We had an amazing time on our school trip to the Living Rainforest this week. We learnt all about the different plants and animals in the rainforest and how they have adapted to survive in the rainforest.
We have had a lovely week in Class 1 this week. We have learnt about the different animals that live in the rainforest and how they have adapted to survive in their habitat. We were also very excited this week because we received letters from our penpals. We're all really looking forward to writing our replies.
This week we have been learning about the different layers of the rainforest. We learnt about the animals that live in the emergent layer, the canopy, the understorey and the forest floor. Here is the diagram we made to show the different layers - it even shows how dark it gets in the lower levels of the rainforest.
Happy New Year! In Class 1, we have started the year as we mean to go on. We've had lots of fun and worked very hard. We've started our new 'Rainforest' topic and also learnt the story of 'The Billy Goats Gruff' ready for us to make an alternative version set in the rainforest. We really enjoyed acting out the story, look at our photos below!
We had a wonderful time at Warwick Arts Centre seeing ‘Father Christmas’.
We were learning about different materials today. We sorted the objects according to their different materials and then used our new vocabulary to describe their properties.
We had a wonderful time at the Hindu Mandir in Leamington Spa. We learnt lots about the Hindu faith and how they worship.
We started our play rehearsals this week. We are really excited and lots of the children have already learnt their lines! We can't wait to show you all our super play.
We started our new mini-topic this week. We learnt all about Vincent Van Gogh and looked at lots of his paintings. We looked in detail at 'Starry Night' and used it to inspire our poetry writing.
Look at our lovely poems below:
We would like to say a big thank you to Johni’s mummy for showing us her spinning wheel. It was interesting to see what it was like for a spinster in the 1600s.
We burnt our miniature fire of London! We watched as the fire spread from ‘Thomas Farriner’s Bakery’ to all the other houses in London.
What a busy week we’ve had. We had a fantastic time on Wednesday at the KS1 Agility games. Everyone tried really hard and had lots of fun!
We've had a very busy week this week. We have been learning the story of the Little Red Hen in literacy and we have been using number lines to help us add in numeracy.
The Southam firefighters came back today. We really enjoyed looking around the fire engine and learning all about their equipment. We all got the chance to sit in the fire engine and squirt the big hose!
What a busy week! We had a visit from the firefighters and learnt all about their fire fighting equipment. Unfortunately, the visit was cut short due to an emergency but Class 1 were very understanding and sensible. We found out later that everybody was ok. The firefighters will be returning on Wednesday.
We have also been busy using numicon in maths to help our understanding of numbers to 20 and we acted out a Hindu wedding as part of our RE lesson. Have a look at our photos below:
We have had a great time this week. We started the week by baking bread just like Thomas Farriner in his Pudding Lane bakery. We then wrote instructions on how to make the bread. We had lots of fun pretending to be army commanders and shouting commands out.
What a fantastic first week in Class 1! We have had lots of fun learning about the Great Fire of London for our 'Fire! Fire!' topic. We have also been practising counting in maths. Year 1s have been counting and writing numbers to 20 and Year 2s have been counting forward and backwards from any 2 digit number.
What a fantastic start to our 'Fire, Fire' topic! Today we sat around the fire pit and talked about our senses. We even toasted marshmallows!
We had a visit from Jess’ Auntie Sarah and her kittens today!
We did a water walk, a dress in blue day and a cake sale to raise money for WaterAid today. We raised £291!
We made some Maasai necklaces today!
We had a great time at Sports Day!
We have been learning about Kenya this week. We have learnt about the geography of the country and had Jess' brother James come to visit us and tell us all about his scout's trip to Kenya. It was really interesting looking at his photographs and we had lots of great questions to ask him.
It was transition day today! Year 2s had lots of fun in Miss Whatcott's class and the Year 1 children were very grown up and helped the reception children settle in to Class 1. We had a great time!
We had a visit from Amy the olympian today! She did an exercise class with us, it was lots of fun!
We have really enjoyed our week learning about China with Miss Woodcock whilst Miss Dyke was in Marle Hall with Class 3. Miss Woodcock's dad came to talk to us as he used to live in China. He brought lots of interesting things to show us. We also made some Chinese Fans and worked as a team to create our own version of the Great Wall of China.
