To All Parents and Guardians,
On behalf of everyone at Oldfield Brow, can I thank everyone for their extraordinary efforts within an extraordinary year. To all the parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters who have helped support your child over the past months, your support has been much appreciated.
As we now close for the summer, may I wish you all a very happy summer. Some may be travelling away on holiday and some may not, but to you all, we would like to wish you all a good break.
From this point onwards, your child's class email will not be monitored until September, but if you need to contact the school please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply as soon as possible.
Take care of one another and see you all in September.
At the bottom of the blog, in red and green, you will find some links that I will leave on the website over a period of time as I believe them to be useful. Above this, you can find the daily blog which will be in black. This will keep you updated on new and exciting resources, activities and competitions. For those children studying at home, we hope you find the workpacks and additional resources (in the Downloads section) to be useful.
Best wishes to you all,
Miss Cooney and Mrs Wood
Hello everybody, it's the last week of term! You've all made it and done such a good job both at home and school- well done! This week please find in the downloads section some activities that span across Key stage 1 and 2; some activities can be used with all years for this last week. Please feel free to dip in and out with them and have fun!
This week's shout outs for children learning at home...
Well done to Antoni for excellent work with his reading comprehensions, spellings, English writing and Geography compass directions. He also took a trip to the seaside and saw a real jellyfish- very exciting!!!
This week's shout outs for in school...
Some of our Rainbow Fish stories:
Ben Betty Henry
Esther Will Penny
Some of our 'Beach Safety' posters :
Jess Jonny Nathaniel William Penny Ewan
Some of our Rainbow Fish book reviews:
Sophie Max Betty Hollie Emma Andrew
Practising our compass directions outside:
Another super week Year 1SC!!! Have a lovely weekend...
Reading Together Day
Hi - its Mrs C. It's Reading Together Day! It doesn't matter how old we are, reading together can be a special family time. Why not send in a picture of story-time today to appear on the blog?Make a point today of sharing a book with someone you care about. What will you share? Author and Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell shares her 10 top tips for parents and carers here...
This week's shout outs for children learning at home...
Well done to Antoni who has worked hard with his English writing, reading comprehensions, seaside topic work and much more!
Well done to Fatima who has worked hard with her spellnig, English, maths and more- keep it up!
Well done to Pratyush for doing a super job with his spellings!
This week's shout outs for in school...
Well done to all the children in school who have worked very hard this week in school too. They used Punch and Judy puppets to write a script and then peform their show to the rest of the class- lots of laughs!!!
Jessica and Ewan
Ben and Betty
Will and Henry Sophie, Emma and Jonny
This morning, we came up with our own ideas for new sea creatures! We drew them, labelled their different parts, gave them a name and wrote about our favourite features...
Earlier in the week, we worked in pairs to come up with our own rhyming poems about sea creatures...
Esther and Emma
Ben, Jess and Betty
Max and Jonny
Sophie and Hollie
The children also used their imagination to think about what they would enjoy about being a sea creature...
It's been a great week Year 1SC- well done! Now, have a super weekend...
Good morning everyone!
You can find this week's new work in the Downloads section... Hope you enjoy it!
Remember to learn your spellings if you are back in school, for our test on Friday. Any questions, please ask at drop-off/pick-up or drop me an email.
Happy Friday everyone! Your spelling tests are available in the Downloads section- good luck (we are doing the same one in school).
This week's shout outs
Well done to Zeta for your extra effort taking on new maths challenges as well as some super work in English on the Singing Mermaid, our book this week... You have even turned into a mermaid!!! You have done excellent writing and very detailed illustrations too- great job!
Some writing from today in school...
SPORTS DAY IS HERE!
All children in school will spend either the morning or afternoon competing against each other and having lots of active fun! WIll you be joining in at home too? Find the Sports Day PowerPoint in the Downloads section with all the activities on... Remember to send me in your pictures (and your scores too)!
