Birch Class Learning and News Blog

Birch Class Learning and News Blog

Friday 20th November 2020

We have had another fantastic week. As it was Anti-bullying Week this week we have talked about what bullying is, how it makes you feel and what we can do to stop it.  We have also talked about what makes a good friend and how we can be kind to each other.

We are learning about non-fiction texts this week and have written a fact file on wolves. In maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and have been able to take advantage of the bright weather and have taken our learning outside, drawing shapes on the playground with chalk.

For English homework this week can the children please find out and learn off by heart one fact about bears for our non-fiction writing next week.  There will be some maths homework on Purple Mash. Please log in and complete the task set. Please don’t worry about the timings on some activities. As long as they try, that’s all we ask.

English: to find out information for a fact file.

Maths: to name 2D and 3D shape.

Friday 13th November 2020

What a busy week. We have had so much to do. We have had a remembrance service, we have had children in need and we have still managed to complete a huge amount of fantastic work. In English we have acted out the story of Little Red Riding Hood (with some very big and bad wolves) and written our own version of the story. In maths we have been continuing to learn about subtractions, using a crossing out method or counting back and returning to the part whole model to help us complete subtraction sums.

We have looked at two significant people this week. Samuel Pepys, within our topic of the Great Fire of London, and the amazing information that he left behind for us in his diary. And, we have also learnt about Ruby Bridges, one of the first African American children to go to a white school in America. The children really understood the level of segregation that she and others faced.

We have set some maths and phonics homework on purple mash this week. Please log in and complete the tasks set. Please dont worry about the timings on some activities. As long as they try, thats all we ask. We have also decided to trial a new system with regards to reading and changing childrens reading books. It has been a real struggle to fit in changing all childrens books on a Friday. So, from next week we will be taking a small number of children each day to do some individual reading with an adult. Once they have read to an adult we will then change their reading books to take home. We will provide a timetable of which children will change their book on which day. Thank you for your support and understanding.

English: To write a story in our own words.

Maths: To subtract (take away) one number from another.

Friday 6th November 2020

We have had an excellent start to the half term and the children have come back focused and ready to learn.  In English we have read and learnt the story of Little Red Riding Hood.  We are starting to look at characters and asked the wolf lots of questions. In Maths we have been continuing addition, in particular, counting on from the largest number rather than counting from the beginning.  We have also introduced using number lines as a method of calculating our sums.

In Science this week, we have started to look at and name the different materials objects are made out of. We have also read and discussed the book Ruby’s Worry in our PSHE lessons to link into our Black History fortnight.

We have set some maths and phonics homework on the website Purple Mash. Hopefully you have still got your child’s username and password. If you have any problems with this, please let us know as soon as possible.

English: To describe characters.

Maths: To use a number line to add more.

Friday 23rd October 2020

We have worked really hard this week. We have written fantastic diary entries describing The Great Fire of London.
In Maths, we have been practising our addition work and starting to write number sentences to describe our sums.
We haven’t set any homework on Purple Mash this week. Please continue to read over the half term and practise number bonds to
10. If children would like to write a small diary entry about something they have done over the holiday, we would love to see it.
English: to write diaries.
Maths: To add two numbers together.

Friday 16th October 2020

We have had another busy, but fabulous week.  On Monday we made a fascinating discovery in the garden, of part of an old diary that had been buried in a bottle.  The diary was written by a lady called Anna, telling us about what it was like in The Great Fire of London.  We are using it to learn how to write diaries. In Maths, we have been learning our number bonds for numbers within and up to 10.  This is a very important skill and makes their subsequent maths so much easier if they can learn them by heart and recall them quickly.  A good website to practise these is called Hit the Button https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

We are continuing to learn about The Great Fire of London in topic and doing well at practising our Great Fire of London dance. We apologise for the lateness of the Christmas Cards, due to our class not having all the necessary information in order to send them home.  We are in the process of sorting this out and hope you will have received them by the time you get this newsletter. We have set some maths and phonics homework on the website, Purple Mash. Hopefully you have still got your child’s username and password. If you have any problems with this, please let us know as soon as possible.

English: To write descriptive sentences.

Maths: To learn our number bonds for numbers within and up to 10.

Friday 9th October 2020

We have had another fantastic week. We have been so busy. In Maths, we have been learning about how to use part whole models with numbers up to 10. In English we have continued to explore a new book Toby and The Great Fire of London, by Margaret Nash and Jane Cope. We have been writing our own version of the story.

