What an amazing time we had today working alongside a professional artist who is helping us to create a piece of art work for the school. We had the opportunity to experiment with a range of techniques. We used cling film, wax resistant paper, wax crayons, rice painting and tissue paper printing to create some super effects on paper feathers.
Tuesday 2nd July Story Stop Session.
Thank you to all the parents that came to read with their child/children today. We had a super time sharing some of our favourite stories.
We are getting ready for our trip to see the Gruffalo in Birmingham tomorrow. We have listened to the story, learnt a song and done some writing about the story so far. We also made some Gruffalo bags thanks to Mrs Palfreman
Guide dogs for the Blind.
In year one we had some very special visitors today. Katie the Retriever/Labrador cross who works for the guide dogs for the blind, came with her carers. We were very pleased to say that the class raised over £230 to give to the charity. We thought of some questions to ask which we had planned in an earlier English lessons. Katie was such a well behaved and placid dog. Katie is going to be a mummy dog to lots of future guide dogs in a couple of years. Well done year one!
18.6.19 Science Day
We had great fun today in Year 1 celebrating Science Day. We started the day by reading a book called 'Mixed' which is based on colour mixing. Our first activity was to make colours from the primary colours red, blue and yellow. We made orange, green purple and brown using playdough.
We made some lovely patterns by arranging sweets on a plate and adding warm water. The colouring in the sweets dissolved in the warm water to make these colourful arrangements.
The carbon dioxide bubbles in the fizzy drink attach themselves to the grooves on the raisins which then rise because they are light. When to bubbles get to the surface they burst and the raisins sink.
We did the Mentos and diet coke experiment......outside of course.
The chemical reaction was amazing. It's a good job Kya and Daisie were quick to get out of the way.
and finally we experimented with colour mixing paints to create a range of shades for our paintings.
We had great fun testing the strength of different structures that we made from spaghetti and marshmallows. We worked as a team and had to listen to the suggestions of our team members. It wasn't as easy as we thought to build a stable structure but we didn't give up.
Testing to see which materials are waterproof.
We needed to experiment to find out which materials would be suitable to cover the class den. Whatever we choose would need to be waterproof. We tested lots of different materials before deciding on 'plastic' as best option.
Year One are learning about Hinduism. So far, we have have made a diva lamp using clay, read the story of Rama and Sita and made chalk rangoli patterns
We were lucky enough today, to have a look at an old toy that belongs to one of our parents. The plastic remote car is battery operated and is around 50 years old. We talked about the differences and similarities between this car and modern ones.
Creative fun on Friday
We had lots of fun today with our ‘toy’ related art activities. One activity was to further develop colour mixing skills whilst painting a picture of our favourite soft toy. We used photos to help with accuracy.
A collage in the style of Eric Carle.
We used a range of fabrics and papers to create a 3D collage in the style of Eric Carle.
We would like to say a huge 'Thank You' to all the children in year 1 who took part in today's sponsored walk in aid of the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind. The class thought carefully before deciding in which charity to support. We had some discussion and a democratic class vote before making a tally chart to see the most popular choice. The children enjoyed walking around the grounds of the school with their teddies and we managed to avoid the showers. They had their card stamped for each lap they completed and afterwards we celebrated with a Teddy Bear's Picnic.
Week One in the new term is going very well. Our new topic is Toys and we will be looking at toys through the ages and toys around the world, as well as listening to lots of stories about toys. In science we are learning about materials and their properties which links well to the types of materials that toys are made from and why these material are suitable.
The gardening club is as popular as ever with children from all years choosing to help out at lunchtimes. Thank You to Mrs Palfreman for all your hard work.
We enjoyed time learning new skills, whilst having fun doing Easter craft activities. We painted and decorated hard boiled eggs made a stand to display them. Some children made their eggs into chicks or rabbits.
This week we have had fun doing lots of creative activities related to this half term's topic. After reading the story we made our own gingerbread men from scratch. Everyone had a part to play in this complicated process. Unlike the story, our gingerbread men did not attempt to run away.
We have been learning about castles and comparing these to our own homes. This week we drew a castle and then experimented with colour mixing paints to create the most appropriate colour for the castle. Once happy with the mixed colours we used these to paint the clay castles we had made last week.
As part of this topic we have listened to and had the opportunity to retell lots of traditional tales including; The gingerbread Man, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs. We also created our own stories using props to help us. We worked
co-operatively in small groups creating these and we had the opportunity to re-tell our stories and listen to the stories created by the other children.
This year we have been learning about three artists and their different styles.
We have looked at the work of Manchester born L.S. Lowry and created our own city, factory and school landscapes based on Lowry's style.
This week (25th March) so far...
We have been making clocks and using these to help us to learn to tell the time to the hour and half hour.
St Anne's Food Bank
Today the children in Year 1 helped to sort out the donated food ready to take to the food bank. First we sorted the food into groups of food types and then we made a tally chart recording how many of each types there were. Once we'd done this we all helped to bag the food ready for distribution.
World Book Day
We had a lovely day today. All the children looked amazing in their costumes. We did some great work on the book Tuesday which was all pictures and no words. Year 4 came down to share books with us and in the afternoon we made bouncy frogs on lily pads to remind us of the story Tuesday.
Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day
We had great fun today learning about how to make pancakes and why this special day is celebrated. Everyone had a turn at cooking and tossing a pancake before choosing the toppings they wanted. They were delicious.
Thank you Mrs Palfreman!
We have an amazing addition to the classroom. It is a magical small world 'fairy garden' as part of the new topic which is based around traditional fairy tales.
Year 1 have been looking at poems over the last few weeks. We have been reading a selection of rhymes and poems and even had a go at writing our own. We based our Competition entry poems around the senses and thought about the things we can see, hear, smell, taste and feel. We tried to use lots of descriptive language (adjectives) in our writing. We are sending the entries off soon so fingers crossed!
Story Stop Tuesday
Fire Safety Talk for Year 1
Today we had a visit from Nuneaton Fire Service to talk to us about the importance of keeping safe around fire. We looked at safe and unsafe fires. We looked at the clothes fire fighters wear before going near a fire and we learnt a technique to help if our clothes accidently caught on fire. STOP-DROP-ROLL and we learnt a rhyme to remind us to never play with mathches.
Matches and lighters never touch
They might hurt you very much.
Internet Safety Day
We had an assembly and time in class, learning about how to stay safe on the internet. We designed a poster to help us remember some of the important rules.
This week we have been experimenting with writing the 'Victorian way' using dip pens and slate and chalk. We had great fun but decided that using pencils is much easier.
This term we are looking at schools over the past 100 years. We have created a small Victorian role pay area in the classroom with an abacus, easel and slates to write on. The children have experienced some traditional old fashioned games in P.E
Thank you to all the parents that were able to attend our reading session today. It was great to see you all and the children really enjoyed sharing some books with you.
Autumn 1 Term the children in Year 1 enjoyed the Superheroes topic. They engaged in small world and role play activities and made and designed their own superheroes. We read lots of stories related to this topic and learnt about the real life superhero Grace Darling and what her life was like in Victorian times.