Butterflies Class 2018/2019

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Hello, my name is Miss Oxendale and I am the class teacher within Butterflies Class.
We also have Miss Ward and Mrs Mahoney working with us.

This is our class page where you can find out all the information about the term and any dates you will need.


Below is a direct link to our blog:




Spring One

Our enquiry question for this half term is:


'Where do we belong?'


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 This is an exciting half term for the children as we have lots of exciting activities and interesting topics to learn about. 


We will start to think about where we belong by talking about our friends and school. The children will think how they can be good friends to each other and enjoy each others company in school. We will talk and discuss about belonging to Longshaw and how we are part of the school. In Maths we will be recapping our knowledge of numbers to 20 by using them to count objects, use the language 'more' and 'fewer.'


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We will then move onto thinking about our families and the people we live with. We will discuss the different things we do as a family, such as celebrating Easter or going to the park together. The children will be using family photographs to create a family portrait, they will discuss who is in their family. Children will begin to use vocabulary linking to weight. They will be comparing objects around the class to see which are 'heavier' or 'lighter.'

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Following on from this we will will learning about famous British Artists. Such as Banksy and Damien Hirst. Children will recreate their own pieces of art work using different media and resources. 

Children will also use artwork as a stimulus for their writing, looking at descriptive sentences and captions. We will discuss the importance of using finger spaces and full stops.  Children will begin to use the vocabulary linking to capacity. They will explore this by problem solving and using different sized bottles to compare. 


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From this, we will then begin to look at famous British Scientists. We will discuss how their findings are significant to the world we live in today. Children will use this as a stimulus for a week of fun and creative science experiments. 

Then we will look at famous British landmarks, such as Big Ben, Blackpool Tower and Angel of the North. We will use our knowledge of these landmarks to create a non-fiction book to help others learn about the landmarks. In Maths, children will be using their knowledge of number to understand different patterns within those numbers. We will be doing these through lots of different practical ideas and activities. 


Children will write descriptive sentences about these landmarks and they will be doing some junk modelling to try and recreate these in the classroom. Then we will begin to learn about the Royal family. They will learn facts about the Royal family and compare the Royal family to their own. The children will be using their number knowledge to carry out pictorial addition sums. They will be counting objects to work out the answer, they will be using an abacus to work out addition and give reasons for their answers. 


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At the end of this topic, parents and carers will be invited to come into school and see all the amazing learning the children have accessed through this half term. The children will be creating 'A Very British Museum' on Friday 15th February 2019. 


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How you can help at home :)


Read with your child every night, talk through and discuss the story and characters. 
Counting regularly with your child, both forwards and backwards. If they read every night they will get dojos in school as a reward.
Ask your child about their day, we do lots of different activities throughout the day and they will love to share.
Ensure your child's book bag is in school everyday.
Complete the homework given out on a Friday with them, this reflects the learning throughout the week.


Please use the handwriting sheet given on Parent's Evening to practise handwriting daily with your child at home. If you would like a sheet please ask at the door.


Please ensure your child brings in their book bag every day. Also make sure that you check these bags every night for any messages or letters that might have been given out. Please can you make sure that you label all of your child’s clothes, this includes all parts of their uniform, PE kits, coats and shoes, as this helps us to find the owner of the item much faster!! We have PE on Wednesdays, please ensure your child's PE kit is in school.


You will receive newsletters and information from school regularly, however, if you have and questions or queries please do not hesitate to speak to me.

Thank you

Miss Oxendale