Welcome Back- Summer 1
I hope you all had a lovely break! This half term our topic is 'When I grow up'. We will be looking at absolutely everything- from wanting to be a circus performer, to a doctor or policeman to wanting to travel the world. In Art we will be looking at lots of different artists who use lots of colour in their work. We will be inspired to travel by stepping into the way of life in China. In PE we will all want to be dancers or cricket players and when we have finished our writing we might want to be silly story authors or head to the moon like Neil Armstrong. There is so much exciting learning planned for this half term and I for one cannot wait to sink my teeth into it!
If you would like to come in and talk to the children about your job, your travels or your hobbies, please do let me know- I know that the children would love to hear from you about what inspires you!
Here is to a great half term! As always feel free to pop in to have a chat, email me or ring the school office if you have anything you'd like to discuss.
Spring 2- Week 4
This half term we have been doing our topic 'Hedgehogs and the...' and we have dived into dinosaurs! The children are really excited about dinosaurs and already know lots about them. In the first week a dinosaur escaped and left an interesting looking egg behind. We are keeping it nice and warm and hoping that soon it will hatch! We are learning a new story through a text map about a little girl who met a dinosaur to get ourselves some tips. The Year 1s have had a go at writing the text map this week with great success. The Hoglets have had a go at writing a description for their own dinosaur, and have made their own text maps and one child even had a go at writing the text map.
In Maths the hoglets have been looking at 1 number a week. We have been looking at the number 9. How to build it, how to separate it, draw it and imagine it. We are really secure with this now. We have also found the number blocks on cbeebies which we are really loving. The year 1s are doing place value up to 50 and really getting a great understanding of how numbers to 50 are built.
We have been looking at the art work of Vincent Van Gogh. We have channeled our inner artists and drawn some self-portraits and this week we created our own sunflowers using pasta and mixing colours.
We also had someone new join our classroom this week! We have welcomed Mrs Popham into our lovely classroom and she has been a big hit with the children! We are very glad to have her.
I can tell we are going to have another great week of learning ahead and I am very excited!
An overdue update!
As you can tell from the lack up website update we have been incredibly busy in Hedgehogs class these past few weeks. After receiving our letter from NASA we worked very hard to learn a letter to send back. The children in Year 1 spent a week learning an excellent letter about our special mission and wrote it the other day. Every single child did this incredibly well and I was blown away by the level of writing achieved by such small children! Our Hoglets are also improving their writing. They have all been practicing their name using Brington letters and some are starting to write words and sentences! We have a post box fixture in our classroom at the minute and the children are loving writing letters and mark making to post to loved ones.
In Maths the Hedgehogs have been looking at addition and subtraction, we have been using the part/part/whole model to break number sentences down and have been using resources to find answers to number sentences. The Hoglets have started to look at Numicon and discover how if we put it together they make different numbers.
We took our trip to the zoo last Thursday and we had a wonderful day! We saw so many different types of animals from lemurs and gibbons to tigers and cheetahs. We even got to hold and stroke some of them like a bearded dragon called Oreo and a skunk called Stevie! All the children were so brilliantly behaved it was even mentioned upon by a member of the public- they should have all been very proud of themselves.
As we move towards the dreaded time of year we call Christmas we are starting to look at our Nativity which is called 'Lights, Camel, Action' and is a strictly come dancing based nativity with some very groovy songs. The children have started to learn these and the parts will be given out soon so keep your eyes peeled.
In Geography we have been looking each week at a new continent or country. So far we have looked at Africa, China, Australia and the USA. We have learnt lots of facts about them and the Hedgehogs have been writing fact files- even some of the Hoglets joined in!
We are all learning lots and having a great time. It will only get busier I fear as we head towards the Christmas season!
Have a great week!
