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Welcome to Germany Class

with Mrs Bramley, Mrs Thexton, Mrs Wales and Miss Welsh

Our busy week commencing 1 7.18


This week we have been learning more about Africa, where lots of wild animals live. We have learnt a little bit of Swahili - the language  spoken in Kenya.   Can you impress your grown ups by speaking Swahili at home?


Jah-mboh - Hello

Ha-bah-ree gah-nee? - How are you?

N-zoo-ree sah-nah - Very good thanks!

SPAG Challenge

Y1s - can you copy these sentences out neatly and put the right punctuation mark at the end? It could be a full stop, an exclamation mark or a question mark.

Y2s - can you write three sentences like this about a polar bear?


Where do giraffes live

A giraffe has a long neck so it can reach leaves on the tallest trees

                                 What a long tail that giraffe has


The Y2s have been learning a version of The Bog Baby and have brought this text map home tonight. It is a lovely story and it would help so much if they could use the map to tell this story at home. Next week we will be writing our own versions.

Our busy week commencing 25.6.18

This week we have been finding out more about wild animals. We have investigated their habitats. Did you know that some animals use camouflage to protect themselves? Can you spot the animals in the pictures below?


Can you explain to your grown up whether the animal is a herbivore, a carnivore or an omnivore?


The Y1s have been counting in twos. Try this game...throw a dice and then count that many twos.

eg I throw a five. I count 2, 4, 6, 8, 10.


Or think of things that are usually grouped in twos and count them.                                                                   Image result for counting in 2s wellingtons

SPAG Challenge

We have been talking about adjectives (describing words).


For instance - The pond was dirty and slimy.


The red words are adjectives and they describe the pond.


Can you write a sentence about the Bog Baby using an adjective?

Our busy week commencing 18.6.18

Thank you to all the children for being such good sports on sports day and thanks to all the parents and carers who came along to watch. We had a great day and you can view pictures in the gallery.


Y1s and Y2s had a great day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park on Monday. We were lucky with the weather and saw all sorts of creatures, big and small! This week we have been writing our recounts and will be publishing them on the website soon. While you wait, why not look at the pictures below and talk about the visit at home?


The Y1s have been looking at fractions. Use the following game to explore whether a shape has really been split into halves or just two bits.


Can you halve the following numbers?  10        8           12             24

The Y2s have been practising our multiplication and division using 'clever counting'!

Can you solve the following problems?


   ?  X  3  = 18                    How many fives in 35?              40 = 4 x ?           How many tens in 80?

SPAG Challenge!

There are some capital letters and full stops missing from the following sentences. Can you copy the sentences correctly?

on monday jim and I went to yorkshire wildlife park. it was great fun

Our Busy Week 11th June

The Year 1s and 2s took part in an obstacle course on Tuesday to help them innovate our recount text. They had a lot of fun! Have a look at the photos.

Don't forget to practise the recount text about the park. This will help you when you are writing your own recount about the Yorkshire Wildlife Park next week.

In maths, the Year 1s have continued to learn about place value. Can you solve the problem below and explain your answer?

Our busy week commencing 4.6.18.

We started this week with a super visit to Hensall Park and have been learning how to write a recount about our experiences.

Use the text map and video below to help tell grown ups about our visit.

There are some photos of our trip too!

Y1 and Y2 Text Map

Y2 Beginning of Recount Video

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Y1 Recount Video

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The Y1s have been partitioning two digit numbers into tens and ones.

43 = 40 + 3


Try these...

39 =

17 =


The Y2s have been working with money all week. Please practise making different amounts with different coins.

Set challenges like.....I have three coins in my pocket. What could they be? What is the largest amount it could be? What is the smallest amount it could be? What if all the coins are does that change the answers?


SPAG Challenge

Look at this picture. What is the plural of orange?


Y1s can you write a sentence about this picture including the plural?


Y2s can you write a sentence about this picture which includes a word with an apostrophe?

Our busy week commencing 21 May 2018


Well done to all the Y2s who have now completed all their SATs. Everybody worked really hard.

We had a fantastic team day on Friday with children of all year groups working together. You can see photos of some of the activities by clicking on the gallery.


