First Week Back!!!!

WOW what a lovely week we have had! It has been fantastic to make the most of the sunshine and take our learning outdoors as much as possible.

 

  

English: This week we have been looking at non-fiction books and building up a bank of knowledge around plants. We have looked at the different parts of the plant and wrote fact files on everything we have researched. Due to the glorious sunshine, we were able to take our learning outside and had a go at following instructions to plant our own beans. This was great fun and the children all did very well taking each step of the instructions at a time to plant their bean.

 

Maths: In Maths we have been halving shapes, objects and numbers. The children began learning about halving by sharing a picnic. We discussed how we would share a kit-kat or an apple but then how we could share a bag of crisps as we couldn’t cut it in two.

 

Geography: The children have started our Geography topic by looking at instructions which will build up to creating our own maps. The children had a very bossy visitor, Rosie the puppet, who ordered them to complete certain tasks. This was great fun but Rosie was very bossy. The children then had a go giving instructions to one another and then writing instructions down to go outside on the playground. The children found it was much easier to give and follow instructions when they were written down then making them up on the spot.

 

PE: It was a very hot day on Thursday but with our hats on and lots of shade breaks we managed to have a fantastic PE session. The children could choose between the hockey sticks or tennis rackets and practised their skills. It was great fun!!!

 

Forest school: It was Paddington Class’ forest school session today and we had great fun!! To start the session we looked at the trees and their different textures. We looked at the roots of the trees and how some tree roots have risen so we can see them. The children took tree rubbing samples of different trees and were amazed at how different trees produced different textures on the paper. Following this, the children made woodland perfume. We discussed how animals use their sense of smell in the woodland and using natural resources and a drop of water we created our own forest school fragrances.

 

 

Have a lovely weekend! See you on Monday!

 

Miss Leatherland 🙂

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Busy bees!

Wow what a busy term Spring has been!!

Paddington class have been very fortunate to have a visit from the schools digital leaders. Children from year 4 and 5 visited our class with lots of microbits and computers and the children had a go at coding. The children learnt how to get onto the microbit website and then followed instructions to complete a code to make their microbit play music, have a smiley face and say hello. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this experience and now want to be digital leaders when they are older. What was your favourite part of the microbit session?

 


 

We have come to the end of our topic Space and the children have been gathering all the facts they have learnt to create fact files on Space. I have been so impressed with how the children have applied themselves in this topic and their general knowledge on the subject.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Science the children have been learning about materials and their properties. To finish this topic the children completed a science investigation. Over night some lego men had been swimming and it had got so cold they froze into ice blocks. The children had to use their understanding of ice and different materials to free the lego men and save them from the cold. Some groups choose to take their ice men outside and melt them in the sun, others choose to wrap their ice blocks in lots of fabric.

Which method did you choose?

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Maths the children have been learning all about sharing. The children have been learning about the dividend and the divisor and how to share objects equally across a variety of divisors. We began by sharing different objects into sorting hoops and then moving on to recording this in their books. At the end of the week the children looked at word problems and how to look for the key information to solve the division problems. Some children took on the role of the teacher and had a go teaching the class how they solved the problems. On Fridays the children have been focussing on 2D and 3D shapes. This has involved not only naming and describing the shapes but building them using midget gems, cocktail sticks and polydron. All the children thoroughly enjoyed using their knowledge on the shapes to build them and even created shapes they had not come across before.

 

 

We have been looking at how we can work as a team in a variety of games. The children had to work together to guide the ball into the hole by moving the parachute very slightly. It was lovely to hear the words of encouragement from the children in the class to each other as they sussed out the best tactics. Well done guys!!

 

 

 

 

 

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Easter holidays and I can’t wait to see you all soon!

 

Miss Leatherland 🙂

 

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Rock Your Socks!!!!!

Today the children celebrated World Down Syndrome Day by wearing crazy socks or tights! It was great to see so many children donating to a fantastic charity ‘UpsnDownsUK’ and celebrating difference.

 

Thank you to everyone who donated!!

 

Miss Leatherland 🙂

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Sing Sing Sing!!

This week has been full of singing and learning as we completed the national SingUp Day on Wednesday. The children have been working hard to learn the words and actions to ‘Spaceship Jam’ to perform to the school. The assembly was fantastic and we all enjoyed seeing what other classes had been working on as well as singing ourselves. Well done guys, I was very proud of you all!

Can you sing the song to someone at home?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In English we have been focussing on the book Beegu. The children love this text and have been taking each other on a guided tour of the pictures to tell the story. One child had to describe the picture whilst the other shut their eyes. The children did a fantastic job and wrote beautiful descriptive pieces on the setting of the story.

 

Where do you think Beegu has come from?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Maths this week we have been tackling arrays. On Monday we worked with smarties to represent different arrays. The children loved this lesson and applied what they had learnt into exploring different arrays and solving multiplication problems later in the week.

 

 

 

 

Miss Leatherland 🙂

 

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We are characters!!!

Today is World Book Day and the children in Paddington Class did not disappoint! From Luke Skywalker to Hermoine Granger the children really did dress to impress! To celebrate this special day the children shared books with Dyson class and thoroughly enjoyed discussing their favourite stories with other children in the school. Then the children had a mini fashion show to present their character and why they had chosen their book. Afterwards, we learnt all about the rainbow fish and what this fish learnt on its journey. Can you tell your family what you learnt from the rainbow fish? In the afternoon, the children chose which book they would like to hear aloud and went around the school to hear the stories. Which story did you listen to?

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed today and I hope you have too!

 

Miss Leatherland 🙂

 

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We landed on the Moon!!!!!!

