Hello and welcome to The Hummingbirds' page!
We have had a lovely first few weeks back at school.
Keep popping back to this page to see what exciting things we have been learning about. If you have any ideas for this page, please do let Miss Kidger know!
Design and Technology
We spent a morning making tudor houses. We worked on our colouring, cutting and gluing skills. They turned out amazing. Miss Kidger even set them out how they would have been in 1666!
As part of our Topic and Literacy lessons we have been learning about the Great Fire of London. We did some drama where we worked together in groups to act out different scenarios from the fire. We fled London on boats, pulled down houses and tried to put the fire out. We really enjoyed working together and showing off our amazing acting skills.
Number Day for NSPCC
On Friday 2nd February it was number day. As part of this we did a music lesson where we wrote a class rap/song to help people remember their number bonds. We used boomwhackers and handbells to make a steady beat. Some of us rapped the song while others sang. It was a lot of fun. We also spent the afternoon doing lots of different number activities.
1. How many different ways can you make a certain number (e.g. 10, 25, 50, 100)
2. Investigating odd and even numbers
3. Practising counting in 2, 5 and 10 from 0 and any number
4. Practising our 2, 5 and 10 times tables
5. More than and less than (finding all possible numbers more than but less than another number)
Look at the pictures below and a couple of musical performances!
In maths we have been learning about multiplication. We have learnt what the 'x' sign means and we have been learning our 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
Lights, Camel, Action!
The children did three fantastic performances of their Christmas play! All of the children worked so hard and I couldn't be more proud of them. They were fantastic.
I would like to thank all family and friends who were able to attend any of the performances and for showing your support to the children. Thank you for your continued support throughout the year!
Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Love Miss Kidger and Mrs Downing
We had a fun filled morning/ afternoon making Christmas cards and Christmas art work. We even had a sing song to some Christmas songs whilst we were getting creative!
Art - Pop Art inspired by Andy Warhol
For this terms 'Toys' art, we learnt about Andy Warhol and created our own pop art. We did some using crayons and pencil crayons. We also used paint to print some pop art. We loved printing so much that we will be printing for our 2018 calendars!
ICT - Researching
To continue to learn how to search safely on the internet, we used Kids Wiki again to research an animal of interest. We learnt lots of different facts and then we did an information poster full of facts about our chosen animals. We are getting really good at searching for things on the internet!
We wanted to do some sketching in our sketching books, so we decided to sketch a teddy. We tried really hard to sketch softly and to try and fill the whole page. We listened to music while we sketched and it was lovely and peaceful!
In science this week, we were looking at materials and their properties. We bought in our favourite toy and sorted them into different groups. The next day we tested different materials to find out which material would be the best for Miss Kidger's teddy's coat. We made some very good predictions and some of us were right with our predictions.
For our new language of the month we will be looking at Punjabi. For Punjabi afternoon we learnt different colours, animals and how to say 'my name is'. We had lots of fun! We also did some Bollywood dancing following Kids Just Dance.
This week in ICT we were learning about how to search safely on the internet. We used Kids Wiki to research some toys from the past and present to link with our topic. On Kids Wiki we used 'Safe Search Kids'. It was interesting to find out facts about the toys.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
This week we read the story of Goldilocks. We ordered the story in teams and worked well to get it right. We learnt the story off by heart using a story map and we also had a drama lesson where we worked in small groups to act it out. We have some very talented actors in the Hummingbirds' class! We re-wrote the story towards the end of the week.
I would like to say a big thank you to all of the parents who managed to attend the poetry performance on Friday 3rd November. All of KS1 performed so well and it was lovely that they could perform to you all. They had been practising hard all week and we were very proud of them all!
Maths Investigation 3.11.17
In today's maths lesson, we were investigating the different numbers we could make with different amounts of beads on an abacus of 'tens and ones'. The children worked in pairs to see how many different numbers they could make with 3, 4 and 5 beads. We had a lot of fun and noticed some really interesting things.
At the end of the lesson we thought of all the possible answers for 6 and 7 beads (See the whiteboard picture). From this we noticed:
- The numbers alternate between odd and even
- The tens were going down by one each time
- The ones were going up by one each time
- If you add the digits together of the total, it totals the number of beads you have used
Miss Kidger noticed that the number of possible answers was always 1 more than the number of beads you had.
Designing our own toy
This term our topic is 'Toys'. After learning about toys in the past for history and comparing them to today's toys, I asked the children to design their own toys. They came up with some brilliant ideas!
David Hockney's Beach Umbrella
Over the past few weeks we have been recreating the famous 'Beach Umbrella' by David Hockney. We worked so hard on these pieces of art and they all look fantastic. Can you tell the difference between our art and the real thing?!
Golden Time 5 - GoNoodle
This week we voted to do GoNoodle for Golden Time. We use GoNoodle throughout the week and we love it so much we wanted to do it for Golden Time. GoNoodle helps children become active, to learn and practise lots of different skills. It is a great website to use. You can sign up for free at home! Click on the link below to find out more.
For Diwali we did lots of different activities. We made cards, moving dancers, mehndi patterns and modern art. It was a very busy afternoon and we loved celebrating the festival of light.
The moving dancers were also part of our D+T for moving levers. We did a great job!
For our final music lesson for the 'Seaside' topic, we got out the boomwhakers for the first time! We played lots of call and response games. We played a steady beat and had a go at playing along to some songs on youtube. It was so much fun and we tried really hard to concentrate. We even played a steady beat while saying our favourite 'Pizza Man' chant! See the concentration on our faces below!
No Pens Wednesday
On 'No Pens Wednesday' we had so much fun. That didn't stop us from doing Maths and Literacy. In Literacy we did drama and acted out our own Lighthouse Keeper's Breakfast stories. In Maths, we continued to compare numbers (check out the photos). We even practised our spellings by using our bodies to make the letters! In the afternoon, we had a music lesson (see the photos) where we used musical instruments to create sounds on a story. We would love to have more 'No Pens Wednesdays'!
In Maths we were learning all about tessellation. Spongebob needed our help to find out what tessellation is. We now know that a tessellating pattern is a repeated image/ shape that has no gaps.
We had lots of fun making our own tessellating patterns! We loved helping Spongebob and some of use even wrote back to Spongebob to explain what tessellation is.
Look at the pictures below. We worked really well in teams, too.
We had a range of pictures on our tables. We asked and answered questions and made predictions.
1. What can I see?
2. What questions can I ask about this picture?
3. What predictions can I make?
We really enjoyed this lesson!