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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