A Big Hello to all Y1/2 Blue Children and Adults
Bonjour and welcome to our class page. Both Madame Ramsden and myself are very much looking forward to getting the new school year off to a 'cracking' start.
Just so you know ... Madame Ramsden will be teaching you on a Monday and Thursday afternoon this year; she will usually register and see you home on Wednesday afternoons too. I will be with you for the rest of the week.
Any new content placed on our page will be uploaded directly below; this will save you having to scroll down to the bottom of our page each time and will help you to see straight away what new and exciting things we've been up to.
Science Week: Our Diverse Planet
This week we are learning about weather around the world. We are using the internet to gather data on the daily temperatures in Algeria, Brazil and Antarctica as well as sending a 'weather watcher' outside to measure the air temperature in Haxby using a thermometer. Each day we are comparing the data we have collected. As part of our Literacy work on instructional texts, we have followed a set of instructions to help us 'Make a Rain Gauge'. Look at the photographs below to see all of the different steps involved. As part of our data collection, we will be using our rain gauge to measure the amount of rainfall in Haxby over the next seven days.
World Book Day
We had a jolly old time dressed as our favourite book characters. Can you guess the different books we all came from? During the day, we visited each of the Year One and Two classrooms and took part in a different 'book-themed' activity. We paraded along the catwalk with Mrs Benson, illustrated Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Mr Park and enjoyed reading The Beano with Madame Ramsden. If that wasn't enough, some of us even came back to school in the evening in our PJs and shared bedtime stories with some of the other Year One and Two children from Wigginton and Ralph Butterfield's Primary schools. Phew ... no wonder we were all exhausted by seven o'clock zzzzzzz!
A visit from YO-YO
To start our RE unit on Sacred Texts, Marion from YO-YO came in to talk about how the Bible is a special text for Christians around the world. She told us the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus the Tax Collector and we 'wondered' what some of the people in the story may have been thinking, discussed why they acted as they did and the talked about the message the story gives. We will continue to think about how the Bible helps Christians lead a good 'Christian' life tomorrow and later in the week we will be learning about the sacred texts of those belonging to the Jewish (Torah) and Muslim (Qu'ran) faiths exploring and discussing how they also help guide people's daily life.
In school this week, we have been learning about what it means if a product is 'Fairtrade'. We have learnt about the cocoa farmers in West Africa and have compared life in Sierra Leone and other West African countries with life in the UK.
On Friday, Mr (and Mrs) Costello came in and explained how chocolate is made and told us about how the ways in which Nestle supports cocoa farmers. We even got to taste different types of chocolate and make our own chocolate lolly to take home mmmmm!
Keeping Ourselves Safe
With the half term holiday approaching we turned our attention to how to keep ourselves safe.
On Monday, our local PCSOs came and introduced themsleves and talked to us about keeping safe outside.
On Tuesday, our Digital Leaders came and worked with us during Safer Internet Day. The Digital Leaders did an awesome job of explaining why it is importent to be 'kind on line' and they had even planned an activity for us so that we could practise our compliments. There were smiles all round by the time we had finished.
Terrific Trains at the NRM
We had an amazing day at the National Railway Museum. We learnt all about the historical significance of Stephenson's Rocket and how rail travel has changed over time. A big thank you to all those adults who accompanied us; we couldn't have gone without you.
Un Joyeux Noel
The children in Years Three and Four kindly invited us to watch them perform the rhymes and songs that they had been learning with Madame Ramsden in French. We thought everyone was magnifique!
A Visit from YO-YO
Today we welcomed Marion form YO-YO who came in to share with us the story of Angel Small. We enjoyed hearing how Angel Small found Jesus in the stable and talking about how Christmas is an important time for Christians around the world.
Making (and devouring) Coconut Squares
In RE we have been learning about what it means to be a Muslim. As part of our work we have found out about Ramadan and the festival of Eid. We worked together to make 'coconut squares' a traditional Eid treat and got the opportunity to practise the skills of measuring, mixing, sifting and rolling. Why not have a go at following the recipe and making your own at home?
On Your Marks, Get Set ... Go!
As part of our Design and Technology learning we have made and tested Paddle Boat Racers. We have enjoyed learning skills such as measuring, sawing to a line, attaching one material to another and exploring the most effective way of making our paddles turn in the water. Of course the most exciting part of all was racing our boats in our very own 'Headlands' Regatta' - what fun!
Our new 'Wings, Wheels and Keels' topic started with an exciting session of 'scooting' around the playground. In preparation for our 'Scooter' report writing in Literacy, we used this opportunity to learn the correct names for all of the different parts of a scooter. We used our new-found technical vocabulary to explain how we made our scooters, move, stop and turn. Everyone used their scooters sensibly and safely so a BIG well done to all of you. I can't wait to read your reports!
We had great fun investigating whether materials could be changed by twisting, stretching, bend or squashing. We worked scientifically with our Learning Partners and recorded our observations using a 'star rating'.
Ahlberg Dress Up Day
As part of our author study, we had great fun dressing up and taking part in Ahlberg inspired activities. We played and designed our own Happy Families card games, mused over what we would spend £1,000,000 on (if only!) and took part in the very first Headlands Primary School Steeplechase event.
Thank you to everyone at home and school for ensuring today was a huge success!
School Council Elections
The following children stood for the post of school council representative: Holly, Sophie, Joseph, Darcy, Grace, Jasmine S, Harry, Archie, Sariah, Elliot, Eliza, Isabella and Evie. All did an amazing job and spoke confidently about why they thought they would be the best person for the job! Unfortunately, we can only have one representative for each year group and after a democratic vote, it was decided that Harry will be representing the views of Year Two and Evie the views of our Year Ones for the rest of the school year. A big well done to all who put themselves forwards; you did yourselves proud!
Congratulations to Ciaran, Darcy, Jasmine S, Joseph, Ted, Aiden, Evie, Isabella, Ronnie and Sariah who have already wowed me with their amazing behaviour choices. Wear your badges with pride and continue to show everyone what fantastic role models you are.
Day One: Ready and Raring to Go!