This week saw a week of home learning for Meadowsfoot children! Home learning isn’t always an easy option and keeping 4,5 and 6 year olds at home and away from their friends is hard but the children of Meadowsfoot have shown resilience, friendship and the will make the week as fun as it could be. Each morning, we have joined each other on Google Classroom to share our news, show and tell treasures from our house and in some cases give us a tour of their houses and always with the biggest of smiles! On Monday, we entered the world of Star Wars. We made lightsabers, travelled to outer space in our own Millennium Falcons and found out about the different planets. On Tuesday, we started planning for our end of term party. We made lots of decorations and made a playlist of our favourite songs! On Wednesday, we had a day all about us and some Year One children met their new teachers, Mrs Pasmore and Mrs Eatwell!
Today we are safely back at school ready to enjoy 5 days of end of term fun! What a year! What a class!
This week started off with the biggest of smiles and me literally jumping up and down after looking at the progress the children have made in this frightfully challenging year. All year 1 children have made tremendous progress in their phonic screening and the EYFS children are now confident readers and writers! Our week obviously took a turn on Wednesday afternoon but after a victorious win by the England football team we had plenty to do on Thursday. The children set to work on designing football kits, creating a winning trophy and learning about the two countries in the final. We are all at safety at home and looking forward to celebrating all of these achievements together when we return to school.
This week we have started planning our own version of the story of Augustus and his Smile. We have used pictures, actions and talk to help us remember our story and be confident in retelling it orally. We have worked on using words such as largest, smallest and smelliest to describe the settings our character travels to. Next week we will begin to write our stories up ready to share with you all. In maths, we have been creating arrays using counters and then drawings. We understand the importance of accuracy to help us describe the equal groups. We have used this knowledge to solve problems involving equal groups. In Geography, we looked at photographs of Devon and discussed what features we could see and discussed the types of places we would like to visit in Devon. The most common choice was the beach to build sandcastles and listen to the crashing waves!
This week Meadowsfoot class have been exploring equal groups in maths. We have used a range of resources to show what we mean by equal groups. We know that equal groups must have the same amount in each. We have made sure to use accurate vocabulary and have enjoyed talking to our friends to share our understanding. In English, we have continued to join Augustus in his search for his smile. On Thursday, the children thought of other places Augustus could search for his smile!
This week we continued learning about Devon. We learnt about physical and human features. We sorted pictures into the correct categories and then explained our understanding to a friend. We will use our new knowledge and skills to create maps of Devon. I wonder what features we will include?!
In English, we have enjoyed learning new words we found in our text 'Augustus and his smile'. We put them into practise as we paraded and pranced through the school!
This week Meadowsfoot class have had a super first week back! They have started their gymnastics unit in PE and they have loved programming the Bee Bot Robots to get from one place to another. They have also started to debug the Bee Bots when they weren’t programmed correctly.
We have come to the end of our penultimate half term! Goodness me! The children have all worked hard this week to share their learning from the last few weeks. During English the children shared facts about the seasons. They made sure their information pages gave the reader lots of information in different ways to keep them engaged. In Geography, they shared their knowledge of ‘Our Wonderful Word’ by creating their first double page spreads complete with drawings, diagrams and some fun lift the flap sections. I can’t wait to learn all about Devon next half term and celebrate our wonderful county!
This week we have been learning all about the countries of the United Kingdom. On Wednesday afternoon, we set off on a journey around the countries making sure we got a stamp in our very own passports as we completed a different challenge in each capital city. In London, England we had to make a crown for the Queen, in Edinburgh, Scotland we designed our own Loch Ness monster. In Cardiff, Wales we built castles and in Belfast, Ireland we built the Titanic and our very own Giants Causeway. There was obviously a song to help us learn too!
In maths we have been learning how to use the place value chart to add numbers below 20. Using the language of tens and ones we are able to show exactly what happens when you add!
Another wonderful week! Bravo, Meadowsfoot!
