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Friday 15th February 2019
This week in Fireflies we have been been continuing to practise developing our knowledge of fractions including finding 1/2, 1/4 and some children finding even smaller fractions! we have been thinking about all our learning over this half term. Most of the children thought having real life owls in school was the highlight!
Friday 8th February 2019
We have had a very busy week fitting in special activities for Mental Health awareness week and Safer Internet Day as well as all our usual learning!
On Tuesday afternoon we listened to a story about a chick who didn’t realise the dangers of the internet. She made some very poor decisions; going to meet another ‘chick’ that she had met online without telling anyone. Unfortunately she comes to a sorry end as the ‘chick’ she is going to meet is actually a fox! After the story we played a game where we imagined ourselves as chicks passing on information about ourselves to other chicks but Mrs Shillings had rather sneakily chosen some ‘foxes’ (Lexi-Leigh, Alex, Lewis, Oliver, Amber, Elsie and Isla-Mae) who brought the game to an abrupt end every time any information reached them! We ended the afternoon by making posters to share what we had learnt with other children (and grown-ups).
In English this week we created our own owls ready for our information text writing next week. Some of them were rather scary with several having multiple eyes and others having some very frightening defence features! However, there were also lots of friendly rainbow and unicorn owls and even a water owl that could swim!
In Science we thought about how we could test what plants need to grow and stay healthy. We all agreed that they needed food (from soil), water and air but we were unsure of whether they needed light so we planned an experiment we could do to test this. Next week we will be preparing our cress seeds and putting some in the dark and some in the light. Zachary is particularly excited about watching the seeds grow!
Our Maths learning has moved on from division to fractions this week and we have been finding halves and quarters of shapes and amounts.
On Thursday we had a special music afternoon with the Butterflies class, we split into groups and had a go at drumming with Miss Reeve, singing with Miss Dabou, recorders with Mr Dowers, learning the Owl and the Pussy Cat with Mrs Vannisburgh and music stories with Mrs Beeby.
Friday was our Mental Health Awareness school mix up day. We had a fabulous day working with groups of children from all the other classes and finding out about lots of ways we can look after our mental health. Activities included chilling out in a Yoga session with Miss Burrell, getting our bodies moving learning about different food groups with Mr Dowers, preparing some ‘feel good’ foods with Miss Dabou, taking part in team building activities with some of the student teachers and learning some strategies to help us cope with our worries. We had an amazing day!
We wish Mrs Beeby a speedy recovery as she was unwell on Friday and we will catch up with spellings next week.
Have a good weekend!
Mrs Shillings, Miss Reeve & Mr Dowers.
A few photos from our Music day, more available in the Gallery section just click on the box above.
Friday 1st February 2019
We have had a great week of learning this week despite the freezing weather! The children all made it out into the nature garden to investigate patterns in nature and spent time making their own! Also during Quest Time several children completed their owl handing gloves which they had cut from felt and then stitched together. Olivia, Oscar and Frankie all completes their power point presentations about owls sharing what they have been learning about these incredible birds. Of course Oscar’s top fact was one that we found out when the owls visited us, apparently owls poop every 8 minutes on average! I wonder why that particular fact has proved so very memorable!
In Maths we have been investigating division, sharing equipment into equal groups and looking at how we can record this. Frankie did a fantastic job of dividing using the cubes and Lewis and Alex began to think about the relationship between division and multiplication.
Non-fiction texts have been our focus in English this week with Miss Reeve helping us to understand how to identify non-fiction books and what the similarities and differences to fiction books are.
During whole class phonics we have been learning about compound words (words that are actually two words that have been put together to create a new word, eg. blackbird, farmyard). It is amazing how many we have managed to find since we learnt how to spot them!
On Thursday afternoon some of the children have been making bird boxes from wood and can be seen cutting to size below.
Mrs Shillings, Mrs Beeby, Mr Dowers & Miss Reeve.
Friday 25th January 2019
This week has been very exciting as a new grown up has joined our class. Miss Reeve is a student teacher and has been getting to know us all and finding out about our learning. We have really enjoyed working with her and look forward to learning with her over the seven weeks.
We have been practising using arrays and repeated addition for multiplication this week in Maths. Olivia C did a great job of creating arrays and then recording them and Tayla did a fantastic job showing repeated addition.
