Emmaville Primary School

Scotland Yr 1

Welcome to the Scotland Year 1 Class Page.  Here, you can find out about everything that we've been doing this year.
Thursday 13th May
 
In our Art lessons this week we have been learning some more about Aboriginal art. This was linked with our Geography topic about Sydney, Australia.
Last week during Art, we learnt about the 'Dreamtime' and what it meant. We were able to create some dot pictures using paint. We used cotton buds to make the dots on the paper. 
This week we linked our art work with English. We have looked more closely at the symbols that the Aboriginal people use when telling their traditional stories. We were then able to think of our own stories using these symbols.
We drew the stories in our Art books. We were also able to tell our friends what happened in our stories.
Have a look at our stories below - what do you think the symbols mean?
Friday 7th May
 
We have had a super week learning in Scotland learning some 'chant' poems. We had the opportunity to look at lots of different poems and then we had to practice being able to recite them.
 
We are thinking about the importance of Oracy and why it is so important to be able to speak clearly to each other. In Scotland, we also looked at the importance of being able to read with an engaging voice to ensure that people enjoyed what we were reciting.
 
We really enjoyed reciting some of the silly poems that we had chosen and we have really enjoyed having lots of different poems read to us this week as well.
 
Attached below is our performance clip of us reciting the poem 'Popcorn'. Enjoy - although it might make you want to eat hot popcorn!

Friday 30th April
 
Another fantastic week in Scotland class. We have been learning so many different things. 
 
This week, I really want to celebrate how well the children are working with their work partners. 
 
Every week, the children have a new work partner to work with for the week. During our work times, the children will sit with their partner and talk about the work we are doing. It has been fantastic to see how the conversations are developing as the children are building up their confidence to talk.
 
In Maths lessons especially, there are lots of opportunities for the children to discuss answers to questions posed by the teacher. In their work pairs they are able to discuss and talk about their answers. It has been great to see the children thinking about their reasoning and discussing their points of view.
 
Well done Super Scotland - who will your partner be next week?
Friday 23rd April
 
Wow - what an amazing week we have had in Scotland! Everyone has come back full of beans and ready for our Summer Term. It has been really great to see so many smiling faces.
 
We have been continuing with our musical journey with composing. Last term we looked at how to compose music using untuned instruments - so leading on from that we have ben looking at how to compose music using tuned instruments.
 
With our work partners we each had three different chime bars to use. First, we had the opportunity to investigate how the chime bars would sound when we played them. Next, we had to try to put the three different notes into a nicely sounding composition.
 
We used a 4 x 4 grid to write our music notes on. Finally we played our compositions to each other. As our grids were 4 x 4 we were able to turn our books around to play the notes in a different order.
 
We had a really brilliant time! Who knows where our musical talents might lead us?
 
 
Thursday 1st April
 
We have had a really fun week in school. We have done lots of fun Easter activities.
 
 
The Easter Bunny even came to visit us and left us an exciting trail to follow to find an Easter treat. It was so exciting following all of the clues. The children were very excited to find the chocolate treat and of course - eat it!
 
In RE lessons we learnt all about the Easter Story and found out why it is so important to Christians around the world. 
 
We have enjoyed looking at the Open The Book assemblies that have been prepared for us by The Holy Spirt team.
 
Another assembly we enjoyed was from Sam, the children's worker from the Methodist church, who told us the Easter Story using chocolate bars. We gave ourselves a challenge to count how many chocolate bars were mentioned and there were 31!
 
I hope that the Easter Bunny comes to visit all of Super Scotland over the Easter holidays.
 
Happy Easter everyone!
 
Friday 26th March
 
Another brilliant week in Super Scotland! 
 
We have worked particularly hard with our Maths work this week. We have been using the Base Ten equipment to learn all about tens and ones. We had to find out how many ones were in one ten. Then we challenged ourselves to find out how we could split 2 digit numbers in to both tens and ones.
 
We used out tens and ones frames to split up the tens and ones practically first and then we had to write down the number we had made. We then played a game to challenge our work partners to make a tens and ones number and our partner had to write it down and we had to check if they were correct.
 
Well done - great work everyone!
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday 18th March
 
In Computing this week we have had a really fun time using a new program on the iPads to create some multimedia presentations. We worked in pairs to talk about what we needed to add to make our presentations.
 
The program we used is called 2 Create A Story. Using this app, the children were able to add a background, some music and animations. We learned how to use all of the different parts of the program and then had some free time to investigate what we could make.
 
There were giggles heard from all around the classroom as Super Scotland learned how to animate their drawings. It was really amazing to see what the children could do. Some pairs even composed their own music to go with their multimedia presentation.
 
At the end of the session, the children learned how to save their presentation ready for next week when they will be learning how to add text to their presentation.
 
