School’s out for Summer! Year 1 – Week 7


Hello! Welcome to your last week as a Year 1! Can you believe it? It hasn’t quite been the year we imagined, but we are so proud of everything you have done during this very odd time!

Hopefully you will be popping in to visit your new teachers this week. I really hope this means that we can have a wave and chat from a safe distance!

The blog this week will focus on some relaxing activities that you can enjoy together as a family as we prepare for the holidays!

Lovely Literacy!

You might like to try these literacy based activities as we come to the end of term.

Year 1 Reflection
Have a think about your year in Year 1. It’s been a funny one, hasn’t it!? Despite spending some of it at home, you have been absolutely amazing and managed to become geographers, historians, artists, designers… they sky really is the limit where you are concerned!
We would like you to think back through all of our topics & decide how you have been these skilful beings!
Below is a reminder of each of our topics.
Incredible Me!
Hero Headquarters
Amazing Animals
Castles and Knights
In the Garden

Shoot for the Stars!
Year 2 Aspirations
Have another think about moving onto a new year group and set yourself two goals that you would like to achieve. It might be to become more confident with a certain lesson, or it might be to make a new friend; the choice is completely personal and up to you. You’ll find the aspiration stars attached below.

Incredible Me Rainbows
Can you create a rainbow to tell your new teacher all about you?
You might like to record facts about you or adjectives that describe your personality.

Magical Maths!

Oh no! Some of the teachers at Archibald First School have a problem. Can you help them out by solving the challenges below?
These challenges will ask you to use lots of different skills that you have learnt over the year. Have fun!

Super STEM!

Invisible Ink!
Making invisible ink is a lot of fun, you can pretend you are a secret agent as you keep all your secret codes and messages hidden from others. All you need is some basic household objects and the hidden power of lemon juice.

What you’ll need:
Half a lemon
Cotton bud
White paper
Lamp or other light bulb 

1. Squeeze some lemon juice into the bowl and add a few drops of water.
2. Mix the water and lemon juice with the spoon.
3. Dip the cotton bud into the mixture and write a message onto the white paper.
4. Wait for the juice to dry so it becomes completely invisible.
5. When you are ready to read your secret message or show it to someone else, heat the paper by holding it close to a light bulb. 

Diet Coke & Mentos Eruption!

This experiment is a lot of fun and sure to amaze your friends and family (assuming you do it outside rather than in the living room!).

What you’ll need:
1. Large bottle of Diet Coke
2. Half a pack of Mentos 

1. Make sure you are doing this experiment in a place where you won’t get in trouble for getting Diet Coke everywhere! Outside on some grass is perfect, please don’t try this one in your family lounge!
2. Stand the Diet Coke upright and unscrew the lid.
3. Put some sort of funnel or tube on top of it so you can drop the Mentos in at the same time (about half the pack is a good amount). Doing this part can be tricky – Once you drop the Mentos into the coke, stand back, it’s VERY explosive. The trick is to drop the Mentos in as fast as you can. If too much of the fizz escapes before you add the Mento the reaction won’t be as good. A funnel or tube can help the Mentos all go into the coke in one go.
4. Time for the fun part, drop the Mentos into the Diet Coke and run like mad!
5. If you’ve done it properly a huge geyser of Diet Coke should come flying out of the bottle, it’s a very impressive sight. The record is about 9 metres (29 feet) high!

The Space Race!
Moon Landing – 51st Anniversary

In the past, there was lots of competition between Russia and the USA. Both countries wanted to be the first to send an astronaut to space. Russia managed this first, by sending Yuri Gagarin in April 1961. He orbited Earth a little more than once and was in space for 108 minutes. The USA wanted to show they could do this too and sent Alan Shepherd in May 1961. However, the USA wanted to do something even better – they wanted to send an astronaut to the moon! In July 1969, they did exactly that.

On Monday 20th July 2020, it will be the 51st anniversary since the first ever person landed on the moon!

Research the 1969 Moon Landing and find out the answer to these questions…

Which 3 astronauts went to the moon and what were their jobs in the space craft?
Who was the first astronaut to set foot on the moon?
Where did the rocket start its journey?

BBC Bitesize might be able to help.

Super Challenge: The space rocket is in different parts/modules. Can you research and name these parts?

Then, enjoy the activities below. You can complete as many or as few as you like! You can even learn to draw an astronaut here!
If you have enjoyed learning about the moon landing, why not investigate some other astronauts or the hidden figures at NASA who work hard to discover the maths and physics that send astronauts to Space. Katherine Johnson is a great example.

50 Things to do Before You’re 11¾!

Get closer to nature with ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’. There’s plenty of outdoor activities to do all year round, from watching the sunset to creating some wild art.
Many can be done at home and in your garden!

Get some inspiration for activities to do on the National Trust website.

Blue Peter’s Six Badges of Summer!

Do you want to get involved with Blue Peter’s Six Badges of Summer? There are six weeks of great things to do and join in with.

There is a video here.

You can apply for an exclusive wall chart to keep track of how you’re doing and some cool stickers, too. If you want to apply for stickers to add to your wall chart you need to ask a grown-up to include your details when they are uploading a picture or video.

Have a look here.

Awesome Art!
Have you ever sat with a piece of paper and a pencil and just started to draw? Without really knowing what you were going to end up with? This is called a doodle. Many great pieces of art work start with a doodle.

This story is all about a simple line that with a little added creativity become a beautiful picture!

Use the sheet attached to see if you can draw a different squiggle in each box. Can you turn each squiggle into a piece of artwork or a picture? Let your imagination run wild!

Delightful DT!
To children everywhere sitting in cardboard boxes!

Since our lives have changed dramatically and we find our ‘new normal’ you might find that you have been ordering more and more items online, and therefore, have created a hefty pile of cardboard boxes that need to be recycled. If this is the case, we have just the activity for you!

Using the book ‘Not a Box’ by Antoinette Portis (see below), can you create some interesting cardboard creations? Click here for a range of creative ideas…

Some of your grown ups have a little video message for you below. We want to say a huge well done for all your hard work this year, both at school and at home. We are so proud of how you have adapted to our new normal this year, but we cannot wait to see you all soon! Enjoy Year 2; we miss you already!

Love Miss White, Mr Bourke, Mrs Corrigan, Mrs Conway and Mr Holman. x