Year 1 Dragonflies Sports Day 2021
On Monday 5th July 2021 the Dragonfly class took part in their annual sports day. All of the children enjoyed the afternoon and having a go at every race that took place. All children took part in every race in small groups. During each race the children showed great friendship and encouragement cheering each other on. We were really pleased that the sunshine decided to come out for our sports day.
The first race we took part in was the hurdles race. See below the first, second and third place winners.
We had to jump over the hurdles and we thought this was easy!
Group 1- 1st Lily, 2nd Essa and 3rd Bodie
Group 2- 1st Ayaan, 2nd Kamran and 3rd Haris
Group 3- 1st Adam, 2nd Maya and 3rd Dylan
Group 4- 1st Gabriel, 2nd Mcfrank and 3rd Sara
Group 5- 1st Modou, 2nd Samir and 3rd Aaliyana
The second race we took part in was the sprit, please see below the first second and third place winners.
We had to run to the end and some of us found this tricky.
Group 1- 1st Essa, 2nd Lily and 3rd Teddy
Group 2- 1st Kamran, 2nd Ayaan and 3rd Haris
Group 3- 1st Maya, 2nd Adam and 3rd Zhulqarayan
Group 4- 1st McFrank, 2nd Sara and 3rd Ken
Group 5- 1st Modou, 2nd Samir and 3rd Aaliyana
We then took on the challenge of the egg and spoon race. Please see below our first, second and third place winners.
We found the egg and spoon race tricky becasue the egg kept falling off the spoon!
Group 1- 1st Teddy, 2nd Essa and 3rd Lily
Group 2- 1st Kamran, 2nd Hairs and 3rd Hanna
Group 3- 1st Dylan, 2nd Adam and 3rd Aisha
Group 4- 1st Sara, 2nd Gabriel and 3rd Ava
Group 5- 1st Leah, 2nd Modou and 3rd Aaliyana
The final race we took part in was the sack race. Please see below our first, second and third place winners.
We found this race the trickiest of them all! Lots of us kept falling over when trying to jump in the sack
Group 1- 1st Ayaan, 2nd Haris and 3rd Hanna
Group 2- 1st Kamran, 2nd Dylan and 3rd Adam
Group 3- 1st Sara, 2nd Ken and 3rd Maya
Group 4- 1st Modou, 2nd Samir and 3rd Gabriel
Group 5- 1st Madison, 2nd Essa and 3rd Huda
During the afternoon, we had chance to watch Kingfishers race. We really enjoyed watching them and could not believe how fast some of them could run. They completed the same races as us and all of dragonfly class cheered them on.
At the end of our sports day each of us got a certificate for our great participation. Some of us got other certificate for great sportsmanship, determination and showing respect to all of our peers.
Well done Dragonflies!
A fantastic sports day was enjoyed by all children and adults
A big thankyou to Mr.Franklin from Bee Active for his help
W/C 5th July
This week in dragonfly class we have been completing lots of assessment to showcase what the children have learnt. The children did really well with this and their knowledge shone through! I am proud to say I can really see the children's behavior maturing as they prepare for Year 2. There has been no certificates this week as we thought it would be nice to present lots more certificates this coming week as it is a our final full week in Year 1.
In maths this week concluded our learning on shape. The children enjoyed exploring tangrams and seeing what different pictures they could use just using the 7 shapes they were provided. Their puzzle solving brains worked super hard to complete this task and I was very impressed with all the different pictures they made. To conclude our knowledge on shape, the children completed some 2D and 3D shape riddles. They had to bring together all of their shape knowledge to decide what shape was being described.
This week in English we have launched 'Film Narrative'. This week and next week the children will be using a short film clip to hook the children into completing some creative writing. This week we introduced the clip 'Bubbles' to the children, I'm sure they will tell you all about it if you ask!. To begin with the children made a prediction about where the girl at the end of the clip might go on her bubble. Some of these predictions were great and I can't wait to begin our creative writing about one of them. Next, as a class we voted to decide where the bubble would take the girl. The little girl is going to be going to 'THE JUNGLE', the children are super excited to begin their writing. Once we had decided a setting, the children watched a video and looked at some images to complete a grid about what we might see, head and feel while in the jungle.
This week we introduced the children to our afternoon learning for the next 2 week. This learning will be based around the Olympics and we will be focusing on Great Britain. We began the topic by looking at the Geography of Great Britain, we identified the 3 different countries that make up Great Britain. The children enjoyed finding Great Britain on the world map and completing a puzzle of Great Britain. Next, the children split into 6 different groups and created some posters and England, Wales and Scotland. They produced some great work and worked fantastically as a team to create great posters. To end the week we looked at Great British culture, the children thoroughly enjoyed learning the national anthem 'God Save The Queen' and completing some writing about a part culture of their choice. They looked at food, religion, language, Royal Family and the National Anthem.
W/C 28th June
As we approach the final couple of weeks of the summer term Dragonfly class still continue to amaze me with their fantastic learning every day. They are all showing how much they have matured in their independent learning. Take a look below at our fantastic certificate winners!
This week in English the children have been writing a letter. The letter was from the seagulls, apologising to Mr. Grinling for stealing his lunch. We started the week off identifying the features of a letter. We then spent the next 3 days writing the introduction, main body and the closing. For each section we focused on a different skill, starting the week looking at adjectives and verbs. This is skill that the children are beginning to use naturally in their writing and this is great to see. We then moved on to conjunctions, the children are now beginning to use a range of conjunctions in their writing and understand that 'and' should only be used once. Finally we looked using questions marks and exclamation marks, the children showed a fantastic understanding of how to use these appropriately in their writing. They included a range of questions and exclamation sentences in their writing. Dragonfly class are now working very hard on the composition of their sentences, reading their work back to ensure it makes sense. I am very impressed with the writing produced this week.
In maths this week we have been focusing on 2D and 3D shapes. The children can now name most 2D and 3d shapes which is great to see. This week we looked at the properties of all the shapes including sides, faces and vertices. We have challenged the children this week to answer varied fluency and problem solving/reasoning questions where they had to used their knowledge of shape to answer a range of questions. I was extremely impressed with their progressing ability to answer worded problems in maths. At the end of the week, we looked at repeating patterns. The children showed a fantastic understanding of what repeating pattern is, how to continue and repeating patterns and spotting mistakes in repeating patterns.
This week in Encompass the children have been learning all about Grace Darling. At the beginning the of the week we spent some time looking at her life and the children completed a timeline of significant events in Grace Darling's life. The children then used their knowledge of Grace to complete a super fact file. They looked at why she was a significant person and how she was rewarded for what she had done. The children's recall of the key facts when discussing the SS Forfarshire crash was impressive! Towards the end of the week we looked more at how Grace felt during the rescue, the children completed some amazing hot seating and really put themselves into Grace's shoes when answering the questions. To end the week the children engaged in a great P4C lesson, our big questions was 'Was Grace Darling brave?'. Using their knowledge of the events that occurred and information given in a number of video stimuluses, they provided some great response and were able to think of times they had been brave or helpful just like Grace.
Another amazing week of learning
Well done Dragonflies
W/C 21st June
Yet another fantastic week in Dragonfly class. The children really are beginning to show the progress they have made over the year. One thing I am very proud of is how well the children's reading ability has progressed! They are becoming confident and fluent in their reading and it is such a pleasure to see. Take a look below at our certificate winners.
In maths this week the children have been focusing on subtraction. We looked at a number of different ways to show subtraction, using first, then and now, tens frames and part whole models. The children displayed a fantastic understanding of using each method and deepened their knowledge through answering problem solving/reasoning problems. Towards the end of the week we moved on to fact families and WOW did the children amaze us with their knowledge. They showed a great understanding of how 3 numbers can be used to make 4 different number sentences and some showed a deeper understanding through spotting mistakes and correcting them. A fantastic week of learning with a class full of mathematicians.
This week in English we have done something new for the children. We have written an alternative retell of our focus text 'The lighthouse keepers lunch'. At the beginning of the week we 'boxed up' the story. This gave the children chance to outline the sequence of the original story ready to make the change the following day. Next we introduced the new character, the children had some clues and had to guess who it might be. They were thrilled to discover it was an OCTOPUS! The children incorperated the new character into the problem and solution within the story, focusing on different skills for each sections. We have looked using verbs and suffixes, the children used these well in writing and we had some fantastic alternative stories. Well done Dragonflies!
This week in Encompass the children have had two main questions to focus on.
'How does the seaside in the past compare to the seaside now?'
'What is a lighthouse?'
