Octopus Class

Octopus 2016-2017

13.7.17

This week was our school trip. On Monday we went to Itchen Valley Country Park and had a wonderful time. Mrs Swinger was very impressed with how well we behaved and we loved the activities. We got to build a campfire and toast marshmellows on it.Yum Yum. We also had to build a den that was waterproof and the ranger threw water at us. Luckily we are super den builders and did not get wet! We also went on a mini beast hunt and played a game of hide and seek in the woods. When we were playing hide and seek we got to put on face paint. That was lots of fun. On Thursday we also went to Forest Friends and walked up the river. Octopus class are very tired from all of the outside activities this week. We have done some super writing this week and Mrs Swinger had a massive smile on her face. In maths we have been problem solving missing number sentences and complicated word problems. We are ready for year 2 with our greater depth thinking! Finally on Wednesday afternoon we went outside and played some challenge games and working as a team in our topic groups. It was lots of fun and we had to communicate with each other lots. We can not believe we have one week left in Octopus class but we are going to make it our best week yet :).

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6.7.17

This week we have impressed Mrs Swinger with our amazing story writing. We wrote like year 2's and she was very proud of us. They are going in our new writing books which is very exicting. This week in maths we have used our new maths books and they have sqaures in them.  We have tried very hard to put the numbers in the squares! On Wednesday we had a 3D maths shape day. We did some problem solving in the morning and then in the afternoon we made a 3D shape city out of junk modelling. It was lots of fun but we painted ourselves more than our junk modelling. On Friday we are going to Shark's class which we are very excited about.

30.6.17

We have had a wonderful Health and Fitness week. On Monday we got to do some yoga. It was lots of fun and we felt very calm afterwards. We enjoyed showing Mrs Swinger the balances we learnt. Then we had football and it was a very good work out. We learnt lots of new skills. On Tuesday we had a mini sports day outside and we have practised our skills ready for the whole schoo sports day. Wednesday was very exciting as we tried out Judo. It invovled lots of shouting and many of us want to do Judo now. We also had a healthy eating workshop and got to try out lots of fruits. Then on Thursday we had a tennis session outside. It has been a busy but exciting week.

 

16.6.17

It has been lovely to see the sunshine this week. The children have enjoyed lots of learning outside. This week we have started the story The Rainbow Fish. We have thought about how Rainbow Fish felt at different parts of the story. In maths we have been taking away using diennes and Mrs Swinger was impressed with how good we were. We have been doing lots of dancing and singing ready for the Strawberry Fayre. It was lovely to see so many of you at the family picnic on Friday. See you at the Strawberry Fayre :)

9.6.17

 

We have come back to school very grown up and looking ready for year 2. It has been geogrpahy week this week and the children have been comparing Dubai to Sarisbury. It has been really interesting to learn about another culture. The children have learnt what man-made and physical features are. In maths we have been doing some complicated addition number sentences. Mrs Swinger was very impressed with our skills. We had to count in tens and ones. Finally we have been practising our Strawberry Fayre dance. It is going to look super.

 

26.5.17

This week has been very exciting for Octopus class. On Monday we looked fantastic dressed as our heroes. In school we had the Police, Hampshire Search and Rescue and Ambulance in to see us. We got to go on a polic bike which was awesome. In the afternoon the Air Ambulance came to see us and we got to meet Pilot Paws. We are very lucky to have such special heroes looking after us. On Thursday we got to go on Forest Friends and enjoy the sunshine. It was lots of fun walking through the water. It cooled us down! We are ready for half term and we are hoping it is going to be sunny!

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19.5.17

This week has been a fantastic week of learning. The children have been writing fact pages about Sarisbury Infant School for the new year r chidlren starting in September. They have come up with some super facts about our school. In maths we have been problem solving and solving time word problems. The children had to work out what the time would be in a hour or hour earlier. We have been learning about plants and naming common plants. Mrs Swinger was very impressed with our plant knowledge. In P.E we have been continuing with our sports day prep and we have been jumpimng. Fianlly we have enjoyed some sunshine and been creative in the outside area. Come back next week to see what we have been doing on heroes day! We are very excited!

