13/07/18 - Chatterbox Time
During Decision Time over the last week, the children have been playing with chatterboxes. Today, some of our friends decided to start their own 'Fortune Telling Shop' and make other children their very own chatterbox! Even Miss Wiley got one! It has been a very fun decision time finding out our fortunes, luckily, aside from the odd 'smelly person' most fortunes were very positive!
12/07/18 - Summer Walk
Today the Kingfishers took part in their final seasonal walk of the year. They observed the differences between Spring and Summer and wrote a list in their draft books with their talk partner. Many of the children noticed that the grass was actually yellow rather than green! As a class we discussed the fact this was because of the hot conditions and the fact the grass has not had enough water/rain. Just like our broad bean plants, the grass was not very healthy!
06/07/18 - Fun Day
The Kingfishers had the best time this afternoon taking part in their fun day! They had a visit from the farm, chance to play on our pretend beach in the sand and water, some fun sports activities on the field and even a visit from the ice cream lady! Miss Wiley was very sad she missed such a fun afternoon but loved looking at the pictures afterwards!
28/06/18 - Problem Solving
In Maths today the Kingfishers continued with problem solving by using puzzle pieces to try and make a continuous line. Miss Wiley explained this was going to be hard work and all she wanted was for the Kingfishers to try their best even if they did not complete the puzzle!! The children persisted for 20 minutes and 2 pairs managed to complete the puzzle. Even Miss Wiley struggled!!
21/06/18 - Sports Day!
The Kingfishers, Miss Wiley, Mrs Tatum and Miss Cheeseman had lots of fun at Sports Day! Thank you to all the parents who attended but more importantly joined in the fun with us! The Kingfishers were great sports and were all very quiet by the end of the day (lucky Miss Wiley).
20/06/18 - Tennis
The Kingfishers were the first Y1 class to take part in a special Tennis session this morning. They went in groups of 10 and did lots of different activities. By the end of the session they were given racquets and a pretend net and had to hit the ball to each other! Miss Wiley thought she was watching Wimbledon they were that good!
19/06/18 - Shopkeepers
In Maths this week we have been working on word problems. On Monday and Tuesday these word problems were all based around money. Tuesday's lesson was all about giving change. The children used their hundred squares and knowledge of coins to work out the change and then choose the coins they would need to give the customer if they worked in the shop. They did very well!
18/06/18 - Kingfisher Gardeners
Continuing with our plant topic this half term, the children all planted their own broad bean seed yesterday! Over the coming weeks, they are going to keep a diary explaining how it is growing. They are going to observe that sometimes, just like children, some seeds grow quicker and taller than others. We will keep you updated with how they are growing!
18/06/18 - Story Writing Preparation
This week the Kingfishers are making up their own story using a story start video clip. The children have watched the beginning and are being encouraged to think of their own adjectives to describe the setting for the middle of their story. The middle of their story will be set in a rainforest so the children were provided with two pictures of rainforests and had to work as a group to think of some adjectives. Miss Wiley was very impressed with some of their ideas and cannot wait to read their descriptive writing this week!
06/06/18 - Florist Visit
As an introduction to our new topics all about plants, the local florist Plantique let us go for a visit to see the different flowers and hear all about their jobs. The children were very well behaved and the staff at Plantique were so impressed. The Kingfishers were shown all different types of flowers in all different colours and then at the end, the lady showed them how to arrange and wrap a bouquet of flowers. When they returned to school they were able to name the different flowers they had seen, talk about conditions in which plants need to live and also name the important parts. We look forward to learning more about plants over the next 6 weeks!
24/05/18 - SPAG
The Kingfishers' favourite lesson of the day is always SPAG! If it is not on the timetable for that day Miss Wiley gets a telling off!! Today, the children were recapping their knowledge on different terminology. They are definitely ready for Y2 when it comes to SPAG! If you would like to work with your child at home here are some examples of the terminology they have been using in school:
Adjective: a word used to describe a noun e.g. sparkling, beautiful
Noun: an object or a thing e.g. table, chair
Proper Noun: the name of a person, place etc. Always needs a capital letter e.g. London, Penny, Monday
Verb: an action or doing word e.g. walking, skipping
Adverb: a word to describe a verb e.g. slowly, quickly
Compound Word: two root words put together to make a new word e.g. playground, football, treetop
Conjunction: a word used to replace a full stop to extend a sentence e.g. but, because, so, and
Feel free to ask your child the meaning of these words and see how much they can remember!
