Summer 1- How can Jack grow the tallest beanstalk?
On Tuesday we started our Science topic on Plants. We planted our beans and decorated castles to go at the top of our canes (linking to our English work) We are having a competition to see who can look after their plant the best and therefore whos bean will reach the castle at the top first! Next week we are going to do a plant investigation to find out what our plants need to grow. Take a look at some pictures below.
On the first day back after the holidays, we were all given a pack of magic beans. We used these to do some fantastic creative writing, thinking about what we would like our magic beans to do. Take a look at some pictures below.
Spring 2- How has Paddington Bear changed over time?
Yet again, 100% of the Elephants have completed all of their phonics pets homework this half term so today it was our treat afternoon! Our teddy bear picnic had to take place in the hall rather than the field but we did not let the rain spoil our fun. We also had an extra surprise waiting for us in the school car park- an ice cream van! We were all treated to an ice cream for being such a hardworking bunch of children. Take a look at some pictures below.
Thank you to the parents for your support with all of the homework I set, it is really having an impact on their progress! We hope you all have a wonderful Easter break.
In Art this term we have been focusing on human form. First we traced and decorated skulls. Then we created some amazing face collages for homework. Finally, we made Victorian peg dolls in the style of Edwina Bridgeman.
Take a look at some pictures below.
Drive in Cinema day
Wow, what an amazing effort both children and parents put in to make their cars for our drive in cinema! We've had a range of cars such as a Ferrari, Discovery Landrover, VW campervan and even ice cream vans. The children were so excited arriving at school this morning and we have had a fantastic day!
This morning, the children put on a car show for Sheep class and Giraffe class and answered lots of questions about their cars. They also conducted a car themed Science investigation, seeing how the surface a car travelled on affected the distance it could travel.
This afternoon they have then enjoyed our drive in cinema! They watched Paddington 2 whilst sitting in their cars eating popcorn and sweets.
A massive thank you again to the children and parents for all the effort you put in. Take a look at some pictures below.
Children have had a great time exploring Victorian toys in our History lesson. They played with diablos, cup and balls, chalk boards, punch and judy puppets and whip and tops, plus lots more. Take a look at some pictures below.
In English today, we continued thinking about instructions. We used our super reading skills to read and follow instructions to make a toy- a cup and ball. We were amazing at decoding the words and all followed the instructions successfully! We also had to work out how to measure 50cm of string with two 30cm rulers. After we had made our toys, we rated the instructions before having our own cup and ball competition. It was very tricky and we had to get the ball in the cup as many times as we could within a minute. Archie was our overall winner, closely followed by Reed, Alveena and Eva. Their cup and balls have been sent home so they can continue to beat their score. Wonderful work yet again Elephants!
This half term in Music, we have been learning songs about toys. We really enjoyed performing a couple of songs to our parents in the workshops this week. Take a look at the videos below to see us singing, 'The Teddy Bear Rock' and 'Old toys, new toys.'
Take a look below at our recent fun phonics lesson pictures. We have made 'a_e' snakes, 'ur' nurse hats and 'i_e' nice smiles!
Paddington Bear parent workshops
How lucky are we to have such an amazing bunch of parents? They joined us in school again this week, this time to take part in Paddington Bear activities. We began the session by using the book to verbally answer questions about the story. After, we put some instructions that were mixed up in order before using them to make our own marmalade sandwiches. We got in the role of TV chefs whilst we made our sandwiches and our parents did a super job of recording us on the Ipads. We tasted and rated our sandwiches, our views on marmalade were very mixed! After, we made a Paddington Bear treat bag that even had a goody in for our parents. Finally, we performed two songs that we have been learning in Music to our parents. They gave us a big clap!
A massive thank you to the Year 1 parents for your continued support.
Take a look at some pictures below.
Toys from today
Yesterday we started our History unit thinking about toys from today. We each brought in a toy from home which we shared with others. We spent time thinking about the materials they were made from and the features that they have. We also thought about why they are appealing to children and what makes them fun toys to play with. We did some super writing about our toys and then enjoyed playing with them. We saw toys from today on a timeline and we are going to now work backwards on the timeline as we learn about toys from the past. See some pictures of us and our writing below!
World Book Day
We have had a fantastic World Book Day! All of the Elephants looked amazing in their costumes, thank you to the parents for all the effort you have put in. In Maths we used our measuring skills to measure and compare different Paddington Bears. Then we had an exciting visit from an author- Shelley Wilcockson. She shared her story 'Granny Annie's Adventures.' This afternoon we have painted Paddington Bear, made bookmarks, finger puppets of the characters from Paddington Bear and used playdoh to create different story scenes. We ended the day listening to Miss Rowland, Mr Scott and Mrs Marshall share their favourite stories with us. Take a look at some pictures below.
