Selling C of E Primary School

petham primary school
Village Acedemy

Year 1 & 2 (Swallows)

A Message from the Class Teacher, Miss Hickman

Term 6 2017

Welcome back. I hope you all had a lovely half term and are raring to go for the countdown to summer!

Year 2 SATs are completed, and we are eagerly awaiting the conversion tables and thresholds for the scores. Teacher judgements have to be moderated before any final decisions can be made, but we will let you know your results as soon as we are able to.

Year 1 have their phonics check in the week beginning the 12th June. Again, we have to wait a while for the thresholds to be published but you will find out the results as soon as we know them.

In our English lessons this term, we will be looking at non-fiction texts and writing our own information piece on minibeasts. We will also be looking more at poetry, particularly performing poetry to others and how rhyme impacts the way we read.

In our Maths lessons, we are revising what we have learnt this year and developing our knowledge even further. We will also be continuing to work on our reasoning skills, and explaining our thinking.

In Science, we are starting our ‘Scientists and Inventors’ topic, where we will be learning about how science is used in everyday life as well as learning about the work of important scientists such as Louis Pasteur and Charles Macintosh.

We are carrying on with our topic of ‘Everyday Heroes’, finishing our learning about Florence Nightingale and George Stephenson before we move on to learning about groups of people with heroic jobs such as the police and fire fighters.

In our RE lessons, we will be looking at ‘Rules and Routines’, particularly the rules and routines of different religions and why they are important. This will include learning about The Ten Commandments and The Five Pillars of Islam.

We have really enjoyed doing yoga in our PE lessons, and so we will be continuing that this term with Miss Hickman. It is really helping us to improve our balance and coordination, as well as having a positive impact on our listening and concentration skills!

It’s going to be a busy but lovely half term as we count down to the summer holidays and I can’t wait!

Miss Hickman 


Term 5 in Swallows

Wow! I can’t believe we’re at the end of another term. This term has absolutely flown by, but that happens when you’ve had as much fun as we have!

One of the real highlights of the term has been starting to learn yoga in our PE lessons. We have been to the jungle, Wonderland, Minecraft and Frozen in our lessons, all while improving our balancing, stretching and concentration skills. Here we are showing off some of our best moves: 

In our English lessons, we have been working really hard on our writing. The improvements shown since the start of the year are incredible and we are all feeling very proud of ourselves! This term we have been particularly looking at using punctuation accurately and editing our work to improve it. The year 1s wrote some fantastic comics while the year 2s were doing their SATs (look out for them on display in the corridor!), and we have all written our own books based on ‘Dear Greenpeace’.

In Maths, we have been revising our knowledge of number and learning all about how we can apply what we know to help us solve problems. We have been looking at different ways of representing questions, and practising our use of the popular bar model. Here is Sophie using cubes to make her own bar model and solve missing number problems:

Our topic this term has been Everyday Heroes and we have really enjoyed learning all about ordinary people who did heroic things. We have learnt about Neil Armstrong, Robert Falcon-Scott, Grace Darling and Walter Tull. Here are some of us with our ‘stormy night’ pictures and facts about Grace Darling:

Next term we will be looking at groups of everyday heroes, such as doctors, firefighters and soldiers. Please let us know if you work/know someone who does a heroic job and would be willing to come and talk to us!

In Science, we have been learning all about the environment. We can tell you all about greenhouse gases and what it means to ‘be green’. As part of our lessons, we learnt about the rainforest. We had great fun tasting foods that originate in the rainforests including mango, pineapple, avocado and dark chocolate!