Monday, November 23, 2009

Learning is Hard!!

I found this short Pixar film on YouTube and it reminded me of the learning journey some of the children in Room 1 have been on this year.



Sometimes you have got frustrated or annoyed or upset (like the cloud learning to make new baby animals) because learning has been hard for you but together we have been able to find new solutions (like the bird borrowing the helmet and protective gear). ENJOY!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fireworks

On Friday for art, we made amazing firework pictures using oil pastels.

Then today for writing, we brainstormed words to describe what fireworks look like, how they move and what sounds they make, then we wrote poems about fireworks. Check out our wordle of all the -ing words we thought of. Can you find them in our poems?














Check out our Photostory of our art and poems - some people read their poems and some of our poems are typed.


video

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mungo the lamb

Mungo the lamb came to school to visit Room 1. She was wearing a collar with a lead and a nappy! She had some milk to drink. She drank it really quickly. Mungo is a Suffolk lamb. She is only 2 weeks old. She had a black face and black legs and her wool looked brown but it will turn white when she gets bigger. We were allowed to give Mungo a pat. Her wool felt soft and fluffy. She has long eyelashes and hard hooves. Mungo the lamb was very cute!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Bubbles!!

Our big book last week and this week was about bubbles and things that are full of air. Today we went outside to blow some bubbles. It was really windy so they floated everywhere!!














These are all the ideas we had about blowing bubbles:

shiny
went up high
popped
big
popped on trees
different colours like a rainbow
different sizes
3D shape
round
moving fast because of the wind
they floated
shimmery
gliding
delicate
went up in the sky
diving in the wind
lots of them
smooth
sticky
mixture splattered and splashed

We had lots of FUN!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sheep Descriptions

Today for writing we described the sheep from the clip we watched about Little Bo Peep. Can you find some of the words from our brainstorm in our writing?












The sheep are as fat as a hot air balloon and they are as white as a pillow. They are as fluffy as a cloud and the legs are as black as a tip of a pencil. They have hard feet. KCS

The sheep is as fluffy as a feather pillow. It looks like a fluffy cloud. They ran as fast as a killer whale attacking a fish. CB

The sheep had a black head and black back legs. It is white like a coloured pencil. LM

The sheep had a long tail and the sheep had floppy ears. They were white and they walk on the ground. They walk to hide from Little Bo Peep. HG

The sheep has floppy ears on top of his head. He had a fluffy white coat and it looked like candyfloss. He had black feet and a skinny tail. CW

The sheep were so fluffy like a big cloud. They had cute legs. They were so fast like a cheetah. They were so fluffy like the biggest clouds in the world. EQ

The lamb is white like the snow. It is fluffy like the big cloud. KO

The sheep is fluffy like candyfloss. He is white like snow. CV

The sheep are white as snow. Their ears and feet are black. They went so fast! JB

The sheep is white like a snow leopard and the sheep is white like an icicle and fluffy like a teddy bear. SB

The sheep is as white as a snowflake. The tail is as long as a worm. It ran as fast as a mouse being chased by a cat. The wool is as fluffy as a pillow. The legs are black as a pencil. It's as big as a cat. The legs are as long as a candystick. The legs are as black as a fly. KM

The sheep is white like a cloud. AH

The sheep is white. The legs are black. The ears are long. The wool is puffy. PA

The sheep are white like a snowflake. Their ears are black and their tails. They are happy because they are smiling. There are 8 of them. They are cheeky. They are fluffy and boofy like a white cloud. Their feet are black. They ran really fast. EH

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Who has lost her sheep?

Which character drops in to this episode of the Teletubbies to look for her sheep? Does she find them?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

What if . . . Mary had a pet ELEPHANT?!

Today for Thinking Thursday we used the What if? thinking key to talk about what might have happened if Mary had a pet elephant that followed her to school. Here are some of our ideas.

