Our Nativity practice is nearing perfection as we prepare to perform in our sheep costumes next week. Thank you very much for providing these, the children will be Baaa-rilliant! The weather on Monday was a lovely surprise so we dashed outside to explore the snow and ice. What a lot we have learned about the weather and seasons. We also looked carefully at the patterns our wellies left in the snow and looked for signs of animal prints. We created some wonderful wintery pictures and carried out an ice experiment in the classroom. Our big snowball took over 5 hours to melt! Mrs Van Dyke was kind enough to visit our class to tell us about a festive tradition from Slovakia. The children have decorated boots in the hope that St Nicholas will visit and leave a treat inside. Let's find out next week! We have also learned to say 'Happy Christmas' in Slovak. Veselé vianoce!
The children in Snowy Owl Class have been looking at planet Earth and learning about the continents and oceans, different countries and finding places we have heard of or been to. We have looked at Google Earth and zoomed in from outer space onto Barton Stacey. We have also found forests and deserts as well as snow and ice, we think we even found where Santa lives! We have also looked at all kinds of maps and talked about the features we recognise. In worship this week, the children have learned about Noah and have learned what patience means. God sent a rainbow after the floods and rewarded Noah's patience. I think the children in Snowy Owl Class show a lot of patience when they have to wait for something to happen. We were inspired to create our own rainbows in different ways. Unfortunately, due to continued bubbling, we have been unable to change library books this week. Please continue to keep them in the book bags. Nativity costumes on Monday please!
The children have been busy learning the songs for our nativity performance. There are a lot of words to learn, and I am very pleased with how it is improving. There are definitely some budding performers in our class! We have been very aware of the changing season and Snowy Owls have been out hunting for signs of autumn in the outdoor areas. We are lucky that there are so many species of tree to find, and we have been looking at the different shapes and colours of the leaves to try and identify which trees the leaves came from. We've also focussed on making autumn art and patterns. The children have thought deeply about friendship as part of 'anti-bullying week' and we now have many volunteers for the responsible role of 'play buddy' within the class.
This week we have been thinking about growing up. What a lot we have learned since we were born! It has been fun guessing who is who. The children have been engaged in wonderful discussions, developing their language and communication skills as they enjoying sharing their photos. Alongside this, we have continued to enjoy as much learning time as we can outdoors. We have played phonics games and maths games in the woods. I was also incredibly impressed with Snowy Owls calm reflection during our Remembrance service. Look out for some more information coming soon about the Nativity service. Here's a little clue what Snowy Owls will be.... Baaa
This week Snowy Owls have been busy doing all sorts of things! We have practised our Maths skills in the forest, collecting sticks of different lengths, using language such as longer and shorter and ordering sticks by length. We have enjoyed the wonderful story of the Elves and the Shoemaker and discussed the concept of kindness. The children have practised their stitching skills just like the Elves. We have made puppets of the characters and performed the story for an audience within the class which was very entertaining! We continue to pick up new phonic sounds, we now know 'u' and 'r' and have been using these to read simple words. Some children have even written a sentence.
In Snowy Owls this week we have been reading ‘The Naughty Bus’ and we have been on lots of exciting bus adventures ourselves! In maths we hopped on board the ‘Snowy Bus’ and practised our number sentences by adding passengers and taking them away at various stops around the classroom! We have also enjoyed singing ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ with lots of actions and sequenced pictures from the story in English. We have also been busy in Phonics learning ‘o’ ‘c’ ‘k’ ‘ck’ and playing lots of interactive phonics games. The Snowy Owls have continued to show great resilience and coped with all the changes this week very well. We are very proud of you all!
This week in Snowy Owls we have been making friendship bracelets for each other and showing resilience in everything we do – including tidying up! We have also been making art from natural materials, drawing still life vegetable pictures and practising our phonics. This week we have learnt ‘g’. The Snowy Owls have had a great week and we are very proud of all the resilience and perseverance they have shown!
Snowy Owls have had a very interesting week of learning! We are progressing well with phonics, with the help of the Gruffalo in the woods. The children have begun to put together simple words using the sounds we have learned so far. Please look out for some new sounds coming home in the home learning book. We have also looked at how the weather is changing, noticing the sunshine and showers, and finding we need to put our coats on a bit more often. The children have planted cress seeds and we're looking forward to seeing how quickly they sprout. Finally, we have enjoyed some musical afternoons with Mr Martin and have had a lovely singalong with his guitar.
This week we have enjoyed the story of the Disgusting Sandwich and have had fun creating playdough sandwiches, serving up sandwiches in the role play kitchen and learning instructions for how to make a sandwich. It was especially exciting when we collected items from our forest learning session to help us make disgusting sandwiches to serve up for the monsters in the mud kitchen! We have learned the names of some new vegetables and cut them open to see what's inside including an aubergine and an autumnal squash! We used them to print repeating patterns in the creative area; the savoy cabbage leaves made very interesting patterns. The week has ended with the children making their own sandwich.
