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The Badgers have been having fun in their reading den.
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Our topic this term is Toys. We will be looking at toys from the past and creating our own toys. We will think about how they work and what they are made from. This will include creating our own toy museum and taking part in a history workshop. In R.E. we will be learning about why churches are special for Christians and we will be visiting our local church. P.E. for this term will be on Wednesday afternoons and will be multi-skills held mainly outdoors. Swimming will commence after half-term on Tuesday afternoons. Our Literacy and Numeracy will be linked to our topic. Please ask your class teacher if you have any specific questions about these areas.

On our Wow day we had fun making up new games to play outside.  We had to explain our rules to other people so that they could play too.  We used all different sorts of equipment.  We also made our own board games and had to use our number skills to label the squares correctly.  We then played our games with our friends.

 

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KUNG FU PUNCTUATION

 

We have been learning the art of Kung Fu punctuation to help us write super sentences.  

 

This is how we show a CAPITAL LETTER.  We do a deep bow.

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To show a full stop we do a sharp forward punch and shout 'HA'!
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We have started making our Sock Things, like the one that got stolen in Kipper's Toybox.  We hope that  ours don't get stolen by mice!
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We visited St. Matthew's Church in Eye.  We were church detectives and had to find lots of different things, such as the font, a lectern, the organ and the altar.  We used our senses to explore the church and then had some reflection time to think about what makes a church a special place for Christians.
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Here are some pages from the fabulous church books we wrote after our visit.
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We have been acting out 'what happened next' after Toy Story 2.  We made Buzz Lightyear and Woody split pin and lollipop stick puppets.  We then acted our stories in front of the back drop that we had painted.  They were great stories!
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Look at our fabulous new outside area!
Thank you so much to Bella's Mum and Dad for all their fantastic ideas input and all their hard work.  As you can see, the children love it!  We also have further plans for development .... watch this space!
We have had lots of fun exploring and investigating toys during our History of Toys day.  Craig let us look closely at the toys in his travelling museum.  We then had a go at being archaeologists - we had to be very careful when we brushed the soil off the objects we found.  In the afternoon we became toy makers - we made some fantastic things!  Take a look below.
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We enjoyed a fantastic story about toy dragons at the end of the day.  

We had great fun setting up our toy museum and welcoming our friends from Reception as our first visitors!

 

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We were very  lucky to have an extra PE lesson with Mr Downing.  We were taught lots of new games to play in PE and at playtimes.  We especially enjoyed the pirate boat  and alien games.  We ran so fast that we were just blurs in our photographs!
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We were really pleased that so many parents come to visit our Class Cafe.  We read the story of Billy's Bucket and then made fish,  buckets and all sorts of other fishy things!  It's just as well we had juice and biscuits to keep us going!
Thank you so much to parents for helping their children with their Eco Christmas decoration homework.  They look fabulous decorating our classroom.  Take a look!
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We have had great fun during our dress rehearsals for the Nativity.  Our singing sounded fantastic!
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We sang beautifully at the church.  The song was one of our favourites from the Nativity, Ring out the Bells.
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WELCOME BACK AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Our Spring topic is 'Can you train a dragon?'  We will be learning about castles and dragons using traditional tales as our starting point.  We will learn about what castles were for, who lived in them and where they were built. The children will have a chance to design their own castles and pretend to be knights at knight school.  In maths we shall be having a special '100 day' where we will participate in lots of fun 100 related activities.  In RE we will be learning about Sikhism and their celebrations and festivals.  Our school Christian Value for this half term is compassion.  In PSHE we will be exploring the themes of Going for Goals and keeping safe.  Our weekly swimming session continues to be on Tuesday afternoons, commencing 12th January until half term.  PE will still be on Wednesday afternoons and could be indoors or outdoors. Please ensure that your child has suitable kit available on these days.  
 

We had loads of fun at our Medieval banquet!  The King and Queen invited us to attend but first we had to make special bread and soup to eat, make masks to disguise ourselves and learn some special dance moves to 'Greensleeves'.  Thank you , Mums and Dads, for helping us look so wonderful in our costumes and for attending our Wow day drop in.
Year 1 have celebrated 100 day with lots of activities focusing on the number 100.  Look below for pictures of what we got up to during the day and to see all the fantastic 100 homework that our creative parents have done with their children.   
We went to Knight School for the day.  We found out that they had to be good at LOTS of things to become knights.  We found out how to care for horses, joust, polish armour, march and lots of other things.  We all graduated with honours!
We have read the story 'The Egg' by M.P. Robertson.  We have made a class story map.  We could tell you the story by following our drawings.
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We had fantastic fun dressing up as book characters for World Book Day! Can you recognise who we all are?!
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We had a great day sharing our favourite books, reading new ones and writing our own stories based on a mysterious picture. 

Our dragon poem - LOST!

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We wrote a poem to describe the wizard's lost dragon. We then acted out our poem. We hope you enjoy it!

SPORT RELIEF

 

Today we have been really busy badgers! 

