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Welcome to Fountains Class

Summer Term 2, June 2021

 

Off on holiday!

Island Explorers!

 

Our main topic “Off On Holiday!” continues

but now we are focusing further away from Yorkshire as we will be  Island Explorers. We will be investigating the features of the coast on the Island of Coll, in Scotland and then comparing it to the Galapagos Islands.  We will be locating these places on maps and using terms such as the four compass points, equator, North and South Pole.

 

Our Art and Design and Technology work is linked to the theme as we will be finishing  our moving under water scenes using  simple mechanisms such as pulleys.  We will also be using clay, and using a view finder to focus on a specific part of a seaside scene and animals just like the Naturalist and Artist Charles Darwin did, when he visited the Galapagos.

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch will also lead on to making food such as a sandwiches!

 

Computing will have a focus on using various IT packages to produce seaside themed Art.

 

Science involves a look at plants, bulbs and seeds.  As well as labelling the parts of various plants, the children will be naming a variety of common plants found in the local area.  This is something you can all help with, in your garden or on walks around Wistow, Cawood and Selby. We will also be looking at the life cycles of plants and what they need to grow.  No work on plants is complete without trying to grow some from seed,  so  fingers crossed!

 

Religious Education this half term is “What is the good news Jesus brings?” This involves looking at the stories Jesus told and how Christians use these in their day to day lives.  Themes such as forgiveness, saying sorry and showing love and care to those who need it are all part of this.

 

English

English this term involves creating our own information and explanation texts, related to creatures, who live by the British coast and far away islands.  We will also be  reading ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ and the Katie Morag stories and using these as a base for a recap of the genres we have covered this year.

Read Write Inc.  continues daily for some Year 1 children, with either Mrs Legg or Miss Senior.

 

Maths

Year 1  This half term involves an introduction to time to the half hour and then numbers and place value to 100.  There is than a focus on money.

Year 2  We will start by finishing work on time. This is then followed by measurement including weight, length and capacity. Finally there is problem solving using all the knowledge we have already learnt this year,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making clay thumb pots, after being inspired by the giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands.

We have finished our underwater scenes, complete with pulleys and levers!

Summer Term  2021

 

 

We are being optimistic in Fountains Class this term, as our main topic is “Off on holiday!”

This involves investigating the British coast and seaside, past and present. A great way to help your child at home is to talk about the seaside trips the children, parents and grandparents have had!  You could even get out a photo album and look at the times you have visited the seaside.

We will be investigating the features of the coast and seaside and also finding places on a map.

Our Art and Design and Technology work is linked to the theme as we will be looking at some famous sea scapes by JW Turner and Katsushika Hokusai.

 

Our science work is based on Animals including Humans this term and we will be able to link this to sea creatures too!

 

English this term involves a couple of new genres—stories by the same author and information texts. We will first be looking at stories of by Julia Donaldson linked to the sea and seaside  We shall also be creating our own information and explanation texts, related to creatures who live by the

British coast.

Read Write Inc  continues daily for some Year 1 children, with either Mrs Legg or Miss Senior.

 

 

In Maths we will be focusing on the following:

Year 1- Counting in 2's, 5's and 10's.  An introduction to multiplication and division, doubles, halving and grouping.

Year 2- Finishing work on fractions, including 1/4's, 3/4's and equivalent fractions.  This is then followed by measurement, including weight, length and capacity,

 

Any practice of quick recall of number bonds to 10 and 20 will help.

Year 2's can start to learn their 2,5,10 and 3 times tables and division facts.

 

Our work in RE focuses on "What makes some places sacred?"

Taste testing fun!

Cricket fun! Our bowling is really improving! We all loved playing "Head, shoulders, knees and ball."

A special visit to church!

Creating our own "Great Waves" in the style of Hokusai, using watercolours.

Making and describing arrays.

Lockdown Birthday Party Fun!

We have been working really hard to draw self portraits.  

Spring Term 2  February-March 2021

 

It's a new half term and a new topic for Fountains Class.

Our main theme will be "The Great Fire of London." 

Our science work is based on the uses of everyday materials and we will be investigating which materials will be most suitable for making buckets to help put out the fire!

Our art work will focus on Spring and the work of famous artists such as Claude Monet.

 

In Maths we will be focusing on the following:

Year 1- Counting in 2's, 5's and 10's, Measurement- Length, height, weight and volume.

Year 2- Properties of shape and then fractions.