Jess' mum came in with some very special visitors today... ducklings!
Our focus on Japan has ended today. We had lots of fun learning about the fascinating country and we hope you all enjoyed our assembly this morning. We will certainly miss wearing our slippers!
We made sushi today, it was delicious. We had to follow the instructions carefully and then we used chopsticks to eat them. We also tried some miso soup, a traditional Japanese soup. We really enjoyed tasting all the different Japanese food, it was like we really were in Japan!
We've been learning all about Japan this week. We've had great fun finding out about Japanese customs. We even had a go at Japan's national sport, Sumo Wrestling!
Class 1 were super cool today when they were learning how to street dance with Urban Strides!
We have had a lovely week in Class 1 this week. We have been learning all about the seven continents and five oceans of the world. We loved telling each other a story about the continents to help us remember them.
We have had a very exciting week in Class 1. We have started our new topic 'Countries of the World' and our Quadro construction set finally arrived. We had lots of fun working together as a team to assemble a shop and then really enjoyed playing inside it during Golden Time.
We have been testing out existing products in our Design and Technology lessons. We have looked at a range of puppets and thought about what makes them suitable for their purpose. We decided that fabric was a good material to use for a puppet because it can move easily, it is comfortable to hold/wear and it is strong so won't break easily.
Class 1 performed their class assembly today. They spoke very clearly and all the parents loved it! We hope you all have a very happy Mother's Day!
On Monday we had an amazing time on our school trip to Warwick Castle. We had a tour around the castle by a man called Ben. Ben showed us what it would have been like to try and attack the castle and then showed us the fossils in the tile floor of the great hall. We also climbed the tallest towers and walked along the curtain wall. It was great fun pretending to shoot arrows out of the arrow slits on the enemy below.
On Wednesday it was the Spring Equinox. We celebrated this by going to visit some new born lambs. It was lovely to see them with their mummies and it was very interesting to learn about them. We even have the opportunity to name one of them!
Cat Weatherill came to see us this week. She told us some of her stories and then did a story mountain workshop with us. We had lots of fun!
It has been World Book Day this week and we have had loads of fun! We dressed up on Thursday as our favourite book characters and we wrote a letter to Cat Weatherill, an author who is coming to visit us on Monday. We read one of her stories which is called 'By Lantern Light', we really enjoyed it and especially liked turning the light on in the book.
See if you can guess which book characters we had in the class on Thursday:
We have had a fantastic week in Class 1 getting ready for our Banquet Day. We learnt about past Kings and Queens of our country and baked bread to make our own medieval trenchers. There are lots of photos below to show how much fun we’ve been having.
Watch our video below to check out our amazing dance performance!
What a busy week we've had! We've been learning about fractions in numeracy and we even challenged ourselves with some reasoning tasks. We have continued our learning about Sikhism in our R.E. lessons and pretended that our classroom was a Sikh Gurdwara. We learnt about how Sikh's show respect in their place of worship and took part in these rituals ourselves.
We've had a wonderful week this week. In our topic lessons we have learnt all about the features of castles and labelled the two castles we have in our small world area. During our R.E. lesson we learnt about the five Ks in Sikhism. We made our own version of each K and learnt about why Sikhs wear them.
We have had such a busy week in Class 1! We have been learning about division in our Numeracy lessons and have been acting out the story of The Princess and The Pea during our Literacy lessons. It has been very exciting!
We've had a fantastic week this week in Class 1. We have investigated how temperature can change the rate that ice melts, we then learnt about how global warming is affecting the ice in the Arctic.
During our PSCHE lessons we carried on our learning about how we can keep our bodies healthy. We learnt how important it is to wash our hands properly and then learnt a song to help us to remember how to wash our hands thoroughly.
Here's the link to the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxlQn7KaCNU&safe=true
We've had a lovely week in Class 1. We've investigated which material would keep a hot chocolate warm for the longest in science and we've learnt all about how Arctic animals have adapted to survive in their habitat. We have been joined by our student teacher Miss Woodcock, she is really nice and we are looking forward to our lessons with her.
Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you all have a magical time!
