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Autumn 2 2020

Autumn 2


This half term Year 1/2 will be continuing to share traditional tales, starting with one of Aesop's famous Fables, the Hare and the Tortoise. In Maths, we will be looking at calculations, money, shape and length. Our project for this term is "Where's My Lunch?" based on the book, The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch" by Ronda and David Armitage. With a DT focus we will be looking at Mr Grindling's lunch and finding out how we can help to make it a balanced meal. Life in a lighthouse was hardwork and we will discover the important role lighthouses had in keeping people safe. We are also looking forward to learning dances to accompany sea shanties! With Remembrance Day, Antibullying week and of course Christmas celebrations, it's going to be another busy half term!

Happy Christmas from Year 1/2!

Christmas Fun!

We have retold the Christmas story by building the scene using lego, and other props, it was a very busy morning! We shared each part of the story with our group and showed that we know not only know the sequence of amazing events but also how important this tiny baby was. 

In the afternoon out thoughts changed to Father Christmas and we spent time designing him a new sleigh from large construction toys! The results are quite spectacular!!

Year 1/2's Christmas Lunch!...Yum!

Eco Coding Show

Today we had a virtual visit from Professor Trice who taught us all about Algorithms! We also learnt a lot about how we can be move environmentally friendly when we go shopping and we found out how to program a robot to make 

eco-friendly choices! We worked in teams of 3 and we took it in turns to be a Planner, Scribe and Robot. We marked out a route for the robot to follow and we produced a 'step by step set of instructions' (an algorithm!) for the robot to follow to collect the food! 


Making Mr Grinling's New Packed Lunch

Year 1/2 had a fabulous day making their designs for Mr Grinling's new healthy packed lunch come to life! All the children made sandwiches or wrap with various delicious fillings. Learning how to safely peel, chop and slice. They added a crunchy pot of salad and a wobbly fruit filled jelly. We all think Mr Grinling will be delighted with his new lunch and it is certainly a much healthier option. 

During the afternoon we were treated to a wonderful pantomime - "The Selfish Giant" which was screened into our classrooms. During interval we tasted our packed lunch and all agreed it was absolutely delicious! After the pantomime we spent time thinking about the meaning of the story and how the Giant changed, bringing joy to his life.

Christmas has certainly arrived in Year 1/2!

We are on Christmas countdown now in Year 1/2 with the arrival of our Advent Trees, covered with little gifts all numbered and ready for the children to take home when their name appears. Today we have enjoyed making Christingles and finding out what each part represents. The sweets were very tempting but you would be proud of our will power! 

This is what the Christingle stands for:


  • The orange represents the world
  • The red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ
  • The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations
  • The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.

We are now really looking forward to our Christingle Service this week!

Even our maths took on a Christmas theme - we were sent a challenge from Father Christmas himself to help him organise the elves and his christmas trees because they had got in a terrible muddle. We learnt how to measure in nonstandard units in Year 1 and the Year 2 were introduced to cm using a ruler.

Learning about Judaism

We have been finding out what is important to Jewish families in the celebration of Shabbat. The children made beautiful Shabbat tables full of symbolic items such as candles, bread and the Kiddish Cup. We have also discovered that the Jewish Holy Book is called the Torah. It is an incredibly special scroll which is handwritten in Hewbrew. We made our own versions of the Torah scroll, including aging paper using teabags! We even attempted the Hewbrew letters.


This week story was another one of Aesop's famous Fables - the Lion and the Mouse. After enjoying sharing the story the children sequenced it with pictures and were busy retelling it in great detail to each other. Story maps followed showing how the story progressed and what happened at each stage! We can't wait to read your own version of the story when you become authors and write your books!

Let's get started!

We began this week by sharing one of Aesop's Fables, the Hare and the Tortoise. We found out that a fable is a story with a meaning or moral. The moral to this story is: "Slow and steady wins the race". We enjoyed looking closely at the characters and comparing them, as Hare is speedy, boastful and jumpy where as Tortoise is calm, steady and thoughtful. We learnt that trying your best and persevering is the most important skill. Also this week Year 1 have been focusing on finding the difference in subtraction and Year 2 have been looking at addition and subtraction crossing the ten, they are getting very good at drawing their own numberlines to help with their calculations.

We were extremely excited by a picnic basket and book that appeared in our classroom over half term. After sharing the story of the lighthouse keeper's lunch, we discovered that Mrs Grindling has asked for our help to make Mr Grindling's lunch healthier. We discovered he did not have a balanced meal but after sharing the Eatwell plate we think we can design Mr Grindling a balanced and exciting packed lunch. 

We made posters to advertise the race between Hare and Tortoise!

Children in Need Five to Thrive!

We have had a very special day finding out all about five things to make us thrive!

  • Connect - friendships and family, making sure we are open about our feelings and talk to each other...and also listen too! (friendship skills and Harold the Giraffe's feelings board) We all shared a smile together.
  • Take notice of everything around us using all of our senses and taking time to be calm and quiet (mindful drawings)
  • Getting active everyday to make sure we are fit and healthy - Joe Wicks helped us with that today!
  • Being curious - we talked about learning a new skill and the feelings we get when we achieve! Ths helps us to be confident and able to build up our resilience for future challenges
  • Give - we thought of ways we could give and how giving to someone else can make us feel so happy. 

Thank you to you all for wearing your amazing spots and stripes and for giving to this charity today.