Week 25 - WC 9th March 2020
What busy week we have had in Dragonfly Class this week!
This week we celebrated British Science week.... and what fun we had. We kick started the week with an assembly from Super Sonic Sue and we came to school dressed as scientists. Later in the day we had a work shop continuing on from the assembly. Here we explored and investigated the science behind sweets and had lots of fun in doing so.
Later in the week we were lucky enough to have another Science workshop with Steve. Here we focused on animals including humans and linked this with our previous work on the oceans. The children had lots of fun and shared their learning through a short performance sharing key facts and information gained.
Also throughout the week we have been focusing on the work of Thomas Edison, the first person to invent the electric light bulb.
We created a fact file all about him and investigated how to make the light bulb light up by making a complete circuit.
Also this week we celebrated sports relief, in doing so we completed a circuit training carousel in the hall. This wasn't easy but the children showed great motivation and determination.
In Maths this week we have been looking at multiplication using our knowledge of multiples 2, 5 and 10. We used repeated addition and arrays to help us with this.
In English this week we have been writing an alternative to the story of 'Beegu'. To help us we used the VR headsets to explore different settings and then voted on the setting we most wanted to add in our new story. We decided that we were going to change the setting to under the sea. We also decided on the new characters of Bart the shark, Oscar the octopus and Dave the dolphin. After boxing up our story we focused each day on a different element of the story and different skills. This weeks skills were adjectives, verbs and conjunctions. Next week we will publish our alternative stories and I can not wait to read them.
Week 24 - Week commencing 2nd March
This week in English we used all our understanding of the text gained from our book talk week to help us in retelling the story of 'Beegu'.
We focused on a different element of the story each day, the beginning (characters and setting), middle (problem) and ending (resolution).
Each day we had a different focus for our writing, these being use of adjectives, verbs and adverbs and also using a variety of conjunctions (and, but, or).
In Maths we have been looking at money. Money is something we have found tricky and at time throughout the week we have had to reshape the lesson to help embed the children's understanding, this showed the resilience and determination from all the children and from the beginning of the week to the end the progress has been fantastic. We started by identifying the coins and their values and ordering them accordingly. From this we then looked at representing the coins in different ways and played shops paying for the given items. With improved confidence we then applied this into varied fluency and problem solving.
In Science this week we continued our learning on animals including humans. This week the focus was on identifying characteristics and diets of different animals - herbivore, carnivore and omnivore. The children learnt a song to help with their recall and were able to give examples of different animals that would fall into the different categories.
In Encompass we continued with our focus on History. This week we looked at the Queen's birthday and why she celebrates her birthday two times each year. The children were given a challenge to complete the Queen's crown by receiving 5 jewels, one for each facts they recalled.
Week 23 - WC 24th February 2020
A fabulous start to Spring Term 2! The children have all come back refreshed and eager to learn.
In English we have been doing lots of book talk around our new text 'Beegu'. The children arrived in class to see that a spaceship had crash landed in our classroom. They worked together to piece together the pieces of the puzzle predicting what might have happened and who it could have been. Following on from this we looked at the front cover and used the pictures clues and title to predict what the story might be about. We then began to read part of the story and discussed what Beegu might be trying to say to the people he meets on planet Earth. We then did lots of work around her emotions, thoughts and feelings at different points within the story and what we can depict from her body language. We finished the week by role playing the story and sequencing the key events.
In Maths we have been working on measure looking at weight and capacity. When looking at weight we used balanced scales. We compared different objects, estimated the amount of cubes that would weigh the same as different objects and then measured to see. We compared using the language of equal to, heavier, lighter, more than and less than. We then applied our knowledge to varied fleunecy and problem solving.
When looking at capacity we talked about the volume, we used non standard measures to measure the different objects. We decided upon a non standard measure (cup) and predicted how many cups it would take to fill each container. We then compared and also used the vocab of full, empty, half full, hall empty. We challenged ourselves talking about litres and millilitres. To finish we applied in varied fluency and problem solving.
In Science we have started work on our new topic of animals including humans. We talked about what we already know about this topic and discussed what we would like to find out. We then started to look at the different animal types birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, fish, insects.
In Encompass we are continuing our work on 'Our Queen's Country' with a focus on History. We talked about what History is to anchor our learning before moving on. We looked at how the Royal Family has changed over time within the children's living memory. In doing so we looked at Meghan and Harry's timeline, the time they met, their engagement, marriage,moving into Frogmore Cottage and having baby Archie. We then acted and role played out the different scenarios and completed a timeline. The recall from this was sensational.
Week 22 - WC 10th February 2020
In English this week we have been publishing our diary entries that we have been working so hard on over the previous weeks. In doing so we worked hard to include all the key features and Year 1 skills including the correct sentence punctuation, conjunctions, adjectives, verbs and past tense.
We also began to look at some poetry, with the focus being on questions and statement sentences. Our focus for the poetry was the abandoned house in the woodland. The children worked extremely well on producing questions from the stimulus.
In Maths we have been looking at both 2D and 3D shapes. We anchored our prior knowledge of the 2D and 3D shapes and recalled their properties. From this we then focused on sorting the shapes according to their properties into both Venn and Carroll diagrams.
In Science this week we have been focusing on the parts of a plant and their functions. We dissected plants looking at the different parts and investigated and talked about their functions.
