Badger Class 2021-2022
Welcome to Badger Class.
We are very excited to teach your children this year. If you have any questions please feel free to write in your child's reading diary or speak to me at the end of the day.
Be sure to check this page regularly to see what exciting things we have been up to!
A few reminders:
PE is on Wednesdays. Please bring your named PE kit (t-shirt, shorts and trainers/plimsolls) to school every Monday, it will stay in school for the week and returned to you on Friday.
Forest School afternoon is on Thursdays.
Library day is Wednesday.
Please visit Children > Home Learning > Year 1 on the website to find all the resources referenced in the presentation.
Curriculum Evening Presentation.
Passengers on the Titanic
This week in History we have been learning about some of the passengers that were aboard the Titanic. We learnt about the different classes of passengers and use our inference skills to work out which classes we think these passengers would have been in.
In computing this half term we are developing our digital literacy skills. We started by using tools to create a digital image of the Titanic, testing out and then choosing the most appropriate drawing tools we could use. Don't they look fantastic!
Science and Outdoor Learning Week
Welcome back! We had a great week enjoying lots of Science, Art and Forest School activities. In Science we have been carrying out a range of investigations and thinking about the skills Scientists need. In Art we looked at the work of Brian Wildsmith and used this as inspiration for drawing, painting, collage and sculpture. In Forest school we enjoyed a range of activities and developing our 7 R's, which are our school learning behaviours. We also enjoyed a special treat - toasting marshmallows over an open fire with Mr Wood! Yum yum!
We ended the half term with a lovely day celebrating everything Royal in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. We planted a new tree in the school grounds and enjoyed getting creative, before a lovely picnic lunch with our families. What a wonderful day!
Forest school in the sunshine
We enjoyed another fun filled week at Forest School, this time enjoying the sunny weather!
Supertato to the rescue!
We had lots of fun taking part in Pyjamarama day and enjoying the adventures of Supertato! He evil pea had stolen the fish fingers for our lunch so we had to make our own superheroes to save the day. Thankfully they did and we enjoyed our lunch…phew!
We enjoyed a fabulous sports week, ending with a fun sports morning. We had a great time and we think the parents enjoyed watching us too!
We had a very enjoyable last day of term with all things Easter! We especially enjoyed the Easter egg hunt with a special surprise at the end of it! Yum yum!
Have a lovely Easter holidays Badger class, and we will look forward to seeing you when you come back. :)
This week in Maths we have been learning the number bonds to 10, and then using these to find other related facts. For example, if we know that 7+3=10, then we also know that 3+7=10, 10-7=3 and 10-3=7!
St. Lucia day
To celebrate all the amazing learning we have done as part of our St. Lucia topic we enjoyed a day celebrating everything St. Lucia! One of the highlights was a chance to listen to and then play the steel drums. They were lots of fun to play!
The Living Rainforest
We enjoyed a fantastic trip to The Living Rainforest. We saw lots of exotic plants and exciting animals...some of us even got to see the sneaky sloth who likes to hide from the visitors!
This week Mrs Harmon's friend had gone missing! We were detectives and we used the clues to work out who her friend was...it was Rapunzel! Then we read the story of Rapunzel and acted out some of the scenes from the story, thinking about using our body language and facial expressions to show how the characters were feeling.
We have enjoyed a fantastic book week with Winnie the Witch getting up to all kinds of mischief around the school. We enjoyed lots of Winnie the Witch stories, wrote our own non-fiction text about snow leopards (to replace the ones Winnie had made disappear!) and made a fire-breathing dragon as well as a sliding cat popping out of a house. We also enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day. What a wonderful way to start the new half term!
Well, what an unexpected early finish to the half term! Today school was shut because of Storm Eunice, but thankfully we had some fantastic weather reporters on hand to keep us up to date with what was happening! Well done Badger reporters!
Weather report 1
Weather report 2
Weather report 3
Weather report 4
We took part in Number Day to raise money for the NSPCC. We had lots of fun completing maths activities whilst wearing our numbered clothes! We even thought about our favourite numbers…do you have a favourite number?
Let’s visit St. Lucia!