It might be miserable outside with endless rain but there is only sunshine in Meadowsfoot class. This week, the children have all become authors now they have completed writing their own versions of Jack and the beanstalk. We spent time unpicking the plot, planning, talking our ideas through with our friends, thinking about words we can use to tell the reader when something is happening and finally writing our new stories up. I am totally blown away with the quality of writing. We had to celebrate with a very special Meadowsfoot party!
In maths, we have been learning the pairs of numbers that make 5, 10 and 20. We have used counters to represent the pairs of numbers and shared our understanding with our friends.
Another wonderful week!
Don't forget our final Forest School session on Monday!
This week, we have started using the number line to help us understand the position of numbers 0-100. We spent lots of time talking about what we noticed and made up a set of number line rules such as making sure our numbers are formed correctly and evenly spaced to make sure we can read each number. EYFS children have been investigating one more and one less than a number using magic beans and the number line. In English, we have been innovating the story of Jack and the beanstalk. We have used a range of words to make the reader feel a certain way about a character and spoken about our choices with our friends.
In Science, we became landscape gardeners as we shared our favourite wild/ garden plants and then designed our own gardens full of beautiful flowers and trees.
We are looking forward to our 3rd Forest School Session on Monday with Mrs Readey.
It has been another busy week in Meadowsfoot. We have all enjoyed retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. On Wednesday we acted as investigators to unpick the plot of the story. We thought about what happens at key points in the story and how the author made us feel a particular way. We had great fun on Thursday as we thought of words to describe Jack and the giant. In maths, year 1 have been learning to make numbers to 100 using dienes. They were very clever to spot lots of patterns as the numbers changed. EYFS children had great fun comparing numbers using the words greater and less than.
I am already excited for our adventure to continue next week!
What a wonderful start to the summer term! Our week kicked off with the most beautiful afternoon in the woods for Forest School. The children spent the afternoon building, exploring and creating. As we sat down by the riverside we shared stories of the adventures of Stick Man and predicted what he would see on his journey to the beach.
In English, we have been learning the story of Jack and the beanstalk, focusing on telling the reader when things happen using story language such as Once upon a time and the next day. Over the coming weeks we will learn more about the characters and plot of the story as we begin writing our own tale.
In maths, we are practising counting in lots of different ways. On Wednesday we investigated how far we would travel if we walked 100 steps.
We have had a wonderful week enjoying all things Easter. We have helped the Easter bunny find his lost eggs, made Playdoh Hot Cross Buns, created Easter nets to carry our eggs and had lots of fun making chocolate nests! We now continue to countdown to Easter Sunday and hope the Easter Bunny arrives on Sunday!
This week, we have been learning about the oceans. Through the use of videos, songs and maps we know that there are 5 oceans. On Wednesday, we created collages of our chosen oceans and wrote facts about them. On Thursday, we became ‘friends of the oceans’. We made plans on how we would look after the oceans and how we could help others do the same.
Miss Gilberthorpe has been really impressed with our writing this week. We have all found lots of opportunities to write for different purposes, thinking about things that are important to us: our dog’s names, lyrics to our ocean song and cards for our dogs.
Meadowsfoot class had an excellent computing lesson this afternoon! We have been learning about logging onto a chrome book, searching on google and making new digital art. We managed to save our work too.
Everyone had lots of fun creating their drawings online and the discussions that we had afterwards were fantastic. Well done, Meadowsfoot.
This week we saw the return of our friends who have all being working so hard at home since Christmas. From the moment the doors opened on Monday morning the classroom has been filled with laughter, smiles and stories of what they have been up to. We have spent this week playing with our friends, reading stories and baking tasty snacks as we all remind ourselves of the routines of a school day. We are looking forward to getting out in the playground next week to plant some seeds and plants before the year one boys take the role of teacher and teach us all about the world of Star Wars!
In Meadowsfoot class, world book day was based around the book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. We listened to the story, we changed the story and made a story map of we’re going on a dragon hunt, we went on a bear hunt, we had a teddy bear picnic at lunch, we made some digital artwork based on scenes from the book and we had a book quiz on zoom with our friends who are working from home!
