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Wednesday 6th January 2021

 

Morning Owls


For any worksheets that are on google classroom, you can write down any answers onto a piece of paper and then upload to show you have completed that piece of work. I will then be able to mark it after I have received it. 

 

Thanks and stay safe 

 

Mr Moorcroft 

30th November - 4th December 2020

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Here is Sunny and Lily to tell you about the things we have been doing in school this week! Enjoy

23rd – 27th November 2020

This week in Owls we have continued with our writing our own stories. We changed the characters in the story to Cassie the Cowgirl and the problem that they would encounter in later on in the story. We made a great start to writing them this week and will continue to write them next week too.

 

In maths, the year 1’s have been learning the addition facts and subtraction facts to make 7 whilst also learning how to partition the number 8 in different ways. The year 2’s have continued to learn about different ways to subtract and learning how to identify and describe cones and cylinders.

 

For Topic, we have continued our work in constructing our houses and we have tried to increase the strength of our houses using card, glue and paint. Next week, we will have a go at making our houses and making them look like houses during The Great Fire of London.

 

Our new vocab words this week were glamorous, fortune, pedigree and companion.

16th - 20th November 2020

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Here are some of the things we have been up to this week as told by Noah, Maud and Ariella
Our new vocabulary words this week were persuade, faint, slither and steep

2nd - 13th November 2020

 

Over the course of the last two weeks in Owls we have been working incredibly as a class and been having so much fun too. 

 

For English, we have carried on with using our Monkey see, Monkey do stories that we wrote before half term. We have used our stories about the queen and the seagulls to write a diary as the seagulls. Everyone did a brilliant job of writing their diary and writing about how the seagull was feeling. 

 

In maths, we have covered a lot. The year 2's have been working on subtraction question that bridge ten and do not bridge ten whilst the year 1's have been learning about number line, patterns in number squares and counting forwards and backwards from any given number. 

 

We've had an exciting time in science this week where we have been experimenting about which materials and objects are waterproof and which ones we would like to use if it rained. Everyone was in their mixed groups and they had a chance to pour some water on different materials and see which ones turned out to be waterproof and which ones didn't. At the beginning we made our predictions on what we thought would happen and then finished off on Thursday writing up our results. 

 

On Friday everyone looked amazing in their non-school uniform clothes. Have a lovely weekend and see you all next week for some more brilliant learning. 

 

Our vocab words that we learnt this week were roaming, fuming, ecstatic and revolting

 

Mr Moorcroft 

Last week update from Owls 19-23 Oct 2020

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Whole class poem

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Two of our Owls have made a video to tell you about some of the learning we have been doing this week and the whole class have practiced hard all week to learn our Monkey see, Monkey do so here is a video of the children reciting the story with actions to match. 

 

Thanks to Raffy and Phoebe King 

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12th- 16th October 2020

 

On Monday we were amazed to find lots of hats in our classroom when we came in after break! 

 

 

We quickly realised that the hats were there to help us to tell the story, Monkey See Monkey Do. 

We wrote this story map together to help us learn the story.

5th - 9th October

 

This week in Owls we have been continuing with writing our own stories and we were able to finish the stories. After we finished our stories we had a go at marking each others work and checking together in small groups. We have also started to learn a poem as whole class too. 

 

For P.E we had our first ever lesson in hockey with the amazing Mrs Knight and we are looking forward to continuing with hockey next week as well. 

 

Both year 1 and year 2 have been learning about shapes and the different properties both 2D and 3D shapes have whilst learning about the names of the different shapes as well. 

 

In topic, we have been learning numbers 1 to 10 in French which we enjoyed a lot and had a fun time in the playground finding the numbers. 

Welcome back – 02/10/20

 

Welcome back to Owls class blog. Sorry for the late blog entry we have been having so much fun in Owls since returning back to class. Over the course of the last couple of weeks we have been preparing to write our own stories based on the Giraffe and the Piano and have started writing them this week which has been challenging and enjoyable.

 

In maths, we have learnt all about numbers, number bonds and counting forwards and backwards. As a class we have been practicing chanting in our 2’s, 5’s and 10’s which we have enjoyed.

 

During our afternoons, we have been learning about the Great Fire of London. The children have been loved learning about what happened and have thoroughly loved finding out about how different London was during the Great Fire of London. We burnt wood, plastic, straw and bricks to see which would be best for using if we were to build St Paul’s Cathedral again.

Tuesday 7th July 2020

 

Here are the maths and six in six sheets for today.

Monday 6th July 2020

 

Good morning Owls, I hope you all had another lovely, relaxing weekend. In have attached this week's timetable and here are the six in six sheet and maths sheet for today. Keep up the good work.

Friday 3rd July 

 

Here is today maths sheet and yesterdays maths sheet as well. Keep up the good work. 

 

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Here is the maths sheet for today. 

Here is the planning sheet for the English story. 

Tuesday 30th June 2020

Here is the maths sheet for today. 

Monday 29th June 2020

Good morning Owls, I hope you all had a nice relaxing and enjoyable weekend. Here is the maths sheet for today. 

 

Thursday 25th June 2020

 

Here are the maths sheets for today.

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Here are today's maths sheets.

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

 

Here are the maths sheets for today. Keep up the good work!smiley

Monday 22nd June 2020

 

Good morning Owls, I hope you have all had a nice relaxing weekend this weekend. I have attached the maths sheets for Y1 and Y2. There is also the planning sheet for the English too.

Friday 19th June 2020

 

Good morning Owls, last day of the week so here are the last maths sheets for the week. Well done for all the hard work this week. Keep up it today and then you can have a nice, relaxing weekend. yes

 

Mr Moorcroft

Thursday 18th June 2020

 

Morning Owls, here are the maths sheets for today. Keep up the good work!

