Geography Workshop- 29.6.2022
Continents and Oceans- Week 4
Today the children had a truly wonderful workshop hosted by Freshwater Theatre Company, where a lady came in and worked with us on our Geography Topic the 7 Continents. We went to the parish hall to taka trip around the world, looking at the 7 continents and 5 oceans we have on our planet.
The children experienced lots of Drama, discussion and role play in their workshop and had so much fun! They did lots of exploring and discovered many different landmarks and places such as Mount Everest in Asia, The Amazon River and Rainforest in South America and Victoria Falls in Africa. They also saw and acted out many different animals that they saw on their travels such as snakes, eagles, lions, kangaroos and many, many more.
Year One had a fantastic time being world explorers and this workshop truly enriched their knowledge and understanding of their Geography topic. We were so amazed by their wonderful effort and enthusiasm and you can see photos of them enjoying the workshop below. Well done Year One!
RE Week 3 24.6.2022
Writing Sorry Prayers
This week we have been writing sorry prayers as part of our RE forgiveness topic. We have thought about how we can sometimes make mistakes in our lives as we are all human and how we may need to ask for forgiveness. The Year One children spoke about how God and Jesus love us, care for us and always have the power to forgive us.
They then thought on some of their mistakes and wrote a prayer to God asking for his forgiveness. They stated in their prayers about what they had done wrong, and what they could to change and be better. The children then asked God for his forgiveness and asked him to help them to be even better in future.
Year One wrote some beautiful prayers and Mrs Lynch and I so enjoyed reading them. Please see pictures of them working and their prayers below.
PE- Attacking and Defending
Week 2 16.6.2022
Year One are learning all about Attacking and Defending in PE this half term and are learning how to use and control balls skillfully and accurately. We have been focusing a lot on our rolling skills and playing different ball games which focus on attacking and defending. These include games like Piggy in the Middle.
The children have tried so hard me, bounce and throw balls accurately and have enjoyed taking part in the different activities and games. It has been lovely for them to take part in a variety of partner and group game, focusing on passing and rolling a ball accurately in different ways. Please see photos of the Year One children enjoying their PE lessons below. You can see them working on their ball skills and having lots of fun!
Geography- Around the World
Week 2 14.6.2022
This week Year One have been learning all about the world in Geography, looking at the seven continents and five oceans. They have looked at all the different continents and the physical and human features they have.
The children were so interested to find out the different features of different places and how each continent has different weather, animals and landscapes. We have identified the continents on maps and written fantastic sentences about the different climates and things we can find there.
Please see photos of the Year One children enjoying their Geography work below. You can see some of their amazing pieces of work. working below and our classroom display. Well done Year One!
Week 1 7.6.2022
Today we have been working on Science and using magnets to assess which materials are magnetic and which are not. The children used different magnets in the class, observing how they attracted and repelled other magnets and various materials. They were amazed how various objects can stick to magnets, and how invisible forces and pushes work on them which they can feel but not see.
Year One worked scientifically, working with different materials using the magnets. They learnt that objects such as spoons, scissors and even the board rubbers were magnetic as they contain metal, but paper, pencils and pens were not. Items that contain iron and nickel are very magnetic and are attracted to magnets.
The children have so enjoyed working with the magnets and using them practically to assess different materials and work scientifically. Please see photos of them working below and well done Year One!
Week 1 6.6.2022
Today the children had a special assembly From Reverend Hand all about Pentecost and what a special time this is for us all. The Reverend uses lots of videos and demonstrations to show us how The Holy Spirit is a power that can change us and stop us feeling low, flat or empty.
He explained how God's power and Holy Spirit can not only change us for good, but can also allow us to tell others all about Jesus and the Good News from the Gospels. God gives us the power of The Holy Spirit so that we can spread his Word and message of Love to everyone that we meet.
It was a fantastic assembly which really helped the children's understanding of Pentecost, which is such a special time. Please see photos of the children below.
Year One Maths Workshop
Week 5 25.5.2022
Mrs Lynch and I would like to thank all of the parents who came to the Year One Maths Inspire Workshop today- we had such a wonderful turn out and it was so amazing to have all your support!
The children were able to take part in different Maths activities such as adding and subtracting, drawing part, part wholes and bar models, sorting and showing different half and quarter fractions and even solving different reasoning problems using their knowledge.
It was so lovely to talk to the parents about Maths at our school and to see them working with their children during the various activities. All of the children have been given Maths packs to take home, which have useful resources and a copy of the workshop PPT. This should be particularly useful for parents who were not able to make it.
