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Week 6 - Fun in the sun!
Star of the Week
This week our star of the week is Israel. Israel has been working really hard to improve his writing and as a result has produced some fantastic pieces. His writing is interesting to read, exciting and engaging for all. If you fancy having a read, come and see Miss Potter.
Look at these amazing children! They have worked so hard with their reading that they are making progress and getting rewards for their hard work. Well done children...keep up the great work.
Not as many mini-ninjas this week . We need to carry on working hard to learn our times tables. Well done to Samuel and Alan for earning their next level band/badge. We are proud of you.
This week in literacy we have continued to have fun with our learning. We have been working hard on innovating the story of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs. We decided that we wanted to change parts of the story to make it more interesting. Look at our best map. You can see some of our fantastic changes.
We decided to change the story to an evil octopus who was guarding the Pirate Captains treasure. We worked really hard to describe the octopus and his behaviour. We used some pictures to help us think about what an octopus could look like.
Why is the octopus guarding the treasure? What treasure might be in there? How can we describe it?
Having said that we are still very passionate and excited about pirates and their naughty behaviour
Thank you to the children who made my pirate hat and for Felicity for continuing her learning and bringing in her pirate eye-patch.
This week in maths we had great fun exploring time. We have progressed onto quarter to and quarter past and even telling the time using 5 minute intervals. This is something which some of us found difficult however we have since grasped some aspects of it. I am proud of the childrens constant endeavour and 'grown up' approach to learning.
We have since worked on adding times together. This is something which we are still finding tricky so we plan to continue with this at a later date. Have a go at these first..
I go to bed at 9 o'clock and wake up 20 minutes later. What is the time?
I wake up at 8 o'clock and go to school 30 minuteslarer. What is the time now?
I eat lunch at 12 o'clock and it takes me 45 minutes to eat lunch. What is the time now?
We had a great time during our science lessons by working outside in our pond area. We looked at different plants, focussed on labelling them and drawing accurate pictures of them. The children behaved brilliantly (as usual) and we had a fantastic time. Well done Jaguars and Panthers .
We also continued with our learning of pirates and used our 'trim trail' to extend our language choices and acting skills. Here you can see us all having a fantastic time using role play.
Here you can see Lewis walking the plank, Dominik riding on a shark in the ocean and poor Felicity has been captured by the Pirate Captain Sophia.
We had PE last week and I forgot to post the pictures. We enjoyed playing games with our peers and working together. Look at us working collaboratively with our friends.
We love PE sessions
As our days as a class are slowly coming to an end we decided to complete some team building activities. We worked in groups and joined hands with someone. We had to un-tangle our hands without letting go! What a challenge! #teamwork #collaboration #endeavour
Year 6 Production
We are so very lucky because we were invited to the Year 6 production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children had a fantastic time watching the show and thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment. Well done to the current Year 6 children and to the adults for their amazing organisation.
The Great Fire of London
As our topic is coming to a close we have started to consolidate our learning. We have made brochures with the children so that people can learn all about 'The Great Fire of London'. Look at their amazing efforts, they look fantastic.
We have been continuing our learning with growing and plants. We are still completing our study and we are pleased to announce that some of our plants are growing. The one in the cupboard (without any light) is white! How bizzare! Why is that?
1. This week our homework is on Education City. Have a look or some extra fun learning.
2. Please ensure that PE kits are in school every day.
3. On Thursday afternoon we are going to have a class party. Please ensure that your child brings in a contribution of party food.
Week 5 - Ahoy there!
This week in literacy we are having a blast! We have started learning about a new story...it is about pirates and dinosaurs. In order for us to have an accurate idea of what the children can produce we started off with a cold write. This was a very exciting time for the children because they received a message in a bottle from Pirate Pete! He also left some of his treasures for the children to explore.
We used the message to write our own stories about pirates! Pirate Pete was fed up with his crew because they are lazy and don't help him. He wanted to see what stories the children could come up with so he could choose a new crew member! I wonder who it will be?
Well done to the children for showing endeavour even when this was such a tricky task.
On Tuesday we had a fantastic time using the best map to help us tell the story. The children had a brilliant time thinking about what actions could link with specific words in the story. We all had great fun performing it with our talk partner. Here you can see our amazing best map and our actions.
Have a go at retelling the best map to your parents. I'm sure they would have lots of difficulty retelling the story.
Show them how to do it...teach them the actions.
Here you can see pictures of the children's actions. Ismila and Felicity are showing your the sign for 'pirate'. Ruby and Rio and showing you the sign for Tyrannosaurus Rex.
On Wednesday we had a very special visitor. A real captain came into Jaguars to visit the children and tell them all about what happens on the ship, what they steal and why. The children had a fantastic time making notes and then recording them in their literacy books. Here you can see our engaging lesson.
The children made lots of notes about what the pirate told them. They asked fantastic questions.
Did you know that the pirate stole a silver candle stick holder from the Queen?
Here you can see us having fun with the pirate and making pirate noises!
Look at our fantastic pirate display! We are learning the story, explaining our thinking and justifying why we think things happen.
In maths this week we have been exploring data. First we looked at tally charts. The children had a great time because we used smarties to help us collect, sort and classify the data. They began by exploring tally charts but in order to make it more challenging we doubled and even tripled the amounts. We worked in partners to help sort the data.
On Tuesday we then moved onto bar charts. The children used the information collected in their tally chart from the previous day. I am pleased to announce that the children did this independently and could interpret their results.
Here you can see our amazing efforts. We worked really hard during this lesson and some of us didn't use a template. We are getting ready for Year 3.
Have a go at answering these questions:
1. What is the total of the data collected?
2. What is the total of blue, purple and pink smarties?
3. Explain how many more green has than purple.
4. If we didn't include green, which coloured smartie would be the most popular?
5. How many smarties are there in the survey if we took away green and blue?
This week we also created letters to send to year 3. We started off by telling them some information about ourselves and then told them all about our worries and excitement for the next year. We are expected a reply from the class and are hoping that all of our questions will be answered. On Thursday afternoon we also went and read with Kingfisher class (year 3). We did this so that we get to know some familiar faces on the Key Stage 2 playground.
Here you can see our neatest handwriting and our questions about moving to Year 3
In preparation for moving up to Year 3 we also completed a 'buddy reading' session. We did this so that the children will already see a 'familiar face' on the key stage 2 playground. It was a great success and the children had a fantastic time.
We will be doing PE on Friday this week due to being so busy!
Please check Education City on Friday for homework.
Have a lovely weekend,
Week 4 - Moderations and preparations
Star of the week
This week was a very easy decision for Miss Potter. I have chosen Samuel for his excellent 'home learning'. As a class we have been looking at diary entries and this week Samuel came to school with a diary of his own. Miss Potter was extremely lucky because Samuel let her read it. What a joy it was! Thank you for sharing it with me and for working so hard outside of the classroom. You are a superstar!
Also a huge well done to Kelsey! Kelsey has really had a change in attitude and behaviour for learning. We are so very proud of her for the amazing work she has produced this week. Not only did she get straight on with the task but she also worked independently. Keep up this fantastic work.
This week in literacy we have been having a blast! We have started exploring the 'kennings poems' which are very funny . They are riddles whereby you have to guess what is being described. Can you guess what is being described in these poems? Have a go....here are your clues, it may be small, medium or bigger, it could attack and it lays to eggs.
These riddles are very funny and help the children to think carefully about the language being described. We worked really hard to explore these poems by trying to put them in an order and then perform them with our friends. Here you can see us in action.
We have since moved onto trying to create our own 'kennings poems' and have been working hard to describe a noun using brainstorm. Most of us focussed on animals and our main ideas were how the animal behaved and what it does. E.g. If I was describing a fish I could say...food eater, deep diver, secret hider, bright shiner, mesmerising mover.
Can you think of any other ideas?
Look at these amazing 'kennings' poems from the children. It was such a pleasure to see their amazing poetry in action. We linked it to the great fire of London... look at these amazing poems.
I also really enjoyed this week when the children started brainstorming for their own kennings poem. We focused on animals and the results are outstanding. Also a very big well done to the children for completing some fantastic peer assessment.
We are already having an amazing time in maths this week. We have started the week with doubling and halving in preparation for making bread. We plan to make bread which links with our topic of 'The Great Fire of London'. In order for the children to be successful with this we need to ensure that we are able to measure accurately and problem solve should they arise! We have tried really hard with this already but still need to practice a bit more.
You can log into education city to play double and halving games. They have teaching videos, games and even work sheets.
Another fun day at school...today we had fun making bread! We are proud of our efforts.
Here you can see our fantastic bread makers! We worked really hard to measure accurately and work together as a team
This week we also used the TASC wheel to problem solve. We linked the problem to our topic 'The Great Fire of London'. Christopher Wren was trying to rebuild London but he had 3 different roofs, 3 different doors and 3 different windows. We tried to investigate and problem solve how many different houses we could make.
Is there a particular way you can do this? Systematically maybe? Lets find out...
We are investigating and making predictions about what we think will happen to plants. We have explored all about what a plant needs to grow but we want to test how true this is. Does a plant need all of them to grow? Will some grow a little bit? We have each planted a seed but have put one in a cupboard, one without soil, one without water and one without air. We are going to test it 3 times a week and record the changes.
Here you can see us planting the seeds, placing the plants in specific locations and having fun all at the same time! #engaged
Here you can see Samuel and Dominik trying to give their plants a head start by talking to them.
Which one do you think will grow?
We have had a fantastic day on Wednesday this week. We had some special visitors come and speak to us about road safety and all about lorries. The children listened to what Phil and Bob had to say and even got to have their photo taken in the lorry. Well done and a big thank you to everyone involved. Can you remember some of the facts? Create a poster for a prize.
Here you can see us exploring the Gist lorry and Miss Potter demonstrating how hard it is to see the children below. This is why it is really important to ensure it is safe when crossing the road so that the driver can see you.
Look at Lewis and Tyla enjoying the Gist lorry. They are hoping to drive lorries when they are older.
This week we also held a year 2 learning together afternoon for parents and children. It was fantastic so a huge thank you to everyone who came and to the staff and children for the organisation. It was a great success. Here you can see some pictures from our special day.
We enjoyed making houses with our parents. Thank you everyone
Look at the finished results...they look fantastic.
As an extra special treat for all their hard work Jaguars received a reward. This reward was given because the children have blown us away over recent weeks with regards to behaviour, learning, progress and attitude. They really enjoyed their ice-cream cart . Well done Jaguars .
This is on education city. If you do not have access to a computer then please speak to Miss Potter and we can arrange a paper copy.
We have also started to see a decline in reading at home. This is an essential part of learning. Please ensure that this is happening daily...we want to earn more RED TED prizes.
Have a fantastic weekend,
Week 3 - A busy week for everyone
Well done to the lovely Jaguars for getting 96.1% and for winning the 3rd place attendance cup! We can do this Jaguars
This week in literacy we have been working exceptionally hard. We have been focussing on writing in the first person so that we could attempt to write diary entries. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to show off their fantastic writing. I was so very impressed with all the children's efforts. Keep up the fantastic work Jaguars.
We then went onto editing and improving elements of our writing. This gives the children a fantastic opportunity to make changes to their writing and look at their spellings. I am so very impressed with the children's effort and commitment to improving their writing. I can clearly see amazing progress from all the children and this makes me feel extremely proud.
We also wrote a letter to King Charles...WOW what a super bunch of children we have. This piece of writing really demonstrated to me how far the children have come. We wrote letters to him so that he would understand about the fire and the dangers.
As an extra special treat for all the children's hard work this week they could look through Miss Potters special books. The children had an amazing time sharing all the different stories with their friends and took great care of them. #respect
In maths this week we have been focussing on inverse operations. At first the children found this quite tricky however they have now succeeded! Well done Jaguars. We have been working hard to solve problems and then work out the inverse operation. Can you solve this inverse operation? Have a go .
5 x 3 = 15 is the same as ____________________________
2 x 4 = 8 is the same as ____________________________
5 x 5 = 25 is the same as ____________________________
10 x 2 = 20 is the same as ____________________________
We then moved onto solving multiplications using arrays. We put these in word problems so that the children had to identify the key information and then solve the problems. I was really pleased to see the children applying their jottings clearly. We were also very lucky to play some games on the computers!
Finally we looked at shape with a focus on edges, vertices and faces. The children worked independently to solve the shape problems and explain their thinking. The children's reasoning has improved so much since September and it is now a joy to hear their discussions.
Wow! We had a fantastic day at sports day. Thank you to all the parents who attended and supported their child and the school. It was amazing to see the children challenged and participating in a variety of different skilled activities. An extra special thank you to Mr Stacey for the organisation of the event and to the Year 6 helpers. #collaboration
We are the Jaguars and we try at everything that we do!
Education City is where the homework is set for this week. If you are having any problems logging on then please speak to Miss Potter. Also, if your child doesn't have access to a computer at home then a paper copy can be printed. Have a fantastic weekend,
Week 2 - Fun fun fun!
***Miss Potter has been nosey***
Well done Leonor, Leiliah and Dominik
Treats on Monday
Star of the week
This week I found it very hard to choose just one star of the week so we had two! We chose Alan and Lukas for excellent hard work and dedication to their learning. Alan has been working exceptionally hard with his behaviour and Lukas is now working independently with limited support from others. Keep up the fantastic work.
Well done to these superstars who have worked hard to achieve their mini-ninja badges. They look amazing on your uniform and really show off your hard work. You can earn your mini-ninja badges by beating the clock.
Bertie has really been looking forward to going home with this person for a while! We are pleased to announce that Bertie is going home with Jozef this week because of an amazing turn around with his attitude. His behaviour for learning has improved so much so that he is now able to focus and the work he is producing is brilliant. Enjoy your weekend together.
This week we have been having lots of fun. We have been using our imaginations to create some fantastic pieces of writing. We have been thinking about pixies, goblins and much much more. We stared off by planning our ideas and as a result thought about what there characteristics are. This helped us think about as much information as possible so we can give clear instructions.
This was all in preparation for our 'hot write' and I am pleased to announce that the children were able to create fantastic instructions for their mythical creature. We then moved onto continuing our learning with 'The Great Fire of London'. We decided to write a letter to King Charles to explain that we need his help. The aim of this was to warn him about the fire spreading and the dangers if he didn't listen to us (Samuel Pepys).
