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Thursday 4th June

 

Good morning everyone,

 

Where has the sun gone? I do hope it comes back soon to brighten our sky. In the meantime we will have to make our day as bright as we can. We can start with a little smile with today's joke! laugh                                                           

 

                                          

Were walking on sunshine this morning!!

 

 

Did you enjoy that? I hope you did. It has put a smile on my face and has definitely brightened up my morning.

Phonics

 

   

 

Your Year 1 phonics lesson starts at 10:30 this morning, these are the sounds we would be doing together if we were in school. There is a lesson at 10 o'clock if you would like to revise and practise sounds you have already done and a lesson at 11:00 if you are working on blending your sounds to read words.

English

 

Today we are following on from yesterday where we looked at the front cover of Zoo by Anthony Browne. How did you get on with your designs for your own front cover? Today we are going to be looking at the first pages of the story. Click on the picture to hear the story.

 

                                           

 

Today we would like to hear about your trips. Can you write about a trip you have been on with your family. Remember to write about where you went, who you went with and what wonderful adventures you had. Don't forget your full stops and your capital letters! smiley

Maths

 

Today we are going to be looking at using part/part whole to make numbers to 100. Watch the video to give you an example. Click the picture to follow the link.

 

                                          

 

Now have a go at the following question's.

 

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Geography

 

We are going to be looking at zoo animals today. There are lots of different animals in the zoo. Some Zoos not only have the furry kind that we all know and love but some also have reptiles and aquatic marine life. Can you choose your favourite zoo animal? Can you research that animal and write about it. Don't forget to include where they come from.

 

                                          

 

We really hope you have enjoyed today's learning and that you have had lots of fun researching zoo animals and where they come from. Maybe you could now find a book about a zoo and read with your adult. Maybe you could share that book with us at school by sending a picture to the usual email address. 

 

Enjoy the rest of your day.

 

Mrs Bourdillon, Mrs Jewel and Mrs Barnes  wink

   

 

 

Wednesday 3rd June 

 

Good morning year ones.

Happy Wednesday, ​​​​​​

Lets get started by having a wake up shake up

 

 

 Phonics

 

 

Remember to log in at 10.30 and then again at 11.00 for your daily Phonics lesson.

English

Today we are going to look at the front cover Zoo by Anthony Browne. Look at the image below, can you design a different front cover for the book? Think about different animal skins or perhaps your favourite animal. You could include a picture of your family.

 

 

 

Don't forget to send in your front cover design to the class email, I'm looking forward to seeing your amazing creations.

Maths: Today we are looking at number frames. We are making two digit numbers using tens frames and tens and ones. Have a go at the following activities.

Maths: Today we are looking at number frames. We are making two digit numbers using tens frames and tens and ones. Have a go at the following activities. 1
Maths: Today we are looking at number frames. We are making two digit numbers using tens frames and tens and ones. Have a go at the following activities. 2
Maths: Today we are looking at number frames. We are making two digit numbers using tens frames and tens and ones. Have a go at the following activities. 3
Maths: Today we are looking at number frames. We are making two digit numbers using tens frames and tens and ones. Have a go at the following activities. 4

P.E

Today we are going to count in 2's and 5's as we do our star jumps, skips and squats.

 

 

Hope you have a great Wednesday. Maybe you could end your school day with a prayer. We're looking forward to hearing from you.

Mrs Jewel, Mrs Bourdillon and Mrs Barneswinklaughlaugh

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Good Morning Year Ones

Welcome to our new blog posts which will be updated daily by Mrs Barnes. Mrs Jewell and Mrs Bourdillon are now full time in school but will pop in every now and again to say Hello on the blog.  We will still be receiving emails on the class email address and looking to see what you are getting up to daily.

As our topic this term is Going to the Zoo we would love to hear any animal/bird/fish joke you may know.  Send them to us on the usual email address.  Here's one to start you off:

Let's start our day with a Party Under the Sea

Phonics

Your Year 1 phonics lesson starts at 10:30 this morning, these are the sounds we would be doing together if we were in school. There is a lesson at 10 o'clock if you would like to revise and practise sounds you have already done and a lesson at 11:00 if you are working on blending your sounds to read words.

English

After your visit to Chester zoo yesterday, make a list of the animals you saw and write a postcard to one of the animals or their keeper! Things to include in your postcard: questions for the animal/keeper you want to ask: food,their routines, if they miss being in their country. Things you liked about where they live at the zoo, things you enjoyed seeing them do. Don't forget to thank them for a wonderful time and explain what you loved the most about the tour! Did you have a favourite animal you could describe?

If you need to remind yourself, just click the blue frog to go to the website, click accept all and scroll down the page for the videos and hours of the live web cam! 

Maths

This week we will be learning about place value to 100 and will be learning about using number lines to support our working out of number problems.  Watch BBC learn screens by clicking on the image below then answer the questions below.

 

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R.E.

This term we will be learning about Judaism and will be considering who is Jewish and what do they believe?

 

Click the image below to watch a video about a Jewish home. Watch and listen carefully. What things are different in a Jewish home to your home? Make a poster to show the important differences.

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PHONICS

Click the IMAGE above to go to the Department for Education's phonics lessons!

Soumya's and Mrs Finn’s group

watch the 10:00 am video for phase 3 & 4

All other groups, including Mr Hazelby’s

watch the 10.30 am video for phase 5

If videos, don’t play, you can still go to phonics play.co.uk to practise there!

ENGLISH

Virtual Tour of Chester Zoo: visit Chester’s famous zoo! As you go around the zoo, make a list of the animals you see. What is beautiful about them? Can you find out what sounds they make?

What are their living spaces like? Click the image to go to the zoo! 

Animal Shapes!

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Animal Shapes! 2
Look at the animals made out of shapes in these pictures. Which shapes can you see? Which animal do they make? Now make or draw your own animal from shapes!

Math: Place Value

Math: Place Value 1
Math: Place Value 2

MAKE AN ANIMAL MASK FOR THE LION KING!

Look at the masks these actors and actresses are wearing? What are they made from? How did they make them?

Look at the video below to see how to make an animal mask! Take a photo of you wearing your mask and send it to your teacher! Which animal will you choose to make?

How to make an animal face mask using paper plate for school project and activity.

May Half Term Week beginning 25th May

Become a scientist for a week this half term with the amazing online Discovery Week from the Crick.

From 25 - 30 May, they’ll be bringing you and your family new activities and events to keep you having fun every single day!

Tune in at 11am on our website every day and see what's new – but don’t worry if you miss it, everything apart from the quiz will be on the website for you to catch up with later.

Friday: The Kahoot quiz is live until 3pm today. Will you guess which one is Mrs Jewell as a baby? Click on the link and type in the Game pin 02320436.  Write your first name, the initial of your surname and then your class so that we can tell who is the winner.

Friday 22nd May

Good morning Swifts.

Mrs Jewell is having some internet technical problems this morning and she will update her blog when she gets into the school this morning. You can have a look at Swallows blog if you would like to get started on activities. Mrs Bourdillon wink

Thank you Mrs Bourdillion, well Hello everyone.  I am sorry it took me a while longer to sort out our page this morning.  How are you all?  What an unusual Term 5 we have had, haven't we?  Thank you for sharing all the wonderful learning you have been doing at home.

We have this message to share with you from Mrs Evans this morning.

