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Class Blog 27th January 2023

In Science, we have been learning about the 5 senses and how we use them. This week we explored each of the senses by listening to different sounds, tasting different flavours of crisps, smelling a range of foods, playing an I-Spy game, and guessing items inside a feely bag!

In English we have been reading the book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. We ended the week by sequencing parts from the book and retelling the story. Next week we will be writing a diary entry from one of the characters. 

Class Blog 20th January 2023

This week we enjoyed ‘A Day in China.’ We had a go at some traditional Chinese dancing, learned about Chinese new year and created some lovely Chinese themed crafts!

In Science, Year 1 have been learning about the body. We made a life size diagram of all the body parts we currently know, we are going to add to this as we learn more.

In Year 2, we have been learning about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We looked through animal ‘poo’ to see what foods the animals had been eating and then decided which category they fit into.

Class Blog 13th January 2023

In Maths, Year 2 have been learning about money. We have spent the week looking at the value of different coins and had a go at adding different amounts together. This will prepare us for next week’s learning where we will be looking at how to calculate with money to find change.

This term, our learning theme is Amazing Adventurers! In history we have been formulating questions to answer about Captain Cook, we looked at pictures of him and his ship and discussed who we thought he was and why he might be famous – we aim to answer these questions over the coming weeks!

Class Blog 16th December 2022

This week in Design and Technology, we have been building models of London attractions. Over the half term we have been looking at the structures of buildings, the strength of different materials and different methods to join materials together. We have used our knowledge to create strong structures which contain walls, roofs and hinged windows/doors. Can you guess which London attractions we have built?

In English we have been learning about commas in lists. We have practiced this by writing our own Christmas wish lists to Santa, making sure to use commas between each item.

Class Blog 9th December 2022

In PSHE we have been learning about the differences and similarities that we might have with others. We have looked at the lives of children from around the world and discussed how they may differ from ours. We have read the book, ‘There’s only one you’, by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook, and talked about the message that the book gave. It has taught us that… “In all the world over, this much is true: You’re special – unique. There’s just ONE of you!”

This week we have been continuing with our Maths learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We have consolidated our learning by matching a mix of 2D and 3D shapes to their correct names!

Class Blog 2nd December 2022

This week in Maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes!

Year 1 have been exploring 3D shapes, including spheres, cubes, cuboids, cylinders and pyramids. We used playdough to create some of these shapes, making sure to include the correct amount of faces, edges and corners.

Year 2 have been looking at 2D shapes, including triangles, quadrilaterals, hexagons, octagons, pentagons and circles. We discussed the properties of these shapes a group and worked together to find the number of sides and vertices to match each shape to their correct description.  

Class Blog 18th November 2022

In English, Year 1 have been learning about the features of instructions, we sequenced and followed instructions to make jam sandwiches. We then used time connectives, such as first, then, next and after to write our own set of instructions on how to catch a wolf! 

In PE we have been using our core strength to create different shapes with our bodies. We worked in groups to create different London buildings and attractions - which links to our learning theme, Brilliant Britain! Can you guess which London attraction is being replicated in the picture?

Class Blog 11th November 2022

In English, Year 2 have been reading The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. We have retold the story, created a character profile for the Big Bad Pig and sequenced the story by picking out the most important parts.

In Science, Year 1 have been on an ‘Autumn Hunt’, we searched the school grounds looking for signs of autumn. We then collected leaves and made our own leaf rubbings.

Class Blog 21st October 2022

This week we enjoyed a day in India. We spent the day learning about Indian culture and traditions by creating Indian themed crafts, including making the Indian flag, drawing rangoli elephants and designing our own henna patterns. We also took part in some brilliant Bollywood dancing.

In maths we have been learning about fact families. We have been working in groups to match the correct sums to their fact family houses.

Class Blog 14th October 2022

Continuing with our topic of Brilliant Britain, we have been learning all about Wales. We enjoyed making Welsh themed crafts, and building Welsh landmarks out of lego and playdough!

In science we have been looking at the trees in our school grounds, we observed their leaves and used our inquiry skills to match them to their name. We then used our knowledge to categorise these trees (and others) into deciduous and evergreen.

Class Blog 7th October 2022

In Maths we have been learning to partition numbers using Part Whole Models.

In Geography we have been learning all about Scotland. We enjoyed making Scottish themed crafts, listening to bagpipes and creating a Scotland fact sheet… whilst eating shortbread, of course!

Class Blog 23rd September 2022

In science we have been on a nature walk around our school grounds. Here are some of the plants we found!

We have also been learning about the life of Queen Elizabeth II, here is our class display of the Royal Coat of Arms that we made in her memory.

Class Blog 16th September 2022

In maths, we have been exploring different ways to make the same number.

We have then used these skills to compare and order numbers to 20!

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