Pop Art Self-portraits

Another jam packed week this week in Saturn class! The children have been completing some assessments in maths as well as finishing off the multiplication and division unit. They have coped really well and impressed me with their maths knowledge!

In English they finished off their stories and completed a front cover and illustrations. The children should all be very proud of the writing that they are now producing and have done extremely well responding to feedback this week, for example by checking for capital letters, adding in adjectives or checking spellings. On Friday we did a ‘Big Write’ which involved ‘free writing’ in response to a chosen stimulus. This week we watched a short video titled ‘The Wishgranter’ and then retold the story using lots of detail and description. Over the next two weeks we will be reading and responding to some poetry using the senses.

In our experience lessons we have had a go at recreating the Mona Lisa in Pop Art style in preparation for our self-portraits. The children did really well picking bold, bright and contrasting colours when colouring in their Mona Lisa’s using felt tips. On Friday we then traced over our self-portraits to show the main features and then used felt tips again to colour block these in Pop Art style. As you can see, they are starting to look really effective! The children were so surprised that they could trace themselves and create such a cool self portrait! We still have the background to do before we reveal the final result at the end of our experience. We can’t wait to show you!


Don’t forget to colour or add stickers to your child’s reading challenge. There are still two weeks left to see how much you can fill it up! There will be a special treat on the last Friday for those who have made a great effort with their reading at home.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss McCann

Pop Art

Firstly, I would like to congratulate all of Saturn class for getting the ‘Cool Collaborator’ Mr Trogan award this week for their amazing efforts in PE. Coach Michael was so impressed with their teamwork and good listening skills that he had to inform Miss Willis – the children were extremely proud when Miss Willis made a visit to inform of the news before lunch!

We have some more good news on the sunflowers front… we have had more shoots popping through the soil and will need to replant some of them soon to give them more space to grow! We hope yours are doing well at home too. Feel free to send in photos via email of your sunflowers growing at home.

This week in English, the children have planned and started to write their own stories about their Grandparents like our Granpa story that we read in class. They have been working really hard on checking back over their writing for capital letters, full stops and spelling errors. We have also had a real focus on using WOW words (adjectives) in our writing to make our sentences more interesting and the children have done really well adding these to their sentences.

In Maths we have been making arrays and the children are now a lot more confident at recognising these and identifying how many rows and columns are in an array. We have also been looking at doubles and making equal groups of objects as part of grouping. Next week we will finish off our multiplication unit by looking at sharing.

In our experience lessons this week, we started off with another music lesson on Tuesday. The children did an amazing job with their singing again and are becoming more confident in identifying different instruments in a piece of music they listen to. We then went on to learn about Pop Art in art and look at some artwork by Andy Warhol. The children experimented with different colours to work out what works best to look bold and bright. We looked at the colour wheel and identified colours opposite each other on the wheel and tried to use these together to make the colours really ‘pop’. They have really enjoyed learning about this style of art and will be working on this more next week to produce a portrait of themselves in the same repeated and bright coloured style of Andy Warhol.

Have a lovely weekend – let’s hope we get to enjoy some sunshine and warmth on Sunday!

Miss McCann

Our sunflowers have started to grow!

I just wanted to start off by saying how well the children have been doing with their Going for Gold tests. They have all wowed me with how quickly they have settled into completing these tests each week and are making good progress. Number bond knowledge is such an important skill when it comes to mental arithmetic. Please continue to practise at home and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

This week in English we have focused on a number of areas in our writing: sounds, Go words, capital letters and adjectives. The children have worked extremely hard to apply what we have learnt in their writing in each lesson and I am so proud of their efforts. In maths we have moved onto looking at arrays as part of our multiplication and division unit, describing them as having rows and columns and making our own arrays using counters.

