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Spring 1, Week 5

This week in class one, we began our mini topic of fairy tales. We all had a bit of a shock when on Monday, a beanstalk mysteriously grew in the middle of our classroom. After some investigation work, we learnt the story of Jack and the beanstalk and decided that Jack must have visited our classroom over the weekend. We used the story to generate lots of amazing child initiated activities such as setting up our own fairy tale shop to buy real beans using coins, made our own paper stick figures to re-enact the story and even grew our own beanstalks in class. We all thought carefully about the things our beans would need and made sure to place our pots in a sunny spot in class... have a look during Monday’s open session, to see if ours have grown!

As well as Jack and the beanstalk, we have also looked at many other fairy tales this week including Snow White, The Gingerbread Man, Rumpelstiltskin and The Three Bears. We learnt that most traditional tales have a lesson/moral in them to teach us and we thought hard about what these might be. We also listened carefully for things which happen 3 times as we learnt this is another common feature of traditional tales. Next week, we will learn some more fairy tales and end our half term with some sewing as we create our own felt fairy tale puppets!

Enjoy your weekend everybody!

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Sabri

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Spring 1, Week 4

What a fantastic week we have had following our Indian Arts Days! Some of the activities we have been up to this week include…

  • Peacock paper plate collages

  • Learning some funky Bollywood dancing in our Indian Dance workshop

  • Creating ICT Rangoli prints using the ‘Colour Magic’ software

  • Sculpting our own Diwa lamps using art dough

  • Making origami paper sculptures in Indian colours

  • Creating our own Indian flags using lentil collage!

  • Reading the traditional Indian folk tale of ‘The Tiger Child’

  • Mendhi inspired paint printing

  • Creating paper lotus flowers

  • And of course some Indian cooking as we made our tasty vegetable samosas!

The children have all thoroughly enjoyed their week and loved having the opportunity to work in different classrooms and have different teachers. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out some of the photos Mrs Peddie has captured, on the photo gallery page above!

Reminders/ Other

  • Please can everyone have a good look at home for any pin badges and library/ daily reading books please? We are missing quite a few at the moment and would very much like to have them back.

  • A huge thank you for all of your junk modelling resources! Safe to say, the children have been making the most of the junk modelling and we now have enough boxes and pots to last us for quite a while!

  • Children have now been fully trained up about how to change their books every day. Each child has been coming in, replacing their book each morning after they have read at home and has been making sure they replace it with a new one (from the correct colour box) each day. Whilst we remind all children every day to be resourceful and take responsibility for changing their books, you may also wish to remind them each night/ morning too if you notice they have forgotten! So far we are very proud of them for using their learning powers and organising themselves, well done Class One!

Next week, we will start our mini-topic of fairy tales. As a little challenge, see if you can read any fairy tales at home, in preparation.

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Spring 1, Week 3

This week in Class One, we have based our superhero learning around the story of ‘Supertato’. This Monday we arrived in Class to find an unwelcome surprise…. Frozen peas everywhere!  And on the carpet, a letter from a nasty villain along with our hero Supertato, trapped under some cling film.  There could only be one villain nasty enough to do something like this…..the Evil Pea!  Class One set to work straight away to create our own WANTED posters, featuring a description of our green nemesis and a piece of advice to tell people what to do if they spot him.  We posted our WANTED posters all around the school and waited for someone to find him…

Luckily, after a week of superhero maths, (finding 2 digit numbers on a 100 grid/ adding 2 numbers together), some computer work (creating our own heroes using the DC Kids, ‘Hero me!’ game), and some fun pea squishing with mashers in Busy Fingers time, we received some good news from Mrs Rule in the office….the evil pea had been captured!  To celebrate, we used our art skills to create our own Supertatos using real potatoes!  We then finished the week with some Superhero aerobics in PE and made our Supertatos come to life using stop-motion apps on the IPads.  It was great fun watching our videos back and our posters have amazed the rest of the school this week.  Well done Class One heroes!

Enjoy your weekend everyone,

All of Class One.

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Spring 1, Week 2

This week, the children have started our new mini topic of 'Superheroes'! We began the week with a fact finding session all about different heroes and villains. We learnt their real identities, powers and vehicles and enjoyed discussing which heroes would win in a battle. Then it was time to create our own superhero.... we began by splitting ourselves into groups and drew around each other. Next, we added powers to our outlines and drew on details. Last of all we presented our heroes to the class and explained their strengths and weaknesses; we had Changeboy, Powergirl, SuperNell, Icy Isaac and of course the ferocious Flash-bat girl! Ask us all about them at home so we can tell you everything we remember. 

Later in the week, we acted our own superhero plays. We thought about how stories all have a clear beginning, middle and end and this helped us to structure our performance. The next day, we used our performance to write our own comic strip. Our class teachers were amazed with our writing, we all tried hard to think of our own ideas and many of us are now writing full sentences which can be read by an adult; so impressive! 

In other news this week, we have been... learning about 'more and less', practising our directional vocabulary including learning about turning left, right, clockwise and anti-clockwise, have been using the laptops to create superhero pictures on the 'Tux Paint' and 'ColourMagic' software and have even attended hero training sessions with Mr Jefferies and Mr Smith. Next week we continue our superhero theme with a week of Supertato books and fun! 

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Spring 1, Week 1

Welcome back everyone and happy New Year!  We hope you have all had a restful and happy break.  Just a short blog this week to say how well the children have settled back into class. Today, each child has been very busy making their own Christingle; make sure you test us on what each part means, when we come home tonight!  All children have also been practising changing their books themselves today so hopefully all should come home with a new book.  Please note that if there is no comment in the reading record to say your child has read, they will be unable to collect a new book from school so please make sure you write in, when you have read at home J

Notices.

Due to a busy few days, we will start our normal class reading rota on Monday.  Children can also start their weekly visits to the library too.

Please make sure that children have all PE kit items within school every day.  Unfortunately we are running very low on spare kits so it may mean your child cannot take part in the lesson if they do not have a full PE kit in school.

If you do have any old boxes/ junk modelling things at home e.g. plastic bottles, yoghurt pots, bottle lids, washing up bottles, cereal boxes and cardboard tubes (not toilet rolls), we would love to have them in for our junk modelling area!  The more the better!

Thank and enjoy your weekend,

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Sabri

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