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Bluebells Class 2022/2023

 

Welcome back to a new school year! The Bluebells team are very excited about the year ahead.

If you have any questions or queries about anything, then please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. If you would like to meet with me, Mrs. Bird, I am available most afternoons to discuss any worries or concerns.

 

The Bluebells team are:

 

Class teacher              Mrs Bird

Teaching assistants Mrs Burgess (Monday - Friday)                                   

                                            Miss Clarke (Monday -  Friday)

                                             Mrs Deakin (Monday – Thursday)

 

PE

Our PE days is a Thursday morning.

 

Toast

Toast is available to buy daily at a cost of £1 per week. Please send your child’s money into school in a named envelope.

 

Topic

Each half term topic changes.

In the autumn term we looked at 'Traditional Tales' and 'Dinosaurs'. We also looked at the life of David Attenborough during Enrichment Week.

 

This spring term we will be looking at the topic of 'Space' and 'Plants. During our 'Space' topic we will learn about important historical figures in the history of space discovery. We will learn who the first man to walk on the moon was; the name of the first British person to complete a space walk and the names of significant female astronauts. 

 

After half-term we will be learning about 'Plants' - how they grow and where in the world some of our fruit and vegetables come from. There will also be an opportunity to  partake in  World Book Week when the whole school will be focusing on one book...watch this space to find out which book it will be.

 

 

English

We are starting the term by reading a selection of books about space (fiction, non-fiction and poems). The children will be sharing stories and learning interesting facts about space too. After the February break we will be listening to stories related to plants and where they come from.

 

Maths

This half term, we will be focusing on the place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and uses of money.

 

Science

We will be learning about the season of winter and we will also focus on the human body (body parts and the importance of our senses). We will also be investigating what plants are and what they need to grow We will also be learning to classify materials and looking at the properties of materials.

 

 

Autumn 1:

Books

 

Books we have read in class this half-term include:

Goldilocks

The Three Little Pigs

The Three Billy Goat Gruffs

The Colour Monster

 

Below are some youtube links to share the story at home

Tumble Tales: Three Little Pigs | Mr Tumble | CBeebies

WATCH FULL EPISODES ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bbc.in/3jDKCqH Mr. Tumble tells us a very special version of the classic tale, the Three Little Pigs. Watch Something Special of BBC iPlayer ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bbc.in/3jDKCqH Something Special uses songs, rhymes and visual humour with Makaton sign language to help its audience learn how to communicate as well as develop their language in a fun and exciting way.

The Color Monster - Read Aloud by Mr. Joshua Brooks

"The Color Monster" by Anna Llenas Narrated by Mr. Joshua Brooks *I do not own any rights to this book* If you enjoy my read alouds, please like and subscribe! MORE FROM MR. BROOKS! The Crayon Box That Talked https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri1lNeucMZ0 Grumpy Monkey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l10mapMdFJY&t=175s Dragons Love Tacos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrBQ2LpL9zw&t=8s

Our art work

We looked at the art work of Kandinsky. We looked at  primary colours and learned how to mix them.

What shapes can you see in Kandinsky's work?

Colour Monster Work

On our first week at school, we used the book 'The Colour Monster' to talk about feelings and emotions

The Three Little Pigs (material work)

In our English work we looked at the story of the Three Little Pigs and used this to help with our science topic.

In science we looked at different materials. We looked at which materials would be best to make homes for the pigs. We discovered that some materials can be smooth, transparent and flexible.

Our homes for the Pigs - ( some of the wonderful designs made by Bluebells)

Wanted Posters

After reading the story of the Three Little Pigs we made a wanted poster to warn other characters about this wolf! 

Tasting Baby Bear's Porridge

After hearing the story of Goldilocks we all watched Mrs. Bird make a large bowl of porridge.

We then got to taste porridge...it was yummy!!

Diwali

We listened to the story of  Diwali and looked at some of the patterns and colours which are used during the festival. We worked together in a group and made a large rangoli pattern.

We used coloured sticks and lentils to make our picture. Do you like it?

We also made small diva pots ( a clay pot for a candle).

Our Diva Pots

Mental Health Week

During Mental Health week we talked about objects, places and people who make us happy. We wore clothes to express our individuality.

Autumn 2

I hope you all had a wonderful October break.

This half term we are going to be very busy! The first week back all the children in Bluebells (and across the school) will be studying the life of David Attenborough as our Enrichment topic. We will cover history, science, art and geography. We will be looking at who David Attenborough is and the lessons he has taught people for many, many years. The children in Bluebells will focus on 'Colour' in nature.

 

After David Attenborough we will be learning all about...DINOSAURS!

 

This will be an exciting topic where the children will learn about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. They will learn about timelines and how not all dinosaurs lived at the same time. The children will also be introduced to the life of Mary Anning through our history lessons.

 

This year, for our Christmas production, we are hoping to write and film a Bluebells production which we will be able to share with you. This production will form part of our learning - writing, reading, performing and singing as a group. I do hope you will be able to make (Date and time to be confirmed).

David Attenborough Week 1st November 2022

Life in Color with David Attenborough | Official Trailer | Netflix

Experience a world that has long been hidden from our eyes. Watch Life in Color with David Attenborough https://www.netflix.com/lifeincolorwithdavidattenborough SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/29qBUt7 About Netflix: Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 204 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages.

