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Honeycrisp - Year 1

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Check back here regularly to hear what we have been up to and to see our latest pictures. For your information our PE slots are every Thursday afternoon and your child will need a t-shirt, shorts (and or tracksuit bottoms) and footwear please. We are going to try and go outside for PE as much as possible so please make sure that your child has suitable clothing for this. Every other Monday afternoon the children will be taking part in Forest School with Miss Hopkins and Mr Rees, please make sure you follow the clothing suggestions and that you know which dates they need to be ready for! Also, each child in the class has their own water bottle in the classroom that they have access to at all times. 

For the beginning of this week we carried on looking at Bonfire Night and fireworks. We started by writing about the fireworks we saw over the weekend and sharing our experiences. We also learnt about an artist called Jackson Pollock. He invented 'Drip Painting' and we thought they looked like fireworks so we decided to have a go! We used black paper and brightly coloured paints to splatter on the paper. It was great fun and we got very messy! We also used chalk on black paper to create firework pictures and cut out 3D rocket fireworks.
In our Science this week we continued to look at floating and sinking. Miss Standing gave us each some plasticine and a bowl of water. Our challenge was to make the plasticine into a shape that would float. It was really hard, but some of us managed to make a shape that was a bit like a cup or a boat with tall sides!
We also learnt about another celebration this week; Diwali. Diwali is the Festival of Light that celebrates Rama and Sita returning to their home after being banished from the kingdom and Sita being kidnapped by the demon king Ravana (he has 10 heads and 20 arms). It is most traditionally celebrated in India by Hindus and Sikhs. We learnt all about the story and can now retell it really well! We also made lots of different Diwali themed crafts. We made paper plate Diwali lamps, decorated our a template of our hands with mendhi patterns and coloured in Rangoli patterns. Our favourite Diwali craft was the clay Diwali lamps that we made and decorated.
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Our classroom has had another make over this week and we have lots of new displays.

Term 2 - Week 1

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In our computing lesson this week we were talking about the difference between private and public information. We pretended to be different people and we had to work out whether we could share our personal information.
In our Science lesson this week we were looking at floating and sinking. We looked at different objects and made predictions as to whether we though they would float or sink. then we tested them in a bucket of water and recorded our results.
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The first celebration we decided to look at for this terms topic, is Halloween! We talked about the costumes were going to wear and wrote descriptive sentences. We then did a carousel of Halloween craft activities. We made brightly coloured stencil pictures, skeleton hands and paper pumpkins.
We have started a new PSHE block this week and we are looking at getting on and falling out. We started by thinking about what it means to be a good friend and we talked about what we liked about people. We drew pictures of ourselves and then swapped pictures to write sentences about why that person was our friend.
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We have had a change around of our display boards this week as well. A new PSHE board, an updated topic board (including our Halloween work and what we have learnt about The Gunpowder Plot...soon to include Bonfire Night) and also a celebrations board outside the classroom with our favourite celebrations on balloons.

Term 1 - Week 7

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In our Science this week we carried out an investigation. We were testing how stretchy elastic bands were. We started with an elastic band attached to a small plastic bag and measured the length of the elastic band before fully beginning our experiment. We then added 2 marbles and measured again to see how much the elastic band stretched. We continued 2 marbles at a time and recorded each result in a table. By the end of the lesson we were able to tell each other how much each groups elastic band stretched. We also managed to use our maths skills to read the ruler, sometimes we had to work out half centimeters too!
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We all want to say congratulations to our 4 homework certificate receivers this term: Lottie Booker, Riyah Lee-Jones, Owen Newman and Nancy Sunley. They all received enough homework points to get a homework certificate in the homework assembly at the end of term. Also, a big well done to those children that did some of their homework...fingers crossed you can get a certificate next time! 
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Sadly we have come to the end of our BFG topic so our BFG board has come down! We will certainly miss the giant head smiling down at us while we do our work!
We have been working really hard this week showing everyone how much we have learnt over the last 6 weeks, so by Friday we were ready to have a break! We used our Friday to do lots of preparation for next term where we will be learning all about celebrations.
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We have worked so hard this term that we have shined too bright and we need to wear shades to protect each other!

