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Thursday 17th December
What a great last day of term we have had in Owl Class! This morning, the children used their threading skills to create lovely Christmas trees. They were definitely concentrating crocodiles and persevering parrots during this activity! This afternoon, the children made melting snowman biscuits and enjoyed eating them whilst chatting with their friends. Mrs Banks and Mrs Sambucci couldn't resist making them too! They were delicious! Have a look at the photos below.
We can't believe we've reached the end of the first term in Year 1, it has flown by! The children have adapted so well to all the new routines and we are so proud of everything they have achieved so far. Every day they show so much enthusiasm and enjoyment towards their learning. Thank you to all the parents for your continued support and for the items you have purchased from the Amazon wish list! We are very much looking forward to the Spring Term and starting our 'Wonderful World' topic where we will be travelling to each continent throughout the term. As we know, there are children and their families who have lived at times in other countries. If you have any photos or anything you can share with us as a class, then please drop us an email to the Owl Class email address.
Finally, thank you all so much for your generous and thoughtful gifts. They are very much appreciated by the Owl Class team. We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2021!
Wednesday 16th December
Christmas week has been amazing. The children have had lots of fun and really shown their creative talents in many ways. Each winter scene in a shoebox was very individual and every child took so much pride in making it. They loved talking about it and showing their friends. The snow globes were a great success too, and the children were excited to shake them to watch the snow falling inside! Amongst everything else, we played party games and recorded our Christmas song, so we hope you all enjoy it, and all children will no doubt sing it to you when it comes on the radio!
Here are a few picture of this week so far...
Friday 11th December
It's not often you are invited to a medieval banquet, hosted by the King! The children had a great time learning about foods eaten during Medieval times and comparing to the foods we eat today. They were treated to entertainment by jesters, musicians and dancers. They even had a go at jousting!
Wednesday 9th December
We have continued with our learning about instructions this week in English, and the children have produced some amazing work so far. They are beginning each instruction with an adverb of time, (first, next, then, after that or finally, and using an imperative verb in each sentence. We are very proud of them!
In maths we have been learning about mass and weight, and they have used their homework in lessons too. They took great pride in sharing their work with each other and it really helped them to 'kickstart' the topic this week. Thank you for your support with this.
We are preparing for Christmas week, and are really excited and looking forward to a week of celebrations and crafts! Thank you for your generous contributions.
Friday 4th December
What a busy few days we've had!
In English, we have been identifying the features of instruction texts and in Topic we have followed instructions to make our own shields! We came up with our own individual designs last week and we think we've done a fantastic job with our finished products! Have a look at the gallery below.
Next week's common exception words: come, some
Next week we are revisiting the following sounds: a_e, e_e, i_e, o_e, u_e
Wednesday 2nd December
So far this week in maths the children have been comparing teen numbers using dienes. We have explored how many tens in a teen number and how many ones, and compared them to establish which is larger or smaller and by how many. They have also used this knowledge to solve missing number patterns.
In English we are discussing and writing instructions. The children have been identifying the imperative verb, (otherwise known as the 'bossy' verb), in sentences, and using them in their writing.
We are exploring in more detail the change of seasons. Tuesday was the start of winter, so the children were busy trying to finish off making their Autumn collage. They are really enjoying being creative and collaborating in small groups sharing their ideas of what to include and draw.
One of the children spotted a beautiful butterfly in school, which is unusual to see butterflies at this time of year. We put it in a safe place to hopefully fly off!
Friday 27th November
We've made it to the end of another week and what a great week it's been! The children have impressed us so much with their writing, retelling the story of 'The Dragon and the Knight'. They remembered to use story language from the book and added in adjectives to make their writing even more interesting. That's all on top of remembering to use finger spaces, capital letters and full stops! They have all made so much progress since the start of Year 1.
We've also learnt about Heraldry and have designed our own shields thinking about which colours, patterns and symbols best represent us. We are looking forward to using our designs to make shields next week!
