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Owls Yrs 1 & 2

Update - Friday 13th May

It has been great to see some warmer, sunnier weather over the last week. Don't forget to keep checking the weather report to ensure that your child comes to school with what they need!

Year 2 have worked so hard this week - sitting assessments in both Maths and English. They were extremely mature and approached the assessments with a really positive can-do attitude.


In English we have continued our work on Where the Wild Things Are. We have continued work on our own versions of the story and have enjoyed creating music and dance for our own 'wild rumpus'. We then used this to write poems based on the structure of a poem called 'Celebration'. We have been practising our best handwriting to copy up our poems and stories for display. We have also worked on letter writing skills.


In Maths we have worked on comparing numbers and on multiplication and division skills. Keep practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s at home - and Year 2s also need to work on counting in 3s.


In Science we started to think about comparing invertebrates with humans, looking for similarities and differences. We are getting ready to become experts on a chosen invertebrate and wrote lots of interesting questions that we would like to find the answers to.


The children have really enjoyed our first few lessons on The Seven Continents in Geography. We have named the continents, found them on different maps and compared their size. We have learned about the Equator and that the Earth is divided into two hemispheres.

Update - Tuesday 3rd May

Since coming back from the Easter break we have been working on the book Where the Wild Things Are in English and Art. We have designed our own fantasy settings and our own wild things. We have described the setting from the original story and our own setting. We have written our own version of the story, set in our own fantasy world and meeting our own wild things.


In Maths we have worked on 3D shape - naming shapes and getting to know their properties (faces, edges and vertices). We have also been finding fractions of shapes and amounts. We have learned that to find a quarter you can halve and then halve again.


This term we do not have one main topic that covers different curriculum areas. In Science we are going 'on safari' - learning about invertebrates, their features and their habitats. We will also compare invertebrates with humans, looking for similarities and differences. We have already learned new vocabulary such as vertebrate, invertebrate, exoskeleton, thorax and abdomen.

In Geography we will be focusing on 'The Seven Continents' and in History we will be learning about The Stone Age.

3D shape

Update - Friday 4th March

We've had a busy couple of weeks since the half-term break with lots of practical activities to really help us to engage in our learning.

It all started with spaghetti! In English we have been enjoying poetry and read 'Spaghetti! Spaghetti! by Jack Prelutsky. In order to describe spaghetti we got hands on - literally! We thought about alliterative phrases, interesting adjectives, onomatopoeia and how we can compare objects to other things. We read a variety of other food poem and worked in mixed age groups to turn them into performances with actions. Finally we returned to Spaghetti! Spaghetti! and wrote our own favourite food poems using a similar structure.

Here are just a couple of super examples:

Macaroni! Macaroni! by Zaynah (Y1)

Macaroni! Macaroni!

You're all hot in a pot

I love you macaroni .

I can't get enough.

Macaroni! Macaroni!

You're cheesy and hot

You stick to my plate!

Macaroni! Macaroni!

I think you are great!

You're covered with sauce

and you're flooded with cheese.

Macaroni! Macaroni!

Give me some please!


Noodles! Noodles! by Rumaisa (Y2)

Noodles! Noodles!

You're long and delicious

I love you wiggly noodles

I think you are the best!

You're yummy and hot.

You're so tasty.

I can eat the whole lot.


Year 2 also worked with food in one of our Maths lessons. After practising reading scales to the nearest 100g they put their skills to good use and followed a recipe to make fruity flapjacks - then shared them with the class. Year 1 also worked on weight and have been learning to use uniform non-standard units such as cubes or cotton reels to balance different objects.

We have returned to addition and subtraction strategies this week and have learned new ways to calculate and record our work.


In our topic work we have started thinking about the history of transport. We have found out about the ways cars looked and worked when they were first invented and how they have changed over time to become the cars we use today. We even thought about what cars of the future might be like.

We are also linking our DT work to transport and have been exploring wheeled vehicles to find out about wheels and axles.


This week, of course, has been Book Week and we have enjoyed a range of activities based around books and reading. Daily buddy reading has been a hit, the costumes on Thursday were amazing (my emotion when I saw them was 'pride') and we ended the week with a whole school book quiz.




Wheels and axles

World Book Day - sharing favourite books

Update - Friday 7th January

A Happy New Year to you all - I hope that you enjoyed time together over the holidays! The children have come back to school well rested and ready to learn and we got off to a great start this week.


We started our short week by thinking about New Year's Resolutions. The children thought about new skills they would like to learn, lifestyle choices they might make and habits/behaviour they would like to stop or change. There was a huge variety of ideas and some good plans for how they might be achieved.


In English we got messy and investigated dirt and mud! We generated lots of describing words and then used some of these to create extra verses for a poem called 'Mud'.


In Maths we found halves and quarters of shapes, folding them to make sure that they were split into equal parts.


Our topic this term will be Space and the history of travel. 


Mud poetry

Update 3rd December

We have now come to the end of our work on Traction Man - and the children have worked really hard to each produce an adventure for our class book - Traction Man is Back. There will need to be three versions of the book as they won't all fit into one! Once they are all fully assembled I will scan them and create 'ebooks' that the children will be able to share with you at home.

For our last few weeks of term we are working on some poetry and exploring how poets use language in different ways. We have already written our own onomatopoeic lines for a poem called 'Ice' after a fun session exploring the 'sound' of ice.


In Maths we have worked on telling the time and measuring time in different ways. Year 1 have learned about o'clock and half-past times, whilst Year 2 have been telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes and learning about digital times. We also continue to practise strategies for addition.