 

Any practice of quick recall of number bonds to 10 and 20 will help.

Year 2's can start to learn their 2,5,10 and 3 times tables and division facts.

 

In our English work Year 1's will continue with Read Write Inc and the Year 2's will be focusing on diary and letter writing.  We will also be writing Spring poems.

 

Our work in RE focuses on Lent and Easter, and also the natural wonders of Spring.

Easter Egg Hunt Fun!

Our Easter Gardens...

Preparing our Easter Garden...

World Book Day Fun!

Signs of Spring!

Retelling events of the Great Fire of London.

A Lego animation

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Here is a video by one of your class mates.  They had a very good talk about the dangers of fire with their parents.  They discussed how easily it can spread, not just in London in the past but today, which is why we don't play with fire. They checked there was no wind (talked about why) and got a bucket of water ready. Standing at a good distance, they watched why fire is dangerous.

Recreation of the fire!

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We recreated London in 1666, just before the Great Fire...

Spring 2021

 

It's a new year and a new topic for Fountains Class.

Our main theme will be "Would you like to an Antarctic Explorer?" We will be finding out about the adventures of Ernest Shackleton and start by focusing on the key places visited on his travels. 

Our science work is based on everyday materials and we will be investigating which materials will be most suitable for an explorer to the Antarctic, to wear.  

Our art work will focus on snowy landscapes and colour mixing using different media.

 

In Maths we will be focusing on the following:

Year 1- Place valve to 50, addition and subtraction.

Year 2- Multiplication and division, followed by Statistics.

 

Any practice of quick recall of number bonds to 10 and 20 will help.

Year 2's can start to learn their 2,5,10 and 3 times tables.

 

In our English work Year 1's will continue with Read Write Inc and the Year 2's will be focusing on fantasy stories ( especially those involving dragons), stories from another culture and letter writing.  

 

Our question in RE is "Who is Jewish and what do they believe?" We will also be meeting our friends Bumble and Tweet again.

 

 

 

Five Star Challenge

Ice Egg Investigation

Bubble Fun for Well Being Day!

The Epic Journey of Ernest Shackleton

Snow Fun!

Marvellous Maths

Christmas 2020

 

Fountains Class had lots of fun in the run up to the Christmas holidays. We performed our Nativity brilliantly and had a Christmas dinner in the classroom.  We even had a special visit from Father Christmas during our Christmas party in our bubble!  Thanks to a generous donation, we also had the opportunity to grow a snowman!

Christmas Fun!

Growing a snowman!

Autumn Term 2020.

 

"Wistow" is the first main theme for our work this term. We will be finding out about or village, including its physical and man made features, how it has changed over time and important landmarks. This will lead on to work on maps! We will then move on to work about Christmas and of course, the Nativity!   This year we are performing Toby's Drum by Out of the Ark Music.

Our science this term initially involves a focus on the seasons and living things and their habitats.  We will be looking closely to see what is living in the school grounds and the local area before focusing on habitats in other countries. 

Our art, design and technology work is also linked with our local area and we will be trying our hand at collage, observational drawing and sewing.  We will also be making natural art sculptures inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.

 

In Maths we will be focusing on the following:

 Year 1- Shape and place value.

Year 2- Money.

Any practice learning number bonds to 10 and then 20 will help.  

Using coins and playing shops at home is a fun way to help too.

 

In our English work Year 1's will continue with Read Write Inc and the majority of Year 2's will be focusing on Autumn poetry, stories with familiar settings, traditional and fairy stories. 

 

Our question in RE is " Why does Christmas matter to Christians? Hopefully we will be able to visit both the church and chapel. We shall also be meeting our friends Bumble and Tweet again.

Fountains Class!

A message from Bumble!

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Thank you cards for the Wistow community.

Decorating the tree!

Sunflower Sewing!

Looking carefully at coins!

Exploring 3D shapes!

Using the laptops to create a Powerpoint about Wistow!

We wrote questions to ask a super hero!

Writing instructions about how to build a Lego character.

Fountains have invented their own game- The Incredibles!

Carnival Time!

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Carnival headdresses inspired by the Leeds West Indian Carnival

Investigating what seeds need to germinate!

Poetry Performances!

Leaf printing and sunflower collages...

Andy Goldsworthy inspired art!

Refurbishing the insect hotel.

Cricket fun! Fountains Class verses the 44 mph wind!

Minibeast hunt!

