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Class Blog 17th July 2020
Hello Giraffe Class for the final time.
I cannot believe we have reached the end of the year and what a year it has been! I am sad to be saying goodbye to you all and especially sad that we have not been able to be together as Giraffe class for the whole year.
I just want to take this time to say ‘thank you’ to each and every one of you and your families. You have been a great class and I have loved seeing you grow and learn so many new skills. You are ready for the next part in your school adventure and I know you will all do really well. Remember to ‘REACH FOR THE STARS.'
Keep reading and practising your phonic sounds over the summer!
Why not take part in the summer reading challenge?
It will be great to see you all back around school in September, so please come and say Hello!
Thank you Giraffe class.
Class Blog 10th July 2020
Hello Giraffe class.
Can you believe we have reached the final week of the year? and what a funny year it has been? We will certainly remember this one!
We are sad that we have not been able to see all of you back in school at the end of the year and are looking forward to seeing you back in school for September as big Year 2’s!
Here are this weeks learning ideas.
We are staying with money and making amounts using different coins. Keep practicing and getting familiar with the different coins we have. Then have a go at some of these activities.
- Can you find 3 different ways of making 5p, 7p, 9p,10p and 20p. Use real coins if you have them, or just draw coins on paper.
- There are great Money games on the Topmarks website. Look out and have a go at the coin cruncher, toy shop and coin games. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=15
- If you didn’t get chance last week, why not set up a pretend ice cream shop at home. Make some pretend/paper ice creams (see our summer fun ideas below) and then put prices on them and ask you family or teddies to come and buy an ice cream. Practice giving the correct coins and working out change.
- It is also a good opportunity to practice counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s using coins. You could even try counting in 20’s
We are going to write a letter to our new teacher, ready for September (as we will be finding out this week, which class we are in).
Have a look at some letters if you have some. Talk about the different features and the layout of the letter. Can you find things that are the same on every letter?
Then have a go at writing a letter about yourself to your new teacher. Tell them your name, how old you are, about your family, things that you like to do and maybe even ask them a question about themselves. Then you could either send it into school for your new teacher, ask a grown up to take a photo of it and email that in, or save it for September and bring it with you when we return.
Summer fun activities.
As it is the end of the year and hopefully summer will return soon! Here are some summer fun activity ideas to do.
Make paper ice creams for your ice cream shop.
- Make your own paper sunglasses. (But remember they are just for playing with and will not protect your eyes from the sun.)
You can find a template to print out here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-15189-glasses-template
- Learn about staying safe in the sun. There are some good ideas and a PowerPoint you can work through. https://www.soltansunready.com/for-families Have a go at making a poster to tell people how they can stay safe in the sun.
Class Blog 3rd July 2020
This week we are looking at adding the prefix ‘un’ to words. See the link below for a little video.
Can you add un- to these words to make them the opposite. They can be seen as 'Not'. For instance, when somebody is not happy, we can describe them as 'Unhappy' and when something is said which is not true, we describe it as 'Untrue'.
Zip = ______________
We are also beginning to look at adding the suffix –s or –es. As some words when they are turned to plural we add an ‘s’ and some we add ‘es’.
Here is a brilliant method that can help us learn when to add ‘s’ or ‘es’.
We can also clap the syllables to help us! If we say the word ‘fox’ and clap the syllables, there is only 1 clap. If we make it plural and clap it again it changes it to foxes (fox-es= 2 claps). Try again for the word bear. Bear has 1 clap, now make it plural, bears (bears=1 clap). The amount of syllables hasn’t changed and therefore we know it is just adding ‘s’. See what words you can think of which add ‘es’ using this method.
This week in Maths we are looking at money again!
This is a brilliant time of year to practice working with money. Is there anything they are wanting to save up for Summer? How much money will they need? Can they do some small chores to earn some pocket money? Learn the value of money!
Have a look at the link below starting with lesson 2, identifying coins and understanding which is worth more or less than others.
Have a go at setting up a little snack/toy shop with post it note prices on the items with whole numbers (40p) or for more challenge odd numbers (15p). Give your child a selection of coins to come to the shop to buy their items from you. Leave it set up for the week to use regularly.
Use the money games on ipad/phone/computer on topmarks. There are perfect games for looking at money and playing toy shops just follow the onscreen instructions and set them to easy.
Red Hot Challenge:
With a crayon and paper ask your child to make a crayon coin rubbing for each coin. Then explain that the money needs sorting, put all the 1p onto the 1p coin rubbing sheet, all the 2p onto the 2p rubbing sheet and so on.
This week in English we are staying with the author Anthony Browne who wrote ‘Gorilla’ and ‘The Tunnel’. We are looking at the story ‘Little Beauty’ by Anthony Browne.
Before reading it, look at the front cover. What do you think it might be about?
Watch beginning of ‘Little Beauty’ up to the point the Gorilla is sad and asked the zoo keepers for a friend.
Draw or write what friend the zoo keepers could give the gorilla to make him happy again.
Watch/read the rest of the story. Are you surprised by the choice of friend? Why did they choose a kitten? What do you think will happen? Can you write adjectives to describe ‘Gorilla’ and ‘Beauty’.
Look at the letters of the alphabet in sign.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OO4VfT-OzI Can you learn your name in sign language?
Practice your name and then sign it to your family.
This week in PE we have been looking at simple ball skills. We have practiced passing a ball back and forth to each other, stopping it with a foot before returning it. Our next skills we are going to practice are a little more tricky. See if you can master these skills. We really enjoyed attempting these and look forward to amazing everyone with our excellent ball skills soon!
Watch the orchestra play for these two songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFvCshTdq1Y , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7tAPh06kIg Who is the composer? Can you write a list/name 5 different instruments that are playing in the orchestra? Do you like the music? What style is it? Rock/pop/classical/jazz? (We have covered these in music, see if you can remember!) Do you recognise the music?
Class Blog 26th June 2020
Hello again Giraffe class.
We hope you are all well and happy at home? We are thinking a lot about you in school and missing seeing you all in our class.