At the beginning of the week the children did a super job of comparing the seaside in the past to the seaside now. The bought together all of their knowledge from the topic so far and used it to make some great comparisons. To support our understanding we used pictures, videos and even live seaside webcams to make notes, ready to do some fantastic writing. Then, we moved on to look at lighthouse, the children learnt all about their purpose, features and history. The prior knowledge the children already had on lighthouses was a real delight to see and listen to. At the end of the week the children answered some VIPERS questions all about what they had learnt about lighthouses. Another super week of learning in Encompass.
W/C 14th June
What a wonderful week we have had in Dragonfly class this week. There has been an abundance of fantastic learning happening as always and the children have been showcasing their learning in multiple ways. Take a look below at our fantastic certificate winners this week.
This week in Maths we have been looking at addition. We started the week off by looking at the first, then and now model to help us with addition to 10 and 20. The children used counters and tens frames to show this practically and then challenged their learning with problem solving and reasoning questions. Then we moved on to addition by making 10, this was a tricky concept for the children but they all showed great determination in using it to work out addition problems. Next, we used part whole models for the children to complete addition problems using partitioning. The children used these practically in the lesson and did a fantastic job at finding the two parts and the whole in a range of questions, again we deepened our knowledge by answering some problem solving/reasoning problems. We ended the week working on our rapid recall of number bonds to 10 and 20. The children used different concrete resources to help them show number bonds to 10 and 20, their recall of these number bonds was fantastic to see within the lessons. Once we had completed the practical learning we moved onto answering varied fluency questions and problem solving/reasoning. Amazing work from all children in maths this week.
This week in English we have been looking at composing a diary entry from the point of view of Mr. Grinling. We started the week off looking at the features of a diary entry so the children knew what they would need to include in their published write. We then moved on to looking at the introductory paragraph, the children looked at the use of exclamation marks in writing to add emphasis. Next we looked at the main body of the diary entry and for this the children's skill focus was on the use of time conjunctions to order the events of the day. We had some great pieces of writing during this lesson! Then the children looked at the closing paragraph, we discussed hopes and dreams and what Mr. Grinling might hope for they furture, the children also had to include the prefix 'un' which they all did a super job of. Finally, on Friday the children completed their published write, they used all of their hard work and skills from the week and included it all in their writing. Take a look below at some of the spectacular writing produced. A huge well done Dragonflys!
This week in encompass we went back in time! The children have spent the week looking at the seaside in the past, with a particular focus on the Victorian seaside. We started the week off by using lots of picture prompts to discuss what the seaside used to look like and what the Victorians used to do. The children learnt some new key vocabulary that they were able to use their knowledge of in some writing. We looked at Victorians, Bathing machines, Punch and Judy, Victorian dress, Sea bathing and ice-cream carts. Next, the children split into 4 groups to research food, travel, clothing and entertainment. We decided to take this learning outside to enjoy the weather and the children completed some fantastic research and shared this in their groups to the rest of the class. The children noticed that food and the seaside has not changed much at all. We ended the week by stepping into the shoes of a Victorian child at the seaside, Barnaby Bear set us the challenge of telling him all about the seaside in the past. The children did a fantastic job writing a postcard to Barnaby which included lots of information about the seaside in the past, including arriving on the train, sea bathing and watching a Punch and Judy puppet show.
Brain Tumor Research
On Friday, the children came to school in hats. This was to raise money for the Brain Tumor Research charity to support them in supporting those currently battling with brain tumors. In the afternoon, we spent some time looking at what a brain tumor was and shared some stories from the website of people that were battling. The children connected particularly well with the story of 'Katie' a little girl who is currently battling a brain tumor. The children showed great listening and asked questions which we used the website to help us answer.
Another great week of learning
Have a great weekend
W/C 7th June 2021
What a fantastic start to the half term we have had in Dragonfly class. Lots of amazing learning has taken place and as always we celebrated this on Friday. Take a look below at our certificate winners.
In English this week we have enjoyed a week of 'Book Talk', we use this to help us get to know a new text. Our new text for this half term is 'The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch'. We started to the week off by making a prediction, using the clues on the front cover to help us. The children did a fantastic job of this and made some great predictions. We then moved onto reading the story, the children came up with actions to help us to retell key parts and enjoyed engaging in some roleplay afterwards. Next we looked at one of our VIPERS, this week is was the skill of inference. The children did a super job using pictures and extracts of texts to answer some different inference questions about our text, looking at how different characters might have felt and different point within the story. Finally we ended the week on a lesson all about vocabulary. While reading the story the children picked out some vocabulary that was new to them and they were unsure of the meaning. We practised finding out the definitions for some of these words using a dictionary, the children then put them into sentences to add more context to the word.
In Maths, we have been looking at counting and place value. We started the week by counting forwards and backwards within 100. The children really impressed us with their ability to do this with the greater numbers. We then moved onto partitioning numbers into tens and ones. Next we used our knowledge to order numbers in different ways, the children had to use their knowledge of value to do this correctly. Following on, we looked at comparing numbers using the greater than, less than and equal to symbol. The children used the symbols well to showcase their understanding, we enjoyed using the term 'the crocodile always eats the biggest number!'. Yet again the children were ready to face the challenge of problem solving and reasoning, they did a fantastic job using their understanding of the skill to answer the questions, even with the trickier concepts.
In Encompass we have started a new topic! 'Seaside in the Summer'. This topic is going to have more of a history focus and the children will be looking more at what the seaside used to look like. This week we looked at what the children already knew about the seaside and anchored our learning through discussion about what the seaside is like now (present day). We looked at lots of different photographs of seaside towns and the children enjoyed identifying the seaside towns they had been to. Next, we read the story of 'Tom and Lucy at the Seaside' we used this to create a word bank of things we can see and do at the seaside. Finally, using all of our knowledge from the week we wrote a postcard to Barnaby Bear, writing all about what we got up to during a day at the seaside.
Well done Dragonfly class for another week of excellent learning!
W/C 24th May
What a fantastic last week of half term we have had in Dragonfly class this week. The children have yet again showed what superstars they are in all their learning. I would like to say a big well done to all children in Dragonfly class, you should be very proud of what you have achieved this half term and the progress you are all making. A special shoutout to parents, thankyou very much for not only the support you offer me as class teacher but also the support you give to your children in all that they do, I am very grateful and it shines through in all that the children do. Take a look below at our certificate winners! The children know that I say every week 'if I could give them all a certificate every week I would'
This week in maths we have been learning all about position and direction. We started the week off looking at directions, focusing specifically on left, right, forwards and backwards. The children enjoyed joining in with the 'cha-cha slide' and then taking the learning outside ready to give their partners some directional instructions. We then moved on to prepositions, the children enjoyed the practical parts of the lesson before we moved on to using their knowledge to answer some varied fluency and problem solving/reasoning questions. We finished the week focusing on turns, looking in particular at whole, half, quarter and three quarter turns. Although the children found some of learning tricky in maths this week they all showed great determination in completing the questions. Some children also responded well to some coaching off me in lessons to support them in securing their understanding.
This week in English the children got chance to put all their knowledge of Emperor penguins to use. As their published write this week, the children produced their own non-chronological report using the research we collected last week. They were all wizard writers and used lots of different skills to uplevel their writing. Take a look below at some of the fantastic work that they produced. if only had room to show them all!
This week we had the pleasure to engage in afternoons full of art! Year 1's artist was Pablo Picasso, looking his abstract faces and cubism. We started the week learning about Picasso's life, art and techniques used. The children created some amazing fact files all about Picasso and engaged in discussions about what they liked/disliked about his work. We then moved on to practicing the skills the children would need to complete their final piece, focusing on line, shape and colour. This was an important part of the 'artists journey' to allow the children to build confidence in their own art skills. At the end of the week, the children sketched out their own abstract Picasso face and added complementary colours to complete their final piece.
We ended the week with some GOLDEN TIME! The children certainly earned this throughout the half term with all their amazing learning and hard work. They enjoyed some colouring (their favourite thing to do) and watched a film while enjoying some treats. We decided to watch Happy feet after all the learning we have been doing on penguins.
Happy half term!
Have lots of fun and stay safe
W/C 17th May 2021
We have had another great week in dragonfly class with even more fantastic learning taking place. The children in dragonfly class continue to amaze us with the work they produce in class and even the work they are bringing in from home! We have one more week before a well deserved break and we cannot wait to see the learning take place. See below our super certificate winner this week!
