KEEPING SAFE DURING HOME SCHOOLING
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PHONICS AND MATHS SKILLS
If your child would like a little extra phonics/basic number skill practise, please open this document. I have saved some links to useful sites and ideas. If they are finding any of the Maths/English tasks a little tricky, they can try some of these instead. There are also some Maths booklets that can be downloaded.
PHONICS AND MATHS IDEAS (Added 21/02/20)
Dice game – SKUNK. Watch here: MATHS4KIDS
Summer Term -Home Learning
Welcome back everyone! We hope you have had a restful, safe two weeks. We are excited to start our new Geography topic. Do try to check the learning each day as there will be mini projects and sequences of lessons. If you miss any, please check back to the day before. You are welcome to email me each day or whenever you can. If you find something tricky, please let me know. Remember, you can adapt tasks to make them harder or easier as necessary. We hope to see you very soon!
Qualities and Values- For anyone who may be feeling a little bit angry or frustrated from time to time, there is this age-appropriate lesson on BBC Bitesize that may be useful.
My lovely sister in law (who is a Primary school teacher and yoga teacher) has also produced some calm yoga sessions for anyone who is needs to de-stress or exercise in a different way.
For livelier yoga, try Cosmic Kids on YouTube!
Home Learning Photo Gallery
Look at all the amazing fun we have been having whilst learning at home!
When we use our brilliant ideas to write, it is important that people can read them. Here are some photos to remind you about letter formation to ensure your work is neat and clear.
Note from Mrs Brown:
Welcome to the last half of the Summer term! I hope you had a wonderful half term and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Miss Williams is planning this week and I know she is very much looking forward to seeing your amazing work so you can email her with the address above. I will then be planning next week. I am teaching during the day from now on but am still very much here for you. I still really want to hear all about what you are getting up to and still want to see your work. If any parents have urgent questions during the day, please call/email the school office. I will respond to any non-urgent emails on the usual firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Still missing you all lots and lots. Have a wonderful and perhaps NOISY week...! Enjoy! :)
Friday 22nd May - INSET DAY!
There is no set home learning today. However, we are having a circus themed day at school. If you would like to join in, there are some ideas on the 'Our Children' page. We would love to see what you get up to!
Star of the day is Oscar S. Not only has Oscar been doing some super learning with family members using Skype but he also did a fabulous picture to thank NHS workers and was rewarded with a Blue Peter badge. We all send you a huge well done Oscar!
Thursday 21st May
It is the last day of this half term. That went so quickly! We never imagined that we wouldn't be back together again yet but we continue to be so proud of you all. We wish you a fun, happy and safe half term. We are hoping to post a school update on/after the Bank Holiday. Parents are kindly asked to keep an eye on the website and Facebook. If you haven't already and need to, can you please respond to the key worker letter posted on Tuesday.
The star of the day is Skyla B. Skyla continues to work incredibly hard at home. She has decided to try and master her 3 x table facts and has found creative ways to practise spelling compound words. I was impressed that she used some knowledge that she recently gained from the dentist to confidently alter the instructions on Tuesday. She also sent me a wonderful video of her confidently singing and performing actions to the minibeast song. It was fabulous!
Home learning - Thursday 21st May
Optional recipes (For Fri) Optional cooking sheet
Wednesday 20th May
Good morning everyone. I hope you enjoy some of the sunshine today! I am really enjoying hearing about your adventures.
Today's star of the day is Charlie A-B. He has been so busy! He always completes his home learning and more on top! What has most impressed us is that Charlie is using this time to learn new skills. He has been practising the guitar, riding a bigger bike, using the sewing machine, growing plants and yesterday, he developed his photography skills whilst on his big hunt. I am sure you will agree, his photos are awesome!
Home learning - Wednesday 20th May
Tuesday 19th May
Did you have fun investigating minibeasts yesterday? Finley, Lily and Harry went pond dipping, Maliah found lots of bugs, including a ladybird, George, Reuben and Victoria recorded their findings with tallies and Zack and Poppy represented their results in bar charts. Amazing work!
