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.
Week 16 - WC 7th January 2019
What an exciting and busy first week back we have had! This week we have been doing lots of book talk in or English lessons linked to our new story of Shrek. We began by watching the film to help us understand the key features of the story including the characters, setting, beginning, middle and end. Following these we created a book review of the story, used drama and role play to retell the story and used pictures and sentences to sequence the order of the story. This has really helped us with our comprehension and understanding.
In our Maths we have been focusing on place value this week, using lots of practical activities in helping us to identify and represent amounts to 50 and beyond. We used our multiples of tens when counting out and representing larger amounts. We used counters, dienes and the tens frame. We will continue work on place value next week looking at more than and less than.
Have a fabulous weekend, remember to complete your homework and read your books.
Week commencing 7th January 2019
I hope you've had a lovely well deserved break and wishing you all a very happy new year.
This half term we will begin our new topic of 'Towers, turrets and tunnels'. I look forward to seeing your fabulous creative homework of making and designing your own shields and swords. On Friday 11th January we will be having a day linked to our new topic and so children will be invited to wear royal clothing. This may include party dresses, trousers and shirts or even princess or knight outfits.
Our new focus text for English will be the story of Shrek. The reading area has been transformed into Shrek's swamp and the role play area a fabulous castle.
I look forward to seeing you all
Mrs. Bickerton-Dean x
Week 15 - WC 17th December 2018
What a lovely week it has been in Dragonfly Class this week. We have been very busy as we draw closer to the winter break with lots of continued learning, arts and crafts and adding the final touches to our key stage 1 production of 'Tinsel and Tea towels'.
On Monday we performed our dress rehearsal to the rest of the school to help us get our nerves out the way of performing to a large audience. On Tuesday we performed our production to all our amazing family and friends. The children shone with confidence and did both themselves and us proud. They put on a fantastic show and I couldn't have been any prouder if I tried.
Following on with the rest of our week we learned all about the Christmas story, made winter cards and had lots of fun during our golden time and end of term class party.
Another very busy week, but we ended with big smiles and feeling proud of our journey together in Dragonflies so far.
Wishing you a lovely break with your family and loved ones.
See you in the new year and remember to keep safe.
Week 14 - WC 10th December 2018
This week in our English we have been focusing on writing a retell of the story of Stick Man. In doing so we looked at the story structure and key features identifying the beginning, middle and end. We mapped out our ideas using pictures and talk for writing and broke this down each day to write a paragraph about each of the parts. In doing so we focused on using the Year 1 skills we had been taught so far and challenged to include the suffices -er and -est using words such as tallest, coldest, quicker, slower. The children continuing to build on the story writing drafts throughout the week before completing their published writes. The work they produced was simply sensational and of such a high standard the presentation, care and quality of work they had written was the best I have seen yet.
In Maths we looked at fractions. We began by using real life objects such as apples and cake to find halves (1/2) and quarters (1/4) of amounts. We then moved onto looking at halves and quarters of 2D shapes using paper shapes to fold and identify. The children did this with confidence and showed a clear knowledge and understanding. Finally we looked at identifying and colouring halves and quarters of the given 2D shape pictures.
Another superb week in Dragonfly Class.
Have a lovely weekend!
Week 12 - WC Monday 26th November
What a fantastic week we have had in Dragonfly Class this week. The children have been sensational in all aspects of their learning and behaviour. The children are working exceptionally hard in becoming more independent in their learning and this has been fantastic to see.
This week in Maths we have been working on halving. We received a special visit from Stick Man at the beginning of the week on his sleigh with a special letter asking us to help his friend sort the presents for all the boys and girls. We began by understanding that when we halve we are splitting into two equal groups. To help us with this we started by doing this visually with the class before moving onto using counters. Once confident with the counters we looked at halving using pictorial representations and the children simply exceeded themselves in this. We then moved onto reasoning and problem solving.
In English this week we have been working on writing a setting description using our senses to describe the winter woodland where Stick Man lives. We used adjectives, verbs and conjunctions and also introduced using the suffixes -est and -er. We created a senses word bank of the things we could see, hear, smell and touch. We then used the word map to help us in creating our descriptive sentences. Next week we will be completing our published writes.
During Encompass this week we have been comparing woodlands to the Antarctica. We began by using Google Earth to locate both the UK and the Antarctica and then located these on a world map. We looked at the similarities and differences between the two. The following lesson we became scientists for the afternoon and investigated how animals keep warm in the Arctic. We first made our predictions and wrote a list of all the equipment and materials needed. We then began to investigate by putting our hands in ice cold water and then again with an additional layer of fat (lard), this helped us to see that the animals stay warm as they have an extra layer of fat called blubber.
Week 11 - WC 19th November 2018
This week in English we have been building up to writing our very own character description on Stick Man himself. Following our book talk week last week on the story the children were very confident in their approach to writing. We worked on consolidating our previous taught skills using adjectives to describe his appearance and verbs to describe his actions and behaviours. We also worked hard to apply our sentence punctuation and to extend our sentences using the conjunction and.
