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Miss Heyburn

Year 1 and 2 is taught by Miss H and supported by Mrs Polley. We are also lucky to be supported by lots of different adults throughout the week.


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Autumn 2 2022

Emerald class have had a lovely second half term. In English, the children created their own superhero stories. The children used Supertato as inspiration and created their own supermarket based heroes and villains. Not only did they produce work written really well but the children also made lots of people laugh as their stories were so funny! Just before Christmas, the children looked at Christmas adverts. They looked at Moz the monster in the John Lewis Christmas advert and created non-chronological reports about bed monsters. Here are some examples:


In maths, the children have looked at adding and subtracting and shape. The children have shown they know loads of 2D and 3D shapes. Year 2 have been really successful adding and subtracting two 2-digit numbers. 

The children really enjoyed making their salads that they had been planning from autumn 1. They created both savoury salads and fruit salads and learnt knife skills to cut their fruit and vegetables. They were able to evaluate them and think about what they would do differently if they made them again. 

In art, the children explored colour and shape in their painting unit. They looked at the artist 'Kandinski' for inspiration and then used the influence of shape, line and colour to create layered pieces of art. They also listened to stories and responded through abstract art.


What a brilliant half term we have had!

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Autumn 1 2022

Emerald class have had a jam-packed but very successful start to the year. At the start of term, the children were given a special parcel that had been left on the field. It was a very sparkly star and the class were trusted to take care of it. This inspired them to look at the story 'How to catch a star' and write their own stories. 

For the second part of the half term, the children looked at instruction writing. They made some delicious chocolate rice crispy cakes which were donated to the Macmillan Coffee Morning. They then wrote their own instructions on how to make them. Here are some examples below!

























As well as making crispy cakes, the children looked at what makes a healthy diet and began a DT unit on salads. They tasted different salads to find out what they liked and described flavours. They are looking forwards to making their own salads in Autumn 2. 

In maths, both year groups looked at place value. They were able to read and write many different numbers but also compare numbers.

In PE, year 2 have been looking at team building. They quickly learnt that they were much more successful when they worked together and communicated with each other. They enjoyed playing many games to test their skills. Year 1 have had a really lovely time in the woods this half term. They have enjoyed climbing trees, swinging in hammocks and playing in the mud kitchen. 

Finally, the children have been learning how music can help us to make friends. They have worked hard describing different types pf music using new vocabulary. They discussed the instrumentation, the tempo, the genre and began to think about unison and call and response music. They have shown they can find the pulse but also know how to stand for a singing performance and why warming up our voices is important. They have made huge progress with their singing but also experimented in a class composition and began to read notation on the glockenspiel. Why don't you take a listen to their playing and singing?

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Summer 2 2022

What a brilliant year Emerald Class have had! They have all come such a long way and we are really proud of them. 

This half term in English, the children looked at traditional tales. They looked at the story of the three little pigs and innovated their characters to write their own stories. Linking to their science topic of materials, the children tested materials to find their properties and chose which materials their characters would use to build their houses. 

Later in the half term, the children were surprised to receive a letter from the police asking for help about a break in. The children figured out that Goldilocks was responsible. They interviewed witnesses and created their own newspaper reports about what happened. 

In maths, year 2 children have shown their resilience learning to tell the time. They now know how long it is until lunch time without having to ask! They have also been learning about weight, mass, capacity and volume. The year 1 children started to learn about fractions for the first time. They also started looking at numbers up to 100 and were so excited when they learnt how to partition numbers!

In history, the children have been learning about the history of Hintlesham school. They learnt when the school was built and that some parts were built more recently. They compared and contrasted what school was like today compared to a Victorian school. They used a timeline to order events and finally reflected on the why the school is so important locally and what the impact would be if the school didn't exist. 

In music, the children have been thinking about how music makes us happy. They have explored music from film and used the elements of music to describe what they noticed. Additionally, they have learnt about how to play melodies on the glockenspiels that go with the music. The children have really enjoyed playing songs in their free time in our outside area! Why don't you take a listen?






