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Owl Class

2018-2019

Enchanted Woodland

September welcomed us in Year 1 with a beautiful weather and a great topic. We had a chance to learn a lot about different types of trees across England. Owl class is very lucky to have a special tree majestically growing behind our window. Now we know that it is a Turkey Oak tree and that it is a deciduous tree, which changes the colour of its leaves and losing them. On top of that, it has a special type of acorn with hairy cups and our local squirrels just love to eat them.

 

Now we can sort different types of leaves by looking at their shapes and arrange them into evergreen and deciduous groups.

We impressed Mrs Duda-Religa and Ms Augustine with our amazing homework. They could not believe how busy we have been during our weekends. Whole families showed passion towards our topic with great photos, pictures, and writing. Many of us went to visit Bedfont Lakes, Bushy Park, Virginia Water, or Richmond Park. We even have pictures of incredible trees from other countries! Our wonderful grandparents also helped us to complete our tasks and we did a lot of useful work in their gardens.

We were extremely excited to learn about woodland animals, from non-fiction and fiction books. We know how we call their homes, what they eat, and we can classify them into mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish. We learnt how to write riddles about them and we read them to our friends; they needed to solve them, it was really fun. We created some amazing pictures of owls and masks of woodland animals using different materials.

Traditional tales were part of our topic. We had a chance to read them in our reading corner and use props and puppets to act them out. We have also learnt how to play board games related to these stories. In our computing lesson we created illustration for Little Red Riding Hood and typed part of the story – it’s not as easy as we thought it would be, but we know that practice leads to progress!

We simply love maths! It was very practical. We couldn’t believe when Mrs Duda-Religa gave us some cars and said “We are going to have a race now!” Soon we found out it was all about ordinal numbers: 1st, 2nd, 3rd – we are now practicing them when we talk about dates and line order. We have used cubes, numicons and different objects to make number bonds to 10. We are learning to write numbers as a word as well.

 

Stories from different religions inspired us to think about how to be a good person. We just love them. Ms Augustine helped us to understand them really well. We also had a challenge to create a basket from strips of sugar paper. Teamwork was the key to success.

There is a place where we can run around - Coach Emma is always making sure that we are learning and having fun. Balancing, dribbling, jumping and of course good listening she is making sure that we are staying healthy and fit. Who knows, maybe there is another Olympian among us?

 

 

And… the learning and fun continues outside. Outside busy learning is full of amazing activities, everyone is happy to learn and have fun. We created a giant from Jack and the Bean Stalk, built some homes for animals, created some art and pretending to be a vet and to look after our animals and even adopt them. We are getting ready for real life.