The Year 1s have been finding a half and quarter of shapes and numbers. Can you say whether each shape has 1/2 or 1/4 shaded and explain why?

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The Y2s have been looking at symmetry in a vertical line.

Can you explain why these shapes are symmetrical?

Can you find anything symmetrical around your house or when you go for a walk?

Our busy week commencing 14.5.18

This week it was the turn of Y2 to invite their families to lunch. Thank you to everybody who came on this lovely sunny day. See photographs below.


The Y2s have been working on 3d shapes and have taken home a shape mat. They should be able to name the shapes and talk about the shape of the faces as well as the number of edges and vertices.

The Y1s have been looking at capacity and wondering which container would hold the most water. We have been interested to find that tall, thin containers hold less than smaller, fatter containers. How many ladles of water would it take to fill each of these containers on the left?

Why not take advantage of the sunny weather to get into the garden and explore the capacity of different containers at home?

SPAG Challenge

Add the -ing suffix to these words to make three different words. Write them in your best handwriting.


soak  _______




Y2s can put them in a sentence with an adjective.

For example, The excited kangaroo came jumping round the corner.



Our busy week commencing 7.5.18

This week we have made sandwiches and then written our own  handy set of instructions. Can you use the pictures below to explain to your adults how to do it?


Use these special joining words : First, next, after that, finally, so, if, because, and.



The Y1s really enjoyed welcoming parents and carers into school for family lunch. Thank you for your support.
Next week we are going to write the story of Blown Away! Can you use the pictures below to remember what happened in the story?


The Y2s have been working on 2d shapes and have brought a shape mat home. They should be able to identify these shapes and tell you how many sides and vertices (corners) each shape has.


The Year 1s having been learning about weight this week. They have compared objects using the vocabulary heavier than, heaviest, lightest and lighter than. They have weighed objects using non standard units e.g. cubes and have just begun to talk about grams and kilograms. The children were very interested in how much they weigh in kilograms! Perhaps you could do some baking and measure the ingredients in grams.

SPAG Challenge

Read the sentence below. It has some capital letters missing. A prize for any child who can copy this sentence neatly, adding all the capital letters.


on thursday, henry went to the races in york.


Y2s can make the sentence a bit more interesting by using a better sentence starter.

Our busy week commencing 30.4.18

We have been perfecting our instructions for getting changed for swimming. Click on the video below to hear super sentences from Tristen, Lucas, Holly-Ann and Scott. The children are good at using the model to write instructions for almost anything. Click on the video of Henry to hear an introduction for How To Change Your Reading Book.

We are looking forward to making sandwiches next week. Don't forget to send in two slices of bread, or a bread bun and a simple sandwich filling.


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The Y2s have been working on time. Can you have a try at home too please? On an analogue clock the Y2s should be able to read o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to the hour.

Once they are confident with these four times, they should move on to telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes.

The Y1s have been working on number bonds.

Try this simple game: hold up 3 fingers and ask your child to hold up the number bond to ten (eg 7). Repeat with different numbers of fingers.

Alternatively you say '2' and they say the number bond to 10 (eg 8).

These are words which came up on our class story Blown Away by Rob Biddulph. We will be learning more about them next week, so if you can talk about them at home first it would really help.


lush        crest (of a wave)       companion        intrepid

SPAG Challenge

Read this sentence.

I jump over the lake.

Now read this one.

She jumps over the lake.

Have you ever noticed that you have to add an 's' to the verb when it is someone else doing the action - jump/jumps?

Can you write a pair of sentences showing how you add an s?

Use these verbs to help you.......hop, skip, sing, swim.

Our busy week commencing 23.4.18

This week we have been using the jungle instructions we learnt to create some new instructions ...


                                     How To Get Changed For Swimming.


We tried to begin with a question sentence, and include the subheadings     'What you need' and 'What you do.

We are going to use the time words 'first', 'next', 'after that' and 'in the end' to structure our work. Click on the video below to hear some of our super sentences.

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These new words/phrases have come up in our learning this week.

Can you try to use them at home?


command    exhilarating      distract          maiden flight    climate


The Y2s have been finding half, one quarter, three quarters and one third of different shapes and amounts.

