This week has been Pirate week in Monkey's class. We have been writing instructions for how to be a pirate.
We had to decide what a pirate wears, what he needs and what he/she does.
Then on Friday we had a great pirate day. We followed instructions to make pirate hats, followed directions to make a treasure map and then went looking for treasure!.. We found a treasure chest with gold coins! (and even better, they were chocolate coins!).
In the afternoons we have been designing and making Captain Cook's ship. We even added a sail, wheel and moving anchor! They looked great!
Thank you also to all the grown-ups who came to watch our class assembly! We made our teachers really proud! Well Done Monkeys class.
Have a lovely week and a day off and we'll see you back in school on Tuesday 26th February.
This Tuesday we took a trip to China on one of our cultural days!
We had a Chinese dance workshop, where we learnt how to dance with ribbons.
Then we visited each classroom to learn about China and try different activities.
We liked making the Chinese Dragons and trying the Chinese food.
We even tried using chopsticks to pick up little sausages!
In history this week we have been finding out about Captain James Cook. We asked questions about him and then have been finding out facts about his life.
On Thursday we used a very long timeline to find out how long ago Captain Cook was alive and died.
We found out it was over 300 years ago! Our timeline stretched all the way to the reading corner!
This week, in English, we have been reading 'We're going on a bear hunt' by Michael Rosen. We have loved reading the book and joining in with the story. On Friday we went on our very own bear hunt around the school ground! We had great fun walking through the grass, squelching through the mud, splashing through the river and we even found a cave with a bear in!
In science we have been learning about our senses. We have labelled the parts of our body which are linked with each sense and then we used each of our senses to explore. We tasted to guess flavours of crisps, touched to feel different objects hidden in a feely bag, We used our sense of sight to find Wally in the 'Where's Wally' books, smelled different liquids in cups and listened to guess the different sound effects.
In English Monkeys class have been learning the names of letters in the alphabet. We have really enjoyed rapping the alphabet with this great song! I am sure the children will gladly demonstrate to you if you follow the link!
In science this week we have been learning the names of the parts of our bodies. On Wednesday we worked together to put a body and skeleton together, we named each part of the body and learnt some facts about our bones.
Then on Thursday, 'The Hoop Guy' came into Birk hill and played some games with us using hula hoops.
He showed us some great tips to help us learn to hula hoop and we can't wait to try them out on the playground!
This week has been Eco-week at Birk Hill.
Children have been finding out about recycling and how important it is to look after our planet.
In English we have been thinking about litter and finding out why it can be dangerous to animals and people. We made posters to tell people about the dangers of litter and what they should do with their rubbish.
On Wednesday afternoon some of our grown-ups came and joined in with our 'Big Upcycling' afternoon.
We made some amazing things, including a volcano, unicorns, rockets, bird feeders and monster pen
This week we had three special visitors in Monkeys class!
On Monday we received a special letter from an elf called Joe.
He needed our help with his jobs for Santa. So in our maths and English lessons this week we have been helping him out! We have helped him to put presents in order ready for delivery, write names of children on a good list for Santa and make pictures using shapes. We have done so well helping Joe the Elf and have really enjoyed having him in class.
On Tuesday, Reverend Andy Walker, from St Peter and St Paul's Church came into class to tell us the Christmas story. we listened really well and asked him some great questions about Christmas.
Then on Wednesday, at our Christmas party, we had a very special visit from Father Christmas! We were very polite and remembered our manners as he gave us all a present.
And to finish the week off, we sang beautifully in our Christmas songs assembly. We hoped you enjoyed watching us, as much as we enjoyed singing!
Have a fantastic and fun filled Christmas and new year and we will see you back at school on Monday 7th January.
We have had a Christmassy week this week in Monkey's class!
Our writing area is now stacked with Christmas paper and lists for us to write our letters to Santa and a post box to post them in. Lots of us have enjoyed using the writing area this week and have done some lovely writing.
We have been busy practising and performing our part of the Christmas play. Thank you to all those who came to watch us, I am sure you will agree we did really well being sleepy shepherds and sheep!
We have also been reading the nativity story in English time and on Thursday we each wrote about the story.
Our Christmas fun and activities continues next week with a visit from Reverend Andy Walker, the vicar from St Peter and St Pauls, Christmas parties, the end of term disco after school and Christmas songs assembly on Friday!!
This week Monkeys class have continued to learn about the Great Fire of London. We have been
learning the traditional rhymes 'London's burning' and 'Ring-o roses' in English this week. On Monday we practised the rhymes and performed them to each other in class.
On Thursday, we wrote our own verse for 'London's burning'. We had great ideas for the lines of the rhyme. Mrs Smith was very proud of our writing!
