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Autumn 1

What we will be learning in Autumn 1:

English - Adventure stories, The Tear Thief

Maths - Place value, Addition and Subtraction

Science What helps us to move and grow?

Geography - Where in the World?

Art - Portraits

Computing - Digital literacy - staying safe online

Physical Education - Yoga/Basketball

Religious Education - What do different people believe about God? 

French - Greetings/How old are you/My Family

Music Let your spirit fly

Values / attitudes - Self Manager / Respect 


Monday 19th October - Thursday 22nd October 2020


Teddy Bear's Picnic!

As a reward for working so hard this half-term, we celebrated with a Teddy Bear's picnic. We each brought in our favourite teddy and shared why it was special to us. We had such a lovely time smiley




As requested by the children, here is the recipe for the 'Fifteens' we had as a treat after our picnic. They are a tasty traybake from the North of Ireland and really easy to make.



  • 15 digestives ½ a pack 
  • 15 glacé cherries halved (½ a tub) OR Miss Daly chooses to replace them with chunks of Cadbury's chocolate!
  • 15 large marshmallows quartered (½ a bag) / mini marshmallows are easier to use (be generous!)
  • 200 ml condensed milk
  • 75 g desiccated coconut


  • Crush the digestives by either putting them into a ziplock bag and crushing with a rolling bin, or by blitzing it in a food processor.

  • Mix together with the halved glacé cherries/chocolate, the quartered/mini marshmallows and condensed milk

  • Lay out some clingfilm/plastic wrap and put the desiccated coconut on it.

  • Using your hands, form a sausage with the dough and put it on top of the coconut

  • Wrap the clingfilm with the coconut tightly around the sausage, so the outside is covered with the coconut evenly

  • Put into the fridge overnight

  • Slice into 1cm thick pieces to serve and ENJOY! smiley


Monday 12th October - Friday 16th October 2020



In English, we have been learning a tricky concept: how to punctuate speech correctly. We practised how to do it and what punctuation should be included together then wrote our own short narrative and included dialogue. Mrs Campbell is super proud of how hard we tried.





In R.E., we listened to two important stories about St Paul and Moses and about how their different journeys through life both ended up with a message from God. As a class, we chose to re-tell the story of Moses and the burning bush and how God told him about the ten commandments.






Monday 5th October - Friday 9th October 2020



This half term, we have been learning how to greet each other, ask how you are and also ask what your name is. We have really enjoyed learning lots of new vocabulary and trying to remember what we have learned by playing the fun interactive games. 



Values, Attitudes & Well-Being

Our value this half-term is Respect. We have been exploring lots of different ways we can show respect to each other. Below you can see the 'web of respect' we made. We each picked someone in the class and said why we respected them then passed the string on to create this wonderful web, where we are all joined together.




Well-Being Wood

Each Thursday we love going out to spend time in our Well-Being Wood. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful space to explore. Last week, in our co-operative teams, we got creative and made an 'ant theme park/hotel'. We had so much fun finding lots of different materials to use. One group even had their first visitor - albeit a worm!






Monday 28th September - Friday 2nd October 2020



Over the past few weeks we have been looking at nutrition and what we need to eat to have a balanced diet. We looked at the different food groups and what foods we should eat more or less off to be healthy.






Over the last two weeks we haven been practising sketching with increasing accuracy each time. We have been giving constructive feedback to our partner on how they could improve their butterfly one step at a time. We have made a big improvement and really enjoyed the whole process.







This week, we have been comparing numbers using greater than, less than and equal to (>,<,=). We also practised ordering numbers ascending and descending order and counting in groups of 50. We rolled three dice to make a 3-digit number then compared them with another 3-digit number- we had lots of fun with this activity.






Monday 21st September - Friday 25th September 2020



This week in Geography we have been investigating our local area and the key question of 'what makes Stretford great?' We looked at some of the landmarks that most of us see on a daily basis. We found out lots of interesting facts abut each landmark. Did you know the old Essoldo building used to be a bingo hall?





This week in computing we have been learning all about how to be safe online. We discussed what 'identity' means and how we can protect our identities by using an avatar online. Have a look at some of the very interesting avatars we created!






Monday 14th September - Friday 18th September 2020


Our Class Book

We have been exploring the values and attitudes that are important to us at VPJS. We have shown these values in different ways, such as; symbols, photographs, posters and nature pictures.






We are strong like a tree

This week we we discussed how we can be 'strong like a tree' The wind represents worries or barriers and the roots are things that we love or things that help us.



This week in maths we have been learning all about partitioning 2 and 3 digit numbers, exploring what makes a hundred, how many equivalent 10s are in hundred numbers and how we can represent numbers using resources such as dienes and counters. 






Friday 11th September 2020

In English, we have been looking at a picture called 'The unexpected journey' and we have written our own adventure stories.

Here are some examples of the wonderful stories we have written.



Thursday 10th September 2020

Today we enjoyed doing some yoga and exploring the Well-being Wood for the first time.





Monday 7th September - Friday 11th September 2020


This week, we have learning all about Respect and what it means. As a class, we discussed what respect looks like and how we can show it to other children and adults.