As part of our geography learning we looked at reasons why tourists visit St. Lucia. We thought about the physical and human features and why this might make someone want to visit.
Forest school fun!
We had another great Forest School afternoon in the sunshine. We were learning to tie knots, having fun balancing on the tyres and getting muddy again!
At the beginning of the week we received a letter from Mr Wood and Fox Class to say they had heard something in the bushes in the woodland area. So, like explorers, we set off to find out what it was. To our surprise we found a chameleon! Where had that come from? We researched chameleons and found out lots about them. We then found a missing poster from the zoo...that was where he had escaped from! So we decided it was best to send him back where he came from.
As a special treat to start the term, we had a visit from a pantomime company. We got to watch a performance of 'Snow White' which we all enjoyed. What a lovely way to start the new term!
We had so much fun on the last day of term with lots of Christmassy things to enjoy! We followed the tinsel trail around the school which led us to a very special visitor (with a little help from Zoom!). Luckily we were all on the nice list so received a gift from him. We also met lots of farmyard animals and finished the term with a lovely Christmas picnic. What a great way to end a super term in Badger class! See you in the New Year.
Great Fire of London day
To celebrate the end of our Great Fire of London topic, today we designed and made houses to represent how the houses would have looked in 1666. Sadly the weather was too wet and windy to be able to burn them, but we were able to do this a few days later. We tried hard to put the fire out using water squirters and buckets of water but it was no use! Instead Mrs Giles-Cox had to use fire hooks to pull some of the houses down to stop the fire spreading and save some of London!
Children in Need
Today was Children in Need day! We spent the day in our pyjamas and did lots of Pudsey activities, including trying to solve the problem of putting his new bandana design together. It was a fun day and we raised lots of money for charity.
We were incredibly lucky to have a visit from the author Neil Griffiths this week. He read us his story of 'Itchy Bear' and got lots of the adults to join in too! It was so much fun and inspired us all to be authors just like him.
We enjoyed a fun-filled Arts Week with lots of firework themed activities! We use paint mixing and oil pastels to create beautiful silhouette pictures, designed our own fireworks, made splatter painting pictures to represent the fireworks in the dark night sky and made our own breadstick sparklers. What a busy week we had!
In PE this week we have been doing dance. We used the ribbons to try and make shapes like flames burning and thought about how to move in time with the music. It was lots of fun!
Fire Service visit
This week we were very lucky to have a visit from the Fire Service. They taught us all about how to stay safe, what to do if there was a fire and we also learnt about what the different emergency services do. See if your child can tell you the rhyme we leant about matches to make sure we are safe!
What a mess!
The children came back from playtime on Monday to find a big mess in the classroom. We didn't know what had happened but made predictions about who it could have been. But on Tuesday we found a book called "Where the Wild Things Are" with a note saying 'Read me' on the front of it so we think it must have been a Wild Thing who destroyed our classroom! Later in the week we acted out the story and wrote a description of what the Wild Thing looked like.
On Monday we received a letter from Basingstoke Fire Station asking if the class could help to write instructions to tell the new firefighters how to put a fire out. We learnt about instructions and how to write them, before having a go at writing them. Have a look at some of our super independent writing below!
Basing Woods trip
This week for our Forest School afternoon we enjoyed a walk to Basing Woods. It was lovely to get out and see our local environment. We looked for signs of seasonal change and predicted what we thought would be different next time we visited. Then we had lots of fun building dens.
In Science this half term we are going to be learning about Materials. This week we started by looking at the names of different types of materials and then trying to find objects made of these materials around the classroom. Maybe you could go on a material hunt around your house to see what materials you can find!
Forest School Fun!
What a super first week of Forest School in Badger class. Dens, digging for dinosaurs and dragon's breath fire strikers, as well as good balancing on the obstacle course.
A special visitor
Earlier this week we had a visit from Samuel Pepys who told us all about what he saw during the Great Fire of London and what happened during the events in 1666. It was fun to learn lots of facts and some of us got to dress up to act out things that happened.
We have had a great first week settling into Badger Class. We have been busy getting to know our friends, teachers and our new classroom as well as taking part in lots of fun activities. Have a look at these photos to see a few of the things we have been up to!