We had a fantastic morning raising money for Anthony Nolan charity, which is a charity that helps people with blood cancer. Thank you for all of your donations and support.
Today we enjoyed taking part in lots of creative activities based around our Dinosaur Planet topic. We made some fantastic dinosaur fossils and some lovely pasta necklaces.
Today we discussed how we had rules at our sports day and what the importance of having rules is. We enjoyed writing all about rules.
Today we read the story of the boy who cried wolf and discussed how it is important to always tell the truth. We then had to find true statements about our teachers.
Today we discussed the Mexican and Central American migrant children who have been detained and separated from their families. We thought about the UNICEF rights and discussed how some of these children are not having their rights met. We also looked at ways in which UNICEF USA are supporting the families.
Today we talked about how we can help others. The children thought of ways in which they can help their friends, families and teachers.
Today we enjoyed taking part in World Cup Day in which we all dressed up in our sports clothes. We also took part in different activities including making a class sweepstake, designing football kits and writing football related stories.
Today we talked about how we all belong to different groups such as Alston School, swimming, dancing and football groups. We discussed how it is important to feel part of a group and that it helps us to feel wanted and loved.
This week we have really enjoyed learning about money and how to make different amounts. Today we went to Miss Byrne's sweet shop and had the opportunity to win a sweet if we could give her the correct amount of money.
Today we learnt all about Guru Nanak who was the first Sikh Guru. We enjoyed discussing how Sikh people remember and celebrate the life of Guru Nanak. There are processions through the street and firework displays and in the Sikh temples called Gurdwaras, the Sikh holy book (the ‘Guru Granth Sahib’), is read from beginning to end.
We had a super day celebrating Eid, we enjoyed playing party games, dressing up in our party clothes and dancing to our favourite music.
Today we enjoyed learning all about Eid al-Fitr, also known as just Eid, which is a Muslim holiday which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. We enjoyed talking about what we might do to celebrate and then we made some fantastic Eid cards. Eid Mubarak to everyone that is celebrating Eid this weekend :-)
UNICEF - Article 14 - The right to have their own beliefs and practice their own religion.
Today we enjoyed reading the story 'The Monster who went to School', we talked about how the monster was behaving and we then thought about our school rules.
Today we had so much fun learning all about how to keep healthy! We did lots of different activities including a 15 minute exercise class, a class favourite fruit pictogram and some fantastic writing about the healthy changes we are going to make.
UNICEF - Article 6: We have the right to develop healthily.
It was lovely to see so many parents at our parent reading session this week.
This week in Maths we have been learning to group and share equally. We enjoyed working in mixed ability pairs to sort objects into equal groups.
Year 1 Sleepover at The Brighouse. Last day for payment is Friday 15th June. If you would like any more information or have any questions please talk to Mrs Simpson.
This week in PSHE we read a story called Ten little pirates. The Ten little pirates set out to sea in search of adventure. But then they met a hurricane... and a giant squid... and a HUNGRY SHARK! We discussed how the pirates liked to play with each other and have lots of fun and it did not matter that some pirates were boys and some were girls. We then thought of our own pirate adventures that we would like to go on with friends from our class. We really enjoyed talking about how we have no outsiders in our school and we must include everyone.
Article 2 - All children have these rights regardless of their gender.
Article 31 - All children have the right to play and rest.
We have had lots of fun playing phonics games and testing our friends. We are working really hard to prepare for our phonics screening check.
This week we have been looking at multiplication, repeated addition and making arrays. Using concrete resources has really helped us understand, as you can see!
Today we heard the story of the Islamic festival Layatul Qadr. This was when the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. It is the day of the 27th fast of Ramadan.
We have a fantastic engage day to introduce our new topic Dinosaur Planet. Firstly we were very excited when we had a visit from a real dinosaur, although he made a quick dash after eating Miss Byrne's lunch! We then enjoyed taking part in a Dino hunt around school in which we found objects such as claws, teeth, dinosaur eggs and fossils. Finally we completed lots of art activities such as making our own dinosaur skeletons and dinosaur landscapes.
Today we learnt all about the story of Buddha. We discussed how Buddha decided to go and meditate under a tree and after some time, he realised there was a way for people to end their pain and sadness. Within this moment, he became wise and enlightened. We thought about how we could try to relax and think when we are feeling sad or angry.