Week 21 - WC 3rd February 2020
This week in English we have been continuing our work on diary entries. After creating our plan and working on the skill of writing in past tense and first person we focused on putting our diary entry together, looking at a different feature everyday. We started by looking at the introductory paragraph where we wrote a summary of the day including who, what, when, why why. We then moved onto the main body where we focused on using time conjunctions to show order and including thoughts and feelings. Finally we looked at the closing paragraph including our hopes and dreams.
In Maths we have been focusing on subtraction. We started by using concrete apparatus to subtract, taking away the smallest number from the largest. We then anchored our skills using pictorial representations and did exceptionally well in this so we moved straight to subtracting using a number line. We finished the week off by finding the difference between two amounts, although this was something we struggled with to start the children showed determination to get it right.
In our Encompass we have been anchoring our skills with our knowledge and recall of the four capital cities of the United Kingdom. We then moved onto learning about the seas that surround the United Kingdom, these included North Sea, English Channel, Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. In doing so we also incorporated our directions of North, South, East and West.
Friday 30th January 2020
This week has been our classes focused art week and what an amazing week it has been.
The focus of our art was of the work of Van Gogh and his famous painting of the 'Sunflowers'. We began the week by researching the artist himself before looking at the skills and techniques used to create his work.
We experimented with colour mixing, identifying the colours needed to recreate his work. We looked at line and shape, exploring the size and shape of the vase and the detail of the petals and flowers themselves. Following this we used the skills and techniques used from the week to sketch our own sunflowers into our sketch books.
All the work we had done from the week, the skills, techniques and knowledge of Van Gogh and his work was led us to our published art day on Friday. All children were provided with a blank canvas, sketching pencils, paint brushes of different thicknesses and acrylic paints to produce their final piece of art of the famous 'Sunflowers'.
The work the children produced was sensational and each and every child wowed me with their finished pieces. I felt so so proud of their achievements and the difference from the start of the week to the end in regards to both their confidence and progress was just amazing. The children all showed great pride and passion in the work they produced and kept expressing their love of art through conversations with their peers and adults.
I think you'll agree that these finished pieces of art completed by age 5-6 year old children are just incredible.
Week 20 - WC 27th January 2020
I can't believe we are in the last week of January already. How time flies when you're busy learning and having fun!
This week in Maths we have been working on our addition to 20. We completed a pre and post addition assessment and the progress from over the week has been amazing to see. We anchored our learning by using pictorial representations to add amounts up to 20. We then moved onto using a number line, part whole models and tens frames. Following this we applied our knowledge and skills of addition to varied fluency and problem solving.
In English this week we have started work on diary writing. We looked at the features of a diary entry and used talk for writing to help us in remembering the key features. Through a class vote we decided that we would write our diary entry as Bill from Owl Babies. With this in mind we then created a plan of our diary entry. Following this we began to work on the key skills needed to help us with our diary entry writing. The main skill we focused on was writing in past tense and first person.
Week 19 - WC 20th January 2020
This week was our class assembly. The children retold the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears through drama, role play and song.
All the children did exceptionally well, not only learning their individual lines but also six songs too. It was so lovely to see them all grow in confidence and so amazing to have so many wonderful parents come and support their children.
In Maths this week we have been focusing on 1 more and 1 less than a given number with a focus on numbers to 50, however some children were able to push past this and challenge themselves working with numbers to 100. In doing so we used dienes to practically represent and show 1 more and 1 less than a given amount. We then moved onto 1 more and 1 less pictorially using a number line and pushing with mental recall too. As the children grew in confidence we then applied our knowledge of 1 more and 1 less into varied fluency and problem solving.
In English we have been retelling the story of Owl Babies. We focused on using a variety of conjunctions and, but and or as well as adding -er and -est to adjectives e.g. tallest, darkest, smallest, bigger.
We focused each day on a different part of the story and next week we will publish our final retell.
We are having a big focus on the presentation of our work making sure our ascenders and descenders are formed correctly on the lines.
In Encompass we had Steve join us to deliver a workshop on Our Queen's Country with a focus on Geography. Here he talked about the 4 countries within the UK, the capital cities and the things you might typically see or do there. The children loved the workshop as it included lots of role play and games to help them with their learning and deeper their understanding.
Week 17 - WC 13th January
Another sensational week in Dragonflies Class this week.
In English we have been working on writing a setting description of the woodland from the story of Owl Babies.
To help us with this we went on a walk to Trentmill Nature Park on Monday and used our senses to note what we could see, hear and touch.
We then used this to support us in our writing back in the classroom.
Our focus skill this week was using the suffix -ing e.g. hooting, trickling, foraging, flying, twinkling.
In Maths this week we have been focusing on representing numbers using partitioning of 2 digit numbers.
We started off by using dienes to represent the 2 digit numbers into tens and ones. We then moved onto pictorial representations and using part whole models.
In Encompass we kick started our new topic 'Our Queen's Country' by having an afternoon tea party. Thank you for all you generous donations as it really was a tea party fit for the Queen. We then focused on the four capital cities of the United Kingdom.
Week 16 - WC 6th January 2020
What a sensational first week back! The children have all worked exceptionally hard and have produced some fantastic work.
This week in English we have been doing lots of book talk all around our new text of 'Owl Babies'.
