Our class Teachers are Mrs Plaha and Mrs Harvey and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Simmons. We are all very much looking forward to working alongside you to help your children develop over the school year.
In Owls, this year we are working hard to ‘climb the ladder to success’ by reading as much as possible at home, learning spellings and completing homework, enabling us to achieve our full potential.
Every Friday a child in the class will receive a certificate in Celebration Assembly for impressive work in the week.
Every week a Super Star Writer is chosen, their writing will be displayed by the hall entrance for everyone to read and enjoy.
Please check back to see which children were chosen during this week!
Some children chose to practise their joined up handwriting.
Some fantastic Olympic torches were made for homework!
We celebrated the Queen's official 90th Birthday in school today.
First we had to spread the butter..
..then add the cucumber.
We had to cut them into posh triangles.
We put them all on a platter for later.
We all sat outside for our Tea Party.
We sang Happy birthday to children and the Queen.
Then we sang the National Anthem.
Now came the fun time- FOOD!
.. and Birthday cake.
The Queen even flew past and waved out the window.
Athletics in the sunshine. Today we practised and improved different athletics skills.
Mrs Harvey showed us what not to do!
And how to do it properly.
Well done for using your arms to balance you.
Ooops!! Don't forget to pick up those hurdles!
All hot, sweaty and dirty...
..but having had lots of fun!
Forest School 26th May
Alicia challenged us to have trust in our group and use our listening skills to play different blindfolded games. We can explain to you how to play this game if you would like to play it too. As it was our last turn at Forest School, we were able to create a rock mini beast or a wooden bracelet or necklace as a treasured keepsake. Thank you Alicia for our Forest School adventures.
We have been learning how to find "the difference between" two numbers.
start with the smallest number...
...draw jumps until you get to the biggest number.
Count the jumps and that's the difference.
Jump in 10s first for a big difference.
We had designed our own space rockets and today we got to make them!
We had to give our rocket a name.
This rocket is attached to a launcher.
Stairs so the astronauts can climb in.
Our finished rockets!
After seeing how much fun the children had at Forest school we all wanted to do leaf printing!
Forest School 19th May
We love creating art from nature. Today we whittled sticks with a small peeler, twirled bright wool around it and then pressed leaves and seeds really hard onto fabric to make a wonderful picture. Owls are impressing us with their control of the equipment!
Testing materials- We were challenged to make houses that were strong enough that they didn't fall down in the wind.
Working as a team.
"This looks a good shape for the roof."
Fingers crossed the house will stay standing.
Day 10 of Tim Peake seed experiment- time to measure and count.
How many red seeds and blue seeds are in the tray?
How many red seeds have grown?
How many blues seeds have grown?
How many seeds have 2 leaves on them?
Forest School 12th May
With one small log, a saw,a hand drill and some felt tips, we made wonderful wooden necklaces. Alicia showed us how to use the tools carefully. Don't they look great?
Tim Peakes the astronaut sent us some seeds from Space. We had to plant the seeds to see if they would grow after being in Space.
Putting in the compost.
Which are the seeds that have been to space?
Are they the blue or red packet?
Making a hole for the seed.
Popping the seed in.
Make sure you only pick up one.
Labelling the seeds with a number and colour.
All ready to grow. Watch this space!
An incredible thing happened at school today. An alien spaceship had crash landed in our outdoor area!!
The spaceship crash site.
Lots of ectoplasm.
We saw spaceship handles, keys and chains.
The aliens went this way!
We ran to get Mrs Ricketts and Garry to tell them what had happened. Garry did a Health and Safety check of the area and Mrs Ricketts said she would have to ring the newspaper to tell them what had happened. She asked us to write a report about what we had found so that we could tell the Newspaper!
Forest School 29th April
Part 2 of our minibeast challenge. We had to prove to Alicia we had remembered what makes each minibeast different and solve the clues hidden around the meadow to answer the puzzles.
We then created wriggly worms by threading short sticks onto string. The first tricky part was that we had to make them hollow, just like a straw.
Working in pairs.
We were very excited to be at Plants brook Nature Reserve today. Spring is here and there were lots of signs of new life and growth all around us.
Alicia asked us to be nature detectives and challenged us to find and identify minibeasts around the park. We showed her how we can use magnifying lenses to count the number of legs, wings and body parts and the charts to name the minibeasts.
