Monday 9th – Friday 12th July
This week Puffer Fish have continued to learn about transport throughout the ages. We have imagined that we were passengers of the first stream train, designed and made futuristic modes of transport.
In maths we have been using money to find totals and change. We have also used number facts to solve addition and subtraction calculations more efficiently.
The children have worked hard to finish their rainforest leaves which we will be painting next week.
During P.E. Puffer Fish also performed their dance for the last time. Well done you all did brilliantly and impressed Mrs Lawrence.
Monday 2nd – Friday 6th July
This week we have started our history topic ‘Transport throughout the Ages’. The children have learnt about different modes of transport and how they have change throughout time. We have enjoyed ordering transport on a timeline as well as labelling and creating a Viking longboat.
In maths the children have been sorting amounts into groups of and writing the multiplication calculation to match. We have also applied our multiplication knowledge to word problems using RUCSAC (read, understand, choose, solve, answer and check).
We have also started our final rainforest art project which involves cutting and moulding clay to create rainforest leaves.
Monday 25th – Friday 29th June
Puffer Fish have been working extremely hard on writing a story based on the book ‘Monkey Puzzle’. At the beginning of the week the children planned their story and throughout the week they sequenced sentences to create a narrative that had a beginning, middle and end. The children were reminded of all the spelling, punctuation and grammar we have learnt in Year One. I was amazed by their hard work and fantastic ideas. Super work Puffer Fish!
In Maths the children were ordering and writing the day’s week and the months of the year. The children also answered questions e.g. ‘What day comes before Sunday?’ and ‘What month were you born in?’
We also had a visit from the road safety team who taught us how to stay save when are out and about. Remember to stop, look, listen and think!
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd June
Puffer Fish have been learning and writing about the animals that live in the rainforest. The children have also learnt about the layers in which these animals live in and how they survive.
In art we have also created scarlet macaw pictures using handprints and snakes using different tones of green paint.
During maths we have recapped our number bonds to 10/20 and use this knowledge to solve addition calculations more efficiently
Monday 10th June – Friday 15th June
It has been a very active week in Pufferfish class. The children have continued to enjoy their rainforest dancing lesson and participated in Sports Day.
Pufferfish have also been working hard on practising their phonics and applying their SPAG skills. They have also been using their mathematical knowledge to solve word problems.
Monday 4th June – Friday 8th June
This week the children have been introduced to our new ‘Rainforest’ topic. To kick start our topic we were visited by ‘Jungle James’ who brought lots of different rainforest and jungle animals for the children to hold and stroke. Jungle James taught us lots of interest facts about these animals which the children use to create facts files.
Meanwhile, in maths we have been practising making amounts to 20p, adding up to 50p and finding change.
On Thursday afternoon, Puffer Fish started their dancing lessons with Mrs Lawrence. Over next few weeks the children will be creating and practising a rainforest dance.
We’ve also been visited by a pantomime company who performed ‘Robin Hood’.
This week the children have been learning the rules for making nouns plural. We have also explored, designed and made a poster on how to be healthy.
In maths, the children have been introduced to multiplication. To beginning with we explored multiplication through repeated addition but by the end of the week most of the children were able to use X to write number sentences.
In the afternoons, Pufferfish have discussed the life cycle of a sunflower and written about each stage. They have also participated in circle time to discuss the importance of asking for help and helping others.
Hope you all have a fantastic break.
Love Pufferfish staff
Monday 14th May – Friday 18th May
This week the children have been focusing on the question ‘Why does it matter where my food comes from?’ We have learnt about the production of diary milk and how it processed to make cheese, looked at the life of a banana and explored the different types of shops we can buy food from.
The children have also been learning the importance of an activity lifestyle. In P.E they have working on their eye–hand coordination by catching and throwing various sized balls.
In English we have been applying our knowledge of adjectives, verbs and adverbs to make our writing even more interesting. The children have also learnt how to use commas when writing lists of objects.
Pufferfish have also been exploring 3D shapes and their properties, recapped making half past time, started to practise making quarter past times and look at digital times.
Tuesday 8th May – Friday 11th May
It’s been a short but eventful week. On Tuesday Pufferfish went to Barleylands to learn about where our food comes from. The children also got an opportunity to feed the animals, ride a tractor, visit a museum and make pizzas.
Following on from our trip, this week in English we have been creating an information leaflet about Barleylands using all that we have learn in SPAG to help us with our writing.
Meanwhile, in maths we have been using our knowledge of number bonds to help us learn the subtraction fact to 10/20.
Monday 30th April – Friday 4th May
This week in English, Pufferfish have been developing their knowledge of punctuation and grammar. They have learnt how to choose the correct conjunction when joining sentences and how to use an exclamation mark. We have also recapped the use of capital letter, finger spaces and full stops.
The children have also completed some difficult math tasks, as they have been applying their knowledge of number bonds to solve number sentences.
As part of our ‘Healthy Me’ topic this term, we have also learnt about the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo and created artwork using fruit and vegetables.
In Science we have continued to learn about plants and care for our Sunflowers. The children have also been discussed where food come from.
Have a lovely bank holiday!
Monday 23rd April – Friday 27th April
On Monday, we enjoyed performing our class assembly to the Lower School and parents. I am very proud of Pufferfish and I’m sure you are too.
Pufferfish have done some cooking with the ‘Cooking Star’ ladies, as part of our D & T lesson. The children have also written instructions to explain how they made their square parcels using imperative verbs.
In maths, we have been exploring multiples of 10 and adding and subtracting 11 by partitioning
.e.g. 13 + 11 = 24 13 + 10 + 1 = 24
On Friday, we got the opportunity to use our outdoor classroom to plant our sunflower seeds. Over the next few weeks we will be looking after our sunflowers and keeping a diary.