On Friday afternoon we worked with the Butterflies and Ladybirds classes for our annual RSPB schools’ birdwatch. We had lots of fun bird related activities including making Cheerio bird feeders, sketching, colouring and drawing birds, making birds snappers.
Did you know you can also do the annual home garden bird watch by logging on to the address below!
Mrs Shillings, Mrs Beeby, Mr Dowers & Miss Reeve.
Friday 18th January 2019
In Maths this week we have been learning to use number lines to help us to subtract. On Monday we had great fun drawing our own number lines and jumping along them on the playground. Harriet used her number lines to show how subtraction is the inverse of addition!
In English we have been thinking about character speech, thoughts and feelings and have recorded speech bubbles and thought and feelings clouds. Some children have learnt to use inverted commas to write down what a a character has said.
We completed our environmental letters in science this week and will soon be sending them off to the prime minister and the major supermarkets. We are hoping for a speedy reply!
There has been lots of fabulous learning in Quest Time this week with Brody designing and stitching a glove for handling owls, Jack have his bird box a coat of paint to make it more inviting for the birds and Mia collected lots of owl facts for her PowerPoint presentation. Whilst the outdoor group practised their measuring skills out in the nature garden; measuring sticks, ordering them by length and making a collection of sticks that were specific lengths and then using these to measure other things in the garden!
Please click on the link below for the home learning.
Friday 11th January 2019
Following the excitement of the visit by the owls Jonny and Arthur last week we have become fully immersed in our new Talk for Writing story ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’. We have begun to learn the story using action and we have created character stick puppets in groups to help us to retell the story to each other.
We had an exciting afternoon on Monday when we learnt how to use the PowerPoint program to create a presentation and how to copy and paste images. Olivia worked with great perseverance and Oscar did a great job of using the program tools. On Tuesday afternoon Jake began to put his learning into practice as he started to create a presentation about owls. Lexi-Leigh chose to use a laptop to work as an author as she began to write a story about owls. Sebby used an iPad to research information about the species of owls that live in the UK and he even found out what sounds each one makes.
Jack created a plan and began the construction of his bird box during Quest Time. He decided that his next step is to strengthen the perch at the front of the bird box as he didn’t think it was strong enough to hold a bird!
In Maths this week we have begun our learning about multiplication and division by grouping objects. Oliver and Zachary worked really hard on finding out how different ways numbers could be shared equally.
In Science we considered how the rubbish we all produce is disposed of and talked about how we would like there to be less packaging on this we buy and how we would like to see more of our rubbish recycled or reused. We were very worried about the impact rubbish can have on wildlife and our environment. We decided to write to the Prime Minister or to supermarkets to share our views. Harriet wrote about her concerns about plastics in the ocean and Jack talked about recycling paper as he is worried about deforestation.
Friday 4th January 2019
A new term and a new year, the children were very excited to be back at school. We talked about what we had got for Christmas and wrote and drew our favourite presents. We counted objects and grouped larger quantities into 2s, 5s and 10s to count them more efficiently. In the afternoon we introduced our new topic and read the story ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell, we also told the class about our exciting visitors that were coming on Friday morning. We thought about things we already knew about owls as well as information we would like to know.
On Friday we had a Barn Owl and Tawny Owl (Johnny and Arthur), the lady who brought them in told us lots of information about the owls…
Owls have black/ dark brown, orange or yellow dependent when they hunt for food. Did you know they can rotate their heads up to 270 degrees? Barn Owls cannot go out in the rain as they do not have waterproof feathers. The children (and the adults) were absolutely mesmorised and really enjoyed being so close to these truly beautiful birds! We still had time in the morning for tackling tables and Toasty Friday!
In the afternoon we chatted about the New Year celebrations and made some new year resolutions.
It was a really action packed start to the Spring Term. Well done Fireflies you are all SUPERSTARS!
Please click on the link below or see the Gallery Section to see the photos of the class with the owls.
Friday 14th December 2018
On Monday we were busy making Christingles, thank you to all the parents that helped! The children loved making them and made sure that the sweets and raisins were quality checked at various times on the production line.
On Tuesday we went to St Germans Church and had our service, we found out all about the ‘Christingle’ and that it was the 50th anniversary. We heard the choir sing as well as the whole school singing together… It sounded wonderful!
It was show time on Wednesday both the performances were fantastic and even though the Fireflies were getting quite tired in the evening they still remained true professionals!
