Thursday 16th January
This week in English as part of the 'Primary Writing Project' we have used a story map to retell the story 'Whatever Next'. We have practised using our very best story telling voices and thought, as a class about actions that would help us when retelling the story. We hope you enjoy our performance...
Thursday 9th January
Happy new year to all our children and their families. We hope you had a lovely Christmas holiday.
This week in England class, we have been thinking about our new years resolutions. We came up with some class resolutions and talked about why we think that they're important...
Our New Year Resolutions for 2020.
- Be kind to everyone and prove it by being kind to everyone.
- Listen to other people.
- Look after each other and our classroom and all the things in it.
- Help each other.
- If someone gets hurt or is feeling sad give them a cuddle.
- Stop using plastic because it breaks our world. Recycle your plastic so we can make something new with it.
- Cross your legs on the carpet.
- Help and look after all the animals in the world.
- Stop littering the whole world because it hurts animals and plants. Keep the world clean and tidy.
I'm sure you'll agree that their ideas are pretty amazing. Staff were particularly impressed with the children's awareness of environmental issues - we are so proud of our little eco warriors!
Thursday 19th December
England class are all partied out!
What a fabulous morning at our Christmas party. We danced, played games, ate party food and danced some more. We thought our grown ups would like to see some photographs...
Tuesday 17th December
We had quite a magical start to our day this morning...
We all got on the bus to go to Gibside for a reindeer trail. We had to look for reindeer sacks. We found 9 sacks they all had the names of Santa’s Reindeer on. We found Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Dancer and of course Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. We played Christmas Corners where we had sing Christmas songs. We sang We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, Oh Christmas Tree and When Santa Got Stuck up the Chimney. We smelt all the herbs that are used to make the Christmas stuffing. We found out about the boy and girl holly. The girl holly has lovely red berries and the boy has no berries. Then we went and toasted marshmallows. We put the marshmallows on a long stick so we didn’t get burned and put them in the fire. They were delicious. We were all given a chocolate and got on the bus to come back to school. We had a lovely Christmassy time.
Thursday 12th December
On Wednesday this week we used the Beebots in our computers lesson.
Beebots are programmable toys. We learned new words and their meanings and we tried to use these words when programming the Beebots.
Algorithm - a set of instructions to allow you to complete a task
Debug - checking to see if a computer program works and changing it if it doesn't
Sequence - putting the instructions in the right order
We used the buttons on the Beebot to give it a sequence of instructions to follow. The buttons were...
forwards, backwards, right turn, left turn, cancel, pause, go
We had so much fun moving the Beebot on the large toy shop mat.
Thursday 5th December
We have had such a fun morning at a Christmas bauble workshop. They look absolutely amazing and we know they'll look beautiful on your trees at home. The children in England class would like to tell you all about it...
This morning we decorated some Christmas baubles. (Millie)
We had to choose one colour and we used it to paint the background. (Drew)
We used white paint on a sponge to make a snowman (Eva Liegh)
If we wanted to change the snowman into a penguin we painted the outline of the snowman black. (Noah)
We then decorated the snowman with legs, and arms and a nose. (Florence)
I added a scarf and even a mustache. (Leo)
We used white paint to add snowflakes to our baubles. (Lexi P)
Tuesday 19th November
This week we have been finding out about 2d and 3d shapes. We looked at circles, squares, rectangle and triangles. These are all 2d shapes. We talked about how they could be the same but different.We looked at cylinders, spheres, cubes, cones and cuboids and talked about their different properties. We then became shape detectives and looked around our classroom and school to see which 2d and 3d shapes we could discover. We found lots of 2 and 3d shapes in our environment.
Friday 15th November
Over the last few weeks in our 'super science' lessons we have been finding out about our bodies.
We have named and labelled body parts and found out that we have 5 senses.
We smell with our noses.
We touch with our hands.
We listen with our ears.
We see with our eyes.
We taste with our tongues.
