What a great start to the year!
I’m just popping up a quick note to say the year has started amazingly well for the year 2s.
We are all keen, eager and excited to be back together and ready for learning.
In the first few weeks, we are really focusing on our R-Time skills of showing we respect and value each other by listening to each when one person at a time speaks. We are also working on our letter formation to get that smooth, flowing cursive hand writing and fully embedding our understanding of two digit numbers.
The creative curriculum challenges are going down really well, particularly with Mums and Dads where children and their adults are choosing challenges to complete for learning at home.
I can’t wait to see how the year develops as I am sure we will all be very proud with what we accomplish.
Easter Egg Hunt
On the last day of term, Mr Frankin’s and Mrs Cousins’ class teamed up for our school Easter Egg Hunt. We had lots of fun hiding each others Easter eggs around our school field and then finding ours. We enjoyed getting our prizes at the end!
Home learning for Monday 20th March
I’ve attached a link to a couple of the maths problems that the children have been using in Time to Think and Home learning.
https://nrich.maths.org/2284 – the cube problem
https://nrich.maths.org/188 – the 1-6 problem
I’ve also put a link to one which can only be done on a computer.
I’ll give a prize to the first parent who comes and tells me they’ve had a go with their child!
Let me know if you like this sort of thing and I will sort out some more that can be done at home on a tablet or computer.
“There are Birds of Prey in the school hall!”
On Thursday 16th March, the year 1 and 2 children at Haytor View Primary school were treated to expert presentation and an up close look at some brilliant british birds of prey from Julie and Emily from Devon Birds of Prey centre.
The children were enthralled by Teasel, the Buzzard, Blue the Kestrel and Willow the Barn Owl. Their sharp talons, hooked beaks and wonderful plumage really captured the children’s interest but possibly not as much as when all three birds pooped on the hall floor!
Year 2 teacher Mr Franklin said, “It was an amazing experience, to be up so close to such magnificent birds. When Teasel stretched her wings out, all the children gasped as she looked enormous.”
William and Jayden, our Web reporters spoke to the children and wrote their quotes into this blog.
Lexxi said “ It was fabulous FAB – U – LUS.”
Jamie said “ We got to know more about birds.”
The children will be using what they found out in their learning over the coming weeks so watch this space!
“So, what’s this Numicon then?”
Following a few really good questions from parents, this Tuesday, we all got together to explore, play and learn about the models we use to support our thinking about Maths in KS 1. Mums, Dads and children all got together in the studio at the end of the day to share and learn together.
I presented the models in a simple little document Maths models in KS 1 and then left it up to the children to answer any of their parent’s questions. The children really enjoyed sharing their learning and possibly even teaching mum and dad a new little trick or two
It’s elementary Dear Watson!
The boys were exploring with magnets at lunchtime when suddenly I was asked, “Are the walls made of metal?”
“I don’t think so. ” I replied.
“But there must be metal inside them then.”
“What makes you say that?” I queried. I was a bit puzzled. Walls are usually made out of wood and plaster board.
“Look at this. This means there must be metal in the wall, but it is only here and not in the middle.”
What amazing inductive thinking.
Wow! What team work.
I have had to put off marking my books at lunchtime because I am so excited to share the session we have just had.
It was a literacy session focused on organising information into groups. The children were expected to work in teams to get this done. Although this is the way we always work, the quality of team work the children showed today was truly amazing.
We paused the session to reflect on what we were doing that was making our teams so successful. Here are some of the things the children said about how they were working.
“We shared out the things first.” Caleb
“We thought about it first and talked about it before we started.” Ebony
“We took it in turns so that everyone was involved.” Caitlin
“We listened to each other.” Lexxi
“We agreed what we were going to do.” Jamie
“I asked, ‘What do you think?’.” Maxx
“We decided how to do it before we started” Bethany
“We actually thought about what we were asked. We didn’t just say yes or no.” Kadie
I hope you see why this was such a great session.
World Book Day- It’s all about the books!
We did not dress up today as we wanted to the focus of the day to be purely on the love and enjoyment a book can bring.
The day started with Time to Think where parents and children sat and shared the books they had brought in. “We all brought in some brilliant books.” shared Ebony. After registration the whole school came together for an assembly where parents, friends and family were encouraged to bring in their own books to share. The school then got together in paired classes so children could book talk with children from other classes. Parents and families were also encouraged to join in. “We shared our books with the year 4s and the adults” explained Joseph.
For us, the true spirit of world Book Day was shown by Ebony’s mum. She got out a really old book that she had enjoyed as a child and shared this with Ebony and now Ebony has got a new favourite book! “It was the best world book day ever in the whole universe!” exclaimed Maxx.
Bird spotting at Decoy park.
We have just got back from our out of classroom learning at Decoy Park.
As part of our birds topic, the children, and loads of mums and dads, went bird spotting in the woods and around the lake.
The walk down was made in lovely sunshine and the walk back was made in lovely sunshine but it tipped down with rain while we were there! Despite the rain, we managed to see and identify loads of different species of birds. “Swans have long necks and white feathers.” noticed Jack. “Black bird’s bodies are completely back” realised Caitlin, “and their beaks are orange.” added Daniel. “The male mallards are the colourful ones.” shared William, who had learned this from his dad.
Our next step is to think about what makes these birds suited for their habitat and hopefully, next time we go outside for our learning, the sun will shine all the time, not just when we are walking there and back!
Our Safer Internet Day
The children in Key Stage 1 undertook a creative challenge on Safer Internet Day.
They were challenged to work as a team to create something which would help them and others to stay safe when using computers.
They are used to working in teams, and they day started with the whole school getting together as one big team in an assembly to share thoughts feelings and ideas around staying safe on line.
In the afternoon, KS 1 came together as a team to build on the morning’s whole school assembly and finally, children from Years 1 and 2 got together in mixed teams of four to create a solution to their challenge.
These solutions the teams came up with were amazing. One team created a board game to show people the consequences of good and bad choices. Another team produced a puppet show. On one table, a team created a poster while next to them another team created a story. One team acted out a role play but another team created a cartoon strip. One team simply created a set of rules to follow to stay safe. There were as many different solutions as there were teams!
Make sure you talk to your children about what they did on Safer Internet Day; you never know, they might teach you a thing or two!