We found a shield bug, a queen bee...and even a frog.
Under the dry leaves.
Beneath the large log.
Reading the minibeast guide.
Searching in the long grass.
I've never seen a frog before!
Describing and naming our minibeasts.
We went to the Think Tank in Birmingham today and visited the Planetarium. We all had a fantastic time and were very well behaved!
We read about an astronaut's special clothes.
We designed our own aliens.
We made this robot talk and move.
Going into the Planetarium.
Are we sitting comfortably?
Looking at nocturnal animals.
We all boarded a rocket...
...and set off into space.
We could see planet Earth.
The telephones really worked
so we could speak to each other.
Mrs Simmons ordered lots of food.
All the staff were really busy!
Harrison's dad had a quick trip to the dentist.
Reading all about nocturnal animals.
Putting food in someones mouth..
..and watching what happened to it.
How our lungs work.
We did lots of exercise to keep fit.
Testing how fast our reflexes were.
Testing hot and cold senses.
This heart really pumped.
We had to sort out our recycling.
We were very close to these animals.
We waited for the container to fill up...
When it was full it all tipped out!
Harrisons dad played a game with us.
A good day was had by all!!
Our turn to learn at Forest School started today with Alicia and we couldn't wait!
We used sticks to make the first letter of our name. Then we learnt the correct names for natural materials and shared how they looked and felt.We played an identification racing game in teams. The mini cones were perfect for making our own spiders.
Thank you to all the children who entered our 'Design a Superhero Egg' competition.
In Athletics today we have been practising our throwing skills.
Throwing against a target.
Throwing with accuracy into a hoop.
Underarm throwing to a partner.
Knocking a ball off the top of a cone.
Throwing and catching a ball.
Harrison and Mrs Simmons showed good co-ordination
We had a visit from the RSPB today. We learnt about different types of birds and then went on a birdwatch to try and spot some!
In History we have been looking at old artefacts. We discussed what they were and how they were used.
We dressed up in our pyjamas, had a drink of hot chocolate and read bedtime stories for World Book Day.
Warming our hands by the fire.
Enjoying our hot chocolate.
Are you lying comfortably...
..then I will begin.
We loved it when our Mums and Dads came in and had dinner with us>
This year we are all learning a special Wake-up Shake-up for Sports Relief on Friday 18th March. Learn the song and dance then come and join in with us in the playground before school.
Our last afternoon was spent in the sunshine working creatively with sticks. Using short elder sticks we made beautiful bracelets and necklaces. Then we learnt how to peel bark from longer sticks using a potato peeler. We then transformed them into magic wands, fishing rods and even a swing for a robin to play on.
Poke out the soft pith inside.
To a finished bracelet!
Great focus on using the peeler correctly.
Practical maths- today we had 1 minute to complete certain tasks. We then thought about reasons why our answers were different to each others.
Rolling a 6.
Putting pegs in a board
Jumping up and down.
Writing your name.
Building a tower out of cubes.
Name writing- "Some peoples names are longer." Kaycee
Dice activity- "Some people might have got 6 again and again, but some might have 1,2,4" Logan
Jumping- "Some people were jumping and saying numbers and not counting the jumps."Mya
"People were counting together so they all got the same amount." Beau
Building a tower- "Sometimes it broke if it got a bit high." Harrison
"Some of the bricks are different and don't fit together." Logan
Pegs in a board-" It was a struggle to get them into the holes quickly." Amani
Doing maths in Chinese during Chinese New Year!
First we wrote some numbers in Chinese.
Then we did some addition calculations.
After designing an animal enclosure we then followed our designs to make them.
Selecting materials for the 'window'.
Split pins for hinges and a pipecleaner handle.
"Bars to stop the guinea pig running away."
Looking at the real cages for ideas.
Carrots for a treat!
We're fast becoming nature experts! Today we learnt how to identify wetland birds and how we can help other birds by making bird feeders for them.
Can we spot any coots?
Look closely at the colour of their feathers.
A stick for the birds to perch.
Taking time to thread the food on.
Is there space for more food?
Ready for hungry birds.
We saw and heard lots of interesting things on a relaxing walk around Blackroot Pool.
Across a bridge.
Bend low under a tree trunk.
One step over a branch.
Climb up the slope.
Then we found the mud!
I never knew....
Mud, glorious mud!
