Opal

What do plants need to grow?

Welcome back for Summer Term 2

In our new topic, we will be learning all about how living and non-living things differ. We will be finding out about why the different parts of a plant are important and what conditions plants need to grow best. We will be exploring which plants grow in the wild and which are often grown in gardens. Also, we will investigate the different habitats of the insects and minibeasts within the school grounds, and especially in the school garden. There will be opportunities to share and listen to new stories and to learn and recite poems about plants.

PE will continue to take place on a Tuesday and a Thursday, so please continue to come dressed for this on these days.

Take one picture ….

Welcome back for summer term 1.

In our new topic, we will be finding out about the life of the famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh, looking at some of the paintings he created and the techniques he used. We will also use his paintings to inspire our work in using other artistic techniques, including sculpture, printing and collage. By sharing a range of biographical texts and fiction, based on Van Gogh and his art work, there will be lots of opportunities to write in diary form, as well as to consolidate our skills at writing non-fiction texts. In addition, we will be reading a selection of poetry and composing our own poems, based on some of Van Gogh’s paintings.

PE will continue to be on a Tuesday and a Thursday, so please come dressed for this on these days.

Spring Term 4

Human and Physical Geography

Up until the Easter break, we will be learning about different places on Earth, their locations, their weather and their climates. I will be posting our daily activities on here and on Seesaw.

P.E days will go back to as they were before lockdown on 8th March, which is a Tuesday and a Thursday for Opal Class. Children should come to school dressed in their P.E. kit on those days.

Lockdown Learning Spring 2021

Week 2 (1.3.21-5.3.21)

Friday 5th March

Thursday 4th March

Wednesday 3rd March

Tuesday 2nd March

Monday 1st March

Week 1 (22.2.21-26.2.21)

Friday 26th February

Thursday 25th February

Wednesday 24th February

Tuesday 23rd February

Monday 22nd February

Spring Term 3

Week 6 (8.2.21-12.2.21)

Friday 12th February

Thursday 11th February

Wednesday 10th February

Tuesday 9th February

Monday 8th February

Week 5 (1.2.21-5.2.21)

Friday 5th February

Thursday 4th February

Wednesday 3rd February

Tuesday 2nd February

Monday 1st February

Week 4 (25.1.21-29.1.21)

Friday 29th January

Thursday 28th January

Wednesday 27th January

Tuesday 26th January

Monday 25th January

Week 3 (18.1.21-22.1.21)

Friday 22nd January

Thursday 21st January

Wednesday 20th January

Tuesday 19th January

If you are unable to access the video on Seesaw, please refer to the link below, for an alternative reading of today’s story.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm_yazVwWrU

Monday 18th January

Week 2 (11.1.21-15.1.21)

Friday 15th January

Thursday 14th January

Wednesday 13th January

Tuesday 12th January

Please refer to Seesaw for the video of ‘Where the Wild Things are’, being read aloud.

Monday 11th January

Week 1 (4.1.21-8.1.21)

Friday 8th January

Thursday 7th January

Wednesday 6th January

Spring Term 3

To be continued…Take One Picture – Van Gogh

Happy New Year and welcome back for another term of new discoveries!
In our new topic, we will be finding out about the life of the famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh, looking at some of the paintings he created and the techniques he used. By sharing a range of biographical texts and fiction, based on Van Gogh and his art work, there will be lots of opportunities to write in diary form, as well as to consolidate our skills at writing non-fiction texts. In addition, we will be reading a selection of poetry and composing our own poems, based on some of Van Gogh’s paintings.

Through our learning, we will try to find answers to the questions below:

Who was Vincent Van Gogh?

When did he live and how did this time compare to now?

Where did he live and what was it like?

What were his most famous pictures?

What materials did he use to create his pictures?

What were his inspirations?

How can we use colour and different brush strokes, to recreate Van Gogh’s artistic style?

What new vocabulary do we need to know, to help us describe Van Gogh’s work and contribution to the world of art?

Can Van Gogh’s paintings inspire us to write poems?

What was it like to be Van Gogh?

Overview of Spring Term 3

Homework options

Paint or draw a self-portrait of your own.

Research and make a fact file about an artist friend of Van Gogh’s, to share with the class.

Draw a plan or picture of your own bedroom.

Pretend you are Van Gogh, and write a letter to your brother, Theo, describing your latest painting. What is it of? Where did you paint it? What colours have you used? Was it difficult to do? Are you pleased with it?

Make a collage picture of a sunflower.

Chatter Topics

How was Van Gogh’s bedroom different to your bedroom?

Look at two of Van Gogh’s Sunflower paintings and discuss what is the same and what is different about them.

Which of Van Gogh’s paintings is your favourite? Why?

What things do you think Van Gogh enjoyed painting most? What makes you think this?

