Welcome To Postgate Class!
We are a mixed Reception and Year 1 Class. Our teacher is Miss Aitken and our H.L.T.A is Mrs Smith.
All the classes at Pluckley Primary school this year have been named by famous people from Kent.
Our Class is named after a famous author called Oliver Postgate. He wrote many children's stories including 'Ivor the Engine,' and 'Bagpuss' of whom we have adopted as our class mascot!
Our Reception children have settled into school life extremely well. This week has been their first week of staying all day which has been very exciting! They have quickly adapted to our simple rules and routines, and are showing lots of enthusiasm for learning!
Our Year 1 children have bonded well with the younger members of the class, and are working hard to meet new challenges set!
This week we have been reading the tale of 'The Little Red Hen.' We have sequenced the events and acted them out! We have created masks and we have engaged in bread making, inspired by the story!
This week we have been talking about our bodies. We have been labelling body parts and have been thinking about our bones and constructing simple skeletons!
We also had a tremendous time creating a scarecrow for the church display using straw and our own 'dangly' scarecrows for our outdoor area !
Building up to the harvest festival we have talked about why Harvest is celebrated , and looked at seasonal changes in the local area! We learnt a special scarecrow song and dance which we performed to everybody!
This week Bishop Trevor came to visit us. He opened up the multi-sensory new part of our outside area! We are going to be having some additional equipment added to this in due course! Nesbitt Class also came to talk to us about their experiences of 'Health and safety' week! We learnt about 'The Red Cross', and 'Fire Safety' from their presentations!
We have had a fabulous time this week tasting items and putting types of foods into categories by how they tasted! We have also been using our noses to identify different items by smell. Take a look at the pictures in our gallery!
This week we have created some autumn collages using mixed media which we have used to inspire some writing! They are currently displayed in our class room!
In PHSE we have talked about making a difference to people’s lives, connected with ‘Wear it Pink’ day. We have decorated and sold cakes to raise money for this worthy cause.
Term 2 Week 1
Welcome back to Term 2! Hope you all had a lovely break! We have spent this week thinking about Bonfire night. we have been learning about Guy Fawkes and the gun powder plot! We have sequenced the historical story and have discussed fire-work safety! We have made rockets, ordered numbers, and thought of adjectives to describe firework noises. We have also produced some beautiful firework pictures using paint, glue and glitter!
This week we have continued to talk about celebrations and festivals of light. We have begun to learn about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We have learnt about the story of Rama and Sita and have created some symmetrical rangoli patterns.
On 11th November we observed a 2 minute silence at the memorial in the church grounds to remember all the soldiers who fought and died for our country. We also made our own poppies and looked at the beautiful Hampton Court poppy display on the interactive whiteboard.
This week has been ‘Anti-bullying’ Week. We have been thinking about feelings, particularly being kind, and showing friendly behaviour. We have been listening to stories about animals and people to reinforce these concepts. We have made friendship bracelets for each other, and members of our family!
This week we have been thinking about weddings as another type of celebration. We have thought about key items you might need at a wedding, and have created some of our own in child initiated time!
We have also listened to and sequenced the story of Cinderella. We have used our phonic skills to write labels and captions to accompany pictures.
In Mathematical Development we have been exploring ways of collecting and showing data. We have made tally charts and pictograms showing our favourite party foods.
This week it was our assembly. Miss Aitken and Mrs Smith were very proud of us. We spoke very clearly and presented our learning to the whole school!
Our learning this week has been based around the story of ‘Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. We have had a fabulous time making Stickman and his family from a variety of natural and manmade materials!
As part of our Mathematical Development we have compared and ordered sticks by size. Year R and some of Year 1 members have been using vocabulary to describe length and height and have also measured using lego bricks, cubes and other non-standard units of measurement! Other members of Year 1 have been using rulers to measure and compare length in centimetres!
In our Literacy lessons we have used our phonic knowledge to create ‘a blurb’ and write labels, captions and simple sentences about the story! Some of our Year 1 children have written detailed stories!
