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Tasty Treats!

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During this last week in school before the half term begins, Bridgegate have had a fun-filled week which has consisted of a visit from an exciting story teller, has required the children to identify and explore different materials and their properties in greater detail within 'Bridgegate’s Materials Museum’ and has involved creating imaginative and abstract watercolour-based images, to represent different tropical birds in their natural habitat. 

To kick start the week, Bridgegate were visited by a theatrical story teller who delivered an inspiring workshop based upon the traditional tale of the Three Little Pigs. The storyteller enthused all of the children to explore the different ways they could represent the key features of the traditional tale, such as the representation of the three houses the pigs built and the moment the big, bad wolf blew down the three little houses. All of this was achieved through the use of contemporary storytelling and dancing. The boys and girls were excited to rehearse alongside their peers and all produced imaginative and successful performances to traditional Disney music, which they thoroughly enjoyed!

Concluding the children’s current topic theme of The Storyteller, Bridgegate visited the ‘Materials Museum’ once more this week for a final time. This time around, the children were encouraged to extend their prior knowledge of everyday materials by observing the properties of materials and their value. The children enjoyed taking the time to closely observe and identify how everyday materials in the museum felt and looked like up close, through a feeling and describing activity. Bridgegate were able to express and adopt a range of wonderful adjectives in the process, to describe the many properties of materials such as wood, glass, metal, plastic, fabric, rubber and many more. 

The following links can be used to secure and extend your child’s developing understanding of different materials and their properties as both links observe different materials such as metals, paper, wood and plastic in different forms, along with their many uses. Therefore, they can be used as a great stimulus to inspire your child to further their scientific vocabulary, with regards to the materials’ properties: 

Sorting Materials (Java)

BBC: Materials & Their Properties (Video)

Pancake Day! As an end of term treat, the children enjoyed learning all about the meaning behind Shrove Tuesday and explored how this festival is celebrated in different locations within the United Kingdom. To conclude their learning, the Bridgegate took great pleasure in indulging in their very own, personalised pancakes this week. The children did a fantastic job of decorating their pancakes with lots of tasty ingredients and really enjoyed taking the time to eat them with their friends in class. 

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During Art and Design this week, Bridgegate produced fantastic, colourful water-based paintings of tropical birds in their natural habitats. These included toucan birds from Costa Rica and lots of other exotic birds from South America and the Caribbean. In doing so, it has enabled the children to become excited for their return to school after half term and has worked to prepare them for their new topic theme, which will explore different animals and their habitats, within the transdiciplinary theme, ‘Sharing the Planet’. 

Thank you for all your support with Bridgegate’s topic work this half term.

The children have progressed so much within all areas of their learning and the children should be very proud of their recent achievements. 

Have a lovely break and enjoy your time spent with family and friends, 

The Year One Team.

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