Welcome to Year 1!
Mrs Hawthorne & Mrs Greer
Christmas has arrived at Abercorn! We are having great fun creating decorations for our Christmas tree and writing cards for our family. Santa and his elves are very busy in our Santa's workshop wrapping presents and delivering gifts! We are also building Santa's polar express train and using our duplo blocks to make snowmen and igloos. At the dough table we are using magic foam to decorate gingerbread men and Christmas trees. We are also getting faster at beating Mrs Hawthorne at the Christmas shape game!
Light and Dark
In November we explored the magical world of light, darkness and shadows. We created a dark den and used torches, lamps and battery powered candles to help us see in it. We loved reading our topic books by torch light! At the light table we used mosaics to create beautiful patterns and the LED writing board turned our writing crazy disco colours! We used the projector to tell stories using shadow puppets. We even had a go at creating shadow animals with our hands. One afternoon we pulled the curtains, turned off the lights and had a go at writing our letters in the air using glow sticks. It was great fun! After reading 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell we sponge painted owls and used our topic books and the computer to find out interesting facts about owls. We loved learning about nocturnal animals.
Autumn Scavenger Hunt
We went on a class walk in our school grounds to look for signs of autumn. We worked with a partner to find all the items on our scavenger hunt list. We found red, brown, orange, green and yellow leaves. We also threw leaves in the air and watched them swirl, dance and drift to the ground. When we walked through the leaves they made a crunching, scrunching noise. We collected conkers, acorns and leaves to look at with magnifying glasses in our classroom.
In October we investigated vehicles. We created a garage and had lots of tools to service and fix vehicles. We made two cars and everyone had to make their own driving license so they could drive around the classroom! In junk modelling we made trains, rockets, boats and planes. It was great fun sticking and pasting. At the art table we worked together to create a plan of our town.
In September we had fun learning about parties. We used our cutting and sticking skills to make paper chains and balloons to decorate our room. We also made party invitations, birthday cards and party hats. We had a birthday party for our class teddy Shaun the Sheep. He turned 5! At his party we played musical statues, pass the parcel and last over the mat. We made delicious top hat buns and enjoyed birthday cake. Jay helped Shaun the Sheep blow out the candles. We had great fun!
First Days in Year 1
We are making lots of new friends and having fun.
Humpty Dumpty Challenge. We tested 4 materials to see which ones would give Humpty a safe landing. We felt the material and predicted what would happen. As we said the nursery rhyme someone pushed Humpty off the wall. The egg didn't break when it landed on the cotton wool and tissue paper. The egg did break when it landed on the pine cones and lego bricks.
Outdoor Play our First Week