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Welcome to Green Class


Autumn 1


This half term, our topic will be focused around food. We will be learning about the importance of having a healthy, balanced diet and we will be thinking about how to be healthy. We will also be learning about where some foods come from.

We created our own eat well plate out of clay. 

In English we will be reading, writing and following instructions. We have followed instructions to play a new game and will be writing and following instructions to make some yummy foods! We will also become familiar with a fiction text and will begin to gain confidence in retelling the story.


We were writing and following instructions. 

In Art we have been been looking at artists that use food as an inspiration for their work.  We recreated Giuseppe Arcimboldo work by creating our own fruit and vegetable faces. We also looked at Carl Warner and created our own foodscapes, as well as Andy Warhol pop art. 

In maths we have been learning our doubles up to 20 which has helped us use our near doubles to work out sums. We have been using lots of resources to explain the answer and prove it is right!


Summer 2 2017

Our last topic of the year is Materials. We will be looking at different materials and objects that are made of these materials. We will be considering why the objects have been made of these materials thinking about the properties the materials have.

In English, we are currently finishing off our non-chronological reports on habitats using our knowledge from our previous topic. We will soon be moving on to recite poems and write our own funny poems.

In Maths we are revising many concepts we have previously learnt including adding, subtracting, multiplication, division, time, shape, fractions, position and direction.

We have been on our school trip to Affinity Water Educational Centre where we revised our knowledge from last terms topic. We loved pond dipping and learning about the different creatures that lived there. We identified them using classification keys. We also learnt about food chains and enjoyed going on a minibeast hunt. It was a great day out!

Here is our art work. We looked at the artist Andy Goldsworthy for inspiration. He uses natural materials to make his art work.

We have been on our school trip to Affinity Water Educational Centre where we revised our knowledge from last terms topic. We loved pond dipping and learning about the different creatures that lived there. We identified them using classification keys. We also learnt about food chains and enjoyed going on a minibeast hunt. It was a great day out!

Summer 1 2017

Our new topic will be animals and plants. We will be finding out about animals and plants in their habitats. We will be exploring how each animal is suited to their habitat. Within this topic we will be exploring life cycles and thinking about what animals and plants need to do or have to stay alive and healthy.  We will also learn about food chains . In English, we will look at explanation texts and non-chronological reports that will link closely with our topic.

In Maths we will continue to learn to tell the time, describe shapes, describe position and direction and we will learn more about symmetry. 



We were lucky to have a circus skill day where we had a visitor come and show us some circus tricks. It was fun but the tricks were difficult to do! 

We carried out an investigation to find out about our hand and feet sizes.

We have been learning about habitats and how animals are suited to living in certain environments. We made our own habitat trays.

Look at how our beans have grown and changed over the last few weeks.

Below are some photos of us on our minibeast hunt and some observational drawings of some of the creatures we found.

We have been looking at explanation texts in English. We have been learning about life cycles. In these pictures we are presenting what we have found out to the class in small groups. We learnt about the lifecycle of a bean and about a chicken.

We also have started to grow our own beans. We are looking forward to watching them grow.

Not only have we been looking for minibeasts in our local environment, we have also been looking at the plants and flowers around our school. We really enjoyed going to the woodland area.

Spring 2 2017

Welcome back after the half term holiday. We hope you had a relaxing break!

This half term is a short one but we will still be doing lots of learning!

Our topic this half term is vehicles. We will be making our own vehicles using our D/T skills. In computing, we will be learning to use cameras to take photos of vehicles and we will practise our editing skills of the photos on a computer. In science, we will be carrying out some scientific experiments involving toy cars. We will also be learning about the history of trains and learning about George Stephenson and his role in developing trains.

In English, we will be finishing our creation story unit and will be looking at recounts. We will also look at some poems. We will have our new English targets displayed soon and we will also continue to focus on handwriting and learning how to join some of our letters.

In Maths, we will be continuing to practise adding and subtracting of two 2 digit numbers and solving problems whereby we have to choose which operation to use. We will be looking at fractions of shapes and numbers and revising which measuring tools we use to measure length, weight, capacity and temperature. Children will revise telling the time to o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to and will be practising telling the time in 5 minute intervals using the digital clock. In our shape work, we will be revising 2d and 3d shape names and describing the shapes and we will practise sorting the shapes according to their properties. We will also look at symmetry in shapes. We will be collecting data and recording what we find in charts and graphs. 

Our Show and Tell theme this half term is to recite a poem. This should be a very short poem and the children need to be able to recite it without a book to read it from.


We went on a traffic survey to record how many different vehicles we could see. We recorded our results in a tally chart. Whilst we were on our walk, we carried out a listening activity to see how many onomatopoeic words we could hear! We used this to write our own noise poems.

These photos are of our D/T work. We had to make a chassis with axles and wheels.

We also carried out a science experiment to see which car travelled the furthest.

Here we are observing some of the plants outside of Green Class. We will observe them again next half term to see how they change.

We have been using resources to help us with adding.

Book Day

We have been planning to make a vehicle. We have learnt how to attach an axle and wheels to a chassis.

We have also been learning about homophones. These are words that sound the same but they are spelt differently and have a different meaning.

