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The Great Outdoors!

The Great Outdoors!

We celebrated the end of our   “Great Outdoors” topic with tent building in Eden. What a lovely afternoon we had working together using our skills to make stronger structures.  After making delicious fruit kebabs and marshmallow sticks in the morning we toasted them around…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 18 July 2017

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This is your Captain speaking!

This is your Captain speaking!

What a fantastic day we had at Manchester Airport on Monday. Learning the roles of the pilot and the on-board crew in our very own plane was very exciting. Pretending to be a pilot in the flight deck was fun and we flew to lots of different countries! We learnt…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 12 July 2017

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Welcome back Duxbury Class to our last half term in year 1

Welcome back Duxbury Class to our last half term in year 1.

Our new topic this half term is The Great Outdoors. We started by looking at the artist Andy Goldsworthy who uses nature to create art. After a walk to Eden to collect leaves and sticks we created our own land art.

 

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 13 June 2017

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Very proud of you Duxbury Class!

Very proud of you Duxbury Class!

Well done Duxbury class for your wonderful assembly on Friday. You worked hard all week practising your words and the songs to make sure all your families had an enjoyable time.  We do hope you all had a great time.

Have an a lovely half term, keep safe…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 24 May 2017

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Mirror mirror on the wall!

Mirror mirror on the wall!

In science we have been looking out the features of our faces and comparing them with our friends. We have looked at what is similar and what is different. Using a mirror helped us to draw our own features more accurately.

During maths we have been looking at word…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 22 May 2017

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“Och her and her fancy ways!”

“Och her and her fancy ways!”

We have been learning the story of ‘Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers.’ Grannie Mainland comes to visit and Alecina the sheep gets up to her neck in the boggy lock! We have created our own story maps which has helped us to create some amazing writing.

During…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 9 May 2017

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Our new topic this half term is the seaside.

Our new topic this half term is the seaside. During DT we have been designing an underwater creature drawing and planning how it will look as well as the different materials we will use. We then had great fun making them following our plans carefully. We then reflected on what had gone well and…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 2 May 2017

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What a busy last week of term we had!

What a busy last week of term we had!

We have been very creative this week and used our skills to make an Easter Chick using threading as well as cutting different fabrics to create the features. Also we loved all the amazing patterns you created for the colouring competition it was very…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 25 April 2017

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What a busy week we have had in Duxbury!

What a busy week we have had in Duxbury!

We have worked so hard showing what we have learnt in maths this term, well done Duxbury class keep up the good work.

Bossy verbs have helped us this week as we have looked at what makes a good set of instructions. We made egg and cress sandwiches…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 4 April 2017

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We have green fingers!

We have green fingers!

During science we have been observing our cress seeds germinate, looking closely at how they have changed in size and shape over the last few days. Wow did they grow fast!

We have used our observational skills to draw different common flowers and trees as well as label…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 28 March 2017

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Spring is in the air!

Spring is in the air!

We have enjoyed a lovely spring walk around school this week observing the changes in the trees and flowers .We found buds which were blossoming on the trees as well as the beautiful spring flowers in Father Peters Garden, we even had a little chat with him whilst we were…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 21 March 2017

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How convincing are we in Duxbury class?

How convincing are we in Duxbury class?

What amazing writers the children have been this week. They have made some fantastic persuasive flyers about our school. The children think others should come to St Josephs because we have a big, awesome trim trail, a peaceful quite story corner, as well…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 14 March 2017

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We are amazing writers in Year 1!

We are amazing writers in Year 1!

In year 1 this week we have been looking at persuasive language and how we can use to encourage people to visit different places like the zoo.  As well as this we have put all our knowledge about Knights and Castles into a fantastic recount, you should see our…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 7 March 2017

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A FEAST FIT FOR A KING !

A FEAST FIT FOR A KING !

Well done Duxbury class what an amazing but busy first week back!

To finish our knights and castles history topic we have planned a “Feast fit for a King”. Thanks to Astley Hall who lent us some artefacts used back in the medieval times we have learnt lots! Making a…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 28 February 2017

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I am a poet and I don’t know it!

