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12/05/2022- Discover Story Centre Visit
On May 11th the Year 1 classes went to the Discover Centre in Stratford for a story workshop on The 100 Story Hotel. When we arrived there, we were greeted by a guide and played some games to make sure that we hadn’t forgotten our listening hats. Our guide read the story ‘The Odd Dog Out’ and we created soundscapes for the pictures. Soon after, we entered The 100 Story Hotel and tried to solve the mystery of the missing story. Through working together, we eventually discovered who stole the story.
6/05/2022- Religious Education
This week we have been learning about Hinduism. We learnt about the 5 duties of a Hindu and then created a dart board thinking about the most important belief and least important belief. Swipe right to see examples of our work.
For Art this week, we have been looking at the artist Eileen Agar and trying to reproduce her work. The children printed objects that were related to an animal so they could use them in a collage. They printed leaves for a monkey, snowflakes for a polar bear and shells for a crab. Eileen Agar is known for using different materials in her collages; it is for this reason the children are getting the resources together to finish off their final products.
This week we have started looking at multiplication by making groups and counting in 5s. For this activity we investigated a problem of making 4 equal groups and 3 unequal groups and showing all the different ways we could show them using double sided counters. The children enjoyed the opportunity to investigate an open ended problem.
This term for Science Year 1 has been learning about ‘Animals Including Humans’. We have been putting animals into different categories like what they eat or their species. We know that carnivores only eat meat like a lion, herbivores only eat plants like a horse, and that omnivores eat both meat and plants like a human. The highlight or the term was when the farm came to visit and we were able to meet some of the animals that we had been studying.
This week we have been working on becoming independent writers by using our writing checklist to extend our writing. We then looked at how we can underline key learning such as conjunctions. Here is an example of our work.
In Year one this week, Mr Ervalho asked the children to summarise what they do for reading and this is what they had to say:
“In Year 1 we know how to read quietly and calmly. We read with our partners. We can read as quiet as a mouse. We help each other read words that we don’t know. In Year 1 we learn new words. In Year 1 we read a story book with our partners. We read our stories slowly. We take care and share our books in Year 1”. Year 1 pupils
This week Year 1 has been learning about the parable ‘The Prodigal Son’. It is about a son who asks his dad for money and then spends it all and is forced to return home embarrassed. But instead of the father shaming him for being wasteful, the son is welcomed back home and embraced. You can see that we freeze framed the part of the story where the son comes back home and is greeted by his father.
In year 1, we have been looking at friendship and what it takes to be a good friend so we role played a scenario where children were upset and what we could do to console them. The children came up with ideas like giving them a hug, playing with them, telling them a joke, or making them laugh.
24/02/2022- Geography Parent Workshop
On the 22nd of February Orange class had their Geography Theme Term Parents Workshop to recreate the local area using junk modelling to recreate some of the buildings in Manor Park. The children have been learning about Our Local Area and had a visit from Barnaby Bear who came to Manor Park and took some pictures of the buildings he saw as he visited our school. The children then had to recreate these buildings using various pieces of junk and were able to make the local Post Office, Tesco, and Manor Park Library. It was a very exciting workshop that both the children and parents enjoyed!
10/02/2022-Mental Health Week
For Children's Mental Health week, the children in Year 1 created a calm picture. They drew things that made them feel calm and happy. The children were also listening to relaxing music while they created their drawings.
This week in our Computing lessons we revisited our learning from last week and had a discussion about how to be safe online. We then moved onto looking at recipes and how they are written in a simple format so that everyone can understand the instructions. Next, we wrote instructions on how to make a sandwich. We made use of key vocabulary such as: recipe, first, second and then.
This week Year 1 has been looking at making ‘Related Facts’ and using manipulatives in order to be successful at this. The children used counters, cubes, 10 frames and double sided counters to make fact families. They worked systematically to ensure that they didn’t miss any number facts along the way. The children were able to find all the number facts for a number for both addition and subtraction.
20/01/2022- Florence Nightingale
Over the last few weeks Year 1 has been learning about Florence Nightingale and the impact that she had on nursing. We had a ‘Now Press Play’ workshop where we listened to a story about Florence Nightingale and her time in Crimea during the Crimean War. The children learnt about how Florence helped the soldiers by cleaning the hospital, giving them good food, and administering medicine. The children role played the story as they listened to it and were able to get a sense of the impact that she had.
13/01/2022-Grace and Family
This week Year 1 had been reading their new book ‘Grace and Family’. It is about a little girl, Grace, who visits her father in Gambia and has an amazing time there. We started our week by thinking about what the story could be about and what questions we want to ask about it. Next, we started reading the story and thinking about how Grace felt at the beginning of the story and started writing sentences about her emotions.
