Welcome to Selby Class!
Each week we will be updating our page and showing you all of the different things we have been learning! Below is summary of what our theme for this half term will be!
This half term we are going to be learning all about animals and habitats so keep checking this page to come on our journey around the world. We are starting off in the desert!
In R.E this half term we are going to be discussing and thinking about 'Where do we belong' it links to the faith we feel and how that connections to others.
P.E we are moving on from ball skills to throwing and catching skills.
This half term Selby Class are going to be learning all about 'People who help us'. We will be thinking about and discovering some of the jobs in the community that can help us in different moments in our lives, this can range from the police, doctors, caretakers and garbage collectors.
We will be starting with the Police.
In Religious Education we are going to be discussing 'Which times are special and why?' and will focus on special times for our children and some religious festivals. Music will focus on pulse and pitch and P.E we are going to start focusing on our ball skills.
Keep coming back to find out what we are discovering and learning each week.
People Who Help Us
WOW! What a busy week this week we have been learning about postal workers, Easter and starting to think about Spring. We have written letters to friends and family. We learnt about the Easter story in R.E and then we have created some beautiful daffodil picture while discussing what we see in Spring! Keep your eyes peeled over the Easter holidays.
We have also mastered our ball skills this half term.
Have a great break!
This week the children all became doctors and nurses, some were even patients. The children had a variety of injuries and aliments that all required medical attention. We then created our very own x-rays after looking at some real ones, these were to put in our very own x-ray machine! We've had some wonderful discussions around how doctors and nurses can help us and are looking forward to having a Zoom next week with a nurse, we've all got lots of questions.
Maths this week has been spent recapping lots of the topics we covered during lockdown. This included shape hunts, hopscotch's and bean bag throwing. Its been great fun! The children have also done some amazing writing during RWI while reading our ditty!
This week was the first week we were all back together! While we have been focused on 'Vets' we have spent much of the week playing lots of games, reading lots of stories and just having some time to enjoy being together again!
We did focus our first day back around 'The Worrysaurus' and the children created some beautiful coloured butterflies to represent their feelings and worries when coming back into school.
Finally we got to finish the week with a delayed World Book Day! We came as many different characters and spent time in the day having a spelling bee and a book quiz!
We have looked at Firefighters this week! We have had our very own fire station set up in Selby Class and practiced getting changed quickly, hearing the fire alarm and writing up incident reports! Children have also created their very own 'Fire Safety' posters after watching a video from Tadcaster fire station.
The children have also really enjoyed exploring the water bead we have had set up putting some of our fine motor skills to the test! Its been another hard week in phonics but we have completed our first ditty book! Maths we have been exploring our number bonds to 10!
WOW what a busy week we have had! We begun our new topic by becoming Police Officers. We have spent the week collecting evidence of crimes, finger printing, creating police cars and Zooming with a real Police Officer! We got to see pictures of what he wears, what he drives and asked lots of different questions! It was great fun!
In RWI we started our very first ditty story and the children have impressed Fred with all their lovely Fred talking! They have taken their time and independently written the sentences!
Selby Class also go to opportunity to speak with Jonathon from the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and he spoke us to all about the different habitats and creatures we might find there! It was very interesting!
Chinese New Year
This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year! We have learnt about what to do for getting ready, what happens on the day and what you might see during the parade.
We enjoyed creating some of our own Chinese dragons and lanterns! We also tried some different Chinese Dim Sum as part of our snack.
To finish the week off we had a PSHCE day focused on a healthy lifestyle. This included exercising, healthy food and our mental well-being!
This week the children have become Scientists! On Monday we received a letter from Richard and he is a research scientists in Antarctica. He had asked us to do lots of different experiments to help him!
We converted the role play area into a science lab and took on our mission!
After exploring the North Pole so well, we went on another expedition to the South Pole! Here we learnt all about the Emperor Penguins and even found on hiding in school!! Eventually we had to write a letter to the Zoo to ask them to come and collect Pengwee the Penguin.
We researched who first went to the South Pole and who is now there. Children created their own research centres and building different vehicles to cross the snow.
