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Class Blog 17th July 2020
Our final blog of the year! What a rollercoaster 2020 has been! Well done for all your hardwork at home and, for some, in school. You have been amazing and filled my heart with joy seeing photos, and hearing about all the brilliant things you have been doing at home with your families. Although the official school year was cut short I think you can definitely give yourselves a pat on the back for all the progress you made in the time we were in Crocodiles class.
I will look forward to seeing you all in September as Kangaroos and hearing all about what you have done in the summer holidays!
Stay safe and keep smiling,
Class Blog 10th July 2020
Hello Crocodile class.
Can you believe we have reached the final week of the year? and what a funny year it has been? We will certainly remember this one!
We are sad that we have not been able to see all of you back in school at the end of the year and are looking forward to seeing you back in school for September as big Year 2’s!
Here are this weeks learning ideas.
We are staying with money and making amounts using different coins. Keep practicing and getting familiar with the different coins we have. Then have a go at some of these activities.
- Can you find 3 different ways of making 5p, 7p, 9p,10p and 20p. Use real coins if you have them, or just draw coins on paper.
- There are great Money games on the Topmarks website. Look out and have a go at the coin cruncher, toy shop and coin games. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=15
- If you didn’t get chance last week, why not set up a pretend ice cream shop at home. Make some pretend/paper ice creams (see our summer fun ideas below) and then put prices on them and ask you family or teddies to come and buy an ice cream. Practice giving the correct coins and working out change.
- It is also a good opportunity to practice counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s using coins. You could even try counting in 20’s
We are going to write a letter to our new teacher, ready for September (as we will be finding out this week, which class we are in).
Have a look at some letters if you have some. Talk about the different features and the layout of the letter. Can you find things that are the same on every letter?
Then have a go at writing a letter about yourself to your new teacher. Tell them your name, how old you are, about your family, things that you like to do and maybe even ask them a question about themselves. Then you could either send it into school for your new teacher, ask a grown up to take a photo of it and email that in, or save it for September and bring it with you when we return.
Summer fun activities.
As it is the end of the year and hopefully summer will return soon! Here are some summer fun activity ideas to do.
Make paper ice creams for your ice cream shop.
Make your own paper sunglasses. (But remember they are just for playing with and will not protect your eyes from the sun.)
You can find a template to print out here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-15189-glasses-template
Learn about staying safe in the sun. There are some good ideas and a PowerPoint you can work through.
Have a go at making a poster to tell people how they can stay safe in the sun.
Class Blog 3rd July 2020
This week we are looking at adding the prefix ‘un’ to words. See the link below for a little video.
Can you add un- to these words to make them the opposite. They can be seen as 'Not'. For instance, when somebody is not happy, we can describe them as 'Unhappy' and when something is said which is not true, we describe it as 'Untrue'.
Zip = ______________
We are also beginning to look at adding the suffix –s or –es. As some words when they are turned to plural we add an ‘s’ and some we add ‘es’.
Here is a brilliant method that can help us learn when to add ‘s’ or ‘es’.
We can also clap the syllables to help us! If we say the word ‘fox’ and clap the syllables, there is only 1 clap. If we make it plural and clap it again it changes it to foxes (fox-es= 2 claps). Try again for the word bear. Bear has 1 clap, now make it plural, bears (bears=1 clap). The amount of syllables hasn’t changed and therefore we know it is just adding ‘s’. See what words you can think of which add ‘es’ using this method.
This week in Maths we are looking at money again!
This is a brilliant time of year to practice working with money. Is there anything they are wanting to save up for Summer? How much money will they need? Can they do some small chores to earn some pocket money? Learn the value of money!
Have a look at the link below starting with lesson 2, identifying coins and understanding which is worth more or less than others.
Have a go at setting up a little snack/toy shop with post it note prices on the items with whole numbers (40p) or for more challenge odd numbers (15p). Give your child a selection of coins to come to the shop to buy their items from you. Leave it set up for the week to use regularly.
Use the money games on ipad/phone/computer on topmarks. There are perfect games for looking at money and playing toy shops just follow the onscreen instructions and set them to easy.
Red Hot Challenge:
With a crayon and paper ask your child to make a crayon coin rubbing for each coin. Then explain that the money needs sorting, put all the 1p onto the 1p coin rubbing sheet, all the 2p onto the 2p rubbing sheet and so on.
This week in English we are staying with the author Anthony Browne who wrote ‘Gorilla’ and ‘The Tunnel’. We are looking at the story ‘Little Beauty’ by Anthony Browne.
Before reading it, look at the front cover. What do you think it might be about?
Watch beginning of ‘Little Beauty’ up to the point the Gorilla is sad and asked the zoo keepers for a friend.
Draw or write what friend the zoo keepers could give the gorilla to make him happy again.
Watch/read the rest of the story. Are you surprised by the choice of friend? Why did they choose a kitten? What do you think will happen? Can you write adjectives to describe ‘Gorilla’ and ‘Beauty’.
Look at the letters of the alphabet in sign.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OO4VfT-OzI Can you learn your name in sign language?
Practice your name and then sign it to your family.
This week in PE we have been looking at simple ball skills. We have practiced passing a ball back and forth to each other, stopping it with a foot before returning it. Our next skills we are going to practice are a little more tricky. See if you can master these skills. We really enjoyed attempting these and look forward to amazing everyone with our excellent ball skills soon!
Watch the orchestra play for these two songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFvCshTdq1Y , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7tAPh06kIg Who is the composer? Can you write a list/name 5 different instruments that are playing in the orchestra? Do you like the music? What style is it? Rock/pop/classical/jazz? (We have covered these in music, see if you can remember!) Do you recognise the music?
Class Blog 26th June 2020
Hello again Crocodile class.
We hope you are all well and happy at home? We are thinking a lot about you in school and missing seeing you all in our class.
Here are some of the learning ideas for the week ahead. They mirror the learning those of us in school, in our bubbles are doing.
Please keep in touch. We would love to see you and see what you have been doing at home. Please do send us an email or photo!
As we have covered all the phonemes that we need to know this year, we thought we would have a look back at them all this week and remind ourselves of all the ones that we have learnt!
So why not start by seeing how many different phonemes you can remember?
Here are most of them to remind you…
Then have a revisit on any that you are not so sure of. Remember there are the letters and sounds phonics lessons to view online if you need some help.
or the Alphablocks on cbeebies, which cover some of the sounds.
Once you feel confident with the sounds, go on a phoneme hunt…
Chose a phoneme e.g. ‘ay’ and see how many words containing that phoneme you can find in a book, or on packets in the kitchen, or even on signs when you are out and about.
Did you enjoy ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne? This week we are looking at another of his stories called ‘The Tunnel’.
Watch or read the story, but stop before they go through the tunnel...
Think about what might be on the other side of the tunnel? Draw a picture or write about it?
Would you go through the tunnel? Why? Why not?
Can you think of 5 reasons that Rose should give to Jack to convince him not to go through the tunnel?
Can you write 3 adjectives to describe what the tunnel is like?
Then watch the ending of the story…
There are references and hints of Fairy tales on the other side of the tunnel… see how many you can spot?
Then have a go at writing your own tunnel adventure story.
Here are some planning sheets to help you think of ideas for your story.
In maths this week we are also having a review of previous learning. This week we will be looking back at multiplication and division.
We covered this is our class blog week 3rd April
So feel free to look back again and have a go at some of the activities we suggested then, if you didn’t get chance to do it.
Also keep up that practice of counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. If you are confident with those, why not give the 3 x tables a try ready to impress your year 2 teachers?
There are some good videos on BBC bitesize website to help us practice our times tables and explaining about multiplication and division.
There are lots of online games to help us practice our times tables.
Science and Eco learning.
In the afternoons this week, we are going to be learning about living things and their habitats and also looking at ways we can encourage more wildlife into the school grounds.
Have you any wildlife that visits your garden or around where you live? Spend some time quietly watching out of a window of your house and see what different wildlife you can spot? maybe birds, insects, or even a hedgehog!
