Summer Term 2, Week 3
A mixed weather week in Holly Class, we began the week with boiling hot sunshine which turned into rain by Thursday! We have made the most of the lovely sunshine though by being outside as much as possible. We are loving our new story 'Taking Flight' in English, we finished watching the story video and the children were completely immersed in the story - it was wonderful to see. We have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s this week, we have played lots of games including 'Hit the Button' on the iPad which we really enjoyed. This week in Computing, a child in Holly Class became a robot and our job was to program her from one side of the classroom to another using buttons we recognise from Bee-Bots. This was so much fun and we were debugging without even realising! The children enjoyed Science this week, where we had real life plants to look at roots and their job. We really enjoyed PSHE this week as we had baby photos of most children in Holly Class and our job was to guess which photo belonged to which child. It was amazing to see how different some children looked and some we could recognise straight away.
Summer Term 2, Weeks 1 & 2
We’ve had a fantastic first two weeks back in Holly Class! We started a new video story for English called ‘Taking Flight’ which we absolutely love. The children have really enjoyed watching the story, we’ve written about each character and summarised what has happened so far. In Maths, we’ve been learning how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s, including using money. We started a new topic called ‘We are Britain’ and we made puppets to take part in a puppet show outside. We used BeeBots in Computing to learn about direction and found spring flowers in Science.
Summer Term 1, Week 6
Our final week before the last half term of Year 1! Although it was a shorter week, we fit so much in! We finished our story 'The Way Back Home', we ordered the story by cutting and sticking pictures and we gave characters speech using speech bubbles. In maths, we've continued with time and have learnt how to order the days of the week and months of the year. We enjoyed science this week as we sorted herbivores, carnivores and omnivores outside in a venn diagram and we made a scrapbook to show our journeys with Columbus and Armstrong in topic.
Summer Term 1, Week 5
It has been a rainy and windy week but we have still had so much fun in Holly Class! This week, we started a new book in Literacy called ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers. We’ve discussed the story and written all about the alien, we even drew an alien by following Draw with Rob. In maths, we’ve been learning all about time, finding half past and o’clock. We tested space suit material for Explorer Bear in Topic, learnt how to classify animals in Science, colour mixed in Art and enjoyed a fab tennis & music lesson! We also used Now Press Play this week to become Neil Armstrong on his first mission, it was so much fun!
Summer Term 1, Week 4
We had such a great week at school! We finished The Night Pirates this week and wrote what we would bury in our own treasure chests, we had some great ideas - especially those who said photos of their loved ones. In Maths, we have been recapping money and finding change. We celebrated Eid on Friday with the class, we listened to music and coloured Eid pictures. We had a great tennis and taekwondo lesson with Mr Dale and Miss Way this week, and we enjoyed improving our Computer Literacy skills in computing this week.
Summer Term 1, Week 3
We love being back at school and being back together again! This week, we have continued with The Night Pirates in English, we wrote how to become a pirate and how to navigate a treasure map. We used some wonderful adjectives in our writing and lots of time conjunctions too! In maths, we've been recapping money - we have already learnt about money, but it is important to recap our skills. We matched coins to their amounts and added amounts together, remembering to add the 'p' sign. We had another fantastic tennis lesson with Mr Dale and taekwondo session with Miss Way. We wrote an algorithm for 'head, shoulders, knees and toes' in Computing and debugged it together, we labelled the continents in Topic and wrote about our senses in Science.
Summer Term 1, Week 2
Another fantastic week at school! We started our new book this week called 'The Night Pirates'. We spent the first day of the week predicting what the story would be about by looking at pictures of shadows and we asked the shadows questions to find out information about them. In maths, we've been learning about our number facts. We learnt that if we know 2 + 3 = 5 then we also know 12 + 3 = 15! It made adding and subtracting so much easier for us! This week, we took part in a Junk Orchestra. On Wednesday, we made our junk instruments from recycling and we played as a Key Stage on Friday in an orchestra. We loved playing along and had the time of our lives! We continued with tennis with Mr Dale and Taekwondo with Miss Way. In Computing, we began learning how to code with blocks and we packed a bag for Explorer Bear to take on his adventures in Topic.
Summer Term 1, Week 1 (Space Week)
Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely two week break, the weather was mostly beautiful so lots of going outside!