This week in maths we have been completing to fantastic learning on time. We started the week off reading both o'clock and half past times, we then completed some problem solving/reasoning questions. The children then moved on to drawing both o'clock and half past on clocks. We were super impressed with the children's work in this lesson and their understanding that the hour hand is shorter than the minute hand.
At the beginning of the week the children completed their retell of the story 'Lost and Found'. I am very proud of the writing they produced and the skills they used within their writing. We then began to look at our new focus for the remainder of the half term 'Non-chronological reports'. The children will be producing their own reports on Emperor penguins. They had a fantastic first lesson looking at the features of a non-chronological report, using a report on hedgehogs as an example. We then moved onto looking at the appearance of an Emperor penguin using some amazing adjectives and 2A phrases. To end the week the children looked at what Emperor penguins eat, they got to watch a fantastic video of how they find food. This supported the children in coming up with and using some great verbs in their writing.
This week saw the end of our encompass topic 'seasons'. We ended the week looking at our final season summer, the children enjoyed sharing all the different things we can do in summer. Such as, swimming and going to the seaside. We started the week off looking at a non-fiction text all about summer, the children enjoyed some shared reading and answers some VIPERS style questions about the text. We then looked at changes in day length, comparing summer and winter. The children's recall of some of the key facts during the lesson was excellent! The children thoroughly enjoyed the art lesson, we looked at the artist Georges Seurat and his painting technique 'Pointillism'. Each child recreated a sunflower picture using the style and showed great determination to finish their art work in the lesson. Throughout the week we completed out very own science investigation all about rainfall, what a fantastic week we chose with all the wet weather. The children made a rain gauge and used this to collect data each day on how much rain had fallen, measuring the rainwater with a ruler and recording the results. On Friday, we used the data collected to create a block diagram and answered some questions about the data we had collected.
Have a fantastic weekend!
See you all next week for even more amazing learning
W/C 10th May 2021
What a super week we have had in Dragonfly class this week. The children have had fun and faced challenges in their learning this week. The children are becoming much more independent in some of their learning and this is fantastic to see.
This week the children in dragonfly class learnt all about Eid, looking at what the celebration means and different ways it is celebrated. We hope the children in Dragonfly class that celebrated Eid this week had a lovely time.
This week in maths we have been learning all about money. The children enjoyed some practical lessons, we turned the classroom into a shop and they took part in a fantastic carousel lesson using their knowledge of money in different ways. They were also challenged with some problem solving/reasoning questions all about money, where they were able to show their deepened understanding of money. The determination the children showed when answering the problem solving/reasoning questions was great to see.
In English this week the children have been preparing to retell our focus text 'Lost and Found'. We have looked at the beginning, middle and end of the story while focusing on different skills for each part. At the beginning of the week the children were using the prefix 'un' while retelling the beginning of the story, we had some super writing that we can't wait for them to use in their published write. We then moved on to using conjunctions to extend our sentences, the children did this beautifully and used a great range of conjunctions in their writing. Finally we looked at understanding and using the suffixes 'er' and 'est', this can be a tricky skill to use but the children composed some fantastic sentence while using this particular skill.
This week the children immersed themselves into learning all about the season SPRING. We started the week off by heading outside to spot signs of spring, the children thoroughly enjoyed searching for these on the school grounds. We then used our observations to complete some fantastic descriptive writing all about spring, with some children taking on the challenge of comparing spring and winter. Next the children learnt all about 'new life', with a particular focus on the life cycle of a chicken. The children were able to put the life cycle in order and begin to understand some of the technical vocabulary e.g. incubate. We finished off the week with a Design and Technology lesson, the children were given the challenge of making a nest suitable for a chicken egg that was nearly ready to hatch. They worked in groups, using a range of materials to create to AMAZING nests.
We ended our week in dragonfly class with the 'pick out of the pot', throughout the week the children are awarded raffle tickets for any super work they complete. On a Friday we pick 2 tickets out of the pot and those lucky children receive a prize. Each week we also have our amazing certificate winners. Take a look below to see who it was this week!
Wishing you all a restful weekend
W/C 3rd May 2021
We have had another fantastic week in dragonfly class this week! After a lovely long weekend the children came back ready to learn and full of enthusiasm. We have had a busy week with lots of learning again and finished the week celebrating numbers day, raising money for the NSPCC.
Take a look below at this weeks certificate winners!
This week saw the end to our work on setting descriptions. We started the week looking at nouns and how to use them appropriately in our sentences. The children then bought together all the skills we had looked at the pervious week and drafted some super sentences ready to use in their published writes on Friday. We finished the week showcasing what the children had learnt in a published write, the children wrote a setting description of a boat at sea in a storm. I am so proud of the work they have produced and they have really shown what stars they are.
In maths this week we have been focusing on multiplication, looking at 2's, 5's and 10's. The children enjoyed showing us in lessons what they already knew and rose to the challenge of understanding and answering questions on arrays. It was lovely to see such determination from all children when working with some tricky maths.
This week we continued with our 'Seasons' topic. The season we have focused this week was Winter, the children enjoyed talking about SNOW lots this week. The children wrote some lovely winter senses poems, they magpied some great ideas from a poem used as an example. Later on in the week, we completed some AMAZING art work. We took inspiration from Picasso's cubism art and created an evergreen tree. We finished off the week looking at snowfall across the capital cities, the children completed pictograms to show the days of snowfall across the year for London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff.
NSPCC number day
On Friday, the children celebrated NSPCC Number Day. They come dressed in clothes with numbers on and looked fabulous! We started off the day learning more about NSPCC and the charity work that they complete. We then moved on to our school competition, the children bought carrots and potatoes in to find the longest carrot and the heaviest potato. The children enjoyed our smartie investigation the most. We engaged in lots of different maths using smarties and the children had the opportunity to vote for their favorite colour smartie. Finally, they got to enjoy their smarties once we had finished.
W/C 26th April
What another brilliant week we've had in dragonfly class this week. With lots of fantastic learning taking place and 100% effort given from all children. This week we had a wonderful assembly via teams with Miss Gaskell to discuss the value of the week respect, the children showcased all they had learnt in values week through answering the questions Miss Gaskell asked. We are so proud of what all the children are achieving.
In maths this week we continued looking at measure but this week with the focus on height and length. We compared the length ad height of objects using the key vocabulary taller, longer, shorter, tallest, longest and shortest. The children enjoyed working together to measure the length of classroom objects using cubes. We then moved on to measuring using a ruler and using the term centimeter correctly when stating the length. The children has a great time in class using rulers, remembering to always put the one end of the object on zero to measure accurately. Following on from this, we answered some varied fluency and problem solving/reasoning questions all about length and height to challenge the children's learning from the week.
In English we began to look at setting descriptions, preparing us to write a setting description focused on when the boy and the penguin were out at sea.
The children looked at what we need to consider when writing a fantastic setting description. Using a video of a stormy sea as a stimulus we looked at what they could see, hear and feel, while also looking at time of day and weather. The children then took all their ideas and put them into super sentences, making sure they were correctly punctuated and made sense. Finally, the children were challenged to uplevel their sentences using adjectives, 2a phrases and adverbs.
This week we introduced our new focus SEASONS for year 1's encompass curriculum learning. We began by look at the season Autumn and our first question was 'What is Autumn?'. We looked at the months of Autumn and the festivals that we celebrate. Then we read the book 'Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn' and used this to help us consider signs of Autumn. Moving on to looking at typical Autumn weather and the children had a go at presenting a weather forecast for an Autumn day in small groups, focusing on the colder temperatures the arrive in Autumn. Finishing the week with 'how to dress for Autumn', the children were thrilled to out they were going to dress the teacher up as part of this lesson!
Enjoy a well earned long weekend
Have lots of fun and rest
W/C 19th April 2020
What a great first week back it has been in Dragonfly class! The children have settled back in to both routines and learning well. With only a four day week we have still managed a fantastic amount of magical learning.
In English this week we have began to explore our new focus text 'Lost and Found'. Before getting to know the book a little better, we made some predictions using the front cover and blurb for support. Then we engaged in book talk to help us get to know the story better, we created a story map alongside some amazing actions. We then used 'Roll on the wall' to look at the characters emotions and appearance. Finishing the week with VIPERS questions, using our knowledge of the book to provide some fabulous responses.
In maths this week, we focused on measuring weight and mass. We looked at some of the key vocabulary heavy and light while beginning to understand how to use balance scales and what they can show us. Then we began to explore non-standard units to measure using cubes. The children had LOTS of fun using the scales themselves. We then challenged our knowledge with some problem solving and reasoning. The children showed great determination when composing their written responses to some of these questions.
