Welcome to Explorers (Years 1 and 2)
Summer Term 2 Week 7
Well what a year we have had. I am so impressed with how the children have grown, in size and maturity. We have had a fantastic year together and completed so many things. We have had a fantastic final week in Explorers, starting with our Summer Concert on Tuesday. I am sure you will agree, the children were brilliant! On Wednesday, we had a photo booth in our classroom in the afternoon, so keep an eye out for our photos. The fun didn't stop there, on Thursday, the classroom had turned into a cinema! What a great way to end the year!
Thank you ever so much to the children and parents for making my first year of teaching so great! I would like to wish the Year 2 children good luck in Year 3 with Miss Calder, I am certain that they will be absolutely fantastic and I am looking forward to the Year 1 children coming back into Explorers as Year 2s!
Have a lovely break and I look forward to seeing you all in September, refreshed and ready to learn.
Summer Term 2 Week 6
The children have been working extremely hard practising for the Summer Concert next week. It was lovely to see so many parents on Tuesday for Open Evening and the children were all very sensible in showing off their work.
I was very impressed with the behaviour of the children on Thursday afternoon. The new Year 2 children were very sensible and excited to show the new Year 1 children around our classroom. We are all very excited to move up a year!
Please can I remind parents that children need to wear bright clothing for the Summer Concert on Tuesday evening. If you have nay armbands, the children can wear these as part of their costume for our routine.
Summer Term 2 Week 5
What a busy week we have had! We have worked very hard in Explorers, writing some fantastic stories and designing great front covers for our The Very Hungry Caterpillar stories. On Wednesday, the children were very sensible when Reception came to visit us. I was very impressed with the behaviour of the children. We are looking forward to them visiting us again soon.
Polite reminder: The children will be performing in the Summer Concert on July 18th. They will need to wear bright shorts and a t-shirt. If you have any armbands, the children can wear these as part of their routine.
Please can I remind parents to ensure that children wearing sun cream to school and that they bring a hat every day. Children should also be sent to school with a filled water bottle.
Summer Term 2 Week 4
We have continued with some fantastic learning this week. The children are still talking about our trip to Hatfield House and what they enjoyed the most. We have been very busy learning about what happens if we do not look after our teeth and have created some superb posters in Science. In English we have continued to write our own versions of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, who knew children could eat so much?! They are really quite special and the children have taken lots of time and care with their writing. We will continue to publish them next week, ready for the school to see as they walk through our classroom.
As many of you are aware, the children are excited for our performance at the Summer Concert. We have been practising our song, which the children have words for, as well as a dance. I would like the children to wear bright shorts and a t-shirt. Children will also need to wear trainers, as sandals will not be suitable for our dance.
Summer Term 2 Week 3
Summer Term 2 Week 2
The children have all been working very well in this lovely weather this week. I was very impressed by all of the children's efforts at Sports Day, they did our class proud! The Year 1 children completed their Phonics Screening Check on Tuesday morning and they all showed me their fantastic phonic knowledge. We have continued to write our new versions of Handa's Surprise and the children have thought of some wonderful surprises. the children enjoyde participating in lots of active sports on Friday, starting with an assembly on swimming, followed by a dance session and then a games session with PKSA.
Please can I remind parents that all children should have their full PE kits in school on Mondays; t-shirt, shorts and trainers. As the weather is getting warmer, please can children be sent to school with a hat and sun cream applied. Reading books should also be brought into school everyday, so that we can check them regularly and listen to the children read.
Summer Term 2 Week 1
Welcome back Explorers, I hope you all had a well-deserved rest after another buy half term. In English, we have started a new unit of work, looking at the story 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. We wrote some great letters to Miss Smith to tell her what we did during the half term; what a fantastic off you all had! We are continuing with our Topic and we have learnt about Sir Walter Raleigh and why he was important to Queen Elizabeth I, in preparation for meeting him at Hatfield House.
We have also learnt about Buddhism this week. We have learnt about the story of Buddha, as well as Mandalas and their meanings. We have even created our own Mandalas. using lots of bright colours. They have really brightened up our classroom!