I so enjoyed answering all of your questions and as always, if you have any other queries, just come and ask. Thank you for your fantastic support as always and it is greatly appreciated.
Learning The Story of Pentecost
Week 3 and 4 18.5.2022
This week the children have been learning all about the wonderful events of Pentecost as part of their RE curriculum. The children learnt about what happened to the disciples when The Holy Spirit came upon them and they received God's power. We have acted out the story in class and written an account of this amazing story.
The children so enjoyed speaking different tongues and languages to each other and acting as the disciples baptising people at the River Jordan. They have discussed and reflected on the meaning of this story and how it shows that God and Jesus are always with us in spirit. We have talked about how we would feel if it had happened to us and how this news makes us feel excited and confident in Jesus as our support and saviour.
The children have produced some really fantastic and thoughtful recounts of the story of Pentecost and I can see how well they have understood the story. Please see pictures of their Drama and work below and well done to all of Year One!
Well- Being Week
Week 4 16.5.2022-20.5.2022
This week we have focused on well-being in school and have taken part in lots of different activities to celebrate this. Year One listened to a fantastic assembly by the school council and have done a variety of activities in class, thinking about what makes them special and unique, what they like to do and what makes them a good friend and citizen. They have also understood the importance of the 5 key aspects to think about to enhance and improve our well being which you can find an image of below.
You can also find a PPT document below with the assembly from the school council which has some lovely videos you can share with your child at home. Year One have been fantastic during Wellbeing Week and have learnt some fantastic tips to look both theirs and others mental health. Please find pictures of the children enjoying their week below and the assembly PPT. Well done Year One!
Well- Being Assembly PPT and Videos
Style in Art
Week 3 10.5.-13.5.2022
The Year One children have been working on their Art work this week and have learnt all about the topic of Style. They have looked at many different artists such as Georges Seurat and Vincent Van Gogh and have experimented with different techniques such as pointillisim, using short brushstrokes, creating reflection work using water colours and sketching characters and animals.
The children have learnt so much and have truly enjoyed discussing and recreating different styles of Artwork. We are so proud of them for working so hard and for their fantastic work! Please see photos of the children enjoying their Art below.
Year One Gymnastics Festival
Week 2 6.5.22
On Friday, 8 Year One children went to the Gymnastics Festival at Earls Gymnastics Festival in Oldbury to practise and develop different skills involving gymnastics. Our pupils were able to go on different trampolines, walk across different beams and performed a variety of shapes. They also got to mix with children from other schools, and were able to discuss their learning with them.
The children at St Rose really embraced this new challenge and took everything in their stride. They loved enjoying and trying out new equipment and had an absolute blast, while also learning a variety of new skills and tricks. We are so proud of them for working so hard and trying something new! Please see photos of the children at the Gymnastics Festival below.
Learning about Tempo in Music
Week 2 2.5.-6.5.2022
We have been studying Music as part of our Knowledge Based Curriculum learning this week ands have looked at the topic of Tempo. Year One have learnt the different vocabulary of presto ( fast) and largo ( slow) and how different pieces of music can create different tempos.
The children have created some of their own tempo and patterns for their favourite musical scores and stores such as 'Were going on a Bear Hunt.' They have also used different tempos for animal noises and have acted out as different animals, moving to different tempos. The children then drew and labelled some animals which had a quick tempo and some animals which had a slower tempo, to cement their understanding.
Year One have really embraced this topic and truly understand what we mean by tempo in Music. They can identify what pieces are fast or slow, and what instruments may be used to create these tempos and moods. Fantastic Music Year One and well done to you all! Please see some photos of the children enjoying their Music lessons below and some examples of the work they have created.
Learning The Events of Holy Week
Week 1 28.4.2022
This week the children have been learning all about the joyous story of Easter as part of their RE curriculum. The children learnt about what happened at the empty tomb and how the women were so shocked at what they found! We have acted out the story in class and written a recount as one of the three women at the tomb.
The children have discussed and reflected on the women meeting the angel and the joyous news that Jesus is risen and in fact alive! We have talked about how we would feel if it had happened to us and how this news makes us feel excited and confident in Jesus as our guide. They reflected on how they felt when eating and drinking and discussed.
The children have produced some really beautiful recounts of the story at the tomb and I can see how well they have understood the Easter Story. Please see pictures of their Drama and work below and well done to all of Year One!