We have started to explore the seasons in science, and focusing on autumn. We went on an autumn hunt to find conkers, berries, different coloured leaves and squirrels.We have set some maths and phonics homework on the website Purple Mash. Hopefully you have still got your child’s username and password. If you have any problems with this, please let us know as soon as possible.

English: To write our own version of a story we know.

Maths: To make part-part whole models for numbers up to 10.

Friday 16th October 2020

We have had another busy, but fabulous week.  On Monday we made a fascinating discovery in the garden, of part of an old diary that had been buried in a bottle.  The diary was written by a lady called Anna, telling us about what it was like in The Great Fire of London.  We are using it to learn how to write diaries. In Maths, we have been learning our number bonds for numbers within and up to 10.  This is a very important skill and makes their subsequent maths so much easier if they can learn them by heart and recall them quickly.  A good website to practise these is called Hit the Button https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

We are continuing to learn about The Great Fire of London in topic and doing well at practising our Great Fire of London dance. We apologise for the lateness of the Christmas Cards, due to our class not having all the necessary information in order to send them home.  We are in the process of sorting this out and hope you will have received them by the time you get this newsletter. We have set some maths and phonics homework on the website, Purple Mash. Hopefully you have still got your child’s username and password. If you have any problems with this, please let us know as soon as possible.

English: To write descriptive sentences.

Maths: To learn our number bonds for numbers within and up to 10.

Friday 2nd October 2020

We have had another fantastic week. We have been so busy. In Maths, we have been learning about how to order numbers, using both objects and numbers, and placing them into the correct order using relevant terminology e.g. first, second, last etc.

In English we have continued to explore a new book Toby and The Great Fire of London, by Margaret Nash and Jane Cope. We have been trying to remember it using a story map and accompanying actions, and we have definitely managed to learn the first half. We have also been trying to write detailed descriptions of a picture from the story too.

We have started to learn about chronological order in our topic, The Great Fire of London, and we have compared what London looked like in 1666 with what it looks like today. We are really enjoying our PE lessons.  We will try to go outside all the time it is dry enough, can you please make sure your child has warm clothes (including trousers) for PE lessons.  Can children also have a water bottle every day?

We have set some maths and phonics homework on the website Purple Mash. Hopefully you have still got your child’s username and password. If you have any problems with this, please let us know as soon as possible.

English: To use a number line

Maths: To learn a story and actions from a story map

Friday 25th September 2020

We have had another fantastic week. We have been so busy. In Maths, we have been learning about how to compare numbers, are they more than, less than or equal to one another. We have been building number sentences using the correct terminology and the correct symbols.

In English we have begun to explore a new book Toby and The Great Fire of London, by Margaret Nash and Jane Cope. We have been trying to remember it using a story map, sequencing the story and writing a character description about Toby.

We are really lucky to have a PE specialist working with us on Thursday mornings now.  So our PE days are now Wednesday and Thursday.  Can you please make sure children have their PE kits on these days.

We have set some maths and phonics homework on the website Purple Mash. You have received an email to explain about the new website we are using to set homework and you will receive your child’s username and password at the same time. If you have any problems with this, please let us know as soon as possible. Next week we are excited to start the new topic – Fire! Fire! About the great fire of London.

English: To describe characters in stories.

Maths: To compare groups of objects and numbers.

Friday 18th September 2020

What a busy week we have had in Birch Class this week. We have continued to explore the story Here We Are, by Oliver Jeffers. We
have been learning about ourselves and our characteristics, exploring the different organs of the human body and how to keep
ourselves fit and healthy, and exploring endangered and extinct animals. We have also been painting our worlds, which we hope to
finish next week.
In maths we have been counting forwards and backwards up to 20, using number squares and counters to help. Just to let you
know, homework will now be added to this newsletter and sent home via email.
For homework this week, we’re asking that all children go onto phonics play (phonicsplay.co.uk) and use the games there to practise
their phase 2 sounds. They are providing free resources at the minute with the username and password on their home page. For
maths homework please can children find 20 objects. Children need to count them out forwards (1 – 20) and backwards (20 – 1).
Next week we will be starting our new topic of Fire! Fire! exploring the Great Fire of London. We can’t wait.

Friday 11th September 2020

Wow! What a fantastic week we have had in Birch Class. We have been so impressed with how well the class have settled in and started working so hard already.

We have been using the book Here We Are, by Oliver Jeffers as inspiration for both our topic and our English work this week. We have made some paper mache globes, which we’ll decorate next week, and we have been thinking about what is wonderful about the world – we’ve listened to Louis Armstrong’s song, we’ve made recommendations for aliens – should they visit Earth.

