A New Year in Puffins

During our computing lessons we have been learning to use the ‘Beebots’.  We began by reminding the children of how they work and what directions they can make them move in.
In English, we have been reading a new book this term called ‘Where the Wild things are’ written by Maurice Sendak. The children have enjoyed telling the story using actions. They have also been very excited to explore our new role play area… where we found Max’s boat waiting for us!
The children have been busy sequencing the story and writing some of their own sentences alongside the pictures. They have also started to recreate the story choosing their own characters, settings and buildups.
Puffins  have been looking at numbers to 20. We have been representing them using tens frames and counters and working within our table groups to match the numeral to the correct quantity.
Puffins have enjoyed their first ‘peace circle’ of 2024. We got to check in share a fun fact about ourselves and play games.

Week’s Commencing 11th and 18th December

In RE, the children learned about the story of Mary and Joseph. They watched a short clip and then talked as a whole class.
Puffins have been very busy during their D&T lessons designing and making picture frames. The have all had a go at cutting with a saw, smoothing down their wooden pieces with sandpaper and attaching the parts with a glue gun. We have definitely got some future carpenters in the class!
Once they were assembled and dried the children had the opportunity to paint and decorate their finished frames.

Thank you to all of our parents that came to our Maths Workshop. We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children did.
We went to The Mac! All children were very well behaved and thoroughly enjoyed watching ‘Starchitects save Santa’ – a festive space adventure.
During our English we have been creating our very own stories. The children got to choose their own characters, settings, problems and solutions which they then drew on a story map. They have been working this week to write up their stories following the plot from ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’.

Week Commencing 4th December

During our Geography lessons this week we have been looking at a compass. The children have learnt the four points. ‘North, East, South and West’.

We have learnt a little rhyme to help us remember, ‘Never Eat Shredded Wheat’. The children then experimented with a compass in the garden.

Puffins have also been labelling a map and looking at what physical and human features are.

Physical features are natural and include: beach, cliff, forest, hill, mountain, sea, river, soil, valley, weather.

Human features show how humans have altered the environment. These features might include buildings, towns, cities, farms, houses and shops.

Puffins loved their music lesson this week. They all enjoyed playing the glockenspiel!
During ERIC the children were given the challenge of picking a different partner and a book to share.
In Science the children enjoyed going on a sensory walk.  They drew what they could smell and hear. We have also been looking at measurements; in particular length. The worked together to carry out an experiment – can children with longer length legs jump further? The children worked in groups to measure their legs and to see how far they could jump.  They then worked with Miss Gordon to put them into length order and distance they jumped.

In PE the children have REALLY enjoyed playing games with the parachute!

Week Commencing 13th November

Puffins had a fab evening at the Autumn Disco last week. Here we are all ready and striking a pose!
This Anti-Bullying Week we have all come together to have discussions about what bullying means to us, how banter/teasing can turn into something more hurtful, and what we can do to stop bullying. The children shared some of their ideas which we brainstormed. The children also enjoyed listening to and having a bop about to the ‘Make a noise’ song. https://youtu.be/6UU_jOiway0?si=zFSJ3ImG3XTAX7VA
This week in D&T the children have been designing their own picture frames. They have investigated existing product, created lists of the resources they will use and drew a picture of what they hope it will look like.
Puffins got to have a look at ‘Google Earth’ during their Geography lesson this week. They zoomed into the school grounds and looked at what  ‘Physical features’ and a ‘Human features’ are. The children then cut, stuck and labelled aerial images in their groups.
In maths, the children have been learning all about ‘fact families’.

Week commencing 23rd October

During our PSHE lesson we have been learning all about what makes a family. The children shared with their talk partners who is in their families. We then brainstormed the children’s ideas and thoughts.
In our maths lessons we have been learning  all about what makes a ‘whole’. The children looked at different items of different sizes and we discussed as a  class what makes something a ‘whole’. We looked at how a ‘whole’ can be represented by one object. We then looked at how an object can be split into two or more ‘parts’. The children loved this because they got to split a biscuit into parts look at how many they created and then eat them! We used hoops to create our own ‘parts’ and the children worked out what the ‘whole’ would be. The children also looked a ‘part-part-whole’ model.
This week in English the children have been looking at a new topic ‘Nursery Rhymes’. We have been singing and performing quite a few, check out the videos below.
In Phonics this week the children have been learning all about spit digraphs. We are always very busy during our phonics lessons!
During Black history month we have been learning about Rosa Parks. The children watched a short video all about her and listened to the story. They then worked in pairs to sequence the events.
During our first music lesson the children listened to a piece of music, they got to have a little dance and talked about what instruments they could hear.
Puffins have been using their sense of taste during their science lesson. They got to try something sweet, sour and bitter.