We were so excited for the first week back because it was Space Week, so each day had a space theme. On Monday, we learnt all about astronauts, and we pretended we were an astronaut writing a postcard from our trip to space! In the afternoon, we learnt about famous astronauts including one we already knew (Mae Jemison) and we designed our own space suit. On Tuesday, our theme was rockets, and we learnt about how rockets work and what it is like inside a rocket. We did a rocket experiment in the afternoon with a balloon and piece of string (see Dojo for the video) and we labelled a rocket. The theme for Wednesday was the moon, we wrote an acrostic poem for the word 'moon' and in the afternoon, we did an experiment to find out how craters are formed on the moon. On Thursday, our theme was planets, so we designed a brand-new planet! It was lots of fun making up a new planet, especially who lived there! In the afternoon, we ordered the planets and talked about how they are different from Earth. Finally, Friday arrived and our theme was stars and the sun. We did a 5 sentence challenge for our writing activity and completed a piece of art in the afternoon.
This week, we also began tennis lessons with Mr Dale. We loved our first tennis session and enjoyed learning how to hold and use a racket. We also had taekwondo with Miss Way which we thoroughly enjoyed. We learnt how astronauts need to keep fit to go into space and our taekwondo lesson was based around this.
Spring Term 2, Week 7
Easter Week! We've all really been looking forward to Easter week as we planned such wonderful activities for the children. We started the week with Spring poems and maths activities. We wrote about daffodils, chicks, bunnies and lambs - we used similies in our poems which were fab! We created Spring cards and played lots of Easter games on BusyThings and PurpleMash. We also watched Bee movie this week as we've been learning about the importance of bees and why we need them. On Wednesday, we had an Easter bonnet parade (go to our photos to see the video!) and took part in an Easter egg hunt. We hope you all have a lovely Easter.
Spring Term 2, Week 6
We have continued to read '10 things I can do to help my world' this week and we really enjoyed the story because it's full of flaps. When you lift a flap, it reveals more information about the bossy sentence. We made our own posters with flaps to reveal more information about helping the Earth. In maths, we've moved onto heavy and light this week. We've been comparing objects and using scales to decide which object is heavier or lighter than the other. In Topic, we went on a treasure hunt! It was lots of fun as we followed directions to find the X which marked the spot. Once we reached the X, we found our golden treasure! We have also enjoyed 'healthy week' this week by taking part in a Taekwondo session, learning about healthy and unhealthy choices and enjoying a Yummy Garden workshop.
Spring Term 2, Week 5
This week, we started a brand new book called '10 things I can do to help my world', we haven't started reading it yet but we wrote 10 things we can do to help the world. This was a great link to Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish as we already had some background knowledge. We continued with fractions in maths, but learnt about how to find a fraction with numbers by sharing 'sweets'! We had a trip with Dora the Explorer to different continents to explore their playgrounds! We went to Asia, Europe and Africa - we were so surprised to see how different their playgrounds are but we also found some similarities. In computing, we learnt about self image and identity, we drew faces and talked about how our face changes when we experience different emotions.
Spring Term 2, Week 4
Welcome back to school! We have had such a wonderful first week back to school, the children have loved seeing each other and we love seeing them too! This week, we continued with a book we started in Home Learning which was 'Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish'. We wrote about ways we can help our world, like recycling and feeding the birds. In maths, we started to learn how to find fractions of a shape. We spoke about the tricky words 'numerator' and 'denimmator' and they are our magic numbers when we are looking at fractions. In Topic, we did a travel survey and collected results for how we travel to school. We put them into a bar chart to compare the results. In computing, we made an animated story with sound and movement - they were fab!
Home Learning Weeks 5 and 6
In the past two weeks, we finished The Magic Bed and wrote our own stories by copying John Burningham's style of writing. The stories were beautifully written and we were really pleased with how well the children imitated his style of writing. In maths, we have covered doubling, adding/subtracting 10, 20 and 30 and relating addition to subtraction. We really enjoyed Safer Internet Day, the theme was 'exploring reliablity' and the children had to sort the real facts from the fake facts. As a fun extra, the children wrote 3 statements about themselves - two real and one fake. It was our job to spot the fake statement, some were very tricky! We celebrated Shrove Tuesday, Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year too.
Home Learning Weeks 3 and 4
Wow, haven't we been busy! We finished the Bubbles video which the children thoroughly enjoyed by writing a film review. We started a new book this week called 'The Magic Bed' where we learnt about Georgie going on lots of different adventures. The children retold the story, learnt about proper nouns and wrote about their favourite adventure. We have also been learning all about money, we've been adding money together and finding change! Lots of children used real money for this which was sa fab idea. We learnt about the different types of boats and their uses in Topic, learnt about algorithms in Computing and more about spring in Science.
