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Term 4


Our topic in term 4 was ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’. In art we looked at Carl Warner’s food landscape art work. We were inspired by his work and created our own food landscapes by cutting out pictures of different food and sticking them to create a food landscape scene. Can you see some similarities in our work and Carl Warner’s work?















In History, we studied changes within living memory. We looked how toys have changed over the years. We discovered that the biggest changes were in the materials used, technology and manufacture. Our Grandparent’s played with toys which were mostly handmade, now toys are mostly made in factories by machines. Many toys now have speakers, screens and electronic movements whereas our Grandparent’s toys didn’t have any of these things.  













We started off term 4 looking at the features of riddles, reading them and then writing them. We came up with steps to success for what makes a good riddle as a class. We tried to start our riddles off with a trickier clue and end them with a more difficult clue. Can you guess the answers to some of our riddles? 















It was ‘World Book Day’ this term! To celebrate, the whole school explored ‘The Tin Forest’ by Helen Ward. We kick started the day with an assembly looking at some of the images from the story but the title was missing! Back in class the children had to predict what they thought the title of the text could be based on just pictures. The children came up with some brilliant ideas:













Once the children had predicted the book’s title, they had to compose a blurb for the text:












After the children had written their own titles and blurbs it was finally time to find out the real title, read the real blurb and find out what the story was really about. We explored the different scenes in the story thinking about what we might be able to see, hear, smell and feel if we were in the different settings. What do you think of our setting descriptions?

We created a whole school tin forest inspired by the text. Italian Ibex made all of the birds. Can you see them?












At the end of term 4 we were shocked to find that our classroom had been destroyed by someone or something! We went out to playtime as normal and came back to a real mess; the chairs were knocked over and piled onto tables, there was paint on the tables, scribbles on the board, rubbish all over the floor, a smashed screen prank on the interactive whiteboard…we couldn’t believe our eyes! After a thorough tidy up, we began to think about and discuss who the culprit could be. We came up with four suspects: Mr Faulkner, Miss Doughty, Mrs Molloy and Miss Liddicoat’s Elf. We wrote down some questions, interviewed each of the culprits and even tested their fingerprints. Unfortunately we were unable to conclude who made the mess but we have our suspicions! Look at the recount that Dahab wrote explaining the events that took place:  





































In Maths this term we have been focussing on securing our understanding of number, place value, the four operations and fractions. Look at how we can use different methods to solve number problems.




























Jubilee University

For Jubilee University week our values were respect and independence, around the theme of road safety. We began the week looking at how to cross a road safely using ‘Stop, think, listen, look’. We practised what we had learnt by creating different scenarios on our handmade road. We discussed the best places to cross the road and the dangers that we could face.


We then looked at safety in a car. We investigated the problem ‘How can I keep safe when travelling in a car?’ To do this we decided to test whether seatbelts actually helped us and how. We built ramps in the classroom and completed an investigation which saw our teddies travelling down the ramps in their toy cars with and without seatbelts (or string tied around the car and teddy in our case!) This was an interesting experiment, we found out that the teddy with no seatbelt did not always fall out of the car, however, we decided that we were not willing to take that risk!


We looked at traffic in our local area by completing a traffic survey of vehicles we saw passing outside of our school. We enjoyed completing this and evaluating what we saw. Also, with the help of Google Earth, we looked at some local road signs and what they mean. We can now recognise danger, information and ‘NO’ signs that we may see.




Term 3


Fitting in with this term’s topic ‘Wriggle and Crawl’, at the beginning of the term we explored the book ‘Aaaarrgghh Spider!’ written by Lydia Monks. The text is about a spider who wants to be a part of a family but they are scared of him. In English we read the text and thought about how the spider felt at different points. Then we looked at the features of and wrote persuasive letters from the perspective of the spider to ‘The Hope Family’ asking them to let the spider be a part of their family. We continued letter writing in the following week linking it to our big think question ‘Is it okay for animals to be tested on?’ We explored the different for and against arguments in regards to animal testing and then wrote a letter, as a big write piece, to ‘Beauty by Becky’ informing her of the research that we found and expressing our opinions on animal testing.



To finish the term off we looked at ‘The Polar Bear Son’ text in both guided reading and English. We focussed on being able to sequence the text accurately and infer using both the pictures and the text. In English we wrote a recount of ‘The Polar Bear Son’ with an alternative ending, thinking about the different features of story writing, including the planning stage, spelling, punctuation and grammar.