This week in maths we have been very busy looking at fractions. We are now able to complete fractions of numbers and shapes. On this webpage you can find some fantastic games to play. These games will help to refresh your memory ....have a go. http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=bingofractionsofamountsv3
Prizes for children who can complete this and bring it in for Thursday
1. PE kits to be in school at all times.
2. Children must bring their reading record to school every day and read every night.
3. Homework on Education City.
4. Keep learning times tables.
Have a fab weekend,
New Term ...New Learning
Star of the week
This week our star of the week is Sophia. Sophia has been working exceptionally hard to record all of her amazing ideas. Her writing is beginning to show greater detail and a clear focus. We are all very proud of her hard work. Well done .
Wow we have started off with a BANG! The children are back and ready to go which is a fantastic start to the new term. We have been looking at instructions on how to catch a dragon! This is an instructions text which explains to the children what they need, how they will do it and important information to consider so that they don't get eaten!
We used the stimulus of the dragon breathing fire over 'The Great Fire of London'. Here you can see our 'best map' which we use when we are trying to retell the key text. Here you can see the children creating their own actions to link with the key language used. The first picture is the action for dragon and the second for the metal chain around the dragons neck.
We then went onto expanding noun phrases! The children are so good at this it makes Miss Potter extremely proud. They were able to generate lots of different ideas to describe the dragon and the surroundings. In order to help us complete this task we used our senses and our minds to imagine what we would find.
Alan "dark, black smoke billowing from the houses".
Lewis "burning and dangerous fire spreading through the town".
Kelsey "you can hear people screaming because they are scared".
Jozef "you can hear the scary dragon roaring hot flames".
We are also working very hard at applying conjunctions in our writing. Our main focus this week was to use and, but, so, if...we are not using because, because we can already do that very easily.
The children are so helpful because they gave Miss Potter lots of different and exciting ideas to record for our learning wall. This is what it looks like so far and its only week 1!
This week we also completed our 'warm writes'. This gave the children the opportunity to retell as much of the instructional text as possible. Here's a clue to next weeks learning...changing something about the text! Well done to all the children who have continued to show 'endeavour' this week and challenge themselves in all areas of learning.
We have found maths very challenging this week! At first lots of the children struggled to complete the tricky two-step operations. This is because some of them involved an addition word problem and then we had to subtract another answer from this. This sounds very confusing! This is what they looked like.
Mr Tom had 32 houses. 10 of the houses caught fire. He then built 5 more. How many houses does he now have? So this is what we do...
1. 32 - 10 = 22
2. Then we take the 22 and add 5 more.
3. Record the answer which is 27.
We completed two days on this tricky area of learning because we found it difficult. I am please to announce that the children are now able to complete this independently and with ease. #happy #teacher. This picture below made Miss Potter feel very proud. Dominik had finished his learning and went to the carpet to continue his independent learning. I was so impressed that he was able to create his own word problem...and get the answer right! 3 house points for Dominik.
I love your clear jottings! Keep up the great work.
As you can imagine a new topic means our classroom has changed dramatically. Thank you to the children for their outstanding homework, hard work and positive attitude with our new topic. The classroom now looks fantastic. Here are some pictures of our amazing homework and our current learning environment. We are very excited to see how it develops over the term.
These models really are brilliant! The children have made them at home with their families. Thank you for showing an interest in your child's and our class learning. Super parents! We are hoping that once we make our models ...we may have something that looks like this picture on the right.
Look at our fantastic book corner. I would like to give a special mention to Miss Brandon who continues to help transform our classroom into the inspiring work space for the children. You are amazing!
Here is the oven from the bakery in Pudding Lane. This is where the fire started. You can also see some amazing illustrations the children have created for homework. Super Jaguars!
This is our classroom door. It looks amazing, well done everyone!
A special visit
This week we had some special visitors come to Drapers Mills. They work for the NHS dental care service and they decided to come to school to talk to us about how we can keep our teeth healthy. They explained about sugary foods and drinks, about what our teeth might look like if we don't clean them and what we can do to ensure our mouth is super clean. Here you can see some of our talk in action.
The children also practised brushing the large teeth and discovered what a 'bad tooth' looks like inside. Kelsey was most surprised as you can see...
1. Thank you to the parents who are bringing in cardboard for our D&T projects. Please continue to do this so we can make a fantastic classroom display.
2. Please ensure that your child has a PE kit in school at all times.
3. Thank you to the parents who continue to set high expectations of uniform. I have sent home personal letters to parents who are not providing their child with the correct uniform for school.
4. Homework is going to be put on Education City this week. Make sure you check!
Week 6 - 16th May 2016
Star of the week
This week we are very lucky to have two stars of the week. We have Dada and Natalie for their continued effort in all areas of learning. Dada has been working really hard to introduce a new member to our class and Natalie has been working independently throughout the week.
Well done to Israel, Owen, Felicity, Tyla, and Leilah for earning their RED TED rewards. They have been continuing to read at home every day in order to make progress and gain confidence. If you haven't received your Red Ted yet then don't give up. You can do it . The children who have made it to 100 reads have been very kind and have shared their stories with us at the end of the day.
This week in Literacy we have had Mr Browne teaching us. Miss Potter has been working very hard to deliver the SATS tests with specific children and therefore hasn't been in our literacy or maths classes. Having said this, the children's behaviour and approach to learning has been our of this world. It has been delightful to come back and hear such wonderful and positive feedback about my Jaguars! #proud.
We have been using the new story of 'The Great Kapok Tree' to help us meet our targets for literacy. We have been focusing on retelling the story, using conjunctions in our writing and also expanding noun phrases.
Extra Challenge - Can you write a detailed paragraph whilst using some of this language and vocabulary? There will be a reward from the treasure chest if you can . Consider the power of three and your conjunctions.
In maths this week we have been extremely busy. Again, Miss Potter has been busy with SATS delivery and preparation so we have been working with Mr Browne and Miss Brandon. We have been focusing on inverse operations, recalling number bond facts to 20 and estimating amounts.
Look at the image below...
What does it tell us?
Write down the number bond sequences.
We also took our learning outdoors! This was great fun and helped Miss Potter to understand what we already know and what we need to improve on. We made a huge 'human clock'. We used the children to help us tell the time...here you can see the results, we had so much fun. #outdoor #learning.
This week in topic we have been looking at describing the animals in the rainforest. We used a picture from our current key text to help us expand noun phrases. The children worked really hard to generate descriptions that linked to the unique and diverse animals.
Week 5 - 9th May 2016
Star of the week
This week our star is Israel. Israel has been working really hard to up-level his language choices and is now working really hard in areas of maths. We are impressed with his changed attitude. Keep up the great work Israel.
Wow! He has had a very busy weekend. A very big thank you to Owen and his parents for taking such good care of him. He loved the smoothie at Costa and the BBQ on Sunday. I hope that he continued to show our Core Value of 'respect' and have good manners. Who will he be going home with this week?
In Literacy this week we have been re-writing our ideas about our chosen creature. If you remember last week we created our very own animals which could survive in the African Savannah. We have been rewriting our very own best maps in order to give the reader as much information as possible. Again we have looked at What does it look like? What does it eat? Where does it live and an amazing fact!
We also completed our 'hot write' this week. This is an opportunity to show off all of our fantastic skills and what we have been learning about. We use this chance to show our teacher how we apply our skills within our writing and then they look at our targets to see if we have met them. This also helps us to see how much progress we have made over time...particularly when we compare this to our cold writes. I am delighted to say that the children have worked so hard to covey their understanding...I am so very proud.
WOW! What an amazing story to be exploring. Our work with the African Savannah is coming to a close so we have started looking at this story which explores the African Rainforest. It is a fantastic story which explores the issues of destroying habitats, animals and the effects this has on the environment. There are so many fantastic learning opportunities and cross curricular links...Miss Potter is very excited to see what happens over the next few weeks.
So far we have been working hard to re-tell the story and sequence it in order. We had a lot of fun doing this because we worked in small groups to play a game called 'story tennis'. This is a new game for us where we tell the story and then when the teacher says 'switch' the next person continues with retelling the story. This was a fantastic way for Miss Potter to see what the children could remember from the story and the order of the characters.
Look at our best map of the story. We used our senses to describe what we cold hear, see, touch and taste in the rainforest. The children enjoyed the smell of the fruit and even tried passion fruit for the first time! Brave Jaguars!
We described the passion fruit as "citrus, sour and slimy!"
We used this video to help us imagine what the rainforest is like
This week in maths we have been very busy! We have been identifying missing numbers using number lines. At first we found this very easy. We could clearly identify the pattern and realise how it was being made (either going up in 2s, 5s or 10s). Therefore Miss Potter decided to challenge the children further! This challenge went too far and the children did struggle, however in true Jaguar style they continued to show endeavour and try their best regardless. I am very proud .
Try this game at home to have another go..
We took advantage of the sunshine this week and decided to go outside. We had a fabulous time exploring symmetry with our peers and even created some of our own examples. This was a lot of fun and the children came up with some amazing ideas. We even had fun trying to draw a 'symmetrical' face of our partner and complete a mirror image.
What does symmetry mean? What does it look like? Are these symmetrical?
Look at these faces! We tried really hard to create symmetry...
This week we have been exploring measuring. First of all we worked with liquids and enjoyed making a great mess! We were doctors and nurses measuring out liquids for poorly people. Here you can see us having great fun with our context learning.
Here you can see us in action!
We then started exploring weight using scales. We really enjoyed playing these online games to help us accurately measure amounts and objects. http://mathszone.co.uk/measuring/mass-and-scales/
During PPA and in our topic lessons we have been exploring where sugar comes from and how much we use. We researched all about how it is harvested, who looks after it and foods have the highest sugar. We then created a poster/letter to explain and spread awareness.
This week in PE we have continued with our work on rounders. We are getting much better at our understanding of the game and as a result our speed is increasing. It was a joy to play a game of rounder's with Miss Potter...even if she isn't very good!
Week 4 - 2nd May 2016
Star of the Week
This week our star of the week is Kelsey. Kelsey has been working so hard to positively improve her learning in all areas. We are really proud of this new girl who is trying hard to make things better and edit and improve her work. You are a super star! Never forget it.
This week Owen is going to be taking Bertie home. He has also been working hard to make changes to his work in order to improve it. He is a kind and polite boy who has a fantastic sense of humour. I have no doubt that Bertie will have a truly amazing time with you. Be careful...he does try to swipe food.
This week our 'mini-ninjas' are ....
They have worked really hard to beat the clock and learn their times tables at home. We are really proud of their efforts and the fact that they are continuing to learn at home and not just at school. You should all be very proud of yourselves.
This week in literacy we have been extremely busy. Not only did we complete out 'warm writes' last week but this week we have become inventors! We have created our very own and unique creature that could live in the African Savannah. All the children began by mind-mapping their ideas about their new creature and drawing a picture. We then continued to describe what they look like, what they eat, where they live and give an amazing fact.
It was amazing to see all of the children's amazing ideas. Miss Potter created her own however, it wasn't as good as the children's. The children's ideas consisted of the following... 'jewel-dragon' 'slither-dino' 'red deadly'. These animals had spikes, sharp tongues, coloured hair and much, much more!
On the carpet we worked hard to up-level Miss Potters writing and extend her notes to create detailed sentences. We are continuing to work hard to demonstrate we are working at age-expected. Very soon we will be trying to create our own 'best maps' using the information we have recorded. Miss Potter is very excited to see all these ideas in a report.
This week in maths we have been working hard to double numbers. We are super at this area of learning and are able to double two-digit numbers and even bridge! This has made everyone feel proud of their achievements this week because at first we found this area very challenging. Mr Manclark would be extremely proud .
What does double mean?
How do we double?
Does the numbers get bigger or smaller?
What resources can we use to help us?
You can play this game at home to help you get better at doubling! Have a go and see how you get on.
We then went onto halving which we found a little bit more tricky! How do we half? What does this mean? It is just like sharing sweets! We can share sweets fairly between two people. They must both have the same.
This picture might help you to half amounts.
Have a go at these...remember to use your jottings.
Half of 20 is ________
Half of 24 is _________
Half of 28 is _________
Can we half the number 23? Why? Why not? Explain your answer.
We are so very lucky this week because we get the opportunity to work with Mrs Lena in the art studio! This is a fantastic and lovely experience for the children to explore and learn about expression through art and interpretation. As we are learning all about Africa we have been looking at silhouettes. I am so impressed with the work that the children have produced. On a very sad note, some of the children's behaviour was not at its normal best. We have had a class discussion about showing 'Respect' to all adults and as a result some playtime was lost in order to think about our choices.
Look at these amazing pieces of art work...I'm sure they should be in a gallery!
This week in ICT we have been playing on Education City and Percy Parker. It is a joy to see the children engaging in fun and exciting learning tools. It also brings a big smile to my face to see them singing along even when they don't realise! I do have to apologise as I did think that I set homework online however it appears it was class work and I had done it wrong! I will try my best this time.
In our P4C lesson this week we looked at the way peoples appearance doesn't impact on what the person is like on the inside. The children were able to describe in great detail what the following quote meant and gave great reasoning and justification for their answers. We explained that by calling people names doesn't make us a nice person and if we don't have anything kind or nice to say then we keep it in our head. We also explained that just because someone wears 'scruffy' clothes doesn't mean their heart is un-kind. The powerful message the children took from this is not to judge a book by its cover and how would you feel if it was you?
Owens work where he explains "You can always be kind to someone....it doesn't matter if their clothes don't look nice".
Ashleigh "The main is crying because some people don't like him or say rude things. I think he is nice". Leilah "It doesn't matter what you have it is the person inside that matters!".
1. Homework set online on Education city. Spellings handed out on Friday along with mini-ninjas.
2. PE is always on a Friday afternoon.
3. Please return reading books.
Have a fab weekend.
Week 3 - 25th April 2016
Star of the Week
My star of the week this week is Lexi. Lexi has been working exceptionally hard in topic lessons and as a result has included some very tricky Year 2 Exception words. I am really pleased with your fantastic piece of writing. Keep up the great work.
Thank you to Robert for taking Bertie Bear home this week. He really enjoyed going swimming and to the 'pirate park'. Thank you so much for taking such good care of him. This week Bertie Bear is going home with Rio. Rio has been working really hard to up-level his writing and use exciting language.
Well done to these superstars who have won their badges this week. I am really proud of the children who continue to learn at home and never give up when things are tricky. You are an inspiration to others.
Yellow - Lexi and Sophia
Green - Rio and Leonor
Orange - Felicity
Blue - Tyla
Red - Leilah
This week we have a few children who are shining in reading. Well done to Israel for reading 100 times and to Leilah and Maria for reading 50 times. Your RED TEDS are waiting for you!
