Year One welcomed parents and other family members to our ‘Thanksgiving’ liturgy on Thursday. Our pupil of the week and special helper Riley and Leo greeted our guests as they entered the classroom. Father Adrian joined us and read the gospel and talked about how we give thanks in many ways to God and to our family and friends. All of the children contributed to the liturgy, reading and singing beautifully. There was a lovely, prayerful atmosphere – a perfect start, as Mrs Seagrove said, to the school day.
The classroom was filled with colour and excited chatter when the children came into school on World Book Day! A very large teddy and friendly witch (aka Miss McCrimmon and Mrs Jones) welcomed the children and admired the wonderfully varied costumes, which included several homemade outfits! Noah was determined to keep his snail shell on (very cleverly made out of a rubber swimming ring) but found that sitting on a chair was more comfortable without it! We enjoyed showing off our costumes to the rest of the school while we paraded around the hall and Mr Baulf caused a sensation when he turned up to read a story to the children, dressed up as Alice in Wonderland! Thank you very much to all the parents who kindly donated books to our school library.
In maths we have been learning a lot about place value – tens and ones. In our problem solving lesson we had to show different two-digit numbers using shapes, which were worth different amounts. The children found this very challenging at first, but as can see from our work we have learned a lot about counting in ones, twos, fives and tens and understanding place value.
This afternoon we have been learning to program without using a computer. Mrs Toward programmed Jenny to move forwards, backwards, turn left and turn right. She was not allowed to move until Mrs Toward said, “Go.” Then we all had a turn at programming in small groups. It was great fun.
We have already learned how to program an on-screen BeeBot so next week we are going to use the real thing!
Year 1 have been learning about senses in Science. Have a look at their wonderful work!
Today we looked at two primary sources – letters to Father Christmas. One was written about eighty years ago and the other one was written last year. Both were written by children aged 5. We talked about what these letters could tell us about toys in the past and in the present and how toys have changed. Then we used two different coloured pens to identify things that are the same about the letters and things that are different. Can you imagine a child today asking Santa for a hymn book?
Year 1 Open Morning
We had a very busy classroom on Tuesday morning, filled with children and their parents and grandparents, who had come to join in with a science activity about the properties of materials. We tested lots of materials (including chalk, biscuits and tin foil) to find out if they were waterproof or absorbent. There was a lot of very interesting discussion about what each material was, whether it was waterproof or not and what it would be useful for, or not useful for. The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing their learning and we are looking forward to the next open morning!