In maths this term we have been working really hard on our knowledge of addition and subtraction. We began the term by adding and subtracting two digit numbers from one digit and built up to adding and subtracting two 2-digit numbers. We are getting more confident at exchanging one ten for ten ones if there are not enough ones to take away. Look at how we solve addition and subtraction using our tens and ones jottings.













We have also been learning to recognise the different notes and coins in maths. We are now able to count amounts of money in pounds and pennies and make the same amount of money using different notes and coins. There’s no such thing as a 3p coin so we could use 1p+1p+1p instead or 2p+1p. We tried hard to solve different money problems, including giving change, for example: a toy costs 12p, I give the shop keeper 20p. How much change do I get?



We learnt to count in 3s this term. We used the tune and actions of ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’ to help us remember the order of the 3 times table. Ask your child to sing the 3 times table to you!



Our Topic this term was ‘Wriggle and Crawl’. To kick start the topic we listened to different classical music inspired by mini beasts such as, ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ by Rimsky-Korsakov, ‘Butterfly Étude’ by Chopin and ‘The Wasps’ by Vaughan Williams. We tried to identify which mini-beast the music was trying to portray and the different instruments that were used in the pieces of music. We then attempted to create the same musical effects using a variety of different musical instruments alongside mini-beast poetry.

In Art and Design we made ‘An Army of Ants’ using egg trays, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, tissue paper and PVA glue. First we covered the egg tray (pre-cut into a section of three) in tissue paper using PVA glue. Next we used a pencil to create holes in the ant’s body for the ant’s legs (pipe cleaners). Then we threaded the pipe cleaners through the holes for the legs. Finally we added the ant’s eyes. Do you like our ‘Army of Ants’ display?










In Design and Technology, we tasted clear and set honey. We discussed where honey comes from and how it is made. Then we used honey to make some healthy flapjacks. We worked in teams to measure and weigh the different ingredients before mixing them together and putting them into cake cases ready for the oven.



Jubilee University

Italian Ibex spent Jubilee University Week considering what they would like to be when they grow up. The children showed a great understanding of the steps they need to take to achieve their goals. We spent some time exploring the concept of ‘Growth Mindset’. We learned about the struggles some very successful people, such as Albert Einstein and J. K. Rowling, went through before accomplishing their ambitions. We were very inspired to know that even the greatest achievers have struggled in the past but hard work and determination helped them to overcome these. 

We had great fun when set the task of ‘rescuing’ every member of our team and crossing ‘the river’ (school playground). We could only use a skipping rope and two ‘lily pads’ and only one person at a time could balance on them. This required lots of patience, team-work and lateral thinking!







Throughout the week Italian Ibex were extremely lucky to be visited by local professionals each day.  We spoke to policemen and women, a musician, an artist, business people and even two scientists who gave each of us a small piece of strawberry DNA to take home!












(Photograph courtesy of

Isabella, who wants to be a

photographer when she grows up)


The highlight of our Jubilee University week was ‘A day in the life of a teacher!’ The children had to plan and deliver a maths lesson to the children in Spanish Bulls. They planned their lessons thoughtfully and were amazing teachers and role models!




Term 2


Our topic in Italian Ibex this term was ‘Beat, Band, Boogie’. We particularly enjoyed exploring different music and instruments. We even made our own sound shakers using a cup, sequins, paper clips, crepe paper and an elastic band. We wrote the instructions for how to make a cup shaker whilst we made them. We compared different pieces of music including beat and tempo. We then used the shakers that we made, to create and mimic the different beats and tempos. We used our bodies as musical instruments in PE and learnt to sing in a round in music. In Geography we used a pen as a drum stick to tap different objects outside to hear the different sounds that they made. We chose 6 of our favourite sounding objects and then drew them onto a sketch map, and made a key to go with it.


Billy’s instructions:



Poppy’s sketch map and key:



We were lucky enough to have Mim and Silverstone from ‘White Hut Studios’ come and visit us. We had so much fun creating a unique version of ‘Little Donkey’. Silverstone created an original tempo for us to sing to. We rehearsed first as part of a round and then in unison. Silverstone recorded us singing in unison in small groups and then we used different instruments to add rhythm to the song. Our version of Little Donkey was copied onto a CD for us to keep and it was even played on KMFM radio station! We can’t believe we are music artists with our own hit single!




We have been working SO hard in maths this term to divide and multiply numbers by 2, 5 and 10 using objects, number lines, arrays and jottings. We have also been learning how to find fractions of shapes and amounts.




