Year 2 have been continuing to write information texts about animals. This work will continue after half term.
In Maths, we have been adding 2, 2 digit numbers by partitioning and then adding the ones and then the tens. We then moved onto adding using the column method. Everyone has worked hard to master this method. We will be moving onto look at subtraction next.
All of Y2 are very excited for half term because it will be Halloween. I am looking forward to hearing about their week off when we come back to school.
Stay safe and have a fun week, year 2!
This week we have been looking at information texts about animals, which links to our Science unit of work about 'Animals and their habitats.' We have been busy learning skills such as using question marks to write questions and using commas in a list. We will be able to show off these skills in our next extended write.
In History, we learned about children working in the mills in Victorian Times. We were all really interested in learning about the conditions in which they worked. I don't think anyone in Y2 would have liked to work in those factories, especially since they worked such long hours in dangerous conditions for no pay!
In Science, we are continuing to learn about food chains. We have been practising using vocabulary such as producer, consumer, predator and prey.
For Black History Month, during our PSHCEE lesson, we learned about Martin Luther King Jr. We found that he is an important figure in history as he fought for equal rights for everyone. We learned that he made a famous speech where he shared his dream for the future. We wrote about what we dream for our futures.
This week in English, we wrote instructions for how to catch a giant. We made sure we started each instruction with a number and used a bossy verb at the beginning. We tried our best to ensure all sentences started with a capital letter and ended with full stops. We came up with some funny and interesting ways to capture a giant!
In History, we learned about Victorian schools and compared them to schools today. We learned about how there were 60 children in a class, there was no heating apart from a coal stove and pens had to be dipped into ink. Also, we discovered that the cane was used if the children misbehaved. We definitely prefer school today!
In Science, we started learning about food chains. We discussed how some animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Then we began making a food chain starting with a producer which is usually a plant. We will be continuing this learning next week.
In Golden Time this week, Mrs Richer did some planting with a small group. They enjoyed decorating plant pots and following instructions to grow some beautiful plants for our classroom.
Year 2 have been reading Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs. We really enjoyed this sequel to Jack and the Beanstalk. We made predictions of what would happen and learned some new vocabulary such as 'oculist.' We have been learning how to write instructions in our writing lessons and we are ready for an extended write to show off what we know.
In Science this week, we learned about microhabitats. We went for a walk around our school environment to find a microhabitat and to observe what lives there. We discussed the conditions of the habitat and talked about why creatures would choose to live there.
In History this week, we were ordering events from the Victorian times on a timeline. We discovered how the telephone was invented in 1876 by Alexander Bell, the first postboxes were built in 1850 and ice cream was invented in 1851!
Y2 have had a busy and productive week in school. In English, we have finished reading our class story of Goldilocks and the three bears. We really enjoyed the surprise ending with the red shoes! We have then planned a sequel to that story and are busy writing our wonderful ideas at the moment.
In Maths, we are continuing to focus on the place value of 2 digit numbers. Everyone has been working hard to ensure they understand how to make numbers to 100.
In Science, we learned about different habitats and discussed which animals live where and why. We understand that a habitat provides a living thing with all it needs in order to survive.
In History, we learned about Queen Victoria who was the queen during the Victorian period. We found that she was the queen for 63 years, she had 9 children and she was only 5 foot tall!
Year 2 are doing brilliantly at reading at home as much as possible and practising their spellings. Mrs Cash is very impressed with everyone's dedication to learning. Well done Y2 - Keep it up!
Y2 have already settled into new routines in school. We are working hard with our daily phonics and reading. Mrs Cash is very impressed with how many children are reading daily at home to support their learning.
In English, we have started reading Goldilocks and the three bears by Lauren Child.
We have been writing a description of what Goldilocks is like. We have also been focussing on using capital letters in the correct places for example, at the start of sentences and for the names of people.
In Science, we have been classifying objects based on if they are living, dead or never alive. We learned about the life processes that all living things do to help us to make a decision of which group they fit into.
In History, we have started our Victorians topic. We looked at old photographs to find out what life was like in Victorian times and how it is different to today. We also learned about how important coal mines were at that time. Everyone was very interested to hear that children used to work in coal mines!
Y2 have had an amazing first week back at school. They have all come back after the summer holidays with really positive attitudes for a new school year. They have been busy this week getting used to a new classroom and new routines throughout school. Everybody has settled in well and started the term off in the best way possible.
Our History topic this half term will be focussing on the Victorians. In Science, we will be learning about Living things and their habitats. And in RE we will be learning about the bible and why it is special.
I am sure we are going to have a brilliant half term!
