Welcome to Koala's Class!
Hello and welcome to the Koala's class page.
Miss Revy and Mrs Brooks teach the koala children.
We are really excited for all our learning this year as we have lots of fun things planned!
Our P.E day is Thursday.
We change books each Tuesday and Friday.
We we’re lucky to have a visit from some wheel chair basket ball teachers today. We practised moving and turning in a chair then played some fun games using these skills.
We are enjoying researching the work of a Japanese artist called Kaori Kurihara. We have learnt that she is a ceramicist and that she gets her inspiration from pieces of fruit. Here is the research we have done in our sketch books.
it was ever so kind of one of our families to share some cakes with our class. What a thoughtful gesture. They were delicious.
We enjoyed our picnic in the garden to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.
Do you like the bunting we have designed to decorate our school hall for our celebration of Queen Elizabeth II platinum jubilee? We look super in our jubilee outfits.
We were given a mystery Victorian object and had to ask questions to find out what it was.
Can you explain to your grown up what it is?
We have been researching the life and work of William Morris. Why is he a famous artist? What did he enjoy designing. We have created sketches based on his work. What fabulous artists we are!
Here are the foam tiles we have made in the style of William Morris. We etched our design into a tile then used printing ink to print our design onto paper. They are very detailed and carefully planned and executed.
We have used water colour to paint animals ready to add to our printed backgrounds. We are going to cut them out and then see if we can add split pins and sliders to make them move around our pictures.
Here is our finished piece of work with our printed background and moving animals.
For our guided reading, we are enjoying reading Winnie The Pooh by Alan Alexander Milne. We have read chapter one, where Winnie gets his name. Who or what is he named after? We are busy making predictions about what Winnie The Pooh might plan to collect some honey from the top of a towering oak tree.
Thank you to all our families for helping us to make our wonderful Easter bonnets. We all looked amazing and our designs were creative, unique and inventive. Well done Maddison for your winning design. We would like to wish you all a wonderful break. Enjoy your family time and we look forward to seeing you soon and hearing about all your adventures.
For our design work, we have looked at some African baskets and found out what they are made from, how they are made and what they are used for. We compared the baskets to Nottingham lace.
We have been busy weaving our own African baskets using wool.
Look at our amazing baskets!
We are busy being creative this week. We have been finding out about an artist called Lubaina Hamid. What amazing facts do you know about her? We used our sketch books to gather ideas based on Lubaina’s work, such as the patterns and colours she uses in her work. Inspired by Lubaina’s work, are going to paint a portrait on a piece of furniture. We look forward to sharing our finished work with you.
What a fabulous morning we have had at Patching’s Art Centre. We looked at the art work of Tinga Tunga. He is famous for painting African animals. We produced amazing pieces of art in the style of Tinga Tinga. How creative we are!
We have enjoyed taking part in an African drumming session. What fabulous musicians we are!
We look wonderful in our red or super hero outfits.
Thank you for providing the children with their fabulous world book day outfits. What a wonderful day we have had!
We have been busy acting out and retelling the story of the gingerbread man. What fabulous actors we are!
World Book Day website
This is a wonderful website full of amazing resources for you to share with your child.
This week, for our English learning, we have been reading instructions. We followed a recipe for how to make an apple muffin. We made our muffins today and they taste delicious.
We have enjoyed reading and performing A Midsummer Nights Dream. Look at our amazing acting skills.
We enjoyed learning new cricket skills in PE this morning. We learnt to throw with accuracy, hold a cricket bat correctly and hit a cricket ball with a bat. How many wickets did you score?
We are thoroughly enjoying reading a book about our diverse planet. What new words have you learnt? What do they mean?
We have been busy designing new front covers for the books to show the diversity of life on our amazing planet.
This half term, we are being champion gymnasts. We have been learning to present, jump, roll and balance. Who deserves an Olympic meldal?
For our guided reading, we have begun reading Fantastic Mr Fox by Ronald Dahl. We have read chapters 1 and 2, where we were introduced to the setting and main characters. We read an extract from chapter 2 about the setting then drew a map, to show what we know about the wood and the farms from the book. What amazing illustrators we are!
For our English learning this week, we are reading a poem by Kit Wright called The Magic Box. We have made a magic box and filled it with objects we find interesting. We then thought of adjectives, similes and metaphors to describe the objects. We used our ideas to write our own poems. What amazing imagination we have!
Santa sent us a message today to say he was proud of how hard we are working. He used his Christmas magic to send some gifts to school. How lucky we all are!