I'm so impressed with how well the children have settled into full-time school! There have been more 'firsts' for our Year R children this week including 'Forest Learning', an afternoon in the 'outside learning zone' and PE which have all been very exciting. The Year 1 children are really helping us learn what to do. It would be very helpful if you could provide a named pair of wellies and ensure that the children have a coat and water bottle in school every day, no matter what the weather is doing. Thank you to everyone who has spent time looking at reading and phonics at home. The children will benefit enormously with all your help. We will aim to read and change books at least once per week (days will vary) so please keep everything in the book bag ready.
What an awesome start to the school year! Snowy Owls have settled brilliantly into new routines and we are all feeling very proud of ourselves. So far, the children have shown us how well they can tidy up resources and share equipment. We have had some lovely discussions about what makes us special and unique, talking about friends and family and things we enjoy. They have also begun to learn some phonic sounds. Well done every-one!
Summer Term Learning Project
11 June 2021
This week, we have been exploring the seaside! We have been learning about subtraction in Maths and in Music we created a soundscape for a short film using untuned percussion. In English, we have been planning a trip to the seaside by writing lists and writing postcards. In Phonics, we have been learning about CCVC words and in Geography, the Y1s have been naming the 7 continents of the world.
28 May 2021
This week, we have learnt about turtles. We made our own clay turtles and wrote information posters. We have also been learning about addition in Maths and in Science we measured the strength of different materials to make a new shell for the turtle.
21 May 2021
This week, we have been learning with the Rainbow Fish! We have been continuing our time unit in Maths and in English we have been writing fact files about a sea animal as well as thinking about and writing thought bubbles for the characters in our focus story. In Science we explored properties of materials and completed an investigation where we had to find about how Rainbow Fish sparkles!
14 May 2021
This week, we have been exploring books from under the sea, including; 'Tiddler' and 'Sharing a shell'. In Maths, we made our own clocks to help Tiddler make sure he's not late for school and the Y1s have even learnt about hour times and half past times. In English, we sequenced and retold the story of 'Tiddler' using puppets and pictures and we have also been doing lots of research in Science using laptops and books, with the Y1s turning the information into mind maps.
7 May 2021
This week, we have been continuing our learning with Nemo and Dory. In Art, we made our own aquariums using shoe boxes and included a range of ocean animals we have learnt about. In Maths, we have been learning our number bonds to 20 and we enjoyed helping Dory learn about belonging and what makes us unique in PSHE and RE. We also had lots of fun completing a range of Nemo and Dory themed 'Rainbow Challenges'!
30 April 2021
This week, we have been learning with Nemo from Disney's 'Finding Nemo'. In English, we learnt about writing diaries by looking at Nemo's diary entry from his first day of fish school and we even helped Nemo count backwards in Maths. We have also been experimenting with the different sounds that water can make in Music and made octopus paper chains in Art.
23 April 2021
We launched our new project in Snowy Owls this week! We had lots of fun exploring some of the new things in the classroom and outside area. We created questions and made predictions based on what we want to find out about our pro-ject in English and even made under the sea landscapes by mixing colours together in Art. In Maths, we have been looking at repeating patterns and we also learnt about a famous explorer of the sea! We can't wait to continue learning more throughout our new project - 'What wonders do the waters hold?'.
1 April 2021
This week, we have been learning about Easter! We made Easter bonnets and sequenced The Easter Story. We had lots of fun finding Easter eggs with sounds on them in our Easter egg hunt! We hope everyone has a lovely Easter!
26 March 2021
This week, we enjoyed making our toy adventure stories into short films using our 'film studio'. We also bought some toys by counting and using money in the 'Snowy Owl Toy Shop'! We have also been working really hard on our fine motor skills this week.
19 March 2021
This week, we have been exploring and learning about money in Maths and have even got a toy shop in our classroom! In English, we have planned our toy adventure stories ready to turn into short films next week. We enjoyed playing listening games with the parachute and learnt all about Walt Disney this week too, with the Y1s making fact files about him.
12 March 2021
This week, we have been settling back into our school environment and exploring some new things in the classroom, including our new investigation area. We had lots of fun on Science day with Professor Brewster and looked at lots of fun experiments! We even got to make our own rain clouds and made a ball float in the air! We also enjoyed making up our own experiments and writing words and sentences about our favourite ones.
5 March 2021
This week, we have been continuing our learning with the Toy Soldiers. We wrote our new missions for the Toy Soldiers using our Phonics and we can't wait for them to go on all of our missions! In Maths, we have been learning about sharing and in Art we have been learning about camouflage and even making our own camouflaged animals!
