Week 17 - 13.01.20
It's been another busy week in Kingfisher Class.
In English, we have been learning how to write a setting description. We found out that a setting is the place where a story is taking place, and we based our writing on the woodland setting of our key text 'Owl Babies'. We went for a walk to Trent Mill Nature Reserve to experience the things we might see, hear, and feel in a woodland. We gained lots of ideas and vocabulary for our writing. We focused on including adjectives and verbs in our setting descriptions, and we started to include a variety of sentence openers to make our sentences more interesting for the reader.
In Geography, we celebrated the start of our new topic 'Our Queen's Country' by having a WOW afternoon tea party! We found out who the Queen is and enjoyed some afternoon tea treats! During our party, we wore royal crowns, waved British flags and sang the National Anthem!
Thank you for your contributions - they were very much appreciated!
Week 16 - 6.1.20
We have a had a busy first week back!
In English, we started our new key text 'Owl Babies'. We began the week by reading the story and retold the main events using role play. We then sequenced the story using talk for writing and independently ordered images from the text. Following this, we thought about the different emotions the Owl Babies would have been feeling when Mother Owl disappeared from the nest, and thought of some questions we could ask the Owl Babies during our hot seating lesson! Finally, we wrote a character description of Mother Owl, focusing on her appearance and the things she does. We thought of lots of adjectives and verbs to include in our writing!
Week 15 - 16.12.19
What an amazing week we have had to end a fabulous half term!
A massive well done to Kingfisher Class for their wonderful performance in our KS1 production 'Christmas Around the World' - you made us very proud!
This week, we have been showcasing our creativity by making our own calendars for the year ahead, and we also designed our own Christmas/winter-themed cards to take home.
In RE, we learned about the Nativity Story. We sequenced the story and created our own storyboard to retell the main events. We also researched the history of the Christmas tree, and found out that this idea came to the UK from Germany!
Finally, we had an end of term party to celebrate what has been a brilliant term of hard work and progress!
Enjoy a well-earned rest over the Christmas break and we will see you next year!
Week 14 - 09.12.19
This week has been very busy indeed! Alongside our lessons, we have been finding time to rehearse our KS1 nativity play 'Children of the World'. Kingfisher Class have worked extremely hard to remember all of the words to our songs, and we have shown how beautiful our singing voices can be! We cannot wait to perform our production on Monday!
Week 13 - 2.12.19
We have had a fantastic week of learning in Kingfisher Class.
In English, we have been writing our own non-chronological reports about brown bears. We began by researching the appearance of brown bears and thought of lots of adjectives we could use to describe them. Afterwards, we moved onto describing their diet, making sure to include different verbs (e.g. eat, catch and hunt). Finally, we described their habitat, and we focused on including conjunctions such as 'and', 'but' and 'or'.
Week 12 - 25.11.19
It has been another busy and exciting week in Kingfisher Class!
In English, we have been learning about non-chronological reports. We found out that these are non-fiction texts which are not written in time order. We looked at some examples of non-chronological reports to see if we could identify the different features.
Following this, we started to write our own reports all about brown bears! We researched some interesting facts and wrote an introductory paragraph.
In Maths, we have been learning about multiplication. We have been focusing on counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10. We began by counting in 2's, 5's and 10's using pictures, and then moved onto varied fluency questions such as missing number problems.
In Science, we carried out an investigation to find out which everyday materials are waterproof. We discussed which materials we should test, and how we would make sure the experiment was fair. We each made a prediction to guess which material would be most waterproof and then carried out our experiment. We dropped water on top of different materials to see if they let the water absorb through or not. We recorded our results in a table and then wrote a conclusion.
We found out that plastic and tin foil were both waterproof.
Week 11 - 18/11/19
We have had a fantastic week in Kingfisher Class!
On Wednesday, we were treated to a trip to the cinema to watch Abominable, thanks to our magnificent class attendance! The children thoroughly enjoyed their morning out and their behaviour was exemplary. We are now aiming to beat our current attendance record!
In English this week, we have been learning how to use adjectives to describe Goldilocks' appearance, and how we can use verbs to describe her behaviour and actions. We will be applying what we have learnt to create a 'Wanted' poster, to help the three bears find Goldilocks!
Week 10 - 11/11/19
This week in English we started our new key text - Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We began the week by using role play to act out the story and correctly sequence the main events. We then started to retell the story in our own words. For the beginning of the story we discussed that it is important to describe the setting, so we focused on the use of adjectives to describe where the three bears live. For the middle part of the story, we focused on trying to include adjectives that end with -er (comparatives) and -est (superlatives). We came up with words such as bigger/smaller and biggest/smallest to describe and compare the size of the bears' bowls, chairs and beds. For the ending of the story, our focus was on using words containing the prefix -un, such as unhappy and unkind. Many of these concepts were new to the children, and all did amazingly well to include them in their writing!
In maths, we have been learning about number bonds (two numbers that add together to make a certain number). We used practical apparatus such as numicon, cubes and counters to help us find different number bonds for a given number. We began by looking for number bonds within 10, before moving onto number bonds within 20.
