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Autumn Term 2

Week 6 (wc 4.12.17)


This week we have a special visitor in our class .... Billy the elf.

He is watching us and reporting back to Santa each night about what we have been up to.

Every morning he has been leaving us a task which we must complete in our special books that he gave us.

So far we have had to write a story about how Billy got from the North Pole to our classroom and some Christmas sewing ... I wonder what he will get us to do next!!

The children enjoying their Christmas dinner ... yummy :)

Week 5 (wc 27.11.17)


The children have been busy this week practicing for the Christmas play ... not long to go now :)


In English the children have been looking at instructions.

They all wrote fantastic instructions on how to was their hands using time connectives, pictures, numbered steps and bossy sentences.


In Maths children have been starting to look at graphs. They have been learning how to make a tally chart and how to show results on a bar graph.

week 4 (wc 20.11.17)


I N T E R N A T I O N A L   D A Y

We enjoyed hearing all the facts that the children had learnt and enjoyed sampling some yummy food :)

Well done to everyone in Upper I for their efforts.

Week 3 (wc 13.11.17)


This week in maths we are looking at number bonds and we are especially focusing on bonds to 10.


                                                                  10 + 0 = 10

                                                  9 + 1 = 10

                                                  8 + 2 = 10

                                                  7 + 3 = 10

                                                  6 + 4 = 10

                                                  5 + 5 = 10                           

                                                     (and these sums in reverse as well )


Number bonds are key facts that children need to learn as it will help them when adding and subtracting larger numbers. This week all the children have impressed me with their knowledge of facts and we are going to continue to practise so that these facts are secure.


In English we are looking at non-fiction books.

We are looking at the features of non-fiction books: title, contents page, headings, photographs, glossary and index.

We are looking at why the index is in alphabetical order and will have a go at ordering words alphabetically. 

We are also going to be thinking of questions that we want to find out when making our own class book.


In Science the children enjoyed looking at different materials and testing to see if they were reflective. I have told the children to look out when driving in the dark so that they can see the reflective road signs and road markings. 


Miss Harvey xx


P.S Below are some games that the children can play at home :) 


The children working hard looking at the features of non fiction books

Week 2 (wc 6.11.17)

I hope that everyone had a good weekend and that you managed to enjoy one of the wonderful firework displays in the local area.

This week we are going to be focusing on Guy Fawkes Night as it links nicely with our light and dark topic. 
We are going to look at the story of Guy Fawkes and the events that happened on that night.
We are going to create firework poems using amazing adjectives to describe the sounds and sights. 


In maths we are going to be looking at odd and even numbers, halving and a little more doubling work. 


It is that time of the year where the rehearsals start for the Christmas play. We have set aside time on Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons for this. We will let you know soon about costumes and line preparation that you could do at home.


Miss Harvey xx

Week 1 (wc 30.10.17)


We have had a brilliant first week. The children all seem to have matured so much and are much more settled and focused in class.

In maths this week we have had some Halloween fun. 
Firstly the children had to make a witches spell using ingredients with different power ratings to make a spell. The children really impressed me with this and they were all able to come up with different ways to make 10.


We then looked at a picture Sudoku challenge. Everyone had good fun trying to solve the problem. This game really helps children with their logical thinking and trial and error skills. 

Last of all we looked at doubling numbers to 10, using spiders legs to help up.

In English, we made a wicked witch and thought of amazing adjectives to describe her appearance and character (these are now up on display).

We read the story ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. The children then retold the story focusing on time connectives to help structure their work.

Last of all the children wrote revolting recipes for a witches spell. Some of the children even made their recipe rhyme. 

A fantastic effort from everyone this week.

I hope everyone has a good weekend and I will see you on Monday.


Miss Harvey xx



Welcome back to term 2. It sounds like everyone in Upper I has had an enjoyable time off, and are ready and raring to go!

We now have a busy and exciting term ahead of us with the lead up to Christmas - it is approaching fast.
In Science this term we are exploring light and dark (one of my favourite topics). We will be looking at sources of light, investigating reflective materials, day and night, festivals of light and finding out about animals that come out at night. 

Our Geography topic this term is focusing on map work. We will be finding out about at the continents around the world, countries within the United Kingdom, reading co-ordinates and looking at some flags.
At home, please continue to read with your child as often as you can and write this in their reading diary. 
Everyone has been doing a fantastic job at learning their spellings, remember to try different ways of learning these to keep it fun for the children.

In maths if you could help your children count forward and back to at least 20 (more if the children are able), 1 more and 1 less for numbers to 50 using a 100 square.


Keep checking this page for updates :) 

Miss Harvey xx