Welcome to Kingfishers!
Miss Mitchell, Mrs Harpham, Mrs Rush and Mrs Wright are loving every minute with our Kind Kingfishers and are really looking forward to the rest of the year.
As we progress through the terms, this page will be updated regularly to share with you any important information and our experiences and learning opportunities.
If you have any questions and aren't able to see me in person, please do not hesitate to use my email to get in touch!
Week 5 and 6
Wow, we can't quite believe how quickly our last two weeks as Kingfishers have gone!?!?! HOW do we only have 3 days left?
We have been having so much fun enjoying our last couple of weeks together. Last week we were looking closely at the text 'Croc and the Bird', focusing on predictions, the images and the meanings they convey.
This week we have been looking at 3D shapes in Maths and absolutely loved making cubes, cuboids, triangular based pyramids and prisms out of spaghetti and marshmallows. We showed awesome team work and perserverance and our outcomes were awesome! Have a look at our pictures
The egg has cracked!!!!!
We are over the moon that the egg has finally cracked. We have been so quiet and careful when we have been around the egg over the last couple of weeks and we can't actually believe it has cracked! However, we looked everywhere for the mystery animal and couldn't find it anywhere. We did find a trail of egg shell and some rather dirty looking prints up the walls leading to an open window! I wonder what it could have been? We have done lots of hot seating in drama and thought of lots of questions about the egg this week in English.
We have also been lucky enough to have a visit from Mrs Sparrey this week who ran a brilliant water workshop for us, discussing Water Aid and the importance of saving water. We had lots of fun painting, creating poems and thank you prayers and also joined in with some great drama.
Miss Mitchell has been so proud of her incredible Kingfishers this week, you have all worked extremely hard on your phonics screening check and have blown me away with your efforts - well done!
We have been looking carefully at the traditional tale, The Tortoise and the Hare, exploring the characters and plot. We created story maps, rewrote the story and made invitations and posters in the role of the Hare demanding a rematch!
In Maths we have been looking at money. Follow the link below for some fun, interactive money, shop and coin games - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/money. Towards the end of the week we have been focusing on place value: hundreds, tens and ones. We have been writing numbers into place value grids and representing them using dienes blocks.
Well done for a wonderful week Kingfishers!
Welcome back Kingfishers.... and wow...what a day we've had!
Miss Mitchell received an email from The Natural History Museum asking all schools in Oxfordshire to have a look for a missing egg that has been taken from the museum. We could not believe our eyes when this large, unusual egg was found hidden in the bush of Kingfisher outdoor area!!!!! What could it possibly be? How did it get here? What is inside?
We've had lots of ideas; a lizard, dinosaur, platypus, snake and crocodile egg are just a few. Let's see what happens over the next few days...
What a busy, brilliant week we have had! Not only have we been busy being reporters, writing in our very best handwriting in our Newspaper 'The Kingfisher Times', we have also been busy learning how to divide!
We have been looking at sharing and grouping in order to work out some very impressive division number sentences.
If you want to continue practicing your grouping and sharing, remember the brilliant 'Purple Mash' subscription we now have which allows you to access a wide range of games and activities at home. Here is the link: https://www.purplemash.com/#tab/number_multiplication_division
We have been super-scientists today in Kingfisher class, making predictions about yummy chocolate and what would happen if we put a cold bar in the microwave. We conducted the experiment in groups and observed closely to note any changes. We all wrote our predictions in our books and then went back to see if we were correct. What do you think happened to the chocolate?
We had lots of lovely predictions and observations:
"It will break into smaller bits before it melts" - Casper
"It feels crunchy now. When it melts it will be sticky and gooey" - Euan B.
"It looks like edible slime when it is hot" - Nyle
"It has turned to liquid!" - Oscar
And the best bit of all... we got to eat it afterwards!!!
We have had a very busy week in Kingfishers so far, exploring our new topic 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. We are totally absorbed in the book and have loved exploring the characters we have met so far.
We have been looking closely at Newspapers during Literacy and Guided Reading this week, as our end goal at the end of this term is to become journalists and write our own class newspaper (Wow!)
