Author Archives: Louise Davis

Water safety

We have been learning how to stay safe near water in Year 1. We have had lots of discussions about what we need to remember when near any type of water, such as swimming pools, rivers/lakes and the sea…hopefully this knowledge will help to keep us even more safe in the summer months ahead.

Let’s set sail…

The children were set the task of creating their own unsinkable ships that could sail in icy waters! They chose their materials and resources to build their ships and even chose names too. They created posters to persuade other to board their ships and then they sold tickets to each other (remembering they’d need to add the corresponding number of passengers to their ships before the maiden voyage!)
The children each took turns to sail their ships…there were definitely a few surprises in regards to which ships made it across! It certainly gave the children a lot to think about in relation to design, shape, size, floating/sinking etc. Here are some of the children testing out their ships…
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Pupil Voice Forum

Some of our School Council representatives recently attended a pupil voice forum at Cefn Hengoed Comprehensive School. The children had the opportunity to meet with pupils from other schools in Swansea, as well as representatives from various different organisations. The children listened to a variety of presentations and also had the chance to give their view about proposed changes to the structure of the Ethnic Minority Achievement Unit (EMAU).

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Year 1: Ship challenge

The Year 1 children have been set the challenge of creating ships that can sail across an icy ocean, without sinking! The children investigated which materials would be best and then got to work building their ships.
Next, the children had to name their ships and, using their persuasive writing skills, create a poster to try and convince their peers to buy tickets for the maiden voyage. Today, the children will use their maths and problem solving skills to sell tickets and record how many tickets they have sold and profit made, however they need to think about how many tickets they sell as their ships will need to carry the passengers! There’s a lot to think about!
We are looking forward to sailing our ships later this week…
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Year 1: Royal Wedding Party

Year 1 have had a fantastic day celebrating the upcoming Royal wedding. We enjoyed a party in the morning, with the rest of the Foundation Phase and then took part in a variety of games and activities later in the day, especially aimed at developing our problem solving skills and which required us to work as part of a team.
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Board Games Club

The children are enjoying exploring a variety of different games in board games club. As well as developing a range of skills, including mathematical, language and social skills, they are having lots of fun too!
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Year 1: The Titanic

We have been finding out all the the Titanic in Year 1. The children have been busy researching and have found out some surprising (and shocking!) facts about the tragedy. The children loved using their GetEpic accounts on the computers to find texts about the Titanic and also did wordsearches to familiarise themselves with some of the new vocabulary. The children couldn’t believe that it took 3 years to build the Titanic so tried to build their own versions using the construction in class- they even tried to include the different decks and compartments and then realised what a tricky job it is to build a huge ship! Some of the children loved gathering different facts and have been busy planning a show that they want to perform to help us learn even more about the Titanic too.
We hope to find out even more about the fascinating even over the next few days…
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