After our success with coming first in the Sustrans ‘Leg it to Lapland’ competition, we have had the pleasure and privilege of welcoming multiple Guinness World Recorder holder and bike stunt professional Andrei Burton to Haytor View this afternoon. Andrei is one of the most established and successful professional mountain bike athletes in the UK and showed us the steps that we need to take to do different bike stunts. Andrei proved to us that practice pays off and has inspired many of us to get on their our. We loved watching Andrei’s thrilling performance (even if we spent most of our time holding our breath!). Wow! A big thank you to Sustrans and Andrei Burton for providing us with a spectacular experience that will stay with us for a very long time.
Freya has taken a bold spot of our proud wall after sharing her amazing book in our Thursday assembly.
In Year 1 we have loved reading “The Book with No Pictures” where the reader has to say EVERYTHING that is written inside of the book, even if it is ridiculous… This inspired Freya to create her own book with no pictures to share. We loved how Freya used her writing and the expression of her voice to make her book really funny (especially when we found out Freya’s head was made of bananas)! Freya has shown a brilliant imagination, confidence and bravery in creating her own book and presenting it in front of both adults and children in our assembly. Well done Freya, we are very proud of you.
In Year 1, we have been developing are skills in multiplicaction by using concrete models to support us (Numicon, Big Base, bead strings and cubes) and have now moved on to exploring arrays.During our maths learning this afternoon a couple of the Year 2s popped in. This was a great opportunity for the Year 1 children to share what they know about multiplication and arrays. The class helped the Year 2 children to work out what the number sentence for the array was. Well done Year 1 not only did you help the Year 2s, you also showed an impressive understanding of multiplication.
The children then explored the classroom and outside. We noticed that their are lots of arrays all around us!
Phonics has been a hot topic over the past couple of months with the upcoming Phonics Screening. This has come with some misconceptions!
You do not have to spend hours or days solidly doing phonics with your child. This is likely to be overwhelming for both you and them! Instead, please spread your phonics learning at home to do a little each day. Please use the phonics pack we have provided to go over the phonemes (letter sounds) and read a few of the alien and real words a day. Exposing your child to phonics in this way will help them to embed their knowledge and not become “drowned” in phonics. Please consider using pairs games with words, create your own alien name games with the phonemes and other activities that keep phonics fun. There are also lots of games and activities allocated on your BugClub.
Any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to speak to me. Thank you for all of your support!
Some useful websites include: www.phonicsplay.co.uk and www.phonicsboom.co,uk
Today we were given an incredible experience by Musemio who took us to the virtual word of Ancient Egypt. The children were able to try out VR headsets and explore pyramids whilst discovering facts about Ancient Egypt.
Year 1 are looking for any gardening supplies you might have lying around to help us to renovate our outdoor area. If you have anything from compost and bulbs, to gloves and shovels that you no longer use and are happy to donate, we would really appreciate any contributions you can make.
Many thanks in advance!
The Year 1s have had an amazing day at Dinosaur World Toquay today. We have taken risks, made discoveries and had loads of fun!
The children have loved discovering fossils, finding out what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur and being brave putting their heads into the mouth of a T-rex. But, above all, the class decided that touching the dinosaur poo was their favourite part… Yuck!
We have learnt so much and enjoyed a rich experience discovering new facts and finding out about how some of the things they thought they knew are not true. We now know that we are taller than a Velociraptor, Pteradactyls are not real dinosaurs and that there were creatures that roamed the Earth before the dinosaurs. Wow!
Thank you to all of the adults and the children that made today so special.
This half term Year 1 have been learning about Mary Anning and her incredible life as a fossil hunter. As a part of our learning about fossils, we made our own salt dough fossils by mixing: 1 cup of flour, half a cup of salt and half a cup of water. We then moulded (a fantastic word shared by Bethany!) our dough into the shape of fossils before putting them in the oven to bake on a low heat for 3 hours.
We had some amazing creations from ammonites to T-Rex bones!
Next we recreated a day in the life of Mary Anning and rediscovered our fossils outside on a ‘sandy beach’. Using the brushes to carefully remove the sand we shared some fantastic adjectives to describe how the fossils were, “rough”, “bumpy”, “strange”, “heavy”, “round”, “scratchy”.
Thursday mornings are such a special time for us.
We all walk up to the studio to spend time with our families and friends celebrating those fantastic things we have done that make our school and community so special. Blue certificates are awarded for thoughtfulness, Yellow for team work, Green for great learning and Pink for amazing vocabulary.
It is great that so many family and friends give us their time to come and celebrate with us as time is the most precious gift we can give. If someone gives us time, we know they really care a lot for us.
The children run the assembly all by themselves (which is pretty impressive for KS 1!)
If you haven’t enjoyed the experience of one of our assemblies yet, we’d love to see you at the next one.
Congratulations Year 1! Today we have completed our Chrysalis Art Project and the result is amazing. The children have worked incredibly hard over the past 4 weeks and have now created a canopy for the caravan using eco-friendly materials and stamps they have made.
Now the canopy has been sent off with Kate to be added to the eco-friendly caravan. We can’t wait to see how it looks!