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St John's Road, Driffield
East Riding of Yorkshire YO25 6RS

01377 253094

driffield.infants@eastriding.gov.uk

Driffield Church Of England Voluntary Controlled Infant School

Learn to let your light shine

The Dolphins thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Bridlington….  The children walked down to the RNLI station and met Chris the mechanic.  He told us all about the lifeboats and what happens during an emergency.  He took us into the changing room and showed us all the protective clothing that the RNLI officers wear.  Some children were selected to try on the helmets and suits but they were far too big!  The children asked Chris the questions that they had prepared in the classroom and some children stated that they would like to work for the RNLI when they grow up.  Following, Alan took the children upstairs and showed them a video of a rescue.  The children were amazed at the quick response!  In the afternoon, the children enjoyed themselves on the beach.  All the children worked in groups on a variety of projects.  Some children decided that they would create lifeboats in the sand and others made mermaids.  One group decided that they would dig all the way to Australia!  We were very proud that the children behaved well on the trip and showed good manners.

The children wrote brilliant reports of the trip to Bridlington.  We have some very confident and competent writers!  Most children were able to write their report unaided.  Many children are remembering finish their sentence with a full stop but forgetting to begin the next sentence with a capital letter!

Next week the children are visiting Tescos to explore fruits from all around the world!

This week the Dolphins have been thinking about sea rescue.  The children have been investigating the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.  We are looking forward to our trip to the Bridlington R.N.L.I. and we have written down questions to ask the officers.  We are hoping that it is a sunny day so that we can build sculptures on the beach in the afternoon!

In number, the children pretended that they were about to become an R.N.L.I. officer and they had to order the protective clothing.  They were challenged to measure particular body parts so that their protective clothing would fit properly.  Most children know that we measure length in centimetres and their measurements are becoming more accurate.

Also, we have created a scrapbook of photographs showing all the amazing things that we done in the Dolphins class.  The children selected a photograph that they would like to write about.  We are proud that all the children wrote their sentences with very little help and most children remembered their capital letters and full stops!  The children have enjoyed looking through the scrapbook and reading what other children have written.  What an exciting year we have had!

As part of our Science curriculum, the children have been thinking about light sources.  The children have been investigating which objects give out light and which objects reflect light.   Next week the children are going to be investigating shadows.

 

We have had a very sporty week!  The children had a great time during Sport’s Afternoon – although it was rather cold!  All children showed good team spirit.  Also, the children enjoyed a round of golf on Tuesday morning.  Some children showed great skill and control with a club.

This week the Dolphins have been learning about maths through art activities.  The children studied the sculptures of Andy Goldsworthy and thought about the way he positions natural objects into various patterns that please the eye.  Then they were challenged to work in small groups to create their own sculptures using natural materials.  We are pleased to report that the children worked well as a team.  They could all describe the patterns that they created and thought about what their sculptures reminded them of.  Further, the children have been introduced to the work of Kandinsky. They recognised the shapes evident in his work and the children greatly enjoyed creating collages in the style of the famous artist.  Also, the children used a computer package to create Kandinsky style pictures.  In addition, the children were introduced to the concept of symmetry.  They successfully created symmetrical collages using coloured paper.

The children have also been up levelling their writing skills.  They were given a copy of a famous painting and asked to step inside the picture!  They wrote about what was happening in the picture and described the people present.  The children produced some very imaginative ideas!

At least we are having a warm spell of weather!  Please ensure that all jumpers and cardigans are named because some children are taking them off and not putting them in their drawers!  We do not want jumpers and cardigans to go missing.  Also, please can children bring a water bottle to school.  Many thanks.

We had an amazing time at Fun in the Woods!  Firstly, the children had to follow a treasure map to find the hidden treasure chest.  Then the groups were challenged to create a pirate ship out of the things that they could find in the woods.  The children were asked to create a flag to attach to their pirate ship.  They painted their design using mud!  Also the children were asked to create mud cannon balls to fire at targets – the trees!  The Dolphins particularly enjoyed making pirate swords out of sticks and string.  We used the swords to have a mock battle – in slow motion!  Next, the children were challenged to tie a hammock to two trees – they found lying in a hammock very peaceful.  We ate our dinner round the camp fire and sang traditional camping songs.  The children were told that they should always leave a forest in the state that it is found so the children put all their sticks and branches back where they found them.  All the children were well behaved and asked if they come return to fun in woods next week!

