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Week 38 W/C 5th July 2021

This week, we have been showing off the brilliant progress we have made over the past half term, as well as continuing with some fantastic learning.

Our English for the next two weeks will be based around film. This week, we watched the Literacy Shed animation 'Bubbles', and then made a prediction about where the little girl at the end would travel in her bubble! We will be writing our own story based on this over the coming week, so we then collectively voted for a story setting - the setting with the most votes was the jungle. We watched a video of a jungle and used our senses to describe what we can see, hear and feel.

In maths, we have been continuing our learning about shape. We learned about tangrams and experimented making tangrams using seven 2D shapes. We then attempted to recreate different images using the same 2D shapes, which tested our spatial awareness. On Friday, we consolidated our learning on 2D and 3D shapes by answering some shape riddles!

In afternoons, we have been learning all about the Olympics. In Year 1, our country of focus is Great Britain - this week we learned about its geography and culture. We found out that Great Britain is made up of three countries - England, Scotland and Wales. We located these on a map and also learned about their capital cities. On Wednesday, we learned about some of the human and physical features that can be found in each country. When learning about the culture of Great Britain, we discussed traditional British food, language and the Royal Family.

Week 37 W/C 28th June 2021

This week, Kingfisher Class have been busy learning from home! We made the most of the week, producing some wonderful work!

In English, we have been writing a letter from Fred the Seagull to  Mr Grinling, to say sorry for stealing his lunch. We began the week by recapping the features of a letter, before moving on to write the introduction, main body and closing paragraph. For the introduction, out main focus was on using adjectives and verbs. When writing the main body, we focused on using different conjunctions, including 'and', 'but' and 'or'. For the closing paragraph, our focus skill was on using correct punctuation, including an exclamation mark and question mark correctly.

In maths, we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We practised identifying and naming different types of shapes, learned about their properties and then discussed how we can sort shapes in different ways. At the end of the week, we looked at making repeating patterns using 2D and 3D shapes. We answered varied fluency questions and challenged ourselves to answer reasoning and problem solving questions.

In Encompass, we have been learning about Grace Darling - a famous lighthouse keeper's daughter. We found out why Grace Darling is a significant person in history, and we discovered key facts about her life. We made a timeline to sequence events that took place in Grace's life and also created a fact file full of interesting facts. To end the week, we discussed bravery, thinking carefully about what  bravery means.

Week 36 W/C 21st June 2021

In English, we have been writing an alternative retell of the Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. We changed the characters of the seagulls to a different sea creature - a cheeky octopus! We discussed how we could change the problem and solution of the story to match our new character, and we came up with some brilliant ideas. We began by changing the problem - and our focus skill was on the use of verbs. We watched a video stimulus of an octopus moving, and thought of verbs that could be used to describe how our octopus stole Mr Grinling's lunch. We then moved onto the solution, and used words with -er and -est suffixes (e.g. longer and highest) to describe Mrs Grinling's plan.

In Maths we have been learning about subtraction. We practised subtracting in different ways, including using number stories, part whole models and ten frames. Towards the end of the week, we learned about fact families and compared number sentences using greater than, less than and equal to symbols.

In Encompass, we have been answering our question 'How does the seaside now compare to the seaside in the past?' We looked at images of the seaside during Victorian times, and discussed what is the same/what is different. We then moved onto a new question 'What is a lighthouse?'. We found out about the features of a lighthouse, and what their purpose was, before answering some reading comprehension questions to challenge our understanding.

Week 35 W/C 14th June 2021

In English this week, we have been learning about diary entries. On Monday, we identified the features of a diary entry by looking at some examples. We then planned our own diary entry, from the perspective of Mr Grinling from the Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch! We began by writing our opening paragraph, focusing on using correct punctuation, including a capital letter for the pronoun I and an exclamation mark to show expression. We then moved onto the main body, where we focused on our composition, retelling events in the correct order. We used time conjunctions to help us show the order of events. Finally, we wrote the closing paragraph, where we aimed to correctly use the prefix -un. Some of us challenged ourselves to include a question!

In Maths, we have been learning all about addition and number bonds. We have been adding using different methods, including number stories, tens frames and part-part-whole models. We also investigated finding number bonds to 10 and 20, using a range of practical equipment.

In Encompass, we have been answering the question 'What was the seaside like in the past?'. We learned about the Victorian seaside, and explored how the Victorians travelled to the seaside, what they did for entertainment, what food they ate and what clothes they wore. We worked in groups to research one of these areas, and then used our speaking and listening skills to share what we had learned with each other. The following day, we travelled back in time to the Victorian seaside and wrote a postcard to Barnaby Bear about the day we had!

