Year 2 Meet the Teacher

Please click below to view the presentation from the Year 2 Meet the Teacher meeting:

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Welcome back 2L!

Welcome back to school Year 2L! It has been lovely to meet you all this week. We have been learning lots about keeping ourselves and others safe as well as settling back into school like and reconnecting with all of our friends.

This half term, we will be learning all about our world and continents in Geography and Habitats in Science. What are you excited to find out about these topics?

Miss Longmore

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Year 1 memories

Year 1, we had some great times this year! I know we didn’t spend as much time together as we would have liked to, but we definitely had some fun!

Tell me all about the best bits of Year 1! Was it the trip to Bolton Museum? Meeting the dragon or the dinosaur? Was it drumming with Mr Bamford or meeting new friends from our link schools? Was it looking at plants on the playground or drawing portraits? What did you love the most?

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Online Safety – Jessie and Friends

Keeping safe online is so important, Year 1. We have talked lots this year about keeping your personal information private and not talking to strangers.

Here are some cool videos about Jessie, who needs to keep safe online. See if you can watch Videos 1 and 2, and learn about keeping safe when watching videos and sharing pictures.

Remember – do not go on the web (the internet) without talking to your adult first.

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National Children’s Art Week

This week, it is National Children’s Art Week! We love Art in Year 1 – do you remember when we drew our own amazing portraits in the style of Kehinde Wiley, like the painting above?

Art is so important for us all. Making and creating is essential for our learning and wellbeing. Art helps us to improve our creative thinking, gives us different challenges and can help us to develop focus, resilience and perseverance. 

Please feel free to send me some pictures on Teams of art you have done, and I will put them up on this blog for you!

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Competition winners!

Year 1, you are the winners of the Times Table Rock Stars competition! You beat the teachers – well done!

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National School Sport Week at Home

This week is National School Sports Week at Home!

In Oxford Grove, we love sports, games and just generally getting active. I know we always had so much fun moving about in PE and other lessons! 

Click on the picture below to visit the Change 4 Life website, where they have lots of amazing games and ideas for how to get moving at home.

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Reports

Year 1T, I am working really hard writing your reports at the moment and I’m really enjoying thinking about all of you and how hard you work in school! I am remembering all the great times we had together in Year 1 and it’s putting a big smile on my face to think about all the fun we had!

  • Can you think of any great memories you have of our time in Year 1? What were your favourite days, favourite activities or favourite lessons?
  • What were the best bits of Year 1? Can you remember anything funny or times when we all laughed?
  • What are you most proud doing of in Year 1? Have you improved your handwriting or got better at art?
  • What are your favourite lessons? What do you like learning the best?

Please leave some comments and tell me all your thoughts.

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Water Safety

It is really really important to always be safe around water! Even if you are amazing at swimming, it can be dangerous to fall into water as it is not always easy to swim back out.

Some ways to keep safe:

  • Make sure you are not walking close to the edge of water
  • You should always be with your adult
  • Do not go swimming in outside water

Click on the picture to see a poster showing you lots of dangerous water situations! Can you tell me something dangerous on the poster? Can you tell me how it could be safer?

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National Thank A Teacher Day and Eid

This week is National Thank a Teacher day!

Also, it is going to be Eid al-Fitr this weekend! This is celebrated by Muslims to mark the end of the fasting during Ramadan. It is a very special celebration with lots of food and presents.

vector illustration of Eid Mubarak Blessing for Eid background with Islamic style doodle

Will you be celebrating Eid? If you are, what will you be doing? Tell me all about it!

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Take on an active challenge

If you have been watching Number Fun on YouTube every day at 10am, you will know that Dave lets somebody do a 30 second challenge. This is where people choose something to do and see how many times they can do it in 30 seconds (that’s half a minute).

Mrs Thompson chose to do skipping, and I could only do 12 skips in 30 seconds! Can you beat me? Challenge yourself and see how many skips (or anything else you want to do!) you can do in 30 seconds! Let me know in the comments!

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National Share a Story Month

This month, it is National Share a Story month! We all love books and reading in Year 1!

I will share my favourite story with you. This is the story of The Hairy Toe! It is a scary story about an old woman who find a hairy toe on the floor and takes it home, but then a monster comes back to get it!

Tell me all about your favourite story!

