Welcome to Miss McKinnon’s class page. Below you will find photographs of your child’s learning and any important information. Please check regularly to find out all about our exciting learning journey.
This half term’s project is ‘Green Fingers’. Within this project we will be learning all about plants and vegetables. Within English, we will be looking at Jasper’s Beanstalk – Nick Butterworth and How to Grow a Dinosaur – Caryl Hart. This half term we will also be going on a school visit to Walton Gardens and Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden! Please take a look at our curriculum map to find out more information.
Reminders and Dates for the Summer Term
PE is taught on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Please ensure that children are reading at least three times at week at home.
The children’s spelling books need to be back in school on Thursdays.
Walton Gardens and Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden
We had a very exciting day at Walton Gardens and Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden. First we went to Walton Gardens to look for lots of different plants. We found so many different flowers and we even spotted some deciduous and evergreen trees! After that we walked around the pond and the children’s zoo. In the afternoon we went to Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden. We read a story called ‘The Tiny Seed’ which told the journey of a little seed throughout its life cycle. We then had a chance to sow our own sunflower seeds! We had to use a dibber to poke little holes into our soil and then we carefully put 3 little sunflower seeds in the holes. We then decorated our own sticks to put in our plant pots. Have a look at our fabulous trip below.
During Science Week we took part in lots of exciting experiments. We started the week by making a Balloon Rocket. We had to predict how much air the balloon needed to travel a specific distance. We ended the day with a fabulous rocket launch on the play ground!
On Tuesday we learnt how to record our observations. We were given 2 gummy bears. We put one in water and left one in an empty cup. By the afternoon, the gummy bear in water had grown! We drew pictures to show what had happened.
On Wednesday we looked at an experiment involving lemonade and raisins. We were told that we were going to put raisins in lemonade to see what would happen. We came up with some interesting predictions about what we thought might happen. When we put the raisins in the lemonade they started dancing! First they sunk to the bottom and then they rose to the top. We learnt that the air bubbles in the lemonade stick to the raisins to make a life jacket which makes the raisins light enough to rise up.
Towards the end of the week we looked at comparative tests. We carried out an experiment involving 2 eggs. We left one egg in vinegar overnight, and we put the other egg in water. By the morning, the egg left in vinegar had completely lost its shell! When we dropped the eggs, the one in water cracked and the one in vinegar bounced!
Animal Kingdom Class Worship
This half term we performed our Class Worship in front of our friends and families where we shared our learning about the project ‘Animal Kingdom’. We shared a poem, songs and artwork, and we retold the story of Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson. We also performed a dance based on Jane Goodall and her adventures in Africa with chimpanzees.
Knowsley Safari Park
We had a brilliant day at Knowsley Safari Park. We saw so many different animals and learnt so much! First we saw the meerkats and the giraffes. Did you know that a giraffe has 4 stomachs? Next we went to the Safari School where we touched an ostrich egg and a lion’s skull. We learnt about classifying animals into mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. After lunch we went to see the sea lion show. The sea lions, Louis and Arthur, showed us some fabulous tricks including a handstand and balancing a ball on their noses! We also had the opportunity to see the birds of prey show, the bats and the tigers. Have a look at our fantastic visit below.
This half term we have been learning how to play dodgeball with Miss Stubbs. We improved many PE skills over the half term, in particular, our accuracy and awareness. In our last session, the children took part in a class tournament where four teams competed in lots of matches to see who would be crowned as the champions!
This week the Year 1 children performed their Christmas production ‘Hey Ewe’ to an audience. The production was centred around a curious sheep who sensed that something exciting was happening in Bethlehem. The children worked extremely hard to learn their lines, and they sang and danced beautifully.
Salt and Ice Experiment
We carried out a science experiment to see what would happen when salt is put on ice. At the start of the experiment, we looked closely at what the ice looked like. We used words like smooth, shiny and round to describe it. We then worked in small groups to add salt to our balls of ice and we started to notice some changes to the way the ice looked and felt. We noticed that the ice was melting quicker and that the surface of the ice was bumpy and rough.
