the list.

Here is a range of resources for prayer and other activities to do at home.

https://www.bdes.org.uk/resources-for-home-and-school.html

 

Plant Life

Week 2 and the first little seedling has some friends.

Here's Max with his seedling. This seed has had a hard life, so far it has withstood being dropped onto the floor and knocked over but it's still going strong. I can wait to see how big it grows. 

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Plant Life

It's been just over a week since we planted our seeds. Here is mine after week one. You can already start to see it bursting through the soil. Send me pictures of how your seeds are getting along and I will post them here

Week One

Music - Week 1

Mrs Asbury asked everyone to create their own instruments. Here are a few of year 1's. I love how everyone as improvised and made music out of a range of everyday objects and toys. 

Who knew we could be so musical without instruments :)

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Rainbow Trail

Colourful pictures of rainbows have started appearing in windows amid the coronavirus outbreak - and this is the reason why.

Pupils across the country are being encouraged to put up the paintings to "spread hope" during this troubled time.

One of the ways being used to try and keep morale up in communities is by painting rainbows.

And drawings have been popping up all over the place, some with words like "hope", "be kind" and "keep singing a rainbow".

One youngster wrote: “If you want the rainbow, then you gotta put up with the rain.”

Boat Building

As part of our Rivers topic, I set Year 1 the challenge of creating a boat that could float. Another part of the challenge was to see if the boat could carry something heavy. Here are a few of Year 1's creations along with some videos of the tests. 

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Last week before school closure

On our last day we did some planting so that we have something to remind of us school while we are away. I planted one too and will be posting updates on how it is growing. Please send me your pictures and I will post them on here too. 

Here is a poem to go with the seeds:

The Little Plant


In the heart of a seed 

buried deep, so deep

a dear little plant

lay fast asleep.

Wake! said the sunshine

and creep to the light

Wake! said the voice

of the raindrops bright

This little plant heard

and rose up to see

what the wonderful outside

world might be

 

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Happiness Day

We filled out last day of school with happiness. We did all of the things that make us happy, from singing hymns, dancing to music, playing with our friends, drawing, painting and learning new fun activities such as origami.

I hope that everyone had a great last day of school. I will miss everyone so much and hope that we get back to school soon!

Recommended Reads for Spring 2

We're Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

A River by Marc Martin

Mr Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham

Who Sank The Boat by Pamela Allen

Google Classroom

As part of our ICT lessons, we are starting to use google classroom more. Each child has their own log in where I can assign tasks for the whole class or for individual children. So far we have used word and used excel, practicing logging on and typing on a keyboard.

 

In the event of school closure, google classroom will be used to assign work and it will mean that I can see work in progress and assist with work/edit work where needed remotely. Google classroom also has a built in messenger meaning you can ask me for help directly on the system and I can respond straight away. 

Germs

In year 1 we have been learning all about germs and the importance of washing our hands properly.

To show how quickly germs can spread we did a little experiment. We put lotion on our hands then sprinkled some glitter into one hand and clenched it into a fist. From this we rubbed our hands together and found that the glitter had spread across both hands and onto the table where we had touched it. We tried using just paper towels to get the glitter off but this didn't work. The only thing that worked was using soap and water.

To ensure we wash our hands properly we have a poster in the classroom and we sing the ABC song while washing our hands to ensure that we wash them for 20 seconds.

 

 

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No soap and water used only a paper towel. The glitter stayed on.

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This time we used soap and water and the glitter was washed away.

Science experiment -float or sink?

In class we did a float and sink science experiment. We gathered a range of objects made of different materials and then made predictions about whether we thought they would float or sink. We tested these predictions by dropping the objects into deep water and watched what happened. 

World Book Day

We have had an amazing World Book Day full of lots of book related acitivities. Everyone dressed up as their favourite book character, with several children also bringing in the matching book or their favourite book. It has been great learning about all of the different things that Year 1 loves about book and seeing the excitement on everyones faces was fantastic!

We buddied up with Year 3 to listen to/read stories to each other. Year 1 showed off how far they have have with their reading, sounding out the words and using their phonics. The children also showed how confident they are by emphasising key words and creating drama through their reading.

We created a class Reading River to see the different things that we read each day from road signs, to cereal boxes. Each children received a blank reading river to do at home to show the different things they read at home, some of which they might not have realised. 

Recommended Reads for Spring 1

Super Duper You by Sophy Henn

The Growing Story by Ruth Krauss and Helen Oxenbury

My World, Your World by Melanie Walsh

Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett

Pets

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As part of our Pets topic, Aria brought in her pet to show the class. This is a dwarf hamster which stayed with us the whole day. We got the chance to see how to look after different pets and how they have different characters depending of the size of the animal. 

Having gotten used to having Thumper in the classroom, several children were a lot more confident with a smaller animal. Everyone either stroked the hamster or held the hamster in their hands, with some children saying they wanted one of their own!

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Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations 

Advent Wreaths

Exploring Materials

We have been exploring a range of materials to create self-portraits. Some of the materials used included, oil pastels, watercolours, chalks, charcoal.

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Tea Party

We filled up our marble jar! The treat this week was a tea party, complete with royal balloons and biscuits. We have enjoyed having our tea party with a selection of pretend food . We have also decorated our own teapots fit for royalty.

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Environment Day

For Environment Day, Year One spent the day outside, only coming inside for lunch.

We used this opportunity to link with our Literacy work, creating homes for the book characters using the resources in the outside environment 

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We then received some post addressed to the characters. One person took on the role of the Jolly Postman and read, then delivered the letters to the right homes. 

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Literacy

In Literacy we have been focusing on the story of 'The Jolly Postman'. At the beginning of the topic, the children received some letters from some fairy tale characters. They needed to read the letters in groups and then work out who they were from, all the guesses were written on the board with the children being able to explain why they thought it was a certain character. 

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Remembrance Day

To celebrate Remembrance Day, Year One have been making their own poppies to go on a wreath. We have talked about the meaning behind the poppies and have made prayers to put on our prayer table for the fallen soldiers.

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Recommended Reads for Autumn 1 Term 1

Tree by Patricia Hegarty

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

Paddington by Michael Bond

Chocolate cake by Micael Rosen

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

Mr Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley

We build our homes by Laura Knowles

Not Now, Bernard by David McKee

Surprise!

Image result for jar of marbles cartoonInstead of house points, this year we have a class marble jar. This is a whole class reward jar which we have been gradually filling up since the start of the year. Last week we finally filled it to the top and the children asked for a surprise so ..........

Windsor

We have been looking at Castles, Kings and Queens as our topic, focusing on Queen Victoria as well as our literacy text 'Zog'. 

Prior to our visit to Windsor castle, the children used bricks to create their own castles which varied in height and width.

Year 1 and 2 visited Windsor Castle together, everyone was very excited although some were a little disappointed that we weren't travelling on a golden coach. 

We watched the guards marching, listened to a talk about how to defend a castle and then some children had a go at defending their own castle while the rest of the children marched to try to take it over. 

There was also the opportunity to become knights themselves trying on chainmail and a Henry VIII replica helmet. 

We learnt that when the Queen is at home the castle flies the Royal Standard and when she is not at home it is the Union Flag that can be seen. 

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