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Reading books are changed every Monday and homework handed out Friday to be returned by the following Thursday.
We have P.E. every Wednesday afternoon.
A reminder that spelling books were sent home on Friday. It is ESSENTIAL that these are returned to school on Thursday for the spelling test. This will be recorded in the spelling book for you to see on Friday along with the new list of spellings.
Many thanks for your support.
Week beginning 21st May
This week we are reading You Choose in Space by Pippa Goodhart and the children have shown a lot of imagination in their writing. We have been making decisions related to the pictures in the book and have had to justify those decisions. We have also been using adjectives to add interest to our writing.
In Maths we are learning about halves and quarters. We are all able to halve or quarter objects but it is much trickier to halve or quarter a group of objects.
In Phonics have been working hard on our nonsense/alien words and we are working hard on spotting and identifying split digraphs such as a-e, u-e and o-e in words.
We will also be looking at the art of Joan Miro who was a famous artist from Barcelona. He painted from his memory and his imagination.
Royal Wedding Picnic
What a lovely sight to see so many families enjoying a picnic together today. The sun was shining and everyone had a lovely time! See below for some lovely photos.
Week beginning May 14th
This week we are reading How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers.
There once was a boy who loved stars so much that he wished he had one of his very own. Every night he watched the stars in the sky from his bedroom window and dreamed of how he could be their friend and how they could play hide-and-go-seek together.
So, one day, he decided to set about catching a star of his very own…
In Maths we are revisiting doubles and we are introducing the multiplication sign. So,
5 +5 = 10 can also be written as 2 x 5 = 10.
Safety Works 11/05/18
What a great time we all had today at Safety Works. The children were so well behaved and we all learned lots about being safe around dogs, fire safety, road safety, staying safe at the beach and about stranger danger. Key things we learned today were that dialling 999 gets us through to police, ambulance or fire service, 'Stop! Drop and Roll' helps put out a fire on our body quickly and if we feel uncomfortable around a stranger we need to wave our arms and shout "Help!! Stranger danger!"
Some of us were unsure about our home address and this is key information every child needs to know.
See below for some photos of our morning.
Week beginning May 7th
This week we are continuing our 'Destination Outer Space' topic with The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet! by Dougie Poynter and Tom Fletcher. We have been concentrating on using capital letters at the beginning of a sentence and for names, places and the pronoun I.
This afternoon we played some fun phonic games such as 'Popcorn/Not corn' and 'Trash or Treasure' to help us to read real and nonsense words.
In Maths this week we are learning about Arrays. An array is a pictorial representation to help children understand multiplication and division. Typically shown as rows of dots, for example, 2 x 3 would be shown as two rows of three dots.
Week beginning April 30th
This week in English we are reading The Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram. We are learning about Bob and how he spends his day on the moon. We have written a list of Bob's jobs and we have written a postcard to our friends from the moon.
In Maths we have been counting in tens and making equal groups.
Today in English, we have been studying the John Lewis advert Man on the Moon. The advert features a young girl who spots a lonely man on the moon through her telescope. After failing to attract his attention, she sends up a Christmas parcel containing another telescope, and a tear trickles down his cheek when he finds her waving at him.
This poignant advert actually made some of the children cry which shows how well the children can relate to the emotions of others. We had to play pass the tissues!
Week beginning April 23rd
In Maths this week we have been learning about volume and capacity. We now know how to identify full, half full, nearly full, three quarters full, nearly empty, a quarter full and empty. We have measured liquids using millilitres and have investigated water displacement using the story Mr Archimedes Bath by Pamela Allen.
In English we have been reading a lovely story called Beegu by Alexis Deacon. Beegu is not supposed to be on Earth. She is lost. She is a friendly little creature, but the Earth people don't seem very welcoming at all. However, so far she has only met the BIG ones. The little ones are a different matter...
We have retold the story using oral storytelling, we have made story maps and have written a retell of the story in our own words.
Week beginning April 16th
This week we have begun our topic of 'Destination Outer Space'. We have been reading non fiction books about space itself and today we learned about the different jobs astronauts do once they are in space. We even had a letter from Buzz Lightyear today!
In Maths we are learning about weight and balance. We are beginning to use mathematical vocabulary such as 'balance', 'weight', 'heavier' and 'lighter'. We have been learning through fun, practical activities and can now explain what happens to balance scales when an item is lighter/heavier or the same weight as another object.
Week beginning March 26th
This week has been assessment week and the children have shown good progress in English and Maths. On Wednesday we rewarded the children's hard work with a fun Teddy Bear's Picnic and Easter hunt.
