Black History Week

This week we have focussed on the story of Handa’s surprise. Handa is a young girl from Kenya who decides to take 7 delicious fruits to her friends village. Unknown to Handa, her basket is emptied by hungry animals and is only filled again when she walks under a shaking tangerine tree.

Handa’s Surprise has taken over our classroom this week, please see pictures below.

We were also very lucky this week when Caitlyn brought in a beautiful book called ‘Young, Gifted & Black’ about prominent figures in history to share with the class. We read about Leeds boxer Nicola Adams, musician Stevie Wonder and Arctic explorer Matthew Henson.

Goldilock’s words in 1GA

We learn a new ‘Goldilock’s word’ every week through our class reading book. a ‘Goldilock’s word’ is a word that is ‘just right’, a word that we can use in our writing. Each new word has an action that we create as a class and practice together.

Our words so far this term are:
– escaped
– decided
– catch
– disappear

Below are some videos showing our actions.

UK Food

This Wednesday, we visited Mrs Walker in the cafe and tasted different foods from the four countries of the UK. Some children who have shown fantastic ‘going for gold’ behaviour since the start of year 1 we given the opportunity to help Mrs Walker prepare the welsh rarebit (cheese on toast! yum).

We tried:
– Soda bread from Northern Ireland
– Oat cakes from Scotland
– Welsh rarebit (cheese on toast) from Wales
– Cream teas (scones with cream and jam) from England

We then voted for our favourite; it was a tie between rarebit and cream teas!

Our Self Portraits

At the start of each year we draw our self portraits. To create our portraits, we used mirrors to look really closely at our faces and pencils to draw them carefully.

We will be revisiting our self portraits at the start of each term to see how our art skills progress.

1GA with our self portraits. 16.9.19

Helicopter Stories in 1GA

What an exciting first two weeks we’ve had in 1GA. We are starting to get use to new routines and structures.

One very exciting new addition to life in year 1 has been our Helicopter Stories, this is an active story session where our classroom is transformed into a stage (through the simple use of masking tape!!).

So far we have written stories together, Jack and the Beanstalk and Three Little Pigs. As the year goes on, the children will have the opportunity to write their own ”Helicopter Story’ which will go in our class story book.

Once a story has been written, we act it out as a class on our stage, some children are actors and some are story listeners.

We have watched little pigs, big bad wolves, giants and even beanstalks. We’re very excited to see what other characters come to life on our classroom stage!

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