Next week's common exception words: there, where
Next week's sounds: oy & ey
Wednesday 25th November
A highly productive week so far, and an exciting pantomime to liven things up even more! The children loved the Wizard of Oz and we engrossed in the performance for the whole time, joining in with the actions and mood of the scenes!
The children conducted a science investigation to explore which material was most suitable to make a castle roof. They carried out a fair test observing the properties of plastic, cardboard and a tile when they were soaked with water. All three materials prevented the water from dripping inside the castle but the children observed how the materials had changed when they were wet. They concluded that the tile was the most suitable material.
The children's Diwali lanterns were very well made. They were colourful and they took great pride in making them. We are very proud of their efforts and have enjoyed learning and celebrating Diwali.
Here are a few photos of the week so far...
Friday 20th November
What a busy week! We've loved reading the book 'The Knight and the Dragon'. We've shared our knowledge of knights and dragons, used role play to explore the character's feelings and written sentences to describe what happened at various points in the story. We also helped Mrs Banks grown her brain to draw a story map! Next week we'll be writing sentences to re-tell the story, so make sure you ask us over the weekend to re-tell it to you. They could use the story map below to help.
In Topic yesterday, we learnt about the life of William the Conqueror and his role in the building of castles. We read the book 'Will's Dream' and acted it out as a class. Have a look at the pictures below! Some children asked to share this book at home so please look in the 'resources' section above to find a PDF copy of the text.
The children have been busy during continuous provision practising their phonics & tricky words, extending their learning of shape, completing tasks to help their fine motor skills and using up energy completing Mrs Banks' exercise challenge! They also enjoyed recreating famous London landmarks using various resources, including left over flooring & ends of skirting board and architrave! If anyone ever finds they have such materials we are always happy to receive them!
Next week's common exception words: by, my, here, love
Next week's sounds: ir & ou
Wednesday 18th November
Another super start to the week. The children have shared their maths shape homework with each other and we explored more about 3D and 2D shapes this week. We grouped shapes and talked about the difference between 3D and 2D shapes. They loved going on a shape walk around school too!
In English we are reading The Knight and Dragon. It's been lovely to hear their predictions as to who may have won the fight and why. They enjoyed playing the role of either the knight, dragon or reporter which helped them identify how the characters may have been feeling at various points in the book.
We are in the process of making paper lanterns as we have learnt about Diwali. They will bring these home next week as they are engrossed in making them very colourful!
There was lots of excitement in our outdoor area today when they discovered that some knights and their horses were trapped inside some balls of ice. Their challenge was to free them from the ice without damaging them. They had to think about what implements were best to get them out and use them safely. After a while they were delighted when their efforts paid off!
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**Maths homework has been set on weight and mass. The hand in date is Wednesday 2nd December**
Here is the week in pictures so far...
Friday 13th November
What a busy few days in Owl class!
Yesterday we used all the ideas we gathered earlier in the week to create a class acrostic poem about castles. We are very proud poets! We've learnt how castles have changed over time and have applied our subtraction/addition knowledge to solve and explain a variety of problems.
Again it has been lovely to see the children choosing to write during continuous provision. Please keep practising writing the Year 1 common exception words at home, as this really helps their confidence when writing in class. A 'spelling activities' resource has been added to the Phonics/Spelling section at the top of the page. These are some alternative ways the children can practise the common exception words each week.
Next week's common exception words: no, so, go
Next week's sounds: aw & au
Wednesday 11th November
This week is flying by! The children were extremely interested when learning about Remembrance Day and they created some amazing poppies. They took such pride in making them and I'm sure you'll agree they look fabulous. In class today we live streamed the Remembrance Day service held in Westminster Abbey shown by the BBC. The children watched the events a few minutes before we observed the two minute silence.
We have been consolidating our learning of addition and subtraction in maths this week. The children have revisited some concepts to build on their prior knowledge and have been finding addition and subtraction number fact families. A useful website to practise this is https://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families .
In science we have continued learning about materials and their properties. The children enjoyed sorting various objects into groups according to their different properties, and we had some great discussions about why objects were placed in a certain place.
