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Autumn Term 2 2018

Fire! Fire!

In this half term's cross curricular topic children will be learning all about Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot, The Great Fire of London and about the fire service today. In addition we will be learning about London today and comparing it to London at the time of the great fire.

Autumn Term 1 2018

Street Detectives

It's Summer Term! 

Our topic is called Wriggle and Crawl!

Put on your coat and wellies and let’s head outside on a minibeast hunt. This term, we’ll head to a wetland or woodland to identify minibeasts in their natural habitat.


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We’ll write a guide book for other children to use on a minibeast hunt, draw sketch maps of our minibeast hunting area and create minibeast stories and poems. Heading out into the local area, we’ll explore trees and bushes to see what lives there, investigate how far and how fast a snail can travel and create a minibeast habitat of our own.


We’ll draw delicate sketches of minibeasts, make models from a variety of materials and use microscopes to observe minibeasts up close. Our ICT skills will help us create a minibeast animation and we’ll observe a beehive through live webcam footage.

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A special assembly at the end of our project will give us the chance to share our knowledge. We’ll create a PowerPoint presentation, use scientific vocabulary to explain what we have learnt, display our artwork and perform our minibeast poems with musical accompaniment. 


Let's get learning!




The children made mincepies with Mrs Wildman and Mrs Pybus.  These will be served at our Christmas Fair along with a lovely, hot drink!  

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As part of our artwork this half term, Class 1 have been busy felting some little Christmas gifts to sell at our annual Christmas Fair.  What busy little bees we are!
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27.11.17 - Mrs Yardy came in to tell us the story of Advent.  We watched as she lit a candle for each of the four Sundays in Advent, then listened as she blew them out and we saw the light from each candle became thinner as it spread around the room.  It really brought home the message of Christmas and the build up to the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child.
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Roast Dinner Day 2017

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We enjoyed sitting down to a delicious roast beef and Yorkshire puddings dinner today (Wednesday 15th November).  Mrs Wildman also cooked carrots and parsnips, along with mashed potato and gravy.  Delicious!

Clog Dancing

Last Friday, we had great fun trying on different clogs and learning to dance in them.  What at great way to get fit and have some fun to music!
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Remembrance Day Service


To show our respect and gratitude to those who fought in the World Wars and to think about our service men and women who continue to protect us, we made clay poppies to take up to church.  During the outdoor service, we placed our poppies on the cenotaph at St James' Church.  

Food for Life

This half term, we are making different chutneys and jams to sell at our annual Christmas Fair.  Try some of our recipes below.

Welly Walk 2017

Our second annual Welly Walk has taken place, walking from school to Austwick.  The weather was fantastic with lovely sunshine after all the recent rain.  We couldn't have asked for better.  The fields were very muddy, but this just added to our fun!  All the children did really well, especially the little legs of our reception children.  It was lovely to see the older children helping and encouraging the younger ones throughout the day.  Great Clapham School teamwork on display!  Even when legs became tired, no-one complained.  Everyone was determined to make it back to school!  Well done, everyone!  Have a look at our photos.  I wonder who the wellies belong to?
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Settle Storytellers

12th October - we will be welcoming a storyteller from India.  We are looking forward to hearing her stories.

Listening to the stories and joining in with the actions.

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Here are our beautiful pictures of the "Flame of the Forest" tree.

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Still Life Artwork

Class 1 have been looking at the work of some famous still life artists:  Cezanne, Picasso and Van Gogh.  They have used different media to create their own pieces of work:  oil-based pastels, chalks, watercolours and pastels.  
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Clapham Community Meadow

We were invited by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to plant some wild flowers in their new community meadow.  Over the next 12 months, we will be watching them grow, flower and seed as part of our science curriculum.  This is a very exciting project for us to be involved with.  (Find the meadow at the back of the car park, near the tennis courts.)
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Explore Mrs. Bromley's house

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This term we are exploring the wonderful world of homes!  Looking at local homes and homes from different times and places.  We will explore maps and the local environment and ask questions about differences.