Today marks the beginning of a 9-day prayer pilgrimage known as Novena. It is being celebrated by the Diocese of Canterbury. Every day they are posting prayers and short outlines for you to take a moment and reflect, pray, be thankful and still. It's aimed at families and is appropriate for adults to use alone and also with children. I have added a link in the Prayer for the Day section(click on the image to take you there) on our Christian Distinctiveness tab which I will update daily for the next 9 days.

Please have a look at Swallows class blog here for the English, Maths and Science activities for today.

 

In addition I would like us to think about what 'social distancing' means for us and what we understand by it.  Some of us will begin seeing friends at a 'social distance' in the parks or out on walks, and some of us might be returning to school sometime in June.  How do we show our friends they are still important to us even though we need to keep a distance between us?  How will we play games? I would like you to spend time over the half term holiday talking through your ideas with your adults. And then, if you are happy to share your ideas, I would like you to design posters to tell others about ways in which we can enjoy spending time with our friends while keeping a safe distance between us. If you ask your adult to email the posters to me I will print them out at school. Thank you.

I hope you all have a wonderful half term with your families Swifts. I shall look forward to hearing about all the things you get up to.

ART LESSON ONLINE

Click on the link below to become part of the World's largest online Art lesson with artist Rob Biddulph who is an illustrator. You will recognise some of his illustrations below. Click on the link to register your email to be part of the lesson TODAY - Thursday 21st May at 4pm

Thursday 21st May 2020

Good Morning Swifts

Have you ever wondered .... 

                                               .......     Act like a nut! Ha Ha

Right time to be a little footloose and fancy free this Thursday morning 

 

PHONICS

our Year 1 phonics lesson starts at 10:30 this morning, these are the sounds we would be doing together if we were in school. There is a lesson at 10 o'clock if you would like to revise and practise sounds you have already done and a lesson at 11:00 if you are working on blending your sounds to read words.

ENGLISH

I would like you to have another little think about the adventure 

Hannah and the Gorilla had and use it as a springboard for writing your own adventure story. You could present your adventure in a comic layout (see the layout example here). 

Which animal would you like to go on an adventure with?  Where would you go? What would you like to see and do? 

  

 

MATHS

In Maths today we are revisiting our learning about the days of the week. 

BBC Bitesize has a teach screen for you to watch then complete the online Days of the Week quiz on the same page.

Now have a go at completing this table.

 

 

TOPIC

I would like you to ask your adult to help you research Gorillas and then create a fact file to show what you have found out. Which country and continent do you find gorillas? What habitat do they live in? What do they like to eat? You can present your learning anyway you like. Here is a video to start you off.

Gorilla | Amazing Animals

You may find these words useful when writing up your facts.  Talk to your adult about what each of them mean before you use them.

Have a great day.

 

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Good Morning Swifts

 

 

 

       ...................................................     nothing it just waved!

 

 

So I have this feeling that today is going to be a really good day, what do you think?

PHONICS

Your Year 1 phonics lesson starts at 10:30 this morning, these are the sounds we would be doing together if we were in school. There is a lesson at 10 o'clock if you would like to revise and practise sounds you have already done and a lesson at 11:00 if you are working on blending your sounds to read words.

ENGLISH

Today I would like you to write a Thank You letter from Hannah to the Gorilla, for the wonderful adventure they had together. 

Now imagine you were Hannah writing a letter to the gorilla to say thank you for the adventure and explaining how you felt and the wonderful things you enjoyed. What did you see, feel, hear, smell that made you happy? What memories will you keep forever about this night?

MATHS

This week we learning to read the time: o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to.

For today's task I would like you to show a time on each clock and then write what you do at that time of day.

Tuesday 18th May 2020

Good Morning Swifts

I was so lovely to chat to your parents yesterday and to hear you are all happy and well. 

Here's my question for today ... 

Two's-Day!

PHONICS

Your Year 1 phonics lesson starts at 10:30 this morning, these are the sounds we would be doing together if we were in school. There is a lesson at 10 o'clock if you would like to revise and practise sounds you have already done and a lesson at 11:00 if you are working on blending your sounds to read words.

ENGLISH

When we retell a story we think about the order of events in the story and then tell the story in sequence.  I would like you to tell the story of Hannah and Gorilla's evening out (see the pictures below). Draw a comic to show the adventure they had in order of the events as they happened. Include 3 to 6 things that you think were important in the adventure and make sure they are in order.  Try use words like first, then, next, after that, finally to sequence your sentences.

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MATHS

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Telling the time - quarter to and quarter past.

Write down the time each clock is showing on the line underneath.

RE

How do Muslims pray?

Watch the video to answer the question. When you finish watching, you could show what you’ve learnt by designing a poster showing the places Muslims can pray, what Muslims do before and during prayer. Then think about the special times that you have for prayer or reflection.

Yoga for Kids!

PHONICS

Your Year 1 phonics lesson starts at 10:30 this morning, these are the sounds we would be doing together if we were in school. There is a lesson at 10 o'clock if you would like to revise and practise sounds you have already done and a lesson at 11:00 if you are working on blending your sounds to read words.

ENGLISH

Hannah wanted to her dad to take her to the zoo but he was always too busy doing something else and so she often felt disappointed. Today I would like you to think about a time when you felt disappointed. What made you feel that way? How did you make yourself feel better? Did someone else help you? Did you overcome the disappointment like Hannah?

Can you use because in any of you sentences to explain your reasons?

  

MATHS

This week we will continue learning to read the time on an analogue clock.  I know it has been a while since we talked about the time on our classroom clock but can you remember what we measure time in?

Yes, that's right: years, months, days, hours, minutes and seconds. Today we will be looking at o'clock and half past.

 

BBC BITESIZE : How to tell the time.

Hours and Minutes

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Half Past

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Now have a go at making a paper plate/ card clock face.  Where does the long hand point to for o'clock and for half past?

ART & DT

To end off our busy Monday I would like you to design a board game to play with your family. 

To do this you will need to:

  1. Before you start building your game you need to first need to decide what kind of board game you want to build. 
  2. Sketch It Out.
  3. Build or decorate the board
  4. Make your game pieces.
  5. Decide on the rules for play.
  6. Have fun with your family!

  

Have a super evening.

Here are some new learning packs to download for online safety at home. On this page there are a selection of simple 15 minute activities to do with your child:

Friday 15th May 2020

Good Morning Swifts

What a busy Week it has been! Let's end on a high note ...Miss Flisher has organised a fun Kahoot! quiz for us all to take part in and I would love Swifts to win. The 'Pets of ABC Kahoot Quiz' is now live until 3pm today! To enter go to   and enter the game PIN: 01976613. When asked to put in your nickname please put your first name, initial of surname and then your class e.g. John F Nightingales. Any entries without this type of nickname won't be accepted. One entry per person. Go! Go! Go!

 

Before we start our learning today. let's spend a little quiet 

reflection time looking at the prompts from Mrs Evans and thinking about our week.  This week's daily Prayer and Reflection posts have been about happiness, beauty, creativity,  laughter and thinking of ways to make our own and other people's days brighter. Today's reflection asks "I wonder how you could celebrate being creative today?"  Ask your adult to download the PowerPoint for you to read through together and think about how you could show your creativity today.

Please take part in this project:

Today is the last day to record your Looking to the Rainbow song and send it to Miss Sutherland.  Full details of what to do can be found here.

 

PHONICS

Your Year 1 phonics lesson starts at 10:30 this morning, these are the sounds we would be doing together if we were in school. There is a lesson at 10 o'clock if you would like to revise and practise sounds you have already done and a lesson at 11:00 if you are working on blending your sounds to read words.

