Welcome to Penguins Class Page!
Mrs Baker class teacher
Miss Moore and Mrs Parsons TAs
At the core of our school values at Drapers and proudly celebrated every day are:
The right to learn
The right to be safe
The right to have fun
The right to have a voice
Help us reach our 96% attendance target by making sure your child comes to school every day and arrives on time for the register.
Together we will make a difference!
Who have you saved today?
This term we are going on an exciting journey and following the steps of super hero Traction Man.
The children will learn the features of adventure stories and invent their own adventure stories.
We will continue to develop our already amazing sentence writing skills and focus in particular on creative language to make our stories even more fabulous!
In maths we are going to perfect our adding and subtracting skills and become number bonds super heroes.
Well done to Asi our star this week for her great determination.
She simply never gives up!
It has been a very busy and exciting week for all of us. The children have met their new teacher and had a great time getting to know their new class mates.
Next year's year 2 teachers extremely impressed with the children's behaviour and their aptitude towards their work.
Penguins class have made me very proud indeed!
This week we have practised our multiplying skills and counting in different steps. The children are becoming more confident in using or even creating their own arrays.
Please check your child's book bag for this week's home learning on multiplication.
Home learning for this week has been set up on Education City. We have also provided a paper copy for those with no Internet access at home.
Well done to Joshua this week for showing real endeavour in his work.
And what a week it has been...
Well done to Bailey this week for trying to turn things around and beginning to change his attitude towards his learning! Keep it up!
We have all had a very busy week, the children have excelled themselves in their phonics screening and made us all extremely proud! Well done Year 1 children and a big thank you to our wonderful and dedicated TAs and HLTAs for supporting us this week. We could not have done it without you! You are amazing!
Well done to Amelia this week for always giving 100% effort in everything she does.
Next week it will be year 1 phonics screening.
The children have worked their socks off this week and applied relentlessly all the knowledge they have gained this year in phonics!
The screening consists in 40 real and nonsense words for children to read, sound out and blend.
We have set differentiated phonics home learning this week, please spend time this week end to read through the list of words with your child.
We have also added a phonics revision table in our newsletter to help you support your support your child with their sound identification and pronunciation.
Useful links to phonics games:
We have had great fun celebrating the 90th birthday of our queen.
Children had a picnic on the field and played games.
Later on the whole school gathered again, this time on the big playground, to make a large human Union Jack flag. Photo to follow, so watch this space!
Bluebell wood and magic pond
The Bog Baby
Our learning this term will revolve around the topic of Bluebell woodland and pond/bog habitat.
Our journey will begin with the magical story of The Bog Baby.
We will explore the world of plants and make good use of the fantastic outdoor areas we have at school to find out about plant features and grow our own plants.
We are continuing our work on number bonds and intend to become experts in partitioning numbers. The children will learn to answer multiplication and division questions.
In music, we will experiment with instruments including our voices, how low and high we can go . In geography we will explore seasonal and daily weather patterns as well as our surrounding environment.
Well done to Cameron, he is our star this week. He has showed such improvement in his sentence writing and made exceptional efforts in his behaviour for learning.
This week our focus in maths has been about position and direction. The children have practised using positional language to describe the location of objects in our surrounding environment.
Can you use the prepositions above, between, under, next to, in front of, behind to describe positions of objects in your home?
The children have also learned to give each other directions using appropriate vocabulary.
If you face you bedroom door and go left a quarter of a turn, what can you see now?
What will you see if you do half a turn?
Well done to Kevin for his efforts at home with his reading and for his amazing work and behaviour at school!
Well done to Lexie this week for displaying a growing confidence in a group but also whole class setting.
Lexie has come on a long way since she has started in Penguins. I am so very proud of her.
Well done to Joseph this week for improving his behaviour for learning and producing great quality work as a result!
We are exploring the features of plants and learning to identify and classify common plants such as trees, bushes and flowers.
We observed many differences in the types of trees present in our school grounds. We compared the leaves we could find, in terms of size, colour and shape. We found some EVERGREEN TREES, they never loose their leaves, and some DECIDUOUS TREES, their leaves fall in the autumn.
We talked about what happen to plants throughout the seasons and used art to show these changes.
Well done to Callum our star of the week.
Callum has been working hard on changing his attitude towards his learning and has shown real endeavour in his work.
In PSHE we have debated the pros and cons of keeping wild animals in captivity.
We played 'decision alley'. The class was split so we had to agree to disagree and shook hands.
We are using these pictures to help us sequence the story events when retelling and writing the story.
My name is Bond! Number Bond!
We are learning our number bonds for 10 and 20.
Please practise these at home and learn them by heart!
1+ 9 =10 11+ 9=20
2+ 8=10 12+ 8=20
3+ 7=10 13+ 7=20
4+ 6=10 14+ 6=20
5+ 5=10 15+ 5=20
What number patterns can you notice?