During the afternoons this week Dragonfly class have been looking at the school value RESPECT. We looked at 'Do Unto Otters' to see different ways you can show respect. During a circle time the children discussed what respect meant to them and times that they had shown it. We created acrostic poems all about respect and finished the week looking at how 'words can hurt' using a piece of paper. All the incredible work created by the children has been used to create a fantastic display in school.
Week 27 - W/C 29th March 2021
We made to the end of Spring Term and what a half term it has been. Thankfully we welcomed all the children back to Waterside where we all belong and as always the children worked exceptionally hard, showing resilience, determination and excellence in all that they do. The children have grown so much in confidence and independence and as their teacher to see this just fills me with such pride. To celebrate the children just being simply sensational we had a fun filled last day making Easter/Spring cards, cakes and playing party games.
This week we completed a number of assessment quizzes and although all the children were tired and ready for the half term break they absolutely wowed me with their positive attitude and focus.
In Maths we focused on recapping time, looking at both o'clock and half past. We used clocks to show the times practically. Once confident with this we moved onto reading the times and drawing the hands correctly on the clock faces to show the given times.
In English, we focused on our reading comprehension. We watched a short video 'The present' from Literacy Shed and used our knowledge of VIPERS questions to answer the questions linked to the video clip. The discussion that came from the video and questions asked by the children was fantastic. They also showed a confident understanding of the story and the true meaning behind it.
In RE, we looked at the Easter story and created a story board to retell the story using picture prompts to support.
In Science, we looked at what plants need in order to grow. We set up an experiment to help us. Firstly we made a prediction and then we set up our experiment by planting four seeds and putting them in different conditions. We read the story 'Plant's can't sit still' to introduce us to today's learning. We really enjoyed the book.
Week 26 - W/C 22nd March 2021
Another sensational week of learning, fun and laughter in Dragonfly Class this week! Each day the children come to school with the biggest smiles and give 100% in everything they do. They really do make me an exceptionally proud teacher.
In English this week, our focus this week has been on writing instructions. We received a letter from Beegu herself, who asked for our help in creating a set of instructions for how to make a rocket, as her last spaceship was unable to be repaired when it crash landed on Planet Earth. We started by recapping the features of instructions, identifying them in the given examples and using talk for writing to add actions which helped us remember more. We then followed a set of instructions to make our own rocket, listening to and identifying the key vocabulary such as the imperative verbs. Following this, we used pictures from the previous lesson to help us write our very own. We up levelled our instructions during a fix it lesson before publishing at the end of the week.
In Maths this week, we have been focussing on subtraction. We anchored our learning on subtraction before taking it deeper using different methods including pictures and counting backwards on a number line. We also looked at fact families and identified how addition and subtraction sums can be used to create other sums or solve missing number sentences. From looking at fact families we discovered we can make two addition sentences and two subtraction using the same three numbers. We then compared addition and subtraction sums using the symbols < = >.
Science this week was lots of fun! Our focus this week was to name and identify the different parts of a flowering plant. To help us to understand this fully we dissected a plant, looking carefully at each of the different parts and discussing their functions.
Week 25 - W/C 15th March 2021
What another sensational week it has been in Dragonfly Class! All the children have been working exceptionally hard in all their learning and been full of smiles and laughter. The children have been showing more independence in their own learning and shown real resilience and determination when finding tasks challenging.
In English this week, we have been focusing on writing a letter. We looked at the features of a letter and used talk for writing to recall through actions - date, heading, greeting, main body, closing and signature. We then focused on a different aspect each day before publishing on Friday. We wrote the letter from Beegu to the Small People, thanking them for making Beegu so welcome during his time on Planet Earth.
In Maths this week, we have been looking at addition. In doing so we have looked at addition using a variety of methods. The children were challenged further through addition by making 10, using number lines and tens frames and showed what determined young children they are by having ago and not giving up, even when they found it a little tricky.
In Science this week, we looked at the different types of plants - common wild and common garden. We also looked at the different trees - Deciduous and Evergreen. The children were fantastic at recalling the different names of the plants.
In Encompass this week, we have been continuing our work on 'The Queen's Memories'. This week we focused on the Queen's birthday. We looked at how she celebrates two birthday and looked at Trooping of the Colours using video stimulus. We also read the story 'The Queen's Birthday'.
This week was also Red Nose Day. We helped raise money by dressing in red or as superheroes. We talked about Red Nose Day, looked at Ethan's story and discussed how the many raised can help others. We then read the story 'Supertato' and made our very own Super Pear. To finish the day we then read the story 'A Superhero like you'. We had lots of fun whilst also raising money for a wonderful cause.
Week 24 - W/C 8th March 2021
This week has been very special! This week, the children who have been working from home through the live lessons and who have wowed me with their resilience, determination and positive attitude to learning returned to school and at long last Dragonfly Class was complete, we were all back together where we belong. The children were so immensely happy to be reunited and as always they continued to wow me with their sensational behaviour, attitudes and hard work this week.
In English this week, we have been continuing with our work linked to the story of Beegu. Our focus this week was to retell the story. Each day we focused on a different element of the story and a different skill. The skills we focused on this week were verbs and adverbs, adjectives and 2a sentences and conjunctions including and, but, or. Some of us even included so and because. The work the children produced this week was of such a high standard, I couldn't have been any prouder of them if I tried.
In Maths this week, we focused on place value. We looked specifically at identifying and representing the value of 2 digit numbers. We used base 10 and tens frames to represent 2 digit numbers and to show the value of the tens and ones. We then moved onto pictorial representations and other varied fluency.
We then looked at comparing 2 digit numbers and applying our knowledge to problem solving and reasoning.
In Number and Patterns this week, our focus was on finding 1 more/1less and 10 more/10 less.
In the afternoon this week, we have been celebrating Science Week. Our Science work this year was all linked to farming and our STEMterprise challenge was to set up our very own yoghurt café. Through this project we created our own yoghurt cafe name 'Berrylicious', designed a logo and packaging as well as our British flag yoghurt dishes to sell in our café. We also made our own yoghurt pots using a variety of fruits and yoghurt. We thought it was only right that we tasted our products before selling them. They were delicious!
We also made Mother's Day cards to give to our amazing mummies and nanna's this coming Mothering Sunday. We also gave them daffodils and love heart sweets to put a smile on their face and show them how much we love them and are thankful for everything they do and continue to do for us.
Week 23 - W/C 1st March 2021
What a busy week we have had this week! This week we celebrated World Book Day and also saw us launch Science week. Not only that, but this week brings us to the end of our remote learning, as on Monday Dragonflies will finally be back together. I can't explain how excited I am to have everyone back together, where we belong =)
In Maths this week we have been looking at fractions of shapes and quantities. We looked at finding halves and quarters. We did this using practical, pictorial, varied fluency and problem solving and reasoning.
In English this week, we have been doing lots of book talk linked to our new text on 'Beegu'. We used VIPERS to help us understand the text, talk for writing and role play to help us retell the story and created a character description all about Beegu herself including a variety of appropriate conjunctions and 2a sentences.
For World Book Day we came dressed in our pyjamas. We looked at a variety of different books throughout the day. We spent the morning looking at stories from other cultures. We focused on the story 'The Magic Paintbrush' written by the amazing Julia Donaldson. Here we wrote what we would paint if we had a magic paintbrush and why. We then used talk for writing and role play to retell the story and even went on a nature hunt to create our own magic paintbrushes. In the afternoon we looked at a non fiction text 'What are dinosaurs?' on epic. Here we created a fact page and made our own dinosaur fossils using salt dough. To end the day we looked at the story 'The invincible'. Here we completed a P4C lesson and circle time. We ended the day with hot chocolate and biscuits and shared stories from home with our peers.
To launch Science Week we started off by looking at Beatrix Potter. We completed VIPERS questions to help us understand more about her life and her work. We then created a fact file all about her. We learned lots of new information including that Beatrix Potter was a famous author, illustrator and scientist. She had a love for nature, plants and animals, with a particular interest in mushrooms.
Week 22 - W/C 22nd February 2021
First week back after half term and what a sensational and busy week it has been. As always the children have worked exceptionally hard in all their learning. This week has also been assessment week and I couldn't be prouder of them for the determination and courage they showed in completed all the challenges and quizzes set. A huge well done Dragonflies!
In English this week we started the week off with a skills lesson on punctuation. Here we focused on capital letters for the beginning of sentences, pronoun I and proper nouns, full stops and also question marks and exclamation marks. We then moved onto Poetry. We linked our Poetry work to the theme of Spring. Each day we looked at a different style of Poetry including Acrostic Poems and Rhyming Poetry including rhyming couplets. The children produced some fabulous pieces of work which were creative and full of key vocabulary.
