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Welcome to Buzzards Class - Yr1/2

 

Mrs Brown, Mrs Meaton and Mrs Eyles

 

 

Don't forget your PE kits and book bags

              Welcome to Buzzards 2020-2021

16th July 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

Just one week to go before we can all relax!  I don't know where this week has disappeared to!  In science we went on a 'tree hunt' with our tree identification charts.  We managed to find quite a variety in our school grounds.  In D.T. we designed ice-lollies which we will make next week. In English, we used our new book to write about what might have been in Billy's bucket.  We tried to include adjectives, similes and alliteration.  On Wednesday we had a mini 'Sports Day' and teamed up with the reception class.  Thursday was very exciting when we visited our new teachers and classrooms!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

9th July 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

What an exciting week we have had!  We have been learning about wheels and axles and making carts for our class teddy to transport his belongings to the beach. These are looking great!  In maths, we have been using water and sand to find the capacity of different containers.  The classroom looked like a desert by the time we had finished! Yesterday, we had an amazing experience inside the Science Dome where we had turtles swimming over our heads and sharks racing towards us!  I haven't set homework this week as you are all looking so tired.  Please practise your spellings and do lots of counting and number bonds instead.

Have a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

25th June 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

What a busy week we have had!  We were blessed with dry, sunny weather for our stroll around Nether Wallop village, which was fantastic!  We looked for different materials along the way and tried to find the flowers printed on our ‘flower spotter sheet’.  We found lots of dog roses and poppies.  Some of the others were trickier!  In science, we looked at the plants which have grown from the seeds saved from my garden last year.  We are trying to find out which seed is which because they had become mixed.  Some plants have grown so tall that they have already started to flower, while others have not germinated at all.  In computing, we finished creating our fish collage using pictures of flotsam.  I cannot believe the effort that went into this task.  It was very tricky and required a lot of patience!

 

Please can I ask that children have a sunhat in school and sun cream is applied before school.  Eight children arrived without hats for our Wallop walk.  I have taken the pile of unnamed jumpers and cardigans to lost property because I was unable to match them with their owners. 

 

Have a great weekend!

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

18th June 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

This week, in English, we have been writing sentences inspired by our new book Flotsam.  Some of us will continue with this next week, while others will be learning about similes and alliteration.  In science, we observed how well the sunflower plants were growing.  We found that the ones grown in sand had not made much progress, whilst the ones grown in compost were so tall that we had to transplant them into bigger pots!  In computing, we practised the skills which we learnt last term for altering photographs, so that we could make a fish collage using ‘Publisher’.  We will finish this next week.  In music we explored the sounds created from different percussion instruments.  We are hoping to create a piece of music to accompany our dance.  Next week we will be going for a walk around the village to catch up on the work we should have covered during lockdown! 

I have another pile of jumpers and cardigans, without names, which the children do not recognise.  These will be taken to lost property on Monday, so if you know that you are missing one, please make a note of the size and make/supplier so that we can send it/them home.  Please can I also remind you about PE kits.  I do not have enough spare PE kits for the large numbers of you who do not bring them into school.  They should be brought to school at the beginning of term and taken home on the last day (unless they are particularly dirty). Thank you!

I have attached your homework below.

Have a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

12th June 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

This week in English, we have started using our new book called Flotsam.  This is a wordless book, with the most amazing illustrations, for which we will be writing the text.  In maths we have been multiplying and next week we will be dividing.  In Geography, we have been using the big maps to find British seaside locations and in art we have been creating some beautiful fish collages.  Next week we will be creating a fish collage using the computers. This week, we used the computers to find out some fun facts about a large range of sea creatures and in dance we have been creating some cool moves for our new underwater sequence.

 

Have a super weekend!

 

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

28th May 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

You have all worked so hard this week.  You definitely deserve a holiday!  In English, most of us have completed our Peter Rabbit stories.  We have also been writing about our trip to Manor Farm and about the Victorian Day we held at school on Tuesday.  In maths, we have continued with missing numbers (year 1) and with addition and subtraction of 2-digit numbers (year 2).  Next term we will be moving onto multiplication.  In P.S.H.E. we have been thinking about different careers and what we would like to do when we have left school.  In science, we observed what has happened to the seeds which we sorted and planted last term.  We took care in drawing the correct shape leaves. In topic, we learnt about the pastimes of people in the Victorian era.  We also made flick books and played with the zoetrope and praxinoscope to animate a simple image.