Here are some of the learning ideas for the week ahead. They mirror the learning those of us in school, in our bubbles are doing.
Please keep in touch. We would love to see you and see what you have been doing at home. Please do send us an email or photo!
As we have covered all the phonemes that we need to know this year, we thought we would have a look back at them all this week and remind ourselves of all the ones that we have learnt!
So why not start by seeing how many different phonemes you can remember?
Here are most of them to remind you…
Then have a revisit on any that you are not so sure of. Remember there are the letters and sounds phonics lessons to view online if you need some help.
or the Alphablocks on cbeebies, which cover some of the sounds.
Once you feel confident with the sounds, go on a phoneme hunt…
Chose a phoneme e.g. ‘ay’ and see how many words containing that phoneme you can find in a book, or on packets in the kitchen, or even on signs when you are out and about.
Did you enjoy ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne? This week we are looking at another of his stories called ‘The Tunnel’.
Watch or read the story, but stop before they go through the tunnel...
Think about what might be on the other side of the tunnel? Draw a picture or write about it?
Would you go through the tunnel? Why? Why not?
Can you think of 5 reasons that Rose should give to Jack to convince him not to go through the tunnel?
Can you write 3 adjectives to describe what the tunnel is like?
Then watch the ending of the story…
There are references and hints of Fairy tales on the other side of the tunnel… see how many you can spot?
Then have a go at writing your own tunnel adventure story.
Here are some planning sheets to help you think of ideas for your story.
In maths this week we are also having a review of previous learning. This week we will be looking back at multiplication and division.
We covered this is our class blog week 3rd April
So feel free to look back again and have a go at some of the activities we suggested then, if you didn’t get chance to do it.
Also keep up that practice of counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. If you are confident with those, why not give the 3 x tables a try ready to impress your year 2 teachers?
There are some good videos on BBC bitesize website to help us practice our times tables and explaining about multiplication and division.
There are lots of online games to help us practice our times tables.
Science and Eco learning.
In the afternoons this week, we are going to be learning about living things and their habitats and also looking at ways we can encourage more wildlife into the school grounds.
Have you any wildlife that visits your garden or around where you live? Spend some time quietly watching out of a window of your house and see what different wildlife you can spot? maybe birds, insects, or even a hedgehog!
Then think of way you could encourage more wildlife to visit your garden.
Could you put some water in a shallow dish for the birds and insects during these hot days?
Could you make a bug hotel or hedgehog house in your garden?
Could you plant some flowers to attract bees and butterflies?
The RSPCA has some good ideas on their website. https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/seasonal/garden#
We will also we learning about different habitats around the world and how animals are adapted to live there.
BBC bitesize has some great clips and an online lesson that can help.
Then why not have a go at making a habitat in a box!
Or go big and make four habitats!!
And finally, after all that learning and making why not get up and move and have a dance!
Here are two dance clips we are enjoying in school at the moment!... hope you enjoy them too!
Or just put on your favourite songs and dance like no one is watching!
Have a super week and please keep in touch!
Class Blog 19th June 2020
Here is this weeks learning! We are doing the same learning at school so, fingers crossed, we shall keep up to date with learning and be ready for when we see you!
We are revisiting split diagraphs this week as they are so popular and appear in our books to much! We are looking at a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e.
Please look at:
Look at the lessons for each split diagraph. Sounding out all the sounds regularly will keep the sounds fresh in your mind.
If you have done a-e today can you then find some a-e words when you are out and about? Choose a book at home to have 3 minutes to see how many a-e words you can find?
Do a different sound each day to focus on and keep reviewing those sounds.
This week we will be looking at the book Gorilla, written by Anthony Browne.
Watch the story a few times until you are familiar with it and then have a go at re-writing the story. Include lots of time sequencing words to show how the story flows. The sentence starters below may help you.
First, then, next, after a while, some time later, the next morning, after a few moments, weeks passed, finally.
In Maths we are looking at capacity this week. Capacity refers to how much a container can hold. Containers of different sizes have different capacities, with larger containers being able to hold more than smaller ones. We are beginning to look at using the language of full, nearly full, half full, nearly empty, empty, larger capacity, smaller capacity.
An easy way for children to test whether something has a larger or smaller capacity is with water.
Fill one container with water and try to pour it in the second container. If the second container overflows, it means it has a smaller capacity than the first container. Here are a few worksheets to have a go at but feel free to just do these activities practically and talk about which container has the larger capacity and which has smaller. Maybe it might have half the capacity of the first container. Can you find some very different shaped containers? A long skinny vase may look very different to a wide shallow bowl, but it is still possible they could have the same (or very similar) capacity.
Focussing on our topic of animals we are looking at Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.
The zoo send back the animals as they are no good for pets. We want you to imagine you have been given an African animal for a pet. Draw a picture of your new chosen pet. Although it might not be the best animal for a pet you will have to keep him/her for now. We want you to write a fact file for the following questions:
What will you name your new pet?
Where will your new pet sleep?
What can you feed your new pet?
How will you help your new pet to exercise? Will you need any special equipment?
Can you make a small scale house for your pet out of junk modelling/outside in your garden out of natural materials or in your house out of anything?
At school we have been having a regular visit who has been spotted outside our classroom, top playground and on the banking by the cars. We have spent this week making a house for him by the tyres.
We have been looking at some comprehension this week as well with these handy information sheets. Choose the page of information most suitable, they get more difficult to read throughout and answer the question page to match, answers are included.
We have been looking at African art styles. How about making your own African paper mache mask?
Don't worry if you have no PVA glue at home you can make your own glue paste from things in your cupboard. Follow this link for instructions. When it says cups just use a small drinking cup as long as you stick to the same cup for measuring you will be fine.
Here are some handy videos with lots of fun activities you can do at home, please have a look and see which you would like it have a go at! They look brilliant and show how easy they can be to do in your own home! Enjoy!
Have a great week!
Class Blog 12th June 2020
Hello again Giraffe class.
We are thinking a lot about you all at home and hope you are all doing ok?
We miss seeing you all each day and it is very strange to only see a few of the children each week. But, however much we are missing you all, it is more important that you are all safe and stay well.
