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We had a vistor today come in to talk to us about plants. Hazel's mum is a botanist and ecologist with a wealth of knowledge about plants. She talked to Puffin and Penguin class about seed dispersal using plants we are familiar with like dandelions and sticky weed. We tried raspberries to find the seeds and that animals disperse seeds like that in their poo! We also looked at the amazing carnivorous plants that eat insects and saw videos of this cool process. The children were then able to have a close look at some plants and flowers using magnifying glasses and a microscopic lense that attaches to a phone camera. The children loved it and we are very thankful to Anna for coming in!

PSHE Outdoor learning

Today the children took part in a Jigsaw outdoors lesson about change. We are learning to recognise that changes are part of our development. 


We began our session by having some Mindful Movement. The children moved around the field as a caterpillar e.g. wriggling, crawling and shuffling before changing to acting like a butterfly e.g. running, skipping, flapping our wings. After we took part in our Calm me and focussed on our breath and exercising calm and quiet. Then in our Tell me section was learning about the butterfly’s lifecycle and relating it to our own lifecycle. The children then explored an orienteering trail, finding lifecycle cards that were hidden in the marsh.

KS1 trip to see The Lion King!

23.06 - RE - Learning about Shabbat

Today we learnt about Shabbat and the traditions that they have. Children can relate to special meals they have and special traditions we learnt about in Christianity. We also tried the traditional bread Challah. 



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14.06 - Telling the time to the nearest hour using o'clock.

Today we looked at time and used clocks to make time to the hour. We used key vocabulary of minute hand, hour hand and o'clock. 

13.06 - DT - We are kite designers

This week is our assessment week. While some children will be taking tests, the rest of the children are completing our DT project which is 'We are kite designers'. On Monday, the children explored history of kites. We discussed different kites from around the world and the reasons why they were invented.


Today, the children have been given a design brief from Mrs Bayliss to design a kite for her children. They need to think about the design and material of the kite to make sure it is fit for purpose. We discussed how the weather affects the kites material and its ability to fly so to test their materials in weather like conditions, the children tested each material by ripping it, stretching it, blowing on it with a fan, and dunking it in water. The children will share their results and decide what material is most suitable for their kite. 

10.06.22 - Finding a quarter of an amount

Today we have explored how amounts can be split into quarters through sharing. We have learnt that a whole can be shared into four equal groups. The children used manipulatives to share into four parts of a bar model. They then worked out that the amount in each part would be equal, and could say how much a quarter was. 

They used the stem sentence 'there are ___ altogether so one quarter of __ is __.' 


8.6.22 - Finding half of an amount

Today we explored how amounts can be split in half through sharing. Using manipluatives, the children learnt that a whole can be shared into two equal groups. They used stem sentences 'there are __ altogether so half of __ is __. 

We also discussed what happens when we share an odd number of items, that there will be an odd one left so it can't be shared equally. 

8.6.22 - Describing seaside settings

Today the children were learning how to describe a seaside setting.

The lesson started by me describing a beach for the children to draw. I described it very poorly to show the importance of including adjectives in our descriptions so that the drawings are accurate. After, the children were put into into pairs and took turns to describe seaside settings to their partner. The children were prompted to use descriptive language to describe the nouns size, location and appearance, their partner then drew a picture of the setting from their partners description. The children learnt that the more descriptive they were, the more accurate their partner's drawing was.

7.6.22 - Compass points

Today the children learnt about compass points. They used a pirate’s treasure map to navigate around the island using compass directions.

Half of a shape

Today, we have explored how shapes and objects can be split in half. We have learnt that a whole can be split into two equal parts, but they must be equal. We explored this using numicon and 2D shapes and seeing the different ways we can split them in half.

Term 6 - 6.6.22 - Measuring the capacity of containers

Today the children were able to go outside with a variety of containers and water to measure capacity. The children had to measure the capacity by counting how many smaller cups take to fill their containers. The children were asked to estimate which container held more, especially if they are taller or wider, and test this to find out. Then we measured out specific volumes of water. The children were encouraged to use the unit of measure 'millilitres'. 

End of Term 5 - 1950s week to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee.

This week, Puffin and Penguin class had the opportunity to go and explore the gardens in our local community. A parent, David Rivalin, very kindly offered to show us around the beautiful gardens he has created. David is a landscape gardener and designer, and he has taken an uninhabited land and turned it into a beautiful ecosystem. There are various trees, plants, fruit, vegetables, pondlife and wildlife that we were able to explore and identify. The children had a great time pond dipping, bug hunting and learning facts about the wildlife around them. Thank you, David.

Puffin Class' certificate winners

This week's certificate winners are: 

Eleanor won the Headteacher's award for her excellent manners. Eleanor always shows the 3Rs and is a pleasure to have in the class.

Timi and Emi won the Writing award this week for their fantastic innovation of The Secret of Black Rock. They included repetition, similes and were very descriptive. 

Andrew won the Maths award for his fantastic input in class discussions. Andrew is always keen to share his ideas and this week he excelled at describing at mass was heavier/lighter and why!

Ben won the reading award for his fantastic reading aloud this week. He read it clearly and with confidence. Keep up the great work! 

Topic/Art - Union Jack finger painting

Our topic this term is By The Seaside. To begin our topic we have been learning about the United Kingdom including; the countries in it, their flags and their capital cities. We incorporated Art within our topic lesson today and did some finger painting to create Union Jack flags.


