Welcome to Birch class!

We have had a lovely start to the year in KS1! We are a mixed Year 1 and 2 class and we are working hard every day to achieve our Bowsland Best! We are learning to recognise the importance of our Bowsland values – and try to have a PART-E every day! (Pride, Achievement, Responsibility, Teamwork and Enjoyment).

We are a lively and happy group, and have a wide range of talents and interests in our class. We are really looking forward to bringing out the best in each other this year. We will keep you updated by posting information and photographs of our learning on our class page so please watch this space!  

Miss Davies

We’ve got the reading bug!

Birch class enjoyed their reading session in the sunshine today!

Learning about the 5 senses

Birch class received a parcel this afternoon, with a letter attached. We didn’t want to open the parcel in case something jumped out, so we used our sense to try and guess. First we shook it and tried to listen but we couldn’t hear anything. We didn’t want to look in case it was something spooky, so we smelt it to try and guess. Then we took it in turns to feel inside. At first it felt like there was something round and hard, but then it felt squishy and mushy! We had a few guesses and we couldn’t decide between eyeballs, brains or tomatoes, so some brave members of the team tasted it…

These are just some of the responses we left for the Funnybones skeletons to read.

“Dear skeletons, We enjoy helping others so thank you for sending your parcel to us. We understand that you do not have any senses because you are just bones.” Eva (Year 1)

“Firstly, we smelt it. Next we shook it. Then we touched it and it felt like a brain.” Katie (Year 1)

“It felt squashy and wet.” Renee (Year 1)

“After, we touched it and it felt really gooey and slimy. Then, we tasted it and it was horrible! Finally we looked at it and it was a tomato, a squashed one.” Rose (Year 2)

Term 5: Funnybones!

 After reading the Funnybones story, we found the Dog skeleton in a pile of bones as he had bumped into a tree in our school field! So we became a team of orthopaedic doctors and helped put him back together again! Afterwards, we decided to explore what the human skeleton is like and learn the names of some of our bones. We’ve been singing songs to help us!

We worked in teams to explore and discover even more facts about the human skeleton, and why it is so important. We did an excellent job of presenting our findings to the class.

Noah’s Ark Zoo!

We have been learning about animals from around the world so it was great to see them up close during our trip to Noah’s Ark Zoo! We have been discovering the different structures and body parts as well as doing some descriptive writing about their habitats.

World Book day 2019!

23rd January
We would like to say a huge thank you to the parents able to join our Learning and Lunch today. Birch class went on a journey to New York, learning all about the Brooklyn Bridge through observational drawings, fact finding on the iPads and modelling with newspaper! We worked exceptionally well; showing brilliant team work, determination and problem solving skills, to try and build the strongest bridge.

Today we imagined that we were traveling to Paris in France. We researched facts about the Eiffel tower using the Internet. Did you know that the Eiffel Tower is 132 years old?
During the afternoon, we used a range of resources to make a model of the Eiffel. We had to decide which would be the best resources to make them strong enough to stand up on their own.

Our year 2 ‘Maths Christmas Crafts’ lesson was a great way to practise  what we have been learning. To buy the materials we needed to make our Christmas hats, we had to add the amounts of money and work out how much change we would get back from the coins we had.

After learning about the Great Fire of London in 1666 and how the people of London tried to put the fire out, we had a visit from Avon Fire and Rescue team who taught us how to keep safe in a fire: “Stop, drop, roll”

We studied maps of London from 1666 and noticed the tightly packed streets which caused the fire to spread to quickly! We found London Bridge and Pudding Lane! We also watched a fantastic video which allowed us to step back in time, as if we were walking the streets of London before the fire. We explored Google maps to make comparisons with the streets of London now.

In term 2, KS1 enjoyed learning all about the Great Fire of London. Here is just some of the learning that took place in Birch class!
We read the story of Tommy and the Great Fire of London, which we enjoyed learning using story maps and acting out, before writing our own versions in our English lessons.

Our super mathematicians learning to compare numbers, use ordinal numbers, add and subtract, use inverse operations and show addition  using part-whole models!

8th October 2018
We had a fantastic trip to Berkeley castle this week. We really enjoyed exploring inside the castle and the beautiful gardens. We spotted lots of features which we had learnt about in school, such as the arrow slits, portcullis and dungeon! We also got to dress up as people that would have lived and worked in castles in the past!

We have been enjoying autumnal themed learning, both outdoors and in the classroom!

13th September 2018

We celebrated Roald Dahl day in true style, dressing up as our favourite Roald Dahl characters. 

In the afternoon we invented our own Wonka style chocolates and sweets!