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4th June

This week we settled back into school after breaking up for half term starting with recapping place value with Mr Greenwood and writing recounts all about the fun things we over the past week. In our Maths lessons we have started looking at measuring length. We learnt about how to use a ruler and that we can measure length in centimetres, millimetres and metres! We even had Nick the builder come and show us how he uses measuring everyday in his job to make sure what gets built in the school isn't too big or too small to use! We then had a go at measuring ourselves, first around the classroom, then we measured the distance we could throw bean bags. At the end of the week we drew round one of our friends and measured their arms, legs, head and height! In Literacy we looked at acrostic poems. We learnt what an acrostic poem was and how you could find the subject of the poem by reading the first letter of every line. Our acrostic poems were all about colours so we first brainstormed describing words, objects and feelings based on our colour then wrote out our poems! In our grammar lesson we learnt all about using the suffixes -ed and -ing in our writing and practised using them in our writing. We are continuing to look at Judaism in RE and learnt all about the Torah and its importance to Jewish people. We wrote out our own mitzvahs and tea stained paper in preparation to make our own Torahs! We have worked really hard in our phonics lessons practising our sounds in preparation for the phonics screening next week!

21st May

It's the week before half term and we are all really excited for the break but still working very hard! Literacy this week has been all about innovation, changing our original Elmer story. We wrote out character and setting descriptions and then used these ideas to help us write out our new story. We had some very interesting ideas! In our PSHE lessons we discussed what it means to be a good friend and looked at different scenarios that would happen in class or the playground and what the best way to act would be. In Maths we have continued to look at money, more specifically, adding coins together to make different amounts. We even looked at how to use addition and subtraction to work out how much change we will need when we can't pay the exact amount. We have been enjoying our Music lessons with Mrs Mills and have enjoyed learning the song "Dr Knickerbocker"!

14th May

This week was assessment week in which Holly class worked really hard in their writing and maths assessments as they always do! We have started to look at money in our maths lessons starting with recognising the different coins and how much they are worth. In Literacy we used our snail journey map from our special RSPB visitor to recount a snail's journey and then continued with our class story "Elmer" inn which we designed our own elephant persona to go to Elmer day and described them using adjectives. In our Topic lesson we used Google Earth to explore the UK and recognise which countries are in the United Kingdom and realised that our sports day house teams are named after them! After we learnt the countries in the united Kingdom and that we live in England, we used Google Earth and found our school! When we zoomed in even closer we could see our classroom window and Mrs Week's office!

7th May

This week in PSHE we learnt all about families and how families can be different but that in the end all that matters is that your family loves and cares for you. In Literacy we learnt all about asking questions and how we need to use a question mark in our writing. Following on from this we had the chance to use our questions that we wrote to interview Elmer himself! Elmer came for a visit and allowed us to interview him! After the interview (Which poor Mrs Smith happened to miss) we wrote a fact file using all our new knowledge from the interview. We really enjoyed interviewing Elmer and so wrote some more questions to ask someone about their holidays from when they were younger. Lucky for us Holly's nana came in and showed us her old photographs and spoke about her life and holidays when she lived in California! In Maths we have learnt to tell the time! We learnt about the clock and what the long hand and short hand tell us. We started off learning to read the time at o'clock and then because we were super at that we also learnt the time to half past too! In Science we looked at deciduous and evergreen trees and how we could identify them. In Art we read the story of 'Cave Baby' and how he was very creative and draw patterns all over Cave Mum's drawings! We drew our own cave drawings and them painted over them just like Cave Baby did! It was lots of fun (and luckily not too messy!). In our RE lesson we spoke about wedding ceremonies and how different religions celebrate marriage differently - we even got to hold Mrs Smith's engagement and wedding rings!

30th April

In Literacy we had a great time playing 'Guess Who'! But this was not regular guess who, we used all the characters from the books we have looked at over the year and went and had to describe them to our partner and see if they could guess who we picked out of the envelope! We then wrote our 'Guess Who' descriptions down and a few children got to read their descriptions to the others to see if they could guess who they were writing about! We also drew a map showing how Elmer travelled through the jungle to the elephant bush and then wrote all about how he got there!  In Maths we have learnt about how to find half halves and quarters of numbers and did this by using Smarties! In our Science lesson we looked at trees and how to identify different types of trees through looking at the shape and colour of their leaves. To get firsthand experience of this we went into the forest school and went on a leaf hunt! and were able to identify Field Maples and Birch trees. We also got very excited when we found Holly in there!

