Pear 2017-2018

Pear Class
"Our adventure begins here"
Welcome to our class page, we are a fantastic Year 1/2 class with bundles of enthusiasm and we're excited to share our adventures with you. We hope you enjoy looking at all the wonderful things we've been learning about this year.
In Pear Class, we believe reading is extremely important and that we should read for 5-10 minutes at home per day so we can become expert readers. Please ensure that your child's reading books are in school each day.
Thank you,
Miss Thompson and Mrs Nanson
Important Information
Homework is set each Friday and should be returned to school no later than the following Wednesday.
PE is on Monday and Thursday so please ensure your child has both an indoor and outdoor kit in school. Earings should be removed and hair tied back.
Show and Tell is on Friday afternoon if your child has something they're proud of achieving and would like to show it to the class, they are more than welcome to do so.
Please practise the continents and number bonds songs with your children at home.
Have a look at what we'll be learning this half term!
This week we've been working on creating our own set of school rules based on Laurie Friedman's book 'Back to School Rules'. We have also created our own stories about the fun and wild adventures we could go on like Kid Bleff in 'How I Spent my Summer Vacation' by Mark Teague.
Week Beginning 11th September
This week we've been working really hard in Pear class learning all about the moon and our bodies. We've had so much fun exploring life on Earth and helping our friend Bob. On Monday an alien spaceship crashed in our school, we tried to find them and even looked outside on the playground but we think they hid from us. The aliens left us a note asking us to help them understand life on Earth.

In Literacy we've been writing reports about the moon to send to our friend Bob who is a tour guide there. We've been helping him understand what the moon is made of and how we can see it in the night sky, we also learnt how long it would take us to walk to the moon - ask us.
In Maths we've been learning our number bonds to 10 off by heart and identifying one more and one less than a given number. Our Year Two pupils have been ordering numbers from smallest to largest.

In Science we've learnt all about the parts of the human body, the role each part plays and why it is important to us. We even played body bingo to help remember all the important parts! For Geography we began learning all about the seven continents of the Earth and we learnt a song to help remember them all. 
Then to top it all off in cookery we made alien snot slime flapjacks, they looked horrible but they smelt really good!
Chester Zoo
On Monday we had a fantastic visit from Mike and Paula from Chester Zoo. They taught us all about mini beasts and their habitats. We had a fantastic time sorting different types of mini beasts into categories and we even got to look at preserved mini beasts.
Week Beginning 18th September
"One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" - Neil Armstrong, 1969.
This week we've been helping our friend Bob learn all about Neil Armstrong. On Monday he sent us a special gift of moon rock and moon dust! We've learnt so many new things about astronauts and space and have written some wonderful reports about the first man on the moon. We also created a timeline of Neil Armstrong's life in history.
In maths we've finished off our topic on number bonds, but we need to keep practising at home to become experts. We created the number bonds using challenge cards and objects around our classroom. We moved onto partitioning numbers into tens and ones and we were so good at it, we could do it in our heads without using the pebbles.
In cookery we created some moon rock cake, we had loads of fun getting our hands into the cake mixture.
Descriptions 2nd October 2017
Last week in literacy we had a visit from the aliens, they had a party in our classroom and left us a letter asking us if we could help them become best friends with Bob. So to help we learnt about the best ways to describe characters. We learnt to use adjectives and even similes to describe what aliens could look like. To help we created our own aliens out of play-doh and wrote a descriptive sentence about them.
We then used this to help us write a mind map of aliens and eventually write our character descriptions on a wanted poster to help Bob find an alien best friend ever!
Library Visit 10th October 2017
Yesterday Pear class went on a visit to our local library. We had lots of fun looking at all the books about space. The children really enjoyed looking at the non-fiction books and pointing out astronauts such as Neil Armstrong. Did you know we were also able to point out Apollo 11? 
We were able to choose five of the best space books to borrow for our class, we can't wait to read them.
Also a big thank you to Mrs Woodwood, Mrs Nanson and Miss Seymore for helping us today!