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The three trees

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This weeks outdoor Thursday was inspired by the story of 'The three trees'.

Children recreated the story through stick pictures and collage and made their own boat out of wood they had drilled themselves.

Children also worked as a team to carry a heavy log from one side of the field to the other and thought about how Jesus may have struggled carrying his wooden cross on his own.

Children also made their own crosses and person they loved out of clay and sticks.

We finished our day with a hot chocolate and a home made bun from Mrs Nicholson :-) 


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This week Year 1 have been learning about multiplication, building from arrays and on to multiplication sentences.

Taking our maths into the outdoors, children were tasked in matching up with their matching array or related number statement.

The children had lots of fun securing their learning in this way.

Well done Year 1.

Equal Groups

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Today we developed our knowledge of multiplication and in particular 'making 'equal groups' . On the playground we arranged ourselves into different groups to match the number sentence.

Gardens , bees and outdoor fun

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Year 1 have had an action packed week this week.

Starting with a visit to Wentworth Walled Gardens, the children had a great time spotting things we had been learning about in our topic. We walked through the woodlands, dared to walk through the dark cave and even spotted a few deer! Children were very excited to point out flowers and trees we had learned about.

Later in the week we had a visit from real life beekeepers where we learned all about honey bees. We even learned how to do the waggle dance which was lots of fun.

Our week was rounded off with some outdoor learning time where we brought Lent into the ourdoors by making lentern crosses with sticks and string.

Year 1 the botanists

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 This week Year 1 have been learning all about plants and what it means to be a botanist.

We have studied famous botanists such as Beatrix Potter and Charles Darwin and have studied plants the way they would have.

We sketched plants and used water colours to enhance our pictures in the style of Beatrix Potter. We then scientifically drew plants and labeled their parts just as Charles Darwin would have!

We have had a great start to our new topic and are excited to learn more in the weeks to come.

Making fairy houses, fossils and dens.

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Another great afternoon in our outdoor classroom.

This week children created their own fossils out of clay and leaves, created their own small world and made their own freestanding wooden structure (that was until the wind blew it down!).

We even had our hot chocolate delivered to us this week, thank you Mrs Nicholson :-) 

A cold and frosty outdoor day

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It was an extra cold outdoor Friday today and we enjoyed our hot chocolate more than ever today!

We still had a great time making our own structure from twigs, our own fossils from clay and we even made our own fairy garden in Year 1's outdoor area!

Building outdoors

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Another fantastic afternoon building dens in year 1's outdoor Friday.

This week team 3 had a go at building a waterproof den with success! Not satisfied with one den however, team 3 decided to make another den just out of sticks showing great teamwork and building skills.

Unfortunately the sticks den did not quite work in keeping them dry. 

Well done team 3, great problem solving skills.

Outdoor Friday

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It was a cold outdoor day today but that did not deter year 1 in their secon week of den building.

This week it was team 2s turn to have a go at building a suitable waterproof den and they did a great job.  The chiildren also added an extra feature this week which was to add twigs to the top to help camoflage the den. What a great idea!

Again the children enjoyed their hot chocolate under the cover of the den and survived the waterproof challenge, phew.

Well done team 2 and good luck to the third and final team next week.

Outdoor Friday den building

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Year 1 had great fun today in our outdoor afternoon.

Some of our children put their problem solving skills to the test by making a waterproof den.  First children collected large branches from our forrest area and along with tarpaulin and rope the children had to work out how to errect a den.

After lots of deliberation, the children managed to successfully make the den and even enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate under the shelter.

The final test was to pour water onto the den to check its suitability as waterproof.  The children were relieved to discover it was in fact waterproof.

Well done team 1, good luck team 2 next week.