Well done to all Year 1 children for their efforts at our sports afternoon yesterday, they all had great fun and put in 100% effort, thank you to all parents who came along to support their children and make it an enjoyable event! This week in Year 1 we have started our new science enquiry ‘Amazing Animals’ where we are focussing on the different types of animals and their habitats and structure. We have also started a new text type in Literacy where we are looking at fantasy stories, we have read the story the Gruffalo and have been looking at and describing his character. We will be creating our own stories based around this over the next couple of weeks. In PE we have gymnastics coach who comes in on a Monday to work on basic gymnastic skills with the class. We are also learning invasions skills and games on our Friday PE sessions. In Art the children will complete their printing skills work then we will be focussing on the skill of textiles, where we will learn bout joining materials and eventually create our own fantasy animal puppets. Keep checking our blog for updates on our enquiry over the next few weeks!
I would just like to say a huge well done to Year 1 for their super assembly last week, the children were very excited and certainly did us proud with their lovely singing and speaking parts. Thank you to all parents who came along to support us and help with the learning of lines and costumes. In our final week of this half term we will be creating our own group reports about pets using the features and layout of a report such as a title, subheading and factual information. The children are really enjoying exploring non-fiction books and gaining knowledge from the reports they have read in guided reading. In Art we will be continuing with the skill printing and this week we will be using some natural materials to print with outdoors. We will continue to look at fractions and time in maths and carry out some activities to help us think about what we have learnt around these over the half term.
The children have worked so hard this half term and are really showing their readiness for Year 2 now, they should be proud of their hard work and achievements! I look forward to a busy and exciting week with them before our half term holiday!
Year 1 have had an exciting couple of weeks, we have begun our new enquiry all about the enchanted woodlands where we have started to look at plants and trees and have been collecting information from different sources such as photographs, non-fiction books and we have been working in the school grounds to collect leaves and clues, locate and name different plants and find information about the amazing outdoors! In literacy we have been focussing on the text type non-chronological reports, we have been looking at the features of non-fiction books and discussing the layout and learning how to navigate around them to find information. The children have really enjoyed learning lots of facts from these! We have also started creating our own fact file about pets, this week we have been focussing on dogs and creating simple reports about this. We will build up to creating an independent report about the enchanted woodlands including information we have found out about plants and trees in our school grounds. Don’t forget about our class assembly on Thursday 19th May, the children are extremely excited have been working very hard to learn their lines both in school and at home, thank you for your continued support with this. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Year 1 have been enjoying our enquiry all about seaside holidays in the past. Last week they enjoyed creating their holiday homes in their DT session with Mrs Sherlock! We have been very busy in literacy planning our recount of a seaside holiday in the past which the children will write this week in their independent writing journals. They have learnt lots of facts about what a holiday in the past was like from looking at two sources, photographs and non fiction texts. The children are now becoming more confident using non fiction texts and are beginning to recognise the features and layout of these compared to a fiction book. We have been focussing on this in our guided reading sessions too! I hope you have all had an enjoyable bank holiday weekend and I look forward to reading your weekend recounts about all the exciting things you have been doing!
Last week year 1 had an exciting start to our new enquiry, we had ice-cream at our seaside café and made our own puppet show stand! We have been busy making our own menus and recipes in our café too! We have started to look at seaside holidays in the past by looking at some photographs for clues of what a holiday in the past may have been like. This week we will continue with our enquiry and we have got some exciting visitors coming to see us! On Wednesday we will have a ‘Rock pool experience’, look out for photos and updates on the school website and twitter! In literacy we have been looking at the features of a recount and have been sharing recounts of our Easter holidays, day trips and visits to the park. This week we will orally recount out rock pool visit. The children really impressed me with their dance work this week where we focussed on activities you would do at the beach- Well done Year 1!
I hope you have all had a fabulous Easter break! Year 1 have got an exciting few weeks ahead ,our new enquiry is all about seaside holidays! The focus will be to compare a seaside holiday now to one in the past. We will be doing lots of exciting activities based on the seaside across the four weeks of our enquiry so keep looking out for photographs and updates of the activities we have been doing. In Literacy we will be focussing on recounts, both fact and fiction. This week we will learn about what a recount is and its features. We will also be telling our own recounts of what we have been doing over the Easter holidays. I look forward to seeing you all this week!
On Friday 18th March, each class took part in a sponsored race outside. The children were given a time limit to complete the events as a class. Events included skipping, press ups, hula hooping, bench presses, sit ups and ladder jumps! Music was also played to keep the children motivated. Some children even managed to surprise themselves with just how long they kept going for! It was a great day had by all, including me!
The ladies in the office counted up all the money that had been collected over the past few weeks and we managed to raise an impressive £500.72! Thank you so much to everybody who contributed towards this amount.
We had a great afternoon yesterday, the children loved being outdoors and enjoyed learning how to follow a route on a map. They enjoyed observing the map and spotting the things we could see on our route as we walked along. They have shown great interest and enthusiasm in our ‘If you go down to the woods…’ enquiry over the past couple of weeks. It has been lovely to see their mapping skills develop! Tomorrow we will complete our own maps of the playground and we have also developed our own key. Well done Year 1!
I would just like to say a big well done to year 1 for their fabulous performance this morning. They have worked extremely hard to put together their assembly in a short space of time since the holidays. Thank you to all our visitors too it was great to see so many proud faces watching the Year 1 children this morning!
