A highlight of this week was making tepees with Andy in the secret garden - we used our knowledge of materials (from our work in science) to discuss which materials would be best to make our tepee out of. Then we created the tepees and did a 'wind' and 'rain' experiment with each one to see if our predictions were correct. We wrote a recount of our outdoor learning experience in English.
We also wrote a story in English this week, based on the stimulus of 'Mega city' which is an animated advert about dog food, the children really enjoyed discussing the meaning of the advert and we placed particular attention to describing the settings from the advert clip.
In maths we have been focusing on division, including dividing by 2, 5 and 10.
In R.E. we learned about the synagogue, which is where Jewish people worship. In P.E. we continued to think about creating animal shapes with our bodies and following different pathways. In PSHCE we thought about having positive attitudes to our learning and making sure we have helpful thoughts. We also did a bit of computing this week, using the 'purple mash' programme, the children loved it!
We kicked off this week with 'World religion day', as we have been focusing on Judaism, we took the opportunity to learn a bit more about how Jewish people live. The children learned a Jewish wedding dance with Mr D, made challah bread with me and learned about Shabbat with Mrs Horwell. We learned what Jewish people would do during the Shabbat meal and tried some challah bread.
In maths we have been focusing on division.
In English the children have used the structure of the traditional tale to create their own stories, we have had little foxes, little kittens, little meerkats and baddies such as dragons, dinosaurs, skeletons and snakes to name a few.
In PSHCE we thought about what a good listener would look like. In computing we have been thinking about following instructions - let's see if they put these listening skills in practise at the weekend!
The school had a very exciting visitor today - Bishop Phillip came to announce who the Bishop of St. Germans is going to be. We felt very honoured to be chosen out of all of the church schools in Cornwall to have hosted the announcement. The children were impeccably behaved and we were very proud of our wonderful school.
This week we have continued with our story of 'The three little pigs' we innovated the story and changed the main characters and the 'baddie' in the story. Then we created character descriptions. The children should be very proud of themselves because the quality of some of the descriptions were brilliant, there was use of similes, alliteration and ambitious adjectives too.
In maths we have been thinking about multiplication and division - using times tables rockstars will help with this!
In R.E. we have continued to think about Judaism and thought about the rules that they live by (Mitzvot). In P.E. we continued to think about making pathways with our body and using high and low levels whilst creating our pathways. In science the children performed an experiment linked with materials. Like true scientists, they predicted which material would last longest before breaking whilst drops of water were being dripped on to it, they then carried out a fair test and then wrote up their findings.
Welcome back everyone! We wasted no time in getting stuck back into our learning this week and we were very impressed with how well the children settled back in despite the cold, dark mornings and the miserable weather. The topic for this half term is 'We are innovators', so we are going to be thinking about how things change for the better, we are also going to be looking at materials in science, and using innovation to improve things in science experiments.
We started thinking about materials this this week, thinking about the properties of materials, and this links in nicely with our focus story - 'The three little pigs', as the pigs choose different materials to build their houses out of.
In maths Year 1s we have started to think about multiplication and division.
In R.E. we have started to think about the Jewish faith and we learnt about how important the 'Torah' is to Jewish people. In P.E. we have started a unit on dance, thinking about different movements to create an under the sea themed dance by the end of the half-term.