Final Update

Good afternoon everyone!

Today was our final day of the year and the final day at HFS for some of us!

This year has been an unforgettable experience. I have loved teaching Year 1/2 and will miss each and every one of you very much. Each of you are wonderful and I am sure that you all will have very bright futures. I hope that you all continue to work hard and wish you the best of luck for the future, wherever that may be.

Thank you so much to everyone who made it to our final assembly. Today has been lots of fun. We have played games and watched a movie together. I hope you enjoyed seeing what we have been learning about in class.

Here are some photos from our final week.

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Goodbye everyone!

Ms Nurse

Class Update 10/07/2020

Good afternoon everyone, we are nearly at the end of the final term. It is the second to last week.

This week, we have been reading and writing poems about monsters and aliens in literacy. We learned how to use a noun phrase to describe something and prepositional phrases to add more information. By the end of the week, we wrote our own poems using noun phrases and prepositional phrases to describe an alien and it’s planet. Then, we read our poems out loud to the rest of the class.


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In maths, we have been learning about time. This week, we learned how to tell the time to the quarter hour, including quarter past and quarter to. We then learned how to find ‘later than’ and ‘earlier than’ times by counting clockwise and anticlockwise in intervals of one hour, half an hour and three quarters of an hour and used this to help solve problems.

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In IPC this week, we learned how to debug an algorithm by changing and editing the instructions. Once we had edited our own scratch projects, we uploaded them on Scratch Online and then explored other games and animations that other people had made. We talked about how to be safe when we are online and made our own E-safety posters.

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The children then made presentations about how to be a photographer, Scratch programmer and graphic designer using the skills that they have learned during our topic. We will be sharing our Scratch projects and presentations in the final assembly next week.

Today, we learned about photographer Gabriele Galimberti and his Toy Stories project. We looked at some of the photographs that he took of children and their toys and designed an idea for our own Toy Stories photograph. The children have brought their designs home to help with their homework project this week.

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For Year 1-2 homework this week, they will try to recreate their idea at home and take a photograph. Please let them explain to you how to take a good photograph using the skills they have learned.

That’s all for this week. Have a good weekend and see you next week for our final week!

Ms Nurse

Class Update 07/03/20

Good afternoon everyone,

What a great day! Today was our school Sports Day. We managed to complete all of the class games and start the team games before it started to rain. It is a shame that we couldn’t continue but the children still had a great time. Thank you to those that came to watch and support.






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In Literacy this week, we have been learning about different sentence types. We read poems about monsters and dinosaurs and wrote our own questions, statements, commands and exclamations. We then used different sentence types to help us write a poem that used each type of sentence in a verse.

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We also learned how to use apostrophes for possession.


This week in maths, we have been learning about money. In class, we learn about British money and then children can apply their understanding of number to different currencies. We used different combinations of coins to make a total and then solved problems involving money.


In IPC this week, we have been learning how to use Scratch 1.4. The children learned how to create a project by importing a background and sprites. They then had fun creating their own sprite and learning how to code to give their sprites instructions and add text.

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That’s all for this week. Happy 4th July weekend. Have a great weekend.

Ms Nurse

Class Update 26/06/20

Good afternoon,

I hope you have all had a good week. This week in Year 1/2, we welcomed Ryan back to class. The class have been counting down the days until he got back to school and it has been great this week to have him in class.

We also held a book character dress up day on Thursday. We had a pirate, Belle and Jasmine.

In our Literacy lessons, we have started a new unit on humorous poems. This week, we have been reading and reciting poems about aliens. We also learned how to use apostrophes for contractions and practised spelling and using the days of the week to solve problems.

In maths, we have been learning how to solve problems involving number. We played number problem games and used our problem solving skills to solve word problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

In IPC this week, we started a new topic called ‘Say Cheese’. As our entrance point, we did our own photo shoot in class. We then looked at photographs from old year books and talked about what makes a good photograph. From here, we took more photographs and improved them using editing software.

Here are some pictures from our learning this week:

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I hope you have a good weekend. See you all next week.

Ms Nurse

Class Update 19/06/20

Good afternoon everyone,

This week in class was our final week of our pirates topic.

In Literacy, we wrote some instructions for how to become a pirate using some of the information that we have learned throughout the topic. We started by making a poster about how to become a pirate.


Then we learned about different sentence types and turned each of our ideas into commands.

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Finally, we used Purple Mash to create our own set of instructions about how to become a pirate. We also included a list using commas.


In Maths, we have been learning about how to follow and give directions. First, we used bee-bots and learned how to program them to move forwards and backwards and turn left and right.

We then learned quarter, half and three quarter turns and used the words ‘clockwise’ and ‘anticlockwise’ to describe the direction. We also learned that a right angle turn is the same as a quarter turn.

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In IPC this week, we learned about how to make our own treasure maps. First, we learned about maps and made maps of the classroom. Then, we talked about how pirates would know where to go and made our own compasses. Then, we talked about different human and physical features that we might find on a treasure map and thought of symbols that we could use to represent them. Finally, we made our own treasure maps.

