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Summer 2018

Summer 2

This half term our topic is 'Life in our village'. Please follow the link below to our topic plan: 

We have already started to look at where Church Lench is in the world thinking about which continent we live in, which country and which county. 
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Caterpillar news!

We have also got some new pets in class. We have five very wriggly caterpillars to observe! We have chosen names for them: Evie, Sticky, Mia, Alucia and David. We will complete a diary of their progress with photos- keep checking back to see how big they have got!

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Wow! What a difference a week makes! The children were so excited to come in this morning (11.6.18) to see their caterpillars! They have had a very busy weekend eating and growing! 
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Week 3 of our caterpillars finds them in their cocoons! It took some of the caterpillars a while to find just the right spot on the lid of the container to hang from whereas others decided just to lie on the floor! 
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Week 4:

Our butterflies have come out of their cocoons! The children were very excited to see five beautiful butterflies in class yesterday (25.6.18). We've been spending some time studying them, looking at their features and watching them fly around their net. Can you spot all five butterflies in the photo?

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This afternoon (26.6.18) we decided that it was time to set our butterflies free. We had been learning in the morning about an Islamic story which taught people about looking after all animals- large or small. After listening to this story, we thought that the butterflies would prefer to be free. We read a story outside called 'All afloat on Noah's boat' and then set our butterflies free. They weren't too keen initially but we were so pleased to see them all fly away happily. We waved them goodbye!
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It is Class 1's turn to go down to forest school. We've had lots of fun in the sunshine this afternoon building dens, making mud pies in the kitchen and playing hide and seek with our friends!
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To start off our maths learning this half term, the children in Class 1 have been looking at measures. We have been thinking about accurate weighing and comparing with the balance scales. We have also been looking at the language of capacity using lots of different sized bottles and containers. 
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In our English lessons this week, we have been looking at when we need to use capital letters. We have found out that we need them for proper nouns such as names of people or places. Katie Morag (from our story) delivered some nouns and proper nouns to our school but unfortunately she left them outside around the playground! Today (13.6.18) we went on a noun hunt to find the common and proper nouns that Katie had left for us. 
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Our trip to Lower Smite Farm

Today (19.6.18) the children in class 1 went on a trip to Lower Smite Farm in Worcester to learn more about British wildlife. During the day, the children went on a bug hunt in the woodland area, pretended to be hedgehogs hunting for their food, went on a mammal footprint hunt and did some pond dipping. They had a great day and learnt lots about the different creatures and their habitats. Thank you to all of the staff who came along to help on this trip. 

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Summer 1

Welcome back to school after the Easter break! Our new topic in Class 1 is: The Victorians! We will be learning about how the Victorian times were different to the modern times and how tough life was for children during this period. Please follow the link below to our topic plan. 

To start our topic about Victorians, we have been thinking about British history and where the Victorians fit on our class timeline. We have begun to think about how different life was 100 years ago.

We we given some Victorian artefacts to look at. We had to try to work out what they were and what they could have been used for in the Victorian times. We had lots of fun and took photos of our favourite objects!

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In our art lessons with Mrs Merrick, we have been learning about the artist L.S. Lowry who was born during the Victorian times. We have practised drawing matchstick figures like the ones in his paintings. 
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During our art lesson this week (23.4.18), we started to think about what the background should be to our 'Lowry inspired' artwork. We learnt that the front of our school is Victorian and has many beautiful features. We sat outside in groups to have a go at drawing the details of the door, brickwork, roof tiles, windows and writing on the walls. 
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We have been thinking about games that Victorian children would play if they had time off from school or work. We learnt that Victorian children didn't have many toys (unless they were rich) so had to make the most of what they had! We had a go at skipping- this was much more difficult than it looks! We also learnt some games to play with a hoop. 
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This afternoon (2.5.18) the children experienced a lesson taught in the style of a Victorian school room. They had to sit quietly, listen carefully, recite lines and do exactly as they were told! We had a go at dressing up in Victorian clothes and writing on slate boards. The children really enjoyed the experience but were pleased to get back into the modern class room!
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