Our teacher is Ms Franks and Miss Slade is the teaching assistant in our class.
WEEK 7 23/10/20
This week we have shown our learning in English by writing our own sentences using the Year 1 CEW- common exception words. We have also enjoyed our whole class picture reading and guided reading activities, spotting the consonant clusters and blends, that we learnt about in phonics. We then used the picture again to show our learning by writing a short story.
We have continued to focus on our number bonds and additions in Maths, using our practical games too. We also had a Maths investigation to complete using the additions and greater and fewer than terms,
We have almost completed our Moving pictures with only a few details to add but we really enjoyed them. We also learnt about Harvest this week and we would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to our families for supporting the Harvest collection for the Foodbank appeal.
On Thursday we had a treat from Opal class who gave us a great Circus show. They have been learning all about the Circus and we got to watch jugglers, acrobats, stilt walkers, clowns and fire jugglers!!! It was great and we enjoyed the popcorn too....Thank you Opal Class.
WEEK 6 16/10/20
We have been moving a lot this week... from PE with Miss Gardiner, moving around the room as characters and on our noun hunt to making moving pictures!
In English, we have now learnt a lot about the Three Little Pigs and written the story in our own words. We are going to use this to help us create a story based on the three little pigs but with knights instead. We also learnt about Nouns this week and really enjoyed going on a noun hunt around our classroom. We are learning the difference between common and proper nouns too.
We have enjoyed lots of practical building of number bonds this week. We have looked at how you can show different bonds from 5 to 10. We built the bonds using ten frames, we made ladybird spots and even played games with our friends to help us learn and remember our bonds.
Our moving pictures are looking good now as they are moving in different ways and next week we are going to 'finish' them by painting and colouring them.
WEEK 5 9/10/20
In our English learning we have continued to focus on the traditional tale of the Three Little Pigs. We have used it to create our own sentences to match a scene from the story. By acting through the different scenes we created sentences that we could use for our finger space practise too. We have used our phonic phase 3 and phase 4 learning to help us. We have enjoyed segmenting and blending words using different consonant clusters.
We created fact families in Maths and looked at how the addition calculations could be shown and written. We are now beginning to learn our number bonds eg 3 could be 3+0 2+1 1+2 0=3
Again we all enjoyed our cutting and joining learning activities in DT and we are looking forward to creating our moving pictures of Knights and Castles. In RE we learnt more about the special book called the Bible and why it is important to Christians.
WEEK 4 2/10/20
We saw lots of big bad wolves and frightened little pigs in Ruby class this week! Using the story of the Three Little Pigs we began our focus on traditional tales in our English work. We began by retelling and acting out the story to remind ourselves of the different characters and the sequence of the story. It was great for our teacher to see us really think about character actions and movements. We have also drawn story sequence maps and created puppets.
Our Maths has focused on addition and subtraction. We have used the part, part whole method to think about each number as a part of the whole total. We learnt that + means add or plus and = means the same as or balanced.
For our first learning experience we are creating moving pictures so this week we looked at and tested out different ways to make them move. We tried sliders, spinners, lift the flap and pop up techniques. We all enjoyed it and now we are keen to use them in a knight picture!
WEEK 3 25/9/20
This week in Ruby class we have been learning about labels. We discussed adjectives as words to describe items. Then we added labels and captions to our toy dinosaurs.
In maths we have been comparing numbers and amounts. We took handfuls of cubes and compared the amount with our friend. It helped us to begin to use the correct vocabulary of greater than, fewer than and equal to. We also began to learn about the symbols < > and =.
We began our History focus in our topic - Knight to Knight. Using the boxes of models of castles and knights we asked lots of questions and shared our ideas. Our first learning experience is designing a moving picture so we began by looking at the different ways pictures move in books. Then we designed our own moving picture about a knight or a castle...or both!
WEEK 2 18/9/20
Week 2 and some very tired children ...and teachers! We have worked hard revising and assessing the key skills from the Reception year to help us in our reading, maths and writing. We have a super display of our lists work from the Jar of Happiness to help us think about all the things that make us happy.
