Year 1 & 2 Emerald 2021/2022
I am Emerald Class teacher. I have worked at Homer for 14 years and I have been lucky to work across all year groups. My favourite lessons to teach are Maths (as I enjoy numbers and finding patterns) and PE (playing lots of different competitve sports). I live in Windsor with my husband, our 3 children and our dog Odie. Outside of school I enjoy playing netball, helping run my son's football team and socialising with friends. I am very excited about September as I am looking forward to welcoming children into Emerald Class. I am planning lots of activities to support and extend your learning in the classroom. I can't wait to see how much you have all grown and hear about your summer fun!
Hello, my name is Mrs McDowell and I am the teaching assistant in Emerald Class. I've been at Homer for 3 1/2 years now, starting in Reception and then Year 1. My favourite lessons are Maths and Science, and I really enjoy helping the children with their learning and having fun at school. Outside of school I enjoy singing, reading, travel and spending time with my family and friends. I'm looking forward to seeing you all in September and I hope you all have a lovely summer.
I teach in several classes, often teaching Science as I really enjoy finding out about things and helping you to investigate the world. My main hobby is music - I play the piano, clarinet and flute and I enjoy singing in a choir every week. You'll often find me singing to myself! I am looking forward to seeing you all again in September and having lots of fun!
The Secret Garden - Theatre Performance
Art - Landscape
Emerald Class have really enjoyed Art this term looking at different landscapes and then creating their own "At the Seaside" picture. The children began by using water colours to create a background. The children showed their skills as they mixed colours and used different brush pressures to create deeper / lighter shades to add texture to their painting. Once dried the children then decided what they would like to appear on their landscape. Next they collected a mixture of materials such as coloured paper, tin foil, cotton wool, crepe paper and tissue paper. After that, they used their drawing and cutting skills to add their objects such as sandcastles, parasols, deck chairs, boats, birds, fish etc to their landscape painting. They finished off by glueing their variety of objects to their seaside background to create their own landscape picture. As you can see from pictures below, they really worked hard and individually created some amazing artwork!
At The Seaside
Spring Term in Emerald
This term the children have been learning all about measuring in Maths. They have begun to measure using centimetres and metres. In addition, they have started to weigh and estimate using scales. They have used both standard weights and non-standard (cubes or dominoes) to weigh a mixture of objects in or around the classroom. We have also looked at capacity and how we start to measure liquids. The children have thoroughly enjoyed these maths topics and have shown a good growing understanding.
In Literacy, we have been looking at how we write letters and the format that is used when creating a new letter e.g. address, date, dear. We have discussed what is required on a letter and the purpose of letters, either formal or informal. Again the children have written some good letters showing their neat handwriting.
DT and Art has been great fun this term and you can see pictures below. Science which is a favourite of Emerald class has been all about our bodies and senses. The children have enjoyed this topic and are looking forward to the next topic of "Living things and their habitats".
We have had another amazing term in Emerald class with all the children consistantly reading and doing their homework, so the last day of term we received a well-earned mufti-day. Well done children keep up this super work!
Crazy Hair Day - 8.4.22
Art - Landscapes using a variety of materials.
Emerald Class have really enjoyed creating a Humpty Dumpty moving storybook. The children all created their own colourful background pages and then coloured the various characters. Once they had completed the background they then made sliders and attached them to their characters (so they could move). The children had to work out where their characters needed to move and used their cutting skills to ensure the sliders worked correctly. The children worked on these over a 4 week period and are very proud of their achievements!
DT - Moving Storybook Projects
Red Nose Day - 18.3.22
Farm Visit to Homer - 17.3.22
Maths - Measuring Fun!
Great Britain Topic Homework
World Book Day
Mental Health Week - 7th to 11th February 2022
This week Emerald class have been exploring our feelings and discussing why and how we cope with them. The children have been amazingly honest and been able to discuss and explain to each other how they manage their different feelings. We have talked about how understanding our own feelings helps us to understand other peoples. The children were able to explain different strategies that they use to help themselves and who they ask if they need extra support. It was agreed that we all experience different emotions at different times, and therefore we should always respect other people's feelings and wishes.
NSPCC Number Day - Friday 4th February 2022
The Great Fire of London - Half Term Projects
WOW Day - "Our Climate, Our Future"
This month our Maths focus is addition and subtraction. We have begun to use different physical objects to create number sentences. The children have begun to use the + and - mathematical symbols to create mathematical statements. We have also looked at ordering numbers and recognising when numbers are bigger or smaller than others. Again, the children have begun to use the mathematical symbols > greater than and < less than to compare numbers. In addition, they have been able to identify when numbers are equal and use this symbol = correctly. We are able to reinforce their understanding using different physical objects such as Numicon, cubes, counters, number lines.
In Literacy we have begun to write instructions and learn how important they are in everyday life. The children have started to understand 'time connectives' such as next, then, after, finally and when to use them. We have recently followed instructions to make bread rolls, which the children really enjoyed. Next we will be making Halloween spiders and then the children will use their knowledge of making them to create a set of written instructions using time words.
We are still enjoying learning about The Great Fire of London and how life has changed since then. In Computing we are learning (using Beebot Online) how to navigate and program the Beebot to enable it to move forward, backwards and sideways. Science has been extremely popular with Emerald class and they have thoroughly enjoyed different experiments and are learning to predict and then record results.
Finally, our reading at home continues to be highly important and impressive, the children are already showing improvement and their love of books. Keep up the great work!