Category Archives: Computing

Week Beginning 20th June

During Computing the children have been using the website ‘Purple Mash’ to collect data and add it onto a pictograph. They have been working in pairs to find out what weather their classmates like best. The children also had the opportunity to find out what pirate object they liked best. We found out that we all love treasure!!!

What a great day we have had for our sports day! We were very lucky with the weather – the children really enjoyed competing in all categories. Well done Puffins for taking part.

During English we have been looking at some famous pirates. The children have been researching Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, Black Bart and William Kidd. We found out some really interesting facts! The children have then written a short biography. Check out our work below!

Puffins have been learning about time, we have been looking at ‘half past’ and ‘o’clock’. The children have completed lots of practical working in pairs to make a time on their clocks they have also been drawing the hands on a clock face.

In science the children have been learning all about plants and what they need in order to grow. The children got to complete an experiment, planting cress seeds. One of their plants got everything it needs to grow successfully and the other would be missing a key factor; either no soil, no water or no light. After a week, we looked back at our seeds to see what differences we could see. Our results were amazing! We found that the seeds with everything they needed grew green and bushy, the seeds with no light grew tall but were yellow. The seeds with no soil grew slightly but died shortly after and the seeds with no water didn’t grow at all. After we discussed our results we placed all of the plants out into the sun and after a few days the yellow cress turned green!

Puffins have also been learning the differences between evergreen and deciduous. We watched a clip with ‘Ranger Hannah’ – she goes exploring through her own garden to show us the different types of trees she can find. After we talked about the different trees we have in our forest and surrounding areas the children then completed a worksheet, finishing sentences to show their understanding.

During R.E this week we have been looking at the story ‘The Lost Sheep’ – a children’s Bible story about a shepherd who lost a sheep. This story can help children understand God’s great love for all people, including those who may not appear to be religious. God loves all people regardless of what they do. After the story and lots of discussion the children got to make a sheep to take home.

The children have loved their Dance session. This week we had Coach Sophie and she taught us a Chinese themed dance.

Check out our video and see our great dance moves!!

 

 

Week Beginning 23rd May 2022

This week in maths we have been continuing our learning about division. Puffins have completed lots of practical which they have loved as they got to have a little nibble of the resources we used. We learnt to share into equal groups using Cheerios and Rice Krispie Shapes.

This week in PSHE Puffins have been looking at ways to recognise the signs of “love and care”. We briefly looked at the story ‘Guess how much I Love You’. After we discussed with our talk partner our ideas. We then filled in heart shaped sugar paper with people we love and people we feel love and care from.

Puffins have enjoyed ERIC outdoors this week. They have built their own shelters and then used them during their ERIC sessions.

Ahoy there me hearties!!! Puffins have been super creative this week and used a range of resources such as water colour paints, crayons and felt tips to make their very own pirate maps. The children have done a GRRRRREAT job.

This week in computing the children have had a go at leaving their own comments on our class blog. The children worked in pairs to have a look through the blogs picking out the pictures they wanted to comment on. Check out the blog to see what they wrote.

Puffins have loved Science this week. We have been learning all about magnets and how they attract certain materials. The children got to experiment with some different classroom objects to identify which items are magnetic and which items are non-magnetic. We got to see how many paperclips a magnet could lift and we learnt about the magnetic force.

The children have thoroughly enjoyed their final day of the half term. They had the opportunity to create their own jubilee crowns ready for the disco or colour some Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pictures! The have also made a super den and played some carpet games.

Week Beginning 16th May

Puffins have been introduced to ‘Division’ during our maths lessons this week. We started by watching a small clip and after the children completed practical activities sharing different amounts between 2.

This week in History Puffins have been looking at timelines. We discussed what a time line was and then the children looked at their individual journeys so far. Puffins then had a go at drawing their own on their whiteboards.

This week in English we have been continuing to look at the story ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’. We began by discussing the story again to remind ourselves of each part we then focused on coming up with different ideas on how to thank the Little Old Lady from the story. The children then wrote their own thank you letters.

 

The children have also written their own version of the story following their own plans they made previously.

This week in Art the children had a go at following a ‘draw long’ clip following the step by step guide on how to draw a pirate ship. They have done a fantastic job!!

This week in DT we have been reviewing our boats. The children compared their builds they then completed a evaluation sheet.

