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Term 3

Week 5 The Three Little Pigs

The last week of term has been so busy in Pippin Class! We have retold the story of the Three Little Pigs in various ways, including using story maps and stick puppets. The year 1 children put on a fabulous show for the reception children where they were very expressive and used some great story language.

Our science this week was an investigation into the best material to use for a pair of curtains for the brick house. The pigs had been so busy building such a sturdy house they hadn't had the time to hang something to block out the light! We tested a variety of materials by using a 'house' and a torch. Our conclusion was that thick, dark fabric would make the best curtains.

There has been a lot of huffing and puffing going on around the art table. Not only have we used straws to blow paint around the paper, but we have also had fun blowing coloured bubbles.

Pippin 2023-2024 The Three Little Pigs


Weeks 3 and 4 The Snail and the Whale

We have begun working on a new text this week and have enjoyed creating wave paintings to surround our display board. We have listened to the interesting sounds of whales underwater and have attempted to make similar sounds ourselves! 

On Thursday we met Gary who is an African Land Snail. He is a lot larger than the sea snail in our story and he lives in a very different environment. We discovered that he doesn't really like the cold but he was happy to come out to say hello to us while in our warm classroom.

We have all been working very hard on our writing to help us retell the story and have also collaboratively created a giant story map to help us remember all of the parts of the story.

Pippin 2023-2024 The Snail and the Whale


Weeks 1 and 2 The Gingerbread Man

Happy New Year!

What a start to the third term we have had. Not only have we begun our new text, The Gingerbread Man and identified lots of learning that we want to challenge ourselves with, but we have also started on a new phase in our phonics learning.

Reception have worked hard on our maths, playing some games using numbers while year 1 learned different ways to represent a group of objects.

At the beginning of the week, we had some fun exploring the ice we found in our outdoor area. Even though it was cold, we enjoyed experimenting with how the ice broke up and melted back into water.

Thursday was begun with a great assembly from Helen who talked to us about computers and then followed by investigating how 'Edison' the floor robot moved around. 

We ended the week with a fantastic trip to the theatre where we watched Cinderella. It was a long day but we all enjoyed the trip!

During our second week of working on the Gingerbread Man, we have done some amazing writing! Year 1 completed a whole storyboard while the reception wrote what the characters say throughout the story.

Out science this week has been based around the ice that had formed in our outdoor area. We thought of some quite inventive ways to trying to get it to melt and had fun conducting our experiments.

Pippin Class celebration assembly ended our week and we now have two new star students, Joseph and Alicia. They take the place of Beatrice and Seamus who both showed us all some writing that they were particularly proud of.

Pippin 2023-2024 The Gingerbread Man


Term 2

Week 7

Our final week has been full of fun and festivities!

We made cards for our families at the beginning of the week as well as decorating the Christmas tree in the village church. The reception children have gained their Church Mice Ilmington 11 badge for this!

Towards the end of the week, we took part in the whole school Carol Service in St Mary's. We also enjoyed making some Rudolph gingerbread biscuits and played some great party games. Our favourite was Find Mr Sprout. He hid in some interesting places and was tricky to find!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Pippin 2023-2024 Christmas


Weeks 5 and 6 Stickman

This week has been an incredibly busy week! We started off by performing a dress rehearsal on Monday when the junior children were very impressed with our Nativity. Tuesday was our first performance to our families and was a great success. On Wednesday we had a pretty 'normal' day of learning while Thursday brought the reception families into our classroom to get covered in glue, glitter and paint! Our fantastic Christmas craft is now decorating our classroom until we get to take it home. Friday was our final nativity performance which was, again, quite a spectacle!

Stickman learning has continued this week with a walk to try to find him and his Family Tree. We learned about oak trees and identified some oak leaves while we were on our second trailblazer walk. We think we might have found the Family Tree but we didn't see Stickman, his stick lady love or his three stick children!

This week has also been a big week for assessments! All of the children have taken part in phonics assessments ready for the new year and the year 1 children have also done incredibly well in their maths assessments.

We are all looking forward to our Christmas learning next week.

Pippin 2023-2024 Stickman


Weeks 3 and 4 We're going on a bear hunt

What fun learning we have done this week! We have made bears and caves using craft and construction. We have made bears out of circles and drawn them on the interactive whiteboard. We have also been on an "epic" and "awesome" bear hunt around Ilmington that was, apparently, "the best day ever"! 

We have sung maths songs helping us to learn about 1 more and 1 less and the year 1 have learned how to work out if a number is odd or even.

We have also been practising hard for our nativity play which we are very much looking forward to performing for everyone in the church.

Pippin 2023-2024 We're going on a bear hunt


Weeks 1 and 2 Room on the Broom

The new half term has begun with a very busy couple of weeks. We have created some beautiful firework art on large pieces of black paper and learned about the gunpowder plot. 

We watched a short film introducing Remembrance and then made poppies using a range of media before taking part in the Remembrance service at the war memorial.

We have enjoyed an introduction to our new book, Room on the Broom, and look forward to making wands, broomsticks and a variety of potions!

Year 1 maths has focused on number bonds to 10 and doubles while the reception have been working on shape and numbers 4 and 5. 