We have been revising the Phase 3 phonemes we learnt in Opal class and using them to write words. We have also used pegs and sticks to build our 'tricky' words and practise writing them on the whiteboards. In our phonic sessions we have also been reading the Phase 3 words and have sent them home to help us learn to read and spell them. They are also on a link just above!
We used pictures to help us practise the ai phoneme.
In Maths we have focused on our numbers to 20 and many of us can say them so we are developing our skills to say one more or one fewer than. We have also learnt about doubles so that we know it is the same number added together.
We introduced the title of our new History topic this term and discussed what history meant.
WEEK 1 11/9/2020
Welcome to Ruby class everyone! It has been great to see you all again and to get to meet our new member- Emillie- and our new TA -Miss Slade. We have had a super start and a busy one! It has been good to see our friends again and get to know our new classsroom. We have been checking on ability to count, order and find 1 more 1 less using numbers to 20.
We have also been trying to use our Phase 3 and 4 phonemes to write a short sentence and a list based around our focus book- A Jar of Happiness. We thought about and discussed all the things that make us happy...friends, family and chocolate cake were very popular choices!!!
As it is the season of Autumn we also thought about the different changes we see in Autumn and we made oak leaves for our class seasons tree too.
Transition Information 2020-2021
Hi another short video just to remind the children all about Puriton Primary and Ruby class. Looking forward to seeing you in September!
Hello Parents (currently in Opal class)
Welcome to Ruby class! A short video just to give you a little information about the move to Year 1 but if you have any further questions please do email me at Ruby@puritonprimaryschool.org.uk I look forward to seeing you all!
Summer Term 2019-2020
If you find materials from April and May please click here.
WELCOME BACK TO TERM 6
Monday 13th July 2020
Good news! We are planning on being fully open again, to receive all children in all classes on Monday 7th September. Please read the information letter to all parents on our Covid website page:
Do keep an eye on the Covid page, especially at the start of September, just in case there are any changes over the summer holidays.
MONDAY 13TH JULY 2020
Good morning everyone!
Well here we are at the final week of your Year 1! We are so proud of you and all of the things you have achieved! A huge thank you and well done to you all for supporting each other with your home learning throughout these last few months. You have all done amazingly!
Adults - I know it has been a very different school year for you but you have honestly done incredibly well. Children - I know it has been strange for you being at home instead of being in school, but equally you have been fantastic! Your class will always hold a special place in my heart because even though we didn't have the whole year together, you still found brilliant ways to continue your learning from home.
Please make sure you still email me at least once this week to let me know you are OK!
As you have all worked so hard, we thought we’d give you a themed week of learning to reward you! The whole school are focusing on this theme... Disney!
Lost Property- please check in the school front office for any lost property. On Friday anything remaining will be disposed of.
Books- Please ensure all reading books are put in a named bag and returned to the box by the front office by the end of this week
Reports - please ensure you have told me whether you wish to receive a paper or email copy of your child's report by 12.15 pm on Friday 10th. They will be ready by Monday 13th July.
Star of the Day ....Oliver W for a super pictogram. Great work Oliver.
Star of the day ....Ella
Well done Ella for trying the dice pictogram.....no rolls of a four! How amazing!
Please remember to let me know if you would like your report emailed to you, or printed out to be collected from the office asap- Thank you
Any reading books which belong to the school, which were sent home during lockdown, must be returned to school by Friday 10th July in a named bag. Thank you.
Star of the Day .... Ava- for working hard on everything including her super poem. What a brilliant treat- an ice cream almost as big as you Ava!!
Star of the Day ... Sammy and his homemade microwave! Looks great fun after doing all the activities set Sammy- Brilliant work!
Star of the Day - Anyone who has completed their letter for Mrs Brown - Well done
Star of the Day ...Olivia for her seaside story writing and trying to face paint daddy with her eyes covered!! Whoops!
