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!
Category Archives: PSHE
During our PSHE lesson we have looked at the NSPCC PANTS scheme. With the help of their friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus, we discussed PANTS in a simple conversation to help keep children safe. We listened to the ‘Pantosaurus’ song which the children thought was great. This is the link if you want to give it a listen at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lL07JOGU5o
Week Commencing December 12th
Weeks Commencing 7th and 14th November
Puffins have been looking at nursery rhymes in their English lessons and rhyming words. They were set the challenge of sorting and matching rhyming words. The children have enjoyed hot seating a nursery rhyme character and creating their own nursery rhymes.
During Computing, the children have been practicing creating algorithms on Purple Mash. They have also enjoyed playing ‘typing jets’.
In our DT lessons the children are making photo frames. They have been very busy designing their frames and writing lists of tools and materials they would need.
During ERIC the children were set the challenge to find and read a book with a different friend.
During Geography the children have been looking at a compass and the points. The children have looked at how a compass works also learning the mnemonic ‘Never Eat Shredded Wheat’. We have also been looking at our local area and school and learning about human and physical features.
In maths we have focused on addition and subtraction using a part whole model. The children have also been introduced to the terms First, Then and Now for subtraction.
Puffins have watched a short clip showing how people sometimes behave online. They then took part in a game where they drew a happy or sad face to show they understood whether the behaviour was kind or unkind. We then talked about how we can be kind online. The children completed an activity where they coloured kind and unkind behaviours. We have also been discussing how actions can affect how we and others feel. We went through who can help us at home and in school and listened to the song ‘Calling Out’ by Andy and the Odd Socks.
Week Commencing 10th October 2022
Week Beginning 13th June 2022
In Puffins we have been learning all about fractions. The children have been halving shapes and sharing quantities into two equal parts and discussing and using the term ‘half of’. We have also been looking at quarters. The children loved cutting up their favourite treats in quarters and sharing them equally.
In our English lessons, the children have been looking at the story ‘A new home for a Pirate’. We have been very busy putting the story into order and created our own story maps. We then used them to write our own version of the story.
Puffins have also been looking at poems and then spotting rhyming words throughout the text. The children then got to go on a rhyming word hunt around the classroom. We’ve had lots of fun naming different pirate characters and then using them to create a rhyming string. For example “Captain Waggle-Jack liked to eat a snack”.
During our history lesson this week the children wrote a ‘message in a bottle’ from themselves as Pirates.
Puffins have been introduced to their new science topic ‘An introduction to plants’. The children have already planted a sunflower seed so we discussed that process and then they labelled a diagram. We also took a little trip down to our forest to look at plants and trees. The children had a go at drawing some plants and adding labels.
During empathy day the children listened to a story about a little boy with one leg. We talked about how he was feeling throughout the story and what kind of things the children in the story could of done to show empathy. After we discussed with our talk partners what we thought empathy was and how we show it everyday at school.
Puffins loved their special dance lesson today taught by a visitor. We began by stretching and playing some games. The teacher then demonstrated some dance moves for us to copy which where then put together. The children enjoyed performing their ‘African dance’. Check out the video to see us in action!
In PSHE we focused on our emotions; particularly jealousy and pride. We watched a little clip on jealousy and then discussed with our talk partners moments when we felt these feelings. Here are a few comments about what makes us feel jealousy or pride:
Summer – “When I go to my friends house and see their toys that I like.”
Laken – “When my cousin gets sweets and I don’t.”
Lorise – “When we don’t win a football game.”
Alanna – “I feel jealous when it’s my sisters birthday.”
Archie – “I feel jealous when my brother goes to the cinema and I don’t.”
Ava – “I feel proud when I make things.”
Kaiden – “I feel proud of myself when I do something good in art club.”
Kane – “I feel proud when I get a gold card.”
Elena – “I feel proud when I help around the house and do things to help.”
Well done Puffins!
This summer term for our Design and Technology project we are cooking! To introduce this topic we had a message from a pirate telling us that his crewmates keep getting sick because they won’t eat their vegetables. He asked for our help to sneak fruit or vegetables into their tummies. Puffins came up with some great ideas such as fruit cake or different flavoured pies. We settled on ‘carrot cake’. The children then researched the existing product by tasting some yummy carrot cakes and looking on the IBW at recipes. The children wrote up the ingredients that they would need and what they could add to it to make it healthier. We looked at the method and what tools we would need to make our cakes. We then got to try a variety of carrot cakes and discussed whether we liked the taste or not.
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 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.