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