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Week of 30th April...

 

English

Writing our fantasy adventure story.

Maths

Finding 3/4 of shapes and amounts.

Science

Investigating how to stop the spread of germs.

Geography

Exploring life in a coastal location.

Music

Differentiate between rhythm and beat.

PSHE

To think about choices families need to make when spending money.

Week of 23rd April...

 

English

Learning and imitating a fantasy adventure story.

Maths

Finding fractions of shapes.

Science

Investigating a balanced diet and designing a healthy meal.

Geography

Exploring life in a coastal location.

Music

Recognise and respond to a steady beat.

PSHE

To think about choices families need to make when spending money.

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We had a great time on Friday trying out cricket.  All Stars Cricket came to visit us.  After an exciting assembly where Miss Mitchell had a go at testing her cricket skills, the children were introduced to the sport.  We learnt how to bowl correctly and how to hold a bat correctly to hit the ball.

Week of 16th April...

 

English

Reading and discussing an adventure story.

Maths

Finding fractions of amounts.

Science

Tasting and collect data about our favourite fruit juices.

Geography 

Locating Brookmans Park within the South of England.

Music

Recognising a steady beat.

PSHE

To recognise where it is safe to keep our money.

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On Thursday afternoon, we had a great time collecting data about our favourite fruit juice.  We tried five different fruit juices: mango, tropical, pomegranate, tomato and lychee.  We then create a large pictogram to show which were our favourites.  Tropical flavour juice was a clear favourite!

Week of 19th March...

 

English

Writing, editing and presenting instructions.

Maths

Exploring patterns in counting patterns and division.

 

History

Researching what our grandparents spent their pocket money on.

Dance

Rehearsing and performing our Flamenco dance.

PSHE

Staying safe in the kitchen.

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After writing a draft of our instructions, we presented them in neat to display in our classroom. After copying them up, we backed them ourselves and Miss Mitchell pegged them up across the ceiling.  

Week of 12th March...

 

English

Creating instruction sentences.

Maths

Using counting patterns to explore dividing into groups.

Science

Thinking about how we change as we grow from babies to adults.

History

Comparing our grandparents' school life with ours today.

 

PSHE

How to cross the road safely.

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After reading 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' by Michelle Robinson, we started to think about how to give clear instructions.  We rehearsed delivering instructions and role-playing washing another 'awkward' animal in preparation for writing our own instructions.

Week of 5th March...

 

English

Reading and identifying the features of instructions.

Maths

Using counting of 2s, 5s, and 10s within arrays.

Science

Thinking about how we change as we grow from babies to adults.

History

Comparing our grandparents' school life with ours today.

Music

Matching our body movements to the changing pitch of a song.

PSHE

How to cross the road safely.

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This week we have been continuing our counting patterns work and applying it to multiplication and division.  We have thought about how we can split a number in different ways and write this as multiplication and division sentences.  We worked on finding all the different multiplication sentences we could make with a number.

Week of 26th February...

 

English

Generating ideas for and writing weather poems.

Maths

Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Science

Thinking about how we change as we grow from babies to adults.

History

Comparing our grandparents' school life with ours today.

Music

Matching our body movements to the changing pitch of a song.

PSHE

How to cross the road safely.

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Today we heard from grandparent about life when they were a child. Mrs Marriot came in to tell us about her experiences going to primary school.  We loved hearing about what school was like and how you were punished if you got in trouble!

Week of 19th February...

 

English

Reading, performing and writing weather poems.

Maths

Methods of subtraction.

Science

Naming body parts.

History

Comparing our grandparents' homes with homes today.

Music

Using action songs to explore pitch.

PSHE

The safe use of medicines.

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This week, we started our new History unit of work. We are learning about what life was like when our grandparents were young. We began by thinking about the people we could ask about the past. We painted pictures of our grandparents. 

Week of 5th February...

 

This week we have been learning the story of Hansel and Gretel using a story map.  We have got very good at telling the whole story, just from looking at the pictures!  Perhaps you would like us to tell the story to the whole family at home!

Week of 22nd Jan...

 

Literacy

Reviewing, editing and improving our Shark reports.

Maths

Reading scales for different kinds of measures.

Science

Investigating how animals adapt in different ways for Winter.

Geography    

Understanding different types of wind and how they change weather. 

Computing

Writing and debugging a set of instructions.

