Welcome to Kingfishers!
Miss Mitchell and all of the Kingfisher team feel very lucky to work with such a wonderful, clever class! As we continue through the terms, please keep an eye out here for photos of our learning and information updates.
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This afternoon Kingfishers took a trip to the pond to see what we could spot. We were amazed by how many fabulous frogs we could see! We had lots of questions: 'What is the jelly?' 'Why are there so many?' 'What are the black spots inside the jelly?', so when we got back inside we decided to learn more about the frog life-cycle.
We discovered that in Spring, frogs lay thousands of eggs that will eventually turn into baby frogs. But first, they hatch into tadpoles - which look very different to frogs! How fascinating!
We were welcomed into school today by Disco and his dino friends enjoying a good ol' book. As our morning activity, we decided to join them.
In literacy, we practiced our spoken language by thinking carefully about what we were going to write. We then transformed our facts into brilliant sentences and Miss Mitchell was blown away by Kingfishers beautiful handwriting.
Whilst Miss Mitchell was working with a guided group, the rest of Kingfishers were very busy designing and decorating their own dinosaurs and even had a go at painting a dinosaur scene using the time periods we learnt yesterday: Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous.
Take a look for yourselves, I am sure you will be very envious of Kingfishers talents!!!
Disco has hatched into a beautiful baby dinosaur. We all thought he was soooo cute...
He decided to have a birthday party with all his dinosaur friends IN OUR CLASSROOM. Dinosaurs are much more messy than humans, and everything had been knocked over and messed around during all their fun and games.
Let's hope Disco and his friends show our value of respect a little bit more next time they have a play date!
If you did, you'll understand why Kingfishers are soooooo excited! We have discovered that our precious egg is a beautiful baby dinosaur! We read The Wallingford News this morning which informed us that the T-Rex, Freddie the Friendly Dino, from the Natural History Museum has lost seven of his eggs! We decided to look at the school cameras to see if Freddie had come to look at our school and WE SAW FREDDIE IN OUR CLASSROOM!
The news article explained that Freddie is only bothered about having a couple back, and so if whoever has the missing egg would like to keep it, they can write a letter to the museum to persuade them why they should be allowed!
We had a serious question on our hands.... Should we keep it or should we return it to Freddie?!?
All children were thinking so carefully about their decision, and then had a chance to share their opinions with their classmates, before brainstorming altogether the reasons for and against keeping the egg on the board. It was then the children's chance to independently write down what they thought, making sure they were using persuasive language!!
But that isn't all...
We then had a class DEBATE! It was excellent, we all had so much fun discussing and debating our opinions as to whether or not we should keep the egg. It was extremely evident from some of their answers that we have a very thoughtful and caring class! Now it's time to write our letters...... I wonder what the Natural History Museum will say?!
Today, a mysterious egg has been discovered... it was found hidden deep under the sand. Kingfisher's have been studying it closely, and have all been fantastic in being super quiet so that we don't scare whatever is inside.
But... what is inside?!
We have uploaded some photographs of the egg to show you. Please could you help us discover what this beautiful green egg could be? Ask everyone you know and hopefully we will get some clues!
This week, Kingfishers have been very busy looking at Chinese New Year. In literacy, we have looked at the story of Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. Ask your child and see if they can remember!
Today we had a go at making our very own fortune cookies, writing inside a special message to our friends in Kingfishers to make them smile. We even had a go at writing our names in Chinese and designing cards.
What a fun day!
Mrs Cooke and I would like to say a massive thank you to you all for your generous donations for the NSPCC. The children have enjoyed learning about what the NSPCC is and spent time discussing how they support children who need them. We then had a jam-packed day full of maths, exploring anything and everything to do with number, counting and shapes! Here is some lovely photos for you to enjoy of the children engaged in their learning!
A very warm welcome to you all after a lovely Christmas break and a very Happy New Year!
To kick start our new topic 'Superheroes', year 1 came dressed as either a real or fictional heroes. Our costumes transformed us into fantastic superheroes... and I think EVERYBODY was given the power of fantastic writing - as our sentences this morning were amazing. We shared some superhero texts and then had a very special visitor. Wendy, who works for the Royal Air Force, came in to share her experiences and information about her wonderful job. We had so many questions and loved seeing her uniform/rucksack and pictures of the helicopters she regularly uses. We felt very privileged to have a 'real-life' hero in year one, many thanks Wendy!