Use this game to help

The Y1s have been finding 10 more and 10 less of two digit numbers.

Try this game to help practice.


We have been practising using the prefix -un.

Can you use these words in two separate sentences?


zip               unzip


For example   1 Zip up your sleeping bag or you will get chilly.

2 Unzip your sleeping bag before you get out of it.

Our busy week commencing 16.4.18

A big thank you to all the children who practised their spellings over the Easter holiday ready for the spelling competition. The children did really well. thank you to parents and carers for their support. We have a lot of marking to do! We will be sending home the children's answer sheets so that you can see which words - if any - still need some extra work.

We have started to learn a new talk for writing text on instructions. If your child can practise at home it would really help support their writing in school.


The text map is on the right and there is a video below to use as a prompt.


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As part of our talk for writing work, we have been discussing the words


climate        canopy        weave       vine   

Can you talk about them at home too?

Our busy week commencing 25.3.18

We have had an eggcellent day decorating our eggs. The children have been so creative. Thanks to all pupils, parents and carers for their help!


All the children have been looking at 2d and 3d shapes.

Could you look at the picture below and discuss the shapes with your child?

For the 2d shapes, they should be able to identify the shape and answer questions about the number of sides and vertices (corners).

For the 3d shapes, they should be able to identify the shape and answer questions about the shape and number of faces, the vertices and the edges.


Play this game to help.



smiley Spelling Competition smiley

Don't forget to practise the words for the spelling competition.

There are some super prizes available.

If you have lost your list you can print out a copy from the children's menu on the home page of the website.

Good luck!

Spring Poetry


We have looked at some lovely poetry to celebrate the beginning of spring. Would you read it at home and discuss too?


It’s Spring


It’s spring

And the garden is changing its clothes,

Putting away

Its dark winter suits,

Its dull scarves

And drab brown overcoats.


Now, it wraps itself in green shoots,

Slips on blouses

Sleeved with pink and white blossom,

Pulls on skirts of daffodil and primrose, 

Snowdrop socks and purple crocus shoes,

Then dances in the sunlight.


By John Foster

What Is The Sun?                                       


the Sun is an orange dinghy
sailing across a calm sea

it is a gold coin
dropped down a drain in Heaven

the Sun is a yellow beach ball
kicked high into the summer sky

it is a red thumb-print
on a sheet of pale blue paper

the Sun is a milk bottle's gold top
floating in a puddle.


By Wes Magee

Year 1 SPAG Challenge

Write the plural of one of these words by adding 's' to show there is more than one e.g. sweet - sweets.


dog   cow   shark   parrot


Now put the new word into a sentence and bring it to school to share e.g. I am eating the sweets I got for my birthday.


Year 2 SPAG Challenge

Can you change the just the nouns in this sentence, to make a new sentence?


The queen gave the goblin her ring.


Please write it neatly and bring it to school to share

e.g. The witch gave the cat her milk.


Our busy week commencing 19.2.18

What an exciting start to the week! We came in to find our school covered in posters asking us to look out for this awful villain.


Then we received a letter from Queen Rosalind of Fairy Tale Land who told us about her experiences and asked us to learn her story. Over the next weeks the children will be telling the story at home so stay tuned!


Whilst we were discussing Queen Rosalind's story we learnt the following words. Can you try using them at home?




boasted   annoyed    disappointed     shocked





In maths, the Year 1 children have been finding half of a shape or number. You can practise the game we played today by clicking on the link below.

Our busy week commencing 5.2.18

This week the children enjoyed meeting Yazi and learning a little about her culture.

We finished our information texts about moving models and completed our fantastic wheeled vehicles. We hope you enjoy playing with these at home. Please have a restful half term but don't forget the handwriting books, the spelling and of course the reading!

Our busy week commencing 19.1.18

This week we have been working on our moving vehicles and we have finished learning our model text about tractors. All children should have brought home a text map on Friday. Please can you practise it at home? It will really help with your writing next week. There is a video below to help if you forget.


Other homework - please practise spellings and handwriting in the home handwriting book. Don't forget to read!

