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Term 5


We have had a great start to our new topic, School days this term. Children have been very intrigued to learn about the Victorian era. We started off by researching Queen Victoria on the computers, through videos, and different texts. We then filled out a fact file based on the Victorian era. Children were fascinated by the various facts they had learned!


When completing the plenary, children were asked to remember their favourite fact about the Victorian era.


Child one: ‘Lightbulbs were made during the Victorian era.’


Child two: ‘I liked the part where Christmas cards were created- as I make them too!’


Child three: ‘Our Queen reined longer than Queen Victoria.’


Children enjoyed learning about the school lifestyle and comparing it to our lifestyle. We introduced the various classroom artifacts and how they were used, and the children were shocked, to say the least when they found out about the cane.  We looked at the differences between what equipment we have in school today and compared it to what they used in the Victorian era. Children are very excited to extend their knowledge of the Victorian era with their first school trip this term.


In English this term, children have been focusing on improving their writing. We have introduced prefixes and suffixes to children and how they can change the root and tense of a word. We have been working on punctuating our sentences by understanding when to use a question mark and exclamation mark. Throughout the term, they have been incorporating this into their work. We have written lots of pieces this term such as letters, and retelling of stories. Our focus text, ‘Whiffy Wilson’ has been a class favourite so far as they go on a journey with the Wolf who doesn’t like school. By the end of the story, the children found out that school can be an enjoyable experience with fantastic learning opportunities and a place to make great friendships.



In science this term, we have been looking at the human body. Firstly, children were tasked with identifying and labelling the main parts of the human body. We then delved deeper and looked at how our senses are connected to different body parts. Children extended their knowledge by looking at internal organs and how they work. The children enjoyed learning about the different parts of the body with a particular interest of what is inside their bodies.


In Maths we have been learning how to find halves and quarters of both shapes and groups of objects. This will lay the foundations for later learning about fractions. The unit has built on simple sharing strategies to find halves and quarters and applying these skills to those pesky word problems. Children have been consolidating their understanding of multiplication through repeated addition. We have been understanding the difference between equal and not equal groups and using this knowledge to skip count in 2s, 5s, and 10s.   Children have enjoyed dancing and singing to BBC super movers and trying to impress the judge AKA the teachers. In the beginning, the children were receiving the red buzzer but by the end of it, they did receive the golden buzzer! This term, children have been also been focusing on finding halves and quarters. Children have been using concrete and pictorial representations to help them find the total amount and split them into groups of either 2 or 4.


In PE we practiced Qwik cricket with Mr. Ibbotson. To begin children worked on their ball skills by learning how to throw a ball correctly. The coach taught children how to throw under and over arm throws and the different ways to catch a ball. This focused-on children’s hand-eye coordination alongside good partner work.

This term we also had Mrs. Pattison joins us for one afternoon a week to teach us dance. Children learned a traditional English dance ready to perform at the Jubilee picnic. The children spent some time listening to different traditional music and compared it to the types of music we listen to today.  We then began to input the dance steps. This dance required children to work with partners which focused on great teamwork. It was great to see the class working together and helping one another with the steps. The outcome of the dance was wonderful. This was the cohort’s first live audience- and a very large one too! I think they took this in their stride and performed confidently and most importantly they had fun.

Term 4


We have continued our Dinosaur topic and within this, we have been studying rhymes, riddles, and poems. To enable children to understand rhymes, we played various rhyming games such as ‘rhyme string’ and ‘match the rhyme’. We then gave children a selection of poems, which they recited to one another and discussed what they liked or disliked about them. Once they were familiar with the poems, children got into groups to perform the poems for the rest of the class.

In addition to this, we have created our own Fact files for some of our favourite dinosaurs. We looked at the features of a fact file and then began to research lots of information.  The dinosaurs we researched included The Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, and the Pterodactyl. Once we had lots of information, we wrote our fact files making sure to use adjectives, conjunctions, and in some cases similes. Look at just a few of the many fantastic pieces they produced:


In Maths we have been hard at work, continuing our number work to 20. We have been focusing on forming numerals, taking extra care with which way round the numerals are facing. We have also been working with number lines to help us find one more/one less of a number, as well as using them to help us with adding and subtracting. We have been learning to partition two-digit numbers into tens and ones, which will make it easier for children when adding and subtracting with even larger numbers next term.

