Mitchell Year 1-2
Welcome to Mitchell Class 2020!
Here is some important information regarding homework for KS1.
- Children need to bring in book bags everyday please.
- Reading books will be changed on a Tuesday and a Thursday. The children will be given a phonics book linked to the sounds from the previous or the current week, or choosing their own book from the Accelerated Reader library.
- Website for AR Quizzes: https://ukhosted57.renlearn.co.uk/6708488/default.aspx
- Children need to be reading for at least 20 minutes each day.
- PE is on a Thursday. Children need to come to school dressed in PE kits.
- Homework (English, Maths, Spellings, Times Tables (Yr 2)) will go out on a Wednesday and is due back on the following Monday. Homework will be uploaded onto Google Classroom and should be completed in the homework books.
- Spelling and times tables test will be on Monday.
- Times tables will be set via Times Tables Rock Stars (https://play.ttrockstars.com/)
- Year 1s you can practice your number bonds using hit the button (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button)
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me
Important Words For Children to Read and Spell
Information about Accelerated Reader
Today we celebrated Number Day to raise money for the NSPCC. The children all looked wonderful in their maths themed costumes and spent the afternoon tackling maths challenges and playing games. They were set the challenge to use numicon as flowers, deciding which flowers they could fill 'a garden' with and how many different combinations they could find. They also had to help the bees cross their honeycomb using their knowledge of multiples of 2, 5 and 10. They played Sum Swamp and measured different parts of the classroom too. Overall, it was a lovely day raising money for a very worthwhile cause. Thank you for your support!
This week we started our new topic 'Enchanted Woodland'. We have started to learn and write about the different animals we might find in a woodland, so that we can make an information leaflet about them. We've also spoken about growing plants and are trying to grow cress in the classroom. Each table had three pots, one with light and water, one with just water and one with just light. We are going to keep looking at the seeds to find out about what they need to survive.
For our tree boggarts, we spoke about how we might find faces on magical trees in the woods or in an enchanted woodland. We learned that these faces are called boggarts and they are there to protect the woodland. However, they can also cause mischief!
The children worked in partners to create a boggart using clay and natural materials found at forest school. They have done an amazing job and showed great team work and listening skills!
We have had a lovely couple of weeks getting settled back into the routine of school. The children have been working really hard! They have been continuing with George's Marvellous Medicine and wrote a recipe for a medicine, full of disgusting ingredients, which they describe brilliantly using adjectives. In art, they have been busy making pictures with bubbles and today they created a food picture, using lentils, pasta and rice!
I am so proud of all of them and how they have come back into school, ready to learn!
Red Nose Day!
18th December 2020
We've had a lovely day today, starting off with some word searches, addition and subtraction colouring and a challenge to find the thief of the snowman nose! We watched Arthur Christmas and loved the happy ending! This afternoon we've had a little dance party, playing musical bumps and statues. We also sang Feliz Navidad and recorded it for you to enjoy (it is on Google Classroom)! Have a fantastic Christmas and Happy New Year! Stay safe and thank you once again for the very kind presents! Love Miss Brook x
Although it was a slightly different style of Christmas Fete, the children had an absolute blast playing the different games and winning prizes today!
Santa Dash 2020
We had a lovely time completing the Santa Dash, even though we had to complete it in the hall due to the rain. We split the class into Year 1 and Year 2 and took it in turns with Year 1s going first. We had 5 Christmas songs and we had to run or walk for the whole 15 minutes. Afterwards, we got to dance to one of the Christmas songs. We had very red faces and were very hot after, but we loved it!
It was great fun and the children were excellent at cheering each other on during it. Well done to all of you!
They were moving too quickly!
CCTV Footage Found
Today, we watched the CCTV footage of the dinosaur entering our playground and our classroom. We used adjectives to describe the dinosaur and then tomorrow we are going to create a wanted poster to find the dinosaur so we can give them back their egg.
