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St Andrew's Church of England Primary School An intelligent heart acquires knowledge and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15

Curriculum

Computing:

Yr 1 have created a picture on the computers and then with support printed their creations. 

Self portraits:

We had great fun using the skills and techniques taught this year to draw a self portrait and design a frame to put it in. 

Our home learning projects:

We have had some incredible home learning projects in a range of ways some photographs, some videos and some models as well. Well done! Children presented their projects to the rest of the class. 

We have looked at the Uk and discussed how it is made up of four different countries, found coutures on a world map using an atlas, found the equator and discussed the impact this has on countries close and further away from it as well as creating a weather news report. 

We have been planning, making and evaluating different items such as we made a bowl and a tower to show each step of planning, using our plan to create, create, and evaluating against the plan. 

Safety:

We are looking at how to keep ourselves safe we have looked at pantosaurus (pants are private), how to stay safe in the sun, around water, walking, crossing roads and in cars. We discussed scenarios such as, being in a  shop and no longer seeing your trusted adults what they would do we had a wider range of answers we have encouraged the children to find a member of staff in the shop to tell and reunite. 

RE- Why is the word God important to Christians?

We discussed God and the creation story with the Yr2s as well. We shared how  many days and what happened on each day of the week. We also shared how we would spend the 7th day the day of rest.  Great teamwork and discussion shared. 

Typing skills:

We have been working incredibly hard on our typing skills. 

Reflection time:

We had some amazing exploration and reflection time in the Eco garden. 

Computing:

We have been programming our robot Earl and working on our word processing skills on a computer. 

Sukkot: special times

We explored the Sukkot box and discussed how each item is linked and why. 

We had an incredible day at the farm! We saw lots of farm animals and animals you wouldn’t normally see at a farm in the Uk such as Emus and meerkats. All the children had a go at feeding some of the animals and handling the rabbits and Guinea pigs. We then spent some time learning about the lambs and how to care for them. We saw twin lambs who were less than 24hours old and had a cuddle with some of the older lambs. 

Special places of worship:

We discussed special places, what makes them special and then used our experience of special places of worship to recreate them. 

Fossils:

We have explored many different fossils from fossilised fish to a trilobite. We demonstrated how ammonites lived and then turned into fossils. We shared what we knew about extinct and endangered animals. We then found a list of animals that are critically endangered. 

We took part in an amazing event at church organised by the parishioners. The stations of the cross to explain Holy Week events. 

We had an incredible school trip to the open centre, Mosque and  Gurdwara. We learnt lots , shared big questions and tried new foods. 

Cress sandwich:

Receptions planted some cress seeds in a tuff spot and we cared for it and it grew really quickly which meant we could harvest some for cress sandwiches. 

PSHE - responsibilities:

We enjoyed playing an opposite game as a warm up to our amazing discussions about our home and school responsibilities. 

World War One:

We made trenches and no man’s land in the classroom and discussed living conditions, what the soldiers experienced on a daily routine bacon and tea for breakfast, how they sent the messages via carrier pigeons. 
 

When the war started ( 1914), when it finished 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month in (1918). 

Palm cross:

We explored a palm cross and discussed its importance in Holy Week. 

Special police visitor:

We had a lovely visitor and a chance to explore a police car and see what equipment is needed in a police car as well as check the sirens and lights work before getting the chance to sit in it and test the seats for comfort. 

World Book Day:

We had a lovely day exploring books and sharing our favourites with one another. 

Past and present:

We discussed photographs and shared what might show us it’s in the past or present. 

Ramble:

Whole school Ramble!

Making paper:

We made our own paper today from paper which had already been used. 

Computing and DT planning:

The children were using the computers to design their piece of bunting from their planning. The children were able to turn on the computers, log in and access paint independently. 
 

The Yr1s were able to design three different pieces of bunting and then had to select one of their own designs and explain why they had picked that one. 

First aid:

We learnt where our first aid kit in the classroom is, how to call 999, how to put someone in the recovery position, what is in a first aid kit and what we would do if an adult needed help. 

