Years 1 + 2 Blog

Welcome to Foundation Stage! We work with children from three to five years and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We have a FS1 Base (Nursery) and a FS2 Base (Reception). The teachers in FS1 are Mrs Hotchkiss and Miss Hotchkiss who are supported by Curriculum Specialist Mrs Byrne and Teaching Assistants Mrs Stephens and Mrs Harrison. In FS2 the teachers are Mrs Bell and Mrs Hurst who are supported by Teaching Assistants Miss Shaw and Miss Crooks.

During children’s time in Foundation Stage they will cover three prime areas of learning through child led and adult led activities. The prime areas are: Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. These prime areas are the most essential to a child’s healthy development and future learning.

They will also cover four specific areas which are: Literacy, Mathematical Development, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. We work closely together as a Foundation Stage team and with the rest of Angram Bank School. We take part in Achievement Day, termly Parents Evening, parent workshops and fundraising events. Children get on the Angram Bank bus in our Foundation Stage and continue on an exciting learning journey!

FS1 In The Moment

FS1 Reading Spine

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Welcome to Y1/2! Our teachers are Miss Leesley, Mr Bunting and Miss Overton. Mrs Wood and Mrs Marsden are around each day to support our learning.  We are all busy bees and love to grow our brains. We hope you enjoy reading our regular blog updates showcasing our learning.

Be kind and help your brain grow, get on the values rainbow!

Spring Learning Enquiry 2019: The 1960s and The Great Fire of London

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Welcome to Y3/4! You will find Mrs Whitham and Mr Merone teaching a wide range of lessons in Lower Key Stage Two. Miss Larkin and Miss Smith are around each day to support our learning. We hope you enjoy reading our regular blog updates showcasing our learning.

Spring Planning:

Learning Enquiry Planning - The Beginning of Civilisation

English - Non-fiction (Instruction)

Y3 Maths


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Computer Robots

The Year Twos today became computer robots. 

We wrote a computer algorithm for creating a jam sandwich. We learnt that computers do not have their own thoughts like us and need every step clearly breaking down as an algorithm. An algorithm is a step by step set of instructions that computers need to function. Once we had written our algorithm we tested them out on our partners. They became the computer and could only follow the steps written in their algorithm. 

Lots of us needed to debug our algorithm with a green pen as our robot partners could not follow some steps.

Next week, we will begin giving real computers algorithms.
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KS1 Parliamentary Debate

Year One and Two had a very important decision to make. We had been presented with a letter about the school milk that children receive at school. The company that provide the milk had decided that they were no longer going to provide plastic straws for the children to drink from.

We needed to discuss this further and decided to have a debate as would happen in parliament. We learnt about the Houses of Parliament and learnt that our prime minister is called Boris Johnson. To solve our issue, the children were split into two opposing parties who thought of ideas for their sides of the argument for or against having straws at school.

Once we had our ideas, we came back together for our debate. We were introduced to the speaker and found out that it is the speaker who decides who can speak next. We took turns to put across our points to the rest of parliament.

After our debate, we gave our votes as an 'Aye' or 'No' for or against the straws. The vote was too close to call so the division bell was called to physically divide the children into two groups. Once the votes had been counted, the speaker revealed that the 'Ayes' had won and therefore the ban on plastic drinking straws will be put into place.

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Animal Investigators

Today we began our animals topic. We started off by investigating the different animals that we would find outside school. We were given a sheet with six local animals which we searched for around the school yard.

Using the information we collected from our search, we created a class tally chart. Looking at the tally chart the animal most children saw was a woodlouse.

What animals do you see in your garden?
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Mr Fox's Interview

Today we were lucky enough to interview Mr Fox from the Gingerbread Man story. The first thing we needed to do was think up questions to ask him. As a class we came up with five questions that we wanted Mr Fox to answer. These were:

After lunch Mr Fox came in to answer our questions. We found out quite quickly that Mr Fox wasn't a friendly fox and his favourite food was yummy, crunchy gingerbread men!

What questions would you ask Mr Fox?
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Cress Growing

In Year Two today, we planted some cress in our teams. 

We are hoping to learn about how plants grow from seeds into mature plants.

Keep looking out for how our cress is getting on...
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