On the first day of Term 4 we celebrated Shrove Tuesday by eating pancakes that Mrs Blake had made. We put lemon and sugar on them then tucked in to the sweet and sour treats! We learned why people eat pancakes on this special day.
We then celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass the following day as a whole school in Church. Father Aklilu put ashes on our heads to mark the beginning of Lent.
This week we have begun learning about Food in DT and have using utensils safely. We made up our own versions of 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' in Science to identify external body parts and used the same song in PE to control a ball by moving it across our bodies.
We followed instructions in ICT by making Lego models in readiness to follow simple instructions on a computer programme later this term.
Mrs Neeves taught us a counting song in French - watch and listen to the video below.
This week in English we have been writing a non-chronological report as a class about Healthy Humans. We thought of things humans need to stay healthy and wrote sentences remembering to use capital letters and full stops. This linked to our RHE learning where we helped Super Susie make healthy choices.
In Maths we have been adding 3 numbers and subtracting using our knowledge of number bonds to 10 and doubles. We have also been learning to count in 5s.
In RE we learned about how Jesus chose his friends, the disciples and began to explain how we choose our own friends and put these ideas into a 'Friends Recipe.'
In Music we have been using percussion instruments to accompany storytelling. We retold the story of 'The Three Little Pigs using different instruments. Watch the video below to listen to us playing the instruments quietly and loudly.
Today we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as characters from well known books. The whole school showed off their costumes in a catwalk performance at the end of Collective Worship.
We read our class book Dr Dog and thought about how the Gumboyle family could look after themselves. We celebrated with a popcorn picnic in the hall by sharing our favourite books with other classes while eating popcorn. Back in class we had a book quiz which included questions about the books we have learned so far this year. Then we drew the character we came to school as and read a selection of Year 1's favourite books.
This week we have been learning about measure in Maths. We learned about length and weight, and used resources to help us describe and compare. We used metre sticks and rulers to measure things that were longer, shorter and equal to. We used special weighing machines to talk about heavy and light objects.
In English we have written our non-chronological reports about 'Healthy Humans' which will be displayed at the end of term.
We learned the Our Father in RE this week and how Jesus taught his disciples the prayer. We then wrote our own prayers to God saying thank you, sorry and please. This term in History we are learning about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. This week we learned about hospitals in the past.
Our PE skills have improved as we learn to observe and copy others to roll a ball around our bodies. We have begun to talk about our learning using PE vocabulary.
Today the Year 1 girls celebrated International Women's Day by playing football at lunch time. Mrs Horsfield and a visiting football coach helped us. Despite the weather, we had lots of fun!
Today we had our annual Academy Trust Science Day. Our investigation was all about nest building so we learned about nests then collected nest building equipment.
We enjoyed designing and building nests before we tested them out to see which nest was the best for holding eggs, which was the most windproof and which nest the most waterproof.
Take a look at the photos below to see scientists at work!
This week in Year 1 we have been showing off our learning in Maths and Reading by practising the things we have learned so far this year.
In History we learned about the work of Florence Nightingale and how she helped injured soldiers a long time ago.
We learned the parable The Good Samaritan in RE and thought about who the good person was and why we thought that way. We acted out the parable and thought if ways in which we could be like the good samaritan. We tried to follow Jesus's words, 'Go and do the same for yourself.'
This week we celebrated Science and were excited to have extra Science lessons! We learned about how sound travels in a 'Noisy Neighbour' investigation. We used coat hangers and string to listen to sound and tried to spot the sound travelling and making vibrations along the string. We tested different objects to see if the sound changed.
We talked lots about Science using Explorify and use our Science knowledge of senses to help us. We have also been reading lots of Science books:
The Tiny Seed - Eric Carle
Dr Dog - Babette Cole
Rosie Revere Engineer - Abdrea Beaty
How Many Legs? - Kes Gray and Jim Field
On Friday 17th March we celebrated Red Nose Day by coming to school dressed in red or our own clothes, and we donated some money to the special charity.
The teachers secretly performed dance moves all day which we had to guess and we even joined in with a whole school Conga! We learned about how the charity helps people, and by donating some money, we were good neighbours to those in need.
We have been very lucky this week receiving an egg delivery from Living Eggs South East hatching programme. They delivered 9 eggs, an incubator and a brooding box so we could experience eggs hatching and observe chicks in our classroom. We have kept a photo and video diary - check it out at the bottom of Week 5!
In RE this week we learned about Jesus entering Jerusalem. We thought about what we might have said and acted part of the story.
In Maths we have learned to add and subtract using a number line and we used money to begin to find the totals of 2 amounts. We used our knowledge of Phonics to write sentences in English making sure we included capital letters and full stops.In DT we made delicious biscuits and decorated them with sweets, we were very tempted to eat some of the toppings! In our History lesson, we learned about the life and work of Mary Seacole and how she wanted to help injured soldiers in the Crimean War.
Take a look through the slideshow below at some of our achievements this week.
On Monday this week we received a very special delivery - 9 eggs in an incubator about to hatch!
We were told to take very good care of them and they would soon hatch.
Today we have been using our Science observation skills to check on the progress of the eggs. Nothing yet...
Today we waited very patiently for the eggs to hatch. Nothing yet...
Today we came to school to find that three eggs had hatched! We met the first three chicks.
Luckily a Miss Johnson Breakfast Club managed to film one of them hatching during Breakfast Club.
Then, while we were on our lunch break, another one hatched!
Today we came to school and 4 more eggs had hatched! We now have 8 chicks to care for in our brood box.
We got a closer look at them today and some of use helped move them from the incubator.
Click on the link below to watch a video of our 8 chicks eating, exploring and huddling together to keep warm.
The last of the 9 eggs hatched today; she received a warm welcome from her brothers and sisters in the brooding box. We all got to hold a chick and were very careful when handling them.
Look how much the chicks have grown over the weekend! They have now started to grow their wing feathers.
One last video of the Year 1 chicks before they 'fly the nest.'
What a week we have had on the run up to the Easter break. We have had a jam packed week filled with Easter activities.
On Monday morning we had our annual Easter Bonnet Parade in the hall and in the afternoon we followed a recipe to make Easter nest cakes in DT; they looked delicious! On Wednesday the whole school walked to church to celebrate Mass and afterwards we excitedly searched for eggs on our field taking part in our Easter Egg Hunt.
On Friday in RE learned about Good Friday and how sad news can become good news. We made Easter cards for our families to help us recognise how some people act because of their faith.
We hope you all have a joyful Easter.