We have had an amazing week in Class 1! We visited the church on Monday to learn all about how and why Christians celebrate Christmas. We also performed our Nativity to all our mums and dads. They loved it! Well done Class 1 and Reception!
What a busy week! On Tuesday we went to see 'Wilde Creatures' at Warwick Arts Centre - it was great fun!
We also had a special afternoon on Thursday as we had Celia and Suzanne visit us for a Christingle factory then a service. We learnt all about what the different parts of a Christingle represent.
The igloo is complete! Thank you for all your help collecting milk bottles.
The igloo construction has started! We have got quite far and hopefully soon we will have an igloo to play in and use as a reading igloo. We have now run out of milk bottles (we've used well over 200!) so if you or anyone you know have any milk bottles then please send them in!
We had a very special week remembering the people who died in the wars. We visited the church to see the poppies and write messages of remembrance. We also learnt the poem 'In Flanders Fields' and created our own acrostic poems. Finnian and Flora read their poems during our school memorial service.
It’s Halloween dress up day! We’ve had lots of fun in our costumes today and Miss Dyke was very impressed with our pumpkin carving skills.
Have a lovely half term holiday everyone!!
We had a lovely time at the church this week. As part of our learning about Christianity we decided to visit a Christian place of worship. Celia and Suzanne made organised lots of fun activities for us including a very exciting treasure hunt! We talked about all the different things we find in a church and how Christians use these things during their worship. We would like to say a big thank you to Celia and Suzanne for such a wonderful RE lesson.
This week we started doing our daily mile. It is lots of fun and it also helps us get active and concentrate longer during our lessons.
We have also make some salt dough dinosaur fossils. We had great fun following the instructions to make the salt dough and then we made our own instructions so that other people would know how to make the fossils.
We had a lovely time at the Grandparents' Harvest Lunch today. It was lots of fun showing our grandparents what lunchtime is like at school, they even came to play outside with us afterwards!
We had a wonderful time on our school trip to Dinosaur World Live! Check out our photos below:
We have had a brilliant R.E. lesson today! We have been learning about Christianity and in today's lesson we were discussing why the cross symbol is so special to Christians. We talked about the Easter Story and then acted it out as a class. It was lots of fun! We then made some stained glass window crosses to put in the classroom window.
What a busy week! We've been really enjoying our art lessons this week. We have made some beautiful dinosaur silhouette pictures and also worked as a team to create a gigantic dinosaur skeleton. We have hung the skeleton above our dinosaur museum area so now it looks like a real dinosaur museum!
We have had such a great first week in Class One. We had an exciting start to the week when Mr Emms came into our classroom with a letter from Donna the Dinosaur. Donna lived millions of years ago but had left an egg in Priors Marston for us to find. We searched all around the village, following Donna's clues and eventually we found the egg. We looked after it very carefully and finally it hatched! We named the new baby dinosaur Rex. Have a look at some of our photos below:
This week we learnt about the life cycle of sunflowers. We then looked at Vincent Van Gogh's famous sunflower painting and tried to replicate it ourselves. Have a look at our amazing artwork below!
Today Ila brought in some butterflies that she has been looking after since they were caterpillars. We have been learning about the butterfly life cycle during our animal topic and it was wonderful to see the hatched cocoons. Ila was very kind and brought in the butterflies to release at school. Ila set them free and with a bit of persuasive they all flew away. One decided it liked Miss Dyke's butterfly dress and went for a rest on her back before eventually flying away.
We went to see the women's tour this week as they came through Priors Marston, it was great fun cheering the cyclists on! The policemen on the motorbikes were very funny, one had his picture taken with us and one got us to do the mexican wave!
We had a visit from Sharon the firefighter this week. She taught us about fire safety. We now know to stop, drop and roll if our clothes catch on fire and we enjoyed practising crawling low in smoke. We also listened to a story about Frances the Firefly who played with matches and regretted it. We know that if we ever see matches or lighters we should tell an adult straight away and never play with them!
We have really got started on our new animal topic this week. We have used the children's search engine 'kiddle' to research facts about hedgehogs and learnt about how to keep safe when using the internet. During our art lessons we created artwork inspired by spanish architect, Antoni Gaudí.