Spring 1- Which is Olaf's favourite season?
Design and Technology- Windmills
In design and technology this half term we have made some amazing windmills! First, we listened to the song 'Windmill in Amsterdam' and then decided we must make a windmill fit for a mouse! It had to be strong, stand by itself, be attractive for a mouse and have a turbine that moved in the wind. We have all been successful! Take a look at our amazing creations below. We have even managed to label the key vocabulary- 'structure, turbine and axles.'
This afternoon we have been amazing in our Computing lesson. Previously, we have watched weather presenters on the internet so today we have had a go at being presenters ourselves using the green screen. Miss Rowland was so impressed with our ideas and loud voices, she gave us all a merit! You can see our fabulous videos below.
In our Science lessons we have been learning all about seasons. Yesterday, we had an afternoon learning about Summer. We participated in activities such as building sandcastles, role playing a summer picnic and eating ice creams! Take a look at some pictures below.
This half term in Music we have made our own rainmakers and used them to make weather music. We have also learnt how to use british sign language to sign the song 'I hear thunder.' Look below at the videos to see us in action.
Fun phonics- o_e phone home!
This afternoon in our fun phonics lesson we focused on the sound o_e, phone home! We made paper cup phones to take home covered in words using the split digraph o_e and then practiced reading words through them to our partners. Have a go at home Elephants! Take a look at some pictures below.
In our Maths lessons we have been learning about tens and ones. We have been showing these with base ten and bundles of straw however this afternoon in our fluency lesson we used something even better- chocolate fingers for tens and chocolate buttons for ones! We were super fluent at representing lots of different two digit numbers. Of course Miss Rowland let us eat some tens and ones after! Well done Elephants! Take a look at some pictures below.
As we are learning about the seasons and weather, in our Music lessons we have made our very own rainmaker instruments. We experimented with the size of tubes and a range of pasta and rice before deciding which materials we would like to make. After, we painted and decorated them. Next week we are going to use them to compose music to portray a storm. Watch this space! Take a look at some pictures below.
On Thursday, we had a fantastic afternoon at forest school! The theme for the session was Winter- linked to our big question. First we made some amazing bird feeders (thanks Miss T for the prep!) to give the birds a helping hand over Winter. After, we spent time on the animal park thinking about how the animals would need to be looked after in Winter and the extra things they may need. Finally we went on a Winter woodland walk, using the iPads to capture all the signs of Winter. We learnt new vocabulary such as 'evergreen' and 'dreys.' There was lots of discussion, smiles and laughing along the way.
Take a look at some pictures below.
It was wonderful to have you in again this week completing phonics activities with the Elephants. You are a super bunch, just like your children! We enjoyed decorating biscuits, using invisible ink, making hats and playing Bingo. Take a look at some pictures below.
Fun phonics- goat in a boat
When learning 'oa- goat in a boat' we made our own origami boats and decorated them with 'oa' words. Take a look at our brilliant creations below.
Fun phonics- i_e
This afternoon in our fun phonics lesson we focused on the split digraph 'i_e' so we made something shine! We decorated a plastic cup as a candle holder with tissue paper and i_e words and then popped in a battery operated candle. We have taken these home so we can light them up and practice reading our i_e words. Look at our super creations below!
The first season we have been learning about is Winter. We used our super cutting and sticking skills to make our own snow globes that show us in a Winter scene. When we shake them, it looks like we are playing in the snow! Take a look at our wonderful creations below.
We have also been learning about how trees and plants change throughout the seasons. To show our understanding of this we created a Seasons calendar, using cotton buds and paint to decorate a tree scene for each season. We have brought these home tonight. Take a look at some pictures below.
Autumn 2- Why are humans not like tigers?
This past week, we have all made an impressive gingerbread man puppet! We learnt some super sewing skills and once we got started we needed hardly any help at all. Take a look at our super creations below!
I'd also like to thank you for all your support so far this year and wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Today the Elephants enjoyed their party day alongside the Sheep and Meerkats. This morning we got crafty making party hats and completing other festive activities. This afternoon we had party food and played pass the parcel, four corners, musical Christmas trees and Christmas bingo! To make the day even better our class elf shared a bag of presents with us that Santa had delivered last night. We have taken these home to put under our tree!
