This week we have made a start on our new topic Castles. We have started some paintings based on Abstract artist Paul Klee's Castle and Sun painting. These are still not quite finished so we will share them next week.
We have also started finding out about castles, what they were used for, where they were built and what they look like. The children all drew a picture of what they thought a castle would look like and we shared our ideas. We all agreed that they were all very different!
On Friday the children had a real treat when we were visited by Circus Sensible. Despite their name they were silly and funny and the children, and grown ups, laughed a lot! After a show we had a chance to practise our circus skills wil scarves, Peacock feathers and plate spinning. The children were fabulous and joined in with everything!
We finished our 'The Park' topic with a wonderful family picnic. Thank you so much to all the home grown ups who came and joined in the fun! The children rally enjoyed sharing their wonderful 3D park maps, making sandwiches, showing their grown ups how to use the Beebots, decorating biscuits and making flowery garden crowns. A super duper way to finish off the term!
This week we have been researching what we like about different parks around the country. We have used our research to help us think of ways that we could improve Warminster Town Park.
The children worked really hard in groups to make a 3D model of a park using card, art straws and plasticene. It was wonderful to see the children using their gem powers to work together, sharing ideas and talking to each other about what to include.
We have been really busy this week in Maths using arrays to help us carry on our 'lots of' work. The children have been having a go at making arrays and then writing number sentences to go with them. It's always challenging learning a new skill but the children have been using their emerald and sapphire gem powers to keep trying and focus really hard on this new skill.
We have carried on with more Monet inspired art work this week too. The children thought about the sort of bugs they might find in Monet's garden and created lovely pebble mini beasts. They also used a variety of different thins, like lego, pegs and natural objects, to re-create some Monet art.
Our role play this term has been very popular. The children have enjoyed being park keepers and helping Percy out. They worked really hard on making their own seed packets and used their sounds to write some wonderful planting instructions.
This week we have been doing multiplication in maths. We started off by counting in 10s and using a variety of resources to make groups of 10, then 2 and 5. The children have been counting on and back in 2s, 5s and 10s. We have been using little steps to check that groups are equal, then count them and finally record it. The children have really focussed on this new skill and it has been wonderful to see them really using their Sapphire Gem Powers, as well as their Emerald Gem Powers to try new things and to persevere even when something is tricky. They are looking forward to sharing their new skills with their grown ups at home with their homework.
This week we finished off our Monet inspired pictures. The children have worked really hard following 3 processes; adding texture using glue and tissue, stippling blues and greens and finally adding lily pads and flowers using coloured tissue paper. They are really stunning!
Following on from our park trip last week the children have been making maps of Warminster Town Park. They worked together in groups to draw them then add the treasures they collected in the park to finish it off. We then worked as a class to use the photos of the trip to make a map. The children then had a copy each to add symbols and create a key. Lots of geography has come from a wonderful day out.
We finished the week with a visit from Skippy John. The children learnt that they need to bounce, not jump, to get good at skipping. It was brilliant to see everyone joining in and having a go. No one gave up, there certainly was lots of Emerald Gem Power on show!
Today we went on our trip to Warminster Town Park to start our 'The Park' topic. The children were absolutely amazing and behaved beautifully. They walked for miles and enjoyed travelling on the train. On the way there we had the train to ourselves but travelling back to Westbury a few of the children had to stand. They were polite to the other passengers and received high praise. One ldy said it was her favourite part of her journey hearing all about our park adventure!
We started the day off by helping Rob the Park Keeper do some weeding in the flower beds. The children were very enthusiastic and did a wonderful job. After stopping for our picnic lunch in the bandstand, we headed off to complete trail. We followed the picture clues and looked for human and physical features of the park. The children also looked for different animals and plants and were able to identify them.
What a wonderful way to start our topic!
This week we were lucky enough to be visited by Professor Marshall. She came to talk to us about good and bad bacteria. We were all very excited! We found out the bad bacteria is the germs we sneeze out. Professor Marshall showed us a picture and we all decided to remember to cover our mouths when we cough from now on! We learnt that good bacteria lives in our gut and helps our body to digest food. We also found out that good bacteria is used to make our food.
We watched an experiment which turned milk into curds and whey, just like the nursery rhyme with Little Miss Muffit in. Next week used our senses of smell and sight to describe what we thought 5 things were like. These were all things that good bacteria had been used to make. We looked at milk, cottage cheese, yoghurt, curds and whey. The children quickly found out that some they liked the smell of and some they definitely didn't! We also discovered that we didn't all think the same, so another opportunity to celebrate how everyone is different.
Thank you to Professor Marshall for taking the time to come in and talk to us. We had a fabulous time!
This week in science we explored our sense of smell. The children had 8 numbered pots which they had to attempt to identify. The children were fabulous at closing their eyes and having a good sniff! We had lots of discussion about what each pot could be, ideas ranging from chocolate to poo! Once everyone had had their guesses we revealed the answers and the children were thrilled when they got them right! Next week we are being visited by a real Scientist. A real threat indeed!
This term the children have been learning how to fire a bow and arrow in PE. They have really loved archery and have been being super sensible. They have listened really well to the instructions, thought carefully about safety and watched each other, as well as having a go themselves.
It was so lovely to see so many grown ups at our Mother's Day assembly. The children really enjoyed sharing their amazing Mummy portraits and reading their writing about their special ladies. We are so proud of how much the children have progressed so far in Year One, with their writing, their artistic skills and of course their confidence to talk out loud in front of an audience.
Mrs Stacey Budge
Mrs Nicky Newbury
Mr Peter Mould
Westbury Infant School
Eden Vale Road
Tel: 01373 822 716