Word problems are tricky, so we have been reminding children to make sure we read the question carefully beforehand to make sure we understand what the question is asking us to do.


In Science this term, we have been learning all about plants and what they need to survive and thrive. We started off by labeling the different parts of a plant and understanding what each part does for a plant. To help us remember we created some actions. We know that plants need sunlight, water, warmth and soil to grow. We then completed an experiment, planting some sunflower seeds, giving them the right amount of water and watching them grow. We learnt what happens to plants when we overwater them, as sadly, some of our sunflower plants did not bloom.



Children were sad to wave goodbye to our dinosaur topic this term. We have been pleasantly surprised by the abundance of interest the children have shown. This was clear through the quality of their homework and additional home learning. During Art, we have created silhouette art pieces. Children used pastels to create colourful backgrounds, after they cut their chosen dinosaur silhouette.  In music, we have been learning dinosaur songs such as ‘The Brontosaurus’ and added body percussion. Children enjoyed learning about Iggy the Iguanodon during history, this sparked an interest as it was close to home. They also enjoyed the special visitor we had who explored fossils with the children.


World Book Day

It was wonderful to see many children dressed up as characters from our school’s chosen book ‘The Secret of Black Rock’ by Joe Todd-Stanton. World Book Day gave children the chance to appreciate books and the value of reading further. Dressing up, allowed children to bring the book to life and let their imaginations wander. Sequencing is one of the skills we learn in Guided reading, so we tasked children to sequence the story and create a storyboard. In the afternoon we created our own sea creatures based on the characters of the story, we used recycled materials to highlight the importance of the impact rubbish can have on our oceans.

Jubilee University

The last week of Term 4 was Jubilee University, this allows children an opportunity to learn life skills linking to our school values. This term our topic was ‘How to keep myself safe.’  With a focus on compassion and independence. We learned how to make ‘999’ calls by creating our own scripts and practicing via role play. The children were very sensible during this activity and lots of questions were raised about the different scenarios when it is and when isn’t appropriate to call the emergency services. We carried out a role-play activity and then finished with a sequencing activity using vocabulary such as ‘first’, ‘then’, ‘next’, and ‘last’. Overall, we know to stay calm and be safe.

Term 3

I think it is safe to say German Wolves have thoroughly enjoyed term three with the launch of our dinosaur topic. 



In English, we have been writing for different purposes and children were very shocked to find a dinosaur had been wandering the corridors of the school in the evening! As the super writers we are in German Wolves, we took this opportunity to create a wanted poster using lots of descriptive language to not only alert the rest of the school of the deadly dinosaur but also to capture him. We also needed to tell Mrs. Nadesan, so, each child wrote a letter explaining what had happened and what we could do about it. Reading the letters back, we can tell the children are quite imaginative. Look at some of the work displayed. As good as these posters and letters are…unfortunately we have not seen the dinosaur since so beware!


In Maths, we have continued number work within ten. We have focused on subtraction within 10 using concrete and pictorial representations to support their learning. We have slowly introduced numbers to 20 and are now learning how to add and subtract numbers to twenty by splitting them into ‘tens and ‘ones’. We have used new manipulatives for children this term and children are enjoying working with them to help them find the answers. We have also introduced 2D and 3D shapes. Children have learned to name the different shapes, identifying their features to determine how they are classified. They have been discussing the similarities and differences.


Children applied their scientific knowledge about animal to make clay models of dinosaur teeth. Based on a previously taught science lesson, children learned that herbivores’ teeth are blunt and flat to help with grinding food whereas carnivores’ teeth were sharp to help with cutting food. Children were asked to choose which type of dinosaur tooth they wanted to make. Children warmed up the clay in their hands and began modelling. Take a look at what we made:


In History, we have been learning about significant individuals. Mary Anning sparked an interest in children as we discovered that she was a fossil collector. Children have taken a real interest in fossils and even shared stories of how they have fossils at home. I think the children will be looking forward to next term when we go into more depth about fossils and take part in a fossil workshop.


In PE, we have been focusing on dodgeball. These lessons built on other aspects such as teamwork, which is a real key element to sport as well as a skill you can apply throughout life. Children soon began to realise that it becomes easier if you work in a team to help catch their opponents out. We showed off our skills in a friendly tournament against the other Year One class: Spanish Bulls. Unfortunately, we did not win but as we learnt that everyone was a winner for taking part and having fun!


