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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Following a mysterious letter arriving from Captain Blacksocks, Robins' class set about learning how to become pirates. We designed Pirate flags and wrote captions to explain about the symbols we had used. After investigating materials and whether they could float or sink, Captain Blacksocks challenged our skills to design a boat that would carry a pirate and his treasure. The designs needed to be clearly labelled and show exactly which materials were to be used and how they would be joined. The boats were then tested. In literacy we have experienced an adventure in learning the story of 'The Night Pirates', exploring the characters' thoughts and feelings through role play and writing narratives. At the end of the term, during our Pirate Day, Captain Blacksocks awarded us with certificates to show we had indeed become pirates.
Captain Blacksocks sent us a letter
Wiltshire Wildlife taught us about the environment
We recycled materials.
We made sea creatures.
We went on 'The Night Pirates' adventure with Tom
We designed and made boats hoping they would float and hold the pirate and his treasure...
We tested the boats...
We enjoyed 'Pirate Day', using mapping skills for treasure hunting, creating our own maps and doing some craft activities.
This term our topic is called, 'Let's Celebrate'. We have been learning about special times people remember or celebrate. These have included Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Diwali and Christmas. In Literacy, we have listened to poems with a pattern and written our own firework poems. We have learned about the story of Rama and Sita, acted in role as the characters, and retold the story. In Art, we have created firework prints using a variety of objects. We made our own diva lamps out of clay and printed patterns into them. We have used pastels and geometric shapes to create rangoli patterns. We have enjoyed learning about how Hindus celebrate Diwali.
Printing firework patterns.
We made and painted Diva lamps.
We enjoyed performing our EYFS and Key Stage 1 nativity, 'A King is Born'.
'A King is Born'
This term our topic is called, 'Famous Faces'. In Literacy we will have a focus on the author Julia Donaldson. We will find out about some key historical people and events in our History learning. Two of our famous faces, from the past, might even pay us a visit to help us find out more! In Art we will look at colour, and find out about the artist Andy Warhol.
Stick Man wanted to melt the ice round his tree house quickly. In Science we investigated what could be added to the ice to make it melt faster. We had to make it a fair test.
The 'Freshwater Theatre Company' came to school to do a drama workshop based on Florence Nightingale.
Here are some of our thoughts about what we learned:
"Florence was entertaining. She always had a smile on her face." Joshua
"Florence made the soldiers better." Harrison
"Florence pushed through anything. She never gave up." Caitlin
" I enjoyed pretending to go on the train and the boat." Darcie
"I enjoyed wrapping up the soldiers." Isabel
We enjoyed learning about primary and secondary colours. We found out about the work of Andy Warhol. We drew our own portraits and used these to paint in the style of Andy Warhol. We had to make colour choices and mix our own secondary colours.
This term our topic is, 'I Spy Around Me'. The topic started with a letter from an elf who had visited the class and didn't understand what a school was. We set about creating simple plans of the school and wrote letters back to explain a bit about ourselves.
We celebrated World Book Day. We dressed up as our favourite book characters. We were very lucky to have an author visit us to talk about and share extracts from her books.
Our friendly elf, Theodwin, wrote back and told us all about the places in his land. We went on a walk around Royal Wootton Bassett. We looked at some of the special buildings and thought about the changes over time. We made simple maps of our town for Theodwin.
We sketched part of the buildings we looked at on our visit round Royal Wootton Bassett. We used different pencils to achieve light and dark tones on our sketches.
We wrote guides about our town to persuade people to visit.
This term our topic is called 'Live and Let Live'. We have been busy finding out all about living things. We have sorted living and non-living things and thought about their similarities and differences. In literacy we have learnt and performed a classic poem. We have created our own versions of the poem. We have had a few living things visiting the classroom to help us with our learning. Later this term we will visit Bristol Zoo for an education session with experts and an opportunity to observe lots of interesting and varied creatures.
Oreo and Lesley came to visit
We watched our very own caterpillars grow and change. We then set them free. They looked quite different!
We have looked at Aboriginal art. We used the style for our own artwork about living things.
Our final term's topic is, 'Paddington's Passport'. Mr and Mrs Brown have sent Paddington to stay with us whilst they are decorating. They have asked us to find out a bit more about where he lives and where he comes from. We have a journal to record his adventures whilst he stays in Royal Wootton Bassett.
We used an atlas to locate Lima in Peru, London (where Paddington now lives) and Brazil. Paddington will be going to Brazil in the summer holidays so we will find out more about this place for him over the term.
Paddington had given Mrs Bird some instructions to make marmalade sandwiches. They weren't very clear and the sandwiches were a disaster. We helped Paddington by making marmalade sandwiches and writing clearer instructions for him to take back to Mrs Bird. The marmalade sandwiches were lovely!
We are artists! We went to view our artwork in the St Bartholomew's Art Gallery.