Hedgehogs become authors! We have been reading the book 'We all went on Safari' by Laurie Krebs. We idenitified the pattern of the language used by the author and we also learnt to count to ten in Swahili. We were challenged to write our own version of the story for the Reception children who are learning to count. We chose our own animals and actions to write about, as well as illustrating our work with colourful pictures and designing our own front covers. Look how proud we felt about our work!
Drama - telling the story of Handa's Surprise
Tasting Handa's Fruit - Hedgehogs enjoyed trying the fruit from the story Handa's Suprise and had to use their senses to describe how it tasted, smelt and looked.
Trip to Colchester Zoo - As part of our Safari topic, we visited Colchester Zoo. We had the opportunity to meet and feed the giraffes and elephants, as well as observe other the African animals we have been learning about. Later we had a teaching session with Lee, who shared lots of artefacts with us and we explored their origins and uses. We also had lots of fun visiting the other animals too!
Meeting an Author - After a visit and workshop with the author Gillian Overitt, some of the children had an opportunity to have their books signed. Gillian also enjoyed reading our stories and she was so impressed with our writing!
African Masks - After looking at some traditional African masks and learning about their traditions, we designed our own versions. First we added features and then used mod-roc to create a strong surface. Finally we painted our masks to match our designs.
Goodbye to our friend Lada
Stetchworth Church - We took a lovely walk to Stetchworth Church to explore the features and artefacts that we have been learning about in our RE lessons.
African Artefacts - Mrs Bedford very kindly shared some stories and experiences with us from her time in Africa. The children especially enjoyed looking at the beautiful shells and colourful beads.
Goodbye to our friend Beau
Baking Bread - We combined so many skills while baking our bread! Weighing and measuring, chemical reactions (yeast), team work and following instructions. It also linked nicely to our Great Fire of London topic, as we thought about Thomas Farrinor's bakery in Pudding Lane. The children were so pleased with the results and enjoyed tasing their loaves.
Maths Inspire Morning - The parents came to take part in lots of problem solving and maths investigations with us.
Anti-Bullying Week - We wore odd socks to show our understanding of difference and diversity.
Staining paper for our Samuel Pepys diaries
Children in Need Day
Some examples of our fabulous writing!
Christmas card designs ready for printing.
Our Christmas Production - "Lights Camel Action." The children put on a spectcular performance, telling the story of the nativity through a Strictly dance show.
Making decopage Christmas decorations.
Year 1 Maths - The children constructed arrays and wrote the repeated addition number sentence.
We are meteorologists! We have made our own weather station to record the rainfall, measure the wind speed and air pressure and to find out the wind direction.
Exploring the stories of Julia Donaldson. We shared books by the author and read extracts to each other. We looked for common features, such as rhyme, repitition and alliteration and recorded what we found.
Ollie's version of a Turner!
Year 1s investigating time. They made a giant clock to tell the time and took part in a time treasure hunt.
A visit from some real Hedgehogs! Mr Allen brought some very cute, prickly and lively Hedgehogs into class. We were very excited and asked lots of questions. Jeremy was especially frisky!
Class Trip to Palace House in Newmarket. We took part in some science workshops linked to the topic of materials and the horse racing industry. We explored the artefacts in the museum, found out about how a saddle is made, designed a jockey's helmet, observed materials under a microscope and found out how colours spread on blotting paper! We also explored the outdoor areas of the museum and the highlight of the day had to be experiencing what it was like to be a real jockey on the horse simulator!
World Book Day
Science Week! We took part in a forensic science workshop where we had to use our investigating skills to find out who comitted the crime. The children looked for clues including footprints, fingerprints and other evidence. They were then able to eliminate suspects and find the guilty person.
Key Steps Gymnastics Competition. A small group of Hedgehogs took part in an inter school gymnastics competition against six other local schools. They had to perform a synchronised floor routine and some vault work. The children perfromed brilliantly and won the gold medal as well as a huge trophy. They will now go forward to compete in the county finals in July.