Week commencing 16th October

This week during their Art lesson the children have been looking at the human skeleton.
 We talked abut the different bones and then the children got to create their very own skeleton using black card and white paper straws. The children loved this activity although a few of them got very sticky after using the glue! We think they have done a fantastic job, well done Puffins!!!
During this week’s circle time the children and Miss Gordon went through the school rules and behaviours for learning. They also had the chance to share what they did over the weekend.
Puffins have enjoyed computing this week. The children worked in pairs to log onto the computer and into ‘Wonde’ through the school website. Once they were in, the children had the chance to use the Purple Mash website using the art app to create a digital painting using the mouse. The children learnt new vocabulary; paint program, tool, paintbrush, erase, fill and undo. 
The children have been continuing with their learning of ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’. We have also been looking at ‘greatest and least’. The children have worked in groups of 3 to put numbers they have rolled on a dice into order. They also looked at their names; working out who in their group had the greatest amount of letters to who had the least amount of letters.
Do you know the five different groups of animals? We have been taking a look at them in our science lessons — mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The children were amazed to learn about their features and what sets them apart from each other. We went on an adventure with Pants Bear as he told us all about the animal kingdom! Here is the link if you would like to explore more at home. https://youtu.be/EDIcqxwxb90?si=fQiXUc1lvpkWSBvP
They have also been looking at new key words; omnivore,  carnivore and herbivore. The children then completed a very fiddly but fun activity where they had to cut and stick a variety of different animals in the correct category. WOW! Haven’t we have been busy!

Week Commencing 9th October

Puffins were super excited to see the arrival of our first few chicks. The children enjoyed looking at the information books and Forrest recreated the first chick hatching.
The children were amazed at how much they have grown when they came down to the classroom. One of the chicks was not particularly happy! Check out our photos to see his grumpy face!
 We  first observed the chicks through the box and talked about the body parts and the children couldn’t believe how many feathers covered their little wings. The children then got to hold or stroke the chicks if they wanted to. Some of the children came up with some great names for the chicks Anaya said “We could call her Sunshine Rainbow,” and Mason said “What about yellow?”.
This week in maths we have been learning all about ‘Greater than, less than and equals to’. The children enjoyed listening to the ‘Greater Gator song’. You can use this link at home, you will love it!!!  Number Gators (Greater Than, Less Than Symbols Song) – YouTube
In science, the children have learnt new key words ‘amphibian’, ‘mammal’, ‘reptile’ and ‘bird’. They looked at lots of photos and short clips. We then talked as a whole class what different types of animals fit into each categories.
The children have drawn part of their face in the style of Vincent Van Gogh today. They got to listen to some instrumental music as he drew.
This week we have been reading the book ‘The shopping basket’ by John Burningham. The children wrote some super sentences to go with the pictures from the story.

Week Commencing 25th September

In Computing, the children have been learning how technology helps us and how to stay safe online. The children went on a technology hunt around the classroom and then shared their ideas on how to use the internet safely.
In English this week, the children have been learning all about the pronoun ‘I’. They have put their bear heads on and  created their own settings for ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’.  They also got to ‘hotseat’ the bear. Some of the children came up with some great questions for the bear. Forest asked ‘Why did you chase the family?’ and Lily asked ‘Why were you sad?’ The children have also been performing the story using actions.
In maths, the children have been learning all about one more and one less.
During our History lessons we have been learning all about key words ‘past’ ‘present’ and ‘future’. The children completed a work sheet where they got to draw themselves as a baby, as they are now and what they think they will look like in the future.
During our PSHE lesson this week, we have been looking at body parts. The children worked as a whole class to label the body and we discussed the important NSPCC PANTS programmeThe children enjoyed listening to the PANTS song. Here is the link if you want to use the video and have a chat to your child at home. https://youtu.be/_SzbMEVYiyg?si=QuX67n17BA8j8vqa

Week Commencing 18th September

In English, Puffins have enjoyed listening to the story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. They have been very busy acting out the story using masks, sequencing and writing sentences using adjectives.
In Maths, the children have been learning all about representing numbers and recognising numerals. They have worked in their table groups to match quantity to number and word.
During history the children have been learning all about ‘past’ and ‘present’. They completed a cutting and sticking activity where they had to sort objects into the correct category.
The children have been introduced to the famous artist  ‘Vincent Van Gogh’. They had a quick look into his story and got to have a look at some of his paintings. The children liked ‘The Starry Night’ and ‘The sunflower’. They looked at the texture of his paintings and how they are full of different lines, swirls and markings. The children then had a go at drawing a self-portrait in the same style. The children thoroughly enjoyed drawing themselves and we did have a few giggles about how some had turned out. Miss Gordon and I think they are FANTASTIC!! Well done Puffins.