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Academic Year 2016/17

24 March 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week has seen us preparing for Mothering Sunday in our writing by sharing why we love our mum and what makes her so special.  We thought of lots of words to describe our mums and hope you enjoyed our presentation this morning in church. We also practised saying our poems and prayers. We’ve been authors finishing off our own Emily stories. Today we are looking at speech and what our characters could be saying.

In our Maths we have revised strategies in our calculations.  We all tried some challenging questions which made us think about how we would go about solving them, for example; using the skills of counting on, missing numbers, repeated addition as multiplication.  Next week we will be looking at problem solving questions. We’ve consolidated our learning on fractions and solved some fraction word problems. Please help us to recognise that if it is 1/3 then it means thirds, or ¾ means quarters etc.

Our RE this week has continued to focus on the topic of Judaism.  We looked at posters showing Jewish families reading The Torah and noticed they read from right to left, not left to right.  We tried writing in the same way and found it really tricky but lots of fun!

For ICT we have been looking at algorithms!  These are a list of rules to follow in order to solve a problem.  We talked about how we have to do some things in the right order, such as getting dressed, or making a cake.

Homework ideas:

  • See sheets in homework books.
  • Try to solve the addition and subtraction sums. Some have missing numbers!  Your child should be able to find the missing number by counting the difference between the given numbers.  Use the number line and number grid to help.
  • Keep practising your common exception words, assessments on them next week.

In addition, please read with your child every evening and record in the reading record book accordingly. Remember that reading can extend beyond asking your child to read the book that they have chosen within the appropriate band for their current level. You may like to read to them first and of course reading can be from home books of your choice. It is important that there is a balance between your child reading to you and they hearing you and of course other members of the family reading to them. Remember to ask questions, opinions, preferences etc…

REMINDER

Blackbirds and Robins have their next Outdoor Learning session at Squirrel Lodge on Tuesday 28th March.  Please drop your child to us by 9.30 and collect again at 2.30.  They will need a packed lunch, wellies and outdoor clothing.  Please note, this week has been chilly again so please help your child to dress accordingly for the day… lots of layers!  Thank you.

The Blackbirds Team

17 March 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Goodness me what a busy week we have had!!  Blackbirds have enjoyed plenty of Science activities all about changes and linked to the 5 senses.  Thank you to those of you who came in on Tuesday and today to experience some of the activities we have done.

On Monday we welcomed Cairis from The Wiggly Wild Show who showed us her pets, including a snake, cockroach, giant snail and a millipede.  We also made some gooey slime by mixing cornflour and water and adding food colour.  It felt hard and stiff, but at the same time runny and messy!

Tuesday we learnt about changes that take place when foods are heated and cooled.  We made rocky roads and learnt the scientific words ‘solid´ and ‘liquid’ to describe the chocolate when it had melted and set.  We also made some bread rolls which we changed the recipe to see if we could taste the difference, as well as tasting different breads.  Ask your child which they preferred – naan, sunflower, pitta or bagel?

Wow what a busy hectic week, but lots of fun learning too! On Wednesday we made crystal candy and crystal needles – we are observing and watching the changes over time. We focussed on sight and did some simple experiments to show us why two eyes are better than one! We watched a great visual experiment involving skittles. We played blindfold games in PE, including testing to see how sensitive different parts of our bodies are, whilst guessing the objects. We also looked at the question, do taller people jump further. We practised our standing long jump and measures our heights.

On Thursday we looked at changes in scones. We used the bubbles from lemonade to make scones. The fizz and bubbles acted as bicarbonate soda to help the scones rise. We focussed on smell and had fun identifying mystery smells. We also had fun on a senses scavenger hunt.

Today we had a presentation from the Fire brigade and focussed on the last sense, hearing. We are going to make music using bottles with different volumes of water in them. We looked forward to sharing our learning in our assembly this afternoon.

Homework ideas:

Please refer to task in homework books – thank you.
In addition, please read with your child every evening and record in the reading record book accordingly. Remember that reading can extend beyond asking your child to read the book that they have chosen within the appropriate band for their current level. You may like to read to them first and of course reading can be from home books of your choice. It is important that there is a balance child reading to you and them hearing you and of course other members of the family reading to them. Remember to ask questions, opinions, preferences etc…

The Blackbirds’ Team

10 March 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Maths for Year 2 has been looking at right angles.  We tested different angles to work out if they were right angles and decided that they needed to be a quarter of a full turn.  We were able to make 4 corners just using 2 rulers.  Year 1s have been making patterns by turning shapes into half and quarter turns.  They also used a computer game to practise their left and right by challenging themselves to beat their score.

We are gaining confidence with fractions and have been looking at strategies for finding fractions of amounts (i.e. ½ of 8, ¼ of 16, ¾ of 20); using equipment, drawings/jottings or our number knowledge. It’s clear who’s been practising their doubling and halving! Some of us compared fractions of amounts using <, > and = signs. 

For our English we have been finding different ways to improve our sentences by adding expanded noun phrases, for example the beautiful, yellow flowers that are growing in the garden.  Year 2 have also been using commas to write a list of different things, while Year 1 have begun joining sentences with the word ‘and’ as well as practising capital letters and full stops.  Look out for any describing words in stories and how sentences are joined using ‘and’.

We are busy being authors at the moment planning and writing our own Emily Stories. We focussed particularly on how to build up action and suspense, as well as the usual expectation of sentences being correctly punctuated.

What a beautiful afternoon we had for our Spring Walk.  Blackbirds were very sensible walking along the road and remembered to stop and stand still when they saw a car coming.  We spotted so many different plants, including primroses, snowdrops, crocuses and the most common daffodil.  We even got to see some gardeners pruning the trees!

Mrs White has been busy teaching us Music and songs over the last few weeks.  Blackbirds have become really good at clapping and tapping the beat to the songs.  This week we had a funny song and dance about penguins!

We had a great RE lesson learning about different symbols and objects from Judaism. We were able to respond in our own way to show our learning which was exciting. Some of us made a Star of David and wrote facts upon it, some us made Mezuzahs (ask us) with our own symbols which represent important things in our own lives. Lucy showed off her knowledge by including the scroll inside where she wrote the school prayer. Before I knew it the RE prayer area was covered in them!