Good morning everyone, your new workpack is ready for you in the Downloads section and this is a very exciting week as it is SPORTS DAY on Wednesday!!! (Fingers crossed we get some good weather!)
Please also note that if your child is in school, we will be testing them on the spellings provided in the work pack each Friday morning.
Last Week's Shout Outs
Well done to Pratyush for doing such a good job with his spellings, reading comprehensions and other English tasks, still working hard from home!
Zeta has been making most of the sunshine last week!
Well done to Fatima for doing a great job with her spellings and even doing extra sentences, completing her English lessons and reading comprehensions at home.
Some more incredible artwork by Antoś!!! Well done for working so hard with your spellings and English work too. It is very neat and I really enjoyed reading your descriptions about your family.
Well done to Max for spending his time completing these very challenging and complex lego models! Super!
Finally a big well done to Esther for working hard finding out about Costa Rica for Geography, full marks on her spellings and designing a very cool outdoor board game with chalk (and some funny forfeits!) .
Good morning all, we have had such a lovely week back at school including lots of fun joining in the Rainbow Games. If you haven't had a go yet, everything is in the Dowloads so why not start over the weekend and have a go next week instead?
Your spelling tests are now available in the Downloads too- good luck! (We are doing the same ones in school today).
Floating and sinking fun in Y1 today!
Our fourth Rainbow Challenge completed! 'Mighty Memory' - look at 10 items for a minute then turn around and try to remember as many items as you can in between doing star jumps!
Everyone is having a great go at this at school! If you are joining in at home- please send in your pictures!!!
National School Sports Week- Rainbow Games
Y1 competing in their third challenge "Jump My Height" in school today... Lots of fun! Looking forward to totting up the scores at the end of the week to see which of our two teams will take the win! (Certificates for all those taking part though!) If you haven't yet started, read below in the blog for further details and look for all the resources you need in the Downloads section...
National Writing Day
Look at how well Y1 did with this challenge today: 24 words, 7 minutes, a story or poem starting "One day.."
It's National Writing Day! We will be getting creative at school, rising to the challenge of writing a story or poem using just 24 words in 7 minutes, starting with "One day..." #247challenge .
Visit https://firststory.org.uk/writeday/#247Challenge to find lots of real-life examples of work (like the one above) and inspirational tips from authors. Please have a go at home too and send in your pics to me. You can have more than one attempt if you like! It only takes seven minutes... I can't wait to read your ideas!
National Sports Week
This week is National Sports Week 2020, from the 20th-26th June, a great opportunity for kids to get active, get in touch with other people and have fun!
This year, the Youth Sport Trust has teamed up with Sky Sports to run a national campaign which will aim to unite the country - families, schools, sport and businesses - in a celebration of the power of sport to bring people together, even during isolation. The UK-wide campaign will challenge people to take on their families, friends and neighbours in virtual sporting challenges – helping them to connect in an unprecedented period of school closures and social distancing.
The active challenges will all have an emphasis on togetherness, inclusivity and wellbeing.
Year 1 are using the Rainbow Games to structure our Sports Week, choosing a different challenge each day for each colour of the rainbow. We started our challenges in school yesterday with the (red) Twister competition... Super fun! Lots of teamwork, support, determination, honesty and passion shining out of Y1! It was a wonderful start back to school. Today's activity was (orange) Star Challenge and we will continue to do one a day throughout the week. Look out for photos...
For those learning at home, a copy of all the resources you need to join in and compete are in the Downloads section. You can adapt the activities to suit your situation- we are in school so don't worry if the activity does not exactly match the ones given. Perhaps you can use social media to compete against friends or family or classmates in a different household to you? Can you challenge a different person for each activity? Get stuck in and have fun! Make sure you send us your pics so we can share them too!
Apologies for the delay in uploading the spelling tests today- they are now available in the Downloads section. I hope you have all had a great week and I am very much looking forward to welcoming many of you back on Monday! Have a lovely weekend, let's hope this weather picks up...
