Class 1 - What have we been up to?
Advent Wreath Making
Thank you to Mrs Billington for coming into school this morning to create some beautiful Advent Wreaths. We talked about the symbols used in them and when and how they are used in the liturgical year.
What's in the Witch's Kitchen?
Some of the children in Class 1 have been reading What's in the Witch's Kitchen; they have loved the gruesome items that have been found in the pot, the oven, the bowl and the washing machine etc. They then went outside and created something that could be found in the kitchen, we have bug soup, worm pie, leaf tea and lots of other delights.
On Friday, when it came to our Literacy lesson, the children found rabbit droppings (raisins) all over their table. This caused quite a situation, but gave us an exciting writing opportunity.
Literacy- Reading stories
Science- items in nature
Yoga Wellbeing Session
The children in Monkey class had a lovely session with Amy from Yogi. They learnt the importance of relaxation and how we can relax our bodies using Yoga.
PSHE - Relaxation
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
Today, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service came in to speak to Class 1 about fire safety and the role of the fire service. They learnt that it wasn't just about putting out fires and what some of their other tasks were. The children discussed how to get out of a burning building safely and how to check it is safe to go through doors by testing the heat of the handle. All the children could recall what to do if their clothes caught fire and could perform the 'Stop, Drop and Roll' procedure correctly. Some of the children reenacted a family in a house fire situation and how we should never enter a burning building, even if our pets are inside.
Thank you to Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service for such an interactive and informative session.
Active Mile (Day 2)
Mr Cadwallader returned to school to look at the progress we have made with our running. The children are becoming more confident with their running style and are thinking carefully about the speed that they set off. The children are going to run for 10 minutes three times a week to improve their stamina. This will be tracked on a wall display in school.
Visit to our local area
Today, Class 1 went on their first trip of the year around our local area. They used their maps to navigate to different places along the way. We discussed the purpose of different buildings and highlighted these on the map. We talked about what we could buy from each of the shops and how this is useful in a village. We were very fortunate to meet a local vet at Pilling Pet Shop who kindly allowed us to look and cuddle some 5 week old pups that are being hand reared. The children absolutely loved this experience!
Along the way Year 2 led us in discussion about what the local historian told us last year about the changes in the area and also the jet crash on Bradshaw lane.
Geography- Locality and map reading
History - the history of the local area
PSHE- Road safety
PSHE- People who help us
Sign of the Cross
The children in Reception have been trying hard to learn how to make the sign of the cross, we cut out a mini person so that the children could practice making the sign of the cross and saying the special words. Some of the children also made up their own prayer.
One of our lovely parishioners came to tell us how many beautiful butterflies were in the grounds behind the church. In true Class 1 fashion, we pulled on our coats and set off to have a look. The children were amazed to see how many butterflies were there. When we were very quiet, we could get very close to them and look at their markings.
It was lovely to think that they may have been the ones that we released before the summer holidays. When asked, one of the Reception children told me that they are part of God's beautiful creation.
RE - Creation
Class 1 Scientists
Meet the Class 1 Scientists. When we are learning about science, we wear our lab coats; this helps us to think like a scientist. The children will write on them at the end of each topic to help them remember what they have learnt.
Science- Scientific thinking
Opening of the running track
Today, Cat Smith came and opened the running track . It was great to see parents and governors supporting this event (and some running the mile with the children). Cat has spent the afternoon with the children discussing her role in parliament and the process in which an election takes place; this was informative and the children asked some interesting questions.
PSHE - Citizenship
PE - Active Mile
Our Real Life Letter
As part of our English unit, we are reading the story of The Jolly Postman. Today, excitement hit our classroom as we had a letter delivered from the postman. The children loved receiving it and talked about it the rest of the day. Thank you to the very kind parent that sent it to us.
PSHE - Job roles
Today, Mr Cadwallader came into school to discuss the importance of regular exercise. He discussed techniques to run and how we needed to pace ourselves. The children were amazing and ran for the full 10 minutes; many of the children completing 5 laps of more. Mr Cadwallader is coming back in 2 weeks time to review how many laps we have managed to complete and to see if we are feeling fitter.
