Home Page

Swift

Welcome to Swift Class 2018/2019

This class page will share the fantastic learning that the children are doing throughout the year.

Our teachers are Mrs Voce and Miss Knox.

 

PE day is Tuesday this half term. Please make sure you have the correct PE kit in school and that earrings are removed.

Homework will go home on a Thursday and needs to be handed in the following Tuesday (if completing weekly).

We also expect children to read at home for 10 mins every day and hand their reading record in every day.  Books will be changed every day before home time.

If you have any questions about what is happening in class then please ask us.

Friday 22nd March

In English this week Swifts have been looking at the features of instructions. This involved sequencing instructions, knowing about bossy ( imperative) verbs and following instructions to make bird feeders. In maths we have been exploring 3D shapes and using vocabulary such as edge, face, vertice., cube, cuboid, cylinder, sphere and pyramid. Our science lesson explored why some materials are waterproof and we observed wax resist crayon art as part of our learning.

Friday 1st March

Welcome back after a lovely half term break. We have started a new book in English,meeting the characters ( a robot) and learning to use speech marks to include dialogue in our writing. In Maths we have been busy with fractions, finding 1/2 or 1/4 or 1/3 of a set of objects, or of a number (eg 1/3 of 12). Our science lesson involved testing materials to see if the shape of them could be changed by twisting, stretching, squashing or bending. I was so impressed with Swift's fabulous team work and independence during this task - well done. On Wednesday Mr Cornell worked with the Year 2 children for an Art day, and on Friday we received a letter from Mrs Bryden, who had heard about our science work, testing materials for a waterproof coat for Simba. The children wrote wonderful letters to Mrs Bryden explaining why her suggestion of foil, or blue fabric weren't the best choices.

Friday 8th February

Swifts might have been talking about our Science investigation this week - we predicted what might happen, and then tested 4 different material's for Simba's waterproof coat. I was very impressed with the fantastic team work and discussions during the lesson. We also worked hard to get fast and fluent with our 2x tables, using bingo games, online multiplication games (try www. topmarks "Hit the Button" game), multiplication wheels, and fortune tellers. In English the children planned a different ending to our class text Traction Man, and then wrote it using fabulous vocabulary and a variety of sentence types.

Friday 1st February

In Science we have been planning an investigation to test which materials will be best to make a waterproof coat for Simba. This week we will carry out the "Fair Test" and use our observation and data gathering skills to answer this important question.
In English this week, the children have taken on the role of a character from our book 'Traction Man'. They have written statements, questions, exclamations or commands onto speech bubbles of something one of the characters may say. Swifts then used this to write a dialogue between two characters using speech marks. The children had to try and use different words instead of 'said'. We tried writing a "Verb, Person" sentence for example Zooming, Traction Man sped away in his flying trainer. Diving, he went to the bottom of the dirty, messy sink.
In maths, the children made links between multiplication and division. They used arrays to create fact families which included two multiplication number sentences and two division number sentences. We have been working on our 5x tables.

Friday 25th  January

In English this week, the children have written a setting description of a scene from our book 'Traction Man'. The scene was of a kitchen which appeared in our classroom! The children used this to help them create expanded noun phrases to describe what they could see, smell and hear. This lead the children to write a detailed setting description with exciting vocabulary.

In maths, the children continued to learn about division. They first started to share amounts into different groups making sure that they had an equal amount in each group. Kingfishers then progressed onto solving word problems using grouping.

We have continued in Science to look at why certain materials are used for certain objects, because of the properties they have. eg flexible, transparent, rigid, smooth

Congratulations to our Golden Pupils this week - fabulous work :)

 

 

 

Friday 18th January

This week we have started several new topics. In English we have read our new book Traction Man, and written descriptive sentences about his apperance and personality. In Science we are looking at everyday objects and the materials they are made from. We thought about the properties of materials and considered if a different material could be used for the same object, such as a table being made from wood, plastic, metal or glass. In Maths we have looked at multiples of 2, 5 and 10 and noticed the patterns these numbers share ( eg all multiples of 5 end in either a 5 or a 0 ) We also shared cookies on to plates as we explored division ideas. Thank you for sending in fabulous warm hats, coats, gloves and scarves - the weather is very chilly at the moment !  Have a lovely weekend.

January 11th 2019

WOW !! Kingfishers and Swifts have had an amazing week back at school getting our new topic underway. "Back to the Future" certainly has the children interested, talking, imagining, exploring and very excited ! Many thanks to the fabulous Year 1 and 2 team of TAs in the Ice Zone - it is ready for Monday- and the children can't wait to get started. The photos are of the indoor activities. Please make sure your child has a warm coat, WARM HAT, and welly boots in school every day, as they all want to get outside to build a time machine :) Many thanks

December 7th

Swift class might have been talking about their heart rate, pulse, lungs and body parts - and asking you if they could please feel your pulse :) We thoroughly enjoyed using this special T-shirt ( and app) to show our heart beating, and to measure our heart rate in science this week. We exercised, observed out partner, and found out the effect on our bodies when we exercise. In Maths we looked at arrays for multiplication and decided is was true - that you could multiply 2 numbers in any order and the answer would be the same.

November 30th

Congratulations to our two Golden pupils this week. The class wrote some fabulous poem based on the book "I Imagine" and tried to used wonderful vocabulary to describe their ideas and thoughts.  These are called expanded noun phrases and use 2 adjectives (separated by a comma) to describe a noun eg the cute, quick meerkat. or the turquoise, sparkling ocean.

Picture 1
Picture 2

November 16th

This week in English we have been looking at the character of the Princess in our book - thinking about her actions, words, and the choices she makes in order to describe her. We also wrote fabulous descriptions of the Bear's glorious castle, and finally had a debate about whether the Princess should follow the advice of her mother, or trust the bear. There were great discussions and lots of justifying and giving reasons for our opinions - well done Swifts. In Maths we have been using partitioning to add two 2-digit numbers, and also finding doubles, in order to answer the question "Every time I double a number the answer is always even. True or false ?" Our science lesson this week looked at the 5 food groups which make up the healthy eating food pyramid. Thank you for the brilliant bears and toys, and all the donations for Children in need on Friday.