This week was Design and Technology week! As our topic is Street Detectives, we decided to spend our D & T lessons designing and making our very own bottle kilns! We began the week by researching what bottle kilns are, what they look like and what they were used for. We then designed our own bottle kilns, focusing on the main features, and thought about what materials and equipment we would need to make them. On Friday, we had a special visit from a ceramic expert, who taught us how to make bottle kilns and factories using clay! We had so much fun learning new skills and the finished pieces were amazing! Well done to everyone!
Week 9 - 4.11.19
A warm welcome back to all of Kingfisher Class - I hope you have had a fantastic break!
This week in maths, we have been learning about fractions. To begin with, we learned how we would find one half of an object. We did this by cutting a piece of food into two equal halves, and were then able to explain that one half is just one of those pieces. Following this, we were finding one half of a quantity. We learned that in order to find one half of a number of objects, we would need to equally share the objects between two groups. To find one half we then counted how many objects there were in one group.
We then moved onto finding one quarter of an object, by cutting an object into four equal parts and selecting just one. Afterwards, we found one quarter of a quantity, by sharing objects fairly between four groups, and then counting how many we have in just one group.
In English, we have been writing our own bonfire night senses poetry! We watched some videos of fireworks to help us copy the movement of fireworks in our role play. We then used instruments to copy some of the sounds that fireworks make!
Afterwards, we began to discuss what adjectives we can use to describe what fireworks and bonfires look like (e.g. dazzling, bright, shimmering and colourful), and then used onompatopoeia (e.g. boom, bang, pop and crackle) to describe the sounds that they make.
Using the senses, see, hear, smell and feel, we wrote some descriptive sentences about bonfire night and used features such as repetition to create our poetry.
In Science, we started our new topic of 'Everyday Materials'. We went on a material hunt in our classroom to find as many different materials (e.g. wood, plastic, glass, metal and fabric) as possible. Once we had collected a range of objects, we sorted them into different groups, based on the material they were made from. We recorded our findings in a table.
Week 8 - 21.10.19
Our final week of this half term has been a busy one!
Thank you Kingfisher Class for all of your hard work over our first half term - I hope you enjoy a well deserved break!
In maths, we have been learning about shapes. We began the week by naming a variety of 2D shapes and went on a shape hunt around school to see how many different 2D shapes we could spot in our environment. We even made a tally chart to show which shapes were the most common! We then investigated the properties of 2D shapes, and looked at features such as number sides, number of corners and the length of sides. After this, we named some 3D shapes, and as a class, identified some properties, which included: number of faces, number of vertices and number of edges.
In English, we have been doing some creative writing. We asked ourselves the question 'If you could climb to the top of a beanstalk, where would you go?'. We discussed the things we may see, hear and feel in our chosen place.The children came up with some fabulous ideas! We then produced a piece of descriptive writing to describe our magical destination at the top of the beanstalk, and made sure to include lots of adjectives and verbs in our writing.
Week 7 - 14.10.19
We've had a fun week of learning in Kingfishers Class!
In Maths, we have been learning about subtraction. We started the week using bead strings to help us solve subtraction problems, before moving onto using a number line. We learnt that when subtracting we count along the number line backwards. After this, we used ten frames to subtract pictorially, and finally had a go at solving some subtraction word problems!
In English, we have been learning about how to write a letter. We found out about the features of a letter and labelled the different features on a letter of our own. We then imagined that we were Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk) and wrote a letter of apology to the giant for stealing his belongings! We remembered to include all of the features we learned about.
Week 6 - 07.10.19
Once again it's been a busy week in Kingfishers Class.
In English, we carried on learning about instructions. We started the week by finding out what time conjunctions are. We discovered that they tell us when something is happening, and in a set of instructions, they usually come at the very beginning of the sentence.
1. First, hang your coat on your peg.
2. Next, put your reading book in your tray.
3. Finally, sit on the carpet.
We then started to plan how we would write our own set of instructions (how to grow a magic beanstalk), ready for our published write! We decided that our instructions should include time conjunctions and imperative (bossy) verbs, and our sentences should start with a capital letter and end with a full stop.
Week 5 - 30.09.19
It has been another exciting week in Kingfishers Class!
In English we have been learning about instructions. We began the week by looking at the features of instructions, and then moved on to learning about imperative (bossy) verbs. We found out that imperative verbs are used near the beginning of a sentence and tell the reader what to do. We then worked in teams to follow a set of instructions and planted our very own magic beans! We can't wait to find out what grows!
Week 4 - 23.09.19
In English - this week we have been using adjectives (describing words) to describe the giant in our story Jack and the Beanstalk. We created a bank of vocabulary to describe his appearance - what he looks like and then his personality - what type of person he is. There were some brilliant ideas that Kingfishers came up with together and next week we will be writing a character description including all of their ideas!
In Maths - we have been finding one more and one less than a number. It's important to remember if we are finding more than a number it is going to get bigger as we count forwards and if we are finding one less than a number it is going to get smaller as we count backwards.
We have practised this practically, pictorially and finally solved some challenging reasoning problems.
In Science this week we have continued to learn about the four seasons and which months of the year are found in each season. We learn a season song and played a great game to test our memory!
Week 3 - 16.09.19
It has been a busy and fun week in Kingfishers class! In English this week we have been completing our retell of the story Jack and the Beanstalk. We have really got to know the story well and Kingfishers have been working hard to put their ideas into sentences.
