Music Autumn 1 2020

During the first half term back the children in Years 1 and 2 have enjoyed our regular ‘Music Assembly’.  This takes place each Wednesday and the children listen to a different piece of music that can range from modern pop to classical, movie soundtracks and music from different parts of the world.  After listening to the music children spend ‘reflective time’ thinking about how the song made them feel. Sometimes, the music provides a virtual ‘live performance’ of a song. In the photograph below children are listening to music from the Harry Potter movies. This experience allowed the children to see and hear the instruments involved in the piece.

Year 1 and 2 have also enjoyed continuing their music learning using Charanga! They have developed their listening skills and have focused on beat and rhythm. Feeling the pulse of music and clapping alongside the beat.

In Reception classes the children have enjoyed listening to and singing along to many simple songs. They have also been enjoying exploring and experimenting with instruments across our learning environment.

A variety of music is played in the class environments and outdoor classroom for the children to experience. The teachers make sure this music provides a variety of musical experiences and the children are often seen moving to the music, playing the instruments alongside it and developing dances.

Computing in the Autumn Term

Computing in the EYFS

The Reception children have been using a range of different technology to develop their computing skills. They have been using the interactive screens to mark make as well as helping to develop their mouse and keyboard skills. The children have also been using programs such as www.phonicsplay.co.uk  to help with hearing initial sounds and blending words.  Some children have even been playing games to help them with their counting!

Computing in Key Stage 1

Computing has looked a little different for the year 1 and 2 children this term. They have been lucky enough to have been allocated their own tablet for their computing sessions. It has been good for the children to learn how to use a different and new device and to learn about logging in and turning their tablets on and off.

So far they have used their tablets to access purple mash and complete set 2do tasks by their teachers including creating their own algorithms, using 2paint and spelling games.

The year 2 children have also been able to use their tablets in other areas of the curriculum including using phonics play as well as making their own stop animation stories in English and RE.

Year 2 Science Autumn 2020

In year 2, the children have been exploring materials this half term. The children have discussed the properties of different materials as well as conducting a number of enquiries.

They looked at whether certain materials could be bent, stretched, squashed, or twisted as well as investigating which type of paper was the strongest.

The children have also learnt about the materials that can be recycled and learnt about the process of recycling too.

Year 1 Science Autumn 2020

The children have enthusiastically started to learn about animals and humans in our new topic ‘Animal Life’. They were able to build on their prior knowledge and experiences of animals (such as pets and trips to zoos/farms) to name and classify animals into different groups. This led to the children working together to classify animals into Mammals, Insects, Birds, Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles. They then painted their favourite animal and discussed which group the animal belonged to. The children thought carefully about what animals eat and categorised the animals into Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores. We used actions to help us remember each group. The children have been thinking about accurately labelling diagrams and can now label animal and human body parts using correct vocabulary. After labelling the different human body parts we thought about what our bodies could do. The children completed some brilliant home learning and discussed the 5 senses in class.

Reception Understanding the World

Autumn 2020

This term in reception the children enjoyed exploring Ted’s den, looking at plants and trees, birdwatching and seeing what they can dig up in the digging area. We have also been learning about our bodies, naming the body parts and finding out what food keeps us healthy. 

VE Day 8th May 1945

75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe

It is the 75th Anniversary of VE day this weekend.  We remember it because it was the end of the World War Two in Europe.

Just as we would give an assembly on VE day, we have created a document for you to read (PDF file) and some video clips to give you a better understanding of VE day and why it is so important.

Below, are a list of short video clips that will also give you a better insight into World War Two.

VE Day clips:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-ve-day/z7xtmfr

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/48201749

If you are interested in World War Two and would like to learn more, please take a look at the clips listed below:

Britain declares war on Germany – This short film offers an overview of the events that led to Britain declaring war on Germany in 1939.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-the-outbreak-of-world-war-2/z7d847h

Food rationing in Britain – This short film presents the idea of rationing and food shortages.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-rationing-in-the-uk/zbgby9q

Geography of World War Two – This short film provides insight into the scope of the war and how many countries were involved.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-geography-of-world-war-two/zv99rj6

How propaganda was used in World War Two – This short film explains how people were persuaded to join the war effort, and the importance of motivational campaigns.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-how-propaganda-was-used-during-world-war-two/zr77wty

The Blitz – This short film offers an insight into the blitz and how the British people responded.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-the-blitz/zm22jhv

Machines of the Military –This short film highlights the importance of technology in the war effort and the key roles that tanks, planes and ships played.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-the-machines-of-world-war-two/zv9kcqt

The Battle of Britain and beyond – This short film explains what the Battle of Britain was, who was involved and how radar was used throughout the battle.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-the-battle-of-britain-and-beyond/zrk847h

D-Day –This short film explores the significance of D-Day as well as highlighting what took place that day.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-d-day/zf49rj6

Code-breaking in World War Two – This short film explains how cracking Nazi Germany’s coded messages helped win World War Two.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-codebreaking-in-world-war-two/zdq2jhv

Infant History Spring 2020

Year one

Year one studied the topic of ‘Our Planet and Beyond.’ The children learnt about the history of space travel including learning about the race to space and the astronauts Neil Armstrong, Yuri Gagarin. They have been introduced to time lines for the events of space travel.

Year two

During the topic of ‘Air, Land and Sea’ the children have learnt about Lord Admiral Nelson. They found out about important dates in his life and could use prior knowledge of how a timeline works to create their own timeline for Lord Admiral Nelson. Some of the children were able to expand on the information and wrote additional facts for each date.

Infant Geography Spring 2020

Reception children have been learning about the people who help us in our community. They have had visits from the police, ambulance and the fire service. The firefighters gave us a challenge:

1. Can you find the closest water hydrant to your house? Look for the yellow sign with a ‘H’ on it.

2. Do you know your address? If someone from the emergency services asked you where you live, would you know what to tell them?

3. Do you know where your smoke alarm is in your house? Does it work and when was the last time it was tested?

In Year 1 the children have been Weather Watchers and have been learning all about types of weather and climate in different parts of the world. They created their own weather forecast on a map of the UK. They have learnt how a tornado works and listened to a BBC weather forecaster telling them all about his job. Year one explored places using Google maps. The children used their prior learning about maps to create their own maps with a key and symbols.

Year two have been learning to locate places on globes and maps, progressing with their map work skills from year one. They have been naming and locating the world’s seven continents and the oceans. The children shared their knowledge of countries and found out additional information about specific countries, including Africa. They looked at and discussed a selection of objects from around the world and matched these up to the correct continent on a map.

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RE Spring Term 1 2020 – Infant

In Reception the children were learning about Chinese New Year.  This involved reading the story of the animals’ race and learning about Chinese customs, clothes and food.   The children took part in role play and creative table activities, and enjoyed Chinese New Year Lion dancing with a dance visitor.

In Year 1 the children were introduced to Judaism.  They learnt about the Jewish story of Queen Esther who saved her people long ago.  People of the Jewish faith celebrate this during the party festival of Purim.   Children were introduced to Jewish artifacts, and took part in creative and role play activities, including making Hamantashen biscuits and enjoying a big circle dance wearing their party hats in the hall!

Year 2 were also learning about Judaism through Shabbat.  The children were joined by visitors from Norwich Synagogue for a day of learning and role play.  The visitors brought many interesting  artifacts  for the childrento explore so they could understand more about the Jewish faith. Each Year 2 classroom was set out for the celebratory meal of Shabbat. The children were able to bring their RE learning to life by recreating what a Jewish family would do on Friday night and how they finish celebrating on Saturday.