This week Selby Class have been on a visit to the Arctic! This is our first trip to the North Pole and the children have loved learning all about the different animals, people who live there and also exploring some of the activities we can do there like ice fishing! Check out the picture below for some of the children's home and school learning.
This week Selby Class have spent the week having lots of christmas fun and games! We enjoyed Christmas dinner, a Christmas party and we've made lots of winter crafts!
Merry Christmas to all the children in Selby Class and see you in the New Year!
Miss B and the Selby Team x
This week has been as busy as ever and I am super proud of the Selby Children. This week they have finished learning all of their set 1 sounds in Read, Write, Inc! The children are doing incredibly well and always enjoy working with Fred to read words.
The children have begun thinking about winter and making some different craft including a pompom snowman. These have taken lots of time and really tested our fine motor skills but they are going to look great!!
We finished our week with a PSHCE day thinking all about keeping safe. The children practiced STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK road safety down the drive. We also talk safety around water, electricity and online safety! Ask you child if they can remember Buddy's online safety song.
Stars in the night!
This week Selby Class have finished their Space topic by looking at stars. They learnt about what stars are, which star is the biggest in our solar system and create their very own star constellation. The children have loved this topic! They have create space pictures and games, the game include rocketships, astronauts and even a few aliens.
Make sure if you head off into the night for a walk you gaze upwards and see what stars or planets you can spot!
We have continued working extremely hard on our phonics and the children are nearly at the end of set 1. I am so impressed at how well the children are blending and segmenting sounds. Maths we have continued looking at 4 sided and 5 sided shapes. We've made them out of matchsticks and found the shapes around the classroom.
Blasting off into Space!
This week we have learnt all about rockets! We have updated our Planetarium to become a rocket and we've been blasting off to different planets! The children have also designed and created their own rockets which look awesome and put our fine motor and creative skills to the test. Watching a rocket launch lead to lots of questions about how a rocket can blast into space and why it needs to much fire. We've also enjoyed our book of the week which followed a rocket ship car through a space journey, which has led to lots of creative construction.
This week we have focused on ASTRONAUTS! The children have loved discovering what astronauts do and why they go into space! They have spent time discussing the space suit and what it is used for and listening to Tim Peake talk about his space experience. The children used the Planetarium to help them decide which planet they would be blasting off to next!
Come back next week to see where are blasting off to in our ROCKETSHIP!
We have also spent an afternoon this week focusing on the Anti-bullying campaign. We talked around the word united and what it meant for everyone. We create a jigsaw puzzle piece each that fit together so that we can ensure that we treat everybody kindly even if we are different.
Fine motor skills have been put to the test this week we different challenges including cutting out our astronauts, picking up coloured match sticks with tweezers and threading pictures. The children have done a great job and risen to every challenge!
We have continued learning our sounds and we are now nearly through set 1 and I am so impressed. We have also focused on positional language in Mathematics, creating bear hunts for each other to describe where the bears are. The children have really enjoyed going on different bear hunts around Selby Class.
In Selby Class this week we have continued to create the planets of our solar system so that we can have our own planetarium up and running next week. We can't wait to show you all the hard work we have put in. The children can now identify each planet and have loved deciding which colours they needed to paint their planets.
So make sure you stop by to have a look at how awesome the Selby Planetarium is!!
We have also spent some time this week reflecting on Remembrance Day and why it is celebrated. We joined in with the whole school remembrance service and learnt about what our poppies represent.
In Maths we went on a shape hunt around the school. We focused on triangles and circle but saw lots of other shapes too. The children loved exploring the school environment especially out on the big playground!
See if you can see what shapes we have spotted in the pictures below!
On Friday we all came dressed up as superheros for Children in Need day! We had a great day learning about what Children in Need do and how we can help. We also thought about lots of superheros including doctors, nurses and policeman. The children all looked fabulous and even joined in with Joe Wicks 24 hour excise challenge.
WOW what a busy first week back!
