This term we will be learning about ‘Growing’.
In Literacy we will be writing a report or fact sheet about different mini beasts and plants.
In Maths we will be looking at money for our Garden Centre.
In Art we will be looking at different artists such as Sir Kyffrin Williams, Van Gogh and Monet.
This term we will be learning about ‘Chocolate”. We will be reading the book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl.
In Literacy we will learning about narrative text through the story of Charlie’s Bag by Pie Corbett.
In Maths we will using money to buy ingredients to make our very own chocolate bars and looking at the nets of the 3D shapes.
In Art and Design we will be creating eye catching packaging and posters to promote our chocolate products.
In Science we will be exploring the changing state of chocolate. We will be exploring the History of chocolate and looking at where the cocoa bean is grown.
Welcome back everyone!! Hope you all enjoyed the Summer Holidays.
Our Topic this term will be Space!
To start with, we will be reading the book “Aliens Love Underpants”.
We will be planning an adventure to the moon and training to be astronauts in PE.
This week the children have been listing the places they would like to visit if they could go back in time. Here are some examples that they came up with:
Tomas-‘I would like to go back to 2009 to when I was born’.
Coby-‘I would like to go back to Pompeii just before the volcano erupted, but quickly then return home!’
Emily S-‘I would like to go back to the age of the dinosaurs to ride a pterodactyl’.
Isobella-‘I would like to go back to the Egyptians to see Cleopatra’.
Hannah-‘I would like to go back to the ice age’.
Our Topic this Summer term is
Hope you all had a lovely Easter!
This week for our topic we are learning about Mermaids. We have read the ‘Singing Mermaid’. Click on the book to hear it being read aloud.
In maths we have been adding coins together and making a total. We start by adding the biggest coin.
This week in Maths we have been learning about the units of time. Check out this video to help learn a catchy song about how many days are in a month!
Our theme for our Topic is ‘Divers’. We have been learning the different hand signals when the divers are underwater.
This week in Maths we have been looking at multiplication and division.
We had a visit by the two Steve’s, our new Author Patrons. We wrote about ‘The Thingymubob’, come and have a look at our writing displayed in the hall.
In Topic we have been learning about Sharks. We have found an A-Z of sharks!
This week in Maths we have been telling the time using digital clocks. Check out this online game to help you practise: http://www.primarygames.com/time/question1.htm
Matching analogue and digital clocks by Ruby.
We watched a perfromance from “Tales of Wales” who retold traditional tales in an animated way! We are still on the look out for the dragons!
In our Topic we have been reading ‘Jonah and the Whale’ and have sequenced the story. We have been labelling the different parts of a whale.
In our Literacy we have been looking at the writing features of a chronological-report. We have been looking at the layout, the BOLD headings and the sub-headings.
This week in Maths we have been multiplying. We can multiply 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Have a look under Foundation Phase> Times tables to practise the songs.
We have been learning how to have a Growth Mindset from footballer Ash Randall. We also had a visit from PC Kim, who talked to use about right and wrong behaviours.
In Literacy we have made a weather vane and rain catcher to record the weather.
In our topic we are reading the book Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. Click on the image to hear the story:
Hope you all had a good half term!
This week in Maths we have been learning about fractions. We are learning halves, quarters and thirds.
by Jessica S.
In our Literacy we are learning about how to write a weather report. We first had a think about WHO our audience would be and why we need to know the weather forecast.
This week we have been reading the story Santes Dwynwen for Welsh Week. Well done for all those who entered the competitions.
This week in Maths we have been learning to tell the time using analogue and digital clocks. We have been telling the time to the hour, half past and quarter to and quarter past.
We have also been looking at numbers that are greater than or smaller than.
Coby has been very busy using numbers above 100.
This week in Maths we have been naming 3D shapes and looking at their properties. We have sorted the shapes into a Venn and Carroll Diagram.
In our Literacy we have been writing recounts about our trip to the Blue Planet Aquarium.
This week in Maths we have been using our number bonds to compliment to the next 10.
In our Topic we have been learning about turtles. In the Craft area we have been making turtles using egg cartons.
