This week we are continuing our Geography topic learning about Kenya. We are going to be comparing our lives with those of a child of a similar age living in a village in Kenya. We will also be tasting some African foods which we would be unlikely to eat in this country.
In maths, Year 1 are doing some application and reasoning problems. Year 2 and completing their division work, learning about division with remainders.
This week is the start of a mini Geography topic in KS1. We have chosen to focus on the continent of Africa and what life is like in Kenya. Throughout the week, we will be doing cross-curricular writing about Africa in our Literacy lessons and African animal print art in the afternoons.
In maths Year 1 will continue to work on using different kinds of measures and in Year 2 children will move on to learning about division and making links between multiplication and division facts.
This week we started our mini topic of Africa in KS1. We have learnt about the location of Kenya within Africa and learnt about the main human and physical features of the country. We also compared the village of Brookmans Park with a village in Kenya.
This week the classes have taken part in the House Curling competition. We watched some Olympic curling and then had a go ourselves. After a practise, we got into our House teams and competed against each other.
Some very high points were scored and our aim improved as we played.
This week we are concentrating on our Design and Technology project of creating houses. We are designing and making Tudor houses in the style that would have been popular during The Great Fire of London. Once we have built our houses, we will be creating a London street formation on the playground and setting fire to the houses to make our own version of The Great Fire!
The fire brigade have kingly volunteered to start our fire and put it out for us, so that we can watch from a safe distance!
In maths, Year 2 are working on multiplication and Mrs Davies's maths group are learning about measuring capacity.
This week members of our local church came to school to deliver an Easter Workshop. First we heard the Easter story and then we carried out a selection of activities to help us think more carefully about each part of the story. The children were beautifully engaged in all the activities and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
In Design and Technology, we have been looking at the shapes and features of different kinds of homes. We designed our own house in the style of The Great Fire of London. Once we had made them we were lucky enough to have the Fire Brigade come along and light the fire for us. They then safely extinguished the fire for us!
By the end of Year 2, children need to know their 2, 5 and 10 times table. We are learning about the rules of multiplication in class at the moment and children are keen to be practising their times tables, so that they can answer them quickly and recognise patterns.
Please follow the link below to practise Level 2 - 2, 5, 10 times tables up to 12 x.
The easiest one to learn is the 10 times table, followed by 5 and 2.
This week in Literacy we are finishing our Great Fire of London recounts and editing them. We also have our Parent Partner sessions where we will be demonstrating the way we structure our sentences.
In maths, Year 2 are working on using counting patterns to help us with our times-tables and multiplication work. Year 1 are working on measuring length.
In Science, we are looking at how the materials we use have changed over time and the impact that this has had on the environment.
We will also be starting our Design and Technology unit, exploring different types of homes and buildings.
In Computing, we are continuing our unit on creating animated story books.
In Science, we have been exploring how materials can be changed by heat. We tested bread, noodles, butter, ice-pops and chocolate. Using the toaster, microwave and hot water, we heated the different foods to see how they changed. We then observed the changes and explored whether the different foods would go back to their original state when they cooled.
This week we are continuing to work on our Great Fire of London recounts in Literacy. We have been looking at the features and will now begin planning what we will write in our eyewitness diaries.
In maths, Year 2 are working on doubling and halving of larger numbers by looking at the tens and ones in 2-digit numbers. In Year 1, children are finding the difference between two numbers by using counting on.
In Science, we will be investigating how heat can change materials by testing them out.
This week is also World Book Week. On Thursday, we will be dressing up at famous book characters and thinking about our favourite books and stories.
In Computing, we will be beginning our Animated Stories unit of work.
In Diamond Class, the Year 1 children have been practising their money skills by using shopping! They had different items to buy in a shop and had to work out how much they had spent altogether, knowing that they had to add the two amounts to work this out. They then went on to begin to work out change.
This week, we are continuing our instructions unit in Literacy. We will be planning and writing our own set of instructions, using the four different types of sentence.
In Maths, Year 2 are learning about using written methods for subtraction. We are then going to review our use of addition and subtraction at the end of the week.
In Science, we continuing to investigate the properties of materials for different purposes. This week's investigation looks at the properties of shoelaces!
In History, we are looking at why the Great Fire of London spread so quickly.