November 9th

Swift class looking and thinking about Remembrance Day.  Thank you to everyone involved in creating the stunning display outside the school entrance.

October 12th

In maths this week, Year 2 have been ordering numbers on a numbers line and really focusing on what multiples of 10 would be either side of a number. For example 28 is between 20 and 30. The children were then asked which of these multiples of 10 is it closest to and why. This helped to further develop the children's understanding. The children then moved onto comparing number sentences using greater than, less than and equals to symbols. Year 2 were encouraged to identify wh...at was the same and what was different to help them highlight certain number patterns.

In English, the children have been looking at the Wolf as he has appeared in our story 'The Jolly Postman'. We looked at the difference between appearance and personality and came up with different adjectives to describe him. Year 2 discovered that the wolf character is in many different stories and his character/personality is different in them. For example In Little Red Riding Hood he is mean, but in Mr's Wolf's Pancakes he is very friendly. The children then wrote about this using their inference skills.

October 5th

Swift class have had a busy week in both their English and Maths learning. We have created word banks of interesting adjectives, and then used these words in out writing to advertise an item for sale. We have been reading writing to check it makes sense, and making the corrections needed. In Maths, we looked at the place value in 2 -digit numbers, and used greater than / less than and equal symbols ( < > =) to compare numbers and number sentences. During Science we discussed and ordered the different life stages for humans.
Congratulations to our Golden Pupils this week - a reader, a mathematician, a writer and someone with wonderful good manners

 September 28th

This week in English, Swifts class have been learning to discuss and debate from different points in view and to extend their sentences using words such as 'because', 'when' or 'but' We have also written a character description of Goldilocks using new and interesting vocabulary. In Maths we are learning the place value of each digit in a 2-digit number (tens and ones) and getting really quick with number bonds to 10. A great game the children liked is on topmarks.co.uk called Hit the Button (Bonds to 10) The photos below are of a card based game called Tens go Fish which was hard to stop playing !! In Science we looked at the life cycle of a butterfly. Thank you for remembering to have PE kits in school every Wednesday :) and here is our missing Golden pupil from last Friday, too

September 21st

Swift class have had a busy week, learning about plurals of words in Spelling lessons, writing and punctuating questions and statements in English, and learning to group objects into 10s and 1s in maths. The Christmas cards came home on Friday - please take care of the original, and return it to school with your order. Homework books also came home on Friday - please choose one activity to complete and bring it back in to school on Monday. We have set a list of words on Spelling Shed. If your Log In is not working,( or forgotten) please let us know. Finally, congratulations to our fabulous Golden Pupils this week ( all the Golden Pupil photos didn't download, so I will be re-posting the complete set again on Tuesday )

 

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3

September 14th

This week has had so many highlights - Castle day on Monday, the Maths day on Wednesday,(Mrs Voce shared photos and information earlier in the week) and a first peek at the Ice Zone learning acivities. Swift class have been working so sensibly and are great at following instructions (especially when it comes to crafty things like making a Christmas card - coming home next week for you to order - they are wonderful) Have a great weekend - lovely that so many children read their reading book every day last week - Congratulations, and a special thank you to all the adults at home helping to get this routine going again after the summer holidays :) We really appreciate your support with this

September 7th

What a fantastic first week in Swift class. We have colour mixed powder paint for our Friendship Tree, discovered a trail of castle items on the field and written "What we Know" and "What we want to find out" about castles. The children have also learnt about the three different types of castles and put these in order of when they were built. Yesterday we made 2 class "Dream Jars", and then our own dream jar each. These are not quite finished but already looking brilliant. We went to "Knight Training School" during PE and then made butter with a lot of shaking and wishing in a magic jar - it tasted great ! 

June 2018

Year 1 and 2 went on a fantastic trip to Hunstanton beach. The paddled in the sea, built sandcastles, make sculptures and art using natural materials and had ice cream! It was a great to see the children experiencing the seaside and being able to see the human and physical features in real life.

 

May 2018

 

Swifts have really enjoyed the beginning of our new topic, Sun, Sea and Sandcastles. In class they have been looking at the geographical features of the coastal areas and creating their own seaside scenes to describe. In the Ice Zone, the children have already immersed themselves in our Tourist Information Role Play Area looking at brochures and they are writing postcards from our very own lighthouse.

 

In English, we are reading and discussing the features of non-fiction texts about sea life. We have sorted and compared fiction and non-fiction sentences and matched definitions to technical words, such as ‘pod’ and ‘breaching’. The children have made notes under different sub-headings in preparation for writing their own non-fiction texts about whales including paragraphs, labels and captions.

 

In Maths, we are using and drawing dienes to add and subtract two 2-digit numbers. We are also drawing arrays to solve multiplication and division problems. We wrote fact families for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division looked at the links between them.

 

In Science, we are investigating seasonal changes, in particular Spring to Summer and how clothes and trees adapt to these seasons. We also went out to look for signs of Spring in our local area. The children were really pleased to see the lovely daisies, daffodil, buds, tulips and bees.

 

28th March 

Swifts have had a lovely time learning about rotation, direction and position in Maths this week. We've been using words such as, rotate, clockwise, anti-clockwise, half, quarter and three quarter turns (we also linked this to our knowledge of fractions). We built little mazes in the Courtyard and directed our friends through them using all of this vocabulary.

 

In English, the children looked for different rhyming words in nursery rhymes and performed their favourite poems in front of the class.We then wrote our own versions of 'One, Two Buckle My Shoe' which will be created into a Poem book for everyone to enjoy in our Reading Corner.

 

To conclude our topic of 'Fire Fire', the children made 'Lap Books' showcasing what they have learned over the term in mini fold-able booklets, flaps, pop-ups and pockets with fire words. I think you'll all agree that they look very creative.

15th March 2018

Year 2 had great fun yesterday afternoon being scientists and trying to build a bridge using only newspaper! They worked well as a team and after lots of discussion, some failed attempts and rethinks they nearly all managed to make a bridge that could hold a toy car!