I am a poet and I don’t know it!

We cannot believe where this last half term went we certainly have been very busy working hard!

We have been looking at rhyming poetry this week, and are working to develop our handwriting skills so our work looks amazing! Keep practising your cursive writing…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 22 February 2017

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Busy! Busy! Busy!

 

 

Busy! Busy! Busy!

We haven’t stopped this week in Duxbury class!

What an exciting time we had when James the Paramedic visited us with his ambulance to talk about his job. He reminded us what to do in an emergency and let us have a look around the ambulance. We made great…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 31 January 2017

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A Knight in Shining Armour ……

 

A Knight in Shining Armour ……

In History this week we went back a long time ago to medieval times. We have been looking at what entrainment was like in the castles before we had TV and i-pads. The Lords and Ladies would dance and sing to instruments and the Jester would make everyone…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 24 January 2017

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Welcome back Duxbury class and a very Happy New Year to you all!

Welcome back Duxbury class and a very Happy New Year to you all!

We all hope you have had a fantastic Christmas break with your families. All the staff in Year 1 would like to say a huge thank you for your thoughtful Christmas gifts and good wishes.

 So 2017 has been very busy already. We…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 17 January 2017

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There is something special going on …….

There is something special going on …….

Well done Duxbury class for your fantastic performance this week of Little Angel.  You all did an amazing job with such beautiful singing. You should all be very proud of yourselves.

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 15 December 2016

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Maths no problem!

Maths no problem!

Team work and perseverance is our motto for maths. Using everything we have learnt we have been able to write both subtraction and addition stories.

During geography we have been looking at why some countries are hot an others are cold and where the imaginary line of the…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 6 December 2016

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What a busy week in Duxbury class!

What a busy week in Duxbury class!

Our focus this week in maths has been subtraction. We have been using a number line to support our learning as well as creating number stories from pictures.

Cinderella did go to the ball!  We wrote our own  fantastic stories using different sentence…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 29 November 2016

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You shall go to the ball…..

You shall go to the ball…..

Cinderella has been our focus this week during English where we have been looking at how different characters from the story look and feel.

In maths we are developing our skills to solve subtraction problems by using the whole-part-part method.  Great team work…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 22 November 2016

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Welcome back Duxbury class we hope you all had a lovely half term break and are ready for a very busy but fun Christmas half term.

Welcome back Duxbury class we hope you all had a lovely half term break and are ready for a very busy but fun Christmas half term.

This week we have been using all our strength in PE to hold onto the ropes just using our arms. It was quite hard but we all persevered.

Listen to us rap in…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 15 November 2016

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We love dinosaurs!

We love dinosaurs!

What a fantastic end to our topic on dinosaurs, you all looked fantastic in your costumes today. The children have worked so hard this half term to develop their knowledge and skills and this afternoon we celebrated their achievements in an assembly with the rest of the…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 15 November 2016

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Duxbury dinosaur investigation continues …..

Duxbury dinosaur investigation continues …..

This week we have been transferring all our fantastic knowledge about dinosaurs into information booklets made using the ipads. We have taken and inserted our own pictures as well as writing text in different sizes.

 In our Come and See lesson we…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 25 October 2016

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How hard have we worked this week!

How hard have we worked this week!

We have used our knowledge of dinosaurs to make our very own information leaflet this week, take a look at our class booklet it is in the main entrance.  Also we have had fun learning all about fossils and the palaeontologists who find and dig them…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 19 October 2016

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We continue our investigation about dinosaurs.

We continue our investigation about dinosaurs. This week we have been looking at what dinosaurs ate whether they were a carnivore, herbivore or an omnivore, and which features of the dinosaur help us to decide.  Using a selection of non-fiction books we have found out all sorts of interesting…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 17 October 2016

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Where are the weeks going? Another very busy week in Duxbury!

Where are the weeks going? Another very busy week in Duxbury!

This week we have been looking at numbers that are more than, fewer than and equal to in maths and have been practising using the correct mathematical language.  We have worked hard and used lots of practical activities to support…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 4 October 2016

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Welcome to autumn in Duxbury!

