Remember to complete your holiday homework by sending a postcard to school and sharing the information about yourself. If you can manage to have a go at the Library Reading Challenge too that would be amazing.
Please keep practising your reading over the holiday. Here are some links to story websites.Click on the red writing to jump to each site.
Oxford Owl website- lots of online stories (login required but this is free if you register)
Topmarks maths - a site with lots of links to online activities to support mathematical development.
Also remember to scroll down and use any of the links to games and activities that we have put on our page during the year.
Have a lovely Summer holiday and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday 3rd September 2015.
Topic: As a culmination of topic work, we prepared and held a seaside picnic (in the outdoor classroom). We planned the event, finding out what our favourite foods were, made sandwiches, jelly, fruit and Miss Priddle made a fish cake. We all thoroughly enjoyed our picnic.
Design Technology - this term we have learnt to sew. We started by using binca to learning running stitch and then we used our skills to make a felt fish.
Topic: 09-07-15: Today we were pirates (on pirate ships) and had a treasure hunt, unfortunately the treasure clues were written in pirate language and needed translating using a code cracker. If we answered the clues and identified the special word, we got a prize! If more than one pirate left the ship though, we had to walk the plank.
During this week (beginning 06-07-15) we have been learning:
· Maths: Data Handling -This week we have been developing our knowledge of data - how to collect data, how to represent it in a table and how to make the information into a graph. We have used measurements (height and foot size) and other data (number of letters in our names) to create our own graphs. Click here to view and answer questions about bar graphs.
· Topic: Seasides - this week we have extended our knowledge of under the sea by imaging that we are pirates! We had a letter from Captain Cutlass asking us to become part of his pirate crew and discover the treasure. He had left us a number of clues which were written in code. Once we broke the code we could discover where the treasure was held.
Design Technology: Fish Sewing - This week we made our sewn fish. We used our designs and sewing skills, that we have all now mastered, to make a soft sewn fish.
02-07-15: Topic: Today we looked at a 'real-life dead fish'(!). We looked at the features of the fish and their usage, for example: The fish tail is for moving the fish forwards, left or right.
During this week (beginning 29-06-15) we have been learning:
· Maths: Time -This week we have been revisiting our learning about time. We have looked at analogue and digital time and worked hard to match times on both. We have focused on o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to although some of us are starting to count around the clock in five minute intervals.Click here to practise making times on analogue clocks.
Forest School - this was our last Forest School session for this year. Take a look at our photographs on the Forest School page.
26-06-15: Topic: Today we learnt about coral reefs. We looked at a video clip of animals that lived in coral reefs and were surprised by the number and variety of animals. We made our own coral reefs.
During this week (beginning 22-06-15) we have been learning:
· English: Poetry: This week we have read a selection of poems from the book Commotion in the Ocean. We have identified poems which rhyme, contain alliteration and have good rhythm. We have worked hard to write rhyming couplets about sea creatures. Click here to listen to each of the poems again.
Design Technology: Sewing - for the past few weeks we have been learning to sew, perfecting our skills using binca in preparation for making a felt fish. We have worked hard to learn the skills and this week we started to make our felt fish.
19-06-15: Topic: Rock Pools. We learnt about creatures that live in a rock pool and then made our own!
Computing: 15-06-15: Creating sea creature fact-files using 2Publish+.
During this week (beginning 15-06-15) we have been learning:
· English: Narrative Writing: This week we have revisited learning about narratives. We started the week recapping verbs and past tense - we particularly focused on the irregular verbs (for example, go - went, buy - bought). Click here for a game linked to past tense. We then thought about writing our own stories, looking at examples and making a story plan before writing.
· Maths: Division -Following on from subtraction last week, we are learning about division. We have remember that division can be done by sharing or grouping. We used 'Cheerios' to help us to practically investigate which numbers could be shared equally. We have also answered word problems, linked division to repeated subtraction and written our own division sums.Click here for a sharing game.
· Computing- This week we have made our own sea creature fact-files using 2Publish+. We used information from books, the internet and our own knowledge to create our own fact-files. We also changed the size and colour of the text and used the computer to make pictures of the animals we were writing about. Our fact-files are stuck in our topic books.
