It was lovely to see the delight on the children's faces when the snow came down! We were lucky enough to get out and enjoy the snow before it turned to ice.
Well done to everyone for the wonderful Easter bonnets. The children clearly put in a lot of hard work!
Thankyou so much for all the effort that went into World Book Day. Our classroom was taken over by charecters from lots of different stories! I wonder if you can match the child to the story?
We have been talking a lot about growth mindset this year, and the power of yet. Growth mindset encourages children to persevere in order to learn and develop resilience. We talked about attitudes to learning and decided if they were reflective of a growth or fixed mindset. Fixed mindset comments were stuck on red cups and growth mindset attitudes were stuck on green ones. We then fed two 'brains' the comments and discovered that the growth mindset helps to exercise our brain and helps us learn and achieve more. It was lovely to see how engaged the children were. I wonder if you have a red or green cup for a brain?
We often talk in class about the importance of friendship and are focusing on building our children's resilience. As part of anti-bullying week, we have talked about what the children think makes a good friend and behaviours which might upset others. The children have also been thinking about the difference between bullying and general unwanted behaviour. We always encourage children and adults alike to talk to us if they have concerns about behaviour so that we can address it in a positive manner and make sure that all our children feel happy and safe at school.
The children took part in a sponsored walk to raise money for the Air Ambulance. This is a fantastic charity and it was wonderful to have so many parents join us!
We will put the spellings for each week in your child's contact book every Friday. Please help your child practice these along with the key words on the front of their contact book. There will be a spelling test every Friday afternoon.
Every morning when the children come in to school they change their reading books and settle themselves down to complete tasks that develop their fine motor skills and support their learning.
It was a beautiful sunny day for Sports Day and the children had a lovely time. They all tried their best and supported each other.
We have an exciting term planned as the children get ready to move up to year 2. We will be going on trips to the beach and the shell grotto to help us develop a deep understanding of our topic and we have our class assembly on the 14th June.
Hedgehogs really enjoyed performing their assembly for all the grown-ups and Key Stage 1. They worked so hard, learning their lines and songs and we felt immensely proud of each and every one of them. Here are a few snippets of the big show!
We like to keep the children guessing about the books we will be reading in order to create a real buzz of excitement. However, here are some clues:
Our book is about an island,
There is a secret on the island.
The children practiced their speaking and listening skills through role play. They imagined that they were Noi and his dad on a boat, preparing to say goodbye to the whale (as fun as it is, having a whale in the bath is highly impractical!). They are so mature in their suggestions and their ability to emphasize.
This term we will be focusing on numbers to 100, time and money. To support your child's learning, please try to give them as much real life experience of time and money as possible.
We will be learning all about the seaside this term. We will be looking at the beach, human and physical features and staying safe. To get us started, we were fortunate enough to have some lifeguards come in. They told us all about staying safe at the beach. I wonder if you know what these flags mean?
We are continuing to learn about Judaism this term. We will be learning about Jewish celebrations and where they pray and worship.
We have a busy term planned, with trips to Morrisons and Quex coming up very soon. Please let us know if you are available to help on trips or if you are free for an afternoon to come into class and listen to children read. Your support is always very welcome!
We are beginning to think about multiplication and division this term. To support this, the children have been thinking about grouping and worked well to make equal and unequal groups.
This term we are reading about a lion cub and his day in the Savannah. The children made some beautiful sunset pictures of the African skyline.
This term we are learning about animals, including humans. We began by thinking about how we can group animals into mammals, reptiles, insects, fish, birds and amphibians. We then learnt about carnivores, omnivores and herbivores. The children grouped animals and then investigated which type of animal might have produced what poo.
We have been beginning to think about Judaism this term. To help the children understand how Jewish people prepare for Shabbat, we made Challah bread. It was very tasty!
The children did an amazing job in their class assembly. They worked so hard learning their lines and songs and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to perform to parents and children alike. Thank you so much for all your support!
The children created some beautiful poems describing sea creatures.
The children spent the morning trying to represent a number in as many ways as possible. It was remarkable to listen to the children as they worked and delightful to see them working so well as a team!
We are learning all about the significance of Easter this term. We played pass the parcel to unwrap the story of Easter and then sequenced them.
We were lucky enough to visit the Dover Transport Museum. We had a fun-filled day exploring transport from the past. The children were very well-behaved and thoroughly worn out after their day.
This term we are learning about plants. To begin the topic, the children went for a walk around the school grounds to collect leaves. We then sorted these leaves and began to think about deciduous and evergreen trees.
