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Terms ends on Wednesday 25 July at 1:30pm

Puffins

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 Wednesday 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 Monday. Your child will also have a separate spelling book with suggested activities to help them practise and learn these ready for testing in school. It is important these books are kept at home throughout the week and not returned until Monday 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.

 

 

Term 1
This term our topic has been Pirates. We have been learning how to speak like a pirate, where the oceans of the world are that the pirates travel on and have started to investigate materials that float in order to create our own pirate ships. We have also been learning lots about number and using the language less than, more than and equal to. Later this term we designed and made our pirate ships and were very impressed when they all floated with a treasure chest and pirate aboard.
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Gemma came to visit us from Wiltshire Wildlife. She explained to us how the rubbish we drop can travel to the sea and can hurt the animals and fish in the sea. We made some turtles, fish, crabs and jellyfish to remind us how we can keep our seas clean by not dropping litter.
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Our topic this term has been Let's Celebrate. We have looked at different celebrations including Bonfire night, Remembrance Sunday and the Diwali. We created firework art using paint and different objects to print with, wrote poems about fireworks using all of our senses, created poppy wreaths in our teams, and used clay to create Diva lights. In December we celebrated Christmas by making decorations and performaning our Nativity "A King is Born". We also learnt about the traditions of Christmas in other countries.

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Our topic this term is Famous Faces. We will be focusing on the author Julia Donaldson, the artist Andy Wardol, and famous faces from the past Florence Nightingale and Samuel Peeps. To start our topic we began by looking at the author Julia Donaldson. We learnt the story of the Gruffalo, wrote letters to Julia Donaldson and helped Stick Man who had found out that salt might help to melt the ice around the family tree. We planned an experiment to see if he was right. We froze some water and sprinkled salt on one of the bowls of ice. We observed what happened to each bowl of ice.
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We were very excited to find the Gruffalo had visited our classroom and left a huge footprint. We used bricks and centimetres to measure the footprints of all of the animals from the Gruffalo story. We then started to wonder how big our footprints would be and used our measuring skills to find out!
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The next 'Famous Face' we learnt about was Florence Nightingale. We learnt about where she grew up and what she learnt as a child. We visited some of the old, dirty hospitals. We then traveled with Florence to Scutari Hospital where we helped clean the hospital and bandaged the wounded solders. It was amazing to see her life in action!

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As part of our topic this term we have been exploring our school and Royal Wootton Bassett. We went for a walk to explore the buildings along the High Street and all of us got to take photos of what we saw. When we got back an elf called Theodwin visited us. He wanted to know more about who we were, what we did and where we went to school. We wrote back to him and told him all about ourselves and our town, lucky we had been on our walk! Theodwin then sent us some clues to find out more about where he lived. We visited the Fairy Forest, the Mystical Waterfall, the very smelly swamp and the hill were the dragon lives. It was such an exciting adventure!
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To finish our topic we helped Theodwin to keep his potion warm as he travelled home. Each group had a different material to cover their potion with and we took the temperature every 5 minutes to find out which material kept the potion the warmest.
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As part of our new topic "Live and Let Live" we have been learning about the different animals that we find in different habitats. We used collage to create pictures of the different habitats and the animals we would find there.
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We have been learning the poem 'Hurt No Living Things' by Christina Rossetti. We added sound effects for the mini beasts to help us learn it.
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Year 2's performing our poem

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We found out about things that are living and non-living. Our guinea pigs are living because they move, eat, breathe (and squeak) poo and grow!
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Our topic this term is Paddington’s Passport. We have been learning lots about Paddington Bear and London where he lives with the Brown family. Mr and Mrs Brown wrote to us and suggested we learn how to make Paddington’s favourite marmalade sandwiches!
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Paddington will soon be leaving us and will travel onto Brazil for his summer holidays. We helped him learn about the country by making fruit cocktails and measuring our ingredients, learning about life in Brazil, and designing our own Rio carnival masks and shirts. 
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We set up an experiement to help Paddington choose the best material to make a rain coat for his trip to the Amazon Rainforest. We found out that tin foil did work because it didn’t soak up the water, but it rips so it’s no good for Paddington’s Coat. We wouldn’t use felt, fabric, paper towels or fur because they are not waterproof.  We also found out that plastic would make a good coat because the water stayed on top and it doesn’t  break. 

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