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We will update this page regularly with the exciting learning your children will be doing this year. 

Bonds to 10 and 20

This week we are looking at knowing our bonds to 10 really well and how this can help us in lots of different ways in our maths, because 10 is a nice number to work with! We used our knowledge of bonds to 10 to think about how this can link to our bonds to 20. We explored this with numicon. 

In Maths, we have been counting on. We made sure we start with the biggest number and understand that it is how many more. 

Maths - Shape hunt

We are learning about 2D and 3D shapes in maths, and we started by searching for all the 2D shapes we could find around the room. Some were shape equipment but we were also able to find some shapes in everyday objects!

Today in English, we pretended we were Max and went to see Where The Wild Things Are. We went to the Marsh and explored the setting using all our senses. We described the setting by using adjectives for the nouns that we could see, hear, touch, smell and feel. We even found some Wild Things and the bright moon and stars. The children used brilliant adjectives such as, rough, crunchy, delicate, fierce, scary, sharp claws, tall. 

This week in maths, we have been comparing numbers using the symbols, Greater than >, Less than < and Equal to =. 

We have done this by answering addition and subtraction number sentences and then deciding which symbol would go in the middle to compare them. 

Christmas Decoration for 'Light Up Eynsham'

As part of the 'Light up Eynsham' event, happening at the sqaure on Friday 3rd December, each class has been given a part of the song 12 Days of Christmas. Penguin's are creating a christmas decoration for the tree using the 3 french hens. Here is a sneak peak into our creation. 

Please come to the Light Up Eynsham event to see the final result. 

Look at these brilliant moving pictures! The children had a DT project to design and create their own moving pictures based on a scene from our English book, 'Where the Wild Things Are.' They decided which part of their scene would move and why. The children had a variety of mechanisms, such as using a lolly stick as a slider and split pins for things like moving an arm. They enjoyed making the background with collage and seeing their moving picture working.

This week is Anti-Bullying week, focusing on 'One Kind Word', how to be kind to yourself and others. As part of this, we had Odd Socks Day and a Mindfulness workshop where we were given strategies to help us feel calm and be in control of our minds. 

Jam Sandwiches

In English, we are beginning to look at instruction writing and will be writing our own instructions later in the term. To start the topic, what better way to learn about instructions than following them ourselves to make a jam sandwich! We thought about what we needed to do first and the importance of doing things in order to ensure it is successful. We also spoke about the imperative verbs, the verbs which are bossy and tell you what to do, e.g. put, spread. And finally, we could eat them (if we wanted to) as our break time snack. 

Library Visit

The year 1s and 2s have been very lucky to go to visit the library. We were able to explore the library and all the books they have on offer. We saw the different sections of library and how it is organised into information books, picture books, chapter books, etc. We are then able to choose one to take home with us and share with our parents/carers. 


These are due back in December when we can hopefully visit again and choose a new one. 


(This group went during 'break the rules' day) 

Steel Pans

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As part of Black History Month, we had a company come in to show us how to play steel pans. He told us some history of the steel pans, which began in the Caribbean in Trinidad and Tobago when someone found old oil drums washed up on the beach and decided to play it as a drum in a carnival, it then developed in popularity and the instrument was made. We were then able to have a go at playing these and looking for the different notes and size of the notes depended on how it would sound.

Steel Pans

African Dance video

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As part of Black History Month, the children took part in some traditional African Dance and learnt a routine. We were told we had very good coordination and showed our brilliant dance skills!

We all had a brilliant time on our school trip to the Woodstock Museum to see the dinosaurs and fossils! We saw a huge megalosaurus, real fossils left by a megalosaurus millions of years ago and we acted out how this is possible, as the sun dried the footprints, then water and sediment preserved them underneath where they were dug up later for us to see. We were able to handle some fossils and have a look at the activity centre where we could feed some dinosaurs!

Story mapping - Drip's Message

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Here is a video of Penguin Class practising the message from Drip. We have created a story map and actions to go with this. We are learning what a message is and consists of to be able to write a good reply.

Drama - Tyrannosaurus Drip

The children had great fun pretending to be the different characters from our story 'Tyransurus Drip' by Julia Donaldson. They were able to recite some words that the characters say and retell it from the beginning. We had some great facial expressions, body language and tone as they performed their retelling to the class! 

English - Stepping

In English, we are learning a message from Drip off by heart. We created a story map of pictures to help us memorise the words and put actions to these. We then went outside and practised 'stepping' our message so for each picture we take a step to help chunk the story into memorable pieces. Can your children tell you the message from Drip and show you the actions?

Science - Everyday Materials

We have been identifying, grouping and describing the different everyday materials and the objects that they can make. Here the children were finding the objects and putting them into the material they are made from.

We are looking at wood, metal, plastic, glass, rock and fabric.

Today we learnt how to identify ordinal numbers. We ran lots of races and were able to identify the children in 1st, 2nd and 3rd position. We then applied this knowledge to build and describe the order of cubes, stating which colour comes 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last.  

Maths - comparing numbers

We have been comparing numbers in maths and talking about which number is greater, less than or equal to and how we know this. We used the vocabulary and moved onto looking at the symbols which represent this too. 

4 < 5 (less than)

5 > 4 (greater than

5 = 5 (equal to)

Today, we had a ‘roarsome’ topic lesson! All of the children became paleontologists for the afternoon and looked for fossils. The children found lots of fossils and bones belonging to different animals, and looked very carefully for the dinosaur ones. 
The children also studied dinosaur poo. We discussed the reasons why scientists might study poo and what information it tells us. We talked about the key words carnivore and herbivore and sorted some dinosaurs into these groups.
We had a great time!

Today, we went to the marsh and went on a scavenger hunt to find 5 things; something green, a stick, a leaf, the smallest item and something they found interesting. The children then had to use these 5 items to create something. We had lots of imaginative ideas such as; a house and garden, a tree house, a firepit, a rocket ship and much more. We all reflected on how it feels to create something, we feel happy, clever and resourceful, and also how we would feel if our creation was mistreated. It makes them feel sad and a bit angry: just how God feels if we mistreat his creation – the Earth and all things on it.