Barum Autumn Term 2022


Thank you for the beautiful decorations for our Christmas tree.

It has been a very busy week, the children have been getting into the Christmas spirit, rehearsing for the Christingle service, learning about the meaning of Christingle and making their Christingles. We are so proud of the children’s hard work and effort in our Christingle service! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

In English, we have been learning to write poetry. The children have learnt the poem ‘The Sea is’. We have written noun phrases, learnt to use an apostrophe for possession and have written a poem titled ‘Winter is’. Next week we will write our own poems titled ‘Christmas is’.

The children were artists on Friday! They created their Great Fire of London pictures by mixing different shades of warm colours to paint the background and used black paper to design their surrealist houses in the style of Paul Nash.


The children enjoyed an assembly from Reverend Selena about The Christmas Story and the meaning of Advent.

We learnt that Christians display an Advent wreath that contains five candles. The candle in the middle of the wreath represents Jesus. The candles around the outside are symbols of love, hope, peace and joy.

Each child decorated an envelope to contribute to our class advent calendar.

In English, we have learnt about poems and metaphors. The children have learnt the poem ‘The Sea is…’. The children have chosen their favourite metaphor from the poem and drawn a picture of what image the poem has created in their minds.

In Maths we have re-capped recognising coins and notes and adding them. We have been working on selecting coins to make amounts and then making the same amount using different coins.

In RE we have been learning about Islam the faith of Muslim people. We have learnt that their place of worship is a Mosque and their holy book is called the Qur’an which is written in Arabic. We have learnt about the first pillar of Islam ‘Shahadah’ which is the declaration of their faith.


Thank you for the angels that have been sent into school so far. The children have enjoyed sharing them with the class and explaining how they made them and the materials they used. There is still another week to make one if you haven’t yet!

The children have finished writing their own stories based on the book ‘No-Bot the Robot with No Bottom’, they have all written some fantastic stories using all the new skills we have learnt.

In Maths we have been learning to add using ore knowledge of number bonds, number lines and adding to the next ten. We have also been learning to exchange 1’s for 10’s when crossing the tens boundary in addition.

In history we have explored fire equipment from 1666 and today and sorted them on a Venn diagram. In art we have been exploring adding texture to our painting using tools and have sketched some medieval buildings found in London in 1666.


Thank you for the beautiful poppies you made at home. We are putting them together to make a special wreath.

In art we have re-capped what the children learnt in year 1 about warm and cool colours. We have learnt about adding texture to our artwork and we have experimented in our textbooks by adding different materials to our paint to create texture.

In maths, we have worked on learning number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 and have used a variety of mathematical images to consolidate this. We have also worked on writing calculations for fact families using bar models.


In English the children have been learning about questions, statements and exclamation sentences and have generated ideas to innovate the story of No-Bot.

In Maths we have been learning how to collect and record data using tally charts, the children had fun creating a tally chart to collect data of their choice from their peers.

In art, we appraised the artwork of Paul Nash and mixed red and yellow to create a fire colour palate and painted them onto a colour wheel.

We continued our learning about The Great Fire of London and sequenced the most important parts of the event.


The children enjoyed sharing their news from half term J

We started a new text in English called No-Bot the Robot with No Bottom? By Sue Hendra. We wrote sentences about what we might use Bernard’s bottom for, if we found it! We learnt the story using actions and following a story map. We had fun taking part in some role play by acting the part of Bernard and have explored what a sentence must have (a subject and a verb).

In Maths, we have developed our understanding of place value. We used a part-whole model to show our understanding of how we can derive calculations from facts we know. For example; If I know 5 + 1 = 6, I also know 50 + 10 = 60 and have been comparing numbers using the language and symbols for less than, more than and equal to.

Barum class loved becoming Historians this week! They made special Historian badges to wear during our History lessons. We learnt what History is and started our learning about The Great Fire of London. The children used their historian skills to ask questions about the event. See if you can tell your parents some facts that we have found out so far.


