Category Archives: Science

W/C 20th May 2024

Puffins have enjoyed their computing lesson. They have been learning how to use a keyboard. With their table partners the children typed their names and then retyped a sentence using the caps lock button to add capitals in the appropriate places.
The children have loved their final D&T lessons. They have been using the saws to cut dowel and glue guns to attach wooden wheels to make their cars. We think they are fantastic!! Well done Puffins.
In English, we have been reading a new book ‘A New Home for a Pirate’. The children have loved this story as it also links to our new history topic ‘Pirates’!!!
Maths –  Money, money, money!! The children have been learning all about the British coins and notes.
We have been super busy during our science lessons recently. We have been looking at things that are ‘transparent’, ‘translucent’ and ‘opaque’.  The children have also been experimenting with different fabrics; looking at fabrics that are absorbent.

Busy Bees!

During D&T the children have been creating safety posters. We discussed as a class the tools and equipment that they will use to make their toy cars.

The children enjoyed nibbling on a chocolate chip cookie whilst doing ERIC!

Puffins loved exploring their new African themed role play. They had the opportunity to explore some information books, complete a variety of activities and play in the tuff spot.

In English we have been looking at ‘instructions’ and how they are made up of key parts. The children have also had a go at writing some of their own.

Puffins have loved learning about their new topic – Africa! The children told us what they already knew which we recorded together.

During maths the children have been learning all about Place Value to 50.

In PSHE we have read the story “The Worry Monster”. We then discussed as a class what the word ‘worry’ means amd the children were then given the opportunity to share one of their own worries.

During our R.E lesson we have been looking at our family and discussing our ‘roots’ and ‘memories’.

In science the children have been exploring different materials and their properties.

W/C 18th March 2024

In D&T puffins have been looking at toy cars. We have been exploring what materials they are made from and how they move. Puffins have been getting creative designing their very own car on Purple Mash which will be printed for the children to fold into a 3D shape. We have had some fantastic designs!
During our RE lesson we have been listening to the Easter story.
In History, the children have been researching toys from the past and present.

 

Double trouble! Puffins have been learning all about doubling in their maths lessons.
In Science the children have been sorting objects into materials. The children were then set the challenge to draw and label things from around the classroom made from these different materials.
World book day –  WOW!! Our Puffins all looked fantastic in their costumes!
Thank you to everyone who took part in the potato character competition. The children enjoyed doing an online lesson where they got to create their own book character.

Check out the children’s musical performance!

 

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 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 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.

Our Last Week

Puffins have been exploring the forest this week. The children went on a plant hunt and had the task of drawing any plants that they find.

Maths – Money, Money, Money!! We have been learning all about UK currency during our maths lessons this week. The children were introduced to all of the different coins they then worked with their table partners to match the coins.

The children have been listening to ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ by Edvard Greig during art week. The children then discussed as a whole class how it made them feel and where we could imagine ourselves being during the piece. Henry said “It’s like I’m up high on a roof” and Karim said “It’s like we’re in a cave and someone’s catching us”. The children then came up with some ideas on what they would like to create. Check out the pictures below to find out how they turned out.
Puffins loved taking part in sports day! Although the rain did cut it short the children all had a great time competing. We had some super speedy egg and spoon, obstacle and sprint races. Well done Puffins!!
Swans came through for their transition day this week. The children played some circle time games and coloured in a jigsaw piece that will be displayed in the classroom ready for when they come in September. We shared some fun facts about ourselves. Freddie said “I like disco music” and Lillie said “I like spiders”. Rishi said “I like peacocks and elephants and Parrots”. Thank you Swans for a great transition day. Miss Gordon and I can’t wait to welcome you all back in September!!!

An Exciting Week!

During our D&T lessons the children will be baking! The children were very excited to have a taster session where they got to taste some banana cake. As a class we then discussed what we liked and disliked about the cake. Evin said “I love it! I like the sweetness inside it,” and Ollie said, “It is good – I like the banana in it.” The children filled out their D&T booklets. We talked about how we could make the cake tastier, healthier and what we could add to it or what we could change. Puffins will be baking soon… watch this space!!

In maths Puffins have been learning to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s!! The children have also been learning all about ‘arrays’.

We have had some very cute feathery visitors in Puffin’s class this week. The children got to ask their questions and watch the ducklings paddle about. They also had the opportunity to hold and stroke them. Aww… we loved meeting Daisy, Gill, Charlie and Cutie. Thankyou Tyler and Mummy!!

 

Puffins have been learning all out plants during their science lessons. As part of one of their lessons the children got to plant some vegetable seeds. We can’t wait to see them grow!!

The children have loved their Goldentime. As the weather is so nice, we let them run about on the field. Some children even created a nature bracelet.

Botanical Gardens

The children LOVED our trip to the Botanical Gardens! We  had perfect weather for exploring. The children were well behaved and enjoyed the day’s activities; they got to have a go at ‘pond dipping’ and ‘minibeast hunting’. Check out the photos and videos to see what we got up to.

W/C 15th May

The children have enjoyed painting their clay plaques. We think they look amazing! Well done Puffins. We have also been drawing pirate ships and painting them in the style of using water colours.
Puffins have loved completing a science experiment this week. They worked in their table groups to see which materials were waterproof and which were absorbent. The children then filled out a table with their findings.
Ahoy there!!! The children have loved learning all about their new topic… PIRATES! We have been looking at facts about pirates focusing on ‘Black Beard’ and ‘Ann Bonny’. We even got to ask a couple of cheeky pirates some question.
In maths, Puffins have been learning all about the time. They learned about he hands on an analogue clock and how to read ‘o’clock’ and ‘half past’ times. They have been busy sequencing events of a school day, the days of the week, months of the year and also explored seconds and minutes on a stopwatch. Goodness, we have been busy!!
In PSHE we are learning about taking care of our teeth. The children watched a short video on mouth hygiene. We then discussed as a class why it is important to take care of our teeth and wrote some of their ideas down as a brainstorm. The children sequenced how to brush their teeth and then had a go at following their own instructions.

In computing Puffins have been exploring the school website. They have also had the opportunity to leave a comment. Check out our class blog to see what they had to say!

During our Phonics lessons we have been consolidating. The children have really enjoyed playing lots of games such as ‘Snakes and Ladders’, ‘Frustration’ and ‘Roll and Read’.