This week in literacy we have been very busy. We have been working very hard to create our own best map about our chosen animal. The children are now able to use sub-headings in their writing and focus on using adjectives and conjunctions to give detail. I am really proud of the way they have been conducting themselves to include a vast amount of criteria. This shows so much #endeavour .
Once we created our 'best maps' we then looked at ways we can make improvements. This is currently our favourite thing to do and we are getting much better. We indicated on our best map sentences which we weren't very happy with by drawing a small star. Then in our writing books we tried to improve these boring sentences so that they gave the reader more information. Our main focus this week was to ensure we are using and spelling our 'Common Exception words' accurately.
Can your child read and write these words correctly?
We have since moved on to writing out specific parts of our stories with a focus on punctuation. I am pleased to say that the children are now self-correcting their mistakes...superstars! .
Do you remember the rules for using punctuation correctly?
Look at our fantastic best maps. We are able to draw pictures that link with words which helps us to retell the story.
On Friday we completed our 'warm writes'. This was amazing to see how much progress the children have made over recent weeks. It is also fantastic to see them applying what they know and be successful with their recording. It is a joy to read their writing...it can only get better .
In maths this week we have been working on missing number additions. At first the children found this very difficult because they couldn't understand how to solve these problems. However, after trying our very best, listening carefully and using our voices we have cracked it! Here you can see our class modelling of how we explained this new concept to the children. Have a go at trying these at home.
Try these sums at home. Don't forget to show your jottings and check your answers.
38+ ___ = 69
22 + ____ = 56
33 + ____ = 59
14 + ____ = 28
Here you can see the language we have been using within the classroom. Can you explain what this means? We have also used the TASC wheel to solve problems. The TASC wheel is a brilliant resource because it helps us to think clearly and logically about how to solve tasks/problems. Our problem was to 'find as many possibilities for the number 36'. The children could use their knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Look at these amazing results.
We have solved the problem!
How many different ways can you 36?
This week children have been issued with their 2nd Education City log-in. This has been laminated by Miss Potter so that it can remain safe. This is a fantastic resource for your child to access learning tools at home. Miss Potter aims to add homework tasks for the weekend. Keep your eyes peeled for some fun and engaging learning tasks. If you require any help/support with this new learning tool, then please contact Miss Potter.
MISS POTTER HAS SET HOMEWORK (she hopes**)
This week in our topic lesson we have been exploring African classrooms. The children were shocked to discover that the children had to provide their own learning equipment, walk to school, that they didn't have internet or computers or that they couldn't watch Eastenders! They then decided to write to someone they know and tell them all about the schools in Africa. I am so proud of the writing that they have produced, it is outstanding. We used these pictures to help us understand and even tried to use conjunction in our writing.
Here you can see us buddy reading in action! We look this opportunity to read with Year 6 and gain more confidence. We would like to thank Year 6 for their patience and consistency....we really appreciate it.
Lukas was quite clearly enjoying himself too much! He finished reading with his buddy and got to complete a free reader book. He decided to explore 'Where's Wally?'. Fortunately he managed to find at least 4 .
1. PE is now on a Friday afternoon only. Please ensure that your child is prepared for the lesson and leaves their kit in school at all times.
2. Homework has been set online. Any problems please ask. Ninja maths and spellings remain the same (paper copies).
3. If you take Bertie home please return him on Monday!
Have a fabulous weekend and a lovely rest on Monday .
Week 2 - 18th April 2016
Star of the Week
This week we have chosen Samuel as our star of the week. He has been chosen because he always brightens up other peoples day, everywhere that he goes. He makes us laugh, encourages others and does this all with a huge, beaming smile. Thank you for being you!
Last week Bertie went home with Alan and he had a fabulous time! I can't believe how busy they were and all the fun that they had. I am very jealous. They went to rugby, played Minecraft, had dinner and lots more! Here you can see his wonderful adventure.
Look at these lovely pictures of Alan and Bertie. I can see that he hasn't left you alone all weekend because he has been having such a wonderful time. Thank you for taking such good care of him and a big thank you to your parents for their support.
This week Bertie is going home with Lewis. Lewis has been working really hard to improve his behaviour and has shown heaps of endeavour to edit and improve his work in literacy. We love this new behaviour for learning! Keep it up .
Last week we didn't have any! This week we have 1...hooray! Well done to Alan for earning his blue KS2 ninja wristband. I am pleased to say that we did have more children this week who are getting closer to earning their badges. Come on Jaguars, we can do this .
Can you beat the clock?
This week has been just glorious with all the achievements from Jaguars! I am very proud to announce that Lexi and Samuel are on 100 reads at home...yes, 100! This is such a great achievement and I am so proud of you all. It was lovely to share your new stories with the class. They are very funny. Well done to Rio and Dada for earning their RED TEDS. I know he can't wait to hear you read to him.
My literacy set are superstars. We have been working so hard to ensure we are meeting the specific criteria for age expected standard in writing. I am so impressed with the children who have continued to improve their writing, learn their common exception words and apply them in their writing and show "endeavour" in all aspects of learning.
This week we started off by retelling the cheetah report. The children are getting much better at using the story map to recall the key vocabulary and are getting much quicker. The class then had to write the report in their books. This was quite challenging for the children but they cracked it! We have punctuation used accurately in most cases, adjectives used and even conjunctions.
Our class target - is to ensure that we are showing the correct height and orientation of our capital letters. (This means we need to make sure our capital letters sit on the line, without the lead in).
We then evaluated our work. We looked at what we had done really well and then decided to edit some of our sentences and make them better. Our aim was to up-level our language choices and we are getting much better. We don't like using words like big when we have so many other different choices. Here is a list that you can use to improve your writing.
We then decided to gather some information about an animal of our choice. We now have a mind map in our books which we can refer to, to gain information. We could choose from these animals.
What animal would you describe? What does the animal look like? What do they eat? Where do they live? Can you give an amazing fact?
In maths this week we have been looking at addition and subtraction using jottings. This is a recap of our learning to see if we can remember the operations and skills we need to use. I am very pleased to say that the children are working extremely hard and have been successful! We have also been colour coding the symbols to help us recognise what we need to do. We use yellow for addition and green for subtraction.
Steps to Success
First we look at the symbol.
Then we draw the jottings.
Next we complete the operation.
We record the answer.
Finally we check.
We have also moved onto more challenging sums which involve bridging. At first we all struggled with this but we are getting much better and more confident. When we bridge it is tricky because we need to either break up a ten (for subtraction) or add all the units together (for addition).
This visual reminder might help
This week we have been trying to convince and persuade Mr Manclark to donate money. We have been looking at endangered animals and were shocked to discover that so many of them are being hunted, harmed and in worst cases killed. We want Mr Manclark to donate just £3 a month (or more) so that we can help protect and save these beautiful animals. We watched this video clip so that we could look at what the advert does to persuade the listener. What language do they use? How are they convincing you?
Questions that surfaced
What is he doesn't like animals?
Why should he?
How could get raise even more money?
When will he need to decide?
Who is harming these animals?
How can we prevent their homes from being destroyed?
The children have started using their log-ins during our allocated ICT suite time. They are really enjoying all the amazing games and learning they can complete. The children decided to get involved in a feature called 'group play' which did become very competitive! Well done Jaguars! Don't forget your child can use this amazing resource at home. If you need any help/guidance then please arrange to see Miss Potter and she can talk you through how to log-in etc.
1. I am really disappointed that the children are not bringing in their PE kits. PE kits must remain in school at all times! If the weather is not very good on our PE day, we can be flexible and change it. However lots of children are missing out on this opportunity because they do not have their kit. What a shame. Everyone's kit must be in on Monday. I will be making phone calls to parents who have not provided kit.
2. We are also going to be checking ninja-maths and reading books. We would like to see who is reading and completing extra homework and who is not.
3. Please don't forget to return the slip to inform Miss Potter if your child has access to the internet at home. This is important because homework will be set online.
4. On Wednesday we have class photos. Please make sure your child comes to school in the correct uniform and that they look smart and presentable. NO TRAINERS.
Have a lovely weekend,
NEW TERM - NEW LEARNING
What do you think we are learning about this term?
Look at these amazing animals! We may be looking for them during a safari hunt!
LOOK! This is our amazing book corner which we have turned into a mud hut! It looks very realistic! and you can enjoy a book in their during the day.
We even have animals in our book corner. We have a tall giraffe!
Here you can see our front door and pictures of African artefacts. We will be exploring these in more detail soon. We can't wait to show you our learning.
Star of the Week
This week we have chosen Andrea. Andrea has been selected because she has been working so hard to contribute to lessons. She has been asking and answering questions and has been helping others. We are really proud of the effort she has been putting in and we look forward to it continuing. Keep up the fantastic work.
This week Bertie has decided to go home with Alan has been working really hard to solve difficult challenges and has continued to show endeavour and determination when times were tough! We are so proud of the way he has conducted himself in a grown up manner and this is why Bertie wants to go home with you! Don't forget...he does try to swipe food .
Unfortunately this week we haven't got any 'mini-ninjas' . This has made me feel really sad because we enjoy earning our badges and we haven't been practising. Next week I would like to see lots more people beating the clock and earning their badge! Come on Jaguars...we can do this
In Literacy so far we have been exploring animals on safari! We have been looking at a key text about a cheetah. It has lots of facts and information about where they live, what they eat and what they look like. As a class we worked together to practise retelling the information by using our text map. We are now getting much better at retelling the detailed information.
We have now moved onto thinking about using our senses to help describe what a cheetah might see, hear, touch, taste and smell. We have created mind maps to help us use exciting and challenging language choices.
Dominika - "The cheetah has razor sharp teeth like a shark".
Aidan - "The dangerous cheetah rips apart his prey".
Luke - "Cheetah's use their long spotty tails to help them change and move in different directions".
In order to help us with this we watched this clip - Can you recall 3 facts about a cheetah that you didn't know before? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTScfs-o2vQ&nohtml5=False
We have also been exploring conjunctions. What is a conjunction? How and why are they used? We have been exploring how different conjunctions link better than others but, it does depend on what is being said. We have been focussing on because, and, so that, as and to. Can you put these into a sentence?
In maths this week we have been exploring time. We have been using clocks to help us find o'clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. At first we found this rather challenging however we are getting much better at recognising where the bigger hand goes at each specific time.
Have a go at these games online - You can practise your skills and get much better.
This is one of Miss Potter's favourite pictures which is helpful when learning how to tell the time. Can you think about what you do at specific times of the day? Create a timeline showing your routine and bring it into school for a reward .
We have also finished the week with ordering events linked to time. We has discussed what we do a specific times of the day and tried to sequence them. Some of the time we had were very challenging. Miss Potter was feeling very mean and put some o'clock and half past times in to see if the children would get confused! Naughty Miss Potter!
This week we have been exploring the popular question of "should animals be in the zoo or in the wild?". This caused a lot of different reactions amongst the children and we had some fantastic answers. Some of the children said that animals should be able to stay in the wild because they are free to run around whilst others explained that the zoo was helping to keep them safe from hunters and ensure they get help from vets if they are injured. We then created posters about this and about our personal views.
This week I am pleased to announce that Year 6 came to join us for our 'buddy reading' slot. The children in Jaguar class are now becoming more confident at reading to others and I am very proud of them. Here you can see some Year 6 superstars helping Year 2 to make progress with their reading.
Owen and Dominik worked so hard to read to their buddy they received a prize from the treasure chest! Owen chose an owl and Dominik chose a mouse (because he wants to make his mum jump!)
Your child is very excited because they have been given their very own log-in. Miss Potter will be sending home a letter so that parents can understand what it is and how to use it. Miss Potter can also set extra homework for the children so it can keep them busy . If your child has lost their log-in details then please speak with Miss Potter so she can get you another copy.
Wishing you all a fantastic and sunny weekend!
Week 5 - 24th March 2016
Star of the Week
This week I have chosen Lewis as my star of the week. I have chosen Lewis because he has made fantastic improvements to his behaviour and is now working brilliantly in the classroom. We are very proud of this turn around and look forward to it continuing after the Easter break.
Bertie Bear is coming home with Miss Potter this week because he needs to have a bath which he hates!!! I hope that he will be sensible and well behaved just like he is when he stays with you....we shall see. He would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter and hopes that you chill out and rest.
This week in Literacy we have completed SPaG work, finally finished our 'Hot Writes' and even completed our 'Cold Write' ready for next term. I would like to say a very big well done to my literacy set for continuing to reach for the stars, set targets and achieve them. I can already see fantastic progress and changes within your writing and this is because you always show 'endeavour'. Keep up the fantastic work...you are brilliant.
We are working so hard to show off our writing skills and we keep making progress. We are superb!
This week in maths we have been exploring money. We have been working on totalling amounts. At first we found this very difficult however we continued to work hard and now we are getting much quicker! Well done to the children who are now able to think of 3 different ways to make a total.
How many different ways can you make 32p?
Click on the link to find lots of different money games you can play at home...
We had a fabulous day today and even completed an Easter parade. Well done to all the children to created a beautiful Easter bonnet. You all looked fabulous during the parade and this made us all feel very proud. I hope that you have a lovely Easter...try not to have too much chocolate!
We look amazing! We like to continue learning at home
Unfortunately it has come to that time where we say goodbye to someone who we shall really miss. Mr Apps is leaving Drapers and we shall miss him terribly. We decided to give him a send off....Drapers Style!
Each class decided to do something unique and special to show Mr Apps how much we all care.
Jaguars decided to sing this song to him...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EISzec0LkI
KS1 also joined in with the adults to create this video...it's a must watch!!!
Have a superb Easter , Miss P
Week 4 18th March 2016
Star of the Week
This week I have chosen Owen as my star of the week. Owen has really improved with his contributions towards learning and as a result is now asking more questions and leading discussions. He is now able to share his ideas and explain his thinking. Fantastic effort Owen, well done.
This week Bertie Bear has decided to go home with Ashleigh. Ashleigh has been working really hard to come to school every day and as a result is beginning to establish greater routines, follow instructions and contribute to discussions with ease. I'm sure he will be a super boy for you .
Well done to all the children who "had a go" at trying to earn their ninja-badges this week. Keep learning them at home and you too will earn your badges in no time. Well done to these amazing children who have got their next badge.
I am pleased to announce that our attendance is improving and this week our attendance was 95%. This is a fantastic improvement however it didn't manage to win us a trophy . We can do this Jaguars...come to school every day and make progress. On a positive note Aidan won the prize for 'make it in Monday'. He has won a voucher to spend. You've got to be in on Monday to win!