We have also completed a stickman quiz to reflect our understanding of the story using the interactive whiteboard!
This week an amazing role-play area suddenly appeared in our class room! We are now the proud owners of Santa’s Workshop! We have turned ourselves into elves and have been helping Santa write letters and cards, build toys and wrap presents ready to take on his sleigh! We have also had a visit from ‘Grassy’ the cow who has been pretending to be a reindeer!
We have begun to count down the days until Christmas and have been using our class advent calendar to help us practice ordinal number. We have also used this opportunity to discuss the change of season, and the differences between Autumn and Winter.
Welcome back to Postgate Class! We hope you all had a fabulous holiday and are enjoying the beginning of a very happy new year!
We would also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for all the lovely cards and presents we received from every-body!
We have begun the new whole school themed topic about the United Kingdom, by thinking about Paddington bear!
This has made an exciting opening to learning about some key features of London, which we will be talking about over the next few weeks.
In Literacy this week we have been learning to read and write words containing the phonemes igh and oa .We have also been trying hard to improve our fine-motor skills and practice our handwriting in cursive script. We need to keep revising all the sounds we have taught so far to help improve our skills in this key area of the curriculum!
In Numeracy we have been comparing items by weight. We have been experiencing how items vary in weight by holding them and also by using balances. We have also begun to learn to weigh items using non-standard units and order them from the lightest to the heaviest!
This week we have been learning about some of the exciting places you can visit in London, and some of the different types of transport you might use to travel there.
We have continued to listen to stories about Paddington’s adventures in our capital city and have used our phonics to write about places we would like to see. We have also created some fabulous pictures of London landmarks and places of interest!
Our phonics this week has been focusing on the digraphs oa, oo (long and short vowel sounds), and ar.
In Numeracy we have been thinking about estimating, counting accurately, matching numerals to quantities, and finding 1 more and 1 less than given numbers. We will be continuing to reinforce and extend these skills throughout the term!
This week we have been finding out about what you can see in The Natural History museum. We have placed particular emphasis on dinosaurs and have been using the internet and non-fiction books to find out more about them.
Our phonics this week has been focused on the digraphs or, ur and ow. We have been learning to read and write words containing these sounds.
In Numeracy we have been thinking about time. We have been finding out how productive we can be using a 1 minute sand timer! We have sequenced our daily routine and have sorted day-time and night-time activities into a Venn diagram! We have also begun to look at the analogue clock.
This week we have been focusing on dinosaurs which have been linked to our learning about the Natural History museum.
On Monday something amazing happened! Some bones had been dropped in the outside area, and some giant foot prints appeared! We also found a broken egg shell! In the classroom a letter was delivered to Postgate class. It was from Mrs Dinosaur. She was very sad as she had lost her baby dinosaur. We wrote back to her telling her about all the clues we had seen!
We think the baby dinosaur might be hiding in our school!
Our phonics this week has been focused on the digraphs oi and ear. We have been learning to read and write words containing these sounds.
In Numeracy we have been thinking about subtraction. We have been playing practical games with dinosaurs and have been recording our work in a variety of different ways. We have talked about the symbols for take-away and equals and have created number sentences using cards,
We have also assembled dinosaur skeletons as a practical problem solving challenge and used clay to create our own dinosaur sculptures!
In Phonics we have been learning to hear words that contain the phonemes ‘air’ and ‘ure’ . We have been learning to segment and blend using the sounds taught so far and have also begun to look at ‘tricky words,’ that cannot be segmented and blended as easily.
In Numeracy this week we have been thinking about ordinal number. We have engaged in a variety of games and activities where children have had to apply these skills practically.
We have also introduced positional language to the children and have been encouraging the children to describe where items are using the correct vocabulary.
As part of Knowledge and Understanding of the world we have been inspired by the work we have covered on dinosaurs over the last two weeks (linked to the Natural History Museum), We have found out some very interesting facts and have used our learning to inspire writing and model making!
As part of our learning and exploring in Creative and Expressive Art we have made some fabulous clay dinosaurs which we have painted and decorated very carefully.
