Thursday, 8 November 2018


It was good to see the children back looking refreshed after their half–term holidays.
This week in English, we started our Poetry unit which focuses on our senses. As the children were excited about the fireworks they had seen recently seen we began by listening to firework poems. The children thought about the words related to fireworks and attempted to write their own poem. Next week, the children will learn about how different poems are written and will work together to recite one.  
In Maths, the children have been introduced to a ‘bar model’ to represent regrouping numbers into two or three parts. 
Today, the children were exploring pentominoes.

Next week, the children will be counting on and using subtraction. Today, the children have been given their ‘Times Tables Rock Star’ login details and information on how they can use this website to support counting and the times tables 2s, 5s and 10s. 

In RE, we have been discussing the symbols used during a Baptism. Next week, we will be learning about Judaism. The children will be learning about Abraham and the promise that God made to him.
After a lovely assembly in the hall today, the children created poppy pictures which helped them to reflect upon those people who have served our country in the armed forces. They also created individual poppies that went towards creating the centenary wreath in the hall. 

Enjoy the weekend!  

Thursday, 18 October 2018

In English, the children have been working towards writing a story. They have been creating characters and thinking about different settings for their story. They enjoyed using paint to create their settings and were then asked to use adjectives to describe their settings. 

Afterwards, they used a story map to help them with their ideas for the beginning, middle and end. Next week we look forward to them writing their stories.

During our Maths lessons, the children have been learning about consecutive numbers and ordering numbers in a sequence. Tomorrow, they will be introduced to the ‘part whole model’ which will support them when adding two numbers together as a group. The children will also refer to this as the ‘cherry model’.
We have now started our second RE topic on ‘Belonging’. The children have had the opportunity to share their experiences of the different groups that they belong to. Next week, we will be finding out about Jesus’ Baptism and the symbols that are used for a Baptism.
In Science, the children have been comparing the seasons of the year and thinking about the different temperatures throughout the seasons. They enjoyed observing how their sun dial displayed shadows at different times of the day.

This week, to support our History topic we were fortunate to have Henry’s grandmother visit our class.  She shared her wonderful experience of attending an investiture ceremony to collect her CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. The children found out why a person is selected to receive this award. They also learnt about the coat of arms that Mrs Bigland is now able to have since receiving this award. Afterwards, the children worked hard to create their own coat of arms. 

It was lovely to find out that we have other children in our class with a coat of arms.
I cannot quite believe we are coming to the end of our first half term already. I look forward to meeting you all at parents evening next week.
Enjoy the weekend.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

The children have had a busy couple of weeks in Year 1.
There was much excitement when they visited Windsor Castle last Friday.  They enjoyed looking around St George’s Chapel and the State Apartments. The workshop they attended called, ‘Knights Wanted, Apply Here’ was wonderful. This enabled them to find out about some of the people who lived in a castle a long time ago, what life was like in a castle and the process of becoming a Knight. A big thank you to all parents who accompanied us on our trip - we couldn’t have done it without you and your support was much appreciated. 

The ‘Fitness’ afternoon on Monday was a great start to the week. The children participated well in all the events and earned themselves lots of house points along the way.
During English the children have been making 'human sentences' remembering to use a capital letter at the beginning, full stop at the end, spaces between the words and does it make sense.

This week, the children have been writing a recount of their trip to Windsor Castle. They have been encouraged to use conjunctions such as, first, next, then, finally.
Children have been using their language this week in Maths to describe the number of objects that they see – more than, less than, most, least, fewer. They have used playing cards and matched objects to the pattern and number that they see. They have also been encouraged to, ‘see it, say it and make it’ in lots of different ways. We have now progressed to one more and one less and tomorrow will be representing what they see pictorially.

In RE, the children have been listening to Psalms and writing their own. Tomorrow, we will conclude our ‘Families’ topic by thinking about our life and Jesus’ life. A big thank for all the photos, family information and family trees that we have received already. We are presently in the process of adding these to ‘Our world’ display.
Design and Technology has been fun this week and the children have worked very hard to use their designs to make and create their castles. Next week we will begin painting them and adding the final touches.
In Science, the children have been naming the seasons of the year and discussing what the weather is like in the different seasons. 
Tomorrow we are going to create some art work for display to show how the trees change throughout the seasons.  
Tomorrow, we are also looking forward to the Year 4 Harvest Assembly. Thank you for your generosity and all the contributions received so far which I am sure the local food bank will be thankful for.
It has been a real joy looking at the children's homework that they have completed so thank you for all your support with these tasks. Here are a few pictures that I thought would be good to share.

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Welcome to the Year 1 blog
The children have made a great start to the new term by settling well into their new class.
It is lovely to see so many of them come into school independently and begin their ‘early morning’ work with confidence.
This week In RE, we began our new topic on ‘Families’. The children have had the opportunity to talk about who is in their family and create pictures to reflect this. Tomorrow we will be looking at a psalm and afterwards the children will be supported to write their own.   
During our English lessons the children have been writing lists and captions. They have enjoyed listening to the story, Class Two at the Zoo and next week we will focus our English lessons on this book.
In Maths, the children have been learning about position language and ordinal numbers. This has enabled them to discuss the position of an object using vocabulary such as left, right, next to, inside, quarter turn, half turn, first, second, third…

The children have also been using a ‘Tens Frame’ to develop an understanding of number. For example, each child was given a tens frame and six counters and asked to record how many different ways they could arrange the counters on the frame.  
On Tuesday, the children voted for the ECO representatives and School Council representatives for our class and the results will be announced in assembly on Monday.

A big thank you to those people who have collected recyclable materials such as, cardboard boxes, egg boxes, tubes, cartons and yogurt pots. The children will be using these next week when they start designing their castle structures. 

It was good to see so many of you at the new parents meeting last week. If you were unable to attend and felt there is anything you would like to discuss, then please do not hesitate to contact me. 

See you tomorrow in your denim to support ‘Jeans for Genes’ day. 

Have a lovely weekend!