Computing:

Exploring the uses of different types of technology such as I-pads we can use to scan QRcodes on the class displays to retrieve information or share our hard work. 

RE special places:

We discussed our special places and started to look at the different places but places can be different but be special for the same reason. We then started to look and compare church’s to mosques. 

We have had lots of fun building a London home from 1666 before The Great Fire of London. 

Creating a church:

We made our classroom look like a church today. The whole class lived out the school values particularly teamwork, respect and love. The children shared ideas and thoughts and then worked together to make their vision come true. We then decided we needed clergy and so we selected a pupil to act this role and they read Jonah and the whale from the Bible. 

Discussing our special places:

Mrs. Stals and I have been amazed by the children’s homework of a special place in a shoe box. All children had time to share with a peer 1:1 and then share with the whole class as well. 

Dress up:

We discussed different jobs in the past and jobs now and compared them. Then the children dressed up and acted out different job roles. 

Art - Mondrain

The children explored the use of primary colours and lines to create a piece of art work. 

Re - special places:

We talked about our favourite place in school, the world and then started to talk about how places can be a spiritual place and how those places make you feel. Mrs Gresswell spoke about Mother Shipton’s cave and how it made me feel. The children then said church, sealife centre “like I’m underwater with all the sea creatures”, “aquarium you can see types of fish but there is more to see” and “the beach sometimes we get to go but sometimes we don’t”. 

Christingle service in Church:

Parks enjoyed the Christingle service in school and sitting on the pews. 

Eco garden exploration:

The class explored the Eco garden and found a few animals there are all part of the insect family. 

Geography: maps

We created a map and a map key as a group and used different items from around our classroom. The children then created their own map and key. 

Our DT project:

We have worked extremely hard this half term on our moving picture. 

Computing:

Children have been working hard learning how to turn on a computer, log on and use the mouse correctly. 

Bonfire night:

We have looked at Guy Fawkes and discussed why we celebrate bonfire night and then made firework pictures using forks as a method to get the spikeness of the fireworks. 

Baby Jesus:

As a class we looked at the idea of Jesus being a baby and growing up and so we looked at our own baby photos and compared to now. The children really enjoyed drawing themselves as a baby and sharing their photos with the class. 

Music:

The children spent some time exploring musical instruments. The children really enjoyed this and enjoyed keeping a pace. 

Why do Christians act out Nativity plays:

As a class we started to look at the Nativity story and who the characters are. We used the knitted figures to act out the story and discuss the importance of the characters. 

Working with Rashford class:

We have had a lovely afternoon working with Rashford class talking about our topic for Autumn 2. 

RE workshops with Mrs Gresswell:

Mrs Gresswell has worked in each class to unpick the Lord’s prayer, the big frieze and discuss our Collective Worship what we like what and how we can make it even better. 

Inspire RE workshop creation story:

Reception year 1 have had a great workshop held by inspire about creation. 

Art and crafts:

Children enjoyed using their own imagination to create something special. 

PHSE- being healthy:

We have tried lots of different fruit and discussed why fruit is important and why we need a balanced diet. Please continue to have those discussions at home around food; where does food come from such pork comes from pigs or apples come from trees. 

Computing skills:

We have had lots of fun logging on and creating a picture on paint. 

PSHE:

The children created freeze frames of how they relax. We had a lot of watching Tv, laying down, reading a book and swimming. 

Babies:

We had a lovely visit from two visitors who we welcomed into our school family and we learnt lots about what babies need to survive. 

Lord's prayer walk to Church:

Parks class really enjoyed our Lord's prayer walk to church and then exploring church. The children's favourite find was the church bells. 

Art - Self portraits

The class have had a lot of fun exploring their faces in a mirror and drawing a self portrait. Week on week the children will develop and focus on one feature of the face and then put all of their hard work together to create a finished self portrait for the children to compare to their very first one. 

The Big Frieze:

As a class we have started to look at the Big Frieze!

PSHE - Being healthy baseline 7.9.22

As a class we shared what we thought the human body needed to stay healthy. My favourite quote from todays session was "Sleep gives you a different type of exercise." Well done Parks!

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