Welcome to Beech Class Capsule!
Have a look at some of our photos from BSPS Week of Sports. We all worked really hard and enjoyed using different skills.
This half term we have been working for Regina Flowerton at Flowerton Enterprises. During our role as Nature Experts we have had many tasks to complete. Our main task was to explore and research animals and plants. We learned all about their parts, what they do and where they live. We even started to grown some of our own plants! We used this information to create adventure stories and information leaflets.
We have also been researching and finding out about the Artist Matisse and have used his artwork to inspire our own collages.
We have worked hard to improve our sport and PE skills this half term and had an opportunity to demonstrate these during our Week of Sports and Sport’s Day. We have really enjoyed taking part in Footsal and making up our own team games using equipment.
In Maths we have been working hard to improve our number work including writing numbers in digits and words. We have also looked at sequencing using time words.
Our role play Garden Centre has helped us to find out about different plants and flowers and develop our money and coining skills.
Super work from Beech Class- we are ready for Year 2!
We recently enjoyed an informative and exciting trip to Whitehouse Farm. We went with the purpose of learning about animals and their habitats and life. During the day we completed various activities involving a tractor ride, holding small animals and insects, feeding goats and ponies and exploring the farm and the wonderful animals who live there. We are going to use our learning back at school to create some animal fact sheets and adventure stories.
This half term Beech Class have been working for Olive Stein at Station Studios. We have been sent many tasks to complete which has included making short videos for Portal. Our first task was to find out about and create our own Nursery Rhymes and Traditional Tales and record some for Olives tv programme. We also had to find out about measures and solve some tricky problems to help Olive with her Maths Mania tv show. We learned about position and direction and used this to help direct Little Red Riding Hood to Grandma’s house to save her! We learned lots of new vocabulary and this helped us to give directions. Our final task was to create moving pictures using levers and sliders- we did this in groups and used them to re tell some traditional tales. We have really improved our drama skills working in our Film Studio!
This half term Beech class have been working for Portal Travel as Branch 1 Travel Agents. As part of our role we have had to research Africa and record our results in the form of a poster. We used iPads and laptops to find information and displayed our finished posters in Branch 1 Travel Agents.
As part of our English we have been exploring Jill Murphy stories and using our learning to write our own version of Peace at Last. We read many Jill Murphy stories including Peace at Last and The Large Family, which we used to find the features of Jill Murphy stories.
In Maths we have been learning about coins and notes, multiplication and word problems. We used a method called arrays to help us multiply and we will be using this again to help us divide soon!
Our artist of the half term was Mondrian. We explored primary colours and straight lines and learned all about his style of artwork. We worked in groups to recreate a large version of his work.
Portal Digital – Olive Stein’s new digital multimedia company was launched and we were working as Digital Developers to help create a variety of online media for The Portal website. Each week we had 4 tasks consisting of: videos, blogs, entertainment and news. We created, uploaded and shared a range of work, videos, vlogs, blogs, artwork, pictures and tasks for everyone to explore. We learned about many new things including instructional writing, poetry, creating characters, measures, fractions, shapes, food, (including French food), the artist Ted Harrison and the religion of Hinduism. We throughly enjoyed working for Olive and presenting our tasks on The Portal website. Our hard work was evident and we hope to work for Olive again! To explore photos and videos from Portal Digital have a look at The Portal website.
On the 1st December Beech class arrived at school to a letter from the North Pole. It was from Eddie the Elf explaining that he was coming to stay with us for December to see what wonderful things we do in Beech Class.
During this time we found out that Eddie is very mischievous and likes to surprise us in the morning. He joined us in our lessons and joined in with our tasks. He has enjoyed his time in Beech class and has been very impressed with all of the Year 1 children. Now it is time to go back to the North Pole to help Santa prepare for Christmas!
This half term Beech class have been working for The Time Institute as Time Agents. We were contacted by the Time Institute with a very worrying problem – The evil trickster Vortex was trying to erase the past and they needed our help to stop him.
In order to do this we had to learn and report back about some key individuals and events in History. This included Grace Darling and the famous lighthouse rescue, The Great Fire of London through Samuel Pepys diary and Queen Victoria and the Victorian Era. Our recent trip to Beamish helped us to learn about life during the Victorian times (you can read all about this in our Beamish blog).
In English we focused on recounts and using time conjunctions to order events for The Time Institute. We also looked at story language and using this to write our own short stories with a beginning, middle and ending.
In Maths we have continued to practise our adding, subtracting and times table skills. We received a package from The Time Institute which we had to explore. Inside it was full of 2d and 3d shapes which we described, drew and matched up to their names.
On Thursday 31st November 2017 Beech class attended Blyth Sports Centre to take part in a Gymnastics Festival. There were many schools from Blyth and Bedlington taking part and children of all different ages presented their gymnastics routine to each other. Beech class were amongst some of the youngest children who took part and their routine was performed brilliantly. In gymnastics they have been learning how to balance, jump, roll and travel and our routine consisted of working in partners to showcase these skills. Well done to all of the Year 1 children for performing your fantastic routine!