Year 2 learning about and using adjectives. Super neat writing and begining to edit work!

Marvellous Maths! Using ><= signs to compare amounts.

Science Fun! Identifying if something is living, dead or never alive.

How tall are our sunflowers?

September 2019-2020

 

Summer Term 2020

 

"Who was Mary Anning?" is the main theme for our work this half term. We will be finding out Mary, her life and how she changed science, especially the study of Evolution due to her amazing fossil finds in Lyme Regis. This will lead on to work on dinosaurs!

Our science this term initially involves a focus on the seasons.  This will also help us with our poetry writing.  We will then begin a focus on 'Animals including Humans.'

 

In Maths we will be focusing on the following:

 number and measurement, multiplication and division, geometry and time.

 

Year 1 need to tell the time to the half hour and Year 2 need to know the time to the quarter hour and five minute intervals.

Year 1's will focus on multiples and Year 2's their times tables.

Any practice learning number bonds to 10 and then 20 will help.  

Using coins and playing shops at home is a fun way to help too.

 

In our English work Year 1's will continue with Read Write Inc and Year 2's will be focusing on poetry, diary writing, explanation texts and fantasy stories. 

 

Our question in RE is related to having a wider understanding of the beliefs of others.  Who is a Muslim and what do they believe ? We shall also be meeting our friends Bumble and Tweet again.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Training to be nurses

We have been very busy training to be nurses just like Florence Nightingale did when she went to Germany and France.  We learned about the need for clean hands, clothes and bedding.  We practiced putting slings and bandages on our friends.  We even made beds and cared for our patients!

Florence Nightingale's Lamp

We've been busy following instructions to make a model lamp.  It was very tricky folding and cutting to make 2 pieces of paper look like a real  lamp!  

Pancake Fun!

This week we found out all about Shrove Tuesday and took part in some of it's traditions.  We tried pancake races, flipping pancakes and of course, eating pancakes!

We also found out about why Shrove Tuesday is so important to some Christians.

My Healthy Lifestyle

We had fun finding out how to have a healthy lifestyle during our latest PSHE day.  We found out about healthy balanced diets- and even made banana smoothies.  We practised cleaning teeth, designed a healthy meal, washed our hands properly and then had time to think about how we can help have a healthy mindset.  All Fountains class thought of ways to help calm themselves down and what to do if we are upset.  We all had great ideas which we have shared with each other.

Victorian Toys

This week we have been making replica Victorian toys.  We have used pegs, fabric and wool scraps to make peg dolls.  We have also been using hack saws safely to cut wooden dowel for axels for toys carts.  

Maths Open Lesson

We were delighted to have our parents join us for Maths on Friday morning. We did lots of work learning about the properties of 3D shapes and using terms such as edge, face and vertices. 

A few of our favourite things!

We all enjoyed sharing what we learnt about chocolate and our favourite toys during our assembly on Friday.  If anyone has any toys from past we would love to see them.

Interviewing the mice!

We have been reading Kipper's Toybox and thinking about the characters and their actions.  This week we tried some 'hot seating' when we pretended to be the mice.  We all wrote questions for them.

Special Visitor

Mr Smith, from Nestle, came to visit us this week.  He told us about the history of chocolate in York.  We found out about how chocolate is made and even got some chocolate to take home!  It was a great end to our topic about York!  Thank you Mr Smith.

PSHE Day  Keeping myself safe

On Friday we found out many ways to keep ourselves safe including when crossing the road.  We also focused on dangers at home and when using our tablets or parents' phones.  We had a very busy day!

City of York Badges

We have designed and then made our own badges to represent the city of York.  We have all been practising our sewing skills.

Painting fun!

We've been busy painting using watercolours.  Our paintings will be added to our class display board.  Can you guess what we have been painting?

Project Wild

Nick from Project Wild brought some amazing creatures for us to meet.  We were even allowed to told some of them.  We met a grass snake called Lucien, a rose haired tarantula called Charlie, a leaf bug and a toad named Toddle.  We found out lots about looking after wildlife and each of the different creatures.  

PSHE Day- Me and My Relationships 

We have had an amazing day finding out how marvellous we all are and how to keep safe. We worked together to name and label parts of our body.  We then thought about how to be a good friend.  Our families are also important to us and they came along to join us in the afternoon.

Super Squash

 

We have had so much fun growing our own squash from seed.  We have then drawn them and also made squash soup! Yum Yum!