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Understanding tempo and pace in drumming

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Retelling a story from a different perspective

Today we recapped and reviewed the story/perspective we are learning how to retell. We read sentences and ordered the events, we talked about how we knew where they came in the story. After, we applied actions to help the children remember each event so they can confidently retell it later in the week.


Today the children learnt about questions. They learnt that a question is a type of sentence we ask or write to find something out. They identified question words in sentences, learning that a question word is a word that begins a question, e.g. who, what, where, when and how, and then practised this verbally and in our writing.

Art inspired by Charlie Mackesy

Drumming lessons

A sneak peak into some of our drumming lesson

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Geography - 7 continents of the world

Today the children started their Geography unit. They explored the world using different media, including an atlas, a globe, google maps and a floor map. They learnt that a continent is a large solid area of land, made up of a group of countries, and that the world is split into seven of them. We listened and learnt a song to support us in learning about this, and then put together a large floor world map, before playing memory games to learn where the continents are, and the order of their size.

Maths - Comparing numbers to 20

Today we have been ordering randomly chosen numbers from 0-20. We used vocabularly from previous lessons of greater than, less than and proved this on a number line. We then chose 3 numbers and made them with multilink to prove they are in the correct order. 

Maths Place Value - Numbers 11-20

This week we have been learning all about numbers to 20. We will be exploring these numbers using different representations - tens frames, part whole models, base 10, bead strings, Rekenreks and numicon. 


We begun by looking at the place value, and counting to 20 on a number line, we identified numbers, one more, one less, counted forwards and backwards. In our first lesson, we used tens frames and base 10 to see what numbers beyond 10 are ten and a bit. We understood that when creating a number above 10, there was one full tens frame and a few more on the next. 


After, we explored another representation of ten, and how it could be applied to numbers above 10 too. We used towers of 10, base 10 rod and base 10 ones. We used subitising and our bonds to 10 to help us be quick and efficient - We don't need to count from the beginning. 


We then used a brand new resource called a Rekenrek. We explore numbers 11, 12 and 13. We learnt how to use a sweeping motion to move groups of beads along, again remembering that we do not always need to always count from the beginning. 


After, we used part-whole models, a resource we have used lots before, to make and represent numbers 14, 15 and 16. We are getting very confident with our understanding of tens and ones, remembering it is one lot of ten and .... ones. 



Estimating and drawing numberlines

Today the children have been estimating on a numberline. We discussed that an estimate is a clever guess that we can work out the answer roughly. First we looked at number lines 0-10, as we are familiar with these, finding 5 which is half way between 0 and 10. After we used this knowledge to help us with numberlines 10-20. We draw our numberlines and practised estimating where the numbers should go, making sure our gaps between numbers were equal.

Invitations to Mama Panya's pancake party

Mama Panya's Pancakes - Invitation Writing

Today the children had a very exciting hook lesson for our new unit of work in English, invitation writing. After lunch, they found an invitation to Mrs Heason’s New Year party. As a class, we explored the invitation to make sure we know the key details, for example, where it is, when it is, what time it is. After the party, we talked about why we use invitations, if anyone had ever written an invitation, and why invitations need those key details on them. In the next few lessons, the children will explore a range of invitations, judging their effectiveness, before creating their own.

Christmas Dinner

Dinosaur Art project - Creating a colour gradient background for our Dinosaur scene

Today the children built upon their blending practise to create the background of their dinosaur scene. They experimented with adding white to their base colour to create lighter shades of it and in turn, made a colour gradient background. As well as this, the children learnt how to hold and use a paint brush effectively, experimented with how much paint they should use on their paint brush, and practised how to use the sweeping technique with their brush to create long strokes.

Dinosaur art project - Experimenting with paint to create a picture using different colour gradients

After exploring a range of paintings using different colour gradients, the children had creative freedom to create a picture displaying different colour gradients. They learnt how to use blending techniques to mix different colours. They were amazed with the different colours they could create and have created amazing pictures to showcase this.

Maths - Using tens frames to subtract by taking away

Today we have been learning a different technique to help us subtract by taking away objects. We used tens frames to help us solve subtraction questions by getting the whole number and then moving the part away and counting how many are left. 

'Around the world' Christmas tree decoration ready for Light Up Eynsham.

Our Christmas tree decoration is inspired by all the nationalities in Puffin Class. The children enjoyed learning about each other, different country's flags and where they are in the world. We worked together to create a big puzzle of flags.


You can see our Christmas tree decoration in St Leonard's Church at the Light Up Eynsham event on Friday 2nd November. 