Then think of way you could encourage more wildlife to visit your garden.
Could you put some water in a shallow dish for the birds and insects during these hot days?
Could you make a bug hotel or hedgehog house in your garden?
Could you plant some flowers to attract bees and butterflies?
The RSPCA has some good ideas on their website. https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/seasonal/garden#
We will also we learning about different habitats around the world and how animals are adapted to live there.
BBC bitesize has some great clips and an online lesson that can help.
Then why not have a go at making a habitat in a box!
Or go big and make four habitats!!
And finally, after all that learning and making why not get up and move and have a dance!
Here are two dance clips we are enjoying in school at the moment!... hope you enjoy them too!
Or just put on your favourite songs and dance like no one is watching!
Have a super week and please keep in touch!
Class Blog 19th June 2020
Here is this weeks learning! We are doing the same learning at school so, fingers crossed, we shall keep up to date with learning and be ready for when we see you!
We are revisiting split diagraphs this week as they are so popular and appear in our books to much! We are looking at a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e.
Please look at:
Look at the lessons for each split diagraph. Sounding out all the sounds regularly will keep the sounds fresh in your mind.
If you have done a-e today can you then find some a-e words when you are out and about? Choose a book at home to have 3 minutes to see how many a-e words you can find?
Do a different sound each day to focus on and keep reviewing those sounds.
This week we will be looking at the book Gorilla, written by Anthony Browne.
Watch the story a few times until you are familiar with it and then have a go at re-writing the story. Include lots of time sequencing words to show how the story flows. The sentence starters below may help you.
First, then, next, after a while, some time later, the next morning, after a few moments, weeks passed, finally.
In Maths we are looking at capacity this week. Capacity refers to how much a container can hold. Containers of different sizes have different capacities, with larger containers being able to hold more than smaller ones. We are beginning to look at using the language of full, nearly full, half full, nearly empty, empty, larger capacity, smaller capacity.
An easy way for children to test whether something has a larger or smaller capacity is with water.
Fill one container with water and try to pour it in the second container. If the second container overflows, it means it has a smaller capacity than the first container. Here are a few worksheets to have a go at but feel free to just do these activities practically and talk about which container has the larger capacity and which has smaller. Maybe it might have half the capacity of the first container. Can you find some very different shaped containers? A long skinny vase may look very different to a wide shallow bowl, but it is still possible they could have the same (or very similar) capacity.
Focussing on our topic of animals we are looking at Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.
The zoo send back the animals as they are no good for pets. We want you to imagine you have been given an African animal for a pet. Draw a picture of your new chosen pet. Although it might not be the best animal for a pet you will have to keep him/her for now. We want you to write a fact file for the following questions:
What will you name your new pet?
Where will your new pet sleep?
What can you feed your new pet?
How will you help your new pet to exercise? Will you need any special equipment?
Can you make a small scale house for your pet out of junk modelling/outside in your garden out of natural materials or in your house out of anything?
At school we have been having a regular visit who has been spotted outside our classroom, top playground and on the banking by the cars. We have spent this week making a house for him by the tyres.
We have been looking at some comprehension this week as well with these handy information sheets. Choose the page of information most suitable, they get more difficult to read throughout and answer the question page to match, answers are included.
We have been looking at African art styles. How about making your own African paper mache mask?
Don't worry if you have no PVA glue at home you can make your own glue paste from things in your cupboard. Follow this link for instructions. When it says cups just use a small drinking cup as long as you stick to the same cup for measuring you will be fine.
Here are some handy videos with lots of fun activities you can do at home, please have a look and see which you would like it have a go at! They look brilliant and show how easy they can be to do in your own home! Enjoy!
Have a great week!
Class Blog 12th June 2020
Hello again Crocodiles class.
We are thinking a lot about you all at home and hope you are all doing ok?
We miss seeing you all each day and it is very strange to only see a few of the children each week. But, however much we are missing you all, it is more important that you are all safe and stay well.
Please keep in touch with school through our email address, we'd love to hear from you and will always try to reply to you as soon as we can.
Here are our learning ideas for this week, which will mirror what we are doing in school for the small number of children who are able and need to attend.
We are going to be learning about the two different sounds the grapheme 'c' can make.
These are called the 'hard c' (as in 'cat or 'car) and 'soft c' (as in 'cell' or 'ice').
There are some useful clips online which have some example words to read along with. Follow the links below to each of the clips, read along and then maybe try to write some of the words.
There is also a Letters and sounds lesson on soft c, which you can watch too.
We are going to look again at writing riddles this week.
If you remember a riddle is a list of clues given to describe something.
This week we are going to use our learning about animals in science and Africa to write an African animal riddle.
Which African animal is this?
I have soft yellow fur.
I bask in the sun.
When I let out my roar...
all the animals run!
What am I?
Have a go at writing your own riddle. Then maybe phone or text it to a friend, or email it to us at school, so we can share it!
In maths we are learning about measuring length.
If you didn't have chance to do some of the activities we send last time, look back at the blog from
for ideas. (week 27th March)
Have a go at measuring the length of different objects you find around your house, as suggested in the previous blog, or find some other objects of your own to measure.
Then why not try to make coat hanger scales for measuring weight?
Once you have made it, test out different objects around your house. Use the language of weight by saying which is heavier, lighter, heaviest and lightest.
There are also some online games to play on the Top marks website.
As the weather is set to improve again why not take a walk out in your local area or maybe take a walk in a woods or to a park and see what sense you use as you walk and play/ What can you hear? What can you see? what can you smell? What different textures can you touch?
Then look for signs of animal life.. what animals do you think live there?
It is important to get out for fresh air and exercise as a way of keeping our bodies and minds healthy. As long as we maintain our social distance and then wash our hands, it is a great thing to do!
We look forward to seeing and hearing some of the things you do this week.
Class Blog 5th June 2020
Hello Crocodiles Class! Here is this week's learning!
This week we will be looking at the trigraphs again. 3 letters making one sound. The trigraphs we are looking at are 'igh'-fly high, 'air'-thats not fair, 'ure' sure it's pure and 'ire' fire fire!
Can you sound button the words below and read them out loud?
Here are some worksheets to have a go out, print out of look at on your computer, have a go at writing out the real words and thinking how we can use them in a sentence.
English: You may remember from previous weeks that for Design Technology we looked at the story 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Browne. If you haven't or need a recap follow the link below.
Can you choose 7 items you would put in a basket to take to your friend? Draw a picture of that basket and your 7 items inside it. Can you write the names of your chosen foods with adjectives like in Handa's surprise (a ripe red Mango).
Eg: In my basket for ________ I would put some fizzy, brown cola bottle sweets. A small red babybel cheese.
Maths: Before Christmas we were brilliant at our number bonds to 10
5+5=10 (Then they can be reversed)
Practice writing out our number bonds to 10 and and can you remember our number bonds to 20 for a challenge?
eg. 1+19=20, 2+18=20.
By practicing these you will become more confident with your problem solving and mental maths!
Talk about the term ‘belonging’. Share (talk or draw) things that you belong to. Including family groups, school, friendship groups and other activity groups. Children have time to talk/draw things and people that they belong to and share their feelings about that.
Use also as an opportunity to talk about how some things are different at the moment .e.g we may not be able to be part and join in with all the things we used to belong to. Share feelings about this.
Use BBC science clips to learn about different types of animals. Watch clips of each one:
As we are looking at senses at the moment can you choose an animal that you think has the best sense of:
PE: The 2020 Blue Peter Sport badge has been launched and all details relating to how you can earn the badge can be found on the Blue Peter website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/bp-sport-badge-2020
It is a great opportunity for your young people to not only be rewarded, but to also try something new by being physically active, even when at home.
It looks very straightforward and involves challenging yourself to something or learning a new sport.
Class Blog 29th May 2020
Hello Crocodiles class.
Hope you are all well and enjoying the summer sun!