Our steps to success for super sentences include: Using finger spaces between words, starting sentences with capital letters and ending sentences with a full stop. We have spent some time this week revisiting those important full stops and why we need to use one after each idea we write.
In Maths we have been counting forwards and backwards to 100. We have used number lines and numicon to help us and remembering that when we count forwards the number gets larger and when we count backwards the number gets smaller.
In Science this week we were lucky to have a workshop with Steve who helped us to role play the 4 different seasons. This was a brilliant start to our topic and got us all thinking about the weather in each season and what important events happen.
Week 2 - w.c. 09.09.19
This week we have been very busy getting stuck into our Year 1 timetable! Kingfishers have all worked really hard this week to be focused on learning tasks and work hard - well done!
In Maths - we have been representing numbers in a variety of ways. We have represented numbers as objects, we have represented numbers with numicon, we have represented numbers with pictures and finally written numbers as words.
In English we have been learning all about our story Jack and the Beanstalk! We have practised our role play skills by creating freeze frames from the story. We practised using our bodies to create a character and our facial expression. Towards the end of the week we have begun to write our own version of the story remembering those all important capital letters, finger spaces and full stops that are needed in every sentence.
During our afternoon Encompass we have discussed where we live and the wider world around us. We now know that Hanley is a town, Stoke-on-Trent is a city, England is a country and finally Earth is a planet!
Great learning this week, well done!
w.c. 02.09.19 - Week 1
Welcome to Kingfisher class!
We have had a wonderful first week together with the children finding their feet and settling into their new year 1 classroom. We have had lots of fun getting to know each other and I have loved learning all about each Kingfisher with their 5 items from home. Thankyou for your support with this parents/carers it was a great opportunity for speaking and listening!
We have been very busy creating pieces of writing and art to make our new classroom personal and looking fabulous. We have also been for a local walk around our school and the surrounding environment to make ourselves familiar. We had a great walk in the sunshine and spotted places such as a doctors surgery, Emma Bridgewater factory, bottle kilns, schools, the canal, church and local shops. All of this research will help us with our new Street Detectives topic.
Things to remember in Year 1:
Our P.E. day is Wednesday
Reading and Spellings need to be practised 5 times a week to support learning
1 piece of Maths homework will be given on a Friday to be completed over the weekend and returned for the following Wednesday.
If you would like your child to be able to drink water throughout the day they need to bring a water bottle to school.
Thankyou for your support with this, the practise at home will get your Kingfisher off to a flying start at Waterside!
It has been another busy week full of fun in Kingfishers class!
In English - we have been putting our instructions together for How to be a Pirate. We have written the introduction, list of equipment, instructions and finally a top tip for the reader! Next week we will be publishing our final instructions ready to share with the rest of the class!
In Maths - we have been measuring mass. We have measured in non-standard unit using cubes, we started by predicting how heavy we thought a range of classroom objects would be from teddies to glue sticks and then tested out our predictions.
In Music this week we had a special treat Adam in our class confidently taught us a wonderful song in Polish! Kingfishers loved learning from their friend.
This week we have also been on our trip to the park! Kingfishers loved learning all about the boggarts that can be found in the park and making their own boggart friends! We have also enjoyed Sports day, thank you to all parents that were able to come and support Kingfishers had the best morning!
Week 35 - w.c. 17.06.19
It has been an exciting week in Kingfishers class! In English - we have been describing Jim the pirate! Using expanded noun phrases but still trying to make our sentences as interesting as possible!
Rather than simply say: Jim has long, unwashed hair. We can extend this to become: Jim has long, unwashed hair that has never been cut before. Jim has long, unwashed hair that is crawling full of tiny bugs!
In Maths we have been solving place value problems. Answering true or false problems and giving explanation for our answers.
False because 11 + 14 = 25. The Kingfishers then proved their brilliant answers with dienes.
We have also had so much fun celebrating Pirate Day this week! Kingfishers created their own pirate names, drew a treasure map for hidden treasure in Waterside school, met a real pirate, completed a treasure hunt, pirate obstacle course and finally found a giant treasure chest pinata full of treats to share!
Week 34 - w.c. 10.06.19
In English this week we have been writing our retell of the story - The Pirates Next Door. Now we are in Summer term and approaching the end of year one and two we are focusing on including all of our wonderful writing skills. Kingfishers have worked extremely hard this week to ensure that they have included as many of our key writing skills as they can:
After Kingfishers had wrote their amazing retells of the story, on Friday we worked as a class to edit and improve sentences that sometimes need a sprinkle of magic!
In Maths we have been continuing with our fraction work. This week we have been focusing on finding 1/4 of amounts! This follows the same rules as finding 1/2 except this time we look at the denominator which is 4 and share into 4 parts. We have practised this using objects, shapes, pictorial representations and finally solving word problems!
During our afternoon curriculum in Art we have been learning all about the famous artist Georges Seurat. He became famous for his technique of pointillism. This involved using dots with pens or paint to create an effect. Kingfishers have been practising their pointillism skills
and creating their own piece of art in this style. Here are some of Georges Seurat's pieces:
Week 33 - w.c. 04.06.19
It has been a great week back in Kingfishers class! Alongside Eid celebrations we have enjoyed getting stuck back into learning!
In English - we have been introduced to our new story - The Pirates Next Door.
