On the last day of Spring term we had great fun parading our Easter bonnets. Tilly, Oliver and Barnaby won a prize for their hats! Later we had an Egg and Spoon race. It was so hard to keep the egg on the spoon and to run fast!
Lambing at Brooksby
We had a lovely afternoon visiting Brooksby College Farm. Farmer Rose and Farmer Carol showed Class 1 children around the farm.
They took us across the fields to were there were some three day old lambs with their mothers. We discovered why the lambs had numbers on their backs and why they bleated so loudly. As we went along Farmer Rose told us about the different wild animals Brooksby has, we saw the badger setts, the owl box and the plentiful supply of mole hills!
We climbed the hill towards the animal pens and noticed the train travelling to Leicester. When we got to the the top, Farmer Carole showed us into an extremely smelly pen, which housed a very heavily pregnant sow. The sow got up, staggered across and grunted at the children, before itching herself on the pen bars.
Next we moved onto the calves, cows and bull pens. We discovered why the bull wore a ring in his nose and what cows eat during the winter.
Afterwards, we came to the lambing shed. Here we stroked a one day old lamb and saw the adopted lambs and their surrogate mothers. Unfortunately, we had just missed a lamb being born by a few minutes, but watched as the mother licked her new baby clean.
It was a great afternoon and we all managed to get lovely and muddy!
As part of our maths activities we have been learning about the different coins.
The children began by learning about 1p and buying things with 1p's, counting accurately the correct amount. They added various groups of 1p's, including getting some homework around 1p's.
Next they learned about 2p's, looking at the size in comparison to the 1p. The children learned how many 1p's make a 2p coin and then began to find the correct value of groups of 2p coins. The shop began to have only 2p coins in it and they needed to get the correct amount to purchase anything.
This week we are now adding 1p and 2p coins together, much more of a challenge! Now our shop only has odd numbers as prices and they have a mixture of the two coins to find the correct amount from.
The children have enjoyed getting involved in many of the outdoor activities, especially as the weather is getting milder. One particular activity they have enjoyed creating is making a bus and going on long journeys to different places. They've talked about the weather in Africa and the North Pole, the way their bus would get across the sea to another country and how much the cost of such a journey would be. There is always a driver (a hotly contested role) and the tickets are very important too!
The children have been working with Mrs Frisby making robots out of different junk materials. They have come with their own ideas of how they want their robot to look like, through discussion with Mrs Frisby they have selected different ways of combining these materials to make a robot. Below are pictures of robots which have been made so far.
Today we had a visitor in school, Mr Murphy. He came into Class 1 and showed the children how to play a squeeze box before taking Class 1 and 2 into the hall to do some country dancing.
We learned how the squeeze box needs air pumped into it and the buttons to be pressed so that the sound changes.
The children learned 2 dances, one involved a hat and the other dance was in small groups. Mr Murphy gave the children clear instructions and then they had a go, building up the dance in parts until they knew the whole routine.
To dance to live music was a novelty and such fun, the children and staff all thoroughly enjoyed themselves! Thank you Mr Murphy!
British Values Week
In class 1 we have mainly been working on filling our buckets using the British Values. These being:
Therefore, the children have been making their own choices of what activities they would like to do (individual liberty) and we have been discussing our class rules and adult expectations of the children (rule of law). We held a ballot to decide which child would get the job of getting the dinner bands out (democracy), everyone had a secret vote and Tilly won! Throughout the week it is usual we have our little disagreements and we have been learning about mutual respect and tolerance. Mrs Lander's assembly on Thursday helped us understand a little more about this British Value too.
This week we have been looking at how the teen numbers are made and why they are written as they are. The children used the Cusinere Rods to make a number staircase. The rods are from 1-10, so in order to make 11 they had to get a 10 rod and a 1 rod, 12 would be a 10 rod and a 2 rod and so on.
Finger Gym Activities
The children have been engaged in different activities to help develop their 'pincer grip' which will encourage them to correctly hold a pencil when writing.
Spring Term 2
During the holidays Mrs Boylan and Mrs Marshall are changing the classroom to fit with our new topic - Machines.
The role play area is turning into a workshop, with tools, workbench, a bike and tv to mend and lots of small parts for the children to use in their imaginative way. Contributions of nuts and bolts, spanners, tins or blocks of soft wood from parents would be much appreciated!
