Year 1
Bow Bells


We have been using bar modelling to help us to understand fractions and the division of number into halves and quarters. We worked in pairs and independently used lots of different resources from around the class to help us to divide and check our answers





As part of our topic we investigated Music and movement using a range of musical instruments. We worked as a band to create a 4 beats piece of music including dance and vocals. To showcase our talents we created posters to invite others to a listen to our musical performances in a mini music festival.




Royal Wedding

As part of British values Bow Bells and Loch Ness came together to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle. We dressed in red, white and blue to represent the union flag, listened to traditional royal music, had a traditional British tea party and watched royal weddings of the past.



Easter Parade

The children in Bow Bells worked hard to make an Easter bonnet and participated in a whole school Easter parade. the children loved showcasing all of their colourful Easter designs.





Parent Reading Morning

Our first ever Parent Reading Morning was a big success. Over 25 parents came in to support their child and listen to them reading. The parents that participated earned their child a stamp on their loyalty card - remember 5 stamps means 15 minutes extra play. The children were excited and fully motivated to read.





We have been learning about special times with family and friends. As a part of this topic we have been learning about Shabbat and Jewish traditions. We invited parents and careers into our class to discuss the meaning of Shabbat, to share some traditional Jewish food and dance to traditional Jewish music. We feasted on Challah bread, bagels and apple strudel all washed down with grape juice. We really enjoyed sharing this experience with family and friends. 








Dance4all and Drama4all Workshops

With the help of dance and drama experts we were able to explore/investigate movements to music and stories through role play. We had an amazing time travelling through space and dancing using big movements. 




Curriculum Morning

Parents and careers we invited to spend the morning in Year One to help us with our learning. They helped us to investigate the properties of 2d shapes, to design and describe a magic bus and even played with us in the playground.








West Ham Bus Garage

To find out about transport in our local area we have been reading the Naughty Bus written by Jan and Jerry Oke. As part of this topic we visited West Ham Bus Garage to explore the use of London buses. 

Whilst we were there we learned about the differences between old and new buses, discussed why people use buses and how buses work. We had a the chance to ride on a new bus and took the bus wash to be cleaned for other passengers.






We have been studying the text Beegu written by Alexis Deacon. Beegu was not meant to be here. She was lost.

We came into class and found a crash site that was similar to Beegu’s crashed spaceship. We started to investigate what had happened and used this experience to consider how Beegu was feeling as we read through the story. 




We took part in a Key Stage One production of the Nativity. We sang Christmas songs such as Little Donkey and Silent Night. We role played shepherds, sheep, Wise men, angels and Stars. We were really excited when our parents watched our performance. 






Leaf Man

In this term we have studied a range of texts including Leaf Man written by Lois Ehlert. In this story ‘the wind blew Leaf man away...over the prairie meadows, towards the marsh and gliding on a lake’. Leaf Man had exciting adventures along the way. We decided to investigate where Leaf Man had been and where he could go next to do this visited West Ham Memorial Park to see what we could find.





In maths we have been investigating capacity. We have been using the language of full, empty and half full to describe the amount of water, sand or beads in different containers. 





Whole school trip to Barking Theatre to watch a Christmas pantomime of Cinderella. We had a fantastic time!




Year 6 Reading Role-Models

Children from year six have been showing year one children how exciting books can be. They have shared stories, read to the class and asked the younger children questions about their favourite books. The older children were fantastic role models and worked brilliantly alongside Bow Bell. 


Parent Reflection Day

Year one parents were invited into school to share in all of our learning. Our scientific learning for this term has been focused on the difference between the day and the night sky. We created paintings of the night sky inspired by the work and techniques of Jackson Pollock. 


Golden Ticket Day

For our first Golden Ticket Day we decided to explore how bubbles are formed and created bubbles using different shaped pipe cleaners modelled on shapes around the classroom.

We role played characters from familiar fairy tales and created crowns to show how proud we are of our classmates.






Light and shadow

In Bow Bells we have been learning about light and shadows. We investigated how shadows are made and how they change based upon the position of the sun. We had fun drawing around our shadows to show how our bodies block the sun from reaching the ground.

Loch Ness

G Factor Competition

It took place on Thursday 5th July. Loch Ness class competed against the rest of the school performing the song ‘You’ve got a friend in me’. Although we did not win, we had lots of fun.




To investigate verbs and their meaning children in Loch Ness class are playing the game ‘Guess the verb’ and ‘A Verb Charade’.







Children learnt how to move an object ¼ turn, ½ turn and ¾ turn.





After that they investigated how to show ¼, ½ and ¾ using two circles.




Family Picnic Day

On Monday 9th July Gainsborough’s Family Picnic day took place. Children had a lovely time within the safety of the Gainsborough’s playground. They went on bouncy castles, had face painting, ice-cream, hot dogs and enjoyed a great afternoon with their family and friends.



We would like to thank you all the parents for coming and making this a great success.


Sports Day

Loch Ness class took part in the school’s Sports Day. This special day was full of games that taught children participation skills, team building and good sportsmanship.




Golden Ticket Day

Golden Ticket Day in Loch Ness class with a picnic in the park and lots of creative activities about Wild animals.










Avocado Baby

Story Time in Year One with the story of Avocado Baby.

Role-playing the story.

Tasting avocado for the first time.

Dipping cream crackers in guacamole.

Guessing what is going to happen next in the story and discussing how the main characters must be feeling about the arrival of the new baby.

Becoming seed detectives by planting an avocado seed in soil and placing another one in a jar with water.



In maths the children in Loch Ness have been learning about position using real kitchen containers as well as recording their learning in the class I pads. They can turn any object ¼, ½, ¾ and 1 whole turn.



They have also been testing each other with the position of the names of the week and the months of the year, with questions such as “ If today is Monday, what day will be tomorrow? Or what day was it yesterday?”


Parent Reading Mornings

Our Fridays Parent Reading mornings are really turning a great success. We would like to thank all the parents for their support.




Royal Wedding Party

Our year group joined in with the country celebrations for the wedding of the duke and duchess of Sussex.



In our science lessons we have been planting lots of vegetables for the school vegetable garden. Children are learning how to take care of them and what they need to grow.

As well as making bird feeders to help our little birds in the neighbourhood.





In our topic lessons we are learning about different music bands. We learnt about The Beatles and we tried our best to be as good as them while performing in front of the class.




This term has been filled with lots of new challenging activities for Year 1 children. We took part in the school’s poetry recital with our poem ‘Getting there’.

We met Ranger Stu and his animals.



We also took part in SPORTS RELIEF day and played new sport games with Bow Bells class.



And last but not least, we had a Maths workshop where we used different shapes and learnt a new one, the parallelogram.






The Naughty Bus

In English we are reading the story of The Naughty Bus. A toy London bus and a young boy are the main characters, together with the mum. The children have been learning about the characters of the story and the setting. Children have been role-playing the story, creating their story-maps, reading to their friends as well as creating their own naughty buses and their jigsaws.






Snow fun

This week we had a magic time with plenty of snow in our school. The children made snowmen, played snowball fights and made snow angels too. It was cold but not enough to stop us from going outside to play and have fun!








Celebrating Pancake Tuesday just before Half Term



n Maths we are learning the value of different coins incorporating them into play times with plenty of opportunities to practise counting and  using money vocabulary. Here we role-played as shop owners and customers using ‘real money’.







During our maths lesson we have learnt how to compare weight using string scales, kitchen scales and weight scales.  We have also learnt how to measure different items using a metre.



In Science we are learning about materials and their properties. This time we had to build a structure from scratch with no help at all. We built a ‘bat house’, a ‘ninja house’ and a ‘school’ among others.






Loch Ness Class Visits West Ham Bus Depot

We started our day listening very attentively to an introduction and overview of the duties of the bus drivers and asked many interesting questions on topics ranging from how long their shifts are to how they ignite the bus engine. The bus instructor answered all of our questions.

He also told us what to do if we find some left behind objects on the bus. Now we know that we shouldn’t take anything that isn’t ours, but instead give it to the bus driver who may be able to return the lost item to its owner.

We had the chance to explore the old buses, ring the bell and get one vintage ticket each. It was an amazing outing!


“Miss, someone came to our class. Look at this mess! We did not do it!” she exclaimed.

The children came to the class and found everything was upside down. They had to investigate what had happened and write down their notes in pairs.



Concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) is a highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths. Using this approach we introduced the new mathematical concept of fractions in Year 1.

Cutting a toast in halves first and then in quarters.

The children were given different shapes and they had to fold them into halves and quarters. Once they did it, they had to draw them following the crease.

Children could use abstract symbols to model problems.


Key Stage 1 Nativity Production



Autumn activities

We read Lois Ehlert’s book Leaf Man where a group of autumn leaves are blown by the wind over fields, past orchards, through prairie meadows, and across lakes and rivers. Children created their own Leaf man. They drew their story maps and then role-played and wrote their stories.

We also went on a trip to Memorial Park where we had fun playing and looking at the different leaves.






Reflection Day

Parents were invited to come in to Loch Ness class on Thursday 19th October for Reflection day. They joined their children in a Science lesson in which we were talking about the differences between day and night.





This week the children have been working with partners, supporting each other for a better outcome of their pieces of writing.




Bar Modelling

In our maths lessons the children in Loch Ness class have been learning addition using Bar Modelling,

they have been comparing different lengths with playdough snakes

and they have learnt about different heights building towers with blocks.


Hands on Activities

In LOCH NESS class we have been developing our fine motor skills with different hands on activities to help us to have a firm grip when we start writing.



In SCIENCE we have been learning about dark/light . We read the story of The Owl who was not afraid of the darkness and drew some pictures about it.

We have also learnt about day and night and we talked about the Earth revolution and rotation.


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