In Science we have been learning about food groups and the amounts of different types of food needed for a balanced, healthy diet. The children have also really enjoyed our computing sessions and are now becoming more familiar with the keyboard.


And of course we have started work on this year's Nativity 'Born on a Barn'! There are lots of catchy songs to learn and the children are already getting confident with their lines. 


Sounds of ice

Update - Friday 12th November


Last week we found out about Samuel Pepys and his importance in showing us what life was like at the time of the Great Fire of London. We looked at some of his diary entries and found out how he and other people reacted to the news that London was on fire. We combined History and English and wrote our own diary entries as though we were alive during the Great Fire of London. I was really impressed with the way the children showed their understanding and empathy for what it would have been like:


"This morning I saw a giant fire and told the king. I told the mayor and I told Samuel Pepys that the fire is spreading. I felt shocked and sad because the fire had burned lots homes down in Pudding Lane. I decided that I needed to shout for a fire cart. I hope that my house doesn't burn down!" (Rahul, Y1)


"This morning I saw a ginormous fire. I told Samuel Pepys that the fire is near his house. I felt very sad because the birds were dying. I decided that I needed to run away to a safe place. I hope the fire stops." (Lila, Y1)


"Early in the morning I woke up because I heard something crackling. It was a huge fire spreading near us. I woke up my wife and children and told them about the fire. I told them to go on to a boat and row to the countryside. So we got onto a boat and rowed off to the countryside and bought a house. I feel sad about everything in London." (Peter, Y2)


"Early in the morning my husband woke me up shouting "There's a fire, there's a fire!" So I went to look out of the window. There it was: London's biggest fire ever. I went to wake up my children and then I asked everyone in the house to gather their most special things ever. After everyone found their things we buried our things deep down so the fire couldn't get to it."

(Daliah, Y2)


In English we have started a new book: Traction Man is Here! This is a fun book written in the style of a graphic novel. We have enjoyed setting up our own adventure scenarios using small world equipment and other props, then creating voiceovers to explain what is happening (see below).


Last week in Maths we worked on Length, learning about measuring using different units of measurement from cubes, to metre sticks, to centimetres. This week we have returned to addition and subtraction. Year 1 have practised bonds to 10 and other number facts, whilst Year 2 have started to add and subtract by bridging 10 (eg to work out 37 + 6: jump 3 to 40, then another 3 to have made 6 jumps altogether)


In Science we have considered what animals, including humans, need to survive. In Computing we are learning mouse and trackpad skills (see below). In RE we are starting to find out what Christians believe about God.



Traction Man is Here!

Update - Friday 22nd October

There has been so much learning over the last few weeks that it is hard to know where to start!


In English we have continued work on Rapunzel - only finding out how our version ends on the very last day of the half-term. We have written diary entries as Rapunzel at different points in the story as well as planning and writing instructions for 'How to Defeat a Witch'. (See below for some examples)


In Maths we have focused on addition and subtraction skills. Year 1 have been counting on and back to add and subtract small amounts, whilst Year 2 have learned strategies for mentally adding and subtracting 10, 11, 20 and 21.


In Science we continued to investigate our senses with a taste test - exploring sweet, salty, sour and bitter foods. The children were not very impressed by the taste of lemon juice and vinegar! We also used our sense of touch to investigate objects and tried to work out the objects in a 'feely' box with a sock on our hand. Some objects were really tricky when we couldn't properly feel the shapes and textures.


In History we learned more about buildings in London at the time of the Great Fire and found out how to create walls made of wattle and daub. The children were quite relieved to find that we were not actually going to use cow or horse manure in our daub! (Photos below). We also made Fire Safety posters for people living in 1666 with advice such as 'Don't play with a flint and steel', 'If you see a fire shout it loud' and 'Make a human chain to get water to the fire'.


In PE we completed our Great Fire of London dance and performed it for Mrs Stevens and Kingfisher Class.


Rapunzel diary entries

Update - Friday 24th September

Everyone is well settled in to life back at school and we have been enjoying lots of learning. Our Great Fire of London topic is now well underway. So far we have begun a dance linked to The Great Fire, we have learned about how the fire started and why it spread so easily, we have created a fiery background - colour mixing yellow and red to make shades of orange and we have thought about questions that we would like answered during our topic work. On Thursday we had great fun creating human chains and using buckets of water to try and put out a 'fire' in the Owl's garden. We have also started learning the song 'London's Burning' and even had a go at singing in a round!


In English we have started work on the book Rapunzel. We have had a visit from Rapunzel herself and were able to ask her questions that we had already written. We have described both Rapunzel and the witch.


In Maths we have focused on place value. Year 1 have been practising counting forwards and backwards in ones and in tens. They have also been finding out about tens and ones in 2-digit numbers. Year 2 have also been counting forwards and backwards - but all the way to 100! They too have been thinking about the digits in 2-digit numbers and learning to 'partition' numbers in different ways. They have also been learning to use the < and > signs to compare numbers.


In Science we have been learning about our five senses. Last week we went on a sound walk and this week we used our sense of smell to try and work out what was in the mystery pots. The conclusion was "stronger smells are easier to work out" and "things that we have smelled recently might stay in our heads, whereas we might not remember a smell that we have not smelled for a while."


Next week we have our history workshop to look forward to - don't forget that your child will need to come in costume on Thursday.

Science smell test

Fire fighting

First week back