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Goldfinches

Welcome to the Goldfinch Class

Watch This Space...

My weekly story time video will be late this week (I'm really sorry!) I've managed to endure a minor injury that has left me feeling unwell. Nothing to worry about - I will be back with Skye by the end of the week (fingers crossed!) smiley

Week beginning 25/05/2020

Hello Goldfinches!

I hope you are keeping safe and well and enjoying the lovely weather over this bank holiday weekend. This week I will not be setting formal work as it would have been half term. However, I would still like you to keep up with your learning. I would like you to read every day and keep on top of practicing your times tables. Additional to this, why not have a go at inventing your own holiday destination? Draw a picture or a map of your holiday destination - What tourist attractions are there? What is the weather like? How do you travel there? You could then write a postcard to a friend or family member, telling them all about your new holiday destination!

Have a nice week, keep up with your learning and stay safe. I am missing you all and hope we will be together again soon.

 

Mrs Ashton 

Storytime 18/05/2020 What the Ladybird Heard Next

Home Learning Week Beginning 18/05/2020

 

Hello Goldfinches!

I hope you're all well and keeping safe. I've really enjoyed looking through photographs of some fantastic work this week, so well done to all of you! This is our final week of 'structured learning' before what would have been half term, so I will be rounding off our topic of Enchanted Woodlands. Remember to keep reading and practicing your times tables. You are doing a fantastic job of accessing the Oxford Reading Buddy resource, so please keep this up!  

Take care everybody and remember to keep in touch via my email address - sophie.ashton@kltprimary.co.uk

 

Mrs Ashton :) 

 

Maths

For your maths activities this week, I would like you to focus on measurements - both standard and non-standard units.

  • Find a favourite book, a favourite item of clothing and favourite toy. Measure how long they are using something small such as Lego bricks, buttons, coins, paper clips. How long are they? Compare the lengths and order from the shortest to the longest. 
  • Use a tape measure or ruler to measure the length of the above items in cm. 
  • Measure the length of your bedroom using your feet. Do the same with your hands. Do you get the same answer? Why?
  • Choose a method of measuring the length of your garden and record your answer. Find something different to measure your garden with. Do you get the same answer? Why?
  • Physical Activity Ask an adult to time you for 1 minute doing different activities. How many jumps can you do in 1 minute? How many hops can you do in one minute? How many times can you write your name in 1 minute? How many times can you bounce a ball in 1 minute? Record your answers. Have fun! 

 

English

For your English work this week, I'd like you to have a go at some poetry.

  • Write an acrostic poem using the words Enchanted Woodland. It does not need to rhyme, but just show what you have learnt about the topic so far. You could focus on the plants and animals or you could describe what you think and Enchanted Woodland looks like. 
  • Write an acrostic poem using your favourite woodland animal.
  • Write a riddle describing a woodland creature. For example - I am small but speedy, I have a long tail, I can scuttle and squeak, who am I? I am a mouse! 
  • Draw an outline of a flower or tree. Write descriptive words or phrases inside the outline to describe the flower or tree. 
  • Can you find some rhyming words to match the following words - bat, flower, tree, fox, snake.

 

Topic

​​​​​​​We began our topic by reading The Gruffalo. We are going to return to this classic story as our topic comes to an end. 

  • Design your own 'terrible creature' that lives in the deep, dark wood. Give him/her a name and think about what makes them stand out. What is their favourite food?
  • Ask your adults at home to help you find a recipe for a 'Gruffalo Crumble'. (Apple crumble is a firm favourite in our house!) Follow the recipe together and enjoy your crumble as a family! 
  • Design and make woodland creature puppets that could be added to the story. Hide them around your garden for your family to find!
  • We are coming to the end of Springtime. Look around your garden for signs of Summer. What can you see? What changes do you notice? 
  • Are there any other stories you have at home that are set in a woodland or that have woodland creature characters? Set up a cosy reading den in your garden and read the stories to your family.

 

Have a lovely week everybody. Keep a look out for this weeks story time video!

Super News!

Well done Goldfinches! You have once again won the Oxford Reading Buddy challenge this week! Keep up the fantastic work everybody, you're doing great!

 

Storytime... With a guest! 11/5/2020

Home Learning Week Beginning 11/5/2020

Hello Goldfinches!