In History, we have been learning about what it was like at home in the 1960s and compared this to what it is like our own homes nowadays. We have also been lucky enough to have a look at a newspaper from the 1960s, some old scalextric cars and some coins from this time period such as a half crown and five shillings. On Tuesday, we began a music unit where we started to learn to sing a song titled ‘In the Groove’. The children really enjoyed the warm up games for finding the pulse using different parts of our body and we learnt about the musical terms pitch and tempo. Next week we are hoping to start to use some instruments to add to our song.

Our final piece of news is that we finally have some growth in our sunflowers! Elliott, Leila and Amelie’s sunflowers are starting to show a shoot and we are really excited to see who’s starts to grow next! How are yours getting on at home? We are hoping to plant our sunflower plants outdoors in the summer months (when it isn’t too cold at night!) so we can have a competition at school as well!

Have a great three day weekend!

Miss McCann

What was it like for our Grandparents in the 1960s?

This week in our experience lessons we have been thinking about our daily routines and how they are the same and different to a daily routine of a child in the 1960s. We had a chance to chat to Mrs Smith’s mum via zoom to find out what it was like to be a child in the 1960s. We had planned and written some questions in our English lesson and some of the children were able to ask these questions. We also planted some seeds on Friday afternoon including some sunflower seeds. You may have heard from the children that we are having a competition to grow the tallest sunflowers at home and we can’t wait to see your results! Also, thank you to those children who have handed in their answers to the questions we sent out for you to ask grandparents. If there are any more, then please send them in at the beginning of next week so we have a chance to have a look at these next week and learn even more about what it was like in the 1960s.

In English we continued to look at the Granpa story. We started off by inferring how characters were feeling in the story from what they said and what they were doing. We then looked at the ending of the story and thought or some alternatives. The children used their imagination to create some great new endings with Granpa and the little girl heading to Australia and Disneyland!

In maths we continued with counting in 5s and then moved onto counting in 10s. The children have worked really hard to learn to count in 2s, 5s and 10s the past couple of weeks. Our My Maths this week is linked to this and should really test their knowledge. We also had another great week of Going for Gold with many children moving up to the next level. If you have any questions about your child’s progress or what they need to practise at home for the Going for Gold tests then please email me.

I hope you are having a great weekend!

Miss McCann

Swinging Sixties

Welcome back!

We have had a great first week back! Our experience launch on Tuesday was a lot of fun. The children did some cooking, crafting and history with some dancing to 1960s music thrown in! We also made and played the game ‘Tic Tac Toe’ which the children really enjoyed. Please have a look on google classroom for some photos of our day of fun!

The rest of this week we have been reading the book ‘Granpa’ by John Burningham in English. We have written book reviews and sequenced pictures and text from the story. We have also been learning to count in 2s and 5s in maths – I have been really impressed the children’s prior knowledge with this and some children showed me they could count all the way to 100 in 2s and 5s!

In science we learnt about the main parts of a plant and the roles of these parts. The children learned to use the words transport and absorb to describe the roles of the stem and the roots. We also started the lesson discussing similarities and differences between a baby elephant, duckling and lamb and the children came up with some ideas.

You will have seen that we have given children a new reading challenge for this half term. Each time your child reads for 20 minutes then you can colour in or add a sticker to a circle. There will be a reward at the end of the half term for those who read lots at home!

Please also have a look at the back of your child’s reading record (if you haven’t done so already) to see how they scored in their Going for Gold maths test. We have highlighted on the sheet what they will be tested on next week so you can have a practice at home. The accompanying ‘Year 1 targets’ A4 sheet explains what the different levels are. If you have any questions about the going for gold tests, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to help!

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss McCann

Welcome back Saturn!

We have had such a fun week back in Saturn. It is so lovely to be back teaching your children again – they have been superstars and have all done extremely well settling back into school.

We have been writing creatively, counting and recognising numbers to 50, crafting, filling people’s buckets with kindness and inventing throughout the week. Please find below a few photos from our Science Day today in celebration of British Science Week!

Have a lovely restful weekend.

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

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