We have had a great week in Year 2. In English, we have been predicting what the Owl and the Pussy-Cat would have done next and trying out rhyming words in preparation to write a fourth stanza to the poem. In Maths, we have been learning our three times tables and continuing to learn how to tell the time. On Wednesday, we had a fantastic time at Mesnes Park. We found the clues and used maps to navigate around the park. We even recreated a famous photograph. Can you spot the difference?
This week we have been learning about rhyme and alliteration in English as we continue our poetry topic. In Science, we have been learning about the seven R’s – Refuse, Reduce, Re-use, Rot, Recycle, Repair and Re-think, and thinking about how we could help our environment. In Maths, we have been learning how to tell the time in five minute intervals. In Geography, we have been learning about Mesnes Park in preparation for our school trip on 23rd June.
We have had a lovely week in Year 2. We have started our poetry topic In English and have been looking at ‘The Owl and the Pussy-Cat’ by Edward Lear. We have been learning about rhyme, repetition and how to identify syllables. In Maths, we have been learning how to tell the time. We are practising to read o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to on an analogue clock. On Thursday, it was our alternative Sport’s Day. We all tried our very best and supported our friends.
In English, we have been learning and writing about London landmarks for our London travel brochures. In Maths, we have been learning how to read scales to measure mass, speed and temperature. In Science, we have been recording our results from our experiment and drawing conclusions of what we have learned. We have been making observations of the progress of our own plants. In PSHCEE, we have been learning about spending and saving money.
This week in Maths, we have been continuing to learn about mass and comparing weights. In Science, we have been writing a method for our experiment and making observations of our growing sunflowers. In English, we have been learning how to use the contracted form and how to write command and exclamation sentences in preparation for writing a London travel brochure. On Thursday, we enjoyed our classroom kitchen session as we learned how to make tomato and basil bruschetta.
This week in Year 2, we have been planting sunflower seeds. Over the next few week we will be making observations and talking about how they grow. In History, we have been continuing to learn about Stuart architecture in our Great Fire of London topic and in Maths, we have been learning about volume using litres and millilitres. In English, we have been looking at persuasive travel leaflets as we will be writing our own London landmarks guide at the end of the topic.
This week in Maths, we have been learning how to read and interpret data using pictograms, tables and tally charts. In Science, we have been learning about the lifecycle of a bean plant. In English, we have been drafting and writing our own explanation text about the Great Fire of London. As it was polling day on Thursday, we had our own class vote for to decide upon this week’s golden time activity.
This week in English and History, we have been continuing to learn about the events of the Great Fire of London. In English lessons, we have been learning how write in the past tense and how to use conjunctions. In History, we have been learning how to plot the events on a timeline. In Maths, we have been solving fraction word problems. In Music, we have been writing rhythm notation for ‘London’s burning’ and in Science, we have been learning about the life cycle of a plant.
We have had a lovely week back at school. In English and History, we have been learning about the great fire of London as we prepare to write our own explanation text of how the disaster started. In Maths, we are learning how to find fractions of numbers and in Science, we are learning about the life cycles of plants.
This week in Geography, we have been reading and interpreting simple weather graphs to compare the weather conditions in New York and Liverpool. In Maths, we have been continuing our work on fractions. In English, we have been learning how to use time adverbials and subordinating conjunctions as we continue to share our class story – Tadpole’s Promise. In Science, we have been learning about the life cycle of a frog.
We have had another busy week in Year 2. In English, we have enjoyed sharing our new book ‘Tadpole’s promise’ by Jeanne Willis while learning about features of a diary entry in preparation for writing our own. In Maths, we have been learning about fractions of shapes and in Science we have been learning about how animals including humans grow. In R.E., we have been learning about the paschal candle along with Christian symbols and what they represent.
12th March 2021
We have had a fantastic first week back at school. In English, we have continued to learn about features of persuasive writing and have been drafting, writing, editing and re-drafting our work to create our final persuasive leaflet. In Maths, we have been continuing to learn about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. In Geography, we have been using google maps to explore Liverpool and New York and in Music, we have been listening to the music of Debussy and identifying sections of the orchestra.
This week in English, we have been learning how to; add the suffix of ly to create adverbs, use co-ordinating conjunctions and write in the past tense. In Maths, we are learning strategies to divide by 2,5 and 10. In Geography, we are continuing to learn about the world and average rainfall in different parts of the globe. In Science, we have been learning about classification of animals.
This week in English, we are continuing to learn about newspaper reports as we shared our new class text ‘House Held Up By Trees’. In Maths, we are starting to learn how to divide by 2. In Geography, we have been learning about the equator, northern and southern hemisphere. We made fruit smoothies in classroom kitchen. We tasted the different fruits on their own then tasted the finished smoothie.
This week we have been continuing to learn our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. The passwords for TTRockstars are in the front of the diary. In English we have been learning about contractions and using apostrophes. In Science, we have interpreting food webs to create food chains and talking about prey and predators. In Geography, we have been continuing to learn about the world and the equator.
