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Carterton

Primary School

Willow (Y1&2)

Welcome to Willow Class!

Weekly Update - 20.5.22

This week we have been learning the names of and labelling the seven continents and five oceans, ask your child if they can sing the continents song for you!

In maths, year 1 have been partitioning numbers within 50 into tens and ones, comparing objects and numbers using the inequality symbols and ordering numbers from smallest to largest and largest to smallest. Year 2 have been working on their skills and methods for solving arithmetic and reasoning problems, it has been great to hear the children explaining their methods and reasoning to each other. 

We have also been busy practising our decoding skills to read new words, real and nonsense. The children have been brilliant at remembering our 3 steps when reading new words - Spot the special friend, Fred talk, read the word. 

We have also been exploring micro habitats and gathering information about the types of mini beast that live in them.

Well done to Martim for receiving this weeks Gold Award for his great explanations when problem solving in maths. Well done to Matilda for receiving this weeks Reader of the week for always reading at home.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Steele

Weekly Update - 13.5.22

This week for have completed our newspaper reports. It has been great to see children using skills they have been learning over the last few weeks in their reports. We have some wonderful headlines about the Queen's missing knickers and some great use of speech from our role play interviews with the Queen.

In science we have been exploring habitats and discussing the types of living things we might find in different habitats. We visited the school pond area and found it to be full of tadpoles and even saw a frog enjoying some sunshine before jumping into the pond.

Well done to Lottie for receiving this week's gold award for showing resilience and perseverance. Well done also to Alfie for being awarded this week's reader of the week - well done to both of you!

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Steele

 

Weekly update - 6.5.22

This week we have continued with our unit on time. Year 1 have been telling the time to ‘o’clock’ and ‘half past’, Year 2 have been exploring ‘quarter past’, ‘quarter to’ and time to 5 minutes. We have been using equipment to measure time, we have been estimating and recording how many jumps, hops or star jumps we could complete in a set amount of time. 

In geography we have been discussing the names of different countries that we know, somewhere we may have lived, been on holiday or have family living in. 

In english we have been taking on the role of a reporter or the Queen to interview each other in preparation for beginning to write our newspaper reports next week. We will be writing a report all about the mystery of the missing knickers.

We all had a wonderful time at the circus assembly on Friday morning. The children were shown lots of different circus skills such as juggling, spinning plates and even how to balance a peacock feather (standing) on the palm of our hand!

Well done to Kai for receiving this weeks gold award for his great communication and teamwork when working in a group. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Steele

Weekly Update - 29.4.22

 

It has been a great first week back, the children all returned to school after the break full of smiles and enthusiasm.

We arrived at school on Monday morning to find 'Missing' posters around the classroom. The missing items were knickers!! We quickly discovered the knickers belonged to The Queen. We had to become detectives to investigate the disappearance of the knickers. We composed questions, went on a knicker hunt and received some picture clues to help us begin to piece together the information to solve the mystery. We explored new vocabulary and matched new words to definitions - ask your child which words they remember! Over the next few weeks, we will be continuing to work on this important investigation and will be writing our very own newspaper reports about it. 

In maths we have been begun our Time unit, we began by using time words to sequence events, recalling the days of the week and months of the year. We have been learning to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour. It would be great if your children could practice at home too. 

Year 2 had a wonderful afternoon at CCC today for Cricket and were fantastic role models for CPS.

Well Done to Alfie for getting this week's gold award for great demonstration of self-awareness and a new level of maturity when faced with a challenge.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Steele

Weekly Update - 8.4.22

We have a had a busy last week of term in Willow Class. We have worked really hard to complete and publish our Spring poems, the children were very excited to bring them home to show you yesterday. We have also been exploring and using suffixes and prefixes to change a root word and then practicing to use and write these in sentences. We used ing and ed to change the tense of a verb, we used er and est to compare adjectives and we used un to change a root word to the opposite of its original meaning.

In maths we have continued with our fractions unit. Year 1 have been finding halves and quarters of shapes and amounts and using this knowledge to solve word problems, while Year 2 have been beginning to look at thirds of amounts. After the Easter break we will be completing our Fractions work before moving onto Time. It would be really useful for your child to become familiar with an analogue clock in preparation for this. We often find so many of our devices now have digital clocks, so if you have an analogue clock in the house it would be great if it was placed somewhere your child could see easily so they can become familiar with it.

Your child will have brought home a pot yesterday (some with plants already starting to shoot, but others are still waiting – I sent an extra seed with these ones). These are Sunflowers, it would be great to have updates on how your child’s Sunflower is doing. I wonder whose will grow the tallest?

Well Done to Mia for getting our Gold Award in Willow Class this week, for her positive attitude to learning.

Have a wonderful, safe Easter Break. Let’s hope the weather is kind!

