Year 1 Phonics Meeting

On Wednesday night, both Year one classes had a phonics meeting. Most of the parents from Year one went.

Phonics is a sound that helps you to start reading. The phonics meeting was about when they do the phonics screening test they always do at the end of year. They also challenged the parents to work out some phonics sounds. Mrs Wardell and Miss Gardener showed the parents a normal phonics lesson and how they learn.

I hope all the parents liked the meeting and will hopefully come to next year’s Year 2 meeting. It sounded extremely informative and will hopefully help children reading at home.

By Freya and Mia

1W’s Class Assembly

On Friday 17th of May, Year 1 performed an assembly about their trip to Skipton Castle. They explained about how the castle was made and how people used to live in it.

First they started off by introducing the assembly and showed pictures of the front of the castle and told us about the features on it. They spoke about the different rooms and places inside and outside of the castle. Their favourite place in the building was the dungeon because it was dark,cold and scary.

1W were taught where to build a castle by their instructor: they told us that you needed to build it near a river so that enemies couldn’t get to it. It also had to be built with high walls so that no enemies could climb over them. Finally towards the end they sang a song about castles.

What an enjoyable and informative assembly! Well done 1W.

By Aminah.

Year 1 trip to Skipton castle

On Tuesday, 1W and 1G went to Skipton castle.They had a brilliant day and not a drop of rain fell to the floor! They learnt about the history behind it and what life was like living inside of it!

Firstly, the excited children entered the old castle with fading stone and met their tour guide before walking into the room (the kitchen). In the kitchen, there was a large oven used to cook bread and meat. Did you know that in the banquet hall the poor people where given the bad food and the rich people get the tasty food.

Later, they entered the dungeon and that was when they got scared because the tour guide turned off all of the lights to show what the prisoners had to go through every day. How terrifying! In the end, Year 1 had an amazing time visiting Skipton and learnt lots about castles in their first hand experience. We’re sure they would love to visit again.

By Mia and Aminah.

Year 1 Reading Cafe

Every Friday morning, Year 1 invite their parents into class for a half- an- hour long reading cafe where kids pick one of their favourite books and read it to their parents. While they are reading, their teacher, Miss Gardener or Mrs Wardell , put on some nice relaxing  music but really it is some Disney music. During their reading, they talk about their book with their grown up. They ask and answer questions about what they have learnt.

Overall, every single child loved it and couldn’t wait for the next time their parents wonder into their classroom and listen to them read. This will be next Friday!

By Daniel

KS1 Bedtime Stories

On Thursday evening, KS1 came after school to take part in their Bedtime Stories event, which was held in the hall. They were very excited and were all dressed cosily in their pyjamas, slippers and dressing gowns along with a cute cuddly toy each. Not only that, but each child came with their favourite books, to read and to share with their friends and read to their parents, who loved seeing how much progress their child had made.

Snuggling with their teddy bears, KS1 watched a clip of Julia Donaldson, who is their class author, reading Stick Man and absolutely loved it. Talking all about the clip, the children listened to Mrs Pinder reading one of the children’s favourite book, which was really fun and they all enjoyed. Looking forward to their hot chocolate, every child read to their parents, who were really proud of their child’s reading skills and how they had come on throughout the year, and also encouraged them all to read at home more.

Sipping their hot chocolate, everybody watched Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? and licked their lips, which were covered in a hot chocolate moustache! KS1 absolutely loved it and wished the night would never end!

By Mckensey and Emily Mae

1W class assembly

Today, 1W performed an amazing assembly where they talked  all about Sikhism the religion. Did you know that the religion began with Guru Nanak? Year One do!

They began by explaining that the religion is over 500 years old and that people had to were turbans as a sign of respect. Then, they started to talk about where Sikhs pray called a Gurdwara. In the Gurdwara, they have a holy book similar to a bible furthermore, it was called The Guru Granth Sahib with exactly 1430 pages -it would take you 48 hours to read overall. The book contains adventures of Guru Nanak when he was alive. To this day, there has been 10 Guru’s altogether.

1W’s assembly was awesome! They pulled it of amazingly everyone really enjoyed it!

By Alex and Taylor

Reception and Year 1 & 2 Christmas Production

On Monday and Tuesday, Reception and Year 1 & 2 finally revealed their Christmas Production to the whole school after months of practising and perfecting their performance! Reception’s nativity ( A King Is Born) was a upbeat, fun story all about a mummy, daddy, grandma and grandad who were telling the Christmas story to their four children on Christmas Eve. They spoke confidently and clearly to their audience, and enjoyed it as they were performing – they sang four different songs with fantastically loud and brave voices starting with It’s Christmas Eve! Dancing to the upbeat music, Reception remembered all of their lines and a special well done to the four main characters the mummy, daddy and grandma and grandad! To finish it off, the children carried on to sing three more songs, Over 2000 years ago, The Three Kings and Glory Glory. Well done Reception class!

Moving over to KS1, their wonderful performance began with the title Hey Ewe! And yes it does say ewe, which is a sheep! After months of practicing with Mrs Scott (the kind producer and teacher) they finally perfected it and showed us how it went. Of all the sheep in the flock, the smallest, youngest ewe was the most inquisitive and curious and was always busy making trouble under the shepherds feet. She was always asking silly questions and to the annoyance of the rest of the flock, she never stopped talking! The little sheep always had to know what was going on! However, one night, while all the other sheep were sleeping, that little ewe wouldn’t rest and knew something was different in the air.

Throughout the production, KS1 re-enacted the story of Christmas and the baby sheep’s reaction to baby Jesus and the angels news. With comedy and humour, the actress for the curious ewe was fantastic in learning her lines and acting it out perfectly through the rest of the performance. KS1 also sang a number of upbeat, happy songs which were: Hustle Bustle, Something’s Going On, How Much Further to Bethlehem?, Calypso Kings, Hey Ewe!, Gospel Angels and A King Is Born!

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the children from KS1 and Reception performed twice to a hall packed full of their parents, they must be shattered now but they did a fantastic job.
The children really enjoyed learning their lines and perfecting and performing their production. Check out their nativity productions below and leave a comment.

By Mckensey

Yr1 visit Rodley Nature Reserve

This week Year 1 went on a trip to Rodley Nature reserve. 1P went on Tuesday and 1W went on Thursday and from speaking to the children it sounds like they had a brilliant time! After a short coach ride they arrived at the Nature Reserve and walked around the entire place looking for items to add to sticky boards. These items included leaves, flowers, feathers and empty snail shells. After an exciting morning they had their lunch before starting their exciting afternoon activities! They had the chance to go pond dipping, mini-beast hunting and learning all about bees. Did you know that a honey bee only produces half a medicine spoon of honey in its lifetime? That’s why it is so important to take care of our bees! After this it was time to return to school before the end of the day. Theo from 1W said “It was the best trip ever!”
Have a look at the pictures below to see for yourself.

1W’s class Assembly

Today Mrs Wardell’s class held an assembly all about castles and their  time at Skipton Castle! To start they explained what a castle was for and the features like having small archway windows which  were used for archers to shoot arrows at the enemy’s. Also they used to have a draw bridge with a mote underneath it. Then they started to talk about their time on their trip. They explained the dungeons that they went into and that you could’ve been trapped in for 13 weeks! They had to learn 2 songs about their topic for the assembly, which they sang wonderfully! They did a fantastic job of remembering all the words on top of their lines. It was a great assembly, check it out in the video below.

by Alex