P.E - Staying active
PSHE- Impact of exercise on physical & mental health
Maths- Counting laps
Geography- Using maps to find distances
The children are really enjoying their Dough Disco sessions every morning. These sessions will help to develop the muscles in the hands and arms of the children, which in turn, will help to develop fine motor skills and handwriting. All the sessions are linked to well known songs, so we have a good sing-along too.
P.E - Fine motor skill development
Music- Singing and dancing
The children in Class 1 enjoyed exploring colour and printing during their art session today.
Art - Printing
What an amazing first day we have had in Monkey Class. We have certainly hit the floor running! The children have been fantastic and I am so proud of the way that they came into school and straight to work. The children set their class rules this morning; they all contributed thinking about what they felt was important. Reception then explored the continuous provision whilst Year 1 and 2 excelled in their maths lesson. After break we had a mini assembly and then it was back to class for more learning. All the children completed work in their writing assessment books.
This afternoon we have had a more relaxed afternoon getting to know each other and exploring our classroom areas. What a brilliant first day, I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!
Poetry - July 2023
To finish the school year, we have been studying a different poems about animals. We have learnt the poem 'Duck's Ditty', where we looked at new vocabulary such as bills, drakes, larder and undergrowth. Some of the children asked to be filmed reading the poem- this made me proud and showed how their confidence has grown.
English - poems
Speaking and listening
Design & Technology - July 2023
Throughout the Summer Term, Class 1 have been investigating and making different moving mechanisms. They were tasked this week to create a beach scene with any, or all, of the following mechanisms - sliding, wheel mechanism or pivot and lever. Here is a selection of pictures that they made.
Design & Technology- Moving mechanisms
Art- drawing landscapes
Science- Living things in their habitats
Life Education - July 2023
Today, Coram Life Education came in to talk to the children. They learnt all about the human body and how it works; they discussed how to keep it safe and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. They all enjoyed meeting Harold who helped them with their learning.
Science - Human Body
PSHE - Staying healthy
Forest School- last session - July 2023
Today, the children had their final session of Forest School. They have thoroughly enjoyed all the sessions provided by Roots to Branches and Abby has been amazing!
Today was all about building shelters, creating decorations, making tents and excellent team work. They made their camp fire and boiled the water for their sleepover. The children all enjoyed toasting marshmallows for the last time in the sessions.
Design and Technology- Building shelters
PSHE - Teamwork
Art and Design- creating art using a range of materials
Pilling Jubilee Silver Band - July 2023
Thank you to Pilling Jubilee Silver Band for coming in to school and entertaining us this afternoon. We loved listening to the songs and learning about the instruments. The children asked some interesting questions and took a keen interest in how to join the band.
Music- learning about instruments
Knott End Trip - July 2023
The children in Monkey class all enjoyed a action packed visit to Knott End today. We visited St Bernard Church which is part of our parish. It is truly beautiful and the children loved exploring the different images of scripture etched in the glass. We discussed the sacraments that take place and the importance of these to our faith.
We then met with two coastguards who had given up their time to tell us about their role. It was a very hands on experience with the children throwing throw ropes to save people, moving stretchers, looking at the amazing views in the look out towers and exploring the equipment in the vehicles. The children (and staff) were fascinated by some of the facts that were shared.
Our final destination was the beach. We identified different living things which is part of our Science curriculum. Class 1 collected shells and made artwork using them. We also tried to do some rock pooling looking for different species.
Science - Living things in their habitiat
RE- our local church and wider community
Art - nature artwork
Releasing the Butterflies - July 2023
Some of the nursery children joined Class 1 to release the butterflies. Although some children were very sad to release their new pets, they knew it was time for the butterflies to find a new habitat to live in.
Science- Living things in their habitats
RE- Caring for God's creatures
Transition Morning 3 - July 2023
The children came in eager to learn. The 5 new starters did some colouring for the wall displays for their new classroom, took part in a phonics session and explored all areas of continuous provision. The current receptions helped them to find their way round.
