This half term our topic is 'Carnival of the Animals'
Week beginning January 7th
We have been looking at information books this week. First we looked at lots of animal books and tried to find all the different features they had in common. We found out that most have a contents page, index page, glossary, photographs, captions, labels and headings.
We used dictionaries to find the meaning of different words and used these to write our own glossaries.
Finally we used the chrome books to research different animals and record any interesting facts that we found.
We learnt how to represent subtractions in maths this week. We used numicon, a number line and tens frames. We first learnt how to partition numbers to make it easier to take away.
Henri Rousseau was a French artist who liked to paint jungle scenes containing wild animals. We have looked at some of his paintings and used them as inspiration for our own pictures. This week we worked on painting animals and collaging a background.
Week beginning December 10th
What a fun week we have had with lots of Christmas crafts. On Monday we followed instructions to make Chocolate Rudolphs and put them into cuboid boxes - 3d shapes that we had learnt about in maths.
We made super hats for our Christmas lunch. We all sat together in the hall, which had been decorated especially, and listened to Christmas music.
We have seen three different shows this week. Two were about the Christmas story. One by 'Open the Book' and one by 'Signpost'. We really enjoyed both!
Then we had a pantomime which was introduced by the new headmistress (who had been promoted from Kingfisher Class!)
Week beginning November 19th
During art this week Kingfisher class discussed the work of Georgia O'Keeffe, particularly her flower paintings. They then drew their own poppies - making them fill the page. We will be painting these next week.
We learnt all about Hannah during 'Open the Book'. Hannah was very unhappy and she prayed to God to give her a child. Hannah was blessed with a boy who she called Samuel.
For maths we have been learning how to tell the time to the o'clock and half past. We made wrist watches and tried to read everybody's time.
Week beginning November 12th
This week we have been learning a new story called 'The Shopping Basket' by John Burningham. At the beginning of the week we each took a character from the story and acted it out in front of the class.
In maths this week we have been learning how to find the difference between two numbers and then write a subtraction number sentence.
Week beginning 29th October
Well we do hope that you had a lovely half term and enjoyed the autumn sunshine. Back at school we have been thinking about bonfire night. We watched fireworks and bonfires then tried to find descriptive words and phrases to describe how they looked, moved and sounded. We them used these to write shape poems.
We used our poems to produce some artwork for the classroom. Come in and have a look, it really is lovely!
In maths we have started to think about subtraction and subtraction sentences. We used small world objects to tell subtraction stories to each other. Some of us wrote subtraction sentences for our stories.
Our science topic this half term is all about the weather and the different seasons of the year. We thought about the changes happening to the trees outside now and about the time that it starts to get dark in the evenings.
Week beginning 1st October
In maths this week we have continued to compare numbers and sort them into those that are bigger than or smaller than. We then tried to find a number that came between the two.
Then we challenged our learning partners to estimate how many objects were in a container and counted to see how close their estimations were.
In English Kingfishers have been learning what a story setting is and they looked at different fantasy story settings, sorting them out from real settings. We will be reading Superhero stories with fantasy settings over the next few weeks.
During P.E. Kingfishers practised their archery skills, trying to improve their aim. Some children were so good they could hit the target nearly every time!
On Friday we had a very special visit from the Life Educational Bus. Kingfishers learnt all about our bodies and how to keep them fit and healthy. They also met Harold the Giraffe and became ‘feelings detectives’ as they learned how to resolve friendship issues and how to recognise, name and understand how to deal with their feelings.
Week beginning 17th September
Kingfishers can all name different parts of their body and they know that a skeleton helps to support their bodies so that they can stand, sit and move around. In science this week they also learnt some of the bones that make up the skeleton and made their own skeletons out of straws. In art Kingfishers made collage images of themselves using torn pieces of coloured paper.
For English this week children were investigating capital letters - matching them to their lower case letters.
In maths this week we have been finding numbers that are 'more than', 'less than' and 'equal' to. We used dinosaurs, numicon, cubes, fruit and small world people to help us.
We had fun in art this week - learning how to mix colours with white paint to make new lighter colours.
Week beginning 3rd September
What fun Mrs Dodgson and I have had welcoming all the new Kingfisher to their classroom this week. We have been so impressed by the way that everyone came into the class each morning and found their pegs, put their books away and settled in so quickly!
We have already started on our number work in maths, looking at numbers to 10 . We collected data by asking questions like; who in the class had blue eyes, a brother, liked science, had a fish?
