Welcome to Whale Class. We are made up of 3 different year groups (Years 1, 2 and 3). Whale Class are taught by 2 teachers - Mrs Saunders who teaches on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Miss Shaw teaches Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. Whale Class are also supported by Mrs Britton, who leads Year 1 and Miss Morrison who provides whole class support..
The children take pride in the work that they produce and their knowledge and skills have developed rapidly over the course of the year. Whale Class work hard in all lessons and demonstrate our school's Christian values such as patience, responsibility and perseverance to achieve their goals, both for themselves and their classmates. Being a mixed age class, the children are a great support to each other, setting a wonderful example to the younger children and accommodating a range of learning types. The children love working collaboratively, using a hands on approach to learning and spending time outside. We enjoy making use of the wonderful school grounds in our learning. We are extremely fortunate to have a large classroom space that accommodates continuous provision for Year 1 children as well as a more formal learing environment for Year 2 and 3.
Class Curriculum Maps
Autumn Curriculum Map
Spring Curriculum Map
Summer Curriculum Map
As a mixed age class, comprised of Year 1, 2 and 3, we have spent a lot of time ensuring that our Classroom provide a suitable learning environment for children of all ages in Whale Class. Here are the children enjoying some of our continuous provision resources, linked to our whole class topic.
Despite the pandemic, Whale Class were very fortunate to be able to go on a special school trip at Christmas time, when we visited Muncaster Castle. We took part in art sessions making Christmas decorations with Little Rebels, met Father Christmas and explored the grounds. We had a fantastic day!
We started off the year by looking at the book 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers. As part of this topic, which linked to our R.E topic of 'Who Created the World?', we looked at all of the awe inspiring parts of the natural world. We watched a video of David Attenborough reciting "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong and created our own version with our favourite parts of nature. You can watch it on the school Facebook page by clicking on this link.
What a wonderful world! by Whale Class
The children also wrote poetry based on Autumn. They took part in a scavenger hunt in the school grounds to collect vocabulary. They found items they wanted to write about in their poems and used their senses to explore them, before writing descriptive sentences to use in their own poems.
The children have also written their own stories, using traditional tales to write a story about the Great Fire of London with a twist and also writing their own 500 word long story in Spring term.
We have also studied some non-fiction text types, In Autumn term, children in Whale Class wrote Newspaper reports based on our topic, the Great Fire of London, and contrasted these with diary entries based on Samuel Pepys. In Spring term, the children wrote their own sets of instructions for making an inventive sandwich, based on the story the Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch, linked to our topic of Lighthouses and Lifeboats. They also wrote thank you letters to Grace Darling for her bravery.
Whale Class have been working very hard in Maths this year. So far, topics that we have studied have included Number and Place Value, Mental and Written methods for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, 3D and 2D Shape and their properties, Measure including height, weight and volume, Time, Money and Data.
The children always enjoy hands on activities in Maths and love learning outside. Take a look at some photos of our favourite Mathematical activities so far this year, which include:
Finding arrays around the school.
Practical Place Value
Creating tally charts using "would you rather..." sentences
Working collaboratively to complete loop cards using their doubling and halving skills.
During Autumn term, we learnt about the Christian Creation story and thought about the evidence of the wonderful creation all around us. Whale Class loved spending an afternoon on the field, imersing themselves in the wonderful natural sights around us.
We explored why Christmas is important to Christians. We explored the Nativity story by performing our own Nativity play using social distancing to the the other class bubbles and recorded a film version to show parents our hard work.
During Spring term, we explored the Gospel and the question 'Why does Easter matter to Christians?'. We identified the main parts of the Easter story, using a game of pass the parcel, which has an object linked to each part of the story. The children did a fantastic job of ordering the different props and telling the story. They then made their own comic strips of the story.
With Miss Dodd, our student teacher, the children learnt all about the Jewish festival of Passover and how it links to the Christian Easter story. They tried some of the food that is eaten in a Seder, looked at a traditional Seder plate and created their own.
Whale class have learnt about several festivals from other world religions throughout the year. In Autumn term we learnt about the Jewish festival of Sukkot. The children learnt about how this was celebrated and built their own Sukkah in the classroom.
In November, we learnt about the Hindu festival of Diwali. The children learnt about the story behind the festival and then lit electric candles to represent Diwa lamps and tried some traditional food eaten at Diwali.
In Autumn Term, our topic was 'The Great Fire of London'. As part of this topic, the children enjoyed taking part in a range of activities exploring this theme.They enjoyed role playing how the 17th century fire fighters tried to extinguish the fires and took part in an activity passing buckets of water down a line to extinguish the chalk 'fire' that Mrs Saunders drew on the playground wall. The children worked collaboratively, showed great team work and it helped them to understand the story very well and understnd how difficult it must have been to extinguish a fire. They children were able to contrast the techniques used with modern day, during a Zoom call with a fire fighter from our local Fire service.
The children also loved taking part in art and D&T activities linked to this topic. They learnt about how the cramped streets and the materials used to build the houses made the fire spread more easily. The children used cereal boxes to create their own houses based on those from the great fire of London in order to create our own class street.
The children also looked at art work showing the Great Fire of London and looked at the techniques and colours used to create the fire effect. They then worked very carefully and attentively to create their own fire art work using pastels.
In Spring Term, the children have been working hard, both remotely and in school on our topic of Lighthouses and Lifeboats, linked to living in a coastal area. We have enjoyed learning about how the RNLI was formed, and learnt about Grace Darling. The children have worked hard on designing a bravery award for Grace, created freeze frames of the story and compared and contrasted the victorian seaside and the seaside today. Additionally, the children also created safety information brochures for playing at the beach.
At Ireleth St Peter’s, through values rooted in Christian teaching, our community nurtures and enables positive foundations for life. Our distinct Christian ethos permeates throughout ISP.
Working together in successful partnership, our school family embraces the common goal of inspiring every child to reach their fullest potential, through God’s love.