This term the children in Year One have been doing Gymnastics in PE. They have learned the Arch, Dish, Pike, Star, Straddle, Straight and Tuck positions. They have learned to balance on different parts of their bodies and to jump safely from the floor and from apparatus. They have learned to combine positions to create short routines.
On Wednesday all the children at Blandford St Mary Primary school used their scientific enquiry skills to solve a problem.
It all started in the morning when the children in Years One and Two came together to read the story 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'. In the story Mr Grinling, the lighthouse keeper, has difficulty getting his lunch safely from his home to his lighthouse. He asked the children for their help to solve this problem.
First the children in Year One talked about their ideas for solving the problem and recorded these ideas in groups on big pieces of paper. Then there was a knock at the door. Mrs Wellman had come to visit us with a big box and a letter. The letter was from Mr Grinling and the parcel contained lots of different materials that he thought the children might find helpful. The children investigated the materials they had been given, thinking of adjectives to describe their properties. With this in mind they chose a material to protect their tester food - a strawberry! First they had to look closely at their strawberry to make sure they knew exactly what it looked like to start with. They drew a picture of it in their books. Then they worked in pairs to prepare their strawberries and then we decided that to test the effectiveness of the materials we should try to test them all fairly. We chose to drop each of the packages 3 times from the same height by standing on the benches outside year one. When all the packages had been tested the children checked their strawberries - some had lasted better than others! The children drew their own conclusions about the effectiveness of the different materials by arranging the strawberries in order from most to least squished!
The children enjoyed a special assembly today by the Dorset Waste Partnership. They learned clever ways to help their parents and carers reduce food waste.
During our circle time this afternoon Year One were thinking about our fantastic world and considering the importance of looking after it for future generations. We decided to take action and spent some time outside tidying up our school grounds. We considered the British Values that we had demonstrated in completing our task.
The children guessed the location of England on a World Map. They explained their decisions using their knowledge of the country.
These are some of the things that they said...
"England is quite big but some other countries are bigger"
"England has beaches so it is by the sea"
"England is close to Wales so it must be near like this country"
The children had a BIG surprise this week when they returned to the classroom to find it in a huge mess. It seemed somebody had been in there - the elephant and the bad baby! The clues in the classroom suggested that they had been charging through Blandford taking things. We decided to draw story maps of their possible route and wrote our own version of the story to share with our parents and carers at our class assembly.
The children have had a fantastic week learning about enterprise. They have been involved in market research, design, manufacture and evaluation. Having made some fantastic products the children made an impressive £50 at the Enterprise Fair! Well Done Year One!
The children were invited to come to school today dressed as what they would like to be when they are older. The children had a range of career ambitions including doctors, vets, engineers and even teachers!
To support their learning during Enterprise Week the children were lucky to go 'behind the scenes' at Tesco to look at how the business operates. They saw where the food is stored, where rubbish is stored and even where the frozen food is kept cold!
The children enjoy playing this game to practise their number bonds to 10 and 20!
For their home learning this week the children have produced some lovely thank you cards for the staff and volunteers at the Priest's House Museum. The Museum staff were delighted to receive them!
Today the children in Year One had a fantastic time on their trip to the Priest's House Museum in Wimborne! They enjoyed four fantastic workshop sessions - Victorian Kitchen, Victorian Washday, Victorian Ironmongers and Victorian Toys. All the children behaved brilliantly throughout the day and were a credit to the school as well as their families. They also looked fabulous in their Victorian costumes! Thank you to all the parents and carers who worked so hard to produce such brilliant outfits, as well as to the staff and parents who accompanied the children on their trip to make sure it ran smoothly.
This week the children in Year One have been adding one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20 using practical apparatus and a number line. The pictures below show fantastic examples of addition using a number line.
In Art the children have been sketching and painting their favourite characters from the film 'Oliver'. First they practised on whiteboards so they could edit their drawings as they went. When they were ready they did a final drawing on cartridge paper which they painted using watercolours. All the children should be very pleased with their artwork!
Yesterday the children watched the part of the film where Oliver arrives in Victorian London. They worked in small teams to draw pictures to show all the different jobs they could see in the film on their whiteboards. Below are some examples.
This week the children in Year One have started reading the story 'Oliver Twist' and watching corresponding video clips from the film 'Oliver'. They have been absolutely fascinated by the story so far and have enjoyed exploring the emotions of the different characters through role play and freeze frame.
Look at their angry faces!
Each week the children in Year One spend time reading with their Year 6 buddies. All the children really enjoy these occasions. The older buddies can help the younger children to develop their strategies for reading, as well as helping them to enjoy a wider range of stories than they could read on their own by reading to them.
Year One enjoyed making calendars to give to their friends or families as Christmas gifts. They concentrated very hard when drawing their self-portraits.
They also used different printing skills to make Christmas cards.
Can you guess what they used print their snowmen?
Year One had a fantastic time on Party Day!
The children looked fantastic in their Christmas jumpers. In the morning they played lots of different games and had the chance to win prizes. Alex won 'pin the nose on the snowman' and Lily-Mai was champion of the bop-it tournament!
Later on they each designed a placemat to decorate their place at the Christmas table. The children voted that Erica's placemat was the most Christmassy!
At lunchtime the children enjoyed a delicious buffet of savoury and sweet treats they had brought in from home!
After lunch Father Christmas visited the children in the hall and delivered a huge sack full of wonderful presents! The children were so excited to see what they had been brought!
x Thank You Father Christmas! x
Year One enjoyed their Christmas dinner at school today!
Well done Year One for your fantastic performances in the Nativity!
The children have been learning about money this week.
They learnt to recognise the value of different coins and some were able to find ways of making different amounts. They baked cupcakes in preparation for their class assembly on Friday and enjoyed sharing their learning with their parents and carers!
The children in Years One and Two enjoyed coming together this afternoon to share their writing. The Year Two children were very impressed with our Dear Zoo stories - Well Done Year One!
Luca from Year Two visited the children in Year One to show them his pet minibeasts. First Luca showed them the millipede. The children noticed that his millipede was 'black' and had lots of 'tiny legs'. Danai thought there might even be a thousand legs!
Each of the children had the chance to touch Luca's millipede. They were all very careful and remembered to be gentle. Here are some of the words they used to describe the millipede...
Erica - smooth
Elena - lumpy
Connor - bumpy
Ellis - hard
Max BM - tough
They also looked at and touched Luca's 16 stick insects! The children thought hard about why it might be helpful for the stick insects to look like sticks. They decided it would help them to hide from predators in the jungle. Harrison remembered the word 'camouflage' and Tallulah remembered a story she had read about a chameleon who was camouflaged too!
The children were keen to find out what foods different jungle animals eat. They learnt the terms 'Carnivore', 'Omnivore' and 'Herbivore'.
The children did lots of activities linked to the story Dear Zoo. They made their own zoos using construction. They had to consider how much space each of the animals would need, what food they would have to eat, and which animals could and could not live in the same enclosures!
The children's first topic in Year One was 'Rumble in the Jungle'. The children enjoyed playing in the jungle role play area. They created their own jungle animals to decorate the walls inside.
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