Week 27 - WC 1st April 2019
This week in our English we have been working on using our imagination and creativity. We brainstormed all our ideas thinking of characters, settings, problems and resolutions for our stories. We then used the shared brainstorm ideas to create our own story plan.
We then used our story plan to help us in writing our story. We had a big focus on vocabulary and sentence punctuation this week.
We will publish our final pieces on Monday, up levelling as we go to improve our story writing using our superstar challenge checklist.
In Maths this week we have been working on our halving but through division by 2. We did through using equipment and sharing, through pictures and word problems.
During Encompass we have been learning all about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, an engineer, famous for building railway lines, bridges, tunnels. We found out lots of fascinating facts and created fact files and used the information we had found out to answer related comprehensive questions.
Week 26 - WC 25th March 2019
This week in English we have been continuing our work on diary writing. We wrote our closing paragraph focusing on our hopes and dreams for the future and the children came up with some fantastic paragraphs. We also looked at including exclamation sentences and many of the children rose to the challenge. Following this we then worked on writing our published piece of work, as the children were so focused on their writing we completed this over twp days to enable them to add all the key information, skills and features that they could. Considering this was the first time they have ever written a diary entry the children produced some exceptional pieces of writing, with many of the children using their previous work to help in up levelling their work with spellings and punctuation too.
In Maths we have been continuing with our work on multiplication. We continued using arrays and introduced looking at repeated addition whereby a number is added over and over. E.g. 4 x 10 = 10 + 10 + 10 + 10.
Following this we moved onto abstract method E.g. 6 x 5 = ? Children would then use their mental recall or be encouraged to use their chosen method to solve the multiplication sum. The children simply wowed during this lesson and pushed themselves through the given challenges. We finished the week off with multiplication word problems involving multiples of 2, 5 and 10.
In Encompass we have been continuing on our Geography work finding and locating the different towers around the world. We focused on three specific towers and used our map work to locate them and record key facts about them including their location. We focused on Blackpool Tower, Eiffel Tower and Leaning Tower of Piza. The children were fantastic in recalling key facts and their location during our end of the lesson quiz.
This week we also had a visit from Emily a specialist in working with clay. She came to work with us in the class to teach us and demonstrate to us how we handle, use and work with clay correctly. We all created our own pieces based on the bottle banks of the potteries and then used this structure to design into our chosen form some of chose elephants, bottle kilns, penguins and foxes. It was a fabulous session and we all learned how to roll, coil, blend and smooth the clay.
Week 25 - WC 18th March 2019
In English this week we have been looking at diary entries. We started by looking at a diary entry and identifying the key features. Following this we broke it down into the introductory paragraph (summary), main body (recount), hopes and dreams. We focused on the skill of writing in first person and writing in past tense.
In Maths we have started to look at multiplication, focusing on our multiples of 2, 5 and 10. We started by using numicon and then moved onto looking at arrays. The children worked very hard to understand the new vocabulary and the different skills and methods.
In Encompass we have been looking at and locating the different castles around the world. We used Google Earth to help us locate them on a map.
In Science we received a letter from Mike the Knight. He asked us to investigate which materials would be best for making him some waterproof clothing for under his armour as he keeps getting wet when riding his horse.
Week 24 - WC 11th March 2019
In English this week we have been continuing work on our alternative story. We boxed up the story and decided upon our alternative characters and objects. We then focused on the beginning, middle and end with different skills and sentence types. The children produced some excellent work for their first time boxing up. Next week we will produce our published write and begin our work on diary entries.
In Maths this week we have been working on our measure. We have been measuring objects using standard and non-standard measures.
In our Encompass we have been doing lots of Science linked to Science week. We linked our science to the weather and seasons and investigated weather water can make different sounds.
Week 23 - WC 4th March 2019
This week in English we have been creating alternative characters for the story of 'Room on the Broom'. We created a list of all the characters we could change the witch to and voted for our favourite using a tally. The most popular character was the wizard. We then created a sad template to describe his appearance, actions and behaviour. Following this we used 2a sentences to describe the wizard using adjectives before a noun.
In Maths we have be focusing on subtraction. We have been using place value to help us subtract on a number line.
20 - 14 =
20 - 10 = 10
10 - 4 = 6
In Encompass we have been learning all about a banquet. We looked at what a banquet is, what food was eaten, who would be there and what they would do. We then created our own banquet menu, completed a fact sheet and tasted foods in our own banquet using our senses to describe the foods.
Week 23 - WC 25th February 2019
In Our English this week we have been looking at our new text of Room On The Broom. We started off by using role-play and drama to retell the story and from this created and story map using talk for writing. Following these we sequenced the story and identified any new vocabulary. We then used a dictionary to help us identify and understand their meanings. From this we then used the story maps and sequencing to help us in retelling the beginning, middle and end of the story.
In Maths this week we have been continuing to work on our addition skills through the use of money. We started by recognising and ordering coins according to their values. We then used shop role-play to add together two amounts and to pay for the total of the two items. In order to add the two amounts together we used place value and number bonds to support us.
14p + 12p =
10p + 10p = 20p
4p + 2p = 6p
20p + 6p = 26p
During our Encompass work we have been designing and making our very own coat of arms looking at the meanings of the symbols and colours used.
We also received a letter from Barnaby Bear ho had been to visit Edinburgh Castle. He sent us a video of his time there and together using a story map to support us we wrote a recount of his trip. It was great to learn about Edinburgh Castle. We found out that Edinburgh is in Scotland and that the castle is situated on the top of a hill.
This week we have also been working hard to transform our reading area to link with the text of 'Room On The Broom'. We added all our amazing homework to the reading area to display to showcase what we had done over the half term.
Week 20 - WC 4th February 2019
This week in English we have been looking at non-chronological reports. We looked at the different features and identified them using the given examples.
Together we identified:
- introductory paragraph
- did you know facts
We then chose to create our non-chronological report on donkeys linked to our work on Shrek. We used the internet to research facts all about their appearance, diet and habitat. Next week we will complete our published write.
In Maths we have been working on recalling and counting in multiples of 2.
We started off with lots of practical activities both indoors and outdoors.We had lots of fun investigating if it was quicker to complete ten individual steps or count in our 2's to 10. We repeated with other amounts too and played lots of different games to help with our learning.
We then moved onto using pictorial representations.
Following this we used our knowledge of multiples of 2 to identify the missing numbers in the sequences.
Week 19 - WC 28th January 2019
In Maths this week we have been working on representing and recalling our number bonds. In doing so we have been completing lots of practical, hands on learning activities to help us in recalling the bonds. We also started to look at using pictorial representations too.
We used counters and numicon to allow us to see the different patterns and pairs. We then moved onto using dominoes adding the dots to represent the bonds. At the end of the week we put it into a real life experience by using money to go to the shops and buy two items with the money we had, again helping to us to see and recall our bonds. We also found out that once we had recalled a number bond it could be switched to create another e.g. 4 + 6 = 10 6 + 4 = 10
In English this week we have been working on our past and present tense, focusing on verbs ending in -ed as well as beginning to attempt to use irregular verb endings too. We applied this skill in our writing by retelling the story of Shrek. We broke the story down into the three main parts the beginning, middle and end and used picture prompts, word banks and stimulus to support us.
During our Encompass work we have been doing lots of Science work investigating which materials are the best to make a tower.
We received a letter of Shrek to say that Fergie the dragon had flown to close to the tower and had damaged it and so a new one needed to be made. We investigated different materials including bricks, wood and plastic. We wrote our predictions, carried put the investigation and recorded our findings. We found out that stone/bricks was the best material for the job as it is strong, hard wearing and resistant to bad weather. We also concluded that glass would be the best material for the windows as it is strong, easily washable, smooth and transparent.We then created a fabulous Science display with all our work. We loved being Science investigator!