Our first day was a PSHCE day, we thought about and discussed our special relationships, emotions and how to be a good friend. The children talked about their different families. We created our own pictures of our families and our very own friendship hands!
We then began to learn all about our new topic SPACE! We started learning the planets song and understanding some key facts all about the planet we live on 'Earth'. The knowledge that the children already had on space blew me right up into the atmosphere! They are amazing so don't forget to go out for a late night walk and look at all those stars shining brightly.
We have also had some fun creating and making some different things this week. The children watched a video of a firework display and then created their own pictures and they look amazing!! We enjoyed naming each different type of firework such as 'Boom', 'Bang', 'Pop' and 'Wishhhhh! The children also each made a poppy for our class wreath in preparation for the remembrance service next week.
The Five Senses
This week we have finished our topic on the five senses with a week focused on taste. We have tasted lots of different fruits and vegetables, some of which we had never seen before.
The children thoroughly enjoyed discussing and looking at the dragon fruit, before we could even tell the children what it was they had collectively decided it was dragons egg! We also enjoyed the children's sour faces as they tried limes and lemons!
We have also continued looking at carnivals and thinking all about Black History Month. We watched videos and looked closely at pictures of carnival masks and then created our own! I think they would fit in perfectly to the carnival!
This week we have focused on the sense 'smell'. The children have created their own smelly wall outside by planting different herbs. We also smelt some different herbs and spices that we would find at the carnival while thinking about Black History Month and smelt some oils. We have discussed how we all liked different smells more than others and how this can make us unique!
R.E day was fun! We created our very own leaf hedgehogs and thought all about how we care for and look after all of God's creations!
The children have continued with their phonics sounds and are now starting to blend the sounds together to READ words. They are doing AMAZING! In Maths this week we have created patterns!
We have continued to look at 'The Five Senses' and this week we have looked to touch. We have described different objects, we have played games which we hid different objects and had to tell what they were from the description. The children have also enjoyed this weeks book 'Lucy's Picture' and creating our own class collage.
The Five Senses
This week we have continued to explore and learn all about the five senses. Our focus has been hearing and listening! We have played lots of different listening games throughout the week and even enjoyed exploring the outside of school on our listening walk! We have also enjoyed the story 'What the ladybird heard', acting it out and discussing some of the WOW words.
The children are also learning lots of new sounds in their Read, Write, Inc sessions!
This week has been the children first full week and they have done amazingly!!!
We have begun learning and writing our sounds and have started our first topic
'The 5 Senses'.
We have focused on 'sight' this week using our observational skills to find objects and animals all around the classroom and outside. We have spotted the Red Kites flying high above the school along with lots of aeroplanes and helicopters.The children have enjoyed their first P.E lesson focused on moving our bodies in lots of different ways.
NEW ACADEMIC YEAR
This week we have continued to learn all about people who help us. Our focus for this week has been looking at the postal service. At the start of the week we looked at what journey our letters take when we post them and what kinds of jobs the postmen and women do.
The children showed a keen interest in stamps looking to find out about the Queen and why she is on the stamps. So we wrote her some letters asking her lots of different questions and went on a walk to the post box to send them! We are eagerly waiting for her reply!
While out on our walk we discussed our favourite places in the village including the green and fish and chip shop! We were also spotting signs of spring.
We also created our own stamps using our silhouettes to create them. Can you guess who is who?
In math's we have been working on addition through counting on.
People Who Help Us
We have been looking at people who help us in Selby Class. This week we have been looking at people who work in the NHS and healthcare sector. We set up a doctors surgery and Selby class took it in turns to visit with the doctors and nurses and especially loved getting their injuries bandaged.
We have also been looking at volume and capacity in maths and have had great fun in the water this week, measuring and using some really good language to explain what is happening.
To improve our fine motor skills, we have been crafting with split pins and a variety of resources to create our very own dragons!
The Elves and The Shoemaker
Selby class have had a shoe shop in their class this week and listened to the story all about the Elves and the Shoemaker. They got so carried away, they wanted to decorate some shoes - they even added some sparkle and pom poms to the head teacher's pair of shoes! Take a look:
Rapunzel, Rapunzel ... let down your hair!