 23rd April

This week we have started looking at our new class story 'Elmer!' we started off by first predicting what might happen in the story and describing Elmer using our excellent adjectives and similes! After we read the story together (we found it very funny when Elmer shouted boo and scared all the other elephants!) and learnt our new Talk 4 Writing actions to help us learn the story a little better! In Maths we have started to look at fractions and shapes - learning how to identify halves and then quarters of different shapes - some of us even learn how to colour in three quarters of a shape! In our Topic lessons we looked at the seaside and the different natural and human features we might find there. We learnt what natural and human features meant and then explored different things we might find at the beach and decided if they were human or natural. In our Science work we linked with our Topic work and looked at the different animals and plant life we might find at the seaside!

16th April

In our first week back at school we were very excited to be back and share all the incredible things we got up to in our Easter break! That's why we started off our Literacy by writing a recount of what we did in our two weeks off. We also looked at what we need to include in our writing - full stops and capital letters because we keep forgetting them! We corrected some writing Miss Otieno did which had all the wrong punctuation! we also learnt to how to use the -er and -est suffixes when comparing objects and people in our writing! In our Maths we revisited odd and even numbers and how we can tell when a number is odd and when it's even! This term we will be looking at our new topic Holidays and started off by thinking about how much we know about holidays right now before we started to learn about them! In our RE lesson we learnt about the miracles Jesus performed and discussed the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5000. We spoke about how Jesus helped those who were unable to help themselves and how he wanted to show everyone that he was there for them whenever they needed him. We thought about who we could be there for in the school and who might need help from us as they don't have as much experience of school life as we do.  We thought that we could help the reception children in the school and to show them that we wanted to be good friends to them and will be there to help them we decorated biscuits and gave them to the class as a gift!

26th March

This week was a very exciting week because it is the last week before our Easter Break! However, before all the fun could begin we made sure to work really hard in all our lessons! Following on from last weeks Literacy we used all the facts we gathered about our fruit to write a letter to Mrs Weeks to persuade her to include our fruit in the school fruit bowls! The best part of the week however had to be our fantastic Easter Bonnet parade where we got to show all our parents the hard work we put in to making our beautiful Easter bonnets!Another exciting thing we got to take part in was the amazing Easter scavenger hunt where we got to go round the school with a child from Beech class to find clues about what this years Easter word was and get a prize at the end! We also enjoyed making Easter cards, designing our own Easter egg on the front!

19th March

In Literacy we have started to look at non-fiction texts and information pieces. To start off we used the child-safe Kiddle search engine to research different types of fruit and why they are good for us! We then wrote fact files about our chosen fruit using what we remembered. In our RE lessons we learnt all about prayer and why Christians pray and thought about it we prayed what we might pray for and why. In our Topic we recapped all the different types of transport and sorted vehicles into old and new.

12th March

This week we have moved on from our story 'Avocado Baby' and have begun to look at creating a fruit based superhero/villain! We wrote our superhero persona first, stating what fruit we ate, what powers we would want to have and what we would do with them (save the world or take over the world). Next we went to on to write a diary entry detailing how we got our superpowers. The Literacy lesson we enjoyed the most was learning about bossy verbs! We worked in pairs using bossy verbs to tell our partner what to do. We loved using our teacher voices and were so loud Mrs Wilson could hear us in the hallway! We then used our new knowledge of bossy verbs to instruct our superheros on how to deal with a superhero scenario where they had to use their powers to save the day! We also had lots of fun in our Science lesson, we re-told the story of the Three Little Pigs and discussed the materials they used to build their houses. Then, we worked in our table groups to build our own houses out of certain materials! We built houses made out of cardboard, sticks, paper, straws and lego! It was lots of fun and we worked together as a team.

