I sadly haven't been here all this week with the children, but nonetheless have seen so much fantastic learning going on. The children did a great piece of work on the Great Fire Of London, in preparation for making some History booklets on London's history. They also showed what whizzes they now are on a computer keyboard by quickly completing their 'Keyboard Detective Challenge' and then progressing with their touch-typing. Yew Class also teamed up with Beech Class in PE to complete some throwing and catching challenges. We've finished the week with some wonderful outdoor learning in Forest School - thank you so much to Kael for leading this.
Thank you to all families for supporting your children with their homework and reading - it is clear that everybody has been working very hard and this makes all the difference to their progress. Thank you.
Have a lovely weekend, everyone!
We said it would be a busy week in Yew Class and we weren't joking... Notably, the children sat a range of maths and reading assessments so that we can see what the next step for their learning should be. They tackled these immensely well and should feel very proud of themselves.
However, this has also been a very active and curious week - we have started our topic on the history of London, learning how it was founded by the Romans and exploring what parts of Roman London are still evident today. We also began singing in French, learning the months of the year! Soon the children will have a go at writing these months too, to compare French and English writing. And I feel we must mention the very exciting P.E lesson with Beech Class, testing out everyone's agility and speed by playing banana tag!
Yesterday, we managed to venture outside to hunt for organisms (living things) within our school's woodland habitat - the class did very well to spot plenty in the murky, drizzly weather. This will hopefully inspire some of our artwork this half term as we develop some ideas for our own collages in the style of Henri Matisse. Thanks for remembering your wellies! Please bring them again next Thursday as we will be out and about, investigating microhabitats in more depth.
Have a great weekend, everybody!
It' s been a lovely couple of days back with Yew Class - Happy New Year everybody! Due to a teacher training day, I only had 2 days with the children this week, but my what packed days they have been.
We began a new Science topic on 'Habitats' which kicked off by us learning how to identify living things - cue many funny discussions around the 'MRS NERG' acronym! Each child took home a flower afterwards and will be able to describe to you signs that the flower is alive, based on what they've learnt 🙂 This half term we hope to do plenty of learning outside to investigate real habitats so please could your child bring in suitable outdoor wear on Thursdays, e.g. waterproof coat and shoes where it doesn't matter if they get muddy.
We also had a fantastic time investigating real money in maths, getting to know what the different coins looked like and solving true-to-life maths problems with these. The children handled the money with great care and got a lot from playing with the actual physical coins, which I appreciate is less common in today's more cash-less society. On top of this, we've started some abstract collages in the style of Matisse, revisited Islam in RE and started some all-important learning on keeping ourselves safe in PSHE. A great start by all.
Looking forward to the next full week with Year 2, it's going to be a busy one!
I hope that you have been enjoying the beautiful frost as much as I have - the school has looked like a Winter Wonderland this week! Yew Class have continued to work hard - this week has been a week of geometry, Nativity practice and map work in Geography. We've located the capital cities of the UK and remembered which country each one belongs to (helped of course, by a catchy song). This morning as well, the class enjoyed a Forest School adventure in our school woodland area - thank you so much for sending them in so well wrapped up.
One week to go which will involve a Christmas dinner, a performance and a church service - let's make this a magical end to term.
Have lovely weekends and stay safe,
It's been a wonderful week in Yew Class and I have found it so much fun being back from maternity leave and cracking on with plenty of fun teaching and learning activities! The children have impressed me with their energy for their previous work that we have been continuing, and also their enthusiasm for new things we've started this week. Each day we've started with handwriting and spellings, and it's been great to see some beautiful handwriting emerge in their work books across different subjects. I may sent the odd spelling or two home before Christmas, but will always let you know if this is the case.
We've also had great fun playing Jacques à dit (Simon Says in French), practising our gymnastics routines in P.E and making moving monster toys in D.T by linking up cardboard pivots. I have also been very impressed by how quickly the children picked up a number of Christmas Carols, sung without the words and using Makaton (a version of sign language) at the same time. I don't think I could have done that at that age. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our Nativity, which will be in the school hall on Wednesday 14th December.
Take care everyone and enjoy your weekends,
It's been a lovely week in Yew Class and the children have been busy, busy!
In Maths, we are focusing on addition and subtraction. It's great to see how the children can use concrete materials as well as pictorial, to deepen their understanding of number and as an aid to reasoning and problem solving. The class have enjoyed lots of stories this week and a favourite was The Sea Monster by Chris Wormell which has given inspiration for our Moving Monster topic in DT. The week has finished in fine style with Theatre Alibi's wonderfully hilarious show which was enjoyed by everyone.
Have a great weekend.
Another full week for Yew Class and lots of lovely learning has taken place. The children are very excited about their Space topic and are devouring lots of new information on the planets. Highlights from this week include sharing the story 'The Queen's Hat' by Steve Antony with the thrill of finding the hidden butler in the illustrations and drawing a corgi with a bespoke costume! On Friday, Remembrance Day, the solemn two minutes silence in the playground was an especially beautiful and memorable time of reflection for everyone.
The class had a very happy time building waterproof shelters during their outdoor learning session.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
It was great to see the children happily settle back into class after the half term break. It is always exciting to share news and adventures however, our focus was on sharing one thing that we learnt over half term and there was an array of superb learning. This week has seen the big roll-out of our new topics for this half term namely, in Science - Space, RE - 'Why does Christmas matter to Christians?', DT - Making a Monster, PSHE - Valuing Difference, ICT - Programming: Algorithms and Debugging and in Geography - Countries in the UK. In English, we continue with the Read, Write Inc programme and Guided Reading and in Maths, we are focussing on Number: Addition and Subtraction. If you have any questions or queries, please do catch me at the end of the school day.
Yew Class are as ever, full of enthusiasm and I am really looking forward to being a small part in their learning journeys this month!
The final week of this half term has raced by! One of the many highlights was the trip to St Michael's Church for the Harvest celebration service where the children sang heartily and Sam's rendition of the poem Pencil and Paint was beautiful and very touching. I would like to thank Yew Class for all their hard work this half term and also for the fun and friendship that they have shown to each other. I wish you all a happy and restful half term break.
Pencil and Paint
Winter has a pencil
For pictures clear and neat,
She traces the black tree-tops
Upon a snowy sheet.
But autumn has a palette
And a painting-brush instead,
And daubs the leaves for pleasure
With yellow, brown, and red.