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Welcome to Year 1/2!

 

Welcome to the Year 1/2 information page.
Read about what we have been doing so far.

 

 

Our topic is... Who'd Live in a House Like This?

Friday 17th May

 

As well as completing our end of year assessments, we will get creative in art and design. We will make a shell print picture and make models of shells using clay. 

Friday 10th May

 

In art and design we will use shells and other materials to make collages of the seaside environment. We will also make an observational drawing of a shell, paying close attention to detail. 

In English we will write a diary entry as the character Max to detail his experiences with the 'Wild Things'. 

Friday 3rd May

 

We will continue to read the text 'Where the Wild Things Are' during our English lessons and we will write a rule book for King Max, consisting of commands for the wild things. 

 

In science will we collect leaves from different trees in the school grounds.  We will then investigate whether the biggest trees have the biggest leaves. 

Friday 26th April

 

In this new topic we will explore different habitats within our local area. In science we will go on a 'tree hunt' around the school grounds with the aim of identifying and naming some different deciduous and evergreen trees. In geography we will make some simple plans and maps of our copse habitat. 

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'All Stars Cricket' coached Year 1 and 2 children for a session. 

Our topic is... Megastructures

On Thursday 4th April, adults are invited to join their child in class from 9:00 - 10:00 to make Easter baskets. 

Friday 29th March

 

In science we will carry out an investigation to see if and how our shadows change throughout the day. 

Friday 22nd March

 

In maths we will collect data and present it in lists, tables and graphs. 

In English we will retell the story 'Journey' for an older audience, using text instead of pictures. 

Friday 15th March

 

In English we will read our new text called Journey by Aaron Becker. We will make predictions about the plot and write questions to find out more about the places that are visited. 

 

In science we will identify some of the changes that occur in the UK from winter to spring.  We will hunt for signs of spring in our school grounds. 

 

Comic Relief - We made our hair funny for money!

Friday 8th March

 

We will complete our work inspired by the story book A Lion a Paris, by writing a letter to our lion family all about our experiences in the city. 

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Thursday 7th March

 

Look at our wonderful spoon characters that we prepared at home for World Book Day.

Friday 4th March

 

In maths we will name, describe and sort a range of 2D and 3D shapes.

Using the whole school text, which is called A Lion in Paris, we will write a description of the places around Paris that the lion visits before developing these ideas into a postcard. 

Friday 8th February

 

In design technology, teams will be challenged to make the tallest freestanding structure using only newspaper and sellotape.  We will also make a bridge from card, which will be strong enough to support a toy car. 

 

 

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Friday 1st February

 

We will continue to learn about Liverpool's famous buildings and we will create a simple map of Liverpool Waterfront. 

Friday 25th January

 

Our trip to Liverpool Waterfront and 'Imagine That!' will take place. 

In maths we will solve problems related to measure.  We will weigh items and measure liquids. 
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Friday 18th January

 

In our English lessons we will continue to read the story of 'The Tin Forest'.  We will create a story map to sequence the main events and draw up ideas for an alternative story ending. 

As part of our science work, we will test and sort materials according to whether they are waterproof or not, or whether they are transparent or opaque. 
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Our topic is... Remember, Remember the 5th of November

Friday 30th November

 

As part of our science work, we will collect and present data to show which is the most common pet in our class.  We will also create a fact sheet all about how to care for our pets. 

Friday 16th November

 

In art we will use different painting techniques to create a fireworks scene. 

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We wore fancy dress to raise money for Children in Need.  Our theme was history. Do you like our costumes?

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Friday 9th November

 

We will write a poem that is inspired by bonfire night. 

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In history we will create a WANTED poster for Guy Fawkes. 

Friday 2nd November

 

We will learn about the gunpowder plot and order the events on a timeline. 

 

 

As part of a whole school literacy theme of World War I, we will explore the role of animals during the war through the beautifully illustrated text 'Flo of the Somme'. 
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Our 'Maths in Action' session will take place on Thursday 1st November from 9 - 9:30 am.  Adults will see how children use informal written methods to add or subtract numbers. 
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Finding change by counting from the smaller number to the larger number:
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Finding change by counting back the correct number of tens then ones:
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Our topic is... You Are What You Eat!

Friday 12th October

 

We will solve money problems in maths. 

We will write a set of instructions on how to make pizza. 
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Friday 5th October

 

In English we will read and follow instructions on how to make a pizza. 

In science we will use our sense of touch to identify items that are hidden inside a 'feely' box. 

Friday 28th September 

 

In science we will label parts of the human body.  We will also make a split-pin skeleton puppet. 

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Friday 21st September

 

We will inspect the packaging of different foods and use a map of the world to locate the country where it was produced.  We will also find out how a banana, which is grown in Costa Rica, reaches our local supermarket. 

Friday 14th September

 

Having sampled some shop-bought smoothies and a variety of different fruits, we will make a fruit smoothie of our own as part of our design and technology project. 

Friday 7th September

 

We will read the story of the Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. We will consider the delicious foods that we would like to include in our lunch basket and explore suitable adjectives to describe them.

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Friday 18th May

 

Alongside the 'special work' being completed by our Year 2 children, they will undertake a mini project all about 'The Seaside'. Our Year 1 children will undertake a mini project about 'Kings and Queens'. 

Friday 11th May

 

In history we will learn about the life of the famous astronaut Neil Armstrong. Having placed key events from his life on a timeline, children will begin to read and collect information for a fact file. 

In English we will read the text Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob) by Simon Bartram, which tracks the daily routine of Bob, who commutes to his workplace on the moon each day.  Children will write a character profile, describing Bob and his qualities. 

Friday 4th May

 

In English we will retell the story of Beegu, including more detail for an older audience. 

In science we will test which material makes the best slide.  We will cover the surface of a board in different materials and measure how far the Lego person slides down it. 
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Friday 27th April

 

In science we will investigate how paper can be folded in different ways to make a paper aeroplane. We will test which paper aeroplane shape travels the furthest. 

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In English we will explore the feelings of characters in the story 'Beegu' by writing speech bubbles and thought bubbles to accompany the illustrations. 

Friday 20th April

 

We will explore the picture book 'Beegu' by Alexis Deacon in our English lessons.  We will track how Beegu, the little alien, feels at different points in the story and plot events on a story map. 

 

In science we will investigate which objects change shape after being squashed, bent, twisted or stretched and which do not. We will also discover which objects retain their new shape. 

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We will mould plasticine into different shapes and find out which will float and which will not.  
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Friday 13th April

 

We will make animal print pictures in art, using stamps that we have made. 

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We practised paper folding techniques and added collage materials to a print of Henri Rousseau's famous painting 'Tiger in a Tropical Storm'. 
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We will continue to read the text 'The Leopard's Drum' by Jessica Souhami.  To retell the story, we will create a comic strip, complete with captions, speech bubbles and thought bubbles. 

Friday 23rd March

 

We completed the Sport Relief mile! 

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We will be making Easter baskets on Thursday 22nd March and would like to invite a parent or grandparent into class to support their child.  The session will run from 9 am - 10 am and you are very welcome to attend if you are available. 
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Friday 2nd March

 

We will attend Safari School at Knowsley Safari Park to find out more about the rainforest.  We will learn about conditions in the rainforest environment, the different layers within it and the animals that live amongst them. 

In maths we will complete symmetrical patterns and identfy lines of reflective symmetry in 2D shapes. 

Friday 22nd February

 

In English, we will continue to read 'Meerkat Mail' and write a postcard of our own, in the role of Sunny the meerkat. 

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As part of our topic work, we will locate hot and cold regions on a world map.  We will also locate areas where rainforests are found. 
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Don't worry; we managed to squeeze in some fun in the snow too!

Friday 9th February

 

We will read the story 'Meerkat Mail' by Emily Gravett.  We will explore the postcards inside, to find clues about how the main character 'Sunny' is feeling at different stages throughout the text. 

In maths we will name and describe 2D and 3D shapes. We will use the terms; vertices, edges and faces to describe the properties of 3D shapes. 
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Friday 2nd February

 

In maths we will begin to learn about time.  We will tell the time to the quarter hour. 

 

We will continue to learn about the sinking of the Titanic in our history lessons and in English, we will write a brochure to advertise the Titanic, describing different aspects of the ship in detail. 

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Friday 26th January

 

We will learn about the historic ocean liner - The Titanic. Children will write a short diary entry about their  experiences as a first class passenger on board the luxury vessel. 

Thomas created this model of the Titanic at home. It's amazing! 
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In science we will carry out investigations to find out which material is most absorbent and which is the best insulator. 
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We will read different scales in order to measure out quantities of food and liquid. 
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Friday 19th January

 

In English we will write an information page all about fire engines.

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In maths we will carry out a range of practical activities to measure the length and weight of different items. 
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Friday 12th January

 

We will continue learning about different vehicles in our topic 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'. In preparation for a fire engine visit at the end of the week, we will write questions that we could ask the firefighters to find out more about the fire engine. 

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In science we will explore and describe some everyday materials like wood, plastic, glass and metal. 
Christmas Party Fun!
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Friday 8th December

 

As part of our design and technology work, we will plan, design and make a toy castle with a moving drawbridge. 

 

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In English children will write an advert to help lonely Mr Wolf find a friend.
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Friday 1st December

 

In English we will be reading a story entitled 'Footprints in the Snow' which challenges the stereotypical idea of the Big Bad Wolf that we know well from traditional tales.  Children will make predictions about the story and write questions that they would like to ask the wolf. 

