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Feb 14, 2020

This week in science year 2 have been learning all about what things humans and animals need to survive. They learnt that they both need food, water, oxygen and shelter. Some interesting fact we discovered were humans can survive 3 weeks without having food, 3 minutes without oxygen and 3 days without water!

In year 1 this week we have been evaluating our clay jaguar final pieces, explaining what we like about them and how we could improve our techniques in the future.

Reception celebrated the end of their topic of transport by writing fact files all about our favourite kinds of transport. We also spent some time thinking about safer internet day and how we can keep ourselves safe when using technology.

Feb 7, 2020

This week in Nursery we have been making our own telescopes and using them to find buried treasure. Our book of the week is Pirates Love Underpants and it’s been so funny to make a pattern to design our own.

In reception we have been celebrating National Storytelling Week by a trip to Battersea Park Library! We thought about one of our favourite stories (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt) and created our own Bear Hunt using the climbing equipment outside

This week Year 1 have been painting their final sculpture pieces. They have made jaguars out of clay and have put in their final touches with different textures and patterns in paint.

This week in Maths year 2 have been using their maths mastery skills to help them solve tricky equations. They have looked at the relationship between repeated addition and multiplication. 

Jan 31, 2020

This week in Nursery we have been learning about Chinese New Year celebrations; cooking our own Chinese dishes, listening and dancing to traditional Chinese music and singing new year songs.

In Reception we have been learning all about maps! We made some maps of the Bobo Road and thought about how we would make a map of our local area. In forest school, we practised climbing trees.

In year 1 we have started a new book this week called Monkey Puzzle by one of our favourite authors. We have been using more complex adjectives to describe the main character.

This week year 2 visited St Saviours Church. They had the opportunity to meet Reverend Ruth and ask questions about the features of a church.

Jan 24, 2020

In Reception we have been learning about the Chinese New Year story and finding out which animals won the animals, we re-told it using puppets and masks. 

In Nursery we have been learning about pirates and smashing open coconuts! We got to drink the milk inside and found out what they tasted like. 

In year 1 this week we have been discussing the job of a travel agent and creating our own persuasive leaflet to entice people to visit the city of Rio de Janeiro.

In year 2 this week in Music the children have been learning how to play buzzy bee using their recorders. They have practised playing different notes on their recorders and have mastered how to play the note b. 

Jan 17, 2020

This week in Nursery we have loved learning all about pirates in our new topic. We have been testing out some new pirate vocabulary and learning the names of some new objects too. We have also been reading the story Ten Little Pirates... Garr!

In Reception we have been working on our new topic 'Transport' we've been having lots of fun in our new 'Bus' and 'Train station' role play areas and writing rules for them.

In Year 1 we have been using clay to practise sculpting skills, like rolling, cutting and moulding clay.  We cannot wait to create our final sculptures! 

This week year 2 in RE the children looked at the features of a church and discussed the purpose of each feature. For example a bible is a holy book for Christians.

Jan 10, 2020

In Nursery we have been creating collage pictures of our Christmas holidays and talking about the different things that our friends did.

In reception, we have been thinking about what we got up to in the winter break and wrote some accounts describing what we did. We thought about the tradition of New Year’s Eve, and spoke about some ways that people celebrate the new year.

In year 1 this week we have been researching about sloths and predicting what will happen in our new book called Slowly, Slowly Slowly said the Sloth.

This week in English year 2 have started reading their new class book called Tom the Great Explorer. They have written a prediction piece based on what they think the story might be about. 

Dec 19, 2019

In Nursery we have been learning about the celebration of Christmas and how some of our friends will be celebrating. We have been busy practising our songs for our Nursery Christmas concert and cannot wait to perform them on Thursday!

Reception Year 1 and 2  have all been busily rehearsing for our 'I'm Gonna Shine' show! The show was a total success and everyone was amazing, remembering all the songs, actions and with some fantastic acting on stage. 