Please can I remind parents that children should have their PE kits in school on Mondays, including trainers.
Summer Term 1 Week 6
Well that's another half term over and what a busy one it has been! Year 2 finished their SATs this week and I am so proud of how well the children have worked. All of the children have worked really hard across all subjects and we have learnt lots of new information. We will be continuing with our Topic and Science for the next half term, continuing to learn about Queen Elizabeth I and the Human Body respectively,
there has been some uncertainty about the homework that was set for the children to complete over the half term. The children can either design a crown using the template in their books, or they can make their own. It can be a collage on, or an actual crown.
Please can I remind you all that as part of the children, the children' homework, they should be reading for 5-10 minutes every night. There are some children who are only being heard at home once a week.
We will continue to have our PE lesson on a Monday afternoon so the children will need their PE kit, including trainers and a water bottle.
Summer Term 1 Week 5
We have had yet another busy week in Explorer. I have been very impressed with the children's behaviour and attitude to learning this week. The Year 2 children have all been working really hard on their SATs, which we will continue next week. The Year 1 children have coped really well with the changes to our normal routine and have been working on their phonics. We have also been continuing to work on our Topic and have started to look at Hatfield House.
As the weather is getting warmer, please could I ask parents to make sure that children are bringing a fill;ed water bottle to school everyday. There are also a few children who do not have their full PE kit in school on Mondays. Please could I ask parents to ensure that their child has full, correct, PE kit, including trainers, in school every Monday.
Summer Term 1 Week 4
Explorers have been working really hard this week. Thank you to Year 2 parents for supporting with the extra homework that the children have had for the week. I can see that they have all worked really hard after school!
We have been writing our non-chronological reports about meerkats and the children have found out lots of information that not even I knew about them! We have covered lots of different topics in Maths and produced lots of amazing work! On Wednesday, the children were designing some beautiful Elizabethan outfits, based on the dresses of Queen Elizabeth I.
As I have mentioned, Year 2 will have their SATS tests next week. This is nothing for the children to be worried or anxious about. They know everything they need to know and I am certain that they will all try their best. We will use their marks to inform our teacher assessment that is based on all the brilliant work they have been doing in class.
Summer Term 1 Week 3
Summer Term 1 Week 2
This week, we have started our new story in English, Meerkat Mail. We are going to be writing postcards and letters to Sonny who has gone on his travels, away from his family. We have been continuing to learn about fractions in Maths. In Topic, we have continued to learn about Queen Elizabeth I, focusing on the events of her life.
I have lots of positive feedback from Bug Club, with many children enjoying the books that they have been set. I will check the children's progress throughout the week and update their libraries regularly. If the children finish their books, they can re-read the books that they have already been set as this will help their reading skills.
Please can I remind parents that children should have their PE kits in school on Mondays. Children will need their trainers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for the morning mile. They will still need their outdoor shoes during the day.
Summer Term 1 Week 1
Spring Term 2 Week 6
What a great week to finish the term on. We had a great time at the Gruffalo Trail on Thursday, taking part in lots of activities. We followed the trail to find the Gruffalo and the other creatures in the woods, as well as acting like an animal, building animal houses and played a game in which the children had the chance to hide from Miss Smith. Keep an eye out for our photos.
We have learnt so much in Topic this term that we are now all village experts, especially when it comes to Newgate Street and Gurjola. Ask the children to see how much they know about either village and I am sure that you will be impressed.
Children will need to continue to bring their PE kits into school on Mondays. Please can all children bring in a water bottle every day.
Have a lovely Easter break and I look forward to seeing you all on April 19th.
Spring Term 2 Week 5
Explorers have had a very busy week. We have been writing our versions of The Gruffalo and their have been some great ideas. Who knew there could be so many different versions of The Gruffalo?! In Maths, we have been using our division skills to solve multiplication problems, getting very creative with our classroom resources. We have also been exploring our Topic further.
I will be setting homework on Mathletics as of Monday so keep an eye out for it. If you have any problems, please do not hesitate to come and find me.