In Maths, we have been looking at the value of each digit in teen numbers. We have been using arrow cards to make bigger numbers and Dienes to help us recognise how many tens and ones in each number.
In 'Aspiration time' we have been finding out about big numbers. Well done to those who brought in their strip of paper with a big number written on it for our biggest number challenge!
We also learnt some big number facts about our bodies.
For instance, did you know that we have 206 bones in our body!
and about 100 000 hairs on our head!
We have loved finding out about big numbers.. I wonder if you could find out some big number facts about space over the weekend?
This week Monkeys class have been creating their own Mr Men characters.
The children came up with some amazing ideas for new Mr Men and Little Miss characters including:
Mr Super, Mr Wind, Mr Prickles, Mr Loud, Mr Upside down, Little Miss Rainbow and Little Miss Sparkle.
Then we wrote a story for our characters in which Mr Happy and Little Miss Sunshine had a party and all our characters were invited.
The children have worked so hard sharing ideas, writing the invitations to the party and writing the story.
They have also enjoyed writing letters to a Mr Men character and posting them in the Mr Men post box in our writing area.
It has been a busy week this week in Monkeys class.
Here are just a few of our highlights.
We started the week by going to look for signs of Autumn around the playground. We found lots of
colourful Autumn leaves that had fallen from the trees. We looked at the different colours and then had fun playing in the leaves!
In maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We went on shape hunts around school and some of us made 3D shapes using play dough.
On Wednesday we found out about Remembrance day and why people wear poppies. We worked with the other classes to colour in poppies for our own Remembrance day display in the playground.
And if all that was not enough, on Thursday we had a day in India. This was one of our emersion days where we learn about life and traditions of another culture. We took part in lots of different activities around the school including Bollywood dancing, making Rangoli patterns and tasting Indian food.
What an amazing learning, laughter and love filled week we have had! Well Done Monkeys class!
This week, as it is the end of the half term, we have been reviewing all our learning so far about our theme 'Brilliant Britain'. On Tuesday, children worked in groups to share all they had learnt and came up with questions.
Here are some of our questions.
Then we tested our own knowledge to find four ‘Quiz Masters’ from our class. These 'Quiz Masters' took our questions to the other classes to test their knowledge of Britain.
We also tried to answer questions sent from the other classes to test our knowledge too.
We did really well to remember all our learning!
In Maths we have been learning about subtraction. We used a model called the 'part-whole' model to represent addition and subtraction of numbers.
You have all settled and worked so hard this half term Monkeys. Well Done!
Have a restful and fun week and we'll see you back on the 5th November.
This week we have been learning all about subtraction. We practised counting back from 10 using Farmer Pete and his sheep! We really liked singing it!
Rueben, our Respect mascot has been looking out for children trying their best this week. If we were spotted, we got a banana to put on our Recognition Tree. Lots of us got bananas this week! Well Done!
This week Monkey class has been busy practising adding numbers.
On Thursday we used coins to add amounts for a toy shop and worked on adding games on the ipads.
In science this week we have continued learning about electricity.
This week we have been making simple circuits. We noticed how our circuits needed to be complete for the light bulb to light up. Some of us even explored what happened when we put two batteries in the circuit. Ask us about what happened!
This half term in science we have been learning about electricity.
This week we became a human circuit to learn about how electricity travels! We used a hoop as the electricity and passed it around our circle circuit without letting go of each others hands!
Then we saw what happened if there was a break in the circuit. We noticed how the electricity couldn't pass around any further.
We talked about the importance of being safe around electricity. There is a good website with some activities about being safe around electricity that we have explored in class. If you want to have a look at home, here is the website - http://www.switchedonkids.org.uk/
It's been a fruit and vegetable week in Monkeys class this week as we thought about Harvest.
We have been writing fruit bowl poems in English and in art we made faces out of fruit and vegetables like the famous artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo.
In Maths we have been comparing and ordering numbers and finding one more and one less than a number to 10.
This website game is great for ordering numbers, so why not have a go at it at the weekend?
It's been another busy week in Monkeys class this week.
We have continued to learn about numbers in maths and have been practising ordering numbers using number cards and Numicon.
Some of us have even been exploring using Numicon to make bigger numbers!
On Tuesday afternoon we had a special P.E session with the RuggerEds. We played some great games and had lots of fun.
(They will be running an after-school club on Friday so come and get a form if your child wants to join in).
Thank you to all those who came to the KS1 information meeting on Wednesday. Notes are available if you were not able to attend or just want a reminder. Come and get a copy from me, Mrs Smith.