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Budding Reporters Learn About 1666!

Budding Reporters Learn About 1666 (Week 11)

YOUR WEEKEND CHALLENGE: To look for a reindeer outfit for our KS1 Nativity. This could be as simple as a headband with antlers, a brown top and brown bottoms. We are also going to begin decorating our classroom. Please feel free to bring 1 bauble for the tree, and 1 decoration for the classroom (named please).

If your child is showing any anxiety towards fire, we advise that you talk to them about fire safety and what to do if they did encounter a fire. For Example: The nearest fire exit to their bedroom, check that your fire alarms work and knowing how to call 999. Our houses are A LOT safer than those which stood in 1666.

During our eleventh week in Oak class we have been learning even more about our topic of ‘The Great Fire of London’.  What have we been up to?

English – WE WERE PUBLISHED! We got some of our writing in The Hearld Newspaper. We also completed our Hot Write, Time Travelling back to 1666.


At home you could … find something interesting in your local newspaper, which you would like to share with the class.

Mathematics – We have been learning about money this week, focusing on 1p, 2p, 5p, and 10p. We have been using Partitioning Circles to help us to work out which coins we would use to make totals (such as 7p).

At home you could … ask an adult if you could add together the coins in their purse or wallet. Can you write it as a number sentence?

You could also ... go to the shop and buy something for less than a pound. Which coins did you use? Did you get any change?

You could also … Play this custom car game:

Phonics – We have been learning the split diagraph a_e, which makes the same sound as a, ai and ay. We have been looking at the new Tricky Words: people, where, when and what

At home you could … Find some TREASURE!

You could also ... sing this ay song:

History – We have been thinking about primary and secondary sources and how these can inform us about The Great Fire of London. We have been using these sources to inform our Hot Writes and D+T houses.

At home you could … play this Fire of London interactive game and story:

You could also … look through the photographs of the school trip on our gallery.

Design and Technology – We have designed and built some Stuart Houses out of cardboard boxes. We will be creating a ‘pudding lane’ next week to see how quickly the fire would have spread.

At home you could ... junk model a modern-day house. Thank you for all of the boxes which you provided Oak Class.

Music – We have been exploring different instruments and the sounds that they make. We have been singing this silly tune, maybe you could try it at home?

“I was walking through the forest when I heard a silly sound, and the sound sounded something like this….(Make a sound using something at home)” What did you hear?

Science – We have been manipulating different materials. We have tried to twist, squash, bend and stretch different objects.

At home you could … find something which you can stretch and twist.

PE – We have been doing both class Zumba and Yoga. We are beginning to practise our dance routine for the KS1 nativity.

At home you could … show your family some of the Zumba moves that we have been doing in PE.  (Remember that our dance moves are different to the ones in the video).

Christmas – We have been learning songs for our Christmas Nativity. Can you sing along to this one?


Between our lessons we like to keep active, dance and sing. Here are a few of our favourite songs and videos from this week:

Wake up, Shake up:

The Great Fire of London:

Old Town Road:

We have been practising getting changed before the 5-minute timer ends. We love getting changed with this timer playing in the background. Maybe you could practise at home?