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Welcome to Emerald Class 2016-17!

by Miss Davies

General Election and Persuasive Writing

Linking to the General Election, we have read a text called ‘King of the Birds’ and then each KS1 class chose a bird to campaign to be 'Prime Minister of the Birds'. In Emerald Class, we were the 'Purple Peacock Party' and made our own persuasive campaign posters. Then each class presented their poster and KS1 voted. The 'Dazzling Diamond Doves' had the most votes and were elected Prime Minister of the Birds!

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Creative Arts Week

We brought back all of our natural objects from Gobions and used them to paint.

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Creative Arts Week - The Big Outdoors

The theme for 'Creative Arts Week' is 'The Big Outdoors' and so we took a walk down to Gobions to collect some natural objects to use back at school. Thank you once again to all of those parent volunteers who helped us. We could not do these trips without you.

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Coast poems

Today, we've been learning a poem by Shirley Hughes and in groups we have tried to add our own actions.

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Literacy - Instruction Writing

Last week, we wrote our own instructions for how to make a sandwich. We all tried to use adverbials of time, imperative verbs and adverbs. Then on Friday, we followed the instructions that we had written to actually make and try them! They were delicious!

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Music - Sea Shanties

Today, we were learning about sea shanties and we practised singing them in two parts. Then we came up with our own 'School Shanty' and composed our own lyrics. We hope you enjoy!

Our 'School Shanty'

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Summer term - Coasts topic

This week, we started our new 'Coasts' topic with an exciting treasure hunt. We had to find some hidden objects that you would normally find at the coast.  We found shells, driftwood, crabs and lots more. 

D&T - Sliders and Levers

We finished off our D&T topic by sharing the moving picture books we had made with some Reception children. They told us that they really enjoyed using all of the moving parts and learnt some interesting transport facts!

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Science Week - Legoland

We had a fantastic trip to Legoland on Friday. We took part in a workshop where we learnt about the forces of gravity and friction. In groups, we built lego cars and tested to see which would travel the furthest. We had a go on a couple of rides, watched a pirate show and earned our Legoland driving licenses as well! Another big thank you to all the parent helpers, we couldn't go on these trips without your support.

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Science Week - Raptor workshop

Computing - blogging

We have been learning about different ways to communicate online safely - such as sending emails and blogging. In pairs, we researched some interesting transport facts and created digital images to illustrate them.  We also used traditional art materials such as pastels and thought about which was easier to use. Finally, we have uploaded our art to our class blog and each had a go at blogging for ourselves! We hope you find our transport facts interesting!

 

A helicopter does not have wings but it does have rotor blades. by Jayden and Lexie

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The earliest trains were just carts joined together. These were usually pulled by horses or even people. by  Elina and Anaya
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Space shuttles are used to into outer space. They are a mix between an aeroplane and a rocket. by Harry and Molly.
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The left side of a boat is called the port side. by Eloise and Giacomo
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Hot air balloons are made with nylon. This material is very lightweight. by Chloe and Beau

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Steam powered cars were the first cars in the world . by Gabriella and Dollie
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A tandem bicycle usually is built for two or or more people to ride on at once. by Isla and Harry
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The first cars used a lever, not a steering wheel. It was not until 1894 that a

racing car company used a wheel instead.

by Charlie and Isobella

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Today hot air balloons don't use an open fire in the basket. Instead they use a type of gas. by Alice and Bella
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In 1982 two men flew round the world in a helicopter. It took 29 days, 3 hours, 8 minutes and 13 seconds. by Arthur and Zak
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The proper name for the balloon part of a hot air balloon is called an envelope. by Amy and Milo
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Some big cargo ships can carry more than 500 tons of rock. by Oliver, Maeve and Kristina
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A submarine is a special ship that can go underwater. by Freddie and Isobel
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When a submarine needs to see what is going on above the water,

they use a periscope.

by Zac and Jack

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Did know there are over a billion cars in use today?    by Keval and Tegan
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Science Week

This week we have been investigating the question - Which material will let the toy car travel the furthest? We made sure it was a fair test by only changing one thing - the material the car travelled across. Then we presented our results in a bar chart.

 

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Shape - right angles

This week, we've been learning about 2D shapes and we went on a 'right angle' hunt around the school. 

Design and Technology

We are going to make a moving picture book for Reception children, to teach them some transport facts. Today we practised making a 'slider' mechanism, where the picture moves in a straight line. Have a look at some of our prototypes below. 

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Poetry - The Magic Box

Emerald Class were inspired by the poem 'The Magic Box' to write their own version using descriptive language and alliteration. Enjoy some of our poetry performances below. 

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RAF Museum Hendon

All of Year 1 and 2 visited the RAF Museum in Hendon  this week. We saw lots of helicopters and planes and found out how they work. We made our own paper and card heilcopter rotary blades and tested them to see which stayed in the air the longest. We also the saw the Mosquito airplane, designed by Geoffrey De Havilland in Hatfield. 

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Geography - The British Isles

Using atlases, we discussed the different countries that make up the British Isles and located their capital cities on the map.

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Maeve's artwork of the Flying Scotsman

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Spring Term 2017 - Travel and Transport

Our new topic this term is 'Travel and Transport'.

