Children Should be Seen and Not Heard!
Queens Park Infant Academy was not quite the usual bustling, smiling place we all know as the children arrived on Monday 18th November. Instead, they were greeted at the classroom doors by Victorian school mistresses and masters requesting their pennies in return for their education.
All looked wonderful in their clothing of the time and we'd like to thank you all for your support.
Children were seated in lines as they had hand inspections and quickly had to learn to address their teachers appropriatly as Sir or Mam. During the day they experienced what time in a Victorian school room might have been like. Tables were taught by rote and writing on slates with chalk proved tricky (and messy)! They also made peg dolls, drew portraits of Queen Victoria aswell as taking part in drill; exercise which would have been done on a daily basis. Children and staff fully participated in the role-play and through it have been able to compare the experience with their personal modern day school lessons and day.
The first groups of children from Otters and Hedgehogs' classes have just completed their six weeks of swimming lessons. The first sessions saw a mixture of emotions, a few children not having been in a swimming pool alone before. However, within the first ten minutes the smiles were on all faces and they were having great fun blowing bubbles and powering themselves across the pool with lots of kicking legs! The pride in themselves as children's confidence grew was lovely to see. Those children who were already confident swimmers were positioned in the deeper water and as the lessons progressed their swimming strokes were developed. Our final session focused on water safety. Children were taught about where it's safe to swim, how to float and what to do if they get into trouble in water.
Blashford Lakes 2019
Year Ones enjoyed their trips to Blashford Lakes. They had the opportunity to watch mini beasts crawl around in the meadow, wade in the river and catch wildlife whilst pond dipping – some were even lucky enough to catch a newt! The children showed great interest when thinking about each creature’s habitat and they loved seeing what they looked like up close.
One child said, “I absolutely loved it today.”
Another said, “That was better than sitting and working at school all day.”
Finally, I will leave you with these lovely words said by a boy in Otters,
“These trees are beautiful; they are as tall as skyscrapers.”
Year One Team
QPIA take to the air!
Year One children enjoyed our flight around the world. They visited all seven continents and saw many natural and man-made landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, the Sydney Opera house and the Eiffel Tower. The children followed their map carefully as we flew from continent to continent. After a quick mid-flight snack, served attentively by the air hostesses, the children arrived back home safely and continued discovering interesting facts from around the world. We learnt a new song to help us remember the different continents…maybe your child could teach you it at home!
We hope all the children in Year One continue to enjoy learning about our topic as we fly through the term.
Year One team.
Monday 19th November 2018...or was it!?!?
Year 1 go back in time!
It all started with a letter…
Year 1 children discovered a time capsule left behind by a girl in 1856. Inspired by this, we started learning about life in Victorian times and have talked about toys, clothing and jobs children had.
On Monday the children were transported to a traditional Victorian school, and even wore traditional Victorian clothing! Year 1 children participated in hand writing (on “blackboards”), made traditional peg dolls, drew the current queen (Queen Victoria) and visited the “gymnasium” to participate in drill lessons. The children enjoyed dressing up but they did not like the idea of being a Victorian child. One child said, “The teachers were really strict and children had to go to work!”
Year 1 team
An ambulance visits the school!
Don't worry, everybody was ok, especially the children of Year 1 who thoroughly enjoyed their visit from two paramedics based in Bournemouth. The children got to try on some of the equipment and found out what paramedics do and how they look after us. The visit was topped off by a tour inside the ambulance and a test of the sirens. They were very loud!
Year 1 team.
Autumn Term 2018
3rd October 2018
Year 1 met an author.
Author Lynda Stewart came to tell us about her journey from being a pet-loving teacher to being a published author of ‘Who’s in my bowl’. Her charming story and illustrations were inspired by a real-life event in the lives of her two guinea pigs. The children enjoyed joining in with her story and were able to do some follow-up activities and talk to Mrs Stewart in class.
Mrs Stewart is returning after half term for an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of her book. Date to follow.
Surprise During Spring Walk! 18th April 2018
With the sun shining, Year 1 decided it was the perfect day to go for a walk to spot signs of spring. The children were very excited to see the pretty blossoms, beautiful bluebells and the celandines growing around the pond. As we approached the Chestnut tree we noticed some broken twigs and plants. Imagine our astonishment when, after further investigation, we realised it was the largest footprint we’d ever seen! We looked for more clues and, high in the branches of the tree, we spotted a bag. We brought it back to the classroom and looked inside to discover some of longest and strangest words. It’s lucky we are good at our phonics as we were able to decode some of them but it has left us wondering where they’ve come from. In the bag we also found some shiny, patterned beans. As the children began to discuss ideas of where the bag and the footprint may have come from thoughts turned to a familiar story they knew. Could the bag have been left behind by the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk?
Hunt for The Gingerbread Man - Spring Term 2018
A beautiful sunny morning on Monday for Foxes trip to hunt for the Gingerbread Man. We wrapped up warm as, despite blue skies and bright sunshine, it was a very chilly morning. We were very excited to see a double decker bus pull up to the bus stop at St Francis Church. We climbed aboard and all got to sit on the top deck. When we arrived at Bournemouth Pier there were lots of building works going on so we carefully made our way round to the pier. On the telescope we saw a little gingerbread man hanging. It was a clue! Very excited, we made our way along the pier to the very end where the zip wire begins. We knew the Gingerbread Man had been here as we'd seen photos on the CCTV! The views out to sea and back towards Bournemouth were lovely. We spotted Old Harry Rocks. The children were able to point out Hengistbury Head and the Isle of Wight. We identified various landmarks and enjoyed watching a surfer trying hard to stay upright in the breaking waves. We continued our walk, looking for clues under the flyover and into the Lower Gardens. Here we found another clue and as it suggested, spotted lots of squirrels whilst we ate our fruit on some benches in the sunshine. We carried on, following the clues and talking about the various sights we saw as we passed the Bandstand, Crazy Golf and made our way to Pine Walk. At the aviary a lady was cleaning out the birds. She had a fan tailed pigeon in her hood. When we asked her about it she said it had been poorly so she'd taken it home to nurse it better and now, whenever she goes to clean it finds her and sits on her shoulder! We also spotted the Parrot who said 'Hello' to us. He couldn't tell us anymore about the Gingerbread Man but we did find another clue by the cage. Having collected some small sticks we played Pooh Sticks on one of the little bridges across the River Bourne. We talked about why Bournemouth has it's name. It was nearly time to catch the bus but as we looked at the fountain in the gardens we found a black envelope addressed to us. It was a letter from the Gingerbread Man. He was very impressed that we'd followed his trail but has decided that the world is a very big place and he'd like to explore further so we are awaiting a postcard!
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!