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Pufferfish Class Weekly News
Here are a few pictures from our P.E. this week. The children used various apparatus and had to travel in different ways whilst maintaining their balance. Thanks to Mrs Lawrence (P.E. Mrs Lawrence, not Mrs Lawrence from Angelfish) for her excellent lesson and setting up the hall.
World Book Day celebrations in Pufferfish Class! Well done to everyone who dressed up and brought in a favourite book.
On Thursday of this week, the children got the chance to take part in a special session with Sir Linkalot. The session focused on spelling skills and highlighted how difficult it can be to learn our wonderful language. It was an entertaining and lively session which the children very much enjoyed!
In Science this week, the children were challenged to work out how they could rescue a toy figure who was frozen in ice. They had to predict what factor would melt the ice quickest: hot water, cold water, salt or room temperature. We then tested their predictions and eventually rescued the figure!
This week the children were learning more about the weather and focused on wind. We discussed examples of how we cannot see the wind, but what we can see are the effects of the wind. We finished by going outside and observing the wind and what happens when we run.
In Science this week, the children explored light and shadow. We talked about day and night and how the Earth orbits the Sun. The children got the chance to use torches to explore how shadows are made and experimented by making different shapes.
Welcome back everyone! Pufferfish Class started the new year by discussing our school values and exploring what makes a Growth Mindset. The children were given statements to sort into the categories of Fixed or Growth mindsets which provided a useful discussion about our attitudes to school and learning. A great start to 2020 from the whole class!
Here are Pufferfish performing their Christmas Nativity! Working as part of a team with one class from Year Two and one class from Early Years, they have worked hard to learn the various songs and actions that go with them. Thanks to all the parents and carers who came into school this week to watch the performances.
This week, the children got the chance to explore more toys from the past. We discussed how many old toys are still used today and compared them to newer toys such as games consoles. The children used the playground to rotate around different activities. A fun way to explore learning!
Pufferfish have been busy rehearsing for the KS1 Nativity. We hope to see you at one of the performances next week!
This week the children have been learning about toys from the past. Part of our lesson involved looking at some old toys and playing with them. A few of the children knew how some of the old toys worked, although many needed help with this! We also compared old and modern toys which is a theme we will continue to explore in the coming weeks. Thanks to all the parents and children who have donated older, traditional toys for our ‘Toy Museum.’ It is much appreciated.
Here are Pufferfish Class learning outside the classroom! The children have been working on using prepositions such as under, next to, in between, on top of etc. Their challenge was to locate the toys in the playground and record where they had been found. The work will then be used back in the classroom for story writing. Well done to all the children for a fun lesson!
Monday 11th November 2019 – Friday 15th November 2019
Here are Pufferfish Class taking part in their first P.E. lesson with Mr Upcraft. The children moved around various activities designed to improve their balance and mobility. They included jumps and squats and the children were enthusiastic throughout. Future lessons may involve going outside, so please ensure that your child an appropriate winter games kit.
Welcome back Pufferfish Class! A great way to start the half-term was to take the children on an Autumn walk around Leigh. We went to the Leigh Library Gardens and from there spotted many of the signs that the seasons are changing. Each group had a checklist of items to look for and almost all of them could be found in our local area. Pufferfish were very lucky, because we spotted not one but two squirrels among the trees - not all the classes saw them! The children were really well behaved and have been using their observations back in the classroom. We have also been discussing how learning can happen anywhere and doesn’t just happen at a desk! A really fun session with many cross curricular links.
The children have been putting their art skills to good use in the last week. First, they worked on using their cutting and sticking skills to create Halloween pumpkins! Then chalks have been used to create firework art on black backgrounds. Well done to all the children. These activities are important not just for creativity, but to also build up the fine motor skills needed in handwriting.
Enjoy half-term and we will see you all back on Tuesday 5th November!