This week in Science, we have been learning about food chains, predators and prey and discussed the idea that all animals need food to produce energy to survive. In Geography, we have been continuing to learn about the world as we begin to name and locate the five oceans. In Maths, we have started to learn the 2 and 5 times tables. Please start to practise these at home and on Time Table Rock Stars. In English, we have been continuing to prepare to write our non-chronological report while also learning the spelling rules for changing a word in the singular form to plural.
This week in English, we have been learning more about non-chronological reports and how to use co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions to join our ideas. In Maths, we have been finding efficient methods to add three numbers and practising how to subtract two-digit numbers (with exchanging). We have learned about Remembrance Day and respected a two minutes silence to think about those who have fought and died in service. We have started our new Geography topic about the world we live, in as we have started to name and identify the seven continents.
This week we have been learning about endangered animals. We have shared the story of 'The Journey Home' and have found information about different animals from non-chronological reports. In Maths, we have been subtracting two digit numbers using a range of strategies.
This week we have been busy learning all about the Maypole Pit Disaster of 1908. We talked about what as a miner life would have been and how the disaster happened. In English, we have been practising our reading retrieval skills by pretending to being detectives looking for the answers in the text, and learning about the four different types of sentences. In maths, we have been using the column method to add two-digit numbers.
This week has been a very busy week. We have been writing our own instructions of how to cheer up a giant, like Jim did in the story. We have been learning how to add two-digit numbers using tens and ones and the column method. On Thursday, we made Traffic Light Salad in out Classroom Kitchen session. We practised cutting the vegetables using the bridge and claw methods. We tasted the salad and had a wonderful time.
This week we have been busy learning how to use commas in a list, time adverbials and how to write in the present tense. In maths we have started our new topic of addition and subtraction using number lines, hundred square and the part, part, whole model to help us. In Science, we investigated how polar bears stay warm in the Arctic. Some children predicted that the polar bear's fur keeps them warm while others thought it was their blubber. Six brave volunteers agreed to help us with the experiment. The first test (fur), was to put a woolly glove on and put their hand into a ice cold bowl of water. The volunteers said that it was FREEZING! The second test (blubber), was to put on a plastic glove, then to put their hand into a bag of vegetable fat (palm and rapeseed oils) before putting the bag into the water. The volunteers said that they could not feel the cold of the water.
This week we have started our new English topic on instructions. We have studied a range of instructions and have been learning how to write commands, using imperative verbs. We wrote our own set of instructions – How to grow your own beanstalk, which is linked to our new class text of Jim and the Beanstalk. In Science, we have been continuing to learn about animals and how they are suited to their habitat. In History, we learned about life in a Victorian school and compared it to school life today.
The children have enjoyed earning points on Class Dojo. If you have not signed up yet or you are having difficulty logging in please leave a note in your child’s diary so we can resolve this for you.
We have had a very busy week in Year 2. We have written our own sequel to Goldilocks and the Three Bears using interesting story starters and expanded noun phrases. In Maths, we have been continuing to learn about place value and number. In Science, we have been matching animals to their habitats and thinking about adaptions which help them to survive in their environment. In History, we have been learning about the life of Queen Victoria and the British Empire.
It has been lovely to welcome the children back to school. We are very proud of our new Year 2 class who have really grown up over summer and have settled nicely into a new school year.
This week we have been sharing variations on the classic fairy tale – Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Last week, the children created their own wanted posters to find the porridge stealer. This week have been learning how to use expanded noun phrases and apostrophes to indicate contractions. In Maths, we have been learning about place value and identifying how many tens and ones are in a given number. We have also been learning about the hundred square. Our first History topic is all about the Victorians and the Maypole Pit Disaster. We looked at a Victorian drawing of Market Place in the centre of town and compared it to a recent photograph of the same place.
13th March 2020
We have had a really busy week this week. We have been continuing our work on money in maths. We have started our new geography topic and have discussed what we already know about Liverpool and New York. In English, we have started to plan our own stanza to continue the poem of ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ while revisiting and identifying a range of poetic devices.
Reverend Mark joined us on Thursday and discussed the Easter story, signs and symbols. We acted out each part of the story in groups and discussed the events in detail.
6th March 2020
We have had a fantastic week this week. In Maths, we been learning all about money and calculating the total of pounds and pence. We have also been learning about pictograms and using charts and graphs to find information. We have concluded our History topic on toys and we are looking forward to our new Geography topic as we will compare New York to Liverpool.
World book day was a wonderful success with fantastic costumes, activities and discussion throughout the day. Thank you all for your participation. See more photographs from the day on the school twitter page.
