Summer 2 - Animal Magic!
Our final term together in Class 7 - but a very exciting one!
This half term we are learning all about animals - such as where they live, what they eat and how to care for them. We began by finding out information about some animals using the internet and information books and used it to write some clues for our own animal riddles! We had lots of fun trying to guess the answers! We also had a lovely day out at Whirlow Farm where we saw lots of different animals such as pigs, goats, cows and hens and we enjoyed stroking the horses and rabbits! The helpers there also told us about how bees pollinate the flowers and we even helped them to weed the onion patch!
As well as finding out about jungle and farm animals, we have started to learn about the animals we keep as pets, thinking about how to care for them properly. Mrs O'Brien brought in her dog Charlie and explained to us how she feeds him, takes him for walks and also takes him to the vets for injections to make sure he doesn't get sick. Charlie was very well behaved in our class - but we think that might be because Mrs O'Brien had lots of cheese treats for him!
During our creative sessions we have been very busy creating some animal faces using paper plates and also some parrot puppets linked to our work on Tinga Tinga art which we have been learning all about as part of this year's Picture This! project. Some of our work is now on display in the exhibition at Magna which we are very excited about!
We still have lots of things to look forward to such as our first Sports Day and also our Summer Fayre, which has a World Cup Football theme and where we will be performing two songs along with the rest of our school.
Later this term we will be visiting our new Year 1 classes - even though it is a little sad to be coming to the end of our first year at Sitwell Infant School in Class 7, it is exciting to be moving on and making new friends! Fun times ahead!
Summer 1 - Keep Going - Keep Growing!
Well - we have had a very wet and dismal start to our summer term, but we are hoping for some dry, sunny weather over the next few weeks as we have planned a Gardening Day when we will be planting lots of different seeds and plants as part of our new topic all about growing!
We are hoping we might even have some magic beans to plant as we have really enjoyed the story about Jack and the Beanstalk. We have had lots of fun acting out the story and using very deep, grumpy voices for the giant! Now we have begun to write our own versions of the story using story language just like real authors!
During our maths sessions last half term we started to learn all about money and the value of coins. We have been applying our skills in our role play Garden Centre, where we have been buying lots of flowers, fruit and vegetables. We are also starting to find out about plant life cycles and what they need to grow, such as soil, water and sunshine!
This term we are not only going to find out how plants grow - we are looking forward to finding out how different creatures grow too and next week we will be having some very special visitors arriving in Class 7! How exciting!
Spring 2 - People Who Help Us
We have had a very busy half term finding out about people who help us!
We started off by thinking about all the people who help us in our own families and made our Who's Who? family owls which are now sitting proudly in our classroom!
During our literacy sessions we used information books and the internet to find out about other people who help us, such as the police, doctors and firefighters. We enjoyed using this information to help us write our own fact files and to help us make some emergency vehicles using some of the 3D shapes we have been learning about during our maths sessions such as cuboids, cubes and cylinders.
We have loved exploring our Police Station role play area and we were very excited when we had a visit from PC Connell. He came to tell us all about his job as a Police Officer and let us try on some of his uniform. We even got to use his handcuffs!
Another exciting day was when we visited the Sheffield Emergency Services Museum. We saw lots of different vehicles, including a huge lifeboat and some very old fire engines - we liked ringing the bells on those! Before we went home we watched a man slide down the fireman's pole from the very top of the building - he was super quick!
We finished the term off when we helped to raise money for other people by taking part in the Sport Relief Mile along with the rest of our school.
All About Me
Welcome back to school after the Christmas Holidays!
We have an exciting new topic this half-term when we will be finding out all about ourselves - how we grow and change and how we use our bodies!
We have enjoyed sharing our baby photos with the class, looking carefully at how we used to look and thinking about how we have changed now, not only in how we look, but also thinking about all the new skills we have been learning! In our literacy sessions we have been using all our ideas to help us write our very own fact files about ourselves, applying all the phonic knowledge and letter formation we have been busy practising.
We have also been learning how we use our five senses - sight, touch, hearing, taste and touch, to help us explore the world around us. We used our sense of hearing to listen carefully to all the sounds we could hear in the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt!' and made our own instruments to retell the tale with sound effects!