Times Table Practice

 

We have found a good website for practising times tables!


 

Week of 15th Jan...

 

Literacy

Researching sharks by reading different texts.

Maths

Comparing different types of measures. 

Science

Identifying and observing the signs of Winter.

Geography    

Describing different types of weather and the changes around us.

Computing

Using 2Go to give simple directions.

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This week we have started our new computing work. We are using the program 2Go on Purple Mash.  We started by using simple controls to direct a symbol to different parts of the screen.

 

This will lead to us creating algorithms that pre-program the journey rather than moving step by step.

Weather and Seasons Workshop

 

We had a great time at our weather and seasons workshop. We learnt about different types of weather and how different parts of the world have different seasons depending on where they are compared to the equator. 

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Week of 8th Jan...

 

Literacy

Analysing and reading information texts.

Maths

Applying addition and subtraction skills in the context of money and change. 

Science

Studying the features of each season.

Geography    

Weather and Seasons Workshop

PSHE

Differentiating between good and bad secrets.

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This week we have been learning about adding coins to find totals. We investigated different ways to make the same amount. We discovered that it was harder to do different possibilities because we do not have coins for all numbers. Sometimes we had to check that we hadn't repeated the same coins but just in a different order!

Week of 4th December...

 

Literacy

Writing our own versions of the Little Red Hen story.

Maths

Finding part or whole of unknown numbers.

Science

Explaining what plants need to grow well.

History    

Researching the history of chocolate.

D & T

Making the pizzas we have designed.

Week of 27th November...

 

Literacy

Comparing versions of the Little Red Hen and planning our own.

Maths

Adding and subtracting by regrouping.

Science

Making observations and comparing the growth of our plants.

History    

Researching the history of chocolate.

D & T

Planning toppings for our pizzas.

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We have had a lovely time observing our plants growing this week.  Our beans have all taken off and our cress-heads have done well.  After looking at a range of examples that we planted at the same time, we have been talking about why some have grown better than others.

 

 

Week of 20th November...

 

Literacy

Retelling and sequencing the story of The Little Red Hen.

Maths

Adding and subtracting mentally.

Science

Growing edible plants.

History    

Researching the history of chocolate.

D & T

Investigating toppings for pizzas

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We have had a fun week watching out for the growth of our bean plants.  The seeds finally opened towards the end of the week and the shoots began to appear.  

 

We also started another growing experiment.  We are creating 'Cress Heads'.  We drew our faces on the front of our cups and planted our cress seeds on Thursday afternoon.

 

On Friday we had a promising rehearsal of the Christmas Nativity.  We are now beginning to remember our lines and the Year 1s are busy learning the songs.  On Friday afternoon we began to learn our dance to go with 'Down in the Stable' song.  We were inspired by a clip we watched from Strictly Come Dancing and went for a Charleston theme!

Week of 13th November...

 

Literacy

We are writing and editing our recounts.

Maths

Exploring bonds to 10 and relating this to bonds to100.

Science

Learning about what plants need to grow.

Geography

Interviewing a visitor about what was eaten in the 1950s and 1960s

Design and Technology

Testing different breads to choose the best for a pizza base.

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What an exciting week...

 

Odd socks day on Monday... lots of mismatching and strange looking socks!

 

On Wednesday we were lucky enough to interview a grandparent who was a child during the 1950s.  We learnt a lot about the food that was eaten 60 years ago and asked lots of interesting questions.

 

On Thursday, we started an exciting investigation in Science.  We were setting up hydroponic bean plant experiments.  Will they grow without any soil?  We made some varied predictions.

 

Friday was an extremely fun day.  We started rehearsing our Christmas play and we enjoyed a fantastic talent show.  All whilst in the comfort of our pyjamas!

Week of 6th November...

 

Literacy

We are writing recounts based on familiar stories.

Maths

Developing mental strategies for addition and subtraction.

Science

Investigating the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees.

Geography

The history of food eaten during Stuart times.

Computing

Learning to save a file in a shared area in relation to E-Safety.

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Eating like it's the 17th Century...

 

Today we sampled some food that would have been eaten 400 years ago.  We looked at the differences between what the rich and the poor ate in the 17th century when Guy Fawkes was alive.  We then sampled pottage and sippets...

This week...16th October

 

Literacy

This week we will be writing our own list poems.