A new half term
And we are back! I hope you all had a lovely half term. From the look of all your homework if looks like you did so many lovely autumn activities, from autumn walks to picking pumpkins. Our first week back has been kick started with a top secret letter from NASA and a plane ride to Africa, we have had a very busy week! Our topic this half term is 'Around the World'. Each week we will be travelling to a new continent of the world and learning all about it. We will be looking a little at space also in order to help a poor lost alien who knows very little about our planet. This week we have looked at Africa. The year 1 children have created a fact file all about the continent and have produced very good replicas of the South African flag. The hoglets earlier in the week were building planes to travel to far away countries so we decided that it would be nice to go on a plane journey to Africa. So we filled in our passports and boarding passes, packed our bags and headed onto our Brington Airlines flight to Africa. We felt the plane move and saw the ground below us, we enjoyed our in flight snack and thankfully didn't need to adopt the brace position we practiced!
In English this week we received a letter from NASA telling us how an alien had crashed onto Earth and was very confused. They need our help to write a letter to QPootle5 telling him all about Earth so that he feels less worried. We have agreed to help and next week will we start looking at writing this letter to him.
In Maths the hoglets have nearly finished taking an in depth look at all the numbers 0-10. Our number 7 card was stolen and we had to go on a hunt around the school looking for it. It turns out Mrs. B had stolen it and the children weren't very happy. They all had a go at writing an arrest warrant for her so they could throw her in jail and they had a great time doing so! The Year 1s have been continuing to look at addition, in particular this week number bonds to and within 10. They have all had a really good go at this and are starting to recognize their number bonds.
It has been a great first week back and I look forward to our trip around Asia next week, with lots more exciting things to learn!
Have a great weekend!
Miss Allen :)
Autumn is here!
Another lovely week has flown by in Hedgehogs class. This week the Year 1s had a go at writing their own instructions to trap a fairy tale character- some chose to try and trap the wolf in 'Little Red Riding Hood' and some chose to trap the troll from the 'Three Billy Goats Gruff'. The children all produced great instructions and had a really good time writing which was a real pleasure to see.
In Maths Year 1 have started their unit on addition and subtraction. They have been looking at the part/part/whole model which splits the whole number into 2 parts. We have been investigating how many different ways there are to build one number! The Hoglets have been looking at the number 3 this week, trying to find it hiding around the school in its many different disguises. Next week will see us moving onto the numbers 4, 5, 6 and 7. Looking at how to write them on the page, how to count them and how to spot their many different representations.
The children have all been progressing very well through their PE lessons this week. We had a great time with our Yoga on Monday and the children's balance is really improving. The Hoglets have really been impressing me with their independence when getting changed, I am barely needed at all anymore. We have also been looking at control when rolling a ball towards objects, the children tried lots of different activities to improve their aim and the force needed behind the ball.
On Friday we had a lovely autumn day, spending it mostly outside. We went on a hunt for lots of different autumn treasures from conkers and leaves to squirrels and berries. We collected lots of leaves to create a lovely leaf mural , sang some lovely autumn songs and did some bark and leaf rubbing. All these activities were done in mixed age groups and it was lovely to see the whole school working together.
For the last week of term we will be continuing to focus on the season of Autumn as well as looking closely at the festival of Diwali. I am sure we are set to have a very exciting end to our first half term back.
Have a lovely weekend,
See you next week!
The Tiger Came to Tea!
This week has been a very exciting one for both me and the children. At the start of the week the Year 1s finished writing a set of instructions on how to make tea for a tiger. It was agreed that these were very good instructions so I was sent on my way to the shops with a party shopping list (although I found I didn't have the time to cook any gammon). On Wednesday afternoon the children wrote some invitations for the tiger and other members of the school and then we were ready for the big day on Thursday! The children came in and we were very lucky to have Mrs. Dent in to cook some tasty apple and cinnamon biscuits for the tea party! The children were great listeners and all their biscuits turned out brilliantly. After biscuit making the children set to work making decorations, working as a team to build a new cage for the tiger and some even made the tiger presents! After lunch we blew up all the balloons, set the table and waited for the tiger who was eventually discovered trying to eat all the biscuits! We had a lovely time eating together, talking with the tiger about his adventures in the wild and having a great disco. I definitely was exhausted by the end of the day!
