Class News

Summer 1: Week 1

Posted on Friday 19 April 2024 by Mrs Wood

Welcome back! We hope you all had a happy and healthy break.

This half-term our topic is called Life on Earth.  Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be learning more about life cycles. We’ll closely observe caterpillars to help us understand the different stages of a life cycle.

Yesterday morning, a parcel arrived at school… It was 5 tiny caterpillars!
On Wednesday morning, we used hand drills to make a bug hotel. We also used saws, hammers and screwdrivers. After that, the creative area has been really busy. They’ve really enjoyed making lots and lots of holes with the hand drills.

This week, we’ve started Phase 4. In this phase children will use the phonemes learnt in Phase 2 and Phase 3 to read and spell words with four or more phonemes and words ending in suffixes:
–ing, –ed /t/, –ed /id/ /ed/, –est

Here are some examples:
CVCC words: tent, damp, toast
For example, in the word ‘damp’, d = consonant, a = vowel,  m = consonant,  p = consonant

CCVC words: swim, plum, spoon
For example, in the word ‘plum’, p = consonant, l = consonant, u = vowel, m = consonant

CCVCC words: stamp, crept, twist
For example, in the word ‘stamp’, s = consonant, t = consonant, a = vowel, m = consonant, p = consonant

CCCVC words: strap scrub strong
For example, in the word, ‘strap’, s = consonant, t = consonant, r = consonant, a = vowel, p = consonant

CCCVCC words: strand strict sprint
For example, in the word, ‘sprint’, s = consonant, p = consonant, r = consonant, i = vowel, n = consonant, t = consonant 

They’ll also learn to read and write 18 new tricky words.

Help at home: Practise reading and writing this week’s tricky words.
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Poetry Picnic
This week’s poem was called Pitter Patter.

Some more fantastic learning…


Geography Topic – Explorers

Posted on Friday 19 April 2024 by Mrs Lake

This half-term,  in Year 2, we are being geographers. This week we have been learning the names of the seven continents and five oceans. The children have enjoyed learning two songs to help them remember. We have also enjoyed exploring google earth and looking at a globe.

Oceans song

Continents song 

How can you help?

Google Earth is a brilliant tool to help develop children’s understanding of space, place, scale and interdependence. Zoom right in on your home and then zoom out to reveal the area of Leeds that you live in. Zoom further out to see what city you live. Zoom further for the county. A little further and you might start to spot some national parks. Further still and you can see the country that we live in. Keep zooming and you’ll see the continent we live in (though this isn’t labelled).

Quizzing your children about some locational knowledge will help them to remember important information.

  • Which continent do we live in?
  • Which country do we live in?
  • In which hemisphere is our country located?
  • Which county do we live in?
  • Which city do we live in?
  • Which part of Leeds do we live in?
  • Which four countries make up the United Kingdom?

We are Geographers

Posted on Friday 19 April 2024 by Mr McGriffiths

This half term our topic is Geography. We are learning all about the 7 continents and the 5 oceans. The children have been learning these songs to help them remember and they love them.

Continents song click here. Oceans song click here.

We will be going on to learn about hot and cold areas in the world and then focussing on Kenya. We will compare the physical and human geography ofNairobi and Kenya to Leeds and the UK. We will use all our knowledge and everything we have learnt to write a report at the end of the term.

Here is the vocabulary we will be learning.


Help at home by listening to the songs and talking through the vocabulary so your child knows what we will be learning. You can also talk about countries you may have visited and find them on a map.

Class novel – The Worst Witch

Posted on Thursday 18 April 2024 by Mrs Lake

In Year 2, over the next few weeks, we will be reading The Worst Witch, by Jill Murphy. We will link reading and writing learning with it too, as well as enjoying immersing ourselves in the story. We already love Mildred and her cat!

Help at home by talking about what has happened so far.

