Pensford Primary School

Pensford Primary School

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to one another. They like
being at school and appreciate
the many experiences
they have.” - Ofsted
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Dragonfly Class

 

Teacher: Jo Cowin

 

Term 5 and 6:

PE days are on Tuesdays and Fridays. PE kit to be worn to school.

This term our topic is 'Once Upon a Time'. We will be learning about plants and castles which will all be linked with dragons and fairy tales. 

To view our medium term plan, please click here

To view the homework grid for this term please click here

To view the Year 1 spellings please click here

To view the Year 2 spellings please click here

Term 5

Week 3

This week the year 2 children have been doing their KS1 SATS. All the children have worked incredibly hard and should be very proud of themselves. I know I am! The Year 1 children have enjoyed spending the mornings in Duckling Class. The children all learnt the story of Jack and the Beanstalk through story mapping and the Year 1 children had the opportunity to write their own version. We were also very excited this week to have someone come into school and teach us some cricket skills.

  

Week 2

This week we have started to learn more about plants. We have thought about the different parts of the plant and its purpose. Dragonfly also went on a hunt around the school grounds to see what plants we could discover. 

Week 1

First week back and the children in Dragonfly Class have already demonstrated our value of the term (excellence) by writing some amazing dragon descriptions. The children used some fantastic language when writing about their fire, water, snow or forest dragons. In PE we enjoyed learning about the long jump from Mr Meek and in maths the year 2 children have been learning about statistics.

Term 4

Week 6

We have had a brilliant art themed week! In Dragonfly class we have been learning about Tinga Tinga art .The children had the opportunity to use collaging, fabric pens and oil pastels to create some masterpieces.  The art we have made this week has inspired us to write our own Tinga Tinga Tales. We have written stories about how Girraffe got it's long neck, Cheetah got it's spots and Elephant got it's trunk. During the week, we also enjoyed a visit from Archie's tortoise called Tiny aka Dumbletort and were excited to have Freddie join our class in year 2.

Week 5

What a fun science filled week!! This week we have had the opportunity to ask science questions, make predictions and complete experiments. We have found out how to make the best paper planes, worked out what things dissolve, been on a minibeast hunt and watched what happens when you mix vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.

     

   

   

Week 3

This week the children in Dragonfly class created some fantastic art work! I was very impressed with the time and care children took when making their paper plate animals. We used paints and tissue paper to make zebras, tigers, giraffes, cheetahs and hippos.

In English we have been writing explanation texts about emperor penguins. We found out lots of information about their lifecycle then wrote about it.

Week 2

This week we were very excited to go to forest school. We learnt about animal habitats and found out how we can provide homes for the animals. After we looked around the environment, we made our own clay creatures then we made habitats for them. The Year 2s also enjoyed going to Chew Valley school to learn some gymnastic skills which we have also been able to continue in our PE lessons.

In maths we have been learning about length and we have measured footprints using cubes and cm. In English we have been writing our own story ‘Where the Wild Things are.’

         

         

Week 1

To start our topic ‘Where are all the wild things?’ This week we created and described our own wild things. We designed some with gigantic ears, others with disgusting breath and some with poisonous warts.  After we wrote about our creatures, we though about where they would live. The children thought of adjectives, verbs and adverbs to describe their settings. In Maths we started to learn about length and we have used metre sticks and rulers to measure things in the classroom.

 

Term 3 

The final few weeks of term were very busy. Here are a few photos to show you what we got up to.

We went on our own expedition to the South Pole. On our journey, we saw some penguins, got stuck in a snow storm, had to pitch a tent and were chased by a polar bear.

As part of our computing lessons we have been learning about programming. We have used the Bee-Bots and programmed them to follow directions

We read the story ‘Lost and Found’ We thought of questions to ask the characters and then we hot seated as the penguin and the little boy.   

                                

In maths, the Year 1s started to think about repeated addition and how it links with multiplication In the final week of term all children started to learn about fractions.

       

Week 3

This week we have been learning how do we get to…… Antarctica? We have found out about Robert Falcon Scott’s journey to the South Pole and have been writing facts about it. The year 2s have been focusing on using paragraphs to organise the information and the year 1s have continued to work on sounding out and punctuation.  The year 1s were also very excited to attend a ‘funs festival’ at Chew Valley School this week. We were very proud at how well the children represented Pensford.

 

Week 2

This week we have started to think about our topic (How do I get to…?) and have enjoyed writing stories about Mr Gumpy’s motor car in English. All the children have worked really hard and produced some fantastic work! In maths the children have continued to learn about multiplication and four children earned their times table certificates in assembly this week. In PE we were excited to play some games with the parachute. Our favourite game was called sharks and lifeguards.

        

Week 1

We have had a great first week back and have managed to fit a lot into our first 4 days! On Tuesday we had Mr Meek delivering his PE sessions to our class, focusing on throwing and catching. We have already learnt some useful skills and enjoyed playing some games. On Wednesday the NSPCC visited our school and gave an assembly on ‘speaking out and staying safe’ and on Thursday the whole school were excited to visit the Tobacco Factory to watch a performance of the Borrowers. As well as all these exciting things, we have started to learn the story ‘Mr Gumpy’s motor car’ in English and in Maths we are learning about multiplication and place value.