In Maths this week, we looked at a different objectives each day. We started the week off by counting forwards and backwards to 100 from any given number, some of us even challenged ourselves beyond 100. We then used this to support us in finding 1 more/1 less, 2 more/2 less and 10 more/10 less. We also looked at doubling this week too. We then moved onto doubling numbers to 10 practically, pictorially and mentally. We then applied to problem solving and reasoning.
In Encompass this week we started our topic 'Our Queen's Memories'. This focuses on the History side of the topic. We started this week by looking at a significant event that had happened within the children's living memory. With this, we looked at the History behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We looked at the key events of their journey together so far including when they met, their engagement, wedding, living at Frogmore Cottage and the arrival of baby Archie. We then looked more recently at them stepping down from their royal duties and announcing that they are expecting another child. To help us remember these key events we used role play and drama, It was so much fun! To challenge ourselves further we also looked at completing a timeline of events.
In Science this week, we completed our post assessment quiz linked to our new topic of plants.
In PSHE, we begun our new topic of 'Family and Relationships'. We started off this week by looking belonging. As a stimulus we watched the short video of 'Excitable Edgar' from the John Lewis advert. We then discussed what it means to belong and looked at the different groups we can belong to. This included, families, school, clubs, religions and sports clubs.
Week 21 - W/C 8th February 2021
We made it Year 1! The end of of Spring Term 1 is upon us and what a half term it has been. Certainly not one we had expected or hoped for. Never the less you have all, as always blown me away with your sensational attitude to learning, determination and resilience whether you have been in school or remote learning. A huge shout out and thank you to all the amazing parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters who have been supporting with home learning, I know it hasn't been easy but you've done yourself and your children proud, so from the bottom of my heart a huge thank you. It really has been sensational to have all children now accessing live teaching daily as well as well being registers and end of the day stories and chats. Hopefully after half term we maybe able to get back to some sort of normality and have you join us back in the classroom, at least that is what I am wishing for because I am truly missing you all.
In English this week, we started off by publishing our diary entry. Our diary entry was from the perspective of Mother Owl. To begin with we completed a draft of our diary entry before moving onto publishing. This allowed us to up level any sentences we needed and correct any errors. The outcomes of the children's work was, as always to a very high standard, including all features of the genre including first person, past tense as well as other Year 1 skills like conjunctions, verbs and sentence punctuation. As we only had a few days left we didn't want to start a new genre so we focussed on specific Year 1 skills. We focused on using the prefix un and the suffix -ing.
In Maths this week, we looked at 2D and 3D shapes. We began by looking at 2D shapes, recognising them within our environment, in different orientations and in pictures. We then looked at their properties using the language of straight sides, curved sides and vertices. We then moved onto 3D shapes, we again looked at identifying the shapes within our surroundings, in different orientations and in pictures. Following this we looked at their properties including sides, edges and vertices.
In Encompass and Science this week, we completed our end of topic quizzes based upon our learning this half term.
This week was also Safer Internet Day. We discussed the importance of using the internet safely.
On Friday, we had a no screen day. We celebrated Chinese New Year in the morning completing a number of activities linked to this. We learned about the Chinese New Year story in English and made our own lanterns following a set of instructions. After break we tasted different Chinese foods including spring rolls, prawn crackers and rice. In Maths, we then looked at writing the numbers 1-10 in Chinese symbols and even started to write our number bonds to 10 using these symbols. It was lots of fun!
In the afternoon, we continued with our no screen day. As the children had all worked so exceptionally hard this half term we had golden afternoon. Children at home could choose how to spend their golden time, but it had to be away from a screen and doing something they enjoy. For those in class we had a Royal Tea Party to end our Encompass topic. We decorated our own cakes, made flags and crowns and had delicious foods. Following this the children then chose how to spend the rest of the their golden time, which including, signing and dancing.
Week 20 - W/C 1st February 2021
We have had a sensational week of learning in Dragonfly Class both in class and by those remote learning. This week saw us move to live teaching for both morning and afternoon register, Phonics, English, Maths, interventions, SEN and Story time. It was amazing to see you all accessing each day and contributing to the lessons more confidently. The work produced has been outstanding as always and you continue to make me proud each and every day.
In English this week, we started the week off by publishing out non-chronological report on Barn Owls. We completed this over two days so that it allowed us to add detail and include or the relevant features and information. The finished pieces of work were written to such a high standard including many of the Year 1 skills and in some cases Year 2 skills too. A published write you should all be proud of.
Following this we then introduced our new genre of writing a diary entry. As this was something we had not looked at before we started off by looking at what a diary entry is and the all of the features. We used talk for writing to include actions to help us remember the key features, date, greeting, introductory paragraph, events, hopes and dreams and signing off. We looked at the different skills that needed to be included such as writing in past tense and first person.
Our aim for our diary entry is to write it from Mother Owl's perspective and to help us with understanding her character we used hot seating to ask questions and role play her responses. This was lots of fun! Finally we planned our diary entry ready for drafting and publishing next week.
In Maths, we have been working on our multiples of 2's, 5's and 10's. We focused on a different multiple each day and looked at using repeated addition and arrays. On Friday we applied all our work to word problems and showed our working using repeated addition.
The children were very confident in doing this and really rose to the challenges set.
In Science, we investigated the best material to stop the egg from breaking. We read the story 'egg drop' as a stimulus and then set off with our investigation. We wrote our prediction before testing out the different materials. We then wrote a conclusion to explain our findings. We found out the best material for keeping the egg from breaking was the bubble wrap. It was lots of fun!
In Encompass, we looked at the different London landmarks. We read the story 'The Queen's Hat' and looked at the different landmarks her hat passes through. We then identified the different landmarks and researched facts about our favourite landmarks.
This week was Children's Mental Health week. We had a live assembly to introduce the theme to the children and on Friday we spent the afternoon completing lots of activities in which the children could 'express themselves' in a way that made them happy and made them feel calm and relaxed. It was lovely to see the children expressing themselves in different ways.
Week 19 - W/C 25th January 2021
We have completed another week of amazing learning both at home and in school. This week we took part in live learning for registration, Phonics, English and Story time. Next week we will also be introducing Maths to our live teaching timetable, this is very exciting as it is so wonderful to see you via Teams for our live learning lessons and I would like to thank each and everyone of you for joining each of the lessons and getting your work uploaded to your portfolio after each lesson. A huge well done!
In English this week we have been looking at non-chronological reports. We began by identifying the features of a non-chronological report and identifying them within a given non-chron. Following this we then focused on a different feature each day. We started with the title and introductory paragraph to our Barn Owls non-chron. We then looked at writing a sub-heading and paragraph for their appearance, diet and habitat. Each day we focused on a different skills, these being adjectives, verbs and conjunctions. The work created was sensational and next week we will complete our published write.
In Maths, we have been focussing on position and direction. Each day we focused on a different aspect of position, direction and movement. We started off with understanding forwards, backwards left and right, we had lots of fun doing this and even played the cha cha slide to put our movements into practise. We then looked at prepositional language included, between, in, next to, on, under etc. We completed lots of practical activities to help us with this before moving onto varied fluency and problem solving. When moving onto whole, half and quarter turns, we found this a little challenging so we revisited this for a second day as a fix it lesson and here the children grew in confidence, which was great to see. We finished the week of by listening to and giving instructions using the positional and directional language we had learned all week to help the pirates find their treasure.
In Science this week, we investigated the best material for making an umbrella for Ted. We made it a fair test by using the same amount of water each time and we tested a variety of materials. We then looked at the waterproof materials and which would be best suitable for an umbrella. We concluded the best material is plastic.
In Encompass we have have been looking at the Oceans that surround the United Kingdom. We recalled them through chanting and games and located them on a map.
In DT we began making our London Landmarks. We had lots of fun doing this.
Week 18 - W/C 18th January 2021
Another busy week of learning both in school and at home. This week saw us begin our live teaching trials and it was so lovely to see so many of you join us in our morning and afternoon registers, Phonics and end of day story. There has been a huge improvement in work being sent in too which is fantastic and I can see you are all trying hard to improve your presentation and quality of work.
This week we will be going live each day for morning and afternoon register, Phonics (Monday to Thursday), English and end of day story.
