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Bluebell Class Year 1 and Year 2

Bluebell Class Information

Class Teachers: Samantha Simonitsch (Monday-Thursday) and Suzanne Miles (Thursday-Friday)

Teaching Assistant: Sara Birmingham (full time)

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Bluebell Class has twenty Year 2 pupils and ten pupils from Year 1. All children in this class follow Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum. 


Friday 13th March 2020

In our music sessions we have been singing seaside songs. The children have used percussion instruments to create different rhythms and this week they used xylophones to play high and low notes and create simple tunes.

The children were fantastic in our computing session today and used code to make different sea creatures move in an underwater setting. Seeing crabs, seahorses and a variety of fish move in different directions and all at the same time caused much excitement! 

In our Friday maths sessions year two children have counted faces, edges and vertices on 3-D shapes. Year one children have been learning to recognise, name and sort 3-D shapes.


Friday 28th February 2020

This week we used a map of the British Isles to find seaside towns and villages and we also talked about their features. We enjoyed a walk outside to look for signs of spring and made careful observational drawings of the things we found. In science we became seed detectives and used magnifying glasses to compare different seeds. Everyone worked well using the computer app 'ScratchJr' to choose seaside backgrounds and characters. There were many different imaginative scenes created! Several children challenged themselves and used the drawing section of the app to change their character in some way.


Friday 7th February 2020

The highlight of the week was definitely our trip to The Natural History Museum! The children were fantastic and there were many 'wow' moments during the day. Everyone listened brilliantly and answered questions really well during our Stegosaurus workshop in the morning. After a quick stop for lunch we went off to explore other parts of the museum. There were lots of dinosaurs to see, exhibits to look at and information to read. Observing the amazing blue whale and other small and large mammals concluded our trip.


Friday 24th January 2020

The children are really enjoying learning about dinosaurs this term. We have spent the last two weeks finding out about Mary Anning and her amazing fossil finds in Lyme Regis. Last week we found out about the marine reptiles that she discovered (Ichthyosaur and Plesiosaur) and the flying reptile Pterodactyl. This week the children have been labelling different dinosaurs and thinking about the similarities and differences between dinosaurs. We were impressed with the independent writing the children completed about Mary Anning.

In our Friday maths sessions year two have been counting the sides and vertices on 2-D shapes as well as solving shape problems. Last week year one enjoyed a 2-D shape hunt around school. This week they used a ruler to find different ways to complete part drawn shapes and also drew their own shapes.


Friday 10th January 2020

We have had a very busy week in Bluebells! Year One have been revising number recognition and have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones. Year Two have been learning about multiplication. They have drawn pictures to help them understand what it means and to help them calculate. In English we have been looking very closely at some images from our new book and finding noun phrases and expanded noun phrases to describe what we have seen.

Times Tables Rock Stars logins will be coming home next week for children to practise multiplication facts at home. More details will follow next week.


Friday 13th December 2019

The whole class were fantastic during both our dress rehearsal and final performance this week, well done! Creating our own snowmen and using beads to make candy canes along with other festive activities have been enjoyed this week.  Our open afternoon was well attended today and it was really lovely to see the children sharing their learning. 

Homework books will remain at school over the holiday and will be sent home on Friday 10th January.

We would like to say a huge thank you for your kind Christmas wishes, cards and vouchers, they are much appreciated.


Friday 29th November 2019

Year one children have completed some fantastic writing this week about the character Pip from the Pip and Posy books. Year two have spent this week finishing their writing about Henry VIII.

We have come to the end of our work in science about materials. Last week everyone enjoyed finding out which materials were magnetic and this week we explored which materials light could pass through. Many year two children used scientific vocabulary such as 'transparent' and 'opaque' when describing what they found out which was great to see.

Year one children have been learning to read and write number words to twenty (one, two, three etc) and year two have been learning to complete two digit subtraction calculations.

Next week we will be spending more time creating our KS1 Christmas production as it is fast approaching!


Friday 15th November 2019

In science last week we investigated which materials might be best for a raincoat. Everyone used pipettes to carefully drop water onto four different materials and observations were recorded. Although tin foil was waterproof we decided we may not want to make a raincoat from it! This week we found out about Charles Macintosh who invented a waterproof fabric. 

Gymnastics is our focus in PE this term and the children have been learning to make different shapes such as an arch, dish, tuck or star. Next week the children will continue to develop linking shapes and movements together to make a sequence.

In our Friday maths lessons year two have been learning to compare money and solve problems e.g. 5 copper coins can be worth more than 1 silver coin. True or false? Year one children have been learning to count and recognise the value of different notes.


Friday 1st November 2019

After our fabulous trip to Knole before half term the children were very excited to begin our new topic 'Why can't I be king?' This week we have started learning facts about Henry VIII and over the coming weeks we will find out about other kings and queens.

Year two have spent time looking at the number bonds that make ten and using this knowledge to work out number bonds to 100 e.g. 7+3=10  therefore 70+30=100.

Year one continue to work hard to write the numbers from 1-9 forming them correctly. The have alslo been learning to count backwards from 20.


Friday 11th October 2019

The children had great fun making egg box dragons last week. This week everyone has worked hard to write their own egg box dragon story.

In Science the children tested whether objects could change shape. With great delight a variety of objects were squashed, twisted, stretched and bent and the results were recorded.

In our Friday Maths lessons year two children have been learning to find different combinations of coins to make the same amount of money. Year one children have been using their knowledge of place value to match coins with equivalent values e.g. five 1 pence coins is equivalent to one 5 pence coin.


Friday 27th September 2019

This week we have been learning to write instructions. We have been identifying imperative (bossy) verbs in our writing e.g. cut, take, put. Next week we will be making our own egg box dragons and writing instructions.

Place value has been our focus in maths. Year one children have been counting forwards and backwards and learning to write numbers the right way round. Year two children have used lots of practical equipment to partition numbers into tens and ones.

Phonics and Reading

We teach phonics in Key Stage 1 through ‘Letters and Sounds’ using a synthetic phonics approach. We use ‘Book Bands’ to organise a range of reading materials for children learning to read. In the Early Years Foundation Stage or in the earliest stages of learning to read these are based around Oxford Reading Tree as a core scheme.

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