Ferrari Class – Autumn Term 2, 2022

Week Ending 16 December 2022

We are definitely feeling a lot like Christmas here in Ferrari!

We are really proud of all the children in Ferrari Class for all their wonderful learning this term. This week the children did two great performances of The Nativity to their parents. The children really were actors; remembering their lines, singing and speaking in strong, clear voices and dressed up in their beautiful costumes. We had a Christmas party with Alfa Romeo in the Villa V hall on Wednesday. We played pass the parcel, musical statues and musical bumps as well as having a dancing competition.

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Week Ending 09 December 2022

It has been another busy and exciting week in Ferrari Class.

The children have really started to get into the Christmas Spirit with the opening of our Advent Calendar and making our Christmas cards with Keila in Italian. This week the rehearsals for our Nativity Play have started in earnest with the children doing a wonderful job of singing the songs, remembering their lines and using BIG voices on stage.

In between rehearsals, the children have been working hard back in the classroom. In English, they have been writing a wonderful story based on the story ‘Katie in London’. The children have written in the third person about a child that goes on a magical adventure on the back of a lion to 1666 – The Great Fire of London. I have been really impressed with their use of descriptive language and their understanding of story structure. In Maths, the children have been learning about 2-D and 3-D shapes. The children have been using the correct technical vocabulary to describe the properties of shapes with the Year 2 children also focusing on vertical symmetry. In Science we learnt about how to keep healthy and exercise.

On Wednesday, we had another special visitor to our class Hannah (Mrs Flatt) who works in the Education Department of Westminster Abbey. She taught the children all about the famous abbey, taking them on a virtual tour of this famous London landmark. We were very surprised to learn about all the animals that live in the Abbey and that some famous children’s authors had plaques to remember their great works! We learnt that Westminster Abbey is where King Charles III will be crowned in May 2023. We had great fun acting out a coronation, with Jessica being a queen and William, the Archbishop of Canterbury!

To end this busy week, we celebrated Christmas with a visit to Santa’s Grotto to meet Father Christmas, we wore our festive Christmas jumpers and had a wonderful Christmas Lunch!

Week Ending 02 December 2022

It was a real joy to see the children’s faces light up as they entered the classroom to see the Christmas tree in the corner AND an advent calendar displayed by the board! I heard lots of stories about naughty elves and Christmas decorations at home! It is getting to feel a lot like Christmas ……….

It has been another exciting week in Ferrari with two sets of special visitors to the class. On Monday we had Firefighter Daniel from JFC Naples visit us with the fire engine. He talked to us about fire safety, focusing on the science of why things burn and how you can use this information to help you put out fires. We reflected again on the Great Fire of London and why the fire spread so quickly and how eventually it was extinguished. We all went out to see the fire engine and the children had the opportunity to use the fire hose. It was great fun!

On Tuesday we welcomed the RAF STEM Team into our class. They provided a wonderful workshop on flight. The children learnt about what made an aeroplane fly and were introduced to some new technical vocabulary. The children then designed, made, tested and improved paper planes supported by the STEM Team. The workshop ended with the children testing their planes to see which plane flew the furthest. Can you believe that one of our planes flew 14 metres! The final message that the Team wanted the children to know is that girls can be engineers too!

To follow up on our fire fighter visit, we performed a science experiment to see how oxygen made a fire burn. We lit a candle and put a transparent glass jar over the top of it. We timed how long it took for the flame to extinguish. We did this test a few times to make sure it was accurate. We found it took approximately 30 seconds for the flame to die out. We then discussed how we could use this information to extinguish a real fire.

This week in English we have focused on poetry. The children have written and edited some acrostic poems about the Great Fire of London. I wrote a poem about the Great Fire using personification which I shared with the children. I was delighted to see how the children understood the concept and even added personification in their poems! We definitely have some budding poets in Ferrari! Fantastic!

In art we have been making some super collages about the Great Fire of London. The children have made silhouettes of the London skyline in 1666 and used a variety of materials to make flames to light up the night sky. We will be displaying the pictures in the classroom and the Villa V hall.

We have started a new maths topic on Shape. Both Year 1 and 2 children have started by identifying and naming 2-D and 3-D shapes. We have used geoboards on the iPads to make 2-D shapes and plastic Polydrons to make 3-D shapes. The children have looked at both regular and irregular shapes.