We were hoping to have completed the Year 2 SATs by the end of this week, however unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to delay two of the papers until next week. These papers will be completed on Monday and Tuesday of next week.
We have had a very busy week this week. We have started our special quizzes in Year 2 and they are going very well. Hopefully the children have told you all about the little treats they've been having in school for working so hard. We will be continuing with the special quizzes next week.
We've had a wonderful week this week learning all about place value in maths and creating our own Islamic Geometric Patterns in RE. We also had a little visit from the school's resident hedgehog (named Prickles by our after school club). As he was wandering around the school grounds during the daytime the vet said that he might not be feeling very well and so asked if we could bring him in. Once he is feeling better he will be moved to a hedgehog sanctuary - a lovely happy ending!
Reminder: This is just a quick reminder for Year 2 parents. Key Stage 1 SATs will start taking place next week for your children. We are hoping to complete them by 18th May. We do not want to put any pressure on the children and do not expect them to do any extra work for these 'quizzes'. However, please try and ensure that your child has a positive start to each day with a good night's sleep, a good breakfast and ensuring that they arrive at school on time. If you or your child has any concerns please do come and speak to me.
We have had a brilliant time in our Street Dance class this morning. Check out our moves below:
This week we learnt all about Florence Nightingale and what made her a hero. We learnt a poem about her and performed it to our class - it was great practise for our homework project which is to learn a poem and recite it to an audience.
This week we have been preparing our Enterprise project. We decided that we would like to raise money for the Children's society by selling Easter Crispy Cakes. We had to evaluate existing products to inform the design of our crispy cakes and then we had to write a letter to Mr Emms to ask whether he would loan us the money for the ingredients. Luckily, Mr Emms said yes so we made our crispy cakes then sold them to the other pupils in the school. We made £17.10 profit!
Well done to Class 1 for a brilliant assembly all about heroes! We taught the audience all about what it takes to become a hero and how you do not need to put your life in danger to become a hero. You can become a hero by helping someone in need or just by making some one smile.
We have been practising for our assembly next week. We will be telling everybody about everyday heroes. We have also been writing our own Superhero Story, we created a superhero and gave them special powers then used a story mountain to plan our story before we wrote it. Pearl was put in the golden book for her fantastic writing. Read her story below:
BlockyBot came to our school this week. We had a fantastic time developing our coding skills. We had to make a robotic head that could turn forward and back at different speeds, then we added sounds and changed the colour of the light. Look at some of the photographs of our robots below:
We had a brilliant time on World Book Day. We talked about our favourite books and heard about the teachers' favourite books from when they were small. Some of us brought in our favourite books to read in class. We also did our book swap which was very fun and we all enjoyed dressing up as book characters. Can you guess who we are?
This week we have learnt all about the importance of protecting the rainforest. We talked about how we could help protect the rainforest by recycling paper and looking for the rainforest alliance sticker on the things we buy. We found the rainforest alliance sticker on Miss Dyke's teabags, banana and chocolate bar! We also reused our scrap paper to create rainsticks inspired by the rainforest.
This week Class 1 have been learning about the Maya civilisation. We tried some Maya Hot Chocolate which has spicy chilli in it! We also played a game of Pok a Tok which is a Maya sport, a lot like football.
Look at our photos below:
We've had a lovely week in Class 1. We've been learning all about how plants have adapted to life in the rainforest and the Year 2 children have made some fantastic leaflets to advertise the Living Rainforest.
Over the last few weeks we have noticed that more and more children are telling us how they are worried about their bad dreams. We discussed this as a class and talked about all the ways we could try to avoid having these bad dreams. These include trying to read a nice story before bedtime and trying not to watch TV straight before bed. We also made dream catchers to help stop those bad dreams but let the good dreams through. Check out our dream catchers below!
What a busy week we've had! We had an amazing trip to The Living Rainforest on Wednesday. The children and adults learnt lots about all the different plants and animals of the rainforest. Check out our photos below!
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas holidays. The children have been telling me all about their fantastic presents and I would like to say a big thank you for the generous gifts I received before the holidays.
We have started the year as we mean to go on in Class 1. We have written a thank you letter to Father Christmas and an entire story in literacy. In numeracy we have been learning all about money. It would be brilliant if in the next few weeks the children could experience using money at home - perhaps helping you to work out how much money you have in your purse or wallet or what coins you need to use to pay for something.
