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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
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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
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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!