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Walk the talk week

Exercise is very important for our bodies! It is also good for our minds as it makes us feel happier! Exercise does make us tired too, but once we have recovered, we always feel much better when we have been moving and getting active.

Have you been getting outside for a walk each day? Have you been playing in your garden? Have you been doing some exercise classes, like PE with Joe? Tell me what you have been getting up to to keep your body active.

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Be kind to your mind

We all know about looking after our body with exercise and health food, but do you know about looking after your mind? It is so important to look after your mind, and here are some ways you can do it:

  • Spend time with your family and people you love
  • Keep your mind busy by doing a puzzle or a fun activity
  • Do some colouring in
  • Read a book
  • Have a chat with a friend
  • Spend some time by yourself quietly

What is your favourite way to look after your mind?

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Celebrating Easter

It is Easter! I hope you have enjoyed your Easter activities this week!

Easter is celebrated by Christians, but sometimes people who are not Christians also celebrate Easter too. Christians celebrate Easter because they believe Jesus died and then rose again at this time. Lots of people eat chocolate eggs and hot cross buns – they are yummy!

Are you doing anything special for Easter at home this week? If you are, tell me what you have been doing!

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Kindness matters

It is so important for us to be kind to each other. Sometimes this is easy and sometimes it is hard. But kindness is a special thing that always makes everybody feel happier! If you want people to be kind to you, make sure you are always kind to other people.

Have you done anything kind for somebody? What little acts of kindness have you done that has made somebody smile?

 

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Thanking all our key workers

What is a keyworker? A keyworker is someone who works in a job which keeps all our lives going.

  • Doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who look after people who are sick.
  • Postal workers who deliver our letters and parcels
  • Supermarket workers who make sure we can buy the food we need
  • Delivery drivers who bring things to the supermarkets and other shops
  • Bin men who take all our rubbish away
  • Teachers who look after the children so all these people can go to work

Every Thursday, we are going outside at 8pm to clap for these amazing keyworkers who are going to work everyday so that our country can keep going!

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Smiley Reward – Dragon!

We have been so lucky today to meet a real live dragon! He looked a bit scary, but he was very nice really.

We got to spend some time making green screen videos, where we acted in front of some green material, but then the video looked like we were really in a cave with the dragon! We had such an amazing time.

Well done to everybody who worked hard to earn their smileys for this fantastic reward.

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Algorithms

In our Computing lessons, we have been working on Computer Science. We looked at our key vocabulary word for Year 1 – algorithms.

We talked about what an algorithm is – a set of instructions. We talked about our algorithms for getting ready for school in the morning. We found out some children had different algorithms. Some children eat breakfast last, because they have breakfast at school. Some children choose to brush their teeth before getting dressed. But all of our algorithms all got the same result.

We are going to be looking at how we can write algorithms to make a robot move.

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Our art gallery for our parents

Today, we got to show off our artwork to our parents!

We showed them our final portrait based on Kehinde Wiley’s art.

Our parents were so impressed with all our hard work!

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PE with Miss Makin

In Year 1, we are so lucky to have PE with Miss Makin! We always do lots of fun games and activities.

This week in PE, we have been learning how to turn accurately whilst moving. We practised moving in different ways and making turns with our bodies while we are moving at speed.

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Safer Internet Day

Today we celebrated Safer Internet Day by reading the story ‘Digiduck’s Famous Friend’. We found out that sometimes, people online are not who they say they are, and we need to remember that we don’t talk to strangers on the computer, or anywhere else.

Tell me something you learned from this story.

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Art with Liz Million

Today we have had an amazing time working with Liz Million. She is an artist and she taught us lots about how to draw.

She showed us how to draw portraits and talked about how cartoon portraits are different to realistic portraits. Then we worked together to draw lots of different cartoon portraits. We talked about different facial expressions and how they can show our mood.

Take a look at these great cartoon portraits by Nicole, Amelia and Thomas!

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An RE talk with Mrs Umaji

Today we were so lucky to have Mrs Umaji come to see us! We have started learning about the Islamic faith in RE, and we all thought of and wrote our own questions for Mrs Umaji.

We found out lots of information. Can you tell me what we learned, Year 1?

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Toys!

Over the last couple of weeks, Mrs Thompson’s English group have been reading Dogger by Shirley Hughes. It is set in the past, and it is all about a little boy who loses his favourite toy.

