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Owls Yrs 1 & 2

We are taking part in the 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge – a national reading initiative from education charity Achievement for All. Beginning on World Book Day (Thursday 1st March 2018) all children and young people involved in the challenge will try to collectively read for 100 million minutes! Find out how you can help to eradicate child illiteracy and brighten futures at www.100MillionMinutes.org.

Welcome to Owls!

 

Welcome back to everyone and to the start of an exciting year of learning!

Our topic this term is Fairy Tales, so hopefully you know lots already. If you have any lesser known Fairy Tale stories or books you would like to share with the class, please bring them into school.

 

Homework is going to be slightly different this year. You will still be asked to complete the pink Learning Log but this will be completed over a half term and you have the option of completing a minimum of two activities or all six. These activities need to be completed by Friday 13th October so we can showcase our learning at the Open Afternoon the following week.

Spelling homework will now be issued on a Monday for a test on a Friday and you will complete an activity in your home reading record every two weeks and a SPaG activity on alternate weeks. 

As for Maths, you will find out what we have planned at the 'Meet the Teacher' but, in the meantime, please practise your Learn by Hearts (sheets were issued on Friday and can be found on this web page). 

 

Friday 22nd September

In Maths we have counting lots of objects, we have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Year 1s have been looking at number bonds up to 10, while Year 2s have also been adding and subtracting numbers in 20. Year 2s have also started to add multiples of 10 to 2-digit numbers.

In English we have compared fairy tales and we made 'Wanted posters' to catch that mean old wolf only to find out there is another side to every story!

We have also been really busy making stick puppets, wolf masks and clay models.

Watch out for the wolf!

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Learning Log for Autumn - first half term

Friday 29th September 2017

We are all well and truly settled into Owl class and very much enjoying our Fairy Tales topic. We have been comparing classic Fairy Tales with modern versions and writing letters of apology to the Three Little Pigs and The Three Bears. Did you know that the Wolf felt guilty about blowing the Three Little Pigs' houses down or that Goldilocks intended to pay for all of the damage she caused?!

 

We have been using salt dough to make our favourite Fairy Tale character and used spaghetti to make the Three Little Pigs' houses.

 

Maths, we have been working on addition, subtraction and place value and today everyone was issued with their MyMaths login and password. You will find some homework set for this week. The homework has changed somewhat and is taking a bit of time to get used to, so much so that I forgot to hand the SPaG homework out today! Apologies! It will be sent home on Monday.

 

In PE this week, we enjoyed working in teams trying to identify areas and equipment in the playground from obscure photos. It was great fun and we luckily made it indoors before the heavens opened.

Playground Maths

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Playground Maths 3
Playground Maths 4

Place value and testing which objects are transparent or opaque

Friday 20th October

We are at the end of the first half term and what a busy half term it has been!

Owls have been using diennes, numicon and tens frames to help us do addition and subtraction calculations. We also ordered and compared numbers.

In English we created our own fairy tale based on the ugly duckling and we wrote instructions to help Rapunzel to make some shampoo for her lovely, but very dirty hair.

In science we discussed sources of light. We observed how light moves in a straight line and talked about why we have day and night.

Addition and subtraction calulations

Puppets

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Comparatives, superlatives and learning about light through Rapunzel puppets!

Comparatives, superlatives and learning about light through Rapunzel puppets! 1
Comparatives, superlatives and learning about light through Rapunzel puppets! 2
Comparatives, superlatives and learning about light through Rapunzel puppets! 3
Comparatives, superlatives and learning about light through Rapunzel puppets! 4

Friday 3rd November 2017

Welcome back and we hope you had a lovely half-term!

We have settled back into school life and been very busy.

Our new topic - The Great Fire of London has cause lots of excitement. We have looked at possible newspaper articles from 1666, written our own headlines, learned about the affects of the fire and where it spread, and even started making our 'Tudor houses'! We have also been revising place value and addition and subtraction in Maths.

 

Our Tudor houses

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Our Tudor houses 3
Our Tudor houses 4

Drama 4 All Under the Sea workshop - Thursday 9th November 2017

Owl class had a very energetic and exciting underwater adventure this morning.

We all had to pack our bags with snorkels, flippers, goggles and even some floats and dive down into the deep ocean to retrieve the pearl from the Sea Monster! We met many amazing creatures whilst exploring this underwater world, such as whales, octopus, dolphins, sharks, electric eels and seahorses.

