Collective Worship - Diwali
Thursday 19th October 2017
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.