Welcome to autumn in Duxbury!

 What another very busy week in class. We have continue to explore numbers to 10 comparing numbers which are more than and fewer than a given number. During English we have carried on with our story of ‘Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs’, learning to re tell the…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 27 September 2016

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What a very busy week we have had in Duxbury class.

What a very busy week we have had in Duxbury class. We have been learning to count objects to 10 forwards and backwards as well as to write numbers in numerals and in words. We have worked very hard. In English we have been focussing on when to use a question mark as well as making sure that our…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 27 September 2016

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What an amazing first week we have had back in school..

Welcome to Duxbury class Blog,

What an amazing first week we have had back in school, it has been lovely to see all the children coming into school happy and ready to experience lots of new things.

We have been very busy getting familiar with the new routines in class as well as meeting our…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 13 September 2016

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Keeping fit and healthy

This week, Duxbury Class have been keeping fit and healthy by exercising and cleaning our teeth.  Here are some photos to show you how busy we have been.

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 15 July 2016

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During our literacy lesson we have been learning about Handa’s surprise

This week in Duxbury class, during our literacy lesson we have been learning about Handa’s surprise; a girl that takes a basket of fruits to her friend as a nice surprise. However, along the way there are various animals that pinch the fruit, one by one, until Handa’s basket is empty. Just before…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 15 July 2016

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Well what an amazing day Wednesday was!

Well what an amazing day Wednesday was! Duxbury class went to Manchester airport to learn all about the planes as a part of our transport topic. They all had the best time.

We got to see what a flight deck looked and also dress up like some of the important people that help us when we go to the…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 13 June 2016

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We have been learning about direction and time. ..

We have been learning about direction and time. We firstly watched a video about Kay the bison who had to lead her herd to a new watering hole. She used language such as quarter turn, half turn and straight on to get the rest of the bison to their new humble abode. However, it wasn’t all that new…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 6 June 2016

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Can You Make A Book Using The I-Pad?

Can You Make A Book Using The I-Pad?

 

Take a look at our books about Katie Morag, which we made using the Book Creator app on the i-pads.  We’ve learnt so many skills!  We can take photos (safely and with permission), we know how to import the photos, add text and draw using a drawing…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 6 May 2016

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Can You Make A Compass?

Can You Make A Compass?

This week we have been learning about position and direction because we need to know about North, East, South and West then we can use maps.  We have looked at a map of an island as well as the local area and we have used digi maps to find our locality.  So that we know…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 22 April 2016

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Welcome back to school after the Easter holiday.

Welcome back to school after the Easter holiday.

Who has been visiting us this week?

The Chorley Schools Partnership has been into school to see how well we can run and throw.  We have entered a competition with other skills in order to show how skilful we are.  All the children tried very…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 18 April 2016

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‘Fee Fi Fo Fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman!’

‘Fee Fi Fo Fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman!’

 

We couldn’t believe it in Duxbury Class when Mrs Cordingley received an e mail to say that Jack and the Giant had been spotted in Chorley!  So we went outside to take a look and we did find some evidence and clues to suggest that this in…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 15 March 2016

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World Book Day

World Book Day

Well done Duxbury Class readers for making a fantastic effort to dress up as your favourite characters.  See if you can tell who we all are.

As a follow up to our Feast on Friday we have been writing recounts to explain what we did on our shopping trip to Aldi as well as what…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 7 March 2016

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Duxbury Class Feast

Duxbury Class Feast

Wow!  What an amazing day we had on Friday!  We looked fabulous, dressed as knights, princes and princesses.  We even had Robin Hood who came to visit us.  During the feast we enjoyed looking at photos of all the wonderful learning that has been taking place during this…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 29 February 2016

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The Wednesday Feast Shop!

The Wednesday Feast Shop!

Well done to the children in Duxbury Class for making a shopping list fit for a feast!  The children did a wonderful job shopping for the feast at our local ALDI store.  Special thanks to ALDI staff for accommodating us and to the shoppers we met on the day.  We saw…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 29 February 2016

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Look how scientific we have been in Duxbury Class.

