Step into the Jungle with Year One

This term Year one have been learning about the artist Henri Rousseau.

We explored his famous painting ‘Surprised’ and talked about the colours and textures we could see.

We learnt about the fore ground, middle ground and back ground in a picture and discussed where to place animals to achieve a planned effect.

As part of our project we studied different plants, sketching and colour mixing to create images similar to Henri’s style of work.

       

We then chose to create a ‘hidden toucan’ or ‘hidden tiger’ picture and used oil pastels as our preferred medium.

      

We think our toucan and tigers look terrific!

 

 

A slimy surprise!

Last week Year one received some very strange parcels! Class 3 had a visit from some sea snails whilst class 4 met Simon the land snail!       

We talked about where they might have come from and noticed that we had also been left the story ‘The Snail and the Whale’.

After reading the story we found out the snail had travelled around the world visiting different places.  We discussed where our snails could have been on their travels and and thought about lots of questions we could ask to find out more about them!

We really enjoyed having the snails in our classroom but felt ithe kindest thing we could do was to release them on their next journey to somewhere new.

We are now creating our own stories based on our story map of ‘The snail and the Whale’.

Tewkesbury Primary is a GOOD school!

We are pleased to start the term by being able to share excellent news: Tewkesbury C of E Primary School is a GOOD school. In our third consecutive Ofsted inspection, we have been judged as GOOD in all areas.

A selection of comments from Ofsted include:

‘Pupils behave well around the school. They are polite and work diligently.’

‘Leaders have created an environment where everyone feels included.’

‘Leaders have worked effectively to raise teachers’ expectations.’

‘Governors know the actions leaders are taking to continue to improve teaching, learning and assessment.’

‘Pupils talk positively about the school.’

‘Pupils conduct themselves well around the school. They are polite and well presented. They are clearly proud of their school.’

‘Pupils with SEND make good progress.’

‘Children’s safety is given a high priority.’

‘Good teaching in the pre-school supports children’s development and helps them to become more independent.’

Find the full report on our school website: http://www.tewkesbury-primary.co.uk/parent-i…/ofsted-report/

Our hunt for the Giant’s golden eggs!

On Friday, after assembly the Year 1’s were walking back to their classrooms when suddenly we spotted some big muddy footprints in the corridor. We went into the classrooms to find a letter had been left for us.

The letter was from the Giant in Jack and the Beanstalk. Unfortunately, Jack had stolen his golden eggs. However, if we could find the golden eggs then we could exchange it for some chocolate eggs.

Firstly, we went out into the playground and we each had to find a colourful egg.

 

 

 

Inside the eggs were words which joined together to make four clues.

As a class, we decided that the clues were leading us to the pirate ship and so we went out to hunt for the golden egg. When we got to the ship, we climbed the ladder to the top and found two golden eggs.

We took the eggs back inside and left them on the beanstalk for the giant to find.

When we got back to our classrooms we were amazed to find that the giant had left us each a chocolate egg- they were delicious!

World Book Day

World Book Day at Tewkesbury C of E Primary School:

On Monday 11th March, pupils and staff at Tewkesbury C of E Primary school enjoyed a day celebrating everything about books and stories. The theme this year was ‘Share a Story’ which we made the most of by having or very own ‘Story Safari’!

Story Safari & Lanterns:

Teachers, dressed as their favourite book character, swapped classes and entertained children up and down the school by sharing their favourite story. During the day, children got ‘crafty’ and designed and made their own story lantern which we hope to showcase around the school and in the library.

Book Swap & Live Lesson:

Thank you for your support bringing in unwanted books as children were able to take part in a book swap, picking up a different book from a wide selection of donated books. Some children took part in a live lesson as part of the day which was hosted by the BBC and included famous children’s authors and live challenges and tasks.

 

All in all, the day was a success and we hope to continue to encourage and support the children’s love of reading.

Jack’s trip up the beanstalk!

On Friday we had a giant surprise in year one…a huge beanstalk had grown up to the sky and two large feet were dangling down above us! We then received a letter from Jack who recounted his trip up the beanstalk to the castle! He told us how much he enjoyed climbing the beanstalk and told us that we should try too!