Our Year One Pledge
Living Simply Award
Week 1 28.4.2022
As a school, we are aiming to live more simply and to ensure that we live in solidarity with God's World and Creation, helping to combat climate change and change the planet for the grater good. To ensure that we can achieve these goals we are aiming to reduce ALL paper and plastic within our school, and to reduce the amount of energy that we use. We also will be using FairTrade products, to support the poorer people in our world who need our support and care.
To mark this wonderful project, Year One have both discussed and then created their own pledges, which they will promise to do, to help our school to live more simply. They had an assembly from Mr Carroll to give them some ideas on what this could mean and then wrote and draw some fantastic promises. Some children have pledged to walk to school 2 says a week, and some children have promised to bring in a re-useable water bottle instead of a 'one-use' plastic one which they would then throw away. Some of Year One have even said they will encourage their parents to buy Fairtrade products at the supermarket and we are also having non- technology days as a school each half term to reduce the amount of energy we use.
We are so proud of the pledges Year One have come up with and we can see that they have really thought about what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint and help God's world, in ever troubling times. Please see photos of the children with their pledges below and we ask you to support them at home with the live simply award- we would love to hear some of your ideas too of what we could do, as a school!
Measuring Lengths in Maths
Week 1 25.42022-29.4.2022
This week the children have been learning all about length in their Maths lessons and have learnt about key vocabulary such as 'longer', 'shorter', 'longest' and 'shortest. Year One have also been using a variety of units to measure lengths such as cubes, paperclips, and even their bodies! They found it very funny measuring using their hands and feet!
They then moved onto measuring length using a ruler and in cm. The children were fantastic at reading the numbers on the ruler and have learnt about starting points and how we need to line up our objects when we measure them.
Please ask your children about the Length they have been learning about in class and find some super photos of them working below. Well done Year One- you are marvellous mathematicians!
HAPPY EASTER YEAR ONE!
What another wonderful half term Year One have had full of exciting and wonderful learning opportunities. The children have been reflecting on their journey of Lent and have so enjoyed taking part in our Lent Retreat Day, our weekly Charity Days and our class assembly which was about Palm Sunday. We were so impressed by how well the children in Year One led the reflection so well and were real role models for the rest of the school.
The children have also enjoyed taking part in World Book Day and dressing up as their favourite words, as well as visiting the book fair and choosing some new and exciting books! To enrich our English curriculum further we have also had a Shakespeare Day and workshop where Year One learnt all about the play ‘ A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.’ They were amazing at playing different characters and exploring the magical forest of the fairies.
Year One have also learnt all about Kings and Queens as part of their Knowledge Based Curriculum. They have had a splendid time learning all about both our present Queen Elizabeth, and kings of the past, some of who were very bad! The children have learnt about what a King or Queen means and then have looked at stories from royalty from the past, including King John and Charles I. They have enjoyed learning about this topic through using various historical skills such as sequencing, using storyboards, using Drama and Roleplay and engaging in extended writing tasks.
The children have also been working on their DT skills by using the wonderful program ’Tinker Cad’ and have created some amazing designs! They were all able to create and choose different makes, make them bigger or smaller and place them on top of each other. Even though Year One found this tricky they all managed to succeed in the end and we are so proud of their resilience!
We would also like to thank all of the parents who came to the Year One Phonics Support Workshop on Thursday 7th April. We had a super turnout and it was so lovely to hear all of your questions and to see how hard you are all working with your children at home. Your support is greatly appreciated and we are so proud of all the children's progress this half term.
We wish you all a joyous and blessed Easter Holiday and we look forward to seeing you when school resumes in the Summer Term on 25th April 2022. The children have made some lovely Easter cards for you all and you can see pictures of Year One working on them below. HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!
Learning Events of Holy Week
Stations of The Cross
Week 6 7.4.2022
This week the children have been learning all about the story of the crucifixion and Jesus' sacrifice for us on the cross. We have been reading and acting out the story in class and have reflected on the meaning of this story and how it shows Jesus love for us. The children have written wonderful retells of the story in their RE books and have also been participating in The Stations of The Cross mediation around the school grounds.
We have been so impressed by the children's reverence and meditations on Jesus' ultimate show of love for us all and you can see pictures of the children's learning below.
Week 6 4.4.2022-8.4.2022
This week we have been learning all about Architecture and the design of buildings. Year One have been learning about important buildings and their purposes such as The Houses of Parlimanent, Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral. We have been learning about the features of these buildings which include pillars, arches and domes whilst also looking at the purposes of these buildings and what they are used for.