Week 18 - WC 14th January 2019
In Maths this week we have been using the language of equal to, greater than, more than, less than, most and least to compare amounts. In doing so we have been using the greater than, less than and equal to symbols.To help us remember the symbols we discussed that Mr Gator always eats the biggest number. We used practical, pictorial and abstract representations to ensure we had a solid and deeper understanding taking it where possible to mastery.
In English we have been working on writing a setting description of Shrek's swamp. We have used our senses to describe what we could see hear, smell and touch. Once we created our senses mat we used this to write detailed sentences to describe the swamp. Our focus skill this week was adding the prefix un- to root words for example unsafe, unclean, untidy, unpleasant. The children did an exceptional job of using this skill and showed a clear understanding. This was evident in their superb published writes.
During our Encompass work this week we have been learning all about the inside of a castle as well as the job roles within a castle.
We were also sent a letter from Shrek asking us to investigate and make a new tower for Fiona's mum and dad's castle as the dragon had flown to close and broken the current tower. In doing so we tested different materials and worked in teams to make a tower before testing them out. We wrote our predictions before hand and loved testing out the best materials. We will continue to write this up next as well as continuing to investigate materials further.
Week 17 - WC 14th January 2019
This week in English we have been working on the skill of including the conjunctions and, but, or in our writing in order to extend our sentences.
We have been writing a character description of Shrek and used adjectives to describe his appearance as well as looking at his behaviour and actions. We then applied all these skills into our published write. The outcomes of the published writes were just fantastic! =)
In Maths we have been working on one more and one less. We also pushed ourselves further to looking at 10 more and 10 less.
We have been using practical equipment, dienes, number lines and 100 squares. We also used our place value to help us understand that when we find 10 more we add one to the tens column and when we find 10 less we subtract one from the tens column.
During Encompass we have been learning all about what castles are, why they were built and where they were built. We also looked at the different parts of a castle and their purposes. We have also had lots of fun making our own 2D shape castles, knights and completed a block graph. We also loved exploring our new reading and role play areas too.
Towers, turrets and tunnels wow day
What a truly fantastic day we have had! Today we launched our new topic of towers, turrets and tunnels. We all came dressed in our best clothes fit for Royalty or even as Princesses, Princes, Knights, kings and Queens.
We started the morning by having a dance class with the fabulous Mrs Dawson. We learned a whole dance routine to the song 'zero to hero' from Hercules. We learned new dance vocabulary and lots of new dance moves. At the end we performed our dance from beginning to end. It was amazing and we can't wait to have another dance lesson.
We then came back to class and designed and made our very own crowns sing sequins, glitters and gems. We also completed lots of art work making castles and coats of armour.
In the afternoon we had a banquet with the rest of Key Stage One where we ate food, drank and danced. We have had such a superb, fun filled day and we can't wait to learn all about our new topic in the coming weeks.
Take a look at some of our pictures below.
Week 16 - WC 7th January 2019
What an exciting and busy first week back we have had! This week we have been doing lots of book talk in or English lessons linked to our new story of Shrek. We began by watching the film to help us understand the key features of the story including the characters, setting, beginning, middle and end. Following these we created a book review of the story, used drama and role play to retell the story and used pictures and sentences to sequence the order of the story. This has really helped us with our comprehension and understanding.
In our Maths we have been focusing on place value this week, using lots of practical activities in helping us to identify and represent amounts to 50 and beyond. We used our multiples of tens when counting out and representing larger amounts. We used counters, dienes and the tens frame. We will continue work on place value next week looking at more than and less than.
Have a fabulous weekend, remember to complete your homework and read your books.
Week commencing 7th January 2019
I hope you've had a lovely well deserved break and wishing you all a very happy new year.
This half term we will begin our new topic of 'Towers, turrets and tunnels'. I look forward to seeing your fabulous creative homework of making and designing your own shields and swords. On Friday 11th January we will be having a day linked to our new topic and so children will be invited to wear royal clothing. This may include party dresses, trousers and shirts or even princess or knight outfits.
Our new focus text for English will be the story of Shrek. The reading area has been transformed into Shrek's swamp and the role play area a fabulous castle.
I look forward to seeing you all
Mrs. Bickerton-Dean x
Week 15 - WC 17th December 2018
What a lovely week it has been in Dragonfly Class this week. We have been very busy as we draw closer to the winter break with lots of continued learning, arts and crafts and adding the final touches to our key stage 1 production of 'Tinsel and Tea towels'.
On Monday we performed our dress rehearsal to the rest of the school to help us get our nerves out the way of performing to a large audience. On Tuesday we performed our production to all our amazing family and friends. The children shone with confidence and did both themselves and us proud. They put on a fantastic show and I couldn't have been any prouder if I tried.
Following on with the rest of our week we learned all about the Christmas story, made winter cards and had lots of fun during our golden time and end of term class party.
Another very busy week, but we ended with big smiles and feeling proud of our journey together in Dragonflies so far.
Wishing you a lovely break with your family and loved ones.
See you in the new year and remember to keep safe.
Week 14 - WC 10th December 2018
This week in our English we have been focusing on writing a retell of the story of Stick Man. In doing so we looked at the story structure and key features identifying the beginning, middle and end. We mapped out our ideas using pictures and talk for writing and broke this down each day to write a paragraph about each of the parts. In doing so we focused on using the Year 1 skills we had been taught so far and challenged to include the suffices -er and -est using words such as tallest, coldest, quicker, slower. The children continuing to build on the story writing drafts throughout the week before completing their published writes. The work they produced was simply sensational and of such a high standard the presentation, care and quality of work they had written was the best I have seen yet.
In Maths we looked at fractions. We began by using real life objects such as apples and cake to find halves (1/2) and quarters (1/4) of amounts. We then moved onto looking at halves and quarters of 2D shapes using paper shapes to fold and identify. The children did this with confidence and showed a clear knowledge and understanding. Finally we looked at identifying and colouring halves and quarters of the given 2D shape pictures.
Another superb week in Dragonfly Class.
Have a lovely weekend!
Week 12 - WC Monday 26th November
What a fantastic week we have had in Dragonfly Class this week. The children have been sensational in all aspects of their learning and behaviour. The children are working exceptionally hard in becoming more independent in their learning and this has been fantastic to see.
This week in Maths we have been working on halving. We received a special visit from Stick Man at the beginning of the week on his sleigh with a special letter asking us to help his friend sort the presents for all the boys and girls. We began by understanding that when we halve we are splitting into two equal groups. To help us with this we started by doing this visually with the class before moving onto using counters. Once confident with the counters we looked at halving using pictorial representations and the children simply exceeded themselves in this. We then moved onto reasoning and problem solving.
In English this week we have been working on writing a setting description using our senses to describe the winter woodland where Stick Man lives. We used adjectives, verbs and conjunctions and also introduced using the suffixes -est and -er. We created a senses word bank of the things we could see, hear, smell and touch. We then used the word map to help us in creating our descriptive sentences. Next week we will be completing our published writes.
During Encompass this week we have been comparing woodlands to the Antarctica. We began by using Google Earth to locate both the UK and the Antarctica and then located these on a world map. We looked at the similarities and differences between the two. The following lesson we became scientists for the afternoon and investigated how animals keep warm in the Arctic. We first made our predictions and wrote a list of all the equipment and materials needed. We then began to investigate by putting our hands in ice cold water and then again with an additional layer of fat (lard), this helped us to see that the animals stay warm as they have an extra layer of fat called blubber.
Week 11 - WC 19th November 2018
This week in English we have been building up to writing our very own character description on Stick Man himself. Following our book talk week last week on the story the children were very confident in their approach to writing. We worked on consolidating our previous taught skills using adjectives to describe his appearance and verbs to describe his actions and behaviours. We also worked hard to apply our sentence punctuation and to extend our sentences using the conjunction and.
In Maths we continued our work on doubles carrying on from our practical application we moved onto pictorial using doubling lady birds and applying in problem solving and reasoning. The children's confidence from the beginning to end of this has been simply fantastic to see and their mental recall of doubling is growing in strength.