5th March

This week we continued from where we left off after our snow days and began to innovate our class story! We changed the fruit the baby ate and what superpower they gained and wrote out our new stories! We also continued to look at our Science topic 'Everyday Materials' and experimented with how materials can be manipulated! We did this by experimenting with how we could move and shape clay, we got very messy! After experimenting with the clay we made it into beautiful clay pots which we are really excited to paint! This week we also had a fantastic time visiting the London Transport Museum where we got to not only look at different types of transport but go on them and pretend to even drive some! We had a great time learning about the different types of vehicles people travelled in in the past! The fun didn't stop with a school trip because we also got to dress up as our favourite book character in our delayed World Book Day! We loved going out into the playground to show the parents and other children our amazing costumes!

26th February

Due to the heavy snow we didn't get to do too much this week! We really enjoyed our maths lesson with Mr Greenwood and worked really hard learning our new class story. We even joined Hazel class in the afternoon to perform our Talk 4 Writing actions to one another and even learnt some of the story together! We were a very good audience and loved performing together! We started to think of how to innovate our class story and thought of a different fruit the baby could eat and also what superpower they might have! We shared our ideas as a class and thought of lots of different and interesting actions to go with our ideas!

19th February

In Literacy this week we have begun looking at our new class story 'Avocado Baby'! First, we read the blurb and wrote predictions thinking about what could happen in the story. After that we read the book as a class and started to learn the story using our Talk 4 Writing actions. To make sure we really knew the story we sequenced the story in our books trying to remember as much as possible. In one of our literacy lessons we recapped all the special types of words we use in our writing such as adjectives, time conjunctions and verbs and we learnt about what nouns are! In our RE lessons we have continued to look at Christianity and learnt about what a priest is and why they are important to Christians!

5th February

This week our Literacy lessons were all based around our topic toys! We designed our own board games and wrote out the rules for how to play them. Then if we finished in time we got some counters out and played each other's games, writing reviews on what we like about the board game and what could be improved. After designing games we then worked in pairs to create an advertisement to convince people to buy a toy. We made sure to include the price, what age you should be to play it and used lots of exclamation marks to make it exciting! In our Science lesson we started looking at the topic of 'Everyday Materials' and passed around objects made of different materials and discussed their properties. After that, we went on a learning walk around the school to identify what materials different objects around the school are made of! In Topic we discussed the differences between Victorian toys and modern day toys after our trip to the Museum of Childhood and then went on to make our own Victorian peg dolls! We really enjoyed being able to design our own peg doll and use different materials to stick on them to create clothes!

29th January

Holly class had a very busy week this week with it being both assessment week and multicultural week! We worked really hard in all our assessments and have been doing some fantastic work! On top of our assessments we have also wrote all about tigers focussing on our punctuation and learning our left and right using Simon Says and the Hokey Cokey. We then went on to look at positional language, using, top, middle, bottom, between, above and below to describe the position of pictures on a grid. We had a great experience in Multicultural week! We went to Kenya in our classroom where we made Kenyan Tribal necklaces then travelled all the way to Antarctica in Miss Bhatti's class where we drew Antarctic pictures of polar animals with chalk. Then, we trekked all the way to Mexico with Miss Bowley where we learnt about Dios de los Muertos and made our own calaca masks! We absolutely loved our Indian dance workshop where we learnt two different Bollywood dances. We were very excited to then go out onto the playground with the whole school to perform! 

22nd January

This week we went to the V&A Museum of Childhood and looked at old and new toys! We got to play with outdoor toys and look around the museum at all the toys children have played with over the years. We were amazed at the difference between the toys we have now and how those same toys used to look in the past! We found that doll's houses were much bigger in the past and that superhero toys that our parents might have played with look a lot similar to the ones we play with now! One of our favourite parts of walking around the museum was getting a chance to go on the rocking horse! In maths we continued looking at 3-d shapes and matching the shape to their names and had a lot of fun playing maths games on the iPads with Mrs McDonald! We have begun to learn a new song all about transport with Mrs Mills but had a tricky time remembering what order all the different types of transport were sung in! In Literacy we planned a menu of different courses of food we would serve to a Tiger who came for tea at our house, we even had a competition with Mrs Baker and Miss Smith on who could think of an adjective to describe food the quickest! The most amazing thing that happened in Holly class this week was that we got a postcard from the infamous tiger himself! He wrote to us telling us all about the amazing time he had a Sophie's house but how he was very bored now he's left! We used this in our Literacy lesson to pretend to be the tiger and write a postcard to Sophie telling her about where we would have gone after we left her house.  In Science we discussed pushes and pulls and then explored how the height of a ramp can affect how far a toy car can travel. After we plotted our block graphs we then tested out other objects down the ramp and measuring how far they would travel.

