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Puffins - Certificates and Key Learning

Date: 19th Nov 2020 @ 10:45pm

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Here he is, our star of the week! This little star NEVER stops learning! He always tries hard with his learning but he works just as hard at home. We are very proud of you! Keep up the good work superstar! 

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Next we have our House Point Winner of the week! A fantastic role model for others! 

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Then we have our Physical Activity Challenge Winners. We were practising our passing skills, passing a ball around the circle as fast as we could. Well done boys! 

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And finally we have our Reading Challenge Winner! This superstar has read 5 times and uploaded their diary to Seesaw. Well done! 


We've had another brilliant week in Puffins! In History we learnt about how and why the Great Fire spread so quickly. In Music we learnt about Kodaly Rhythms, we wrote some rhythms on our table and perfomed them. In PSHE we learnt how to keep safe around electrical equipment, learning how to make toast safely. In RE, we looked at the importance of forgiveness and identified ways we and our grown ups show love. In PE we learnt some more new gymnastics moves and started learning our dance for our KS1 Dance Competition. In Science we built shelters outside for our 'animals', identifying what they needed for survival. Check out our new school fleeces that arrived this week too! In this manic week we also managed to squeeze in recording a mini assembly for an upcoming school event! Video to follow... 

Happy Weekend! 

Puffins - History

Date: 16th Nov 2020 @ 10:16pm

In History this afternoon we looked at why the Great Fire spread so quickly. We looked at some paintings and watched a video someone created to make imagining the streets of 1666 more real. Then some of us had the opportunity to play in our role play area, complete an activity on the iPads and take part in our outdoor learning task. We acted out the Great Fire of London. One team were the fire and spread the 'fire' and the other team were the people putting out the fire using 'leather buckets' all the way from the 'River Thames'. Some really fantastic work!

Puffins - Certificates & Key Learning

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 8:13pm

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Here is last week's star of the week. This little girl always has the most beautiful manners, a fantastic attitude towards her learning and she is an absolute pleasure to teach! ⭐️

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Then we have this week's star! I would describe this little star as a walking WAGOLL (What a good one looks like). She is always doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right place. She always gives all her work 100% effort and always listens to instructions. Well done! ⭐️

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We also have our House Point Winner this week. This little girl got double the house points of the next highest person. She is always a star but she has been phenomenal this week! Well done little miss! 

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Finally we have our last winner of the week, our Reading Challenge Winner! This little girl has read 5 times and uploaded her diary to seesaw, well done! 

What a busy week! We had great fun in history playing in our bakery role play area and enjoying some outdoor learning, acting out the Great Fire using real water and chalk to represent the fire. In Computing we created images of what houses looked like in 1666 and used our typing skills to add a sentence with finger spaces and capital letters using the new keys we learnt about. In Music we created a rainstorm using our bodies as an instrument. In DT we explored different joining methods to join 2 pieces of paper together. In RE we created hidden meaning boxes about the Parable of the Lost Son. We also enjoyed practising our underarm technique and learnt 3 new gymnastics actions in PE. In PSHE we created our own Sun Safety adverts and in Science we looked at the life cycles of humans and butterflies. A busy week as you can see! 

Have a lovely weekend! 

Puffins - Remembrance Day

Date: 11th Nov 2020 @ 8:37pm

This week in Puffins we have been learning about Remembrance Day. We watched a short animation and saw a glimpse of war from the perspective of a little rabbit. We painted a poppy and then laid them outside in our school garden. We were also lucky enough to watch Starlings Remembrance Assembly and watch Mrs Richmond play the Last Post. At 11o'clock we took part in a minutes silence. So many children took part in our whole school Poppy competition too. Take a look at some of the amazing entries! I know the judge had a VERY difficult decision to make!  

Puffins - Certificates and Key Learning

Date: 7th Nov 2020 @ 12:45am

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Here is our very proud Reading Challenge Winner this week.This little star has been on green every week, reading 5 times at home and uploading it to Seesaw. She has such a positive attitude towards everything she does. As you can see, she was really proud of herself! Good girl! 

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Our House Point Winner this week is this superstar! He is a fantastic role model to all of those around him and has impeccable manners. Well deserved, good boy! 

