Class Update 28/02/19

Good afternoon everyone,

What an interesting week we have had. This week, the children have been able to access eLearning through video meetings, games, tasks and assignments.  Thank you to the parents for your support and for sharing pictures of your children’s learning. Here are some pictures of some of the learning that has been taking place this week.

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I hope you all had an interesting week. Homework will be to finish any assignments that you have left over.

Have a fantastic break.

Ms Nurse

Class Update 21.02.20

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you have all had a great week. In Year 1/2, we have been finishing our IPC topic about buildings. In Literacy, we wrote non-chronological reports about different buildings and structures around the world. Using the information that we gathered about non-chronological reports last week, we planned our reports using different paragraphs and sub-headings. We then used our laptops to research information about our topic and add it to our plan. After we had planned our reports, we wrote them and added diagrams and colour to make our work more eye-catching.

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In our IPC work, we have been learning about buildings from the past. We learned about traditional houses in Britain from different time periods, including medieval, tudor and Georgian and ordered these on a timeline. I then asked the children to find out about traditional buildings from their own home countries and compare these to the homes people live in today.

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As our exit point for this unit, we made a ‘world village’ using the different houses and structures that the children have made throughout our topic. The children decided to have grass on one side of the road for the houses in warm climates and the snow on the other side of the road for the houses in cold climates. They then added people and cars to our village.

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On Monday, Year 1/2 will be doing doing an assembly on creativity and will be sharing some of the work they have been creating in class. They have also worked as a team to create a PowerPoint presentation for our assembly. As part of this, children have learned how to make a PowerPoint slide, add and change the text and copy and paste images from Google. Please come along to see some of the work they have been creating.

In maths this week, we learned how to make a Carroll diagram by sorting information using 2 different criteria. The children chose different ways to sort shapes and label them on a diagram. We then learned how to solve problems involving data. The children enjoyed playing ‘Teddy Town’ which involved lots of problem solving skills to work out which street the different coloured houses could go on and which houses each bear lived in.

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That’s everything this week. Have a great weekend.

Ms Nurse

Class Update 14/02/20

Good afternoon! I hope you are all enjoying the nice weather that we have had over the last couple of days.

This week was a little bit sad in Year 1/2 as we said goodbye to Gabriel on Wednesday. We are very sad to see him go but we wish him the best of luck in the future. Goodbye Gabriel!


In class this week, we have started lots of new learning. In Literacy, we have been learning about dictionary skills. We started the week by learning about what dictionaries are and how we can use them. We used the dictionaries to find and write the definitions of some of our topic words. We then learned about non-chronological reports. We started by reading non-chronological reports and discussing and labelling the features. We then read and answered questions about them by finding information in the text.

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In maths, we have been learning about data. We started by collecting data. We visited each of the different classes in school and asked everybody what their favourite colour was. We used the information to make a tally chart and then found out what the most popular favourite colour in school was. (It was pink!)

After this, we used the information that we had collected to make a bar chart.

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We then learned how to make a venn diagram by sorting information by two different criteria.

Following on from our topic work about buildings, we talked about different structures in our environment. We looked at some pictures of some of the most famous structures around the world and discussed what was similar about them. (They were all very big.)

We then discussed how we can make strong structures like the ones we had seen. Each day, the children were given a different challenge to build a structure that was strong. They began by trying to build tall structures using newspaper and tape. The next day, they were given the challenge to build a bridge between two chairs that would hold the weight of a toy car. After each challenge, the children talked about what was tricky and what they would do differently next time. The whole class worked really well as a team, sharing their ideas and working together to try to solve problems they encountered.

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We then found out about different types of bridges around the world and how they are designed to be strong. After this, the children were given the opportunity to make a plan and then build their bridge again using the different techniques we had discussed.

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Thank you for helping to support our student council with their bake sale today. All of your contributions will go towards and great cause and help to raise money to help repair the damage caused by the Australian wildfires.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

See you next week,

Ms Nurse

Class Update 07/02/20

Good afternoon,

I hope you have all had a great week. As you know, today we had Pyjama Day to help raise money to help towards the Australian wildfires. Thank you for all of your effort and contributions. As a special treat, the children watched a short movie and had popcorn at the end of the day.

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In class this week, Year 1/2 have been learning about division. We learned how to divide a total by sharing into equal groups or grouping and counting in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10. We then solved problems involving division.

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In Literacy, we finished retelling the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We then read the story of ‘Leola and the Honey Bears’ which is an African-American retelling of the story using different characters and slightly different events. We then wrote a book review to compare the stories and talk about what we liked and disliked. Our spelling focus this week was words containing ir, er and ur.

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In IPC this week, we have been learning about different homes around the world. We used pictures and books to research different types of homes and then locate them on a world map. We then compared the climate in different countries and discussed different types of materials that would be used to build homes there and why they would be suitable. We created our own apartments and houses using clay and then made other homes from around the world using different materials.

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With coronavirus in mind, we decided to learn about how germs spread. To demonstrate this, we put some glitter (germs) on our hands and watched what happened when we rubbed our hands together or held our friends hand and the glitter spread. We then talked about how we keep stop germs from spreading by covering our mouth when we cough or sneeze and washing our hands regularly. The children then wrote some instructions for how to wash your hands and we laminated their work to put up around the school next to the sinks.

