Year 1 & 2 Class News

Maths – fluency and facts

Posted on Thursday 06 May 2021 by Miss Harker

We are working really hard to increase our fluency and recall of maths facts. This week, we have been focusing on bonds of 10 and we are getting really good! It was our homework task, a daily morning job and we have shown 10 using multiple representations (part whole modelsbar models, pictures and calculations). The Year 2s have also been working on bonds of 20.

Help at home by asking your child if they can tell you bonds of 10 or 20.

Captain Tom 100 Challenge

Posted on Friday 30 April 2021 by Miss Beatson

Today, the JLT voted for the school charity we will be supporting this year- RSPCA. 

As our first fundraising event, we’ll be taking part in the Captain Tom 100 Challenge. Each class will be doing something 100 times on Tuesday 04 May. All we ask is that each child brings in 100 pence (it can be a £1 coin!) and all the money raised will be donated to the RSPCA. There’ll be a bucket at the gate for you to leave your donation.
Here are the details of what each class is doing:
Foundation- 100 star jumps
Y1/2- 100 skips
Y3/4- writing 100 adjectives
Y5/6- planting 100 seeds
Thank you for your support- we will let you know how much money we raise!

Our new topic: Computing

Posted on Friday 23 April 2021 by Miss Harker

In this half term, we are starting our next topic which is all about computing.

We’re going to be playing, and making, lots of online and offline games. As this is a computing topic, we’ll be using a range of technology to support our learning including the following:

  • Bee-Bots and Blue-Bots
    • We’ll be using a variety of directional language such as North, East, South, West and forwards, backwards, left turn, right turn.
  • Scratch Junior (a program that we’ll access via our iPads/laptops)

For a really fun online version of Bee-Bots, check this out.

We’ll also be learning about online safety, including the importance of passwords.

Here is a list of some of the vocabulary that will be taught in the coming weeks.

algorithm – a sequence of instructions or a set of rules to get something done

program – a collection of algorithms

debug – to find and fix errors in algorithms

computer – a type of machine that can follow instructions and do useful things

password – a string of letters, numbers or symbols which give you access to something (eg. a computer, a service like Numbots)

personal information – information that can be used to identify you (eg. age, school, address, password)

appropriate – something that is suitable

Living and Learning – Saying please and thank you

Posted on Friday 23 April 2021 by Miss Harker

This week, we have been making an extra effort to use our manners.

We know that using simple words and phrases like please and thank you can make a big difference.

Being polite to everyone is very important and can really brighten someone’s day. This links very well to one of our school rules:

We respect everyone and everything.

Can your child remember all three of our school rules? Click on this link and check underneath the positive relationships (behaviour management) tab.

Junior Leadership Team

Posted on Thursday 01 April 2021 by Miss Beatson

This week, our Living and Learning has been about democracy- this included voting for our new Junior Leadership Team (previously named School Council). Well done to all the children who delivered speeches to their classes. Congratulations to all the children who were elected:

Year 1: Lily and Willow

Year 2: Ralph and Kamile

Year 3: Caleb and Jack

Year 4: Ellie and Sianna

Year 5: Evie and Scarlet

Year 6: Cohen and Bella


Easter Service

Posted on Thursday 01 April 2021 by Mrs Rowley

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who joined to support our Easter service today. It was lovely to see so many of you on zoom.

For those who were unable to join, here is a recording of our service.

Well done to all those children who took part and for all the wonderful singing that was heard around school.

Living and learning – rights and responsibilities

Posted on Thursday 25 March 2021 by Miss Harker

In this week’s living and learning lessons we have been talking about rights and the responsibilities that come with them.

Encouraging children to be responsible and increase their independence is important.

We matched some rights with the responsibilities that go with them.

Children have the right to play, and they have the responsibility to play safely and sensibly with their friends.

Children have the right to food, and the responsibility to make their own healthy choices.

Children have the right to a clean environment, and the responsibility to do what they can to look after their environment.

Exciting English

Posted on Thursday 25 March 2021 by Miss Harker

This half term,  we’ve worked incredibly hard in our Reading and Writing lessons, having lots of fun along the way.

Our class novel has been Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the sequel to Zog.

Films of both books are currently available on BBC iPlayer. Click on the above links.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading both stories, making lots of predictions and inferences.

Through our weekly RIC lessons, we’ve improved at fact retrievalinference and understood authors’ choices.

Each week, there has also been a new fluency text where we’ve practised the act of reading. This week we’ve been reading an exciting text about great white sharks. Texts about plants and Leonora Cohen have helped us with our Science and History learning too.

In our Writing lessons, everyone has been trying their very best with their handwriting and spelling. We’ve also had a strong focus on must dos such as capital letters and full stops.

Our writing about Zog and his friends has not only been fun to write, but fun to read as well. We’ve been editing mistakes and making improvements along the way, giving us all a great sense of pride in our learning.

We may not get everything perfect right away but we’re all reflective and resilient learners. Being reflective and resilient are two of our 8 Rs for learning.

How many can your child remember?

Living and Learning – Speak out Stay safe from the NSPCC

Posted on Tuesday 23 March 2021 by Miss Harker

The NSPCC would usually come into school to talk to us about how to stay safe. This year, we watched a virtual assembly instead.

Sometimes things make us happy and sometimes they can make us sad, worried or unhappy. It’s important to understand our feelings and not keep worries to ourselves and that’s what we would like children to know.

History topic – real life heroes

Posted on Thursday 18 March 2021 by Miss Harker

We are learning all about significant people (real life heroes) in our topic lessons this half term. Below is the key vocabulary that we will be focusing on.

equality – being treated fairly and having the same chances in life

rights – the basic things people need to live (eg food, housing) and reach their potential (eg education, safety)

apartheid – a system that keeps people apart, usually because of their different skin colour

racism – treating people differently because of the colour of their skin, their religious beliefs or their culture

suffragette – a woman who campaigned for the right of women to vote

protest – people coming together to show others that they are against an idea or an event

impact – a strong and powerful effect on something or someone

belief – a strongly held opinion that something is right

Sarah Allen from Abbey House Museum talked to us about Leonora Cohen today. Leonora Cohen was a suffragette. She was involved in the fight for women to have the right to vote. The children asked some super questions and shared their thoughts.

Women should have been allowed to vote too.

Why was she sent to prison three times?

Why did she not give up?

We have also learnt about Apartheid and how Nelson Mandela changed things.