Please keep in touch with school through our email address, we'd love to hear from you and will always try to reply to you as soon as we can.
Here are our learning ideas for this week, which will mirror what we are doing in school for the small number of children who are able and need to attend.
We are going to be learning about the two different sounds the grapheme 'c' can make.
These are called the 'hard c' (as in 'cat or 'car) and 'soft c' (as in 'cell' or 'ice').
There are some useful clips online which have some example words to read along with. Follow the links below to each of the clips, read along and then maybe try to write some of the words.
There is also a Letters and sounds lesson on soft c, which you can watch too.
We are going to look again at writing riddles this week.
If you remember a riddle is a list of clues given to describe something.
This week we are going to use our learning about animals in science and Africa to write an African animal riddle.
Which African animal is this?
I have soft yellow fur.
I bask in the sun.
When I let out my roar...
all the animals run!
What am I?
Have a go at writing your own riddle. Then maybe phone or text it to a friend, or email it to us at school, so we can share it!
In maths we are learning about measuring length.
If you didn't have chance to do some of the activities we send last time, look back at the blog from
for ideas. (week 27th March)
Have a go at measuring the length of different objects you find around your house, as suggested in the previous blog, or find some other objects of your own to measure.
Then why not try to make coat hanger scales for measuring weight?
Once you have made it, test out different objects around your house. Use the language of weight by saying which is heavier, lighter, heaviest and lightest.
There are also some online games to play on the Top marks website.
As the weather is set to improve again why not take a walk out in your local area or maybe take a walk in a woods or to a park and see what sense you use as you walk and play/ What can you hear? What can you see? what can you smell? What different textures can you touch?
Then look for signs of animal life.. what animals do you think live there?
It is important to get out for fresh air and exercise as a way of keeping our bodies and minds healthy. As long as we maintain our social distance and then wash our hands, it is a great thing to do!
We look forward to seeing and hearing some of the things you do this week.
Class Blog 5th June 2020
Hello Giraffes Class! Here is this week's learning!
This week we will be looking at the trigraphs again. 3 letters making one sound. The trigraphs we are looking at are 'igh'-fly high, 'air'-thats not fair, 'ure' sure it's pure and 'ire' fire fire!
Can you sound button the words below and read them out loud?
Here are some worksheets to have a go out, print out of look at on your computer, have a go at writing out the real words and thinking how we can use them in a sentence.
English: You may remember from previous weeks that for Design Technology we looked at the story 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Browne. If you haven't or need a recap follow the link below.
Can you choose 7 items you would put in a basket to take to your friend? Draw a picture of that basket and your 7 items inside it. Can you write the names of your chosen foods with adjectives like in Handa's surprise (a ripe red Mango).
Eg: In my basket for ________ I would put some fizzy, brown cola bottle sweets. A small red babybel cheese.
Maths: Before Christmas we were brilliant at our number bonds to 10
5+5=10 (Then they can be reversed)
Practice writing out our number bonds to 10 and and can you remember our number bonds to 20 for a challenge?
eg. 1+19=20, 2+18=20.
By practicing these you will become more confident with your problem solving and mental maths!
Talk about the term ‘belonging’. Share (talk or draw) things that you belong to. Including family groups, school, friendship groups and other activity groups. Children have time to talk/draw things and people that they belong to and share their feelings about that.
Use also as an opportunity to talk about how some things are different at the moment .e.g we may not be able to be part and join in with all the things we used to belong to. Share feelings about this.
Use BBC science clips to learn about different types of animals. Watch clips of each one:
As we are looking at senses at the moment can you choose an animal that you think has the best sense of:
PE: The 2020 Blue Peter Sport badge has been launched and all details relating to how you can earn the badge can be found on the Blue Peter website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/bp-sport-badge-2020
It is a great opportunity for your young people to not only be rewarded, but to also try something new by being physically active, even when at home.
It looks very straightforward and involves challenging yourself to something or learning a new sport.
Class Blog 29th May 2020
Hello Giraffe class.
Hope you are all well and enjoying the summer sun!
It has been lovely to see some of the learning you have been doing at home over the past few weeks. Please keep sending us photos in, we love to see them. Thank you and well done to all the grown-ups who have been doing such an amazing job helping you all to learn at home! We think some of you could have a career in teaching!
Here are this week’s ideas for learning at home. As always, make them fit around your family life and situation and feel free to do other learning too.
Having covered all the split diagraphs, we are moving on to learn their digraph sounds.
These are oe, ie and ue.
There is a great learning clip on the letters and sounds lesson clips.
https://wandleenglishhub.org.uk/lettersandsounds/year-1 find lessons 5, 9 and 23.
We are going to be doing some African folk tales, sometimes called Aesop’s fables. These are stories which tell a tale of how an animal ended up looking the way it does. E.g. how an elephant got its trunk, or why a leopard has spots.
Why not watch some of these tales and then have a go at writing your own story for an African animal.
Tinga Tales from cbeebies is based on these African folk tales. Why not choose some to watch on iplayer.
Then choose one of these African animals and write your own story. You could draw a story map first and then have a go at writing the story.
Can you think a write a story of how elephant got his trunk? Why a zebra has stripes? How Giraffe’s neck became so long? or how leopard got his spots?
Try some more mixed maths calculations. Choose whichever level you are most comfortable with.
If you need a reminder of how to do it, look back in the blog to 24th April for the prompts.
6 +4 = 5 + 4 = 3 + 6 = 8 + 5 = 9 - 6 = 7 - 5 = 10 - 4 =
8 + 9 = 12 + 5 = 17 + 8 = 18 – 5 = 16 – 9 = 14 – 7 = 13 – 8 =
18 + 12 = 14 + 15 = 16 + 12 = 23 – 17 = 25 – 16 = 28 -21 = 32 – 38=
Remember when adding numbers bigger than 10, draw the tens and draw the ones, then count the tens and add on the ones.
Remember for take away: ‘the easy way to take away is tally, small number, big number.’
We are learning about our senses in science this half term.
