Happy Holidays

December 11th, 2017

Our next talk topic after the holidays will be….New Year’s resolutions

What goals do you want to achieve this year?

What new things are you going to try?

How are you going to be a better version of you?

IPC Learning Journey

This week we continued our learning all about toys and games from the past and compared them with the games we still play today. Some games have changed a lot whilst others are more similar. We thought about why we don’t play certain games anymore; maybe they were too dangerous.

Year 1

In LITERACY we have written our last letter to the Magic Toymaker. We even included the story of the toys and what they did last night.
We remembered to use the past tense in our writing when we were retelling all the different events. This was absolutely amazing!
After writing our letters the we got a next step to work on. This was to improve our piece of writing, which we did with lots of enthusiasm!

Year 2

In LITERACY we continued learning about poetry and looked more closely at how shape poems are made. We worked cooperatively in our teams to make our own shape poems about toys using specific adjectives, alliteration and similes. We then used these features to help us write an acrostic poem. That was quite tricky because we had to think of words that stated with a particular letter. The end result was very impressive!

Maths Day

MP1 had lots of fun on Maths Day! We didn’t realise there was so much maths all around us. First we learnt some really fun math games. After that we made shape snacks for the party and measured juice using ml to make our fruit punch. Once we had finished, we got everything ready for the party. We shared our learning with all the other members of iCAN and taught them our new games. What a busy day!

I ALWAYS try my very best!

I helped my friends make 3D shapes.

I am great thinker and wrote LOADS of fantastic acrostic poems – I just couldn’t stop

I am a resilient learner. Even when things get tough I never stop trying!

This week in MP1

December 5th, 2017

Our Next Talk Topic is…..Winter animals – hibernation

Why do animals hibernate?

What might they do to prepare for hibernation?

IPC Learning Journey​

This week we began looking at the HISTORY of toys. Did you know toys from the past looked a little different from the toys we have today? Our knowledge of materials came in very handy as we discovered that toys from the past were made mostly from wood or metal, whereas toys today are mostly made from plastic. We used this knowledge to help us sort and sequence toys from oldest to newest.

Year 1

In LITERACY we continued working on the past tense. The Magic Toymaker sent us some pictures of toy dinosaurs at night.They were making such a mess; eating cornflakes, drawing on the walls and wrapping each other in toilet paper! We then thought about other things toy dinosaurs would do at night..! We sequenced the story in three parts: what might happen when the sun went down, what the dinosaurs would get up to in the middle of the story and of course, the end when the sun came up again. We made pictures for these three parts and had a go at writing sentences to match the pictures.

In MATHS we have been exploring the 100 square and looking at a variety of numbers. We have also used the 100 square to find one more/one less and ten more/ten less.

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Year 2

In LITERACY we started looking at different types of patterned poetry: shape poems, list poems and acrostic poems.
First, we sorted them into groups by their properties. After that we performed some of our favourite poems using actions and expression. We then began to look more closely at list poems. We used the poem Ten Things Found in a Wizard’s Pocket as the inspiration for our own list poems about a magic toy box. What things would you find in a magic toy box?

This week in MATHS we have been learning to subtract using an empty number line. All that partitioning work we we have been doing came in very handy. It was very tricky but we showed a lot of resilience! We have also been exploring the relationship between addition and subtraction using bar modeling.

I have been trying really hard to write sentences in the past tense.

I have been really resilient when reading and I’m really getting the hang of it.

I was a brave risk taker when the tiger came to tea in 2R. I tried really hard to show him all the personal goals.

I have had a great time at iCAN and try really hard to show ALL the personal goals! I’m really looking forward to starting at my new school.

I am turning into a brilliant risk taker and have a great positive attitude.

In MP1 this week…

November 30th,2017

IPC Learning Journey

We continued our science learning this week by investigating which materials are best for making a toy car travel further down a ramp. We used our knowledge of fair testing to help us with the investigation and worked cooperatively to find the results. We discovered that smooth surfaces helped the car travel further as there is less friction.

Year 1

In LITERACY We received another letter from the Magic Toymaker! And this time he wanted to know all about our Entry Point. He asked us many questions about what we played with? Which toys we liked? In Year 1 we have been learning a lot about the past tense, lately. Since our entry point was a while ago, we had to write a letter in the past tense.
We learnt that most verbs get –ed at the end, when you use them in the past tense. But… some verbs change differently!
At the end of the week we wrote our own letter back to the Magic Toymaker and we’re now waiting to receive a letter back!
Stay tuned…!