This week in literacy we have been very busy. We completed and edited our stories, created new ideas and even completed our 'warm write'. We wrote our warm writes using our story maps and changed a part of the story. I would like to say a very big well done to the children for continuing to improve with their punctuation and conjunctions within their writing. Well done and keep up the great work.
In maths this week we have been working really hard to solve multiplication and division word problem using arrays. First we need to read the problem,then decided what we need to do and finally use our knowledege of jottings to help us gain the correct answer. Have a go at trying to solve these...
Miss Potter has 5 rows with 8 carrots in each row. How many carrots does she have?
If we have 10 carrots in each row and 9 rows...how many carrots will there be in total?
Miss Potter has 10 carrots, she has 5 rows. How many carrots are in each row?
What a fantastic day! It was wonderful to see the children come to school in their sports clothes and enjoy some sporting activities. A very big thank you for your donations and for Mr Smith for arranging the activities for the children. They really enjoyed themselves and enjoyed the maths and literacy tasks that followed.
Look at us! We work together as a team to get results! Collaborative learning at its best!
Week 3 - 11th March 2016
Star of the Week
Our star of the week this week is Peter. We have chosen Peter because he has been working exceptionally hard to contribute to class discussions, give his opinion and try his best. Well done Peter, wishing you a wonderful birthday and a very happy birthday to Kelsey (Thursday).
Well done to these superstars for their hard work and continued effort with reading every day. Well done to Dominik who has now got his RED TED and to Alan who has read 100 times and received a book of his choice. Who will get their RED TED next? You?
I would like to say a very big well done to all the children who continue to learn their times table and earn their ninja badges. You are working so very hard, getting faster and we can see the progress. Children complete a small test on Thursday to see if they have achieved their ninja badge and then get rewarded in assembly on Friday. Keep going Jaguars, you are doing fantastic.
Well done to Leilah for earning her blue badge, Samuel for getting his green, Kelsey her white and Alan for earning his violet KS2 ninja wrist band. Keep up this great work.
Wow! A hardworking and challenging week in literacy and we smashed it! We have moved on from retelling the story of 'Lila and the Secret of Rain' and are now innovating the story. We have started changing parts of the story because we are able to up-level the story by applying our fantastic language skills. The children changed part of the story by using 'post it' notes to draw what we would change.
Jacob - "Lila should cast a magic spell to make it rain".
Sahill - "She should add a splash of milk which she can get from the exhausted and sweaty cow".
Lilianna - "We can add cow dung to the pot...".
Casper - "Eww cow dung, yucky...".
We then progressed onto using the edited story map to retell it with our changes. We worked hard to use adjectives, conjunctions and use punctuation correctly and consistently within our writing. Here you can see our input on the carpet.
Can you use when/if/but/because/and?
Write 3 sentences and bring them in on Monday for some house points
Since retelling our edited story we have now innovated it ourselves whilst thinking about 'How else could Lila make it rain?'. The children came up with some amazing ideas such as a genie giving Lila and wish for a favour in return, a rain dance, a magic carpet and even Lila telling the sky jokes to make it laugh and eventually rain. They have now put their ideas down on paper and have created their very own unique stories in preparation for their 'warm write'. I am really looking forward to reading them .
Have a go at this writing story challenge! Treasure chest prizes up for grabs!
What can you see?
Why is it like this?
What might of happened?
In maths this week we have started exploring missing number sentences. We have noticed that when there is a missing number sentence we start to panic! . We don't need to panic because we are superb maths wizards! We have been working hard to solve the missing number problems by applying what we already know about addition and subtraction and have been using our jottings to help us.
This website is amazing for solving maths problems. Have a go at home.
Challenge **Use your jottings to help you solve these addition missing number sentences**
Can you do it in under 5 minutes?
For our topic next term we are going to be exploring Africa. If you have any props/artefacts or books and would like to let us borrow them we would take good care and return them once we are finished. In preparation for this we have already been looking at what we currently know and have been working hard at usual to create brochures encouraging Miss Potter why she should visit.
Our new favourite songs! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUrVeRGo5IM
Look at our fantastic brochures. We used pictures, information and facts to create visually appealing brochures.
Look at our fabulous classroom display made entirely of children's work with the exception of the giraffe made by the lovely Miss Brandon (children did help).
Thank you Jaguars for continuing to make me proud every day.
You are ALL superstars!
This week we have been lucky enough to go to the ICT suite. During this time we worked with Panthers class in partners to explore Education City. This is a fantastic webpage which the children have access to at school and at home to continue learning in all subject areas. Your child will be given a log in code next week so that they can access this at home and some tasks will be set online. If you do not have access to a computer I can print the tasks also.
Together we have been showing 'contribution and collaboration'by helping one another. Well done children for taking turns and for being 'lovely ladies and respectful gentlemen'.
We have been exploring this week in Dane Park. We have been learning about the history of our local area and looking at the similarities, differences but most of all changes over time. We have been making comparisons from 'then and now' and we have seen some fantastic results.
Here you can see us exploring and looking for evidence of the changes. A big congratulations to the children for continuing to show our Core Values whilst out of school and for the adults for making this trip possible.
We found the old water feature and discussed why it now has flowers in it. The children came to the conclusion that we need the water, it costs money and that possibly people didn't show our Core Value of respect. We also found evidence of where the lake would have been. Alan discovered the edge of the lake with Mrs Parsons and Jozef . #Explorers #success
Here you can see Jozef keeping us all entertained by using his drama skills to re-enact where he would be swimming in the lake! It did make us all giggle, thank you Jozef .
We looked at the pictures to help us to understand where we currently are standing and found evidence of the large rocks which surrounded the lake. The children also enjoyed looking at the birds and some of the children are convinced they have found 'The Magic Faraway Tree' ... I must investigate this further.
A very big thank you to all the parents who signed up for parents evening slots. I always find it an enjoyable experience to be able to tell you about what your child is doing well in and how they can make further progress. You should have all received your child's report this week, please speak to me if there is anything that you would like to discuss.
Thank you for taking the time to read the webpage. Please tell me if there is anything missing that you would like to see. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend, Miss P .
Star of the Week
My star of the week this week goes to Jay-J. He has been working exceptionally hard in literacy and as a result I am now able to read his writing. He has been working hard to improve his handwriting and it making super progress. Keep up the great work .
This week Bertie Bear is going home with Maria. Maria is taking Bertie because she has been demonstrating our Core Values all week. She has been working very hard and the results are fantastic. Keep up the great work .
Wow this week we have been showing resilience! This week we have experienced a great deal of change and it has been fantastic. We are now setting for both literacy and maths because we feel that by having smaller groups the children will achieve more and get greater support. This has been a great start to the week and we are already beginning to see progress.
So far this week we have used role play to help us act out the story. This helped us to really think about the different characters and to explore their feelings and daily roles. Here you can see us modelling the story.
We have since moved onto retelling the wishing story (Lila and the Secret of Rain) but have changed some of the language. We have changed it because we are focussing on challenging ourselves and up levelling our writing by using adventurous vocabulary.
Quick Task....What other synonyms can you think you of to describe the word cry?
This is Miss Potter's literacy sets homework. They need to add the correct punctuation to the script. They need to use the story map to help identify where the sentences start and finish #challenge.
In maths this week we have been recapping our learning on the four operations (addition/subtraction/multiplication/division). We are now very good at using jottings to help us record the answer and can use our knowledge of subtraction to help us solve word problems.
This Sunday it is Mother's Day so we have been working really hard to create a lovely card for 'someone special'. Here you can see the finished results. We hope that you all enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them .
We hope that you like your card, photo, 'promise note' and a beautiful rose
This week we celebrated World Book Day. We completed some superb activities which helped us to explore and appreciate all the different genres of books we are fortunate enough to have. The children love stories and enjoy sharing what they know based on their experiences. World Book Day was a fantastic day which the children and adults really enjoyed.
We completed book reviews of our current class reading book 'The Magic Faraway Tree'. We rated it using 5 stars, told people our favourite part and drew a picture of what we enjoyed.
During our maths session we completed bar charts on which genre of book we liked the most. Here you can see our superb efforts.
Term 4 - New week...new learning. Week 1
Star of the Week
Our star of the week this week is Rio. Rio has been working exceptionally hard in all areas of learning. He has contributed some amazing ideas to the class discussions and has inspired and encouraged others. Well done Rio, we are all very proud of you.
Look at our super mini-ninjas who are still continuing to earn their badges. They have been working hard to complete tricky multiplication number sentences within 4 minutes! Keep learning them to make more progress .
This week Bertie Bear went home with Ruby. He has a fantastic time staying at your house. He decided to go home with Ruby this week because he has noticed how sensible and kind she is in the classroom. Well done Ruby, keep up the great work.
We have now moved onto Talk for Writing. We are working really hard to take on this new approach to our literacy lessons and learning. So far this week we have completed our first ever 'cold write'. This is where the children are given a theme and then have to write independently without assistance from the adults or support. The children worked really hard to produce some fantastic pieces of writing when under pressure to write at length.
Since this we have moved onto our story of the term which is called 'Lila and the Secret of the Rain'. We started off by exploring the rain and sun by creating some sentences using adjectives to help us describe them. We have also moved onto retelling the story using a story map of pictures. This is a different way of retelling and learning a story and I have been blown away by the children's efforts! They have been retelling the story and completing actions to link with specific words.
Look at our fantastic learning wall. We have our very own Lila
In maths this week we have been exploring lengths. We have been working hard to use appropriate measuring equipment such as metre sticks and rulers. The children have also moved onto measuring every day objects accurately and recording their findings. We are now starting to estimate lengths and then measure them using either a ruler or a metre stick. Well done to the fantastic Jaguars who continue to show our Core Values of 'endeavour' even when we are learning new things.
Ruler or a metre stick?
1. a pencil
2. a door
3. a sofa
4. your hand
5. a cup
6. the TV
We went around the classroom to find things that we could measure using a ruler. We then worked really hard to record our measurements in a chart.
Here you can see our current maths learning wall. This is where you can look when you need some help
We had a fantastic time on Wednesday because we has some special visitors come to Drapers Mills. Natwest Bank very kindly provided our school breakfast club with some money to help us to improve and fund school improvement ideas within this area. The team then came to visit the school to see how breakfast club is run and how it has improved since their funding. It was fantastic to see how delighted they were and to be able to thank them for their kind contribution...another one of our Core Values. The children were also provided with their very own bags filled with some great goodies.
This week in topic we have been exploring materials and their properties. We have been working hard to describe what the materials would look and feel like. We are researching materials because we are trying to find out "which material would be the best to make a toy from?". We are hoping that after exploring the materials further we will be able to answer this question and choose the most sensible option.
1. PE on Tuesday & Thursday.
2. Reading books need to be returned daily. It is a real shame to see not as many books .
3. Children must wear school shoes. NO TRAINERS OR BOOTS.
Week 5 - assessments and progress!
We have had a very busy week! This week we have been completing assessments in Literacy, Reading, Maths and SPaG. The children have been working exceptionally hard to demonstrate their skills and understanding. Well done to all the children for showing endurance and endeavour. I would also like to say a big thank you to the support staff within the year group for their excellent effort to maintain routines and structure this week.
Star of the Week
This week I found it extremely hard to pick just one super star! This week I have chosen Ruby & Samuel for their hard work and effort in all areas of learning. They have continued to show superb leadership skills this week and set a fine example to the other children in the class. Keep up the fantastic effort.
This week Bertie Bear is going home with Lukas. I have chosen Lukas this week because he has been giving everything 100%. He has been trying really hard in both Literacy and Numeracy and is continuing to make progress. We can't wait to hear about his weekend and adventures that you have together!
This week we have been exploring non-fiction writing. During the assessment process we have worked hard to complete learning activities with a non-fiction focus. Firstly we started off by exploring 'writing for purpose'. After recently exploring the story 'Man on the Moon' we thought it would be a good idea to recruit some new members to join Bob in working on the moon. The children created their own job advertisements to encourage workers to help.
Look at our super efforts. I'm sure we will have some people working on the moon in no time!
We then progressed onto making reports about our knowledge and understanding of the planets. The children used the non-fictions books from the book corner to gather information and record their ideas. They look fantastic hanging up in the classroom and really show off the children's brilliant learning.
After completing the required assessments we felt that it would be beneficial to the children to finish the week with a SPaG focus. For the next two days we concentrated on plurals and tenses. The children worked really hard to understand these tricky concepts and completed amazing work in their writing books.
This week we have been working really hard to learn division. At first we found this area of learning a little bit difficult. However we continued to show endeavour and challenge ourselves! We have been using arrays to help us solve tricky divisions. Here you can see us working hard to apply our knowledge and understanding.
Have a go at these. Remember to share them equally...
12 divided by 4 =
18 divided by 3 =
10 divided by 2 =
We have been working really hard this week.
This week we enjoyed a fantastic experience of learning archery. The children demonstrated good listening, great attention and superb focus on learning this new skill. The Premier Sports coaches worked really hard to give us the experience and the children really enjoyed it. I am ashamed to say that the children are much better at Archery than Miss Potter .
Check us out! We are super at learning new skills. We can listen to instructions and follow them.
Here you can see us working together as a TEAM. Leilah was fantastic at helping the other children aim and shoot the target successfully.Robert is very pleased with himself for shooting the target on blue/red.
This week during our PE slot we teamed up with Panthers and had a joint indoor PE slot of basketball. During this time we focussed on our ball control and moving around using particular skills. We are very good at moving the ball and dodging people who are trying to get the ball.
Here you can see us completing our warm up and a few 'motion shots' of our ball control.
This week we also had art with Lena during our PPA slot. We had a fantastic time creating a painting on wall paper of space. We used different coloured paints to create patterns and texture and will soon be adding astronauts and aliens to give it the wow factor!
Our attendance this week is 90.8%. In order for us to achieve at school we need to ensure that we are making every effort to come to school every day. Our class attendance should be at least 96% so please help us to win the trophy.
This week we have some more children who have won their RED TED'S by reading 50 times. This is a fantastic achievement and a brilliant opportunity to improve reading skills by consistent reading. Well done to these superstars who are making progress.
Well done to these superstars who have made progress yet again by learning their times tables. Mr Comber was poorly this week so the children will be getting their ninja badges on Monday. I have no doubt that we will have a black belt ninja maths superstar in Jaguars class very soon.
We have been having a superb time during the past two weeks in Literacy. The children have now started innovating the story of 'man on the moon' in order to make it more interesting. First we started by planning our own story, some of us changed the character and some of us changed the destination. We worked really hard to make notes, chunk the story and make it interesting to the reader.
We use a story map template to help us record our ideas. We then worked hard and used our imagination to help plan our thoughts.
