On Tuesday the 12th March we visited Cardiff Museum. It was our first school trip without our parents and we were incredibly excited!!!
Our first stop was a dinosaur workshop. We saw lots of dinosaur bones, fossils and pictures. We listened to a story about Albie the Dinosaur. We were able to make the noises of all the creatures in the story. It was VERY noisy!!!!
We then had a chance to look at the exhibits in the museum!!!! We saw so many exciting things!!!!
We all had out photograph taken with a woolly mammoth!!!!!
We then all visited the art galleries. We saw some amazing art. We all loved the Claude Monet paintings and chose our favourite one. Can you remember which one you liked?
We also saw the very famous painting by Renoir....it is called The Blue Lady.
Finally, we decided that we needed a class photo on the grand staircase of the museum.
On 7th of March we celebrated World Book Day. We all made a brilliant effort and dressed up as our favourite characters from a wide range of books.
In class, we shared our favourite stories, made a wordsearch to match our books, thought about which characters we would love to have in a tea party, and all wrote our own book reviews. It was a very busy day, but we loved it!!!!
We had Fantastic Mr Fox, the Lion King, Little Red Riding Hood, Funnybones, the Gruffalo, a few Harry Potters and many, many, many more!!!!
We have a new topic this term....................we had clues to try to work out what our topic is. We loved it!!!
Our new topic is all about.............DINOSAURS!!!!!!!!!!!
Our clues led us to learn about a very famous fossil hunter from Great Britain. Her name was Mary Anning and we loved listening to the story of her life. She was a remarkable lady!!!
Mary Anning was born in 1799 in Lyme Regis, Dorset, England. She was the eldest of ten children born to Molly (Mary) and Richard Anning, but only Mary and her brother Joseph survived into adulthood.
Mary’s father was a carpenter by trade, but also a keen amateur fossil hunter. To supplement his income, he would clean and polish fossil findings and sell them to tourists on the beach. Mary learnt much about fossil hunting from her father. The cliffs near their seaside home had lain beneath the sea 200 million years ago. Now they were rich in the fossilised remains of prehistoric sea creatures.
Mary didn’t go to school because her family needed her to earn money, but she learnt to read and write at Sunday School. She began to teach herself about rocks and anatomy (body parts) and learnt to draw very detailed and accurate drawings of her fossil findings.
When Mary was 11, her father died from a disease called tuberculosis and injuries he had sustained during a cliff fall. The family were grief-stricken and left even poorer than before. Mary was determined to support her family. She went fossil hunting most days with her dog, Tray. She particularly liked hunting after a storm, when the waves, wind and rain caused the rocks to crumble.
In 1811, just a year after their father’s death, Mary and her brother were out fossil hunting when Joseph saw a skull within the rocks. A few months later, Mary returned and slowly uncovered the rest of the skeleton. It turned out to be a nearly complete 17-foot skeleton of a marine reptile from the time of the dinosaurs. Mary sold the skeleton to a local collector for £23, and it eventually went to London’s Natural History Museum, where it was named Ichthyosaurus (‘fish lizard’) in 1817.
This term we are learning about Carnivals and Brazil!!!
We have looked at world maps to find out where Brazil is located.
Can you remember where it is?
We have found out that Brazil has a river running through it called the Amazon and is home to a rainforest which is also called the Amazon.
We have enjoyed looking at non fiction books and finding facts about some of the unique animals that live in the rainforest.
We made our own rainforest .
One of our favourite investigations this term has been finding out about the artist Romero Britto. He was born in Brazil and was very poor when he was growing up. He is now a famous artist who uses lots of bright colours in his artwork. We think he is a very "happy artist". We have created our own artwork using his techniques and we have LOVED it!!!!
How many of his unique patterns can you spot in his work?
We wanted to find out what citrus fruit had the most juice. We thought about this investigation during our ICE time. We knew we had to carry out a fair test, we weighed an orange and a lemon, both need to be the same weight. We then squeezed all the juice out and measured the liquid. It was exciting and all 4 groups had the same result. Can you remember........
Which fruit has the most juice?
We also know our number bonds to 10.....we will be starting on learning them to 20 soon. How many can you remember?
Our Talk for Writing this half term is "The Papaya That Spoke". We have loved writing our own version called "The Strawberry That Spoke".
Here is the original version....can you remember how we changed it?
The Papaya That Spoke
Once upon a time there was a farmer who lived in a village.
One day he felt hungry so he went out to pick a papaya.
To his amazement, the papaya spoke. ‘Hands off!’
The farmer looked at his dog. “Did you say that?” said the farmer?
