This week in phonics for Year 1 we have been looking at vowel sounds a e i o u. We practised writing these letters and reading words containing each letter.
We also listened to and sang along with the vowel song.
In phonics for Year 2 we have looked at the sounds oe, au, wh and ph including looking at reading the tricky words: oh, their, people, Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked and writing the words:
said, so, have, like, some, come, were, there.
In English for Year 1 we have looked at the story of the Loch Ness Monster and Year 2 have looked at the Komodo Dragon. We then wrote reports about what we had researched about the Loch Ness Monster and the Komodo Dragon. Ask us about any facts we can remember about these two topics.
In the afternoons we have learnt and explored around our learning theme of Brilliant Britain. This week we found out about Scotland and Wales, then used our creative skills to show what we have learnt.
This week Crocodiles have begun looking at a new English topic of Dragons! Linked to our Brilliant Britain learning theme we started by looking at our patron Saint, Saint George and the Dragon. We discussed the understanding of the words fantasy, legends, fiction and non-fiction. Our main focus was the dragon and so of course we thought of adjectives to describe the dragon. Year 1 designed Wanted Posters for the dragon whilst Year 2 worked on comprehension and understanding of the story.
In Maths, Year 1 have been looking at part part whole models to help us with addition. Year 2 also retouched on part part whole model and used it to find fact families such as 12+13=25 can also be written as 13+12=25, 25-12=13 and 25-13=12!
In Art we have begun focussing on how to draw people. We focussed on the artist Lowry and looked at his drawing style before helping Mrs Bradshaw draw herself, making sure we included all the funny parts we forget to include such as neck and shoulders and the correct lengths of arms and legs. Crocodiles were fantastic and produced some beautiful drawings of their grown ups at home or of themselves!
Well done Crocodiles!
This week in English we have been writing our letters to the giant in 'Jim and the Beanstalk.' We have looked at how we can make sure our writing is amazing by adding: finger spaces, full stops and capital letters (Year 1) Using interesting adjectives in our writing, making sure our writing makes sense and using connectives such as and, because, then (Year 2). We have finished our super letters to be sent off to the giant. Fingers crossed he replies!
In Maths for Year 2 we have been looking at counting in 2's, 5's, 10's and even begun looking at counting in 3's! We looked at our coins of 2, 5's and 10p and used these to help us. Ask us at home if we can count your coins to help us count in 2's, 5's and 10's.
In Maths for Year 1 we have been looking at 1 more and 1 less. We rolled a dice, wrote the number down and worked out using number lines or counting objects what the number would change to if we added, one more, or one less.
This week we have begun looking at our new learning theme topic of 'Brilliant Britain' we have identified where we are on a map and been finding out about the countries that make up the United Kingdom. See if we can remember them at home.
What a lovely week we have had Crocodiles! We have continued to look at our story 'Jim and the Beanstalk' by Raymond Briggs. We have begun settling back into our writing and producing some amazing pieces of work remembering our key writing features such as capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Our key focus for the week was questioning. Looking at question words such as: Do? Why? Can? Who? What? Where? Remembering that all our questions must have a question mark at the end.
In Maths, year 1 have begun looking at the addition symbol + and working out number sentences up to 10 eg. 2+3=, 5+5=, 3+5=. In year 2 we have continued looking at numbers to 100 and practising our addition as well!
On Tuesday we welcomed Andy Tooze - Poet from the Peaks to Birk Hill and Crocodiles had our own creative poetry session with Andy. Crocodiles joined in with many of Andy's poems including actions before writing our own poem about our science topic- Plants!
This week in Crocodiles class we have been looking at a story called Jim and the Beanstalk. We have compared it to Jack and the Beanstalk, looked at what order the events happen and written about our favourite part. Whilst we have been thinking about the giant beanstalk we have also had a go at growing our own beanstalks and vegetables in class for science. Hopefully we will start to see the shoots growing by next week! The Year 2’s have also been making predictions for what we think will happen to our other plants that have been put in a cupboard, the fridge and one that has not been watered.
In Maths we have been very busy with Year 1’s practising their number recognition and writing numbers to 10 and 20 and introduced the + add sign. In Year 2 we have been looking at numbers to 50 and even 100, identifying missing numbers and learning how to add big numbers by counting the tens and ones.
We have spent some more time this week getting to know each other and talking about friendship and looking after one another. We also voted for our playground buddies and our class councillors, ask your child if they can remember who got the most amount of votes.
We thoroughly enjoyed our PE lessons again this Monday and Tuesday by making the most of the sunshine and doing them on the playground. We worked on a range of ball skills with partners and further developed our methods of movement from hopping, sidestepping, galloping, skipping and hop scotching, we were all thoroughly exhausted by the end!
Finally! We’re all back! What a lovely week we have had settling back into school life, getting used to the ‘new normal’ and getting to know one another. This week in crocodiles we have been practicing our counting, ordering, and writing numbers to 10 and 20 for Year 1 and up to 100 for Year 2! In English we watched a short clip called ‘The Clocktower’ and discussed what we saw and thought was happening in the video before writing about it.
In the afternoons we have been discussing our new learning theme topic ‘Brilliant Britain’ and sharing what facts we already know about Britain. In science our topic is plants, we wrote about what information we already know about plants and different types that we know, we even had time in the lovely sunshine to go for a hunt to find some flowers, grasses, leaves and even weeds for us to analyse back in the classroom. We have thoroughly enjoyed coming to school in our PE kits for our PE lessons on Mondays and Tuesdays and looked at types of movement that we can do, and then incorporated some balls and hoops into it as well!