Welcome to Whale Class. We are made up of 3 different year groups (Years 1, 2 and 3). Whale Class are taught by 2 teachers - Mrs Saunders who teaches on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Miss Shaw teaches Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. Whale Class are also supported by Mrs Britton, who leads Year 1 and Miss Morrison who provides whole class support..
The children are learning to take pride in the work that they produce. They work hard in all lessons and use patience, responsibility and perseverance to achieve their goals, both for themselves and their classmates.
Class Curriculum Maps
Autumn Curriculum Map
Spring Curriculum Map
Summer Curriculum Map
We started off the year by looking at the book 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers. As part of this topic, which linked to our R.E topic of 'Who Created the World?', we looked at all of the awe inspiring parts of the natural world. We watched a video of David Attenborough reciting "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong and created our own version with our favourite parts of nature. You can watch it on the school Facebook page by clicking on this link.
What a wonderful world! by Whale Class
The children also wrote poetry based on Autumn. They took part in a scavenger hunt in the school grounds to collect vocabulary. They found items they wanted to write about in their poems and used their senses to explore them, before writing descriptive sentences to use in their own poems.
The children have also written their own stories, using traditional tales to write a story about the Great Fire of London with a twist and also writing their own 500 word long story in Spring term.
We have also studied some non-fiction text types, In Autumn term, children in Whale Class wrote Newspaper reports based on our topic, the Great Fire of London, and contrasted these with diary entries based on Samuel Pepys. In Spring term, the children wrote their own sets of instructions for making an inventive sandwich, based on the story the Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch, linked to our topic of Lighthouses and Lifeboats. They also wrote thank you letters to Grace Darling for her bravery.
Whale Class have been working very hard in Maths this year. So far, topics that we have studied have included Number and Place Value, Mental and Written methods for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, £D and 2D Shape and their properties, Measure including height, weight and volume, Time, Money and Data.
The children always enjoy hands on activities in Maths and love learning outside. Some of our favourite Mathematical activities so far this year include:
Finding arrays around the school.
Creating tally charts using "would you rather..." sentences
Working collaboratively to complete loop cards using their doubling and halving skills.
During Autumn term, we learnt about the Christian Creation story and explored why Christmas is important to Christians. We explored the Nativity story by performing our own Nativity play using social distancing to the the other class bubbles and recorded a film version to show parents our hard work.
During Spring term, we explored the Gospel and the question 'Why does Easter matter to Christians?'. We identified the main parts of the Easter story, using a game of pass the parcel, which has an object linked to each part of the story. The children did a fantastic job of ordering the different props and telling the story. They then made their own comic strips of the story.
Whale class have learnt about several festivals from other world religions throughout the year. In Autumn term we learnt about the Jewish festival of Sukkot. The children learnt about how this was celebrated and built their own Sukkah in the classroom.
In November, we learnt about the Hindu festival of Diwali. The children learnt about the story behind the festival and then
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