This term we are learning all about dinosaurs! We have started by thinking about fossils - what are they? how are they formed? We tried an experiment to find out the science behind fossils.
We have made our own fossils out of salt dough as well!
The children walked to the church to help them reflect on the significance of pilgrimage. Once at the church, they prayed for the ill, the elderly, our school and the local community. The children were so well behaved and we are very grateful to the volunteers at the church and to the parents who came with us.
The children blew us away in their assembly! It made us so proud to see how seriously they took learning their lines, but also how much fun they had performing for you all. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
The children learnt about how we can better understand dinosaurs by looking at their teeth. To show what they learnt, the children then made their own dino teeth out of clay. Aren't they scary?!
We have started our final story book of the year. All we know at the moment is that the story focuses on a dragon made of egg boxes. Of course, we had to design and make our own egg box dragons too!
To get the children excited about our topic, animals, we went to Quex. We were so lucky that the rain held off for the day and the children were so well behaved. They enjoyed looking at the animals, exploring the interactive area and letting off steam in the beautiful gardens. Thankyou to all at Quex for making us feel so welcome!
The children learnt about the significance of Shrove Tuesday and tried pancakes with the traditional topping of lemon and sugar, and the less traditional chocolate sauce!
The children had a brilliant time immersing themselves in books today! We redesigned front covers of our favourite stories, made bookmarks, shared our books and even wrote a new tale using all the characters we were dressed as.
To mark Ash Wednesday the children attended a very special assembly. They learnt about God's plans for the world and had the opportunity to be annointed with oil.
The children have begun the term thinking about weights and measures. We have been exploring height and length and discussing why 'big' is not a very accurate word to use.
The children have been thinking about the best tool to help when measuring, We decided that it would be best to measure a whale in buses rather than paperclips! The children measured large areas around the school using themselves!
The children have been continuing to think hard about measures. They have predicted how much liquid a container can hold and then checked if they were correct, they have followed instructions to measure out the ingredients for and make potions and fruit salads and they have compared weights of objects. It is lovely to see them so enagaged and discussing their learning.
As part of the children's PHSE, they have been thinking about how to keep their bodies healthy. They thought about exercise, rest and food. The children tried lots of different fruit to see what they thought.
The children will be learning about plants this term. They planted a variety of vegetables and salads and will be looking after these for the coming weeks.
This term we will be learning about a baby giraffe who goes on a very exciting journey to his new home. We found a parachute hanging in the trees in the playground - perhaps that is a clue to something that happens in the story? We have started to learn about what giraffes like to eat and the children painted some stunning acacia trees.
The children are continuing to develop their understanding of number. They have been thinking about adding and subtracting within 20 are are using a range of resources and strategies to help them with this. They will then move on to numbers within 50 before starting to think about length and height.
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In History we are thinking about the Ancient Egyptians. The children had lots of fun learning about the toilets and pyramids in Ancient Egypt. We have found out lots of information about Tutankhamun, I wonder how much your child can tell you about the boy king?
In Geography, the children are learning about the continents and oceans as well as studying the Masaai Mara tribe. The tribe live on a reserve in Africa and their lives are very different to ours.
In Science, the children have been thinking about floating and sinking. This links with our current English book as Zeraffa the giraffe sailed down the river Nile on his journey to France. The children thought about which material might sink or float and then tested them to find out if they were correct. We then tested the materials to decide which would be the best for Zeraffa to use as a boat. We had a wet but very fun time!
We had a fun filled day at Dover Transport Museum. The children had the chance to explore lots of different, old vehicles.
A key part of the year 1 curriculum in Computing is to understand programming. As such, the children explored the Beebots today. They experimented by giving the Beebots different instructions before building an obstacle course which they had to guide the Beebot around. The children were not allowed to pick the Beebot up and we were very impressed by their reasoning skills as they navigated the course.
We were fortunate enough to visit the Baptist Church in Margate. The children learnt all about how people are baptised in the church and spotted the main features within the church.
To mark anti-bullying week, we talked about the difference between unkind behaviour and bullying. It is important that children understand the consequences of being unkind so they whispered to a piece of paper as they scrunched it up. They then realised this was not a nice thing to do so said sorry and unscrunched the paper. The paper was still creased, their thoughts and words had still left a mark. We have kept the paper in our class to remind us to think before we think. We then thought about what we could do to make people happy and decided it is much more fun to say nice things about people. We each wrote something nice about someone in our class and we have a bucket full of kindness on display to remind us how special we all are!
The children were lucky enough to be visited by a fireman last week. He talked to them about the work of the Fire and Rescue Service and how they can keep themselves safe.
The children blew us away with their hard work and confidence in their Nativity. It is scary to perform to a hall full of people and we should all be incredibly proud of how well the children did.
The children have begun the term by thinking about subtraction. They have supported their learning by playing games to help them understand numbers get smaller as we subtract.
We have been reading about a very special dog who has lots of fun with his best friend - a sock who is bobbly and smells of cheese! One of their adventures takes them to an Art Gallery and because we are fortunate enough to have the Turner so near by, we went for our own trip to look around.
As we approach 100 years since the Armistice, the children visited the War Memorial. The children thought hard about the sacrifices made by our ancestors and made some beautiful artwork to commemorate the anniversary.
The children have been thinking about Winter and the changes that occur as we move through the seasons. They drew some beautiful pictures to show what Winter looks like.
Well done to all the children who took part in our Harvest Festival. They spoke and sang with such confidence and we hope you are as proud of them as we are!
Every morning the children will change their reading book then settle down to morning tasks. These range from activities to develop their motor skills, to English and Maths tasks.
To launch our new book, we investigated some strange rocks that appeared in the school. The children came up with some wonderful ideas for why they were there - from a witch's cauldron to moon rocks.
We will begin year 1 by exploring basic concepts in number.
The children have been thinking about ways to sort and group items and are working well as teams to explain their reasoning.
To begin the year we have been thinking about the Bible. We discussed key themes within the Bible and the children drew their own pictures to reflect significant concepts from the Christian faith.
The children have been learning about different materials and their properties. We went for a walk around the school grounds, spotting things made from different materials and thinking about why they are made from that particular material.
The children have been thinking about the order of events in their lives. They practiced creating a timeline of their lives so far.
The children made some pizzas. They thought hard about what they would like to eat and they were delicious!
The children looked carefully at their faces and drew some amazing self-portraits. I am sure you will agree that they are a brilliant likeness!