You are all working really hard with your remote learning – well done, everybody!
This week, I want to talk to you about taking breaks when you are learning at home, just like you would in school. We always have breaks at school where we play outside, or take a brain break in class. It is really important that you do this when learning at home too.
Here are some ideas of how you could take a break at home:
Today we performed our class assembly! Our assembly was all about being kind to each other. We told the story of ‘Troll Stinks’, where two little goats find a lost mobile phone and decide to send nasty messages to the troll. However, they find out that actually, the little troll has feelings too, and has been really upset.
We also sang a song called ‘What I Am’ by Will I Am, which is all about being the best person that we can be. Here are the lyrics:
If what I am is what’s in me Then I’ll stay strong – that’s who I’ll be And I will always be the best “me” that I can be
There’s only one me, I am it, have a dream I’ll follow it It’s up to me to try
Oh! I’m gonna keep my head up high Keep on reaching high Never gonna quit I’ll be getting stronger And nothing’s gonna bring me down Never gonna stop Because I know I’ll keep getting stronger
And what I am is thoughtful What I am is musical What I am is smart And what I am is brave What I am is helpful What I am is special There’s nothing I can’t achieve Because in myself I believe
We went back to see our pear tree this week! It is winter now, and it was very very cold and rainy. We had to put our coats on and zip them up to keep us warm, and we put our hoods on to keep us dry. We didn’t stay out very long!
We noticed that the pear tree has no leaves anymore, because it is a deciduous tree. Also, the pears have dropped off. We talked about how the tree was very different from when we looked at it at the start of Autumn, and the weather was very different too.
Wow – today we had an amazing time at the pantomime! We watched the Wizard of Oz, and we all enjoyed joining in. A man called The Professor led the performance, and helped us to sing all the songs. We absolutely loved it!
Well done to everyone in 1T for making the smileys to fill the first side of their smiley card so they could attend the smiley reward! You are all absolute superstars, and you have had the best start to Year 1 – I am very, very proud of you!
Now we are working hard to fill the back of the smiley card, so we can enjoy our next smiley reward in a few weeks!
This week, we have been talking about Guy Fawkes. He was a man who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament, where the government work, because he did not like the king. We call this the Gunpowder Plot.
Every year on 5th November, we remember the Gunpowder Plot and how it failed, and we celebrate by letting off fireworks and burning bonfires. We talked about how Guy Fawkes made a very bad choice. We agreed that he should have chosen a different way to try to solve his problem, and we came up with some ideas that he should have tried instead.
We also talked about how to keep safe on Bonfire Night – always keep well back and let adults light the fireworks.
Mental health is very important. It is all about keeping happy in your mind, and cheering yourself up when you feel sad.
We have read ‘The Colour Monster’ which is all about emotions. Feelings that we should share include happiness; if you feel happy, you should share this feeling to make everyone around you happy too! Emotions that we should solve include sadness or anger; if you feel like this, ask an adult or a friend to help you solve what it making you feel this way, as these emotions don’t make us feel good.
Today, we watched a BBC assembly all about World Mental Health Day and talked about our feelings, especially now we are back at school and things are a bit normal, but a bit different too.
In Year 1, we love PE! We like running around and playing lots of great games with Miss Makin and Mr Ralph. We like getting fit and healthy with lots of physical activity!
PE helps to keep us fit, and teaches us lots of different movement skills. It helps us to get plenty of exercise, and learn how to be healthy. We need to try our best in PE, just like in all of our lessons.
Today we have read the story of ‘Digiduck’s Big Decision’. Digiduck gets a silly picture of one of his friends, and has to decide whether to share it with all of his other friends.
We talked about how we would feel if somebody shared a picture of us that we didn’t like. We also talked about information about ourselves that we wouldn’t want shared with other people. We decided that it is important to keep personal information about ourselves (and about our friends) private by not sharing it, either on the internet or by telling other people.
Today in Computing, we have looked at how we should treat others, especially when we are talking online. It is very difficult to tell when somebody is joking when you are talking online, so it can be easy to upset somebody by accident.
We should always speak to people kindly, whether it is online or in real life. We also talked about how we talk online – speaking to real life friends and family is fine, but we should never accept a message from a stranger! And ALWAYS tell an adult who we are speaking to, and if something makes us upset or worried.
This week in Maths, we have been working on our understanding of number. We have been working on accurate counting, both forwards and backwards, and we have looked at how we can represent number in different ways.
We looked closely at numbers 11-20 because these can be very tricky! We used bead strings, cubes and tens frames to show our numbers. We know that if we write the number the wrong way round, it actually says a different number, so we need to check carefully.
We have had such a great Science afternoon! We visited the pear tree in the Key Stage 1 playground and saw the pears growing on it. Back in class, we cut up pears to look inside them, and we discovered that some pears have no grown enough to have seeds inside yet. We talked about what the pear seeds would grow into.
We are looking forward to seeing the pear tree again next half term to look at how the tree has changed.
Today we have had a special workshop from the Healthy Families team. We have learned all about washing our hands!
We learned why it is so important to wash our hands and how it keeps us healthy. We learned how to wash our hands properly so that they are very very clean.
We were so lucky to have a go with the UV Lightbot! We put a special glitter potion on our hands that flowed in the Lightbot. Then we washed our hands carefully, and had a look to see if we had washed all of the potion off. We were all very good at cleaning our hands!