In Computing, we are continuing on with our use of branching diagrams, asking yes/no questions to separate information.
We have been devising yes/no questions to separate information into two groups. Each question helps us to narrow down and identify a final piece of information. We used the game 'Guess Who' to help us learn the process.
This week we are reflecting on our finished stories in Literacy. Children will be receiving feedback and editing their work based on the feedback. We will also complete some grammar work to review skills where needed.
In maths, Year 1 and Year 2 are working on addition and subtraction. Year 1 are practising counting on and counting back using a number track and Year 2 are learning to use the written method to complete the addition of pairs of 2-digit numbers.
In History, we will be learning about the events of The Great Fire of London and role-playing how the people of London reacted.
In Science we are carrying out investigations into the different properties of materials.
In Computing, we are learning about how to create binary, branching diagrams by asking specific questions.
In Dance we are developing our interpretive dance based on fire movements and outside we are developing our football skills.
In History, we have been using drama to explore how people reacted to the Great Fire of London. People buried some surprising things that were precious to them!
In groups, we acted out and 'freeze framed' a range of things that people did during the Great Fire of London.
In Literacy this week, we will be planning and writing our alternative to The Three Little Pigs story. We will think about good and bad characters to replace the pigs and the wolf.
In Maths, Year 2 are completing addition and subtraction work using money. We have found different ways to make the same amount and have applied our mental subtraction methods to money situations. We will then move on to written addition methods. Year 1 are continuing work on different types of measure.
In History, we will sequence the events of the Great Fire of London.
In Science, we will look at the vocabulary we can use to describe the properties of different materials.
In Dance, we will continue our fire dance linked to our Great Fire of London topic.
Over the next few weeks, we are going to be carrying out a range of investigations to explore the properties that materials need for certain purposes. We will applying what we have already learnt about the properties of materials.
In Literacy, we have been learning the story of The Three Little Pigs by heart. We used a story map to help us remember and act out the story. We rehearsed performing it to the class.
In Science, we began our Materials unit of work. We started by looking at a range of objects and sorting them into groups according to the type of material they are made from.
This week we are starting our new History topic of The Great Fire of London and we are beginning our Science unit of work learning about materials. In Computing, we are beginning to learn about how data is represented in a pictogram format.
In Literacy we are starting a narrative sequence based on traditional tales. We are focusing on learning the story of The Three Little Pigs, using choral rehearsal and story mapping.
In maths, we learning about the use of the inverse operation to solve missing number problems in Year 2. In Year 1, we are doubling and halving and learning about different kinds of measure.
KS1 were lucky enough to have History off the Page visit us. We spent the morning learning about the different jobs we might be doing in the 17th Century London streets. We learnt many skills and crafts!
In the afternoon, we dug for artefacts left from the fire and discussed what clues the artefacts gave us about the type of building that would have been on the site.
We had great fun learning about the events of the Great Fire of London!
What a busy week we have! The children will be completing their Christmas decorations and evaluating them during their Literacy time. We will be reviewing some calculation work with a Christmas theme! Alongside this, we also have exciting Christmas events going on. On Monday, Father Christmas will be visiting on his sleigh. On Tuesday, the whole school will be eating their Christmas dinner together in the hall. On Thursday afternoon, the whole school will be going to the pantomime in Potter's Bar.
Our Design and Technology unit this term was to design and make Christmas decorations. We practised our sewing skills and discovered that 'overstitch' was much easier than 'running stitch'! We were very pleased with the progress the children made with their sewing and they made some eye-catching Christmas decorations to add to take home with them.
Thank you so much to the helpers who came in to assist us with our sewing!
Today the children wore their Christmas jumpers to school to raise money for Save the Children. The children looked extremely festive!
The children performed beautifully for their Christmas Nativity shows. Their voices were so clear and their singing was delightful. Thank you to all the parents who provided costumes for the show. The children looked lovely.
This week, we are conferencing and editing our work in Literacy after completing our own version of On the Way Home by Jill Murphy.
In maths, Year 1 will be completing their shape work. They are now able to recognise shapes in the environment and discuss their properties. They are going to work on creating Christmas pictures using their shape knowledge. In Year 2, the children will be completing a review of all the number work they have covered this term.
We will be starting our Design and Technology unit of work this week. We are going to be looking at and evaluating a range of decorations and focusing on Christmas decorations.
