Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Aren't we all Crackers for Christmas?

Well Christmas has officially started in our class....we have a fun filled week of lots of Christmas activities.

To start the 'bauble' rolling.... on Monday we made our very own Christmas cards. Guided so very well by our craft extraordinaire Mrs Lund!

Such amazing concentration levels by everyone.... 

After a 'WOW' introduction to the making of our cards, and how we can all make them (in stages obviously, especially for Miss Shears!) The children were set off with their pieces of card and their Christmas ribbon.

Mrs Lund continues to impress the children (and me) with the different scissors she has to make amazing little patterns in our cards......just WOW!!!!!!

I won't spoil the finale of taking photos of everyone's Christmas cards, as it can be a nice surprise for everyone at home to see how fantastic these cards are and how hard all of the children have worked!!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Guess the time in history!

As we draw to a close our Stone Age to Iron Age topic, we all felt it was important to prove to me how much they had learnt throughout this term, and with no better way than to show this than through drama. The children were separated into three groups, with each choosing a period (Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age) to consolidate everything they have learnt. However, at this point I was not allowed to know which group had each period, as they all had to prove to me all the knowledge they have gained about the weapons, houses, food, farming, clothing, art, entertainment and animals. We agreed on a time frame of 25 minutes to create their performance, and without hesitation, as soon as I said they could start, each group went straight back in time to their particular period!

Group 1 showing the whole class their performance. Fantastic teamwork and collaboration of their knowledge!

 Group 2 showing us their freeze frames to start their performance. Excellent tension building, and they kept me guessing all the way through their performance, right until the very end, when I was convinced I knew what period they had chosen!

Finally, Group 3 performing, what I have to say was an excellent performance, some amazing team work skills shown in this group, listening to each others ideas and accepting that they only had a limited time so they needed to make effective decisions....and wow what a performance!

Every single member of our class worked extremely hard this afternoon, and this was proved from their performance. As the game for me to guess the period each group were expressing, it finally came to the time where I had to decide! Luckily I got each of the groups correct! Fantastic work every one :)

Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas Colouring Competition

In true Furzeham tradition....it's the time of year for the annual Christmas Colouring Competition hosted by the PTA. We all started colouring in on Thursday afternoon.....many words used to describe the colouring include:

Dolly - "Therapeutic!"
Daisy - "Very detailed!"
Evie - "Intense!"
Emma - "Calming!"
Charlie - "Fantastic!"
Maisie - "Joyful!"
Saul - "Chilled!"
Anya - "Relaxing!"
Indigo - "Encouraging!"
Helena - "Exciting!"

Here are some of our completed pictures!

Good luck everyone :)

It's Christmas!!! (nearly)

Our class were rather excited yesterday morning when they arrived into class to see our very own advent calendar!!

Each day, I will choose one or two children (at random, using lolly sticks), and not only do they get to have a surprise from our calendar, they also get to choose one of the ideas we collated together as a class.

These include:

- sitting in  Miss Shears' chair all afternoon
- being Miss Shears' teaching assistant for the afternoon
- choosing how our tables are set out
- sitting next to their best friend for the day
-  reading a short story to the class
- using Miss Shears' whiteboard as their own

As well as so many more!! I will post all of the different activities the children get to do in the afternoon!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Up, up and away!!!!!!!

All day, I have been giving the children lots of hints of what we will be doing in the afternoon, some of which have included : "we are going to be making something to allow us to fly!" All of the children were intrigued to find out what I had in store for them, as well as thinking I was going to help them make wings to fly home at the end of the day! Now although that would possibly work considering how windy it has been in the last few days....we were actually making parachutes to investigate the effects of air resistance, which is part of our science topic on forces. Much to my delight, the children were extremely excited to be making these parachutes, and learning lots of new vocabulary to describe what was happening with our parachute in relation to air resistance.

I would definitely say that science is one of my class' favourite subjects, they are always completely engaged and the discussions we create as a class are simply fascinating! Anyway, back to the parachutes......

The children worked in pairs to design and make 3 parachutes, using plastic bags, tin foil, tape and string (at this stage they realised we wouldn't be strapped to the parachutes and flying home!)

After the creating process, which was such fun to watch and observe, because the children were working so well together designing these parachutes, and continuously discussing the different variables they were going to include or change.

The time quickly came round to test out our parachutes....an exciting time!!

The children all had such fun during this investigation, I was even asked if we could make a larger one to carry the whole class...I'm not sure how well this would work using tin foil, plastic bags and string.....maybe we should just predict what we think might happen!!!!