Letter from Twycross Zoo
A few weeks ago the children in Elephant class wrote some fantastic letters to Twycross Zoo. They included some wonderful, thoughtful questions about their favourite animals and told them information that they had learnt during our animals topic. We posted these letters and today we received a reply! Twycross Zoo have very kindly answered some of our questions in their letter and they have sent us all a big Twycross Zoo sticker. We have taken a copy of the letter and our stickers home to share with our parents. Take a look at some pictures below.
Fun phonics- 'au' baubles!
We were feeling festive after performing our nativity this morning, so for our fun phonics lesson this afternoon we learnt the digraph 'au' and made bAUbles. We decorated them with au words and added some sparkles! We have taken these home so we can hang them on our trees and practice reading 'au' words over the Christmas break. Well done Elephants! Take a look at some pictures below.
Phonics pet treat-
Wow, again this half term, 100% of children have completed every piece of phonics pet homework! We are so proud of you! Today, children received their treat. We did Christmas baking and the elf bought us lovely baskets to take our goodies home in. Take a look at some pictures below.
This half term in Computing we have been learning how to make our own PowerPoint presentations. This involves lots of tricky skills for Year One children but we have done a fantastic job! We had to learn how to insert slides, copy pictures from the internet AND add text. Our PowerPoints are all about animals you would find in a zoo. Take a look at them below by clicking 'download' next to our names. Underneath, there are also some pictures of us completing them and working hard! Well done Elephants!
Sharing our own versions of Dear Zoo with Nursery
For the past two weeks we have been busy completing lots of work on the book 'Dear Zoo.' Last week we even created our own versions and made them into books. Miss Rowland and Mrs Booker were so impressed with our fantastic writing and we all received a merit! As our stories were so super, we went to share them with the nursery children today. We read so lovely to them and the nursery children did a fantastic job of using their listening skills! Take a look at some pictures below.
Science experiment- carnivore, herbivore or omnivore?
This week in Science we have been learning about the diet of animals. We learnt three of our sticky words- 'carnivore, herbivore and omnivore.' We then took part in a Science investigation! We had three poo samples to observe and match to either a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. We then had to come up with suggestions for the animal each poo could belong too. Super work Elephants!
Fun phonics - oy
Today in our fun phonics lesson we focused on the sound 'oy' We used our super fred talk to read lots of real and nonsense words and then we made rOYal crowns covered in lots of 'oy' words that we had learnt. We have taken these crowns home to show our parents how super we are at reading 'oy' words! Take a look at some pictures below.
We have had a fantastic afternoon at forest school! First we completed some Geography work using a map to find numbered tigers around the animal park. The children were amazing at identifying where the different tigers were and could follow the maps confidently and accurately!
After, we went down to the woodland and split into four teams. We had a competition to see which team could create the best tiger out of natural materials. The children had to remember their learning from our Science lessons and include the structure and all the features of a tiger. They all did an amazing job and the winning team even created water for their tiger to swim in as we found out earlier that tigers are strong swimmers!
Finally, we ended the session with a tiger tea party based on our English work on the book 'The tiger who came for tea.' We ate lots of goodies and then played in the woodland.
Take a look at some pictures below.
In our Science lessons this week we have been thinking about the features of different animals. We got messy creating a range of animals- monkeys, giraffes, birds and tigers- with potatoes and paint. We then added the finer details with pen and labelled their features. They have turned out fantastic! Take a look at some pictures below.
Both myself and the children really enjoyed having the parents join us two mornings this week to show off our phonics skills and play some phonics games. I would like to say a massive thank you for your attendance and continued support with phonics this year, you are all amazing! Take a look at some pictures below.
Before starting our big question 'Why are humans not like tigers?', the children were asked to make an animal for homework that you would find in a zoo. I am amazed with their creations and original ideas. Thank you for all the time and effort you have put into them.
Take a look at their wonderful creations below.
Fun phonics- aw, strawberry milkshake!
Today in our fun phonics lesson we learnt the sound 'aw.' We were fantastic at recognising this digraph in lots of new words. After we decorated strAWberry strAWs with lots of 'aw' words and ended the lesson with strawberry milkshake- yum! Take a look at some pictures below.
Science- labelling body parts
For this half term's big question, which has a Science focus, we are learning all about humans and animals. This week we learnt about the body parts of a human. We went outside and used chalk to draw around our peers and then labelled their body parts. We did a super a job. A great start to our new Science topic! Take a look at some pictures below.
Fun phonics - oo, spooky!
Today in our fun phonics lesson we focused on the sound 'oo' We made spOOky wreaths covered in oo words and Halloween stickers. The children have brought these home to hang up in the lead up to Halloween. See if they can read you the words on them!
