Category Archives: English

W/C 10th June

In Art this week, The children enjoyed following a draw along video to create their very own pirate ship. They then used watercolours to paint them like the artist ‘Howard Pyle’.
 During our Art workshop, the children explored the theme of connection through the medium of photography! The children created their own self-portrait collages where they drew illustrations and wrote captions that represented what or who they feel connected to. They also conveyed this through taking photos of themselves using props and thinking about their facial expressions. It was wonderful to see the children get so creative and reflective as they created their inventive images with their adults! The children will hone their photography skills further this week as they direct and film their very own short film inspired by The Secret Garden

In English we have been continuing our pirate theme. We had a visit from ‘Pirate Jed’ who answered lots of our questions. We have also been learning all about what a fact and an opinion is.

The children loved taking part in the football fundraiser. Well done and thank you for all your donations.
In History we have been looking at different famous pirates. The children have found it fascinating learning all about ‘Blackbeard’, ‘Anne Bonney’ and ‘William Kidd’.
Puffins have been learning all about fractions during their maths lessons. We have been sharing objects, shapes and even some yummy Jaffa cakes!!!
In Science the children have been exploring magnets! They have found out what objects have magnets inside them and what objects around the classroom are magnetic and non-magnetic.

W/C 20th May 2024

Puffins have enjoyed their computing lesson. They have been learning how to use a keyboard. With their table partners the children typed their names and then retyped a sentence using the caps lock button to add capitals in the appropriate places.
The children have loved their final D&T lessons. They have been using the saws to cut dowel and glue guns to attach wooden wheels to make their cars. We think they are fantastic!! Well done Puffins.
In English, we have been reading a new book ‘A New Home for a Pirate’. The children have loved this story as it also links to our new history topic ‘Pirates’!!!
Maths –  Money, money, money!! The children have been learning all about the British coins and notes.
We have been super busy during our science lessons recently. We have been looking at things that are ‘transparent’, ‘translucent’ and ‘opaque’.  The children have also been experimenting with different fabrics; looking at fabrics that are absorbent.

Busy Bees!

During D&T the children have been creating safety posters. We discussed as a class the tools and equipment that they will use to make their toy cars.

The children enjoyed nibbling on a chocolate chip cookie whilst doing ERIC!

Puffins loved exploring their new African themed role play. They had the opportunity to explore some information books, complete a variety of activities and play in the tuff spot.

In English we have been looking at ‘instructions’ and how they are made up of key parts. The children have also had a go at writing some of their own.

Puffins have loved learning about their new topic – Africa! The children told us what they already knew which we recorded together.

During maths the children have been learning all about Place Value to 50.

In PSHE we have read the story “The Worry Monster”. We then discussed as a class what the word ‘worry’ means amd the children were then given the opportunity to share one of their own worries.

During our R.E lesson we have been looking at our family and discussing our ‘roots’ and ‘memories’.

In science the children have been exploring different materials and their properties.

Week commencing 26th February

A huge thank you to all that could come to our Book Breakfast! We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children did. Emily said “I loved it.  I went to the library with my dad”.
Inaara said ” It was good and I got to eat lots of toast”.
During computing the children learnt the key words “Algorithm” and took it in turns to choose a picture tile and to create a programme for the Beebot to reach its destination.

In English, the children have enjoyed listening to the story “Handa’s Surprise”. The have been busy sequencing the story and writing sentences using adjectives. We also got to explore the fruit in class. The children got to pass the fruit around exploring the texture they then wrote down their findings on a white board. After this they got to taste them: pineapple, banana, passion fruit, avocado, orange and mango.

In maths, we have been exploring numbers to 20! The children have been using lots of different resources to represent these numbers which they have also been putting into order.
Music and Poetry basket –  Puffins have enjoyed listening to a new piece of music. They have also enjoyed joining in  with a ‘poetry basket’ session.
During our R.E lesson we have listened to the story of ‘Quaswa the camel’ – a short story about being fair. The children then played a quick game of musical chairs, the children had to move around the chairs fairly when the music stopped they all had to find a seat. The last child was the camel and had to move on.

A New Year in Puffins

During our computing lessons we have been learning to use the ‘Beebots’.  We began by reminding the children of how they work and what directions they can make them move in.
In English, we have been reading a new book this term called ‘Where the Wild things are’ written by Maurice Sendak. The children have enjoyed telling the story using actions. They have also been very excited to explore our new role play area… where we found Max’s boat waiting for us!
The children have been busy sequencing the story and writing some of their own sentences alongside the pictures. They have also started to recreate the story choosing their own characters, settings and buildups.
Puffins  have been looking at numbers to 20. We have been representing them using tens frames and counters and working within our table groups to match the numeral to the correct quantity.
Puffins have enjoyed their first ‘peace circle’ of 2024. We got to check in share a fun fact about ourselves and play games.

