Around Gravesend we go!
In term 2 we will be starting our learning journey finding out information about our local area of Gravesend.
We will be going on local school walks around the school grounds and learning how to use directional language.
We will also be learning to use geographical vocabulary to refer to physical features, for example hills and forests. We will also be looking at human features such as houses and shops.
To immerse the children into their learning we will be learning about local history, specifically looking at Pocahontas. We will also be walking to the famous Pocahontas statue.
We will be focusing on a story called Beegu which is about a mysterious creature getting lost in a big city. We will be helping Beegu find his way home and focusing on feelings such as feeling worried, scared, lost and anxious. We will be learning how to overcome these emotions.
In Science we learnt about the different parts of our body. We drew around one of our friends and labelled different body parts.
We had an amazing trip all around Gravesend and we learnt lots of new facts.
We enjoyed seeing the statue of Pocahontas and visiting the Fort Gardens.
We loved spotting the boats and watching some of them move on the water.
We also got to see the lighthouse boat.
We learnt lots of facts about Pocahontas and we found out that when she moved to England she changed her name to Rebecca.
There has been a crash landing at Shears Green Infant School!
In classes we have been on a mysterious hunt and found lots of blue and multicoloured shiny glitter everywhere!
We thought it could have been the petrol for the spaceship that had crashed into our Garden.
We used our cameras to help us look deeper at the clues. We searched everywhere in the garden.
As we were following the clues we found a spaceship. We tried to explain what could have happened and who the spaceship belonged to. We asked our teachers lots of questions.
We also found a footprint on the tree, some sticky slime, alien eggs and then both parts of the spaceship.
Have a look at some of our pictures.
Class 5 were so excited to find Beegu had landed in our school! We found lots of interesting things, like glitter, eggs and a broken spaceship.
Class 5 have been learning number bonds to 20. We enjoyed playing games to help us. Some of us had to match up ladybirds whose spots added up to 20, and we also played bingo, using a number line to help us see which numbers added to make 20.
Class 7 have had a really busy time we visited Gravesend and studied local land marks , we have also been looking at and designing stable structures using different shapes. Then this week there was a mystery to solve... we heard a loud bang outside and went to investigate. Imagine our surprise when we saw a spaceship had crash landed in Forest School who could be in the space ship?
Watch this space to find out.
Reverend Trudy from St. Mary's church in Wrotham Road asked if we could as a school make poppies for her to put in the church for the Remembrance Service. It was our honour to do our bit to remember our fallen heroes. Class 6 made 3D poppies and paper wreaths and wrote a class poem of Remembrance. They then printed their hands on the black fabric with green and red to make the Poppy fields. They did a fabulous job helped by Mrs Jeal and Mrs Loydall and produced a very moving class display. This was a great example of teamwork for the community good. Very proud of our whole class team. Thanks to Mrs Higgins for the photograph.
This term Class 6 have been investigating measures. We have learned about heavy and light, full, half full and empty and have ordered objects by length. We weighed objects using non -standard units, and used cubes to measure length of objects and order them .
This term class 8 are very lucky to be learning how to play the violins.
We had our very first session today on the 14.11.18 and we really enjoyed it.
Take a look at us holding and playing the violins.
During our PE lessons we are learning how to do Yoga.
We have learnt how to sit in the 'good sitting' position so far and we have also learnt a game called 'The Sun'.
Take a look at the actions we've learnt, some of us have even got a turn at being the teacher and leading the actions.
We've had a super time!
The order for the actions are: Stick, Hands, Reach for the sun, Elephant 1,2,3, Ball, Curly Whirly 1, Curly Whirly 2, Curly Whirly 3, Curly Whirly 4, Stick.
See if you can practise this more at home.
Class 5 finally got to visit Gravesend for the school trip. Unfortunately the weather still wasn't on our side, but luckily we managed a bus tour instead! We got out of the bus and saw the Pocahontas statue and it was much bigger than we expected! From the bus we also saw the Clock Tower, Fort Gardens, and River Thames (no beluga whale unfortunately!) Despite the rain we had a fun time on the bus and enjoyed seeing our town, as you can tell from our smiley faces :)
In Maths we have been learning about weight. We have used balance scales to help us weigh and determine whether an object is heavier or lighter than the other. We had various objects to weigh and order.
Also in Maths we have been learning about Capacity. We have learnt some key words to help us describe how full a container is. We have learnt the words: empty, nearly empty, half empty, half full, nearly full and full. We then had a card with one of the key words on and we filled up a cup to that amount.
