So far this half term we have been exploring enchanted woodlands. We started our topic by making friends with a tree, we had to hug the tree and collect some of its leaves.
We have found out about magical creatures that live on trees and look after the woodlands, they are called Tree Boggarts. We wrote letters to find out more about these fantastic creatures, then went in search of the Boggart Post box, which appeared in random locations around the school.
We then designed our own tree Boggarts and made them out of clay and natural materials. This afternoon we took them outside and put them onto our trees, hopefully they will come to life tonight and move into the trees.
We are looking forward to going on our trip to Sandford Mill and will be keeping our eyes open in case we spot any Boggarts
Sophia was inspired by the lovely Spring weather to write a poem at home. She shared it with the class and made us all very proud of her amazing writing and beautiful illustrations. What a great way to use your literacy skills at home, I think you have inspired some others to have a go at writing their own poems. Thank you.
This term our topic is called ‘Memory Box’ so we have been thinking about what life was like in the past.
At the start of term Miss Dearing brought in a box of objects from her families past, we found it tricky to work out what some of them were! Some of them were from over one hundred years ago and we wondered what it would have been like to be alive that long ago.
This afternoon we travelled back in time to experience a Victorian school afternoon. Our tables were in rows and we had to wait to be told we were allowed to sit down. Our teachers inspected our hands to make sure we were clean enough to be at school, then we copied the alphabet onto blackboards using chalk. We learned what would have happened to Victorian children if they were naughty at school and decided that Victorian schools were very strict.
Do you have any interesting family history or objects from a long time ago?
We have nearly finished our exciting topic all about animals. We have had a fantastic time finding out about different species of animals, investigating camouflage by hunting for furry ‘caterpillars’ among the green and brown plants and learning some big scientific words such as; camouflage, predators, habitats, endangered, carnivore, herbivore and omnivore.
We have produced artwork and designed our own zoo maps and enclosures, thinking about what we would need to put inside to keep the animals happy and healthy.
We have written fact files about tigers and retold the story of ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’, making up our own ‘The Tiger Who Came to School’ stories.
We enjoyed our visit from an traditional African story teller, who taught us that some stories have messages to help us learn from our mistakes. We even helped to act some of them out.
We are very excited and looking forward to performing our class assembly tomorrow to share just a small selection of the work we have been doing this half term. We hope you will recognise some of the songs and sing along!
Here are some of our pictures from this topic.
We have had a fantastic day celebrating books and reading. This morning some children from year 6 came to read with us, we loved sharing books and taking turns to read. It was fun to listen to the older children telling the stories, they made them really exciting by using expression and changing their voices.
After break we turned detective to create wanted posters for a suspicious thief who had been filmed taking books from our library, we really stretched our vocabulary to think of some amazing adjectives (mysterious, creeping, strange, sinister). Here are the posters that Clara and Sophia made.
This afternoon we wrote reviews of our favourite books, there were some great choices. We had to say who our favourite character was, give the title and author, recommend the book to others and give a short summary. Igor chose Harry Potter and Kayla chose Owl Babies.
Which book would you recommend?
We looked amazing in our costumes and could talk about why we had chosen to come as those characters.
This week Asher has been working really hard to write an explanation of how the water cycle works. She started with a great introduction, which included a rhetorical question and has included some tricky scientific words, such as evaporation! But even better than that Asher has been sharing her passion for writing by bringing in some of the stories she has written at home and reading them to the other children. She has been working on joining her handwriting and including adjectives and conjunctions. We love to listen to your stories Asher and are all very proud of your extra effort.
This half term year 1 are finding out about the weather and seasons in our topic “Splendid skies”
We started off on a blustery day by reading a poem called “Who has seen the wind?” By Christina Rossetti. The children learned some of the poem off by heart and performed it to each other. I wonder if anyone can still remember poem? Have you tried teaching it to someone at home?
In the afternoon we went on a lovely sensory walk around the school, looking up at the sky and searching for signs of the weather. We could see the trees blowing in the wind and the clouds moving across the sky. We listened to the sound of the howling wind and the trees creaking. We found lots of interesting natural objects such as feathers, berries, leaves, snail shells and twigs. We know that we are in the season of Winter because it is cold, all of the leaves have fallen off the trees and we have been seeing frost and snow.
We have also got lots of things we would still like to find out on our topic and have written some of our questions down.
Why are rainbows different colours?
Where do clouds come from?
Why are snowflakes different shapes?
Why is the sun hot?
How do we get thunder storms?
(And many more)
We will have to work hard to find out some of the answers!
We will also be setting up our own weather stations, why not try making a simple weather station at home – you could collect rain water in an empty bottle and measure how much rain has fallen with a ruler. You could put a thermometer outside to check the temperature. We will be making our own wind catchers next week so you will be able to see how strong the wind is and which direction it is blowing in.
Today was our Winter themed Art Day. Everyone in the school produced some artwork with a Winter weather theme.
In year 1 we made snowy landscape paintings and displayed them behind window frames.
We used different techniques to create our scenes; first we brushed on long brushstroke trees, then we used cotton buds to add small snowflakes on the branches, finally we dipped our fingers in the paint to make the snow on the ground and in the sky. When the paint was dry we made a frame using black paper.
We think they look really effective!
A few weeks ago we wrote some very special letters and sent them to Santa’s Grotto in the North Pole. This week we each received a reply from Santa himself. We all got a card with a message and a fun colouring activity. We are being watched in our classrooms by Santa’s ‘Elf Cam’ so he will know if we are all on the nice list!
We were very lucky in muddy adventures this week as we were the first year group to try out the new music tree.
Miss Lindsey has been collecting recycled items and hanging them around one of our trees. She has chosen objects that will make interesting noises and sounds.
We had fun making up our own rhythms and songs and making lots of noise.