Welcome to Blue Class
Our class teacher is Mrs Baird and our teaching assistant is Miss Bale.
This week our two stars of the week are:
Hugo- for a successful first half term, adapting to new routines
Benjamin-for being an asset to Blue Class!
Mathematician of the week: Paislee
Writer of the week: Cooper
Reader of the week: Phoebe
Autumn Term 1
Our topic this half term is called: A Place to Call Home
Week Commencing: 19.10.20
This week, we got our final job from the Three Pig Construction company. They asked us to study the local area-Woodville High Street- and then select a building on the street to build using junk modelling. First, we went for a virtual walk on Google Earth down the High Street. Then we studied ten of the buildings in more detail. Check out the completed models below. Can you guess what they are?
As part of our work during Black History month, we learned about Martin Luther King Jnr and the way he peacefully protested to change the laws on segregation in America. Blue Class decided to take matters into their hands! In conjunction with Red and Green Class, they set about making banners to protest the unfairness of keeping our potato friends away from Woodville. They went on a peaceful... but loud....protest around the Infant school, ending in a face to face meeting with Mr Simmons. They spoke with respect and passion to Mr Simmons about what they wanted to change and why.
These were some of the things the children said:
Che- “It’s not criminal to be an individual!”
Isla- “We respect each other. We are the same inside.”
Oscar- “ We miss our potato friends.”
Benjamin- “We are all special.”
Lily-“We need to treat everyone the same.”
Guess what....Mr Simmons was so impressed with our reasoning, he changed his mind and allowed the potatoes to come back to Woodville! Patrick, Poppy and Patricia brought lots of potato friends with them!
This was an emotional day we will never forget...the day we changed Woodville Infants for the better.
Week commencing: 12.10.20
It was another busy week in Blue class! The Three Pig Construction company shared their house building brochure with us and asked us to complete the page on Bungalows. We learned about different house types and then researched what was special about bungalows. Our completed page will go in their new brochure- how exciting!
In Topic, we thought about the houses that we live in and drew the inside and outside on paper. We then looked on Google Earth, zooming in and out, to fnd our houses. We loved doing this! We studied each part of our address and then wrote them out on an envelope to post our house pictures to oursleves.
Mrs Baird went to the post box on High Street and posted our letters. It was fun watching them go into the post box. We learned about what will happen to our letter before it arrives at our house.
Look out for your letter over the next few days. When it arrives, can you see where the stamp has been cancelled and the barcode put on the envelope from the sorting machine?
Compare what you thought your house looks like to what it actually looks like. What is the same/ different?
In Maths, we learned about Ordinal numbers and had lots of races to see what position we finished in. We linked this learning with topic when we noticed the 1st and 2nd class stamps that we put on our envelopes. We also used number lines in class to find numbers, fill in missing numbers and compare numbers. We practised jumping like frogs along a number line! That was fun!
Week commencing: 5.10.20
Well.....it worked! The Not so bad big wolf took our advice and the three little pigs let him in! We were all so pleased for him. Good manners are so important. This week he needed our help to think of games that he could play with the pigs. We thought of lots of different games and even learned some new ones. We then wrote a sentence about what happened when he played the games with the pigs.
In Maths, we continued our work on comparing objects and numbers using the language and symbols greater than, less than and equal to. We then moved on to ordering objects from smallest to greatest and greatest to smallest.
In Topic, we investigated materials that houses are made from. We looked closely at the different materials and thought about why each material had been selected for a particular part of the house. Three Pig Construction also set our first challenge of building a house! We used straws and different joining materials- sweets, marshmallows and blu-tack. This proved to be a challenge. Only two groups managed to successfully build a house that the wolf could not blow down. We felt sad that this was a FAIL. We talked about how a First Attempt In Learning often involves making mistakes but we learn from them and try again. On the second attempt, we all did so much better! We reflected on the best shape, how to make the house more stable and the best joining material and put this into action. Look at our houses below.
New Pupil in Blue Class
This week we welcomed Patrick into our class. Patrick was nervous about starting at Woodville as he looks a little different to everyone else. We all made promises to look after him and thought of ways to make him feel comfortable in school. We kept our promises and Patrick had so much fun. We realised the importance this week of tolerance and mutual respect, two British values. By the end of the week, we had even more new friends join the class! Blue class is definitely the best class to be in!
