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Newburn Manor Primary School

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Magnificent Moving Pictures

It has been DT and Art Week this week at Newburn Manor and Year 1 have been busy making moving pictures! We split up our week into four stages:  



Stage 1 - Research

We read moving picture books and gathered some ideas that we could use later. We also had a go at making sliders and levers for the first time and discussed what worked best.



Stage 2 - Design

Next we drew our idea down and thought about which part of the picture would move and how we could make that happen. We really impressed with our use of new vocabulary such as 'slider', 'lever' and 'pivot'!

Stage 3 - Make

Then, we got busy turning our ideas into real-life moving pictures! We started by mixing colours to make a beautiful sea background before collaging our chosen animals. Lots of bright colours were used to make our moving pictures exciting to look at.

Stage 4 - Evaluate

Finally, we evaluated our final products by discussing what we liked about them and how we could make them even better next time. Ideas ranged from making the cardboard strip stronger so it didn't fall over, adding a guide onto the back of the sliders so they stayed in place and even adding layers to the pictures that our animals could 'dive' behind!


Have a look at the photographs below to see some of our fantastic final products:

Check out this link to the Forest School group and all of the fun things we have been up to.

Animal Art

We've had great fun this week studying patterns in the animal world.  We talked about our favourite animals and which of the beautiful colours  and patterns we liked the most. We asked the question, 'How can we make all of the colours that we can see in our favourite animals'? To make our art look realistic, we mixed primary colours to create secondary colours, like orange. When studying different animals further, we recognised that some animals colours were pale and that some were dark. We studied dark and light versions of many different colours and we learned that we can use black and white paint to change the tone of these colours. With all of these new paints at our disposal, we created our animal patterns. Have a look at our fantastic results below!

We are unique human beings

Over the last few weeks, we have completed lots of fun activities around our family and the people who are important to us. We have been learning about ourselves as humans and we have identified similarities and differences between ourselves and other animals. We have been talking about the different groups to which we belong, what we like doing and the things which make us unique. 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

We have enjoyed learning about our senses this week while writing in the first person as the tiger from the story of 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' by Judith Kerr.  What might the Tiger see, hear, smell, taste or feel while he was in Sophie's house? What other delicious foods could he taste if he ate with the family in the cafe that night?  We designed our own menus for The Moonlight Cafe which we really enjoyed.

What a wonderful world we live in!

We have been studying our amazing planet and learning new facts about our world. We know that most of Earth's surface is covered in water and that the oceans and the land masses can be seen from space. We also know that the world has seven continents and we have been learning to recall their names and to locate them on maps of the world. We now know that we live in the UK which is in Europe! We also know that the largest continent is Asia. We can't wait to find out more exciting facts about our wonderful world over the coming weeks.  

We love working with numbers!

We have been counting forwards and backwards within 10, counting groups of objects or pictures accurately, comparing groups of objects or pictures using mathematical language like 'more', 'less', 'smallest' and 'greatest' and finding one more and one less than a given number. We are enjoying consolidating our knowledge of numbers to 10 and showing off our mathematical skills. 

Forest School

One half of our class have been to Forest School this week with Mr Vyle. They had so much fun searching for blackberries to turn into jam. They ate the jam on hot buttered toast- yum! They also had a great time using the leftover berries to paint. Take a look at Mr Vyle's Forest School pages in Pupils/Forest School.

Welcome back!

The children have made a great start to Year 1 this week!

They are settled into their new classroom and they are adapting well to new routines. They are all enthusiastic and ready to learn and it has been wonderful to see their smiling faces each day in our classroom. This half term our topic is 'What a Wonderful World'. We will be learning all about the world we live in through our Geography unit and we will also be learning about animals and humans as part of our Science unit of work. In our English lessons, we will read a variety of non-fiction and fictions texts this half term. This week we learned all about farm animals and farms. Over the next few weeks we will be reading lots of exciting stories involving animals like 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' by Judith Kerr and 'That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown' by Cressida Cowell. In maths, we are consolidating our knowledge of numbers to 10 through counting forwards and backwards, adding and subtracting and through reading and writing numerals in figures and in words. We will also have the opportunity to attend Forest School with Mr Vyle.

We can't wait to get moving on our learning journey! Watch this space!