We have been very busy in the penultimate week before all our friends come back to school. We have been talking about ways we can celebrate being back together and the things we are looking forward to.
In maths, we have started our new topic of multiplication and division. We have grouped a range of resources in different ways, learnt to recognise equal and unequal groups and begun to use the addition symbol to add equal groups. Next week, we will learn about arrays.
It was great to learn about Robert Falcon Scott’s race to the South Pole in history on Wednesday. Mr Hall and Josh shared more recent adventures to the pole which luckily had a happy ending.
Here’s to the final week of home learning and getting my lovely team back together.
Wow! We made it to the end of possibly the strangest ever half term! This week, we have enjoyed a dragon party with our friends from Shaugh Prior and Cornwood. We shared news of dragon sightings, eggs hatching and our future plans to catch dragons! During the week, we have explored how people across the world celebrate Chinese New Year. We enjoyed making our own Chinese dragons and dancing to the drums. We discussed the similarities and differences between Chinese New Year and other festivals like Diwali and Christmas. We noticed that family and food were important in each festival. Let's hope it isn't long until we are back with our family and friends sharing food, stories and having fun.
Well done, everyone for such a wonderful half term. I am so proud of you. Thank you to parents, grandparents and siblings for supporting the children.
Have a wonderful week off!
Miss Gilberthorpe xx
The fun continued at home and school this week as we continued our search for the dragon. We were all very excited to see Mr Halls adventure to swap the egg. We have worked hard this week to look after the egg. We collected leaves and twigs to make a warm nest, took the egg out for a walk to give it some fresh air, read it stories and made sure it had lots of company.
It was wonderful to see so many of you expressing yourselves at home. Alfred, Josh and Wiley have showed the wonderful ways they express themselves! Taking time out for ourselves is now more important than ever and I hope you will continue to think about how you can express yourself over the next few weeks!
One week to go, folks! We are nearly there.
Wow! What a crazy week. The week started like any other but the end of the week was far from normal. On Monday night, as I was working away a dragon landed in the classroom. I was lucky to catch it on camera. I showed the children as soon as I could and they set to work making plans to collect the dragon egg from the woods. It was decided that Miss Gilberthorpe wasn’t brave enough for the job, thankfully Mr Hall stepped in and has agreed to collect the egg this weekend.
This week saw the creation of our own stories about two unlikely friends. The children innovated their story maps to create their own story in the style of ‘A Mouse Called Julian.’ The stories that have been created have been a joy to read and made us smile. In maths the children have been investigating the number 10. EYFS have been looking at pairs of numbers to make ten, whilst the year 1 children have been using their knowledge of ten to help them add two single digit numbers!
Yet again I am blown away by the hard work of the children both in school and at home. Well done everyone!
This week has been as busy as ever as we settle into the new routine. The children class and children at home have all been working hard to retell the story ‘A Mouse Called Julian’. We have used actions, drawings, role play and crafts to help us internalise the pattern of the text. This will really help us when we come to write our own story. On Tuesday, our history challenge was to discuss what an explorer is. We then dressed up and took part in many adventures. Henry B took to the desert whilst Wiley went on a polar adventure in his garden. The children in school explored the woods to find signs of life!
I am so very impressed with all the hard work that is going on both at school and at home! I love looking at your work and photographs of all your hard work!
Enjoy the weekend, Meadowsfoot
Wow! What a week! I am so very impressed with how you all have coped with such a big change of plan this week. We were all expecting to be together as a class but then all of a sudden we had to change those plans. I am so proud of each piece of work you are sending in. I think we might end this lockdown with a class full of computer pros! Next week, we will begin our topic 'A Polar Adventure'. Very apt for all the ice that has been around since the new year.
I hope you all have a relaxing weekend. Take care and stay safe.
As part of our ‘Topic’ – A polar adventure, Meadowsfoot Class will be building a milk bottle igloo!
