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Healing Multi-Academy Trust

Class 2

Welcome to Class 2

The teacher in Class 2 is Miss French and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Ayre and Miss Bradley

Synergy provides a PE coach who teaches us PE on Mondays and Mrs Brown teaches us shape, space and measure on a Monday too.

29Mar21

Good Friday

The children have been learning about the significance of Easter for Christians.  The children learned that Good Friday is the day that Christians remember Jesus dying on the cross.  We all enjoyed eating yummy hot cross buns and the importance to Christians of the cross on the top.  The children then used a new painting technique using watercolour paints to create a sunset effect before adding cut out pieces of black paper to create a silhouette.  

Friday 26Mar21

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week our stars of the week are...

Harrison for listening well and working carefully in Maths

and

Kian for being really quick at responding to questions and giving reasons for his answers in Maths

and 

Harriet for giving good explanations for her reasoning in Maths

Well done to our super stars.

Friday 26Mar21

Algorithms are CLEAR instructions

The children were challenged to draw a character by following my verbal instructions.  The children's finished characters looked nothing like mine.  The children decided that the instructions were not clear enough.  We tried again, this time with more information, and our pictures looked much more alike.  The children decided that an algorithm must be a set of CLEAR instructions.

Wednesday 24Mar21

Magic patterns

The children created patterns with wax candles but they could not see them.  They then carefully applied watercolour paint to their paper to 'reveal' the wax patterns.  The children learned how to load their brush with water, remove the excess, then carefully brush the watercolour pallet to then paint onto the page using large forward and backward strokes to ensure the paintbrush bristles remained flat.

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Monday 22Mar21

The children become robots.

The children took turns to be either Beebots or programmers. The programmer had to give the Beebot a set of instructions (an algorithm) and the Beebots had to follow them. They used the instructions forward, backward, left and right. We are going to work on our left and right a bit more.

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Monday 22Mar21

What a question?

The children in Miss French's English group thought of some fantastic questions to ask the characters in our story, 'Jabuti the Tortoise'.  They then worked carefully to practise writing question marks.

Friday 19Mar21

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week our stars of the week are...

Marika for working really hard to develop her independence in writing

and 

Kevins for fantastic effort when writing.

Well done to our super stars.

Friday 19Mar21

Measuring using non-standard measurements.

The children used cubes to measure lots of different objects from around the classroom.

Friday 19Mar21

Little Tinkers

The children thought of all of the different things we might have at home that are computer based.

I asked the children how you might learn how to use a new television.  They decided that:-

- someone might show you

- you could read the instructions

-you could press some buttons and see what happens.  If it goes wrong, you could try another button.  We learned that this is called 'tinkering'.

The children were then given Beebots and given the opportunity to 'tinker'.  We then discussed what happened when we pressed each button.

 

Thursday 18Mar21

Jabuti - a dramatic performance

In Miss French's English group, we acted out the story of Jabuti.  Miss French photographed our 'freeze frames'.  Here is our performance.

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Wednesday 17Mar21

DT - Carnival Crowns

The children were shown some materials they could choose from to make Carnival Crowns.  They designed their crowns on Monday and then used their designs to make their fabulous creations.  The children then evaluated how effective their final product was and considered what they would do differently if they had to make them again.  I think the children look fabulous and definitely ready to party.

Wednesday 17Mar21

Amazon snakes

The children found out all about the Amazon Rain Forest.  They then worked together to make a really long Amazonian snake, complete with facts about the Amazon Rain Forest.

Tuesday 16Mar21

Samba Time

The children dressed in their fabulous Brazilian carnival costumes to join in with a Brazilian Samba workout.  I do not think I have ever seen the children so worn out.

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Monday 15Mar21

Birds of Freedom

 

For our project this term, we are learning all about Brazil.  The children discovered that Brazil was one of the last countries in the world to end slavery. 

 

The children found out about the Atlantic slave triangle and found that English people took goods, including guns and ammunition, to West Africa in exchange for people (taken against their will).  The English people then shipped these taken West Africans to the Americas (North America, the Caribbean islands and South America, including Brazil).  The English then sold the West Africans to the rich and powerful farm owners in exchange for the things that grew in those places (cotton, sugar and tobacco).  The West African people were then forced to work without pay and very little food.  If they did not work, they were beaten until they did.  The children watched a video to see what life as an 18th century slave was like. 

