Kersey Church of England Primary School

Achieving Potential Together


Class Newsletter - Autumn 2016

11.7.16 - We had another great day in the forest! Today we went on an scavenger hunt, then sorted the objects using Venn and Carroll diagrams. After that we made 3D shapes using sticks.

6.7.16 - Kagera Day - We were very lucky to have some visitors in to help use think about children and families from Tanzania in Africa. We learned about the animals that live there, we learned to speak some Swahili and we tried different African fruits.

4.7.16 - Forest Schools Day 1 - Wow! What am amazing day we had! We started off exploring the wood and collecting different things for our forest crowns. We then made people, skeletons and mud faces!

23.6.16 - Sports Week Day 4 - What an amazing trip to Play World in Stowmarke!. We all enjoyed going on the go-karts, playing football and climbing and sliding in the soft play area!

This half term in Science we are learning about our bodies. We started off by learning about some of the organs and bones and why they are important. Now we are learning about the importance of looking after our bodies - washing our hands properly to prevent the spread of germs and why we should eat a balanced diet!

22.6.16 - Sports Week Day 3 - Wow what an amazing sports day!

20.6.16 - Sports Week Day 1 - Today we had the opportunity to try lots of different circus skills. Activities included plate spinning, juggling, stilt walking, diablo spinning and feather balancing. It was great fun!

10.6.16 - We had a great day celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday! We made cheese and cucumber sandwiches, built our own castles from the construction materials and made crowns and Union Jack flags. We also designed our own royal carriages and soldiers. We hoped you enjoyed our performance during the tea party in the afternoon!

8.6.16 - We have been learning how to do a Maypole dance!

We all enjoyed our trip Piper's Vale. We have some very talented gymnasts in our class!

13.5.16 - We investigated which objects float and sink in fresh and salt water. We were surprised to find out that the tomato, carrot and many of the other objects sunk in fresh water but floated in the salt water. I wonder if anybody can find out why?

11th May 2016 - We have had a fantastic trip to Hollow Trees Farm. We spent the morning learning about bees, planting our own flowers for the bees and learning a bees dance. We then had a tractor ride into the farmers fields and learned about the different crops, before returning to the farm and visiting the animals. We finished our day off with some well earned free time in the woodland play area.

We have been building our own Lego bird and programming it to move in different ways.

We are continuing to practise telling the time on a digital and analogue clock; and making different amounts using coins.



Below are some games which will support learning at:



Money games:


Making amounts -


Giving change -



Time games:


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It is the Queen's 90th Birthday on Thursday! We all wrote letters to the Queen to wish her a happy birthday. I wonder whether we will get a reply!

We enjoyed our first djembe drumming session. We can't wait to show you what we have learnt at our upcoming music concert!

We have been busy learning about plants and how they grow. We planted sun flowers; made our own clay pots and planted cress in them; and painted our own tins and planted bulbs inside. We can't wait to see them grow!

Sport Relief. Today we have been thinking about a family from Bangladesh. We learned that their house was only 244cm by 305cm. We drew houses the size of theirs on the playground and thought about what they might look like.

Jack and the Beanstalk stop animation

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In our computing lessons we have been learning about stop animation. We made a stop animation to retell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We had to use the characters and move them slowly, taking a picture each time. We then put them together in Windows Movie Maker and added the sound.

We all enjoyed our Yoga session at the village hall today!

Thank you to everybody that came to our science discovery cafe. We hoped you enjoyed learning about plants and growing with us.

We have started learning how to play the recorder. Today we learnt how to blow into the recorder and tried hard to keep our hands in the right places.


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We have some fantastic authors in Hedgehogs. Well done to everybody who submitted their story to the BBC 500 words competition. A few of the entries are below, so please have a read of their amazing work!

Wow, what a busy start to the half term! Our new topic is growing. We are currently learning about Spring and the weather in Spring time. We have been measuring the temperature, rainfall and wind direction each day and seeing how it changes.

In maths we have been learning about units of measurement. We learnt that weight is measured in grams and kilograms. We had to use the scales to weigh out the correct ingredients for our flapjacks.

Thank you to everybody that came to our class assembly. We hope you all enjoyed finding out about what we have been learning.

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We made up our own dance to tell the story of "The Magic Toybox". Don't they look fantastic! (The other groups videos will be uploaded soon)

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toybox dance 2.wmv

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We had a great day with Premier Sports! We found out how fit we are, learnt about healthy eating and played lots of games to keep us active!

This week we have been learning learning the names of 3D shapes, talking about their properties and sorting them in different ways. We even had a go at making some 3D shapes. Can you guess what shapes they are?

The toys in Hedgehogs have been up to mischief again, but luckily we caught them on video! We are writing our own stories based on what has happened - I can't wait to read them!

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We had a surprise when we came to school this morning. All of the toys had come alive and been up to mischief! We think the naughty teddy used the magic wand to cast a spell!

The year 1 children have now covered all the phase 2,3,4 and 5 phonemes. Please continue to practise these daily with your children at home so that they become confident using them in their reading and writing. It is important that the children are able to recognise each of the diagraphs and triagraphs so that they do not sound out each letter individually.


Here are some games that you may wish to play to support their learning: