Welcome to Class 1
Our first topic this year is Bears!
We have started by learning Goldilocks and the 3 Bears using Talk4Writing. We love our actions and are retelling the story really well.
We are looking forward to:
*Going on a bear hunt
*Learning all about bears
*Lots of Art activities about bears too.
Keep checking for more information about all of the fun things we get up to.
Welcome to Class 1
2014 - 2015
This term our topic is PIRATES!
We have lots of exciting things planned in the next few weeks so keep a weather eye out on our page to find out what we have been up to! Aaaarrrr!!!!
On Wednesday 10th September the most exciting discovery was made by Mr Dennis the Year 2 teacher. A scroll was washed up in a bottle and it was from a pirate called Capt. Hardwick!
He knows that we are learning about pirates and has asked for our help with lots of pirate themed missions....we were very excited!
We are working hard and waiting for the next scroll to appear so watch this space!
We settled in really well to our new class.
The scroll from Captain Hardwick excited us and we couldn't wait to learn some more about pirates!
Blackbeard and Grace O'Malley
We discovered lots of facts about these 2 famous pirates.
Did you know that Blackbeard's real name was Edward Teach? He was a very fearsome pirate who lit candles in his beard to scare his enemies! He did some very naughty things and even treated his own crew badly. He once left them on an island and sailed off with all of the treasure!
Grace O'Malley wanted to sail with her father but she wasn't allowed to because she was a girl. She cut off her long hair and dressed in boys clothes. She eventually ran away to see and became one of the most famous pirates to sail around Ireland and Europe!
We are very lucky to have 30 iPads. We LOVE them!
Mrs Arthur was very impressed with our knowledge and skills when using them.
We use the iPads every week. Here we are using the Brushes App to draw some fearsome pirate pictures.
In Maths we have been adding, subtracting, making number lines, measuring and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s! Phew!
We try really hard to use mental maths to help us with some of these concepts but we also have lots of things in our classroom to help us learn. From beads strings and number lines to Numicon and multi-link.
Our 'Outstanding Maths' board in the classroom is brimming with our fantastic work and achievements!
In PE this term we have been working hard!
In Gymnastics Mrs Budrey has taught us lots of balances and we try really hard to point our toes!
Outside with Mrs Arthur we have been playing Ultimate Frisbee! It is great fun and we are getting a lot better at aiming our Frisbees!
We were very excited to receive another scroll from Captain Hardwick asking us to learn all about things that float and things that sink. It important to know this if you want to be a pirate!
We investigated floating and sinking by testing a variety of objects:
We looked carefully at these objects and made predictions about whether they would float or sink. Then we tested our predictions! It was great fun and many of us were surprised at the results!
After the testing was over, we showed the results using pictures.
In the afternoon Mrs Arthur gave us a challenge! We had to build a boat out of tin foil and float it on the water. Then we had to fill it with either multi-link , grapes or marbles to see how much it would carry before it sank.
Freddie won the competition - his boat carried 23 grapes!
We finished by singing a song all about floating and sinking - we hope you like it!
(To the tune of 'When The Saints Go Marching In')
'Oh will it float?
Or will it sink?
Which will it be?
What do you think?
Will it float on top of the water?
Or like an anchor, will it sink?'
We have lots more to do after half term so don't forget to come back and visit the Class 1 page again!
During the week of 17th November, the whole school participated in Interfaith Week. During this week, KS1 mixed up and took part in 3 fantastic activities - all linked to the Christian faith and our school Christian Values. With Mrs Shorthouse in the Reception Class, the children learned all about Compassion and Friendship, through the story 'Ringo the Flamingo'. The created some wonderful handprint artwork and retold the story using puppets. In Class 1 with Mrs Arthur, the children discovered how Christianity is celebrated through music. They looked at the origins of Gospel Music and performed the Gospel song 'This Little Light of Mine'. In Class 2 with Mr Dennis, the children looked closely at our local church and created super pictures of St Giles Church to display in our Spiritual Area.
Years 1 and 2 joined forces to design, make and test their own junk model pirate ships. They had to work in small teams to design a ship that would float on water without sinking!
The children all worked wonderfully together and many ships were successful when we tested them. Thank you to all of the families who helped to supply the recycled materials!
To complete our Pirate topic, KS1 set sail to Pirate School at Hartlebury Castle Museum. All of us dressed as a pirate crew (teachers too!) and we boarded the ships (coaches) and cast off...
When we arrived we were greeted by a Pirate Captain! He was very friendly so we didn't have to worry! We were going to be his crew for the day and learn what life was like for a pirate crew.
First we were taught some pirate shanties and dances - they were quite tricky but we persevered and by the end of the session we were experts! Next, we had to interview the Captain at his table. We asked him lots of fantastic questions and he was impressed by how much we had learnt during our topic. The Captain showed us some of his booty and offered us some biscuits...unfortunately they had weevils in (yuck!) so we politely declined and settled for some biscuits with raisins in instead!
After lunch we went on a treasure hunt around the museum, solving clues and working as a team. We found the treasure and Mrs Arthur kept it safe for us until we returned to school.
Finally the Captain showed us his ship, 'The Black Pear' and we had a go at labelling it.
All too soon it was time to leave...we returned to school and discovered that our treasure was actually a chocolate coin! Yum!
It was a fantastic way to end this brilliant topic.
Spring Term 2015
Welcome back everyone!
Our topic this term is Australia. We will be discovering this fantastic country over the next few weeks, from the dazzling underwater world of The Great Barrier Reef to the mystical Uluru.
We have lots more exciting things to learn about in this topic.
Mrs Patrick is from Australia and her Mum is helping us with some Science. Every day we receive a weather report from Adelaide and we are beginning to compare weather and temperatures to what we are experiencing in Bredon. The other day it was 31 degrees in Australia and -1 degrees in Bredon...can we go on a school trip to experience this for ourselves Mrs Millar?!
We will also be learning about the history of Australia and the culture of the Aboriginal people.
So watch this space!
Animal Mania came to visit Key Stage 1. Carla brought with her lots of animals, many of which were native to Australia. We were allowed to touch and hold the animals and we discovered lots of fantastic facts about them. Mrs Arthur said we were very brave to hold the snake!
In Literacy this term we made our own Non-Fiction books all about Australian animals. We had to research our chosen animal first and choose which parts we wanted to write about. We all worked incredibly hard on our books - they were fantastic!
In Religious Education we have been learning about the importance of the Church to Christian people. Father Matthew gave us a tour of our village church St. Giles. We were able to identify all of the symbols and objects we had learnt about in class. We also asked Father Matthew questions such as, "How long have you been a Vicar?" and "What is you favourite part of the church?"
We then spent a few minutes sitting quietly thinking about how this huge special space made us feel. Finn said that he felt calm and peaceful. Olivia said that it made her feel special and safe.
During the last week of term we took part in Healthy Maths Week. In Class 1 we thought about how healthy our snacks were. We created tally charts to find out which was the most popular snack in Class 1 and then used the data to make pictograms and bar charts. It was great fun!
We also joined up with Class 3 later in the week. We sang Mental Maths songs and played lots of fun and exciting maths games!
Our topic this term is Knights and Castles!
In Literacy we have been learning about instructions. We had to order and follow a set of instructions to make our jousting knights picture. The knights really move! We also wrote our own instructions on 'How to turn your teacher into a dragon'! This was great fun and Mrs Arthur loved our fantastic ideas.
We have also been writing our own books this term based upon the story of Puff the Magic Dragon. They were amazing!
Still to come...
A trip to Warwick Castle.
Bell-boating morning down by the river.
Designing and making our own Coats of Arms.
Watch this space!
Our Autumn topic is called Bang Goes The Theory!
We started off this term looking at fire and we have been very busy. We enjoyed exploring our new classroom and discovering what Year 1 will be like.
We have been playing in our Fire Station role play area. We are very good at imagining emergency situations!
We have discovered how fire can help us and have been thinking hard about creating fire dances in PE.
For our Harvest Festival contribution we performed the story of The Little Red Hen. It was great fun and we still like to perform the story every now and again!
Did you know? The fire started in a bakers shop in Pudding Lane.
The fire lasted for 4 days and destroyed a large part of the city.
We know lots of facts about The Great Fire of London so come on in and ask us about it! Some of us were so inspired by the topic we persuaded our parents to take us to London during Half Term!
We have been creating amazing fire pictures and even had a visit from a drama man. He was dressed as Samuel Pepys...we thought it was great fun and he told us that Samuel Pepys buried his Parmesan Cheese when he saw the fire!!
We were lucky enough to have a visit from a fireman. He showed us his equipment and we wowed him with our knowledge of fire!
We have been learning about famous inventors and the inventions they created that help us today.
Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and we tried hard to imagine a world without this amazing invention.
We had a go at inventing our own contraptions to help Mrs Greenwood with the cleaning. We each designed our very own cleaning machine...it was great fun! Mrs Arthur thought we were very imaginative!
We had a lot of fun learning about circuits. We all made a circuit and managed to light the bulb! Very exciting! We also talked about electrical safety and made posters about this to remind our families at home.
We had a lot of fun during Eco Week.
We helped clean up the school environment and discovered where all of our rubbish goes.
We had great fun designing new things from recycled materials. We all made pencil holders out of toilet rolls and sold them at the Eco Market. We helped to raise lots of money!
To end this term Key Stage 1 performed Born In A Barn to great acclaim! We rehearsed very hard and the show was an absolute triumph! We are all feeling very Christmassy now and have been making Christmas decorations to take home.
Watch this space for our Spring Term news...
This term our topic is China!
We have been learning all about this fantastic and beautiful country and the people and animals that live there.
First we looked at a map of China and found important landmarks such as The Great Wall of China and the capital city Beijing.
We have discovered that there are different parts of the country such as hot dry deserts and warm wet regions.
We looked at the flag and made our own to display in our classroom.
The Gobi Desert
We learnt all about the Gobi desert. It is a very large dry place in the North of China. We were amazed to discover that this desert isn't always boiling hot...sometimes it can get so cold there that snow appears on the sand dunes!
We pretended that we were there and wrote postcards home to our family.
Next we looked at pandas. These lovely creatures are very cute but can be quite fierce! We looked at their habitat (where they live) and found out that it is slowly being destroyed by humans.
We looked at posters designed to tell people about this terrible destruction and then had a go at designing our own.
Chinese New Year
We worked alongside Reception Class and Year 2 and learnt all about the Year of the Horse.
We made Chinese dragons, Chinese lanterns and learnt some Chinese New Year songs.
We had to work very hard and remember all that we had learnt as we ended our celebrations with an assembly for our parents and family.
We are lucky enough to go to a lovely school in a village that has lots of houses and things for us to do, such as a shop, a park, a river, a hairdressers and 2 pubs.
But things can be very different in a Chinese village...
In the village we looked at, the children still lived in houses but they are very different to ours! Take a look...
With all that we had learnt about houses in Bredon and China, we decided to look at the materials they were made from and it got us thinking...if we were to build a house, what would the best material be to use?
Mrs Arthur said we couldn't build using bricks and cement so we had to use our imaginations....
We looked at each material and predicted which would be best to withstand the wind, rain and an earthquake. We recorded our thoughts in a tally chart.
Once our houses were built, we had to test them to see if our predications were correct! It was such fun!
Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.
This term we have been learning all about plants and mini-beasts!
We looked carefully at the parts of a plant and learnt what their function was. We also thought about what plants need in order to survive. This got us thinking... so we set up our own Scientific experiment!
We tested 4 pots of cress:
Pot A - had water and light
Pot B - had water but no light
Pot C - had no water but did have light
Pot D - had no water and no light
We had to make predictions about which pot we thought would grow the best cress.
Which do you think it would be?
In Art we looked closely at flowers and their different parts. Then we have a go at drawing them carefully in pencil - we were all very proud of our efforts!
On the hunt...
As part of our topic we went on a mini-beast hunt and had to record the different habitats we found. It was great fun and allowed us to practice our tally charts from Maths!
In Religious Education we have been learning about churches and so we took a trip to Worcester Cathedral. This amazing building taught us a lot and we even got to design and make our own gargoyles and prayer stones! We compared it to our local church St. Giles. Father Matthew came to help us on our trip and we impressed him with our understanding!
We have also been comparing Churches with Synagogues and learning all about the Jewish faith. Mrs Arthur arranged a trip to Birmingham to meet Maria. She showed us around her Synagogue and we had a go at reading Hebrew...it's very tricky!
In Maths we spent a week looking at symmetry. We made butterflies and used our peg boards to show symmetrical patterns. We have a great display in our classroom...come and have a look!
Stratford Upon Avon
We went with Year 2 to visit Stratford Upon Avon. This linked wonderfully with our work on local famous people and we saw Shakespeare's house! After lunch we drew the famous RSC Theatre and finally we had a tour of a Butterfly Farm. We were able to impress our guide with our mini-beast knowledge and some brave children even held the creepy crawlies! Mrs Arthur was too frightened!
We have all been keeping super fit this week (7th July) as we took part in Sports Week!
It's only Tuesday and already we have learnt some great Karate moves with Luke, aimed arrows with Paralympian Archer Mel Clarke and danced our socks off with Sam!
Tomorrow is sports day and we still have a Golf lesson to look forward to before the week is over!