Welcome back to Rowan Class.
Spring Term 2018
KS1 - Circus Performers in Training!
Last Thursday was our 'Wow In' for our new topic 'The Greatest Show on Earth'.
We welcomed Mr. Sensible, the circus performer, to NJK and had a fun-filled day. We enjoyed a day full of circus silliness and an opportunity to learn a load of new tricks! Children were able to show their resilience and perseverance as the activities were far from straight forward. We also finished writing our letters to Freddy Mole the Lion Tamer and made some trapeze acrobats out of paper. Our topic continues next week when we write instructions for how to catch or tame a lion and learn all about the continents and oceans of the world.
Take a look at all the photos from the day and see if you can spot any children spinning more than 4 plates at a time!
Our Great Fire of London topic will be drawing to a close after half term.
We would like to invite you to our WOW OUT afternoon on Thursday 1st March at 2.15.
The children will be sharing poems, letters and recounts produced during this topic, you will be able to watch their video of the Great Fire of Littleworth and you can sample their freshly made breads.
We look forward to seeing you and celebrating all that we have achieved.
The next half term is very short and our new topic will be circus themed.
We are hoping to welcome some people in to teach us circus skills in the second week back as part of our WOW IN. We will confirm this the first day back after half term. We then are planning on inviting you in to watch a circus themed show at the end of the topic.
Have a wonderful half term.
Tuesday 6th February
What an amazing morning we have had learning how to stay safe in the event of a fire. A huge thank you to Firefighter Nathan and Firefighter Keith for sharing details of their jobs. We all learnt such a lot.
To find out more about fire safety follow the link below.
So, after observing the bread for 2 weeks, at last something has happened.
Most of us predicted that the bakers with dirty hands would put more germs on to the bread than the bakers with clean hands and as a result the dirty bread would grow more mould.
Take a look and see for yourself.
What is your conclusion?
Take a careful look at Ava's group - how could you explain this result?
Support your child with phonics more confidently this half term.
Information on teaching split digraphs in the 3 minute video below.
Scroll down to find the 'long vowels - blue' guidance video for parents - on split digraphs which we will be learning intensively for the next 3 weeks in phonics.
Alphablocks videos can be found online to help reinforce all the phonemes that have been taught so far in the year 1 curriculum.
Thursday 18th January - We started our science investigation today to find out
'Do clean hands stop germs from spreading?'
We discussed why it is so important to wash our hands. We also thought about jobs where clean hands were really important. We thought it was particularly important if you were a doctor, dentist, nurse or someone who made or sells food.
We then imagined that we were bakers working in the 'Pudding Lane' bakery.
We all agreed that we would not want to buy bread made from someone with dirty hands.
We wanted to try and find out if dirty hands really made a difference so we got some sliced bread. Half of us washed our hands before handling the bread and half of us rubbed our hands over the furniture and the carpet.
We then put the slices of bread in plastic bags and we are waiting to see what will happen.
We have predicted that the dirty hands bread will go mouldy quicker than the clean hands bread because we think that there will be more germs on the dirty hands bread.
Watch this space!
Thursday 25th January - UPDATE
We looked at the bread this afternoon, one week after setting up the test.
Nothing appears to have happened!
We will keep you updated and post some photographs when we begin to notice a change.
The results are in!
The bridges withheld the following weights before collapsing.
Ben’s group 200g
Ayrah’s group Less than 200g
Joe’s group 1kg
Thomas’ group 200g
Jessie’s group 6kg
Which bridge was the strongest?
Which bridge was the weakest?
Which 2 bridges held the same weight before breaking?
4th January - Inspired by the cold and snowy weather of winter we decided to write some Haiku poetry during our first 3 days back.
The children are always bursting with ideas and were great at putting these ideas together to ensure that their poem, had the 3 lines consisting of 5 syllables, 7 syllables and then 5 syllables that is required for a Haiku poem.
I'm sure you will agree that they have done an excellent job. Here are just a selection.
Welcome back to Rowan Class.
Autumn Term 2017
A quick round up of the second half of the autumn term. Starting with our Wow in trip to Eastnor Castle!
This has inspired us to make golden frames for our royal portrait photos, design our own coat of arms, make Tudor 'jumble' biscuits and lavender bags. We have also started to research both Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II and what it would have been like to live during Queen Elizabeth I reign.
Our super written recounts of our trip will be uploaded soon!
Our 'Space Pirates' topic will begin with us enjoying the Jill Murphy story 'Whatever Next'.
We had a great afternoon at our first maths cafe of the year. We really enjoyed making and selling our space biscuits and alien cakes to you. We also liked you taking part in our maths investigation.