28th February 2020
This week we have been learning about kites as part of our history topic. We found information from different sources and learned that kites originated from China and are flown in many different festivals. We also learned that kites were used in the first and second world wars. In Maths we have been learning how to find fractions of amounts and in English we have been learning about poetry in our new topic – The Owl and the Pussycat.
31st January 2020
On Monday, we had a surprise visit from Classroom Kitchen who showed us how to make a Greek salad. We washed our hands, rolled up our sleeves and learned two different chopping techniques. We each had a turn to chop baby tomatoes, peppers, cucumber and olives. After, we had put everything together with the feta cheese, we tasted it together and tried things we had never tried before. During the week, we have been learning all about fractions and how we find fractions of shapes. In English, we have started our new book ‘The Bear and the Piano’.
10th January 2020
We have had a very good first week back. We have settled back into classroom routines and were ready to learn. In English, we have started a new book ‘Bear Under the Stairs’ . On Tuesday, we learned all about homophones, words that sound the same but have different meanings E.G. stare and stir. On Wednesday, a mysterious object arrived in the classroom with a warning sign which explained that it belonged to William. We wrote questions about the object. Later that day, we found out that it was William from the story and the object was not a bear but just bags of extra school uniform, a chair, a poster and a blanket. On Thursday, we received a note from William, explaining that he is scared of the dark. On Friday, we replied to William’s note in our extended write. In Maths, we have been continuing to develop our calculation and reasoning skills, using multiplication and division.
Thank you for working hard to complete the holiday homework. Your efforts have supported your children to stay on track and improve, during the two weeks holiday.
13th December 2019
We’ve had a fun filled week in Year 2. On Monday, we went to church to practise for the advent service. On Tuesday morning, we watched the Coverdale Puppets perform the nativity and in the afternoon Hawkley Hall High School performed two pantomimes for us: Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. On Wednesday, we watched and joined in with a performance of the nativity from Open the Book and in the afternoon we sang in the afternoon concert. We were not in school on Thursday due to polling day but we learned all about it on Friday as we discussed our British Value of Democracy.
6th December 2019
This week we have been reading ‘The Minpins – Roald Dahl’. We have been busy learning how to use apostrophes for possession and how to add a range of suffixes to root words in preparation for writing our own version of the story. We have enjoyed singing the ‘Prefixes & Suffixes’ and ‘Apostrophes’ songs on YouTube. In Maths, we are starting to divide by sharing into equal groups. We have been learning our songs and actions for the nativity performances.
29th November 2019
This week we have been working very hard to complete our Autumn Term assessments (Quizzes). We have also been learning about the Victorian inventions and how they compare to technology today. We have been learning about the Aesop Fable of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ and discussed why honesty is important.
22nd November 2019
We had a very exciting start to the week as we watched the demonstration by Mad Science. This week we have been learning all about the different ways we can pray. We discussed praying for help or to help others, praying for forgiveness, praying to say thank you, etc. We wrote our own prayers and placed them on our prayer tree. We have been learning about animals and categorising them into the different groups. We are learning about the features of each group and applying this knowledge to identify animals within the same group.
15th November 2019
We started the week with Remembrance Day. In the morning we discussed the importance of remembering all those who fought, died or were injured in the war. We wrote prayers for the soldiers and their families and made poppies from tissue paper and art straws. At 11 o’clock we observed a two minute silence and listened to The Last Post. During the week, we learned about prefixes ‘Un’ and ‘Dis’ and discussed how they change the meaning of the root word. In Maths, we are continuing to learn about multiplication and in Topic, we are comparing the lives of poor Victorians to the lives of rich Victorians. On Friday, we raised money for Children In Need by wearing green.
18th October 2019
This week we have had lots of fun. In class, we have been continuing our work on endangered animals and we have written our own non-chronological report. We have been working really hard to improve our handwriting and to use punctuation correctly. In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting two-digit numbers using the column method. E.G. –
On Wednesday, we enjoyed performing our two songs at the Harvest Service. On Friday afternoon, we investigated how polar bears keep warm in the arctic. Some children thought it was the fur and others said it was the blubber. We put on a woolly glove and put our hands in ice water. We all observed that the glove was soaking wet and so were our hands. Then, we put on a plastic glove inside a bag of vegetable fat then we placed it into the ice water. We all agreed that the blubber keeps the polar bear warm as we could not feel the temperature of the water with our hands in the vegetable fat.
Have a lovely holiday!
11th October 2019
Although this has been a shorter week, it has been very productive. In English, we have been exploring the features of a non-chronological report and learning how to write in the past and present tenses. We have started to use a range of conjunctions (e.g. – and, but, so, if, when, etc.) in our writing to join ideas and to add more detail. In Maths, we have been continuing to use a range of methods and strategies to add two-digit numbers. We have been busy practising our songs for harvest while learning about the festival and why we celebrate.