Don’t forget to check out our class twitter account to see pictures of your children hard at work! (@YMYS_Class_BB)
This week in Maths we have been using our number bond knowledge to make multiples of 8, 9 and 10.
In our Topic we have been learning about Salt density. We conducted an experiment to see if an egg floated or sink salt and fresh water. We have sorted creatures that live in salt and fresh water. In the Craft area we have been drawing in salt.
This week in Maths we have been adding and subtracting 9, 10 and 11.
The theme this week in our Topic has been “water pollution”. We conducted an experiment to see the effects of rubbish on water. We collected rubbish from the playground and helped to keep our school tidy. We made posters to save water after learning the effects of Coral bleaching.
In the play dough area we have been making coral.
This week in Maths we have been learning about place value.
By Lacey and Sophie.
Check out these games to help you practice:
In Literacy we have been learning the rules of a recount.
-is in the past tense.
-is in chronological order.
-uses the 5 W’s (who, what, where, when, why)
In our topic we have been reading “The Rainbow Fish”. We have sequenced the events and retold the story. Click on the image to hear the story:
We used pastels to create the front cover of the book and an underwater effect.
Today we had a visit from PC Kim. We discussed bullying and what it is and who we can go to for help.
The topic for Spring term will be Under the Sea.
The children are currently researching information to present what they already know about under the sea which will inform what lessons we will be planning. There has been a wide interest from mermaids, to whales, to water pollution.
We will be reading the following books:
- Rainbow fish
- The fish that could wish
- The singing Mermaid
- Commotion in the Ocean
- The snail and the Whale
This week we have been writing instructions on how to make a pizza. We had some innovative ideas, one being, a chocolate pizza with maltesers!!
This week in Maths we have been learning how to add and subtract 2 digit numbers. We can use a 100square, a number line or a column method to help solve the sum.
Here is an example using the column method:
Our dragon egg has hatched and we have a new addition to our classroom. We voted on a name and the winner was Lola.
We discussed how to manage our thoughts and feelings with ‘How to eat an elephant workshop’.
Thank you to all those who came to Parents evening. It was a pleasure to update you on how well your children are doing in class.
This week in Maths we have been measuring using non-standard (decimetre strips and string) and standard units (cm). We went into the Forest school to measure different objects.
This week we have found a dragon egg!!
Here is a fantastic report of our finding by Jonah and Lacey.
In maths we have been learning about positional language.
Fred the frog is on top of the basket.
In our Literacy we have been looking at instructions on how to make a cup of tea.
I hope everyone has had a good half term.
This term we are learning about Dragons, and we have spotted one flying over the school!
So we set up a trap, using the instructions how to catch a dragon.
This week in Maths we have been adding and subtracting 20, 30 and 40 using a 100square.
We had a visit from the Fire Service about keeping safe on Bonfire night.
20th October we had Friendship Day! We made a wreath of helping hands.
This week in Maths we have been learning to add 10 more, or take away 10 less from a hundred square.
We have filled our marble reward jar. As a treat we went on the equipment.
This week in Maths we have been learning how to compare numbers. We have used symbols to explain more than and less than (< or >).
In our Topic we have been labelling castle defences. We have been describing the properties of the castle and are going to use them to create a castle poem.
On Friday we visited Chirk Castle. We had a fantastic time visiting Adams Tower, the Servants Hall and the main house. The children had the opportunity to play the piano in the Drawing Room!!
This week in Maths we have been learning learning about 2D shapes and their properties. We have been sorting the properties into a Venn and Carroll Diagram.
In our Topic we have been comparing a house and a castle using a Venn Diagram.
We have also been recreating the picture ‘Castle and the Sun’ by Paul Klee using 2D Shapes. Some children used shapes to draw around a colour them in, whilst others used shaped sponges with paint.
This week in Maths we have been using number bonds to make additions and subtractions.
For example 4 + 6 =10
14 + 6=20
In our topic we have been learning about castles and ordering events on a timeline.
In our Topic we have been looking at where Chirk Castle is on a map. Here are some examples of our leaflets so far:
This week in maths we have been learning our number bonds to 10.
