Well this week we have had quite the heatwave! Kingfishers have continued to work hard throughout the week still, so a huge well done!
In English we have been using subordinate conjunctions to extend our sentences and make them interesting! We have used the conjunctions because, when and that. When describing the King of Tiny Things instead of a simple sentence - The King is helpful. Kingfishers have used subordinate conjunctions - The tiny King was helpful when he carefully oiled an unhappy slug who had lost his slippery slime.
In Maths we have used estimation to use our mathematical expertise to estimate the answers to a range of addition and subtraction questions. We have also recapped using coins to make amounts of money. Once we had made the amounts a number of different ways, we had a brilliant discussion about choosing the simplest and easiest way to pay!
In Encompass we have learnt the life cycle of a butterfly! How a baby caterpillar is born and eventually turns into a beautiful butterfly! We were fortunate to watch Mrs Edwards' butterflies take flight which was a real treat for Kingfishers class!
A wonderful week, have a lovely weekend
Kingfishers have had another busy yet exciting week in Summer term two! In English we have retold the story of the King of Tiny Things. Kingfishers have worked extremely hard to include as many year one and year two writing skills as possible and the finished products are outstanding! Well done Kingfishers We have been working hard to use a variety of interesting verbs. Instead of 'ran' or 'walked' the class have opted for hurried, leapt, skipped, lifted, snuggled, protected.
In Maths we have been solving a range of word problems! Kingfishers became maths investigators to try to decide what maths operation is required to find the answers, they worked very hard and managed to solve all of the problems!
On Friday Kingfishers experienced their first transition morning with their new teachers! It was fantastic to hear the wonderful activities they had been up to and all Kingfishers to be excited for the next school year!
Have a lovely weekend
It has been a busy but brilliant week in Kingfishers class! This week the year 2's have completed the Maths SATs papers and I am so proud of how well they have approached the papers, and year 1 have worked equally as hard this week so a huge well done to all!
In English the class have published their character descriptions of Peter Rabbit, Kingfishers have used the opportunity to use their imagination to describe Peter's appearance and also what makes him such a mischievous bunny! The end results were fantastic!
Friday afternoon we celebrated the Royal Wedding with a wonderful tea party! Thank you to parents who were able to join us, it was an excellent turn out and we were blessed with excellent weather to match!
Have a lovely weekend
This week we had an intruder in our classroom.. an intruder with huge bunny feet covered in soil! Kingfishers were shocked to come into the classroom to discover our prize box had been taken! From the footprints and soil they decided it must be that naughty Peter Rabbit! Kingfishers decided we should write a character description of Peter so that everybody in Waterside can look out for him! They have been asking everyone around school, Mrs Knowles thinks she saw a cheeky rabbit hopping out of the gates. We have this week described Peter's character, his appearance and his actions. Now we are into Summer term this was a fantastic chance for Kingfishers to challenge themselves with their writing by extending simple sentences with a range of conjunctions - and, but, when, because, that, if. Next week we will be putting all of their fantastic description together into a published write!
In Maths Kingfishers have been working hard through reasoning problems focused on fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. As we make our way through the SAT's, Kingfishers have worked brilliantly and have really made me extremely proud!
Have a wonderful weekend
This week in English we have been using our fantastic descriptive writing skills to describe all of the things Peter can find in Mr McGregor's garden! We have learnt to use the possessive apostrophe when it belongs to somebody e.g. Mr McGregor's smelly old wellington boots! Ask
your Kingfisher what they can describe from the dangerous garden!
In Maths we have been revising addition and subtraction reading lots of word problems involving Peter Rabbit himself! Kingfishers have been working really hard to read and highlight the key information and decide what the question is asking us to do.
Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend!
Another excellent week in Kingfisher class. This week in English we have completed our published writes to retell the Tale of Peter Rabbit and the end results were amazing! Kingfishers have been working really hard on our whole class target to take time to make our handwriting as neat and beautiful as can be. It's so important to be proud of what you have written, well done Kingfishers! In Maths we have been learning all about time! We began by sequencing time events, discussing what time we wake up, what time we have breakfast and so on and now we can tell the time to o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to! Kingfishers have done extremely well, why don't you continue to practise at home? Read the clock at home and practise with your parents. In the afternoon Kingfishers have completed their final art piece of Sunflowers by Van Gogh. The end results were fantastic, we have a class full of excellent artists.
