Today, everyone in Year 1 was a Fearless Fox as we led our first Collective Worship for Year 2 and Year 3. Our theme was thankfulness and we shared our paintings of what we were thankful for. We sang a song about being grateful for our food (to the tune of If you're happy and you know it). Then we used the story 'Dear Zoo' to think about being thankful even if we don't always get exactly what we want.
To celebrate National Fitness Day, year 5 and 6 gathered in the hall to carry out some Joe Wicks HIIT (high intensity interval training) sessions. This is where you work really hard for a short period of time, and then have a short rest before moving on to the next exercise. We did squats, slow burpees, rope climbing, lunges and more!
National Fitness Day is to celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity (although Mrs Barker wants to point out that running a half marathon in the pouring rain at the weekend was not something that she would categorise as "fun"). You can find out more about National Fitness Day here: www.nationalfitnessday.com/fitnessday/
We have had a fantastic start to the term in Foundation. The children have really started to make the most of the environment and have started to forge great friendships with their peers. At this stage we are just completing initial assessments and getting to know each other. Please look here for updates about our class and don't forget to check Tapestry to see your child's personal learning journey.
In Science this week we have been learning about refraction. In groups we carried out four mini investigations to find out what happens to light rays as they travel through different materials. These investigations involves bending pencils, pouring light, hiding coins and bending light! In our groups we drew diagrams of what we observed and tried to explain what happened. You can see the children's diagrams here:
We discovered that light waves travel at a different speed when they go through other transparent materials, such as water or glass. This causes the rays of light to change direction and bend and this is known as refraction.
As part of our Active Maths last week we played Bond Search in groups. We had to take it in turns to run and collect cards with numbers on from a basket and once we had collect them all we matched them up to find pairs that added up to 100.
This week it was our first joint class collective worship for years 4, 5 and 6, led by Ock class. The children planned and delivered the collective worship, which was on the theme of "Thankfulness". The children explored what this meant to them personally, and shared a bible story which showed the importance of thankfulness. Every child contributed to the collective worship, and I was really pleased with how confident they were. Well done Ock class!
Dear parents and carers,
This week in English we have continued the sentence stacking part of our work on Float. We have spent time analysing the illustrations in order to make predictions about the character and what might happen next, as well as making inferences about how the character feels. We've also looked at how the layout of the page affects the meaning, as well as other clues, like the colour of the boy's coat. Next week we'll be finishing the sentence stacking, before moving on to planning our own writing based on this wonderful book. I was pleased with how confidently the children shared some of their writing so far in our sharing assembly this morning, too.
Please remember to keep encouraging your child to keep reading regularly at home, either out loud or independently - this also includes being read to, as well!
The children did very well in their first spelling check of the year, with lots of children getting all five correct, and lots of children very close to that. Well done everyone! This week's spellings all have -cious endings:
In maths this week we have continued our work on place value. We've stretched our skills by working with bigger numbers, consolidating our knowledge of place value and the number system. We've worked hard on rounding and also on solving problems based on place value. We've also started looking at common mistakes, such as only answering one part of a two part question, and how to check our work for errors. Next week we'll be continuing to compare and order numbers up to one million, as well as recapping using negative numbers. Please remember to keep working with your child on mental maths fluency, particularly times tables. I have put some of times table, rounding and counting work on My Maths for your child to access at a convenient time. I also really like the Times Table Rockstars app, which is fantastic for building fluency and can be tailored to the particular tables that they are finding hard. Little and often is the key to this sort of consolidation work. Please do give me a shout if you need support with this.
In science this week we learnt about the planets in our solar system, including the order of the planets from the sun and some key facts about each one. We also watched this fantastic video about a group of friends who built a scale model of the solar system in the Black Rock desert. In their model the Earth is the size of a marble, and the sun is about 1.5m in diameter. It shows the huge distances between the planets in a much better way than conventional diagrams. The video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR3Igc3Rhfg
Three things to ask your child this week:
In Phonics we have been focusing on the 'ch' and 'ng' digraphs. We also enjoyed playing this interactive game where we had to identify the initial sounds in the words: www.doorwayonline.org.uk/literacy/firstsounds/
In English we have continued our work on The Train Ride. This week we have focused on how Mum and Molly got onto the train and what Molly saw out of the window on her train journey.
In Maths we have focused on finding one more and one less. We used our work on counting forwards and backwards to help us to identify one more or one less than a given number.
Homework will hopefully begin next week. We are still working through setting up the Spelling Shed log-ins. If you haven't returned the permission slip for Spelling Shed yet then please do so at the beginning of next week.
that we have a bookpenpal! We are thrilled that writer and illustrator David O'Connell will be sending us his recommendations during the year, and following our class's progress.
Mrs Barker's favourite David O'Connell book is Jampires, which he wrote and illustrated with Sarah McIntyre, but we're all looking forward to finding out more about David and all of his books. David's website can be found at: http://davidoconnell.uk/
Yesterday in Science we thought about how light is reflected. We learnt that reflection is when light bounces off a surface, changing the direction of a ray of light and all object reflect light. We then learnt that when rays of light reflect, they obey the law of reflection: the angle of incidence always equals the angle of reflection. Our first activity today was to try and prove the law of reflection in pairs.
Next we discussed how mirrors reflect light and how they can help us see objects. We then used our understanding of reflection and the angles of incidence and reflection to make a periscope and explain how it works.
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