Please can you ensure that all cardigans and jumpers are clearly labelled.  Most are not and we have no idea who to return them to.  Every week I take a pile to the lost property box, which is now overflowing.  Please could I also request that PE kits are complete and in school at all times.  We have made sure that the cloakroom is empty today.  It is really challenging for me to get my spare PE kits washed and dry twice a week.  Thank you!

I hope you all have a super holiday!

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

21st May 2021

Dear Buzzards,

I don't think I have ever been on a school trip where it has been as windy as it was today!  However, that didn't dampen our spirits.  The staff at Manor Farm were amazing!  We were the first school group to visit since COVID struck and they bent over backwards to provide a fun and interesting day.  I will upload some photos next week.

 

This week, in English, we have been writing our letters to New Zealand.  I will post these once we have finished them.  In maths, most children have been solving addition and subtraction problems, where part of the number sentence has been missing.  Some of us have been adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers.  In gym we have attempted the teddy bear roll, which has proved very tricky!  In topic, we have completed our Lowry style paintings of buildings and moved on to drawing stick men.  I will make a display next week.  We have also started to learn a song about the working children in the Victorian era.  In science, we have been trying to find out which fabric I could use to make a hat for Harry (our class bear), to keep him dry when he is out and about.

 

Next Tuesday is Victorian Day in school when we will all dress up and experience life as a Victorian school child.

 

I have added some video clips to help with the maths homework:

 

https://youtu.be/o6O80OLrGgY  Using a number line to find a missing number in a subtraction number sentence.

https://youtu.be/Zt7JmM7aN6g   Using objects to find a missing number in a subtraction number sentence.

https://youtu.be/YTRZxesfFkc     Subtraction using a blank number line.

https://youtu.be/mOJlmJ7pW9g   Adding 10

https://youtu.be/UE6WXXW1oLY  Addition using a blank number line.

 

Have a great weekend!

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

 

 

 

 

14th May 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

This week, in English, some of us finished our Peter Rabbit games and these will be going home tonight.  The rest of us started to plan our Peter Rabbit stories, but our minds went blank!  Please remember to have a good think over the weekend with your adult.  Instead, we started to gather together some questions that we would like to write to the children in New Zealand.  Some of your questions were superb!  In maths, we have continued with money.  Next week we are moving onto addition and subtraction number problems.  In art, we started to make a wall display of a Lowry style picture.  We will finish this next week.  In gym, we started to create some sequences with rolls and basic gymnastic shapes.  In P.S.H.E, we looked at how needs change from a baby to an elderly adult, and in computing we completed our Beebot routes.  In topic, we made a moving picture and learnt about the jobs children used to do in the Victorian era.  We have now started to learn a poem about a chimney sweep.  I have attached your spellings below.

 

Have a great weekend!

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

7th May 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

This week, in English, most of us have been adding the ‘un’ prefix, some have been practising with homophones, spellings and punctuation, and some have been using the Peter Rabbit story to make a board game.  In maths, we have been working with money, and in topic, we have been learning about Florence Nightingale. In gym, we practised the four shapes we have been forming this term and linking two of them together. In guided reading we have been looking at the features of non-fiction texts. Yesterday, we continued with our samplers.