Don't forget to look out for the children's Mother's Day messages in this week's Welwyn Hatfield Times!
The children are very excited for our trip to the Gruffalo Trail on Thursday. Please ensure that children have suitable shoes (wellies are probably best) as it may be muddy in the woods. Everybody will also need a waterproof coat and plenty of water.
Spring Term 2 Week 4
The children have all been working very hard hard throughout the week. They have all drawn and described their own terrible creatures, based upon features of the Gruffalo and they came up with lots of ideas.
In Maths, the children have been working on division using sharing circles to divide items. You could help children by practising this at home.
On Thursday, Miss Smith took us to see the chicks in Adventurers. We were lucky enough to be the first class to hold th
The children have written some lovely Mother's Day messages and these will be published in the Welwyn Hatfield Times this week. Keep an eye out!
Spring Term 2 Week 3
We have had a great week in Explorers, continuing to learn new and exciting things about our Topic. We have been focusing on Gurjola this week, looking at what there is to do there, in comparison to here in Newgate Street.
We started a new story in English on Wednesday, The Gruffalo. The children were all very excited as we will be going on a Gruffalo Trail at the end of this half term. Letters for this trip will be sent out shortly. We are going to learn lots about the book and put all of our knowledge to the test when we go on our trail.
We have also started to plan an investigation to find out which material would be best to fix Miss Smith's broken umbrella! We will be testing the materials in the next couple of weeks.
Please could I remind parents to sign up or an appointment for Parents Evening; the list is outside the classroom door.
There are still children coming to school without water bottles. Please ensure that your child brings a water bottle to school.
Spring Term 2 Week 2
We've had another great week in Explorers. In Topic, the children have been learning about the differences in the clothes that we wear in our village and the clothes that the people in the Indian village of Gurjola wear. The liked the colourful clothing designs.
The most exciting part of our week was this morning when an author came to visit. Keilly Swift came to our class to talk to use about her book, The Tigon and The Liger. The children were all very brightly dressed in their orange and yellow clothes. We listened to Keilly read the story and then the class were given the opportunity to create their own hybrid creature in her session.
We are looking for parent helpers to come into school and listen to children read. If you have some spare time during the day and would like to hear children read, please come and speak to me, either before or after school.
Please could I remind parents to send children to school with a water bottle.
Spring Term 2 Week 1
I hope that you all had a lovely half term with lots of rest! The children have all settled back into the swing of things and worked extremely hard all week. We have been looking at imperative (bossy) verbs and sentence types in English and we have been looking at money in Maths. It would be great for children to use money at home, whether it is playing a game using money, r out and about in shops. We will be looking at waterproof materials next week in Science, investigating the best material to keep us dry.
PE is still every Monday afternoon so children should have their PE kit, including trainers (and socks for girls if they are wearing tights to school).
Please could I as that children are sent to school with a water bottle as they should not be leaving the classroom during lesson time to use the outside water fountain.
Spring Term 1 Week 4
What a great half term we have had in Explorers. In Maths this week, we have been working really hard on patterns, even using biscuits for one lesson! In English, we have written some great diary entries, as if we were Max and had been to visit the Wild Things. These will be going on display soon for everyone to see!
We have already learnt so much in our Topic, Village Life. We know which country and continent both we and Suraj (a little boy from our comparison village) live in. We have also been looking at the differences between our village, Newgate Street and Suraj's village, Gurjola. We still have lots more to learn next half term though!
In Materials, we have been looking at lots of different types of materials and we will start to look at their properties when we return to school. Let's keep up the good work Explorers!
The children were given a scissor booklet for homework this week. This shouldn't be rushed as I am hoping that it will help children to concentrate on their skills. I have set some optional tasks for the children to complete on the Mathletics website (uk.mathletics.com). All children have their login details stuck in on the front page of their homework books, should they wish to complete them. We have looked at this together in class so the children will have some understanding of that they need to do.
Have a lovely half term and enjoy the rest!