Maths

Exploring what happens when we count on and back from 2-digit numbers.

Science

Looking for common plants in our local environment.

Geography

Finding out about traditional foods from regions of the UK.

Music

Exploring how different sounds can tell different stories.

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This week in maths we have been learning about how to place numbers on a number line using estimating and benchmarks.  We have got really good at explaining where the numbers should go.

This week in Emerald...

 

We are now writing a poetry unit of work in Literacy. We are currently reading and range of List poems.

 

In maths, we are developing our knowledge of tens and ones in 2-digit numbers and the different ways they can be split.

 

In Science, we learning about seed dispersal.

 

In Music, we are recording our performance using singing and instruments to tell a story.

 

In PE, we are continuing to work on our group performance of our Little Red Hen dance.

Investigating and Sorting in Science

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In Science, we made predictions about which part of the plants we thought we ate.  Then we sorted a selection of fruits and vegetables into groups.  Finally after looking at the Internet, we re-sorted the fruits and vegetables and tried to think of other examples of different plant parts we eat.  We were surprised to find out that we can sometimes eat the stem of plants and the flowers as well!

Rosh Hashanah

 

We learnt about some of the traditions that take place during the Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashannah.  To experience one of the traditions, we tasted apple and honey which is eaten by Jewish people to think about the sweet year that they are hoping is ahead.

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Parents' Meeting Information

This week in Emerald Class...

 

We are continuing with Handa's Surprise story writing in Literacy.  

 

In maths, we have been focusing regrouping numbers using pictorial representations.

 

In Science, we looking at the role of pollen in growing plants.

 

In Geography, we will be investigating the journey food takes to arrive at our school.

 

In Music, we are thinking about how instruments and movements can represent a story.

 

In PE, we are continuing to learn a dance to show the story of The Little Red Hen.

Visiting the Local Shops

Emerald Class had a great visit to the local shops.  We were investigating the different types of foods that we could buy locally.  We found lots of examples of fresh food, some examples of places where you could buy frozen food and also shops that sold fast food.

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Welcome to Emerald Class 2016-17!

by Miss Davies

Southend-on-Sea

On Monday, we really enjoyed our trip to Southend. We played on the beach, went into the aquarium and had a trip on the train along the pier. Thank you again to all those parent volunteers who helped us on the day.

Sports Week

Despite the mixed weather, we've had a great week taking part in lots of different activities. We enjoyed taking part in an orienteering treasure hunt, meeting Olympian Darren Campbell, had a kick rounders competition and had a go at archery. 

General Election and Persuasive Writing

Linking to the General Election, we have read a text called ‘King of the Birds’ and then each KS1 class chose a bird to campaign to be 'Prime Minister of the Birds'. In Emerald Class, we were the 'Purple Peacock Party' and made our own persuasive campaign posters. Then each class presented their poster and KS1 voted. The 'Dazzling Diamond Doves' had the most votes and were elected Prime Minister of the Birds!

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Creative Arts Week

We brought back all of our natural objects from Gobions and used them to paint.

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Creative Arts Week - The Big Outdoors

The theme for 'Creative Arts Week' is 'The Big Outdoors' and so we took a walk down to Gobions to collect some natural objects to use back at school. Thank you once again to all of those parent volunteers who helped us. We could not do these trips without you.

Gobions

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Coast poems

Today, we've been learning a poem by Shirley Hughes and in groups we have tried to add our own actions.

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Literacy - Instruction Writing

Last week, we wrote our own instructions for how to make a sandwich. We all tried to use adverbials of time, imperative verbs and adverbs. Then on Friday, we followed the instructions that we had written to actually make and try them! They were delicious!

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Music - Sea Shanties

Today, we were learning about sea shanties and we practised singing them in two parts. Then we came up with our own 'School Shanty' and composed our own lyrics. We hope you enjoy!

Our 'School Shanty'

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Summer term - Coasts topic

This week, we started our new 'Coasts' topic with an exciting treasure hunt. We had to find some hidden objects that you would normally find at the coast.  We found shells, driftwood, crabs and lots more. 

D&T - Sliders and Levers

We finished off our D&T topic by sharing the moving picture books we had made with some Reception children. They told us that they really enjoyed using all of the moving parts and learnt some interesting transport facts!