In English we have been looking at poetry. We have investigated rhyme and started to create a word bank of nouns on the theme of castles in preparation for writing our own poem. We have also started handwriting practise with the lead-in. The children have learnt how to form the letters 'l' and 't' so far. We use a handwriting scheme which has specific paper to practise all of the letters. The sheets for these two letters are in the resources section, so please feel free to practise at home.
Here are some photos of the week so far...
Friday 6th November
What a great first week back we've had in Owl Class! We started our 'Curious about Castles' topic by sharing what we already know and questions we have. We loved playing with the model castles and learning the names and purpose of the main parts.
The children have created some amazing firework art, performed dance shows to their friends, written stories in mini jotters and enjoyed playing in the post office role play area. It's great to see the children choosing to write independently during continuous provision and that they are so keen to read their writing aloud to the class.
Next week's common exception words: he, me, she, we, be
Next week's sounds: wh & ph
Wednesday 4th November
What a great start to the new half term. The children came back with a smile and settled straight back into their learning. They are very familiar with the school routines now, and were looking forward to having hot lunches back. They were excited to sit in the hall again, chatting and enjoying their meal within their class bubble.
This week in maths, we have been looking at various methods of subtraction, including removing objects, crossing out, counting back using a number line, as well as the part-whole model. The children have practised and applied all of these methods successfully to solve subtraction number sentences and word problems. Some children wrote their own word problem and solved it showing a variety of these methods. We are very proud of them all!
In science we have been looking at what objects are made from. The children selected various objects from around the classroom and we discussed if they were made from wood, plastic, fabric, metal, glass or rock. We talked about how we knew what it was made from and what to look for when identifying this. It would be beneficial if you could also talk about some objects at home and perhaps group them according to what they are made from.
In English we have been exploring what the children already know about castles, and what would they like to find out. We will use their ideas as a basis for this topic this half term. They have been very excited to explore the model castles we have in our classroom, and it's been great listening into their imaginative play!
We learnt more about The Gunpowder Plot this week. The children were shocked to find out that Guy Fawkes paid for his crimes in such a severe way. They could all retell the story and enjoyed sequencing pictures to retell it. We discussed the importance of keeping ourselves and our pets safe during fireworks evenings, but also recognised that this year it won't be possible to go to an organised fireworks display.
Look out for our further update at the end of the week.
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Friday 23rd October
We've had another fantastic week in Owl Class! The children have shown so much enthusiasm during our Space topic over the past three weeks. It's been lovely seeing the photos of them extending their learning and home and sharing this with their peers. Hopefully your children have already told you they have passed their astronaut training and the ESA will keep them in mind for the future! The training tasks included: researching planets & creating a fact book, carrying out a scientific investigation, exploring what it would be like to go into Space including tasting space food, attempting to write upside down and moon walking on giant sponges! We also had to complete a fitness test, design and make moon buggies, design a rocket using 2D shapes and write about a recent mission. Sounds exhausting doesn't it! We've had lots of fun and learnt so much in the process! Have a look at the slideshow of photos below.
Today we learnt about the journey of the banana and really enjoyed making and eating banana owls this afternoon. I'm sure the children would love to show you how to do this at home. It will also really help them practise spreading and cutting, which some found a little tricky.
Finally we would like to say how proud we are of all the children in Owl Class. They have settled into the new routines so well, shown kindness and courage and grown their brains every day! Thank you for your support this half term. We are very much looking forward to seeing the children back in school next half term for our 'Curious about Castles' topic! Have a good break.
Wednesday 21st October
It's been a busy final week of the end of half term. The children have been tasting space food during their English lessons, as well as tasting food in Science lessons to determine if it tasted salty, sweet, bitter or sour. They have been completing tasks all week as part of their astronaut training and having lots of fun experiencing what it may be like to be in space!
In maths we have been adding numbers. The children have used part-whole frames and number lines to solve word problems where they have had to identify if the question is asking them to find a 'part' or the 'whole'. They have worked very hard at this and in some cases the end product was to record their findings in the form of a number sentence. Throughout the lessons there was some great use of mathematical language and the discussion between the children was a delight to listen to.