Spring Term 1 Week 3
In Explorers, we have had a great week, learning all about our new story in English, 'Where The Wild Things Are'. We have been putting the story back together and looking at diaries, ready for writing our own next week. In Maths, we have been looking at 2D shapes and patterns, which we will be carrying on next week. In Topic, we have been looking at where we live and looking at maps.
Please can I remind parents that spellings and homework are given out on a weekly basis so books should be in on the correct days.
Also, please can I ask that all children are sent to school with a water bottle, so that drinks are easily available during lessons.
Spring Term 1 Week 2
The children have continued to settle back into our routines and are really working hard. Everyone has tried really hard with their nonsense poems and they are all ready to go onto our new display. We were very lucky to have James Craker visit us on Wednesday and read us the book that he has written. We all enjoyed "The Cloud That Fell To Earth" and we were full of interesting questions for him. We will be looking at Time in Maths next week and continuing tolerant about our villages in Topic.
Please can I remind parents that Year 2 need their Spelling books in school on Tuesdays and Year 1 Spelling books need to be in school on Thursdays. All homework is to be in school on Monday morning as new homework will be sent out on Monday afternoon.
We have PE on a Monday so all children need their PE kit in school. PE kit should be as follows: navy T-shirt with school logo, plain navy shorts, plain tracksuit for colder months and sports trainers. Please can girls have a pair of socks for PE if they wear tights.
Spring Term 1 Week 1
Welcome back Explorers!The children have returned to school and settled back into our routines really quickly. We have been looking at Michael Rosen and his Nonsense Poems this week in our English lessons. We even got to watch a video of him performing his poem Chocolate Cake. It made us all very hungry! We have also started our new topic, Village Life, so we will be learning lots about a village in India throughout the term.
Spellings will continue for Year 2 children as usual on a Tuesday and Spellings for Year 1 have been sent home this week. The children will be tested on these spellings on a Thursday so please make sure that you practise at home.
Please can I remind parents to ensure that children have their PE kits in school every Monday. Children will need tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt as it is cold both outside and in the village hall. Also, children should be reading every night for 5-10 minutes and their books should be in school every day.
I would like to say thank you to all parents on behalf of Mrs Kubik, Mrs McGreal and I for our Christmas presents at the end of term. It was very kind of you all and very much appreciated.
Autumn Term 2 Week 8
Well, what can I say?! What a fantastic term we have had! We have crammed so much into this term and worked so hard that the time has just flown by! Thank you for being such a fantastic class for my first term at Ponsbourne and let's keep up the good work for the rest of the year!
I would like to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Have a lovely rest and come back ready to crack on again with our great learning!
Autumn Term 2 Week 7
What a fantastic week we have had in Explorers! The children have had an extremely busy week, from Christmas Lunch on Tuesday to two performances of The Little Fir Tree on Thursday!
I am so proud of how well the children performed on Thursday evening and they all sang and acted their hearts out. I am very proud to be the teacher of such talented children. They knew all of their lines and the words to the songs that they have spent so long practising. I hope that you are all as proud as I am. Roll on next year's production!
The children are all feeling very excited for Christmas and we have a Christmassy week lined up next week.
Autumn Term 2 Week 6
We have had a great week this week, we have been practising hard for our Christmas play and we are all very excited to be performing in the church next week. Our costumes are looking great and I’m sure that we will all be fantastic next week. Please keep practising your lines and the songs for one last weekend to make sure that they are absolutely perfect for Thursday. Any costumes that are not in school need to be in on Monday at the latest please!
We had a great time at the Pantomime today and really enjoyed singing along and dancing. What a great way to end the week!
Autumn Term 2 Week 5
Nearly all of the children have learnt their lines for their part in the Christmas play. Please continue to keep learning your lines over the weekend, because, as of Monday, we will not be using scripts. Well done to all children as it is clear to see that they are really trying hard. Please keep going over the song lyrics too, as some of the songs still need some work. Children should know the tuns for the songs so they should be able to sing them to you, but they can always just say the words whilst practising.
We have managed to find some costumes and a note is in your child's Reading Record if we have a costume at school for them to wear. Please bring costumes in on Monday, so that we can make sure that we have everything that we need. Please come and find me if you have any problems with this.