“No,” said the dog, “it was the papaya!”
“Aaaargh!” screamed the farmer. As fast as his legs could carry him, he ran and he ran and he ran till he came to a market where he met a fisherman selling fish.
“Why are you running so fast when the sun is shining so bright?” asked the fisherman.
“First a papaya spoke to me and next my dog!” replied the farmer.
“That’s impossible,” said the fisherman.
“Oh no it isn’t,” said one of the fish.
“Aaaargh!” screamed the farmer. As fast as his legs could carry him, he ran and he ran and he ran till he came to a field where he met a shepherd with his goats.
“Why are you running so fast when the sun is shining so bright?” asked the shepherd.
“First a papaya spoke to me, next my dog and after that a fish!” replied the farmer.
“That’s impossible,” said the shepherd.
“Oh no it isn’t,” bleated one of the goats.
“Aaaargh!” screamed the farmer. As fast as his legs could carry him, he ran and he ran and he ran till he came to the village where he met the King sitting on his old wooden rocking horse.
“Why are you running so fast when the sun is shining so bright?” asked the King.
“First a papaya spoke to me, next my dog and after that a fish and finally a goat!”
“That’s impossible,” said the King. “Get out of here you foolish man.”
So the poor farmer walked home with his head hung down.
The King rocked back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. “How silly of him to imagine that things could talk. “There was a long silence – and then suddenly – the chair spoke! “Quite so – whoever heard of a talking papaya?”
We designed and made our own carnival masks. We used feathers and glitter to make them look amazing!
The children loved it and were so well behaved,as usual. We all enjoyed our healthy snacks .
Staff at the Coliseum commented on how polite they were.
Welcome to the Hedgehog class!
We are the happy, healthy, helpful and hard working hedgehogs.
Welcome to Class 1....Dosbarth Draenog. We hope you all have a wonderful year in our class. We have made an excellent start to the year.
We decided to make a new set of classroom rules for us to follow.
We are respectful.
We are polite.
We are hardworking.
We are kind.
We always try our best.
We have kind hands and feet.
We are caring.
We have recently started a new topic.....this half term we will be thinking about Special Times and Special People.
We held a very important service in our Environmental Area for Remembrance Day. We learned a little poem and made a special poppy wreath.
Last week it was Anti Bullying week. We made wonderful friendship cards for each other and read Monty The Manatee. A special book about kindness and respect.
We had a very spotty day for Children in Need. We were so kind and generous and managed to fill up our jar with lots of coins. Thank you to everyone who donated.
Our first topic this term is.....................
We are very excited about creating our own Superheroes!!!!!
We have created some amazing superheroes with amazing superpowers....our superheroes can......
and lots more.
Have you tried our Active Learn activities yet?
We had two real life superheroes come to class today!!!! Claire and Gail are our school nurses. They brought so many interesting things with them. We had a chance to be nurses and doctors. We bandaged, tested hearing, took our blood pressure and listened to our heartbeats. It was a wonderful morning and we really enjoyed it. Thank you Claire and Gail.
We have also been learning all about a famous real life superhero.
Her name is Florence Nightingale.
How many facts can you remember about her????
Long ago there was a soldier
Fighting in a war.
His name was Bert, and he got hurt,
His leg was very sore.
They took him to a hospital
And put him in a bed.
They hoped he would get better but
He got much worse instead.
It was a nasty, smelly place
Everything was dirty -
The floors, the beds, the bandages,
Poor old injured Bertie.
Onto the bed jumped three big rats
They laughed at Bert and said
“We'll give you a nasty disease
And soon you will be dead.”
Poor Bert was very scared indeed,
The rats were right, he feared.
He thought that he was going to die
But then, a light appeared.
It was a lady with a lamp
Called Florence Nightingale.
She took one look at the rats, and
Picked them up, by the tail.
“No rats allowed in here,” she said
“On this I’m quite determined.
From now on this place will be kept
Clean, safe, and de-vermined."
The rats saw that she meant business
And ran away in fear.
Then Florence smiled and Bertie said,
“I’m really glad you’re here.”
She gave him a nice clean bandage
And ointment for the pain.
And it was not too long before
Bertie felt well again.
Florence Nightingale was the best
Nurse there had ever been.
But she did so much more than just
Keep one hospital clean.
She wrote great books about nursing
And opened up a school.
She made it seem like being a nurse
Was really really cool!
Nowadays all of us can thank
The lady with the lamp
That hospitals are clean and fresh
And not dirty and damp.
Nowadays we think cleanliness
Seems like just common sense
But it would have all been different
Were it not for Florence.
