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14th January 2022

Welcome to the Spring term and what a week it has been!

The children have come back ready to learn which is wonderful.

In maths, we have finished our 3D shape unit by comparing the four 3D shapes; cuboid, cube, sphere and pyramid. Also, we have been trying to spot 3D shapes around the school – the children are great at this. This week, our number of the week is 11.  We have been investigating 11 in lots of different ways by using a part-part whole. We will be concentrating on finding number sentences from the part-part wholes we have created.

Our focus text for this term is ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson. We have explored this book in our reading sessions by discussing the descriptions and thinking how it makes us feel. We have encouraged the children to use words from the text to support their comprehension answers.

In literacy, we have learnt a very grown-up word called adjectives. An adjective is a describing word. Firstly, we wrote a character description about the snail using all of the adjectives we came up with as a class. We then moved on to describing the sea as that is where the whale lives. The children have worked so hard using all the taught skills in their writing including self-editing, capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. All of these activities will lead to the children writing their own narrative.

During our afternoon session, we have started all of our new topics; animals including humans, how does music make the world a better place? Worms on the move and what is an explorer. The children impressed me with their prior knowledge and we will begin to build on this next week.

In music, we focused on finding and keeping a steady beat, following simple rhythmic patterns using long, short, high and low. In PE, we explored the way that worms move. These skills be included in our final animal dance at the end of the term.

At Forest School the children have enjoyed turning ice into water by heating it up on the fire, using loppers and implementing safe practice with a fire.

Please make sure you continue to read and practise the phonics sounds with your child every week.

Miss Williams

17th December 2021

What a week! What a term!

Firstly, I would like to say a huge well done to all of the children as they have worked so hard this term. I am so proud of all that they have achieved.

This week, in DT, we have designed, made and evaluated a boat for Milo (our class monkey) to cross the canal. This has linked really well with our material topic in Science and the history of boats. We really enjoyed testing our boats to see if they could get from one side of the water to the other, if they were strong enough to hold Milo and if they were waterproof. Even though some boats weren’t successful, the children were great at evaluating their design and thinking of ways to improve it.

In Literacy, we have explored the Christmas Story. The children remembered the Christmas story really well and have re-told the story in their own words. They began to ask thought-provoking questions about how other faiths celebrate Christmas. Miss Moosajee very kindly came in and explained that she didn’t celebrate Christmas because she was a Muslim but then explained all about the festivals she celebrated.

This week has been one of my favourites. We have been in full Christmas spirit. It started with a visit from Father Christmas. He gave everyone a new book so we got comfortable and enjoyed reading them together. We thoroughly enjoyed our party day and the children looked amazing in their party clothes! We played lots of party games and the children showed off their dance moves. The children have also made some special Christmas crafts for the family to enjoy.

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and can’t wait to see you in the New Year.

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

10th December 2021

Christmas is approaching and we are now in full Christmas spirit.

We really hope you enjoyed watching our nativity performance this week. The children loved having you there and we are so proud of the effort they put in to put on such a great performance.

This week in reading, we have been focusing on ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson. Every time we pick up a book, we read the title and try to work out what it might be about, we then find the author and illustrator and finally we read the blurb to find out more about the story. We have discussed why we enjoy this book and lots of the children love the way it rhymes as they think it sounds like a song. We have explored different vocabulary and worked out what it means.

In history, we have investigated different types of boats and explored how they have changed over time. The children were amazing at ordering the boats by the date they were made. After that, they designed a boat that they would have been made in 2021.

In R.E, the children learnt about the Muslim naming ceremony. They then thought of similarities and difference between a Christian baptism and a Muslim naming ceremony. I was really impressed with the discussion that took place.

This will be the last week for homework. We will not be sending any homework home for the Christmas holidays but please can I ask you to keep reading!

Enjoy the weekend.

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

3rd December 2021

We have had a wonderful week, this week, with our new addition, Alfred the Elf.

In Maths, we have continued to explore numbers to 100 by comparing more or less and putting the numbers in the correct order. The children love talking about the all of the numbers and showing why they know ‘34’ is ‘34’. This really helps when we were comparing which number was more and which number was less. The children were able to identify that 56 is more than 43 because 50 is larger than 40. We have been using words such as, greater, larger and smaller in our twist its, too.

In Literacy, we have learnt all about question marks. We discussed what a question was and explored different word that usually start a question such as, how, what, why and where. In our ‘Use its’, we have been writing questions to our elf, Alfred, and today he wrote a letter back to us. The children were so excited. When the children are reading, it would be great if you could give them the opportunity to spot the question marks in their books and explain why it is a question.