Today's star is Finley W. He made a clever trap by reusing a plastic bottle. He was careful to make sure it didn't hurt any creatures. He found lots of fish, looked carefully and then returned them to their habitat. Well done Finley!
Adults please read the important letter above. It is just underneath the home learning tab.
Home learning - Tuesday 19th May
Monday 18th May
I can't believe I am writing this but welcome to the final week of this half term! I couldn't be more proud of how well you are all doing by staying safe. I was absolutely overjoyed yesterday when I received your amazing photo message. I know that Miss James and Miss Williams loved it too! It was so good to see your smiling faces. Thank you so much for taking the time to do something kind for us. You really showed compassion and it was just what we needed! You are all growing lots (and not just your hair!) We can't wait to see you but until it is safe, we can look at your photos whenever we miss you. Thank you!
We have a busy final week including learning about microhabitats, measuring mass, instructions, music and PE. Enjoy!
I also found this video about reversing numbers. It may help some of you who forget from time to time. Now is a brilliant time to be practising and cracking number and letter formation. Please let me know if you need any more resources for this.
Stars of the day for Friday were Oscar S and Elliott B. They designed a Maths game with tricky multiplication facts and played it together during a video call to help each other practise. What a great idea boys!
Home Learning -Monday 18th May
Friday 15th May
Good morning! It seems we have some amazing scientists amongst us. You are doing brilliantly. Keep it up!
Star of the day is Harry P. He has impressed us with a great care sheet about horses and a fab tropical habitat poster. Along with this, he has been working so hard to develop his Maths skills by always completing the challenges and problem solving activities. Top work!
Home Learning - Friday 15th May
Thursday 14th May
I loved seeing some of your work yesterday. I have added some new photos in the gallery. I hope you enjoyed thinking about how to take care of pets. You all chose different animals but you remembered they need: the right food, shelter, exercise, they need to be groomed/bathed and lots of attention. Well done.
Star of the day goes to Samuel H for helping to look after a wide range of animals and producing an excellent factsheet about their Giant Bird Eating Tarantula. We couldn't believe how wonderful his handwriting was. He has been working very hard!
Home Learning - Thursday 14th May
Look at these amazing sheets!
Wednesday 13th May
I have had a busy but enjoyable couple of days in school. It was lovely to see your work when I got home! It sounds like you are enjoying Science!
Star of the day goes to Megan W. She thought carefully about whether lots of things were alive, dead or had never been alive. She is also trying hard to improve her handwriting. Well done!
Home learning - Wednesday 13th May
Tuesday 12th May
Yesterday's star of the day was Finley W. He wrote a dazzling setting description that was full of adjectives and verbs. Finley has been putting 100% into home learning and is working so hard to complete work to a high standard.
If you haven't seen the VE Day slideshow, please look on the first 'children's' page. It is lovely to see smiling faces! Have a wonderful day everyone.
Home Learning -Tuesday 11th May
Monday 11th May
We hope you had a wonderful weekend. I have added some more photos of art work from children who were in school last week. Please check out the gallery and admire each other's creations! We are starting a new science focus this week. I am in school on Monday and Tuesday so I will reply to emails ASAP. Have a lovely day.
Home learning - Monday 11th May
VE DAY CELEBRATIONS
We are really sad that we haven’t been able to celebrate VE Day as a whole school community this year. We were really looking forward to getting the bunting out and having an afternoon tea!
If you are having your own celebrations here are some things that you might like.
Download some great bunting here: BUNTING
Friday 8th May - BANK HOLIDAY
Thank you for your beautiful African artwork. I have added them to the photo gallery. Can you spot yours? If anyone else has finished one, I would love to see them.
Star of the day goes to Darcie-Leigh B! Darcie has been impressing me with her creative writing, full of interesting adjectives, powerful verbs and adverbs. She also made time to do some extra learning about volcanoes!
Have a wonderful long weekend! Don't forget to send a photo of your family celebrating VE Day to this email address: email@example.com and please add a note to say that you give them permission to be used on social media. They will be used for something special!
Thursday 7th May
Another huge well done to everyone who took part in the TT Rockstars competition. I am so proud of you for helping our school come first! I am also so pleased that you used the opportunity to practise your multiplication and division skills. Here is a certificate that you can print off and keep.