On Friday, we took part in 'Wear a Hat Day' to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. We wore our hats for the whole day and enjoyed raising money for a good cause.

Week 34 W/C 7th June 2021

We have had a brilliant start to the new half term, with lots of learning taking place!

In English, we have enjoyed a week of 'Book Talk' to help us get to grips with our new text  - The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. We began the week by making a prediction, based on the clues we could see on the front cover. We then read the story and retold the events using Talk for Writing and freeze frames. We also used our inference skills to answer a series of questions about the story, thinking carefully about how characters may have felt at different points. Towards the end of the week, we picked out tricky vocabulary from the book and created a word bank - we practised finding out the definition of these words using a dictionary, and then used the vocabulary in sentences of our own.

In Maths, we have been learning about Place Value. We began the week by practising counting forwards and backwards to 100, before moving onto partitioning numbers into tens and ones. We then applied this knowledge when ordering numbers from greatest to smallest or smallest to greatest, thinking carefully about the value of the each digit in an number. After this, we learned about comparing numbers, - we used the greater than, less than and equal symbols to show our understanding of this. We tackled lots of reasoning and problem solving questions this week, and showed super determination when answering these questions throughout the week :)

In Encompass, we started our brand new topic 'Seaside in Summer', with a history focus. This week, we have been anchoring our learning by discussing what the seaside is like in the present day - we shared lots of our experiences of seaside holidays. We looked a photographs of UK seaside towns, and discussed where the seaside is. We then read a story called 'Tom and Lucy at the Seaside' and created a word bank of vocabulary, based on what we can see and what we can do at the seaside. After this, we paid a virtual visit to the seaside with Barnaby Bear, and then wrote Barnaby a postcard explaining what we did during a day at the seaside of our own.

Week 33 W/C 24th May 2021

I cannot believe it is the final week - this half term has flown by! This week has been another busy week of learning, which ended with a relaxing, well-deserved afternoon of Golden Time!

In English this week, we have been continuing to write our non-chronological report about Emperor Penguins. On Wednesday, we published our work, remembering to include many facts about Emperor Penguins' appearance, diet and habitat! We included lots of adjectives, verbs and conjunctions in our writing.

Towards the end of the week, we focused on the skill of using the suffixes -ed and -ing. We discussed that -ing is added to verbs to show the action is happening in the present tense, whereas -ed is used to show the action happened in the past. We practised using these suffixes accurately, and used words containing the suffixes in our own sentences.

In Maths, we have been learning about Position and Direction. We developed our understanding of direction, by practically moving forwards, backwards, left and right.  After this, we moved onto understanding prepositions (e.g. above, below , next to), before describing different turns, including whole turns, half turns, quarter turns and three-quarter turns. Once we were secure with the skills, we answered varied fluency and reasoning/problem solving questions.

This week was Art Week, and in Year 1, we have been studying the artist Pablo Picasso. We focused on his art work based on the theme of 'Faces'. We began the week by learning all about Picasso's life, and looked at some examples of his art work. We created fact files about Picasso and also discussed what we liked/disliked about his style of art. We then completed a carousel of activities, practising the skills of line, shape and colour. For our final pieces of art work, we created abstract portraits using oil pastels, in the style of Picasso. The finished art work was amazing - well done for your hard work this week, Kingfishers!

Week 32 W/C 17th May 2021

In English, we have been learning about non-chronological reports. We began the week by looking at some examples and identified the key features. We then researched facts about Emperor Penguins, and wrote the first two paragraphs or our report about their appearance and diet. We included skills such as adjectives, verbs and adverbs, and next week we will be learning all about their habitat!

In Maths, we have been learning to tell the time! We have been reading the time to o'clock and half past the hour, and also practised drawing the time on a clock face. We found this a little challenging but showed superb determination with use of a ruler and got much better at this after our Fix-it lesson. We also challenged ourselves by looking at some reasoning and problem solving questions about time, including working out changes in time

In Science, we have been learning all about the season 'Summer'! We read a non-fiction text to learn some interesting facts about summer and then answered VIPERS questions to practise picking out key information from the text and develop our understanding.

We also carried out a scientific investigation to measure and compare the amount of rainfall we had on each day of the week. It turns out we chose the perfect week for this as we had rain every single day! We followed instructions to make a rain gauge out of a plastic bottle and chose a suitable location in our school grounds. After using a ruler to carefully measure the amount of water in the bottle each day, we recorded our results in a table. We then created a block graph to represent our data, and then used the graph to help us compare the amount of rainfall we had on each day of the week.