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Science Week - Legoland

We had a fantastic trip to Legoland on Friday. We took part in a workshop where we learnt about the forces of gravity and friction. In groups, we built lego cars and tested to see which would travel the furthest. We had a go on a couple of rides, watched a pirate show and earned our Legoland driving licenses as well! Another big thank you to all the parent helpers, we couldn't go on these trips without your support.

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Science Week - Raptor workshop

Computing - blogging

We have been learning about different ways to communicate online safely - such as sending emails and blogging. In pairs, we researched some interesting transport facts and created digital images to illustrate them.  We also used traditional art materials such as pastels and thought about which was easier to use. Finally, we have uploaded our art to our class blog and each had a go at blogging for ourselves! We hope you find our transport facts interesting!

 

A helicopter does not have wings but it does have rotor blades. by Jayden and Lexie

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The earliest trains were just carts joined together. These were usually pulled by horses or even people. by  Elina and Anaya
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Space shuttles are used to into outer space. They are a mix between an aeroplane and a rocket. by Harry and Molly.
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The left side of a boat is called the port side. by Eloise and Giacomo
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Hot air balloons are made with nylon. This material is very lightweight. by Chloe and Beau

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Steam powered cars were the first cars in the world . by Gabriella and Dollie
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A tandem bicycle usually is built for two or or more people to ride on at once. by Isla and Harry
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The first cars used a lever, not a steering wheel. It was not until 1894 that a

racing car company used a wheel instead.

by Charlie and Isobella

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Today hot air balloons don't use an open fire in the basket. Instead they use a type of gas. by Alice and Bella
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In 1982 two men flew round the world in a helicopter. It took 29 days, 3 hours, 8 minutes and 13 seconds. by Arthur and Zak
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The proper name for the balloon part of a hot air balloon is called an envelope. by Amy and Milo
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Some big cargo ships can carry more than 500 tons of rock. by Oliver, Maeve and Kristina
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A submarine is a special ship that can go underwater. by Freddie and Isobel
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When a submarine needs to see what is going on above the water,

they use a periscope.

by Zac and Jack

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Did know there are over a billion cars in use today?    by Keval and Tegan
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Science Week

This week we have been investigating the question - Which material will let the toy car travel the furthest? We made sure it was a fair test by only changing one thing - the material the car travelled across. Then we presented our results in a bar chart.

 

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Shape - right angles

This week, we've been learning about 2D shapes and we went on a 'right angle' hunt around the school. 

Design and Technology

We are going to make a moving picture book for Reception children, to teach them some transport facts. Today we practised making a 'slider' mechanism, where the picture moves in a straight line. Have a look at some of our prototypes below. 

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Poetry - The Magic Box

Emerald Class were inspired by the poem 'The Magic Box' to write their own version using descriptive language and alliteration. Enjoy some of our poetry performances below. 

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RAF Museum Hendon

All of Year 1 and 2 visited the RAF Museum in Hendon  this week. We saw lots of helicopters and planes and found out how they work. We made our own paper and card heilcopter rotary blades and tested them to see which stayed in the air the longest. We also the saw the Mosquito airplane, designed by Geoffrey De Havilland in Hatfield. 

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Geography - The British Isles

Using atlases, we discussed the different countries that make up the British Isles and located their capital cities on the map.

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Maeve's artwork of the Flying Scotsman

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Spring Term 2017 - Travel and Transport

Our new topic this term is 'Travel and Transport'.

  • In History, we will be learning about someone from the past who had an impact on the local area - Geoffrey de Havilland who designed and built aircraft in Hatfield.
  • In Geography, we will be working on our map reading skills and thinking about how we use maps to travel.
  • In Literacy, we will be researching and writing a report about steam engines, in particular the famous 'Flying Scotsman'.
  • We will also head out on an trip to the RAF Hendon museum to explore the aircraft and take part in a helicopter workshop.

 

Lots of children have already been thinking about our new topic during their home learning and have produced some wonderful artwork of the 'Flying Scotsman'.  

 

 

FABULOUS FINISH

We finished our 'Great Fire of London' topic with a very exciting afternoon. The fire service visited our school and talked to us about fire safety. Then they set fire to the London buildings we had made using cardboard boxes. We were all a safe distance away from the fire and watched them burn down, just like the wooden buildings during the Great Fire of London. The firemen safely put out the fires and all that was left was ash covering the playground.

