As part of our new theme 'London's Burning', Class One went back in time to Sunday 2nd September 1666 to explore the Great Fire of London.
We explored London during this era and noticed lots of differences compared to now, learnt lots of interesting facts about the fire, painted pictures of the ferocious flames and made gingerbread with Mrs Stacey, our school cook.
All the children enjoyed exploring our new home corner based on 'Thomas Farriners' bakery, as well as creating salt dough treats to go in the bakery and completing some fabulous writing.
This week in school the children have been creating under the sea collages and clay animals.
The children at home have been exploring carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Sorting animals from their local area into the correct category.
In maths this week the Reception children have had activities based around the story 'Princess Mirror Belle and the Dragon Pox' by Julia Donaldson. They started the week exploring and naming 3D shapes and their properties through the building of castles. Before moving onto addition through counting on, creating number lines to use for measuring from toilet roll and finishing the week investigating doubling.
The Year One pupils have been exploring time, starting off looking at sequencing using before and after, then moving onto the days of the week and the months of the year. Finishing the week exploring telling the time to the hour.
This week, both the Reception and Year One pupils have been investigating the story 'The Odd Eggs' by Emily Gravett as the Reception children have been intrigued by one of the pupils hatching eggs and the chickens outside our classroom window.
The Reception children started off the week thinking of adjectives to describe the Odd Egg, using their senses to support them in choosing interesting adjectives. Whilst the Year One pupils made predictions about the Odd Egg, discussing which animal may have laid the egg. As the week progress both year groups explored the feelings of the different characters in the story and giving advice to the main character. To finish the week the Reception pupils wrote a new version of the story, changing the animal in the Odd Egg. The Year One pupils explored using the prefix un to change the meaning of root words and the suffix est when describing.
Both year groups have been set daily phonics activities. The Reception pupils have been exploring end consonant blends and the Year One pupils have been recapping alternate graphemes for reading.
In Maths this week, Reception have had activities based around the book 'The Princess and the wizard' by Julia Donaldson. They have been exploring the days of the week, creating a days of the week challenge book and creating spells, practising number formation. Before moving onto halving numbers to 20 and subtracting small numbers from numbers to 20.
The Year One children have been investigating 'Money', starting the week by checking the children's understanding and recognition of coins to £2. They then explored sorting coins and ordering coins based on their value. Before moving onto exploring the value of notes and using different coins to make various amounts.
This week Reception have been exploring the book 'Rainbow fish' by Marcus Pfister. They've explored using interesting adjectives to describe the main character from the story to discuss the feelings of the characters in the story. Before discussing their prize possession and explaining why it is special to them. Finishing the week researching about Rainbow Fish and creating a fact file.
The Year One pupils have been exploring the book 'Bog Baby' by Jeanne Willis. The children have developed their use of adjectives to describe, using synonyms for adjectives. They then explored using similes as a different way of adding description to their writing. Practising writing in present and past tense forms, using the suffix -ed to change the verb tense. Finishing the week writing a diary entry from the perspective of the main character in the story.
Both Reception and Year One pupils have completed daily phonics activities.
This week the Class One were challenged to create beach pictures and explore adding texture to their creations using a variety of media.
The children attending school were given the primary colours and explored mixing the paint to achieve the colour they needed. They used glitter, cotton wool and cotton buds to add texture to their creations.
This week in Maths, the Reception children have been completing activities based around the book 'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson. They have completed a variety of activities from creating spiral patterns, to completing repeating patterns, using first now and then to tell addition stories and using position language to describe their snail trails they created.
The Year One children have continued to explore place value to 100, starting the week revising comparing numbers to 100 using tens and ones using <,> and =. Before moving onto ordering numbers to 100 and finding one more and one less as well as ten more and ten less.
This week the Reception children have been exploring 'Supermarket Zoo' by Carol Hart and Edward Eaves. To start the week the children created shopping lists of what they'd buy if they were going shopping, they then used their senses to support them in writing a description of a shopping trip. The children discussed the characters Ablie's morning routine, before sequencing and record theirs. They then chose their favourite animal from the story and created a description using interesting adjectives. To finish the week the children have used their imagination to create monsters from their visit to the Monster Market.
The Year One children have explored the story 'Stanley's stick' by John Hegley. To start the week the children drew their favourite representation of the stick and used 'because' to explain why. They then moved onto describing the beach setting, using their senses to support them in creating interesting adjectives. Before describing the main character Stanley, investigating how they can describe physical features and personality. To finish the week the children have created plans to support them writing a new version of the story.
Both Reception and Year One pupils have been set daily phonic activities.
This week Class One was challenged to create something to show their peers that they are missing them on our Zoom session. The Year Ones were asked to write a message to their peers to read to them.
There were some beautiful creations and all of the children thoroughly enjoyed seeing each other.