We are not in school on Friday 11th October due to an INSET day.
4th October 2019
This week we have been learning about endangered animals. We have been using sources to find out how where they live, how many are left and the dangers they face. We are preparing to write a non-chronological report about this subject while learning about rhetorical questions, conjunctions and different types of sentences. This topic links to our science topic 'Living things and their habitats'. In Science, we have been looking at adaptations and how animals are suited to their environment. In Maths, we have been adding 2 two-digit numbers using a range of method and strategies.
27th September 2019
We have had a very busy week in school.
We started making our Christmas cards ready to send off to the printers and we have started learning our songs ready for the harvest festival. In English, we have been very busy writing our very own sequel to Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have been thinking about what Goldilocks and Baby Bear might be like once they have grown up. In Maths, we have been looking at number patterns and finding the missing numbers in a sequence. This can be quite tricky so we have been working on identifying whether the numbers are getting bigger or smaller and then counting on or back to find out how many jumps they are moving in. In Science, we have been talking about animals and their habitats. We have been looking at features of different animals and saying how they could help that animal in their habitat. E.G. - Polar Bears have white fur to become camoflauged in the snow.
Sadly, we have said goodbye to Mrs Dealing who will no longer be working in Year 2 but we will still see around school.
20th September 2019
This week in Year 2, we have been learning how to partition two-digit numbers using base ten equipment. In English, we have been reading alternative versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and drawing comparisons between the texts. We have also been writing letters to the Bears from Goldilocks. In topic, we have been learning about the different continents and oceans and where to find them on a world map or globe.
Please don't forget to come to Meet the Teacher after-school on Tuesday 24th September to learn more about what the rest of the year has in store.
19th July 2019
Welcome to our last blog for Year 1!
We wanted to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to grown-ups for supporting us and our teacher in Year 1. It has been a fantastic year full of fun experiences and lots of new learning and your support is very much appreciated.
We have had an exciting week. We have been using our imaginations in English, taking learning outside in Maths and have finished the week with the dance-a-thon. It has been a brilliant year full of lovely memories but we are certain to make some more in Year 2.
Have a fantastic summer.
Congratulations Lucy, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you. This week Lucy really impressed her teachers with all her hard week. Well done Lucy, you should be very proud of yourself!
12th July 2019
In Year 1, we had our celebration of learning presentation at church. This year, we all received a certificate for our hard work and brilliant attitudes in class. We sang True Colours alongside Year 4 and have received some lovely feedback. It was the perfect way to bring our time in Year 1 to a close.
We were very lucky to receive a special performance of the Year 6 play. We got to see the class perform with the rest of the school and they were fantastic. We will miss them but we hope they have a brilliant time at high school.
5th July 2019
In Year 1 we have been using our imaginations to create a new chapter for the story ‘The Magic Bed’. We have been able to explore our own ideas and extend our sentences using adjectives to describe the worlds that we imagine. In Maths we have been recognising and using money – coins and notes.
We have been reflecting on our feelings. We have considered how we all feel about changes in our life and how this can be exciting. Following this, we have had two ‘taster days’ to help with our transition into Year 2. We have been busy but have also had a lot of fun, please ask us how we feel now and what we have been getting up to in Year 2.
28th June 2019
In Year 1 we have been lucky enough to receive a visit from the life caravan. We talked about our bodies and how to keep them healthy and safe. We moved our bodies to get our hearts beating and explored different types of food that our body needs.
We have used our imaginations to build stories about other worlds and have been developing our understanding of adjectives. We have learnt a lot about time and used our vocabulary to describe events within the day.
'Congratulations to Sophie for trying her best to show resilience in her work all week. This weekend Sophie will be taking Mr Stuck home with her. Sophie should be very impressed with herself. Well done Sophie!' Teja and Hannah, Growth Mindset Champions.
21st June 2019
In Year 1 we have enjoyed taking part in healthy living week. We had talks and demonstrations on how we can eat well and move more. We loved the smoothie making bicycle and really enjoyed having a go at the daily mile.
We investigated the parts of a tree and observed the changes that have occurred with the beans that we have planted. We discussed our findings from our experiment on growing beans and are amazed at how much they’ve grown.
'Congratulations Lily, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you. This week Lily really impressed her teachers with all her hard week. Well done Lily, you should be very proud of yourself!'
14th June 2019
In Year 1 we have worked exceptionally hard on phonics and completed the Screening Check. Thank you for all of your extra work and support at home.
We had a visit from the Science Show, Adrian showed us some experiments and asked us to use our investigation skills to make predictions and find results. In Maths we were counting in tens and ones. We represented two-digit numbers using Base 10 and a range of creative resources. In Science, we have been learning about the parts of a plant and went outside to find examples of this on the trim trail. We used our findings to create a collage in art.
