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Ryton Infant and Junior School Federation

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Mrs Cradock - 1KC

This Week's Achievers! 01/03/2024

In DT this week we have been making windmills, We used a range of skills in order to do this. We have been puncturing holes, then widening them. We have learnt how to strengthen a structure by adding weight to it. We practised our cutting skills to ensure that our sails were straight. Finally, we had to attach the sails to our structures then ensure that they turned.

We worked systematically with ten frames and counters to find all of the number bonds to 20.

A Winter Walk

We had a super walk this week to look for signs of winter. We saw deciduous trees with no leaves, evergreen trees with lots of leaves and beautiful snowdrops. The weather was cold and foggy but we had our warm clothes on.

Hot Chocolate Friday! 16/02/2024

Dress to Express!

This week we created a piece of abstract art inspired by the works of Kandinsky, Bernal and Bolotowsky. We did this by drawing around and overlapping a variety of 2D shapes. We then used mixed media (watercolours, pastels, pencils and felt tip pens) to colour in the shapes between the lines.

We represented the numbers 16, 17, 18 and 19 using ten frames, rekenreks, tens and one, and place value cards.

We had fun playing with a selection of Victorian toys.

This Week's Achievers and Hot Chocolate Friday! 02/02/2024

This Week's Achievers and Hot Chocolate Friday! 26/01/2024

Representing 11, 12 and 13 in different ways.

Our maths puzzle this week was this: A farmer keeps sheep and hens. One day he counted their legs and found there to be 14. We used playdough and matchsticks to work out how many of his animals were hens and how many were sheep. We found three different answers.

In art this week, we used LEGO bricks and paint to make patterns. We even managed to arrange the LEGO blocks into the shapes of our initials - back to front so that it printed the right way around!

We have been finding out about the toys that our parents and grandparents played with. Some of us even brought some old toys in to school for us to have a look at first hand.

We had a lovely time this afternoon when Year 5 came up to visit us with the books that they have been making. They have made fantastic pop-up books with moving parts and we really enjoyed reading them.

Today we have been sorting 2D shapes in lots of different ways. We sorted them according to their colour, size, shape and number of sides. Sometimes it was quite difficult to work out the sorting rule.

This week in Maths, we have been working on 2D shapes - naming them and describing their properties. We have also had fun making some of these shapes using geo-boards and on an app on the i-pads. We even turned ourselves into human geo-boards and were able to make triangles, squares, rectangles, pentagons, hexagons and octagons!

We have started off our History topic, Toys, by bringing in one of our favourite toys from home. We looked at what they were made from and we sorted them into groups according to the material used or whether they were electronic or not. Then we looked at pictures of different toys and thought about who would play with them. We talked about the fact that toys are designed for different age groups.

In Maths this week, we have been working with 3D shapes. We have been naming them, describing their properties and looking at the 2D shapes that make up their faces. We have also been sorting them according to the number of vertices they have, whether they have straight or curved faces and edges, and whether or not they can roll or stack.

Santa came to see us this afternoon!

We wrote super Three Little Pig stories and we shared them with our friends this morning.

We had an amazing Christmas party!

We enjoyed our Christmas dinners.

We told the Christmas story in our Nativity play this morning.

Us in our Christmas jumpers.

We had a visitor from Fairytale Land on Monday. The children had written some questions that they wanted to ask the Big Bad Wolf so he came along to answer them.

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We had such a lovely time playing in the snow on Friday.

We have been investigating different materials and their properties in our Science lessons. We have learned lots of new vocabulary like rigid, flexible, transparent and opaque. Today we carried out an investigation to test different materials to see how absorbent they were. We used paper, rubber, plastic and fabric. We made our predictions then tested each material by dipping it into some coloured water. We made sure the test was fair by using the same sized piece of material and the same amount of water. We found that the fabric was the most absorbent.

In DT we have started looking at mechanisms, working with levers and sliders. We have looked at books that contain levers and sliders and practised joining techniques in preparation for making our own next week.

We decorated biscuits and coloured in some pictures of Pudsey for Children in Need.

Our class poetry winner!

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Our class performing the poem 'Brontosaurus Ride' by Jane Newberry

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We have started our science topic, Materials. Today we looked at different objects and talked about the material they were made from (wood, glass, plastic etc) and the properties that each material had (flexible, rigid, transparent etc)..

This week's hot chocolate winners!

We have been working on number bonds to all the numbers up to ten and today we reached the magic number 10! We worked in pairs and used Numicon tiles to find all the bonds then recorded them on white boards.

We earned another whole class treat at the end of last half term and we chose to have some time with the guinea pigs! We were allowed to keep them in our room this week and have had a lovely time holding them and feeding them.

This week in art, we have been exploring expressive lines using music to create a large collaborative piece inspired by water and the artwork of Zaria Forman.

We are getting really good at understanding what a sentence is. We sorted these strips into two piles, deciding whether they were full sentences or not. I made it really hard for the class by not including any punctuation, but they weren't fooled!

Today we had a lovely visit to Crawcrook Library. Kyle read us a great story, then we took part in a Halloween themed treasure hunt. We had some time to look at the books too. Two of us had brought our library cards and were able to take some books out.

Achievers of the Week and Hot Chocolate Friday winners! 13/10/2023

In art this week, we looked at abstract works of art by Bridget Riley. Unlike Beatriz Milhazes, she uses lines rather than circles. We used chalk on black paper to practise drawing straight horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines. Then we tried wavy lines and cross hatch. Finally, we arranged our lines into a composition.

In computing, we have been developing our ipad skills. We learned how to scan a QR code to access a painting app, then we experimented with the tools within the app to create some lovely pictures.

In Science we have been learning about animal groups and the characteristics shared by animals within each group. First we looked at British animals, then we looked at animals from around the world.

The work of contemporary artist Beatriz Milhazes was the inspiration for our lesson on abstract art. We looked at her use of colour and shape - particularly circles - then created our own compositions in a similar style.

Stars of the Week and Hot Chocolate Friday! 29/09/2023

We have been learning about Autumn in class so when we visited the forest this afternoon, we looked for signs of the changing seasons. We listened to a lovely story called 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert then went off to find leaves that we could use to make our own leaf figures. We couldn't leave the forest without having a little bit of time to play!

We have been exploring our senses. We used our ears to try to work out who was playing the bells behind their back; we used our hands to identify objects in a feely bag; we used our sense of smell to try to identify different spices; and we used our taste buds when sampling drinks that were sweet, sour, salty and bitter.

Our elected School Council, Star of the Week and Ice-Cream Friday! 22/09/2023

In PE, after a good warm-up, we worked with the children in Mrs Johnson's class to practise balancing on different body parts, linking this work to our science topic 'Our Bodies'.

What a lot of maths we have been doing since we started back to school! We have been matching numerals to ten frames, matching numerals and ten frames to words, writing numbers, playing maths games on boards and i-pads, and counting objects carefully.

Star of the Week and Ice-Cream Friday! 15/09/2023

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