In Maths we continued our work on doubles carrying on from our practical application we moved onto pictorial using doubling lady birds and applying in problem solving and reasoning. The children's confidence from the beginning to end of this has been simply fantastic to see and their mental recall of doubling is growing in strength.
Week 10 - WC 13th November 2018
In English this week we have been doing lots of book talk in regards to our new text 'Stick Man' by Julia Donaldson. We started off by predicting what the story would be about, before reading the story and completing a story map using talk for writing. We then used role play and drama to retell the story and from this used the story pictures to sequence in the correct order. We then introduced hot seating, focusing on our speaking and listening skills. We discussed different questions we would like to ask 'Stick Man' in order to find our more and have a better understanding of his thoughts, feelings and emotions. To finish off our book talk week we watched the 'Stick Man' the film.
In Maths we have been continuing our work on subtraction. We have been using pictorial representations and number lines. We have also been working on finding the difference and again used pictures to support with this. As the children showed so much confidence in this we then moved onto finding the difference using word problems and again the children just wowed.
During Encompass we have been learning about why do we have night. We found out that daytime is when you can see the sun from where you are, and its light and heat can reach you. Nighttime is when the sun is on the other side of the Earth from you, and its light and heat doesn't get to you.We discussed that we get day and night because the Earth is turning and sometimes you can see the sun, and sometimes you can’t. We also found out that it takes 24 hours for the world to turn all the way around, and we call this a day. Days are longer in the summer and shorter in the winter.
This week has also been anti-bullying week so we have been having lots of discussions, assemblies and P4C lessons based around this. We talked about the four types of bullying verbal, physical, social and cyber. We talked about being kind and shared examples of when we have been kind. We went on to discuss verbal bullying in more depth and we used two apples to support us in understanding and gaining a deeper understanding. We talked about how from the outside someone who is being verbally bullied can look perfectly happy but on the inside they are hurting. We then talked about how saying one nice thing to a person a day could make that persons day. With that in mind Mrs. Bickerton-Dean introduced a new daily greeting system whereby the children chose a greeting from the list on entering the classroom, this can be a smile, hug or a high five.
Friday 9th November
This year we celebrate the 100-year Anniversary since the end of the World War and as part of the celebration. Today we had a whole school art day whereby the children created a variety artwork based upon this theme. The work the children produced is going to be displayed as an art exhibition on the afternoon of Monday 12th November commencing at 2:30pm. Here you will be able to see the fabulous work that has been created by the wonderful children and even purchase your child’s published piece of art.
The money raised from any art pieces sold will be donated to the Poppy Appeal itself. Money from the cake stall and refreshments will be donated to the British Legion. We look forward to seeing you all at Waterside as we celebrate this momentous occasion by bringing the school and the community together to create a sense of honour and respect as we pay tribute to the WW1 generation who changed our world 100 years ago.
The art work the children have produced is sensational and I am exceptionally proud of each and everyone of them. Here is a sneak peek of some of the fantastic work you can expect to see during the art exhibition.
Week 9 - WC 5th November 2018
This week in English we have been writing poetry linked to bonfire night. We have been focusing on using onomatopoeia. We listened and watched a variety of firework videos to act as a stimulus and following this we created a bank of vocabulary and used musical instruments to replicate the sounds we could hear. We then moved onto writing our own sentences using the vocabulary word banks created and following this we performed our poems to our peers using talk for writing.
In Maths this week we have been working on applying our addition skills in word problems before completing our post assessment on addition and applying all the skills we have learned over the past few weeks. The progress from the start to finish was sensational.
We then moved onto subtraction and used counters and numicon to help us understand this using practical apparatus.
Week 7 - WC 15th October 2018
This week in our English we have started a new genre. We have started to look at non-chronological reports. We started off by identifying the features of a non-chronological report and the importance of each of these key features. We then decided upon on our favourite woodland animal through a class vote, our results showed that an owl was what the class wanted to find out most about. We then set off researching as a group facts about owls to complete our introductory sentence. Following this we used the internet and information books to find out more about an owls appearance and diet. We then used a variety of steps to help achieve our objects of including key skills like conjunctions and adjectives. We used clozed procedure, making sentences practically and pictures clues.
In Maths this week we have continued our work on addition. We have focused on using tens frames and number lines to help us in adding together two amounts. We used the practical number line to help us build our confidence in using a smaller number line. The children have really developed in their vocabulary and confidence when using addition.
We have also been very busy this week practising for our Harvest Assembly. The children learned a poem called Autumn time is here. We used talk for writing to help us remember the poem and adding in actions too. We also learned an additional four songs and performed them all at our Harvest Assembly on Friday. The children did exceptionally well and we were all exceptionally proud of each and everyone of them.
Week 6 - WC 8th October 2018
In English this week we have been writing our instructions for making a fairy wand following on from last weeks work on following a set of instructions. We wrote our instructions using pictures prompts and word mats to support us. We then up levelled our sentences including the correct sentence punctuation and even added in time conjunctions such as first, then, next, after and finally. In doing so when the children completed their published writes the finished pieces were sensational and to an exceptionally high standard. We can't wait to send these off to Holly in her magic little kingdom so that she can now make a new magic wand of her own.