 

12.5.17

Wow we have had a messy and creative week this week. It has been Magic of Colour Week. The children have learnt lots of new skills and enjoyed getting very messy! On Monday we did splatter painting and learnt to mix powder paint to create a colour wheel. We have learnt about primary and secondary colours and how to mix them. On Tuesday we looked at abstract art and had a lovely class discussion on how the art work made us feel, what shape and colours we could see. Mrs Swinger was very impressed with the language we were using. Then we created our own piece of abstract art using objects around the classroom. The following day we painted them and they looked fantastic. On Wednesday we used masking tape to create our next piece of abstract art. They have turned out fantastic. Fianlly on Thursday we picked our favourite and have named it for the gallery next Tuesday. We are very excited to show our parents our art work. We have had a great week but I think we are looking forward to a normal week next week.

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5.5.17

The children have worked very hard this week. It has felt like a five day week not a four! We watched Neil Armstrong landing on the moon and learnt lots of facts about him. Then we impressed Mrs Swinger with our writing of the facts. We are getting very good at non-fiction writing. On Wednesday we had sponsored bounce. It was lots of fun going on the bouncy castle. Some of us did over 100 bounces in a minute. Mrs Swinger did not take any photos as she was busy writing down our bounces. In maths this week we have been learning our number bonds to ten as well as recapping doubling of numbers. We had to go on a number hunt inside and outside (in the cold) to find numbers to double. Next week we have a Magic of Colour week. We are going to be doing lots of painting activities. We can not wait.  Here is a picture of the history work we have been doing.

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28.4.17

Welcome back! The children have come back to school with such a positive attitude. They all look like they have grown over the Easter holidays. This week has been all about money. We have been problem solving using money and Resilient Rosa would have been proud of us. At the begining of the week we started our new topic on Explorers. Mrs Swinger showed us picutres linked to Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. We had to sort the pictures into two piles and predict what we thought they could be about. Once Mrs Swinger had introduced the two names to us we had to think of questions to ask them. Wondering Walter helped us. We remembered to use a question mark. The next day we learnt about Christopher Columbus and we discovered lots of new facts. Finally on Thursday we were very lucky to have Perform drama come and do a workshop with us. It was all about the Wild West. We had great fun acting like cowboys and cowgirls. Come back next week to see what we have been up to.

 

7.4.17

What a wonderful last week of term. The chidlren have worked very hard. We have done our writing through our R.E lessons based on the concept of welcoming. In art we reproduced Monet's Bridge over Lillypads. They are fantastic and have brightened up the classroom. It is now looking like an art gallery with all of our art work. This week in maths we have been problem solving and Mrs Swinger was very impressed with our resilience and so is Rosa! Finally on Friday we had a visit from the Easter Bunny. It was very exciting and we enjoyed showing of our bonnets. I hope you have a wonderful Easter break and I will see you in Summer 1 :).

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30.3.17

This week we have been writing stories. It has been very exciting and Mrs Swinger is very impressed with them. We have made the stories into books and next week we are making front covers. In maths we have been solving problems and we worked really hard. We all wrote the number sentences correctly and used a variety of resources to help us solve the problems. In art we have continued our work on Monet and we produced some lovely art work this week. We are very much looking forward to next week as we have Easter Fun Day and we may even have a special visit from the Easter Bunny!

 

24.3.17

This week has been action packed once again. We started the week by writing wanting posters for a knight. We came up with lots of fantastic ideas. We have also been planning our own stories and showed Mrs Swinger our fantastic imaginations. In maths this week we have been telling the time experts. On Thursday we were very lucky and had an exciting morning. M and M productions came in and did a performance for us based on the story 'The Little Princess'. It was great fun. Finally on Friday we raised money for Red Nose Day. We had fun wearing red, telling jokes and having a disco in the hall led by DJ Mrs Weavers.

 

 

17.3.17

This week has been science week. We have really enjoyed conducting lots of experiments. First on Monday we had Eddie from Exon Mobil teach us all about solids, liquids and gases. He did some really cool experiments. Then on Tuesday one of our parents came to teach us all abut the solar system. She had massive blow up planets and we learnt lots of new facts. On Wednesday we discussed how our envirnment is changing by looking at the book 'The Windw'. On Thursday we conducted our own experiment involving coke, mentos, skittles and a penny. We had to predict what change would happen. Our favourite was the skittles in the coke. It erupted for ages. Finally on Friday we concluded our week long experiment of how food has changed outside all week. The carrots went mouldy, the apple went soft and the bread went hard. Wow what a busy week and we did our class assembly. Mrs Swinger was very proud of us.