If Mary had a pet elephant and it followed her to school ...

it would smash all the classrooms and it would squirt the people. EQ
it would take me home in the middle of school time. JB
it would give some kids some rides home. They might be able to sit on its back. KCS
I think that he might join the baseball team and use his trunk to hit the ball. SB
it will give me a ride home. HG
it might break the book box shelf and muddle all the books. We wouldn't be able to read from the book boxes. KM
it might stand on peoples toes. It will hurt very, very, very much. EH
it could give the children a ride on its back at lunchtime. CB
it would slide down the muddy hill and the elephant would get muddy. CW
it might squash Mary and it might also mess her desk. She would be angry. AM
it would go in the slide and after that it would go to the swimming pool. KO
it would spray water with its trunk. AH
it will go to the pool and squirt people. RW

What do you think might have happened?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What if our pet followed us to school?

When Mary's lamb followed her to school it was very well behaved and it waited patiently outside for her. But what if one of our pets followed us to school? We did some writing using our ideas. Some of us thought about our own pet and some of us wrote about an imaginary pet.


CV had
a little snail,
it followed him to school
and slimed the window. (Ew yuck!)


LM had a little dog,
it followed him to school,
it went in the classroom and messed it up. (Naughty dog!)


PA had a little cat,
it followed him to school,
it had a sleep in the library and then it played in the garden. (Well behaved cat!)


KB had a little snake,
it followed him to school,
it stayed outside and ate the teachers. (That's horrible!)


BC had a little cat named Rusty,
it followed him to school,
he sat on the grass in the sun and had a nap. (Good cat!)


JR had a little cat,
it followed her to school
and she played outside in the sun. (Another good cat!)


What might happen if your pet followed you to school?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mary had a little lamb

What happened when Mary's lamb followed her to school?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thinking Hat Thursday - How to fix Humpty Dumpty . . .

Today we put on our green thinking hats to come up with some new ways to try and fix Humpty Dumpty.

We thought the kings horses and men could have:
used extra sticky glue to stick the pieces back together
stuck him back together with lots of plasters
used lots of cellotape to tape him back together
asked Harry Potter to use magic to put him back together
used bandages to put the pieces back together
used super glue to glue the pieces back together
got a nurse or a doctor to sew the pieces back together

Can you think of another way to fix Humpty Dumpty?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Why was Humpty Dumpty sitting on a wall?

Today for writing we came up with some interesting reasons that Humpty Dumpty might have been sitting on the wall. Here are some of our most creative ideas!



I think Humpty Dumpty was sitting on the wall because . . .
he wanted to sit in the sun. He is cold and the sun is hot. PA
he was waiting for a taxi because he was going to the airport. SB
a bird picked him up because he was hungry and he was going fast and he dropped Humpty Dumpty down on the wall. JB
he fell from a tall tree. LM
the aeroplane broke down and he fell on the wall. KCS
he was shopping and then he got lots and remembered that his mother told him to sit on the wall and then he was smiling because he saw his mother. EH

Can you think of an interesting reason why he might have been sitting on the wall? Leave us your idea!

Humpty Dumpty

Do you know what happened to Humpty Dumpty? Who tried to help him? Can you describe what happened in this version of Humpty Dumpty?

New Term - New Topic!

Can you use our Wordle brainstorm to work out what our topic is for this term? Can you think of any more ideas we could have added to our Wordle?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Come on guys, get Firewise!

This week we have been learning how to be Firewise. We made a glog together of our Firewise Rules. Can you think of anymore?

Friday, September 11, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Spring Glog by KM

Spring Poems

This week we wrote Spring poems using our senses. Green writing group learned to use Glogster to turn their poem into a poster. Check them out and leave them some feedback!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Spring has Sprung!!

This morning we went for a walk to look for signs that Spring had arrived. We took photos along the way of all the interesting Spring things that we saw. We even found some sunbathing ladybugs and a very busy buzzy bee collecting pollen!!

Spring on PhotoPeach



When we got back to our classroom, we made a Y chart about all the things we saw, heard and smelled.


JB (who has only been at school for 1 term) did this fantastic piece of descriptive writing all by himself!

On our Spring walk ... we heard a bee buzzing and the bee had black and yellow stripes. It was collecting pollen from one of the flowers. The orange flower was turning white. The grass was sparkly.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thinking Hat Thursday - If cars could fly . . .

Today we put on our green thinking hat and thought about all the things that might happen if cars could fly. Here are our ideas. Can you think of any more?








