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Puriton Primary School

Puriton Primary School

Opal Class

We are the youngest members of Puriton Primary School. Our teacher is Ms Keating and our teaching assistant is Ms Morton. 

Spring Home Learning for Opal Class

 Letter for the children 

Poem for the children

Monday 30th March - Good morning fabulous learners. I hope you had a great weekend and helped your mum and dad tidy up after all our messy learning last week. Thank you for the videos. It is amazing to see all your smiling faces. Find out what Curious Cat has been up to this weekend. Very Naughty again! I look forward to hearing from you all. 

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Friday 27th March - Good morning Opal class. I love all the ideas as to why Curious Cat had to go in the washing machine but he didn't jump in a puddle, do some gardening or paint a picture. If you open up today's learning you will see a photograph that shows you how naughty he has been. Have lots of fun today and learn lots.

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Thursday 26th March- Thank you for all the photographs I received today. It was great to see how well you are all doing. Make sure you are kind and helpful at home. Have a look on today's learning page to see what Curious Cat has been up to.

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Wednesday 25th March- Good morning children. I hope you have been very busy with your learning. I have been busy trying to catch Curious Cat. He has been very naughty today. Look here tomorrow to find out what he has been up to. Don't forget to e-mail me photographs of your learning. I need to see all your smiling faces.

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Weekly timetable 

Monday

Please bring book bag with home school diary and reading book.

 

Tuesday

Book bag needed in school.

Bring in challenge book if a new challenge is needed.

Parent reading sessions from 8.45 until 9.15 am. 

Wednesday

Book bag needed in school.

Welly Wednesday - so wellies needed. These may be left on the welly rack.

New reading books are available.

Thursday

Book bag needed in school.

PE kit is needed. PE bags may be left on the pegs.

Bring in challenge book if a new challenge is needed.

Friday

Book bag needed in school.

PE kit is needed. PE bags may be left on the pegs.

New reading books are available.

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Spring Term: 

All Creatures Great and Small

W/C 9th March

This week the children started making the animal homes. First, with their partner, they chose which animal they wanted to make a home for and then simple research was carried out to find out about the shape and size of the home. Working with a partner was fun. There was lots of chatting, sharing and compromising. 

    

   

On Wednesday the children went on a colour hunt, looking for lots of different greens. They match leaves and grass to colour swatches. Everyone used their observation skills while being curious learners. 

    

  

The skip-a-thon was great fun and a great way to stay healthy. All the children joined in and had lots of fun. 

    

 

W/C 2nd March

Another busy week with the children investigating ways to make different purples and then using this knowledge to paint our own pictures using painting by a variety of artists such as Paul Klee and Georgia O'Keeffe to support our own creative learning. 

We have started a new learning experience; making home for an animal that keeps it warm and dry. So we have been investigating which materials are waterproof. We made predictions and then decided which material we will use. 

During world book day the children dressed up as a word. They were very imaginative with words such as crazy, magical, sparkly, bright and noisy. We read the book 'Ketchup on your cornflakes' by Nick Sharratt and then made our own versions. The children enjoyed making them really silly  e.g. Oscar wrote 'Do you like Cheerios on your pencil?' 

W/C 24th February

Last week the class used their data handling skills to vote for school councillors. This week Lucas and Niamh confidently told the rest of the school what we had been learning. They were amazing! 

The children returned to school with a great attitude, taking responsibility for their own learning. They used information processing skills to answer questions about the animals such as 'What do they eat?' During Wellie Wednesday we search for numerals and representations of numerals e.g. 10 and 1 which is 11.

  

W/C 3rd February

We have been thinking about which foods we eat and whether they are healthy. We then we all tried some different fruits [lychee, mango, pomegranate and melon]. Can you guess whether we liked them?

 

During our Inspire this week, we showed the grown ups just how much our drawing skills have improved. It was great fun and we think the grown ups worked as hard as the children. 

 

W/C 27th January

This week we have been very busy finishing our first learning experience for our theme 'All creatures great and small'. The children have labelled their final drawings. They look amazing. 

Oscar's duck      Indie's hedgehog        Jude's hedgehog   Eleanor's duck

We then used a variety of art materials to make an image of the animals again. 

Amelia's kestrel      Noah's hare     Niamh's squirrel      Freddie's squirrel 

  

W/C 20th January 

We have looked closely at the animals this week and named their body parts. Next we labelled them by writing a body part on a Post-it and stuck this to the box. It was great fun and the children wrote lots of labels.

   

    

We have been learning how to use a ruler so that next week we can label our own drawings, which are looking amazing. The children have become real experts in their animal.