17/12/2021- Making Wreaths
This week Year 1 had been getting ready for Christmas by making wreaths. The children coloured in baubles and then cut them out and added them to their wreaths. These preparations come on the heels of our trip to the Methodist Church where we learnt about modern Christmas celebrations like decorating the tree and house as well as us learning about the Nativity and the importance of Christmas to Christians.
9/12/2021- Methodist Church Visit
On December 8th Year went to the Manor Park Methodist Church Christmas Journey. The children were able to learn about the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus. They met the wise men and learnt about the gifts that they gave Jesus, they met a shepherd and explored what he does, and even met Mary and Joseph. The children had a fantastic time and enjoyed learning about the Christmas story.
This term for Science we started off looking at Seasonal Change and what the similarities and differences are between the four seasons. We looked at Autumn and what the weather is like and how it differs from the other seasons. The following lessons we have been working on Investigations and using our senses to look at different fruits.
26/11/2021- Why Do Christians Give Gifts?
This week Year 1 continued to learn about Christmas and why Christians give gifts to one another at this time. We learned about the Three Wise Men and the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh that they gave to Baby Jesus. The children discussed the reason Christians give gifts and it is because the Wise Men gave gifts to a special baby. It is because of this that Christians give gifts to one another at Christmas.
This week we have been Exploraptors and have been learning about addition and subtraction and comparing them to see which was greater than or less than. We had practical lessons using double sided counters and a number track to work out some subtraction number facts. We also made towers out of cubes to compare them with our partners, and compared different number facts to see which was greater than or less than.
11/11/2021- Reading in Year 1
Year 1 has been enjoying reading this week. We have been reading in class, the Library and the Reading Garden. We have been sharing books with one another and delving into a book. The children particularly liked reading outdoors in the Reading Garden. The library was an amazing experience as well because it was the first time we used the library.
5/11/2021- How Do Christians Celebrate Christmas?
This term we are looking at 'How do Christian celebrate Christmas?’. We started this by looking at gifts that we have received and how it made us feel when we received these gifts. The children were able to describe how they felt with words like thrilled and overjoyed. Then we moved onto thinking of a special person to give a gift to and what gift we could give them. The children thought of people like their mums, dads and siblings and wanted to give them thank you cards and rings.
This week in our Mathematics learning we created a bar model. We used different manipulatives to make a number and then wrote the fact families. The children have enjoyed using a manipulative of their choice to make the number.
14/10/2021- Provision in Year 1
Over the course of the term the children have been enjoying the provision that has been set out for them. We have enjoyed painting a bus that was used as part of a role play, we went shopping at Tesco for snacks and we have enjoyed making spaceships from Lego. The children have had the opportunity to talk about the things they are doing and sharing their ideas with others.
During our free flow time the children have enjoyed reading the books in the book corner. Pupils have the opportunity to choose a book of their choice and delve into it with a friend or alone. One of the most popular books in year 1 is a story book called ‘Chocolate Cake’ which is about a boy who wakes up in the middle of the night to eat a whole chocolate cake and another favourite is ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes the Avengers’. The children love reading stories and having stories read to them.
30/9/2021- One More, One Less
Year 1 has been looking at Place Value this term in Mathematics. Here are some pictures of children exploring numbers and counting this week. We played snakes and ladders to explore counting, we looked for one more and one less using a ten frame, and we challenged our partners to see who could reach the end first in the ‘Incy WIncy Spider’ counting game.
This week Year 1 has been reading the poem ‘Kimmy’ by Eloise Greenfield which is about a dog and how he loves to play football with its owner. The children went to the hall and explored different ways to use the ball. We discussed what a verb is and how to move the ball, for example, throw it, roll it, catch it, kick it, and sit on it.
Year 1 has been looking at the nursery rhyme ‘London Bridge’. They explored this nursery rhyme by playing a game, where two children made the London Bridge using their body and dropped their arms to illustrate the bridge falling down as they walked under it. They sang the song beautifully whilst playing the game. We have been using drama as a way to delve deeper into a text.
10/09/2021- Back to School for Year 1
Our Year 1 pupils have settled well into KS1 this week and are becoming familiar with the routines and structure of the school day.
This week In Blue class during free flow the children have loved pretending to be the teacher and writing sounds. We have had a focus on pretending to be the shopkeeper and customer and using 1ps and 2ps accurately in our play.
We had our parents in today to help us learn to ride a bike!
This week we have been celebrating Diversity week and learning about Brazil. We learnt about the flag and what the colours represent. We then wrote about them and remembered to use a capital letter, finger space and full stop.
This week in Reception we have been investigating how the ball can roll fast and slow using guttering and colourful balls.
The children have been using the balance bikes and trying to find space and negotiate how to move their body to ensure they stay balanced on the bike.