Week 10 - WC 13th November 2018
In English this week we have been doing lots of book talk in regards to our new text 'Stick Man' by Julia Donaldson. We started off by predicting what the story would be about, before reading the story and completing a story map using talk for writing. We then used role play and drama to retell the story and from this used the story pictures to sequence in the correct order. We then introduced hot seating, focusing on our speaking and listening skills. We discussed different questions we would like to ask 'Stick Man' in order to find our more and have a better understanding of his thoughts, feelings and emotions. To finish off our book talk week we watched the 'Stick Man' the film.
In Maths we have been continuing our work on subtraction. We have been using pictorial representations and number lines. We have also been working on finding the difference and again used pictures to support with this. As the children showed so much confidence in this we then moved onto finding the difference using word problems and again the children just wowed.
During Encompass we have been learning about why do we have night. We found out that daytime is when you can see the sun from where you are, and its light and heat can reach you. Nighttime is when the sun is on the other side of the Earth from you, and its light and heat doesn't get to you.We discussed that we get day and night because the Earth is turning and sometimes you can see the sun, and sometimes you can’t. We also found out that it takes 24 hours for the world to turn all the way around, and we call this a day. Days are longer in the summer and shorter in the winter.
This week has also been anti-bullying week so we have been having lots of discussions, assemblies and P4C lessons based around this. We talked about the four types of bullying verbal, physical, social and cyber. We talked about being kind and shared examples of when we have been kind. We went on to discuss verbal bullying in more depth and we used two apples to support us in understanding and gaining a deeper understanding. We talked about how from the outside someone who is being verbally bullied can look perfectly happy but on the inside they are hurting. We then talked about how saying one nice thing to a person a day could make that persons day. With that in mind Mrs. Bickerton-Dean introduced a new daily greeting system whereby the children chose a greeting from the list on entering the classroom, this can be a smile, hug or a high five.
Friday 9th November
This year we celebrate the 100-year Anniversary since the end of the World War and as part of the celebration. Today we had a whole school art day whereby the children created a variety artwork based upon this theme. The work the children produced is going to be displayed as an art exhibition on the afternoon of Monday 12th November commencing at 2:30pm. Here you will be able to see the fabulous work that has been created by the wonderful children and even purchase your child’s published piece of art.
The money raised from any art pieces sold will be donated to the Poppy Appeal itself. Money from the cake stall and refreshments will be donated to the British Legion. We look forward to seeing you all at Waterside as we celebrate this momentous occasion by bringing the school and the community together to create a sense of honour and respect as we pay tribute to the WW1 generation who changed our world 100 years ago.
The art work the children have produced is sensational and I am exceptionally proud of each and everyone of them. Here is a sneak peek of some of the fantastic work you can expect to see during the art exhibition.
Week 9 - WC 5th November 2018
This week in English we have been writing poetry linked to bonfire night. We have been focusing on using onomatopoeia. We listened and watched a variety of firework videos to act as a stimulus and following this we created a bank of vocabulary and used musical instruments to replicate the sounds we could hear. We then moved onto writing our own sentences using the vocabulary word banks created and following this we performed our poems to our peers using talk for writing.
In Maths this week we have been working on applying our addition skills in word problems before completing our post assessment on addition and applying all the skills we have learned over the past few weeks. The progress from the start to finish was sensational.
We then moved onto subtraction and used counters and numicon to help us understand this using practical apparatus.
Week 7 - WC 15th October 2018
This week in our English we have started a new genre. We have started to look at non-chronological reports. We started off by identifying the features of a non-chronological report and the importance of each of these key features. We then decided upon on our favourite woodland animal through a class vote, our results showed that an owl was what the class wanted to find out most about. We then set off researching as a group facts about owls to complete our introductory sentence. Following this we used the internet and information books to find out more about an owls appearance and diet. We then used a variety of steps to help achieve our objects of including key skills like conjunctions and adjectives. We used clozed procedure, making sentences practically and pictures clues.
In Maths this week we have continued our work on addition. We have focused on using tens frames and number lines to help us in adding together two amounts. We used the practical number line to help us build our confidence in using a smaller number line. The children have really developed in their vocabulary and confidence when using addition.
We have also been very busy this week practising for our Harvest Assembly. The children learned a poem called Autumn time is here. We used talk for writing to help us remember the poem and adding in actions too. We also learned an additional four songs and performed them all at our Harvest Assembly on Friday. The children did exceptionally well and we were all exceptionally proud of each and everyone of them.
Week 6 - WC 8th October 2018
In English this week we have been writing our instructions for making a fairy wand following on from last weeks work on following a set of instructions. We wrote our instructions using pictures prompts and word mats to support us. We then up levelled our sentences including the correct sentence punctuation and even added in time conjunctions such as first, then, next, after and finally. In doing so when the children completed their published writes the finished pieces were sensational and to an exceptionally high standard. We can't wait to send these off to Holly in her magic little kingdom so that she can now make a new magic wand of her own.
In our Maths this week we finished our learning on partitioning and place value, in doing so we completed a post assessment of our journey over the past two weeks and the improvement the children have made along with their improved confidence has been so pleasing to see. We have now started work on addition. We are learning to add together two amounts to 20, so far we have used practical, hands on approach using counters, cheerios and numicon. The children have loved learning using these practical activities and have been eager to learn and challenge themselves further. Next week we will be using pictorial representations and the number line.
During our Encompass work we have been learning about the different types of tree both deciduous and evergreen. We went on a tree hunt around the school grounds and took photos of the different trees we found identifying if they were in fact deciduous or evergreen. Back in the class we collated our findings into a tally chart and used this to answer questions about which tree type we found the most of.
Week 5 - 1st October 2018
In English this week we had a letter delivered into Wizzle Bangs magic bag. The letter was from the fairies from the magic little kingdom. They wrote to explain how the blue moon was out and this meant that there was a no magic day in the magic kingdom, meaning they have to do everything for themselves, but as they are so used to using their magic to do everything they are a little unsure on how to complete their daily routine. In receiving this letter we decided to use the video stimulus to help us to see what it was they needed to complete. We identified the verbs and completing the actions through a game of Simon Says. Following this we received a second letter from Holly the princess who wrote to explain how she had bashed her wand on a rock and no longer has a fairy wand. So we set to work in identifying the features of instructions and the imperative verbs used in them. After this we followed a set of instructions to make a new fairy wand for Holly back at the magic little kingdom. Next week we will work on writing these up as a set of instructions and sending them to her so she knows herself how to make a fairy wand.
In Maths, we have been working on identifying the place value of 2 digit numbers to 20. In doing so we used dienes apparatus to represent the tens and ones within the 2 digit numbers given. We then moved onto using pictures of dienes to identify the 2 digit number and used the part whole model method to help us partition the given 2 digit numbers into tens and ones. We worked exceptionally hard on this and we even challenged ourselves to numbers greater than 20.
During our Encompass work we have been continuing our work on nocturnal animals. We voted for our favourite nocturnal animal and recorded the results in a tally. Our most popular nocturnal animal was the bat and so we began to research facts about them using books from our library and the internet. In art we used a step by step approach to create a woodland fox using our sketching skills.
WC 24th September 2018
This week in our Maths we have been working on finding one more and one less than a given number. We used practical apparatus to start and to help us understand the concept. We found out that when we find 1 more the number gets bigger and when we find one less the number gets smaller. We then moved onto pictorial representations using sweets in a jar before using a number line.
In English, we have been writing a setting description all about the woodland from the story of Owl babies. We used our senses to describe what we could see, hear and touch. We then used our senses map to write sentences using the conjunction and. We all did a sensational job.
In our Encompass we have been learning all about nocturnal animals. We enjoyed finding out which animals are nocturnal and finding out lots of interesting facts about them. We also wrote and designed a for sale sign for our fairy houses that we created last week.
