An Aveley Primary Blog

Our fabulous Nativity Performance set the bar very high for the rest of our Christmas fun in the final week of term.

But we have definitely succeeded in kick starting Christmas with all sorts of festive activities.

Firstly, we had a very exciting visit from Santa:

  
    
    
    

Then, we had a Christmas ‘Pom Pom Party’

If you cast your mind back to one of our very first blog posts you’ll remember our class contract. We decided that, in order to achieve our very best in our learning journey, we must work as a team, helping each other to show our green attitudes collectively. Each time we show especially good teamwork, or put in effort to achieve as a whole class, we get awarded pom poms. Once our special pom pom pot is full we get to have a pom pom party (and Miss Stephenson lets us choose the activities this will involve!).

As I’m sure you’ve noticed from our blog, 1S has been really embracing their learning and have had a fantastic, action packed start to the year. As a result our pom pom pot is jam-packed, and we got to have a very special Christmas pom pom party!

This involved all sorts of activities from dressing up to Christmas craft, reading special books to Christmas ‘I spy’ (we even had some yummy food to keep us fuelled through the party!).

  

Story Time in Socks

Things just got more and more exciting for 1S through the Christmas week. During our final story time, we all got special presents from Miss Stephenson and Mrs Sillcott (with the help of one of Father Christmas’s visiting Elves!).

Here we are with our presents.. waiting patiently to open them:
    

Here is what we got:
    

That’s right: SOCKS! But not just any socks.. special Christmas socks! Luckily Miss Stephenson got given some special socks too (Thank you Joanne!), so we all put them on and had a special story time in socks!

  

… And guess what. We kept them on over our uniform all day! Even to assembly to Miss Shadbolt’s surprise!

1S certainly did Christmas in style.. Finishing it off by accessorizing with socks! We hope you all had as much fun as we did with Christmas this year!

1S would like to wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

We look forward to welcoming you back in 2016 for more stories of our learning journey!

1S has hit the ground running and our first week in Year 1 has flown by! Before we get started updating you on what we’ve got up to so far, take a look at our new classroom where we’ve been getting stuck into our learning: the calm after the storm!

  

Firstly we must introduce you to our furry friend – Mr Monkey.

  

Mr Monkey is our class mascot, who is here to watch our learning (and sometimes even help us out!). He is particularly impressed by, and enjoys spending time with, children who are embracing challenges and putting effort into their learning. Although he lives in our classroom in the week, Mr Monkey needs a friend to go home with every weekend (he doesn’t want to be left alone in the classroom or get stuck with Miss Stephenson).. However, Mr Monkey’s weekends are precious. This means that through the week he will keep an eye out for children showing a green learning attitude, listening and embracing the spectrum of learning opportunities that they are presented with, and as a result make steps of progress to achieve. On a Friday someone who has stood out that week, will then get to take him home (along with his diary to keep the rest of the class informed of his adventures!) to explore what we get up to on the weekends!

I’m sure lots of you have been wondering what Mr Monkey’s sitting on?! We’ll save the basket for a later date, but look closely again and you’ll see he’s sitting rather carefully on a tall transparent pot. This isn’t just any pot, and, as well as acting as a rather comfortable seat for Mr Monkey, he is actually protecting something very important to us here in 1S!…

Coming into Year 1 has meant getting used to lots of new routines and expectations. While this could have seemed a little scary at the beginning of the week, we’re now enjoying these changes and understanding how these are going to help us with our learning.

One of the reasons for this is because we worked together to create a ‘class contract’ or agreement on how we do things in 1S. This is a set of things that we do in 1S to help remind us how keep it a happy, safe, and most importantly fun learning environment! These include things like ‘we tuck our chairs in’, ‘we listen to others’ and…

‘WE HAVE SWEET PARTIES!’

How on earth does this relate to Mr Monkey’s tall transparent pot he is protecting so carefully? Well, each time we work together and, as Team 1S, stick to our contract, we get a sweet in the pot. When the pot is full of sweets, our hard work will mean we have earnt ourselves ‘sweet party’! This doesn’t mean that we sit and eat lots and lots of sweets, but filling the pot means that we will have an extra special ‘golden time’, in which a special reward will be voted on by the class.

Guess what?! We’ve already got 5 sweets!!

Now, that you’ve seen our classroom, met our mascot, and heard about our new routines, I bet you’re excited to meet us! Well here we are (sort 0f):
  

We created named self portraits holding hearts in which we drew the things we love (our family, favourite subject and hobbies).

I think that’s plenty for you to digest right now, but don’t worry, we will update you very shortly on some of the maths and literacy we have got stuck into.. There’s lots of it and it’s too good to miss!