Homework ideas:

  • Go on an angle hunt to find corners of things around your home. Fill in the sheet and sort the shapes on the page (yr2).
  • Complete the sheet by finding the right picture, or cut out each picture and stick them in your homework book giving them each a half or quarter turn (yr1). Remember a half turn is the same as upside down.
  • We enclose a minute maths sheet for your child to practise their doubling and halving (this should be after they are familiar with facts using practical objects or drawings). Please do not feel they have to sit and do all of it all at once. They need to recognise the sum and know what they are being asked to do. Once facts are known by heart, they can challenge themselves by timing and beating your score. This does not need to be returned to school.

Apologies due to a technical hitch last Friday the information about new homework books was omitted.
You would have received a large yellow book last Friday. Please feel free to decorate and ensure they are returned by Wednesday each week. Thank you.

Don’t forget you are invited to join us to see what we are learning in Science Week on Tuesday at 2.45pm (Mrs Byatt) and Friday at 2.45pm (Mrs Ridge) .

The Blackbirds Team

3 March 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

What  an exciting start to the week we had with our Pancake Café!  Well done to the Year 2 children who did a great job taking orders, serving their parents, clearing away the dirty plates and even counting the money raised!  A lovely team effort and learning experience.

We continued learning about Shrove Tuesday as part of our English this week by reading and answering questions about the day.  We have also looked at different types of sentences and used these ideas to design a Pancake Day poster.  Ask your child if they can remember the 4 different types of sentences.

Our Maths this week has focused on direction and turns, learning whole, half, quarter and three quarter turns by rotating pictures and stencils.  Year 1 worked out that a half turn is the same as turning it upside down and Year 2 practised their left and right turns.  Next week we will look at quarter turns as right angles.

In Science we pulled up some weeds so that we could look at the roots, stem and leaves.  We recognised that some plants have flowers too.  Blackbirds drew diagrams of their plants which they labelled with the different parts and wrote about the jobs of the roots.  On Monday we will be going for an Outdoor Learning lesson around the village to find and identify spring plants that are growing at this time of year.  Please send your child to school wearing old trousers or leggings and top half school uniform, and any wellies they may need.

Homework ideas:

  • Choose a plant from your garden. Draw a picture of it and find out some information about it, eg: what sort of area it grows in, whether it has a fruit or flower, how big it grows to be, etc.  Remember plants can be trees and grass as well as those that have flowers.

In addition, please read with your child every evening and record in the reading record book accordingly. Remember that reading can extend beyond asking your child to read the book that they have chosen within the appropriate band for their current level. You may like to read to them first and of course reading can be from home books of your choice. It is important that there is a balance between your child reading to you and they hearing you and of course other members of the family reading to them. Remember to ask questions, opinions, preferences etc.

The Blackbirds Team

27 February 2017

Term 4 plan

Dear Parents/Carers,

Last week in our reading and writing we were looking at the different types of words in sentences and finding examples of nouns, adjectives and verbs.  Ask your child if they can remember what each word means.  We’ve also been reading about Castles and answering questions about the information we read, finding the key words in the text.

In Maths, we have begun to look at position and the language we use to describe where things are.  We remembered the words we used during Maths Week, such as ‘above’, ‘below’, ‘between’, ‘under’ and ‘next to’.  We have played games to help us use these words ourselves.  Why not try placing a teddy bear or toy in different places and encourage your child to describe where it is hiding?

We have begun a new topic for Science and will be learning about Plants.  Watch this space as we will be going on a Spring Walk around the village to look for different plants.

With Mrs Ridge we have been looking at fractions. As you are aware we made pizzas showing a 1/2, 1/4, 2/4, 3/4 and 1/3’s. The year ones have focussed on recognising a half and knowing that even a shape split into 2 is not necessarily a half, unless the two parts are equal. Some of us looked at 1/4’s too. The year twos have been shading fractions in shapes and beginning to find fractions of numbers. When we were ‘camping’ we will get a few treats but we will need to work out the fractions first! 

In literacy we have all been on fire naming lots of adjectives to describe monsters, aliens and ‘the Thing’. The year twos have been working on expanded noun phrases (using two adjectives before a noun) and also extended our learning by using which, that, who to add more information. For example: The fierce, angry dog which had sharp teeth, barked at the postman. On Friday we enjoyed our PJ day and reading our new book, Emily & The Thing! 

Homework ideas:

  • Look at the image below and write some sentences about the picture. What can you see?  Include nouns (naming words) and adjectives (describing words), perhaps you can use 2 adjectives in the same sentence?
  • Please help your child to learn doubles and halves of numbers to 5, 10, 20 or any 2/3 digit number (1+1, 2+2 etc… OR double 1 = 2, half of 2 = 1. Choose the range that suits your child’s ability. We will continue to look at these next week with a check on how we are doing, on Friday.

Common exception word lists were sent home on Monday, if you did not receive one please let us know. 

You should receive a copy which is individual to your child today. Please remember we are not doing spelling tests (research shows they are effective). It is more important that they show us they can spell them consistently in their writing. However, we will still be focussing on these words at school too. 

The Blackbirds Team

10 February 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

What a great start to the week we had at Squirrel Lodge!  I think you’ll all agree we had some worn out boys and girls by the end of the day (and adults!)  We welcomed children with fruit and brioche as a second breakfast and kept them topped up with hot dogs, hot chocolate, more fruit and biscuits with toasted marshmallows.  Our Collective Worship worked beautifully in the woods as we heard a story about a French man who planted acorns because the land was barren and empty and so life followed once the trees grew.   We wrote our wishes for the world and what we are thankful for and hung them on the trees in the woods.  We read the story of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: Missing Treasure.  Our cross-curricular learning linked through treasure hunting, map work, making pirate hats to decorate with leaves and building dinosaur dens.

Back in class on Tuesday we continued our Literacy work with Captain Flinn and wrote our own Call and Response Pirate poem by repeating pirate phrases such as ‘pieces of eight’, ‘shiver me timbers’ and ‘yo ho ho’!  In Maths we carried on with our learning about multiplication and division by finding ways to share playing cards, counting sets of numicon and pegs.

On Wednesday we begun learning to tell the time (on time an analogue clock). We started with o’clock and half past, quarter past/to and some us looked at reading to five minute intervals. Please help reinforce this with us, in particular look, at the minute (longer) hand and hour (shorter) hand and which numbers they are pointing at. We played games to reinforce this. In literacy, the Y2’s looked at apostrophes for possession e.g. Sarah’s new coat was bright and colourful. The coat belongs to Sarah so you use an apostrophe. We also looked at identifying if the apostrophe was for possession or omission (contractions last week). Y1’s continued work on suffix endings, -ed and –ing and added these to words e.g. play + ed = played. We looked at poems in our comprehension work.

