Today we were lucky enough to have actors Sarah and Keiran perform the pantomime Beauty and the Beast. There was lots of shouting, dancing and singing... He's behind you!!!!!!
We have been taking selfies and then editing them using the 'Mark Up' tool on an iPad. Look what we managed to do!
After weeks of practising it was finally time for the Nativity assembly performed by 1S. They were wonderful and Mrs Simpson was extremely proud!
Collective Worship - Hanukkah
Friday 15th December 2017
Today we learnt all about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah which is also known as the festival of Lights and it remembers the rededication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem it is celebrated for eight days to mark the eight days the oil burned. People celebrate Hanukkah by lighting candles on a menorah, which is also called a Hanukiyah. Each night, one more candle is lit. We enjoyed reading all about Hanukkah and the ways in which Jewish people celebrate the festival.
Science - Investigating What our hands do.
Wednesday 13th December
Today we investigated what our hands can do during our science lesson, we explored lots of different challenges and had to see if we could complete them by only using our hands.
Collective Worship - Advent
Friday 8th December 2017
Today we learnt all about Advent. Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas, Advent means 'Coming' in Latin, this is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas. The Advent Wreath contains five candles and each Sunday a new candle is lit these represent hope, peace, love and joy and finally on Christmas Day the last candle is lit to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus.
Collective Worship - St Andrew's Day
Thursday 30th November 2017
Today we learnt all about St Andrew's Day. St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and he is celebrated on 30 November. He is also the patron saint of Romania, Greece, Russia, Ukraine and Poland. Patron saints are chosen to be special protectors or guardians over things. We watched a video all about the story of St. Andrew's Day and we also made Scotland flags.
Today we looked at UNICEF’s charity work in Syria. A Syrian winter is very cold. We thought about how difficult it must be to keep safe and warm when you have fled your home. UNICEF use donations to buy warm coats, hats, scarves and gloves for the children.
We took pictures of each other and discovered how to resize, crop and add details to them.
Today in Year One we have been learning all about Children in Need. We have tried to raise lots of money for the charity by dressing up as some of our favourite characters, buying yummy cookies and raising awareness by making a range of Pudsey bear crafts.
Collective Worship - Children in need
Thursday 16th November 2017
Today we were learning all about Children in need which is a UK charity run by the BBC. They raise money throughout the year to help disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. We discussed how the money we will raise will help support lots of children and their families, we then watched a video that showed some of the children that have been helped by children in need over the part year.
We used the iPads to take photos of the features of our playground. When we got back to the classroom we made picture maps with the photos.
To help us with our letter formation, we used the Letterjoin app on the iPads. You can use this at home too!
We have been looking at the plight of refugee children. Refugees leave their homes, in war torn places to live in a safer country. They often have to make terrifying, dangerous journeys. We thought about how frightened the children must be. It's even worse for some children as they are completely on their own.
We thought about what we would take with us if we had to flee our homes.
In maths we know that it is really important not just to work out an answer, but be able to explain how we have done it. We have been working on drawing what ever we might need to work out a solution.
The question was "are there the same number of jumps between 5 and 10 and 15 and 20?"
The pictures show our reasoning.
Today we learnt all about Remembrance Day and the importance of wearing a poppy. The remembrance poppy was inspired by the World War I poem "In Flanders' Fields" which we read as a class. We then watched a short tribute to Remembrance Day called 'Poppies', this led to the children asking lots of questions about Remembrance Day and why we have a two minute silence each year. Finally we made some beautiful poppies of our own.
Our Memory Box topic continues... We looked at different celebrations that we have had in our families.
What kind of events do we celebrate? We thought of birthdays, babies being born, getting a special award, weddings and anniversaries. We also made a list of religious celebrations that we take part in such as Eid-ul Fitr and Christmas as well as others that we have heard about such as Diwali and Hanukkah.
We made cards foe a chosen celebration.
Today we started our new Computing topic. We used the Camera app on an iPad to zoom in and out by pinching the screen, turn the camera around to take a selfie and then delete any photos that we didn't want to keep. We talked about how we can avoid getting a blurry photo.
Today we brought our teddies into school for our Teddy Bears' Picnic.
We made fruit kebabs by chopping up pieces of fruit and threading them on skewers. Then we made either jam or cheese sandwiches to eat and decorated our picnic bags.
During the picnic we played different games such as Pass The Parcel and Musical Statues. We had lots of fun!
Today we learnt all about how to keep safe during Bonfire Night celebrations. We read a story about fire safety which encouraged the children to think of all the fire safety rules. We also demonstrated how to keep safe when using sparklers by ensuring we wear long sleeves, gloves and keep the sparkler away from our body.
Today we learnt all about Bonfire Night which is celebrated on November 5th, bonfires are set alight to celebrate the safety of the King after the Gunpowder Plot was foiled . The event is commemorated every year with fireworks and burning Guy Fawkes on a bonfire. We then used a range of craft resources to make our own beautiful firework pictures.
Our parents came into school this morning for the first reading session. We enjoyed sharing and talking about books.
Today we talked about how we should keep ourselves clean. We talked about how important it is to wash hands regularly, have a shower, bath or wash each day and change our underwear daily.