Father Christmas Surprise Visit!
WOW! Kingfishers could not believe their eyes!! After writing letters to him this morning, Santa decided to visit us AND he even brought a present for every single one of us. After Santa left, we brainstormed some words to describe him - "146% awesome" , "Happy", "Generous" "Fantastic!"
Thank you very much Santa!
Kingfishers love Maths Challenge Fridays!
Today Miss Mitchell told us that she was very busy last night making lots of cakes ready for the tombola. BUT some of her cakes had been mysteriously eaten and only 2 were left!!!
It was Kingfishers challenge to work out how many cakes Miss Mitchell had originally made and how many had been eaten in order to leave her with 2.
Have a look at some of our subtraction calculations!
Kingfishers had a fantastic time on Friday fundraising and learning about Children in Need. We all dressed up brilliantly in spots and even had our favourite bears with us to enjoy the day. Year One looked at what fundraising is, why it is important, and where our money goes and made posters to inform the other children at school.
Thank you all very much for your generous contributions, we very much appreciate it!
After a lovely half term, Kingfishers are back and working extra specially hard with their maths. We are working towards adding 2 numbers together and have done so using a wide range of different activities.
If you would like to continue this at home please feel free. You can support the children by using any household objects as concrete resources, e.g. 2 tins of beans and 3 oranges to make the number sentence 2 + 3 = 5. This would be fantastic and I would love to see any photos/evidence/written work!
This week, Kingfishers have been looking about seasons, and in particular, Autumn. We have explored all the different things that happen in Autumn, such as Halloween, Bonfire Night and the Harvest Festival (which we are looking forward to celebrating at school on Friday 13th)! We have looked closely at all the things that are distinctive about Autumn, such as the change in colour of leaves. Today (11/10/17) Kingfishers went on an Autumn walk to the park, where we were able to collect some beautiful orange, red and yellow leaves. We couldn't wait to get these back to school to use over the next few days in our art work.
This week Kingfishers will be learning all about how our bodies work and what we can do to ensure we keep them fit and healthy. One way is to make sure we make healthy food choices. As part of the Harvest Festival, we are learning the ‘Five a Day’ song which is helping remind us of healthy fruit and vegetables we can eat. We started our week by making jam sandwiches and were focusing on instructional language; making sure our instructions were clear, short and precise!
School Council Election
Just a reminder that the school council election will be on Friday 29th September. All children are able to put themselves forward by creating a speech to share with the class as to why they feel they would be a good councillor. After the speeches each child will be able to have an anonymous vote and two children will be selected.
Smoothie making and tasting!
As part of our healthy eating topic this term, Kingfishers had a go at making our own Banana and Strawberry smoothies. We even got to try them after! I wonder if your child enjoyed it?! Have a look at our thumbs up or down!
Archie the Hearing Dog!
Yesterday on Monday 18th September, Year One were extremely lucky as we had a very special visitor, Archie the hearing dog! We absolutely loved having 2 year old Archie join us in Kingfishers and learnt a lot about how Archie is able to help children and adults who are deaf. He can inform his owner when the doorbell goes, the phone is ringing or the fire alarm is going off by using his paws. How amazing!
Term 1 - Autumn
The first term we will be focusing on establishing secure routines and building strong relationships with our classmates and teachers. In order to do so, we will be focusing our activities around children's social, emotional and well-being as they transition from the EYFS to the year one curriculum.
In order to make sure we can pitch future lessons at the correct level for all children, over the next few weeks we will spend some time assessing the children so all learning is tailored appropriately.
Our first topic is "Our Busy Bodies!" where we will be exploring our different body parts and begin to think about how and why it is important to keep our bodies healthy. This topic will explore healthy eating, exercise and even touch on how other countries around the world stay fit and healthy.
Thank you very much for your support so far, our first few days have been wonderful. I have really enjoyed hearing and seeing all about your wonderful summer and am very much looking forward to the rest of the term.
Welcome back to term 4! I hope you had a fantastic half term
This term in year 1 we are continuing our topic of Once Upon a Time and we will be reading a new selection of traditional tales. The first week is Pinocchio and we are writing our own puppet shows! We will also be reading The Runaway Pancake, Aladdin, Mulan and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. In maths this term we will be learning about measuring lengths and heights, multiplication and division and fractions. We will also be learning about the role of the monarchy in history and in D.T. we will be working towards making moving pictures, like the ones is pop up books etc.