This week Receptions maths has been based around the book 'Superworm' by Julia Donaldson. They have had a mixture of activities from creating symmetrical patterns, to discussing length, creating worm number lines and exploring counting to 20 by creating a worm dance. To finish the week they created Superworm yucky supermarkets and explored using money to buy disgusting food.
The Year Ones have been exploring place value to 100, starting the week off with activities based around counting to 100. They then moved on to partitioning numbers to 100 into tens and ones, finishing off with comparing numbers to 100.
Both Reception and Year One have been exploring the animation 'Bridge'. The Year Ones started the week exploring the differences between commands and questions, creating examples of their own. Before both year groups moving on to creating a dialogue between the first two characters from the story. All children then created a story plan, based on the animation, Reception had scaffolded ideas. Finishing the week off by creating a story based on the animations.
Reception and Year One children have had daily phonics activities. Reception have been focusing on consonant blends and reading. Year One have been exploring homographs and homophones.
This week Class One have been exploring whether objects sink or float. The children have collected items from around the home and tested with their own science investigation.
Once they had found out which objects were good for floating, some children made their own boats.
Reception have been conducting Pirate themed maths activities this week. They have created telescopes, decorating them with patterns. Before collecting objects from around the house to conduct a science experiment, counting to 10 and beyond. They have created treasure maps for their homes and used positional language to describe where to find the treasure. Creating jolly rodger flags. Finishing the week identifying amount and practicing their counting and subitising skills.
Year Ones have been exploring position and direction. They started the week, exploring giving instructions using left and right. The next day they learnt about turning in a clockwise and anticlockwise direction. The Year Ones then used what they had learnt over the past two days to practice turning shapes in whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns in a clockwise and anticlockwise direction. They have finished the week, putting all their learning together completing activities that involve using positional language.
This week Reception and Year One have been exploring poetry, starting the week with Pirate Poems and Pirate Pete before moving onto Hullabuloo. Both year groups have investigated rhyming words through interactive games, this support them in creating their own rhyming couplets using the names of the pirates from the poems to help.
The Reception children moved onto creating stanzas about a pirate they had created, producing some fantastic results. The Year Ones explored the poem Pirate Pete and created new stanzas for the zooms or altered the existing ones by changing the rhymes.
To end the week both year groups have explored the poem Hullabullo- creating their own poems based on this poem.
Both Reception and Year Ones have had daily phonics activities. Reception have explored constant blends and phase 4 tricky words. Year Ones have started to investigate homophones and continued to explore phase 5 tricky words.
This week for maths Reception have been focusing on numbers to 20. They started the week reading numbers to 20 (or beyond if confident) before moving onto investigating tens and ones when representing teen numbers. With a couple days investigating tens and ones, the Reception children have finished the week looking for patterns and odd numbers out.
The Year One pupils have been exploring number. They started the week investigating part-whole model relationship bonds before moving onto exploring fact families. Before moving onto odd and evens, to finish the week the Year One pupils have been ordering numbers to 50.
This week Class One have been focusing on the book 'Monstersaurus' by Claire Freedman.
They started the week designing characters to look like themselves as inventors, using interesting adjectives to describe what they're wearing. Both year groups went on use their imaginations to create amazing monsters of their own, writing lists of the disgusting ingredients used. Before writing instructions on how to make their monster. To finish the week Reception have completed a what happened next activity and the Year Ones created their own monster stories.
Both Reception and Year One have been set daily phonics activities. Reception have been focusing on learning more consonant blends and practicing their segmenting and blending reading CVCC, CCVC and CCVCC words. Year Ones have been investigating homographs and homonyms as well as revisiting some of the phase 5 alternate phonemes for reading.
This weeks topic activity has been to create a 'submarine' to explore under the sea, using different media.
Above are some of the amazing results!
Reception have been investigating 'subtraction' this week. They started by subtracting by counting backwards before moving onto to using concrete resources to support practicing their subtracting skills, trying to record their findings using number sentences. The Receptions have finished the week looking at subtracting through first, then, now stories.
The Year Ones have been investigating 'fractions' this week, finding halves and quarters of shapes, objects and quantities. Creating their own shapes and practicing folding them into half and a quarter, exploring which shapes you could find half in more than one way. To finish the week, the Year Ones have been finding quarters of quantities, using concrete resources from their homes to support.
This week Reception have focused on a new book 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell, enjoying the online animation. They have investigated the 'Owl Babies' family home and compared to where they live with their family. The Reception children have discussed the feeling of scared and identified what makes them scared. They've created amazing 'Missing' posters to help find Mummy Owl and finished off the week recording what they'd do with 1 wish.
The Year One pupils have focused on an animation called 'Bubbles', on a beach, a little girl finds a magic pot of bubbles that transports for her to different places. The Year One pupils have created interesting and imaginative beach scenes, using their senses to support them in writing brilliant descriptions. Moving onto using interesting adjectives to create expanded noun phrases to describe sea creatures and space objects. Finishing off the week, recording where they'd go if they had a magic bubble and describing how this might make them feel as well as what they may see.
