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This half term our Christian Value is Perseverance.


We are a happy, family school with strong Christian values. We all work together to promote a love of learning where children succeed and reach their full potential. We hope you enjoy your visit.Hanley Swan Primary School is part of the Hanley and Upton Educational Trust

What are we doing this week?


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The children are enjoying this so much that we will be continuing with the theme this week.  Alongside this we will be continuing to find out about Maweni with Wallace and also having a visit from the Birds of prey specialist on Monday.


In maths we will continue to work on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. 


If you have not already done so, please come and have a chat with Wallace. He is an amazing person and plays a huge and important part in life at our school. It really helps give the children a global perspective on life and helps them understand how lucky/unlucky they are.



The life cycle of a butterfly


This week we will be learning all about caterpillars and butterflies. We will use the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle), there might even be a few new additions to the classroom for you to meet!


We are also very excited as our friends from Maweni will be arriving in school on Tuesday. This is a very special time in school and both Wallace (the head teacher) and Chilimo (a teacher) will be spending quite a bit of time in class 1 with us. They will be on the playground most days so please come and say hello, they are an important part of our school family.


In maths we will be revisiting money and using it to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.


Jack and the Beanstalk

Four chicks have hatched!!! Friday was wonderful! One of those days that makes my job so satisfying. The children were soooo excited and so lovely in the way they talked about and respected the new chicks in class. We will be keeping them in class during the week, so please do pop in regularly and watch them grow.


This week we will be learning about plant growth through the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We will be using the story for a variety of activities including planting (magic) beans. 


In maths the theme will be capacity and exploring measuring liquids in containers. 


I would also like to mention your children's behaviour last week at the theatre. They were AMAZING! In fact it was commented on by a member of the public and a member of staff. Well done Class 1!



Dragons and chicks

Welcome back. I hope you all had a lovely half term.

This week is going to be a very exciting week in class 1. We will be talking about the author Julia Donaldson and reading as many of her books as we can in preparation for our trip to the Theatre on Thursday. We will be exploring the story of Zog and learning about real life dragons. We will (hopefully) also have some baby chicks emerge form the eggs at the end of the week. Please feel free to pop in and see them if they do hatch - but please do not touch!


In maths money will be the theme and we will be using it to add and subtract.




Chicken life cycle continued…

The children have been enjoying talking about the eggs so much that we will continue the theme this week.

We will explore the wide variety of chicken breeds and go onto to explore other varieties of birds. We have also just had blue tits hatch in the nest box on the decking, the children have been listening to the blue tit tweeting each day. We will go on a nest hunt and have a go at creating our own birds and nests.


In maths we will be looking at money. We will identify what each coin is and start to use it in some practical activities, e.g. buying our snack each day.


Please do not forget that we are not in school on Friday.


Half term homework:

Take the children shopping and get them to buy things using money. If they would like they can write/draw their experience and bring it in for a very special show and tell.




The life cycle of a chicken


An exciting week this week in class 1.

We will be setting up the incubator at the start of the week and then on Wednesday we will be putting 12 little chicken eggs in. The children will be very excited and if they ask you to pop in then please feel free to have a peek.

A project like this has numerous possible endings. I will be talking all the possibilities through with the children so that they are aware -  it will be fun but it does come with a lot of responsibility. If the magic takes place then in 21 days we should have a chick or 2 in class. Watch this space!!

Along with this we will have a visit from the Little Red Hen who will help us to understand her life cycle.


In maths we will be continuing with simple subtraction and using our new skills in practical activities. We will also be working with the year 5’s to create counting books to send to the reception class in Maweni.




Human Growth


This week we will be focusing on human growth. We will be learning the main stages of life along with how we grow and what we need – a healthy lifestyle. We will be exploring parts of the body and talking about the variety of food groups that are needed in order for our body to work well.


The focus in maths will be subtraction. We will be playing games that involve taking smaller numbers away from 10. This will also link in with the work that we are doing on number bonds for 10.


Forest School will start back on Thursday. Please do not forget to bring (named) wellies in for Thursday.



Let's get Growing!


Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely Easter and the children had a well deserved rest.

We are jumping straight back into the swing of things this week by finding out about their Easter Holiday and introducing the new topic of growth. I will be finding out what they already know and what they would like to find out about this term.

As part of the initial work on growth we will be exploring what is alive and what is not alive and talking about the 5 key requirements that make something living.

In maths we will be revising counting and using numbers to 10+ and simple addittion.

Please note that this is going to be a very exciting term and you are always more than welcome to pop into class after school to see what is growing. Please please please take up this opportunity as often as you can.