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Class R/1CM 2020-2021

Welcome to Reception and Year 1

Remote Learning Spring Term 2021

Our children have been doing an amazing job with their home learning. They have covered a whole range of curriculum subjects this half term including Maths, English, Science, RE, Music  and Art. Here is just a selection of the super work we have seen.

Reception children recreated some of their favourite books covers.

Year 1 created animal fact files in English. They have also been learning about different ways of grouping animals through their Science topic.

Our Reception children enjoyed the story How to Wash A Woolly Mammoth. They wrote their own instructions, made mammoth bath products and followed instructions to draw a woolly mammoth. They also carried out a waterproofing experiment to see which material would keep them dry when being splashed washing their woolly mammoth.

Our Year 1 children enjoyed the story Bog Baby. They made their own bog baby from an old sock and in English worked on using adjectives to describe nouns to develop ideas before writing a character description.

Both year groups having being exploring number this half term. Reception have been finding ways to represent the numbers to 10 and have been using the part whole model to begin to understand number bonds. Year 1 have been using their knowledge of numbers and number bonds to solve missing number calculations.

Learning in 2020/2021

We are now into the 2nd half of the Autumn Term and we are looking forward to sharing our learning from this half term with you all.

We have been learning all about the Hindu festival of Diwali in class this week. The children have listened to the story of Rama and Sita and used puppets to retell it.  They have also been manipulating clay to make beautiful diva lamps. 

We also looked at mehndi hand decorations and rangoli patterns and had a go at recreating them using lots of different media both in the classroom and out in the forest.

Year 1 have been practising related addition and subtraction facts in maths and have been working on their mouse skills to drag and drop on screen in computing.

We have been learning all about Remembrance Day. The children have been exploring the curiosity cube asking questions about what they could see inside. We watched a beautiful story about poppies to understand why the symbol is important to Remembrance as well as learning about what Remembrance day commemorates. 

The children made beautiful poppies in a variety of ways. At forest school we collected branches to weave wool around.  We used the ends of plastic bottles and acrylic paint to make poppies. In the tuff tray there was a selection of red and green coloured objects to create some transient art, and we explored watercolours and cotton bud techniques to produce some cards of thanks with messages to send to Lister House and the Chelsea Pensioners.

To make Remembrance Day the children watched a clip of the Queen and Veterans taking part in a service at the Cenotaph. Reception Children then built their own Cenotaph on the playground before as a class we marked two minutes silence, laid our own poppy weaving with some of us remembering to bow or salute and listened to the Last Post.

Our Year 1 children  have been learning about the History of toys. They began by exploring how to create a time line to order events and then had great fun trying to discover the function of some toys from the past. 

Our Reception children have been developing their understanding of the language of more, fewer and the same in our maths sessions.

This half term is all about special times and celebrations and both Year groups have been learning about the festivals of different world religions in RE. 

The children have made a great start to the Autumn Term and we are so proud of how well they have settled into new routines and school life. Each week we will share some of our learning with you and hope you enjoy seeing what we have been up to.

Look at the amazing art work our Year 1 children have created during their Guiseppe Arcimboldo artist study this half term. We think they are absolutely fantastic and so proud of them.

In Maths the Reception children have been exploring representing numbers in different ways and sorting objects into groups. Our Year 1 children have been using the symbols greater than, less than and equal to to compare numbers.

We have been really impressed with the word building of our Reception children using the magnetic letters for the sounds they have been learning in our phonics sessions.

The children have enjoyed creating art work with our collection of autumnal nature items collected . They have also been exploring fruit and vegetables and looking at what they are like inside.

Our Year 1 children have been studying plants in Science and have been naming common wild flowers, identifying trees by their leaves and looking at the parts of a plant before adding labels to a diagram.

We have seen some super artwork from our children. The Reception children have been drawing their family, whilst the Year 1 children have been looking at the work of Guiseppe Arcimboldo and have made their own artwork from fruit and vegetables.

We have been finding out about the local area through looking at photographs, maps, plans and aerial views. They have learnt about physical and human features of the environment and enjoyed a walk around the village spotting examples of each.

In maths the Reception children have been exploring numbers and have been finding different ways to represent numbers. In play the children have been recognising numbers whilst playing games and have been practising their counting skills.

The Year 1 children have been learning about what it means to belong in their RE sessions. They have looked at how Christians show belonging by exploring different symbols and learning about their meanings. They also enjoyed exploring Jewish customs including tasting special bread.

In PE we developed our jogging skills, learnt how to pace ourselves and worked on correct technique. We were all very tired by the end of the session.

Down in the forest we were learning how to build different types of shelters this week. We began with making our own shelters from a pile of sheets, tarpaulin and ropes. Wolf then showed us how to make a shelter using just one piece of tarpaulin, a long rope, four short ropes and four pegs. It was so windy that we nearly took off, but we all successfully made a shelter.

We also made bird feeders using cheerios and robin necklaces using natural materials.


Reception children have been really enjoying exploring their new classroom and have been having lots of fun painting, counting, problem solving and playing.

Our Year 1 children have been enjoying PE sessions with Scott.

We have also really enjoyed our first two forest school sessions with Wolf and Kath. The children have been developing their communication skills through team building activities and have learnt how to use berries to make their own paint, made elder branch paint brushes and also made fire!

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