With it being Assessment Week in school, the children have been resilient coping so well with the adjustments in their routine.

Ferrari Class – we are very proud of you!

Week Ending 25 November 2022

It has been another exciting week of learning in Ferrari Class. Here are some of our highlights.

On Monday we welcomed Fire Fighter Larry Beal to our class. He came to talk to the children about The Great Fire of London in 1666. He discussed where and how the fire started, how the fire spread so quickly and what was done to put the fire out. He asked the children lots of questions and was really impressed with their knowledge and understanding of the event. He then went on to discuss fire safety in the home and gave the children some lifesaving advice. The children got to witness Larry in his full uniform, including his mask, and then they were able to try on his protective jacket. The children were amazed at how heavy the uniform was! The highlight of the visit came when Sparky, the firedog, arrived and all the children had the opportunity to give him a cuddle! All of Ferrari Class earned a special fire fighters’ badge and helmet as well as a goody bag to take home.
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On Wednesday we enjoyed hosting our first Reading Café. The children chose the theme of the books that they wanted to read with a mix of fiction and non-fiction books. The themes for the books they chose were: Myths, legends and fairy stories, London, Animals, Space and Magical Dragons. It was wonderful to witness the love and joy of reading. Older children reading to younger children, children sharing favourite stories and parents supporting the reading in our class. Thank you to everyone who came to our café and made it such a successful event.

Did you know we have budding authors in Ferrari Class? The children have been enjoying the story ‘Katie in London’ by James Mayhew. They have used adjectives, similes and nouns phrases to write a description of a London street. They completed a role in the wall activity about the main character Katie, thinking about words to describe her character as well as her physical appearance. Using this information, they wrote a super paragraph about Katie before she embarked on her adventure with a lion from Trafalgar Square!

Maths is one of the favourite subjects for many of the children in Ferrari Class. The Year 1 children have completed their Addition and Subtraction unit. They have enjoyed playing a variety of games focusing on ‘one more and one less’. Next week we will be staring our topic on Shape. The Year 2 children have been working really hard using the base 10 to calculate addition and subtraction of two 2-digit numbers within and across a ten. I have been really impressed with their focus, concentration and accuracy. Well done Year 2’s!

Despite the dreadful weather we had on Tuesday, we still enjoyed a fun filled PE lesson! We started with dance and then followed up with some Cosmic Yoga with the theme, ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ which was enjoyed by all.

Well done Ferrari – we are proud of your learning!

Week Ending 18 November 2022

The absolute highlight for Ferrari Class this week was our visit to the Train Museum. The museum is located along the Naples/Portici railway line, Italy’s oldest railway line. Despite the poor weather forecast, the rain stayed away and we arrived at The National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa, at about 10:00am. The museum is housed on historical grounds and it is where the first Italian steam locomotive, the Bayard, was built in 1845. We watched a fantastic 4-D film about the history of train travel before we were met by our English-speaking guide who took us on a tour of the museum. We saw dozens of locomotives (steam, diesel and electric), plus trainsets and train models.

Another highpoint for Ferrari was seeing the royal train (11 trainsets, built by Fiat), which were used in 1930 at the wedding of Umberto II of Savoy and the Belgian princess Marie José. The children were fascinated to see the mahogany tables and the golden ceilings of the carriages as well as the paintings and luxurious soft furnishings. The children enjoyed being able to role play in the trains and carriages after the tour. They sold tickets, were passengers, train drivers as well as station masters!

In science the children have learnt how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food. They learnt that the arrow shows the transfer of energy from one living thing to the next. They enjoyed constructing their own food chain. In PSHE, the focus for this week has been ‘Why does bullying happen?’ This has linked nicely with our Anti-Bullying Week in School.

In English we have started reading the story ‘Katie in London’. The children enjoyed making predictions about what was going to happen in the story and have started making story maps. In maths, we are continuing with our Addition and Subtraction unit. The children in Year 2 have done an excellent job at counting on and backwards in 10’s and have been using base 10 equipment in calculations. The Year 1 children have been learning about fact families and showing the fact families through part whole models. They have impressed me with some super problem solving! The children have been enjoying learning the songs for our Nativity and can often be heard singing the songs whilst working on another activity. It is really joyful! There is such a lovely atmosphere of learning in the classroom with the children displaying so many of our learning behaviours.

Well done Ferrari Class!