This week's shout outs:
Well done Esther for doing a great job with your freshwater/seawater experiment and writing up the instructions for others to see too! You have remembered your date, title and subheadings as well as numbering your instructions- super layout! Love seaside pictures too:
Well done to Nathaniel for working hard with your maths, reading comprehensions, spellings, your seaside topic work and your handwriting- it is getting neater and neater! I also really liked your Superhero Dad!
Well done to Emma for a fantastic 'MISSING' poster of Tiddler! You have taken a lot of care with this and clearly put lots of time and effort in and it has paid off, a lovely piece of English:
Well done to Ahmad for his excellent maths work and reading, you are flying at the moment!!! It also look slike you have had fun this week with your science experiments:
Well done to Antoś for continuing his learning in so man areas- writing, spellings, art, baking, exploring and making delicious, healthy smoothies:
Well done to Will who headed to the seaside this week and collected some real sand and shells for his art project. He has also been working really hard writing about his cress plants and with his spellings, good job!
And finally, such a lovely note to finish the week with, look at the exciting news from Bella's house this week...
That's right- her ducklings have hatched!!! I bet they are so soft to cuddle Bella! Have a lovely weekend with them :)
National Sports Week 2020!!!
Next week is National Sports Week where we can all join in, whether at school or home, and come together for sporting activities, challenging each other virtually even if not face to face!
The aim is to complete a different challenge every day for a week. Information will come out in next week's home learning packs with all the resources you need and lots of ideas for activities but for now you could start thinking about who you want to challenge: Your friends? Family members from different households? Your teachers? Perhaps start to organise now who you will challenge on which day... You can use the activities that will be sent next week or you can start coming up with your own ideas. The idea is to stay active, enjoy competing with people you may not have seen or spoken to much recently, and most importantly to have fun!
Being in a bubble...
This is a lovely book for little ones who will be returning to school. It helps to explain what 'being in a bubble' will mean for them, what it might look like and how it might feel. It also explains why our routines will be different. I strongly recommend sharing this book with your child and building in time to discuss their thoughts and feelings about it, encouraging them to ask questions. You can still do this even if your child is not returning to school as it will give them an insight into what it will be like for their friends and it may still prompt and/or answer questions they have in general. It is available in the Downloads or as an audio book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUXDX0WFyno&authuser=1
There is also a short video to a very nice (and quite touching!) story explaining to children that while we cannot hug there are other ways to show people you love them... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PnnFrPaRgY This is one for everyone to share.
A lovely picture book to share with little ones to explore different feelings in this current crises and show that lot of people worry about different things and that it is OK: https://www.calameo.com/read/000777721945cfe5bb9cc?authid=Xu9pcOzU3TQx
General: BBC Bitesize are offering daily lessons in many areas of the curriculum with explanatory videos, activities for kids and more! Use the link below, choose Year 1 (or for a challenge, Year 2!) and have a look at the different subject areas. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons
Reading/Maths: if you want some extra online reading books or additional maths challenges then please email me for logins to Active Learn Bug Club and/or My Maths. Here is a link to a lovely book about being worried that may be good to share with children: https://en.calameo.com/read/000777721945cfe5bb9cc?authid=Xu9pcOzU3TQx
Active: Living Streets (our Travel Tracker site that records how children travel to school) are releasing a fun, new activity each Monday for use when you are out on your walks. Follow the link to find out: https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-to-school/primary-schools
Coding/De-bugging: continue to practise the coding and de-bugging work that we started in school by logging onto https://www.j2e.com/j2code/ and choosing Year 1. You can use Lesson 1 for a recap or jump straight to lesson 2. If you click the icon of the hat next to each lesson then this will give an overview with vocab to use and ways to vary and extend the activities to challenge children (it may be helpful to glance over this before setting children off, particularly the 'main activities', 'challenge' and 'follow-up lessons'). Then click the video icon and let children watch an example of what to do. Finally, click the picture icon (fox) and off they go- have fun! We completed lesson 1 at school and most children worked through this independently and really enjoyed it.