Today's star of the day is Joseph. Joseph read three stories, persevered with his Maths and added a lion, rhino and tree to his African scene. Also, Joseph sends lovely messages that really make Miss James and I smile. He is always thinking about his friends too!
Home Learning - Thursday 7th May
Wednesday 6th May
I hope you are enjoying your art project. They are looking very good so far. I have seen some beautiful backgrounds from Reuben, George, Finley, Maliah, Harry, Joseph, Lily, Darcie and Elliott.
Today's star of the day is Victoria. She was so determined to improve her TT Rockstar score and made excellent progress. She also made a fabulous video and has been working hard in school to write neatly in joined handwriting. Well done Victoria!
Home Learning - Wednesday 6th May
Tuesday 5th May
I had an impossible choice today so have ended up with 3 stars of the day! Poppy and Zack were incredibly resilient with both drawing and writing. Well done for persevering and not giving up. You produced brilliant work at the end of it. Also, Harry drew these amazing animals. I can see a huge improvement in his drawings. Well done!
Poppy Zack Harry
Home Learning - Tuesday 5th May
Monday 4th May
Welcome to week 5. Did anyone see the message from Mrs K-B on the first page on the children tab? We hope you had a great weekend. This is only a 4 day week as it is VE Day on Friday. I will post some VE Day activities for you at the end of the week. Well done to everyone who has been on TT Rockstars this weekend. I was amazed to see some of Amber class in the top 50! Can we score some more points before the competition ends on Wednesday?
Stars of the day for Friday go to Dulcie and Chloe H- both of them produced beautifully neat Kenya books. They have been working hard in creative ways at home and we loved how they both made their poems rhyme. Well done girls!
Home learning - Monday 4th May
Maths slides -Position and direction lesson 1
Introduction to the /zh/ sound - spelling slides
Reading - Advice from a dentist
Friday 1st May
You have completed another week. Well done superstars! It was lovely to see amazing videos from Darcie, Harry, Joseph, Maliah and Skyla performing, 'On the Ning, Nang, Nong,' today. There was reading, signing, actions and sound effects. Brilliant! I also loved seeing the finished Kenya books that were sent in. You should all be very proud of them.
The star of the day for Thursday is going to Samuel H. Samuel recently mastered riding a bike without stabilisers and completed a 2 mile bike ride today. What an achievement! He then went home and finished his Kenya book that is full of pictures and facts that he found himself using both the internet and an encyclopaedia!
Home learning- Friday 1st May
Thursday 30th April
I am really looking forward to seeing your finished books. Yesterday's work was great. Finley used an online video to teach him to draw a fantastic rhino and Harry found so many brilliant facts about a lion. Today is the final page for this mini project! Thank you to everyone who has sent me photos. I have started making a gallery ready for tomorrow to show everyone all the fun extra things that you have been up to. Also, well done to everyone who played on TT Rockstars yesterday. Even if you only scored one point, you have helped improve our score!
Here is a reading challenge sheet. Every time you read, add the title to the sheet. The person who reads the most will get a prize! You can read school books, home books or online books. This is a great site to use... Oxford Owls Reading Site It is free to sign up to and you can choose books by book band or by age.
Today's star of the day is Lily C! Not only did Lily use Google independently to research facts and do a fantastic drawing of a hyena but she also has listened to my feedback about her handwriting and worked really hard to make her work neater. Excellent effort Lily!
Home learning - Thursday 30th April
Wednesday 29th April
The Top of the Rocks competition starts today! Play in any game mode you want between 9am and 6pm from today until next Wednesday 6th May. The class with the most points - wins! We are competing again 4 other schools in the Clevedon Learning Trust! Go, go Amber Class! It would be amazing if won!
A massive well done to Tuesday's stars of the day: Maliah for an amazing drawing of a wasp. She has been working extremely hard to develop her art skills. I also need to give a special mention to Skyla for a fantastic video. She has learnt to say lots of phrases in Swahili with outstanding pronunciation. Well done girls!
Home learning - Wednesday 29th April
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Victoria from all of Amber Class! Have a great day at school. Click here!
