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Pizza Chefs! 


Yesterday we made pizzas! Laden down with ingredients we were very excited to start, we had to wait until the afternoon though.....


Here are a few thoughts from the session- 


Elina- this is the best day ever!


Jayden and Teagan- can we eat the pepperoni too?!


Giacomo- I'm not sure if my family will like mine..


Jasmine- this can be my after school snack!


Luca- I can't fit anymore toppings on!


Emmie- look at all my cheeeese! 

This week... 16th October



This week we will be writing our own list poems.


Splitting and recombining 2-digit numbers in different ways.


Looking for common plants in our local environment.


Finding out about traditional foods from regions of the UK.

Design and Technology

Making the pizzas we have designed.

This week in Garnet Class...


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 Design and Technology, we are designing our pizza toppings.


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


Design Technology- Pizzas!


Garnet Class are very excited to be making pizza in DT this term. This week we taste tested different types of bread, considering whether they were suitable for a pizza base. We tasted baguette, naan, wholemeal pitta, white and brown bread, tortilla wrap.


Despite the lesson being just after lunchtime, the samples quickly disappeared!


Next week we'll be investigating toppings.....



Village Trip 


As part of our Geography topic, we went to the village to discover the kinds of food you can buy there.


We visited the bakery, Co-Op and the butchers. We asked them whether they sold fresh, frozen and fast food.


Did you know the butchers make all their own ham and sausages?

Aspirations for the Year


We love Learning Powers in Garnet Class. They make us really think about which part of our brain we are using to learn. We thought about the year ahead and which Learning Powers we would like to use more to help us improve.

Teamwork in Garnet!


As Garnet class and as a school we are focusing on becoming more successful at working in teams. We spent lots of the first week getting to know each other and the skills we each have to contribute. We played team building games to put our skills into action!



Picture 1 Ordering to spell 'teamwork' without talking!
Picture 2 Colouring in a display as a team
Picture 3 Moving a hoop without breaking a circle!
Picture 4 More hoops
Picture 5 'Crossing the River' in teams
Picture 6 Working hard to cooperate

Parents' Meeting Information

This week in Garnet 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 Design and Technology, we are tasting different types of breads and assessing their suitability for pizza bases.


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

Music - Sea Shanties

We have been learning about sea shanties and practised singing them in two parts. Then we came up with our own 'Southend Shanty' and composed our own lyrics. We hope you enjoy it!

Our Southend Sea Shanty

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Our Trip to Southend on Sea

On Monday 10th July, KS1 went to Southend on Sea to visit the Aquarium.


When we arrived we got our wristbands and spent some time on the pebbly beach. All the children searched on the beach for interesting shell and stones. We even saw Jellyfish crowns that had been washed up by the waves. 


In the Aquarium we saw Starfish, Clown fish, Moon Jellyfish, a giant blue Lobster, an Octopus, a Tiger shark, Catfish, Stingrays and lots of Blue Tang (Dory). We loved watching the Penguins diving into the water and swimming gracefully.


There were even some Meerkats, Jungle Frogs and Turtles!


After lunch on the beach, we walked to the beginning of the Pier.


Did you know Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world at 1.33 miles long- that's the same as 8 times around the school field!


We took the train to the very end of the pier, we went past lots of fishermen! When we arrived, we took a wander and looked out to sea. The view was incredible. We found a bell to ring that was very loud! We just about made it onto the train back in time, phew!


After a very long day we were all exhausted.


Thank you to the parents who helped us, we hope you enjoyed yourself! 



Irish Music


We were fortunate to have Mr Morgan, Ava's Dad to visit. He told us all about the tin whistle and the piano accordion.


We learned the three parts of the accordion are the keyboard, the bellows and the bass. 


Mr Morgan played us lots of different types of song, they were very lively and got everyone's hands clapping and feet tapping.


Thank you to Mr Morgan for giving his time to us, we really enjoyed it!

Sports Week


Last week was Sports Week. The children were able to take part in a great range of activities to keep themselves on the go. They experienced archery, orienteering, circuits even got to meet Darren Campbell the Olympic athlete!


The house rounders competition was great until the heavens opened and we were forced to retreat indoors!

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KS1 Election 2017 - Prime Minister of the Birds!


In Literacy over the past two weeks, KS1 have been learning about the General Election. We linked the General Election to a story called - King of the Birds! Each class chose a bird whom they thought would be a good candidate to become 'Prime Minister of the Birds'.