On Friday, we got creative with an Art and Music session. We found out about an artist called Georges Seurat, and his style of art called pointillism. We used inspiration from his art work to create our own pointillist sunflowers, using lots of little dots of paint to create a picture.

After this, we listened to famous piece of music called 'The Four Seasons' by Vivaldi. We closed our eyes and listened to the music, noticing changes in pitch, tempo and rhythm. We did a fantastic job of matching each part of the song to the correct season! After this, we got up on our feet and expressed ourselves by responding to the music!

Week 31 - W/C 10th May 2021

In English, we have been retelling the story 'Lost and Found'. On Monday, we sequenced pictures from the story in the correct order and wrote a short sentence to match each event. We then retold the beginning, focusing on using word containing the prefix -un. We found out the prefix -un changes the meaning of a word to become the opposite.  When retelling the middle of the story, our focus was on using the conjunctions 'and' and 'but' appropriately in our sentences. Finally, we retold the ending, using words containing the suffixes -er and -est. We discussed that word ending in -er are comparatives which compare two objects/people, and -est words are superlatives that compare more than two objects/people. Towards the end of the week, we got into character by hot seating the penguin and the boy from the story. We thought of lots of questions and practised using our speaking and listening skills.

In Maths, we have been learning about money. We developed our skills in recognising coins and notes and also practised counting in coins. Towards the end of the week, we enjoyed a practical role play lesson where we used coins to pay for items in our very own school shop! On Friday, we consolidated our skills by completing a carousel of activities.

In Science, we have been learning all about the season of Spring. We went on a walk around our school grounds and worked scientifically to make observations about the signs of Spring. We looked carefully at the weather, colours, animals and plants that we could see in our environment. We recorded our observations and then wrote a description about what can be seen in Spring. We also learned that Spring is the season of new life - we learned about life cycles, focusing on the life cycle of a chick. On Friday, we enjoyed a Design and Technology lesson where we used different materials to make our own nests, thinking carefully about which materials we could use to keep eggs safe. We enjoyed spending time outside gathering materials, and also evaluated our nests by presenting our ideas to the rest of the class.

Week 30 - W/C 3rd May 2021

In English this week, we have been continuing to work on our setting description 'at sea'. To begin the week, we recapped nouns and identified different nouns in a setting description before using them in our own writing. We discussed that nouns can be objects, people or places. We then wrote our own draft setting descriptions, using a range of adjectives and verbs, and we also challenged ourselves to use different sentences openers and adverbs! We published our work towards the end of the week and made sure to include lots of lovely description!

In Maths, we have been learning about multiplication. We practised counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 and learned about adding equal groups. We discussed that when the same number is added multiple times, it is called repeated addition. We also learned about arrays and recapped the difference between rows and columns. We found out that if we multiply the rows and columns in an array, we can find the total number of objects in the array.

In Science, we have been learning all about the season 'Winter'. We read poetry about winter, and then created our own senses poem describing what we can see, hear, feel and taste. We discussed typical weather during this season and compared the amount of yearly snowfall in different countries of the UK. We created our own pictograms to represent data and used our maths skill of counting in 2's to help us! To end the week, we created art work based on the cubism style used by Pablo Picasso. We used a ruler to carefully draw straight lines, and used different colours to complete our picture of an evergreen tree.

On Friday, we celebrated NSPCC Number Day! We had a competition to see who could find the heaviest potato and the longest carrot! We had great fun measuring and comparing our vegetables! We also took part in a 'Smarties' investigation - we completed various activities using Smarties, including estimating, making repeating patterns, weighing, and creating a pictogram to find the most popular Smarties colour in the class!

Week 29 W/C 26th April 2021

In English this week, we have been writing a setting description, based on the story 'Lost and Found'. We have been describing the setting 'at sea', thinking carefully about what the boy and penguin may have seen on their journey to the Arctic in their rowboat. We began by identifying the features of a setting description in a given model, and then watched a video stimulus to understand the setting further. We used our senses to help us create a word bank of adjectives and verbs. After writing sentences to describe the setting, we focused on how to up-level given sentences - some of us used 2A phrases and even adverbs!

In Maths, we have been learning about measuring length and height. We practised comparing length and height using key vocabulary (taller, shorter, longer, equal), before moving onto measuring length using non-standard units such as cubes. We then measured length using standard units (cm) - we worked hard to ensure we were being accurate when using our rulers and practised measuring to the nearest centimetre. Throughout the week, many of us attempted reasoning and problem solving questions and we are making our teachers very proud by becoming much more independent when answering these more challenging question types.