 

 

Wednesday 17th June 2020

 

Here are the maths sheets for today. 

Tuesday 16th June 2020

 

I have attached the maths sheet for both years. There are two versions - one is a PDF and the other is a word document just in case anyone was having any issues opening the word documents. 

 

Keep being brilliant!!

 

 

Monday 15th June 2020

 

Good morning Owls, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Here is the timetable and worksheets for this week and today. Keep up the good work and stay safe!

 

Mr Moorcroft

Friday 12th June 2020

 

Here are the final two maths sheets of the week. Keep going with all the hard work you are doing at home. I will post the timetable on the Owls page on Monday morning with any sheets needed too. 

 

Stay safe 

 

Mr Moorcroft

Thursday 11th June 2020

 

Here are today's maths sheet. Keep up the good work!!

Wednesday 10th June 2020

 

Morning Owls, I hope you have all had a brilliant week so far. Here are today's maths sheets. 

 

Tuesday 9th June 2020

 

Here are the maths sheets for today. 

Here is our weather report chart that you can complete. 

Monday 8th June 2020

 

Good morning Owls,

 

I hope you have all had a lovely relaxing weekend. Here is the timetables for both the year 1's and year 2's. I have put today's maths sheet underneath for each year group as well. I will post the sheet each morning on here for you. Keep working hard at home, I am still so impressed with you all. Well done yessmiley

 

Mr Moorcroft

Monday 1st June 2020

 

Good afternoon,

 

I hope you have all had a nice relaxing break over the half term. Here are the slightly later than should be year 1 and year 2 maths sheets for the home learning this week. 

 

Hope you are all safe and well 

 

Mr Moorcroft

21st May 2020

 

I have attached the answers for the year 2 maths fluency questions below. Keep up the good work everyone. yes

20th May 2020 - Quiz

 

Today we have our quiz at the normal time of 11:30. The quiz will have questions from our superhero and animal conservation topics so they might be a bit tricky but try your hardest. The pin for the quiz is 999724. 

 

Good luck to everyone. 

19th May 2020

Here are today's and Thursday's maths fluency sheets for Y2's. I will post the answers to these on Thursday. Complete 1 sheet today and the second on Thursday. 

18th May 2020

 

Good morning Owls, I hope you have had a nice relaxing weekend. Here are the suggested timetables for Y1 and Y2 but don't forget there are the enrichment activities underneath here so you can give some of those a try as well. We will have our quiz at the normal time on Wednesday this week. 

 

Hope you are all well and staying safe 

 

Mr Moorcroft

15th May 2020

Hi Owls!

I hope that you are all well. Next week you might like to have a rest from your usual timetable and try some of these fun enrichment activities. They are all about bubbles!

Start by watching Bubbles on Literacy Shed. https://www.literacyshed.com/bubbles.html 

1. This lovely story could inspire you to write your own story about a fantasy land. You could write about bubble land or an underwater world.

2. Could you design your own Bubble World? You could draw it, paint it, or make it from junk modelling!

3. Visit https://wonderfuldiy.com/fun-bubble-activities/ for lots of fabulous science experiments and creative ideas with bubbles.

Enjoy!

It was brilliant to speak to some of you on the phone this week and it has been another great week from you with the work you have been able to do at home. I am so impressed with all the work that you do so keep it up! Here is some of the work that has been done this week by some of you. 

 

Have a nice relaxing weekend and stay safe

 

Mr Moorcroft

Quizizz - Wednesday 13th May 2020

 

Today's quiz will be about countries flags and the seasons. The pin for today's quiz is 236575 and we will start the quiz at 11:30. Good luck to you all. 

 

 

Tuesday 12th May 2020

 

Hi Owls, 

 

I hope you all had a lovely relaxing weekend. Here is some of the work that people did over the course of last week and I have attached the maths sheets for year 2 at the bottom as well. We will have another quiz tomorrow at the normal time of 11:30 and this time I will make sure I start it at the right time. 

 

Stay safe 

 

Mr Moorcroft

Quizizz

 

Sorry it is late Owls. The pin code for the quiz is 545358. The quiz is on some of our special English words. The quiz will start at 11:45 as I have put the code on a little later that normal.

 

Mr Moorcroft

Monday 4th May 2020

 

Happy Star Wars day Owls, I hope you have all had a lovely, relaxing weekend. I have attached the suggested timetable for this week below for both year 1 and year 2. We will be having another quiz on Wednesday at 11:30 so make sure to have a look at the blog on Wednesday morning for the details. 

 

Stay safe 

 

Mr Moorcroft

Friday 1st May 2020

 

Hello Owls, I have received lots of pictures and spoken to lots of you (or your adults) this week so I know that you have been working really hard at home with your home learning. I am so impressed by everyone and the work that you have been doing so keep it up!! Here are some pictures of the work that some of you have been doing!! yes

 

Stay safe and have a nice weekend! smiley

Mr Moorcroft

Wednesday 29th April 2020

 

Morning Owls,

 

This will be our last vocab words quiz as we have completed all of our vocab words. There will still be other quizzes that I will post on the blog though. The pin for this week's quiz is 746160 and you can join as normal by logging onto the website www.quizizz.com and entering the code in. I hope to see lots of you joining in today and good luck with the quiz. The quiz will start at 11:30. 

 

Mr Moorcroft 

Monday 27th April 2020

 

Good morning Owls,

 

I hope you have all had a lovely, relaxing weekend in the sunshine. I have attached a copy of the suggested timetable for both year 1 and year 2 for this week. I will be hosting another quiz on Wednesday so look out for the details on Wednesday morning. 