Home Learning Week 1 and 2
We're back to home learning and haven't you all done so well! We are so impressed with how quickly and easily everyone has adapted to home learning, we're so grateful for all your support.
For the past two weeks, we have been watching a Bubbles video in English. We watched a very sad little girl turn happy when she found a bottle of bubbles. The bubbles took her into the ocean and into space! We've learnt how to find 10 more and 10 less this week, we've learnt how to use a 100 hundred square to find this and how to spot patterns in our maths.
We've begun to learn about our new topic of Oceans and Seas, we've found out what lives in the ocean and have written about our favourite animals. We've also continued to use our computing skills and art skills at home.
Wow! What an amazing last week we have had in Holly Class. We were so proud of all the children in their Christmas production, we can't wait for you to see it! Their singing was amazing and their dancing was great too. We were amazed at how confident they were. We have also done lots of Christmas activities! We made our own wreaths, Christmas cards, Christmas decorations and played lots of Christmas games. We also had a party - we danced, did a quiz, had a competition with Hazel class and played even more games. We also enjoyed our delicious Christmas dinner, thank you to the cooks! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Holly Class.
Autumn Term 2, Week 5
We had a wonderful week this week! We really enjoyed making our Christingles this week, we followed step by step instructions and had a great time! We also read a prayer and discussed what each part of a Christingle is. We have been rehearsing our performance this week, we are SO impressed with how well they are all doing. We learnt the continents song as well to help us with food around the world! In English, we finished Traction Man this week & wrote thank you to Granny and a diary!
Autumn Term 2, Week 4
How quickly is time flying! Another week over in Holly Class and we always seem to fit so much in! We continued to read Traction Man this week and have explored all the different adventures he has been on. The REAL Traction Man even visited us on Wednesday! We were allowed to ask him lots of questions and he answered them for us. We couldn’t believe our eyes! In maths, we have continued to learn about money and we are so impressed with how far all the children have come. We learnt about the Christmas Story in RE, used our typing skills in computing and sorted old & new toys for Topic. We also predicted what would happen in our Science experiment for next week, by making a good guess as to which objects would melt if they got too hot.
Autumn Term 2, Week 3
Lots of fun in Holly class this week! We began the week by starting our new story called ‘Traction Man’. We predicted what would happen from the pictures and looked for clues to help us. We also wrote questions we had about the story, using a question mark. In maths, we’ve been learning about money and Miss Way & I have been so impressed with the childrens’ money skills! We learnt about coins to 10p and how to add them together to make different amounts. Unfortunately, Flora got wet this week when she tested umbrellas for us! We tested which material made the best umbrella and we found that plastic was the best out of them all. This week, we also did lots of different activities to celebrate Diwali. We created Rangoli patterns, took park in a Diwali dance workshop (they were amazing!), drew Henna tattoos and watched the story of Rama and Sita.
Autumn Term 2, Week 2
Such a lovely week in Holly Class! The best part of our week was Remembrance Day. We had a really good conversation all about Remembrance Day and why we mark the day every year. We loved looking at all the wonderful home made poppies and we made our own poppies too from Tissue Paper.
Also this week, we finished Egg Box Dragon. It was a lovely story and we enjoyed getting to know the characters in the book. We have been learning all about shape in Maths, we learnt about the properties of 2D shapes and began to learn about 3D shapes. We learnt actions for each 3D shape to help us.
We had our first coding lesson which was a huge success! The children had to help a chicken drive through the street but there were objects in the way. They had to 'debug' by moving the objects to help the chicken drive.
Autumn Term 2, Week 1
Welcome back! We can't believe we are in November already - how time flies!
We have a had a great first week back to school! We started to read our new English book which is called 'The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon', Emma built Egg Box Dragon and he magically came to life after putting him to bed under the moon! We predicted what will happen next in our story. In Maths, we've been learning all about shape and symmetry. We learnt about Bonfire Night and the reason behind it, sorted materials in Science and discussed the 10 commandments in RE.
Autumn Term 1, Week 8
A HUGE THANK YOU for being so generous with your harvest donations! Bromley Food Bank will be overwhelmed with the enormous amount of donations received. I can't tell you how thankful we are for your kindness.
Wow! The last week of Autumn term 1 already! We can't believe how quickly the time has flown. We have really enjoyed our last week as we have focused on Black History Month for our afternoon activities. We learnt about Mae Jemison and Alma Thomas who are two important figures in History and Science. We watched videos all about them, read stories and thoroughly enjoyed the activities to match both women. We really enjoyed recreating Alma's artwork, we used fingers to imitate her spiral painting.