Reception and Year 2 teamed up again on Wednesday as part of Year 2's PSHCE WE Volunteer Now Campaign, they came down to Reception with their favourite picture books with us

Dec 13, 2019

Nursery have been reading the Jolly Christmas postman, we have been learning lots of new words to help us retell the story as well as making our own Christmas decorations. 

Reception have been reading the Jolly Postman this week. We have had lots of fun creating our own letters and ordering the story!

​This week Year 1 went on a trip to the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace. We were able to learn about other people from Queen Victoria's family and appreciate the amazing painting exhibit they had. We were also able to see the changing of the Queen's guard in Buckingham Palace!

This week in year 2 the children have been learning all about the importance of a Christingle and how those who believe in this festival/celebration use light to reflect on their thoughts and feelings.  

Dec 9, 2019

In Nursery this week we have been continuing with our traditional tales topic and retelling our favourite stories.

In Reception this week we have been Reading The Gruffalo Child. We have been re-tell the story and scaring people with our Gruffalo masks!

This week Year 1 have been using their art skills, developed last half term, to help turn their drawbridge cereal boxes into real life castles. We have discussed the purpose of the drawbridege on a castle to defend them from enemies.

This week Year 2 went on an exciting trip to London! We got the train to Waterloo and walked along the south bank to see all the amazing London landmarks. We saw the London Eye, Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, Millennium bridge, The Globe and the Shard! It was like Katie in London came to life! 

Dec 3, 2019

In Nursery we have been reading the little red hen. We have made craft pictures and baked some bread, just like the little red hen does in the story. It smelled delicious and tasted even better!

In Reception this week we have been reading 'Aliens Love Underpants'. We've been taken over by Aliens who want to steal our underpants! So we have been busy designing new ones and describing them in our writing.

This week in Year 1, we have put our designs of drawbridges to the test! We built them using cereal boxes and string, creating a simple moving drawbridges! We added details such as turrets. We are very excited to add our finishing touches next week.

In year 2 this week in computing the children have been using virtual reality headsets, to look at different habits such as rain forest, antarctic and dessert habitats. They were able to identify which animals they think will live there and why.

Nov 21, 2019

In Nursery we have been reading the ‘Gingerbread Man’. We created our own Gingerbread Man designs on paper and used our EY kitchen to bake our own gingerbread people! We had so much fun, weighing out all the ingredients and exploring what happens to them as we mixed them together. The best part was getting to eat them! But we had to make sure we did before they could run away…!

In reception we have been using the VR headsets to explore space and become astronauts! It’s been so much fun exploring all of the different planets and the surface of the moon. We even watched a lunar landing.

In science, year 1 has been learning about what materials everyday objects are made of. We have been exploring which material would be best for an umbrella, and have designed one for the Queen using our chosen material!

Year 2 have also been busy as we have been on a walk around school to study the different habitats and micro-habitats there are. We discovered lots of different living things and compared the conditions in their habitats. We also go to see a wiggly worm moving through the soil, happy in its habitat!

Nov 15, 2019

This week in Nursery we have been reading the Three Little Pigs. We have making little pig handprints, writing and retelling the story and building our own brick houses that the big, bad wolf couldn’t blow down.

This week reception have been thinking about the seasons and looking at the autumn weather. Our first forest school group celebrated autumn by making a forest school curtain.

Year 1 are enjoying their new subject on a Friday afternoon- Design and Technology. We have been exploring current drawbridges and their purpose before designing our own next week.

Year 2 have been out this week to Battersea library. We got to read fabulous books like killer gorilla and don’t go there! We then got to explore the library and take books back to school for when we have time to do some reading for pleasure! 

In our singing assembly this week we have been beginning to rehearse our Nativity songs! We can’t wait to perform them to all our families.