 

Mr Moorcroft 

Thursday 23rd April 2020

 

Here are the quiz details for our latest quiz. The quiz pin is 932606 and it is the same as normal when joining. You just need to go to the quizizz website and put in those details. One of our questions today needs you to type in an answer today. Good luck to all everyone joining in! smiley

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

 

Good morning Owls

 

I hope you are all safe and well!! Tomorrow we will have another one of our quizzes. This time it will be about some of our recent vocab words that we learnt before we started our learning at home. I will post the log in at 10 tomorrow morning and the quiz will start at the normal time of 11:30. Hope you all can join!!

 

Mr Moorcroft

Friday 17th April 2020

 

Good morning Owls, I hope you have had a safe and relaxing Easter holiday at home. I have attached a document with a suggested timetable of activities that is more structured than the weeks before the holidays. I will be starting our quizzes again soon so keep an eye out on here to see when they will be. 

 

Mr Moorcroft

Well done to all the Owls for your work over the last 2 weeks. I am incredibly proud of the work you have been able to do at home, you have done a superb job so here is some of the work and activities you have done. Have a safe and relaxing Easter break and I look forward to talking to you about it after. Mr Moorcroft

Friday 3rd March 2020

Today's quiz pin is 500235 and this will be our last quiz before the Easter holidays so enjoy and stay safe! smiley

Thursday 2nd April 2020 - Quizizz

 

Hope everyone is well and staying safe at home. Tomorrow we will have another quiz on some more of our vocabulary words that we learnt near the beginning of the school year so they will be tricky again. The quiz will be at 11:30 again and I will post the pin on here nice and early tomorrow morning so you can all join in. laugh

 

Mr Moorcroft

Class quizizz - Tuesday 31st March 20202

 

It has been great to see so many children joining in with the quizzes I have been setting but I realise that sometimes you miss out on them because you are already doing something else at home. I have decided to set up a class page for us where I am able to set quizzes for you. I will continue to do live quizzes throughout the week but this gives everyone a chance to complete the quizzes. 

 

The link below should allow you to join the class group, you need to add your email so you can get a notification when a quiz has been set. Once you have joined I will host a quiz that day and then set it for everyone just in case you missed it or you want to have another go at it. 

 

Here is the link https://quizizz.com/join?class=Z891532

 

Hope everyone is okay and staying safe 

 

Mr Moorcroft

Quizizz - Tuesday 31st March 2020

 

The pin for the quiz today is 721557. Remember to go to www.quizizz.com and type in our pin to join in. The questions are about some of our vocab words so take your time and read each answer as some are a bit tricky. Good luck to all getting involved!

Monday 30th March 2020

 

Hope you have had all had a nice relaxing weekend. It was great to receive all of your home learning that you did last week so make sure to keep it up this week. Don't forget to keep sending them in. 

 

I will be running another quiz tomorrow at 11:30. This time our quiz is going to be on some of our vocabulary words, some of them might be from the start of the year so they will be tricky so make sure you take your time. I will post the pin on here tomorrow at 10:30. 

 

Have a brilliant Monday everyone.

 

Mr Moorcroft

Quizizz - 27th March 2020

 

Good morning everyone

 

Today we are going to have another quiz on quizizz. Today's quiz will start at 11:30 and it will be on the things we have been learning during topic over the last 2 terms. The pin for the quiz is 993601. You can join in with the quiz by going onto www.quizizz.com and putting in our pin. The quiz will start at 11:30 so make sure have joined before then. 

 

Good luck to you all and stay safe!

 

Mr Moorcroft

Quizizz

 

For those that would like to join in with the quiz today. We will be playing at 11 o'clock, you need to log in to www.quizizz.com and click join game. The pin for our quiz is 845183. The children need to put in their names so we can see who we're playing with. Good luck!!

Quizizz and David Walliams 

 

Good evening Owls, 

 

Tomorrow will be our first quiz and the details for the quiz will be on here tomorrow. It would be wonderful if we could have all of you playing at the same time - you will be able to see each others score while you play too. 

 

As well as this David Walliams is releasing a free audio story for kids to listen to at 11am every day. This can be a great opportunity to have a break for home learning to put your feet up and listen to his wonderful tales. 

 

https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/ 

 

Don't forget to keep in touch by sending your home learning to the class email address - owls@uplands.gloucs.sch.uk

Monday 23rd March

 

Good afternoon Owls,

 

I hope everyone is keeping safe at home. It is has been our first day in class with only a few children and we have been carrying on with some of our learning so we hope you have to. The children in class have been wondering how their friends have been getting on so remember if you want to talk to your friends you can ask your parents/carer to email or Facetime them. 

 

On Wednesday, we are going to be trialing a quiz on a website called quizizz. The quiz will have questions from our topic called Animal Conservation. We will be playing in school so it would be great if you could play at home as well - if you want to play then you will need to go onto the quizizz website and join our game. I will be putting up the log in details on the day so make sure you keep checking the blog. 

 

Don't forget to email with any questions or to show me the work you have completed at home at - owls@uplands.gloucs.sch.uk

 

Stay safe everyone,

 

Mr Moorcroft

Monday 20th – Friday 24th January

 

It has been another exciting week in Owls!

 

We have continued with our story in English this week, we have completed them now and the stories are brilliant. The year ones have been using their adjectives to describe the characters and the year twos have been using expanded noun phrases to give more description to their stories.

 

In maths, the year ones have been working on adding and subtracting numbers up to 20 using different methods to help them. Year twos have been learning about arrays and groups of, to help them with multiplications and have used their two times tables facts too.

 

After learning about Florence Nightingale, we have learnt about two other nurses called Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell and why they were famous. In pairs we created a poster on the iPads about Edith Cavell. We have also started completing our essay question on why these three women are famous.

 

With Mrs Knight we have thoroughly enjoyed creating some new dance moves to add to our superhero dance that we have learnt.

