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Autumn 2

Wednesday 3rd November

Today we had a day learning all about the Great Fire of London. The children asked questions, created a timeline of events, learnt some key facts, made paper house, burnt their houses, did some art work and we listened to the story of the Great Fire of London. We had a great time!

 Key facts we learnt

1.The fire started on Sunday 2nd September 1666.

2. It burned for 5 days.

3. It started in Thomas Farriner's bakery on Pudding Lane.

4. The people kept safe by waiting for the fire to go out in boats on the Thames.

5. Houses were destroyed to stop the fire.


We learnt about how easy it was for the fire to spread and what this event in history has done for us.

Thursday 4th November

We learnt about Remembrance with a reading comprehension, a video and some art work. Our art work is on display in the classroom and in the hall as a whole school celebration. We have some poppies at school. If you would like one, please bring some money to school. 

Tuesday 9th November

We started our new Science topic today all about Materials. The children began by identifying everyday materials including wood, metal, plastic, glass, paper, rock, brick, cardboard etc. and looking at their particular uses. We discussed how the same material can be used for a number of different things, for example metal can be used for coins, keys, cars, cans and bridges. The children used vocabulary such as: hard, soft, stretchy, stiff, shiny, dull, rough, smooth, bendy, absorbent, not absorbent, waterproof, transparent, opaque, strong, hard, flexible etc. to describe the materials properties. These photos were taken from our material hunt. 

Monday 15th November 

Odd Sock Day

Today we celebrated what makes us different, unique and special using our Odd Socks. We discussed how this is the start of ‘Anti-bullying’ week and the theme this year is ‘One Kind Word.’ Every penguin thought of different ways they could be kind to others and wrote their own pledges. We sang along to the One Kind Word Odd Sock song and made a class ripple of kindness. 

Our kindness pledges

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Friday 19th November

Penguins thoroughly enjoyed coming into school in their casual clothing and pyjamas to raise money for Children in Need.  We also had a wonderful time watching the Aladdin pantomime.  

Monday 22nd November

The Diary of Samuel Pepys


Today the children went back in time and pretended to be Samuel Pepys! They wrote a diary entry on old paper using facts they had learnt about him. They wrote using pens and a quill!

All the children decided they were glad they didn't have to write using a quill now!

Friday 3rd December

In Science, continuing our Material topic, we explored objects made from different materials to see if their shape could be changed.  We twisted, stretched, squashed and bent each and recorded the results in a table.  Afterwards, we compared the materials and their properties and discussed whether the results were as we expected.  

Monday 6th December 2021

Betty Campbell

Today the children have been learning all about Betty Campbell and what she has done for Black rights.

Betty Campbell was the first Black headteacher in Wales. She was then able to make important changes to the curriculum to ensure that Black culture and Black history were being taught. She was honoured for this by sculptor Eve Shepherd and now has a statue in Cardiff that was unveiled in 2021. The children have learnt some facts about Betty Campbell and have then had a go at recreating her statute using play dough. 


Have a look at some of their wonderful creations below!

Wednesday 8th December and

Friday 10th December

Today, we designed and created our own Christmas decoration using wooden lolly sticks. We thought about the number of sticks we would like to use, the shape we would like to place these in, how we would join these together and how we would decorate our decoration. 

Tuesday 14th December

This week we have used our DT skills to make Christmas pizzas! We followed the instructions carefully making the dough first by measuring all the ingredients, mixing and then kneading the dough to form a ball. We then shaped the dough into our chosen Christmas design shape. Our pizza toppings were then added before they went into the oven to bake. They smelt amazing! We hope they tasted as good as they looked!

Friday 17th December

Penguins joined Turtles to celebrate Christmas and the end of term.  What fun we all had during our ELF PARTY! We even met Olaf and danced away in snow! A perfect way to celebrate a super term in school.


Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  See you all in January.

Elf Party

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