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The Toymaker is back!!

 

The toymaker came back to visit 1W again!  This time he left a box with some biscuits and a letter for us.  He told us that his name is Henry and that he is 205 years old.  Did you know that his best friend is Santa?  He asked us to help him sort out some toys because he wanted to  make a museum full of old toys.  We did this for him and we made a museum which  Mrs Thorne came to visit .   I wonder if he will come again another day?

The Toymaker

 

This week something very strange happened in 1W. At lunch time when the room was empty someone came into our room,  emptied all of the junk on the floor, left a present and locked the doors.   When we managed to unlock the door with a special key that had been delivered we were so shocked to see what happened in the classroom.  When we opened the present there was some old junk in the box with a very odd message.  This is what the message said.

 

What's inside the box, you ask

 

Why this is your special task!

 

A toy, a toy for you to find

 

But remember, you'll have to use your mind!

 

After much discussion we decided that the toymaker wanted us to use the junk to make some toys for his toy shop.  This was messy but FUN!!

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Week beginning 13th June 2016

 

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!

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Race For Life

 

On Wednesday 22nd June we all ran the Race For Life to help raise money for Cancer Research.

 

1W were fabulous.  They all joined in with smiles and enthusiasm and they made me very proud!

 

Thanks to all the family members who came to support us.  It is much appreciated.

 

WELL DONE TO EVERYONE!

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Week beginning 6th June 2016

 

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.

Week Beginning 23rd May

 

In Maths this week our theme was 'The Olympics'.  We used metre sticks to measure how far we could throw a bean bag and how far we could long jump.  It was really good fun and we learned a lot about cm and m.,

 

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Week beginning 16th May 2016

 

This week we planned and set up our own investigation based around plants. Mrs Wardle 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, sand and leaves. We collected our materials and planted our broad bean seeds. We will have to leave our seeds to grow for a couple of weeks, check back then to see our results.

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Week beginning 9th May

 

What a busy week we have had!  

We had great fun this week as we have used the lap tops twice.

  • First we had to choose a mini beast that we had found in the school grounds and look up some information about that mini- beast.  We then had to write notes about the mini-beast and then change our notes into a piece of informative writing. 
  • Our second activity was to create a piece of art on the laptop based on the painting 'The Willow Pattern' by Thomas Mitton. This painting shows a famous Chinese legend about a young girl who falls in love with the gardener but who is forbidden to marry him by her rich evil father.  According to legend the girl, Mai and the gardener, Chang run away and get married.  Several years later they are found by her father and thrown into a labyrinth where they starve to death. Nevertheless the Gods take pity on them and change them into doves that will live forever.

Willow Pattern by Thomas Mitton

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For the last few weeks in P.E we have been learning retrieval skills and how to play simple team games.  We have really enjoyed this!
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Week beginning 2nd May 2016

 

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 had to wear our white coats because after all we are scientists!

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 sketched the trees and compiled all of our information into our own non-fiction books

Week beginning 18th April 2016

 

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?

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Week Beginning 11th April

 

We have had an exciting week this week.

In English we have started a new unit of work called 'Poetry'.  We have been reading lots of poems and have been thinking about rhyme, rhythm and alliteration.  We have also performed some poems and had to think very carefully about what makes a good performance.  We hope you enjoy them!

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We have also had a visit from the author Steve Smallman.  He read some of his stories to us and then drew a brilliant picture and made up a story about it.

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Friday 18th March

 

Today a planetarium came to school!  We went inside and learned all about the stars and  the Solar System.  It was amazing!

 

 

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Try and answer these questions.

 

Think hard.

 

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.

Sport Relief

 

 

This was a great day!   We all came dressed in our sports clothes and did lots of exciting activities to help raise money for this great cause.

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We played Duck Duck Goose and Stuck in the Mud and we did lots of team games on the front playground. The 1 mile challenge was great fun but we were all really tired at the end.    What a great day!
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Week beginning 29th February

 

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.

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Science

 

 

In Science we have done an investigation about plants.  We wanted to find out what plants need to make them grow.  We put some plants in the dark with water and some in the dark without water.  We also put some in the light with water and some in the light without water.

 

What happened to the plants in the dark?

 

What happened to the plants in the light?

 

What do plants need to grow?

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Week Beginning 9th February 2016

 

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.

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Week beginning 18th January 2016.

 

English

We have been reading the book Handa's Surprise as part of our unit of work on Cumulative Stories.  The children worked as a pair to recreate the story in the form of a story map. They then used this story map to retell the story in the correct order and in the style of the book.