· Science- This week we learnt about animals and their babies. We looked at a number of adult and young animals matching their correct names and understanding the differences between adults and young animals. Some young animals we already knew the name of (i.e: puppy and kitten) and some we learnt (i.e: gosling, calf). Click here to refresh your knowledge (Click on Adult and Baby Animals).
· Topic: Seasides - this week we have learnt about animals which live in the seas and oceans. We have identified the features animals that living in an ocean habitat have and noticed similarities and differences between the fish. Click here to find out more about the ocean habitat.
Welcome back to Term 6, we are continuing with our topic of seasides.
During this week (beginning 01-06-15) we have been learning:
· Handwriting: On a Wednesday afternoon we have been learning to join our handwriting. Each letter starts on the line and we have been making sure all our letters are formed correctly. Click here to practice our finger exercises.
During this week (beginning 18-05-15) we have been learning:
· English: Alternative Fairytales: In preparation for our visit to the Bookfeast Literary Festival on Wednesday 20th May, we have started to look at a selection of fairytales, including some written by Teresa Heapy (the author we will see). This week we have looked at a traditional version of Cinderella as well as Very Little Cinderella. We have compared the language, characters, settings and events, we particularly enjoyed the humour in Very Little Cinderella. Click here to read another version of Cinderella.
· Handwriting: On a Wednesday afternoon we have been learning to join our handwriting. Each letter starts on the line and we have been making sure all our letters are formed correctly. Click here to practice our finger exercises.
· Maths: Time -This week we have revised our knowledge of time. We are learning to tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour on both analogue and digital clocks. Click here for a time game.
· RE: Special Places - In RE we visited the church, looking at the stained glass windows in our church and identifying how this is a special place for Christians.
English: 14-05-15 Today we used a story map to retell the story of Very Little Red Riding Hood.
During this week (beginning 11-05-15) we have been learning:
· English: Alternative Fairytales: In preparation for our visit to the Bookfeast Literary Festival on Wednesday 20th May, we have started to look at a selection of fairytales, including some written by Teresa Heapy (the author we will see). This week we have looked at a traditional version of Little Red Riding Hood as well as Very Little Red Riding Hood. We have retold the stories using a story map to remind us of key events and compared the characters, settings and events. Click here for another version of the story - is there anything the same about them all?
· RE: Stained Glass Windows - In RE we have been learning about the importance of places of worship. This week, the children thought about how stained glass windows are used in churches and you will have noticed the beautiful display of stained glass windows created by the children.
· Topic / Art: Seasides - this week we have continued to learn about how seaside holidays have changed over time. We looked at a selection of photographs, discussed what was different and similar about seaside holidays in the past and now and used this knowledge to start a classroom display. Click here to compare past and present photographs of seaside holidays.
· Science: Plants - more planting took place this week with children learning about the different between a plant, seed, seedling and bulb. We also started to develop our knowledge of tree names and how we can identify them using the shape of their leaves. Click here to download a leaf identification sheet.
Art - 01-05-15: We have used our knowledge of warm and cold colours to make our own representations of Monet's Soleil Levant using individual brushstrokes.
During this week (beginning 27-04-15) we have been learning:
· English: narratives with a seaside theme: This week we have started to read narratives which are set at the seaside. We have looked at The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch, sequencing the story, retelling the story and describing the characters. Over the next few weeks, we will look at a selection of books about these characters, identifying similarities and differences as well as creating our own stories using the same characters. Click here to watch the story being read.
· Maths: Addition-This week we have revisited addition, focusing on adding larger numbers by partitioning them into tens and units before adding. We have been using equipment to help. We have also looked at the relationship between addition and subtraction and how three numbers can be used to make four different sums (e.g. 3 + 4 = 7, 4 + 3 = 7, 7 - 3 = 4 and 7 - 4 = 3). Click here to write your own sums using three numbers.
· Science: Plants- this term in science we are learning about plants. Last week we planted Sunflowers which are already growing steadily and this week we looked at bulbs. We investigated how different they can be and then planted some in our pots to grow and flower later in the year. Click here to test your knowledge about growing plants.
· Topic: Seasides - this week we have learnt about how a seaside town is different to Clifton Hampden. We were quite amazed by how many things were the same as well as how many things were different. Click here to watch a clip about the seaside.
