Welcome to 1AS!
We hope you will enjoy looking through all three things we get up to on our learning journey through Year 1. Mrs Salazar is our class teacher and Mrs Mortimer is our Teaching assistant. Mrs Jones teaches us on a Wednesday, afternoon and Mrs Belsham teaches us on a Thursday morning.
We are really looking forward to working with you and your children, and thank you in advance for your support at home. Please remember that our doors are always open - do come and ask if you are unsure of anything.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Tuesday 24th July: Last day of school for children☀️
Although we didn't manage to get to the park this morning, we had lots of fun with our friends in 1PB. We played lots of playground games and had fun with the parachute.
Megan from Wessex Water came to visit us today. She told us all about the water cycle and where our water comes from. She showed us some very dirty water and explained how it gets treated so that we get lovely clean water at home. We also thought about how important it is to use water wisely, especially in this hot weather. Did you know that we all use over 100 litres of water each every day?!
Wimbledon here we come!
We are having fun learning new tennis skills in this lovely weather. We are also learning tennis vocabulary e.g. Court, racket and umpire....... just in time for Wimbledon.
Help our oceans!
When we arrived at school this morning we couldn't get into our classroom, it was all taped up! When we had a look we could see lots and lots of rubbish in a fishing net. We talked about how it could have got there and then we sorted it into recycling boxes - look at the plastic box, it's full! We have written about how unhealthy it is for the poor sea creatures who live in the sea, and we are going to think about what we can do to help.
The Sea Life Centre, Weymouth
Monday 18 June 2018
We had a fantastic day at the Sea Life Centre today, despite the rather long journey. The children were so enthusiastic about all the weird and wonderful sea creatures we saw, and we learnt a lot of strange facts.... did you know that starfish don't have brains? Thank you to Katie's, Risko's and Stanley's mums for kindly giving up their time to help us today.
We had an amazing time at the Activate Trampolining Park this afternoon! There were so many different types of trampoline to bounce on and we certainly used up a tremendous amount of energy. It was really good fun, and the perfect end to a fantastic Sports Week. A big thank you to all the parents who helped us on this trip.
KANDINSKY 🦋 BUTTERFLIES
We compared the works of Matisse with Kandinsky, who painted bold bright pictures with lots of colour and different shapes. We painted our own 'concentric circles' on our butterfly wings, trying to make them bright and also symmetrical.
As part of Sports Week we enjoyed a lovely, relaxing yoga session. We practised stretching, bending and balancing. This is really good for our strength and concentration, especially the relaxation at the end. (Mrs Salazar isn't very bendy!!!)
We had a really fantastic Sports Day today! The weather was really kind to us, with lots of lovely sunshine. We had great fun doing the activities as you can see from the pictures. The races were great fun, too, and all the children showed great sportsmanship in the way they took part. Our Prayer Buddies joined on the field for a picnic lunch. the Sports Leaders from Years 5 & 6 were fantastic and helped us with the activities. A big thank you to all the parents who helped us walk to and from the field, and to Mr Richardson and Mr Yarrow who organised it so well,.
23rd May 2018
We have just posted off our entries for the Little Riddlers writing competition. We had to write riddles with at least 6 clues and a tricky title. Our riddles were about the minibeasts we've been learning about. We'll let you know if we do well!!
The Grand Opening!
18 May 2018
Thank you to our 'royal' guests, Mrs & Miss Prince, who officially opened our minibeast hotels! We hope our guests from Reception enjoyed our little Royal Garden Party - thank you for coming, it was lovely to see you!
We had a look around for a good spot to build our minibeast hotel. We used wood pallets, bricks, stones, dried grass and blossom, cardboard rolls and pine cones. We hope the minibeasts will like it!
We learnt about how Matisse started making pictures with paper cut-outs when he became too poorly to paint. We looked at his 'Snail' picture and have made our own using brightly coloured paper. Some of us drew our own spirals.