Thank you again for the lovely presentations. We are still working our way through them but enjoyed every single one.

Homework ideas:

Keep reading, being active and have FUN! No formal homework set (Practise telling the time!).

Look out for the reading/spelling list that came home with your child today.  This is a copy of the common exception key words for their year group, which they can practise at home.  Please keep this as your copy and use it as a reference or reminder of the words to look out for in their reading.  From next term they will have a set of words to practise reading, writing and spelling (personalised to their needs – we have assessed these this term).  We will not be formally testing your child on the spellings they have, but will improve their spelling through games, handwriting practise and flash word cards. At the end of the term these will be monitored, for example – are they spelling them correctly in their writing? 

Have an enjoyable, safe holiday.

The Blackbirds Team

3 February 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week in English we tried writing our own African poem.  We watched a video of African children singing a ‘Call and Response’ song.  Using the end of our story Lila and the Secret of Rain, we wrote sentences about how Lila felt and used these in our poems, repeating each line.  Some of us were able to share our poem with the class ‘responding’ to their ‘call’. 

We’ve also been painting the African masks that we designed last week as part of our Topic and Literacy work.

We’ve continued to focus on our punctuation in sentences. The Year 1’s looked at when to use a question mark and when to use a full-stop. Help them reinforce capital letters and punctuation if they ask you a question, get them to add the moves and actions. We are learning to pick out key information in a text in order to demonstrate our understanding so we completed some poetry and story comprehensions. It is important that unless we have been asked our own views that the children just get the information from the text not their own general knowledge! In phonics, Y2’s have been looking at compound words and the Y1’s have been revising phase 5 sounds including ‘oe’
as in toe.

In Maths we have moved on to learning about multiplication and division.  We have been using the terms ‘lots of’ and ‘sharing’ in practical activities involving cubes, counters and coins to help us count in steps of 2, 5 and 10.  We have looked at how multiplication is repeated addition and that each set must have an equal number in it.  Perhaps try sharing teddies into equal sets at home, or parking cars in rows of 10, or counting 5 leaves in each group.

We have finished our work for now on capacity/weight etc. Please do use opportunities outside school to let your child experience how much a bag of sugar weighs? Look at weights on foods. Look at capacity and volume through bottles at home – how many ml? L? Unless children have lots of experience learning benchmarks (e.g. bag of sugar approx. 1kg) then they find the concepts fairly abstract and tricky. We started our work on telling the time today. Children learnt and revised o’clock, half past and some Y2’s did quarter to and past… Please reinforce at home.

Outdoor Learning at Squirrel Lodge

MONDAY 6TH FEBRUARY WITH ROBINS.  Please drop your child to us by 9.30 and collect from 2.30.  Children will need a packed lunch (provided by yourselves or Universal Free School Meals), wellies, coat, warm clothes and lots of layers.  Hot drinks and snacks will be provided by school.  Mrs Barrett and I have planned a busy day with plenty of activities to include English, Maths, woodland hunt and creative work.  There will be lots to enjoy for all!

Homework:

  • Hakuna Matata Project! – Thank you to those of you who have started sending your finished projects in. The children have begun to share them and there is space in the classroom to display them for all to see. Please be aware although they are all excited to show their projects that we will have to spread this over a few days. As I’m sure you are aware, at their age they can only focus for a short amount of time but rest assured we look forward to sharing these and with you on dojo.
  • Homework will recommence after the children have had a restful half term.

Please continue to read with your child every evening and record in the reading record book accordingly. Remember that reading can extend beyond asking your child to read the book that they have chosen within the appropriate band for their current level. You may like to read to them first and of course reading can be from home books of your choice. It is important that there is a balance between your child reading to you and they hearing you and of course other members of the family reading to them. Remember to ask questions, opinions, preferences etc…

The Blackbirds Team

27 January 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following Maths Week last week we have continued our learning on addition and subtraction. We have really embedded our understanding on number bonds and finding different ways to make numbers within 20. These are called ‘Fact Families’ and you can search for a game on ‘Topmarks’ website if you want to try it yourselves.

We have been continuing our measures learning by looking at capacity (Y1) and weight (Y2). We’ve had practical maths with water (and the puddle-lake in the classroom!) and used the vocabulary e.g. empty, full, half full, nearly empty/full… try showing half as much as another amount, perhaps when you are in the bath. The Y2s have looked at a 1kg weight and investigated objects heavier and lighter than 1kg. They have begun to read simple scales and will extend this further today by looking at scales of different divisions. Weight and capacity can be an abstract concept for children so any real-life opportunities to explore benchmarks e.g. 1kg like a bag of sugar or 2L is the size of a large fizzy drinks bottle.

We have returned to our text ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’. We chose to write the beginning, middle or end and looked at how we could improve our writing with extra punctuation or better choices of vocabulary. We have written it out in neat for a display in class.

We have continued work using punctuation, capital letters and finger spaces in sentences. The Year 2’s have been looking at using commas in lists. We’ve begun to learn about suffixes, word endings: –ed, -er, -est and –ly (for Y2’s). We are still developing our comprehension skills through the class book and guided reading sessions.

In our RE this week we have continued to learn the story of Creation by designing a poster for each of the days God created something. We also had to act out one of the days for the rest of the class to guess which one was being described.

PE: As the weather is currently very cold, please ensure that your child has joggers in school for PE lessons in their PE kits. I will ensure that these are put on for PE lessons.

Again, may I remind you that girls need a spare pair of socks in their PE kit – thank you.

Homework ideas:

  • Hakuna Matata Project! Meaning ‘No Worries’ in Swahili. What can you find out about Africa – animals that live there, how it is different to Great Britain, any other Swahili words, traditional dress or dance or music? Presentations could be pictures or drawings, a fact file of information, PowerPoint slides or something creative? (please take 1 more week to complete this) PLEASE CHOOSE 1 OR 2 AREAS TO COVER, children do not have to do everything that is suggested, or they can extend it with their own ideas! They will present their ideas and work to the class over the course of the week.