In music we will be learning to explore rhythm with untuned and tuned instruments - composing our own piece with instruments made out of recycled objects found in homes!


In science, we will investigate changes as the days grow shorter and experiment with light and dark. 


We will be writing stories based on familiar settings and choose the text 'The tiger that came to tea' as our special book to inspire our writing.


In maths this term we will be looking at place value and numbers.  


Come along and visit the class in the morning so your child can show you all their hard work!

Our learning last year (2016/17)


The Pirate Song Sing A Long

People who help us

This half term, we are thinking about all the different people who can help us.  In Literacy, we will be writing information texts about the emergency organisations.  We are planning a visit to the Cave Rescue, here in Clapham, to find out more about what they do.  


Trip to The Cave Rescue Organisation


Friday, 12th May.

Trip to Mearbeck Farm, Long Preston


Thursday, 18th May


Whole school trip to see a pig farm and learn more about the sausage making process.


Gardening News:


4th May 2017 - We have planted our broad bean plants in the front garden today.  In our raised bed, we have sown lettuce, carrots, beetroot, parsnips and spring onions.  We have covered our bed to keep the hens out!  The hens are now laying their eggs in our compost bin!  


Radish competition - our plants are slowly growing, but we are going to need more time to get some radishes that we can actually eat!  Who will manage to grow the heaviest one?

Potting on our seedlings:



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Trip to Gill Garth Farm - 29th March


We were invited to visit Gill Garth Farm, Selside, to see the baby lambs and calves.  We hope to return later in the year to see the sheep being sheared and to see how much the lambs and calves have grown.

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Picture 2 The hen coop.
Picture 3 Collecting the eggs.
Picture 4 Learning about fodder beet.
Picture 5 Seeing the cows and their calves.
Picture 6 Understanding about the food the cows eat.
Picture 7 Petting the newborn lambs.
Picture 8 The old tractor.
Picture 9 The quad bike.
While we were there, we were lucky enough to watch a real live lamb being born!
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Food for Life - puddings


Try these recipes.

Mapping Trip

We travelled to Horton-in-Ribblesdale Primary School to take part in a mapping event.  Firstly, we ran around the playground to learn our directions.  Then, we had to follow a map to find clothes for a bear (which were hidden around the school grounds).  


In the afternoon, we made small worlds and drew a map of our world.

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Miss Rowe brought in some frog spawn.  We saw them growing bigger.  Their tails grew and they are now swimming around enjoying the pond weed.
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Jack & the Beanstalk


We read the poem "Jack's tale" by Judith Nicholls before writing our own poems.

Growing beans

16th March - We planted our broad bean seeds into compost.  10 days later, the heat from the classroom had helped them to germinate.  The roots have grown and the leaves are emerging.  When the weather improves, we will be planting them in our school garden.  We should have some broad beans to eat before the end of the school year!

World Book Day

Class 1 celebrated World Book Day by reading "The Tale of Jeremy Fisher" by Beatrix Potter.  We dressed up, acted out the story, made water lilies and wrote a new adventure for Jeremy Fisher.  It was great fun!
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Shrove Tuesday

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Traditional Tales

This term, we are looking at different traditional tales, starting with The Princess & the Pea.



The Princess & The Pea

The 3 Little Pigs

Fairy Tales Morning

Nursery and Class 1 had a fairy tales morning to share our learning and our work with parents.  We dressed up and sang songs.  During the morning, we made crowns, magic wands and magic potions.  Our parents enjoyed joining us!
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Little Red Riding Hood

Food for Life - smoothies & fruit drinks


Try these delicious drinks:


PC Grace came into school to talk to us about how we can keep ourselves safe in our community and when we use computers.   
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To launch our Topic of 'Castles' for the second half of the Autumn Term, on Tuesday, 15th November 2016 we went to visit Skipton Castle.  Our guide, Tracy, told us lots of information about life in the castle as she showed us around the different rooms.  We decided life 400 years ago was very smelly and unhealthy- no wonder people didn't often live past their 40s!
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Picture 2 The archer windows around the castle.
Picture 3 The huge fireplace in the Castle kitchen.
Picture 4 The winding spiral staircases between each level.
Picture 5 The deep, dark dungeon!
Picture 6 Admiring the Castle in the sunshine.