Week beginning March 19th
This week we are following the adventures of Tiddler by Julia Donaldson. Today he has been riding a seahorse...what will tomorrow bring?
In Maths we have moved on to standard measure and we are measuring items with a ruler. Today we were measuring vegetables and worms!
Week beginning March 12th
This week we are following the adventures of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs. Flinn ventures into Miss Pie's art cupboard and embarks on an adventure with Captain Stubble to regain his stolen pirate ship from the pirate dinosaurs.
In Maths we are measuring using non-standard measure. We are using bricks, paper clips and even our hands and feet!
Last week Zachary was invested in The Beavers and brought his neckerchief in to show us.
Week beginning March 5th
This week we are returning to our adventures with Traction Man following our snow days last week.
We had a spelling test on Monday as we missed it last week and will have another on Thursday for this week's spellings. Please make sure all spelling books are returned for this.
Traction Man has encountered various evil characters in the family's kitchen today and the conversations they have had have been quite hair raising!
Week beginning February 26th
This week began with a visitor from Warburtons. First we learned a little about the history of the Warburton's product and then we talked about healthy eating and the different food groups. Then the exciting part...we made our sandwiches!! We had a 50/50 bread bun and a range of fillings such as grated cheese, cheese slices, lettuce, cucumber, tuna, ham, chicken, carrot, spring onion and tomato. We chose our fillings, made our sandwiches and then ate them all up!
We read 'Traction Man' together today and used our imaginations to decide what happened in the first Traction Man's 'terrible parachute accident'. We are working very hard at writing independently and the children are making good progress.
In Maths this week we are counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Today we began with 2s and used lots of practical activities to push ourselves beyond 20.
Week beginning February 19th
Kung hei fat choy! Happy Chinese New Year! This week is all about Chinese New Year and traditions. We have learned that we are either a 'rabbit' or a 'dragon' and we learned about the animal race which decided the 12 zodiac animals.
Today we read and wrote about The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine.
Week beginning February 5th
This week we will be studying poetry and rhyme in our English lessons. We will be reading 'The Crocodile' by Roald Dahl, 'The Owl and the Pussycat' by Edward Lear and Dr Seuss' 'Fox in Socks'.
"No animal is half as vile
As Crocky–Wock, the crocodile.
On Saturdays he likes to crunch
Six juicy children for his lunch
And he especially enjoys
Just three of each, three girls, three boys.
He smears the boys (to make them hot)
With mustard from the mustard pot.
But mustard doesn't go with girls,
It tastes all wrong with plaits and curls.
With them, what goes extremely well
Is butterscotch and caramel.
It's such a super marvelous treat
When boys are hot and girls are sweet.
At least that's Crocky's point of view
He ought to know. He's had a few.
That's all for now. It's time for bed.
Lie down and rest your sleepy head.
Ssh. Listen. What is that I hear,
Galumphing softly up the stair?
Go lock the door and fetch my gun!
Go on child, hurry! Quickly run!
No stop! Stand back! He's coming in!
Oh, look, that greasy greenish skin!
The shining teeth, the greedy smile!
It's Crocky–Wock, the Crocodile!"
Week beginning January 29th
This week we have been very busy! We have been reading lots of Hairy Maclary stories in English and have been using our imagination in our writing.
Why does this dog have five balloons tied to him? Who did it and what happens next?
We have also been adding and subtracting in a number of different ways. It has been tricky but we've worked our socks off!
As if all that wasn't enough, look at Josie's independent story writing!
Week beginning January 22nd
This week in English we are focusing on Peace At Last by Jill Murphy. We will be writing character profiles, orally retelling the story and broadening our vocabulary using dictionaries.
Week beginning January 15th
This week in English we are reading The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. Today we talked about our favourite part of the story and we wrote a shopping list for Sophie's mum using adjectives to make them more exciting. We also designed a tin of tiger food just in case the tiger should come for tea again!
Week beginning January 8th, 2017
Happy New Year and welcome back. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.
This week we have begun our 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers' topic with Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore. We will be writing recounts of the story, using adjectives to describe characters and altering endings to known stories.
In Maths we are learning about time. We are learning to read clocks which display o'clock and half past times and we are learning the days of the week and the months of the year. We have had great fun finding out what we can do in a minute. Some of us could sing Happy Birthday 11 times and write our names 14 times!
We have also welcomed Mrs Patterson to our class and she works with us every afternoon. The gym is also back in use so PE will take place on Wednesday afternoon with Premier Sports and Les Watts will be taking our music sessions.
Week beginning November 13th
This week we have been celebrating Winnie the Witch's birthday with 'Happy Birthday Winnie'. We have written party food shopping lists, invitations, birthday cards and thank you cards. We are still focussing on correct use of capital letters and full stops and remembering to use finger spaces in our writing.