We have also been thinking about letter writing, thinking of how we could persuade Mr Wonka to let us in his magical factory! We then spoke about the importance of speaking and listening and in partners read our letters confidently to each other, giving feedback to help improve our writing.
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I wonder what our new topic could be this term!? We have found lots of mysterious golden tickets hidden in our classroom... how strange.
This week we have thought about what they could possibly be, why they have been discovered in Kingfisher class and used our wonderful imaginations.
We also had lots of fun in Maths this week looking and measuring capacity... have a look at the pictures below!
Surprise trip to Pizza Express!
After finding out our new country was Italy, Kingfishers were sooooooo excited to find out that they were heading to Pizza Express to be real life pizza chefs! We were taught how to make a pizza and what ingredients to use: dough, passata, mozarella cheese and a sprinkle of oregano!
We could not resist having a little taste, and as our behaviour was so brilliant throughout the trip, Miss Mitchell let us have a mini pizza picnic! Yummy!
What country have we travelled too this time?! We have had a wonderful morning exploring the country. We had a:
and best of all,
We've had a great morning and Miss Mitchell can not wait to hear some of our guesses as to where we are!
Kingfishers have LOVED learning all about India, and this week we are focusing closely on the Holi Festival of colour.
We watched and discussed the following video: https://www.bbc.com/teach/class-clips-video/religious-studies-ks2-ks3-my-life-my-religion-hinduism-holi-spring-festival/zkkygwx
What is red?
What is orange?
What is green?
What is blue?
Using these questions, we made our very own spectacular colour poems and some of us were lucky enough to perform them on National Poetry Day!
We are on our travels again, but what country are we in this time?!
Kingfisher enjoyed their morning exploring the different activities including creating their own Mendhi designs, carefully drawing beautiful versions of the Taj Mahal, discussing mud houses and then creating their own houses out of lego, using a range of coloured paints linked to Holi festival and exploring the different animals they think we'd see in our new country.
What a wonderful week learning all about Africa. We have been busy learning lots of new vocabulary such as continent, savannah and equator!
I have been blown away with the quality of our African safari poems we've done this week. We have been focusing on prepositions and similes! Below is a fantastic example by Martha:
"The lion is exploring the desert which is as hot as an oven.
He is playing in the wet grass which is as wet as a drink.
The lioness is in the cave which is as dark as the night.
They are searching for food which is as delicious as candyfloss.
He is relaxing on a rock which is as big as a swimming pool."
Kingfishers have loved week 1 of our new topic 'All Around the World' where we have been focusing on Africa. We began the week with our 'hook' morning, exploring lots of different activities to try and guess where in the world we were.
We had a go on the drums, listened to drumming music, made our own repeating patterns using oil pastels, created our own flags and read some interesting fact-files on a range of animals.
At the end of the day we made a thought shower of all the different places we could be... our guesses ranged from Wales, to Didcot, to China and finally to Africa!
Throughout the week we've looked closely at African animals and in Literacy our end goal is to create a safari poem. Please have a look at the photos below to see our wonderful week in Kingfishers
Another terrific term has come to an end!
We have been blown away by the super learning that has taken place this term! Here are a few of our highlights...
We hope that you have a lovely half term and we look forward to seeing you for a fab term 4!
This week is Maths Week and we have been LOVING it! Kingfishers have been looking at fractions, learning how we can find at 1/2 and 1/4 of objects, shapes and quantities. We have been using the texts 'Full House' and 'Jump, Kangaroo, Jump' to bring our learning to life. On Monday as an introduction to fractions, similarly to Miss Bloom in the book Full House, we made delicious wraps and had to make sure each child had half of the wrap and half of the ham. Take a look at our pictures below
What a fun-filled busy week we have had! Our 'Supertato' fun has continued in English as we wrote the most fantastic letters to Evil Pea after receiving a very unkind note and a messy classroom! Miss Mitchell and Mrs Wright could not have been more impressed with their beautiful handwriting and use of adjectives and connectives!
