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Class 1

Welcome to Class 1

Well done to our Reception and Year 1 children who took part in two Bikeability Balance sessions. Through fun games on balance bikes (bikes without pedals ) the children developed their handling and awareness and the basic balance and co‐ordination skills they will need to learn to ride a bike. With trained instructors from Chorley Sports Partnership Active Travel / Bikeability Team working alongside school staff, the sessions focused on developing balance, rather than the ability to pedal. This will help these children make the transition to using a bike with pedals and also develop gross motor skills and improve early years fitness.

Class 1 enjoyed an afternoon of orienteering last week. They used compass points, directional language and read a ‘map’ to complete a series of challenges.

Class 1 have watched videos, sang songs, engaged in role-play and drama activities and played games to learn about events during The Great Fire of London. They know that through the diary of Samuel Pepys we know about what happened over the four days. The houses were built very close to each other with upper storeys overhanging. Houses made from wattle and daub with thatched roofs caught fire easily and the fire spread quickly in the breeze at the end of a very hot and dry summer. Leather buckets were used to transport water from the River Thames but fire squirters were not powerful enough put out the flames, Charles II agreed that fire hooks should be used to pull down houses to create fire breaks but this didn’t have as much effect as hoped and so explosives were then used clear larger areas. London was re-built using more substantial materials such as brick and stone. Houses were built further apart and the roads made wider. Thatched roofs were banned in London and that is true even today. The Fire service was updated with more advanced training and equipment. Insurance was also introduced. As a learning assessment, we enjoyed playing ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’

A fantastic trip out today to The Little Lancashire Village

Learning about different weather types around the world.

In Science we looked at the size of our bones compared to those of dinosaurs. we drew life size dinosaurs on the playground using our measuring skills.

Class One enjoyed a day out at the farm. All the children explored the work involved in running a farm; looking after the horses and dairy cows, the machinery used and how a dairy produces the milk. Huge thanks to Miss Gorst and her family for hosting us so well.

Recognising symbols on an Ordnance Survey Map

Understanding and Using Compass Directions

Reception did so well this afternoon, predicting and observing reversible and irreversible changes.

Years 1 and 2 have been ‘Working Scientifically’ to find out about living things. They used the enquiry approach of research to answer questions about food chains. They identified, grouped and classified animals and their habitats. The children worked together, producing a diorama to demonstrate their learning.

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 10 May to Sunday 16 May 2021. Since school re-opened Class 1 have been taking part in a weekly ‘mindfulness’ session. This week we explored managing our emotions, helping the children to build emotional intelligence by developing emotion regulation skills.

Today the children had a letter from The Emperor, he was very embarrassed about going out without his clothes and so he asked the children what he should be wearing for each season. Everyone was able to recognise and talk about differences in the seasons regarding the weather, plants and animals. They were also able to help him to sort out his wardrobe.

Reception have been learning about where our vegetables come from, how to grow them and what they need to keep them healthy. They are going to look after them and hopefully will have a super harvest later in the year.

Reception have been investigating what Humpty Dumpty could have done to prevent his shell from breaking when he fell off the wall. We looked at different insulators and how reducing the speed of the fall could have helped him. The children enjoyed experimenting with different materials, predicting what would and wouldn’t work.

Thank you to everyone who helped with The Hoity Toity Angel, performed by Class 1. Our Nativity this year felt very different without an audience but the children performed beautifully, we are all so proud of them.

Yesterday Class 1 enjoyed baking Christmas Gingerbread and decorated them today ready to take home. Home time can't come quick enough so they can taste them!