We started off by reading the story and creating a story map retelling through talk for writing and role play. Following this we sequenced the story and orally retold. In order to get to know the characters more we used hot seating to ask and answer questions, we then created a missing poster for Mummy Owl using lots of adjectives and verbs.
In Maths we have been working on counting forwards and backwards from any given number to 50 and beyond. In doing so we played lots of games, sang lots of songs and even did some dancing to help us with this, we had lots of fun! We ordered numbers, completed missing number tracks and worked on some problems solving and reasoning.
Week 15 - WC 16th December 2019
What a busy, fun, exciting and productive week we have had!
This week the children performed our 'Christmas around the world' production to all of our family and friends, as well as to the whole school. The singing, dancing, performing and story telling was sensational and each and every child did themselves proud. I know I was immensely proud of them all.
This week we also created our own calendars and Christmas/winter cards. We retold the Christmas Story through talk for writing, role playing, sequencing and sentence writing.
We also had the pleasure of watching KS2 and FS productions which were just fabulous.
To end the amazing term we had a fantastic end of term party to celebrate the wonderful, hard work and sensational progress the children have made.
Thank you as always for your support, wishing you the most magical Christmas and winter break with your family, friends and loved ones.
Week 14 - WC 9th December 2019
This week in English we have been looking at creating an alternative to the story to that of the original 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. In doing so we started with looking at and changing the characters of the Three Bears. We created a mind map of thoughts and ideas and voted for our new characters. We decided upon three owls. We then used a SAD template (say, appearance,do) to describe what the owls say, what they look like and what they do. In doing so, we ensured we included our key sentence punctuation as well as adjectives, verbs and conjunctions.
In Maths we have been focusing on comparing and measuring length. We started off by using practical objects such as multi link cubes to measure and compare a variety of everyday objects. From this we moved onto reading the length of an object measured in centimetres(cm) to the nearest centimetre, as the children did such a superb job in this, we then moved onto ruler skills and drawing lines of a specific length in centimetres. The children did a sensational job.
This week we have also been practising our songs and actions ready for our production of 'Christmas around the world'. We can't wait to perform this to our family, friends and school next week.
Week 13 - WC 2nd December 2019
The first week in December and a very busy one it's been.
This week in English we have been continuing our work on non-chronological reports. We focused on describing a brown bears appearance, diet and habitat. In doing so we focused on the skills of using appropriate vocabulary, adjectives, verbs and a variety of conjunctions. We then used our work from the week to produce our published write and what a sensational job the children did.
In Maths we have been working on telling the time to o'clock and half past. We started by sequencing the days of the weeks and months of the year. We then used the clocks to show o'clock and half past. Following this we read the times from the given clocks to both o'clock and half past. Finally we used our ruler skills and knowledge of time to draw the hands correctly on the clock faces.
In Science we have been further investigating materials. This week we investigated which material would be best for building Baby Bear a new chair. We had lots of fun investigating using a variety of materials.
Week 12 - WC 25th November 2019
This week in Dragonfly Class we have been so busy that it seems like the week has simply flown.
In English this week we have been continuing with our character description on Goldilocks. We focused specifically on past and present tense which we all found to be a challenge, but we all showed great determination and perseverance. The children then applied their learning from the past week to produce their wanted published write.
Following this we looked at a new style of writing, this being non-chronological reports. We looked at an example together and worked hard to identify the key features. To help us in doing this we used talk for writing actions, this was very successful in helping us to recall the important features. The topic of our non-chronological reports is bears linked to our text of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
In Maths we have been working on counting in our multiples of 2 and 5 to 20 and beyond. We used multi link cubes and pictures to support in our counting and then used our knowledge to apply to missing number sequences.
In Science this week we have had lots of fun being scientists and investigating different materials. The Thee Bears wrote us a letter to ask if we could help them to design and make them a waterproof jacket as they keep getting wet when walking in the woods.
To help us do this we used talk for writing and actions to remember the key vocabulary needed to investigate. Once we were secure in this we set about conducting our investigation. We talked about and collected the equipment we needed and and decided upon using a syringe to measure the same amount of water used each time, making it a fair test.
Week 11 - WC 18th November 2019
As always another sensational week in Dragonfly Class this week.
In Maths this week we have been continuing work on our number bonds to and within 10 and challenging ourselves to number bonds beyond this. We used counters and numicon to complete hand on, practical activities in finding and recalling our bonds. We then moved onto using part whole models and bar models. The children were superb in using part whole models and understood the method well. We then used our knowledge of number bonds to solve missing number sums.
In English this week we have completed our retell of Goldilocks and the Three Bears by writing the end of the story focusing on the skill on the prefix un. We included words such as unkind, unhappy, untidy and unfair. We then published our work and tried hard to include the skills on our steps to success.
Oh no! Who's been in our classroom?
On Thursday we went outside for our playtime and when we returned to our room to find that someone had been in and made a mess, there was a broken chair, porridge oats all over the floor and an empty bowl and spoon. We used our detective skills to piece together the clues and together came to the conclusion that it was Goldilocks. We decided we needed to create a wanted poster to find her so that we can help her in being more kind, caring and respectful to others. To create our wanted poster we decided we would need to describe what she looked like, so what set about using adjectives to describe her appearance. Following this we discussed her actions and behaviours, focusing on including the skill of verbs.