In Maths we have been using the part, part, whole model and have been finding one more and one less than a given number.
In Geography we have been keeping a weather diary and we looked at the devesattion caused by extreme weather.
In Science we have been learning about our bodies and body parts.
We had great fun on Wednesday when you came into our class and it was lovely to see so many of you.
Week beginning November 6th
Since half term we have been learning about Halloween and Bonfire Night. We learned about staying safe and about the history of The Gunpowder Plot. This week we learned about the relevance of the poppies that we have been buying.
We have also begun our topic of 'Magic' by reading Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas. We have talked about characters and settings and have story mapped our own versions ready for a retell of the story.
Week beginning October 2nd
This week we have been focussing on using capital letters and full stops appropriately in our writing. We have been observing seasonal changes and recapping on our signs of Autumn search in the school garden.
In maths we have been adding 2 numbers within 10 or 2 numbers within 20 and recording using the + and = signs. We have also used our independent learning time to reinforce addition through play.
In Science we had great fun exploring sources of light and we had opportunities to wear head lamps and to use book lights and imitation candles. We used Autumn leaves to make people and animals and we used a lovely book called The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.
Every child had their own interpretation and thoroughly enjoyed making their dots into people, animals, planets, patterns etc.
Week beginning September 25th
This week we have been learning about adjectives and have been using them to describe objects and people. We read The Gruffalo's Child and found lots of adjectives within the story. We thought of adjectives we could use to enhance the story and instead of the 'big bad' mouse we had the 'humungous evil' mouse.
We also had a great time in the school garden looking for signs of Autumn and we are going to use this investigation in our writing next week.
We have all settled in now (including myself!) and we have been learning lots and having lots of fun. This half term we are learning about Autumn and Parks and Playgrounds and we have been focusing on Percy the Park Keeper stories by Nick Butterworth.
In English we have learned about nouns and verbs in our grammar sessions and we have been spelling words with -ff and -ll endings. In our RWI lessons we are applying our phonic knowledge in reading and writing. Our extended writing has been topic based and we are trying hard to remember full stops, capital letters and fingers spaces.
In Mathematics we have been focusing on Number and Place Value. We have been finding practical ways to practice our place value including Uno cards and dice. We have also been practising our number formation.
On Monday the children baked beach themed cup cakes. The children had to follow the instruction carefully to bake the cakes and decorate them with deep blue sea icing, sandy digestive biscuits and umbrellas. The children used command sentences to write their own set of instructions to make the beach themed cakes.
On Wednesday and Friday last week the children went to forest school with Mr Roberts. We had circle time in the tipi. On the way to the Dene we identified lots of trees and plants growing in our area. We saw Sycamore trees, Cherry Trees, Oak Trees, Horse Chestnut Trees, and Pine Trees among others. The children were great at remembering some the names. We played games like 123 touch the tree, penguin game and the Jay game. We explored the ponds and went on a mini-beast hunt. Back at school we lit a fire and toasted marshmallows they were delicious!
On Tuesday morning the children from reception were welcomed by the year 1's to experience lessons in KS1. They had a science lesson looking at the life cycle of a butterfly. A Literacy lesson based around the book Dog loves drawing and A Maths lesson on number bonds to 10 and playing maths games.
On Monday 26.6.17 Key Stage 1 visited Kirkley Hall Zoo. In the morning Mrs Thomson's class took part in a woodland Walk, looking for mini-beasts, birds, bats and squirrels. Look carefully to see if you find the bats sleeping in the branches. Then we had a tour of the zoo and saw lots of interesting animals including capybara's, parrots, lemurs, snakes, alpaca, reindeer, meerkats, monkeys and much more!
We had lunch in the picnic area and played at the park. The peacocks loved sharing our food. In the afternoon we went into the aquarium and saw Nemo. We had a walk through the Wallaby enclosure. The Albino wallaby's are called Olaf and Frosty. One of the brown wallaby's is carrying a joey in her pouch. Lastly we went into the petting area and held Guniea Pigs and Rabbits. It was a fantastic trip and the children learnt lots about the different animals and where they come from.
In Science this week we have been using our senses in the outdoors to find different objects. We looked for smooth, rough, round, yellow, red, long, soft and man-made objects.
We had great fun during sports day. We had premier sports in to teach us curling. And we had great fun competing in races in the afternoon.
On Thursday the children bought their scooters into school and we had great fun scooting the Golden Mile instead of running! We were able to go much further They loved the challenge of balancing on their scooters and staying out of each others way.