1st March 2018

Swift Class had great fun taking part in World Book Day this week. Thanks to everyone for the fantastic costumes - the children looked great. They had a wonderful day sharing stories, reading 'Journey' by Aaron Becker and creating their own stories.

 

February 2018

In Science, the children have been learning about materials. They have planned and completed an investigation to find out which type of material would make the best waterproof coat for Simba. The children worked in groups to test different types of material.

 

8th January

Swifts have had a great time creating maps of London in 1666 last week and programming Bee-bots to travel around them. We named and sorted 2D and 3D shapes and described their properties and wrote beautiful descriptions of crowns that the the children drew for the princess in our new book, 'The Princess and The White Bear King'.

This week we are sorting different sentence types into: 'commands, statements, exclamations and questions' and using them to create a conversation between the princess and her father, the King, after she runs away.

In Maths," It's all about the money..." We are recognising, counting, adding and recording using moneys. We hope to solve problems, such as; 5 copper coins can be worth more than 1 silver coin...True or false?

 

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Here are some photos of Swifts enjoying their 'History Off the Page Day' last week. I thoroughly enjoyed the day with the children immersing ourselves in history and learning many of the crafts and trades during The Great Fire of London in 1666. 

4th January 2018

Welcome back!

Great first 2 days back in Swift class. We have had great fun being historians and learning about our exciting new topic 'Fire! Fire!' It started with a hunt around the classroom to work out the mystery city, then a bit of time travelling back to 1666.
The children have been learning about The Great Fire of London, using different sources of evidence including newspapers, paintings, diaries, books and the internet. Really impressed with their hard work and we are all looking forward to finding out more!

 

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8

13th November
In English, we created a friend for Beegu (the main character of our book) out of clay. We wrote fantastic character descriptions. We are even beginning to write in paragraphs. We also looked at the features of different types of poems. We read and sorted acrostic, rhyming, shape and free verse poems and picked our favourite poems to perform in front of the class using lovely expression.This will lead onto writing Free Verse poems which will describe Beegu and his emotions throughout the story.

 

In Maths. we counted in 2s, 5s and 10s to solve multiplication problems and used Lego and egg boxes to look at arrays. We drew arrays (in our Array City poster) to investigate whether multiplication can be done in any order to get the same answer (commutative). We even went out into the Courtyard and worked in groups to follow a multiplication treasure hunt.

 

30th October

Swifts have had a lovely start to the second half term of Autumn. We have started our new book, 'Beegu'. We looked for clues in pictures of the lost alien and used these to help with group discussions, including asking questions about this mysterious character. We used role play and freeze frames to explore the character’s different emotions in the opening scenes and wrote thought bubbles to show these feelings.

 

'When you add 10 to a number the ones (units) always stay the same.' True or false?

... In Maths, we have been using 100 grids and diennes to explore this statement by checking what happens when we add and subtract multiples of 10 from a 2-digit number. We have also been partitioning to add 2-digit numbers as we begin to move onto column addition. 


In Science, we are continuing to focus on the topic ‘Animals and Humans’. We have been investigating what humans and animals need in order to survive in different habitats.

 

2.10.17

Swifts had another busy week last week! We have been writing expanded noun phrases to describe the appearance and personality our aliens, e.g. "On his head, there are three slimy, green tentacles." "The playful, friendly alien danced on the dusty moon." We're working hard to put the most interesting adjectives in the best place in our sentences with commas.

 

In Maths, we've been using place value to add. We drew our part-models and wrote addition fact families to match; 30+1=31, 1+30=31, 31=30+1 and 31=1+30. We have also been using the symbols: < less than, > more than and = equals to compare numbers and calculations.

 

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4

25.9.17

Another busy week in Swift Class!

In English, the children asked and wrote questions in a letter to Bob from our new story, 'The Man On The Moon'. We even received a reply from him which was very exciting!

We also concentrated on writing noun phrases about different settings in Space (for example; 'The distant, dusty moon orbits Earth.' 'I saw a shiny, metallic rocket zooming through the sky')

 

In Maths, we have been partitioning 2-digit numbers in different ways using dienes, numicon and number beads. We have also been securing our knowledge of odd and even numbers with brilliant responses from the children. Ewan has given us some food for thought by suggesting that; "When we add odd numbers together the answer will always be even! I think we'll have investigate this as a class later this term!

18.9.17

Swifts have been very busy this week writing facts for their very own non-fiction Space booklets. We have been very impressed with the children's enthusiasm to write so far. Once their front covers have been completed I will attach some photos for you all to see and hope that you're just as proud as we are. We have been working on varying our sentence structures to make our writing more interesting to read. The children have really embraced this topic and have learnt some impressive facts.

 

In Maths, we have been using dienes, dice and numicon to make 2-digit numbers and investigate odd and even numbers. We also used these to go on a maths trail/treasure hunt in the playground. Keep up the hard work Swifts!

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3

11.9.17

Swifts have had a very exciting and creative start to the Autumn term! 
On Monday, a puzzle filled Maths day kept the children busy with 24 activities spread across years 1 and 2. They ranged from fishing for patterned fish to throwing beanbags into hoops to make 20! 
On Tuesday, a rocket crash landed in the playground which resulted in wonderfully creative writing of alien descriptions. We also had loads of fun in the woods learning about and searching for different species of fungi, leaves and trees. 

13.9.17

Our maths lego challenge!

 

The children also had a go at making lego bridges long and strong enough to hold a book! One group even managed to make their bridge strong enough to hold the weight of their teacher! ...Me!

We've also been looking for and making numbers in our playground!

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7

W/C 22nd February 2016

Busy first week back in Swift class this week, so much going on! The children have been exploring the book Where The Wild Thing Are by Maurice Sendak. The children really enjoyed reading and responding to it by making pictures of the setting, drawing their own wild things, making they very own wild puppet and creating their 'wild self' using a great website. The children were also lucky enough to have a visit from a story teller and an author this week to celebrate book week. Also, the children had a DT day on Wednesday where they were exploring how vehicles move, labelling parts of a vehicle, exploring how to make wheels and axles and designing their own fire engine that they will be making in the ICE Zone. As well as all this, the children really enjoyed having lots of their grown ups in school for our ICE zone open morning and book reading sessions on Thursday and Friday. Thank you to those parents/grandparents who were able to attend. We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children did! WOW! What a week!