The children enjoyed the spider web activity we set out for them in our library area. They had to use tweezers to collect various objects and add them together. They made up their own games involving adding and counting, and some of the rules they made up were very interesting indeed!
The weather was unkind to us to day, but the children played an exercise game inside, where they had to choose from two objects on the screen and stand to that side of the tape that was on the floor. An exercise was then shown and they had to follow the person on screen completing that exercise. They didn't want it to finish but unfortunately we had to get back to lesson time.
We watched a video/song about the planets this afternoon that was kindly sent in to us. We wanted to share it with you so you can watch it at home too if you would like to. Here is the link...
Here is a collection of photos of this week so far...
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Friday 16th October
Owl class had some great news on Monday morning...our applications to train to be future astronauts were successful and all of us were invited to commence astronaut training straightaway! The first two tasks included: researching planets & creating a fact book and carrying out a scientific investigation. We're looking forward to next week's tasks already!
Next week's common exception words: were, was, is
Next week's sounds: ew & u_e
Wednesday 14th October
The children have had an amazing week so far. They have been exploring how to make number bonds in maths, as well as working systematically to find all possible number bond combinations for a particular number. They recorded their findings systematically too so perhaps ask them to show you how they did it! Here are some photos of the children in action...
Over the past couple of days the children have been explaining how their space hoover works. They were all courageous and presented their finished design at the front of the class. They gave a detailed explanation of how it catches space junk, and what each part of the hoover was used for. Here are their fantastic creations. We are so proud of them all.
Monday 12th October
The children have had a very exciting afternoon making their space hoovers. They were all discussing their design with each other as they were making it, and explaining how it worked! The discussion was amazing to listen to, and their enthusiasm was a delight to see. Tomorrow the children will have the opportunity to demonstrate how they work and talk us through why they chose their specific design. Thank you for supporting us with this project. Here are some photos of the children at work...
Friday 9th October
It's been an exceptionally busy week in Owl Class. The children have been concentrating so hard and have grown their brains in lots of different areas!
In English we have been reading the book 'The Darkest Dark'. The children have been predicting what happens in the story, thought about how the astronaut, Chris, felt in certain parts of the book. They have been writing sentences to explain these feelings.
Yesterday we came across an advert from the European Space Agency, who are looking to recruit future astronauts. Having read the qualities which are needed to be an astronaut, we decided to apply! We're hoping to hear back from the ESA soon to see if we have been successful with our applications! Finger crossed!
We will be continuing with the topic of Space for the next two weeks. If the children have a book related to the topic they may bring this in to show the class. The children have said they are keen to build rockets and space stations at home! If they do, please take a photo and email it our class email so we can share it with the children. We love to see them extending their learning at home.
Next week's common exception words: his, has, I
Next week's sounds: oe & o_e
Wednesday 7th October
So far this week, the children have been learning to partition numbers. They have used various objects and a part-whole frame to support them with this. They recognise that the whole is always the largest number. They went on to explore number families and how the numbers relate to one another. They will spend the rest of this week exploring mathematical problems and applying what they have learnt so far. A fundamental maths skill is being able to explain their thinking and verbalise their thoughts using the correct mathematical language, and this is something we practise every maths lesson.
The children practise spelling their tricky words every phonics lesson, and in some cases they are asked to apply them by writing them in a full sentence. Thank you for taking the time to look at the website before the beginning of each week to show them the up and coming words we will focus on. It helps the children so much if they know what words they will be learning, and gives their confidence a massive boost if they have practised spelling them before we get to school on Mondays!
Tuesday 6th October
The children have been enjoying learning about space so far this week. Today in Science we learnt about space junk and the impact this has in outer space and the possible consequences of junk colliding with objects. The children watched a couple of videos about some efforts to try and clear up the space junk to make it safer and cleaner. A link to one of the videos is below as well as a useful website with lots of interesting facts...
