Lower Phase blog

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!