We are having a very busy week so far!
In maths we have started looking at subtraction. We used subtraction to find the total. We also talked about the different ways to say ‘subtraction’ and came up with the following: take away (not a pizza delivery!), less, fewer, minus, lost and difference. We will continue subtraction next week.
In Art we have been learning about the artist LS Lowry and used our artistic talents to create pictures in the style of this artist. These will be on display in the lobby of the school.
In English we have continued to write our own stories based on Knuffle Bunny. So far, we have written the opening, build up and problem.
In DT we are continuing to look at vehicles. We investigated wheels, axles and chassis on Tuesday and made our own vehicles.
A very happy new year to you all!
The theme of this term and next term is 'A toy's story'. In the next week or so, if you go onto the section of the website entitled Key Information and scroll down to Curriculum 2020 , you will find it contains an icon entitled Medium Term Plans. If you click on this you will be able to take a look at all the areas of learning Hazel Class will be focussing on. Wherever possible we will try to link the children's learning to the central theme of toys; for example in history we will be looking at old and new toys.
The role-play area has been transformed into a work shop and we have asked the children to bring in one small toy each so that they can build homes for them.
On the subject of bringing things in, children love to bring in all sorts of things and show them to the rest of the class, but we would ask you to only send in things they have made or photographs of things they have made relating to our central theme. Thank you!
Constructing a home for a toy
This term the children are doing gymnastics. Today they learnt how to do various positions on the mat: straight, star, tuck, straddle and pike. The instructors are looking for QUALITY and CONTROL when they do these. They also tried different types of balance positions: sit, dish and arch. Perhaps the children can identify the different positions to you from the photos below!
If you back in your child's reading record to the targets that were stuck in you will see that your child has been assessed against the target. If your child has not met a target we will usually give them a different one (though not in phonics this term), but it would help us greatly if you would carry on working with them at any unmet targets. Thank you!
This week the children managed to complete an activity they started back in term 1! They have transformed their pompom balls into magical birds for your Christmas tree.
Under the photos of the children with their pompom decorations, you will also find some pictures of when we went out on our walk to look for signs of Christmas.
Have a lovely Christmas and New Year!
We have had another busy week in Hazel Class.
In Maths we have been using a tens frame to work out all the number bonds to 7. We have been learning to work systematically when working this out. We have also been ordering numbers.
In English we created a whole class spine poem about a Christmas Tree. We talked about the parts of the tree, described what the tree looks like and what may hang on the tree and then described what they do. We came up with some great lines. See below:
Gold star twinkles
Brown trunk stands
Sparkling angel smiles
Pretty fairy lights glow
In Science we explored our sense of touch, taste and smell and had a great time touching, tasting and smelling all sorts of different things. See the photos!
In DT we have been using our folding and cutting skills to make special cards involving lots of glitter too!
And finally, our week finished with a fantastic trip to see Mother Goose at the Marlowe and then a yummy Christmas dinner at school.
Please remember that unless you write in your child's reading record we have no idea if they are reading regularly at home. A big thank you to those who do fill in the book.
We have had a very busy week. The rehearsals for our nativity play are going well and all the children are working hard to remember the words to the songs and the actions. It is going to be wonderful!
In English, the children finished writing their innovated stories based on Walter's Wonderful Web. The children are really persevering with their handwriting.
In Maths, we have been using a part-whole model to write number sentences. Part-whole thinking refers to how numbers can be split into parts. This allows children to see the relationship between a number and its component parts. As a result, the children will begin to see the relationship between addition and subtraction.
On Friday December 6th in the afternoon we will be going on a class walk around the village to look for 'signs of Christmas'. We will also visit the church to see what preparations have been made to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
We are continuing to work with tens and units in as many different visual ways to help the children understand what a ten is and that a teen number is a number with a ten and some ones. Thinking of the number as a whole and splitting it into parts (in hoops) helped.
It has been a busy week in Hazel class. In maths, we have been counting forwards and backwards to 20 and finding out the difference between tens and ones. We have been partitioning numbers into more than one part using a part-whole model.
In English, the children have innovated their own stories based on Walter's wonderful web.
We have been practising our nativity play and in RE we have talked about how we would prepare for the arrival of a new baby. The children have designed their own nursery for a baby - these will be displayed in the hall. Next week we will be comparing their nursery designs to the birthplace of Jesus.
We'll soon be going on a walk around Elham looking for signs of Christmas.
In Science, we have been learning about our sense of hearing. We used drama to act out a story called The Listening Walk by Paul Showers.
In DT the children used their folding and cutting skills to make a pop-up card. Some children made their own pop-cards at home and they look great!
We look forward to meeting you at parents evening next week.
This week the children have learnt the plot of a story called Walter's Wonderful Web, a story of perseverance. The children have rehearsed the story orally and next week they will be using the story map we have created to make some changes of their own to the story.
We have continued to talk about another story, The Lost Son (The Prodigal Son) and the children have learned that this type of story is called a parable. We also looked at a new parable The Lost Ring.
Story map of Walter's Wonderful Web
Walter's Wonderful Web - a story of perserverance
Welcome back to school everybody. We are continuing our theme 'Animal Magic' this term, which will gradually be replaced by another theme...Christmas! Where possible, we will try to keep the animal theme going.
This week the children have imagined which animal they would be if they were animals. They tried hard to think about the characteristics of the animal they chose and then painted a picture of the animal. They have also created woollen pompoms, as the basis for a Christmas decoration, so make sure there will be room for something whitish and fluffy!
We have really enjoyed doing dough disco - the hand strengthening exercises should impact on their writing, as will the rubber pencil holders that we are putting on their pencils.
Sadly, many children were off sick this week, so they will be playing catch-up next week. Best wishes to all of you who are at home in bed.
Our last week of term and what a treat it is proving to be! Not only have we had lots of interesting guests for Book Week, but we have also been visited by the vet!
In science we have been drawing and labelling the parts of a fish using scientific vocabulary.
Months of the Year Song
This week the children have been using lacrosse sticks in PE. First of all they practised rolling and catching the ball, then they got their hands on the sticks!
Week 4 already and the children are really enjoying learning about animals. We are hoping to have a vet in the week after next to tell us about her job. She may even bring some animals in...
This week we have looked at animal patterns in particular. The children made some beautiful pictures, some of which have gone into our class display.
We are learning ball skills!
It is going to take time for our children to get used to their new routines! They are settling in well, but there are times when they struggle to remember how things are done in Hazel Class. Well done to everyone for coping so well with the changes.
We have had some lovely comments from parents in the Reading Records about how their children are managing with their home reading. Please could all parents and carers ensure they listen to their child read and record in the Reading Record the name of the book read and a comment. If you don't have time to leave a comment a signature is fine!
The children have settled in happily into Hazel Class. They have done really well, given that they have two new teachers and Mrs Godden to teach them computing and lots of TAs too! Below are some pictures of the happy times they have had so far.