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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.
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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.
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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.
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Then on Tuesday and Wednesday we worked with Dienes, making larger numbers with tens and ones.
 
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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.
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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! 
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
 
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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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNjLIzIbWMQ
 

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.

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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.
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https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/chopper-squad

 

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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Well Done Giraffe Class on a lovely first few days!
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