 

10.3.17

This has been an exciting week for Octopus class. This week we had the fire engine come to visit. First we learnt how to be safe at home. Then we got to go inside the fire engine, drive to a fire and put out the fire using the hose. We all loved putting out the fire. Even Mrs Swinger had a go! We have also been travelling around the world again. This week we have been to Australia and India. In Australia we experienced some scary Australain animals and then went to the beach to go surfing. In India we looked at thier famous symbols and created art based on this. We are looking forward to next week as we are doing our class assembly and having science week.

 

 

3.3.17

Welcome back. I hope you had a lovely half term. This week has been an exciting first week back. For the next two weeks we are travelling around the world. We have been to the United States of America and we explored New York! It was lot's of fun in the Big Apple. Next we went to the United Kingdon. We explored London and then learnt about a coastal town. Finally on Friday we touched down in Italy and we have spent the morning making pizza. Whilst making our pizza we had to think about half and quarters.

As well as travelling around the world we also celebrated World Book Day. The children's costumes were fantastic and we had lots of fun sharing our favourite stories.

Come back next week to see where we have explored.

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9th February 2017

9.2.17

We have had an action packed week in Octopus class this week. At the start of the week we impressed Mrs Gardener with our P.E skills and how much we have remembered. As we showed such fantastic skills we got to explore the big equipment. It was lots of fun. We have been working hard on our handwriting this week and thinking about our ascenders and descenders. Mrs Swinger has been very strict this week. In maths we have been recapping tens and units using dienes. We really challenged ourselves and worked hard. Finally our highlight of the week was the Year 1 disco. We showed of our dancing skills and Mrs Swinger loved watching us taking up the middle of the dance floor.

February 2nd 2017

We have had a busy couple of weeks in Octopus class this week. In the freezing cold we went to the woods. It was lots of fun but we did get a little cold. We have also been innovating characters from Jack and the Beanstalk. First we had to change the story path using post it notes. Then we had to draw our new character and describe it. We had lots of fun using our imagination. In maths we have been looking at doubling, money and measuring. It was lots of fun using a ruler and we have enjoyed playing shop. This week we have changed our role play to doctors. Mrs Swinger is getting concerned about how many injuries we seem to be having in Octopus class. In P.E we have had Mrs Gardener teaching us. She has worked on our balancing skills. We have become experts now.

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January 20th 2017

This week has been action packed in Octopus class. On Monday we were very lucky because Mrs Brown brought in some old toys for us to look at. They had mould on them and holes where they had been used so much. We enjoyed comparing what the toy kitchen was made from to our toy kitchens. In English we have been thinking about good and bad characters. We had a discussion on whether Jack and the Giant were good or bad characters. Some of us were undecided. What do you think? In maths we have been telling the time. We are now experts at telling the time to o’clock and half past. Finally in Computing we have been writing algorithms and we checked each other’s algorithms to see if they were correct.

 

January 13th 2017

We have been learning how to ask questions this week and how to use a question mark. Using Wondering Walter to help us we thought of questions we would like to ask the characters from Jack and the Beanstalk. Here are some of the questions we came up with:

To Jack

What other adventures would you like to go on?

Why did you take the beans?

What did the castle look like?

To the Giant

Do you get lonely in the castle?

Why do you live in the clouds?

What clothes do you wear?

To the Old Man

Why did you sell the beans?

What are you going to do with the cow?

In maths we have been finding ¼ of a shape and finding as many different ways as we can to make then number 9. We have also had fun in the outside area this week and enjoyed looking at the ice. In science we have been thinking about animals and their habitat and how they are adapted to that habitat. Finally in Computing we learnt the grown up word algorithm and we have been using BeeBots to learn all about algorithms.

 

January 5th 2017

Welcome back. I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have lots of exciting learning planned for this half term. We have started our English unit on Jack and the Beanstalk and we have been learning the oral story. Mrs Swinger was amazed with our writing this week. In maths we have been writing number sentences and counting forwards/back in 10s, 5s and 2s. We have been superstars in maths. This week we have learnt the grown up word authority and discussed what authority means. We have also been looking at how Christians believe Jesus shows authority. Finally in science we have started thinking about the seasons and what the weather is like at different times of the year. We have enjoyed looking at the ice this week! Below are some pictures of us enjoying the new book corner and small world.

