This week we have had lots of Chanukah fun. On Monday and Thursday we lit the menorah outside, which proved a little tricky because it was quite windy!
We did some lovely Chanukah crafts. We made fabulous dreidel cushions out of felt, we even added arms and legs and googly eyes. Year 1 also made some brilliant candle Chanukah crowns to remind us of the miracle of the light that burned for 8 days and nights.
Later in the week, we joined the ‘Unite with light’ virtual menorah, lighting via Zoom. Lots of schools joined the conference call and lit their menorahs too, and hundreds of children from across the country joined in with the fun. We watched some magic tricks, sang lots of Chanukah songs, danced and lit our menorahs.
Year 1 really enjoyed joining in with the PTA ‘Chanukah Madness’ fancy dress extravaganza, there were some really fantastic costumes on each day. We particularly enjoyed all the elaborate hairstyles and Wacky Wednesday costumes! Every day we also had a prize raffle for lighting the menorah, to enter you had to have a signed slip from your parents, and you could win Lego kits, art sets or spinning dreidels.
L.O. To begin to understand the British Value of Tolerence.
Today we have been learning all about tolerance in PSHE. Our school councillors asked that we look at the British value and discuss it. First, we watched a Ted talk by a boy called Coby XXX who liked wearing different coloured socks!! He told us that it was good to be tolerant with people who were different like his Mum’s friend Steven.
Then we watched read an ebook about tolerance. It told us that people are all different they have different likes and dislikes, they eat different food and they follow different religions. People can look different too, some have light skin and some have dark skin, some people have birthmarks or freckles, some people use wheel chairs or they can’t hear properly.
We also had lots of fun learning the Mr Stanley song about tolerence.
Whatever people are like it does not matter as long as we are friends and we are tolerent.
18th December 2020
L.O. To increase wellbeing by using mindfulness
Year 1 and Year 2 have been working on mindfulness in PSHE. We listened to a story all about mindfulness and meditation called The Lemonade Hurricane.
These are the techniques Mrs Southward taught us:
- Palm breathing
- Finger breathing Om Ma So Ta
- Relaxation by tensing and relaxing different parts of your body. Then we did some animal picture mindfulness colouring using lots of different colours and colouring calmly and carefully.
Computing and PSHE
This week Year 1 and Year 2 have been learning to use Microsoft word. We teamed up with a partner to write sentences about how we keep our bodies healthy! We have been reading Oliver’s Vegetables at the moment and learning all about healthy eating in PSHE so we knew what to write! Well done !
Year 1 have settled well into their new class and Mrs Southward is really proud of us! Here are some of the things we have been doing.
Year 1 went for a walk around the school grounds to look for the signs of autumn. We found that the leaves were turning red, gold and brown and falling of the trees. Some of the trees now had berries and fruit like apples or pears where the flowers had been in summer. We really enjoyed playing with the spinners from the sycamore tree and found out that these were really seeds!
Year 1 (along with Year 2) had a Zoom call with Lucy the dental hygienist. We wrote questions to ask her and she answered them. She demonstrated how to clean our teeth using a big toothbrush and an enormous set of teeth!
Lucy also told us that we get 22 baby teeth and 28 adult ones. It is really important that we brush our teeth and our gums and tongue to keep our mouths healthy.
Another tip, Lucy gave us, is to only eat sugar at mealtimes and only drink water and milk between meals because they do not contain sugar.
Wizards and witches
We pretended to be witches and wizards and made a spell to make a fabulous new toy of our choosing. We read lots of stories to inspire us like Room on the Broom, Winnie the Witch and Meg and Mog and then we acted out how we made the spell.
We added all sorts of creepy ingredients such as slimy toads, fidget spinners, fluffy squirrels and a grizzly grasshoppers to the cauldron. Then we uttered the magic phrase, “Abracadabra, alakazam, make a great toy as fast as you can!”
Thank you to everyone who sent a flag to capture all your feelings about school. They are absolutely brilliant!!
The flags have now been put together (as you can see below) and we have also made them the banner for our Facebook page.
When we get back to school, we will print them out and display them around school. Thank you again, we LOVED seeing them!