Welcome to Class One!
Week Ending 15th October 2021
Class 1 are continuing to be super busy as we approach our final week of the first half term- hasn’t it flown by?! Firstly, I would like to say how proud I was taking the children to the church for our Harvest service on Tuesday morning! They did absolutely brilliantly, particularly considering that our younger ones will have never taken part in a school event before due to COVID restrictions.
In English this week we have been delving deeper into our class text, The Three Little Pigs, in order to familiarise ourselves with the structure and explore the rich vocabulary. The children have sequenced the events of the story and had great fun spotting the variety of precise verbs chosen by the author and acting them out!
The children have been busy comparing and ordering numbers in maths. We have continued to use a range of practical resources in order to explore the greater than (>), less than (<) and equal to symbols (=) for objects and numbers. EYFS have had great fun exploring the number 2!
In Science, the children have been learning all about what animals eat and getting to grips with complex vocabulary in order to identify whether animals are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.
The children have continued to experiment with beat and rhythm in our music lessons and they have thoroughly enjoyed playing the Sound Shapes which we have borrowed from Devon Music Education Hub.
Week Ending 8th October 2021
In English this week class 1 have been getting stuck into a new book; The three little pigs (adapted by Mara Alperin). It is a fabulous book full of rich language and the children have been thoroughly enjoying being immersed in the story. They are very keen to draw comparisons between other retellings of the story.
In maths we have been continuing our work on place value of numbers, using a variety of resources such as counting objects, tens frames, dienes, numicon, part whole models and place value charts. The children are great and explaining their ideas and discussing problems with each other.
In RE this week we learnt about the Christian and Jewish creation story. The children were able to retell the story using their own story boards. We had some very interesting discussions on how they believed the world was created.
During assemblies we have been busy practising our harvest festival song to share at the Harvest Festival on Tuesday next week.
Week Ending 1st October 2021
We’ve had another great week in class one despite the changeable weather- it’s really begun to feel like Autumn all of a sudden!
The children have worked really hard in English getting to grips with nouns and verbs in order to write descriptions about what noises they can hear in different parts of the school. They have then used these ideas and skills to write their own poems inspired by some of the poetry we have been reading in our class text.
In maths, Years 1 and 2 have been counting and representing numbers in a variety of ways using different resources such as cubes and counters. Year 2 have also been exploring partitioning numbers into tens and ones. EYFS have had great fun learning all about the number one! They’ve watched the Numberblocks episode all about ‘one’, been on a hunt for one object and completed crafts and drawing activities to familiarise themselves with the number.
This week in Science, the children have begun to learn about how we can classify animals. They had a go at sorting a variety of animals in different ways and learnt about 5 of the main categories; mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians.
In music, the children are continuing to experiment with beat and rhythm. This week, they practised different rhythms using long and short beats and were able to follow rhythm grids which showed them which beats they needed to clap on.
Week Ending 24th September 2021
After a short time of settling into school life again, this week we got cracking with some start of the year assessments! As parents this sounds like a horrible thing to be doing but let me reassure you, in between short bursts of activity booklets, reading, maths questions and spellings they have had plenty of time to play in both our indoor and outdoor learning environments. Learning through playing, exploring and being creative.
In Geography this week the children further practised how to locate London and Nairobi on the world map and learned about the sorts of buildings that people live in within the city. They were fascinated to discover that within the city limits of Nairobi people can feed baby Elephants and Giraffes. They created some excellent artwork using their observations of the differences and similarities between the cities. We will use them to create cityscapes in one of the classroom windows.
In PSHE, we have been learning about how to identify when we feel lonely and how to reach out to make a friend. On the flip side of that, how to notice when someone feels like that and how to support them. In our small school, the children are fantastic at looking out for each other. We are very lucky to have such a lovely community of thoughtful and kind children in our little school. It creates a very caring atmosphere.
In preparation for our Macmillan coffee morning, Class 1 baked fairy buns with Mrs McDougall. They had a fabulous time taking turns with the weighing and mixing and are very much looking forward to eating them.
Week Ending 17th September 2021
Well our first full week back has certainly been a busy one! The children have settled back into the school routines and got stuck into our new units of learning.
In English, the children have been introduced to our class text; a poetry collection called ‘What I like’. We have read through a selection of poems and as a class, discussed what we liked and disliked. The children particularly enjoyed a poem all about food! We have also begun to learn one of the poems by heart by creating a text map and coming up with actions.
The Year 1 and 2 children have been working hard on counting accurately and place value in maths while EYFS have been enjoying the song ‘5 little ducks’ through practical activities and some beautiful singing!