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 December 2016

It has been a very busy December for Octopus class. On the 1st December Christmas arrived and we had lots of fun decorating the Christmas tree. We have been busy role playing Santa's workshop and it has been lots of fun wrapping presents. We wrote the story Owl Babies and Mrs Swinger was amazed with our writing. We have also written letters to Father Chrsitmas and used the conjunction because to tell him why we would like our presents. In maths we had winter maths day and we went shopping. We had 10p to spend and we had to see how many different presents we could buy. In art we have made some fantastic nocturnal animals out of clay. We are very proud of them. Fianlly we have been busy practising our Christmas play. We cannot wait to show our parents. Look back next week for pictures of us dressed in our costumes.

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Week Beginning 7.11.16 and 14.11.16

We have had a busy few weeks. On the 7th November we went to the woods to help inspire our writing. We had to write descriptive sentences about what we could hear and see in the woods. Mrs Swinger was very impressed with the fantastic adjectives we came up with. Later on in the week we learnt all about Diwali and made a diva pot in our art lessons. On Friday 11th November we remembered those who had died for us in WW1 and all of the other soldiers who had lost their lives in battle. All of year one went into the year 1 area and held 2 minutes silence. This week we have been learning the story Owl Babies. It has been lots of fun and we have enjoyed putting actions to the story. In English we have been describing the characters in the book and making predictions. In maths we have been telling the time and saying what is one more/less than a number. We have been impressing Mrs Swinger with our science knowledge all about materials. On Friday we dressed up for Children in Need and it was lots of fun. We liked eating the cakes in the afternoon!

 

Week Beginning 31.10.16

What an exciting week we have had. We came back to school and we found a crime scene in our classroom. We became detectives to work out what we thought it could be. Later on in the day we looked at the clues in detail with Mrs Swinger and she taught us all about the Gunpowder Plot. It was great fun acting out the story and we liked the part where Guy Fawkes got captured. We then retold the story in our English lesson and Mrs Swinger was amazed with our writing. The next day we discussed who was right or wrong between Guy Fawkes and King James. In our Crew Challenge time we have been creative making firework pictures and enjoyed paint splattering. Finally we have learnt how to be safe around fireworks. What a busy week we have had.

Week Beginning 17.10.16

We have had a fantastic last week of half term. This week our learning has been based on monsters. We started the week by sharing a book all about monsters. Then we made shape monsters. It was lots of fun and we used a wide variety of shapes. In English we have been writing instructions to create a monster. We used our imaginations to think about what we could put in. There were lots of rotten eyeballs and legs going into our instructions. On Thursday we had Perform drama come in and we had lots of fun travelling to Australia. Have a wonderful half term and I will see you next half termJ.

 

 

Week Beginning 10.10.16

Thank you for coming to parents evening. It was lovely to see so many of you and I hope you liked looking through your child’s work. This week has been just as busy in Octopus class. In maths we have been partitioning and learning about 2D shapes. We went outside in the lovely autumn sunshine to make 2D shapes out of sticks. As we were making the shapes we talked about how many sides and corners each shape had. In English we have continued to write instructions and we have impressed Mrs Swinger with our writing. Science was lots of fun this week as we were looking at different animals and saying whether they were wild animals or pets. We cannot believe it is half term soon as we are having too much fun.

 

Week Beginning 3.10.16

Wow we have had a couple of busy weeks. We have completed our Jungle Dioramas. We had a lovely time in the sunshine on the playground decorating them. They look fantastic and we are very proud of them (picture below). In English we have been learning to write instructions and have learnt all about imperative verbs. Next week we are going to be writing instructions on how to make dioramas. In maths we have been working on one more/less than a number up to 100 and it has hurt our brains a little bit but we are becoming experts. On Thursday 6th October we got to go to the woods for Forest Friends. It was lots of fun and we had fun climbing trees and exploring the woods.

