Kingfisher Class - Year 1/2

Welcome to Kingfisher Class
Year 1/2
Our project this summer began with a, what we think was, a dragon invasion! We're not completely sure but the classroom was all messed up and we saw footprints, burned pieces of paper and what we thought might be dragon scales or maybe dragon blood. Most surprisingly we have what we think is a dragon's egg left in a nest in our classroom.
All of this was such a coincidence as our project title for this term is
"Who would be friends with a dragon?"
Please see the project overview to find out more.
We made group books of our versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
We had a great day on World book day. Check out our fabulous costumes! 
This week we have worked together in groups to make a Traction Man animation.
We think they are fabulous! Press play to watch...
We made stick puppets. We worked together to create a show and then performed our plays to our friends.
We loved it when it was very cold and frosty. We went onto the field and investigated all of the affects the cold had on the natural and man made objects. We learnt that water freezes at 0 degrees Celsius. We realised that as the sun warms the air the ice will melt. We went for a quick run to warm ourselves up! 
We read the Traction man story and acted it out using a story square. We had lots of fun being all of the characters!

Our learning project for the autumn terms is:

 "What would your animal like for tea?"

We will be learning about different animals, including ourselves as humans and how and we keep safe and healthy. We will be making healthy and tasty sandwiches on a tea party WOW! day.

Our class books are 'Where the Wild things are?', 'The Tiger That Came to Tea', and 'The Emperor's Egg'



We wrote and performed group poems based on how penguins walk and move across the ice. We then wrote our own firework inspired poems. 
We have been learning to mix colours. We mixed different colours to try to make orange and brown. We learnt that orange is red and yellow and that the more red or yellow that you add affects the shade.  Brown could be made in lots of ways. We experimented by adding white and black and how that affected each shade. We painted all of our colours in stripes. After that had dried we used pastels to create a tiger print effect.
In our maths we have been learning about place value. This means that the place where each digit is in a number gives the number it's value. Tens are on the left and the ones are on the right. so: 45 = 4 tens and 5 ones  or 40 + 5 = 45.
Have a look at some of our maths work in these pictures.
We drew  step by step drawings of cute tigers. We then drew our own cute tiger on paper in our own way. We  coloured them carefully to customise them. We think they all look fantastic.
We teach phonics every day. Phonics helps us to decode the letters in a word to enable us to read it.
Our phonics lessons follow a basic structure. We begin with revising the phonemes (sounds) that we have already learnt. We then learn a new phoneme, grapheme (letter/s that make the sound) or tricky word. After that, we practise the new learning and  we then apply it by using it to help us read or write a few sentences. We do this by sounding out the phoneme. When we have sounded out the phonemes we blend them  together to say the word. Eg: r-ai-n  blend it together to say rain.
What's a phoneme?
These are the sounds that we use when we speak English. There are 44 altogether and so we need to practice everyday so that we can remember them all.
The next stage of phonics  gets a bit trickier because we learn that there is often more than one grapheme used to spell the same phoneme.
What's  a grapheme?
A grapheme is the way that we write a phoneme. For example the are lots of ways of writing the 'ai' phoneme, for example, rain,  madeeight, they.
During year one we learn about all of the alternative graphemes for all of the phonemes.
We also learn that there are some graphemes that have more than one phoneme so the same letters sound different. For example, window, brown.
As you can imagine, the children have a lot to learn but we are always so amazed by how incredible the children are and how quickly they can learn such a vast and sometimes confusing subject.
How can I help my child?
Read with you child everyday. The more the children read the easier it becomes. They become familiar with the different phonemes and graphemes and the contexts they in which they are used. Reading also helps to develop vocabulary and punctuation in writing. 
Please login to your eschools account for this weeks phonic learning. 
Click on these links to help with learning at home.
Reading and Spelling
We have been so pleased with how many parents are listening to their children read and are also spending time to share books together. Thank you. This makes such a difference for your child.
The audible website. If you select 'Littlest Listeners' there are a selection of books to listen to and nursery rhymes and songs to sing along to. It could be  good to listen to these whilst drawing or trying a jigsaw puzzle. Some of the books are single stories; others are much larger compilations so have a look and explore!
Number fun portal: This site is for ages 3 -11 and is full of maths songs and activities. Have a try at Farmer Pete’s chicken song!
Click on the link below to take you to the National Online Safety website. Here you can download parent guides about popular apps and games.