We went on a Bear Hunt

This week we took to our outdoor area on the hunt for BEARS! We took inspiration from the book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and acted out the story by following the journey of the characters. The children joined in really well and could respond to the familiar lines from the story. We all got very excited!

As we moved around we found bear paw prints, a store of food that we thought the bears might be collecting and when we got closer to the end of a story we even thought we might have seen a bear through our fence! Our favourite part was creating a ‘leaf storm’ and splashing through the ‘river’.

All about Number Bonds!

The children have been working hard this week in maths and working hard on their number bonds. We started by working with numicon and worked to find the pair that matched to get to 10. We learnt that when we add numbers we can switch them around and it will still amount to the same.

After mastering number bonds using numicon we introduced the part – part – whole model and the children worked to understand that if the whole was 10 then we needed to find the 2 numbers that added together to make that number. We had a go practically and next week will look to put this into practice further.

Well done Year One!

Remember, remember the fifth of November…

Our focus in art this year was fireworks! We worked with a new medium of chalk to create which we found a little bit tricky to start with. We realised quite quickly that drawing with chalk onto paper was a little bit different to writing on the concrete floor and that we had to be very careful to not smudge our wonderful creations.

The children created some beautiful pieces of artwork!

Working as a team

We spent a cold Thursday morning working in teams outside working on our reasoning skills. We had a first had to collect different items of food that would be eaten by animals and had the challenge of making different shapes. We then had to work out how to transport food from one side of the ‘bog’ to the other using only tubes.

We had to work with our team to figure out the most effective way to do this without dropping the food into the bog. We worked well as teams and will continue to work on our listening skills when listening to our friends.

Writing to Aunt Lucy

This week we have learnt how to use question marks by asking some questions to Paddington that we would like to know the answers to. Some of the best questions included:

  • How long did it take you to get to get to London from Peru?
  • Would you eat anything else in your sandwich?
  • What is it like living with the Browns?
  • Is it cold in London?
  • Why are you always getting into trouble?

We then put our new skill of writing questions to good use as we worked in groups to plan a postcard that we are going to send to Aunt Lucy from Paddington. The children worked really well and I can’t wait to see how they get on with writing the postcards next week.

Well done Year One!

All Souls’ Day 2020

What a lovely first day back to school celebrating All Souls’ Day.

We joined together in a whole school prayer service via Zoom and thought about all those in our family, school community and wider world that have died over the past year and joined Our Father in his Heavenly home. We remembered all those who have no one to remember them and remembered that although they have gone to God, God is very near.

The children all wrote a person on their purple star and placed them in our special boxes to be placed as offerings at the masses throughout November.

May the light of God’s eternal rest shine upon them all.

Lavish Landmarks

We have been following Liberty Bear’s adventures around the globe and have been comparing different landmarks in the different countries. We have looked at how these landmarks are different depending on the country they are in and have worked on identifying these different countries on our class map.

For each stop we have developed our skills of teamwork and construction to try and build our own replica landmarks and we think they look brilliant! See if you can identify any famous landmarks, or get your children to help you.

Artists in the making

We have been working hard on our art skills these past 2 weeks. We have made tree collages using real leaves that have fallen in our school grounds; we used glue and created autumnal artwork using bare tree templates.

We have also been working on our printing skills using our hands and sponges to create pattern artwork and some autumn leaves of our own. Again, we used our school environment to collect inspiration for our leaves looking at the different colours and selecting these to create beautiful pieces of art.

Forest School Fun

We have continued to love our time in the Forest School. This last week the children have been left various messages from the ‘little people’. They had to start by finding a code to unlock a padlock. Inside this was a special message asking the children to make them some suitable shelters to live inside. The children were very excited and got to work straight away building shelters to protect them from the rain and wind.

They then received a second message that explained they now needed access to food and asking if we could come up with some recipes and meals they could eat. The children had fantastic ideas! From stick soup to three leaf salad the little people have had more choices than local restaurants. The children love their time in the forest school and it is really helping to build their imagination and independence.

We have also had a go at designing our own mud kitchen and can’t wait to continue this after half term.

Brighten up for Harvest

Last week we celebrated Harvest and what a wonderful day it was! The Year One children arrived in beautiful colours all carrying donations of plenty for our local food bank. We shared in a prayer service together, led by the children, where we thanked God for his Harvest and wonderful creation.

The children thought of all the things that God has given us that they are grateful for and wrote these down as an offering of thanks to God.

We showed the children where their food donations were going and we prayed for all those without food.

Thank you for all your wonderful donations it is very much appreciated.