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Welcome to Fallow class! I am very excited to be moving to Year 1 and have been thinking of lots of fun activities that we will be doing over the next year. As your child prepares to enter Key Stage 1, please continue to encourage their growing independence in things like changing quickly, toileting and hand washing. 


This term our topic will be The Great Fire of London. We will start off the term by learning about materials in Science, and after this we will be looking at London today and in 1666. Take a look at our knowledge organisers to get a head start! As we move into our history topic, we will even get a visit from the local fire service to see how they compare to the methods of 1666. At the end of the term, we hope to invite all carers and parents to a Great Fire of London exhibition to showcase the range of work we will have completed. 


Reading in Fallow Class consists of independent reading and guided reading. The day in which your child reads with an adult may vary, so could you please ensure that they have their home reading books and reading diary in their book bag each day. Reading at home is greatly encouraged in Fallow Class –we love anything from comic books, magazines, library books to information books and we’d love to hear about any reading your child has been doing! Follow our twitter page to see the reading competition we will be setting soon!


On top of reading and your child’s high frequency words, we will hand out topic-based homework tasks to complete on a fortnightly-basis.  If your child completes all their tasks before this, please just ask and I will be happy to think of some more to keep them busy!


Please ensure that your child has their P.E kit in school all week so that they are prepared for any timetable changes, and that this includes suitable clothing for both indoor and outdoor activities. This includes both well-fitting plimsolls and trainers. 


Please feel free to get in touch by catching me at the end of the day or contacting me by email at any time if you wish to discuss any concerns about your child’s progress. However, if you have a worry or message at the beginning of the school day, please pass the message onto the adult on the door or the office, as our lessons will begin at 8.45am. 


I look forward to meeting you soon,


Mrs Matthews

September 2019


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The Great Fire of London With Partake

We all thoroughly enjoyed re-enacting the Great Fire of London!

The flames from the Great Fire of London!

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RE Week - Sukkot

This year, our focus in RE week was one of the World's major religions, Judaism. We had the opportunity to recreate an important festival to help the children understand a different faith and culture.


The festival of Sukkot celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the sheltering of the Israelites in the wilderness. The main objective of the holiday is to build a Sukkah, a small temporary shelter which provides shade while allowing those inside of it to see the sky. The children really enjoyed gathering the materials and building their very own Sukkahs!


There are more photos in the Gallery.

Putting Out The Fire!

We were so excited to welcome members of the Grantham Fire Service to Belmont to talk to the children about fire safety. We had great fun learning about the fire engine and were able to climb inside and then have a go using the hose!


You can find more photos in the Gallery.

The Great Fire Of London

The children have produced some wonderful artwork on our topic of the Great Fire of London.

Reading Time!

We love our weekly reading time with family and friends to help us!

London Landmarks

We have been learning about London this term and the children have made some great models of some of the famous buildings.

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We have been learning about different habitats, so we decided to explore the microhabitats that are in our wildlife area to see what sorts of living things we might find! We explored under stones and rocks, bricks and logs… as well as taking a closer look in the overgrown plants!  We found worms, woodlice, wasps, bees, centipedes, slugs and snails!


The children were so excited when they found a big stone to turn over!  We also looked at the difference between things that are alive, dead or have never been alive.  We found lots of living things but we decided that fallen leaves and feathers would be classed as ‘dead’ because they once belonged to a living thing but don’t anymore.


We had such an exciting afternoon exploring science in the great outdoors!

Votes For Women!

We have been learning all about the suffragettes and how they protested for women’s rights, then enjoyed putting our learning into practice with some role-play!


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Southwell Minster Time Travellers

We had a wonderful day at Southwell Minister with the children from Elk class as part of our work on Christianity. The children took part in a range of activities, including making Green Man masks, retelling the story of Jonah and the Whale and learning about baptism and the Last Supper. We also had the opportunity to tour the Minster and see the musical instruments, stained glass windows and the gargoyles on the walls of the building.

Fallow and Elk - Gardening Afternoon

Our current science topic is plants so we thought it would be really fun to plant our own lettuce, observe how this grows over the next few weeks and, finally, enjoy using our home-grown produce to create a tasty salad. We first learnt how to sow the seeds thinly in lines in the soil. We then learnt how to cover this gently with more soil and water it all. So much scientific learning packed into one afternoon – we really enjoyed it! And it didn’t stop there… we then wanted to grow some potatoes too to see how these are grown so differently to lettuce!


We have been learning about deciduous and evergreen trees this term and decided to explore the school grounds to see what we could find! We collected leaves and then identified them before sorting into the two categories. Great work by everyone!

Bird Feeders!

We really enjoyed making bird feeders on our Spring Day!


We have really enjoyed learning a new skill this term - weaving. The children concentrated so well to complete their work.

The National Space Centre

We have really enjoyed our learning about space and the moon landings this term, so we were very excited to visit the National Space Centre with Elk Class. 


More photos can be found in the Gallery.

The Three Little Pigs Houses!

We have used our knowledge about the properties of materials to build some great houses for the Three Little Pigs. I was really impressed by the children's team work!

Frog Spawn

We were so excited to find frog spawn in the pond in our wild life area!

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Visit To Harrowby Lane Methodist Church

We recently went with the children in Elk Class to the Harrowby Lane Methodist Church. We really enjoyed learning more about Celebration - in particular Baptism - and looking at the various artifacts in the church.

Clay Pots

The children really enjoyed designing and making their clay pots.

Christopher Columbus

We are enjoying our learning about Christopher Columbus and his ship The Santa Maria. They have created some fabulous paintings as you can see below.

The Three Little Pigs

As part of our work in Talk For Writing, we have been learning the story of the Three Little Pigs. We loved making the different houses!

Home Learning

Mr Allsopp and I were very impressed by the standard of work brought in by the children on the theme of space. Thank you so much to everyone at home who helped and supported the children for this.

World Climates

We have been learning about the different climates around the world. The children did a great job finding out the information.

Autumn Day

We loved taking part in the KS1 Autumn Day this term. We were able to go outside to hunt for natural materials like leaves, twigs and bark to make some super collages. In the afternoon, we planted a mixture of bulbs on the school field.


The children made some wonderful poppies to be used in our Remembrance service. I was very proud of the way they all listened during the service on the school field.

Grandparent Morning

Our class, along with the children from Elk,  had a fantastic morning playing games and exploring what life was like for our grandparents back in the 1960s! We also held interviews in the library for our grandparents to answer questions for us to use in our writing.

Super Writing!

The children are settling well in Fallow Class and had fun collecting character trait adjectives to describe our friends, which we then used to create some lovely friendship poems. Shown off by some super cursive handwriting, as you can see.


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