23.5.17 Year 2 Owl Sandwiches
What great fun we had today! We designed, made, evaluated and ate some delicious owl sandwiches.
Tomorrow we will be writing the instructions to explain how to make them. You could try to make one at home during the holidays. We would love to see more of your own ideas and designs.
This week the children have been reading the story Walking through the Jungle by Julie Lacome. They have created their own Story Maps and then wrote a re-tell of the story using their own characters. We have put the books on display in our Jungle.
Today the children have had an introduction to 'Mathletics.' An online resource matched to the National Curriculum where children can practice their maths skills in Teacher set activities, play against each other and children from other places. We have had great fun challenging each other! The children will soon be bringing their logins home so they can practise at home too.
This week in PE we have been practising a range of different skills in the sunshine. Hula hooping, throwing and catching bean bags, balancing, football skills:- dribbling and shooting and basket ball skills:- bouncing and shooting. Well done everyone!
I hope you enjoyed the Easter Break and ate lots of chocolate!! I know I did...
We are continuing with our Jungle Topic this term. This week we have written our own Riddles. See if you can guess what animals they are!!
This week we have been learning the Easter Story and why the Easter Bunny comes to visit! Father Alun came into assembly on Tuesday to talk to us and the Year 6 children read us the story. In RE we sequenced the Easter Story and made Easter cards to take home.
Welcome to the Jungle!!
We have begun to learn about the Jungle in Topic Lessons this week. We have been learning about which animals live in the jungle and writing descriptions them. I hope you enjoy reading some of them. Afetr the holidays we will be reading the story Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson and writing our own What am I? Riddles.
It will be Mother's day on Sunday. We have learnt about the origins of Mother's Day and how different people around the celebrate it. Using our best creative skills we designed and made our own cards. We hope you enjoy them!
On Thursday we learnt about some famous people whose work has influenced modern medicine. We learnt that Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole worked hard to ensure that hospitals were clean places where soilders could get better. Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic Penicillin and Louis Pasteur created vaccines to stop germs from making people ill.
This week was science week at Waverley. The theme was change! We started the week with a carousel of activities. We looked at different types of food and how they change when they are heated up! Ask the children which was their favourite..... Mine was the chocolate squares. Yummy!
We investigated how to make a lump of plastercine float. We had to change the shape by flattening the bottom and making sure there were sides and no holes for the water to seep through!! My class said it was lots of fun....
On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day by coming to school dressed as our favourite book characters. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed reading and listening to lots of different stories. Mrs Thomson even had to walk the plank in assembly!!!
This week we have celebrated Pancake Day.
On Tuesday we enjoyed reading the story of the runaway pancake as well as eating chocolate pancakes and designing our own pancake toppings. We have been writing our own stories about a Runaway Pancake. I hope you enjoy reading some of our work.
Happy New Year Everyone! Welcome back after the holidays. The children will now be visiting the School Library on a weekly basis. They will choose a library book each week to take home in addition to their home reading books. Our day for visiting the Library is a Monday so please make sure library books are in school every Monday. Many Thanks.
More Pet Visits!
This week we have had even more pets visiting our classroom. We have learnt how to look after birds, cats, dogs and even mice. It has been very interesting. Thank you to everyone who has bought their pet in to school.
This week some children have bought their pet dogs into our classroom. We have learnt what we need to do to take care of a dog and how to keep them healthy. Thank you to those parents who have bought in their dogs. We are looking forward to some more visitors next week!
Over the last few weeks the boys and girls have really enjoyed making models from lego. Have a look below at some of our creations.
This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have learnt how each year is named after a different animal. This year is the year of the rooster. The children have also learnt which year they were born in. To celebrate we have made our own chinese zodiac signs and decorated and made lanterns.
This week in PE the children have been practising their balancing and climbing skills on the large apparatus. They have been moving in different ways and different directions around the apparatus. We talked about how to land correctly and safely when jumping off the box.
This term's topic is pets. We will be learning about living things in science, discussing what pets need to survive and how we look after them. As part of this experience the children will be learning about taking pets on a visit to the vets through our role play area. If you have any pets who you think would like to visit us in school please see me to arrange a time.
We have been learning about time this week in maths. We have been reading the time on analogue clocks, been on a time treasure hunt, investigated how we measure time and learnt about the days of the week.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for your kind cards and gifts this Christmas. Have a Merry Christmas and Best Wishes to you all for 2017.
Mrs Thomson & Mrs Robson
We had great fun making Christmas paper chains today. We worked together to make one 6m 35cm long! WOW!