Book week, wild things, designing vehicles and books, books, books...

w/c 18th January

Swift class have been hard at work again this week. We have started our new English text - The Princess and The White Bear King. We have only read a few pages, but have been writing in the role of the King and Princess, writing different types of sentences.
In Maths the children wowed me this week with their work on multiplication and division. They were able to investigate possible ways of sh...aring amounts of biscuits equally and also with a remainder (Y3 work!) As they were so good and made sure Mrs Bryden didn't eat any of them while she was watching our lesson, the children got to eat the biscuits too!
In Science we have been material detectives, hunting around the school for different types of materials, describing their properties and why they are suitable for that object.

History off the Page Day 12th January 2016

Year 2 are having a wonderful day going back in time to 1666! The Fire had burned most of the City of London. I wonder what will happen after we have eaten our lunch!

Spring Term W/c 4th January 2016

Busy first day back for Swifts today! The children have really enjoyed today as they have been starting to learn about The Great Fire of London. We started with some clues hidden around the classroom. The children were super detectives and worked out they were all places in London. We then went back in time on a walk, going back 350 years, learning about some key events in history along the way!... Finally we arrived in 1666 and the children used some different artefacts such as a newspaper report and paintings to begin to work out what happened. This afternoon they carried on their research using the internet and books. The have worked so hard and learned so much today. Hopefully they will share with you all the facts they have found out today. Well done Swifts!

Week 8th December

Very proud of all the children this week, performing so well in our Christmas performance. Well done Swifts!

Week 23rd November

Such a busy couple of weeks in Swift class! The children have been showing me what they can do this week in some assessments. I have been so impressed with how hard they have tried and have been really pleased with how much they have learned since September. The children really impressed me with how well they are doing with their reading. Thank you to all of you who are supporting your child with their reading at home - it really does make a difference.
The children have been showing that they know about different types of words such as nouns, verbs, adjectives and that they also know different types of sentences. In Maths the children had to do some tricky mental maths questions (without anything but their brains a pencil and some paper to help!) They also then had to answer some problem solving questions.
in between all this we have been busy rehearsing for our Christmas play. The children are working really hard to learn all their songs and words. They can't wait to perform it to you all.
I have most costumes, but please could you make sure of you have not yet brought your costume it needs to be in school by Monday, thank you.

 

Week 3rd November

It has been a jam packed week back for Swift class. We started the week learning about speech marks and speech bubbles and did some great writing dialogue writing based on our book Man on The Moon. We have also been learning this week how to improve our writing by changing the order of words in a sentence. I am looking forward to seeing the children put everything we have been learning over the last half term into their story writing this week!
In Maths we were learning how... to sort using venn diagrams and also carroll diagrams. The children really enjoyed learning about this and thought of their own criteria to sort information. They came up with some great ideas (lots around food) such as likes pizza/does not like pizza and likes carrots/does not like carrots. The children were able to talk about what they had found out too.
Snow and cold temperatures have come early in the Ice Zone this week too! The Ice Zone has been turned into the Antarctic, with a cosy, snowy reading area and polar exploration centre and a magical egg that we think might belong to an animal that lives in the Antartic. The children have been enjoying learning all about what the Antarctic is like.

Week 12th October

Another great week in Swifts. The children have been pretending to be Bob from our story and giving each other tours of the 'moom', writing postcards from the moon , designing and labelling their own alien and writing some great character descriptions. In Maths they have been learning how to subtract from 2 digit numbers and finding the difference. In Science we have been planning an investigation to prove that we grow as we get older. This week the children will be completing this investigation and measuring different children and adults around the school! The children have worked really hard this week and have impressed me with their positive attitudes to learning. Well done Swifts.

 

Week 5th October 2015

 

Super busy week again in Swifts. So busy I don't seem to have had much time to take many photos of what we have been learning! We started the week reading a new book 'A Day in the Life of Bob - The Man on The Moon'. I wouldn't read the book to the children on Monday(they were not impressed!) Instead they had to predict who Bob might be, using clues in the illustrations. The children wrote some questions for Bob that we put into a letter. On Tuesday Bob had replied and they read the story with Mrs Colthart. On Wednesday the children wrote some great descriptions of the setting of the story using noun phrases. Mrs Bryden and Miss Grisby came to watch this lesson and they were very impressed with the children's learning.
In Maths this week the children have been impressing me with their knowledge of adding and subtrating 10, finding 1 and 10 more and less than 2 digit numbers. They are able to work this out using number lines, 100 squares and also mentally too. In the Ice Zones the children have been working with our artist Jack Cornell. I am looking forward to seeing some of their amazing art work.
I am also very impressed with how many of the children are reading regularly at home. This is so important and really makes a difference to your child's progress. Well done Swifts and thank you to your grown ups for their support
.

Week 28th September

A very busy week in Swifts! The children have had a very busy week with lots of learning going on. We have finished our Space booklets (photos of these to follow this week!) They children produced some fanatstic writing.
In Maths they have been learning about measures. This included length and weight. They were measuring accurately with rulers and metres both inside and out. They also investigated the food an astronaut could take in his rocket, needing to find the 3 lightest items.
We also enjoyed a great afternoon at the woods, where we explored the different types of leaves we could find. The children also made some dens for Explorer Bear.
Our reading rewards are in full swing with one child already hitting the 25 times mark! Fantastic. Please make sure you read with your child at home and record in their book that they have read.  It really is so important.  Thank you for your support.

Week 14th September

Swift class have been enjoying starting our English, Maths and Science learning in class this week. They have been busy learning about place value and making 2 and 3 digit numbers using Numicon and dienes.
In English they have been learning the difference between statements and questions, researching information about Space using non-fiction books and writing facts.
In Science they were sharing what they already know about animals and humans. I am been so impressed this week with how hard they have all worked. Well done Swifts.