In Science, we have been learning all about our new topic, 'Seasonal Changes'. We discussed what we already know about seasons before moving onto our first question of the topic 'What is Autumn?'. We watched a video stimulus and read the book 'Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn' to develop our vocabulary and help us describe what happens outside in Autumn. We created a word bank to record our ideas and used our senses to help us. We also discussed the weather in Autumn and presented our own weather forecasts to explain what the weather would be like on a typical Autumn day. We revisited our knowledge of the countries that make up the United Kingdom by discussing each country in our forecasts. We also discussed which clothes would be suitable to wear in Autumn and selected those most suitable for the weather!

Week 28 - W/C 19th April 2021

Welcome back! It is so lovely to have you all back in school for a brand new term of learning! We have had a busy week with lots of super learning taking place.

In English, we began our new text 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers. We enjoyed a week of Book Talk to help us get to grips with the story and its characters. We started off by looking at the front cover and blurb of the book, and made a prediction of what we thought the book would be about. We then read the story and retold the key events through 'Talk for Writing' and role play. We thought of lots of actions to help us remember the key parts of the story. We also used 'Role on the Wall' to consider the feelings of the characters, and discussed how their emotions changed. To end the week, we answered some VIPERS questions to test our understanding of the story.

In Maths we have been learning about measuring mass. We began the week by looking at how balance scales can be used to help use measure weight and mass. We used key vocabulary (e.g. heavier, lighter and equal to) to describe the mass of different objects. We then practically measured the mass of objects using non standard units (cubes) on the balance scales. We made a prediction about how many cubes each we thought each object would weigh, before using the balance scales to find the correct mass of the objects. Following this, we moved onto answering varied fluency and reasoning/problem solving questions about measuring mass, before ending the week by comparing the mass of different objects.

For our afternoon learning, we have been learning about our school value of 'Respect'. We began by reading a story called 'Do Unto Otters' and used this as a stimulus for our P4C lesson. We discussed the question 'What is Respect?' and shared examples of when we have shown respect to one another. We also wrote our own acrostic poems about respect and created a piece of art to alongside our other work on our Year 1 corridor display. The finished display looked great!

On Friday, we celebrated our school values by coming to school dressed as one of the value colours! A fantastic end to the week :)

Week 27 - W/C 29th March 2021

We have had a fantastic final week of school! This week, we have been showing off how much progress we have made this half term, and also enjoyed a wonderful final day involving making Easter/spring cards, making cakes and playing games!

In English, we have been developing our reading skills. We watched a short video called 'The Present' on Literacy Shed and answered VIPERS questions to demonstrate our understanding of the story. We answered a variety of question types and really impressed our teachers with our comprehension of the story.

In Maths, we have been learning about telling the time to o'clock and half past the hour. We began by reading the time, before telling the time practically by showing the time on a clock. Once confident with this skill, we used a pencil and ruler to draw the given time on a clock face.

In RE, we learned about the Easter Story and retold the order of events using picture prompts.

In Science, we carried out an investigation to find out what plants need in order to grow. We made a prediction and then planted our seeds, before placing them in different conditions. We agreed that one group should have no water, one group should have no sunlight, one should have no soil and the final group should have everything we believed it would need in order to grow (control group).

Week 26 - W/C 22nd March 2021

In English, we have been learning all about instructions. At the beginning of the week, we received a letter from Beegu, who wanted our help by creating a set of instructions explaining how to build a brand new rocket. We decided we must begin by recapping the features of a set of instructions - we worked together to identify and locate all of the features within an example. We then followed a set of instructions and practised making a rocket, thinking carefully about the actions we were carrying out at each step. After this we used our experience to write a set of instructions in order, and spent the following day up-levelling these to make them even better! We were very proud of our finished instructions and we think Beegu will love them too!

In Maths, we have been learning about subtraction. We have been learning to subtract using different methods, including taking away using pictures and subtracting by counting back on a number line. We also explored the relationship between addition and subtraction by learning about fact families. We found out that in a fact family, we can create four different calculations using just three numbers - a fact family contains two addition facts and two subtraction facts. To end the week, we compared addition and subtraction facts using inequality symbols.
In Science we have been learning to name and identify the different parts of a flowering plant. To help us understand the parts of a plant, and their functions, we dissected a plant and closely observed each part we found. We then named and labelled the different parts!