In Science this week we have been continuing our work on materials. We recapped on our previous work recalling what objects are and what materials are. We then started to look at and investigate the properties of materials. We had lots of fun using our sense of touch to describe, sort and classify the materials based on their properties.
This weeks Class Dojo winners
Week 10 - WC 11th November 2019
What a busy but fantastic week we have had in Dragonflies class.
This week in English we have started to look at our new story for the half term of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
We started by retelling the story through role play and drama. Following this we broke the story down looking at the beginning, middle and end. Wizzle Bang's weekly focus this week was on capital letters and full stops. As well as this we have been working on including appropriate vocabulary and adjectives.
In Maths this week we have been continuing with our fractions work, focusing on fractions of shapes.
We have also started to look at representing and finding numbers bonds to and within 20. We completed an anchor lesson, followed by using counters to represent and find number bonds.
This week has been our design and technology week and as we are learning about history within our local area in our current Encompass topic we focused our work on bottle kilns. We researched what bottle kilns are, their shape, structure and the materials they are made from. Using this information gathered we then designed our very own bottle kilns. To help us make our own bottle kilns we were lucky enough to have the amazing Emily from Creative Flamingo deliver a workshop to us. We learned all about slabbing, coiling and pinch potting and in doing so created our very own bottle kiln and factory. The finished products were sensational.
On Thursday this week we also completed an anti-bullying drama workshop alongside our visitor Steve. Here we used freeze frames, role play and different scenarios to talk about, discuss and raise awareness. We had lots of fun and it was a great way to discuss and talk about such an important issue. The children came up with amazing responses and were all very respectful to one another. It was also great to see their confidence to develop and flourish.
This weeks class dojo winner and super spellers with a massive 10 out of 10. Well done to all!
Week 9 - WC 4th November 2019
What a sensational first week we have had in Dragonfly Class this week!
In English we have been looking at senses poetry linked with bonfire night and fireworks. We started by looking at onomatopoeia and the sounds the fireworks make and the way in which they move. We used video stimulus and created a bank of key vocabulary. We then used musical instruments and role play to move and make the sounds of fireworks. Following this we used our senses to describe what we could see and hear. The published writes produced were the best yet!
In Maths this week we have been looking at fractions of amounts, objects, quantities and shapes. We looked at halves and quarters and used real life objects to help us. We found halves and quarters of fruit, sweets, cake and bread. We also got to eat them after.
In Science we became science detectives as we started to explore our new science topic of materials. We identified what an object is and what a material is and searched around the school and classroom for a variety of objects made from different materials for example, wood, plastic, glass and glass.
Week 8 - WC 21st October 2019
This week in English we used our imaginations to produce some creative writing. We discussed 'If I could climb to the top of a beanstalk I would see....'.We used role play and drama to act out our reactions when reaching the top of the beanstalk. We brainstormed our thoughts and ideas and then used our senses to describe the tings we would be able to see and hear.
In Maths this week we have been focusing on shape. We went on a shape hunt to find and identify 2D and 3D shapes. We then took our learning deeper by identifying the properties of 2D shapes including sides and vertices and 3D shapes properties including vertices, edges and faces.
Week 4 - WC 23rd September 2019
This week in Maths we have been focusing on finding and recalling 1 more and 1 less than a given number. We started off by using counters to find both 1 more and 1 less. Following this we moved onto using picture representations and then used addition and subtraction sums to record 1 more and 1 less. We finished off the week with simple word problems and the children worked exceptionally hard at this.
In English this week we have been looking at describing the characters from the story. We voted on the character we wanted to write a character description for and we decided upon Jack. We used adjectives to describe his appearance as well as using verbs to describe what he does.
In Science we have been looking at the months of the year and what season each of them fall into.
Week 3 - WC 16th September 2019
In English this week we have been focusing on settings. We focused on the setting of the castle in the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and also explored the setting of the kitchen in Jack and his mothers cottage.
When looking at the setting we discussed what we could see and hear. Wizzle Bang set our focus skill of the week, using clear finger spaces and we also touched on using simple adjectives to describe colour, shape and size. We completed our first published write this week too and the children did exceptionally well.
In Maths this week our focus has been on counting forwards and backwards from a given number. In doing so we have used pictures and number lines to support us. We identified that when we count forward the number gets bigger and when we count backwards the number gets smaller. We also had a focus lesson on identifying and writing numbers 10-20, to do this we played number bingo and completed lots of outdoor activities.
In our Encompass we have been continuing with where we live, our focus this week was to understand that Stoke-On-Trent is made up of six towns, Longton, Fenton, Hanley, Stoke, Burslem, Tunstall. We then identified that our school is in Hanley.
We created our own map in the hall and added the labels and played a game to help us identify them.
In Science this week we have been learning about the four seasons through role play and drama with our friend Steve.
Week 2 - WC 9th September 2019
A sensational week in Dragonflies, the children are more confident with the daily routines and expectations and are trying exceptionally hard in all their learning, challenging themselves in all areas.
In Maths this week we have been working on representing numbers in a variety of ways. We have used counters, multi-link cubes, counting sticks, numicon and pictures. We worked with numbers to 10 and 20 with some children pushing themselves a little further. We focused on the importance of counting carefully and precisely to ensure we have the correct amount. We also used our knowledge and understanding from the week and applied to simple problem solving and reasoning. We finished the week off working on our number formation.
