What We've Been Doing - Spring Term

Week Commencing Monday 4th March / World Book Day Thursday 7th March

As part of our multi-cultural book week, we have been looking at the book 'Anna Hibiscus' by Atinuke. Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her mother, her father, her baby twin brothers, and lots and lots of her family.

We began the week looking at Anna and her family, drawing our own family photographs. We looked at Nigerian patterns and created our own monoblocks to make a repeating pattern with. We concluded our week creating our own posters about Nigeria.

Photos will be posted shortly.

Tuesday 5th March

We had a great trip to the snow dome. It was great to see so many excited and happy children having a go. A great day out! Thank you to all those who helped.

Photos will be posted shortly.

Monday 25th February

We began this half term with a crash landing! We discovered and quickly realised a spaceship was in our school field. We looked for clues and asked many questions as to why it was there and who might be inside. This was a great hook to our new topic 'Space Invaders'.

During this half term, we will be focusing on the books, The Dark by Lemony Snicket, Toys in Space by Mini Grey and One Giant Leap by Don Brown.
Photos will be posted shortly.

Tuesday 5th February

Safer Internet Day

Today we discussed with the children how to keep safe when using their gaming devices, iPhones, laptops and computers. They watched a short film looking at consent online - when do young children need to ask permission and what personal information, photos, and videos they should share online.

Please click on the link below to view this film with your child.

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2019/sid-tv-2019/sid-tv-2019-zap-and-zoom-space-race-film-3-7

Friday 1st February

NSPCC Numbers Day

The children had great fun problem solving using logic and their mathematical knowledge. What a super way for the children to use and develop, reinforce, and consolidate their mathematical understandings!

Photos will be posted shortly.

Friday 25th January

Beech class have introduced an online system of recording children’s learning called Tapestry https://tapestryjournal.com/ This is a website system which is used in many Early Years settings and Key Stage 1 classrooms. Instead of always using paper and books for recording, we will sometimes be uploading photos, videos and observations. Parents can log on and view what their child has been up to. You will see photographs of your child learning or read comments about their learning. You will also be able to view assessments linked to this learning. Another advantage of this system is that you can instantly add your own comments to entries, and can show your child’s online book to members of the family. We can set up multiple relatives for each child so all parents, grandparents and other relatives who you give permission to can receive notifications and view the journal. You can also add observations from home linked to their learning, for example an outdoor activity or enjoying reading a book. We currently have around 50% of Beech class signed up for this service, so please do return your permission slip if you have not done so yet. We are also hoping to roll this system out to some other classes in the school over the coming year.

Friday 18th January 2019

Year 1 have been working on an exciting topic around a book by Tanya Robyn Batt called The Princess and the White Bear King. It is a re-telling of a traditional tale from Northern Europe and the children have enjoyed spotting familiar stories within it like Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast. They have loved the anticipation created by only reading a small section at a time and predicting what might happen next. They were satisfied with the ending when they finally reached it but sad that the story was over. The pupils have written diary entries, drawn story maps and even created their own class chapter books by taking a section each to retell. Year 1 have enjoyed drawing maps of the land of the princess and have been very excited to learn about the Arctic and Antarctic. We have been delighted to see so many pupils engaged in their learning and bringing into school extra homework around this topic.

Friday 11th January 2019

Welcome back we hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year. This week during circle times the children have told the class about a favourite place they had visited, their favourite present or told us about a special person they had seen over the holiday. What a fun Christmas everyone seems to have had!

March 2019

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