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This week there has been much excitement at North Street as classes got the chance to look at genuine rock samples from the moon! Many of the samples, including different types of meteorites, are worth thousands of pounds and so needed careful handling. The pack included interactive materials accessed via IPads which meant we could view the moon, planets and sun in virtual 3D. The session was interesting for all and well done to all the children for sensibly taking turns to look at the various samples.
On Thursday this week, the children were again very lucky to receive a special visit from from someone whose job involves helping people. The children, with the help of the puppet, were able to talk about different types of feelings and what they might mean. A big thank you to Katie for visiting our class!
On Wednesday of this week, the whole of Year 1 took part in the NSPCC Big Skip event. The children went to the KS2 playground and completed five minutes of skipping. For those who were not used to skipping with a rope in the traditional way, they were allowed to simply skip around the outskirts of the playground. This sponsored event was lots of fun and it was great to see the Sports Councillors take on their roles with such enthusiasm. A special thanks must go to Mrs Crab who organised this for everyone.
As part of our topic ‘People Who Help Us’ Pufferfish Class were lucky to have a visit from a local Police Community Support Officer. This was especially exciting, because as you can see from the pictures, she brought her police car! The children learned about the work of the police and the important equipment that might be stored in a police car. The children then all got the chance to sit in the car.
A big thanks to our PCSO for giving up her time to come and see us!
Pufferfish Class were lucky once again to receive a special visit from people who help us to link with our topic. This week, our visitors were a doctor and nurse who spoke to the children about their jobs were what is involved. The children took turns to listen to their heartbeat using a stethoscope. They also had the chance to look at blood cells using a microscope. A very interesting visit!
In Science this week, the children became ‘Sense Detectives’ in order to solve the mystery of the lost teddy bear. The children took part in a series of tests using all five senses. The one pictured shows a volunteer who had to use their taste to identify the missing teddy’s favourite food. A really fun lesson which got the children thinking. Well done to all for taking part in the activities with such enthusiasm!
On Thursday of this week, Pufferfish Class received a special visit from a local firefighter. He spoke to the children about what is involved in the job, the equipment used and the variety of situations the fire brigade get called out to. The children got the chance to ask questions to find out more and listened beautifully.
After the visit, the children wrote about what a firefighter might see or hear in their job. This was based on the structure of ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?’ which the children have been reading.
Thanks to the firefighter for giving up their time to provide a great experience for our class!
Here are Pufferfish Class taking part in their Maths lesson. The focus was to compare numbers of different objects. The children have learned how to use the symbols Greater Than and Less Than and make a number statement that correctly compared the amounts in front of them. More work will be done on this next week. Well done to all for the hard work on a tricky concept!
Every Wednesday Pufferfish will take part in Music lessons with Mrs Brown. This week the children sang songs such as the 'Hello How Are You?' song and played musical games. These lessons will provide the children with the chance to get creative, work as part of a team and learn about music and instruments. The children cannot wait for the next lesson!
This week some of the children got the chance to listen to a traditional tale via headphones. The children absolutely loved using the CD player to do this and there were lots of volunteers to have a turn. As this was successful, we will do this periodically moving forward as it provides a great opportunity for the children to talk with each other about different aspects of the story they have heard. If anyone has any audio stories on CD suitable for Year 1 they would be gratefully received.
Here are Pufferfish Class taking part in their very first P.E. lesson of the year. There were various activities that the children took part in and each of them were designed to develop strength and balance. The children learned about warming up before starting the main activities and to listen to commands to stay safe in the hall.
The children have been working hard in class too and have been busy in Maths practising dealing with numbers up to ten. A great week and well done to everyone for the positive start they have made.
Pufferfish Class have settled really well into Year 1 and are getting used to their new surroundings and new routines. They have been discussing class rules and how we should treat each other. We also talked about our attitudes to learning and what having a Growth Mindset might mean. The quotes in the pictures were discussed with examples relevant for the age group.
A fantastic start to the new academic year!
Pufferfish have continued learning about Amy Johnson. We have written postcards from Amy’s perspective sharing with her family all the exciting and dangerous challenges she faced during her journey to Australia.
In maths we have been exploring standard units of measurement such as millilitres, grams and centimetres. We have also practised the compass points, learnt rotation movements and discussed clockwise and anti-clockwise turns.
Meanwhile, in our topic lessons we have placed events in Amy’s life on a timeline, followed instructions to make paper aeroplanes and practised our explorer dance with Mrs Lawrence.
