Hello everyone, and welcome to the first Beech Learning Blog of a brand new school year! We have had a very exciting first week back at school; the children have really hit the ground running and have been up to lots already! Read on to find out more…
After the excitement of settling in on Tuesday, the children started by looking at our first topic of the year: Castles! They designed their own castles and wrote down some facts they knew already; it turns out they know lots, and are eager to learn more. On Wednesday, a mysterious silver box arrived in the classroom, and inside were an array of items: a crown, a tiny sword and tiny pair of scissors, a small silver bell, a candle, a goblet and… a tablecloth. What did these items mean? The children set to work to find out.
On Thursday, we received an illustration – could it be from our mystery visitor? It showed a girl sleeping in a large bed with a golden crown floating above her head. Lots of the other items from the box were there too. The children thought about what stories they knew were similar to this one: Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Princess and the Pea, maybe even Beauty and the Beast or Rapunzel. On Friday, we discovered that the picture was an illustration from an unknown book – we read the first page together, where we found out that the princess dreamed of a magnificent crown, but was frustrated that no-one could make it for her. So that is what we set out to do! We made crowns fit for a princess, which looked fantastic.
In maths this week, we have been revising some of our Year 1 skills – after all, practice makes perfect! We looked at counting up to 100 in 1s and 10s, number bonds to 10 and our doubles up to double 10. We somehow managed to fit even more in this week, too! In art, we looked at mixing colours and using white and black paint to make lighter and darker shades. In Jigsaw, we read ‘The Huge Bag of Worries’ to discuss any worries we might have had about coming back to school in our first week. And in music, we learned a brand new song called ‘Hands, Feet, Heart’ and played some rhythm games to really feel the beat.
Thank you to everyone who could make it to the ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting on Thursday – it was lovely to say hello in person! If you weren’t able to, please come and say hello whenever you can. A letter was sent home on Friday with all the information given out in the meeting. Just a quick reminder that our PE days (for now) are Tuesday and Friday, so please remember to send in a PE kit next week.
The children have been sent home with reading books and diary. Please send it in every day, so that we can use their diaries for book changes, maths targets and spellings. I will send home homework books, on Monday with this half term’s activities inside, as well as another copy of the children’s Sumdog login cards. Purple Mash cards will be sent out soon. Sumdog homework will be set in the coming weeks, and I will notify you in the blog when it has been set.
Thank you for reading the blog this week – please feel free to write a comment below and I will reply when I can. It has been lovely getting to know the children this week, and I am sure this is the start of a great year to come!
Lots of Love Ms Mountjoy x
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