Churchill CofE Primary School

Churchill CofE Primary School

Term 1

Our topic for Term 1 is 'Fire! Fire!'

Useful information

Phonics Screening Check

The Year 1 phonics screening check has been postponed from June 2021 and will now take place after half term during term 2 (November 2021) Please have a read of the guide for parents/carers and encourage your child to practise their phonics by using the flashcard resources.

Using manipulatives to make representations of numbers

A Truly Inspirational Visitor


On Monday 20th September, we were delighted to welcome Aaron Phipps, a member of the Tokyo 2020 gold winning Paralympic rugby team. Aaron led a whole school service where he shared his journey as a survivor of Meningitis C and becoming a Paralympian. He talked to the children about his experience of overcoming challenges and achieving his goals, sharing how this can be applied to all our lives. We were really grateful to the Government’s sports grant for funding Aaron's visit. 


Afterwards, the children were lucky enough to see and hold his Olympic gold medal. Some were really surprised how big and heavy it was. Please enjoy looking at all our photographs.

Responding to the work of Wassily Kandinsky

We first thought about the shapes we wanted to use in our masterpieces. Thinking about the use of space too, we drew around shapes which were overlapped or drawn in isolation. Next, we added lines. Again thinking about space we drew different lines- long, short, straight, curved, thick and thin. Next week, we will be adding colour.

Shape, line and colour in Art

We have been looking at the artist Wassily Kandinsky, thinking about how he uses shape, line and colour in his works. We have discussed some of his paintings and we are going to recreate his style in our own work. We will be using watercolours, so this week we have been learning how to use them effectively, by painting some black and white templates.


In maths, we have been learning to tally. We have used straws, whiteboard pens and practised air writing. We made a tally chart to show our favourite colours.

History Detectives

In groups of three or four, the children were given maps of London from different times in history and were encouraged to be history detectives to find clues to be able to put the maps in order on a timeline.

There was a lot of discussion linked to colour vs black and white images as well as looking at the number of buildings north and south of the River Thames. Over the next few weeks in English and History, we will be looking at what London is like now and what it was like 300 years ago.

We have been responding to the work of Pablo Picasso and cubism.

We worked together to agree our class expectations.

Getting to know you activities!

We spent a number of sessions last week getting to know each other with games, quizzes and writing opportunities. The children also spent time getting to know the classroom and completed a treasure hunt to find out where classroom resources are stored.

Speaking and Listening

Making the most of the lovely weather, this is our first Year 2 check in.

Our favourite picture books.

Inspiring a love of reading.