Over the course of the two weeks we then began writing the opening, build-up, problem, resolution and ending of our story. During this time we looked at key features such as introducing characters, creating tension and selecting appropriate language for our story to interest the reader. I would like to start off by saying a huge congratulations to the children for their fantastic hard work and continued motivation. Your stories and brilliant and exciting to read.
Here you can see us completing peer assessments. We spoke with our friends and discussed what they are doing well and what they need to improve on. I was very impressed with the feedback the children gave to others. They had some very good advice.
Once we had completed our stories we then created post cards to tell someone about our adventure. These look amazing hanging in our classroom windows.
Look at our brilliant post cards. They look amazing and are all unique.
In maths we have been very busy indeed. We have been working on multiplication using arrays, finding missing numbers in sequences and using resources to help us. The children are now able to draw arrays to help them visually see the answers. Have a go at these...remember (x) means lots of.
Remember to draw the array to help you with your answers.
4 x 5 =
10 x 3 =
7 x 4 =
4 x 9 =
Here you can see our jottings on our whiteboards. We use arrays to help us find the missing numbers in the sequences.
This week we completed some yoga. We completed yoga briefly to calm us down and relax our minds...it really worked and the children showed fantastic collaboration.
Week 2 - Working hard get results
Star of the week
I am so proud to say that our star of the week this week is Jozef! We are very pleased with his positive attitude towards school and his endeavour to complete tasks which he finds challenging. Since this change of attitude we have seen a higher standard of work, improved questioning and a happy boy. Keep up the hard work Jozef .
I am pleased to announce that this week we have some more children who have now completed 50 reads and have been given their RED TED's. It is a joy to see the children bringing their reading book back every day and to see them making progress. A big thank you to mums and dads who encourage and motivate their children to read daily, together we are INSPIRING MINDS: SHAPING FUTURES.
We also have two winners of the space outfits! These two very special children have been chosen because they have shown consistency in reading by ensuring they read every day at home. When you listen to your child read you are helping them read with fluency and with accuracy and make progress. Well done to Kelsey and Dada for making such an effort, you are doing brilliantly.
Wow! Not only did we have children earning RED TED'S but we also had many children earning their ninja maths badges. This means that they are able to recall multiplication facts within a specific time. A great well done to Samuel, Ismila, Alan, Rihanna, Lewis, Tyler, Rio and Israel.
We are just showing off now...I am a very proud Jaguar this week. We have RED TED's Mini Ninja's, Star of the week and now we have won an attendance cup!! We have been working really hard to come to school every day and as a result we won 3rd place. GO JAGUARS! We just need to ensure that we are on time as currently we do have a small amount of children who are late on a regular basis. Lets get this sorted so we can win 1st place. Also a very big well done to Lukas who won the special prize from 'Make it in Monday'.
Check out Lukas' face when we won a £10 voucher to spend on something that he likes.
"We are the Jaguars....and we are the BEST!"
Literacy has been a blast this week and we have covered so much. A very big well done to all the children who continue to challenge themselves and show courage to explore unfamiliar areas of learning. This week we have been very busy...at the start of the week we began using adjectives to describe Bob's appearance. The main focus was to up-level the children's vocabulary to use more exciting adjectives and the children's writing was fantastic.
How would you describe Bob's appearance?
Can you use an adjective to describe him?
Challenge yourself to use a simile in your writing.
Up-level my sentence:
Do you remember the POWER OF 3
Bob has ginger, glossy hair like a juicy orange.
We then moved on to creating a poster about why people should come to the moon using 'because'. The children were able to generate some amazing ideas...
Rio - "You should come to the moon because you can see the beautiful Earth"
Aidan - "The moon is fun because you can learn new things with Bob"
Ruby-May - "You will be able to have a lovely lunch with your friends from Saturn".
Nikolas - "The moon is brilliant because you can do moon jumps!"
My favourite lesson this week was when we used drama to act out a scene from the story. In the book Man on the Moon Bob gives educational talks to enthusiastic tourists who want to learn more about the moon. We decided to give facts to our peers and we demonstrated fantastic 'leadership' skills. We gave people rules, facts and information and told them how they need to behave in order to stay safe.
We used our whiteboards to record our ideas and use these as a prompt when we recorded ourselves.
Finally we progressed onto using conjunctions in our writing and I am amazed with the results. We used conjunctions to write what a person should or shouldn't do when they are in the space shuttle. We used our resource from our book corner to help us get ideas. Check out our ideas and our beautiful handwriting. We take pride in our books and ensure we always show neat and tidy presentation.
This week in maths we have been exploring addition and subtraction using jottings. At first this new style of recording confused us, but after showing true determination we have now cracked it! We have been completing sums and have been challenged to explain our understanding and eventually have moved onto bridging.
We are now exerts at using jottings to help us work out tricky additions and subtractions. Have a look at us in action!
Working hard as usual and showing endeavour at all times.
This week we have had even more fun exploring the planets. We have looked inside a space shuttle, designed our own, created fantasy planets and completed a quiz to see if we could name the planet being described! I am very impressed with the children's ever growing knowledge and understanding.
We watched this clip so we could see what inside and space shuttle actually looked like. We were very surprised to discover that astronauts have to have a gym in the shuttle to ensure that their muscles are still working properly.
Look at our designs on the learning wall...
Do you know what mnemonic means? Jaguars do! We created our own mnemonics to help us remember the order of the planets in the solar system.
We also started to explore and create our very own fantasy planets. If you could create any planet what would you do? Could people live their? What would make your planet special and unique? Are there any bad features?
The children were able to generate lots of fantastic ideas which demonstrated their amazing imagination. We had the planet of dreams, planet of slides, planet of buses, planet of Minecraft and much much more. As a consequence...if you are naughty you have to go another planet and never return or be put in a bucket of ice cold water!
During PPA we explored Christopher Columbus. We really like this song that Mr Chantler introduced to us and wanted to share it on the webpage so that you can have a singalong at home too. Be warned....it is speedy so be sure you are good at quick reading. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae2B9TOBvpM
Thank you so much for reading, have a wonderful weekend.
Term 3 Week 1 - We are roaring to go!
Star of the week
This week our star of the week is Leonor. I am really impressed with the way that Leonor has been engaging in class discussions this week. Every time and question is asked Leonor's hand goes straight up and she continues to show endeavour even when she is not 100% sure. Well done Leonor, keep up the fantastic work.
Red Teds and Reading Champions!
This week Natalie received her RED TED which means she has now read a whopping 50 times. Well done Natalie, remember reading every day helps us to improve and become more confident. Last term we had batman and batgirl capes for the children who continued to read consistently every night at home. As we are learning about space this term we have upgraded to an alien and an astronaut. The children who's name gets pulled out of the hat has the privilege of wearing the new outfits! Well done Rio and Peter.
This week we completed our ninja maths tests. This is an area which we need to improve on and ensure that we are practising so that we continue to make progress. This week Alan and Rihanna earned their next badge. Well done and keep up the great work.
This week in literacy we have started by exploring the book 'Man on the Moon'. This is a fantastic and fun story which is about an astronaut called Bob who travels to the moon every day to entertain tourists, clean and tidy the surroundings and check to make sure there are no aliens. So far this week we have started by retelling the story and ordering events. The children have worked really hard to then use adjectives and similes to describe the moon and bobs house (different settings). Look at their fantastic work and beautiful presentation which takes pride of place on our learning wall.
We are excellent at ordering the story and writing sentences to accompany the image.
This week in maths we have been exploring 3D shapes. We are now able to name them, discuss their properties and have since moved onto counting faces, vertices and edges. At first we did find this very tricky however we have since used more resources and are starting to feel more secure with our understanding.
This term in topic we are exploring the planets. We have been finding out facts about the different planets within the solar system and have been improving our knowledge and understanding. We have them hanging in our classroom in the correct order and we have been trying to think of some ways to help us remember them. We first used this method to help us...
My - Mercury
Very - Venus
Easy - Earth
Method - Mars
Just - Jupiter
Speeds - Saturn
Up - Uranus
Naming - Neptune
Planets - Pluto
Watch this video at home to help you..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEXWxNbpTzU
Can you name these planets and give a fact about each one?
I just couldn't wait to post the pictures of our lovely projects and our classroom environment. This term we are learning about Space and we have been working very hard to update our classroom so that it inspires and motivates us.
Here you can see how our reading corner has evolved into a space station. We have rockets, pictures and aliens everywhere! We are really looking forward to reading and enjoying this new space in our classroom!
We were set topic homework for over Christmas. Children could complete 1 or as many as they liked of the following:
Well done to all the children who have already created their models and writing. We are so very impressed with your efforts and can't wait to see the rest of the children's creations.
We have since added to our classroom...have a sneaky peek!
We have put our planets on the ceiling in order from the sun. We have also added some super cool lights.
Week 7 - Christmas is nearly here
Star of the Week
This week Miss Potter found it too difficult to choose just one child as star of the week. The children have all been working so hard to stay focussed, motivated and calm during such an exciting time. This is the same for Bertie Bear . He has now finally agreed to have a bath and it's about time! Over the Christmas Holidays he will be relaxing, eating chocolate and having a good scrub in the hot bath.
In Literacy this week we have continued with our instructional writing. We are very lucky that we have written instructions to Father Christmas. Our instructions are detailed sentences to Father Christmas to help explain what he needs to do, who needs to help him and how he can prepare. The children have thought of some amazing instructions and they are clear and precise. Well done Jaguars for continuing to show hard work and for applying your new skills.
Felicity - "Children must go to bed otherwise they will get a lump of coal for being naughty"
Ruby-May - "Santa needs to wake up the elves"
Rio - "He will say, get up and help me please!"
Aidan - "Go and fetch the reindeers and tie them with their lead"
Ismila - "Sprinkle the magic dust"
We also had a little party so we could get into the festive cheer. Here you can see us having lots of fun and enjoying the party games. We are also very good at musical statues...some of us found it very hard to stop moving and grooving when the music was paused.
Father Christmas also came to visit Jaguar class because we have been so super! He spoke to us about if we have been behaving, asked us if we liked school and even left us an early Christmas treat! Here you can see all in total surprise looking at who has just walked in the door!
Our teachers also got involved in the Christmas celebrations by dressing up on the day of our Christmas Nativity. We had an elf and a Mrs Claus.
We really hope that you enjoyed our Nativity. We worked really hard to remember our lines, sing lots of songs and perform to an audience with confidence. Lots of us were feeling extremely nervous but we all demonstrated our Core Value of Endeavour and managed to succeed. I would like to say a big thank you to all the parents who attended. It is a fantastic opportunity to witness your child's learning and for them to demonstrate their progress and self-esteem. I would also like to say a big thank you to all the staff at Drapers who all pulled together to make this a success. Without you it wouldn't have been possible.
Look at us performing on stage! We are brave, confident and showing off to our parents!
The Christmas Fayre was a great success and it was a joy to see all the families coming to enjoy this special festive event. I really enjoyed painting 'snow prince/princesses' and lots of 'Rudolphs'. You all looked fabulous and a big thank you to the parents for their donations and community spirit.
Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year,
Week 6 - We are excited about instructions!
Star of the Week
This week we have chosen two stars! Miss Potter found it very difficult to limit it to just one. Well done to Andrea and Miss Brandon for both showing endeavour, being helpful and for always going above and beyond. Keep up the great work, not long left to go .
Last week Lexi took Bertie home and he had a marvellous time! He really enjoyed spending time with you and sleeping at your nanny's house. However, this week he hasn't gone home with anyone. He has been asking Miss Potter for two weeks if she would take him to visit Father Christmas and because his behaviour has been so good she said... yes. This Saturday Bertie got his wish and went to see Father Christmas...he spoke about all the children in Jaguars class and got a present for us to open on Monday. He is now very excited and looking forward to Christmas.
Batman & Batgirl
Well done to our Batman and Batgirl who won the reading capes this week. When we read at home every day we get better and gain more confidence. These children and showing excellent 'leadership' skills and are making great progress. Well done to Kelsey and Tyla who have read at home every day. We are very proud of you...keep up the great work.
Wow! We have superstars in Jaguar class. This week Miss Potter was feeling extremely proud of all the children in her class who won their maths ninja badges. We have children who have been learning their times tables and have been working hard to make progress.
Well done...Rihanna, Alan, Rio, Leonor, Andrea, Samuel, Ruby, Israel, Ruby-May, Lewis and Felicity.
Check us out! This week we started exploring instructions. We have had so much fun giving/recieving instructions and even started writing our own. We worked really hard to think of different instructions we have seen before, tried really hard to give precise instructions to others and even recorded our thoughts and ideas. We started off by exploring how to give/recieve instructions...this was a lot of fun!
We went outside and gave instructions to Dominik to help him get out of the maze. We discovered that we needed to use "left and right" and give short commands.
What instructions would you give to Leilah to help her get into the fire truck?
Jaguars class love this game! Miss Potter would verbally call out instructions...the children each have a whiteboard and a pen. They have to draw what Miss Potter tells them to. This is a great way to test the children's listening skills and their understanding. Here you can see the different variations we had when Miss Potter described and minion and a snowman! You can play this game at home...
But we didn't stop there. We then had a double Literacy lesson on instructions and Miss Potter made a marmite sandwich! Miss Potter was very naughty and she didn't speak when she made the sandwich . The children all had whiteboards to make notes and had to record the key information such as what was used and how it was made. The focus for this lesson was to use 'imperative verbs'...we are now very good at this!
What instructions would you give to someone to help them make a sandwich? How can you use imperative verbs to make your instructions bossy?
Look at our fantastic note taking...we are very good at using our observational skills to generate ideas.
Race for Life
This week we took part in a Race for Life at school. We completed one lap of the field whilst researching Mrs Todd's idea that... "tall girls run faster than shorter girls". We decided to test Mrs Todd's theory and see if she was correct...this is what we found.
We are proud of our team and classmates for showing 'endeavour' and 'collaboration'.
Once we had finished the race we then recorded our findings. What can you gather from the data? We discovered that the data shows some findings which could suggest Mrs Todd is correct. However, Rihanna is the same height as Ruby and she was one of the slowest (due to carrying Miss Potter around the field). Is Mrs Todd still correct? Discuss your answers.
We also continued with our work on money as this is an area we are finding tricky! We are now able to total coins and create different amounts. Well done Jaguars.
This week we had our Christmas Dinner day and it was wonderful. The children really enjoyed being served by the teachers and enjoyed their Christmas meal together. Here is a sneak peak of our dinner, our decorated place mats and us having fun.
We loved our special meal and Mr Apps even joined us!
