Y1/2: Mr Murphy 2020 - 2021

Mr Murphy

Welcome back, everyone! It is great to see you all back where you should be - in school! It has been an amazing first week, with you all working so hard and fitting back into school life like you've never been away! We are soooo proud of each and every one of you.

So what has the rest of the term got in store for us?

As you already know, our new topic this half term is comparing Saughall to Ethiopia.


We will be learning all about Ethiopia and how it differs to Saughall and how it is similar. We will be recording what we already know about Ethiopia, what we want to know about Ethiopia, asking questions that we would like to ask a child from Ethiopia and we will be learning about the human and physical features in both Saughall and Ethiopia.

Foundation Topics

In music, we will be exploring African musical instruments, especially drumming. All children will have the oppportunity to learn some African drumming (so sorry parents if they come home and start tapping or drumming on the table!).

                                               Djembe vs. Conga | African Drums - YouTube

In art, we will learning about different aspects of African art. This will begin with looking at the patterns and colours that are used in ancient tribal art. This will then move on to learning about Maasai necklaces, where the children will have the opportunity to create their very own necklace. The children will also have the oppportunity to look at African masks and make their very own. Lots of arty fun to be had!

     African Mask DIY Home Decor | Tribal Mask Wall Hanging Decoration | Little  Crafties - YouTube


Remember, we are now sending reading books home on a Tuesday and they must be returned only on a Friday. This is to ensure that the books are quarantined for 72 hours before being returned a central location for the children to choose a new book.

You can still use Oxford Owl at https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/ online for additional books. Here you will find books grouped by the different colours accourding to your child's reading level. No reading records need filling in at present.

We will inform you when reading records are in use again.


In PE this term, we will be continuing with multiskills in our outdoor PE session and we are focusing on fitness, again outdoors, in our other session. 

We will be doing outdoor multiskills on Mondays and outdoor fitness on Thursdays.

Your child must now attend school in their school uniform everyday. They are to bring a PE kit in a small bag, to be kept in school for the week. We also need your support in helping your child to get changed. Some children are taking nearly half an hour to get changed for a PE session and again at the end of the session. At home, we would very much appreciate it if you could give your child some time in the mornings to dress themselves. They are now year 1 and 2 and this is an expectation. Not only this, due to social distancing, we cannot do it for them in school. We need to build independence.

Children can wear their white shorts and navy PE t-shirt but, with the cooler weather, they can instead wear tracksuit bottoms or leggings with their PE t-shirt and school sweatshirt or cardigan.

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At present, no homework is being sent home.

We are continually reviewing this and will update you of any changes when they are made.

Water Bottles

Please remember that children need a full water bottle every day and we will send them home every night for a wash and refill.


Your child will need a coat in school at all times as we will be doing as much as we can outside.

No bags, apart from lunch bags and PE bags, are needed in school at present.

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