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In DT we have been using our cutting skills and exploring ways to join parts together. 


In maths, we have been learning about sharing into equal groups. 


One of our children has some unusual animals as pets. His mum brought in a bearded dragon and snakes!


We were really lucky to be visited by 'Angie's Antics'. Angie brought in a bearded dragon, a hedgehog, a chinchilla, a lionhead rabbit and a skinny pig. 


In English, we created a non-fiction text about Birds.



We explored multiplication by making arrays.

Archie "I made 2 groups of 2, that equals 4"                                                 Shannon "4 rows of 3 equals 12"

                                                                            Alysha "3 rows of 2 equals 6"


We have been learning about mulitplication as repeated addition.


We have started exploring non-fiction writing (information texts). 

We have been finding out about their features such as: heading, picture, caption, label and facts!

In this lesson, we looked at how information texts are organised. We had a jumbled up text which we had to put back in the right order. We noticed that there was no caption or label so we added our own!


In English, we are on a mission to find the Perfect Pet! We started the topic reading and then retelling Dear Zoo. 


In all of our writing, work hard to use full stops, capital letters and finger spaces!





Doubling fun! We used Numicon to help us find doubles!


Odd Todd and Even Steven!

We have had lots of fun learning about odd and even numbers! To help us, we've been practising counting in 2's!


Happy New Year!

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

 Merry Christmas Everyone!

Look who came to see us on our Christmas party day! It's SANTA!



In maths, we explored weight, comparing the weight of objects and then learning how to weigh them using non-standard units e.g. cubes.

   Kyden 'the jam is really heavy... it's a lot heavier than the lollypop!'

                   Imogen ' the Kit Kat is lighter than the cereal'                            Charlie 'the Kit Kat weighs 9 cubes'


We enjoyed using Numicon to explore doubling.

Bayden 'double 8 equals 16!' 'I know what double 6 is...... 12!'

Angelo 'double 10 makes 20'


'Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!'

We couldn't resist going out into the snow as some of our classmates haven't seen snow before!





In maths, we have been learning about time.

We explored the days of the week, months in the year and how many hours are in a day. We had lots of fun making our own watches and telling the time to o'clock. 

We also carried out the 'One Minute Challenge' in groups. We had 1 minute to see how many: beads we could thread onto a string; pom poms we could pick up with tweezers; times we could write our name; pegs we could put into the peg board! 

We estimated how many we thought we could do, carried out the challenge and then counted carefully to check and compare to our estimate. 



We had lots of fun using 'Talk for Writing' to create a story map and learn part of Little Red Riding Hood. Here we were learning about what makes a good story setting. 

On 'Children In Need' day, we made Gingerbread biscuits.

We worked as a class to read and follow the instructions to make our own Gingerbread people. 

 Olivia 'it feels all soft and squishy!'           Kyden 'that's softer than I thought it was going to be!'

Elivia 'I like to make things.. I like mixing the best' 




In our writing, we explored the villain character which we worked out was the Fox. We sorted words to describe the fox then used these adjectives to describe him. 

Caitlin 'sneaky'         Shannon 'the fox is mean'            Miles 'the mean, sneaky fox tricked the Gingerbread man' 





The children were excited to investigate the evidence to find out which traditional tale they would be learning about. They came to the conclusion that this week's crime scene was from The Gingerbread Man.


We have been learning how to subtract a single-digit number. 


'Remember remember, the 5th of November.....

Who was Guy Fawkes and what did he do?

                         We have been using 'Talk For Writing' to help us learn and retell the story of Guy Fawkes. 

Here we are working in groups to act out the story!



Here we are putting ourselves into Guy Fawkes shoes. We crawled through a dark tunnel to help us think about what he would have seen, and how he would have felt as he hid and waited to blow up King James under the Houses of Parliament. 


In maths, we have been learning the days of the week and months of the year. 

This two of the songs we sang to help us!