This week Sunny sent us another parcel! He told us that he was in an extremely cold place. After looking at all the clues we worked out that he was in Antarctica!
Later in the week, Sunny sent us an email to say that his penguin friend was trapped in ice! The only materials he had with him were tin foil, newspaper, bubble wrap, salt and some warm water. He wanted us to find out which material would melt the ice the quickest. Each group chose a different material to cover their ice.
We observed our ice throughout the day to see whose penguin was going to escape first.
At the end of the day we noticed that the green penguin had come out of the ice! We decided that salt is the best material to melt ice.
This week, Sunny sent us a parcel all the way from London! It had pictures of Queen Elizabeth II, a Union Jack flag and a teddy bear dressed as one of the Queen’s guards!
As part of our learning about London, we looked at The Great Fire of London. To help us with our learning, we turned the classroom into London and reenacted the events of the fire. We learnt about a man called Samuel Pepys who kept a diary about the Great Fire. We decided to turn ourselves into Samuel Pepys and use quills to write our diary entries. We used some fantastic adjectives to describe how London would have looked during this time.
Towards the end of the week, the children were very excited to learn about the Royal Family. We made our own crowns (just like Queen Elizabeth II’s!) and wrote lots of facts about the Royal family on them. Did you know that the Queen has two birthdays?!
Today we received a letter from Sunny the Meerkat. He told us that he is visiting a new place and that it is always raining there. He also told us that there were lots of clouds in the sky. Within science, we decided to look at why clouds form. We watched a video about the water cycle and learnt that clouds are just big water droplets in the sky! When the clouds get too heavy, it starts to rain. We used water, shaving foam and food colouring to represent the sea, clouds and rain. We used pipettes to drop small amounts of food colouring onto the shaving foam to see how long it would take to pass through and into the water. It was very exciting when our rain finally came out of the cloud!
Within RE, we looked at the Jewish festival Sukkot. We learnt that Jews celebrate this special time by building a sukkah. A sukkah is a special hut with a wooden frame and the roof is made from branches and leaves so the stars can still be seen through them. We learnt that sukkahs are usually decorated with candles and fruit and pictures are hung from the walls. We worked in small groups to build our own sukkahs. First we made the three walls, then we decorated them with fruits and vegetables and finally we went outside to make the roof out of sticks and leaves.
As part of our Seasons week, we looked at the artist Andy Goldsworthy. He creates art using natural materials. We watched a video where he creates a beautiful pattern just by using bits of slate. We thought about the natural materials that we could find in our playground and started to think about what patterns and shapes we could make using them. We worked individually, in pairs and in groups to create some wonderful Andy Goldsworthy inspired artwork.
Goldilocks and Just the One Bear
We read the story ‘Goldilocks and Just the One Bear’. In this story, Baby Bear leaves the woods and takes a walk through the city. When he is there, he decides that it is far too noisy so he goes into Snooty Towers for some peace and quiet. When he gets inside he wants to sit down but he ends up sitting on some rather odd chairs! We decided to design and build our own chairs for Baby Bear to sit on. We thought carefully about which materials would be best to use and how we could make the chairs strong and comfy. Once we made our chairs, we tested them to see whether they were strong enough. We had to think of ways that we could improve our models to make them stronger.
Within PE this half term, we have been working with Miss Stubbs and participating in Outdoor and Adventurous Activities. Throughout the half term, we have been challenged with a variety of problems. For example, we had to cross a shark-infested water with only a few pieces of equipment to get us across, and we used treasure maps to find well-known fairy tale characters around the school grounds. In all these activities we had use teamwork, effective communication and problem solving skills. In our last session, we created our own treasure maps and hid the characters ourselves ready for our classmates to find.
Year 1 were very excited to take part in the Lego Workshop this week. The children were challenged with the task of creating their own building using lego. At first, they were given red bricks, white bricks, doors and windows to build their houses. Next, they were given lots of different pieces of lego to make their outside areas. Some children decided to make swimmings pools! After the houses were built, the children were given roads to attach their buildings to and we made a little villages on our tables! Have a look at our fun-filled morning below.
