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Herringthorpe Infant School

Herringthorpe Infant School

Learning for Life

Herringthorpe Infant School

Class 2

Mrs Stewart, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Ibbotson 

Class 2 - 2023/2024 


PE - Our PE days are Monday and Thursday

The children will to bring their PE kit in a bag (shorts, T-shirt and trainers) and leave it on their peg, ready for PE days. At the end of each half term, their kit will be sent home to be washed. 
Please ensure that long hair is tied back and earrings are removed. 

           Book Bags


Please ensure that your child brings their book bags daily with their reading diary inside. 

Autumn Term 2023

Class 2 have been using Numicon to order numbers from 1-10. Well done everyone.

In numeracy we have been learning to add and subtract numbers within 10 using Part Part Whole models


Class 2 have loved being artists and using the clay to manipulate different techniques, including; pinching, squeezing, poking, twisting and also using the tools to make patterns, such as dots, lines and zigzags.  

In Literacy, for autumn one, we have been learning about Enchanted Forests.  Class 2 were superstars at writing about their fairy. They each designed a fairy and wrote adjectives around it, to describe their fairy. 

In Pe for Autumn one we were practising circuits and Matball. We have learned lots of skills which we are continuing to develop. Class 2, you were awesome!



In Science we have completed a tree study. Each week we have been outside to observe the Horse Chestnut tree to see how seasons affect the changes around us. We noticed that the leaves became more crispy and changed to a brown/orange colour. The conkers on the tree began to open up out of their shell and fall off. Class 2 have really enjoyed seeing the changes each week, then drawing the tree in their study booklet. 


In DT we have been really busy designing our shoes and making them. We trailed attested different material to see which would work best before designing our shoe and making it. We then used our design brief to then help us make our shoes. Class 2, they all look brilliant! 

REIn Re we have been learning about the Christmas story. The children were able to recall back key events of the Christmas Story and how Angel Gabriel told Mary that she was having a baby, the son of God. We read the story first then sequenced the story.  Well done class 2. I have been so impressed with your knowledge. Keep up the great work. 

Clifton Park Museum visit

For Geography, we have been learning about directions and where Clifton Park Museum is located on a map.  In History we have been learning about the Walker family, who once lived at Clifton park. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and the children have retained so much new  knowledge from our visit. 


In music we have using Charanga to listen and appraise and practice the song ‘ Rhythm In The Way We Walk’. Class 2 you are becoming experts at this song! Well done everyone. 

Class 2 Parent workshop

What a fantastic time we have all had  this afternoon, at our parent/children workshop. Everyone has made and designed their own penny spinner. We made 2 of different shapes to see which spun the best and used a stop watch timer to test which was the best. You all worked so hard class 2 and I hope you all had a wonderful time.

Children in Need - Class 2 - 2023 - Thank you to everyone who has made a contribution and raising money and awareness for Children in Need.

Miss Buxton, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Ibbotson


PE – Our PE days are Monday and Tuesday.

The children will need to bring their PE kit in a bag which will contain a t-shirt and shorts. Their PE bag will stay in school on their peg and be sent home each half term.

Please ensure that long hair is tied back and earrings are removed.

                                                                     Book Bags


Please ensure that your child brings their book bags daily with their reading diary inside. 

During Spring Term and our topic “Julia Donaldson” the children had the opportunity to explore many of the wonderful stories and characters from her books. In Literacy the children created their own instructions to create a stick man during our fabulous parent workshop afternoon as well as getting creative and coming up with their own fantastic stories and creating a piece of non-fiction writing about whales.




In Science the children used their observation skills and developed their existing knowledge of animals including humans. The children learnt how to group a variety of animals according to their features and characteristics as well as learning some of the scientific language used to group certain types of animals.

In numeracy the children expanded their knowledge of number by exploring numbers beyond 20 and developing their understanding of the composition of these numbers. They also built upon their existing knowledge of taught strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems as well as exploring mass, volume, length and height. The children particularly enjoyed the practical aspect of mass and volume.

As artists the children applied their knowledge of clay and the different techniques to create their own clay model of a Gruffalo; something they all thoroughly enjoyed. 

Throughout this term Year One have been extremely busy, working hard to build upon their foundational knowledge in all subjects, challenge themselves, develop their learning skills and make their own individual progress.

In Summer Term we will begin our new topic “Go Wild!”