It has been another eventful and energetic half term for sport at Unsworth! Across each week, every class takes part in 2 x one hour PE sessions. This involves the children taking part in a variety of sporting activities including gymnastics, invasion games and dance.
This half term, the focus has been on our dance curriculum within Y3 and Y5 by working alongside two trained dance coaches from Qfirst Sports to help enhance our teaching and learning. The children worked on a variety of coordination activities, balancing techniques and singular dance moves. Over the weeks, the children were taught how to put the separate moves together into a dance sequence. They practised mirroring, keeping in time and exercised every muscle in their body through stretching and movement. From a teacher’s point of view, it enabled me to visualise teaching dance in a different way, either based on the arrangement of the children or time spent on different aspects of dance. It also created many opportunities for dialogue between myself and the coach which informed my assessments. The purpose of having trained coaches in school is firstly for the enhancement of the curriculum for the children so that they have further sporting opportunities that are engaging, energetic and fun, but also to enable class teachers to reflect on their own practice and create vital assessment opportunities.
For the past six weeks, YR and Y1 have taken part in a dance club on a Wednesday after school. The coach worked on basic balancing techniques, coordination and rhythm. They also practised mirroring different dance movements and were given the opportunity to take part in a dance circle. After watching various sessions, it was clear to see how the children’s confidence grew from week to week. Some children seemed reluctant to take part in certain aspects of dance, mainly performing for a small audience. By the last week, all children could confidently perform their dance sequence for each other. During play times, I also spotted some of the Y1 children practising their sequences for some of the older children. Great moves!
Our Y2 ping pong club, every Thursday with Mrs Darby, has also proved to be a great success! The children have been building the skills needed to play a basic ping pong game such as control and coordination. Mrs Darby will now be inviting Y4 to her ping pong sessions after the half term break.
This year, I have started a sports crew with a group of 8 children from Y5 and Y6. We have had a great start! The idea is that the children initiate their own ideas for a sports club aimed at younger children. We discussed as a group an agenda for the upcoming weeks and how we were going to advertise the club. The children created sports crew posters using pic collage and put them up around school. They have also been busy creating certificates and planning fun activities to deliver. The children have now prepared 3 sessions to deliver to their first group of children. Y3 will be the first group to take part, 10 children have shown a keen interest and will join the sports crew on the first Wednesday back after half term.
The netball team are an absolute credit to the school! They train each Tuesday night and show dedication and enthusiasm week after week. This half term, the focus has been on positioning and playing as many matches as possible. The girls have learnt how to rotate positions so that they become familiar with the rules for each player on the court. It was a shame that their first match was cancelled last week due to bad weather, however the game will now be rearranged for after the half term. They are now ready for their upcoming 5 matches. As always, parents and carers are invited to all home games, letters will be sent out, like last week, to invite you to each game.
Y4 have enjoyed their first few weeks at Total Fitness for their swimming lessons. This year, due to having their sessions closer to school, the children can walk to their lessons. It also means that the children get more time in the pool. After speaking with staff who attend the sessions, they have mentioned how well behaved our children are and how hard they work once they are in the pool. The staff at Total Fitness are also challenging all children, regardless of their swimming abilities. Keep up the great work Y4!
The lunchtime leaders, a group of 8 Y6 children, are now confident at delivering their own sessions to the the younger children at lunchtime, after having support from Connor from QFirst Sports. Miss Costin said the leaders have been getting to know the Y1 and Y2 children and have been trying out some different activities for the children to take part in such as circuits, circle games and ball skills. The leaders were also delighted to receive their purple lunchtime leader caps!
On Wednesday, the whole school took part in a wakey shakey Wednesday workout to raise money for the NSPCC. The children (and staff) really enjoyed taking part in the event and felt alert and ready for the day ahead! Good fun had by all!
Finally, the Y6 children spent the last few days of the term at Robinwood. The children were faced with a variety of sporting opportunities such as canoeing, caving, climbing and archery. The children were challenged to take part in different adventures and teamwork opportunities, what a fantastic experience for our children! Read Mrs Reynolds’ blog to find out more.
So what is happening in the next half term?
Y2 and Y5 will have the curriculum support sessions with the focus being on hockey.
A hockey after school club will also start for certain year groups, the first week back. Letters have already been sent out for the relevant year groups.
The sports crew will kick start the term with a fast paced invasion game focused session for the Y3 children, sounds exciting!
Football training will recommence with Mr Evans every Friday, and the team will face their first friendly match with Hollins.
The netball team will continue their training each Tuesday and will play their 5 matches as part of the BJSSA league.
The cross country tournament will take place in March at Heaton Park, letters to follow.
We also have a Bury CC Junior Coach coming in to deliver some cricket sessions to the Y4, Y5 and Y6 children, letters to follow the first week back.
The lunchtime leaders will continue to create sporting activities for the younger children, working alongside Miss Costin.
Ping Pong sessions with Mrs Darby will start for the Y4 children, keep a look out for more information in the upcoming letters.
The after school children will also continue to have exciting sporting opportunities every Thursday and Friday, ask Miss Costin for more information.
Is your child interested in a particular sport? Are you looking for an out of school club? Since having our dance sessions in school this term, one child in Y3 has joined a dance club after talking with me about a possible dance club. If you would like any information regarding sports clubs for your child to attend outside of school, please ask me and I can point you in the right direction. We have a variety of links with out of school clubs such as football, cricket, netball, dance and gymnastics clubs within the local area, so please just ask. Mrs McLoughlin.