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This week the children have been learning all about Hibernation during Creative Curriculum. The children began by sorting animals who hibernate and those who do not, on Tuesday afternoon they looked at animals habitats and where animals live around the world. On Wednesday afternoon we received a letter from Duck, Squirrel and Cat (Pumpkin Soup characters) asking us to help their friend Hedgehog. We had to design and make him a new home suitable for Hedgehog to hibernate in as a sneaky fox had ruined his home. The children had great fun designing their own habitats for the hedgehog and we even went outside to build it for him.
In Numeracy the children have been learning to multiply and divide. We have been focusing on making sure our groups are equal and some Year 2 children even drew their own arrays to work out the number sentences.
In Literacy Year 2 have been writing a letter to our Elf who arrived in our classrooms this week and brought along an Santa Cam with him. The children wrote a letter to the Elf to ask him why he brought it and to find out about the camera. We then learnt actions a new model text of a letter to Santa. Watch out for pictures of what our Cheeky Elf has been up to in Year 1/2.
The children have also been extremely busy practising our Nativity ready for our school performances on Tuesday 12th December.
If you would like tickets for the performances please visit the main reception.
This week the children have been learning to add and subtract in Maths using concrete objects (cups and counters), number lines and have even looked at how to create number sentences to make an amount. For example 13- 12 + 1 = 13, 11 + 2 = 13.
In Literacy our Year 2 children have been creating their own stories about their character that we described during a previous piece of writing. The children created exciting stories taking place in a woods, on a beach and even at a haunted house.
In our topic lessons we received a letter from Duck, Cat and Squirrel (from our topic book Pumpkin Soup) asking us to create them a heathy treat for their tea party. The children used the Talk 4 writing approach to learn actions for a set of model instructions, we then received a range of delicious fruit from the animals and began to create our own instructions to make a Fruit Salad.
The children have all been working hard to earn Dojo points and on Friday our top 3 children who have earnt the most points will receive a special treat.
This week the children have been learning all about our new topic Pumpkin soup.
The children have read the story and have been learning about food chains of animals and what animals and humans need to grow. After creating their own food chains for the animals in the story, the children began to look at what we need as humans to grow. The children began to learn about what makes a healthy diet and the importance of eating a balanced diet.
In Numeracy the children have been learning to find the value of numbers to 50 and have been finding one more and one less and the Y2 children have begun to use inequality symbols (crocodiles) to find the biggest numbers.
In Year 2 the children have been learning our Talk 4 Writing actions to be able to write a story. Our Y1 children have been learning new sounds in Read Write Inc and practising reading and answering questions with a partner.
This week the children have been busy completing assessments and writing setting descriptions. The children used Pie Corbett actions to learn the model text before changing it to write their own setting descriptions about Conisborough Castle. The children have also been busy creating a range of pieces of artwork to conclude the end of our Once Upon a Time topic about Castles.
Last Friday the children visited Conisborough Castle. The children had an excellent day participating in lots of activities around the Castle. During our Tales from the Keep talk the children went into the castle alongsidw the experts to locate different rooms and to think about who would have worked and lived there. During the Meet the Medieval’s talk the children used a timeline to go back 850 years. The children were able to dress up in costumes that would have been worn 850 years ago by the many people who lived and worked there.
This week the children have been exceptionally busy writing recounts, making posters and drawing sketches using their newly found knowledge from Conisborough Castle.
In Enquiry Based Learning on Wednesday the children made shields using wood and saws alongside our school expert Sam. The children had a fantastic afternoon at the farm putting their plans into action and working alongside Sam to use real life tools. The children have also been busy drawing the insides of a castle using their first-hand experience from the visit.
On Friday the children all took part in Halloween crafts during our well-deserved Golden Time.
This week the children have been very busy preparing for our visit to Conisborough Castle on Friday 20th October.
During Enquiry Based Learning the children have been in charge of writing letters to our school dinner ladies to ask for packed lunches instead of hot meals, planning our bus journey and order of events when we arrive at the castle. A group of children interested in knights have been thinking of their own questions that they would like to ask the experts at the Castle during our Tales from the Keep and Meet the Medievals sessions. Some children have also been designing shields and thinking about the materials that they will use to make them as we prepare for a visit from Sam.
During Maths Makes Sense in Year 1 the children have been finding the difference between numbers and using rulers to measure accurately. In Year 2 the children have been finding explicit and implicit information in charts, practising their times tables and using the inverse operations to create new maths stories.
