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Read all about our adventures of this week: 6-10th November

What another busy week we have had in Year 1!

We began our new topic, "Where do the leaves go to in Winter?" which we shall explore over the next few weeks. Firstly, we had a VERY exciting Bushcraft session with Mr Earl where we all got to saw a disc of wood from a branch! Some of us were a little nervous about using the saw, but then we learnt that some risks are not that scary afterall, and actually a lot of fun!These will be turned into something exciting ready for the Christmas Fayre on December 2nd... stay tuned!

If all works, I shall include all our Bushcraft photos at the end of this week's blog. Fingers crossed!

We have started to look at the seasons through lots of fabulous stories including, Leaf Man by Lois Elhert and Tree: Seasons Come and Seasons Go by Britta Teckentrump. In Literacy we are working on writing descriptions of our own leaf characters, focussing on "WOW" words and descriptive language.

We have been on an Autumnal Walk, which saw great excitement and enjoyment. Who knew finding a yellow leaf could be compared to finding gold bullion in excitement scales?! Armed with clipboards, pencils and scavenger sheets the Year 1s set off! We are finding the concept of the Seasons tricky, with many Year 1s amazed by how it could still be Autumn on Friday after the introduction of the new Year 1 calendar at the start of this week. Our new calendar now includes the short date and season, with a new Days of the Week song and a 'month in a view' chart.

We made a reclaimed materials poppy as our contribution to the Remembrance Service on Friday. The children were fantastic, displaying exceptional behaviour on the walk and during the readings. We were the youngest children from the three Bradwell schools. Madison was chosen to lay our poppy as her Dad is a member of our Armed Forces, and was joined by her friend Xavi. Well done guys! Here is a close up of our poppy... we hope you like it (and that it stands the test of the autumnal weather) and stands tall with pride to honour those fallen.

With such an emotive morning, we were very tired, emotional and in need of some therapeutic art. We looked briefly at the fabulous art work of Andy Goldsworthy, who works with natural materials outside. This transient art approach baffled the children but with some perseverance (especially when the wind blew) and lots of leaves, we attempted to create our own Goldsworthy art. And I think we did a good job...

Here are some examples of Andy's work...

And here is one of our best attempts! Well done girlies!

You may find 'collision' is what you need for those team points! Remember, 5 points on Monday...they then decrease each day that passes...

Mr Wrinkles is on his second adventure. This time he has gone to Grace's new house! I hope he has behaved himself! Well done to the girls in a less formal Celebration Assembly- next week lets see lots of boys!

See you all on Monday!