Welcome to Class Barley
Class Barley is a mixed Year 1 and Year 2 class. Our class teachers are Miss Peel (Year 2) and Miss Jane (Year 1). We currently teach Maths and English separately, in year groups, then come together in the afternoons to learn all other subjects. By combining the classes, the children will not only work hard within their year groups, with a clear focus, but also have opportunities to be challenged further, within their mixed classes.
We are looking forward to the rest of this year and have many more new topics and Learning Challenges to cover. Please come and say "Hello" if you have a moment, or have any queries; we are always happy to help.
Please ensure you child has a PE kit in school and they have the correct fitting PE pumps in their PE bags. Please also ensure your child does not wear any jewellery to school as they will not be allowed to take part in PE due to health and safety issues.
Update - Class Barley take part in 2 PE sessions weekly, one at school and one at the Leisure Box with the support of BFC on a Tuesday. Year 2 can wear joggers/ black leggings when attending Leisure Box but they must wear a white PE shirt and a school jumper/ PE jumper with the school's logo over the top. If you would like to purchase a PE hooded jumper, please contact the office.
This half term, we have explored the work of Vincent van Gogh who was a Dutch post-impressionist painter. We used chalk pastels, oil pastels, paint and silhouettes to re- create one of Van Gogh's most famous pieces 'The Starry Night' which was painted in June 1889. The children used their fingers and hands to create the swirling technique that Van Gough used in many of his paintings. Here are some of our fabulous designs!
Experiential Learning in Science
In science we went on our very own material hunt in our local area. We studied the materials around us and talked about their properties and suitability. We decided that the bus shelter windows needed to be made out of safety glass or polycarbonate plastic so that they were transparent like glass but were also strong and durable like plastic. We also had chance to squeeze in a visit to Marsden Park where we were able to name the different materials that the equipment was made out of and look at the beautiful evergreen and deciduous trees around us. What a fun day!
Miss Jane's Year 1 Corner :-)
Welcome back to the new half-term. Above is our Parental Curriculum Overview which was sent home last week. This highlights the areas of learning which Year 1 children will be undertaking this coming half-term, in reading, writing and maths.
Welcome to all Year 1 children. We have had a super few weeks, settling into the new school year and working hard.
In maths, we have been learning about place value of numbers up to 10. We have also been counting forwards and backwards and solving problems relating to these numbers by explaining our thinking.
In English, we have been learning about Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis, and thinking about the order of the story and what the characters were thinking and feeling. We have also been creating our own story maps and writing our own character descriptions, making sure we use full stops, capital letters and finger spaces.
In handwriting, we are learning 'caterpillar family' letters (c a d e f g q) and 'robot family' (r n m h b p k) letters.
Homework books have been sent out to all children in Year 1 and are expected to be returned to class during the last week before half term (week commencing 14th October). Please aim to complete 1 task per week out of the selection of tasks given. The children will have their books marked and get the chance to present what they have done, during the final week of this half term.
Please also ensure that you listen to your child read on a daily basis. There are certificates to earn and prizes to be won for the children who read the most at home.
Keep up the hard work, everyone :-)
Miss Jane xxx
In the Summer term, we have been exploring the life of Christopher Columbus. We thought about the harsh conditions that the sailors would have experienced on their travels and wrote letters home to our families from the viewpoint of the crew members.
"Christopher Columbus travelled around the world in a big boat because they didn't have any cars". Sara
"I enjoyed dabbing the pictures with the teabags to make the letters look old". Sahil
"I noticed that they had a thing that looked like a clock but it was called a compass. It helped the sailors to find the right direction". Maira
Finger Puppet Show
In the Spring term, we have designed and made our own finger puppets using a range of materials. We then made a finger puppet performance based on the programme 'Fingerbobs'. We worked in groups to share ideas and create a short play that we performed to the rest of the class.
On Monday 10th December, the Year 2 children took part in the 'School of Dance' showcase held at Blackpool Tower Ballroom. We performed the Jive and spent the day rehearsing before our evening performance. There was even a little bit of spare time to visit Pizza Hut for tea...yum yum! We were so proud of the children for their performance and we are even going to perform our dance again at the St. Philip's Talent Contest next week. Thank you to all the parents who came to support us on the night!
Our theme this half term has been Africa in Class Barley. We have researched different wild animals native to this continent and we created 'African Landscapes' in our Friday Friends Workshop. We made some Maasai warrior neck decorations with colourful patterns and beads. Lots of the Year 2 children were able to name the countries and rivers found in Africa by exploring the atlases. Thank you to all the parents who came to support us.