In our History topic, we have been finding out all about Gloucester Docks. We looked at pictures of Gloucester Docks in the past and in the present. This week, we began to put the order of events at Gloucester Docks into a timeline. The children were fascinated that there was once a lot more boats on the canal than there is now. Next week, we will be exploring different types of boats.

Thank you so much for letting the children bring in an item from when they were born. The children have been thinking about how they were welcomed into their family and how Christians welcome people into their faith community. Father Michael visited the class this week in R.E. and explained to the children how someone is baptised and how certain things that are used in a baptism service have certain meanings. He brought a portable font to school and carried out a baptism on a baby doll. The baby was called Arthur and he didn’t cry when water was poured over his head!

We have had our first dress rehearsal for our nativity this week and the children did incredibly well remembering their lines. We have a few finishing touches to make in order for our Nativity to be ready for you on Wednesday 8th December, at school.

What a brilliant start to December.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

26th November 2021

Another busy week has come to an end but what fun we have had!

In maths, we have been exploring numbers to 100, using a number line. The children used the number cards to make a real-life number line this helped us to discuss why certain numbers go in those places. We talked about how we knew that 73 was bigger than 46 because we know that 70 is bigger than 40. I loved seeing the children working together to make sure that the numbers were all in the correct place – team work!

Kasula Primary School in Tanzania is our partnership school and they have written us a letter telling us all about them and their school. In literacy, we have been working together to write a letter back. The children have thought about all of the special things about our school and some questions they would like to ask. The children are writing independently. I will share our letter when we have finished. In phonics, we have learnt that there are alternative pronunciations for some sounds such as ‘a’, ‘i’ and ‘o’. The children have loved finding new words with these sounds in them.

In PSHE, we read a book called ‘I Really Want to Shout’ by Simon Philip. This has helped us to talk about managing our emotions. The children discussed that when they feel angry they count to 10, take deep breaths and talk to their friends. We have also talked about good and bad secrets. The children helped to sort some scenarios by deciding whether it was a good secret or a bad secret. I heard some lovely surprises that the children have had or good secrets they have been part of.

Over the last couple of weeks, the children have been learning about the meaning of the stories of The Lost Coin and the Lost Sheep from the Bible. They have learnt that Christians believe that God cares for every single human being and that Christians are taught to love one another. They have then looked at Judaism, Islam and the beliefs of people with no faith to see what they believe about caring and loving one another e.g. people with no faith often believe that you should, ” treat others like you would want to be treated yourself.” The children made some super book marks to show these different beliefs.

Our nativity rehearsals are in full swing. The children have learnt their lines so well that they no longer need their words in front of them. I am so proud of them for this. We cannot wait for you to watch our nativity, at the church, on Wednesday 8th December.

Enjoy your weekend!

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

19th November 2021

This week started with our very colourful Autumn Walk. The children enjoyed trying to match the different colour leaves to the colours on their colour wheel. They were able to describe what happens in Autumn and were incredibly well behaved.

We have used our Seasons topic, in Science, to inspire our writing. In Literacy, we have revisited using capital letters for days of the week, the names of season and the pronoun I. We have written a recount about our Autumn walk by sequencing the events.  The children are continuing to write at length and are beginning to re-read their work themselves.

Maths has been very exciting this week as we have moved on to explore numbers to 100. I have chosen numbers at random and the children have continued to count from that number. They were able to do this confidently. We have also revisited counting in 10s as this has helped us to recognise the patterns in the 100 grid. The children have shown such positive attitudes to their maths this week even when they may have found it tricky. We will begin identifying numbers on a number line, next week.

The children are always so ecstatic when we start our computing lessons. Their love of learning is infectious. This week, we learnt how to turn the laptops on, log on using a username and password and use the mouse pad to drag and drop. I have definitely spotted some eager technology enthusiasts, too.

I hope you have received the nativity letter in your child’s homework folder. This has all the relevant details about our school nativity, including your child’s lines and costume information. I have also uploaded the songs to Class Dojo should you feel you would like to listen to them at home (beware they are very catchy!) Please come and ask if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

12th November 2021

This week, we have focused on Remembrance and understanding what life was like for the soldiers. In Literacy, we have been trying to improve our sentences by using adjectives. We have been able to describe what life was like in the trenches. The children were fascinated to see that the soldiers didn’t have a roof to protect them from the rain. We are encouraging the children to use all taught skills in their writing and they are making such huge progress with this.