This week we explored the sense of touch.
We used a 'feely box' and our sense of touch to feel and describe what some hidden objects felt like. We then guessed what the objects were.
There were shells, cotton wool, pine cones and cellophane.
Finally, in our science books, we drew around our hands and then stuck on 5 different types of materials onto each of our finges. They all felt very different, we talked about how each felt to our friends.
What super scientists this week England class. Well done!
Friday 8th November
As part of history this year we will be learning about the lives of significant individuals. This week we looked at the life of Florence Nightingale. Florence Nightingale is remembered for being a truly, inspirational nurse.
After dressing up our very own Florence as nurse, we learned that…
Florence Nightingale lived 200 years ago.
She was born in 1820 in Florence, Italy. She was named after the town where she was born.
Her family moved to Derbyshire, England after Florence was born.
As Florence grew up, she developed an interest in helping others.
She decided to train as a nurse.
In 1854, Florence traveled to Crimea, to help the wounded British soldiers who were fighting in the war.
Florence Nightingale taught people about the importance of nursing and of keeping hospitals clean and free of germs.
'Florence Nightingale gave the soldier's good food'. Willow
'She made the hospitals clean.' Georgia
'Florence Nightingale gave them clean water'. Eva Liegh
'She made sure the soldiers had enough beds.' Ethan
'Her other name was lady of the lamp'. Noah
'She carried a lamp around and chatted with the soldiers'. Evan
'She gave the soldier's clean bedding'. Riley
'She gave them clean bandages'. Ella
'She made a school for nurses.' Millie
After learning lots of facts about Florence Nightingale, we worked in groups to sort statements into ‘before’ and ‘after’ Florence Nightingales work. We decided that we would much rather have to visit hospital after Florence Nightingales changes!
Children really blew our socks off with how much they could remember and in English on Friday, they were able to write about facts that they could remember.
Superb work this week, England class.
Wednesday 30th October
We really enjoyed looking at all of the books at the book fair before the half term holidays. On Tuesday, we spent time looking at the new books that were bought at the fair. We shared the new books with our friends. We talked about which ones we enjoyed and what they were about.
Mrs Mackay read lots of stories to us and we were fantastic at listening.
We thought about why we enjoyed reading...
Reading is important because you need to read the signs. Noah
Reading is great because books are interesting. Emily
Reading is nice because you can read to your friends. Willow
Reading is great because stories are good. Drew
Reading is fantastic because you learn new things. Caro
Reading is good because you need it to go to work and use the computer. Oliver R
Reading is good to learn our sounds. Holly
Friday 18th October
We have ended our first half term in year one with a very busy enrichment week.
During the week we have been finding out lots about our new class, England.
We listened to the story of St George and the dragon and we learned that St George is England's patron saint. We drew pictures of St George and wrote sentences. We then used modelling clay to make our own dragons and we described our dragons using lots of adjectives.
Throughout the week we learned SO many facts about England and we used this information to create our own England fact books.
'England is the biggest country in the UK. England's capital city is London'. Drew.
We coloured in and named the 4 different countries in the British Isles
'Roses are the national flower for England.' Willow and Millie.
We used red card and our cutting skills to make a red rose.
'England's St George flag is red and white'. Ethan
We made our own flags and created some bunting for our classroom
'We listened to and joined in with the national anthem, 'God Save the Queen.' Sophie M
'We ate yorkshire puddings, which were delicious.' Georgia
What a busy week England. Well done.
Friday 11th October
As part of our 'Memories, Memories Memories' topic, children in England class have been designing, making and evaluating memory bags. The children had so much fun and we were so impressed with how they carefully copied their designs when making their actual bags. They were all beautifully done and are so unique and creative.
This week children brought in some of their favourite memories to put in their bags. Children thoroughly enjoyed sharing these memories with their friends. They told us about favourite holidays, birthdays and events. We looked at photographs and pictures that they had drawn. It was lovely to see how confident they were when sharing these with others.
