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Week beginning 15.7.19


Lots of end of term fun including making up our own Jack and the Beanstalk dance, building the castle and watching and taking part in Uplands Got Talent (well done Ellie, Maud and Paige, you are so brave.) What a wonderful show it was. The trip to Cattle Country was fantastic. The weather was perfect and the children had a lovely day seeing the animals, playing in the sand, jumping on the trampolines and climbing and sliding in the barns.

The highlight was Mr. Lucas braving the death slide along with Mrs. TC and Mrs. Ponting. It was lovely to welcome our new pupil, Charlotte, who has made a great start at school.We say goodbye to our buddies tomorrow and watch them in their play. Happy summer, everyone and many thanks for all your support this year!

Week beginning 8.7.19


The children have really enjoyed lots of playing and learning outside. They have been making and testing out how cars run down a slope and measuring how far they go each time. They have been washing our toys, reading, weaving, making pastel drawings and role playing Jack in The Beanstalk. Inside, they have been learning to write as a class, independently and they are working on recognising and finding numbers to 50 and 100 on a number square. The children have also been watching clips and discussing the life of plants. 

Week beginning 1/7/19


It was an amazingly busy week. On Monday we found that all of our butterflies had hatched and so we set them free at the top of the playground. Here they had access to local gardens and flowers. Some of the children say they have seen them since and loved this uplifting experience. 


Sam came to visit and all the children printed designs on their clay tiles. Next we made camouflage and patterned animal pictures. On Tuesday we made plate designs and circle collages, and on Wednesday the children went off to see their new class. On Thursday and Friday everyone went with their teams to do amazing art activities. The results are fantastic, so make sure you visit the exhibition and see more details in our art section of the website. 

Week beginning 24/6/19


This week we have begun to learn about place value and have been grouping objects into tens and ones. The children all made a superb effort on sports day. It was very new for them, and they coped well. We spotted a few budding athletes! We have also been learning about minibeasts by watching DVD clips and making snails using salt dough and pastel crayons. On Friday we went on a minibeast hunt in the playground and put our bugs into groups. We found that they did not like the sun and were looking for damp places!

Week beginning 17/6/19

The children have had another really good session on the PE apparatus. They have learned the 5 basic shapes of gymnastics and have been making these shapes on the floor, on the wall bars and in the air! In maths we have been learning to add and subtract using the number lines and squares, and in RE we have been learning about Judaism. This continues our work on special places. We looked at pictures of synagogues, then made our own pictures, collages and models. We watched a video clip on Shabbat and then acted out our own Shabbat meal, complete with bread and juice. It was fun to socialise around one big table. We did a history lesson on Monday in which we had a local resident to visit. She told us all about what Uplands School was like when she was a girl. It was very interesting and I think the children are glad they are children now!

Week beginning 10th June.


We have been working on our RE topic, special places.  We began by talking about places special to us and  then spent an enjoyable afternoon den building. The outside dens were excellent and we have a new area inside for dragons! We learned about how churches are special to Christians,  and followed up by making paintings, drawings and models of churches. On Friday we looked at pictures of houses throughout the world and the children were amazed at how different they can be.


The children have brought home a new set of words to learn. We have been working on them in class. Some children may feel ready to spell some of them too. You will see from the pictures that we have also been enjoying using the large apparatus in gym.

Week beginning 3rd June.


We have been learning number bonds to 5 and finishing our pictures based on "Tiger in a Tropical Storm" by Henri Rousseau. Thursday, the day of our trip to The Cotswold Wildlife Park, was really exciting. We began the day with a talk on habitats and adaptations whilst we looked at the penguins, meerkats, otters and some of the beautiful birds. We then had a picnic and played on the adventure playground. In the afternoon we saw the farm animals then the African and Asian animals. Standing, elevated, right next to the giraffes and being so near to the lions was amazing! The children looked at our photographs and did some super writing to follow up on Friday.

We have been learning some interesting facts about animals this week (Mrs. Gibson included !) as we continue to research our topic. Tuesday was very exciting when the Tiger DID come to tea. We made cucumber and jam sandwiches, cut up some fruit and laid a long table for us all. The Tiger arrived in good time and we all read out our messages to him (he was not a great reader). He answered all of our questions and we found out that he came from a rain forest just like the ones we have been learning about. Our maths work has also been fascinating this week as we coloured number squares to show number patterns. Several children have written numbers well beyond 20 without being taught. They show excellent thinking skills.

Week beginning 13.5.19

We have been learning the features of the 4 seasons and about woodland animals. The children have made some super seasons charts as you can see below. Do use your knowledge organisers at home to revise this as the children are still muddling the seasons a little at this stage.

 In maths we have been learning to total amounts of money using 10p, 5p, 2p and 1p coins. This was met with 100% success. Well done, Merlins! We have also been inviting The Tiger Who Came to Tea, to tea! Watch this space…

This week we have been learning about how we know about dinosaurs and we are beginning to understand how a fossil is formed. We printed using shells in clay to help our understanding. We wrote our own clues for a quiz to round off the topic. Well done the "Jeek" team, the winners. In maths we have been learning about "lazy" zero (he does nothing when we add or subtract him). We have also tried "counting on" to make addition quicker. Well done to those who are starting to do this.
There has been more really good work on dinosaurs. The writing was used for our big wall display and we were all proud of the results. We have been learning about theories on why the dinosaurs became extinct. In maths we have been learning some of the names of the 3 dimensional shapes and made some super box models. Everyone has learned to use our programmable Beebots, picking up the commands very quickly. The children's ball skills are improving in PE and we tried out some of the larger bikes and trikes in our outdoor session. They are getting too big for some of the old ones now!