It has been a wonderful week in Puffins. We have started our brand new Great Fire of London topic which the children (and teachers) are really enjoying. We have been sequencing events of the Great Fire on a timeline, learning about the parable of The Lost Son, learning how to use the keyboards on the computers to type effectively, taken part in our first gymnastics lesson and evaluated pop up books and scenes as part of our DT lessons. 

Enjoy your weekend Pufflings! 

Puffins - PSHE: Well-Being Lesson

Date: 5th Nov 2020 @ 8:20pm

We enjoyed our well being lesson in PSHE today. We watched some clips from the Disney film 'Inside Out'. We discussed how Riley was feeling and identified what happened that caused her to feel that way. We then looked at how we are able to feel more than one emotion at a time and used this in our activity. We read some scenarios and decided what emotions we would feel and how much of those emotions. We used the colours of the characters to correspond with their emotions and coloured in the person. Puffins decided they would feel sad because they never won, they would feel mad because they didn't win and they would feel happy because their friend was the winner and because they tried their best. ⭐️

Puffins - History

Date: 2nd Nov 2020 @ 10:46pm

What a great start to the new term we have had today. We started our new history topic, the Great Fire of London. Together we created a timeline on our working wall, sequencing the events of the fire and learning some new vocabulary along the way. We also looked at an image of the Great Fire of London and made observations and asked questions about it. Fantastic start to our new topic Puffins, well done! 

Puffins - Computing - Digital Citizenship

Date: 24th Oct 2020 @ 9:34pm

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We have really enjoyed our first Computing topic this half term; Digital Citizenship.This unit was all about how to keep ourselves safe online. We learnt how using an avatar is much safer than using a photo and created our own avatars. We read the story Chicken Clicking and looked at her online profile, identifying all the things she did that put her in danger and looking at whether the information she shared on her profile was safe or not. We then created our own 'safe' profiles. The last thing we created were online safety posters to show all our previous learning. Super work from Puffins! 

Puffins - End of Autumn 1

Date: 23rd Oct 2020 @ 9:26pm

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Here is this week's Reading Challenge Winner! This little star has read 5 times every week and uploaded his diary to Seesaw. He has even been reading a bit of Roald Dahl! Keep it up Mr! 

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Here is this week's House Point Winner! This little star has collected the most house points in Puffins class this week! There were a couple of children who did come close but she worked hard to keep her lead! What a great role model! I can't wait to see who our next winner is! 


I can't quite believe we've come to the end of our first half term! I feel really proud when I think back to some of our first lessons together and how far you have come since then. We really have learnt so much!! I have put a couple of pictures of our working walls on so you can see some of the work we have been doing this half term. This week we created some fantastic team collages, made online safety posters on Purple Mash, practised our dodging skills in PE and learned about how to keep ourselves safe around medicines.

Hope you have a lovely half term! Stay Safe! :) 

Puffins - Art

Date: 21st Oct 2020 @ 9:03pm

This week we have been working on our final pieces of art work for the term. We used the skills we have learnt during the topic to work as a team to create a large scale collage of an animal in its habitat. It was a bit tricky working as a team at first, especially having to agree on which animal and habitat, but we all managed to resolve our problems independently and the outcomes were amazing! Super proud! ⭐️

Puffins - Outdoor Learning, Science and PE

Date: 16th Oct 2020 @ 10:29pm

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Today we were reconsolidating our Science and PE work by playing a game of ‘Carnivores’. Some children were chosen to be our carnivores, we talked about what carnivores are and identified some carnivorous animals. We had a lion, a frog, a tiger and a T-Rex! The rest of the children were herbivores and had to try and escape the carnivores. We thought about what animals the herbivores might be. We had rhinos, giraffes, horses and cows but to name a few. After the activity we discussed what role an omnivore could have in the game. The children suggested that they could help the carnivores eat the herbivores or they could eat the carnivores up instead! The children loved this game so we are going to try add an omnivore in our next lesson. Super Science and PE Puffins! ⭐️

Puffins - Reading Challenge Winner & Key Questions

Date: 16th Oct 2020 @ 10:23pm

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Well done to John, our Reading Challenge Winner this week! John has read 5 times not only this week but every week so far! Keep it up superstar! ⭐️
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We have had a crazy busy week in Puffins! This week we have been learning about food chains, creating and performing our own verses for a song, learning about the capital cities in the UK and some of the landmarks in them, creating large scale collages in teams, ways to look after our mental health... We even held our own Puffin Wedding! Here are some key questions to ask your child to help consolidate our learning... 

