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Welcome to Buzzards Class - Yr1

 

Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Meaton, Mrs. Docherty and Mrs. Pickering

 

 

Don't forget your PE kits and book bags

              Welcome to Buzzards 2021-2022

28th January 2022

 

Dear Buzzards,

Firstly, we must welcome Miss Grant who will be spending the next eight weeks with us.  It is always lovely to have an extra adult in the class!

Thank you for taking the time to learn your spellings this week.  The results were much better!  This week, we have started to learn about multiplication in maths.  We will be continuing with this next week.  In English, we have been adding the ‘er’ and ‘est’ suffixes to make comparisons.  Yesterday, we learnt about exclamation marks.  In dance, we started to learn our African themed routine and in guided reading, we have started to retell some traditional tales.  In art, we travelled to India (one of the destinations in our current book).  We created our own Mehndi designs (henna patterns on the hands and feet) and coloured some Rangoli patterns with a choice of media.  Next week we will be zooming off to Australia and creating some Aboriginal inspired artwork.

Have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

 

Mrs. Brown

21st January 2022

 

Dear Buzzards,

What a busy week!  On Tuesday, we braved the cold and visited Finkley Down Farm.  We were allowed to touch many of the animals, which was lovely!  We wrote about our trip in English on Wednesday.  We have also been writing letters to persuade Mr. Lambert to get our class a pet meerkat. I’m not sure how successful we will be!  In maths, we have been counting in 10s. Next week, we will be starting multiplication. In gym, we practised the finishing part to our routine.  Next week, we will be moving onto a unit of dance with an African theme. In guided reading, we have continued to focus on non-fiction features, and in PSHE we looked at human emotions and feelings.

 

Please can I ask that children are encouraged to learn their spellings.  For the last two weeks, the spelling results have been very poor for many children.  We had previously been very good at learning the spellings set each week.  These are directly linked to what they have been learning in phonics and help to embed the different graphemes and phonemes which are used in both writing and reading.  Reading, learning the spellings and practising counting sit at the top of my list of priorities.  Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

Mrs. Brown

14th January 2022

 

Dear Buzzards,

Where did the week go?  In maths, we started with number bonds and then moved onto counting in 2s.  For homework, we are asking you all to design a pair of socks, so that we can make a useful display in our classroom, to help us to count in 2s.  In English, we made a paper meerkat and then wrote the instructions to make another one.  In geography, we continued with our learning about continents and we found out some information about Africa, in particular the Kalahari Desert.  In guided reading, we have been identifying non-fiction books. In DT, we designed and made our African inspired necklaces, which look amazing!  At the end of this term, we are going to wear them while we are practising our African dance.  This week in class, we have listened to many fairy tales.  We will continue with this next week.  One of the most exciting parts of this week was the African drumming.  It was fantastic!

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

 

Mrs. Brown

7th January 2022

 

Dear Buzzards,

Happy New Year to you and your families!  I am very pleased to see that we are back in school and do not have to work remotely.  Although we have had a short week, we have managed to be quite busy!  Our new topic is ‘Away’ and we will be learning about the hot and cold places in the world.  In maths, we have been practising number bonds to 20.  This is the theme for the homework too.  You all have a set of number bond cards to help you practise this over the weekend and support the work we have been doing in class.  Children who can recall the number bonds to 20 speedily by next Thursday, will be rewarded with their homework sticker.  In English, we have started our new text driver, Meerkat Mail, by Emily Gravett. We have written a postcard.  Next week we are going to make a meerkat and then provide some instructions for other children to be able to make one.  In geography, we have started to learn about the different continents.  Next week we are going to focus on Africa to link to our 'Meerkat Mail' text. 

Please could I ask you to send in an old t-shirt (an adult one would be best).  The children may choose to use acrylic paint in DT, which does not come off fabric (at all!). I would like to cover them completely in an old t-shirt with an apron on top so that their uniform is not ruined.  Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

 

Mrs. Brown

17th December 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

In maths, we have been reminding ourselves how to find half of a quantity. We have also been enjoying some festive addition and subtraction.  In English, we finished our letters to Santa, and our PE included a scavenger hunt.  In art, we made our Christmas cards by printing fern leaves and then decorating with glitter and sequins.  Today, we had a maths themed pass the parcel and someone special paid us a visit!  I haven’t set any spellings because we will be having a spelling assessment in the first week back.  I also haven’t set any homework.  However, some children are still reversing numbers/letters so I have sent home a wipe clean practise sheet, pen and wiper.  It would be great if children could practise for a few minutes each day.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

See you in the new year!