Have a look at some of the photographs to see how we got on...

Friday 17th November

Well done Owls for doing a fantastic job during assessment week!

This week has also been anti-bullying week! Owls discussed various aspects of bullying and how to deal with it.

In Maths we will be looking at multiplication and division during this term and in English we will learn to be reporters and write newspaper articles.

In Topic we are discussing the Great Fire of London, gathering information and will be writing news reports soon! We are very much enjoying learning about our Topic through dance too.

The Great Fire of London Dance!

The Tudor houses have roofs!

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The Tudor houses have roofs! 2
The Tudor houses have roofs! 3

Friday 8th December 2017

We all enjoyed writing our final newspaper article and are now immersing ourselves in poetry in English. We also enjoyed listening to lots of different poems, especially "Good Morning Dear Students" by Kenn Nesbitt, and had a go at writing our own poems.

In Maths, we have been focusing on multiplication and division, so keep practising these at home Year 2. Year 1 should practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

As for the Nativity, we are rehearsing our songs and our lines. The dress rehearsal was a huge success this morning. We are sure you will really enjoy it when you watch the performance; it might even bring a wee tear to your eye...

 

Tuesday 12th December 2017

THE GREAT FIRE OF HAUXTON!

Owl Class had some very special visitors today - The Blue Watch from the Cambridgeshire Fire Service came to school.

They explained to us all the features of a modern fire engine, the equipment they use and  told us about the incidents they are involved in. The most exciting part was when they set fire to our Great Fire of London Street!

Thankfully, they stayed around to put out the fire! We helped them to put their ladder back in place and we all had a turn at using the hose to clean up the mess left behind after the fire.

We want to say a big thank you to Steve Griffiths and his team for giving us a memory we will never forget.

Friday 5th January 2018

Welcome back and a very happy New Year!

We are all back into the swing of school and have started learning about 2D and 3D shapes, we wrote a list poem about Christmas Day and are finishing off our Great Fire of London topic by looking at electricity (tenuous link!). We learnt about what safety measures we should take with electricity and had a go at making our own electrical circuits. In our pairs we showed great co-operation and tenacity to get a flicker of light from the bulbs! Have a look at the photographs below...

Electrical circuits

Friday 26th January 2018

We have started our new exciting topic- Carnival of the animals! We are learning about the fascinating creatures that feature in the movements of the music. We learned about the formation of an orchestra, the range of instruments involved, and Saint- Saëns himself. Owls discovered how the music describes animal features and using different instruments they describe animals themselves through music.

In English we are creating non-fiction books about night animals and in Maths we are learning to read time!

Describing animals through music

Doing research about amazing animals!

Position, direction and movement in Maths

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Position, direction and movement in Maths 2
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Position, direction and movement in Maths 5

Friday 2nd February

January is finally behind us, although it is still feeling chilly!

Our animal books on nocturnal animals have finally been published and we carried out a book review on each other's books this week. They look absolutely superb and we can't wait to show them to you at the Open Afternoon.

In Maths, we are still practising telling the time. Please keep practising at home at o'clock and half past the hour (Year 1) and to fIve minute intervals, including quarter past and quarter to the hour (Year 2).

We use papier mache to make the masks for our beautifully decorated animal heads. Watch this space for the completed mask...

 

 

Animal masks

Friday 23rd February

Welcome back to everyone after our February half-term!

Owl class have had a busy start to this half of the term - we have been immersing ourselves with money in Maths and we have decided it is quite a tricky concept because everyone seems to use cards or fancy watches to pay for items nowadays!

In English, we are producing work based on The Whales'  Song by Gary Blythe, using adjectives to describe the whales in the story and writing dialogue for the characters.

We are continuing our Topic of the Carnival of the Animals and have been enjoying sharing our Learning Log activities with the class. We have produced so much work we are running out of wall space to display it all!

We also took part in the annual 'Read it Again' activity, where we read a selection of books from various authors and we voted on our favourite book.

Listening to whales 'singing'!

Read it again

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World Book Day (in the snow!)

Friday 16th March 2018

As the end of term approaches, we have been completing end of term assessments and have really enjoyed them! Well done to everyone for trying their hardest and showing great focus and resilience.

We have also started preparing and rehearsing for our Assembly. We have a few lines to practise so will be bringing them home shortly.

Today, you could have heard a pin drop in the class - we were concentrating so hard on our nests!