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This week we have been looking at poetry. We made it cross-curricular by looking at our senses. We also tied it in with our topic and thought about the BFG's favourite drink. We split into groups and came up with words for each of the senses. Then we either worked in groups or individually to write an acrostic poem using everyone's ideas. You can see our work on the poetry display in the corridor outside Year 2.
In our Science this week we have been looking at stretchiness. We talked about different materials and their elasticity and then we followed instructions to make and test our own catapults!
We finished our week by making dreamcatchers using paper plates, which we decorated, ribbon to go through the middle and then ribbon and feathers on the bottom.
During our Science lesson this week we carried on thinking about 'Bouncability'! We had lots of different types of balls and we tested how high they bounced. We split into groups and tested all 6 balls on 3 different surfaces; grass, concrete and carpet. We recorded our findings in a table and then looked at what we could learn from them. Each group had very similar results and we all agreed that the concrete was the best surface to bounce them on. We also agreed that the ping pong ball was definitely the bounciest!
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We reached the first stage of our class reward jar this week and it meant...DOUGHNUTS!
We also had a visit from a clown this week! She had lost her smile and she needed our help to get it back.
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This week we have been looking at dream jars in our topic lessons. We realised that we didn't know a lot about them so we decided to do some research. The pictures in the BFG book are not very clear so we decided to use the internet. We got the laptops out and looked them up on google images. We then went through the pictures and recorded our ideas in our books to help us plan our own dream jars.
After the planning came the best bit...making the dream jars!
In our Science lesson this week we looked at a different material and how it changed when we added water. We used water beads and watched them over the day course of the day (between half 9 and 2 o'clock). We made predictions when we first started the experiment and then we made observations at the end. We compared our comments to see if we were right. 
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The wonderful Mrs O'Brien and Mrs Booker arranged a MacMillan coffee morning and this was an excellent excuse to eat cake! We also used our cake to celebrate Miss Standing's birthday!
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We ended our week with a very creative afternoon. We learnt about how to make colours lighter using white and we used this to paint our dream jars. We decided we were having far too much fun to put the paint away and we ended up creating a paint mixing station which involved lots of mess but lots of fun too!

Term 1 - Week 3

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In Science this week we did our own experiment. We each had our own penguin shaped ice cube called Sam! Our challenge was to find the best material to stop Sam from melting. We could choose between: a paper towel, foil, felt, cotton wool and yarn. Once we had chosen our material we wrapped up Sam and set a timer for 5 minutes and then we evaluated how well the materials were working. We then set a timer for another 5 minutes and evaluated again. After 10 minutes it was clear that some of the materials were not working. After the third and final timer there were 2 materials that were very similar so we had a closer look at each of them and then took a vote. Have a look at our observation table and see if you can work out which material won!
This week we have been continuing with our BFG theme by planning and creating our own Frobscottle inspired drinks. We started by making a mind map of all the different ingredients we might want to include in our drink. Then we created a plan. We thought about what we wanted, how much of each ingredient and what order we wanted to put them in. Then came the fun bit...we got to make our drinks. We added each ingredient step by step and mixed them in carefully. When we tried our drinks some of us were pleasantly surprised by how nice they tasted!
We started off our Science lessons this week by making Frozen Snow (using an insta-snow polymer). We each had a plastic cup and half a spoonful of powder. We added water and stirred the mixture. We watched the material change and the powder got "big and fluffy". It looked and felt like real snow but it wasn't as cold!
As we are looking at the BFG this term we thought it would be a good idea to get into the BFG spirit and make his favourite drink. Miss Standing and Mrs O'Brien made Frobscottle for us to try. It was light green and a little bit fizzy.

Term 1 - Week 1

Hello and welcome back! We have had a lovely week settling in and getting to know our classroom. We are very excited about our new BFG topic and look forward to sharing all of our learning with you over the next 6 weeks. 
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