Best wishes,

 

Mrs. Brown

10th December 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

In maths, we have been learning how to complete a number sentence when there is a piece of information missing.  This is the theme for the homework too.  In English, we have been writing a letter to Santa, which we hope to post in our post office box next week.  In art, we completed our masterpieces in the style of Kandinsky. Next week, we will be making Christmas cards.  In DT, we continued with our felt Christmas tree decorations. In gym, we practised the ‘arch’ and ‘back support’ from last week and learnt how to put our moves together into a short sequence.  We have also performed some poems in small groups to the rest of the class.

Have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

Mrs. Brown

3rd December 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

In maths, we have been learning the number bonds to 10.  This is the theme for the homework too.  In English we have been applying the ‘s’ and ‘es’ suffixes to create plurals.  We have also started to use adjectives to describe.  Next week, we will be writing our letters to Santa.  In art, we started our masterpieces in the style of Kandinsky. We will finish these next week.  In DT, we started our felt Christmas tree decorations. In gym, we practised the ‘arch’ from last week and learnt how to hold a ‘back support’.  In science, we experimented with different materials to see which would be the most suitable to black out a window.

 

Hard copies of the homework and game will be sent home on Monday.  Homework can be handed in on Friday instead. 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

 

Mrs. Brown

28th November 2021

 

Apologies for the lateness of this blog.  I have been away for the weekend (a rarity!) and I totally forgot!

 

Dear Buzzards,

In maths, we have been learning about days of the week and months of the year.  This is the theme for the homework too.  The day spinner can be used to help answer the questions.  I have also sent home an advent calendar.  Please draw a Christmas themed picture in each box.  For example, you could draw holly, a stocking or a Christmas tree.  How many different ideas can you think of?  We will also be using these pictures on Thursday to write a class poem.  Please bring your calendar into school before 1st December so that we can start ticking off each day as it arrives. These are the links to the online games:

 

https://www.helpfulgames.com/subjects/english/days-of-the-week.html

 

Days of the week game | High frequency words (roythezebra.com)

 

In English, we have started to use the conjunction ‘and’.  We have also been writing letters to Santa.  Next week we are adding the ‘s’ and ‘es’ suffixes to create plurals.  In art, we have been building the skills to create an artwork in the style of Kandinsky.  In DT, we have been finishing our mini stockings and are now moving onto making the paper patterns for our final decorations.

Have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

 

Mrs. Brown

12th November 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

Firstly, I want to congratulate you all. You have been working so hard and the effort that you have been putting in is really starting to show in your work. Well done!  Secondly, I realised earlier in the week, that I hadn’t introduced Mrs. Pacey, who is a Winchester PGCE student.  She will be working with Buzzards until the middle of January.  It is wonderful to have an extra adult in the class! This week, in English, we have been using the ‘ed’ suffix in our writing.  Next week, we will write our own mini stories.  In maths, we have been doubling and measuring.  Next week, we are measuring time.  In science we have been examining different materials to see if they are opaque, transparent or translucent.  Next week, we will be exploring other material qualities.  In art, we have been making tints and in PSHE we considered other ways to play that didn’t involve a computer, tablet or other device.

Have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

Mrs. Brown

5th November 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

Is it really Friday?  This week has gone by so quickly!  In maths, we have been finding half of objects, shapes and quantities.  In English, we went on a hat hunt around the school grounds to practise using different prepositions.  We listened to the book, ‘The Queen’s Hat’, and we have started to think about our own pieces of clothing and where they might fly off to, within our school.  In art, we have been mixing secondary colours and in dance we created our own movements to mimic the flames and smoke of a bonfire.  We even had coloured ribbons to swirl around!  In science, we have been learning about different materials and trying to group the different types.  The link to the online maths games are as follows:

Half or Not Half Interactive (snappymaths.com)

Hit the Button - Quick fire maths practise for 6-11 year olds (topmarks.co.uk)      Click on 'halves'

Have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

 

Mrs. Brown

22nd October 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

Well, we made it to the end of term!  This week in maths we have been playing with money to try and remember which coin is which.  I have sent home some games and colouring for homework.  It would be lovely if you were able to recognise all the coins when you come back to school. 

 

Online game link - Coins Game for 4-10 year olds (topmarks.co.uk)

Song link - Money Song for Children UK - YouTube

 

We have also started learning how to tell the time.  We will continue with this next term.  In English, we have been writing our stick stories and writing letters to New Zealand.  In art, we tried to draw leaves using an online tutorial and in geography we played a game to try and remember the countries and seas of the UK. In gym we practised making a mini sequence with shapes and rolls – some were fantastic!  Some of you are getting very good at the teddy bear roll.

