Lower Phase blog

May 13, 2022

This week in Nursery we celebrated Eid! We focused on what Eid is and how people celebrate as well as on words like 'kind' 'grateful' and 'love'! We took part an Eid concert with Reception and had a party on Friday afternoon to celebrate! 

This week in Reception we have been reading and performing lots of poems around our 'Minibeast' theme. On Friday each class performed their poems to the rest of Reception. We have also been getting ready for our Eid celebrations by practising our songs and getting henna tattoos on our hands. 

This week in Year One we also enjoyed our Eid celebrations and concert! We had a brilliant party with lots of food, games and dancing.

This week Year Two enjoyed their science lessons, were we set up a fair test to investigate if plants need water to grow. We have also been looking at 2-D and 3-D shapes in maths.

May 6, 2022

This week in Nursery we focused on facts abouts sharks. We explored mark making in sand and had fun using the under the sea sensory tray! 

In Reception this week we have been reading 'What the Ladybird Heard', by Julia Donaldson. We have been writing wanted posters to try to catch Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len, the robbers from the story, and creating maps of the farm. We have also been looking at our local area and making maps of all the things that are important to us, close by and or places we have visited. 

Year 1 have been journalists this week and written their own newspaper articles. They based their articles on the popular book 'The Snail and Whale' and reported news of the beached whale and rescue mission to help it back to sea.

This week in Year 2 we have been continuing to explore our science topic ‘plants’. This week we had the opportunity to dissect seeds to see what is inside the pods. We had great fun exploring the seed coat, seed pod and learning where the plant grows!


Apr 29, 2022

This week in Nursery we are working on creating patterns, construction games in teams and making colourful jellyfish to enhance our under the sea role play.

Reception's caterpillars have arrived! The children have enjoyed observing the caterpillars and are very excited to see what happens next.

Year 1 have been on a plant hunt. They identified lots of plants in our school, including a hawthorne tree, a walnut tree, a yew tree and several wild and garden plants.

Year 2 have started a new book called Gregory Cool. They have enjoyed putting themselves in the shoes of Gregory when writing diary entries. 


Apr 22, 2022

In Nursery we are so excited to introduce the children to our new 'Under the Sea' theme! This term we will be learning all about different sea creatures. We started our week by decorating fish in our creative area and we were so proud of our creations that we decided to display them. Can you spot them in the photo?

In Reception we launched our new 'Minibeast' theme with a minibeast hunt in the edible garden. We have already begun learning lots of facts about the minibeasts we found!

In Year 1 we launched our 'Seaside Adventures' theme by reading Julia Donaldson's book 'The Snail and the Whale'. We loved our storytelling workshop where we re-enacted the story and even learnt some makaton!

Apr 1, 2022

This week in Nursery we have been learning about Easter! We went on an egg hunt and made Easter cards to share with the ones we love! Happy Easter from Nursery!

In Reception this week we have been looking for signs of Spring, we had a walk around our school to look for them and found flowers blooming, buds growing, frog spawn in our pond, listened to the sounds of birds and found some minibeasts. We followed this up in class by drawing and painting pictures of daffodils. 

In Year 1 we were proud of our Rio inspired hand puppets. We added some extra detail to make them look bright and colourful!

In Year 2 this week we made and evaluated our mechanical moving pictures. We can't wait to share them with you at home.

Thank you for joining us for our learning celebrations! The children loved shared their learning from the term. We hope you have a lovely holiday!

Mar 11, 2022

This week nursery have enjoyed reading their focus book, Pizza for Pirates. They made delicious pizzas and made healthy choices when picking their toppings.

Reception have been learning all about doctors and nurses. They made x-ray hands using a variety of different materials.

Year 1 have been learning to sew this week, they have been exploring the running stitch in preparation for when they make puppets.

Year 2 learnt how to double efficiently and have been using their oracy skills to rehearse their letters to the Queen before writing them.