Nov 6, 2019

In Nursery we started our traditional tales topic. We read our first tale; Jack and the Beanstalk! We loved pretending to be the giant, creating ‘huge’ ‘gigantic’ ‘massive’ castles in the construction area and using our bodies to make stamping noise as we walk. ‘Fee fi fo fum – watch out everyone, here I come!’ We loved using the pictures from the story to retell to our friends. We planted broad bean seeds to see if we can grow a beanstalk that is as tall as the giant!

In Reception we have been preparing for bonfire night by creating our very own firework pictures! We even went to the fire pit where we spoke about fire safety and how to stay safe on fireworks night.

In Year 1 we have been reading our new book in English this week, That rabbit belongs to Emily Brown. We made predictions about the story and discussed the different characters.

In Year 2 we have been on a science hunt around school this week to see what things we can find that are alive, dead and things that have never been alive!

Oct 3, 2019

This week in Nursery we have been learning how to listen to different types of music and moving our bodies in different ways. Our favourite was pretending to be robots, following instructions in the song and balancing on one leg! It was very wobbly and we had to try really hard not to fall over. 

In Reception we have been exploring different textures and their properties, at times it has been a little messy but if has been lots of fun! We have used water beads with or marble run and we have even made our own snow!!! 

In Year 1, we have been using our senses to explore our surroundings and objects around us. We used touch to feel the difference between different textured objects, taste to describe different foods and smell to guess which household product was on the table! 

In Year 2 we have been planning our own investigation in science all about what materials would be most suitable for our very own rain hat and why. We have also predicted what will happen if our hats were to get wet!

Sep 27, 2019

This week in Nursery we have been exploring our Nursery garden with our new friends. We have been using our mark making skills to draw self-portraits and joining in with the words to the story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’, using actions to help us remember what comes next.

Reception have been getting stuck in with their new topic- Monsters! We have started reading bedtime for monsters and have been using different materials to create our very own monster family.

In year 1 we have been learning all about the importance of the Queen’s coronation and this week we were looking at the royal family tree and discussing the succession to the throne.

This week in year 2 we have been focusing on the sustainable development goal life of land (15).  We have been learning all about deforestation and why this a huge issue to the environment. We have found solutions to how we can help stop deforestation such as recycling paper into the correct bins. 


Sep 20, 2019

In Nursery, we are welcoming more new children every day. We have been getting creative in our workshop area; painting, drawing self-portraits and using different craft materials to make pictures of things that we like to do

This week reception have been focusing on Billy’s Bucket. We have been thinking about different sea creatures that we might find in our bucket and exploring different ways of creating these creatures.

Year 1 have started reading Hector and the Big Bad Knight this week. The children have learnt what adjectives are and have been using them in simple sentences to describe the knight.

Year 2: In History this week the children have been learning all about the Great Fire of London. The children worked together to react the events of the Great Fire of London. They discussed how they would of felt during this time and ordered the events in chronological order. 

Sep 11, 2019

Nursery have been welcoming their first children to school this week. So far they have been exploring the workshop; painting, creating and building. It’s lovely to see so many happy and brave little faces. In Reception, we have been settling in to our new class rooms! We have been learning each other’s names through song and learning our classroom routines. We even went to see the ducks! In Year 1 we have been getting use to our new classrooms and timetables with lots of new subject areas including history and science. In Year 2 we have got stuck into the edible garden and got it ready to grow our own crops! We dug out some potatoes and fried up some of our home grown courgettes and peppers!

Jun 28, 2019

Nursery have been reading the story, ‘You can’t take an elephant on the bus!’ We have been thinking about the size of jungle animals and using lots of lovely language to describe them, ‘an elephant is so heavy and enormous – you can’t lift it up!’ ‘I think a baby tiger cub is smaller and then you can pick it up if it’s tiny’.

It has been an exciting time in Reception this week as our caterpillars have all turned into chrysalis. We have been watching them grow bigger and bigger since they arrived after half term. Now we will have to wait a little longer to see them turn into butterflies before we can release them to start the life cycle again. 

This week 1M have been preparing for their class assembly which is all about the Seaside! The children have been learning lots of seaside songs and working hard to remember their actions.