Helping Mrs Prince
Mrs Prince has asked us to help her by making some homes for all the minibeasts in our outdoor area. We started by having a good look around outside the classrooms and also in the Junior Nature area. We found some excellent bug hotels and lots of things that we could use to make our own, such as leaves, fir cones, sticks and twigs and big pieces of wood. We have written a list of things we need to do and have started to think about designs for our bug habitats. We have also
started planting flowers for the butterflies and bees. We have set up a 'Bug Lab' in the classroom, too, to investigate any minibeasts we find.
We had a lovely afternoon with our Prayer Buddies from Y4, writing own prayers ready to visit different prayer stations in the hall. It was a very quiet, prayerful experience and a lovely way to start our Easter holidays.
We finished off our Space topic by having a space picnic with intergalactic jelly and REAL astronaut chocolate chip ice-cream! We wanted to see which jelly would dissolve first, the powdered jelly or the cubed jelly. We predicted that the powdered jelly would dissolve first - do you think we were right? The astronaut ice-cream had a strange texture but still very tasty!
SPRING TREAT DAY
21 March 2018
We had a lovely day today and the weather was really kind to us - it almost felt like Spring!!
Thank you to the lovely PSA ladies who helped us with our Easter egg trail and other fun activities. And a big thank you to the Easter bunny, who just happened to come and see us while we were reading 'The Bunny who found Easter' - good timing! Thank you for our chocolate lollies, Easter Bunny! We had a lovely time in the afternoon, too, making little spring chicks with our Prayer Buddies.
We really enjoyed looking at all the books from the Book Fair this afternoon. There was lots to choose from, including books about football and unicorns.
NASA Astronaut training day - our Lenten challenge
15th March 2018
We had such a lot of fun doing our NASA Astronaut training activities for our Shine Together appeal. We did lots of physical training, like skipping, running, sit-ups and crawling, as well as balance challenges (throwing and catching a ball while standing on one leg), and we did some jigsaw puzzles with gloves on to train our fine motor skills. It was exhausting, but we didn't give up! Thank you so much for your generous sponsorship in aid of our school Lenten challenge, the Shine Together appeal. Please keep the money coming in!
World Book day
Goodness! World Book Day AND snow, how exciting! We've had a lovely day reading lots of books and doing book reviews with our Y4 Prayer Buddies. We also swapped books with friends in our class.
11th January 2018
A giant calculator has appeared in our classroom. We think it must belong to the Giant from Jack and the beanstalk....? We're using it to help us practise our mental maths, especially our subtraction sums.
Many thanks for your very kind gifts and words, we really appreciate your thoughtfulness. We wish you all a very merry, peaceful Christmas with your families, and all good wishes for a very happy and healthy New Year! Mrs Salazar, Mrs Mortimer and Mrs Jones.
14th December.......Now look what he's done! Poor Wendy!
Bob's getting ready to party! And good fun was had by all with 'Krazy Kev'....Dixie got the giggles!
What's he done now?
Poor Bob! After getting a yellow card last week for stealing the popcorn, it looks as though Bob wants to try a bit harder this week....He's been watching us write and he's had a go himself - look like he needs a bit of help! We'll be practising our letter shapes this week and hopefully that will give him a better idea.
Something strange is going on....!
For the last few days we have been noticing that things are not quite right... our timetable pictures were turned upside down, all the dinosaur number cards were all over the floor, and all our phonics slides had a picture of an elf hiding in them! Then we noticed poor Wendy had been wrapped up in toilet paper, and a trail of popcorn had been left on the table!! The culprit? It's BOB! Unfortunately, he's not very good at covering his tracks, as you can see in the photos!