Autumn Term 2 Week 4
What an exciting start to the week we have had! We had a fantastic day at Duxford, learning about the Wright Brothers and aeroplanes. We even got to see an actual part of their aeroplane in the museum! We counted 28 aircraft in the AirSpace Hangar, 26 aeroplanes and 2 helicopters. Some of us were amazed that that many aeroplanes could fit into one building. Whilst we were in the Hangar, we were allowed to look inside Concorde, the fastest passenger plane. We were able to the pilot's controls and the model plane showed us how many seats it originally had. It was the first time in an aeroplane for some of the children and they were very excited! Unfortunately we got caught in the rain when we were moving between the hangars but that didn't dampen our spirits, we still had a great day! Look at the photos above to see what we got up to!
Autumn Term Week 3
This week has been Well Being week in school and we have been looking at different areas of our Well Being throughout our time in school. We have been looking at Celebrating Difference, Taking Notice, Keeping Healthy and Being Active and Anti-Bullying.
On Thursday, we did lots of exercise on the playground and in the classroom and we went to a fruit workshop in the afternoon. We were looking at different fruits and trying to guess what they were and then we were given the opportunity to try lots of different fruits, We tried Starfruit, Dragonfruit, Physalis and many more. We even got to try a smoothie that was blended on a bike.
We have also been practising for our Christmas play this week, focusing on the songs. Keep practising your lines Explorers!
The children are very excited about our trip to Duxford Imperial War Museum next week, where we will be finding out lots more about the History of Flight. Please make sure that children come to school in a warm coat as we will be spending some of our day outside. Children will need to bring a packed lunch in a named carrier bag that can be thrown away once they have finished eating. Book bags do not need to come to school on Monday.
Autumn 2 Week 2
Once again Explorers have had a really busy and exciting week. We all really enjoyed the Skip To Be Fit Workshop on Monday and lots of us have been using our Blueberry Balls and Skipping Ropes at Break Time and Lunch Time. What fantastic skippers we are!
We also had our visit to the cinema on Wednesday to see Strange Magic. Everybody really enjoyed the film (and the coach journey!) and we have even been writing film reviews in our English lessons.
We have Wellbeing Week next week so the children will be participating in numerous activities during the week. We will be looking into how important our Well-being is, including friendships both inside and outside of school. On Thursday, we will be participating in a Fruit workshop in the afternoon.
Please can I remind parents to make sure that children have warm P.E kits as we may still be going outside and it is no longer shorts weather.
Autumn 2 Week 1
Welcome back after the half term Explorers! I hope that you have all had a relaxing half term holiday, ready for a busy few weeks. We have been busy learning the songs for our Christmas Play, The Little Fir Tree. Scripts with your child's lines highlighted were sent out before half term and song sheets will be going home next week. Please can children have scripts and song sheets in their book bags at all times, so that they are ready to practise at any time. If either of these gets misplaced, please do not hesitate to ask Miss Smith for a new copy.
We are also going to have a very busy week next week. On Monday, we will be participating in Skip To Be Fit and Box To Be Fit so please can CHILDREN COME TO SCHOOL IN THEIR P.E KITS. On Wednesday, we are going to the cinema to see Strange Magic. As the film is not due to finish until 11.55am, the children will be provided with a Packed Lunch when we return to school, which we will choose on Monday.
Please can I remind parents to ensure that children have their P.E kits in school on Mondays and their wellies on Tuesdays. Both of these can be left at school during the week. Also, children should be wearing a coat to school as the weather has changed and turned cold and wet recently.
Autumn 1 Week 7
What a fantastic first half term that we have had! Year 1 have adapted well to the changes of being an Explorer and Year 2 are continuing to work well. We have crammed so much in this half term and I am extremely impressed with everyone's learning! We have learnt lots about poetry, traditional tales, animals, humans and the history of flight, Let's keep up the good work for the rest of term!
The roles for the Christmas Play were handed out on the last day of term. We will be performing The Little Fir Tree. Many children will have more than one role as we are only a small class. Please start practising your lines as soon as possible, so that we can make a start on the play when we return to school.