We finished 'Send for a Superhero' this week which was such a superb book! We loved creating a new superhero to help beat Filth and Vacuum. However, this week we received a slimy envelope from Filth and Vacuum asking us to design a new villain to help them to conquer the town! We really enjoyed creating new villains, drawing them and writing about their powers.
Autumn Term 1, Week 7
Winners!!! Congratulations Holly Class for winning the school helmet competition!
It feels like we have fit so much into this week, we never have a minute to spare!! We have been learning how to subtract in maths this week and we finished the week playing subtraction games which we really enjoyed. We began reading our new story which is called 'Send for a Superhero' in English and we met the two baddies - Vacuum and Filth! We designed superheros to stop them from destroying the world.
We learnt all about Florence Nightingale this week, we thoroughly enjoyed watching a video about her and we sorted pictures into things which Florence removed (rats, dirty clothes etc) and introduced (clean water, medicine etc). We learnt all about Harvest for RE, hibernation in Science and continued with Self Portraits in Art!
Autumn Term 1, Week 6
Such a fun and very creative week in Holly Class! We wrote our own stories based on Orion and the Dark. We changed the main character, their fears and the adventures they went on. In maths, we've been learning how to partition numbers to create number bonds (eg 2 + 8 = 10). Our main focus in art is self portraits, we used drawing lines on a face to help us place our main facial features and the end result was amazing!! We also did a self portrait on the iPads using Purple Mash. We learnt about medicine in Topic, learning that a trusted adult should be the only one giving us medicine and how to tell the difference between medicine and sweets!
Autumn Term 1, Week 5
We have had a lovely week in Holly Class. We finished reading 'Orion and the Dark' which was a great story - we were so pleased that Orion managed to beat his fear of the dark. We had such a fun activity for our healthy eating topic, we played a game of fruit salad (please see the photos) and turned into food detectives. We went on a fruit and vegetable hunt outside to find and name all the foods! In Art, we have begun learning how to draw a self portrait by drawing one half of our face!
Autumn Term 1, Week 4
Another wonderful week in Holly Class! We have really enjoyed reading our new story 'Orion and the Dark'. We found out that Orion is afraid of many things but he is petrified of the dark! This week, we wrote notes to tell him how he could get over his fears. In maths, we've been ordering numbers and counting amounts of objects. We had another successful Hive game on Spelling Shed this week, we are so impressed with the high scores which lots of children are achieving. We loved learning about all the different types of clouds - although many of them have tricky names, we learnt a rhyme to remember them all and painted each cloud. Afterwards, we went outside and cloud spotted. It was very relaxing!
Autumn Term 1, Week 3
The time is going so quickly in Holly Class!
We really enjoyed trying new foods this week! We tried parsnip, cauliflower, leek, spinach, mint and berries. We loved the berries and the cauliflower and we were so impressed that the children tried the leek (despite it's strong smell). Afterwards, we wrote about the food we liked, the food we disliked and words to describe the food.
In maths, we have been doing lots of outdoor learning! We had a mini sports day for the toys in our class to learn about ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd and 3rd) and we created a giant bead string to learn about to place numbers on a number line.
We had an amazing computing activity, the children logged onto Spelling Shed to play their first hive game (which we loved) and logged onto Purple Mash to paint a picture, save it and change our avatars! We were really impressed.
Autumn Term 1, Week 2
Our first full week as Holly class and we have filled it with such exciting activities!
This week, we have continued to read and learn about 'The Lost Words'. We discovered new lost words which were: acorn, bluebell, heron, otter, magpie, hedgehog and many more. We began the week by playing a guessing game with clues and drawing which lost word we thought was being described. We wrote AMAZING 'I am...' poems, which will be going on a display. On Friday, we sorted the lost words into birds, animals and nature. In maths, we've been counting and estimating. The best activity of the week was going into our outdoor area and counting how many of our lost words animal we could spot. We estimated how many there were in the group and then counted the actual number. Our afternoons have also been filled with fun activities! We designed a medal for Mary Seacole, we sorted the months of the year into seasons, decorated one of our lost words and wrote about things we are thankful for. One of the most impressive things we did this week was going onto the iPads for the first time! We had so much fun!
Autumn Term 1, Week 1
Welcome back to school! We are so excited to be back at school and have had so much fun already. On Wednesday, we spent the day getting to know each other and our routine. We made crayons for our first class display and created our class charter so we have all agreed on how to make our classroom a happy place to be! On Thursday, we had our first lessons. We loved English as we talked about animals in nature and was able to draw them too! We played games in maths and showed off our impressive skills. We have had a fantastic first week back and can't wait for more!