There are lots of clips to watch on BBC bitesize KS1 science website.
Could you draw or make a face with all the four senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell.
And then draw around your hand and decorate it for the fifth sense of ‘touch’.
Then have a go doing different activities using your senses; maybe go on a listening walk, try a blind taste test of fruit, spend 10 minutes watching out of a window of your house and draw all the things you can see, play some blind fold guessing games, find a bag and ask a grown-up to put some everyday objects in it for you to guess what they are, just using your sense of touch.
Music: Body percussion.
Have fun making different rhythms and beats on parts of your body.
Class Blog 22nd May 2020
Hello Giraffes Class!
I hope you are all well! I'm sure you're all enjoying this beautiful weather we've having! Please continue to send us photos and stories of what you have been doing whether it be work based or not! We are missing you all so much! Rest assured, as some children will be joining us back at school we shall still continue to share our class blogs with work for those children remaining at home.
English: This week we will be looking at Mr Men. You may even have some Little Miss or Mr Men books at home to read. Your first task is to familiarise yourself with who they are!
Can you invent your own Mr Man or Little Miss? Draw a picture and write the name below, a bit like a front cover to a book.
Next watch a couple of clips about some of the other Mr Men and where they live...
Can you write some sentences about where your Mr Man or Little Miss might live? What will their 'land' be called? What will their house be like? What will the birds or cats and dogs be like?
Next can you think of something that might happen to your Mr Man or Little Miss? Could they meet another character? Made up or one that already exists? What will they do? Can they help each other? Will they be friends?
Maths: We are going to have a look at telling the time as this is a brilliant chance whilst we're all off to get lots of practice in with our grown ups around! Get a clock down (with hands and clear numbers) and practice identifying the times for o'clock and half past set by a grown up. If you get very confident ask a grown up to show you quarter past and quarter to as well.
Have a go at making your own clock with paper and blue-tak or sticky tape hands on for different times. I have attached a template one on a worksheet if you prefer.
There are lots of work sheets for you to have a go at here, but the best thing to do is have a grown up keeping asking us what time it is when they spot it on o'clock, half past/ quarter past or quarter to.
There are also some brilliant online time games so give these a go!
Geography: As we have been looking at Africa I thought it would be a good idea to have a look at where Africa is in relation to other continents. We must also learn what a continent is and what others there are. Here is a brilliant lesson about 'What is a continent?' It start with a quiz to test your current understanding before it gives you a powerpoint with a lovely lady talking to you.
Here are some more facts from the go jetters about Africa:
Can you write some facts you remember and draw pictures to match? Can you make an animal mask of your favourite animal?
Design Technology: Food: Read Handa's surprise or watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGqUVsFMtZs
Can you make a fruit salad or a fruit kebab? Ask grown ups how to carefully cut/peel different fruits and put them all together. Try the different fruits as you go. Enjoy as a yummy dessert for your family. Write instructions for how you have made your fruit salad.
Discuss with your family what is their favourite fruit and why? What is yours?
PE: Everyday at school after our register we have continued with our activate or go noodle dancing and I know there are some amazing dance routines on here to have a go at. Just type in gonoodle.com and click on 'Good Energy at Home' and there are loads of different videos to have a go at. Don't worry if at first some are tricky, keep trying to master those moves! Any amazing dance routines you have perfected, please video and send them in!
Have a fab week our Birk Hill family!
Class Blog 15th May 2020
Hello again Giraffes!
Hope you are all well and keeping happy and staying healthy this week.
Here are some learning ideas for this week.
We hope you enjoy them. Please send us some photos of what you have been doing, we love to see them!
We are continuing to practice our split diagraph phonemes this week. Remember they are; a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e and u-e.
If you want a reminder of these sounds, look again at the letters and sounds lessons from last week. follow the link and find the split diagraph lessons.
This week we are going to practice reading real and nonsense words containing the split diagraphs.
Have a look at these words and see if you can sound them out and then blend them to read.
Which are real words and which are made-up or nonsense words?
some slipe came hine tile role tuge fume pige
Now have a go at the dragon game on phonics play.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/DragonsDen.html Click on phase 5 and choose one of the split diagraphs to play. When you have had a go, you could practice all of them by clicking ‘Revise all phase 5’.
If you can’t play online, ask a grown-up or older brother or sister to write out some real and made-up split diagraph words for you to sort. You could even make your own dragon from a cardboard box to feed them too!
We are looking at another very famous animal story called; 'The Tiger who came to tea'. By Judith Kerr.
You can listen and watch the story online if you haven't got a copy of your own.
Once you have read or listened to the story, Talk about it with a grown-up using these questions to prompt you;
How do you think the girl felt when she opened the door and saw the tiger?
Why did Sophie’s mummy say he could come in?
Would you have let the tiger in?
Does Sophie like the tiger? How do you know?
Why was the tiger so hungry?
How did daddy feel when he heard what had happened?
Where do you like to go to eat?
What animal would you like to come to tea at your house? What would you give it to eat and drink?
Why did the tiger never come back?
Then, why not try some of these activities based on the story:
Draw a Tiger Tea.
Make tiger biscuits, a tiger mask or a toilet roll tiger.
You could even have write invitations for a tea party. What other animal would you invite for tea? What would you feed it?
We are linking our maths to our story this week.
So why not have a go at some of these activities.
Could you help mummy in the story to restock her cupboards? Why not set up a pretend shop using some food items from around the house. Attach prices (up to 20p) to each item and then take turns to buy something from the shop. Find the correct coins to pay. If you wanted more of a challenge, you could work out the cost of 2 or 3 things or work out change from 20p or 50p.
Practice dividing numbers to 20. Use the idea of sharing food at tea time or have a pretend tea party with some teddies! Can you work out how much cake each person would get, or how many biscuits/grapes or sandwiches?
There are some good games to play online too.
And don’t forget about the BBC Bitesize lessons which can help if you need some support.
We are going to continue learning about animals.
Watch this clip about mammals.
What are mammals?
Have a go at the quiz. Then list as many mammals as you can. Are we mammals? how do you know?
