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Mountfields Lodge School

Topaz

Welcome to Topaz!

 

We are:

 - a wonderful Year 1 Class!

- becoming more independent and put our things away by ourselves.

- very grown up! We even change our own reading books.

- a very caring class and are always thinking of ways to look after each other.

- very enthusiastic learners and always work hard.

- a class who loves singing and making up rhymes to help us remember things.

 

This year we will be mastering many crucial Maths and English skills through fantastic themes.

 

We have outdoor PE on a Friday and indoor PE on a Wednesday; so we need to have kit suitable for both.

 

Spellings and Phonics homework are issued on a Thursday and the Phonics homework should be returned on a Tuesday; we do a spelling check each Thursday. Also, we have a theme-based homework each term called ‘3-in-a-row’.

 

We have log-ins for our online resources of Bug Club and Purple Mash and these are in our reading diaries.

 

You are always welcome to come in and see the staff in the class if you have any questions to ask or are concerned about anything.

Fantasy Stories!

This last week and a half we have been reading and investigating fantasy stories. We have been particularly interested in fantasy settings and ways to describe fantastical objects. Some of the stories we have looked at are: The Magic Bed by John Burningham; The Emperor of Absurdia by Chris Riddell; The Great Dragon Rescue by M.P. Robertson; The Sandcastle by M.P. Robertson. Amongst other things, we have made fantasy settings in the school grounds and acted out The Sandcastle story. I can't believe we only have 1 week left!

Fantasy Story The Sandcastle - exploring settings and emotions

Fantasy Story The Sandcastle - exploring settings and emotions 1 Musical Frenzy
Fantasy Story The Sandcastle - exploring settings and emotions 2 Terrified when the sea is rising
Fantasy Story The Sandcastle - exploring settings and emotions 3 More terrified people
Fantasy Story The Sandcastle - exploring settings and emotions 4 The sandcastle destroyed by the tide
Fantasy Story The Sandcastle - exploring settings and emotions 5 "Stay back sea!"
Fantasy Story The Sandcastle - exploring settings and emotions 6 A shell that glistened like a jewel
Fantasy Story The Sandcastle - exploring settings and emotions 7 Grumpy that his wish hasn't come true
Fantasy Story The Sandcastle - exploring settings and emotions 8 Jack is not scared!
Fantasy Story The Sandcastle - exploring settings and emotions 9 a sandy note on the shell
Fantasy Story The Sandcastle - exploring settings and emotions 10 Fanfare trumpets "Hail, King Jack!"
Fantasy Story The Sandcastle - exploring settings and emotions 11 "The king of the sandcastle!"

A Merry Jig

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Pirate Ship Testing

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We tested all of our boats and were rewarded with a golden doubloon if they floated!

Pirate Sports Day

We had a wonderful morning being pirates and being sporty at the same time! 

We had 5 excellent events:

Grog Carry

Cannon Ball Throw

Walk the Plank

Scrub the Decks

Jump for Gold

It was a close competition; but in 1st place were Mulberry, 2nd place Beech, 3rd place Sycamore and Willow 4th. All the children were fabulous and were awarded with a golden doubloon! Well done Topaz and well done KS1!

 

The Great White Shark and more Pirates!

 

We have been learning about The Great White Shark and other creatures in the sea.

We also had our Science week - busy as always!

Division - We have been solving division problems by 'sharing' using the 'hoop method'. We practised using hoops and unifix outside. We then used jottings in our books. 

Division

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The great white shark is about 6m long and the whale shark 12m. How many great white sharks or whale sharks could we fit on the KS1 playground?

The Pirates Next Door

We have been working hard on our pirate themed work! Mrs Mistry has been teaching us all about 'The Pirates Next Door' story and we have been doing activities linked to this. 

We have also been making our pirate Tie Dyed bandanas. Thank you to Mrs Mistry for being such a super supply teacher for Class Topaz while Mr Coleman was on Paternity Leave.

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Pirates!

This term we will be embarking on an exciting learning adventure linked mostly to the exciting topic of pirates!

 

Our English work will be based on a number of different texts including: Narrative - The Pirate Next Door; Report - The Great White Shark; Narrative Fantasy Story - The Sandcastle; Newspaper Report - Pirates!

We will also be learning about the Oceans, Seas and Continents, tie-dying our own bandanas and making pirate shelters!

In Science Week, on the week beginning the 21st May, we will be investigating forces and Materials and we will be inviting you in to join in with some of these activities (letter to follow).

 

 

 

Pirate Inspiration Day

Pirate Inspiration Day 1 Ripping and staining paper ready for treasure maps
Pirate Inspiration Day 2 Making ship rats
Pirate Inspiration Day 3 Making treasure
Pirate Inspiration Day 4 Treasure necklace
Pirate Inspiration Day 5 Shiver me timbers!

Images from our brilliant trip to Conkers!

Images from our brilliant trip to Conkers! 1 Learning about food chains.
Images from our brilliant trip to Conkers! 2 Getting ready for the challenging 'Barefoot Walk'.
Images from our brilliant trip to Conkers! 3 Psyching up for the obstacles.
Images from our brilliant trip to Conkers! 4 Team photo. Go Topaz (and some Jade!)
Images from our brilliant trip to Conkers! 5 Monkeying around at the top of a tall climbing web
School Opens on Wednesday 29th August 2018
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