STARLIGHT SAFARI SUCCESS!
Although we had rain it didn’t dampen our spirits as Year One enjoyed another successful Starlight Safari. The children returned to school wearing their warm clothes and, armed with their torches, took part in this magical event which is linked to their curriculum topic. They worked in groups named after planets in our solar system. There were six different stations including paper lantern making, campfire singing, cosmic crown making, nocturnal animal searching, night time story-telling, and of course one of the most popular activities, hot dog eating! Thank you to everyone who helped organise and volunteer for this unique Riverhead event.
SOUPER SOUP MAKING IN YEAR ONE
As part of their food topic, and finding inspiration from the “Pumpkin Soup” book, the Year One children tasted different delicious soups, then designed and made their own. They used their senses of taste, smell and sight to evaluate them. The general consensus was that their class made mixed vegetable soup tasted the best.
YEAR ONE VEGGIE ART
With “food, glorious food” in mind, the Year One children turned ordinary vegetables into super veg! They wrote stories where their superhero vegetable has rescued others from the “Evil Pea”.
YEAR ONE VISIT TO CHATHAM HISTORIC DOCKYARD
“Ready, Steady, Go” was Term Six's topic for Year One, and they visited the Historic Dockyard at Chatham travelling on a journey back in time. They enjoyed three different workshops, including how to make a traditional skipping rope; explored which materials are most suitable for ship building and created a patchwork sack for the story “Jack and the Flum Flum Tree”.
Everyone had a wonderful day and brought the skills they had discovered back to their classrooms to enhance their learning. They wrote detailed recounts including explaining which were their favourite parts and why. Each class also completed a survey to record the favourite workshop of each class which they transferred onto a graph. We would like to thank all the volunteers for ensuring the trip went so well.
YEAR ONE BIKE ART
Year One drew observational drawings of bicycles as part of their “Ready, Steady, Go” topic. They focussed on using different kinds of lines in their representation. They also learnt how to make a relief printing block inspired by line and wheels, experimenting with layering prints for effect.
YEAR ONE MASK MAKING
Year One children created their own 3D faces using clay. Firstly, they studied and considered proportion and facial features. They then learnt techniques of how to roll and pinch clay, and also, how to make marks in the clay. They used these skills to create their own artistic versions of a green man.
ST. MARY'S CHURCH VISIT
Year One visited St. Mary’s Church as part of their R.E. topic. Rev. Martin Booth spoke to the children about Christian celebrations such as baptism and weddings in the church. They learnt about the font, the lectern and the importance of the bible as the Christian holy book.
YEAR ONE TOY TOPIC
It was all about toys for Year One in Term Three! The children read “Toys in Space” by Mini Grey and “Tatty Ratty” by Helen Cooper. They brought their favourite toy to school and wrote persuasive letters to Father Christmas about why their toy was the best and that he should make more of them. .
The school sparkled and twinkled as the children prepared their cards and gifts to take home for their families. Year One designed and made their own calendars. They learnt about hot and cold colours during their art lessons and made fantastic cold colour washes for their Christmas cards.
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 wrote instructions to catch a porridge thief, describing the scene of the crime.
In science they investigated the best material needed by Daddy Bear to create a new waterproof and strong bowl for Baby Bear. They tried using paper cupcake holders, clay, and plastic cups and recorded their findings.
YEAR ONE BUTTERFLIES
Year One Children made beautiful butterflies in their D&T lessons to decorate their classrooms and the school grounds with!
YEAR ONE COOLINGS NURSERY VISIT
Jane Wiseman from Coolings Nursery visited the Year One children. Each child planted a sunflower seed, each class planted a tomato plant and the whole year group planted a "popcorn" plant!
YEAR ONE SCIENCE INVESTIGATION
The children looked for signs of Spring during their Science Topic. They searched 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 One harvested 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 were stunning and cheered up the school with their amazing colours. After clearing the beds and giving them a good weed, each Year One child planted a daffodil bulb.
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.
YEAR ONE ANIMATE ARTS PROJECTS
Year One children were lucky enough to take part in another Animate Arts' workshop. 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
Some of our parents brought in different forms of transport for the children to look and learn about for the Year One "transport day". We had a limousine, motorbikes, a tractor and even a canoe!
Ten Year One 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