Creative week 7-11th September

Swift class have had a busy creative week. They have been investigating the 'alien' crash site and reading and writing letters to Blon the alien. The children worked together to make him a new space rocket to return home, learning about the different parts of a rocket.
They have been finding out about the solar system, making star constellations and papier mache planets. We finished the week off with some astronaut exercise training and decorating planet biscuits for a space party on Friday afternoon. Well done on a great first week Swifts. Keep it up!

Week beginning 7th September 2015

Year 2 had a very exciting start to the week this morning, when we made a surprising discovery outside! The children were great detectives hunting for clues to find out what had happened. Eventually we found a letter from a visitor from a different planet! The children are very keen to help him return to his planet. They have been drawing pictures of what they think he might look like and later this week will be designing and making a space rocket!

Alien space rocket discovery Monday 7th September

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science Day 25th June

Swift class have had great fun today being super scientists! We started the day learning about what a scientist is (and that they don't all wear white coats!) We then did some fun experiments, including rocket mice and bonkos (a muscial instrument). We also had a go at making our own parachutes and testing them. Well done to all the children for dressing up, they looked fab!

Thursday 18th June

We had a great trip to Woburn Safari Park. We saw lots of different animals on our coach safari. The monkeys really liked jumping on our coach and the other cars.  We also saw a parrot display and had a talk about Lemurs. We got very close to the lemurs.  The children are now busy in the Ice Zone working on our very own safari park.

YEAR 2 BIG BAKE FRIDAY 1st MAY
Year 2 will be doing their first Big Bake this week on Friday 1st May at 3.15pm outside the Year 3 classrooms by the gate. The children have been making posters to advertise this and busy baking all week. Please come and support the children and buy a cake (or 2!) on Friday. The children are trying to raise money to go towards a very exciting visitor next week!

Hope you have all enjoyed the Easter break - and the lovely weather! Looking forward to seeing all the children back at school tomorrow ready for the Summer term. Please remember to send your child with their book bag, coat, PE kit and water bottle. Remember that children will also need a named sun hat if the sunny weather continues! PE days may have changed in KS1 (posters will be up on class windows this week) so please make sure all earrings have been removed.
Thank you.

World Book Day 5th March

The children had a great day dressed as their favourite book characters. We had Harry Potter, Horrid Henry and even Fantastic Mr Fox. Thank you to all parents for making such an effort with the costumes. Hopefully the children have been able to use their voucher to buy a book and are enjoying reading this at home.

Week 23rd February 2015

Great first week back in Swifts. The children have been enjoying our new Literacy text 'One Night Far From Here'. They have learned about the animals that live in the African Savannah. Ask them to see if they can tell you some of the new animals we all learned about! They were researching facts, labelling pictures and writing fact files.
In Maths, the children were organising data using a simple computer program to make graphs. They also made some symmetrical patterns and pic...tures, and explored the properties of 3D shapes, making models and their own 3D shapes (this required a lot of patience and persistence!)
In Science, we have started our new topic about forces and movement. The children explored how toys move and wrote explanations.
In the Ice Zone, the children have been exploring how to make catapults using Lego and other equipment such as lolly sticks and pencils. They have also been completing their blogs and finding out about food they ate in medieval times.
Brilliant start Swifts, well done!

 

Week 19th January

Yet another great week in Swift Class. The children are continuing their Literacy work based on our text The Princess and The White Bear King. They did some drama work this week, taking on the role of the King or the Princess. I was really impressed with some of the children and how well they took on the role. I think we could have some budding actors and actresses in Swifts!
In Maths, the children have been learning to count up to 100 objects by grouping in 2,5 and 10. They have also been learning how to round numbers to the nearest 10.
We have started a new Science unit about Changing materials. I was really impressed with what the children could remember about materials from their work in Year 1.
Meanwhile, in the Ice Zone we had a bit of a problem on Monday as Mrs Sporle was turned into a frog! (Thankfully she changed back before Mrs Bryden noticed!) We think this was done by a wizard, so we have been writing questions to find out more information. The children have also been showing us their brilliant art skills, making their illuminated letters.
Well done Swifts, keep up the hard work.

Week 12th January 2015

 

KS1 were very lucky to have a special Castles day this week. The children had a great time learning what it was like to live in a medieval castle. They were made to work very hard completing different jobs such as candle making, perfume and medicine making. They also had a chance to write with quills and make gargoyles from clay. The afternoon was a banquet with bread, biscuits and 'wine' (otherwise known as juice!)
The children's behaviour was excellent and the lady running the day commented on how impressed she was with the children's knowledge and also their behaviour. Well done KS1. I am looking forward to seeing how you further your knowledge in the Ice Zones this term.

 

 

Week 5th January 2015

Welcome back Swifts!

We have got straight back to work in Swifts. We have started our new topic about Castles.  The children are very excited about it. In class they have been researching facts about castles to make our class book. They have produced some fantastic art work based on dragons (pictures to come this week!) They have labelled parts of a castle and sequenced events in history on a timeline.
All the children are very keen to get back into the Ice Zone this week and continue their learning about the topic in there. We are also lucky to have the chance to learn some Indian drumming this term starting on Monday 12th January.

Week 24th November

Swift class have had a very busy week. We are rehearsing our Christmas play ready for the 9th/10th December. The children have been working very hard learning their lines and the songs. If your child has lines, please could you help them learn them at home (using big loud, clear voices!!)
In class we have been assessing the children's learning.  I have been very impressed with the children's reading and lots of them are very proud they have moved to the next colour band.  The children have been writing another Traction Man story to show me how well they can write independently.  They had great ideas for baddies around the classroom and remembered to use adjectives and powerful verbs. 
The children have also completed Maths and Science assessments and I was very pleased with how hard all of the children tried.
Next week will be another jam packed week of play rehearsals and continuing our work on explanation texts.  In Maths the children will be learning about time.
Well done Swifts, keep up the fab work!