24/05/18 - Fractions
The Kingfishers have been learning about fractions recently. A couple of weeks ago they learned what 1/2 and 1/4 was and chose different pizzas to match these fractions. They learned how to write them and began looking at how to shade shapes in different ways. Today they picked the correct shapes I had previously shaded in that were exactly 1/4 or 1/2. The children all tried very hard and impressed Miss Wiley. For their activity, the children had to shade their own shapes by following the instructions. Most children got all of these correct! You can talk about fractions at home when cooking, making sandwiches or even eating yummy pizza!
22/05/18 - Dictionary Time
As part of our English this week, the Kingfishers have been learning how to use a dictionary. Yesterday, the children ordered different words alphabetically and today they located words given to them and read the definition. They then went to the table with their talk partners, found some new words and wrote the definitions in their books using their best handwriting! Feel free to give your children some words and ask them to order them alphabetically. You can also ask them:
What two things might we use a dictionary for?
How is the dictionary ordered?
22/05/18 - Grand Designs!
Over the last few weeks, the children have been designing their 'ideal' bedroom and then have gone on to make their very own using shoeboxes. We had some very wacky bedrooms with bright pink carpets and purple walls (it is lucky mummy and daddy decorate the rooms at home!) Finally, the children used different construction materials today to build the furniture for their bedrooms. They had great fun and Miss Wiley was very impressed with some of their designs!
18/05/18 - Ardleigh Green Playground Gym!
During 'extra play' today the children all decided we would get fit and join the gym, following our healthy eating lesson with the juice bike. Even Miss Wiley joined in! We were planking, squatting, doing press ups and then stretched our muscles trying to show how flexible we all were. What a fun playtime!
18/05/18 - Juice Bike
The Kingfishers had fun today learning about the different types of food they should be eating each day. They all knew fruit and vegetables were very healthy but could not believe how many cubes of sugar were in bottles of coke (especially after the majority of the class claiming to drink lots of it, they soon changed their mind!) Some children were chose to show how much fruit they should eat for 1 portion of their 5 a day and Mrs Tatum showed how much an adult would need to eat. Finally, Miss Wiley and Miss Cheeseman rode the smoothie bike to make the Kingfishers their very own smoothies! It tasted lovely!!
09/05/18 - Telling the Time
The Kingfishers were revising telling the time today. They were learning o'clock and half past. Miss Wiley was very impressed that they remembered all about the minute and hour hand. They started the lesson by reading the time on Miss Wiley's clock, they then made a time on their own clock. Before the activity started they played a challenging game on the interactive screen and then it was time for some fun! The children were given a hoop, ruler, pencil and some number cards and asked to make their very own clock! Miss Wiley then called out a time and they had to make it using the hour hand (pencil) and the minute hand (ruler). They were so good Miss Wiley moved them on to trying quarter past as a challenge before assembly.
Feel free to support your child with this at home, here are some other questions you can ask
How many minutes in an hour?
How many seconds in a minute?
Which hand is the hour hand?
Which is the minute hand?
Where does the minute hand need to be for o'clock?
Where is the minute hand at half past?
Can you make a given time?
08/05/18 - Houses and Homes
As part of our houses and homes topic, the Kingfishers went for a local walk around the block to try and spot different types of homes. They kept a tally chart and then we spoke about it when we got back to school!
08/05/18 - Sequencing
In Maths today, the Kingfishers have been revising how to complete sequences. They were shown how to count the jumps between each number on their hundred square and then had to use that knowledge to add the next 3 numbers.