The children wrote fantastic reports about their day at Fun in the Woods.  They are becoming very good at beginning their sentences with time openers (The, Next, After, Soon, Finally…).  However, some children are still forgetting to put a full stop at the end of their sentences – yellow whoopsie!

In number the children are working on their subtraction skills.  Most children are able to use a number line to jump back from the given number when subtracting.  Some children are successfully counting back mentally when subtracting – wonderful!  The children know that when they are adding they count on and when they are subtracting they count back.

Many thanks for your continued support at home with reading skills – the children are becoming confident readers!

We hope you have a lovely half term break.  When we return to school in June we are having a maths through art week.

We are so proud of the Dolphins!  This week, the children had to retell the story – A New Home For A Pirate – and they did amazing!  All children are demonstrating that they are confident to write independently and they are using their sound knowledge to spell new words with accuracy.   Also, some children are beginning to punctuate their writing with exclamation marks, question marks and speech marks!  Many children are happy to write lengthy stories. They really enjoy writing!

In number, the children have been exploring capacity.  The children understand the terms full, half full and empty.  They enjoyed investigating how much the different jugs hold using nonstandard and standard measures.

The children have continued to enjoy their work on grid references.  They have worked in small groups to create large island maps with co-ordinates.  Next week the children will programme the robot bee bot to travel on their map and stop at a given grid reference.

Also, the children have been busy recreating Van Gogh’s Seascape.  The children used a glue spreader to apply the paint and made circular movements to create the effect of a rough sea.  The results are stunning!

This afternoon we are having our last Sports Day practise before the big event on Monday afternoon.  We hope you can make it.

The Dolphins have had a very busy and exciting week.  The children looked amazing in their pirate costumes – many thanks for all the hard work!  They enjoyed listening to a story teller and puppeteer called Carol Burton.  She told the children the story, A New Home For A Pirate and brought the story to life with her assortment of puppets.  The children joined in with the storytelling and sang the pirate songs.  Some children were required to walk the plank!  In the afternoon, the children used their creative skills to make props for pirate role play. Some children made pirate ships out of cardboard boxes and other children made flags, hooks, compasses, swords, etc.  Luckily, the rain stopped so we could all go outside with our pirate props to take part in pirate drama. 

All the children have begun to write the pirate stories that they planned last week.  We are so proud that the children are able to write lengthy stories.  They have so many ideas!

In number, the children are developing their sharing skills through problem solving.  For, example, 4 pirates share 16 gold coins – how many gold coins does each pirate receive?  The children are becoming more confident to show their workings out by drawing arrays:-

0          0          0          0

0          0          0          0

0          0          0          0

0          0          0          0

Also, the children have been studying treasure maps.  We have introduced the skill of reading grid references.  Many children are able to work out that the treasure is buried in B6 but more practise is needed.

Finally, our junk stock is becoming low!  We would appreciate it if you could send a bag of cereal boxes, smaller boxes, yoghurt pots, kitchen roll middles to school. Your children love to be creative!  Many thanks.

This week, the Dolphins have been encouraged to use their imaginations to create their own fantasy pirate stories.  On Monday, the children worked in small groups to create a pirate play to perform in front of the rest of the class.  The children were asked to think about exciting pirate characters and use their voices in interesting ways to actually become their character!  Next, the group had to devise some kind of a problem that the characters encountered and a solution.  The children are definitely developing their powers of imagination.  The following day, the children worked individually to produce their own pirate story map.

In maths, the children have been identifying and investigating 3D shapes.  Most children are able to recognise a sphere, cube, cuboid, cylinder and a cone.  Now the children are practising describing the shapes – How many faces?  How many edges?  How many vertices?  The children were amazed at how many 3D shapes they could recognise in the environment.  Many thanks to all the children who have been practising the doubles rap.  You are fantastic!  Such attitude!

Next week we are have our year group pirate day on Wednesday. Yo ho, ho!   

 

Ahoy there Pirates!  On Monday the Dolphins found a sack of belongings in the middle of the carpet area.  We decided that we would look at the objects and think about who might have left the sack and why.  The children found gold coins, a telescope, a skull and cross bone flag, an eye-patch, a bottle of beer and a key!  They all thought that a pirate must have left his belongings but wondered why he left his keys.  What does the key unlock?  Finally, we found an old letter at the bottom of the bundle.  The letter explained that the possessions belonged to a pirate called Captain Redbeard and many years ago he sailed across the oceans looking for treasure to put in his treasure chest.  Also, he said that the key opened the lock on his treasure chest – but where is the treasure chest?  The children worked well together to answer the clues and locate the treasure chest – X marks the spot!  The children shared the treasure equally between them all. 