Please keep up all the fabulous reading at home and thank you for your continued support
Please can we have as much junk modelling as you can donate by next Friday (the 24th March) for a bridge building project. Thank you so much!
Half term reminder!
To help make sure your child is ready for the start of term 4 please ensure that they read every day during half term. They have books in their book bags and please sign the reading record to help ensure I know when they have finished their books. Even 10 minutes a day makes a huge difference to their reading progress. There may also be some homework in a plastic wallet in their book bag. If your child does work on this in the holidays I would love to see any homework they are particularly proud of on the Monday when we come back to school. Thank you for your continued support and I hope you have a great half term.
This term in Year 1 our topic is Once Upon a Time. We are going to be reading a range of traditional tales including Little Red Riding Hood, The Frog Prince, The Monkey’s Magic Pipe, Mulan and Pinocchio. The children will be describing characters, creating story maps, re-telling stories and writing their own tales. In science we will be learning more about materials, winter weather and our senses and in humanities we will be learning about British geography, which we will tie in with our weather work! In Maths this term we are going to be learning to tell the time when it is o’clock or half past times, read and write the days of the week and the months, further work on problem solving with addition and subtraction and measuring lengths and heights. If your child would like to bring in a book from home to support our topic, for example a traditional tale that would be lovely but please make sure it’s named. Thank you.
This week in Kingfisher Class, we talked about Chinese New Year and we read about the celebration. We also planned and made our own dragon using a range of tools and materials. We enjoyed listening to traditional Chinese New Year music while we made our models.
We have also been busy performing “Hansel and Gretel” in the classroom sequencing the story using props like hats, shawl and treasure chest. We loved pushing the witch in the oven!
Term 2: Frozen Planet
This term in Year 1 our topic is 'Frozen Planet'. We are going to be learning about the Arctic, the Antarctic and the animals that live there.
This week we have been writing about what we already know and watched some super videos of penguins, whales and ice sheets falling into the sea.
In Maths, we are going to practise counting forwards and backwards from any number to 20; learn to read and write our number words to twenty; learn our number bonds to 20 and calculate addition and subtraction problems, including missing number sentences to 20 (and maybe beyond!).
Next week we will be reading the book 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers about a penguin's search for a friend which also ties in well with our Value this term of Friendship.
Reading books are changed on Wednesdays and Fridays but please remind your child to put his or her book bag in the 'Going Home' tray should a new book be needed sooner. Please remember to write in the Reading Record book as confirmation that the book is finished. Thank you!
Thank you also for ensuring that all P.E kit is named. Our P.E days are on Thursdays and Fridays.
Archery Taster Day
We couldn't believe our eyes when we found the hall set up with target boards, bows and arrows yesterday! Mr Hill from Robin's Arrows showed us how to load arrows placing the nock on the bow string and how to fire the arrows safely. We were so excited and desperate to have a go but we listened carefully and remembered the safety rules throughout our session. We were amazed when we hit the targets and can't wait to have another go! Please look out for information about a possible After School Club in the new year.
Did you know that the first torch was invented in 1899? We've been wondering if Scott and Amundsen took torches on their expeditions to the South Pole and have been writing lists of the things that we would take if we were exploring such a frozen land.
We've even been trying to make our own torches and have really enjoyed trying to get a bulb to light by connecting wires in a simple circuit then a more complicated one involving a switch. Lots of us managed it after several attempts. We've also been finding out how penguins stay warm in such an icy landscape and next week will begin to look at other animals which are able to survive in the extreme temperatures. What information can you find out at home?
Christmas Play Costumes!
Please look in your child's book bag for details about our Christmas play 'Cock-a-Doodle- Christmas'. Your child has been chosen to either perform a funky chicken dance or an angel ballet. Some of the costumes we can provide in school, but there are some bits and pieces we are hoping you may be able to help collect please. Please look for the letter in your child's bookbag and/or come and see me if you have any problems or need more information. We would really appreciate it if your child's costume could come in to School next Friday, the 25th November, in a named bag please. Thank you. We know how busy you are at this time of year and greatly appreciate your help.