Kingfishers have loved learning about the pirates in our new story and we have spent the week getting to know and understand the story. We have hotseated characters, role played the story, answered a range of VIPER questions all ready to retell and improve the story next week!
In Maths - we have been recapping fractions! We have spent the week finding half 1/2 of objects, shapes and pictorial representations.
It is important to remember when finding a 1/2 we are interested in 1 part of the whole amount 2.
In Encompass we have been investigating lighthouses, where they began and why they are mostly white and red! Kingfishers loved becoming researchers and writing their ideas.
Have a lovely weekend
Week 31 - w.c. 13.05.19
This week in English we have been to the rainforest! The setting of our story - Grandad's Island. We have been taking our time with presentation and vocabulary to become wonderful writing wizards! We have been using verbs and adverbs to describe what the plants and animals in the rainforest are doing. Look at this amazing word bank we created together:
We have also looked at what happens to the verb when it has happened in past tense:
In Maths - we have been problem solving! We have worked on reading the questions carefully to understand what the question is asking us to do. We also have to check we have answered all parts of the question, because some maths questions can have 2 or 3 parts!
In Encompass and Science - we have explored the different habitats there are around the world - desert, Arctic, grasslands, ocean, rainforest, pond and woodland. We hunted around the room for the animals and plants that belonged in our habitat, lots of great team work skills from Kingfishers! We have also looked at the human features that are found at the seaside.
We have discussed as a group why these features have improved the seaside. Lots of lovely suggestions were given such as: "The fishing boats mean that people can go and catch fish for people to eat!" "The lighthouse helps to keep everybody safe." "The shops mean give jobs to the people who live there."
Have a great weekend!
Week 30 - w.c. 3rd May
Well it has been a busy week this week for Kingfisher class! In English we have been completing our retell of Grandad's Island. We are working hard to include all of our year 1 and year 2 writing skills now we are in Summer term! The published writing was amazing! With some Kingfishers using their Encompass knowledge to include in their story. For example including the names of the oceans they have learnt! In Maths we practised our arithmetic skills! Choosing the correct operation or working out method to help us to find the answer.
In the afternoons we have been practising for our class assembly! Kingfishers put on an amazing assembly and I am so proud of them all for standing up, speaking and singing in front of both parents and the rest of the school! Well done Kingfishers, enjoy your weekend!
Week 29 - w.c. 30.04.19
Welcome back Kingfishers! We have had an excellent first week back and the class have been superb at getting straight back into the swing of things!
In English - we have been learning all about our new story Grandad's Island and beginning to retell the story. We have been working hard to include all the writing skills we have learnt so far this year and make sure that spelling is a big focus! We have created a bank of vocabulary we will use with this story and use our brilliant phonics knowledge to sound out any words we are unsure of.
In Maths - we have been adding and subtracting numbers within 20. We have created a bank of vocabulary for words that mean 'to add' and words that mean 'to subtract'. When facing a set of word problems Kingfishers were then able to understand what maths operation the question was asking them to use.
In Encompass - we have been sorting pictures into alive, dead or never alive. This was a tricky challenge that involved lots of group discussion and debate thinking about whether the pictures are dead such as a dinosaur, alive such as a human and finally never alive such as a table. We have also located oceans and continents on a world map! Kingfishers Geography skills are brilliant and were helped with a fun oceans song we learnt.
This Thursday (9th May) it is our class assembly, parents/carers are invited to see what we have been learning. Hope you can make it!
Have a good weekend
Week 28 - w.c. 08.04.19
What a busy and exciting final week of term we have had! The week has been full of wonderful productions and ending old topics and introducing new ones. We ended our topic of Castles this week by sharing and discussing all that we have learnt. It has been amazing to hear all of the fantastic information Kingfishers have learnt and what their favourite parts of the topic have been.
Kingfishers have also been excited to learn our new topic is going to be... BEACHCOMBERS! We have discussed and created a bank of questions of what we would like to learn about and investigate during this topic and we can't wait to get started after half term. We have also created some beautiful artwork to display in our new classroom environment and pictures will be posted soon for you to see the end results.
Please find attached the holiday creative homework we would like you to produce over half term. Have a wonderful, well-deserved break!
Week 27 - w.c. 01.04.19
In English this week we have been learning all about the story The Day the Crayons Came Home! This story is a follow up to The Day the Crayons Quit which we have spent lots of time learning about.
The Kingfishers loved reading and laughing at what happened next to the new crayons! We retold the story and what happened to each of the crayons adding all of our year 1 and year 2 writing skills to describe the story.
In Maths this week Year 2 have been adding two 2 digit numbers together. We recapped place value to check our understanding of tens and ones in a number.
We have been adding tens and ones using dienes to help us and finally ended the week by adding two 2 digit numbers together independently. Year 1 have been exploring time! We have been sequencing events thinking about the order in which things happen e.g. I put my swimming costume on before I get in the pool.We have been looking at clocks and telling the time to o'clock and half past and beginning to explore quarter past and quarter to! Not only can we now tell the time on a clock face but we can draw the hands on a clock and answer time word problems!
