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.
- 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
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!