Week 10.11.14

Year 2 have been very busy in the last couple of weeks. We have been learning about Poetry in our literacy sessions. The children have been exploring poems, acting them out using actions and expressions. They have also been learning to use effective verbs and adjectives to write their own poems about Autumn and bonfire night.
In Maths they have been developing their knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes, sorting them into sets according to their properties and building models and pic...tures.
In our Science work we have started a new topic on electricity. The children have been learning about different sources of electricity and how to make sure we stay safe around electricity.
We are also now into the time of year where we are getting ready for our Christmas performances. The children are busy learning songs, lines and dances ready for December! Please check your child's book bag for words and costume letters.

All KS1 parents/carers. This week in the Ice Zone the children are learning about the celebration of Diwali. We will be tasting Indian food, making vegetable curry and traditional Diwali sweets. If you do not wish your child to taste any food due to allergies that we are NOT already aware of then please let your child's class teacher know as soon as possible. Many thanks.

Indian drumming and Dancing during Diwali week

Indian drumming and Dancing during Diwali week 1
Indian drumming and Dancing during Diwali week 2
Indian drumming and Dancing during Diwali week 3
Indian drumming and Dancing during Diwali week 4

Week 13th October

Swift class have been working hard all of last week. In Literacy they were learning how to read and write instructions. We looked at the different features of instructions and why these features are important. We also followed instructions to make a 'Superhero' smoothie! Keep an eye out for any superhero powers emerging in your children over the next few weeks!
In Maths the children have been continuing work on number bonds to 10 and 20, finding all the addition and subtraction facts too. They have also been showing me how great they are at their doubles. In Science we are continuing our work on healthy eating. The children sorted foods into the different food groups and learned about the things different foods give us, such as vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates (big words!) So impressed with all your hard work this term Swifts. You all deserve a week off next week.


 

Superhero smoothie making

Superhero smoothie making 1
Superhero smoothie making 2
Superhero smoothie making 3
Superhero smoothie making 4
Superhero smoothie making 5
Superhero smoothie making 6
Superhero smoothie making 7
Superhero smoothie making 8
Superhero smoothie making 9
Superhero smoothie making 10
Superhero smoothie making 11
Superhero smoothie making 12
Superhero smoothie making 13
Superhero smoothie making 14
Superhero smoothie making 15

6th October

Swift class have been busy over the last week. They have been making their Traction Man settings and planning their story. In Maths they have been sorting 2 digit numbers into odd and even. in Science they have been exploring their senses to find out what a place is like.

28th September 2014

This week Year 2 will be making their own story settings. Please could your child bring in a shoe box, or similar size box to create their setting. If you have more than one then please send it in! Thank you.

22nd September 2014

Another great week in Year 2! Lots of Literacy work and learning this week about adjectives, powerful verbs and words to use that are more interesting than said!! Ask your children to see how many they can tell you!
In Maths the children have been continuing to work on place value. They have been writing addition sentences to show how many tens and units in 2 digit numbers. They have also been sorting numbers into order and into odd and even.
We have also started to make our Christmas cards. The children will be completing these this week, ready to come home next Monday.

Week 15th September 2014

Swift class had a great first week starting our Literacy and Numeracy work. In Literacy we have started to read our text 'Traction Man is Here'. The children are enjoying the story and have been exploring new and interesting words and thinking of words to describe Traction Man himself. In Numeracy we have been counting and recognising numbers from 0 up to 100! The children have been using Numicon to help with their counting and understanding of place value. In Science, we ...have been learning about the parts of our bodies and also animal bodies. The children talked about features that were similar and those that were different. In the ICE Zone this week the children have been lucky to work with our resident artist Jack Cornell. They have been colour mixing and working on different techniques ready to create some masterpieces over the next week. Watch this space!

A fab first week in Swift class. We have had a jammed packed week of creative fun. We have been making superhero city pictures, using our colour mixing skills. We have been using 2paint on the laptops to make super hero splat words! We have also been reading super heroes wearing our brilliant masks that we made. We have also been finding out facts about Swifts- ask them if they can tell you the Latin name for a swift?!
I was so impressed with the children's language skills- they came up with great words for our acrostic poem. Finally today we had sports day and all the children were so keen and enthusiastic and worked really well in their teams.
A brilliant first week Swifts, well done
!no

Week 7th July 2014

Year 2 children had a great morning at the Priory Centre last Thursday at the annual Music Festival. There were schools from all around the local area and it was a lovely event. The children of Round House showed what great singers they are and sang their hearts out. Well done Round House.

 

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7

Swift Class were very lucky to have a tennis session from Nick Peck on Thursday 3rd July. The children had the chance to learn some basic skills and really enjoyed it.

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9
Picture 10

Week 23rd June

The children in Swift class have been continuing their work based on The Snail and The Whale. They have been exploring the setting and used pastels to draw a picture showing the various places the snail and the whale visit on their adventures. They then used Word to type descriptive sentences about the setting.
In Maths, the children have been adding 2 digit numbers and adding 10 to 2-digit numbers using 100 squares. We have some real Maths superstars in Swifts at the moment!

Snail and the Whale Literacy

Snail and the Whale Literacy 1
Snail and the Whale Literacy 2
Snail and the Whale Literacy 3
Snail and the Whale Literacy 4
Snail and the Whale Literacy 5
Snail and the Whale Literacy 6
Snail and the Whale Literacy 7
Snail and the Whale Literacy 8
Snail and the Whale Literacy 9
Snail and the Whale Literacy 10
Snail and the Whale Literacy 11
Snail and the Whale Literacy 12
Snail and the Whale Literacy 13
Snail and the Whale Literacy 14
Snail and the Whale Literacy 15
Snail and the Whale Literacy 16
Snail and the Whale Literacy 17
Snail and the Whale Literacy 18
Snail and the Whale Literacy 19
Snail and the Whale Literacy 20
Snail and the Whale Literacy 21
Snail and the Whale Literacy 22
Snail and the Whale Literacy 23
Snail and the Whale Literacy 24
Snail and the Whale Literacy 25
Snail and the Whale Literacy 26
Snail and the Whale Literacy 27
Snail and the Whale Literacy 28
Snail and the Whale Literacy 29
Snail and the Whale Literacy 30
Snail and the Whale Literacy 31
Snail and the Whale Literacy 32
Snail and the Whale Literacy 33
Snail and the Whale Literacy 34
Snail and the Whale Literacy 35

Week 16th June 2014

The children in Swifts have been busy over the past week in class. We have started a new story in Literacy called the Snail and the Whale. The children are really enjoying the story and have been looking in detail at different parts. They also explored the idea of when they feel big and small (just like the snail and the whale!)
In maths, we have been revisiting place value. The children have been paritioning 2 digit and 3 digit numbers.
We have also been busy learning our songs for the Music Festival at the beginning of July. A letter will be coming home about this sometime in the next week. The children have done really well learning all the songs.

