Happy Valentines Day or Happy Half Term?

Today we celebrated Valentine’s Day by learning all about Saint Valentines and the reasoning behind this worldwide tradition.

We made cards, unscrambled valentines messages and shared our love for one another by giving and receiving compliments!

Happy half term!

Da Vinci, Picasso, Frida Kahlo is that you?

This week we have been focusing on our art skills, pencil control, colour mixing, and our observational drawing skills.

We were able to experiment with a range of media including: a range of sketching pencils, charcoal, oil pastels, wax crayons and paint.

Throughout the week we developed our skills, resulting in our very own self portraits.

Here are a few progress pictures along the way!

Happy 100th Day of School!

On Monday we had the BEST day celebrating being in school for 100 days! We counted to 100, we completed a 100 second silence (we found this extremely hard!), we did 100 star jumps, we drew ourselves at 100 years old, we talked about what achievements we might have gained by the time we are 100. It was fantastic to see all the effort that went into the children’s costumes and homework!

We finished off the afternoon by having our very own 100th day party, complete with party games, music from the last 100 years and most importantly CAKE!

Take a look at our photos from the day!

Every little helps!

After discussing with a few parents about useful apps and websites you can access at home to help develop your child’s learning I thought it would be useful to have a list here on our blog for you to refer to!


http://www.ReadwithPhonics.com- This site has lots of free printable resources including word searches, sound cards, alien and real word cards and much much more!

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk- Lots of fun and engaging games!

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk – Here your child can listen and read along to FREE e-Books.

http://www.phonicsbloom.com- Lots of fun and engaging games.

Apps available:

Teach your monster to read (watch out for offers on social media where the app can be free for 24hrs)

Phonics Genius (99p on the App Store.)

Spelling Shed-

As previously discussed your child has a personal log in for Spelling Shed a subscription that school pays for. Their personal log in can be found at the front of their reading diary. If you have misplaced this please let me know! The app can be purchased in the App Store or alternatively you can access it through your internet browser.

Maths websites-

BBC Supermovers KS1- There are countless videos on this site that are all interactive involving movement, maths and song! The children are used to these videos so I am sure they will love to access these at home.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk- This site has endless resources covering all the Year 1 maths topics.


http://www.bbcbitesize.co.uk- This site is an oldie but such a useful resource! You can find videos, games and explanations of mathematical concepts.

I hop this helps a little for those wanting to support their children further, technology is such a beneficial part of your child’s learning. The listed websites and apps will encourage safe internet use too. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Miss Rigby

Material Detectives

Firstly a quick apology about the delay after Christmas with our class blog there have been technical issues that many of us have faced. However we are back and ready to share our 2020 journey with yourselves. Please remember to check the blog for photos AND important notices!

Moving on… Our Science focus for this half term is Materials, this week we went on a school material hunt to detect a range of materials in our school environment. We were so eager to spot different materials and similarly we were really good at spotting materials and how they are used in different ways!

We started to look at the properties of materials and the purpose of materials, to help your children please encourage them to look for materials around your home and discuss their properties.

1R are definitely scientists in the making!

‘OO Poo at the Zoo!’

1R were given the smelly task of investigating animal poo (just play dough don’t panic!) in science this week.

The Zoo asked for our help to find the missing animals, we had to learn and about the animals diets and decide if they were a Carnivore, Omnivore or Herbivore! We examined the poo by looking for bones, vegetation and a combination of the two. After categorising the Lion, Flamingo and Giraffe by their diet we had to figure out where they were hiding!

Keep a look out at Blackpool Tower for a 4 legged mammal that likes to eat leaves and vegetation.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled in Stanley Park for a certain pink omnivore.

Finally make sure you keep your eyes and ears switched on at Stanley School as there is a mammal with a mane that likes to eat meat, especially children!

The children had a fantastic time investigating and exploring the animal diet, they worked in teams to solve the missing animal problem.

Please ask your children about Carnivores, Omnivores and Herbivores at home, I am sure they will be happy to talk about it and develop their scientific knowledge.

Shape Madness!

This week 1R have been exploring, describing and recognising 2D shapes. Throughout the week we have been identifying 2D shapes in the classroom, outdoors and in the world around us. It is important for us to recognise a variety of 2D shapes, including: Squares, Oblongs, Circles, Triangles, Ovals, Pentagons, and Hexagons.

To help us extend our learning you could ask us about shape properties. We can identify shapes by describing their sides and corners. You could even challenge us to a Shape Hunt around the house. If you do, be sure to show me some photographs, I’d love to see!

Take a look at our Shape Monsters!

The gift of friendship

This week we started to look at the gift of giving and receiving and how this can make a difference to our wellbeing.

We spoke about how giving gifts can fill us with joy, excitement and happiness. The children were so enthusiastic when discussing their own experiences of giving and receiving.

Finally we designed a rocket and delivered it to our friends.

Take a look at our photographs.

Anti-bullying week with a hint of Children in Need!

Last week we thought carefully about how we can be a good friend to other children, the things we can do to make others smile, feel less lonely and what to do if we need help!

1R thought a lot about complimenting one another and playing with someone they wouldn’t usually. We discussed the impact of friendship and how important a smile is. On Friday whilst we were wearing our odd socks to celebrate our differences, we made Pudsey style biscuits to make for another member of the class. We had to choose someone we don’t usually play with, make them a card and then surprise them at the end of the day. As you can see there were smiles all round!

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