Key Stage 1 have had a very exciting week this week with a fantastic visit from Axe Valley Farm! We learnt about lots of animals and we even got to stroke centipedes, lizards, tortoises and even snakes! In RE, we have been learning about Judaism and the special weekly ceremony called the Shabbat so, we decided to have our own! We ate delicious Challah bread, drank grape juice and celebrated together.
We have been using the book ‘Traction Man Is Here’ for more inspiration in our English lessons this week! We started off by working in pairs to make story boxes. Each story box focuses on a scene from the book and children had to use mixed media to represent different scenes. See the photos for some examples.
Once the boxes were decorated, we used them as focal points for our own stories about Traction Man which the children wrote down and then orally recorded. We were thinking about how we read a comic book with lots of expression to support this. Some children even brought the characters in their own stories to the classroom, while other set their stories at a park.
In geography we have continued our learning about continents and applied this to the question ‘Why are maps useful?’ This week we have been exploring atlases to locate the continents on maps.
In art, we have been responding to artwork by Andy Goldsworthy and talking about his style and technique. We will apply this learning to our own clay sculptures next week.
We have had another busy week in KS1! In Maths, we have been counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s. We have been making concrete number lines to help us count in different ways from any given number up to 100. We have also been writing number tracks in sand, paint, pens and chalk. We are all such good mathematicians we even spotted some patterns in the number tracks and concrete number lines.
“We can’t use glass it won’t bend to the right shape.”
“Metal is strong and can get really hot without melting so it’s best.”
“Plastic will fly because it’s light.”
After a morning of testing for strength, flexibility, absorbency, heat conductivity (using ice) and other characteristics, the children drew and labelled their rockets.
Spring Term 2 2021
This term has been a term of three parts – we started off with many children learning at home before we were all back together again. We really enjoyed having time to reconnect as a school community and have been doing lots of PSHE lessons to help us get settled back in. Finally, the last part of our term saw us go back to ‘normal lessons’ as well as celebrating Easter at the end of term. Some of our highlights included:
Friday 26th March 2021
KS1 have had a very interesting week. After a mysterious man delivered some ‘magical looking’ beans we decided to plant them (just in case!) Then, on Monday our forest school area had grown a huge beanstalk with a scary looking giant at the top! We decided to try and catch the giant, so we made wanted posters to put up around the school and we wrote letters to people who could come up with a plan to catch him.
Spring Term 1 2021
This term has been an unusual one with many of the children learning from home due to the national lockdown. We have been so impressed by how hard everyone has worked and have loved seeing updates on Class Dojo and Google Classroom. Some highlights from this half term have included:
Autumn term 2020
We have had a very busy and different Autumn term as we have all had to adjust to being back at school after the initial lockdown. We are extremely proud of all of the children in Key Stage One who seem to have taken it in their stride.
Some of our Autumn term highlights include:
Children should wear their PE kit to school on the days that they have PE. As the weather is cold at the moment, your child may want to wear jogging bottoms or leggings as PE will take place outside whenever possible. If possible, these should be plain, dark colours.
Our PE days this term are Mondays and Thursdays.
We will be keeping things the same as Autumn term. To ensure that all of our books are safe and have had the required quarantine periods, reading books will now be changed on Mondays and Thursdays. Remember that reading for pleasure is important too so if your child reads a book from home, record that in their reading record as well! Please still bring your reading book and reading record into school every day as this will help us when we are reading with you in school too.
Fine motor information from training session in May 2021
Please take a look at this video of Miss Green explaining how you can support your child to develop their fine motor skills. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any questions.