We've had a very fun week in Class 1 this week. We've made gingerbread biscuits, Christmas wreaths, salt-dough decorations and even had a very special visitor come to see us.
I hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas holidays and I'm looking forward to hearing all about what you got up to in January. Merry Christmas!
Well done to all the children in Class 1 and Reception for two fantastic performances of our Nativity. You were all amazing!
We have had a very exciting week in Class 1. We had a wonderful time at the 'Christingle Factory' learning all about Christingles and making our own! We also visited Warwick Arts Centre to watch 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. It was absolutely fantastic! We loved the part when the family went through the river because they sprayed us with water. We also enjoyed watching the beautiful snowstorm that came down on the audience. We're all very excited for our own performance of 'It's A Baby!' next Thursday.
We are in full Christmas mode in Class 1! We have been busy practising our Christmas nativity and we have been emailing Father Christmas! We imagined what it would be like to be a real elf in the North Pole and found out what our elf names would be.
Have a look at some of our fantastic work below:
We've started our new topic this week so we are now Santa's Little Helpers! We've been having lots of fun playing in our new role play area - Santa's Workshop. We have used the workshop to act out the story of the elves and the shoe maker and we have also had lots of fun practising our gift wrapping skills.
What an exciting day! The firefighters from Southam Fire Station came to see us and even brought their fire engine! They showed us all their equipment and we pretended we were real firefighters by using their walkie-talkies, wearing their helmets and sitting inside the fire engine! It shocked us how loud the sirens were and how heavy all their equipment was. We were very lucky because at the end of the session the kind firefighters showed us their hose and let us all have a go at using it. It was brilliant!
Have a look at our fantastic photos and video below:
We have been learning about poetry this week. Earlier in the week we wrote our own firework shape poem using onomatopoeia and alliteration. After that we learnt a Remembrance poem off by heart and performed it to the class. We learnt about poppies and why people wear them at this time of year then we made our own.
Take a look at one of the performances and some of our beautiful poppies below.
We have been learning all about Diwali this week. We have made our own Diva Lamps and wrote about Diwali traditions.
We had an extremely exciting day today as we finally got to watch our own mini 'London' burn. It was really interesting to see how quickly the fire spread from the 'bakery' all the way down Pudding Lane and onto Fish Street Hill. Have a look at the pictures below!
We did our assembly today - it was fantastic! We really enjoyed performing in front of the rest of the school and all the mums and dads. We have had a busy week with rehearsals this week and we've been having lots of fun in our lessons. We have written some fantastic newspaper reports on the Great Fire of London and also played snakes and ladders to help us practise moving in steps of 1 and reading our common words.
We have had a busy week in Class 1 this week. We have been planning and writing an alternative tale to 'The Little Red Hen' and we have been practising using number lines to help us add and subtract numbers. We're really looking forward to our assembly next Friday and we will be doing lots of assembly rehearsals next week.
This is the song that we've been learning for our assembly next Friday. It would fantastic if you could practise it at home!
We had a super time baking bread this week. This linked to our learning about 'The Great Fire of London' and also our story focus of 'The Little Red Hen'. There's a photo of our text map below - it helps us retell the story!
For more photos of our baking please look at the school's Facebook page.
What a super week! We have been learning all about what jobs people used to do in the 17th century. We also learnt about Samuel Pepys and had lots of fun playing on the Purple Mash 'Mash-Cam' to put our own faces onto his portrait. It was very funny!
In Numeracy we have been calculating 1 more and 1 less than a given number and next week we will be progressing onto 10 more and 10 less than any given number.
We've had a great week in Class 1 this week. We've been continuing our learning on the Great Fire of London and even used the computers to create our own digital artwork and research facts about the Great Fire.
We have had a fantastic week in Class 1. The new Year 1 children have settled into their new class and the Year 2 children are being super role models for the younger pupils. We have started our 'Fire! Fire!' topic and even had a little fire outside! If you would like to find out more about what we will be learning during our 'Fire! Fire!' topic then please click the 'What We Are Learning' link on our class page.