On Monday, Year 1 and Year 2 had their delayed sports day in glorious sunshine. All the children were very excited and created a wonderful sporting atmosphere, with lots of cheering and supporting as their teammates took part in different events.
Congratulations Birkdale for being the winning team on the day, although it was a very close competition!
It was disappointing that parents were not able to join us to celebrate, but we have put together a short video so you can see some highlights of the day.
Today marks the end of our class’ 10 day isolation period and I am thrilled to welcome most of us back on Monday. I am so proud of the way that, as a group, we have persevered through this difficult time. Together, we have acknowledged what we were finding tricky and worked around it.
A huge well done to all our the children in 1C – you are all absolute superstars!
Let’s take a look at some of the learning we’ve been up to over the last 10 days.
Phonics, Writing and Maths:
Over the last 10 days we have continued to engage our learning behaviours and keep our learning moving forwards. In Phonics, we have focused on the sounds o-e phone home and u-e huge brute. In our English lessons we have been looking at information texts and have innovated our model text, as a class, to write a new information text about worms. During our Maths time we concentred on different number bonds and explored different ways of making these.
We haven’t had a rest and neither have our reading VIPERS! Over the last 10 days we’ve been using our Vocabulary, Retrieval and Summarise VIPERS when reading stories and non-fiction texts.
In the afternoons, we have continued to focus on the wider curriculum and have been ACE Dancers, ACE Athletes, ACE Historians, Ace Worshippers and how to be Safe ACE. We have looked at toys from the past and present, listened to stories from both the Bible and the Qu’ran, practised our target throwing and hurdles, choreographed our own dances and thought about how we are feeling about the changes coming up as we begin to think about Year 2.
In other news:
We were really excited to hear that we will have a new Reverend joining us, so we wrote welcome letters to Reverend Lottie!
Throughout the year, Year 1 have been looking at the changes in weather and what that means for trees and plants and the clothes we wear. This week we’ve been looking back at all the seasons to compare them. Some children drew pictures for each season while others recreated the seasons with resources found around school.
Last week we finished writing our own stories based on the Julia Donaldson book ‘Superworm’. As part of our Design and Technology learning we are going to turn these into actual books with front and back covers. In Art we have started to make a pop up picture for the centre of our books and have explored creating different textures with pastels for the background.
This week we have been exploring old and new objects. We looked at some old objects and compared them to new ones. We thought about what was similar and what was different between them. Finally we recorded our ideas to share them with each other.
In our Guided Reading sessions this half term we have been using our retrieval skills in nonfiction books to develop our reading comprehension abilities. We’ve even been finding new Goldilocks words in the nonfiction texts too!
As part of our RE curriculum, we have been learning about what it means to belong to a Church or a Mosque and discovered some of the different ways that Christians and Muslims practise their religions.
We have been very fortunate this week to have some parent volunteer’s speak to us about their experience of worshipping at a Mosque and to answer our questions. The year 1 classes asked many thoughtful questions and we learnt so much about how, when and why Muslim’s pray, including finding out about prayer mats, clothes worn to prayer and wudu. Thank you very much to Iqra’s dad and Maryam’s mum for giving up their time to teach us so much!
Over the past few weeks we have been enjoying looking at sunflowers in our art lessons. We started by sketching a sunflower thinking about using a back and forth technique. Then we painted a sunflower and looked at mixing the different colours to make the shade or colour we needed. Finally, we added other media to our sunflowers to create more detail and add texture.
This week year 1 have turned their attention to instruction writing and have spend the week so far following instructions with food, learning about the different skills needed to write a set of instructions ourselves. On Monday we all made an egg sandwich using some of the fresh cress we have grown in class. Then on Tuesday we looked at a recipe for delicious fruit kebabs and used our chopping skills to recreate them. We all agreed we would rather eat the fruit kebabs than the egg sandwiches! In maths we are looking at telling the time to o’clock and half past. All the children have made and decorated their own clocks with a clock face, minute hand and hour hand.