In PSHE we were thinking about 'similarities and differences'. We all had a potato in pairs and looked very carefully at all the marks, grooves, colours and unique features that our potato had. We then made our potatoes come to life and created stories for them; their names, ages, likes/dislikes etc and shared them with the rest of the class. After really feeling like our potatoes were our friends, we muddled them all up and our challenge was to find our original potato! This was a lot harder than we expected... and this was because although our potatoes had lots of differences that we had discussed, they also have lots of similarities. Just like potatoes, we all have things in common with other people, even if we think we are very different.
Finally (and it's only Thursday!), we were treated with a fantastic 'Bright Sparks' Science assembly all about Chemistry. We saw slime being made, liquids changing colour, and foam exploding! Have a look at our photos below! If you are interested, a letter will be sent out on Friday with the possibility of your child attending the Bright Sparks after school club.
In RE this week we were thinking about our wonderful world that God created and all the amazing things we have in it: waterfalls, beaches, volcanoes, plants, animals - the list is endless! We then had a brilliant discussion about what our idea of a "perfect" world would be. If we had the opportunity to create a world, what would we have in it? What would it look like? What do we think is important?
We then had a go at creating our own world using Lego, drawings, construction. Have a look and see if you can spot/guess any of the features of our wonderful worlds
Year One are super duper lucky to have All-Stars Cricket in to teach us the wonderful sport! Today was our first session and we learnt how to hold the bat, the positions (batters and fielders) and practiced our throwing and catching.
Welcome back and Happy New Year!
I hope you had a lovely Christmas break and ate lots and lots of delicious chocolates! Kingfishers got off to a super start with our awesome Superhero Day featuring Superman/woman, Spiderman/woman, Iron Man, Ninjas, and lots of real life heroes such as Doctors, Care-workers, Police, Nurses and Mummies!
WOW! What a terrific term we have had in Year One; the children have worked super hard and all the teachers are immensely proud of their progress. We have enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner together today and even had a surprise visit from Father Christmas! Some children have described today as 'the best day ever' which has been lovely to hear All the Year One team would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, a well deserved break and a Happy New Year. See you in 2019 for more exciting learning experiences!
... Remember to come dressed as a spectacular superhero on the first day back after Christmas - Monday 7th January! We look forward to seeing you all
Kingfishers have had a lovely morning today creating our beautiful Christmas tree decorations and didn't even realise they were doing marvellous maths at the same time! They all thought very carefully about the sizes of their pieces of card, making sure they started with the smallest piece and gradually got bigger.
We are looking forward to seeing our beautiful trees that will be ready and waiting to be sold at the FONS Christmas Fayre on Friday 7th December!
Miss Mitchell and Mrs Harpham have been gobsmacked at the fantastic progress the children are showing with their phonics and reading. Every single Kingfisher has demonstrated perseverance and really are 'Becoming the Best They Can Be' with their reading. I am so proud of you all, keep up the hard work!
If you would like to join in and encourage any phonics games at home, have a look at https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm for free, fun and interactive games that everyone can enjoy
We have been excited this week, discussing for the first time about our Christmas play and what characters we are going to be! Kingfishers' thought that we would like an audience when we are performing our play so decided to write a letter to Paddocks and Fir Tree to invite them.
We thought very carefully about the features of a letter before writing, including:
Have a look at some fantastic examples below. Well done Kingfishers, I am very proud of you!
Today we were linking our recent experiences of Bonfire Night to our 5 senses, discussing what we could see, hear, smell, touch and taste. We then thought carefully about where each of our 5 senses happen on the body and had a go at drawing round and labelling our own wonderful bodies. We even sang a bit of head, shoulders, knees and toes to remind us!
Have a look at our lovely labelling below.
Term 2 Week 1: Welcome back!
Welcome back to the second term of Year 1! We are very excited to explore our new topic 'Sparks in the Sky' which will include learning about fireworks and Guy Fawkes, along with festive activities and opportunities for writing. This term will have a curriculum focus on art which will broaden our skills, including making our own fireworks by 'straw painting'. We will also be learning about the human body for science and focusing on E-Safety for computing. Bring on a fabulous term!