Class Blog 7th May 2020
Hello Giraffe class.
Hope you are all well and enjoying this lovely sunny weather?!
Here are some learning ideas for this week.
Do as much of as little as works for your family... or even do some of your own learning around something that you like! (I know that some of you have been doing that already!).
Thank you to those of you who have sent use photos of your home learning... we like to see what you have been doing... even if it is not linked to what we suggest here, we'd still love to see it!
So, here are this weeks learning ideas.
Practice all the Split diagraph sounds. a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e.
There are some great online learning lessons to help you on these phonemes.
Follow the link below and chose Year 1, lessons 2,4,6,8,and 11 for the split diagraphs.
After you have watched the clip, or whilst you are watching, have a go at writing some words containing each split diagraph.
Then, why not be a split diagraph detective and see how many words you can find around your house or in a story book with the sounds in.
Last week we were reminding ourselves of the 2D shapes. This week, let's look at 3D shapes again.
Can you remember the actions we created for each shape? (or you could create your own moves!)
Cube- draw a box
Cuboid- hands together, then apart
Cylinder- roll your arms over each other
Pyramid- be an Egyptian, hands above your head and wobble you head side to side.
Sphere - draw a ball shape with your hands
Cone- pretend to lick an ice-cream.
Then, go on a 3D shape hunt around the house and garden, or why not take a walk around the local area and see how many 3D shapes you can spot?
We are carrying on with the Elmer story this week. Remember you can watch and listen to the story online, if you don't have a copy of it at home. Follow the link from last week's Blog.
Once you have listened to the story, have a go at retelling it to someone in your family. You could either act it out, or draw pictures to show the story or see how much of the story you can write out, without looking back at the book!
Then why not get creative and decorate an elephant for Elmer day?
Here are some ideas;
In the afternoons we are continuing our learning about Africa. So we are going to stick with the Elephant theme this week and find out about African Elephants.
You could watch some clips about them and then create a poster ot facts sheet to show what you have found out. Can you find out what they eat? and how they look after their young? and also what is special about them?
Listen to some famous music from a piece call the Carnival of the animals- elephant by Saint Saens.
As you listen, close your eyes and let your imagination run!...what pictures to you imagine? can you see the elephants? what are they doing? Can you move along with the music? Create an elephant dance or moves.
Class Blog 1st May 2020
Phonics: This week we are looking at the 'or sound' and it's alternative sounds. These include: aw (as in yawn), au (as in haunt), augh (as in caught), our (as in four) and al (as in talk).
Read the words below and add sound buttons.
Look at the .pdf sheet below and see if you can work out what or words match the pictures. Answers are included on the second sheet.
Alternatives for the 'or' sound
English: Watch/read the story of Elmer by David McKee :
Discuss the meaning of being unique, one of a kind and complete the sentence 'I am one of a kind because...' Think of all the things that you have, can do, that make you unique! Don't forget capital letters, full stops, try to include some adjectives (describing words)!
As it is VE day next week have a look at the document below to see what VE day is all about. Encourage your child to read independently and help where needed and discuss any questions they may have. Read questions to your child and let them tick the correct answers!
Discuss the terms: Carnivore (only eats meat), herbivore (only eats plants/leaves) and omnivores (eats both). Can you draw out a table and under each heading name African animals which are either carnivore, omnivore or herbivore. For example, under Carnivore I would write Hyena. Use the internet or books to look up African animals once you have run out of ideas!
Maths: Looking at shapes this week can you go on a shape hunt. Go around your house and look for the following 2D shapes: square, circle, rectangle, hexagon, octagon, pentagon, triangle. You may need to look up some of these to remind yourself what they look like. Take photos or draw them. See below for one I made on PicCollage.
Play a game with your grown up or older siblings. Draw the shapes out onto separate pieces of paper and spread them out. One person describes a shape (eg. i'm thinking of shape.....with 4 equal sides and 4 corners.) The first person to get the shape keeps it. The person with the most shapes at the end wins.
ICT: If you have the free Cbeebies playtime app on your tablets/ipads/phones there is a good 'coding' game called Nina and the Neurones 'Go digital' where you must choose the correct options to allow a robot to get through different mazes. It is great fun and gets you thinking what is the best option to collect the stars as you go and it gets gradually harder.
PE: Here is a daily timetable to add to your Joe Wicks training a lot of you are doing. Maybe do it in the afternoon to break up an activity, they are small and simple...unless you want to go for gold!
Geography: As we are focussing on our learning theme 'A taste of Africa' at the moment we are going to look at comparing the weather in Africa/Kenya/Nairobi and our local weather. Have a look at the BBC weather website to see how the weather differs from temperature and forecast-sunny, rainy, cloudy. Watch a weather forecast on TV for the United Kingdom and try to do your own for Africa.
Class Blog 24th April 2020
Hello Giraffes class.
We hope you are all well and staying safe at home.
Thank you for the amazing video and photos you have sent into school to show us what you have been doing. It was lovely to see you!
In phonics our phonemes for the week are: ear and air.
Can you remember the rhymes? ear 'hear with your ear' and air 'that's not fair!'.
There are other phonemes that make the same sound too: 'ere' (as in here) and 'eer' (as in deer).
and 'are' (as in share) and 'ear' (as in bear)
Here are some activities to try with these sounds.
As we always start with reading these sounds within words and then words in sentences. here are some for you to try.
Can you sound button and read these words?
Can you use each one in a sentence?
Now us your pen as a pointer. ask a grown up to say one of the words and see if you can point to it.
There are useful learning resources to support phonics on the bbc bitesize website, Click on the link or type search for bbc bitesize phonics and look for the sound we are doing or have done already.
In maths why not have a go at some of these mixed maths questions.
Can you remember the different ways of using tallies for adding and take aways?
7 + 5 =
4 + 8 =
9 + 6 =
10 + 6 =
12 + 5 =
8 + 8 =
7 + 6 =
13 + 6 =
16 + 5 =
18 + 5 =
19 + 8 =
*Remember to draw your tallies for the numbers below 10. but draw 10 and ones for numbers greater than 10.
