Our teacher is Ms Franks and Mrs Norris is the teaching assistant in our class.
Spring Term 2019-2020
Well Done Ruby class - our first week of a very unusual time and I hope you are all well and working hard. Thank you so much to those children and Mums and Dads who have emailed with great photos of the work that's been done. I've also enjoyed the pictures of you having fun in the sunshine! Keep up all the great learning and stay safe love Ms Franks.home learning Monday 23 March 2020
Term 4 week 4
What a week! So sad to say goodbye to you all on Friday but take care of each other, keep working hard on your learning and hopefully we can all meet up again soon.
On Monday we will be posting your home learning sheet so look out for it and have fun too.
Term 4 Week 3
On Wednesday we had our class trip to Bristol zoo to help us learn about our topic animals. We had a workshop with Amy and got to see Meerkats, Gorillas and Penguins up close. It was great fun and we learnt a lot. Amy, our workshop leader said we were amazing at sharing our learning and perfect!
This week we have been learning about measurement. We have been using classroom items to compare them and use the correct vocabulary such as taller, shorter, longer.
We are now writing our own stories based on the Snail and Whale. We are trying to include great adjectives, capital letters and full stops and question marks too!
We enjoyed our turn in the whole school skipping activity too!
Term 4 Week 2
This week we have been using the story of The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson -our class author. In our whole class reading, we have been reading the story and adding capital letters and full stops to sentence extracts. We have also been using it to spot good adjectives. This prompted good discussions about the meanings of the adjectives and interesting phrases. Our focus in GPS this week has been adjectives so we are going to try to add them to our sentences.
It has also linked to the brilliant time we had on World Book Day where we came dressed as words and many of these were adjectives too! We used our wonderful words to put them in alphabetical order, to play head to head Guess my word games and to write clues to our words too.
Our maths focus of counting in 2's 5's and 10's has continued this week also.
Term 4 Week 1
Hi everyone. Hope you had a great half term despite some rotten weather!
it may have been good for the characters in our story though, as we have been learning about the Snail and the Whale by our class author-Julia Donaldson. We have enjoyed listening to the story, acting it out and then beginning to retell it in our own words. It has also helped us look at interesting vocabulary.
Our maths learning has focused around counting in 2s and 5s. We have been making amounts in different ways practically first then looking for patterns such as odd and even numbers.
A huge thank you to all our lovely adults who came to our Inspire morning where we made moving pictures. We based our pictures on our Hot Claws Cold Paws animals. We shared our pictures with our friends in class and explained how we made each of the moving sections...they were brilliant!
Term 3 Week 5
Poems and rhymes are everywhere in Ruby class this week. We have read and performed finger rhymes to our class and also looked at how we make words rhyme. We looked at word endings and then used the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty to create our own versions. Working in pairs, we wrote and edited our work on whiteboards first to make sure we liked them. We have also begun to use another rhyme-Hickory Dickory Dock to develop our ideas even further.
In Maths we are beginning our focus on Place Value to 50. We have counted to 50 forwards and backwards and partitioned numbers into tens and ones in different ways.
In RE we have listened to the story of The Lost Coin and thought about what it means for caring for everyone.
We have also used the Beebots in our ICT learning. To develop our programming skills we thought about how we could make a set of instructions all linked together and program them into the Beebot to make it move between toys. At first we used one instruction at a time and then learnt how to add the instructions together to create a sequence. It was fun, if a little confusing at first! We soon got the hang of it though!
Term 3 Week 4
Wow our reports look amazing! We have finally completed our first Learning experience to write animal reports. After all our hard work finding facts and putting them under headings we have now stuck them on to colourful sheets and added photos and labelled pictures. Phew a lot of hard work but Ms Franks is very proud of our work and so are we!
In Maths we have begun to use the bar model to help us add and subtract and find the four related facts for our calculation.
In PE we really enjoyed creating our our dance moves for our Zumba learning.
We have also made Spring time cards ready to give to David next week for our friends in the OLC school. We hope they like them.
Term 3 Week 3
This week we have sorted all our information about our focus animals into sections for our reports. We used questions to create heading after we learnt about question words and question marks earlier on in the week. Ms Franks also got us to write independently about all the fact we are learning as we go along-she was very pleased about all the facts we were able to recall! It has also helped that we learnt how to group animals in different ways such as mammals, reptiles, insects, fish, birds and amphibians. We looked at the features and also thought about our own animals. We also began to learn about herbivores and carnivores who eat plants and meat and omnivores who eat both.
In RE today we also heard the story of Creation from the Bible and used Godly play to discuss the features of the world. We had to think why Christians are told by God to take care of the world and how they should do this.