High up in a tower, in Selby class, a young lady called Rapunzel lives. Selby class have had a great week, learning this story and taking part in activities linked to the it. A hair salon opened for business and the children loved styling hair - some children learned how to plait and decorated them! The children also designed some castles of their own and then went on to make and decorate them in the craft area. There were some great conversations about what boxes to use and the 3D shapes they were. Also this week, the children have been learning about weight and using scales in class to compare two objects, guessing which will be lighter or heavier.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No it's Bushy squirrel and friend. We had already named our frequent visitor Bushy and this morning, he had brought a friend with him. He had obviously told her about our super bird feeders in Selby area. Keep your eyes peeled!
This week we have been reading parts of the story The BFG and looking at what a kind and wonderful giant he was. He left his suitcase in our classroom one morning and inside were some of the dreams he had collected. We talked about our dreams for when we are older and what we hope to be when we grow up.
He also left a dream blower in our classroom, hung from the ceiling and we all made our own so we could blow good dreams into the world.
As part of our maths learning, we have been learning about times and talking about bedtime, lunchtime and other important times during the day. We have all learnt to tell the time reading the hours of o'clock and some of us completed a challenge and can draw the hands on the clock in the right place.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Selby class have more giants in their classroom this week. Mr and Mrs Giant, from Jack and the Beanstalk have taken over their room, as has the beanstalk that mysteriously appeared over the weekend!
Selby class are so busy creating their number beanstalks, using collage and mosaic techniques to create lots of wonderful art work, constructing castles fit for a giant and working really well as a team.
As part of their writing, they have created a giant story board, taking turns to draw pictures and label them. Some of the children wanted to create a finger puppet theatre and put on a show for us. We also had great fun measuring the Giant's footsteps and then we had a go at measuring our feet, by drawing round them and then using a ruler!
The Smartest Giant In Town
What a busy week Selby class have had! When the children came into class on Monday morning, they found some giant clothes on the floor and they soon found out who they belonged to - The Smartest Giant In Town!
This week, the children have made clothes, crowns, party hats and necklaces for the giant, using their mathematical language for 3D shapes and making some wonderful repeating patterns. His socks needed sorting from smallest to largest on the washing line. The children also made thank you cards to send to the giant from the animals, which allowed the children to independently use their learning from Read Write Inc.
In music, we have been learning about rhythm and creating beats to our names and popular nursery rhymes. We used our African drums and had great fun!
We also had time to talk about 'Keeping Pants Private' using NSPCC materials to support children in learning about keeping themselves safe. They all loved the Pantosaurus song!
What a busy week!
Chinese New Year
Selby class have been looking at the Chinese New Year this week.
Which means 'Happy New Year!'
We have learnt how the order of the animals that represent each year was decided. We watched a short animation and then after learning about shadow puppets, some of the children decided to make their own.
We also have looked at how Chinese people decorate their homes, to celebrate the new year and bring good fortune into their lives. Red is a lucky colour and so we thought our school uniform is lucky because it is red.
We are reading a book called 'Dragon In The City' and it is about a girl who loves Chinese New Year and we get to spend the day with her and her friend as they have a family reunion, a feast, a visit a local festival and see the dragon!
We have made up a dragon song and dance in P.E and created some very scary masks and we used them in the dance. Mrs Cox played a giant drum and we all came out of our caves as dragons and danced around. It was great fun!
We are now making a dragon in our classroom, it is red and yellow and really big! We created our own dance of the dragon and it was great fun.
In class, we have also made red and yellow lanterns and hung them all around, to decorate our classroom.
We have also had the opportunity to use chopsticks and write Chinese numbers. After all this hard work, we needed some food, so we all had the chance to sample some traditional Chinese food like; rice, noodles, mandarins, fortune cookies and seaweed. We also sampled lemon tea, with Mrs Legg and Miss Bellerby.
This week has been a busy week, with lots of learning and fun.
Forky and His New Friends!