Another fantastic Science lesson, well done everyone :)

Monday, 21 November 2016

Introducing the Bronze Age

The next part of our History topic is to research and learn all about the Bronze Age. We had a very exciting lesson where the children were writing as many different facts about the Bronze Age as they could, sharing ideas and opinions as well as coming up with questions for what they would like to learn. These included:

Kane - Which animal lasted the longest?
Ciaran - How did they live?
Harriet - Why did the Bronze Age start to do farming?
Evie - When was the Bronze Age extinct and why?
Anton - How did they keep entertained?
Calum - What weapons did they use the most?
Kian - Who was the first person to discover bronze?
Helena - How did they survive in the mountains?

These are only a few of the very interesting questions which have been asked. Hopefully this term we will find out the answers to all of our questions on the Bronze Age.

After the research stage, the children were then tasked to write a research map (of their own choice), which could have been in the format of a Non-Chronological report (which is something we have been learning about in Literacy).

The concentration was amazing whilst they were doing this, as well as reading more information and asking so many different questions....I can't help but wonder if they thought I was from the Bronze Age...as some questions developed into this...."Miss Shears, why did you make jewellery in the Bronze Age?"

Thursday, 10 November 2016

and the award goes to.......

On Friday, during our weekly celebration assembly, our class were awarded the 'Deputy Head Teacher Award' WOW!!!!! What a fantastic achievement for everyone in my class!

As explained by the children, the reasons for this award were......

We have been really good and sensible for Mr Gibbons - Erika

We were brilliant for Mrs Thompson when whilst completing our 'all about me' books - Dolly

We have had a brilliant attitude towards our learning - Evie

Miss Shears thinks we are fantastic - Sophia

We are polite and well mannered - Daisy

Mrs Thompson had said that teaching in our class was the most fun she has had in ages - Helena

Well done everyone :) I am super proud of each and every single one of you :) keep up this awesome effort that you all show every day in all of our lessons :)

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Where did that week go?

I'm sure we are all asking the same question.....where did that week go? Nevertheless, it is the start of a new half term, the children are ready and raring to go! I've already heard lots of wonderful stories about what my children have been doing during half term which have included practising their spelling, their times tables, as well as having lots of fun completing our 'homework bingo'. As well as everyone having a well deserved break, visiting family members, day trips out, and even camping!!

This half term, we have lots to look forward to...which include:
  • learning about forces in our Science lessons which will involve a variety of experiments (how exciting, especially with all of the scientists we have in our class!

  • learning about the Bronze Age and the Iron Age in our topic lessons, which will be linked to Art & Design and Technology where we will be creating fact files, writing newspaper reports, designing our own hill-forts, designing and making shields, as well as creating drama pieces.

  • learning how to create a multi-media presentation which will involve using a variety of special effects, inputting information including photos, and finally presenting these to the class (such fun)
and finally...

  • continuing our learning in Maths and English, where we have all worked extremely hard last half term, and I am sure this fantastic attitude to learning will continue

As well as remembering how this term leads us to Christmas, therefore as someone who absolutely loves Christmas, my class will be doing lots of different activities, however I won't spoil the surprise just yet, we will all have to wait and see!

Hope you have a brilliant half term :)

Friday, 21 October 2016

An EGGcellent EGGxperiment!!!!

Science is definitely one of my class's favourite subjects! The passion and enthusiasm is out of this world, even on a Thursday afternoon, two days before half term! We have been learning about the topic 'Animals including Humans' and part of this is to look at our teeth, learn the different types of teeth we have, as well as how to look after our teeth properly. From this, we have devised an experiment to show tooth decay linked with the effects of different types of drink, that I imagine we all drink regularly, and will assume are healthy and good for us! This is where the eggs come in.......

Mrs Chapman, so kindly boiled 25 eggs for us last night, ready for us to use in Science today. The children were using the eggs (specifically the shell), to see the effects certain drinks have on our teeth.

 The children each had 5 boiled eggs, and were to put these in containers, and fill them with a variety of liquids, which included cola, orange juice and water. Some children also decided to mix the three liquids together to see what effect that would have on our teeth (egg shell) too!!

The children made predictions as to which liquid was going to cause the most decay, there were a variety of different answers, as well as several children using the knowledge they already had learnt to base their prediction on.

The eggs were put in a variety of different places around the classroom and our resource room (so that they do not get mixed up, as children and adults alike can be very forgetful!)

I imagine that tomorrow we will be continuously checking the eggs to see the decay the drinks are causing, and then we will leave them over half term (which hopefully will not cause a smell in our classroom). Once we know the results, we will post an update to everyone to show what we have found out!

Happy blogging :) from all the scientists in Miss Shears' class

Thursday, 20 October 2016

I have given a new meaning to practical Maths!!

I am a great believer in working extremely practical in Maths, being able to physically see the problem in front of us, in order to help us solve it! However, for yesterday's Maths lesson, I put the place value counters away, the dienes, and the multi-link cubes! Confused? or perhaps intrigued?