It has been lovely to see some of the learning you have been doing at home over the past few weeks. Please keep sending us photos in, we love to see them. Thank you and well done to all the grown-ups who have been doing such an amazing job helping you all to learn at home! We think some of you could have a career in teaching!
Here are this week’s ideas for learning at home. As always, make them fit around your family life and situation and feel free to do other learning too.
Having covered all the split diagraphs, we are moving on to learn their digraph sounds.
These are oe, ie and ue.
There is a great learning clip on the letters and sounds lesson clips.
https://wandleenglishhub.org.uk/lettersandsounds/year-1 find lessons 5, 9 and 23.
We are going to be doing some African folk tales, sometimes called Aesop’s fables. These are stories which tell a tale of how an animal ended up looking the way it does. E.g. how an elephant got its trunk, or why a leopard has spots.
Why not watch some of these tales and then have a go at writing your own story for an African animal.
Tinga Tales from cbeebies is based on these African folk tales. Why not choose some to watch on iplayer.
Then choose one of these African animals and write your own story. You could draw a story map first and then have a go at writing the story.
Can you think a write a story of how elephant got his trunk? Why a zebra has stripes? How Giraffe’s neck became so long? or how leopard got his spots?
Try some more mixed maths calculations. Choose whichever level you are most comfortable with.
If you need a reminder of how to do it, look back in the blog to 24th April for the prompts.
6 +4 = 5 + 4 = 3 + 6 = 8 + 5 = 9 - 6 = 7 - 5 = 10 - 4 =
8 + 9 = 12 + 5 = 17 + 8 = 18 – 5 = 16 – 9 = 14 – 7 = 13 – 8 =
18 + 12 = 14 + 15 = 16 + 12 = 23 – 17 = 25 – 16 = 28 -21 = 32 – 38=
Remember when adding numbers bigger than 10, draw the tens and draw the ones, then count the tens and add on the ones.
Remember for take away: ‘the easy way to take away is tally, small number, big number.’
We are learning about our senses in science this half term.
There are lots of clips to watch on BBC bitesize KS1 science website.
Could you draw or make a face with all the four senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell.
And then draw around your hand and decorate it for the fifth sense of ‘touch’.
Then have a go doing different activities using your senses; maybe go on a listening walk, try a blind taste test of fruit, spend 10 minutes watching out of a window of your house and draw all the things you can see, play some blind fold guessing games, find a bag and ask a grown-up to put some everyday objects in it for you to guess what they are, just using your sense of touch.
Music: Body percussion.
Have fun making different rhythms and beats on parts of your body.
Class Blog 22nd May 2020
Hello Crocodiles Class!
I hope you are all well! I'm sure you're all enjoying this beautiful weather we've having! Please continue to send us photos and stories of what you have been doing whether it be work based or not! We are missing you all so much! Rest assured, as some children will be joining us back at school we shall still continue to share our class blogs with work for those children remaining at home.
English: This week we will be looking at Mr Men. You may even have some Little Miss or Mr Men books at home to read. Your first task is to familiarise yourself with who they are!
Can you invent your own Mr Man or Little Miss? Draw a picture and write the name below, a bit like a front cover to a book.
Next watch a couple of clips about some of the other Mr Men and where they live...
Can you write some sentences about where your Mr Man or Little Miss might live? What will their 'land' be called? What will their house be like? What will the birds or cats and dogs be like?
Next can you think of something that might happen to your Mr Man or Little Miss? Could they meet another character? Made up or one that already exists? What will they do? Can they help each other? Will they be friends?
Maths: We are going to have a look at telling the time as this is a brilliant chance whilst we're all off to get lots of practice in with our grown ups around! Get a clock down (with hands and clear numbers) and practice identifying the times for o'clock and half past set by a grown up. If you get very confident ask a grown up to show you quarter past and quarter to as well.
Have a go at making your own clock with paper and blue-tak or sticky tape hands on for different times. I have attached a template one on a worksheet if you prefer.
There are lots of work sheets for you to have a go at here, but the best thing to do is have a grown up keeping asking us what time it is when they spot it on o'clock, half past/ quarter past or quarter to.
There are also some brilliant online time games so give these a go!
Geography: As we have been looking at Africa I thought it would be a good idea to have a look at where Africa is in relation to other continents. We must also learn what a continent is and what others there are. Here is a brilliant lesson about 'What is a continent?' It start with a quiz to test your current understanding before it gives you a powerpoint with a lovely lady talking to you.
Here are some more facts from the go jetters about Africa:
Can you write some facts you remember and draw pictures to match? Can you make an animal mask of your favourite animal?
Design Technology: Food: Read Handa's surprise or watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGqUVsFMtZs
Can you make a fruit salad or a fruit kebab? Ask grown ups how to carefully cut/peel different fruits and put them all together. Try the different fruits as you go. Enjoy as a yummy dessert for your family. Write instructions for how you have made your fruit salad.
Discuss with your family what is their favourite fruit and why? What is yours?
PE: Everyday at school after our register we have continued with our activate or go noodle dancing and I know there are some amazing dance routines on here to have a go at. Just type in gonoodle.com and click on 'Good Energy at Home' and there are loads of different videos to have a go at. Don't worry if at first some are tricky, keep trying to master those moves! Any amazing dance routines you have perfected, please video and send them in!
Have a fab week our Birk Hill family!
Class Blog 15th May 2020
Hello again Crocodiles!
Hope you are all well and keeping happy and staying healthy this week.
Here are some learning ideas for this week.
We hope you enjoy them. Please send us some photos of what you have been doing, we love to see them!
We are continuing to practice our split diagraph phonemes this week. Remember they are; a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e and u-e.
If you want a reminder of these sounds, look again at the letters and sounds lessons from last week. follow the link and find the split diagraph lessons.
This week we are going to practice reading real and nonsense words containing the split diagraphs.
Have a look at these words and see if you can sound them out and then blend them to read.
Which are real words and which are made-up or nonsense words?
some slipe came hine tile role tuge fume pige
Now have a go at the dragon game on phonics play.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/DragonsDen.html Click on phase 5 and choose one of the split diagraphs to play. When you have had a go, you could practice all of them by clicking ‘Revise all phase 5’.
If you can’t play online, ask a grown-up or older brother or sister to write out some real and made-up split diagraph words for you to sort. You could even make your own dragon from a cardboard box to feed them too!
We are looking at another very famous animal story called; 'The Tiger who came to tea'. By Judith Kerr.
You can listen and watch the story online if you haven't got a copy of your own.
Once you have read or listened to the story, Talk about it with a grown-up using these questions to prompt you;
How do you think the girl felt when she opened the door and saw the tiger?
Why did Sophie’s mummy say he could come in?
Would you have let the tiger in?
Does Sophie like the tiger? How do you know?
Why was the tiger so hungry?
How did daddy feel when he heard what had happened?
Where do you like to go to eat?
What animal would you like to come to tea at your house? What would you give it to eat and drink?
Why did the tiger never come back?
Then, why not try some of these activities based on the story:
Draw a Tiger Tea.
Make tiger biscuits, a tiger mask or a toilet roll tiger.
You could even have write invitations for a tea party. What other animal would you invite for tea? What would you feed it?
We are linking our maths to our story this week.
So why not have a go at some of these activities.
Could you help mummy in the story to restock her cupboards? Why not set up a pretend shop using some food items from around the house. Attach prices (up to 20p) to each item and then take turns to buy something from the shop. Find the correct coins to pay. If you wanted more of a challenge, you could work out the cost of 2 or 3 things or work out change from 20p or 50p.
Practice dividing numbers to 20. Use the idea of sharing food at tea time or have a pretend tea party with some teddies! Can you work out how much cake each person would get, or how many biscuits/grapes or sandwiches?
There are some good games to play online too.
And don’t forget about the BBC Bitesize lessons which can help if you need some support.
We are going to continue learning about animals.
Watch this clip about mammals.
What are mammals?
