LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL!
As a celebration of our last week in school we made our own cupcakes!
We looked at the story 'The Parrot Tico Tango' and listened to the song and music to go with it. We then created our own version with musical instruments!
This week we have started to make our own papier mache hot air balloons. We covered our balloons in layers of paper and glue, and will begin to make the boxes next.
We made observational drawings of different fruit and vegetables in art, remembering to pay lots of attention to detail, and sketching carefully to create a realistic impression of the fruit and veg.
On Monday, as a part of 'sports week', Year 1 joined the rest of the school on a trip to the local water park, and the beach. They had a lovely, fun-filled day and were beautifully behaved!
This week we had a visit from Haidee from 'Tim Davies Education' in London, who specialise in art projects in Primary schools. We made our own Olympic rings and Brazilian footballs that have been hung up in the conservatory for everyone to see!
This week we have been learning about the human body and our senses. We played a game where children had to choose the correct poster for an action, and then matched the feature to the body and wrote about which sense it is connected with.
In English we have been learning about poetry. We listened to different styles of poem and looked at how they were structured, then found words to describe our favourite South American animals, and turned these into our own poems!
This week in maths we have been working on subtraction, using our knowledge of number bonds to 10 and 20.
In art this week we created collages of the animals that we would like to learn about during this term's topic 'South American Animals'.
In Term 5 we will be learning about the structure of plants and trees and what they need to grow well. We will be engaging in a variety of activities including identifying common plants and trees in the garden and in the wild, sorting deciduous and evergreen leaves, and making our own labelled plant collage pictures. We will be planting beans and observing them closely over the term by measuring and recording their growth.
For our final week of this term we created surrealist sculptures from clay. We used our designs made in previous weeks based on Joan Miro's sculptures.
In maths we have been learning about measurement. We looked at the height and length of different objects using unifix cubes, and put animals in height order from tallest to shortest.
We followed our visit to The North Somerset Butterfly House, with lunch and lots of fun at Puxton Park. The children loved seeing the different animals and showed great enthusiasm for exploring all of the physical activities there!
This week in maths we have been learning about position and direction. We looked at quarter, half and three quarter turns, and used bee-bots to test out how well we had understood the topic at the end of the week!
In English we continued to learn to re-tell the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk', re-telling it verbally as a class, drawing our own story maps, writing rainbow sentences to help us with sentence structure, and finally writing it up in our books at the end of the week.
In science we continued our work on plants and looked at different garden plants, drawing pictures and labelling them on whiteboards.
In maths we have been learning to recognise different coins and their value. We explored plastic money together and ordered the coins by value.
In Art we learnt about the Livres d'artiste (artist's books), and made our own class art book, by printing onto pages from the 'Nonsense Alphabet' by Edward Lear.
In English we updated our 'Bean Diaries', and have been learning the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' using Pie Corbett's storytelling actions, which will help us to re-write it.
As a part of our topic 'In the garden' we have been learning about wild plants this week. We went on a' wild plant hunt' in our outdoor area and made tally's of how many we found.
This week in maths we have been learning about multiplication through repeated addition, and division (sharing a number into two equal groups). The children worked really hard and are great at working together to support their learning.
In our first week back in school we have been learning about the artist Joan Miro, with a particular focus on his painting 'The Farm', which he said was a painting of his entire life. The children then went on to sketch images of their lives, and painted them with watercolour.
This week we have started our new topic 'In the Garden'. The children have planted their own beans and created 'Bean Diaries', which they will update with any changes every week .
In maths we have been learning to count in twos, fives and tens, and how to find 1 more and 1 less than a given number.
This term we are going to be learning all about different marine species, their habitats and how pollution affects them. We will be meeting a marine conservationist who has worked with marine mammals and fish all over the world and will be making our own 'shark journals' based on our recent interest in sharks!
This week we made chocolate nests! We melted the chocolate and then stirred in the cornflakes, before adding mini eggs to the top!
In Art we made sketches of the sharks we have been learning about, and created computer drawn sharks too!
This week we have been learning about Easter and have looked at why how we celebrate it. We have made our own moving parts Easter cards as a part of our Design and Technology lessons.
In maths we have been learning about capacity. We compared the sizes of different containers using water and rice, and discussing whether they were empty, full, half full or a quarter full!
In art this week we created our own 'Marine Madness!' collages. The children had a lovely time using tissue paper, glue and scissors to make their own underwater scenes, which will be the backgrounds for the sharks they make next week.
This week in maths we have looking at fractions of shapes and numbers. The children worked together on large sugar paper to divide shapes and groups of objects equally.
In English we have been looking at poetry, and have been learning the poem 'Sea Creatures'. We thought a lot about rhyming language and tried to come up with sets of words that rhymed. At the end of the week we rewrote the poem in our English books.
We had an exciting start to the week, with a theatre production of 'Charlotte's Web'. The children were as enthusiastic as usual, and were all able to write about their favourite parts/characters.
In English we have continued to learn to retell and write the story of 'The Rainbow Fish'. We started off the week by working in teams to retell the story and then sequence the story with images, which we followed up by working in pairs to correct the written story which had no punctuation or sentences. We were then given the opportunity to sequence our own set of images, and write a sentence about each in our books. This all led up to us rewriting the whole story in our English books.
