2016-2017 KS1: Mrs Armstrong

Mrs Armstrong's Class
In KS1 we'll have lots of fun
But we won't rest 'till our work is done.
With our motto you'll be impressed -
Never settle for less than your best!
Take a peek and you will see,
We're always the best that we can be!
Belsay Hall and Castle
Have a look in the galleries for some photos of our fabulous day. We had a great time despite the rain!
A. A. Milne Poems
We have had a first read through of some poems by A.A. Milne. Next we will be looking at using expression in poetry and writing our own poems in this style.
Magic Potions
We have been looking at capacity in maths, and measured and mixed some amazing potions. We even tried some magic potion that made us mathematical superstars!
Making Classrooms!
We all had a great time making a model frame for our new classroom. We are hoping the real thing is a little stronger though...
Sally Scott Visit
We have had a fantastic afternoon learning about pole vaulting with the GB pole vaulter Sally Scott. Some lucky children even had a go! It was great to hear Sally's story - she comes from Morpeth and won an amazing gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. What an inspiration!
Move up Days
We have two fantastic days in KS1, with our Reception children becoming Year 1s and our Year 2 children taking over as Year 2s. We have had fun playing lots of team games, becoming superheros, drawing our own class jigsaw and completing the marshmallow challenge - it's going to be great  next year!
Week 2 Homework: Maths
Have a go on the hit the button games on the TopMarks website (click the link below). See Homework books for more details.
NSPCC Visitors
We had some important visitors in school today, teaching us to 'Speak out to stay safe'. We watched some clips, discussed staying safe and thought about who we could talk to if we needed help. We also learnt the free childline number:
0800 1111
Happy Easter!
What a busy week! We have had great fun at Kirkwhelpington learning about the Easter Journey. We have been creative in class making our 'stained glass' Easter egg cards. We also had an amazing surprise in school when we all found some exciting chocolatey eggs hidden around the playground - yum!
Have a look in the Galleries for more photos. 
Happy Mother's Day
We hope you liked your cards and writing. We worked hard to use only the best adjectives to describe our lovely mums!
Houses and Homes
It's been a busy afternoon in KS1 as we created our houses and homes out of junk materials. This links to our topic and fitted into waste week - it was great to see all the boxes we can reuse and recycle.
There were some amazing creations, and we kept looking carefully at our plans to make sure they matched our models. We had conservatories, chimneys, windows and even a few swimming pools! Fab work Year 1 and 2!
World Book Day
There were some AMAZING costumes in KS1 today - have a look in the galleries for all our photos!
As part of our E-Safety week, we have been looking at how to stay safe online. We have been looking at keeping our information safe, thinking carefully about what we are doing online and investigating cyber-bullying. We have watched some great clips on the ThinkYouKnow website about Hector and his friends: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/hectorsworld/ 
Terrific Timing!
There were lots of giggles in KS1 maths today as we used timers to test ourselves. We were using 15, 30 and 60 seconds and carrying out different challenges in the time limits we were give. A highlight was certainly seeing the children see how many times they could stand up and sit down in 30 seconds - we were worn out!
Big Bird Watch
Have a look at our fabulous drawings as part of our Bird Watch Week.
Balancing can be tricky... but balancing on big apparatus, with a matching balance to our partners....surely that is nearly impossible?! Not for our talented KS1 gymnasts. Well done Year 1 and 2! 
Wes Magee
In preparation for our visit from the author Wes Magee, we have been learning some of his poems. The poems we have recited include Stroke the Cat, Here Come the Creatures, Roly Poly, the Red Boat and Going to Gran's.
We have also been busy illustrating Wes Magee's poems. 
We really enjoyed our author's visit and had a great time with Wes Magee!
So far we have researched Christopher Columbus and discussed all the facts we know about Explorers. We have created our own questions that we want to find answers to by the end of our topic. We have completed our world map jigsaw and can name some continents and oceans. 
Traditional Tales
In Literacy we have started our topic on Traditional Tales. we have acted out the story of the Three Little Pigs, using expression and actions. 
We have started our coding work in ICT, creating and fixing algorithms. 
Christmas Activities
We hope you all liked your cards, calendars, decorations and crafts that the children worked so hard on! 
Happy New Year!
What an exciting visitor we had in class today!
We have worked hard on our 'cold writing' this half term, writing a report on our visit to see Beauty and the Beast. We worked on our own and tried our best. 
 Transport themed repeating patterns
As part of our topic on Transport, we have used our transport sponges to make our own repeating patterns. We learnt about pattern, textures and most importantly how much paint we needed for that perfect print!
Anti-Bullying Week
We worked hard  thinking about what bullying means, how we could stop it happening and how to be a good friend. We had a great discussion and produced some fantastic posters.
"We make friends not bullies"
We all had great fun in our judo session!
Observational Drawings
We have been drawing autumn leaves, thinking carefully about the shapes and colours. 
Silly Poems
We have been reading, learning and performing some silly poems. Have a look at these fabulous poem performances. 'Oliver Twist' seemed to be a favourite choice...
Leaf Art
We have made some fabulous butterflies using leaves. We hope you like them!
What a great day we had at the Hancock Museum! Have a look at the 'Galleries' section for more photos. 
In Literacy, we worked hard to act out a scene from the story 'Not Now Bernard'. We had some great monsters and fabulous acting. 
We have a great first week in KS1, starting work in our new books and having fun in Golden Time