The children were excited by the prospect of learning through pirates.  Many children were able to share what they already knew about pirates with the rest of the class. 

On Wednesday, the children looked at different pictures of pirates and decided that they would like to design their own dastardly pirate.  They wrote good descriptions of their pirates.

In number, the children have been learning different ways to subtract.  Some children prefer carry out subtraction problems using apparatus, whereas, some children prefer to count back on a number line.  Also, some children have been trying to subtract a teens number from a two digit number by subtracting the number of tens and then subtracting the number of ones! 

Tomorrow, the children will have the opportunity to experiment with mixing primary colours to create secondary colours using paints. 

Next week, the children are going to begin to generate their own exciting pirate stories through drama!

 Welcome back!  The children were eager to share their holiday news with the rest of the class.  They wrote very good recounts about what they did during the holidays and thought carefully about achieving their writing target.

Spring is here!  On Wednesday the children walked down to Kings Mill to look for signs of Spring.  The children worked with their class buddy to find as much evidence as possible that Spring is here!  All children noted the daffodils and tulips growing in the gardens.  They noticed that some trees are in blossom and many trees have buds growing on them.  All the children recognised that the weather is becoming slightly warmer and they do not need to wear hats and gloves.  We were very lucky to see a duck swimming on the pond, followed by her young ducklings.  The children enjoyed sketching signs of Spring.  When we returned to school, the children tried to identify the names of the ducks that saw using the internet.

In maths, the children are trying hard to learn the order of the months of the year.  Also, the children are thinking about which months can be found in the different seasons.

Tomorrow, the children are going to view paintings of Spring flowers by Vincent Van Gogh and talk about what they like/dislike about his work!  Following the children are going to paint their own Spring flower paintings – thinking carefully about colour, shape and proportion.

Next week the children are going to be given a challenge by Captain Redbeard!

The Dolphins had a fantastic time at the Mini-Olympics on Tuesday. All the children worked hard on the various activities and showed that they had improved their hitting, throwing, dribbling and striking skills! It was great to see the children encouraging each other and working as a team.

Many thanks for sending your contributions to the R.N.L.I. box. We are pleased to report that the children achieved their challenge - Y1 made a line of coins that measured a lot more than 12 metres! The money will be sent to the R.N.L.I. as soon as possible.

We cannot believe that we have reached the end of the school year! The children have been a joy to teach and shown tremendous enthusiasm throughout. We will miss them all. We wish you all a very happy and safe summer holiday.

The Dolphin’s sang with enthusiasm at the Little Big Sing on Monday. The children had worked hard to learn the songs and they really made us proud.  Most children were extremely hungry following the singing so we decided to eat our packed lunches on the beach.  The children enjoyed working together to build amazing sandcastles and one group of boys decided to dig all the way to Australia!  The Dolphins were extremely well behaved at all times on the trip – wonderful!

The children wrote their memories of their time in Year 1.  They were surprised about how much they had learnt and achieved! 

Also, the children have drawn their own self-portraits using charcoal pencils.  We hope that you will come and view our portrait gallery on Monday. 

Finally, the children enjoyed a party on Friday afternoon for being the best class at lining up.  We played stations, pass the parcel, musical statues and enjoyed eating iced buns. 

 

The children took part in a day of reflecting! The day began with a stilling exercise, whereby the children were asked to use their imaginative skills to enter the natural world. Most children said that the activity made them feel calm and relaxed. The Dolphins decided that they would like to have an area in the classroom where they could go to be calm, quiet and reflect upon things that affect them! Also, the children were asked to think about everything that they have achieved during this school year. They created achievement crowns to display their successes this year. What a magnificent parade!

All children enjoyed taking part in Sports Day and demonstrated great team spirit. Many thanks for coming along to support our annual event.

The children have become excited about raising money for the RNLI. They have decided that they would like to invite people to bring their spare change to school. Towards the end of the term the children will place the coins in one long line and measure the length of the line. It is hoped that the line of coins will measure more than 12 metres – the length of the Bridlington lifeboat! The children have designed fantastic posters about our fundraising project to inform members of our school community. Again, many thanks for your support.