Week 26 - w.c. 25/03/19
In English this week we have been creating colour poems! We began the week by working together to think of all the things we could possible think of for these colours: yellow, blue, gold, red and green. Kingfishers worked brilliantly in groups to create lists of their ideas and used their imagination e.g. Blue is when you are feeling down. Red is a shy person's rosy cheeks. We then began writing a group poem, each person contributed a line to the poem. Finally we ended the week by creating our own poems, the end results were outstanding! We have a class of very clever Kingfishers
In Maths this week we have been measuring! Kingfishers have measured with non-standard units such as cubes! We have also been learning how to measure with a ruler correctly. We start at 0 and look closely at where the object measures up to.
In Science we have been investigating which materials would float on water and which would sink! It was a brilliant experiment and Kingfishers concluded that the heavy materials sank and the light materials floated on the water.
This week we were also lucky enough to have a clay workshop! Kingfishers had the opportunity to practise their clay skills and made some brilliant creations!
A fantastic week
Week 25 - w.c. 18.03.19
In English - we have been writing a letter as Duncan trying to get the crayons to come back! We used persuasive language and continued to use questions to tempt the crayons back to being Duncan's friends! We have been sorting sentence types into questions and statements so we fully understand the difference between the two! A big clue is that most...
In Maths - we have been making number bonds within 10! A number bond is a pair of numbers that make a total. Although we are making small calculations these will help Kingfishers throughout school by applying these skills. e.g. 3 + 2 = 5. They will later be able to understand that 30 + 20 = 50. We have been making bonds with numicon, counters, dominoes and finally word problems! To end the week we solved inverse calculations e.g. ___ + 4 = 6. 6 - 4 = 2.
We have also had a healthy eating workshop this week! Thinking about healthy food choices and sugar content in food.
A great week!
Week 24 - w.c. 11.03.19
This week has been very busy with Red Nose Day and National Science Week! We were very lucky to have a Science workshop on Tuesday where we learnt all about weather and how it changes through the seasons. Please see the photos!
In English - we have been looking at the story JOURNEY by Alisson Becker. In the story the little girl is being ignored at home and dreams of going on a journey somewhere new. She takes her red crayon and draws a doorway to a whole new adventure. In Kingfishers class we created a piece of writing about where we would go if we could draw a door to anywhere! We had some lovely imaginative ideas such as a unicorn land, chocolate island, magical kingdom and jurassic world.
In Maths - we have been exploring the different types of graphs to show information. We have looked at tally charts, pictograms and bar charts. Not only have Kingfishers had the opportunity to draw these graphs they have been answering questions to make sure they understand the graph. This was a great opportunity to learn alot of new mathematical language such as - the most popular, the least popular, how many more, what is the difference between.
A fantastic week! Have a lovely weekend
Week 23 - w.c. 04.03.19
This week in English we have chosen to become the Gold Crayon! As a class we chose Gold as our new crayon and wrote a letter to Duncan complaining. We decided that Gold Crayon wasn't happy that Silver Crayon thought he was the best crayon and now Gold wants his own V.I.P crayon box away from the other boring crayons so they cannot lean on him! Kingfishers used lots of creativity in their writing to think like the Gold Crayon and give their demands to Duncan!
This week in Maths we have been working on multiplication. We have been multiplying by 2, 5 and 10. We have practised with numicon, with dinosaurs, with pictures and finally with word problems. It is so important Kingfishers know how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s to be able to apply this maths skill. 5 times table needs to be practised at school and at home as much as possible
In Encompass we have celebrated with a royal banquet! We learnt all about what a Medieval banquet is and the type of food that would have been eaten in a Castle banquet many years ago. To finish the afternoon Kingfishers tasted some food that would traditionally be eaten and gave their verdicts on whether they like them or not! Did you know a banquet could last up to 4 hours?!
A fantastic week and thank you for the wonderful effort with costumes for World Book Day!
Week 22 - w.c. 25.02.19
It has been a great first week back in Kingfisher class! Kingfishers arrived back to find our classroom had been trashed! Chairs were knocked over and there were crayons everywhere! Each colour group had been left a letter to read, we found out that the crayons in our classroom were fed up of being mistreated and decided to quit! As a class we have read our new story - The Day the Crayons Quit! Kingfishers loved the story and laughed at the many reasons the crayons decided to quit. We discussed which were our favourite crayons and why. Don't forget to dress up as your favourite crayon on World Book Day 7th March!
This week year two have also completed mock SATs test to prepare them. This was a great opportunity to see what the tests will be like and the types of questions they will have. We will continue to practise and prepare over the next coming weeks, Kingfishers are all working extremely hard.
Week 21 - w.c. 11.02.19
In English this week we have looked at the features of a non-chronological report.
We decided as a class to create a non-chronological report about dragons seeing as we have learnt so much about them recently! We have researched information about dragons to put into 4 different paragraphs:
In Maths we have been learning all about money! We began the week by recognising different coins and notes.
Kingfishers then used their knowledge of what coins there are to help them to make different amounts of money. Finally we made the same amount in different ways because we don't always have the correct change in real life! This is such an important skill to learn and it would be such a brilliant help if Kingfishers could practise recognising coins and making amounts of money at home with parents or when you are next at the shop.
Have a brilliant half term
Week 20 - w.c. 04.02.19
It has been a busy and jam-packed week this week! In English - we have wrote our instructions for how to look after a dragon! Kingfishers have worked hard to make their instructions as detailed as possible with imperative verbs, time conjunctions and even adverbs!We have spent the week improving simple instructions: Flap your arms so it knows how to fly. Into detailed instructions: Next flap your arms slowly and run forwards to teach your baby dragon how to fly.