We have looked at a famous painting by the French artist Auguste Renoir....
The painting is called "The Umbrellas". We looked at all the wonderful shades of blue used, we asked questions about the way he painted it. We also created stories about the people in the painting.
If you are visiting Bristol soon ,have a look at this fabulous museum .
Guess who this is ?
This term we having been working very hard learning all about..............
Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
We have been reading lots of different fairy tales. We have even started writing our own version of Rapunzel.
We have also been learning lots of interesting facts about castles and the names of different parts of the castle.
We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy,healthy and prosperous new year.
Thank you very much for your generous donations of food.....
we REALLY enjoyed it .
Here are some photographs ,we hope you enjoy them.
Welcome back to our new Hedgehogs.
Our new topic this term is.....
Muck, Mess and Mixtures!!!
We started the topic of with a very messy morning!!! It was lots of fun. We put our hands in lots of different things. Some of us loved squelchy beans, some loved the squishy jelly and some even loved the messy cornflour and water.
We have also read the first few chapters of George's Marvellous Medicine. We loved it!!!!
We have been collecting words that describe the characters of George and his grandmother. A describing word is an "adjective". How many adjectives can you remember?
We have been extremely busy so far this term.....learning lots of new things.
So far we have met the Gruffalo, adopted our own trees in the Environmental area, cooked, painted, built, measured, counted, written....and lots more too.
We also made delicious mushroom muffins.
We are becoming tree experts
We are all working so hard.
We are also busy learning our lovely harvest song. We hope you all enjoy it in our Harvest Festival.
We have started out new topic all about the Enchanted Woodlands. We have discovered we have little residents in our environmental area!! We have received a letter from our new friend....a fairy called Twinkle!!
We can't wait to find out all about the woodlands and let her know what we have discovered!!
Our final topic of our year in Class 1 is.......
We went to Swansea Maritime Museum to meet a very special person......Black Bart......a famous Welsh pirate.
We have been preparing for our very own Carnival Day. We made masks in school. At home we made recycled musical instruments and headdresses. We looked amazing!!!! We also learned a Brazilian dance to perform on our carnival day.
A huge thank you to all the parents and helpers for making so many wonderful instruments and headdresses.
We have spent the past few weeks learning more about the rainforest in Brazil.
We were really shocked at how many trees have been cut down in The Amazon Rainforest in Brazil.
We researched lots of facts about the rainforest and why we need to stop cutting down the trees.
We decided to make posters to let people know why we need to save the rainforests.
We read a wonderful story about saving the rainforest
We would like to wish you all a very happy Easter.
We were clever little bulbs in our concert yesterday. Mrs Bowen and Mrs Jones were very proud of us all!!!
During our topic about Carnivals and Rio, we have been finding out about the Rainforest. We have been busy making rainforest animal faces for our display.
World Book Day 2017
We all enjoyed celebrating World Book Day on March 2nd.
We all brought in our favourite books and wrote reviews about the books.
We have started our exciting new topic!!!!!!!!
You are all welcome to join us as we celebrate Rio de Vida!!!!
In particular we will be learning about Brazil, home of one of the world's largest carnivals.
Can you find Brazil on this world map?
We already know that Brazil is in South America and is a lot bigger than Wales.
Do you know anything about the symbols on this map?
"She sells sea shells on the sea shore"
This famous tongue twister was actually written about Mary Anning.
We have been learning all about alliteration this week. We have written dinosaur sentences which contain alliteration, verbs and adjectives!!!!!!!
Spiky Stegosaurus sleeping.
Brave Brontosaurus blowing bubbles.
Terrifying T Rex tickling.
Kind carnivores climbing.
Tall Pterodactyl tidying.
This week we have also been working hard to paint in the style of the artist Steven Brown. He is a Scottish painter who used to work in KFC. He donates a small percentage of the money he is paid for his artwork to charity. Do you like his work?
We received a surprise parcel on Monday afternoon. When we looked inside, we were amazed to find a very large dinosaur egg. A famous palaeontologist Jack Horner had sent a letter asking up to help him with his research. We needed to investigate how to build a nest for the egg. So many skills needed to be used......thinking, groupwork, measuring, number, D/T and ICT!!!! We were very busy!!!!!
Can you spot the places we thought would be a good location for the nest and which locations and which were poor locations?
We started off the topic being detectives.
We had to work together to guess who the mystery bag belonged to.
We discovered that the bag belonged to a famous British paleontologist called Mary Anning.
We are continuing to learn lots of new ways of spelling new sounds.
We are also starting to count in tens using a 100 grid.