 

The children were outraged!  We discussed all of the freedoms that we enjoy now.  We made birds to represent the freedom that we enjoy and thought about the slaves of the past who had no freedom.

Our first week back together!

 

How wonderful to have all of the children back in class!

 

The children have settled in really well and are beginning to get used to some new routines.

 

I am so excited to share the children's learning with you all.

Friday 12Mar21

STARS OF THE WEEK

 

This week our stars of the week are...

Elena for settling back to school so quickly and remembering to follow our golden rules

and 

Lillie-Mae for settling back to school and working hard all week.

Well done to our super stars.

Friday 12Mar21

Algorithms

The children learned about algorithms.  Algorithms are a set of instructions.

The children were given a set of instructions to follow.

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Thursday 11Mar21

Carnivore, herbivore or omnivore

 

The children worked in teams to categorise animals depending on the types of food they ate.

 

Carnivores only eat meat (animals, including fish and insects).

Herbivores only eat plants (fruits, vegetables, roots and leaves).

Omnivores, like humans, eat meat and plants.

Monday 8Mar21

Phonics Fun

 

The children worked together to practise their blending to read words, captions, phrases and sentences.

Monday 8Mar21

We all fit together like a jigsaw

 

We thought about all the different experiences we have had during the third Covid-19 lockdown.  We decided that we had all had very different experiences and that, together, we created a whole new picture.  We created a jigsaw display in our classroom to show this.

Monday 8Mar21

MY HAPPY MIND

 

The children are learning about appreciation and gratitude in My Happy Mind this week.  During some relaxing 'My Happy Breathing', the children thought about all the things they appreciate.

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Our PE days are Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon.  Children can come to school in their PE kit on Wednesdays and bring their PE kit with them on Thursdays and will need suitable footwear for outdoor PE.  Children cannot wear earrings during PE so these will need to be taken out before school please.

It was so wonderful to have the children back for the last week of term.

We kept busy and had lots of Christmas fun.

The year 1 team would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas time and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.

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18Dec20 - Christmas Party Day

Disco dancing and party games.

The best way to end the half term!

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Hot chocolate, popcorn and The Polar Express

The children enjoyed watching their Christmas film while drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows and squirty cream.

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Party Princes and Princesses

The children looked fantastic in their party clothes and even better with their party crowns.

Santa

The children could not believe their eyes when Santa appeared at our classroom door.

16Nov20

Christmas Yoga

The children listened well and followed the instructions carefully to create some complicated yoga poses. 

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15Dec20

Cork Coaster Reindeer

The children were tasked with designing their own Christmas tree decorations.  We looked at lots of pictures on the internet to get some ideas and thought about what things we could use to make our decorations.  The children's designs were fantastic, but unfortunately we only had cork coasters, pipe cleaners, glitter, red felt, snowflake sequins and pens.  The children had to redesign their decorations and decided they could make reindeer.  The children then made their decorations and evaluated how successful they were.

15Dec20

Paper Chains

The children were so proud of their team effort to make such a long paper chain.  We decided to hang them around the middle of the classroom and they looked fabulous.

3Dec20

Ordinal Numbers

The children competed in races to win rosettes telling them which position they finished in.  Miss French and Mrs Mountain kept accidentally lining the children up in the wrong order.  The children quickly worked as a team to correct the mistake.  

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HISTORY EVENT

MOON ZOOM!

Our project this term has been Moon Zoom - learning all about space and space explorers.  This term's project has had a history focus as children have learned about famous astronauts and events in space.  To celebrate the end of our history based project, the children got to enjoy lots of fun activities - everyone seemed to have a great time.

1Dec20

What fabulous aliens and space explorers!

The children dressed up for our History event, celebrating our project 'Moon Zoom'.

2Dec20

Aiming for the moon.

The children had great fun setting off our pressure rocket.  We half filled the rocket with water before attaching it to the mount which created a seal.  We then pumped air into it using a special pump.  Our first attempt wasn't very successful and didn't go very far because we had not pumped enough air into it.  We discovered that there needed to be lots of air in the tube with the water.  It needs enough air so that there is no room for anything else.  This means that when we release the seal, all the air and water tries to escape, forcing the rocket to move forward very quickly.  After a few attempts, we managed to propel the rocket up and forwards at great speed causing it to travel a great distance.