Look how scientific we have been in Duxbury Class.  We have investigated which material would make the best umbrella for Mike The Knight and we tested the following materials; plastic, fabric, paper towel and cardboard.  We recorded each time we tested a different material and overall we decided…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 22 February 2016

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You Won’t Believe Our PE Skills!

Do You Know What 2 x 6 is?

We do, because we know we can make an array with the pinboards!  Check out our photos. 

 

 

You Won’t Believe Our PE Skills!

Look how good we are at rolling a ball to our partners, we can even roll the ball through the cones and trick our partners.  Well…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 8 February 2016

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Performing Winter Poems

Performing Winter Poems

Well, what a creative week we have had and what a lot of budding young poets we have in Duxbury Class.

This week we have been learning to perform winter poems through actions and dance and have had to work as part of a team to plan actions for each poem.

We hope…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 29 January 2016

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Do You Know Your Shapes?

Do You Know Your Shapes?

Well, in Duxbury Class we do! 

We know all about 2d and 3d shapes and their properties.  This week we have even been on a 3D shape treasure hunt around the school and the photographs can be found on our blog.  Enjoy listening to Nadia and Kasey as they visualise,…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 25 January 2016

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Happy New Year Everyone!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Welcome back to Duxbury Class where we are learning to ‘Be A Knight and Do It Right!’ in Duxbury Class Castle.

Do you know that we have been finding out about where the Queen lives along with discovering what life was like long ago in a castle?

This week we have…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 8 January 2016

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Ho Ho Ho!

Ho Ho Ho!

 

We’ve had a very festive week in Duxbury Class: -making Christmas cards, baking biscuits and making festive candle holders from recycled jars.  Also, we’ve been writing about the Christmas story and remembering to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops correctly too. …

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 18 December 2015

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Have You Seen Santa And His Elf?

Have You Seen Santa And His Elf?

Well, we have.  On Friday morning Santa and one of his trusty Elf helpers were spotted peeping through the windows at St. Joseph’s School.  What would they have seen through the Duxbury Class window???

Santa will have seen the children’s costumes from their…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 11 December 2015

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It’s All About The Money, Money, Money!

It’s All About The Money, Money, Money!

Do you know how to make a price?  We do in Duxbury Class because have been learning to handle money.  We can use pennies and other coins to make up our price tag amounts.  We also know which coins are worth the most money.

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 4 December 2015

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What is a fraction?

What is a fraction?

Well over the last week the children have been learning about fractions to try and answer that very question. They have cut up fruit into halves and quarters and also explored how to find a half, quarter of different shapes and even of a bar of chocolate! Using this new…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 20 November 2015

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair…

What Is Diwali?

Duxbury Class have been using different forms of media to find out the answer to that very question.  The children have use the I pads, the big class computer and the netbooks  to watch video clips and look at images from the Festival of Light.  Here are some of the things we…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 13 November 2015

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Magic Maths!

Magic Maths!

During maths this week we have been learning to make repeating patterns. Some children have made patterns with shapes, others with cubes and we have even learned about number patterns like odds and evens! You could try making patterns at home with your children using knives, forks…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 6 November 2015

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Hairy Maclary Story Time.

Hairy Maclary Story Time.

This week we enjoyed reading the story Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd. The children have been learning about rhyming and repeating language in stories and have even created their own actions to the story. Please enjoy the recording of their story…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 6 November 2015

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Belonging to Gods Family

  Belonging to Gods Family

During our topic in Come and See this week we have been learning about belonging to God’s family. The children have learned about their home families, school family and how to be a part of God’s family through baptism. We visited St Joseph’s Church to learn about and…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 6 November 2015

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Duxbury Class get Fit!

 

                       Duxbury Class get Fit!

This week we enjoyed a school visit from Heptathlete Jess Taylor.  Jess came to teach us how to keep fit and to tell us about all the events she takes part in.  We all tried really hard to do the fitness activities well and we are looking…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 12 October 2015

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Week 1 In Duxbury Class

Welcome back to school and welcome to Duxbury Class. This week we have had a lovely time doing new activities. We’ve been for a walk in the garden and we know what mint and lavender look and smell like. We’ve enjoyed sorting the numbers on the washing line and role playing in The Number 1 Pet…

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Preparing to go in to year 2

We have been busy preparing to go in to year 2 and have been learning cursive writing, we have practised very hard.