In class we shared this book and looked at the pictures. Click on the link below and hear the story.

To buy the book: https://amzn.to/2FbKHmc In this book, discover the life of David Attenborough, the inspiring broadcaster and conservationist. If you want to find out more from this inspiring collection click on the link below: https://www.waterstones.com/books/search/term/little+people+big+dreams/page/1#p_10051769 David Attenborough by Maria Isabel Sรกnchez Vegara, Illustrated by Mikyo Noh 32 pages, Scholastic Inc.

camouflage art work.

We looked at how animals can use colours to camoflage with the environment. The children then made their own camouflage pictures using chalks and pastels.

Can you spot the animals? 

Our Poem on colour

As a class we wrote a poem on colours. Click on the link to read it. What is your favourite colour? How would you describe the colour purple?

Maths -

We looked at camouflage patterns and decided which one we liked the best. Can you see which pattern is the favourite? How many children like the giraffe pattern? 

camouflage hunt

We looked at the colours of animals and insects and placed them in an environment which would keep them safe (survival and camouflage).

David Attenborough

The children created a picture of David Attenborough and wrote sentences to show what they had learned about him.

Explororing

To follow in David Attenborough's footsteps the children made some binoculars to explore the world around them.

We looked at a bird called the ptarmigan. The ptarmigan lives in the Scottish mountains.

Ask someone in Bluebells why this bird is special? What can it do?

Children in Bluebells discovered that some animals in the UK can change their colour to survive. The children also learned the meaning of the word camouflage.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/ptarmigan/

Click on the link above and learn some facts about the ptarmigam. You can also hear facts from David Attenborough's 'Life in Colour' (episode 2 - on bbc iplayer)

CBeebies Storytime | David Attenborough's Adventures - 7 Minute Story

It's Storytime! Watch this playthrough of David Attenborough reading David and The Gorilla Quest on the Storytime app... Head on an adventure to the mountains of Africa and help David Attenborough on his search. Take a look at the CBeebies' apps: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/curations/apps-collection Visit CBeebies at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies to find even more fun, games and videos for your pre-schooler in a safe child friendly environment.

Here is a link to a Cbeebies interactive story about David Attenborough you may enjoy.

Dinosaurs

This half term we will be reading the following books:

 

Munch, Crunch, Dinosaur Munch (poetry focus)

The girl and the dinosaur (poetry)

Stone girl, bone girl (history focus)

Dinosaurs (non-fiction)

 

The Girl and the Dinosaur

The Girl and the Dinosaur By Hollie Hughes (Author), Sarah Massini (Illustrator) Read Aloud By: Shirley Perdomo To Purchase a Copy please Visit: https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Dinosaur-Hollie-Hughes/dp/1547603224/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1ROPP979E2KY3&dchild=1&keywords=the+girl+and+the+dinosaur+book&qid=1623885673&sprefix=the+girl+and+the+dino%2Caps%2C542&sr=8-3 Gear used: iPhone X Filmic Pro Blue Yeti Microphone iPad Pro 12.9" LumaFushion Neewer 18" Ring Light DJI Osmo Mobile 4

Stone Girl, Bone Girl

Mrs Cook reads Stone Girl, Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/dinosaurs

We learned about the fossil hunter, Mary Anning. She lived many years ago. 

The life and work of Mary Anning (dramatisation) | History - True Stories

Suitable for teaching 5-11s. Mary Anning tells the story of her life and shows us how she found fossils that changed scientific thinking worldwide. Subscribe for more History clips from BBC Teach on Thursday when we have them in: http://bit.ly/BBCSubscribeTeach If you found this video helpful, give it a like.

We learned a number of dinosaur names and discovered that not all dinosaurs lived on the earth at the same time!

Dinosaurs on a timeline

Spring 1

In English we will be sharing some of the following books to help us learn and to imagine what life in space could be like. Would you like to go to space? What do you think you would need? What might you see in space? Will there be air in space? Would it be warm or cold? So many questions and so much to discover...

 

Book list:

Astro girl

Look up

Whatever Next

Goodnight Spaceman

Man on the Moon

The Way back Home

Here come the Aliens

QPootle5

Space

 

Whatever Next by Jill Murphy

Astro Girl by Ken Wilson-Max

Astrid knows exactly what she wants to be when she grows up...what would be your dream job?

๐Ÿ“š MAN ON THE MOON (A DAY IN THE LIFE OF BOB) - SIMON BARTRAM - STORY TIME READ ALOUD FOR KEY STAGE 1

This amazing story time read aloud for key stage 1 is perfect for primary school children to learn about space! Bob has a very important job and has to a busy schedule to stick to. Find out about Bob in this wonderfully written and illustrated book by Simon Bartram.

Look up by Nathan Bryon

A great book about Rocket who is an astronaut in training (she is only little) and wants everyone to see the exciting celestial event happening that evening. But will her brother Jamal ever Look Up?!

ART:

 

We looked at the work of Vincent Van Gough. He was a painter who lived many years ago. One of his paintings is called 'Starry Nights'. We copied Van Gough's work  - we looked at  making swirls,  mixing colours, the thickness of different textures and how using different  paint brushes can change the thickness of lines and swirls.


Do you like our paintings?