Welcome to Giraffes Class!
Class Blog 17th January 2020
This week we have continued to learn about and look at toys.
In English we have continued to use the story of Dogger. This week we drew our own favourite toy and thought about what would happen if it got lost. We also compared the story of Dogger to another lost toy story called 'Mr Tubs is Lost'.
In maths we have continued our work on time and have practised telling the time to the hour and half past. Some of us even started looking at how o'clock and half past times are written on a digital clock.
In science this week, we revisited electricity. We identified appliances in the kitchen and living room that use electricity and talked again about how to stay safe around electricity. Then we learned about electrical circuits and we all managed to make a circuit to light up a bulb.
And finally this week, we also took part in a great skipping workshop. John came in and taught us how to hold our skipping rope correctly and how to skip. It was lots of fun and we have enjoyed practising our skills at playtimes and lunchtimes.
Class Blog 10th January 2020
Giraffe class have all returned to school buzzing about their Christmas holidays and all the lovely things they have received at Christmas, so we have started the term by learning and looking at toys.
In English, we have started to read a book called Dogger, by Shirley Hughes. It is a very well known and recommended story about a boy called Dave who loses his most favourite toy dog, called Dogger.
We created lost toy posters for Dave to help him find Dogger. We have also been predicting where we think Dogger is and thinking about how each character feels when they are apart. Next week we will find out what happened to Dogger and whether Dave finds him.
In the afternoons we have started our new learning theme: 'Let's get moving'. To begin our learning theme, we are looking and learning about toys in the past and comparing them to our toys now. We are very lucky to have a great selection of old toys in school, which the children really loved exploring and playing with. We talked about what they were made of and explored how they worked.
In Maths this week we have been learning about time. On Monday we used the language of time to talk about our Christmas holidays.
Then the rest of the week we have been learning to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour.
Class Blog 20th December 2019
At the beginning of the week, we received a letter from an elf called Jingle telling us that he needed our help. He was learning to be one of Santa's special elves, but wasn't doing very well with his elf training!
So, all week, we have been doing things to help him out. We had to write the good list for Santa and then write a list of toys for the good girls and boys and lastly we wrote an elf report back to Santa, telling him how Jingle had got on. At the end of the week, Santa sent us a reply, saying thank you and left us some chocolates as a reward for helping Jingle.
On Tuesday, we took part in a boxercise workshop. It was great fun and definitely got all our hearts racing!
Then Wednesday we had a visit from Reverend Andy, who told us the Christmas story and answered our great questions about Christmas. This was followed in the afternoon with our Christmas party and end of term disco!
And to end the week and the term, we all joined in with our Christmas songs assembly! We hope you enjoyed listening and joining in with us too!
Have a very happy Christmas and new year! We look forward to seeing you all back on Monday 6th January.
Class Blog 13th December 2019
We have been getting in the Christmas spirit in Giraffe class this week.
The children were fantastic and sung their hearts out in each performance. We certainly made up for lots of our friends being poorly and not able to take part. We are sure all our grown-ups were as proud of them as we were.
We have also been learning about fact families in maths. See if we can tell you what they are!
In the afternoons, when we have not been doing our play, we have been making Christmas cards. We showed our great cutting skills, cutting out triangles to make a Christmas tree. They look great!
We hope our friends are feeling better and return to school soon.
Class Blog 6th December 2019
In English this week we have become authors and written our own version of 'This is the bear.' We started by deciding what bear would get up to if he was left at school for the day. We shared our ideas and took turns to take bear to different places in school to have his adventure.
We spent the next couple of days writing our stories and creating our very own story books called 'This is the bear and the day at school.'
In the afternoons we have focused on art. We used the work of Steven Wiltshire as inspiration for our own drawings of Eckington.
Then on Thursday we had one of our cultural days. This time we went to Russia to learn about the culture and traditions of Russia. We looked at and made Russian dolls as well as dancing using the music of the Russian composer Tchaikovsky. In the afternoon we learnt about a Russian painter called Kandinsky and used his painting to inspire our own painting.
Class Blog 29th November 2019
This week in English we have been reading the story 'This is the bear and the scary night.' We have loved sharing the story and have worked really hard to retell it in our own words.
Next week we are going to write our own 'This is the bear' story about a bear being left at school for the day.
We will let you know the adventures he gets up to!
In the afternoons we have been focusing on artwork by an amazing artist called Steven Wiltshire. He draws famous landmarks and cities entirely from memory! We thought he was amazing and awesome!