If cars could fly . . .
I could go to another country whenever I liked. Miss T
it would be dangerous if there was a storm. HG
you would be able to fly past the Sky Tower. KB
they would need big wings that flap like a bird or a dragon. AH
they might crash in the sky and fall down. PA
they might crash into a mountain. LM
you could bungy jump from your car. RW
you might crash into a building. JB
they would be expensive. Miss T
you can fly out of the city really quickly. KB
you might crash into a plane. BC
we would need petrol stations in the sky. KCS
they could have a remote to make them go up and down. BC
they would need wings. SB
you might get stuck on the branches in a tree. KO
they might fly too fast. EQ
you would need traffic lights in the sky. AM
you could park on a cloud and parachute down. CW
you wouldn't be able to see when you went flying through a cloud. CB
the policemen could wear rocket packs. SB
you might crash into a helicopter. KM
you could fly into space and park on Pluto. EQ
you could land on the roof. CV
you could see the sea down below. RW
they could fly under the water and see dolphins. AH
you would be able to see the whole city out the car window. EH

Monday, August 24, 2009

Transport Alphabet Key by KCS

KCS wrote this alphabet key about transport all by herself. She is so clever!


Aircraft
Boat
Car
Donkey
Elephant
Fire engine
Gondolas
Hovercraft
Ice cream truck
Jet
Kayak
Limo
Moving
Noisy
Omnibus
Pony
Queues
Roller skates
Submarine
Truck
Unicycle
Van
Walking
eXhaust pipe
Yacht
Zooms!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Our trip to MOTAT

Yesterday we headed to MOTAT as part of our topic about transport. We saw lots of different types of transport and lots of old vehicles. Check out our slideshow to see some of the photos that we took on our trip.



Then read all about it!

I went to MOTAT on a bus with my Mum. It was fun. We met Fraser. After that we looked at old transport. They used a horse carriage to carry people. It would be fun because you wouldn't need to drive. We looked at buses. Old buses are electric. Next we had lunch. Then we went for a ride to the planes. Then we went home. RW

I went on the bus to MOTAT. When we got there we had morning tea. After we went with Fraser. He took us to look at transport. We looked at a model train. After we had lunch. Then we went off to look at planes. On the bus I had a sleep. JB

On Tuesday I went to MOTAT. Our MOTAT teacher was Fraser and he taught us things about transport. We looked at the fire engine and I learned that they fell off because they had no roof so they made rooves. Then I went on to the transport trail. I looked at the model railway. The little train went out of the tunnel. Then we had lunch. Then we went to the tram station. It was fun riding on the tram. Then we looked at the planes. There were badges. The biggest badge was off a plane. Then we went back to school on the bus. I fell asleep on the way home. CB

On Tuesday we went to MOTAT on a bus. When we got there Fraser was our teacher. We looked at old transport. The motorbike was my favourite. A's Mum took us on the mirror maze and I went on the big black train. Then we had lunch. Next we went on the tram. We looked out of the window. I heard bumpy noises. I went to see the planes. Then we went back to school.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Animal Alphabet Song



Can you think of any more animals that start with each letter of the alphabet? You could try making your own animal alphabet key!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thinking Hat Thursday

Today we learned 2 new things. We learned about Thinking Hats and we learned how to use voicethread to record our ideas. We used the yellow and black thinking hats to talk about whether or not children should be allowed to drive cars. The yellow hat ideas were the good points and the black hat ideas were the bad points. Have a listen to our voicethread and see if you can think of any more ideas. Leave us some feedback to tell us what you think.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Lightning McQueen Similes

We did so well writing similes about our big wheel items that we decided to try writing some about Lightning McQueen. Here are some of our favourites. Can you think of any more?

Lightning McQueen was as loud as a tornado sucking up a house. KCS

Lightning McQueen is as loud as Mr Rolfe. RW

Lightning McQueen has big wheels like a plate. KM

Lightning McQueen is loud like thunder. MH

Lightning McQueen is as red as Clifford the Big Red Dog. JB

Lightning McQueen is red like fire. CV

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Big Wheels Wednesday

Today we were allowed to bring something with big wheels for Big Wheels Wednesday. We had lots of fun riding around the netball courts (being careful not to crash into anyone!) and talking and writing about our big wheel items. We wrote some similes about how fast we could go. Check them out and leave us a comment to tell us what you think!