Well done to Skye too !
Just for your Information.
Stars of the Day ...Alfie and Oliver W
You both tried really hard to complete your seaside story plans. I think they will be great stories!
Star of the Day ....Indie
Great senses work Indie....I love that you enjoy tasting the chocolate!
Stars all round- here are a few!
Star of the Day
Skye and Darcey - WOW you have both painted super seaside backgrounds. Well done!
Star of the Day
Riley for a huge amount of work, including completing all three reading comprehensions!
If you have not already emailed me this week please could you do so before Friday lunchtime just so that we know you are well. Thank you
Star of the Day
Ava Marshall for working hard in all the activities and all with a fantastic smile!!
Star of the Day
Leo for continuing to challenge himself and get a lot quicker at his arithmetic sheets and for improving his reading- Go Leo!
Star of the Day
Darcey... for a super bubble story-'Darcey and the Enormous bubble'- I love the video of you reading it to me Darcey- super clear reading too!
Alfie....for getting straight back into his learning about the bubbles. Well done Alfie.
Keeping Safe during Home Schooling
During this time of home schooling due to COVID-19, many tasks involve online activities. Here are some areas of guidance and links to support your online safety.
Please check the following
- If you have any problems or queries with work set, please email the class teacher on the address at the top of the class page.
- Ensure your child has a good balance of online activities, physical and creative activities.
- Ensure parental controls are set on the devices used.
- Ensure internet filters are on.
- Check any websites being used, to ensure they are appropriate for your child – especially if they are different to those mentioned on the school plans.
- Remind your child to apply their online safety learning and always check with an adult before sharing any information.
If you do experience any of the following issues or would like advice, here are just a few links to guidance and support websites.
- Harmful or Upsetting content -you can contact the UK Safer Internet centre at https://reportharmfulcontent.com/
- Bullying or Online Abuse – you can contact the National Crime Agency website at https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ or the Anti Bullying Alliance at
- Mental Health and Wellbeing - you can contact https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
As during normal school days, please do inform us of any online safety issues so that we are able to keep a record of potential problems.
Further links and guidance / support can be found on our Parents Online page on the school website: https://www.puritonprimaryschool.org.uk/Parents/Parents-Online/
Spring term Curriculum Map
Term 4 week 4
What a week! So sad to say goodbye to you all on Friday but take care of each other, keep working hard on your learning and hopefully we can all meet up again soon.
On Monday we will be posting your home learning sheet so look out for it and have fun too.
Term 4 Week 3
On Wednesday we had our class trip to Bristol zoo to help us learn about our topic animals. We had a workshop with Amy and got to see Meerkats, Gorillas and Penguins up close. It was great fun and we learnt a lot. Amy, our workshop leader said we were amazing at sharing our learning and perfect!
This week we have been learning about measurement. We have been using classroom items to compare them and use the correct vocabulary such as taller, shorter, longer.
We are now writing our own stories based on the Snail and Whale. We are trying to include great adjectives, capital letters and full stops and question marks too!
We enjoyed our turn in the whole school skipping activity too!
Term 4 Week 2
This week we have been using the story of The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson -our class author. In our whole class reading, we have been reading the story and adding capital letters and full stops to sentence extracts. We have also been using it to spot good adjectives. This prompted good discussions about the meanings of the adjectives and interesting phrases. Our focus in GPS this week has been adjectives so we are going to try to add them to our sentences.
It has also linked to the brilliant time we had on World Book Day where we came dressed as words and many of these were adjectives too! We used our wonderful words to put them in alphabetical order, to play head to head Guess my word games and to write clues to our words too.
Our maths focus of counting in 2's 5's and 10's has continued this week also.
Term 4 Week 1
Hi everyone. Hope you had a great half term despite some rotten weather!
it may have been good for the characters in our story though, as we have been learning about the Snail and the Whale by our class author-Julia Donaldson. We have enjoyed listening to the story, acting it out and then beginning to retell it in our own words. It has also helped us look at interesting vocabulary.