Pufferfish have enjoyed learning about women and their changing roles in the 1930s. We’ve also learnt about Amy Johnson’s inspirational flight from the UK to Australia and compared her to other women in the 1930s. The children have also researched and watched videos about Amy Johnson to help them write an interesting fact file about her life.
We have also learnt facts about Gypsy Moth planes so that we could design and make plane using pegs, lollipop sticks, string and card. We’ve also finished off our iceberg art work using a variety of collage techniques.
Meanwhile, in maths we have been practising our doubling and halving skills using lots of visual and practical equipment. Some of the children have even been introduced to the division and multiplication operation sign to record their exploration.
This week Pufferfish have enjoyed our morning phonics bootcamp which involved lots of practical activities that allowed the children to apply their phonic skills. Pufferfish have worked very hard on their phonics and put 100% into the phonic screening this week. Well done!
We have continued our ‘Great Explorer’ topic by looking at the characteristics of an explorer. The children ordered what they thought were the most important characteristics for an explorer to have and justified their answers. They also discussed whether they had any of these characteristics and if so when did they have to use them e.g. bravery.
In maths the children have been helping Ranulph Fiennes buy his survival equipment for his next Arctic adventure. The children had to use their money knowledge and reasoning skills to spend their money wisely. They were also given challenges that required them to work out what items had been brought and find the correct change from £1.
In our topic lessons we continued learning about the world and labelling the continents on our world map. We also looked at how humans survive in extreme habitants and look at survival equipment. We also enjoyed ourselves on Sport Day and hope those who could make it also had a great time.
Pufferfish have enjoyed being introduced to our new topic ‘Great Explorers’. This week the children have been introduced to Ranulph Fiennes and his amazing Transglobal expedition. We have watched video clips of Ranulph discussing his experiences, looked at pictures and learnt facts. These facts helped us write a fact file about Ranulph and his journey through the Sahara Desert and across the Antarctic.
In our topic lessons we have learnt about the five oceans and their different features which helped find us and labelling the five oceans on a world map. We’ve also discussed extreme habitant and how animals survive in these conditions.
In maths the children have been consolidating their o’clock, half past and quarter to/past knowledge by reading and drawing times. They have also been introduced to digital time and have practised converting analogue to digital time. We have recapped the days of the week and months of the year as well as introduced terminology such as yesterday, today, tomorrow etc. The children have then attempted to answer word problems that required them to use all their time knowledge.
This week the children have been applying their knowledge of nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs to write some fantastic sentences about a variety of different foods. We have also created a healthy living poster to inform others how to have a balanced diet and look after themselves.
In maths we have had lots of fun exploring 3D shapes. We have learnt the names of the basic 3D shapes, sorted them into groups and investigated their properties. Once we had learnt the basics we had a go at building the 3D shapes using marshmallows and spaghetti which we all thoroughly enjoyed. I heard lots of great discussion and ideas from the children.
During out topic lesson, we have continued to look after our beans and record our observations, looked and labelling the parts of a plant/tree and researched how milk is used to produce cheese.
Monday 14th - Friday 17th May 2019
Pufferfish have worked extremely hard on their maths work this week. We have continued to explore the concept of bridging to help us solve subtraction calculations. We’ve also learnt how to apply this two-step mathematical method to a number of problems. I’m very proud of their can do attitude and perseverance.
In English, Pufferfish have continued to make me proud as they’ve written excellent sentences using the nouns, verbs and adverbs.
During our topic lessons, we have continued to learn where our food comes from, observed and cared for our beans, create portrait using fruit and learn how to run a relay race.
Thank you Pufferfish for a fantastic week!
This week the children have been consolidating their understanding of conjunctions and punctuation marks. They have also continued to practise reading real and nonsense words ready for the phonic screening.
In our maths lessons, we have been learning how to apply our knowledge of number bonds to bridge to through the 10s numbers. To do this, the children selected a 2-digit and a single digit number, they investigated whether a bond could be made in order to bridge to the next 10s number then added the remaining ones. The children were asked to only record the calculations that required them to bridge through the 10s.
Meanwhile, in our topic lessons we have continued to learn about where our food comes from, recorded our observations in our bean diary, drawn observational pictures of a fruit basket and went on a wild flower hunt in the school garden.
Pufferfish enjoyed dressing up in rock clothes and learning about Times table Rockstar. We’ve also designed our own rock star avatar and thought of some rocking names for our school board.