15th January

This week in Science we have continued to look at animals and the food groups they are in - Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores. In Maths we have started to look at 2-d and 3-d shapes, first discussing the name of common 2-d shapes and then looking at their properties beginning to use vocabulary such as vertices and sides. We really enjoyed playing the guessing game where we had to figure our what shape was in the box based on its properties! In Literacy we are preparing to write poetry based on a habitat! To help us prepare we recapped what adjectives are and worked in table groups to describe different habitats, rotating around the room so that we all had a go describing every habitat. We then have started to introduce similes, noting that you use like or as in similes to compare one thing to another. In RE we looked at the special features in a church and why they are needed in a church. In our art lessons we learnt how to collage! Based on our topic of habitats everyone chose an animal from a bag and had to create the habitat it lives in, making sure to choose the right colours and different textures. We learnt that to collage we need to use lots of different materials and cut them small in order to muddle up the different tones and textures. It was a very sticky lesson!

3rd January

We have just come back from our Christmas holidays and we are so excited to talk about the fantastic presents we have got and the amazing activities we have done over Christmas! In Literacy we all shared a special day from our Christmas holidays and drew story maps depicting them, writing our recounts after. As our new topic is toys we each discussed a new toy that we got for Christmas then described our toys in our writing books making sure to use adjectives and describing the materials they are made out of. In Science we discussed habitats! We looked at different pictures of habitats and listened to the sounds that we might hear there, after that we sorted animals into the appropriate habitats, giving reasons as to why they are bests uited for that specific habitat. In maths we explored odd and even numbers. We played a game where we took turns saying a number, having to concentrate on what number our partner said before and seeing how far we could go  (as a class we got up to 78!) we then started to look at what odd and even numbers are and how an odd number cannot be paired or shared equally. As a class we learnt that odd numbers end in 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 and even numbers will end in 0, 2, 4, 6, & 8. 

 18th December

As it was our last week before Christmas Holly class had lots of fun having our own Christmas party! We ate lots of fantastic food and had a great time dancing in the classroom! To make the day even more festive we even brought in Christmas/winter jumpers to wear! We shared cards with one another and got to open our class present - we got new toys for the dolls house and play dough! We had a fantastic Christmas dinner lunch and had lots of fun watching all the teachers perform in their own panto!

11th December

This week we performed our Wriggly Nativity with Cedar class to the school and then to our parents! We worked very hard remembering when to come off and on stage, using our best singing voices and remembering all the actions for each song. We loved getting to perform to our parents and felt very proud that we were able to show how fabulous we are to the whole school! After our nativity was over we had our own Nativity awards where we all praised each other for all the hard work we put in to giving the best performance ever! Also, to continue the celebration of a successful nativity we had a film afternoon with Cedar class. In our literacy lessons we have been looking at instructions, first as a class talking about the steps you need to take in order to make a fruit salad and then sequencing pictures to show the instructions and thinking of appropriate time conjunctions for each step. In maths we have been continuing to practise our number bonds to 10 and are able to answer the calculations quicker and quicker each time!

4th December

This week we have begun to look at instructions, discussing what they are and why you might use them. We worked in pairs to give and follow instructions on how to draw shape pictures. In maths we have continued to look at number bonds this time getting all the way up to 10! We've been working hard on noticing how two number sentences can be pairs because they use the same numbers that are just swapped with each other. We have continued to rehearse for our year 1 & 2 nativity and had our first dress rehearsal! We got to put on our costumes and show Mrs Mills all the hard work we have put into giving a fantastic performance! 