In Maths - we have been adding ten to numbers! Some of us have used hundred squares to add ten by moving down the tens column. Some have used dienes and counted up the tens and then the ones. Finally to end the week some Kingfishers were solving word problems and adding tens and ones using dienes, by adding the tens first followed by the ones.
On Tuesday it was Safer Internet Day - Kingfishers discussed the importance of staying safe online and what details we should never share with anybody online. We also made posters to help us to remember! We have also celebrated Chinese New Year with Chinese food and creating Chinese lanterns!
A brilliant week!
Have a lovely weekend
Week 19 - w.c. 28.01.19
In English this week we have started to plan a set of instructions for how to look after a dragon! We began by looking at instructions for how to look after a unicorn and labelled all of the features we could find! Introduction, title, top tip, numbers, equipment, instructions. Kingfishers also noticed that instructions can be very bossy! They are full of imperative (bossy) verbs! We have bossed our friends around so that we are superstars at imperative verbs and we can use them in our instructions.
In Maths - we have been continuing with fractions but this week finding 1/4 of objects, pictures and solving fraction word problems! When we are finding a quarter of an amount we need to share between 4 equal parts. To challenge Kingfishers we have also looked at finding 3/4 of a number!
In Encompass - we have started to build our junk model castle! Pictures will follow next week. In P.E. we have been working on gymnastics and polishing off a perfect forwards roll!We have also been lucky this week to celebrate Numbers day for NSPCC. We read the story 365 penguins and our maths was also penguin crazy! We played place value penguin, found one more and one less than penguins up to 100, found number bond penguin partners and shared pebbles between penguins to put our fractions skills to the test!
Week 18 - w.c. 21.01.19
In English this week we have been describing the dragon ready for a character description! We began the week by creating a role on the wall for the dragon, by describing the dragon's appearance and his personality. e.g. He has bright, yellow eyes. The dragon feels lonely and afraid. Kingfishers have also been extending their sentences by using conjunctions to add more information. Rather than a simple sentence: The dragon was lonely. The dragon was lonely when he realised he would never meet another dragon.
In Maths we have been learning all about fractions! What a 1/2 is with objects, pictures and word problems! Kingfishers have impressed me with their brilliant sharing into parts to find the answer.
In Encompass we have learnt about all of the different jobs found inside a castle! Kingfishers loved using role play to imagine what it was like to be the different job roles in the castle such as a cook, Lord and Lady, musician, taster, knight and steward. We had a fantastic discussion of what job we would like to have in the castle and what job we would not like! It turns out most of us wanted to be the Lord and Lady who entertain guests and eat and drink all evening!
A brilliant week, enjoy your weekend
Week 17 - w.c. 14.01.19
It has been another great week in Kingfishers class! In English we have been retelling the story of The Egg. We wanted to make our writing as brilliant as possible by choosing to use adjectives and verbs that are interesting! For example rather than say: The dragon flew through the sky. Kingfishers have been writing sentences such as: The dragon hovered over the houses and soared through the dark, sparkly sky until he saw the bright, shiny moon ahead.
In Maths we have been comparing numbers! Recapping Charlie the Crocodile and how he only likes to eat the greater amount! We have practised this by comparing objects, comparing pictures and comparing numbers. To make sure we completely understand greater than and less than symbols we ended the week by problem solving true or false questions, to become maths superstars!
In Encompass we have been learning much more about castles! Kingfishers are now able to label each part of a castle and explain what it is used for! We have also begun to design our own castle and decided what we would use to make a junk model castle, this design will help us to make the real thing next week!
Have a lovely weekend
Week 16 - w.c. 07.01.19
Well what a busy first week back we have had! Kingfishers have come back eager and ready to learn and on Monday they arrived to find a golden egg in our classroom! The class discussed their ideas of what could be inside and came to the decision it was a dragon! They wrote wonderful descriptions of what the dragon may look like.
In English we have began reading our new story The Egg. Kingfishers have loved learning about George who finds a dragon egg in his mother's chicken hut! We have sequenced the story, role played the key moments and begun to retell the beginning of the story. Our focus this half term is to use our brilliant phonics knowledge in all of our writing, sounding out each word to make outstanding sentences with super spelling!
In Maths we are revisiting place value because it is important in everything we do in Maths. It is important to recognise what a number's value is to help us with many maths skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division!
For our Towers, Tunnels and Turrets WOW day Kingfishers came dressed in their best clothes, fit for royalty! We began the day with a wonderful royal dance with Mrs Dawson, the class learnt a routine to Zero to Hero from Hercules and absolutely loved it! We then designed and made our royal crowns with glitter, sequins and bright colours! In the afternoon we joined all of Key Stage One for a royal banquet with food and dancing to end the day! Please see the photos!
A super first week,
Enjoy your weekend
Week 13 - W.C. 03.12.18
Well it has been a lovely week in Kingfishers class as we get closer to the nativity play - Tinsel and Teatowels! Kingfishers are working extremely hard practising songs and learning lines to make everybody proud on the 18th December!
