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Mr Fisher


Welcome to Mr Fisher's Class!


This Year we will be supported by; Mrs Lock, Mrs Keen, Mrs Neilson, Miss Cooper and  Mrs Crenol.


Below is some key information that you might find useful.


Our Spring Term Topic is

'Space Race' 

 In our Topic lessons the children will …

-Understand why people wanted to go to the moon and understand where the event fits within a chronological framework.

-Understand how the astronauts got to the moon and use parts of stories and other sources to show their understanding of the event.

-Know what happened on the moon and understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

-Find out who the first human in space was and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

-Know where the first human in space came from.

-Find out who the first human on the moon was and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

-Compare what Neil Armstrong took to space in comparison to Mae Jemison and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

-Plot a timeline of important events and understand where important people and events I study fit within a chronological framework.

-Debate whether it is right to explore other planets.

-Develop an awareness of the past using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.


They will also...

- Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country

- Explore aerial photographs to recognise landmarks and features.

-Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; use and construct basic symbols in a key.



Our science work will focus on 'Animals Including Humans and Seasonal Change'.


Year 1

The children will learn ...   

-How name and label the basic parts of the human body.

-Which parts of the body are associated with each sense?

-Which months are in each of the four seasons of the year?

-What changes will I observe during each of the four seasons?

-How will trees change across the four seasons?

-How does seasonal change affect the length of day?


Year 2

The children will learn ...

-How do animals and humans change as they get older?

-What do animals and humans need in order to survive?

-Why is exercise important for us?

-What foods do I need to eat in order to stay healthy?

-Why is hygiene important and how can I be hygienic?


This will be handed out on a Friday and is due back in the following Friday at the very latest. Where possible, homework will link to work being covered in class.


Spellings are also handed out on a Friday ready for a test the following Friday. Please make sure the children are practicing their spellings every week.


Share a story journal

Every week on a Friday, one child from the class will bring home the 'Share a story journal'. This is a further opportunity for you to read with your child while enjoying a nice cup of 'hot chocolate' (provided by the school). If it is your turn to complete the journal, we ask that it is returned on the Monday so that teachers have a chance to look over any work that has been completed.    



PE is currently on a Wednesday (Games) and Friday (Dance). Please ensure your child has the correct kit (including daps or trainers) on these days.


Reading Books

We are continuing to improve children's reading fluency and comprehension. Please continue to hear your child read as often as possible and use the question based bookmarks to support this process. We encourage children to change reading books as regularly as possible. Please ensure you record any reading that takes place at home with a simple comment inside the small blue/green book (Reading Record). Finished books can be placed inside the classroom crate on a daily basis but they will not be changed unless the reading record has been written in. 


Over the course of the term I will continue to update this class page with all the different things that are going on in Year 1/2. 


If you have any questions please feel free to email me on the contact details below:


Best wishes

Mr Fisher smiley


Art - Today we had great fun making clay aliens!

Art - Line drawings of daffodils with a little paint!

Humanities - Today the children have been looking at 'Historic Legacy'. We have been learning about the first human into space (Yuri Gagarin) and how rockets and space suits have changed over time. As a warm up we worked with a partner to try and sequence some space suits and rockets from the oldest to most recent.

RE - The children have completed some brilliant work in our Revelation topic.

JIGSAW - We have been thinking about stretching our minds when we need to learn something new. In Class today we all drew around our hands, coloured them in and threaded them onto a huge stretchy elastic band. This reminded us that we need to stretch our minds when we are trying to learn something new.

RE - Today the Year 2 children have been thinking about the miracle stories that have covered during our 'Revelation' topic. They worked in small groups and wrote down questions that they would like to ask about the stories they have heard.

Art - Today the children created an astronaut face to lay on top of of their pastel pictures. They also created some more space pictures using chalk!

Computing - Safer Internet Week - To mark Safter Internet Week, the children were treated to a morning assembly from Mr Franklin all about staying safe while using the internet. Back in class the children spent some time looking at how technology has changed over the years, even decades. We looked at the changes with computers, phones, music and worked in groups to order pictures from oldest to most recent!

PE - Year 2 Gymnasts Finish Runners Up In Area Competition! A brilliant performance from our Year 2 Gymnasts this morning saw them finish the Key Steps Area Competition with a team silver medal! Performing a routine that has been practiced in Curriculum PE as well as in our after school club, the children were faultless under pressure as they performed in front of a judge and were scored accordingly. There were six schools competing (60 children in total) and the St Joseph's squad finished a remarkable second place! A special mention has to go to Alice, who also picked up a bronze medal as the third highest individual score of the day! GO TEAM ST JOSEPH'S!!!!

PE - Year 2 Gymnastics Club. Good numbers and with a few off sick as well!