Check out this link to practise your number bonds http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
In our Topic we have been using ipads to search and select information on Chirk Castle. Using this information we have been making a leaflet.
Croeso i Dosbarth BB 2016/17
This Terms Topic is
Through our topic we will be:
-making information leaflets (Literacy)
-investigating the best material to make a castle (Science)
-looking at castles in our local area (Geography)
-looking at the Castle and the Sun by Paul Klee (Art)
-investigating the 2D and 3D shapes of castles (Numeracy)
P. E will be on a Thursday afternoon, so please make sure the appropriate kit is in school. If you could include pumps to use when the weather is nice outside.
I will update you soon on when Forest School is taking place.
Today we went to Green Acres farm. We saw many different animals and got to feed the goats.
International week- Class BB are investigating the Caribbean Islands.
Week 6- 18th May
The winning Pirate Profile is Laura. She wrote in full sentences and made her work bright and colourful. Da iawn!!
This week we have taken boat making to a new level. We have added sails and decks to our boats. We have learnt how to make each side balance and understood how the sails help the boats move.
Week 5- 11th May
Today we had a visit from PC Kim who talked to us about ‘People who help us’.
In Maths we are learning about measurement, in particular capacity. Check out the alien cook book to practise at home
ask the children to help you out when you are cooking in the kitchen.
Week 4- 9th May
In the Water area we have been investigating whether boats sink or float. We made boats out of different types of materials. We discovered that cardboard absorbed the water.
Week 3- 28th April
In PE today we walked the plank and practised our balancing skills.
Week 2-22nd April
This week we have been sorting out treasure using a Venn Diagram. We used the headings value or rubbish. We discovered that some objects may not have value to sell but are useful eg. a wooden leg is useful to a pirate who needs it to walk!
CHECK OUT WHAT CHALLENGES WE HAVE BEEN DOING IN THE ENHANCED PROVISION.
Rayhan has made a compass in the lego.
We have been searching for buried treasure in the sand and adding the coins together.
We have our very own pirate ship where the challenge is to write a diary of our exciting adventures.
Week 1- 12th April
In music we have been listening to the adapted songs and stories from the classic tale of ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson’s. If you would like to watch the episodes you can find them on the following link:
This week we have been learning how to make a treasure map. First, to make the map look old, we used a tea bag to stain the paper and teared the edges. Once it looks the part we started adding the detail. To help find the treasure you can add a grid and plot the co-ordinates. Then we added the desert island, thinking about the shape of it and how the sea surrounds it. We discussed the natural features of the land: mountains, rivers, volcanoes, rocks. We then added the symbols and names of places on our map. To help with directions we drew a compass.
We learnt the rhyme “Naughty Elephants squirt Water” or “Never eat shredded wheat” to help us remember the points on a compass: North, South, East, West.
Check out this youtube video to help you make a treasure map at home.
There are some great games to practice reading co-ordinates and find the buried treasure.
Our new topic this term is
We will be on the search for treasure and will start by making ye olde treasure map. We will be learning how to find treasure on map by reading the symbols and the co-orindates. We will be navigating a route using our compass and measuring the distance needed to travel by land or by sea.
Once we have found the treasure we will be sorting out our gems into different colours, counting our coins and throwing away the old rubber boot that is not of value!
We will be learning about the different types of pirates and the ships that they sailed on. Using the information collected we will write character profiles and make wanted posters to help catch the bad pirates. We will also be looking into the different roles of the crew and write a day in the life as a pirate. Let’s hope we won’t be walking the plank!!
11th March- Week 9
This week in Maths we have been learning the days of the week and months of the year. We have learnt a song to help us remember how many days there are in the different months, which has a very catchy tune!
In our Topic we have been applying our money skills and paying for the different ingredients needed to make our chocolate cupcake. We have been learning how to work as team and finding the best price or deal.
In the enhanced provision the children have been very busy making inventions in the Lego and creating chocolate factories.
1st March – Week 8
This week in Maths we have been using lego to help us with our fractions.