Mental Health Day 9.10.20
On Friday, we all came dressed in yellow for World Mental Health day. Over the day, we learned that looking after our mind is just as important as looking after our body. We talked about how to BE CALM.
We practised different strategies to help us BE CALM. We had so much fun meditating, exercising, listing things that we are grateful for, making lavender bags and worry dolls. We can now but these strategies into action.
Week Commencing: 28.9.20
This week, the Not so bad big wolf got in touch with Blue class and asked for their help!
We had a great discussion about good and bad manners and acted out what the wolf should have said to the three little pigs. We have sent the wolf our advice and await to see if it works! Check back next week.
In Maths, we were comparing objects and were introduced to the symbols: greater than, less than and equal to. This was new learning and very challenging but we had bouncebackability and didn't quit until we got it! Mrs Baird was very proud of us all.
In Topic, we received our first task from the Three Pig Construction Company. They asked us to name and sort different materials they use in their construction company. We confidently sorted metal, glass, plastic, wood and fabric. Now we have passed that task, hopefully, we should receive our first building job soon!
As part of our recovery curriculum, we learned a magic word...yet! It doesn't sound very impressive but when we add it to sentences about ourselves and the things we can't do, it has power. We thought about things we can't do... yet ...and how an open attitude helps us to move forward with our learning.
This week Blue class received a letter from the Three Pig Construction company, inviting us to join their company. We read the story of the Three Little Pigs to find out the history of the company and why they need to build strong houses. We sequenced events from the story and wrote speech bubbles to match characters. We were very excited making our hard hats and tool belts ready to begin working. Watch this space to see what they ask us to do next!
In Maths, we were counting forwards and backwards and finding one more and less. Finding one less proved tricky for some of us but we didn't give up until we got it. In Topic, we learned about our Five Senses and enjoyed going on a senses walk in school. We particularly enjoyed the different senses activities, including: guess the sound, feely box, tasting different snacks and smell pots.
We have talked about being brave and resilient this week; asking for help if we need it and persevering with difficult tasks. We tried to make split pin pigs and wolves which was very challenging but we were so proud of ourselves when we completed them. Look at our proud faces!
Week Commencing: 14.9.20
This week in English we learned to recite the poem All of me by Jessica McDonald. We then thought of things that we could do with parts of our body and then created a new version of the poem. In Maths, we were counting objects to 10 and representing the numbers in different ways. In Topic, we were labelling parts of the body. Check out photographs of our work below:
Week Commencing: 7.9.20
What a first few days we have had in Blue Class! It has been wonderful seeing the classroom filled with smiling faces, as we caught up with our friends and settled into a new way of working in our class bubble. Check out the photographs below:
We started out by sharing the story All are Welcome and then looked at ways in which we are similar and different. We studied our faces very closely and tried to create self portraits. Look at some of the examples completed below:
Welcome to Year One
Read the attached booklet below to find out more about what to expect in Year One.
New Teacher Video
Watch the video below to find out more about your teacher Mrs Baird.
If you need an All about Me format, use the one attached below.
Email a copy of your completed All about me sheet to:
Welcome to Blue Class
Blue Class are very lucky as we have a very special friend who lives in our class.
This is Patch. He is our class mascot.
Patch loves reading! Each week, he chooses someone to take him home for the weekend. He loves being read to and enjoys cuddling up for bedtime stories. When he comes home with you, he brings his bag with his blanket, bone and a special reading diary. When you have read to him, he likes you to write in his diary the name of the story you read and draw a picture of you sharing the book together or stick in a photograph.
Please remember to bring him back on Monday morning with all of his things so that he can share his adventures with everyone.
Getting ready for Year One
We love reading in Blue class. Here are a list of fabulous books that we will read over the year together. Why not get a head start and read some over the summer holidays?
Looking for something to help you keep reading over the summer holidays? Then why not sign up and participate in the Summer Reading Challenge run by the Reading Standards Agency. Get rewards, play games and earn badges as you discover awesome books to read this summer!
As part of your Reading Eggs subscription, you can access Fast Phonics. Just log in using your Reading Eggs username and password and select Fast Phonics. This brand new programme, which has only just been released, supports the systematic Phonics approach we use in school. Have fun with Yeti and the Furballs practising your sounds, blending sounds to read words and reading stories, whilst earning Yeti coins and gems.
Click here for more information.