Now lets try some take away. (Use our rhyme: the easy way to take away is tally; small number, big number and count on)
6 - 2 =
8 - 4 =
7 - 3 =
9 - 1=
12 - 7 =
18 - 10 =
16 - 9 =
17 - 8 =
20 - 10 =
For English time, why not watch/read Mrs Smith's favourite story. The mixed-up chameleon' by Eric Carle.
Then have fun creating your own mixed-up animal! Either find some pictures of animals to cut up and muddle together, or draw them yourself!
Once you have created your own mixed up animal, why not give it a name and describe it. What does it eat? how does it move? where does it live? what is it called?
here are some ideas!
This week we should be starting our new learning theme 'A taste of Africa'.
Here are some ideas to start our learning theme:
Why not use Google Earth to explore where Africa is in the world; where Africa is in comparison to the UK and what countries make up the continent of Africa.
Class Blog 10th April 2020
Happy Easter Giraffes! I hope you are all well and enjoying time spent with your family! I hope the Easter bunny brought you some chocolate and you managed to do a little hunt! We are missing you all lots and can't wait to see you all again before Summer hopefully! Mrs Smith
English: Watch the clip of story 'Avocado Baby' by John Burningham. (Type name of book into you tube if easier!)
Can you write a short story about you or a family member eating a type of food and describe what amazing power you develop? What sort of things do you get up to with your super power? Draw a picture of yourself with your super food!
I know a few grown ups have been keen to keep up with our Zappers at school which i'm so impressed with! Well done, I know how much our Crocodiles and Giraffes love to do zappers! Here are the lists that the zappers are from, please feel free to write them into your child's zapper book with an appropriate amount to practice. Practice every other day and test once a week.
In phonics we would be looking at the sounds oy (as in toy) and oi (as in foil)! They make the same sound but are typically seen in different parts of a word. Oy is typically used at the end of words. Oi is typically used in the middle of words!
List as many oi and oy words as you can given 1 minute. Write them in a list under the oi/oy headings, as seen in photo. Pin it up and add to it throughout day, guaranteed you will think of more as the day goes on! (Don't share list from task 2 at this point!)
Copy out these words below and ask your child to add sound buttons to this list of oi/oy words. Once complete can you use these words in a sentence? We do this weekly in class so children should be familiar with adding sound buttons and using words in a sentence. Either have them say them to you, or if wanting a challenge, ask them to write them into a sentence.
Sing the tricky word songs:
Have a go on buried treasure- only words on the edge internet (the one with a blue e) and not google chrome for those struggling! Make sure we click on phase 3 and choose oi.
In Maths we would be looking at money, coin recognition and understanding the value of each coin. Have a go at setting up a little snack/toy shop with post it note prices on the items (random numbers like 75p rather than whole numbers if you want to give a bit more challenge). Give your child a selection of coins to come to the shop to buy their items from you. Leave it set up for the week to use regularly.
Use the money games on ipad/phone/computer on topmarks. There are perfect games for looking at money and playing toy shops just follow the onscreen instructions and set them to easy.
Red Hot Challenge:
With a crayon and paper ask your child to make a crayon coin rubbing for each coin. Then explain that the money needs sorting, put all the 1p onto the 1p coin rubbing sheet, all the 2p onto the 2p rubbing sheet and so on.
In the afternoon we are beginning to look at all the beautiful signs of spring appearing around us. I'm sure like us you have been out and about in the garden this week or been going for walks in your local area.
Science: Can you go on a mini beast hunt? Brilliant to get younger siblings involved too! Can you write down the names or draw pictures of your mini beasts you have found? See the checklist for what we might expect to find!
D+T: Didn't find all the mini beasts? Can you make your own mini beast hotel? With a grown up collect some of the following items and have a go!
Science: Have you spotted any ladybirds yet in the garden? How many can you find? With a grown up or your tablet/ipad can you find out about the ladybird (or caterpillar) lifecycle and draw it with labels?
Music: Watch the following song and see if you can join in with the repetitive chorus as the song goes along. Can you copy the actions to help you remember it too?
PHSE: It is always important but especially in times like this that we sit down and talk to our children about their feelings and thoughts and get any worries out in the open. Make a bit of a time to sit and ask questions like: How are you feeling at the moment being away from your friends/family? What are you missing the most? Are you worried about anything? Could we draw a picture or make a special card for someone you are missing a lot and post it/share it with them via social media or message?
Can you think of as many things you miss and would really like to do right now and write them on post it notes to pop in a jar or a bowl and keep it for when we are out of lockdown and possibly into the summer holidays and free to do them all. Encourage your little people to add to the jar throughout this time. See picture below.
Class Blog 3rd April 2020
Hello Giraffe class!
Hope you are all well?
As it is Easter week this week, most of our learning ideas for the week have an Easter theme!
There are loads of other Easter ideas for crafts and activities out there too, but here are some of our ideas!
Read some springtime animal riddles. ( A riddle is a set of clues for an object or, in this case, an animal)
I have soft fur.
I hop in bushes.
I wiggle my little nose
and thump my great big feet.
What am I?
Once you have the idea, try writing your own riddle for your friends and family to guess.
Remember to describe what the animal looks like, how it moves, what it eats.. BUT don't say the name of the animal!
Maybe you could ask your grown-up to ring or text a friend your riddle, to see if they can guess what animal it is about?
We have been learning about multiplication in maths.
Have a go at doing some Easter multiplication and division (sharing) problems.
Or you could try some of these activities.
Use a dice (or little pieces of paper with numbers written on for you to pick).
roll the dice (or chose a number paper) and draw that many Easter bunnies. Then count how many ears, or eyes or legs there will be on your bunnies.
4 x 2 (ears) = 8
Repeat using different animals and different numbers.
Division (sharing) problems.
Use your dice or paper numbers again, but this time, chose a number and draw that number of Easter eggs.
Cut them out and practise sharing them between different numbers or people.
6 eggs shared between 2 people. .. How many eggs would they get each?
Challenge: investigate which numbers you can share fairly between 2 or 3 people.