 

On Friday, we had a special visitor to school in the form of Nick Jardine who brought an ambulance into school and everyone in Owls had the chance to look inside the ambulance and learn a little about what Nick does as a paramedic.

Monday 13th – Friday 17th January

 

After reading Traction Man in English over the last two weeks we have started writing our own superhero stories this week. After planning them on Tuesday we have written our beginning and build-up of the story and we will finish them next week.


In maths, both year one and two have been continuing to learn about time with year ones telling and drawing times at o’clock and half past while year twos have learnt about quarter to, quarter past and times at 5 minute intervals.


With Miss Clark the Owls have learnt who Florence Nightingale was and why she is such an important person. We learnt about the differences between nursing now and when she was alive and we created a timeline about her life.


In computing we learnt what an algorithm is and using what we learnt we followed an algorithm with the help of our partner.

6th – 10th January

 

Happy new year!

 

Welcome back to the Owls blog. During the first week back at school after the holidays we have started to learn about our new topic this term which is Superheroes. As a class we made two school children by gluing tissue paper to human body cut outs so we can label them for our display board in the classroom. Have a look next time you are in our class.

 

In maths, the year ones have been learning about time and year twos have been learning about the inverse and how it can help us to check our answers.

 

Enjoy your weekend!

Monday 18th - Friday 29th November 

 

Over the last two weeks the owls have been working hard in all subjects whilst having lots of fun as well. We have covered lots of different things in our English, maths and topic. 

 

Last week in English, the Owls finished off their poems about the sea that they had planned the week before and during this week they have been learning about how to write a non-chronological report. They have researched the animal that they are going to write about and next week they will write up the report on their chosen animal. 

 

In maths, both the year 1’s and year 2’s have been working on addition and subtraction. The year 1’s have been finding and writing numbers that go up past 100 and down through 100 as well. The year 2’s have been finding out how subtraction isn’t commutative and how to subtract ones from two-digit numbers. 

 

For our topic, we have been learning about different habitats. The habitats that we have learnt about are the desert habitat and forest habitat. We have thoroughly learning our new actions to remember the habitats and on Thursday we had the chance to make a forest habitat. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 5th November – Friday 15th November

Over the last two weeks the Owls have been working incredibly hard after coming back after half term.

For maths, both the year 1’s and year 2’s have moved onto addition and subtraction. The year 1’s have worked hard on identifying numbers that are one more or less than a given number and they have been working hard on learning number bonds within 10 and 20. They have also been working on taking away numbers from 10 and 20 too.

The year 2’s have been working hard to use their addition and subtraction facts to find addition and subtraction facts within 100. They have also learnt to add ones and tens to two-digit numbers.

 

In English, we have been reading some poems about the sea and water and we have created a rhyming bank of words for the seaside.

 

For topic, all the Owls were out into pairs or threes and they chose a design for a bird feeder and on Friday they were able to make and put up their bird feeders in the playground.

Monday 21st – Friday 25th October

This week in the Owls we have been very busy as always. In maths, we have continued to learn about 3D shapes. The year twos have been learning about different faces on 3D shapes and the amount of vertices and edges 3D shapes have. The year ones have been recapping how to represent numbers in different ways such as pictures and objects.

 

In English we completed writing our letters. The letters we wrote were to ourselves, we pretended to be the Ipads and pens in the class and we complained about the way they have been treated. Everyone did a fantastic job.

 

For the last two days of the week, we have spent our time learning about bullying and the different types of bullying there are. We also looked at how to stay safe when we go online and what we need to do if we are being bullied or we come across something online that we shouldn’t be on. All children were put into groups and they have made a short video on one of things that we learnt over the two days.

Monday 7th – Friday 18th October

 

Over the last two weeks we have been very busy. In English, we have started to look at letters and how we can write a letter. We have been reading ‘The day the crayons quit’ to help us. Before we started learning about how to write a letter, we wrote a set of instructions on how to pot a plant. We have put the plants we potted just outside our classroom to see how much they grow.

 

In maths, both year one and year two have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We have enjoyed creating some actions to help us remember what 3D shapes have. The shapes we have been learning about are spheres, cubes, cuboids and pyramids.

 

For our topic, we have learnt about which animals live in tundra and grassland habitats. We started to learn about the effects of climate change and we started an experiment using ice to help us understand the effects.

 

Monday 23rd September – Friday 4th October

Owls have had a very busy two weeks in class. In English, we had the chance to finish off our amazing alien stories and this week we have started to learn about instructions. We have been using our bossy verbs and exclamation marks to write some instructions. On Thursday, we used some instructions to help us make some pirate hats.

 

In maths the year ones have been counting in 2’s and 5’s. They have also started to recognise 2D and 3D shapes. They have become especially good at recognising rectangles and squares. The year twos have also been counting on in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, they have been counting on and backwards with those numbers.

 

For Art, we have been looking at the jungle painting by Henri Rosseau. Last week we water washed our backgrounds and this week we have added our trees, bushes and branches and next week we can’t wait to draw the tiger hiding in the jungle.

 

Over the last two weeks we have been learning to say different animals in French. We have learnt how to say dog, cat, snake, horse, pig and duck. We have begun to start learning ‘Old Macdonald had a farm too’. We have enjoyed learning these animals and have started saying hello and goodbye too.

 

Monday 16th – Friday 20th September

 

This week in Owls it has been an amazing and we’ve had so much fun. Everyone has worked so hard and Mr Moorcroft and Mrs Knight are proud of all of them.

 

After finishing our Art last week, we had the chance to peel our animals off our Art work and see the animal silhouettes we created. Lots of different animal silhouettes were created.

