Week commencing 12th October 2015
First of all, thank you for a brilliant turn out at our first curriculum afternoon. Was great to have you all in class and really appreciate your patience in waiting to get into the building! Another highlight from this week include watching Year 2's amazing musical performance of 'The Great Fire of London' - everyone really enjoyed it and certain members of the class were very excited to see their older siblings in the performance.
In our Literacy sessions we have learnt the sounds ck, e, u and r and we have practised writing some of these on our mini whiteboards. In Numeracy we have been writing the numbers 1-6 and we have been learning about '1 more and 1 less'. We played a game where one child pretended to be a squirrel dancing round a pile of conkers with a basket! Another child acted as teacher calling out either '1 more' or '1 less', at which point the squirrel had to add or take away 1 conker from their basket. At this stage we are not counting how many conkers are in the basket after this action, but concentrating on the language of '1 less' and '1 more' relating these words to the physical action of adding one conker or taking one away. Some children continued to play the game during plan and play time - you could practise this with other objects at home - the level of difficulty and challenge can be increased by asking your child to take away or add a greater number of objects e.g. 5 more, 3 less. They could also be given a starting number e.g. 5 and be asked how many they think they will have if they get 2 more or find 1 less.
On Thursday after lunch, one of the children brought a sycamore seed into class to show and the class were fascinated by watching it spiral down...so I decided it was time for an impromptu session on seed dispersal. With the help of children acting as trees growing really close together we established the need for seeds to be spread far and wide. We then watched this clip and spotted all the different ways that seeds can travel.
Have a look... by searching for 'BBC Bitesize KS2 seed dispersal' (Key stage 2 resource, but very visual and worked really well).
Have a super weekend - Mr H
Week Commencing 5th October 2015
This week in Whitebeam Class we learnt how to play the game of conkers. Every child in the school received a conker and I explained the game and its history during an assembly on Monday morning. I was really surprised at the children's perseverance in learning how to hold a conker at just 4 years old and even though they haven't yet developed the strength to smash an opponents conker, it is a great way to develop their hand-eye coordination. After a little trial and error, this explanation seemed to be the easiest for them to follow.....
1. Wrap string once around (dominant) hand.
2. Grip string by closing fingers to make a fist
3. Show thumbs up (whilst still gripping string)
4. Using other hand, grip conker between two fingers and pull string taught over thumb
5. Aim and strike!
We have also been looking at other signs of autumn and animals that are preparing for their winter sleep. We read some stories about hedgehogs and learnt the word 'nocturnal' as many of the hibernating animals we learnt about are nocturnal. In the videos section of our class page (scroll down from Term1,2,3 etc) we have added a little song about nocturnal / diurnal (daytime) animals.
Whitebeam also attended another assembly this week to launch Black History Month. Each class in the school will be learning about a different influential black musician / singer. We are learning about Youssou N'Dour from Senegal - there is a short clip of him performing in our videos section.
In maths we have practised chanting numbers with half the class facing the other half ....one half counts until they are asked to swap and the other half takes over. They have got really good at this as a warm-up and it keeps them on their toes in terms of counting from different starting points rather than always starting at 1.
We also practised matching numeral to quantity through activities relating to the story 'Tiddler'. We also used the story 'Squash and a Squeeze' to illustrate finding one more on a number line (characters enter the old lady's house one at a time) and then 1 less as the characters leave one by one.
Our self portraits are just about finished and should all be on display by nest week - they look great and it was lovely to see children using the mirror (when prompted) to make adjustments to their portraits - particularly when painting their hair.
Why not have a go at singing some of the phonic songs in the videos section. These songs are presented in the order we teach them. So far we have learnt up to 'k' (satpinmdgock). Thanks so much to those of you who were able to attend the reading meeting - we have sent the handout from this home to everyone, so don't worry if you were unable to attend. I am always happy to answer any questions regarding reading or anything else after school.
Have a super weekend
Week Commencing 28.09.15
We started this week by going to our first ever assembly about Harvest. I was so impressed with how attentively the children listened and the school collected loads of food for the local food bank. Thank you so much for your donations. In phonics we learnt several new sounds (s a t p i n so far) and we practised ordering objects into sound hoops according to the sounds they start with. In maths we continued to practise accurate counting skills and number recognition.
This week in art, we made a start on our self portraits, looking carefully in the mirror to choose the correct colours for our skin and hair. We are now beginning to add our facial details, letting the paint dry between each stage...they will look great when we have finished. We have also looked made leaf rubbings using wax crayons. We also played some rhyming games and listening games.
During plan and play we have been encouraging the children to explore different activities and areas of the learning environment and we have started reviewing each others work...for example, saying why we like a particular model or piece of artwork and offering suggestions (next steps) of how it could be improved.
Have a great weekend and don't forget to take part in 'Art on the Hill' this weekend if you are around.
All the best
Whitebeam class have made it through their first week of full school days and have done amazingly well! This week we learnt our first two sounds 's' and 'a'. (If you scroll down past the documents section of our page their is a video of songs for all of the sounds we will be learning in the order they are taught.) We have also been learning about the Muslim festival of Eid and some of us have been drawing around our hands, cutting them out and decorating them with henna patterns. We have continued to look at homes from around the world and have been practising our accurate counting skills during number time. I am really impressed with Whitebeam's beautiful singing - so far we have been learning a lunchtime prayer song, a song called 'Good to be me' and an Autumn Leaves song.
Have a really relaxing weekend Whitebeam - see you on Monday morning when we will be having our first 'Write Dance' session.
A huge well done to Whitebeam Class for making it to the end of their first week. The children have coped amazingly well with lunchtimes, 2 full days of school and lots of new routines. I am really proud of them!
This week we have been learning about homes as part of our 'All About Me' topic. We looked at different types of home in the local area and around the world. 'Little Human Planet' online provides some great child-friendly clips of different types of home from around the world - we have looked at some of these in class, but if you wanted to explore more at home, it would be a great place to start.
Enjoy your weekend and make sure your children have plenty of rest. Next week is our first week of full days and it can take a little getting used to at first!
All the best Mr H