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Welcome to Rowan Class

Rowan Class

Summer 2018

Our project for the summer term is

“How can we live in the moment?”

This will give us the opportunity to explore mindfulness, relaxation and valuing our surroundings. The project has a strong focus on the arts where there will be a focus particularly on music, dance and visual arts.

Our project will begin with a team building and forest adventure day. We will be working with the artist Gill Taylor to enhance our understanding of the visual arts, including appreciating the work of Henry Matisse and Luiza Vizoli.  Our music lessons will help us to understand how music can affect how we feel and help us to understand our own preferences.  This will include composing music and making musical instruments.  A dance tutor will be visiting us every Tuesday to create a performance piece for the end of summer whole school event.


We will be exploring the book ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan, which is a thought provoking story about stopping to look around us and celebrating difference.   The children will have the opportunity to discuss the setting and characters’ behaviour in depth.  Following drama and role play, they will write a diary entry and recount the events in the story in a letter.


We will keep our strong focus on problem solving as we become confident in answering word problems and a wide variety of reasoning challenges. We have been practising our arithmetic skills regularly and are making super progress with missing number calculations, inverse and fractions.


We will be building on what we learned in Year 1 about plants, asking questions and creating our own investigations about conditions of growth.   Following this, the children will explore materials and their uses.  This will involve thinking about the properties of materials and how they can be changed to make them stronger or more useful.

We went into the woods to explore nature and live in the moment.


Mrs Read - Class Teacher / KS1 Leader

Reading Books

What fabulous readers we have in Rowan Class this year! We have been very impressed so far. The children have been doing a great job at changing their books when they come into school in the morning and reading regularly.  Please let us know if you need any support with reading books, it is a particular passion of ours and we are always keen to help.

Maths Passports

This year, we are trying to carry on the routine that the children had in year 1 where they are given a personalised target and a day for their progress to be checked. The Year 1 team have passed on their target from last year so we are hoping for a smooth transition this September.  Maths passport work is very important for children’s rapid recall of number facts which helps them in all areas of maths. Thank you for your continued support with this.

Spellings and Handwriting

The children have taken to their new routine for spellings and handwriting very well so far.  They come into school very calmly and set about their English 4-a-day in a very settled manner. There is a weekly theme for spellings which they practise in the mornings and there will be homework set alongside other home learning tasks.

Our adventure day helped us to live in the moment!

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Spring Project - Do we always appreciate what we have got? Where are we in the world? What is in our local area? Where is the rainforest? Who lives in the rainforest? What can we find out about the rainforest?

Look at us finding out about the rainforest and preparing our diaoramas!

We had a visit from a nurse called Sonia today.

Nurse Sonia told us all about how she helps people to get better at her drop-in centre in Liverpool.  We asked her super questions like; Can you take a patient's temperature? Do you work at night? Do you give medicine to the patients? Do you like your job?

Sonia showed us lots of different equipment that she uses in her job and explained how it is really important to keep clean and look after our health. 

Thank you for coming to see our amazing writing. It was great to see you all. We are so proud of our work!


Today we learned about how to look after our teeth. Marion Stockton from NHS Oral Heath showed us the best way to clean our teeth, and which food and drinks to avoid.

Dinosaur Day


We spent our afternoon on an orienteering exercise. We pieced together a jigsaw of a dinosaur using our fantastic position and direction skills.


African Style Art, Shrove Tuesday and World Book Day



We have been using Singapore maths to help us improve our calcualtion skills.  Look how good we are at explaining our methods!

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On National Poetry day we were lucky to invite Terry Caffrey in to share some of his poems and help us to write our own.  Our theme is 'friendship' and we have created our own lovely friendship poem, which we performed  beautifully for the rest of the school in our poetry assembly.


Pets at Home

We were joined by some furry friends from pets at home.  The staff showed us how to take care of hamsters and guinea pigs, and told us what it is like to work with pets.

Nick the Explorer

Nick the explorer showed us how to keep safe when navigating difficult terrain, and how to read maps.  He brought in some super equipment for us to examine.



Dr Baird, the engineer, talked about different materials and their uses.  We were surprised how heavy or light they were.  He also told us that his favourite shape is a triangle.  We are going to investigate why. 



Rainbow Fish inspired art.


What's Cooking?



Planning our Bridges

We have been looking at photographs of bridges to spot the different shapes so that we can plan our own bridges.


Planning our Bridges

Joining and strengthening materials has been important too.


Making our Bridges

We made our bridges and  tested them by adding 10g weights.  We found out who had made the strongest bridge and then talked bout how we could improve our own design.

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This bridge held 220g!

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Norton Priory

What a fantastic time we all had!  All of the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves during their action packed journey into the past.  In the morning, the children helped to get the Victorian house ready, playing the parts of servants to Lord and Lady Brooke.  Who knew we had such fabulous cooks and cleaners? Then it was time to join in some Victorain parlour games and decorate the Chrismas tree. Later in the day, the children decorated gingerbread men, made crowns and went on a Christmas stocking treasure trail.  The children's behaviour was impecable which further helped to make our trip a huge success.  Well done Rowan Class your teachers are very proud of you!

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