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Pendragon Class (Year 1 and 2)

Teacher: Mrs S Milne

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Feierabend, Miss Martin

Carymoor

Pendragon had a brilliant day out at Carymoor Environmental Trust today.  We learnt all about different animal superheroes.  We started off by going on a walk around the grounds and searching for different superheroes.  We then explored the pond habitat and found out about some of the amazing super powers of the minibeasts that live there.  After lunch we competed in a dung ball rolling relay then we created some creatures with clay.

Summer term phonics

Science

In Science, we are learning all about plants.  This week, the children explored seeds.  They took them apart and then used magnifying glasses to look at them more closely.

PSHE workshop

Pendragon class took part in a PSHE workshop today focusing on feelings.  We learnt about different feelings and ways to manage them.  We also had a visit from Harold the giraffe who shared some of his feelings.

Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day, the children came to school wearing an item of green clothing.  They took part in a virtual assembly by David Attenborough's Planet Earth Team.  We then explored why trees are so important, what products are made from trees and what animals live in trees.

Visit from Carymoor

We enjoyed a visit from Carymoor Environmental Trust today.  Carymoor led an assembly for the children talking about reducing, reusing and recycling.  The children then took part in a workshop on food waste.  They had a go at sorting out recycling and food waste.  They then decorated their own food waste bins, coming up with some imaginative names for their bins! We are looking forward to our visit to Carymoor in June.

Science week

This week is science week and the theme is 'time'.  The children have been enjoying lots of activities linked to this.  We have been experimenting with jelly to find out if different fruits mixed in with the jelly slow down how long it takes to set.  We also had a visit from Mrs Crang who brought in some lambs and chickens for the children to say hello to.  Mrs Crang told us that the chickens were actually those that hatched in Merlin class last year!

World Book Day

Phonics

Maths

We have been exploring symmetry in maths this week.  The children have been using mirrors to find lines of symmetry and to help them complete symmetrical patterns.

Art

In art, we have been looking at the work of John Piper.  The children used watercolours to lines to creates castles in the style of John Piper.

Eco-council

We are very grateful to the School Eco-council that has gifted each class a plant.  Pendragon have decided to call their plant Stitch.  We have set up a rota for watering Stitch and look forward to watching it grow over the next few months.

Safer Internet Day

As part of Safer Internet Day, Pendragon spent some time looking at technology and how this has changed over time.  We talked about how important it is for them to feel safe online and how to report something when it makes them feel unsafe.

Phonics

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.

Science

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!

Nativity

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

Christingle

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!

Science

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

Maths

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.

PE

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.  

English

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.

Art

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.

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