My scooter was as fast as a cheetah sprinting for its prey. KCS
My bike was as fast as the strong wind. RW
The scooter was as fast as a dolphin diving in the water. KM
My scooter is as fast as a mermaid swimming. HG
The scooter was as fast as a cheetah running. KO
My scooter was as fast as a huge cheetah that is hungry. MH
My scooter is as fast as a dog running. CV
My bike is as fast as a speedboat. BC
My bike is as fast as a shark chasing a fish. CB
My go kart was as fast as a cheetah sprinting. LM
My scooter was as fast as a motorbike. PA
My skateboard was as fast as a jet plane. KB
My scooter was as fast as a cheetah running. CW

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Motorbikes!

Today all the Pod 1 classes met on the big courts to look at 2 different motorbikes. One was a traditional style and one was more modern looking. We looked closely at each motorbike and some of us took photos of the interesting features. Then we listened to each motorbike to see if they sounded the same or different. When we got back to our classroom, we made a Venn diagram of all the interesting features that we noticed.
















Can you use the information in our Venn diagram to work out which photo is of which motorbike?

BubbleShare: Share photos - Find great Clip Art Images.



Monday, August 3, 2009

All About Cars

Today we brainstormed all our ideas about cars and their features. We came up with lots of ideas! Can you think of any other ideas we could add to our wall? (You can use the scroll bars to see the rest of our brainstorm or follow this link click here)



After that we headed outside to look at Mrs B's 1962 VW. We could see lots of things that were different when we compared it to the other cars in the carpark. Have a look at the photos we took. What differences can you see?

BubbleShare: Share photos - Play some Online Games.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Colourful Abstracts

Today for art we had fun creating colourful abstracts. We started by using black crayon lines to divide our paper up. Then we filled in each space using different coloured crayons. Even though we all followed the same instructions, each piece of art looks different. Check it out and leave a comment to tell us what you think!



Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Small Wheels Day

Today we were allowed to bring something to school that had wheels and was small enough to fit in our hand. We had lots of fun making roads, bridges, tunnels, ramps and buildings for our small vehicles to go over, under, through and into.













Miss T taught us how to use the digital camera to take a photo of our vehicle. Check out the PictureTrail we created using our photos!


Herbie

Today we watched part of the movie Herbie. We made a brainstorm of all our ideas about Herbie.





Then we did some shared descriptive writing about Herbie.

Herbie is a beetle car. He is dirty white with blue and red stripes. He has little round mirrors that stick out. He is old and dirty and rusty and Maggie found him at a car dump. He has the number 53 on his badge.
Herbie made a vroom sound when he was racing. He honked and beeped his horn to tell Maggie things. When he moved his tyres he made a screeching sound.
Herbie is cheeky and he likes to play tricks. Sometimes he is a bit naughty but he is a good friend to Maggie. In the race he shows off and he wants to win. He drives all by himself.


Can you find the ideas from our brainstorm in our shared writing?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hot Air Balloons

Today for art we started working on making some hot air balloons. We looked at some images of hot air balloons and we watched some clips of hot air balloons taking off. We were amazed at all the different patterns and colours hot air balloons can be. Check out this clip - can you find a bear, a cow and a bee? Which pattern do you like?



We are making our hot air balloons using paper mache. We had to dip strips of newspaper into paste and cover a balloon. We got really gluey!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cars

Today we went down to Room 8 to watch a clip about the characters from the movie 'Cars'. We talked about what the characters looked like and what their personalities were like. We made a mindmap using our ideas about 3 of the characters then we used the mindmap to help us do some descriptive writing. This is the clip we watched.



This is the mindmap we did with Room 8.




















Here are some excellent examples of our descriptive writing:
Lightning McQueen is red. He had stickers on him. He has smiley teeth. He has big eyes. CW
Sally is shiny and she is pretty. Sally doesn’t like to be dirty. She is blue like the sky. She has a big smiley face. She has 2 big eyes. She has stripes on her wheels. Sally is sparkly and shiny. KM

Lightning McQueen is red. He has got lightning on him. He is really fast. He is a star because he is so fast. Lightning McQueen is winning the race. CB

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

We like to move it!

This term we are learning about Transport. Our topic is called 'We like to move it!'
We started our topic by brainstorming all the different types of transport we could think of. We had lots of fun using Wordle to record our ideas.
Can you think of any more types of transport?