Have a look at what we’ve been learning!
To celebrate England winning the Cricket World Cup KS1 played against each other in four teams. The teams were Sri Lanka, New Zealand, India and Africa. The scores were very close; especially with fabulous batters Jon-Joseph and Ryan, and in the end the team that won with 63 runs was New Zealand!
KS1 Sports Day
Despite the threat of rain, the sun well and truly shone for the Key Stage 1 Sports Day this year. The children enjoyed competing against each other in their colour teams across six different sporting activities. At the end of the event the Green Team came out as the winners with the most points and Matthew and Millie thoroughly enjoyed lifting the colour team cup on behalf of their team leaders.
Year 1 recently visited Souter Lighthouse. When they returned to school they wrote postcards about the visit. They used green screen technology to make e-postcards where they perform their writing. Click here to see the videos.
Year 1 Class Assembly
Year 1 put on a brilliant assembly today, packed full of information about dinosaurs and even a few riddles to test our knowledge! They all spoke so clearly, loudly and confidently. Well done! Thank you to all parents and carers who also came along to watch their assembly.
Big Bad Wolf
As part of our work on The Three Little Pigs, we imagined we were the Big Bad Wolf and wrote letters to the pigs to apologise. The children then used Morfo Booth to create a morfo of the Big Bad Wolf then recorded themselves reading their letters. Have a watch of our videos here.
Three Little Pigs
This week in English Year 1 have been working on the traditional tale The Three Little Pigs. They retold the story in their own words and made a puppet show using the Puppet Pals App. You can watch their videos here.
World Water Day
To celebrate World Water Day and to recognise those who may not be as fortunate as we are, the whole school joined in with some water related games! Year 1 & 2 had to transport water from one bucket to another using a wellington boot! Team points were awarded to those who transported the most water. Afterwards we noticed that we’d spilled lots of water and considered how we could conserve water.
This week lots of strange things have been happening around school after our Garden Gang found two buried eggs! We tried them in the incubator but they didn’t hatch. In assembly, children suggested to try them in a tank of water which did the trick! However, when we came to school on the Monday, whatever had hatched had disappeared! Over the week, we found a bone on the floor, a suspicious pile of what looked like poo, mess left in the corridors and in Year 5’s classroom and strange noises were heard following a power cut on Thursday!
On Friday, we finally got to meet the strange creature! He was a friendly tyrannosaurus rex called Jam! We had fun learning some facts about Jam and even got to do a bit of acting and vocabulary building! Have a look at the learning pages across the website to find out more!
During story-telling week Year 1 were thinking about characters and settings.
Each group chose two characters, a setting and an object. They planned and wrote their own stories, using the characters, setting and object they chose.
The children used the Puppet Pals App to perform their stories.
To watch our videos, please click here.
Key Stage 1 had a fantastic time during our cross country earlier. All children showed great sportsmanship and persevered, even when the going was tough! Well done everyone!
In History, Year 1 have been learning about the development of the railways and the role that George Stephenson played. The children found out some interesting facts about George Stephenson’s life and produced a morfo of him to share what they have learnt. Click here to see them.
Year 1 visited Locomotion as part of their ‘Travel and Transport’ topic. They looked at historical artefacts to learn about the life of George Stephenson. Then they took part in a drama activity where they acted out the first passenger railway journey from Darlington to Stockton. The children also completed a craft activity and a picture trail, where they explored all the different types of engines and carriages in the museum. They had a fantastic day and learnt lots of interesting facts.
This week, Year 1 have been busy writing letters to Santa Claus. They then popped them in an envelope and posted them. They used the Spark Video app to make a slide show and recorded themselves performing their work. To see their letters, click here.
Incy Wincy Spider
In Nursery Rhyme Week, we focused on the rhyme Incy Wincy Spider. We wrote letters in the role of Incy Wincy Spider to retell the main events. Then we used the Puppet Pals app to make a puppet show to retell the rhyme and perform our writing. To see our performances, click here.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
In English, we read the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children worked in groups to act out the story using masks then worked with a partner to produce a puppet show. We used the Puppet Pals app on the iPad to create characters and backdrops then worked with a partner to record a retelling of the story. Click here to watch our shows.
Endangered Animals – The Panda
During Global Issues week in October, Year 1 focused on the issue of protecting endangered animals, particularly pandas. They found out lots of interesting facts about pandas then wrote an information text about pandas. They used Morfo app to create a panda morfo then recorded themselves reading facts about pandas. To listen to our creations click here.
Visit to the church
This week we visited the church. Francine showed us all around and pointed out important features and objects in the church. She let us walk around and look at everything. We even stood in the pulpit and pretended to be the vicar. Francine set us a challenge to find different crosses and to look for the stained glass window with angles on. We then had to find everything on our sheet and draw pictures to match, ready for doing some more work on this in class.
Year 1 visit to Beamish
Year 1 visited Beamish to learn about what life was like for children in the past. We visited the school and identified how it was different to our school today.
We helped tidy up in one of the miner’s cottages. We tidied the toys away, folded the clothes, made the bed and even emptied the chamber pots. We polished the pots and pans and cleaned the windows too. We used a poss stick and tub to do the washing. We cleaned the rug by beating it with a carpet beater.
We finished off the day with a ride on a tram and an old-fashioned bus. We had a fantastic time and learnt a lot about how life was different in the past.
After a week focusing on global issues in their lessons the children in Years 1 and 2 had to work in their colour teams to build a creature from junk materials. They worked together beautifully to create some animal masterpieces which were showcased in our whole school assembly. Yellow team created a wonderful tortoise, Blue team created an awesome octopus, Red team created a magnificent eagle and Green team created a fabulous panda.