We kicked off our new Science unit, ‘Animals including Humans’, by learning about parts of the human body. The children had fun labelling each other with post-it notes and impressed me with their amazing knowledge- maybe we have some future doctors among us?!
In music, the children have started to learn how to find the pulse of a piece and keep a steady beat. They thoroughly enjoyed stomping along to the beat of a song called ‘Funky Elephant Walk’!
Week Ending 10th September 2021
Despite the very unpredictable weather, we have had a wonderful few days back in school. Class 1 were very excited to welcome our new Foundation children into the group and they are quickly settling into our routines.
We have been busy in the classroom building relationships through play, recapping the rules and routines, completing activities to support the children's mental health. The children have been getting stuck into our doctor's role play area. There have been some very imaginative injuries! Their role playing will support their learning in Science this term in our unit 'animals including humans'.
In PE, the children demonstrated some excellent gymnastics skills to Mr Teague (Our new sports teacher). They could hold many gymnastic shapes with control and link 3 together to make a routine.
We voted in our new school council, sports council and eco council members and held our first meetings of the new year. The children are looking forward to making some decisions and making a difference to our school.
There will be no homework to complete this week however please can I remind everyone that every child should be reading daily at home to support their progress.
We have some very cool new headphones in class 1 for our listening area. Does anyone have any nursery rhyme CDs, or story CDs, or books that have a CD with them that they have grown out of? Please pass them in to Mrs Boulton or Mrs Moss.
Week Ending 22nd July 2021 - End of Summer Term!
Well the sun has certainly shone for our last 4 days of term!! We have spent as much time as possible out in our garden enjoying the shade and slight breeze under the tree. The children have also made the most of being able to cool off in our pool every day! It’s been lovely to see how much progress the they have made with their swimming during this half term.
This week, we have been thinking about some of the changes that happen as we grow up. The children have discussed what they looked like as babies and what needs they had and how that’s changed now that they are a little older. In between finishing up final lessons of our units of work we have had lots of opportunities for extra reading. Several children have now signed up to the library summer reading challenge. Those children have been so excited to tell me about it. Thank you for supporting them in doing this!
The children enjoyed using clay to create final sculptures inspired by our learning this half term. There was an incredible range of starting points from a twig to a flower to coronavirus model!
Our final swimming lessons got extra splashy. Mrs Moss and Mrs Jutson were wringing out their clothes afterwards. The children have made excellent progress in swimming this term and many of our non-swimmers are truly on the cusp of swimming independently. If you can manage to fit in some swim time over the holidays I would expect they will be swimming by the end of the summer!
We would like to say a huge thank you and well done to all the children for a fantastic year, despite the challenges! They have shown great resilience and have all been a pleasure to teach. We are also very grateful to the parents and families for all their support and patience. Good luck to our lovely Year 2 girls as they leave Class 1 ready to join Class 2 in September- we will miss you!
We hope you all have a wonderful, well-deserved summer break and we look forward to seeing you in September! Mrs Boulton and Mrs Moss
Week Ending 16th July 2021
What a sunny week we've had. At a time when the children are beginning to feel tired at the end of the year, the sunshine has definitely helped to boost their enthusiasm.
In maths we have been finishing of our unit of work on position and direction. The children have been great at using the vocabulary: left, right, clockwise, anticlockwise, quarter turns, half turns etc. Today they created some excellent patterns using shapes and characters to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of what they have been learning.
In English the children wrote some lovely recounts of the beach trip. It was clear how much they enjoyed the trip through their enthusiasm to write about it.
In art this week, we began to find out about a Devon artist called Peter Randall-Page. The children were amazed when we looked at his sculptures and inspired by some of his sketchbook examples. The children explored techniques they can use with charcoal and had a go at creating charcoal sketches of natural items as Peter does before beginning a sculpture.
We were very excited to discover some of our seeds and bulbs have grown into actual vegetables! We have peas, tomatoes and onions. Unfortunately, our lettuce plants have been nibbled by the resident slugs and snails! Next week we will harvest some and ask Ali to cook them up for lunch.
The children are all really excited for the outdoor disco this evening. We're looking forward to putting on our party clothes and having a boogie!
Week Ending 9th July 2021
We can tell it’s getting close to the end of term as we have had a super busy week ending with two very exciting days!
In maths, we have been learning about position and direction which has involved getting to grips with lots of different vocabulary. We have been trying really hard with distinguishing our left from our right and have taken part in lots of different practical activities to help us describe direction.
