Merry Christmas!

Wow what a term! You have done amazingly Saturn class and should be very proud of all of your hard work! We had a lovely final week in school and the Christmas dinner/jumper day went down very well!

Make sure you take a well earned rest (parents as well!) and I will see you in 2021!

Miss McCann

Starry Nights

This week in English we have been focusing on our sentence structure, handwriting, use of adjectives and using the word ‘and’ to link clauses together. Each day we had a picture to look at and had to answer some questions to work out what was going on. The children then wrote some sentences about the picture or wrote a story linked to the picture. They have done some amazing writing this week and should be really proud of themselves. Next week in English we will have an RE focus as we will be learning about the birth of Jesus and his baptism.

This week in Maths we have continued with our place value to 20 unit. We have been identifying one more or less, comparing objects and numbers as well as ordering objects. The children have also completed two end of term assessments and coped very well with this, showing us what they had learnt over the past term. Next week we will consolidate what we have been learning in maths, finishing off our place value unit and solving problems (probably with a Christmas theme!) Here are some photos of some of the children solving my problem ‘? + ? = 15’; they had to come up with as many different solutions as possible! Some children even had a go at working systematically and spotted patterns as they worked through the problem.

In our experience lessons this week we have been creating work for our special advent calendar which you will be able to access soon from home. Children came home today with their amazing ‘Snowman starry night’ pictures which they worked extremely hard on. They listened to my step by step instructions very well. It took us two whole afternoons to complete the work as it involved many different step and layers of paint and I think they look fantastic! We also recorded small groups singing verses of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ song for our other advent video. You will be able to see both pieces of work (artwork and singing) in our advent calendar over the festive period.

Thank you

Miss McCann

Moving Pictures

This week in English, Saturn class have been working really hard on writing up their stories. They have used their amended story maps to help them write their stories but have worked independently on sounding out their spellings and checking their punctuation. They have done an amazing job, with some of them writing a number of pages over across the week!

In Maths, we have moved onto learning numbers 11 to 20. We have used the base 10 resources to make numbers and practiced writing them in numerals and words. Next week, we will move onto identifying one more and less, comparing numbers and ordering objects.

In our experience lessons, we have learnt about how things move using levers. The children all made a moving picture based on our Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk story and then designed and made their own moving pictures based on their stories. They all worked independently and did an amazing job!

Next week, we have two PE sessions again (Thursday afternoon and Friday morning) so please ensure children are wearing their PE on both days.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss McCann

Materials

Sorry for the delay in the post – it has been a very busy week! In our experience lessons we have been scientists learning about materials. We learnt to distinguish between an object and its material and sorted objects according to their material. We also planted our own beans to watch them grow and see if we can make our very own beanstalks. In PSHE we learnt how to relax through different breathing techniques and by making each other laugh. We then made our own toolkits of activities to help us when we are feeling sad, silly or angry. The photos below show the children trying to make each other laugh…

In English we changed the characters in the ‘Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk’ story to make our own stories. We used a range of exciting adjectives to describe our good and bad characters. The children really enjoyed learning their new stories by following their adapted story maps. Next week, we will be writing our new stories, really focusing on finger spaces, using our sounds for spellings, capital letters and full stops as well as adjectives in our sentences.

In Maths we completed a range of activities linked to addition and subtraction. We went over the use of the part part whole model, using a number line to answer addition and subtraction questions as well as missing number problems. Next week we are going to start our place value unit, looking at numbers 11-20.

Now a little update on spellings! If you would like to practise more spellings at home, you can start working your way through the year 1 and 2 common exception words. I have attached a copy of the word lists in the ‘homework’ tab. Please let me know if you would like a paper copy of this list.

Next week we have PE on Thursday afternoon and Friday between break and lunch so please ensure children are dressed in their kit for both days.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

Miss McCann

Normans and Knights

This week, Saturn class have been working really hard to learn The Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk story. They have sequenced the story and then learnt the key points of the story using pictures as prompts so that they can retell it. The children have done amazingly well learning the story and using their own copy of the story map (picture prompts for the key events in the story) to write it independently. I have been so impressed with what they have remembered and can’t wait to read their stories when they are finished on Monday. Next week they will be changing some characters in the story and learn how to extend sentences using ‘and’ or ‘but’.