Have a go at the quiz. Then list as many mammals as you can. Are we mammals? how do you know?
Class Blog 7th May 2020
Hello Crocodile class.
Hope you are all well and enjoying this lovely sunny weather?!
Here are some learning ideas for this week.
Do as much of as little as works for your family... or even do some of your own learning around something that you like! (I know that some of you have been doing that already!).
Thank you to those of you who have sent use photos of your home learning... we like to see what you have been doing... even if it is not linked to what we suggest here, we'd still love to see it!
So, here are this weeks learning ideas.
Practice all the Split diagraph sounds. a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e.
There are some great online learning lessons to help you on these phonemes.
Follow the link below and chose Year 1, lessons 2,4,6,8,and 11 for the split diagraphs.
After you have watched the clip, or whilst you are watching, have a go at writing some words containing each split diagraph.
Then, why not be a split diagraph detective and see how many words you can find around your house or in a story book with the sounds in.
Last week we were reminding ourselves of the 2D shapes. This week, let's look at 3D shapes again.
Can you remember the actions we created for each shape? (or you could create your own moves!)
Cube- draw a box
Cuboid- hands together, then apart
Cylinder- roll your arms over each other
Pyramid- be an Egyptian, hands above your head and wobble you head side to side.
Sphere - draw a ball shape with your hands
Cone- pretend to lick an ice-cream.
Then, go on a 3D shape hunt around the house and garden, or why not take a walk around the local area and see how many 3D shapes you can spot?
We are carrying on with the Elmer story this week. Remember you can watch and listen to the story online, if you don't have a copy of it at home. Follow the link from last week's Blog.
Once you have listened to the story, have a go at retelling it to someone in your family. You could either act it out, or draw pictures to show the story or see how much of the story you can write out, without looking back at the book!
Then why not get creative and decorate an elephant for Elmer day?
Here are some ideas;
In the afternoons we are continuing our learning about Africa. So we are going to stick with the Elephant theme this week and find out about African Elephants.
You could watch some clips about them and then create a poster ot facts sheet to show what you have found out. Can you find out what they eat? and how they look after their young? and also what is special about them?
Listen to some famous music from a piece call the Carnival of the animals- elephant by Saint Saens.
As you listen, close your eyes and let your imagination run!...what pictures to you imagine? Can you see the elephants? What are they doing? Can you move along with the music? Create an elephant dance or moves.
Class Blog 1st May 2020
Phonics: This week we are looking at the 'or sound' and it's alternative sounds. These include: aw (as in yawn), au (as in haunt), augh (as in caught), our (as in four) and al (as in talk).
Read the words below and add sound buttons.
Look at the .pdf sheet below and see if you can work out what or words match the pictures. Answers are included on the second sheet.
Alternatives for the 'or' sound
English: Watch/read the story of Elmer by David McKee :
Discuss the meaning of being unique, one of a kind and complete the sentence 'I am one of a kind because...' Think of all the things that you have, can do, that make you unique! Don't forget capital letters, full stops, try to include some adjectives (describing words)!
As it is VE day next week have a look at the document below to see what VE day is all about. Encourage your child to read independently and help where needed and discuss any questions they may have. Read questions to your child and let them tick the correct answers!
Discuss the terms: Carnivore (only eats meat), herbivore (only eats plants/leaves) and omnivores (eats both). Can you draw out a table and under each heading name African animals which are either carnivore, omnivore or herbivore. For example, under Carnivore I would write Hyena. Use the internet or books to look up African animals once you have run out of ideas!
Maths: Looking at shapes this week can you go on a shape hunt. Go around your house and look for the following 2D shapes: square, circle, rectangle, hexagon, octagon, pentagon, triangle. You may need to look up some of these to remind yourself what they look like. Take photos or draw them. See below for one I made on PicCollage.
Play a game with your grown up or older siblings. Draw the shapes out onto separate pieces of paper and spread them out. One person describes a shape (eg. i'm thinking of shape.....with 4 equal sides and 4 corners.) The first person to get the shape keeps it. The person with the most shapes at the end wins.
ICT: If you have the free Cbeebies playtime app on your tablets/ipads/phones there is a good 'coding' game called Nina and the Neurones 'Go digital' where you must choose the correct options to allow a robot to get through different mazes. It is great fun and gets you thinking what is the best option to collect the stars as you go and it gets gradually harder.
PE: Here is a daily timetable to add to your Joe Wicks training a lot of you are doing. Maybe do it in the afternoon to break up an activity, they are small and simple...unless you want to go for gold!
Geography: As we are focusing on our learning theme 'A taste of Africa' at the moment we are going to look at comparing the weather in Africa/Kenya/Nairobi and our local weather. Have a look at the BBC weather website to see how the weather differs from temperature and forecast-sunny, rainy, cloudy. Watch a weather forecast on TV for the United Kingdom and try to do your own for Africa.
Class Blog 24th April 2020
Hello Crocodile class.
We hope you are all well and staying safe at home.
Thank you for the amazing video and photos you have sent into school to show us what you have been doing. It was lovely to see you!
In phonics our phonemes for the week are: ear and air.
Can you remember the rhymes? ear 'hear with your ear' and air 'that's not fair!'.
There are other phonemes that make the same sound too: 'ere' (as in here) and 'eer' (as in deer).
and 'are' (as in share) and 'ear' (as in bear)
Here are some activities to try with these sounds.
As we always start with reading these sounds within words and then words in sentences. here are some for you to try.
Can you sound button and read these words?
Can you use each one in a sentence?
Now us your pen as a pointer. ask a grown up to say one of the words and see if you can point to it.
There are useful learning resources to support phonics on the bbc bitesize website, Click on the link or type search for bbc bitesize phonics and look for the sound we are doing or have done already.
In maths why not have a go at some of these mixed maths questions.
Can you remember the different ways of using tallies for adding and take aways?
7 + 5 =
4 + 8 =
9 + 6 =
10 + 6 =
12 + 5 =
8 + 8 =
7 + 6 =
13 + 6 =
16 + 5 =
18 + 5 =
19 + 8 =
*Remember to draw your tallies for the numbers below 10. but draw 10 and ones for numbers greater than 10.
Now lets try some take away. (Use our rhyme: the easy way to take away is tally; small number, big number and count on)
6 - 2 =
8 - 4 =
7 - 3 =
9 - 1=
12 - 7 =
18 - 10 =
16 - 9 =
17 - 8 =
20 - 10 =
For English time, why not watch/read Mrs Smith's favourite story. The mixed-up chameleon' by Eric Carle.
Then have fun creating your own mixed-up animal! Either find some pictures of animals to cut up and muddle together, or draw them yourself!
Once you have created your own mixed up animal, why not give it a name and describe it. What does it eat? how does it move? where does it live? what is it called?
here are some ideas!
This week we should be starting our new learning theme 'A taste of Africa'.
Here are some ideas to start our learning theme:
Why not use Google Earth to explore where Africa is in the world; where Africa is in comparison to the UK and what countries make up the continent of Africa.
Class Blog 10th April 2020
Happy Easter Crocodiles! I hope you are all well and enjoying time spent with your family! I hope the Easter bunny brought you some chocolate and you managed to do a little hunt! We are missing you all lots and can't wait to see you all again before Summer hopefully! Mrs Bradshaw
English: Watch the clip of story 'Avocado Baby' by John Burningham. (Type name of book into you tube if easier!)
Can you write a short story about you or a family member eating a type of food and describe what amazing power you develop? What sort of things do you get up to with your super power? Draw a picture of yourself with your super food!
I know a few grown ups have been keen to keep up with our Zappers at school which i'm so impressed with! Well done, I know how much our Crocodiles and Giraffes love to do zappers! Here are the lists that the zappers are from, please feel free to write them into your child's zapper book with an appropriate amount to practice. Practice every other day and test once a week.
In phonics we would be looking at the sounds oy (as in toy) and oi (as in foil)! They make the same sound but are typically seen in different parts of a word. Oy is typically used at the end of words. Oi is typically used in the middle of words!