'Congratulations Jack, this week Mr Stuck will be going home you! This week Jack impressed his teachers when he persevered in his writing when starting to write a story. Well done Jack, keep up the hard work!'
7th June 2019
This week has been an exciting week in Year 1, we have been working hard on our phonics to prepare for the screening check next week. In maths we have been focusing on the concept of ten. We have been exploring the varied ways in which we can make ten and using this to move on to use the same skills with larger numbers. In Science, we have been learning more about plants. We have discovered what they need to grow and have planted our own beans to conduct an experiment.
24th May 2019
In Year 1 this week we have been focusing on phonics as we prepare for our upcoming check. We have been writing letters to our friend, the Yeti, and we have been offering advice to him and the bird. In Maths we have been exploring fractions and learning how to divide shapes into equal parts.
We have been creating some super collages of animals inspired by our trip to the zoo and using these to classify them.
'Congratulations Holly, this weekend Mr Stuck will be going home with you! This week Holly has persevered with her Maths work and kept going even when she found things tricky. Well done Holly, you should be very proud of yourself.' Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Champions
17th May 2019
In Year 1 we have been classifying animals. We listened to the types of food that each animal ate then decided if the animal would be a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore.
We used the iPads to research animal facts and made a fact-sheet about our favourite animals so that we could share information with our friends.
In English, we made our own books about a special visit from an animal inspired by Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.
'Congratulations Matthew, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you! This week Matthew has tried hard and put lots of effort into his work even when he found things difficult. Well done Matthew. Keep up the hard work!' Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Champions
10th May 2019
In Year 1 this week we have continued reading our story 'Lost and found.' In English we have been learning about adverbs. We sequenced the main parts of the story, 'Lost and found' and created our own sentences using adverbs.
In Maths we have been grouping objects. We used cubes to share equally into different groups.
On Thursday we went to Blackpool Zoo to find out about animals and their habitats. We went to see the penguins because we wanted to find out more about our class visitor, Bill the Penguin. The children asked lots of interesting questions to the zoo keeper who looks after penguins! We learnt lots about other animals and their habitats and we had a great time.
'Well done Chloe, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you! This week Chloe has tried really hard with her Maths work. She has took her work very seriously and showed lots of resilience. Well done Chloe you should be very proud of yourself!' Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Champions
3rd May 2019
In Year 1 we have had a mystery guest. We have been visited by a penguin. He has appeared in the classroom and nobody knows where he has come from. We have been using our super skills in English to try and help him. We have been using our skills when reading Lost and Found and hope that this will help us to help this unhappy, lonely penguin find his home.
We also had a visit from Reverend Mark who helped us with our RE theme of Baptism. We baptised our new penguin and decided to call him Bill.
We have been using our Geography skills to use maps. We have been finding our way around maps of Blackpool Zoo and using our language skills to decide on the best directions to use to visit our favourite animals.
We hope that you all had an enjoyable Easter break and that the children are looking forward to their last term in Year 1!
'Congratulations Hannah, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you! Hannah put lots of effort into her work this week and impressed all of her teachers. Well done Hannah. Keep up the hard work!' Growth Mindset Champions
5th April 2019
In Year 1 this week we have been having lots of messy fun to support our learning.
In Maths the children have been concentrating on capacity and volume. We filled containers with different volumes of water and sand and compared the containers to say which containers had the least or greatest volume.
In English the children have produced some amazing non-fiction reports all about ducks (We bet the children can tell you information about ducks you didn't already know).
Year 1 had a lovely morning at church on Wednesday for the Easter service. I am sure you will agree they all sang beautifully within the service. They have continued the celebrations in class by trying Hot Cross Buns and joining in with Easter crafts.
It has also been the Easter competition this week and the children have worked so hard making their Easter baskets (they all deserve to win). Well done to all the children, your baskets were amazing.
Finally, we would like to wish you all a wonderful Easter filled with God's blessings.
29th March 2019
In Year 1 this week the children have been working hard weighing different objects from around the classroom, by using balance scales. This enabled the children to find which objects were lighter, heavier or equal in mass.
We have also been having lots of messy fun making Easter baskets for the Easter competition next week. The judges will definitely have a difficult choice when it comes to choosing the winners in Year 1.
Congratulations Anya, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you. This week Anya has tried hard in her Maths and kept going. Well done Anya! Have fun with Mr Stuck this weekend! Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Champions.
22nd March 2019
In Year 1 we have been thrilled to see the ducklings grow. We all got to see them swim and preen themselves. This has been really helpful with our non-fiction lessons where we have been writing facts about ducks. The ducklings have now been picked up by the farmer who will look after them as they grow.
