In year 1 we were very lucky to have the chance to have Mr Owen come and practise music with us from Neatherd High School. Mr Owen is the head of Music there and did some brilliant workshops with the children where we had the chance to use different instruments and think about keeping the beat to a song.
The children had a wonderful time and want to say a big THANK YOU to Mr Owen!
Celebrations were in full swing at Toftwood Infant School when all of the Year One children went to St Nicholas’ Church in Dereham to learn about the Christian celebration of marriage. The Reverend Dominique Turnham conducted a special friendship ceremony for three ‘brides’ and three ‘grooms’, who pledged to be friends for ever. All of the children dressed up for the occasion, with the wedding party in full wedding dress and all the guests in their best clothes.
The visit took place to enhance the children’s learning about the Christian celebration of marriage, which they had been learning about in school. The children have learnt about the roles of people involved in a wedding, used a range of Christian artefacts to develop their understanding and made wedding decorations, celebration cupcakes and invitations.
They also sang the song ‘Sing Hosanna’ accompanied by Mrs George, a TA at the school, on the Church organ. Just like a real wedding, the best man had trouble locating the rings, but thankfully found them in the end.
They then returned to school to have a wedding breakfast. They had a selction of canapes, followed by a first dance and the celebrations continued throughout the afternoon.
Year 1 classes had Goldcrest, an Outdoor Education Company, visit on Monday 27th February to enhance their topic of ‘Weather Experts’. The children had previously looked at various maps and what features are included on these maps.
When Goldcrest visited the children learnt how to use a compass and the compass points of North, East, South and West. They then completed an orienteering course around the school to put their new skills in to practise.
Each child could remember the ‘Naughty Elephants Squirt Water’ saying to remember the compass points.
Children in Year 1 have been very excited to have created their own non-fiction booklet about Space. They have enjoyed becoming authors and sharing their work with an audience. They each shared their booklet with another child in the class and gave feedback about what they liked and how they could improve their booklet.
On Monday 23rd January, Reception children were invited to Year 1 to share their booklets. They enjoyed looking at their work and some children from Reception said that they loved Space and were very interested with the information the children had written.
Year 1 had Zootastic, a mobile petting zoo, visit school to enhance the children’s learning of their topic ‘Animal life’. The children had been learning about classifying animals into mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds and also learnt about animals that are herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.
Ian visited on Friday 25th November and worked with each year 1 class to talk about classifying animals. They came with lots of animals to look at, discuss and touch. Ian showed the children Logan the snake, Bobby the tawny owl, Gilbert the bearded dragon, Roger the rabbit, Ruby the guinea-pig, Fluffy the tarantula and Madagascan hissing cockroaches.
The children really enjoyed seeing the creatures up close and listening to the facts that Ian was sharing about each animal. The children also learnt how to handle and care for the animals by being kind and gentle.
We arrived at the college at 9:45. We were greeted by staff and shown to the education barn where we left our lunches and changed into our wellies. After a toilet trip we were split into two groups and given a tour guide to lead us.
Our first job was to wash our wellies to make sure they were free from germs. Then we walked across the field and towards the farm. We talked about how important it was to keep the gates closed. The first animals we looked at were the chickens in the barn. As we walked in we heard a chicken laying an egg.
Next we looked in at the pigs. We walked up the steps to the viewing platform and saw lots of 3 month old piglets in the pens below. We then passed the rams before walking through the sheep field.
At the dairy we were able to go into the barn with the calves and stroke them. We then went inside the dairy and looked at the tank which stores the milk and then into the milking parlour to look at where the cows are milked and the machines that are used. We even found a toad and helped it to get outside!
After lunch the children participated in a rotation of activities to learn more about the food and produce from the farm. They crushed rape seeds to see the oil that it is grown for. They ground some wheat using a hand mill and then put it through sieves of various sizes to eventually get a fine flour. They made butter by shaking cream in a jar and also made wool into felt marbles.