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Welcome to our new blog for 2023-24!  We hope to share all the wonderful things we are learning about in Year 1 and 2.

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Our Class teachers are Miss K. McMillan and Mrs E. Millard (alternate Thursdays).  Our teaching assistants are Ms F. Hillier (Mon-Wed) and Mrs A. Clay (Thurs and Fri).

We have indoor PE every Monday and outdoor PE every Thursday, children need to come to school on both days in their PE kit please.

Y1/2 Curriculum Overview 2023-24 Y1/2 Writing Curriculum 2023-24

School Reading Spine 2023-24 


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  • Friday 24 May 2024 Sports Day for Leopard Class! Wow! What an amazing way to end Term 5! We were lucky enough to have the perfect weather for our back up sports day and the turn out was amazing. Thank you to all the adults who were able to attend, we hope you enjoyed our carousel of activities. The children were super stars and gave every activity a go, displaying excellence, teamwork and resilience! It was so lovely to see!
  • Friday 17 May 2024 Puppets for Leopard Class! This week was all about making our puppets in our design and technology lessons. On Wednesday, the children used all of their learnt skills to make their hand puppets. They used different joining techniques, such as the running stitch and glue and decorated them with a variety of materials. The children did an AMAZING job! I was so proud of all their resilience, skill and teamwork throughout the lesson. A massive thank you to all the adults who came in on Wednesday afternoon to support the children!!
  • Friday 10 May 2024 Sewing and designing for Leopards This week, we began a new topic in DT. The children are learning 'How to make a puppet'. We have tested different joining techniques to see which will be best to join things to our puppets- sewing, blue tac, glue, staples or cellotape. We concluded that sewing and stapling was strongest but some, like glue, were easier to use. The children then had a go at sewing, using a needle and thread to make a running stitch. They were all so resilient and it was great to see confident sewers supporting other children. Finally, we designed our puppets, ready for next week's making lessons. Thank you to those who have volunteered to help on Tuesday afternoon, if any other adults can help, please speak to Miss McMillan before then :)
  • Friday 3 May 2024 Kenya, recounts and fractions The children have worked so hard this week in their learning! We came to the end of our Kenya topic and answered the question 'How does living in Westbury compare to living in Kenya?' The class made posters all about what they learned about the country, before using this information to complete their essay the next day. They showed an amazing level of understanding and produced fantastic work!
  • Friday 26 April 2024 Noah's Ark Trip for Leopard Class! This week, as part of our new topic about Kenya, we went to Noah's Ark Zoo. We were lucky enough to see so many different animals, including three of the big 5 (rhino, elephants and lions). The children also saw owls, emu, a selection of farm animals, zebra, giraffes, bears, gibbons and camels. We were lucky enough to attend a talk about the meerkats and some of the children were brave enough to feed them a black beetle.
  • Friday 19 April 2024 New term and new topic for Leopards! Wow, we are in term 5 already!
  • Friday 29 March 2024 Easter and Scootability for Leopard Class! Happy Easter!
  • Friday 22 March 2024 Performing and Graphs for Leopard Class First of all, thank you for all of the parents who joined me for Parents Evening on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was lovely to speak to you all and share the amazing learning the children have been doing.
  • Friday 15 March 2024 Plants and Direction for Leoaprds We have started a new topic in Science looking 'Plants'. Leopard Class went for a walk around the school grounds on Tuesday to see what plants we could find and what they had in common. We named the parts of a plant by drawing and labelling them in our books. Then we moved on to thinking about the difference between bulbs and seeds we used all of our observational skills to talk about what we discovered and the children had the chance to see what was inside both as well! All KS1 classes had a visitor from Jackie, a gardener, who told us all about growing plants and how to look after them. On Friday, we set up an experiment to see what plants need to grow, we are going to see how cress plants grow. We have some with water and sunlight, some without both and some without water or sunlight.
  • Friday 8 March 2024 World Book Day and Art for Leopards! What a busy and lovely week we have had! It was amazing to see all the children dressed up as a word or in character from their favourite book on World Book Day on Thursday. The all looked fantastic!
  • Friday 1 March 2024 Music, instructions and art for Leopard Class This week, we continued our work looking at Henri Rousseau. The children experimented with oil pastels, before adding colour to their animal drawings. They have also been learning how to use the primary colours to make secondary colours and in particular, green. The children then used white and black to create different shades of green. We then used this to paint and print our leaves ready for collaging next week.