Today, we brought our own toys into school to write about them! We described our toy using lots of adjectives, and we wrote about what we liked to do with our toys. We did some brilliant writing!

(Click the pictures to make them bigger.)

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Eco Committee

We were very lucky today to be able to spend some time with the Eco Committee! They have been working this week to research facts and information to tell us all about litter and recycling.

We learned that:

  • animals and fish can die from the litter we leave 
  • recycling means that materials can be used again and again
  • recycling and putting rubbish 

Then we made posters about litter. Ava’s poster shows us the different recycling bins we can use at home. Aaishah’s poster shows what our world can look like with litter and without litter. Which do you prefer?

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Computing

We have worked hard on our Computing skills since we started Year 1. We are really good at typing and we love playing 2Type on Purple Mash! This is a game which helps us practise our typing skills and get quicker.

We have been typing some sentences about life in the past. Take a look at Alfie’s super work:

We are really good at logging into the computers using our own logins. We can also log in to Purple Mash and log into our school blogs. We love leaving comments on our blog!

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Kehinde Wiley

Today we created our own portraits like Kehinde Wiley’s portraits!

We used Purple Mash to create a patterned background. We also used the iPads to take lots of photos of our faces showing different moods. Then we printed these, cut out our portraits and stuck them together to create our own Kehinde Wiley style pictures!

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Maths

In Year 1, we love Maths! We love learning about numbers and counting. We also love other areas of maths, likes shapes and measuring.

This term, our maths targets are all about telling the time. We have been learning to tell the time to the nearest hour and half hour.

We have also been looking at vocabulary about time. We have learning to read, spell and order the days of the week and the months of the year.

Here is a challenge, Year 1 – can you tell me the times on these clocks?

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School Links with Blackshaw

Wow! We have been so lucky today to meet some amazing new friends from Blackshaw Primary School in Breightmet.

We all had a chance to say hello, and then we split into two groups. We got to play games together in the classroom, work on our drumming skills together with Mr Bamford and we all played together outside. We had such an amazing time, and we really enjoyed meeting our new friends.

What was your favourite part of the day, Year 1?

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Drumming with Mr Bamford

We had such an amazing day today! We were so lucky to have a fantastic drumming workshop with Mr Bamford. He normally works with Year 5, but Year 1 are so fabulous that he decided to work with us too!

We enjoyed lots of drumming on the djembe drums – it was really fun! We also did some dance with Vicky, and looked at different movements and rhythms.

We were so proud at the end of the day to perform to our parents. Thank you to all the parents who came and watched us.

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Inclusion

In Year 1, we do lots of exciting activities in our class. We always make sure that everybody is included in everything that we do.

Some new children in our class do not speak a lot of English. We make sure they are included in our activities, and we help them to learn English so they can join in even more.

Next week, we are looking forward to welcoming some new Year 1 friends from other schools in Bolton. We will make sure that we help them with the activities in our school so they can be included too!

 

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Reading in Year 1

We love to read in Year 1!

Our class author is Julia Donaldson and our class poet is Giles Andreae. We have read lots of books by these authors.

 

We read lots of books by other authors too. This week, we enjoyed reading The Queen’s Hat by Steve Anthony, as part of our Geography topic all about our country. What was your favourite part of this book?

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A Life

Today, we have been very lucky to take part in healthy workshops with A Life! 

This morning, we enjoyed a healthy living workshop. We did lots of activities about how to keep healthy. We learned about brushing our teeth, how to cut down sugar, how much water to drink, good exercise, and fruit and vegetables.

In the afternoon, we did exercise workshops. We learned lots of different ways to move our body, and get some ideas for exercise we can do out of school. 

We all had an amazing time!

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Christmas!

We are having an amazing week! We have been very lucky to enjoy some Christmas crafts, making amazing reindeer masks. 

We are all looking forward to our Christmas party this week – we are planning our groovy moves!

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Smiley Reward – Pantomime

Today, we were so lucky to enjoy a fantastic pantomime – Sleeping Beauty! We really enjoyed watching the show, and joining in with the songs.

Everybody worked really hard to earn their smileys and fill their first smiley cards. Super effort, everybody!

 

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Christmas Show

We have all been working so hard on our Christmas show over the last few weeks!

We performed our show yesterday in the afternoon and in the evening.

