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Happy New Year Owls - and here we go again with some strange times ahead!
There will be lots of information for you over the next few days - but your learning for tomorrow is below.
I look forward to seeing and hearing from you in different ways.
Keep smiling and enjoying your learning.
Autumn Term 2020
This year our PE days will be Monday and Thursday. The children will keep their PE kits in school for the whole half-term unless there is a particular reason that it needs to be cleaned. We will be outside as much as possible for PE (to avoid confined spaces) so please make sure that your child has plimsoles or trainers that they can fasten themselves. They will also need jogging bottoms as the weather starts to cool.
Thank you for making sure that your child has a water bottle in school each day - this is particularly important as we eat lunch in the classroom so use their water bottles as their main drink source.
Please continue to send in Reading Records on a Friday so that new books can be sent home on Monday. Spelling checks will also be on Friday.
As ever, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by email via the school office.
Week ending Friday 27th November
Another fabulous week of poetry performance and writing! We have worked in small groups to perform two new poems and have written our own versions of them too. On Wednesday we had great fun experimenting with the different sounds that water can make - then writing words and phrases to describe our discoveries. This then fed in to our work around the poem 'Voices of Water'.
In Maths we have worked on Time. Year 1 have learned to read o'clock and half past times as well as ordering the months of the year. Year 2 have had more of a challenge, learning quarter past and quarter to then finding how to read time to the nearest 5 minutes on both analogue and digital clocks. This is something that they could easily continue to practise at home too.
History this week felt a little like an episode of Horrible Histories as we found out about how bathrooms have changed since Victorian times. From sharing a toilet with other people in their street, to the introduction of sewers and flushing toilets, to houses with one or more toilets indoors and from to bathing in front of the fire in a tin bath to baths with hot water tanks to baths with running hot water, this was a subject which fascinated the children. It provoked many questions, discussions and revelations - mostly accompanied with an air of disgust and disbelief!
We have also learned about Victorian artist William Morris and how he revolutionised home decoration. We designed our own section of William Morris inspired wallpaper ready to create string print blocks next week.
The children are starting to get excited about our Nativity and have enjoyed learning the songs. Parts have now been allocated and you should have received a note about costumes too. Practice starts in earnest nexk week...
Week ending Friday 20th November
This week we said goodbye to Beegu and started a unit on poetry in English. We have read lots of different poems, heard some poets perform their own work and had a go at performing some out loud individually and in groups. We have also used the structure of the poem 'The Rhythm of Life' by Michael Rosen to write our own amazing poems.
In Maths we continued work on addition and subtraction. Year 2 have been working on strategies to add with bigger numbers including 'bridging ten'. Year 1 have started to look at numbers to 100, thinking about how we know what is one more or one less than numbers beyond 20.
Our topic work has had a History focus this week. Last week we asked questions about the past and considered ways in which we might answer these questions. We looked at photographs and drawings to find out how Victorian homes differ from our modern homes, focusing on the kitchen in particular. In the coming week we will look at how the kitchen was used for much more than cooking in Victorian times and we will also find out when and how homes changed during the 20th century.
Thank you to those of you who have already sent in some photographs of the children's own families, some of which go back 120 years! I am really looking forward to sharing these with the whole class.
We finished off the week by creating drawings and paintings for an exciting art competition which the whole school is going to enter.
Week ending Friday 6th November
The children have come back from the half-term holiday refreshed and ready to work hard again. Our school value this half-term is 'Challenge' and Owl Class is full of children who love a challenge, especially when it helps them to learn!
Before half-term we continued with Beegu in English. We made alien friends for her and wrote a story about a playdate between the two of them. This week we had fun 'Hot Seating', where we took turns to be Beegu answering questions from the rest of the class. We ended the week by writing a whole class poem showing Beegu's feelings throughout the story so far (see below). Next week we will find out if Beegu's fortunes change...
In Maths we have worked on length, measuring and problem solving using a variety of uniform non-standard units such as bead strings and cubes (Year 1) and metres and centimetres (Year 2)
We are having lots of fun with our Music unit on rap, working on pulse and rhythm. Ask your child about 'Hey you' and see if they can impress you.
We finished our Science work on classifying animals by sorting herbivores, carnivores and omnivores on a Venn diagram.
Week ending 9th October
This week we started a new book for English. It is a story called Beegu and is about an alien who's spaceship has crashed on Earth. Part of the way we work in English is to reveal the book a little at a time to create anticipation and promote prediction skills - some children have said that they have this book at home or have read it before which is fine, but if they express an interest in the book please hold off reading it with them until our unit is complete! On Thursday we pretended to be Beegu when she first wakes up on Earth and tries to talk to trees, rabbits and leaves. We then used the photos of their 'freeze frames' to write thought and speech bubbles, thinking about the way that speech is different from thought.