Friday has been out of the classroom day and we have been working with year 6 doing lots of fun activities. We tried assault courses and timed ourselves, some activities were…

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St’ Jo’s Has Got Talent Final on Friday

This week we have been showing our friends how talented we are in Duxbury Class ready for the St’ Jo’s Has Got Talent Final on Friday.

We’ve also enjoyed a morning in Heapy Class with Mr. Hansen, Mrs. Bades and Mrs. Harrison. We really liked it and we are ready to move on and learn new…

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Duxbury Class ready for the St’ Jo’s Has Got Talent Final on Friday

This week we have been showing our friends how talented we are in Duxbury Class ready for the St’ Jo’s Has Got Talent Final on Friday.

We’ve also enjoyed a morning in Heapy Class with Mr. Hansen, Mrs. Bades and Mrs. Harrison. We really liked it and we are ready to move on and learn new…

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Blackpool Zoo

We had a lovely day at Blackpool Zoo on Wednesday.  The children were very well behaved and so were animals!  Well done everyone for a lovely day out.

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The scores are in…

On the 21st of June recently, it was St. Josephs sports day and this is the report of year ones sports day. It all began with a fun warm up prepared by Mrs. Bades, then the confident class moved onto their long run races and here are our winners: Alfie Scull (St. Luke), Ocean Taylor (St. Luke),…

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Infant Sports Day

We had great weather on Tuesday for our Sports Day and we had lots of fun.  There were some record breaking attempts made at throwing and standing long jump.  Well done everyone in Duxbury Class!

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Manchester Airport Viewing Platform

Duxbury Class enjoyed a wonderful day of learning at Manchester Airport this week.  Harold and Jenny taught the children all about the airport and the jobs done at the airport and on the planes.  We all watched the ‘double decker’ Airbus A 380 land and we were lucky to see Concorde.  The children…

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What a busy week we have had in Duxbury class…

What a busy week we have had in Duxbury class.

This week in Literacy we have been looking at Handa’s surprise. We have tried some delicious fruit, some of us liked the sweet mango but some us really didn’t like the papaya!

We have started our new topic of Africa with a really exciting…

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Poetry in our literacy

This week in Duxbury class we have been looking at poetry in our literacy lessons. We have worked hard and made our own acrostic poems about the seaside.

On Friday during maths we had a challenge morning where we did lots of different activities. We looked at 2D shapes and we made them with…

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The Island Of Struay

This week Duxbury Class received a letter from Katie Morag, inviting the class to visit The Island of Struay.  So we went to visit and we looked at all the lovely places including the beach, the Post Office and the Café.  We talked about why it would be fun for other people to go to the Island and…

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Phonics and graphs

This week we have been learning to use our phonics and we have learnt to read split digraph a-e.  We made a graph to show our favourite fruits.  It was lots of fun.

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Where Are We?

This week we have been trying to find out where we are!  We’ve looked at maps and globes, Google earth and we know where lots of places are.  We know where the United Kingdom is on the world map and on the globe.  On Thursday we learnt about compass directions and we made our own compass so that…

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Julia Donaldson…

During literacy we have been looking at stories by Julia Donaldson. One of our favourite stories was The Smartest Giant in Town. We wrote thank you letters to George for all his kind deeds. Our letters are fantastic if we do say so ourselves. Keep your eyes peeled for our own version of Room on a…

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Cracking invention Gromit!

Cracking invention Gromit! Our topic of Cracking Inventions topic has got off to a great start with the fantastic home work we have received. We have also answered the learning challenge 1 Would we recognise a famous inventor in the street? We drew what we thought an inventor looked like as well…

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Careful Counting

In Duxbury Class we have been practising our counting.  We are learning to count up to 100 and back from 100.  We have been trying to find out how many coins cover the shape and we counted in tens to find the answer.  Outside in the castle we counted the bricks and we chose to count in…

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