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Week Beginning 12.9.16

We have had a busy week in Octopus class this week. On Monday we watched the Jungle Book and it was lots of fun. We have then used Jungle Book as our stimulus for writing descriptive sentences. In our English lessons we learnt the word ‘adjective’ and have been using adjectives to describe nouns in the playground. We have been learning how to use a number line in maths and Mrs Swinger was very impressed with our number recognition. In science we had lots of fun naming our body parts using stickers. It was lots of fun. We are looking forward to next week!

September 2016

Welcome to Octopus class. The children have come back to school amazingly and Mrs Arkell and I are very impressed with Octopus class. This week we have been learning the class routines, remembering the Sarisbury Charter, adding numbers together and writing about what we did in the holiday. We have been very busy and we are now looking forward to the weekend. See you on Monday J

 

Week Begining 23.5.16

We have had a busy and fun last week. On Monday we had sponsored bounce. It was lots of fun going on the bouncy castle and Mrs Swinger even managed to do over 80 jumps. We have been very creative in English and written some wonderful poems about dragons. In maths we have been learning to make different amounts using money and adding up money purses. We are now experts ready for half term shopping. On Thursday we had a Road to Rio workshop. Year 1 were representing Ghana. The whole year group dressed up in the colours of the Ghanaian flag and learnt a Ghanaian dance. We cannot wait to show you our dance at Strawberry Fayre. On Friday the sun was shining so we had a lovely P.E lesson outside. We practised activities for sports day. Then we ran up and down the 100m track thinking carefully about looking ahead and not around us when running. I hope you have a wonderful half term and I will see you ready for summer 2!

 

Week Beginning 9.5.16

This week we have been celebrating our Queen. We have been learning about our present Queen and Queens of the past. First we looked at images of them and sorted them into a long time ago, long ago and now. After that we discussed what is similar about all of the pictures. In English we thought of wondering questions that we wanted to ask the Queen. Then we wrote the Queen a letter wishing her a happy birthday and asking our wondering question. We are looking forward to getting our responses. In maths we have been solving time word problems regarding the Queen.
On Tuesday we were lucky enough to have Benjamin’s Grandma come in and talk to us all about the queen as she used to be a royal air hostess. We learnt lots of new facts. Finally on Friday we had a big celebration. We had a delicious lunch cooked by Emily and in the afternoon we had fun and games. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the Queen and her Corgis!

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Week Beginning 18.4.16 and 25.4.16

We had a wonderful time on our school trip to Beaulieu. The coach trip was long but very exciting. We got to go on Gumdrop which is an old fashioned car that did not have any seatbelts. It was very bumpy. After that we got to go on the Monorail which was very high. Mrs Swinger did not like how high up it was. Then we had lunch and after lunch we went to look around the museum. Our favourite part was the F1 cars and the orange car. Finally we got to go on an old London double decker bus. We all sat at the top and it was very windy.

For the last two weeks in school we have been writing about Beaulieu. We have been writing a recount about our school trip and we have now moved on to writing captions about the cars we saw at Beaulieu.

In maths we have been very grown up and learning to divide and recognising the division symbol. We are becoming experts.

We had lots of fun in science this week. We have been learning about animals and we are focussing on the human body with a particular focus on the senses. The first sense we have looked at is taste. Mrs Swinger made us taste lots of different types of food and we had to decide whether the foods were bitter, sweet, sour or salty. It was lots of fun and we did not like the bitter food.

 

 

Week Beginning 11.4.16

Welcome back! The children have returned to school brilliantly and they are looking very grown up. This week we have shown amazing writing skills. We have been writing recounts about our Easter holiday and what we do when we first come into school. Mrs Swinger could not believe how many time connectives we remembered. In maths, we took advantage of the sunshine and learnt all about capacity outside. We are now able to say whether a bottle is half full, full, empty, nearly full or nearly empty. It was lots of fun playing in the water! Next week we are going on our school trip and we cannot wait to start our topic on cars. Come back next week to look at our school trip pictures.

The Easter Bunny comes to Octopus Class!

We were very lucky today to have the Easter Bunny come and visit us. It was very exciting to see the Bunny hopping around the playground. We wore our Easter bonnets which looked fantastic. The Bunny then selected two winners. We were very proud of our winners and had our picture taken with the Easter Bunny. I hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday and I look forward to seeing you in the summer term!