Our Local Walk
Welcome to the boys and girls who have joined us in Class 1.
The children have been exploring their new environment. They have been getting to know their new teachers and making new friends. They have also been busy learning new school routines.
Here are some of the pictures from their first week at school.
In light of the General Election. Thomas wrote his own manifesto at home.
The rest of the class were inspired to do likewise, with Thomas taking on the role of Assistant Teacher. Their manifestos were all different. Finally, we voted, and Ellie was voted Class Prime Minister. Mrs Smith suggested that Thomas should send his manifesto to his MP, Jenny Chapman. He was delighted to receive the following reply. Well done Thomas!
Some of the children decided they needed to brighten up our outside classroom by getting rid of the dead flowers and replace them with lovely new flowers. Mrs Cooke explained she would have to ask Mrs Aitken if we could have some money to spend. The children decided they would write to her.
Mrs Aitken was so impressed with their letters that she decided to take the gardeners to the garden centre. She even treated them to milkshakes. They really enjoyed selecting and paying for their plants. Then it was back to school to plant them.
Everyone was amazed with what the children had chosen and all they had to tell us about the plants.
The next step was to plant them and then we made thank you cards for Mrs Aitken. Some of the other children saw what happened when you write to Mrs Aitken and so wrote to her to ask for some new apps for our tablets. And guess what...... She bought them for us!
We took part in the Easter Liturgy and performed our dance about Palm Sunday. Our buddies said we were great.
We enjoyed the Easter disco, but needed to chill out.
The Easter Bunny visited and we had an Easter Egg Hunt.
Before we left for the holidays, we planted our Class Potato for the Potato competetion in Autumn.
Science Week started with a visit to the RSPB Reserve at Saltholme, Stockton. What a day!
Our chicks hatched to squeals of delight!
We made chick biscuits. They were delicious.
We tested which food the chicks liked best. We tried boiled egg, toast, and hen food. They liked the toast best.
The chicks helped with our phonics.
We made a Chick Run. All our structures had entrances and exits for the chicks.
We all dressed up for Science Week and made posters about our inventors and inventions.
We are Scientists!
WHAT A WEEK!
WE learned how people celebrate Chinese New Year. We even tried to eat Chinese noodles with chopsticks!
We learnt lots of things.
Hannah said: "We don't celebrate Chinese New Year. We had Bonfire Night. We both have fireworks."
Holly said: "Chinese people eat noodles and dumplings for New Year. I love noodles and prawn crackers."
Jack said : " Chinese people use chopsticks. We use knives and forks."
Freya said: Chinese people have fortune cookies like we have Christmas crackers."
William said : " The Chinese people speak a different language."
A group of girls explained how they could hear noises coming from the Class 1 toilet area. We discussed what it could be and all of the girls were in agreement that it must be fairies!!
The next day the girls went on a fairy hunt around the school but they did not find anything. So, they decided to write letters, inviting the fairies to come to our school. After that we received a video showing fairies playing and flying around our school grounds. We moved on to learn about all of the different types of fairies. We used this knowledge to draw wonderful pictures of the fairies in their different habitats.
The following week, Mrs Iannotti came into the classroom feeling very excited, she had seen a little hole in the wall and wanted the girls to come and have a look. But when we looked, instead of a small hole there was a little door and a wooden table, set with real porcelain tea cups and plates. Holly said, "See we do have fairies!" The girls were delighted that the fairies had come to visit. Freya decided to make a fairy home with the help of Tempy and Holly. Tempy asked if we could use the computer to find a picture of a real fairy home, so that they could use it to copy off. Ellie decide to work on her own and she used papier mache to construct her fairy home.
A group of children used clay to sculpt and mold fairies, toadstools and fairy homes. They painted them in beautiful colours to attract the fairies! All of the wonderful things that the children made added to our Fairy Land.
We made cards for children in a school in Japan. We had to sort the strips in order of size to make a Christmas tree. Some of us made decorations and others put snow on the cards.
Then, a parcel arrived. We noticed the volcano stamps, and that the Queen wasn't on the stamps. Tempy read that it was from Yuri School, and Ellie spotted the word Japan. The children in Japan sent us these cards. Some of us decided to try and write our names in Japanese like they had. It wasn't easy.
We made all sorts of cards for our families.
We made our own playdough, reading the instructions. We cut out Christmas tree decorations, then we planned how we were going to decorate them when they came out of the oven.
We were all stars in our Nativity show, "Hey Ewe"
We could follow a colour code because we are good at phonics
We wrote about Children in Need
This is what we thought children needed........
William: "Water for a bath and drinking."
Sophia: " Toys for playing"
Honor: " A hamster to do what they say."
Jack: "Hens to lay eggs to make them strong."
Freya: "Clothes so they don't get poorly or dirty."
Thomas: " A Go Kart in case they don't have toys. Guide dogs so if they're blind they know where to go."
Zach: "They need beds because if they don't sleep, they'll be tired."
Amber: "Buses to go on."
Ava: "Umbrella to keep them nice and dry."
Holly: "Food, or they'll starve and they'll die."
Tempy: "Houses to live in."
Hannah: "Special toys to cuddle, like a monkey, and feel happy."
Ellie: "Baby toys so they can play with them. If they cry, give them it, so they stop crying."
Austin: "Baths. Children need baths to keep them clean."
We made spotty biscuits.
We investigated how many ways we could put 5 spots on a biscuit with just 2 colours. We used counters to test our ideas. The biscuits were delicious.
Fun, fun, fun fundraising.
Great to see these lovely young children so confident; independently searching for activities all around school!
Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light!
The children in Class 1 have been celebrating Diwali. We listened to and re-enacted the story of Rama and Sita. We made our very own puppets so that we could act out the story. Ellie liked it best when Rama and The Monkey King rescued Sita!
We used clay to make diva light, to show Rama and Sita the way home. Ava explained, "We had to wait until they had dried then we used sparkly paint to paint them so that they looked beautiful!"
We also listened to Indian music. We danced and played our instruments. We had the opportunity to make rangoli patterns but they were very tricky. Sophia was very pleased with her mehndi pattern, "I drew around my hand then I put a pattern on like the Indian ladies have."
At the end of the week, we had a Diwali Feast. We decorated the table with our diva lights, it looked so pretty. We made Coconut Burfi sweets and drank Mango Lassi.
What a wonderful week!!!!
The children have settled into their new classroom environment and are making lots of new friends. See them working and playing together!
We enjoy quiet reading time.
We researched and made an Information Book about Queen Elizabeth.
We made her Birthday card inspired by "The Birthday Crown" by David Call and Kate Slater
We used a colour code to make these guards.
Some of us made bracelets in red, white and blue repeating patterns.
We looked at our flag and made variations on the Union Jack. We had to make each one differently, with the rule that you couldn't put the same colours next to each other.
We voted for a KIng and Queen for the day.
We had a great party to celebrate with all our schoolfriends. Our class made the biscuits, They were delicious.