Pippins have also learned a bit more about how to keep safe near the roads by designing some bright and reflective clothing for Warwick Bear. Our own Fred Bear came back from his half term adventures and has set off again with another family!

We have all worked so hard and have been excited that our families will get to see our work at parents' evening.

Diwali was a fun festival to learn about. We made diva lamps which we will paint in bright colours before we light them, we chalked rangoli patterns in our outside area, we decorated our (paper!) hands with patterns and we made some sweets to share. While the reception were exploring the Hindu festival, Year 1 were on a trip learning about the Great Fire or Warwick. They had a non stop day of walking to specific points in Warwick comparing the town's devastating fire with the Great Fire of London.

Pippin 2023-2024 Room on the Broom


Term 1

Weeks 7 and 8 The Gigantic Turnip

We had a very muddy autumn walk this week. During our walk we looked for the signs that it is autumn as well as putting into practice what we have learned about road safety. This walk was also the very first of our Trail Blazer hikes. You can learn more about Trail Blazers and the Ilmington 11 here.

We have started creating our own autumn display table with leaves, cones and conkers. We will continue to create this seasonal display next week with the vegetables that we will bring in from home.

In the last week of term, we have been very busy with assessments of our maths and phonics. We have also had lots of fun making soup with all the vegetables you have sent in as well as playing instruments to tell the story of The Giagantic Turnip.

It was very interesting looking inside some of the different vegetables. Some of them were very wet and slimy!

Fred Bear had another great week with another family. He went on a car trip and on a pony ride as well as crossing the road safely by holding hands.

Pippin 2023-2024 The Gigantic Turnip



 Weeks 5 and 6 Funnybones

We have begun looking at our new book, Funnybones. We have ordered the characters from the story according to size and have labelled skeletons.

Year 1 have been working on the mathematical language used to compare groups of objects and numbers.

We had an interesting afternoon of investigating our sense of touch. We discovered that we didn't need to just use our hands to feel things and that all the skin all over our body can also be used. We categorised a variety of objects according to how they felt and thought carefully about the vocabulary we used.

We have also begun learning about Road Safety by joining the Road Safety Spies along with Fred Bear. Fred will come to visit each child at home throughout the year to help us with our learning about road safety.

Year 1 have had some fun changing the words to the beginning of Funnybones. Instead of being on a dark, dark hill, there was a dark, dark mountain, instead of a dark, dark house, there was a dark, dark castle and instead of skeletons, we had vampires!

Our maths this week has been all about patterns, capacity and composition of numbers to ten. We have used a great game on the interactive whiteboard where we had to choose the correct shapes to complete a repeated pattern. If you want to play at home click here.

Thursday afternoon brought us a very smelly classroom! We used our sense of smell to try to decide what was inside the secret tubs. Some of the smells we liked and some, we really didn't! 

This week we also completed the four missions and became fully fledged Road Safety Spies! Fred enjoyed his first week being out and about and we all enjoyed finding out what he had been up to. He has now been passed on to the next family and we are looking forward to finding out where he has been.

Pippin 2023-2024 Funnybones


Weeks 2, 3 and 4 Each Peach Pear Plum

Our second week has been full of fun learning and we have again been making the most of the lovely weather!

We have begun looking at our new book, Each Peach Pear Plum and have really enjoyed playing our own versions of I spy using objects and also using initial sounds of words.

We have also learned about our sense of sight and that we use our eyes and the light around us to be able to see things. Trying to play some games using both eyes, one eye and no eyes to see what we are doing was very interesting!

Some of our work on feelings is on the wall in our classroom. We identified how people might be feeling just by looking at their facial expressions.

During our third week of the term, we have been for a walk around Ilmington. We found a shop, a pub, a bus stop, a church, a letter box, the village hall and our own school! We also went for a listening walk around school and discovered that we needed to be very quiet in order to hear some of the softer sounds. Identifying loud sounds wasn't difficult on Thursday when we experienced the first fire drill of the year.

Reception children have worked on matching and sorting in maths while the year 1 have been focussing on the composition of numbers to 5 and learning how to use part whole models and bar models.

We ended the week enjoying the very wet and muddy mud kitchen!

Our fourth week has been full of deciding how to sort objects and describing groups we have made in maths. We have also done some taste tests using one of our five senses where we have classified foods into those that are sweet, sour, salty, savoury or bitter. 

As part of the work on our book, Each Peach Pear Plum, we have looked at old and modern objects. We enjoyed trying to match the old to the modern and finding out what certain artefacts actually were!

Pippin 2023-2024 Each Peach Pear Plum


Week 1 Settling in

We started the new school year with an amazing week of beautiful sunshine. We have enjoyed getting to know one another and everyone has now gained a fair idea of how Ilmington School and Pippin Class work!

Our Year 1 children have been amazing role models for the reception children and have really helped in settling them in. Thank you!

Everyone has had fun playing outside on the bikes, in the mud kitchen and in the sandpit as well as enjoying the role play room, the interactive white board and the craft area.

We hope you will enjoy reading our blog throughout the year and looking at all the photos of our learning.

Pippin 2023-2024 Settling in