The children are very excited about sharing and using the maths games that you took home in your resources pack. We hope that the parents workshop with Mrs Smith was useful. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.
We look forward to seeing you for our wow out assembly on Thursday 19th October at 2.15 to showcase this half terms work.
Mrs Marshall is very excited. Look what has just arrived!
Julia Donaldson's brand new story book. Ready for story-time next week!
Homework (brain builders) and spellings will be set weekly and all information will be communicated via the 'homework' page of the website.
Please ensure that you check what the task is each week, in order to best support your child.
September 2016 - July 2017
What an exciting academic year we have had!
Take another look at the incredible learning journey you have been on this year.
Good luck if you are moving classes or school.
We look forward to seeing everyone else after the summer break.
We are nearing the end of the year and children are still busy learning. In key stage 1 we have been using the story Burglar Bill as our focus this half term. We have created wanted posters, front page newspaper articles and compiled evidence sheets from the scene of the crime. We have taken our own fingerprints and looked at them with a magnifying glass.
Our focus has been on persuasion.
To complete the unit we held a mock court case for Burglar Bill and we thought carefully about what the prosecution and defense teams might say. We split in to groups and acted out the scenario. We even called witnesses!
Lots of discussion and some moral dilemmas! The jury is still out!
Our new theme is 'The Perfect Pet'. We will be learning about animal life-cycles and habitats.
Year 2's have been playing a fun SPaG game today. We have been learning about commas in lists.
There are several things that you need to remember when writing a list sentence.
Today ours was 'I went to the pet shop and bought'
So instead of saying 'a lead' use an adjective to describe it.
It could be a sparkly lead, bright yellow lead or a retractable lead.
I went to the shop and bought a __________ , _____________, ______________ and __________.
A lead, an elephant, an apple, a bowl.
Now for the fun part! Think of an animal but don't tell anyone what it is.
Say your 'I went to the pet shop and bought sentence' and your friend or parent has to guess what the animal could be.
Can you guess mine?
I went to the pet shop and bought a glass tank, a heat lamp, a thermometer and some juicy mice.
Imagineering D&T WOW out
We have had great fun writing poems about a train ride and we are now using the 'Train Ride' story along with our newly acquired vocabulary to write our own stories. We have started by ordering the main events and used pictures to make a story map to help us.
Our focus text for this half term is 'The Train Ride'. We have noticed rhyme, repetition and onomatopoeia so far. We are going to use these techniques to help us write a poem and a story about a journey. Take a look at some of the train ride clips that we have watched to help us think about all the different landscapes you can pass through on a train journey.
Try pausing the clips and describing what you can see using precise nouns and adjectives.
E.g. Don't say 'building' if you can be more precise and say church, steeple, appartments or
factory. Then add your adjectives.
E.g. Towering steeple, polluted factory, delapidated church.
Penultimate week and still working our socks off!
What an exciting week it has been!
We watched the wonderful Reception Nativity play, planned our own 'Twisted Tales' based on the Gingerbread Man story and had some fabulous visitors.
We welcomed Sarah and civil engineer Sam to our classroom to explain her role in the new Norton Parkway Train Station. She showed us their plans so far, all the work that has already taken place rehoming wildlife and we discussed how to stay safe at a station. We compared Victorian and current transport and found out that there used to be a station in Norton many years ago to take soldiers to war from the barracks.
She explained all the different people who were involved in the project and we got to try on her 'Hi Vis' jacket and hard hat.
She also asked us to do something really special.
Before the work starts in 2017 they will be erecting some fencing to hide the construction work taking place. She has asked Hazel and Rowan classes to draw designs for the fencing. Our fabulous designs will then be enlarged and transferred on to the fence. We can't wait to see them.
If you would like to have another look at the presentation Sam shared with us or the train safety video, follow the link. Here is also a map of where the site is in relation to NJK and some photograph's of the history of the rail line through Norton.
Our narrative text this half term is 'The Gingerbread Man'. The learning of the story has been supported visually by making a text map and adding physical movements to help the children recall the story. In this way the children hear the text, say it for themselves and enjoy it before seeing it written down. Once they have internalised the language of the text, they can start to think about the key ingredients that help to make the story work.
Next week, we will be identifying the key 'ingredients' of a good traditional tale. Looking at 'What a good one looks like' (WAGOLL) and beginning to change the model we know, to make it our own.
A photograph of the story map will be here to help you practice.
Polite reminder that homework is given out on a Friday and must be returned by a Wednesday.
Spellings are given out and tested on a Monday and Tuesday.
Tracksuit bottoms are welcomed for outdoor PE as it is getting rather chilly outside, even in the sun.
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