For English, we have been reading Beegu all week long and have been learning to put the story in order. Everyone has created their own alien and we have just finished planning our own alien story so we are ready to start writing our story next week.

 

In maths, the year 1’s have been learning to write numbers to 100 in numerals and use pictures to show numbers. The year 2’s have been learning to plot numbers on a number line and to understand if numbers are greater than, less than or equal to each other.

 

We finished reading ‘The Giraffe the Pelly and Me’, we really enjoyed this book so we have decided to read another Roald Dahl book called ‘Minpins’. We have started it and can’t wait to carry on reading it next week.

In topic, we learnt about the different types of animals and how we group them. We also learnt what food animals eat and what they called when they eat that type of food.

 

Because we worked so hard this week we had an amazing time in Golden time. We had a class disco in the nest with everyone and even Mr Moorcroft had a boogie with us. We were using lego to make models, making models out of different materials, colouring, using a football board game and many more exciting things.

 

We can’t wait for another brilliant week next week!

Monday 9th – Friday 13th

We have had another exciting week in Owls. We continued learning more about out topic and in particular we started to learn about food chains and animals that are vertebrate and invertebrate. Following on with the theme of animals in Art we created some silhouette painting of animals of our choice. We cut out the animal then stuck it down and painted around the animal to create a background that matches the animal’s habitat.

 

 In English, we were writing a recount about the things that we did over the summer holidays.

 

In Maths, the year 2’s have learning about place value, the value of each digit in a two-digit number and reading and writing numbers to 100. While the year 1’s have learning about how to read and write numbers to 20 in numerals and words.

With Mrs Knight in PE, we had a great time in the playground playing different types of games.

 

We measured our heads, feet, hands and height this week too and we have stored away our sheets in a time capsule and at the end of the year we will open this up and measure ourselves again to see how much we have grown!

Wednesday 4th – 6th September

 

Welcome to the first blog of the school year! We have had a brilliant first week back. The year ones have loved meeting their new classmates and over the course of the week we have been finding out about what they have been up to over the holidays.

On the first day back, we decided our class rules that we are going to follow throughout the year and we signed these with our finger or thumb prints. It has been displayed up in the class above the school’s golden rules. In the afternoon, we learnt what a good friend is and how we should treat each other. We met Oscar the Owl as well, who will be taken home each week with someone from the class and they show everyone on Monday what they have been up to with Oscar the Owl.

 

On Thursday, we found out what our Topic is going to be for this term (Animal Conservation – Creating an Animal Sanctuary) and we then made the animals that are going to be displayed in and around our classroom. Later that day, we learnt about how to use the internet safely when we are at home or at school.

 

On Friday, we played some classroom bingo about our classmates and learnt more about Mr Moorcroft and Mrs Knight.

Throughout the week we have been enjoying our new class book – The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.

 

Week Beginning 3rd June

What a fun first week back! On Thursday we all went to Cotswold Wildlife Park to look at African animals. It was lovely to be able to talk about the animals and their habitats whilst actually looking at them. The children made lots of really interesting observations and had lots of questions to ask. 

After our arrival and time to do some exploring of savannah based animals, all of Owls split into two groups and had a talk with a park keeper in the walled garden. We learned a lot about how different animals have adapted and changed to suit the different environments that they live in. Our favourite fact of the day was that a sloth's hair grows down so that rain will run off of it. This means that if you turned one upside down its hair would stick straight up! Lunchtime was a real success as the children had a chance to play in the adventure playground. Some even plucked up the courage to go down a very, very steep slide!

The rest of the afternoon was spent looking at desert and forest animals before we all came back, tired but happy! 

Week Beginning 13th May 2019

Linking to our topic on Kenya we have been looking at percussion instruments used in Africa. The children are now excellent at keeping a steady beat, using the phrase, 'let's all play our drum.'

We have been looking at different habitats across Africa and can talk about the features of the Savannah, deserts and forests. We have particularly enjoyed listening to rain forest sounds and have been inspired to create our own rain sticks.

In geography we have been discussing the human and physical features. The children have enjoyed sorting pictures of human and physical landmarks and can give reasons for their choices.

Week Beginning 6th May 2019

When the sun is shining what better thing to do than explore shape outside! Making shapes is a lot more challenging when you have to ensure that the length of the sides is the same to make a regular shape. This lead to some fantastic discussions about regular and irregular shapes and really helped us think about the properties of 2D shape.

In RE we have been looking at the different ways that babies are welcomed into different faith groups. The children have explored baptism and the Aqiqah ceremony in groups.

Week Beginning 22nd April 2018

We are all very excited to be back at school for Term 5. This term we will be learning all about Kenya. To start our topic off we will be reading books about a lady called Wangari Maathai. She worked hard in Kenya to protect forests and helped the women of Africa plant over 35 million trees! We will also be learning about different geographical features of Kenya and different habitats. We are planning to arrange a trip to a place where we could see some of these animals, so watch this space! 

Week Beginning 18th March 2019

This week we went to visit Folly Acres. After a very long walk up a very steep hill on a very cold and windy day we were delighted to be greeted with cups of hot chocolate and biscuits!

This gave us the energy to split into two groups. Group One had the important role of looking after the chickens. This involved feeding the chickens, collecting eggs, petting the chickens and adding extra straw to their house. 

Group Two had to plant sunflower and bean seeds in their hot chocolate cups and plant a row of potatoes. We are hoping to visit Folly Acres later in the year to dig up our potatoes and bring them home to cook and eat. The groups then swapped and completed the opposite task. 

Finally we all walked back down the hill and into school. We would like to say a huge thanks to Lizzie and Dan for making us so welcome and for planning such an exciting morning for us.

Week Beginning 28th January 2019

We have been exploring collage in art and have created some lovely pictures of animals from the different continents that we have been exploring. We used tissue paper and looked carefully at the colours and patterns of the animals we were re-creating. 