Monday 16th April 2018 - Friday 20th April 2018
Pufferfish have had a good but very busy first week back.
We have been discussing and writing about the qualities needed to be a good friend. The children have also recapped the growth mind-set, school values and rules.
On Monday Pufferfish enjoyed their first session with ASSAS outside on the Astroturf. They have also been learning their lines and songs for our class assembly and visited the beach. During our trip to the beach we had an educational visited to a local Fishmonger. I would like to thank those who were able to help us.
Monday 26th March – Friday 29th March
Pufferfish have enjoyed their last week before the Easter break. Throughout the week, we have been using our knowledge of money to make different totals. The children were given the opportunity to use these skills in a role play shop.
On Tuesday, the children celebrated the end of our ‘Under the Sea’ topic with a pirate party. They enjoyed a range of pirate activities including making pirate hats, staining and labelling a treasure map, decorating cakes, singing pirate songs and making telescopes. We hope that you enjoyed reading your child’s story. If you could not make it to the pirate party please feel free to pop in one day after school to read your child’s story J
The children have also enjoyed participating in lots of Easter activities and showing of their Easter bonnets.
Monday 19th February- Friday 23rd February
We've had a busy first week back. Pufferfish have been writing poems about Spring using nouns, verbs and adjectives as well as creating paintings of spring meadows.
In maths we have been partitioning, comparing and finding two digit numbers by using our knowledge of tens and ones.
The children have also enjoyed a kite flying afternoon.
Monday 29th - Friday 1st February
This week we have been watching and writing weather reports in preparation for performing in front of the class. The children have enjoyed forecasting the weather using symbols on a map.
In maths the children have been counting in twos, sorting odd and even numbers and putting numbers into two different groups e.g more than 10 and less than 10.
We have also explored the concept of man made and natural materials in science.
Thank you to those who could join our number afternoon we had lots of fun playing a variety of games.
Monday 22nd - Friday 26th January
This week the children have enjoyed finding and recording facts about the weather. They then used these facts to create a fact file about their chosen weather.
The children have also been weighing using nonstandard units of measurement to compare the weight of a variety of objects. They have also learnt to tell o'clock, half past and quarter to times.
We have also started our history topic on homes in the past, which involved looking at old house objects and sorting different types of houses.
Monday 15th - Friday 19th January
This week we have carried out a number of science experiments and D & T activities based on the weather. For example, we have made rain gauges, weather vanes and created a rainstorm in a jar.
In English the children have continued to be little scientists as they've written evaluations of their experiments.
Pufferfish have also been learning the number bonds to 10 and doubling and halving numbers, which they then used to solve 3 number calculations e.g 9+1+8=18.
Monday 8th January - Friday 12th January 2018
Our first full week back has been a busy one. The children have been introduced to our new topic which will focus on the weather.
In English we explored and composed poems about different weather types using nouns, adjectives and verbs. Here's a video of a group of children exploring weather poetry through drama.
Thursday 4th - Friday 5th January 2018
Our first two days back from the Christmas holiday have focus on 'learning to learning.' We have learnt about the Fixed mindset versus the Growth mindset and written a New Year's Resolution. The children have been taught to have a positive mindset to help them become independent learner.
Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th December
Pufferfish have enjoyed the Christmas celebrations this week. Here's a few pictures of the fun and madness.
Monday 4th - Friday 8th December
Pufferfish have had a lovely week! Thank you so much for joining us for decoration morning. I hope you weren't too traumatised by the glitter and glue.
We have practised our nativity singing and can't wait to see you all next week for the big performance. Here's a sneak peek of our dress rehearsal.
Monday 20th - Friday 24th November
Pufferfish have been finding 1 more and 1 less of a number, identifying missing numbers and investigating all the ways of make 10 or 20.
We also transformed the class into a 'Toy Museum' to help us label, describe and comparing old and new toys. It was an exciting experience that we all enjoyed.
Thank you to all the parents that send in toys.
This week we have read the story book "Where's my Teddy?" and wrote about how we would feel if we lost something important to us.
In maths we have learnt how to write number sentences to double a number, looked at odd and even numbers and order the days and months.
Pufferfish have also started their ASSA PE sessions which they thoroughly enjoyed.
Monday 16th October - Friday 20th October
Pufferfish enjoyed an autumn walk to the Library Gardens this week. We found lots of Autumn signs which we used to create a hedgehog collage. A big thank you to all the parents who helped us with our autumn hunt.
Monday 9th – Friday 13th October 2017
Wow! It’s been a very busy week! We’ve had lots of interesting visitors including an occupational therapist, speech therapist, physiotherapist and the police. A big thank you to our visitor we thoroughly enjoyed learning about your jobs and how you help us.
Monday 2nd October – Friday 6th October 2017
Pufferfish have also investigated the difference between the human and animal body and continue to enjoy gymnastics.
This week we have introduced the children to the topic people who help us. The class activities and literacy have been focused on this topic giving the children the opportunity to write captions about Mr Robbins and taken on the role of a teacher.
We have also enjoyed counting and ordering numbers using a wide range of equipment including multi-link and Numicon.
Here's a snap show of our busy week.
It has been a wonderful but very busy first week back. Here’s a snap shot of our week.
We learnt about our school values and make some class rule. Puffer Fish also completed some team activities which they did extremely well.
We’ve also been busy getting to know each other and our new routines. In class we have done some phonics, maths and literacy.
On Thursday 7th September as a whole class we looked at some self-portrait art. We then started creating our own which we will continue next week.
Finally on Friday 8th September we had our first gymnatics lesson. It was a lot of fun and we are looking forward to next week.
Have a lovely weekend!