Both, Year One and Reception pupils have been set a daily phonics activity. Reception have been investigating phase 4 tricky words, consonant blends and recapping phase 2 and 3 phonemes. Year One have been investigating phase 5 tricky words and alternate graphemes for reading and spelling.
As part of our Topic work, Class One pupils have been making models of their favourite animals and creating information posters about them.
Reception have been investigating representing numbers to 20 and addition during week 3 of home learning. They started the week creating 0-20 number flash cards, choosing a card and matching quantity to numeral. Next they started to look at addition by counting on before exploring making their own first, now then stories. As the week progressed we continued with addition through stories encouraging children to use number sentences to support their findings.
Year One started the week by exploring sharing objects into equal groups. They then moved onto exploring half of amounts/quantities. As the week progressed the children started to explore multiplication through making arrays and investigated problems that involved making arrays. The Year Ones finished the week practicing counting in 2s.
This week both, Reception and Year One have continued to focus on the story of 'How to wash a Woolly Mammoth' by Michelle Robinson.
We started the week studying the meaning of the word 'verb', identifying the verbs used in the story as well as creating a list of verbs independently. The next day, we practiced acting out different verbs, seeing if our parents/carers and siblings could guess what they were. The Year One pupils used the verbs they'd thought of in sentences.
As the week progressed, we started to look at changing the story to 'How to wash a Chimpanzee', using their amazing imaginations the children found new ways of encouraging the chimpanzee to get in the bath and explored different hairstyles the chimpanzee could have later in the book.
We finished off the week writing a new version of the story 'How to wash a Chimpanzee' using the ideas created during the different activities to support.
Reception and Year One pupils have been set a daily phonics activity. Reception have started to explore the Phase Four consonant blends as well as learning their first Phase Four tricky word 'said'. Year One pupils have been exploring alternate graphemes for reading/spelling.
Reception have spent week 2 of home learning investigating repeating patterns. They have made some examples of AB, ABC and AAB patterns using different objects from around their homes and local environments. Some children created repeating patterns and challenged their parents/ carers to explain the rule.
Year One started the week practicing counting in tens, before moving onto doubling and completing problems relating to doubling using concrete resources from around their homes to support them. They have finished the week investigating sorting into equal groups.
Well done Class One!
This week we started off our home learning week by completing a diary entry, explaining what we have been up to over the Easter holidays.
Then we have started to investigate the book 'How to wash a Woolly Mammoth' by Michelle Robinson. Before watching/reading all of the books Class One used their excellent imaginations to think of some different ways they could wash the Woolly Mammoth, there were some brilliant ideas.
The Reception children participated in some role play to retell the story, whilst the Year Ones explained which part of the story they liked best using 'because' to explain why.
We have finished off our week using our knowledge of adjectives to describe the Woolly Mammoth.
Each day both Reception and Year One have been set a different phonics activity including practicing spelling tricky words and reading polysyllabic words to refreshing our memory with split digraphs.
There have been lots of amazing outcomes from your work this week Class One, keep up the good work.
Thank you parents/carers for supporting your children in completing the activities set.
Year One have been applying skills recently taught in class, using adjectives to describe, planning and writing a story.
Reception have been developing their understanding of trigraphs in phonics. They have been reading and writing the 'igh, air and ear' trigraphs through different activities.
Investigating seasons in Science-
Class One were challenged to make an instrument to help measure the weather. Above are some of the wonder examples they have made and been using in their homes throughout the past week.
Reception have been exploring length and weight this week at home. They have been using a stick to measure findings objects in the garden that are longer and shorter than their stick. They have made towers taller than themselves and beds for the 3 bears. The latter part of the week focused on weight, becoming a human scale and comparing the weight of objects found in their house. Identifying which objects are lighter and heavier as well as making scales using a coat hanger.
Year One have been investigating capacity- Demonstrating their knowledge of full, empty, half full, nearly full and nearly empty. Exploring whether tall containers have a larger capacity than wider containers. Making potions in the garden and exploring how many cupfuls it takes to full different containers, looking for patterns.
Class One topic for Summer Term is Animals including humans. As a class we have been learning all about our bodies including the names for different parts of our bodies and our senses. We have also been learning about animals including classifying them into groups based upon their features. All of the children have enjoyed learning that we are Mammals and how we are different from other animals including Reptiles, Fish, Amphibians and Insects.
As part of our topic we enjoyed a trip to Dartmoor Zoo where Mitch the Zookeeper brought us out some animals to see, touch and even hold. Mitch told us lots of information about each of the animals and even asked some questions to see what we had already learnt. As we sat so beautifully during our talk we spent the rest of the day exploring the Zoo and where all really excited to see the different animals there and play on the rope trail.