In Maths we will begin to find fractions of different shapes and amounts. 
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Please collect cardboard boxes and tubes of different sizes in preparation for our D&T project.  

Friday 17th November

 

In history we will look at modern day toys and compare these with the sorts of toys that parents and grandparents used to play with when they were children. 

In maths we will continue to solve multiplication and division calculations.  We will solve some problems involving these number operations and try to recall facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, in and out of order. 
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Friday 10th November

 

We will be watching a Pixar film clip called 'For the Birds'.  This will be used to launch anti-bullying week across the school.  Children will identify positive actions that would make them 'A Good Egg'.  Our work will be displayed alongside that of all other year groups in the school. 

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On Thursday 16th November, we will be visited by a historian who will teach us about toys through the ages.  She will have some replica toys for us to play with too!
'MyMaths' homework has been set and will be due in on 24.11.17.

Friday 3rd November 

 

In English we will continue to work on the traditional tale of 'The Little Red Hen'. Children will retell the story through drama, pictures and sentences. 

 

In science we will learn about different foods and activities that help to keep our bodies healthy.  We will carry out an experiment to see how different activities affect our heart rate. 

Maths In Action

 

Parents and grandparents joined us for a special maths lesson this week.  Key stage One children were able to 'teach' their adults the calculation methods that we use for addition and subtraction. 

Friday 13th October

 

In English, we will follow instructions for playing some outdoor games like hopscotch and Lucy Locket. We will also write some of our own instructions.

 

In science, we will make a leaflet on how to grow a healthy plant.

Friday 6th October

 

In English, we will read poems based on an autumn theme. Children will collect ideas and create their own autumn poem.

 

In maths, children will find different ways of making the same money total.

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Friday 29th September

 

In science, we will put trays of cress seeds in different places to see which conditions help them grow best.

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In English, will read the story ‘The King of Tiny Things’ by Jeanne Willis. We will create a poster about looking after our environment and its ‘Tiny Things’. We will include questions, statements and commands on our poster.

Please ensure that children have a warm coat to wear on Thursday when we visit the Pinewoods. Before we leave, children may also change into their jogging bottoms and trainers which are in their PE kits. There are no other special arrangements.  If it rains, we will be unable to go as children cannot do their art work in these conditions. 
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Friday 22nd September

 

In art we will be looking at the work of some British landscape artists.  We will use these paintings as inspiration to create our own pieces. We will also visit the pinewoods to sketch a landscape scene. We will use oil pastels to complete our pictures back in class.

 

Green Class and Purple Class still require parent helpers for this trip so please let your child’s class teacher know if you can help out.

 

 

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In English, we’ll continue to read the story of The Bog Baby. We will then write a guidebook all about how to spot a Bog Baby in the wild. We will include lots of adjectives in our ‘Bog Baby Spotter’s Guide’.

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Friday 15th September 2017

 

We’d like to say a warm welcome back after the summer break. We have started our new topic ‘Come Outside’ which is all about using and exploring the local environment.

 

We will be making maps and plans of the school grounds in our geography lessons and we will use directions and compass points to follow a simple route on the playground.

 

In English we will read ‘The Bog Baby’ by Jeanne Willis. Children will identify nouns and adjectives in the text. They will write a description of the Bog Baby using some of the adjectives that they have collected.

 

 

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Don’t forget…our Parent Information Evening is on Monday 18th September at 5:00pm.

As part of science week, we tried to make the biggest and best bubbles.  We tested different bubble solutions and different bubble wands. 
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Our parents and grandparents joined us in class to help us make Easter baskets.  Now we hope that the Easter bunny will fill them with eggs!
We visited Liverpool Waterfront and Underwater Street on our Key Stage One trip.  We looked at the Three Graces and sketched the buildings, before going on a walking tour of some of the more modern buildings that can be found in the area.  Next we hopped onto the coach and made our way to Underwater Street where we had lots of fun dressing up, carrying out scientific experiments, constructing and painting. 
We had a great time at our Christmas party.  Merry Christmas everyone!
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To raise money for Children in Need, we came to school in fancy dress.  The theme, chosen by the children, was space. Everybody made such a huge effort to create wonderful costumes and some were very original. 
During our outdoor learning session, we created pieces of art using the natural materials we could find.  We took inspiration from art work and sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy. 
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As part of our work in English, we read and followed instructions on how to make a pizza.  
As part of our topic 'You Are What You Eat' we have made our own fruit smoothies.  We began by tasting a range of shop-bought smoothies and discussed our preferences. We identified and tasted different fruits before designing our own smoothie.  We considered the ingredients and the packaging. Finally we made and evaluated our smoothies. YUM!
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