Well we all had a fabulous time playing pass the parcel and musical statues! We were singing along to Christmas songs and then headed back to the classroom for party food. Merry Christmas everyone!
As a class we worked as a team to cop, peel and grate ingredients to make three healthy dips; coleslaw, houmous and salsa. First we tasted some Miss Rushby bought from the shop to decide what liked and didn't like about them. We decided we did not like them spicy or with too much garlic so when we made ours we only put a little bit of onion and garlic in! We learnt how to hold a knife and chop tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onions and coriander into small chunks/pieces. We know to make bridge with our hand over the thing and grip what we are chopping to hold it still and keep our fingers out of the way! We also practiced peeling making sure we are holding it at the top and moving the peeler down the vegetable away from our bodies. Grating was the trickiest skill! It was hard work and made our arms ache. We had a great time preparing the dips ready for our Christmas party.
This year we embarked on a whole school project where all children designed and made a pop up Christmas card. In year One we decided to do a concertina insert which pops up when you open the card. The children had to accurately cut around the outline of their design being carefully not to cut the fold that joins all the snowmen or trees together! We then spent time with Mr kemp in the art room creating the design for the front of our cards; using a range of techniques such as collage and scrunching tissue. We hope you like them!
The children thoroughly enjoyed cutting out and joining the materials to create a moving picture of Santa stuck up the chimney! The were very sensible as they worked with an adult to score a slit in their card for the moving part and cut and trimmed their pieces with increasing accuracy to create a very smart looking piece of D+T work.
On Friday the 7th of December Year one visited St Lawrence's church where they took part in a carousel of activities based upon the Christian celebration of Christmas and the meaning behind it. They looked at the plough constellation and how this can be used to locate the North star, made angel, wise men and shepherd models, took part in a story telling session with a shepherd and dressed up to create the Nativity scene; discussing each character and the part they played. The children had a great time and we were very grateful for all the hard work put in by the church to provide this experience for us.
This week we have been learning about an arctic explorer from America called Robert Peary. Robert was one of the first explorers to find the North Pole. It took him and his team 3 attempts to find the North Pole before he was successful. He started his expedition in 1908 and found the North Pole in April 1909. As you can imagine, not have the resources we have now, this was not easy for Robert and his team.
We were very lucky to have Robert come and meet us where we got the opportunity to ask him questions about his time there and his journey.
Over the next 3 weeks we will be investigating Arctic animals and how they survive the harsh Arctic conditions. We are each going to write a fact file about an animal detailing; where they live, what they like to eat, how long they live for and how they have adapted to living in the freezing conditions. To help us we became researchers and visited our school library where we used laptops, iPad's and books to find out information about our chosen animal. For this particular task we chose to focus on Arctic hares, snowy owls, Arctic wolves or reindeer. We have also found out lots about seals, polar bears and Killer whales..... did you know that killer whales are also called Orcas and they are actually part of the dolphin family?!
This week we have been talking lots about respect. We have discussed how we can show respect to others, equipment and our environment; as well as how we can respect ourselves. We have worked hard all week rehearsing a Respect Rap. We found it rather tricky but we persevered, Miss Rushby came to our rescue with an innovated version of a popular 'catchy' song so we decided to record both!
This week we have been developing our skills in cutting up vegetables into small pieces to make a soup. We made a bridge by holding the vegetables with our fingers and the knife was the train going in the tunnel; this ensured we were using the knives safely. We had to put the vegetables in a pan with some water to cook them until they were soft. We then mixed them with stock and Miss Rushby used a hand blender until it was a thin soup. Most of us were brave enough to try it and really enjoyed it!
Today we learnt lots about what the Soldiers wore in battle in WW1 and the equipment they took with them. Mr Blackwell wore an outfit just like they would have done 100 years ago! The Winding Puttees were long lengths of fabric which wound around their legs to keep them dry and stop water getting in their boots. We learnt it was the biggest order of textiles during the war as they needed 825 miles of it!! We all enjoyed getting glitter poppy tattoos and filling the giant poppy with loose change to help and raise more for the Poppy Appeal Charity.
Following a fantastic firework night, attended by many and a lesson learning all about why we celebrate Bonfire Night; today we headed outside to collect natural materials to create our own firework pictures. We had great fun and the activity sparked discussions about what fireworks look like, what they are made from and how we feel about them.
This week we have been looking at the beliefs of Christians and Jews. We have looked at their sacred texts, places they worship and the symbols for each religion. We have also explored the Christian festival of Harvest discussing how we give thanks to God for the crops and all that helps them grow. We shared what we are thankful for. We then compared this with the Jewish festival of Sukkot when they thank God for looking after them. We went outside and made our own Sukkah. This is a place where Jewish people will sing, eat, share stories and sometimes sleep during the festival of Sukkot.