In English this week, our focus was to write a setting description of a woodland, linked to the story of 'Owl Babies'. We used our senses of sight, smell and feel to describe what we can see, hear and touch. We focused on the skills of verbs, adjectives and up levelling our sentences using a variety of sentence openers. The published writes on Friday were sensational and including many of our Year 1 skills.
In Maths this week, we have been looking at capacity and volume. We have completed lots of practical activities to investigate capacity and measure using non standard units. We then looked at comparing capacity using varied fluency and problem solving and reasoning. We then began to look at measuring using standard measures (millilitres). We read the measures, showed the measures and solved word problems related to capacity and volume. On Friday we had a fix it lesson on odd and even numbers.
In Science, we have been exploring the properties of materials. We looked at the key vocabulary and their meanings and matched them to the correct materials, we found different objects made from the different materials and sorted them using the key vocabulary.. We then used Venn Diagrams to sort materials according to their properties.
In Encompass we looked at the capital cities of the four countries within the United Kingdom. We tried different foods from those countries and labelled them on a map.
In SMSC, we looked at keeping safe with medicines. We sorted medicines, discussed different scenarios and talked about who can give use medicine and when and why we might need it.
In Design and Technology and started to create our London Landmarks using our designs created in last weeks lesson.
Week 17 - W/C 11th January 2021
Another sensational week of learning Dragonflies. You have all been working incredibly hard and I am so incredibly proud of each and everyone of you.
This week in English we have been continuing our work on the story Owl Babies. The focus for our learning this week was to retell the story including the beginning (characters and setting), middle (problem) and end (resolution). In doing so we looked at a different skill each day. The skills we focused on were suffixes, adding -er and -est to adjectives, using a variety of conjunctions including and, but and or and sentences punctuation including capital letters for names. On Friday, we then put all our skills into practise by publishing our retell of the story. Once again, the work the children produced was superb and lots of Year One skills we included.
In Maths, we have been continuing our work on place value. In doing so we have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones, ordering numbers and comparing them using greater than, less than and equal to symbols. We applied all our learning to varied fluency and reasoning and grew in confidence when doing so. We finished the week of by looking at ordinal numbers.
In Number and Patterns we have been working on our number bonds to and within 10.
In Science, we have been recognising and identifying different materials and distinguishing between the object and the material it is made from. We went on a materials hunt and talked about the objects we found and the materials in which they were made from.
In Encompass, we talked about the four Countries that make up the United Kingdom. We located these on a map and looked at their flags.
In SMSC, we discussed people who keep us safe. In RE, we continued to look at special books. This week we looked at the Quran and the Torah. In Design and Technology we designed our London Landmark as research in the previous week.
Have a well deserved and restful weekend.
Miss Bickerton-Dean x
Week 16 - W/C 4th January 2021
Well Year 1, what a funny week it has been. We certainly didn't expect to be learning from home again this half term. However, you have all adapted to the new routines and remote learning exceptionally well and I could not be any prouder of you all.
We have all been accessing the same learning whether at home or in school, following our blog for our routine, live videos and resources.
I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for continuing to be the most amazing class and wowing me with your learning. We also need to say a big, big thank you to all your mummies and daddies for being awesome too in supporting you with your home learning. You are all doing a sensational job!
This week in English, we have been focussing on the story of 'Owl Babies'. In doing so we did lots of book talk to help us become more confident with the story. We began the week by answering VIPERS questions linked to the text. We then used Talk for Writing to retell the story through pictures and actions. Following this, we looked at the skill of using adjectives and verbs and even challenged ourselves to using adverbs when writing our missing poster for Mother Owl. The writing produced was sensational and as always made me the proudest teacher. This work will be going on display in our classroom =)
In Maths this week, we have been working on our place value. We started the week off by counting forwards and backwards from any given number up to 100. We completed the missing number tracks and applied to problem solving and reasoning. We also looked at one more and ones less, again for numbers up to 100. We finished the week by writing numbers as words up to twenty.
In Encompass this week, we completed our KWL grids and prior knowledge quiz for our new topic 'Our Queen's Country'.
In Science, we also completed our KWL grids and prior knowledge quiz for our new topic on 'Everyday Materials'.
This half term we are focusing on Design and Technology. Our project this half term is linked to London Landmarks and so this week we researched the different landmarks and facts about them.
We also had lots of fun this week completing Cosmic Yoga for PE, learning new sounds in our phonics and practising our spellings on EdShed.
A sensational week of learning as always Year 1, and although our learning is a little different at the moment and we many not all be together in class, just remember we are still all in this together. I look forward to speaking to you all again next week and seeing more of your excellent home learning.
Take care and have a wonderful weekend
Week 15 - WC 14th December 2020
Well what a sensational week we have ad in Dragonfly Class this week. Our first full week back in class since our isolation period and what fun we have had. This week, as always we had a very busy week, not only learning but also making, crafting and having parties.
In Maths this week we completed tasks linked to the theme of Winter. We used measure to create our own Pine Tree. Here we used rulers to measure the strips in centimetres and had to measure 5cm for the base and then order from the longest to the shortest. It was lots of fun!
We also completed code breakers linked to addition and subtraction. Here we had to work out the problems, each answer gave us a letter which in the end spelt out a winter word. We managed to crack the code and discover the hidden word......Snowflakes!
In English, we read the story 'A Dot in the Snow'. We read the story and watched the animation. Following this we used talk for writing, using pictures and actions to help retell the story orally. We then looked at the beginning, middle and end of the story and began to retell. We focused on including the correct punctuation, key vocabulary, adjectives and verbs. The story was a lovely heart warming story linked to the theme of Winter. The writing the children produced was outstanding.
We also created our own Winter/Christmas cards and calendars, made gingerbread houses, designed our own hats and learned about the Nativity Story and ended our week with a well deserved class party.
Wishing you all a fantastic Winter/Christmas break and a very Happy New Year.
I look forward to seeing you all back at school on Monday 4th January.
Week 14 - WC 7th December 2020
Well Dragonfly Class, I know I say this every week but more so than ever this week you simply excelled yourself.
We started the week off at home continuing with our home learning and on Thursday returned back to school and what a great day it was. It was so wonderful to see all your smiling faces back in the classroom. You all showed determination and excellence in all the work you did and myself and Miss Thorley were blown away by your positive attitudes towards learning.
In English this week. we read the story of 'Lost and Found' written by Oliver Jeffers. We started off by listening to the the story and answering VIPERS questions to help us in understanding the story. Our focus for the week was to retell the story, so each day we looked specifically at one element, this being the beginning, middle and end. We used story maps to help us with the structure of the story. Each day we focused on a different skill. These included, adjectives, verbs and conjunctions. On Friday we used our fix it lesson to recap the use of capital letters for the beginning of a sentences, names of people and places, months of they year, pronoun I and days of the week.
In Maths this week, we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes. In doing so we have been looking at the names the shapes and their properties. We have also been identifying the shapes we can see in each picture and taking our learning deeper through reasoning and varied fluency.
In Science this week, we have been looking at food chains. We looked at what a food chain is and used the given pictures to complete the missing parts of the food chain. We also challenged ourselves to make our own.
In Encompass, we created a poster including key facts and information that we have learned over the past few weeks all about the history of our local area.
In PSHE, we looked at the importance of sleep and how it is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle.
In art this week, we created our published piece of art. Over the past few weeks we have been studying the work of George Seurat and his pointillism work. We created a winter theme scene inspired by his style of art and techniques used. The outcomes were simply sensational!
On Friday, we wore our Christmas/Winter jumpers to school to raise money for Save the Children's charity. This is an event that is held every year to raise money and help children all over the world. We designed our own jumpers and also had cookies and hot chocolate as we learned about the amazing work this charity does for children.
Week 13 - WC 30th November 2020
Well Dragonfly Class what can I say? This week has been a little different for us hasn't it, as we have been completing our learning from home. However this certainly didn't stop us from continuing with our learning. The work you produced simply blew me away. Each and everyone of you showed determination, commitment and 100% dedication to your home learning and I couldn't be any prouder of you all if I tried. I would also like to thank all your mummies and daddies for being amazing teachers to you all this week too and keeping up with the daily communication with myself so that I can see all your sensational work.
In our English this week, we have been looking at the story of 'Zog' written by Julia Donaldson. In doing so, we watched the animation and answered related vipers questions to help us get a good understanding of the text. Following this we used adjectives and verbs to plan a character description of Zog. We looked at his appearance, what he does, his personality and behaviours. Once we had our ideas all mapped out we looked at writing the perfect sentences and used our plan to write a character description of Zog himself. We then got creative and created our very own dragon to go to dragon school with Zog and his friends. We used Lego, paint, junk modelling and an assortment of resources and materials to make our dragons. Of course one we created our dragon we had to name them too. We then completed another plan to help us describe our own dragon. We talked about this things they enjoyed about school, favourite subjects and the things they like to do.