We are all looking forward to the Little Big Sing on Monday! Remember to sing up!

The Dolphins had a wonderful time on the school trip to Bridlington. The weather was gorgeous and the children were extremely well behaved. Mr Walker and Chris the mechanic showed us around the lifeboat station and gave the children lots of interesting facts about the lifeboat itself. The children prepared their own interesting questions to ask members of the lifeboat crew. Mr Walker informed us that the RNLI relies on charitable donations and so the children are thinking about a way that they could raise money for the RNLI. In the afternoon the children enjoyed themselves on the beach and built fantastic sandcastles.

The Dolphins wrote a report about their experiences in Bridlington and we are extremely pleased with the results. The children are thinking more carefully about the openers and connectives that they use in their sentences. Also, standard of handwriting in our class has improved!

The children have been working hard on their skills for the Year 1 Sports afternoon. We are looking forward to seeing you there to support your child.

Tomorrow we are having a whole school day RE Day entitled A Time to Reflect. We want to give the children an opportunity to reflect on what they have achieved at school this year!

At the beginning of the week the children wrote a newspaper report on the night that Grace Darling rescued the shipwrecked people. The children thought carefully about the layout of a newspaper and many children made good attempts to include a quote from an eyewitness. Also, the Dolphins have been preparing questions to ask the RNLI officers on our trip to Bridlington. It is pleasing to note that the children have become more confident to carry out their own research and appear excited by their new project.  

In number, the children have been working hard on their number targets. Many children are making good progress with their mental calculation skills. All children know that they can use a number line as an aid if the calculation is challenging.

The children have enjoyed the opportunity to carry out a science investigation. They worked well with their group to investigate the question – ‘What happens to shadows when the objects become taller?’ The children had to decide how to carry out the investigation and put forward a prediction.

Today we have been baking buns for our stall at the Summer Fair – we hope to see you there!

The Dolphins have been learning about a famous lady from the past called Grace Darling.  The children enjoyed researching her story on the internet and acting out the events in small groups.  Following, the class decided that they would like to create a Grace Darling set in the role-play area.  Many children understood that Grace became famous because she was extremely brave at a time when women were not expected to be brave.  The Dolphins wrote fantastic reports about the night that Grace Darling rescued the men and some children included dialogue!

Also, the Dolphins have been exploring natural and manmade light sources.  The children investigated different light sources and found out that a mirror is not a light source.

The children are excited about learning the songs for The Little Big Sing – Rocking All Over The World / Wimmoweh!

 

This week in the Dolphins class we have been looking at art through maths as part of maths week. We have been stepping into famous pictures and writing about what we can see in the picture. Also we have been using our measuring skills to cut strips of coloured paper to create 3D art. We have been observing the work of Andy Goldsworthy and made fantastic attempts at creating our own 3D sculptures using natural materials.  In addition we have looked at pictures by Kandinsky and discussed the shapes that we can see. The children have enjoyed making their own shape pictures in the style of Kandinsky.

 Next week we are researching a famous person from the past called Grace Darling.

The Dolphins had a wonderful time at Fun in the Woods. On arrival, the children were given a talk by Elaine who explained the importance about keeping safe in the woods. She introduced the children to lots of fun activities that anyone can do in the woods. Firstly, the children were given a list of natural objects to find. They worked well together to find them all. Next, the children greatly enjoyed mud painting and den making using branches and twigs. Also, the children used potato peelers to make a pointy stick so that they could toast marshmallows on the camp fire! Finally, the children joined together to sing songs around the camp fire. The Dolphins definitely had fun in the woods!

The children decided that they would like to write a class book about their trip to the woods.

Also, the children have been looking carefully at the painting Seascape by Vincent van Gogh. The children were asked to think about how Van Gogh created a stormy sea painting. Tomorrow the children are going to attempt to paint their own stormy sea.

We hope you enjoy the half term break.

The Dolphins have successfully designed and created a fruity pirate sword for Captain Redbeard’s birthday. Captain Redbeard asked the children to design a fruity pirate sword that was both juicy and colourful. He was very pleased with the results! The children enjoyed eating their fruity pirate swords and many children said that they enjoyed trying the many different fruits.

The children have been looking carefully at the work of the artist Paul Cezanne. They observed that he enjoyed painting arrangements of fruit (still life). The children were challenged to create their own still life drawings of arrangements of fruit, using oil pastels. Many children are thinking more carefully about shape, colour and proportion when carrying out observational drawing.