Diamond Class chose the Dove, Emerald Class chose the Peacock and Garnet class chose the Flamingo! Each class came up with a party name. Diamond Class chose - Dazzling Diamond Doves; Emerald Class chose - Purple Peacock Party; Garnet Class chose - Fantastic Fluffy Flamingo Party.


During the week we discussed the positive features of each bird, that would make them the best bird to become Prime Minister. We designed persuasive posters, to outline our pledges and encourage others to vote for our bird. Every child made their own 'Party Rosette' which they wore at our KS1 Election.


Each party chose a group of children to represent their bird and deliver their persuasive election speech to the rest of the children. We listened to each speech and then voted on a ballot paper, putting our votes into the ballot box. The votes were then counted and verified and the results announced.


Results: Dazzling Diamond Dove Party - 36 votes

              Purple Peacock Party - 29 votes

              Fantastic Fluffy Flamingo Party - 25 votes


That meant that the Dazzling Diamond Dove Party were the winners and the Dove became Prime Minister of the Birds!

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Creative Arts Week

Creative Arts Week took place with the theme of the 'Big Outdoors'


We took a trip to Gobions Wood to explore, enjoy the outdoors and collect resources for some lessons later in the week.


We had a fabulous time, we saw a family of Geese and even a Heron!

Later in the week, we took inspiration from our Geography topic of Coasts to create a piece of mixed media art. We used watercolours, poster paint, salt and collage to create a beach scene. We are very proud of them! What do you think?

KS1 Trip to Legoland!


Garnet Class had a fabulous trip to Lego Land. The weather was fine and the rides were amazing! Linked to our science topic we took part in a workshop, building Lego cars in teams. We then sent these cars speeding down ramps. A great day was had by all, thank you to the parent helpers for volunteering their time to help us. 

Garnet's Transport and Travel Facts


Garnet class have worked very hard in Computing, researching facts about transport and drawing pictures. We hope you enjoy them!

Theoncorde was a commercial aircraft and one of only two capable of supersonic fight.

It could travel from Pars to New York in 3.5 hours. Most flights took 8 hours to travel the same distance.

Ava and Livvy.

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It is estimated that approximately 165,000 new cars roll  off the assembly line every day.

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Early trains were powered by steam.

Elizabeth and Leila

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It would take 157 days to drive to the moon in a car if you were driving for 60 hours non-stop.

Hugh and Che

The first hot air balloon flight with humans took place in 1783.


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The benefits of driverless automobiles include a reduction in the number of vehicles on the road and an increase in safety for passengers and others.

Mia and Dasha

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It would take 157 days to drive to the moon in a car if you were driving 60 mph, non- stop. Of course we don't have  cars that can drive to the moon - yet.

Ollie w and Freddie 

The very first train were pulled by ropes attached to horses but by the early 1800 s  most trains were powered by steam.


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The hot air balloon was the first flying machine capable of carrying humans.


KS1 Trip to Hendon


We all went to RAF Hendon to learn more about aircraft and flight. We have been learning about a local hero, Sir Geoffrey De Havilland. We were amazed to see some of the planes he designed and made in Hatfield. We had a workshop to learn the difference between how aeroplanes and helicopters fly. We then made our own flying helicopters and launched them off a tall gallery!


There was so much to see and do. We had a go on all the games and simulators- a particular favourite was launching a plane to drop a parcel on the drop zone. I'm sure we could have spent many hours trying to get the drop spot on!


Thank you to all our parent helpers for coming. 

D/T Structures Workshop

As part of our London Architecture topic in D/T, we had a very interesting and fun workshop on structures.


Year 2 spent the morning and afternoon making 2D triangles, 3D triangle based pyramids, 2D rhombus' and 3D octahedrons, to name a few. We used wooden rods, of different lengths, and elastic bands to make the shapes. The shapes were then combined to make larger structures. 


The groups demonstrated excellent team work skills and managed to construct some brilliant structures together.


Martin, who led the workshop, was very impressed with all the maths vocabulary Garnet Class had to offer, such as 'rhombus', 'parallelogram', 'tripod', and 'tessellation'.


Below are some photos of the impressive structures we made. Thank you Martin for the fantastic workshop! 

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We learned about the Hindu festival Divali. Divali is a celebration of new beginnings, Hindus look forward to the new year ahead and start afresh. In front of their homes, Hindus create beautiful patterns  to welcome guests. We drew Rangoli patterns on the playground to welcome visitors to our school!
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Problem Solving

Garnet class have been thinking very hard to solve maths problems! We found our own ways to solve the following problem.....