Have a lovely weekend
Well it has been a fantastic and sunny week back in Kingfishers class! It has been lovely having the class together again and this week Kingfishers were very excited to find our new story is the Tale of Peter Rabbit!
We have used role play to act out key moments in the story and sequenced the order of the story together. This week we have been looking at using suffix words in our writing ending in -ful or -less, the class used this idea to describe Peter as fearless and careless whereas his sisters are helpful and thoughtful.
In Maths we have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones to help us to understand the value of 2 digit numbers, Kingfishers are now experts at this skill! Brilliant effort!
In our afternoon sessions we have started our new topic, we have learnt the names for the different parts of a plant and we labelled these using real plants!
A brilliant first week back!
Well done Kingfishers
It has been another great week in Kingfishers class! In English the class changed the setting of our story Man on the Moon to the Arctic! Because we know so many wonderful facts about the Arctic habitat from our Science week learning Kingfishers have used this to create a fantastic alternate story where Bob works in the Arctic cleaning up after the fluffy polar bears and giant walruses. Kingfishers have been learning how to include superlative suffixes in their writing such as: fluffiest, cutest, kindest, coldest, happiest, luckiest. Their final published writing was outstanding!
In Maths we have been using our times table knowledge of the 2, 5 and 10 times table to help us divide. Our times tables can give us a quick and easy way to find the answer to big calculations - for example 80 divided by 10. Keep practising your times tables at home to support with this.
During our afternoon Encompass lessons Kingfishers have researched planets of their choice and created a non-chronological report all about a planet of their choice and included their very own WOW facts about their planet.
Next week we will be beginning to introduce our new topic, I wonder what it could be...
What a busy week it has been in Kingfisher class! We have had lots of fantastic visitors this week for Mothers day afternoon, Science week and active Maths! Thankyou parents for your continued support with these events.
In English we have been writing a retell of our story Man on the Moon. Kingfishers have been including adverbs in their sentences to uplevel their writing. Some fantastic examples they have created: Bob rode his brand new bike to the rocket launch-pad quickly. Bob landed on the moon softly. Bob checked the craters carefully for slimy aliens.
In Maths we have been continuing to challenge ourselves with arithmetic. This week we have been adding and subtracting 10 to any number all the way up to 100! We then moved onto adding multiples of 10 to any given number.
During our science week our topic has been the Arctic habitat! Kingfishers (and myself) have really loved this theme we have created beautiful polar bear and walrus artwork, we had a brilliant debate on whether polar bears should be kept in zoos? Finally, Kingfishers conducted a science experiment to experience how long they could keep their hands in icey water when covered in a layer of fat just like polar bears and seals!
A fun-filled week Kingfishers!
Have a relaxing weekend
We have had a wonderful week in Kingfishers class! The week began with a fantastic turn out for World Book Day, we all had a fantastic day reading and sharing our favourite stories as you can see from our photos and dressing up as Wally!
In English the class have written brilliant character descriptions of Bob - Man on the Moon. This week we have been focusing on extending our sentences with conjunctions to make them more interesting! We have used the conjunctions and, because & when. e.g. Bob was unafraid when he was searching for aliens on the moon.
In Maths we have been learning column method to support us with adding 2 digit numbers together. A fantastic skill to help us with bigger numbers!
A brilliant week Kingfishers, have a lovely weekend!
Well it has been a busy but brilliant first week back in Kingfisher class! Although the weather has been freezing the class have really impressed me this week with how brilliantly they have returned to school! The year 2's in Kingfishers class have completed practise SATs tests this week and have approached them fantastically. The whole of Kingfishers have loved getting to know our new story - Man on the Moon. A story all about a man called Bob who is in charge of looking after the moon and entertaining the tourists. Kingfishers created some fantastic posters to persuade tourists to visit the moon and also began to think about what they would do if that was their job! We are all looking forward to reading more of the story next week.
Have a lovely weekend!
Snow day activities!