Our maths learning has focused around counting in 2s and 5s. We have been making amounts in different ways practically first then looking for patterns such as odd and even numbers.
A huge thank you to all our lovely adults who came to our Inspire morning where we made moving pictures. We based our pictures on our Hot Claws Cold Paws animals. We shared our pictures with our friends in class and explained how we made each of the moving sections...they were brilliant!
Term 3 Week 5
Poems and rhymes are everywhere in Ruby class this week. We have read and performed finger rhymes to our class and also looked at how we make words rhyme. We looked at word endings and then used the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty to create our own versions. Working in pairs, we wrote and edited our work on whiteboards first to make sure we liked them. We have also begun to use another rhyme-Hickory Dickory Dock to develop our ideas even further.
In Maths we are beginning our focus on Place Value to 50. We have counted to 50 forwards and backwards and partitioned numbers into tens and ones in different ways.
In RE we have listened to the story of The Lost Coin and thought about what it means for caring for everyone.
We have also used the Beebots in our ICT learning. To develop our programming skills we thought about how we could make a set of instructions all linked together and program them into the Beebot to make it move between toys. At first we used one instruction at a time and then learnt how to add the instructions together to create a sequence. It was fun, if a little confusing at first! We soon got the hang of it though!
Term 3 Week 4
Wow our reports look amazing! We have finally completed our first Learning experience to write animal reports. After all our hard work finding facts and putting them under headings we have now stuck them on to colourful sheets and added photos and labelled pictures. Phew a lot of hard work but Ms Franks is very proud of our work and so are we!
In Maths we have begun to use the bar model to help us add and subtract and find the four related facts for our calculation.
In PE we really enjoyed creating our our dance moves for our Zumba learning.
We have also made Spring time cards ready to give to David next week for our friends in the OLC school. We hope they like them.
Term 3 Week 3
This week we have sorted all our information about our focus animals into sections for our reports. We used questions to create heading after we learnt about question words and question marks earlier on in the week. Ms Franks also got us to write independently about all the fact we are learning as we go along-she was very pleased about all the facts we were able to recall! It has also helped that we learnt how to group animals in different ways such as mammals, reptiles, insects, fish, birds and amphibians. We looked at the features and also thought about our own animals. We also began to learn about herbivores and carnivores who eat plants and meat and omnivores who eat both.
In RE today we also heard the story of Creation from the Bible and used Godly play to discuss the features of the world. We had to think why Christians are told by God to take care of the world and how they should do this.
During our PE lessons we are really enjoying being very active doing Zumba and short work outs. It is tiring but lots of fun. We also got to make up our own small groups shapes using our bodies.
Term 3 Week 2
We have begun our first learning experience in which we are going to write a report about our chosen animal. First we looked at the features of a report and then using different non-fiction books we found these features and others such as contents and index. We have also been using the laptops to research our animals. In this way we developed our laptop skills such as turning it on and off, selecting an icon, using a mouse pad and a scroll bar. We also used a search engine called Kiddle to help us find information that was aimed at children. It helped us discuss Online safety also.
In maths we have been focusing on using different ways to to learn our number bonds to 20. We used practical items such as ten frames, numicon and cubes, then we also used numberlines.
In PE we are enjoying our Zumba exercises and in class we are using a new five minute workout too- we are enjoying moving and being active!
Term 3 Week 1
Welcome back after the Christmas break. we hope you had a good one!
This week we have been learning about our new theme of learning. It is Science based and focused on animals. We are going to be learning about different animals in different environments around the world. It is called 'Hot Claws Cold Paws'. We learnt we will be focusing on penguins and polar bears from cold places and gorillas and meerkats from warmer climates.
During our WOW day we had to find ways to free a animal frozen in an ice cup! We used toothbrushes, wooden knives, scourers, and then had to think about other ways we could release the animals. It was great fun but made our hands really cold!! We also had craft activities to make paper cup penguins, nodding meerkats and gorilla masks. It was really good fun and we learnt a lot of DT skills too.
