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Mr Wraight, Mrs McGrath and Mrs Wright

Term 2

Heroes and Villains

 

What makes you a hero or villain?

This Term we are looking at heroes and villains. We are asking ourselves What makes a hero or villain? The children have discussed this question and have come up with lots of ideas and further questions they would like to explore throughout the term. We will be kicking off the term by looking at Guy Fawkes and working out whether he was a hero or a villain. 

Thank you for your fantastic home challenge work there are some great examples that you can have a look at in the classroom. 

GUY FAWKES DAY

 

We have had a really exciting day today in Purple Class re-enacting the Gunpowder Plot and having fun being members of King James I's royal court!

 

We started the day being greeted by King James I (Mr Wraight) at the door and went on to create our own crowns to make us feel just as Royal. Once we were feeling suitably regal, we worked together to create a model of the Houses of Parliament; for us to meet together to discuss really important issues.

 

Whilst all this was going on, Blue class were busy creating hats and gunpowder, plotting against us with Guy Fawkes (Miss Boxer). 

 

In the afternoon, we set off to the Houses of Parliament (the hall!) to meet and discuss those really important issues. Unfortunately when we got there, we discovered that Guy Fawkes and his friends (Blue Class) were there and had planted some gunpowder in the cellar, so we had to get together and arrest Guy Fawkes and his friends!

 

We then recited together:

'Remember, remember the fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot.

I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot'

 

Take a look at the photographs to see how much fun we had! smiley

Pizza Express Trip

 

We had a fantastic day today at Pizza Express, learning about how to make a pizza by having a go at shaping the dough, adding tomato sauce (or Pasata!) and adding Mozarella cheese. 

 

We then watched as the Pizza's were placed in the oven to cook! 

 

The best bit (well for Mr Wraight and Mrs McGrath anyway!) was when we were back in school and got to eat what we had made - it was yummy!  

 

Take a look at the photographs of us having a great time...

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History

 

This week we have been learning about Guy Fawkes and his failed attempt at blowing u the Houses of Parliament. 

 

We have drawn sketches of Guy Fawkes and thought about adjectives to describe him.

 

We also learned about why we celebrate bonfire/firework night on the 5th November and wrote acrostic FIREWORK poems in our English work. 

 

We have also talked about keeping ourselves safe when near fireworks or bonfires.

English

 

This term we are focusing on story telling in our writing and will be reading the stories 'There is no dragon in this story' by Lou Carter and 'The Paper bag Princess' by Robert Munsch. The children will have the opportunity to explore what makes a good story and attempt to write their own stories with distinct beginnings, middles and endings.

 

We will also be going on beach walks this term and look forward to taking part in lots of drama activities linked to these stories. Please sign up to help us walk to and from the beach as without your support we are not able to take the children.

Term 1

Food, Glorious Food!

Is this healthy or not?

 

 

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Arcimboldo Art

 

We have really enjoyed learning about Arcimboldo and recreating some of his work using leftover fruit and vegetables. I am sure you will agree, our efforts are fantastic and that there are some budding artists in Purple Class! smiley

Favourite Foods

 

A big thank you to all the children who have taken photographs of themselves eating their favourite foods. We will be displaying these in the cloakroom area - do pop in and have a look. There is still time to bring in your photograph if you have not yet done so!

English

 

We have started our exciting Year 1 writing journey looking at the classic picture book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. We have used this text to help us to remember the days of the week and begin to learn to spell these. we have enjoyed memorising the different foods that the caterpillar ate each day.

 

We have also been learning about the countries of the UK and their capital cities. To coincide with our topic, we have also tasted some traditional foods from each country.

 

We had great fun tasting and came up with some fantastic adjectives to describe what we could taste, smell, feel and see.

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Maths

 

The children have  had a great start back, and have been really busy in maths. In Week 1 we read Eric Carle's  'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' in which the children had to order correctly the days of the week; The children also did some counting and addition. This week we have been focusing on number bonds to 10 (perhaps you could try this at home). We have been using 'Maths of the Day' activities, counters and 10 frames to do lots of practical activities. 

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Science

 

In Science this term we are learning about 'animals including humans' and will be looking at different animal groups (mammals, reptiles etc), parts of the human body and how to stay fit and healthy.

 

 

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PE

 

This term our PE is Netball and Tennis. Our PE days this term are Monday and Friday - please make sure you have your PE kit in school on these days.

 

We are very excited that our Tennis lessons are being taught by a qualified tennis coach from Appeti Tennis - we look forward to learning some great new skills.

 

In Netball we are learning all of the skills required to play a successful game including travelling, passing and shooting, as well as teamwork.

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