We even made our Christmas hats for our Nativity. Instead of making them all the same we gave the children complete freedom to create a hat of their choice. As a result we have some snowmen with arms missing and slim Father Christmas pictures however they are all unique and look fabulous!
Week 5 - Assessments and Progress
Star of the week
This week our star of the week is Alan. He has been demonstrating all of our Core Values and helping others. He has been trying really hard to go above and beyond and this has resulted in us recognising him for all his efforts. Well done Alan, we are very proud you .
Last week Bertie went home with Samuel. Bertie had a lovely weekend at the train show and at Dreamland in the puppet show. He told me that he cannot wait to come back to your house again soon because you took great care of him. Thank you to your parents and grandparents for helping to complete his 'adventure diary'. Here you can see what he has been doing .
Bertie loves having his photo taken...he is such a poser!
Batman & Batgirl
This week we have Dominik and Ruby wearing the capes. They have been reading at home every night and are making fantastic progress. Soon Dominik will earn his RED TED. Unfortunately we are noticing that not every child is reading at home every day. Please make sure you hear your child read at home every evening. Well done to Rihanna and Lexi for earning their RED TED's...they are really looking forward to coming home with you .
This week we have been extremely busy! This week is assessment week so the children have been showing huge amounts of 'Endeavour' and fantastic 'Leadership' skills during this very busy time. I am really proud with the way the children have behaved and responded to completing some very tricky tasks. They tried their best, worked very hard and as a result have made some great progress. Whilst Miss Potter was busy conducting assessments Miss Brandon completed some fantastic activities and tasks with the children.
They have been busy reading, pratising handwriting, improving their spellings, completing maths challenges and working well as a TEAM.
Here you can see a group of children playing shops with the till. They would have to buy a toy and then work out how much change to give the person. What a fantastic life skill to have! Well done Jaguars .
Here you can see us testing in action! We are working really hard to show Miss Potter the progress we have made this term...
A special surprise...
On Thursday morning Miss Potter came to school to find a wonderful surprise! Somebody, had put up a Christmas tree up in Jaguars class. They didn't decorate the tree but left a bag of baubles...the Jaguars took no time in making it their own. They even made their own tree decorations and as a result our class tree looks unique and wonderful.
During registration we each put a Christmas bauble on the tree...Miss Potter resisted the urge to rearrange them...
We liked how to tree looked but felt it could look even better...so we made our own decorations. Our Christmas tree is now complete.
Let's have a quick picture....we're not camera shy!
Week 4 - 'Challenge and fun'
Star of the week
Our star of the week this week is Ashleigh. We have chosen her for her amazing effort this week in Literacy and Maths. We are so proud of her independent learning and the way she has been challenging herself in all areas. Keep up the great work.
A big thank you to Israel for taking Bertie home this weekend. He had a fantastic time at your house. Thank you for feeding him, letting him watch the Simpsons and for playing teachers. I hope he showed good manners and fantastic leadership skills. This week he is going home with Samuel .
Batman & Batgirl
Well done to Dominik & Ruby-May this week who won the Batman and Batgirl capes. They have been reading at home every day. They have shown 'Endeavour' and as a result they are making great progress in reading and with their fluency. Also a fantastic well done to Alan and Rihanna who have both achieved their yellow badge for learning their ten times tables. They completed the test within the four minutes and are now moving on to earning their next badge. I can't wait to see all the other children earning their badges next week.
This week in Literacy we have completed a 'BIG WRITE'. This is an opportunity for the children to 'show off' their skills and knowledge that they have learnt over recent weeks. The aim of the big write was to create a non-chronological report whilst listing the key features. The children worked exceptionally hard with this area of literacy and as a result have made some amazing progress. I am really impressed with how the children conducted themselves and remained focus during the lesson. Well done Jaguars', I am feeling very proud of all of you.
We are now focusing in greater detail on our delivery of SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). The children have been working really hard with adverbs this week and trying to use them in their writing. First we explored what an adverb was, how we use them and discussed how they benefit and improve our writing.
Here you can see us applying our skills of using adverbs in sentences. We also became adverb detectives and had to try and find them within our reading books. Finally we played games with Miss Potter and worked together as a team to beat the other players. Can you put these adverbs in a sentence? Have a go at home and try to beat mum and dad!
At the beginning of this week we continued with subtraction using a 'one hundred square'. The children are now really good at applying their knowledge and using the resources to help aid their learning. As the week progressed we began by exploring money in maths. The children have been working really hard to match the coins to the correct value and make totals of money using the least amount of coins possible. Look below to see us learning in action!
Miss Potter has 20p to spend at the toy shop. She buys a toy for 12p. How much change would she get back?
Miss Brandon has 11p to spend at the sweet shop. She buys sweets that cost 6p in total. How much change would she get back from the shop keeper?
Using different coins...how many ways can you make 15p?
Here you can see us sorting the coins in the correct order from smallest to biggest. We used our knowledge of adjectives to help us describe what the coins looked like and discussed the shape and size.
Here you can see Jozef matching the coins to the correct value. Lexi is demonstrating her understanding and has created totals using the 'least' amount of coins. We also really enjoyed playing 'money change' on the computer. You play the game by buying a toy and then you have to work out how much change you would get back.
Wow! We are very lucky because we had some visitors from the Year 6 children. We are trying really hard to improve our reading in Jaguars class so we decided to join with a Year 6 as a 'buddy class'. We have now been working on improving our reading skills by reading to a partner. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to get in some extra reading time at school.
We also have been working extremely hard on our Christmas 'Nativity'. I am pleased to announce that the show is really coming together and starting to take shape. The children are showing 'Endeavour' by learning their lines and singing songs without the backing singers. We have created actions to go with the songs and we can't wait to show you are play. This is on Tuesday 15th December at 2.15pm. We look forward to seeing you .
Here's a sneak peak!
4. Don't forget we have an afternoon where we will be showing you all of our learning so far! Don't miss it! This is on Thursday 10th November at 2.15pm.
Have a fantastic weekend,
Week 3 - Being a 'Good Leader'
Star of the week
Our star of the week this week goes to Leilah. Leilah has been working extremely hard to be a good leader. She has shown courage and determination to succeed despite finding some areas of learning difficult. We are really impressed with her mature attitude towards school.
A massive thank you to Ismila for taking Bertie home last weekend. He had a fabulous time playing teachers at your house. I have had words with him about eating all the children's dinner and that he now needs a bath....he has been sulking ever since! This week he is going home with Israel and we are very much looking forward to all the adventures he will have.
Batman and Batgirl
WOW! Well done to Israel and Lexi who have been reading at home every night. We are so very proud of them for improving their reading and challenging themselves. Also a big well done to Samuel, Leonor and Alan who are the first children to win their 'RED TED's'. This means that they have read 50 books...what a fantastic achievement. We hope to see many more children earning their RED TED's...they need a warm, loving home.
I am so impressed withe the children's continued efforts this week. We have been exploring using captions, and writing detailed information to link with the picture. The child came up with some fantastic ideas and we have been working on our presentation. We then created our very own dinosaur by choosing key features that we liked...for example, the hands from a T-REX but the back plates from a Stegosaurus. The children generated some amazing ideas some of which are extremely scary! They sued adjectives to describe their dinosaurs and even up-leveled their vocabulary to deafening, fierce and triumphant.
Look at this amazing length and presentation of neat cursive writing. Currently Miss Potter is enjoying seeing how the children's writing has progressed since September. This is a very proud moment .
Here you can see a fantastic example of how this persons writing has progressed since September. The picture on the left shows limited sentence writing, inconsistent punctuation and print handwriting. I am sure you will agree that the image on the right show a dramatic improvement .
Take one Composer Day
On Friday this week we had a fantastic day! We spent the day exploring music, discussing how it made us feel, if we liked it and even created some of our own. First we explored what a composer is...shockingly the children thought a composer was an electrician! Fortunately they no longer think this . We began by listening to the music and explained what is made us think about. This then progressed onto us drawing a picture about what the music made us think about.
Here is the music that we explored...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8zlUUrFK-M
Look at our ideas relating to the music...we didn't know that the music was from Jurassic Park!
We then explored using instruments. We played them loudly, softly and altogether. The children's behaviour was amazing and they listened well to the instructions. Finally they worked in small groups to create a song/pattern.
What are the names of these instruments? What sort of sound do they make? What does the sound remind us of?
This week we also explored E-Safety. The children discussed what we use a computer for and how to remain safe. We used a child friendly video to help the children understand the dangers of using the internet. You can watch this video at home... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nMUbHuffO8
The children then created an E-Safety poster to help highlight the rules for staying safe and what you can do if you are worried. I am so proud of their efforts...well done Jaguars! .
Dada - "you should never send a picture of yourself because it is dangerous"
Leonor - "if you don't like what someone says to you...you can tell an adult and Miss Potter"
Aidan - "you should never tell them your name or school because they are strangers"
This week when Miss Potter went off to continue her learning we were lucky enough to have the wonderful Lena. Lena is our Resident Artist at Drapers and she comes every so often to teach us art. All the children love this lesson and fully embrace the experience. This week they worked on creating their very own dinosaurs using paint to create texture. They had to mix colours, use graphite crayons and explore their findings. Here you can see their results...
Look at us mixing different colours...we have been working as a team.
Here you can see a fantastic display that we have started. We still need to add some key information but we are very impressed with the children's work. Their dinosaurs look very realistic and we are proud of their efforts.
Week 2 - Trying our best!
Star of the Week
Our star of the week this week goes to Rihanna. Rihanna has been working exceptionally hard in all areas of learning. She has been demonstrating our Core Values and helping others. Well done, we are very proud of you.
This week we had Ismila take Bertie home. The week before this Kelsey took him home and he had a fabulous time! He told us all about his dinner (he really like sausages!) and the wonderful sleepover he had at your nans. Thank you for taking really good care of him and for writing in his 'adventure diary'.
Batman and Batgirl
Well done to Leonor and Samuel for winning the reading capes this week. They have been reading at home every day and we are extremely proud of them. Who will win the reading capes next week? You can be entered into our draw if you read at home every day for a week. Watch this space!
We have been amazing this week in Literacy. We have been exploring key features on non-chronological reports, exploring sub-headings and generating our own questions. At first we found the generating of questions quite difficult, however after some practise and hard work we have been successful. We created mind maps and explored the many possible sub-heading titles we could think of. Well done to all the Jaguars for showing 'endeavour' this week and for not giving up even when the challenge was tough!
On Friday we also had a special visitors for Children in Need. Thank you to all the children who contributed £1 for the cause and for bringing in your teddies to spend the day with us.
Here you can see us working hard with our special friends and using our resources in literacy lessons.
Can you explain what these key words mean? Can you explain what they add to the text? Are they in fiction or non-fiction texts?
I would also like to say a massive thank you to all the children who have contributed to our 'dinosaur dig' writing book. I have really enjoyed looking at your amazing discoveries. Keep up the great work and keep writing so we can find out more.
In maths this week we have been exploring doubling and halving. The children have been working very hard to challenge their thinking and to give reasons to justify their answers. This has been a very challenging area for all the children so I am extremely proud to say that they have been very mature and resilient.
What is doubling?
How can we halve?
Can we halve any number? How?
Explain what resources you can use to help halve numbers?
What does divide mean?
Here's us in action! we have been using the resources to divide equally. We have also explored word problems so that we have a context for our learning.
This week in topic we have been exploring growing and reproduction. First we generated 'what we already know' and 'what we want to find out'. We plan to explore these in further detail as we progress with out learning.
Alan - "everyday you are growing a little bit more".
Felicity - "you need to eat fruit and vegetables to grow and be healthy".
Leilah - "when you are older your bones are not as strong so you might need a walking stick".
Aidan - "when you are a baby you have to drink milk do your bones are strong and you have no teeth!".
In PE this week we have also been exploring 'tag rugby'.We played a game called 'tails' whereby we have 'catchers'who have to get the tails from the children. The aim of this activity is to explore the key word of dodging and escaping the 'catchers'. The children are very good at this...so much so that Miss Potter struggled to catch any tails during the demonstration (2 in fact ).
A very big thank you to all the parents who came to parents evening. It is a joy to talk with you and discuss your child's learning to date. It is wonderful to have your support . Please ensure that your child is reading at home every night. Unfortunately we have had so many children not reading or returning their reading books that we are now going to have to start missing play times . We also have had many different alternatives to the uniform. Children MUST NOT wear trainers or boots. If your child is wearing this footwear they will miss their playtime unless I am informed otherwise (letter).
Term 2, Week 1 - Back to work
Star of the Week
Our star of the week this week is Nikolas. Nikolas joined our class at the end of last term and he has been working really hard with Mrs Urban and Miss Lamb. We are really happy to now have him in our class full time and he has been working even harder! He has shown all of our Core Values and has been trying to answer lots of questions...well done Nikolas.
A big thank you to Natalie for taking Bertie home for the weekend. He had a marvellous time. This week he is going home with Kelsey because she has shown kindness to many people. We are really looking forward to hearing about your adventures. We would also like to say well done to Bertie for continuing to read at home. He keeps telling me that he would really like a RED TED and currently he has read at home 33 times...keep going Bertie, don't give up!
Batman and Batgirl
This week we have Rihanna and Alan who were the only two children out of our class to read at home every night! Well done Rihanna and Alan however, we are feeling dissapointed to have only a small ammount of books to change . Please can we have more next week!
This week in Literacy we have been very busy! We started off the week by completing some writing about Remembrance Day. We spoke in detail about what happened? How did the soldiers feel? What would they have seen? and discussed how the families would be feeling. We looked at this clip to help us with our thinking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_qAhp8yUoY
On the second day of our learning we explored the topic of 'enemies becoming friends' which at first was a tricky concept for the children to understand. However once we explained that everyone who fought in the war was showing courage and that they were all trying to keep their families safe we explored forgiveness.
Felicity - "We should forgive the other soldiers because they was trying to be brave".
Alan - "We should forgive the Germans because the war is over and we are the same".
Ruby - "We should forgive others because it is the right thing to do and they are just fighting for their country so they will be feeling proud".
Miss Potter also visited the 'Remembrance Parade' in Ramsgate this weekend..here you can see some photos and a picture of her Grandad.
We then started on our topic for the term! We are really excited to start exploring Dinosaurs and looking at key features of texts. We are learning about non-chronological reports so we have been researching what we can see within this style of book. The children have been working really hard and we are very impressed with the grown-up and positive attitudes that they have returned to school with. Here you can see some photos of us in action!!
We have been working together as a team.
Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM)
This week we have been exploring number bonds. The children have been challenging themselves to remember and recall their number bond facts but also to try and answer questions within a specific time. Key vocabularly - facts, addition, total, sum, answer, bond, answer, challenge, equation.
Here's some games you can play at home...http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
Here you can see us in action during our maths starter and during the main lesson. We are superstars at working together and independently.
We also watched this song to remind us of our learning previously...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVlnl5PSr_4
This week in topic we have been learning about the Gunpowder Plot. The children have been learning the story and about what Guy Fawkes and the plotters tried to do. We then explored re-telling the story by creating our very own masks. Look at our learning so far...
You can play this game at home. We played it as a class and answered some very tricky questions!
This week we were very lucky to have a special visitor come and speak to KS1 "fireman Andy". He came and spoke to the children about how to stay safe during firework night and what do to when there is a fire. The children thought of some fantastic questions and now understand the dangers and how to avoid them. Miss Potter couldn't resist trying on the uniform!
Exploring our Classroom
We are really lucky to be able to transform our classroom which relates to our amazing and exciting topics! We are now learning about Dinosaurs and our classroom has well and truly been transformed into a world full of these amazing creatures. A massive thank you to the children for their homework, their help and their reactions! It makes it all worth it when the children and parents appreciate the effort and time that it takes.
Look at our fantastic book corner. We have Sophie the Stegosaurus and the wonderful writing that the children have completed. A big thank you to everyone involved.
Our Dinosaur digging area
Here you can see us uncovering dinosaur bones within the sand. We have three rules for using this area. Rule number 1 - you must be sensible, number 2 - you must be gentle and finally rule number 3- you must write in our 'dinosaur dig' book.
Our front door
Oh no! We have been eaten by a smelly, gigantic dinosaur. How will we ever escape? What would it feel like inside? What adjectives could we use to describe him? How are we feeling?
The children thought it was fantastic and really enjoyed coming to school to see the surprise! If you would like to have a look around our classroom just ask Miss Potter after school.
1. Don't forget it is parents evening on Monday and Tuesday. Miss Potter will be on the door in the morning to sign up the parents who haven't made an appointment.
2. All children must have a PE kit in school at all times. Our PE slots could be changing so we need them to remain in school every day.
3. Please ensure that children are wearing school shoes. Lots of the children are coming to school wearing trainers and this is not acceptable.
4. Reading at home every night please! Children have homework on number bonds and spellings, please ensure that they complete these.
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the fireworks.
WOW! Look at this amazing homework. I can see that you have worked really hard with your topic work and I can't wait to display your creations in the classroom for next term. You can have 5 house points each .
This week in Literacy we have been exploring onomatopoeia. The children have thought of some fantastic onomatopoeia words and really enjoyed making and creating all the silly noises. If you would like to explore onomatopoeia a bit more check out this video...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1GC1yWdM_c. We then explored onomatopoeia further and wrote exciting sentences that link with the sound. We created some fantastic haunted house stories with lots of banging doors, creaking stairs and ghosts which say "OOOOOOO".
RECAP your learning: Write a sentence using the onomatopoeia words click, thump, crash and zoom.
In maths this week we have been exploring data. We have collected our own data around the classroom and also sorted data into categories. The children were then able to develop and think of their own questions relating to the data criteria. Well done to all the children for showing 'endeavour' this week and for always trying your best!
Week 6 - Assessment and Progress
Star of the Week
Our star of the week this week goes to Leonor. Leonor has been chosen for her continued effort to demonstrate our Core Values. Leonor always gives everything 100% and shows 'endeavour' in all areas of learning. We are very proud of the young lady Leonor is becoming and she is a fantastic role model to other pupils. Well done Leonor.
A big thank you to Rihanna for writing in Bertie's Adventure Diary. He had a fantastic time eating your chips, sitting in your seat and going to Jungle Jims! I'm sorry he has been so cheeky . I will be having words with him about his cheeky behaviour. This week we sent Bertie Bear home with Natalie. We have chosen Natalie because she has been working really hard this week particularly in topic.
Batman & Batgirl
This week we had Lukas and Felicity who were chosen to wear our super cool capes! We are really proud of them for reading at home every day and for returning their reading book. Remember you have the chance to wear the capes too! Get reading Jaguars, you can do it!
This week, literacy has been a little bit different. We have been collecting our data so the children have been independent learners this week. However, we have still been very busy applying ourselves and challenging our learning. This week we have been researching dinosaurs for our topic next term. The children were given dinosaur topic books and had to record some facts and information about them. I am extremely proud of the children and their fantastic efforts this week. Here you can see some of our amazing work which is soon to be displayed in our new book corner. Watch this space for more amazing pictures!
Look at us showing amazing 'contribution' skills during lessons. We are contributing to our book corner
A big thank you to Tyla for bringing in an amazing dinosaur book for us to look at! We are going to photo-copy some of the pages for we can use the information. Thank you for letting us borrow your beloved stories.
This week in maths we have been completing level 2 SATS papers. I am very pleased to announce that the children have been working so hard to complete these tricky papers. They have shown resilience and dedication and I couldn't be any more proud. . We have also been updating our current maths working wall based on our work of shapes. Here you can see our amazing work on display.
We love shapes...we can name them and describe their properties.
This week in topic we have been finishing off our door signs. I am really impressed with how the children have decorated them and used their skills to complete the design. We are looking forward to creating a fun and colourful display of their signs and their evaluations of what went well and what we would change.
Here you can see just a few of our amazing signs. We worked really hard to make them all unique and individual. We personalised them with things that we like and our hobbies.
Week 5 - Collaboration in full swing!
Star of the Week
Our star of the week this week goes to Lukas. Lukas has blown us away with his dedication and commitment to everything that he does. He always goes above and beyond to achieve targets set for him and continues to make us proud every day. Well done Lukas, we are extremely proud of you .
Look at how smart he looks in his school uniform. What a fantastic role model!
This week Bertie Bear is going home with Rihanna. Rihanna has been chosen because she is always doing the right thing at all times. She is polite, caring, helpful and a fantastic friend to others. We can't wait to hear about the adventures that you have at the weekend. Remember he doesn't want a bath!
This week we were very lucky because we had some unusual visitors. We have Batman and Batgirl come to school and spend time in Jaguars Class. This was actually Owen and Lexi who got to wear the capes all day and the masks at lunch time. The reason they are wearing the capes is really special...they have been reading at home every day! Every child that reads at home every day for a week gets put into a hat and then we choose a boy and a girl who get to wear the capes. Well done Lexi and Owen. I wonder who will be wearing the capes next week?
Mr Apps and Mrs Todd were very surprised to see these characters in school! Well done Lexi and Owen
This week in Literacy we have been busy as always! We finally completed our final draft of the story 'Monkey Puzzle'. Well done to the children for coming up with some amazing endings to the story....Julia Donaldson should be worried! We have very talented children in Jaguar class who I have no doubt will end up writing their very own stories one day. We then completed a 'Big Write' which was very successful. A 'Big Write' is an opportunity for the children to demonstrate all their knowledge and previous learning which is then assessed by me! It has been a delight to read the children's writing and see them apply their newly learnt skills. Finally this week we have been focusing on SPaG and highlighting key features in texts.
Adults - Can you write a sentence with capital letters, full stops, verbs and adjectives?
You can help your child by writing sentences at home and get them to highlight the key features.
Kelsey - "We need a capital letter for Grace because it is her name".
Alan - "Miss Potter! You have forgotten lots of full stops in your writing...we need to add them now!"
Peter - "Paris is a place so that needs a capital letter too!"
This week in maths we have moved on from number and started to focus on shapes. We have been exploring the different shapes and their properties. The children have really been challenging themselves to sort the shapes into different categories,discuss the features and identify and name them independently. Mainly we have been exploring 2D shapes but have now started looking at 3D shapes.
Have a go at answering these questions
We also like singing along to this song. We learnt it in year 1 and still enjoy listening to it during transition from the playground to our maths lesson.
Well done to Rio for showing endeavour! Look at his 3D shape....do you know the name of his shape?
Collaboration with parents afternoon
This week we held our collaboration afternoon which means that the parents can come into the classroom and complete challenges with their child and the class. Often these types of events can become very competitive! Our aim for the session was to build a strong and stable bridge using the materials provided. However, the materials provided for this lesson included on newspaper and tape. Have a look at our parents and children in action. What a fantastic effort and a very big thank you to all the parents who attended.
Look at the contribution and team work! Well done Jaguars' friends and family
Thank you for your continued support. It is always appreciated
A big thank you to everyone for remembering to bring in the 'blue learning journal' book. The work inside them is amazing and you can really see all the children's progress. Homework for this week is as follows...
Unfortunately this week Attendance Ted didn't come to visit us because the attendance was so poor. We would really like to see him next week so we are going to make more of an effort to come to school and be on time. Please help us so that we can see him again .
On a brighter note, wishing you a fantastic weekend and hoping that you make the most of the sunshine before it disappears!
Week 4 - Challenging ourselves personally and academically
Star of the Week
Our star of the week this week goes to Ruby. Ruby has really been challenging herself within her literacy writing and is now able to produce a whole page of detailed sentences with amazing adjectives and structure. We are also very pleased because Ruby has started applying the skills she has learnt during handwriting practise to write beautiful, cursive joined letters. Well done Ruby .
You can help your child practise cursive handwriting at home. The more that we practise the easier it becomes...remember "we always do the lead in...get ready...go!
I would just like to start off by congratulating the children on all their hard work and efforts this week within their writing. They have really demonstrated our Core Value of 'Endeavour' and our British Value 'the right to Learn' by taking their learning into their own hands! I have been so impressed with the way the children have conducted themselves and tackled every challenge that they have been faced with. I am a very proud Jaguar right now! "We are the Jaguars and we are the best!" ...but don't tell anyone...it's a secret!
This week the children had to re-tell the story of 'monkey puzzle' through the Pie Corbett scheme of Talk for Writing and eventually chunking the story. However, the children can think of many fantastic ideas on how to make the story even better! So, we added adjectives, focused on characters feelings, descriptions, created tension, solved problems and created fantastic endings. I am particularly impressed with Wednesday's lesson where the children have to create tension within the story. We focused on using some key vocabulary to help us - panic, dread, horror, shudder and suddenly.
Alan - " The monkey started shuddering because the butterfly kept getting it wrong".
Rio - "The monkey was feeling horrified and started to panic because he thought he wouldn't see his mum again".
Felicity - "The monkey was filled with dread and suddenly he started to panic because the butterfly didn't understand".
We have been listening to calm, relaxing music during our writing sessions... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcsUYu0PVxY
Last week we planned our bedroom door signs and what we would like them to look like. This week we put this into action and started to create our designs. First we had to cut the design we wanted to use, and then add layers of paper-mache to crate a strong, solid base which is then fit to decorate. The children had no problem in getting stuck straight in and worked hard to get the results that they wanted.
Lukas - "I'm cutting mine in a circle..I like circles!"
Samuel - "I will leave mine as a big rectangle because then I have lots of space to decorate it with my hobbies".
Robert - "I'm having a circle because I like football".
Lewis - "This is going to be the best day ever!"
As our theme for this term is animals and their habitats we have been very lucky to have the opportunity to invite some special visitors into school to help us further our learning. We are delighted to have had Penfold's Reptiles Centre come to Drapers to show case the animals and give the children information about where they live and why they live there, their diet, typical behaviours and various other information. This was a fantastic afternoon for the children to be able to handle and experience the reptiles first hand. Well done to all the children for being extremely brave and for facing their fears. A big thank you to all the staff at Drapers - what a great TEAM!
What is under the material? Keep your eyes open! Don't be scared...
Are you still looking???
Here you can see our children showing bravely and courage to face their fears...even the adults too!
Well done Jaguars for a fantastic week of learning! I have really enjoyed this week and the amazing challenges we have conquered . Keep up the amazing work because you are all doing so well and the progress is starting to show. I am very proud of all of your efforts and it is a delight to have you as my class. Well Done!
Week 3 - Showing good Leadership
Star of the Week
Our star of the week this week is Kelsey. Kelsey has been demonstrating all of our Core Values this week and has been really working on her behaviour this term. We are very proud of her efforts. Keep up the great work Kelsey.
This week Bertie Bear went home with Andrea. Andrea has been chosen for always trying her best and for giving everything a go. Thank you for taking Bertie home with you and for taking good care of him. He really liked spending time at your home and he would love to come again soon. Thank you for writing in his adventure diary .
This week in Literacy we have been focusing on character descriptions, using adjectives and writing similes in our books. The children have been working really hard to give their writing more detail by describing the animals from the story and using adjectives to describe the setting. Well done to all the children who challenged themselves this week to use similes within their writing.
Rihanna - "The bat is as black as the nights sky".
Samuel - "The bat soaring through the sky like a rocket".
Ruby - "The snake is slimy like a slug".
We also completed a lesson on drama. The children acted out scenes from the story using 'freeze frames', made puppets to re-tell the story with partners and role played using 'hot seating' to describe the characters.
On Friday we also made Harvest Festival invitations. The reason why we created these invitations is because we wanted to invite our family to view our Harvest Celebration Assembly. This is happening on Monday 28th September at 9.15 am in the large hall. Please could you ensure that the children bring a contribution to the festival e.g. tins, pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables.
We have been learning this song in preparation for our Harvest Festival. Please practise at home and sing along if you want to.
This week in maths we have really been challenging ourselves to add using the partitioning method, completed more and less sums using the symbols < and > and ordering numbers. At first the children found the partitioning method quite tricky however they demonstrated our Core Value of 'Endeavour' and didn't give up. Well done Jaguars for making us proud .
Here you can see some pictures of us in action!
We are always giving everything 100%. We also are working as a TEAM and as independent learners.
This week in topic we have been focusing on Design and Technology. Our aim after this section is to have created our very own door sign. So far this week we have planned our ideas, discussed what materials we will need and explained why we need them. The children then compared their designs to their friends on the table and gave peer feedback. Next week we are going to be creating our door designs and evaluating the outcome. Watch this space for some amazing signs!
We used these ones for inspiration to help give us ideas. The boys have gone for designs linked with their hobbies such as football and rugby whilst the girls have chosen love hearts, art and craft and dolls.
This week in PE we have continued with our partner work in Gymnastics. The children worked really hard this week to communicate with their partner and to listen to their ideas on how to make shapes using their bodies. This made the outcomes greater and as a class we were able to see some amazing balances and 'collaborative' learning.
What shape can you see? Can you make these shapes at home?
Well done to all the children for listening to their partner and for giving helpful feedback to the other groups.
Here you can listen to a couple of our favourite songs we like to listen to during PE for warm-ups time.