In English we read ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl. Using the text to inspire us, we wrote a diary entry from the perspective of George and we also wrote what we might put in our own ‘marvellous medicine, including what it would do to Grandma if she had some. During the last week of term we read ‘The Nutcracker’ and re-wrote our own versions of our toys coming to life and dancing.


Ruby’s nutcracker opening:



Joel’s ‘Marvellous Medicine’:



Term 1


We have been very busy during English this term. At the beginning of the term we looked at the story of Rapunzel and retold it using stick puppets. We then changed the characters and setting in the story to make our own fairy tale mix ups! Some children swapped the Wicked Old Lady for a Big Bad Wolf and some stories included a dungeon or steel house in replacement for the tower. During the following week, we imagined that we were either the Prince or Rapunzel and had been kidnapped from our beautiful kingdom by the Wicked Old Lady and locked up in the tower dungeon. We wrote letters from the perspective of the Prince/Rapunzel, which a bird took from us and delivered to the nearest person, describing what we could see, hear, smell and how we felt. We have been concentrating on making sure all of our sentences make sense and they begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop.



At the beginning of the term we focused on place value in Maths. We looked at the value of each digit in a two digit number. For example: in 12 there is 1 ten and 2 ones, in 75 there is 7 tens and 5 ones. We also looked at partitioning two digit numbers and adding them together. We moved on to securing our knowledge of addition and subtraction with 1 digit numbers and then we looked at the relationship between addition and subtraction number sentences. For example: 13+5=18, 5+13=18, 18-5=13 and 18-13=5. We learnt that in addition we can swap the two numbers around that we are adding but in subtraction we must always start with the largest number.    



During Topic this term we looked at the life of King Henry VIII and his six wives. Did you know King Henry VIII owned and visited Leeds Castle with his first wife Catherine of Aragon? From 1517 to 1523, on King Henry VIII’s demand, Leeds Castle was transformed from a fortified stronghold to a magnificent royal palace. We looked at the different features of an information leaflet and then created our own all about King Henry VIII and his six wives.

We visited Leeds Castle and learnt some more about its History. During the workshop, we enjoyed dressing up as the famous people who lived at Leeds Castle, including: Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII, Catherine Culpepper and Lady Bailey.







2017/18 Term 6



German Wolves have loved the topic of enchanted woodlands this term. They went on an amazing trip to Wildwoods Forest School to enrich their knowledge and understanding of woodlands. Children developed their navigational and scientific skills by going on a bear hunt and finding different trees along the way. They learnt how to build dens and climb trees safely. They explored different types of trees and distinguished the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees, and spotted wild flowers whilst completing a woodland walk. This was a magical experience that all the children thoroughly enjoyed.




Year 1 have loved exploring different woodland tales this term. One of the classic stories they looked at was The Gruffalo. Children were inspired to come up with their own monster. This was a group project where each group designed an aspect of the monster and thought carefully about how to describe him. Next, the groups put their body parts together to create ‘The Puffalo’. This activity led to various writing tasks such as writing narratives about the Puffalo, poems and wanted posters to stick around the school! Children developed their imagination well throughout this task and loved thinking of creative adjectives to use.







Year 1 have loved exploring different woodland tales this term. One of the classic stories they looked at was The Gruffalo. Children were inspired to come up with their own monster. This was a group project where each group designed an aspect of the monster and thought carefully about how to describe him. Next, the groups put their body parts together to create ‘The Puffalo’. This activity led to various writing tasks such as writing narratives about the Puffalo, poems and wanted posters to stick around the school! Children developed their imagination well throughout this task and loved thinking of creative adjectives to use.












Some highlight from maths this term were learning about time and doing fractions. Children loved exploring clocks and learning how to read times and make their own times. They also enjoyed learning about fractions and were able to split shapes, objects and quantities into halves and quarters. Children enjoyed lots of practical learning this term and developed their knowledge and understanding well.













Year 1 have loved doing science this term. They had a whole week dedicated to science where they learnt about the history of Isaac Newton and explored his discoveries. They performed simple tests related to gravity and thought carefully about which materials would make the best crash mat for Humpty Dumpty to avoid him cracking! They also explored forces and were fascinated by magnets. Children explored whether the force of gravity was stronger or the opposing force.














PE has been very cross curricular this term. When exploring forces in science, children were inspired to make up forces dances to explore the push and pull of forces. They choreographed and performed dances to their peers and developed their co-ordination, balance and counter balance.


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