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Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Dame Ellen Pinsent School


                                             Welcome new Bumblebees' class! 

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Welcome to Bumblebees class. We are a class of 13 children and we follow the Woodlands pathway.

Mrs Wheatley is our class teacher and our wonderful teaching assistants are Marie and Heather.

Here are your new class Staff.


Mrs Wheatley: Teacher                                 Miss Parker: Assistant Head (Friday PM) 


                            Marie: Teaching Assistant                Heather: Teaching Assistant 

                 Welcome to Spring 2: All about the UK and our city of Birmingham


This half-term our topic is all about the UK and Birmingham. Our book is called The Everywhere Bear. We will relate to different areas within the book, looking at transport, areas to visit, going to a library and looking at the wonderful collection of books. For our connect day, we are looking at having a coding/computing class in the computing room. Each class in Woodlands Pathway will make a Birmingham landmark out of boxes or junk modelling, we will create a small road network that children can program robots to follow. Bumblebee's class will be creating the BT Tower. 



The focus in English is Non-fiction/Informative writing. Looking at and creating postcards, letters, maps, informative text, labels. Using independent writing skills, sensory writing and sentence struture colourful semantics.     


Maths is all about position and direction. Using a variety of functional and sensory methods to achieve this. Mainly using language forwards, backwards, side to side or left and right. This will link very well with Science as we are learning about movement and travel.

The new Spring term 2 timetable has been uploaded for you and the homework will be sent home once a week. Children will also complete one to one reading and books will be rotated each week. Forest will take place every second Tuesday.


Spring Term 1 summary: Well, what a lovely term it has been! We had 2 special favourites within this half term, when Snow White production came into school and we visited the Theatre to watch Alice in Wounderland. Bumblebees have really enjoyed the Snow White topic and have created some lovely pieces of work. Our wow day we connected with Grasshopers class. We completed a variety of tasks,apple bobbbing, popcorn and movie extra. Bumblebees dressed up and performed our Snow White Story, we had so much fun! The Evil Queen and Snow White came to visit us too.


                             Welcome to Spring 1: Snow White and the 7 Dwarves

Our Topic this half term is Snow White, we will be sharing and learning this traditional fairy tale and we are lucky enough to have M&M theatre company coming in on Thursday 11th January to perform it to the school.

In Maths we will be learning about length and measuring how tall Snow White and the dwarves are. Science will include lessons about animals and habitats, focusing on the woodland animals within the story. We will be doing lots of role-day and creating an immersive experience by the end of the half-term....updates to follow!


                                 Welcome to Autumn term 2: Victorian Christmas



This half-term our topic is Victorian Christmas. Our book is called Lost in the Toy Museum, narrative and colourful semantics will be our focus in English lessons. We will be learning all about a Victorian Christmas and the importance of family, friends and the community. We will also cover this in our PHSE. Topic lessons will link perfectly with our Lost in the toy Museum book, looking at a variety of past historical toys, food, clothing and pictures. 

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Science this term we will be learning about Light, Shadows & Electricity. P.E children to be able to relate to dance by combining our topic book Lost in the toy museum, to bring in toy story character freeze dance.

Maths will have a particular focus on money, so any work you can do at home with recognising coins will be a great help. Maybe you could even have a trip to the shops and pay with cash to show your child how to count your change?

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Our Victorian market was such a success and many of the children in Bumblebees dressed up in costume. We made and sold shortbread, puppets, chocolate and tree decorations and made posters to promote this.


Autumn term 1 summary ...

Well, what a busy term it has been! A particular highlight of our term was making our tiles and displaying them in our own school art gallery. Allowing our parent/careers to be able to see our own individual work. We also got to visit our art gallery too.


                                                         Autumn Term 1: Painters

This half term we will spend the first 2 weeks getting to know each other and our new environment and making new friends and relationships.

For the remainder of the half term our topic is ‘Painters'. All of our lessons, where possible, will be linked to the topic and we will be practising different art and painting techniques. At the end of the topic each child will produce a canvas and this will be displayed in our school art gallery

Homework will be sent home every week, 1 week will be English and the following week will be Maths.  You will also find the ‘Painters’ homework grid on the tab on the left hand side of this page. Please try to complete as many of the activities as you can during this half term, we would love to see your work!

There is also a copy of our class timetable for this half term if you click on the 'timetable' tab on the left.

We will share what we have been up to on our class dojo page each day so please join us there.