As part of our Design Technology topic, 'strong structures', we have been busy designing and making our own lighthouses using a variety of junk materials. We have to ensure that it was strong, it had a base, it could stand up on its own and most importantly...it looked like a lighthouse.
We practised building strong lighthouse structures using wooden blocks and the clixi toys outside on the playground. Keep any eye out for our model lighthouses that we will be creating soon.
As a school we had a Science Day which included the visit of a real scientist. He came in to do lots of activities with everyone and we were lucky enough to have a workshop with him. Look at all the fun we had testing different experiments...
We had lots of fun making our own wild thing using clay and whatever we could scavenge from the school grounds.
We created story maps outside showing the sequence of events in the story, 'Where the Wild Things Are'. We used natural materials such as pine cones, sticks, shells and pebbles.
On the Trim Trail
Mrs Gadd thought we deserved a treat for having such a positive start back to the term so we had some time on the Key Stage 2 trim trail in the afternoon!
Counting in twos, fives and tens
We started off the week with counting in groups of two, five and ten. We used practical equipment such as toys as well as natural materials outside like conkers, dandelions, sticks, pine cones and shells.
We made our own fossils out of clay, experimenting with different patterns, shapes and pictures to create some similar to photographs we have seen when researching dinosaur fossils!
Dinosaur Dig Day
We were dinosaur hunters today...collecting sticks for a campfire to cook chocolate bananas, making a lasso to capture dinosaurs, tracking down Gaddosaurs who was hiding in the willow classroom, playing dinosaur games on the playground and making some dinosaur meals in the mud kitchen. What a busy day we had and SO MUCH FUN!
This week, our homework was to create a dinosaur model using junk materials. We could decide on whatever dinosaur we liked and brought them into the classroom where they are on display until the rest of the term!
Waste Week with Year 4
We teamed up with Mr Scrupp's class (Year 4) to design and make a mascot to remind us to recycle and reduce our plastic waste. Take a look at our lovely creations!
Raising money for Comic Relief (Red Nose Day)
We came into school dressed in something red or in non-uniform as a way of raising some much-needed funds for Comic Relief. Some of us had bright red noses, sparkly dresses, t-shirts and even red shoes!
Counting in twos...2, 4, 6
We have been learning how to count in groups of two using lots of different resources to support our independent learning. We used Numicon, 2p coins, dienes, tens frames and even pairs of socks to count (they were all washed!).
Dancing like a dinosaur!
A dance teacher from NK Dance has been helping us to create a dinosaur dance. We have been working on lots of cool dinosaur moves including stomping, munching, crashing, gliding and striding.
World Book Day
We dressed up as characters from different books. Take a look at our lovely costumes!
A local farmer, Simon, came to visit us with a New Holland tractor. He showed us how it works and why it needs such big wheels to work in the fields. Simon also talked to us about how wheat is grown and what we use it for like delicious pancakes on pancake day!
Learning about numbers up to 50
This week, we have been working on numbers up to 50. First, we started by looking at the tens and ones using dienes, part whole models, tens frames and Numicon then we moved onto finding out what is one more and one less than.
We went on a dinosaur hunt
Today was a scary day....we went on a dinosaur hunt! We followed a trail of clues in search for a dinosaur called, 'Clarkosaurus'.
As an introduction to our new science topic 'Animals', we created a four-legged animal out of clay. We had to use techniques such as patting, rolling, pinching, poking and squashing to make our chosen animal. It was very messy but lots of fun!
It's all about teamwork
We have been working all week on teamwork skills with our friends. We made a raft for the gingerbread man, a strong bridge for the Billy Goat's Gruff and an unusual house made from a variety of materials.
We used a range of pieces of technology this week including laptops, ipads and Beebots. We practised logging on, problem solving and directing robots around the classroom. Take a look at our photos!
Hansel and Gretel
We made scenes from the story, 'Hansel and Gretel'. We used natural materials to create the houses, involving lots of mud, sticks and leaves. It was such fun!
We practised travelling, jumping and balancing in different ways on the floor and apparatus.
Bird's Eye View
We identified, with Mrs Bennet, how objects would look from a bird's eye view. We used toys to make models of street plans and drew pictures to show how a bird would see them, which is why it's called a 'bird's eye view'.
We have been practising our caterpillar letters - c, a, o, d, g, q, s, f. First we started in pencil then we had a go at creating pictures from the letters using felt tip pens. We came up with some cool ideas, take a look!
