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Welcome to Puffins Class!

 

On this page you will find links and photos of things we have done recently and what we will be looking forward to in the future.

 

We will be regularly updating the photos of the learning activities we have got up to, so please come back again soon.

 

If you would like any further information about the learning we have covered, or the forth-coming learning topics, please don’t hesitate to come and see us. We will also post topic overviews for the term and homework tasks on the classroom noticeboards.

 

Term 1

Welcome back to a new school year.

We hope you will find the following information useful for settling your child into his or her new class in Years 1 or 2.

 

Reading book / reading record book

Your child should take his or her reading book home every evening.  We would like your child to change his/ her reading book whenever you feel it is appropriate.  Reading boxes are stored outside Robins and Kingfishers classrooms. Higher level book boxes are stored in the library.

Your child will read regularly to an adult in school. In addition, reading is taught in class through guided reading groups and through shared reading and writing in Literacy lessons.

 

Homework books

Each week on a Friday your child will be set homework. The children will be given a task in their homework book to be completed and returned by the following Wednesday. Your child will also have a separate spelling book with suggested activities to help them practise and learn these ready for testing on a Friday. It is important these books are kept at home throughout the week and not returned until Thursday to ensure you have them available for regular practise.

 

P.E.

Please make sure that your child has his/her P.E. kit in school every day.  Please ensure that all clothing is clearly named in a named bag to be left on your child’s peg.  This term we will be doing both indoor and outdoor P.E.  Your child will need the following items:

• Pair of dark shorts
• Plain white t-shirt or you may buy a plain coloured t-shirt in your child’s team colour
• Pair of plimsolls/daps/trainers

 

School Items

Please can we remind you to clearly label and name all items children bring into school in permanent pen - this will ensure they are quickly returned to your child.

 

Water

Your child may bring a small, named, clear plastic bottle of still, unflavoured water to school each day.  All bottles do need to be taken home each day.

 

Parent Helpers

Teachers are always appreciative of any support parents can give to help in the classroom.  If you are interested please see your child’s teacher to arrange convenient times.  Please can we remind you that all parent helpers must have had a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  If you are interested in helping, but haven’t had this done, please enquire at the office.

 

 

Turrets and Tiaras

Our topic this term is Turrets and Tiaras. We have learnt the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs through story telling and role-play. We have also investigated different materials and observed how different materials can be changed.

“We have been telling the story of Snow White and the 7 Dwarves” Rico.

“The best bit has been writing about the story of Snow White” Emily A.

“The best bit has been drawing and colouring in the Seven Dwarves” Rafal.

“I have enjoyed PE running around and the country dancing” Delvin.

“I have enjoyed playing with my friends and making new friends” Luca.

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Term 2

We went for a walk to look for how our school environment was changing in the autumn.

“The leaves changed” Trinity.

“The leaves start falling off the trees” Theo.

“The leaves fall down and it’s very cold” Daya.

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Our topic this term has been all about Germany. We have learnt the traditional story of The Piped Piper and learnt about life in Germany.

“There is over 1000 different types of sausage in Germany” Noah

“I liked finishing the end of the story of the Pied Piper in our own words” Connor

“Most of the toys in Germany are made from wood” Alfie

“The children in Germany get their Christmas presents on Christmas Eve” Finley and Frederic

“There are nine countries surrounding Germany: Denmark, France, Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands” Lily P

“They light the Advent Candles on the Sundays before Christmas. There are 4 candles” Emily A

“The children in Germany start school when they are 6!” Amelia.

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Term 3

Puffin’s topic this term has been “Best of British”. We have been looking at poems about the months of the year and thinking about how the British weather changes.

“All the trees do not have any leaves left” Molly.

“It’s very, very chilly outside” Barney.

“The ground is wet” Emily B.

“Your hands feel frozen” Lilli-Faye.

“Most of the things in the playground are frosty” Mika.

“The daffodils are starting to grow” Delvin.

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Term 4

This term Puffins topic has been about Victorian Times. We have made comparisons about what they used in the past and what we use now. We found out what they used to clean the house and were surprised to find they didn’t have electricity.

“We looked at different objects from the past” Katie

Once we had held and explored these objects we guessed what they might be used for. We had a special visit from Polly the Maid who came to show us how each of the objects were used.

“The iron was very heavy. They put it by the fire to make it hot” Harry

“They smacked the carpet with the carpet beater because they couldn’t wash it” Dylan

“In the olden days they used a wash board to wash clothes. They put the washing in the water and they scrubbed it on the wash board” Eliza.

We also had a special visitor who showed us some of the toys she played with when she was a little girl.

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We celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite book characters. We also shared some of our favourite stories and went to visit the local library.
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Our Visit to Steam

When we arrived at Steam we went into a dark, black room and through into the museum. We saw TVs with videos of trains, we went under a model train, we went into trains, we saw an injured man who got hurt by the machines and lots of other models. After lunch we met Wendy who showed us all of the things that used to be in the Victorian times, she got people dressed up as Victorians, she told us about Victorian school days, and we played with the Victorian toys. It was a fantastic day!

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This term we have been thinking about how our garden grows. We have watched patiently as our seeds grew, measured different leaves and trees and explored our magically story with a gigantic beanstalk.

“We have been growing some plants. We found out that they need water to grow” Lily H

“We grew sunflowers and cress, we found out that cress can grow in the dark because it thinks it’s in the soil” Barney

“We read the story of Professor Jack and the Meanstalk. We followed the instructions and measured out the potion in millilitres. Then we went outside and put the magic potions on the flowers” Ashton

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Puffins have been learning about the sun and summer. We looked at shadows and how they changed over the day. We went outside and saw that the shadow started off longer than the real object. We found out that the shadow gets shorter as the sun goes higher in the sky. When the sun came back down again the shadow got longer. The shadows moved clockwise throughout the day because the Earth is moving all the time! We had great fun finding out about shadows!
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