Next Friday, we will have the final round of our House Spelling competition. Well done to all the children who studied hard for the spelling competition and earned lots of Housepoints for their houses!
Pictures of the final round contenders to follow...
This week, we put our costumes on for the first time and to practise our Nativity. It was all very exciting and added a lot of atmosphere to our play.
This week the children have been learning about the traditions of Hanukah. Frankie and Lyla talked about their own experiences and traditions. The children then represented Menorahs is using a variety of resources.
This week we are in the final week of our play rehearsals. The children have learnt their lines and are working on performing at the right moment without prompting. Costumes are coming in this week.
In Literacy this week, we are planning and writing our own version of the Jill Murphy story - On the Way Home. We have been thinking of characters that could be used in the story.
In Maths, we are completing units of work on mental addition and subtraction strategies within larger numbers in Year 2 and 2D shape work in Year 1.
In KS1 we spent some time making Christmas decorations in order to decorate our classrooms for the festive season.
In Year 1 we are looking at shapes and learning their properties. We have sorted shapes according to the similarities of their properties.
This week we are in full swing of the rehearsals of our Christmas play, learning songs, dances and acting parts. We are focusing on using nice loud voices that will be heard by the audience and remembering where we are supposed to be!
In Literacy, we are learning the story of On the Way Home by Jill Murphy, acting out the events in the story and learning the fabulous new vocabulary that is in the story.
In Maths, Year 1 are learning about 2D shapes and Year 2 are developing the mental maths skills we have been learning within larger numbers and problem solving.
We have been acting out parts of the story On the Way Home by Jill Murphy and thinking of actions to help us remember new vocabulary.
We had a great time pretending to be the story characters!
This week we are starting a new unit of work in Literacy. We are looking at the narrative genre and we are aiming to write our own stories about a journey home from school at the end of the unit.
In maths, Year 2 have been completing their work on multiples of ten that can be added to make 100 and are moving on to learn mental addition and subtraction strategies for adding a two-digit number to a one-digit number. In Year 1, the children are applying their addition and subtraction skills to 'number stories'.
In Science, we are completing our ice investigations and thinking about what we have learnt.
We will also be starting to practise our Christmas Play on the stage for the first time, along with learning the dances and songs to go with the acting.
The children had a great day on Friday dressing up to celebrate Children in Need. The children donated toys and money to the Bring and Buy sale and learnt about what the charity Children in Need does to help children in the UK. Throughout the week, we have also been completing Anti-bullying activities and thinking about how to be a kind friend.
In Literacy this week, we are conferencing to recieve feedback on our recount writing and we will be editing and improving based on our feedback.
In Maths, the Year 2 children will be completing their unit of work on mental calculation strategies and moving on to adding multiples of 10. Year 1 children are continuing to explore how regrouping can be used for addition and subtraction, moving on to apply this to solving problems of unknown numbers.
In Geography we will be following up from our mapping walk and recording our journey on our own maps.
In Science we are beginning an investigation into how to keep things cool.
It is also Anti-bullying week this week, so we will be thinking about how we behave within our friendships and how to be kind to our friends.
In RE Garnet, Emerald and Diamond classes have been celebrating Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light. They have been dressing up and making clay diva lamps to remember the Hindu story of Rama and Sita.
This week we are focusing on recount writing in Literacy. We will be building up to writing recounts of our mapping walk to Gobions Wood.
As part of our Geography unit, we will be meeting at Gobions Open Space and tracking our walk back to school. On the way, we will be looking out for landmarks and finding where they are on the map. Whilst up at Gobions, we will play a mapping game, go for a walk around the ponds and make some seasonal observations.
In maths, we are focusing on mental strategies for addition and subtraction. Year 1 pupils are looking at the different ways at number can be 'regrouped' or split and Year 2 are looking at how we can apply this to mental calculations to 20.
Thank you to the parents who attended the reading and spelling talk by Mrs Davies and Miss Mitchell. We appreciated the positive feedback and were glad you found it useful.
Please find the Powerpoint slides below:
This week we were celebrating the season of Autumn. We made some observations about the weather, temperature and daylight hours this time of year and we thought about the changes that happen in Autumn.
We celebrated the season by creating some Autumn artwork!