In addition, please read with your child every evening and record in the reading record book accordingly. Remember that reading can extend beyond asking your child to read the book that they have chosen within the appropriate band for their current level. You may like to read to them first and of course reading can be from home books of your choice. It is important that there is a balance between your child reading to you and they hearing you and of course other members of the family reading to them. Remember to ask questions, opinions, preferences etc…

The Blackbirds Team

20 January 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Wow!!  What a busy week we’ve had working on Maths Week.  Thank you Mrs Harris for organising so many fun activities for us!  Each day has been split into a different area of Maths: direction; numbers; measures; shape and calculations.

We’ve had fun learning and revising measures including length, as well as 2D and 3D shapes. The latter still needs revising in real life situations, particularly so the children become familiar with their properties too (names, faces, vertices/corners, edges). Some children are naming the 2D shapes they can see within the 3D shape, rather than the name of the 3D shape. This can be practiced easily with objects at home, out and about like the supermarket. An excuse to eat a Toblerone… what shape is this? We measured how far we could throw beanbags, with non-standard measures like hands and feet shapes or cubes and looked at standard measurements in cm and m. We’ve been on a shape hunt. We looked at a shape fable story and designed our own shape animals. Some us begun to write stories about these and some Y1’s wrote sentences. The Y2’s extended their learning by investigating statements that involved predictions and measuring, for example, three times around your wrist is the same length as once around your neck. Is this sometimes, always or never true?

For ‘direction’, you may have seen on Dojo that we played a mole game, having to give it instructions to move forward, turn left or turn right.  It helped us begin to understand about half and quarter turns and angles.  If you want to try it at home, here it is … http://www.iboard.co.uk/activity/Mole-Maze-663.
We also danced to the Cha Cha Slide and Macarena (thank you Oliver for the suggestion!) to, once more, help us think about turns and direction.

In our lessons about ‘number’, we designed posters showing different ways we can make 2017, using our knowledge of place value and addition and subtraction.  Then we read the story ‘1 is a snail, 10 is a crab’ and explored different ways we can make numbers by adding the number of feet in the story.  We also used dice to play a game by generating different digits.

Mrs Barrett came into our class earlier this week and was super impressed by the level of reading she heard.  Well done!  We look forward to trying out Buster’s Book Club reading initiative as an exciting drive to raise the reading profile.

In phonics the Y2’s have looked at contraction words – apostrophes where letter(s) have been omitted, e.g. don’t, would’ve. The Y1’s have been learning ou – e.g. shout, ie – pie, ea – team and ir – girl. Look out for these in our reading.

A reminder again that if your child wears tights that they need a spare pair of socks for PE. Please send this in ASAP. If they don’t have any spare socks and we’ve run out, they have to wear plimsolls without socks which can be uncomfortable.

Homework ideas:

Continue your project (wk 2 now). Details below from last week.

  • Hakuna Matata Project! Meaning ‘No Worries’ in Swahili.  What can you find out about Africa – animals that live there, how it is different to Great Britain, any other Swahili words, traditional dress or dance or music?  Presentations could be pictures or drawings, a fact file of information, PowerPoint slides or something creative?  (please take 2 more weeks to complete this) PLEASE CHOOSE 1 OR 2 AREAS TO COVER, children do not have to do everything that is suggested, or they can extend it with their own ideas!

Please dojo or see us if you have any questions or need anything clarified.

  • Look out for shapes when you are out and about, in particular 3D shapes and their properties.
    Can you remember what is special about a prism?

In addition, please read with your child every evening and record in the reading record book accordingly. Remember that reading can extend beyond asking your child to read the book that they have chosen within the appropriate band for their current level. You may like to read to them first and of course reading can be from home books of your choice. It is important that there is a balance between your child reading to you and they hearing you and of course other members of the family reading to them. Remember to ask questions, opinions, preferences etc…

From the Blackbirds Team

13 January 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Firstly, thank you to you all for your thoughtful gifts and cards at Christmas.  We were very lucky to have such generous presents.

In our Literacy this week we have continued reading the story of Lila and the Secret of Rain.  We talked about how we would feel if we were Lila and had no rain.  We know the importance of rain for life and how it affects many aspects of our life.  We’ve also worked on sequencing the story and using key vocabulary from the text to write it in the correct order … ‘For weeks and weeks’, ‘The following morning’, ‘One night’. We are focussing on grammar, punctuation and comprehension with Mrs Ridge this term. We went back to basics remembering key features of sentences and when capital letters are used. We linked this to our kung fu punctuation moves and said the sentences (with actions) before writing them. We also looked at how story maps can help us to retell a story and we did this in groups building up our recall of the story. Can you retell the story to your parents? Today we will be looking at Lila book and answering questions about the text.

For Phonics (Y2), we have looked at more homophones, this time ‘we’re’, ‘wear’, ‘where’, ‘were’, as well as to, two and too, your and you’re. We also used homophone words in our handwriting. You would’ve thought it was Christmas again when they were given new smaller lined handwriting books! Look out for other homophones in you’re reading books. The Y1’s have been learning –ay sound with Mrs Barrett and noting how many sound buttons –ay words have. Can you think of other words with an –ay sound but spelt differently?

Mrs Byatt’s Maths is concentrating on addition and subtraction.  This week we looked at addition and subtraction of number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.  We found out that we can make more sums by swapping the numbers over. Mrs Ridge is focussing on measures (length, capacity, mass/weight) this term. The Y1’s were measuring objects using non-standard units like cubes, hands and feet cut outs, beanbags etc. The Y2’s have been practising using a ruler accurately to measure in cm. 

Our RE, Science and Topic has all linked together this week and we have be learning about the Story of Creation.  We ‘created’ our own African animals using all your recycling (lots of Christmas chocolates and biscuits!) and thought about the type of habitat these animals live in.  We also sorted pictures of other animals and different habitats.  Ask your child if they can remember any other places animals live.

Please ensure PE kits are now in school, with an extra pair of socks please for girls (they cannot wear tights). Thank you.

Homework ideas:

  • Hakuna Matata Project! Meaning ‘No Worries’ in Swahili.  What can you find out about Africa – animals that live there, how it is different to Great Britain, any other Swahili words, traditional dress or dance or music?  Presentations could be pictures or drawings, a fact file of information, PowerPoint slides or something creative?  (please take 3 weeks to complete this)

In addition, please read with your child every evening and record in the reading record book accordingly. Remember that reading can extend beyond asking your child to read the book that they have chosen within the appropriate band for their current level. You may like to read to them first and of course reading can be from home books of your choice. It is important that there is a balance between your child reading to you and they hearing you and of course other members of the family reading to them. Remember to ask questions, opinions, preferences etc…

From Mrs Byatt, Mrs Ridge, Mrs Harley, Mrs Walsh & Mrs Stanford

6 January 2017

Term 3 Plan 

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome Back… Happy New Year to you all. It feels like we have never been away!