We all looked very festive in our Christmas outfits. Thank you for your donations to Save the Children.
We have made some beautiful decorations and hung them on our tree at school. We will bring our decorations home next week.
Next week, for our English learning, we are going to be reading The Snowman. We will be describing the setting and characters using adjectives, similes and metaphors. I shall add photographs of the children’s amazing writing as the week progresses, so, watch this space…
We have enjoyed watching a pantomime at school today. We watched the story of Aladdin. Can you tell your grown up what the story was about? Who were the main characters? Where was the story set? What was the funniest part of the story?
This week, for our English learning, we have been reading and writing the Nativity story. We used adjectives, similes and metaphors to describe the characters and setting. We thought about our choice of punctuation and tried to correctly use full stops, commas, question marks, exclamation marks and brackets. We have done a brilliant job!
This week, for our English learning, we have enjoyed learning how to write a letter. We used the skills we learnt to write a letter to Santa. What are you hoping Santa will bring for you? What are you going to leave out for Santa and his reindeers on Christmas Eve?
We all looked amazing in our Children in Need outfits. Thank you for all your donations.
This week is anti bullying week. The theme this year is one kind word. We thought about what bullying is and how it can make a person feel.
We learnt the phrase:
one kind word can change someone’s day.
We decided what kindness looks like. We thought of the words: share, enjoy, include, understand, join, respect, play, together, help, welcome, friends, feeling.
Have you been kind today?
We have been putting our creative skills to good use. We have used chalk to create a fire background and then used black paper to cut out building silhouettes. Do you like our Great Fire of London pictures?
14th November 2021
Thank you to Nevaeh for bringing her collection of army artefacts to share we us. We found this very interesting and it certainly helped us with our learning about Remembrance Day.
What a fabulous day we had outdoors. We took part in some problem solving games and did an outdoor treasure hunt.
We have been learning about the Hindu celebration of Diwali. We read the story of Rama and Sita then found out how Hindus celebrate. Diva pots are placed on window sills to light up the house, celebrating new beginnings and Rama and Sita returning safely to their home. We made salt dough and used it to make diva pots. Do you like our designs?
For our History learning, we have been finding out about the Gunpowder Plot, when Guido Fawkes and Robert Catesby plotted to blow up King James I and the Houses of Parliment. Was the plot successful? Who found out about the plan? What did King James think?
We made breadstick sparklers as a treat for our good learning this week.
This half term, we are reading A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond. We have read chapter one, where Mr and Mrs Brown meet Paddington.
Where did Paddington get his name?
What is Paddington’s favourite food?
what happened when Paddington slipped on a patch of strawberry jam?
Does Paddington like to drink tea?
We can’t wait to read on and find out what happens next. We will keep you informed.
Well done to all the children who have been busy over half term completing their homework challenges. Look at all this amazing work.
This week, we have been helping Thomas Farriner in his bakery. We read instructions for how to bake a loaf of bread, followed the instructions to bake some bread then wrote our own instructions. What delicious, well risen bread we made!
This half term, for PE, we are learning how to use a range of controlled movements on the theme of exploring. We have been packing binoculars, telescopes, wellington boots and food into our bags then travelling on planes, boats, jet skis and buses. We had to make our actions big and clear and move like a champion dancer.
We have begun our first topic of the year: The Great Fire of London.
We have learnt lots of fascinating facts so far. Can you tell your grown up when and where the fire happened.
As part of our learning we had a visit from the fire service. We found out how the modern fire service helps us in many ways today. Was there a fire service in 1666? How was the fire put out in 1666? How has fire fighting changed since 1666? What dangers might start a fire? How do we help to prevent a fire?
This week, we have been reading the diary of Samuel Pepys. We have enjoyed pretending to be at the fire and writing our own diaries using personal pronouns, time phrases and lots of adjectives for description. What a brilliant job we have done!
As part of Black History Month, we have learnt about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. We thought about inclusion, fairness and treating others with respect. What have you done this week to shows others respect, fairness and kindness?
We have enjoyed meeting some fire fighters. We learnt about dangers and how to keep safe. We enjoyed looking at a fire engine and all the equipment. We had a turn at sitting in the fire engine. Who would like to be a fire fighter when they grow up?
We have enjoyed writing a historical story about The Great Fire of London. We used amazing adjectives, similes and metaphors to describe the fire, timber framed houses and cobbled streets. We hope you enjoy reading our amazing writing.