This week parents were invited to come into school to share with the children their hobbies, jobs etc. We were very lucky in Owls class to have such talented parents!
Nana Afia's Mum came in to tell us all about Ghana- we learnt about special food, a new song and the fact that Nana Afia's Nanny is the Queen Mother in her town!
Beau's Mummy is a swimming teacher and qualified lifeguard. She told us what she would have to do if someone stopped breathing. Can you remember what she said?
This 'sausage' helps you to float.
Is the person breathing?
You need to be in the recovery position.
We all had a go.
Beau's mummy used to win her races!
Ollie's Nan came to talk about when she came to Birches Green Infant School when she was a little girl.
We asked Ollie's Nan lots of questions.
Ollie's Nan on her school trip.
She showed us how to play clapping games.
Then we all had a try.
These are some of the questions we asked:
What was the head teacher's name? The head teacher's name was Mr Barwell.
Did you do Big Maths, Beat that? No but we had sums on the blackboard behind the teacher's desk.
Did you wear school uniform? No.
Did you like your school dinners? Yes, Friday was everyone's favourite day, we had sausage chips and beans.
What did you play with outside? Each other! The girls would play skipping games and throwing a ball against the wall, the boys would play 'Jacks' Marlies(marbles) and cowboys and Indians.
Did you go on any trips? We went on one trip in the Infants, to Alton Towers but there weren't any rides. We walked round the gardens.
Other things that we found out-
The toilets were outside in the Juniors! only the top year were allowed to use the indoor ones.
At breaktime the children would have a glass bottle of milk and a chocolate biscuit- red wrapper for pain chocolate and blue wrapper for milk chocolate.
Children didn't need to bring food in for the Christmas Party but they did need to bring in a cup, bowl, plate, knife spoon and fork with their name on.
Serene's Dad came to teach us about music.
We learnt about rhythm.
We wrote our own music and clapped out the rhythm.
Then we had a 'jammin' session!
Forset schools. This week we were on an animal hunt. We followed footprints and then identified each animal.
On our hunt for footprints.
How many paws and claws are on this print?
Reading the safety sign.
We looked for prints that this duck left behind.
Holding the twig back for a friend.
Look how different all the prints are.
Squashing clay to make our own footprints.
Using sticks to make marks in the clay.
Our finished footprints.
Having fun in the mud.
It's a good job it washes off!!
Links with other schools.
Mrs Ricketts recently received an email from Trinity C of E Primary School in Shrewsbury who wanted to be pen pals with us. We looked at their school website and saw that their school was in the middle of the countryside. We all paired up with someone from their school and wrote them introductory letters to them. We thought about the sorts of things we needed to include in our letter. We then addressed a huge envelope with all of the letters in and waited...
We all wrote letters to our penpal telling them about us and asking questions for them to answer.
A week later we recieved a letter back from them!
As part of our topic 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers' Mrs Harvey brought her dog Bobby into school. In English we were looking at the 'ing' suffix at the end of verbs.
Bobby was standing.
clippers for cutting
We thought of lots more 'ing' words.
We had our fisrt book swap in school today. Over half the class bought books into school to swap which was great! Hopefully more children will take part next month.
Some more super 'Gold' Homework challenges this week making the wardrobe with Narnia inside.
Our Design Technology this week was making shields like Peter used from the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.
First was the 'focussed practical task' where we investigated different ways to join materials.
Then we designed our shield and identified materials we would need to use.
Then came the fun part..making our shields!
The finished product.
Finally we evaluated our shields, writing what went well and what we would change if we did it again.
Forest School 21st January
The second group wrapped up warmly and were very keen to explore Plants Brook Nature Reserve for the first time with Alicia.
We practised our new safety rules sensibly before we set off to hunt for signs of winter around us.
Reading to find out what a drey is.
I've found some catkins.
Catkins are like caterpillars, said Beau.
Icy lakes...and no ducks today.
Trying out a chair.
A strong chair but not very comfy to sit on.
Our winter collection of mini cones and catkins.
Tying leaves on our winter stick.
Working in a team.
Look at our amazing homework!
Each week the children are given 3 challenges for their homework covering a wide range of subjects. Their are graded 'Bronze', 'Silver' and 'Gold' according to the amount of work involved or the complexity of the challenge. The children choose their own challenge and are awarded points in school according to the level of challenge they have chosen. This week's challenge was related to our new topic 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers'.