  • What is the capital of England? 
  • Can you think of a landmark in Edinburgh, Scotland? 
  • Can you think of one thing you can do to look after your mental health? 
  • Is a bear a carnivore, omnivore or herbivore? 
  • What do the bride and groom at a Christian wedding to show they love and belong to each other? 
  • Can you think of 3 pieces of information we should never share online? 
  • Why is it important to ask for help when you have a 'big feeling'? Who can help you to feel happy/calm again? 

Happy Weekend My Little Pufflings! :)

Puffins - RE

Date: 14th Oct 2020 @ 9:45pm

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Love was in the air in Puffins class this afternoon as we attended our pretend Puffin wedding! We have been learning about how love in important in all religions but today we focussed on the Christian faith and how they celebrate love. We also got the opportunity to look at some of our own parents wedding photos that had been sent in on Seesaw. So we held our own Christian Wedding ceremony! We had the bride, groom, ushers, bridesmaids, flower girls, best men, photographers, DJ's, musicians, fathers, mothers, a vicar, guests... Everyone had a role to play. 

At the end of the lesson we looked at two clips; one from the film Frozen and the other from Despicable Me 2. We looked at why Elsa didn't want Anna to marry Hans because she had only just met him in comparison to Lucy and Gru who had been on 147 dates before they said 'I do'!

Thank you everyone for a wonderful afternoon, and for excellent confetti tidying! :) 

Puffins - Science

Date: 13th Oct 2020 @ 10:30am


We had a brilliant Science lesson today learning all about food chains. We learned what the words carnivore, omnivore and herbivore mean. A carnivore eats only meat, a herbivores eats only plants and an omnivore eats both meat and plants! We had a go at sorting the animals into the three different categories; carnivores, omnivores and herbivores. There were some great discussions and difficult decisions to make! Then, as a class, we sorted them into the correct categories. Some of them surprised us! We also had a go at drawing our own food chains on Seesaw, trying to identify which animals were herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We also discussed our Science SMSC Question 'How can we take care of animals?' 
Super Science Puffins! :)

Puffins - Star of the Week, Reading Challenge Winners and Key Questions

Date: 8th Oct 2020 @ 11:05pm

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Well done to our Star of the Week this week! This little girl is an absolute pleasure to teach and always gives everything she does 100% effort. She always produces wonderful work but this week her art work was exceptionally beautiful, so much attention to detail! Well done Little Miss! 


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Here are our Reading Challenge Winners! These children have all been on Green reading 5 times per week and uploading their diaries to Seesaw, well done! 


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Another busy week in Puffins! We have been learning about different types of jumping, creating human and physical geography models, designing habitats that would attract more wildlife to our school, looking at the ways Muslims and Christians welcome a new baby into the family, creating minibeast collages... Lots as you can see! Here a few key questions/activities to help consolidate your child's learning.

  • What four countries make up the UK? 
  • Can you tell someone in your family which habitat would you most like at our school? Where would you put it and why? 
  • Can you remember something Muslim's do to welcome a new baby into their faith?
  • Can you think of 2 things you might see in a town? What 2 things may you see in the country? Can you think of something you may see in both?
  • Can you demonstrate the 5 different types of jumping? 
    • hop - one foot to the same foot
    • leap - one foot to the other foot
    • hurdle - one foot to two feet 
    • hopscotch - two feet to one foot
    • broad jump - two feet to two feet 

Happy Weekend Pufflings! :) 

Puffins - Geography

Date: 8th Oct 2020 @ 12:40am

Puffins had an absolutely wonderful Geography lesson this week. We have been learning about the difference between Physical Geography and Human Geography. So the children created their own examples of human or physical geography using the art materials or Lego! Take a look at some of their amazing work! 