In Year 1 Maths this week the children finished off their learning of place value to 10. They have covered lots in this unit and have made great progress. The hoglets have worked hard this week learning all about the number 1, trying to find the many different representations of 1 that have been hidden around the school. In PE we all started looking at throwing and catching and all the children had a great go at improving their ball control. In Music we explored lots of different instruments and worked to use the instruments to tell a story. There were some amazing stories told, I was very impressed.
In Phonics the Year 1s have been looking at the ai and oi sounds and should now be able to sound these out in their reading. The Hoglets have now covered m, s and a and are making sure not to say the schwa (s-uh) just the pure sound ssssss.
It has been a very busy week and I have no doubt that next week will be just as packed with exciting experiences! Please keep an eye out in your children's book bags for a school trip letter that will be coming out to you!
Have a great weekend,
Sorry for the delay in writing this weeks update, it has been a crazy week! It started when we decided to build our trap to catch the escaped tiger. The Year 1 children worked really hard on making instructions and Mr. Farrell and I both agreed they were so good that we could set the trap! Both the hoglets and the hedgehogs worked really hard on building a cosy and humane trap for the tiger. Unfortunately when we got in the next day the tiger had been, wrecked our traps and left us a very cheeky letter! Not only did he eat all the pears but he then decided in order to get him to go back into his trap he wanted a tea party! Of course Mr. Farrell and I had to weigh up the risk of having a tiger come to tea and decided that the Year 1's first had to write some instructions on how to have a tea for a tiger. So watch this space, hopefully he will be back in his cage soon.
In Maths this week the Year 1s have finished their place value unit. Looking at greater than, less than and equal to as well as a number line to 10 and positional language- they even now know what penultimate means!
The hoglets have been playing lots of Maths games this week- trying to beat me at dominoes, snakes and ladders and number lotto. They are excited next week to start their real Maths lessons next week!
In phonics this week the Hoglets have been looking at the a and m sound and the Year 1s have looked at ea and ai.
We have been doing our Yoga practice this week and looked at the videos 'We are going on a bear hunt' and 'Kickapoo the Kangeroo' the hoglets especially have really impressed me with their flexibility and ability to follow instructions in PE.
I am looking forward to another great week next week, maybe its time for a slightly less hectic one, although there is still a tiger on the loose so perhaps not!
Have a great week,
Another week over- 22nd September
I am so glad its the weekend because we have so much going on in Hedgehogs this week I'm now exhausted.
The Year 1s have really impressed me with their writing this week! We were told by Mr. Farrell that we were not allowed to try and set a trap for the escapee tiger unless we had some instructions on how to build the trap. So we quickly set to work learning a set of really good instructions and on Thursday the year 1s had a go at writing them. Now ever the optimist my expectations of this first piece of year 1 writing were not high. However I was completely blown away all the children gave this immense task their absolute best effort and produced the best piece of early Year 1 work I have ever seen! I'm so excited that I have such great writing potential to work with this year! Mr. Farrell agreed that these instructions were great so today the Hedgehogs and the Hoglets set to work designing and building their traps. These are both very sturdy traps and I am hoping that one of them will be able to catch the Mr. Tiger over the weekend.
The new hoglets have also really impressed me this week. Once again they have been confident and happy to come to school every day and try lots of new things. We have had a cheeky panda this week who stole my Pen and unfortunately for him (and all the other stuffed animals the children could find) he had to go to jail. The children set to work building a massive, albeit luxurious jail for the panda to spend some time thinking about his actions! The children also enjoyed building rocket blasters to the moon, playing in our brand new water tray and listening to lots of sounds in phonics. Next week in phonics we will start looking at our real phonics sounds m and a! I'm very excited!
In Maths this week the Year 1s have been continuing to examine our place value system looking at the greater than and less than symbols, finding one more and one less and ordering objects. My favourite maths quote of the week was regarding the greater than crocodile 'so he likes to eat the bigger number and poop out the little number'- I guess you can't really argue with that!