Week Ending 11 November 2022

Here are a few of our highlights from this week!

On Monday Ferrari Class packed their bags and were transported to the city of London where we had a virtual tour of the famous London landmarks. The children learnt some information about the landmarks with Big Ben and Buckingham Palace being two of our favourites! The children then wrote a description of one of the famous landmarks but did not say what it was called. They then read out their description to the rest of the class and the children had to guess which landmark they were describing – it was great fun! We have been trying to think about adding adjectives to make our writing more interesting.

On Tuesday we travelled back in time to 1666 to the night before the Great Fire of London. We read about what London was like and watched a simulation film about the city at that time. We all agreed London was not a nice place to live as it was so dirty and full of disease! We saw that the houses were made of very different material such as straw, tar and wood which meant that they could burn very easily. Using their imaginations, the children wrote what they thought the city would be like, trying to include powerful vocabulary and adjectives.

On Wednesday we had a very special visitor to Ferrari Class, Sara Boughton, an archaeologist. She told us all about what it was like to be an archaeologist, the equipment she used and how archaeologists do their job. The children had so many questions for her! She then showed the children how archaeologist helped us to understand what happened during the Great Fire of London in 1666. She showed us lots of evidence that had been discovered and what it told us. The children then enjoyed completing a chronology exercise based on archaeology.

On Thursday, we used our archaeological skills to think and act like archaeologist and we went to our outside area to take part in ‘a dig’! The children had sieves, brushes and spoons and carefully searched in the sand for hidden treasures and artefacts. Ferrari did an amazing job and discovered, gems, pottery (Roman we think!!) pearls, metal vases and even bones! We discovered that the bones were from a human skeleton!

In other areas:

In Science this week we enjoyed looking at the origins of the food we eat. The children had to identify and group the food according to where it came. We sorted the food into groups that came from a plant and the food that came from an animal. It started to make us feel hungry!

I am so proud of the way the children in Ferrari take part in their PE lessons. We are focusing on running skills and games. We have enjoyed playing: Follow my Leader, Ladders, Off Ground Tag, running relay races and our favourite, ‘What’s the time Mr. Wolf?

The children are making good progress in their maths, with the focus moving toward subtraction skills. In our early morning maths, the Year 1’s have been focusing on counting on in 2’s whilst the Year 2’s have been counting forward and backwards in 10’s and learning their 10 times tables.

The children have been using a variety of materials to design and make London landmarks – this has been great fun and full of creativity.

Week Ending 4 November 2022

It was wonderful to welcome the children back after half term and to hear their news about the trips and adventures they enjoyed over that period.

The children were excited to learn about our new topic, ‘Bright Lights, Big City’. This project has a geography focus and teaches the children about the physical and human characteristics of the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the characteristics and features of the capital city, London. This week we focused on the question, ‘What was a monarch?’ and ‘How can we describe the role of a monarch?’ We looked at symbols of power, in particular crowns, so the children designed and made their own crowns.

In English, we explored the term adjective and how they are used in sentences to enhance meaning and description. To link with our topic, the children wrote about the role of a monarch. They were asked to imagine they were a king or queen for a day and had to make new rules. They had great fun choosing their rules. Here are a few:

‘Nobody is allowed to drop litter.’

‘Everyone has to learn something new every day.’

‘Christmas should be celebrated every month.’

‘All children should have ice cream on Sundays.’

We started a new topic in Science, ‘Exercise and Feeding’. We started by imagining we were shipwrecked on a desert island. How were we going to survive? The children did an excellent job thinking of our basic needs. They came up with air, clean water, food and shelter. There was lots of discussion!

In maths we have continued with our unit on Addition and Subtraction. The Year 1 children have been focusing on subtraction methods whilst the Year 2 children have been learning to add and subtract across a ten. The children have enjoyed using the Rekenreks to support their calculations.

On Friday the children took part in a role play activity, ‘A Royal Garden Party’. In the morning the children had to prepare for the party by making Paddington Bear marmalade sandwiches, queen cucumber sandwiches as well as making the icing for the royal cupcakes. The children wrote simple instructions on how to make a sandwich using imperative verbs. In the afternoon they got dressed up in their party outfits and waited for the arrival of the Queen. They cheered, waved flags and enjoyed polite conversation whilst eating their royal feast!

What a wonderful first week back!


Bright Lights / Big City