Winchester's December Blog - 17/12/20
Our blog for December is a little bit different. After the sudden closure of the Year 1 bubble, teacher's did not have a chance to get together all the lovely pictures of work and activities which the children had been doing in December. Therefore, this blog is a mixture of before virtual learning and during it.
Whilst in school we have been making jam sandwiches and decorating biscuits, measuring and comparing various objects, watching virtual pantomimes and designing a range of Christmas themed activities.
Our Christmas Safari week, was not what we had originally planned, but we have managed to keep the Christmas sparkle going virtually!
Before we started virtual learning
Before virtual learning, we had been learning about measurement in Maths.
We had been measuring length using non standards units such as cubes and lollypop sticks, and also measuring and comparing weight using cubes and marbles.
We encouraged them to speak in their full 'Maths sentences' such as 'The glue stick weighs more than the highlighter'. We all enjoyed the practical activities because we were able to use weighing scales in class to compare the different objects we found around the classroom.
In English, we have been focussing on writing instructions. To make this more engaging for the children we decided to make jam sandwiches following these instructions:
First put the butter on the bread.
Next put the jam on top.
Then put both slices of bread together.
After that cut the bread in half.
Finally eat your sandwich.
The children had lots of fun with this activity and the instructions they wrote up the next day were fantastic!
Christmas Safari Week: Virtual Learning
Christmas Safari Week is a chance for us to focus more on our foundation subjects in school. Every term we have a Christmas Safari Week where we can be extra creative, but this time it has been a bit different as we have had to get creative virtually. The children as always have risen to the challenge and sent in some amazing work, earning them many virtual dojos.
We designed our own baubles, created handprint wreaths and wrote letters to Father Christmas telling him what we wanted for Christmas. We needed to try to remember our capital letters, finger spaces and full stops so that Father Christmas could read our letters.
We designed our own Christmas crowns, Santa sleigh and then made stockings, putting inside them what we thought was the true meaning of Christmas. Many of the children decided to put pictures of their family as family time is very special at Christmas.
Having already designed our baubles the previous day, now we had to make them. The children made these in many different creative ways and then hung them on their Christmas trees. We also made our own Christmas cards and completed some more Christmas writing, describing the pictures.
Christmas party day! Even though we were not in school, we were not going to miss out on the fun. In the morning we completed some fun Math's activities, but in the afternoon we had playlists to listen to, treats to eat and dance moves to be made!
At the end of every term, we have Space Time to reward us for our dojos. The children had the option of many different activities for this day, where they could choose to do whatever they wanted.