The children were absolutely brilliant at sketching these buildings with their different features and then made their own rose windows using tissue paper and black card. Year One have done so well and we look forward to using clay after half term to make gargoyles and also designing penguin houses!
Learning Events of Holy Week
Palm Sunday and The Last Supper
Week 5 31.3.2022
This week the children have been learning all about Palm Sunday and The Last Supper as part of their RE curriculum. The children learnt about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and how the crows waved palms and shouted hosanna! We have acted out the story in class and written a recount as one of the disciples.
The children have also been learning an assembly and a song all about Palm Sunday which has truly helped them to understand the events of that day. We have recorded our assembly from Monday 4th April and please scroll down to the link below to find the video. You can access the video by clicking on the link.
Year One have also acted learnt about the story of The Last Supper. They acted out the story, eating bread and drinking ribena after it had been blessed and became 'Jesus body and blood'. They reflected on how they felt when eating and drinking and discussed how the disciples would have felt that night. The children then sequenced the story of The Last Supper to consolidate their understanding and to show that they had learnt the bread and wine were blessed before eating and drinking. They understand that this was Jesus last night with his friends before he was put to death and talked about how he must have felt scared, worried and confused.
We will be moving onto learning about Jesus death and the crucifixion next week in RE and will be going round the stations of the cross at school as a class.
Using the 3D Printer
Week 5 29.3.2022
This week the children have been using the 3D printer and have created some amazing designs. The Year Ones have been using TinkerCad to make their own shape designs which they can print on a 3D printer to make it into a solid concrete shape.
The children had to select a square and then choose a shape to go on top of it. To do this they had to move the shape up and down so that it fitted on top, change the view to ensure that it was on from all angles, and change the size of the shape to ensure it fitted on top.
This was a lot for the Year Ones to learn and process but they all listened so well and were absolutely amazing at doing it! They so impressed us with their amazing technology skills and we have had some fantastic designs created and printed as a result. We will be handing out the finished shapes to our children on Monday next week (4th April) as there are still a few left to print.
We feel so lucky to have had the 3D printer on loan in school and we are very excited to say that we will be purchasing one for our school very soon that we can make even more amazing designs and shapes and improve our skills even further. Please see photos of the children working on Tinkercad designing their shapes and with their finished products below. Well done Year One!
Mothers Day Reflection
Week 5 28.3.2022
Today St Rose celebrated Mothers Day, where Reception class lead a beautiful reflection to celebrate this special day. We listened to different passages about Mary, the mother to us all and learnt about how Mothers Day originated. The children did some fantastic videos for us all to teach us about this wonderful day and even sang a song!
Year One also learnt about Mothers Day in class and designed some cards to take home. They loved decorating their cards and writing messages of love to their moms! Please see pictures of the Mothers Day reflection below.
PADS Sunflower Day
Week 4 25.3.2022
On Friday 25th March we held an own clothes day to raise money for PADS, a charity which stands for being positive about Downs Syndrome. The children came dressed in the colours of the charity ( yellow, orange and green) and bough in £1 in exchange for receiving their very own sunflower seed.
This week, the children have been planting their seeds in pots to show how children grow and grow in different ways. They will then continue to look after their seed by watering it, giving it nutritious soil and making sure it gets some sunlight. This it to ensure they give their plants what it needs to grow healthy and strong. We are now holding a school 'sunflower growing competition' where we will be looking for the tallest plants. Prizes will be given to those who are able to nurture and help their seed to grow tallest.
You can see pictures of the Year One children planting their seeds in groups below. We will then continue to look after our seeds and we will keep you updated on the winners of the Sunflower competition. Well done Year One!
Week 4 21.3-25.3.2022
This week has been a week full of Shakespeare. The Year Ones have been learning all about William Shakespeare and the wonderful things he did. We have been taking part in reading comprehensions, have listened to PPTS about his life and work and listened to some of his plays and stories at Reading Time.
We have been mainly focused on the play ' A Midsummer's Night's Dream,' and have been reading this story every day so that we are familiar with the plot and characters. The children then took part in a fantastic Shakespeare workshop on Thursday, where they did lots of acting and Drama all based on this play. The children were different characters, walked in the magical forest and even acted out some simple scenes from the play. They so enjoyed playing the characters of Queen Titania, the mischievous Puck and hilarious Bottom. The children has a fantastic week learning all about Shakespeare and his amazing playwriting. If you ask the children at home I am sure they can tell you lots about him. Please see pictures of the children enjoying Shakespeare Week below.