Emerald class have also explored composition using technology. They considered the pitch and length of note when creating music to go with a backing track. Here are some of the children's compositions.






The children have had a great time in DT learning about mechanisms. They learnt about sliders, levers, pivots and wheels. Once they had practised these skills, they designed a moving picture for a storybook to be shared with a younger child. They created design criteria, created sketches with annotations and finally made their product. It was such great fun and the children were really proud of what they have achieved. 

Finally, the children really enjoyed their visit to Foxburrow farm. They had a great time catching creepy crawlies and pond dipping. To their surprise, some of them managed to catch some newts!

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Summer 1 2022

Emerald and Ruby class had some very strange visitors this half term. Some of them were slimy, some had lots of legs and some just enjoyed chilling and eating cucumber! Can you guess who they were? Creepy crawlies of course! The children in Emerald class wrote some brilliant recounts about their experience with the creepy crawlies. 





In art the children have been working on a textiles unit. They have explored wrapping, knotting, fabric pegging and fabric dyeing. Additionally, the children have worked hard on art competitions for the Hadleigh Show and the Suffolk Show. We were delighted to be awarded 2nd place with our Outdoors inspired pyramid.   

The children have been learning about plants in science and in particular, what a plant needs to stay healthy and survive. The children did an experiment with cress to see whether plants needed sunlight and water and what happened when plants didn't get those things. It was very interesting to see how tall the cress became when it didn't have sunlight!

In PSHE we also looked at being healthy but this time ourselves. We thought about the importance of sleep, limiting screen time and taking care of our teeth. 


Spring 2 2022

Emerald class have been so resilient this half term and have worked hard despite Covid and chickenpox!

In English, the children learnt how to write persuasive letters and they were very convincing at giving reasons for getting a pet and also luckily managed to convince us to keep breaktime. Persuasive writing was a new text type for the children and we were so impressed with their great letters. They also read the book 'Lila and the secret of rain' and were able to use some great description about the Kenyan landscape. 

In maths, the children have looked at shape, graphs and measure. Year 1 children explored measuring things in different ways and comparing amounts. Year 2 learnt about different graphs and charts and were able to gather data and record this in many ways. All the children loved using Geoboards to make different shapes. Who would have thought irregular pentagons could look so different!

We have had a really arty half term and have had lots of fun with clay (us more than the cleaner). We have learnt how to make a clay slab and create decorations both on the surface and using inlaying. We explored using stories for inspiration and also different coloured clays to show contrast. We had the best time using different tools to create pattern and texture and learnt techniques like pinching, pulling and rolling. The children also explored traditional Aboriginal art. They learnt that symbols tell stories and experimented with their own symbols and patterns which they later used to create a digeridoo!

In music we have been looking at composition and improvisation. We looked at some graphic scores and began to think about what music looks like when written down. We created our own rhythm grids.

In computing, we chose or created our own maths problem and learnt how to upload it to turn into a QR code ready for the older children to find. Some of use even managed to record our instructions!













We have had lots of time in the woods this half term but year 2 also had the chance to explore yoga. Here is our ready position. Bring on Summer 1! 

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Spring 1 2022

Emerald class have worked incredibly hard this half term. In English, the children looked at the story 'The owl who was afraid of the dark'. They started the unit by overcoming their own fears with a scary feely-bag challenge. They then wrote some incredible stories about animals who overcame their own fears.

After finishing their stories, they found out even more about barn owls in a non-chronological report unit. They used what they had found out to create their own polar and rainforest animal reports linking to our Geography unit of climates around the world. 

In DT, the children tasted, designed and created their own dip. They were very brave tasting lots of different things and had a great time inventing their own dips. Luckily, we had learnt all about hygiene in science by doing germ experiments so knew how important it was to wash our hands before beginning the food preparation!


The year 2 children were very excited when they found out they were doing gymnastics for PE. They became experts at creating different shapes with their bodies and had a great time using the equipment. 


Emerald class have also really enjoyed their weekly badminton sessions.

