Silver Birch Class

Silver Birch is a mixed Year 1 and 2 class. We have 2 part time teachers: Mrs Mayhew and Mrs Mejri and our TA is called Mrs Gomulak. We start every day with an English and Maths lesson. Phonics is taught at the same time every day throughout the school with children working with a member of staff in small groups. The afternoons are spent learning about our topic. At the beginning of every term we involve the children in an Impact Week. Our Impact Weeks are full of exciting and engaging activities to develop the children’s interests in their topics.

Seaside and shipwrecks – Summer Topic

Topic Web showing what the children in Silver Birch will be learning about this term

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Some interesting and exciting projects to look at and complete at home to help with our learning on Seasides and Shipwrecks, this half term the homework focus is Pirates.

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Impact week

We have had a brilliant impact week. We began by having a pirate themed day, where we all dressed as Pirates, spoke like Pirates, wrote a message to put in a bottle and made magnified rock pool images. Then we focused our learning on the seaside and made lighthouses on rocks. We experimented with wires, batteries, bulbs and switches to see if we could make a lightbulb turn on and off. Finally we used salt dough to make creatures that we may find at the seaside.

Class Trip – Banham Zoo

Silver Birch had a fantastic time when they visited Banham Zoo. They learnt lots about the different animals and were interested to find out where they could be found living in the wild from the maps.

Poles Apart – Spring Topic

Poles Apart topic Web showing what the children in Silver Birch will be learning about this term
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Some interesting and exciting projects to look at and complete at home to help with our learning on the Polar Regions.

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Impact Week Activities

We looked carefully at animals who live in the Polar Regions and then sculpted some from Fimo.

Homework

Look at some of the amazing homework the children in Silver Birch have brought in to share with their class mates and the rest of the school.

Maths

Phonics

We teach phonics every morning in small differentiated groups and we follow the ‘All Aboard’ phonics scheme. Our phonic sessions are practical and quick paced and we always recap on previous learning before introducing new sounds during each week. We then practice this learning in guided reading sessions and encourage the children to use their knowledge of sounds when writing.

music

science

art

Reading

We encourage the children to read every day in class. We provide the class with topic related books and we also give the children reading scheme books to take home. These are linked to their learning in phonics session.

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geography

history

In History we have been learning all about Ernest Shackleton and his expedition to the Antarctic on his ship, Endurance. We have learnt how to find out about the past, looked at a range of artefacts, took on the role of Shackleton and some of his crew and finally put events on a timeline from the moment he left England to when he rescued his crew from Elephant Island.

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Let’s Explore London – Autumn Topic

Autumn Term 2021. Lot’s of great learning through our topic ‘Let’s explore London.’