In Maths we have been measuring using non-standard measures and comparing measurements. We tested this in class and were able to use the rulers to learn a little more about millimetres and centimetres. We used our skills in Science too as we continued to explore the length of shadows that we create.
We are preparing for Easter and have been bringing in our Easter baskets as part of our celebration. If these are at home, please feel free to send them in when you are ready. These will then be used as the children's competition entries.
'Congratulations to Jayden this week for showing resilience in his work this week. This week Jayden has impressed his teachers with the amount of effort he has used in all lessons. Jayden has also made a big improvement with his handwriting this week. Well done Jayden. As a reward, Mr Stuck will be going home with you this weekend.'
15th March 2019
In Year 1 we have had an eggs-citing week. The eggs arrived on Monday and we were hoping to see baby ducklings by Wednesday. We said a little prayer together to hope for their safe arrival and, sure enough, on Wednesday all six of our eggs hatched into lovely baby ducklings. They're getting stronger day by day and we will be able to play with them next week.
'Well done Eva, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you! This week she has shown a brilliant attitude when completing work on the Easter story. She was stuck at first, then she listened to her teacher and showed resilience in her work and managed to finish her Easter story.' Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Champions.
8th March 2019
In Year 1 we have been learning lots about Lent. We understand why we have pancake day and explored Ash Wednesday. We had pancakes in school and went to church for an Ash Wednesday service.
On Thursday it was World Book Day! We enjoyed celebrating all things books and had a fantastic time in school dressed in our super character costumes. We were very lucky to have a visit from Mark & Monty who shared their new book with us.
Thank you all for your efforts and support for World Book Day.
'Congratulations to Joey this week for showing resilience in his work. Joey was stuck with his writing but he has worked hard and impressed his teachers. Joey has even started to use cursive handwriting! As a reward, he will be taking Mr Stuck home for the weekend. Well done Joey you should be very proud of yourself.' Hannah and Teja Growth Mindset Champions.
1st March 2019
In Year 1 we are exploring the seasons and the weather. This has been a very interesting week to do just that!
At the start of the week, we went outside to explore nature and see what we could find in the world around us. We used this to complete our tally charts and discuss what we were surprised by.
Towards the end of the week, we looked at changes in the weather and used this to learn more about weather forecasts. We looked at maps and local forecasts to gather some ideas so that we can plan and prepare our own.
'Congratulations Amelie, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you. Amelie has shown resilience in her work during the week. Well done Amelie! You should be very proud of yourself.' Teja (Growth Mindset Champion) and Eden.
15th February 2019
In Year 1 we have been investigating nature. We heard that pine cones can tell us a little bit about the weather. We conducted an experiment to check this. We noticed how the pine cone protects the seeds and how it would change with different weather.
We have been talking about the Golden Rule and how important it is to follow it. This linked to our work on the miracles of Jesus.
8th February 2019
In Year 1, we have been managing to catch the nice weather and conduct investigations involving shadows. We estimated results then tested them. There were some surprising results so we discussed why this might be to help our predictions in future.
We had a special time celebrating Chinese New Year. We know about the history of the celebration and why animals are used to represent the years. We made Chinese lanterns and special wishes so that we could join in with Chinese traditions.
'Congratulation Kristen, Mr Stuck is going home with you for the weekend. Kristen has impressed her teachers during the week and kept going even though she found her work hard to start with. Well done Kristen! Keep up the hard work.' Hannah and Teja Growth Mindset Champions.
1st February 2019
In Year 1, we have been exploring different ways to begin our sentences and finding all ways of creating a sum with three numbers. We found this quite challenging at first but have worked so hard that we now enjoy the challenge.
The weather this week has really helped us with our topic work. It was lovely to watch the snow fall by the window and link this to our lesson. We enjoyed playing in it too!
'Congratulation Lucas, Mr Stuck is going home with you for the weekend. Lucas has shown resilience and kept going in his Maths work. Well done Lucas you should be very proud of yourself.' Hannah and Teja Growth Mindset Champions.
25th January 2019
In Year 1 we have really been challenging ourselves in Maths. We have resource boxes on every table in our Maths lessons. These boxes are full of resources that we can choose to help us when we are stuck. We can use number strings, counters, number shapes or anything that helps us to complete our challenges.
We have also been learning more about the friends that Jesus made. We are learning their names and noticed that some of our friends have the same names. We are talking about what they did, how they met Jesus and how they made friends with him.
'Congratulations to Chelsea for showing resilience in her work. She showed positive growth mindset during Maths when she didn't give up. Well done Chelsea.' Hannah (Growth Mindset Champion) and Bethany.
18th January 2019
In Year 1, we have been learning about the seasons and the changes that happen as day turns into night. We made moons using our craft skills and named them all. We have lots of ideas to share so please ask us about this whenever we are out and about.