I hope you have all had a lovely week. We've had some fantastic weather over the weekend - although now it's turned quite chilly again! Keep up all the fantastic work you are doing at home. I've had lots of emails from parents/carers this week, sharing your amazing work. Keep it up!

I have outlined some activities continuing with our Enchanted Woodlands topic. I hope you enjoy them and please send me any pictures or updates, I'd love to hear from you!

 

Take care,

 

Mrs Ashton

 

 

Maths

Your maths activities this week are based around statistics and interpreting data. I would like you to ask your family at home what their favourite snack/drink is. Could you then record this information in a tally chart and transfer it into a pictogram. Remember to include a key to show what number your picture represents. You could then repeat this, finding out different information for example favourite colour, favourite TV program, favourite sport etc. Once you have collected your data, can you answer these questions:

  • Which is the most popular?
  • Which is the least popular?
  • How many people did you ask altogether?
  • What is the difference between the most popular and least popular?
  • Add 3 more tally's/pictures to your charts then answer the above questions again. 

 

English

This week, you are going to become authors! You will be writing your own Enchanted Woodland story. Take your time with your writing. Be sure to concentrate on the quality and not quantity of writing. Remember to keep reading your work back to check that it makes sense and edit it as you go along. 

  • Read the story Hansel and Gretel. If you don't have a copy of this story, it is available on YouTube. Listen to the story and have a go at retelling the story to somebody at home. Could you draw pictures of the important parts and write a sentence to match each picture. 
  • Imagine you have found a mysterious pathway in a forest. Where does it lead? What would happen if you followed it? Begin to write a short  opening to your story about a woodland adventure down the mysterious pathway. Remember to check for capital letters, full stops and finger spaces as well as making your writing exciting by using adjectives!
  • Continue your 'mysterious pathway' story by introducing a talking animal character. How would you feel if you met a talking animal? What adventures could you go on? How is your adventure going to end?
  • Create a title and front cover for your 'mysterious pathway' story and add some illustrations.
  • Share your completed story with your family.

 

Topic

  • Design an animal mask of an animal you might find in a woodland.
  • Collect some pine cones. Investigate what happens to the pine cones when they are left in water. What do you notice?
  • Share the story Stickman by Julia Donaldson (available on YouTube if you don't have a copy) Can you make your own 'stick family'?
  • Create an observational sketch or painting of some flowers in your garden.
  • Use Google Maps to research local woodland areas.

 

Oxford Reading Buddy

Well done Goldfinches - you have won the Oxford Reading Buddy challenge this week! Fantastic work, keep it up and let's see if we can win it again next week!

Storytime 4/5/2020

Another of my favourite Julia Donaldson stories. I hope you enjoy it!

Home Learning Week Beginning 4/5/2020

 

Hello Goldfinches!

 

I hope you've all had a lovely week and are all keeping safe and well. The weather has turned somewhat rainy and chilly now but hopefully you're still managing to get outside for some daily exercise and fresh air. 

This week we have a bank holiday on Friday so do make sure you take that time to have a break and have some fun with your family at home. I have suggested some activities for this week. Have a go and let me know how you get on. I have heard from quite a few of you via my email address (sophie.ashton@kltprimary.co.uk) - it's lovely to see all the fantastic learning you have been doing at home. Keep up the good work everybody!

Take care everybody and have a lovely week!

 

Mrs Ashton

 

 

Maths

For your maths learning this week, I would like you to focus on position and direction. 

  • Draw a map of your garden. Write a set of directions to different places. See if you or another family member can follow them. Try to use the language - forwards, backwards, left, right, above, under, next to, clockwise, anti-clockwise etc. 
  • Play hide and seek with a favourite toy for a family member to find. Write clues for them to follow using the above language.
  • Design a pirate map with some hidden treasure. Can you use North, South, East and West to explain how to reach your hidden treasure.
  • Look at your bedroom. Write 5 sentences explaining where things are in your bedroom. E.g. My wardrobe is on the left. My lamp is on my bedside table. My bookshelf is next to my drawers.

 

English

For your English learning this week, I would like you to focus on non-fiction writing/research.