In Science and Art, we have explored the colours that represent each season such as, we often see orange and red in Autumn and yellow in Summer. The children have each made a colour wheel which we will use on our Autumn walk next week. They have showed such concentration when painting their colour wheels and lots of them enjoy the quiet time.

In Maths, it has been all about word problems. We wrote addition problems by combining two sets using + and =. Once we had grasped this concept, we looked at subtraction by taking away a number of objects from the whole. We found subtracting a little bit tricky. It would be great if you could revisit this with your child to reiterate when we take away, we have to start with the biggest number.

This term, the children are learning about what it means to belong to a faith community. They have been thinking about the communities that they belong to and why it is special to belong to those communities. They have looked at symbols of belonging for Christians and Muslims and thought why this was important for them. I was so impressed with how thoughtful the children’s responses were, e.g. ” The symbols remind them how to live” and “The symbols show others what religion they believe in.”

As I am sure you are aware, we have started practising the songs for our nativity which is called ‘Hooray in a Manger’. The children are really enjoying learning the songs and coming up with dance moves. We will be sending home their lines and costume letters next week. We cannot wait for you to watch our performance in December.

Have a restful weekend and thank you for your support.

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

5th November 2021

We have had a brilliant start to this half term.

In Maths, we have hit the ground running by exploring addition and subtraction within 20. We have used money, base 10 and number lines to explore this concept. The children have been helping Humphrey to solve his tricky maths problems. I am so impressed with their addition and subtraction knowledge.

Remember, remember the 5th November! This week in Literacy it has been all about bonfire night. We started by learning about Guy Fawkes and the history behind bonfire night. The children were able to write a set of rules about how to stay safe on bonfire night using all the of taught skills that they have learnt so far. Then, we read Tom’s Bonfire Night Story and the children were able to sequence the events in the correct order. I cannot wait to hear their stories, if they experience any fireworks this weekend. In Phonics, we have learnt 3 split digraphs, ‘a-e’, ‘i-e’ and ‘o-e’. The children have grasped these sounds really well and are beginning to spot them in their writing and books.

In reading, we have began looking at The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. The children were fascinated to see that this book doesn’t have any words. It has been wonderful to explore this book with the children and we have started to form our own story about the boy and the snowman’s adventures.

This term in Science, we will be investigating the seasons. The children have so much knowledge about this subject already so I am excited to build upon that. We will be exploring this further in our literacy and art in the coming weeks.

In PE, we are focusing on fundamental skills. This week, we practised balancing. We worked out which was our strongest balancing pose and strategies to staying still. These skills are key for all aspects of learning.

Have a brilliant weekend,

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

22nd October 2021

What a wonderful week we have had in Year 1. A brilliant way to end the first half term!

In maths, we have focused on using the base 10 to represent numbers to 20. We have looked at how many tens and how any ones the ‘teen’ numbers have got. Also, we used the base 10 to make a number line of numbers from 11 – 20. This will help the children as we move onto bigger numbers next term.

We have completed our first Big Write of Year 1! I am so proud of what all the children have achieved. We have been working so hard to remember The Gingerbread Man story that the children have now written the story themselves using all of the skills taught so far. A huge achievement!

In Science this week, we investigated which material would be best to take Milo (Mrs Mann’s monkey) across the canal. There was a lot of scientific enquiry taking place as the children tested brown paper, foil, and a plastic bag to see which one was waterproof enough to keep Milo dry. The children were so enthusiastic when creating their own boats, out of foil, to see if it would work across the canal (our classroom sink). The children were able to use scientific language such as waterproof, absorbent and predict.

This week, the children continued to work towards their Young Leaders Award by learning about how kindness is important when being a good leader. They listened to a Bible story about the paralysed man and how his friends took him to see Jesus. The friends showed kindness to the paralysed man because it wasn’t easy to get him through the crowds to see Jesus but they persevered so that he could be healed. The children also enjoyed learning about how Florence Nightingale was a good leader by changing the way the soldiers were cared for during the Crimean War. After half term the children will be showing you their kindness by carrying out random acts of kindness at home and at school!

We really hope you have a wonderful and relaxing half term.

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

15th October 2021

Week 6 – Wow! Where has the time gone. A lot of tired and snotty children this week but as always, they have worked incredibly hard.

