We were very lucky this week when Rob from British Cycling came back to visit us in school. He came in before the half term break to see us and teach us some skills on the balance bikes. The balance bikes are really important for helping us to develop lots of physical skills.
These are the pictures from Rob’s first visit.
We start each session by practising some skills, often holding onto the paper ‘handlebars’. Then we get to try out our new skills on the bike.
Rob said he was really impressed by the progress we are making and he could tell that we’d been practising in between our sessions. We go on the Muga every week to practise our skills.
Rob was so impressed he gave everyone a certificate to say well done 🙂
We’d love to know if your child has a bike a home. Do they have a balance bike or can they already ride a bike with pedals? Please complete a WOW moment or email us a photo of your child riding their bike.
Please ask for the email address in school if you don’t already have it.
We’ve had a few children talking about the dancing they do out of school recently. They’ve been really brave and have been doing demonstrations for the rest of the class.
We decided to watch a video of some people dancing. Miss Parker showed us some Ballet danced by professional ballet dancers. We were memorised and watched it without a sound or any movement. Some of us said we didn’t think grown ups could get their legs that high and some of us were surprised to see boys as well as girls dancing. We watched another clip later in the day and compared to two.
We asked Miss Oades to help us the next time she was in class as she used to do lots of dance when she was younger. We made our PE session a dance session and used lots of different types of music to see how we danced differently to different music.
Can you guess what sort of music we were listening to from looking at our moves?
We found it really interesting finding out about different types of dance. Well done to the girls who shared their home experiences of dance which led to everyone finding out more about different types of dance.
We were very lucky on Wednesday because Rachel came to do an extra Gymnastics session with us in the Hall. We had such a good time when we did gymnastics with her before everyone was very excited.
We had to remember everything we learnt before and see if we could still do it as well. It was a fantastic opportunity to refresh our memories.
We love gymnastics with Rachel and really hope we get to see her again sometime soon.
We had a lovely surprise this week when we found out that Rachel would be doing gymnastics with us each week now. We went to the Hall and had to listen very carefully to what she taught us. She taught us to make some special shapes with our bodies. She taught us some special new words-
tuck straddle pike
We had a great time learning gymnastics and can’t until next week when we see Rachel again.
Parents/ Carers- Please remember PE day is Wednesday. Thanks for sending all the PE kits, we just have a couple of children who still need a PE kit in school. Also please remember it is best to take earrings out on a Wednesday morning so children are safe in PE sessions.
We had a very busy Safety Week this year. As you know already we had a visit from Don and his ambulance on Monday. He helped us think about how to keep ourselves safe and how the ambulance and paramedics can help if we do have an accident. You can read more in the post here. We also wrote our own blog post about the visit which you can see here.
On Wednesday when we went to the Hall things looked a bit different. It didn’t look safe at all. What do you think would have happened if we’d have done PE without checking? It helped us think that we must always decide if something looks safe before we use it.
We did a lot of thinking all week about online safety and keeping safe when we use the computers. Tuesday was Safer Internet Day in school. We read the book Penguin Pig by Stuart Spendlow which helped us think about if we should believe everything we see on the computer. You can access the Penguin Pig website here and even find out how to get your own copy for home.
We also read Webster’s Bedtime by Hannah Waley. Webster finds it really hard to turn all his devices off at bedtime which stops him getting to sleep.
We’ve been seeing Hector on our computer all year but we watched a video with him in and talked about how he can help keep us safe too. You can watch the Hector’s World videos here.
We started to look at the different blogs of our friends in the different classes in school. The other classes also started sending us messages on this blog and telling us what they thought. When we’re writing comments on others blogs and also writing our own posts we have to remember the Blog Rules to make sure everyone stays safe and happy. You can see our Blog Rules here. If you want to look at the different blogs of the classes in school you can find them on our home page.
On Friday we had some special visitors from Y3 and Y4 come and see us. They had been making videos to help FS2 learn about staying safe online with Miss Croxall. It was great to have them come and visit and also to learn more about staying safe from them.
Parents/ carers- if you want to know more about what your child said and what their friends said about being safe online look in our Floor Book in class. The children made some interesting comments.
What have we been learning?
- how to stay safe online.
- that you can’t believe everything you see on a computer.
- to be as kind on computers as we are in real life.
How can you help at home?
We had a lovely surprise on Friday when Gareth from British Judo came to school. We’d been hearing about some of the other children in school who’d been to sessions with him and it sounded really good fun. We were excited for our turn.
We had to be really good at listening to instructions and doing what Gareth told us. He told us we could be bears, wiggly worms or frogs and this would make our bodies strong. Then we learnt how to fall over properly! We had to make our bodies strong and fall over backwards with a roll. Everyone did amazingly well and Gareth was very impressed.
WELL DONE EVERYONE!!!
When it was Bonfire Night we had lots of fun learning about fireworks. There were lots of activities to do in our classroom to really get us thinking about what the fireworks looked like and sounded like. We even had a go at moving our bodies like the fireworks.
Once we’d done all the different activities we turned our ideas into poems on the computer. Miss Parker found a programme which meant the words moved and made sounds! We had to sound out to spell the words and think carefully which letters made those sounds.
Look at some of our finished poems… Can you read them back looking at the sounds and letters?
Pictures of the poems are coming soon!
You can look in our floor book to see some more of our learning.
What have we been learning?
- To think about Bonfire Night using all of our senses.
- To think about how we can move like fireworks.
- To make pictures and models of fireworks looking carefully what we want them to look like.
- To sound out to spell new words and find the letters to make the sounds.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Talk about different sounds and what makes the sounds. You can look on the Phonics Play website on the Phase 1 Sound Starters. Look in your homework book for the password.
- Try and sound out to spell some other simple words. Do you know what the letters look like for each sound?
- Think about the different times of year we have fireworks. Which celebrations often have fireworks?