Traction Man has been hiding again and leaving us tricky problems to solve to help us find him! This week's clues were:
1. 'I am hiding somewhere wet and ceramic.'
2. 'The 'igh' sound is in two words, one makes you look up and one twinkles.’
3. 'Can you think of an odd number and an even number that will add together to make 11?'
Can you solve the problems?
4. This sound is a word that you do when you rest. Where would you do this in the classroom if you were Traction Man?
5. This sound is in something that your body needs for energy.
6. If you want to go up in the air you need to ... Where would you do this in school?
7. The 'ng' sound comes at the end of something you do when you're happy. Where might we take part in this?
8. This sound comes at the end of something we use in school to make lots more.
This month’s value of thoughtfulness has been a thread running through the last few weeks in Cherry Class. We’ve been wrapping up and delivering joke books for our friends in the other classes, creating beautiful boxes to take home for our relatives and producing carefully coloured pictures to send to the Alexandra Hospital to raise the spirits of patients and staff.
We were particularly proud to note the whole of Cherry Class playing a game of Grandmother’s Footsteps at playtime this week. The children organised the game without being prompted, resolved any differences of opinion sensibly and encouraged each other throughout. Well done Cherry Class. What teamwork!
Traction Man has kept us on our toes this week, setting us problems to solve regarding his whereabouts. See if you can solve them too (above).
We’ve continued learning about repeated patterns this week and have used them to create Christmas wrapping paper and paper chains for the classroom.
We would like to congratulate all of the children on the progress they’ve made with their reading this term. We thoroughly enjoy listening to you read. Keep it up over the Christmas break children!
We're really enjoying the Seafield joke advent calendar that they sent us! It's inspired us to create some of our own jokes! Thank you Seafield Class!
Traction Man has arrived! Last week he set us a challenge to follow various clues and work out which materials different areas of the school are made from. This led to a discovery in a watering can in the greenhouse...Traction Man! He's so famous he even has his very own book! He very kindly left us a copy of this as a gift and we've been enjoying his adventures all week!
We've been studying the trees in the school grounds this week and have discussed their names and the difference between them. We have produced bark rubbings, observational drawings and clay models.
Mr Veness has been teaching us some 'gross motor' activities. We've really enjoyed these. Our action shots are brilliant!
We've been using the hundred square to practise our shape and number skills this week. We identified numbers, discussed whether they were odd or even and used clues to find shapes.
Postman Pete delivered a letter from a mystery person this week! They've been leaving items in the classroom and we've been trying to guess who they might belong to. What do you think?
We wrote letters containing lots of questions to try and solve the mystery!
In Science and DT we've been building houses for the three little pigs using different materials. We used a hairdryer to test their strength. Ask us about our findings!
Our word of the week this week was 'remember'. The children have discussed special memories and the importance of Remembrance using the poem 'Poppy Poppy' as a stimulus. They enjoyed contributing to our 'whole school poppy' that is displayed in the window of the school hall.
We have been keeping the beat to different pieces of music using various percussion instruments this week. See if you can spot our 'air guitar' picture! Can you tap the beat to music that you might hear at home?
Weaving on our outdoor loom using natural materials.
We are conducting a 'garlic experiment' as part of our outdoor learning. We decided to see if we can get various types of garlic to grow.
Creating 'salt art' firework pictures for our 'Firework Phonics' display. Can you remember any of the firework phonic words?
Welcome back Cherry Champions! What a busy week we've had! We've been hunting for shapes and materials and discussing the importance of our memories. An excellent start to the new half term. Well done everyone!
This week we've been revising shape. We went on a 'shape' hunt around the school and then created some fantastic 'shape pictures'.
We've also been hunting for various materials as part of our 'materials' topic in Science. We discussed the repairs to the roof and which materials might have been used.
Can you remember the names of the different materials that we looked at?
This week we've been using the 'bee bots' to help us with our mapping skills. We practised moving in different directions outside first...
...and then used these directions to program the 'bee bots' to move around our plans. We had great fun thinking about the routes that they could take!
We've developed our estimating and measuring skills by first guessing the lengths of various items in the classroom and then measuring them. We made some accurate estimates!
Practising odd and even numbers on the hopscotch grid...
We rounded off a very successful half term with marshmallows and stories around the fire pit. The children enjoyed sharing their favourite experiences so far in Cherry Class and discussing our hopes for after half term. Many thanks to Mrs Marshall for organising this for us.
Wishing the Cherry Champions and their families a peaceful half term. Congratulations on all your hard work Cherry Class. You've been amazing!
We’ve been showing off our creative skills this week, using leaves to give ourselves new hairstyles and to create ‘leaf creatures’. We discussed the different types of leaves, their colours and the trees that they fell from. We were interested to see the veins on the leaves, comparing them to our own.
We had a surprise gift this week...a book from Seafield Class! 'Mrs Mole, I'm Home' by Jarvis is a story about a mole who loses his glasses and has some amusing adventures trying to find his way home. We decided to type some thank you letters to Seafield and used 'Word' on the laptops. We also drew some pictures based on the text and each signed a letter. Mrs Sweeney then delivered our package! We are very grateful for this kind thought.
We've been finding out if we're all the same in Science this week by comparing eye colours and heights. There are lots of blue eyes in Cherry Class!
Mr Veness worked with a group this week on various yoga poses. The children concentrated brilliantly. Practise these at home children!
We enjoyed our time on the wooden play equipment this week. Some of us found that we're even more brave now we're in Year 1 and attempted challenges for the first time. Congratulations Cherry Champions!
Some of the fabulous work we've produced so far this term...
