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Term 6

This term our core text is, 'The snail and the whale. We will be exploring rhyme, learning how to apply the correct suffixes to our past tense writing and we will be developing our punctuation.

In maths we will be developing our knowledge of fractions and applying this knowledge to problem solving. We will also be developing our understanding of time. We will be applying our knowledge of 'o'clock' and 'half past' to problem solving and developing our understanding of 'quarter to' and 'quarter past' linking our learning of fractions .

In both history and geography, we will be exploring our local beaches and the history linked to them. We will receive a visit from the RNLI to explain their role in our community and how to stay safe when on the beach this summer.

Our art lessons this term will have a 'Seaside' theme. We will produce art work linked to and inspired by the seaside!


The Snail and the Whale | Julia Donaldson | Axel Scheffler | children's book |

The Snail and the Whale is a children's book by former children's laureate Julia Donaldson, illustrated by longtime collaborator Axel Scheffler. It has won several awards, including 2004 Early Years award for the best pre-school book, the 2005 Blue Peter award for Best Book to Read Aloud, and the 2007 Giverny award for Best Science Picture Book.

We have been busy with our vegetable patch this term. We have beetroots growing along with carrots, courgettes, lettuce and mustard. It has been a wonderful experience and something we will remember for a long time!

We have been exploring our Forest school's 'Mud kitchen' this term. The children have really enjoyed developing their fine and gross motor skills in an outside environment. They have also enjoyed working alongside each other and developing their language skills linked to our science work. We even found some microhabitats! I have enjoyed many mud pies this term and I know the children have had a great experience making them!

Term 5

This term in maths we will be focusing on how to write number sentences, using directional vocabulary and applying our knowledge of counting in 2's, 5's and 10's to solve multiplication problems.

Our core text in literacy will be 'Oliver's vegetables', a wonderful tale of how a boy discovers he likes vegetables. Our focus will be on applying taught spelling rules, understanding plurals and writing expanded sentences.

Linking to our core text, our Science topic this term will be 'Plants'. We are hoping to grow a variety of vegetables and record our predictions and results. We will also be learning about the different parts of a plant and how a plant grows from a seed.

Our Art and Geography lessons will also be linked to our core text and we will be exploring Great Britain in more detail whilst exploring the artist, Arcimboldo.


World Book Week 2014 - "Oliver's Vegetables"

Mrs. Pena reads "Oliver's Vegetables" by Vivian French

Sesame Street - Captain Vegetable

The Prepositions Song ♫♪♫ | Scratch Garden

Practice your Place Prepositions with a fun song and a very happy piece of cheese! Great for teaching primary classes and ESL students!

The children applied their knowledge of positional language to write algorithms so they could navigate an 'Angry bird' around a maze. They had great fun working in pairs and trying to complete the various levels.

We have planted our vegetable seeds! Can you remember which vegetables we are trying to grow?

A member of our class is learning to play the piano. His parents brought in his keyboard and we were able to hear the fabulous sound of live music! It was a wonderful treat and very inspirational.

Term 4

During term 4 our core text will be the 'Bog baby'. our focus will be on capital letters for proper nouns, common exception word spelling and the use of adjectives to enrich our writing.

We will link our science lessons to our core text and learn to name and describe British birds and woodland animals, classify herbivores, omnivores and carnivores and describe animal habitats.

We will also link our art lessons to our core text and experiment with leave printing, woodland collages and clay modelling.

In maths we will use number facts within 20 to solve number problems and learn how to read the time using the terms, o'clock and half past.

bog baby

Uploaded by Mr Mottram on 2014-09-28.

We went for a walk around our school grounds and we found our very own Bog baby!

In preparation for World book day, we had a visit from author, Gwyneth Rees. She explained how she created good characters and then read extracts from her books. We all felt very inspired to write after her visit!

On World book day, we came dressed as our favourite book character. Who would you dress up as?


We have used black and white paint to create shades of blue then...painted our very own Bog babies!

Mrs. Parsons forgot to put the lid on the jar we kept our Bog baby in. He managed to get out and go missing! We were so worried that we made missing posters and placed them around the school.

As part of our science topic on, 'Humans and other animals', we have a class wormery and snails in our classroom. We are learning about the habitat of these animals, their eating habits and how to care for animals. We are also lucky enough to currently have a corn snake skin that was recently shed by Mr. Wearing's pet. The children have been fascinated!

A huge 'Thank you' to everyone who came to our 'Learning together' afternoon. It was fantastic to see you all and we hope you can visit us again next term!

Term 3


During term 3 our core text will be the 'Gruffalo'. We will be exploring rhyme and the use of adjectives in writing. Our grammar focus will remain the use of finger spaces, full stops and capital letters at the beginning of a sentence and for proper nouns.

In maths our focus will be recognising British coins, understanding their value and using coins to solve money problems. We will also be counting in twos, fives and tens and exploring 3D shapes and their properties.

During our science lessons we will be learning about 'Humans and other animals'. We will be using our forest school to link to our own habitat and the habitat of other creatures we share our environment with. We will also be using our time in the forest school to support our art and literacy lessons, whilst also going on shape hunts and trying to catch the illusive Gruffalo!

The Big Numbers Song

It's a numbers song for children and adults. Count from 0 to 100 and from a hundred to a trillion. This song was written and performed by A.J. Jenkins. Video by KidsTV123. Copyright 2011 A.J.Jenkins/KidsTV123: All rights reserved.

Money Song for Children UK

A money song about UK coins for young children. Covers 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins.

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3D Shapes I Know (solid shapes song- including sphere, cylinder, cube, cone, and pyramid)

3D Shapes I Know (new pyramid version) This version includes only ONE chorus at a time, whereas the old version used to do 2 at a time. I didn't like that the old one felt too long each time. I've also included a section about "a pyramid" now.

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Julia Donaldson and The Gruffalo sing The Gruffalo's Song

A clip from Scottish Book Trust's second Meet Our Authors event, featuring a surprise appearance from Julia Donaldson's most famous creation! More videos at

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Art work inspired by the artist, Andy Goldsworthy.

We have been learning about the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy. We then visited our forest school and produced our own art work using natural materials found in our forest.