We decided to investigate making our own version of a space hoover! The children brainstormed their ideas today and discussed whether they wanted to invent a space hoover that 'sucked', (like a household vacuum cleaner), 'grabbed', (like the one in the video), or 'caught' the space junk using a net, (rather like a net on a trawler fishing boat). They planned what they would need to make their invention using common household items such as cereal boxes, buttons, kitchen roll tubes, cardboard etc.
Please can you discuss with your child how they will make their space hoover and help them collect what they need to make it. If you could put everything into a named bag and send it into school with them no later than this Friday, that would be great thank you.
We need to leave the items untouched for 72 hours before they can use them, and we plan to make the space hoovers early next week. They are very excited and are looking forward to making their invention! Thank you for your support with this task.
Friday 2nd October
Another week has flown by!
We have loved playing our own board game using our 'Would you rather...' questions from earlier in the week. We've also enjoyed exploring the work of Pablo Picasso and creating our own masterpieces in a similar style.
Next week's common exception words: said, says, are
Next week's sounds: ie & i_e
Wednesday 30th September
Wow what a busy week so far! The children have worked so hard every day, and have been growing their brains in many ways! We have been learning in small groups inside the classroom as well as in our newly set up outdoor classroom. The children love this space and although the weather hasn't been as good as it has been in previous weeks, this doesn't seem to deter them from choosing to work there during their exploring time!
In Maths we have been learning about ordinal numbers and how they determine the place or position of an object or person. We will continue our work with this in Maths, as well as the language featuring throughout our P.E lessons. We have also been learning about greater than and less than, and how the mathematical symbols relate to numbers to identify which is the larger number and which is the smaller number. The children have learnt a rhyme, (relating to crocodiles), to help them with this... "their mouths open wide at the bigger/greater side". We watched a video in class featuring a crocodile who likes to eat larger numbers. Here is the link if you would like to watch it...
In English we have been using the book, "Would you rather..." to stimulate lots of rich discussion about choices. The children haven't read the ending of the book yet, but are in the process of creating their own personal 'would you rather...' choices. They have had fun thinking and talking with each other about lots of interesting, sometimes surprising choices!! They have drawn their pictures so far, then they will spend the rest of the week composing sentences to explain them.
The children have been practising spelling the tricky words of the week, (to, today, of). Please continue to support them to practise spelling these at home, as it really does make a difference to their reading and writing skills. For those children who can now spell them correctly, we have been asking them to apply their knowledge of the spellings in writing a full sentence with the words included.
Friday 25th September
We've had another great week in Owl Class!
This week in Maths we have been comparing groups of objects, comparing numbers, ordering objects and solving problems. We have been using the words 'fewer', 'greater', 'less than' and 'more than' etc. If you could encourage the children to use this language at home, it will really help them have a deeper understanding. Ask them to tell you the crocodile rhyme!
In English we've been looking at the structure of simple sentences and today have written our own great sentences using capitals, finger spaces and full stops!
We loved getting outside for our Topic lesson where we used natural resources to create self portraits! Have a look a the pictures below.
Recently we have assessed the children's Phase 3 phonic knowledge. Some children will have brought home a list of sounds for which they are not yet secure. Please look out for these in their reading records or bags. If you could practise these at home, we would be really grateful. We will be revising these in class as well as moving onto Phase 5 phonics.
Next week's common exception words: to, today, of
Next week's sounds: ea & e_e
Friday 18th September
We've had a great first few weeks in Owl Class! The children have all settled in so well and we are really proud of them.
In Maths we have been counting forwards and backwards from a given number within 20 and have been identifying 1 more than and 1 less than numbers within 10. If you could continue practising this at home, it would really help to consolidate the learning.
In English we've been looking at the different features of Fiction and Non Fiction books and have been identifying and writing our own labels. We've also grown our brains lots during Science, Computing, Topic and PE lessons! We hope you enjoy the slideshow below!
Next week's common exception words: a, the, do.
Next week's sounds: ay & a_e