27th November

As it was assessment week we have worked really hard in our maths, literacy and science assessments but have still managed to have lots of fun during the week! We have been practising for our year 1 & 2 nativity and were very lucky to have Cedar class join us to rehearse! We are very excited for everyone to see all the hard work we have put into our singing and dancing! In Science we have been learning about our organs! We were very lucky that with our iPad we were able to look inside one of our friends bodies at all their organs! We particularly enjoyed looking at what our blood looks like up close! We have also begun to look at the differences between the features of humans and animals. To do this we had one of the school rabbits come and visit us! We were very excited to watch him hop about and then spoke about the differences between us and the rabbit. We got had fun during our maths lessons logging into mathletics and playing on the live mathletics against each other! We are getting very quick at answering questions on number bonds to 9!

20th November

This week we have been changing our class story of the 'Elephant and tthe Bad Baby'! To do this weall thought of what animal we would choose as a main character and what action we could use for it. Once we all decided on our new animal we came together as a class to show off our new actions and we all guessed what animal we all chose! We then all thought of a new shop we could us, after that we decided as a class what we were going to change our class story to which became "The Cheetah and the Bad Baby"! We learnt our new actions and started to work on our own stories with new characters and shops to use, thinking of how we coud describe our new characters and what our new shops could sell. In maths we have continued to work on our number bonds and had a fantastic lesson printing stars in patterns to make our number bonds to 8. Also, we were very lucky to have a craft session with the PTA! We all got to make beautiful Christmas wreaths and sing Christmas carols! We had so much fun and were very happy that our Christmas wreaths were hung in the school hall for everyone to see!

13th November

This week We have continued looking at our class story and using adjectives to describe our characters and  food. We have also been working hard learning what verbs are and how we could use them in our writing along with our adjectives! We have continued to work on our number bonds in maths matching the number sentences which use the same 2 numbers in the sentence but the numbers are switched. In Science we went over our five senses again and this time put them to good use! We used one sense at a time to explore a fruit or vegetable and had to use our adjectives in order to describe it then guess what it was! The fruit and vegetable we had were bananas and peppers! As it was National Kindness Day we spoke about how we can be kind to one another and picked a name out bag of one of our classmates and made a special friendship bracelet for them which we all enjoyed receiving!

6th November

We have continued to re-tell the story of 'The Elephant and the Bad Baby' in our Literacy lessons looking at sequencing the story using pictures and describing characters by putting adjectives at the front of our sentences in order to extend our sentences further and make them more interesting. In Maths we have continued to look at number bonds up to 8 using numicon and cubes to help us, we really enjoy getting up and creating human number sentences! In Science we have started to look at our five senses, we went on a senses walk and wrote down all the things we saw, heard, smelt and felt (as we couldn't taste things around the school we wrote about what we had for lunch for taste!). We had a magnificent trip to the Florence Nightingale Museum! We travelled all the way to Waterloo and had lunch in St Thomas' Hospital, we then went down to the museum where we were greeted by Florence Nightingale! She took us into the museum and told us all about her life and how from a very young age she knew she wanted to help people. We loved listening to her and she made us laugh a lot! After, we got to explore the museum and look at all the different objects that were used in the hospital in Scutari , including Florence's lamp!

30th October

This week we had our first school trip as year one's to Pizza Express! We travelled to Sidcup and got to make our own pizzas, flattening the dough into the pans, spreading the sauce and sprinkling cheese on top! We learnt a lot about different healthy foods and even got to taste some Basil! In Literacy we have started our new book 'The Elephant and the Bad Baby' where the Elephant and Bad Baby meet lots of different shop keepers and who end up chasing them because they took things from their shop!  In the end the Elephant got very upset with the Bad Baby because he never once said please! We have started to learn the story through our actions and even performed them to each other! In Maths we have been focussing on our number bonds to 4, 5, 6 and 7 and making human number sentences to help us. In our music lesson as it was Halloween this week Mrs Mills taught us a new song 'The Hairy Scary Castle' which we loved singing along to! In our art lesson we created hand print monsters! We painted our hands to print onto paper and then drew monster faces onto to them making incredible spooky monsters!

