Bedwell School,
Bedwell Crescent,
Herts, SG1 1NJ

01438 351198


Miss E Shaw

© Bedwell Primary
School, 2020

Ladybirds (Year 1)

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  • Fairytale Day
    Our topic in the first half of the Spring term was ‘A Land Far, Far Away!’ Over the course of the term we have discovered lots of new stories and looked at the different characters in each, thinking about how they were similar and different, and investigating the types of characters (like brave heroes, trapped princesses and evil villains) that turned up again and again.
  • To finish off our topic we had Fairytale Day. It was lovely to see the children dressed up as different characters. Throughout the day we participated in many activities including writing letters to Grandma from Little Red Riding Hood, making crowns for Kings and Princesses, baking gingerbread men and the Queen of Hearts jam tarts and even going on a Fairy Tale hunt before finishing with a tea party!

  • Wild and Free
    Our first topic of the year was Wild and Free. Our topic enabled us to look at the world around us, thinking about the places we live, the outdoor environment and all the natural resources we have around us. These have inspired our art work and we have made lots of art using natural materials. We have also looked at artists who also use natural materials such as Andy Goldsworthy and Lois Ehlert (which you can see more of inside).

    We have also studied maps, locating different landmarks in the local environment and made maps of our walk to school. In computing we have learnt basic skills using the mouse and keyboard and explored different painting activities using 2Simple software.

  • A King Is Born
    All the practice finally paid-off at the end of the Autumn Term, when we got the chance to perform our Christmas production to the rest of the school and then to our families over the course of three packed performances. All of our teachers were really impressed by the way we threw ourselves into the show, with almost everyone in Year 2 having a speaking part and everybody from all three classes getting involved in all of the songs and dances. We hope you will agree that our version of A King Is Born retold the Christmas story brilliantly!

  • Reading Week 2019
    During our Spooktacular Book Week we were very lucky to have the opportunity to meet Andrew Weale, an author and poet, who read his books, helped us to develop our own stories, and answered a lot of our questions. During the week, we also had opportunities to be involved in the book swap, partner up with other children to share books, take part in some tricky competitions and finally all dress up in our pyjamas and have a Big Read session on the Friday. It was great fun!

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  • English
    We take part in daily Read Write Inc sessions. This is the helping us with our phonics, reading and writing within ability groups. We have also looked at our favourite books and shared them within the class and written book reviews.

    This term, we have been learning write a Tale of Quest. This terms text was ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We learnt the story and looked at hoe we could make the story even better. We have thought carefully about finding the appropriate adjectives to describe the different characters and began to think of some similes too. We enjoyed using similes so much we used them in our valentine’s poems of our mum. During our innovation stage we changed the characters within the story remembering to use adjectives too. To complete our unit we planned and wrote our own Tales of Quest and Mrs Devenish thought they were all amazing!

  • Maths
    This term we have been learning to been looking at looking at teen numbers and working out they are a group of ten and … extra ones. We made the teen numbers using Cuisenaire rods, base 10 and the two tens frames.

    We have also looked at doubling and halving numbers and finding out which of the numbers are odd and those that are even.

  • Art
    In art we have been working on self-portraits and after 6 weeks we have created some amazing masterpieces. We used mirrors to look at our features and practised drawing them before drawing our portrait. We practised using pastels and blending them before colouring our portraits. As a class we decided our portrait needed a background like the portraits we had looked at and used water colours to make ours. To complete our portraits we made our own frames and decorated them using pointillism.

  • Computing
    In our Computing sessions, we have been using the ipads to record sounds and film each other retelling a story of our choice. We have learnt that we need to make sure we can see all of the characters clearly when filming and to be quiet when someone else is speaking their part, as this makes it hard to follow when you watch it back. We have begun to develop the skills of directors, identifying ways in which the performances could be improved, and some of us have even tried to add sound effects to make our recordings more dramatic!








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Our School Councillors:
Poppy & Max

Our Spring Term Topic:
The Potting Shed

We will be exploring letters of persuasion next half-term. We will begin by learning the text Dear Mr Wolf, and will then use this to explore the way we can put our ideas across as convincingly as possible. We will use this to develop our reading skills, including the effect that writing has on the reader, and will then write our own persuasive letter. We will also be looking at information texts to support our science work, and will write our own non-fiction texts about the things that we grow.

Throughout the term, we will continue to develop our understanding of sentence structure, ensuring we split ideas up correctly using full stops. We will also be working hard to improve our spelling of key words.

Next half-term we will be focussing on sequences in maths. We will be learning to sequence events using the vocabulary of time, and will also be learning our number bonds to twenty (17 + 3, 12 + 8 etc). We will begin by using practical methods (splitting groups of twenty ’things’ up in different ways) and then moving on to quick recall of these key facts. We will also be looking at measures, including measuring the heights of plants, the lengths of different vegetables, the weight of fruit and the amount of water held in different sized containers. Finally, we will be learning the number facts: 9 + 2 = 11, 4 + 3 = 7, 5 + 3 = 8 and 6 + 3 = 9.

We will be investigating and naming a variety of wild and garden plants and flowers. We will be exploring the way that different plants grow, and learning to name different parts of flowering plants. Some of the questions we will be asking will include: Where do the plants grow? How do they change as they grow? What plants can we name?

We will continue to explore the idea of belonging, thinking about what it means to belong to different groups, such as clubs, cubs, rainbows, school or church. We will discuss the reasons why we choose to join groups, and the way it can make us feel when we belong to a bigger group.

Leading-up to Easter, we will also be thinking about the things that people give up for love or to show a commitment. We will then be learning some of the stories of Jesus’ life, and the reasons why Christians believe he sacrificed himself.

The Arts
We will be investigating different ways in which we can create art using things we might find in our garden. We will be making prints using fruit and vegetables, making collages using leaves and seeds and cooking using produce that we have grown. In music, meanwhile, we will be exploring the pulse and rhythm within songs.


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