The children have absolutely loved their time in Wild Woods. They cannot decide if they love climbing trees, den building, creating delicious muddy dinners in the mud kitchen, creating habitats for animals or chilling in the hammock the most!

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Autumn 1 2021

The children have settled well into Emerald class and have had an exciting first term. The children have been developing their reading and have been showing some great coaching in partner work!

In English, the children learnt the Enormous Turnip story which they performed in the Harvest Festival.  They worked  hard to speak clearly and with expression. The children then looked at instruction texts. They modelled how to brush a baby dinosaur's teeth and wrote their own instructions that included their own editing. Here are some examples.


















In maths this term, the children have looked at number and have explored numbers in different ways using different resources.




The children built some amazing houses at home and set fire to them on the playground to help imagine what the Great fire of London would have looked like and factors that made the fire spread. They sequenced the events of the fire, looked at sources and began to think about when the fire was linking it to timelines. The children created their own Great Fire of London scenes.

In art, the children have been learning about printmaking. They looked at stencils and made their own collagraph blocks which they used for rubbings and printing. They were able to choose their materials and after printing, discussed the effectiveness of their block.

In RE, the children have been learning about Baptism in the church and considered the feeling of belonging. Here are some sculptures the children built showing a place they feel welcome. 

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Autumn 2 2021

In English, the children wrote their own poems and then wrote some exciting adventure stories about Spy Fox. Later in the half term, the children looked at posters and found out the features needed to make a poster. They then created information posters on Lenny Henry and posters to advertise the KS1 nativity!


Emerald class and Ruby class had great fun practising and performing the nativity too. This was their first big performance  to a live audience in main classes and they had to be very brave. In music, the children focused on the songs for the show and learnt all about the importance of projecting so the audience can hear clearly.

In geography, the children learnt all about the United Kingdom and it's four countries. We looked at atlases, globes and online maps and researched facts about the different countries and capitals. We looked more closely at London and made some great sculptures of famous landmarks - can you guess what they are?

In DT, we designed and created our own Christmas stockings. This was very tricky as we had to sew round the edge but we were very resilient. Have a look at some that we created!

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Summer 2

Emerald class have enjoyed taking part in a wide variety of learning this summer. In English, we looked at the book 'Dear Greenpeace and developed our letter writing skills to write to the WWF about a creature we had found - we hope they reply! We then wrote a letter to one of our class friends and posted it in a stamped envelope in our class post box. We really enjoyed opening our letters! More recently, we have been looking at 'No-bot - the robot with no bottom'. We are looking forward to writing some stories inspired by this book.

It was great taking part in sports and wellbeing week. Each day we took part in mindfulness activities. We created pieces of art, engaged with music and were brilliant team members on sports day. We also took part in an archery workshop!

Emerald class were so lucky to have a Wild Woods session with Mrs Death in Summer 2. We were able to build dens, search for wildlife, climb trees and create a piece of hammered flower art. Miss Heyburn was amazed by the den we made independently - we had to use lots of teamwork.

On Modern Foreign Languages day, we spent time looking at France, Spain, Germany and Japan. We created some artwork of the Eiffel Tower, made Spanish fans ready for our Flamenco dancing, created a German first day of school card and embraced the art of origami which is one of our favourite things to do! We made some incredible Pikachu origami. 

Summer 1:
We have had a brilliant half term of learning. In English we have written some fantastic non-chronological reports. As well as researching facts about different animals, we learnt about the features a non-chronological report has and produced some great pieces of work. We also looked at some of Spike Milligan's nonsense poems and wrote some of our own. 

In PSHE, we have been learning about what makes us special and appreciating our differences. We were so brave because we put on a talent show which meant performing or speaking in front of the whole class!

For design technology, we received a message from some pirates in a bit of trouble! The pirates' lunch kept getting ruined whether from pesky mermaids, seagulls or the giant rolling waves. We had to come up with a design criteria, research existing products, design our own produce and then test and evaluate our work.
Here are some examples!
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