At the end of a fabulous school year Mrs Footman and I would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents for your support throughout the year. In addition, we have both been overwhelmed by your generosity of cards and presents. It has been a lovely year and a true privilege to work alongside yourselves and your children. We would like to wish you and all your families a lovely summer break!
This week we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes in Maths. Today we used nets to create our own 3D shapes. Can you name the shapes that we have created? How many faces do they have? How many vertices do they have? How many edges?
This week we have started out new IPC topic called 'The Toymaker'. To start our topic we were given a challenge to use recycled materials to make our own toys. The pupils showed fantastic creativity and ingenuity using the materials and tools that were available. What a super start to our new topic!
As part of our latest IPC topic we set the pupils the task of designing and making their own miniature gardens. The results were fantastic and I would like to say a big thank you to all the adults that supported the children in making their models. Here are all the fabulous gardens which were created by the children, a big well done to everyone!
This week is International Week at Peterbrook. Our theme this year is 'The Best of British' and so we have already done lots of work in class about British values, looking at the British flags and looking at maps of Britain. However, International Week is also about discovering how people from all around the world can come together and celebrate. With the 2016 Olympic Games fast approaching, we have learned more about this event and the country it will be held in this year. We also decided to hold our own Mini Olympics. Have a look at the competitions we took part in.
We are nearing the end of our poetry topic but we have thoroughly enjoyed learning and performing so many different poems! Here is our performance of 'Good night Good night'. After learning the poem we looked at ways we could change it, to make it our own, such as using different animals.
This week we planned and set up our own investigation based around plants. Miss Allen asked us where we thought plants would grow best around school. We began by taking a walk around the school grounds to see where any flowers/plants were already growing. We then created a list of 5 different materials that we could try to grow our seed in; soil, bark, stones, grass and leaves. We collected our materials and planted our broad bean seeds in the new Eco Garden. We will have to leave our seeds to grow for a couple of weeks, check back then to see our results.
We have continued to explore our school grounds in light of our IPC topic. This week we looked more closely at the trees that line our school grounds. We conducted a study by; measuring the size of the trunk, carrying out a mini beast hunt and collecting leaves and bark rubbings from particular trees. Back in the classroom we compiled all of our information into our own non-fiction books.
We have started our new IPC topic called 'Our World'. In light of this, we have begun to look at how artists present and use the environment to create unique pieces of art. We started by looking at an artist called Andy Goldsworthy. He uses natural resources found in the local environment to create sculptures. We then had the opportunity to go out into the school grounds and create our own natural sculptures. What do you think?
We have only been back for one week and we have already had so many exciting opportunities. On Friday, Steve Smallman came to visit and shared some of his books with us. We loved Poo in the Zoo, we couldn't stop laughing! He even drew his own illustration for us to keep and encouraged us to write a story to match it. What a lovely end to our first week back.
For Science week we had a planetarium came to school! We went inside and learned all about the stars and the Solar System. It was amazing!
Try and answer these questions.
What is Mercury made of?
How many moons does Earth have?
What colour is Mars?
What are the rings of Saturn made of?
Which planet is the coldest?
Which planet is the farthest from the sun?
Check the answers next week to see if you are right.
We had a fantastic time taking part in Sports Relief this year! Everyone looked brilliant in their fancy dress costumes and we even had a parade in the classroom. We all took part in the 1 mile run (including teachers) and even had some energy left over to take part in lots of other active challenges e.g. dribble the ball, the egg and spoon race, skipping etc.
We had a fantastic time at The Birmingham Think Tank on Thursday. There was so much to see and do there. Our favourite part was the Science Garden, where there were lots of interseting and exciting things to play on. In Sparky's workshop, we learned about electricity and even had a chance to create our own circuits. We are already looking forward to writing our recounts all about our day.
We have started a new topic in English, based on Instructions and Recounts. To start our topic we played the game 'Simon Says'. We had to take it in turns to give our partner instructions. We found that it was important to have good listening skills to ensure we carried out the instructions correctly and we weren't caught out!
We have continued to explore our theme of 'Light and Dark' within our Music sessions. A big thank you to everyone who sent in a song or a poem to share with the class. We had some super ideas and the children really enjoyed sharing all they had found at home. In class, we have used the instruments to create our own pieces of music for a video of a sunrise and sunset. We took it in turns to play each of the instruments and even had conductors, who prompted us to change the way we used the instruments throughout the song.
To begin our new IPC topic 'Seeing the Light', we have been looking at the use of light and dark within Art. Here are some of the pieces of work we discussed including; Nighthawks (1942, Edward Hopper), Potato Eaters (1885, Vincent Van Gough), Nocturne: Blue and Gold – Old Battersea Bridge (1872, James Walker) and The Girl with the Pearl Earring (1655, John Vermeer).
As part of our 'What's it Made of?' topic we set the Year 1 pupils a challenge to design their own classroom makeover. Within school, pupils had already begun to develop a good understanding of materials and their uses. They were encouraged to apply this to their home task by considering not only how their classroom might look but also the materials which they would use to make the key features. The results have been amazing! A big thank you to everyone that has helped, the classroom makeovers are truly inspired! We have football pitches, princess castle, comfy corners, reading areas, fish tank tunnel... the list is endless. Please note, all classroom designs will be on display for all to see at the Year 1 Christmas Performance on Thursday 10th December.
This week we had the opportunity to visit St James church in Shirley. Here we learned about the Christmas Story by taking a journey to the stable. We learned about each part of the story in depth including the gifts the wise men brought, the clothes the shepards wore and more about how advent in celebrated in the church. At the end we watched a performance of the story which reminded us why people celebrate Christmas.
To start our 'What's it made of?' topic Miss Allen set us a challenge. We had to make a model of something which represented our school. However, the challenge was that we had to use recycled paper collected from around the school. We had lots of ideas including making Peter Brook the bear, a pupil, the school badge or even a book bag with books inside. We had to think carefully about how we would make our model including; what shapes we would need to make and how we would attach each part. We began by designing our models, which were a great help when it came to the building process!
This week we took part in a whole school Harvest Festival. Everybody had been so generous and had brought in lots of food to fill our hampers. Each year group took it in turns to sing a song for the festival. Year 1 sang a song about 'The Enormous Turnip'. Here are the words and actions if you want to have a sing at home.
This week we have really enjoyed learning about a very famous event called The Great Fire of London. We used different sources to find out information such as paintings, books and the internet. Here are some of the paintings that we looked at:
In Maths we have been looking at Odd and Even numbers. We found that arrays allowed us to see if a number was odd or even. If we could match all of the counters fairly then the number was even and if we had one spare counter the number was odd. We used this to see if our names were odd or even. And when we were feeling confident we even completed a challenge set by Miss Allen using our odd numbers to cover the grid.
Today we kick started out IPC topic 'Time Travellers' by holding our own party. We had spent lots of time planning and preparing for Jimmi's birthday and it was a great success! We danced to our favourite songs, ate party food and sang 'Happy Birthday'. Great fun was had by all!!!
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