We are looking forward to entering our fourth term and learning even more fun facts about dinosaurs! 

Term 2

In German Wolves, we have delved deeper into our ‘Splendid Skies’ topic and have thoroughly enjoyed the learning taking place.



We have continued sequencing stories this term with new book focuses of ‘Tidy’ by Emily Gravett and ‘The Goodnight Star’ by Amy Sparkes. Children were tasked with creating a visual story map for each book. This helped them understand the beginning, middle and end of the story. This then enabled them to progress and turn their story maps into sentences. Children were asked to use capital letters, finger spaces, and full stops. This term, German Wolves have gone a step further and included adjectives and conjunctions to add description into their sentences.


With the run-up to Christmas, we decided to write some letters to Father Christmas and post them ready to be sent to the North Pole. Children took extra care with their handwriting, practicing the cursive format so Father Christmas can read their wish lists.



In Science, we carried out an experiment when making our kites. We wanted to see which material would make the best kite -paper or plastic. Children had the choice of using paper or plastic and eagerly got to work. This helped us to write out instructions using imperative verbs to help someone else make a kite. Before taking our kites outside to fly, children were asked to predict what will happen.


Child one: ‘I predict that the plastic one will fly better because the paper ones will rip.’

Child two: ‘I think the paper ones will fly better as more children choose to make them.’

Child two: ‘I think that if it’s too windy they might both rip and that will be such a shame.’


We have continued our number work within ten. We have been consolidating our knowledge on number bonds to ten and from this, we are beginning to understand number facts and alternative ways to write number sentences. We have been using various resources to help us when adding, such as number lines, ten frames, and numicon. Children have focused on using the part-whole model this term and have been working out how to find a part and find the whole.


In History, German Wolves have learned about the life of Neil Armstrong and how he made history. German Wolves were fascinated with how he was the very first person on the moon. After learning about him we then created our own masterpieces. We used tinfoil to create a moon-like texture and dipped them in paint. We then used footprint templates and children could choose one fact about Neil Armstrong and write it. Our class is decorated with children’s beautiful work, and it brings a smile to their faces seeing their work proudly hung waiting to be admired.


Another famous person we learnt about is Sir Francis Beaufort. Sir Francis created a scale that measures wind speed. Once learning about the History of Sir Francis children were eager to test his wind scale-out first hand. Children worked in pairs and were asked to go outside and measure the speed of the wind. Children then returned inside to write facts they had learned about Sir Francis and his scale.

Term 1

Wow! What a wonderful start to the academic year we have had. German Wolves have loved exploring our first topic; ‘Splendid Skies’. We have spent time discussing what they might find in the sky and they have enjoyed adding lots of actions.


German Wolves loved exploring their topic of ‘Splendid Skies’ this term and thought about what we find in the sky. Children have enjoyed our art lessons exploring the magnificent artwork of ‘Vincent Van Gogh’. Touching a little bit on the history and background before becoming artists ourselves! Children focused on their techniques to perfect their replicas and we must say we definitely have some future artists in this class!


German Wolves have loved reading and sequencing books linked to skies this term. Our two main texts have been: ‘The First Hippo on the Moon’ by David Walliams and ‘The Boy Who Switched Off The Sun’ by Paul Brown. To help us with the sequence, German Wolves have enjoyed acting out different parts of the story. We have been focusing on forming sentences, being sure to use a capital letter, finger space, and full stop. This has been a challenge for the children as they have had to use their knowledge from handwriting to form beautiful cursive writing.



German Wolves have had fun in maths this term. They have been working hard to form numerals to 10 and find one more and one less. Children have learned to use a wide range of manipulatives, including numicon and number lines, to help them when working out the answers.  Children enjoy singing and dance in this class, so we made sure to incorporate their passion to make it an even more enjoyable learning experience. Not only can German Wolves confidently count to ten in English, but they can also count to ten in Spanish.



In RE we have been learning the creation story. Children have enjoyed sequencing the stories (linking to our English) and making our creation wheels. After speaking with the children, their favourite part was acting out the story in a drama role-play lesson.


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