This blog is now for Y2
This week in our topic lessons, we reflected on a wonderful year of learning. We drew pictures to answer categories such as ‘My favourite lesson’ and ‘My funniest moment’ and wrote sentences in a booklet to tell our new Year 2 teachers similar information about us. We realised that our Year 2 teachers would like to know more about our interests, so we wrote them a letter to tell them about our favourite colour, or hobbies and our favourite subjects as school. Whilst thinking about Year 2, we decided to give ourselves a target, which we hope to complete next year. Finally, we enjoyed making and painting some plant pots for the sunflowers we planted earlier this term.
This week in our maths lessons, we focused on telling the time to nearest hour and half an hour. We now know that a clock has a face a two hands known as the minute hand and the hour hand. We recognise that when the minute hand is touching the 12, it is an ‘o’ clock time and when the minute hand is touching the 6, it is half-past the hour. We practiced identifying the time as well as drawing the hands on clocks to represent the time. Finally, we enjoyed playing a game of BINGO with some ‘o’ clock and half-past times.
Well done to the following children who were chosen to receive a Class Teacher or Year Group Leader award for demonstrating one of the Avenue Values in their classes.
Ants: Emma and Rory
Crickets: Emily and Yavuz
Grasshoppers: Vibhav and Mikaela
Ladybirds: Violet and Adil
Below is a reminder of our Avenue Values.
Pride in achievements and self confidence.
Building relationships and team work.
Mutual respect and tolerance.
Next week, the children will be completing a selection of fun activities to celebrate the end of the school year; such as a school year book, our special picnic, a whole-school assembly and watching the Year 6 versus teachers football and netball matches.
In Health and Wellbeing this half term we learnt lots of new things in our emotional strand.
Knowledge we have gained:
We have learnt that change can be an exciting process, how to recognise what we are good at and about the importance of not keeping secrets that make us feel uncomfortable.
Skills we have learnt and used:
We are now able to set ourselves simple goals, after talking about what our strengths are. We can talk about how it feels when there is change or loss in our lives and can ask for help if we are worried about something. We are able to look at change as a positive thing and can look forward to the exciting factors that come with a change. Finally, we are able to share secrets that make us feel uncomfortable or scared and can identify whether a secret needs to be shared or whether it is a good secret that should be kept, like a surprise birthday party.
Billie: ‘I will miss Year 1 but I am excited to see my new teacher.’
Kesia: ‘I know that it is important to tell my teacher if someone makes me sad in the playground, because that is not a good secret.’
Tomi: ‘Sometimes people don’t like surprises so maybe you should tell them that secret, if you know it will make them sad’.
Arib: ‘I am really excited for Year 2 because we are going to have lots of new topics and they will be fun!’
Key Vocabulary that we have learned and used: Change, difference, future, looking forwards, excitement, difficulty, anxiety, secrets, surprises, good, sad, choices, speaking, sharing, discussing, positivity.
This week in Topic we learnt all about how to make a stable structure. We were set the challenge to create a tree house for the playground using lolly pop sticks and masking tape. We started the week off by discussing what makes a good structure and planning our own tree houses. After that we started the hard challenge of building, even though we found it difficult we all persevered and were proud of are end achievements. Following this we were able to evaluate are structures, explaining what we think went well and what we would improve next time. To finish off the week we all went on a tree hunt around the school to find different types of trees e.g. Apple trees and cherry blossoms.
This week in maths we started the week by recapping the days of the weeks and ordering them at our tables. We were given the task to think about what day comes before and what day comes after and then say it in a full sentence e.g. Yesterday was _______, Today is ________ and tomorrow will be _________. We then went on to discuss the months of the year and again had to use our knowledge to order the months and then discuss which month was last month, this month and next month. Additionally, we looked at daily routines and in what order they go in and why. We were all confidently able to define the word ‘chronological’. Finally we ended the week by estimating how long it would take us to do certain tasks (e.g. jumping jacks, writing a story, getting changed for PE) focusing on the language: seconds, minutes and hours.