Dress Up Day
Here you can see our fantastic efforts during the dress up day to celebrate our favourite book characters. Even the adults dressed up as our favourite story book characters.
Homework is in your child's learning journal. Please can you make sure that the children return their learning journals on MONDAY. Also we have a lot of children not reading every night.This is a really important aspect of your child's learning and in order to make progress they need to keep practising. Please encourage your child at home.
Week 2 - We are challenging ourselves
Star of the Week
Our star of the week this week is Lexi. This fantastic super star has created some amazing pieces of Literacy writing and has been demonstrating fantastic leadership skills. We are really proud of the way Lexi is becoming an independent learner. Keep up the great work.
Last week Bertie Bear went home with Felicity. He really enjoyed his stay at your home and thank you very much for taking care of him. He had a lovely time on your adventures and has now told me that he liked green beans! He is hoping he can come and stay again some time. Thank you to Felicity's parents who helped her to complete his 'adventure diary' .
This week Bertie has gone home with Dominik. This super star has been working extremely hard to complete all his tasks whilst also challenging himself when he is finding things difficult. We are extremely proud of his efforts and determination to succeed. We are really looking forward to finding out what you have been up to.
We have moved on from rhyming this week and have been exploring acrostic poems. We have been looking at the structure of the poem and even tried to create our own. We linked the acrostic poem with out continued learning of the book 'monkey puzzle'. The children met one of Bertie's special friends called Molly the monkey! She came to school to help us use our senses when gathering ideas for our acrostic poems. We also explored describing ourselves using acrostic poems, created mind map and edited and improved out sentences. I am really proud of all the children this week who have challenged themselves to up-level and improve their writing. This is why..."We are the Jaguars and we are the best!".
Look at these super stars! They have shown our Core Value of 'Endeavour'. Well done for always trying your best and for never giving up.
Molly is very cheeky! When she can see amazing work going on she likes to come and watch you doing your amazing writing. She really enjoyed it when Rio was reading his acrostic poem to her. She loves listening to people read just like RED TED!
Well done to all the children for using your senses to describe Molly in your acrostic poems.
As promised, I did explain to the children that if they completed fantastic writing we would 'show off' our talents in the class room. Here you can see a lovely display of acrostic poems created by the children.
In maths this week we have continued with Place Value by playing a game with our partners. The aim of the game was to explore what impact the number we rolled would have, when choosing its 'place' e.g. tens and units. The children worked really well with their partner to try and get the lowest and highest number! We have since continued to exploring writing our numbers and matching them to the numerals, looking at the pattern of the writing when recording counting in tens, and exploring odd and even numbers. The children have worked really hard to write their numbers in words this week and have had some amazing discussions in their talk partners, well done!
I particularly love this 'victory dance' shot from Rio. He was extremely chuffed when he won at the game by getting the lowest number. Well done Rio .
We also played a game with Miss Potter sorting odd and even numbers. We had to explain how we know number are odd and how we know that they are even. We worked really hard to explain this to our partners and to the class. Great job .
This week in topic we have continued with geography and exploring what we have in our local area and what we don't. The children engaged in a tour around the school exploring what we could see, matched pictures of our local area to headings, explained our thinking and stated how we know why we don't have igloos in our local area.
Peter "We don't have igloos because I haven't seen one".
Aidan "We don't have igloos in our area because we have houses".
Alan "We don't have igloos in our local area because it isn't cold enough".
We demonstrated 'Respect' when exploring our school grounds by walking quietly through the school where other children were learning.
This week in PE we have been exploring Gymnastics. Well done to all the children who remembered their PE kit. It is really important that everyone has their PE kit for Wednesdays and Fridays so that they can join in with the fun. We have been exploring ways of travelling, we played the 'bean game', traveled around like different animals, explored balancing and worked with a partner. Well done to the children for using the equipment safely and properly. Our aim for next week is to have every child participating in the PE session.
On Friday we celebrated the author Roald Dahl. Each class chose a book to explore and we chose George's Marvellous Medicine because it linked nicely with all the work we have been doing in literacy (rhyming and alliteration). The children then had the opportunity to create their own marvellous medicine. As you can imagine they had great fun in creating medicines as disgusting as they possibly could! We have had slugs, ants, nails and snakes all thrown in! We used a book to help us called 'The Rascally Cake'.
Here you can see us generating ideas for our class medicine. We had to use adjectives to make it as awful as possible!
We also made our very own potion! The children described this as follows...
one big, fat hairy spider,
a slimy slithering green snake,
three pairs of sharp snapping teeth
and mouldy mushrooms.
To complete our learning we created our very own marvellous medicine bottles with Miss Potter. Whilst doing this we spoke in detail about what the potion would do, what it would have in it and what magic it would create!
Thank you to all the parents who helped their child to complete their homework. It is a fantastic and proud moment for me to say that every child returned their home work book!! . I would also like to say that the homework that is sent home can be done independently by your child. Whilst we appreciate that you are supporting your child we would also ask that you merely guide them with their homework rather than complete it for them.
3. Maths work on odd and even numbers.
A brief reminder on uniforms. Lots of children are coming to school in polo tops and without ties. It is our school uniform policy that children come to school with a white shirt and tie. Also please can you ensure that your child is coming to school with their book bag and an additional bag for PE.
Wishing you a fantastic weekend,
Week 1 - We are working very hard
Star of the week
Our star of the week this week is Samuel. Samuel has been demonstrating our Core Value of 'Endeavour' this week. He has been working really hard in all areas of learning. He is encouraging others and always gives everything 100%. Keep up the great work.
In Literacy this week we have been exploring rhyme and poems. We have been rhyming simple words, writing sentences, playing rhyming games and spotting the rhyme in popular stories.The story we decided to use is the lovely book written by Julia Donaldson called 'Monkey Puzzle'. We decided on this book because it links very nicely with our current topic of Animals and their Habitats. The children have been ordering the story, and focusing on rhyming linked with the animals.
Here you can see the beautiful writing that the children have produced. Well done for all your hard work and amazing rhyming sentences you have created. I am feeling very proud.
Here is our current Literacy learning wall. We update this daily so that the children can use it to enhance their learning. Thank you Jaguars for all your ideas and fantastic work which is now on display.
In Maths this week we have been exploring addition and the relationship that is has with multiplication but also place value. The children have been working very hard to explore and understand this tricky concept and the results have been fantastic. We have been using whiteboards on the carpet to solve maths problems, used numicon and dienes blocks to help us see the pattern and the place of the numbers. The children have been challenging themselves to represent two and three digit numbers and record this in their maths books. Children have been issued with maths homework (please refer to Learning Journal - blue book)
On Friday we used to TASC wheel to help us solve a mathematical problem. We used the concept of Noah's Ark and the number of animals which he allowed to go onto the Ark. Noah was only allowing so many animals on the Ark as long as their legs didn't go over the total (e.g 30 legs). The children used the TASC wheel to help generate their ideas, and think in a systematic way. We also listened to some Noah's Ark music...have a listen along at home.
Thank you to the children for all your efforts this week. You have shown amazing Leadership and have encouraged others when things were difficult. Well done to Ruby for your contribution to class discussions and hard work this week.
This week in topic we have been focusing on Geography using our local area as a starting point. The children have been trying to use key vocabulary, discuss what is in our local area, share what we can see and highlight key features. We have discussed birds eye views, use Google maps to look at our streets and looked at London's Virtual Tour.
Lexi "We need maps to help us get to places that we don't know".
Owen "If you are at a zoo you can find what animals you want to see".
Ismila "When you are at Herne Bay bus Station you can find where you need to go next by using one of the leaflets".
We discussed what we could see on the maps. Every time we looked we noticed something new. We felt like real explorers finding new treasures!
This week we engaged in a Philosophy for Children session. The children listened to the story of 'The Journey Home'. This is an extremely powerful book which explores the delicate topics of animals loosing their habitats due to others destroying them, animals becoming extinct and animals who are at risk from poachers. The children worked hard to generate questions that they wanted to explore, and then wrote about how the story made them feel, how the animals would be feeling and what they could do to change it.
The children made some excellent posters! Well done, another brilliant display made entirely of your lovely work.
We are also very lucky because we had some special visitors come and work with us in Jaguar Class. We had three Czech students come to see what its like in an English school. They worked really hard to communicate with us, play games and complete our work in class.
Your children have been given homework this week. Please ensure that it is completed this weekend and that it is returned on Monday. Your child has been given a Learning Journal to keep all their work in so please ensure that you do not lose this and keep it safe.
1. Maths Homework - highlighting their times tables (2s, 5,s and 10's).
2. British Values - This week we have been exploring the British Values. Children are to create a poster about one of the Values for display.
3. Reading books - it is important that you child is reading every day! Please ensure you read this weekend as well.
We even caught Bertie reading in the morning when we arrived! He is on Stage 8!!
Here are a few polite reminders to parents:
I would just like to say thank you for all you efforts on the first week back at school. Here's to another brilliant week. Hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Miss Potter .
Firstly, I would like to start off by saying welcome back to Drapers Mills Primary Academy. I hope that you have all enjoyed a well deserved and restful break. It is so lovely to see the children returning to school with happy smiles, positive attitudes and the excitement to learn and explore. My name is Miss Potter and our classroom teaching assistant is called Miss Brandon. We are really looking forward to a successful year of fun, engagement, learning, experiences and progress.
Here we have some important information so that you are aware of what is going on. Our class PE days are on Wednesday and Friday. The reason for this is so that we can provide Games and Physical Education for the children to enjoy as well as a rich curriculum, using the best resources and equipment available. Our area for PE this term is focussing on Football and Gymnastics. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school at all times.
Reading books will be sent home on Monday, this is due to the children receiving new reading records, funky book marks and currently we are still receiving books back from last term. Please, if you have any school books at home please return them as soon as possible. In order for your child to have their picture on our class webpage we require permission from a parent or legal guardian. Miss Potter and Miss Brandon will be on the playground on Monday with spare copies for parents who has lost theirs.
On our first day back we all worked together as a team to create some new class rules. The children discussed in talk partners "why do we have rules?" and "what rules should we have for school?". Well done to the Jaguars who thought of some amazing ideas. We then decorated the rules using our handprints. It looks fantastic!
The children also worked really hard to draw their own self portrait. This has made a lovely class display and makes the children feel like they belong to our class. The children focussed on their key features such as the colour of their eyes, hair and uniform. The children's outcomes are very unique and this looks great in our new home.
Also on the first day back we discussed different animals. Our topic for this term is focussing on animals and their habitats. The children were able to decide which animal was their favourite, write some sentences using adjectives and finally draw a picture. Below are some examples of their amazing vocabulary and sentence structure. We have very clever cookies in Year two!
Well done to those children who used similes in your writing. I particularly enjoyed reading Lewis' who explained that a tiger has "teeth as sharp as a sharks teeth!".
Here is our current Literacy learning wall. We have been working very hard exploring animals and their habitats whilst using adjectives. Despite having a long holiday the children were able to generate some fantastic ideas and even help others to up-level their vocabulary.
"We are the Jaguars and we are the best!"
In maths this week we have been refreshing our memory and focussing on counting in 2's. Some of us found this very easy whilst some of us found this challenging. Well done to all the Jaguars who demonstrated our Core Value of 'Endeavour'. They continued to try their best and most of all they never gave up. You are super stars! Also a very well done to those children who challenged themselves and were able to have a go at their 5 times tables! We have some very clever maths wizards in our class.
Here you can see our current maths learning wall. Already the children are helping to show off their amazing work! Well done to those children who were able to provide an explanation with their answers. This helped demonstrate to Miss Potter your understanding and help your friends to understand as well.
As you are aware reading is one of our Core Areas and is also part of our School Improvement Plan. We are going to raise reading standards and levels within the Academy and improve the children's ability to read, select and understand texts. Therefore as a specific focus we have worked really hard to make our book corner as exciting as possible so that the children want to be in their enhancing these skills. I would like to say a very big thank you to the children who helped us to create the under water sea creatures. They look amazing.
Together Everyone Achieves More
Here is Ursula the evil sea witch. On her tentacles she has our high frequency words which we need to learn. The children have already started sounding them out and reading them for fun! If your child reads at home every day, at the end of that week they will receive a prize from the treasure chest!
This is our inspiration for our book corner and currently Miss Potters favourite song. If you would like to have a sing along at home click the link below.
This is another area for development on our School Improvement Plan. Therefore we would encourage parental involvement and support as much as possible. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to speak to me on the door in the mornings or at the end of the day. However if the issue requires some privacy we can arrange a meeting after school to discuss the matter further. I will always do my very best to sort any problems that you may have and follow up any issues as quickly as possible. Alternatively if their is anything that you would like to see on the webpage which is not on here currently then also let us know. Wishing you all a smashing weekend!
We have been working very, very hard on our writing this week. We have been using adjectives, verbs, metaphors, simile, alliteration, exclamation marks and bullet points. Look at some of our fantastic efforts!!
We have been reading 'The Scarecrows' Wedding' in literacy and have had our lessons based on this book.
To really get our minds thinking about adjectives and similes to describe the main characters we made our own scarecrows! It was very messy but great fun!!! This also helped us complete fantastic pieces of writing the next day!!
We are still learning about measuring in Maths and now we can confidently measure length in both centimetres and metres we have now moved on to measuring weight. We have been exploring the vocabulary such as weight, weigh, light, heavy, equal and balanced as well as working with grams ready for making our yummy cup cakes! :)
We have been using the scales to find the lightest and heaviest items!
We know the heaviest item will be lowest on the scales and the lightest will be highest!
Look, some of the children from Circles group have found out that a filled water bottle is heavier than a toy car!
Keep an eye on this page for further information about your child's learning!
The children in Penguins Class have really made us proud this week. They have been working so hard in every subject, especially in phonics where they have been really pushing themselves to be the best! They certainly have a ' I can do it' attitude at the moment and this is fantastic to see. They have also been showing lots of our school values by not only endeavouring within their work but showing respect and fair ness in the classroom. Well done! We have also been complimented by other members of staff about how beautifully we conduct ourselves around the school! GO PENGUINS!!
Homework for July 10th 2015
1) Phonics word search- children must find the words with 'air' and 'are' sounds within them. Then try to put these words into sentences.
2) Reading every night with your child is also essential to their reading development and will help them even more!
3) Your child would have been given a column addition worksheet to complete. Both this and the phonics word search need to be completed by next Wednesday.
4) We also have our on-going project homework on road safety. We have had some great efforts already but would love to see more by next Friday! :)
Well done to these children who made fantastic project homework last term. We will be setting a new project soon !!