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Friday 20th May 2022

This week we have been reading the book 'Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp'. It has inspired us to have our own 'stomp'. In preparation, we have written invitations to our own dinosaurs, made biscuits and party hats.Today we have held the 'stomp'. We have drunk swamp juice, eaten biscuits and played musical dinosaurs. We had some brilliant games to play ( thank you Mrs Day-Lewis), including a 'Tricera-Toss'. 

Friday 13th May 2022

The children in Merlins Class have found out about Eurovision this week and have made the following video to wish Sam Ryder lots of luck on Saturday night!


Still image for this video

Friday 29th April 2022

Well, that first week back was short! We were very excited to start our new topic on dinosaurs. We are building a dinosaur museum and are finding out lots of facts about dinosaurs- photos of our discoveries will be added to the website next week.

Here are some dinosaur jokes to keep you entertained!


What do you call a dinosaur ghost?

A scaredactyl.


What do you get if you cross a dinosaur and a pig?

Jurassic Pork.


Knowledge Organiser for Terms 5 and 6

Friday 1st April

There is no doubt that the highlight of our week has been our trip to Hawkwood! Learning outside in our natural environment covers many areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum as well as being enormous fun! Everyone from Merlins Class would like to thank the parent helpers who came with us on this trip- you made the whole thing possible and all added extra magic to the morning.

We started by making pictures of animals from materials that we found.

Next we made dens. The challenge was to ensure that it had a roof and that both children could fit inside!

Our final ( and messiest) challenge was to make our own paint from mud and then paint a picture. This was a huge hit with both the children and adults!

Friday 25th March 2022

This week we have been applying for the jobs that we want to do in school during Careers Week. This has really captured the children's imagination and has inspired them to do their best writing ever, with high levels of independence!

In maths we have been sharing. We have really enjoyed doing this practically and understand that it has to be the same for each one to be fair.

We have also been thinking about Easter and spring. We have talked about the story of Palm Sunday and why Christians might think that the Easter story is both sad and happy. 

Friday 18th March

This week we have been reading Zoom Rocket, Zoom. We have found out what astronauts do and have been writing diaries as if we were astronauts.

In maths we have been doubling numbers. We all understand that doubling means adding the same number again. We have used numicon to help us understand this and some of us now just know doubles mentally!

In art we have been creating crazy collage aliens. We think they look amazing!

Friday 4th March 2022

What an exciting week we have had! Our new topic is 'We Have Lift Off'. The classroom now has a fantastic space ship in it and the reading area is now full of stars! The children have loved dressing up and having adventures in Space. Please see below for the Knowledge Organiser for this topic. 

Thursday 3rd March 2022

World Book Day

Thank you to the parents who came to school on Thursday morning. The children loved eating breakfast and sharing their favourite books. They were also treated to an impromptu performance of our class poem!

Wednesday 5th January 2022

Welcome back!

This term we are thinking about transport, Our topic title is Brum Brum, Beep Beep! Please see below for a copy of the Knowledge Organiser for this term.

Friday 19th November 2021

Well, this has been such an exciting day! We have had a science day which started off with a range of exciting activities delivered by our visiting scientist.


We then went back to our own classroom and answered two questions:
* Can I make the water move without tipping the cup?
* Can I make something that feels like a solid and a liquid?


The answer was 'yes' to both of these questions and while the children carried out their investigations, they were able to ask lots of scientific questions and to make some predictions.

Thursday 18th November 2021

This week has been all about pizza, and we have loved it!

We started off by tasting the different toppings that could be added to a pizza and then designed our own pizzas. 

We then made our own muffin pizzas and ate them, evaluating what was good and what could be improved. We then wrote up our recipes.

In maths we have been looking at the composition of 3,4 and 5.

Next week we are going to change the story of The Little Red Hen to include the hen making pizza. 

Friday 8th October

Well done Merlins, another great week at school! 

In literacy we have been reading Monkey Puzzle. We have started using the letter sounds that we have been learning to write words and wrote 'mum and dad' this week.

In our phonics we have learned the sounds 'ck, e, u and r'. We have also learned to read the words 'no, go and the'.

In maths we have been exploring 2D shape. We have been able to talk about different shapes using the words 'straight, curved and sides'. We have also really enjoyed playing with the shapes and exploring their properties.


Friday 10th September 2021

Wow Merlins, what a brilliant first week you have all had in school! In just five days you have made new friends, found your way around a new building and tried out lots and lots of fun activities! 

Next week is going to be even more exciting because on Thursday you will be having lunch with one of your adults AND meeting everyone in your class. It is going to be great to be altogether at last. We have put some photographs below of some of the things that you have been doing this week so that you can talk about them with your families. 

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday!

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