ENGLISH

For today I would like you to plan a birthday party.  It can be for yourself, or your best friend or another member of your family. Who will you invite? What are you going to have to eat? Will there be a magician? A disco? Games? How will people dress at the party? Make a list of all the things you will need to do for the party and then design an invitation to send out to your guests.

MATHS

Can you solve the challenges using what you know about finding fractions of amounts. Remember: fractions are equal parts of a whole group.

Who has more?

Jack or the Giant?

 

SCIENCE

Do you remember the story of the three little pigs who built their houses from different materials ... straw, sticks and bricks? Thinking about the properties of the materials they used, would you like to have a go at the Three Little Pigs STEM challenge and test out which materials are best for building strong houses?

 

Can you build houses from:

  • Sticks
  • Straws – plastic and paper
  • Marshmallows
  • Elastic bands
  • Cardboard
  • LEGO
  • Squeezy bottle or small fan to use as wind
  • Sugar cubes

 

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Try spraying each with water and observing what happens. Can you make predictions first?

Can you test how stable the houses are by giving them a shake?

What other materials could you build a house from?

 

And that rounds up our week, let me know what you find out from your investigations.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend at home with your families.

Thursday 14th May 2020

Good Morning Swifts

[Because she was a little horse! Ha Ha]

Speaking of singing ... have you recorded your Looking to the Rainbow song and sent it to Miss Sutherland yet?  Full details of what to do can be found here.

 

Wake Up Shake Up

 

PHONICS

Your Year 1 phonics lesson starts at 10:30 this morning, these are the sounds we would be doing together if we were in school. There is a lesson at 10 o'clock if you would like to revise and practise sounds you have already done and a lesson at 11:00 if you are working on blending your sounds to read words.

ENGLISH

On these pages of the book Gorilla by Anthony Browne, we discover it was Hannah's birthday. How do you think Hannah felt when Dad asks her if she wants to go to the zoo? Write about one of your birthday experiences. What did you do?  How did you feel? What was the funniest part? Who went? What games and activities did you play? Who did you talk to and about what?

MATHS

To find the fraction of an amount we would divide (share) it into equal amounts.  The denominator tells us how many we are dividing(sharing) by. So one half of eight would be 8 shared into two equal groups or one quarter of twelve would be 12 shared into four equal groups.

Finding fractions of amounts

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PSHE

Today we are looking ahead and thinking about what we'd like the future to be. 

I know some of you have been keeping dream/wish jars and writing little notes to put in them about all the things you are looking forward to once Lockdown is lifted. So today's PSHE is much like that. What are you looking forward to? It could be something simple like playing a game you love with your friends or visiting a place you've always wanted to go. It could be what you're thinking about the summer holidays and eating ice-creams on the beach.  It might be visiting family you haven't seen in a long time. Write about or draw what you are looking forward to, your wishes, your hopes, your aspirations. Perhaps you could make a little dream jar for yourself if you haven't already done so.  Then I'd like you to have a little think about what would you like to see happen in the future? Is there anything you’d change?

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Good Morning Everyone

Are you ready for a Wednesday WAKE Up Shake Up? Well then let's not waste any more time ...

PHONICS

Your Year 1 phonics lesson starts at 10:30 this morning, these are the sounds we would be doing together if we were in school. There is a lesson at 10 o'clock if you would like to revise and practise sounds you have already done and a lesson at 11:00 if you are working on blending your sounds to read words.

ENGLISH

Today we are going to re-read the first few pages of Gorilla, looking closely at the illustrations for clues.  While you are reading it I would like you to think about Hannah. What does she look like? What does she like doing? How do you know? How does she feel? Where does she live, who does she live with and what does this tell us about her?

When you have finished reading I would like you to write a character description about Hannah. Remember to use adjectives in your descriptive writing and to think about her personality and circumstances, not just her appearance. 

MATHS

I really like the way Viktor is showing his understanding of finding fractions of amounts by sharing a number of objects into equal groups.

  

For today's learning I would like you to watch the White Rose Lesson 3 video on finding a quarter then click on the pink 'Get the Activity' button to open the worksheet on finding a quarter of amounts.

Now have a go at completing this worksheet.

P.E.

Our focus for this week's PE is dribbling and kicking the ball. Watch the video lesson carefully and practise the skills when you're ready. 

Hope your Wednesday is wonderful Swifts.  I shall look forward to seeing what you get up to.

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Good Morning Swifts

Did you all have a good Monday?  It was my eldest daughters' birthday yesterday, they turned 21 and so I made them a cake to celebrate.

I know some of you have had a birthday in lockdown already and some of you are planning for an upcoming birthday (a bit like Hannah in Gorilla).

What will you have for your cake?

 

 

I've asked the Posh Pooch to help us with our Wake Up Shake Up this morning.  Which reminds me. how are you all getting on with your 2s, 5s and 10s times tables?

 

PHONICS

Remember your Year 1 phonics lesson starts at 10:30 this morning, these are the sounds we would be doing together if we were in school. There is a lesson at 10 o'clock if you would like to revise and practise sounds you have already done and a lesson at 11:00 if you are working on blending your sounds to read words.

ENGLISH

Below are some illustrations from Gorilla.  I would like you to look closely at them and think how what Hannah might be thinking or feeling in each of the pictures. Where is she in each of the illustrations?  What clues do the illustrations give us how she is feeling? Draw thought bubbles to record Hannah's thoughts and feelings. Give a reason for you answer using because ;  for example. "I am feeling lonely because my father is always so busy doing other things."

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MATHS

We are continuing to learn about fractions?  When would it be useful to know about using fractions at home? If are a family of four what fraction would you cut your pizza into?  If you wanted to share your apple with your brother or sister what would you cut your apple into?

Here is a activity booklet with a selection of fraction activities for you to work on a home. If you have a printer at home ask your adult to please print it for you, if not then open the PDF and copy the questions down.  Let me know how you get on. 

Year 1 Maths Fractions: Learning from Home Activity booklet

R.E.

Why is the Mosque such an important place for Muslims?

Watch the video and design a poster to show what you have learned.

Monday 11th May 2020

Good Morning Swifts 

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend.  Did your family or neighbours do anything to celebrate VE day on Friday? Thank you for all the jokes you have been sending in.  I shall put up one each morning so we can start our day off with a laugh.  First one up this week is from Viktor.

Hee Hee that's a good one Viktor laugh

Let's get moving ....Banana Banana Meatball

PHONICS

Remember your Year 1 lesson starts at 10:30 this morning, these are the sounds we would be doing together if we were in school. There is a lesson at 10 o'clock if you would like to revise and practise sounds you have already done and a lesson at 11:00 if you are working on blending your sounds to read words.

ENGLISH

The story we will be reading this week is Gorilla by Antony Browne.

Look at different images of the book Gorilla below. What do you think the story is going to be about? Talk to your adult about down your ideas.

    

What do you know about Gorillas? Write down any facts you know or find out about Gorillas.

MATHS

This week our Maths learning will focus on fractions.  Watch this teaching video on halves and quarters then have a go at answering the questions below.

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D.T.

Today I would like you to design and make a puppet.  There are some example of different kinds of paper or pop up puppets you could make.

Have a marvellous Monday Swifts.