List as many oi and oy words as you can given 1 minute. Write them in a list under the oi/oy headings, as seen in photo. Pin it up and add to it throughout day, guaranteed you will think of more as the day goes on! (Don't share list from task 2 at this point!)
Copy out these words below and ask your child to add sound buttons to this list of oi/oy words. Once complete can you use these words in a sentence? We do this weekly in class so children should be familiar with adding sound buttons and using words in a sentence. Either have them say them to you, or if wanting a challenge, ask them to write them into a sentence.
Sing the tricky word songs:
Have a go on buried treasure- only words on the edge internet (the one with a blue e) and not google chrome for those struggling! Make sure we click on phase 3 and choose oi.
In Maths we would be looking at money, coin recognition and understanding the value of each coin. Have a go at setting up a little snack/toy shop with post it note prices on the items (random numbers like 75p rather than whole numbers if you want to give a bit more challenge). Give your child a selection of coins to come to the shop to buy their items from you. Leave it set up for the week to use regularly.
Use the money games on ipad/phone/computer on topmarks. There are perfect games for looking at money and playing toy shops just follow the onscreen instructions and set them to easy.
Red Hot Challenge:
With a crayon and paper ask your child to make a crayon coin rubbing for each coin. Then explain that the money needs sorting, put all the 1p onto the 1p coin rubbing sheet, all the 2p onto the 2p rubbing sheet and so on.
In the afternoon we are beginning to look at all the beautiful signs of spring appearing around us. I'm sure like us you have been out and about in the garden this week or been going for walks in your local area.
Science: Can you go on a mini beast hunt? Brilliant to get younger siblings involved too! Can you write down the names or draw pictures of your mini beasts you have found? See the checklist for what we might expect to find!
D+T: Didn't find all the mini beasts? Can you make your own mini beast hotel? With a grown up collect some of the following items and have a go!
Science: Have you spotted any ladybirds yet in the garden? How many can you find? With a grown up or your tablet/ipad can you find out about the ladybird (or caterpillar) lifecycle and draw it with labels?
Music: Watch the following song and see if you can join in with the repetitive chorus as the song goes along. Can you copy the actions to help you remember it too?
PHSE: It is always important but especially in times like this that we sit down and talk to our children about their feelings and thoughts and get any worries out in the open. Make a bit of a time to sit and ask questions like: How are you feeling at the moment being away from your friends/family? What are you missing the most? Are you worried about anything? Could we draw a picture or make a special card for someone you are missing a lot and post it/share it with them via social media or message?
Can you think of as many things you miss and would really like to do right now and write them on post it notes to pop in a jar or a bowl and keep it for when we are out of lockdown and possibly into the summer holidays and free to do them all. Encourage your little people to add to the jar throughout this time. See picture below.
Class Blog 3rd April 2020
Hello Crocodile class!
Hope you are all well?
As it is Easter week this week, most of our learning ideas for the week have an Easter theme!
There are loads of other Easter ideas for crafts and activities out there too, but here are some of our ideas!
Read some springtime animal riddles. ( A riddle is a set of clues for an object or, in this case, an animal)
I have soft fur.
I hop in bushes.
I wiggle my little nose
and thump my great big feet.
What am I?
Once you have the idea, try writing your own riddle for your friends and family to guess.
Remember to describe what the animal looks like, how it moves, what it eats.. BUT don't say the name of the animal!
Maybe you could ask your grown-up to ring or text a friend your riddle, to see if they can guess what animal it is about?
We have been learning about multiplication in maths.
Have a go at doing some Easter multiplication and division (sharing) problems.
Or you could try some of these activities.
Use a dice (or little pieces of paper with numbers written on for you to pick).
roll the dice (or chose a number paper) and draw that many Easter bunnies. Then count how many ears, or eyes or legs there will be on your bunnies.
4 x 2 (ears) = 8
Repeat using different animals and different numbers.
Division (sharing) problems.
Use your dice or paper numbers again, but this time, chose a number and draw that number of Easter eggs.
Cut them out and practise sharing them between different numbers or people.
6 eggs shared between 2 people. .. How many eggs would they get each?
Challenge: investigate which numbers you can share fairly between 2 or 3 people.
Other Easter activities ideas.
As it is Easter week, find out about Easter. There are lots of activities and information online to looks at.
Try some of these.
Then maybe your could retell the Easter story? Draw a picture from the Easter story or write and make a fact sheet about Easter?
There are also lots of lovely Easter craft and game ideas online that you could try!
Have a fun-chocolate filled Easter!
Class Blog 27th March 2020
It has been really strange not seeing you each day at school. We hope you are all safe and well and enjoying the time you have at home!
Here are some learning ideas for this week!
In Maths we would have been moving on to learning about measuring length. As year 1's we need to compare and describe length and height using words like long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short. We also can begin to look at measuring length and height.
So here are some activities you could try at home.
- Collect 5/6 objects from around your house and put them in order from the shortest to the tallest. Then ask a grown-up to choose one of the objects and you have to describe it using the language of length. e.g. 'the pencil is shorter than the book.'
- Find and draw 4 things longer and 4 things shorter than a tea spoon.
- In the garden, collect 8 sticks or leaves (ask a grown-up first to check it is safe and okay to pick them), then put them in order of length.
- Draw around your foot or hand, cut it out and use it to measure different piece of furniture in your house.
- Do a google search and find out about the tallest building/mountain or person in the world.
- Find out about the shortest breed of your favourite animal. Write some facts about it.
In phonics we would be learning the 'ar' and 'or' sounds. Can you remember the rhymes? 'ar- start the car' and 'or- shut the door'.
Have a go at some of these activities to practise the 'ar' and 'or' phoneme.
- With a grown up, choose a story to read. It can be one sent home from school or if you feel confident with one at home then have free choice. Read the story aloud to your grown up or to a special teddy. Then write a book review: What is the story about? What did you like? What could happen next if the story continued?
- Using a computer/books you might have, research some facts about dinosaurs. Make some brief notes with your grown up so you don’t forget. Write 5 facts about dinosaurs in general or a particular dinosaur.
- Design your own dinosaur, will it have, feathers/scales/fur? What will it eat? How will it move? Can you describe the sound it might make? Will it be a predator or prey? Herbivore or carnivore? Draw a picture of your dinosaur and label it. Write some facts about it underneath.
- Write instructions for how to wash our hands and draw pictures to match.
- Practice your zappers in your neatest handwriting.
In the afternoons:
- D+T: Make your newly designed dinosaur out of junk from the recycling!
- Music: Watch the orchestra play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoWxCnfVQJ8 Who is the composer? Can you write a list/name 5 different instruments that are playing in the orchestra? Do you like the music? What style is it? Rock/pop/classical/jazz? (We have covered these in music, see if they can remember!)
- PE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnlDBKD2S78 Follow cosmic kids Tiny T-Rex, or feel free to choose your own, try searching Cosmic Kids on ‘youtube’.
- RE: Watch the Easter story on Beginners Bible: Either act out the Easter story from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday or create a model using Lego to show the story.
- Art: Go outside, using the different materials and objects you can find, safely-create your own picture. You can use some of the ideas below but I am sure you’ll have some of your own. Don’t forget to take a picture to share with me when you return!
Can we first say, well done! We are sure you are doing a great job at being home teachers during this difficult time.
Some of you have asked about a timetable of when we would be doing different things at school, so here is an outline which we hope helps you to structure the weeks. Please feel free to adapt it and make it fit your family life! There is also a link to a really helpful article from head teachers and teachers around the country. Don't be put off by the title! It has some useful ideas!
These are the things we would do daily/weekly.
Activate :5/10 mins of physical movements and stretching to music
Phonics: 20 mins each day. practising letter sounds, saying/reading and writing them.
Maths: This can be playing a maths type game, counting or trying out some of the suggested activities from the learning pack or blog.
English: This includes practising Zapper words, writing sentences, reading and talking about a story or book. Finding and writing facts about some thing that interests your child or writing a story.