In Maths this week, our focus has been on addition and subtraction. Throughout the week we looked at different ways to help us add and subtract. We used part whole models, number lines and even looked at fact families. We discussed how the number gets bigger when we add and smaller when we subtract. The children showed a great understanding in using the various methods and showed a real strength when using the 3 numbers given to make 4 number sentences, 2 addition and 2 subtraction.
This week in Science, we looked at animal diets, linked to our topic of animals including humans. We looked at herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. We looked at examples of the different animals and matched them to the food they eat.
In Encompass, we have been continuing our learning on the history of our local area. Our focus this week was the work of Josiah Wedgwood. We looked at his life, his work and his factory that is still well known world wide to this day. We looked at some of his famous pottery work and our task was to create our own plate, inspired by his work.
In art, we continued our work on George Seurat. This week we explored using Pointillism using 2paint on Purple Mash.
I can't wait to see you all on Thursday, I am missing each and everyone of you so much. Until then we will continue to have fun learning from home. Remember to send through your sensational work. Well done my little super stars!xx
Week 12 - WC 23rd November 2020
Another sensational week in Dragonfly Class this week. I have been exceptionally proud of all the children's focus and contributions this week and especially the determination they have shown to become more independent in their own learning.
In English this week, we have been looking at non-chronological reports. We began by identifying the features of a non-chronological report and we used talk for writing to help us remember the key features. We then started to work on our own non-chronological report focusing on brown bears (linked to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears).
We worked on writing our own introductory paragraph, as well as looking at their appearance, diet and habitats. To help us with this we used the internet to support. We scanned the given QR codes to direct us to the appropriate webpage. The writing the children produced from this and the information they recalled was outstanding.
In Maths, we have been looking at recognising coins of difference values. We began by recognising the different values of coins and putting them in order from the smallest values to the largest. Following this we looked at adding the correct value in each of the money purses. We found this a little tricky so next lesson we had a fix it lesson looking at place value and partitioning. This really helped in addressing the misconceptions. We then moved onto looking at identifying the amount of money in each of the purses.
In Science, we looked at the structure of different animals. We matched the different features to the correct animals and labelling accordingly. We also took our learning deeper and researched what the importance of each of these different structures are.
In Encompass, we have been comparing how local industry has changed over time. We looked at Emma Bridgewater and compared it to Eastwood pottery.
Week 11 - WC 16th November 2020
An amazing week in Dragonfly Class this week. I'm not quite sure where the week has gone, it must have been all the fun and learning we were having.
In Maths, we have been focussing on time. We have looked at the sequence of days of the week and months of the year and taking this learning to a mastery level. We then moved onto looking at telling the time to both o'clock and half past. We did lots of practising using the clocks practically, moved onto reading the time and showing the time by placing the hour and minute hand correctly.
In English, we received a letter from Goldilocks explaining that she wanted to write a letter to the Three Bears to apologise for what she did. She needed our help in writing her letter. We anchored our learning by recapping the features and then broke down the letter into the introduction, main body and closing. Each day we focused on a different skill including adjectives, verbs, conjunctions and using the suffixes -er and -est. We finished the week by publishing our letter. The finished pieces were sensational.
In Science, we have been looking at the different groups that animals belong to. We sorted the animals into the correct groups, mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, insects amphibian. We then discussed the similarities and differences within each group.
In Encompass, we have been looking at the history of the local area. This week we focused on comparing old and new houses. We looked at the different house types - detached, bungalow, semi-detached, flat, cottage, terraced and looked at the different features.
This week has been anti-bullying week. We discussed the types of bullying and different scenarios. We looked at this years slogan and discussed how we are united.
Week 10 - WC 9th November 2020
Well what another sensational week we have had in Dragonfly Class this week. We have all worked exceptionally hard in all our learning and are trying hard to become more independent in our own learning.
In Maths, we have been looking at fractions. We have been finding a half and a quarter of both shapes and quantities. We did this by using a variety of practical and pictorial activities and challenges ourselves by taking our learning deeper and applying to varied fluency and reasoning.
In English, we received a letter from the Three Bears, asking if we could help them to find Goldilocks, so that she can apologise to Baby Bear for the things that she did. In doing so, we began to look at the features of a Wanted poster. We identified the key elements that needed to be included and found evidence of these in a WAGOLL. Following on from this we focused on a different skills each day to describe her appearance, her actions and her personality and behaviour. The focus skills were adjectives, verbs and the prefix un. The published writes produced of Friday were sensational and included all the skills taught.
Our afternoon learning this week has all been linked to Remembrance Day. The work we completed was put together in a scrap book to showcase our learning each day. This are amazing and I am so so proud of the children's work on this topic. We discussed what Remembrance Day is and why we celebrate it. We talked about the importance of the Poppy, completed some P4C linked to the BBC animation 'Poppies' and completed a variety of art work. We also linked our learning this week to the importance of friendship at war. We read the story of 'The Little Red Hen and the Great War' and answered VIPERS questions linking to this. We even had a video message from an ex Royal Marines Commando telling us about the importance of friendship.
We also celebrated Children in Need this week and will continue to do work linked to this next week.
Meet this weeks certificate winners!
Week 9 - WC 2nd November 2020
I can not believe we have completed our first week back at school already, this week has simply flown. We have had a very busy week in Dragonfly Class with lots of fun and learning.
In English, we have been completing lots of book talk linked to our new story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. In doing so we had to use the clues left in the classroom to piece together the story. From this we then made predictions for who the suspect could be. It was GOLDILOCKS! We then continued by creating story maps and using talk for writing to retell the story orally. In order to ensure we really knew the story well we then role played the events from the story and sequenced them in the correct order.
In flow, we have been working on sentence structure and the importance of think it, say it, write it, check it.
In Maths, we have been working on counting in our multiples of 2, 5 and 10. In doing so we have been singing songs, using actions, practical equipment, pictorial representations and number tracks. To challenge ourselves further we also looked at applying our knowledge of multiples into solving word problems and some varied fluency and reasoning. During fix it, some of us also looked at using arrays to represent multiplications.
During flow, we focused on counting backwards from 30 and any given number up to this point. We played lots of games including number ordering and around the world.
In Science, we have introduced our new topic for the half term. The focus this half term is animals. We completed a pre assessment quiz of of current knowledge and a KWL grid.
In Encompass, we will be continuing with 'Steet Detectives', but this half term the focus will be on the history of the local area. We completed a pre assessment quiz of of current knowledge and a KWL grid.
In RE this half term we are focusing on the religion of Sikhism. This week we looked at Guru Nanak. We watched a short video and used talk for writing to retell it.
Week 8 - WC 19th October 2020
Well here we are at week 8 of Autumn Term 1. The term has simply flown and we have the best 8 weeks together in Year 1. All the children have done sensational this term and I for one am extremely proud of them and their achievements already this term.
This week has been a very busy and productive week.
In English, we have been using our senses, tied in with our work in science to write our very own senses. poem all about Autumn.
We looked at an example of a senses poem and identified the features. From this we then created a vocab mat for words to describe each of the senses linked to Autumn. We then focused on one sense a day to write a paragraph about what we could see, hear, smell and touch. Our focus skill was adjectives and verbs.
In Maths, we have been working on measure. We started off by comparing the length and height focusing on using the key vocabulary of shorter, shortest, longer, longest, tallest, taller and equal. Following this, we moved onto measuring length. In doing so we measured the different lengths of objects using a variety of non standard measures. We estimated and measured to find the correct measure.
Week 7 - WC 12th October 2020
I can't believe we are on week 7 already. The weeks are simply flying by. The children have all worked exceptionally hard again in all their learning and are growing in confidence and independence too.
In Maths, we have been subtracting within 10. In doing so we have completed lots of practical, hands on learning and used a variety of methods to help us. We have used parts whole models, tens frames, pictorial representations and the number line. We used varied fluency, problem solving and inverses to take our learning deeper.
In our flow skills we have been focusing on finding half of an amount to 10 with some of us challenging ourselves to 20.
In English, we continued our work on writing a letter to the giant. We planned our letter out and focused on writing a different element each day. We then published our letters on Thursday. These were completed to a very high standard.