Friday 8th May 2020

Good Morning Swifts

Today people all over the UK and in other countries of the world will turn their thoughts and attention to the 75th anniversary of VE day. This is a very important and historical day because back in 1945 it marked the end of World War II in Europe.

Thursday 7th May 2020

Good Morning Swifts

Eddy was the first up to send in a joke to share with us all, thank you for making me laugh Eddy!

         

 

I shall have to remember this when we are back in our classroom and I'm waiting to do the register.laugh

 

Let's start today with a little quiet reflection time. 

                                                     

This week's daily Prayer and Reflection posts have been about Being Kind. Today's reflection challenges us to think about "What effect might my kindness have on those around me today?"  Ask your adult to download the PowerPoint for you to read through together and think about who you could show kindness to today.

PHONICS 

How are your phonics lessons going Swifts?

Are you using your sounds to help you decode new words?

Year 1 lesson starts at 10:30 this morning, these are the sounds we would be doing together if we were in school. There is a lesson at 10 o'clock if you would like to revise and practise sounds you have already done and a lesson at 11:00 if you are working on blending your sounds to read words.

ENGLISH

Today I would like you to design and  make a poster for an advert for a toy. Your aim is to persuade other children to buy this toy. Include because in your writing to say why the children should buy it. 

It could be a toy you have or it could be your own invention.  

These are the things you need to think about when designing a poster:

  • Use bright colours to attract attention
  • Big bold letters for the headings
  • Information about the toy and why children should buy it

Look at the advertisements below and see if you can pick out any key features in all of them.

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MATHS

Here is a very useful Knowledge Organiser with the vocabulary you need to know to describe position and direction.  New words to talk to your adult about today are North, South, East and West. These are the points on a compass and are used to describe which direction something is facing.

Task 1: Hide a toy somewhere in you house then give your adult directions to find it.  Remember to use the correct vocabulary when giving them directions

Task 2: Click on challenges below to see what you have to do.

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SCIENCE

Have a look at these shoes.  Are they all made from the same materials? Why not? Hint: think about when and where you would wear the different shoes. Would you wear slippers to walk to school? Why not? What materials are the different shoes made from?

 

  1. Why are some shoes made from rubber?
  2. Why are some shoes made from leather?
  3. Why are some shoes made from cloth?

 

I would like you to design a pair of shoes that would be suitable for wearing in the snow. You will need to think of the properties of different materials when you design your shoes.  You don't want to slip and fall in the snow or for your toes to get cold! Draw your shoes then label them explaining which materials you chose for your shoes and why.

 

I look forward to seeing your designs.

Have a great Bank Holiday Weekend. 

 

Wednesday 6th May 2020

What is on your agenda for today?

I'm going to be a joke collector and need your help.  I know how much we all love to laugh Swifts so I think we should share a joke a day.  Please send me your favourite joke .. you can write them down and decorate them or ask you adult to record you telling them.  Then send them to me and I will put one up on this class page every morning. 

Here's mine:

Why are fish so smart?

Because they live in schools ..ha ha ha

 

I thought it was about time we have a free choice SuperMovers Wake Up Shake Up this morning ... Which one would you like to do? Which is your favourite?

PHONICS 

How are your phonics lessons going Swifts?

Are you using your sounds to help you decode new words?

Year 1 lesson starts at 10:30 this morning, these are the sounds we would be doing together if we were in school. There is a lesson at 10 o'clock if you would like to revise and practise sounds you have already done and a lesson at 11:00 if you are working on blending your sounds to read words.

ENGLISH

Today I would like you to choose an old toy, research it and create a fact file about it.  When was it popular? What was it made of? Who designed and made it? Can you still find toys like it today? 

Dolls

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Jack-in-the-Box

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Matchbox Cars

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Rocking Horse

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Here are some ideas to get you started.

 

MATHS

We are going to continue our learning on position and direction. Today we are going to focus on giving directions using 

left    right    quarter turn    forward    back

To start off set up an activity similar to the one in this video and have a go at following or giving someone else instructions on how to get from one point to another in your house. 

Now can you write down some directions for Charlie to get from his house to school, using the correct vocabulary?

P.E.

Your PE challenge for today is to make up a striking game and then explain rules so others can try your game out. But, before you begin watch this video about different striking skills. Think about which you want to include in your game.  You can make your game simple or complicated, for 2 players or more-you decide. 

Hope your Wednesday is Wonderful Swifts wink

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Good Morning Swifts

What are you going to put on your list for CHOOSE-DAY?

 

First up I'm going to choose to Wake Up and Shake Up my body and brain so I can get ready for my day. laugh

PHONICS

How are you finding the Letters and Sounds phonics lessons children? Remember the Year 1 lesson starts at 10:30 this morning, these are the sounds we would be doing together if we were in school. There is a lesson at 10 o'clock if you would like to revise and practise sounds you have already done and a lesson at 11:00 if you are working on blending your sounds to read words.

Click on the picture to take you to the lesson videos.

 

ENGLISH

Today we are going to create a toy timeline. Have a look at the one below and then see if you can make your own toy timeline with your toys, your parents toys and maybe your grandparents toys. Could you add in the years 1960, 1978, 1996, 2005, 2015, 2020? Maybe even earlier dates!  The is called sequencing events.  It's a like telling a story about how toys change over time.  All events in history can be recorded on Timelines.  Do you remember the Big Frieze on our classroom wall.  That is a timeline of the events in the Bible.

MATHS

Today I have some position and direction questions for you to answer or to draw.  Remember the language we use to describe turns.

Here are your questions, you might find it useful to use an object to make each turn before your describe it. (Click on each picture to make it larger and clearer to read)

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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Look at the clip below and find out who Muhammed (PBUH) is. Why is he so important to Muslims?

Have an awesome day Swifts.

Monday 4th May 2020

Good Morning Swifts

Have you all had a great weekend with your families?  Remember if you have any news for Monday morning circle time news round then ask your adult if they would please email it to me and I will put it on the home learning blog for your friends to see.

 

Right, I thought we could kick start this week's learning with a little Zumba with Dovydas to get the blood flowing and to wake up our bodies and brains.

PHONICS

 

ENGLISH

Today I would like you to  think about how are our toys different from those in the past. You could draw up a table to compare the OLD and NEW toys and then write a few sentence to describe your finding.

Comparing Toys

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MATHS

In Maths this week we are going to be exploring position and movement so that we can give directions.  Here are a few key words you will need to know for this unit of work.  Discuss these words with your adult.

Right let's get up and moving while Hip Hop Granny helps us practise our position and direction learning.

Well done Swifts. 

Now have a go at answering these questions describing turns.

 

DT 

For D.T. today we have a project challenge. Can you make a moving toy out of junk modelling resources? Ask your adult to help you research different ways to make a junk model toy move.  Maybe you could use elastic bands or balloons or make your own wheels & axles or syringes or blow through a straw... the list is endless.  Do a little research, see what resources you have at home and get creating!

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Have a marvelous Monday Swifts, I shall look forward to seeing what you all get up to.

Friday 1st May 2020

And I have an important notice for you, Swifts class families

Now let's take some of that awesomeness and use it to Wake Up and Shake up our body and brain for today's learning.

ENGLISH

Dave was helped by different people in the story.  Do you remember our school story about The Good Samaritan? I'd like to hear about a time that you helped someone or someone helped you with something difficult. What did they help you with? How did they help you? How did you ask them? How were you feeling? Were you or they successful in helping? How did everyone feel in the end? 