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New Words


Can you use these words at home?


tyres      treads    plough     invented      majority

Our busy week commencing 15.1.18

This week we were excited to welcome Mr Mariss and his tractor to get our transport topic off to a roaring start! We will be using this experience to help construct an information text about tractors and move on to writing information texts about other vehicles. See the pictures below.


Homework - thank you so much to children who have been practising in their home handwriting books. Don't forget to read each day and practise your spellings too. Check out the 'new words' section below and try to use the words at home. If you can write a sentence using one of the words bring it in for us to see!

Happy New Year!

Our busy week commencing 8.1.18

Welcome back to school everybody. Mrs Bramley,

Mrs Thexton, Mrs Wales and Miss Welsh would like to say a big thank you for all the Christmas presents. You are very kind and it is much appreciated.

This term we will be thinking about moving vehicles and have begun to make our own models - see the pictures below. Next week, please could your child bring in a small box to help make the frame for their design. No bigger than a shoe box please. Thank you.



New Words


sombre                   murmured


Can you remember what these words mean? Try to use them in a sentence.


Home Handwriting Books

We have moved on to words in the home handwriting books. Please complete each week and bring back into school for a small treat on Friday. Don't forget to look at the videos at the top of this page if you have forgotten how to form a letter.


The Y2s set up a mini shop this week and sold books to their friends. The customers could only pay with 20p, £1, £10 or £20 and we practised giving change.

Merry Christmas Everybody!!

Thanks to all parents and carers for your support during the last week. The children really enjoyed the pantomime and showed us their best dance moves at the Christmas party. See the pics below....

All the staff in Germany class would like to thank you for all our lovely cards and  presents.

We have uploaded the last video of 2017 onto the handwriting stars and it would be great if you could find time to practise over the holidays. Keep reading, telling the time and have a super holiday.

Our busy week commencing 11.12.17

Thank you to all the children and parents for supporting our Christmas play. I'm sure you will agree that the children did a brilliant job and we hope you enjoyed the performances. Please remember to practise your handwriting, spellings and reading whilst you get ready for Christmas!!!


Please ask your child questions like....

What time do we have breakfast?

What time do we have lunch?

What time do I pick you up from school?

What time do you go to youth club?

How long does Brownies last?

How many sleeps until Christmas?


We have been enjoying the nonsense poetry of Spike Milligan and making up our own versions.


Here is one by the Y2s



On the Bing Bang Bong

On the Bing Bang Bong

Where the hens go wrong!

And the gorillas all say BOO!

On the Bong Bang Bing

Where the pug goes Ping

And the jug goes tigger tagger too!

On the Bing Bong Bang

Where the clothes go Clang

And you just can't wear 'em when they do.

So its Bing Bang Bong

Hens go wrong

Bong Bang Bing

The pug goes Ping

Bong Bong Bang

The clothes go Clang.

What a noisy place to belong

Is the Bing Bang Bing Bang Bong!

Our busy week commencing 4.12.17

Brrrrrr! It has been cold this week with more chilly weather on the way. Please make sure you come to school with hat and gloves so that you can enjoy playing outside. This week we have given our first Nativity performance to the children from Fieldside Day Nursery. All the children did brilliantly and we are looking forward to more performances next week!

Click on to the handwriting star to practise your homework. We have moved on to numbers now.

Mr Stringer came to school to give us a talk about his recent trip to Germany. We loved seeing his pictures and hearing about the bears in Berlin. We enjoyed hearing German versions of Little Red Riding Hood and The Very Hungry Caterpillar and we especially enjoyed joining in with all the animal noises for The Musicians of Bremen. Thank you Mr Stringer.


The Y2s have learnt more about time. We have moved on to quarter past and quarter to the hour. We have also been comparing analogue clocks with digital clocks. Telling the time accurately takes a LOT of practice. Please can you help at home?  We have also been asking questions like....I get on the bus at 3 o'clock and the journey takes 15 minutes. What time will I arrive at my destination? Can you try some of these at home?

Our busy week commencing 27.11.17

Christmas has definitely arrived in Germany class this week! Thank you to all children and parents who supported the Christmas Fayre. We had a very busy, happy afternoon! Don't forget to practise your handwriting. The final two letters of the alphabet have been loaded onto the handwriting star. Also, please could you check that you are practising spellings at home? Children usually have about 5 or 6 words using the sounds they are learning in phonics and spellings. Thank you! 