We have enjoyed reading a book about feelings. In the story, a girl describes her feelings using adjectives, similes and metaphors. We have been busy thinking of synonyms for feelings adjectives. For example happy: excited, delighted, joyful, ecstatic, over the moon, gleeful or calm: relaxed, chilled, serene, sedate.
How are you feeling today? why? Do our feelings stay the same all the time?
We have been finding out what our body needs to stay healthy. We explored the types of foods our body needs and the amounts of each, looking at the eatwell plate. For our English learning, we made and ate a fruit salad then wrote a recipe with ingredients, equipment, instructions. Our instructions had to include time phrases to sequence the instructions and imperative verbs to clearly explain what to do. What fruit did you put in your fruit salad? How did it taste?
This week, for our History learning, we have answered the question: when did the great fire of London happen? We looked at chronology and made a time line, using key phrases such as before, long ago, past, present and future. We also added key dates such as the date the fire started: Sunday 2nd September 1666.
What super historians we are!
This week, for our geography learning, we have answered the question: where did the fire happen?
We looked at a map of the United Kingdom and named, located and labelled the 4 countries of the UK, their capitals, Nottingham, Calverton and the 4 compass points.
Do you like our fox and star sliding mechanisms? We had to design a background (the brambles in the woodland) then draw a fox that we placed on a handle. We cut a slit in our backgrounds so our foxes could walk through the brambles.
I think you will be impressed with our designs.
We were very lucky to meet Harold the giraffe. He visited our classroom to help us learn about keeping our bodies fit and healthy.
Did you know our heart pumps 35 million times per year?
What fabulous facts did you learn? What does your body need to stay healthy? How many bones do you have? Which is your smallest bone?
Congratulations to both our stars this week: Rhys and Thea.
They have both had an amazing week of learning and both are well deserved.
Rhys, you are a delight to have in our koala class. You are so gentle, kind and caring. This week, you have done some amazing writing. You remembered finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. All your letter shapes were neat and clear.
Thea, you have had a busy and very productive week. It is great to see how determined you all with all learning tasks and how well you persevere when faced with a challenge. This week, your instructions for how to make a salt dough hedgehog were a very high standard. You used a variety of time words and imperative verbs. Very impressive!
Our new topic this half term is British wildlife. We begun our topic by making a list of all the things we already know about British wildlife and then made a list of all the new information wanted to discover. We came up with some amazing ideas.
Tallulah thinks oak, beech and holly trees grow in woods.
Jude wanted to discover if deer live in British woodlands.
Aydn thinks hedgehogs are nocturnal.
This week, as part of our science learning, we are finding out what a habitat is. We are then going to delve deeper into a British woodland habitat and try to find out all the species of plants, trees and animals the live in a woodland habitat.
We look forward to sharing some photos with you as our learning progresses. Watch this space....
As part of our topic, we are reading The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith. We have read the first four chapters. In guided reading, we have been working hard on making inferences. This means we had to think about how the main character, Victor Maximilian St George (Max), was feeling at various points in the story by ‘reading between the lines.’
Poor Max has had a bump to the head. He can’t work out how to get across the busy, suburban road safely. What will happen next? Can you make a prediction? Will Max persevere?
What time words and imperative verbs have you used?
Happy 6th Birthday to Harley and Happy 7th Birthday to Declan. Enjoy your celebrations.
Congratulations to Alfie and Tallulah, our two shining stars.
Tallulah, you are so kind, considerate and caring. You have loved reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit and your golden writing was outstanding. We have a future author in the making. You make us so proud!
Alfie, you are a delight to teach. You make us proud every day. This week, your Tale of Peter Rabbit was amazing! Your handwriting was neat and joined and the vocabulary you used was excellent.
Well done to both our stars!
Thank you to our koala families for taking part in our Easter bonnet competition. The designs are creative, unique and very detailed. All you hard work is very much appreciated.
This week, for our English learning, we are finding about about the famous author: Helen Beatrix Potter. She was a Victorian children’s author and illustrator who was born in 1866. She grew up in London but moved to Hill Top Farm in the Lake District. Find out more about this famous author using the web link below. Where did she get her ideas for her stories from? What is your favourite Beatrix Potter story? How many pets did she have?
We will share our work as the week progresses. Watch this space!
We hope you enjoyed your celebration with your family. Thank you for sharing birthday sweets with your koala friends.
This week we have chosen:
Ella and Olivia.
Ella, you are one of the most kind, caring and nurturing people we have met. You are a super role model, who always does the right thing. You work hard, persevere and produce work of a very high standard every day. This week, your Easter story was excellent- full of amazing adjectives and well punctuated.