In Maths, they have been finding the difference using number lines and bar models. They then moved onto comparing number sentences using the symbols >, < and =. The children finished the week showing me what they have learned about addition and subtraction by solving a range of addition and subtracting problems.

In our experience lessons, the children learnt about the Anglo Saxons and why the Normans built castles when they invaded England. They then learnt about Knights and designed their own shields using symbols and colours to represent themselves. They drew their designs on card and they will paint these next week.

Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk

This week we started our new experience: Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk! We are reading the book in English and we will write own own stories linked to this. This week we have been predicting, inferring and reviewing the book. Next week we will have a go at drawing a story map and writing the story.

In Maths we have been focusing on subtraction by crossing out and using a number line to count back. We have also been looking at fact families by writing addition and subtraction facts for given numbers e.g. 3+4=7, 7-3=4. Next week we will be moving onto finding the difference and comparing number sentences.

In our experience lessons we have been learning about castles. We learned about the first castles – Motte and Bailey castles – and looked at how castles have changed over the years using words such as older/oldest and newer/newest. In PSHE we talked about how to recognise when someone was sad or angry and what we can do to help someone when they are feeling like this. Next week we will learn some relaxation techniques and use these as well as other tools to create a toolkit for ways to manage different emotions such as anger, sadness and feeling worried.

Next week in our experience lessons we will be making our very own Norman shields. If you have any card (A4 size is perfect!) at home in your recycling please bring it in on Monday. It can be in quarantine for a couple of days before we then use it in school. Thank you!

Have a great weekend!

Miss McCann

Spellings uploaded and photos added to blog post

Please have a look at the ‘Homework’ tab for the next spellings this week. Some more great scores today in our spelling test. Well done Saturn class! 🙂

Also, I didn’t realise that the photos did not upload on Friday’s blog so I have uploaded them now for you to see how happy we were after our crafty week! 🙂

Celebrations!

This week we have had lots to celebrate – Halloween, Bonfire Night and three birthdays! We have been very hands on and crafty in our experience lessons using chalks and pastels for firework pictures, potato prints and paints for repeating patterns with a Halloween theme and paper and tissue paper for our rockets!

In Maths we have been continuing with our addition and subtraction unit, focusing on addition of numbers using the part part whole model to support with solving and writing number sentences. Next week we are moving onto subtraction!

In English we have been writing list poems. The focus was on finger spaces, capital letters and full stops as well as using adjectives or ‘what like’ words in their sentences. The children produced some excellent list poems about Bonfire Night which will be going on display along with their rockets.

In PSHE we learnt how to identify different emotions and had a think about what makes us happy and sad. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at this further and start to put together a ‘toolkit’ to help us when we are feeling sad, worried or angry. We will also be learning how to recognise when someone else is showing these emotions and what we can do to help them.

Spellings and Reading

Welcome back!

I hope you all had a lovely half term break! The new spellings have been uploaded on the ‘homework’ tab so please have a practice of these at home ready for the test next Monday.

Well done to those who read over the half term and tried some of the homework (it was optional so don’t worry!)

I just wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that we ask that there are at least 3 comments in reading records per week to show your child has read at home (although many of you read more than this which is great!). We read every day in school and children are heard 1:1 at least once a week by myself but reading at home is so important to support their progress in decoding as well as their comprehension skills.

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss McCann

Happy half term!

What a great start to the year for Saturn class! They have had another busy week at school with writing instructions for Traction Man in English, learning their number bonds within and to 10 in Maths and testing their sense of smell as well as learning about the human skeleton by creating pasta skeletons.

Today we celebrated Black History Month by learning about Mary Seacole and creating sculptures out of clay of her. Here are a few photos of our learning this week (and some from previous weeks now that I have them on my laptop!) so you can see what we have been up to!

I hope you have a wonderful half term!

See you in November for our Halloween dress up day! 🙂

Miss McCann

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