Have a go at writing the inverse addition sums now!
E.g 2+ 8=10 and 8+ 2=10 are inverse sentences.
Dr Xargle's Book Of Earth Hounds
Beegu enjoyed her time spent with us at Drapers last term. She loved the company of Penguins class and learned so much about life at our school.
This term the children are making the acquaintance of Dr Xargle, an alien teacher, and his class. Together we are going to, amongst other things, learn how to look after dogs, design chairs for our four legged friends and continue to explore materials and their properties.
Visit our class page every week to keep updated with all the fun learning taking place in Penguins class!
I am extremely proud of them, keep up the good work and behaviour!
We are learning to add multiples of 10 and 100 to solve mass problems. We jumped up large scales to count in 10s or in 100s when adding masses in grams and kilograms.
Why don't you practise at home using chalk on a surface outside. What step will you count in?
We have set some additional spelling practice, please check your child's book bag.
I have also , as discussed during parents evenings, some handwriting and high frequency words practice sheets available.
We watched videos about the Romans and compared their lifestyle with ours.
Did you know that Drapers Mills was built on a Roman settlement?
The children found out about the amazing Roman's legacy and created 3D Roman towns.
We have been exploring a range of measuring equipment and are learning to measure mass, capacity and length.
We are getting better at reading scales and are now learning to count in 100s!
For this week's home challenge, I would like the children to practise spelling their high frequency words. The children have been given a word mat matching their ability. Please help your child achieve their writing targets by practising these spellings regularly.
Five words a week is a good start!
We have 3 new RED TED owners!!!
Well done to Shanade, Larah and Jenson for reading 50 times. Keep the good reading up!
Well done to Kevin, our star this week!
Kevin has displayed exemplary behaviour this week and never gets distracted when working independently or in a group.
I am extremely proud of him!
We had a great time sharing our favourite stories with our reading buddies from year 4 Giraffes.
We have been working hard on improving our sentences and preparing ourselves to write our new sentences.
To be published next week!
Well done to Justin for his amazing work across the board!
He has come leaps and bounds and is now an independent writer!
We shared Dr Xargle's Book on Earth Hounds story and had great fun acting out the story and making up our own actions as part of Talk 4 Writing.
The children then created their own picture maps and wrote sentences to sequence the key events of the story.
We are all working hard towards achieving our writing targets and are practising daily.
Help your child improve their writing and practise their letter formation, segmenting sounds to write words, high frequency words spellings, sentence writing with spaces between words and correct punctuation...
I am available after school every day to assist you and answer any questions you may have, please come and see me if you need help.
We have been learning to halve and quarter shapes, quantities and numbers.
We used the folding technique to find halves and quarters of shapes.
Did you know that quartering is the same than halving twice?
We used cubes to help us find fractions of numbers and practised writing fractions accurately with a numerator and a denominator.
We had great fun planning an alien picnic and used fractions to help us design lovely pizzas and yummy plates of alien food.
In D&T we used a range of materials to make chairs for dogs.
Mrs Baker set us a list of star challenges to attempt.
* Build a simple chair.
** Build a chair with a sun cover.
***Build a chair with a chair with a cup holder.
Come along and join Beegu's adventures on Earth!
This term our topic will be around space and aliens, Year 1 will start using Pie Corbett's 'Talk for Writing' and 'Talk for Reading' approaches and bring writing and reading to life in the classroom!
To find out more about it follow the link below:
In maths the children will continue developing strategies to help them add and subtract. I wonder who will be our first white badge winner? Come on my little ninjas!
In science, we will learn about materials and explore their properties. Children will then use their knowledge of materials in D&T to help them plan and design the perfect home for Beegu on Earth.
We will also learn about weather patterns in the UK and have a go at saying it in Spanish too!!!
This promises to be a very busy and exciting term indeed. Stay in touch, we will keep you posted!
It has been a busy term in Penguins, we have not had a minute of rest and have made the most of our available learning time!
I am very pleased to see how the children's writing has come along since last term.
Please continue to support your child's learning at home by reading every day and completing their home challenge each week. I cannot stress how important this is and what difference it makes in your child's progress and self-esteem.
Remember to check daily your child's book bag for homework and other important written communication.
We had a great day learning about the life and amazing work of the Dutch expressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh.
We created a class tableau of his Starry Night using his famous stroke with the brush (we used our fingers!!!) technique.
Once dried, we will assemble the different tableaux we made and create a class master piece! Watch this space!
We have been learning about the Chinese New Year and its origin. 2016 is the Year of the Dragon.
We shared Chinese New Year story and Children wrote some beautiful stories to recount the myth of Chinese New Year.
We practised using chopsticks to pick up small items as part of our funky fingers activities.