PSED/ PSHE - Transitions/ Welcoming new children
The Day the Crayons Quit -June 2023
The children have been focusing on the book, 'The Day the Crayons Quit' this week. They loved acting out the story, pretending to be angry crayons and telling Mrs Hogarth what all the issues were. They have pretended to be Duncan and responded to all the angry letters that he received. An excellent week of English, I can't wait to see where next week takes us.
English - Reading and responding to a book
Speaking and listening
Drumming and Bells --June 2023
The children enjoyed their drumming and bells experience this week. They learnt how to keep the beat and to do a call and response. Fantastic listening skills Class 1.
Music- playing an instrument
Butterflies -June 2023
Over the last 2 weeks, Class 1 have been making observations of the caterpillars. They have been amazed at how the doubled in size every day and how they were able to hang in their chrysalides for so long. On Sunday, two of the caterpillars emerged, then the following three on Monday. The children were so excited to see them
Science- life cycles
Forest Schools - 30th June
An enjoyable, but wet session at the Forest School session today. The children have really developed the skill of creating good dens (it was definitely needed!). They are communicating really well, encouraging each other, sharing resources and learning about different aspects of nature each week.
Science - Natural World/ Living things in their habitats
English - Communication and language
Sports Day -June 2023
A fantastic effort from all the children at Sports Day this week. Their behaviour was fantastic and the older children were so supportive towards the younger children
Caterpillars to Butterflies -June 2023
Throughout this half term we are going to be revisiting the life cycle of a butterfly. The children will be observing this life cycle on a daily basis as the caterpillars grow and change. We will discuss each stage with the children until our butterflies are ready to be released.
Science - Living things
We are starting to see the fruits of our labour. Our allotment has gone wild in this beautiful weather. The children are tending to it at lunch time and we have spotted strawberries, beans, peas, carrots and onions growing.
Science- Plants and living things/ Healthy Eating
PSHE- Teamwork and collaboration
RE- God's Creation
Forest School-June 2023
The children in Year 2 had the opportunity to have their forest school session. They learnt all about how to build a good shelter, how to make secure secure knots and most importantly how to work as part of a team. They played lots of games and learnt lots of information about nature.
They can't wait for week 2!
PSHE -Teamwork and Collaboration
Geography - Natural vs Manmade/ Conservation
English - Speaking and Listening
Blackpool Zoo Trip- June 2023
Class 1 had an amazing trip to the zoo today. We started with an educational talk about different habitats and the children had the opportunity to touch and explore an elephants tooth, parrot feathers, camel fur, a turtle shell and a snake skin. The children were fascinated by all the different objects. They also had the opportunity to touch a hissing cockroach- lots of children were really brave and did this willingly.
We all enjoyed watching the sealions perform during the sealion talk, who knew that they were amazing gymnasts and could do a flipper stand!
The Education Officer for Blackpool Zoo was amazing, very knowledgeable and gave talks about the penguins, giraffes, elephants and the lemurs. The children had the opportunity to hold a giraffe bone from the top part of a leg- it was bigger than some of our children! The lemurs were being very cheeky and the children loved watching them and asked some really good questions. One of the elephants started to rearrange the pen to try and get to the high nets, and, we even got to look at elephant poo- one of the 20 that elephants produce per day.
That was all before we explored the different animals in their habitats.
This has been a fantastic start to our Science topic and I can't wait for the children to develop their knowledge throughout the term.
Clay Skills - May 2023
The children have been developing their skills associated with clay. They were asked to create a piece of fruit using the clay. I was very impressed with the outcomes.
Forest Schools - Week 2- May 2023
This week the children have had a Coronation themed Forest Schools. So much fun was had making crowns, creating dens and hiding out in them before practicing how to welcome a true King.
Coronation Celebration - May 2023
Today, we celebrated the Coronation of King Charles III. We invited families in to join in with a picnic and then showcased what we have been learning in class about the Coronation.