Spring 1 2017


Welcome back after the Christmas break.

This half term we will be learning about places around the world. We will focus mainly on a small Scottish Island called Coll and then move on to learn about Brazil. Within this topic, we will be looking at world maps and identifying the continents and oceans. We will be recapping on the countries and the surrounding seas in the United Kingdom and their capital cities. To celebrate our learning, we will have a special country day at the end of this topic whereby the children will have an opportunity to take part in P.E, art, dance and cookery based around traditions from both countries.

To help children find out more about different countries, our Show and Tell this term will be focused on the children researching a country at home and sharing what they have found out with the rest of the class. Please help your child to research a country to tell the class about.

We will be carrying out our own research in our Computing lessons to find out more about Brazil and Coll using the internet. We will be using this opportunity to further discuss safety when using the internet. Once we have carried out our research, we will be presenting what we have found out using 2simple software and powerpoint.

In English we will be carrying on our Traditional Tales unit-looking at stories from other countries. We will also be looking at creation stories. If you would like to help your child at home with English then here are some ideas. Look through books to find examples of capital letters, full stops, commas, exclamation marks, question marks and apostrophes and talk about why they have been used. Also pick out adjectives and verbs and discuss what they are. Decide if the verbs are written in the past or the present tense. Don't forget to keep practising the alphabet at home too, and learn to spell days of the week, months of the year and numbers. When you read books with your children, discuss if they are fiction or non fiction texts.

In Maths we will be covering a range of topics including odd and even numbers, multiplication, division, shapes, fractions, measuring length, capacity, temperature and weight. Then we will be learning to tell the time. We will also be leaning new vocabulary in relation to position, direction and movement which will include words like clockwise, anti-clockwise, left and right. Try using this vocabulary at home with your child to help them become familiar with it.


Remember as always, books are changed on a Monday and Thursday. Homework is given out on a Friday and must be returned by the following Friday. This half term the homework is a reading comprehension each week. You may support your child with this if they need help. We are trying to encourage the children to read for meaning rather than rushing through reading a text.


Here are some pictures of our work so far this half term

We had a World Day where we learnt dancing, games and recipes that are traditional from either Brazil or Scotland.


We painted our clay houses to make a display of houses. We were inspired by The Isle of Struay from The Katie Morag stories!

We looked at some maps of Brazil to find out what it was like in the different areas in Brazil.


We sequenced a story and then retold the story in our own words adding in dialogue of what we thought the characters would say.

We looked at pictures of the Isle of Coll to find out what it might be like to live there. We wrote notes to show what we had found out.

Using Maths resources to help us with our work.

Using lolly sticks to help us solve division.

An African dancer came in to show us some African dancing.

Autumn 2016

Welcome back after the Summer break.

This half term, our topic will be focused around food. We will be learning about the importance of having a healthy, balanced diet and we will be thinking about how to be healthy. We will also be learning about where some foods come from.

In English we will be following instructions and we will be making some yummy foods and learning some new games and of course, writing our own instructions! We will also become familiar with a fiction text and will begin to gain confidence in retelling the story.

In Maths some of the things  we will be focusing on will be reading and writing numbers in figures and words to 100, ordering numbers, learning about place value,  counting in 2's, 5's, 10's, 3s  and  adding and subtracting. Any counting backwards that you can do at home will really help your child with subtracting which children often find more difficult than adding.

In Computing, we will be working with Mr Westmore, who will be introducing us to a program called Scratch where we will learn how to make commands/algorithms for a computer game to follow.


After half term, our topic will be all about London and we will be learning about The Great Fire of London for our History topic. We will learn about some famous designers from the past and the present who have designed some of the most famous buildings in London.

During our time in the computer suite, we will be researching our topic using the internet and we will be using simple children's information programs.

In English, we will be writing our own information books about The Great Fire of London. We will also be reading and writing traditional stories from other cultures.

Mr Sharp will be working with us to carry out some Design and Technology. We will be learning how to make sturdy structures and we will design a building similar to those we would see in London nowadays. 

Some of the things we will be learning in Maths  will be looking at money and making amounts using all the coins and finding change. We will also be trying to make the same amount of money using different combinations of coins. We will look at odd and even numbers, multiplication and division.

Show and Tell starts on the 16th of September 2016. Children will have a chance to do their Show and Tell once every half term.  For the first half term, children can choose what they wish to talk about to the class. After half term, children will be asked to retell a traditional story. Please help your child prepare for this so that they are confident to retell one of their favourite traditional stories.



Books are changed on Mondays and Thursdays.

P.E is on Mondays and Wednesdays with Mrs Howe.

Spellings are reviewed half termly and children will be expected to spell the words that they have learnt in sentences. Please  revise your child's spellings as often as possible so that they are learnt for the long term! Your child will have been tested on the KS1 spellings and will have been issued spellings appropriate to their ability.

Homework is issued weekly on a Friday and must be returned by the following Friday for the children to receive a star on the star chart. Sometimes it will be a reading comprehension and sometimes it will be a maths homework. If you feel your child has really struggled on the homework and they would like an adult in school to go over it with them, please make a note on the homework sheet.

We carried out a science experiment.