Every morning we begin the day doing guided reading (where we read and share a book with the teacher) and other fun literacy based activities. A daily phonics/SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar: Y2) session follows this. In Literacy we have begun a new book called Lila and the Secret of Rain. It is about Lila’s Kenyan Village which is suffering a terrible drought. This modern folk tale reminds us how necessary and precious water is for survival. All our work will be around this book for a few weeks. This week we discussed thoughts and responses to some illustrations and made simple inferences. We had a lively literacy lesson learning Kung Fu Punctuation. Ask us to show you (plenty of space though around you)! This will help us remember key sentence features like finger spaces, capital letters and other punctuation which we then can apply in our writing.

Two maths lessons have been spent on assessment so that our teachers can see what we still need to practise and can avoid misconceptions. We will begin our work on length with practical tasks today, using the vocabulary long/short, tall/short, longer, shorter etc. Y2’s will focus on using rulers accurately to measure in cm, compare and order lengths.

I have had the pleasure of being in Blackbirds all week and on Wednesday we started our next REAL PE unit focussing on cognitive skills as well as dynamic balance. We walked fluidly along a line, trying to coordinate opposite arms and legs, with our knees at a 90 degree angle. Some of us tried this backwards and with other challenges thrown in. Music has been great fun and we have been revising a new song, Tony Chestnut with actions. We learnt an African Call and Echo song and added instrumental beats and rhythms.

HOMEWORK:

  • When reading try picking out a sentence and showing your parents the Kung Fu punctuation moves. Can you remember capital letters, full-stops, exclamation marks, question mark moves? Try writing a few sentences of your own about a topic of your choice (I will expect more Y2’s! Extra challenge try including there, their and they’re correctly) – Remember say the sentence, say the sentence again with the Kung Fu moves and then try writing it (remembering finger spaces). You can illustrate these if you wish.
  • Maths: see differentiated sheet sent home in your child’s book bag.

From Mrs Byatt, Mrs Ridge, Mrs Harley, Mrs Walsh & Mrs Stanford

9 December 2016

Our Literacy focus this week has moved to another book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg … The Jolly Postman!  We took a great deal of time in the first half of the week looking in close detail at the letters and pictures from the story.  We particularly liked the shopping leaflet to the witch and we checked Goldilocks’ spelling! On Wednesday we read the apology letter from Goldilocks to the Three Bears and we worked in pairs to write a response. We also looked at features of postcards and drafted some possible sentences.

We’ve completed our learning about money for this term by playing practical shopping games and answering word problems involving adding coins and giving change.  This is something we will return to later in the year!  Keep allowing your child to handle money and pay for items over the Christmas break, perhaps they’ll have some Christmas money of their own to spend?! We’ve concluded our addition and subtraction calculations unit by working out word problems. We used the mnemonic RUCSAC to help us solve them (Read, Understand, Choose, Solve, Answer, Check). We will be having fun cracking Christmas cracker codes today.

We have also begun preparing for Christmas by finding out about St Nicholas and the traditional story behind his beginning, as well as, busy making decorations, visiting the PTFA Christmas Market stalls and a special Christmas colouring activity! We also thought about our Wishes for the World (new display in the hall) and write these on stars. We look forward to seeing the finished product. Thank you for the few photos that we have received so far (a photo of your child doing something active). We hope to display these in class and it would be lovely if every child had one.

Homework ideas:

  • Find out how to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in different languages and try to learn them.
  • Practise writing your address for the Jolly Postman or make up an address for a character in a story … what would be their house name or number, what road would they live on, whereabouts would they live?
  • Addition and subtraction stories – come up with your own story. For example, Father Christmas brought 3 presents and I had 4 under the tree. I had 7 presents altogether.
  • Write a postcard from your favourite place (can be real or imaginative).

In addition, please read with your child every evening and record in the reading record book accordingly. Remember that reading can extend beyond asking your child to read the book that they have chosen within the appropriate band for their current level. You may like to read to them first and of course reading can be from home books of your choice. It is important that there is a balance between your child reading to you and they hearing you and of course other members of the family reading to them. Remember to ask questions, opinions, preferences etc…

Mrs Byatt, Mrs Ridge, Mrs Harley & Mrs Walsh

2 December 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week we have continued reading and exploring Burglar Bill.  We have been journalists, writing a newspaper report about the burglaries that have happened!   We used a newspaper format to write about what has happened, when, where and by whom. On Wednesday we planned our reports and on Thursday we focussed on improving them. We have been concentrating on our guided reading and checking our understanding of the task through comprehension questions. In SPAG the Y2’s have been assessed on their spellings of common exception words and looked at spelling strategies. We were entranced by the author yesterday reading us is stories…they were humorous! We also asked any questions we had to Billy Buttons.

We’ve continued to learn about money, looking at how we can make different amounts with the coins we have, for example, we don’t have a 13p coin, so we need to use a 10p, 2p and 1p.  We’ve used our knowledge of number patterns to help with this and noticed that £1.00 is the same as 100p. We continued our learning on calculations, focussing still on subtraction. We need to remember that the number gets smaller and that the order does matter. Most of us have worked on facts within 10 or 20. Some of us have been practising subtracting 2, 2 digit numbers.

In RE, we have begun to learn about the story of Christmas through The First Nativity.  Over the next few weeks, we will continue to read and understand the importance of this time of year. In music the Y2’s looked at a new song called, Tony Chestnut – get us to show you!

Homework ideas:

  • Write a ‘Missing’ poster about an object that Burglar Bill has stolen.  Include the key questions… what does it look like, when did it go missing, where was it stolen from?
  • Investigate how many different ways you can make 10p (yr1) or £1 (yr2).  Use coins to add up by counting in 1s, 2s, and 10s.  Send me a photo on dojo or record it in your books.
  • Keeping active, healthy and fit! – Please take a photo of your child doing something active i.e. bike riding or trampolining. We will use these for a display. Please send them in by the end of the week.
  • When reading point out different punctuation and why it is used, capital letters – when they are used and check understanding of a sentence.