We went to the Pantomime on Thursday to see Sleeping Beauty, the whole school had a fantastic time…seeing them up on their feet, dancing singing and laughing really makes it feel like such a special occasion. Some of the children were very sleepy themselves on the coach journey home.
On Friday we had an extended parent open morning, children had their ‘toasty Friday’ early and the parents enjoyed mince pies (Thank you Mrs Beeby for the refreshments!). At lunchtime we had our Christmas lunch served by all the teachers and staff. The food was delicious!
It’s been a really enjoyable week!
Mrs Shillings, Mrs Beeby, Miss Williams & Mr Dowers.
Friday 7th December 2018
Christmas has officially arrived in the Fireflies class, decorations are up and children have been making their own decorations at home and bringing them in to hang on the Christmas Tree – They are fantastic! We also made a paper-chain that was so long that it could have gone the whole length of the school!
We have been working hard on ‘polishing’ our acting, lines and singing in preparation for our dress rehearsal on Monday and performance on Wednesday next week. We are all getting very excited and nervous now (That’s just the teachers).
We watched the Gen8 Christmas show in which some very funny puppets taught us about the real meaning of Christmas.
In Maths we have been using our calculation skills to make amounts using coins and some children even visited Mrs Beeby’s Christmas shop and bought baubles to decorate the class Christmas tree!
In English we have been learning about letter writing so that Santa will be wowed by our request letters to him! We have created a list of important things when letter writing and planned and wrote our own letters. Some of the girls (that will remain anonymous) have asked for boyfriends… The boys had made lists as long as the paper-chain!
We have only asked the children to learn lines at home this weekend and maybe practice singing ‘Away in a Manger’ ready for our performances on Wednesday.
On Friday we had our Christmas Fayre, thank you so much for all of your support, the children really enjoyed themselves!
Only 18 more sleeps’ till Santa!
Friday 30th November 2018
This week the Fireflies we have begun our Christmas play rehearsals and we were really proud of how well the children already know their lines and the words to our songs.
Our shape work has extended to include 3D shapes this week. Isla- Mae worked with great perseverance when making her triangular based pyramid using art straws. Elsie said that it was difficult to make shapes like cubes and cuboids using the play dough as it was difficult to get totally flat faces and sharp corners. Jack loved finding out what the more obscure shapes were called and counting how many faces and vertices they have.
We wrote some fabulous stories based on The Gingerbread Man story that we have learnt. Zachary wrote about some cheese that belonged to a rat coming to life! Henry A’s story had a spaceman losing his biscuit and Amber-Lily’s main character was a cake that smelt delicious but that ran off before the old lady that had baked it could eat it! All of our food based characters were tricked by another character and who ate them up at the end of the story. The pineapple that came to life in Jack’s story was eaten by a hamster!
In preparation for our Christmas fayre next week we have created some beautiful baubles and snowman decorations to sell on our stall. Everyone has been very excited about the prospect of the Christmas celebrations beginning and thoroughly enjoyed preparing festive decorations for the classroom.
On Friday we had a shape hunt, there were clues all over the playground and we had to name the 15 shapes! (See pictures below) Well done to Jack and Henry who were the first team back with all the correct answers.
Friday 23rd November 2018
The Fireflies in maths this week have investigated symmetry in 2d shapes.
Isla-Mae, Jack and Seb used a balance and weights to weigh out ‘gingerbread’ dough in Quest Time and Frankie and Jake made price lists for the gingerbread men. They also found lots of different ways of making these amounts using different coins.
In science we continued our learning about materials and looked at what sorts of packaging comes with our food. We thought about why it is needed and whether it is all necessary. Mrs Shillings had raided her cupboards and fridge and we made tally charts to count each time a type of material was used to package the different food. Plastic was the most common food packaging. Jack commented that the cauliflower didn’t need its plastic bag as its leaves protect it. Freya noticed that the milk came in a plastic bottle and Isla- Mae said that milk used to come in glass bottles that could be washed and reused. We learnt about how and why we should dispose of our rubbish carefully. We made posters to put up around school reminding everyone of what we need to do with rubbish. Oliver told everyone that the black bins are for rubbish that can’t be recycled and the green one is for recyclable rubbish like paper. Elsie thinks that bins should have signs on so that you know what you can put in them.
Harriet did a fantastic job directing and narrating for a dramatic retelling of the gingerbread man that she and her friends performed for the rest of the class and the butterflies. The children did an amazing job acting out the story. They showed fabulous learning organising themselves, each taking a role and working as a team to tell the story.