Good morning Kingfishers! I hope you are having a cosy snow day, here are your snow day activities to keep you entertained.
Maths - Can you solve these addition and subtraction sums? Remember the rule of only changing the tens column!
13 + 10 35 - 10
61 + 10 91 - 10
47 + 10 28 - 10
72 + 10 54 - 10
English - Can you write a description of Bob's job? From our new story - Man on the Moon.
Where does he work? What does it involve? What else is on the moon with him? Who visits the moon?
Focus on including adjectives in your writing and re-reading to check for capital letters and full
stops in all sentences!
Have a fantastic day, I am looking forward to seeing your work! Dojos for the best ones! x
What a brilliant end to the half term! In English Kingfishers have produced some amazing poetry influenced by the Rio Olympics 2016 advert. The class wrote similes involving which jungle animals they would most like to be and why! The end results were outstanding! Some examples from our Kingfishers' were: 'If I were an animal I would be as powerful as a jaguar.' 'If I were an animal I would be as poisonous as a snake.' 'If I were an animal I would be as cheeky as a monkey!' In Maths we have been conducting investigations and putting our important findings into different types of graph. Kingfishers have created their own bar charts, pictograms and tally charts and we have found out our favourite colour, chocolate, fruit and animals! This week we also went on our exciting trip to Jodrell Bank! Kingfishers' loved learning even more about space, the different planets, how to be an astronaut and exploring Jodrell Bank. Thankyou so much for your support with this. Please take a look at the photos!
Have a wonderful break this half term
It has been a super week in Kingfisher class! Early in the week Kingfishers spotted somebody had taken our class bear from the reading area! After finding a picture of them, Kingfishers decided it was important we write a description of the alien to help find our class bear! Their writing was fantastic so fingers crossed he will turn up this week...
In English we have written an alternate retell to Beegu with Beegu's spaceship landing in a strange city called London and Beegu having some delicious afternoon tea with the Queen. In Maths we have been looking at written addition and subtraction problems and investigating if the question is asking us to add or subtract!
We have also spent time this week learning about the importance of understanding Mental Health and E-safety. We were lucky to have parents join us as we discussed how different situations online would make us feel and we represented these feelings using emojis! We have also created a calming jar for our classroom filled with glitter and sparkles for the class to shake and relax if ever feeling upset, anxious or angry.
A brilliant week Kingfishers!
Pictures to follow
We have had a lovely week in Kingfisher class! In English we are starting to change the story of Beegu..Kingfishers have decided Beegu is going to land in London and befriend the Queen and her corgis, I can't wait to see how their stories turn out next week! In Maths we have been learning all about money. We have been recognising and ordering coins, matching them to numicon to understand their value and adding up amounts in purses. To end the week with our exciting number day, Kingfishers had the chance to add up Miss Booth's shopping list, see which pets they could afford to buy from the pet shop and enjoyed a performance of 'The case of the missing number!'. It would be a fantastic help if your Kingfisher could continue to practise with real life coins at home. In Encompass we have been learning all about Neil Armstrong - the first man on the moon! We have written fantastic non-chronological reports with all the information we have learnt about him. Ask your Kingfisher if they can remember Neil Armstrong's famous quote? Finally, Kingfishers also created some outstanding art work this week in the style of artist Peter Thorpe.
Have a lovely weekend
We have had a very exciting week in Kingfisher class! On Wednesday we received a mysterious box in our classroom. Inside there was a balloon with a letter attached from Beegu our alien friend! We decided to reply to Beegu's letter including all of our informal letter features: address, greeting, opening statement, questions and a closing statement. We thought of all the many things we would like to ask Beegu and started our questions with question words such as: why, what, who, how, where and when. Kingfisher class loved writing back to Beegu!
In Maths this week we have been comparing addition and subtraction statements and deciding whether they are greater than, less than or equal to each other. We need to remember that Charlie the crocodile only eats the biggest number!
In the afternoon Encompass sessions we have been researching space buggies and designing our own buggies! We have also evaluated our spaceship designs.
Another fantastic week!