01/05/18 - Alphabetical Order
The Kingfishers have been introduced to alphabetical order work in English this week. They used their alphabet strip to help them and put different words in order on whiteboards to start and then in their books. Finally they ordered themselves alphabetically using their first names. They will continue practising this over the next few weeks. Feel free to challenge your child to put some words in alphabetical order.
24/04/18 - A Visit to Sudbury Manor
After a very busy day with partitioning and swimming, the Kingfishers ended it by visiting a mansion from the Victorian times called Sudbury Manor. As part of our topic about houses and homes, the children were able to experience what it was like to live in a house in those times. They met the housekeeper Mrs Brown, who told them all about the house and the jobs her and her servants have to do. The children were very keen to help her out and did numerous jobs like the washing, cleaning, cleaned the carpets. They were very well behaved so at the end they were able to go into the playroom and play with the toys and even got to take a biscuit home at the end of the day!
24/04/18 - Swimming
Today was the Kingfishers first session back at swimming. Mrs Tatum went over, along with the parent helpers and Miss Wiley received some very good news. All of the children were very well behaved and had great fun! They were very tired this afternoon. Thank you again to all of our Swimming helpers for making this experience possible.
24/04/18 - Maths Partitioning
In Maths this week, the children have been revising how to partition numbers. They remembered that the 0 sometimes can be a little shy and hides behind a number, therefore, even though 42 looks like a 4 and a 2 it is actually a 40 and a 2. Today, the children began the lesson by revising yesterday's work on dienes, they then used their own arrow cards to make given numbers and record in their draft books. Finally, the children played a penguin game, placing the penguins on the correct numbers to match the number held at the top. Miss Wiley was very impressed with how well they had remembered this aspect of learning.
If you would like to use these games at home with your children, here are the websites:
http://www.ictgames.com/sharkNumbers/sharkNumbers_v5.html - Shark Game with dienes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/maths/games/place_the_penguin/big_sound/full.shtml - Penguin Game
19/04/18 - Science and Art
Following on from our Spring walk, the children were asked to draw trees. As it was such a nice day, Miss Wiley let the children go outside and choose a tree to draw. They had to look carefully at the shape and height of the tree trunk and the branches. Once the children had drawn their trees they came in to add the leaves and blossom. Mrs Tatum is now adding this to our Seasonal Change display board.
19/04/18 - History
Our new topic this half term is called 'Grand Designs.' This is all based around different houses and homes. We started our topic off by discussing the different types of homes the children could think of. We then moved on to the different types of houses there were. Test your child's knowledge by asking
What is a terraced house?
What is a detached house?
What is a semi-detached house?
When you are walking to and from school, see if the children can spot any of these houses on their journey.
17/04/18 - Spring Walk
As Spring seems to finally have arrived, the Kingfishers were able to go outside and take part in a Spring walk. Before they went for the walk they discussed the four seasons and changes you would expect to see. Previously, children have taken part in a seasonal walk using Ipads to take pictures. As they are almost in Y2, Miss Wiley decided they had to go out and make a list of changes they have seen or signs of Spring with their talk partner. Miss Wiley was so impressed!! The children seemed to enjoy writing a list even more than taking pictures on the Ipad. They found some wonderful things and were so excited to feedback when they got back into the classroom!
17/04/18 - Odd and Even Maths
The Kingfishers have been revising odd and even numbers today! To begin the lesson they all sang their favourite Bodd and Steven song and then got to play a fun game throwing balls at the correct coconuts. Some of the children then completed an investigation to see whether, when adding odd and even numbers together, the answers are odd or even. They came out with some interesting findings and were shocked at the fact when you add 2 odd numbers together your answer is even! The rest of the class sorted numbered aliens into 2 columns. To end the lesson, Miss Wiley gave everyone a card and asked them to sort themselves into two groups, 1 odd group and 1 even group. The challenge was to then order the numbers from smallest to biggest! The even group won but Miss Wiley was equally as impressed with the odd group!