Over the last few weeks we have been reading the Jolly Postman Stories by Janet and Alan Allenberg. The children have explored the stories in a number of different ways. We have had a Jolly Postman Role Play area where the children have experienced visiting and working in the post office. We have written letters to Santa. We have used our Computing skills to draw Jolly Postman pictures. We have drawn story maps, sequenced the story and wrote our own Jolly Postman Stories. The children have worked very hard and produced some fantastic work.
In Science we have been looking at the Seasons and events and changes that happen at different times of the year. We have talked about different celebrations like Christmas, Easter and Halloween. We have looked at how the trees and plants change during each season. This week we have studied the changes between Autumn and Winter. We have talked about how the trees change in Autumn and Winter. We looked at the different types of clothing we need to wear in the different seasons. We have discussed how the days become shorter and nights longer in the Winter time. The children have demonstrated their understanding through discussion, written work, manipulating play doh and dance during PE.
Reading for Pleasure!
Today we enjoyed reading for pleasure with Mrs Dalkin's Year 3/4 Class. It was fun sharing our favourite stories and books together.
Remember, Remember the 5th November
Gun Powder, Treason and Plot!
This week have been learning about why we celebrate Bonfire Night by burning bonfires and lighting fireworks. The children have learnt about Guy Fawkes and his friends and their plot to kill King James 1 in 1605. We have listened to stories, made up Shape poems and created our own firework pictures.
It's maths week at Waverley! Our focus is 'Money.' The children in Mrs Thomson's class have enjoyed investigating money. We have learnt to recognise coins and match them to prices. We have enjoyed doing crayon rubbings and playing Bingo.
Our topic this Autumn Term is Where We Live.
We will be investigating our local area and learning more about the country and city we live in. We will find out more about our home city of Newcastle upon Tyne and we will be sharing our knowledge of local landmarks we might see or have visited in the North East. These include; the Quayside and River Tyne with it's many bridges, the Angel of the North, the stunning architecture on Grey Street and Grey's Monument, the many beautiful beaches along the North East coastline, the many historical castles and buildings, including the Castle Keep in the centre of the city. It would be wonderful if you could visit some of these places with your child so they have first hand knowledge of some of the amazing places we have on our doorstep. You could take photographs, make a diary and/or scrapbook, Powerpoint etc. to help remember their visits. I would love them to share their experiences with the class.
We have been outdoors in Science collecting leaves and twigs. We made models of our local landmarks. Can you see the Angel of the North, The Tyne Bridge or the entrance to China Town among our models?
Welcome to Mrs Thomson's class 2016-2017- Autumn Term
Welcome to another school year! The children are settling in well and are all working hard. They are getting used to all the new routines and systems in Key Stage 1.
Well done our year 1 classes with their phonic assessments this week - currently we have 77% of pupils prdicted to achieve the phonics screening - with several months of work to go this is very promising a very good progress since the end of Reception for these pupils . Our groups of pupils such as boys and girls are also very close together in term of the numbers predicted to achieve the phonics screen. Our year 2 pupils taking phonics screening will be well above the average numbers with 100% predicted to achieve the standard currently.
KS1 have been looking at the life cycles of animals and plants. They are growing sunflowers at the moment.
Nursery were preparing for a Forest School trip as we looked around school for more creatures.
We have been working with Technology Tom again.
Our new KS1 topic will look at all aspects of toys. We have started reading books about toys so it seemed a good idea to design and make our own toys.We began by looking at all sorts of toys - old and new.
Technology Tom asked us to demonstrate how they worked.
We then went back to class to begin to design and make other toys. Watch this space for the results. We think you will be impressed.
This term we have been to forest school with Mr Roberts. We have been learning to identify different features of plants and trees. Have a look at some of our leaf art below. Can you tell what we made?
We know that super learners always ask questions - here are some from our Forest School trek to Denton Dene.
Homework and Reading Books
Mrs Marshall looked at all kinds of running, jumping, crawling and hopping and recorded how each child was able to move. She will then include these skills within our PE sessions. By Christmas we will look again at how we have improved.
Mrs Thomson was looking at agility - our pupils all coped well with the balances for example and this was recorded. The gallop was more difficult and the activites became progressively more complex.
Some of the activites were timed.
This team were making an excellent attempt with their ABCs -agility, balance and coordination.
We also got out of breath and had some fun during the baseline session.
Mrs Marshall will be doing similar baseline activites with our other classes and this will give us good evidence to demonstrate how each pupil is progressing.
Maths and literacy keep us busy every week.
We are counting, sharing and grouping.
We have a vet role play in the classroom. We made beds for all the animals.
Our jolly christmas postman topic included writing and posting letters.
Who had the secret party in the gym?
Could it really be witches?
Will the magic powder disappear, dissolve, float, sink, or go gloopy?