Welcome to year 1! Have a read of our wonder book to find out what exciting things we've been up to recently.
We have been growing flowers, plants and vegetables in class!
We planted an array of pea, lettuce, beetroot, courgette, basil and wild flower seeds in small pots and set them on the windowsill. Then, we dug out a bed in the roof garden and replanted the lettuce, peas and beetroots up there. We look forward to visiting our plants and seeing how they get on! We also planted a sunflower each. Some of them are just beginning to sprout.
We are learning this poem called 'planting' for our class assembly too:
I took a little seed one day
About a month ago.
I put it in a pot of dirt,
In hopes that it would grow.
I poured a little water
To make the soil right.
I set the pot upon the sill,
Where the sun would give it light.
I checked the pot most every day,
And turned it once or twice.
With a little care and water
I helped it grow so nice.
We followed a tasty Jamie Oliver recipe to make some healthy 'rainbow salad wraps'. It was a good test of our chopping, peeling, grating, mixing, measuring, mixing and eating skills! We all tried something new!
We did some collective worship today from our Daily Devotion book. We read a story and bible verse about how God has the power to do anything!
What is impossible with men is possible with God.
We had some special visitors from Norway who came to watch us doing some computing. They were really impressed with our programming and logical reasoning skills!
We used the Beebots to help Rastamouse catch the cheese thief. Harry even made his own beebot course during golden time!
We did some Philosophy for Children (P4C) in RE this week. We sorted and discussed different places to live and discussed what makes a home a home.
We then watched and discussed the parable of 'The Prodigal Son'. We learnt that God is just like the father in the story - always ready to forgive us and welcome us back home, whatever we have done!
We had a full school mass with Father Christopher this week. Some of the older children said prayers and read from the Gospel. They also took Holy Communion. Father Christopher gave a talk about how Jesus was called 'The Light of the World' and compared him to different lights that we know about.
Last week, we had a similar session in our classroom with Father Christopher - he was very impressed with our listening and our thoughtful comments!
We had a fantastic trip to the Tower of London despite the rain and cold weather! We took part in a brilliant history workshops lead by Sir William, our friendly Knight, walked the battlements, saw the ravens, gazed at the crown jewels and discovered all sorts of armour and weaponry in the White Tower. Definitely worth a visit if you haven't been before! We even had our own old fashioned Routemaster bus for the journey home!
We wrote up some of our own prayers for our class prayer book.
Here are a few examples:
Thank you for my pet fish. Sorry for hurting people's feelings.
Thank you for this lovely day and we pray that we will be good at school.
Thank you for my friend Ethan. Thank you for my family and cat and dog and lizard. Sorry for playtime.
As part of our Christmas party this year we made Christmas tree gingerbread biscuits.
Here's a link to the recipe we followed:
Why not try them out yourself at home?
As part of our history topic 'Fire Fire', we made Tudor houses to replicate those which burnt down during the Great Fire of London in 1666. Working in groups of 3, we designed, measured, cut, stuck and decorated to fashion our own houses from a base of two cardboard boxes.
This craft blog gave us our inspiration : http://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk/how-to-make-a-tudor-house/
When we had finished, we recreated the river Thames on the football pitch and made our own 17th century London street complete with tissue paper fire!
We followed a recipe for cinnamon toast crunch. We chopped and sliced the bananas and strawberries and put them on top of some toasted bread. Then, we sprinkled over some cinnamon and sugar and grilled them for a lovely crunch! We really enjoyed trying out the new flavour of cinnamon - it wasn't what we expected at all!
We learnt 'Halfway Down' by AA Milne.
Find it here: https://allpoetry.com/Halfway-Down
"I liked telling my poem to the school!"
We have been learning about what it means to have a growth mindset.
We found these videos from the Class Dojo website very useful!
"If something is tricky it's good because your brain is growing stronger"
Avah & Katie
"Keep trying your best and don't give up!"
We have been finding out about Marvin Gaye. We learnt a song that he sang with Tammi Terrell called 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough'.
"We made records and record covers for the song and wrote instructions for how to use a record player!"
"Marvin Gaye was a very important black singer."
"I really loved the music!"
We had a great time at the Islington Museum! We learnt all about the history of fires in London and handled some real artefacts from the time of the Great Fire.
"We got to try on awesome costumes!"
"We made cups out of clay. We had great fun making them!"
Ethan & Orin-Ayo