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That’s all for this week. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Ms Nurse

Class Update 31/01/19

Good afternoon everyone,

Welcome back. I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable break for the lunar new year and you are excited and ready to continue term 2.

This week in Year 1/2, we began our new IPC topic called ‘Buildings’. We began our topic by talking about different buildings and making them using different materials in the classroom.

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We then went on a learning walk to find different buildings in our local area. We also noticed other structures in the area, such as bridges and pagodas. We took photographs of what we found and drew sketches to help us to remember.20200129_110957 20200129_111740 20200129_120519 20200129_114051 20200129_114057 20200129_113801

When we got back to school, we used our sketches and photographs to help us talk about the buildings in the local area and make observational drawings from our pictures. After this, we looked at a picture of Ulsan skyline and tried to make our own pictures in the style of Van Gogh ‘Starry Night’ by using different colours and patterns to recreate the buildings.

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In our Literacy work this week, we used our story map that we created last week to help us plan and start writing a story. The children have been working so hard and have really impressed me with their story writing.

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In maths, we have been learning how to multiply. We started by learning that multiply means ‘lots of’. We then used objects and pictures to help us calculate multiplication number sentences and solve problems.

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend after a fun and busy week. See you next week.


Ms Nurse

Class Update 23/01/20

Hi everyone,

This week has been a quiet week in Year 1/2 but we have had lots of fun things to do to keep us busy. In Literacy, we have been retelling the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We made a story map using the story language that we have been learning and used this to retell the whole story together.

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We then made boats to help the three billy goats gruff cross the river to get to the other side and explored which materials would float or sink.

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In maths, we used our knowledge of doubles and halves to play games and solve problems.

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In IPC this week, we did an experiment to find out what happens when you add water to cornflour. We found that it was very messy! We also found that it acts like a liquid and a solid at the same time. We had fun squeezing the solid in our hands and then letting the liquid drip back down again.


Today has been a sad day as we say goodbye to Minel on her last day. We wish her luck in the future and will miss having you in our class!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and Seollal.

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Class Update 17/01/20

Good afternoon everyone,

In Year 1/2 this week, we have been learning to retell traditional tales. The children made story maps to show the events that happened in the story, including the beginning, the middle and the end and then used props and small world characters to help them retell a story. We then wrote a book review to discuss our favourite story and what we liked about it.

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In maths, we have been learning about addition and subtraction. We used number facts to help us add and learned how to count on to find the difference.

As part of our IPC topic, we did an investigation to find out if all liquids freeze. As part of our investigation, we used different juices to make ice lollies and ate them this afternoon.

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We then investigated which materials would be good for keeping ice cold. We found that the best materials were the fluffy materials such as wool or felt paper. We used these materials to design and make a cooler box to keep our ice lollies cool in the summer.

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Next week, we will be celebrating Seollal with some fun activities on Tuesday afternoon. I hope to see you there.

Have a great weekend!

Ms Nurse

Class Update 01/10/20

Welcome back everyone, I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and had a wonderful break.

We started the week by writing a recount about what they did in the holidays. They all had some exciting stories to tell.


We then continued our literacy work this week by beginning to learn about traditional tales including Hansel and Gretel, The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Rumplestiltskin. In our literacy work, we talked about the features of traditional tales and wrote character descriptions.


In maths this week, we have been learning about numbers. The children learned to count in 2s, 5s an 10s and started to recognise number patterns. They sorted numbers in the 2 times table and worked out that these were even numbers and the other numbers were odds. We then learned about doubles and realised that you could find double of a number by counting in 2s.

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Our new IPC topic this term is Freeze It! As part of our new topic, we are learning about states of matter. We started the week by talking about solids, liquids and gases. The children enjoyed role playing and pretending to be the molecules. We then explored ice and water and talked about how it feels and used thermometers to measure the temperature. We learned that ice melts and turns into water and investigated how this is a reversible change by putting the water back in the freezer to make it into ice again.

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We then talked about irreversible changes and watched how a bar of ivory soap changed when we put it in the microwave.



As part of children’s homework this week, they have been given some spellings to practise using the sounds that they have been learning in class this week. Please practise these words with your child at home for a spelling test next week.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.



End of Term 1 Update

We have reached the end of the first term. Thank you to everyone for an incredible first term and for all of your help and support. Well done to all the children for working hard and I hope you all have a well deserved break and wonderful Christmas and New Year.

This week, we made our calendars for the start of the new year. The children loved using their fingers and hands to make pictures for each month of the year. I hope you will enjoy displaying them in your homes.

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In IPC, we looked at a map to show how different people’s jobs help us to live and where we can find them in our local area. We used toys to make buildings and vehicles for the map and then made a map of our own.

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In your child’s book bag, you will find their reading book and their homework folder with some activities that they could try over the half term. These are suggested activities to consolidate their learning this term and you do not have to do all of these. Please make sure that the children have a rest and enjoy their Christmas holidays. The list of words are the words that your child is learning to read and spell this year. You can practise some of these over the holidays but you do not have to learn them all. They are to be learned throughout the year.

Once again, I hope you all enjoy your holidays, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing you in the new term.

Ms Nurse