We are now trying to have a go ourselves at drawing some buildings in Eckington in his style.
Class Blog 22nd November 2019
This week has been ECO week at Birk Hill and our theme this time has been electricity.
In History and English time we have been finding out what life was like before there was any electricity. We found out what these strange looking objects were used for and what we have now.
Ask us to tell you what they were used for and what we have now instead.
We have also talked about how to stay safe around electricity. We looked for dangers on the 'switchedonkids' website and then made posters warning others about the dangers. Why not have a go at home?
At the end of the week, we talked and made a whole class poster about ways to save electricity. Ask us about them and see if you can save some electricity (and money!) at home too!
We also took part in another great sporting workshop on Thursday. We tried our hands at fencing! We learnt how to stand 'on guard,' how to move forwards and backwards and how to lunge and thrust to score points.
Class Blog 15th November 2019
In Giraffe class this week we have been focusing on learning about events and life in the past.
We started on Monday by learning about Remembrance Day. We learnt about why people wear poppies and then we made our own poppies from plastic cups and lolly sticks. We put them in the courtyard planters outside and at 11o’clock we observed the 2 minutes silence together on the playground.
Later on in the week, we learnt about the role Eckington Woods played as a 'Starfish site'. It was lit up at night as a decoy to protect surrounding industry and cities.
In English we have continued our history learning. We have been learning about the life of a little girl called Annie, who lived in Eckington in the Victorian era. We read part of her diary and looked at some photos. Then we found out about life in a Victorian home by watching 'Magic Grandad' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpwFnNTXt2c and looking at some household objects from the past. We really enjoyed having a go with the wash tub and dolly, the wash board and the carpet beaters.
On Friday we came to school in our Pyjamas to help raise money for Children in Need!
Thank you to everyone who brought in £1 for this great cause!
Class Blog 8th November 2019
We have had a great week back at school after our half term holiday. All the children have returned to school rested and ready to learn!
With it being bonfire night this week, in English we have been reading and writing firework poems. We used some great adjectives and verbs in our acrostic poems. An acrostic poem is a poem in which each line starts with a letter of the word 'FIREWORKS'.
In the afternoons we have been learning about bonfire night and why it is celebrated with fireworks. Ask us what happened and see if we can remember!
In maths we have been learning about place value and the value of the digits in numbers greater than 10. We used arrow cards on Monday to learn about the value of the digits in larger numbers.
Then on Tuesday and Wednesday we worked with Dienes, making larger numbers with tens and ones.
Then we used all our learning about place value on Friday to play 'my secret number'. Why not ask us to show you how to play and have a game at home over the weekend?
Next week we are going to be learning about Remembrance Day and the role that Eckington played in World War 2. If any parents, grandparents or great-grandparents have any photographs of Eckington in the past or information about Remembrance Day, we would love to see it and share it next week.
Class Blog 25th October 2019
In maths this week Giraffe class have been learning about position and direction. We have completed lots of practical activities in which we have been using positional and directional language. On Wednesday we had to pretend to be BeeBots and guide each other around an obstacle course in the hall.
We also used the BeeBots on a grid on the carpet and on the iPads.
In English time and in the afternoons we have been thinking and learning about Autumn.
In English we read the Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert .
Then we made our own leaf characters out of leaves we had collected from the school playground.
We then used our geography learning about Eckington to write our own adventure story for our leaf characters. We imagined that our leaf man or leaf lady had been blow away from our playground. The children had some great ideas about where their characters would go and what they would see as they blew over Eckington.
Giraffe class also did an amazing job in our class assembly! We hope you enjoyed seeing some of the things we have been learning about. Thank you to all those grown ups who came and supported us.
Have a lovely half term holiday Giraffe class. You have worked so hard this term. We are really proud of how you have settled into Year 1! Well Done!
Class Blog 18th October 2019
This week in English time Giraffe class have been continuing our work writing instructions. This week we have been making and writing instructions for sock puppets. On Monday we made our own sock puppets. Then we worked really hard on our writing our instructions for how to make a sock puppet. Lots of us got target ticks in our English books and special 'I'm proud of you' stickers on our writing!
In the afternoons we have been finishing off our aerial map of Eckington and placing all the model buildings we have made onto the map.
In Aspirations we chose to find out about balloons. This week we learnt about how a hot air balloon manages to fly! We were very excited when Mrs Smith showed us how a hot air balloon works, using a hair dryer and plastic bag.