In maths we have been revisiting counting out objects and sorting them in different ways.

We hope that the children have enjoyed their first week back, we have really enjoyed getting to know them all and learning together.

Kind regards

Mrs Noble, Mrs Williams and Mrs Smart

 

 

 

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The final week for Birch Class - 2019 - 2020

 

Friday 17th July 2020

Birch Class Bulletin

What a fantastic week! Well done everyone. We have been very busy practising counting to 100 and back, in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, and looking at place value. You have been reminiscing about all of your favourite memories from school this year, making fantastic memory quilts and mobiles. And looking forward to next year and making lots of great pieces of work for Mrs Chapman to get to know you, including letters, dream jars and stories.

We only have two days together next week before we break up for the summer term. We have create a list of exciting activities for you to choose from next week.

We would all like to take this opportunity to thank you all for a wonderful year of hard work, laughter and learning. Have a great summer.

From all the Birch Team

Friday 10th July 2020

What a busy week we have had. It was lovely to see the home learners, even briefly, at the start of your transition with Mrs Chapman. I hope you all enjoyed your time with her and are excited about next year.

You have worked so hard again this week, well done. We’ve loved seeing all of your minibeast hunts, and heroes, and the information you have created about dogs. It’s great to see how hard you have been working in maths too, partitioning and comparing numbers can be tricky. You have also created some amazing puppets and drawings. Well done.

Next week we are going to be thinking about all of the things we have learnt and experienced during your time in year 1, and what you’re going to try to achieve next year.

Now, we have some news from Mrs Stephenson and Mrs Golden.

Mrs Golden is going to be leaving Haslingfield School at the end of the year, to train to be a teacher. We know she will be absolutely fantastic and wish her luck for her training and beyond. But she will definitely be missed by all of the staff and children.

Mrs Stephenson has also got an update that she’d like to share:

As I am sure many of you are aware I have had to take time away from the classroom recently.  In March, I found out, quite unexpectedly, that I needed to have major surgery, which I underwent in April.  I am making a good recovery and am now back on Seesaw.  I have absolutely loved teaching Birch class and being part of the Haslingfield school community.  I feel so at home that it truly feels like I have been part of the school for longer than just one year!  However, I had to make a difficult personal decision about the next academic year and despite enjoying sharing my time with children in and outside the classroom; I will be leaving so that I can concentrate on recovering fully from my surgery and becoming strong and healthy again.  As my doctor and physiotherapist have both told me -‘metaphorically speaking I am running a marathon not a sprint’.

I want to thank all of you for welcoming me into your school and making my short time at Haslingfield a happy one filled with so many wonderful and positive memories.  I have told the other teachers, I am not going anywhere, I am just healing…so, expect to see me back in school when I feel well enough to come in and lend a hand!  I will borrow some words from Dr. Seuss as you move into Year 2 - I hope you continue to laugh, challenge yourself, be entertained and be delighted!  Thank you Birch class you are all awesome! 

I’m sure you will join us all in wishing both Mrs Golden and Mrs Stephenson luck.

You will both be missed!

Friday 3rd July 2020

Thank you for another fantastic week of hard work. You have once again amazed us with how wonderful your work has been. Your picture books about teeny tiny superheroes, their lairs, gadgets and vehicles have been fabulous. Your hard work with number and place value in maths has shown us just how much you have learnt this year. Well done everyone.

Next week you will be having lots more exciting learning experiences, of a teeny tiny kind.

Thank you so much for another great week

All the Birch Class team

Friday 26th June 2020

Wow! What another amazing week. We have been so impressed with how well you have been finding quarters in shapes and quantities. We have been blown away by your amazing superveg stories and your fantastic thank you letters and art work for the NHS heroes. And your garden designs and bean growing has been fabulous. Well done everyone. You have worked so hard again, and in such tremendous heat.

Next week we’ll be looking at modern day and unlikely heroes, and then you will be explaining who your hero is and explaining why.

Thank you for another fabulous week.

Keep smiling

All the Birch Class team

Friday 19th June 2020

What a busy week we have had. Once again, you have all worked so hard and you have created
some amazing work. In English, you have been planning and writing your own Superveg stories,
drawing the setting for them and designing your superveg and veggie villains. I can’t wait to hear the
final versions at the start of next week.
In maths you have all proved that you can halve shapes and objects and quantities with ease, well
done. You have created some wonderful art and craft work, amazing Mr Incredible outfits and you
have clearly enjoyed learning about wild flowers and checking/watering your bean plants. Well done
everyone.
Next week we are looking at heroes without capes, it’s going to be very exciting.
Keep smiling, keep laughing and keep working hard
From all the Birch Team

Friday 12th June 2020

Wow … what a fantastic week of work. Well done Birch Class.