In maths the Year Two children have been learning about fractions. They are now much better at deciding which slice of pizza they should choose! The Year One children have been exploring measures and are now able to find the length of different objects more accurately.

Week Beginning 21st January 2019

We are continuing to learn about the world's oceans and continents. We have used maps to track the journey of the snail and the whale (from our literacy text The Snail and the Whale) and believe that they traveled from England to Antarctica, Hawaii, The Shetland Isles and then back to England. We have decided to write diaries about the snail's adventures and will write newspaper reports next week instead. Our focus has been using adjectives and expanded noun phrases to describe the different places that the characters visit. 

 

This week has been a very musical week. We are obsessed with the Five Oceans Song ( look it up on YouTube!) as it is unbearably catchy but also brilliant in teaching us about the different oceans of the world. We have also been playing the ocarina and are working hard to play Happy Birthday.

 

Week Beginning 14th January 2019

This week we have used salt dough to create our favourite food. We have used different modelling and painting techniques in order to make them look as realistic as possible.  In geography we have been finding out about the different continents and oceans in our world and have used maps to find them. Our literacy text is The Snail and the Whale which is a lovely story about a snail who hitches a ride on the tail of a whale all over the world. We will be linking this story to our own discoveries about the continents and oceans. We plan to write a newspaper report about the snail's adventures next week.

In PE the children have started country dancing. They are doing a magnificent job and Mrs Knight is already very impressed with how quickly they are learning the different dances. 

Our Favourite Food

Owls curriculum map spring 2019

Week Beginning 7th January

We are all very excited to be starting our new topic, 'From Plant to Plate'. To help us get thinking about where our food comes from we have been looking at the packaging on our food and finding the different countries that food is produced on, on maps. We have also enjoyed looking at these countries on Google Earth.

In English this week we have been watching a video explaining how marmalade is made. We have discovered that oranges are grown in hot countries such as Spain and are brought to England to be made into marmalade in factories. We have used this information to write our own reports. Our favourite marmalade story is that marmalade was invented in 1700 in Dundee when a ship carrying oranges from Spain had to stop due to a storm. A lady called Mrs Keiller made 'orange jam' from the rotting fruit by adding sugar to it. 

Week Beginning 10th December

Our Christmas adverts are finally being completed! Here are a few more for you to watch.

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Week Beginning 3rd December

This week we have been watching different Christmas adverts and planning our own versions. We have spotted that most of the adverts include a journey that results in the solving of a problem. Our absolute favourite was one called The Longest Journey which features a snowman going shopping for the lady snowman who he loves!

We have started by choosing different Christmas characters and planning where their journeys will be. We hope to film these next week and add them to the blog.

Rehearsals have begun for our Christmas performance. As you will have guessed from the costume letter, our theme is Strictly Come Dancing! The children are already working hard to learn the steps to the Charleston and we have discovered some amazing acting talent. We are sure that you will be thoroughly entertained at our performances!

Week Beginning 26th November 2018

This week we have been writing our own versions of a story based on the lovely animation Mon Ami Le Robot. The children have used a range of adjectives to describe their underwater world and have ensured that they have a clear beginning, middle and end to their stories. We are all working hard to ensure that our sentences are properly punctuated and some of us are beginning to use exclamation marks and speech marks.

 

We have also made some beautiful Christmas tree decorations which are currently displayed on our tree in St Laurence Church, Stroud as part of the Christmas Tree Festival. The tree will remain there until Sunday 9th December, so please visit the church and take a look.

 

Week beginning 19.11.18

This week we have been investigating how light travels. We have discovered that some material blocks light. These materials are called opaque. Materials that let light travel through a bit are translucent and things that light can easily pass through are called transparent. We can see easily through transparent things like windows and glasses.Later this week we plan to sort different materials according to whether they are transparent, translucent or opaque.

Week Beginning 12.11.18

On Wednesday this week Owls Class went to Stratford Park with Merlins Class. At the park we took part in different activities to do with autumn. We each had a colour chart that we had to match with the different plants in the park. We were amazed at the many different coloured leaves that we were able to find! After our snack we collected leaves and tried to make beautiful patterns with them in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. Owls class will be writing autumn poems at the end of this week so we also brought back a huge selection of leaves for inspiration.

Week Beginning 29th October

We had a very exciting start back to school with a visit from Ian McGuire from Wild Owl. He has two pet owls (a barn owl and a tawny owl) and had lots of information to share with us about owls. We can now name the five main species of owl found in the United Kingdom and understand how owls are able to fly silently!

Monday 1st October - Friday 5th October

 

For the past two weeks the children have been working in teams to create Tudor style buildings. On Monday we set up our own version of Pudding Lane and then used red paint to represent the flames leaping from building to building. In a matter of minutes our houses were all destroyed and we talked about how this made us feel. 

Although we were sad to see our hard work go up 'in flames' we now have looks of amazing words to describe our feelings. These will be used in the diaries that we are also writing this week.

The Great Fire of London comes to Uplands!

Tuesday 4th September- Friday 21st September 2018

 

Well, what a fantastic start to the school year we have had in Owls Class! In order to start our topic on The Great Fire of London with a bang we lit a small fire in our garden. This gave us a wonderful opportunity to really explore what fire is like and to collect describing words that will support our writing later in the term. 

      Taking part in lots of drama activities and using our  imaginations has enabled us to really understand what it felt like to be alive during the Great Fire of London. We have also sequenced the events of the Great Fire and have learned about Samuel Pepys and his diary.

     

 

A highlight from the term so far has definitely been baking. We have made cakes based on a recipe from a book written more than 300 years ago by Sir Kenelme Digby. It was printed in 1669, three years after the Great Fire. 

