Safeguarding Awareness Week 2017

This week we have created posters about keeping safe at school, at home and in the community.  We them focused on the times we personally feel safe and shared these ideas during our group task. We thought about the times we have felt safe in different places including in the playground and away from the local community. Finally we created our own safeguarding hero. 

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Music and Mysterious Packages

On Monday we found a lost bag in our classroom, upon further investigation we found it was full of lots of animal photographs, a map, shorts and sun cream. We had lots of discussions around whose bag it might be and why we think that. On Tuesday we received a parcel, it was a book called There’s an Ouch in my Pouch and suddenly things fell into place. We started learning about wallabies and writing facts including what they eat and where they live. During our curriculum afternoons this week have been learning about rhythm and patterns within music.

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Maps, materials and Knuffle Bunny

We have had a busy time in year one recently. As part of our curriculum afternoon we explore materials with a particular focus on waterproofing. We made dens outside for the three little pigs ensuring they were protect them from the rain. Later, we moved onto geography and learned about maps. We used a map of the school to go on a journey to find clues to our weekly story – little red riding hood. We made our own maps of little red riding hoods journey through the woods ensuring we focused on adjectives to describe the different things she could possibly come across in the woods. We have been reading and writing about little red riding hood in literacy. In shared reading one group learned the story Knuffle Bunny. This turned into a very interesting story with lots of opportunities to explore language and build questioning skills.

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Mindfulness in Year One

Wednesday we started the day with a mindfulness workshop. We learned how to manage our stress and worries through a range of techniques. We pictured ourselves in the garden planting seeds and taking some time out. We then went to the beach and worked on being positive through a range of seaside activities such as swimming, building castles and playing beach tennis. We also discussed what we like about each other.  Our final stop was the breathing hospital where we learned about taking deep breaths to relax and stay calm.

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GET OUT OF MY SWAMP!

This week saw the launch into our new curriculum topic. Our immersion day included dressing as our favourite story characters and a very baffling police crime scene. Someone, or something, has caused havoc in our classroom making a mess and leaving behind some interesting thought provoking clues. We became detectives for the day and completed a case file containing all the clues we could find and our own prediction of who the suspect might be together with our own reasoning. During the afternoon we had a break from our detective role and learned about the artist Andy Goldsworthy who produces some amazing artwork using natural materials. We really enjoyed creating our own masterpieces in the style of Andy Goldsworthy paying close attention when selecting materials as well as to the shapes, colours and patterns we created.

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Don’t forget …

Year One are invited to dress up tomorrow, Tuesday 25th April 2017, for the immersion day into our new topic. Children can wear a costume from any fairy tale or traditional story.

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Meeting the Penguins at Harewood House

This week year one met the Penguins on their visit to Harewood House. They learned lots of new information about penguins including how their colour acts as camouflage from predators, how they sweat in order to cool down when they are warm and how they swim using their flippers and steer using their feet. The children also visited the house itself and were keen to see and learn about how different victorian classes lived in the state house and ‘below stairs’. They loved dressing up in the different costumes including that worn by the chef, butler, maid and governess.

Well done year one, we are all so proud of you!

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Science Week in Year One

This week we have loved celebrating Science Week. We started the week by making jam sandwiches for the tiger’s tea as a literacy hook. We discussed the importance of washing our hands when handling food. We later set up our science investigation about how bacteria can effect our food. We all touched one slice of bread and put it in a sealed bag. The next slice was only touched by one person after they had washed their hands with soap and water. The final slice was transported from the bread bag to its investigation bag using a clean gloved hand. We checked the bread each day to see if anything has happened. Nothing so far but watch this space! Thursday was an exciting day as we took part in the science challenges. Some of us made paper planes and decorated them at home to enter the creative competition while the majority of us made a paper plane which we hoped would travel the farthest. We loved flying our planes and watching how far they went. We will be using the information from this challenge next week in our maths learning. Well done to everyone for taking part and a huge congratulations to our year one winners!

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