During our PE lessons we are really enjoying being very active doing Zumba and short work outs. It is tiring but lots of fun. We also got to make up our own small groups shapes using our bodies.
Term 3 Week 2
We have begun our first learning experience in which we are going to write a report about our chosen animal. First we looked at the features of a report and then using different non-fiction books we found these features and others such as contents and index. We have also been using the laptops to research our animals. In this way we developed our laptop skills such as turning it on and off, selecting an icon, using a mouse pad and a scroll bar. We also used a search engine called Kiddle to help us find information that was aimed at children. It helped us discuss Online safety also.
In maths we have been focusing on using different ways to to learn our number bonds to 20. We used practical items such as ten frames, numicon and cubes, then we also used numberlines.
In PE we are enjoying our Zumba exercises and in class we are using a new five minute workout too- we are enjoying moving and being active!
Term 3 Week 1
Welcome back after the Christmas break. we hope you had a good one!
This week we have been learning about our new theme of learning. It is Science based and focused on animals. We are going to be learning about different animals in different environments around the world. It is called 'Hot Claws Cold Paws'. We learnt we will be focusing on penguins and polar bears from cold places and gorillas and meerkats from warmer climates.
During our WOW day we had to find ways to free a animal frozen in an ice cup! We used toothbrushes, wooden knives, scourers, and then had to think about other ways we could release the animals. It was great fun but made our hands really cold!! We also had craft activities to make paper cup penguins, nodding meerkats and gorilla masks. It was really good fun and we learnt a lot of DT skills too.
We also found out that our new author was Julia Donaldson. We put a lot of her books into our class author box and have enjoyed reading them already. As a special treat (it was Ms F's birthday that day too!) we also got to watch the Stick Man DVD too.
Term 2 Week 6
This week we have focused a lot on assessments. The children have really enjoyed showing their learning in different ways. They were able to write independently about Edgar the Dragon and use their GPS skills to write given sentences. It also helped us to show our phonic skills.
In our RE activities we thought about the story of the Nativity which linked well to our Christmas play. We read the story and wrote about it in different parts.
We all really enjoyed performing the play to the different audiences. I think our funny sheep, gentle angels, pushy townspeople and animals including the clever camels, all acted their parts well. We really hoped you enjoyed it if you came to watch us!
Term 2 Week 5
It was lovely to be back after feeling unwell last week but its been very busy! We have completed our Castle building in our last learning experience and really enjoyed painting them and making sure we had a moving part. It was also lovely to to get to share them with our families at the Celebration of Learning. Thank you to all our families for coming to support us.
In maths we have continued with our place value to 20 focus and especially finding one more and one less. We recapped the signs < > and = to help us. In our English work we learnt about nouns. We named items and learnt that this was the noun and then we sorted them into common and proper nouns. We learnt you need a capital letter for proper nouns.
We have also spent time rehearsing the KS1 nativity play and we look forward to wearing our costumes and performing for our families and friends next week.
Term 2 Week 3
We have begun to rehearse our KS1 play and we are very busy learning the songs. Its called The Midwifes Crisis and tells the story of the Nativity.
We have also begun our focus on traditional tales in English and we are learning the story of the Gingerbread Man. We have acted it out, made story maps and re-told the story trying to add story language such as 'Once upon a time' and also the repeated phrases.
We have learnt all about 3d shapes in our Maths activities and used our 2d shapes knowledge to help us describe them. We also sorted them using different properties.
Term 2 week 2
In our English activities this week we have focused on the Traditional tales and Fairy stories. We are reading lots but have decided to focus on the story of The Gingerbread Man. We really enjoyed acting out the story and thinking about our character voices and actions.
We have also focused a lot on 2d shapes this week, learning all about their names and properties. We had to decide our own criteria to sort them too. Using the picture called Castle and Sun by Paul Klee we found the different shapes and we talked about how we could create our own shapes pictures. Also we had great fun using a maths story to remind ourselves of our subtraction skills. Using the story of the Centipedes 100 shoes we used our our feet and shoes to make physical subtractions. Then we used our small toy insects to create our own subtraction stories eg Spider had 10 shoes and beetle took 4 so how many were left?
We REALLY enjoyed our whole school treat of the pantomime. It made us laugh and we sang all the songs really well.
Term 2 Week 1
What a very busy four days we have had! We have worked hard on our subtraction skills. We have used practical items and numberlines to help us solve problems.
We also had a great time with Opal class to develop our Enterprize project. we enjoyed making the poster and particularly working in our classes to make biscuits. Altogether we made 350! A HUGE thank you to everyone who bought some as the profit will go to the OLC.
