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The Time Institute!

This half term Beech Class have been working as Time Agents for The Director at The Time Institute. The evil Vortex had erased some of the past and we had to find out what happened. Part of our job involved learning about important historic individuals including: Samuel Pepys, Grace Darling and Florence Nightingale. We explored The Victorian times; as well as Queen Victoria and The Great Fire of London.

Alongside our history learning we have been continuing to develop our maths and English skills which has involved addition and subtraction, place value, shape, familiar stories and response texts (diaries and recounts).

To support our learning in all subjects we went on a trip to Beamish. Here we met Santa and his reindeers and learned about Victorian life including schools, homes, shops and transport by exploring the different areas of Beamish.

Crankpot Industries!

During our first half term in Year 1, we worked as Scientists for Professor Crankpot at Crankpot Industries. As part of our job role we had to research, explore and learn about materials and their properties. This included what they are used for and whether they are man made or natural. We had our own science lab to help us with this.

We also had many other English and Maths tasks including learning about numbers, number formation, place value and familiar stories. We even wrote some of our own stories after reading a selection in class. We looked at lists, labels and captions and used these to help Crankpot with some of his tasks.

We stared to explore seasons and weather and focussed on Autumn. We completed a nature walk and produced some fantastic work and artwork linked to Autumn.

Crankpot was super impressed with our work as Scientists and said we really helped him out.

Week of Sports

Have a look at some of our photos from BSPS Week of Sports. We all worked really hard and enjoyed using different skills.

Exploring nature

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!

Whitehouse Farm

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.

Station Studios!

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!

Portal Travel Agents

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

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.

Eddie the Elf!

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!

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