Mar 4, 2022

This is week in Lower Phase we celebrated World Book Day! We loved dressing up as book characters and sharing books during our breakfast in the hall.

In Nursery we read with the Year 6 children and loved wearing our book day costumes! We also celebrated Pancake Day by making the most delicious pancakes!

In Reception, we have been learning all about Builders! We loved reading lots of interesting information books and had a go a building lots of our own creations.

In Year 1 we have been learning about poems. We learned how to recite a poem using expression and performed them to the class.

In Year 2 this week, we are continuing to be explorers. This week we have had a go at looking at maps and using a key to find lots of different landmarks!

Feb 28, 2022

This week in Nursery we are celebrating equality week! We focused on key phrases, such as being fair, being kind, we are all different, we are all friends! We also had a surprise visit from a pirate who came to share his adventures with children in Nursery! 

This week in Reception we have been thinking about our new theme, People Who Help Us. We have been focussing on Firefighters and on Friday we visited Battersea Fire Station to learn more about them and see what tools and equipment they use. 

This week Year 1 have been reading the book "Slowly, slowly, slowly," said the Sloth by Eric Carle. Children described the sloth using ambitious adjectives such as tranquil and peaceful! 

This week year 2 have enjoyed being back at school after our break. We have started the term focusing on the relationship between the 5 and 10 times tables. In English we have been writing setting descriptions and in music we have been playing the A, B and G notes.  

Feb 4, 2022

This week in Nursery we have been learning about Chinese New Year! We talked about the big celebration and compared it with what we celebrate at home! We also made noodles, explored some Chinese mark making and danced to Chinese rhymes!

In Reception this week we have also been learning about Chinese New Year, we have been re-telling the story of how each year is named after different animals, this is the year of the Tiger. We have also been learning a Chinese dragon song and dance for the last few weeks and this week we got to perform it to the children in KS1. Gong hei fat choy!

This week in Year 2 we have been using time connectives to write instructions on how to build an Igloo. We also researched how living closer to the equator results in a warmer climate.  

Year 1 have enjoyed coding beebots in computing this week. They considered where they wanted the beebot to go and gave clear instructions to ensure the beebot got there. 

Jan 28, 2022

This week in Nursery we have been focusing on the number four and making more props to support our pirates role play, including eye patches!

This week Reception had a go at using Beebots. We loved working in teams to explore how they worked. Some children even had a go at drawing instructions!

In Year 1, we have been learning all about the different parts of the plant and tree as part of our science learning. We walked around the school and into the edible garden to find all the different parts we have been learning about.

In Year 2, we have really enjoyed being explorers as part of our geography topic. This week we have been learning all about the difference between the North and South Poles! We learnt that the Arctic is made up of sheets of ice and the Antarctica is surrounded by land.

Jan 20, 2022

Nursery have been learning about pirates. They made pirate ships using paper plates and continued exploring their Pirates Cafe!

Reception went to forest school. The children planted broccoli using trowels and watering cans.

Year 1 have been learning about sculptures in Art. They began experimenting with clay this week and are very excited to make jaguars!

This week in Year 2 we have been busy being explorers! We have busy researching where the North and South Poles are and looking into how life is different in each place. In our writing lessons, we did some research all about Polar Bears! We found out that they have blubber that Is 15cm thick, which helps to keep them very warm!

Jan 14, 2022

In Nursery, the children have been having lots of fun dressing up as pirates and enjoying a muddy chocolate at the pirate's cafe! For maths they have been focusing on comparing quantities using the language 'more than', 'fewer than'.

This week in Reception the children have been designing and making boats. First, they tested out different objects to see whether they floated or sank. Next, they made  boats and  will be testing them next week to see if they float or sink! 

In year 1,  the children enjoyed their first Geography lesson this week. They learnt how to use a map and located England, London and Battersea.

In year 2 this week, the children have really been enjoying reading their new book ‘The Great Explorer’. We have been using noun phrases to describe the magical setting of the North Pole and have even started to write our own story based on the book. During art, we even made some of Tom’s balloons!

