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This is the link you need for Tuesday 12.1.21 story. I seem to have copied Monday's link onto Tuesday's plan. Sorry

Tuesday's link. There's a Pharaoh in our Bath. 


Message from Mr Lea:


Hello Poplars,


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Mr Lea

Staff who work in Poplars.

1.12.20 It is that time of the year. 1st of December has seen the welcome return of Poplars' elves.

18.12.20. Last day of the Autumn term. Christmas jumpers, Christmas crafts and a surprise group of carol singers.

17.12.20 Christmas pantomime and party afternoon. The children all loved the Pantomime, The Snow Queen, which was organised by the PTFA. The class were exceptionally good at Musical Statues, reverse Musical Bumps was great fun to watch and balloon racing definitely raised the noise levels.

16.12.20 Christmas dinner, which included a surprise visit from Father Christmas, followed by a sticky crafty afternoon.

15.12.20 Elf Workshop. Thank you to the PTFA who provided a craft activity for each child. The children have done an amazing job constructing, painting and decorating their sleighs.

4.12.20 The children are doing really well learning their recorder and practising at home is definitely helping. This is one of the groups playing today.

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25.11.20 It has been a bit like a disco in our room at times this morning. The children have been testing how reflective different materials and objects were. The sequined PE bag and shiny drinks bottles made great patterns and the mirrors were most effective. The least reflective was the tissue paper and yellow celophane as most of the light travelled through it.

23.11.20. The children used the data they collected as part of their homework and worked in Google sheets using formula to subtract, add and find the total.

18.11.20. Road Safety Week. We talked about how to cross the road safely and acted out different scenarios about crossing the road. Everybody designed a poster with the slogan 'No Need to Speed'.

18.11.20. We linked our Science topic of Light to Road Safety Week. How visible are we in our coats walking by the road in the dark? The reflective jacket was so much clearer to see.

17.11.20. We experimented with torches looking at different shadows. How did they length of the shadow change as the object moved further from the light source?

16.11.20. We are all unique. Well done to the children who remembered to wear odd socks today for the start of anti bullying week.

Part of our focus in Anti bullying week is recognising how we behave and how we like others to act around us.

A sample of the photographs taken by the photographer when he came in to take photos to update the website..

13.11.20 Cross Country. The children showed an incredibly positive attitude to tackling the mile cross country course this afternoon. Despite the mud, the children followed Mr Pearson around the course and nearly all of them crossed the finishing line with a smile.

Children in Need. Well done to all the children who dressed up in spots today. It was lovely to see so many spotty children and Pudseys playing in the sunshine at breaktime.

Poplars proudly present... Sabre. The newest member of our class.

Meet Sabre. Our scarecrow is finally finished and ready for carnival. All the children have helped make him but a big thank you to Mrs Monger who has been at the heart of its creation...(The name was voted for by the children but whether it is a stone Age girl or boy has been left up to them to decide.)

6.11.20 Mrs Wonnacott very kindly came in this morning to plant bulbs on the school field with every class.

22.10.20 The children have been using their colour mixing skills over the last couple of week in Creative Thursday. This week they drew and then painted the autumn leaves they had brought in, paying attention to the shape of the leaf and the colours. We were really impressed.

14.10.20 Quad Kids with OCRA. The children took part in 4 events, a 50 m sprint, standing long jump, vortex throwing and an endurance 400 m run.

Stonehenge homework Challenge. We have been really impressed with how imaginative the children have been. Keep them coming in this week.

8.10.20 It was great to have Jess Squire back for dance sessions as part of our class Creative Thursday today.

5.10 Bikeability. It may have been a damp Monday but the children had a great session learning to ride their bikes safely.

This week we have focused on Stone Age houses. The children travelled back in time and imagined they were estate agents trying to persuade someone to buy their Stone Age house. We were so impressed with how much they remembered in such a short time.

We started our recorder lessons today. Letters have gone home about taking the recorder home to practise.

17.9 We made the most of a sunny afternoon and popped out for a play at the end of the day.

17.9. We used charcoal, chalk and powder paint to make our own Stone Age piece of art. We used our fingers as paint brushes because Stone Age people wouldn't have had brushes.

11.9.20 We looked at some examples of Stone Age art before going to the woodland area where Mrs Andrew lit a fire. We made our own charcoal, using willows sticks and used it to draw animals and figures on a group composition. Using mud and sticks we also created our own individual Stone Age painting.

Thursday afternoon Maths in the Sunshine. Challenge 1 is to count to 30 clapping on the multiples of 2 (2,4,6 etc). Challenge 2 is to also stamp your foot on the multiples of 10 (10, 20, 30). AND challenge 3 is to also then bend your knees on the multiples of 5 (5, 10, 15, etc). For their second attempt at it today I was very impressed. )

We went out for our 10 minute run again today. It was great to see how determined they were to try and run more than yesterday.

Poplars 2020

On Friday we are are hoping to take the children into the woodland area to make their own charcoal and do some Stone Age Art. If you wish to send in wellies then please do so. 

I hope you have enjoyed the Summer holiday. It certainly has been a unique 5 months so I imagine, for some, next week is possibly a daunting prospect. I have updated the PowerPoint (attached below) with a little but more information and added a few photos below having sorted the classroom.

