Year 1 & 2 Class News

This week’s bible story

Posted on Monday 17 January 2022 by Mrs Rowley

The Lost Sheep: Luke 15.3-7

Have you ever received a card with the words ‘Love from . . .’ written in it.

What do you think the words mean. ‘What does “love” mean?’

The dictionary defines it as ‘a strong feeling of affection’.

Think about things that they love. Who are the people whom they love? Who loves you? How does it feel to be loved?

There are times when everyone feels alone or unloved. Maybe we have done something wrong and are in trouble, or maybe we just feel down in the dumps and it makes us feel like no one cares about us very much.

Christians believe that no matter what happens to us, God always loves us. There are many stories in the Bible about God loving people. One of them is the story of the lost sheep. In this story, the shepherd loses a sheep, but cares for it so much that he looks and looks until the sheep is found again.

Read the story from Luke 15.3-7. The story makes the point that no matter how many of us there are in our school, our family or the world, each one of us matters to God. Remembering this can help us never to feel alone and always to feel special.

Let’s think about the people who care for us and show us love.
Pause to allow time for thought.
Let’s think about the people whom we love. How can we show love to them?
Pause to allow time for thought.

Dear God,
Thank you for the people who love and care for me.
Please help me to show them that I am grateful and a happier person because of it.
Being loved makes me feel safe and happy. I feel warm inside and special.
Help me to love others so that they may feel that way, too.
Help those people who feel lonely and sad.
May they remember that they are loved by you and are never alone because you are always there.
Thank you for loving me.

Phonics and early reading – eBooks

Posted on Thursday 13 January 2022 by Mrs Palmer

We hope you all received your usernames and passwords for Collins eBooks (some year 2s do not need them).

These match the phonics books we are reading in school three times a week. We use our phonics skills while reading books.

There is more information on the Little Wandle website about these reading practice sessions.

Reading an eBook at home is a change for children but most people are embracing it and continuing to enjoy the physical ‘sharing book’ which is to be read together and enjoyed.

If you have any problems accessing them, please contact your child’s class teacher.

Topic learning – History

Posted on Thursday 13 January 2022 by Mrs Palmer

History is the focus of our topic learning this half term. During this topic, we will be ordering significant events in our lives. We’ll be discussing them using historical vocabulary.

As the half term progresses, the children will discuss how significant things have changed over time: the food that we eat, the shops that we visit and the toys that we play with.

Science learning – Seasonal Changes

Posted on Friday 07 January 2022 by Mrs Palmer

This half term, we’re being biologists in our science lessons. We’ll be learning about Seasonal Changes. What an exciting opportunity to learn more about a range of things, including why we’ve had some whacky weather lately!

This week’s bible story

Posted on Wednesday 05 January 2022 by Mrs Rowley

‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.’ (1 Corinthians 13.4-8)

In February, we celebrate Valentines Day. This was originally the day for the Church to celebrate or remember St Valentine, but over time, it has developed into a day to send cards, buy presents or flowers and celebrate love. What do you think love means?

Watch this video of Anna and Hans from Frozen. Anna and Hans have apparently fallen head over heels in love: love at first sight! Ask the children what love looks like to Anna and Hans. There is so much more to love than this. Love is something that we all experience, and in different ways: the love of parents or carers, of grandparents, siblings, friends . . . these are all different types of love, but they all give us a glimpse of what love is.

There is a passage in the Bible that tells us more about what love is like. It is a passage that is often read at weddings.
‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.’ (1 Corinthians 13.4-8)
This definition sets the bar pretty high! In truth, as human beings, we do boast and we aren’t always patient and kind. However, when we feel love, we get to experience the qualities in this definition, such as patience and kindness.

Christians believe that love is God’s gift to earth, so when Jesus came to earth and died on the cross, he did it to demonstrate this love.
How we can show this love to others. How can we be the people to demonstrate love in the world around us?

Dear God,
Thank you for your gift of love.
Please help us to show this love to other people.

Christmas party

Posted on Thursday 16 December 2021 by Mrs Palmer

Yesterday, we had our class Christmas party. The children enjoyed playing some party games and eating some party food. We also enjoyed our Christmas dinner together.



Christmas Dinner

Posted on Wednesday 15 December 2021 by Mrs Welsby

What an amazing Christmas dinner we have all had together. The kitchen staff have been beavering away so that we could enjoy our traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings (plus vegetarian option!)

We all enjoyed sharing a joke or fact from our Christmas crackers.

It was great to celebrate as a whole school family.

Some of our nursery children joined us too!

Key Stage 2 all made party hats to dazzle us with. You may even spot a few sporting a moustache.

So thank you to our amazing staff!


BIG thought – a class debate

Posted on Tuesday 14 December 2021 by Mrs Flynn

Today, in RE year 1 and 2 had a fantastic debate. Before we started we talked about respecting other peoples opinions and that it is okay to disagree with others.

I then gave the children the big thought for the day.

“Only Christians can celebrate Christmas”

The children had some fantastic opinions for and against this statement! We are very proud of how each child respected their friends opinions whilst discussing the ‘big talk’. Some children even changed their mind after listening to their friends views and opinions!

Below are some of the children’s fantastic opinions.

“Only Christians can celebrate Christmas because they go to church on Christmas day.”

“Anybody can go to church, even if they believe something else. My friend is a Muslim and she came to church with  me.”

“Other religions can celebrate it too. They can learn about how Jesus was born.”

“Anyone can celebrate Christmas. We need to include everyone otherwise it’s not fair.”

“You can celebrate Christmas because it’s for Jesus’ birthday – anyone can celebrate a birthday.”

“I agree because it’s Christians celebrating Jesus’ birthday.”

“It’s about everyone and celebrating with friends and family – it’s not just about presents.”

“I’ve changed my mind a little bit. Other people can celebrate because that’s kind and including other people.”


This week’s bible story

Posted on Monday 13 December 2021 by Mrs Rowley

Perseverance despite circumstances: Daniel 6:1-28 (omit verse 24)

Read the story of Daniel (omit verse 24 for younger or sensitive children)

Daniel was captured, along with many more of God’s people, and taken to live in a foreign country. In this country, they had different traditions and customs and it was not acceptable to worship God. But Daniel chose to continue serving God. Even though it meant that he was risking death, Daniel knelt down and honoured God by praying three times a day.
When the king discovered that Daniel was breaking the law by praying to God, he had Daniel thrown into a den of hungry lions. God stood by Daniel and rewarded his unwavering commitment to righteousness by protecting him from being eaten by the lions.

Do you think Daniel was lazy, or a hard worker?
When Daniel found out that he would be thrown into a lion’s den if he continued to pray, what did he do?
Why do you think Daniel continued to kneel down to pray instead of praying quietly in his head so that others could not see that he was praying?
How did God reward Daniel’s perseverance?

Dear God,
We can often end up in situations when life feels hard or difficult or when we feel we are out on a limb compared to everyone else.
Help us to persevere when times are tough.

Christmas Play

Posted on Friday 10 December 2021 by Mrs Palmer

Thank you for providing all of the wonderful costumes for our Christmas play.

The narrators

Mary and Joseph

The stars

The servants

The kings

Humph the camel

The camels