Year 1’s Learning in May

In year 1 this month we have been learning all about division and sharing equally. The children have been using practical resources and jottings to share given amounts equally and have been recording their findings using the division mathematical symbol.
Below you will find some images of children sharing equally.

Using counters to share equally Using counters to share equally Using counters to share equally

During our project sessions we have been finding out about the seven continents of the world. The children have been using information texts to find out and write facts about the different continents. They have also worked as part of a groups to create large scale world maps using blocks and loose parts. You will see below some images of the children’s learning during project sessions.

Using maps Creating a map of the continents Creating a map of the continents Using maps Using maps

In computing the children have worked in small groups to program the beebots with an algorithm to follow a simple map and are beginning to record their algorithms using symbols to represent the different movements. The children then used these instructions to direct the beebots to check that they were written correctly. Below are some examples of the children’s algorithms.

Children programming beebots programming beebots on a laptop programming beebots

Parent’s views about the school survey

Dear Parents and Carers,
We are always interested to hear your views about our school. This link will take you to a questionaire that will help us understand more, about how you feel regarding the education your children receive. It is based on the Ofsted Parent View questions. The staff and I would be really grateful if you would take a moment or two, to complete.
Many thanks
Mrs C
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=2s8TOK9SpUy44yMVeXcKulYk6zxrb3FOkSJdNdf2g29UNU9OSUhWQUNOVEwxSktESU5ZTTFJRVFaOC4u

The Big Ask survey

About The Big Ask

Today the children have taken part in ‘The Big Ask’ a survey for children and young people aged 4–17 in England.

It gives the children the chance to have their say on the things that matter to them. Children are invited to tell the Children’s Comissioner what their life is like, what they want in the future, and anything they think is holding them back.

The information collected from the children, will tell the people who run the country or our local area what they think needs to change to make their lives better.

Parents and carers are also invited to have their say! Please click on the link below to have your voice heard.

https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/thebigask/adult-survey/

School will be open as normal tomorrow 11th May

FURTHER SCHOOL UPDATE:

I am pleased to announce that school will be open tomorrow as normal.

Apparently, there is an issue with the mixer valves on a number of pipes, that has affected the water temperature, causing it to run at an extremely high temperature in many classes and the toilets. However, these have been located and are in the process of being fixed.

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning and once again apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Mrs C

School closure update 10th May

SCHOOL UPDATE:

Dear Parents,
Thank you for your understanding regarding the school’s water situation. I apologise for the inconvenience that this is undoubtedly causing. Unfortunately, despite having workmen reassuring us that the issue was fixed on Friday, the problem remains. When we arrived at school this morning, the water was still running hot from the taps, unfortunately the water fountains are also running water that is too hot for the children. This was not the case on Friday.
As such we have needed to get Taylor’s back into school to investigate once again.
This has meant isolating the water supply, so we have no water for the children to wash their hands, get a cool drink or even flush the toilets. As you can understand this is an impossible situation and we were forced to send children home.
I will endeavour to keep you as updated, and I will let you know what is happening as soon as I know more.
Mrs C

What have year 1 been up to in April?

In year 1 we have been learning all about multiplication. We have used practical resources to make equal groups and build arrays to solve multiplication calculations. Some of the children have been learning how to use their jottings to find the answer, drawing the groups with the correct amount in each.

Below you will see a selection of images showing the children using practical resources to support their learning.

Making arraysmultiplication by groupingChildren using arrays to solve multiplication

During our project learning we have been finding out about animals and their classification groups – reptiles, mammals, amphibians, fish and birds. We have used information books and search engines to find out what characteristics animals need to have to belong to each groups. The children have then shared their findings through discussions, writing facts, drawing diagrams and using loose parts. Here are some photos of the children’s learning.

collage of a whale

using non fiction texts to research drawing of creatures under the seausing non fiction texts to research

A busy month in Year 2

It’s been great having everyone back together in class and we have been super bust here in Year 2.

In literacy we have been reading ‘The Queens knickers’ by Nicholas Allan. It has been fun finding out the Queen, we even wrote letters to her persuading her to visit our school. We used inspiration from the ‘Queens Knickers’ story to design and make our own knickers for the Queen. We carefully used a needle and thread to join the fabric together.

Please see photo below of Katie concentrating really hard on her sewing.

Sewing

In maths we have been learning about fractions. We all know about the numerator and denominator and how to find fractions of amounts.

See photo below of Nate work hard to calculate fractions using jottings.

comparing numberscomparing numbers

 

 

 

 

 

We even compared fractions using the >     <     = symbols, see the photo below showing this work.

We have been taking part in virtual music lessons with Mrs Straw from the school music service. She has been teaching us all about rhythm, pitch and timbre.

See the photo below where we are all busy learning new clapping patterns in a call and response lesson.

clapping patterns

In art we have been learning to describe colours. As we were busy weaving Easter baskets from paper we thought about the names we could give each colour e.g. chick yellow, neon orange or lava red.

See photo below of us busy weaving outside.

weaving

Year 1’s amazing March learning

It’s been wonderful being back together! The children in year 1 have enjoyed getting to spend time with their friends and have settled back into the routine extremely well.

In phonics we have been continuing to learn our phonics sounds and have been using them with growing confidence in our reading and writing. The children have been pushing themselves to form their letters correctly and ensuring that they use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in their writing. During our maths lessons we have been recapping our understanding of place value to 50 as well as practising our addition skills. Some of the children have then used these mathematical skills to complete addition word problems and solve reasoning and problem solving challenges.

In project we have been exploring the question ‘ I wonder how plants and flowers grow’. The children were asked to watch a couple of time lapse videos showing flowers and seeds growing. Together they shared their initial thoughts about plant growth and what they think plants need to grow. As a whole the children suggested that seeds need soil, water and sunlight. They shared their thinking and understanding using drawing, loose parts, water colours and discussions. Some of the children were invited to explore their thinking by planting some seeds in the outdoor area.

Following on from this session the children were then asked ‘How do flowers and plants get their colour?’ The children have used drawings, loose parts, water colour, discussions and investigations to explore their theories and thinking.

“That will actually grow because some seeds need darkness. A dark colour goes in the darkness and light colour goes in lightness. Red flowers grow in the lightness but blue in the darkness because blue is dark.”

“I think you plant a seed put some dirt in it and water it. Then you wait a little bit for it to grow. Then the rainbow comes and makes the colour. The colour reflects on the flower then it bounces on the flower and stops on the flower.”

Each class has also conducted an experiment to find out whether their theory of seeds needing soil, water and sun in order to grow or can they grow if we take one of these conditions away. We have been quite surprised with the results so far! We will come back to this in the summer term.

In RE the children have explored the Christian and Jewish faiths and their holy buildings. Together we watched videos to find out what it is like inside a Jewish Synagogue and a Christian church and discussed the differences and similarities between the two religions and their holy buildings. The children were then asked to share their understanding using construction materials, drawings, paints and loose parts along with finding out more about the religions from information books.

 

Year 1’s fantastic learning WE 5.3.21

This week the children in year 1 have been continuing to learn and practise their speed sounds. They have been using their phonics knowledge to write a letters and descriptions.

During our maths lessons the children have been learning how to identify different coins and their value. They have also been using their addition knowledge to add coins together to make a given amount.

In our project sessions the we have been thinking about how toys have changed during the children’s life times. They then created their own timeline of toys, representing toys from when they were a baby, toddler and now.

World Book day