In Read Write Inc Year 1 have been learning new letter sounds and reading books that Fred the frog has delivered for us. During Literacy in Year 2 the children have been creating setting descriptions using text mapping and boxing up to support them.
Please keep your eyes peeled for pictures from our trip being uploaded early next week.
This week in Year 1/2 the children have been continuing to find out about their topic ‘Once upon a time’.
The Fairy tale group have been writing letters to Princesses to ask about their outfits and have been reading Cinderella in our Reading area before deciding to make puppets to retell the story to the class. The Knights group have been learning all about the job role of a knight and have written letters to Sam asking if he could come into our class to make real shields with us next week. The royal family group have been learning all about the Queen and have looked at who may have lived and worked in Castles many years ago. The castles groups have been looking at the features of a castle using real life mages, maps and sketches and have begun to design their own castles before building them next week.
In Literacy Year 2 have been learning a new model text about a setting that Giant Ugg visits and have begun to think of new and exciting adjectives.
In Maths makes sense the children in Year 2 have been learning to tell the time, find inverse operations and the Year 1 children have been using cups to write maths stories about tens and hundreds and making 2D shapes using clues from Cupman.
This week during Enquiry Based Learning in Year 1/2 we received a very important letter from Buckingham Palace. The letter asked us if we could help Prince George to tell his friends all about his future job role as the King of the United Kingdom and about the places (castles) he may live in in the future.
The children are now ‘finding out’ during their Enquiry based Learning topic to be able to help Prince George. A group of children decided to write letters to the Queen and Kate Middleton to ask them what it looks like inside of Buckingham Palace. A group of boys who are focusing on Castles looked at real life images of Castles to spot similarities and differences between them all.
In Guided Reading the children have been focusing on their understanding of stories and being able to sequence the events in a story. The children first ordered events of the story ‘The Emperor’s new clothes’ before drawing the missing images on a story board and adding text to the images to describe key events.
In Maths Makes Sense Year 1 have been using cups to act out addition and subtraction stories and have been introduced to what a half and a quart of objects look like. In Year 2 the children have been learning to add 10 and 20 at speed and focusing on finding lines of symmetry and being able to find the maths story in a embellished maths problem.
Next week the children will receive some very exciting responses to their letters and will continue to explore the topic ‘Once upon a time’.
This week in Year 1/2 the children have been finishing off their ‘showing what they know’ of their Enquiry Based Learning topic. The children have made a variety of crowns, shields, swords, dragons, kings and queen sketches and made castle models to show their current understanding. The children have now all been put into groups dependent upon what they would like to find out about and will now focus upon their Enquiry questions next week when beginning the ‘Finding out’ stage.
Next week we will be set an exciting task by a member of the royal family.. Watch out next week to find out.
This week the children in Years 1 and 2 have been very busy learning all about our new Enquiry Based Learning topic ‘once upon a time’. The children have been showing the adults what they already know before starting the topic and have begun to think of questions that they would like to find out about during the topic.
During Guided Reading this week the children have been playing eye spy, beat the clock and using dictionary skills to spot the initial letter sounds of objects.
In Maths Makes Sense Year 1 have been learning the actions for addition and subtractions and have been acting out with their partners to count ‘how much is there here?’ The children have been working really well with their partners and have formed excellent numbers during our morning warm ups.
In Maths Makes Sense the Year 2 children have been learning to measure perimeters of closed shapes and learning how to tell the time.
In Read Write Inc the children have been learning new set 2 sounds and have begun to read green and pink books.
In P.E the children have been learning about how to dribble when playing basketball, how to defend and how to score as well as discussing how to use tactics to win the game.
Take a look at pictures of our fantastic learning this week.
The children have all had an excellent week settling into their new Year 1 classroom. The children have been getting to know their teacher (Miss Wilford) and have made hot air balloons to go on our ‘Good to be Blue’ Behaviour chart. This half term we will be learning about Castles.
This week the children received a letter from a King and Queen asking if they could help the lonely knight as he had fallen apart. The children each made their own knight and used split pins to piece him back together. The children then made their own 3D castles for the knight to live inside of.
Please remember that to support or topic this half term we will be visiting Conisborough Castle. We are asking for a donation of £9.50 and the trip will take place on Friday 20th October 2017. If you would like your child to attend our Key Stage 1 visit then please return the trip attendance form.
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