Have a look below at some of the super work that was produced!!
Gold challenge- make a 3D model of a pet.
Harrison's dog 'Sulley'.
Dylan's dog 'Sam'.
Silver challenge- make a collage of your pet and describe it.
Aaron's pet rabbit.
Kaycee's tissue collage of her fish.
Harrison's collage of lots of Sulleys!
Bronze challenge- draw a picture of your pet( or one you would like) and describe it.
Harrison's description of his dog Sulley.
Princess would like a dog like this.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Year 1 were very fortunate to be able to go the Birmingham REP to watch the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We were all brilliantly behaved and had a fantastic time.
All excited and on our way!
We were very lucky to have front row seats.
Lucy goes into the wardrobe...
..and enters the magical world of Narnia.
Lucy meets Mr Tumnus.
The children talk to the professor.
The children meet Mr and Mrs Beaver.
We could see into the musicians pulpit.
It was dark when we came out of the REP.
We were all very tired on the way home.
We got stuck in lots of traffic on the way home!
A few days after we came back from the theatre we recieved this super email from a lady who was sat next to us.
Our topic this half term is Paws, Claws and Whiskers. We will be learning all about different animals, habitats, diet etc.
We were very lucky to be able to begin our topic with a visit from Mo from' Animals in Hands' company. He bought in a selection of his animals for us to look at, stroke, groom and feed. We learnt lots of new things about these animals which we will be exploring over the next few weeks.
Casper the rabbit.
The albino hedgehog.
Charlie the Chinchilla
Carefully grooming her.
Stroke with the back of your hand.
Midnight the Barn Owl.
Mrs Harvey held the box for the owl to fly into.
Dora the racoon
We found out lots of facts about the animals. Can you remember the answers to these questions?
How many spikes does a hedgehog have?
What does a hamster use it's pouch for?
What is special about a rabbit's teeth?
When are yellowed eyed owls awake?
When are black eyed owls awake?
Where are an owls ears?
Which is bigger, a boy or girl racoon?
What does a chinchilla use to have a bath?
Answers are at the bottom of the page!
We all drew pictures of the animals that we saw using a variety of media. We then chose our favourite media to draw a large picture.
The results were so impressive that we had to show them all!
Mrs Harvey showed us how to hold the knife.
Holding the cucumber carefully.
Watch your fingers!
Spreading the butter evenly.
Cut the cake in half.
Cut the strawberry in half.
Look how long our garland is.
Decorating our hats ready for the party.
Clearing the party area.
Let the party commence!
Instead of sending Christmas Cards, Faliha made bookmarks for everyone in the class. What a thoughtful gift Faliha!
We were very fortunate to have the violin children perform for us in class today.
Dr Suzuki song
Today we have been learning about the importance of recycling.
Working together to play a recycling game
Sorting recycled materials.
Put the extra glitter back in the pot to use again
'Squash' the card to make room for more in the bag
We designed posters to encourage people to recycle
We thought about some of the reasons why it was important to recycle.
Beau- "You have to put recycling things in the bin, the recyclers will come and get it to make something new out of it."
Logan- "If you leave something for too long it rots, put it in the compost."
Hira- "The planet will all be in a mess if we don't recycle."
This week we have been learning about the First Christmas. We acted out the story of the First Christmas as a class.
Angel Gabriel visits Mary.
Mary tells Joseph the wonderful news.
Mary and Joseph travel on a donkey to Bethlehem.
Baby Jesus is born in a stable.
The shepherds come to visit.
The wise men bring gifts.
We have had a practical week in Maths, investigating how heavy objects were and comparing them with each other.
A visit from Spiderman!!!!
Spiderman visited our classroom and we had the opportunity to ask him lots of questions. He told us lots of information about where he lived, what he liked/disliked, his enemies and how he got here! We were all very excited!!!
As part of Road Safety week, Paul came to show us how to keep safe on the road.
'Paul came to teach us about Road Safety.
'Do you need a car seat'- Princess
'The seatbelt hurt her neck,it's too high'-Charlie
'The booster seat kept her safe.'
'The seatbelt kept her safe!'- Amani
'The police told the cars to STOP!'
'The Umbrella and jacket reflects the light'-Aimee
'Look left and right and forwards and think'
'We need to wait for the green man'.
