Mrs Chamberlain has been updating me all week on your outstanding achievements in the Phonics Screening Check this week. You can tell from her earlier blog post how proud she is of you and I can only agree!
I am so proud of your maturity, bravery and confidence this week – I’ve been rooting for you! I knew you would do well, and you all believed in yourselves and showed Mrs Chamberlain your amazing Phonics skills so a big well done to you all!
I’m sorry I wasn’t there to witness you all be amazing but can’t wait to see you and hear all about your week.
Well done Matilda Class! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This morning, I introduced you to lots of different coins and amounts of money.
You already had a brilliant knowledge of what we use money for and the value of most of the coins. We were very interested in the new pound coin! Luckily, I had an old pound and a new pound in my purse for us to compare.
We had a go at sorting money, organizing them in order of value and using the plastic and real money to play shops! There were coins everywhere!
What can you remember about money?
How much is each coin worth?
Which coin has the biggest value? Which has the least?
How many pennies are in one pound?
How many 10p’s in 50p?
Well done today – we had a fantastic Monday and a great start to the week!
Miss Gedney 🙂
What a fantastic afternoon we had in Year 1!
We had the whole afternoon to explore the devices which we kindly borrowed from Year 4 and Year 6.
After a brilliant session a few weeks ago, I thought it would be a nice idea for everyone to spend time on the devices together, developing our computing and coding skills. We were lucky enough to have a Year 6 helper too – we couldn’t have done it without him!
The afternoon started off on the website https://studio.code.org/ on Course 1, working through our skills dragging and dropping and creating jigsaws. You were so good at this that you quickly moved onto sequencing, creating an algorithm to move the angry bird towards the pig!
Then, we moved onto Kodable, within Hour of Code https://www.kodable.com/hour-of-code
This is a brilliant website that introduces the programming basics, similar to using a Beebot, but moving the character around on a device using the correct directions.
Here are some pictures of us hard at work. You really had to use your patience and waiting skills today when we were setting up the devices – you were very mature about it all, well done!
I am extremely proud of how quickly you picked up the skills to use devices and worked hard to help each other out too, you continue to impress me Year 1!
Can you have a go at home on the websites above and teach someone your new skills? (Top tip for mums and dads, turn the sound down on Kodable – you’ll soon see why!)
You are super cool coders and computing superstars!
Well done Matilda Class 🙂
Miss Gedney 🙂
In English this week we have been reading the story of ‘Wombat goes Walkabout’.
What animals has Wombat met so far? Which one is your favourite and why?
Some of you performed a section of the story this afternoon, I loved it! You read and acted out each character beautifully. I loved the boys original song that was performed too – you are all very creative!
In Maths we have been learning about capacity and using the words ‘full’, ’empty’, ‘half full’, ‘nearly empty’ and ‘nearly full’.
This afternoon, we used our knowledge of capacity to make Wombat’s favourite meal, mud pie!
They were very detailed and we had to follow them very carefully. We used non-standard measurements such as cups, bottles and jugs.
We worked hard as a team and took it in turns to pour, mix and stir the ingredients. Our first mud pie didn’t look too tasty but we learnt from our mistakes and the second one was fit for a very special Wombat!
Have a great weekend Matilda Class!
Miss Gedney 🙂
Today, Matilda class enjoyed a trip to the Library!
We had a fantastic afternoon exploring the library and they had lots of fun activities planned.
When we arrived, we met Shaun who is the manager of the library. He introduced us to the different types of book we might find in the library.
Then, we played a very exciting game! We were put into groups and had to search the library to find all the right coloured letters for our group. These letters made up the title of our book. It was very fun and quite hard too – we still haven’t found one letter!
After, we were given some pictures linked to our Plant theme and coloured them in. They are going to be put on the window. Next time you walk past the library, see if you can spot yours!
We then walked back to school and enjoyed our well deserved treat for working really hard recently.
Well done Matilda Class!
What was your favourite part of the trip? I really enjoyed our walk to and from the library – we had quite a way to go and you kept up and followed our rules brilliantly! I also loved seeing how much you enjoyed being in a different setting, I hope we can go back to the library soon!
For all those involved in the ‘Tempest Experience’ on Monday 20th March!
We have been asked to have a look at some songs and if possible, learn some of the words ahead of the day. These will be massed performances where all schools are involved, alongside our own individual pieces.
Please have a listen to the links below, you may know some of the songs already!
Words will be sent to classes tomorrow for you to take home and practise.
https://youtu.be/ctanSZS4fqI – The Isle is Full of Noises (just ‘Be not afeared, the isle is full of noises’)
https://youtu.be/8evVF4LmLmM – The Power of Love
https://youtu.be/hG5sn0S-LLY – Take me home
This week, we are going to be starting a new book. Out of all the books we read and learn about in Year 1, this one is my favourite!
Here is the front cover below…I’ve hidden the title though so it is a secret until Tuesday!
What can you see?
What do you think the book might be about?
Who is that person?
Can you make a prediction about the book?
Think about our new theme – ‘Growing and Changing’, it might give you some clues!
If you have read the book already…please keep it a secret – you will be an expert!
See you tomorrow.
Miss Gedney 🙂
This week, we were introduced to a new artist – Georgia O’Keefe.
Can you remember a fact about her?
We have been looking at some of her pictures then today we started to draw and paint our own. I let you have free choice of colour and design and I was very impressed with the outcome! You chose the colours thoughtfully and mixed them well. Well done!
Here are some of you in action this afternoon.
You are all fantastic artists!
Miss Gedney 🙂
Well, what a week! We have been SO busy but our focus this week has been on some amazing writing about Caliban ready for our TLC’s next week and our Tempest Showcase.
Earlier in the week we wrote a character description all about Caliban, describing the way he walks, talks, acts and looks. Then, we worked together to edit your work.
Today, we started writing our final presentation pieces…I was a little bit nervous about this because I thought it would be a bit too tricky, but WOW, I was wrong and you have completely impressed me! The writing you have produced is absolutely amazing, both the content and the presentation. You were so calm and mature about copying up your work, you didn’t fuss and gave it 100% effort.
Here is a little sneak peak for you to have a look at before you see the final product next week! I can’t wait to meet with you and your families to share your amazing work recently. What are you most proud of?
You are all superstars! I have shared some of your writing with others because I am SO proud of you!
Keep it up!
This week, we have been learning all about floating and sinking.
On Tuesday, we did an experiment with a box of water and lots of different materials. We predicted which materials would float and which would sink. Lots of them surprised us!
We then designed our own Tempest boat, based on our knowledge of what material would float and sink. Today, we made our boats!
It was very exciting and very messy! We really enjoyed using the masking tape to stick materials together and exploring the different materials we had in the classroom.
You were very independent and worked brilliantly in your teams! You also cleaned up your mess very quickly – amazing!
We haven’t tested our boats yet, but can you predict whether your boat will float or sink? Why?
Miss Gedney 🙂