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2Dec20

Paper Plate Planets

The children carefully observed pictures of the planets in our solar system.  They considered the colours and patterns and then used paper plates to attempt to recreate the planets of our solar system.

1Dec20

Virtual Planetarium

The children enjoyed our virtual planetarium and they learned about how the earth moves, giving the appearance of the sun moving in the sky.  We went out to investigate where the sun was positioned and found that, at about 9:30am, it was half way between the east and south positions.  When the children went out to afternoon play, at 2pm, they noticed that the sun appeared to have moved and was positioned half way between the south and west positions.  The children also found out about different star constellations and discovered that the north star always appears to remain in the same place while all the other stars appear to turn in the night sky.

1Dec20

Starships

The children really had to concentrate on their coordination as they followed the dance moves to Nicki Minaj's song, 'Starships'.

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1Dec20

Planet Crumpet

The children used crumpets to print paint onto dark paper to create the effect of moons and planets.  The children soon realised you had to be quite gentle, otherwise the pattern from the print was lost.

1Dec20

Building Space Rockets

The children worked together to build their own space rockets using building blocks.

27Nov20

STARS OF THE WEEK

 

This week our stars of the week are...

Dakota for working hard to improve the presentation of her work

and 

Kian for trying hard to present his work neatly.

Well done to our super stars.

27Nov20

Advent

The children learned that Christmas is a time for Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the son of God.  We talked about why we have advent calendars and decided it was a way to count down to Christmas.  We learned that Christians have advent wreaths in their churches and, because they only congregate in churches on Sundays, Christmas Eve and Christmas day, they have 4 candles on the lead up to Christmas and, sometimes, a fifth for Christmas day.  The children heard about how the wreath is made of evergreen foliage as this represents God's everlasting love.  They also heard about how candles are used as the light represents God because Christians believe that God is light and guides people through dark times.  The light also represents the hope that Christians feel at the arrival of Jesus on Christmas day.  They also heard how each candle represents something different.  The children then worked in teams to make their own advent wreaths to decorate the classroom. 

27Nov20

The Way Back Hone - Version 2.0

The children watched an animation of the story, 'The Way Back Home.' by Oliver Jeffers.  They are very familiar with the book so were able to easily identify the similarities and differences between the two versions.

26Nov20

Fact Families

The children made bar models to help them find a family of addition and subtraction facts.  From the bar model (which shows 2 parts and the whole amount) the children could find the two addition equations (5 + 2 = 7 and 2 + 5 = 7) and the two subtraction equations (7 - 5 = 2 and 7 - 2 = 5).

26Nov20

Capital letters and full stops.

The children worked in their teams to identify capital letters and full stops in a large passage of text.

25Nov20

Message from the alien.

The children have been working hard with their writing and are now beginning to construct lovely sentences.  The children have been writing to the alien from our book after receiving a message from him.  Some of the children chose to write questions and remembered to use their question marks.

24Nov20

Correcting Sentences

The children worked in groups to edit and improve the sentences they were given.  The children had to edit the capital letters, full stops, fingers spaces and add in missing words.

23Nov20

Clever Never Goes!

In PSHE, we have discussed the 'Clever Never Goes' approach to safety.  “If someone you’re not expecting to, or don’t know, asks you to go somewhere with them, just remember: CLEVER NEVER GOES!”  We looked at different scenarios with some adults having a conversation with the children and some adults trying to get the children to 'go with them'.  We then considered whether it was 'safe', 'unsafe' or if they were 'unsure'.  We then discussed why we made our choices and had the opportunity to change our minds. 

23Nov20

Using clues and prior knowledge to 'infer'

The children have been introduced today to the concept of 'inference'.  An inference is any step in logic that allows someone to reach a conclusion based on evidence or reasoning.  The children followed instructions to complete a picture of a gingerbread man but they weren't given very many details.  Their pictures looked very similar to the teacher's and they decided that was because they used their 'prior knowledge' of having eaten gingerbread men before and because they have looked at the story of The Gingerbread Man.  The children then worked as a team to use the clues on a picture to answer questions.  