Week commencing 17th September 2018
In English, this weeks focus skill has been to use adjectives appropriately. In doing so we created a bank of adjectives to describe mummy owl from the story owl babies. We then used these words to create sentences, including last weeks skill of using capital letters. The children then produced their first published write and these were sensational. All children worked exceptionally hard both on the sentences they were writing and the presentation of their work. An excellent start!
In Maths, we have been working on develop counting to continue a number sequence. We did this using practical, pictorial and abstract methods. We also looked at completed the missing number sequences as both numerals and numbers as words. The children showed great understand and used prompts and resources available to support them.
During Encompass, we have been designing our very own fairy houses thinking about the structure, stability and materials and resources needed. We also looked at habitats within a woodland environment and matched the pictures to the habitat names. Furthermore we wrote a recount of our walk to Trentmill Nature Park that we had been to last week. The children recalled the trip we key detail and used the picture prompts to support them.
A superb week had by all.
Week commencing 10th September 2018
In English this week we have been reading the story of Owl Babies. In doing so we used role play and drama to retell the story and used talk for writing to support us in retelling the story. We then used the photos from the role play to sequence the story. Our focus skill this week was to use capital letters for the beginning of a sentence. We applied this in our writing when identifying the beginning, middle and end of the story and when identifying the feelings of the baby owls throughout the story. The children did an excellent job with this.
In Maths this week we have been working on grouping and sorting objects, giving reasons for our answers, as well as counting objects and matching number to quantity. In doing so we have been using lots of practical, hands on resources to support us in our learning before moving onto pictorial representations. We have also been working on counting forwards in 1's and identifying our numbers.
We started off our Encompass journey by understanding what a woodland is before going on a nature walk to the local Trentmill Nature Park. The children were exceptional during our walk to the nature park and loved exploring and learning lots of new facts about the woodland. On the way we found an oak tree and collected lots of acorns, leaves and twigs for our fairy houses that we will be making next week. We then went into the park and explored the trail discovering lots of new things along the way. The children thoroughly enjoyed playing poo sticks in the River Trent and walking through the tree tunnels searching for signs of fairies and pixies. The children used their five senses and discussed the different things they could see, hear and smell.
Another fantastic week in Dragonfly Class .
Week Commencing 4th September 2018
What a sensational first week we have had in Dragonfly Class. All the children have settled well into the class and have all been full of smiles and laughter. We have been focusing this week on getting to know each other and the children showed respect to their peers as they listened to what each other had to say, particularly during our show and tell with our five facts about me bag. We have also been busy creating lots of work for our new, colourful and vibrant class displays in doing so we have created art work and produced some fabulous writing. The children also helped to create our own class charter and we discussed our rules, values and expectations.
On Wednesday we also took part in our first PE lesson with Tom from Bee Active, the children were so engaged and had so much knowledge and understanding and worked sensationally as a team.
A superb first week =)
Welcome to Dragonflies Class blog. Take a sneak peak around our new learning environment. Myself and Mrs Bates can't wait to welcome you back to school. We hope you have had an amazing summer and that you are as excited as we are to start our learning journey together, filled with fun and laughter.
WC 25th June
What a fabulous week we have had this week in Dragonfly Class! Although the weather has been exceptionally warm, the children have still worked hard and applied themselves in all of their learning.
In Maths this week we have been focusing on place value and finding 10 more and 10 less than a given 2 digit number. We did this using dienes apparatus and recording using the tens and ones columns to support us. The children worked exceptionally hard on this and blew me away with their recall by the end of the week. We have also been working on our mental recall of addition and subtractions sums as well as our number bonds. With the weather being so nice we took the opportunity to go outside and use the numbers on the playground. The children enjoyed the quick mental recall activities and working together as a team. This is something we will continue to build upon.
In English this week we have been working hard to produce a published character description from the story of Ant Bully. The children worked hard to create a sad template discussing the boys appearance, what he says and what he does. The children came up with some fantastic ideas and improved vocabulary. They then went on to write a draft of their character description before producing their published write. The children chose to present their work as a wanted poster and even offered rewards for anyone finding the mean bully. Some fantastic work producing including lots of the year 1 objectives. Well done Dragonflies!
In our Encompass we have been learning all about the butterfly life cycle and its four stages, We have also been imagining that we were mini-beasts and discussed what mini-beasts we would be, what we would see, where we would go and what might happen. Following this we then went outside and pretended to be our chosen mini-beasts and used our bodies to move around like the different mini-beasts.
WC 18th June 2018In English this week we have been work extremely hard and for the first time have been drafting, editing and up levelling our work on non-chronological reports in order to produce our published piece all about ants. The work the children produced was simply outstanding and their best published writes to date.
In Maths we have been working on finding and recalling 10 more and 10 less than any given number. In doing so the children realised that when we add ten the tens column increases by one and when subtracting ten the tens column goes down by one.
We also completed and revisited our work on 2D and 3D shapes. In doing so the children were able to recognise and give examples of both 2D and 3D shapes in our environment and could also recall their properties and shapes in different orientations.
During our work in Encompass this week we have been writing instructions for how to care for a mini -beast. In doing so we chose to write our set of instructions for how to care for a caterpillar. The children were fabulous at recalling the key features of instructional writing and worked together as a team and created some sensational shared sentences. We also designed our very own mini-beast hotel, we drew our design, labelled it and talked about the different resources and materials we would need. We can't wait to start making these next week xx
WC 11th June 2018
In English this week we have been looking at non-chronological reports. In doing so we have looked at the key features of non-chronological reports and their importance. We chose to create our non-chronological report all about ants, in order to link with our story 'The Ant Bully'.
We used the internet and non-fiction books to help us in researching all about ants appearance, diet and habitat. We found out some fascinating facts!
In Maths this week we have been looking at position and direction. We focused on whole turns and half turns and turning in clockwise and anti clockwise motions. The children worked really hard on this as its not an easy concept to grasp. They understood that clockwise is the way the hands go around a clock and were good at explaining these new terms to their peers.
In Encompass this week we went on a mini-beast hunt around the schools outdoor environment. We went in search for a variety of different mini-beasts. At first we didn't seem to be having much look, but as we continued our hunt and with our determined attitudes we began to find a fantastic array of mini-beasts, some of which we had not come across before. When we got back to the classroom, we couldn't wait to research these and find out what they were.
When back at the classroom we recorded our mini-beast findings into a tally chart to show our results. We had a fantastic time being mini-beast detectives!
WC 4th June 2018
In English this week we have started a new text 'The Ant Bully'. In order to really understand it we read the story and watched the animated film to act as a visual stimulus. The children loved it and were excited to complete work related to this. From the story we focused on the the young boy Lucas who was terrorising the poor ants and as a class we decided we wanted to write him a letter. We started by having a P4C lesson on bullying and the questions, responses and discussion had by the children was simply fantastic. We then looked at questions we would want to ask Lucas. We then went onto look at letters using our postman friend to guide us and through actions and magpying we were able to recall the features; heading, greeting, main body, closing and signing off. We then began to draft our letters before publishing to send to Lucas. When writing our letters we decided to ask him questions but also to give him some advice on how to be a better friend, we talked about the Waterside values and how by promoting these he would be a better person. We even invited him to come and visit us at our sensational school. The letters the children produced were superb and that even included exclamation sentences too! What superstars!
In Maths we have been working hard on our mental recall of doubles and halves. We did this through, concrete, pictorial and abstract representations and also used the interactive game of hit the button. The children are becoming much more secure in this and then mental recall is improving immensely.
During Encompass we have been creating mini-beast fact files on our favourite mini-beasts. These have been displayed on the washing line in our classroom and look fantastic. We have also been sorting mini-beasts using a Venn diagram according to the number of legs they have and if they fly or do not fly. As well as this we completed our KWL grids to discuss what we already know about mini-beasts and what we want to find out more about. The children also worked hard to create art work to display in our new mini-beast themed classroom.