Have a lovely break!

Best wishes,

Mrs. Brown

15th October 2021

 

Dear Buzzards, Parents and Carers,

Just one week to go before half term and then you can all have a rest!  In maths, we have been practising subtraction.  Next week we will be looking at money and giving change.  In English, we have been planning our stick stories which we will write next week.  We will also be writing letters to a school in New Zealand next week.  In guided reading, we have been enjoying the traditional tale of ‘The Fisherman and His Wife’.  We will continue with traditional tales and fairy tales next week.  In art, we have printed leaf designs with polystyrene tiles and in PSHE we decided which items could be dangerous for our bodies and therefore should be locked away.  In science, we looked around our grounds to see which minibeasts we could find.  We were surprised at how many we spotted! 

Have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

Mrs. Brown

 

Subtraction Game - Catch the Stars - Math Game - Sheppard Software

Subtraction To 10 (topmarks.co.uk)

 

 

8th October 2021

 

Dear Buzzards, Parents and Carers,

This week seems to have flown by!  In maths, we have been looking at different strategies for addition.  We will move onto subtraction next week.  In gymnastics, we have been practising different rolls to link our gymnastic basic shapes and in PE we continued to practise our ball skills.  In English, we have been using time connectives to sequence our work.  Next week, we will attempt to write an adventure for our own sticks.  We finished our very busy week with a walk around our village of Nether Wallop, looking out for the human and physical characteristics.  We also kept our eyes open for evergreen and deciduous trees. 

Have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

 

Mrs. Brown

1st October 2021

 

Dear Buzzards, Parents and Carers,

This week, we have been making our loaves to display in the Harvest Festival assembly and they look amazing!  I can’t believe that we managed to make 27 loaves and I didn’t drop or burn any of them!  I’m sorry that we didn't manage to go on our walk.  The weather forecast was terrible so we will be going next week instead.  In art, we have been creating collage leaves and also drawing some interesting seed heads.  Now that our polystyrene tiles have eventually arrived, we can complete our printing next week.  In maths, we have been looking at the value of the digits in 2-digit numbers and in English, we have started looking at sequencing and time connectives. In computing we have been adjusting the contrast so that our image was lighter or darker than the original.  Next week we will start our own artwork on the computer using the leaf prints from a few weeks ago.

I have attached the homework below.  I have just realised I printed out the version of the homework with the typo rather than the amended version - apologies!  The correct version is attached.

Have a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes,

 

Mrs. Brown

24th September 2021

 

Dear Buzzards, Parents and Carers,

In maths this week, we have been looking at the language of ‘more’, ‘most’, ‘least’, ‘fewest’ and ‘less’.  In English, we have been practising with prepositions (where something is – on, under, behind etc.)  In art, we continued with our leaf theme and made some clay leaves.  These will eventually be painted and made into a mobile for our woodland area.  We also tried leaf rubbing again, this time with greater success.  Next week, we are aiming to carry out some printing using polystyrene tiles.   In gym, we have been working in pairs to mirror the different gymnastic shapes and in P.E. we have been catching different sized balls. In computing, we have been duplicating and altering an image.  Next we will be rotating and recolouring an image.  Our Harvest loaves have been delayed a week to fit in with the new Harvest assembly date, so this will now take place next Wednesday and Thursday morning. 

Have a lovely weekend!

Kind Regards,

 

Mrs. Brown

Dear Buzzards, Parents and Carers,

 

This week in Geography, we added labels to an aerial photograph of our school.  In maths, we have been counting forwards and backwards and completing number sequences.  Our homework this week is to practise this a little more (see attached).  In English, we have been adding the suffix ‘ing’ to root words and then we tried to apply this when writing sentences.  In art, we looked at some of the work created by the great artist, Seurat, and then practised the pointillism technique ourselves.  In gym, we have been moving smoothly from one gymnastic basic shape to another and in PE, we have been throwing a ball into the air and catching it before it falls to the ground.  Today we have been duplicating and enlarging an image using the laptops.  This skill will be used in our art lessons in a few weeks.  Next week we will be making Harvest loaves to display in the Harvest assembly as well as lots of other things!

Have a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

 

10th September 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

What a busy week we have had!

I have attached a letter and topic map for this term which you may find useful. I will update this page every Friday evening/Saturday morning so that your adults can see what you have been up to all week.  

With best wishes

Mrs. Brown

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