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Computing

Computing and Instructions

We combined the need to be able to follow instructions with understanding that computers only do what we as humans tell them to do. In pairs we had a controller and a robot, the robot could only do the exact movement the controller told them to do, as you can see this sometimes meant walking into walls.

The children absolutely loved doing this and it gave every child a chance to speak up.

English Autumn 2021

Year 1 Phonics

We have been going back over our phase 4 phonics sounds. We focus on a sound a day where we think of words independently which we then check the spelling of and discuss any rules surrounding the sound/grapheme of the day and then use them in a sentence. We often use this as an opportunity to edit sentences as a whole group.

 

 

English - Using our senses to create lists of adjectives

We went for an early morning walk to make the most of the amazing dew and fresh autumn sunshine. We were lucky enough to be able to see the webs all over the village cricket pitch as well as see the sun create a rainbow on the grass with the dew. We used this time to explore our senses and how this can help us describe, using adjectives.

 

Kingfishers - In the mirror I can see ...

To help us learn about adjectives we used mirrors to write about ourselves. The year 1 children wrote out different adjectives they could use to write about themselves, and the year 2 children used these in sentences.

 

 

Autumn days

An Autumnal Walk

 

To start our year long Science topic about the seasons we went for an autumnal walk to look at how the trees are turning at the beginning of autumn. We collected leaves and came back to the class to fill in our seasons diaries. Some children chose to do leaf rubbings from leaves they had collected whilst others wrote diary entries.

 

Vowels

Year 2 vowels revision

To help us learn and practice spellings we spent some time re-capping what a vowel is focussing on a, e, i, o and u being our main vowel sounds then we looked at the different graphemes we can use to spell those sounds and where we may see them in words.

Netball Instructions

PE - Team sports - Netball introduction

September 2021

We have started to practice some skills to enable us to play netball. The first step of this was to learn how to catch and aim using a target and getting the feel of the larger ball. We are now learning how to do bounce passes, land on one foot and move into spaces.

Maths – Autumn 2021

Using equipment to help solve reasoning questions

Maths language

The year 2 children spent the first part of the session having discussions about word meaning in Maths. We initially made sure we could read each word and then the children split off into groups to discover the word meanings, as they explored more the children began to group the words into similar meanings e.g. plus and add, minus, subtract and take away.

September 2021

Busy Maths revision, reminding us how to use equipment starting with making numbers lots of different ways.

 

Year 1 - Maths

Greater than, less than and equal to.

Using our Maths resources to help lay out and understand how we read these sentences.

 

Thinking About the World

Where we are ...

As part of our homes topic, we have been thinking about where in the world we are and looking at maps. We read the wonderful book, ‘Me on the map by Joan Sweeney which starts with a child mapping their bedroom, then their house, then their street, town, county, country and then the world.

We explored aerial views of the area on google Earth. Some children were fascinated to find their home on the map. Later they had a go at mapping. Some using blocks and others drawing their room, street or home.

 

Mapping

The Art of LS Lowry

Art by Pipits Class

We looked at some pictures by LS Lowry and learned that he liked to draw pictures with lots of people and houses in them. Lowry liked to use a lot of white and black in his pictures, so we explored using these colours in large scale painting outside.

Some children also used watercolours and created really interesting effects and a fantastic matchstalk man

Is Everyone’s Home the Same?

Our big questions is.......

“Is everyone’s home the same?” So, we have been thinking about our homes and what is the same and what is different.

We had a very interesting afternoon walking around Kilmington and noticing different features on the houses. Some were made of bricks, others of stone. Some even had a straw like material called thatch on the roof. The children were really engaged and they especially liked touching the stone walls. They were impressed to notice solar panels on some houses too.

It has been great to have so many pictures of the children’s homes sent in too. We have found lots of differences between homes, but also that they all have a door, windows and a roof.

Walking around the village

Welcoming a New Baby

Learning about how we welcome a new baby

In RE we have been learning about how we welcome a new baby and choose their name. Maxine kindly came in with her baby and spoke about all the things a baby likes and needs. She also told us how they chose his name and that all their friends and family brought gifts and cards to welcome the new baby.

Later that day the children were introduced to our new class baby. They thought about different names before voting to choose Dinky. The next day we read about christenings, and we have visited the church to look at the font. Some of the children would now like to have a christening for our baby dinky.

 

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