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?
Have a look at the repeating patterns on our hats.
We have had a fantastic start to the new school year! The children have settled really well and are enjoying their new routines. We had to complete a very important job this week for the Jolly Postman. We had to find out the best cakes for Cinderella's party.
We looked very closely at all the cakes and then described them for Cinderella.
Cake testing for a party is very important and we had a good chat about it together.