Welcome to 1SB!
Hello, and welcome to our class page. We are really looking forward to an exciting year of learning ahead of us. Please check this page regularly to see what your children have been up to in class and find out more about the topics that we are enjoying each term. Please feel free to come and discuss any queries or concerns with us - our door is always open!
All children in the school are rewarded for reading and for learning at home. They will receive a merit every time they read, complete some homework, go to clubs after school or out of school and it is recorded in their log. There are ideas in our learning leaflets on things you can do with your child at home to support their learning . Just make a note in their Home Learning/Reading Record logbook so we can reward all their hard work. These merits are then translated into 'Dollars' to spend in the Homework Hut each half term. The more 'Dollars' you earn the better the items you can buy!
15 merits = Bronze
20 merits = Silver
25 merits = Gold
We are aiming to achieve a full house of Gold Dollars EVERY TERM this year, we can do it but only with your support at home
British Science Week
On Friday (13th March) we celebrated ‘Diversity’ as part of British Science Week 2020.
Our focus topic was ‘Diverse People’. We focussed on the question:
Is everyone’s body the same?
We started with a quick game of ‘Simon Says’ to see which parts of our bodies we can name. We then compared different parts of our bodies with our partners.
Year 1s created life size drawings of themselves and looked closely at the drawing to compare….. They discovered that everyone is different and this is something to be celebrated. We are different not only in our looks, but also our likes/dislikes.
Year 2 & 3 investigated how our bodies change as we get older. They measured height, foot length, head circumference and the length of the femur (leg bone). The results of their careful measuring confirmed their prediction that our bones get bigger as we get older, but they discovered that there is not much difference between the size of head of a 1 year old and an adult. Our skulls do not grow that much as we age.
World Book Day 2020
We have had a wonderful 'World Book Day'. The children and staff all dressed up as their favourite book characters. (See the photos below).
We enjoyed a 'Revolting Rhymes' production in the morning. The production was based on Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes. We spotted different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood. It was lots of fun!
We also had fun making potions, based on Roald Dahl's 'George's Marvellous Medicine'. We looked at rhyme and alliteration in Roald Dahl's work. We then pretended to be like the witches in Macbeth and made our own potion..... "Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble!" We thought of alliterative phrases as we stirred in our ingredients (e.g. 'stinky sock', 'baboon's blood' and 'horrid hair'!) and came up with our own class poem.
I nearly forgot!... We also designed our own 'World Book Day' book tokens for a competition and took photos for the school challenge - 'read in unusual places'.
Healthy Heart Day 2020
On Friday 14th February, we took part in a whole school Healthy Heart Day. As part of the day we completed a training circuit in the hall (which included a minute of four different exercises) alongside Olympic swimmer Amy Smith! We also had an inspirational talk from Amy Smith, telling us all about her journey to the Olympics and the qualities that she needed to achieve her goals.
As part of the day, we also learnt about another British professional sports person. Each class learnt about a different sports personality. Our class learnt about Mel Reid, English Pro-golfer. We learnt about the game of golf and even had a go at hitting a golf ball across the school field!
Take a look at a few photos of our fab day. (Apologies for the blurriness of some photos... the children were moving too fast to be captured on camera!)
Burger Making Fun!
Today, all of Year 2 had the opportunity to learn how to make their own burgers. They had a great time mixing the ingredients and shaping the burgers into patties. The burgers were cooked by the wonderful ladies in the kitchen and the children were all able to try their own burgers after lunch! Sorry... there weren't any left to share with you!
Careers Day Fun
What do you want to be when you grow up? Today we had fun exploring that question. We thought about the skills that might be useful and linked some of these to our school values. We noticed that our school values will be really helpful even after we have left Matchborough!
We enjoyed listening to an R.S.P.C.A. officer talk about his job. Later some of our children found out about different problems an R.S.P.C.A. officer might deal with and discussed how they might be solved. Great thinking 1S.B.!
Year 1's Perfect Pizzas!
Our Year 1 children had a great time on Thursday afternoon, making their own pizzas. They learnt how to stretch the dough into a flat pizza base, added the tomato and cheese and then chose some delicious healthy toppings! Did you try their pizzas at home? I hope you enjoyed them.
We began our new topic in style with a hook day. 1SB dressed as their favourite animal and were asked to bring in some facts about the animal to share with their class. We asked each other questions about our chosen animals. Later we used the internet to research the answers and shared these with our classmates.
Spring Term (1) Topic – Animal Magic!
This half term our topic is all about animals. Our class book is ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. A wonderful book, with some lovely rhyme, all about a sad giraffe who discovers a love for dancing.
Our Christmas Song
Take a look in the Video Resource Centre page (under the Children tab) to see wonderful singing and signing by 1SB! Our Christmas song that we performed in front of the whole school this year is 'Christmas Don't Be Late'.
Worcestershire Speech and Language Signalong
We were very excited to hear about the new you tube channel where some of Worcestershire's speech therapists are demonstrating lots of signs. You can access the channel here:
Goldilocks wants to learn how to make her own porridge. Today we made some yummy porridge and tried out different toppings. We will write some instructions for Goldilocks so that she can make some too! Then she won't have to eat the bears' porridge.
Welcome to Story Land!
Our first topic for this school year is Story Land. We will focus on the stories 'Goldilocks and the Three Bars' and 'The Three Little Pigs'. Our Year three children will also be looking at 'twisted tale' versions of these stories and comparing them with the original texts.
In 1SB we use Signalong to accompany our verbal communication. When using signalong you speak and use the sign at the same time. All the children in the class know key signs and it is part of our everyday routine. If you would like to use sign to support communication at home here are some videos of a few signs we use in school. Please let us know if you would like to learn any other signs that would be useful to use with your child at home. We will add video clips of more signs as the school year progresses and upon request.
We hope you find signalong a useful tool!