The Year 1s have enjoyed the last of their quieter afternoons this week, participating in some yoga, a speed challenge out on the field, a music lesson in which they used instruments to sound like a range of animals and Science where they spent the afternoon bird watching.
Unfortunately I am very sorry to say that the tricky spelling test for year 1 this week did not happen- due to a unforeseen flurry of activity it was overlooked. But do not fear the test will take place on Monday- I am just that nice I am giving you extra time to practice!
Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to see you all next week and welcoming our Hoglets into full time school!!
See you next week!
What a week!
We have had a lovely week in Hedgehogs class this week. It has been amazing to see our new hoglets walking through the front door with such confidence everyday and with big beaming smiles! We have done a lot of settling in, learning routines and exploring our areas this week in reception. They are starting to sit like year 2's do on the carpet, they are getting better at using their listening ears and their watching eyes and are learning how to use all the different areas of the classroom.
In Year 1 the children have learnt a lot this week, they have been practicing their handwriting with letters up to e, counting forwards, backwards and finding one more and one less than a given number in Maths and they have been learning all about compasses in Geography.
The highlight of this week was when we had a escapee tiger. 'Mr. Tiger' escaped from his cage in the zoo and in the process wrecked the classroom! We searched high and low but couldn't find him anywhere. We all made wanted posters to warn others that a potentially dangerous tiger was on the loose and then decided that we needed to try and make a trap to catch him. Thankfully Mr. Farrell said if we write some instructions then he will let us set a trap. So the Year 1s are tasked with learning and then writing some great instructions.
We had a go at following some instructions just so we could see what instructions are and what they look like and we made some very tasty ice cream sundaes! All the children were brilliant at following instructions and we got to enjoy a little of the remaining sunshine whilst we ate them.
I have sent a few things home with the children this week. You should have received a booklet all about hedgehogs class containing all the important information about the class structure etc. I have also set our new Hoglets home with their first reading books and reading diaries. If you could please sit and enjoy the book with your child and record this in their new reading diary that would be great. I have sent a letter home all about reading with your child and please don't be alarmed that these first books have no words in them! Finally for Year 1s I have sent out the terms homework menu, first weeks spellings and handwriting. These are collected in every Thursday and given out every Friday. I will be included links to all below just in case these go AWOL.
I have lots of fun and exciting things planned for next week, especially surrounding this missing tiger and I look forward to seeing what next week brings.
Have a great weekend!
I hope you have all had a restful summer holiday and that our wonderful Year 1's have had a great first week back at school. I have had a lovely first week back full of new learning and lots of laughs!
We had a very dramatic start to this week, our brand new phonics books were stolen!! Luckily the children put their investigative thinking caps on and went to find the perpetrator. They created search warrants and even built a jail for the offender! Thankfully they got their phonics books back and the person who stole them was very sorry.
In Maths we have returned to lots of counting activities and are trying really hard to write and draw all our numbers correctly. In English we have had a massive push on our handwriting and I have been coloured impressed, I found it hard at times to believe these children were only at the start of Year 1!
Our topic this term is 'The day the...'. It is a topic designed to be open ended so that it can be led by the children's interests. We will be starting with an animal theme and I have a feeling that something 'wild' might happen next week. Watch this space...
We are very lucky to have received some money from the BSA before the summer holidays in order to revamp the Early Years/Year 1 setting. It is looking very fresh and is filled with new experiences and resources for the children to enjoy and to help further their learning. I hope that you will be able to join us in our new setting over the coming year.
The year 1s have really impressed me this week with their attitude to learning and I hope this will continue when the new hedgehogs join our class next week. We are all very excited to welcome our new reception children into the class and school and I hope that they are equally as excited to join the Brington family.
Please remember to check in with this page every week to find out about what we have been learning about and as ever if you have any questions or concerns please let me know.
Have a great weekend!
See you all next week!