Year 1 & 2

3D Shapes

Here are some pictures of year 2 constructing 3D shapes to show they understand the properties: edges, vertices and faces
We have started our English learning with the book "Where the Wild Things Are." The children have absolutely adored immersing themselves in the text. They were amazing at following simple instructions to create their own masks.

In the autumn term, the children learnt about ‘Food and Nutrition’.  The main focus was on preparing food safely and hygienically. 

The children in KS1 had lots of fun learning how to wash their hands effectively, with the use of a silly song.

As well as teaching key skills, each year group’s Food and Nutrition topic has been closely linked with their main topic for the term:

In Year 1/2, they explored what kind of food would be eaten in space.  They tasted some pre-packaged ‘space food’ and watched clips showing what happens to food when there is no gravity.  The children noticed that the astronauts didn’t eat much fresh fruit, so they were given a challenge to deign a way of eating fruit in space.  The children decided to make fruit kebabs and fruit smoothies to stop the fruit from floating away.  They prepared the fruit by washing it and then chopping it carefully, using a knife.  

At the beginning of the year, Year 1/2 began by recapping their knowledge of paint and colour mixing.   The identified the primary colours (red, yellow and blue) and explored how to mix them to create the secondary colours (orange, purple and green).  Once the children were secure, they moved on to learning about how to create tints and shades.  The children then explored the work of illustrator Ben Cort, which featured in their English key text: ‘Aliens Love Underpants’.   In pairs, they created their own alien paintings, applying their colour mixing skills.


During science year 1 & 2 have been learning about materials. We have been exploring their properties and how some materials can be changed. In a recent science lesson we investigated what things can be changed with heat. We predicted what would happen to chocolate, ice, wax and bread when they got hot. After we had made our predictions we worked together to carry out the experiment.
In art this term year 1 & 2 have been working on their 'Colourful Creatures' topic, based on Ben Cort's illustrations from the picture book: 'Aliens Love Underpants'. Throughout this topic, the main focus has been colour mixing.  The children have had lots of fun using Playdough, coloured acetate and paint bags to explore which primary colours can be mixed to make the secondary colours (orange, purple and green). They have also been exploring how to make a colour lighter (tint) or darker (shade).  At the end of the topic, the children will use their colour mixing skills to create their own alien illustrations.

Our children adored our time at the Novium Museum in Chichester. we got to explore the Tim Peake workshop , learning lots of new facts about him and his life as an astronaut. The children took part in a range of activities such as learning how Tim Peake coped with the lack of gravity in space using a hairdryer, ping pong ball and net! They were even able to dress up in their very own space costume!