23Nov20

Counting back to subtract.

The children used their number lines to carefully count back from 7 to subtract 2.  The children remembered our rule to 'jump then count'.  They also remembered that, when subtracting, we need to count back which means moving closer to zero (although it isn't shown on this number line).  They were then able to write their subtraction equations, remembering to put the 'whole' amount at the beginning of the equation because it tells us a 'story' (7 - 2 = 5: first there were 7 ladybirds, then two jumped away so we were left with 5).

20Nov20

STARS OF THE WEEK

 

This week our stars of the week are...

Ayla-May and Roland for both following the golden rules and showing respect to everyone.

Well done to our super stars.

20Nov20

Let's Celebrate!

The children explored how we might celebrate and how celebrations make us feel. We thought about what celebrating means and decided it was a shared experience. We then thought about how Christians celebrate Christmas because it is something that makes them feel happy and is a shared experience.

20Feb20

People who help us.

The children thought about the people who help us besides the three main emergency services.  They then worked in teams to complete jigsaws of the different people who help us.

20Feb20

Composing sentences

Some of the children in Class 2 used their detective skills to put words into the correct order to make sentences about our story, 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers.

20Nov20

Subtraction using bar models and number bonds.

The children showed subtraction equations as bar models to help them find the difference.

18Nov20

PE - Dance - Journey to the Moon

The children listened carefully to the BBC Sounds School Radio PE dance lesson.  The children followed the instructions carefully to put together a sequence of moves, imagining they were heading for an adventure on the moon.  The children really are becoming much better at listening to and following instructions.  They thought about how they needed to move their bodies in different ways and how to use balance, coordination and space to carry out the moves.

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18Nov20

English - Instructions

The children worked in pairs to carefully follow instructions for making a paper collage of a rocket.  

17Nov20

Algorithms

The children demonstrated that they understand what an algorithm is by instructing Miss French to put her coat on using clear instructions (this took a few goes to get right as she ended up with her coat back-to-front or the wrong way around a few times).  The children then listened to an algorithm, waiting for the instruction of 'go' before completing the sequence of actions.  We all had a chance to program the Beebots.  We also practised using algorithms by giving our learning partner clear instructions so that they could move around our classroom safely.

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16Nov20

The First Man on the Moon

Today the children have been learning about the first moon landing.  They have watched the landing and heard the first words the first man on the moon said and other facts about him.  Can your child tell you the name of the first man on the moon?

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16Nov20

Anti-bullying Week

Today was the first day of anti-bullying week and some of the children wore odd socks to prove that it is OK to be different.  We talked about what bullying was and how to deal with any bullying.  The children then coloured pictures of odd socks to take home.  Can your child explain why they have coloured odd socks?

13Nov20

STARS OF THE WEEK

 

This week our stars of the week are...

Stanley for being supportive towards his friendship group

and

Elena for being a good friend to everyone in class.

Well done to our super stars.

13Nov20

Seasons

The children talked about the 4 different seasons and how they were all different. We then went on an autumn walk to find clues to tell us that it is autumn. The children thought it was a bit chilly. They found brown, yellow and red leaves and they were falling off the trees. The sun wasn't very bright and was very low in the sky. They saw lots of berries and apples. The children also pointed out some migrating geese flying overhead.

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13Nov20

Character description

The children worked in teams to describe the alien in our story, 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers.  We then brought our ideas together before writing our own sentences to describe the alien.

13Nov20

Solving Picture Problems

In maths, the children have been looking at picture problems.  We discussed how the picture we were looking at was made of two 'parts' and that we needed to find the 'whole' amount.  The children explored how to show the 'part-part-whole' by using cubes, bar models and part-part-whole diagrams.  Stanley and Kevins showed us how to do this with our cubes.

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13Nov20

Joe Wick's 24 hour PE challenge.

The children listened carefully to Jo Wicks and joined in with his final work-out routine for his 24 hour children in need exercise challenge. The children had great fun and it put them in a great mood for a busy day of learning.

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12Nov20

"I feel..."