Thursday 24th May 2018
Today we discussed how during Ramadan we should help those less fortunate and give to charity. After the half term we will be having a charity day to raise money for Anthony Nolan which is a charity that helps to save the lives of people with blood cancer who need a stem cell or bone marrow. We made a list of ideas of how we could raise lots of money for such an amazing charity. If you would like to find out more information please follow this link: https://www.anthonynolan.org/
We had a fantastic day celebrating Diversity day and learning about what makes us all unique. We really enjoyed taking part in the Disability Awareness carousel of activities in the Millennium Room and then completing our own activities in the classroom based around our emotions and mental health.
Collective Worship - The Royal Wedding
We have had a fantastic day celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! We really enjoyed learning all about Harry and Meghan and then making some Union flags, crowns and wedding cards. Finally we had a fantastic garden party with yummy food and lots of party games. I think we need a Royal wedding every week :-)
Collective Worship - Ramadan
Today we learnt all about Ramadan which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and a time when Muslims across the world will fast during the hours of daylight. The children discussed that Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds and spending time with family and friends. We were also very excited to have our own class calendar that will help us to count down the thirty fasts until Eid al-Fitr.
As part of our Innovate week we researched ways that we could launch a rocket. We tried 3 different ways to make the rocket move into the sky - using a balloon to propel the rocket, blowing through a straw and creating a chemical reaction.
Wednesday 16th May 2018
Today we worked in groups to sort cards into 'wants and needs', we had to read the card and colour it one colour for something we want and another for something we needed. We had to think about whether we could survive without these things and if so then were they just something we would like. The children worked really well as teams and were able to correctly sort all of the cards into wants and needs.
Following a letter from Tim Peake we designed and made moon buggies. We learned how to use an axle to attach wheels to a chassis. We put our photos on Twitter and were thrilled to discover that Tim Peake had seen them and liked them!
Thursday 10th May 2018
Lag B’omer is a Jewish festival that celebrates the end of a plague in Roman times and the life of a very important Rabbi, called Rabbi Shimon. We enjoyed learning all about the festival and practicing the traditional dance.
Today in PSHE we discussed the importance of prioritising our money and helping our families by not always asking for lots of new things such as toys, games and clothes. We then looked at the items we need such as warm clothes, healthy food and a safe home.
Today we had lots of fun investigating who had the biggest feet on our Maths tables. We had to work as a team to decide the best method to measure our feet. Some of us decided to draw round our feet whilst others used counters and rulers to measure.
Today we made a model of the Solar System. We talked about the size, shape and colour of the different planets. We really enjoyed working in pairs and creating some fantastic art work.
Today we created our own planets that we named after different materials. We then had to predict which planet we thought most of our objects were made out of. We then sorted the objects into the correct planet and realised that planet plastic had the most objects. This investigation was lots of fun!
Today we enjoyed learning all about May Day which marks the beginning of Summer. We enjoyed making flower baskets and practicing some traditional Morris dancing.
Today we learnt about the Earth Day movement. People all around the world are thinking about the impact that humans have on our planet. We talked about turning lights off to save electricity, recycling our rubbish and not littering.
We have been thinking about the words 'longer', 'shorter', 'taller', 'smaller'. We've compared the length and height of lots of different items. We even compared each other!
We read a problem from a farmer.... she had 20 sheep and 2 fields. There must be at least 1 sheep in each field. How can she do it?
We worked together using our knowledge of number bonds to 20.
This week we thought carefully about what a great spaceship would need. Maybe a control room, laser beams or a teleport.
We designed them and then made them using junk that we collected from around the classrooms.
We thought about what Article 15 (the Right to meet friends) means to us. We reflected on how lucky we are to have friends and that we have the freedom to meet them at after school clubs.
We designed a poster to show the Right. The best one will be made into a big piece of art work with our artist friend Benny.
This term we are looking at money!
We started by ordering the different coins and notes. Then we had a think about the cost of items such as a new car, a chocolate bar and a pair of trousers.
We were amazed when we came to school today, to discover that aliens had crash landed at Alston School, during the holiday!
We saw a video showing the crash landing.... we couldn't believe our eyes!
Then we were able to explore some of the things that had been left behind. Shiny things, rough things, smooth things, sparkly things.