Year 6 Autumn 1

We have been really impressed with how the children have settled back into school and adapted to all the new school routines. We have been revisiting certain topics in order to fill gaps from the time the children were unable to be in school. The children have been working very hard to learn their personal spellings and develop their handwriting skills. We have been focusing on practising our times tables a lot this half term to develop fluency and the ability to apply this knowledge to other contexts.

In English this half term we have been writing our own Greek myths. The children have enjoyed developing their descriptive writing skills by including grammatical features such as expanded noun phrases, similes and metaphors. We spent some time gathering powerful vocabulary that was then used in the children’s writing. Our whole class guided reading text this half term has been The Iron Man. We have really enjoyed getting to know the characters and the children have been very successful in answering retrieval and inference style questions. In maths we have been focusing on place value of numbers up to 10,000,000 and applying this knowledge to the four operations. We are looking forward to the next unit – fractions, which we will be covering in Autumn 2. The children have thoroughly enjoyed our science learning this half term which focused on living things and their habitats. The children have classified different animals based on their characteristics. We then created our own animals based on these characteristics.

Year 1 Autumn 2020

We are really impressed with how the children have settled back into school and adapted to all the new school routines. It is clear that the children have been working very hard at home and can apply their skills to help them with new learning.

We have been focusing on catching up and filling gaps from the time the children were unable to be in school. We have been doing daily handwriting, fine motor skills, phonics, writing and maths activities along with the other subjects. 

The children have started the new topic ‘Animal life’ and have enjoyed learning how to classify animals and label the different animal body parts. They have also been painting their favourite animals.   

Reception Autumn 2020

The Reception children have been settling in very nicely to their new school over the last few weeks. They have been exploring their new classrooms and having fun in the outdoor areas, including Ted’s Den. The children have been enjoying using the big playground at lunchtimes and then coming in to eat their lunch together in the hall. They have been working hard in class and have already started learning about letters and numbers. They have also been very busy making new friends and getting to know each other.

We are so impressed with how all the children have settled into year 5 and have come in every morning ready to learn.

They all worked very hard during the first week of English to write an informal letter, a formal letter and an advert. In week two, the children will be starting their science fiction unit of work which will build up to them writing their own science fiction story. In Maths they have been learning about place value and recapping year 4 objectives as well as covering year 5 curriculum.

  • PE – please help the children to remember their PE shoes on the days they have PE
  • AR5 – Tuesday and Wednesday
  • RL5 – Wednesday and Thursday
  • SJ5 – Tuesday and Thursday

This year the children will not have reading diaries so please send a message on Dojo each weekend to tell us if your child has read 3 times and we will award them with dojos. If we do not receive a message then we will presume they have not read at home and ask them to read in class during play time. Don’t worry, we will be kind and ease them into this rule slowly.

Children will take the quiz for their book in school like they did last year. We will keep an eye on the quizzes that the children are taking to see if they are finding the book too easy or hard and once they have done a few quizzes we may decide to change their ZPD.

Staff in school will be changing books for the children once a week in their library slot so that the children have two books from the library. One book will stay at home and the other book will stay in school. If your child has finished their book, please help them to remember to bring their book in for their library day so it can be changed. The class library days are listed below.

  • AR5 – Monday
  • RL5 – Thursday
  • SJ5 – Tuesday

Homework will be set on MyMaths every Friday. Please also continue to encourage the children to read and go on TTR at least three days a week.

The quickest way to contact the class teacher is to send a message on Dojo and they will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Mrs Rathi, Mr Jacklin and Mrs Lee.

Year 2 English Autumn Term 2020

Year Two have been looking at the book ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. As part of one of the lessons based around this lovely book the children thought about what made the world a wonderful place to live in. We listened to David Attenborough narrate the song ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong with amazing photos of nature to inspire the children’s ideas. The children then worked as a class to develop a poem by writing about their favourite thing on Earth.

The poems are shown below for each class and KT2 recorded their poem to share on the website and the children joined in with the repeating elements of the poem. We hope you enjoy reading them!

CC2 Poem

What A Wonderful World Poem KT2

What A Wonderful World Poem PA2

Spring 2 in Reception

This half term our topic has been ‘People Who Help Us’. We have been very lucky and have had lots of visitors coming into school to help us learn more about the different jobs that people do to help us. We met paramedics, fire fighters and police officers. We all had a great time looking at the emergency vehicles, and going inside the police car, fire engine and ambulance. We talked a lot about what we would like to be when we grow up, and we learned about the jobs that people in our families do.

Year 6 Residential at Thorpe Woodland

After much anticipation and a delayed start for some Year 6 we have all returned from our residential with lots of memories and achievements. The children had a wonderful time, with a wide variety of activities, such as rock climbing, zip wire, high wire course, tree climbing, archery, caving, and many more. The children were exemplary in their behaviour, respect to each other and the staff, as well as the way the support each other. The children have written letters to the centre which can be found here.

I would like to say a huge thank you to the staff who made this all possible and gave up time with their own families for it to happen.

Group 1

Group 2

Learning how Jewish People celebrate Purim! – Spring Term 1 2020

In Year 1 the children have been introduced to Judaism as part of their RE studies.  Children had the opportunity to examine and handle Jewish artifacts, such as the Torah, a kippur, and a menorah.   They also learnt about the Jewish story of Queen Esther who saved her people long ago.  People of the Jewish faith celebrate this event during the party festival of Purim.

The children were encouraged to ask questions about this faith and the festival and then take part in some creative activities such as making Purim crowns and cards. 

Everyone had a try at making the distinctive 3 cornered hamantashen biscuits and talked about the significance of eating them within the festival.   We joined together in classes at the end of the day to wear our crowns, listen to Jewish music and eat our biscuits!

Spring 1 in Reception

This half term our topic has been ‘Fantasy’.  We enjoyed starting the topic with a dressing up day where we all came to school dressed as our favourite character.  We have been busy reading lots of stories, and have had visits from fairies, aliens and pirates!  We have explored potion mixing and making treasure maps, and we have been using our imaginations to write many of our own stories.

Year 2 Shabbat – Spring Term 1 2020

As part of our RE learning this half term, Year 2 have been learning about the Jewish celebration of Shabbat. The children were very lucky to have visitors from the Norwich Synagogue come into school and share information about Shabbat and demonstrate what it is like to be part of the celebration. A 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. Ann Reeve, RE KS1 subject leader said, ‘Having visitors to enhance the Religious Education lessons really enables children to be immersed in the cultures and beliefs of others.’

The children were able to retain this information by having direct experience and wrote a recount of this Jewish celebration during their literacy lesson.