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Summer Term: "Harry Potter"

This term all of our learning is going to be inspired by the popular books and films Harry Potter. It is an especially special project this term as it is not only class one learning about Harry potter but this term we decided to do a whole school project! The children were all extremely excited to see that the whole school had been transformed into Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry on the first day back after the holidays!

Keep looking at our regular website updates to see what magical mischief we get up to this term!  Here's a sneak peek at where our learning journey is going to take us throughout the project. 

 

To launch our whole school Harry Potter project, on the first day back after the Easter holidays the children took part in various Harry Potter inspired activities and had a magical filled day. The activities included magical music with Miss Munden, Mysterious portrait creating with Miss Drury, Quidditch lessons with Mr Lee and Potion class with Mrs Clarke. The children all had a wonderful time and it was a great way to spread the enthusiasm for our new project throughout the school.

 

Here are some pictures of class one taking part in the Harry Potter project launch day. 

Week 2

 

In literacy this week the children have been writing diary entries as if they were Harry Potter. They have worked hard to include descriptive language about Hagrid and described their thoughts and feelings about finding out they are wizards!

In maths the children have continued to learn about money and have been tackling some tricky reasoning problems. The children have been looking for the important words and numbers to help solve the problems.

In topic the children have been grouping the Hogwarts pets into categories such as: reptiles, mammals, amphibians, fish, insects and birds. They have also been designing and making their very own witches and wizard hats.

Designing our very own witch and wizard hats!

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Making witch and wizard hats with reception.

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Week 3

In literacy this week the children have been working on writing their own Harry Potter themed adventure story. The children invented their own witch or wizard character and have been working hard to include lots of descriptive language and extended sentences within their stories. I can’t wait to read them all when they are finished.

In maths the children have been recapping what they know about addition and subtraction. They have been developing their confidence with different methods and been learning about the inverse operation.

In topic we have looked at the different Hogwarts houses and how the sorting hat chooses which house children belong to depending on their personality. The children then thought about their own personalities and designed their own house crest to represent themselves.

Designing our own house crests.

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Week 4

In literacy this week the children have been using their senses to describe Harry’s experience during his trip to Diagon Alley. The children worked hard to use lots of interesting adjectives and really think about what they it would be like if they were there themselves.

In maths the children have been recapping their knowledge of multiplication and division using arrays and blank number lines.

In topic we continued learning about Harry’s experience at Diagon Alley and we were especially excited about his trip to Olivander’s wand shop. So we got creative and made our very own magical wands.

We have also spent time learning lots of facts about owls and the different species of owls around the word. The children then produced some wonderful writing about what they had learnt about owls around the world.

Working in groups to describe Diagon Alley

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Visiting Olivander's wand shop for some inspiration for our own wands.

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Week 5

It’s been a very busy week this week, the year two children have been working incredibly hard to complete their SAT’s and have made us all extremely proud. For the year one children it has been business as usual and they have really had a super week too. They have been working really hard to write another diary entry but this time describing Harry’s experience at the train station and how he felt when he discovered the mysterious platform 9 ¾.

In maths the children have been recapping measuring weight and completed lots of weight investigations and even ended the week by measuring the weight of magic potions.

In topic the children have been spent time learning all about the UK and its 4 countries and we then learnt about the difference between continents and countries. This was tricky business but the children handled it superbly.

The children have also spent time creating their own magical creatures and describing their creature’s magical powers.

Working together to measure accurately.

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Week 6 

 

Wow! What a busy week we have had this week in class one! The children have been busy in literacy writing newspaper reports about a new and improved Hogwarts express. They have included a variety of sentences types and included descriptive language. 

In maths the children have been learning about capacity and volume and have used their knowledge of measuring to solve some practical measuring problems. 

In topic the children took part in a potions class where they investigated some different potions and recorded if there was a reaction or not. There was lot of excitement when the potions began to fizz, bubble and rise! 

I think that everyone would agree that the most exciting part of the week this week was the visit we had from Falconry UK. The children got to learn about various different birds and then some of the children got to handle the birds too. 

What a super end to what has been a super week!

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Week 7

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Week 8

In literacy this week the children have been developing their inference skills. We have spent time discussing different characters from the Harry Potter story and discussed their personalities. The children have used clues from the text to explain what types of people each of the characters are and how the text proves this to them. They have also been making predictions about what might happen next.

In maths the children have been learning about Data handling and they have spent time collecting their own data and putting this into a tally chart. The children then created their own pictographs to represent the data they collected.

In topic the children have spent time learning about the body and which parts of the body relate to our five senses. The children were very excited to learn their own body song to help them remember the different parts.

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Week 9

 

The children have had a very busy week this week and they have all been extremely enthusiastic towards all of their learning.

In literacy we have been working on speaking and listening skills and then children began the week by acting out different scenarios from the Harry Potter story. They then working in groups to create their own scenarios and acted these out too.

In maths we have been recapping our knowledge of time and the children can now all confidently tell the time using O’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. Some children even moved onto 5 minute intervals.

In topic we have been busy designing our own invisibility cloaks and describing what we would get up to if we have one of our own! Also this week we were very excited to spend one afternoon playing Quidditch with reception.

 

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We played Quidditch with reception.

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