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Summer 2

Week 3

What a busy and exciting week it has been this week in Anansi class. We have got lots of things to share with you this week.

Maths

This week, in maths we have been learning about money. On Monday, we worked on recognising the value of different coins. We learnt how many pennies made up each coin. All the children were so knowledgeable knowing that there are 100 pennies in a 1-pound coin. We used this skill to work out how many pennies were in 2 pound and 3 pound. On Tuesday, we read and answered word problems to show our understanding of coins in our books. On Wednesday, we had such a fun experience. We moved onto recognising paper money. We have been working with the ESA for a long time and because we now know what we need to take, on Wednesday we went shopping for those items. In groups we had a shopping list, with items to find like a rocket, space gloves, and a spacesuit among other things. Then, we used the price list and some paper money to buy the items. One person was the shop keeper and the other two people were working out how much the items were and counting out the correct amount of money. It was super fun! Now we are even more ready for our trip to the moon to save Kipper! On Thursday, we consolidated our knowledge by reading and answering word problems.

Creative Curriculum

This week, in creative curriculum was so fun! After lunchtime, on Wednesday we came into the classroom to some strange sounds playing in the classroom. We looked on the board and it said they sound was a message from space. The ESA had translated the message it said it was Eric and he wanted to come back to see us but he needs our help to land on Earth. Last time, Eric crashed so we wanted to find the best place to land. We looked at the Earth and decided that he could not land on the North or South Pole because it would be too cold. He could not land near the equator because it is too hot and there might be deserts there so there would be no water. We worked out that the UK is the best place to land as it is not too cold or too hot. We then named the four countries of the UK and coloured a map in and labelled the countries and cities. Now we know which counties he can land in next week we will work out what type of place will be best to land.

RWI and Star Group

This week, after our phonics test there has been a new RWI group created. We now have a Blue Group instead of our comet group Also, some children have moved from the comets group (the new blue group) to Grey Group which is fantastic. In Star Group we are still working on the Greek myth Daedalus and Icarus.

Science

As part of our Space Topic, we have been exploring how robots are used to help astronauts in Space. We have been using Sheffield Uni's MakEY Robots box to explore algorithms and trying to find out why Robots can be useful and how we can control them.  We had 6 jobs to do.

Thank You for taking the time to read our blog.

It was great to see you all of you at parents evening this week.

Summer 2

Week 2

What a fantastic week we have had this week in Anansi class.

Maths

This week, in maths we have been learning about place value again. On Monday, we looked at comparing numbers again. We practised comparing numbers with the less than and greater than signs. On Tuesday, we looked at ordering numbers from smallest to biggest. On Wednesday, we learnt about one more and one less. We used number tracks and 100 squares to help with adding one and taking away one. We also used many different types of maths manipulatives to understand the concept of one more and one less. Next week, in maths we will be learning about money to further our understanding on the value of coins while also looking and completing some word problems.

Creative Curriculum

As our trip to space gets ever closer this week we decided to do something which will really help us on our mission. We have been writing a risk assessment of all the dangers that could happen and saying how we would resolve those problems if they were to arise. The children came up with super hazards such as no oxygen, no food, no water and the temperature. We also said that it was very important that the pilot didn’t get too tired.

RWI and Star Group

This week, all the children have been continuing to learn there sounds in preparation for the phonics check. On Thursday, all the children did their phonics check and they all did such as brilliant job.

Trip to Longshaw Estate

Last Friday, all of the Y1’s went to Longshaw Estate. When we got there we were split into groups and did different activities. Then, after lunch we all swapped over. The first activity, was to walk through the forest with a teacher from Longshaw Estate. We listened to the sounds in the forest and discussed about different plants, trees and birds. After, we went on a mini beast hunt where we used brushes and cups to catch the mini beasts so we could look at them. Then, we put them back in their natural habitat. After lunch, we went to the pond to do some pond dipping. We caught lots of different creatures including many tadpoles. It was a great day out and we all learnt so much about nature and science.

Thank You for taking the time to read our blog. I look forward to seeing you all new week for parents evening.

Summer 2

Week 1

It is great to see everyone back after the holidays. This week has been the first week of our last half term as Y1’s and it has been a very busy and interesting week.

RWI

This week, was the time were all the children found out their new RWI groups. The children really have been working so hard and so many children moved up to new groups. The Y1 star group, has grown meaning that more children in Y1 have completed the RWI programme with is fantastic.

Maths

This week, we have been learning about place value. We have been understanding how a two-digit number has tens and ones in them. All the children were using physical manipulatives such as dienes and base 10 to making numbers physically so they could tell how many tens and ones were in each number. After this, we recorded what we had found out in our books. Later in the week, we learnt about the terms less than, greater than and equal. We learnt that these words have symbols that can be written down to make a number sentence. We watched a video of an alligator eating numbers to help us understand the less than and greater than symbols. Here is the video link if you would like to watch it.

Creative Curriculum

After Eric the alien had repaired his spaceship, he successfully landed back home on his own planet. He had a problem though. While he had been away meteors had struck his planet and destroyed all his food. He asked Anansi class if they could help him as they had welcomed him and treated him so nicely when he crash landed on Earth in our forest school. We accepted the challenge and set to work. We decided to make spaceships and put seeds in them so Eric could use the seeds to grow crops then he would send our spaceships back. We made some excellent spaceships. They were well painted in bright colours so Eric could see them coming. They were also made really robustly to withstand the dangers of space travel.

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