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Blog 2019/20

Exciting times in Spring term


What a busy time we have been having this Spring term! 


During Spring 1 we based our learning around the story Grandma Bird written by Benji Davies. We had a creative half term responding to the text by using art and music as well as writing using our senses.


This half term during Spring 2 we have posed a question- What do we do with our waste?

We have already started exploring Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts. It is about a plastic bag that the animals in the ocean think is food and they eat! We have started to reinvent the story where Stanley meets different characters. We are currently getting ready to write our masterpiece.


With our Topic hat on, we are exploring materials- with a specific focus on what they are and their properties. We started by looking at the effect this is having on the animals in the world and have then branched off into exploring all the properties of materials. 


Combining our Topic knowledge with English we will begin to write a leaflet as to why we should recycle!


Save the date: 1st April for an artistic share

Happy New Year!


Wow what a busy lead up to Christmas we had at school. Well done to all the children who took part in the Christmas Play "Gnome Alone", you all did amazingly! 



This half term our Project is a Take One Book called 'Grandma Bird' by Benji Davies. Last week the children made their own passports and studied atlas' to find out about the continents of the world. They were welcomed aboard flight Grandma Bird where we will be exploring the book, practising all the skills we need for reading and diving into some creative activities!



Children in Need 2019


We have been working hard to organise our stall tomorrow! Here are a few snippets of us doing this. See you tomorrow after school!



Big Draw, 1st November 2019


This morning all children across the school participated in 'The Big Draw'. We looked at mandalas and learnt that this means circle in Sanskrit. We studied a variety and noticed the colour pattern. Our children took the time to colour their mandala whilst listening to some piano music of current chart hits! 


The children's drawings will be judged by Mrs Halliday and Mrs Boor for a 1st, 2nd and 3rd category. Good luck!





Today we have received a letter from Farmer Kate! The children were excited to see a letter addressed for them. We read it and found out that she needs some help to protect her crops by building some scarecrows. The children have put their D&T hats on to design a scarecrow for her! Once we have built these we are going to send some pictures to Farmer Kate along with some instructions to help build her own. Watch this space for our very own scarecrows to appear at school!

RWI Cafe 23th September


Thank you to all the parents/carers that came to our RWI Cafe! We hope you found the information helpful. Please find any more information on our Year 1 Phonics page. 

Carlton Marshes 18th September


We had a fantastic school trip to Carlton Marshes! We got involved in making dens, natural art and creating stories. Everybody had a fantastic day but we were very tired when we had to walk home again!