Well done to Ava M, Zach, Alyssia and Grace for their certificates in celebration assembly this week. :)
Allan Ahlberg - Y1 & Y2
Welcome to Allan Ahlberg class. Our class consists of 30 pupils; 10 Year One pupils and 20 Year two pupils. In our class Miss Shore and Mrs Vella support us with our learning everyday. In Ahlberg class we recognise the importance of working together. We place our trust in each other
World Book Day - We are now celebrating World Book Day in school on Monday 5th March due to bad weather last week. Our theme this year is 'Bedtime Stories'. Remember to bring your pyjamas that day so that you can get changed in school along with your favourite book to share (please make sure books have your name in them). We will also be using a potato to make a character from a story and you will get to take these home to share with your adults.
Reading Books - School reading books are changed in school every Friday. Please can you make sure you are reading daily with your child and that their book is brought back each Friday to be changed.
PE - Our PE days are on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please can you make sure your child has a suitable PE kit to use - both indoor and outdoor kit is recommended at this time of year. Please can you make sure all PE kit is clearly labelled with your child's name and in a drawstring bag.
Decorated Easter Egg Competition - Children should bring their entries to school on Monday 19th March. We look forward to seeing everyone's creative ideas!
Parents' Evening - Tuesday 20th March and Thursday 22nd March. Please book appointments through the online link under the parents tab.
British Science Week
We have had lots of fun this week investigating different aspects of Science. As part of our ‘I’m Alive’ topic, we have planted bean seeds so that we can observe the changes as they grow. To record what we have found out we are completing a bean diary to show the growth of the bean and how it changes. We know that seeds need water, light, air and time to grow. We used our knowledge as the basis for our experiment. We wanted to find out if a seed needs soil to grow so we decided to place our bean seeds on a wet paper towel and observe the results. We then had one seed that was planted in a bag of soil so that we could observe if it made any difference to the growth of the bean.
We also wanted to find out if bubbles are always round. We explored what would happen to the bubbles if we used different shaped bubble wands. We had to make predications as to whether we thought the shape of the wand had an effect on the shape of the bubble. To begin with we had to make our own bubble mixture, we really enjoyed mixing all the ingredients together! Then we each had a go at making our own bubble wands. We used materials such as wire, straws and string to create our wands. We tried to make lots of different shaped wands so that we had plenty of different options to test to see if all the bubbles would come out round in shape. We then went outside with our mixture and wands and tested out what we had made. We all had a brilliant time playing with the bubble mix.
To our amazement we found out that all the bubbles were round even if we used a star or a heart shaped bubble wand! We talked about the air we blow into the bubbles pushing outwards and creating the circular shape of the bubbles.
World Maths Day
On Wednesday 7th March the whole school enjoyed being involved in world maths day. We started the day with a whole school assembly. The assembly was used to introduce the theme of Times Table Rockstars to the children, what a fantastic assembly it was! In Ahlberg class we loved creating our Avatar on the TTRockStars App and having a go in the Garage and the Arena. Don't forget you can practice on TTRockstars at home using the logins that were given out on the day.
During the day we also took part in a maths investigation based around 3D shapes. We had to make 3D shapes out of playdough for the vertices and art straws for the edges of the shape. We had so much fun creating the shapes and the activity really helped us to develop our knowledge on the properties of 3D shapes.
Year 1 Literacy
This week the Year 1 pupils had been doing Literacy lessons instead of Read Write Inc. due to the bike ability course running. We have been introduced to traditional fairytales and their features. We have read the Elves and the Shoemaker story together as a class and have sequenced it using role play. We have worked in small groups developing our acting skills and have performed our group performances to the rest of the class. We have then watched a short animated version of the story and explored adjectives to describe one of the main characters Mr Bottle the shoemaker and wrote our own character description.
We have enjoyed planning our performances so much that we have finished off the week with Jack and the Beanstalk and shouting "Fee Fi Fo Fum!" There have been some very impressive performances which has led to some wonderful written character descriptions.
World Book Day
On Monday 5th March we celebrated World Book Day in School. Our theme this year was 'Bedtime Stories' so we all brought our pyjamas along with one of our favourite books. Throughout the day we did lots of different activities linked to World Book Day. One of our tasks was to decorate a potato to create our favourite book character. Everyone really enjoyed the day and we loved sharing different stories with our friends and teachers. Take a look at some of the potatoes we made below.
Fun in the Snow!
On Wednesday 28th February we made the most of the snowy weather and played outside in the snow with our friends and staff in school.
In week 2 of this term we have been learning about Position and Direction. We have been learning about different turns; quarter turn, half turn, three quarter turn and full turn. We have also looked at turning in a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction. To practise some of the skills and language we have been learning and developing we completed lots of different activities. We have really enjoyed working with our partner outside to give them directions of how much we wanted them to turn and whether we wanted them to turn clockwise or anti-clockwise.
In week 2 we have been using The Little Shoemaker animation as a stimulus for our writing. We have started off by watching the animation and describing the characters, setting and events. We also began writing detailed descriptions of the Shoemaker, Mr Botte, and his workshop. We will be continuing to write these throughout this next week. We have been focussing on using different adjectives, adverbs and noun phrases to make our writing more interesting and exciting for the reader. Make sure you come back next week to see our fantastic descriptions!
