• Who Do I Want To Be? 08 Nov 19

    What a lovely few weeks we have had back at school. Being in for full weeks has really helped us settle into the term and find our groove. Our topic this term is ‘Who do I want to be?’ and we have begun looking at people who help us in the community and how they help us. We have also started researching people who inspire us including Albert Einstein and Harry Beck, the inventor of the tube map! In Literacy, we have been looking at Aesop’s fables, focusing on stories with a moral. We have retold through drama the Hare and the Tortoise, and identified it and the Boy Who Cried Wolf’s moral. We are trying to take these lessons seriously in the classroom, thinking about slowing down and always telling the truth.
    In Maths, we have been exploring addition through a number of different methods including number lines, whole part models, special addition boxes and ten frames. We have also been working hard on our number bonds to 10, and their relationship to 20. Keep it up Gefen!
    Gefen class have been exploring many different cultures and important historical events. We have also been busy learning about Diwali, where we created some beautiful firework paintings, which can now be seen in the hallway. In story time, assembly and Topic, we explored Black History Month, identifying what makes us unique and sharing famous black Jewish and non-Jewish people, discussing their significance and how they are positive role models for us with fighting for equality. As well as this, we explored Remembrance Day, sharing the meaning behind the poppy and making our very own wreaths to pay our respects to people who fight for their country.
    In Jewish studies, we have been learning about the Bereshit, Noah’s Ark as well as this week exploring the Parasha, Abraham and Sarah. Gefen were also busy learning about the special blessings and songs sung during Shabbat as well as discussing some laws surrounding Shabbat. We all enjoyed asking questions about what we can and cannot do for Shabbat.
    In PE, we have begun exploring dance. This week, we used streamers and videos from Firework Night and Diwali to inspire us to dance like fireworks. We enjoyed making long, round and explosive shapes with our bodies and the streamers. Great job Gefen!
    Next week, we are looking forward to our trip to the Jewish Museum and celebrating Mitzvah Day on Friday. Finally, it is Anti-bullying week so we will be discussing what it means to be a good friend and identifying and solving bullying behaviours.

  • Gefen Curriculum Map Autumn 2 04 Nov 19
  • Gefen Curriculum Map Autumn 1 04 Nov 19
  • Measuring Bones 04 Nov 19

    Autumn 1 has whizzed past at lightning speed. Over the last two weeks, we have been enjoying learning about Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, using our own experiences to bring it alive. From making delicious apple honey oat bites to making resolutions for the coming year to building a sukkah in class, we have embraced the Jewish new year and all other festivities. It was particularly enjoyable to see the children reflecting on the past year and talking about how much they have learnt and grown up.

    In Maths, we have continued to work on consolidating skills such as the use of whole part models, number bonds, big and small and sorting shapes by colour and shape. We have all been working really hard and it shows! During Science, we have been learning conducting lots of experiments about the human body including measuring bones in our hands, legs and feet and making our very own organs out of playdough. We have also been talking about the functions of these body parts and how they help us survive.

    PSHE saw us make a huge class charter made up of Lego city figures, Lego blocks, Lego friends and sharks…! An interesting mix of artwork but the children were fantastic at identifying classroom rules and ways to   respect peers and adults in the classroom. Great job Gefen!

    In Music, we have begun looking at simple clapping rhythms, enjoying making and copying music patterns. A noisy but fun session!

    On Thursday, we made a whole class sukkah and have enjoyed looking back over the pictures and writing ‘instructions’ on how to build one at home. We have also been enjoying eating our snack and hearing stories in our Gesher sukkah outside. I look forward to hearing from the children all about Sukkot and their half terms.

    Chag Sameach to you and your families!
    Gefen class.

  • Food Explorers 04 Nov 19

    Gefen class have been busy over the last two weeks and are preparing for Rosh Hashana this weekend. During Literacy, we have continued to focus on our selves. Some of us have focused on the letters in our names and matching these sounds to objects of reference like the ‘i’ for insect. Something we also picked up in during Music, where we focused on sounding out the syllables in our names. In another group, we have continued to describe our families and our interests through sentence starters, completing them with our own choice of adjectives. This week our whole class focus has been on the upcoming Jewish new year and what we are grateful for.

    In Maths, we are focused on the concepts of more and less. We have been learning new symbols to compare numbers. We are also using resources like counters, pom-poms and pictures of sets of objects to support their learning.

    We have been enjoying cooking the last two weeks. Gefen chefs made pizza with tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, sweetcorn and mozzarella and also apple cinnamon ‘pops’ made with oats. Delicious! Continuing with the food theme, we also had our first food explorers where the class touched, tasted an d smelt cold rice pudding and warm porridge. We were very brave!