In addition, please read with your child every evening and record in the reading record book accordingly. Remember that reading can extend beyond asking your child to read the book that they have chosen within the appropriate band for their current level. You may like to read to them first and of course reading can be from home books of your choice. It is important that there is a balance between your child reading to you and they hearing you and of course other members of the family reading to them. Remember to ask questions, opinions, preferences etc…

Mrs Byatt & Mrs Ridge

25 November 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

Monday and Tuesday – Mrs Byatt

Following our wonderful visit last week from Police Officers Gary and Simon, on Monday we wrote letters to say thank you for their time and involvement.  The children certainly learnt a lot and showed a great understanding of the role of police. We’ve also been practising our handwriting and Yr2 have been looking at rules we apply to plurals of words; there are 5, can they remember them all?

In Maths we’ve begun to look at money, including the value of coins and finding totals by adding coins together.  We have done this through counting and matching games, using number lines and sorting coins by their value.

This week we read the story of Jesus and his Disciples.  We talked about the Disciples being ‘Fishermen of Men.’  We tried to catch our own fish by flapping them into a net!

Homework ideas:

  • Create a woodland animal to go in our habitat display; for example, a fox, owl, hedgehog, squirrel, bat. Please choose a collage of materials to design and decorate your chosen animal, no bigger than A4 paper please.  Perhaps talk about which habitat their animal would live in and why and whether there might be other animals that would live there too?
  • Have you got a piggy bank or purse? Count the coins you have.  Roll a dice and count out the same number of 1p coins.  Can you make 10p, 20p 50p?

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – Mrs Ridge

In literacy we have continued to look at Janet & Allan Alberg books, this week we began Burglar Bill. We were captivated listening to the story and joining in with ‘I’ll have that!’ We checked our understanding of the text and worked on our comprehension skills. On Thursday we looked at the key features of newspaper reports. Next we will explore the characters further through ‘hot seating’.

In maths we have begun to focus on subtraction, in particular facts within 10/20. As always this is done through games, teacher led tasks as well as the written side. Concrete objects and pictorial representations are crucial at this stage. You can help by using examples in our daily lives, e.g. how many grapes have you got? You eat 3. How many are left? Some Year twos have been subtracting larger 2, 2 digit numbers, paying attention to which strategy we like using.

Homework Ideas:

Keep encouraging quick recall of addition/subtraction facts.

Game attached – Race to The Moon!

Object of game: first to have an unbroken line (diagonally, horizontally, and vertically) from earth to moon.

You will need: 2 coloured pens/pencils OR 2 different coloured counters or use 1p/5p coins. Take turns to choose a sum. If you get it right cover/colour that hexagon. First to get from the earth to the moon wins!

Y2’s highlight or note any plurals used in the newsletter above – can you group them according to the rule for adding –s, -es, -ies? Which ending/rule are you short of? Find some more in your reading books. They enjoyed writing shopping lists (just added the plurals) so get them to help you!

Y1’s could do with recognising sentences and golden rules e.g. capital letters, full-stops (or other punctuation), spaces between words… Point these out when reading. Count the sentences.

Come up with an alliterative silly sentence to do with your child’s name (or one of their choice) and decorate.

Jolly Jessica joined a jumping jellyfish juggling.

In addition, please read with your child every evening and record in the reading record book accordingly. Remember that reading can extend beyond asking your child to read the book that they have chosen within the appropriate band for their current level. You may like to read to them first and of course reading can be from home books of your choice. It is important that there is a balance between your child reading to you and they hearing you and of course other members of the family reading to them. Remember to ask questions, opinions, preferences etc…

Mrs Byatt & Mrs Ridge

HOMEWORK FROM MRS JEROME

Christmas card competition
Hartlip School enjoy wishing all supporters of our school a very Happy Christmas and thank them for their hard work. What better way than to send a card that has been designed by the children? So this weekend, there is some whole school homework from Mrs Jerome… to design a Christmas card that can be sent from us at Hartlip School. Nothing better than to get you in the Christmas Spirit! In order to allow printing time and then distribution, please could all entries come in to school on MONDAY. Very much a weekend project. Enjoy!

18 November 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

What an exciting start to the week we had!  We were very lucky to get the chance to meet with Police Officers Simon and Gary, who came in to talk to us and Robins as part of Tolerance Week.  On Monday we wrote some questions we wanted to ask them and on Tuesday we had the chance to find out the answers.  Blackbirds sat really well and had some great ideas and showed a good understanding of their job.  As I said in the Dojo Class Story I sent out, Gary and Simon were very good at explaining that talking to people is really important and to listen to their problems so that they can help in the best way possible.  Blackbirds also got the opportunity to sit in the cell in the back of the police van!! A huge thank you to Simon and Gary!

In Maths, we continued our final week on time, looking specifically at telling the time to the hour and half hour, including quarter past and quarter to for Year 2.  Keep practising this at home, reminding your child that the big hand points to the minutes and the short hand points to the hour.

In this week’s RE we played a ‘Friend Bingo’ game as we found people in class who are our friends for different reasons.  We read and acted out the story of The Good Samaritan, using freeze frames to show the different parts of the story.  We started to think how we can be kind like the Good Samaritan and began to make a list of Christmas Advent Wishes. 

Our focus this week for Outdoor Learning linked in with our school theme for Tolerance Week.  We thought about how we can show kindness to nature.  For this we remembered that we shouldn’t take leaves or branches off trees and that we should walk along the paths.  We admired the beautiful golden yellow of the autumn pear trees.  We also heard dogs barking and saw dogs on their

walk.  Blackbirds were very good at standing still and quiet so as not to frighten the dogs.  As we walked around the orchard, we spotted mole hills and knew this is a habitat for an animal and that we should try to leave them alone.

Homework ideas:

Mrs Byatt & Mrs Ridge

11 November 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

In Literacy we started to read one of my favourite stories … Cops and Robbers by Janet and Allan Ahlberg … Ho ho for the robbers, the cops and the robbers, Ho ho!  We talked about the different characters and described what each was doing.  In class we designed a poster warning us what to do if we saw a robber. We then looked at the robbers, in particular Grandma Swagg. We discussed the character description from the book and designed our own WANTED posters, using interesting adjectives. We hope these posters will go in our new role play area…

This week in Maths we have been looking at time again.  Year 1s have spent some time sequencing pictures of events we do during the day, such as setting the alarm clock, getting up, eating lunch or going to bed. On Year 2 have been looking at the hands on a clock and counting in 5s to help learn the minutes in an hour.

