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Kandinsky class


Kandinsky Class have been learning about plants and the conditions needed to grow healthily. Here are some photos of the end results once they had planted the new raised beds!

English - Dear Greenpeace

In our English lessons this half term we have been looking at the story 'Dear Greenpeace,' in which a little girl writes for help with a whale in her garden pond. We have been learning about letter writing, alongside learning more about plastic pollution in our Science Topic. The children felt passionately about the damage that plastic is causing to the oceans and to the animals that live in it and wanted to do something to help. The children have used all of their newly developed letter writing skills to write their own letters to Buxton Water, questioning  them on their use of plastic for their water bottles. We hope to hear back from them soon! Watch this space ………. 

The Lost Son

In RE we have been studying the bible story The Lost Son. The children worked in pairs to retell the story using puppets and Godly Play. We then talked about what this story teaches Christians about God. I was very impressed with the children's responses to this question which included -

This teaches Christians that-

  • "God is like the Father. He loves you no matter what."
  •  "God will always forgive you if you do something wrong."

Science Investigations

In our Science Topic, What's It Made Of?, we have been conducting lots of investigations to find out about different materials. We received a letter from Elastagirl who needed a new pair of tights for her super stretchy legs! the children needed to test two different pairs to find which denier was the stretchiest! Then the children became chefs and observed how the properties of pizza dough change when it is heated. We had lots of funny with the sticky dough!

Maths - Greater than - Less than

The children have been creating their own 'greater than/less than' symbols using multi-link and whiteboards to help them understand how to use the symbol to sort numbers. 

Kandinksy's First Class Collective Worship

Kandinsky's first collective worship was based on the Creation story. The children worked really hard to create some wonderful artwork to go with our own retelling to the whole school. 

What's It Made Of?

Our Topic this Term is called 'What's It Made Of?' We began the topic by looking at a variety of different materials and worked with our friends to find different ways to sort them. We were very impressed with the vocabulary that the children came out with to describe the different materials.

Creating Kandinsky inspired artwork in our new continuous provision.

Our English display and Learning Wall.

We have been learning about expanded noun phrases. The children created expanded noun phrases by thinking of nouns and adjectives to describe an image from our text 'The snail and the whale'. We even looked at how commas could be used to list more than one adjective!

We have been focusing on addition and the children have been investigating the commutativity of the digits in an addition equation.

We went to St Mary's Church for our annual Harvest Festival service. Our class presented a poem that we had written about the harvest of corn and how it is made into Cornflakes. We took along donations for the St Neots food bank and thought about our Christian value of generosity.

In our 'From A to B' topic the children have been designing and building vehicles.

we have been looking at 'less than', 'greater than' and 'equal' in Maths. The children built the symbol and used this to help them to order numbers.

The children have been asked to think about how the new maths equipment can be used best to represent two digit numbers for the Year 1 children. They had to use their reasoning skills to prove why their representations were the best.

We have been investigating teen numbers. The children were set the challenge of representing teen numbers using equipment of their choice and then explain what is happening to the digits.

We have been looking at our text 'The Lonely Beast' in our English lessons. The children have been taking part in some role play activities to help them to understand how different characters felt when the Lonely Beast arrived in the city for the first time.

To kick start our Brainwave Unit we dissected a human jelly brain to see what jobs our brains do for us. We found clues and will be using these in our learning next week. It was really disgusting!

We have been investigating number bonds to ten using ten grids and double sided counters.

We have been enjoying reading with our Reading Buddies this week. We talked about the types of books that we enjoy and asked each other questions about what we had read. It was great fun!


In art we have been looking at the work of our class artist, Kandinsky. The children particularly liked his circles piece of work and we worked as a team (one of our learning skills) to create a whole class masterpiece. We think you will be impressed!