If you would like to use our coconut game at home with your children, visit the following website:
16/04/18 - Gymnastics
The Kingfishers had great fun during PE on their first day back. They were revising how to travel using points and patches, pencil rolls and balancing! Miss Wiley was very impressed with how much they remembered and even got the apparatus out for them to use!
27/03/18 - Fly on the Wall Visits
Thank you so much to all the parents who attended our Fly on the Wall sessions with your child. We hope you found them beneficial and this will help you to support your children at home. Our Maths sessions were all based around money - this is always a tricky concept for children to grasp. Many of you will have seen the interactive games we use with the children to aid them. Links have been added if you would like to use these at home. In the top right hand corner you are able to change the level if your child is finding level 1 too easy.
http://www.ictgames.com/payForIt/index.html - Pay For It
http://www.ictgames.com/change_eXchanger_50p.html - change Xchanger
Thank you for your continued support
23/01/18 - Chinese New Year Day
To finish off our Chinese New Year celebrations, the children came dressed up in Chinese outfits or wore red today and were able to take part in different types of activities around the school. The Kingfishers started with Miss Wiley decorating and making their own Chinese lanterns to take home. They then went into Mrs Foulser to learn how to write their name in Chinese and finally went to visit Miss Boardman to create some Chinese patterns. They had a great day and Miss Wiley was very impressed with all their outfits.
22/02/18 - Chinese Cooking
Today the Kingfishers continued their celebrations for Chinese New Year by making their very own chow mein dish! They had special chefs come in and they were able to design their own chef hat, chop their own mushrooms and peppers and fry the vegetables and noodles. If you're lucky they may even share their food with you at home! We hope you enjoy and cannot wait for Chinese dress up day tomorrow to end our celebrations.
19/02/18 - English
In English this week, the Kingfishers are focussing on adjectives. Our topic for this half term is 'Weather' so the children were set the task of looking at a picture showing different types of weather and writing a list of adjectives. They were encouraged to think about their 5 senses when doing this; what can you see? What might you hear if you were there? How might things feel? Each group then presented their adjectives to the class.
Please feel free to draw your child's attention to adjectives when reading with them. You can ask them questions like:
Can you spot the adjectives in that sentence?
That sentence was boring, can you give me an adjective to make it more interesting?
19/02/18 - Chinese Dancing
The Kingfishers had a great welcome back with Darren teaching them a special dance to celebrate Chinese New Year. He told them it is the year of the dog and set the challenge of finding out which animal it was in the year the children were born. We found out if they were born in 2011 they were the year of a rabbit and if they were born in 2012 they were the year of a dragon! Miss Wiley is the year of the dragon too but she wasn't born in 2012! What great fun was had!
25/01/18 - Maths
In Maths the Kingfishers have been recapping 2D shapes. Miss Wiley introduced them to the Chinese Shape puzzle called Tangrams. A Tangram looks like a large square, which actually has 7 shapes inside the square. It consists of 5 triangles (2 large, 1 medium and 2 small), 1 square and 1 parallelogram. Using these 7 shapes, you can make different pictures. Miss Wiley made the first picture and then as a class the children had the opportunity to make a second one. Once Miss Wiley was sure the Kingfishers had cracked it, she sent them all away with their own tangram square and asked them to choose a picture to copy. She was very impressed with the results.
17/01/18 - A Fantastic Trip
Miss Wiley would like to thank the children and staff for making our first Y1 school trip so enjoyable. The children were an absolute credit to our school with their perfect behaviour and interest in the museum! Here are a few more pictures so you can enjoy our day as much as we did!
17/01/18 - Home Time
After a very enjoyable day we are finally on our way home!! Miss Wiley is the proudest teacher ever because the Kingfishers were so well behaved!
17/01/18 - Rocking Horse Fun
As the Kingfishers have been so well behaved they had a little treat!
17/01/18 - Time to Explore
The Kingfishers are having a great time exploring the museum! They are very interested in all the toys and asking lots of sensible questions. They cannot believe some of the teachers played with toys like these when they were younger!
17/01/18 - Lunchtime
The Kingfishers are apparently ‘starving’ after all that walking and working at the museum so lunchtime has arrived.