Olivia, just like Ella, you are delightful, kind and considerate. Again, you are a role model who lots of your koala friends admire. I enjoyed reading your Easter story. Your handwriting is beautiful, cursive and joined. We are so proud of you.
This week, for our design and technology learning, we are learning how to sew. We are using binca and wool to make a running stitch. This is our first practise. We shall let you know how we get on. We will need to persevere, concentrate and be a team player to produce some good results.
This week, after much deliberation and another fabulous week of learning by all our koala team, we are pleased to tell you our two stars are Sophia and Ronny.
Sophia, we are so proud of how settled, grown up and sensible you are. You take delight in all you learning and enjoy being presented with tricky challenges. You have had your ‘head down’ and been focused all week. This has meant you have produced some top quality work. What a Manor Park role model you are!
Ronny, you have returned to school after the lockdown with a fabulous attitude to your learning. You have been concentrating and taking pride in working independently. You are focused and, as a result, producing longer pieces of writing. What an independent year two learner you are!
Well done to both stars this week.
We have been busy baking cup cakes. We are going to decorate them to look like the colour monster. We look forward to showing you our finished cakes but mostly to eating them. Our classroom smells like a bakery. What a fabulous baking team we are!
We have made butter cream, added food colouring and used various decorations to make our colour monsters.
We enjoyed celebrating Shakespeare week by zooming with Miss Maddison to act out A Midsummer Nights Dream. We are amazing actors and actresses.
It is our absolute pleasure to welcome all our koala families back to school. We have missed you so much and are delighted to see you once again. The children have settled in very well. We are so proud of you all.
We have made beautiful cards to say thank you to our grown up for looking after us and loving us. Enjoy your time on Sunday.
Many happy returns to Lucy who turned 7 today. Enjoy your celebrations with your family.
It is delightful to announce our first two koala stars of the week: Ellis and Tallulah.
All of the koalas have have a brilliant first week back to school so it made our job of choosing just two people rather tricky.
In the end, we chose Ellis for persevering with some tricky maths work on fractions, where he had to find a half and a quarter of shapes and objects. Also, he has been his usual happy, cheery and positive self all week. He has cheered up some of his friends who were a bit upset at the start of the week. What a kind boy you are!
We also chose Tallulah for remembering all our Manor Park values all week. Her writing, in particular, stood out. She has used amazing adjectives, similes and metaphors to describe the Colour Monster. What an amazing author she is!
Look at our lovely little learners singing and signing You’ve Got a Friend.
We are enjoying reading The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas. Please enjoy listening to the story using the link below:
We have been busy making monster Pom poms. Here they are in progress. Look at our super concentrating. We look forward to showing you our finished product.
Week Beginning 4th January 2021
We can see that you have already been busy with your learning at home. Look at the amazing work below. Which Manor Park values can you see being demonstrated here? High expectations, concentration and being ready to learn are all clearly seen.
We just received our reply from Santa. Have you got yours yet?
In January, we will begin a new topic: super heroes. We will find out what a super hero is and learn about some real life super heroes from the past and from today. We will find out about Florence Nightingale and all the work she did that shaped hospitals, care and the NHS. We will find out about super heroes of today such as fire fighters, doctors and nurses. We will think about who in our family is a superhero and why.
We enjoyed our Christmas party games. We played four corners, musical statues, pass the koala and sleeping lions.
A big congratulations to our two stars this week, Aydn and Amelia-Lily.
It was a pleasure to hand out both certificates. Both children were surprised they had earnt star if the week but also very proud and grateful.
Aydn, we hope you know what a kind boy you are. We see your kind, caring personality shine through every day at school. Your friends appreciate this too. We also love greeting you in the mornings because it cheers us up to see you Cheshire Cat grin! Well done for persevering with some tricky Maths this week where you had to add totals using pounds and pence.
Amelia-Lily, we have enjoyed getting to know you over the past few months. You always smile and do well with all your learning tasks. It’s good to have such a positive outlook and I hope you keep this as you grow older. Well done for writing an amazing Edgar the dragon story this week. What beautiful handwriting you have!
Edgar the Dragon
This week in English, we have watched a short Christmas film about a dragon called Edgar. We found this very amusing and felt a bit sorry for Edgar. We are now planning and writing our own Edgar Christmas stories.
Presents from Santa
We were very excited this afternoon as we had a virtual call from Santa. Santa said he was busy exercising his reindeers and wrapping presents. He told us to look outside our classroom door as he’d left a surprise. Guess what it was?...
...He had left a sack of presents. Here we all are with our presents.