Category Archives: Key Stage 1

Y2 Curriculum Update


We began our Victorian seaside project with a trip to HMS Warrior. The focus of our English has been recounting our trip with a focus on past tense, descriptive language, and using a range of sentence types. This week we learnt about the story of Grace Darling and wrote a diary entry from the day she rescued people from the storm.


We have done a range of maths since half term including time (5 minute intervals), symmetry, 3D shape, money, greater/less than,  problem solving and reasoning.

Y1 Curriculum Update

English –

This week we have been finding out and writing about the Victorian Era. We used photographs of the Victorian classrooms and buildings and compared it to our experience at school now. Did you know….? We have Victorian classrooms at Swanmore Primary!

Maths –

To link with our Victorian topic, we have been learning about time. We first looked at a timeline of events in History and Queen Victoria’s reign. We then considered our own daily timeline and used the vocabulary to describe different times of the day – morning, midday, afternoon, evening, night time.

We also had a brilliant time on our school trip to Manor Farm, we learnt so many things about the life of a Victorian! Thank you for the lovely costumes provided and to our wonderful parent helpers. We look forward to seeing you at the Victorian tea party on Wednesday afternoon next week at 3pm (in the hall).


Have a great weekend in the sunshine! Y1 Team 🙂


Y2 Curriculum Update


We have been focusing on the skills of reading comprehension: being detectives, finding answers in the text and making inferences based on what we know.


We revisited adding and subtracting two digit numbers using different strategies including counting on and back on an empty numberline. We have also been using our number fact knowledge to reason about number i.e. If you X10 then the answer will always end in zero as it is a multiple of ten.

Y2 Explorers Challenge

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We had a terrific Challenge Day in Year 2. As we were learning about explorers in History we became intrepid explorers ourselves!

We worked closely in teams to negotiate team names, flag design and then create a rather snazzy outfit to wear on an expedition. After modelling these on the cat walk we agreed that wearing a bin liner and sellotape in real life may not be too sensible!

During the afternoon we practised our obstacle course across Antarctica. We were thrown an extra challenge as the children had to complete the course in their coats, hats and scarves and they also had to stick together as a team by holding onto a rope the whole way around. When the teams reached the pole they planted their flags and did their pre-rehearsed victory dance!

Totally exhausted, we returned home from our expedition with fingers and toes all remaining – Phew, no frostbite!

Y1 Curriculum Update

Y1 have been very busy getting ready for Christmas!

There were lots to learn for our Nativity production – song lyrics, dances, acting…

We have been taking part in Christmas themed maths investigations this week, filling crackers with hats and toys and carrying out our own census counting around the school.

Mrs Brown, Miss Head and Miss Doran wish you all a very Merry Christmas…we would also like to Thank you for your support this term.

See you in 2017!!

Y2 Curriculum Update


Over the last few weeks much of our time has been spent learning about The Nativity story. We have read lots of Christmas books, practised and performed our nativity “Christmas Counts” and written our own version of the first Christmas. Our challenge with our own writing was to apply as many of the things we have learnt this term e.g. expanded noun phrases, various verbs, adjectives, adverbs and punctuation.


We have been practising our number bonds and multiples of 10. Our work on shape and symmetry has been fun. We looked at lots of different shapes and counted all of the lines of symmetry. We used our maths learning to create symmetrical Christmas decorations and fun partner cards.

Holiday Homework:

Don’t forget that over Christmas the children need to continue reading, write their Thank You cards and start learning the 10 times table.

Autumn fun

In the corner outside Y2 we discovered that the windy weather had blown in loads of leaves. So what did we do?

We couldn’t miss the glorious opportunity to throw these crispy Autumn leaves!

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School Council Taste Testers!

The School Council were approached by HC3S, the company that provides hot school dinners for the school, to see if members of our School council would take part in taste testing products that may appear on future menus.  The children tried BBQ chicken sausages, tomato risotto crisp bake, salmon fish fingers and garden vegetable goujons!  The children were excellent in their role and thought carefully about the differing offerings presented to them and gave them marks out of ten.

Maybe you’ll get to try some of these in the future! (Mr Flynn liked the risotto the best…)