Puffins - RE

Date: 8th Oct 2020 @ 12:24am

We had a lovely RE lesson today looking at the ways different faiths welcome a new baby. We looked at Aqiqah, a Muslim celebration and a baptism, a Christian celebration. We then acted out the Christian Baptism Ceremony. We also listened to a vicar telling a story. We followed her instructions in the story and by folding and tearing, we turned our paper into a house, a bible and then we discovered we had created a cross. 

Puffins - Star of the Week and Key Questions

Date: 2nd Oct 2020 @ 7:26pm

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This little star blew my socks off in Computing this week. He logged on and created his own avatar completely independently and could tell me lots of different ways to keep safe online. He also blew Mrs Bevin and Miss Laher's socks off with his fantastic work in Maths. Well done Mr! Keep it up!

Well, it's been another busy week in Puffins. We have created caterpillar collages, learned how to run effectively, about what information is safe to put online, about the difference between town and country, how to follow symbols to play a piece of music... So many things! Here are some key questions to ask your child at home. 

What habitat would an octopus live in? 
Can you think of an animal that might live in the Arctic? 
Would you usually find a shopping centre in a town or the countryside? 
Can you remember what good running looked like? 
Can you think of three bits of personal information you shouldn't post online? 
Can you play this piece of music if a circle is clap, star is stomp and the triangle is pop? 

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Happy Weekend Puffins! :) 

Puffins - Science

Date: 1st Oct 2020 @ 1:39am


We have been learning about habitats in Science this half term. Take a look at our science working wall to see what we have been up to so far. This week we worked in pairs to sort the animals into the correct habitats. I saw some great team work and discussions about why animals were suited to their habitats. 

Puffins - Topic Homework Update

Date: 1st Oct 2020 @ 1:32am

As promised, an update of our fantastic homework! Well done everybody! 

Puffins - Topic Homework Web

Date: 28th Sep 2020 @ 9:47pm

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A couple of parents have asked about seeing a copy of our Topic Homework Web again so I have attached one to this blog. Thanks again for all the work coming in, it's slowly taking over our classroom, we love it! Homework photo update coming soon! 

Puffins - Star of the Week and Key Questions

Date: 25th Sep 2020 @ 11:02pm

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What a week this young man has had! He always gives 100% effort in every lesson and this week he has blown me away in Science. Well done Mr! 

We have had a super busy week in Puffins with lots and lots of learning. We have been looking at the difference between physical and human geography, how people show they belong to a faith community, ways to keep safe online, what a habitat is, the work of Eric Carle... Plus so much more! Here are some key questions to ask your child at home about their learning this week. 

  • What is a habitat? 
  • What four countries make up the UK?
  • Is a town part of physical geography or human geography?
  • What technique to Eric Carle use to create his illustrations?
  • Can you think of one thing Muslims use to show they belong?
  • Why do we use an avatar instead of a photograph?

Have a lovely weekend Puffin families! :)

Puffins - Computing

Date: 24th Sep 2020 @ 11:15pm

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Puffins have been trying really hard to log on the computers and purple mash independently. Please practise this as much as you can at home as this will be really beneficial for our Computing lessons. This week we read the story 'Chicken Clicking'. We discussed all the things he did wrong and found that; he'd used someone else's computer, he didn't ask to use the computer, he was unsupervised, he spent money that didn't belong to him, he put photos of himself online, he spoke to people he didn't know online and he went to meet someone without telling his parents! Puffins were able to identify all the mistakes he made and learned a lot about online safety. We decided to focus on using photographs online and began exploring how creating an avatar is much safer than using a photo. Take a look at some of our creations. 

Puffins - Homework

Date: 22nd Sep 2020 @ 9:30pm

Take a look at some of the fantastic homework Puffins have been bringing in! Creating habitats has been a particular favourite. Can't wait to see what else you create over the next few weeks. Well done Puffins! 

Puffins - Star of the Week

Date: 18th Sep 2020 @ 10:54pm

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Well done to this wonderful little lady! She has made an amazing start to Year 1. She has impeccable manners, is always ready to learn, makes great contributions to class discussions and is a great model to others. Well done! 

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