Also, the dolphins have been working hard to plan and write their own pirate stories. We are very pleased that the children are thinking more imaginatively about their ideas and thinking more carefully about their letter formation and handwriting style.

 

The Dolphins have been set a challenge to work in groups and create a fantasy pirate story through drama. The children have enjoyed thinking about the character that they would like to be in the story and how he/she would talk and act. The groups have worked with the teacher to generate a story plan – with an exciting beginning, middle and ending. All children know that a good story has a problem that needs to be solved! The groups have used their time in the areas to practise performing their plays and making props. The children are planning to record their plays on the ipad and view their plays at a later date.

This week, Captain Redbeard challenged the children to buy items for his pirate crew! We are pleased that the children are becoming more able at giving the correct amount of coins to buy items. Also, many children are able to work out the amount of change required.

On Tuesday, the children had a wonderful time at the cricket ground practising athletics and golf skills.

We look forward to seeing lots of young pirates in the morning! Yo! Ho! Ho!

Ahoy, me Hearties!

The Dolphins are extremely excited about their new class topic – Pirates. Captain Redbeard left a letter in the classroom asking the children if they would like to solve a set of clues in order to find the hidden treasure. The children worked well together to solve the riddles and locate all the hidden clues. The treasure was taken back to the classroom and enjoyed by all!                                                      

The children have been carrying out their own research on the topic of pirates, using the internet and books. They decided that they would like to create their own pirates. The children drew some fantastic pictures of their pirates and wrote detailed descriptions about them. We are pleased that the children are beginning to use a wider range of describing words.

Our role play area has become a ‘pirate ship’ and the children are making good attempts at having pirate conversations. Many children are asking if they can make telescopes, ships wheels, flags……… to put in the role play area – we would be grateful if you could send any junk for our workshop (especially cardboard tubes).

Also, the children have experimented with colour mixing this week. The children have found out how to make the secondary colours (green, orange, purple,) using the primary colours (red, yellow, blue,).

We are all looking forward to our Pirate Day next Friday!

The Dolphins were invited to Tescos to learn more about where their food comes from. They enjoyed learning about the process of baking bread and looked carefully at the different varieties of fish on the fish counter. Next, they carried out an activity whereby they matched the colours of the rainbow to different fruits and vegetables. Finally, they enjoyed tasting fruits from around the world!

This week the children have been thinking about their time at school so far. They created wonderful time lines showing what they enjoyed most about Pre-school, Foundation Stage and Year 1. Also, the children have investigated what their school was like in the past. They generated their own questions to ask Miss Galtry (who taught at this school a long time ago) and Mr Straker (who attended the school during the 1940s). The children wrote about what they had found out.

A Victorian teacher named Miss Dawson arrived in our classroom in her Uncle’s time machine. She was extremely strict and told the children about what life was like in our classroom 150 years ago. She brought a dunces cap, cane and naughty basket with her. The children experienced a Victorian style lesson and drew portraits of Miss Dawson using charcoal pencils. We hope you enjoy viewing our exhibition in the school hall.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!

 

This week the Dolphins have been thinking about the changing seasons. We decided to walk to Kings Mill to look for signs of Spring. The children noticed the blossom on the trees and the beautiful Spring flowers growing in the gardens. Also, there were some sightings of ducklings, bees and butterflies! The children worked in pairs and sketched what they saw.

In the classroom, the children wrote about what happens in Spring. We are pleased that many children are beginning to join two sentences together using connective words such as and, so, but, because…. Also, most children are remembering to place a full stop at the end of their sentences but forget to begin the following sentence with a capital letter!

Tomorrow we are going to look at and talk about paintings of spring flowers by Vincent Van Gogh. Following, the children are going to observe and paint daffodils, tulips and hyacinths.

Next week, we are having a mini topic on ‘Our School’. We would be extremely grateful if you could talk to your child about what school was like when you were at school (see homework page). Also, it would be fantastic if your child could talk to grandparents about their school days.

Finally, our workshop area needs more junk! Please send to school any small boxes, plastic pots, etc. Many Thanks.

 

This week the magic landed in Antarctica and the children have been thinking about what they could do and see there. They have created their own story plans and written a fantasy story set in Antarctica. We are extremely pleased with the writing that the children produced and particularly the wow words they have chosen.