Tuesday 28th April
Just a couple of messages for you:
- When you are writing an email to the class teacher, remember to send it to the class email address each time: firstname.lastname@example.org. DO NOT reply to the one sent from the teacher. It goes to a ‘email@example.com’ address, which takes a while to get to us, if at all!
- Please do keep emailing us, letting us know how you are getting on and share photos of your work.We will be awarding a virtual ‘Star of the Day’ award on the class pages of the website each day. It might be for an amazing piece of writing, artwork, maths or for showing one of our core values.
A huge congratulations to yesterday's Star of the Day: Freddy V for continuing to practise his Swahili and making me smile with this video...
Home learning - Tuesday 28th April
10.43am - Unfortunately, the Phonics Play website seems to be having temporary difficulties. If you are unable to load, you could always choose some phonics, spelling or reading activities from here. It is a great place to find online books too!
Monday 27th April
Hello and welcome to week 4 of our home learning! Just to say, I am in the school office today. If any of our parents or children need a chat, I am on the end of the phone.
I have made a video for you. Why not check it out here:
Mrs Brown's Story time VIDEO
Home learning - Monday 27th April
Friday 24th April
We have finished another week! Well done everyone. You have produced some super work and should be very proud. If anyone needs new pink exercise books, there will be a box available outside the school from Monday. (More details to follow.) You can return the full books and swap them for new ones. Just make sure you pick up more help sheets and spelling lists to go in the new books!
I have also enjoyed seeing the different colour hair that some of you have at the moment! I am in school tomorrow and looking forward to seeing some of the children. Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Home learning - Friday 24th April
You could also try https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10 for Maths today. We usually use level 2 but you can adapt as necessary.
Geography/MFL - phrases to learn
Thursday 23rd April
Good morning! We hope you enjoyed your flights yesterday. We loved seeing photos of you in your aeroplanes!
Home Learning - Thursday 23rd April
Wednesday 22nd April
Good morning. Today, we will be going on a journey. Get ready to rearrange the furniture and make a plane. Send me your photos!
Home learning- Wednesday 22nd April
Story time 11/04/20
Amber Class, I am really missing reading you stories so I decided to read one this afternoon. Check it out by clicking here:
Story time - Ravi's Roar
Exciting News! 10/04/20
I received an email this morning from... Mini Grey! How amazing! She is very keen to answer your questions and see some of your work linked to her Traction Man books. She has given me a postal and email address. I think it would be better to email her so if any of you that haven't sent me questions yet and would like to, please send them to me before Monday and I will add them onto our list. She also wrote a special letter to you all. You lucky bunch!
Hello from me!
Thursday 2nd April
What a creative bunch you are! We were thrilled to see your fantastic facts and artwork. Please keep them coming! We love how they are all so different and they make an excellent reminder to reduce, reuse, recycle. We need to keep plastic firmly in our pictures and out of the ocean!
By Darcie By Harry By Dulcie
By Finley By Poppy and Zack By Joseph
By Charlie By Maliah By Libbie
Monday 23rd March
Good morning my wonderful Amber Class. Here is a letter for you to read...
Welcome to the Spring term!
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and you are looking forward to the Spring term.
Spring Week 3
We worked out the properties of 3D shapes by constructing shapes out of raw spaghetti and marshmallows. We had to count carefully and be resilient!
We finished our work on shape by learning about the American artist, Frank Stella. We looked at his exhibition entitled, 'Irregular Polygons.' You can see his huge, colourful pieces of art here:
Click here: Frank Stella
We tried drawing shapes freehand, with a ruler and drawing around 2D shapes. We will use our favourite methods to create our own artwork next week.
We have really enjoyed making our own electronic books using the Book Creator APP. We included speech bubbles, thought bubbles and onomatopoeic words. We are looking forward to sharing our adventure stories with our families!
Amber Class had a fantastic morning working with Karen from Carymoor Environmental Centre. We played games and sang songs to help us learn all about the 3Rs. Reduce, reuse and recycle! The children reused plastic bottles by turning them into greenhouses. They have planted some cress seeds. Please add a very small amount of water and place them in a sunny spot. They should grow in 10 days. Karen commented on the lovely, calm, caring and kind atmosphere within the school. She also praised the wonderful nature of the class, saying she was impressed with their excellent behaviour and inquisitive natures. Well done Amber Class!