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This week, the children have worked really hard and completed their GL assessments. As a special treat for working hard and completing our units on pirates and fantasy stories, we finished the day by watching some of Disney’s Peter Pan.


That’s all for this week. We are very excited to announce that Ryan will be back in class on Monday and the children have been counting down the days until we get to see him.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Ms Nurse

Class Update 12/06/20

Good afternoon everyone,

This week was our first week back with the whole school. It’s so nice to have everyone back again.

This week in Year 1/2, we have been learning about shapes. We revised the names of common 2D and 3D shapes and then described and sorted them by their properties.

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In literacy, we have been learning about how to use commas in a list. We made lists of things that pirates need and then wrote them in sentences using commas to separate the first two items.

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In our IPC work this week, we have been learning about where pirates visited. We used Google Earth and Google Maps to find and locate different continents, countries and oceans around the world.

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We then learned new vocabulary to describe the different geographical features of the places that pirates visited.

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We also learned about Christopher Columbus who was a famous explorer that sailed around the world to find treasure.


We then compared two contrasting climates and thought about what things a pirate would need to take if they visited that country.


Next week, we will be doing GL assessment for Literacy and Maths in class to assess children’s attainment and progress. These will be discussed during parent/teacher conferences at the end of the term.

That’s all for this week.

Have a great weekend!

Ms Nurse


Class Update 05/06/20

Hi everyone,

We have finished our first full week of in class learning and the children have adjusted well to being back in the classroom!

In class, we have been learning about pirates. After reading ‘The Night Pirates’, we planned and wrote another pirate adventure story. We used a story map to help us plan the main events in the story and then wrote our stories. We made sure our stories had a beginning, a build-up (problem), a middle, a resolution and an ending. The children then enjoyed creating a front cover and making their stories into a book.

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In maths, we have been learning about division. We used different strategies, such as sharing and grouping, to work out the answer to division number sentences and then solved mixed multiplication and division number problems.

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In IPC, we learned about where food comes from. We used a map to locate different countries where food such as coffee and raspberries come from and then the children used their computers to research what food comes from different countries.

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We then talked about what food pirates ate. We learned that pirates were not very healthy because the fresh food did not last very long on the ship and they didn’t always have nice food to eat! We talked about what food is healthy and learned about the different food groups. We made our own E

atwell plate and then designed a healthy lunch box for a pirate.


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This week was very sad that we have had to say goodbye to a member of our class. We were very sad that Harshith had to leave at short notice and we did not get to say goodbye in person but we will send him some special messages to say goodbye.

Harshith, we will miss you! Take care.

Class Update 28/05/20

Good afternoon!

Welcome back to school! It has been great to see everyone in person and be back during in class learning.

This week, we have been practising social distancing and the children feel very grown up getting their own desks!


This week has also been extra special because we have had a new member in our class. Welcome Lynn! It is great to have you and we hope you enjoyed your first week in Year 1/2.


In Literacy this week, we have been learning about the characters from The Night Pirates. We talked about how the characters might be feeling and wrote a diary extract. We also learned how to use exclamatory sentences. Today, we started to plan our own pirate story and made a story map to show what would happen.

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In maths, we have been learning about multiplication. We learned how to count in 3s and practised counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s to solve multiplication number sentences. We also learned about commutativity and used arrays to make commutative number sentences.

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In IPC, we have been learning about the history of pirates. The children liked finding out about famous pirates, such as Blackbeard, Anne Bonny and Calico Jack!

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Well done to everyone for settling in so well during our first week back in school!

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Ms Nurse

Returning School Materials

Good afternoon everyone,

Thank you for all your hard work and support during the eLearning period.

Please gather all of the equipment and materials from eLearning to return tomorrow. This should include:





Whiteboard, pen and eraser

Stationary – pencils, rubber, eraser


Number line/Hundred square

Wooden tens and ones (sticks and cubes)


If your child is taking the bus, please help them to take carry the materials to the bus and a member of staff will meet them when they arrive to help them carry their materials into school.

Thank you

Ms Nurse

eLearning Week 7 Update

Good afternoon everyone,

We have completed our final full week of eLearning. I am so impressed with how resilient the children have been during this time and very excited to be back in the classroom next week.

This week in Year 1/2, we started our new Treasure Island topic. We started by assigning pirate names and learning how to talk like a pirate. The children also made their own pirate dress-up props. In oue IPC lessons, we also wrote our own pirate code and found out about what life was like as a pirate. We learned about pirate jobs and applied for different roles and then talked about some of the dangers of becoming a pirate, including water safety.

In Literacy, we read ‘The Night Pirates’ and wrote about the characters in the story. We also learned how to add the -er and -est suffix to words and how to spell words with the alternative /ee/ sound.

In our Maths work, we have been learning about subtraction. We used different methods to solve subtraction number problems, including counting back, column subtraction and finding the difference.

Next week, we will return to school for in class learning on Wednesday. Please ensure your children wear a mask and remind them of the importance of washing their hands and social distancing. I hope you have a great weekend.

Ms Nurse

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