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  • Humph!

    Published 07/12/18, by Scarlett Everett

    Humph indeed! No I'm not grumpy- it's the name of our KS1 Nativity! And Rehearsals are going well. The children sound amazing and it's all coming together nicely for  our performance next week! Please make sure all costumes are in on Monday. Any questions, do ask!

     

    We started our RE topic this week and we hope to be able to confidently answer th question: 'Why is Christmas important to Christians?'. We explored the words: advent, old testament, new testament, gospel, nativity and incarnate, so ask your children if they can explain what these words mean. Next week we will be looking at what Christians do to prepare for Christmas and I have challenged the children to find out what an 'advent crown' is. Any child who can come in on Monday and tell me anything about it will receive 10 Team Points!

     

    We have started writing our own instructions in English about 'How to make a Christmas potion'. This Christmas potion will make any Grinch love Christmas! We've come up with lots of great ingredients like bottles of fizzy snow, crushed baubles and chopped pine needles with a sprinkle of love. We will be finishing them off next week, so keep an eye out on the blog for some great pieces of work!

     

    In Maths, we have been using number lines to help us add and subtract and we will be making sure we are really happy knowing how to add and subtract one digit and two digits from two digit numbers next week so we can use this to help us in other areas of Maths. The secret word is adverb and I will give team points to any children who can tell me what it means and give me examples!

     

    Have a great weekend!

    Miss Everett, Mrs Simpkins and Mr Cuddles

     

     

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  • Sewing Sensations

    Published 23/11/18, by Scarlett Everett

    Well what a busy week it has been and may I start by saying how proud I am of you all, especially with how polite and well-mannered you were when our special visitor came this week (though I knew you would be!) but also with how well you tackled sewing on Thursday. For most of you, it was the first time you had ever sewn and my goodness you were all amazing! I just had to give the whole class the Growth Mindset award this week because of it!

    Speaking of sewing, we are making hand puppets sell at the Christmas Fayre and I sent home a little homework this week to do some 'market research' to investigate which Christmas character would be the most popular to sell as a hand puppet. This is due on Monday so we can make some decisions about what to make for you, so please have it on Monday ready. The secret word is cautiously.

    We have finished our recounts now in English and moved onto instructions - another non-fiction text which is meant to inform the reader. We have already noticed they have some similar features to recounts, like time conjunctions, and are going to be delving deeper into more features next week.

    In Maths, we have been working out how to find 10 more, 10 less and multiples of 10 more or less to (like 20, 30, 40 etc). We noticed that on a hundred square these were directly above and below the number and that it is only the tens column that changes as we are adding no ones!

    Tomorrow is a busy week, making our puppets, continuing with our Christmas play rehearsals and then Decoration Day on Friday! Keep your eyes peeled for a sign up sheet next week if you would like to help on Friday. 

    Enjoy your weekend and we'll see you on Monday!

    Miss Everett, Mrs Simpkins and Mr Cuddles

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  • Animal MAdness!

    Published 09/11/18, by Scarlett Everett

    We had a great start to the week with a visit from Charlotte who works at Banham Zoo. She bought 5 of her friends with her: 2 Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches, 2 African Land Snails and a Bearded Dragon! 

    We learned a lot about how the animals are adapted to their environments, meaning they have special parts on their bodies to help them survive in their habitat. Did you know a Bearded Dragon has a hole all the way through his head where his ears are to help keep him cool in the desert? The children used some great vocabulary and seem to be really enjoying this topic! Check out more photos in the photos section of Homefield's website!

     

    In English, we have been picking apart recounts and learning about how they are structured and what ingredients go into them like time conjunctions (first, next, then, when, finally etc) and other conjunctions (and, because, but and so); first person pronouns (I, we) but can also use the third person (he, she, they); and exclamation sentences. We also know that they need a title, introduction (who, what, where, when, why), main body (paragraphs in time order) and conclusion (last thought). The secret word is chronological. It has been a lot of information to take on but we are enjoying the challenge!

     

    In Maths we have been thinking about related facts like if I know 7+3=10 that 70+30=100 and we could prove it using denes. We also were practising solving balancing calculations like this: 4+5=2+? If we know 4+5=9 then we need to know what we could add to 2 to make 9, so the missing number would be 7. We know that the = sign means balance and the same as.

     

    I was very impressed by how well the children showed their respect at our Remembrance Service on Thursday too, you were a great credit to the school. 

     

    Don't forget to do your Spelling Attack homework for Monday and your Science homework for Friday- I look forward to seeing them all!

     

    As ever, have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday.

    Miss Everett, Mrs Simpkins and Mr Cuddles

     

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  • Autumn is definitely here!

    Published 02/11/18, by Scarlett Everett

    Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half-term and are feeling rested and ready to tackle all the challenges of this half-term. I hope you all enjoyed the art gallery on Tuesday and could see the progress the children had made from start to finish.

    We have started a new english unit of work, this time focusing on Non-Fiction texts and we will be therefore writing to inform. We have started looking at recounts and their features as we will be writing our own recount of our animal encounter experience on Monday 5th November, when animals and bio-artefacts (furs, feathers, skins etc) from Banham Zoo will be coming to school! We are all very excited about this! This links with our new science topic - Living Things and Their Habitats. On Monday, I sent home a knowledge organiser with the key words and ideas that we will be covering in this topic for you to discuss with your children, so please make good use of it! We have already started learning about the different types of habitats in the world and what makes something alive, dead or never alive. I have set this week's homework to be a research task to find out about one of the habitats and tell me what plants and animals you would find in it. This can be presented in any way you would like and doesn't have to be in for 2 weeks as it is a heavier task!