On Friday, we found out that Jack's beanstalk had finally grown and so he was able to climb back up the beanstalk to see the giant. As he had had time to think about what he had done and reflect on his behaviour he wanted to take a gift to the giant too. His gift was a bag of magic Lego. We worked alongside our friend, taking on the role of Jack and the giant to build with the Lego. Our focus was on speaking and listening and oral rehearsal of sentences. The outcomes was simply fantastic.
In Science, we continued our work on the five senses. Today our focus was on the sense of touch. We used our sense of touch to feel different objects and recorded in a table.
In Encompass, we continued our map work, locating Stoke-On-Trent on the map of the UK and understanding that Stoke-On-Trent is made up of six towns - Hanley, Fenton, Longton, Stoke, Burslem and Tunstall.
Week 6 - WC 5th October 2020
Another sensational week in Dragonfly Class this week. Shining like the amazing super stars that they all are.
In Maths this week we have been looking at addition. In doing so we have explored lots of different methods including part-part whole models, tens frames and number lines. The children were fantastic at adding to 10 and many challenged themselves further adding beyond 10 as well as beginning to look at missing number sums too.
In English, we have started to look at letter writing. Jack needed our help to write a letter to the giant to say he is sorry for taking his things. In doing so we used Letter Larry to explore the features of a letter. We then completed a skills lesson on capital letters for the pronoun I and people's names. Following this we began to plan our letter. Our focus for fix it this week was different sentence types both statements and questions.
In Science, we have been continuing our work on the five senses. This week our focus was on the sense of taste. We completed a taste challenge, identifying if the foods we tasted were sweet, sour, bitter or salty. We also labelled the different parts of the mouth.
In Encompass, we have been continuing our work on map skills. Our focus this week was map symbols. We even began to plot our own symbols on a map of our local area.
This week was world mental health day. We all wore yellow or came in brightly coloured clothes to recognise the importance of this. We focused on resilience and talked about times we have shown this. We then designed our own superheroes costumes, thinking about the materials our costumes would be made from, for example a rubber cape for bounce back ability. We then finished off the day with some yoga. We enjoyed this so much we think we are going to make it a weekly slot.
Meet this week's certificate winners!
Class Dojo, values, awesome and handwriting award winners. We also have the behaviour prize pot dip, here the children receive a raffle ticket every time they reach the rainbow and two children are chosen from the prize draw each week.
Week 5 - WC 28th September 2020
This week has seen the children grow from strength to strength. They have simply blown me away with their learning and I couldn't be any prouder of each and everyone of them.
In Maths this week we have been comparing, amounts, quantities and numbers. In doing so we have been using the language of greater than, equals to and less than.
In our flow skills we have been continuing our work on number bonds.
In English we have been focusing on writing instructions to help Jack grow a magical beanstalk to go and see the giant. In doing so we looked at the skills of using verbs - words that describe an action. We then looked at the features of instructions and used a checklist to help us identify these in a WAGOLL. We then planted our own seed following a set of written/picture instructions. After this we began to write our sentences to go with each of the pictures. To help us improve our sentences we completed a fix it lesson on imperative verbs, turning the sentences into commands. In our flow skills we have been focusing on embedding our knowledge of capital letters and full stops.
In Science, we have been continuing our work on our five senses. This week our focus was on the sense of smell. We completed a carousel of activities including using our sense of smell to predict what was in each of the containers and whether or not we liked the smell, we also sorted objects that you can and can't smell and labelled the parts of the nose. We had so much fun!
During Encompass, we have been exploring using aerial view maps to locate the human features within our local area. We needed to help the aliens as they had not used human maps before, only space ones. We had to be detectives and complete the spot it challenge to identify the human features local to us. We also collaged a bottle kiln using sugar paper and glue, we worked on our fine motor and carefully cut them out using scissors.
Week 4 - WC 21st September 2020
I can't believe we are at the end of week 4 already. The children have all settled well now into daily routines and expectations and they are flourishing in all that they do.
In Maths this week we have been working on finding 1 more and 1 less than a given number. In doing so we have been completing this practically, pictorially and in written form. The children have really excelled themselves in this and proved this to be the cade on Friday when combining the two together in our consolidation lesson.
In our flow maths lessons we have been focussing on our number bonds up to 4.
In our English this week our aim was to write a missing poster for the giant. We received a letter for the giantess asking for our help as she has not seen or heard from him since the beanstalk was chopped down. Our focus skill for our writing was using adjectives to describe the nouns. We did lots of work on adjectives, created a word bank of adjectives to describe the giant's appearance and personality and anchored our learning using role on the wall. We then used our prior knowledge of sentence structure and punctuation to applies these in written sentences. The published write completed on Friday was simply sensational and I couldn't have been any more prouder of the children.
In Science this week we have begun to explore our five senses. This week we focused primarily on the sense of sight. We completed a number of activities and fair tests to explore the sense of sight. We labelled a diagram of the eye, complete a tally chart of the most popular eye colour in our class and how light and distance effects our sight. We had lots of fun exploring.
In Encompass this week we continued to help our alien friends. This week we helped them to understand the purpose of each of the human features within our area. We also anchored our learning of what human features are. During our carousel of activities we also accessed the role play area (doctors), used capla to build human features within our area, painted a teapot in the style of Emma Bridgewater and completed a block graph.
During our weekly art lesson we focus on a different key skill to build up to our art week in a few weeks times. This week our focus was on colour mixing. We had great fun being magicians and mixing the primary colours to create new ones.
In PSHE this week we discussed the importance of school rules. We talked about our school values and shared through circle time examples of when we have shown the different values e.g. friendship, determination, respect. We then drew a picture in a water droplet and wrote a sentence to go with it.
Week 3 - WC 14th September 2020
What another fantastic week we have had in Dragonfly Class. This week we have worked exceptionally hard in all our learning and settled well with the daily routines.
In English this week we have been continuing our work on Jack and the Beanstalk. Our focus this week was to retell the story using picture prompts to support us. The skill we focused on was the use of capital letters at the beginning of a sentence and full stops at the end. We completed lots of activities to help us with this and on Thursday we completed our first published write, the outcome of this was fantastic. For Fix it Friday we worked on our personalised targets to help us embed the skills we needed to move our writing on. This consisted of letter formation, capital letters and finger spaces.
In Maths we have been continuing our work on place value. We have been learning to count both forwards and backwards from any given number to 20 and beyond. We did this through a variety of practical activities, interactive games and using number tracks. We also looked at writing numbers as words to twenty too. This is something we will continue to work on.
In our Encompass we received a letter from the aliens explaining that they wanted to come and visit Planet Earth and that they wanted to come and visit our local area. They asked for our help in answering the question 'What is there to see and do in our local area?' We were very excited to help and so we used Google Earth to go on a tour around our local area and recorded all the human features that we could see within our local area. We had lots of fun being detectives and discovering all the wonderful things there is in our local area. We can't wait to hear from them again soon.
In Science we have been learning about our body. We have been learning the names of our different body parts. We had lots of fun. We played Simon Says, drew around our friends and labelled and also labelled the pictures with the correct name of the body part.
Week 2 - WC 7th September 2020
What a sensational week we have had in Dragonfly Class this week. The children's first full week of learning and it is like they have been in Year 1 for so much longer. The children have settled and adapted to new routines and expectations exceptionally well and they have worked extremely hard in all their learning and we have had lots of fun along the way. I am so proud of each and everyone of them. =)
In Maths this week we have been focusing on place value. In doing so we have been working on identifying, representing and ordering numbers to 20 and beyond. We used lots of practical hands on learning and pictorial representations to support with our learning.
Our Friday our lesson is called Fix it Friday where we focus on areas to develop for the week - this week we focused on number formation to correct any reversals.
In English our genre for the half term in Traditional Tales. This week we have been doing lots of book talk linked to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk to help us become confident with the story, the story structure, key elements and vocabulary.
We made predictions as to what might be at the top of the beanstalk we came up with some very creative ideas. We then used talk for writing, adding actions and pictures to help us orally retell the story. Following this we used role play and drama and pictures to sequence the story.
In Science our topic is Animals including Humans. We discussed what we want to find out and also what we already know.
In Encompass our topic is Street Detectives. This is linked to our local area. This week we discussed what we want to find out and also what we already know.
In PSHE we talked about what makes us special. We then created a friendship web where we each said what was special about our friends in our class.
Welcome back to school and a new year of learning. I am so excited to have you in my class this year and make lots of memories together as we develop and grow and learn all things new. It's is going to be a fun filled year with lots of adventures and excitement. I can't wait to start our journey together, I promise it's going to be a fun one!
With love from Miss. Bickerton-Dean
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