We made tasty fossil biscuits. We had to find the bossy words in the recipe. We know that bossy words are called verbs.
We have had such a busy few weeks getting ready for Christmas. We have been cooking, sticking, weaving, decorating, singing, word processing........the list is endless.
Our Christmas lunch was DELICIOUS!!!!! Thank you to all the cooks. We loved it!!
We are coming close to the end of the first term in Class 1. It has been a very busy term and we have been learning so many new things!!!!
We are working very hard on our Phase 3 sounds. We have reached the "igh" on our soundmat. How many can you remember?
We have been counting on and counting back in maths time. We are also learning to solve some tricky challenges. Can you remember how to count in two's? How far can you go?
We have had a very exciting visitor in our class this week. Her name is Sparkle and she is one of Santa's fairies. She has been leaving beautiful fairy dust all over our carpet every morning. She leaves us a letter to read each day. We think she is magical!!!! She decorated our Christmas tree for us and also left an advent calendar. We are looking forward to receiving more letters in the next few weeks.
We had special visitors to our school to explain how important it is to have good habits in the kitchen. We all enjoyed the show and worked as a team to help fix the problem.
On Friday the 11th November we all went out to the Environmental Area to commemorate Remembrance Day. It was a lovely service in our field of poppies.
We visited Aberdare museum today. We walked all the way there and all the way back!!! It was a long, long way but we were brilliant. Thank you to Ava's mam, Olivia's mam, Emily's mam and Cohen's mam for coming with us.
We have been extremely busy so far this term. We have been "super scientists".
We made some delicious Superhero pasta.
We have been finding out about a very famous real life Superhero. This is Florence Nightingale. Do you know why she is famous? How many facts can you remember?
We started our topic with a very tricky treasure hunt. We collected clues from around the school and the clues helped us to guess what our new topic was going to be!!!!
We then celebrated Roald Dahl's 100 th birthday.
We made our own dream jars just like the ones the BFG collected!!
We have lots more exciting things planned this year, we can't wait to share them with you.
Our last topic for this year is going to be "Wriggle and Crawl"
We will be investigating all things creepy and crawly!!!!
We can't wait!!!!
We are all ready for our Ugly Bug Ball. We have made our very own minibeast hats and tee shirts. We are all very excited!!!!
We hope you all enjoy the show.
Welcome back to the Summer Term. We are continuing our topic of
As part of our work on the weather, we carried out an investigation to find out which way the wind was blowing on Friday. We all wrote a little note and tied it to a balloon, we then gathered in the big yard and set our balloons off. It was very exciting to watch them disappear and we are hoping to get some of the tags returned to us.
Thank you to all of you that made some amazing "Windy objects" over the holidays!! We have made a wonderful display using them.
It was our Easter Bonnet Parade today!!! We really were Clever Little Bulbs!!!! Mrs Bowen and Mrs Jones were very proud of us. Thank you for your incredible bonnets, the children looked fantastic!!!!
This term has been a very short term!!! We have started looking at our new topic which is "Splendid Skies"
We have started our topic watching clips from Mary Poppins. We have written some amazing descriptions about the day Mary Poppins arrived.
We have had a very exciting morning. Paul from Zoolab brought a few of his animal friends to visit us in school. We LOVED it!!!!!
LOOK AT ALL THE WONDERFUL BOOKS WE SHARED IN SCHOOL TODAY!!! WHAT A FANTASTIC SELECTION. HOW MANY HAVE YOU READ?
St Davids Day 2016
We celebrated by wearing our Welsh costumes or rugby shirts
and we made Bara Brith.
We drew some fantastic castles for our competition.
Our winners were:
This half term we will be starting a new topic.
"Towers, Tunnels and Turrets"
We will be reading the fairy tale RAPUNZEL
We have been extremely busy building bridges that will allow the 3 Billy Goats Gruff cross to the other side of the river.
We had a very important visitor this morning. PC Price, she was very impressed that we knew all of the 5 emergency services. Can you remember them all?
We have just arrived back from the Coliseum. We went to watch the pantomime "Cinderella". We all decided it was fantastic. A brilliant treat for Christmas.
Kylie and Miley, the ugly sisters and the Fairy Godmother
This week we have been thinking about what we would like to be when we grow up. We have had lots of interesting ideas and a wide range of jobs.
We made delicious Christmas cakes. We hope you enjoyed them? The cookery room has been smelling wonderful.
Thank you for making some fantastic hedgehogs for our competition.
There were some great ideas and use of recycled materials.
We hope Santa enjoyed eating his treats off his special plates!!!
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