Try to include adjectives and adverbs to make your sentences more descriptive.

MATHS 

 

I have some multiplication and division word problems I would like you to answer for me today Swifts. Remember to use all your strategies to help you solve the problems.  You may what to collect things to group or share (see how Sophie has used beads to answer questions) or you may want to draw pictures or use the bar model to help you find the answer.

 

 

1. Joe makes 5 trays of cakes.

   There are 10 cakes on each tray. How many cakes did he make altogether?

   (You could show your working out like this)

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2. There are 10 children in a team. 

     How many teams could you make with 40 children?

      (Hint: make groups of 5) 

     

 

3. 12 children are at a party. They each eat 2 cakes.  

    How many cakes are eaten altogether?

   

4. One spider has 8 legs.                    

    How many legs will 5 spiders have?   

        

    

5. There are 7 days in one week.

    How many days are there in 5 weeks?  

        

 

6. How many toes do 4 children have altogether?

 

7. There are 24 worms in a bucket.

    Sam shares the worms fairly between 2 chickens.  

    How many worms does each chicken get?

                         

8. There are 4 wheels on one car. How many wheels will there be        on 10 cars?

 

 

 

SCIENCE

Swifts I have been wondering how long a paper cup will hold water for. I wonder if you could help me do a little investigation to find out?  You will need a few things to help you with this.

First you will need to make a paper cup. Here's how:

Method

  1. Make the paper cup.
  2. Fill it with water.
  3. Take note of the time.
  4. Set it into a container to hold it upright so no water spills over.
  5. Take photos or draw diagrams to record what happens to the paper cup over time.
  6. Check at regular intervals to observe what happens and record it..
  7. What conclusion did you come to? Is paper a good material for a cup? Why/ why not? 

 

Let me know what you find out Swifts.

Have a super duper weekend with your families.

Good Morning Swifts

We spotted a mummy fox (called a vixen) and her four baby cubs on the grassy banks behind the red court at ABC yesterday.  They looked so sweet playing and tumbling about on the grassy bank.  Have you noticed any new wildlife appearing outside your windows since you've been staying at home?

 

I thought we could ask the cheerleader to remind us of the days of  

the week for Wake Up Shake Up this morning.  Sometime when we are working and learning at home we can lose track of time can't we? What day is it today? What day was it yesterday? What day will it be tomorrow? Which day comes before Sunday?

 

PHONICS

ENGLISH

Imagine you are going to be part of the Fancy Dress parade at Bella's school fair. What will you be? An animal? A pirate? A princess or an alien? I'd like you to draw and label your costume for the fancy dress parade and then tell me a little about the parade.  Use because, so, but in your sentences to explain your ideas. What was the parade like? How did you and other people feel? What other things did you see and hear? How exciting was it? Did you win the fancy dress prize? You decide!

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MATHS

Today we are going to have a go at answering division questions by sharing a number of things into equal groups. First watch this video to remind you of the learning we have done so far and how we can use this learning to answer written questions or word problems.

[Parents at the start of the video is a mental and oral starter activity called a Flashback 4 which asks children four questions based on previous learning].

Now have a go at answering these questions to practise your learning so far this week.

 

 

 

ART

Do you remember our learning about Andy Warhol last week? Well today I would like you to to have a go at making your own version of a Warhol print. You could make a print of your toy or of your self. Keep your design to simple outlines when creating something to print with. 

To create your monoprint you will need:

  • paint
  • circle cardboard template
  • sponge brush 
  • tinfoil
  • cotton buds
  • old cloth
  • paper

Watch the video below to see how it's done.

Have a wonderful day Swifts.

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Good Morning Swifts,

Wow what a busy week it has been so far. I'm definitely needing a Wake Up Shake Up this morning!

PHONICS

Don't forget today's Letters & Sounds phonics lesson at 10:00 or 10:30 this morning.  

These lessons follow the same program that we would be doing if we were together in school at this time children, so whenever possible please trying learn from them every day.

 

ENGLISH

Today I would like you to write your own story about a LOST TOY. Remember every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. Use adjectives and adverbs to describe the characters and places in your story. Who are the main characters? How are they connected? How is the toy lost? How do the characters feel? What do they do? What happens? How do they find the toy?

Click on this picture to learn more about adjectives and how to use them.

MATHS

Today I would like you to think about all the investigating you have been doing in multiplying and dividing objects around your house. Look at the photos Edward sent in to show me. 

    

What do you notice about the relationship between your multiplication and division investigations? 

For today's Maths' task I would like you to show the relationship between multiplying and dividing by grouping objects in 10 and counting the groups. Write two sentences, make up a question and draw a picture to show the answer.

You can set out your work like this:

P.E.

For PE we are continuing to work on our ball control skills.  Here are some activities you can try at home.

Have a fabulous day Swifts.

Happy Happy Birthday Jude, we hope you are having a great day!

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Good Morning Swifts

I hope you are all happy and well.

Wake up your body with this energising workout and then why don't you make your own family morning routine workout. Different family members can take turns choosing an exercise, the number of times each exercise is done and, of course, the playlist.

PHONICS

Don't forget today's Letters & Sounds phonics lesson at 10:30 this morning.  

These lessons follow the same program that we would be doing if we were together in school at this time children, so whenever possible please trying learn from them every day.

ENGLISH

Today I would like you to create a storyboard, story map or cartoon, of the Dogger story.  Draw the pictures then write a sentence or two under each picture to tell the story in your own words. Remember when we map out a story it is important to put the events in order. What happened first? What happened next? How it the story end?  Do you remember we talked about using sequencing words that we call TIME ADVERBIALS? It would be great if you were able to include some time adverbials in some of your sentences.  For example you could write First mum looked under the bed, next she looked in the kitchen. Finally she looked under the stairs but Dogger was nowhere to be seen!

 

 

MATHS

We are continuing our learning about division by sharing things into equal groups today Swifts but before we talk about today's task let's get the Numberjacks to remind us what sharing things equally means.

So for today I would like you to show me how you shared different amounts of objects into 5 groups equally.

Then record your learning drawing a bar model and writing a division sentence like we did yesterday.

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And finally here is your reasoning challenge for today

Which of these numbers can be shared equally between 5 children?

How do you know?

Can you prove it with a picture?

Can you write a division sentence to show the sharing?

R.E.

In Islam these two stories, the  'Prophet and the Ants' and the story of 'The Crying Camel' are used to  teach that no matter how small or large creatures are,  they are all equally important.

Talk to your adult about ways that we could care for all creatures from the smallest to the largest, for example feeding our pets. Maybe you could create a bug hotel in your garden to show a way to care for even the smallest creatures. 

Looking forward to seeing what you get up to today Swifts, hope you have fun learning.

 

Monday 27th April 2020

Good Morning Swifts 

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend with your families. Did you complete the weekend 'homework' I set you to have fun? I would love to hear what you did.

Are you ready for this morning's Wake Up Shake Up? I thought we could ask Ben to teach greetings in french and Hip Hop Granny has a helpful reminder about using capital letters and full stops.

 

PHONICS

The first in the series of Letters and Sounds phonics lessons will start at 10:30 this morning. Follow the Year 1 lesson video children, as these are the sounds we would be doing together of we were in school. There is a lesson at 10 o'clock is you would like to revise and practise sounds you have already done.

Click on the picture to take you to the lesson videos.