In English this week we have been working on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We role played the story and created a talk for writing map, following this we used the pictures from the story to sequence it and put in the correct order.
We then focused on the use of capital letters, we matched upper and lower case letters, played capital letter bingo and ordered the mixed up sentences. We will continue to embed recognising and using capital letters as our starters next week.
In our Encompass our topic is 'Street detectives' which is all about our local area. We looked at where in the world we live, our planet, our country, our city, our town and our home. We read a story called me on the map and used Google Earth to help us see and find us on the map.
In Science we are focusing on our seasons. We went on a walk around our school grounds to find evidence of Autumn.
Week 1 - WC 2nd September 2019
Our first week in Dragonfly Class complete and what a sensational week we have had. We have spent lots of time getting to know one another, the class expectations and routines. We have had lots of fun exploring our new environment and completing work for our new displays, role play and reading areas.
We have completed our first piece of writing, a description of ourselves, as a baseline for our English books.
For our Maths baseline we have been recognising and ordering numbers as well as counting out amounts using 1-1 correspondence.
We also went on a walk around our local area to take photos of all the things we could see to help us in our learning of our Encompass topic Street Detectives. We spotted lots of things including a bottle kiln, the canal, doctors, a church, shops, Emma Bridgewater and much more.
A very impressive first week. Well done Dragonflies!
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 Mrs. Bickerton-Dean
Hello and welcome to Dragonflies class blog. Here you will be able to see the learning that has been taking place in class and what fun and exciting activities we've been up to. As a parent myself I know it can be very daunting as our children enter new chapters in their lives and we often have questions or queries we would like to discuss, therefore please feel free to contact me my by sending a message via the class blog or making an appointment to see me via the office.
I am so excited to have your child in my class this year and by working as a team, through home support, good forms of communication and a stimulating and well planned curriculum I believe this will allow the children to flourish, grow and have the most meaningful year whilst having fun, making lasting memories and strengthening their knowledge and developing their skills to be the best that they can be.
Week 38 - WC 1st July 2019
This week in English we have been completing our work on our diary entry. We wrote our hopes and dreams focusing on including exclamation sentences and conjunctions and, but, or. We then used all our work from over the past few weeks to complete our published writes. What a sensational job they did! Such a pleasure and joy to read. We then went on to plan a setting description of a lighthouse and its surroundings using our five senses and stimulus given.
In Maths we have been working on adding and subtracting ten from a given number. In doing so we have used dienes to complete using concrete apparatus, following this we used 100 square and our mental recall. The children did so well with this that we even managed to challenge ourselves to adding and subtracting 20 and 30.
In Encompass we have been looking at, classifying and sorting animals accordingly- fish, bird, reptile, mammal, amphibian.
Week 37 - WC 24th June 2019
In English this week we have been working on writing a diary entry for the day in a life of Mr Grinling the lighthouse keeper. We have looked at identifying the features of a diary entry and worked on the skill of writing in past tense and in first person. We then broke the diary entry down and focused on a specific part each day, the opening paragraph, main boy and the closing paragraph including hopes and dreams.
In Maths we have been embedding and using mental recall to revisit our work on greater than, less than and equal to, 1 more and 1 less and doubles and halves. We have also been working on our position and direction including left, right, clockwise, anti-clockwise, whole turn, half a turn and quarter turns. We went outside and completed a number of practical activities. We will continue our work on this next week.
During our Encompass work we have been researching different pirates. We found out lots of fascinating facts about them. We voted on the pirate we would like to find out more about and the most popular choice was Captain Blackbeard. We researched him further and from this created a fact file about him.
Week 35 - WC 17th June 2019
A very busy but fun week of learning in Dragonfly Class this week.
In our Maths we have been working on weight, mass and capacity. We started by completing lots of hand son and practical activities using scales, balance scales, containers for capacity and ICT games. Following this we used our knowledge of weight and mass and applied into problem solving, varied fluency and reasoning.
In English this week we have been writing a character description to describe Mr Grinling the lighthouse keeper. We started by completing a SAD template to describe his appearance, what he does and what he says. Following this we discussed his behaviour and used all our plans to support us in writing in full clear sentences. Our focus skills this week were punctuation, suffixes and appropriate adjectives.
Week 34 - WC 10th June 2019
In English this week we have been following and writing a set of instructions for Mr Grinling to follow in order to make a fruit lighthouse. We began by following a set of instructions to make our lighthouse and then wrote a draft version of instructions for Mr Grinling to follow in order make his own. Following this we worked on up levelling a set of instructions including a variety of Year 1 skills and used this to apply in our published write.
In Maths we have been working on our multiples of 2. In doing so we have been working on counting forwards and backwards to complete the missing number sequences. We used the 100 square to highlight the multiples of 2 to support us and talked about multiples of 2 being even numbers. We then applied our knowledge of multiples of 2 and applied it into varied fluency, problem solving and reasoning.
In our Encompass we have been looking at Grace Darling and learning about her life and what she is renowned for. We then used the information gathered and facts we have learned to create a fact file about her.
Week 33 - WC 3rd June 2019
A busy but sensational first week back in Dragonfly Class.