 

For your homework, I would like you to draw a picture of Mr. McGregor’s garden (how you think it might look).  Remember to include lots of different vegetables and buildings.  You will use this to plan your own story on Monday.  You might want to include: a shed, a greenhouse, a path, a water butt, a watering can, flower pots, radishes, carrots, lettuces, beans, cabbages, compost heap, his house, a gate, a wall, and a fence.  In fact, you could include just about anything!  The more that you can add to your picture, the easier it will be to write your story.  You could label your picture to make it even better.  This will be needed in class on Monday.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

 

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

30th April 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

This week, in English, we started the week by making a ‘wanted’ poster to help Mr. McGregor catch Peter Rabbit.  Year 1 have also been practising with exclamation marks and writing in the past tense.  Year 2 have been learning about exclamatory sentences and practising with the past progressive tense.    In maths, we have been learning about position and direction, and in science, we have been looking at the properties of the materials used to make toys. We have also looked at our sunflower seed investigation and planted pumpkin seeds. In gym, we practised the front and back support and reminded ourselves about the dish and arch from last week. Yesterday, all 30 of us started our sewing project, all at the same time, which was exciting!  We are making a Victorian style sampler using the initial of our name.  Hopefully, we will finish these next week.  In Geography, we located New Zealand on the map and then read the latest letters from Hereworth School.  They sent us some stickers too!

 

It would be lovely if you could find out a fun fact about Queen Victoria to share with the class next week.

 

I have attached your spellings below.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

27th March 2021

 

Dear Buzzards,

I can’t believe that next week is the last week of term.  This year is flying by!  In English, we have been adding the suffix ‘er’ to words and choosing vocabulary to describe sunflowers.  In maths, Year 2 children have been learning about how data is represented using tally charts, pictograms and bar charts.  Year 1 children have had fun weighing different items to see which is the lightest and which is the heaviest.  In science, we sorted a bag of mystery seeds, which I collected from my garden last year, into the different types, and then planted them to see what would grow.  In gym, we linked different balances to create short sequences and in DT, we have been finishing our moving pictures.

We have 4 blue water bottles which are not named.  Have you lost a water bottle?  Please email me over the weekend if you think they could be yours.

Have a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

 

19th March 2021

Dear Buzzards,

What a fun week we have had!  In English, we have been writing instructions so that we could ice biscuits and plant seeds.  I think there was more icing on the tables than on the biscuits!  In maths, we finished our unit on fractions, and we have now moved onto counting in 5s and also in 3s for some children.  Next week, Year 1 children will be moving onto weighing and Year 2 children will move onto statistics.  In DT, we have started to make our moving pictures and in gym we have continued with our unit on balance.  Yesterday we linked up to a live ‘drawalong’ with Liz Million, an author illustrator.  Sadly, our drawing was cut short because the fire alarm sounded.  This was recorded and therefore can be enjoyed again.  I will add the link to our Google Classroom page.  Alternatively, you can click the link here:

https://youtu.be/4InNz_abjvk

 

I have attached your spellings and homework below.  Take care to print off the correct homework.  Most children are learning to count in 5s.

Have a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

 

Dear Buzzards,

I am so glad that we are all back in class again.  It was lovely to see you all arrive with a big smile!  You all seemed to be very tired by the end of the week (and me!).

 

This week in maths, we have been looking at fractions and this will continue on Monday.  We are then going to spend a few days counting in multiples and learning our times tables.  In English, we have been writing lots of sentences and questions to prepare for the moving picture we will be creating for a class book.  We will be doing the artwork for this on Monday.  Yesterday we practised making some moving pictures using levers and sliders.  Next week we will design our own moving picture using one of these techniques.

 

In P.E. we practised different balances and this will continue next week.  In our guided reading slot we have been learning different poems about plants and planting.  We have been thinking about why we like the poem we have chosen; whether it is the rhyme, rhythm, the words, the repetition, the simplicity or some other reason!  It would be lovely if the children could learn these off by heart by next week.

 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

17th December 2020

 

Dear Buzzards,

 

I hope that you all have a lovely Christmas.  Instead of spellings and homework, I have set you a reading challenge.  Can you find somewhere unusual to read?  I have left a blank space in the centre of the sheet for you to write this down. Will you be able to tick off all of the challenges?

 

Next term, you will need 2 small boxes (like a small Amazon box).  Shoe boxes are OK but are rather fiddly.  I thought I would give you plenty of notice so that you can save a couple from your online shopping!

 

Before returning to school in January, please can you check that your PE kit fits and is complete.

 

Thank you!

Merry Christmas!

