YEAR ONE STARLIGHT SAFARI
During Term Two Year One children returned to school for a night-time adventure to enhance their curriculum topic. The six “starlight stations” included storytelling on the boat, singing around the campfire, paper lantern making, owl crafting which involved creating snowy owls out of pine cones and cotton wool, and a walk through the woodlands searching for hidden nocturnal animal photos. Everyone had a wonderful time discovering the school grounds by torch and eating delicious hot dogs under the night sky! Thank you to all the staff and parents who helped make the night so memorable for the children.
It’s Souper in Year One!
Inspired by the book “Pumpkin Soup”, Year One ended their food topic by tasting and comparing different commercial soups; marking their results on a bar chart. The best flavour was tomato . However, the overall winner was the delicious vegetable soup that they made using fresh ingredients. Thank you to the parents who helped the children with this activity.
YEAR ONE "FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD"
This term’s topic is “Food, Glorious Food”. The children are exploring the story “Pumpkin Soup” and thinking about how to solve differences between friends. In science they are discovering that living things need food, water and air to stay alive. Comparing different breakfasts across the world and developing their awareness of global citizenship by studying the diets of children in other countries in geography.
They have also been studying the book "Supertato" and had to create their own Superhero from fruits and vegetables.
One visited RHS Garden Wisley part of their “Enchanted Garden” topic. During the visit they took part in an “Incredible Edible Plants” workshop which involved planting their own pea seeds which they brought back to school to look after them and watch them grow. They visited the orchards and greenhouses, explored the vegetable and herb gardens, and learnt how some food is produced. They also discussed which part of the plant can be eaten.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN YEAR ONE.........
The children investigated a crime involving porridge bowls and a broken chair! They have been writing instructions to catch a porridge thief, describing the scene of the crime.
In science they have been investigating the best material needed by Daddy Bear to create a new waterproof and strong bowl for Baby Bear which needs to be waterproof and strong. So far they have tried paper cupcake holders, clay, and plastic cups and will record their findings.
YEAR ONE TO TOY STORY DAY
Year One was transformed into the Toy Story Movie today when the children came to school dressed as their favourite characters. They have been investigating toys for this term’s topic, developing their knowledge of the origin of toys through history and today was a perfect finale which everyone enjoyed. Thank you to everyone who has visited the children and talked about their childhood toys.
YEAR ONE TOY SWAP
This term Year One topic is “Toys”. They have all brought in their favourite toy from home to draw and paint in their art lessons and are reading “Toys in Space” by Mini Grey, using the book as inspiration for their creative writing. Last week everyone was asked to bring in a toy to donate for our “Eco Toy Swap”. During the afternoon children were able to swap and choose a new toy to take home.
YEAR ONE BUTTERFLIES
The Year 1 Children have been making beautiful butterflies in their D&T lessons to decorate their classrooms and the school grounds with!
PAWS, CLAWS AND WHISKERS!
During Term 4's topic the children have been reading a range of fiction and non-fiction animal texts in English, identifying, classifying and observing a range of animals and mini-beasts in Science, and learning about Charles Darwin and his voyage of discovery in History and Geography. They were even lucky enough to have a talk from Mr. Veness who told them all about the animal homes in our school environment which have been made by the Woodwork Club, and a visit from Mrs Rudland who talked to them about her job as a Vet.
YEAR ONE ARE OFFICIALLY RECORD BREAKERS!
Congratulations to all Year 1 children who are now record breakers! Last October the Year 1 children entered a record breaking challenge. The challenge set up by the SAA (Society for All Artists), was to present the largest number of original pictures in one place at one time. The record, held by Canada was smashed! Not only are we record breakers, but some of our little pictures of fruit and vegetables, drawn in the style of Cezanne, can be seen on the
SAA site http://www.saa.co.uk/worldrecord.
Thank you to Mrs Clark for organising this wonderful achievement.