The writing area is to become a newspaper hub of creativity.
The reading area is to be a machine, with a chance to look at instructions, fact books, tool catalogues and manuals.
In the construction area there will be an opportunity for the children to create a marble run, build with Lego or make a machine using the cogs.
Outdoors we hope to make even more improvements which will nurture the children's imagination and help develop learning through play.
We are so excited to see the children's faces when they return from their holidays! We hope you all have a great week off from school .
Mrs Marshall & Mrs Boylan
Making Repeated Patterns
The children have been looking at repeated patterns in maths and today they've been trying to make their own patterns using shapes.
Making a 'Rain Maker'
We needed to use hammers to put some nails into a tube, after that Mrs Marshall popped in lots of buttons and made two ends. Later we decorated the tube with animal print tissue paper and lots of glue!
Open Morning and Afternoon
Just a quick reminder that the school has an Open morning on Tuesday 7th February. This will be an opportunity for parents to look around the entire school, popping into different classes to view their lessons.
Class 1 also have a special Open Afternoon on Wednesday 8th February. I want this to be an opportunity for you to see and play with your child during the afternoon in a more informal session. I will have their work available for you to look at, I am sure you will be very proud of their achievements. I am happy for younger siblings to attend this session as they are potentially going to be attending the school in a few months or years time!
These are programmable toys which the children move around on the mat. They need to decide where the beebot will go and then program the beebot to move in the correct direction, taking the correct amount of moves.
The children have been using different materials to make a representation from, this is a temporary picture which is not stuck down - hence the term 'transient art'. Vince created a fantastic snake and he inspired others to do the same:
It has been a joy to see the enthusiasm of the children to write. Recently, there was a challenge activity were the children found a picture card to write a word for. Noah, Alistair and Charlie spent quite a long time writing words for several cards!
The children have enjoyed being explorers in the classroom and one of the things they have enjoyed using are the binoculars. So we decided to make our own pair using cardboard tubes and sticky labels.
SHOW AND TELL
I have introduced a weekly Show and Tell time, whereby children bring something from home which is related to our topic on Animals and Dinosaurs. Every week it is to be a different colour team and the children in this team will have the opportunity to have their moment sharing the things they have brought in. We have already had some great contributions and the children are super at asking questions about the items brought from home.
The children returned to school full of enthusiasm and quickly settled into their changed classroom, all the zones are still there - just moved around a little!
The Topic this term is Dinosaurs and Animals, the role play area has become an Explorer Tent, the mark making table is a Safari Truck and the reading corner is a Polar Zone.
Our Last Forest School Session Before Christmas
We had a lovely time at Forest School. Susan lit a fire and toasted crumpets and we ate them with jam! We also had a delicious cup of hot chocolate and some marshmallows. We explored the forest and the meadow. A lot of us chose to explore the digging area and to climb trees! We saw some sheep grazing in the meadow. It was an excellent day!
Stick Man, Stick Lady Love and Stick Man Santa Claus
At Forest School, we read "Stick Man" by Julia Donaldson. Then we tried to find a stick shaped like the letter "Y" to make one of the characters. In small groups, we decided whether to make Stick Man, Stick Lady Love or Stick Man Santa Claus. When we had made our stick character, we found a nice family tree for it to live in. We had a lot of fun!
Forest School Art
At Forest School, we made some beautiful pieces of art. We made flowers using a variety of different autumnal leaves, sticks and clay. We also worked together as a class to make a giant, colourful snake, using yellow, orange, red and brown leaves. A group of us also made an excellent skeleton using different natural materials.
I hope that you all had a great half term! We have had a lovely first week back at school. We have been learning all about Diwali and the children have enjoyed learning about the story of Rama and Sita. We also went to Forest School and built houses for the three little pigs out of straw, sticks and bricks!
As the weather gets colder, please make sure that all children bring a coat to school as well as a scarf, hat and gloves. Also, in PE bags, all children should please have tracksuit bottoms and a hoodie in case we have PE outdoors.
Please see below for our Autumn 2 Topic Web.
Miss Garrity and the Class One Team
Autumn Term 1
A very warm welcome to all of the Class One children and parents. We are so please at how all of the children have settled into Class One and also into being pupils at Great Dalby Primary School.
We have an exciting half term planned ahead, please see the attached topic web.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions
Miss Garrity and the Class One Team