What a sensational week!
WC 19th March 2018
In English this week we have been focusing on using the prefix un. In doing so we created our very own character profile of an unkind alien and created an alien character description during our published write. We focused on the aliens appearance, personality and behaviour.
In Maths we have been focusing on one more and one less for numbers up to 100 and also looked at using the greater than, less than and equals signs to compare numbers. We did this using Charlie crocodile symbols and learned a very catchy song to help us remember the rules.
In Encompass we have been continuing our work on stars. We also looked closely at the different planets, recorded key facts and used chalks, pastels and sequins to create space themed art.
WC 5th March 2018
We started the week off with World Book Day due to the snow the previous week. The children came in dressed as Where's Wally and
some of the costumes that the children had created and came in were very creative. The children enjoyed a special assembly where children were chosen and entered into prize draws winning book vouchers and reading books. In the afternoon we were joined by Year 3 Turtles who read and shared some of their favourite stories with us. A fantastic day had by all.
In Maths this week we have been continuing our work on subtraction using money. We looked specifically at subtraction word problems and what change we would need. We also looked at partitioning and place value. We used place value to help us with our addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers.
14 + 12 =
10 + 10 = 20
4 + 2 = 6
20 + 6 = 16
The children certainly improved in their confidence in recognising the place value of each of the numbers represented in a 2 digit number.
In English this week we have been looking at instructions and what a fabulous week we had. The children started off by following a set of instruction to make a paper rocket. The skill this week was to use verbs and in doing so the children chose the appropriate verb to use in each of the instructions. The children then used the pictures we had taken when making the rockets to write a set of instructions to help Tim Peake in making his very own rocket. The children included time conjunctions, verbs and adjectives and even challenged themselves to include adverbs too. The children produced some sensational pieces of writing during their published.
In Encompass we have been looking at the stars. We focused on what a star is and their life cycle and paid particular attention to star constellations. The children used spaghetti and marshmallows to recreate some of the star constellations and some children even created and named their own.
WC 26th February 2018
This week has been a funny week with with the snow showers and extreme cold weather, never the less the children have remained focused and on task and have produced to some sensational work.
In English we have been continuing with our alternative story of Whatever Next. In doing so we have been focusing on applying the -er and -est to adjectives. The children applied this skill into their alternative middle and end of the story. On Friday the children completed their published write and wow did they impress. The writing was written to a very high standard and the children had included a number of their Year 1 end of year skills. They were an absolute joy to read and I can't wait for these to be published into our class book ready to be hung pride of place on our English working wall.
In Maths this week we have been focusing on subtracting and giving the correct change using money. We started off by using numicon to help us using concrete apparatus. We then moved onto money purses and working out the correct change using pictorial representations before moving onto recording using abstract method. The children were able to complete this with confidence and an improved independence.
Snow day activities
Maths - Whilst building a snowman outside with your family and friends can measure how tall your snowman is?
Is your snowman taller or shorter than you? How much taller or shorter is your snowman than you?
How many snow balls can you make in 1 minute? Can you try again to improve this score?
Make ten snow balls and use these to help you find and record all your number bonds to 10. Can you try with your number bonds to 20?
You could even use your snowballs to help you with your doubling and halving for amounts to 20.
Maybe you could record your findings or even get your adults to take a picture of you doing your maths in the snow.
English - Whilst playing out in the snow or enjoying a winters walk use your senses to describe the setting.
What can you see, hear, smell, taste and touch?
Write a short setting description and remember to include your sentence skills.
If you would prefer to stay inside in the warmth maybe you can create an acrostic poem all about the snowy weather.
I look forward to reading these and hearing about your snow day fun.
Have fun, stay safe and wrap up warm
WC 29th January 2018
This week in English we have been retelling the story of Whatever Next. We have been working on refining our basic skills and ensuring that we have included these into our writing.
In Maths we have been continuing our learning on fractions with a focus on quarters. We used counters to find quarters of amounts, before moving on to using the pictorial and written method solving related word problems.
During Encompass we have been researching and finding out all about Neil Armstrong. We learned lots of fascinating facts and began to create a fact file all about him. In art we created a piece of space art in the style of Peter Thorpe, using abstract art in the background and and a space feature in the foreground. Take a look at some of our finished pieces.
WC 15th January 2018
In our Maths this week we have been learning all about fractions with a particular focus on on find 1/2. We have been finding half of amounts using concrete and real life objects, we then moved onto using pictorial representations before applying them into word problems.
In English we have been focusing on our new text of Whatever Next. We began by role playing the story and creating a story map to support in our talk for writing. We then sequenced the story and broke it down into the three main elements, begging, middle and end.
In our Encompass we have been researching and finding out all about space buggies. We researched using i pads and recorded in note form before creating an information page including heading, information, picture, labels and captions.
WC 15th January 2017
In our English we had an alien invasion. We went out to play and came back into class to find that someone or something had been and made a mess in our classroom. We began to ask questions - Who has made this mess? How have they got into our classroom? Why are there white footprints on the carpet? We then wrote our questions down. Then next day we received a letter back it was from our alien Zog and Ziggle, they explained why they had been and answered lots of our questions, they even invited us to visit their planet one day. With the help of Letter Larry we then began to look at informal letters, letter features and began to plan our letter in order to reply to Zog and Ziggle.
This week in our Maths we have been learning all about inverses. We have been finding the inverse sum for addition and subtraction sentences and progressed to finding missing numbers.
In our Encompass we have been making our alien spaceships to help the aliens to get home using paper plates, sequins, tin foil, glitter and other resources.
We have also been scientists in our Encompass learning and have been investigating whether or not the size of a balloon affects how far the balloon rocket travels. We wrote our predictions and drew the apparatus we needed and then carried out our investigation in groups. We had lots of fun investigating our question. After the experiment we worked together through shared writing to produce our method and then recorded our findings.
WC 8th January 2018
In English this week in Dragonfly Class we have been continuing our learning based on the story of Aliens love underpants. The focus this week has been to write a setting description. In doing so we have been using our senses to describe the setting of Space. We looked at what we could hear, see and touch. In doing so we focused on using the skills of adjectives to describe, capital letters and full stops and our new skill this week of using plurals. The children created some fantastic shared, guided and independent sentences and I am extremely excited to read their published writes on Monday.
In Maths we have been countinuing work on our multiples of 2's as well as revisiting our work on addition and subtraction using 100 squares and number lines.
In our Encompass learning we had been sent a letter from Andrew the Astronaut who had stumbled across a family of aliens whose spaceship had crash landed and needed repairs. Andrew had set us the challenge to design a new spaceship for the aliens in order to return to home. We thought about and discussed the materials and resources we would need and which would be best for the job.
We also got set the challenge to write a character profile of a missing alien in order to return him to his family. In doing so we used video stimulus and picture prompts to support our descriptions.
Well what a sensational first week back we have had in Dragonfly Class. The children have all returned to school after the winter break all rearing to go and eager to learn.
In our English we have been reading the story of 'Aliens love underpants' linked to our new topic of 'moon zoom'. The children used role play and drama to retell and reenact the story, all of which did a superb job. The children then created a story board of the story identifying the key aspects including the characters, setting, beginning, middle and end.
In our Maths we have been working on our multiples of 10 and 5 and in doing so we have been learning the patterns to help us identify them. We then looked at missing number patterns and adding multiples of 10p and 5p.
In our Encompass we have begun our new topic of 'Moon Zoom' of which the children are really excited about. We created lots of fabulous art work and writing for our new areas which include a space station and rocket. We then researched and found out lots of interesting facts about the moon. We created a moon using flour and paint and recorded our favourite facts.
Please look at the photos of our current environment to see the amazing work they have produced.
School closure activities
Today I would like you to write me a winter poem like we did at school yesterday, using the same layout. The words you can choose from are winter, snow, cold.
Here's an example!