In English and Maths we will start by recapping the year 2 objectives from the Summer term  and moving on when the children are ready. Our English, for the first week, will follow on from our 'Move Up' transition work. 

You are welcome to bring in a small, simple pencil case from home (not the large fancy ones with drawers and lids that I have seen previously) BUT it is to put the school stationary in and remain in school. You also might like to bring your own reading book. We won't be using the library for a little while but I have got a collection in the classroom if you don't want to.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday, settling in to new routines and school life seeming as normal as it can at the moment. 

The classroom is all ready for Monday

Welcome to Poplars


Dear Poplars, Willows and Parents, 

Welcome to the last week of term. Monday and Tuesday you need to look at the planning for your September class so Poplars check over on Oaks' page and I come back here for Wednesday. Post your work as normal for Mrs Baker to see, although I will no doubt have a sneaky look at what you do.

'Hello' to Willows. Planning for Monday and Tuesday is on the Home learning page 20.7.20. I will be looking on your Dojo pages so post all of your work as you would normally do. I really look forward to seeing what you produce. I have added my transition PowerPoint below and will also add to your Dojo class story page. If you have any questions do send them through Dojo or email

Enjoy the last week of term. 

Best Wishes

Mrs Moss

Welcome to Poplars Class

Who's who?

Poplars' Summer term class pets. (Week 7s drawing challenge linked to Science)

Poplars Summer term. 2020

Our first photograph as Poplars, September 2019

The Egyptian Level

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We finished our afternoon, and Egyptian topic with a mini concert.

20.3.20 We took advantage of the appearance of the sun on Friday afternoon and went outside for a skipping session.

Sport Relief. It was great to have the sunshine for our 10 minute run this morning. Poplars enjoyed a half hour skipping session and a few children bravely demonstrated skills in assembly too.

We made Magnetic maze games as part of our Science topic. With a magnet underneath the box, they moved their magnetic character around the maze.

Fairtrade. As part of some work for Fairtrade fortnight the children used the atlases to find countries where fairtrade foods are grown.

World Book Day

3.3.20. Poplars enjoyed a very energetic but fun skipping workshop with Dan this morning. I hope they have showed you some of their skills.

We decided to join in with Mrs King's 'Extreme reading' challenge.

Our English lessons this half term will focus on stories including dragons. The children have been given the challenge of finding books that have dragons as characters.

25.2.20 We investigated magnetic poles in Science today. They made their own compass with a magnet, plastic pot and tray of water. Then had fun creating speedboats and discovered how fast they could make their 'boat' move around in the water without touching it.

11.2.20 The children enjoyed dressing up in Egyptian clothes this afternoon and writing their name in hieroglyphs on real papyrus paper.

4.2.20 Magnetic mazes. We spent the morning testing the strength of different magnets and then designed and created our own magnetic maze games.

28.1.20 We had a fun and information-packed day with Sabef, the Ancient Egyptian visitor. They helped build an Egyptian boat and a house, looked at different artefacts and discussed what that showed us, helped mummify Tutankhamun's body and even dissected Egyptian poo.

27.1.20 We had a great morning at Okehampton College for the dance and gym event. The bounce track photos are a little bit blurry due to how fast they bounced down the inflatable track but I'm sure the children will tell you all about it.

24.1.20. Playing board games as part of our sequence on learning to tell the time.

7.1.20 'There's a Pharaoh in our Bath'. We created freeze frames for part of the story where the family first meet the Pharaoh. They were surprisingly good at acting out the brother and sisier who were arguing.

9.1.20. We have started our Egyptian topic and spent the afternoon looking at Egyptian painting. We used paint and black fine liners to create our own. Ask the children how Egyptian people were drawn.

Mrs ST James helped the children create a chocolate Christmas tree or bauble.

Poplars have been joined again by 2 cheeky elves. Keep checking back to see what they are getting up to.

Well done for all of your hard work leading up to our production. We were very proud of you all.

6.12.19 This week's certificate winners.

Tricky Triangle Task. I challenged the children to make different triangles (equilateral, right angle, scalene and isosceles) and to be able to identify the angles (acute, obtuse and right angle).

30.11.19 Certificate winners for this week. Well done everyone.

25.11.19 Body Maths. We had a go at making different lines with our bodies. Can you see who made parallel lines, perpendicular lines, vertical, diagonal and horizontal lines?

22.11.19 Our Class assembly

15.11.19 Children in Need

12.11.19. Odd socks for the start of anti-bullying week.

The disabled toilet was a great place to go to investigate making different shadows. They discovered they could make their shadow bigger than them or change its position behind them, they could have more than one shadow and they could make lighter and darker shadows all by moving the torch or by changing how many torches they used.

Recorders Brake Ben, Brake

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After a few weeks of learning to play the recorder they are doing quite well.

A is for Annie's Animals

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We investigated how we could make more than one shadow and what happened when we moved the object nearer or further away from a flat surface.

13.9.19 The Boy with the Bronze Axe freeze frames. So far in our class text... Kali and Brockan had gone to a little rocky island to collect limpets and crabs. The tide came in without them realising and they were stranded. As they started to panic, Tenko managed to row his boat alongside them and get them safely back to Skara Brae.

Our certificate winners so far.

5.9.19 Stone Age Painting. We used power paints, charcoal and our fingers to create a stone age painting.