In music we have been thinking about rhythms and copying sounds and patterns using instruments.
In physical Development we been dancing to Volcano music and practicing our fine and gross motor skills.
As part of our literacy work on features of non-fiction books we collaborated with each other to design a dinosaur world for our clay models. We drew and labelled a diagram of the things we might need to create to make a believable dinosaur landscape! We are now in the process of using our designs to make it!
In Phonics we have been revising all of the phonemes we have covered so far. Next Term we will be continuing to revise these sounds and start the skills connected with Phase 4.
In Numeracy this week we have continued to think about ordinal number in connection with Chinese New Year and have applied our learning to simple problem solving activities.
We have also been practicing the operation of taking away using practical apparatus and the skill of ‘counting back’, using a number line.
As part of Knowledge and Understanding of the world we have linked our learning this week to Chinese New Year! We have found out how Chinese children celebrate this festival, and have looked at some of the festivities in China town!
As part of our learning and exploring in Creative and Expressive Art we have created Chinese puppet dragons, and Chinese new Year cards, lanterns, writing, and red envelopes!
In music we have been thinking about rhythms and copying sounds and patterns using instruments.
Term 4 Week 1
In Phonics this week we have been revising all of the phonemes we have covered so far and have been learning to ‘train our brains’ to remember how to spell ‘tricky words’ which do not conform to the phonic decoding strategies we usually use. Next week we will be introducing the concept of reading and writing ccvc words and cvcc words.
In Mathematical Development we have been counting in 2’s, doubling numbers and identifying odd and even numbers. We have used practical resources such as mittens and small world toys, which we have sorted into matching pairs for counting and exploring odd and even numbers.
As part of’ Knowledge and Understanding of the world’, we have begun to link our learning this week to castles. We have been looking at the exterior parts of a variety of medieval castles. We have discussed similarities and differences and how castles have evolved. We have labelled the main exterior features of a castle and discussed their different purposes.
As part of our learning and exploring in Creative and Expressive Art we have designed and made our own shields ad made some fabulous castle collages using a variety media. In addition to this, our role-play area has turned into a medieval castle and we have been using stories with castle settings to inspire our imaginative games. This will continue to evolve over the next few weeks.
This week has been book week. All the teachers in Pluckley School have taken it in turns to read us their favourite stories! On Friday we all dressed up as characters from our favourite books!
In Phonics this week we have been revising all of the phonemes we have covered so far and have been continuing to ‘train our brains’ to remember how to spell ‘tricky words’ which do not conform to the phonic decoding strategies we usually use. We have also introduced the concept of reading and writing ccvc words and cvcc words, and next week we will be continuing to reinforce these skills.
In Mathematical Development we have been continuing to practice counting in two’s, recognise odd and even numbers and share items into two groups. We have used practical resources such as sweets, lego and small world toys, and have begun to develop a greater awareness of the relationship between number doubling and halving! Next week we will be problem solving using money and using our knowledge of the 2 count to total 2 pence pieces!
As part of’ Knowledge and Understanding of the world’, we have been discussing the British royal family and have continued to learn about medieval castles and what they may have been like to live in!
As part of our Creative Development we have begun to build some 3D castles using junk modelling materials, we have also attempted some ‘hot seating’ with children taking it in turns to talk about what they would do if they were King or Queen for the day.
In Phonics this week we have been revising all of the phonemes we have covered so far and have been learning to ‘train our brains’ to remember how to spell ‘tricky words’ which do not conform to the phonic decoding strategies we usually use.
As part of our Mathematical Development this week we have been using money to find totals in a variety of different ways. We have been using 1p’s 2p’s and 5p’s and have applied our ability to count in 2’s to totalling sets of 2p’s!
In PHSE we have discussed the purpose of Red Nose Day and the significant impact on people’s lives this charity has! We have contributed to this worthy cause by wearing red clothes and creating pizzas with funny faces which have been sold.
Next week it will be our class assembly which parents are very welcome to attend, where we will be talking about some of the exciting things we have been learning!