We also found out that our new author was Julia Donaldson. We put a lot of her books into our class author box and have enjoyed reading them already. As a special treat (it was Ms F's birthday that day too!) we also got to watch the Stick Man DVD too.
Term 2 Week 6
This week we have focused a lot on assessments. The children have really enjoyed showing their learning in different ways. They were able to write independently about Edgar the Dragon and use their GPS skills to write given sentences. It also helped us to show our phonic skills.
In our RE activities we thought about the story of the Nativity which linked well to our Christmas play. We read the story and wrote about it in different parts.
We all really enjoyed performing the play to the different audiences. I think our funny sheep, gentle angels, pushy townspeople and animals including the clever camels, all acted their parts well. We really hoped you enjoyed it if you came to watch us!
Term 2 Week 5
It was lovely to be back after feeling unwell last week but its been very busy! We have completed our Castle building in our last learning experience and really enjoyed painting them and making sure we had a moving part. It was also lovely to to get to share them with our families at the Celebration of Learning. Thank you to all our families for coming to support us.
In maths we have continued with our place value to 20 focus and especially finding one more and one less. We recapped the signs < > and = to help us. In our English work we learnt about nouns. We named items and learnt that this was the noun and then we sorted them into common and proper nouns. We learnt you need a capital letter for proper nouns.
We have also spent time rehearsing the KS1 nativity play and we look forward to wearing our costumes and performing for our families and friends next week.
Term 2 Week 3
We have begun to rehearse our KS1 play and we are very busy learning the songs. Its called The Midwifes Crisis and tells the story of the Nativity.
We have also begun our focus on traditional tales in English and we are learning the story of the Gingerbread Man. We have acted it out, made story maps and re-told the story trying to add story language such as 'Once upon a time' and also the repeated phrases.
We have learnt all about 3d shapes in our Maths activities and used our 2d shapes knowledge to help us describe them. We also sorted them using different properties.
Term 2 week 2
In our English activities this week we have focused on the Traditional tales and Fairy stories. We are reading lots but have decided to focus on the story of The Gingerbread Man. We really enjoyed acting out the story and thinking about our character voices and actions.
We have also focused a lot on 2d shapes this week, learning all about their names and properties. We had to decide our own criteria to sort them too. Using the picture called Castle and Sun by Paul Klee we found the different shapes and we talked about how we could create our own shapes pictures. Also we had great fun using a maths story to remind ourselves of our subtraction skills. Using the story of the Centipedes 100 shoes we used our our feet and shoes to make physical subtractions. Then we used our small toy insects to create our own subtraction stories eg Spider had 10 shoes and beetle took 4 so how many were left?
We REALLY enjoyed our whole school treat of the pantomime. It made us laugh and we sang all the songs really well.
Term 2 Week 1
What a very busy four days we have had! We have worked hard on our subtraction skills. We have used practical items and numberlines to help us solve problems.
We also had a great time with Opal class to develop our Enterprize project. we enjoyed making the poster and particularly working in our classes to make biscuits. Altogether we made 350! A HUGE thank you to everyone who bought some as the profit will go to the OLC.
Another busy week doing assessments and learning lots! We have enjoyed learning about Knights from the past including one called William Marshall and we learnt there are knights today. We also learnt about a 'Sir' called Sir David Attenborough. He doesn't wear armour though!
In Science we have thought about the different types of plants we know and we learnt to identify different ones such as dock leaves and say why they are important.
We also had a great time watching Opal class perform their Circus show. There were clowns, acrobats and jugglers. It was lots of fun and learnt about being a good audience....and we got popcorn as a treat!!
A super week of Knights yet again. We have learnt all about Pages, squires and Knights and we have made up our own sets of rules to create Codes of Chivalry. It was fun thinking about the rules and writing them trying to use capital letters, spaces and full stops. Then we stained paper with coffee to make it look like an old scroll and wrote our Code of Chivalry in pen. We think they look good.