 

Mrs. Brown

4th December 2020

 

Dear Buzzards,

This week, we started our new text driver called ‘Funnybones’, by Allan Ahlberg. We have been learning how to write in the past tense by adding the suffix ‘ed’.  Next week we will be looking at how we can include exclamation marks into our writing. This week in maths, we have continued to learn about fractions. Next week, Year 1 children will be looking at days and months.  Year 2 children will be learning about symmetry.  In science, we continued with our unit about the senses, and tried to identify lots of different smells. In P.E., we had a fun time using our different body parts and jumping into hoops.  

Don’t forget to bring jumpers and coats every day.  It is very cold with the door open.  Please can you make sure that all P.E. kit and school uniform is named.  It is extremely difficult to match loose clothing items to their owners.  Thank you!

 

I have attached your homework and spellings below.

 

Have a great weekend!

Best wishes

Mrs. Brown

27.11.20

 

Dear Buzzards,

What a fantastic effort you have made with your letters to New Zealand! I am so impressed!  Next week, we will start our new text driver called ‘Funnybones’, by Allan Ahlberg. We will be working towards writing our own ‘Funnybones’ story at the end of the term. This week in maths, we have been learning about fractions and we will continue with this next week.  In science, we started our unit about the different senses, and found out some facts about how sounds are created. In yoga, we practised our ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ routine, and in music, we continued with our unit on body percussion.

 

Don’t forget to bring jumpers and coats every day.  It is very cold with the door open.  Please check that you have your running shoes in your P.E. bag and that they fit. Please also remember to bring your P.E. Kit.  We will try and fit in a run each day so it is important to be wearing the correct footwear.  Thank you!

 

I have attached your homework below.

 

Have a good weekend!

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

20th November 2020

 

Dear Buzzards,

I can’t believe it is Friday again!  In maths, we have been working with coins and finding the change using subtraction.  In English, we have been practising to write questions in readiness for writing our letters to New Zealand next week.  We also reminded ourselves about the importance of capital letters.  In yoga, we created a sequence of moves to use with the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and in music, we continued with our unit on body percussion.

Thank you all for practising your alphabet.  Most of you can do this now! 

Don’t forget to bring jumpers and coats every day.  It is very cold with the door open.  Please check that you have your running shoes in your P.E. bag and that they fit.  We will try and fit in a run each day so it is important to be wearing the correct footwear.  Thank you!

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

14.11.20

 

Dear Buzzards,

This term is whizzing by!  This week, we have been working with coins in maths and next week we will be moving onto subtraction.  In P.E., we continued with yoga and had an exciting time outside with the team from 360.  In art, we practised drawing an apple using shading to make it look 3D.  In English we learnt about contractions and in music we practised body percussion. Don’t forget to bring jumpers and coats every day.  It is very cold with the door open.  Please check that you have your running shoes in your P.E. bag and that they fit.  We will try and fit in a run each day so it is important to be wearing the correct footwear.  Thank you!

I have attached your homework and spellings below.

Have a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

6th November 2020

 

Dear Buzzards,

This week, we have been working on number bonds in maths.  Next week we will be moving onto money.  In P.E., we started a term of yoga which you all found very exciting!  In art, we practised drawing some fruit and vegetables.  At the end of the term, we hope to paint a portrait in the style of the great artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo.  We are also going to paint some fruit and vegetables for our home corner (a shop).  In English, we started our new text driver, ‘This is how we do it’, by Matt Lamothe. It is a very interesting book about the lives of different children from around the world.  We will be writing a little book about ourselves to share with the children in New Zealand.  If you haven’t yet returned your photo approval slip for this, please could you send it in next week.  Please can you all remember to bring jumpers and coats every day.  It is very cold with the door open.  Thank you!

