Just one week until Big Pedal starts
It’s just one week to the return of the Big Pedal.
We’re looking forward to taking part in Sustrans Big Pedal 2019, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge, that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two (or three) wheels for their journey to school. We would love everyone to be involved.
For the first time, walking (and park and stride) will be counted alongside cycling and scooting. This year’s Big Pedal will run for five days, from 25th March to 29th March.
On each day, schools compete to see who can get as many of their pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school then our results will determine our final position in the national league table.
To help parents prepare, Sustrans has developed a handy free guide packed with advice, games and challenges to help with having a hassle-free cycle, walk or scoot to school.
Help! We need your junk!
Mrs Bharath is Junk Modelling on Hobby Half Day this Friday.
If you have any clean empty boxes, tubes, cartons, plastic bottles lying around at home please drop them in at the Year 1 classroom by Thursday.
Here are details of local cycling events due to be held in the Easter holiday.
Beginners Learn to Ride Sessions (FREE)
For non-riders aged 5 years and above
Tuesday 2nd April, Thursday 4th April and Tuesday 9th April – limited availability
At Carr Manor Community School (Secondary Phase)
Times: 9:30am, 10:45am, 12:30pm and 13:45pm (Tues 2nd only)
Improvers Cycling Session (FREE)
For ‘new’ riders aged 5 years and above
Thursday 4th April
At Carr Manor Community School (Secondary Phase)
The Brownlee Centre will also be hosting a pop up school holiday ride.
School Savings Club paying in dates
Please note a change of day for the remaining School Savings Club paying in dates.
If your child has a School Savings Club account, we hold paying in sessions on the penultimate week of every half term.
Thursday 18 October 2018 3.15-3.45pm
Thursday 13 December 2018 3.15-3.45pm
Thursday 07 February 2019 3.15-3.45pm
Wednesday 20 March 2019 3.15-3.45pm
Wednesday 15 May 2019 3.15-3.45pm
Wednesday 10 July 2019 3.15-3.45pm
If you are unable to attend in person, please hand in any money to be paid in, to the office in a sealed envelope addressed to Mrs Tiffany.
If you would like your child to open an account, please enquire at the office. Pupils in Year 3 can still take advantage of the £10 incentive offer.
More adventures for Katie
Throughout our big topic, Katie and…, we’ve been reading many different ‘Katie’ books and finding out about her adventures when she visits art galleries with her grandma.
This time, it is our turn to create an adventure for Katie and we are basing it on one of our favourite Katie books, Katie and the dinosaurs.
Before we write our story, we’ve been focusing on using lots of description just like James Mayhew did.
We used drama to help generate our ideas to describe dinosaur world. Ask your child to tell you some of the adjectives we have used and what noun they are describing.
We’re looking forward to planning the rest of the story this week.
Vertices? Edges? Faces?
As part of our maths learning about shape, we’ve been investigating the properties of 3D shapes to help us to sort shapes. This could include the number of faces; number of vertices; number of edges; name of the shapes; curved or straight faces or shapes of the faces.
Here are some of the ways we sorted the shapes. Ask your child if they can you think of a 3D shape that is not in the groups and say where it would go. Can they explain why?
Living and Learning – body image guide for parents and carers
Our focus in Living and Learning, for the rest of this half term, is body image.
What is body image?
Body image describes our idea of how our body looks and how we think it is perceived by others. This can include our thoughts and feelings about our height, weight, shape, skin colour, and our appearance and attractiveness more broadly.
This parent and carer guide has been designed to give practical ideas to support your child in building their emotional resilience in this area.
Why is travelling actively to school important?
Sustrans have recently published this article about the importance of travelling actively to school.
With just two weeks to go, Sustrans Big Pedal, is one way we will be encouraging active journeys this term alongside our year round Living Streets WOW sustainable travel initiative where the children record how they travel to school on our daily travel tracker.
Sustrans Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge, that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two (or three) wheels for their journey to school. We would love everyone to be involved. For the first time, walking (and park and stride) will be counted alongside cycling and scooting.
This year’s Big Pedal will run for five days, from 25th March to 29th March.
You might also be interested in a current bike promotion from our local Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative branch.
Vertices? Sides? Lines of symmetry?
As part of our current maths learning on shape, we have been looking at the properties of 2D shapes to help us to sort shapes. This could include the number of sides; number of vertices; name of the shapes; lines of symmetry; curved or straight lines or regular and not regular.
Here are some of the ways we sorted the shapes. Can you think of how to describe each of the groups?
Leeds Art Gallery
Year 1 and 2 have enjoyed an art filled day at the Leeds Art Gallery to link with our current big topic, Katie and… There were no stepping in paintings for us today though.
First of all, we took part in a workshop session based on Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings which are currently being exhibited in the gallery.
We thought about the following.
- What could we see?
- How did it make us feel?
- What made Leonardo a great artist?
Based on his drawings, here were some of the reasons why we thought Leonardo was a great artist. Then, each group had a challenge to find another piece of art in the gallery that showed the same property.
We presented our findings to the rest of the class.
We enjoyed our lunch in the art studio.
After lunch, it was time to explore the galleries and sketch our own versions of some of the art on display.
Finally, it was time to leave the gallery to return to school. We wondered which paintings Katie would have stepped into and which bench Grandma would have taken a rest.
‘I learnt about Leonardo’s life.’
‘We saw that Leonardo da Vinci drew lots of horses and parts of the body.’
‘I learnt how old the pictures and sculptures were.’
‘I know there are lots of different types of art.’
‘I used to think that painting was easy but now I know the artists have to try really hard.’
‘I was amazed by the size of some of the paintings.’