In Selby class we are looking at toys and we even have our own workshop in our role play area, to make toys which we can sell in our shop. We had a surprise visitor on Wednesday and it was a well known character from Toy Story, called Forky. He wanted us to make some new friends for him and we did just that! Take a look:
Lost and Found
We read a book called Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers and learnt all about Antarctica.
We learnt all about chocolate, we read the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and learnt all about Ghana.
We learnt a traditional African dance!
When we looked at how the cocoa pods we harvested in Ghana, we saw how people carried the pods in baskets on their heads. We found out that the people in Ghana start doing this from a really young age so they get really good at it! We thought that we would have a go at it too, it took a lot of concentration and balance!
We also learnt all about Ghana, when we looked at chocolate, we learnt it is one of the biggest places which produce cocoa. We looked where Ghana was on the world map and talked about the equator and what effect it had on the weather there.
In our chocolate topic, Willy Wonka set us a challenge to design a new gobstopper on the computers, it had to have 14 spots on it! That was the number of the week. We used the mouse pad to control the 2simple paint program to make circles.
Athlete in School
Jenny Wall work came into school to do exercise circuits with us, we all worked so hard and showed great team work cheering all our friend on. What a great afternoon!
We joined in The Big Morning Move with Joe Wicks for Children in Need. It was hard work but we did it!
We made poppy biscuits for Remembrance Day.
This week we have been learning all about animals which hibernate, Project Wild brought in some animals to show us too! We were so brave holding all the different creatures.
In Selby Class we have been thinking about Bonfire Night, we learnt all about Guy Fawkes, learnt a bonfire poem with actions and made edible sparklers.
Making edible sparklers!
Today we had a fun day, full of learning all about relationships. First of all, we learnt that there are so many different types of relationships and we all decided want to have relationships that are good for us.
We all showed pictures of our families and talked about who they were and soon realised that not one of us had the same family! It was fun to hear about cousins, grandparents and aunties and uncles - there were some funny stories shared too!
We then talked about emotions and played a game to explore the different types of feelings we can have as we grow up. When our families came in the afternoon, some of us played the game with them.
It is important to keep safe and we talked about people we can trust - we call them trusted adults. We talked about who are trusted adults to us and know they are here to help us and keep us safe.
In the afternoon, after we made all our families dance with us, we made a giant friendship paper chain, with hand prints on telling us how to be a good friend. We also made friendship bugs and they looked really cute!
We love having our families come and spend time in our classroom and we can show what we have learnt!
Our Very First Class Assembly
We have had a wonderful week in Selby class and have really tried especially hard because we had something special at the end of the week. We had our very first class assembly. We decided to tell everyone about what we had learnt about harvest and the local farmers in Wistow. We then showed photos of our Autumn walk and showed everyone our wonderful artwork. We sang a song about tractors and we all remembered our lines and spoke clearly. We did our best and Mrs Cox, Mrs Nicholson and Mrs Legg were all very proud of us.
In Selby class this week, we are learning about the season 'Autumn'. We started in maths by taking a walk around our school and collecting things that showed us that Autumn has begun. We found lots of things from golden leaves that had fallen from the trees, to shiny conkers that had not been picked up yet!
We have then used our Autumn collection in maths to help us make groups of 6 and we have created some super art work too! We will be showing our parents this in our first class assembly on Friday. We are all very excited about it!
Selby class have had a busy week, looking at all types of trains and travel, whilst doing some great number work in and out side. This afternoon, the children worked together to make a fantastic train, with all sorts of facilities on board. The train was going over a bridge, with a river below. Luckily for us, we had some expert drivers on board and we all enjoyed our train ride.
Some strange eggs arrived in our classroom, we observed them closely and predicted what we thought was inside. We all had lots of great ideas!
We have been reading our new class book this week, The Kiss That Missed by David Melling - we went on a picture hunt and ordered the story then we independently created our own story maps!
Someone had made a cosy den in our outdoor area......we thought the Big Bad Wolf has been back! We investigated and some of us even came up with ways we could make a trap to capture the wolf and other made their own shelters!