We have further strengthened our computer skills this week by learning how to access Numbots. The children all enjoyed practising their number skills. Please continue this at home Cherry Class. Your user name and password are the same as your Edshed ones.
We've also been finding different ways of making five and ordering numbers...
Can you order the numbers from greatest to smallest and then smallest to greatest?
From jelly last week to cake and spider sandwiches this week! The 'food' theme continues! We have been designing our dream cakes (Mrs Sweeney enjoyed this one!) and creating lists of ingredients for disgusting sandwiches - please don't try them at home!
We're not only Cherry Champions, but Super Movers too! We've been enjoying the alphabet song and the 'Full Stop Bop'. Please ask your children to show you their groovy moves!
Our Class Poem based on ‘Don’t Put Your Finger in the Jelly Nelly!’
This week we used the text 'Don't Put Your Finger in the Jelly Nelly!' to compose a class poem! We thought about names and words that would rhyme with them and then used the lines in the text to help us create our own poem. Everyone wrote some words and it is now displayed proudly in the classroom. We are very happy of the result. Mrs Sweeney is so proud that she is going to send a copy to Nick Sharratt! Brilliant rhyming Cherry Class!
We have learnt how to access and use EdShed to help us with our phonics and spelling this week. We really enjoyed using the laptops. Please check your reading diaries for your user names and passwords so that you can keep practising at home. New tasks will be set each week.
We loved the Beoley Positivity Games!
The children had a wonderful day on Tuesday and demonstrated lots of positive team spirit!
The day began with making positivity rosettes. The children were asked to draw the most positive aspects of school and these were used to create rosettes in their team colours.
Cherry Class then participated in a number of team games and activities including relay races, javelin throwing and football dribbling races. They worked together to earn points for their teams.
We discussed 'challenges' and the positive ways to overcome them. The children all had some fantastic ideas. Congratulations on making the day a complete success Cherry Class! You thoroughly deserve your certificates!
"Positivity means always having a go with a smile on your face."
A very warm welcome to our new Cherry Champions!
'Positivity' is our first value of the month this academic year and we couldn't have wished for a more positive group of children returning to school after an unprecedented period. We are incredibly proud of the way in which Year 1 have settled into new routines and embraced their learning. Congratulations Cherry Class!
This week we have used the texts 'You Choose' and 'Just Imagine' to inspire our writing. We have created our own characters, discussing reasons for our choices and have enjoyed imagining what it would be like to be as tall as a giant or as tiny as an ant. Nick Sharratt has also helped us to draw some amazing dogs and dinosaurs through his draw alongs.
We have enjoyed learning inside and outside and have strengthened our addition skills with the help of the text 'How Many Legs?'
Congratulations to our first two Golden Certificate winners!
Happy Easter Cherry Class! Freya very kindly brought her Easter bonnet in to show us, so here it is for those of you who didn't get to see it! Sending Easter wishes to you all.
This week a real archaeologist called Jess came to visit us! We asked her lots of questions using our 'question starters' and discovered what tools and clothing archaeologists need. Jess brought in a three hundred year old Tudor brick, some Roman glass and mosaic flooring and a piece of flooring that was over two thousand years old! We now have plenty of budding archaeologists! Many thanks to Mrs Taylor for organising the visit for us.
We've continued our 'time' investigations this week, timing how long it takes to complete various activities to help us understand the difference between seconds, minutes and hours.
Can you guess which length of time was for singing the alphabet song and which one was for visiting the toilets to wash our hands thoroughly?
David Hockney has inspired some incredible artwork. We think we need to open our own gallery!
What wonderful creations we've witnessed today! The children have thoroughly enjoyed sharing new stories, discussing book characters and thinking about which books they'd like to read next. Well done to everyone for taking part and being inquisitive about your reading.
Huge congratulations to Freya, who won a runners up prize in the snowdrop writing competition organised by St. Leonard's Church. We are very proud of you Freya!
Many thanks to those who attended the Inspire Workshop today. We enjoyed sharing insight into our school day. It was lovely to see how confident the children were to share their experiences and speak to the group. The pancakes were delicious. Thank you Mrs Taylor!
Smartie the penguin reminded us how to stay safe on the internet this week. Mrs Halliwell also lead a special assembly as part of Safer Internet Day.
We've been brushing up on our ICT skills to create animal artwork with the help of Seafield Class! The children have really enjoyed working together and sharing their skills.
Creativity, ambition and resilience have all featured in our gymnastics sessions with Mrs Taylor. We've been 'finding our brave' and pushing ourselves to see what we can achieve. Well done Cherry Class!
We have an extremely exciting entrance to our classroom at the moment! The Cherry class dragon, inspired by Umeya's artwork welcomes us each morning. Thank you to Mrs Taylor for helping us create such a 'roarsome' success! Our ambitious handwriting and dragon descriptions stand proud on the board for all to see.
Thank you for your thank you Logan! The children were very excited to receive a lovely message from Logan, thanking them all for his bravery medals. We're pleased you liked them Logan!
This week we co-operated and shared ideas to create some group animal fact file posters. Excellent teamwork Cherry Class!
A huge thank you to Jacob who organised a cake sale to raise funds for the school! Congratulations on all your hard work Jacob! It certainly paid off as Jacob raised £84.50 for school funds! We are all extremely proud of you and the cakes were delicious!
We all loved visiting Mrs Preece in the library this week! We chose some interesting fiction and non fiction books and discussed how the library is set up and where to access various texts. Thank you for our stickers and bookmarks Mrs Preece!
This week we've been looking at non fiction texts and discovering lots of animal facts. We used these to create our own fact files. Ask us how many teeth a dolphin has, what the most popular pet in the UK is and which pet lives the longest!