We are currently reading 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers and we have just got to a page where a little boy is stuck on the moon.  It is dark and he is all alone with no idea of how to get back.  We imagined how it must have felt by making our classroom all dark.  We had finger torches which was fun, but then, the boy's light began to flicker and go out so we switched our lights of to help us think about how it must have felt.  We then imagined we were the boy and composed sentences in first person to say how I (the boy) was feeling.

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11Nov20

Commutative law

The children worked in pairs to make sticks of cubes that had two parts.  They then worked together to write the equation (number sentence).  Some children chose to create their own 'part-part-whole' diagrams.  Then, they flipped the stick of cubes and found a second equation to write down.  The children found that when they write their addition equations, it doesn't matter which order the two 'parts' are written down in the equation, the 'whole' amount is always the same.  This is called 'commutative law'.  Ask your child if they can explain what commutative law is.

10Nov20

'A rhythm is a steady beat.'

The children have been taking part in music for the last 6 weeks.  Miss Everitt has seen a huge improvement in the children's listening skills.  They have been learning about rhythm and understand that it is a 'steady beat'.  The children have been practising clapping in rhythm as well as listening to music and joining in with the beat.

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9Nov20

'If I were an airplane'

The children learned a poem about an aeroplane and added their own actions and sounds to make it more engaging.  The children rehearsed their performed poem and presented it to each other.

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9Nov20

Materials Hunt

We went on a hunt around our school for different types of materials.  We thought about whether or not the materials were hard, warm or cool, made a noise or not, were see-through or not.  We found wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, concrete and perspex.

6Nov20

STARS OF THE WEEK

 

This week our stars of the week are...

Joel for helping others when they are finding something challenging

and

Marika for always helping to tidy and for helping to set up our morning activity every day.

Well done to our super stars.

6Nov20

Space Art

The children used two different paint techniques to create their space inspired artwork.  On black paper, the children 'splattered' the paint from their paintbrushes onto the paper.  On dark blue paper, they laid their paper on a tray before dipping a marble in coloured paint and rolling it across the page.  The finished results are really rather impressive.

5Nov20

Noun or verb?

The children are becoming really good at working as a team and this week they have been showing off their fantastic cooperation skills.

The children have thought about the difference between a noun and a verb.

A noun is a person, place, animal or object.

A verb is an action word.

They worked together to decide which words were nouns and which were verbs, before writing the words into the correct column in their English books.

4Nov20

Character Description

The children are very excited to be starting a new book and English sequence for our new project, 'Moon Zoom'.

We have only read the first four pages of 'The Way Back Home' by Benji Davis and the children have already met a character but there is no information about him.

The children worked together to describe the character, writing their thoughts down on large sheets of paper.  

We then shared our ideas and put them all down on one big sheet of paper.

4Nov20

Sorting Materials

The children worked in teams to sort materials by their properties, asking questions such as:

Is it hard or soft?

Is it rough or smooth?

Is it bendy?

The children then recorded their results in a table.

 

2Nov20

Alien Invasion!

The children returned from the half-term break to discover a space rocket that had crash landed into our classroom.  The children decided that the funny foot prints must belong to an alien so have decided that the space ship must be from outer space.  The children decided the dust around the footprints must have been space dust and that the rocks below the space craft must be space rocks, maybe even from the moon.  The footprints led out of the classroom so the children have decided that the alien must still be in the school somewhere.

23Oct20

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week we have been looking for children who have tried hard this half-term.

 

Harriet and Maisie-Jade for trying hard this half-term.

 

Well done to our super stars!

22Oct20

Self-portaits

The children put their newly found pencil skills to the test and attempted to complete the other half of their own faces.  The children used the missing piece to help decide where to draw lines and where to shade.  Well done everyone!

Wednesday 21Oct20

Show and Tell

The children loved sharing their 'special artefacts' with the rest of the class.  Even the children who forget their special things talked to the other children about what was special to them. We created our very own museum of special artefacts.

Wednesday 21Oct20

Where do sentences start and end?

The children worked in team to find the capital letters and full stops.  They did a great job!

Monday 19Oct20

Scribbles for art

The children experiment with tone today by seeing what different effects they could create using a hard pencil and a soft pencil.  The children decided that the soft pencil made a darker effect and the hard pencil was a bit sharper.  We discussed how the soft pencil would be good for shading and the hard pencil better for drawing neat lines.  We tried using the pencil's edge, rather than its point.  We also tried smudging the pencil with our fingers and agreed that the softer pencil created a better effect.