BISCUIT SCIENCE INVESTIGATION
The Year One children received a letter from a Mr Jacobs asking them to find the BEST wrapper for his biscuits as they keep breaking. The children had to wrap their biscuits in three different materials and predict which one they thought would be the BEST!!! Overall the bubble wrap proved to be the most effective wrapper for the biscuits so we are hoping that Mr Jacobs will be happy with our findings!
YEAR ONE ATTEMPT TO ENTER THE RECORD BOOKS! WORLD RECORD ART CHALLENGE
The children in Year 1 are joining forces with artists around the country to be part of a world record challenge for 'The Largest Number of Original Artworks Exhibited Under One Roof'. The SAA, (Society for All Artists) based in Newark, are displaying as many pictures as possible in January 2016 to challenge the current record of 5,154 pictures displayed in Canada, 2012.
The children each studied a piece of fruit or vegetable taking into account it's shape, colour changes and the direction of light and then drew a beautiful, colourful picture. Now we are going to post them to the SAA headquarters and wait until January to find out if we are RECORD BREAKERS!
YEAR ONE VISIT TO PIZZA EXPRESS
Food glorious food” is this term’s topic for Year One and what better way to start than with a visit to Pizza Express where they have been able to make their own delicious pizza, have a look in the kitchens and learn where the ingredients come from. Thank you to the parents for taking the children to and from the visit and a very big thank you to the Pizza Express team for looking after us so well.
YEAR ONE VISIT TO CHATHAM DOCKYARDS
The Year 1 Children had a wonderful day at the Chatham Dockyards which they visited as part of their "Ready Steady Go" topic. They went on a tour of the centre and attended a workshop making their own rope!
YEAR ONE COOLINGS NURSERY VISIT
Jane Wiseman from Coolings Nursery visited the Year 1 children recently. Each child planted a sunflower seed, each class planted a tomato plant and the whole year group planted a "popcorn" plant! We can't wait to see the results of all their hardwork!
YEAR ONE SCIENCE INVESTIGATION
Year 1 have been looking for signs of Spring during their Science Topic this term. They have been searching the school grounds to see what animals, insects and plants they can find, making some close observational drawings of them.
YEAR ONE HARVESING AND PLANTING
Year 1 have been harvesting the last of our vegetables from the Kitchen Garden in readiness for our Harvest Festival. We have had a bumper crop of tomatoes, beans, courgettes and garlic. The Dahlias have been stunning this year and have cheered up the school with their amazing colours. After clearing the beds and giving them a good weed, each Year 1 child has planted a daffodil bulb. We can’t wait for Spring to see the wonderful display!
On Tuesday 1st July we joined other schools to take part in the Sing Fit Event at Sevenoaks School. The Year 1 children took part in 3 workshops, and the day ended with everyone coming together for one amazing choir. The aim of the event was for pupils to experience the physiological and psychological benefits of singing, to educate them in the health benefits of singing and to inspire and encourage life-long participation in music and the arts. Please have a look in the Year 1 section of the web site for more
photos and filming of the day.
YEAR ONE ANIMATE ARTS PROJECTS
The Year 1's were lucky enough to take part in another Animate Arts' workshop recently at the school. They built a wicker unicorn house, planted sunflower seeds for a bee supermarket and made a mini beast hotel with bamboo and sticks. The focus was on the chosen young team leaders to teach new skills to their peers.
YEAR ONE TRAVEL TOPIC
The children have started their topic with a "transport day"! Some of our parents brought in different forms of transport for the children to look and learn about. We had a limousine, motorbikes, a tractor and even a canoe!
Recently, ten Year 1 children attended a BAD Big Art Day at Mascalls School. They worked alongside children from different backgrounds, with different abilities and ages from 11 other West Kent Schools, to create amazing tree sculptures using recycled materials, the tallest of which was 8ft! The “Leadership through Culture” project is part of the INSPIRE Olympic Legacy School’s Programme. Thank you to our chosen Leaders, who were amongst the youngest children at the event, for representing the school so well and sharing their experience with their classes. Please take a moment to visit their web site