This term our literacy topic will be devoted to the work of William Shakespeare. We are very fortunate to be working alongside the Globe theatre to deliver a unit of work based around Henry V and A Midsummers Night Dream.
The unit will be heavily focused on using role play and activities to inspire the pupils in their writing. We will be using the plays as a stimulus for drama which will in turn be used to support a variety of genres of writing. Each week will involve a drama workshop in which they developing their oracy skills, language development and understanding of narrative. The activities should also help enhance each child’s self esteem, social skills and their emotional intelligence as they explore bigger issues.
Keep checking back to our page for photo and video updates from our sessions!
Today, Monday 27th March, we went outside to enjoy our sunny weather and we each brought a book out to read and enjoy on the playground.
We chose to bring out a selection of fiction and non-fiction books such as; The Bible, a joke book, as well as some of our own class creations of poetry and letters.
We had lots of fun reading our books, take a look at our photos!
In Maths, we have been learning all about coins. We have been investigating the value of each coin, ordering them from smallest to largest and finding different ways to make each value. Later on in the week we will be using coins to solve word problems and making change.
A great way to help your child at home is to encourage them to watch and help you count money or change when you are at the shops. This real life experience will help them to take what the know and apply it to mathematical problems.
We have begun using the method of Bar Modelling in our Math lessons to help the children with partitioning and representing the value of numbers. In St Anne's we have begun by using the bar models to support our understanding of number bonds to 10.
We are using lots of language to help our understanding and representation of a number such as value and equal, and we are learning that 'part part, make a whole'.
This method will help the children to visualise concepts and will allow them to solve problems.
Take a look at our photos exploring bar modelling for the first time, using Numicon to support us.
On Thursday 15th December, Santa came into our classroom to see us! Whilst we were doing our literacy lesson, we suddenly heard a loud bell and we were so excited. When Santa came in, he met our class elf Candy and then Santa gave us each a present! We opened our present altogether and we each got a lovely book!
Thank you Santa, we can't wait for Christmas!!!
In Literacy, we have been learning about the features of Instructional writing. We have been learning how to write instructions and how important it is that our instructions are in order and they are follow correctly. The children have been working very hard to write instructions for wrapping a Christmas present by using time words and imperative verbs. Today, Thursday 8th December, we followed our instructions and actually wrapped a present! This linked well to our Science and Math learning of shapes, materials and properties and we had a big discussion about what shapes would be easiest to wrap depending on it's properties (sharp edges, heavy, light, squidgy etc.) and we decided we would wrap either a book or a teddy. Once we had carefully followed our instructions and wrapped up a gift, the children all got to unwrap another child's work and experience the surprise of finding out what had been wrapped and by who. Check out our pictures to see how well we did at wrapping all on our own!
See if you can spot our class elf, Candy, who inspected our work and will be telling Santa how fantastic we all were!
We were given the very special job of helping Santa to figure out what was the best type of paper to wrap Christmas presents in, to last the journey in his sleigh! We started out our investigation by thinking about which would be the best paper; sugar paper, card, tissue paper, newspaper or normal paper, and making the prediction that card would be the best as it is strong.
However, once we started testing out each paper, we found that the properties of each type of paper were very important. We found that whilst the card was the thickest and strongest, actually it was quite hard to bend so might not work very well for wrapping a present. We tested each paper by bending, crunching, folding and even ripping, and found that the tissue paper was quite easy to manipulate, because of it's properties.
Due to the nature of this experiment, the children began linking their learning to the Math work of 3d shapes which was fantastic, and this also led to a discussion about the properties of different shapes, and which shapes are easier to wrap than others!
The conclusion of our experiment was that, whilst card is strong and tissue paper is thin, actually Santa doesn't want heavy wrapping paper to carry. The children had a think and decided that the best thing to do was to use the tissue paper, BUT layer the tissue paper to make it thicker but still light! We also decided that even if it rains, because we had more than one layer of wrapping, the present might have a better chance of staying dry for a little bit longer.
We were so proud of ourselves for using our Math and Science brains, and figuring out a way to help Santa!
As a school, we are very lucky to have had Sister Ursula coming into our school for many years. Sister Ursula has played a special role in volunteering to help countless children over the years and she has recently been helping our class for an afternoon a week. We feel very lucky, so we decided to throw her a little surprise birthday party to celebrate her recent 80th birthday, to show our appreciation. We had a wonderful afternoon, and we loved having Ms O'Prey and Ms Giverin joining us in class for the party!
