Week 25 - 16.03.20
Please see below links to find out what we have been learning in maths and English.
Friday 20th March 2020
Thursday 19th March 2020
Week 24 - 09.03.20
We've had a very busy week this week!
We celebrated Science Week and began the week by coming into school dressed as scientists! On Monday, we had a brilliant Science workshop with 'Supersonic Sue' and learnt all about sweets! We experimented with some of the ingredients and flavours used in sweets, and then looked at diffusion using skittles and water.
Week 23 - 02.03.20
This week, we celebrated World Book Day! On Thursday, we came into school dressed in our pyjamas and brought along our favourite books from home. We had a fabulous day sharing our favourite stories! Thank you to all for taking part!
In English, we have been retelling the story of 'Beegu'. We discussed that fiction books have a beginning, middle and ending. We began by writing the beginning of the story and focused on using the skill of adding the suffixes (-ed and -ing) to words. We discovered that a suffix is a letter or group of letters that can be added to the end of a word to make a new word.
- by adding -ed to the root word crash, we can make a new word - crashed.
-by adding -ing to the root word fly, we can make a new word - flying.
We then moved on to writing the middle of the story, ensuring we used conjunctions such as and, but and or. Following this, we wrote the ending of the story, with a focus on including verbs, and as a challenge some of us tried to include adverbs.
In Science, we have been learning about the different foods that animals eat. We discovered that animals can be grouped in three ways, depending on their diet.
1. Carnivores - only eat meat.
2. Herbivores - only eat plants.
3. Omnivores - eat both meat and plants.
We completed jigsaw puzzles to match facts to the correct animal group.
Week 22 - 24.02.20
It has been a busy first week back for Kingfisher Class!
We performed our Class Assembly on Tuesday afternoon - a production of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children were absolutely magnificent and did incredibly well to learn their parts and remember the songs after the half term break. We were very proud of each and every one of them. Thank you to those of you who came to watch and join us for our afternoon of learning.
Kingfisher Class had a shock when we arrived at school on Wednesday morning because there had been a mystery visitor to the classroom over night! We searched for clues to work out who it could have been, and came to the conclusion it was somebody from another planet! It just so happens that our new text in English s about an alien called Beegu - we decided that it must have been her that had made the mess in our classroom!
After we cleaned up, we looked at the front cover of 'Beegu' and made some predictions about what the book could be about. We then read part of the book and realised that Beegu speaks another language. We used inference skills to think about what Beegu could be saying when she finds herself lost and alone on Earth. Following this, we used role play to act out the story, before sequencing the story using pictures from the book.
In history, we started our topic - The Queen's Memories. We learned about the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan. We watched a video of the wedding and then re-enacted it using role play. Following this, we did some hot seating, where we interviewed Harry and Meghan to find out more about them. We then recorded a timeline of events, including different key dates.
Week 21 - 10.02.20
In English this week, we have been learning about Question Poems. We found out that these poems include a range of questions and a repeated statement. We looked at a picture stimulus and came up with different questions we would like to find out the answer to. We then started to use these questions in our own poems. For example:
Where is the house?
I need to find out.
Who lives in the house?
I need to find out.
When was it built?
I need to find out.
Why is it in a forest?
I need to find out.
Week 20 - 03.02.20
This week in English, we have been planning our own diary entries, based on Owl Babies. We used talk for writing to create a story map of a diary entry from Mother Owl's point of view. We revisited time conjunctions, and remembered that these are used at the beginning of a sentence to tell the reader when something is happening. We discussed that they are important in a diary entry because a recount of the day must be in chronological order. We created our own bank of time conjunctions, which included: First, Next, Then, After that and Finally.
In maths, we have been learning about subtraction. We remembered that when subtracting, we always take the smaller number away from the bigger number. We subtracted using pictorial representations, before moving on to subtraction using a number line.
On Friday, we celebrated Number Day. Our day was based on the maths book 'How Big is a Million?' and we enjoyed a whole day of maths activities!
Week 19 - 27.01.20
It's a been a busy week of learning in Kingfisher Class!
In English, we have been learning about the features of a diary entry. We discussed what we would expect to see in a diary entry, and started to explore how we would write our own, from the point of view of Mother Owl in Owl Babies. We used hot seating to explore where Mother Owl could have gone when she disappeared from the nest, and discussed how she may have felt when she was away. Following this, we learned about the skill of writing in the past tense, as this is an important part of writing a diary entry.
In maths, we have been learning about addition. We added 1-digit and 2-digit numbers in different ways, using numicon, a number line, part-part whole models and ten frames. We remembered that when adding two numbers together, it is easiest to start with the biggest number and then count on forwards to add the smaller number.
This week it has been Art Week! We have been learning all about Vincent van Gogh, and focused on learning about his famous painting 'Sunflowers'. At the beginning of the week, we learnt the skill of sketching and started to sketch our own vases and sunflowers, focusing on line and shape. We then learned about primary, secondary and tertiary colours, and experimented with colour mixing. We moved on to using acrylic paint to paint our own versions of Van Gogh's Sunlfowers, on a canvas! The results were absolutely fantastic - Miss Curtis and Mrs Dove were very proud of Kingfisher Class!
Week 18 - 20.01.20
What a brilliant week we have had!
In English, we have been writing a retell of the story Owl Babies. We learned that a fiction story is made up of a beginning, middle and end. We discussed that the beginning is where the scene is set and the characters are introduced, the middle is where a problem arises and, at the end, a solution is found. We identified each of these features in the story and then retold each part, focusing on different skills.
For the beginning of the story, we included adjectives to describe the setting, and also challenged ourselves to use adjectives ending in -er (comparatives), and -est (superlatives). We then went on to lean about different conjunctions, such as 'and', 'but' and 'or', which can be used to join word or clauses together.
In maths, we have been finding one more and one less of numbers up to 100! We used number lines and hundred squares to support us with this, until we became more secure with working the answer out mentally. We remembered that when finding one more than a given number, we count forwards one, and when finding one less, we count backwards one.
We answered some varied fluency questions and some of us moved onto reasoning and problem solving questions.
In Geography, we have been learning about the capital cities of the United Kingdom. We found out their names and identified where they are located on a map. We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Steve, who came in and did a drama workshop with us, based on the the countries and cities of the United Kingdom. We really enjoyed ourselves!
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