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.
Friday 23rd July
Well here we are at the end of another strange but amazing year! We have done so much and have had lots of fun!
All of the children in Scotland class ae been truly amazing through all the tricky times there have been this year - they have used their 'growth mindset' and never given in. It has been a real pleasure to teach them all.
It has been great this week to see all the happy smiles as we had our school Sports Day. It was great to see the support that the house teams had for each other. The cheering for children who were competing was excellent! The children all said that their favourite thing to do was the sprint - incredible as it was so hot!
Well done to all the super children in Super Scotland it has been a pleasure to teach you all and I really look forward to watching how you grow as you go into Year Two.
Good Luck Super Scotland!
Friday 16th July
Throughout the year in Music we have been using untuned and tuned percussion to create our own music and rhythms.
This week we had a lot of fun learning how to use the Samba drums. We had to find out the names of all of the different instruments - some we hadn't even seen before!
Surdo and Repinique are the names of the big colourful drums that help the Samba band to keep time as they march. Their rhythm goes - 'Boom boom dagga dagga boom boom da.'
The Agogo bells had their own rhythm too - 'I like to eat potatoes.'
The Tambourin players had to say - 'Pepper and salt with potatoes.'
The Claves had to remember - 'Can you dance? Yes I can dance.'
The children who were played the Ganzas had the easiest job of all. They just had to play a 'Chicka, chicka, chicka' rhythm.
We discovered how noisy they are! I think everyone throughout school could hear us practising - even though we were outside! As you can see from the photos below, we had a lot of fun learning this new skill!
Thursday 8th July
We have had such an amazing week this week in super Scotland. It has been Enrichment Week and the theme has been to learn all about the Olympics through different curriculum areas.
We have studied the 1948 games in London in History lessons and in Geography we learned all about Kenya which is where Eliud Kipchoge comes from. The children know the name of the highest mountain, the capital city and which ocean they would dip their toes into if they went on holiday to the Kenyan coast!
It has been interesting to find out different inspiring Olympians too. Eliud Kipchoge and Michael Johnson were two of the athletes we learned about.
We have also had an incredible day celebrating at our garden party. We designed and made some fun games to play. We even had a visit from Mrs. Whippy - the ice cream lady! The children loved their ice creams and flakes and were so excited to visit the ice cream van.
In Design and Technology, one of the highlights of our week was to think about what an Olympic athlete might like to eat. We decided to make fruit kebabs. We had to use the skills of cutting, chopping and peeling to make the kebabs. As you can see from the photos, we really enjoyed making these and trying some new fruits that we hadn't tried before. We thought that we should definitely make all the food for the Olympic athletes!
Well done Scotland class - another super week! I am very proud of you and the way that you have shown the Olympic values this week!
Friday 2nd July
Another super week in Scotland - we have had so much fun!
We have been learning all about our bodies and how they might change as we grow in our 'Jigsaw' lessons.
This week we played a really funny game. All of our parents had sent in a photo of us when we were babies. We had a good look at then and tried to identify who they were.
It was really easy for some children and we guessed them straight away  - but for other children it was really difficult! We loved seeing the photos of ourselves. It was really great to have a chat with our friends as we guessed who the baby was.
The children all laughed and laughed at themselves as babies - some children didn't even recognise themselves!
We talked about the changes that had happened to us from being a baby until we were in Year One.
A great lesson super Scotland!
Thursday 24th June
This week in our RE lessons we have been learning all about the Jewish celebrations of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
We found out that Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year celebration. We discussed what we did at New Year and then looked at how Jewish families celebrate. We thought that the two celebrations had some similarities and differences.
We talked about the different types of food that was eaten and we thought that apples dipped in honey sounded delicious! Also quite a few of the children in class had tried pomegranates and were very interested to know that Jewish people use the amount of seeds (613) in them to help them remember the amount of rules that Jewish people try to live by.
We listened to the Shofar - a ram's horn - that is blown to mark the start of Rosh Hashanah and thought it was really loud and tricky to play! 
The ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur was when Jewish people had time to say 'sorry' for anything they had done wrong in the last year. We were very interested to learn that Jewish people would wear white and they wouldn't eat for 25 hours (adults only) on Yom Kippur
We really enjoyed learning about these celebrations. Another super week in Scotland!
We have also entered an Inspiration Award for school. Every class had a different theme and Year One was given the challenge of performing a 'rap.' We have done this amazingly. If you want to watch and listen - head over to England's class page for a real treat!
Go Team Year One!!!