In the afternoons each day would be different.
We would have P.E twice a week. one shorter session and one longer session. (see the home learning blog for ideas of activities to try).
We would have Aspiration time each week, where children choose what they want to learn about and then we find out about it together. (This would be a great one to try at home!)
We have a weekly PSHE (Physical/Social/Health/Education) where we would talk about different things. (again a really important one for now... the children need time to be able to talk about their feelings and thoughts about the way life has changed and is changing at the moment).
Then we have learning around our learning theme. which includes the Geography, History, Art and Design Technology and RE learning.
At the end of the day, we have story time to share and read a story together. There are lots of video clips of stories online, or Audible books to download.. But the best way is to share a story book together with your child each day!
These are just ideas. Children (and you!) will need some time to play and do the things they enjoy doing!
If we were to say prioritise anything, it would be reading, phonics and some sort of physical activity each day.
Class Blog 20th March 2020
Apart from the craziness happening all around us at the moment, being in Crocodiles class has kept us very happy and busy with all the fun learning we have been doing!
In English we looked at 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' which we have read quite a bit for our home time story so we are already very familiar. We searched for adjectives, nouns and verbs within the story and wrote them onto matching sheets. We re-wrote the story and worked on meeting our writing targets, in a big write before watching the animated story and comparing it to the book.
In Maths we introduced the multiplication symbol X and spoke of different terms we can use and how 3x3 can also be shown as 3+3+3- 3 groups of 3. We drew arrays to match and were able to do a lot of our 2 and 5's multiplications because we can count in 2's and 5's so confidently.
In the afternoon we have been busy with art! We studied the artist Vincent Van Gogh and looked at his numerous paintings before deciding to produce copies of 'a starry night'. We looked at making different hues of blue by adding white to lighten it. We spoke about different sizes of brushes and different brushstrokes we could use to add effect to our paintings. We also painted a 'Mother's Day' card for our loved ladies in our lives which included a colour wheel flower! We looked at primary colours and what secondary colours they could make when mixed. We hope you like them!
In PE we had a visitor come in to teach us cross fit! It definitely kept us fit, we did lots of burpees, squats, jumping, planks and running! It was so fun and competitive that we didn't really realise what hard work it was, by the end we were ready for a drink and a rest!
A big thank you to all the families of Crocodiles for a brilliant year so far, whatever these uncertain times bring I hope to see you all again soon, fingers crossed! Stay safe and enjoy this precious time with your loved ones, I will truly miss seeing their happy smiling faces each and every day- keen to learn and eager to show me how clever they are. Keep following the Birk Hill way Crocodiles!
Class Blog 13th March 2020
This week in Crocodiles we have been looking at pirates! In English we learnt how to become pirates! We dressed up as pirates, followed written and pictorial instructions on how to make our own pirates hats, and wrote instructions on how to become a pirate.
In Maths we looked at doubling numbers, when we put coins into our magic treasure chest they were doubled! We looked at what happened to numbers when they were doubled, searched for patterns and identified ways to double larger numbers!
In Geography the pirate theme continued! Since we have been looking at directions and compasses we looked at maps this week. We enjoyed guessing what certain symbols were representing on maps before finding out what they actually were. We then designed our own pirate maps and created a key to help pirates find their way to the treasure.
Class Blog 6th March 2020
What a brilliant end to our second week. On Thursday we had a fun packed day full of activities to celebrate our love of reading at Birk Hill. Crocodiles amazed us with some super outfits and snuggly pyjamas before we went to take part in a ‘Guess the Nursery Rhyme’ competition with props. There were some tough ones but all Crocodiles managed to guess the nursery rhymes correct! In English we have been looking at nursery rhymes and investigating some of the language used in them. We continued our search for verbs and –ed and –ing words as well. Following this on the Thursday we ventured round to Ducks and Ducklings class for a visit to share our beautiful singing and actions for the nursery rhymes we had learnt.
In Maths we have been looking at fractions of amounts this week, following on from fractions of shapes last week. We continued to focus on halves and quarters and shared some huge amounts out!
In our afternoons we have been studying Geography! We learnt the compass points: North, East, South and West, we even made our own compasses. We worked with partners to direct our friends around on a map and also in real life outside on the top playground which was great fun! We now understand how to use a compass and why we might need one. We looked at the United Kingdom on a map and can find North, South, East and West on our globe.
Class Blog 28th February 2020
A busy first week back in Crocodiles class and it was lovely to see all the happy smiling faces ready to get back to learning!
In English we have been using some of our holiday home learning pages to write about verbs. We introduced the term verb and looked at how we can add the suffix -ing to write about present tense and adding -ed to write about things in the past tense. We had a verb word hunt in the class room as little detectives and then had to alter the verb to become past and present tense. All children became the 'King of -ing' and 'Friends of -ed' by the end! Thank you to all those that brought back their 'Let's Get Moving' holiday worksheet they looked brilliant!
In Maths we have begun looking at fractions! Of course, we thought this was an excellent excuse to get some food out and begin cutting them into halves and quarters. With some very funny shaped fruit it was a bit difficult and we had to think about how to cut it to make both halves/ all quarters equal! We enjoyed a lovely healthy feast afterwards for snack time! We also had the playdough out and practiced cutting shapes and then sharing the pieces between our friends. Next we will be moving onto fractions looking at halving amounts.
In the afternoons, we have been looking at ways to travel, and considering what ways are better for our environment. We spoke about what it means to be 'green' and designed our own 'green machines' which were very interesting. Some lovely buses, all powered by the passengers pedaling and extendable scooters for the whole family, even with hooks on the back to pull a pram along too!
Class Blog 14th February 2020
Well done Crocodiles on another fabulous half term complete. In English we have completed our look at traditional tales and finished the week with writing our own 'The Three Little ______and the big bad ______' and had some rather impressive stories! I think we may have some future authors in our class!
In Maths we have looked back on number bonds to 10 and 20 and spotted patterns which helps us to be able to do any number bonds! We particularly enjoyed drawing pictures with partners to represent the number bonds!
We had a visitor in PE who taught us Zumba and tired us all out! Even Mrs Bradshaw had to have a sit down and a drink half way through! We all agreed it was fun and kept us laughing the whole time!
We are sending home a little activity to complete over half term, this will help us with our work in class after our break so please help us and send it back in as soon as possible!
Thank you again for all your help and support so far this year.
Class Blog 7th February 2020
Another busy week for Crocodiles as we began by practicing our class assembly! All the children were keen to showcase their singing and acting skills and it was lovely to see so many of our wonderful parents coming to support us! Thank you!
As you can imagine we well and truly know our two 'Little pig' stories off by heart by now so began focusing on the character descriptions and being really creative with our adjectives as we invented a new wolf stew especially for any little pigs who manage to catch a big bad wolf! We have begun thinking of our own version of 'The Three Little Pigs' possibly with different characters, houses and even setting. We will continue writing these next week to share with you!
In Maths we have been back looking at subtraction and really trying to cement the building blocks of methods and rhymes that Birk Hill use to make subtraction as simple as possible. Crocodiles are loving our 'mixed maths' sessions in which they can build up their work, selecting their own level of work and keen to get onto the 'spicy!' or even the 'red hot challenge'! Ask us about them at home to find out if we managed to get onto one of these challenges!
Class Blog 31st January 2020
Wow! What an amazing week Crocodiles have had! We have had great fun in our English lessons reading the traditional tale 'The Three Little Pigs' which we then role played in groups! Everybody wanted to be the big bad wolf! We then did a compare and contrast of another similar story 'The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs' by Jon Scieszka which tells the tale from the Wolf's side of the story. We began to see our traditional tale very differently! We will be continuing with this into next week as we have enjoyed it so much this week! Pop in to see our class assembly for an insight into what our role play looked like.
In Maths we have been revisiting dienes which crocodiles really enjoy using to help us identify the tens and ones in big numbers. We then moved on to looking at the '100 square' and found lots of number patterns in it!