In MATHS we have been looking at 3D shapes. We have examined five 3D shapes in detail… cube, cuboid, sphere, pyramid and cone. We have also examined real life 3D shapes around the school. What 3D shapes can you spot?

Year 2

In LITERACY this week we invited the Tiger for tea. He was wild and crazy and tried to make a big mess, but luckily there were a few brave risk takers who managed to calm the tiger down. Then we all sat down and demonstrated the personal goals; showing him how to behave and use his manners. We gave him short but polite commands to help him know what to do and he had lots of questions too. The Tiger was a quick learner and soon he was the one teaching us a thing or two about manners.

In MATHS we have been detectives, trying to solve the mystery of the missing numbers! We found lots of different ways to find the missing numbers; using numicon to help us, counting on and using the inverse operation.

I had lots of great ideas about how to make a test fair in our science investigation.

I am a great thinker and can add numbers carefully in maths.

I have been a great thinker when partitioning numbers in maths and even helped my friends.

I have been a great thinker when planning science investigations.

This week in MP1…

November 24th, 2017

Our next Talk Topic is …..Toys

What is your favourite toy?

Why are toys important?

IPC Learning Journey

MP1 have been super scientists this week and put our inquiry skills to good use, finding the best material for Paddington Bear’s new raincoat. We knew the raincoat had to be waterproof so we planned an experiment to test different materials. We hope Paddington is pleased with the final result.

Year 1

In LITERACY we received a letter from the Magic Toymaker, what a surprise! The Magic Toymaker asked us many questions, like where are we from? what is our favourite toy? When we had a look at the letter, we saw that lots of capital letters and full stops were missing! Luckily, we know all about it and were able to correct the letter. After this, we did our best to write a letter back to the Magic Toymaker with our answers and we also thought about questions to ask.
Let’s see if we get a letter back next week…!

In MATHS We have been looking at 2D shapes. We can now name a variety of 2D shapes and provide appropriate facts e.g. a pentagon has 5 sides.

Year 2

In LITERACY this week we have continued trying to track down the tiger who came to iCAN! We used adjectives to describe the tiger’s appearance e.g. blood red eyes, jet black stripes, and his behaviour e.g. savage, wild, ferocious. After this we designed wanted posters so hopefully we can solve this mystery next week!

In MATHS we have been busy partitioning numbers. This came in really handy when we had to solve some pretty tricky addition problems. It’s not always easy to remember the steps but we will keep practising.

Picture I am resilient and try really hard to read tricky words.

I try my best in ICT.

I try really hard to show ALL the personal goals and LOVE learning new things!

I am a cooperative learner and like sharing my ideas with my friends.

In MP1 this week….

November 11th, 2017

Our next Talk Topic is….Thanksgiving

IPC Learning Journey

We began our SCIENCE learning by finding out about different materials toys are made from e.g. metal, wood, plastic, glass, fabric, rubber and their properties. First we sorted the toys into groups. We discovered some toys are made up of different materials like metal and wood or plastic and rubber. Next we began sorting the toys by their properties. There are lots different adjectives we can use to describe the properties of materials; bendy, hard, smooth, soft, transparent, opaque, rough etc. Year also looked at which materials are man-made and which are natural. Did you know some fabrics are made from natural materials e.g. cotton or wool whilst others are synthetics like nylon and polyester. What materials are you toys made from? Can you describe their properties?

Year 1

In LITERACY we have created amazing riddles.We each chose a toy to describe and worked so hard on our clues.
First we practised saying a riddle, trying not to spoil the riddle by giving away the answer! After we had a go at writing. We also had to include capital letters, full stops and even a question mark!

In MATHS We have continued our work on time, looking at o’ clock and half past. We have also put specific times to important daily events e.g. lunch at 11 o’ clock.

Year 2

In LITERACY something terrible happened this week… a tiger trashed our classroom! We had to act like real detectives and ask lots of questions to the few eye witnesses about what they saw. We used this information to write a report, including lots of statements about the crime. We hope this will help the police catch this greedy criminal!

In MATHS we have been finding more than, less than and equal to and using the appropriate symbols > < =. We also practised finding missing numbers in a sequence and tried hard to explain the rules e.g. count forward in 2s.

I was a great thinker and sorted toys by their materials.

I was a great thinker in science when sorting materials.

I am a resilient mathematician who isn’t afraid of taking risks!

I came up with my own funny ideas in Literacy.