Science: biology

Posted on Wednesday 17 April 2024 by Mrs Taylor

This half term, we are starting our science learning as biologists. We return to learning about plants (including bulbs and seeds) and what they need to survive.

Here is the vocabulary we are learning.

First of all, we investigated different seeds and bulbs. We used hand lenses to observe them closely. We thought about how the seeds and bulbs were the same and different and used this to group them.

Help at home: have a look at foods at home. Are they grown from a seed or a bulb?


We are chemists!

Posted on Tuesday 16 April 2024 by Miss Goswami

This week, we have started our next unit in science: reversible and irreversible changes. For this topic we are going to be chemists. Chemistry is the study of the properties of substances and the changes they go through.

In today’s lesson, we tested which substances could be dissolved in water. If our substance did dissolve this meant that it was soluble and created a solution. If it did not dissolve, then the substance was insoluble.

Our scientific enquiry type was ‘comparative and fair testing’.

Help at home: Discuss our new science vocabulary.

PE: Basketball

Posted on Tuesday 16 April 2024 by Miss Goswami

This half term our new PE unit is basketball. We had our first lesson and we practised our throwing and catching skills whilst in a game setting. Next lesson we will be perfecting our passes and thinking about tactics.

Help at home: Can you name all of the different types of passes?

Maths – fractions and times tables!

Posted on Monday 15 April 2024 by Miss Birch

Hello! I hope you all had a lovely break and are ready and raring for the Summer term.

Year 3 are getting stuck into their fractions this half term.

What is a fraction?

Fractions are parts of whole things.

e.g. a part of a whole object
a part of a whole shape
a part of  a whole amount or number

We started with elephants!

“The tusks are a part of the whole elephant.”

Then shapes…

“There are 4 parts and one is shaded.”

Then numbers!

Times tables

Year 3 made amazing progress in their times table checks before the holidays. To keep this ball rolling, your child should be practising their times table for 5 minutes every day or 10 minutes every other day!

This practice can be on Times Table Rock Stars, handwritten on a piece of paper or I can provide you with a times table pack for at home.

Please let me know if this would benefit you and your child!

Thank you, Miss Birch

Living and Learning: Health and Prevention

Posted on Monday 15 April 2024 by Miss Wilson

Today’s Living and Learning lesson was all about germs! (More specifically, preventing the spread of them!)

Have a go at the quiz we did in class.

What’s the science behind sneezing?

How can we stop germs from spreading?

We carried out an experiment where just four people in the class had green paint on their hand. They high fived other people and those people did the same. It didn’t take long at all before we were all covered in ‘germs’.

It really, really highlighted the need for handwashing. Seeing the green spreading from such a small starting point was shocking!

Help at home by discussing when it’s needed to wash hands and how long for! How else can we prevent germs from spreading?

Spring 2: Week 6

Posted on Thursday 28 March 2024 by Mrs Wood

I can’t believe we’re at the end of our second term in Reception! The children have made tremendous progress in all areas of the Early Years curriculum.

Summer 1
Next half-term, we will be learning about bugs and going on lots of bug hunts for bugs. We will learning about the life cycle of a butterfly and hopefully set some butterflies free! We will use hand drills to build a bug hotel for our outdoor area.

Linked to Geography, we will find out where our favourite animals come from. We will locate countries on a map, look at different environments, and compare them to the UK.

As artists, we will mix colours to create camouflage patterns. We will also create landscapes for various animals using our small world resources in the classroom, and create scenarios and storylines for our play.

Poetry picnic
This week’s poem was called The Tiny Seed.  Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about what plants need to grow. Can your child remember what plants need?

Reminders and upcoming dates

  • Don’t forget to keep reading your Collins eBooks over the holidays.
  • Monday 06 May – Bank holiday
  • Monday 24 May – Training day: school closed

As always, I hope you all have a happy and healthy half-term break. Don’t forget to email me any pictures of what you get up to in the holidays.
I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 15 April.