In Science we have been testing materials for their properties to see what different products they would be suitable for. We have researched which material would be best for an umbrella, we made a prediction and tested it in our experiments before writing up what we found out.
Class Blog 24th January 2020
This week Crocodiles have been working very hard in Maths learning lots of different songs to help us remember the days of the week and the months of the year in order. Watch the clip below to help your crocodiles remember our Addams family music to go along with the days of the week song.
In English we have been singing the alphabet song to help us learn the letter names as well as the sounds. Still on the topic of toys we also thought of a name of a toy for each letter of the alphabet. It was very tricky especially when we came to the end of the alphabet!
In Science we have been looking at materials and their properties. We sorted everyday items into material groups and considered what properties made them suitable for that object. Some materials were very tricky particularly plastic which can vary from hard to rubbery! See if we can identify any materials at home; we have been learning about plastic, wood, metal, paper, stone, glass.
Class Blog 17th January 2020
This week in English we finished looking at our story 'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes finding out exactly where Dogger had been lost. We wrote about our favourite toys we shared the week before in golden time and thought about how we might feel if our favourite toys went missing for the day!
In Maths we have continued to look at Time focusing on half past and o'clock. Ask us at home when it is these times and see if we can tell you!
On Tuesday we had a visitor who came and taught us about skipping. We were taught how to properly hold the skipping rope and how to get started to allow us to confidently skip. We then played some skipping games and practiced skipping around the playground.
We have also been looking at Electricity in Science. We practiced making a circuit using crocodile clips, a bulb and a battery. We made predictions about the experiments we did and looked at batteries and how they have to be fitted to allow them to work.
Class Blog 10th January 2020
Welcome back Crocodiles! We hope you have had a long restful break! We can tell you have come back raring to go because we have had some amazing work produced this week!
In English we have been reading the story 'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes where a little boy called Dave lost his favourite toy Dogger. We had some brilliant predictions written in class for where we thought Dogger might be and we have been designing some 'lost' posters to help find him.
In Maths we are beginning to look at time! We have focussed on o'clock and half past, we made our own clocks to identify where the numbers go, and what different hands represent.
Our new learning theme this term is 'Let's get Moving!' We have looked at moving toys and how toys have changed from the past to the present. We sorted new and old toys and even enjoyed some time playing with some very old toys! Crocodiles were amazed and were happy to send back all their new Christmas toys from Santa to trade for the old toys, they loved them that much!
Class Blog 20th December 2019
We made it! Well done Crocodile class on your first term completed in Year 1! Another very busy week has seen the Crocodiles very busy working like little elves making Christmas presents for their families. We loved practicing Christmas songs for our Christmas coffee morning and showcasing them to you.
In English we have been helping Candy our trainee elf to complete many Christmas jobs such as organising our list of good girls and boys, writing the names of the toys Santa will be delivering, and describing Candy the elf and drawing a picture to match.
We have had a visitor this week teaching us boxercise which Crocodiles loved, we were taught some boxing skills in such a fun way we didn’t even know we were learning special skills! To begin with we warmed up our bodies and then played some boxercise games in pairs.
Another visitor we had was Reverend Andy who came to class to talk to us about the Nativity Story and we had the chance to ask lots of theological questions about Jesus and God.
Have a lovely break Crocodiles, have lots of rest and enjoy your special time with your families. See you in the new year!
Class Blog 13th December 2019
What a busy week! As well as our Wriggly Nativity Christmas performances we have been very busy preparing for Christmas, making gifts for our loved ones! We have made colourful Christmas tree cards and seasonal calendars to send home next week showing off our beautiful drawing skills we have been learning in art.
In English we have been writing our letters to Santa telling him how we have been naughty or nice and what we would like for Christmas! We left them with our class elf, Zippy, who has come to visit and join in our English lessons.
In Maths we have had great fun learning about ‘fact families’. Using only three numbers from a number sentence we can make four different number sentences. Two are addition and two are subtract. Try this out at home; give us one number sentence for example 5+9=14 and ask what other number sentences are in the same fact family. We loved spotting the patterns and realising we didn’t have to work out each number sentence if we just moved the numbers around!
Class Blog 6th December 2019
After last week reading and retelling the story ‘This is the bear and the scary night’ the crocodiles have written their own stories this week in English; ‘This is the bear at Birk Hill’! We thought about where the bear might visit if it was left alone in school and took some photographs to set the scene. We wrote matching sentences and worked on extending our sentences with ‘and ‘so’ and ‘because’.
In Maths we have been completing little assessments to see how much we have learnt this term from place value, addition and subtraction and shapes. Crocodiles did amazingly well and made Mrs Bradshaw very proud!
On Thursday we spent the day in Russia! When we got off ‘our plane’ we went to passport control run by the Year 2’s and got a Russian flag put into our passports. We spent the whole day learning all about Russia. We studied Kandinsky's art before trying it ourselves in watercolour, we listened to Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ and read the story of Babushka. Crocodiles class were amazed by Mrs Smith and Mrs Bradshaw’s Russian dolls and designed our own, sadly not out of wood! We can now also speak a few words of Russian!
Class Blog 29th November 2019
This week in Crocodiles class we have been retelling the story 'This is the bear and the scary night'. We looked at developing our writing and ensuring we included all our key writing points; capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, writing on the line and correct letter formation. We began to look at commas and spotted them in the story and discussed how they could be used in our writing in future.
In Maths we have been looking at subtraction in many different ways. We looked at subtraction word problems such as: I had 10 sausages but then I cooked 3 of them. How many are left? Crocodiles were able to use number lines to support their counting backwards, and used tally lines which they could cross out. We also had a play with some play dough, making the objects in our subtraction problems, then splatting the amount we took away to be able to count how many were left.
We began Art this week looking at a British artist; Stephen Wiltshire who draws landscapes from memory. Sticking with our learning theme for this term 'Amazing Eckington' we decided on 3 landmarks in Eckington to have a go at drawing in the style of Stephen Wiltshire, beginning with looking at the main large shapes and objects before adding fine detail. Crocodiles love art and were very focused with the help of a bit of background music.
Class Blog 22nd November 2019
This week in English we carried on looking into our Victorian history and as it was Eco week we focused on electrical household items now and researched what Victorian's used instead!
In Maths we have been looking at developing our confidence with addition before moving onto subtraction next week.
As it was Eco week with a focus on electricity we looked at electricity in the home, thinking of items that use electricity, spotting common electrical hazards and writing our own safety rules.
We used the fun, interactive website 'Switched on kids' to understand where electricity comes from. Have a look at home, Crocodiles loved the switches they could click on. Http://www.switchedonkids.org.uk
Finally we took part in a fantastic fencing workshop where we learnt how to stand 'on guard' and how to lunge and thrust to score points. Crocodiles were amazing and really impressed our visitor with our amazing skill and stamina. Well done Crocodiles!
Class Blog 15th November 2019
What a busy week for Crocodiles! Birk Hill were wowed by Crocodiles class assembly on Wednesday where we showcased some of the things we have been learning recently including counting in 2’s, learning our 3D shapes and actions to match, facts about giraffes, adjectives and verbs for our acrostic firework poems. Well done Crocodiles class!
In English we have been looking at a hidden diary and photographs that were found in a house in Eckington from the Victorian times. We learnt a little bit about the little girl’s life and thought of questions we would like to ask her such as; why is the toilet outside? Why are her brothers wearing such smart clothes? Why are her brothers wearing flat caps? Why don’t they have a washing machine? We watched a programme about life in the Victorian times and loved dressing up in Victorian clothes, including Mrs Bradshaw in a delightful huge skirt and cape! We also had a number of items to explore and guess their use such as a rug beater, a washboard, a dolly tub and a plunger.
In Maths we have been looking at ordering larger numbers up to 20, 30 and some of us even up to 100! We used dienes to support us from last week which we were amazing at and remembered to use our language of tens and ones. To round it off we played a fun place value game in pairs where the children took it in turns to choose a number and decide whether to put it in the ten’s column, one’s column or bin! The person with the highest number won! I bet you can tell from the faces of the children in the photos who won.