Friday 18th June

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been really lucky to be having some football coaching from Andrew Cartwright. It is amazing fun!

We are learning some great football skills through lots of different games. 

We always begin with a fun warm up game to get us ready for playing. There are so many giggles and laughs as the children run around the playing area. One of our favourite games is when Andrew throws a dice to see how many children are the catchers and then the children have to go and get the others! We even have to practise our counting as they can play stay in the safe zone for 5 seconds before they have to run again. So much fun!

We have pretended to be lots of different superheroes and have practised the 'Hulk Smash,' the Spiderman web moves and Captain America.

The children are learning a lot of basic skills of how to use and control a football. Next week we are going to be putting the skills we have learnt into a game situation. We cannot wait!


Some comments:

‘Look at me I can do a ‘Round the World!’’

‘I can stop the ball really fast when it bounces.’

‘Hulk Smash is my favourite!’

‘I love it when I’m the catcher.’

‘No-one can catch me I’m so fast!’   (Just before they were caught.)

Well done Super Scotland!

Friday 11th June
Another super week in Scotland class, learning about Kenya, making finger puppets and having some football coaching. We have been so busy!
We have also come to the end of our learning about plants in our Science lessons. We have been on several field trips around the school grounds to find and identify different types of plants.
This week we spread our wings a little further and went out into the village park to look at different types of trees. We all had an identification sheet that helped us to study the trees and look closely at the types of leaves the tress had. It was great fun! We worked with our work partners to look at all the trees to see if they appeared on our sheet. We also tried to collect any fallen leaves by putting them on a stick that we had collected, making leaf kebabs.
We found out that the most popular tree in the park was the sycamore. Lots of children went home to look at the trees where they live to see if they could identify them.
Well done Super Scotland - top Scientists!
Thursday 27th May
We have had a lovely week in Scotland - learning about dragons with our visiting author Adam Bushnell. He taught us how to draw and create our own dragon and we completed lots of different activities all about dragons. Everyone in Scotland had an absolutely brilliant time with Adam.
Also, we have been finishing our lessons from Getset4PE which has helped us to develop our Athletics skills. We have been learning how to throw overarm and underarm. We had to try to think about which type of throw would let us hit different targets which were near and far away from us. It was great fun!
We have also been practicing different types of running skills which has really helped us to improve our stamina when we have have been doing our Daily Mile challenge.
Everyone in Scotland has worked so hard again this half term - so I hope that everyone has a very well deserved rest over the holidays and has lots of lovely fun!
Friday 21st May
What a crazy 'doodling' week we have had in Scotland class! Doodle Maths is a new app that we have all been using to help us with our Maths skills.
Everyone in Scotland has been so excited to log on to their profile and get doodling! The aim is to get into the green zone and collect lots of stars as you go along. The children have loved this way of learning and are very independent when collecting the ipads and logging themselves on to the app to begin! Most of the children are already in  the green zone and have lots and lots of stars. The stars can help them to unlock fun games and add different things onto their robot avatar.
There has been a little bit of healthy competition when looking to see how many stars everyone has got. Scotland class have been amazing and in the last seven days they have achieved 3836 stars! The children were very excited to know that they had the most in the whole school! A special 'starry' mention has to go to Cub, who has a personal total of 461 stars - what a massive achievement.
I am very proud of all of the work that they are doing - what top doodlers!
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!