This week we have been bringing in from home, some of the things we had when we were babies. Some of us also brought in photos of when we tiny! We loved looking at each other's belongings and talking about them.
Today we welcomed our families into school so that we could show them some of the things we have been learning about during Paws, Claws and Whiskers.
Today we had lots of fun learning all about Diwali which is the Hindu "festival of lights". The festival celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness which comes from the traditional story of Rama rescuing Sita from the demon king. We then looked at some traditional items such as Diya lamps, these were used in the story of Diwali to light the way for Rama and Sita's return home. We also used musical instruments to make our own music for the Diwali celebrations.
For Black History Day we learnt about Usain Bolt, the world famous athlete from Jamaica. We watched clips of his races and practised his usual celebration! Then we wrote fact files about his life, made gold medals, sequenced runners using ordinal language and collaged Jamaican flags.
Today we watched 1NS tell us about brave and inspiring black people from history. We heard the story of how Rosa Parks, a black lady, was told to give up her seat on a bus for a white man. We also listened to the famous speech by Martin Luther King that started with the words 'I have a dream...'
1NS were amazing! They had beautiful singing voices, loud speaking voices and some excellent dance moves.
Today we completed the Innovate part of our Cornerstones topic. We made our own special pets that we had to look after for the day. We gave them names and made them tags so they wouldn't forget, made them a bed or a house to live in and made posters about how they should be looked after.
Today we learnt all about Black History month, we looked at lots of iconic black people from the past and present, including Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. We also learnt about Kente Cloths which are carefully designed with repeated patterns, they are used when making traditional African clothing. We realised that the colours used in Kente cloths all have their own special meanings. For example, green symbolises growth, pink symbolises gentleness and yellow symbolises life. The children were very excited to be making some of their own on Black History Day.
Today we talked about ways in which we can keep our teeth, clean and healthy. We know that we should all be brushing our teeth twice a day. It's also a good idea to let our mums and dads help us! We learnt that sweets and sugary drinks are fine to have as a treat once in a while but we should be very careful not to have them too often. The sugar can damage our teeth, especially if we're not brushing properly. We made posters to remind ourselves about the importance of healthy teeth.
Mrs Simpson was really pleased when Ayaan brought in a rocket he made at home with his family. It had so much detail in it and was really well made. Ayaan told 1S all about how he made it and what he had used. All of the teachers love seeing things that you do at home!
Today we learnt about the Jewish festival of Sukkot which is a festival that celebrates the harvest and the gathering in of the crops. During the week of Sukkot Jews are commanded to ‘live’ in the sukkah that they have built, we looked at some photographs of the Sukkahs and discussed how Jews decorate the inside with things that remind them of the harvest such as fruit and wheat. We also collected lots of food for the harvest festival.
This week we looked at different animal enclosures that can be found in zoos. We talked about what things the animals need to keep them happy, safe and healthy. We designed our own enclosures and then made them.
We talked about the importance of washing our hands after going to the toilet, after touching pets, and before eating. Then we made posters to remind ourselves to do it. We practised washing our hands making sure we scrubbed the backs and between the fingers.
We have really enjoyed reading 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' by Judith Kerr. Today we drew a story map and used it to retell the story in our own words.
We started our Maths Day with a times table challenge in the hall. It was very exciting!
Then we had a different kind of maths lesson... we sat in mixed up groups, used lots of different resources to help us work out problems and were encouraged to draw and use jottings to find the answers to problems. We all worked really hard and our teachers were very pleased with us.
Today we learnt about the Muslim festival of Al - Hijra. It is when Muslim people celebrate their New Year by thinking about their past and their future. We then have time to reflect on things that we might have done in the past that we will try to do differently in the future.
Today we had a talk from our school nurse about self esteem. We spoke about how we are all good at different things. If we find something difficult we know that we should keep trying and not give up!
We have been learning to count on from any number- not just 1! Have a look at the different ways we have practised this.
Today we reminded ourselves of our rights as a child. We looked through some of them and what they mean to us such as, the right to be safe from cruelty, the right to a name and the right to an education. Then we decided on a few that we wanted to keep especially close to us. We thought about how children and grown ups can respect those rights.
Today we continued with our 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers' topic by pretending we were different animals. We used yoga poses to stretch and bend our bodies into animal shapes.
Today we learnt about the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah. It is when Jewish people celebrate their New Year. We looked at the different traditions associated with this such as family gatherings and going to the Synagogue to pray. We also learnt about the Shofah (a ram's horn that you blow for a long time to mark the festival).
We talked about how to keep ourselves healthy. These are some of our thoughts...
As the Engage part of our new topic, Laura, the Animal Lady came to see us today with her little friends! We were really excited to see what she had brought with her. Some of us were a little nervous but she soon reassured us. We met 2 kinds of snake, 3 lizards, an owl, a hedgehog, a skunk and a very large spider!
Today we thought about the different groups we belong to. We thought of our family, class, school, mosque, friendship group, football club and Planet Earth!
Today we read the story 'My Grandad is Amazing' by Nick Butterworth. We talked about the things that older people can do, Green group from 1S came up with all of these ideas...
Today we learnt all about road, online and fire safety.
During our first week, we have done lots of different activities- role play, reading, maths, writing, outdoor play and art.