Your child has also come home today with a free toothbrush and tube of toothpaste to encourage good brushing habits. Please share the picture below together and enjoy a good scrub!
We've been busy this week using different information sources to find out more about the animals that live in the Antarctic. Look at these wonderful information books and sheets produced for our role-play corner! The children are trying hard to remember capital letters and full stops and everyone is now stretching out words carefully to listen for the different sounds in each part of the word. Good spelling Kingfishers!
Visit from Grundon waste Disposal Lorry
This was SO exciting! A huge lorry came into our school driveway. We found out loads of things about waste disposal lorries such as the fact that they have cameras on the front so that the driver can see down the sides and at the back. We could see how huge the wheels were compared to us and we learned how to keep well away and only watch from a distance when the lorries are near our homes.
Rugby Tots Taster Day
It was really cold but we had such fun! We learned how to hold, throw, move with and kick a rugby ball. We even scored tries! The coaches said we were a lovely class and our knowledge of Antarctic animals in our themed skills practice was impressive!
A ‘Cock-a -Doodle-Do’ Christmas
Well done Kingfishers for some fantastic dancing in our Christmas Play! The ‘chickens’ really wowed the audiences with their funny, funky moves and the ‘angels’ were indeed ‘a glittering host’ with their beautiful ballet of well-executed steps. The singing and behaviour was great too! Thank you to all parents who helped with costumes and encouragement.
Next week, as well as writing to our mysterious Christmas classroom elves and practising subtraction, we will be continuing our festivities with our Christmas Lunch on Tuesday, visit to the Cornerstone Theatre on Wednesday and our Church Service on Thursday at 1.30pm. Please let me know if you are able to help walk the children to and from St. Mary’s Church on 15th December. Many thanks.
Christmas Lunch was tasty and fun! We all enjoyed sitting down together and sharing cracker jokes then an exciting visitor arrived in the afternoon. Father Christmas at St. Nicholas! He came to see us in our classroom and even gave us all a present!
We loved the theatre trip on Wednesday and thought the play 'Emily Brown and the Thing' was great.
On Thursday, we all walked sensibly down to church and enjoyed singing some carols and listening to the story of the first Christmas as told by our Year Twos.
We shared presents on our last day.
Thank you very much to all you lovely children and your families for such lovely cards, presents and good wishes. I have loved working with you all, wish you the very best for next year and know that you will be safe and make good progress under the good care of Miss Sapia.
Best wishes to you all for a very happy Christmas.
Mrs. Secker xx
We've made our own Superhero Spoon characters, each with individual capes, masks and superpowers. We've had great fun making up adventures with them! Come and see them flying across our cityscape!
Whew! We've worked hard this week making up addition stories and looking at related subtraction facts like 3+4=7, 4+3=7,
7-4=3, 7-3=4. We've also been learning that '=' means 'the same as' so equations like this 3+3=4+2 are true.We're still practising quick recall of number bonds to 10 as well.
We've been enjoying the story 'Eliot Midnight Superhero' and from this, have learned how some words are onomatopoeic because they sound like the thing they describe, such as 'sizzle', 'bang, 'boing'. What others can you think of?
We like making new words too using magnetic letters and new sounds like 'air.
We've been having fun learning our spellings this week! We are using our own 'Superhero Card Zappers' and, with a partner, have to write each word correctly without looking for it to be 'zapped' by a superhero! We do this each day for five minutes and already we can all read and spell more words!
Home Learning Links
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There are useful games for practice of key skills on our website Kids' Zone.
In term 4 our topic was Rumble in the Jungle. We read Walking through the Jungle and wrote our own stories about animals in different habitats. The children also be learnt about plants and created observational drawings. We continued our learning about animals and found out whether they were omnivores, herbivores or carnivores. Kingfisher enjoyed celebrating World Book Day, St. David's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Sport Relief and made hot cross buns for Easter.
In term 3 Kingfisher Class were explorers. We enjoyed journeying through different areas of the world and into space. We learnt about space through information videos from astronauts. We also looked at traditional tales; how to navigate our way through maps of characters and create new routes for the Three Billy Goats Gruff including bridge building. During this topic we looked at continents and included detail about the Polar Regions and desert areas. We discussed how to be safe in these places, the climates and changes in the weather.