17/01/18 - Museum of Childhood
To end our talk, the children were able to play with the toys and even had the chance to make their own peg doll. They chose between a person, super hero or a butterfly. Now they’re all ready for lunchtime!
17/01/18 -Museum of Childhood
The children are enjoying their talk all about ‘Toys from the Past’. Miss Wiley was very impressed at how much they had remembered from their History lessons. So far they have learned all about the different materials and sorted old and new toys into two groups. Next they are going to play with the toys and make their very own.
17/01/18 - Trip to Museum of Childhood!
We have just arrived at the Museum of Childhood - we are so excited for what promises to be a fun filled day! We will update the page with photos as we go!
16/01/18 - Maths
In Maths this week the Kingfishers have been learning about money. They have been encouraged to recognise and name the values of different coins and notes and also to add amounts together. Today they moved on to making amounts using coins. Feel free to empty your purses and support your children at home with this by helping them to count the coins and realise each coin has a different value. Remind them 3p/4p etc do not exist so when making 7p they cannot use this method! Here are some handy websites the children have been using in school to help them at home.
Thank you for your continued support
15/01/18 - Art
The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about Victorian toys. We have also been looking at the different materials these toys were made from. The children have learned that in the Victorian times, most toys were made from wood or metal and painted to add some colour. Today, toys are mostly made from plastic which comes in lots of different colours. During our Art lesson, the children used the bottles kindly donated by parents (thank you for those) to make their own 'modern' version of a cup and ball - a toy frequently played with in the Victorian times. The children decorated their bottles with tissue paper of their choice, coloured in a polystyrene ball and attached it to the bottle using string. The children had the chance to play with their new toys which are now sitting patiently on the windowsill ready for our 'Kingfisher Victorian Toy Shop' display to go up!
09/01/18 - English
Continuing with our toy topic, the children were asked to think about times in which they may need to follow instructions during their English lesson. One idea was in order to play a game. Today, Miss Wiley decided it would be fun to play Snakes and Ladders but when the game was opened there were no instructions and Miss Wiley did not know what to do! Luckily for Miss Wiley, the Kingfishers knew exactly how to play the game and helped to write their own rules using time words and bossy verbs. As a treat for being so clever, Miss Wiley let the children play Snakes and Ladders in small groups! It was a very loud but enthusiastic afternoon!
09/01/18 - P.E.
As part of our Dance this term the children are creating their very own moves for different types of toys. Children are encouraged to work with a partner and to decide on moves which not only portray the toy but also use a variety of different heights and body parts. So far the children have created dance moves for a 'superhero' and a 'toy soldier'. Miss Wiley was so impressed with the team work and the moves and cannot wait for the next dance lesson.
08/01/18 - History and Art
Our topic this half term is Toys. The children have, so far, starting learning about the differences between old and new toys (thank you for all the questionnaires we received back). The children then compared the materials and had the opportunity to look at some toys from the Victorian times. They discussed that teddies were stuffed with saw dust and therefore were not as soft and cuddly as the ones they have today. Each child felt an old teddy and discussed the difference. Children then drew pictures of their own teddy bear with pastels, looking carefully at shapes and how to create the correct texture. Mrs Tatum is now going to put these on display for everyone to see.
04/01/18 - Maths
The Kingfishers have settled back into learning very well and Miss Wiley has decided Father Christmas obviously gave them all new brains because they had not forgotten a thing and were fantastic when revising place value work in Maths. The Kingfishers were asked to use their arrow cards to make two digit numbers, they needed to remember that even though they could only see a 1 and a 2 in the number 12, there was actually a cheeky number that hides from them. They all remembered this was a 0 and it hid underneath the ones number. Therefore 12 was actually 10+2 and not really 1+2. The homework this week will be continuing with this, all parents were provided with their own set of arrow cards in their Maths packs so please feel free to use these to help support your child if they need it.
Welcome back to 2018! We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Hope you had a fantastic Christmas!