Please can I remind parents to ensure that children are coming to school with a coat as the weather is starting to get colder!
Have a lovely half term and I look forward to seeing everyone after the break!
Autumn 1 Week 6
Explorers have had a busy and creative week this week; designing and creating moving vehicles. The children have all worked extremely hard on their vehicles from the start of the week until the end and should be very proud of their work. We had lots of different vehicles dotted around the classroom, ranging from taxis to ice cream trucks and ambulances to monster trucks. We will affix the wheels to the vehicles on Monday when the paint has dried and the children should be able to take them home next week. Thank you for your recycling donations, they were very much appreciated by all.
Let's keep up the good work for the last week of term and push on through Assessment week, :)
Autumn 1 Week 5
We have had another busy week in Explorers this week. Explorers enjoyed our first P.E. lesson at Furzefield and are all looking forward to going on a weekly basis when they are in Key Stage Two already!
We have continued with our learning about Goldilocks and the Three Bears in our English lessons this week. We have been writing character descriptions for the 4 main characters and we will be writing our own versions of the traditional tale next week.
Thank you to everyone who has brought in recycling for our project next week. Please continue to bring in recycling on Monday as we will make good use of it throughout our project week.
Autumn 1 Week 4
The children have all been working hard this week and they have produced some amazing work across all subjects.
In English, we have started work on our traditional Tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have been looking at the structure of the story and creating story maps to help us to remember the tale. We are all very excited to be writing our own versions of the tale in the next couple of weeks.
I have been really impressed with how well the children have remained settled and followed our routines.
Please could I remind parents that children should be sent to school in their P.E kit on Monday as we will be going to Furzefield for P.E.
Please can I ask you to keep collecting any clean recycling (Plastic and Cardboard only please) as we will be making use of them during the week of October 10th.
Autumn 1 Week 3
Explorers have been continuing to work on their number bonds to 10 this week, with some of us even starting work on number bonds to 20! We nearly know all of our number bonds to 10 by heart!
This week, the children have demonstrated what brilliant poets they are, with everyone producing at least one amazing poem about their holidays, using the pattern that we have been looking at together.
In our topic lessons, we have been creating our Hot Air Balloons , using papier mache. Once these are completed, we will decorate them using the designs we drew in last week's topic lessons.
Please could I ask you to collect recycling such as plastic bottles and cardboard boxes and bring these into school from October 3rd. We will be using these in the coming weeks.
Autumn 1 Week 2
Once again, all Explorers have been working really hard this week, with everyone getting used to the new routines of the new classroom and the new teacher.
We have started working on out Topic, the History of Flight and we have been looking at what came before the Aeroplane. We have lots about Hot Air Balloons this week. We were all amazed that the first passengers to fly in a hot air balloon were rooster, a sheep and a duck! Everyone is excited to be making their own Hot Air Balloons next week.
In our English lessons, we have been looking at poetry, in particular, poems about holidays. We have been completing lots of work on rhyming words, so that we are ready to write our own poems in our upcoming lessons.
Please could you make sure that children have their P.E. kits in school every Monday and their wellies for Forest School on Tuesdays.
Autumn 1 Week 1.
What a busy week we have had. Everyone has settled in really well this week and the children have made me feel really welcome! I think that we are all looking forward to the year ahead.
This week we have been working really hard on our handwriting, as well as our number bonds to 10 and 20. Year 1 are definitely begin to settle into the Explorers way of working and I'm sure they will keep it up!
We have been discussing our new topic for this term, the History of Flight. There have been some great ideas as to where flight began and I am excited to learn all about the topic this term.
Autumn Term 2016
Welcome to the Explorers Class Page!
Myself, Mrs Kubik and Mrs McGreal hope that you all had a fantastic summer and are ready to come back to school!
P.E. will be on a Monday afternoon so please ensure that your child's P.E kit is in school on this day.
Forest School will be on a Tuesday afternoon so children will need their wellies.
There will be weekly updates on our class page so keep returning to see what we have been doing!