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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!