ENGLISH

Today I would like you to write a character description about Dave or Bella in the Dogger story we read last week. You may want to listen to the story again remind you who Dave and Bella are and what they are like. Then watch this helpful video on describing a character before you begin to write..

MATHS

We are going to begin learning about division by sharing things into equal groups this week Swifts, and much in the same way we explored multiplication I would like you to start with exploring ways you can show sharing a number of objects into two equal groups. Look at this example below. 

A way we can also record our learning is by using the Bar Model to show sharing into equal groups.

So your task for today is to explore sharing different amounts of objects into two equal groups then have a go at recording your learning using a bar model.

 

Here are your word problem challenge cards for today.

HISTORY

In History today we are going to think about toys from the past and there are two parts to today's learning.  First I would like you to create. with photographs or your own drawings,  a timeline of your life starting at when you were a baby then when you were a 1 year old then 2 years old until now.  Talk to your adult about each point of your timeline and what did you like to play with. Have your choices changed over time? Do you like the same things now you are 6 years as when you were 1 year old?

   

Next, if possible, I would like to you to have a conversation with one of your grandparents (or parents) about what toys they played with when they were your age. What did they look like?  What were they made of? How did they play with them? What did they like most about them? 

   

Let me know what you find out!

Have a great day Swifts.

Friday 24th April 2020

Good Morning Swifts

It's FRIDAY ...  only one more day of Home School then time to relax over the weekend.

You have been amazing this week so give yourselves a big pat on the back and your adults a huge Thank You for all their help. 

Your homework task for the weekend is to 

 

Before we begin with our Wake Up Shake Up I would like to remind you to check the Daily Reflection and Prayer page on our school website (the butterfly will take you to it).  Mrs Evans updates it everyday with something to encourage us and make us think.  If you have a prayer and you are willing to share it with others in our school please send it to Mrs Evans via the contact form on the Reflection and Prayer page.

 

Right let's get moving ...  

On Monday we will be starting with the new PHONICS teaching program but for today I would like you to revise the ee/ea/ey sound.

ENGLISH

For English today you may want to listen to the story of Dogger by Shirley Hughes again (See the Dogger video on Wednesday's learning page). While you are watching the story I would like you to choose a character and to think about how they might be feeling and what they might be thinking in different parts of the story.  Then I would like you to write a diary entry from that characters point of view.

 

For example: if I were to pretend to be Bella writing something in my diary it might look a little like this.

Dear Diary 

What a day it has been! Dave has lost his precious Dogger and is feeling terribly sad. You know how much his loves Dogger. We have looked everywhere. Mum looked behind the cupboard, under the bed, in the kitchen and under the stairs. Dad searched the shed and in the garden. I helped them look too and took all the toys out of the toybox.  But he is nowhere to be found! Whatever can we do to cheer Dave up?

MATHS

You have been doing a lot of practical exploring of counting in 2s. 5s and 10s this week Swifts and that means you have been learning your multiplication tables!  Multiplication is another way of showing we are adding equal groups.  Let's use some of your examples to explain what I mean.

Jude use pairs of socks to show counting in 2s and hand prints to show counting in 5s. 

 

If I was to write number sentence to represent this learning I would write it like this.

2 + 2 + 2 = 6   OR

3 groups of 2 socks = 6 socks altogether   OR

3 x 2 = 6

 

To represent this picture in number sentences I would write 

5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 20  OR

4 groups of 5 = 20 altogether   OR

4 x 5 = 20

Today I would like to record your learning (from your practical investigations of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s this week) in number sentences like those in my example.

Set out your work like this  :

 __ + __+ __ = ___

 __ groups of __ = ___ altogether

__ X __ = ___

[I will be emailing some Maths worksheets to your adult today, you do not have to do them all. They are there for you to use if you would like more opportunities to practise of multiplication as repeated addition]

SCIENCE

Our last lesson for today is Science and as we will be continuing our topic of Materials this term I would like you to collect examples of different types of materials around your home. Then think of word or phrase to describe their properties.  You could photograph or draw the material and then write the words  around it.  Is the material hard, soft, bendy, rough, smooth, silky, and so on? Does it bend? Does it float? Is it strong?

Properties of Materials

Have a FABULOUS Friday Swifts.  Can't wait to see what you get up to in your learning today!

Happy St. George's Day  23/04/2020

St George is the patron saint of England, a brave knight who fought a dragon! See how Sam & Matthew celebrate St Georges day and watch the story of George and the Dragon below.

 

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Good Morning Swifts

The week seems to be flying by so quickly don't you think?  How did we arrive at Thursday already?  We're nearing the end of the first week of Term 5 and from what I see you are doing an amazing job at home learning. I am terribly proud of you all Swifts class.

 

Here's a fun Wake Up Shake Up from Go Noodle's Moose Tube for you this morning.  How fast can you go?

 

 

 

 

PHONICS including an IGH challenge!

Click on the Phonics Play Pirate to take you to the the website where you will find games and resources to revise and practice the Phase 3 to Phase 5 sounds you have learnt in school. Then complete the challenge below.

ENGLISH

In English today I would like you to design and write clues for a TOY (Treasure) HUNT for your family. Writing clues is similar to writing command sentences so you will need to use Imperative Verbs when writing your clues. Remember we talked about command sentences in class.  We use them when we are telling someone to do something. Commands usually start with an imperative verb, also known as a 'bossy verb', because they tell someone to do something.

Here's a short clip from the BBC teach website to remind you about writing command sentences.

 

 

How to prepare your TOY (treasure) HUNT

Step 1:  Hide a toy somewhere in your house (or garden)

Step 2:  Write clues for your family to find the treasure toy

You could:

  • Draw a picture of the place and caption it explaining where the next clue can be found or,
  • Write a straight instruction such as ‘Look behind the sofa’ or,
  • Create a riddle for the position of the next clue like ‘I have arms and legs but I cannot move. I sit in front of the TV all day. Your next clue is behind me’ or,
  • Make your clues rhyme – ‘Your next clue can be found, if you look all around. Take lots of care and search under a chair’ or
  • Use a number of paces like in a pirate map style ‘Face the fridge, walk 5 paces forward and 3 paces left. Pick up the cushion’

Step 3:  Design a certificate for the winner

MATHS

We are working on our 10 times tables today so let's have fun counting in 10's with these funny little characters on the BBC Learn page.

 

Next I'd like you to make a 10x booklet.  Clear instructions on how to make the booklet can be found on the Top Notch website (click on the picture to take your there).  You may want to make one for your 2x and 5x tables too!

 

 

And hare are your two word problem Maths challenge cards for today.

ART

We're starting our Term 5 Art unit of work looking at POP ART and in particular the artist Andy Warhol. I'd like you to watch this video from the TATE kids and then do a little research to find 5 facts about Andy Warhol, who he is and what type of art is he known for.  I would also like to hear your opinion about Pop Art.  What do you like or dislike about it?

What is Pop Art? | Tate Kids

Hope you all have a wonderful day Swifts.  I shall look forward to seeing what you get up to later.

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Good Morning Everyone

Who is loving the sunshine and blue skies we are having these days? Me too! It make's  me feel a little like Tigger wanting to bounce here,  there and everywhere which is why I've chosen Naomi's 'Believe' to start our Wake Up Shake Up this morning.  Such a happy song with an important reminder to believe in yourselves and know you can do great things.  

 

PHONICS & HANDWRITING

Click on the Phonics Play Pirate to take you to the the website where you will find games and resources to revise and practice the Phase 3 to Phase 5 sounds you have learnt in school. 

