As part of Topic in Year 1, we have been looking at shadows and how they are created. We had the perfect opportunity on Thursday to get out and explore the shadows we could find in the school playground. We also made shadow puppets with our hands and drew around the shadows of different items to see how they changed later in the day. We are going to use our understanding of how shadows are made and use this to discover the science behind night and day.
Some of the children’s comments:
“When it is sunny, your shadow copies you.”
“When you walk around, your shadow will follow you.”
“When the sun is behind you, you block the sun and that creates the shadow on the floor.”
Year 1 had a great time at Exeter Forest School. We were able to do lots of fun and very messy activities that related to our ‘What is Hot and What is Cold?’ topic, linking it to Fireworks Night. The children were able to make firework pictures using only natural resources they could find and they made their own fires to cook marshmallows on. The children also got to make their own dens and discover the different areas on the site such as Mud Mount, the Bog of Doom and the mud kitchen.
On Wednesday we surprised the children with a visit from Exeter Exotics as part of our Hot and Cold topic. The children met a corn snake, a blue tongued skink, a baby sugar glider, a black and white Argentine tegu, a tarantula and two skunks! They learnt where they come from, how each animal is adapted to the country they live in and what they eat. We all had a fantastic time. Thank you to Exeter Exotics.
It was lovely to welcome Year 1 to school today and we had some new faces too. Neil and Jenny the tortoises! The tortoises' visit was very exciting and the children found out that they are herbivores, that tortoises hibernate and what makes them living creatures. Children felt and described their shells and drew pictures of them. We look forward to having the tortoises with us for the rest of the week.
Year 1 really enjoyed finding out about Mrs Whalley's most recent visit to Nayamba in Zambia. Pupils had thought of lots of questions to ask and they listened with interest as Mrs Whalley told them about the Nayamba school day and the children's lives. Year 1 were fascinated to learn the children didn't have any toys and that they made their own. We loved seeing the photos and looking at how happy children were using and playing with resources that had been brought over.
We will have to incorporate toy making into our GOAL time!
We have enjoyed going to the allotment today. We looked at all the fruit and vegetable plants and then shared our own growing stories. Finally we planted some Swiss Chard seeds. We think they may be sprouting when we visit the allotment again. Mrs Pike picked us some strawberries which were ready and after washing them we tried them back at school. The strawberries were delicious!
Toby's Reclamation kindly lent Year 1 some of their treasures! The children were able to organise the artefacts into old, new and from a long time ago. Pupils enjoyed studying the items carefully and creating an observational drawing. Maisie's and Jessica's artwork can be seen in the photographs. Pupils were also able to compare how things have changed with the invention of electricity, batteries and the use of plastic. Pupils looked at old and new irons, door bells, sewing machines and weighing scales and considered how they have changed and developed. Many thanks to Toby's Reclamation.
Thank you so much to parents/guardians and children for the amazing effort that was put into the children's World Book Day costumes. The pupils looked fantastic and it made the day feel really special! After showing off our costumes and explaining a little bit about our favourite book characters Year 1 and Year 2 teamed up to research different authors and make posters. We spent some time sharing books with class 4W/5C which the children really loved and we finished the day with a sharing assembly.
Everyone went home with a World Book Day voucher - don't forget to use yours before 26th March!
We had a wonderful time at the model village today. We loved looking at the tiny houses, buildings and people. The children couldn't quite believe their eyes and were so excited and enthusiastic about the village. We picked three places for our innovate section of our sequence linked to ' Naughty Bus' . The pond, the dragon figure and the zoo!
This week in GOAL time children have been writing their own stories. Kade worked very hard on his extremely long story! In this photo his friends are helping him to hold it, they had to be photographed on the playground it was so long. Christabel and Georgiana showed brilliant engagement and motivation writing stories that stretched across the whole classroom!
BREAKING NEWS! There has been a mysterious break in over the weekend in Year 1's role play area. The Three Bears' cottage has been ransacked, their porridge was eaten and chairs upturned. Having considered the trail of evidence Year 1 have concluded that it must have been Goldilocks and have created posters describing her. So if you see Goldilocks make sure you tell a teacher immediately!
Key Stage One went to St Martin's Church today to perform the Nativity and share Christmas Wishes. The Christmas story was brought to life with some lovely enthusiastic singing of our Wriggly Nativity songs and acted out by some Year 1 volunteers. Thank you to Reverend John and the parents that came with us.