  • In History, we will be learning about someone from the past who had an impact on the local area - Geoffrey de Havilland who designed and built aircraft in Hatfield.
  • In Geography, we will be working on our map reading skills and thinking about how we use maps to travel.
  • In Literacy, we will be researching and writing a report about steam engines, in particular the famous 'Flying Scotsman'.
  • We will also head out on an trip to the RAF Hendon museum to explore the aircraft and take part in a helicopter workshop.

 

Lots of children have already been thinking about our new topic during their home learning and have produced some wonderful artwork of the 'Flying Scotsman'.  

 

 

FABULOUS FINISH

We finished our 'Great Fire of London' topic with a very exciting afternoon. The fire service visited our school and talked to us about fire safety. Then they set fire to the London buildings we had made using cardboard boxes. We were all a safe distance away from the fire and watched them burn down, just like the wooden buildings during the Great Fire of London. The firemen safely put out the fires and all that was left was ash covering the playground.

Science - Everyday Materials

Last week we planned an experiment to answer the question: Can I test whether a material is waterproof? As a class we chose which materials to test, how we would do the experiment and what equipment we would need. We then discussed how to make it a fair test and agreed that we should all use 10 ml of water when pouring it on a material. We worked through the experiment today in pairs and recorded the results. We all got quite wet!!!

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Cultural Week

In Key Stage 1, we took part in activities to learn more about Christian, Sikh and Islamic culture. With Miss Davies we discovered more about the Islamic month of Ramadan and made Fanous Ramadan lanterns.

 

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Problem Solving

Every week we enjoy 'Problem Solving Friday' in Emerald Class. Over the last few weeks, we have tackled lots of different practical problems. This half term, we have been completing an 'Estimation Station' challenge every morning. We've also been learning about time and used stopwatches to see how many activities we could complete in 1 minute. 

 

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D&T Structures workshop

This term, we have been learning about London architecture during D&T. We have been thinking about the different shapes that architects use when they are designing skyscrapers - such as triangles - and thinking about how we would design our own skyscraper.  

 

Last week, we had the chance to use these shapes to build skyscraper structures ourselves! We made 2D triangles, 3D triangle based pyramids, 2D rhombus' and 3D octahedrons as part of our 'Structures' workshop.  We used wooden rods, of different lengths, and elastic bands to make the shapes. We then used them to make larger structures. 

 

Everyone worked together as a team and built strong, tall structures together - they even reached the ceiling of our school hall!

Religious Education

Before half term break, we were learning about the Hindu festival of light called 'Diwali'. This year, it begins on Sunday 30th October and ends on Thursday 3rd November. In class, we:

  • looked at all the ways that Hindus celebrate Diwali
  • made Rangoli window decorations
  • designed our own mehndi patterns
  • acted out the story of Rama and Sita
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Open this document to see children in Emerald Class acting out the story of Rama and Sita.

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PSHCE

Out topic this term is Health and Wellbeing. We have been thinking about all the different things we do that keep our bodies and minds healthy. 

In particular, we have talked about how important a balanced diet is to keep ourselves healthy. We have looked at the 'Eatwell Plate' and sorted foods into the different food groups

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Science

We have been thinking about everyday materials - their properties, their uses and their suitability for different jobs. We went on a material hunt around the school to see which materials we could find. 

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100 years of Roald Dahl

In celebration of Roald Dahl, we enjoyed a BFG themed workshop this week. We also learnt and performed his Revolting Rhyme 'The Three Little Pigs'. 

The Three Little Pigs - performed by Emerald Class

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Parents Information Meeting - Tues 13th Sept

Thank you very much for coming along to our information evening about the upcoming year in Key Stage 1. Please find below, information and documents that were discussed.

Autumn term topic

We have had a brilliant start to the year in Emerald Class. Our topic this term is 'London' and we have already learnt the song 'London's Burning' about the Great Fire in 1666. I've been very impressed with how engaged Emerald Class are in the topic, as some children have already found out more London facts at home and have brought in books or maps to share with the class. 

'London's Burning'

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Brookmans Park - Golden Bees

This week, we have been discussing the 'Golden Bee' rules that everyone follows across the school. Emerald Class know that we should all try to:

 

  • Be responsible 
  • Be cooperative
  • Be kind and friendly
  • Be determined
  • Be respectful and polite

 

We even made some of our own 'Golden Bees' to remind us!

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Welcome to Emerald (Year 1/2) Class!


 

 

Welcome to our new Blog!  We are very pleased to see you here!

 

Emerald Class have made a fantastic start to the half-term.  They have come back to school for the final stretch before moving on to the next class, so we're working on listening carefully to instructions and becoming more independent.

 

This half-term, our topic is Kenya and Africa and we have made a great start.  We began by making predictions about what we thought Africa was like.  Then we used atlases to find the continent of Africa and to look in East Africa for Kenya.  There were certainly a lot of countries in Africa to search through! 

 

Once we had found Kenya, we looked for the main human and physical features and placed them on our own maps.  We found the capital city of Nairobi, Lake Victoria, Mount Kenya and located the Indian Ocean off the coastline of Kenya.

 

We’re looking forward to learning much more about the way of life in a village in Kenya and comparing it to life in Brookmans Park. 

 

Thanks for reading our first blog post!  See you soon…

 

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