Welcome to Year 1!
Our Class Teacher is Mr Stanier
In RE today, we looked into Palm Sunday. We discovered why it is celebrated and the events where Jesus rode into Jerusalem.
Today we tested our counting on and adding skills by playing a game of dominoes.
To kick start the New Year and new term we became chefs and baked and decorated gingerbread men. This was to introduce the traditional tale of The Gingerbread Man.
It was Christmas party day at Hawbush. In Year 1 we watched a digital pantomime all about looking after yourselves. This then lead onto an interactive game of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, all about facts and parts of the pantomime. Then to finish off the day there was plenty of dancing, musical statues and bumps and a film whilst we tucked into some party food.
All week we have been building up our sewing knowledge, looking into the running stitch and how it can be used to join two pieces of fabric together. Our task was to create a blanket for the class teddy bear. They all showed great perseverance and resillience when stitching together the two pieces of felt.
This week we have been taking part in some very active Maths lessons. The class thought they were participating in PE lessons, little did they know just how much Maths they were actually doing. They used their counting on skills, adding and subtracting and estimating abilities.
Today we looked into Christingle. We discovered that Christingle is a joyful celebration that brings families and communities together to share the light of Jesus and spread a message of hope. The orange represents the world, the red ribbon is Christ's blood. The sticks show the four seasons and the sweets are God's creations.
To launch our new book, Old Bear, we held a creative arts lesson. We used a concertina folding technique to make the bear's face, then added the detail of eyes, nose and ears.
We had a Diwali afternoon today, looking into what Diwali is and why it is celebrated. Our art focus was to create our own Lakshmi's feet, which Hindu's place down to allow the Goddess to find their homes during the festival of light. At the end of the end of the afternoon we watched a Diwali firework display, it was accompanied by some music, so the class saw the opportunity to have a dance!
This afternoon, we paid tribute to all the fallen soldiers and those service men and women who have served their country in times of need. We created our own poppies by finger painting paper plates. We watched a video on how selling poppies originated and what the donations go towards.
This year, Bonfire Night was not the same with us going into the 2nd lockdown. Despite this, we still wanted to celebrate the occasion. We compared music, listening to Katy Perry's firework and Handle's The Royal Firework, recreated our own firework scene using pastels and even learned the dance to the Katy Perry song.
TTRockstars was re-launched in school today. To celebrate, children and staff came in all dressed up in their own rock star gear. Throughout the day there were multiplication and division activities, setting up avatars and even arena battles against the teachers whilst listening to some modern and classic rock music. Everyone looked absolutely amazing as we had a 'rocktastic' day.
We kicked off our new shape topic by going on a learning walk around the school grounds. We were looking for shapes in the human and physical features. We found shapes in clouds, berries, leaves and flowers as well as shapes on houses, drain covers, slabs and roofs.
Halloween cam early to Hawbush. All the children and staff looked awesome!! In Year 1, we had a Halloween themed day of learning. First, we coloured a Frankenstein in using our adding and subtracting skills. Next, we learnt all about pumpkins and why they are used for carving. Then, we designed and carved out our own pumpkin. At the end of the day, we had a Halloween disco with some party games and watch Hotel Transylvania. What a brilliant way to finish off the half term!
Today, for Black History Month, we learned all about Mary Seacole. We discovered she was born in Jamiaca to a Scottish Dad and Jamaican Mum. That she was learnt how to be a nurse from her Mum and that when the Crimean War began she bought her own ticket to travel to Turkey. Here she set up her own Hotel, that was then used to treat injured soldiers from both sides. When the war was over she was broke and the Nation donated money to give Mary a pension because of her heroics and goodwill.
We launched our final PBL project of the half term by having our very own 'I'm a celebrity get me out of here' creature tasting activity. We had wormade and slug surprise for the children to taste. Some were brave enough to sample the specially made drinks, which left the class with mixed feelings with how good they tasted. As you can see from the pictures, some certainly enjoyed it more than others!
Instruction Writing. We 'kicked off' our new writing task by wearing blindfolds and giving instructions to our partners to direct them safely around the room. The pupils who were blindfolded had to put their trust in their partners to complete the activity. The class all provided some great instructions, using their knowledge of direction well.
Today we dressed up in bright colours to raise awareness for Mental Health Awareness Day. We spent the whole day discovering what mental health is, looking at ways people can self regulate if they are finding things difficult, what to do if you feel worried or angry about something and even doing some mindfulness colouring in.
Although it may look strange writing on the floor, it is all part of the Kinetic Letter exercises that we shall be doing lots of over the year. Along with some animal yoga poses, which will help build up core, arm, wrist and finger strength, and some more strange writing position the class will be building up their ability to form their kinetic letters effectively.
It was a special Disney themed day. As you can see, everybody came dressed in their favourite Disney character. Throughout the day we took part in some Disney themed activities and watched Frozen 2 as a treat.
We were treated to a special performance of the Wizard of Oz. It was certainly different to performances we normally have due to Covid restrictions. It was a one person interactive show, still everyone enjoyed it (despite not being able to sing along to the songs) and can't wait for their next visit.
Following the recent break in of the Year 1 classroom, the bear was so impressed with the children's map reading skills he wanted to see it again. He hid himself in the school grounds and left a map with directions on how to find him. The class read and followed the map superbly and were able to find the bear along with some sweet treats along the way. He was found in Forest School with the class text waiting for story time whilst the children gobbled down their sweet haul.
Roald Dahl Day - Friday 11th September
We celebrated Roald Dahl Day this year by having a full focus day around our current author focus book Fantastic Mr Fox. From counting the number of food items Mr Fox stole from the farmers in maths, creating dream jars filled with all types of nature items to making our own Mr Fox masks. It certainly was a fun filled day which finished with a couple of chapters of Fantastic Mr Fox.
Today we had some devastating news, our classroom was broken into over the weekend and a thief had taken our Teddy Bear. We cooperated with the police who were investigating the incident. They were able to catch the perpetrator who provided them with a map on the whereabouts of our bear. The children of Year 1 followed the maps accurately and find where the bear was hidden, making sure they safely returned it to its rightful place in the classroom.