Three visitors came in to give us a little taster of what tennis is like. We had a quick warm-up game where we had to be the quickest partner in our pairs to pick up the cone on the word 'GO' - it was fantastic fun! Next, we practised our bouncing and catching skills followed by playing a big game of skittles, hitting a tennis ball over the net with a racket.
We acted out the story of, 'The Three Little Pigs'. We worked in groups to create scenes from the story, being read aloud to us by Mrs Gadd. Someone was the wolf, another person was Mummy or Daddy pig and the rest of us were the three little pigs. Take a look out our photos and see what we got up to!
Christmas Party Day
On the last day of term, before Christmas, we decided to have a party....packed with lots of Christmas activities, party games and lots of party food. Take a look at our photos to see what games and toys we wanted to play with in class. We also played pass the parcel and musical statutes in the studio hall and won some prizes!
Our class, along with Mrs Bill's class, performed in our Nativity play called 'Hey Ewe!' We entertained the audience with our witty jokes and sang some really funky songs!
Little Red Riding Hood
This week in our English sessions, we have been looking at the fairytale story, 'Little Red Riding Hood'. We have been sequencing the events, acting out parts of the story and practised retelling it to a partner. We had lots of fun with our puppets that we made too!
Can the tallest person jump the furthest?
In our Science this week, we investigated whether the tallest person could jump the furthest. Our conclusion was....that the tallest person did not jump the furthest in all the teams. We counted how far each person had travelled and compared the results with all the members in each group.
What a fun-filled day we had, packed with lots of activities such as, making our own superhero vehicles, creating colourful masks. completing a superhero wordsearch, drawing superhero pictures with foam stickers, as well as designing our own superhero logos! Have a look at our photos to see what we got up to...
Pudsey Day for Children in Need!
We dressed up in yellow, spots or as Pudsey or Blush to raise money for the BBC charity, Children in Need. We had a great week learning about Pudsey Bear. We listened to the story called 'Pudsey and the great fundraiser', we talked about how the charity helps young people and we even had a visit from Pudsey bear himself!
What's in the box?
We investigated our sense of touch this week, bravely putting our hands inside five boxes to see what was inside. Take a look at our faces as we used our sense of touch to work out what was in them...
Helping to care for our environment!
We used some rakes, our hands and lots of teamwork to collect leaves within the school grounds and put them into the mulcher, ready to make compost! We had so much fun!
This week we made self-portraits with Mrs Bennett, using natural materials found in our school grounds. We are looking at portraits as part of our English topic titled, 'All About Me'. Check out our groovy faces!
Asda and Westgate Woods Trip
What a glorious day we had at Asda, in Boston, and Westgate Woods! We visited Asda to see how our food gets from the field, to supermarkets and into our homes. A highlight of our trip to Asda was having a go at being a checkout assistant. Next, we headed to Westgate Woods where we met Mrs Schofield. She showed us a wide variety of wild berries, evergreen and deciduous trees as well as the many animal homes that had been created by volunteers. We had lots of fun exploring the signs of Autumn and now deserve a well-earned rest!
After all the preparations and excitement for the long-awaited Autumn Celebration, it was finally the day to invite our parents, grandparents and friends to join in with the celebrations of all our hard work! We showed off our leaf hats and wands, as well tasted our homemade delicious leek and potato soup, including a tasty bread roll. We entertained everyone with three harvest songs and there were some pieces of work to enjoy too. We know not everyone could make it but we want to say a great big thank you to all who came, it was a huge success!
Preparing for our Autumn Celebration
We made hats in preparation for our Autumn celebration. We collected lots of natural materials such as leaves, small twigs, berries, feathers, acorns and tiny pine cones. We also found a little green bug hiding in our leaves. Look out for our wonderful Autumn hats when you see us at the celebration!
Greatest and Smallest
We have been learning to compare the greatest and smallest numbers within 10. We used equipment on the playground and in the classroom too.
This week we have been working on different ways of representing numbers up to 10. Look at all the resources we used and the ways we can show the value of numbers.
An introduction to Harvest!
We are learning about Harvest and spend lots of our afternoons exploring our new topic through creative ways.
First week in Year 1!
We had a FANTASTIC first week in Year 1. We had lots of fun playing in the sand and water trays, using playdough to create letters and numbers, making textured collages with a selection of pulses and lentils, as well as learning about celebrating birthdays. Take a look at all our photos!