  • Use the internet/books to look at images of woodland animals. Write a description of your favourite animal. 
  • Make a 'mini-book' about your favourite woodland animal. This can include your description and any favourite fun facts you may have found about your animal. You could cut out pictures or draw your own illustrations! 
  • Write a letter to one of your class friends telling them facts about your favourite woodland animal. Maybe you could ask them about any research they have done about woodland animals.
  • Begin to carry out some research about woodland flowers. 

 

Topic

Your topic learning this week is carrying on with our Enchanted Woodlands topic. I wonder if any of you have done any planting in your own gardens? What trees/plants do you have in your gardens? Maybe you have been on a daily walk and noticed different plants and trees?

  • Look at images or real flowers. Can you identify the leaves, flower, petals, seeds, roots and stem? Could you draw a picture of a plant and label these parts? Why is each part important?
  • Go for a daily walk or explore your garden. Collect different things. Can you sort your objects into - living, dead, never been alive. 
  • Look at some of the works of Andy Goldsworthy. Could you create your own piece of art in his style?
  • With your adults at home, create some 'tiny treats' for a fairy/elf picnic in a fantasy woodland. You could make tiny sandwiches, tiny fruit kebabs, tiny salad sticks etc. You could design and create a fantasy woodland to have your picnic and share it with your family!

 

Have a lovely week everybody!

A fantastic idea

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all ok. I've loved hearing from you via my email address (sophie.ashton@kltprimary.co.uk) It's great to know what you've all been getting up to and to see your fantastic work! So well done and keep it up!

 

I wanted to share something with you all - a lovely idea from Layla. Along with her family, Layla has created a post-box outside her home for people to post letters and pictures for the residents at the Glenholme Nursing Home. What a lovely way to share some positivity with people who perhaps might be finding this time more difficult than others. I'm so proud of you Layla! 

Take care everybody.

 

​​​​​Mrs Ashton 

 

Layla's Post Box

Layla's Post Box  1

Oxford Reading Buddy

Well done Goldfinches - you have won the Oxford Reading Budding challenge this week! This is absolutely fantastic! Keep up the good work everybody!

 

YouTube Videos

 

I have created a YouTube page as a collection of the videos I create for you. This way you can go back and watch the videos whenever you like! If you have an account feel free to subscribe to the page and you will get notifications of any time a new video is added. There is also a playlist in case you wanted to watch the videos through again.

 

YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaKKgsj9VYayMSxpTU_wILA

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcu29AfK6uhmw_FzG5wbxjFtQyXg62oB3

Sharing A Shell

The story this week is Sharing A Shell by Julia Donaldson. This is currently my daughter's favourite book, and I read it to her every night before bed.

Home Learning Week Beginning 27/4/2020

 

Maths

For your maths activities this week, I'd like you to focus on fractions. This is something that we have not yet covered in class so you may need a little support from your adults at home. 

  • Can you draw and cut out a square, rectangle, circle and triangle. Can you shade in half of your shapes? Can you do this for any other shapes? Try folding the shape in half to help you. Remember that half means two equal parts.
  • List the numbers in the two times table. Can you find half of each of these numbers? Share the number between 2 to find half. Try using bricks or counters to help you sharing the number between two. What do you notice about finding half of a number in the 2 times table?
  • Can you find a quarter of a shape? Draw and cut out some shapes, e.g a square, circle, rectangle. Fold the shapes in half and then fold them in half again. Shade in 1 quarter of the shape. Remember, sharing a shape into quarters means four equal parts.
  • Draw some different sized squares. Can you shade in 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 of each of your squares.
  • Challenge Can you find 1/4 of these numbers - 4, 8, 10 and 12. Remember to find 1/4, you first need to find 1/2 and then 1/2 again. 

 

English

For your English activities this week I have focused on grammar tasks. This will then help you with your written work further down the line. 

  • Write 5 sentences about yourself. Each sentence must include a capital letter, full stop and 2 adjectives
  • Write 5 sentences about springtime. Each sentence must include a capital letter, full stop, an adjective and a joining word. (e.g. because, and, so, but)
  • Make a list of nouns for every letter of the alphabet. A noun beginning with A, a noun beginning with B, a noun beginning with C and so on. 
  • Make a list of adjectives for every letter of the alphabet. This will then really help you with any descriptive writing we do later on!
  • Write 5 sentences about what you have been doing during your time at home. Each sentence must include a capital letter, full stop, adjective and a verb. Remember, a verb is a doing word. You could also use joining words to add a little more information to your sentences. 