Science - Everyday Materials

Last week we planned an experiment to answer the question: Can I test whether a material is waterproof? As a class we chose which materials to test, how we would do the experiment and what equipment we would need. We then discussed how to make it a fair test and agreed that we should all use 10 ml of water when pouring it on a material. We worked through the experiment today in pairs and recorded the results. We all got quite wet!!!

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Cultural Week

In Key Stage 1, we took part in activities to learn more about Christian, Sikh and Islamic culture. With Miss Davies we discovered more about the Islamic month of Ramadan and made Fanous Ramadan lanterns.

 

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Problem Solving

Every week we enjoy 'Problem Solving Friday' in Emerald Class. Over the last few weeks, we have tackled lots of different practical problems. This half term, we have been completing an 'Estimation Station' challenge every morning. We've also been learning about time and used stopwatches to see how many activities we could complete in 1 minute. 

 

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D&T Structures workshop

This term, we have been learning about London architecture during D&T. We have been thinking about the different shapes that architects use when they are designing skyscrapers - such as triangles - and thinking about how we would design our own skyscraper.  

 

Last week, we had the chance to use these shapes to build skyscraper structures ourselves! We made 2D triangles, 3D triangle based pyramids, 2D rhombus' and 3D octahedrons as part of our 'Structures' workshop.  We used wooden rods, of different lengths, and elastic bands to make the shapes. We then used them to make larger structures. 

 

Everyone worked together as a team and built strong, tall structures together - they even reached the ceiling of our school hall!

Religious Education

Before half term break, we were learning about the Hindu festival of light called 'Diwali'. This year, it begins on Sunday 30th October and ends on Thursday 3rd November. In class, we:

  • looked at all the ways that Hindus celebrate Diwali
  • made Rangoli window decorations
  • designed our own mehndi patterns
  • acted out the story of Rama and Sita
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Open this document to see children in Emerald Class acting out the story of Rama and Sita.

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PSHCE

Out topic this term is Health and Wellbeing. We have been thinking about all the different things we do that keep our bodies and minds healthy. 

In particular, we have talked about how important a balanced diet is to keep ourselves healthy. We have looked at the 'Eatwell Plate' and sorted foods into the different food groups

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Science

We have been thinking about everyday materials - their properties, their uses and their suitability for different jobs. We went on a material hunt around the school to see which materials we could find. 

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100 years of Roald Dahl

In celebration of Roald Dahl, we enjoyed a BFG themed workshop this week. We also learnt and performed his Revolting Rhyme 'The Three Little Pigs'. 

The Three Little Pigs - performed by Emerald Class

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Parents Information Meeting - Tues 13th Sept

Thank you very much for coming along to our information evening about the upcoming year in Key Stage 1. Please find below, information and documents that were discussed.

Autumn term topic

We have had a brilliant start to the year in Emerald Class. Our topic this term is 'London' and we have already learnt the song 'London's Burning' about the Great Fire in 1666. I've been very impressed with how engaged Emerald Class are in the topic, as some children have already found out more London facts at home and have brought in books or maps to share with the class. 

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Brookmans Park - Golden Bees

This week, we have been discussing the 'Golden Bee' rules that everyone follows across the school. Emerald Class know that we should all try to:

 

  • Be responsible 
  • Be cooperative
  • Be kind and friendly
  • Be determined
  • Be respectful and polite

 

We even made some of our own 'Golden Bees' to remind us!

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Welcome to Emerald (Year 1/2) Class!


 

 

Welcome to our new Blog!  We are very pleased to see you here!

 

Emerald Class have made a fantastic start to the half-term.  They have come back to school for the final stretch before moving on to the next class, so we're working on listening carefully to instructions and becoming more independent.

 

This half-term, our topic is Kenya and Africa and we have made a great start.  We began by making predictions about what we thought Africa was like.  Then we used atlases to find the continent of Africa and to look in East Africa for Kenya.  There were certainly a lot of countries in Africa to search through! 

 

Once we had found Kenya, we looked for the main human and physical features and placed them on our own maps.  We found the capital city of Nairobi, Lake Victoria, Mount Kenya and located the Indian Ocean off the coastline of Kenya.

 

We’re looking forward to learning much more about the way of life in a village in Kenya and comparing it to life in Brookmans Park. 

 

Thanks for reading our first blog post!  See you soon…

 

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