Miss Aitken and Mrs Smith were very proud of us on Wednesday for trying so hard in our class assembly where we enjoyed sharing our learning!
In Phonics this week we have been revising all of the phonemes we have covered so far and have been learning to read and write 2 syllable words. Next week we will be starting ’Phase 5’ and looking at alternative digraphs.
In Literacy we have been using our imaginations to create magic spells and have listened to stories and written about Haunted Castles.
As part of our Mathematical Development this week we have been learning to recognise 3D shapes by name, and discuss their properties!
Term 4 Week 6
In Phonics this week we have started Phase 5! We are now learning about alternative digraphs to the ones that we have previously covered that sound the same!
This week we have learnt to read and spell words containing the digraphs ay and ou.
As part of our Mathematical Development this week we have been playing practical games to reinforce our ability to recognise 2D and 3D shapes and identifying some of their properties. We have also been using colours and shapes to create and continue repeated patterns
On Friday our class performed a special Easter song at our school Easter Service at St Nicholas’s church.
In terms 5 and 6 we will be starting a new topic called ‘Countries of the world.’ - If anybody has any postcards or photographs of places they have visited in the world or that somebody else has sent to them), they would be greatly appreciated for our class display!
Next term we will also be creating a ‘Travel Agents’ in the role-play area and would appreciate any spare travel brochures people could donate for the children to play with!
Term 5 Week 1
Our whole school topic for the next 2 terms is called ‘Countries around the World.’ We have discussed and written about our own travelling experiences which range from the United Kingdom to some very exotic destinations.
The most exciting part of our week has been ‘Round the World day!’ Each teacher has taken us for an activity about a different continent. We have produced some fabulous Art Work and have learnt lots of very interesting facts.
In Phonics this week we have been focusing on the alternative phonemes ay, ie, oy and ir. We have been reading and writing words containing these sounds, including pretend words which can be phonetically read.
In Mathematical Development we have been comparing items by size and measuring using non-standard and standard units of measurement.
Term 5 Week 2
This week we have been thinking about transport, and the best vehicles we could use to travel to different places. We have created pictures and 3D models of vehicles and have used the internet to find out information about them.
In literacy we have created information books about vehicles and have used some key features such as diagrams and captions.
In Phonics this week we have been focusing on the alternative phonemes aw, and ue. We have been reading and writing words containing these sounds, including pretend words which can be phonetically read. We have also practiced trying to read and write the words ‘should’, ‘would’ and ‘could’.
In Mathematical Development we have been finding totals using 1p, 2p. 5p and 10p coins in different ways!
Term 5 Week 3
Miss Aitken and Mrs Smith are very proud of us for remembering facts about the continents of the world and singing our special’ Hello’ song in different languages in our class assembly!
In Literacy this week we have been learning to read and write words containing the phonemes wh and ph.
We have sequenced a story; have created lists, and labelled plants using our phonic skills!
In Knowledge and understanding we have been learning about plants. We have sorted vegetables and fruits into two groups, and have discussed, drawn and labelled key features of a plant. We have thought about what plants need to grow, and have planted some beans.
In Mathematics this week we have been concentrating on capacity. We have made comparisons, ordered items and practiced using key vocabulary!
Term 5 Weeks 4&5
Miss Aitken would like to say a huge thank you to the parent helpers who came on the trip! We had a fabulous day! As part of our literacy, the children have produced some detailed writing about it, and photographs of us having a lovely time can be viewed on this website!
In Phonics we have been learning to read and write words containing ay, ie , ey , oe and au digraphs. We are now learning that there are alternative spellings to phonemes, which we are beginning to apply to our reading and writing!
As part of our 'Knowledge and understanding of the world,' we have been asked by Mrs Butterfly to look after her baby caterpillars, and have been watching them grow. We have been thinking about growth and change and are now observing carefully the life cycle of a butterfly!
In 'Mathematical Development', we have been sorting data into tally charts, pictograms and Venn diagrams choosing our own criteria! We have had some very interesting discussions about categories certain creatures should be sorted into!
