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Pendragon Class (Year 1 and 2)

Teacher: Mrs S Milne

Teaching Assistant: Mrs J Crang, Mrs Feierabend, Miss Martin


Please find below some information on phonics to help you support your child at home.  They include the phase 5 sounds that we learn in Year 1, the common exception words, how we teach tricky words and what sounds and words we have been learning each week in our phonics lessons.


Our topic in science this half term is materials.  We have been exploring different materials around the school and discussing their properties.  Today, the children had fun making houses using different materials.  They were investigating which one was the strongest and would still be standing after the wolf from 'The Three Little Pigs' huffed and puffed at the house.

Special visitor

The children were all delighted today to have a visit from a very special person!


A huge well done to all the children who took part in the nativity 'Busy, Busy Bethlehem'.  You all did a fantastic job!


Local community members came into Pendragon today to support the children with making their Christingle oranges for next week.  Thank you to all of those who helped and explained the meaning of the parts to the children.

Beauty and the Beast

The children thoroughly enjoyed the performance of the panto 'Beauty and the Beast' by M&M Productions today.  There was lots of audience participation - cheering, booing, clapping and singing. What a fantastic show!


We have been learning about weather in Science and today we talked about sunlight.  The children then made suncatchers to decorate the windows.

Children in Need 2023


In maths, the children have been busy measuring this week.  The children used cubes and beads as their unit of measurement.  They estimated how many cubes and beads different classroom items were and then measured them to see how accurate they were.

Year 2 Sports Festival at Ansford

Hello Yellow Day

The children all came into school today wearing an item of yellow clothing or a yellow accessory.  This was to raise awareness of the importance of wellbeing and mental health.  Thank you for your donations which will go to support the work by Young Minds.

Completed Mr Men and Little Miss costumes make it to Carnival
Some Little Miss and Mr Men from Pendragon Class, joined  Mr Gordon, Mrs Sherry and Mrs Hoddinott at Castle Cary Carnival on Saturday night. The children danced, laughed and interacted with the crowd as they walked through the street of Castle Cary. Well done to everyone who took part and for the fantastic costumes you helped to make in your DT lessons with Mr Plumbley.


Pendragon have been developing a number of different skills in their PE lessons.  This week we were focusing on balance.  The children balanced on benches, demonstrated how to complete dips and used their arms to support them with balancing on one leg.

European Day of Languages

It has been lovely to see the school decorated in lots of flags for European Day of Languages.  Pendragon have been learning about the country of Denmark today and it was great to see that they all came to school dressed in the colours of the Danish flag - red and white.  We have been taking part in various activities focused on Denmark including learning some simple greetings and counting in Danish.  The children learnt some facts, and then created a fact file, about Denmark.  We have also been learning that Lego first began in Denmark and created our own Lego city.  We listened to some stories by Hans Christian Andersen and created some art work linked to these.  


We are currently reading the book 'Alan's Big, Scary Teeth' in English.  We have been learning about alligators and becoming familiar with the story.  Today in English, the children attempted some role play, acting out some scenes from the book.  They were fantastic at pretending to be Alan by scaring the other animals and putting in their false teeth.


In art this half term, we will be exploring portraits.  To start the topic off the children had a go at creating a self-portrait.  They all worked amazingly hard and produced some fantastic work.

Welcome to Pendragon Class!

We've had a great first few days getting to know each other.  The children have settled well and we are all excited about the year ahead.