No Technology Day
Week 4 22.3.2022
On Tuesday the Year One children took part in an amazing ' No Technology Day' where we had a whole day at school with everything switched off. This inlcuded computers, ipads, switches and even the lights. Because of this change, the children had to use other resources to help them learn, which included using a lot of outdoor learning.
As part of their Science Week and topic of 'Growth' the children completed a 'Wonderful Working Worms' experiment where they had to dig in the ground and look in various parts of the school to find different kinds of worm. Once they found them they then described and identified them to decide if they were 'earth workers', 'deep burriers' or 'surface dwellers.'
They also immersed themselves in Nature and went to see the chicks in Reception. The children had time to hold the chicks, observe them and discuss what they could see. Year One then drew the chicks and wrote about what they had learnt.
What a fantastic day we had and the children so enjoyed learning in a new way. We also hope that we helped our beautiful planet by taking steps to cut down on our electricity and this is something we hope to do again in the future. Please see photos of the children enjoying Science week below.
Week 3 14-18.3.2022
This week the Year One children have been taking part in Science Week and have got involved with lots of wonderful activities. The children began by completing a 'Wonderful Working Worms' experiment where they had to dig in the ground and look in various parts of the school to find different kinds of worm. Once they found them they then described and identified them to decide if they were 'earth workers', 'deep burriers' or 'surface dwellers.'
They also began their new Science topic this week all about Animals and have been looking at describing different animals and grouping them into different categories such as birds, fish, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. The children have been discussing the feature of each animal group and what similarities and differences they have.
On Wednesday, the Year One children got stuck into some 3D printing this week! They have been introduced to TinkerCad which is an online printing program which we can link up to our own 3D printer here in school. The children have been experimenting with the design element by moving objects and shapes, making them bigger and even putting shapes into other shapes using the hole button. We have also been so impressed by how well the children have logged into the program using their own nicknames!
The children then dressed up as crazy scientists on Friday to finish of the week. They also listened to a fantastic assembly from The Common Home Group which was all about recycling and the theme of Growth. We had some wonderfully weird and wacky creations- there was children with crazy hair, labcoats galore and lots of fantastic ideas all round. Mrs Lynch and I loved seeing all of Year One's amazing costumes and, as always, we were amazed by the sheer effort you all put in!
What a fantastic week of Science and we are so proud of the children- we think you could all be superb Scientists and keep up the good work! Please see photos of the children enjoying Science week below.
History- Week 2 11.3.2022
This week Year One have been learning all about Kings and Queens as part of their Knowledge Based Curriculum. They have had a splendid time learning all about both our present Queen Elizabeth, and kings of the past, some of who were very bad!
The children have learnt about what a King or Queen means and then have looked at stories from royalty from the past, including King John and Charles I. Year One have even learnt about times when England did not have a king, during the time of Oliver Cromwell, who was Lord Protector, and not very fun! They have enjoyed learning about this topic through using various historical skills such as sequencing, using storyboards, using Drama and Roleplay and engaging in extended writing tasks.
The children have completed some amazing pieces of work and have learnt so much about this topic as a result. Please ask them at home what they can tell you about Kings and Queens- I think you will be very impressed! Please see some pictures of our children working on their History below.
Raising Money for Ukraine
Week 2 10.3.2022
This Thursday we have been raising money for The Red Cross, who are a brilliant charity who are currently working on supporting Ukrainians affected by the current situation. They work on supporting people to find food, clothes and shelter and can truly make a different to people's lives.
The Year One children had a fantastic day today raising money for this very worthy cause and we were amazed by their generosity. They bought in £1 to wear their own clothes and also bought in extra money for face painting and to buy cakes at our cake sale. The children also completed their Active 15 in aid of Ukraine and dedicated their walk to all the families who are currently travelling and walking across Europe to find safety. We all had a fantastic day and thank you again to Year One for their amazing contributions. Please see photos of the children enjoying the day below.
Lent Retreat Day
Week 3 8.3.2022
On Tuesday 8th March 2022, we had our annual retreat day where the theme was all to do with Lent and 'No Greater Love.' This year the children learnt all about the love of Jesus and how he showed this through his death on the cross.