 

Topic

Your topic activities this week are carrying on with our learning about Enchanted Woodlands.

  • Research a woodland creature e.g. a hedgehog, badger, fox. Create a fact file about your chosen animal.
  • Research animals, birds and insects that live in a woodland habitat. Why do these animals like a woodland habitat?
  • Play 'who am I?' with your family. Each write the name of a woodland animal on a post-it note and stick it to a family members forehead. Each family member needs to ask questions to try and work out which woodland animal they are. 
  • Paint a woodland creature. What colours do you need to use? Can you mix your colours to create different shades? Could you create a colour wheel showing dark through to light?
  • Build a nest or den for a woodland animal in your garden. 

 

I hope you enjoy these activities. I would love to see what you have all been up to with your families. Please let me know how you are all getting on and send me any pictures to my email address - sophie.ashton@kltprimary.co.uk - It would be lovely to hear from you all! Take care everybody! 

 

The Gruffalo

Home Learning - New Topic!

Week beginning 20/04/2020

 

Hello Goldfinches!

 

I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe. If we were back at school now, we would be starting a new topic called Enchanted Woodlands. This is a very exciting topic which I know you will all enjoy. I have suggested some Maths, English and Topic activity ideas that you could have a go at. Please take photographs or keep copies of any activities you complete at home. I would love for you to share your work with us all when we return to school. 

Take care everybody.

 

Mrs Ashton

 

sophie.ashton@kltprimary.co.uk

 

Maths

  • Choose an odd number. Add 2 to your number - what answer do you get? Keep adding 2 to your number to create a pattern. Repeat this but this time begin with an even number. Could you add 3 to your numbers to create a different pattern? What do you notice?
  • Use the numbers 5, 9, 7, 3, 2. How many 2-digit numbers can you make? Can you order your 2-digit numbers from the smallest to the greatest?
  • How many different 3D shapes can you find around your home? Could you create a tally chart showing how many 3D shapes you have found?
  • Investigate what happens when you add different numbers together -  even + even, odd + odd, even + odd. What do you notice about the answers?
  • Practice doubling and halving numbers to 20. 

 

English

For your English activities this week, I have focused on the story The Gruffalo. This is a well known story, written by the author Julia Donaldson. We have shared many of Julia Donaldson's stories in class, so I thought you would all enjoy working on The Gruffalo! The story is set in a woodland, so this links in nicely with our new topic Enchanted Woodlands. If you don't have your own copy of the story, it can be accessed on youtube. 

  • Look at the pictures in the story. The story is set in a woodland during Autumn. Can you draw your own woodland setting and label it. Could you then write a descriptive paragraph about your woodland story setting. Use your senses to help you. What can you see, hear, smell, touch? You may even be able to use 'taste' if you include fruit on your trees!
  • Look at a picture of the Gruffalo. Can you write a character description about him. Use the authors words as a starting point and see if you can improve her description of the Gruffalo. 
  • Can you think of another animal for the mouse to meet before he meets the Gruffalo? What would the animal say to the mouse? What will the mouse say to the new animal? Can you write a new section of the story using your new animal. 
  • Draw and cut out pictures of the characters from the story. Use these to create puppets to help you retell the story to your family. You could do different voices for the different animals.
  • Draw a comic strip to help you sequence the main events from the story. Could you include speech bubbles to show what the characters say to each other?

 

Topic

  • Go into your garden and collect different objects e.g. long sticks, short sticks, different shaped leaves, flowers, stones/pebbles. Use these objects to create a picture. Take a photograph of your picture.
  • Observe birds in your garden. Take photographs of them or draw them. Research the types of birds that like to visit your garden. 
  • Research evergreen and deciduous trees. Use crayons to create bark rubbings or leaf rubbings. 
  • Use your senses to describe what the trees/plants are like in your garden. Can you sketch a tree and write a description about it? 
  • Go on a mini-beast hunt around your garden. 

Have fun everybody!

Happy Easter Goldfinches! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend and managing to make the most of this lovely weather. I've added a few ideas of home learning activities for week 2 of the Easter holidays. Once again, please keep up accessing Oxford Reading Buddy, Times Table Rockstars and Education City. Have fun everybody and enjoy the rest of the Easter break!