Snow day activity
Today I would like you to use all of those fantastic skills you showed me last week and write me some instructions on 'How to build a snowman' because I don't know how!!
Remember to use all of those bossy verbs you impressed me with and you can draw a picture to go with them. Even better if you have a photo of you building your own snowman this weekend!
I look forward to reading them!
Miss French xx
What another busy week we had in Dragonflies! We have spent a lot of time practising for our performance this week and have really enjoyed it! On Wednesday we had our class assembly and parents/carers joined us for some Great Fire of London activities beforehand! We had a lovely time working together.
Pictures to follow!!
We learned about the fire of London this week. Look at the houses and the way the fire spread!
WC 6th November
Another sensational week in Dragonfly Class.
In Maths we have been working on halving of amounts. We have used concrete objects, pictorial representations and word problems to help us to understand halving as sharing into tow equal groups.
In English we have been role playing the story of 'The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse'. We then began to look at the setting of the Countryside using our five senses to help us add detail.
In our Encompass we have begun work on the Great Fire of London and kick started it with a fantastic trip to Ford Green Hall where the children were met by Samuel Pepys. Samuel Pepys told us all about the Great Fire of London in 1666 and all about the diary that he had written during these events. When returning to the classroom the children wrote a recount about the key events that day.
The children's behaviour was superb and they were a credit to the school.
Well done Dragonfly Class.
Friday 3rd November
Today the children have each been sent home with a handwriting pack. Handwriting is a key focus in Dragonfly Class and we are working hard to improve our pre-cursive writing as well as the formation and size. Children have been asked to complete two handwriting sheets per week. If you require further handwriting sheets I will upload a link to the class website where you can download further resources.
Thank you for your continued support.
What a fantastic first week back we have had in Dragonfly Class. The children have all come back refreshed and eager to learn.
In our Maths this week we have been focusing on the skill of doubling. We used concrete, pictorial and abstract to help us in mastering the skill. The children used numicon, counters, doubling lady birds and number lines to aid them in finding and recalling doubles before ending the week with doubling word problems.
In our English we have been exploring acrostic firework poetry. We have been using adjectives, verbs and onomatopoeia words to help us write our very own acrostic poems. We had lots of fun doing this and created some fabulous published writes.
In our Encompass we have been learning all about keeping safe, firework safety and created some sensational firework art.
A superb first week back and a fantastic start to Autumn Term 2.
Well done Dragonflies.
WC 9th October
Well what another sensational week we have had in Dragonfly Class. The children have been working hard in all areas of their learning and behaviour has been exemplary.
In English, we have been continuing our work on non-chronological reports. The focus this week has been to research facts about Corgis diet, appearance and habitat and to turn the notes created into detailed sentences using the conjunction and. The children then finished the week off by producing their published write.
In maths, we have been working on subtraction with the focus being on using practical resources to find the answers to the sums. The children found using numicon extremely helpful to support them in their subtraction sums.
In our Encompass we have been creating London Landmarks through design and technology and have also compared the Capital City of London to the Capital City of Lusaka in Zambia, Africa. The children found this fascinating and created some fantastic work as well as completing some superb map skills work.
The children also took part in Waterside's harvest assembly this week and what a fantastic turn out we had from parents and carers. The children did themselves proud singing three different harvest songs and even took to the stage to perform the poem 'Autumn Time'.
WC 2nd October
In Dragonfly Class this week we have been busy learning lots of new things.
In Maths, we have been learning to add together two amounts. We did this through using concrete objects, pictorial representations and a number line. We discussed how when we add together two amount the number gets bigger.
In English this week we received a letter from the Queen. She explained how she had lost her beloved Corgi Willow when out on a country walk and asked if we could help to find her. In order to help her we began to look at non-chronological reports. We looked at the features of non-chronological reports and began to think of questions we would like to ask in order to find out more about Corgis.
In our Encompass we have been learning all about transport in London and how people travel through the city. In doing so we made our own double decker bus. We also designed and made our own crowns before drawing a portrait of her majesty the Queen.
WC 18th September 2017
Well what another sensational week we have had in Dragonflies this week.
In our English we have been continuing our work on the story of 'The Queen's hat' with a focus on characters descriptions.
Here the children have been using SAD (say, appearance, do) to describe the Queen. Our key focus skill this week has been to use adjectives to describe. The children have created some superb work on this and I look forward to reading their published writes that they are going to complete this coming Monday.
In Maths we have been working on our counting. We have been counting objects and pictures finding the total and recording. We have also been looking at numbers as words and recording these down. We then finished the week by using counters and objects to find one more than a given number. We will continue to work on 1 more and 1 less in the upcoming week.
During our Encompass we have been writing facts about the Queen using the internet to help us in finding our answers and also have been completing map work. We were very excited to go into space using Google Earth to see the world and use this to identify the United Kingdom. From this we then located and labelled England, Ireland, Scotland and Northern Island. Following on from this we located our capital city London and went for an interactive walk around London. It was lots of fun!
WC 11th September
Well what a busy week we have had in Dragonfly Class this week. The children have worked sensationally well and their attitude and behaviour to learning has been superb.
In English this week we have been reading the story of 'The Queen's hat'. We started the week by role playing the story and we certainly have some budding actors and actresses in the class. We then sequenced the story and began to look at story structure where we identified the beginning, middle and end of the story. We have been focusing on the skill of capital letters at the beginning of a sentence, finger spaces and full stops.
In our Maths we have been looking at sorting objects in different ways. We used practical, pictorial and concrete objects to support us. We used reasoning and problem solving to really show our understanding. Once we were secure in this we moved onto counting objects and using the language of more than and less than to compare quantities.
In our Encompass, we kicked started our learning with a fantastic Wow afternoon, where we made our very own flags and crowns, before going into the hall and having a royal afternoon tea party. The children had a fabulous time. We looked at who the Queen is and why she is important and wrote a recount of our wow day.
The children certainly have worked hard this week.
Have a fantastic weekend.
WC 5th September
Well what a fantastic first week we have had in Dragonfly Class. The children have all settled in extremely well and adapted well to the new routines. This week we have been focusing on getting to know each other, class rules and routines, expectations and have worked hard to make our classroom a vibrant and magical environment to learn and grow. Myself and Mrs. Dove are exceptionally proud of the children and their positive attitude to learning they have shown this week. We can't wait to jump straight into our learning next week as we have lots of fun things to look forward to including our afternoon tea party on Thursday afternoon as part of our launch for the topic of London.
Have a restful and fun filled weekend.
WC 10th Jul 2017
It's been back to the normal routine this week in Dragonfly Class after a busy few weeks preparing for our amazing performance of Stella the Starfish.
In our English this week we have been using the i pads to aid us in writing and producing our non-chronological report lined to under the sea. We completed a class vote and the most popular under the sea creature was the dolphin. We researched interesting key facts to help us in writing our introductory paragraph and then moved onto finding information about their appearance, diet, behaviour and habitats. We wrote these down in note form and then recorded in our books in full sentences using appropriate adjectives, conjunctions, compound words, commas in a list and contractions. We will be publishing our final piece next week, but these are coming along nicely and are of a very high standard as the children are applying all the skills they are learned throughout the year.
In maths this week we have been working on our focus areas. We have worked on improving our work on missing number sentences and using the inverses operations to find the answers. We have also been recalling our number bonds to ten and 20. Finally we have had a big focus on word problems involving doubling and halving. The work the children produced was very impressive and they have certainly grown in confidence with this.
In our Encompass work we have been researching lighthouses and recording key facts, words and phrases to support us in writing our own fact file.
On Thursday and Friday the children spent the two full days in their new classes for September. The transition went very smoothly and the children thoroughly enjoyed their time in Kingfisher and Otter class getting to know their new teachers and classmates as well as producing lots of work both written and creative for their new class displays. Mrs. Bickerton-Dean missed them all a lot during their time in their new classes.