On Tuesday the 23rd of October the whole school came together to share their Harvest poems and songs. Year 1 performed their poem 'Sewing the seed of kindness'. They delivered their lines confidently and clearly and their performance was enjoyed by all!
This week in P.E we have been perfecting our under arm throw and aiming skills; aiming at cone targets and applying our skills in a team game. We cooled our bodies down by working together to make letter on the floor. We love our P.E sessions!
This week the Stags returned to Abbey to lead the penalty shootout. This was thoroughly enjoyed by all of the children and their sportsmanship, the way they cheered each other on and enthusiasm was just fantastic. Well done to all! Tt came down to a three way tie and after sudden death the shootout was won by Bobby.
Today we headed outside in search for signs of Autumn and we found lots of them! Scattered on the ground we found an array of red, orange and yellow leaves. We found berries beginning to grow on the trees and fungi growing from the ground. We even spotted an empty horse chestnut shell; the hungry squirrels must have taken the nut already! There were some signs we did not spot in our school grounds but the children are going to be on the look out so we can complete the hunt!.
Last week our class got 100% attendance so we got to look after Mr G the Gerbil for the week. We have loved handling him, stroking him and watching him play in his ball!
This week we have been developing our skills to aim at a target. The children loved the carousel of activities; applying the skill of aiming in a variety of different ways.
This week Year One have been innovating a song in preparation for Poetry Day. It was a song we learnt about the sense to the tune of 'Old MacDonald' and the children generated and tested out their ideas to turn it into a song about the inside of the body. They loved learning the signs and getting up to perform it, We hope you enjoy it!
The children put their sense of hearing to the test to take part in a game of sound bingo! The children listened carefully to different sounds and identified what they were before crossing them off on their bingo sheet. There were sounds such as the hoover, microwave, an alarm, someone walking down steps and hairdryer.
This week we completed an activity related to 4 of our 5 senses to eliminate bears from our investigation, into which bear in lost property was Miss Chick's lost bear, one at a time. The children were really excited to find out which bear they would eliminate next! We used our sense of smell to discover which bear smelt minty, our sense of taste to find out which bear liked sweet food, our sense of sight to measure the bears paw prints and our sense of touch to find out which bear was fluffy. We found out that Daniel was Miss Chick's lost bear.
Today we worked in small groups to investigate the outdoor environment using our sense of sight. We made a list of all the things we could see. As part of our Science investigation 'Miss Chick's lost Bear' we also used our sense of sight to measure footprints. Miss Chick's bear footprint was bigger than 5cm.
Today we all got to make a sandwich! We had ham, cheese, chicken, lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber and carrot to choose from. We all spread a little butter on our bread (some of us chose not too) and chose our fillings. They were delicious! After, we recorded what we had put in our sandwich and considered if we had used something from every area of the Eat-well plate. Some of us had so we decided to improve our sandwich we would add more vegetables. Some of us had not so we decided to add some cheese (diary) or some tuna/ham/egg (protein). We have had lots of discussions about how many portions of fruit and veg we should eat a day and how many glasses of water we should drink. I think we are ready to make some fantastic healthy swaps!
Today we had visitors into our class to talk about a balanced diet. We talk about the things we would usually have in our lunchbox and considered any healthy swaps we could make. For example instead of a chocolate bar we could have a piece of malt loaf or a rice cake, instead of a jam sandwich we could have a tuna pitta bread. The children thoroughly enjoyed the session and our visitors were very impressed with with our knowledge!
Today we explored how many syllables are in words by clapping them out as we said the name of different things such as bell, caterpillar, umbrella, tiger. The children worked in groups to sort the picture cards into those that had 1,2,3 or 4 syllables in their name. We are getting really good at it! Ask us to show you how many syllables their are in our name.
We headed outside as a Year group to complete our weekly mile. We enjoyed getting some fresh air and talking to our friends. It definitely blew the cobwebs away and burnt off some energy so we were ready to head back inside and continue our learning.
As part of our 'What Makes Me Special' topic we looked at the organs inside our body and where we think you might find them. The children explained their reasoning behind their choices. We then found out more about what each organ's job is, where in the body you will find it and, in the case of the vital organs, the bones which protect them.
The children thoroughly enjoyed their first music lesson with Mr Kirkland. They really impressed us with the amount they remembered from F2 and were fantastic and following the instructions they were given!