Jack and the Jellybean Stalk
This week we came into school and discovered that a beanstalk had grown in our classroom! After a close inspection we realised that it was covered in jelly beans! We did some fantastic writing about what we could see in the classroom and worked really hard to use adjectives to make our writing interesting.
What a wonderful first week we have had in Year 1! The children have settled into their new classroom really well. This week we started our project ‘Down My Street’ by designing and making buildings that we might find in our local area. We had lots of different ideas including houses, schools and shops – some children were very adventurous and made an airport! The children had lots of fun building their designs and they were very excited to share their creations with the rest of the class.
Our Learning in Reception
Reception had a visit to the library. We discussed different type of books such as fiction and non-fiction. The librarian also gave us some important information about a reading challenge during the Summer.
In dance this half term Reception are learning about cheerleading. They have been counting to keep in time and follow a routine. They have been able to perform and review their performance.
Messy Art Day
Reception have had a busy day getting messy. They have made flags based on teams from the Fifa World Cup using pom poms to paint with. They have designed football kits and footballs using oil pastels. Children have explored the texture of sand mousse. In the outdoor classroom children have felt the textures of the foam and gloop.
The Scarecrows’ Wedding
Today we went to church to learn about what things are in a church. We found crosses, font, an alter, a lectern and a piano. We also celebrated the wedding for Harry and Betty from our book ‘The Scarecrows’ Wedding’.
Today we went to Stockley Farm to learn about how to look after animals. First we went on the tractor and arrived at the woodlands for our nature walk.
After lunch we went to the park for the play.
Then we went to bottle feed the hungry baby goats.
Here are some more snaps from the day.
Today we have been budding artists and worked in the style of Arcimboldo. Children have used fruits and vegetables to create portraits. Some children designed their portraits by drawing and labelling them.
Today a tennis coach came to teach the children tennis. We warmed up first ready for our exercise. Then we played tennis hockey. We had to really concentrate to ensure we did not lose the ball.
Welcome Miss Emery
We would like to give Miss Emery a warm welcome as she begins working in our class.
We would like to wish Mrs Cunliffe a very happy and fulfilling retirement. The children sang Mrs Cunliffe a goodbye song which she thoroughly enjoyed. Mrs Cunliffe has worked at St Philip’s for a very long time and has imprinted on lots of children’s hearts. We thank Mrs Cunliffe again, she will be greatly missed. Here is a picture with the last class she has worked with.
Today our class have been investigating how to make a rain cloud. The children poured food colouring into shaving foam and investigated what happened.
Floating and sinking
This week we have been investigating which objects float and sink. Children have made predictions and recorded their findings. We wanted to explore if all heavy items sank. We thought about boats and asked why can heavy boats float? The children made their own boats and selected from a range of materials. They then tested out if their boat floated. We found out that boats can float if they are not dense and not full of stuff.
Our class met local hero firefighters. We got to see the equipment inside the fire engine. The children got to sit inside the fire engine and spray water from the hose. The children said it was very powerful. The firefighters told us how their uniform helps to protect them.
We have started our science week with a visit from the Science Boffins. Children were excited to see how the water was solidified.
Our class have read Archimedes Bath. Children predicted which objects will float and which objects will sink. Then they carried out their investigation and sorted out which objects floated and which objects sank.
How to Grow a Dinosaur
We have been learning about the story ‘ How to Grow a Dinosaur’. Children have enjoyed designing their own seeds using lots of descriptive language. Some children made instructions on how to plant the seeds. We had the pleasure of meeting the author of the book, Caryl Hart. Here is a photograph of the children with Caryl Hart.
The children in our class have been inspired today by the famous author/ illustrator, Curtis Jobling. He modelled how to draw Bob the Builder and the characters from the show. Some children from our class decided to draw the characters too. Take a look and see their fabulous work.
Fun in the Snow!