Have a lovely weekend
We have had another exciting week in Kingfisher class! In English we have been retelling the story of Beegu - as Beegu the tiny yellow alien! I have been blown away by the outstanding writing that Kingfishers class have produced, a huge well done! In Maths we have been practising drawing our own number line for those numbers that are too big to try in our heads! We have worked really hard on our presentation to help us to count the frog leaps! In our Encompass afternoons we have conducted a Science experiment to see what happens when you propel a balloon rocket! The class really enjoyed making their scientific predictions and conducting the experiment. Please take a look at the pictures. We have also created our own alien spaceships, there have been some super designs!
A fantastic week Kingfishers.
Have a lovely weekend
Our first full week back at school and Kingfisher class have come back eager and ready to learn even more about our 'Moon Zoom topic! In English the class have put themselves in Beegu's position as a little, yellow alien who lands on a strange planet called Earth. Kingfishers have begun writing as Beegu and we have started to learn how to use adverbs correctly in our sentences to describe how something is being done e.g. the dog barked loudly. The alien spaceship zoomed quickly through the sky. In Maths we have continued with fractions and tackled some tricky written questions, first as a class and then independently! In our Encompass afternoons Kingfishers have designed their own alien - they have used their imagination to create an alien and have written some outstanding character descriptions.
A brilliant week Kingfishers!
Happy new year! It has been a busy, exciting first few days back in Kingfisher class! It all began when we received an interesting letter on Wednesday morning. Tim Peake - the famous astronaut has asked us to apply to be astronauts ourselves! You could ask your Kingfisher what we need to do to become a fantastic astronaut by the end of our learning?
The class have created some outstanding artwork for displays for our new topic - Moon Zoom! Kingfishers are already intrigued as we have began to learn some interesting facts about the Moon. We are all looking forward to learning more next week!
In English we have created some brilliant freeze frames from the key parts of our new story - Beegu, these have been added, please take a peek. In Maths we have been halving numbers and learning the rule that we only halve even numbers and we have been using our sharing circles to help us.
Another super week in Kingfisher class, it's been lovely to be back!
Good morning Kingfishers! Now that you are safely inside and in the warm this would be a great time for you to start thinking about our new topic - Moon Zoom!
Can you create a list of questions of what you would like to find out about our Space topic? Try to remember the correct punctuation to write a question.
Maths - can you recognise odd and even numbers? Have a listen to our song from Odd Todd and Even Steven with an adult to remind you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT9aqgpjdyw . Remember to look at the last digit to decide if it's odd or even! e.g. 12 is even because we know 2 is an even number. Then you could sort these numbers into the correct circle: 21, 14, 26, 13, 5, 11, 38, 66, 23, 89
I am aware I have your homework books so these could be completed on paper and brought to school. Have a brilliant day and I will see you on Monday x
Snow day activities!
Good morning Kingfishers!
Today in this beautiful snow I would like you to write some instructions for how to build a snowman! This is something we have practised in school, remember those bossy verbs and time conjunctions if you can! If you would like to include photos I would love to see you having fun in the snow!
And secondly, have a practise of the songs and actions for the Christmas play.
Have a wonderful snow day!
Kingfisher class have had a super week working hard on their Christmas play. We are performing 'The Landlord's Cat' on Tuesday afternoon, we hope you can make it! There are some pictures added for a sneak preview! In English we have looked at a new book called 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and the class have loved writing letters as Gold Crayon to complain. Did you know Gold Crayon is the shiniest, brightest crayon in the box and he deserves his own special, shiny V.I.P crayon box!? The ideas the Kingfishers have come up with are outstanding. Next week looks set to be another busy but brilliant week, we look forward to seeing you if you are able to attend the Christmas play on Tuesday or our Express afternoon on Wednesday. Have a lovely, snowy weekend!
Kingfisher class have been working hard as always this week! In English we practised using the challenging skill of adding -er and -est suffixes to adjectives! We were trying to convince customers to come to Stan's shoe shop and buy the brightest, prettiest shoes on the shelf! In Maths the class have been practising using arrays to solve multiplication sums! In our afternoons we have wrote some beautiful senses poems which gave Kingfishers an opportunity to think about all of the things they would be able to see, hear, smell and feel if they were in the Great Fire of London. We have also been writing instructions to make bread! Similar to what Thomas Farriner would have used in his famous bakery on Pudding Lane. Have a great weekend!