We’ve continued to look at addition, focussing on number bonds to 10, 20 and 100. We played games to reinforce this learning, including on the laptops.

For our RE we read the story of Jesus in the Temple and acted out how we would feel if we were lost or if we lost our favourite toy.  We read a story called ‘Rover’ about a girl who was lost and then found again!

Homework ideas:

  • Following our ICT lesson about internet safety, talk through the
    PowerPoint story we watched about Smartie the Penguin, Year 1 story up to slide 22. http://www.childnet.com/resources/smartie-the-penguin
  • Time how long it takes you to do things … get dressed, eat your tea, tidy your room, go to school etc. Link it to physical tasks too; like timing how long you can balance, tap a balloon in the air, throw and catch, run a set distance… try beating your personal bests!
  • Y2’s have been focussing on suffixes (-ment, -ly, -ful, -less, -ness to name a few!). How many suffix endings can you find when reading? Can you record them, highlight the suffix and write the root word? E.g. beautiful – beauty or lovely – love
  • We all need to learn our number bonds to 10 and recall these (at speed). If your child already knows these they can work on bonds to 20 or 100. Challenge: what other number facts do you know using the same numbers? E.g. if you know 3 + 7 = 10 you also know 7 + 3 = 10 and you also know 10 – 7 = 3 and 10 – 3 = 7. Then if working on bonds to 20, you know 17 + 3 = 20 or to 100 93 + 7 = 100. This game may be useful: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button.

Mrs Byatt & Mrs Ridge

4 November 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

We began the week by learning about our founder, Mary Gibbon. We took a walk to the tomb and around the school building where we noticed several plaques dating the school and its extensions.  We read a little bit about the school when it was founded and the changes that took place over the centuries.  Did you know that when the school was first built, it was actually the other side of the Vicarage between Dane Close and moved to our current site in 1855?

For our Maths this week we have practised the days of the week and the months of the year. We learnt a song for each of these and sequenced them in a paper chain.   We ordered the dates from the plaques from oldest to most recent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5enDRrWyXaw

In RE we read the story of John the Baptiste and made a paper dove to remember the story.

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.”   Matthew 3 v16

On Wednesday we began our calculations: addition and subtraction unit. We found number facts within 20, using cubes and numicon to find fact families. Some of us were challenged to use that knowledge to find other facts to 100 as well as the inverse operation. Please help us to learn the key number bonds to 10 then 20 so that we know them off by heart. There is a vast selection of fun games to reinforce on the web.

With the Founders Day Fireworks and no doubt other displays this weekend, we watched a clip about Guy Fawkes and The Gun Powder Plot. We looked at how to be safe around bonfires and fireworks and designed our own safety posters.

We welcome Mrs Harley to our classroom and look forward to using her artistic talents to our advantage!

Homework ideas:

  • Find out what day you were born on and use the rhyme “Monday’s child is fair of face” to write down what type of child you are http://www.mathsisfun.com/games/dayofweek.html
  • Go for a walk and take a photograph of different trees and their autumn colours or make a collage of leaves from these trees. Can they identify what tree they are? Remember not to take the leaves off trees, but to pick those already on the ground. Do not touch any berries.
  • Anything to do with FIREWORKS… A picture, poem, dance even (we have been doing one in PE), whatever sparks your child’s interests!

Term 2 plan

14 October 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

In maths, Mrs Byatt revised the properties of 2d shapes with Yr 1, looking at the number of sides and corners.  We counted the number of corners and sorted into sets of those with 0, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 sides.  Some of the children extended their learning by including 3d shapes and counting their corners and discovered that some 2d shapes are the faces of 3d shapes.

Year 2 have also been continuing to look at shape. We used Venn diagrams to sort shapes and moved on to 3D shapes. We have looked at edges, vertices and faces and explored different pyramids and prisms.

For our English this week, we have created our own imaginary planets where we think Beegu may come from. Year 2 have written descriptions of these and tried to use lots of different sentence openers e.g. In the distance… Above the mountains…

We have all enjoyed drama work this week, and acted out a scene from the story, we did freeze frames and thought about what the characters are thinking, feeling and saying during the scene. We used photographs from this to write captions, speech bubbles and thought bubbles.

Next week is Arts week! We are going to be learning about the work of Henri Matisse and create our own collages.

Homework ideas:

Year 1 Maths:

  • https://nrich.maths.org/6715 ‘Tangram Pictures’ making pictures using cut out 2d shapes.
  • Go on a shape hunt around the house / park / shops and take photos or drawings of the shapes you find (2d or 3D!)


Year 2 Maths:

  • Choose two 3D shapes and describe the differences between them using the correct vocabulary.

Everyone:

  • Arts Week- Find out about Henri Matisse.

The Blackbirds Team

7 October 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week we have begun a new story in English: Beegu. So far we have used the front
cover and title page pictures to predict who Beegu is and what the story is about. We have talked about the blurb and how this can help us find out what a story is about. 

In Maths, Year 2 have been investigating the properties of 2d shapes. We have played lots of different games to guess and sort the shapes and have looked at symmetry as well. Yr1 Maths for this week was counting in 2s and 5s.  We paired up ‘moon boots’ (wellies) and counted the sets in 2s, or matched cubes together and recorded the numbers in 2s.  Some of them need to work on place value of teen numbers; i.e.; writing 14, not 41 or 17 not 71.  We used our hands to count in 5s and gave each other a ‘High 5’ as we counted on.  We looked at the pattern that each number ends with a 0 or 5!

In Science we tested paper towels to see which would soak up the most water.  We watched the video (search Tim Peake drinking water on CBBC Newsround) to help us find the best paper towel for Tim.  We worked out the kitchen towel was the best as it ‘absorbed’ all the water but didn’t soak into the whole of the towel, i.e.; there was space left on the towel if we had spilled more, nor did it rip / disintegrate.

In RE, Year 2 have read the story of ‘Jesus heals a blind man’ and acted this story out, considering how it would feel to be blind. In Year 2 phonics, we have started looking at spelling rules and patterns (Phase 6). We have been using the past and present tense and looking at how the words change.

Homework:

Year 1 Maths ideas: line up cars in a row in 2s or 5s, count the odd/even numbers on houses, fold paper into a concertina and make a joined up row of hands to write the numbers in 5s, find all the shoes in the house and count the pairs, count the eggs in an egg box (pack of 12 better!) You could also extend your learning by try similar activities counting in 10s.