This week in MP1…

November 7th, 2017

Our next talk topic is…..Festivals

IPC Learning Journey

We were all excited to begin our new unit The Magic Toymaker this week. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw all the toys and games the toymaker had brought us to play with for our entry point. Who could this mysterious character be?
​It was so much fun! We made sure we demonstrated lots of personal goals whilst testing out the toys; respect, resilience and cooperation! We gave each toy a rating from 1-5 stars and we tried to be as fair as possible. We hope the toymaker is happy with the results. We can’t wait to find out what else we will be learning over the next few weeks.
​I wonder if the toymaker will pay us another visit.

Year 1

In LITERACY we started learning about riddles. Lots of us didn’t know what a riddle was, so that was definitely new knowledge for us! On Family Learning Day we were so lucky to have our parents in and joining us on a hunt for clues. With your help we found lots of answers of many animal riddles. We also started learning how to describe toys, by doing ‘Find Someone Who’ about many different kinds of toys. Keep in touch as Year 1 will be writing riddles about toys next week!

In MATHS we have been measuring classroom objects with a ruler and ordering them according to size. It can be quite tricky using a ruler, we have to look very closely but we were all very resilient.

Year 2

In LITERACY this week we have been reading ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. First, we discussed how we felt at the end of the story. Some felt happy because the tiger left Sophie and her mum alone and didn’t return to eat more food. Others felt sad because they didn’t want the tiger to be lonely. We then acted out what might happen if a tiger came to our house for tea. What a surprise that would be!

In MATHS this week we have been busy learning about 3D shapes. On Family learning day our mums and dads came to help us make 3D shapes out of nets. We had lots of fun predicting what 3D shape the nets would make. We continued our learning by finding the properties of 3D shapes and used this information to help us sort the shapes into groups.

Family Learning Day

MP1 would like to say one last big thank you to all the adults who came a joined in with our learning this week on Family Learning Day. It was great fun having you with us and we hope to see you again next time.
​Take a look at what we got up to:

I like sharing my ideas with my friends.

I can measure accurately using a ruler.

I am a resilient learner and try my best in all subjects.

I am respectful to my friends and always remember my manners.

Have a happy Water Festival!

October 25th, 2017

Our next talk topic after the holiday is ……Guy Fawkes

Have you ever seen a bonfire?

What other festivals celebrate with fireworks?

IPC Learning Journey

Have we really come to the end of our Flowers and Insects unit already? There has been so much learning happening in MP1 and to celebrate we took a trip to visit the butterfly farm at ISPP. We were amazed to see so many different species of butterfly flying all around us. We even got to see the different stages of caterpillars as they grew fatter and fatter. Some of us were even brave enough to gently stroke the caterpillars – what great risk takers you are! MP1 would like to say a huge THANK YOU to ISPP for welcoming us and it was great to make some new friends …and see some old ones. Please take a look through our photos below and see if you can name the different parts of the butterfly. If you look closely enough you can even see it’s curly, twirly tongue.

Year 1

In LITERACY we have been writing about how a bean grows. We still needed to remember to write capital letters and full stops. We have also tried our best using the new topic words we learned: roots, stem, seedling etc! Some of us even tried to include some connectives!

In MATHS we have been learning about time. First, we sequenced the school day using ‘time themed’ vocabulary e.g. morning, afternoon and night. We also made personalised clocks and used the clocks to tell the correct time; o’clock and half past.

Year 2

In LITERACY we continued writing our information books about bees. We remembered to include all the key features; headings, facts, contents page and a glossary. When writing the blurb we worked really had to persuade the readers to read our books. Take a look at some examples and let’s see if it worked.

In MATHS this week we have been learning about 2D shapes. We have revised the names of 2D shapes and looked at the different properties. We have even drawn our own pentagons, hexagons and octagons!

I have been trying really hard this week when writing about how beans grow.

I have been writing very carefully and showed lots of resilience.

Well done to 2R! You were all super communicators and cooperators in your bug-tastic assembly this week!

I have been taking lots of risks in Literacy and trying my best to spelling tricky words.

This week in MP1….

October18th, 2017

Our Next Talk Topic is…….Water festival

Where are you going during the water festival holiday?

Have you ever been to the boat race?

IPC Learning Journey

MP1 have been very internationally minded this week looking at different nation’s emblems and their meanings. Did you know lots of different countries include flowers in their emblems? After some research we designed our own emblems which included some of the plants and flowers we like.

We have also been learning a little more about our society and where food is grown around Cambodia. Different provinces are famous for growing different food; Kampot is famous for Kampot pepper!

Year 1

In LITERACY we started describing a process using connectives. We have planted a lot of seeds and beans lately and we wanted to write this process down. We practised the cooperative learning structure Rally Robin, in which we talked through the process with our partners. We practised using sentences rather than just words and we learnt about using capital letters and full stops in our phrases.