I had decided to raid the P.E. equipment in the hall, and came back to my class with hoops and cones, all which were placed on the floor waiting for my children to arrive to their Maths lesson. As soon as they walked in, the bright yellow hoops and then red and blue scattered across my classroom floor immediately caught their attention....

I began to throw some cones in to the hoops, at this point the children were asked to explain what I was doing....(in a mathematical approach)...within 2 minutes, the children came up with an addition calculation using word problems (all because I threw some cones all over the floor!) Now that I had their interest, the children we allowed to create their own addition and subtraction word problems using cones and hoops...and allowing other groups of children to solve them. It was all about verbalising this part of Maths, so that the children could decide on whether or not to use addition or subtraction.

 What a successful Maths lesson....by the end, all of the children were writing their own two step addition and subtraction problems, which we passing around the classroom for everyone to solve! A massive well done to everyone, even if my entire classroom was covered in hoops and cones at one point!

We love show and tell in our class!

Most days, several children will always ask if they can show something to everyone at the end of the day, and usually we have time. In recent days, this has become a lot more popular, therefore I am going to involve the show and tell on our blog (even blogged by the children)

Today's show and tell was brought to you by Kane!

Kane decided to come up to me when he walked into class this morning and show me two of his mini-beasts that he collects! I'm sure he sees the panic on my face as my brain tries to establish whether they are real or not!!! Luckily they aren't, but the horror continues when Kane asks if I can look after them throughout the day (as he places them in clear sight on my desk!) Luckily as a brave teacher, I overcome a slight fear, as I know they are not real!

Kane spoke to the class at the end of the day, telling us all about these mini-beasts and the other ones he has at home (which he is going to bring in too!) Some of which include giant ants, scorpions and what I can only assume was a cockroach! However, putting all of my fears aside, it is amazing listening to Kane who has such a passion and enjoyment from collecting these, as well as all of the children being so interested and asking such insightful questions, which shows off how much knowledge Kane has about all of these creatures!

Well done Kane, I look forward to listening to you again talking about which new ones you have collected, even if you say it will most probably be a scorpion!!

P.S. We do have tables and chairs in our class, we just happened to move them all to the side to make space during our learning this afternoon!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

What a beautiful morning......

This morning, whilst tidying up the chaos in my classroom which I had caused yesterday: moving tables (again), writing pieces of work for display, backing our cave paintings and hand prints. As well as realising my desk no longer existed because I had been placing things on it all day yesterday which resulted in not actually being able to see it! However, in the mix of all of this complete chaos, I decided to open the window (moving tables is quite a good morning workout), and I noticed the sky! Now there is nothing better to look that a bright pink sky at 7.30am!

 I know it's not the best photo, however if I was to get any closer I either would have fallen out of the window (not the best thing to do) or I would have dropped my class iPad and being at the top of the school, I'm positive the iPad would not make it!!

Anyway, I hope you all have a brilliant day :)

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Olympic athletes in the making......

Now who doesn't love a bit of P.E. on a freezing cold and rather windy Wednesday afternoon??? Luckily we were in the hall for our weekly P.E. lesson, otherwise no doubt we would have been blown away by the strong easterly winds coming in off of the sea!!!

This term, we have started a new P.E. programme called 'Real P.E.'  Does that mean what we have been teaching all these years has been fake? Definitely not, but with our new P.E. programme, at the time being we are primarily focussing on the fundamentals of different activities. Once we have mastered all of these, we can begin to transfer them to a variety of team and individual sports, which is something we are all used to doing in P.E.

My class have been fantastically supportive and fully engaged in the new layout of our P.E. lessons, taking ownership of their own skills by making the decision to practise more, as well as committing to working together as a whole class.

Today in P.E. our lesson was based on the 'Static Balance - small base' Many of the children asked: Why do I need to do this? How is this going to help me play football and basketball? Brilliant questions, all of which were answered by the end of the lesson because the children were able to see how these skills were transferable to a variety of different sports.

As a whole class, we work together in stages to complete each of the tasks. The children are continuously self assessing themselves throughout the tasks and make their own decisions as and when they feel they are ready to move on.

All of the children today were able to move up three stages completing the static balance - small base, whilst on the floor, then moving onto a bench and then using a variety of different balls to catch whilst still performing that same skill!

We may not have been playing a whole class game of football, rugby, netball or basketball, but the children were able to finely tune the basic fundamental skills that will help them in each of these sports and so much more! Even the children that have very little confidence in P.E. are able to successfully participate and improve a valuable skill.

We will be continuing this fundamental skill next week, so keep an eye out for my next blog :)

Here is a photo showing all of the children in our class performing the Static Balance - small base!