In Maths we have continued to learn about Capacity. In groups we had a selection of containers. Our challenge was to choose one container and fill it with water. We needed to think carefully about the size of the puddle the water would make once we poured it onto the playground. We had to give reasons for our estimations. Then we used chalk to draw a circle on the playground to show our estimation. We tested our estimation by pouring the water out of our container, into the chalk circle, and we compared the size of the puddle drawn with the actual puddle made. We had lots of fun testing the different containers!
Class 5 had a great time investigating capacity! We considered the size of our containers and drew a circle for how big we thought the puddle would be. The puddles we created helped us improve our predictions for the next containers we tested. It was great fun and helped us understand that containers all have a capacity and enabled us to compare them.
In Class 7 we have been learning how to measure things using Capacity, Weight and Length and beginning to use the vocabulary of longer , shorter,heavier, lighter, full , half full empty and nearly empty.
We have also been using adjectives to describe things around the classroom we found colours and feelings, some of us were sad ,happy and shocked.
Class 5 have been learning about repeating patterns. We were challenged to make a Christmas themed repeating pattern, and they looked amazing! We were very careful and made sure we were following our patterns carefully. Can you spot any repeating patterns in your house?
We have been learning 2D shape names and their properties. We had to carefully think about the properties for the 2D shapes (how many corners and sides) and then we made a triangle, square and rectangle using straws. Our challenge was to make a pentagon using the straws.
In Computing we have been learning how to insert an image from Clip Art.
Class 5 have been learning about standard and non-standard measures. Instead of using a ruler and centimetres to measure things, we used blocks! We found out Miss Thorne's shoes were 14 blocks long, and some of the children were 75 blocks long! We realised it was much easier to use the rulers, but it was fun to experiment with the blocks too.
Within our learning of measures this term, we also got to use some trundle wheels to measure the length of our outside area! We realised it was much easier to use the wheel than it was to lay down lots of metre rulers and had fun counting the "clicks" that meant we had counted another metre.
We had such a fantastic time performing our Christmas play, The Sleepy Shepherd, to our grown ups! It was a story about a very lazy shepherd who was too sleepy to count his sheep. One night he met an angel who told him about the birth of Baby Jesus... Unfortunately the other shepherds didn't believe him because he was so sleepy! We worked extremely hard to learn our words, lots of fun songs and some Makaton actions too. We felt very proud of ourselves and hope the grown ups enjoyed it as much as we did.
In Class 7 we have been learning how to measure using metre sticks and trundle wheels we found things that were longer and shorter than a metre.
We also enjoyed dressing up for our Christmas production thank you to all our lovely parents for the costumes.
In class 8 we’ve had lots of fun decorating our class Christmas tree. We’ve also had lots of fun following instructions to make our magical reindeer food.
We had an amazing Pyjama day. We had so many fun activities. We found so clues left by Santa which led us to our Christmas presents and then as a class we played with one of our presents. We used the Bingo game. We had to listen carefully to Mrs Khan as she was calling out different numbers and then we had to cross out the number if we had it on our answer sheet. There were 10 winners and they each got a lollipop.
We then had some delicious hot chocolate and biscuits and we watched a Christmas film called ‘Arthur Christmas’. We spoke about our favourite parts and characters and explained why we enjoyed the film.
Finally in the afternoon we watched an amazing show called ‘Santa’s new elf’. We saw some amazing props and the elves made us laugh a lot.
What an amazing last day of term 2! We’ve had so much fun!
We got to ice and decorate biscuits. We played Parcel Parcel and won a little prize each. We played lots of different party games like Musical Statues. We joined the rest of year 1 for our party in the main hall where we had four different activities to join in with. We played pin the nose on the snowman. We took a selfie in the ‘Elfie Selfie’ stand. We decorated and coloured some baubles and finally we played Tin Can Alley where we had to knock down all of the tins to win a prize. We also ate lots of yummy food like cheese, pita bread, cucumber and crisps and then to end our amazing day we had a disco.
Class 5 have had a great term learning about Gravesend, and rounded it up with a super fun Christmas party day! We played lots of exciting games, like pass the parcel, musical statues, tin can alley and pin the nose on the snowman. We also iced some biscuits and decorated plates with Christmas patterns for our party food.
We got to take an elfie selfie with our friend Boo the Elf. He has been very cheeky this term, playing lots of jokes on us such as making a mess in our art area and pulling down our Christmas decorations! Luckily he stopped being so naughty for our last day and took some lovely photos with us and left us all a present!
Merry Christmas from Class 5! We can't wait to get back for lots of fun in the new year :)
The year 1 team would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope you all have a magical break and we look forward to working with you all in the New Year. Thank you all for your continued support!