Food for Life - dips


Try these recipes at home.


Dinosaur Song | Original Nursery Rhymes For Kids | Songs For Childrens And baby

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This half term we are learning all about dinosaurs! We have been reading 'Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School' and had a go at planning our own stories based on it.  We also created our own dinosaur characters.


We have also looked at the features of an information text and have written our own dinosaur information text.


We have also been finding out what kinds of habitats the dinosaurs lived in and created our own versions. 
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Westmorland Show

We went on a school trip to the Westmorland Show.  We braved the weather and were very glad that we had worn wellies as it got really muddy by the end of the day.  We saw lots of animals (goats, chickens, ducks, horses, pigs, cows and sheep).  On our way around the sheep enclosure, we spotted our Chair of Governors, Mr Woodhouse, in his official role as one of the sheep judges.  There were lots of craft tents and machines to look at too.  We particularly enjoyed seeing the horses and traps.  Over dinner, we sat and watched the show jumping.  It was a fantastic day.
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Food for Life

We have been busy tidying up the garden after the summer holidays.  There have been lots of apples for us to pick.  The weeds have been put onto the compost heap and we have 2 new members of our school - the hens have arrived!


Cooking - we have been busy making Harvest bread, dinosaur biscuits as well as baking lots of goodies for our Macmillan Coffee Morning: meringues, shortbread biscuits and muffins.


Swamp juice - we used our senses to create a "swamp" drink using 4 different types of fruit juices.  We mixed them up before drinking our creations at snack time.

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We wrote prayers for our annual Harvest Festival service in church.  We shared our thanks for this time of year and donated gifts to members of the local community.  We sang "Lord of the Harvest" and Autumn Days.


We have been learning about the season of Autumn, looking at how the world around us is changing, collecting leaves and conkers and studying the changing colours and sights.  We have painted pictures of trees and looked at how hedgehogs are heading towards hibernation.  Here are some of our mixed media hedgehog pictures.
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In P.E., we have been learning the basics of rugby; from moving from one side of the pitch to the other, how to carry the ball, how to pass to other members of our team and what to do when we are tagged by a member of the other team.  We have improved our throwing and catching skills!
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We have used clay to create a dinosaur, used pasta to make a dinosaur skeleton picture, and made handprint dinosaurs.  
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Welly Walk for Africa

The whole school took part in a welly walk to raise funds for an African charity.  We walked from Clapham to Austwick across the fields and back again.  It was a cold and windy day, so after a quick packed lunch at the playground in Austwick, we were all ready to get moving again.  Everyone did really well!  We raised an amazing £193!  
Picture 1 Setting off on our Welly Walk.
Picture 2 Austwick, here we come.
Picture 3 Dinner time in Austwick.
Picture 4 Who do these wellies belong to?
Picture 5 Colourful wellies on display.

African Masks

Before we set off on our Welly Walk, we learnt how countries in Africa are different from our own.  We also made some African masks.
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Stories in Stone

On Wednesday, 19th October, Class 1 travelled to Ribblehead to take part in the first of a number of events.  We walked up the path to Ribblehead to learn about the building of the viaduct.  We had to use our imagination - buildings in shanty towns, small trains carrying materials, lots of people, with the area being all muddy and smelly!  But what an achievement.  We counted the arches and estimated the height of each arch (30m).  Then we walked back to the quarry (now a nature reserve).  After a quick snack we were challenged to build a small stone wall.  This was great fun.  We were actually really good at it!  A fantastic day to experience the history of Ribblehead!
Picture 1 Ribblehead Viaduct
Picture 2 Standing at the base of one of the huge pillars
Picture 3 Measuring each 30m high arch.
Picture 4 Stone wall building in Ribblehead Quarry.
Picture 5 Adding a tunnel to a stone wall.
Picture 6 Teamwork skills in action.