  • Friday 23 February 2024 The start of a new term for Leopards! Leopard Class have made an amazing start back into Term 4. They have been enthusiastic with their learning and have all become fantastic artists as part of our new topic. We have begun a new art topic all about the French artist Henri Rousseau. He painted artwork inspired by the jungle, despite not actually seeing one. He used his imagination instead and broke rules of art. This week, we used our observation skills to sketch leaves and add shading using blending, cross-hatching and stippling techniques. Then, the children had a go at drawing animals. As you can see, they have done a fantastic job.
  • Friday 9 February 2024 Last week of term for Leopards What a busy final week of term!
  • Friday 2 February 2024 Special Visitors for Leopard Class This week the children have The Trowbridge Museum came to us with a workshop to bring our learning to life. Florence Nightingale came herself to speak to us about her life and what she did to help improve the hospital conditions during the Crimea war and how those changes have made an impact on our hospitals today. We also saw how Mary Seacole would have made her medicines and learnt how she traveled from Jamaica to England and beyond.
  • Friday 26 January 2024 Nurses and poetry for Leopard Class We started a new history topic this week all about nurses, and this has included Florence Nightingale. First, the children had a go at ordering the pictures on the timeline and then they learned some background information about her. They looked at how she changed the conditions of hospitals and what she did to improve nursing. The children also enjoyed being nurses themselves and practiced their skills using bandages.
  • Friday 19 January 2024 Writing stories and testing materials for Leopards The children have worked so hard this week with their learning and their books capture this.
  • Friday 12 January 2024 Happy New Year Leopard Class! Wow, what an amazing first week back! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year :)
  • Friday 15 December 2023 Christmas Performance for Leopards! Leopard Class was amazing this week in their Nativity. They made all of the adults so proud of how great they all were in remembering their words, songs and actions. Thank you for all of the hard work that went into the costumes, please see the photos below of how fantastic they looked!
  • Friday 8 December 2023 Geography for Leopard Class This week, we have continued our Geography topic by looking at where countries are in the world and how this affects the weather. The children learned about the equator and used the atlases to at where different countries were. Then, we learned that there are 7 continents and made a globe show where they were located.
  • Friday 1 December 2023 Shape and weather for Leopard Class This week, we saw the arrival of our Christmas tree and Kindness Elves (who our class has named Coco Bear)! It truly is the start of the busy Christmas month.
  • Friday 24 November 2023 Bristol Aquariam for Leopard Class! This week, the children went on their school trip to Bristol Aquarium. We completed our learning of the science topic 'How do animals survive' and this was a great way to see how much the children had learned and what they could remember from the last science topic about habitats.
  • Sunday 19 November 2023 Penguins, keeping healthy and hockey for Leopard Class This week has been full to the brim of learning!
  • Friday 10 November 2023 New science topic for Leopards! This week, we started a new topic in science- How do animals survive? The children matched adult animals to their babies and sorted animals depending on whether they were born live or hatched from an egg. We looked at the life stages of humans and the children acted out the various stages before thinking about the different things humans need at each stage. Then, we learned about life cycles and thought about a butterfly's- acting it out and ordering the stages.
  • Friday 3 November 2023 The start of a new term for Leopards We have jumped straight back into learning and the children have done some amazing work already this term!
  • Wednesday 18 October 2023 Happy Half Term Leopards! Happy Half Term!
  • Friday 13 October 2023 Sculptor Leopards Leopard Class became sculptors this week as they made their leaves for our very own mobile, inspired by Alexander Calder. The children made abstract leaves using different materials to explore with the colour, shapes and lines.
  • Friday 6 October 2023 Westonbirt and Glass Workshop for Leopards This week, we have been luck enough to have a variety of different experiences.
  • Friday 29 September 2023 Lots of Learning for Leopards Wow, what a busy week! Leopard Class was in full learning mode as we completed so much this week.
  • Friday 22 September 2023 Maths and Bog Babies for Leopards This week, Leopard class have been really creative.
  • Friday 15 September 2023 Leopards Hunting for Micro-habitats Another busy week for Leopard Class.
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