Our nativity show is looking really lovely. You are all in for a treat.

** Don't forget to send costumes in on Monday **


And keep on practising your lines and the second verse of Twinkle Twinkle (below).

When the blazing sun has gone,

When he nothing shines upon.

Then you show your little light,

Twinkle twinkle all the night.

Twinkle twinkle little star,

How I wonder what you are.


The Y1s have been discussing the properties of 2d and 3d shapes.

Can you play this game to help?

The Y2s have made a start on time. We have worked on 'o' clock times and half past. Y2 children should ideally be able to read a clock showing quarter to and quarter past.

Can you ask questions about time at home - including the time we do various things - like have breakfast, go to youth club.

Can you use the following game to help?

Our busy week commencing 20.11.17

Can you practise the second verse of Twinkle Twinkle little star at home? The words are below to remind you.

Don't forget to work on your handwriting. Click on the videos above to help.

Here are some words we have discussed this week. Can you try to use them at home too?


rejoice     on duty      blazing    straggly    tentacles



Our busy week commencing 13.11.17

This week we have been sorting out parts for our Christmas play and learning our songs. Please don't forget to practise your handwriting!

Sophie has filed an excellent report on her trip to Germany. She answered all our questions! Watch the video below to find out more. Make it full screen and pause it for a closer look at the writing.

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Our busy week commencing 6.11.17

This week we have learnt about Remembrance Sunday in assembly. We have been working hard on learning our new story, Little Charlie. See if your child can tell you any of the story so far. There is a video below to help if they get stuck. Homework - don't forget to practise handwriting. The letters are in the book and the formation can be seen on the videos. Click on the start at the top of this page to watch. Thank you for your support.

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This week the Y1s and the Y2s have been looking at money. We have been trying to remember the coins we have and the coins we don't have (there is no 4p coin or 6p coin!!) and using them to make different amounts.

It would be so helpful if you could play shops at home and ask children to use real or fake coins to pay for things; finding the exact amount.

It would also be helpful if you could ask questions like....

  • tell me three ways to make 20p
  • I have 3 coins. Two are silver and one is copper. What coins could I have?
  • Can you make 25p with 2 coins? With 3 coins? With 4 coins?

We watched a video of some pigeons flying and tried to come up with some better verbs than 'flew'. We came up with:

swooped  swirled  whooshed   whirled   fluttered   plunged   plummeted 

Can you try to use these words at home?

Our busy week commencing 30.11.17

Welcome back everybody! This week we have been settling back into our routines and started learning a new story about Little Charlie. Can you tell your grown up the story so far?

Poem of the week


We have all been revising our doubles to 20. Can you practise and practise so that you can do these instantly? It would really help you do lots of calculations quickly.

Try this game

The following words have come up this week in our class discussions and stories. Can you try to use them at home?


           sly            fierce           shadowy

Our busy week commencing 18.9.17

Well done to all the children for a fabulous harvest festival. The children performed beautifully and thanks for all the support from families and friends.

We hope you have a lovely half term holiday. Don't forget to practise your handwriting in your home handwriting books. Remember there are videos to help if you click on the star at the top of the page.

New Words

We have been moving around the classroom exploring different verbs this week. Can you show your grown up some....

strutting, prowling, wandering, stalking?


We have also been discussing adjectives for fruit and vegetables. Can you try using these words at home so we don't forget them?

succulent, tangy, ripe, fleshy, creamy, plump


The Y2s have been adding 10 to any two digit number.

For example 33 + 10 = 43


We have then moved on to adding 20.

For example 33 + 20 = 53.


We have noticed the pattern - the number in the tens column changes, but the number in the ones column stays the same.


We have reversed this and noticed the same pattern for subtraction.

For example 62 - 10 = 52        62 - 20 = 42


We have used this knowledge to help us add and subtract 'near tens' such as 54 + 11 = (add on 10 and then another 1) 65

67 - 22 = (take away 20, then another 2) 45


Any practice of these skills would be super!


Our busy week commencing 9.13.17

This week we have been learning more about our bodies and the wonderful things we can do with them!