Another busy week doing assessments and learning lots! We have enjoyed learning about Knights from the past including one called William Marshall and we learnt there are knights today. We also learnt about a 'Sir' called Sir David Attenborough. He doesn't wear armour though!
In Science we have thought about the different types of plants we know and we learnt to identify different ones such as dock leaves and say why they are important.
We also had a great time watching Opal class perform their Circus show. There were clowns, acrobats and jugglers. It was lots of fun and learnt about being a good audience....and we got popcorn as a treat!!
A super week of Knights yet again. We have learnt all about Pages, squires and Knights and we have made up our own sets of rules to create Codes of Chivalry. It was fun thinking about the rules and writing them trying to use capital letters, spaces and full stops. Then we stained paper with coffee to make it look like an old scroll and wrote our Code of Chivalry in pen. We think they look good.
Then yesterday we travelled to another country -Wales!- and went to Caldicot castle on our class trip.It was a super sunny day so we even got to eat our lunch outside. We learnt lots about the castle and its features such as the bailey walls, the keep, the tower and the cannon. We all especially enjoyed going into the storeroom to look into the deep dungeon.....but we were so amazing we didn't need to go in it!!
This week we have continued to use the story of Small Knight and George to help us sequence a story. First we put pictures in order and then we wrote sentences to match. It helped us to develop our learning of capital letters, spaces and full stops. We are beginning to get the hang of it already!!
In maths we used the + and = signs to create calculations and write them. It was fun using the cubes to help us look for patterns.
In our second learning experience we learnt about being a page and squire before you could be a knight. It was fun learning about what they had to do. Then today we finally got the better weather so we were able to do the cross country run which we all enjoyed. Then we also had lots of fun at our class gem party this afternoon when we had snacks, drinks and we got to watch Zog the movie.
Our acting skills came into play this week! In English we have been using the book -Small Knight and George by Ronda Armitage- to help us learn about stories. We had lots of fun acting out all the characters and sequencing the events in order. We thought about the different characters and tried to use our actions and voices to show them. Using a story map we then thought about a story beginning, middle and end.
In Maths we have begun to focus on addition and subtraction. We used part part whole boards to help us partition numbers and then add them back to create the whole number.
We also really enjoyed our Inspire activities and especially having our families to work with us. Our dragon puppets and shield designs were great and all very different! A huge thank you to all who came to help us.
Knights everywhere! It was really good fun this week in Ruby class when we all brought in our teddies from home (including Ms Franks with George) and create a 'suit of armour' for them. We used our DT skills to cut and join card in different ways and we use fabric to make our tabards. We designed a picture or logo to go on the front also. Then we added labels and captions to our teddy Knights. it was great fun but helped us in our first learning experience which used History, DT and English skills.
Our maths continued to focus on place value and we introduced the signs of < and > and = when comparing numbers. We were able to select number cards and roll dice to help us compare and show which amount was greater or fewer and those that were equal.
We have continued to focus on the alphabet and have used it in our handwriting practice too.
We have had lots of fun and lots of learning about Autumn this week. Using the school grounds we went on a science walk to look for any of the signs of autumn that we had thought about in our class discussions. Although it's still lovely and sunny we found lots of signs that Autumn has begun! We all enjoyed finding the apples and pears growing alongside berries for birds and we particularly enjoyed finding leaves that were changing colour.
We are continuing our maths learning using place value and have been counting forwards and backwards and also problem solving 1 more and 1 less.
As our first learning experience is about labelling and identifying the Knights armour we have used textease to select a picture and add labels. This helped us with our laptop skills too.
Knight Knight everyone! Yes we have started our History themed topic where we are learning about Knights and Castles. We have received a scroll from Lady Red and Lady Yellow who have sent us 10 challenges to show we are ready to become Knights of Ruby class. It has been fun starting them.
In our English learning we have focused on labels and lists this week using the book called Dangerous by Tin Warnes. We loved the story and used the ideas to label our class toys too. It helped us to think about labels when we used the BeeBots to label the knights suit of armour.
Our maths learning is focused on place value to 10. We have ordered and counted out amounts and shown them in different ways. We are also learning the match the number and the number word.
We have also really enjoyed using our DT skills to create a whole class castle using large boxes...especially when we got to go inside it!
What a super start to our first week in Ruby class. We have all been exploring around the class to find out where our resources are and very importantly the lovely toys!!
We have made our class rules and signed the contract to say we will keep them.
We have done a lot of assessments this week including 40 spellings and 20 additions plus lots of phonics, sentence writing, counting and sorting and reading. We have particularly enjoyed our new reading area with the comfy cushions and bean bag! Is been very busy and we are looking forward to starting our topic next week.