Monday 19Oct20

Sequencing Grandad's Island

The children worked in groups to sequence pictures from the story, 'Grandad's Island'. They used time connectives to show order.

16Oct20

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week we have been looking for children showing good listening.

 

Joel for listening well to instructions so he always knows what he should be doing

and 

Olivia for always being ready to listen and ready to learn.

 

Well done to our super stars!

Friday 16Oct20

Field work and observational skills

For our geography lesson this week,we looked at an online map and satellite images of our school and the surrounding area.

We then worked in teams to find geographical features that we would find on a map.  In our teams, we took photos and recorded our findings by drawing what we found.

14Oct20

Photo Gallery

 

The children have made photo frames for their pictures they brought in of themselves as babies.  Some children chose to use a photo of them now instead of baby photos.

 

The photo gallery is now proudly displayed in Class 2 and looks fabulous.

13Oct20

Syd leaves Grandad at Grandad's Island

When Syd leaves Grandad, the sea and sky are dark, black and stormy.  We used music and colour to imagine how that must have felt to help us discuss Syd's emotions.

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12Oct20

Harvest festival soup

The children celebrated harvest festival by making their very own soup that they were able to take home at the end of the day. The children learned about how and why we celebrate harvest, what vegetables are and why vegetables are an important part of the diet.  The children also learned how to tell the difference between a fruit and a vegetable.  Ask your child if they can remember what the difference is?

12Oct20

Number bonds and the whole-part diagram

 

The children were challenged with finding how to put 5 cakes on 2 plates.  They found that you could 'partition' the whole amount into two 'parts' in different ways...

 

3 and 2

4 and 1

0 and 5

 

The children then learned that you could show this on a whole-part diagram, like this...

The children then tried to find number bonds for 6 to put into a whole-part diagram.

9Oct20

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week we have been looking for children showing an improved attitude for learning.

 

Harrison and Ruby for their improved attitude to learning.

 

 

Well done to our super stars!

9Oct20

Memory Box - What's Down Memory Lane?

As part of our project, we have been thinking about history within living memory.  Miss French brought in some objects that she remembers from her childhood and asked the children what they thought they might be.  The children thought the record might be to go in a machine for playing films.  They knew that the typewriter was for writing letters but could not believe how long it took to type compared to a modern keyboard.  They were unsure about the old fashioned 'dolly peg' and thought it could be for picking up food or for curling hair.  The children knew that the polaroid camera was for taking photographs but were shocked at how heavy it was.  Miss French had to have a lie down afterwards because she suddenly felt very old!

9Oct20

HELLO YELLOW!

The children all wore yellow for World Mental Health Day.

We discussed the importance of thinking about our mental health and doing what we can to keep our mind’s healthy.  We thought about how My Happy Mind helps when things might get a bit difficult for us.

 

We also discussed how it’s OK not to be OK and that, sometimes, we might feel unhappy or worried but that these feelings change, especially if we have people to help us with our feelings.

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6Oct20

Science - part of our bodies

We learned the names for the different body parts and labelled an outline of one of our friends.

6Oct20

I love you

The children learned about the Christian story of Moses and how Christians believe God shows humans his love and support.  We then discussed how we can show our love and learned the Makaton sign language for 'I love you'.

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5Oct20

Miss French's phonics group

The children have been working so hard on their handwriting.  At Woodlands Academy, we learn a type of handwriting that includes 'whooshes' and 'flicks' so that, as we become quicker at writing, the letters will automatically begin to join up.  Here we are practising the letter [v].

2Oct20

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week we have been looking for children showing perseverance.

 

Layton L for asking questions in maths when finding things confusing instead of giving up.

Elena for always trying again in maths when she finds the wrong answer first.

 

Unfortunately, Elena wasn't in school to have her photograph taken with her certificate.

Well done to our super stars!

2Oct20

The story of Noah

The children listened to the Christian story of Noah and thought about how Christians believe God worked with humans to fix what had been spoiled.  The children discovered that, in the Christian story, God was angry that there were so many people doing bad things that he needed to start over. 