 

 

 

Week 7

What a busy final week of term. We were pleased to have Eli join us in year 1. He chose a great week to start as the whole school nativity took place on Wednesday at the church. All the children were fantastic and we were pleased to see so many people at the performances!!  This week has also been Miss Murphy and Miss Mead’s last week with us.  We wish both of them good luck at their new schools and look forward to having Miss Mead back in May. We hope you all have a great Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Week 6

This week we were pleased to see so many parents come to the Christmas fair. The children worked very hard to make the Christmas tree button keyrings and Christmas baubles. As well as preparing for the fair, this week the children have been writing acrostic poems which they will be publishing next week.  We have also finished learning about money in maths.

Week 5

The nativity practice has really started this week so we have been learning and writing about the Christmas Story. We were pleased be joined by Reverend Denise who came in to visit the class to help us understand the nativity. She showed the children the story using some wooden props. The children were then able to ask lots of questions and compare the Bible version of the story with our Christmas play. As well as learning about the birth of baby Jesus in English, in maths we have continued to learn about money. The Year 1 children also enjoyed visiting Chew Valley School for tag tails.

Week 4

This week we have continues to learn about the Great Fire of London. We have written non-chronological reports and included information about why the fire spread quickly as well as how the fire was fought. We have learnt lots about firefighting and how it was different in 1666 compared with today. In maths we have started to learn about money. We have been learning about the value of different coins and notes as well as how different combinations of coins can make the same amount.

Week 3

We have had an exciting week this week as we were very fortunate to have a former team GB athlete (Robert Mitchell) visit our school and lead a circuits lesson. Dragonfly also had the opportunity to go to forest school at Hidden Valley where they built a fire and baked some bread. In English we have been writing stories about marshmallow eating monsters and in maths we have continued to learn about shape.

  

Week 2

This week we have continued to learn about the Great Fire of London and have written our own diary entries (just like Samuel Peypes). We thought about what it would have been like to be in London in 1666 when the city was ablaze, and have written some great descriptions of what we would have seen, heard, smelled and how we would have felt.

We also had such fun in our music lesson this week as we learnt the song 'London's Burning'. We learnt about dynamics and sang the song in as a round. We had the opportunity to include some musical instruments and different children became conductors.

In maths we have been naming, describing and sorting 2D shapes and will continue to learn about 3D shapes next week.

Term 2 Week 1

This week Dragonfly have been really excited to start our new topic ‘FIRE!’. In our English lessons we have learnt about the Great Fire of London and created storyboards about all the things which happened during the fire. We have found out lots of information and we look forward to learning more as the term progresses.

In maths we have finished learning about addition and subtraction although will continue to revisit this regularly. We will be starting to learn about shape next week.

Term 2:

PE days are on Wednesdays and Fridays. PE kit to be worn to school.

This term our topic is 'Fire'. We will be learning about the Great Fire of London. 

To view our medium term plan, please click here.

To view the homework grid for this term please click here

To view the Year 1 spellings please click here

To view the Year 2 spellings please click here.

Week 7 and 8

All term Dragonfly Class have been thinking about the question, ‘Who’s coming to tea?’ This week we discovered that the answer was Duckling Class. We decided to have a party to conclude our topic and in preparation for our tea party we wrote invitations, designed and made our own party hats and decorated cakes. Thank you, Granny Maureen, for making the delicious cakes. All the children really enjoyed playing games at the party and they were so pleased to have Duckling class join them.

 

                       

 

Week 6

The children in Dragonfly class were very excited this week to be using some of the larger equipment in PE. They have been taught how to do different types of jumps (star jumps, tuck jumps and pencil jumps) and how to use the equipment safely. 

In English we have continued to work on our story writing and in maths we have been adding and subtracting.

Also, as part of our RE lessons, we have been learning about Diwali. This week we have made colourful Rangoli patterns to be displayed in the classroom.

Week 5

This week in English we started learning the story of ‘Handa’s surprise.’ It’s a story set in Africa about a little girl who takes some fruit to her friend Akeyo. We thought about questions we would want to ask Handa which lead us to want to find out more about Africa. Did you know that in Africa there are over 1000 different languages spoken?

As well as learning the story, for national poetry day we memorised and performed the poem ‘African Animals’ It included some great actions.

In PE we have been taught how to do different types of rolls including log rolls, forward rolls and teddy bear rolls.

 

Week 4

We've been working really hard this week to write our own versions of the story 'The tiger who came to tea.' In maths we have finished learning about place value and next week we will be moving on to addition and subtraction. We have also enjoyed finding out about food and healthy eating as part of our topic. 

Week 3

This week Dragonfly have heard the story 'The tiger who came to tea.' We have thought of actions and created story maps which will help us with our writing next week. The children have also found out about the artist Giuseppe Acrimboldo. They enjoyed looking at his work and creating their own versions. 

      

Week 2

Last week the children wrote about who was coming to the tea party and this week they enjoyed thinking about the food that would be served. We carefully followed a set of instructions to help us make some delicious jam sandwiches, which they then enjoyed eating. After eating our sandwiches, the children wrote some fantastic instructions.

   

Week 1

What a great first week! All the children have settled in well to Dragonfly. They have come back from their summer holiday ready to learn and have already completed some lovely writing on who's coming to tea. As a school, the value we are working on is 'togetherness'. Have a look at the photos below of us working together to create alien guests for a tea party.

Term 1:

PE days are on Tuesdays and Fridays. PE kit to be worn to school.

This term our topic is 'Who's coming to tea?'. We will be learning about different types of food and healthy eating. 

To view our medium term plan, please click here.

To view the homework grid for this term please click here.

To view the Year 1 spellings please click here

To view the Year 2 spellings please click here