Well done Super Scotland you have had another fantastic week!
Thursday 11th March
 
We have had such a brilliant week in Super Scotland!
 
It has been so nice to have everyone back together enjoying seeing friends and talking about all the things that have happened since we last were able to see other - birthdays, new sisters and riding bikes without stabilisers - to name just a few things!
 
We have busy learning about Neil Armstrong and why he was so important. We were able to place him on our class timeline. 
 
Linked to Neil Armstrong our Design and Technology task this week was to use our cutting skills to create a 3D rocket. We found it quite challenging to cut out all of the rocket pieces and then fix them together. We had to use our Growth Mindset skills to be resilient to keep going when the challenge was tricky. As you will see from the attached photos we has to concentrate quite carefully not to cut out the wrong pieces! There were also some huge smiles when we got the rocket pieces to go together and we ended up with a finished rocket!
 
Well done Super Scotland - it has been a busy, fantastic week back to school. You are all amazing!
Friday 18th December
 
We have had a really busy week in Scotland class this week. We are all bursting with Christmas Spirit!
 
We really enjoyed the Pantomime Sleeping Beauty earlier in the week - laughing along at jokes and being amazed at The Great Cheatini's mind reading tricks!
 
We had a visit from some elves on Wednesday who left us some treats for Christmas. The Christmas party was fantastic on Thursday - dancing and playing lots and lots of party games.
 
We watched The Emperor's New Clothes pantomime from The Northern Stage this morning too!
 
Scotland class have been absolutely amazing during this very different school term. I wish them all a very happy and restful Christmas!
 
Friday 11th December
 
We have had a very festive week in Year One. It has been our Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day. Everyone looked absolutely amazing - all the different jumpers, t-shirts and dresses were incredible to see. It is amazing how many different designs there are! We have really enjoyed designing our own Christmas jumpers - although the ones with holly on looked a little spiky to wear!
 
As part of a challenge sent to us from the Gateshead School Sports Partnership, we have been talking lot about kindness and what it means to be kind to others. We have been looking out for acts of kindness in our classroom. When someone has done something kind for us we are then able to put a kindness star on our Christmas tree. As you can see from the photo below we have quite a lot of stars on there already. We have some very kind children in 'Super Scotland' who are always looking out for each other.
 
Friday 4th December
 
This week in Scotland we have been learning all about King Henry the Eighth in our History lessons. We learnt a few facts about his life and some of the things that he did. Our main focus for learning was the fact that he had six wives. We had a lot of fun learning the rhyme that helped us to know what had happened to them all.
 
'Divorced, beheaded and died, divorced, beheaded, survived!'
 
We added some actions too, to help us with our rhyme.
 
It was great to do some role play with the children who took on the roles of Henry and his wives to help us to consolidate the learning. We thought it was a bit mean that Henry said that one of his wives looked like a horse! I was very impressed that the children were able to know the names and the order of the wives. The could also tell each other what had happened to them.
 
Another super week for Super Scotland!
 
Friday 27th November
 
On Wednesday afternoon we learned about the artist Joan Miro. We found out that he was from Spain. We really enjoyed looking at some of his sculptures, paintings and drawings. We looked at how we thought that he might have made some of his pictures. We thought we would like to make some of own own pictures using colour pencils and pencils.
As you can see from the selection of work in the picture below we were amazing!
 
 
 
He was from Spain. Ella P
He drew some nice pictures. Molly
He used blue, yellow, red, green and black.  Isla
He drew lines with spots on at the end. Amelia
He drew stars. Cub
He drew patterns. Holly
 
 
Friday 20th November
 
In Scotland class we love our 'Jigsaw' lessons. It is an opportunity each week to be able to come together and talk. We cover lots of different learning over the course of the year but at the moment we are learning about how we are the same and how we are different.
 
Last week we made a gingerbread person that looked like us. We then designed a top for 'us' that contains all the things that we could think of that made us the same as someone else.
 
Jigsaw Jack has been talking to us about differences this week. We came up with so many ideas of what set us apart from our friends in Scoltand class.
 
Joshua said we were all different heights.
Isla said that her friend had freckles but that she didn't.
Rowan said that he had adult teeth but his friend didn't have any yet.
 
It was great to talk about our differences and celebrate them. 
 
Well done Scotland another super week!
 
Friday 13th November
 
We have had an amazing week in Scotland.in particular we really enjoyed our Computing lesson this week.
 