In English this week we have begun writing the alternative story - Percy the Zookeeper! Kingfishers have developed fantastic ideas and are now focusing on quality not quantity in their writing! This means taking their time to rehearse sentences out loud and thinking about what they want to say before writing. Kingfishers are also working hard to improve their spelling by using phonics sound mats to help them to sound out each word as spelling is a big focus for us this next half term! Kingfishers have enjoyed marking their own work with yellow highlighters to see if they have remembered capital letters and full stops. Checking and re-reading their work is a wonderful skill to develop, they have done extremely well with this.
In Maths this week we have begun to divide numbers. To divide numbers means to share them into equal groups. Kingfishers have been dividing by two. We have practised this with children, making equal groups of two. They have also applied this to sharing cubes and pom poms both in groups and individually! Next week we will begin to share with a variety of numbers.
Polite reminder that nativity costumes need to be in this week! If you have any questions or are unsure please ask
Have a lovely weekend!
Week 12 - W.C. 26.11.18
In English this week we have been describing Percy the Park keeper! Not only did we use adjectives to describe his appearance and personality, we described his actions using verbs! We have learnt all about verbs previously but this week we wanted to recap to understand tenses. When we tell a story or write about an event that has already happened we need to write in past tense.
In Maths we have been learning all about multiplication. We started the week making equal groups both practically and pictorially. This week we also made multiplication arrays. We used pom poms to create practical arrays and we have drawn our own to help answer a range of word problems!
In Encompass we have compared the woodland habitat to the Antarctic habitat! As a class we found Antarctica on Google Earth and managed to see images taken from Antarctica which was a fantastic opportunity to understand what the habitat is really like, we even saw some Emperor Penguins! In Science we conducted a science experiment to investigate how animals stay warm in freezing cold conditions. This involved comparing putting our bare hand into icy water and our hand covered in a layer of fat (lard). Kingfishers discovered it was warmer when covered by the layer of fat, they could understand how animals stay warm with a layer of blubber in Antarctica.
Have a lovely weekend!
Week 11 - W.C. 19.11.18
It has been a wonderful and busy week in Kingfishers class! In English we have received an email from Stoke City Council explaining that they saw Percy the Park Keeper littering in Hanley Park! Kingfishers were shocked to hear the description they gave sounds nothing like Percy at all! As a class we have decided to write our own description of Percy to describe his appearance, personality and actions.
In Maths we have been solving missing number problems! When a number is missing from a sum e.g. ____ - 8 = 4. We need to do the opposite operation to find the missing answer! 8 + 4 = 12. So 12 - 8 = 4.
This week in Computing we have started learning skills using laptops! Kingfishers are experts with the iPads we use in class and they are looking forward to becoming superstars with the laptops too!
Week 10 - w.c. 12.11.18
English - this week we have been completing our published writing of a retell of the story After the Storm! We have been practising including adverbs in our writing. An adverb adds more detail to the verb and tells us how it happens e.g. The dog barked loudly at the postman. The little boy ran quickly after the bus.
Maths - we have been practically making number bonds to 10 and 20! We have made the number bonds with concrete objects, with pictures and with numbers! We are really beginning to become experts at number bonds.
Encompass - we have discussed what night is and why we have night. Kingfishers loved learning how the Earth makes a full turn in 24 hours and this explains how we only see the sun for half of that time before the Earth turns away. They have also made some brilliant pieces of artwork of the woodland in the night!
Finally, this week was anti-bullying week! We have discussed the 4 types of bullying - verbal, social, physical and cyber. Kingfishers shared their thoughts and decided on World Kindness Day (Tuesday 13th November) they would like to sprinkle kindness around Waterside like confetti! They have challenged themselves to complete as many acts of kindness as possible big and small!
Have a lovely weekend
Week 9 - w.c. 5.11.18
A fantastic first week back in Kingfishers class! In English we began the week creating firework poetry! The class thought about all of the things they could see, hear, smell, taste and feel on Bonfire night! By the end of the week we have started to learn the story of After the Storm through role play. Kingfishers have been working really hard on their facial expressions to show how the characters are feeling in different part of the story.
In Maths we have been learning to find the difference between amounts. For example if Tom has 14 sweets and I have 8 sweets what is the difference? Kingfishers have learnt to put the largest number first and subtract the smaller number. The answer they find is the difference!
In Encompass we have learnt the story of the Gunpowder plot! Kingfishers role played the story in groups to help them understand why we celebrate Bonfire night on the 5th November. In RE we have learnt about the festival of lights for Hindus called Diwali! Kingfishers created some beautiful pieces of firework art using chalks and made their very own Diwali lamp!
Finally, Kingfishers have won the attendance reward for a trip to the cinema in a couple of weeks time! A brilliant team effort, keep it up!
A busy and wonderful week, have a great weekend!
Week 8 - w.c. 22nd October
It has been a lovely final week of the half term! In English we have brought our learning on Hansel and Gretel to an end by creating our very own mini gingerbread houses! Kingfishers worked step by step to create some delicious houses which we then wrote the instructions for anyone who would want to make this scrumptious treat!
In Maths we have been focusing on 2D and 3D shapes! We have learnt the names of shapes and we have been describing their properties. This may be how many sides it has, if the sides are straight or curved, how many edges or faces. To secure our brilliant shape knowledge Kingfishers went on a shape hunt to find any real-life objects around school that we can identify as 2D or 3D shapes!