Jan 7, 2022

Happy new year! We have enjoyed welcoming the children back into the classroom after the Christmas break.

In Nursery we are very excited about our new theme this term! Pirates have come over with their pirate ship! We made our own treasure maps using tea-stained paper and spent lots of time digging in the sand looking for treasure!

Reception launched their new theme of 'Transport' by making lots of vehicles using junk modelling and construction equipment.

Year 1 enjoyed their walk to Battersea Park to look at sculptures in the local area as part of our Art project. We also loved our learning launch where we used collage to make rainforest animals for our classroom displays. We even listened to some samba music while we worked!

In Year 2 we launched our new theme of explorers by making hot air balloons. We can't wait to start reading the book 'The Great Explorer'.

Dec 17, 2021

This week we have been celebrating Christmas by making Christmas cards and filming our Nativity and concerts. We can't wait for you to see our shows! We also had a special visit from Father Christmas which was enjoyed by all. We have been making festive cards, enjoyed our Christmas dinner and Year 1 put on their own panto in the hall.

 The children have worked so hard this term! We can't wait to welcome them back in the new year.

Dec 3, 2021

This week in Nursery focused on the 'Little Red and The Very Hungry Lion' story, a different version based on the Little Red Riding Hood story. Children enjoyed finding similarities and differences between the stories and worked on the story's repetitive language.

This week in Reception we have been writing Christmas cards and exploring our new Post Office role play area. We have also been thinking about the different things you can do at the Post Office, in preparation of visiting one next week to post our Christmas cards home. 

This week Year 1 have been making castles in DT. They enjoyed using cereal boxes, string and straws to make drawbridges. Next week they will paint them!

This week in year 2 we created our own model of London after The Great Fire of London using a range of fire-resistant materials. We have also enjoyed creating our own Christingle model in R.E.

Nov 26, 2021

This week in year 2 we have been working very hard in our maths lesson by exploring our known facts for numbers within ten to add and subtract from a single-digit number to or from a two digit number.

This week in year 1 we conducted a science experiment to investigate which material is most suitable for the Queen’s umbrella.

This week in Nursery we are focusing on 'The Gingerbread Man' story. Children enjoyed creating the characters of the story using playdough! We also baked yummy gingerbread biscuits!!

Nov 19, 2021

This week in Nursery we focused on the 'Three Little Pigs' story. The children enjoyed role play. They dressed up as the pigs or the wolf and used the repetitive language from the story. We also had fun building strong houses made of bricks!

Reception have been learning all about planets this week. The children enjoyed creating impressive art work using water pastels to recreate the colours of the planets.

This week Year 1 learnt all about why Queen Victoria became Queen in History. The children enjoyed using role play to explore this. They particularly enjoyed pretending to be Queen Victoria!

In Science Year 2 continued their habitats topic. They matched living things to where they live and represented this in a table. The children enjoyed using scientific vocabulary in their writing. 

Nov 12, 2021

This week in Nursery we focused on 'Little Red Riding Hood' story. Children really enjoyed making masks pretending being one of the characters of the story. We also had our first forest school adventure on Wednesday!

In Reception we have been reading 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy. We imagined going for a picnic on the moon and wrote a list of all the things we'd like to eat!

In Year 1 we have been learning about non-fiction writing. We have become experts on castles and written our own fact files about them. Did you know that castles were built on hilltops so that enemies could be seen approaching from afar?

In Year 2 this week we have been exploring lots of different subtraction number sentences focused on the 'difference'. The children have really grasped the concept of what a Minuend, Subtrahend and Difference is in an equation. 

We have also been enjoying our new topic about The Great Fire of London by exploring different sources from Samuel Pepys. 

Oct 15, 2021

In Year 2, we visited the school library. We had a brilliant time looking for different genres of books and reading for pleasure.