This week there has been much excitement at North Street as classes got the chance to look at genuine rock samples from the moon! Many of the samples, including different types of meteorites, are worth thousands of pounds and so needed careful handling. The pack included interactive materials accessed via IPads which meant we could view the moon, planets and sun in virtual 3D. The session was interesting for all and well done to all the children for sensibly taking turns to look at the various samples.
On Thursday this week, the children were again very lucky to receive a special visit from from someone whose job involves helping people. The children, with the help of the puppet, were able to talk about different types of feelings and what they might mean. A big thank you to Katie for visiting our class!
On Wednesday of this week, the whole of Year 1 took part in the NSPCC Big Skip event. The children went to the KS2 playground and completed five minutes of skipping. For those who were not used to skipping with a rope in the traditional way, they were allowed to simply skip around the outskirts of the playground. This sponsored event was lots of fun and it was great to see the Sports Councillors take on their roles with such enthusiasm. A special thanks must go to Mrs Crab who organised this for everyone.
As part of our topic ‘People Who Help Us’ Pufferfish Class were lucky to have a visit from a local Police Community Support Officer. This was especially exciting, because as you can see from the pictures, she brought her police car! The children learned about the work of the police and the important equipment that might be stored in a police car. The children then all got the chance to sit in the car.
A big thanks to our PCSO for giving up her time to come and see us!
Pufferfish Class were lucky once again to receive a special visit from people who help us to link with our topic. This week, our visitors were a doctor and nurse who spoke to the children about their jobs were what is involved. The children took turns to listen to their heartbeat using a stethoscope. They also had the chance to look at blood cells using a microscope. A very interesting visit!
In Science this week, the children became ‘Sense Detectives’ in order to solve the mystery of the lost teddy bear. The children took part in a series of tests using all five senses. The one pictured shows a volunteer who had to use their taste to identify the missing teddy’s favourite food. A really fun lesson which got the children thinking. Well done to all for taking part in the activities with such enthusiasm!
On Thursday of this week, Pufferfish Class received a special visit from a local firefighter. He spoke to the children about what is involved in the job, the equipment used and the variety of situations the fire brigade get called out to. The children got the chance to ask questions to find out more and listened beautifully.
After the visit, the children wrote about what a firefighter might see or hear in their job. This was based on the structure of ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?’ which the children have been reading.
Thanks to the firefighter for giving up their time to provide a great experience for our class!
Here are Pufferfish Class taking part in their Maths lesson. The focus was to compare numbers of different objects. The children have learned how to use the symbols Greater Than and Less Than and make a number statement that correctly compared the amounts in front of them. More work will be done on this next week. Well done to all for the hard work on a tricky concept!
Every Wednesday Pufferfish will take part in Music lessons with Mrs Brown. This week the children sang songs such as the 'Hello How Are You?' song and played musical games. These lessons will provide the children with the chance to get creative, work as part of a team and learn about music and instruments. The children cannot wait for the next lesson!
This week some of the children got the chance to listen to a traditional tale via headphones. The children absolutely loved using the CD player to do this and there were lots of volunteers to have a turn. As this was successful, we will do this periodically moving forward as it provides a great opportunity for the children to talk with each other about different aspects of the story they have heard. If anyone has any audio stories on CD suitable for Year 1 they would be gratefully received.
Here are Pufferfish Class taking part in their very first P.E. lesson of the year. There were various activities that the children took part in and each of them were designed to develop strength and balance. The children learned about warming up before starting the main activities and to listen to commands to stay safe in the hall.
The children have been working hard in class too and have been busy in Maths practising dealing with numbers up to ten. A great week and well done to everyone for the positive start they have made.
Pufferfish Class have settled really well into Year 1 and are getting used to their new surroundings and new routines. They have been discussing class rules and how we should treat each other. We also talked about our attitudes to learning and what having a Growth Mindset might mean. The quotes in the pictures were discussed with examples relevant for the age group.
A fantastic start to the new academic year!