We have been writing diary entries for Plop the owl who was afraid of the dark. We also used it to extend our vocabulary too as we thought of new words for 'happy' and 'sad'. We are really enjoying this book and can't wait to see if Plop begins to like the dark.
'Congratulations to Myla for showing resilience in her work this week. As a special treat she will be taking Mr Stuck home for the weekend. Myla has tried extremely hard and we are all very proud of her.' Hannah (Growth Mindset Champion) and Lily.
11th January 2019
In Year 1 we have been exploring diary entries and learning more about 3D shape. We have started our new topic of seasons and have been looking at the trees to explore how they show us the changes through the months.
Finally, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your cards, gifts and kind wishes.
'This week Mr Stuck will be going home with Kal for the weekend. Kal has shown hard work and resilience in their Maths work. We are very proud of him. Well done Kal.' Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Representatives.
21st December 2018
In Year 1 we have had a very busy week of Christmas fun. We have sang our hearts out for the Nativity, cheered at the actors in the pantomime and danced away at the Christmas party.
In class we thought about the gifts that we have and the gifts that we truly wish for (including some extras). We have made magical reindeer food (this is for magical reindeer to eat only - not for any other animal and not for children). We have made cards and enjoyed experimenting with the glitter (sorry everyone).
It has been a fantastic week and a lovely term. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your support and to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas.
14th December 2018
In Year 1 the children have been learning about the Wise Men and considering the gifts that they would give to Jesus.
Rehearsals for the Nativity are well underway and we are all excited for you to share this special moment with us.
We were very lucky to receive another visit from Monty the dog who shared a story with us.
'Congratulations Harry. This week he has had an excellent growth mindset moment during his writing. He should be very proud of himself. He is taking Mr stuck home this week.'Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Representatives
7th December 2018
This week Year 1 have been busy writing letters to the Jolly Postman about what they remember from the story. In Maths we have been learning how to subtract using their counting beads. In the afternoons they have been learning the meaning of the Epiphany and practising for the Nativity.
'This week James will be taking Mr. Stuck home with him because he was stuck in English. With some hard work he managed to complete his English work by himself. Congratulations to James from the Growth Mindset Champions.' Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Representatives
30th November 2018
In Year 1 we have a new class friend. Mr Stuck is with us to encourage us to try our best and be resilient. Sometimes we are faced with a challenge but Mr Stuck is here to remind us that it's ok to feel stuck sometimes and we can still have a go. He will be coming home each week with children who have shown resilience. He will be visiting homes with his book so that children can write in his journal to show what he has been up to.
Mr Stuck was with us when we conducted an investigation in Science. We were using materials to test which would be the best material to use for a house for the three little pigs. We used some new scientific vocabulary including transparent, translucent and opaque. We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Mad Science. This was big learning but we were resilient and had a go.
"Congratulations to Anna in Year 1 who will be taking Mr. Stuck home for the weekend. She is also taking a book home to tell Year 1 what she has done with him. Anna has won this special treat because she has shown resilience whilst being a bit stuck. She has tried very hard and she should be very proud of herself. In year 1 there are going to be more pupils taking Mr. Stuck home every Friday to take care of him, love him and get help from him." Hannah & Teja Growth Mindset Representatives
28th November 2018
This morning Mr Stuck visited Year 1 and helped some of the children who were 'stuck' in Maths. Mr Stuck encouraged the children to keep going and not give up.
Mr Stuck is the ‘dog’ in year 1. He is part of the Growth Mindset team and is there to help children keep going when they encounter a problem. He encourages them to be resilient and to put 100% effort into an activity and to recognise that they haven’t got there yet but if they keep trying they will!!
23rd November 2018
In Year 1 we have been exploring different story settings. We have looked at different types of setting, compared them and have picked out some brilliant adjectives. We were also lucky enough to have a tennis taster session with Neil from Robin Park Tennis Centre to stretch our skills and explore new talents.
16th November 2018
In Year 1 we have been joining in with anti-bullying week. We learnt a lot about respect with some help from Andy and the Odd Socks. We learnt a new song that helped us to understand the meaning of the word so that we can make sure that we are respectful to everyone we meet so that we can appreciate how unique we all are.
9th November 2018
This week Year 1 have been learning all about Remembrance Sunday. They enjoyed watching a Cbeebies Remembrance day video clip that helped them to learn all about where the poppies first grew on Flanders Field. The children made their own poppies and made their leaf point to 11 o clock. All the children joined in with a minute silence at the end of Celebration assembly.
2nd November 2018
This week in Year 1 we have enjoyed investigating different types of materials. We have learnt the meaning of new words such as 'transparent.'
We have been busy investigating why things float or sink!