Our class had the opportunity to enjoy the snow today in our outdoor classroom. We had lots of fun exploring it.
Police Officers Come to Visit
We have been learning about real life heroes and we have had some hero visitors this morning. We learned how police officers help people and keep people safe. We also got to see the police car. We saw the flashing lights and one of our pupils put the siren on by beeping the horn.
This week we have been learning about how to keep healthy. We have discussed being ‘heartsmart’, doing regular exercises and eating healthily. We made fruit kebabs this week and chose our favourite fruit from a range of different fruits provided. Some children tried raspberries and mango for their kebabs and everyone really enjoyed eating their fruit kebab creations!
We also had a special visitor, Wolfie! The children were very excited to meet him.
Superhero Mask Parade
Children have been busy with their home learning task. They have created some wonderful masks and we went to share them in our parade around school.
The children have been learning how to write speech bubbles for characters from the book Supertato. When we entered the classroom we found a crime scene. The children have designed and built traps for the Evil Pea. Children have also produced some fantastic independent writing in our different areas of learning.
We have had such a fun filled afternoon. We have played pass the parcel, corners and musical statues. The children had a surprise during singing from a very special visitor. Children also enjoyed eating their party food alongside their friends.
Children have been making asteroid cakes this week in order to prepare for our writing. Children have been practising using finger spaces. Some children have used checklists in order to write sentences that we can read. They have included all that they need to remember to ensure good writing, such as – forming letters correctly and listening to sounds in order. They have also practised using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.
Children in Need Day
Thank you to all who dressed up in spots and donated money to children who need it.
What do Astronauts Eat in Space?
Today we tried some space food. The children explained how it was different to the ice cream we normally eat. Despite being dry, warm and crunchy the children thought that the mint ice cream tasted similar.
Here is our class photograph from the Warrington Guardian Newspaper.
What a fantastic day we had! We have learned about the meaning of ‘Diwali’ and how it is the festival of light. Children have learned about the story ‘Rama and Sita’. Children came into school wearing bright coloured clothing in order to celebrate.
We practised and performed a Bollywood dance in the hall.
We made some diva lamps and painted them in bright colours.
We also tasted some authentic Indian sweets. They were very sweet and sticky.
Mrs Wightman came into our classroom to discuss her role as a Headteacher. The children thought of some great questions to ask in order to find out answers. Children asked: ‘What classrooms have you worked in?’ ‘What do you do?’ ‘Is your job fun?’
Who works in the church?
Reverend Pete came to visit Reception today. Lots of children have met him already and they were keen to share their experiences from church. Pete showed the children what he wears during his service. The children had the opportunity to try on a stole too. We learned that the stoles are different colours and each colour matches a Christian season.
Today we met a Police Officer who spoke to the children about his uniform and explained what his job entailed. Children got the opportunity to try police helmets on too.
Children have had another visitor today. A doctor came to visit and talked to children about their job. Children learned about keeping healthy. They also got to use some equipment too.
Today we asked the question ‘What do I want to be when I grow up?’ Children had the opportunity to express their future aspirations.
We also had a visitor who shared her role working as a vet. She brought along a friendly visitor too. The children found out what equipment a vet may use including a dressing, stethoscope,otoscope and eye drops.
Busy Busy Reception!
Reception have had a fun and busy week this week. Firstly, in maths reception have been learning to count objects without moving them and match the correct numeral to an amount. Some children have also ordered numbers and recorded them too.
In literacy children have been learning how to label members of their families. We have also been representing our family members using a range of materials to represent faces. Children selected their own materials such as chickpeas, wool, buttons and pasta to make their faces. Can you recognise anybody?
Roald Dahl Day
Children had the opportunity to dress up as a character from the infamous Roald Dahl. We discussed characters from stories and children were keen to discuss their favourite ones.
We have had a fantastic first week in Reception! The children have enjoyed exploring lots of areas of learning and have confidently participated in a range of fun activities. Children have all shown a positive attitude towards their new class. Here is a glimpse of the children’s learning during our first two weeks.