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Year 1/2 (Jaguars)

Jaguar Class

Welcome to Jaguar Class. We are a class of y1/2 children and our teacher is Mrs Whitwham on Monday-Thursday and Mrs Holland on a Friday. Mrs Crocker and Miss Whitwham are both LSAs who work in our class.


We are all very enthusiastic learners. Please keep visiting this page to see what we've been up to.  


Jazzy Jesse the Jaguar

Children in Need 2020 - Today the Jaguars looked fantastic covered in spots. We enjoyed completing some Pudsey Bear maths today and using Paint to create our own Pudsey Bears and spotty bags.

Ice Experiment - In our science work we have been learning about how polar bears survive in an Arctic environment. Today we handled ice with our bare hands, then in a glove and then in a bag of fat. We noticed the glove was not waterproof so our hands still got wet and cold. The fat provided us with a protective layer and kept our hand the warmest. Now we know why Polar Bears have a thick layer of fat on their bodies.

The First Week

Singing and playing together, our first session playing African percussion

18th September - Today we began our science work on habitats and explored the difference between LIVING, NON-LIVING and ONCE LIVING THINGS. We began by constructing our own living things then we began to define what living things actually are. We decided they could grow, eat and breathe. We hunted round the classroom for items that matched these categories and some children realised the only living things in the classrooms were themselves! There was some great discussion that took place and we learnt why pencils and paper were once living. Today we also learnt how to log ourselves onto the laptops and explored the art application- Paint.

11th September 2020 - Outdoor Bar Charts. Today we tried to find out which months were the most popular for birthdays in Jaguar Class. We created a human bar chart and a leaf bar chart of our results. We then worked collaboratively in pairs to create a bar chart to show the ages of children in our class. We selected which natural materials we wanted to use.

Tuesday 3rd March 2020 - Today we looked continued out longitudinal study of our four trees. We discussed that we are now in Spring and noticed that there anew leaves and buds on three of the trees. We are looking forward to watching the changes that happen over the next few weeks. Mrs Davenport

Friday 31st January - Today we collected data both in the classroom and outside in relation to our new Science Topic of Materials. The children recorded what objects they saw, what materials they were made of and what their job or function was. We then recorded the data in our books. Great work everyone - Mrs Davenport

Thursday 23rd January 2020

Today we looked at our 4 trees for the first time this year.  We noticed that there are signs of buds on some branches of the Lime and Whitebeam, there were a few leaves on one branch of the Willow and the Silver Birch hasn't really changed since before Christmas.  We reminded ourselves that the trees are deciduous as they have lost all of their leaves.  We talked about the fact that we are still in Winter but the buds and leaves are signs that Spring is coming.  We also talked about how the days change throughout the year and that we can go outside and play until bedtime in the summer but that it was dark when we left school in December.  We noticed that it stays light for a little longer now.  We hope that we will see lots of changes over the coming weeks which we can record and display in the classroom. 

Thursday 5th December

Today we looked at our 4 trees again, the differences have slowed down as most of the leaves have now fallen.  We then went into the classroom to record our thoughts about the changes we have observed since September.  We used a PowerPoint presentation to help us (please see below) We had a busy afternoon as we also recorded what we know is needed for a seed to grow and created a table of data. Great work again everyone! smiley            Mrs Davenport

Jaguar's Longitudinal Study - Autumn 2019

Wednesday 27th November

Today we continued with our longitudinal study and looked for the differences that had taken place since last week with our four trees.  We noticed that the ground was covered with willow leaves as so many had fallen and that the Lime and Whitebeam had nearly lost all of their leaves. 


Our focus for the science lesson was 'seed dispersal' we talked about the different ways seeds can be transported from the parent plant.  We then focused on the Field Maple and its helicopter seeds. We went out onto the playground and practised how to measure using our feet and dropped a seed while we pretended to be Maple trees to see how far they flew. 


We then returned to the classroom and made our own helicopters which we flew in the hall.  We recorded where they fell and how far they flew. The four areas of the hall were each a different environment: - the blue was water, the red was tarmac, the yellow was sand and the green was soil.  We talked about which of the environments would be suitable for the seed to grow.

Lots of hard work again today everyone, well done.  Mrs Davenport smiley

Thursday 21st November -


Our Science was in 4 parts today: -


Part 1 - We looked at our 4 trees for our longitudinal study and talked about the differences since last week (lots of leaves had fallen because of the frost) We also discussed 3 trees in the church grounds.  The children want to know if 2 of them are evergreen - we decided to keep checking so that we can find out.  


Part 2 - We went into the field and meadow to try and discover which was the oldest oak tree.  To do this we measured around the trunk at 1.5 metres (once back in the classroom we found out our oldest tree was over 200 years old!) We also tested how tall 2 of the oaks were by talking 5 paces and looking under our legs (this will explain some of the strange poses the children are making :D) We knew that 5 paces was equal to 50m.  We had mixed results but on average we estimated that our tallest tree is over 200 metres tall! 


Part 3 - We went back into class and recorded our findings in a table.  Some of us also used information from the Woodland Trust to find out what historical connections there were.  For instance one of our oak trees started to grow when the Wright Brothers flew the first manned flight in 1903.


Part 4 - Some of us planted the good acorns we found from last week.  Mrs Simmons also gave us some saplings which we will plant next week as we needed larger pots.


Again, everyone worked really hard today - well done.  Mrs Davenport smiley



Wednesday 13th November - Today we checked our 4 trees to see if there had been any changes. We noticed that the Lime and the Whitebeam had lost most of their leaves and discussed what deciduous meant. In the classroom we continued our tests on the acorns that we collected last week. We placed them in a bucket of water knowing that the viable ones would sink. As a class we discussed what we could do with the good acorns and recorded our ideas on a wonderwall.