We have kicked off on our new topic with some clips and discussions on dinosaurs. The children have responded really well, telling us about the dinosaurs they know about, making some great dinosaur paintings, and role playing in our museum and with our toy dinosaurs. Don't forget to use the new knowledge organiser to quiz your child on what they know. The children will become very familiar with these when they have an enlarged version of the organiser to work with in class.

In writing we have been sending messages via our Magic Message Tree. There may be some "magic" replies for us next week. In maths we have been learning to solve sharing problems in which we gave the teddies an equal share of the biscuits. Everyone is excited because the tulips we planted have finally flowered. More magic!

Week beginning 1.4.19

It has been all about spring and Easter this week. Thankfully the weather was very spring like on Monday for our walk. We collected flowers, new buds and leaves and made a display in the classroom. Then it got cold which was a little confusing but the children at least know the realities of England! We listened to the Easter story and made links between new life, eggs and the story. The children have done some lovely art work to support the topic.

Happy holidays everyone, and many thanks for your continued support.

Week beginning 25. 3.19

We have enjoyed reading and discussing the story, Q Pootle 5, among many other new books we have recently bought for our book corner. In maths we have been doing some practical work in the water tray, finding out which containers hold more water. We imagined we were looking for the container which held the most “super juice” for the king. We have done several activities around “A Short Ride on a Fast Machine” by the composer, John Adams. We made up a machine dance, painted our interpretations of the piece, and composed our own pieces using percussion.

Week beginning 18.3.19

This week we have been perfecting our cutting skills and have made pictures in the style of Matisse. It is also very exciting that the children are now beginning to write short captions and sentences with minimal help. All that handwriting practise is paying off! We have also been working hard learning our di and trigraphs (double and treble sounds e.g. ar, ure) and using the knowledge to read more difficult words. Look in the book bags. There is  a sheet showing which sounds your child needs to learn. In maths we have been problem solving with “one more” and “one less.”


Week beginning 11.3.19

We have been having lots of fun reading Here Come The Aliens, and learning new descriptive words in order to describe our own, “made up” aliens. Do have a look at the pictures, the children have done some super drawings. In their play, they  have  been making pages for our class book on space which we are sharing in the book corner. In maths we have been learning what half means. We have been cutting dough and shapes in half and then learning how to find half of simple numbers.


Week beginning 4.3.19

We have been learning about the solar system and have begun some art work for our display. We had fun painting the sun using cling film and sand for a great texture. We have also been exploring weight, and comparing “moon stones” and parcels and  putting them in order of weight. We have been play acting with our “little people” who have been astronauts exploring in “moon sand,” and our space ship is finally ready. The children have had a great time dressing up and role playing as astronauts themselves.


Week beginning 25.2.19

Welcome back everyone. The children have been busy practising subtraction with adults and following up in their play. We have started our topic on space and have been learning about the lack of air and gravity in space. We have been experimenting with the effects of gravity by pushing cars down different slopes and making and testing out our own parachutes.

Week beginning 4/2/19.

We have been enjoying our new airport role play area. We have used this play to begin learning the concept of subtraction as we counted passengers getting on and off the plane. We have learned about early and modern aeroplanes and made our own paper ones. We used these for an investigation into which planes flew the furthest in the playground. The children are remembering our new sounds well. We practised “oi” in the story we studied this week, “Oi, Get Off Our Train.” Keep practising the sounds, there are only a few new ones to come now.

We also said goodbye to our student, Jasmine, who has been working with us since September. We wish her luck in her new nursery placement.

Week beginning 28.1.19

This week we read about Mr. Marvel’s wonderful car and it inspired us to design our own cars which had wings, 8 wheels, flames and all sorts of wonderful ideas. We have also been experimenting and recording which materials float and sink in water. Following this the children were challenged to make a floating boat using junk materials. We found that the cardboard went very soggy but a plastic base worked well. In maths we have learned about doubling and have been solving doubling problems in various contexts (e.g. animals on the farm, books in the bookcase).

WB 21. 1.19

We have been learning all about cars this week and enjoyed reading and writing about Mr. Gumpy’s Motor Car. Please note the new double sounds to practise at home. Also, we have been learning the names of letters (e.g. ay, bee, rather than a, b.) In maths we have been learning to recognise and know the properties of circles, triangles and rectangles. We have been on shape hunts around the classroom. Maybe you could do this at home?


How exciting for the children that we had a smattering of snow. We worked very hard on Wednesday morning so that we could go to play in the snow early. It was well worth it, and we learned about snowflakes and freezing temperatures. See the pictures.

Week beginning 14.1.19.

The children have really enjoyed adding activities this week, with lots of them using stickers and counting in their play. We have been working on balance in PE and made a musical composition to our story, The Magic Train Ride. The children have made their own train rides by adding scenery to their train track buildings and acting in role play. They have also learned to write details on a train ticket. Mr. Moorcroft taught them about old and modern trains.

Merlins curriculum map spring 2019

Week beginning 7/1/19

Welcome back everyone. Happy new year to you all!

We have “kicked off” with our new topic, transport, with new activities this week. We have been looking at pictures of different modes of transport, painting them, and making box model versions of them. We have made car catalogues and played in our new role play area which has become a train station. The children did well on the traffic survey on Friday. In maths we have been studying symmetry and making some interesting pictures.