This ties in really nicely to the Queen's Jubilee next week. Our children will have a lovely, handmade flag to wave during our celebrations next Friday. 

Window of Fame

Every week, outside our class, there is a piece of work celebrated on our Window of Fame. The children love sharing their work with their peers, parents and visitors. The work shared is a mix of subjects; this week being our first piece of art work inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

17.05 - Measuring the mass of an object using weighing scales

Today we used weighing scales to get an accurate measurement in grams. We played an interactive game as a class to see how scales work and how to read them. Then the children had a go in pairs to measure items from the classroom and read the mass in grams. Some of us even started to consider that if it is between two numbers it is half. 

16.05 - Comparing the mass of two objects

Today the children have been using balancing scales to weigh items. First they put two different items on either side to determine which was heavier and which was lighter. 

We know that the heavier item will go down and the lighter will go up. 

We then used cubes as a unit of measure to weigh the two items and compare. We could then explain that one item is heavier because it weighs more cubes.

E.g. the glue stick is heavier than the pencil because the glue stick weighs 7 cubes and the pencil weighs 3 cubes. It is 4 cubes heavier!

13.05 - Art inspired by Guiseppe Arcimboldo's 'Four Seasons' painting

12.05 - Planting seeds in Science

12.05 - Measuring mass using balancing scales

12.05 - Verbs

Beside the Seaside - Lesson 1 - The British Isles

09.05 - Creating actions to help us learn the model text

In English today, the children have been learning the story map off by heart. We have made actions to go with each step and had a go at 'stepping' each part. For each picture, the children take a step and rectire the line to help memorise the story. 

Learning our model text using story mapping

An old Eynsham Primary school tradition came back today, the May Day Parade around the village! The children loved it and all look so smart in their formal clothes with lovely displays of flowers and hats. Thank you to all those who came to see us and give us a wave.

5.4.22 - Non Standard Measurement using cubes

To begin to measure length and height, we used non standard units of cubes. We discussed that when using non-standard measures (e.g. not a ruler) we need to make sure they are all the same and positioned carefully. We measured different objects around the room and counted how many cubes long they were - we had some measure the length, width and height of tables and other classroom equipment.

Term 5 - Height

We have started to look at length and height this week. To begin with, we have been comparing and put ourselves in height order from tallest to shortest. The children were very good at comparing their height to others and putting themselves in order. 


Today the children are exploring the alphabet. They will be doing a range of activities to learn the difference between a phoneme and a letter name, and alphabetical order. We will then move on to ordering simple words, learning how to order words starting with the same letter.

Today we had our last drumming lesson of the term. We would like to thank Mr Colyer for providing such fantastic drumming lessons. All of the children have thoroughly enjoyed each sessions and have learnt so much! 


Celery Investigation

In science, we have created an investigation to see what happens to celery when it is put in coloured water. The children made brilliant predicitions, using great scientific vocabulary to describe what may change, which will be the best or anything that may go wrong. We need to leave them for a few days and will observe the results and write a conclusion.

Overnight, some leaves have already started to change colour slightly. 


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29.03 - Creating actions to help learn a story

In English today, the children have been learning their story map off by heart. We have made actions to go with each step/picture of the story map and had a go at ‘stepping’ each part. For each picture, children take a step and recite the line to help memorise the narrative.


29.03 - Maths - Counting in 1p coins

Today we have started learning about money. We are starting by looking at 1p and the different parts of the coins, including the head, tails, date and where it says what the coin is. We then set up shops in the classroom and everyone took turns to pick and pay for items, checking that we were paying the right amount. 

DT - Taste testing smoothies

Today the children taste tested three smoothies.

  1. Strawberry and raspberry
  2. Pineapple and mango
  3. Apple and cucumber with spinach

The children guessed what the ingredients were in each smoothie, described them and rated each one out of 5. This will help the children decide what they would like to include in their own smoothie in the next lesson. Would they like it to be smooth and creamy like the strawberry smoothie? Or fresh and juicy like the apple and cucumber smoothie?

28.03 - DT - We are drink designers

Today the children started their DT project ‘We are drink designers’ and by the end of the topic, the children will be designing and making their own nutritious smoothie.

We started by brainstorming how many fruits and vegetables the children knew. We named fruits and vegetables one by one till we ran out of ideas. The children did well with this, listing both common and unusual fruit and vegetables.

After we completed a feely bag activity, where the children had to guess the food in the bag without looking. This led us onto conversations about the characteristics of different foods, describing how we knew they were the different foods. This might be due to size or texture.

We then discussed where our food comes from and learnt whether different fruits and vegetables are grown under or above ground. We learnt that a root vegetable is a vegetable that is grown under the ground.  We worked in small groups to sort foods into their correct section

Story mapping Mama Panya's Pancakes

Today the children have been using story mapping as a way of learning a model text. We discussed ways of representing each part of the story using pictures. We will then use our story maps to learn the story before modifying it. 

25.03 - Jungle Jonathan's Roadshow

23.3 - Making groups of 5 to solve calculations

21.03 - Our Big Science Event Posters

17.03 - Big Science Event - Are 6 year olds faster than 5 year olds?

16.03 - Creating dialogue between characters


Today the children used role play to imagine they were a character in the story. We used this role play to imagine what different characters might be doing and saying in the scene. For example, the child playing the thumb piano might comment on the song she is playing and Mama Panya might talk about her pancake recipe or ask her guests if they want more pancakes. The children acted out the scene brilliantly and came up with lots of plausible dialogue for each character.

16.03 - Groups of ten