Pirate party day!
What a wonderful day we have had! First take a look at our pictures below walking the plank as we entered school. A big thank you to parents for the amount of effort you put into their fantastic outfits!
What a busy pirate day we have had! We had to complete lots of challenges throughout the day. Our first pirate challenge was to find a piece of gold treasure each on the playground, we were all successful and very happy when we found out our treasure tasted of chocolate. After, we had to create our own pirate portraits. We looked at some pirate portraits by famous artists and used some of their ideas such as putting beads in our pirate's hair. Then we were set the challenge of building a big pirate ship- we worked so well as a team and included key features such as the mast and rigging. We then played bingo before lunch identifying key pirate pictures and words.
After lunch our challenge was 'Can you party like a pirate?' The answer was definitely yes! We went to the hall and completed a pirate themed relay race, played pass the parcel, throw the cannonball and showed off our pirate dancing skills! We ended the day with a yummy feast of hot dog pirate ships, cheesy cannon balls, dead mans fingers and pirate punch! Thank you Elephants for a day full of fun, you are all super pirates! Take a look at some pictures below.
Pirate forest school session
We have had a fantastic afternoon at forest school! First we spent time on the animal park meeting and feeding the animals and collecting mud ready for one of our pirate activities. We then went down to the woodland and made our own pirate ships, carefully finding sticks that would fit in our base for the mast and leaves to attach for the sails and Jolly Roger. After, we sailed these on the stream and and observed them float. To end our afternoon we made pirate mud faces on the trees! We grabbed big handfuls of mud, splatted them on the tree trunks and used other woodland items to add features such as eye patches and beards. We would like to say a massive thank you to Miss T and Laura. Also well done Elephants as your behavior and engagement was wonderful, Take a look at some pictures below.
Part whole models
This morning we had a different kind of Maths lesson to introduce us to something we will be using a lot in Year 1 - part whole models. We used cubes and hoops to create our own part whole models and picked up the concept quickly! Take a look at some pictures below.
Which material would be best to make a coat for Captain Blackbeard?
This afternoon in our Science lesson, we answered the question 'Which material would be best to make a coat for Captain Blackbeard?' First we thought about the criteria for a good pirate coat- it has to be comfy, it needs to be strong to survive pirate fights and it has to be waterproof incase waves come overboard during a storm. We then made coats out of fabric, paper and plastic before testing which material fitted the criteria best. Take a look at our super coats below!
As part of our work on pirates, we have been learning about the parts of a pirate ship. On Monday we were challenged to make a playdoh pirate ship with a partner clearly showing the different parts and labelling them correctly. We did a super job! Take a look at our creations below.
Red word dance-
In Year One we practice our 'red words' in lots of ways. Red words are words that we use a lot in our reading and writing, but they are tricky as we can't decode them with our phonics.
One way we practice these words is by starting every English lesson with our 'red word dance' We put on some music, dance along and read the words as they flash up on the screen. Take a look at the video below to see us in action!
This afternoon we went in the ICT suite and although this was one of the first times in there since starting school we impressed Miss Rowland with our skills! We worked in pairs to use Textease to draw a pirate. We used the controls to change the colour and size of our brushes. Our end creations were fantastic. We will be using these pictures to create safe pirate profiles next week, linked to this half term's Esafety unit. You can take a look at some pictures below.
Fun phonics- 'igh, fly high.'
This afternoon in our fun phonics sessions we focused on one of the sounds we have been finding a bit tricky - 'igh, fly high.' We practiced reading lots of 'igh' words and then we made kites to fly high ourselves covered in lots of 'igh' words. Take a look at some pictures below.
Today in our Science lesson we answered the question, 'How can we make a pirate ship that floats?'
First, we conducted a floating and sinking experiment and recorded our results. Although three materials floated, we decided to make plastic pirate ships. We had lots of fun making them and sailing them at the end. Fantastic work Elephants! Take a look at some pictures below.
Fun phonics- ee, what can you see?
This afternoon in our fun phonics lesson we focused on the sound 'ee, what can you see?' After reading and exploring different 'ee' words we decorated funky scratch Art glasses with lots of ee words. We have brought these glasses home tonight as they link with the sound in our phonics pet homework. Ask us at home which words we know.
Phonics treasure hunt!
Today we turned into pirates again and went on a phoneme treasure hunt! We had 7 phonemes to find and had to use clues to locate where they could be. We were super at saying the phonemes and looking out for pirate items. At the end we found the treasure- yay! Well done Elephants! Take a look at some pictures below.