This week we have delved further into our new guided reading book - Amazing Arctic Animals. This week, we have been focusing on decoding and retrieving words from our new text. The children have been working really hard on building their fluency and accuracy of reading this text!
At home, please can you keep frequently reading with your children and ask children questions about the text that they are reading. This will help strengthen children's comprehension skills when it comes to our guided reading lessons.
In English, we have been using our knowledge of Arctic animals to come up with some fantastic adjectives to describe them. Barrie class have been wonderful writers this week - they have used adjectives to create a fantastic description about the different animals you may come across in the Arctic.
In English we have also been practicing our tricky words. The children have enjoyed listening to the tricky words song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0). At home, please can you test your children on some of these words e.g. the, to, I, no, go, into.
In Maths, we have been marvelous magicians by learning our number bonds to 10. The children explored the different ways of making 10 with numicon, ten squares and counters. The children investigated the different systematic ways you could make 10 and could even use this knowledge to help them solve subtraction sentences. I am super impressed!
If you would like the link to the number bonds to 10 song we use in school please follow this link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD9tjBUiXs0. At home, please can you continue to practice number formation.
We are going on a journey... to the Arctic!!
Barrie Class was welcomed back to school with a WOW day that introduced the children to our new exciting journey... to the Arctic. The children were introduced to Anka and Pana (the Inuits who are going to help us learn new information about the Arctic this term). Using the VR headsets, the children were transported to the Arctic to see what it is like to live there - the children enjoyed pretending they were playing in the snow, ice skating, watching the Northern lights and seeing what animals lived in the Arctic.
Using their prior knowledge of the Arctic and what they saw from using the VR headsets, the children used their super scientific enquiry skills to have a go at classifying and sorting different types of animals. Barrie class worked in small groups to study several different animals, they then had to decide how they could shift and sort these animals into different groups. The children did a fantastic job of managing to sort the animals into animals that lived in the Arctic and animals that did not live in the Arctic and used their great reasoning skills to explain why. Well done!
We also got very creative in Barrie class, showing off our fabulous artistic skills! The children created a Northern lights pictures using chalks. Barrie class did a fantastic job at this, using bright colourings and blending techniques to create different textures and shadows in their creation. I am super impressed!
What a busy term we have had Barrie class!
We have had a brilliant start to Year One - we have learnt about such fantastic and interesting topics and got up to lots of exciting things!
The children loved coming into school school wearing their pyjamas for polar express day! We even got to have hot chocolate whilst watching polar express!
We can't forget our fantastic Christingle performance and our incredibly fun Christmas party!
We really enjoyed dressing up and raising money for Children in need this year! We even had a very special visitor...
Barrie class were very lucky to meet the Olympic gold medalist diver Jack Laugher. The children were incredibly excited to meet Jack and came up with some amazing questions to ask Jack all diving and the Olympics.
Barrie class had an amazing, fun filled day on our Year One trip to Middleton Railway as part of a journey back in time. Barrie class ticked off one of our Sharp Lane experiences to ride a train. The children also went on an autumnal walk through Middleton Park and learnt all about the Bell Pits and what they were used for. What a great day we had!