 

Week 2 Easter Holidays home learning activities - 

  • Design and display a rainbow somewhere in your home.
  • Make a daisy chain - how long can you make it? How many daisy's have you used? 
  • Junk model a "bug hotel" in your garden. 
  • Simple activity to support counting in twos - help your adults with the washing - pair up all the socks and count them up in 2s! 
  • Research the life cycle of a frog. Can you draw what happens? Maybe you have a pond and tadpoles in your garden? 
  • Paint a sunflower picture.

 

Have fun everybody 😊

 

Dear Goldfinches,

 

I hope you are all keeping well.  As I'm sure you realise, if these were 'normal' times we would be on the Easter break now therefore home learning should be more relaxed.  However, I still expect you maintain your skills using the school online learning resourses - Oxford Reading Buddy, Times Table Rockstars and Education City.

 

I have outlined some ideas below of activities that you could have a go at over the next week. These are just ideas to get you started. Try to relax and have fun with your family as much as possible during these difficult times. Keep active as much as possible - play in the garden, go for a walk or run. I have really enjoyed taking part in the Joe Wicks workout each morning with my children!

 

Take care everybody,

 

Mrs. Ashton

 

English

  • Write an acrostic poem using the word Easter! This could be as simple as writing one word per letter or you could be really fancy and write a short sentence for each letter! Could you compose an acrostic poem using the word Springtime?
  • Make some Easter nest cakes and write the instructions for how you made them.
  • Design a new front cover for one of your favourite books.
  • Write a description of your garden during springtime. Use your senses - What can you see? Hear? Smell? Touch?
  • Go on a book scavenger hunt around your home. Can you find a book about animals? A book about science? A non-fiction book? A fiction book? A book with more than 50 pages?

 

Maths

  • Make Easter cakes using shredded wheat and melted chocolate. Follow a recipe, weigh out the ingredients.
  • Draw a template of an Easter egg. Use 2D shapes to create patterns in your egg. Could you make a symmetrical pattern?
  • Go on a 'Springtime Scavenger hunt' in your garden. Make a tally chart of all the signs of spring that you have found.
  • Choose a number between 1 and 12. Multiply it by 2/5/10. For a challenge, can you multiply by 3 or 4?

 

Topic

  • Design and make an Easter Card for your family.
  • Set up an Easter Egg hunt for your family to go on. Draw pictures of eggs to hide around your house and garden and write clues for your family to follow and find your eggs.
  • Research the life cycle of a caterpillar. Can you draw the different stages? Can you spot any caterpillars or butterflies in your garden?
  • Go on a rainbow scavenger hunt. Find something red, yellow, pink, green, purple, orange and blue. Arrange the objects to form a rainbow.
  • Paint or scetch an image of signs of spring in your garden.

 

Remember to take photographs of any activities that you do during this time. I would love to see them when we return to school! Have fun everybody!

Week 2 - Home Learning Activities

I hope you are all well and staying healthy during this awful time. I am missing the Goldfinches very much - hopefully we will be back to normal soon!

I have put together some ideas of activities that you could have a go at while you are at home. Please also make use of Education City, Oxford Reading Buddy and Times Table Rockstars.

Please save/take photographs of anything you are getting up to at home - I would love to see them once we are back at school!

Take care everybody!

 

Mrs. Ashton

 

English

  • Write a diary entry of 'a typical day in isolation'. How are you feeling? What are you doing with your time?
  • Write a letter to a family member that lives in a different household. Share your experiences with them and ask them about theirs. Take a walk to your nearest post box to post your letter.
  • Imagine your garden is an 'Enchanted Woodland'. What can you see? Are there any hidden magical powers in your garden? Can you draw, label and describe your Enchanted Woodland garden.
  • Design a Fairy or Elf character. Draw your character and give them a name. What is special about them? Do they have any magic powers? Where do they live?
  • Design and create a comic strip using your Fairy or Elf character. What adventures could they get up to? Use your 'Enchanted Woodland' garden as the setting for your comic strip adventure story. Include speech bubbles and sound effects to really make it come to life!
  • If you have pets at home, why not read to them! Take a photo of you enjoying story time with your pets!
  • Follow this link for daily Read Write Inc. Sessions - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ

 

Maths

  • Make some fairy cakes. Follow the recipe and weigh out the ingredients. Once they are baked and decorated, count how many you have made in total. Can you group them into 2s and create an array? Could you group them into 3s? What multiplication number sentences could you write to make your fairy cake arrays?
  • Go out into your garden and find something tall/long and something small/short. Can you measure them and find the difference in length?
  • Create symmetrical butterfly pictures using paint. What shapes/patterns can you create?
  • Use potatoes/vegetables to dip in paint and create repeating patterns.
  • Create a family tally chart/pictogram about their favourite food/drink. Could you make a block diagram to show your findings?