I have attached your homework below.  These are the links to the online games we have played:

 

https://www.mathplayground.com/number_bonds_10.html

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/funkyMummy/index.html

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

16th October 2020

 

Dear Buzzards,

This week, we have started to create our 3D insect models, which are looking amazing!  We will be displaying these in the corridor once they are finished.  In English, we have been writing some facts about bees based on our wonderful talk last Friday from Mr. Lovell.  We have also been continuing our Superworm stories. In maths, we have continued to order numbers from smallest to largest and then, later in the week, progressed onto ‘time’. Next week, we will be moving onto addition.  In P.S.H.E we have continued our theme of keeping safe by finding out about things which should, or should not, go into or onto our bodies.  I have attached your homework below.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes

Mrs. Brown

 

9.10.20

Dear Buzzards,

This week we have all had the chance to make a Harvest loaf, so we have been even busier than usual! In English, we have started writing our own Superworm stories and in phonics we have been learning the spellings for numbers, days of the week and tricky words.  In maths, we have been ordering numbers and  working on some place value thinking questions. In D.T., we practised some joining techniques and explored different materials to use for our own minibeast designs, which we will start to make next week.  In gym, we have just started the unit on movement and rolling and in PSHE we learnt about keeping safe online.  We finished the week with a wonderful talk about bees from Mr. Lovell. I have attached your homework below. Have a good weekend!

Best wishes,

Mrs. Brown

2nd October 2020

 

Dear Buzzards,

This week in English, we have been using prepositions and including ‘and’ into our sentences.  A few of us have also included commas.  In maths, we have been finding 1 more and 1 less.  Some of us have been finding 10 more and 10 less and we have also been ordering numbers. In art, we painted flowers and leaves with the secondary colours, adding white to create tints.  In gym, we have just finished the unit on movement and jumping, while in outdoor P.E. we continued to practise our ball skills.  In PSHE we learnt about keeping safe when we are out and about.

 

Please bring any packaging into school, which you have been saving, next week.

I have added the homework below.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

Mrs. Brown

25th September 2020

 

Dear Buzzards,

 

It’s Friday again! This week in English, we have written about our own pipe cleaner Superworms and we started looking at prepositions.  In maths, we have practised ordering numbers and some of us have been representing numbers with dienes.  In art, we used the primary colours to make secondary colours and then created a colour wheel.  In science we have been looking at how animals move and then grouping them.  In PSHE we learnt about keeping safe around electricity and matches and then we made a class charter together.

 

Please can jumpers and cardigans be named.  We already have quite a pile without names.

 

Our coat peg area is extremely limited for space.  Please could we ask that children only bring a coat, jumper, sports bag and book bag (plus packed lunch for some).  There really isn’t enough room for lots of large back packs.  Everything keeps falling onto the floor and creating a mess and trip hazard.  Thank you!

 

Please bring your kitchen roll cardboard tubes into school for next week.  I have attached your homework below.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Best Wishes

Mrs. Brown

19th September 2020

 

Dear Buzzards,

I cannot believe that we have finished the second week of term already!  In science this week, we have been investigating the different things which minibeasts eat and sorting them into herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.  In English, we have been using adjectives to describe Superworm and then later in the week we used time connectives in our writing.  In maths, we have continued with counting and matching values.  In art, we have made a minibeast collage from magazine cuttings and in ‘guided reading’ we have been learning about the different features of a non-fiction book.  Next week, we will be splitting into different phonics groups to make sure that we can meet everyone’s needs.

 

P.E. Kits: We will now keep these in school.  These will be sent home at the end of the term for washing.

 

I have attached homework and spellings below.

Have a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes,

 

Mrs. Brown

11th September 2020

 

Dear Buzzards,

I feel like we have done a lot this week!  You are a lovely class and I'm really looking forward to working with you all this year.  I have been particularly impressed with your behaviour and the amount of effort that you have put into your work.  Keep this up please!  

 

I have attached a copy of the letter which went home today plus the homework.  By the end of year 1, children should know how to spell all the numbers to 20 (to 100 for year 2).  The words highlighted in green are those which I would like you to practise for next Friday.  Next week we will start phonics again and Year 2 will have ten spellings and Year 1 will have five, linked to what they have been learning.  If you were not in school today, please practise the spellings for the numbers 1-5.

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Best wishes

Mrs. Brown

7th September 2020

 

Dear Buzzards,

It has been so lovely to work with you all today!

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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