Spring Week 2
We have been making patterns with 2 shapes. We have also found lines of symmetry. We had to make sure the shape was exactly the same on both sides.
We really enjoyed World Book Day. We read Mini Grey books and made a word bank of good vocabulary. We also used thesauruses to improve boring words. We will now use these to improve our adventure stories.
We showed Mrs Brown what we remembered about the Book Creator App. Then we learnt how to take, edit and insert photos and sounds. We are going to create our own electronic books.
Spring 2 Week 1
We have been exploring the properties of 2D shapes. We learnt to count carefully and learnt that vertices is a mathematical word for corners. We discovered that straight sided shapes have the same number of sides as vertices.
We tested materials to see which made the best super hero capes. We had to look carefully to see which cape was lifted best by the air underneath. The paper flew the best but bubble wrap is more waterproof.
We described settings using adjectives then designed outfits for Traction Man to wear in those places. We had to compromise and choose the most suitable materials for our group mood boards.
Spring 1 Week 5
We have been learning to write adventure stories all about Traction Man's adventures. We even discovered the evil pillows had captured our class farm animals! Mrs Brown was amazed at our use of interesting adjectives, verbs, adverbs and speech.
In Maths, we have learnt to divide by sharing and grouping. We were also excited to start TT Rockstars!
We are really enjoying music lessons and we learnt the difference between crotchets and quavers so we could create our own rhythms.
We heated and cooled bread, water, an egg, chocolate and a potato. We looked at how they changed and investigated whether or not they could change back. We liked watching steam turn back into water! We had to think carefully and be resilient during ICT this week. We went into the hall and programmed the Probot cars so they could drive into parking spaces.
Spring 1 Week 3
What a busy week! We have continued learning to multiply numbers. We drew and made arrays to help us. We had to make sure they had equal rows. We also started learning the 2 times table.
Click here for lots of multiplication and division games and resources. Snappy Maths
We turned our tally charts into graphs using a computer program. We also improved our programming skills using the Probots.
In English, we read a poem called The Magic Box by Kit Wright. It had beautiful language in. We practised our grammar skills by sorting key words from the poem into adjectives, nouns and verbs. Then we wrote our own versions of the poem. Click on this link to see the author read his poem. The Magic Box
What do you like about it? What would go in your own magic box?
Rather excitingly, Traction Man left us another letter. He wants to protect his camera during underwater missions so we have been asked to investigate which materials are waterproof. We are going to keep it a fair test by dropping the same amount of water on each of our chosen materials.
Spring 1 Week 2
On Monday, we went for a walk around the village. We went to the shops, the church, the barns and the Post Office. We used tally marks to record how many things were made out brick, stone, wood, metal, plastic and glass. We are going to turn our results into graphs using the computers and write questions about our data.
We have been learning to use the multiplication symbol. It makes repeated addition much quicker. We have been writing shape poems about materials.
In RE, we learnt the parable of The Lost Son. We acted it out and then wrote our own versions.
We also thought about how we learn best. We tried learning a short song and dance by just looking, just listening and then by doing. We found it easier to learn when you do all of them together. We taught our friends to do something new.
Spring 1 Week 1
We have had a busy first week back! We have been practising our sentence structure and making sure we are using accurate punctuation. We have also practised spelling high frequency words accurately.
In Maths, we have started mastering multiplication. We have recognised, made and added equal groups. Miss Williams taught us how to record using tally charts. We also learnt directional words by using the BeeBots.
On Tuesday, we walked into a messy classroom. Noone knew who had put rubbish everywhere so we asked Mrs Cox to check the CCTV. When we looked, we saw an image of a male doll sat on the table. We quickly realised that he had left a note. It said that it was from Traction Man. He had been looking for materials to make new outfits and equipment to take on his missions. He has asked us to learn about the properties of materials to help him on his next adventure. We read the book, 'Traction Man is Here!' By Mini Grey. We all loved it and found it very funny indeed! We can't wait to see what Traction Man gets up to next! We decided we couldn't leave the mess though so we have made our own Amber Class recycling centre and sorted all the materials into different boxes.