 

Topic

  • Make a kitchen roll/loo roll bird feeder. Spread peanut butter over a cardboard tube and roll it in bird seed. Thread string through it and hang it up in your garden. Watch the birds come and enjoy your creation.
  • Lego challenge! Create your own Enchanted Woodland scene using lego. Could you build a home for your Fairy/Elf to live? If you don't have access to Lego, could you junk model your Enchanted Woodland?
  • Keep a weather diary for the week. How does the weather change as we move into April?
  • Go on a garden scavenger hunt. Can you find - 2 things that are green, 1 thing that is smooth, 1 thing that is rough, 1 thing that is hard, 1 thinig that is soft, 2 small things, 1 multi-coloured thing, 1 pretty thing, 4 stones/pebbles.
  • Use 'natural' things from your garden (perhaps from your scavenger hunt) to create a Fairy/Elf garden. Paint stones/rocks/pebbles.

Supporting your child academically during our school closure

During our school closure we are keen for our pupils to continue their learning at home.  We are aware that this may prove challenging in some circumstances, but value your support in trying to maintain learning in some form. 

 

We are also aware that children often cope better with change when a routine is in place, so it may be that you try to provide a structure to your day.  This does not need to take the form of a rigid timetable like we have in school, but by planning a number of activities with your child, both parties will understand what is expected of them.  The number of activities that you decide to complete will be dependent upon the age of your child and the activity, but if you involve your child in choosing these, they are much more likely to participate (and more willingly!). 

 

As a minimum, we would hope that our pupils carry out the following activities at least once a day:

  • Read, either to an adult or themselves;
  • Play on TT Rockstars, or undertake general counting activities; and
  • Revision of spelling patterns. 

 

Class teachers have prepared a pack of resources that you may wish to look at with your child.  These will be sent home on Thursday 19th March, or can be collected from the school office from this date, should families be self-isolating.  We recognise that worksheets are sometimes a challenge to complete in the home environment, but please use these as an overview of the curriculum content for your respective children when accessing online activities. 

 

Class teachers have also outlined activities, relating to class based topics, which are more project based, which will (hopefully!) interest your children.  Please see these below.  

 

Finally, please do not forget the learning opportunities of general house hold activities, such as planning meals (and the required food items), baking, gardening, online shopping, sewing, fixing/mending items etc.  Many everyday tasks provide children with basic life skills, which children often don’t realise.  Please also play with your children as games such as snap, board games, word games etc. promote a wide range of skills. 

 

Once again, thank you for your continued support, which is greatly appreciated.

Katie Gravil, Headteacher 

COVID-19 Update

 

If your family are self-isolating, please refer to the Goldfinches Class page for weekly 'home learning' activity ideas for you to complete with your child at home. These can be accessed in addition to the online school resources - Oxford Reading Buddy, Times Table Rockstars and Education City. Your child has a login for each of these. 

 

Please continue to learn the spelling patterns (given at the beginning of this half term) as well as reading daily. 

 

Learning packs will be available to collect from the school reception, to include Maths and English/Phonics resources. 

 

We will continue to learn about Space until Easter. The following activity ideas will support this.

 

Activities to try at home - 

  • Make some 'alien slime'.
  • Design your own planet.
  • Watch the moon landing on YouTube - write a Newspaper report, imagining you were there!
  • Design and name your own star constellation. 
  • Make a junk model Moon buggy.
  • Design and create facts for 'planet top trumps'.
  • Explore everyday materials - what materials melt?
  • Write a day in the life of an alien.
  • Use your phonic skills to create your own alien language. 

 

Working closely with our families and carers, we aim to have a happy and active classroom where children enjoy their learning.

As far as possible, our topics will be used to deliver the different areas of the curriculum, with visits and visitors to enrich the children's learning.

