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To celebrate Chinese New Year we have been creating some iconic Cherry Blossom.

Chinese Greetings Song

You-Tube video that makes learning Chinese greetings easy!

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We have been learning how to create algorithms ( that's just a fancy name for instructions). We created an algorithm to make the drone fly. Watch the videos below to see how we got on!

We are currently learning about fractions in maths. Children are learning how to recognise fractions of shapes and how to write fractions using numbers. This is a great excuse to indulge in some pizzas and cakes!!! If you do, please talk with your children about what fraction of pizza or cake they are given. Maybe they could even bring in a photograph of them exploring fractions at home...

Fraction Game

An simple interactive game where children choose the fraction that matches the picture.

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Fraction Song

A You Tube video about fractions

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We have two new goldfish in Class Two. The children made suggestions for names and then we held a class vote. The winning names chosen were...Saturn and Apollo. These names were suggested as we have been learning about the Apollo 11 mission and the Saturn V rocket.

Recently, we read 'Can't you sleep little bear?'. This is a lovely story which the children really enjoyed. Some children made lanterns and others created water-colour moon pictures. 

Here is a sample of the work children in Year 1 will be doing this week. We are learning what arrays are in Maths, and in English we are learning how to write compound sentences using 'and'.

Year 1 Spelling Help

Play 'Buried Treasure' to prepare your child for the Phonics Screening Check. Choose Phase 5 - all sounds.

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History of inventions

Child friendly quiz to explore famous inventors and inventions

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Don't forget to write your child's name in all of their clothing. This will help us to return it promptly when it gets misplaced.

Our Nativity this year is called 'Stable Story'.

Scripts have been handed out and children will need to learn the song lyrics and their own speaking parts (where applicable) as soon as possible.

The dress rehearsal is scheduled for Wednesday 13th December, the first show is Thursday 14th December (pm) and the final show is Friday 15th December (am).

Ticket will be available nearer the time.

Class Two have been learning a poem to recite by heart.

We hope you enjoy!

A taster of what's to come...

Stable Story...

The angel's song...

Who's that knocking...

We are wise men...

Lulla, Lullaby...

Amen! Amen!

Stable story, Christmas Glory!

Class 2

Welcome to Class 2 (Years 1 and 2)

Mrs Cherrill



This term, PE days will vary. Please send kit on Monday and keep in school until Friday. Children will need a white t-shirt, black or navy shorts and plimsolls.

Homework will be sent home on Friday and should be handed in no later than Wednesday morning please.

Children will receive Dojo points for reading at home with an adult. The more often they read, the more points they will earn! 

Some parents of Year 2 children have recently asked me how they can help at home with mathematics. I have provided a few links below to show you some subtraction strategies we have been using.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM10vjrQyy8 (Addition by partitioning)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDl3y8ERipQ (Subtraction problem)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s0vSt_r61Y (Subtraction problem)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qkp6CjUtMCw (Horizontal method of subtraction)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i4_VHtHzP8 (Subtracting a multiple of ten using place value counters)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BepTP0VUxik (Subtraction using a number line)


I hope you find them useful.



Look at what we have been doing during our first few days in Class 2!

Den building, role-playing and computing to name a few...

Year 2 Shapes of everyday objects

What shape is your football...your cereal box..?

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Year 2 3D shapes

Practise counting the number of faces, edges and vertices

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Year 2 Exchanging Money

Practise working out how many 5p coins make 20p and so on...

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Year 2 Spelling Help

Learn the words which end in le, el, al and il and test yourself.

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During PE this half term, we will be covering both multi-skills and football. Below you can see some of Class Two practising their dribbling. 




Class Two have read Chapters one and two of 'Charlotte's Web' by E.B.White. We put ourselves in Fern's shoes (well, wellies really) and imagined what she might write in her diary. Here is Olivia, reading her work.

Mason enjoyed dressing up as part of our immersive learning.

Today in Geography we identified some of the continents and oceans. We had to work out why there are two labels for Pacific Ocean. This is how we did it!!!

Class Two had a fantastic opportunity to learn more about plants and habitats when we were visited by a member of The Woodland Trust. We planted 30 trees which we hope will eventually mature to create a wondrous miniature woodland where we can explore mini-beasts, plants and habitats for years to come. 

Today Class One and Class Two went on a wonderful day out to Yorkshire Wildlife Park. The children were fantastic all day and the staff were all very proud of them. The children had opportunities to handle a Millipede, Cockroach and even a Milk Snake. 

Pictures will follow soon so you can see which children and animals you can spot!

World Book Day 2017

Today we had great fun! We dressed up as book characters, designed book jackets, solved bookish halving problems and even listened to Class 4 children reading specially selected books. See which characters you can spot from our day!

We have been making parachutes like the one Tom used in 'The Great Explorer'. 

Over the half term holidays, pupils were asked to design and poster or leaflet to make people aware of how they should keep safe in the sun. There were lots of impressive entries, but there could only be four winners. The winners were Archie and Isabella in Class One and Charlie and Faith in Class Two.

Class Two have been finding fractions of amounts by sorting cubes onto paper plates. They have been counting in quarters and they have investigated equivalent fractions using fraction 'bricks'.

Class 1 and 2 went on an amazing trip to The Deep to find out all about ocean living. The children had a wonderful time and their behaviour was impeccable. The penguins were cute, but were very lazy and didn't put on much of a show. Luckily there was plenty of distraction available in the form of saw-fish, sharks and jellyfish!

Class Two used their senses to smell and taste some different foods. These included Indian snacks and tropical fruits. And yes, we were in our onsies as we were raising money for Children In Need and a diabetes charity too.

Class Two have become 'Weather Warriors' and have made their very own rain gauge. We are checking it each week day to find out how much rain falls outside our classroom. We are also reading and recording the temperature. Why not make your own gauge to record the rainfall at home?

Class Two have been making different shapes in Gymnastics. Which shapes can you spot?

Class Two love sitting with Horrid Henry in the Reading Den!

Class Two read Pinocchio, and each child made their own wooden spoon puppet to represent a character from the story. They enjoyed getting messy with the paints!

Class Two have been enjoying their PE lessons with Mrs Bingham, making the most of the Autumn sunshine.

Class Two have been using counters and cubes to help them to solve problems about addition and subtraction. They practised measuring toys using cubes. They had great fun using old socks to count in twos...even if it was a bit whiffy!!!