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?
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?
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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!
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!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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
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.
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.