In preparation for our trip, our English this week was centred all around the beach. We explored some seaside non-fiction books in order to generate our own questions and explore vocabulary. The children wrote some great definitions for some seaside-themed words! We used the books to find out lots of information which would be helpful for our trip such as the different creatures that can be found in rockpools.
We have been exploring dynamics in music this week and the children showed great control with the instruments when playing loudly or quietly. We discussed how we could represent a flower growing through music to link to our Science topic and the children split into groups to compose their pieces. They selected instruments to represent the different things plants need to grow, thought about their dynamics and incorporated movement to create some fab compositions!
Week Ending 2nd July
This week we have completed some end of year assessment activities. The children have done themselves proud and achieved amazing scores in their tests. We are so impressed with all that they have achieved, especially in light of the highly unusual journey they have been through during the pandemic. It just shows how incredibly resilient our children are.
In between assessments this week, the children have enjoyed some learning activities linked to some of our favourite Julia Donaldson books like ‘A squash and a squeeze’ and ‘The snail and the whale’.
In art, we went on a walk around the school grounds to collect natural items to add to a nature card. The children were excellent at being selective, ensuring they had a range of colours, textures and appropriately sized items to fit on their card. Back in the classroom the children had the challenge of mixing paints to match the colours of their items using only primary colours. Their efforts were very impressive! After that, they applied these skills of colour mixing to create a close up painting of one of their items. The children are still very interested in the work of Andy Goldsworthy and talk about him throughout the week in different lessons. Their level of fascination is infectious!
Whilst Miss Gilberthorpe was visiting Mrs Moss to do some planning for September, she stopped by to say hello and read the children a story. They enjoyed sharing stories about what they’ve been doing with her. She was amazed by the progress the children have made this year.
Week Ending 25th June 2021
What an action-packed week we’ve had! The children thoroughly enjoyed their Bikeability sessions and it was great to see them confidently whizzing round on the balance bikes. They worked on a range of techniques in order to develop that all-important skill of balancing and can now ride like ‘kangaroos’ or ‘giraffes’- ask them to show you next time they’re out on their bikes!
In maths, we have completed our measuring unit. The Year 2s learnt how to measure temperature in degrees Celsius and explored this practically by measuring the temperature of different cups of water. They had to think carefully about the scale on each thermometer and make sure they were counting in the correct increments. The Year 1s used their measuring skills to solve problems involving weight and volume and EYFS have been practising adding and subtracting numbers to 20.
In English the children have used our text The Boy Who Cried Ninja to inspire their own stories. They came up with their own characters and thought carefully about how they were going to add detail to their work and remember to include everything in their final write. In order to have a clear idea of their plot, the children orally told their stories to their friends first.
We squeezed in a quick Science lesson around Bikeability this week. After looking in detail at the structure of flowering plants in our last lesson, this week the children explored the different parts of trees. They were all able to identify and name the roots, trunk, branches and leaves and talk about the important job they play in keeping trees healthy. They also produced some wonderful labelled scientific diagrams.
Week Ending 18th June 2021
Wow, what a lovely week it's been. We have been able to get outside and enjoy our garden as we tend to the plants, cool down in the swimming pool and have breaktimes on the daisy covered field.
In English the children have been getting stuck into the book 'The boy who cried ninja'. They are excellent at reciting the start of the story using very enthusiastic actions particularly for the ninja part! They have been practising using conjunctions to join their sentences, using adjectives to describe the characters and picking apart the structure of the text ahead of writing their own stories next week.
In maths the children have impressed both Mrs Boulton and I with their measuring skills. We focussed on capacity/volume this week and spent many of our lessons splashing about in the water tray. In Foundation the children are able to compare the containers that can hold more/less water and order 3 containers according to their capacity. In year 1/2 children first explored measuring using cups but quickly got the hang of measuring in millilitres and litres. Year 2s in particular looked at estimating based on known amounts and then worked out the difference between their estimation and the actual measurement.
In our swimming lessons, the children have demonstrated that they can enter and exit the water safely and independently. Foundation are quickly developing their water confidence and the children are getting used to the feeling of water on their faces. For our more experienced swimmers, we have been working on their body positioning in the water and their kicking techniques.
The children have been very inspired by the environmental art of Andy Goldsworthy. They have been noticing patterns in his work like his interest in cracks in rock, his arrangements of leaves; sorting them by colour, how he often creates circle arrangements or balances materials on top of each other. They used some of these ideas when they explored joining naturally found items themselves. They only had about 15 minutes for this activity. Imagine what they could have created if they'd had longer!