26 February 2021
This week, we have been learning with the Toy Soldiers from Toy Story. We created text maps in English explaining a new mission for them and even made marching rhythms in Music and parachutes in D&T. In Maths, the YRs have been learning about doubling and the Y1s have been making and adding equal groups.
12 February 2021
This week in Snowy Owl Class, the YRs have been working on their blending and segmenting in Phonics and the Y1s have been looking at the properties of materials in Science. We made thank you cards in English and have enjoyed completing wellbeing activities this week too. We look forward to finding out which toy we will be learning with after half-term!
5 February 2021
This week, we have been learning with Forky! We have been writing instructions in English and learning about 2D and 3D shapes in Maths. We even made our own toys out of recycled materials!
29 January 2021
This week, the YRs have been continuing to learn their numbers to 20 in Maths and the Y1s have been counting in 5’s. In English, Buzz Lightyear asked us to make video letters and written letters as well as adverts addressed to Andy asking for a new toy to join the family. We also learnt about old and new toys and the differences between them.
22 January 2021
This week in Snowy Owls, we met Buzz Lightyear! We have been designing new rockets for Buzz and creating sound effects using objects for a scene in the movie. In Maths, the YRs have been learning some teen numbers and the Y1s have been learning about position and direction. In English, we have been writing labels and making sentences and the Y1s have been learning about question marks and exclamation marks. We also tested some materials to see which would make the best aeroplane for Buzz to fly around in!
15 January 2021
This week in Snowy Owls we launched our new project 'What is a Toy's Story?'! We met Woody and Jessie this week and even made a new hat for Woody. The YRs have learnt some new sounds in Phonics and the Y1s have been developing their blending when reading and writing. We had lots of fun making lost posters for our own toy and have been learning the numbers 11 and 12 in Maths with the Y1s counting in 2s. We can't wait to continue our project learning next week!
11 December 2020
This week we have been learning more about Christmas. We made a Christmas wishes cake and stirred in our own wishes and we learnt about the Christmas story and sequenced its events. We even designed a present for an elf and in Maths we've been learning about subtraction.
4 December 2020
This week we have started to celebrate Christmas. We learnt about a bear who had never seen Christmas and we came up with some ideas on what we could teach him. We made our own wrapping paper using repeating patterns in Maths and we wrote letters to Santa in Literacy. We even got to post them ourselves in the post box to make sure they get to the North Pole in time for Christmas!
This week we had lots of fun at our class Hanukkah celebration where we took part in some traditional Hanukkah activities. We made Menorah headbands and our own dreidels as well as created pictures to give as gifts. We then wrote recounts of our exciting afternoon later in the week.
This week we have started learning about the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. We looked at some of the special things they do to celebrate it and we all wrote words or sentences about them. In Maths we've been looking at counting to and making 8 to represent the candles that are lit during Hanukkah and the Y1s have also been looking at their number bonds to 10. We look forward to learning more about Hanukkah next week and planning our own Hanukkah celebration.
This week we have been camping! In Maths we have been learning about addition and in English the Y1s have been looking at bossy verbs for writing instructions. Everyone even made recycled paper by following instructions.
Sounds learnt this week - YRs = j, v, w, x Y1s = a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e
In Maths this week, the YRs have been looking at positional language and the Y1s have been ordering and comparing numbers to 100. We learnt about the different parts of a plant in Science and even made our own paper plants, with the Y1s labelling theirs. Also, we learnt about compass directions and made our own compasses using chalk on the playground. In English, we have been using the Gruffalo story to hear, read and write rhyming words too.
Sounds/tricky words learnt this week:
YR = l, f, go, no, to, into Y1 = ew, au, ey, a-e
23 October 2020
This week we found footprints from the characters in the Gruffalo story in our infant area! In English we have been learning about descriptions and the Y1s have been looking at adjectives in particular. In Maths we have been looking at one more and one less to 10 and the Y1s have been writing and partitioning numbers to 100. We created artwork to express feelings through the use of colours and in Science we learnt a song about what a plant needs to grow with the Y1s continuing their plant diaries.
16 October 2020
This week we have been continuing our adventure with the NeverBeast. We have been learning our numbers to 10 and the Year 1s have been looking at one more and one less and place value with numbers up to 50. We made drums using things we found in the woods and experimented with tempo to represent different characters in the story. In English, the Year 1s have also been writing their own explanation text with new information about the NeverBeast.
9 October 2020
This week we have been learning about a pixie and a magical beast that live in the woods. We even made toadstool houses out of clay! In Maths, we have been creating repeating patterns and the Y1s have been counting in 10s and have been writing information about the beast, ready for creating an explanation text next week.
2 October 2020
This week, we have been continuing our adventure with Goldilocks – this time we made our own version of the story. We created wanted posters to help find Goldilocks after she got lost in the woods and even designed and made a new chair for Baby Bear using our knowledge of materials