The school looked at different stations of the cross in detail. Our two focuses were when Jesus accepts his cross and when Jesus meets his mother. The children did various reflections, learnt new songs and collective worship both as a whole school and in their classes. Year One has a wonderful day reflecting on different parts of Jesus sacrifice and thinking about how he and other characters felt.
They have also done a variety of drawing reflections about different stations of the cross which they have put into their RE books today. We were so impressed by the children's beautiful colourings and drawings and by how long they took to complete these. They were truly reflective and thinking about what Jesus death means for us all and how it shows his love and compassion.
Please see photos of the Year One children enjoying their retreat day below and ask them at home what they did- I am sure they would love to tell you!
World Book Day and Book Fair
Week 1 3.3.2022
On Thursday 4th March we had a wonderful world book day here at St Rose. All of the school were off timetable and had a day filled with reading activities. The Year One children had some truly amazing costumes- we had some amazing vocabulary words such as active, mythical, a bible and magical. Once again, it was amazing to see the children so enthused and engaged in the day and with what they were wearing.
We began the day by the children doing a whole school assembly and parading their costumes for everyone to see. They also watched a range of videos from Julia Donaldson and Axel Schiffer on songs from books and how to draw like an illustrator. They made posters about their words and made them bright and colourful and created their own personalised bookmarks to take home.
They also took part in a book scavenger hunt where they had to find different words and pictures in books with a partner. The Year One children were excellent at this and found some wonderful words such as plane, bear, witch and frog. Finally, the children have been looking at the Book Fair this week and have lots of opportunities to go down and look at our wonderful books on offer. The children have so enjoyed browsing the different books and picking ones that they might want to buy.
The Book Fair has been a real success and we have had so many children coming to buy books but it isn't over yet! Remember the book fair will run next week on Monday 7th March and Tuesday 9th March from 3.30-4.pm. If you haven't been yet we really encourage you to come and have a look at some of the fantastic books we have. We have given the children £1 book tokens so you may even be able to get some cheaper books for free! We hope to see as many of you there as possible next week and well done Year One for yet another amazing world book day!
Please see photos of the children enjoying World Book Day and the Book Fair below.
Mardi Gras Masks Parade
Week 1 1.3.2022
Over the half-term, we asked the children to have a go at making a Mardi Gras mask to celebrate the start of Lent here at St Rose. We asked children to use the special colours of purple, green and gold. Today the children in Year One bought in their masks and we were so amazed by the wonderful creations they made. There was such a huge range and variety of beautiful and inspiring masks and they were all so different- we were absolutely wowed! The children also took part in a parade during their Active 15 and paraded their masks around the school playground- they all looked fantastic! Please find pictures below of the Year One and Two children enjoying and displaying their Mardi Gras masks during the parade.
Happy Half Term Year One!
Week 7 18.2.2022
What a fabulous half term Year One have had… it has been another busy one for us! We have had a fantastic school trip at Aston Hall and done a wide range of subjects such as Music, DT, Geography and History. The children have also enjoyed their RE topics this half term learning about different Bible Stories such as the Good Samaritan and the Lost Sheep and discussing their meaning. In Geography the children have travelled all around the UK, identifying and exploring different countries and their cultures and traditions.
We have also seen a wide range of outfits from Year One on both Number Day and Dress to Impress- Mrs Lynch and I were so impressed with their effort for all of their costumes, and we helped to raise money for such a great cause. It has also been a busy half term for Mental Health- the children engaged in lots of activities during both Mental Health and Love Week. These included discussing different emotions and feelings, and exploring aspects of self- love and taking care of our inner selves.
This has been another fantastic term for Year One and once again, we have been so impressed by their enthusiasm and curiosity for their learning. You can click on the link below to access our school newsletter and to see what amazing activities both Year One and the rest of the school have been up to this term. We wish them a very restful and relaxing half term break- they truly deserve it! Mrs Lynch and I look forward to welcoming you back to school on Tuesday 1st March- happy half term everyone!
Love Week Celebration
This week we have been celebrating Love Week as a school. The Liturgical Group have led this fantastic idea and have been busy preparing resources and ideas for classes to use over the half term. The children decided they wanted to focus on Self Love and Loving Others during this week and have prepared resources for this.
The classes have been able to take part in friendship bingo, have done activities on confidence and what they love about themselves, and have even been leaving post it notes for other classmates to show love and kindness to others. The Liturgical Group also went round each class, to explain their ideas for Love Week and give out resources. They also spoke about Saint Valentine and why he is important, giving each class a detailed picture of his life and why we celebrate Valentines Day.