Week beginning January 7th
Our topic this half term is 'The Carnival of the Animals' so in literacy this week we started by writing animal riddles which were great fun. Then we wrote poems about lions and wolves. First we collected as many different images, describing words and phrases as we could think of to use in our poems and later in the week we wrote our own poems.
Here is a poem written by one of Kingfisher class:
Recipe for a lion
a creaking door and
a cracking bone and
a growling huskey
for her voice.
the flames of the fire and
the sand in Egypt and
the sand swishing on the beach
for her coat.
a point of a tooth from a sabre tooth tiger
the a stab of a nail and
a point of a stone
for her teeth.
a glimmering gem and
the sparkle of the sun and
the shine of a rainbow
for her eyes.
a scratch of a wolf
a chop of a saw
a pecking bird
for her claws.
Week beginning December 3rd
During maths this week we continued to learn about the differences between 2D and 3D shapes. We counted the number of sides and corners that 2D shapes have and compared them to the number of edges, faces and vertices that 3D shapes have. Miss Parsons brought in lots of 3D shapes from home and shared a triangular prism with all the teachers! (Can you guess what was inside her triangular prism?).
In science we made windmills to try and find out how hard the wind was blowing. We decided that if our windmills span around very quickly then it must be very windy and if they stopped then the wind had stopped blowing.
We had a real treat mid week as we got to watch the Goldfinches' Nativity Play. They were very good! We talked about the Christmas story during RE and thought about all the symbols that artists use, in their paintings, to show how important baby Jesus is to Christians.
In literacy we have been looking at the features of a letter. We wrote letters to Father Christmas to tell him what good boys and girls we have been. We asked him for a special gift to be sent to someone we know who is very kind and promised to leave a mince pie and milk out for him on Christmas Eve!
Week beginning November 26th
Wow! What a fun week we have had this week with so many things going on. For our DT we made cheese and bacon muffins with Mrs Dodgson. We learnt how to read a list of ingredients and follow a recipe. The muffins were lovely - why not try them at home.
In art we mixed paints and painted our poppy pictures.
On Wednesday Kingfishers went on a school trip to Guildford Cathedral to learn about Advent. We all had great fun making advent wreaths, Christingles, drawing Angels and going on a walk around the Prayer stations of the church. We had a picnic lunch together and went for a very brisk and windy walk around the outside of the Cathedral! What a great day out...
We are learning all about the seasons in Science and have been discussing what happens during the autumn. Miss Parsons found lots of acorns that had started to grow, so we each planted one. We are going to watch to see if they produce a stem and leaves in the spring time.
Finally on Friday we had a very special show and tell....
Week beginning November 5th
This week we learnt all about Remembrance Day. We found out about the Unknown Soldier and wrote letters to him. We thought of interesting adjectives and wrote poems about poppies. At the end of the week Kingfishers created a poppy wreath for our special Remembrance Worship.
In maths this week we learned how to perform subtraction number sentences.
Week beginning 8th October
This week in maths we have been sorting whole numbers into two parts and then learned how to use the plus and equal sign to make an addition number sentence.
Some of us have been learning 'ow' blow the snow our phonics sessions. We made snowflakes to blow around and thought of different words with the 'ow' sound in them. It was funny to be thinking about snow when it was so warm outside!
During art we have been making collages, but we cannot show you the results just yet - they are a secret that you will be able to find out about if you visit the Autumn Bazaar!
We have been improving our shot during archery by making sure that we position our bodies correctly, hold the bow securely and pull back the bow string to touch our ears. Look at the results!
Week Beginning 24th September
In maths this week we have been ordering numbers and deciding which numbers were greater or less than. We chose two numbers and used Charlie Crocodile to show which of the numbers was the greatest or smallest. We learnt that Charlie Crocodile always eats the biggest number.
For art this week we have been looking at different ways that we can apply paint to a piece of paper. We looked closely at the painting ' The Starry Night' by Vincent Van Gogh and tried to recreate his style. Instead of palette knives we used glue spreaders to apply a thick layer of paint.
Some of us looked closely at our friends and tried to draw a portrait of them using pastels.
In morning worship some of Kingfisher Class helped 'Open the Book' to retell the story of how Jesus healed the 10 lepers. We were surprised to hear, that once Jesus had healed the lepers, only one returned to thank him!
Week beginning 10th September
Our first full week at school and we have learnt so much already. We can all come into class and put our things away independently and start a morning task.
In Science this week we learnt about the different parts of our body and then in English we labelled all the parts we new.
For maths we tried to group objects in as many different ways as we could.
During R.E we thought about God, what he might be like and what symbols we could use to represent him. Here are some of our ideas.