Bluebell Class Year 1 and Year 2
Learning Journey Term 3
Bluebell Class Information
Class Teachers: Samantha Simonitsch (Monday-Thursday), Sian Campling (Monday-Friday), Suzanne Miles (Friday)
Teaching Assistant: Zoe Ceely
Bluebell Class has twenty year two pupils and ten pupils from year one. All children in this class follow Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum.
Friday 23rd April 2021
This week in Geography we used Google maps to look at our local area. We then went for a walk and drew some of the things that we saw. In the coming weeks we will be thinking about keeping our environment clean.
In PSHE we are learning about families. This week we spent time thinking about the people that are special to us.
We began our new science unit of work thinking about what we already know about plants and then we walked around our school grounds making careful observations. We talked about trees, grass, moss, flowers and weeds being plants and we will be watching with interest how our potatoes grow.
Everyone was very excited to learn that on Monday ten eggs and an incubator will be arriving in our classroom. Over the week we should hopefully be able to watch chicks hatch and we will be able to learn how to care for them.
Friday 26th March 2021
It has been wonderful to have everyone back in school! The children have settled really well into our new routines.
On Thursday, the whole school participated in a very successful Creative Arts Day with a focus on spring. The day began by listening and responding to the poem ‘Spring’ by Carole Mullen. During the day the children made colourful tie-dye butterflies from wet wipes, created tissue paper art on a canvas and enjoyed a drama workshop in the hall.
In our PE sessions over the last few weeks, we have created a routine to the song from the Lion King ‘I just can’t wait to be king.’ The children have explored how different animals move and have performed movement phrases using a range of different body actions and body parts.
We finished our science unit ‘Animals Including Humans’ thinking about pets and comparing the features of different animals. The class enjoyed guessing which animal children were describing; there were some very good descriptions!
REMOTE LEARNING FROM 4TH JANUARY 2021
In line with our plans and procedures we will be making home learning available to parents via SeeSaw.
We are not able to offer daily whole school collective worship on Zoom but we will run a class Celebration worship on Fridays. Class codes will be sent to you via email.
In addition we have provided pre-recorded daily acts of worship for you to watch with your child at a time that suits you.
Please see the documents on SeeSaw.
God bless, Mrs Ingman
Friday 11th December
The children have enjoyed quite a creative week using watercolour paints to create Christmas pictures, chalks to create snowmen and clay to make many different models.
In science last week, we discussed the number of daylight hours in each season and discovered that winter has the least number of daylight hours. It was lovely to see the children excited making shadows with their puppets on the class whiteboard. This week we have been finding out how different animals adapt to winter weather. We discussed the meaning of new vocabulary such as migrate, hibernate and adapt.
We have also been very busy in school this week preparing our Nativity production! We look forward to seeing you all on zoom next Wednesday.
Friday 27th November
The children have been working really well in our PE lessons. This term we are exploring different ways to use, move and send balls. The children are developing skills such as sending an object to a target, catching, bouncing, rolling and basic ball control.
In collective worship this week, we have been thinking about Advent and what the candles on the Advent wreath represent. We have begun to decorate our beautiful class Christmas tree with doves to represent peace and hearts to represent love. In RE we listened to the Christmas story and the children enjoyed hot seating Mary, Joseph, Angel Gabriel and a wise man.
In science we have been learning about the weather. This week we used thermometers to measure and compare the temperature both inside the classroom and outside in the playground. Everyone enjoyed making a windsock, it was a shame that it was not a very windy day!
Friday 13th November 2020
We began our new science topic ‘Seasonal Changes’ last week with a short autumn walk. It was a little chilly and windy but a bright day. The children looked at different trees and talked about the shapes and colours of leaves. Finding acorns was very exciting especially as some had cracked open. Along the road to the church we found a Holly bush and discussed that not all trees/bushes shed their leaves in autumn. The children were introduced to new scientific vocabulary ‘deciduous’ and ‘evergreen’.
We also began our new RE topic ‘Incarnation’ and all thought about what Christmas means to us. We have discussed this week how we can be good citizens and help look after our environment. The children had lots of good ideas.
Everyone is working very hard in maths. Year two have been adding and subtracting 10’s numbers and multiples of 10 from different numbers. Year one have been working on number bonds to ten and within ten.
Friday 16th October 2020
Last week in RE the children listened to the parable 'The Lost Son'. They very much enjoyed using 'hot-seating' to explore the feelings of the father and both sons. This week everyone worked hard to draw images of the story on the outside of a small box and inside write a hidden meaning message for someone to see when they looked inside the box.
In maths all children have been learning to use the part-whole method which is the concept of how numbers can be split into parts. The children have had opportunities to explore numbers in different ways. For example the number seven can be seen as 4 and 3, 5 and 2 etc. Year two children enjoyed using our iPads to play 'Hit the Button' to answer quick fire number bond questions. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
In science we have been finding out about solids and liquids. We looked at how chocolate changes when it is heated and this week we investigated how long it took for an ice cube to melt. We have had some really interesting discussions about different materials over the term.
Friday 2nd October 2020
Over the last two weeks we have started to read 'The Jolly Postman'. The children worked very hard to retell different fairy tales. In RSHE we have been thinking about what makes us special. We talked about our favourite foods and also about the different things that we like to do both at home and at school. In computing the children have all now had an opportunity to program one of our Bee-Bot floor turtles. There were some very creative coat designs for Bee-Bot! Over the next few weeks the children will learn to use a range of commands to direct Bee-Bot around different mats. https://www.terrapinlogo.com/emu/beebot.html
Friday 18th September
What a very busy start to the school year! The children have been working really well both in the classroom and in our outside spaces. We are very lucky to have access to the quiet area and small netball court. The children have been brilliant at washing their hands and learning lots of new routines over the last two weeks. Keep up the good work Bluebells!
Our science this term is all about materials. The children have looked for materials (plastic, metal, rock, glass, paper, fabric etc.) and have also sorted materials. This week they have been learning to identify the properties of materials, for example hard, smooth, rough and bendy. We also talked about more challenging vocabulary such as flexible and rigid.
We will continue to use Seesaw to load messages, photographs of work etc. Thank you to everyone for loading reading record notes from home to the 'Reading Record' folder in Seesaw. If you have any problems please email one of us.
Phonics and Reading
We teach phonics in Key Stage 1 through ‘Letters and Sounds’ using a synthetic phonics approach. We use ‘Book Bands’ to organise a range of reading materials for children learning to read. In the Early Years Foundation Stage or in the earliest stages of learning to read these are based around Oxford Reading Tree as a core scheme.