Year One have done some fantastic activities in class, thinking about what is special about them and what qualities they have, what things they like and what makes them different and have also drawn their own feelings monsters and decorated them. They have really enjoyed thinking about showing love to themselves and celebrating their own qualities and differences. Please see photos of the Year One children completing their work below and The Liturgical Group going round the classes during Love Week.
Today the children dressed up to express themselves to raise money for Place 2 Be, which is a children's mental health charity that works with pupils, families and staff in UK schools. They have been working hard for over 25 years to provide mental health support in schools for children who need it. The includes using one-to-one and group counselling sessions and using tried and tested methods backed by research.
We are so proud to be supporting them as a school today and in return for wearing our own clothes, we each bought in £1. Once again, we were so impressed with the children's kindness and generosity- thank you so much to all the children in Year One for bringing in their money for charity!
We saw some amazing outfits from the children who chose to express themselves in a variety of ways- as ninja's, princesses, or in a variety of amazing colours! All your money and efforts will make such a difference to a wonderful mental health charity and thank you again Year One! Please see photos of our amazing day below.
Online Safety Week
Week 6- 7.2.2022-11.2.2022
This week has also been a very special week for learning about internet safety. The Year One children have done various activities this week to learn about online safety and top tips and rules for keeping themselves and other safe.
The children have listened to both virtual assemblies and assemblies from the school council about E Safety and the internet. They have also participated in an e safety workshop where they had to combat all the fairy tale cyber villians to show themselves as a true safety superhero. They had to battles with online wolves and trolls, and fight off the wicked queens temptation with prizes for clicking on pop ups!
Year One also have taken part in E Safety lessons in class all about being healthy online which included feeling safe and happy but also included taking breaks and ensuring we don't spend too long on the computer!
The children also learnt about online bullying and spoke about how their behaviour affects others. We then made some of our own top tips of Do's and Don'ts when communicating or playing with others online which included playing games, messages or sharing videos. Of course, as our Year One children are very small, they should not be doing any of these activities or using any devices without talking to a trusted adult at home first and checking it is suitable and appropriate for their age. Year One are brilliant at telling us that if they see anything they do not understand, are unsure about, or which makes them feel uncomfortable they should tell an adult straight away, who can help them to overcome the problem.
What a wonderful week our online safety superheroes have had and we are so proud of everything they have learnt and can tell us about the internet and using it responsibly. Please ask your children at home what they have learnt- I am sure they would love to tell you! nd you can see some fantastic photos of their week below. Well done Year One!
Children's Mental Health Week
Week 6- 7.2.2022-11.2.2022
This week was a very special week all about Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing. Year One have listened to a fantastic virtual assembly and made hot air balloons about who supports their mental health and makes them feel safe. They have also been taking part in daily meditations and reflections both in class and at lunchtimes, when they want to, with the help of the charity committee. Year One have also been involved with daily children's Yoga to help keep both their body and mind healthy and have done some beautiful mindfulness colouring too!
The children have also focused on Mental Health in their PSHE lesson and have discussed believing in ourselves and expressing ourselves. This can be through the medium of song, poetry, dance, drawing and many more things! We also talked about setting personal goals and our hopes and dreams for when we are older. The children also spoke about the importance of discussing how they feel and speaking about their emotions to others. We spoke about different emotions that we feel at different times, in different situations and why.The children have had a wonderful week focusing on keeping their minds and souls healthy and you can see some fantastic photos of their week below. Well done Year One!
Week 5 4.2.2022
Today the Year One children had a fantastic day school all to do with Maths and Numbers. The children came dressed as numbers and we were so impressed by all their outfits. We had number blocks, cat in the hats, rockstars characters, numbot robots and even calculators! The children truly wowed us with their efforts and we are so proud.
As part of Number Day the children also took the opportunity to engage in even more Maths in the classroom. We were focusing on Practical Maths today, and looked at the topics of Time and Money. The ear Ones worked on using clocks to identify o'clock and half past and then were shopkeepers, identifying and adding different coins to pay for different amounts.
We were so amazed by Year One's enthusiasm today both in their practical class work and in the number outfits they dressed up as. Please see some wonderful photos of their day at school below. What a fantastic day of all things Maths- you are all superstars!