On Thursday, a designer called Rachel came into the class to talk about the importance of design when making products.  She showed the children some designs she had produced to make a kite and explained that she continually adapts and improves her designs before making an end product. The children have decided that they are going to think carefully about designing when they are working in the workshop area.

We hope you enjoy your Mother’s Day surprises!

This week the children have enjoyed listening to a variety of poems about African animals.  They have been thinking about how the animal moves, what they look like and the noises they make.  All the wonderful ideas have been used to create some superb poetry.  Would you like to read some examples?

The Cheetah

Hundreds of black spots on yellow, silky fur.

It walks on four speedy legs.

Prowls through the jungle so quietly.

Glistening eyes, looking for delicious food.

Rests lazily in the boiling sun.

Spotty!

Spotty!

Spotty!

Spotty!

The Elephant

A long, curly trunk.

Enormous, floppy ears.

His feet go stomp, stomp.

He has white, pointy tusks.

He has a stubby, swishy tail.

Trumpety!

Trumpety!

Trumpety!

Trumpety!

This week the children went on an amazing journey on their magic carpet.  They landed in Africa!  The children have been carrying out research to find out what it is like in Africa, using books and the internet.  The role-play area has been transformed into the African Savanna and the children are enjoying creating sketches.  Many children have been imagining that they are on a safari and they can see elephants, tigers and vultures!  In the workshop, the children have been designing and making items that they would need for a safari – binoculars, sunhats, water bottles, cameras……. 

The Dolphins produced some fantastic imaginative writing about their magic carpet trip to Africa.  We are extremely pleased that children are including lots of describing words in their writing.  Also, many children are trying much harder to form their letters correctly.  Next week we are going to listen and appreciate some poems about African animals.  Perhaps, they will give us the inspiration to write our own poems about African animals.

 

The Dolphins have had an extremely busy week at school!  On Monday the children explored 3D shapes through building and playing games.  Many children are now able to identify cubes, cuboids, cylinders, spheres and cones.  We were surprised to find how many shapes we could see in our classroom.

We celebrated Shrove Tuesday by making and eating pancakes!  Also, we explored how Shrove Tuesday is celebrated throughout the world and, as a result, we made masks similar to those worn during the Mardigras carnivals.  We thought about why Christians celebrate Shrove Tuesday and put forward ideas as to what we could give up during the period of Lent. 

The children particularly enjoyed coming to school dressed as their favourite book character.  We had a whole school parade in the hall!  The Dolphins took part in a book hunt around the school – they had to work out the location of particular books from the clues given.  The children worked well as a team to recover all the books.  We hope you have enjoyed joining us for a story time sessions this week.

 

Our class found a dolphin on the magic bed with a sign stating HELP!  The children have been thinking about why the dolphin could be in trouble and how they could help him.  Following, children wrote down their imaginative ideas on a story planner.  We are pleased that the children are beginning to generate more original ideas for their stories.

 

The children have enjoyed designing their own sea creature.  They have drawn their design on coloured felt and cut it out, with care.  The children are looking forward to decorating their sea creature and attaching it to a hessian background.  Next week, we are going to sew on the hessian background!  We would be extremely grateful if anyone could donate threads, silks or wool for our sewing project.

 

Also, we have been investigating symmetrical shapes and patterns throughout week.  The children have enjoyed looking for examples of symmetry in the classroom and the playground.  Indeed, many children noticed that their face and clothes were symmetrical!  They had great fun painting symmetrical sea creatures!

 Congratulations to the Dolphins!  The children worked hard on writing their instructions to make a piece of toast and won a toast party!  Please take a look at our pictures below……

This week, the children have been using their imagination to think about ideas as to where they could go on the magic bed.  They came up with a variety of ideas – the jungle, superhero land, under the sea, monkey land…..  Following, the children were challenged to create a story map whereby they drew diagrams and wrote key words to show what happened in their magic bed story.  Many children came up with exciting ideas for characters and plots.

In the workshop, the dolphins have been designing, making and evaluating their own magic beds.  We are proud that the children have carried out this task with very little help.  Following, the children were asked to think of a special word that would give their bed the power to fly!

In number, the children have begun to recognise and extend number sequences.  Also, we have reinforced work on telling the time.  The children are becoming more confident at recognising o’clock, half past and quarter past.

We hope you have a lovely half term break!

The groups enjoyed presenting their findings about the topic pets to the rest of the class.  All the children demonstrated that they could work as part of a team and support each other. 