Love Miss Wiley, Mrs Tatum and Miss Cheeseman
Miss Wiley, Mrs Tatum and Miss Cheeseman would like to thank everyone for their lovely cards and gifts. We are overwhelmed with your generosity and hope you all have a fantastic Christmas. We will see you in the New Year!
19/12/17 - Christmas Party
The Christmas party was so much fun! The Kingfishers were all very well behaved and we laughed all afternoon. We started with pass the parcel, then we went into the hall to dance and eat and we ended with musical statues and a dancing competition. Miss Wiley was exhausted by the end of the day!
18/12/17 - Christmas Fun!
The Kingfishers had a fun filled Christmas day today. They completed lots of different activities including making their own reindeer food, creating a stable scene and decorating their very own gingerbread men.
15/12/17 - Christmas Fun
The Kingfishers thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas lunch today and looked fantastic in their Christmas jumpers.
15/12/17 - Church Visit
Today the Kingfishers were lucky enough to walk to All Saints Church. When they got there Chris, the Vicar, showed them where to sit and told them all about the Christmas story. He chose names from a list and asked the children to come to the front and help him create a Nativity scene. After that, Christ took the children to the front of the church and told them all about the font he uses to baptise children. The children have previously been learning about baptism in their R.E. lessons. He explained the reason the font is at the front of the church is because it is the start of a person's journey into Christianity. The children then asked some very sensible questions about the Church and what happens. As they were all so well behaved, Chris let them all have a go at ringing the church bell (even Mrs Orr had a turn). Chris was amazed at how sensible they were and Miss Wiley, Mrs Blunt and the other Y1 TAs were all so proud of them!
14/12/17 - Mr Custard
The Kingfishers had a great time with the other Y1 children and Mr Custard today! He did lots of funny tricks and one Y1 child even got to put a custard pie in his face! It was one very noisy hall.
13/12/17 - Christmas Fun!
The Kingfishers were introduced to a new addition on December 1st 2017, Edward the Elf came into the classroom and has not left since. He is keeping an eye on all the children and reports back to Father Christmas. Miss Wiley does not think it is the children she needs to worry about after seeing the things Edward gets up to when she has gone home! Here are some of the naughty things he does in the classroom.
07/12/17 - P.E.
As part of our Physical Education curriculum, the children complete the 'Daily Mile' at some point throughout the day. This helps improve fitness and stamina. The Kingfishers had a great time and even found it hilarious when Mrs Tatum and Miss Wiley had to stop running because they were too tired! Luckily for the teachers, walking is also acceptable!
07/12/17 - Maths
The Kingfishers were getting in the festive spirit today by completing a Christmas based Maths worksheet. They had to use their knowledge of ordinal numbers and positional language to colour the correct items the correct colour.
28/11/17 - PSHE
Following on from Anti Bullying Week the Kingfishers decided to look at the effects unkind words have on each other. We looked at the saying 'sticks and stones may break our bones but words may never hurt us'. Each child cut out their own paper heart and then came back to the carpet and thought about a time they have felt sad, as they did this, they screwed the heart up. They then thought about a time they had felt happy and unscrewed their heart. All of the children noticed that even though their heart was back in the correct shape there were now wrinkles on it. These wrinkles are like the scars people can leave on our heart when they use unkind words towards us. Our new saying is now 'sticks and stones may break our bones but words can hurt our hearts. Mrs Tatum is going to make this into a lovely display for us and add the pictures of us being kind friends. Luckily we do not have bullies in the Kingfishers and we are all the best of friends (most of the time!)
24/11/17 - Phonics
The phonemes we have been learning this week are
ie as in tie
split digraph i-e as in line
igh trigraph as in light
These will come home on your spelling labels to remind you. Challenge your child by writing some words containing these phonemes and asking them to sound button and read. Alternatively, give your child a word containing these phonemes and ask them to write the word by listening to the sounds.
22/11/17 - Science
In Science we are going to be learning all about different materials. Today was our first lesson and the children worked with their talk partners to come up with names of materials they already knew. We had some very sophisticated ideas coming out! After this, the children were able to move around each table, holding and touching different materials they had named and were asked to think about their properties. They had lots of fantastic ideas and to end the lesson the children were able to label the different materials on our screen. Some of the materials were tricky to decipher but they got there in the end.
