It has been an absolute pleasure to welcome the children into the Fir class. They have all settled really well and seem to be enjoying the new Year 1 environment. We have started some fantastic learning and are looking forward to our topic this term 'Marvellous Me'.
Please find below our Autumn term leaflet and the powerpoint we showed at our Year 1 parent meeting on Wednesday.
We have had a great time this term working on our Polar topic. We have written stories, fact files and poems; learnt about Captain Scott's expedition to Antarctica; worked on numbers, shapes and time in Maths and been learning about polar animals in Science. The Arctic role play has been great fun to play in-especially the igloo! We did some fantastic book covers for our half term homework and had a lovely time dressing up for a postponed World Book day because of the snow! We have had a visit from Tom at the Living Coasts who told us all about penguins. We waddled like penguins and balanced eggs on our feet, which was very tricky! Darcie dressed up as a penguin and we all huddled around her to try and keep warm. Robby (Olly's Dad) came and told us all about his Antarctic adventures which looked great. We have had a very busy term!
Teddy Bear Hospital
Year One had a very exciting workshop on Wednesday led by the Plymouth University Medical students. The children took part in lots of activities which included finding out about the skeleton, using a special machine to look at germs on the skin, learning how to washing their hands properly, finding their pulse and looking at the different equipment that a doctor uses. At the end of the session each child were able to do some first aid on their teddy that they had brought from home and the doctors wrote a prescription for the toy which included treatment like ‘lots of cuddles’ and ‘eating vegetables!’
Thank you to PCMD WAMS Medical students for an excellent learning experience for all involved.
The Fir class had a very special visitor on Wednesday. Robby, Ollie's Dad, came in to tell us all about his upcoming trip to Antarctica to work with a research team. He showed us where Antarctica was and where he would be staying. We tried on some of the clothes that he would have to wear, as it is so cold there. Robby is leaving at the beginning of December to work in Antarctica for 3 months! He is going to send us some pictures while he is there and we are also hoping to be able to call him and speak to him during his stay. We will keep you all posted on his adventures! Good luck to Robby-we hope you have a fantastic time!
Toys from long ago
We have been talking about toys that children used to play with long ago. We had a great afternoon exploring and playing with some old fashioned toys. We found out that many of them are made of wood, metal or glass and did not contain any batteries. Lots of toys had to be wound up to make them move.
We went for a walk round the woodland to spot signs of Autumn. We found lots of beautiful leaves coloured brown, red and yellow. We also found conkers and chestnuts and their spiky cases. It was a beautiful day and we stopped to listen to the birds chirping and the leaves gently swaying in the breeze. We are currently using our ideas and findings to help us write some Autumn poems. We will publish some when we have completed them, so that you can read them.
Dance with Sally Pullyblank
The Fir class have been very lucky to have been taking part in some dance sessions with a Secondary Dance teacher called Sally. They have been making different shapes with their bodies and then working with a partner to combine and mirror each other's shapes. they have thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and produced some excellent dances.
Our First Term
It is hard to believe we have been back at school for 7 weeks already. The children have settled into their new year group and routines absolutely brilliantly. It has been a real pleasure getting to know the children and building a happy, caring Fir class we can all enjoy.
This term, we have been learning about ourselves through our topic 'Marvellous Me'; doing lots of work around numbers in Maths; working on Peace at Last by Jill Murphy in our English lessons and looking at maps in Geography. We have been very busy and have produced some excellent work as a result of our hard work.