Our 'Space Pirates' topic will begin with us enjoying the Jill Murphy story 'Whatever Next'.
We have designed our own planets. These have been the inspiration for our poems and stories.
The Scarecrows' Wedding
You may have noticed our scarecrows at the front of the hall during Harvest Assembly today. They were built during our Forest School session last week. They are based on the scarecrows from the Julia Donaldson story 'The Scarecrow's Wedding' Here is the video if you would like to watch the story again.
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.
Inspirational Maths Week - Ks1 enjoyed 'thinking deeply' and using growth mindset theories to help them tackle their maths this week.
Mrs Marshall is very excited. Look what has just arrived!
Julia Donaldson's brand new story book. Ready for story-time next week!
Composing our own lyrics!
What an amazing start to the term. We have been thinking all about the season of summer. We have shared our holiday news, been practising our number work and playing games. We are having fun getting to know our class friends. Today we even composed two songs about summer. We had lots of great ideas to use. Have a look below!
For those reception parents who were unable to attended the final phonics session, here is a link to the 'transitioning to year 1' information that was discussed.
Don't forget that there are two parallel key stage one classes. Children in both Rowan and Hazel are taught the same curriculum and topics. Rather than sharing the same news we try to show a range of experiences and learning that have taken place across the curriculum. Why not take a look at Hazel's class page to see what else we have been up to in KS1.
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 day in court! What will the jury decide?
Some of our fantastic work. We have also been planning routes and collecting and presenting data in maths lessons.
Burglar Bill Animation.
A peek at the start of the story.
Flying ahead in to the Summer Term! Our next topic is called Heroes and Villains!
Using what we know and using our SPaG to show it.
This term our work will be inspired by the text Traction Man. A great story about a hero!
We have already planned and started writing a prequel chapter to the book, as we found out in the story that this is not the first Traction Man the boy has owned. His first Traction Man had a 'terrible parachute accident' and we have some ideas about what could have happened. Watch this space...stories to be uploaded soon!
We have also been devising villainous plans! This is how we think a villain should catch a superhero.
Year 1's have almost completed phase 5 in their phonics and are now identifying gaps in their knowledge and practising the trickier digraphs. To support your child at home here are 2 games that you might like to play with them.
Choosing the correct tense - Wednesday 3rd MayIn SPaG, this week, year 2's have been investigating verbs. We know verbs are action words but do we always choose the correct form? Can you choose the correct word to complete these sentences.
At parents evening we were asked to suggest appropriate activities or workbooks that year two children could use at home. Although we don't endorse any one product, the following workbooks are up to date with the current assessment framework.
Fractions PracticeIt has been great to hear about all the pizzas, cakes and slices of toast that are being cut in to equal pieces and the toys and packets of sweets being shared equally at home! This activity is a timed game which can be set for 1,5 or 10 minutes. Can your child beat their own score? You can immediately view their results too.
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.
Your sentence needs a starter
Today ours was 'I went to the pet shop and bought'
Use adjectives as well as nouns to add more detail
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.
Use the commas to separate the items in your list
I went to the shop and bought a __________ , _____________, ______________ and __________.
Also remember to check whether you have used 'a' and 'an' accurately in your sentence.
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.
We have been imagining our own pets with personality, inspired by an Axel Scheffler book.
During our WOW in we made crawling caterpillars.
Finding totals and combining coins.Year 2's have had great fun combining coins to make different amounts today and combining different coins to make the same amounts! Practice at home by playing this free fun desktop shopping game, with 7 different levels. It can also be accessed on a mobile device but costs £1.99.
Maths - Investigating the properties of 3D shapes.
Drum roll..............The winning design is...............Look out for it on the train station hoarding soon!
During our 'Imagineering' topic we've created and measured structures, tested bridges, investigated materials, and researched mechanisms. Our WOW in enabled us to be mini civil engineers for a day, so for our WOW out we became mechanical engineers! We built the moving vehicles that we'd designed before half term and then paraded around the hall so we could see and test our finished products. Here are some pictures...
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.
Here are some of our ideas for the begining part of our story...
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.
SymmetryYear 2 have been looking at symmetry in pictures, shapes and letters. Follow this link for some games that you may want to try at home.
Let's Get Rolling!
As part of our topic we are investigating mechanisms so that we can design and make our own moving vehicle. We watched the following clip to help us research fixed and rotating axles. Jessi and Squeaks found a tonne of rocks for their rock collection... but they're too heavy to get back to the fort! Join them as they figure out the perfect simple mechanism to help them out.
Making fixed and rotating axles.
Once we had investigated and made an axle we had to test it to check that it worked properly.
What do you think the new train station should look like and what materials would you use to build it? Remember to label your drawing. Year 2 Homework 13/01/17
WOW DAY - Imagineering topic. We had great fun using our problem solving skills during our WOW day. We are engineers this half term and we spent the day investigating structures. We then had the chalenge of building our own stable and strong structure using spaghetti and marshmallows. Not as easy as you think!
We hope that you have all had a relaxing holiday and are looking forward to returning to school. What an amazing first day back and a great way to complete our Victorians topic! We have been learning about a very famous artist called William Morris and the techniques that he used. He lived during the Victorian times. Keep checking back to see how our printing progresses over the next two days.
Relief printing inspired by William Morris. Day 2.
Printing in action!
A short clip of us applying the relief printing technique in class today.
Books with mechanisms.
We have been investigating mechanisms and have identified several different types in books. The children brought in a great selection for us all to share, which they had evaluated as part of their homework. We will continue to research and use mechanisms during our next project in January.
Our books with mechanisms.
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.
Designs for the Norton Parkway temporary fence being erected to hide construction work.
Norton past, present and future.
Our train station blueprints completed at home.
We have all put our maths skills to work this week by planning, making and carrying out activities for our Maths Cafe. We have had great fun counting in 50's, finding totals and giving change. We loved sharing our board games with you and we know you loved the fairy-tale themed cakes as they sold so quickly!
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.
Our Talk 4 Writing Story Map.
We have been learning about Judaism. We had an enjoyable and informative trip to the Synagogue in Birmingham. The children were fascinated by the beautiful interior, looking at the Torah scrolls and wearing the Kippah.
What a busy and exciting first half term!
Our Julia Donaldson topic was very well received and we have enjoyed both familiar and new stories. Thank you to all the children who brought in copies of their favourite Julia Donaldson books, particularly the brand new 'Zog and the Flying Doctors'.
The topic inspired our dance, art and science and we would love you to take a look at some of the photographs of our work below.
Measuring accurately produces something yummy! Can you guess what we made?
Rowan class have had great fun taking a musical journey through the 6 decades of the Queen's reign. They have requested that the link be included so that they can practise each dance with YOU at home. I wonder if you can guess which is their favourite? Have fun! Take a look at some of our 'moves' in the slide show above.