We are starting our RE topic by sharing books that our special to us. We will be learning about why the Bible is special to Christians.
Our Autumn theme is, 'Brilliant Brunel!' We are considering why he was a famous engineer, what his life was like and how life has changed since the Victorian times.
Autumn 2 Week 7
We really enjoyed watching the John Lewis advert and then writing about, 'Excitable Edgar.' We also showed our teachers how many new spellings that we have learnt this term. They were very impressed!
We enjoyed sharing our learning with our families on Tuesday. We told them all about Brunel's life and then they visited our Victorian market stalls to learn about the traditions that Victorians started such as; crackers, cards and mince pies. We also explained what the museum artefacts would have been used for.
We had fun emailing Santa. He wrote us personalised letters back. Why not try it yourself? https://www.emailsanta.com/
We hope you are on the good list!
Autumn 2 Week 6
We have thoroughly enjoyed performing our Nativity for 2019. 'A Midwife Crisis,' was funny and full of catchy songs. We impressed everyone with our acting skills and our confident speaking voices. We were so proud of Ruby and Opal class too! Thank you to everyone who came to support us.
We also learnt about the different customs at Jewish weddings, practised our ball control skills, wrote narrative diaries as if we were passengers on the first ever journey on the SS Great Britain and finished building our amazing bridges!
Autumn 2 Week 5
We have been learning all about verbs. We have found verbs and then improved them. Some of us used a thesaurus to find amazing synonyms.In Maths we learnt that addition and subtraction are inverse operations.
We learnt that a synagogue is a special building where Jewish people worship.
It is filled with interesting objects that are very well looked after.
We became engineers, just like Brunel. We researched famous bridges, designed our own and have been building them out of wood. Did you now there are 3 types of bridges? Beam, suspension and arch brides. We had to carefully use saws and hot glue guns. We have discovered that adding card triangles really support our models and make them more stable.
Autumn 2 Week 4
We explored subtracting by counting back and by finding the difference. It was interesting to discover how we could subtract by counting forwards and it made some calculations much easier! We also used number facts we know to add 3 one digit numbers.
We continued to read Flat Stanley in whole class reading. We have to follow carefully and find clues in the text to help us understand new words. We have been learning to use -y as an /igh/ sound. We also explored adverbials of time but creating our own short stories about Mr Men and Little Miss characters.
We have looked at bridges from around the World. We learnt that there are lots of different types of bridges such as, arch, beam and suspension. Then we designed our own bridges, ready for us to build them next week.
Autumn 2 Week 3
We have been learning to add in different ways to make sure we can solve calculations quickly and accurately. Partitioning the addend helps us be more efficient. For example;
17 + 6 =
(6 is the same as 3 +3)
17 + 3 = 20
20 + 3 = 23
We looked at the features of diaries so we can write our own. We have been practising using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions to make our sentences longer.
We have been researching the Clifton Suspension Bridge that was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel after he won a competition. If you have been to Bristol, you would have probably seen it over the River Avon. Did you know it took 33 years to build?
We are busy learning our lines for our nativity, 'A Midwife Crisis.' We also really enjoyed our playground workshop and we are all feeling very inspired. We can't wait to invent more games to play and take our learning outside even more!
Autumn 2 - Week 1
Welcome back to Amber Class! We hope you all had a wonderful half term.
Our new fluency focus for this half term is 'adding using near doubles.' Using the doubling and halve facts that we practised last half term, can you answer calculations efficiently?
For example: 5 + 6 = ? 19 + 21 = ?
5 + 5 = 10 (double 5 is 10) 19 + 1 = 20 21 - 1 = 20
+ 1 = 11 (6 is 1 more than 5) double 20 = 40
Continue to practise doubling numbers here:
On Thursday, Amber Class visited the Brunel's amazing ship, 'The SS Great Britain,' in Bristol. Photos and fantastic work to follow shortly.
Autumn Week 8
We have had a busy final week of this half term. We learnt to be resilient when completing Maths investigations. We needed to use trial and improvement to find different answers. In one of the problems, we had to collect Brunel's tools from inside a tower.