We love our learning!
This week during free flow we have been making 10 in different ways using double sided counters. We then moved onto recording in different ways. Some of us recorded the number sentence as dots and some used the numbers. We are really enjoying playing with numbers.
This week in Reception we have also been looking at building our fine motor skills using different mediums. We have been using theraputty, bolts and tracing over lines, we have had new and exciting activities every week to support the development of all the muscles in our hand and arm!
We loved our visit from ZooLab today!
Our World Book Day Celebrations
We have loved seeing our friends again.
Reception are working very hard at home, look at Mohammad's home learning!
Working together junk modelling
Family Friday Mark Making
We made delicious spring rolls.
Child Initiated play is defined as play that is instigated, led and controlled by us rather than the adults. A child led play scenario allows us to control the direction and narrative of our play experiences. It is only Monday morning and we are already so engaged in our learning. The provision set out by our teachers supports us having our own ideas and play with what we know, we choose how to use the resources and learn through these first hand experiences.
We joined Joe Wicks in his 24 hour PE session to support Children in Need
Looking at movement
It is too cold for our water play at the minute but we still love exploring and discovering how these giant marbles travel along the guttering. We enjoy problem solving and building the runs for the marbles, we were trying to get the marbles to land in the large bucket. We worked together and felt a great sense of achievement when the marble hit the bottom of the bucket.
Construction Play is proven to make a difference to the way we think and complete tasks. It's a form of play that aids our growth and development. Construction play can be crazily vast. Simple things such as counting bricks, measuring weight and moving objects all contribute to making a us think outside the box. We all have different ways of learning and thinking (at different stages too). Open-ended activities allow us to grow and develop to our full potential.
When we engage in this way of playing, we will start to ask ourselves the question 'what if?' - an indication we are challenging ourselves. For example, we may stack blocks as high as we can until they fall down or put a particular amount of water into a bucket when using scales to see how full it should be before it becomes unbalanced. These simple things are constantly stimulating our brain. Playing with a variety of building and creative products helps build our self-confidence and encourages our independent learning too.
Family Friday Physical Development
Developing our fine motor skills
We are such good friends in Reception.
Family Friday - 9th October 2020
Supporting our number development and problem solving
What exciting provision we have in our Reception this week!
Our learning this week
Our first full week
We are so excited to be back in school!
New Reception Starters!
Our Reception classrooms and outdoor area are all set up ready for our children to explore! Red and Blue classes will start their phased return from next week and we look forward to welcoming them very soon!
Look what we are having built!
Meet our new fish!
Science Day in Reception
We have been exploring filling containers and developing our mathematical vocabulary
We visited the Fire Station!
Snack Table Problem Solving
Freshly baked bread in Reception!
Parent Bike Sessions
Our Teen and Toddler Project
Happy New Year!
We have made a great start in Reception to the new year and the start of our new topic. This week we have been learning about all the different people who help us. We were focusing on police and role playing different scenarios that police might help people with. Here are some of us role playing a police officer arresting robbers who stole money.
What a way to finish 2019!
Father Christmas came to visit
Physical Development at Family Friday
Our families found out about how we get taught in our PE sessions in today's Family Friday. Mr Mason showed our families that we have been working on our balancing skills and all our gross motor skills. He encouraged our families to help us take risks by jumping of the equipment and performing tricky balances.
In the classroom our families had the opportunity to work on our fine motor skills with us. We love it when our little brothers and sisters learn alongside us.
We have been working on our fine motor skills
Our Teen and Toddler group helped us develop our cycling skills
Making our Monsters
We were making monsters today that had 8 features. The number 8 is the number we have been thinking about this week. We added eyes and horns and mouths to make the number bond to 8. We are really good at talking about numbers and about what we notice, sometimes we even surprise our teachers with the comments we make!
Sharing our reading at Family Friday
We had a visit from Falconry UK
Practicing our balancing skills
Number day at Family Friday
Who would be the winner?
Shopping for our 'So Much' party
Look at our 'So Much' party!
At Family Friday today our parents and carers looked at our special books and filled in some star moments with us. We have lots of significant moments in our learning that happen at home so our parents can fill in a star moment to capture this, it helps our teachers assess our learning and is a great way for our parents and carers to contribute to our special books.
Cooking for our Family
We are all developing our balance on our bikes.
Over the last few weeks we have been learning to ride bikes without stabilisers. We are learning how to balance on them first, then how to hold onto the handle bars, and finally how to ride them. Here are two of us that are riding a bike on our own for the first time. It has been a great learning experience!
We are builders!
We enjoyed using the big blocks to make a castle for a Giant. We used tools to role play being builders and have been stacking the blocks to make walls. When they have fallen we have been Solvatops and tried different techniques to make the walls stronger.