We are a mixed Y1/2 class, which presently consists of seven Year 1 children (Badgers) and eight Year 2 children (Owls). My name is Mrs Gunn and I job-share with Mrs Dangerfield, who takes the children on a Friday. The other adults who regularly work with the children are Mrs Still (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Hickey (Learning Support Assistant).
Following on from the children’s enjoyment of history last term, when they found out about Florence Nightingale and the Great Fire of London, the children’s imagination was immediately inspired on their return to school by the need to design a machine which could travel back in time, or forwards to the future. This was part of the introduction to the new topic of ‘Time Travellers’. Old photographs of the children who attended the school in the 1930s, a ‘1930 school day’ and a trip to Tilford Rural Life Centre also contributed to developing their understanding of how things were many years ago. They had the opportunity to study a variety of artifacts and discuss how things have changed over the years.
Later in the term, the children will develop their knowledge of geography, during which they will visit the local Iron-Age Fort. Their understanding of the features of a church in RE will also be addressed as they develop their knowledge of the village.
As usual, at this time of year, the children will start to prepare for the changes that will take place in September, when they move into new classes and new schools. This can be an exciting, yet nervous time for many, but it is hoped that the fun they have at the many events we have planned for them, including Sport’s Day, the leavers’ play, and a trip to Littlehampton, will enable them to leave Peaslake Free School with many happy memories.