In our creative sessions we have been using our sense of sight to help us create our self-portraits. We used our observation skills to sketch our faces using pencils, thinking carefully about the shapes and positions of our features. We are looking forward to producing more versions using paints when we will think carefully about which colours to use to try and make the portraits look just like us!
During our maths sessions we have been learning all about measuring to find out the weight, height and length of people and objects. We have enjoyed lots of practical activities, for instance using non-standard units such as cubes, blocks and even our own hands, to find out which friends are taller or shorter than ourselves!
It's a Celebration!
We have been finding out about different celebrations this half term. We have used our own experiences, non-fiction books and the internet to find out lots of information for each of the celebrations e.g. Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Birthdays, Bonfire Night, Halloween etc. and have thought about how some things about them are the same or similar, while other things are quite different! For instance we enjoyed making colourful rangoli patterns as part of the Diwali celebrations and 3D fireworks for Bonfire night. We also had a great time tasting different types of celebration food, such as barfi sweets or mince pies!
As part of our learning about the Christian celebration of Christmas we went on our first school visit to Perlethorpe. We enjoyed making Christmas decorations in the morning before going on a journey to Bethlehem in the afternoon, when we were able to dress up in costumes and tell the Nativity story! We were also very lucky to be able to explore the church at Perlethorpe and also enjoyed visiting Reverend Karen at our local church, St Cuthberts.
In Maths, we have been using our counting on/counting back skills to help us solve some number problems, such as working out how many party hats or plates we might need for a party. We also explored different 3D shapes when we made our own firework models. In Literacy, we have been using our writing skills to help us write party invitations and lists. We have been practising our handwriting every day and have made lots of progress!
At the end of term we are looking forward to performing our Christmas play - 'Whoops-a-Daisy Angel for our families and friends. We hope you can come and join us!
Autumn 1 2017
Welcome to Class 7! We have enjoyed getting to know each other and learn everyone's names!
We are learning to follow all our new rules and routines with the six Sitwell Superheroes who are helping us to develop our lifeskills, such as being kind, honest and good teamworkers.
Our new topic is called Once Upon a Rhyme and we are enjoying singing lots of our favourite nursery rhymes together. In literacy we are learning about rhyming words - words that have the same ending sounds - and we are using them to help us write our very own versions of some well-known rhymes, such as Humpty Dumpty and Incy Wincy Spider. We may even try singing some rhymes in different languages too!
We have been very busy at the creative table where we have been practising our cutting skills to make some Humpty Dumpty jigsaws, which we have proudly displayed in the hall for everyone to enjoy!
During our Maths sessions we are singing lots of number songs to practise our counting skills, both forwards and backwards. We are also learning to recognise our numbers 0-20 and match them to the correct amounts of objects.
We were very excited to have our first PE session with Mr Hiner, where we have been learning ball skills. Our indoor PE day in Class 7 is on Thursday and we must remember to have our PE kits in school on this day, and also to remove our earrings.
This term our topic is all about 'Growth' when we will be learning about the life cycles of different plants and animals.
We were very excited on our first day back at school after the Easter Holidays when we had some eggs delivered to our classroom by a lady from Eggucation call Debs. She also brought her two hens with her and explained how to care for them, and we were able to feed and stroke them. We are keeping the eggs safe in a special incubator to keep them warm until they are ready to hatch in 21 days time. We can't wait to see the baby chicks and have a special calendar in our classroom to count down the days!
In Literacy we have been listening to some traditional tales, such as Chicken Licken and Jack and the Beanstalk. We have been developing our communication skills by using puppets and masks to retell the stories and have also been thinking about how the characters are feeling by taking part in some 'hot-seating' activities where we take it in turns to 'interview' the characters.
In Maths we have been learning to count in different patterns of 2, 5 and 10 and have been learning some great songs and actions to help us remember the patterns. We are also going to be finding out about symmetry, linking our learning to the patterns we observe on butterfly wings.
Later during the term, in week 3, we are going to be taking part in a Gardening Day. We will all get the chance to plant our own beans and learn how to take care of them in order for them to grow. If anyone has any spare compost or seeds, we would really appreciate your kind donations!