· Art: Monet Seascapes- this week we have used our knowledge of warm and cold colours to make our own representations of Monet's Soleil Levant using individual brushstrokes.
Art - 24-04-15: This week we have learnt about warm and cold colours and how they influence our ideas about paintings. Take a look at our fantastic abstract paintings using warm and cold colours.
Maths - 23-04-15. We have used the Beebots to investigate quarter, half and three-quarter turns. We learnt about moving clockwise and anti-clockwise.
During this week (beginning 20-04-15) we have been learning:
· English: poetry: This week we have continued to read, perform and write poems linked to our topic. We have been working hard to create our own poems using adjectives, nouns and alliteration as well as publishing them using the computer. Have a look at our fantastic poems displayed in the classroom. Click here to read some seaside poetry.
· Maths: Shape -This week we are continuing to learn about shapes (2D and 3D). We have learnt to identify common shapes using their properties, looked at symmetry, pattern and right angles.Click here for a shape game to play.
· Topic: Seasides - this week we have learnt about the different geographical features we might find at the seaside. We used the computer to find which features we might find at different seaside resorts. Click here to watch a clip about the seaside.
· Art: Warm and Cold Colours- this week we have looked at a selection of seaside paintings and identified whether they were painted using warm or cold colours. We have also created our own abstract paintings using warm and cold colours. Click here to learn more about warm and cold colours.
· Computing: Programming - this week we have refreshed our knowledge of programming, algorithms and debugging. We have directed a friend around the classroom and used the Beebots to follow instructions. Click here to find out more about computing.
·Swimming - this week we start swimming lessons on a Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure you bring a towel, swimming costume and hat in a bag on Wednesday morning.
Our topic for this term is going to beSeasides.
Click below to see an overview of our topic. We will learn about where seasides are, how seaside holidays have changed over time, the geographical features of a seasides and about the animals that live in different seasides.
During this week (beginning 23-03-15) we have been learning:
· English: Easter Poetry: This week we have learnt two performance poems for our Easter Assembly. Try to remember the actions that we used to remind us of the poem.
A Little Seed
A little seed for me to sow, A little soil to make it grow, A little hole, a little pat,
A little wish and that is that, A little sun, a little shower. A little while - then a flower!
· Maths: Time-This week we have continued to learn to tell the time. We have been learning to read times on analogue and digital clocks. We have made times on clocks (by moving the hands), drawn hands on clocks and read times from clocks. Click here for a time game.
· Forest School - we have been on another Forest School outing this week, although it was in the playground with the Fire pit (please check the Forest School page for more information).
Drama Workshop - 20/3/15: 'Jungle' We needed to pack our bags and travel to the jungle! We saw crocodiles, snakes, spiders, lions and spoke a secret language called ‘banana’ this made us giggle lots! We had to set a special creature free by looking for a golden key in swamp filled with crocodiles. For Year 1 pictures please look at the Reception page as we worked in two small groups.
17-03-15 English: Today we went on a narrative journey, finding objects and imagining where they came from and who left them. Lots of fantastic story language being spoken and written.
During this week (beginning 16-03-15) we have been learning:
· English: Imaginative Stories: This week we have listened to a story called "The Beasties" by Jenny Nimmo where creatures tell stories from objects that they have found. On Tuesday we went on our own adventure discovering items which had been left in the playground (please look at the photographs above). For the remainder of the week we are planning, telling and writing our own stories inspired by one of the objects we found.
· Maths: Time-This week we have started to learn to tell the time. We have started by learning about o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. We have made times on clocks (by moving the hands), drawn hands on clocks and read times from clocks. Click here for a time game.
· Science: - this week we have planned and carried out an investigation to find out how high different balls would bounce. We recognised what we needed to keep the same and what might change in the investigation. We discussed our findings at the end.
· Maths: Fractions -This week we have used our division knowledge to learn about fractions. We are becoming familiar with written fractions and the idea that halves means cutting into two equal parts, quarters means cutting into four equal parts and thirds means cutting into three equal parts. We have divided shapes and also begun to find fractions of numbers. Click here for more information.