    In Art, we have continued to work on our self-portraits, adding paint to either a photograph of ourselves or a line drawing. During Topic, we enjoyed looking at pictures of our teacher at different ages and discussing similarities and differences. Then we used photos of us to repeat and compare with our peers. PSHE has seen us interview peers to find out information about them as well as describing them using visuals of adjectives.

    On Wednesday this week, we had a visit from SEED, who came to do a Rosh Hashana activity with our families. It was lovely to see everyone together celebrating the new year. A fab experience for all!

    Shana Tovah to you and your families!

  • This Is Me 04 Nov 19

    Gefen class have been getting stuck into their topic ‘This is me,’ which is also a great way to get to know each other! Last week, we focused on introducing ourselves in PSHE and finished with collating adjectives to describe our peers. Now we can remind ourselves of all the positive things our friends think about us. This week, we began interviewing each other, finding out key questions like ‘what’s your favourite colour?’ We all really enjoyed finding out fun facts about each other.

    In Topic this week, we began talking about growing up and how we change over time. Miss Rowan brought in pictures of her as a baby, toddler and adult and we spent some time looking at them and sharing similarities and differences between then and now. Some of the photos were really funny! During Art, we have begun looking at self-portraits and the work of artists like Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo. Later on in the term, we will be painting our own expressive portraits. Watch this space!

    Gefen class are also loving their cooking. Last week, we made oatmeal raisin cookies and this Friday we made yummy pizza. The children chose their own toppings, carefully chopping and measuring the ingredients.

    Even amidst all this settling in and topic work, we have also managed to fit in Literacy and Maths, where we have been exploring number and describing ourselves. In Jewish Studies, we learnt all about Rosh Hashana, listening to the story of Sami the Spider. Next, we tried apple dipped in honey and made our very own Jewish calendar as well as practising our Hebrew alphabet. Good job Gefen!

    What a fab first week!
    Rowan Eggar

  • Summer 1 Curriculum Map 07 May 19

    We invite you to take a look at our curriculum map for Summer 1 to see the learning activities we have planned through our topic of Mini beasts!

  • We’re going on a journey to Ancient Egypt… 17 Jan 19

    For our topic this half term, we are going on a ‘journey to Ancient Egypt’. In Week 1, we discussed what we already know about Egypt and spoke about pyramids, Sphinx and the River Nile. After the discussion, pupils had some questions that they were left wondering about. Did crocodiles snap at people swimming in the River Nile? Are there any crocodile statues in Egypt? We watched a video all about Ancient Egypt to see if we could answer some of our questions and to learn more!

    We have been working on making predictions in Literacy this week. Using only the image on the front cover of the book, we predicted that the book would be about Egypt and a boy swimming in the River Nile, because we could see pyramids and people in a river. It turned out that the story was called ‘Nachshon, who was afraid to swim.’ We then read the story in sections, checking to see if our predictions had happened yet and if we wanted to use clues in the story to change our prediction. Towards the end, we predicted that the Israelites were going to have to swim because they were stuck between the Egyptians and the Sea of Reeds. Our prediction was almost correct. Nachshon was courageous and walked into the water.

    We have also been exploring Ancient Egyptian jewellery and necklaces in Art. We looked at lots of different necklaces and noticed that a lot of them are red, blue and gold in colour. They also have a lot of pattern. After looking at some necklaces for inspiration, we designed our own necklaces that included similar colours and patterns.

    In Maths, some pupils have been learning to add within 10 and others have been learning about multiplication. We have all been learning that we can use different strategies to help us. We can use objects or pictures to help us with addition or multiplication problems.

    We will be learning all about magnets in Science this half term. In Week 1, we explored magnets, then predicted if different objects were magnetic and investigated our predictions. We discovered that all of the objects that stuck to the magnet all had one thing in common; they were all made from metal.

  • Spring 1 Curriculum Map 12 Jan 19

    Take a look at Gefen’s curriculum map for Spring 1 term to see the exciting plans we have for our ‘Journey to Egypt’ topic.


  • Chanukah Olive Pressing 30 Nov 18

    This week in Literacy, some pupils have been demonstrating their ability to match rhyming words and continuing a rhyming string, as well as identifying how many syllables are in a word. Other pupils have been working on answering literal questions about a story.

    In Maths, we have been working on our number bonds using concrete resources and pictorial representations, while other pupils have been working on recognising and using the language of first, second, third and last.

    Gefen pupils participated in an Olive Pressing workshop on Wednesday. They engaged with the story of Chanukah and the relevance of olive oil. Pupils put the olives into the olive press and pulled the leaver to squash all of the juice out of the olives, before separating the juice and the oil. Rabbi Simon then used the oil that we made to light a wick for the menorah.

    We joined with Rimon class for Music and sang ‘Lecha Dodi’. We experimented with singing the song at different tempos, pitch and volume. Pupils said that the ‘Lecha Dodi’ song is a medium tempo and pitch.

    We are looking forward to lots of celebrations next week for Chanukah.