Our focus for this week has been to write a set of accurate instructions.  The children have written fantastic instructions on how to care for a dog.  They are aware that an instruction must begin with a bossy verb.  Also, the children have been thinking carefully about writing a set of instructions on how to make a piece of toast.  Tomorrow the children are going to follow their instructions to make toast for a toast party!

In number, we have been practising solving subtraction sentences using a number line.  Most children have successfully found the gap!  Also, the children have used numicom and rhymes to help them identify odd and even numbers. 

 

Next week, the Dolphins are going to read The Magic Bed by John Burningham.  Following the children are going to use their imagination to think of ideas for their own fantasy journey on the magic bed.   

The Dolphins have been busy finding the answers to their questions about pets.  On Monday, Sue came to school to talk to the children about the work of the RSPCA.  She brought a 10 week old puppy, called Bazil, to school and said that he needed to find a home!   Bazil was very well behaved and enjoyed playing with the children.  Sadly, Year 1 learned that some people do not treat their animals well and the RSPCA are an organisation that help to ensure that all animals are well looked after.  On Thursday, the children visited the local pet shop (Pet Paradise). We had a wonderful time looking at the fish, hamsters and gerbils.  The children were making very good observations about the pets.  Also, they met and touched a tortoise called Wilson and the children came up with lots of ideas as to why he kept putting his head inside his shell!  On Friday, the children are going to display the work that they have produced about pets.

This week, the children have written their own fantasy stories about an animal that came for tea at their house.  We are so proud that the children have developed the confidence to write more independently.  Also, the children are thinking more carefully about their handwriting style and their spelling attempts are very good.  Next week we are going to ask Dr Punctuation for a little help because some children are still forgetting that a sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop!

Our focus for next week is to be able to give a set of accurate instructions, both verbal and written!

The children are enjoying carrying out their research on the topic of pets.  They have decided that they would like to find the answers to the following questions.

What do people call their pets?     

How do you look after a dog?      

How do you make a dog agility course?    

What does a vet do?    

Which pets are the most popular in our school?  

During the week, we had a visit from Lucy the veterinary and Debbie the veterinary nurse (Aldgate Veterinary Practice).  They told us about the different pets that they treat and how they make them better.  Also, she brought lots of veterinary equipment and different kinds of worms for the children to look at!

This week, the Dolphins have carried out lots of problem solving activities involving counting and addition.  It is great to see that children are beginning to successfully apply their skills to different tasks. 

Also, we are proud that the children are working well in groups and pairs.  We are noticing that children are encouraging one another and praising each other for their efforts. 

Many thanks to all the parents who have sent junk to school – we still need more!

The Dolphins began the week by sharing what they already know about the topic – ‘Pets’.  The children enjoyed describing their own pets to the rest of the class and some children talked about the pet that they would like to look after.  Following the class decided that they wanted to write about their pets or the pet that they would like to have.  We are thrilled that the children are thinking more carefully about their writing targets and are making fantastic attempts to write more!  Some children are trying to include more ‘wow’ words in their writing – many thanks to Violet Vocabulary for her help!

Many children have asked if they can bring a photograph of their pet into school – a wonderful idea!  Please note that any children who do not have a pet could print or draw a picture of their favourite pet.

Next week, the children begin to carry out some research on the topic ‘Pets’.  The children will work in small groups to find out the answer to their chosen question.  Luckily, there some visitors coming to school that might be able to help!

This half term the children are taking part in rhythmic gymnastics as part of their PE curriculum – great fun!

 

Once, again we are asking parents to send their junk to school.  The children greatly enjoy making in the workshop – we would be very grateful if you could help us to resource the area.

 

 

Happy New Year!  The children have enjoyed talking to the class about all the exciting things that they have done during the Christmas holidays.  They were eager to write about their holiday news and we are pleased that the children are beginning to write more lengthy accounts. 

All the children have written their New Year’s Resolutions and we hope that you will enjoy reading them at Parents Evening.

Next week, we begin our research projects on ‘Pets’. 

 

 

Happy New Year!  The children have enjoyed talking to the class about all the exciting things that they have done during the Christmas holidays.  They were eager to write about their holiday news and we are pleased that the children are beginning to write more lengthy accounts. 

All the children have written their New Year’s Resolutions and we hope that you will enjoy reading them at Parents Evening.

Next week, we begin our research projects on ‘Pets’.