Science: - this week we have learnt more about properties of materials. We looked at a selection of materials and investigated whether they could bend/squash etc. We had some really tricky ones (like Balsa wood) which didn't do what we expected!
Art - Andy Warhol - this week we have made our own Andy Warhol inspired printed pictures of toys. We used polystrene mats to make our design and then printing ink to add colour.
Welcome back. We hope you had a lovely half term.
During this week (beginning 23-02-15) we have been learning:
English: Traditional Tales: This week we have started learning about Traditional Tales, reading the story of The Princess and the Pea. We are focusing on the written language of a traditional tale by looking at the characters and plot. Click here to watch the story on You Tube.
Maths: Division -This week we have started to learn about division. We have identified the sign and practically shared objects. We are also learning to use a number line to complete repeated subtraction (taking away the same number many times, i.e. 12 - 3, -3, -3, -3). We have also talked about how halving is the same as dividing by 2.Click here for a doubling and halving game (choose the corresponding buttons).
Science: - this week the investigated how materials could be manipulated by twisting, squashing, pulling, pushing etc, trying to make a playdough duck. It was harder than we thought as each dice number had a specific action.
RE: - this week we learnt about Lent and Shrove Tuesday. We talked about the link between Shrove Tuesday and pancakes. We also ate pancakes! Click here to find out more.
Art - Andy Warhol - this week we have looked at the Andy Warhol printed Toy pictures. We described what we liked/disliked about the pictures and then investigated printing using toys.
13-02-15: Chinese New Year: In preparation for the Chinese New Year, we have made moving dragons, tasted Chinese food and talked about the story of how the years were named.
During this week (beginning 09-01-15) we have been learning:
English: stories from our topic: This week we have planned and written our own bear story. We used our knowledge of all the stories that we have read this term to compose our own story. We planned the story and drew a story map before writing it in a booklet.
Science & RE: - this week the children made Valentines Cards which used a number of different materials. Each material had to have a different property and the children were asked to use specific vocabulary when describing their cards (i.e. shiny, dull, rough, smooth, soft, silky, etc). Click here to test materials.
Design Technology - Moving Toys - this week we have tested and evaluated our Roly Poly toys. We did such a fantastic job that all the Roly Polys moved down our ramp and the best Roly Poly travelled 3m 80cm. Well done Sam. Scroll down to see pictures from our testing.
10-02-15 DT: Testing and Evaluating our Roly Poly
09-02-15 Computing: Today in our computing session we discussed e-safety and then revisited our learning about algorithms. Children made models out of Lego and then wrote the algorithm (set of instructions) for how to make it. Mrs Burnett was very impressed with our algorithms.
John and Nathan
John and Nathan
Evie BJ, Evie R and Faith
Evie BJ, Evie R and Faith
Eva and Louise
Eva and Louise
Melissa, Maia and Emma
Melissa, Maia and Emma
Exploring the snow 03-02-15
During this week (beginning 02-01-15) we have been learning:
English: stories from our topic: This week we have alternative stories following the theme of Goldilocks. We have read It's a Bear's Life and A Chair for Baby Bear. We have thought about how the themes of the stories are the same, but the events and outcomes are different. Click here to view the story of A Chair for Baby Bear.
Science: Materials - this week we have been investigators. We have tested different materials (paper, foil, fabric, plastic) to find the best material to make Teddy an umbrella. Look at our pictures below.
Design Technology - Moving Toys - this week we have designed and made our own moving Roly Poly. Look out for photographs at the end of the week.
03-02-15 Science: Waterproof Testing - We have investigated the best material for making Teddy an umbrella.
30-01-15 Design Technology. In DT we are learning about moving toys. We are investigating Roly Poly's (cylinders with attached wheels). This week we tested the best way to attach the wheels to the cylinder. We worked in groups to test three different ways and then evaluated which was best in preparation for making our own next week.
29-01-15 Topic Work - having talked about Teddy Bears and how old bears were different to bears today, we made our own moving teddy using cardboard and split pins. We decorated the bears with fabric, pencils and paper of our own choice.
During this week (beginning 26-01-15) we have been learning:
English: stories from our topic: This week we have read Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have identified the story themes, retold the story using the patterned language and written a letter from Goldilocks apologising for her behaviour. Click here to watch the story.
