Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School


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Term 1 Week 6

This week the children considered how Leaf, our polar bear story character, would describe his story to the friendly crows. We wrote first person accounts of his journey using expanded noun phrases to describe what he saw and felt on his journey from the Arctic. We have used the theme of polar bears to create Christmas card designs which will be available to order following the half term break.

We all experienced an exciting and enjoyable drama workshop set in ancient times with King Arthur and the knights of the round table. The children had to protect the sword Excalibur from an evil witch and mix up a magic cake with many strange ingredients.

Our maths lessons have extended our knowledge of addition using the column method and other methods. We have also focused on learning counting patterns with chants and songs to help remember our 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

On Thursday we celebrated our Harvest Festival in church and our children were involved in leading Bible readings and sharing a harvest poem.

Term 1 Week 5

We have continued our learning journey through the story of Leaf, the displaced polar bear. This week the children have written advice to Leaf to help him continue his mission to return to the Arctic. We have focused on using different kinds of punctuation in our writing and on checking our own writing for meaning and sense. In the story Leaf collects leaves from the woods to help him fly and we were inspired in our art lessons to collect leaves and use them to create colourful natural patterns. These patterns have been created after looking at the work of the artist Andy Goldsworthy who creates images using natural objects.

You can find some of his work on this web site.

Our geographical studies have looked at the impact of climate change on the numbers of polar bears within the Arctic and we have discussed what might happen to polar bear populations in the future if the rate of sea ice melting continues to grow.

In our maths lessons we continued with our work on addition looking at different methods of recording our thinking and ways of solving addition problems. The children have been introduced to the column method of addition and are beginning to use their number bonds knowledge to solve these effectively. The following web based game is a good place to help practice these number bonds , especially those up to 10 and then up to 20, which are so important for mathematical fluency.

Term 1 Week 4


We have been considering the character of Leaf, a polar bear in a strange environment. The children wrote a note in the role of the polar bear considering his feelings and thoughts. Our science involved looking at simple food chains and work out what the difference is between producers, consumers and predators. In maths we began to explore addition and look at varying methods of solving addition problems including simple column addition. Rapid recall of number bonds with numbers up to 10 will help children to become confident in using a range of addition methods. 

Term 1 Week 3

In English our Key Question was are Polar Bears black? We carried out research to find out the answer to this question. One of the facts we found out was "Polar bears have hollow, transparent fur that traps the air to keep them warm". We then discovered the skin underneath is black to absorb the sunlight. "I know that Polar Bears can be up to 3 metres tall, that is as tall as our classroom!" Joshua W


In Science we investigated the affect that blubber has on a polar bear. We used lard to represent the fat coating and plunged our hands into ice cold water. We were then introduced to recording our finding on a table and writing a conclusion "The hand was insulated by the fat, it keeps the warmth in" Blake T. 

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Term 1 Week 2

This week in PSHE we have been discussing the question, 'Have the rules changed now that you are in Year 2?' We used discussion, role-play and games to build up our opinion. Some of our thoughts include:


"I think the rules have changed due to the fact that our school value has changed"


"The school rules have not changed because the rules we have are understandable"


"When everyone talks at once and talk over each other, it is hard to concentrate. I think a rule should be to always listen to other people opinions, even if you don't agree with them"

We struggled to decide whether this rule was helpful or unhelpful.


"You should always listen to others" 


We decided it was a little bit of both depending on the situation. What do you think?



Term 1 Week 1