We had a great start to the week in Year One. The children enthusiastically investigated religiously significant objects and buildings in relation to the Hindu faith. As part of our Hinduism topic, which we are focusing on this half term, the children will learn about diversity in Britain, Hindu customs and the life of Hindus in Britain and around the world. Next week we will be visiting Iskon Mandir (temple) in Newcastle. Prior to our visit, we will be learning all about Hindu worship and how Hindu’s practise their faith at home.
Throughout the week, we have been looking at the life and work of Roald Dahl, who is one of the children’s favourite authors. The children have loved exploring the numerous books and the life of this famous author, which has helped our relentless focus on developing pupil outcomes in reading and writing. The children particularly enjoyed using their prior knowledge of Roald Dahl’s books to play a game involving matching the title to the appropriate front cover. They discussed what the titles and the covers showed us as well as giving reasons for their decisions. We noticed that the children are developing great team workers whilst they completed this activity! We will now move our focus on to one of Roald Dahl’s most popular books, ‘The Twits’. We look forward to the children developing a deep understanding of the gruesome characters so that they may effectively use descriptive vocabulary to engage the reader in their own writing.
Our focus in Maths has been on using number facts to solve missing number problems. We have applied our knowledge of number bonds to 10 to solve addition and subtraction problems with larger numbers. In addition, we have evaluated and checked the work of others and explained how they would have solved these problems, which will help us to self-assess and become independent learners!
To help your children learn more about number facts, don’t forget there is a booklet available to download in the learning zone of our website.
On Thursday, the children took part in a Multi-Activity Festival were able to demonstrate that they are mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination and apply these to a range of activities. The festival gave the children a fantastic opportunity to work with other Year One pupils from across the Blyth and Bedlington schools.
The multi-skills festival was hosted by the Schools Sport Partnership, which Newsham buys into each year using our allocated PE and sport premium. The Schools Sport Partnership allows us to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport we offer at Newsham. By buying into their package we have been able to access the support and events, such as the multi-skills festival, which allows us to make improvements to our PE curriculum that will benefit our current pupils and those joining the school in future years.
These are some of the children’s bread sculptures, which were inspired by the British sculptor Marc Quinn. We thought they looked very realistic!
We would also like to say a special thank you for all the lovely adventures you have been taking our friends Bob, Stuart, Tuft and Rosie on. We really appreciate the hard work you put into the journals and this collaborative approach between home and school has such a positive impact on the children’s engagement and learning in school!