During computing this week the children had the opportunity to use the laptops to browse the school website and look at our class blog. After the children had a blast from the past, we encouraged them to leave a comment on a picture of their choosing. Check out our blog to see their comments and maybe leave one for us to read in class.

Week Beginning 2nd May 2022

Welcome back! Our first week back has been a very busy one.

In Maths the children have enjoyed consolidating their 2’s, 5’s and 10’s times tables. They got the opportunity to practice using lots of fun resources such as paint, shaving foam, chalk and the IWB. The children also had a race against their table partners to see who could write the times tables the most in 60 seconds.

In science puffins have enjoyed taking part in an experiment to find out which materials are absorbent and  which are not. They were each given a different piece of material which they where instructed to dip into a box of water. They then had to complete a worksheet and suggest what material would be best to make a pirate hat.

In computing this week the children have been looking at the life cycle of a plant. They then worked in pairs to paint the cycle on ‘Purple Mash’.

Ahoy there ship mates!!! This week we have loved learning all about our new topic ‘Pirates!’ The children have enjoyed playing in our new role play pirate ship where they have been giving the chance to dress up and become a pirate. We have been learning all about the famous pirates ‘Blackbeard’ and ‘Ann Bonny’. We have also been looking at some fun facts about pirates. The children have also painted themselves as a pirate.

During R.E we have been thinking about ‘remembering’. The children made some gold doubloons to remember their birthdays.

The children have been planting sunflower seeds this week. We discussed before what tools and method we would use.

Week Beginning 14th March

This week in Puffins we have introduce Exclamation Marks and Alliteration to the children. We watched a BBC bitesize clip which explained and gave us some funny examples. The children then wrote their own sentences for the story Handa’s Surprise.

Puffins have worked very hard during Maths. This week we have been counting in tens and learning about place value to 50. We have completed lots of practical activities using dienes, part whole models, tens frames and number lines.

In Computing Puffins have enjoyed using the website ‘Code for Life’.  We went through the process of building an algorithm. The children were then partnered up and were sent to login and access it using a laptop. The children then worked through the levels building up algorithms creating movement on the screen with their partners.

In R.E Puffins listened to the story ‘The Prophet Mohammed’. We looked at the key words freedom, beliefs, proud and courage. Children then worked in pairs to think of times when they felt proud or might have been in a difficult situation and had to stand up for themselves or someone else.

This week in Geography Puffins have been looking at AFRICA! As a class we looked at where Africa is. We located it on a globe, map and Google Earth. The children loved looking at our huge floor map of the world which they then explored, labelling the 7 continents. The children then labelled a map in their books.

We also looked at pictures using Google Earth using the vocabulary of physical and human features from last term. The children where then set a challenge to sort pictures into the correct categories in their table groups.

This week during our Art lessons we have been using watercolours to create an African sunset. We discussed how to make colours lighter, darker and brighter using the paints. The children then went to their tables to make their own sunset pictures. While they dried they cut out an African animal silhouette and stuck it onto their sunset. We then had a look at how to create light and dark tones with a pencil and how to shade by using the slanted position with our hands. The children then had a go at drawing their favourite African animals. We think they are all amazing! Well done Puffins!

Also this week during art we have been looking at the colour wheel which the children then got to paint using water colours.

In PSHE the children have enjoyed listening to the book ‘Super Duper You’. The children then discussed how differences can make us special and how no-one is good at everything but everyone is good at something. To wrap up our lesson the children shared why they are so special as a circle time.

 On Friday it was Red Nose day and WOW!!! You all looked FANTASTIC! We would like to say a huge “Thankyou!!” for your generosity.

Week beginning 28th February

This week in English Puffins have enjoyed looking at poetry and rhymes. We have been exploring poetic vocabulary from the poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ by Edward Lear. The children have also been reciting the poem ‘The Crocodile’ by Christine F Fletcher ready to perform in the poetry assembly.

During computing this week the children have been using the Bee Bots. We began by reminding the children of how the bee bots work and what an algorithm is. The children were then given some simple algorithms to program the Bee Bots to go to a chosen destination on the mat.

This week has been very special as we had a visit from T.M Jorden, the author of ‘The Adventures of Poppy and Lord Ted’. He told us all about how he began as an author and the process he went through to get published. He then invited the children to ask any questions they might have. Tim then read a chapter to all the children and we managed to grab a quick photo of him and Lord Ted.

