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England’s football fails haven’t stopped us from continuing to work hard in our PE. We are all fantastic footballers, but this term we have been learning to play cricket.
Take a look at us putting all of our bowling and batting skills together in our final game of term.


June 28th, 2016 at 2:43 pm and tagged , , , ,  | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Once we had planned and created posters explaining the various components of our balanced picnic, it was time to get creative. We made sandwiches, using bread (carbohydrate), cheese (dairy) and/or ham (protein). Then we added a number of other foods to create our very own ‘eat well plates’. This included a delicious cookie as our little bit of sugar/fat.

After all of this fantastic investigation, planning and creating it was time to put our feet up and eat up!

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What would Little Red Riding Hood have put in her picnic basket?

Having looked at many different areas of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ in detail in our literacy work, we thought we knew everything about the story!

That was until Miss Stephenson caught us by surprise by asking us what we thought she would have packed in her picnic basket.. A simple question, some might think, and so did we initially: CAKES OF COURSE!!

But then when we began to discuss this we questioned what she would have needed to create a healthy picnic. This made us realise that we needed to discover what exactly makes a healthy meal, to decide what different foods she would have packed so that she could make sure both her and her Grandma were maintaining a healthy diet..

Did you know our bodies are like cars?

We don’t need petrol or have engines exactly but we do need FUEL. That is, we need to eat food to give us ENERGY to grow, move and heal.
Exploring the different foods that give us energy, we looked at the ‘eat well plate’. This is a plate that is divided into different sections showing us the different food groups and roughly how much of them we should have in our diet.

Do you know what we mean by different food ‘groups’?
Take a look at the eat well plate and see for yourself:

What foods can you see? Can you name the different food groups?


The different sections groups foods together that give us energy for certain things:

Carbohydrates: Give us energy to run around

Protein: Helps to make us strong

Fruit and Vegetables: Stop us getting unwell (help with healing)

Dairy: Helps us to grow

We sorted different foods into their food groups:

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Now that we know all about the different food groups, it was time to put our understanding of this to the test, and create our very own healthy picnics.. Miss Stephenson challenged us to make sure we plan a healthy picnic – meaning we needed to include something from each food group (only then were we allowed to have a sweet treat – our fat/sugar part of our meal).

Now that we have planned it (and all of us showed a GREAT understanding of a balanced meal), time to pack our picnic baskets..

This half term, as well as our local area, we have been looking at the transport that takes use around our local area and beyond.

We have spent some time comparing transport:

What form of transport would you use to go to Lakeside? Or to London? Or how about Africa?

How are these different?

We also discovered that in the past they didn’t always have the many types of transport that we have today. In fact, one of the first forms of transport was called a ‘Sedan Chair’, which involved two people carrying a chair for someone else to sit on! Wow, how things have changed!

Having explored all of these types of transport, we had a go at creating our own…

We used recycled materials to build the different parts of our vehicles and then added axel and wheels, so that our vehicles actually move!

Have a look at our different vehicles with their whizzing wheels! Can you guess what they are?

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Having spent some time looking at the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ in literacy, we have now turned to look at an alternative version of the story.

Have you ever wondered what the Wolf’s side of the story might be? Was he really trying to attack Grandma or was it all a big misunderstanding?

Time to think about what the Wolf says really happened!

Once we had looked at the Wolf’s side of the story, Miss Stephenson challenged us to think of different ways to help the Woodcutter say sorry for calling the Wolf a ‘baddie’ and sending him away.

We know that they love cookies and cakes in the story of Little Red Riding Hood. After all, isn’t that what she had packed in her basket for Grandma? So we decided that it would be a nice idea for the Woodcutter to make some cookies to take round to the Wolf. We therefore spent some time making some cookies so that we were really familiar with the ingredients and steps that we would need to tell the Woodcutter to take.





Great job 1S! Due to our fantastic teamwork skills we were able to make some delicious cookies!

We then used our cookery knowledge to write recipes (using our ‘bossy’ or ‘imperative’ verbs) and fabulous phonic knowledge!

31 postmen? That’s not something you see every day right?!

Confused?.. Don’t worry, we’ll explain all about it!

With the sun coming out, and our topic being focused on our local environment, we had the PERFECT opportunity to take our learning outside of the classroom, and head up the road to the High Street..