Week’s Commencing 11th and 18th December

In RE, the children learned about the story of Mary and Joseph. They watched a short clip and then talked as a whole class.
Puffins have been very busy during their D&T lessons designing and making picture frames. The have all had a go at cutting with a saw, smoothing down their wooden pieces with sandpaper and attaching the parts with a glue gun. We have definitely got some future carpenters in the class!
Once they were assembled and dried the children had the opportunity to paint and decorate their finished frames.

Thank you to all of our parents that came to our Maths Workshop. We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children did.
We went to The Mac! All children were very well behaved and thoroughly enjoyed watching ‘Starchitects save Santa’ – a festive space adventure.
During our English we have been creating our very own stories. The children got to choose their own characters, settings, problems and solutions which they then drew on a story map. They have been working this week to write up their stories following the plot from ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’.

Week commencing 23rd October

During our PSHE lesson we have been learning all about what makes a family. The children shared with their talk partners who is in their families. We then brainstormed the children’s ideas and thoughts.
In our maths lessons we have been learning  all about what makes a ‘whole’. The children looked at different items of different sizes and we discussed as a  class what makes something a ‘whole’. We looked at how a ‘whole’ can be represented by one object. We then looked at how an object can be split into two or more ‘parts’. The children loved this because they got to split a biscuit into parts look at how many they created and then eat them! We used hoops to create our own ‘parts’ and the children worked out what the ‘whole’ would be. The children also looked a ‘part-part-whole’ model.
This week in English the children have been looking at a new topic ‘Nursery Rhymes’. We have been singing and performing quite a few, check out the videos below.
In Phonics this week the children have been learning all about spit digraphs. We are always very busy during our phonics lessons!
During Black history month we have been learning about Rosa Parks. The children watched a short video all about her and listened to the story. They then worked in pairs to sequence the events.
During our first music lesson the children listened to a piece of music, they got to have a little dance and talked about what instruments they could hear.
Puffins have been using their sense of taste during their science lesson. They got to try something sweet, sour and bitter.

Week Commencing 9th October

Puffins were super excited to see the arrival of our first few chicks. The children enjoyed looking at the information books and Forrest recreated the first chick hatching.
The children were amazed at how much they have grown when they came down to the classroom. One of the chicks was not particularly happy! Check out our photos to see his grumpy face!
 We  first observed the chicks through the box and talked about the body parts and the children couldn’t believe how many feathers covered their little wings. The children then got to hold or stroke the chicks if they wanted to. Some of the children came up with some great names for the chicks Anaya said “We could call her Sunshine Rainbow,” and Mason said “What about yellow?”.
This week in maths we have been learning all about ‘Greater than, less than and equals to’. The children enjoyed listening to the ‘Greater Gator song’. You can use this link at home, you will love it!!!  Number Gators (Greater Than, Less Than Symbols Song) – YouTube
In science, the children have learnt new key words ‘amphibian’, ‘mammal’, ‘reptile’ and ‘bird’. They looked at lots of photos and short clips. We then talked as a whole class what different types of animals fit into each categories.
The children have drawn part of their face in the style of Vincent Van Gogh today. They got to listen to some instrumental music as he drew.
This week we have been reading the book ‘The shopping basket’ by John Burningham. The children wrote some super sentences to go with the pictures from the story.

Week Commencing 25th September

In Computing, the children have been learning how technology helps us and how to stay safe online. The children went on a technology hunt around the classroom and then shared their ideas on how to use the internet safely.
In English this week, the children have been learning all about the pronoun ‘I’. They have put their bear heads on and  created their own settings for ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’.  They also got to ‘hotseat’ the bear. Some of the children came up with some great questions for the bear. Forest asked ‘Why did you chase the family?’ and Lily asked ‘Why were you sad?’ The children have also been performing the story using actions.
In maths, the children have been learning all about one more and one less.
During our History lessons we have been learning all about key words ‘past’ ‘present’ and ‘future’. The children completed a work sheet where they got to draw themselves as a baby, as they are now and what they think they will look like in the future.
During our PSHE lesson this week, we have been looking at body parts. The children worked as a whole class to label the body and we discussed the important NSPCC PANTS programmeThe children enjoyed listening to the PANTS song. Here is the link if you want to use the video and have a chat to your child at home. https://youtu.be/_SzbMEVYiyg?si=QuX67n17BA8j8vqa