This term our topic is 'All About Me'. We started off by sharing our photos of ourselves as babies and thinking about how we have changed - how we look different now and have learnt many different skills! We have also been thinking about our bodies and how we use our 5 senses to help us explore the world around us. We are enjoying different practical activities to find out more about our senses, such as trying out different foods to explore our sense of taste and using our sense of smell to work out what is in our 'smelly pots'!
In maths we have been learning about measuring the size of objects. We have been learning the mathematical language to describe the length or weight of something (long/short, heavy/light) and we were very excited to find who was the tallest person in our class when we learnt about height. We used non-standard units, such as our hands and bricks to measure each other and we recorded our findings on height charts. It was lots of fun comparing our results!
Earlier this term we had an exciting visit to the Civic Theatre to see a performance of The Chimpanzees of Happy Town. We had been practising the songs and actions before in class, so we were able to join in with retelling the story, while the orchestra played the music. Our favourite bit was using our cross voices for the grumpy Mayor of Drabsville!
This term we have been learning about People Who Help Us. We have been busy thinking about how the people in our families, in school and in our community help us.
We enjoyed a visit to the Emergency Services Vehicles Museum in Sheffield, where we found out lots of information about the different equipment and vehicles the police, the fire service and the ambulance service use to help us. We enjoyed trying on different uniforms and learnt how to keep safe in a fire, practising the Stop, Drop, Roll drill. On returning to school we used some information books to find out more facts about the emergency services, and later set up our own police station in the role play area, where we enjoyed pretending to be police officers, acting out our own adventure stories.
In our Maths sessions we have been learning about 3D shapes and their properties. We had fun using them to create some 3D box model emergency vehicles such as fire engines and ambulances. We have also been practising our addition and subtraction skills, developing our problem solving strategies, such as counting on or counting back to find the answer.
We were also very lucky to take part in a Junk Box Music workshop. We recycled different boxes and containers to make our own instruments and had lots of fun learning to play different rhythms. At the end of the day we invited our families to come and watch our exciting performance!
Autumn 2 2016
This half term our topic is Celebrations.
We have begun by thinking about the changing seasons and enjoyed an Autumn walk around our school grounds looking for signs of Autumn. Later we created Autumn Treasure Collages which we have proudly displayed in our classroom. We have also been thinking about the food and vegetables that are harvested at this time of year, including pumpkins, and we found out that they are often used to make Halloween Lanterns. Mrs Hague showed us how to hollow out a pumpkin to make a lantern and we thought about which shapes we needed to use to create a scary face! Some children also enjoyed sharing their news about dressing up for Halloween parties.
We have also begun to think about Bonfire Night Celebrations. In literacy we have been learning about adjectives - exciting describing words - and we have been thinking of some to use to write our very own class poem about fireworks. In maths we have finding out about 3D solid shapes, such as cones and cylinders and have used them to design and make some firework models. We have lots of colourful, 'whooshing' rockets!
During this half term we will also be learning about other celebrations, including Diwali, Christmas and Hanukah. (We had our Eid celebration day last half term). We will be thinking about the things that are similar about these celebrations, such as special food, and also about things that are different, such as the chalk rangoli patterns to celebrate Diwali. We look forward to children sharing their own experiences of these celebrations and traditions, and we will all take part in our visit to Perlethore Activity Centre to find out more about the Nativity story.
We also have lots of other exciting events to look forward to, such as our Pyjama Party Day to celebrate our Book at Bedtime Challenge, our Children in Need Day when we will raise money for other children by wearing spotty clothes to school, and also our Christmas Concert when we will invite our family and friends to watch our exciting performance!
All in all - a very busy half term!
Autumn 1 2016
Summer Term 2
This term our topic is Animals. We have been exploring our role play jungle area, spotting monkeys and snakes and making up our own stories with the animal puppets. This week we have enjoyed a fabulous trip to The Deep in Hull where we saw lots of sea creatures and fish - we loved the sharks! We are also finding out about different sorts of pets and we have been using information books and the internet to help us write our own fact sheets about how to look after them. We have had a very busy half term so far, enjoying our Summer Fair and Sports Day! Next week we are going to visit our new Year 1 classes ready for the new school year in September - we are very excited about meeting our new teachers and exploring our new classrooms.