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:
Koden-for a big improvement in his attitude to learning
Amelia-for working hard in R.E and giving thoughtful answers
Mathematician of the week: Riley
Writer of the week: Benjamin
Reader of the week: Lexi
Autumn Term 2
Our topic this half term is called: Memory Box
For more information about the topic see the notes to parents attached below.
Week Commencing: 14.12.20
Wow! What a busy final week in school for the Autumn term! We held our Toy Museum in class and proudly showcased our sewn teddy bears and our information texts about teddy bears. We had Christmas Jumper day, Christmas dinner and even watched a lockdown Pantomime- Rapunzel!
On our R.E day, we studied the Christian story of Christmas and thought about gifts we would give Jesus if he was born today in Woodville. Our ideas included: bottles, dummies, toys, blankets, rattles and even a crown, as Jesus was a new king!
Finally, we sat back, relaxed and watched the video of the Federation Nativity. We thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the parts that featured us! If you've not seen it yet, check it out on the website!
Happy Christmas everyone! Have a wonderful Christmas holiday.
We hope Santa is kind to you and yours. See you in 2021! xxx
Congratulations to all the children who managed to achieve 100% attendance this term.
What an achievement under these circumstances!
Week Commencing: 7.12.20
In English this week, we began a new unit of work on Information Texts. We learned that Information texts give us knowledge. We listened to and then mapped a text all about the best toy in the world...the teddy bear! We boxed up the text and then explored the features that a good information text includes. We will use these features to write our own information text next week.
In Maths, we had great fun learning about 3d and 2d shapes. We recognised and named shapes and sorted them in different ways. We ended the week creating patterns that involved shapes.
In Topic, we followed our designs to create our toy for the Woodville Toy Museum. You might have guessed it...it was a teddy bear! We put our sewing skills into action and joined two pieces of fabric together to make our teddy bear body. This involved a lot of resillience and untangling of stitches! Some of the class became trained 'sewing experts' who helped their peers with the running stitch. What an amazing job they did! Once our bears were finished, we then stuffed the body to make them soft and cuddly. Look at the photographs below to see our sewing skills in action and the moment we got to cuddle our completed teddy bears for the first time! You will be able to see close up photographs next week, in our toy museum.
Week Commencing: 30.11.20
In English this week, we wrote the opening and ending of the Elves and the Shoemaker, concentrating on including the features we identified last week. It involved a lot of writing but we did it!
Before writing, we: Think it! Say it! Punctuate it!
When writing, we: Think it! Write it! Read it back!
We checked our sentences using the five finger approach to make sure we included everything we needed. We are proud of what we achieved this week.
In Maths, we finished working on Subtraction, finding a part. We found the difference between two numbers by placing objects side by side and seeing how many more or fewer objects there were. Then we moved on to compare an addition/subtraction number sentence using our greater than, less than and equal to symbols. We had to work out the answer to the number sentences before we could compare.
Christmas Door Competition
We have finished creating our classroom door for the Federation Door Competition. We decided to go for a Nativity theme and included ourselves in the design, as if we were putting on a Nativity production. What do you think of our finished door? The competition is being judged on Monday so watch this space for the results!
Week Commencing: 23.11.20
In English this week, we studied the opening and ending of the Elves and the Shoemaker story really carefully. We made simple inferences about how the character was feeling based on what he said and did. We enjoyed using our 'Thinking like a detective' skills.
We boxed up the story into the five different parts (Opening, Build Up, Problem, Resolution and Ending) and used our senses and imagination to think about what it would have been like in the Shoemaker's shoe shop at the beginning and end of the story. We created a writer's toolkit for openings and endings of a story and looked for these features in the text.
There was lots of speaking and listening in our English lessons this week! We are now ready to begin to write a good opening and ending ourselves.
In Maths, we were introduced to the subtraction symbol and practised writing subtraction sentences to match pictures, reinforcing First, Then and Now. We used different strategies to subtract, including taking objects away, crossing out and using a number line to count back. We explored fact families linked to addition and subtraction and the 8 facts that can be generated by three numbers e.g. 3 4 7
3+4=7 4+3=7 7-3=4 7-4=3 7=3+4 7=4+3 4=7-3 3=7-4
In Topic, we found out about a famous person from the past who has impacted on life today. We were given many clues about this person and we had to try and link them together to work out what they were famous for. This was great fun! In the end, we pieced together that this person- Ole Kirk Christiansen- was a toy maker, who started out as a carpenter and then invented Lego. Did you know that Lego means 'Play Well'?
