The Sound of Samba
Visiting musician Neil Evans has been working with the Year 1 classes over the last few weeks. Following on from some work on rhythms, this week the studio rang to the sound of samba. Surdos, tamborims, ganzas, agogo bells and other brazilian instruments combined with various rhythms to create a samba band. The children learnt about the instruments and also created a repinique, where the leader plays a rhythm and the children then respond with a given rhythmic pattern. We could hear the beat from across the playground and the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
I have just come away from school full of pride having heard our Year 1 recorder club perform to their parents. They have been learning recorder with Mrs Cathy Murray for a period of ten weeks now and they were so excited, if not a little nervous, to show what they have achieved. Playing a musical instrument takes dedication, patience, concentration and so much more. The session demonstrated the various skills that they have learnt including correct posture, concentrated listening, reading music, playing as part of an ensemble, conducting, as well as actually making a tuneful sound on the recorder. They were so proud of themselves and they truly are 'musicians'. Well done children, and a big thank you to Mrs Murray for giving them such a great start in their musical journeys.
"Mrs Murray is a good teacher. I really liked the gymnastics song." Harvey
"I liked the Buzzy Bee song because I've never actually tried honey!" Owen
"I loved learning songs and how to put our fingers on the recorder." Nieve
"Recorder club is a really good experience. The concert was really exciting." Lucie
Otters' Blashford visit
The adventures come to an end...
Jim, the ranger, commented on the last day of Year 1 visits, how polite and well-behaved the Queen's Park Infant Academy children had been all week, and how respectful of all the wildlife they had been. We were truly amazed, and in awe, at the wonderful variety of wildlife that we saw.
We were very fortunate to get to see the moths from the moth trap, where they are kept safe during the day before being released again at night. The amazing camouflage of some of the moths provided the perfect illustration for all that we had been learning about camouflage in school.
Being the Otters class, Jim went and found something special for us to see....not a real live otter but what it leaves behind after eating!! Ask the children - they even got to sniff it and discovered that otter droppings do not smell unpleasant!
At the end of the day the children were overheard saying things like,
"We can't go yet - we've only just got here!"
" I wish we could start the day again!" (Cameron)
"I wish we could travel back in time to have this day again."
"I wish our school was nearer so we could come here every week." (Alfie)
"I didn't think I would catch anything, but I did."
"I didn't catch anything in the pond at first but then I caught a baby newt." (Isabelle)
"The moths were awesome."
"I loved wading in the river, I could do it all day!"
The children will be bringing home leaflets from Blashford Lakes, and there is a website. It is open to the public and there are beautiful walks through the woods and around lakes. Dogs are not allowed in the Nature Reserve but it is well worth a visit. It is just off the main road to Salisbury - check the website first as it is not signed off the main road. A hidden gem.
Some of Foxes' comments about their day:
"I liked learning about all the creatures" - Maya
"The meadow was brilliant and we could catch and look at different insects" - Harry
"I loved working with Lily in the water and finding lots of creatures" - Jessica
"I loved the bird hide watching the birds and the squirrels waiting for the food to drop at the bottom of the feeders" - Evie
Year 1 visit to Blashford Lakes
Here is Hedgehogs adventure.....
What a glorious day to explore the beautiful nature reserve that is Blashford Lakes. Monday morning and the sun was shining brightly so we filled our water bottles and made sure we all had our sunhats before boarding our coach. We altered our programme to make sure that we were able to introduce the children to the three varied habitats despite the high temperature.
After arriving and finding the classroom to leave our bags and wellies we tiptoed silently through the forest to see what we could spot from one of the woodland hides. The children were brilliant at keeping quiet and, as we remained silent, so the birds gradually came to feed from the various feeders outside our windows. We managed to identify a Green Finch, a Blue Tit and a Jay.
" I loved it when I saw the birds, it was really amazing to see them so close." Samantha
We then had a lesson on pond dipping. The children all had a dip and then plenty of opportunity to observe their catch very closely with plastic spoons, microscopes and sorting trays. They were fascinated at the plethora of life that lurked beneath the water.
Before the sun got too high we took the children to the beautiful meadow where they were spread out along mown paths and asked to sit and look into the long grasses ahead of them. They were challenged to sit and wait and become part of the meadow. Looking out, all you could see were bright sun hats dotted amongst the vegetation! As we sat in silence so we were surrounded by the sounds of crickets, bees and gorse popping, watching the various insects fly by, and sometimes land upon us. Long nets were then given out so we could sweep through the grasses and find out what range of mini beasts lived in there. Plenty of grasshoppers, spiders and damselflies were caught in the nets for us to have a closer look before being set free back into the meadow.
We then returned to the cool classroom for a spot of lunch before heading out to the shaded bridge across the river. Here we learnt about how the river differs from the pond and were shown how to do river dipping. Armed with our wellies, we waded out and began roughing up the stones to see what creatures hid beneath. The children were hugely excited to spot a frog hiding amongst the greenery on the banks. After we'd emptied our wellies it was sadly time to go. We boarded the wonderfully cool, air conditioned coach and headed back to school all talking animatedly about all the wonderful sights and sounds we'd experienced.
"I love doing pond dipping because I caught creatures and I can get so close."
"When I got to the pond I learnt how to pond dip. It was fun! You have to make sure you swipe a few times, then you might catch something."
"I liked putting my net in the pond to see what creatures I could find."
"The insects I caught looked massive through the microscope. The stick insect looked huge!"
"I felt happy. I looked at the pond and I saw a creature move. It was scary at first but the teacher said it is a newt. I saw a water boatman, it was funny, it went on it's back."
"I caught a wiggly leech, it was long when it wiggled."
"The green frog hid in the green leaves by the river."
In the meadow....
"I didn't think I'd see anything but I saw ten things. I saw a blue damselfly and a bee right next to me."
Year 1 Spring term - "The Gingerbread Man"
Our Year 1 learning, linked to our Gingerbread Man theme this term, focuses on developing a geographical vocabulary related to places and landmarks in our local area, and understanding and creating maps. The Gingerbread Man has been most helpful in leaving a trail of evidence of where he has been around Bournemouth! In Science we link into properties of materials, particularly those used for building, and exploring those that might be waterproof (what could the Gingerbread Man shelter under if he wants to keep dry when it is raining?). Making delicious gingerbread men gives first-hand experience of how some materials change when cooked.
In our Literacy we are developing writing skills as we explore ideas of what might have happened to our Gingerbread Man, ask questions of the characters in the story, describe places and characters with lots of interesting adjectives, and read and tell many versions of the story. The classrooms are buzzing with all the creative ideas that the children are generating both at school and at home. What wonderful homelearning has come in, some of which we have displayed in the school - some of which we have eaten!
Alongside all of this we are continuing to learn our phonics, with sounds such as ie (pie), ea (sea), ou (out), ay (day) and many more of the Phase 5 phonemes, develop our reading skills. In mathematics our number brains are working with higher order numbers (up to 100) and understanding the value of each digit (place value).
We are really looking forward to our trip to Bournemouth and hope the sun shines!