We have been enjoying celebrating St. David’s day and competing in the Eisteddfod.
25th February-Week 7
A BIG THANK YOU for all the wonderful entries for the Eisteddfod. As part of our competitions in school we have learnt the poem ‘Dw i’n hoffi..’ and wrote it down for the handwriting competition. We have also been learning the songs ‘Calon Lan’ and ‘Mi Welais Jac y Do’. If you want to practise these songs at home, these are the youtube clips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-5a-SdS4JI (first two verses)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz6tNZvfWVY (it starts at 19 seconds, so ignore the first part).
This week in Maths we have been halving and doubling numbers. We have applied this to using halves, quarters and thirds using shapes and real life objects. I have allocated the abacus game Nimble Gnome. You can also check out:
In our Topic each group has been given £20 to set up a Chocolate Cake Company. They have nominated each other for different job roles; chef, manager, marketing, delivery and packaging. Next they have designed a logo that was eye-catching, bright and would sell the product.
Lili had very kindly brought in a recipe book so we could get some ideas. We looked at different recipes with different layouts and gave reasons as to which one we preferred. We found out that a recipe needed:
-a title, so we know what we are making.
-we liked it when there were pictures
-when there are numbers to know what order to do things in.
-when they use bossy verbs
-when there are connectives: First, Second, Next, Then, Finally
-when the information is presented clear with headings and spacing.
Our dance routine is really coming together and is looking fantastic. Don’t forget to get your ticket for the 17th March!
Things to do over the holidays:
- Charlie’s Challenge- lots of resources available as part of the new musical.
- BBC Radio 2’s 500 word-Get reading, get writing, get inspired!
- Charlie’s Chocolate Easter at Tatton Park, Cheshire- Oompa Loompa-tastic! It’s a magical chocolatey Easter at Tatton Park. The year long Magic of Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures starts Good Friday when you’re invited to go on the most incredible journeys with Danny the Champion of the World, Matilda and Fantastic Mr Fox Children (ages 15 and under)- grab your golden ticket for your very own super scrummy tummy-tickling choccie bar and you could be in for a superlicious surprise! Top off the day with spellbinding magic shows, captivating puppet theatre plus a Stableyard full of chocolatey treats to eat and buy.
- check out Roald Dahl’s website where there are games, writing tips and many more activities.
12th February – Week 6
On Friday we celebrated Chinese New Year as part of our Good to be Green Award. We made lanterns, cards and learnt about the Chinese Zodiac. We performed a dance to the Foundation Phase and met Billy the Chinese Dragon. Thanks to Oliver H we were all able to go home with a fortune cookie.
kung hei fat choi
Jess, Thomas and Sophie have been very busy making chocolate factories at home using recycled materials. They have included characters from the story and Thomas has even included rooms. It is so lovely to see how much they are enjoying the story and carrying on the work at home.
4th February-Week 5
This week in Maths we have been landmarking numbers on a number line. This can be tricky when you have not been provided with any lines. So we have worked out what the middle line would be and counted in tens adding lines when needed. It is also important to think what numbers would go before and after.
http://www.ictgames.com/numberLine.html – this link is a good game to practise placing numbers on the line.
We have also practised writing the symbol more than or less than ( < and > ). Here is another fun game to help the children learn http://www.education.com/games/less-than-greater-than/
Tip: The crocodile likes to open his jaws to eat the bigger numbered fish!!
We had a visit from PC Kim, discussing right and wrong using thumbs up or thumbs down.
Some of the children have been writing acrostic poems in their Literacy sessions and have enjoyed reading the poems to the rest of the class.
In our dance lessons with Jamie we are picking up the routine very well and working together as a team. Information about the tickets will be provided soon and be available from the Stiwt. We were very lucky to meet butterfly melody and keep her in class for a week, but as long as we are quiet!!
Our homework was to create an invention. Ruth designed a robot that would feed you and wash the dishes. This is just what every household needs!!
28th January- Week 4
This week in maths we have been learning about 3D shapes and their properties. We have counted the number of faces, sides and corners. We have used nets to make the 3D shapes. To apply these skill we have sorted the shapes by their properties into Venn and Caroll Diagrams.
