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.
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.
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!
Well done to Harry who was a high-flyer this week for his ability to always be a good friend and to Risha for her constant perserverance in maths. Well done also to Grace C for the Key Stage One PE award. Yet again, the whole class has shown wonderful behaviour which was recognised with a behaviour certificate.
Well done to every single Hedgehog for their beautiful free verse writing. Well done also to Brooke who became an amazing scientist and made insightful observations during our science experiment. Tomasz too, made us proud by collecting the Key Stage 1 award for PE. And lastly, the children have behaved impeccably which was recognised with them also being awarded the Behaviour certificate.
Well done to all the hedgehogs for once again getting a behaviour certificate. Ryan was our hot shot of the week, Liam was a High Flyer for his amazing maths and Samuel was flying high due to some wonderful letter writing. Julie was flying high down in squirrels due to her improved handwriting. Samuel has had a particularly good week and also got a certificate as he has now got over 50 housepoints and Ava was pleased to be given a values certificate for her curiosity - reflective of our school mission. We are so proud of all of you!
A big well done to our High Flyers this week! Nathaneal was recognised for his dedication to improving his maths work and Roman was a super representative of our school on our trip to the church, asking insightful questions and demonstrating good behaviour. Ryan was the Key Stage 1 PE star of the week and Lacie was our Hot Shot. Grace and Layla also got certificates as they have now got 50 house points each. I am very proud of all our hedgehogs!
Well done to William for his resilience and growing confidence in maths. I am so proud of what you can achieve when you try! This wonderful attitude to learning also meant William got a high flyer award along with Ava. Ava always looks for ways to extend her learning and will often share with me things that she has done to learn more about what we cover in class.
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?
Well done to Grace Lister for her beautiful map and key of Claude's journey into the city and to Layla for her wonderful sign language. Well done also to Roman for getting the Key Stage 1 certificate for P.E this week! Hedgehog class continue to make us proud with their wonderful behaviour and this has also been recognised with a behaviour award.
Well done to all the Hedgehogs for another behaviour award for being such good friends, and an attendance certificate this week. A particularly big well done to Samuel, who was our Hot Shot of the week and a high flyer for amazing directional work. Well done also to Chantelle who was a high flyer in recognition of her wonderful subtraction in maths.
Well done to our High Flyers this week! Leo has made such an effort to take his time in order to produce his best work and Lacie created a beautiful winter scene using ICT. Well done too to Chantelle who was our maths Hot Shot this week and to Harry for the Key Stage 1 P.E award.
Well done to Nathaneal who was our Hedgehog High-Flyer for working hard to complete his work and Jacob who showed incredible manners towards our recent visitors. It is always a delight to have people come into our classroom to see how wonderful our children are! Well done to our Hot Shot of the week, Regan. Regan has had an amazing week also receiving the Squirrel's High Flyer award. Our children have yet again been awarded a certificate for both behaviour and attendance!
Well done to our High Flyers, Archie and Ellis. Archie has thrown himself into Nativity rehearsals and sung with passion whilst Ellis has worked so hard to improve his handwriting. I am very proud of both of you! As ever, Hedgehog class have shown wonderful behaviour again this week. Well done also, to Grace Lister who was our maths Hot Shot this week.
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!!