English - In English we have been thinking all about recounts. In preparation for planning a recount of our weekend, we spent some time working with our talking partners, sharing what we did over the weekend!

PE - Dance - In Dance the children have been visiting an unusual planet each week. We have taken a trip to an alien infested planet where we moved liked aliens. Our second planet was a mirror planet where we mirrored each others movements. Today our new planet was a stretchy planet which pulled and stretched all our body parts in different directions! The children made some pretty amazing shapes on their own and with partners!

Music - This afternoon the children had great fun using the glockenspiels to play the tune to the chorus of a song we have been learning in Class. A loud lesson, but lots of fun!

English - NATIONAL STORYTELLING WEEK - Today, as part of National Storytelling Week, the children were treated to a live Zoom Webinar with the author Swapna Haddow. She spent some time talking about many of the animal characters she has come up with for her books. Once back in the classroom, the children had some fun designing their own animal characters. They drew pictures to illustrate an adventure they wanted their character to go before sharing their picture stories with a friend. A delightful way to spent the day!

Art - Pastel pictures of space with a layer of brusho over the top!

Humanities - Today we thought about Armstrong and his trip to the moon in Apollo 11. We thought about the different jobs people would have had in order to make the mission successful.

Science - Today the Year 1 children went around the school on a senses hunt looking at what they could hear, see, smell, touch and taste. The children recorded work in their books as we moved around the school.

Computing - Today the children became human beebots! They worked with a partner and wrote down a simple algorithm for their partner to follow.

Art - Today in Art we copied the work of the artist Peter Thorpe. We used the coloured pastels and a printing technique to create some fabulous rocket pictures

RE - Today the Year 1 children had fun acting out the story of the 'The Good Samaritan' in small groups using stick puppets that had been made earlier in the lesson.

Maths - Practical fun with a partner using the counters to help work out how many are left.

Art - Today we used a range of craft materials to create the planets!

Computing - Today the children have been learning all about programming. We watched a PowerPoint and used language such as 'command' before using the ipads and the program 'Beebot' to reinforce learning.

RE - Christmas Mass in School with Father Paul

RE - Christmas Nativity

Art - Plant Pot Reindeer!

Art - Christmas Tree Decorations

Art - Grinch Handprints

Christmas Cards!

Science - The children worked in small groups again today noting down everything they have learnt about their Science topic 'Materials'.

Humanities - Today the children worked in small groups to write down everything they have learnt about our topic 'Epic Explorers'.

Science - Today the children completed an investigation to find the best material for mending the hole Mr Fisher's umbrella. The Year 2 children wrote down the method (what we were going to do). All of the children made predictions, recorded results in a table and wrote down their findings (a conclusion) with some of the children writing down reasons why some materials were better than others.

PE - Year 2 Athletics Festival Fun! The whole cohort of Year 2 children had a brilliant morning of athletics fun today as they participated in a huge Key Stage 1 Festival! Picked up at 9.15am, a coach transported the class all the way to Bridgwater College where the children were met by Mr Irish and a number of Bridgwater College students. A Number of exciting activities had been prepared by the students in the Sports Hall, including a series of inter school relay races to round off a busy morning of athletics fun! All the children were smiling throughout the event and I'm sure will sleep really well this evening after exerting so much energy in each of the activities.

English - The children imagined that they were Jack from the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. They have been writing a letter of apology to the Giant to say sorry for stealing from him! We published our letters last week and today we posted them home to share our work with our family.

Anti-Bullying Week - This week we have been celebrating our differences in anti-bullying week. We are all unique and different for lots of reasons. We should respect one another and not tolerate people being unkind to us. Today we though about our differences as we decorated coloured socks with different patterns.

Science - Materials have different properties and water will move differently on varying materials. Mr Fisher has an umbrella that has a hole in it! Today we had fun testing cling film, tin foil, newspaper and cloth in a small pot of water tom see which would be best to mend the hole in the umbrella!

Art - Daisy Calendars!

English - Today we watched a different version of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' compared to the story book we have been reading in class. We worked in small groups and made notes about the story on a huge piece of paper!

Computing - Today the children have been using the Chrome Books and the program 'Paintz'. The drew pictures to practice using the tracking pads.

Art - Ships in a bottle!

Computing - Drawing pictures using the ipads and the 'Paintz' program. The children are now familiar with the app so next week we will be using the Chrome Books and tracking pads to draw our pictures.

Art - Lots of explorers use binoculars to look at things from a distance. Today in art we made our own binoculars!

PE - Multi-skills fun in the Hall!

Art - We cut out paper and made sails to add to our hand print explorer ships!

Science - Magnet fun! Today the children used the magnets to explore whether a material was magnetic or not! We made predictions first before testing our objects with the magnets and recording our results.

PE - Learning our Key Steps Gymnastics routines!