In MATHS we have been learning about fractions;identifying halves and quarters of numbers and shapes.

Year 2

In LITERACY we have been learning about nonfiction texts. We started by researching facts about bees. We even got to taste different types of honey from around the world. After lots of research we began writing a plan for our own information books which we will start making next week.

This week in MATHS we have carried on learning how to tell the time but we have also been estimating and then timing how long different activities take, such as skipping around the garden 3 times! Our estimating is getting better!

I shared lots of great ideas about plants in different climates this week.

I tried really hard in phonics this week.

I have been a real risk taker, working more independently in class.

I am a principled learner and try to show my friends how to do the right thing.

This week in MP1….

October 12th, 2017

Our Next Talk Topic is….Languages

How many different languages do you use at home?

Can you speak fluently in more than 1/ 2 languages?

How many different ways can we say Hello/ goodbye/ how are you/ thank you​

IPC Learning Journey

In SCIENCE this week we have been checking the results to all our experiments. There were some surprises too …take a look at the photo of the plant we left in the cupboard. When we compared it to the other plants left on the windowsill we could see how the plant without sunlight looked very unhealthy. Can you see the white stem and small yellow leaves. That’s because plants need sunlight to help produce food. Without sunlight the green chemical found in plants (called Chlorophyll) can’t react so the plant remains white.

Year 1

In LITERACY we finished off our non-fiction booklets about bees. We had a look at our toolkit to think about the things to put in our book.
​Lots of us have written captions and labels in our booklets and have made beautiful illustrations about the life cycle of the bee.
We also learnt about pollination and in which continents the bee lives! Some of us even read their own book in the Family Drop-in session last Tuesday!

In MATHS Year 1 conducted some mathematical research about ‘favourite pets’ and produced a tally chart showing the results. We also examined new vocabulary linked to tally charts e.g. most popular and least popular.

Year 2

In LITERACY we have been writing our own call and response poems about how special the rain is in Lila and the Secret of Rain. We used the best vocabulary that we could and used our senses to help us imagine what the rain would have felt like in Kenya. We rehearsed these poems and added sound using instruments and then performed them to each other.

In MATHS we have been telling the time. We recapped telling the time to the hour and half hour and then practised quarter past and quarter to (our knowledge of fractions came in very handy). We also learnt about lengths of time, e.g. seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years! Can you think of when you use time to help you? Maybe to arrive somewhere on time or not be late!

I am a great listener and respect my friends.

I made a great bee book this week.

I was a risk taker and swam in the deep end of the pool for the first time!

I am resilient and try even when things seem tricky.

This week in MP1….

October 3rd, 2017

Our Next Talk Topic is…..Ambitions for the future

What do you want to do when you grow up?


​IPC Learning Journey

​MP1 have been busy enquirers this week investigating how plants grow. We planned, predicted and set out several experiments to see what happens when seeds or plants have no water or light? Will they grow?? Will they die?? Will they stay healthy?? We discussed what makes a test fair and tried our best to only change one thing in each experiment. This way we will know our results will be accurate. We are very interested to find out the results next week.

​We also wanted to find out how plants drink water – do they suck it up like a straw? Here are some photos to show you what happened. Don’t forget to take a look at how our beans are doing. They’ve grown so much already!

Year 1

In LITERACY we have been planning and designing our own non-fiction books all about bees. We have done a lot of research to gain new knowledge about bees, we watched short videos, we read information about bees and learnt lots of new vocabulary! After this, we started thinking about a title and we made a front cover including a picture and the author for our own non-fiction books. We have a lot more things on our toolkit to put in the non-fiction books; like headings and illustrations with labels. But we’ll work on that next week!

In MATHS we have continued our good learning on number lines; using the number line to help with subtraction. We are now confident at using a number line to work out addition and subtraction questions.

Year 2

In LITERACY we have been asking Lila and the other characters lots of questions. We also thought about how the other characters felt in the story. We tried to write the story again from the viewpoint of one of these characters e.g. the sun, sky, crops or cows etc. We used lots of interesting adjectives like exhausted, starving and lonely.

In MATHS we continued our learning on measures. This week we focused on mass and capacity. We used scales to find out the mass of different objects using grams (g) and kilograms (kg). To measure the capacity means to measure how much something can hold e.g. a glass filled with water or an empty bucket. We looked closely at the units of measure on the side of a measuring jug; millilitres (ml) and litres (l) and used these to help us find the capacity of different containers.

I was a great enquirer and found out lots of facts about bees.

I practised really hard using a numberline.

I have been really adaptable coming to school with my arm in a cast.

I have been a risk taker in Literacy using adventurous vocabulary.