Bedwell School,
Bedwell Crescent,
Herts, SG1 1NJ

01438 351198


Miss E Shaw

© Bedwell Primary
School, 2020

Ladybirds (Year 1)

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  • Christmas Baubles!
    We finished off the year with another amazing Christmas performance. This year we performed the Nativity story from the viewpoint of school children and their teachers. We had great fun learning the songs and hope you enjoyed watching it just as much as we did - you can find out more about our show here.

  • Mince Pies
    Thank you to all of you who came to our mince pie afternoon. It was lovely to see so many of you and we hope you enjoyed sharing a mince pie and a Christmas story with us!

  • Reading Week
    We thoroughly enjoyed our Spooktacular Reading Week, which took place in the first week after half-term. We were fortunate enough to be visited by some brilliant authors who come into school over the course of the week to share their stories and ideas with us. We particularly enjoyed meeting James Mayhew, who drew an amazing illustration at the same time as telling a story. As a class, we decided to build on the tale he had told us, making up a character and then writing our own stories about their adventures. During the Week, we also had a chance to read our favourite books with Year 6 and loved reading stories in our pyjamas, too!

  • Mini-Olympics
    In November we were lucky to be invited to take part in the Mini-Olympics, organised by Stevenage Sporting Futures at the Leisure Centre. We had a great time trying out lots of different activities including cheerleading, curling, basketball, rugby and speed stacking - and you can find out more about our day out here.

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  • English
    Throughout the term we have taken part in daily Read Write Inc sessions, which are helping us to develop our phonics, reading and writing within ability groups. In class, we have also been looking at writing instructions, focussing on How to make a Gingerbread Man. We looked at how instructions are structured and used these features to write our own.

    We have also learnt the story of The Papaya that Spoke. We focussed on the speech within the text and how the different characters spoke. We had great fun acting out the story and playing freeze frame (check out our moments from the story above). We changed the story by innovating the characters and the different things that spoke and had a go at changing the ending. We then went on to invent our own story of fear - and you can see a few of our fantastic final pieces below.

    The Mermaid and the Lion
    Once upon a time there was a clever mermaid and she was scared of lions. Her favourite thing was swimming. and she was very helpful. Why was she scared of lions? Well, one day a hairy lion said, “I'm going to eat you!” The mermaid was scared. So one windy day the mermaid went into a shop to get a present. The present was colourful so she got the present and when she paid for it she took it home. Unfortunately the lion came out of the tree. "Aargh!" screamed the mermaid, “I will get the lion”. So luckily she got some meat on a stick and then the mermaid trapped the lion and the mermaid lived happily ever after.
    by Shaanavi Ketheepan

    Rory’s Fear of Mice
    Once upon a time there lived a boy called Rory. He lived in a jungle with his mum and dad. Rory was scared of mice. One day he asked his mum, “Can I go camping?” mum said “Yes”. Rory was with his friends and he sat around the camp fire. Suddenly he saw a mouse and he screamed for his friends. Luckily the mouse wanted to be his friend and the mouse helped Rory find his way home in the dark. The end.
    by Logan Blackham

  • Let's Celebrate!
    This terms topic has been Let's Celebrate! We have been learning about all the different festivals of light including fireworks, Eid, Diwali, Hanukah and Christmas. We have found out about all the different foods and customs that are associated with each celebration, looked at art work and listened to lots of stories. We were lucky to have Mrs Kamali come in for an afternoon to paint mendhi on our hands, and we tried delicious foods from each celebration.

    In science we have been learning about the weathers and seasons, how they are different, what is associated with each season and how the sun changes in the summer and winter months. In ICT we have been learning to use Microsoft Word, typing messages, importing pictures from clip art and typing captions using word art. We then used the work we had produced to make Christmas cards.

  • Maths
    In Maths we have been learning to double and halve numbers. We have learnt to make two groups of the same amount and then share objects between two groups, using the ‘part-part-whole’ model to help us to combine and share-out amounts equally.

    We have also looked at 2d and 3d shapes, naming them and looking at their different properties. We have learnt to order the days of the week and months of the year, and how to order activities that we carry out throughout the day.








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Our School Councillors:
Alfie McCaffery & Emily Gannon

Our Summer Term Topic:
On Safari

Next half-term, we will be looking at wishing tales. Our initial text will be The Three Wishes, which we will learn by heart, using symbols and actions, so that we can use the language and structure to support our writing. We will then be making-up our own wishing tale, focussing in particular on developing accurate sentence structure and the correct use of basic punctuation. Linked to our topic, we will also be looking at non-fiction texts about animals. During the afternoons, we will continue with our Read Write Inc sessions, working in small groups with others at our level to improve our phonics, reading and spelling knowledge.

Our maths targets for the next half term will see us learning to find a half and a quarter of different amounts, shapes and objects. We will begin to link this process of sharing, splitting and regrouping to the idea of fractions, which we will represent visually, This will then support us in following recipes and making a meal for all of our animals. Our work on fractions will also support us in improving our understanding of time, as we learn to use phrases like ’half-past’ and ’quarter past’. The number facts we will be focussing on are our next 4 doubling facts: 6+6=12, 7+7=14, 8+8=16, 9+9=18.

We will be looking at common animals especially those we will see on our trip to the zoo. We will learn to identify and name fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals, recognising the key features of each group. We will also be finding out what animals eat and classifying them using the terms carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

We will be investigating journeys around he world, looking in particular at the communities and landscapes found in Africa. We will also be looking at a range of maps of the world and learning to identify where we would find the UK, and to name and locate the seven continents of the world. In addition, we will be exploring three different landscapes - forests, deserts and cities - and finding out what it would be like to visit each one.

Our next RE topic is called Books and Stories, and will see us learning about special books in different religions.

The Arts
In DT we will be looking at animal patterns and making our own prints, learning how to mix colours and create different patterns and textures. We will also learn to make maps to help us to find the missing animals and guide others around a safari tour. In music we will be exploring pattern and using instruments to create repeating rhythms.


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