In the Mud Kitchen we made potions to make the Big Bad Wolf sleep!
We have been busy in the writing area this week, calling our favourite characters on our telephones. We carefully inputted the correct numbers and then wrote a message!
We made paper plate pigs in the creative area!
We came into the classroom to find straw and footprints all over it! We followed the trail and found something had left a huge mess of wood, bricks and straw. Who could it have been?
We used magnifying glasses to look for more clues and wrote them down! We all thought the Big Bad Wolf had been here.........We were right!
World Ocean Day
We celebrated World Ocean Day by learning all about the plastic pollution in our seas and the things we can do to help stop it. We had a fun day designing our own ocean creatures and making a huge octopus for our school scarecrow and participating in lots of ocean activities. Have a look at our pictures below;
Year 1 followed the full design process to make their own ocean creatures for the school scarecrow, their design specification said it had to be waterproof, colourful and be easily tied to a fence. They then designed their creatures and wrote how they would make it and finally they made and evaluated their designs.
30 Days Wild Challenge
We have started the 30 Days Wild Challenge from The Wildlife Trust, we are trying to fit in one of the challenges each day. We have walked on grass and looked at clouds so far. We loved looking at the clouds and we saw so many things in them - a dinosaur, a train, a face and a camel to name a few!
Look at our pictures!
The Gruffalo has built his cave in our classroom! He left his delicious picnic all over the grass for us to find. We have been thinking about light and dark and using the torches to read books in the cave!
Our caterpillars have now turned into chrysalis's! We are having fun observing them, in 2 weeks or less they will be beautiful butterflies!
We had a great time with all the parents who joined us at our PSHCEE day, we were learning how to be active citizens. One of our tasks was to follow rules, so we played group games with rules that we had to follow to ensure we completed the tasks/games correctly. Everyone had great fun!
Caterpillars have come to stay!
After looking at the life cycle of a butterfly some caterpillars came to visit us. They will be staying in our classroom and we will be observing them changing throughout their life cycle.
Life Cycle of a Butterfly
We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and learnt all about the life cycle of a butterfly, then we had fun making the life cycle out of pasta and labelled each stage correctly.
Tidy Cloakroom Winners
Selby class have been working hard to keep their cloakroom tidy and have won the award for last term! They enjoyed their reward from Miss White today in the garden, in the sun. Well done Selby class.
We talked about the characters in our story Once Upon a Time Online and then drew pictures of them on the computers after we learnt how to select different colours.
First of all we remembered how to log on to our computers and find the paint program.
20/3/2019 - This week it is our ICT week, we will be learning to use the 2simple paint program, learning about different artists and re-creating their famous paintings on our computers. We will also be learning about online safety and reading the book Once Upon a Time Online.
15/03/2019 - Red Nose Day! We had an Upside Down Day, we wore our pyjamas to school had a cooked breakfast for lunch and learnt all about why we were raising money!
We took it in turn to tell the class about our pyjamas!
14/03/2019 - What a busy week we have had! We have been looking at our story Meerkat Mail, learning about deserts and the animals and people which live there. In maths reception have been halving and sharing and Year 1 started to look at place value. We also started our new PE topic called making shapes, this week we were moving across the mat in straight shapes.
7/3/2019 - Everyone looked fantastic on World Book Day dressed up as characters from their favourite books!
Everyone loved sharing their favourite books with the rest of the class.
Then we made bookmarks inspired by our favourite books, wrote book reviews, completed a book treasure hunt and enjoyed looking at books with our friends.
We had a great PSHCEE Day thinking about keeping our bodies and minds healthy.
We watched some clips from the film Inside Out to help us think about the different feelings we have and what makes us feel this way. Then we wrote about our different feelings.
We explored keeping our bodies healthy in the classroom. We looked at how we could keep our teeth and bodies clean and we could say what was healthy food to eat.
To end our exciting day we made healthy fruit kebabs - we all agreed they were very yummy!
We have been enjoying our outdoor area exploring our WOW words from the story The Kiss That Missed. Our WOW words were soaring, soothing, fearsome and capture.