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Week Beginning 11th January

Welcome back 1W!!!!

 

I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for my lovely gifts.....I have been thoroughly spoiled!

 

This week we have started our new IPC unit of work called 'Light and Dark.'

 

As part of the unit we have done some art work which involved shining a light onto an object and then drawing that object showing which parts are in the light and which parts are in the dark.

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Week beginning 7th December

This week has been a very busy week as we have performed our Christmas play to Year1 and Year 2 parents.

 

We also displayed our fantastic classroom models that we have made as part of our IPC unit of work on Materials.

 

Thank you to all of the parents who worked so hard to produce these fantastic models.

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Week beginning 30th November 2015

 

This week we became scientists!!  We talked about different materials and their properties and then we had to decide on a way to sort the materials.  It was great fun.

 

Quiz questions:

What does transparent mean?

 

Is a window opaque?

 

Think of an object that is rigid. 

 

What is that object made of?

 

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Week beginning 23rd November 2015

 

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 shepherds wore and more about how advent is celebrated in the church. At the end we watched a performance of the story which reminded us why people celebrate Christmas.

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Week beginning 16th November

 

 

This week was anti bullying week.  The week started with a special assembly.  On Wednesday we were very lucky because Debbie Shaw came in to 1W to do some work.  We had to think about who we think are our super heroes in real life (not the imaginary ones!).  We thought of lots of people who help us and who look after us if we have any sort of worries; for example family members, dinner ladies, teachers, lollipop man, police, doctors, nurses and many more.  We did some lovely work which Debbie is going to put on display so watch this space for a photo!

Week beginning 9th November

 

This week we looked at a variety of objects and talked about what material each object was made out of.  We sorted the objects according to the material.

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Week beginning 2nd November 2015

 

To start our 'What's it made of?' topic Mrs Wardle set us a challenge. We had to make a model of something which represented our school using a variety of materials. 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 decided that each group would make a collage of the Peterbrook badge using a variety of materials.  We began by designing our models. This was a great help when it came to the building process!

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Week beginning 19th October 2015

We really enjoyed learning about the first moon landing and acted this out in the classroom. It was great fun pretending to walk around the classroom without gravity!

 

To complete our Time Travellers topic we decided to hold our own festival. Having learnt all about the celebration of 'Mardi Gras', we created our own masks using sequins, feathers and glitter. We then paraded around the classroom to traditional 'Mardi Gras' music. We had a great time and everyone had put so much effort into their masks, that they looked fantastic on parade. What a lovely way to complete our first IPC topic of the year!

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Week beginning 5th October 2015

 

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.

 

Here are the answers from last week's quiz:

 

1. Where did the fire begin? Pudding Lane Bakery
2. What was the name of the baker? Thomas Farynor
3. Why did the fire spread? Because the houses were tightly packed together and the wind blew the fire.
4. What were most of the houses made of? Wood
5. Who was the king at the time? King Charles ||
6. Who wrote a diary about the fire? Samuel Pepys
7. How did they put the fire out? They used hooks to pull down the houses and gun powder to blow them up.
8. How many people died in the fire? 6 people

Week beginning 28th September 2015

 

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 have looked at.

Paintings of the Great Fire of LOndon.

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Fire of London Quiz

 

Be a History Detective!

 

Try and answer the questions.  Look up the information if you need to.

The answers will be revealed on the class page next week.

 

1.    Where did the fire begin?

 

2.   What was the name of the baker?

 

3.   Why did the fire spread?

 

4.    What were most of the houses made of?

 

5.    Who was the King at the time?

 

6.   Who wrote a diary about the fire?

 

7.   How did they put the fire out?

 

8.   How many people died in the fire.

History Detectives at work!

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We have also enjoyed being History Detectives.

We brought in some special objects, photos, certificates etc. and we had to examine these special things in order to gain information from them.

The idea was that we learned that sometimes objects can give us information, sometimes photos can and sometimes talking to a person can give us information.

Week Beginning 21/09/2015

 

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 Mrs Wardle using our odd numbers to cover the grid.

Week beginning 14th September

Today we kick started out IPC topic 'Time Travellers' by holding our own party. We had spent lots of time planning and preparing for Betty and Bobo'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!!!

 

 

 

Peterbrook Primary School, High Street, Solihull Lodge, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 1HR

Tel: +44(0)121 4302545 office@peterbrook.solihull.sch.uk

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