We look forward to spending our last week together and making lots of memories before we move onto our next chapter.
Have a fabulous weekend.
Love Dragonflies xx
WC 19th June 2017
What a sensational week we have had in Dragonfly Class.
This week in maths we have been working on time. In doing so we have looked at o'clock and half past and challenged ourselves to looking at quarter to and quarter past. We used the clocks to show the different times as well as drawing the hands correctly on the clocks to show the given times. We really focused on the importance of having the minute and hour hand in the correct position and of the correct length.
In our English we have been continuing our work on 'the night pirates' but we have boxed up the story in order to help us to write an alternative. We decided we were going to change our pirates to aliens and that we were not going to go to a desert island we were going to visit outer space. In our steps to success we looked at using conjunctions to extend our sentences, questions and contractions.
Our Summer production of 'Stella the Starfish' is now being put together and we are working hard along with the rest of Key Stage 1 to rehearse the songs and our lines and will be working on stage presence and role play next week. We can't wait to share our production with you all.
Have a safe and enjoyable three day weekend
Dragonfly Class xxxx
WC 12th June 2017
A fantastic week of learning this week in Dragonfly Class. The children are now becoming more independent in their learning and trying hard to challenge themselves at all times.
In English this week we have been focusing on the story of 'The Night Pirates'. We began by reading the story and creating a story report identifying the characters, setting, beginning, middle and end. We then went on to retell the story through shared, guided and independent writing. Our focus skill this week was on the use of using appropriate adjectives, question marks and contractions.
In Maths this week we have been working on place value and partitioning of 2 digit numbers. The children began by partitioning 2 digit numbers into tens and ones and then moved onto using this skill to add and subtract two 2 digit numbers. We finished off the week with Pirate addition and subtraction word problems which the children are becoming increasingly confident in.
In our Encompass work we kick started our work on our new topic of 'Beachcombers'. We received a message in a bottle from a little girl called Emily who told us all about her adventure to the seaside with her family and her cousin James. She went on to tell us that her cousin had gone to investigate the beach and got stranded on a rock pool because the tide had come in and how the RNLI had to come and help. The children then wrote a recount of the letter received. Following this we used i-pads to research the RNLI and to create our own factfiles using the information we had gathered.
To finish the week the children competed in our KS1 sports day events. All children showed determination and courage trying their best in all races and relays. The children encouraged their peers and gave lots of positive praise which was fantastic see. The children had lots of fun and should be exceptionally proud of themselves.
WC 5th June 2017
What a fabulous start to summer tern 2 we have had in Dragonfly Class. The children have come back after the holidays with a real thirst for learning and the work they have produced is simply fantastic.
This week in maths we have been focusing on position and direction. Here the children have been looking at clockwise and anti-clockwise turns as well as whole, quarter, half and three quarter turns. They have wowed me with their work on this and made great progression in their learning by moving on to further learning challenges.
In English we received a letter from Pirate Pete who had been made to walk the plank and washed ashore a desert island. In order to help him get back on board his pirate ship we wrote setting descriptions describing the island. We included the five senses in our writing as well as suffixes and adjectives. The children then published their final pieces of work of which they can all be exceptionally proud.
In Encompass this week we have been celebrating health and well being week. On Tuesday we completed work on healthy eating and balanced diets where the children created their own healthy meal. On Wednesday the children took part in a carousel of activities including music, fitness and dance. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and it was clear to see by the beaming smiles upon their faces. For the rest of the week we focused on looking after our teeth before finishing off with work on mindfulness.
A fun filled week for all.
We hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends, ready for another super work of learning.
WC 15th May 2017
What a fabulous week of learning we have had in Dragonfly Class this week.
In our English we received a letter from Dave from our focus text asking us to help him with writing a set of instructions for the school's summer fair. To help Dave with this we began by looking at the features of instructions, following verbal instructions and written instructions to make cornflakes cakes. They were delicious. We then used the skills from our magpie text to write our very own instructions. This weeks focus was to use capital letters, full stops, adjectives, conjunctions and, but, so and adverbs. The children worked extremely hard on their published writes and I can't wait to read these over the weekend.
We also wrote a letter to Sadie, the lady who ran the farm to folk workshop on our trip to Tesco last week. We talked about the things we enjoyed and thanked her for what we did. These will be sent to Sadie to read and to enjoy.
During maths we have been focusing more on capacity reading measurements and showing given amounts. We then applied capacity measures into addition and subtraction sums. We even looked at using column addition and subtraction. We then looked at word problems and used our weekly skill to solve the problems.
During ICT we used research skills to find facts about Stanley Matthews. We worked with our partners to find facts and record these down in note form ready for next weeks lesson where we will be turning these facts into sentences before presenting our findings to the class.
The winners of this weeks reading certificates were Ethan for reading more at home and Gloria for a huge improvement in her fluency of reading. Well done to the both of you. Keep up the fantastic reading.
Have a fabulous weekend
WC 8th May 2017
What another busy busy week we have had in Dragonfly Class. For the second week in a row we have been on yet another trip.
This week we went to the 'farm to folk' activity afternoon at Tesco Hanley. Here we were met by a lady called Sadie. We went upstairs to the staff canteen and here we were set our first challenge - to go in our groups to the shop floor to identify and find different fruits and vegetables of different colours, shapes and sizes. After this we went back up to the canteen to taste different foods and dips. We tried cucumber, vegetables, pitta bread and much more. They were delicious! Following this we then sample difference dried fruits and cereals before making our very own breakfast cereal to sample at home. We ate ours with yoghurt and milk. We had a fantastic afternoon and will be writing a letter next week in our learning to thank Sadie and to share with her what we enjoyed.
In maths this week we have been working on our fractions. We have been looking at halves and quarters. In doing so we have been finding fractions of shapes and amounts and then applied our learning into solving fraction word problems. We also looked at how finding our half of an amount can then support you in finding a quarter of an amount. We will continue to revisit work on fraction to ensure these are embedded fully.
In our English this week we have been continuing with the story of Dogger but we have used boxing up to help us write an alternative. We decided to change the character of Dogger to Pingu the penguin. We looked at how to add prefixes and suffixes, how to make singular words plural and focused on writing in past tense. Today we wrote our alternative story as part of our published write. This will then be published into a class book. This makes us proud of our work and allows others to share our fabulous writing.
In our Encompass we have continued to compare past and present. This week we have focused on comparing modern day transport and houses to those in the Victorian times. We have learned a lot and were very surprised to find out that Victorian houses didn't always have indoor toilets and that they had no electricity and that car didn't always have four wheels, windows, seat belts and headlights. Next week we will be writing about our favourite toy or object from home and why it is special to us as well as comparing this to toys that resemble our favourite toy seen on our trip to the Brampton Museum.
Have a lovely restful weekend
WC 2nd May
Although it has been a shorter week this week we have been extremely busy with our learning and completing learning challenges.
We were all very excited as we went on a class trip to the Brampton Museum in Newcastle. We went to help us with our learning of old and new, past and present toys. We had a fantastic time. When we arrived we met a lady called Alison and she showed us lots of toys from her special toy box. She showed us lots of toys from the past. Some of them we could handle and others we just looked at with our eyes because they were so precious and delicate. Alison then let us play and explore some of the toys in small groups. We loved the different toys in the bag.
After this we went upstairs to complete some further challenges, we went on a teddy bear hunt, looked at different toys within the amazing toy museum and looked at the different materials they were made from. We learned so much and can't wait to go back again one day.
In our encompass lesson following our trip to the museum we wrote our very own recount. We used pictures and a story map to help us.
In English we have been continuing our work on the story of 'Dogger'. This week the focus was to retell the story using suffixes and prefixes and where possibly include a question. Again we used story maps and video clips to support in our retell.
In maths the focus has been on ordering numbers and amounts from smallest to largest and answering questions related to this using key mathematical language such as more than, less then, most and least. We used our skills of place value to help us work out the next number in the sequence. We will continue work on our place value over the coming weeks.