- The dinosaur wanted to sit down but it was too big for the tables and chairs.
Whatever happened, we will be keeping a careful eye on the classroom to check there are no more dinosaurs in there!
All week, we have been working on our listening, speaking and problem solving skills through our 'Going Green' Skills Builder challenge.
We started the week by learning about what going green meant. We linked it to recycling, saving water, saving electricity and green travel. We spoke about global warming and how pollution from factories, cars and other road vehicles can be linked. We decided that we needed to persuade people to save the planet.
We designed a logo in our groups, after deciding on a focus. We had to work together and listen to each other. Some groups even voted to make sure they chose the best idea. After this we started to sew! This was new to most of us and we found it very difficult. However, after lots of untangling from the adults, we created super badges and bookmarks with our logos! Some children did clouds and rain drops, others did lightbulbs and some teams did a recycling bin. We are all very proud of our achievements.
Finally, we had to present our poster and ideas to the class. We had to think about speaking clearly and loudly, as well as making sure everyone could see our poster!
During our topic of 'Dinosaurs' we have been learning about Mary Anning who is famous for finding the ichthyosaur fossil. We thought about how fossils are formed and how they help us learn about the dinosaurs because they are no longer around.
Today we designed our own fossils. We started with a ball of clay and had to squash it down so we had a base for our fossils. We used little toy dinosaurs to create a fossil effect with an imprint of the dinosaurs.They had a lovely time experimenting with the clay and different dinosaurs too!
The children have done a super job and created wonderful fossils to have on display in the classroom!
'It's Cool to be Kind' Week
We've had a lovely week, thinking about kindness. We started off by thinking of ways we can be kind to ourselves and others. We decided we wanted to make cards for members of our community who have worked hard to help others, especially during the pandemic. We thought about the doctors, nurses and everyone involved with the NHS, the police force, firefighters and the teachers and other members of the school. The children designed fantastic cards which are going to be posted. Some children also made kindness posters, one with 'It's Cool to be Kind' and one saying 'Throw Kindness like Confetti' which are beautiful sayings, reminding us how easy it is to be kind. This has made us feel grateful and happy that we can do something for other people.
Today we went to Forest School to look for signs that we are in Autumn. We started off by recapping the seasons and what we have learned about the different seasons. We know that in Autumn deciduous trees lose their leaves because there is less sunlight. We looked for leaves that had changed colour or had fallen off a tree. We also spotted acorns, mushrooms and 'helicopters' on the floor.
24th September 2020
It has been a lovely but busy start to the term! During the first week we looked at the artist who the class is named after (Joan Mitchell) who was an expressionist and abstract artist. We created their own versions using different painting techniques. We used these as a background and posed for a picture. We also created a self-portrait using crayons. We discussed the features we needed to include and how we can use the crayons to create wonderful portraits. Can you guess who is who?
We also created a team flag. We watched a video about Team GB at the London Olympics in 2012. We used adjectives to describe how they worked together as a team, even though they compete in different sports. We then came up with adjectives or phrases to describe how we can be Team Mitchell. We had super ideas including friendship, try you best, problem solving, being brave and positive.
In English, we have been learning about The Royal Family. We completed a family tree, identifying the different royals and labelling them. We then focussed on The Queen; we learned and wrote some lovely facts. Did you know that The Queen does not need a passport or a driving licence? We learned that she was a mechanic and that she was born in 1926! We linked this learning to London landmarks. We had to identify and label the different landmarks in London. This included Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye and The Houses of Parliament. We talked about the different landmarks and why they are special.
This week we received a call for help from Paddington Bear! He needed us to write instructions for a marmalade or jam sandwich, as he was really hungry and needed to know how to make it. We’ve learned about imperative verbs and time conjunctions and how we use these in our instructional writing. We had great fun telling Miss Brook how to make a sandwich! We had to be clear and use simple instructions. We realised that we needed to specific about things, otherwise people might get confused and just put the tub of butter on the bread!