    We have also started learning how to write letters in the pre-cursive (with lead-ins and outs to the letters) so that we can make sure we are forming our letters properly before we start joining them properly. The secret word is paragraphs. 

    A few of you have been asking me about things to do at home with your children. Hit the Button (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button) is a great way for your children to practise number bonds, addition facts and subtraction facts and will help their recall to become speedier as these quick links between the numbers is a vital foundation for other areas of maths.  Also, Reading Vipers (https://www.literacyshedblog.com/uploads/1/2/5/7/12572836/ks1_reading_vipers.pdf) are a great resource for questions you can ask your children about their reading books to develop their comprehension, ability to retrieve information, understand vocabulary, predict, make inferences, sequence information and make links between other things they have read. Again, these are vital skills that really help secure the foundations of reading beyond decoding. It would be really helpful if you could comment on your child's understanding of the text in the comments section of their reading diaries to show their understanding of what they read, not just how they read it. 

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Miss Everett, Mrs Simpkins and Mr Cuddles

     

     

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  • Fact Families, Chalk Pastels and Expanded Noun Phrases!

    Published 12/10/18, by Scarlett Everett

    We have been super busy this week and our brains have definitely been expanding!!

    In Art we have been experimenting with different chalk pastel techniques such as blending, dotting, dashing, smudging and cross-hatching. We have used these techniques and our skills from last week's portrait lesson to make Picasso and Matisse inspired self-portraits where we didn't need to use the proper colours of our faces and hair but could use whichever colours we liked! The results look pretty interesting and have encouraged the children to look at art in a new light!

    I don't want to post any photos yet as we would like you to see our art journey when you come in to see our work on the Tuesday after half-term! P.S: I'm sorry for the slight mess we made today...!

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    In Maths this week, we have been focusing on 'fact families' - these are three numbers that are a 'family' because together they make two addition and two subtraction number sentences and help us see how numbers can be made up. We were solving problems with them, like spotting the wrong fact, filling in missing numbers and explaining why an answer was right or wrong.

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    In English we have been looking at expanded noun phrases. These are phrases that use two or more adjectives to describe a noun. For example, we came up with: The bright, hot sun beamed down on Zahra. We are still getting used to writing these (especially remembering the comma!) and thinking about which words are nouns, adjectives and verbs. Why not ask the children to see if they can spot any nouns, adjectives or verbs in their books when they are reading? The secret word is: tempo

     

    Thank you for all your donations this week for Young Minds on World Mental Health Awareness Day and for Harvest too - we are always so grateful for anything you can give to support charities and encourage kindness and thoughtfulness.

    As ever, have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday for our last three days of this half-term! My goodness it's flown by!

    Miss Everett

     

     

     

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  • Portraits Galore!

    Published 05/10/18, by Scarlett Everett

    Firstly, I would like to apologise for not posting a blog in the past two weeks as some of the teachers have been having trouble with their admin side of their blogs!

    I really hope you all enjoyed coming in to see how well the children had done in their History topic last week and we have now started our new topic - Portraits and Self-Portraits.

    I was so impressed by the children's art homework- we have some very talented artists in the class! We spent the beginning of the week looking at famous portraits and self-portraits by some famous artists, both old and new. We appraised them, saying how they made us feel, what we could spot in them, what colours they could see and whether we thought it was old or modern.

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    We spent today drawing our faces as accurately as possible. Did you know our eyes are in the middle of our faces? Did you know our ears start where our eyes begin and end where our nose ends? I was really proud of the children trying something they hadn't done before and really giving it a go! The end results were great and we will be using these techniques next week to help us experiment with paints, brush strokes and colours.

     

    In English, we have finished writing our stories about Traction Man and his adventures in our classroom (like Zip-lining across the deadly classroom to save Scrubbing Brush from the Evil Pegs who will nip him - which is the picture at the top of the blog!). We have now started looking at a story in an unfamiliar setting called Zahra which is a short film set in Africa. We spent the week exploring what we liked and disliked about it, what puzzled us about it and what other stories or other things it reminded us of. We have sequenced the story, thinking about how Zahra feels in each part and we have thought about what she is like as a character, exploring both the way she looks and her personality, making sure we are using evidence from the film to back up our answers. The secret word is Leonardo Da Vinci.

     

    In Maths we have been exploring using the greater than, less than and equal to signs to compare numbers, we have solved problems involving ordering them and also involving counting backwards and forwards in 2s, 5s and 10s. Today we solved different place value problems around the classroom to crack a secret code and show off what we have learned so far! We will be starting addition and subtraction next week.

    I know the children are all looking forward to the disco next Wednesday and we are also celebrating Harvest in school. 

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Miss Everett

     

     

     

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  • New Adventures

    Published 14/09/18, by Admin

    What a fantastic start to the year! I have been so impressed by how well all of you have settled in and your enthusiastic attitudes! I also don't think I have ever taught a more polite or well-mannered class. You have blown my socks off!

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  • New Blog Post

    Published 13/05/18, by Karen Newman

    Hello Sunshine

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  • New Blog Post

    Published 07/05/18, by Karen Newman

    The Eagle has landed!

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  • Summer Term

    Published 29/04/18, by Karen Newman

    Explorers - people who make journeys into the unknown.

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  • Year 2 Continue to Shine!

    Published 21/03/18, by Bradley Young

    Year 2 pupils preparing well for their Class Assembly!

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  • Africa!

    Published 14/01/18, by Karen Newman

    The continent of AFRICA 

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