Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

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Owl Class Blog


Term 5 Week 3

We continued our work based on 'The Great Kapok Tree' and have planned our own version of the story ready to write next week.  The children have brainstormed and magpied so much rich language, I am really excited to read their final pieces!  In maths, year 1 played games to support their instant recall of doubles and year 2 were using their own little clocks to calculate durations of time.  In the afternoon, Year 1 joined Owlets on a walk exploring Checkendon.  They then used the laptops to create brochures promoting the village.  Year 2 continued their learning on the Maya working in groups to create posters about one aspect of Mayan everyday life which they then shared with the class.  They also had a wonderful lesson learning to play the ukulele with Mrs Davies.

Term 5 Week 2

This week we have been busy writing rainforest setting descriptions using sounds of the rainforest and Wilf's photographs of his trip to the Amazon rainforest to spark our imaginations!  There was some wonderful writing!  Year 1 were introduced to arrays in maths; they described them using the words rows and columns and wrote repeated addition calculations to match each one.  Year 2 continued working hard to learn to tell the time.  In DT, Year 2 explored the nets of  different 3D shapes before constructing them.  They then thought about what you might package in each shaped box.  Year 1 enjoyed their first forest school lesson on Friday afternoon.  What a great way to finish the week!

Term 5 Week 1

Owl Class have made a great start to the Summer Term!  We started the week reading  'The Great Kapok Tree' by Lynne Cherry, which is set in the Amazon Rainforest.  We explored the powerful verbs used to described the way the animals moved, such as the toucan swooped and the jaguar padded.  We also looked at the different speech verbs used by the animals, such as the monkey chattered and the macaw squawked.  In maths year 1 started to learn about multiplication and division by making equal groups of 2, 5 and 10.  Year 2 practised telling the time.  We are working on learning to tell the time to 5 minutes so please practice this at home whenever you can.

On Thursday afternoon we were treated to a visit from Smelly Wellies in Woodcote.  We were able to stroke and feed their very tame guinea pigs and gorgeous velvet rabbits.  We were  able to ask questions and learn lots about them.  Mrs Thomas also brought her chickens and stick insects in for us to learn about and one of the children also let us meet her lovely tortoise! It was a great afternoon!

Term 4 Week 6

We wrote, edited and published our fantastic bee books this week.  They looked great and were full of interesting facts! We completed our science work about animals including humans by learning about how our skeletons and muscles enable us to move.  We also created some beautiful spring daffodil pictures using pastels and watercolours.  On Wednesday we enjoyed  singing our spring song to the school and parents at our Easter church service.

Wishing everyone a happy Easter break!

Term 4 Week 5

This week we have been doing lots of research all about busy, buzzing honey bees and learning about how important they are to our planet.  We now have lots of information ready to write our informative reports next week.  Year 1 have been doing lots of addition and subtraction problem solving in maths including work on missing number calculations.  Year 2 have been looking at non unit fractions such as two thirds and three quarters - chocolate has been a great help here!  We continued to learning about human bodies in science; we learnt the different bones of the human body and had the challenge of putting all the bones together to make a skeleton.  We also investigated whether people with longer thigh bones could jump further.  There was lots of careful measuring going on!

Next week, we look forward to our Wednesday Easter service in church.

Term 4 Week 4

This week we did some assessments in English and maths.  Everyone worked very hard and concentrated really well and should be very proud of their efforts! We also started learning bee facts ready to write non-chronological reports in English.  In maths, year two started to look at finding thirds of a number while year one enjoyed solving maths problems, such as 'which animals could have walked into Noah's Ark if he saw 12 legs?'   In the afternoons we had great fun making insect shadow puppets and using them to perform the poem Caterpillar by Christine Rosseti.  We also learned to add a timer in our programs when coding in Computing.

Term 4 Week 3

Our Writing Week continued with lots of work on Jack and the Beanstalk; we retold the story using lots of story language, created drama freeze frames to think about the characters' thoughts and feelings at different points in the story and wrote setting descriptions of inside the Giant's castle.  Everyone worked very hard and we were excited to put it on display to share with parents and carers after school on Wednesday.  Our Jack and the Beanstalk work continued into the afternoon when we made backdrops and props before rehearsing and then performing the story to Panda Class.  