This week we are completing our Explanation writing in Literacy. We have been learning about the process of how a letter gets delivered.
In maths we are going to be working on the passing of time in relation to days of the week and months of the year.
We are also having a theme of Autumn this week. We will be celebrating the seasonal changes and observing our surroundings. We are hoping to complete some lovely autumn art work!
At the moment KS1 are reading stories related to black history and black culture. We are thinking about the way attitudes have changed towards race and how we can celebrate individual differences.
KS1 put their map skills to use in an orienteering competition last week. TAs placed pictures around the school grounds and children had maps showing where different number locations were placed. After orientating the maps towards north, the children had to work in pairs to use their maps to find a number station they were sent to. They then had to report back the picture they had found at that station.
There was lots of 'tearing' about which was fun to see. The children were extremely enthusiastic and had lots of fun!
The children put their 'mile-a-day' training to the test on Thursday afternoon by running the house cross-country race. All the children put in a great effort and showed great resilience. Well done to those children who gained a medal or were noted in Friday's assembly for having put in a significant effort.
This week we are coming to the end of our unit of work on place value in maths. In Literacy, we have started a new unit of work and we are looking at Explanation texts. In this unit we will be reading explanation texts and talking about the features. Then we will be writing our own explanations of how a letter gets delivered.
In Geography we are going to be testing out our mapping skills in the school grounds. We are going to be going out as classes and completing an orienteering challenge! Let's hope we find all the things we are looking for!
In Geography, we have been thinking about places that are near and far from our local area. We sorted a selection of pictures into 'near' and 'far' and thought about places we would like to visit that are far away.
In maths we have been continuing to explore the place value of 2-digit numbers. In Year 1 we are beginning to show that when a number is larger than 10, we can 'regroup' ten ones for a 'ten stick' instead.
In Year 2, we have developed this concept more to begin to show that we can regroup a 2-digit number into a variety of representations of tens and ones.
This week, the children are continuing to develop their understanding of the place value of 2-digit numbers. They will think about how to use this understanding to help them with estimation. In Literacy, we will complete our 'On the way to school' poetry and re-draft some poems in our best handwriting for display.
In Geography we are thinking about where our local area is in comparison to the rest of the world. We will be asking what places are near to Brookmans Park and what places are far away.
In Science we are continuing our series of investigations, exploring the world around us.
In Games lessons, the children have been learning different ways to pass a ball and incorporating them into games. We have covered underarm and overarm throwing, bouncing and rolling. We have thought about the way we should stand when we are passing and the way in which we should move our arms. We have also realised that it is important to aim well and to have a good catching technique!
In maths, KS1 children have been exploring the place value of 2-digit numbers.
The Year 2 children have been focusing on how we need to 'regroup' ones for tens and tens for ones depending on whether we are counting forwards or backwards. This will support them in their understanding of column addition and subtraction as they move on to KS2.
In Year 1, the children have been learning about the 'teens' numbers. We are exploring them as '10 and some more' and building them with many different types of equipment and pictorial representations.
This week the children will be learning...
Literacy - Writing poetry about our journey to school
Maths - Exploring the place value of 2-digit numbers
Geography - mapping journeys in the local area
Science - Exploring magnets and magnetic materials
Music - Exploring sounds in our school
PSHE - Children's rights
PE - Brilliant Ball skills and Gym Circuits
In our Gymnastics lessons, we have been learning about ways to move around the apparatus and how we can balance.
In Geography we have been out and about in our school environment and thinking about what is in our local area.
The children had to sort out landmarks of Brookmans Park into those they visited often and those they visited rarely.
The children in KS1 have made a great start to the year and we have launched into our 'Where do we live?' topic. We will be exploring our school environment and the local area. To start our topic we organised a treasure hunt around the school grounds, looking for clues to lead us to the next place in the school. There was extreme excitement! Some of the clues were easier to find than others!
We have also been starting a series of scientific investigations exploring the world around us. We have completed a 'sound hunt' around the school and investigated whether objects will float or sink.
In Music, we have been exploring sounds within our classroom using real-life objects and thinking about how we can make music using these objects.
Thank you to all the parents who attended the KS1 Parent Information meetings at the beginning of term. For any parents who could not make it, here is a copy of the PowerPoint slides that we used. If you have any questions, please speak to your child's class teacher.