In our afternoons we continued to look at Eckington in the past, and compared similarities and differences between the town now and then. We also learnt about the amazing starfish site-Eckington Woods and the role it played in WW2 to save Sheffield. See if the Crocodiles can remember any facts to share with you at home.
Class Blog 8th November 2019
This week in English we have been looking at firework poems and spotting verbs, adjectives and nouns before writing our own acrostic poems. We hope to see you next week for our class assembly so you can hear some of these!
In Maths we have been using dienes blocks to support our learning of tens and ones. Crocodiles class mastered this on Monday straight away and this allowed us to look at bigger numbers later in the week! Ask us at home how we would make a given number using dienes blocks.
In the afternoons we have been busy preparing for Remembrance Day by making our own poppies to put in the courtyard outside our classrooms for Monday.
We also learnt about Guy Fawkes and why we remember the 5th of November. It was a lovely to hear of all the stories of how you celebrated in the week. Continuing with the firework theme we practiced our rhythmic dancing in PE and developed some new moves in pairs, it was very tiring pretending to be zooming, whirling, twirling, sizzling fireworks!
Class Blog 25th October 2019
Week 8 and Crocodile Class have made it to the end of the first half term! Well done! Mrs Bradshaw is so pleased with how well you have all worked and impressed with how much we have managed to cram in already! We ended on a very busy week!
With the colder weather coming our way we spent this week reminding ourselves of what changes we see in Autumn. We read the book 'Leaf man' who went on an adventure blowing wherever the wind took him. We made our own leaf man/leaf woman and thought about where the wind might take it on an adventure. Afterwards we wrote out our own version of the leaf man story.
In Maths we have been looking at direction and position. Crocodiles enjoyed controlling 'beebots' and sending them about on a grid to find treasure. They had to input how many moves forwards, backwards, and turning left and right. Afterwards we pretended to be 'beebots' ourselves and our partners had to give us directions around the hall.
We have had a very active week with a visit from Miss Morgan for 'dance daze' who taught us some amazing dance moves to combine into a special dance routine including moves like 'the worm' and 'toprock'.
We also had our trip to Whittington Green school where we joined with 4 other North East Derbyshire schools to take part in a agility courses, developing our multiskills. All the crocodiles were fantastic and won a certificate for their superb work!
Have a lovely rest over half term and I look forward to hearing all about your Halloween adventures!
Class Blog 18th October 2019
This week Crocodiles have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes. We have been on shape hunts, looking for shapes in our everyday environment, we have modelled them out of playdough and polydron and even played shape bingo with Mrs Franklin and Mrs Bradshaw.
In English we have been finishing off our instructions work and remembering to use adjectives and time connectives such as; first, next, then and finally. We made our own sock puppets and then spent time writing out a step by step plan to pass onto the Swans class so they can make some too!
This term in music we have been listening to lots of different styles of music, in particular rap songs such as 'Can't touch this' 'Me, Myself and I' and 'Rapper's Delight'. The Crocodiles enjoyed listening for what instruments they could hear and following the beat of the music with our bodies and some instruments. We have also been practicing a song called 'Hey You' which we are amazing at singing now and can even put instruments to it! Ask us at home to sing it and see if they can teach you too!
Class Blog 11th October 2019
What a busy week Crocodiles have had! We began the week by giving Mrs Bradshaw directions to make a simple jam sandwich because she had never made one before! The instructions were not specific enough and the sandwich nearly ended up a big mess! Crocodiles soon realised they had to be very clear about what instructions they gave and we wrote our instructions out for Mrs Bradshaw to use at home! We also had a go at making our own paper plate dinosaurs with no help from Mrs Bradshaw or Mrs Franklin and only picture instructions to help! They turned out amazing!
In Maths we carried on developing our knowledge of number bonds to 10 and also began looking at number bonds to 20 to really challenge ourselves.
We went on a lovely walk around Eckington and looked out for landmarks and different buildings that we have been learning about in our topic this term. We stopped off on the way for a biscuit and a drink before heading back up the hill! The crocodiles were brilliant and walked the whole way with only one person declaring they might need to go to bed once they were back in class!
Once back at school we began making our own 3D map to show our journey, including many of the buildings we saw. We can't wait to see the finished product when we put it all together!
Class Blog 4th October 2019
Week five and Crocodiles are now settled in to the swing of Key Stage 1, showing us how amazing they are and demonstrating their growth mind set!
The week started with us understanding the features of non-fiction and fiction texts, and Crocodiles brought in their favourite books from home to share. We spent a lot of time working out whose were fiction and non-fiction, we asked questions about each others stories and read them together. Afterwards we wrote sentences in our books about why we liked our favourite books!
In Maths we have been looking at 'part-part whole models' and using them to solve addition and subtraction number problems.
In Geography we worked in pairs to talk about the differences and similaries between villages, towns and cities. We talked about what we thought Eckington was and why, and wrote sentences to match. Ask us at home and see if we remember what we chose and why!
Class Blog 27th September 2019
The crocodiles have been learning all about harvest this week and enjoyed a visit to our local church where we sang songs and spoke about harvest around the world. Back at school we continued our learning by thinking of adjectives for fruits and vegetables. We also enjoyed taste testing some fruit to help us a little bit! We used our super adjectives to write some lovely harvest basket poems!
In Maths we have been learning our number bonds to 10! There are so many, we used numicon, counting objects and even cakes to help us work out all the different ways we can add numbers together to make 10! Ask us at home and I’m sure we can tell you some of them!
We had a visitor this week teaching us Boccia in PE. We learnt what Boccia is and competed against each other with red and blue balls, trying to control our throwing power and our aim to get the closest to the white target ball. Crocodiles were amazing at this and really impressed our visitor!
Class Blog 20th September 2019
Crocodiles have had a fantastic week and worked very hard!
In English we have written the entire story of Jack and the Beanstalk and impressed Mrs Bradshaw with all our adjectives we remembered to include from last week!
In Maths we have looked at odd and even numbers and spotted that it is also numbers in the 2 times table. All the crocodiles were amazing and remembered how to count in two's which they remembered from last year! We have also been looking at number lines and ordering numbers, finding one more and one less.
In RE we took turns to show our special items brought in from home and told the class why that item is special to us. We drew pictures to match and wrote a sentence explaining.
Class Blog 13th September 2019
This week in Crocodile class we have been busy reading Jack and the Beanstalk and thinking of adjectives to describe the characters in the story.
We have also been looking at growing our very own beanstalk in Science by getting hands on and planting broad beans, cress and potatoes! We are studying how fast they grow, and what they need to help them grow.
We have been looking at a range of plants and trees that we have growing around our school and identifying what they are from our fact sheet. It also gave us chance to see the first signs of Autumn as we found many leaves changing colour and lots of acorns!
We have been very active this week as well where we have begun to listen to and copy the beat in music, clapping, marching and dancing in time to different rhythms. We were amazing at this and even put our own words to it by the end.
Well done Crocodiles! Let’s see how much our beans, cress and potatoes have grown by Monday! We have a few who are keen to eat them!
Class Blog 6th September 2019
Crocodiles class have settled in amazingly for our first week back! After only having 3 days this week we have managed to get lots of learning and lots of fun crammed in!
This week, in maths we have been practicing our counting, ordering and writing numbers to 10 and 20 .
In English we discussed with the rest of the class what we did in our holidays and wrote a postcard to our new class mascot, Kevin Crocodile, telling him all about what fun we had!
In the afternoons we have been busy researching for our new topic ‘Amazing Eckington’ by looking at where we live on globes, maps and Google Earth. Crocodile class were very excited to share their existing knowledge of what places they already knew in Eckington such as the library, swimming pool, the post office and our school! We will be discovering lots of new facts about Eckington this term.
Well done Crocodiles class. A great first week!