Please wash and collect any 4pt milk bottles you can to help us create our igloo. Thank you
It has been an action packed term for sure! Since September we have been working hard to learn the rules and routines of the school, to work as a team and to learn new skills. I am really proud of each and every achievement and excited to see what we will achieve as a class in the spring term. When we return in January, our topic is ' A Polar Adventure.' We will explore the polar landscape and find out about the life and adventures of Scott of Antarctica.
Well done, Meadowsfoot class. This term has been a blast!
I hope you all have a merry Christmas and a very happy new year.
Wow! What a busy week! We have enjoyed a very christmassy week full of songs, dancing, Christmas cards and dressing up as elves. The children have written letters to Santa, continued to train Rudy the reindeer ready for his return to the North Pole and had great fun decorating their own wrapping paper.
We have loads more fun to look forward to next week before we say goodbye to 2020 and our first term as the newly formed Meadowsfoot class.
It sure is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Meadowsfoot this week. Since the arrival of our Reindeer, Rudy on Tuesday we have been enjoying all things festive. The children have been great at looking after Rudy making sure they teach him all the important things such as lining up for lunch, listening on the carpet, sharing with his friends and working hard during lessons. He is going to be the smartest reindeer around!
The children have been developing fluency with their number facts this week and are beginning to use a range of images and structures to represent their understanding. In English, we have enjoyed learning the story of the Jolly Christmas Postman. We look forward to writing our own cards and letters next week!
Thank you for a wonderful week Meadowfoot children. I can't wait for next week!
What a busy week! We have enjoyed a week packed full of fun! The children have had a wonderful time exploring the learning areas within our classroom. There have been trips to the coffee shop, comedy shows, tooth extractions at the dentist and reading by the fire. The children have made signs for their areas, created posters, diaries for appointments and tickets for the shows. I can’t wait to see what adventures we will go on next week!
Thanks for a wonderful week, Meadowsfoot!
It has been another busy week in Meadowsfoot and as always we have had lots of fun!
On Monday, we enjoyed making cheese scones with Mrs Readey. We worked in groups to weigh, mix and bake our scones. Mrs Watson was very impressed with our washing up skills! On Tuesday, we investigated different materials and described their properties. Next week, we are excited to set to work designing new boots for Father Christmas.
Well done for a wonderful week, Meadowsfoot! I cant wait for even more fun next week!
Week Ending 13th November 2020
This week, the children spent Wednesday afternoon as town planners and worked hard to rebuild the city of London after the Great Fire in 1666. The children decided to use bricks for building instead of wood and build fire stations across the city to save the city from any further disasters. The children were also wise to widen the streets to give people more room.
Week Ending 6th November 2020
This week, we have come to the end of our Traditional Tales unit. We have enjoyed retelling lots of tales and can now use the word 'and' to join clauses together. On Thursday, we wrote our very own class book of mixed up fairy tales. In maths, we have used the cherry model to find parts of whole numbers to 4 and 10 and had a go at learning songs to help us remember the pairs of numbers.
Welcome to the Autumn Term
This term is an exciting one as we get to know our new friends and teachers! We have lots of exciting activities to look forward to and have lots of time to play and learn!
In English, we will read a selection of traditional tales such as Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. We will create story maps, puppets, actions and drawings to help us retell stories. We will learn how to use end punctuation and capital letters correctly to write simple sentences. Each day, we will take part in phonic activities with our teachers to learn new letter sounds and tricky words to help us with our reading. We will enjoy reading with our friends and teachers and talk about what we have read.
In Maths, we will learn about numbers to 100. We will use songs, actions, rhymes and resources to count forwards and backwards. We will recognise the numbers one more and one less than a given number and begin to represent numbers in lots of different ways. We will talk about our understanding and solve problems.
In History, we will learn about The Great Fire of London. We will learn where, why and why the fire started and how London has changed since the fire. We will learn about Samuel Pepys and find out why he is an important figure when learning about the fire. At the end of our topic, we will create our own Great Fire on London Museum.
In Science, we are going to learn all about autumn! We will observe and talk about the weather and take part in lots of autumn themed activities!