In phonics Year 1 learned the 'ay' grapheme and practised reading both real and nonsense words using this grapheme. Year 2 looked at how singular nouns can be made plural by adding s or es.
In Maths we have moved on to addition and subtraction, focusing this week on number bonds to 10 and 20 (eg 6+4= 10 and 16+4= 20). I have been really impressed with the children's quick recall of these bonds as this will help when adding and subtracting with larger numbers. Please do keep practising number bonds at home thinking about the subtraction sentences as well as addition (eg 3+7= 10 and 10-7=3)
This week's topic work had a Science focus. We thought about animals that live in and around Hauxton and how these can be grouped. We classified animals into mammals, birds, amphibians, fish and minibeasts - can your child explain what each of these is?
We again finished the week with Art. The children took exactly the same photo from last week and produced another drawing, learning from what they had done last week and also this time using colour.
The weather stopped us from using the outdoor area quite so much this week, but during the short sessions we have had the children have impressed me with the ways in which they have used their time creatively. The photo below shows Stephen's use of wooden blocks to create number sentences. Millie and Alice also used the time to develop their tennis skills, spending at least fifteen minutes trying to improve their accuracy when hitting the ball to each other.
Week ending Friday 2nd October
For the last two weeks we have been working on geographical skills and knowledge during our topic sessions. We have looked at Hauxton and its features using Google Earth. The children particularly enjoyed looking for their houses on a virtual walk around the village. The children then learned how symbols can be used on a map, with a key to explain the symbols. We then zoomed in even further to our school grounds and the inside of our school. We had a super outdoor session looking closely at specific features of our grounds and labeled a plan view of the school.
In English we have at last reached the end of Here We Are. This book has really captured the children's interest and imagination and they have produced some fantastic art work and writing. Some of the children's endangered animals posters are now on display in the school library (photo to come soon) and they have really shown their learning through their work. We finished the unit by writing a note about planet Earth - information or advice that they would like to pass on to someone in the future. I am going to collect these into one document and send them home for you to display - some of the ideas show very mature ideas and thoughts.
In Maths we have continued work on place value. We have placed numbers on a number line, found one more and one less than a given number (ten more/ten less for Year 2) and have compared the size of numbers (using < and > for Year 2).
We finished this week with an Art session working on observational drawing skills. The weather scuppered the plan to sit outdoors and draw features of our grounds, but instead we worked from photographs away from the wind and rain! The children again amazed me with their focus and produced some super pencil drawings. I will add them here once they are completely finished.
Week ending Friday 18th September
It's been another super week of learning in Owls - the Year 1 children are doing really well adapting to the need to work more independently and to have a go without checking with an adult first. Year 2 are doing themselves proud too - it's hard to believe they were just starting with me in Reception two years ago!
Our English work has continued to centre around 'Here we are'. We had a fantastic morning on Wednesday using the Owl outdoor area and wild area to really appreciate being outside. The children made collections of natural objects, looked carefully at plants and animals through magnifying glasses and used silky scarves and large pieces of fabric to feel the wind and for dressing up. They then responded to their experience through writing or drawing. I was very pleased to see two of the children spontaneously choosing to write poems about being outside, which led to them being rewarded with the first Headteacher's awards of the year. The photos below capture our time outside.
We then used our experiences to write poems using a simple structure based on the poem 'Out and About' by Shirley Hughes. The children found this trickier than they expected as the structure needed them to be disciplined in their use of language.
Flo created a particularly effective poem which used the structure accurately:
blowing in the wind.
blooming in the hot sun.
Cute little ants
Stripy black spiders
Nice green trees
blowing in the breeze.
Two baby blackbirds
snuggling up in their nest.
It's so much fun.
In Maths we have worked on place value - thinking about numbers up to 20 for Year 1 and to 100 (and beyond) for Year 2. We have practised estimating and counting sets of objects and have thought about how to represent numbers using a number line.
Our PSHE work continued with the ideas of taking time to consider the reasons why people act in certain ways, being a good listener, working together to find solutions to problems and how to control ourselves (both physically and mentally) when we are upset, angry or annoyed by a situation involving others. The program of work concluded with the introduction of a traffic light system and the acronym SUMO. This stands for Stop (take time to consider what has happened), Understand (think about and accept the feelings involved and why the situation took place), Move On (once the problem is dealt with try not to allow it to affect relationships and activities in the future). There will be some homework to consolidate the work that we have done in school.