We also tasted prawn crackers with a very hot chilli dip! Yummy!!
Here are some examples of our fabulous invented stories. The children collaborated to plan their stories. They used their own ideas but also 'stole' good ideas from books read this term!
Well done Justin for being an overall super star and making amazing progress this term!
Our attendance this week is 89.9%.
Well done to Scarlett and Cameron for holding the fort this week while I was absent. I was extremely proud to see the work they have both accomplished this week and above all to hear about their amazing behaviour for learning.
A big thank you as well to Shanade, Kevin, Marta, Joseph, Lydia and Callum for reading every day this week and getting their reading record signed daily.
A lot of children are getting closer the 50 times reading line, so keep reading and there will be more RED TED on their way!
Children reaching the 100 times reading bar will be able to chose a book to take home, we have a handful very close indeed, check our RED TED display!
We have had lots of fun investigating coins. We sorted, counted, swapped and played shop to get to grasp with the value of each coin.
Can you identify the coins below?
Can you use different coins to make 10p? 20?
How many different combinations can you find?
How many different materials can you recognise?
Go on a material hunt at home and see if you can find things made of wood, metal, plastic, fabric, stone or glass.
For this week's homework we would like the children to choose one of the space challenges below.
These homework projects will need to be completed and brought back to school before the 5th February 2016.
I am available every day after school to answer any queries you may have, so please do not hesitate.
Thank you for your support.
Well done to Joshua, Amelia and Asi for settling so well in Penguins this week! They have all displayed real determination during tricky tasks and have been exemplary models of behaviour!
Year one children have made us proud during their show case to their families.
They displayed confidence and enjoyment in their performance, particularly when singing Spanish songs and parading in their designed hats.
They showed off their great reading skills while recounting the story of Sunny the meerkat.
Well done to all the children in year 1 and thank you to all of you for your support!
Spanish numbers and colours song:
We are getting better at identifying patterns on die, dominoes and Numicons.
We are also beginning to apply these skills to help us solve addition problems.
How many different ways can you think of making 10?
Try to use dominoes at home to do this! Have fun!
Children in my phonics set have worked very hard this term. We have consolidated our basic sounds and will start learning diagraphs next term.
The children are learning to segment (separate) and blend (combine) sounds. These skills are necessary for learning to read and write.
We have provided an End of term phonics pack which you could use to support your child's reading during the holiday.
RED TED is spending the weekend with Mrs Baker.
Helping Mr Jones with his reading. Mr Jones has not been reading every day and often gets stuck on tricky words.
You too can get your own RED TED if you keep reading every day at home!
Penguins' amazing independent writing
All these children have made progress this term in their writing, well done I am so proud of you!
Come and have a look at your children's wonderful writing on our Breaking News board in Penguins cloakroom!
We have started designing our hats and have used different shapes and patterns to decorate them.
We then used our imagination to express how our different hats made us feel and act.
What hat will you wear tomorrow?
UP UP AND AWAY READ EVERYDAY!
Come and join RED TED on the hot air balloon!
We are exploring hats of all shapes and sizes.
We have been thinking about the purposes and features of hats and have designed our own hats.
Next week we will make hats using reclaimed materials.
We are learning to describe settings and have been trying to use our senses to write descriptive sentences about various places.
We are learning to use adjectives to level up our writing and our teacher is always challenging us to find synonyms to make our sentences more amazing and exciting to read.
It's hard work but we are practising!
We have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes and have started to learn about their properties.
Can you name a shape with 12 edges and 8 vertices?
How many faces does a cylinder have?
Shapes are everywhere in our environment. Look around and see how many different shapes you can find.
European Day of Languages
Our teacher is French so we have spent the day learning about France. We have learned to introduced ourselves in French and have explored some of the food you would eat at a French table!
We all dressed up in book characters to raise money for our RED TED reading competition.
We had lots of fun!
Our topic this term revolves around the story Meerkat Mail from Emily Gravett. We have practised sequencing events of the story in the correct order.
Use the story map below and see if you can re-tell the story to your family. Can you remember what happens at the end?
Next time you go on holiday why not sending us a postcard:
Drapers-Mill primary academy
St Peter's footpath
Don't forget the stamp!
Well done Kevin for his amazing independent writing and number work this week!
Can you order the days of the week?
You can listen to the song below to help you remember the sequence:
How many can you spell correctly?
Some familiar faces on our walls
Welcome to Kangaroos!
It's so wonderful to be back in the classroom! All Kangaroos are working really hard in their learning.
Thank you for your amazing underwater designs! Great job!
Please, see updates soon and look for a newsletter and important dates on this page.
Can I just remind all the parents about bringing PE kits on Wednesdays!
Do you have any ideas for this page? Why not let your Teacher know!
Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.