The children have loved sharing their favourite books from home this week and They all looked amazing in their costumes!!

Puffins have LOVED ERIC this week, we have been enjoying books with our friends in unusual places and of course flashlight Friday!

In PSHE Puffins have been looking at their likes and dislikes and discussing how people have different opinions. We have been learning to recognise and respect others differences. The children discussed this with their talk partners. We also looked at the book ‘My Mum and Dad make m laugh’ by Nick Sharatt.

Week Beginning 14th February

 This week in English the children have been planning their insect fact files. We discussed what is needed for a fact file and looked at children an example. We focused on looking at all the key parts – heading, introduction, subheading, labels, pictures/photographs, fun facts. We then set them off to read all about “Amazing Ants” with their partners.

Puffins have been very busy this week during our DT lessons. The children were shown the tools that they would be using to cut the dowels for their toy cars. They were then shown how to use the hacksaw and then encouraged to have a go with adult supervision.

In maths we focused on number bonds to 20. We worked with our partners to represent numbers on tens frames.

Puffins enjoyed exploring information books this week during ERIC. We sat in a circle on the carpet and shared any facts that we thought were amazing!!  Did you know that there are more than 12,000 species of ants all over the world?

Children’s Mental Health Week

In PHSE Puffins have been looking at dental hygiene and how to brush and keep our teeth clean. We watched a short clip and discussed what we do when brushing our teeth. The children then completed a sequencing activity.

The children got to construct their paper toy cars that they designed on purple mash this week. They cut out their cars, folded and assembled them. We also discussed the next step which would be to cut and attach the dowels and wheels.

In English Puffins have been looking at information books this week about insects. We have been learning about ‘facts’ and ‘opinions’. The children then completed a worksheet to sort them into appropriate groups.

We looked particularly at ladybirds. The children where then given the task of completing a fact file using what they have read. The children shared their knowledge with each other which we then brainstormed.

Puffins enjoyed listening to and taking part in the internet safety assembly. After, the class shared some of their own thoughts which we brainstormed altogether.

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and Puffins enjoyed watching an assembly from Place2Be. The children then discussed with their talk partners about who can help them and we created our own support balloon. We then listened to and had a little dance to “Reach for the Stars” by SClub7.

Another Busy Week!

Puffins have enjoyed using technology to represent their own ideas in Computing this week. They have been taking photographs of toys from the past and of their friends.

Puffins have also been learning how to use the keyboard during Computing. We introduced the children to the different keys on a keyboard then accessed purple mash ‘to write’ to practice entering text specifically describing words for different types of toys.

The children have loved PE this week, taking part in a variety of gross motor skill activities.

In maths, Puffins have been looking at 3D shapes and their properties. They had the challenge of sorting the shapes into different categories. We also recapped our knowledge of 2D shapes. Puffins then had the opportunity to look around the classroom for different shapes.

The children have also been learning to identify tens and ones within numbers to 20, representing numbers using counting sticks and dienes.

During R.E Puffins were introduced to the Islamic story of Quaswa to explore the ideas of fairness and wisdom. The children also had a look at a traditional Mosque and how that is different from a Christian church.

 In English the children have been very busy story mapping “Where the Wild Things Are” and using adjectives to describe the setting , including the conjunction ‘and’. Puffins then got to come up with their own setting and have been writing extended sentences and phrases with adjectives to describe their setting.

Puffins have enjoyed listening to two stories during PSHE “The great big book of families” by Mary Hoffman and “The family book” by Todd Parr. After reading both books we discussed with our talk partners how our families might be different. We then brainstormed the children’s ideas on a flipchart which will be displayed in our classroom.

Enjoying our Learning

Puffins have enjoyed their first music lesson this week! We all played ‘guess the sound’ to introduce different types of instruments. The children then all got to have a go at playing an instrument. They then practised singing/rapping a song from ‘charanga’.

The children have been looking at a birds eye view of the school and grounds. They then identified key human and physical features on a map.

Puffins have been carrying on with their project in design and technology. This week the children got to design their photos frames and make a list of all the key features that they want to include when building.

Puffins have enjoyed using the bee bots this week. They have been navigating a board using directions forwards and backwards.