For the rest of the week, we became toy makers! We designed our very own toy that will be showcased in our Toy Museum at the end of this topic. There are no photographs for now, as it is top secret! However, we can tell you we are looking forward to learning how to sew! Watch this space.
Friday was Christmas Craft day in school! A very exciting day where we prepared decorations for the school corridor and created Christmas treats for family members!
It was so much fun. Look out for our Old Toyshop Display (outside Green class) next week!
Week Commencing: 16.11.20
This week we set ourselves the target of earning 50 marbles and trying to become class of the week. Guess what? WE DID IT!
We worked hard all week, trying our best and being resilient in our learning. We are so proud of what we have achieved. A positive mindset certainly makes a big difference!
In English, we started a new narrative unit, using the text -The Elves and the Shoemaker. In this unit, we will explore how to write good openings and endings to stories. We started out listening to the story and mapping it ourselves. Then we practised retelling the story using the Hear, Map, Step, Speak approach. We particularly enjoyed stepping the story! We explored the opening and ending of the story and examined how the characters changed. Our final English lesson was on plurals- we learned how to use the suffix s to show there is more than one of something.
In Maths, we explored adding more, using the vocabulary- First, Then and Now.
We practised finding a missing part in an addition sentence e.g. 6 + ? = 8. We used counters first and then number tracks to help us with this. Finally, we moved on to subtraction and made up subtraction stories to match pictures, using the vocabulary First, Then and Now.
We have practised our number bonds to 10 every day and are now getting very confident with rapid recall of these facts. We played the game 'Hit the button' and managed to get 19 questions correct in a minute!
Have a go at home- follow the link below- select Make 10:
In Topic, we continued being history detectives and learning about toys from the past. We explored the materials toys were made from and how they have changed over the years. We used this knowledge to sequence toys from oldest to newest on a timeline. This week, we also met Mamar Angela. We spoke to her, via Zoom, about what life was like when she was little in the 1950's. She showed us some toys, that she still has, that she played with when she was little. She told us lots of interesting stories. It was fascinating learning about the past from speaking to someone.
Why not speak to your grandparents and ask them what toys they played with when they were little? Do they still have any toys they can show you? Can they tell you what materials they were made from?
Week Commencing: 9.11.20
In English this week, we finished the story of Dogger. Some of our predictions about what Dave would do next were true but we did not expect Dogger to be bought by another child! We were very worried at that point in the story.
Atfter we finished the story, we thought about how Dave would treat Dogger from now on.
We were also detectives and looked for clues in the text to work out what had happened to Dogger while he was lost. We figured out the last place he was seen was the railings outside school. Look at our writing below to see some of our ideas:
In Topic, we were history detectives. We studied photographs of toys from the past and watched some videos of toys being played with. We looked for clues about what materials the toys were made from and how children played with the toys.
We noticed some of the toys were made from wood and metal. We explored language that we can use to describe toys from the past and today.
Children in Need Day 2020
We had lots of fun on Friday 13th November, for Children in need day.
We dressed in non-uniform and brought in a £1 donation for Children in Need. There was a Spiderman, Dinosaur, Minecraft character and lots of Pudsey bears in the classroom.
Joe Wicks did P.E for 24 hours to raise money for Children in Need and we joined in his online lesson for the last 20 minutes of his challenge. That was great fun!
Week Commencing: 2.11.20
We started this week with some sad news! Due to Coronavirus restrictions and business closures, we will be unable to visit Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood to learn about toys from the past. However, Blue Class, not to be defeated, came up with the great idea of creating their own class toy museum. So we have decided to become historians this half term and find out about toys from the past ourselves!
First of all we looked at Sudbury Hall's website and found out that they were looking to document what life was like for children during Lockdown. We selected our favourite toy that we played with during lockdown and thought about how we played with it, who we played with it and how we played with it. We will be sending this work to Sudbury Hall! The children were very excited about this.
In English, we shared the first half of the story Dogger by Shirley Hughes. We thought about how we would feel if we lost our favourite toy and linked these experiences to the character of Dave. We made predictions about what Dave would do next and created a Lost poster to help Dave find Dogger.
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.