Jun 14, 2019

This week in Nursery, we have really enjoyed exploring our new jungle role play area. We have used the animal masks to create our own characters and thought about the importance of taking care of our environment. 

This week in Reception, we have been learning about the lifecycles of butterflies and frogs. We even had a very special delivery of caterpillars that we are watching grow in our classrooms!

This week in 1R we have been learning all about different types of measurements. We measured using rubbers, hands, pencils and even pillows! We found out that Miss D is 9 hands high and she is taller than Miss Ryall!

In 1M, we have been practising our underarm throw using a variety of resources. We particularly enjoyed using our target boards!

Jun 7, 2019

This week in Year 1 we were lucky enough to go to forest school in the sunshine! We planted potatoes and then we created our own dream catchers using our weaving and knitting skills. We think they look fantastic!

In Reception we have started our brand new topic of mini Beasts! In RS there is a mini east investigation to e plate and in RB there is a mini east cafe serving up some delicious food!

In Nursery we have been getting ready for our Eid assembly and using our sounds to create sentences about why Eid is so important to our friends. We have enjoyed practising the songs for our Eid assembly on Friday!

May 24, 2019

Nursery visited Battersea Park Library on Monday.

Reception had a very exciting trip to the Natural History Museum this week. We learnt all about Sophie the Stegosaurus and how to be a palaeontologist at the museum.

Y1 have been learning about the moon in preparation for the bi-centennial of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon.

May 17, 2019

In Nursery we have learning about animals that can hold their breath when they go underwater such as whales and turtles. Turtles also like to come out of the water and onto the sand, sometimes you might find crabs on the sand too! We also built a submarine outside in the garden and have been making binoculars to see which animals we can see under the water.

In Reception we have been foraging for fossils, taking rubbings of them to see what they are and logging them. For our writing this week we have been making our own dinosaur books and writing about all the things we have learnt. We were also lucky enough to have scooter training, we learnt to stop safely, overtake and how to stay safe on our scooters when we are out and about. 

Year One finished decorating their hand puppets as part of their sewing project. We think they have turned out brilliantly!​

May 10, 2019

In Nursery we have been exploring under the sea in our Nursery submarine; writing tickets and registration forms for underwater trips! We have been learning the names of animals we are discovering for the first time and finding out how sharks and fish can breathe underwater.

Reception embarked on their very first trip out using public transport this week. We took the train to Barnes Literature festival to attend an afternoon workshop alongside children from all over Wandsworth. 

As part of our RE topic of Islam, Year One were invited to visit the Falcon Road mosque! We had a very warm welcome and all the children behaved beautifully on the trip.​

May 3, 2019

Nursery have started their new topic, 'Animal Kingdom'. This half term we will be looking at animals that live under the water including jellyfish, dolphins and all sorts of sharks!

Reception have started a special singing project this week which they will be taking part in until the end of the summer term where there will be a performance for all the families to come and watch! Watch this space...

Year one have been busily creating their new hand puppets this week. We learned how to do a running stitch and how to trim fabric accurately. We are so excited to see the finished products in a couple of weeks!​

Apr 26, 2019

In Nursery, Miss Bailey set us a challenge! We had to use Numicon shapes to make an ‘Easter bunny’. We worked in pairs to try and solve the problem by listening to each other’s ideas, talking about the shapes we needed and sharing our thoughts and solutions. We really enjoyed looking at all the different ways our friends used the Numicon shapes. All the Nursery children worked beautifully together and concentrated really well to complete the challenge!

Reception have been busy learning all about their new topic Dinosaurs and reading the book 'Say Hello to the Dinosaurs!' Thank you to all the families who came along to the topic launch to help transform our classrooms into dinosaur worlds. 

Year 1 were lucky enough to be visited by Abass and Jahid from the Falcon Road Mosque. We learned about the five pillars of Islam, and how Muslims celebrate their faith.