Author Archives: Barbara Speer

We are Engineers!

Welcome back to another busy half term. The children have made an excellent start to our ‘Engineering’ topic and last week considered the best design for an aeroplane. The children made paper aeroplanes from different materials and in different sizes to test which would be the most successful. We were so impressed with the children’s predictions and how they could explain which plane would fly the furthest and why. The children measured the distance that the plane had travelled and began to record in metres and centimetres.

In Literacy we are thinking about instruction writing. We have written sets of instructions to explain how we made our paper aeroplanes and this week we are thinking about instructions for our very own ‘Snake repellent hats’. In Maths we are focusing on subtraction and putting ‘taking away’ into practical contexts.

This week as part of our ‘Materials’ Science topic we will be conducting a survey of the school to see which is the most commonly used material. Look out for the pictures on our class page on the website later this week.

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Jeal ūüôā

Wonderful writers!

This week the children have been busy writing their stories. We have been so impressed with their ideas, choices of vocabulary and handwriting; the stories are fantastic! You will be able to see how hard the children have worked on them next week at parents evening.

In maths we have continued to practice how to write addition number sentences and are getting much more confident with this.

Next week is creative week so the children have lots of exciting activities in store – more will be revealed as the week goes on!

We look forward to seeing you at parents evening and being able to share with you the fantastic start to year 1 that the children have made.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Jeal

 

Forest Schools has begun …

A huge thank you to all the parent/carer helpers who came into school last Thursday for our First Forest School session. It was really appreciated!

The children did a fantastic job getting themselves dressed into their overalls. They then went for a walk around the school grounds before setting off into the woodland area. Each child made their name label for the Hello Tree. They decorated their name with different natural materials such as leaves and feathers. Mrs Gelborova and Mrs Archibald taught them the Forest School song and 123 where are you? The children even got to have snack in the forest.

It was a wonderful start to Forest Schools!

Digging for fossils

This week we have been learning all about fossils. We found out what fossils are, how they were formed and where they might be found. We then went on to ‘dig’ for fossils in our sand tray and make models of them out of play-dough.

Next week we will be learning about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and grouping dinosaurs by what they ate.

Interesting Fruit

Each week we have a different interesting fruit displayed on the Snack Table. Last week it was melon. All week we discuss what we thought it would taste like, how it would look inside etc. Finally on the Friday the children got the chance to taste it and most of them loved it! Matilda commented how juicy it was and Noah loved how sweet it tasted. I wonder what this week’s interesting fruit will be…

The Magic Porridge Pot

This week the children have worked really hard on their story maps for ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ and they are now beginning to re-tell the story confidently. We will send these maps home with the children tomorrow (Monday 1st) so that they can share the story with you. It is important that the children have a good understanding of the structure of story before they begin to innovate and change the story in the coming weeks.

In Maths this week we will be ordering groups of objects and numbers. We will also be thinking about ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc) and playing some maths games which will enable the children to practice a range of mathematical skills.

We had a great time last week being nature explorers in the school grounds and using what we had found to create natural art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. We took lots of photographs of the children in action and will share these with you soon. We are still waiting for the last few permission slips for sharing photos on the website.

Just a reminder that our Maths curriculum workshop is on Tuesday 2nd October. This will provide us with the opportunity to share with you how we teach the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), the resources we use in class and give you the chance to work through some examples with your children.

Hope you have all had a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow ūüôā

Boggarts Everywhere!

Another week has flown by in Year 6 and your children have settled back into school beautifully after their brilliant residential trip to Norfolk – I hope you enjoyed all the Twitter updates – more photos will be posted onto the school website over the next few days.

We have started our new Literacy unit based on the mythical creatures of ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ and the children have already been producing some super writing around this.¬† They have also been very entertaining with their frieze frames of mischievous classroom ‘Boggarts’!¬† Lots of the children are choosing to read the ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ books and are queuing up to be the next in line to read each one.¬† It’s great to see such enthusiasm for reading from a range of genres and thank you for all your support at home with encouraging 20-30 minutes of reading a day: it really does make such a difference.

In Maths, we have been focussing on multiplication, including formal methods and reasoning problems and I have been impressed with the children’s attitude to challenging themselves.¬† This has also been noticeable in improved times tables scores, which in turn should have a positive impact on the next two week’s work on division.¬† Please come along to the curriculum workshop on Tuesday 9th October where we will go through examples of how children are being taught the formal methods¬†of the four operations.

Have a restful weekend everyone and enjoy the sunshine.

Warmest wishes,

Mrs Chassebi

 

Week 4

Dear Parents,

It was lovely to see many of you at the class meeting earlier this week.  If you were unable to make it and would like notes from the session, please ask your child to request a copy from me.  The children are making great progress with writing explanation texts.  They have pretended to be recruitment officers for Rainforest Incorporated and written job adverts using generalisers.  They have also written super book reviews using conjunctions to show cause and effect.  In Maths they had great fun solving a puzzle where rounding numbers led to a secret code enabling them to escape from a spooky funfair!  In PE, Year 5 have began to build their own Haka dance putting words and actions together.  They have been very creative!

I hope you have restful weekends!
Mrs Hunter

 

Week 3 in Reception

Last week the children enjoyed their first session of Messy Mondays which involved powder paint and water. They mixed the paints to make different colours.

We all introduced ‘Wicked Wednesdays’ last week which involves exploring scientific experiments. They investigated what happened when you mix bicarbonate of soda and vinegar.

It has been a very exciting week!

Another great week in Year 1

It has been another busy week in Year 1 and the children have really settled in to their new classroom. We have seen some fantastic writing this week and have been impressed by how hard the children are trying with their handwriting and phonics. In Maths we have been counting forwards and backwards and finding one more and one less.

Next week we will begin our ‘Talk for Writing’ story – The Magic Porridge Pot. We will start by learning the story altogether and creating our own story maps which the children can then¬†share with you at home.

In Maths this week we will be comparing groups using language such as ‘equal, more/greater, less/fewer’ and ordering numbers.

Coming up on Tuesday at 2.45pm¬†is our class welcome meeting, This will give you the opportunity to find out a little bit more about life in Year 1 and ask any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible ūüôā

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Jeal