It's really important to keep up with your handwriting practise every day too Swifts. Think carefully about the way you are forming your letters when doing your English task.  Are you remembering finger spaces and are they sitting on the line, backs straight, tails hanging below? Don't forget to look in the SWIFTS HANDWRITING folder for handwriting 'how to's'.

 

ENGLISH

Today we are going to finish reading the the book Dogger by Shirley Hughes and then consider what characters in the story might say to each other in a conversation.

Think about the different events in the story.  At bedtime when Dave realises Dogger was missing what things could mum, dad or Bella say to Dave to comfort him? Or at the carnival when Dave was trying to explain to the stall holder that Dogger was not for sale and actually belonged to him? What would the stall holder say back?  What about when Dave and Bella were talking to the little girl who had bought Dogger, how could they convince her to give him to Dave? What words would they use to persuade her?

Your task for today is to choose a part of the story and to imagine what the characters might say to each other in conversation.  Remember that when we want to show a character is talking in our story, we put the words he/she is saying into a speech bubble or between speech marks.

MATHS

In Maths today we are going to investigate counting in 5's and the Posh Pooch is going to get our Maths brain warmed up with her counting in 5s super moves.

When do you think counting in fives would be useful? Why? Explain your reasoning to an adult.

Like yesterday's activity I would like you to show me your counting to 50 or 100 in fives. You could draw around your hands and five fingers or use paints to make hand print or do brass rubbing on 5p coins or make a clock face with 5 paper clips between each five minute interval.

 

Next I would like you to have a look at the BBC Learn website where there is a song and three activities I would like you to complete. Click on the picture to take you there.

And to finish off our Maths learning for today Swifts I have two word problem challenges for you to do. 

PE

Our focus for PE is Ball skills and here are some throwing and catching activities for you to try at home.

I hope you all have a wonderful day Swifts and I shall look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Good Morning Swifts

I have had the best email mailbox mail ever and am so enjoying hearing all your news Swifts. I want you to know that you are all missed... a lot! BUT by staying at home, I think you are doing an amazing thing at showing how much you care for others. What a great demonstration of our school values. And WOW - I am so impressed with the examples I have seen from yesterday's learning prompts so far. I shall update our home learning blog so you can all have a look at each others work too! 

You may have noticed a new TAB on the class front page call SWIFTS Weekly Timetable ... this is where you will find an overview of each weeks learning.  I will put a new timetable into this section every Monday morning from now on. 

 

Right, let's get ready for today's learning by warming up our body and brain. 

Here's Bridget the Lioness to start us off with the 2x Tables routine (click on the picture to take you there), what will you do next?  

 

PHONICS

Click on the Phonics Play Pirate to take you to the the website where you will find games and resources to revise and practice Phase 3 to Phase 5 sounds you have learnt in school.  It's really important to keep up with your phonics practice every day as this is a great way to improve your super duper reading Swifts.  

 

ENGLISH  

Watch and listen to the Dogger video on yesterday's blog again. 

 

Then I want you to have a think about if  your toy gets lost, you would want to find it as quickly as possible. To let people know your toy is lost, and to get the help of your community, it is a good idea to make a LOST TOY poster. A good lost toy poster includes a picture and some information about your toy. So your task for today is to pretend your favourite toy is LOST and to design a poster to let other people know it's missing and you'd like some help finding it.

 

MATHS

Our Maths learning today is all about counting in twos and the 2 times table.  What things around the house or on you, can you think of that belong in groups of 2? A set of two things used together is called a pair. For example  "a pair of gloves".

There's a story about animals walking into an ark two by two, do you remember which one it is?

Noah's Ark

How many animals did you see and count walking into the ark in this story?

For today's task I would like you to show me what counting in two's looks like.  You could collect up pairs of things around the house, photograph or draw them then label them in order. like this line of socks. Or you could design an activity like my little friend from Kiducation in the video below.

I know how creative you are Swifts so I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

How to count in 2s with fun, hands on learning.

And here's an extra challenge for you.  Another way we can represent counting in twos is using  2p coins.  This is different from pairs of things because it is one thing that represents a value of two.

So can you count in 2s to work out how much money I have in my jars? It would be great if you can find enough real coins to help you count!

      

          

Right put your thinking caps on for today's word problem Maths challenge ...

 

R.E

This term we are learning about Islam and are thinking about Who is Muslim and what do they believe?  Watch this video about Amina as she explains a little about the Islam faith.

The Five Pillars of Islam

Think about and discuss with your adult what you have learnt from Amina about the 5 pillars of Islam, then draw and label each pillar. Can you add a caption under each pillar explaining what it means.

Hope you have a wonderful day of learning today Swifts. 

I really look forward to seeing what you get up to.

 

Monday 20th April 2020

Good Morning Swifts and welcome to your fifth term of Year 1! I do hope you have all had a wonderful Easter break with your families. I have eaten far too many hot cross buns and too much chocolate, although I think Mrs Bone would say "There's no such thing as too much chocolate!"  What do you think?

 

Before we talk about the learning prompts for today let's warm up our body and brains with Jonny and Inel.  They have some good reminders about adjectives and adverbs which we could use in our English work today.

Mrs Bourdillon has written a detailed curriculum overview of what we will be learning this term which will be sent to your adults but I can tell you our topic is called the RISE OF THE ROBOTS and the theme is 

I'm pretty excited about what we have planned for this term!

 

To start us off I would like you to read a few pages from the book Dogger written by Shirley Hughes.  Don't worry if you haven't got a copy of the book because here is a video of it being read by the author herself which you can follow along and read too. (We will read more of the story tomorrow). After watching the video I would like you to take a photograph of your favourite toy and write 5 sentences describing it and explaining why it is your favourite toy. Remember we can use our senses to help us describe something.  What does it look like?  Does it make a sound? What does it sound like?  What does it feel like? And so on. Try extend some of your sentences using adjectives and conjunctions.  For example:

My favourite toy is a soft, scruffy,brown bear called Barely.  Barely is important to me because he used to belong to my sister Melly and she gave him to me to look after.

I would love to read all about your favourite toys so please ask your adult to email your written work and a photo of your toy to me on the swifts class email address. 

Shirley Hughes Reading Dogger

In Maths this week we will be learning more about multiplication and division starting tomorrow,  but first I would like to wrap up and summarise the learning we did at the end of last term on Measurement. Can you answer the questions on this quiz sheet?  Let me know how you get on.

 

 

Saturday 18th April 2020

Another idea from Prayer Spaces at Home is to create a worry box where we could put our worries away.

Do you have days when you feel a little like Wilma-Jean the Worry Machine? Or like Jack and Ruby whose worries followed them around all day? Being able to let go of a worry does help Swifts, but I know that sometimes it is difficult to find words to explain our feelings or thoughts to someone else. So I was thinking if you can't find the words Can you draw it? You could have a go at drawing, painting or creating your worry on paper then pop it into your worry box. 

 

Today's prompt from Prayer Spaces at Home is called 'Letting Go'

You will need: 

Any kind of container, box or jar with a lid, and things to decorate it with like stickers, pictures cut from magazines, gems, ribbon, cardboard, paper, pens

Set up: 

Decorate your container with all the things you've collected together and label it ‘worry box’

How to use it:

Tear a piece of card or paper, and write or draw the things you are worried about on it. When you’re ready put your worry into the box, and as you do it imagine you are giving it to God.