The children discussed whether that made a kind God or not and then voted, giving reasons for their choice.  Some thought that it was right to only leave good people on earth, even though other good people might die.  Other people thought that God should have forgiven the bad people and helped them be good.  

The children then learned from the story that God sent a rainbow as a symbol for Christians to promise never to send a whole world flood again.  The children made their own rainbows as a symbol of good will.

1Oct20

Ordering number

The children worked in teams to order the numerals.

30Sep20

Ordering Numicon

he children worked in teams to order the Numicon. Most children started with 1 and some children started with 10 but all children put them in the correct order.

25Sep20

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week we have been looking for children working hard.

This week, our stars of the week are...

Marika for working hard in phonics

and

Kevins for working hard with his reading in school.

25Sep20

Spanish Tapas

For Languages Day at Woodlands Academy, Class 2 were given the task of learning some Spanish.

To find out a little more about Spain, we tried some different favourite Spanish foods, including:-

manchego cheese

chorizo

jamon (ham)

black and green olives

sun dried tomatoes

Spanish tortilla

The children enjoyed the tortilla, cheese and ham but were unsure about the rest.

25Sep20

Hola

For Languages Day at Woodlands Academy, Class 2 were given the task of learning some Spanish.

Here we are saying Hello in Spanish (Hola).

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24Sep20

More / greater and less / fewer 

The children have been exploring quantities and thinking about more and less and greater and fewer.

22Sep20 and 23Sep20

Grandad's Island

We have been looking at a new page to the book Grandad's Island every week.  This week, Grandad and Syd set off on their adventures on a ship across the sea.  We thought about what it might be like to be on a ship on the rolling seas and thought about how Syd and his Grandad would be feeling. 

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22Sep20

Cups and Saucers

In PE this week, we have been thinking about playing offensively and defensively.

We joined Class 2 in playing a game of cups and saucers.  Half of the cones were placed with the open end facing up (cups) and the other half with the open end facing down (saucers).  Class 1 had to turn all of the cones into cups and Class 2 had to turn them into saucers.  We saw some fantastic offensive tactics as children turned the cones to either cups of saucers and defensive tactics to stop the other class from turning them back again.

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22Sep20

The Christian Creation Story

The children listened to the Christian Creation Story.  As they listened, children found the matching pictures and put them in order of what Christians believe God created on each day.

18Sep20

STARS OF THE WEEK

This week we have been looking for children showing kindness.

This week, our stars of the week are...

Dakota for being kind and helping her learning partner with their work.

Kian for being a kind friend to everyone in Class 2.

18Sep20

Would you rather..?

The children took part in a 'Would you rather..?' quiz.  We discussed making choices and that sometimes it is difficult to make the right choice.  We thought about how important it is to think carefully before making a choice, especially when we are making choices about our behaviour.  The children couldn't decide if they would rather eat bogies or lick their shoe.  The class had a good discussion about why one was worse than the other and the children showed how they were able to respect each others' decision. 

16Sep20

Maths

This week the children have been categorising objects and carefully counting them.  We have discovered that it is much easier to count objects if they are lined up in neat rows.

14Sep20

My Happy Mind

We have started our My Happy Mind programme in school and this week we got to meet our brains.  What can the children remember about their brains?  Why not ask them?

11Sep20

STARS OF THE WEEK

Each week, we choose two children from each class who have really impressed us throughout the week.

This week, our stars of the week are...

Sianna for settling in so well and always coming into school with a big smile.

Lillie-Mae for settling into the year one routines so well.

 

11Sep20

Our new way to have assemblies

We are not allowed to mix with children from other bubbles (classes) at the moment and didn't want to miss out on our assemblies.  We have found away around this and now have assemblies via Zoom!

8Sep20

Our wish jar

We discussed what wishes are and thought about what we would wish for.  We shared some ideas and then the children wrote their own on a slip of paper to add to our wish jar.  We just need to hope now that they all come true.  We won't mind if they don't because we know that a wish means to hope for something that might not happen.  It's always nice to wish though.

Our First Week

It has been so lovely to be back in school and our first week as a new class has been a busy one.  All of the children are working hard and have settled quickly into the new routines.  Things might be a little bit different at the moment but it is so lovely to see the children working together, helping one another and all with a big smile on their faces.  I think this year is going to be a great year!

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