Months of the Year:

Days of the Week:


Design Technology

Everyone had fun designing, planning and then making their own Naughty Bus based on the story have been learning!




We have been learning all about the History of buses. Do you know who Blaise Pascal was and what he did?


We compared old and new buses, looking for similarities and differences. 


Could you find your house on a map? We have been studying where we live and found ou school and houses on an aerial photograph. We looked for clues like main roads and large buildings. 



We had fun testing out which vehicle would travel the furthest. We looked at the statement 'the bigger the wheels, the further the vehicle will travel'


We voted on which vehicle we thought would travel the furthest. Do you think a bus or a truck would win? Why?

Autumn Time 

"We're going on an Autumn hunt,

We're going right away,

Let's find colourful leaves,

It's a wonderful day!"

We had fun exploring our garden, looking for signs of Autumn. We found different coloured leaves, dry leaves, crunchy leaves, smooth conkers, small acorns, berries and more! We wrote about what we found using adjectives. 

"The green, spiky leaf is shrivelled" (Caitlin)

"It is a multicoloured leaf" (Remy)

"It is a spiky and spotty leaf" (Archie DN)

"That brown mushroom looks like a hat" (Shannon)



Number bonds to 5, 10 and 20

We used Numicon tiles to help us find number bonds to 5, 10 or 20. How many number bonds do you know?

5 + 5 = 10            6 + 4 = 10       7 + 3 = 10     

Find the other number bonds to 10!




More addition fun in maths!

'add'             'plus'             'total'            'altogether'      'sum'



Story innovation!

As part of our story writing, we looked at the structure of the story 'The Naughty Bus'. We identified the main events that happened and sequenced them. We then grouped the events looking at what happened at the beginning, middle and end. Next, we placed them on our story mountain. As a class, we chose to innovate the problem in the story, which was when the bus fell in the pond. In partners, we practised telling our story before sharing them with the rest of the class. 

"Shoo, shoo into the garden with you. The sad bus went outside into the playground. Just a little bit closer to the brown fence. The red bus was stuck. The tow truck came to rescue the dirty bus. Then he went home, brushed his teeth and snuggled up in bed." (Lena)



Descriptive Writing

The Naughty Bus zoomed through the beans...

"nothing must stand in my way!"

We used our senses to explore what the beans felt like for the bus when he drove through them! 

"slimy"           "sticky"              "cold"            "squishy"        "smooth"            "wet"           "lumpy"    "gooey"

We used these adjectives to add more detail in our writing.

The shiny, red bus dashed through the slimy, cold beans. (Lauren)


Freeze Framing!

We put ourselves in another character's shoes and had to think about how it felt to be waiting for the Naughty Bus, and then how it felt after he zoomed past! 

             Lena "I was disappointed. I wanted to go to the park."              Olivia "I'm cross he went past!"

3D shape sorting

We worked in teams to sort cylinders, cubes, spheres and cuboids.

We leant a rhyme to help us remember.


The 2D shape detectives!

We had lots of fun exploring 2D shapes such as square, rectangle, triangle, circle and oval and then finding objects around our classroom that were these shapes!


Using non-standard units to measure height and length

We know that length is how long something is and height it how tall something is!

We had fun sorting objects by height and other objects by length


We ordered objects and ourselves by height



We have been having lots of fun with numbers! 

Matching numerals to quantity!


Showing and finding ONE MORE than a given number


     Shannon: "I know that one more than three is 4!"

                                                                                                           Lacey: "Look! One more than 6 is 7!"



Using positional and directional language. 


Top Middle or Bottom?        Beebot fun! we had to give the Beebot directions using 'forward, backward, left and right'


We also went outside to play 'hide and seek' with a twist. We had to hide a toy bus and the give directions to our partner to find it. Lena: "Go forwards... a it more... stop! Turn right and go forwards again.."


In English, we have been learning how to write capital letters.

 We went on a capital letter hunt!