Spring Term 2 - During the first week back we have already started doing lots of exciting learning. This week we have been looking at symmetry. We have learnt about what symmetry is and how we can identify if something is symmetrical. We worked hard to find out if specific shapes were symmetrical or not and we had to identify where their lines of symmetry were. We linked in patterns with our symmetry and lots of us enjoyed making symmetrical patterns with different maths apparatus.
Spring Term 2 - During our first week back after half term we have enjoyed reading lots of different Fairytale Stories and Traditional Tales. So far we have read, Jack and the Beanstalk, Pinocchio, Puss in Boots and The Gingerbread Man.
We used our drama skills to act out parts of the story Jack and the Beanstalk. We thought carefully about using the features of traditional tales in our performances like 'Once upon a time..' to start the story and '...they lived happily every after.' at the end of out story. We also tried to use dramatic voices to make our performances more interesting for our audience. We have also been focussing on writing descriptively. We wrote our own character descriptions of Pinocchio, we really enjoyed finding lots of exciting adjectives that we could use to describe his character. Additionally, we have been finding out how to write dialogue correctly. We used these skills to write a conversation that could occur in Puss in Boots.
Spring Term 1 - In maths we have been learning about multiplication and division. We have been using our knowledge of the 2, 5 and 10's times tables to help us solve problems. We have used practical equipment, arrays and repeated addition to develop our understanding. We have also been learning about fractions. We initially learnt that a fraction is part of a whole. Once we had secured this knowledge we were able to recognise, find, name and write fractions including a half, one quarter, two quarters, three quarters and a third. We used the bar model to help us understand fractions of numbers and we looked at finding fractions of different shapes. We have also developed our knowledge around shapes. We have been learning how to identify different 2D shapes by looking at the number of edges and corners each shape has. We have also learnt the names and properties of 3D shapes including looking at the number of edges, faces and vertices that each shape has.
Spring Term 1 - In Literacy we have been learning about play-scripts. We have read a play-script called 'Oh, Gnome!'. The play-script highlighted the importance of honesty and friendship. We all thoroughly enjoyed reading it and getting to know the characters. In order to develop our understanding of the script, there were lots of opportunities for us to incorporate drama and role-play into our sessions in order to help us explore the characters thoughts and feelings. We even had the chance to experiment with the use of sound effects to create atmosphere into our scenes.
Once we had a good understanding of the characters and events in the play-script, we progressed onto writing a new scene for the play. We had to make sure we included the key features of play-scripts such as stage directions and characters names so we could identify each characters dialogue. We tried really hard to ensure that we included exclamation marks to show a command in our writing and question marks to show a question. We are getting really good at reading through our work with our learning partners and making suggestions to one another on ways we could improve our work.
We also started learning about persuasive writing and looked at advertisements in particular. We learnt about the key features of adverts and how they are used to persuade. We discussed all the places we had come across different adverts, looked at film trailers and talked about how logos and slogans are used to identify specific brands. After securing this background knowledge, we had a go at writing our own advertisement. We imagined that 'Oh, Gnome!' was being made into a film and we had to produce the trailer for the story using our writing skills.
The Magic Toymaker
Our previous topic was called The Magic Toymaker. We really enjoyed this topic and learnt a lot about toys past and present. We all had the opportunity to bring in one of our favourite toys and show it to the class. We had chance to explain why it was so special to us. We even had a go at making our own toy in design and technology. Some of us successfully made our own boats and spinning tops! We learnt lots of history in this topic, we had the opportunity to look at old teddy bears and compare them to the teddy bears that we have today. We learnt about how we could identify old bears by looking at their features and we used this knowledge to create our own Bear Spotter's Guide.
Our current topic is called I'm Alive and is all about different things that are alive, dead or have never been alive. So far we have learnt about different environments such as the Arctic, the desert and also deep under the sea. We looked closely at these environments are found out about which animals live there and what the climate is like. We found it really interesting when we learnt about endangered animals and we did some super writing to show what we had found out. We have also done lots of art so far for this topic. We created some fantastic still life drawings where we had the opportunity to use sketching pencils to develop our drawing and shading skills. Some of us had the chance to use the ipad to create our of still life artwork. We also created collage pictures where we designed our perfect garden. We thought carefully about what we wanted to include in our garden pictures and we used features such as mazes, flower beds and tree houses.
This week we have been finding out about living things through science. We have started off by sorting animals into different groups depending on how they move. We found out how different animals are structured to help them with their specific movements.
Please click on the documents below to enlarge the homework for Spring Term 2. Remember the projects can be completed and brought into school at any time during this half term.
A huge well done to all the children that managed to complete their half term holiday project. It was linked to our current topic 'I'm Alive' and you had to design and make a model of a house that would be suitable for an extreme environment; polar region, desert, rain forest, rocky island or grassy plain. Some children also wrote some instructions/explanations of what they did and produced leaflets and fact sheets of the information they found out about the extreme environment that they had chosen. We have displayed the models in our classroom and in Key Stage 1 corridor.