Week 2nd June 2014

Years 1 and 2 had a brilliant day at Hunstanton beach today. The sun was shining (thank goodness) all the children enjoyed themselves. We paddled in the sea, built sand castles, collected shells, pebbles and other objects to build some sculptures and also did some sketching. Oh, and we enjoyed a delicious ice cream too! The children were superbly behaved and an absolute credit to the school. We are looking forward to doing lots of follow up work from our visit over the next few weeks.

Week 19th May

Swift class got arty for the day before half term and made these paper sculptures inspired by a famous artist Richard Deacon.

Take a look at their masterpieces!

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9
Picture 10
Picture 11
Picture 12
Picture 13
Picture 14
Picture 15
Picture 16
Picture 17
Picture 18
Picture 19
Picture 20
Picture 21
Picture 22
Picture 23
Picture 24
Picture 25
Picture 26
Picture 27

Week 5th May 2014

 

Swifts have had another exciting week in school. We have been finding information about nocturnal animals in Literacy. The children have been looking at information websites and hunting facts around the classroom to develop their knowledge of the animals. You will have received a letter on Friday about our Nocturnal Day on Wednesday. The children will be finding out even more about the animals and doing lots of fun activities to develop their knowledge and inspire them to ...write about them in some independent writing the week before half term!
In Numeracy we have been learning to multiply and divide numbers. We used some biscuits to help us with our dividing, which the children really enjoyed.
In Science the children have been identifying sources of light, and objects that reflect light.
Just a reminder too, that children need to have correct PE kit in school all week. This must include trainers or plimsolls for outside PE, and also no earrings. Thank you.

Week 24.4.14

Swift class have been busy this week, even though it has been a short one! We have been learning to write and read 2 and 3 digit numbers this week. We have also been comparing numbers using more than and less than signs. In Literacy we have been working on our spelling, punctuation and grammar. We have been looking for mistakes in sentences and paragraphs and correcting them. We have enjoyed out first Zumba session of this term and are looking forward to doing this every week until half term. In preparation for our learning in the ICE zone, we enjoyed a WOW day on Wednesday where we were learning to find places on a map. compare different places and think about what we might see, hear and smell in different places. We were also being artists and exploring Pointillism painting techniques (painting using small dots!) and developing different skills to use when sketching. A busy week and a great start to the Summer term swifts - well done!

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9
Picture 10
Picture 11
Picture 12
Picture 13
Picture 14
Picture 15
Picture 16
Thank you to all the children who came into school in their Easter bonnets today - they all looked fab!

London's Burning!

KS1 had a big surprise this morning when fire fighters from St Neots Fire Station came to recreate The Great Fire of London with the house the children had made in the ICE Zone. The children had a mixture of emotions seeing the fire spread across their houses, but all had a brilliant morning. The children also had a safety talk about how to keep safe at home, telling grown ups to check their smoke alarms and planning an escape route should there be a fire in your house. Please ask your children about what they learned.

 

 

SANY0556.MP4

Still image for this video
Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3

3rd February 2014

Another busy week last week in Swift class. The children are enjoying our new Literacy topic on Traditional Tales. They have been storytellers and have been telling the story of Little Red Riding Hood using actions and story words.
In Numeracy, the children have been problem solving, finding different ways to make amounts up to 10p. We read a story called 'The Great Pet Sale' and children were buying all sorts of animals and showing me the different ways they could pay.
In Science we have started an investigation to find out what happens to different materials when you cool them. We have filled an ice cube tray with various things and predicted what we think will happen. We will continue the experiment this week and see if our predictions were correct!

 

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9
Picture 10
Picture 11
Picture 12
Picture 13
Picture 14
Picture 15
Picture 16
Picture 17
Picture 18
Picture 19
Picture 20
Picture 21
Picture 22
Picture 23
Picture 24

January 27th 2014

Swift class had another fantastic week last week. We came to the end of our unit of work about information texts and the children produced some superb books about The Great Fire of London. They have really enjoyed this topic and will continue to develop their knowlegde in the ICE zone over the coming weeks.
In Numeracy the children have amazed me with their use of number lines. They are all able to subtract in ones using a number line they have drawn themselves. Some are even moving on to subtracting in tens, tens and ones and solving problems using number lines.
Our Science learning this week was an investigation to find the warmest place in our classroom. We were Scientists and set up an investigation using ice cubes. We monitored and observed the cubes at regular intervals and recorded our findings.
Swift class are working so hard at the moment and it is really showing in their learning and progress - well done Swifts!

 

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9
Picture 10
Picture 11
Picture 12
Picture 13
Picture 14
Picture 15
January 20th 2014
Another super week in Swifts! The time seems to have flown by this week. The children have wowed me this week with their numeracy work. They have been adding 2 digit number using number lines. They started the week not very sure how to do it at all, but by today they were able to add numbers by counting to the next 10, jumping in tens and ones and some even moved into finding the difference! Amazing maths!
We have continued our work on information texts and have been learnin...g how to structure and write an information booklet all about materials. We also had a great science lesson today where we were investigating the effect heat has on materials. Ask your child to tell you what happened to the butter, bread and eggs! I would also like to say how impressed I am with the homework that has been handed in so far. If you have any questions about any of the homework activities then please come and ask me. Great work Swifts!
 

