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World Book Day

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1W looked absolutely fabulous today! They all enjoyed talking about their favourite books and their favourite characters. They have been sharing books with children in Year 4 and Year 6 and have made book marks and worked hard writing book reviews. They are all very keen readers and it is lovely to see how eager they are to read books to each other every day.

We are currently reading Roald Dahl's The BFG as a class each day, we also share a picture book at the end of the day, use pictures as a starting point for creating our own stories and we have a quiet reading session after every lunch too. 

The children have enjoyed sharing their baby photos with their class mates. We have been looking at the photos to see what has changed and what has stayed the same. 

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For the next two weeks we are going to be reading the stories 'Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain', 'Handa's Hen' and 'We all went on Safari'. All of these stories repeat the same sentence structure throughout. Here, the children were working in groups to retell the story 'Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain' using their own drawings and then labeling their pictures with nouns and adjectives to describe them.


We are going to be looking at nouns and adjectives further along with verbs and how to spell number words with the aim that at the end of the two weeks we will have made our own counting books! The children are now getting very good at remembering their capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in every sentence but the more you can encourage and praise their wanting to write, the quicker they will become more secure with these rules.

A little reminder of our classroom routine


Please ensure the children are reading at home daily and getting their diaries signed. There are great prizes for reaching targets!


Homework- Choose and enjoy as many as you like from the topic list. Please bring models in as soon as possible so that they can be admired and added to our display.


PE happens on Tuesday and Thursday and we will be outside as much as possible, so please ensure your child's kit includes a tracksuit or leggings and warm top and trainers as well as shorts and t-shirt.


Although time is short in the morning we are always available at the end of the day if you need to talk, have a worry or concern.


Our new Spring 2 topic is "When does Big Ben look small?" and we have some really exciting learning lined up for this half term.

Up Up and Away Homework

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We have been learning to count in our tens this week. The children have been using 100 squares to support them and as we have to move up and down the 100 square when we are counting in our 10s, we call this spider counting! Here we are using bead strings to label our tens numbers. We are getting very good! Next we will be looking at place value and where the numbers come between these 10s numbers, for example, 24 and 42. The more counting you can do at home the better, this helps children to get a good understanding of how 'big' a number is. 

Continent Treasure Hunt!

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We enjoyed looking at different maps of the local area and studying the map of the school grounds before we went to look for the 'treasure'. The children were excited to find the treasure and worked very well in teams to navigate using their map. We were looking for pieces of a world map which had been cut up into the 7 continents. Once we had found all of the pieces the children took them back to the classroom to put the pieces back together to make a complete world map. They were superb at recalling all of the 7 continents and explaining where they were in relation to the equator! 
We have seen some superb Arctic models this topic. The children enjoyed showing their classmates their models and playing the board games that they made. I hope that you had fun making them too, as I enjoyed seeing how enthusiastic they were to share their Arctic knowledge.

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1W have been working hard to make 3D shapes using 2D shapes. We have been exploring the shapes of each of the faces on the 3D shapes. The children enjoyed discovering the shapes that they could make. 

Some hedgehogs came to visit!

Today we were very lucky to have a visitor who brought with her 3 hedgehogs for us to meet. We got to stroke, hold and watch the hedgehogs run around. We also learnt lots about hedgehogs, including that they have between 5000 and 7000 prickles! Some of the hedgehogs we met have been nursed back to health and we have learnt how important it is to look after our wildlife, like checking our bonfires for hedgehogs. We enjoyed writing about our visitors in English, using adjectives and conjunctions in our writing too!

Autumn 2 Year 1 Newsletter

Today we met a real life superhero!

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