Other Easter activities ideas.
As it is Easter week, find out about Easter. There are lots of activities and information online to looks at.
Try some of these.
Then maybe your could retell the Easter story? Draw a picture from the Easter story or write and make a fact sheet about Easter?
There are also lots of lovely Easter craft and game ideas online that you could try!
Have a fun-chocolate filled Easter!
Class Blog 27th March 2020
It has been really strange not seeing you each day at school. We hope you are all safe and well and enjoying the time you have at home!
Here are some learning ideas for this week!
In Maths we would have been moving on to learning about measuring length. As year 1's we need to compare and describe length and height using words like long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short. We also can begin to look at measuring length and height.
So here are some activities you could try at home.
- Collect 5/6 objects from around your house and put them in order from the shortest to the tallest. Then ask a grown-up to choose one of the objects and you have to describe it using the language of length. e.g. 'the pencil is shorter than the book.'
- Find and draw 4 things longer and 4 things shorter than a tea spoon.
- In the garden, collect 8 sticks or leaves (ask a grown-up first to check it is safe and okay to pick them), then put them in order of length.
- Draw around your foot or hand, cut it out and use it to measure different piece of furniture in your house.
- Do a google search and find out about the tallest building/mountain or person in the world.
- Find out about the shortest breed of your favourite animal. Write some facts about it.
In phonics we would be learning the 'ar' and 'or' sounds. Can you remember the rhymes? 'ar- start the car' and 'or- shut the door'.
Have a go at some of these activities to practise the 'ar' and 'or' phoneme.
- With a grown up, choose a story to read. It can be one sent home from school or if you feel confident with one at home then have free choice. Read the story aloud to your grown up or to a special teddy. Then write a book review: What is the story about? What did you like? What could happen next if the story continued?
- Using a computer/books you might have, research some facts about dinosaurs. Make some brief notes with your grown up so you don’t forget. Write 5 facts about dinosaurs in general or a particular dinosaur.
- Design your own dinosaur, will it have, feathers/scales/fur? What will it eat? How will it move? Can you describe the sound it might make? Will it be a predator or prey? Herbivore or carnivore? Draw a picture of your dinosaur and label it. Write some facts about it underneath.
- Write instructions for how to wash our hands and draw pictures to match.
- Practice your zappers in your neatest handwriting.
In the afternoons:
- D+T: Make your newly designed dinosaur out of junk from the recycling!
- Music: Watch the orchestra play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoWxCnfVQJ8 Who is the composer? Can you write a list/name 5 different instruments that are playing in the orchestra? Do you like the music? What style is it? Rock/pop/classical/jazz? (We have covered these in music, see if they can remember!)
- PE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnlDBKD2S78 Follow cosmic kids Tiny T-Rex, or feel free to choose your own, try searching Cosmic Kids on ‘youtube’.
- RE: Watch the Easter story on Beginners Bible: Either act out the Easter story from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday or create a model using Lego to show the story.
- Art: Go outside, using the different materials and objects you can find, safely-create your own picture. You can use some of the ideas below but I am sure you’ll have some of your own. Don’t forget to take a picture to share with me when you return!
Can we first say, well done! We are sure you are doing a great job at being home teachers during this difficult time.
Some of you have asked about a timetable of when we would be doing different things at school, so here is an outline which we hope helps you to structure the weeks. Please feel free to adapt it and make it fit your family life! There is also a link to a really helpful article from head teachers and teachers around the country. Don't be put off by the title! it has some useful ideas!
These are the things we would do daily/weekly.
Activate :5/10 mins of physical movements and stretching to music
Phonics: 20 mins each day. practising letter sounds, saying/reading and writing them.
Maths: This can be playing a maths type game, counting or trying out some of the suggested activities from the learning pack or blog.
English: This includes practising Zapper words, writing sentences, reading and talking about a story or book. Finding and writing facts about some thing that interests your child or writing a story.
In the afternoons each day would be different.
We would have P.E twice a week. one shorter session and one longer session. (see the home learning blog for ideas of activities to try).
We would have Aspiration time each week, where children choose what they want to learn about and then we find out about it together. (This would be a great one to try at home!)
We have a weekly PSHE (Physical/Social/Health/Education) where we would talk about different things. (again a really important one for now... the children need time to be able to talk about their feelings and thoughts about the way life has changed and is changing at the moment).
Then we have learning around our learning theme. which includes the Geography, History, Art and Design Technology and RE learning.
At the end of the day, we have story time to share and read a story together. There are lots of video clips of stories online, or Audible books to download.. But the best way is to share a story book together with your child each day!
These are just ideas. Children (and you!) will need some time to play and do the things they enjoy doing!
If we were to say prioritise anything, it would be reading, phonics and some sort of physical activity each day.
Class Blog 20th March 2020
It has been an arty week in Giraffe class this week.
On Monday we learnt about primary and secondary colours. Primary colours are those colours which cannot be made, whereas secondary colours can be made by mixing primary colours together. See if we can remember which colours are primary and which are secondary?
We practised our learning about colours by making a colour wheel.
On Wednesday we used the work of the famous painter Van Gogh to create our own starry night paintings. We explored how to make colours lighter by adding white.
They looked great!
On Tuesday we had another one of our great sporting workshops. This time it was cross fit, which was lots of different and fun games and exercises! It definitely kept us on the move and was lots of fun!
In maths we have been learning about multiplication. We have amazed Mrs Smith how quickly we picked it up and how well we have done this week with multiplying two numbers together by drawing arrays. You were amazing Giraffes!
As for many, this is our last week together for a while, we just wanted to say what a pleasure and joy you are to teach! We will miss your smiling faces greeting us each morning! We know you will find lots of ways to keep yourselves busy and learning! Remember there are lots of great ideas and programmes which help us to learn on cbeebies and other channels and online, such as Numberblocks, Alphablocks, Do you know, Go Jetters. Maybe you could watch an episode and then draw or write or learn around it?
We hope you and your families stay safe and well and we will be able to get back normal as soon as possible.