Then yesterday we travelled to another country -Wales!- and went to Caldicot castle on our class trip.It was a super sunny day so we even got to eat our lunch outside. We learnt lots about the castle and its features such as the bailey walls, the keep, the tower and the cannon. We all especially enjoyed going into the storeroom to look into the deep dungeon.....but we were so amazing we didn't need to go in it!!
This week we have continued to use the story of Small Knight and George to help us sequence a story. First we put pictures in order and then we wrote sentences to match. It helped us to develop our learning of capital letters, spaces and full stops. We are beginning to get the hang of it already!!
In maths we used the + and = signs to create calculations and write them. It was fun using the cubes to help us look for patterns.
In our second learning experience we learnt about being a page and squire before you could be a knight. It was fun learning about what they had to do. Then today we finally got the better weather so we were able to do the cross country run which we all enjoyed. Then we also had lots of fun at our class gem party this afternoon when we had snacks, drinks and we got to watch Zog the movie.
Our acting skills came into play this week! In English we have been using the book -Small Knight and George by Ronda Armitage- to help us learn about stories. We had lots of fun acting out all the characters and sequencing the events in order. We thought about the different characters and tried to use our actions and voices to show them. Using a story map we then thought about a story beginning, middle and end.
In Maths we have begun to focus on addition and subtraction. We used part part whole boards to help us partition numbers and then add them back to create the whole number.
We also really enjoyed our Inspire activities and especially having our families to work with us. Our dragon puppets and shield designs were great and all very different! A huge thank you to all who came to help us.
Knights everywhere! It was really good fun this week in Ruby class when we all brought in our teddies from home (including Ms Franks with George) and create a 'suit of armour' for them. We used our DT skills to cut and join card in different ways and we use fabric to make our tabards. We designed a picture or logo to go on the front also. Then we added labels and captions to our teddy Knights. it was great fun but helped us in our first learning experience which used History, DT and English skills.
Our maths continued to focus on place value and we introduced the signs of < and > and = when comparing numbers. We were able to select number cards and roll dice to help us compare and show which amount was greater or fewer and those that were equal.
We have continued to focus on the alphabet and have used it in our handwriting practice too.
We have had lots of fun and lots of learning about Autumn this week. Using the school grounds we went on a science walk to look for any of the signs of autumn that we had thought about in our class discussions. Although it's still lovely and sunny we found lots of signs that Autumn has begun! We all enjoyed finding the apples and pears growing alongside berries for birds and we particularly enjoyed finding leaves that were changing colour.
We are continuing our maths learning using place value and have been counting forwards and backwards and also problem solving 1 more and 1 less.
As our first learning experience is about labelling and identifying the Knights armour we have used textease to select a picture and add labels. This helped us with our laptop skills too.
Knight Knight everyone! Yes we have started our History themed topic where we are learning about Knights and Castles. We have received a scroll from Lady Red and Lady Yellow who have sent us 10 challenges to show we are ready to become Knights of Ruby class. It has been fun starting them.
In our English learning we have focused on labels and lists this week using the book called Dangerous by Tin Warnes. We loved the story and used the ideas to label our class toys too. It helped us to think about labels when we used the BeeBots to label the knights suit of armour.
Our maths learning is focused on place value to 10. We have ordered and counted out amounts and shown them in different ways. We are also learning the match the number and the number word.
We have also really enjoyed using our DT skills to create a whole class castle using large boxes...especially when we got to go inside it!
What a super start to our first week in Ruby class. We have all been exploring around the class to find out where our resources are and very importantly the lovely toys!!
We have made our class rules and signed the contract to say we will keep them.
We have done a lot of assessments this week including 40 spellings and 20 additions plus lots of phonics, sentence writing, counting and sorting and reading. We have particularly enjoyed our new reading area with the comfy cushions and bean bag! Is been very busy and we are looking forward to starting our topic next week.