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Y1: Miss Fenner

Why can’t the meerkat live in the North Pole?

We have started to answer this question by investigating animals that live in cold places and how their bodies are adapted to the cold climate. In PSHE, we researched how meerkats work together and live in large groups. We have talked about how we can be like meerkats and work together in our classroom 


We have filmed our very own weather reports we used the green screen to film our Kalahari Desert weather report and we used the terrible weather outside to film our ‘rainy day’ report.




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An interesting suitcase arrived in Year One and inside we found an exciting book 'Meerkat Mail'. The children wrote a list of what they would pack in their suitcase if they were going to visit a hot place, like the desert which features in the book. 

We took a look at the postcards in the book and it was brilliant to link this with the postcards the children had sent over summer. We are excited to write our own postcards, from the Meerkats perspective.


We became sense detectives and used our sense of smell to identify a variety of scents. Some were nice smells ‘I like the smell of the chocolate because it’s yummy!’

And some were not nice…’I really didn’t like the smell of the cabbage! Yuck!’


In our Topic lessons, we have been learning about animals including humans. We have been classifying animals as well as thinking about what questions we would ask a zookeeper. We are able to group animals based on their diets, using the words carnivore, omnivore and herbivore.


In Maths, we have been learning about number bonds to 10 and finding different ways of problem solving using the part whole model. The children have enjoyed some practical maths sessions where they have been putting their new knowledge into practice. Thank you to our termly ‘class photographer’ who has taken all of our photos in class.