In Encompass we have been measuring the age of trees! This involved measuring the height and circumference of the trees and calculating their age! Ask your Kingfisher what they discovered, how old was the oldest tree on Waterside's school grounds?!
Well done Kingfishers for a wonderful first half term, enjoy your break!
Week 7 - w.c. 15.10.18
A very busy but wonderful week in Kingfishers class! In English we have been finishing our non-chronological reports all about squirrels! We have researched what a squirrels diet is and what type of habitat they live in. Finally to complete our report we searched for our own wow facts about squirrels! Did you know that a squirrel's teeth NEVER stop growing?! Or that they can dig under up to a foot of snow to find food because of their brilliant sense of smell?!
In Maths we have been focusing on subtraction! Kingfishers came up with an excellent explanation of what subtraction means: To take away an amount and count how many are left.
We have explored this using multi-link cubes as concrete objects, using pictures and finally using a number line! Kingfishers enjoyed jumping backwards along a giant number line outside!
During the afternoons we have rehearsed for the harvest assembly and I am sure you will agree they all did an exceptional job! Thank you if you were able to practise the poem at home, your support is appreciated!
Have a great weekend
Week 6 - W.C. 8th October
This week has been very busy in Kingfishers class! In English Kingfishers decided to help out Mrs Vaughan who had sent us an email about some furry visitors in the school who were making a mess outside and leaving a trail of nuts and acorns! We decided to research squirrels and find out as many interesting facts as we could and we are starting to put them together to create a non-chronological report all about squirrels! We have identified the features of a report - title, introduction, wow fact, picture, caption, subheadings. Next week we will be putting them altogether for our reports!
In Maths we have begun to use the maths operation - addition! We discussed how addition means the sum of two amounts. Kingfishers have added concrete objects, added pictures together, used a number line to support them and finally added numbers together! The class have added amounts in a variety of ways and are now beginning to become superstars at addition!
In Encompass we have been putting together some of our wonderful art work and writing for a corridor display! We have also learnt the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees. Deciduous trees shed their leaves in Autumn whereas evergreen trees have green leaves throughout the year!
This week in Kingfishers class in English we been continuing to describe the enchanted gingerbread house! Now we have learnt how to use adjectives to describe, this week we worked on making our sentences interesting! We like to start sentences in different ways e.g. Along the narrow path there was colourful sprinkles. On top of the roof there was dripping, chocolate icing. Their final setting descriptions have been outstanding! Well done Kingfishers.
In Maths we have been ordering numbers from smallest to largest. Again, using our excellent place value knowledge to recognise the tens and ones of a number and deciding where it should go! In Encompass we have learnt all about nocturnal animals in the woodland and what amazing qualities they have to help them survive in the dark! By the end of the week we did a class vote to decide which nocturnal animal we would like to research further and found some extremely interesting facts out about owls! Ask your Kingfisher to share what they learnt with you
Have a great weekend
It has been another busy week in Kingfishers class! In English this week we began to describe the magical gingerbread house in the deep, dark woods in Hansel and Gretel. We have creating a huge bank of adjectives to use in our writing and have looked at choosing appropriate adjectives. E.g. The tall/playful puppy ran after the postman. The brave/nice superhero jumped off the tall building!
In Maths we have been comparing objects, pictures and numbers using the language greater than, less than and equal to. We learnt a poem to help us remember! Mr Gator likes to munch juicy numbers for his lunch! Small numbers make his belly sore but big numbers make him shout for more!
In Encompass this week Kingfishers have designed and created their very own group fairy house! They showed wonderful team work and ended the week by describing the fairy home ready to be sold!
A brilliant week, have a lovely weekend
This week in Kingfishers class in English we have finished our published writing of a retell of the story Hansel and Gretel. Kingfishers blew me away with their fantastic writing! The class have worked hard to include adjectives in their sentences and we will continue to check sentences for all punctuation . In Maths we have been partitioning numbers to recognise the place value. E.g. the number 36 has 30 tens and 6 ones. This will help us in a big range of maths skills throughout the year! In Encompass Kingfishers have described all of the woodland features they saw, felt and heard on our amazing Nature walk last week!
Have a great weekend
It has been a fantastic week in Kingfisher class as the children get settled into our new timetable and routine! This week in English we have began to retell the story of Hansel and Gretel. We have been working hard to remember all of our writing skills using capital letters at the beginning of sentences and full stops at the end, I am very impressed with how hard Kingfishers have all worked! Next week we will be adding adjectives to make our sentences exciting! In Maths we have been representing numbers in different ways...as numbers, as words, as pictures and many other ways!
This week we also took a nature walk through Trent Mill Park giving us the chance to explore the trees changing for the Autumn seasons, listen to the River Trent, find conkers, acorns and leaves. It was lots of fun!
Well done Kingfishers for an excellent week!
Have a great weekend
Hello and welcome to Kingfishers class! What a brilliant first week we have had in our new class! The children have settled in wonderfully and we have spent lots of time this week getting to know each other and learning facts about our peers and teachers. It has been excellent for both the children and teachers to learn what hobbies we have, what our favourite subjects are and all about our families. Thank you to those who were able to bring in their 5 items from home we had some excellent speaking and listening opportunities. Also this week the class have continued to produce some amazing art work and writing for our classroom to make it bright, exciting and helpful for our learning. Looking forward to another fun-filled week!