We hope you have a fun filled weekend with your family and friends.
WC 24th April
What a busy first week we have had in Dragonfly Class!
In English this week we have been looking at our new text 'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes. After reading the story we wrote our very own story reports identifying the beginning, middle and end as well as the main characters and setting. We then role played the story taking on the parts of the key characters. I was lots of fun. Following this we chose our favourite character and wrote a character description all about their appearance and personality.
In our Encompass we have continued with our topic of street detectives but with a different slant looking at old and new, past and present. As a pre teach for our trip to the Brampton Museum next week we looked at old and new toys, sorted them accordingly and compared the similarities and differences. We can't wait to find out more.
WC 27th March
This week has been a very busy week in Dragonfly Class, all the children have been working exceptionally hard and in doing so are becoming more focused and independent in their learning which is great to see.
In our English we a have been working hard to retell the story of the smartest giant in town. We began by role playing the story with our peers taking on the roles of the different characters within the story. We used facial expressions as well as expressions in our voices to help bring the characters to life. We then created a story map using pictures to help us with the structure of the story. We discussed the beginning, middle and end and broke this down into the key parts. We discussed how the beginning of the story introduces the characters and sets the scenes, the middle of the story identifies the problems within the story and the ending is where the problems are resolved.
Following this we used shared sentences, guided writes and independent writes to retell the story using the prefix -un and suffixes ing, ed and er.
In maths we have been halving 2 digit numbers to 50. In doing we have learned all about division and discussed then we divide we have to have groups of equal amounts. The children used counters and pictures to work out the answer to their sums before recording as a division number sentence. The children have been sensational with this and just really grasped the concept.
We also looked at adding and subtracting multiples of 10 to any given number.
In Encompass we have focused on Emma Bridgewater. We have completed a carousel of activities completing an Emma Bridgewater factfile, designing our own teapot and mugs, drawn portraits of Emma Bridgewater and used the i-pads to research all about her life, work and factory. We have had lots of fun doing this.
WC 20th March
What a busy week we have had this week in Dragonfly Class.
In our Maths we have been doubling 2 digit numbers using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods. We also introduced multiplication discussing that when we double we times by two. The children then recorded there sums using multiplication. They all did a superb job and I was extremely proud of each and everyone of them.
In English we have been continuing our work on the smartest giant in town, but this week we focused specifically on setting descriptions. We used our five senses to describe the town and worked hard to up level our vocabulary using a thesaurus. The children then completed an independent published write on Friday. The children wrote some fabulous setting descriptions of the setting and will hang in our published book pride of place in our classroom.
In our Encompass learning we have been using grid references to describe the location of the key features within our local area. We then went on to discuss which features where human and physical.
In our art we have been studying the work of Sid Kirkham, a local artist. The children discussed his work and how he uses dark shades and tones with minimal colour to highlight the key elements in his drawings. The children then recreated a piece of his work using sketch pencils, pastels and black sugar paper. The children were very prod of their finished pieces and I think Sid Kirkham would be too.
W/C 13th March 2017
We have been so excited in Dragonfly this week as on Monday we had 5 chicken eggs delivered to our classroom in their very own incubator. We kept a very close eye on our eggs and over the next day or two began to see the eggs cracking and the chicks hatching, it was so fantastic to see. We managed to see one of the chicks hatch completely and recorded this on video we were truly mesmerised. Over the next few days we kept the chicks in the incubator until they became dry and fluffy. We then transferred them into their new home with space for them to move freely along with the food and water then need. Later in the week we got the chicks out and looked at them closely and all held the chicks very carefully.
Also this week we invited our parents to come into class to share a science themed art and design afternoon. We based our learning on the life cycle of a chick and completed some superb art and craft chick activities. We even got to show our parents the chicks too.
Mrs. Bickerton-Dean has taken the chicks home with her this weekend to look after and will bring them back to class on Monday. We can't wait to see how much they've grown.
Also this week we kick started our new Encompass topics 'Street Detectives'. In doing so we had a 'Wow' day on Monday creating lots of fabulous work for our classroom and worked hard together as a tea to create the new environments to link to our current topic.
On Thursday we then went on a walk around our local area to see the key features that surround our school. We spotted lots of things including the canal, the co-op, bottle kilns and Emma Bridgewater.
In English we started our new text of 'The smartest giant in town' by Julia Donaldson. We focused on the George the Giant, looking at his appearance as well as his personality and behaviour in order to write our very own character description of him. We love this story and Mrs. Bickerton-Dean says we will work on our setting description next week too.
In maths we have been working hard to add money and even went on to solve money addition word problems, next week we will look at subtracting to find the write change.
Have a great weekend
Love Dragonfly Class xx
WC 27th February 2017
Well what another fantastic, fun and busy week we have had in Dragonfly Class this week.
In maths the children have been working hard to fine 1 more and 1 less, 10 more and 10 less and even looked at using greater than and less than symbols in order to compare numbers to 100 and beyond.
In our English we have been busy researching all about Stegosaurus's in order to create our very own non-chronological report later this week. The children discovered some fascinating facts and loved learning new technical words.
In our Encompass we have been continuing with our Dinosaur Planet topic discussing and learning all about the four theories of extinction. The children loved learning about the different theories and this week we will vote for the theory we believe to be most true creating our own block graph of results.
Also this week we learned all about 'Shrove Tuesday' - Pancake Day and why it is celebrated. The children particularly enjoyed sharing their favourite toppings for their pancakes.
On Thursday of this week we all came into school in our pyjamas in order to celebrate world book day, and what a fabulous day we had. We started off the day by having an assembly to tell us all about world book day and the importance of books and reading. We then went back to the class room and shared the story 'Zog' by Julia Donaldson. The children then worked together to act out difference scenes from the story using role play. Following this we then had a visit from the Whale Class who came and did some buddy reading with us, this was fabulous, we even had some of our amazing Dragonfly Class reading their favourite stories to the Whales Class. After we then completed a number of Zog activities, writing our own books reviews, following directions to help Zog get back to school and we even made our own Zog to take home. Throughout the day children also shared parts of their favourite stories with the class which was marvelous to see and hear.
To finish off the day we all enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate.
Another superb week in Dragonfly Class
From a very proud Teacher x
WC Monday 13th February
What a busy week we have had in Dragonfly Class this week.
As part of our learning about e-safety we had the pleasure of watching a theater company deliver the important messages to us through drama, dance and song. We learned so much and went back to class to write these key facts down in order to create a class display.
On Tuesday it was Valentines day and the children were all very eager to make their own cards asking numerous times throughout the day. As child led learning is extremely important we spent an hour of the afternoon making, creating and writing our very own cards.
In English we received a letter off Harry asking if we could throw a party for Taury the T-Rex's 6th birthday. So wrote a letter to Mrs.Knowles asking if we could do so. As Mrs. Knowles had previously been in our class during our learning she said yes we could have a party as we had wowed her with all our magnificent work. We then wrote a letter back to Harry and sent out invitations and on Friday we threw Taury his very own birthday. We had music, games, cakes, treats and juice. It was so much fun.
We've had an exceptional half term and we are extremely proud of our achievements.
We are now ready for our half term and look forward to new learning after the holidays.
Friday 3rd February 2017
Today we have been engrossed in all things number as today was number day raising awareness for NSPCC. The children all came dressed in clothes with numbers, shapes and patterns. We based all our learning and activities on the book 'Centipede 100's shoes' by Tony Ross. We completed activities on our multiples of 2's, filled in the missing 100 square, created repeated patterns and butterfly symmetry.
We went outside to see how far 100 steps took us around the school and how many star jumps we could do in 100 seconds. Back in class we had team challenges seeing who could fasten the most shoes in a set amount of time and who could get the furthest in the maths who wants to be a millionaire. The children all did fantastically well. Another superb day in Dragonfly class.