5th and 6th December
We had great fun learning lots of fantastic songs for our Year 1 Christmas production. It's called Baubles and tells the story of Christmas through the eyes of a little boy who notices that beautiful baubles keep appearing on the undecorated school tree. It turns out that Mr Potts, the school caretaker, has been working really hard to make the baubles so that the children could learn all about the real story of Christmas. We are really proud of how the children learnt their lines (some of them with amazing comic timing!) and hope that all the parents enjoyed it.
HEALTHY WINTER BREAKFAST
As part of our Winter Wonderland topic, we thought about how important it is to have a good nutritious breakfast, especially when the weather is cold. It gives us good energy and helps us concentrate while we are learning. It also helps to keep us warm, especially a lovely bowl of porridge! We had to think of our own porridge topping, and then we all enjoyed breakfast together in the classroom. The toppings were delicious (banana, honey, blueberries and cinnamon, strawberries and raspberries, and even pomegranates!).
Friday 13th October
Today Karen from the Road Safety Team came to talk to us about how important it is to be safe when we are crossing the road. She showed us a really interesting film and taught us a little rhyme to help us remember what we should do when we cross. Of course it is particularly important at this time of year when it gets dark earlier. We were really proud of the children when Karen complimented them on their super listening and sensible questions - well done 1AS and 1PB! And a big thank you to Karen, too!
Wednesday 11th October
Year 3 invited us to join them for a Zumba session today. It was brilliant fun but hard work! Thank you to Miss Lyons and 3LN for teaching us.
How big were the dinosaurs?
We decided we wanted to find out what the big dinosaurs would have looked like in our playground. We knew that a brachiosaurus was about 13m tall (that's taller than 3 double deckers piled on top of one another!). Using some cotton attached to a helium balloon and a trundle wheel, we carefully measured out 13 metres and then we let the balloon go... It went so high! We used the trundle wheels again to measure out the same length on the playground and drew our dinosaurs with chalk. They must have been really scary!
We had a visitor this morning. Ms Brady came in to talk to us about paleontology - the study of dinosaurs. She has a wonderful collection of fascinating fossils, including an enormous tooth and part of a dinosaur's backbone. She explained how fossils were formed. Risko also brought in some fanstastic fossils that he found at Kimmeridge Bay, so we had a close look at those,too.
A big thank you to Ms Brady and to Risko!
Have you seen a dinosaur?
We had a letter today from The Natural History Museum - one of their dinosaurs has gone missing and they want us to keep a look out for it! After a little while we found a baby T-rex hiding in a box in our classroom. The museum want us to send him back to them as soon as we can, so we've had to make a box to send him back in...in fact, we've made boxes for all the dinosaurs in the class. We measured them so we knew how big to make the boxes.
Welcome to RL's class page!
We have made a great start to school and have done lots of exciting things already! In our class, we work with Mr Lawrence and Mrs Robbins every day. Mrs Molyneux and Miss Sidwick also work with us regularly.
We will be having our PE lessons on Fridays. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school and that they are not wearing earrings that day if they are unable to take them out themselves.
If you have any questions, please come to speak to one of the grown ups at the end of the day.
The last week of Reception
We have now come to the end of our first year at St Walburga's and have all grown up so much! To celebrate a fantastic year, we had lots of fun in our final week, including playing with bubbles and going to the park. Take a look at the photos below to see how much fun we had.
After the half term break, we came back to school ready for our sports week. We tried to include sport in lots of our learning activities, including seeing how far we could jump in Maths and writing about our favourite sport in Literacy.
We also had lots of special events this week. On Tuesday afternoon, we went to play adventure golf at the new Mighty Claws golf course. The following day, we all took part in Sports Day, representing our houses. We all tried really hard, were very proud of how we did and, most importantly, had a lot of fun! On Thursday, we invited our parents to come and join in a PE session with lots of different activities to choose from.
We have had a fantastic week and have all put in a super effort! Thanks to Mr Richardson for organising such a fun week!
Our visit from the Police.