Lewis and Jack enjoyed planning their gingerbread man toy. They are now very excited at the prospect of beginning to stitch him together! Oliver created an amazing plan for an umbrella that he is going to make for the gingerbread man. Henry A created some super illustrations for the gingerbread man story.
We cast our Christmas play and have begun to learn some of the songs – scripts and costume letters have been sent home and rehearsals have begun!
Well done Fireflies for a very productive week!
Mrs Shillings, Mrs Beeby, Miss Williams and Mr Dowers
Friday 16th November 2018
This week we have been learning about shapes in maths. We made human shapes with our bodies; we have been using skipping ropes and other objects to make all sorts of triangles, squares and rectangles. On Thursday we went on a shape hunt around the school to see how many objects we could find that had different shapes.
In English we have been learning about verbs and adverbs and played Simon says with different examples of verbs and adverbs. Someone suggested that a dog can walk down the road smartly… We did try and re-enact this with children giving demonstrations of what this would look like!
In Science we went to the nature garden to look at seasonal change and noticed that nearly all the leaves have fallen off the trees now. We looked for different examples of seeds and compared them. Oliver found lots of sycamore seeds and we had fun watching them spin like little helicopters. Back in the classroom we made our own mini helicopters!
It has been anti – bullying week and we have focused on kindness and friendship. We thought about what makes a good friend and each group had to think of five really good words to describe a good friend. Some of the words were… Helpful, loving, fun, kind and happy. We made hand cut-outs to put our own friendship words on and decorated them. Harriet’s and Henry’s were particularly colourful with lots of detail.
We made our own gingerbread men on Thursday afternoon using flour, butter, sugar, cinnamon and ginger. They are easy to make and very delicious!
Friday was our ‘Children in Need’ Fancy Dress day and all the children looked fantastic, thank you for your wonderful support with this as well as all your donations. The money raised has benefited some of our children in the school which is good to know that all the money really does make a difference.
Finally on Friday afternoon during our gymnastics lesson we were joined by the Butterfly Class and had a lot of fun showing them our balancing skills!
Friday 9th November 2018
This week in Fireflies children were describing the Gingerbread man from our story. Elsie thinks he is very rude with no manners, Chloe thinks he was a bit cheeky and Lexi-Leigh says that he just teased everyone. The class had a mini–competition who could write the best description. Well done to Lewis, Sebby, Henry and Lexi-Leigh who wrote some fantastic sentences!
On Tuesday four of the years 2s went to West Norfolk Rugby Club for the Inter-School cross country competition. Freya came in the top ten for her age group, a fantastic achievement! Lewis enjoyed running with older children and Shannon it was really exhausting but lots of fun at the same time. Zachary said he loved running with so many other children.
During our maths lessons the whole class have been subtracting in different ways; some children have used cubes or other items, others bead strings or 100 squares. Some have been using number lines and the inverse to check their calculations.
In PE the class have been playing Tag Rugby and have been focusing on passing the ball backwards. In the afternoons the class have been writing poetry, leaf printing, designing and building rockets. Making planes and testing and improving to make them fly higher and further.
Friday 2nd November 2018
This week in Fireflies the whole class were busy making dream clouds for this year’s pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’ showing at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange. Each child wrote a dream on the back of a cloud and decorated the other side. Lewis was dreaming of a candy world, Freya of being a vet, Jack of being an astronaut, Tayla wished she had her own unicorns and Oliver of being a zoo keeper.
On Tuesday Avia and William designed two different types of rocket and tested how far they could fly, Luna was on hand to advise how best to design the rockets. Olivia made sure hers was the most colourful!
Alex and Lewis researched why we celebrate Bonfire Night and also found out some information about Guy Fawkes. Frankie and Tayla went collecting leaves to make their own version of a ‘William Morris’ leaf printing art work.
All the children that came to the Halloween disco had a fantastic time; they all looked superb in such an assortment of fancy dress! Thank you for your support with this.
In maths children have been fine tuning their subtraction skills using addition to check their answers.
We have been writing about what we did in the half term and Mr Dowers was quite amused that one started ‘A long long time ago’
On ‘toasty’ Friday we had our attacking addition challenge and Jack managed to complete his within the 5 minutes time limit…Well done!
In the afternoon we had our Gymnastics lesson and the children had to create balances in groups as well as perform a Teddy Bear Roll.