We wrote stories based on, 'The Black Hat,' by Maia Walczak. Mrs Brown was so impressed with the adventurous vocabulary that we included.
We learnt that Jewish people hang the Mezuzah on their front doors to remind them that God is present.
We shared our learning about William Morris with our parents and friends. We worked together during our inspire session to create polyprints and make our own group wallpaper. We had to make sure we printed in the same place each time when we added more colours.
Autumn Week 7
We used the number bonds to 10 that we know to help us find number bonds to 100. We spotted patterns and found missing parts.
We wrote setting descriptions about a forest. We listened to sounds, smelt plants and felt leaves, stones, twigs and nuts. This helped us think of interesting vocabulary to use.
We learnt how to use watercolour paints. We looked closely at leaves and experimented making different colours and effects. We then drew and painted our own leaves.
We have continued to listen to rock music and practise singing a song in a group.
Autumn Week 6
We have been busy revising number facts to 20 through our Maths work this week. We found that addition is commutative so the parts can be added in any order. We also wrote matching subtraction facts by taking parts away from the whole. We also learnt that addition and subtraction are the inverse of each other.
We have finally completed our factsheets about Brunel. We edited them and wrote them up neatly. We thought about how we wanted to present them so that they were eye- catching and clear. We also included photographs and captions.
Check out this link to watch a video about Brunel's life! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zovFQQ2SwBc
We checked our potatoes and found that the potato rubbed in the muddy puddle and changed the most. It had grown some furry mould! It is important that we know where most germs are found so we know when we need to wash our hands and prevent us from being ill.
We learnt about the Victorian artist, William Morris. We looked carefully at his prints and spotted that he used images from nature. E.g. leaves, birds and flowers. We also noticed that he used a variety of colours and repeated his patterns. We look forward to creating our own wallpaper inspired by Morris.
The Strawberry Thief
Autumn Week 5
We have been ordering numbers and placing them on a number line. We learnt we need to look at how many tens it has. If it has the same number of tens, you compare the ones.
Exercise is also important to our health. We planned our own exercises to make our heart beat faster or work our muscles.
We learnt to compare numbers by saying phrases like, '42 is greater than 27,' and '12 is less than 21.' We realised it was quicker to compare them using greater, less than and equal symbols.
We practised spelling words using a 'soft c.' We also learnt that commas help us read long lists. You use a comma between each item and then 'and' before the last thing in the list.
We are developing some excellent IT skills such as, logging on, saving files, retrieving work from our own folders and editing fonts.
Autumn Week 3
Last week, we really enjoyed the skipping workshops and we have continued to develop our skills further. Lots of us have been skipping at playtimes too!
We have already learnt the, 'kn,' 'gn' and 'wr,' graphemes and have been playing lots of games to learn our spellings. We are also really enjoying reading, 'The Twits,'by Roald Dahl. The Twits are so naughty!
In Maths, we have been partitioning numbers and have learnt that this can be done in a variety of different ways. e.g. 46 is 40 +6 but also could be 30 + 16 or 26 +20! Part, part, whole models have really helped us with this idea.
We became scientists and explored how germs can spread easily by touching each other. We also learnt they are tricky to get off so you must wash your hands thoroughly. Luckily, we were using glitter rather than actual germs!
Autumn Week 1 and 2
We have been busy settling into new routines, writing our class contract and finding where everything is in our classroom. We now know how to be, 'ready, respectful and safe,' in Amber class.
We read the story, 'Supermarket Zoo,' and learnt to retell it. We drew a story map and added key vocabulary to our wall. We learnt about adjectives and then showed what we have learnt by writing descriptions of monsters and short stories about the main character's trip to the monster market.
We have been busy practising counting to 100. Exploring all the equipment in the classroom was really fun and we were able to represent 2 digit numbers in a variety of different ways.
We had a WOW day to launch our new topic, 'Brilliant Brunel.' The classroom was filled with genuine Victorian artefacts. We became museum workers and had to create labels for them. We had some really interesting ideas. We noticed that none of the items had plugs so we decided they may not have had electricity in their homes like we do. We made a human timeline to put the Victorians in history.