16th October

This week we focussed on our capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and using our phonics in our writing - picking different pictures and then writing a sentence about them. We have been working really hard with our sentences and making sure to remember our digraphs in our writing. In Maths it was Maths week so we got to play lots of different maths games together! We played one of our favourites - creating our own 100 square and also a new one Mrs Baker taught us Wizard Wands! We get a chance to go to the front and stand back to back and whoever can answer the question first gets to stay playing and has a new challenger! In our first science lesson we have started to look at the human body, we labelled our friends with the correct names for some of our body parts and then worked in our table groups to create new versions of the song 'Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes'!

9th October

It was assessment week this week and so we worked very hard in our reading, writing and maths assessments. We knew it was important to focus on our own work and that the main thing was that we tried our best. As we had worked so hard in our assessments we got to do lots of fun maths games using the ipads as well as working in groups on different activities such as counting, sorting shapes and recognising our numbers. We have continued to practise our Harvest Festival songs - we especially like the dancing that goes with it! We also performed Little Red Riding Hood to each other in groups! We used our carpet as the stage and loved acting out the story in our very own way! The Woodcutters became very excited when they got to burst in and save Red Riding Hood from the Wolf!

2nd October

This week in Literacy we looked at the characters in Little Red Riding Hood, using different adjectives to label each character based on their physical appearance and their personality. After looking at the actual characters in the story we created our own characters! We drew lots of interesting characters related to the real characters in the story and then described them using adjectives! In our maths lessons with Mr Greenwood we have started looking at number bonds, starting at 3! We have began to look at how many ways you can make 3 and then started to write them in a number sentence. We have had a magnificent time in our music lesson where we started to learn the songs 'Vegetables and Fruit' and 'Harvest Rock 'n' Roll' for the Harvest assembly! We were very excited to have Hazel class also come into the classroom to practise with us and we all sang beautifully together!

25th September

This week we continued looking at the story of Little Red Riding Hood, we looked at the setting of the woods and looked at how it makes us feel and why, beginning to use adjectives in our writing! We discussed all the different emotions we might feel and what situations make us feel that way. After discussing our emotions and how the woods make us feel we pictured what we would like our own woods to look like and went on to draw our woods in our first trip to the computer room as year 1! In our maths lessons we have been familiarising ourselves with the 100 square and worked in 2 teams to put all the numbers in order, cheering our friends on and helping them out when it was their turn. We really loved this game and worked very well a group!

18th September

This week we started our class story - Little Red Riding Hood! We loved reading the story and then thinking of actions to do for when we retell the story! We especially like the part where the Big Bad Wolf is introduced! In phonics we have started going to our new phonics groups where we have been focussing on lots of different things such as letter names and revisting digraphs and trigraphs! We enjoy reading so much and we are delighted to have parents starting to come in and read with us! In Maths we have been working hard on being able to work out what 1 more or 1 less of a given number is! We are getting very good at it and even got to play maths games on the iPads!

11th September

This week we have been working hard writing about our weekends and remembering our full stops and capital letters in our sentences. We have begun to practise our cursive handwriting and trying to write our names in cursive. In phonics we have enjoyed playing letter name bingo and get really excited when we get to shout bingo! As our topic for this term is all about being healthy, we have made sure to take 5 minutes of the day to do our 5-a-day exercises. We love doing our exercises so much we even did 15 minutes in one day! In maths we had lots of fun playing parachute number games outside with Mr Scurfield and played even more maths games inside with Mr Greenwood! We sang some of our favourite songs such as 'There's a Hole at the Bottom of the Sea' with Mrs Mills and danced like different animals during 'The Animal Boogie'.

6th September

Our first week in Holly class was fantastic, we had lots of fun reuniting with our friends and exploring our new classroom. We have loved singing the alphabet and wrote our own class story! It was all about Hercules planting magic seeds and climbing up the magic tree through the clouds where he helped arrest a villain! Some children worked on creating their own story map with all new different characters. In maths we practised counting forwards and backwards and are amazing at putting our numbers in order!