Firstly we would like to say a huge well done to the children for the amazing performances they have put on this week. We have been practicing every day and we know this has been tiring for them and has been out of routine – however having our families in to watch has made it all worth while. Every child had a part to play and we are incredibly proud of them all (especially when the music cut out on Thursday and we sang It Was on a Starry Night acapella!!)
1F and 1BN enjoyed walking down to Moor Allerton library this week. We were a little worried about the weather but we got lucky both days we went down and the children weren’t too soggy on arrival back at school! The children enjoyed listening to Madeline (librarian) who talked us through how to join the local library, choose books and how to take them away. The children loved this and enjoyed looking at the books at the library. A huge thank you to all parent volunteers – trips cannot go ahead without you, so we always appreciate the support. 1DT are really excited to go to the library on Wednesday.
For the past couple of weeks, we have been learning about instruction writing as part of our non-fiction topic. We have been taking part in different activities all whilst following instructions and learning their key features. We prepared a carrot for cooking, washed our hands very thoroughly, learnt the steps in brushing your teeth and finally we made soup! The children then did a piece of independent writing, showcasing their learning and they all did a brilliant job.
On Friday the children also took part in an anti-bullying picket on the playground. We had designed our own posters during the week and we’re proud to hold them high to show the other children and teachers during the march. We chanted ‘no more bullying’, ‘be kind’, ‘say no to bullying’. The children were very proud of their artwork and understood what we were marching for. Enjoy a slideshow of photos from the picket.
On Friday, the children really enjoyed walking around our school grounds looking for art work and poems created by Year 6. We were given a map of the grounds and were tasked with finding the pieces of work labeled from 1-16. We noticed lots of beautiful art work and listened to lots of brilliant poems about Remembrance Day. We watched a short clip in class to help us understand a little more why we remember, and we also took part in the 2 minute silence at 11am.
This week in PSHE we have been thinking back to worries that we had when we were moving into year 1. We thought back to our Reception classes and teachers, classrooms and toys and thought about what worried us about moving up to year 1. Lots of children were a little worried about having a new teacher, new classroom, new toys, some children were worried about new phonics groups and maths work. We sat together as a class and wrote these worries on a piece of paper. Once we had talked through these worries and made sure that each one had been addressed – we ceremoniously ripped our worries up and threw them in the bin! We don’t need to hold onto these worries anymore. We may have new worries and we spoke about writing them down for our class worry monsters or telling a trusted adult.
Don’t be worried, the children were safe and supervised but we thought lots of children would come home and say we have been sewing and parents would just not believe it! It was unbelievable how many children were able to thread their length of sewing cotton through the very small eye of the needle. We talked about perseverance and trying our best, and the children were shocked at their own ability to thread their needle! We were so proud of the way that the children handled this DT lesson – they were confident and sensible. We learnt how to do a simple running stitch and the children each completed at least two independent stiches which is fantastic.
We had designed an animal print, thought about the resources that we would need, created our animal pattern and then sewed into our design. They looked fantastic!
Please don’t forget
If you could email me one photo of your child/family on a day out or holiday somewhere in the UK, we will turn them into a lovely display in class. If you could write your child’s name and where the photo was taken in the email that would be greatly appreciated.
This week we have been looking at parts of a whole. We use our hands to show part part whole (hands come together for whole). The children have been very practical with their learning, using double sided counters to show each group.
We have also talked about what makes a good or bad secret in PSHE. The children listened to scenarios and decided which they would keep and which they would have to tell. This follows on from our previous lessons on safe adults and real dangers. We spoke about good secrets being ones that might make us or others feel joyful, happy or excited, whereas secrets that make us feel scared, worried or sad are ones that we must share with a safe adult.
This week we have been starting to use the language ’who’, ’what doing’, ’what’ when thinking about sentence structure. We call this an M sentence as it is a main clause sentence. We have colour coded boxes to help the children visualise their sentences. We have also introduced colourful punctuation to help the children remember that sentences need capital letters and full stops! When the children complete writing challenges or activities they have a coloured pencil and a normal pencil with them.
In PSHE this week we had a think about what a real danger is and how we might be able to tell if it is real. We sorted pictures into two lists – real or not real. We had discussions about children being on the internet unsupervised and why this could be dangerous, as well as how a picture of traffic could possibly be dangerous to us.
All week the children have been looking forward to Sam’s Safari coming in on Friday and getting to meet some of her animals. We have been learning about lots of different animals and have learnt characteristics of different animal groups. We were able to show off some of our knowledge on Friday and helped group the animals Sam brought to school. There were amphibians, reptiles and mammals ready to meet us.
We were all very excited but managed to stay quiet enough for the animals and enjoyed touching their skin. Some were scaly, some were slimy, some were soft.
This week in PSHE we have been thinking about the idea ‘pants are private’. This follows from our scheme of work and we have taken a fun video from the NSPCC website to begin our conversation around this topic. We first talked about the ground rules for PSHE circle time and the children all had some lovely ideas about how to make it a safe circle.
They talked about how we trust each other, we must listen, be kind, accepting and understanding. They each designed their own pair of pants after our session – some of them were out of this world!