Week 25 - W/C 15th March 2021

In English, we have been writing a letter from the perspective of Beegu. In our letter, we were writing to the children that Beegu met during her time on Planet Earth, to say thank you for being so friendly. We began the week by recapping the features of a letter and identifying them in an example. Our skills focus for this week was on the use of correct punctuation. We discussed the importance of using a capital letter at the beginning of our sentence, as well as for the names of people, places and the pronoun 'I'. We also discussed that we can use different punctuation at the end of the sentence depending on the sentence type. For example, a statement would end with a full stop, a question would need a question mark, and an exclamation sentence requires an exclamation mark. At the end of the week, we published our letters and our teachers were very proud of our amazing writing!

In Maths, we have been learning about Addition. We looked at adding in different ways, for example by adding on, using tens frames and using a number line. Towards the end of the week, we explored adding by making ten, and practised doing this using different apparatus. We found this method a little tricky but showed great determination.
In Science, we have been identifying common garden and wild plants. We discussed that wild plants are those that have not been planted by anybody, whereas garden plants are planted by humans. We then went outside on a plant hunt to see if we could spot any around school!

On Friday we celebrated Comic Relief by coming to school dressed as Superheroes! We had a lovely afternoon, learning about why this day is so important. As part of our activities, we read the story 'Supertato' and then created some Pear Superheroes of our own! We enjoyed using our newly made characters to role play!

Week 24 - W/C 8th March 2021

In English this week, we have been retelling the story of Beegu. We began by discussing what happens in the beginning, middle and end of a story. We discussed that in the beginning, we are setting the scene and introducing the characters. When we retold the beginning, our focus skill was on the use of verbs - action/doing words. For the middle of the story, we discussed that this is where a problem occurs, and we focused on including conjunctions (and, but, or) to join words and clauses. Finally, for the ending, the problem is resolved, our focus for this part of the story was to use lots of adjectives to describe.

In Maths, we have been learning about Place Value. We focused on developing our understanding of tens and ones, and began by practically representing two digit numbers using dienes and ten frames. We found out that two digit numbers have tens (the first digit) and ones (the second digit). We discussed that one ten is the same as ten ones. We then moved onto looking at pictorial representations of numbers, and discussed how many tens and ones different numbers have.
In Science, we continued our Farming STEMterprise work for British Science Week. We have been designing our own yoghurt brand for a yoghurt cafe. This week, we discussed the British ingredients that would be used in our yoghurt, and also the packaging we could use to make our product environmentally friendly. On Thursday, we made our yoghurt! We really enjoyed paying attention to detail when carefully chopping up our fruit and mixing it with the yoghurt - we were extremely pleased with the final product and thoroughly enjoyed tasting our creations!

Week 23 - W/C 1st March 2021

We have had a super week of learning in Kingfisher Class!

In English, we began our new text for this half term - Beegu. We began the week by reading the story and answering some VIPERS questions to develop our understanding. We then retold the story using Talk for Writing - we came up with some great pictures and actions to help us. We also used to role play to act out the main events in the correct order. Towards the end of the week, we wrote a character description of Beegu, focusing on using lots of interesting adjectives to describe her appearance.

In Maths, we have been learning all about Fractions. We started off by recapping what fractions are, before learning how to find a half and a quarter of shapes. We remembered that when finding one half, we are looking for one of two equal parts, and when finding a quarter, we are looking for one of four equal parts. We then moved on to finding one half of a quantity towards the end of the week.

On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day! We all wore our pyjamas for the whole day, whether we were coming to school to learn, or learning from home! We began the day by sharing some of our favourite stories and discussed what makes them so special to us. We then read our first class story  - 'The Magic Paintbrush' by Julia Donaldson. We particularly enjoyed this story because it was all about another culture. We then discussed and wrote about what we would paint if we had a magic paintbrush. We came up with some thoughtful ideas, including: food, water and a school for people who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Later on, we read a non-fiction text all about dinosaurs! We discussed the features of a non-fiction text and identified our own five favourite facts we had learned from the book. After this, we got creative and made some dinosaur fossils. Later in the afternoon, we read a book called 'Invisible' and had P4C discussion about our thoughts and feelings. To end the day, we snuggled up with a hot chocolate and biscuit, and listened to each other read our stories. We had a fantastic day!

On Friday, it was the beginning of British Science Week! We began the morning by learning about a famous author, illustrator and scientist called Beatrix Potter! We learned about her life and her particular interest in animals, plants and mushrooms. We then answered some VIPERS questions all about her, before writing a fact file using the information we had learned.