PSED / PSHE - Community links
Understanding the World/ History - Monarchs
Forest Schools - May 2023
Throughout this term, some of the children in Class 1 will be taking part in Forest Schools sessions. They will be learning all about our environment, how to stay safe outdoors, how to light fires safely and taking consideration of the nature around them. They will also be linking different curriculum subjects into their sessions.
Today, they created their own art gallery using a range of objects found in nature. The children were fascinated to find that dandelions create their own natural 'paint'. I was proud of the teamwork that I witnessed when the children were building their own shelters.
Science- Plants and trees
PSHE - Teamwork
Communication and Language
DT- Building shelters
Planting and Growing - May 2023
The children examined different seeds and predicted what they may grow in to. They planted some of them in the greenhouse and some of them in our allotment beds. We are making observations numerous times a week to see which ones grow the best. It is our hope that we will be able to eat some of our produce at the end of it.
PSHE - Sustainability
Explorers Artwork -April 2023
Over this last half term, the children have been learning about Explorers. This week, we have been studying Christopher Columbus. We talked about his ship, and then in art created a 3d picture based on the findings. The outcome was fantastic and they look really effective on the wall.
History/ Understanding the World- Explorers
Art/ Expressive Arts and Design- using different mediums
Fire Safety Talk- April 2023
The children took part in a very interactive session led by the Fire and Rescue Service. They learnt about what to do in the event of a fire and how to stay safe. They practiced how to exit a room by getting close to the floor and how to test to see if there is a fire behind a closed door. The children could all tell me what to do if there clothing catches fire- Stop, Drop and Roll!
PSHE - Fire Safety
Healthy Heads- April 2023
Today, the children learnt all about how to be healthy, looking after our minds and bodies. The children completed some theory work in the classroom before exercising in the hall.
PE / Physical Development - Staying healthy
PSHE - Know how to have a healthy mind and body
Science - Healthy diets
Zumba and Drumming -April 2023
The children in Class 1 had an amazing opportunity to take part in Zumba and Drumming. It was very energetic and smiles all around. Thank you to Mrs Woodhouse for leading the session.
PE/ PD- Dance and movement
Music/ Expressive Arts and Design- Tempo and Beat
Learn to Ride
The children in Class 1 have enjoyed a fantastic session with Go Velo learning to ride a bike. They all progressed rapidly over the sessions in the morning and in the afternoon. We now have lots of confident riders.
P.E - Riding a bike with coordination
English - Listening skills
PSHE - Road safety
World Book Day
The children enjoyed taking part in the World Book Day. The costumes were amazing and the children enjoyed telling each other about their favourite book. In Class 1, we innovated the story of the Man on the Moon, the stories are fantastic.
English- Speaking and Listening
English - Reading
The children enjoyed a visit from a financial advisor today. Mr Lang from Munny came to discuss the importance of budgeting, the difference between 'Needs' and 'Wants' and how we can save for the future using a 50/ 30/ 20 model. It was very interesting and we all learnt a lot about the importance of saving.
PSHE- Economic Wellbeing
Today, the children explored how to use oil pastels effectively. They had the task of copying the planets provided to them, thinking about the colours and how to build up the layers. The outcomes were great!
Art- Using a range of materials effectively
All the children in school received ashes on their forehead today. This is to remind us that the season of lent has started. The children have been talking about what this means in their RE lesson.
RE- Ash Wednesday traditions / Lent
The children made, cooked and ate pancakes as part of the tradition of Shrove Tuesday. It was lovely seeing them being independent and choosing their own toppings.
PSHE- traditions in our culture/ sharing a meal
DT - making food
Science/UTW - Food
Our Family Picnic
What a fantastic day we have had today. The children in Class 1 created a feast of a picnic! They chopped and created skewers of fruit, buttered bread and made the sandwiches, peeled and mashed the eggs, displayed the food and made all the delicious biscuits and cakes. The children were amazing at preparing this and showed exemplary behaviour during our picnic. It was lovely to see so many parents from school and nursery come and share in such a lovely event. Thank you for joining us.