We have had a lovely week in Kingfisher class! In English we have been changing the setting of our story Elves and the Shoemaker to a different kind of shop. We have had sweet shops, flower shops, game shops and pet shops! The elves in the story have been working very hard to supply cute, fluffy kittens, golden fidget spinners and beautiful red roses. Kingfishers have been practising using exclamation sentences in their writing - what a brilliant week it has been! Ask your Kingfisher if they can use an exclamation sentence for you? In Maths we have used our division skills to solve some tricky reasoning problems as a class and we became Maths detectives trying to find the answers! In our afternoon Encompass lessons we predicted what would happen if we burnt our paper houses. Look at the pictures for our fantastic results and Kingfishers' reactions!
Have a lovely weekend
It has been a lovely week in Kingfisher class and we have had a fantastic end to the week with all children supporting the charity Children in Need by coming in wearing yellow and spotty clothes! A super turn out in Kingfisher class! We have also enjoyed our attendance reward trip to Odeon cinema this week - it was a brilliant trip and we all had a super time at the cinema watching Lego Batman. In English this week we have described the setting of Stan's shoe shop in our story using -est and -er suffixes. Did you know Stan's shop is the busiest, noisiest, brightest shoe shop with the kindest, nicest shoemaker! In Maths we have been dividing numbers up to 30! We have practised this by sharing the amount into sharing circles we have used hoops and drawn our own sharing circles. Ask your clever Kingfisher if they can show you the division skills they have learnt this week! In Encompass we have learnt all about the properties of materials and why these are important. We had a material property hunt around the classroom and discussed the properties of a Tudor house in 1666.
Another brilliant week Kingfishers, have a lovely weekend!
It has been another busy week in Kingfisher class! On Wednesday we had our trip to Ford Green Hall to learn much more about our topic the Great Fire of London, the children had the opportunity to see a real Tudor house outside and inside and meet Samuel Pepys! Kingfisher class really enjoyed having the chance to ask Samuel Pepys all of their questions. In English the class have written fantastic retells of our story the Elves and the Shoemaker using adjectives and expanded noun phrases to improve our sentences. In Maths the class have been using addition to double numbers all the way up to 50 using ladybird spots to help us!
It has been super being back in Kingfisher class this week and we have been very busy starting our new topics. In English, Kingfishers have been getting to know our new story 'The Elves and the Shoemaker' with some fantastic role play and using story maps to help us remember the story with actions. In Maths we have continued to practise our subtraction and addition with some bigger numbers to help us become confident with these maths skills! During our afternoons we have created some lovely artwork for our new displays for the Great Fire of London and our new Pudding Lane bakery role play (pictures will be added soon).
Have a great weekend! Kingfisher Class
Kingfisher Class have had another busy week! In English this week we received a letter from the Queen asking for our help after she had seen a lion on the Royal grounds at Buckingham Palace! Kingfisher Class decided we should find out as much information as possible about lions to help the Queen, we did this by looking at non-chronological reports. The children looked at the different features and decided on questions they wanted to find the answers to. We practised writing questions correctly using - who, what, where, when, who and how and researched for answers on the iPads. In Maths we have started to look at subtraction using concrete resources such as pencils and lollies to count how many are left when we take some away. In Encompass we have looked at the Royal Family Tree and Kingfisher Class were intrigued to find out who would be next in line to the throne!
We also had our Harvest Assembly this week which was fantastic! I am so proud of everyone in Kingfishers for their poem and song performances, and a big thank you to all parents who were able to come and support them! It was a brilliant turn out.
We have had another lovely week here in Kingfisher class! The children have been using their addition skills in Maths to find fact families and their number bonds to 10 and 20. In English we changed the ending to our story Katie in London. The children used their imaginations to create some fantastic alternate endings to the story, with Katie and Jack visiting the monkeys at London Zoo! Their ideas have been amazing! In the afternoons we have been practising our poem for the Harvest assembly next week and creating London landmarks as you can see in the pictures. It was a real team effort!