Miss Mitchell has been incredibly impressed with how fantastic all children have been during their first term in Year One. As some of you may know, we have been looking closely at the text 'Barry the Fish with Fingers' as our writing stimulus. When trying to think of how I could show Kingfishers how wonderfully proud and happy I am with them all, I decided there was only one solution... Fish Finger making... (of course)!!!
We began by thinking about what ingredients and equipment we would need, and had a big discussion about health and safety. In small groups we then had a go at making them ourselves! Afterwards, we began writing our very own fish finger recipe in order to teach Grebe class and their teacher Miss McPhail how to make them too!
Have a look at our cooking in action below, we had a brilliant time and were all super sensible.
Kingfishers have really enjoyed the most wonderful day full of fantastic art activities associated with Harvest. We had a go at three different activities this morning, each focusing on a different skill to learn. First we had a go at printing using carrots and potatoes to make terrific tractors for the Farmer's fields. We then had a go at painting and collaging in the hall in order to make our very own field, using straight lines to make the ridges and furrows created from the Farmer's machinery. Then, our final activity was looking at processed art using the story 'Stick Man'. We used real life sticks and paint to create our own stick families. Have a look at our pictures below!
We really enjoyed learning and practising lots of new skills and look forward to showing you some of our examples at the Harvest Festival on Friday afternoon. It would be brilliant to see as many of you there as possible
Today Kingfishers were discussing the section of 'Barry the Fish with Fingers' book where they throw puffy a surprise party to cheer her up. We had a little party full of fantastic fun games like musical statues and musical chairs.
But... we soon realised, our party was very short because we simply weren't organised enough! We decided that the way we could have a super duper party would be to make a list of all the things we wanted and needed.
We all had a go at writing a list including things like: chocolate milkshake, balloons, food and pass the parcel! Sounds like fun to me!
Kind, Caring, Creative Kingfishers
Miss Mitchell would just like to let all parents know how absolutely fantastic Kingfisher class are being. All the children are showing how ready they are for a fabulous year in Year 1. It has been lovely to see such brilliant behaviour, frequent displays of our school values and the children's eagerness and desire to learn.
This week so far we have been enjoying learning some Autumn songs, experimenting with different musical instruments, looking at Charlie the Crocodiles more than and less than mouth in Maths and discussing what it means to be special and unique just like Barry the Fish with Fingers in English and RE.
National Fitness Day!
St Nicholas Infant School celebrated 'National Fitness Day' on 26th September. The whole school had a 10 minute burst of exercise at 10 to 10. Year 1 and Year 2 joined together to have a 10 minute run... I wonder which year group managed the most laps of the field?!
This was followed by some cool down exercises and stretches from Miss McPhail. Have a look at the photos below, can you see your child all puffed out!?
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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Kingfishers began their journey by dropping off their hand-luggage before boarding the aircraft. After running through the safety rules, we set off on our trip. It was a bit of a bumpy ride!
When we arrived we still weren't sure where we were BUT we were hit with the boiling temperature of 38 degrees and Miss Mitchell was sure she saw a Lion out of the window!
After collecting our luggage and a short transfer, we arrived at our destination. But where were we? It was Kingfishers job to explore the country to find out! They looked closely at the local animals, food, flag, musical instruments and tried to pin point our location using globes and world maps.
After a lot of discussion and some fabulous suggestions, Miss Mitchell aka Senior Cabin Crew Member revealed that it was in-fact Zambia, a country in the continent of Africa, that we had landed in! We can not wait to continue exploring!!!!!
Have a look at our fabulous pictures and videos below of our wonderful day.
Kingfishers are getting back in the swing of school-life by enjoying a fun filled day of phonics activities. Miss Mitchell has been blown away with their fantastic progress - you are all superstars!
In Maths today we have been looking at making quarter, half, three quarter and full turns. Here is us outside pretending to be robots!
Have a look at our pictures below.
As we come to the end of our super dinosaur topic (boooo! ), Kingfishers have had a go at putting all their fabulous knowledge of fossils to the test. First, we designed our fossils on paper and then transformed them into wonderful clay models!
We have had so much fun and cant wait to see the finished product when they are dry tomorrow!
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!