We have also continued to use our data handling skills in child initiated time!
Week 1 Term 6
We have returned to school to find out that our baby caterpillars had become very large during the holidays and have changed into cocoons! They are now in the butterfly net and we are waiting for them to turn into butterflies!!
In Literacy this week we have been writing our own caterpillar stories! We have also been focusing on the phonemes ‘ay’ ‘ou’ and ‘ea’
In Mathematics we have been focusing on time. We have thought carefully about clocks, and have timed ourselves to see how much we can do in a minute, with lots of different challenges. We have talked about the minute and hour hands on a clock face and have been identifying ‘O’clock’ times using the analogue clock!
Week 2 Term 6
This week in literacy we have bee continuing to find different ways of writing. We have also been trying to enhance our work using more complex vocabulary including adjectives! Our focus has been about crocodiles! We have created a fact page and have enjoyed listening to different crocodile stories to inspire creating our own!
In phonics we have been segmenting and blending words containing the phonemes oy, oi, ir, ur and er. as well as continuing to work on phase 5 tricky words and alternative sounds.
In Numeracy we have had a fabulous time playing games where we have been required to use positional and directional vocabulary appropriately, and give and follow instructions! We have also revisited symmetry in shapes which connected with our observations of the butterflies!
As part of our Knowledge and Understanding of the World this week, we said goodbye to the beautiful butterflies that we have been nurturing over the past few weeks. Pluckley Pre-school joined us in the Church Memorial Garden, where we held a special ceremony to release them! We sang special caterpillar and butterfly songs and waved goodbye as they flew back to the meadow! We returned to eat butterfly buns we had created and produced some fabulous writing recalling the development and change in our caterpillars from their arrival to their departure!
Week 3 Term 6
This week in 'Literacy' we have been looking at fiction and non -fiction texts based around creatures who live in Australia. We have been learning about verbs or action words and using them in our writing.
In 'Phonics' we have been segmenting and blending words containing the phonemes oo ,ew, or, aw, au , oe, ow a well as continuing to work on phase 5 tricky words .
In 'Numeracy' we have been doubling and halving numbers using practical games and resources. We have realised we cannot share an odd number fairly and have discussed ways of making sharing fair e.g. by cutting an object in half, taking an object away, or adding an object!
As part of our 'Knowledge and Understanding of the World' this week, we have been observing the growth and change of our bean plants. We have been watering them daily, and there has been lots of lovely sunny weather which is helping them to grow!
Week 4 Term 6
Postgate Class have been having fabulous week learning about Rainforests and will be continuing with this topic next week as it has captured the children’s imagination! They have worked extremely hard and I am incredibly proud of them!
In 'Mathematical Development' the children have begun to learn to multiply using practical apparatus and pictorial representations. Next week we will be using all our Mathematical skills to tackle problem solving activities based inspired by the Rainforest theme.
In 'Phonics' we introduced the concept of split vowel digraphs. We have focused i-e and a-e and will be continuing with this next week also!
Week 5 Term 6
This week in literacy we have been continuing to study fiction and non -fiction texts based around Tropical Rainforests around the world. We have been looking at indexes, and talking about how our knowledge of alphabetical order can help us to find information.
In phonics we have been segmenting and blending words containing the split vowel digraphs a-e, i-e, o-e, and u-e.
In Mathematical Development we have been collecting data about Tropical Rainforest creatures and organising information into different types of charts. We have also engaged in practical problem solving challenges!
Week 6 Term 6
This week in literacy we have been reading fiction books about pirates. This has inspired us to be creative in our child initiated time and design and make pirate outfits! We have thought of items we might need for a long journey and have used our phonic skills to make lists and labels!
In phonics we have continued to practice segmenting and blending words containing the split vowel digraphs a-e, i-e, o-e, u-e and e-e and are showing a greater awareness of them in our reading and writing!
Linked to numeracy and to knowledge and understanding of the world, we have learnt to find items on a map using simple grid references. We have then used our skills to create our own treasure map which has been really exciting!
Next week we will be continuing to do work based around this theme!