Remote Education – having breaks

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:

  • Wake and shake
  • Get outside for a breath of fresh air
  • Go for a walk or a quick play in the park
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Remote Learning and Learning in School

Lots of us are now doing our learning online! We are using Teams to find our work, and I am very proud with all the work you are completing at home – well done, 1T!

Some of us are in school and we are working hard, too! We are doing the same lessons, and the same learning, on the same days.

Take a look at some of the amazing work we have done at home or at school:

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Christmas Party

We have had an amazing time at our Christmas Party today! We have done lots of dancing and games too!

Check out some of our fantastic dance moves!

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and a wonderful New Year! Enjoy the break and I will see you next year!

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Clay Portrait Sculptures

Over the last few weeks, we have been working on our art skills! 

We have been learning how to draw portraits, looking at proportion and where all of our facial features need to go when we are drawing faces.

We have also used clay to create sculptures of our faces! Have a look at a few examples below:

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Physical Education

We are so lucky at Oxford Grove to have such a fantastic PE curriculum!

We are spending lots of times looking at our basic physical skills, such as balancing, throwing and catching.

We are also working on improving our fitness – we like doing lots of running around and working out!

We enjoy playing lots of games with Miss Makin and Mr Ralph who teach us PE.

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Class Assembly

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

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Our Pear Tree

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.

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In Year 1, our friends are really important to us! We love spending time with our friends, especially playing together on the playground.

We need to make sure we always look after our friends, and treat them well. 

Can you tell me in the comments below what you think a good friend should be like?

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Online Safety

At Oxford Grove, we learn lots about online safety all through the school year. This year, we have been talking about online safety even more, especially as we are using more online learning.

We have learned about personal information, and why it is important to keep ours safe. We know it is also very important to log off properly when we have been using the computers or the iPads.

We also need to make sure we search safely when we are online. Take the quiz below with your adult – can you get all the answers right? Leave some tips in the comments too!

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Remembrance Workshop

Today we were really lucky to take part in a workshop all about Remembrance Day, called ‘Poetry and Poppies’.

We learned some songs from wartime and talked about how the soldiers would feel. We acted out what life would have felt like in the trenches.

We also listened to and talked about some poems about how life changed during the First World War.

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Online Learning

This week, we have enjoyed trying out our new online learning!

We have been looking at how to complete our learning online into our Home Learning books. We have talked about how our work should always be our best, whether we are doing it in school or at home.

REMEMBER – if you have to work at home, login to Teams and click ‘Assignments’ to see your online learning for each day.

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Smiley Reward – Pantomime

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!

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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.

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Geography – compass directions

We are getting really good at Geography! We have spent lots of time looking at maps and finding different places using digital maps, such as our homes, Morrisons and Oxford Grove.

We have also learned about the four compass points: North, South, East and West.

We used compasses on our playground to explore what we could see in each compass direction.

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Mental Health

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.

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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.

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Online Safety – Digiduck’s Big Decision

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.

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Online Safety – Troll Stinks!

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.

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Maths in Year 1

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.

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Online Safety – Watching Videos

Today, we have talked about ways we can keep safe when we are online. This means when we are using a computer, laptop, phone or iPad. 

We talked about what we like to do online, and lots of us like to watch videos! Watching videos can be fun, but sometimes, we might see something we don’t like.

We talked about how, when we are watching videos, we should always:

  • be with an adult or tell our adults about what we are watching
  • tell an adult straight away if we see something that gives us a ‘funny tummy’ feeling 
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Our topic this term is Geography! We have started by looking at maps of our school. We found our playground – we could see the pirate ship!

We also found other places we know on the map, like Morrisons and the playground near school.

We know that we live in a town called Bolton, in a country called England. We are excited to see if we can find our homes on the maps next week!

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Our Pear Tree

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.

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Sports Afternoon

We were so lucky to enjoy our amazing Sports Afternoon today!

All of the children took part in a range of races, including a bean bag race, cone race and a running race. Everyone won lots of stickers, and we had a lovely time in the sunshine!

Well done, Year 1, for being amazing and always trying your best this afternoon! We saw some great sportsmanship, with children cheering for each other and being proud of their friends.

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Year 1 Meet the Teacher

Please click below to view the presentation from the Year 1 Meet the Teacher meeting:

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Hand washing Workshop

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!

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Welcome to Year 1T

Welcome back, Year 1T!

I hope you have had a fantastic summer, and I hope you are looking forward to lots of fun this year.

Parents – our PE day is Friday. Please send PE kits into school on Mondays and we will sent them home again on Fridays. 

Please read with your child each night for 20-30 minutes and sign the reading record.

I am really looking forward to this exciting school year!

Mrs Thompson

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