This is what Sir Kenelme wrote in his book, which is called "The Closet of Sir Kenelme Digby Opened". 

 

"Take one pound of very fine flower, and put to it half a pound of sugar. Add one pound of currants well washed. When your flower is well mixed with the sugar and currants, you must put in it a half a pound of melted butter, three spoonfuls of milk, with the yolks of three new-laid eggs beat with it, some nutmeg; and if you please, three spoonfuls of Sack.

"When you have mixed your paste well, you must put it in a dish by the fire, till it be warm.

"Then make them up in little cakes, and prick them full of holes. Bake them in a quick oven unclosed. Afterwards sprinkle them with sugar.

"The Cakes should be about the bigness of a hand-breadth and thin; of the cise of the Sugar Cakes sold at Barnet."

 

As well as making the cakes, we have enjoyed working out what the original recipe says. 'Sack' is actually Maderia wine, so we didn't include that in our cakes! 

We started work on finding out about Uplands - both local history and geography too.  We completed a traffic survey at the front of school, using our data handling skills to collect data in a tally chart.  The children enjoyed choosing their own categories of vehicle and spotting the traffic going past on Thompson Road.

Finally, we had a fantastic walk around Uplands on Friday morning looking at all the different houses.  We spotted the different types of housing we had talked about in class and were able to talk about how they were different to each other.  The children enjoyed pointing out their own houses and we even saw some parents out in the garden!  We also noticed the differences between the older and newer houses in Uplands, which is something we will look further into during our history lessons.  Thank you so much to everyone who has sent in photographs and information about their own houses - this will be used in school next week and will really bring the subject alive for the children.

 

As a bonus, we also had chance to walk through the co-housing and we were given a brief guided tour by a resident.  It was incredibly peaceful because they were no cars and we learnt that all the houses were made from wood and designed to be eco-friendly, which the children found fascinating.

Mon 4th - Friday 8th July

 

This week the children have really got in to our weather topic.  They finished off their wind socks which we then took outside to measure the wind speed and direction - they decided that there was a light North Easterly breeze!  They also finished their weather vanes which you probably saw outside this week and which the children have designed and made themselves.  They are fully working although I'm not sure they would last very long outside in all weathers!  We have now bought our own weather vane, thermometer and wind sock for the class so that we can continue measuring the weather each day over the summer term.

 

We have also been using the ipads in school this week to program our own animations about the seasons.  The children used an app called Scratch Jr which allows them to input commands to make different characters move around the screen.  They can also add text and sound.  They did a fantastic job and were really good at just trying things out and learning from their mistakes which is often the best way to learn when using new technology.

Please take a look at the 'Wonderful Writing Wall' blog where I have added some of the Owls stories about 'The Bog Baby'.  Please leave the children a comment too if you have chance! Thank you.

Mon 13th - Fri 25th May

 

We have been really busy over the last couple of weeks.  We have continued learning about the weather during our topic work where we have researched weather vanes and designed our own based on what we found out.  We learnt that they needed to be strong and waterproof to be left out in all weathers!  We are going to each be making a weather station to use across the term for measuring weather on a daily basis.  It will consist of a rain gauge, wind sock and weather vane and we will also use the class thermometer each day to compare the temperature. This week we started to put together some of the pieces and they are going to make the classroom look very colourful!

 

In English, the Year 1 children worked on their sentence writing by creating a treasure hunt out in the playground for the year 2 children to complete.  They decided where to hide the clues, thought about prepositions and adjectives and then wrote questions for each clue so that they could practise adding a question mark at the end of a sentence.  The year 2 children had a great time running around the playground looking for the treasure.

 

In PSHE we have continued our work on managing emotions and the children wrote and performed short plays about how best to manage anger and frustration, thinking about the reasons why they might feel that way and how best to deal with the situation.  They all did a fantastic job and we performed out on the stage in the outdoor area.

 

Have a fantastic half term and we will see you back in June!

Mon 7th - Friday 11th May

 

This week we learnt about the weather for our topic 'Uplands News and Journal'.  We kicked off by going outside one of the beautiful sunny afternoon and sitting down to enjoy the feel of the sunshine.  We talked about how we could use our 5 senses to explore different kinds of weather and also thought about what we associate with different weathers e.g. sunshine and beaches, snow and Christmas.  The children came up with some fantastic ideas and I'm sure they are going to really enjoy finding out even more during our science this term.

 

I have attached a copy of this term's year 2 homework which started this week.  The children should have come home on Friday with a new homework book and the list of homework's stuck inside the front cover.  As always they can choose which order to do the homework's in as long as one is handed in each week and the first one will be due this coming Friday.

Mon 30th April - Friday 4th May

 

This week the children have started their art for the term, they began by drawing pieces of fruit in the classroom to learn about colour, lines and shading then they went out in to the playground to take pictures of different man-made and natural objects which they then carefully sketched inside.  We are building up to a picture of the countryside which will be part of our topic all about Stroud.

 

The children have been busy sharpening up their calculation skills in maths; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.  They are starting to become really fluent now.

 

Finally, we have been thinking about managing emotions in PSHE and how we can spot how other people are feeling.  We started by naming different emotions and discussing how they show on people's faces and in their body language.  Can you tell which emotions the children are portraying in the photos below?

 

Have a fantastic bank holiday weekend and enjoy the sunshine - see you on Tuesday!

Welcome Back!

I can't believe we are in the summer term already!  The children seem to have had a great rest over Easter and are raring to go back in school.  We have had an exciting start to the term with swimming lessons beginning straight away and the wonderful Country Dance Festival at Stratford Park last Thursday.  We have been so impressed with how the children have approached swimming lessons so far.  It is a long walk down to the leisure centre and they have to be incredibly independent with getting themselves changed and staying organised in the changing rooms and so far they have really surpassed our expectations.  They have all been keen to get in the pool and I'm sure they will make excellent progress over the term.  

