Welcome to our Year 1 Page
Mrs Gruenewald and
Working Together mornings - Thursday (fortnightly)
Home Learning - given Thursday due in Monday
PE - Monday and Thursday
Welcome to Daffodils' page
What have Daffodils been up to?
Working with Parents
Thank you to all the parents who came to this weeks 'Working with Parents' morning. The focus this week was on reading and comprehension. Even though your children are becoming fluent readers, it is still important for you to listen to them read (and sign planers please). Reading not only stimulates their imaginations and understanding of the world, but it helps them develop great language and vocabulary skills which they can use in their writing. Please listen to your child read, at least three times a week!
To encourage them further, we have made a new, cosy reading corner in the classroom, which they are already making good use of.
This week we also has the geography lesson that all the children had been waiting for... ERUPTING VOLCANOES!
Anticipating a little mess, we went outside in small groups for this one!
The children combined bicarbonate of soda, red food colouring and warm water inside their volcanoes, then braced themselves as they added the final ingredient, vinegar.
I have to say, I don't think I have seen some of them move so fast all term and several shrieks of delight (or was it fright?) could be heard. I think most were genuinely surprised at how instant the reaction was, once the vinegar was added, as well as the quantity of 'lava' that was produced. As you can see from the photos, they made an impressive job of it!
They have thoroughly enjoyed this project part of our topic lessons and now that the volcanoes have gone home, I hope that they will have the opportunity to share it with you!
This week Daffodils had a pretty egg-splosive science lesson!
Continuing our learning about oral hygiene, we were examining the effect of food on tooth enamel. The shell of an egg contains similar minerals to our teeth and is perfect to illustrate to the children the negative effects food can have.
We submerged white eggs in three different solutions: water, coke and vinegar. These were left for 24 hours. The children made some fabulous predictions about the results. They included cracked eggs, exploding eggs, black eggs and smelly eggs, to name but a few!
They were not surprised to find that water didn't change the eggshell, a little shocked at how badly stained the egg submerged in coke was and totally shocked by what had happened to the egg soaked in vinegar. The vinegar dissolved the eggshell and made the egg firm and bouncy. We went outside to see how bouncy! The children were amazed that we could bounce it on the concrete, without it breaking. Although I think they're favourite part was when we dropped it from a great height and the egg broke and splattered!
Lesson learned... Brush your teeth after food!
As part of the geography topic Volcanoes, Daffodils are enjoying making their own model volcanoes, which began last week with the building of a volcano. They had to make salt dough, which they moulded around a plastic bottle to make the basic volcano structure. At this point I was a little concerned, as most resembled the Leaning Tower of Pisa and not Mount Versuvius!
This week, we had a great time painting them. I have never seen such concentration! After examining photos of erupting volvanoes, they meticulously created their own masterpieces. I have to say that they look amazing!
Daffodils are now looking forward to the final phase of our model making, THE ERUPTION! Weather permitting, this week, we will be out on the playground to create some eruptions.
Daffodils have had a great week of hands on, practical learning, but the highlight of week was definitely the science lesson!
Our science topic this half term is Burps, Bottoms and Bile! It explores the digestive system, beginning with teeth and finishing... you guessed it... at the bottom!
This week we have been learning about oral hygiene. As part of this lesson, we observed how well we clean our own teeth! The children began by using discolouring tablets to reveal areas of plaque - this swiftly created a chorus of ewwws and yuks, as well as rapid dashes to the water bottles to rinse their mouths. At this point, there may have been a few chuckles - mainly from the adults! They then observed their teeth, as well as the friends (more ewwws and chuckles) before they began the most frantic and thorough tooth brushing session I've ever had the privilege to watch! It gave a whole new meaning to the expression 'pearly whites' and as you can see from the pictures below, they left school with beautiful, shinning smiles and a new appreciation for their toothbrushes and toothpaste! Well done Daffs - great lesson!
Roald Dahl Day
Daffodils participated enthusiastically in the celebration of the birthday of one of the nations best loved children's authors, Roald Dahl.
The children enjoyed a day of Roald Dahl themed activities. We chose the Fantastic Mr Fox as our class book. In our English lesson, we read several chapters of the book, the children then brainstormed their new knowledge of the characters and used their mind maps to write some fantastic character descriptions of the Fox Family, as well as Boggis, Bunce and Bean!
Welcome back to the start of a new academic year. Daffodils have made a great start to year 4 and are already settling in to their new routines.
In maths this week, we have been exploring the place value of 4 digit numbers, with great success and growing confidence.
Just a few reminders for the start of the year:
PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays, however please ensure your child has their PE kit in school everyday. Please make sure PE kit and uniform is clearly labelled.
Your children have all been issued with a new planner and reading/library books, these also need to be in school daily. Please listen to your child read and record it in the planner.
Homework will be given on Thursday and should be returned to school on Mondays.