Our new topic this summer term is 'Are you a wildlife expert?'
Last week, we had a special visitor who worked with us to understand what makes a healthy lunchbox. We had all sorts of fun putting together different types of food to create a healthy, well-balanced meal. It's a good job it was right before lunch because some dishes made our mouths water!
Watch this space...
After learning all about how plants grow from a tiny seed or bulb we headed outside to plant our own! Some of us chose to use clear plastics cups to plant our seeds in so as we can watch the roots emerge from the seed and bury deep down into the soil. We are very eager to keep our seeds well watered, warm and in the sunlight so that they grow but understand that this could take some time so are trying to be really patient!
In preparation for writing our explanation text on how plants grow we headed outside, on a very windy day, and worked in teams to collect a set of sentences. These sentences described each stage of how a plant grows; from a seed being planted all the way to the bud opening up to reveal a colourful flower. The children became very excited when the wind caught some of the sentence strips and sent them twirling into the air! However, they were all safely recovered and we headed inside to work together to order the sentences so as they correctly described the journey a plant takes as it grows from a seed.
We set off down the field to hunt for wild flowers. We spotted lots of pictures displayed around the field and were able to match them to ones on our investigation sheets. By the end of the lesson we were able to name the wild plants we discovered around our school grounds; such as daisies and dandelions and sort the plants we found into the categories wild or garden plants.
We kickstarted our topic with an exciting reading investigation. We read the beginning of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and then headed outside to find out what he had to eat each day after that! It was so much fun and we improved our reading skills too! We have been writing our own versions of the story this week which Miss Cairns thinks are even better than Eric Carle's version! We are so clever! Watch this space in the next few weeks to read them...
On Tuesday, we had a very exciting visit from the Happy Puzzle Company. We were set lots of different problem solving challenges where we had to work together and demonstrate a lot of perseverance and resilience! We could not move onto the next puzzle until we had completed the one we were on and this meant we had to try and try again! We all loved the activities and they gave us a chance to show off our problem solving, communication and co-operation skills to our teachers.
WOW! Just look at the fantastic creations, research and investigations that have been completed by the class as part of their creative homework linked to our Topic 'Why do homes look different around the world?' We were blown away by the time and effort put in to all of the homework and we enjoyed the chance to share them with the class and our families during our assembly. Thank you to all of those that joined us, the children loved sharing their learning with you even if as little stage fright set in! We are looking forward to starting our new topic 'Why were they famous' when return from the half term break.
This week we have been learning about Brazil. On Monday, we took a step into the country and had a go at Samba dancing and playing the Samba drums; we tried some coconut water and learned about some famous landmarks. We then focused on where people in Brazil live, particularly those with little money. We compared our houses to favelas and realised just how lucky we are to have running water, electricity and clean, safe homes made from new and strong materials. In our outdoor learning, we painted some cardboard boxes and (attempted!) to stack them on top of each other to create our own favela... but the wind was too strong! It kept blowing them down. Watch this space for our final (indoor!) favela...
Safer Internet Day
Today has been all about keeping safe when using the internet. We all made a special promise that we will keep in order to be safe on the internet. We also talked about how we are connected with people around us either through school, after school clubs or friends and family. We created a big web in a circle to show all the different connections we could think of! We talked about how people can be connected through the internet.
Today, we took part in a Gospel workshop with Miss Morrison! We loved singing 'This Little Light of Mine' and really got involved doing the actions too! We sang our little hearts out! Have a look below...
As part of our topic this half term 'Why do homes look different around the world?' we looked more closely at Africa and discovered that they live in mud huts! They use sticks, mud and straw to build their huts as this the only materials they have to hand. These materials are best suited for homes in Africa as it helps to keep them cool in the hot temperatures. We got out waterproofs and rubber gloves on and had a go at building our own mud huts! Just like they do in Africa, we had to fetch the materials we needed to build our mud huts. We worked together and even began to build our own community, it was great fun!
Last week, our class got 100% attendance! We got to visit Pet’s Corner over at Samworth to hold and stroke the pets over there… we saw mice, gerbils and chinchillas! We have also had some pet gerbils to look after all week. Let’s see if we can keep the good attendance up!
Following on from our outdoor learning, today, we went out on a walk around the local area to explore the different types of houses people live in in Forest Town. Donning the hi-vis jackets, we counted the different types of houses we saw on our way using a chart and tally system to record our data. There were lost of houses for us to count! We found out that semi-detached houses are the most popular type of house in the area and bungalows came in second. We didn't see any terraced houses along our route. We saw other types of building too; including a library, a factory, a shop and a nursing home. The children behaved exceptionally - well done!
In our forest learning this week, there were lots of clues hidden around the outdoor area. We had to work together as teams to collect the clues, one at a time, read them quickly and match them to the photographs of the houses they described. It was a challenge as it was a windy day but the weather just added to the fun!
Today, we developed our scientific skills further and conducted an investigation into which materials are waterproof. The Three Little Pigs wanted to know which material would be best to make their roof out of. We started off by making a prediction about which material we thought would be waterproof…
This week in our Forest Learning, we conducted an science investigation! The Three Little Pigs sent us a letter to ask us which materials would be best to build a house that would not change if The Big Bad Wolf came along! First, we thought about how we could change the shape of a material; we came up with bending, stretching, twisting and squashing. Then we predicted which materials we thought would change shape and which we thought would not change shape. After that (the exciting part!) we went outside and tested each material at each station. We tested yoghurt pots, pans, tea towels, socks, jigsaw pieces, foil, cardboard, plastic oven gloves and pegs! We used lots of scientific language such as bendy, stiff, hard, soft and stretchy. We had lots of fun!
Today, we used the BeeBots in our Computing session. We learned all about what an algorithm is (we did, honestly!) and worked with our Learning Partner to enter instructions into the BeeBot to direct him around the maps. We had to think carefully about the instructions we gave the BeeBot and whether or not he had to make a left or right turn.
This week, we have been learning about the traditional tale, The Three Little Pigs. We have acted the story out, retold the story in our own words and were really excited when we found out our Forest Learning was all about The Three Little Pigs. Waterproof trousers and coats on, we acted out the beginning of the story in the classroom and in small groups pretended to be the pigs. We worked as small teams to build houses made out of straw, sticks and bricks. The best bit was pretending to be The Big Bad Wolf and blowing all of the houses down! Fun was had by all!
We visited church and took part in lots of Christmassy activities. We had lots of fun learning all about The Christmas Story!
To celebrate the opening of our Heritage Garden, we had a fun packed day in Year 1. We dressed up as Victorians, we collaged some vegetables and did some collaging using real fruit! We also made a 'Funnybones' Scarecrow which won....... first prize!!!
We learned all about France, made an Eiffel Tower using marshmellows and spaghetti and even learned some songs in French!