 

 

Nest building

Friday 23rd March 2018

In Maths we are working on fractions of shapes and fractions of amounts. We are also doing some reasoning and problem solving involving fractions.

 

Owls learnt all about eagles in English. We imagined what it would be like to be an eagle and described how they might move in the  azure sky. We are reading poems about different birds and are planning to write our own poems soon!

 

In topic we learnt all about fossils. We moved like dinosaurs in our outside space and collected natural materials to make spirals inspired by the most widely known fossil, Ammonites, possessing the typically ribbed spiral-form shell.

Eagles

Spirals

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Dinosaurs

Friday 20th April 2018

Welcome back everyone! We have had a great start to the term with African Day on Monday and the weather seems to be improving...Make sure you bring in water bottles and put on sun lotion if the weather stays hot!

We are finishing off fractions this week and moving onto column addition for Year 2 and addition in Year 1.

We have learned about where in Africa Ghana is, what the Ghanaian flag looks like and read the story of Handa's Surprise. Afterwards, we used exotic fruit found in Africa to make our own fruit kebabs. Orange was our favourite, with pineapple a close second place. No takers for avocado and only a few liked passion fruit!

Fruit kebabs

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Fruit kebabs 3
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Friday 4th May 2018

What a busy week we have had!

This week we have been working on subtraction and in Year 2 we have been doing column subtraction with exchange. On Friday, in Maths, we were set word problems with addition and subtraction. Few puzzled Owls, so please continue to practise at home!

We are really enjoying our topic on Ghana and compared a Ghanaian school to our school. We also sewed together the Kente cloth we made last week.

It was lovely to get out into the sunshine to play some ball games. We practised or chest throws and catching, ending with a high energy game of bench ball!

 

 

Kente cloth

African Drama 4 All workshop

The Royal Wedding guests and their crowns and tiaras...

The Royal Wedding guests and their crowns and tiaras... 1

Friday 25th May 2018

What a fantastic half-term we have had. We are all very much enjoying our Topic of Ghana, Africa and learned lots about life and school there. The classroom has African masks and Kente cloth on display. Hopefully the parents/carers who came in for Open Afternoon enjoyed seeing our wonderful work on display.

A big well done to everyone who worked their hardest and gave of their best during assessment week last week too. We are all very proud of you. Enjoy your well-deserved holiday!

 

 

Anansi

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Anansi 3
Anansi 4
Anansi 5
Anansi 6

Going on a Lion Hunt!

Singing African songs

Friday 8th June

In Maths we have been working on four operations, we been solving problems and developing our reasoning skills.

As part of our African topic we have been reading 'Handa's surprise' and' Going on a Lion a Hunt' in English. We then changed the stories and wrote our own versions.

In topic we have been looking at what a typical day might look like for a child in a Ghanaian village and we compared it with our own lives in Hauxton village. We have also been learning African songs and we have been listening to some African folklore. We were all quite surprised to find out how Anansi the greedy spider got such a small waist!

Skipping workshop

Science week- exploring our sense of smell

Exploring our sense of hearing with Mr Nielsen- sound, vibrations, frequencies, pitch and more

Exploring our sense of sight

Exploring our sense of touch-describing 2D and 3D shapes

Friday 29th June 2018

Gosh, it has been so hot in class, but we have continued to work very hard all week.

We finished off our 'Dear Teacher' letters; we had to come up with some very amusing excuses explaining why we could not come to school. They are all up in the corridor outside the classroom, so feel free to have a look.

In Maths, we are at the end of our topic on multiplication and division. If Year 1 could practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and Year 2 their 2, 5 and 10 times tables, this will stand them in good stead next year.

It was lovely carrying out our plant investigation under the shade of the tree in our outdoor space today. We have been looking at the features of plants and what they need to thrive.

 

 

Plants investigation

Exploring rhythms with a djembe drum.

Sorida- an African clapping game

Making African round houses

Friday 13th July 2018

What a fabulous day we had yesterday on our outdoor adventure trip to Milton Country Park. We spent the whole day in the great outdoors - wood whittling, den building and cooking pancakes and marshmallows on open fires.

We all had to work in groups together, showing good co-operation and team work. There were a few cuts, muddy knees, smoky eyes, dirty faces and tumbles but we all had a FANTASTIC time!

Ghanaian Beetroot Salad

Ghanaian Cous Cous

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