13th January

Great week again in Swifts. The children have been busy continuing their research about The Great Fire of London. They were using different sources, such as books and the internet to make notes. They were also able to say which they found the most useful and why. They have gathered some great facts and information that they will be using to write their own information text.
 In Numeracy, we have been learning to round numbers to the nearest 10 using number lines. We have also been counting large numbers of objects by grouping into tens. The children did some great work counting pictures on wrapping paper using Numicon.
 The children also had their second Zumba session, where they really impressed me with how well they had remembered the dance. Swift class have definitely got some moves! The children who had 100% attendance last term also got to go to a tea party this afternoon as their reward - they came back to class saying what fun it was.
 Well done Swifts, very proud of all your hard work this week - keep it up!

7th January 2014

What a brilliant week back we have had in Swift class. The children have all been very keen and eager to get back into the school routine this week. We have been solving maths problems this week, counting in 2's, 5's and 10's (forwards and backwards!) The children have been investigating how to make 2 and 3 digit numbers using Numicon, number cards, coins and dienes. They have then been ordering the numbers they have made.
 In Literacy, the children have been very excited about our new information text topic about The Great Fire of London. They have really enjoyed starting to find out all about the fire, and next week we will continue to be researchers and collect information ready to write our own information book.
 We have also started our new Science topic about materials, and we worked in groups to sort materials into different sets and think about which materials would and would not be good to make certain things! The children decided that a bucket made of fabric would not be useful!
 Homework has been sent out again this week, if you have any questions about it please come and ask. Please also can you make sure that your child is reading at home every day for 10 mins. This is SO important and will really make a difference to your child's reading progress.

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9
Picture 10
Picture 11
Picture 12
Picture 13
Picture 14
Picture 15
Picture 16
Picture 17

 

Week 18th November

Another super week in Swifts this week. We have come to the end of our unit of work on instructions. We had a very special letter from the Queen on Wednesday, who informed us she would be visiting Swift class for a Victorian afternoon tea! I'm sure the children will tell you all about her visit to our class this afternoon!! We made name tags and cornucopias and then wrote a set of instructions to tell someone else how to make them. I was so impressed at how well the children remembered all the instruction features we have been learning.
 In Maths we have been learning how to add and subtract 10 using a 100 square, and some of us can even add and subtract 20,30,40 and more!
 We used our food diaries in Science with Miss Durham to make a block graph to show how much of each food group we eat. Turns out that Swift class are a very healthy bunch!
 We have also started to rehearse our Christmas performance. 2 weeks to go!!!!Children have all had letters today with any costumes they need and also copies of words to learn at home.
 The next few weeks are going to be very busy, but I know Swifts are going to be superstars as they usually are. Keep up the great work Swifts

Week 11th November

 

Swift class have been working hard again this week. We have been making biscuits and writing instructions for how to make them. The children were very excited about this, and I think their favourite part was eating them!
 We have also been measuring in Maths. Looking at the length of objects around the classroom, comparing them, using super maths words and recording what we find in tables.
 Today we brought in props to represent our heroes. We had heroes of all kinds, including Cat Woman, Steven Gerrard, Bear Grllys, Spiderman, Mr Maker, step dads and dads, Sebastian Vettel and Mrs Incredible!!


 
Week 4th November
What a busy, busy week Swift class have had. We have been learning about instructions. We were giving and following instructions to do basic things in the classroom, like washing our hands and filling up our water bottles. We then had to sequence instructions that had been muddled up by Iggy The Iguana! Once we had sequenced them we made Diwali lanterns following the instructions. We've also been detectives looking for features of instructions.
In Numeracy we have been making lists, tables and block graphs to show information. We tried to say if facts such as 'Most children in Year 2 like cheese and onion crisps the best' were true - we found out that it wasn't! We have also been sorting shapes into venn and carroll diagrams, and even exploring shapes with right angles. Super, super work this week Swifts.

  
Week 14th October


Swifts have been working really hard again this week. They have all really impressed me with how hard they have been trying. In Literacy, we have been working on finding, using and writing adjectives, verbs, speech bubbles and speech marks. The children have written some great words to describe what Traction Man is doing. The children are very excited about planning and writing their own stories next week.
In Numeracy, we have been doubling and halving numbers up to 20, using Numicon, multi-link and our fingers!!
We've also been counting and finding multiples of 2, 5 and 10.
Lots of fab work - well done again Swifts.







Week 7th October

 
The past week Swift class have been reading a brilliant story called 'Traction Man is Here.' We have been describing the characters and setting and have been retelling the story in our own words using story language.
In Numeracy, we have been exploring addition and number facts and trying to solve number problems such as 'How many different number sentences can you write using 2,,4,6 and + and -?' The children are getting really good at trying to solve the problems in a logical way. Super work again Swifts, I am very proud of you all.
Week 30th September
Busy week again in Swift class. All of the children have been writing their autumn poems this week. Turns out we have some fantastic poets in Swift class - and all the children tried really hard to write their poems using interesting and exciting words. We have also been Scientists this week and have set up our plant investigation to learn what plants need to grow. Watch this space for our observations and results over the next few weeks. The children were also really excited to go the Book Fair on Friday. They enjoyed looking at the books, and we read a funny story called 'Don't Wake The Royal Baby!'. You can visit the book fair after school Monday and Tuesday this week. Keep up the fab work Swifts!


Week 23rd September 2013
Swifts have been working really hard this week. They have been reading and performing some Autumn poems and thinking of fantastic words to describe the autumn objects in the classroom. They are going to be using those words next week to write their own poems.
They have also been brilliant mathematicians working with 2 digit numbers and making numbers up to 100. The children have been really excited to start using the shared learning area too this week. They have been designing and making models, drawing, painting and taking on the role of servants and rich people in the Victorian house. Great work Swifts - keep it up


We are the Year 2 Swift class for this year.  Our teacher is Miss Childs.
We have been settling into our new classroom and have been doing lots of fun things to make it a great classroom!
We have been reading the story of Alice in Wonderland and have enjoyed making our book corner into a reading wonderland.
Next week, we will be having a Mad Hatter's tea party and making some mad hats of our own.
We've also been Darwin Detectives this week, exploring the woodland area near our school and making some art work while we were there.



PE days will be Monday and Tuesday so please make sure your child has PE kit in school, with suitable clothing for outdoor PE.  Please remove any earrings on PE days.