On Tuesday 29th November, we went to the Science Museum for our school trip. We have been learning all about materials in Science and Neil Armstrong in Topic, so it was great for the children to consolidate their learning and make links between subjects whilst seeing lots of exciting things at the museum.
Take a look at our photos to see some of our favourite parts of the trip.
The children were extremely well behaved and represented our school fantastically. Thank you to our parent helpers who joined us on our trip.
In Science this term, we have been learning about 'Uses of Every Day Materials'. We have been discovering and exploring their properties and uses and more recently, we learnt about the differences between Natural and Man-Made materials.
Take a look at our photos, we had a go at using natural and man-made materials that we could find in our classroom and creating a piece of art work! We loved picking what objects we would use and we had lots of discussions about what materials and objects would work best for our art work. Some of us used a mixture of materials, and some children decided to use all man-made. It was very exciting and interesting as some materials were quite tricky to decide whether they were natural or man-made!
In Maths, we have been focusing on Multiplication and using repeated addition to solve problems. We have been playing lots of games to build our confidence in counting in 2s, 5s & 10s and we have been finding objects around the classroom to count in our multiples. As we grew more confident, we moved onto writing the number sentence to support our objects, for example 2 + 2 + 2= 6. As we become even more confident, we will learn how to turn this number sentence into a multiplication sum, for example 3 x 2 = 6.
We have had lots of fun this week exploring 2d and 3d shapes in our classroom. We have been on shape hunts around the school, we have been using 2d shapes to create our own animals and we have been learning about the properties of 2d and 3d shapes. We even used 3d shapes to build towers and see which shapes were the best for building depending on their properties. Take a look at some of our finds and creations!
We have been doing lots of work in Literacy based on the book 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers. We have been using the text to make predictions, perform the story, create questions, hot seat each other and we have been trying very hard to extend our sentences by using time conjunctions! Take a look at our pictures of us pretending to be the characters and all of our questions which we have posted on our Literacy working wall.
In every class we all have a Worry Box, where the children can write down anything that is bothering them & we then discuss either as a whole class what we could do to help or the class teacher will speak to the child on their own. This allows the children a chance to discuss a worry and it also shows them that discussing what is bothering us is a good thing. In St Anne's we like to discuss our Worry Box during our daily Collective Worship and the children are enjoying helping each other feel better
In Key Stage One, we have also started a 'Wonder Wall' which is linked to our RE topic for that week. We have been learning about Noah's Ark so the children have been writing down different ideas about what they wonder. This is a chance for the children to have a moment to think but it also helps them to understand that we can't always answer questions as there are somethings that we can only wonder about. The children have had some fantastic thoughts and we also use their wonders for our Collective Worship discussions.
On Monday 10th October, the whole school celebrated our new Learning Values by all dressing as bees! This is to celebrate our new approach to encouraging the children to be the best learners they can be, by being each of our 7 key learning values. We will be exploring each value weekly and presenting our ideas to our Key Stages during assemblies. Each class has created a display centred around our learning values and today our class created their own bees with our faces on! Each time we demonstrate one of the values, we will be able to move our bee to that petal to show us being our best!
On the 26th September Key Stage One and Year 3 were lucky enough to have a very special person come and visit us. Joanne Mersh was an Olympian for Team Great Britain at the Londnon Olympics in 2012 and she is a representative of the 21st Century Legacy set up after the 2012 Olympics called 'Be the Best You Can Be'. Jo was an inspiration to the children as she told us of how when she was 7 years old, she had the dream of becoming an Olympian, and through many years of hard work, she finally got there! She taught us about the 4 P's; that practice, patience and perseverance makes perfect. Jo spent many years overcoming injuries and training for her dream, and she told the children about how when she was little she wasn't always winning first, however she was always the best she could be. We realised we can use these ideas to help us learn lot's of things like times tables, spellings, multiplication, aiming a ball, painting a picture and are going to try hard to remember them.
Thank you to all of the parents who came into school on Tuesday 20th September for our coffee morning. I hope the information we shared was useful to you and you enjoyed seeing your child's classroom and teachers. If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to me.
Thank you for your support, we look forward to working with your children this year.
Miss Cleary & Ms Wolna