We are learning all about algorithms and how to programme a computer. The computers we used are called Beebots. The children thought that they looked like a lot of fun.
We had to think about what the controls might mean on the top of the Beebot and how these might enable the robot to move. We had to guess how far we thought that the Beebot might move in one forward movement. We then learnt how to programme the Beebot to move forwards to a certain point marked out on the carpet. It was really fun to see how good we were at estimating distance.
We then had to get the Beebot to go through a tunnel. After we had mastered going forward we then had to master getting the Beebot to go forwards and backwards through a tunnel.
We had such a fun afternoon programming out Beebots - we can't wait to see what we are going to with them next!
Super work 'Super Scotland!'
Friday 6th November
 
This week in Scotland class we have been learning all about Nelson Mandela. We found out some facts about his life and found out why he was such a significant figure.
We really liked the flag of South Africa - 'The Rainbow Nation.'
In our Art lesson, we used our collage skills to cut and tear paper to make the rainbow flag. It was really fun!
 
Friday 23rd October
 
Hello everyone. I cannot believe that we are already at half term! The children have settled so well into a new class with all the new routines. I am so very proud of them all. They have all been absolutely amazing. You really are super Scotland!
 
We wanted to share with you some of our Art work this week. We have been learning about the artist Louise Moillon - a French artist who was born in 1610. We learnt about her life and looked at some of her still life drawing and paintings.
We talked about light and shade and how we could make different marks on paper using just our pencils. We then arranged some fruit on our work tables and did some still life drawings.
We had a really nice time trying to recreate the fruit we could see in front of us.
 
Well done Scotland class - enjoy a nice rest over half term.
 
 
Friday 16th October
 
We have been working incredibly hard in Maths tasks this week.
We have had to look at ordering numbers from greatest to smallest and then we flipped this around to order numbers from smallest to greatest. We had to be careful not to catch each other out and we had to read the questions carefully.
 
We used lots of manipulatives to help us with our tasks - counters, cubes, Numicon and tens frames. We found that if we put the numbers on tens frames we could see which were the greatest and smallest numbers more easily.
 
After that, we learned about Ordinal numbers. We talked about how you might be put in order in a race situation. We practiced our racing at playtime. We also put ourselves in class order and counted the order all the way to 30!
 
Well done my super Scotland mathmagicians!
Friday 9th October
 
What another amazing week we have had this week. We have learnt so much! It's hard to believe that the children have been in Year One for such a short time - they are doing so amazingly well.
 
This week in Geography our focus was all about London. We had a look at where our capital city was using Google earth. We then had a close look using a webcam. Evan commented on how quiet the streets were. He though that this was due to the Coronavirus. The children were able to spot human and physical features of London.
 
Following this lesson we had lots of fun making an opening London Bridge model using levers. The children investigated how to get their bridge to open using cardboard for the upright towers and then used split pins to make the road raise to let ships pass underneath. Everyone was able to make a working model.
 
Well done Super Scotland!
Friday 2nd October
 
This week we have been incredibly busy learning all about how to keep ourselves safe on the internet. We have been looking at how to use websites.
We looked at what we should do if something pops up on our screen that we don't like and that might make us worry. We talked about what we could do to keep ourselves safe. We looked for the home button and the back button on the ipad. Mrs. Lawrence explained that if we saw something we didn't like or a 'pop up' appeared on our screen we could use these buttons to hide the image while we went to get help from our grown up.
We used our class ipads to access a website called Infant Encyclopedia. We talked about things that we might find on this website and played an eye spy game to look for features on the website.
We then played a game where Mrs. Lawrence held up a worried face and when the children saw this they had to use the back button or the home button to hide their screen. 
 
Everyone in Scotland class was amazing at using these buttons and we all know how to keep ourselves safe on the internet.
Fantastic learning Scotland!
 
 
Friday 25th September
 
Wow! What an amazing week we have had in Year One - it has been so busy! I have been very impressed with how well the children are doing with all of the routines in our class. They have all been amazing!
 
I would really like to celebrate the work we have done in Science today. In Year One, we have to study seasonal changes. We had a lovely clip of the different seasons to watch and then we were confidently able to identify which season was being shown. We were so good with our seasons work that Miss Armstrong was able to ask us some tricky questions in our virtual assembly this afternoon about the seasons and we got the answers correct!
 
We are all super scientists and are already looking forward to our science lesson next week.
Well done 'Super Scotland.'
Thursday 17th September
 
Welcome to our class page that will keep you up to date with all of the things that we have been getting up to in Scotland this year. 
We have had a really busy week settling into our new class and learning all of our new routines. I have to say I have been really impressed by how well all the children have come into Year One. It is a big transition for them, but they are all doing really well.
We have been playing lots of getting to know you games which has been lots of fun! We have made some super soap puppets to help us remember how important it it to keep washing our hands. We have also made a mood monster that has helped us to talk a lot about our feelings during these tricky times. These were all sorts of different colours - we even had some rainbow ones!
Well done on your first week in Year One - I am really looking forward to a great year with our super Scotland class!