In maths this week we have been looking at 'equals' and how it also means balanced. We used the numicon scales to check if our number sentences were correct and the two numbers that we were adding balanced with the answer. We have also been looking at 'fact families' and seeing if we can find the two addition and two subtraction number sentences that can be made with 3 numbers!
On Wednesday we learnt all about observational drawing. We discussed how we needed to keep looking between the object and our drawing to make sure the details were correct, and how sketching instead of drawing one solid line makes this easier. The children were very excited about drawing crabs, tiger prawns and scallops, and created some lovely pieces of art!
This week we have been learning the story 'The Rainbow Fish'. We have retold the story using stick puppets, hot seated the different characters, and written rainbow sentences to help us to learn the story.
In maths we have continued learning our number bonds, but have also been applying these to help us to solve missing number calculations.
To introduce our new topic 'Marine Madness!' we had a visitor come to talk to us about her work as a Marine Conservationist. Lucie, Miss Buckland's sister, talked to us about the places in the world that she has worked in and the different marine animals that she has done research on. She started us off with our own shark research project by helping to choose which species of shark we will be researching!
We painted water scenes with glitter paint which we will use for our front cover of our shark research project books.
We have been exploring the affects of pollution this week, and carried out an experiment to see if we were able to clean water of various forms of litter, using large tweezers and sieves! The children showed a very good understanding of how important it is not to drop rubbish and how difficult it is to clean it up once it is in the sea.
We have continued our learning of number bonds, working together to find two numbers that made 10, and using the numicon scales to check that are answers were correct when making number bonds to 20.
This term we will be learning all about houses and homes, studying the work of L.S Lowry, looking at how to build the strongest house whilst looking at the properties of, and classifying different materials, and retelling the stories 'Stone Soup' and 'The three little pigs'.
We had great fun on Monday when taking part in a whole school 'Chinese New Year' celebration day! We learned about Buddhism, how to use chopsticks when trying different types of Chinese food, about the Chinese zodiac story and which animal we were born in the year of, and made Chinese zodiac animal masks. We also learned about the different traditions of Chinese New Year such as lucky money envelopes, coin trees and Chinese dragon dancing!
We continued our 'computing' education, exploring the Chromebooks and different subject areas such as English, maths and science, through the online education program, Education city.
We learned about the story of St. Valentine and had a lovely time making our own 'Valentines' decorations for the school disco, creating heart paper chains and Valentines images, and made our own Valentines cards to take home.
This week we further explored the work of L.S Lowry, and sketched our own street scenes which we then went on to paint with watercolours.
In English we have been learning how to write instructions. Within our science lessons we have been learning about what materials are magnetic, so we performed some simple tests to help us to find magnetic materials, and wrote instructions on how to carry out the tests.
We have been learning about magnetic materials in Science. We made predictions on our charts and then tested each material with magnet, and marked whether our predictions were correct or not.
In computing we have been using the bee-bots, giving them sets of instructions to get from one place on the map to another.
This week in maths we have been learning about fractions. We have looked at halves and quarters by folding paper, colouring shapes, sharing numbers and using numicon
In Design and Technology we have been using saws to cut wood. We talked about health and safety first, and made sure we were using safety goggles and kept our hands away from the blade. Whilst one group worked on this, the other children experienced trying to make buildings using different materials.
In English we have been learning the story 'Stone Soup'. We retold the story together, drew pictures of what was happening in the sentences in our own booklets, corrected sections of the story without capital letters or punctuation, using coloured felt pens, and rewrote the story in our English books.
We played a game called 'pass the squeeze', and discussed how it made us feel during our Jigsaw learning on 'dreams and goals'. We also retold 'We're going on a bear hunt', discussed what we are scared of and what we could to make this better.
This week in maths we have been learning about multiplication. We have mainly been looking at the ten times table, with a little work on the two times table as an extra challenge! We used numicon and drew pictures of sweets in bags to support our work on this.
In English we adapted the story 'The three little pigs' to our own version 'The three spotted kittens', which involved an alien in outer space and the kittens building rockets out of string, plastic and metal! We focused particularly on sentence structure, sequencing images and telling the story orally, ordering sentences and writing rainbow sentences to help us to see where a sentence should start and finish.
We have had a great week this week, continuing with our retelling of 'The Three Little Pigs' in English and working on addition and subtraction in maths. We ended our week with a wonderful performance of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', which the children were extremely enthusiastic about, joining in in all the right places, and laughing and clapping along throughout!
We have been usiong numicon and number lines to support our addition and subtraction, and have shown a much greater understanding of how to use these resources, and write our own number sentences.
In science we have been looking at the properties of different materials, sorting them, and discussing which materials would be the best for different bulidings, and why.
In music we have been learning the new song 'Rhythm in the way we walk', and warming up our bodies and faces before singing!
We have been learning about different styles of houses around the world, and painting pictures of our favourites...