WOW what a fantastic way to spend a Tuesday!! Year 1 have been immersing themselves into our new topic Space with lots of fun activities. The children were split into groups and went round a carousel of activities. From making space biscuits, craters on the moon, astronaut helmets, moon paintings and moving astronauts, the children have fully immersed themselves into the topic. In the afternoon we put on our helmets and explored the planet we landed on. We thought about how astronauts would move in their space suits and even had a go at setting off balloon rockets experimenting with different balloon sizes and predicting what would happen.

What was your favourite part of the day? 

  

I have loved it!!!!

 

Miss Leatherland 🙂

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All ready for the showcase tomorrow!!!

The children have worked their socks off and tomorrow is the day to show you how amazing their work is!!!! Paddington Class will come into the classroom to register and then we will open the doors to welcome in friends and family to show off the amazing work of the term!

Hope to see you all tomorrow for the grand reveal!!!

Miss Leatherland 🙂

 

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Presentation pieces, subtraction and wiggly worms!!

 

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed this week in Paddington Class and have been incredibly impressed with the hard work and effort that has gone into each child’s presentation piece. The children have worked very had on their individual writing and art work to produce outcomes that they should all be proud of! Well done guys, we can’t wait to show them off on Friday!!!

 

 

 

 

 

In Maths this week we have been looking at subtraction and using resources such as numicon and number lines to support our understanding of subtraction. Additionally, we have been looking at shapes and the children enjoyed learning the different names and properties of shapes.

 

 

 

 

It was Paddington’s turn for forest school this week and we had great fun. To start forest school off the children were divided into two teams. Half the class became worms and the other half birds. The worms had to go hide different coloured worms in the forest, then the birds had to go and find them. This lead to conversations about the colours of the worms and whether this helped us to locate them. We then discussed camouflage and how animals use this to protect themselves from a predator. Additionally, the children created dens for themselves and other animals and enjoyed being in the forest school area.

 

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and is ready for the last week of term!

 

Miss Leatherland 🙂

 

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Oscar performances in Paddington Class

The show must go in Paddington class and they have been very busy whilst Miss Leatherland has been poorly. It was lovely to come back to such happy smiley faces which made me feel lots better and to see what fantastic work had taken place.

 

The children have been continuing our topic of Hamlet this week and engaging in different drama activities which has led to some fantastic writing. We have been focussing on the guard scene when the guards are patrolling the battlements. The children became the guards and stayed in character to act out the scene. Mrs Buckley and I would not be surprised if in years to come we see most of the children on the stage or television as everyone was fully engaged and we saw some very dramatic performances.

 

 

 

 


 

Critical reading this week has also involved performing as the children acted out a poem all about an elephants nose. In Critical Reading we have been looking at different techniques used in poetry and how when we read poems we can add expression. In pairs the children performed the poem to the class and it was fantastic to see each pair had come up with their own unique ideas. What’s your favourite poem and why?

 

 

 

 


 

Whilst Miss Leatherland took Matilda class to forest school this week, Paddington class have been working on their junk model castles. Miss Gedney said that everyone worked very hard as a team and have begun to put the finishing touches on their work.

 

 

 

 


 

Thank you to everyone who came to stay and read on Thursday. The children were very excited all day for their loved ones to come into the classroom and share the fabulous books we have in school. It was a lovely event and I know meant a lot to everyone in Paddington class. I can’t wait for the next one!!!! What was your favourite bit?

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you have a fantastic weekend and I can’t wait for another great week to come!

 

Miss Leatherland 🙂

 

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What a week!!!

My goodness we seem to have had a very busy and exciting week in Paddington class!!

 

In English we have been looking more into the story of Hamlet and making predictions on what we think the play might be about. We began by looking at objects in a box and describing what these objects looked like. The children came up with inventive and descriptive ideas about the objects and were fascinated to think of where they came from. We have been thinking about characters and how the characters might feel in different situations by completing lots of different drama tasks. It has been brilliant to see the children stepping out of their comfort zones to perform to the class.

In Maths this week we have focussed on addition and how to add two one digit numbers together using concrete, pictorial and abstract representations. The children have worked incredibly hard in Maths which lead to them all being on the pot of gold in Wednesdays maths lesson.

I was very impressed with spellings this week in Paddington class. It was clear that the children had been practising these spellings at home and they have then implemented what they have been learning into their English work. Well done guys!! Don’t forget the spellings for this week which are ‘ing’ words.

History this week we continued to look at Florence Nightingale and created a timeline to show when events happened in her life. The children loved matching the pictures and the dates to create their timeline and learning a little bit more about Florence. Sophie very kindly brought in a book on Florence Nightingale from home, we shared the book with the class and everyone found it very funny that Florence was the proud owner of two cats. Can you tell someone in your family a fact you know about Florence Nightingale?

We have been very creative this week and have begun our junk modelling mission to create a castle. The children worked in teams to select the appropriate materials and then began to piece all the cardboard together to create castle structures. This is to be continued…..

 

WOW what a fantastic forest school session we have just had. We played lots of forest school games and then began to make bird feeders for all the birds to eat whilst it is very cold outside. The children used hoop cereal to thread onto pipe cleaners and then joined each piece to their friends to create the bird feeders. Everyone worked together to feed the birds and we can’t wait to see how much is left next week.

 

Reminders:

  • Please can you ensure your children have outdoor PE kits on a Thursday. This includes long tracksuit bottoms, a white T-shirt, a jumper to keep warm and trainers.
  • On forest school days for Paddington class please can we remember to send children in with hats, scarfs and gloves. Although the children spend lots of time running around it is still very chilly.

 

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

Miss Leatherland 🙂

 

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