Science: Materials - this week we have continued our learning on materials. This week we looked at liquids and investigated whether they were transparent or opaque. We knew lots of different liquids and enjoyed our investigation.
Topic: Toys - this week we have looked at the differences between old bears and new bears. We read the story Dogger and talked about favourite teddy bears. We found out about the history of bears and placed pictures of bears on a timeline. Click here to find out about other toys through the ages.
During this week (beginning 19-01-15) we have been learning:
English: stories from our topic: This week we have read stories about lost teddies. We have identified the story themes, key events and character descriptions and are intending on writing our own lost teddy stories at the end of the week. Click here to listen to a lost teddy story.
Science: Materials - this week we have continued our learning on materials. We made collages of different fabrics/papers identifying the feel and look of the materials. We used words like soft, smooth, shiny, dull etc. to describe the materials.
16-01-15: Art: We have used our observation skills to draw a toy from the classroom. We tried to look really carefully at the shape and colour of the toy to ensure our drawing was similar to the real toy. We used pastels to add colour to our drawings.
During this week (beginning 12-01-15) we have been learning:
12-01-15: Technological Toys - As part of our computing curriculum, we have looked at toys which use technology to move, make noise or light up. We were very interested to see what some of our amazing toys did.
Welcome back to a new term.
During this week (beginning 05-01-15) we have been learning:
· Maths: Length -We have been learning about length. We have used non-standard measurements (e.g. cubes) and standard measuring equipment (rulers) to measure a selection of objects. We even found out how tall we were in centimetres. Click here for a measuring game.
Our topic for this term is going to beToys and Games.
Click below to see an overview of our topic. We will learn about old and new toys, how toys have changed over time, the materials that they are made of and even attempt to make some of our own toys. We have a toy shop as our role play area and are practising purchasing items with the correct money.
We wish you all a very happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Please keep practising your reading over the holiday. Here are some links to story websites. Oxford Owl website- lots of online stories (login required but this is free if you register) Storynory website - online stories which are read aloud. Roy the Zebra website - great for interactive games to develop reading as well as an online reading section.
Phonics play- website of interactive games linked to phonic knowledge. Please focus on Phase 3, 4 and 5.
Please also keep practising your maths especially your counting (how many presents have you had), number recognition (the advent calendar is great for this) and number bonds. Maths online games - choose any games focussing on counting and number facts.
Nativity Photographs - from a rehearsal Friday 12th December 2014
This week (beginning 15-12-13) we have been learning:
Maths- we have been learning about measures, taking part in practical activities to develop mathematical language and conceptual understanding. We have made Christmas biscuits and then measured and cut carefully to make a box to take them home in. Click here for a weighing game - can you weigh the parcels correctly?
Today (15-12-14) we all did a good job in our nativity performance dress rehearsal - Angel Express. We have all worked really hard to learn our parts and the song words.
The classroom is prepared for our nativity performance with lots of beautiful art work.
What have we been learning this week? (beginning 08-12-14)
Computing - this week we have started to use our dinosaur word banks to create a simple animated story. We have drawn pictures, changed the background colour and typed sentences on 2Create a Story.
DT - this week we have made our dinosaur worlds (on a paper plate). We have used a selection of reclaimed materials to make trees, volcanoes, grass, water and anything else we thought our dinosaurs would want! We then added our clay dinosaurs to their worlds and are looking forward to taking them home.
PE with Mr Hartigan - This term we have been taking part in Dance. We have listened to a story about a Toy Shop and then moved in time to the music.
What have we been learning this week? (beginning 17-11-14)
Maths- this week we are developing our understanding of place value and number sequences. We have recapped counting in different steps (2s, 5s and 10s) and tried to do this from any number (e.g. 6, 16, 26, 36 etc). We becoming proficient in identifying the tens and units within a number (e.g. 34 = 3 tens and 4 units) and are starting to partition numbers in this way (54 = 50 + 4). Click here to visit a place value game.
Topic - this week we have used a dinosaur database to find out about different dinosaurs. We have created cards within the database adding information about size, number of legs and what they eat. We then used the database to answer questions about the dinosaurs.