Not only did we head off to explore and observe our local area, but we had a very important mission. Having spent some time discussing where we live,  we now know lots more about our personal addresses.

Rather than type them into a ‘Sat Nav’ and visit everyone’s houses, we thought about why else we need addresses… for the postman! So we decided to write ourselves  some special letters that we could post to arrive at our houses in a few days time.

Take a look at us carefully writing our addresses onto our envelopes:

.. and once they were stuffed full of our fantastic writing, with a stamp, ready to post:


And off we went…

Once we had observed lots of different things on the High Street (including the bakery making Miss Stephenson extremely hungry!), we posted our all-important letters:




Now it’s just time to wait for them to come flying through our letter boxes!

This half term (following our week as artists) we have been challenged to answer the question ‘Where do and did the wheels on the bus go?’.

In geography, we began exploring this question through a bit of map work.

We started by gaining a better understanding of our local geographical environment in relation to the world around us; zooming in, initially locating the United Kingdom and England from a map of the whole world (a globe), to the county we live in (Essex) from a smaller map, right down to the exact streets that we live on.

This helped us to realise that we live in a great big world, and within that world we all live in different parts of Essex.

While exploring maps, we realised that we don’t see the world like this, which was a bit strange! Aveley doesn’t look like it does on a map when we come to school!! But Miss Stephenson promised us that, even though it all looks a bit different, it is showing us where we are.

Have you ever noticed that maps look different? Do you know why? Well we do now..

Here’s a clue:

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Do you know now..?

How do you think Aveley looks to this bird..? Is that what maps look like..?

You got it! We discovered that maps are drawn from a ‘bird’s eye view’. This means that they show the world as birds and planes see it. Try looking at the things around you from above (a ‘bird’s eye view’) and the side (how we normally see things). How do they look different

April 18th, 2016 at 3:37 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink

As always, 1S has hit the ground running this term, and have had a very busy few days getting stuck into our learning.

As well as exploring addition and subtraction using some eggs left behind by the Easter bunny (!!) and beginning our new non-fiction focus of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, we have got our hands dirty with a bit of Art..

As Artists this term, we are exploring lines and colour. We began this new topic by turning our classroom into an art gallery. With lots of different pictures by different artists around the room, we were able to choose our favourite, and have some fantastic discussions about how they had used lines and colour.

Having looked at some other people’s art, we have started to think about our own work. The first thing we needed to do was learn about different colours and how they are made.

Did you know that all of the colours around us come from THREE ‘Primary Colours’?!

The primary colours are: RED, BLUE and YELLOW.

We found this very surprising too, but our exploration of secondary colours helped us to understand that by mixing the primary colours we can make all sorts of new ones!

Take a look at us experimenting with primary colours:


We got a new message in our mission inbox, telling us that Fiz has to go back to Planet Zuton… Heading back home, he was keen to tell all of his alien friends about his trip to Earth.. Time for the writing agents in 1S to step in and create some descriptions.

The first part of our mission as descriptive agents was to create descriptions of ourselves (self portraits). None of the aliens on Plantet Zuton have ever seen a human before!! Can you believe that?!

We worked on using adjectives to describe different parts of our face as well as thinking about how we could write sentences to describe our personalities.


March 18th, 2016 at 11:36 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

We had a special visit from a real life scientist today! The hall was transformed into a laboratory as we were treated to an amazing science show. From giant bubbles to colourful flames, we were taken on a fascinating adventure.
We couldn’t believe lots of the things we saw!  A floating ping pong ball? A material that feels hard like wood but you can pour like water? Must be magic right?!..
..Not quite! As well as showing us these amazing tricks we were told all about WHY these things happen. In fact everything we were shown had a special scientific reason behind it..

We weren’t watching magic! This was SPECTACULAR SCIENCE!

Take a look at some of the things we saw. What do you think is happening? What could be the scientific explanation for these things?

1. Cabbage juice transformation

We watched in amazement as some red cabbage juice (eww – smelly!) was poured onto different things that you find in the kitchen, such as vinegar and baking powder.

We couldn’t believe our eyes when these substances quickly changed colour! Why do you think this happened?

2. Burning bright

Look what happens when you put magnesium in a flame:

3. Blowing Giant Bubbles:

Did you know that water has a ‘skin’, which is what the soap holds on to to make bubbles?!

March 17th, 2016 at 1:31 pm and tagged , ,  | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink