Week commencing 18/7/16
This week is our last full week in class 5 and this will be the last entry on the website for this year. We have had a wonderful week and the children really enjoyed their sports day! I have uploaded lots of photos of the day. Thank you to those of you who were able to attend, we hope you enjoyed it!!
This has been a great year and we have had many special memories. I will miss all the children very much next year, but I know they are now ready to move onto their next classes. I would like to say a big thank you for all your support this year and wish you all the very best for the future. Have a great summer and see you all around school in September!
Week commencing 4/7/16
This week we had our ‘Open day’ and thank you to all those parents who were able to attend. The children were delighted to show you around our classroom and show off their wonderful masks that they had made in the hall. We hope you enjoyed the afternoon and that it gave you a brief glimpse into all the super things that take place in our class. Here are a few photographs from the day.
Week commencing 27/6/16
The children have enjoyed an action packed week which began with an African mask making session on Monday for the Year 1 children. They all enjoyed it and they worked carefully to produce some fantastic art work. You will have the opportunity to observe your child’s art work next week at the open day, we hope you can make it.
Later in the week the Year 1 children also continued their Man Utd coaching and they enjoyed practising the different skills. I was so proud to hear that the coaches said afterwards that their behaviour was fantastic and they were a real credit to our school!
The children this week have also been practicing their skills on ‘Time’ and we played games and drew hands on clocks to make different times. Please continue to talk to your child at home about time on both analogue and digital clocks.
Finally we have been finishing off our African necklaces by adding a variety of materials to them. We were really pleased with the end results. There are just a few more children to finish off their necklaces next week.
Week commencing 20/6/16
It’s been another busy week in class 5 starting with an African Drumming session on Monday with Pete. The children loved the experience of playing some African instruments and showed amazing rhythm!! The children enjoyed making fruit kebabs which were made out of all the fruits from our class story of ‘Handa’s Surprise’. The children have also been practising their subtraction skills and trying hard to find the answers without a number line and using strategies such as counting back. We have started to make some African necklaces this week, using paper plates, next week we are hoping to decorate them more and finish them off.
Week commencing 14/6/16
Welcome back after the half term break. The children have settled back into school and have been busy working hard. This week we have been playing a variety of phonic games and activities and their phonic knowledge is progressing well.
We discussed our half term holidays and told our talking partners what we had been doing over the two week break. We then planned our holiday recount using words and pictures to help to prompt us. We then wrote our recounts using good time connectives in our writing and trying to use some good adjectives.
In Maths we have been looking at number bonds to 10 and 20 and looking closely at the related subtraction facts. The children have made a good start this week and we are looking forward to our last half term together. Where has the year gone??
Week commencing 16/5/16
This week in maths we have been working on multiplication in terms of ‘lots of’, ‘groups of’ or ‘sets of’ amounts e.g 3 ‘lots of 3′ equals 9. Then we looked at division in terms of sharing e.g. share 12 between 3 equally and they each get 4. We used objects to help us work these out. We realised that we could use our counting in 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s to help us find the answers to the ‘lots of’ problems. Finally at the end of the week we looked at a variety of word problems and looked at different ways of finding the answers. Here are a few photos to show you our maths learning this week. Well done everyone you have worked so hard this week and you have really impressed me with your number skills!!
Week commencing 9/5/16
Class 5 have been busy this week finishing their African art silhouette pictures – we are really pleased with the end results!! Also we have been learning more about Africa and making our own posters all about Africa, choosing our favourite facts to write about. Our sunflower seeds are now starting to grow and we are looking forward to seeing whose will grow the tallest. Here are a few photos to show you our learning this week.
Week commencing 3/5/16
Even though this has only been a short week, we have managed to pack lots of interesting learning into a few days. We looked at a real plant and observed the structure of the plant, including the stem, petals, roots and leaves. We learnt what a plant needs to grow and started planting our own sunflower seeds, following our own instructions we wrote last week. We can’t wait for them to start growing! In maths we have been looking at odd and even numbers and sorting a selection of numbers into odds and evens. We listened to the story of Mr Odd and Mrs Even to help us recognise odd and even numbers and learnt some chants to help us remember which are which.
Week commencing 25/4/16
What a great week we have had this week. The children were so excited about the farm visit and they were all amazed at all the animals we got to see and touch!! Previous to the visit we chatted about which animals we expected to see and unsurprisingly nobody guessed that we would see some alpacas, especially a baby one. The animals were all very friendly and we even got to feed some of them. The mummy alpaca was extremely greedy and decided to try to eat Amari’s hat, but thankfully we managed to rescue it. It was a wonderful day and the sun stayed out for us, even though it was quite chilly. Next week are going to do some writing about the farm visit. We hope you all enjoy the long bank holiday weekend.
Week commencing 18/4/16
Here are some photos of all a number of activities we have taken part in this week. In PE we explored the different ways of moving along a bench, remembering the gymnastic positions we had practised last week. In maths we used the balance scales to weigh various classroom objects and later in the week used a measuring jug to measure liquid in millilitres. In Geography we continued to look at Africa and used a map and a globe to locate both England and Africa. We couldn’t believe how much smaller England was, compared to Africa!! We also enjoyed our first experience of ‘Premier sports’ and it was great to get out in the sunny weather to practice lots of skills. Thank you to all those who attended ‘Grandparents’ day last Thursday, we really enjoyed singing all our favourite songs to you. The children were fantastic and we hope you enjoyed the afternoon!!
Week commencing 11/4/16
Welcome back after the Easter break, I hope you had a wonderful break. The children have had a good week back and have been keen to find out about their new topics for this term. This week we have been learning how to find a quarter and a half of a number of objects. We have also been looking at number bonds to 10 and 20 and seeing how many different ways we can make 10 and 20. We discovered that if you change the numbers around they make the same answer. In PE we have been starting our gymnastics topic and have learnt how to start and finish a gymnastics move.
Week commencing 1/2/16
This week the children continued to develop their Lowry pictures by sketching and then painting the buildings. Finally to finish off next week we will add the figures using different techniques. The Year 1 children enjoyed their trip to the Lowry centre. We had a wonderful day and their behaviour was excellent.
Week commencing 25/1/16
This week the children have started their Lowry pictures and started by applying the background colour wash with sponges. They mixed the paint first and then used different techniques to sponge on the grey sky. We now have to wait for this to dry before we can start sketching/painting the buildings next week.
In PE we listened to the sounds of a factory and then interpreted these sounds into movements around the hall. The children came up with some fantastic movement to show how the machines might move in a factory.
We also worked in pairs on the i-pads and used different educational Apps to support our learning in class including a Bee-bot App, where we had to give the Bee directional instructions on how to move along the path.
Week commencing 18/1/16
It has been another busy week in Class 5. The children have been using the same 5 colours that L.S.Lowry used in his paintings – mixing them and creating new colours. Next week we will start to do our own pictures of buildings, people, cats and dogs in a similar style to L.S.Lowry.
We have continued to look at traditional/fairy stories and explored their different settings e.g. the forest, countryside, a castle etc. We have been trying to think of as many adjectives as we can to describe these settings. Next week will be writing our own fairy stories.
In our maths sessions we have been learning about time including o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to the hour. We have also been learning about money, recognising the coins, ordering the coins by value and adding up the different amounts of coins.
On Tuesday we had a special visitor in school to look at our learning and behaviour. The children were a real credit to you and the school and they did themselves proud. Well done Class 5, keep up the hard work!!
Week commencing 11/1/16
Its been another busy week in class 5. We have been learning about traditional/fairy stories and looking at the settings, characters and plots of different stories. We have been trying to think of good adjectives to describe the different characters in different stories and we came up with some super words!! The children are really enjoying our new topic of LS Lowry and learning all about what kind of life he had. This week we looked at some of his famous paintings and discussed his painting style. We also made our own fact files about him. In the next few weeks we will be making some of our own pictures using the different colours/techniques he used. We also continued to develop our own dances to the music ‘Matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs’. The year 1 children started their ukulele lessons this week and they made a great start. They should be taking home their instruments next week to practise. Continuing with our topic of ‘materials, the children have been exploring a variety of solid objects that change shape when you bend, stretch, squash, or twist them. We created our own display of solid materials for children to explore themselves to see which ones were bendy, stretchy, squashy or twisty!!
Week commencing 4/1/16
Welcome back after the Christmas break. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas with all your families and wishing you all a happy 2016! We are looking forward to a busy and productive term ahead. The children have come back very enthusiastic and ready for all the learning that will take place over the next term. The children have settled back into things after the Christmas break and got back into their usual routines quite quickly. This week we have had lots of speaking and listening activities about the Christmas holidays and talked about our favourite presents from Father Christmas. We wrote lists of all the things we got and wrote thank you letters to Santa to thank him for them. We also thought of some New Year’s resolutions. In our number work we have been counting in 1’s, 2’s. 5’s and 10’s, looking at different number patterns and halving and quartering amounts. We have started our new history topic of L.S.Lowry and the children have thought of lots of things they want to find out about him and the work he did. We are continuing our Topic of materials and this week have been learning about the term ‘waterproof’ and why it is important that some things need to be waterproof. We carried out our own experiment to try to find out which materials might be best to make a new umbrella for Winnie the Pooh! We are looking forward to a productive term ahead and have made a whole class new year’s resolution to make sure we always try our best in everything we do!
Week commencing 14/12/15
Here are some photos of all the exciting things we have been doing over the final week before the Christmas break. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, see you all in 2016!
Week commencing 7/12/15
This week has been very busy and hectic. The children did an amazing job in both the Nativity productions and they were a real credit to all their families, we hope you enjoyed them as much as we did! Also in the week we continued our theme of the Three Little Pigs and the children had to work in groups to make a house for each of the pigs made from different materials – sticks, straws and Lego bricks. Next week we will test them out and see which was the strongest (Mrs Perry’s hairdryer will be the Big Bad wolf!). Finally we finished our Diwali lamps and had a meditation session where we lit all our lamps and listened to some relaxing music. We relaxed our mind and bodies, closed our eyes and thought about all the good things that had happened in the week.
Week commencing 30/11/15
We have had another hectic week, continuing to practise our Christmas concert and we hope you can all come to watch us perform next week. This week we have been learning about the Christmas Nativity story and thinking about the true meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate it each year. We thought about what presents we would give to Jesus if we could! In maths we have been using number lines and objects to help us to add and subtract numbers. We have been learning how to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, please practise this with us at home. We learnt how to sort different materials using a venn diagram and sorted real objects into a class venn diagram. We have also changed our role play area into a Christmas Home Corner. We can now pretend to decorate the tree, wrap presents and make a Christmas dinner!! We are all getting very excited about Christmas and over the next few weeks we will be busy making various Christmas items, including tree decorations, calendars and cards. Finally this week we have welcomed Miss Hardy to our class. She is in her final year of her training to become a teacher and it has been wonderful meeting her this week. We feel very lucky to have her in our class and we have all helped her to settle into our class and we are looking forward to working with her over the next few weeks!
Week commencing 23/11/15
This week we have been busy practising for our Christmas concert and the children are doing so well singing songs, saying words, playing instruments and doing lots of actions. We can’t wait to perform it for our families soon. We continued to work on the story of the Three Little Pigs and retold the story in our ‘Big write’, trying to remember to use capital letters and full stops in our writing. In our number work we did lots of work on addition and subtraction and looked at different ways of finding the answers. We are also now busy making lots of Christmas things, including calendars, decorations and cards. We are starting to talk about Christmas and why we celebrate it and learning about the story of the Nativity. Thank you to those of you who supported the Christmas Fair on Friday, lots of fun was had by all and it was great to see such a good turn out despite the awful weather!
Week commencing 16/11/15
In class 5 this week we have continued to look at materials and their properties. We used our senses to describe the properties of a variety of materials and came up with words such as rough, smooth, shiny, dull, hard, soft, transparent etc. We also listened to the story of the Three Little Pigs and did a character description of the wolf, using lots of words to describe him. We also sequenced some pictures from the story, looking at what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story. Finally in geography we read a Katie Morag story about a young girl who lives on an island. We discussed the different features of an island and talked about what you would need on an island e.g. school, police station, shop, farm etc. We then worked together in small groups to build our own island using small world and construction toys.
Week commencing 09/11/15
It’s been another busy week in class 5. We have been learning about different materials and we went on a materials hunt around school to see what different parts of the school were made of e.g. wooden doors, brick walls, metal fencing etc. We also sorted objects in class into different material groups. We have continued to practice telling the time (o’clock, half-past and quarter-past). On Friday we wore our own clothes to raise money for ‘Kidneys for Life’. We sang happy birthday to Haden’s Kidney, a child in reception who had a kidney transplant 12 months ago! The reception children also did a teddy walk around the playground. Finally we made Pudsey biscuits for Children in Need – Yum yum!!
Week commencing 2/11/15
This week the children came back after half term ready and eager to work hard and do their best. At the beginning of the week we wrote about our holiday news and learnt about how to tell the time on an analogue clock (o’clock and half-past). We made our own clocks to take home to practice telling the time at home! In maths we also learnt about how to find half of a shape and practiced our number bonds to 10 – looking at different ways to make 10. We also looked at how to keep safe during Bonfire Night and the importance of following the firework code! We made posters to make other children in school aware of the dangers of Bonfire Night and put them up around school. We independently made our own fireworks using a variety of materials which we took home at the end of the week and made some fantastic bonfire pictures using black sugar paper. The reception children also made some Autumn crowns during out forest school’s outdoor session, collection their own leaves and sticking them to their crown hats.
Week commencing 19/10/15
What a great half term this has been and the children have settled in so quickly and worked so hard. It was lovely to meet you all at the parent conferences and I hope we can all continue to work together to ensure your children are happy and reach their full potential this year. This final week has been as action packed as ever. At the beginning of the week we followed some instructions to make bread and we hope you enjoyed tasting our results at home! On Wednesday we performed our Harvest Assembly with Class 6, Class 7 and Nursery. Miss Bee and the rest of the school came to watch and the children were really on form. The singing was beautiful and the children told the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ really well. We also had our sponsored bounce this week and the children really enjoyed bouncing away on the bouncy castles!!
Week commencing 12/10/15
This week Class 5 have been learning about instructions – how important they are and how they help us to do things or make things. Mrs Perry gave us some instructions on how to make our own newspaper Peter Pen hats and we had to follow the instructions step by step. It was a bit tricky, but with a little help from the teachers we were all able to make our own hats. When we had made them we all had fun looking at each other in our amazing hats. Later in the week we had to write our own instructions to tell Pod the alien how to brush his teeth! The Reception children got to go in the Play garden for forest schools. They had to put on their waterproofs and then used clay and other natural materials to make their own mud sculptures. As well as all this we also looked at 3D shapes this week and their properties – sorting, naming and exploring them.
Week commencing 5/10/15
We have had another busy and fun week in Class 5. Throughout the week we have been learning about 2D shapes and their properties. We also weighed objects using a balance and tried to find out which objects were the heaviest and lightest. Then on Wednesday we met the children’s author Tom Percival who talked to us about how he became an author and showed us how he comes up with his ideas and how he writes his books! We helped him to write our own story using the interactive whiteboard and afterwards many of the children said they would love to be an author when they grow up. Who knows we may have some budding authors in the making??
Week commencing 28/09/15:
This week we have been learning about our five senses, focusing on our sense of smell. Here are some photos of the smelling activity we did. We had to use our sense of smell to try to find out what was in each cup. The cup with the garlic smelt very strong and a number of children said “it smells like garlic bread”.
We have also been working hard in Maths. We have been practising counting in twos, fives and tens and have been solving problems by counting groups of cubes and arrays.
We began our geography topic and made some pictures of the Kalahari Desert using sandpaper and crepe paper. We then drew pictures of the animals we might find there.
We have also been learning how to find quarters and halves of shapes and numbers. It was very tricky!
This week is Science Week. The children have been finding out about mini beasts and thinking of ways to encourage more wildlife into our play garden. We have been busy making ladybird sanctuaries, bee hotels and butterfly houses as well as going for a mini beast hunt. Here are some pictures of what we’ve been up to.
Can you see all the slugs we found? They love dark damp places
On Thursday it was Grandparent’s Day. The children really enjoyed singing to their Grandparents.
We have been enjoying Phonics Play in school. Take a look at the website and enjoy some of the games.
We have also been using TES iboard. There are some great games to play. Why don’t you take a look.
Class 5 have started their new topic. We are finding out about our local area. We have opened a post office in the role play area. In science we have been investigating what plants and flowers Little Red Riding Hood would see if she visited Urmston.
Class 5 enjoyed the RNLI visit last Wednesday. We found out how to stay safe on the beach. Here are some pictures of the visit.