 

 

Timetable
* There may be some changes (Topic includes; art, dt, science, ict, music, history, geography, R.E, English and maths)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Handwriting

Spelling

Handwriting

Spelling

Handwriting

Spelling

Handwriting

Spelling

Celebration

Assembly

English

Phonics

Guided reading

English

Phonics

Guided reading

English

Phonics

Guided reading

English

Phonics

Guided reading

English

Phonics

Guided reading

Spelling Test

Collective Worship Collective Worship Collective Worship Collective Worship Collective Worship

 

Maths

 

Maths Maths Maths Maths

Topic

PE

Topic

PE

Games

Topic

Topic

Topic

Review

Golden time

Times Tables/Story Times Tables/Story Times Tables/Story Times Tables/Story Times Tables/Story

 

 Goldfinch reading

The Goldfinches are encouraged to read at home every day.

Try to ask questions about the story or other text as well as what the author means by the words and phrases they use to describe characters and their feelings. The books will be changed when they have read to a grown up and shared their ideas and thoughts about the book. We keep a record in class of the books they have read. The Goldfinches are also encouraged to take home a library book from the classroom, to share with family at home. This can also be recorded in their reading records.

 

Goldfinch Big Write

The children will bring talk homework home usually on the Friday before the Big Write session the following Thursday or Friday. Try to spend a few minutes talking through the ideas your child could use in their Big Write but there is no need to make any notes for the writing session.

 

Goldfinch spelling

The children will learn the spellings from the year 1 / 2 word list in school and try to include these in the BIG Write work. The Year 1 children will have words appropriate to their current phase level but will all be working towards being secure Phase 5 by the end of the year.

The children will bring home spelling pattern words to learn for a test each week. The spellings will be set by the teacher on a Friday and tested the following week on Friday.

 

Goldfinch Bookworms

Simply by reading regularly the children can gain points towards the Bookworm awards of Bronze, Silver and Gold. All they need to do is read to a grown up at home to receive a signature in their books, these then build up to the number required for each award. When they have enough points they will be given their certificate in our Celebration Assembly and also be able to place their own bookworm on the special Bookworm notice board.

 

Goldfinch Times Tables Challenge

The year 2 Goldfinches are trying to learn and practise their 2,5, 10 and 3 times tables at home to use regularly in school.

The year 1 Goldfinches will be encouraged to count in 2s 5s and 10s, knowing their 2 times table by the time they finish Year 1 .

 

Goldfinch Rock Stars

The children can use their knowledge of the times tables they are learning to become 'Rock Stars'. They can do this by using the Rock Star times tables website or app on you mobile phone. They can then take their place on the Rock Star leader board in school.

 

Water

Children need to have a water bottle to be kept in the classroom, so they have access to drinking water throughout the day. This bottle is for water only and not juice. Please send your child with a bottle of fresh water each day and then your child will bring the bottle home for washing and refilling. Please ensure the bottle is clearly named. Water bottles are available to buy from the school office.

What are the Goldfinches doing this year?

 

 

SpringTerm ii 

 

Our theme for this half term is, 'Moon Zoom!'

We will be investigating rockets and space ships and thinking about whether there is life on other planets! We will learn about the planets in our solar system and what makes them unique. The children will have the opportunity to design and make their own rocket to take home! We will be carrying out exciting science experiemnts, looking at the textures of different materials, including slime! 

 

Though our maths teaching is mostly done in our morning Power Maths lessons we intend to use maths in the topic work throughout the term. Much of our English will be taught through the topic, this will be most noticeable in the children's books. We have planned a wide variety of work and activities to fulfil the criteria and meet the objectives  required in Key Stage 1.

 

The children will be taught topic using all subject areas. We feel they will find the integration of the subjects easier to follow, understand the relevant links between subjects as well as being more enjoyable and fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children made an exciting discovery outside our classroom... A rocket had crash landed! We all rushed outside to investigate... Who did the rocket belong to? Where were they travelling to?

We brought all the 'rocket bits' inside and looked closely at them. The children had some fantastic ideas about which bit of the rocket they could have come from. The children are keeping their eyes peeled for any signs of alien life!

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All the Year 1 and 2 children visited the National Centre for craft and design in Sleaford. It was an exciting day, looking at the gallery and creating their own pieces of art work. 
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