Wednesday 9th October
Hi everybody. In computing this afternoon we are finding out all about different ways to communicate using technology.
We have been looking at emails. We found out what they are and how we can send them. We had a conversation with Scotland class using Mrs Priestley's email account but we needed to know Mrs Lawrence's email address first. It was very exciting when we heard a 'ping' to inform us that we had received mail. We think that emails are a good way to communicate backwards and forwards with others.
We have also been finding out about 'blogs'. We decided that this class page is like our very own blog. We like to update it weekly to inform readers what we have been up to in class but it is different to emailing as people can't write back to us. Super work England class.
Thursday 3rd October
This week in maths we have been looking at how we can partition numbers. We have used part-whole models to explore this. First of all, we used bean bags and hoops to look at all of the different ways that we could partition the number 8. We then worked with our partners, using counters to partition the numbers 4 and 5.
Finally we recorded in our books, looking at the ways that we could partition the number 6 and then the number 7. We used full sentences to describe what we could see e.g. 6 is the whole, 4 is a part and 2 is a part, 7 is the whole 6 is a part and 1 is a part etc.
Excellent work England Class.
Thursday 26th September
This week, as part of our 'memories, memories, memories' topic, we looked at a resource box from Beamish museum. This box was full of old toys.
It included: yo-yos, diabolos, whip and tops, cup and balls, Jacob’s ladder, a skipping rope, a teddy bear, a ceramic doll, a peg doll, a pack of snap cards, some quoits, small wooden spinning tops, pick up sticks, dominoes, zoetrope, a draught board, a flick book and a large metal spinning top.
We talked about who might have played with these toys and decided that it would be boys and girls from a long time ago. We wondered if their parents and teachers may have played with them too.
Some of the children recognised some of these toys and told us:
Delilah has played with a cup and ball.
Oliver M has a spinning top at home.
Oliver J and Noah have some pick up sticks.
Georgia and Lexie P have zoetropes at home.
Willow had a Jacobs ladder when she was a baby.
Riley has played with a spinning top before.
Owen has used dominoes at his house.
Joseph and Oliver R have yo yos.
Leo and Eva Leigh have dolls.
Emily has a peg doll.
The children had some excellent questions about these toys as we discussed:
Why they made be made out of these materials?
Where the materials may have come from?
Who made the toys?
How old are the toys?
Why is the doll so delicate?
What an interesting lesson Edinburgh. Well done.
Friday 20th September
This week we have been thinking about our new topic 'Memories, Memories, Memories'. We have talked about what it means to have memories.
Emily was able to tell us that 'memories are things that we remember from a long time ago'.
We each thought about and shared a favourite memory with the class.
We then drew a picture and wrote about it in our topic books.
Drew remember when it was the first time he walked with his stroller.
Willlow remembers going to the cinema.
Riley remembers spending time with his uncle Carl.
Deliah remembers going to the bike place.
Lily-ann K remembers falling over at school and hurting her knee.
Oliver R remembers going to the skate park.
Joseph remembers going to clip and climb.
Sophie B rembers going to the soft play when she was two.
Leo remembers going to spider man world.
Super work all of Edinburgh class!
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Friday September 13th
Welcome to Edinburgh Dream Team, class of 2019 - 2020...
Wow what a busy first two weeks in Edinburgh class. We appreciate that it is a really big transition moving up to year one from reception class but we are super impressed with how well the children are coping. Children are learning lots of new routines and are settling in really well.
We have been thinking about the importance of being kind and have listened to some stories -
'Have you filled a bucket today?' and 'How full is your bucket?'
We have been talking about how it feels when people are kind and unkind and what we can do to be kind to others.
We are learning how we can be 'bucket fillers' and not 'bucket dippers'.
In class we have made our own buckets and we are beginning to fill these will drips (pom poms) every time we are kind to others.
HUGE well done Edinburgh - keep up the great work!