Here is a good game to practise shape recognition: http://www.ictgames.com/Y2shape.html
Some of the children have been writing poems about chocolate during the Literacy sessions. They have found words to rhyme with chocolate bars and described living in a chocolate house.
The homework challenge last week was to create a character to visit the chocolate factory and describe their traits using adjectives. The winner of the character competition is:
Jessica S- with Johnny Smart- she coloured him in with a smartie outfit and used fantastic adjectives. Well done Jess, you have won a Golden Ticket and Johnny Smart can visit the Chocolate Factory!!
The runner up is:
Ethan- with Grandma Wonka. He used excellent adjectives which now explain where Willy Wonka got his excitable energy from!!
Jonah- with Sir Wazaloon Wonka (Willy Wonka’s father). He drew a detailed picture and used lots of adjectives that described his adventurous character.
This week we have used a tally chart to make a pictograph to find out what is the favourite chocolate bar.
Check out our areas of learning in the classroom. Each area has a challenge.
Ardal Darllen- Book Nook- can you read ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.
Ardal Creu- Craft Area- Can you make a chocolate factory using recycled materials
Ardal carped- Carpet area- Can you guess which character I am, using adjectives to describe their traits.
Chwarae rol- Role play- dressing up as Willy Wonka
21st January-Week 3
In our Topic work we have been describing charcters from Charlie and the Chocolate factory using adjectives. The challenge this week is to create a new character who will visit the Mr Wonka’s Factory.
“umpa lumps are the best at stuf ” Alfie
” of course they are real people” Mr Wonka answered. ‘They’re Oompa Loompas” Roald Dahl.
I will be announcing the Golden Ticket Winner once all entrants have been received!
Today we had our second dance session with Jamie. The dance routine is coming along and it looks amazing!!!! Here is a sneak peak! They had just found the golden ticket, look at their excitement!
I’ve got a Goldent Ticket! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AicW3Xp9EM
14th January- Week 2
THE RESULTS ARE IN!
We have been investigating what is class BB’s favourite chocolate bar. We have been asking each other and recording the information as a tally. We can even ask in Welsh ‘Beth wyt ti’n hoffi?’ and answer ‘dw i’n hoffi………’
Using this data we have made a bar chart.
Out of 30 children asked, the most favourite chocolate bar was dairy milk with a score of 10.
The least favourite chocolate bar was double decker with a score of 2.
7th January- Week 1
This week in Maths we have been learning about place value. We used the place value headings hundreds, tens and units e.g. H T U
Here is an interactive game that you could practise learning the skill.
We have written some fantastic New Years resolutions and have reflected on the previous year.
Here are a few examples:
“The best part of last year was when I was the midwife and got to perform on stage in front of everyone” – Grace
“This year I would like to get better at reading, by reading everywhere” – Ethan
“If I could do one thing again it would be to open my Christmas present because it felt good” – Jessica H
“This year I would like to get better at writing by practising” – Jonah
We have started the New Year with a ‘Growth Mindset’ and will be practising new skills to get better. Check out this video to find out a bit more about Growth Mindset by clicking on the image.
For the first part of the term we will be reading the classic book “ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl. If you have this book at home it would be fantastic if you could read it with your child. We will be reading the book as a whole class and I will be allowing the children to take it in turns to read it to each other and improve their skills at reading out loud.
We will be describing and comparing the characters from the story using adjectives and similes. The characters have a variety of different traits and we will be discussing the positive and negative attributes. We also be creating our very own character and describe how they look, how they act and behave when they are in the factory.
Charlie Bucket is a kind hearted and brave boy who lived with his poor family.
We will also be making a family tree of Charlie’s and our own family.
Just like the story it is essential that we have our very own Golden Ticket hunt by solving maths clues to find out where they are hidden.
We will also be looking at the different rooms in the story and creating a map of the factory. We will then be using this information to create our own story of the journey into the Chocolate factory. We will be writing this story in both Welsh and English.
We will be exploring what everyone’s favourite chocolate bar is and presenting the information in a bar chart.