This week our Mystery Reader was Mrs Marshall, who is the Early Years governor for Puriton. She read a Percy the Park Keeper story by Nick Butterworth. The children were amazing with their listening skills. 

W/C 13th January

We have been learning number bonds to 5 this week. We now remember that 0 and 5/ 1 and 4/ 2 and 3/ 3 and 2 / 4 and 1/ 5 and 0 all make 5. We have been using these facts to help solve number problems.

We looked at non-fiction books to find out how they are different from fiction books. We noticed these books had photographs instead of drawings, labels and give us information. We spotted lots of labels which is fantastic because we will be writing our own next week. 

  

  

Mrs Baker was our Mystery Reader this week. She was very impressed with how carefully the children listened.      Well done Opal class.

We had our first Parent and children reading session this week. It was lovely to see so many readers in the classroom and we are looking forward to another packed session next week.

 

 

W/C 6th January

Welcome back Opal class and Happy New Year.

This week we have started our new theme all about animals with a lesson on improving our speaking and listening by considering 'What if there is a creature in this box.' The children used their imagination to describe what it would look like, how it would feel and what they could here. We had hedgehogs, rabbits, cats and even dinosaurs. 

The children were curious learners, spending time looking at some taxidermy animals and birds. They drew pictures or wrote the name of the ones they liked the best. 

     

We have been learning about repeating patterns this week and the children have been challenged to make ABABAB , ABCABC and ABBABB type patterns with a variety of equipment and materials. It has been great fun.

Autumn Term:

Routine letter

Roll up Roll up!

W/C 2nd December

This week we have used what we know about fixing materials in a variety of ways, to make our own toys. First we looked at a variety of toys and decided how they moved. Next we designed and then made our own toys. We will be showing the creations during our celebration of learning. 

      

 

This week our 'Mystery Reader' was Ms Williams who thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The children listened carefully to Aliens love underpants, finding the pictures funny. Who will be our next mystery reader?

This week we have worked hard to learn all the songs in our performance of 'A Midwife Crisis'. 

W/C 25th November

This week the children have been talking about their baby toys. They have spoken clearly and confidently about different aspects of their toy. At the end of the talk, the rest of the class had opportunities to ask questions, using question words; who, what, where and how.

       

Next week we will be making our own toys with moving parts. So this week we have investigated how to fix materials so that they still move. We used hole punches, split pins, treasury tags, pipe cleaners and paper clips. 

    

So far we have had 2 mystery readers; Mrs Cox and Mrs Roberts. The children have been very excited about our readers and each time have enjoyed finding out who it is and listening to the stories. The class are hoping Mick Inkpen and Catherine Rayner will make an appearance. 

   

Who will it be our mystery reader next week?

W/C 18th November

We have started to find out about materials, naming them (plastic, wood, metal, fabric, cardboard and glass), and looking for them in the classroom and out in the school grounds. Sometimes it is easy but sometimes it can be tricky.

We have sorted toys into those  babies like to play with and those children in Opal class like to play with. We thought about why we don't let babies play with some types of toys and then discussed staying safe. 

We joined year 5 to use the new playground markings. It was great fun and the year 5s were fantastic demonstrators and facilitators of learning. It was great fun, but we were puffed out at the end.

  

W/C 11th November

On Monday Opal class joined Ruby class to learn about Armistice Day. They then made their own poppies and painted poppy pictures. They showed compassion towards others.

As maths has been a focus for the week, children in Opal class used a book called 10 blacks dots by Donald Crews to inspire their own counting pictures using black dots. The children were very imaginative. 

 

 

W/C 4th November

Opal class worked with Ruby class on an enterprise project this week. In small groups, we decorated posters and talked about what we needed to do. We then made chocolate biscuits in the shape of teddy bears which were sold at the end of the day. Lots of money was made for the OLC school in Kenya. 

   

Sharon, from the museum bought lots of old toys for us to look at and play with on Thursday. We were very curious learners; asking questions; making comparisons; using our senses; and being very interested in what they were made of. Some children decided to get dressed up. They also made a thaumatrope. Image result for thaumatropes.

 

  

W/C: 21st October

Children have been showing there phonic knowledge this week by ordering food from the phoneme cafe. They could have a sandwich, toast, pear, apple, noodles, naan bread or a tomato. It was a very tasty way to learn.  

 

We made our own tickets for our circus, practised our performances and then gave our show to Ruby class. 

Here are some of our tickets. Top to bottom- Isla Haydn Noah

 

Jude collected the tickets and gave each member of the audience a pot of popcorn. We had to work out how many pots we needed and then count them out carefully.

Roll up, Roll up! Come to the circus.