In our Maths this week we finished our learning on partitioning and place value, in doing so we completed a post assessment of our journey over the past two weeks and the improvement the children have made along with their improved confidence has been so pleasing to see. We have now started work on addition. We are learning to add together two amounts to 20, so far we have used practical, hands on approach using counters, cheerios and numicon. The children have loved learning using these practical activities and have been eager to learn and challenge themselves further. Next week we will be using pictorial representations and the number line.
During our Encompass work we have been learning about the different types of tree both deciduous and evergreen. We went on a tree hunt around the school grounds and took photos of the different trees we found identifying if they were in fact deciduous or evergreen. Back in the class we collated our findings into a tally chart and used this to answer questions about which tree type we found the most of.
Week 5 - 1st October 2018
In English this week we had a letter delivered into Wizzle Bangs magic bag. The letter was from the fairies from the magic little kingdom. They wrote to explain how the blue moon was out and this meant that there was a no magic day in the magic kingdom, meaning they have to do everything for themselves, but as they are so used to using their magic to do everything they are a little unsure on how to complete their daily routine. In receiving this letter we decided to use the video stimulus to help us to see what it was they needed to complete. We identified the verbs and completing the actions through a game of Simon Says. Following this we received a second letter from Holly the princess who wrote to explain how she had bashed her wand on a rock and no longer has a fairy wand. So we set to work in identifying the features of instructions and the imperative verbs used in them. After this we followed a set of instructions to make a new fairy wand for Holly back at the magic little kingdom. Next week we will work on writing these up as a set of instructions and sending them to her so she knows herself how to make a fairy wand.
In Maths, we have been working on identifying the place value of 2 digit numbers to 20. In doing so we used dienes apparatus to represent the tens and ones within the 2 digit numbers given. We then moved onto using pictures of dienes to identify the 2 digit number and used the part whole model method to help us partition the given 2 digit numbers into tens and ones. We worked exceptionally hard on this and we even challenged ourselves to numbers greater than 20.
During our Encompass work we have been continuing our work on nocturnal animals. We voted for our favourite nocturnal animal and recorded the results in a tally. Our most popular nocturnal animal was the bat and so we began to research facts about them using books from our library and the internet. In art we used a step by step approach to create a woodland fox using our sketching skills.
WC 24th September 2018
This week in our Maths we have been working on finding one more and one less than a given number. We used practical apparatus to start and to help us understand the concept. We found out that when we find 1 more the number gets bigger and when we find one less the number gets smaller. We then moved onto pictorial representations using sweets in a jar before using a number line.
In English, we have been writing a setting description all about the woodland from the story of Owl babies. We used our senses to describe what we could see, hear and touch. We then used our senses map to write sentences using the conjunction and. We all did a sensational job.
In our Encompass we have been learning all about nocturnal animals. We enjoyed finding out which animals are nocturnal and finding out lots of interesting facts about them. We also wrote and designed a for sale sign for our fairy houses that we created last week.
Week commencing 17th September 2018
In English, this weeks focus skill has been to use adjectives appropriately. In doing so we created a bank of adjectives to describe mummy owl from the story owl babies. We then used these words to create sentences, including last weeks skill of using capital letters. The children then produced their first published write and these were sensational. All children worked exceptionally hard both on the sentences they were writing and the presentation of their work. An excellent start!
In Maths, we have been working on develop counting to continue a number sequence. We did this using practical, pictorial and abstract methods. We also looked at completed the missing number sequences as both numerals and numbers as words. The children showed great understand and used prompts and resources available to support them.
During Encompass, we have been designing our very own fairy houses thinking about the structure, stability and materials and resources needed. We also looked at habitats within a woodland environment and matched the pictures to the habitat names. Furthermore we wrote a recount of our walk to Trentmill Nature Park that we had been to last week. The children recalled the trip we key detail and used the picture prompts to support them.
A superb week had by all.
Week commencing 10th September 2018
In English this week we have been reading the story of Owl Babies. In doing so we used role play and drama to retell the story and used talk for writing to support us in retelling the story. We then used the photos from the role play to sequence the story. Our focus skill this week was to use capital letters for the beginning of a sentence. We applied this in our writing when identifying the beginning, middle and end of the story and when identifying the feelings of the baby owls throughout the story. The children did an excellent job with this.
In Maths this week we have been working on grouping and sorting objects, giving reasons for our answers, as well as counting objects and matching number to quantity. In doing so we have been using lots of practical, hands on resources to support us in our learning before moving onto pictorial representations. We have also been working on counting forwards in 1's and identifying our numbers.
We started off our Encompass journey by understanding what a woodland is before going on a nature walk to the local Trentmill Nature Park. The children were exceptional during our walk to the nature park and loved exploring and learning lots of new facts about the woodland. On the way we found an oak tree and collected lots of acorns, leaves and twigs for our fairy houses that we will be making next week. We then went into the park and explored the trail discovering lots of new things along the way. The children thoroughly enjoyed playing poo sticks in the River Trent and walking through the tree tunnels searching for signs of fairies and pixies. The children used their five senses and discussed the different things they could see, hear and smell.
Another fantastic week in Dragonfly Class .