Welcome to our OWLS information page 2019-2020 with Mrs Tacon
A very warm welcome to all our new Owls in Year 1.
I have must say that I have been very impressed with how the children are settling in to new routines and showing great resilience! The question, "is it lunch time yet?" is becoming less frequent as the days go by, bless them.
This week, the children have been working hard on their listening skills so that they can become excellent learners. They have taken on classroom responsibilities such as handing out work books and sharing equipment with their maths partners and generally learning to take care of our classroom resources; including the fish who travelled with me from Year 3.
In our topic work, the children have had a lot of fun exploring and describing 'old' toys and thinking about what they are made from; we've even used Mr Tacon's old farmyard and zoo animals for counting objects in our maths learning. And this week, the children have shared a favourite toy from home with classmates.The children have worked together to produce our Class Code of Conduct, which I have added below, and I've also attached our 'Best of British' topic web for this term.
I wanted to say a big thank you for an amazing start parents: PE bags and outside shoes are in on Monday and book bags are sent in daily. We send out the homework book, with spellings to practise on Friday and collect them in on Wednesday. We aim to change the three reading books sent home once a week; more often if we can. Daily reading can really help the children progress, and reading the same book more than once develops fluency, confidence and enjoyment.
If you need to speak to me about anything at all, please try and catch me at the end of the school day when I hand the children back to you. Finally, I hope you can attend our informal 'Meet the Teacher' evening on Thursday 3rd October 6pm.
Winter is Coming!
We've noticed that our outside school environment is changing; the leaves on the trees are changing colour and with the wind last week, we watched them begin to float to the floor. We have collected leaves and looked at all the different colours. We made autumn leaf line drawings and printed with leaves too; we even scrunched up dry leaves and used them in our collages of squirrels and hedgehogs. We are keeping a 'seasonal cloud diary' (it's been fun laying down on the playground and looking at the clouds) and so far there have been lots of stratus clouds- 'low and grey, they can mean it's rain today'. We have also made anemometers so we can measure how much wind is in each of our seasons across the school year. Next, we're going to make a rain gauge. It will be interesting and fun to compare what we find out in our seasonal science lessons.
Learning in lots of different ways.
In our daily Phonics learning, we have been using lots of different equipment to help us: iPads, the Interactive Whiteboard, chalk boards, water and paintbrush and sticks with sand. We have been playing some really active Phonics games too like Gladiator and Running Dictation, which are fun! All of our weekly spellings have been linked to this work and we are all making great progress in our reading and writing. We have also enjoyed learning in maths using different equipment like plastic farmyard and zoo animals, counters, cubes, number lines and part-whole model boards.
Before writing our Bonfire Night poetry, we sat in the dark around our bonfire model and listened to stories and poems about fireworks. Then we pretended to be fireworks and whizzed, banged and rocketed around the classroom! We made phoneme rockets with our great poem words and a bonfire display board to show off our work. We made marks and flame patterns with our hands straight on to the display board and enjoyed the feeling of wet paint on our fingers. In our D&T lessons we made Catherine Wheels using a painted paper plate, glitter and a split pin- they turned around beautifully. In our whole-school reading week, other children enjoyed reading round our bonfire too.
Our challenge this Christmas was to make something to sell at the Freeland School Society Christmas fair. We all worked really hard to create painted, glittered and jeweled trees, mini pine cone owls, and we sold some of our papier mache bowls too with chocolates in. Well done Owls, we made over £40!
We also had an amazing time at the theatre - Beauty and the Beast ; again many thanks to FSS for treating us all.
Merry Christmas everyone and a happy New Year.
Welcome Back OWLS it's 2020!
A very happy New Year to you all!
I have added our 'Fire Fire' topic web below to give you a taster of some of the exciting learning planned for this spring term. We are starting our first week back with an amazing 'Fire Fire' show from the Science Oxford Team on Thursday 9th January.
As before, please make sure children have their PE kits, with outside shoes, in on Monday and an essential water bottle. Our PE sessions this term are on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Daily reading is vitally important and we will endeavour to change books weekly as we did last term. Spellings are given out on Friday and collected in on Wednesday; practice can be shown in homework books.
I hope you've all had a great holiday and rest, and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 7th January, ready to learn!
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, learning about African animals.
As you can see, we were able to touch real- life rhino poo. We learned that the rhino is very clever and can work out many things about another rhino by smelling the poo! Yuck.
Did you know?
Zebras are brown and white and often stay together in the wild. This is to stay safe from lions, which have bad eyesight and therefore often stay away from zebras in groups.
In maths we are currently looking at adding 3 numbers together using resources. Multi link, timelines and the hundred square are really helpful to ensure we have the correct answer!
The children have worked very hard with maths this half term and I am incredibly impressed with their ability and resillience and resourcefulness in class.
Very well done to them all :)
Welcome back to the Autumn term!
I am very excited to be teaching you all as my very first class since graduating from University.
We have lots of exciting things planned this term which links to our topic of 'Out of Africa', therefore, keep visiting our class page for more of our African learning journey.
This term, our topic is 'The Wonders of the World'. This will form the focus for our Literacy work, as well as Science, Geography, History and Art. We will explore some the wonders of the world as well as thinking about travel and transport.
The children will continue to be taught by Miss Nixey on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday with Mrs Hubbard teaching on Thursdays. This term the children will have PE on a Thursday and Friday. Please ensure that all PE kits are in school on Monday with all items clearly labelled.
The children are enjoying the weekly Big Write ‘talk topics’ and are becoming very confident sharing their opinions in front of their classmates. Please remember to talk about the topics at home as this gives the children the best opportunity to develop some ideas in advance of their writing. If you have an interesting or useful link to one of our talk topics or general topic, and would like to come in and talk to the children, please do talk to Miss Nixey, Mrs Coates or Mrs Deakin at the end of the day. We look forward to sharing more exciting news with you about the children’s learning throughout the school year.
Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.