In maths we have been exploring the concept of multiplication by using a range of practical equipment. The children have recording the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication timetable as repeated addition and had even had a go at using the multiplication symbol.
Meanwhile, in English we have been looking at the features of an information leaflet so that we could create an information leaflet about Barleylands. The children have done a fantastic job at creating a leaflet that will inform others about the exciting activities Barleylands can offer school trips.
In Geography we have been learning about food and where is comes from and discussing the two types of food plants and animals. During our science lesson we have learnt about the parts of a plant and what they need to survive. We’ve also planted our own beans which we will observer over the next few weeks.
Pufferfish have had a short but exciting first week back.
On Tuesday we had a ‘Learning to Learn’ day; the children recapped the growth mind set, discussed the concept of mindfulness and set a personal goal to work on this term.
In maths we have been practising our counting skills and ordering numbers using our knowledge of place value to help us.
With the phonic screen approaching we have been revising all the graphemes we have learnt in Year 1 and continued to explore plurals.
On Thursday we went on our trip to Barleylands which we all thoroughly enjoyed. The children got an opportunity to feed the animals, ride the tractor, visit the museum and make a pizza. A big thank you to our helps we appreciated your support during the trip.
At the beginning to the week, the children were given the opportunity to edit their stories and create their own next steps. Once completed the children then shared their stories with a friend to celebrate their hardwork. We hope those who could make pirate day enjoyed reading our under the sea stories.
During pirate day the children participated in a number of activities including making hats, maps, eye patches, book marks, playing addition games and writing messages in a bottle.
In mathematics we have been working on our coin recognition, using the correct coins to pay for items up to 20p, find change and solve mathematical problems.
Pufferfish have continued to learning about the creatures that live under sea. A surprise visitor (Mrs Knapp’s son) came to share lots of fascinating videos and pictures of sea creatures that live in Australia. The children also got an opportunity to ask Mr Knapp lots of interesting questions.
The children have also been describing the ‘Finding Nemo’ character and story settings using adjectives, verbs and adverb. Pufferfish have also been exploring inverted commas (speech marks) by creating speech for the ‘Finding Nemo’ characters.
During maths the children have recapped their number bonds to 10 and explored number bonds to 20. We have also learnt how to apply this knowledge to word problems and calculation that bridge 10.
We’ve also continued with our history transport topic which involved discussing and making a Viking longboat. While in art we have started making jellyfish using a collage technique to create a rainbow patch work pattern.
It’s been an action packed week in Pufferfish class. At the beginning of the week, we found a mysterious message in a bottle. We followed lots of clues until we finally found some invites to Nemo’s pirate party (pirate day).
On Tuesday we visited Sealife Centre to learn about the creatures that live under the sea. Thank you to those who helped us, and the children for being well behaved and sensible on our trip. Upon returning to school, the children recalled the information they had received so that they could write fact files about their favourite sea creatures.
While in maths we have been applying our number bond, doubling and addition knowledge to solve a range of calculations.
Pufferfish have also enjoyed dressing up for world book day and sharing their favourite books with each other.
This week the children have thoroughly enjoyed composing cinquain poems using nouns, adjectives and verbs to describe spring. We have also been making beautiful spring meadows using different printing techniques. In maths, the children have been exploring the concept of tens and ones using Numicon, Dienes and beaded lines.
Mrs Robert would like to say thank you for all you kind and positives words. She is sorry to not be able to finish the year with Puffer Fish but wishes them all the best.
This week we have been retelling the Chinese New Year story using adjective, time connectives and conjunctions. We’ve also been using our imaginations to finish sentences about a treasure hunt.
In maths, the children have been exploring the concept of capacity to find out which containers hold the greatest and least amount of water/sand.
On Wednesday, Pufferfish thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the beach. While on the beach the children got an opportunity to fly their kites and practise measuring capacity and length. A big thank you to the adults able to help us J
Monday 4th February 2019 – Friday 8th February 2019
Pufferfish have enjoyed learning about the Chinese New Year and listening to the story of the twelve zodiac animals. We have acted the story out and made story maps in preparation for our writing activity next week. While in art we have been mixing paint and practising our brush control so that we can paint the zodiac animals.
This week Pufferfish have also continued learning about the weather. In English we have written weather reports which we have practised and performed to each other and we have discussed dangerous weather.
The children have also been busy measuring and estimating the length of objects using non-standard units and standard units of measurement.