   

  

The performance went well and Ruby class really enjoyed themselves. Well done Opal class. You have learnt lots in this topic.  

W/C: 14th October

This week we heard the story 'Ernest' by Catherine Rayner about a Moose who could not fit on a page in the book. Pairs of children were challenged to make a page large enough for the teddy. They were able to use small pieces of paper and masking tape. They had to use their communication skills to share the task and achieve together. It was great fun.

     

  

We were curious learners on Wednesday, using our sense of smell to make a smelly potion for 'Smelly Louie'. We used sticks we found to mix our potions of leaves, flowers, sticks and mud. We thought Louie would like our potions and it was great fun learning with a friend. We had to share and talk to our friend. 

  

We bought a special item into school to help us realise how we are all special and different from our friends. Lucas bought in a book about bugs that he really likes. It is special to him.

 We have started to plan our circus for Ruby class next week. We have decided what performer we are going to be and made posters to advertise our show. The children looked at real circus posters and decided what they needed to put on theirs to make them good. I think they have worked very hard. Here is EliasPenny's  Bobbie's  

 

W/C: 7th October

This week went to their first singing assembly and learnt the song 'Wake up!' I was really impressed with how they joined in with the words and actions. 

We have been learning to write different phonemes in a variety of ways, including using a paintbrush in ketchup. Very smelly and fun. 

We took part in the school cross country run. The children ran and walked round the field for twenty minutes. They definitely needed their water bottles after all that exercise.

   

 

W/C: 30th September

This week we have been turning ourselves into clowns as our first Learning Experience. We turned on the i-pads, took good quality photographs of our friend, making sure it was not blurry and then used our own photograph in an app called Doodle Buddy. We added funny noses, hats and clown clothes to make ourselves look very funny.

   

As part of our learning using the Key Skill of communication, we have been taking part in a 'check in', saying hello to the children who are next to us and then telling everyone what makes us happy using the sentence starter "I am happy when..."

Bobbie said "I am happy when I play on the play station with my Daddy."

Megan said "I am happy when I give my mum a huggle."

Jackson said "I am happy when my mum tucks me in at night."

This week we listened to the story "Augustus and his smile" by Catherine Rayner. We listened out for the word 'pranced', and when we found it we stood up and pranced around the classroom. During Wellie Wednesday we made our own paint, investigating what would be a suitable material. Mud turned out to be really good. We then painted smiles. It was lots of messy learning. 

 

W/C: 23rd September

We have continued to count carefully and solve problems using our counting skills, such as 'Will 3 cups of water fill this jug?' We are getting more accurate with organising the objects by lining them up and touching each item when we say a number. Our fantastic word this week is 'clambered' which we found in the book 'Norris, the bear who shared' by Catherine Rayner. Our new reading area is very popular.

Thank you for coming to the meeting on Thursday. It was great to see so many people. Here is the handout. 

W/C: 16th September

We listened to 'Sylvia and Bird' Catherine Rayner, hunting for our word of the week 'swooped'. When we heard it the children shouted out "swooped" and then moved their arms into a swooping motion. Sylvia and Bird are friends that work together. The children were then challenged to work with a friend to make one picture with 20 lolly sticks. It is sometimes hard to compromise but the children did well and learnt to work with someone new. 

   

We talked this week about how it will look if we are ready for listening. This is our quality listening audience. The children decided that they need to use their eyes to look, ears to listen, brain to think and to sit still. Next week we will be talking about being respectful to people at school and all our toys and equipment.

We have continued to count with care; objects and actions.

The children got into their PE kits on Thursday and moved forwards and backwards in a variety of ways to music. 

The children had the new experience of staying to lunch. They dealt with this admirably and tried different foods. The chicken curry was very tasty. We are all looking forward to staying all day next week.

W/C: 9th September

This week the children in Opal class took part in the skipping workshop. They learnt how to jump over the rope when it was a 'snake' and then jump while the rope was turned for them. They were fantastic, listening carefully and bouncing lots.

 

 

We have continued to count with care while using the picture book 'Abigail' by Catherine Rayner. We have counted giraffes, ladybird spots and stars. When counting carefully we have to say the number names in order and then if we can, touch the item. We will be using books by this author over this term. 

Everyone is looking forward to meeting the other half of the class and staying to lunch next week. 

 

 W/C: 3rd  September

The children have settled very well into Opal class . They have made new friends, learnt how to share the toys and have started to learn new rhymes and songs. We have been counting carefully and blending sounds to work hear the word e.g. "touch your ch-i-n".

Next week the children will need to have PE kits in school as we are taking part in the skipping workshop. It will also be useful to have a thin coat in school while the weather is changeable, as we go out to play even if it is drizzling.