This week the children have worked really hard on writing their own versions of the Stardust story, putting into practice all the elements we have been working on this term. This is the first long piece of independent writing we have done and we are really looking forward to reading their work.
I maths we have continued to work on place value, using a place value chart, placing numbers on a number line and partitioning numbers in different ways.
In Science this week we learned all about recycling and in particular the importance and impact of recycling glass. We are all now trying to be Glass Guardians. In Topic we used the information we researched last week about the first moon landings to write non-chronological reports.
Between rain showers we had fun in PE practising for the first inter-house competition of this year using football skills.
Have a lovely weekend everyone, one more week until half term.
Mrs Lappin and Mrs James.
Another busy week draws to a close. In English this week we finished off our work on the Stardust story. We have practiced alliteration, writing and punctuating questions, creating dialogue, action and sound sentences and using expanded noun phrases. Next week, the children will be using what we have practiced to write their own story based on Stardust.
In maths we have continued to work on place value using a part whole model. We have then used the numbers in the model to write related addition and subtraction sentences. For example:
In topic we learned about the first moon landings and in science we found out about Charles Mackintosh who invented a new material.
Have a lovely weekend.
In English we have continued to work on our Stardust story. We have explored rhyme, used superlatives (words that end in –est) and adverbs (words ending in –ly) to describe and used the conjunction ‘because’ to add detail.
In maths we have continued our learning about the place value of digits in a 2-digit number using different representations in a part-whole model , such as dienes, place value counters, tens frames and numicon.
In Topic we investigated attempts to land on the moon and learned who the successful explorers were.
In science this week we investigated which fabrics would prove to be hardwearing for Traction Man to wear when on his outdoor adventures. We looked at the structure of different fabrics using magnifying glasses and then tested them for durability.
You can see Traction Man on the assault course below.
Today we talked about Harvest Festival and made pumpkins which have been sent home this evening.
This week in English we have started building up sentences around our new story Stardust. We have used exclamations, used adjectives about touch, written about times we were jealous and used alliteration.
In maths we have been revising place value, counting backwards and forwards within 20 and 50, thinking about tens and ones and comparing numbers using less than, greater than or equal to. Next week we will continue to build on this work.
In Topic we learned about the different countries in the UK.
In science the children used what they learned last week about floating and sinking to select a material to help Traction Man to float. they had a Traction Man spoon to which they attached their material and then tested their selection. Here are some photos:
This week we completed our work on the book Here We Are and shared it with the rest of Key Stage One in Collective Worship.
We have also been doing some assessments in reading, writing and maths to help us identify where the children are and to inform our planning for the rest of the term The children have all worked really hard and tried their best.
In science this term, we are using the book Traction Man is Here to investigate the uses of materials. This week we looked at which materials float and sink to help us make a flotation vest for Traction Man. There are a few pictures below.
In PE we have done some skipping and some multiskills, travelling over the ladders in different ways.
We have had a lovely start to the year and are really enjoying seeing each other again and learning new things. Here is some useful information for the start of term below. We will also be continuing our Phonics for this half term using Read Write Inc. You may wish to explore the website: https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/
As we were unable to take part in our annual Sports Evening this year due to Lockdown, we continued with our physical activity at home. We took part in National School Sports Week where there were lots of different challenges to try which were organised by the Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports. Children and families across the country took part and it was great to see so many of our school community getting involved. Well done to each and every one of you for showing excellent commitment to being physically active and supporting our work as an Active School. Take a look at some of the photos from the challenges:
This week the children have worked really hard. In maths we have been putting our skills from the whole year into practice, as well as working on counting in fractions. Next week we will be doing some measuring.
In English we have done some reading comprehension and written our non-chronological reports about lions, with some amazing facts included. Next week we will be learning a rainforest based story to retell in our own words.
In PE we have done some ball skills and learning to skip in different ways in between rain showers.
Thank you to all the parents who have already attended parent meetings, we have sent home a parent questionnaire with your child today which we should be grateful if you would complete and return. We look forward to meeting with those parents we haven't yet seen next week.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs James and Mrs Lappin
This week in Cole Class we have had a very productive week. In English, we have been working on a non-chronological report about cheetahs, in preparation for the children to write their own about lions. Using film clips and information texts, we have written an introduction, facts, captions, labels and rhetorical questions.
In maths, we have been learning about fractions, how to write and recognise them and what unit and non-unit fractions are.
We had a fabulous day on World Book Day, sharing stories in the library and with other year groups. Thank you so much for sending the children in in their pyjamas with their books.
We have had a number of children with no indoor shoes, PE kit, coats, book bags etc this week. Please make sure your child has indoor and outdoor shoes as well as full PE kit, with items suitable for both indoor and outdoor PE, at all times. If your child wears their trainers as outdoor shoes, they need to have some alternative footwear (like plimsolls) for indoor PE.
Water bottles: please would you make sure your child has a water bottle in school. This is especially important at the moment as we are working hard to limit the transmission of germs and eliminating the use of cups from the classroom makes this much easier.
If anyone has a spare shoe box for our science dioramas we would be very grateful for one or two more.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs James and Mrs Lappin
In English this week we have been writing our own informal letters as if we were an injured soldier in Florence Nightingale's hospital in Scutari, making sure we used really interesting noun phrases to describe our injuries and the conditions in the hospital. We have also practised identifying past and present tense verbs.
In maths, we have been looking at tally charts and pictograms to record information and answer questions. Some of the pictograms got quite tricky when one picture represented more than one item - its always important to look at the key.
Our science work has been about food chains this week. The children drew their own versions and labelled them with herbivore, carnivore, producer, consumer. We learned that food chains begin with the sun, which is used by plants to make their own energy, and plants are consequently known as producers. Creatures that eat plants are called herbivores. Creatures that eat something else (plant or animal) to get their energy) are called consumers.
The spellings on Spelling Shed will be tested on Friday 28 Ferbruary. The 5x table is also on EdShed for children to practice.
Things to ask your child:
Does the past tense mean something is happening now or has already happened?
Why can't you keep a penguin in your bedroom?
What do you need to look at first, before counting the pictures, on a pictogram?
Don't forget that after half term the forest school and science groups will swap over so if your child has done science this term they will need to bring clothes for forest school on a Thursday.
Please ensure children have their book bag and PE kit in school every day. Thank you.
Have a lovely half term break.
Mrs Lappin & Mrs James
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