Exploring Japan

What a lovely couple of weeks we have had in year 1. It has been wonderful to welcome all the children back to school. The bubbles have been filled with excitement, laughter and fantastic learning.

For the last two weeks, we have been exploring our new Geography unit- Japan. We have used our mapping skills to identify where Japan is in the world as well as look at physical Geographical features. This week we have been busy exploring the culture of Japan. The children have: practiced calligraphy, learnt some Japanese, designed their own kimonos, practiced origami and made some menus.

It has been a busy week in Maths, where we have been measuring weight. We have used scales to balance weights and objects. 

It has been our final week on “The Tiger who came to Tea”. The children have written shopping lists, party invitations and used adjectives to describe a tiger. 

Thank you for all your hard work with your children during lockdown. It is clear to the year 1 team that a lot of fantastic teaching went on!

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R.E. this week! Year 2

The children have been listening to the Christmas story and thinking about why Christmas is important to Christians. The playdough challenge was to make a nativity scene. The children took time to add in details and really enjoyed seeing their own and others when finished. See if you can see what is happening in each scene!

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Back with a bang!

What a fantastic week we have had in year 1. 

This week we have been learning all about The gunpowder plot and Guy Fawkes. In English we have written some sentences about key events. In art, we have been looking at Jack Goldstein’s chalk firework pictures. 

Maths has been based around subtraction. We have used fact family houses to support our part part whole knowledge. The children have been working hard on their digit and mathematical symbol formation.

In gymnastics, we have been focusing on balancing. The children have been balancing on their toes and using their arms and legs to support making different shapes. 

Science has been based around Autumn. We have been using our senses to think about the smells, sights and feel of autumnal objects. 

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Where in the UK are we?

This week in year 1 we have been comparing Devon with London. The children have been busy comparing transport, landmarks and geographical features. We found out that London has green parks but Devon has wide open moorland like Dartmoor. 

In science, we have been busy tracking the rainfall as well as the weather for each day. It has been a real mixture this week with sun, fog and rain.

In Maths, we have been learning about part part whole diagrams. We have used these to support our addition and addition facts. 

PE has continued to be fantastic fun. Outside we have been practicing our catching and throwing skills and inside we have been working on balancing and flexibility in gymnastics.

The teachers were very pleased with the children attending after school badminton and football clubs. All of the children behaved beautifully and we had fantastic feedback from the coaches.

Library books have gone home this week. They need to be returned next Thursday and will then spend a week in quarantine before being sent home again. Thank you for your patience with this. 

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Year 2 Fly Away with the Wright Brothers

We have been busy bees again this week in Year 2! In Science, we practiced using the new words we have learnt to describe the properties of materials; these included absorbent, waterproof, transparent, opaque, shine, dull, rigid, flexible, strong and fragile. We considered lots of ‘what ifs’….. What if my jumper was made of metal? What if the window was made from cardboard?! We used property words to explain why this was not would be a suitable material for a certain purpose! In English we have written our own class versions of Duckie’ Rainbow. A dino or cat has been over, under, through, along and behind several different things! The children have had great fun writing it and have shown an excellent knowledge of prepositions, verbs and interesting adjectives. In our history sessions we have been learning all about The Wright Brothers who invented and flew the first plane in 1903. The first flight took off and landed again after 12 seconds, travelling 36 metres in total. We marked out this distance on the playground and then took it in turns to run along the ‘runaway’ with our arms outstretched pretending to be Mr. Orville Wright on his first ever flight! Luckily it was probably slightly warmer outside than I we imagine it was in December 1903.

Reminder that Home Learning books will only be returned to you every OTHER week. We have to quarantine them in between going to and from school. Home Learning will still be set EVERY week on the blog. Complete it on paper, email in photos or concentrate on the computer-based home learning during these weeks.

Many thanks – The Year 1 Team

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Courses and Training available to parents

The Curly Hair Project

Online Courses for Parents, fun, vibrant, visual, e-courses help parents understand their autistic children. To find out more regarding the training for parents visit: https://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/product/starter-set-for-parents/

Training with BISnet

BISnet are offering new online webinars as below. To book any session or see future webinars advertised click here

Emotional Regulation in Autistic Children and Young People

A 6-week programme for learning how to support Autistic Children & Young People to develop emotional regulation skills.

Ticket £43.71

 

Autism specific webinar – the basics

Friday 25th September 11am – 12pm

Ticket £5.98

 

Autism specific webinar – Bedtime and sleep

Monday 28th September 4.30pm – 5.30pm 

Ticket £5.98

 

Autism specific webinar – Technology and screens

Thursday 1st October 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Ticket £5.98

 

Autism specific webinar – Siblings

Monday 12th October 11am – 12pm

Ticket £5.98

 

Autism specific – Self injury and Suicdual thoughts

Thursday 15th October 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Ticket £5.98

 

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Final week in Pod 2Jma

It has been a fantastic final week in our pod. Every day has seen a lot of fun and laughter and all of the children have impressed with their enthusiasm and kindness. 

We have spent a lot of time playing Victorian games including: hoop and stick, marbles, hobby horses, jump rope and skittles. We also held our own gymkhana with the hobby horses on the field. 

This week we have made our own Punch and Judy puppet theatres  and puppets. The children have loved putting on performances for each other. 

Both Mrs Carpenter and Miss Prentice have loved our time in the pod creating memories with a special bunch of children. 

We wish everyone a wonderful summer and will see you next year. 

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