Class Blog 13th March 2020
This week has been pirate week in Giraffe class!
In English we have been thinking and writing about how to be a pirate. We found out about some real pirates from the past, such as Captain Blackbeard and Anne Bonny and then wrote instructions for how to be a pirate. We thought about what pirates wear and what they do. On Monday two of us got to dress up as pirates, and then on Friday we all made pirate hats and flags!
In the afternoon we have been learning more about maps and we created our own pirate treasure maps, using a key and compass directions.
In Maths we have been practising doubling numbers. We used ladybirds and dominoes to help us double smaller numbers and then some of us went on to double larger numbers.
See if we can tell you these doubles?
Class Blog 6th March 2020
It has been another action packed week in Giraffe class this week.
On Tuesday afternoon we took part in an Infant Agility Festival at Springwell Community School. The children took part in lots of different sporting activities, led by some of the secondary school children.
We were so proud of all Giraffe class who showed great sporting spirit and Birk Hill behaviour at the festival. Even some of us who were a little nervous at first, joined in by the end! Well done Giraffe class.
In English this week, and in readiness for World Book Day, we have been reading and learning through nursery rhymes. We continued our work on verbs, by spotting as many verbs as we could in nursery rhymes and then sorting them into past and present tense. We also chose our favourite nursery rhymes and came up with actions for them. On Thursday we went into our Nursery to share some of the nursery rhymes we had been practising. We loved reading with the youngest children and they enjoyed it too!
In maths we have been continuing our learning about fractions. This week we have been learning how to find fractions of different amounts. We worked practically at the start of the week to find a half and a quarter of different amounts.
At the end of the week we investigated which numbers could be shared fairly in half. See if we can remember which numbers were fairly shared?
Class Blog 28th February 2020
It has been a busy first week back in Giraffe class and lovely to see nearly all of our friends back in class after the holiday and ready for learning!
In maths we have been learning about fractions of shapes and objects. We have been practising finding a half and a quarter of different shapes and different objects. On Tuesday some of us used play dough to cut different shapes into halves and quarters.
In English we have been using all our holiday learning to help us to learn about writing verbs in the past and present tense. Well done all those children who have brought their 'Let's get moving activity sheet' back into school. They are amazing! You have been busy over the holidays!
On Thursday we went on a verb hunt around the classroom. We had to find the verbs hidden around the room and then wrote them in the present tense and past tense. We used the 'King of ing' and 'Ed' to help us!
In the afternoons, it has been Eco-week at school and we have been learning about greener ways to travel. We designed our own greener travel machines.
Then in Aspiration time we finished off our learning about snow by making some pretend snow out of baking powder and shaving foam! It was a little messy, but lots of fun! Some of us even managed to make it into a snowball!
Class Blog 14th February 2020
It has been a busy week this week in Giraffe class!
In English we have been writing our own versions of the Three little pigs story. The children had some great ideas and worked really well to make their very own story books! They created stories such as 'The three little unicorns and the big bad witch'. 'The three little cats and the big bad dog' ,'The three little alligators and the big bad crocodile' and of course 'The three little bunnies and the big bad giraffe'!
In the afternoons we have been really busy too. We finished our history learning by writing up some of the facts we had learnt about the Wright brothers.
We wrote out some of our favourite facts on parts of an aeroplane, then cut then and put them together to make fact-o-planes! They are now flying in our classroom!
On Tuesday, we took part in a very energetic Zumba workshop! We did really well following Sarah's moves and keeping going through the session. At the end we played some circle games to cool down and give our bodies a rest!
At the end of the week, we finished off our super cars and then evaluated them. We are really proud of our efforts and think our cars look great!
Well done Giraffe class! You have worked really hard and showed great perseverance this week and this term. Have a lovely and relaxing half term holiday and we will see you back and ready for more learning , laughter and love on the 24th February.
Class Blog 7th February 2020
This week we have been helping the wolf and three little pigs in English time. Giraffe class have done some amazing writing this week. First we wrote a letter from the wolf to say sorry to the little pigs, then we wrote instructions on how to catch a wolf for the little pigs. Then lastly, once the pigs had caught the wolf we wrote a list of ingredients for making wolf soup!
In maths we have been practising our take aways. We have been practising using the tally method for subtracting smaller numbers. With bigger numbers we practised using our rhyme to help us. It goes like this: 'The easy way to take away is tally. Small number, big number!' See if we can show you how to do it.
In the afternoons we have been learning about The Wright brothers who invented the first aeroplane.
And in Design and Technology, we have started to build our 'super cars'. It was very tricky to attach the wheel and we showed great perseverance with our models! We are going to finish them off and test them next week.
Class Blog 31st January 2020
This week in English we have been reading and retelling the story of The Three Little Pigs. We have enjoyed joining in with this classic traditional tale.
Then on Thursday, we went to read the story again and another book fell out. It was called 'The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, by A Wolf'. and it was the wolf's side of the story!
We compared the stories and recorded together in groups things that were different and the same about both stories.
Then on Friday, some of us got to act out and tell the stories again using puppets and characters. We are not sure whose tale to believe?... Ask us about both stories and see who you think is telling the truth?
The other big event of the week was our class assembly. It is such a big thing and takes lots of courage, when you are 5/6 years old, to stand up in front of a roomful of children, teachers and grown-ups and speak or sing. So well done Giraffes, You did a great job!
Thank you to all our grown-ups who came to watch and listen to us share our learning. We hope you enjoyed it and were as proud as we were!
Class Blog 24th January 2020
This week in English we have been practising alphabetical order. We have used a rap to practise saying the alphabet and then have used each letter of the alphabet in our 'Toy Box Poem'. We managed to think of a toy beginning with every letter of the alphabet!
In maths we have continued our learning about time. This week we moved onto learning and practising the days of the week and the months of the year. Again we used songs to help us learn them.
We will share our songs with you next week in our class assembly!
In the afternoons, we have moved on from history to learn about materials in science. We have been sorting, naming and describing different materials. There is a great activity to try on the Crickweb website all about different materials and their properties. Have a go, if you can, at home. http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1science.html
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!