This week in ICT we have been learning about robots and their use in everyday life. We discussed what a command is and explored inputting different commands on the Beebots to make them move in different directions.

This week in Numeracy we have been focusing on recognising and representing numbers beyond 10.


We began the week by consolidating our understanding of 10 and explored making 10 practically in a variety of ways with different equipment. 


The rest of the week we have gradually explored the numbers to 20. Each day we first made the numbers practically with equipment such as counters and 10 frames, numicon and diennes. We learnt that each of these numbers needed one ten and so many ones. 


We then matched pictorial representations of the numbers to the numerals. 


Take a look at some of our learning below.


This week in Year 1 in our literacy lessons we have been learning facts about Julia Donaldson. We tried hard to think about using different sentence openers to make our writing more interesting. 

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have had an amazing break and are looking forward to the new school term.



Just a quick reminder that we have a treat in store this Thursday for the children. As, we will be visiting the pantomime, this will be during school hours and lunch this day will be sandwiches that the children have already chosen.



In our new school term, we will be starting our new topic of Incredible Authors.




In Year 1 we will be focusing on Julia Donaldson and covering many of her texts.

We will be taking inspiration from these in a variety of subject areas and I can’t wait to show you all the work the children will be producing.

As always if you have any questions please catch me at the beginning or end of the school day or leave me a message and I will contact you back.


Miss Buxton


This week Year 1 have been applying previously taught skills in numeracy by completing special challenges in reasoning and arithmetic. They were able to use a chosen method to independently complete addition and subtraction problems.



This week all the children in Year 1 have been busy rehearsing for our schools Christmas Nativity performances. They have enjoyed performing to an audience and their confidence and enthusiasm had been wonderful to see.



This week in Numeracy we have been doing lots of learning based around Shape. We started the week by investigating 3d shapes. We learnt that 3D shapes have faces and are not flat. We learnt the names of some of these shapes and sorted them into groups.

Later on in the week we investigated 2D shapes. We learnt the names of these shapes and sorted them. We then created and repeated patterns which were made up of 2D and 3D shapes.





This week we have been very busy in Year One creating products to sell at our Christmas fair. We began by designing our products and thinking carefully about the ingredients and items we would need to buy to make our products. We then worked in teams throughout the week to create our products. We had to make sure that our finished products reflected our designs and we only used materials that were on our design. We can’t wait for the day of the fair to show you what we have been working hard to make.


In numeracy this week we have begun exploring place value to 20.

Firstly, we used the practical equipment of numicon and place value arrow cards to help us understand tens and ones. Then we moved on to completing our worksheets which had a variety of pictoral representations such as dienes, bundles and numicon.


This week we have been celebrating Anti-Bullying Week. On Monday we wore our Odd Socks to celebrate being different and unique! We designed our own pair of odd socks and learnt that it was very important to treat everyone with respect and kindness no matter how different they may be to you.

Take a look at Andy and the Odd Socks official song ‘Calling Out’ for this year’s Odd Socks Day.

This year’s theme for Anti-Bullying is ‘Reach Out’. In our PSHE lesson this week we identified the people in school who we could reach out to if we saw bullying or unkind behaviour and thought about ways that we could reach out to make sure our school is a happy and safe place for all.


This week we finished creating our boats. We had to make sure that our boats matched our designs. We looked carefully at our designs to make sure our boats had a boat, sail and a mast. Once we had checked that our boats matched our designs we could then attach our sail and mast.

Take a look at our finished boats below.


This week we have begun learning about subtraction.

We began by using counters our part part whole models to represent and solve subtraction number stories before learning the subtraction symbol. Once we had learnt the subtraction symbol we then read number sentences and used our counters and part part whole models to complete them.  

Later on in the week we then learnt how to use jottings and counting backwards on a number line to solve subtraction number sentences.




This week in Numeracy we have been finding number bonds for all the numbers to 10. A number bond is a pair of numbers that make another number.  We began the week by finding these practically and then recording them. Later on in the week we learnt how to work in a systematic way like wise old owl. Working systematically means we start finding the number bonds in an order. When we work in this way it means we are less likely to miss any number bonds out.

0 + 3 = 3

1 + 2 = 3

2 + 1 = 3

3 + 0 = 3

Have a look at examples of our learning below.