A Giant has ten gold coins. He sorts them into 3 moneybags: the first has three fewer than the second bag, the second bag has two more gold coins than the third, the second bag has an odd number of coins inside.  How many coins are in each of the moneybags?


The children chose their own method to solve the problem, some used counters and others drew the dots. Everyone worked very well and persevered until they had solved the problem.  Stay tuned for the solution!


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Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhyme

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Garnet Class did a great job of learning and reciting "Jack and the Beanstalk". Our class won the poetry competition for KS1 and will be performing to the whole school during assembly on Monday.

Well done Garnet Class!


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Welcome to Garnet Class 2016 17!

Welcome back to school! We have had a marvellous start to the term. As you may have guessed, our topic this term is London. We have already been busy learning London’s Burning, managing to succeed in singing the song in a three part round!



Brookmans Park Golden Bees

We have been thinking about the 'Golden Bee' rules that everyone follows across the school. At all times we try our best to

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

I’ve been so pleased to see all of the children trying very hard to show their Golden Bee behaviour!

Roald Dahl Week

As part of Roald Dahl week we set ourselves the task of learning some of Revolting Rhymes Jack and the Beanstalk. We drew a story map to act as a prompt. Watch this space for a video of the end result!

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Parent Meeting

Thank you very much for coming to the Parent Meeting, it was great to see so many of you. Please see below all the documents we discussed in the meeting.

Trip costs and dates will be confirmed as soon as possible. Please get in touch if you would like to help!


Today was the final performance of the routines that Garnet had been planning and practising in partners. They each performed to the whole class and Miss Davies awarded gold, silver and bronze for children who performed balances and worked well together. The winning partners routines are shown below:


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Capacity - measuring water

Last week, we had lots of fun learning about capacity. All of the children in Garnet class brought in a container and measuring jug. Then we went outside to estimate and then measure how much water each container would hold. Everyone had lots of practise reading scales in millilitres and got quite wet!

Healthy Eating workshop

Last week, we had the chance to try lots of different fruits. All of the children in Garnet class sampled exotic fruits such as limes, dragon fruit and star fruit. Some children even had the chance to power a bike, which blended a delicious fruit smoothie. 

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Maths - practical problem solving

Every week, Garnet class look forward to 'Problem Solving Friday' when they are given a puzzling problem to solve. They work in a group to discuss the problem and think about what equipment they could use to help them. They are also encouraged to think about how they might work systematically, so that they know for sure when they have found all of the possible answers.


This half term, the class have had to:

- Work out how many tables Cinderella needed at her wedding to seat all of her guests,

- Decide how many days teddy went on holiday for by looking at the combinations of clothes in his suitcase

- And they have tackled many other puzzling problems!

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African workshop


We all really enjoyed the 'African workshop' on Monday.  First, we designed our own African tribal masks and then learnt a traditional African dance using them.  You will find out more about what we got up to at our assembly next week . . . but for now, here are so photos of the day. 

Summer term in Garnet Class


What a great start to our last half term! In Garnet class, the children are really enjoying our new Africa topic and we have been focusing on this wonderful continent across lots of different lessons.


  • We have started to learn about the geography of Africa and have been using maps to discover interesting facts and information.
  • As part of our science work on animals we have identified the different parts of African animals, such as elephants and African killifish.
  • In Art, each child has chosen an African animal print to study, using their sketching skills and close observation to recreate these fantastic prints.
  • In Literacy we are focusing on the ‘Just So’ stories by Rudyard Kipling. My group will be planning and writing their own version of a ‘Just So’ story, with an African animal as their main character, over the next couple of weeks.


As always, Garnet class have been very enthusiastic about our topic and have already started to bring in books and interesting objects so that we can learn more about Africa. I am always happy for children to show books or work from home, when it is linked to what we have been learning about in class.


I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks when we have a go at African drumming and begin to focus on Kenya in more detail. We will learn more about Kenya’s geography, culture and compare it with our local area. We’ll also share with you what we have learning in our class assembly on Thursday 23rd June. We look forward to seeing you there!


Miss Davies

Observing and sketching African animal prints

Observing and sketching African animal prints 1 Matilda's sketch of crocodile skin.
Observing and sketching African animal prints 2 Sienna's sketch of zebra print.
Observing and sketching African animal prints 3 Hadya's sketch of leopard print.