We thought about how we could do this and decided we needed to use our imaginations…we then went into the hall and ate magic jelly beans…the beans turned us into beanstalks and we created a short dance movement to show how the beanstalk would grow. We then moved under the parachute and pretended it was the the thick, dark leaves of the beanstalk. We thought about how Jack might have pushed his way through to reach the top. After that we climbed the ladder to reach the castle and stole the giant’s golden hen and the golden chocolate eggs!

It was so much fun!

We can’t wait to find out more about Jack’s recount in our literacy lessons.                                                  

Growing beans!

In year one we are learning about plants. We have talked about what plants need to grow and have devised an experiment to help us find this out. Today we planted our own seeds and look forward to watching our beanstalks grow over the coming weeks! We even made our own castles in the sky and hope that our beanstalks will reach them!    

Social Media Launch

Social Media Launch

Tewkesbury C of E Primary School

Social Media Launch

Dear Parents,

We are very excited to launch our new Facebook and Twitter pages!

Facebook: Tewkesbury Church of England Primary School

Twitter: @Tewkpri

Facebook and Twitter are great ways to communicate school news, photos, videos and upcoming events and we hope by using social media we will further improve communications between the school and our community. We also view this as a way of further engaging you in your children’s daily learning more effectively.

In order for us to enter the world of social media responsibly, we request your permission to use your child’s image on Facebook and Twitter in the same way we currently do on the school’s website or in the local press.

If you do not wish for your children’s image to be placed on Facebook or Twitter, please contact the school office in writing to notify us of your wishes by Wednesday 6th March. If no contact is received by this date, we will assume you consent to the use of your child’s image for the purposes of school’s social media. Please note that any parent or carer can opt out of image use at any time past this date by contacting the school office in writing. Whilst we respect your right to decline permission for the use of your child’s image, we would like you to consider your decision carefully – should you wish to discuss this further, our school doors are always open.

We would appreciate it if you could bear with us in the early stages of our social media adventure while we establish the most effective ways of posting and tweeting and would like you to take note of the following key points:

  • Only core staff from the school’s Communication Team will be posting / tweeting pictures (to begin with)
  • Neither Facebook nor Twitter should be used as a means of communication between teachers and individual parents – please continue to contact teachers directly through the school office or approach them at the end of the day for specific questions and issues as they arise
  • Social networking sites are not an appropriate place to discuss any concerns you may have and we request that you continue to ask any questions or raise any issues by arranging an appointment with the Headteacher
  • Posts and tweets will be made on an ‘as and when’ basis – there is no expectation on the minimum number of posts / tweets made, but we promise to not bombard you with too many either

For further information, please read the school’s Social Media Policy on the school website.

We are looking forward to being able to share more photos with yourselves and the wider world and promote the wonderful activities that we do at Tewkesbury Primary. We hope that you embrace this new venture with the same excitement as us.

Kind regards,

Mrs Scott
Headteacher

Miss Jaryczewski and Miss Rowland
Communications Team

Tasting foods from around the UK

In year one we have been learning about the different countries in the United Kingdom. We have spent our geography lessons locating different places on the map and using an atlas to help us. Today we looked at the different foods that are associated with places in the UK. We tried shortbread from Scotland, soda bread from Northern Ireland, scones from England and welsh cakes from Wales. They were all delicious and we each voted on our favourite

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The tiger who came to school!

Mrs Arnold told the children that when she came in to school this morning the classroom was very untidy. She asked the office staff to check the CCTV cameras to see who had made all of the mess.

The children were very shocked to see that the tiger had visited our classrooms! We talked about the different things he had been doing such as jumping on the tables, painting with all of the paints and eating all of the pears!

We then wrote sentences using the -ing suffix to show what he had been up to!

The children then spent the rest of the day looking out for the tiger and investigating paw prints and scratch marks that they had found!

This afternoon they wrote their own signs and have hoped to entice him into school again using a trail of raisins and arrows marking the route!

They even created a home for him in the role play house

Great team work, problem solving and independent writing skills Class 3!