The children have been great weather reporters this week! We have identified the countries in the United Kingdom and the capital cities of these. We have found out about different weather symbols used by weather forecasters and used these to plan our own weather reports. We will hopefully be recording these next week!
In Maths we have been counting in 2s, sorting odd and even numbers and have also been halving numbers.
It’s been a very busy but fun-filled week!
Monday 21st January – Friday 25th January 2019
We’ve had a great week continuing with our ‘wonderful weather’ topic this week. The children have been researchers and found out interesting facts about all different types of weather. They have used these to write their own fact files with interesting facts and subheadings.
In maths we have focussed on capacity and time. The children have enjoyed using the scales to compare different objects and also balanced scales to find out what objects weigh. In our ‘time’ work, we have focussed on telling the time to o’clock and half past with some of us attempting quarter past and quarter to!
In art we have painted some clouds, raindrops and suns using different shades of colour by adding and mixing white paint. They are really effective!
We have enjoyed seeing and experiencing the very cold weather this week and had fun in the snow flurries!
Have a brilliant weekend : )
Happy New Year! Puffer Fish have had a brilliant start to 2019.
At the beginning of the week, the children recapped the growth mind-set and characteristics of a good learner. A variety of team tasks were given to the children which they solved using the growth mind-set.
This week the children have also been introduced to our new topic ‘Wonderful Weather’. We have started to explore the different weather types in the UK, listened to the sounds they make and described them using our five senses. We have also enjoyed reading and composing our own weather poems using nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs.
In Mathematics the children have been finding one more and one less of a 2-digit/ 3 digit numbers and count in 10’s from a given number.
Monday 17th December – Thursday 20th December 2018
It’s been a very busy week for Puffer Fish Class. We hope that you enjoyed our Christmas nativity performance. The children worked very hard to learn how to play their instruments and sing their songs.
We have also been writing instructions on ‘How to Wrap a Present’ using imperative verbs and adverbs. In Maths, we have been exploring 10 more/less and 100 more/less as well as recapping ordinal numbers.
On Friday, Puffer Fish had lots of fun with AJ the magician in their Christmas jumpers. In the afternoon, they also got the opportunity to watch the KS1 choir, recorder club and Pixie Lane perform.
Monday 3rd - Friday 8th December 2018
Puffer Fish have enjoyed the beginning of the festive season. Thank you to those who could join us on decoration morning. I hope you all had a fantastic time. J
We have also received a letter from Santa this week. Puffer Fish have been asked to write instructions on ‘How to deliver Christmas present’ because Rudolph has eaten Santa’s only copy.
In maths we have been practising and further developing the children’s addition skills and learning how to write the in reverse of a calculation.
I thought you might also like to see a sneak peek of us rehearsing the nativity. We can’t wait to see you next week for our performance.
Monday 26th – Friday 30th November
During our English lessons this week, Puffer Fish have explored conjunctions and time connectives to help them predict and write the middle and end of a story. The children then got an opportunity to create what they predicted would happen in the story ‘Little Bear’s Big Race’ using tin foil.
While in maths we have been learning strategy to answer words problem and partitioned 1 digit or 2 digit numbers. Puffer Fish have also continued to practise their number formation using purple polishing pens to make sure their numbers are the right way round.
In the afternoons, Puffer Fish have enjoying learning about how humans and animals copy in the winter. The children have also observed and explained which animals hibernate, migrate or adapt to survive the cold winter season.
Monday 19th - 21st Friday November 2018
The children have enjoyed our ‘Toys from the past’ topic. We have placed toys on a timeline, researched the history of LEGO and discussed difference and similarities of toys across the ages. We have also enjoyed looking at old toys which the children brought in for our class museum.
This week in maths we have explored the concept of more and less, found missing number and investigated number bonds to 10/20.
Puffer Fish also enjoyed their beach trip which consolidated their 2d shape learning. Thank you to those who braved the cold weather J
Monday 12th November- Friday 16th November 2018
This week the children have been busy writing their own version of ‘Where’s my Teddy?’ We have discussed the structure of a story, story openers, adjectives and time connectives.
Puffer fish have also enjoyed our weekly comprehension task which involved predicting what will happen next in various story extracts.
In maths, we have explored the properties of 2-d shapes and sorted shapes into groups. The children have also practised adding three numbers together by counting on from the largest number.
On Thursday, we got the opportunity to visit the book fair and enjoy the many books on offer.