Mrs Steele

Weekly Update 1.4.22

This week we have been exploring some lovely poems written by our author of the term, Shirley Hughes. Ask your child to tell you about any other Shirley Hughes books we have read. We used our senses to write our own Spring poem.

In maths we have begun our fraction unit, exploring wholes, halves and quarters. We were able to find halves and quarters of objects and amounts.

In Science we planned and carried out an investigation into the conditions that affect germination. We have 4 different pots of cress seeds in the classroom, 1 pot will be given plenty of daylight and regular water, 1 pot will be given daylight but no water, 1 pot will be given water but no daylight and the last pot will be given no water or daylight. We found suitable places to put them in the classroom and will be monitoring to see if our predictions are correct.

Well done to George for receiving our class Gold Award this week for his skill in solving money problems.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Steele

Weekly Update - 18.3.22

We have had another busy week in Willow Class. We have worked really hard to write our own version of 'The Tiger who came to tea' with some changes. We had monkeys who ate all the bananas and swung on the curtain poles, lions who ate all the chicken and sausages from the fridge and bears who ate all the honey!

In Maths, year 1 have been sharing amounts to make equal groups, describing their equal groups and making doubles. Year 2 have also been sharing, using the division symbol to represent their groups.

In Science, we have been keeping a close eye on our pots that we planted seeds in last week, we are hoping we will see shoots start to appear soon. We also talked about bulbs and learnt that a bulb contains everything that a plant needs to grow. 

We have enjoyed the sunshine and milder weather this week (let's forget about Wednesday's rain!), let's hope it continues.

Well done to Luis for receiving the Willow Class god award this week for his perseverance in Phonics.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Steele

Weekly Update - 11.3.22

This week we have continued with our text, The Tiger who came to tea. We have explored vocabulary used in the text and words that will help us when we start to write our own version of the story over the coming weeks. We defined the words before using them in our own sentences, in the correct context. We have been using s and es to make plurals (year 1) and investigating contractions such as can't, won't, we'll and don't (year 2).

In Maths we have been using our skills of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to make and add equal groups. We have identified, made and described arrays and used repeated addition (year 1) and multiplication sentences (year 2) to represent our arrays.

In Science we have begun our Plants topic, investigating what seeds need to grow into plants, we will be planting our own seeds and learning how to take care of them.

Well done to Tyrese for receiving our Gold Award in Willow Class this week, for his perseverance in Maths.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Steele

Weekly Update - 4.3.22

 

We have had a busy start to Term 4 this week. It was lovely to be able to see the children (and us staff too) enjoying some events that we have been unable to do for a while, due to Covid. Books at Bedtime was lovely, children and staff enjoying stories in cosy pyjamas with chocolate milk and biscuits. It was wonderful to see all the amazing costumes for World Book Day, a big Thank You to you for your support. We enjoyed lots of story themed activities on the day, including becoming authors and illustrators of our own stories.

We have begun our new text in English, The Tiger who came to tea. We began the week by thinking about our likes, dislikes and anything that puzzled us about the story, before creating our own story maps. In Maths we have been practicing counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, we will be using these skills next week when we will be making arrays, making equal groups and adding equal groups.

Well done to Ronnie and Thomas for winning the prizes for best costume in Willow Class.  

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Steele

Christmas Dinner Day

Commando Joes

Classroom pictures

A huge welcome to Willow Class!

 

Hello my name is Mrs Steele and I am the teacher in Willow class.

I have been working at CPS for almost 10 years. I love the school because everyone is so friendly, caring and supportive. I even came to the school as a child too! I enjoy going for walks, cycling, spending  time with family and friends and reading - I can't wait to share some of my favourite children's stories with you this year. My favourite colours are purple and blue. 

 

I have 3 children, they are in year 6 and year 10. We also have a very fluffy and friendly dog called Holly, she is a Cavachon who likes walks but is not so keen on cats.

 

To find our classroom please come into the main vehicle gate and line up on the left hand side. The staff will meet you and take the children into class. At the end of the day, you can come in through the gate to the left of the office to wait on the small playground and the children will be  dismissed from the classroom once we see their collecting adult.

 

Our day starts at 8:40am and finishes at 3:10pm. We have lunch between 12:00pm and 1:00pm

 

PE Days are: Wednesdays and Thursdays

Children can come to school dressed in their PE kits. Children will need:

White t-shirt

Black or grey jogging bottoms/leggings and jumper

Trainers

 

 

This Term’s Topic is: Carnival City

 


 

Mrs Steele

Willow Class Team:

Mrs Steele - Class Teacher

Mrs Woodham-Davies - Cover Supervisor 

Miss B - Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Russell - Teaching Assistant

Year 1 common exception words

Year 2 common exception words

 
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