This week we have been working hard to win DOJO's of the week in KS1 through hard work and showing the school values and we DID IT with over 200 class dojo's. So proud of all the Dragonflies this week!
In English we have started our new text of 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'. We read the story and used role play and drama to role play the story. We identified new vocabulary and used dictionaries and the internet to find the definition of each of the key words. We then used talk for writing to support us in retelling the beginning, middle and end.
In Maths we have been working on our 2D and 3D shapes. We started by anchoring our prior knowledge and skills before moving onto their properties. We looked at the vertices and edges of 2D shapes and vertices, edges and faces of 3D shapes.
In our Encompass we have been learning about lighthouses. We looked at the different parts of a lighthouse and discussed the importance of them.
Week 32 - WC 20th May 2019
What a sensational week we have had in Dragonfly Class!
This week has been exceptionally busy with class trips out, in school visitors and lots of fun filled learning.
In English this week we drafted and published our alternative story to that of 'The Rainbow Fish'. We used all our previous learning on the alternative characters, settings, problems and resolution to support us in our writing along with talk for writing and role play. The results of the published writes were fantastic and a pleasure and joy to read.
In Maths we continued our learning on fact families and inverses.
Week 31 - WC 13th May 2019
In English this week we have been boxing up and planning our alternative story, based on that of 'The Rainbow Fish'. We voted on and created a new character and setting. We chose a rock pool for our alternative setting and used our senses to describe what we could see, hear, smell and touch. We decided upon a hermit crab for our alternative character and named him Hermit. We described his appearance, actions and behaviours. When created our story map plan we also used role play and drama to help us in identifying the key events.
In Maths we have been working on inverses and fact families using a variety of different skills. We used part whole model, tens frames and bar models to help us in completing the missing number sentences and in creating 4 sums for each 3 numbers, having 2 addition and 2 subtractions sums.
In Art we have been looking at the work of George Seurat, whose style of painting is called Pointillism. The technique used in Pointillism is called stippling, stippling is the creation of art work using tiny dots. We looked at the artist himself, his work and techniques used and we then used paint and felt tip pens to experiment with blending and shading.
In Geography we have been looking at human features of a seaside and comparing human and physical features. We talked about how the human features identified in the picture stimulus have a positive impact on the seaside and surrounding areas.
In our Encompass we also talked about being a sun safe super star as part of a P4C discussion.
Week 30 - WC 6th May 2019
In Maths this week we have been working on our number bonds up to and within 20.
Before introducing a new skill we completed a carousel of activities to anchor our previous learning.
We completed a skills lesson introducing and understanding the skill of using bar models, before completing the bar models by finding the missing numbers or totals..
In English we have been retelling the story of 'The Rainbow Fish'. We focused on a different part of the story each day and with each element of the story we worked on accurately embedding on previously taught skills.
We focused on using plurals, -er and -est and suffixes -ing and -ed correctly and appropriately.
We will put together all our fabulous writing by producing our published write next Monday.
In Geography we have been identifying the physical features that make a beach a beach. We used dictionaries and other resources to find the definitions of each of the key features.
We looked at:
- rock pool
In Science we have been continuing our work on habitats. Working towards answering the question 'Are all habitats the same?' We looked at what habitats are, matched animals to their habitats and began to research how different habitats are best suited for different animals.
Week 29 - WC 29th April
Well what a fantastic week back we have had. The children have all returned back from the Easter holidays raring to go and have all been very focused on their learning.
In Maths we have been focusing on fractions. We began the week by anchoring our previous skills before focusing specifically on quarters of amounts. We did this through practical, hands on learning, followed by pictorial and word problems, varied fluency and reasoning.
In English we have been doing lots of book talk focusing on our new text 'The Rainbow Fish'. We began by reading the story and retelling it through role play and drama. The children added some great expression in both their facial expressions and voices. We then moved onto identifying the beginning, middle and end of the story, characters, settings, problem and resolution. From this we created a bank of questions we would like to ask Rainbow Fish in order to find our more about his actions and behaviour. We then used hot seating to ask our questions. Finally we wrote a character description of the Rainbow Fish and we will publish this next week.
In RE we have been learning about Ramadan. In PSHCE we read the story of Miss Molly's School of Manners.
We created display's all about our learning.
In Science we have been looking at living, dead and never alive. We sorted the images into the different categories and discussed our thoughts and opinions.
In Geography we have been identifying the seven continents of the world using an atlas and the internet. We then learned about the five oceans through song and plotted these on the map.
Week 28 - WC 8th April 2019
In Maths this week we have been doing lots of practical maths in the outdoors revisiting our learning over the past half term.
We also completed an Easter Egg Hunt left by the Easter Bunny. We had to follow the clues and solve the word problems to find the prizes. We had so much fun and we were all so excited to win the prize at the end of the trail.
In English we published our alternative stories to that of the original 'Room on the Broom' and what a fantastic job we did.
Following this we completed a skills lesson focusing on the individual needs of the children whether this be spellings, sentence structure or a specific skill.
We then produced some writing for our new English story focus 'The Rainbow Fish'. We discussed what makes a good friend and brainstormed our thoughts and ideas. We then used this to help us in writing our sentences.
Week 27 - WC 1st April 2019
This week in our English we have been working on using our imagination and creativity. We brainstormed all our ideas thinking of characters, settings, problems and resolutions for our stories. We then used the shared brainstorm ideas to create our own story plan.