This week in DT we have begun making our boats! We had to use our design to help us create our boats as well as thinking about the appropriate joining techniques which we had investigated previously.


We will carry on this learning next week and think about the best technique to attach our mast and sail before we test the effectiveness of our boats on the water!




In PE we have begun our new sport which this term is Hockey! We have learnt how to hold a hockey stick correctly in order to control the ball. We have tried keeping the ball under control and passing it to another player. We will build up these skills each week in order to begin playing games towards the end of the term.








This week in numeracy we have been investigating number sentences and the positions of the parts and the whole. Using practical equipment, we switched the parts around to discover that the whole remained the same. We then took our learning further by recording fact families for numbers within 10.





In History we have been looking at different seaside and coastal towns that people like to go to on holiday. We discussed what people wear, the foods they eat and the activities they might do when visiting the coast. Next week we will be comparing what holidays were like 100 years ago.





In numeracy this week we have continued to use part part whole models, we have extended our learning further by writing number sentences. This has helped us to consolidate our learning and prepare us for number fact families after half term.  


We learned the symbols + and =. We talked about where these might be placed on a part part whole model to verbally make a number sentence. Then we practiced adding two parts together to work out the whole (total) amount. We then replicated this by writing out number sentences that matched the part part wholes we had completed.


Next we worked on solving word problems with part part whole models and then we selected our own digit cards to create addition equations for ourselves to solve.


Towards the end of the week we spent time thinking about what would happen if we placed amounts in different areas on our part part whole model. We realised that when adding parts together that the whole (total) amount was the same regardless of whether the parts were switched with each other. However, we noticed that if the largest amount was not in the whole then the equation would be wrong.





In ICT this week we have been learning about sending emails. We learned that an email is like sending a letter electronically. We have talked about the benefits of emails such as the speed, cost and connectivity that they offer.


We talked about how an email address is created out of different parts


Next we sent an email to Class 1 and they replied to show how we can communicate electronically.



In Numeracy we have been using a part part whole model to solve additions.

At the start of the week we investigated what a 'whole' was and what a 'part' was. We learnt that a whole is when something is all there and a part is when all of it is not there. We split a whole banana into parts to see this!

Then we looked at partitioning (splitting) numbers into parts using a part part whole model.

We put some counters into the 'whole' and then split it by putting the counters into the 'parts'. We then learnt that when we combined the parts we had the whole amount again. We then recorded this information in the form of jottings. Take a look at us using a part part whole model below. 


This week in ICT we have been taking ownership of our creative work by adding our names to it. We created a Pirate ship picture on the application Doodle Buddy following the set of instructions. Once we had created our pictures we then had to type our names onto the picture so that we then had ownership over this image.



This week in Numeracy we have been ordering numbers to 10. At first we did this practically using counters to help us see the value of each number. Then we learnt how to use number lines to help us put 3 non-consecutive numbers in order. Take a look at our hard work below.




This week in PSHE we have been thinking about how we can be a good friend to others. We had to think carefully about qualities that made us a good friend. Some of our ideas were kind, caring, helpful and respectful. We then had to think about who our friends were and why they are good friends. Have a look at our learning below.



This week in Numeracy we have been comparing quantities using the language more than, less than and equal to. We then learnt the corresponding symbols and used these in our independent tasks to compare both objects and numerals.

Take a look at our learning below.


In DT this week we have been exploring different ways to join card in preparation for our boat construction. We discussed all the methods that we had tried, thinking carefully about the technique that would be the most suitable for our cardboard boats. 


This week we in music we have all been composers! We created our own rhythms and worked together with a partner to clap each others rhythms. After that we had the opportunity to incorporate a musical instrument into our session. We used a glockenspiel and played the rhythms that we had composed, taking care with our timing.   


This week we began looking at everyday materials. We looked at lots of different objects around school and thought about the material that they were made from. We had to look carefully at the objects as some were made using two or three different materials.



In Art this week we have been investigating shading on different surfaces. We used pencils to explore how the texture of the surface affected the shading. We had a bumpy surface, a rough surface and a smooth surface.

Have a look at our art work below.

We have had a fantastic start to the new term, it has been wonderful getting to know the children. We have been so impressed with how well they have settled and adapted to their new routines. We look forward to sharing our learning with you over the coming weeks. 


Our topic for this term is Land Ahoy, take a look at our pirate classroom.