Monday 5th - Friday 9th November 2018
This week Puffer Fish have been exploring doubles, odd and even numbers, the days of the week and the months of the year. We have enjoyed using lots of practical equipment and singing to help us learn these mathematical concepts.
In English we have read the story book ‘Where’s my Teddy’ and described how we would feel if we lost something important to us. We have also explored story openers ready to write a story next week.
Puffer Fish have also been learning about Guy Fawkes, Remembrance Day and Diwali in our topic subjects.
Monday 29th October 2018 – Friday 2nd November 2018
Puffer Fish have enjoyed their first week back. This week we have been focusing on our Geography topic ‘Where I live’. The children have learnt about the countries that make the United Kingdom and located geographical features on a map.
In Science we have been discussing the four seasons in particular autumn and continued to learn about animals and humans. Thank to those who helped with our autumn walk you helped us think of some brilliant adjectives for our autumn poems.
The children have also enjoyed learning how to find a half/quarter of shapes and amounts.
Monday 15th October 2018 – Friday 19th October 2018
It’s been a busy but exciting week in Puffer Fish class.
We have been labelling, writing facts about a police officer’s equipment and composing thank you letters.
In maths we have been ordering numbers on a number line, placing numbers on a 100 square and counting in 10’s.
The children have also had the opportunity to explore a fire engine and talk to fire fighters about their job which they thoroughly enjoy. Thank you to all our visits this week J
Have lovely holiday!
From Puffer Fish staff
Monday 8th October 2018 – Friday 12th October 2018
Puffer Fish have enjoyed listening to a range of stories by Allan Ahlberg. We have also created story characters and written a short description using adjectives.
In maths we have been exploring subtraction and developing the children’s understanding of counting backwards using number lines and practical equipment.
As part of our ‘People who help us’ topic we were visited by a community support officer. The children got an opportunity to ask questions, look at police equipment and explore the car.
Monday 1st October – Friday 5th October 2018
Puffer Fish have enjoyed writing questions for our ‘People who help us’ visitors. We have explored words we use to start a question and practised using question marks at the end. They have also learnt what an address is and how to write it on an envelope.
In maths, the children have learnt how to read o’clock and half past times and measure length using non-standard and standard units.
On Thursday, Puffer Fish were very lucky as they got to watch the Travelling by Tuba perform at the Wesley Church. It was an amazing experience which the children thoroughly enjoyed.
Monday 24th September – Friday 28th September 2018
Puffer Fish have been writing a repetitive story based on the structure of ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’. The children have also learnt about nouns and adjectives which they have used in their story writing.
In maths we have been identifying coins, finding totals of two coins and finding ways to pay for items that cost 10p or 15p.
The children have also completed their self-portraits using paint and pastels to draw their facial features. While in P.E they continue to develop their balancing, jumping and landing skills with Mrs Lawrence.
Keep up the brilliant work Puffer Fish!
Monday 17th September – Friday 21st September 2018
This week we have continued with our `People who help us’ topic. The children have thought carefully about the equipment firemen need and recorded their ideas in a list. We have also discussed and explored how to use a dictionary to find words and meanings.
In Maths the children have been counting to 100, counting on from 5 and exploring the number bonds to 5 and 10.
Puffer Fish have also enjoyed their first science lesson which focused on labelling the body parts.
Home learning – To continue the `People who help us’ activities and complete the long ladder handwriting sheet.
Monday 10th – Friday 14th September 2018
This week we have introduced the topic `People who help us’. The children have discussed the roles of each person. The children have written captions about Mr Robbins our caretaker and how he helps people around the school. In Mathematics they have been counting, ordering and comparing numbers.
Following our curriculum meeting you might want to see our website where you will find addition, subtraction, multiplication and division strategies under about us/school polices. You will also find KS1 mathematical skills which will give you an insight to what the children will be covering. We are also looking into different ways to help you support your child in Mathematics.
Home learning – To complete the `People who help us’ activities.
From Miss Scott J
Thursday 6th – Friday 7th September 2018
It has been a short but exciting first week back. Puffer Fish are beginning to settle in and learn the new routines. We have discussed the school values; the growth mind set and made some class rules as part of our ‘Learning to Learn’ week.
The children have also revised some of the Jolly Phonics sounds and high frequency words. In mathematics we have been counting and ordering numbers to 20.
On Friday, some of the children got an opportunity to share their homework with the class. We will continue to this next week as it’s lovely to hear what they have been up to during their six weeks holiday.
Looking forward to working with my little Puffer Fish next week.
Have a fantastic weekend!