Welcome to Kingfisher Class!
Mrs Cooke is your teacher. Mrs Wick, Mrs Cox, Dr Davis and Mrs Wilkinson also work in our classroom.
PE days continue to be Monday and Tuesday. Please make sure that PE kits are kept in school at all times as we sometimes change our timetable to accommodate other events in school. On Tuesdays PE will be taught by Premier Sport whilst Mrs Cooke has designated non-contact time.
All parents are welcome to attend Celebration assembly on Friday mornings and then to come along for Buddy Reading afterwards. If your child is due to receive a certificate in Celebration assembly I will try to let you know, but sometimes we make our decisions on a Thursday afternoon and may not have chance to see you in time. When it is your child's birthday they will celebrate on the Friday of that week.
Please come and see me at the end of the day if you have any questions or concerns.
Weekly update - Friday 23rd November 2018
Week 3 of this half-term focused on daily routines. We thought about how we get ready for school and how we get ready for bed. We also considered people who work at night time, with a routine very different from our own.
In maths we worked on the concept of 'more and 'fewer', comparing two sets of objects using these words eg "there are more girls than boys in our class" or "there are fewer children with bare arms than children with jumpers and cardigans on"
This past week has really sparked the children's interest as we investigated the theme of nocturnal animals. On Monday the children were able to identify six animals from the UK, by Tuesday this had increased to ten and by the end of the week we knew thirteen animals. At the beginning of the week we had some excellent discussions about why these animals might be nocturnal, and by the end of the week the children were able to talk confidently about this. They talked about the types of food each animal eats, the temperature some of these animals prefer, the way they hide from predators and the way their bodies are more adapted for night-time activity.
We have also been very creative this week. As well as making our own flying bats, one of our Explorer Time challenges was to make a picture of an owl using the technique of collage. The children looked at examples made by other children and used this to inform their own work. They worked independently to cover their owl outlines with carefully cut or torn paper, making sure that no spaces were left. They then cut out eyes, a beak and claws and some children added a branch for their owl to stand on. We used this amazing work to create a fantastic display (photo to follow soon). I was very impressed with the children's focus and desire to do a good job, even though it took quite a long time to complete. Some children returned to the activity more than once and one child produced four different owls!
We kept the theme of nocturnal animals in Maths too. This week we have worked on addition and the idea that adding involves finding how many there are altogether by counting all of the objects. We used nocturnal animal number cards to add two numbers, counting the pictures to find the total. We then moved on to solving addition problems where pictures were not provided and talked about strategies such as using our fingers or drawing our own pictures to help to work it out. We will continue to work on addition skills next week too, building on what we have already learned.
As well as working on phonics and learning sh, z, w and ch, we used our phonics to write facts about nocturnal animals. each child wrote at least one sentence and some children wrote two. These facts have been turned into a class book for the children to enjoy.
Year 1 have also enjoyed the nocturnal animal theme. They started to think about fact files/ fact sheets and what information these might include. In Science they started to consider the habitats of different nocturnal animals, especially where they sleep. They also sorted different animals into those that are nocturnal and those that are not.
The Year 1 focus in Maths was also addition using 'the bar model' to make links between the numbers being added and the total at the end. This then led into subtraction, again looking at the way the different numbers link together.