We were all so excited to get up on the stage and have a go at our parts. Everybody sang so well, and I am really proud of you all! Well done, 1T!

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Science

Wow, we love Science in Year 1!

We have been learning about different types of plants. We have looked at parts of a plant – leaf, stem, root and flower. We went outside and looked for these plant parts on real plants.

We also learned about deciduous and evergreen trees. Deciduous trees lose their leaves in winter, but evergreen trees stay green all year. We went outside and identified these trees in our playground.

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Our Trip to Bolton Museum

Today, we have enjoyed our amazing trip to Bolton Museum!

We really enjoyed the coach ride to the museum. First, we went into the art gallery to look at the paintings and sculptures, and we drew our favourites. Then we went to the animals section. We looked at the compass points (North, South, East, West) and drew what we could see in each direction. After that, we walked down to the aquarium and we enjoyed looking at all the different types of fish.

After dinner, we took part in a workshop about how children in Bolton lived in the past.

Well done to all our superstars for their excellent listening and behaviour on their first Year 1 trip!

Can you tell me something you learned?

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Rocket Workshop

Today a man called Adrian came into school to show us lots of cool Science! He showed us lots of amazing science experiments. He showed us how to float ketchup in water, how to make balloons fly and he even showed us how to set off a rocket! It was amazing!

“My favourite part was the balloons” – Amelia

“I loved it when the rocket blasted into the corner!” – Leo

“I loved the rocket shooting” – Rayan

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Road Safety Week

This week, we have been learning how to keep safe around the roads. We have learned how to use STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, THINK  to cross the road safely.

We drew our own road outside on the playground and we all practised crossing the road safely.

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Class Assembly

Today we have performed our amazing class assembly all about friendship!

We sang ‘You’re My Best Friend’ and ‘You’ve Got a Friend In Me.’ We really enjoyed ourselves!

“Great assembly Year 1 – well done!” – Nicole’s dad

“Well done everyone, brilliant!” – Santina’s grandma

“Everyone did a super job. Well done 1T!” – James’ dad

“Fantastic assembly! Well done Year 1T! All should be very proud.” – twins’ mum

“Well done everyone!” – Lucy’s mum

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Poppy Workshop

Today, we have taken part in a workshop all about Remembrance. We talked about the wars and how soldiers died to protect us. We talked about poppies and why they are so important. We performed drama and dance all about Remembrance.

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Anti-Bullying Week

We have been talking about bullying this week. We have been talking about what bullying is and how to make sure it doesn’t happen in our school.

We know that bullying happens lots of time, by the same person who is trying on purpose to upset you. We know that bullying can be:

  • hurting
  • name-calling
  • leaving people out

There are lots of other behaviours that could be bullying if they happen lots of times on purpose, too.

We have started to practise our class assembly, which is all about the importance of friendship.

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School Links

Every year, our school links with another school in Bolton and we enjoy meeting up to meet new friends. In Year 1 this year, we are linking with The Valley!

We are enjoying writing to our new friends, and we are really looking forward to meeting them all soon!

If you are from The Valley, feel free to leave us a comment to say hello!

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Maths in Year 1 – shape

Year 1 have been working on shape in maths this week. We have recapped the names of 2D shapes, and looked at how many sides they have.

We used the BeeBots to help us practise shape names and direction vocabulary, such as left and right. We wrote programs for the BeeBots to travel from one shape to another, such as from the hexagon to the triangle.

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Geography – Compasses

In Geography, we have been learning how to use compasses. We found North, and then worked out where South, East and West were. We worked to pairs to see what was in each direction on the playground.

In the classroom, we worked out what we could see in the North, South, East and West.

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Autumn leaf hunt

Today, Year 1 have been outside on an autumn leaf hunt! We used a leaf ID spotter to identify what leaves we had found. We found:

  • sycamore
  • willow
  • birch

We also worked with our adults at home to collect leaves in our local area. We brought these into school and sorted these in the classroom.

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Smiley Reward

Wow! What an amazing afternoon we have had at the smiley reward!

We met a real life dinosaur! He was very big and a bit scary, but we were all so brave and he was very nice really.

We also worked with Joe and Sam to make some green screen dinosaur videos!

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Portrait Art Gallery

Over this half term, we have been working hard on our portrait skills. We have looked at where features are on our face, and how to paint with watercolours.

Check out a selection of our portraits in our online gallery!

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