In maths we have learnt how to add three one digit numbers together using 10 frames and have worked on solving word problems.

The children loved making, tasting and evaluating their shortbread in DT.

We finished our learning about the UK and teamed up with Barum class to take part in a Geography Quiz to see how much we could remember!


This week in geography we have been learning about what a city is and learning the names of the capital cities of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. We have made a fact file about Scotland identifying the human and physical features, traditional foods and things that Scotland is famous for such as kilts, bagpipes and tartan.

We have started our ICT unit ‘Systems and Networks’. The children have learnt what items in school are information technology (anything that has a computer inside or works with a computer such as a memory stick or printer) and have sorted items from school into whether they are information technology or not.

In maths, we have been learning to add and subtract 10’s from a 2-digit number and add and subtract two 2-digit numbers using the context of money.


In Geography, we learnt the names of the four countries in the United Kingdom and identified them on a map. The children have learnt about human and physical features and have sorted various landmarks found in the four countries of the United Kingdom.

In DT, we had a shortbread tasting session discussing our likes and dislikes to help us plan our own shortbread ingredients which we will be making before half term.

In English the children have finished their independent writing about an animal of their choice, they have made a fantastic job of their fact pages and we have put them together to make ‘The book of Animals by Barum Class’.

We started to learn some Scottish dancing in PE this week! Ask your child to show you what they can remember from this session…


Barum class have enjoyed learning about Harvest this week; we have thought about the meaning of Harvest and what we are thankful for. We have written some fantastic acrostic poems about Harvest and practiced singing our Harvest songs. We will be sharing some of the children’s learning about Harvest in the church service on Tuesday afternoon.

In English, we have explored the structure of our new text and have been learning about verbs and nouns. We have been practising using conjunctions in our writing to join our sentences and add more information.

In Maths, we have been learning to represent numbers using different mathematical equipment, ordering numbers and estimating numbers on a number line.



This week in English we started our new text ‘Cars and Trucks’ by Neil Clark. In this sequence the children will produce a page for a fact book about plants. They will be learning about how to layout a non-fiction text using correct punctuation, compound sentences, questions and statements and write in the correct tense.

In maths this week we have been partitioning two-digit numbers into tens and ones and understanding what each digit in a two-digit number represents.

We started to talk about our topic Discovering Britain. The children thought about places in the UK that they have visited and we looked at the flags and flowers that represent England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


We were so proud of the children’s brilliant behaviour and confidence in sharing their work in our Harvest Festival. Thank you so much to the parents and family members who helped us walk to the church.

This week, we have started our learning about Plants in Science. We have learnt the functions of the parts of plants and that most plants come from bulbs or seeds.  We have learnt where seeds come from and have observed some seeds using magnifying glasses, looking for similarities and differences.

In English, we have practiced using the conjunctions ‘and’ and ‘but’ to join sentences and add more information. We started our shared write about plants and have thought about which animal we will choose to write about for our independent writing.

In Geography, the children have been identifying the four countries of the UK on a map and in Art they have produced great pencil drawings of the Scottish Thistle or the English rose.


We have had a lovely week getting to know each other and learning the new routines for Year 2. The children have been really enthusiastic and enjoyed catching up with their friends.  We worked together to create our class rules and the children have found resources around the classroom.  

Our focus author this half term is Catherine Rayner; the children have enjoyed hearing many of her stories and looking at her beautiful illustrations.

In maths, we have been practising our counting in 2’s and 10’s, we have been finding missing numbers on number lines and 100 sqaures.

In English, we have read the story After the Fall by Dan Santat. This is the story of how Humpty Dumpty got back up again after falling off the wall! We have used the text to discuss our learning powers. Humpty Dumpty had to be very resilient and use perseverance to overcome his fear of heights. We will refer to this to help us overcome problems in our own learning. We have written some great predictions about what we thought would happen in the story, discussed at different points how Humpty Dumpty is feeling and written what we think will happen next, now he has hatched into a bird.