21/11/17 - Phonics Meeting
Thank you to all of the parents who attended our Y1 Phonics meetings last week. As promised, here are a list of websites you can use with your child at home and also a glossary of terminology. Thank you for your continued support.
Vowel digraph - two vowels which together make one vowel sound (the first vowel 'talks' whilst the second vowel 'walks') e.g. ai in rain makes the long a sound, oa in coat makes the long o sound
Digraph - two letters that go together to make one sound (mixture of consonants and vowels) e.g. sh in sheep, ow in cow.
Trigraph - three letters that go together to make one sound e.g. igh in light, air in chair.
Split Digraph - a phoneme with a silent e on the end making the vowel say its letter name rather than sound e.g. a-e in cake (the e is silent and the a is a long sound) or o-e in bone.
Blends - sounds which are often seen together but are not digraphs e.g. st in street, tr in train
Sound buttons - a way in which children distinguish between the different types of phonemes within in a word - single sounds are shown with a dot, digraphs and trigraphs with a dash and split digraphs with a smiley.
02/11/17 - Seasonal Change
As part of a continuous Science topic the children are encouraged to look at Seasonal change. Today, the Kingfishers went on to the field for an Autumn walk. They observed the differences in the colours of the leaves, the fact some of the leaves had fallen on to the floor and some trees were bare compared to other trees with red and orange leaves on. The children collected some things that remind them of Autumn and we discussed how the days are now getting shorter and the nights are darker much earlier. After that the children brought their own leaf in and did a leaf rubbing in Autumn colours ready to put on our Seasonal Change display board. Next week the children will be drawing their very own Autumn trees so watch this space!
01/11/17 - Odd and Even Numbers (Maths)
In Maths this week the Kingfishers have been learning about odd and even numbers. They were all introduced to our new classroom friends Bodd and Steven to help them remember which numbers are which. There were lots of fun activities throughout the week including activities on the computer, sorting cards into two hoops, written work and even working out whether the longest numbers were odd and even (Miss Wiley did not even know what some of the numbers were they were so long).
19/10/17 - History
The children were introduced to the term 'History' today. They gave some ideas on what they thought it meant and what we might learn about over the next year. We looked at a timeline and explained history has lots of these. We looked at the timeline of one particular child in our class and then went through the baby pictures to see how we have changed over the 5 and 6 years we have been on this earth. It was so much fun guessing who each baby was, some had barely changed but others looked completely different! What do you think?
16/10/17 - DT
Following on from learning about healthy eating the children chose 4 fruits they liked to add to a fruit salad. They then used knives and chopping boards to slice and peel the fruit and add it to their bowl. All children tried their fruit salad and most liked it. It was a chaotic but enjoyable time.
13/10/17 - Diwali Dancing
The Kingfishers had a great time learning a special Diwali Dance with Darren today. They listened carefully and followed all the instructions!
06/10/17 - Science
As part of our Science topic 'My Body' we have learnt about the body parts, the skeleton and now we are learning how to keep the body healthy. We started the lesson by thinking of our own ideas to keep our bodies healthy and decided we needed to exercise, eat healthy food, drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep. We then spoke about our heart and the oxygen that is pumped around our body. We felt how slowly our hearts were pumping and then did lots of exercise for a couple of minutes to feel the difference. The breathing was much faster and louder in the classroom and the heart was definitely beating quicker. We then spoke about which foods are healthy and which foods should be eaten in moderation (all of the nice foods!) Different food types were then sorted on to a plate and will be put on display to show all of our hard work!