Welcome to Term 3
This term we will be reading Zerrafa Giraffa. The tale of a giraffe who travels from Africa to France.
In maths we are continuing to learn to add and subtract within twenty before focusing on numbers up to 50. We will also begin to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.
We are continuing to work hard on phonics this term. The best way to help your child is by reading, reading and reading some more!
To tie in with our English text, we will be looking at materials. We learnt what an insulator is and investigated which material would insulate ice cubes most effectively. The children made predictions and recorded their results before concluding that foil was the best insulator. The children made some very mature observations during their work.
We have been learning all about Africa. The children have learnt about Egypt and the Kenyan Maasai Mara Reserve. We wrote some wonderful postcards from Egypt on the computer using all this new information.
This term we are learning about the world's oceans and continents. The children were enthralled to learn about different animals which live on the different continents and it is lovely to see their enthusiasm!
Continuing with our Africa theme, we are learning about life in Ancient Egypt. We researched what life would have been like for the Ancient Egyptians and compared this to our lives now.
This term we are thinking about Jesus and the gospels. We have talked about the disciples who Jesus chose and who we would choose to help us make the world a better place. The children also made a paper chain with messages of thanks to the people who brighten their world. We have also been reflecting on our value of the term - hope. The children learnt about Noah and the ark and Desmond Tutu. We then thought about the significance of the rainbow for Christians.
In our Power of Reading text it was suggested our giraffe should travel by hot air balloon. We decided that it would be fun to make our own hot air balloons. The children had a marvelous afternoon coating their balloons in papier mache. I can't wait to see what the finished articles will look like!
Our Power of Reading text for term 2 is Claude in the City. This is the story of a dog and his best friend and their wonderful adventures.
In maths this term, we have continued to learn about subtraction and looked at 3D shapes. We are now focusing on place value and tens and ones. We are thinking about numbers up to 20, practicing number bonds to 10 and counting in 2s.
To support the children's learning of subtraction, the children became a number line and a counter to help them understand that we jump backwards on a number line when taking away.
The children are continuing to work hard with their phonics. We are playing lots of games to help us understand how sounds correspond to letters and how sounds can be blended to make words. Please ask if you would like ideas to support your child with their phonics at home,
This term we have begun to think about the seasonal changes that happen in winter. The children used the computers to create some wonderful winter scenes and thought about how trees change as autumn gives way to winter. As always, the children have produced some marvelous work to show these changes.
Following on from our trip to the Turner Gallery, the children made some wonderful sculptures in the style of Arp.
The children have enjoyed using Purple Mash to create and navigate mazes. They have also created winter scenes and Nativity posters.
We are continuing to learn about maps. We have drawn maps to show Claude's journey into the city and devised keys to help people understand our maps. In the coming weeks, we will begin to use directional language and compass direction.
Along with learning the nativity story, we will be learning about Christmas traditions, old and new, from all over the world. We will be focusing on French tradition in particular but will be looking at other countries as well.
We will be continuing to focus on Christianity in Religious Education. The children will begin to understand the timeline of the Bible and analyse pictures to understand their significance and meaning of Christians.
We made a tree to go on display at St. John's. Isn't their tree wonderful?
In Maths we have been working on number. We have been consolidating our understanding of numbers 0-9, thinking about grouping and sorting objects, less than and more than and finding more and less of a given number. We are also working on our number bonds to 10 and have used money, numicon and cubes to support this. The children really enjoyed 'being' a numberline for others to jump along when learning to do addition by counting on!
The children have been working really hard to develop their understanding of phonics. They have enjoyed learning new sounds and blending sounds and segmenting words. Please ask if you would like ideas to help your child support this at home.
We have had an enjoyable start to Science this term. We have explored materials and discussed their properties and uses. The children recently went on a nature walk to observe natural changes in our local environment and collected lots of autumnal treasures.
The children have had a wonderful time planning, designing and making rockets for Beegu.
We started the term by thinking about how to stay safe online. We have also begun thinking about algorithms by writing directions for Beegu to visit places on Earth.
We will be constructing timelines of our own lives and events that are important to us.
We went for a walk around Margate, spotting and talking about local landmarks. We then make our own maps of Margate. The children began to learn about directional language through this work.
We have begun Religious Education by focusing on Christianity. The children have enjoyed learning the Parable of the Lost Son and we are retelling the story through puppets to help us understand feelings within the bible story.
We love celebrating the achievements of everyone in our class!!