We have been so impressed with your Evil Pea Hunts (he’s still on the loose), your vegetable villains and your comic strip stories in English. You are really becoming confident in your equal sharing of amounts in maths, and you have clearly enjoyed planting seeds in science – hopefully your plants will grow well – remember to check on them and water them regularly. It’s also important to make sure they have enough light too. I can’t wait to see how well they grow.

Next week will be our last week focusing on Supertato, and we have lots of exciting activities planned for you all. We hope you enjoy them

From all the Birch Team

Friday 5th May 2020

Wow! What a fantastic week. It was so lovely to see so many of you back, in a very different, school this week. We do, however, really miss those of you still learning at home. It has been lovely to welcome Mrs Lightfoot (on Seesaw) and Mrs Keen (in school) to the team

We have been focusing on the story of Supertato this week. You have all created amazing Supertato’s and you have clearly enjoyed the activities we have set around this, including the code breaking, and freezing and freeing innocent vegetables. Your work on doubling has also been fantastic, well done.

Next week will be continue to use the story of Supertato as a basis for our work, but we will be focusing on Evil Pea and villains. We will also be looking at sharing and fractions in maths.

Thank you for another fabulous week Birch Class

Keep smiling, keep working and remember, we’re all here for you

From all of the Birch team

Friday 22nd MAY 2020

Wow, just wow! You have all worked so hard this week. We have been blown away by your adventure stories based on The Snail and The Whale. Your art work, your rainbow growing and your riddles were fantastic. Some riddles I really couldn’t solve. You have also all done so well making arrays and recognising coins in maths. We hope you have enjoyed the activities this week.
After half term we’re going to start a new topic based on Heroes, which is going to be extremely exciting.
We hope you all have a great and relaxing half term. Make sure you have plenty of time to play and enjoy being outside, hopefully the weather will continue to be nice.
Keep smiling, stay safe, and remember we’re all still here if and when you need us.
From all of the Birch Team

Friday15th May 2020

Wow! What another amazing week of work. You have all worked so hard. Well done.
We have been blown away by with your grouping work in maths, and you’re perfecting recognising coins. Your work in English has been amazing all week, your puppets, story-telling and descriptions have been so impressive. And your art work and snail hunts and labelling have been fabulous. We’re so impressed.
Well done to everyone who has been sending in show and tells too, although I haven’t been asking any questions, I have really enjoyed listening to you explain all about them.
We have just one more week before half term, and we have lots of exciting activities planned, including growing a rainbow (all will be revealed).
Thank you for another great week.Keep smiling, stay safe, and remember we’re all still here if and when you need us,
From all of the Birch Team

Thursday 7th May 2020

To our fantastic Birch Class
What another fantastic week of work. You have all been working so hard. You have produced some fantastic work for every challenge set. Your grouping in maths has been great, your descriptive sentences about the rainbow fish and the art work you have been creating is fabulous. It’s also lovely to hear your voices when you explain your views, opinions and predictions, even if it’s just a morning hello message
It made me so happy talking to some of you over the phone as well. It is a very tough and strange time, but we will get through it and we will be back in the classroom just as soon as we possibly can be.
Over the next two weeks we’ll be focusing on a new and exciting book, The Snail and The Whale, by Julia Donaldson. There will be lots of exciting activities related to this. I hope you enjoy them.
Keep up the great work. Remember, we’re just a message away if you need us.
Stay safe and keep well
From all the Birch team.

Friday 24th April 2020
We hope you have had a great Easter holiday.
Welcome back to our virtual classroom. We know we’re all trying to learn in a new way and really appreciate how well you are all coping.
This week we have started our new topic – The seaside, and we can tell how much you have all enjoyed reading the story The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch. We been thoroughly impressed with all of the hard work you have been doing. The lighthouse designs, scenery paintings and puppets in particular have been so impressive. You have also all been working really hard with developing your phonics and your maths practise has been fantastic. There is also a tremendous amount of reading that you have been sharing with us.
Well done everyone.
Mrs Noble, Mrs Stephenson, Mrs Siddall, Mrs Golden and Mrs Hobbs

1st April 2020

We have been so impressed with all of the hard work you have been doing during home learning this week. We loved all of the safari’s you took us on and the nature walk pictures and maps you have created.

Well done everyone. Please keep up the hard work next week – which is filled with Easter themed activities.

Thank you

Mrs Noble and Mrs Stephenson