DT - Creating a picnic
Science - Healthy foods
PSHE - Healthy foods & Communities
English- following recipes
All the children in school today got to experience Glow Dodgeball. It was great fun and the children had clearly worked hard looking at their red faces at the end of the session.
PE - Dodgeball + Teamwork
Safer Internet Day
Today, the children in Class 1 have been learning about Internet Safety and what it means to be safe online. They talked about different aspects including who it is ok to talk to, and how Stranger Danger is still relevant, how we should always keep our passwords a secret, and most importantly, how we should always ask an adult if we are unsure about something.
PSHE- Safer Internet Day
Computing- Being safe online
Our PSHE lesson this week focused on how to manage feelings of frustration. The children were given 4 tasks, they had 2 minutes to complete each task. At the end of each task, they were asked to score their frustration levels out of 10- as you can see some of the children found some of the tasks very frustrating!
The tasks included the following
- threading a needle
- building a house with magnets
- building the tallest tower (on a table that rocked)
- building a card pyramid.
PSHE- Managing feelings
Fine motor skills
Communication and Language- describing how it made them feel
What an exciting day we have had in Class 1 today. The children were fortunate to have Mr and Mrs Lindsay come in to discuss their jobs as pilots and air hostess. They talked about places that they had visited, showed the children where about they are on the globe and discussed the climates.
Prior to their visit, they circled school a few times in a plane, swooped down low, flashed their lights and wiggled their wings. It was fantastic to see and the children asked lots of interesting questions about the plane.
Geography- Equator, climates and travel
Science - air resistance, speed
Designing fruit kebabs
The children tried 15 different fruits in their design and technology lesson today. They had to decide on which ones they would like to use on a fruit kebab for an ideal picnic. Results were varied.
D& T - food and safety with cutting
Science / PSHE- promoting healthy food
Maths- creating tally charts
During the design and technology lesson, the children enjoyed making biscuits. They talked about where the ingredients came from. We hope the children all enjoyed eating them.
D + T - making picnic food
English - reading and following instructions
In PSHE, we have been talking about our health and well-being. We have thought about the different feelings and how these can be linked to colour monsters. This week, the children took an active part in a yoga session. They thoroughly enjoyed it!
PSHE- Health and Wellbeing
PE - Yoga, staying healthy
English- listening and following instructions
It was lovely to see all the children having a fantastic time at the Christmas Party today. We played lots of party games, pass the parcel and an indoor snow ball fight. A deserved treat after such a busy term!
PSHE: Friendship and Celebrations
The children performed "It's a Baby" Nativity this year, telling us one of the most important stories ever told. For the children in Class 1 and Nursery, this was the first time that they have performed in front of an audience. They were all amazing, and all the staff were very proud of them.
RE- Nativity story
English: Speaking and listening / Drama
A Christmas Grotto has been set up in the outdoor provision. The children have all had chance to go in and pretend to be Father Christmas, leaving their own specific instructions about what they would like the children to do on Christmas Eve.
English- Speaking and Listening/ Role Play
Today, the children learnt about the importance of a good handwashing technique. They used glitter to represent 'bugs' and then attempted to clean it off quickly- they soon realise that 5 seconds under a tap didn't work!
Science & PSHE - Staying healthy
Today, the children had the opportunity to make their own class Advent Wreaths. They all worked well together and talked about the symbolic objects that are placed on the wreath. Thank you to Mrs Billington for coming in and supporting the children.
RE - Advent
PSHE - Working collaboratively
History of the local area
Today, we had a visit from one of our governors who has an amazing knowledge of the history of the local area. The children loved listening to all that he shared. They asked interesting questions and told him about research that we have already done in class.
Speaking and listening- asking relevant questions
History - History of the local area
Class 1 were fortunate to have a visitor in school; she brought kittens of different ages and also chinchillas. The children discussed how the young were like their mothers and compared this to other animals that we have studied. We discussed the basic survival needs of the different animals and how humans have the same survival needs.
Science: Animals including humans
All the children were very respectful during our school Remembrance service.