Year 2 Maths ideas: Play 20 questions with someone at home to guess the shape. You can give them less questions to make it harder! Remember you can only answer with yes or no!

Look around your home and see what 2d shapes you can see in objects (e.g. the TV screen is rectangular).

English/Topic: Create your own planet. Think about what it looks like, what the weather is like there, how far away it is etc.  This can be a picture with labels or a piece of descriptive writing.

As always with homework, please make it work for you and your child!

Have a wonderful weekend.

The Blackbirds Team

30 September 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

In Blackbirds this week we have achieved such a lot!

In our English we have continued to learn about the moon and re-read our text: The Man on the Moon. We thought of questions to ask Bob and created speech bubbles. We sequenced the story and have now started to plan our own story: The Alien on the Moon. We have created our own alien characters and decided what kind of the day the aliens will have in our own stories. Next week we will become authors and write these stories.

In maths, Year 1s practised counting on in 1s and 2s as part of our mental warm up.  They ordered ‘rocket’ numbers to 20, filled in missing numbers on a 100 square and hunted for numbers in the sand.  We also looked at ordinal numbers – 1st-15th and had a jumping race to hand out winning rosettes.  Year 2 have continued to look at place value, ordering and sequencing. We had a tricky puzzle to solve but enjoyed the stretch and challenge!

This week we have also enjoyed science with Mrs Byatt and PE with Mrs Ridge. Year 2 had a discussion in RE about God’s generosity and how God can perform miracles with the smallest of things. We related this to the story of the loaves and fishes. Year 1 enjoyed three afternoons in Robins.

Homework:

  1. Imagine you have landed on the moon and met either Bob from the story or an alien. Think of some questions you could ask the character. This can be a verbal activity with someone at home (please feel free to take a picture and send it to me on dojo!), a picture with speech bubbles or some questions written in your book. If you are writing the questions, remember question marks!
  2. Year 1 maths- here are some ideas for extending and practising maths learning at home: line up teddy bears /cars / other toys and say which is 1st 2nd 3rd etc, or say which order you need to get dressed in using 1st 2nd 3rd, or draw what you have to do each morning to come to school.
  3. Year 2 maths- choose two numbers and say which is the largest / smallest and explain how you know. This could be 2/3/4 digit numbers. Please repeat this three times.
  4. Optional science homework ideas from Mrs Byatt: look at how food changes while it’s being cooked through heating. What kitchen appliance did they use (we talked about microwave, kettle, toaster etc).  Melt some chocolate to dip their fruit into.

As always with homework, please make it work for you and your child. The quantity is flexible.

Have a lovely weekend. 😄

The Blackbirds Team

23 September 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week we have continued with our English work on ‘Man on the Moon.’ We have acted in role as aliens and interviewed each other. Alien Miss McCabe also took the hot seat and we asked her some very interesting questions! We wrote postcards home and presented these in best for display. We created our own space pictures using black paper and chalks for the backs of our postcards. In pairs, we worked together on an advert poster persuading people to visit the moon. Year 2 added extra captions to these on Thursday afternoon. Year 2 also had their first ‘Big Writing’ session on Wednesday afternoon. We wrote in role as moon tourists and used our senses to describe our visit. While we were writing, we had music playing and a candle to help us relax and focus on our work… we were silently writing for quite a while!

In maths this week, Year 2 have continued to explore numbers and the number system. We have ordered sets of numbers using ‘greater than’ and ‘less than,’ and we have extended our thinking with discussions around the numbers. Year 1 have explored number patterns and we have all looked at odd and even numbers.

In RE we have listened to the story of the feeding of the five thousand and thought about the miracles of Jesus. We discussed sharing and retold the story through drama.

On Friday we shared our homework. Wow! Miss McCabe was so impressed with all the hard work and the quality of the work. Well done everyone! Miss McCabe would like to keep hold of the work which is not in books this week for the Rocket role play area and display, but you will get it back in a few weeks!

Homework for this week:

  1. Create an alien character. Think about the characters appearance, personality and facts about them. This can be in any format – For example a picture with labels in your homework book, a model with some sentences to describe them, a poster with words etc.
  2. Learn odd and even numbers. Year 1 – learn which numbers to 20 are odd and which are even. Year 2 – practise recognising odd and even numbers in two, three and four digit numbers. This work can presented in any way and if it is completed verbally then it is not necessary to provide work to hand in.

 

As before, homework is flexible. Please spend as long or as little on the work that you feel necessary for your child and choose the format which your child works best with.

Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

The Blackbirds Team

16 September 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

What an exciting week: we have been to the Moon! This week we read ‘Man on the Moon’ and went on our own journeys to the moon. We acted out the parts of Bob (the man on the moon) and a moon tourist. We explored the moon using our senses and described our adventure. After reading the book, we thought about our favourite part and why we liked it. We sketched our ideas and some of us wrote about it too. As a class, we thought of questions to ask Bob and we emailed these to him (bobthemoonman16@gmail.com).  At the end of the week, we created our own postcards, imagining we were sending them to Earth from the moon. As we were reading the story, some of us saw Aliens but Miss McCabe said we must have been imagining them as she couldn’t see them and there are no such thing!

Year 2 have been working hard in maths this week. We have used arrow cards to explore how numbers are made of digits and looked at place value (thousands, hundreds, tens and ones/units). We played a new number game and Chloe was crowned the winner!

In maths Year 1 have been looking at 2D shapes in our environment. We were detectives on a shape walk and played a game on the whiteboard where we had to spot shapes. We learnt how to use geo-boards, making shapes using elastic bands. We played a shape game in pairs. Some of us still need to practise the common shape names (circle, square, rectangle and triangle) whereas some of us could guess and describe shapes by their properties. Our shape song also helped us remember them.

Year 1 have enjoyed their visits back to Robins on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday this week. While they were there, Year 2 have learnt about the story of feeding the 5000 in RE and looked at conjunctions as part of their extra writing.

This week we began Phonics. Year 1 stay in the classroom and Mrs Barrett comes to teach them there. Year 2 and Miss McCabe go off to do their phonics in the hall.

We have also enjoyed our first science lesson with Mrs Byatt this week as well as PE with Mrs Ridge.

Happy weekend 🙂

The Blackbirds Team