Next week will will be begin our work on non-chronological reports by learning about bees.

Term 4 Week 2

What a busy week we have had!  In the first part of the week we wrote some wonderful minibeast riddles and then had great fun guessing each others!  Year 2 began learning about fractions in maths, looking at find half of a shape and of a number while year 1 were measuring mass.  On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day with wonderful costumes, discussions and recommendations of books and fun book activities such as a book scavenger hunt.  Our whole school trip  to Oxford's Storytelling Museum on Friday was FANTASTIC! Year 2 had a great time exploring different story portals while Year 1 enjoyed lots of interactive story telling and exploring the small world gallery, including a giant bed (which we were actually allowed to jump on!)

Next week, our Writing Week will continue with work on Jack and the Beanstalk.  We look forward to sharing some of our writing after school on Wednesday.

Term 4 Week 1

We were all excited to begin our new topic, 'Marvellous Minibeasts'!  We read minibeast poems in English and 'magpied' lots of the wonderful language to use in our own poems.  We ;made posters to explain what all animals (including humans) need to survive in science and looked really closely at minibeast photographs before drawing detailed pencil pictures in art.  We began our new coding unit in computing and worked collaboratively to write algorithms to make aeroplanes take off!

Next week, we will begin our Whole School Writing Week by dressing up as book characters on Thursday and go on our whole school trip to Oxford Storytelling Museum on Friday.

Term 3 Week 5 and 6

It’s been a hectic few weeks, with some online learning and learning at home. While in school we’ve been learning about floating and sinking. First of all we had to predict (have a good guess) if the things were going to float or sink. Most of us thought the apple would sink - but it floated! We spent a lot of time outside. One day, year 6 taught us how to orienteer. They drew maps and wrote clues for us to solve. It was great fun. We had to spell a word. 


Term 3 Week 4

This term in RE we have been learning about Creation Stories, from different religions. We started with Christian Creation Story,  where God created the world in 7 days, moving onto the Jewish Creation Story which is very similar. We’ve also researched the Islamic story and the Hindu Creation Story, to help us remember it we made origami lotus flowers. They were tricky to make, but by following the instructions carefully and using teamwork - we made it.

Term 3 Week 3

We wrote some very exciting pirate stories this week.  We explored the five parts of a story and planned and wrote story problems with blue whales, sea monsters and a giant squid!  Year 1 worked really hard learning number bonds to 10 and 20 in maths and year 2 worked hard learning their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Please practice these at home whenever you get a spare five minutes!  We looked at aerial photographs in geography and everyone loved zooming in and out on Google Earth!  

Next week our English will focus on settings and we will be writing a message in a bottle.

Term 3 Week 2

We have been very busy writing this week!  We wrote some fantastic descriptions of Jim Lad, the mischievous pirate boy and worked in groups to share our ideas and write setting descriptions for Dull-on-Sea.  In maths, Year 1 worked on subtracting within 20 using tens frames and checking using number lines while year 2 used arrays to write multiplication calculations.  In geography, we learnt different rhymes to remember the points of the compass, created our own treasure maps and then used the compass points to guide people around.  We had our first Judo lesson since Christmas- it was great fun!

Next week we will be writing a sequel to 'The Pirates Next Door' and testing out our floating and sinking predictions.

Term 3 Week 1

Happy New Year!  It was lovely to see everyone's enthusiasm to be back after the holidays and ready to get stuck into term 3!

We started the week by reading our new book, 'The Pirates Next Door'.  We made predictions after reading the first few pages, explored the use of speech bubbles and year 2 also looked at the informal language and use of apostrophes to shorten words.  In maths, year 1 recapped finding number bonds to ten and used these to add numbers within twenty while year 2 worked on making equal groups and writing these as multiplication calculations.  In our PSHE lesson, we explored what it means to be resilient and we started our new science unit - investigating floating and sinking. 

Next week, we will be writing setting descriptions and we will be looking at maps and compass directions.