In Year 1  we have been learning to count up to 50 and 100 using a gattegno chart.

In Reception we all went to forest School to see if we could find Kevin!

In  Nursery we have been learning about buses, singing songs, making our own London buses in our topic of Nursery rhymes.

Oct 8, 2021

This week in Nursery we introduced our white boards which we are going to use daily to practice name writing! The sand pit area is also opened, everyone is so excited!

In reception we have been reading a new book about a monster called 'Kevin', he is an imaginary monster. We have been making our own imaginary monsters and describing them in our writing. We have also made Kevin's world which is full of very strange and wonderful things like spotty rainbows, star shaped clouds and purple trees with jelly leaves. This artwork is by Aurelia. 

In PSHCE this week Year 1 have been learning about what a caring friend is and how a caring friend makes us feel. We used roleplay to explore how a caring friend would respond to different situations. We have also linked our PSHCE learning to our whole class reading book 'All Are Welcome'.

Sep 29, 2021

This week Nursery has been really busy cooking with playdough! The children loved building train trucks with their friends. The kinetic sand made the sensory tray the most popular choice for the week!

In Reception the children thoroughly enjoyed listening to their new story, Bedtime for Monsters. They have been working hard on writing the initial sounds in words.

Year 1 have continued exploring the senses this week in science. Some children enjoyed conducting a skittles experiment to investigate sight whereas others investigated touch. The touch investigation got a little messy!

Year 2 have produced some beautiful art this week! They have been recreating landmarks using sketching techniques inspired by Stephen Wiltshire.

Sep 24, 2021

In Nursery the children have continued to settle in really well! They have spent lots of time in the book corner exploring a variety of new books! We also sang favourite songs and worked on how we wash our hands.  

In Reception we have been making the most of this weather and are particularly enjoying the outdoors! We have loved exploring the sandpit, mud kitchen and climbing equipment this week.

In Year One we have been learning about the Queen’s coronation. We discussed the difference between the ‘past’ and ‘present’ and put some key events in chronological order.

This week in Year Two week we have been using our new class book called Katie in London to write a character description about Katie. The children have been using ambitious vocabulary like charming, amazed and fascinating to describe Katie's appearance and personality. In Art the children have continued their learning of their key artist this term Stephen Wiltshire. They were able to demonstrate their sketching techniques and recreate various famous landmarks. For history this week the children were news reporters and presented information based on the Great Plague. They were able to share a number of facts linked to this and presented it to the class.  

Sep 17, 2021

What a lovely second week we have had in lower phase!

In Nursery, settling is continuing really well. The children are exploring all of our different resources, both indoors and outdoors and lots of children have decided that their favourite game is using the finger gym and playing with building blocks.

Year 1 have continued to make amazing steps in their transition from reception, all of their adults are so proud of them. This week during writing sessions, children have really been enjoying their new book ‘The Bandit Queen.’  They made some amazing predictions about what they think is going to happen in the story, why don’t you ask your children what they think will happen!

Year 2 have continued to impress all of their adults as they complete their second week of Year 2. We have continued our learning of ‘The Great Plague’ comparing our own experiences of being inside during covid, to how people during the plague will have felt. Miss French was really proud of how the children shared their thoughts and their feelings in such a grown up manner. We also continued with our printing topic in Art, making our own potato print stamps! Maybe you can try and make some at home!


Sep 10, 2021

Welcome Back!

We hope you all had a wonderful summer! Lower phase have had a fantastic first week back and start to the year.

In Nursery and Reception we have been settling into our new classes and enjoying exploring our classrooms and resources, particularly our outdoor areas.

In Year 1 and 2 we launched our new themes with a day of fun activities. In Year 1 we made crowns and prepared food for our ‘Royal Banquet’ and even enjoyed some music and dancing in the beautiful sunshine. In Year 2 we learned all about London landmarks and made some beautiful art work for our classroom displays.

We can’t wait for the year ahead!