This half term we are looking at People who Help Us. We have been finding out about emergency services and using our costumes, equipment and hats to dress up as doctors, nurses and vets. The children are loving the change and are enjoying the non-fiction books about these people.
All the children are learning their weekly letter sounds, which we learn each day, using our Floppy Phonics scheme.
With your support at home they are becoming confident to say the sounds we have learnt, all 22!!
This link below is for you to hear the way each sound is said.
We have just started the Phase 3 sounds, which mainly comprise of 2 letters making one sound called digraphs, for example, ch, sh, ai - and 3 letters called trigraphs, such as igh, ear, air.
If you need any help with this just let me know.
The children have all finished making their card of friendship with you at home.
I have to tell you that they are all wonderful and made with love and care.
The children gave their card to the friend and everyone was very excited to receive such kind messages as we read what was written inside.
Thank you all for helping you child to create a lovely gift.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
This week we have started a new story and been learning through ideas. So, I asked the children to work out, problem solve, how to make a chair that someone could sit on. Alot of the children have had a go, worked as a team, selected by themselves to create and try out whether or not their team chair would be successful... or not?
Here are some photo examples of what they have built so far.
They have been learning how to use a problem solving programme and a painting programme, using our Ipads. To do this we needed to explore how it worked, how to follow instructions and how to build on our ideas.
We had a go at making bread together. Everyone took part and mixed and made bread to eat, it was great fun and everyone was so helpful towards each other. This was the final activity for our Little Red Hen story topic.
Here are some of the counting and subitising activities we have tried. We like explaining things to each other so we needed to prove which collection had more; the pumpkins, runner beans or the pine cones that we had found in our outside classroom. Our other activity shows us finding matching amounts that we can subitise- say the amount on sight without counting each time. Also, behind us, you can see we have been using the interactive whiteboard to access learning games.
We had a very interesting time at the church...lots of questions and wonderment. The children were fascinated on the walk there and back as to what we saw and heard, looking at the outside and inside if the building too. They were all very well behaved as we listened to our friends talk and we sang our Harvest songs so well.
During healthy eating week we tried tasting unusual fruits; were they sweet, sour, felt funny in our mouth and which was the most liked taste - unbelievably it was the lemon!!
Another wonderful week of exploring! It has taken two weeks of creation and we have done a fabulous job. Firstly, we looked in the mirror and thought about the shape of our face and where to start painting on the paper, then this week we looked at which colour to use for the detail we needed to add. We are so impressed with the creativity and reflection all the children have used!
Welcome to Moss Class!
Our first few days as Moss class have been truly wonderful. The children are trying lots of different ways to learn, making friends, having fun and being brave. I am so proud of them all and they are all settling into the new routines and new adventures and getting to know each other. Well done everyone x
We have had a fantastic day today at Bishops Wood Centre. Mrs Bartlett's camera is playing tricks on her this evening, but she is too excited to share her photos with you all....
In the Workshop this week we have been learning how to use a hammer safely. We began by learning how to hold the hammer and a nail, hammering into a piece of corrugated cardboard for least resistance, followed by a block of polystyrene. We all showed so much maturity when using these tools that our teachers felt we were ready to put our skills to the test by hammering a nail into a block of soft wood. We were surprised at how much trickier this was.
In our outdoor learning lessons we have been working on our team building skills and problem solving by building shelters for our whole class. This week's was our favourite so far - we managed to fit ALL of Moss Class under the shelter, just as the rain began to pour!
A fabulous Monday morning full of collaborative learning. This week we will be exploring more living things, including plants in our garden, blossoms from the trees and creatures that have made our school home. We will be continuing to practise our subtilising skills by playing dominoes this week and our phonics focus will be rhyme.
We we are looking forward to a week filled with learning, friendship building and laughter!
In Literacy this week, we have been learning to speak in full sentences. We have been using our outdoor environment to help us to create some interesting sentences.
Some me of our favourite sentences so far have been:
“That’s not my Santa, his hat is too leafy brown.”
”That’s not my elf, his hat is too autumn orange.”
No photos from today - we've been busy planning something special!
Watch this space!
This term our focused text is Grandad's Island by Benji Davis. We will be learning about remembrance, the importance of remembrance and heading back in time to explore an ancient empire.
Today, we have been on an imagination-fuelled adventure into Grandad's attic.
We searched around until we found some treasures that we could see: we named a bird cage, and a music box.
As we were so good at being word-collectors yesterday, we carried on collecting vocabulary today too! We began to describe what we had found, using our looking/noticing lens.
We collected rusty and fragile today, to help with our descriptions.
The final thing that we found in Grandad's attic was a couple of old records. We listened to them on the record player, and danced to the music. We told Mrs Bartlett that we had never heard music like this before.... we wanted to find out more!
We used different lenses in our learning goggles to explore the bag and find out who it may belong to.
Through our looking lense we saw a blue bag. We became Word Collectors, and soon we were able to develop our description from 'a blue bag' into a 'navy blue bag'.
We really impressed Mrs Bartlett with our vocabulary. We used words such as large, dirty and well-used to describe the bag.
Then we changed our lens; we explored the bag using our 'touch' lens. We used words such as light, bumpy and squishy to describe how it felt. We also heard some sounds, we had great fun using our voices to repeat these sounds: crunching, rustling and crinkling.
Eventually, we looked inside!
We collected words including grimy, ancient, neon, bright, grubby and stretchy to describe what we found.
Finally, we imagined that the ruck-sack must belong to somebody that had been on an adventure!
This week we are learning about a living artist called Yayoi Kusama. We have found out that she is from Japan, and has bright red hair.
We have enjoyed looking at photographs of her exhibitions. Can you guess which picture we thought looked like tentacles?
Each morning we begin our day with Beoley Bookworm time where we practise our reading, phonics, roach and fine motor skills.
This morning we worked collaboratively to create our own story using 4 objects as prompts.
We have been celebrating positivity today as part of our Positivity Games. We discussed how positivity can spread and all the things that help us to feel positive. We used this video to see how easily positivity can spread and spent our afternoon spreading positivity.
Welcome to Moss Class, and to Beoley First School!
We are so excited to meet you! Over the last couple of weeks I have been busy preparing our new learning spaces and they are almost ready to share with you. I will post some photos here, as well as e-mailing them to each of you before our new term begins.
I can't wait to hear all about your summer adventures! During the summer holidays my family adopted a baby rabbit. His name is Flop and we love him, even though he makes me sneeze and itch a lot! Here is a photo of him, he is a very cheeky rabbit!
See you soon,