A great start to the half term!
Friday 12th October 2018
This week in Fireflies we have been adding objects and making our own number sentences,the class are becoming experts at number bonds!
The children have been thinking how they can write their own version of ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ and will be writing their own stories next week.
It was the penultimate swimming this week; Shannon and Zachary were moved up groups to the ‘big pool’ at St James on Tuesday. Isla-Mae & Olivia O showed their amazing skills to the class by demonstrating fantastic front crawl arms…what a class of sensational swimmers we have!
On Thursday we were practising singing for our KWEST Performance. The director ‘Karl’ came over for a quick run through and we are all a bit excited…
Friday was amazing, to hear 1000+ children singing ‘It’s a kind of Magic’ really was magical! All the children from St Germans are passionate singers. (see the photos below)
Well Done Fireflies & St Germans you made us very proud!
Click on the link below to see the home learning for half term
Friday 5th October 2018
The Fireflies have had a busy week. In maths we have been learning to add numbers including bonds to 10, 20 and 100. In English we completed our story maps and retold the story ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’. We learnt all about verbs in different tenses.
We have also been practising singing ‘It’s a kind of Magic’ ready for a performance next Friday. On Friday we made apple crumbles… hopefully they tasted delicious. We had to peel and chop apples, mix a crumble and finally put into foil containers to be cooked in the oven. Well done to Alex, Lewis and Sebby for being so helpful. Olivia and Oliver were in charge of quality control and had to sample the apple crumbles throughout the process!
Some of the children who attended recorder lessons played in assembly the tunes they had been learning. Avia brought in to show the class no less than 3 swimming certificates and lots of children received ‘Chance Cards’ for their wonderful home learning.
Friday 28th September 2018
This week in Fireflies we have been counting and beginning to use number lines, Harriet, Lewis and Alex have been solving problems using their counting skills.
Om Monday we went to the church for our Harvest Festival, everyone spoke so clearly and sang fantastically!
Oscar, Elsie and Henry have all been moved up to the big pool in swimming, Luna did a fantastic kicking demonstration in the small pool before being moved up herself…Well done Luna!
In English we have been drawing our own story maps.
On Friday we found out the class school council representatives are Freya and Lewis. We had a maths lesson outside where we had to match numbers written as words with numbers written as figures.
We have been learning actions to our story, have a look below and see if you can figure them out from the photos.
Friday 21st September 2018
This week on Monday we went to the nature garden for a ‘Bear Hunt’. Mia was a little concerned that we were actually going to find a ‘real bear’! Luckily all the bears of St Germans were on holiday so we came back empty handed… although we did find at least 48 pictures of bears (even though we started with 60). It’s been a bit windy this week so the other 12 could be anywhere by now.
Tuesday was another swimming lesson, quite frankly we are the best class in Norfolk at swimming! The children get changed quickly, more children moved up to the big pool and lots of children were putting their whole faces under water; well done Henry, Frankie and Mia. In the afternoon the year 1s practised making greater than and less than symbols using sticks in the nature garden whilst the year 2s made journey sticks showing all the different items they had found whilst on their travels.
In science on Wednesday the children were investigating materials such as wood, metal and plastic. There were some funny misconceptions as well as some very clever ways of testing items, Harriet said that if something makes a ‘ting’ sound when you tap it; it’s made of metal.
Friday 14th September 2018
Our first full week at school was very exciting! On Tuesday we had our first swimming lesson
at St. James Pool. The whole class were very enthusiastic (to say the least). They didn’t disappoint as every single child really had a fantastic time, they behaved beautifully and were an absolute pleasure! This even surprised the swimming coaches and they’ve been teaching there for years. Lots of the children are already in the big pool and I think a few more may move up in the next few weeks.
On Wednesday the class went to the nature garden to look for seasonal changes and came back with lots of conkers! On Thursday we had a themed Roald Dahl Day Where we made book marks, hats and beards. The maths and English lessons were based on the stories from Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.
We have been practising to write numbers in figures and words and adding using a hundred square. In English we have been writing descriptions and composing stories. On Friday, Fireflies had a taster session learning to play hockey. We had a drawing competition sketching in the style of Quentin Blake. Well done everyone!
The class have settled in quickly and are already learning quickly and making good progress! Well done Fireflies for a fantastic week! Have a good rest this weekend!
Mrs Shillings, Mrs Beeby and Mr Dowers.