05/10/17 - English/Geography/Computing
As part of our English lessons this week we have been learning about how non-fiction books differ from fiction books. We focussed on the labels and captions you see in non-fiction books and decided to write some of our own. During Geography lessons we have been looking at the different places in the world Barnaby Bear could have visited during the Summer if he had been with the children. Today, some of us went into the computer suite to look at a world map, label some of the continents and oceans and become more independent when using a mouse and a keyboard. The children had a great time and were very good at naming the different continents. Some children stayed in the classroom and participated in a Reading Eggs session on the Ipads. If you have access to Reading Eggs at home please encourage your child to practise logging in and out of the app as well as reading books and completing the tasks. The children that win certificates each week get to go on a special display. Next week, the children will swap over so they each get a turn in the computer suite and on the Ipads.
29/09/17 - Science
The Kingfishers had great fun learning all about their senses today in Science. We spoke about the 5 different senses and what might happen if you lost these. Then they each took part in a 'senses carousel'. They had the opportunity to smell 6 different pots and guess what was inside (marmite, lemon, chocolate, soap, onion and vinegar), they got to taste and guess the flavour of 4 different packets of crisps (salt and vinegar, cheese and onion, prawn cocktail and ready salted), they were able to use their sight to read books about senses, their hearing sense to guess what was in the shaking pots and their touch sense to guess the type of material they were feeling whilst wearing a blindfold. Miss Wiley and Mrs Tatum were very impressed with how well the children behaved and the children had a great time!
29/09/17 - Geography
In Geography we are learning all about addresses and what each line means. The children spoke about their addresses and we found their houses on Google Maps. We then spoke about the school address and wrote it on a school template. We cut out the school and drew our friends and our favourite thing to do inside. We also wanted to see how long it takes for a letter to arrive so we wrote a letter to the Puffins and then went to the post box to post it. We can't wait to see when it arrives.
28/09/17 - Maths
The Kingfishers loved learning about measurements so much last week, we continued with it this week. Today we looked at non standard ways of measuring again and discussed the different vocabulary we had learnt the previous week. The children love to get involved during the teaching input and this week, rather than order the children by size, we decided to measure the length of their arms and compare these. The lesson was so exciting, the children then wanted to measure the length of their bodies. During the activity time the children took part in a carousel and were able to measure different pictures, objects in the classroom (including Mrs Tatum's watch and bracelet!) and also use the computer program. It was a very noisy classroom but the children had fun and learnt lots. Well done Kingfishers!
25/09/17 - Science/Art
During our Science lessons the Kingfishers are learning all about their body parts. In Art, they used a mirror to look at their faces and discussed the similarities and differences with their friends. They then used pastels to create their own self portrait. Wool was added for the hair and Mrs Tatum made our very own 'Kingfisher Gallery' outside the classroom. Now everyone will know our names and who we are! What a good looking class we are!
21/09/17 - Maths
Today in Maths, the Kingfishers were learning all about measuring the length of different objects. They also revised some vocabulary they were taught in YR to compare different objects. During the starter we not only compared objects but sorted the children in the class into the correct order using the words 'tallest' and 'shortest'. The children then used multilink to measure different length plastic worms. Finally, the children coloured in the correct pictures reading the instructions and estimated the length of different pictures using our computer program. They then sorted themselves into a line with the tallest and the front and the shortest at the back ready to go into assembly. Lots of fun was had by all!
20/09/17 - Music
The Kingfishers are enjoying using the 'Charanga' programme to learn different musical terms. They used the xylophones with Mrs Blunt to keep the pulse during their lesson this week.
18/09/17 - Maths
In the Kingfishers we love learning about numbers. As a special Monday treat, Miss Wiley made the Maths lesson extra fun by letting the children play a game with their partner. The children had to roll 2 dice and then use their 100 square to find the total. They then had to locate the total on their sheet of paper and colour the planet in using their chosen colour. The child with the most planets coloured in at the end won! It was so much fun!
The new Kingfishers have settled in well to Y1. They have already been doing lots of work on whiteboards and in their books. They have been writing different words, painting pictures of their summer holidays, writing holiday sentences, working with numbers and lots more. We even let them play with the toys in the classroom and they get to do 5 a day each day. They have all decided Y1 is not as scary as they thought and Miss Wiley and Mrs Tatum have loved teaching them!