1 Peter 5:7 ‘Cast all your worries on Him, for he cares for you.

Don't Worry (Matthew 6: 25-34)

Thursday 16th April 2020  

Another prayer space you can create at home is a place to 'Be Still' and for this activity we're building a den where you can go to to sit peacefully and have a little quiet time away from all the others.

Here is one my nieces, Riley & Jenna built in their TV room at home in South Africa.

What you will need 

Bed Sheets, pegs, blankets, pillows, beanbags, fairy lights

Set up

Arrange the bed sheets over the furniture, peg in place, then fill your den with blankets and pillows -make it comfy and peaceful

Something to think about 

The word ‘holy’ simply means, ‘set apart’.

For hundreds of years, people have discovered that being set apart from other people helps them to be more aware of themselves and also of God.

This den is a place: -

To be still.

To breathe slowly.

To be still and listen.

To be with God.

I would love to see any dens you build at home, ask your adult to send any pictures of them to me on the class email and I can put a gallery of dens up on the Swifts Home Learning blog.

Tuesday 14th April 2020

We have been sent some lovely ideas for prayer and reflection places at home (from prayerspacesinschool.com) which I would like to share with you over the next few days. 

 

First up is a Calm Jar which is great to use when those 'Big Thoughts or Feelings' feel overwhelming.  Taking time to sit quietly, and think about things that are bothering you, is important. Once you are calm and settled, talking to your adult may help you find some answers to the things that are worrying you.

Equipment

Jar (a thick jam jar with a good lid), water, glitter, glycerine, food colouring  

Set up

Mix the ingredients together to create a calming jar of glitter. Do this before the activity.

Instructions

What are the things on your mind at the moment?

Pick up the jar and shake it. Watch the glitter swirl around and settle at the bottom.

Imagine the things on your mind slowly settling down.

Psalm 46:10 ‘Be still and know that I am God’.

 

Here are some fun Easter activities for you to do at home.

Things to bake:-

Click on the image to the left to see the recipe for      

Healthy Easter Bunny Pancakes blush or the image to the right to see a recipe for Simnel MuffinsA new twist on the traditional recipe for Simnel cake which has become a traditional cake for Easter Sunday. How about making some Hot Cross Scones for tea time?     

 

Easy things to make:

 

Instructions: 

1. Cut apart two egg holders from the carton and trim off the excess on the edges.
2. Glue the two pieces together.
3. Paint and allow to dry.
4. Add a beak and some eyes.

 

DIY Paper Flowers

Fold cupcake liners in half and cut out petal and fringe shapes. Poke wire/pipe cleaner through the center of three to four paper liners. Wrap  tape around the base of the liners.

Easter Tree and salt dough decorations

How about decorating an Easter tree some colourful salt dough ornaments. Here's a recipe for quick and easy microwave salt dough recipe for you to make at home with your adult. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EQUIPMENT

  • Bowl

  • Rolling Pin

  • Cookie Cutters (for making Christmas Ornaments)

  • Microwavable flat plate

  • Microwave

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a bowl mix the 3 ingredients together.

  • Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth.

  • Roll out or form into the shapes you want.

  • On a piece of kitchen paper place in the microwave.

  • Microwave in 10 second bursts checking regularly. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO IT IN SHORT BURST OTHERWISE IT WILL BURN!!!

  • Once dry remove and allow to cool before painting.

 

 

 

Friday 10th April 2020

It's Good Friday of Holy week today; the day Christians remember Jesus' crucifixion followed by Easter, the celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead.

The Christian Story of Easter

Here are the prompts for Day 6 and Day 7 of the Holy Week activities.

 

I hope that you all have a wonderful Easter at home with your families.

Thursday 9th April 2020

Good Morning All, it's Day 5 of Holy week today and the questions ask us to think about how someone else might be feeling. How might we feel in this kind of situation? Can you think of an example where someone might have hurt your feelings or maybe you have been asked to do something your really didn't want to do?  How does this learning link to our school values of Fellowship and Compassion?

How are your mini Easter gardens coming along? Viktor has been sending in photo's of how he has been reflecting on the events in Holy week, have a look on our home learning blog to see what he has been up to.

Have a happy day.

 

Wednesday 8th April 2020

Good Morning Swifts, today is Day 4 of Holy Week and we are thinking about the Last Supper and about:

  • What we are thankful for today?
  • What we are worrying about today?
  • Who we want God to care for today?
  • What we are hoping for for tomorrow?

                   

Tuesday 7th April 2020

Good Morning Swifts, hope you have all been enjoying the blue skies and sunshine we are having this holiday. Here are today's prompts for Day 3 of Holy week.

Monday 6th April 2020

It's day 2 of Holy week today and I hope you are all happy and well at home with your families.

Friday 3rd April 2020

Good Morning Swifts

It's the last day of term today before the Easter holidays begin and this Sunday (the 5th of April) is Psalm Sunday, the start of Holy week for Christians. Do you remember our learning about Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey?  What did the people do and say? How were the different characters feeling?

 

The Diocese Canterbury has sent us some ideas for activities to do at home to explore Holy Week through the creation of an Easter garden.  Here is an overview of what each day's prompts might look like.

I will a post a prompt page on the class page each morning of next week for you, starting today with Psalm Sunday. 

Please take a photo of your Easter garden each day as you add something new to it. Perhaps you could ask your adults to send all the photos in a collage at the end of Holy week so that we can share them with our friends.

Keep being your wonderful selves Swifts. 

I am so proud of you and your families and all the fantastic learning you are doing together.

 

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Good Morning Swifts

 

How are you all getting on with your home learning?

 

Our focus for this morning is adding -ed to verbs when writing in past tense.  Remember:

  • we write in past tense when we are writing about something that has already happened 
  • verbs are doing words, for example words like  jump, climb, play, walk, and so on

I'd like you to watch the video below and then to write a few sentences about what you have been doing this week. Here's one from me.

I climbed the ladder to the attic and looked for some old toys to show to my children.

Adding '-ed'

The past tense refers to things that have already happened. When talking about the past, regular verbs have 'ed' on the end of them.

Wednesday 1st April 2020

Good Morning Swifts

 

Today I thought we could explore telling a familiar story using soundscapes (perhaps you could get all your family involved in performing this). 

Music helps us create atmosphere when telling a story.  Think about what things you have around the house that you could use as instruments to make music.  The story we will use for today’s music prompt is The Three Little Pigs.  If you do not have the book at home have a look at the version online (see video below).

 

Once you have re-read the story and reminded yourselves of the sequence of events you could sing the version below then talk about the sounds that would be heard in each verse. (See some ideas to support this below the song)

                     

  • V1: calling ‘Goodbye’, doors slamming and the tapping of their trotters as they walk down the road.
  • V2: cutting through straw and the wolf’s huffing and puffing
  • V3: sawing and hammering and the wolf’s huffing and puffing
  • V4: bricks knocking together and the wolf’s unsuccessful huffing and puffing
  • V5: climbing feet – and some splashes as he falls into the pot

Explore different objects and voice sounds you could use to match the different parts of the song.  [Clap you hands, stamp feet, loud exhale, tapping pots & pans/plastic tubs, banging on table/floor/cushion, dropping things into water, etc]

 

Don't forget to practice your phonics and handwriting and to read everyday. You can also look at Swallow's class page for other ideas to support your home learning.

Hope you have lots of fun with today’s learning prompt and I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

The Three Little Pigs #ReadAlong StoryBook

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