This morning we came to school dressed in our sports clothes ready to run our mile with a smile.

We began with some stretching with Giraffes and Miss Robinson.....

 

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Then we set off on our way to the playground to start our laps.
We did so well, but it was really tiring! 

After a nice rest and some lunch we were treated to a fantastic story session with a special visitor. Fiona's Grandma told us two amazing stories and we all joined in with actions. We enjoyed it sooooooo much!

The day finished with our Class Cafe. We were joined by lots of our parents/carers and had a lovely time making dragons after listening to our story, 'When the Dragons Came'.
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Easter comes to Eye!

We were very lucky today as Laura's Mummy taught us all about Easter in Poland.  We then made our own Easter baskets and went on an Easter egg hunt.  We were VERY enthusiastic!

Can you make me better?

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This Summer term our first topic is ‘Can you make me better?’  Our Wow day will celebrate our fabulous bodies  and all the wonderful things they can do.  We will think about keeping fit and healthy and the importance of exercise.  In Science we will learn about parts of the body and how we change and grow and we are going to write our own autobiographies, paint self portraits  and make moving people puppets.  Later in the term we will visit Peterborough Museum to learn about nurses in the past.  We will find out about Florence Nightingale, Edith Cavell and Mary Seacole and we will write their biographies.  In maths we will continue to consolidate numbers to 100, addition and subtraction to and beyond 20 and applying our skills to problem solving. In RE we will be talking out Islam and in PSHE we will think about our emotions and how to handle them.  We will also continue to make our handwriting even neater using our special handwriting guidelines. 

 

We are going to be busy!

 

 

This morning we turned our classroom into Scutari hospital! We took turns at the different activities needed to keep the hospital running. We cooked, grew vegetables, cleaned, washed, ironed and bandaged our way through the morning! We also wrote letters home to our family and held interviews for new nurses. Look at all the fun we had:

We had a fabulous time at Peterborough Museum learning all about Edith Cavell.  Take a look at all the fantastic things we got up to at nurse training school.
Year 1 were so lucky this week to get our own VIP visit from an ambulance!! We were so excited to hear the siren and see what was inside. 
Can you tell a grown up the name of some of the equipment you saw?
Today we have experienced speaking other languages and learning about other cultures.  We found out how to count to 5 in French and Dutch and made up our own actions to help us remember them.  We hope you like the videos of these.  We also tried French and Dutch cheese, made a 'hoedje van papier' and an Eiffel Tower.  We really enjoyed MFL day!

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This week we have worked really hard on our writing.  Thanks to the fabulous parents supplying us with photographs and timelines of the children's lives, we have been able to write our autobiographies and they are fantastic!  We have tried especially hard to use some question and exclamation marks in our writing. We then spent time  reading our life stories to our partners and listening to their stories.  We hope you enjoy looking at a few excerpts from our books.  
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It is hard to believe that we are about to enter our final half term of the year!  However, we still have lots to fit into our last few weeks as Badgers.

 

Our new topic is 'What can I spy with my little eye?'  which has a science focus, looking at minibeasts and our local environment.  As part of this we will be spending lots of time in our outside areas looking and growing and we will also visit Eye Nature Reserve to look at the plants and animals living there. We will find out about maps and directions in geography and apply this knowledge in our local environment.  In our art sessions we will make beautiful work inspired by the small natural world, whilst in DT we will be designing and making bug homes.  Our RE topic focuses on taking care of our wonderful world and includes learning the story of the creation.  In PSHE we will look at all aspects of healthy bodies and keeping safe.

 

Sports day will be an exciting event this term and we will continue to have outside PE on Wednesday afternoons, weather permitting.  We will also have swimming on Thursday afternoons, apart from the week beginning 13th June (phonics screening week.)  Fathers day activities will also be in June - another afternoon to look forward to!

 

Let's hope for lots of sun so that we can enjoy this outdoor topic to the full.  Don't forget to make sure that your child has suncream and a hat in school so that they can join in all our activities fully protected from what we hope will be a lovely start to summer!

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Today we were really lucky - Amelia's Mummy came into school with her deafblind friend and together they taught us about his life and how he communicates.  We all found out how to spell out our names using the deafblind manual alphabet.  We are going to teach our Mums and Dads at home too.  We have decided that we would like to follow our Christian value of service by raising money for deafblind uk.  

 

Watch this space for further information!

 

Luckily the rain stayed away this morning and Year 1 enjoyed a lovely sunny walk  down to Eye Green Nature Reserve. We played eye spy and looked for landmarks along our journey, then went on a short walk around part of the lake. We had to look very carefully to see which creatures were hidden away among the trees and plants. Some of us managed to spot a group of small ducklings at the water's edge...

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We raised nearly £60 for DeafblindUK by selling our decorated biscuits.  We invited Amelia's Mummy and her friend back in to school to receive the cheque. It will be spent on resources for special activities such as cooking and crafts.
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We completed our sponsored water walk.  It was hard work carrying all the heavy water.  We now understand how lucky we are to have clean water and taps!
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