 

Thank you so much to all of you who came to the Country Dance Festival, we really appreciate your support and it meant so much to the children.  The best moments of the night were seeing the massive smiles as they galloped past with their adult in tow!  I cannot stress enough how proud we were of them on the night, they have put in a huge amount of work alongside Mrs Knight in PE lessons last term and it is a lot for them to remember and some of the dances are really complicated!  I even had a teacher come over from another school to compliment them on their energy and skill!  They really were fantastic - well done everyone!

Cotswold Wildlife Park

 

Apologies for the delay, but I wanted to share some photos from our trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park at the end of last term.  It was a fantastic day and we got to see a whole range of animals.  The best thing about this particular park is how up close and personal you can get to some really fantastic beasts!   The giraffes and the wolves were a real highlight and it is also very special to see a lion so close up - hopefully it is something the children will always remember.

Mon 12th - Friday 16th March

 

In maths this week the children have all tackled fractions - looking at how to find 1/2 1/4 1/3 and much more!  They did a whole range of activities and have done a great job with this tricky subject!  In English we began our stories based around 'Giraffes Can't Dance'.  They came up with Bunnies who can't hop, puppies who can't play the drums and even a crocodile who can't eat meat!  As always, please feel free to come in and see any of their writing after school whenever you are free - the children love to share their stories with you!

 

In topic the children have listened to the orchestral music for 'Peter and the Wolf' with Mrs Wride and will be composing their own animal based music next week.  They have also created their very own animal sculptures in art with Mrs Wride based on the work of artist Alberto Giacometti. 

Mon 5th - Fri 9th March

 

In maths this week the children in both Year 1 and 2 have really nailed multiplication!  They have drawn arrays to help them find the answers and also used their times tables knowledge as well.  The Year 2 children have started 'Magic Maths' where they do a daily 4 minute session of both multiplying and dividing - if you have chance to ask them about it please do and any time you get to test them on their 2, 5 and 10 times table will really make a difference.

 

In English we wrote a recount of our wonderful Harry Potter day including all the snow excitement!  We then read the book 'Giraffes Can't Dance' and the year 1 children acted out some of the story which you can see in the photos below.  This coming week we will begin writing our own version of this story with an animal of our choosing!

Mon 19th - Fri 23rd February

 

We have been very lucky this week to welcome into class Mr Moorcroft, a student teacher from the University of Bath who is completing his placement in Owls for the next 8 weeks - no doubt you will have heard about him already from the children but please do come and say hello if you get the chance.  

 

In English the children have written their stories based on 'The Bog Baby' which we had read together.  They have done such an incredible job and some of the creatures they created were so imaginative, I thoroughly enjoyed reading them all.

 

In maths, as you can see from the photos below, we have started to tackle multiplication!  The year 2 children will be starting rainbow maths this week to help them practise their 2, 5 and 10 times tables - ask them to share with you what they know and practise any chance you get as this is a really important skill as the children get older.

 

In our 'Jaws, Paws and Claws' topic we have moved on to finding out about the 5 senses.  The children completed a scavenger hunt where they had to use their senses to identify different objects around the school - inside and out!  They had a lot of fun and will now use this knowledge to write an information text on the subject.

Mon 5th - Friday 9th February

 

Please see the whole school blog this week for photographs and news from our 'When I Grow Up' week.

Monday 22nd - Friday 26th

 

This week we have continued to find out about the human body with a particular focus on faces.  We thought about how faces can be different to each other and made a collage of different facial features.  We then did some research on body parts which we will continue next week in order to write an information text about the human body.  Thank you to all the children who have bought in books from home too - they are very useful!

 

In maths the Year 1 children have continued learning about subtracting and counting backwards.  If you have chance at home to count backwards from 100, maybe in the car or at tea time, then the children will really benefit - it is as important a skill as counting forwards!  In year 2 the children have been tackling missing number problems - a really tricky task which they have been working hard on.  I have been really impressed with their perseverance and positive learning attitudes!

 

In English we have had great fun reading 'The Bog Baby' by Jeanne Willis.  The children first described The Bog Baby and then created their own woodland creatures - you may have seen their first draft pictures which I sent home.  They have now written a description of their creature and will use this to develop a story next week.  Do ask them about their creature as they are really enthusiastic and I'm sure their writing will be fantastic as a result.  I will share some of the creatures with you next week.

 

I have also included some photos below of the children enjoying a fun game in phonics as I thought you might like to see the smiles on their faces as they learn their sounds!

Monday 15th - Friday 19th

 

This week the children have continued their work on body parts.  We sang along with and danced to 'The Body Parts Song' and played Simon Says to help us identify different, more unusual parts of the human body.  We then thought about what we use each body part for and the children were particularly good at thinking about the number of body parts involved in simple everyday tasks such as writing your name or riding a bike.  They had to justify their choices and came up with some ideas that even I hadn't thought of.

 

In maths Year 1 finished off their work on addition and Year 2 have become really fluent with subtracting 2 digit numbers.  In English, the children completed their writing about sharks and lions - some of which will be on display in the classroom soon.

 

In PE, the children have started learning some dances in preparation for the country dance festival in April.  They have done so well so far, working together and having to remember a huge amount of moves.  They have to keep it up for a 3 minute song too so lots of energy burnt off!  As you can see from their smiling faces, they are having a lot of fun!

 

Don't forget - Jungle Agility started this week - your first challenge card was attached to Friday's newsletter and our focus this week is on BALANCE.  If you have lost your card, you can find them all on our new Jungle Agility blog page.