Thursday 23rd January
In our poetry unit children created fabulous paintings, dances and descriptive list poems inspired by some of the poems we have read.
In Maths children have been using positional vocabulary, above, below, in between, left, right, clockwise anti-clockwise, quarter turns, half turns, three quarter turns and full turns to describe direction and position.
In Topic, Owls have been researching continents to make their own little continent book.
To celebrate Burns Night, we had a wee go at some Scottish country dancing too!
Monday 13th January 2020
Welcome back and a very Happy New Year!
We have had a busy week so far. We started our new Maths topic which is Geometry, where we are learning about 2D and 3D shapes, position and movement. Can you practise your quarter/right angled turns at home? It is very tricky to get right!
We are really enjoying learning about lots of different types of poetry with Michael Rosen being a firm favourite!
Thank you everyone who has brought in Learning Log homework so far - lots of excitement about our new topic, which is Earth and Space.
Hope you all have a wonderful festive season!
Friday 13th December
The children have been enjoying our text -The man on the moon. They invented space products to sell at their souvenirs shop, they have also designed posters to advertise trips to moon and they have met and described many different aliens.
In Maths year 1 are still solving addition and subtraction problems. Year 2 are looking at multiplication and division using arrays.
In topic Owls have used atlases to identify the different continents and oceans. They have also leant about Christopher Columbus and wrote a biography.
Friday 22nd November 2019
Time is whizzing past and we have just finished our work on the book 'I Want My Hat Back', which culminated in us producing our own little books. They are proudly displayed in the classroom.
We have now started reading "Man on the Moon' and have all had a pleasant visit to the moon. We used lots of descriptive language to describe what we were seeing, touching, smelling and feeling.
In Maths, we are continuing to solve addition problems in Year 1 and in Year 2 we have moved onto multiplication and division of 2x, 5x and 10x tables. Hit the Button, which can be found online, is a super game to support learning of times tables.
The Nativity has been selected so get ready to get in the Christmas spirit...
Thursday 14th November
In English we designed our own hats inspired by our text 'I want my hat back'. We have made our hats and left them out for display. Unfortunately one of the hats disappeared and we had to write a police report.
In Maths we have been solving addition and subtraction problems. Year 2 is moving on to multiplication and division.
Friday 1st November
What a busy start to the second half of this term we have had.
We have carried out some drama based on the book 'I Want my Hat Back' and have also been looking at the different personalities of the characters in the book.
In Maths, we are continuing to work on addition and subtraction and using these strategies to help with problems solving.
We have started a block of Science work looking at humans and animals. Today we learned about the digestive system and produced our own mini digestive systems!
Friday 18th October
We are at the end of a lovely half term. Owls enjoyed doing lots of drama work linked to our new text ' I want my hat'. They showed great improvisation and we enjoyed their imaginative stories. They have also written a news paper report about the mysteriously lost hat.
In Maths we are still adding and subtracting. Please keep practising your number bonds to 10 (yr1) and 20 (yr2). When you feel secure with these challenge yourself with number bonds to 50 and a 100!
In Topic we made a delicious sweet potato and coconut soup!
Friday 4th October
What a busy few weeks we have had. We are moving onto addition and subtraction in maths, so please continue practising your number bonds to 10 for Year 1 and to 20 for Year 2.
In English, we are coming to the end of our work on Rapunzel and have written some superb diary entries, potions and wanted posters.
We had a fabulous time with Those History People and have finished our Great Fire of London houses. We are hopeful that the Fire Service will make a visit soon.
19th September 2019
Owls have been enjoying our text, Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin, so far. We have been engaging in role play and hot seating. Owls wrote a diary entry as Rapunzel, recalling a day stuck in the tower and they have been making a witch's potion!
In topic they have been learning about life in 1666 and they have chosen some interesting jobs that they would have liked to do, like a rat catcher and a gong farmer. They have learnt about looking at evidence from the past and used Samuel Pepys' diary entries to inspire them to write their own diary entries of the Great Fire of London.
In Maths Owls have been working on reading and writing numbers. They have also been looking at different ways to represent numbers.
Welcome to our new Year 1s and welcome back to our very old Year 2s!
We hope that everyone had a super summer and are all ready to have a happy, hard-working and fun year.
Our topic this half-term is going to be 'The Great Fire of London'. We will also be looking at Fairy tales in English. In Maths, we will begin with place value. Year 1 will be starting off counting forwards and backwards in 1s from any given number and counting in twos and Year 2 will be counting forwards and backwards in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10 from any given number.
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