Using 'and' to join two clauses

Today the children learnt how to use ‘and’ to join two clauses. They learnt that you use ‘and’ in sentences for two reasons, to list in a sentence, and to join two simple sentences together to create a compound sentence. For their activity, the children had picture sentence cards to support them in using ‘and’ to link two simple sentences. 


Tomorrow we will be using this in our writing.

DT Project (Moving Pictures) linked with our RE topic - A moving nativity scene Christmas card

This week we linked our RE topic of the Christmas Story to our DT project ‘Moving Pictures’. In DT the children asked to create a Christmas card of the nativity scene, including a moving character. We were really impressed by the children’s understanding of the Christmas story, including their knowledge of who was present at the birth of baby Jesus.  See attached the children’s nativity drawings before adding in the moving part.

Time adverbials

Today the children learnt that a time adverbial is a word or phrase which tells us when the sentence is taking place. The children ordered events from Where the Wild Things Are, then matched up appropriate time adverbials to events. We discussed which time adverbials could be used at the beginning, middle and end. After, the children verbalised the events in the story, using the time adverbials.

We are weather reporters!

Today the children have been identifying weather symbols we use for the weather and what this would look like and feel. We went outside to look at the weather today and then predicted what it might be later. We then looked at various BBC weather reports and had a go at being weather reporters. The children did an excellent job of using the correct language!

Using tens frames to create bonds to 10

Black History Month - Year 1s Black History Hero is Martin Luther King Jr.

Puffin Class' winners of the Eynsham Art Window competition - a piece of art based on our Black History Hero - Martin Luther King Jr.

Our visit from Science Oxford - Crafty Rafts

12.10 - Jigsaw Outdoors

Today we had our first Jigsaw outside lesson of the year. We looked around us and discussed the season Autumn. The children shared their thoughts on what they see and notice, from the leaves from deciduous trees that change colour and fall, to the opposite, evergreen trees which have green leaves all year round.

We learnt that nature is always growing and changing throughout the four seasons, and it is important that we use materials that are fallen, rather than picking or taking from nature. We can choose to be respectful towards our outdoor space. When we are outside exploring, we can enjoy nature by using it in our play. We can look closely when exploring. It is ok to touch and/or explore nature but doing this respectfully is important.

We respectfully foraged natural items to create Wild Crowns. See a picture of us and our crown below.

The Museum of Natural History, Oxford

The children had a brilliant time at the museum yesterday! We had a workshop with Chris who told us lots of facts about dinosaurs for example, they can calculate the height of a dinosaur using its footprint and 4 footprints high is how tall up to the leg. We were able to touch real fossils (some found in Stonesfield and Cumnor) from dinosaur tails, teeth and even poo! We could also explore the museum and saw lots of dinosaur skeletons such as the T Rex, Iguanodon, and a Compsognathus.

5.10 - Creating numberlines

The children were introduced to number lines today. We discussed the similarities and differences between a number line and number track and had a go at making our our as a class, judging where the numbers will be placed. We used our knowledge of 'one more, one less' to place numbers, and focussed on equal spacing. 

30.09 - Comparing numbers using 'greater than, less than or equal to'

The children have been introduced to the greater than >, less than < and = equal symbols. They have used this vocabulary to compare numbers and began to make the symbols to compare them too. We used cubes to show which are greater and how it effects the way the symbol will go.

29/09 - Maths - Comparing groups using 'fewer, more, same'

28.09 - Mixing primary colours to create secondary colours

Today we studied the colour wheel. We identified the primary colours so then we could predict the outcome of combining two colours .We mixed all primary colours to create orange, green and purple. Then we painted a picture of a dinosaur using primary and secondary colours effectively. 

26.09 - We are learning about nouns

Today the children learnt what a noun is and how to identify them around us. We went on a ‘noun hunt’ around school to identify the different types of nouns (a person, a place or a thing). After our noun hunt, we looked for the nouns in our model wanted poster and circled them with a coloured pencil.

A noun is a naming word. It names a person a place or a thing.

Oh no! Dinosaurs have broken into school!

This week we had a surprise visit from some dinosaurs! The dinosaurs were caught walking around the school on Wednesday by Mrs Bayliss. The children used clues to find the dinosaurs around the school but unfortunately they escaped! 

The Year 1 children are going to learn how to write descriptive sentences about dinosaurs so that we can create wanted posters to put up around the school and village to keep everyone safe. 

If you see the T-Rex wandering around Eynsham please contact us!


Dinosaur art from our Dinosaur Day!