Topic - this week we have found out about Mary Anning. She was a British fossil collector and palaeontologist who became known around the world for important discoveries at Lyme Regis, Dorset. Her discoveries include the first Ichthyosaur skeleton when she was just 12 years old. Click here to find out more information about Mary Anning.
Dinosaur Topic Day (23-10-14). What an exciting day we had today, we made dinosaur biscuits (following instructions, weighing and measuring), found out about how fossils are made, created our own skeletons using art straws and black paper and finally became palaeontologists excavating dinosaurs out of eggs and chocolate chips out of cookies! It was hard work pretending to be a palaeontologist.
This week (beginning 20-10-14) we have been completing our half termly assessments in phonics, writing and maths. We have also been learning:
Maths- this week we have used our knowledge of addition (+) and subtraction (-) to add signs to number sentences. We must remember to look at whether the answer is bigger or smaller to decide whether it is an addition or a subtraction sum.Click here for lots of addition and subtraction games.
R.E - We have continued to learn about harvest and have been working hard in preparation for Harvest Festival. Click here to watch a video about Harvest Festival. In preparation for our harvest festival we also visited the church on Tuesday afternoon, looking at the beautiful decorations and key features of the church.
DT - this week we have painted and glazed our clay dinosaurs. We started by painting the base coat and then added decorations and patterns to make our dinosaurs look like our designs.
P.E - we are developing our gymnastic skills with Mr Hartigan on a Wednesday afternoon, learning about balancing, moving in different ways and coordination. On a Friday we are developing our ball skills- throwing, catching, kicking and bouncing accurately.
Clay dinosaurs 10-10-14. As you can see from our photographs, we are very proud of our creations.
This week (beginning 06-10-14) we are learning:
English - this week we have continued to learn about poetry. We are identifying rhythm and rhyme in poems and are learning to recite a couple of poems in preparation for Harvest Festival. Click here for a rhyming game.
Computing- this week Mrs Burnett has continued working with Lily Hop. This is a programming game where you need to direct the frog to eat the dragonflies. Click here to have a go.This week the children were introduced to the word algorithm (meaning a series of instructions) and were writing their own simple algorithms for the program.
Topic - this week we have learnt about the how fossils are made.
DT (03-10-14). We have designed a dinosaur to make out of clay next week. This week we used playdough to investigate stability, neck and leg length and to find out how to make our dinosaur model stand up!
Music - Mrs Fell is teaching the children a dinosaur inspired piece of music. Some children played the tuned percussion whilst others used the untuned percussion.
Computing- this week Mrs Burnett has introduced the children to Lily Hop. This is a programming game where you need to direct the frog to eat the dragonflies. Click here to have a go.
Topic / DT - this week we have designed a dinosaur in preparation for making it next week out of clay. We have experimented with the playdough enabling us to make sure that the clay dinosaur will stand up.
Today (25-09-14) we went to the Arboretum at Nuneham Courtenay to take part in Autumnal Art. We found different coloured leaves, peacock feathers, pine cones and kept them all as treasure. We then used our treasure to make crowns! Click on the picture to visit the Forest school page with photographs of our fantastic morning.
This week (beginning 22-09-14) we are learning:
English - we are using our knowledge of characters, setting and plot to write our own version of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. Using our planning from last week, we are working hard to write in sequenced sentences. We all need to remember finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. We are also working hard on our handwriting making sure that all our letters are correctly formed. Click here for a reminder about all letter formation (choose the letter you wish to see formed).
Drama- this week we had a visit from Perform who took us on an imaginary adventure to space, take a look at our photos of the event.
Topic - we continue to learn about the differences and similarities of dinosaurs. We have learnt new vocabulary: carnivore, herbivore, bipeds (walk on two legs) and quadrupeds (walk on four legs). We have classified dinosaurs using these words and are starting to spot key features which identify whether a dinosaur is a carnivore or herbivore.Click here to find out about lots of different types of dinosaurs.
Drama Workshop - Outer Space
This week (beginning 15-09-14) we are learning:
English - we are using our knowledge of characters, setting and plot to make a story plan of our own version of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. We have written a story plan, made a story map and are working on a storyboard. These are all in preparation for making our own books. Click here for an online story called Dinosaur Dig.