Year One Trip History- Aston Hall
Week 5 3.2.2022
Today the Year One pupils had a fantastic day at Aston Hall. They went on the coach to this amazing stately home and had a wonderful tour of the house and grounds. The children learnt all about who had lives in the house and which important people had lived or visited there, even kings and queens! This links in with their History topic for this half term. Year One also went round the different houses of Aston Hall and spoke about what it was used for. They also had a small workshop on The Great Fire of London, when Charles II ruled as king. They played different games and acted out as different characters to understand the different events of what happened.
The children then finished their trip by making their own fire of London house strips. They decorated their houses, cut them out and glued and attached flames to them cut out of paper. The children had such a wonderful day and were such a credit to their school. The knowledge they had and acquired was truly amazing and we are so proud of them all. Please ask them about the trip they had and see what they can remember. You can see photos of the Year One children enjoying their fantastic trip below.
Year One Computing-Week 4 and 5
Programming and Algorithms
Over the last two weeks we have been learning all about Programming and Algorithms as part of our Computing curriculum. The children have been learning about how algorithms are written instructions and about how we can write them to achieve specific tasks. The children looked at debugging using nursery rhyme instructions and identified mistakes in certain instructions, changing or fixing any mistakes as they went. Year One even had a go at writing some of their own algorithms for how to get their figurine from one place on a grid to another.
They then moved onto working with beebots and learnt about how computers are given programs to follow, which are written in a language that devices can follow and understand. They worked on encoding their algorithms into a route based program to work for the beebot following the directions such as forwards, backwards, left and right. Year One spent lots of time using and exploring the beebots and then finished with following different programs for the bluebots and then writing these into their own algorithms.
The Year One did children did brilliantly with a rather tricky topic and showed excellent Programming and Computational Thinking skills. You can see some fantastic pictures of them working below and well done Year One!
RE-Week 5 31.1.2022
The Good Samaritan
This week the children have been learning all about the story of The Good Samaritan. In this story a Jewish man is attacked by robbers and left on the side of the road. A Priest and Levite pass him by and the only person to help him is a Samaritan. The Good Samaritan is a true neighbour to this man- he helps him by bandaging his wounds and taking him to a local inn where he paid for him to be taken care of. Even though Samaritans and Jews did not get on at this time the man was a true neighbour to this man and showed him love and kindness.
In Year One we have been learning the story through role play and Drama. We have then sequenced the story and completed work on how we can be a good Samaritan in our lives. We have discussed the importance of being a good friend and neighbour to everyone, not just our close friends or family.
Please see photos of the children working in their RE lessons below and ask the children to tell you the story of The Good Samaritan at home- I am sure they can remember it beautifully!
Music-Week 3 10.-18-20.1.2022
This children have had Music this week as part of their Knowledge Based Curriculum. Their topic has been all about Dynamics, where they have been learning and exploring loud and quiet sounds in Music. The children have been fantastic at using different terms such as 'Forte' for loud sounds and 'Piano' for quieter or softer sounds. Year One have also enjoyed singing different songs using different dynamics and voices, to create a variety of moods and emotions.
I am so impressed with the children's musical talents and by how much they can now tell me about Dynamics. They have listened and performed so well and it has been a real pleasure. Please see photos of the children's music lessons below and ask the children to tell you what they have learnt from Music at home!
DT- Week 2 10.-14.1.2022
Making Moving Story Books
This week the children have been working on a DT project to make their own moving story book. We have been looking at the story of Humpty Dumpty and have used this as the story for our book. Our books contain 3 pages from the nursery rhyme- we began by exploring different sliders and levers using up and down or side to side movements. Year One then designed their own story books, using characters and backgrounds while also thinking about the movements they wanted.
The children then assembled their story book. They coloured in all their backgrounds and characters, cut them out and then inserted their sliders, punching holes and using scissors to cut for their sliders to move. They also used strips of cards to make guides to stop their characters moving about too much. They used an up and down lever for Humpty falling of the wall and a side to side movement of the kings horses rushing to get him. The children then finished by binding their book together and then designing the front cover.
There was a lot to do to make these moving story books but the Year One's truly rose to the challenge! They listened so well to the instructions given and were amazing at assembling their story books. We have hung all their books on display in the classroom for now to show off their fantastic work to the rest of the school. The Year One's will be then taking their books home in a few weeks so you can see their amazing creations at home and treasure them forever! Perhaps your child could even read the story of Humpty Dumpty to you or to their siblings using their moving story books when they come home?
Please see photos of the children working and their super finished products below. The children look forward to showing you their books in a few weeks when they take them home!