Balance Bikes Course
The balance bikes course running on Wednesday afternoons has proved to be very enjoyable and successful. As the children are working in small groups, they get plenty of attention from the trainer, Kirsty, and she is able to give help to the children that need more support. The children have been getting used to two wheels through fun activities, such as that shown in the photograph. Alfie was the proud winner of the game! All the children have been very supportive of each other, so they have been learning other important skills in addition to cycling.
Identifying Deciduous and Evergreen Trees
One of the science topics in Year One is plants and within this the children are learning the differences between deciduous and evergreen trees. During our fieldwork lesson, the children discovered that we have a wide variety of deciduous trees in our school grounds, including oak, apple and plum! The pine cones that they love to collect come from the evergreen Scots pine trees just outside the school fence at the bottom of the infant playground. The children closely observed the leaves of the trees that they discovered, using magnifying glasses, and they then drew detailed pictures of the some of the trees and their leaves.
On Friday, the children also planted broad beans, so hopefully, with all the sunshine and warm weather forecast for the weekend, we should have some germinating by Monday. The children will be able to watch them grow and collect data on their plant’s growth each day.
On March 22nd the children in Year One took part in the South Tyneside Infant Music Festival at the Customs House in South Shields. This is a yearly event and our school took part in it for the first time this year. Six other schools performed on the same night. In the first half the children performed a song by themselves – ‘If I were a butterfly.’ We had nine beautiful soloists! The rest of the class sang the choruses and performed the actions brilliantly. In the second half of the evening the story of Noah’s Ark was told through singing, dance and drama. Leo, from St Joseph’s, played the part of Japheth, one of Noah’s sons. He was amazing – confident, clear and expressive. Sophie, Hayden, Declan and Emily dressed up in the fabulous costumes made very kindly by Callum’s nana, to play the pairs of elephants and frogs that board the ark. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves! We also had two wonderful narrators who helped to tell the story – Ethan and Millie. Everyone sang their hearts out and performed the actions to the songs with great enthusiasm. It was a super evening made even more exciting by travelling to the venue in a double decker bus! On the following Monday the children performed one of the songs to the rest of the school, with equal enthusiasm! Well done Year One. We are very proud of you all!
Year One welcomed parents and other family members to our ‘Thanksgiving’ liturgy on Thursday. Our pupil of the week and special helper Riley and Leo greeted our guests as they entered the classroom. Father Adrian joined us and read the gospel and talked about how we give thanks in many ways to God and to our family and friends. All of the children contributed to the liturgy, reading and singing beautifully. There was a lovely, prayerful atmosphere – a perfect start, as Mrs Seagrove said, to the school day.
In maths we have been learning a lot about place value – tens and ones. In our problem solving lesson we had to show different two-digit numbers using shapes, which were worth different amounts. The children found this very challenging at first, but as can see from our work we have learned a lot about counting in ones, twos, fives and tens and understanding place value.
This afternoon we have been learning to program without using a computer. Mrs Toward programmed Jenny to move forwards, backwards, turn left and turn right. She was not allowed to move until Mrs Toward said, “Go.” Then we all had a turn at programming in small groups. It was great fun.
We have already learned how to program an on-screen BeeBot so next week we are going to use the real thing!