'Paul was waiting for the person to go green-Aimee
'Lollipop people keep people safe.'- Princess
'You need to stand back'-Harrison
In Maths this week we have been creating our own Pictograms and interpreting data from it.
Creating a class pictogram
Working in pairs to make our own pictograms.
What super pictograms!
Making a pictogram using objects.
Collecting data."Which is your favourite fruit?"
Which fruit is the most popular?
In Science we have been looking at 'Materials' , their properites and why they are chosen for specific purposes.
Mr Tempest wrote some Superhero lyrics to the Superman Theme song.
Raising money for 'Children in Need'- We all donated money and dressed up as 'Superheroes'
Bat man and BatGirl
Spiderman and Spidergirl
In Design Technology this week we have been talking about healthy eating. We chose a few ingredients to make a healthy tomato and vegetable soup. We used tomatoes, potato, carrots, onion and vegetable stock to make our soup. Mrs Plaha and Mrs Simmons helped us prepare the ingredients by peeling, chopping and slicing.
Well done to the children who achieved 97% or more attendance!
Apple Scrumping and Pond Dipping at Forest school!
Alicia shook the tree so the apples would fall.
What a lot of apples!
We asked Anne to make an apple pie.
Janayla found a bee "getting honey"
Alicia told us the rules for pond dipping.
Have I caught anything yet?
Don't fall in!
What have i got?
Knee deep in cold water.Brrr
Alicia found a spider.
Making sure the safety ring was there
Holding a green shield bug.
Working as a team to build a nest.
"Look at my house"
This week at Forest School we learnt how to 'whittle' sticks using potato peelers. We then decorated our sticks with wool and natural materials.
Alicia showed us how to use the peelers.
Then we gave a 'Health and Safety' talk.
We had to count how many peelers there were.
Choosing wool to decorate our sticks.
Spotting mushrooms- "you point but don't touch!"
Look at all our decorated sticks.
We pretended to fish with our sticks.
Looking at the birds on Dragonfly pond.
This swan is a boy, he has a big bump on his beak.
We have been learning about continents in Geography.We located which of the 7 continents dinosaurs lived on 65,000,000 years ago!
Learning that dinosaurs lived in all 7 continents.
"I can find North America."
Where is Asia on this map?
Working hard on their map work.
Labelling the 7 continents on a map.
"He lived in Africa."
Linking in with our Topic of Dinosaurs,today we have learnt about the difference between 'Herbivores' and 'Carnivores'.
Writing about his carnivore's tooth.
"Carnivores eat meat."
Sorting pictures by tooth type.
Making teeth out of playdough.
"The Carnivores tooth is sharp."
"The Herbivore eats grass."
We had a lovely time on our first trip to Forest Schools! We spotted lots of different berries. Alicia, our forest school Teacher taught us some rules about the berries...look but don't touch them because some berries are poisonous.
In Maths, we have been working extremely hard to solve calculations using number lines, to practice our number formation and to count, sort and order numbers.
" I can count out 19 cubes."
Practicing our number formation.
Working as a team to build cubes from 1-10.
Using a number line to help us add.
Working hard when ordering numbers.
Counting objects to 10.
Independently making and solving calculations.
Ordering numbers to 10.
Week Two at Forest School. We went on a nature hunt and we learnt how to look carefully to find fruit and seeds around us!
Forest Schools - Den building
Building a den!!!
We looked around for logs to build our den.
We worked as a team to pick up big logs.
Mr Giles had to help us with this one!!
Heavy logs needed to be rolled.
Mr Giles helped put the logs up to make the den.
We gave our den a door.
We used leaves to decorate our den.
Paws, Claws and Whiskers answers
How many spikes does a hedgehog have? A hedgehog can have up to 5,000 spikes.
What does a hamster use it's pouch for? A hamster uses it's pouch to store food.
What is special about a rabbit's teeth? Their teeth never stop growing and so have to have a diet of hay daily to grind their teeth.
When are yellowed eyed owls awake? Yellow eyed owls are awake in the day time.
When are black eyed owls awake? Black eyes owls are awake in the night time, they are nocturnal.
Where are an owls ears? An owls right ear is higher than their right eye and their left ear is lower than their left eye, this enables them to hear at different frequencies.
Which is bigger, a boy or girl racoon? A boy racoon is twice the size of a girl racoon.
What does a chinchilla use to have a bath? A chinchilla has to have a bath in sand every day.