Our first week back after the Christmas holiday has involved learning the story 'The Three Little Pigs'. The children have been learning to retell the story, and have been using stick puppets, finger puppets and role play masks to act out the story and hot seat different characters. This has enabled them to become more involved in the story, which will support them in sequencing and re-writing it next week.
We have continued to learn about shapes and their properties this week, drawing and labelling pictures of them on whiteboards, and matching shape picture cards with their name card and properties card.
This week we have been taking part in lots of Christmas activities, including practising for our Christmas play 'Ralph the Reindeer'!
We made our own Christmas cards to take home for our families.
We made chocolate truffles for Christmas gifts!
We made 3D Christmas gift boxes.
We made party hats for our school Christmas lunch.
Riley's mum very kindly came in to visit us to talk about how Chinese New Year is celebrated, as a part of our 'Let's Celebrate' topic.
We learnt about the story of Babushka and how she helped the three wise men and wanted to join them on their journey to see baby Jesus, but could not find the way. We used finger puppets to act out the story with our friends and made our own zig-zag books of 'Babushka'.
We have been looking at addition and subtraction, following our work on number bonds, and used Babushka Russian dolls to help us with our number sentences.
This week we have been learning about the different seasons and what is special about each. We mixed our own colours with paint and created 2D season paintings.
The children decided that we needed to decorate the classroom for Christmas, and so we made paper snowflakes, paper chains and christmas wreaths using beads and string.
We have continued to learn about number bonds within our maths lessons, but this week it has been even more challenging as we have been learning number bonds to 20! We used counting strings, numicon and unifix cubes to support us with this.
This week in maths we have neen learning to make number bonds to 10 using Numicon. We used the scales to check that our number bonds were correct, comparing them to a piece of 10.
In English we have been learning to retell and sequence the story of 'Goldilocks and the three bears', using Pie Corbett storytelling techniques. We have practised telling the story together, sequenced the images in our English books, and retold the story together in groups, focusing on using describing words and interesting sentence openers such as next, after that, suddenly, finally and at that moment!
We have been decorating our Christmas mugs ready to sell at the 'Christmas Fayre' next week!
On Friday we were very lucky to have Shannon's mum come in to class to help us with our henna hand painting, as a part of our Diwali week. The children were very excited about this and are very proud of their personal rangoli patterns!
This week we had a 'Diwali day' where we were able to experience lots of different activities based on Diwali, such as a Hindu wedding, making Diva lamps, trying on traditional dress and tasting sweets. The children had a fantastic day and really enjoyed learning about different aspects of Hindu culture.
In maths this week we have been learning to tell the time and why it is important to know how to tell the time. We have been focusing on 'o'clock' and 'half-past' and learning about what the hour and minute hands mean on a clock.
This week in English we have been writing about Diwali and Holi, and writing invitations to people at home to join us for our class assembly next week.
This week we have continued to learn about cultural festivals around the world. We have been looking at the Buddhist festival, Vesak, and introduced the Hindu festival of colour, Holi. We danced to celebration music using silk and pom poms, in preparation for our class assembly at the end of the month...
In maths we have been recapping what we have previously learnt about addition and subtraction. We learnt how to use a number line to support us in finding the answers to subtraction and addition number sentences, and counting ladybirds, which helped us with our addition.
We had our Key Stage 1 assembly with Year 2, where we talked about anti-bullying week, and the importance of being kind to others, and speaking up if we ever experience bullying of any kind.
We made our own Vesak lotus flower lanterns and wrote instructions on how to create them.
This week we have been learning all about Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes. We created our own rockets, made chalk pastel images of the night sky with fireworks in, and wrote sentences and poems about Bonfire Night and fireworks.
This week in P.E we have been focusing on balance and movement. We explored different balances independently and were given the opportunity to use the balance beam. We also explored different styles of jumping from the bench on to the crash mat.
We have been learning about symmetry in our maths lessons this week. We painted our own symmetrical firework pictures, used peg boards to create symmetrical images and sorted symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes.
We have had a great week in Year One, learning about invitation and poster writing, counting in two's, five's and ten's, classifying different dinosaurs into carnivore's, herbivore's and omnivore's, and researching Mary Seacole, and the work that she carried out during the Crimean war. We finished with our dinosaur party which Year Two joined us for!
We wrote invitations to year 2, inviting them to our dinosaur party on Friday.
We made posters to advertise our party!
We looked at counting in two's, five's and ten's, using different resources such as numicon, number lines and squares, and our fingers.
We found out about what the words 'carnivore', 'herbivore' and 'omnivore' meant, and sorted dinosaurs under these headings.
We researched Mary Seacole, looking at the different natural medicines she used to help soldiers get better during the war, and how she worked to make hospitals more hygienic to prevent disease.
We have had a lovely time in Year One this week, starting off with a performance of 'Treasure Island', which the children were very excited about and really enjoyed. They did lots of writing about it as soon as they got back to class!
We found Dinosaur footprints in our playgrounds and decided to find out more information! We measured and compared the different sizes using unifix cubes, rulers and measuring tapes, and wrote letters to the dinosaurs asking why they had visited....
We explored how to use the Chromebooks in ICT, looking at it's different functions and playing educational games...