We have been practising for the harvest festival and look forward to seeing you on Friday in the church.


We are  excited that Sophie will be travelling to Germany next week and will be spending a day in a German school. Our children have prepared a video for Sophie to show which gives a flavour of our school and we are hoping the German children will do the same. Click on the link below to view the video.

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Here are the questions we would like Sophie to investigate

  • What is the German playground like?
  • Do the children wear school uniform?
  • What lessons do they have?
  • Do they have to take heavy bags to school and where do they keep it all?
  • What sort of food they eat at lunchtime and do they have plastic trays?
  • What time does school start and end?
  • What is the name of their headmistress?
  • What are German houses like?
  • What toys do German children play with?

Good luck Sophie, we look forward to hearing your report!

Our busy week commencing 2.10.17

This week we have finished our own newspaper reports based on The Smartest Giant and started to learn our harvest song.

Please continue to practise handwriting at home - we have already seen an improvement.

New Words

This week we have been discussing the words

        applause     standing ovation    sneakily     sly


Can you discuss them at home?


The Y2s have been finding 10 more and 10 less than any two digit number. They have a homework sheet in their bookbags to complete if they like, but this is optional!

We discovered in this session that children did not understand the idea of a 'sale'. They struggled with the idea that a shop might sell something cheaper on a certain day. Any discussions you can have at home about this would help. Thank you.

Click here to practise the harvest song at home.

Our busy week commencing 25.9.17

This week the whole class took part in a fantastic Germany assembly. Well done to all the children for practising their parts at home; they did brilliantly.

On Friday, we talked about democracy and voted Madison Turner, Jack Whitehead and Daisy Falkingham as our representatives for the School Council.

We reflected on our house team day and thought about the qualities a good house captain and vice captain would need. Then we listened to speeches from the candidates and exercised our right to vote again!

Thank you to all parents who sponsored children for the assault course, we have stamped the forms and sent then back. We would be so grateful if you could return them with the funds.

A final thank you for the support on the handwriting homework. The majority of the children proudly presented their homework book on Friday and the next video has been loaded to the handwriting star. Responding to requests, Mrs Wales has done a left handed video to accompany the right handed demonstration. Happy handwriting!!


Play guess the shape at home. For example....I'm thinking of a 2d shape. It has four right angles and four sides. What could it be?

(Answer...a square or a rectangle!)

You should be able to guess the following shapes from simple clues...triangle, square, rectangle, circle, oval, semi-circle, hexagon, octagon, pentagon.

Then try these sorting games.

Our busy week commencing 18.9.17

We have had an exciting week with some special visitors (see below). Our German phrase for this week is

'Auf Wiedersehen' which means 'goodbye'.


We are having a big push on handwriting and you will see a gold star up at the top of our page. Please click on it for your child's handwriting homework. We would be so grateful for your support with this tricky area.

Baby Noah came to see us this week and the children thought up lots of super questions to ask his Mum and Grandma. Can you talk to your grown up about the things you can do now that you couldn't do when you were a baby? What things would you like to do when you grown up?


The Y2s have been practising their number bonds to 20. Play a game of 'ping pong' with a grown up. They say a number below 20 and you say the number bond to 20 (eg 5 + 15 = 20).

Also try this fun online game.

The Y1s have been practising doubles and saying one more and one less than any given number.

Words of the week

We have discussed these words during our learning this week.

Can you and your child use them at home?


flu      infectious      epidemic     incident      donate


Our busy week commencing 10.9.17

Our German phrase of the week is 'Guten Tag'.

Can you practise saying it at home?


We have been practising our number bonds to 10. Grown ups....why not hold up a number of fingers and ask your child to hold up the number bond to 10.

eg you hold up 2 fingers and they hold up 8.

The Y2s have been extending this to number bonds to 100.

20 + 80 = 100

Week commencing 4.9.2017 Welcome, or should we say 'Willkommen' to Germany class! Each week we will have a German phrase to learn. This week it is 'Hallo, wie geht es dir?'

                             Can you find out what it means?

Words of the week!


We have discussed these words during our learning this week.

Can you and your child use them at home?


vibrate     gown     curious    grouse