Some of the children then represented our school at the Cenotaph on Sunday.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
History: World War I and II
The children and staff have been taking part in daily Dough Disco activities. This is to strengthen hand muscles to develop handwriting. It is a great activity, and we are all enjoying it.
Class 1 went on a trip to Knott End. We went to the library where we learnt about the role of librarians and also shared books with each other. After that, we walked to the sea front and looked at the land use and the different views. The children investigated the different shops in the village and compared these to large towns. The children travelled on the bus, which for many, was the first time that they had been on one.
Geography: Local area and land uses
English: Promoting the love of reading
Roald Dahl - 13th September
Today, we celebrated Roald Dahl day with a house quiz. The children really enjoyed working together and answering the different questions about Roald Dahl's life and his successes.
English: Stories from a familiar author - Roald Dahl
What a fantastic opportunity taking part in the Baton Relay. Thank you to Fleetwood Charity for bringing it to us. Every pupil in school and nursery got to have a turn with the baton before sending it on its way to St John's. It was lovely to see family members supporting us as it left the school!
Farmer Parrs - April 2022
The children in Class 1 enjoyed a fantastic trip to Farmer Parrs. We were led by Farmer Trina, who taught us all about the different animals on the farm. We had a very hands on experience, having the opportunity to feed different animals, hold a chick, stroke pigs, goats and llamas, bottle feed a lamb and stroke an owl.
Science - Animals including humans
Science - Animal diet and habitats
English - descriptions of animals and textures
Food technology- Where our food comes from
The children listened to instructions about how to hold and care for the different animals.
We used our sense of touch to describe how the animal felt. The children were amazed at how warm the sheep wool was. The children were very good at thinking about how the wool would be used when it had been sheared off the sheep.
We met Flower (the pig). The children spotted different foods that Flower had in her pen, this led into conversation about how diets differ for the different animals and humans. The children found it fascinating that some animals have a similar diet to humans. They were also very intrigued by how Eric the Cow used his tongue to pull up long grass in the fields.
Rally Car Visit
We were fortunate to have Mr Weardon visit us with his rally car that he was going to race in the local area the following day. He told us about some of the design features and also explained how the engine worked. The children were fascinated and asked some very interesting questions.
English - Speaking and listening
Science- workings of an engine
Design and Technology- design features
PSHE - meeting people
Bird Feeder Workshop
Mr Harding from Cardinal Allen High School led a workshop creating bird feeders. The children had to follow instructions carefully. They used recycled bottles which initiated a conversation about how we can reuse lots of different waste items. After completing the bird feeders, the children then took them to our outdoor space to enhance the nature areas.
PSHE - Recycling and Teamwork
Science- Living things and their habitats
English- Following instructions
Road and Fire Safety
A representative from Lancashire Fire and Rescue service came to work with all children from Year 2 to Year 6. She discussed what to do in the event of a fire and how to exit the house safely. The children soon learn that they needed to use the back of the hand to check for heat as they approached a closed door. They were all able to demonstrate the "Stop, Drop and Roll" technique.
The Lunchtime Library - September 2021
To encourage the love and joy of reading, we have introduced The Lunchtime Library which takes place every Tuesday and Friday lunchtime.
The library is set up outside in the playground, where children can borrow a book to share with a friend or read quietly by themselves. The older children, and members of staff, read stories to our younger children who are just starting out on their reading journey.
As you can see, the children are really enjoying using the library and we have had a very successful first week of being open!
Trip to Lakeland Wildlife Oasis - 16th July 2021
Monkey Class went on a trip to the zoo!
They thoroughly enjoyed exploring a butterfly house, learning about different sea creatures, minibeasts, reptiles and amphibians. They even had the opportunity to stroke a snake!
Ice Cream Parlour Treat Trip - 19th July 2021
All of the children have been working tirelessly trying to get themselves a place on the ice cream treats trip. Unfortunately, the winners were supposed to go to Wallings Ice Cream Parlour but this was not possible due to COVID. So instead, we set up our own ice cream parlour in school and the children made their own, it was enjoyed by all!