Would you like to be one of the people in The Potato Eaters? Explain why you would or wouldn’t.

Autumn Term

A Warm Welcome to Opal Class!

As the new teacher in Opal Class, I am looking forward to meeting everybody soon, and to helping the children to settle back into school. In the meantime, please take a peek at the new video on Facebook, where you will be able to see the classroom, and find out what the children can expect when they arrive on Thursday.

This term, the children will be working on a series of sessions designed to support them in sharing and processing their experiences from the lockdown period, as well as gradually reintroducing the learning behaviours that they will need to accelerate their learning back in school.​

During each theme, the children will complete work on all areas of the curriculum with an emphasis on the creative arts – look out for our completed projects in the school grounds!​

The children will also be working on their key writing and mathematics skills, through our carefully planned transition and recovery curriculum.

Autumn Term 1

P.E.

Our P.E. days will be Tuesday and Thursday this term. Please come to school dressed in your P.E. kit, and be prepared to wear this all day.

Meet the Teacher

Home learning – Autumn 1

Samples from September!

We sculpted portraits of each other.

    An Update about reading in Opal Class

    Picasso inspired portraits
    Using pattern to recall number bonds for 20 speedily.
    We are learning to read and make o’clock and half past times.
    Recount writing.

      We just wanted to send you a little update about reading in Opal Class, and to request your continued support with regards to reading at home with your child. You will have seen that we have given your child a new reading diary in the last few days. It would be really helpful, if you could make a note in here, each time your child reads their book to you. We will be changing the reading books on a Friday and will be looking at your feedback in the diaries then. Any child who has read to their parent or carer five times during a week, will be able to add their name to our class Regis Readers display board. In addition, we will be rewarding them with a piece of ribbon, which they can attach to their reading rainbow key ring. The ribbon will be of a different colour, each time they receive one, allowing them to build a rainbow of colours on their key ring. Reading at home is such an important part of the learning process, and our hope is, that these incentives will motivate your child to want to do this even more! Many thanks. Emma Tremellen

      Autumn Term 2

      What can you make out of different materials?

      Welcome back!

      As you can see, this term, our topic is all about everyday materials, focusing on the question, ‘What can you make out of different materials?’ We will be learning about some of the materials used to make the things around us, and exploring their properties through our investigations. We will use what we have learnt to make an item which we have all needed when we were younger! Our work will generate opportunities for writing fact files and reports.

      P.E. lessons will still take place on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Please come dressed for P.E. on those days.

      In our topic, we will be trying to find answers to the following questions:

      Construction And Building Materials – Relix International Private Limited
      • What materials can we find in the world around us?
      • How can we compare these materials and sort them into groups?
      • How do everyday materials look, feel and behave?
      • How can we represent what we have discovered, clearly and concisely?
      • What happens to a material when it comes into contact with water?
      • How does heat change a material?
      • Are all materials strong?
      • Where does paper come from?
      • Who has made exciting discoveries about materials in the past?
      • How can we use what we have learnt to design and make something useful?

      Overview of Autumn Term 2

      Homework Options

      21 Coolest Kids Toys You Can Make from Recycled Materials Part 2 Rubbish  Please

      In our topic, we will be trying to find answers to the following questions:

      Choose one or more of the following challenges, to complete by 11th December

      • Use materials from your recycling box to create a model. What will you make? Use your imagination and powers of creativity!
      • Draw a picture of your house and label the materials it is made from.
      • Research a famous inventor. What did they invent? What materials did they need? Make a fact file to share with Opal Class.
      • Make a tally chart to show what materials some of the objects in your bedroom are made from. Can you turn this into a pictogram or bar chart?
      • Make a decision tree to sort 4 objects from your bedroom.
      • Using paper, make a Christmas decoration. You may use 3 other materials too. What will you use? Glue? Sticky tape? Paint? Felt tips? Colouring pencils? String? Glitter? Or something else?

      Chatter Topics

      What is commingled waste and why do you need to know about it?
      • What do you do with objects you no longer need?
      • How do you sort the packaging your food comes in, when you are throwing it away?
      • What do you think happens to old cars when they don’t work anymore?
      • When you walk to school, what landmarks do you pass, and what materials are they made of?
      • If you were an inventor, what would you make, and what materials would you need to make it?

      Examples of what we’ve been up to in November.

      We have been doing lots of observing and sorting of materials, as well as making predictions about their properties, before testing them.
      We went on a materials hunt, in the school grounds, where we tallied what we saw.
      We turned our tally charts into bar charts during ICT.
      We have been learning about the scientist and inventor, Charles Macintosh, and writing fact files about him.
      We created nappies for Baby Bear. To do this, we used the knowledge we have gained from our experiments and investigations into everyday materials.