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  • 15
    Jan

    Edward Jenner

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    Yesterday, we spent our morning discussing and learning about Edward Jenner. We started off with an assembly from the members of the Jenner museum who told us the story of how he came to curing smallpox. We even had an Edward Jenner in the room. We went back to class and watched a video, once again telling us the story of how he came to cure smallpox. After that, we wrote a story map and came up with a few actions to help us with our writing. We tried to do some independent writing, using our phonics knowledge to help us sound out our words.
  • 15
    Jan

    Numicon

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    Yesterday, our printer unfortunately - or fortunately - ran out of ink. That meant for some of the day we were improvising and trying to do what we needed to do as successfully as we could. In maths, we were adding by making 10 first. We decided that this meant we could do two smaller jumps rather than one large jump when adding. This isn't an easy concept and the Numicon which we used actually helped to get the idea into their minds a bit easier - they could see and work out how many more they needed to make the 10. This is an idea that we will carry on practising over the week, again using Numicon.
  • 15
    Jan

    Pastel Art

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    Yesterday afternoon, we used Peter Thorpe as an inspiration for our art work. He is an abstract artist. We discussed what this meant and discovered it means shapes that aren't really shapes and the idea that objects in the painting may not always be what they seem. We used pastels for the first time and discovered and explored the ways that it could be used - including smudging! The children had great fun using the pastels and making a bit mess too. Next week we are going to add to our pastel backgrounds pictures ~ we will add pictures of rockets! I know that they will look fantastic, and I am really looking forward to the end result!
  • 12
    Jan

    Laptops are out!

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    This week the children had their first go on the school laptops in year one. We practised some simple skills as it was our first time. We learnt how to turn the laptop on, how to sign in, and most importantly how to use the trackpad. Next week we are going to have a go at using a programme called PurpleMash. With this we will begin looking into coding and programming - a skill which is increasingly being needed.
  • 11
    Jan

    Space!

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    Wow! What a week we have had. We have spent time this week getting back into the swing of things and taking it fairly easy, of course whilst learning and having some fun. We started work on our topic which this term is 'Into Infinity and Beyond'. Through this space inspired topic we will explore many things from the first moon landing to making our very own rockets. I just know we will have a great time. The children came up with a variety of questions, including how do planets move? what is in the milky way? and have people been to space?, which they want to research and answer by the end of the topic. If you want to do any space inspired home learning then please feel free. I shall enjoy looking at and sharing anything that is brought in.
  • 11
    Jan

    Everyday Materials

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    As part of our science topic we are looking into everyday materials - this will feed into choosing the best materials for our spaceships! The children learnt what the main materials we see everyday are and then it was time to explore. They had a range of items in a tray and it was their mission to figure out what it was made of.
  • 08
    Jan

    Welcome Back!

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    A big warm welcome back to all children. I hope that everyone had a fantastic Christmas filled with family, fun and most importantly - food. I must say a very big thank you to everyone who was so kind to give me a gift, a card or even a cheerful greeting. Unfortunately, January means back to school and back to work, but I know that this term - just like last - will be filled with enthusiasm, joy and learning as we go to infinity and beyond...
  • 08
    Jan

    Space Art

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    To kick off our space topic the children began creating some space art. We took pieces of black paper and using white paint we very carefully made some stars. We found a range of circular objects to draw around on a separate piece of card and painted these - one for the sun and eight for the planets. We haven't quite finished these. Next week we will put our planets and the sun on our stars, I know this will create a fabulous piece of space art to start our topic with.
  • 08
    Jan

    Making Rhythms

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    Yesterday, we began thinking about rhythms in music. We practised creating simple rhythms with clapping, stamping and using our voices. We did this as a class. We then broke up into smaller groups and each were tasked to create their own rhythm - again using their hands, feet and voices. All the children had a great time and made a lot of noise. Next week we are carrying on with our rhythm patterns but this time we are going to use instruments - I think earplugs will be needed!
  • 17
    Dec

    Sparkly Trees

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    We spent some time last week creating some fabulous Christmas Tree Decorations. We have a final flourish to put on them so that they can become a tree decoration - for many years to come!