After our visit from the Fire Service, we were lucky enough to have Dorset Police come to visit us as well! They told us all about the different jobs they did (not just "catching baddies") and gave us top tips for ways to stay safe. Then, we went outside to see their police car! They showed us everything in the boot and also let us sit in the car. The most exciting bit was when they put the siren on - that was very loud! Thankfully, all of the children (and grown-ups!) were well behaved so no one was arrested. We had a great day and are very grateful to Dorset Police for coming to visit us.
Our visit from the Fire and Rescue Service
As part of our Terrific Transport topic, we have a visit from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service. They came and told us all about fire safety, including the top tips for if there is a fire: get out, stay out, call 999! They then showed us their fire engine and fire truck and told us all about the different things they need for their emergencies. We had a super time and are very grateful to Dorset Fire and Rescue Service for coming to see us!
Our trip to Beaulieu Motor Museum
We really enjoyed our trip to Beaulieu. We loved going on the coach through the New Forest, trying to see which animals we could spot; we spotted lots of ponies, horses and donkeys, although some children also said they even saw a rhinoceros and a T-rex! Once we arrived, we were taken on a tour around the Museum. We saw some famous cars, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and some of the cars that have broken land speed records! We went on the Ride On Wheels which showed us different cars throughout history. We even got to try on some different hats and clothes that people used to wear when driving a car!
After lunch, we got driven around by Lord Montague's chauffeur which was very fast and very fun! We also got some free time, so went on the monorail, bus and had a play in the park. On the coach journey back, some of us were so exhausted we had to have a little nap! We loved our day in Beaulieu - it was a super start to the new topic!
Spring Treat Day
In the last week of the Spring Term, we had our Spring Treat Day. We started the day with some fun activities outside; we particularly enjoyed the bouncy castle and the Easter egg hunt. When we got back to our class, we had a special visitor - the Easter Bunny! He brought us lots of delicious chocolate. Afterwards, our lovely prayer buddies helped us to make some amazing Easter bonnets. At the end of the day, we got the chance to show these off to some of the other children in the school, as well as some mummies and daddies! We had a brilliant day!
Chinese New Year
The children have loved learning about Chinese New Year and have been very busy! We listened to the story of the Chinese Zodiac animals, written about ourselves in both English and Mandarin, used our phonics to help label the Zodiac animals and used non-fiction books and the internet to find out facts about China. We also wrote numbers in Mandarin, measured capacity and used 2D shapes to make tangram pictures, as well as making lots of arts and crafts to help us welcome in the year of the rooster! We even cleaned our classroom to prepare (and were very enthusiastic - our parents will be pleased!).
To celebrate all of our hard work on this topic, we had a party day where we ate some Chinese food, played traditional Chinese games and even got to see a dragon and lion dance! Afterwards, we invited our parents in to see what we have done. Kung Hei Fat Choi!
In RL, we enjoyed the build up to Christmas while learning through our “Santa’s Little Helpers” topic. We worked really hard to prepare our Nativity play and enjoyed showing this off to our families and friends. We had a lot of fun in our ‘Santa’s Workshop’ role play area, wrapping lots of presents, and we made different Christmas crafts to take home and share with our families. In the last week, we really enjoyed our party day and seeing Krazy Kev, and we were VERY surprised when Santa came to visit us!
Over the last term, we have been looking at our topic ‘Amazing Africa’. We have read books including Handa’s Surprise and Handa’s Hen, tasted new fruit, made tie dye t-shirts, weaved using card, made little Handa dolls, made adinkra paintings, threaded necklaces and learned a dance to an African song. We have been VERY busy! We finished off our Amazing Africa topic by dancing at the Community Bring and Share Supper and invited parents and other family members in to our classroom to see all of our work, as well as performing our dance once more. We have loved learning about Africa! Below are some photos of what we have done.
What we have been learning about.
On our first day together as a class, we had a visit from Karen and Amanda, who told us all about road safety. We even got to pretend that we were cars or people crossing the road!