We then used our story plan to help us in writing our story. We had a big focus on vocabulary and sentence punctuation this week.
We will publish our final pieces on Monday, up levelling as we go to improve our story writing using our superstar challenge checklist.
In Maths this week we have been working on our halving but through division by 2. We did through using equipment and sharing, through pictures and word problems.
During Encompass we have been learning all about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, an engineer, famous for building railway lines, bridges, tunnels. We found out lots of fascinating facts and created fact files and used the information we had found out to answer related comprehensive questions.
Week 26 - WC 25th March 2019
This week in English we have been continuing our work on diary writing. We wrote our closing paragraph focusing on our hopes and dreams for the future and the children came up with some fantastic paragraphs. We also looked at including exclamation sentences and many of the children rose to the challenge. Following this we then worked on writing our published piece of work, as the children were so focused on their writing we completed this over twp days to enable them to add all the key information, skills and features that they could. Considering this was the first time they have ever written a diary entry the children produced some exceptional pieces of writing, with many of the children using their previous work to help in up levelling their work with spellings and punctuation too.
In Maths we have been continuing with our work on multiplication. We continued using arrays and introduced looking at repeated addition whereby a number is added over and over. E.g. 4 x 10 = 10 + 10 + 10 + 10.
Following this we moved onto abstract method E.g. 6 x 5 = ? Children would then use their mental recall or be encouraged to use their chosen method to solve the multiplication sum. The children simply wowed during this lesson and pushed themselves through the given challenges. We finished the week off with multiplication word problems involving multiples of 2, 5 and 10.
In Encompass we have been continuing on our Geography work finding and locating the different towers around the world. We focused on three specific towers and used our map work to locate them and record key facts about them including their location. We focused on Blackpool Tower, Eiffel Tower and Leaning Tower of Piza. The children were fantastic in recalling key facts and their location during our end of the lesson quiz.
This week we also had a visit from Emily a specialist in working with clay. She came to work with us in the class to teach us and demonstrate to us how we handle, use and work with clay correctly. We all created our own pieces based on the bottle banks of the potteries and then used this structure to design into our chosen form some of chose elephants, bottle kilns, penguins and foxes. It was a fabulous session and we all learned how to roll, coil, blend and smooth the clay.
Week 25 - WC 18th March 2019
In English this week we have been looking at diary entries. We started by looking at a diary entry and identifying the key features. Following this we broke it down into the introductory paragraph (summary), main body (recount), hopes and dreams. We focused on the skill of writing in first person and writing in past tense.
In Maths we have started to look at multiplication, focusing on our multiples of 2, 5 and 10. We started by using numicon and then moved onto looking at arrays. The children worked very hard to understand the new vocabulary and the different skills and methods.
In Encompass we have been looking at and locating the different castles around the world. We used Google Earth to help us locate them on a map.
In Science we received a letter from Mike the Knight. He asked us to investigate which materials would be best for making him some waterproof clothing for under his armour as he keeps getting wet when riding his horse.
Week 24 - WC 11th March 2019
In English this week we have been continuing work on our alternative story. We boxed up the story and decided upon our alternative characters and objects. We then focused on the beginning, middle and end with different skills and sentence types. The children produced some excellent work for their first time boxing up. Next week we will produce our published write and begin our work on diary entries.
In Maths this week we have been working on our measure. We have been measuring objects using standard and non-standard measures.
In our Encompass we have been doing lots of Science linked to Science week. We linked our science to the weather and seasons and investigated weather water can make different sounds.
Week 23 - WC 4th March 2019
This week in English we have been creating alternative characters for the story of 'Room on the Broom'. We created a list of all the characters we could change the witch to and voted for our favourite using a tally. The most popular character was the wizard. We then created a sad template to describe his appearance, actions and behaviour. Following this we used 2a sentences to describe the wizard using adjectives before a noun.
In Maths we have be focusing on subtraction. We have been using place value to help us subtract on a number line.
20 - 14 =
20 - 10 = 10
10 - 4 = 6
In Encompass we have been learning all about a banquet. We looked at what a banquet is, what food was eaten, who would be there and what they would do. We then created our own banquet menu, completed a fact sheet and tasted foods in our own banquet using our senses to describe the foods.
Week 23 - WC 25th February 2019
In Our English this week we have been looking at our new text of Room On The Broom. We started off by using role-play and drama to retell the story and from this created and story map using talk for writing. Following these we sequenced the story and identified any new vocabulary. We then used a dictionary to help us identify and understand their meanings. From this we then used the story maps and sequencing to help us in retelling the beginning, middle and end of the story.
In Maths this week we have been continuing to work on our addition skills through the use of money. We started by recognising and ordering coins according to their values. We then used shop role-play to add together two amounts and to pay for the total of the two items. In order to add the two amounts together we used place value and number bonds to support us.
14p + 12p =
10p + 10p = 20p
4p + 2p = 6p
20p + 6p = 26p
During our Encompass work we have been designing and making our very own coat of arms looking at the meanings of the symbols and colours used.
We also received a letter from Barnaby Bear ho had been to visit Edinburgh Castle. He sent us a video of his time there and together using a story map to support us we wrote a recount of his trip. It was great to learn about Edinburgh Castle. We found out that Edinburgh is in Scotland and that the castle is situated on the top of a hill.
