Writing instructions for our friends in Year R!
As you can see from our pictures below, our plants are thriving in the polytunnel! Our friends in Year R have been reading the stories "The Tiny Seed" and "Oliver's vegetables", just like us! We thought it would be a great opportunity to write them instructions on how to plant seeds of their own. We gifted them some sunflower seeds and had a zoom call on Friday to share our instructions. The children loved seeing their old teachers and the Year R children enjoyed the experience too!
In Year 1 we are going ga-ga for gardening! Now that we finally have some beautiful weather, we are on a missing to make our outdoor area look as beautiful as possible. Because we are scientists in year one, we are learning all about the parts of a plant and what they need to grow. In English we are using the story "The curious gardener" to write diary entries from the perspective of a little boy who gardens an entire city!
Here are some pictures of all the fun we have been having over the past couple of weeks.
Fancy dress Friday!
This week we celebrated another amazing week of home learning with Fancy Dress Friday.
As part of Children's Mental Health week, we had been learning all about self-expression.
It felt like the perfect time to choose our favorite outfits and end the week with a dance off.
Here are some of our amazing costumes.
We are so proud of the resilience our children have shown both in school and when learning at home. We are still smiling and working hard. Well done everyone!
The Queens Knickers and the Queens Handbag!
In Year one over the past couple of weeks we have been learning all about Her Majesty the Queen!
In English we designed our own pair of VIP knickers and wrote sentences to describe what they might look like.
We also thought of questions we might ask the Queen if she visited our school.
We wrote diary entries from the perspective of the Queens royal knicker keeper!
In Art we created some fantastic portraits of the Queen and her corgis. We also learned to draw Buckingham palace.
Here is some of our amazing work!
Amazing online learning!
This half term our year one children have blown us away with their amazing attitude towards their learning at home.
At the start of the term we chose to use "Meerkat Mail" by Emily Gravett as our text driver. We even had a visit from Sunny the Meerkat!
In English we wrote postcards, letters and made wanted posters for the pesky jackal!
In Geography we studied the human and physical features of the Kalahari desert. We thought about which areas of our school would be most suitable for Sunny during his stay at Balksbury.
In Science we learned about different animal classifications and compared Sunny the Meerkat with Miss Bolton's pet dog Polly.
Our Text : Tree by Britta Teckentrup
In science and English this week we have been learning all about the different seasons. We made clay characters on the trees and wrote about what our characters would see in the woodland all year round. Have a look below at some of our creations and writing!
We have been investigating 'sharing' in maths, here some examples of our fantastic sharing...
A Warm Welcome from the Year One team!
We have been enthusiastic scientific investigators by creating baskets that would protect Humpty from breaking, we learnt about different materials and how they could be used to protect our eggs.
Our letters to Zin Zan...
To celebrate Poetry at Balksbury we created a Poet-tree to share our thoughts...
Our reflection areas
We have really enjoyed thinking about who are important to us and shared those important people in our Reflection Areas...
When a Tiger Came to Tea!
A big, furry, stripy tiger came knocking on the door. We let him in and he was very hungry. He looked in all the cupboards but he had already eaten most of our fruit at playtime. He said he liked sandwiches, buns, cake, chicken, daddy's beer, tea and all the water in the tap. Sadly we could only offer him one banana and so he left in search of more food. We discussed what we could do to prepare ourselves for next time he comes as he did say he would be back!
Paschal Candle Ceremony
We had a Paschal Candle Ceremony. We began by sitting in a circle in the dark and thinking about what darkness means to us. Then, the Paschal Candle was brought in and we watched as more candles were lit from the Paschal Candle. The centre of the room was filled with light and the children were spellbound gazing at the flames. Gradually, we gathered closer to the flame and thought about how Christians feel when they think about Jesus' light in the darkness. We said a prayer and blew out the candle, imagining we are Christians taking Jesus' light into our heart and minds.
We Love Spectacled Bears!
We have been learning about how we can achieve goals with practice and perseverance. In PE, we supported our partners to navigate around the hall without touching the floor. Many of the children tackled equipment in ways they had not felt confident to previously.
We looked closely at photographs of an unknown place. We described the physical and human geography we could see and built the places using junk modelling, plasticine, Lego and craft materials. We noticed that in some of the photos the place looked dry and hot. However the people were wearing warm clothes so we thought it must not be hot after all. We saw that they were making their own clothes and the place has mountains and forests. We also noticed that some people live in big cities and other people live in small villages with houses made from straw. Later we learned that this place was Peru!
We found a message in a bottle! We read the message and discussed what we should do next. We wrote to Mrs Holloway to ask if we could follow the instructions and dig to see if we could find anything. It took us a little while to solve the riddle but once we did, we went on an expedition to see if we were right. We took turns to dig in the ground until, to our great excitement, we hit something solid. We pulled it out of the ground and it turned out to be a bag with a box inside. Once we had brought our find inside we all took turns to look inside the box and describe what we could see.
Message in a Bottle
Computing Lessons. Learning how to use 'Paint' to Create a Self Portrait.
This week we have been learning about how to use exclamations in our writing. We went on a virtual tour of the Houses of Parliament and practised exclaiming about the wonderful things we had seen. Click the link below for the tour...