We have also been learning about special things found in Christian churches. We had a fantastic visit to St Peter and St Paul's church on Thursday where Reverend Andy let us explore the church and we asked lots of great questions about the things we saw.
We are looking forward to sharing some more of our learning with you in our class assembly on Wednesday morning.
Class Blog 11th October 2019
In maths this week we have been practising our number bonds to 10 and finding the subtraction facts that go with them. Some of us even went further to investigate how we can turn number bonds to 10 into number bond to 20! We really impressed Mrs Smith with how quickly we saw the pattern!
In English we have been reading, following and beginning to write instructions. On Monday we had a set of instructions to follow to make our own paper plate dinosaurs!
In the afternoons we have continued to learn more about Eckington. On Tuesday we went on our learning walk to see lots of the different buildings we have been learning about.
All the children were brilliant and beautifully behaved. Well done Giraffe class!
Next week we are visiting St Peter and St Paul's church and finding out about the special things in a church.
Class Blog 4th October 2019
This week in year 1 we have been talking about books. On Monday and Tuesday, we looked at the features of fiction and non fiction books.
Then on Wednesday we each brought in our favourite books and shared them as a class. We really enjoyed sharing each other's books and reading them together.
Then on Thursday we wrote about our favourite book.
In the afternoons we have continued to find out more about Eckington. We learnt about the difference between a village, town and city and then had a discussion about which one we thought Eckington was.
Which one do you think it is? A village, town or city? Ask us to tell you what we all decided and why!
Next week we are going to go on our learning walk around Eckington to see some of the places we have been talking about.
Class Blog 27th September 2019
In maths this week we have been learning about number bonds to 10. They are the different pairs of numbers that go together to make 10. We used Numicon at the start of the week to explore how many different ways there are of making 10.
We have also been watching a Numberblocks episode, called Ten Again, which has a rhyme for each of the number bonds. You could watch it online at home by following the link below.
On Wednesday we all took part in a Boccia sporting workshop. We learnt what Boccia is and then had great fun playing in teams.
Boccia is a target sport using three colour balls. There is a white ball called the target ball, which is throw first. Then two teams play, with red and blue balls, to try and get their ball as near to the target ball as they can. The team who get the nearest score a point.
We also started our geography learning block about Eckington. We looked on the globe and in atlases to find different countries of the world and then talked about our big question: Where is Eckington?
Next week we are going to be finding out more about Eckington and hopefully go on our learning walk to see what different places and features we can see.
Class Blog 20th September 2019
This week in Giraffe class we have continued with the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We spent time in English lessons writing a retelling of the story. We have done some super writing!
In maths we have been comparing numbers, finding 1 more and 1 less and filling missing numbers on a number line. We have enjoyed using a helicopter rescue game on Topmarks website.
We were really good at finding the right number to rescue the people. Some of us even used numbers to 100!
In the afternoons we have been continuing our science learning all about plants. This week we have been finding out about parts of different plants we eat. We had fun making 'funny flowers' using fruit and vegetables!
Class Blog 13th September 2019
This week in Giraffe class we have been reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We have been describing the giant in our English time, using great adjectives like 'massive' fierce' and 'gigantic' to describe him.
In the afternoons we have continued our science learning about plants. On Monday we planted some cress, bean seeds and potatoes so we can watch them grow. The cress seed are already starting to grow!
We have also been learning about the different parts of the plants. We worked together to make a collage picture of a flowering plant or tree.
In maths we have been comparing numbers and using the language of more than and less than, and greater than and less than. We met Charlie the crocodile who likes to eat the biggest number! We have to work with a partner to find the biggest number to feed to Charlie!
Class Blog 6th September 2019
Welcome to Giraffe class! It was so lovely to welcome all the children on Wednesday and see how well they came into class ready for all the new learning and laughter and love we will share this year!
Even though we have only had 3 days this week, we have been busy and packed a lot into it!
In English we received a postcard from our class mascot, Daisy Giraffe. We talked about our own holidays and wrote our own postcards back to Daisy.
In the afternoons we have introduced our new learning theme, 'Amazing Eckington'. We enjoyed looking on Google Earth. We started in space looking down on the whole world, then zoomed in on England and then found Eckington! We spotted our school and other places around Eckington. We will be finding out more about Eckington over this term.
In Science we started our learning about plants. We looked at different types of plants and shared what we already know. Mrs Smith was very impressed about how much we already know about plants!
Well Done Giraffe Class on a lovely first few days!