This week we have also been working hard to transform our reading area to link with the text of 'Room On The Broom'. We added all our amazing homework to the reading area to display to showcase what we had done over the half term.
Week 20 - WC 4th February 2019
This week in English we have been looking at non-chronological reports. We looked at the different features and identified them using the given examples.
Together we identified:
- introductory paragraph
- did you know facts
We then chose to create our non-chronological report on donkeys linked to our work on Shrek. We used the internet to research facts all about their appearance, diet and habitat. Next week we will complete our published write.
In Maths we have been working on recalling and counting in multiples of 2.
We started off with lots of practical activities both indoors and outdoors.We had lots of fun investigating if it was quicker to complete ten individual steps or count in our 2's to 10. We repeated with other amounts too and played lots of different games to help with our learning.
We then moved onto using pictorial representations.
Following this we used our knowledge of multiples of 2 to identify the missing numbers in the sequences.
Week 19 - WC 28th January 2019
In Maths this week we have been working on representing and recalling our number bonds. In doing so we have been completing lots of practical, hands on learning activities to help us in recalling the bonds. We also started to look at using pictorial representations too.
We used counters and numicon to allow us to see the different patterns and pairs. We then moved onto using dominoes adding the dots to represent the bonds. At the end of the week we put it into a real life experience by using money to go to the shops and buy two items with the money we had, again helping to us to see and recall our bonds. We also found out that once we had recalled a number bond it could be switched to create another e.g. 4 + 6 = 10 6 + 4 = 10
In English this week we have been working on our past and present tense, focusing on verbs ending in -ed as well as beginning to attempt to use irregular verb endings too. We applied this skill in our writing by retelling the story of Shrek. We broke the story down into the three main parts the beginning, middle and end and used picture prompts, word banks and stimulus to support us.
During our Encompass work we have been doing lots of Science work investigating which materials are the best to make a tower.
We received a letter of Shrek to say that Fergie the dragon had flown to close to the tower and had damaged it and so a new one needed to be made. We investigated different materials including bricks, wood and plastic. We wrote our predictions, carried put the investigation and recorded our findings. We found out that stone/bricks was the best material for the job as it is strong, hard wearing and resistant to bad weather. We also concluded that glass would be the best material for the windows as it is strong, easily washable, smooth and transparent.We then created a fabulous Science display with all our work. We loved being Science investigator!
Week 18 - WC 14th January 2019
In Maths this week we have been using the language of equal to, greater than, more than, less than, most and least to compare amounts. In doing so we have been using the greater than, less than and equal to symbols.To help us remember the symbols we discussed that Mr Gator always eats the biggest number. We used practical, pictorial and abstract representations to ensure we had a solid and deeper understanding taking it where possible to mastery.
In English we have been working on writing a setting description of Shrek's swamp. We have used our senses to describe what we could see hear, smell and touch. Once we created our senses mat we used this to write detailed sentences to describe the swamp. Our focus skill this week was adding the prefix un- to root words for example unsafe, unclean, untidy, unpleasant. The children did an exceptional job of using this skill and showed a clear understanding. This was evident in their superb published writes.
During our Encompass work this week we have been learning all about the inside of a castle as well as the job roles within a castle.
We were also sent a letter from Shrek asking us to investigate and make a new tower for Fiona's mum and dad's castle as the dragon had flown to close and broken the current tower. In doing so we tested different materials and worked in teams to make a tower before testing them out. We wrote our predictions before hand and loved testing out the best materials. We will continue to write this up next as well as continuing to investigate materials further.
Week 17 - WC 14th January 2019
This week in English we have been working on the skill of including the conjunctions and, but, or in our writing in order to extend our sentences.
We have been writing a character description of Shrek and used adjectives to describe his appearance as well as looking at his behaviour and actions. We then applied all these skills into our published write. The outcomes of the published writes were just fantastic! =)
In Maths we have been working on one more and one less. We also pushed ourselves further to looking at 10 more and 10 less.
We have been using practical equipment, dienes, number lines and 100 squares. We also used our place value to help us understand that when we find 10 more we add one to the tens column and when we find 10 less we subtract one from the tens column.
During Encompass we have been learning all about what castles are, why they were built and where they were built. We also looked at the different parts of a castle and their purposes. We have also had lots of fun making our own 2D shape castles, knights and completed a block graph. We also loved exploring our new reading and role play areas too.
Towers, turrets and tunnels wow day
What a truly fantastic day we have had! Today we launched our new topic of towers, turrets and tunnels. We all came dressed in our best clothes fit for Royalty or even as Princesses, Princes, Knights, kings and Queens.
We started the morning by having a dance class with the fabulous Mrs Dawson. We learned a whole dance routine to the song 'zero to hero' from Hercules. We learned new dance vocabulary and lots of new dance moves. At the end we performed our dance from beginning to end. It was amazing and we can't wait to have another dance lesson.
We then came back to class and designed and made our very own crowns sing sequins, glitters and gems. We also completed lots of art work making castles and coats of armour.
In the afternoon we had a banquet with the rest of Key Stage One where we ate food, drank and danced. We have had such a superb, fun filled day and we can't wait to learn all about our new topic in the coming weeks.
Take a look at some of our pictures below.