In maths this week, we have focused on rectangles, squares, circles and triangles. It was tricky to remember all of the properties of these shapes so we made up a song. I know you would love to hear it; please ask your child and I am sure they will teach you. We have had a discussion about recognising 2D shapes even when we think they are drawn the wrong way around. A 2D shape can be drawn however you like as long as the properties stay the same. In our MOT sessions, we have been finding one more and one less than a given number.

In Literacy, we have been trying to use all of our Year 1 writing skills to describe The Gingerbread Man and where he lives. The children have written some amazing pieces of description. One child said, “I wouldn’t like to be friends with The Gingerbread Man as I would just want to eat him and that isn’t a kind thing to do to your friend.” The children are making super progress in Phonics and we thoroughly enjoy our phonics sessions. This week, we have learnt the sounds ‘au’ in words like author and ‘oe’ in words like toe.

This week in R.E. the children have been busy thinking about how Christians and others care for the world. The children had lots of super ideas e.g. recycling, planting trees, cleaning beaches and reusing toys.

This year the children will be taking part in The Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders Award. They will be learning about the qualities that make a good leader e.g. kindness, perseverance and team work. Once they have worked through these units they will take part in a community action project.

Enjoy your weekend.

Miss Williams


8th October 2021

Another busy week filled with curiosity and fun.

In maths this week, we have started to recognise and name 2D shapes. The children have got a really good understanding of the different properties of the 2D shapes. We have looked at mathematical vocabulary such as equal, sides and straight. As always, we have continued to count forwards and backwards with numbers within 20.

Do you know about the special word ‘and’? Year one do! In Literacy, we have been using the conjunction ‘and’ to join words and sentences together. One of the children said the word ‘and’ was like glue. As it is our Harvest festival this week, we have focused on writing sentences about Harvest using the conjunction ‘and’. In phonics, we have learnt 2 new phase 5 sounds, ‘wh’ in words like wheel and ‘ph’ in words like dolphin.

Science was fun this week! We conducted our first experiment to see which object would float and which object would sink. The children were asked to identify objects around the room that they thought would float. They were then able to go and test the objects to see if their prediction was correct. We have a lot of keen scientists in Year One!

In PE, we are continuing to practise our balances, jumps and rolls by putting them into a sequence. The children are just perfecting their performances and then we will film and evaluate them.

In Geography, we recapped where we live, the human and physical features and the differences between a city, town and countryside. On Thursday, we explored different types of maps. The children were fascinated at what they were able to find. Their curiosity will lead to great success!

We hope you enjoyed our Harvest song at the Harvest Festival!

Have a great weekend!

Miss Williams

1st October 2021

Wow, I cannot believe we are in our 4th week already!

This week, the children have continued to explore numbers to 20 by ordering them from smallest to greatest and then greatest to smallest. The children are really confident when working with numbers to 20 which is great! We will be moving on to 2D shapes next week.

In Literacy, we now know that a capital letter is used for names of people, names of places, the pronoun ‘I’ and days of the week. The children have written their own sentence about the activities they do on different days of the week. It is tricky to remember all the tools we need to help us in our writing, including capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. It would be great for the children to have the opportunity to write at home, too.

We already know how to identify human and physical features around us. This week, in Geography, we have been exploring the differences between a city and a village. The children were amazing at being able to sort a variety of pictures into the two categories.

In RE, the children have been learning how Christians celebrate Harvest and say thank you to God. They are looking forward to sharing their Harvest song at the school Harvest Festival.

Thank you so much for handing in the homework on time. Your continued support is invaluable.

Miss Williams

24th September 2021

This week in Year 1, we have been focusing on being ready to learn and showing respect to each other.

In maths, we have been continuing to focus on numbers to 20 and representing them on a number line. Everyday, we practise counting backwards and forwards from 20.

We know that capital letters are really important in our writing. We have been using capital letters at the start of our sentences. We will be continuing to explore this next week. Please ask your child if they can re-tell The Gingerbread Man story as we have been learning it off by heart.

During our curriculum time, we have explored our Forest School site, investigated the properties of different materials, identified physical and human features around where we live and have started to learn how Christians say thank you to God for Creation.

The children have worked so hard this week and I hope you all enjoy a restful weekend.

Miss Williams

17th September 2021

Another busy week; I am sure lots of you have had tired children, this week. This is because they are learning so much!

In Literacy, we have been practising writing sentences using capital letters and full stops. We have even been trying to think of words that have our new phonics sounds in them, e.g. ‘ay’ and ‘ou’.

In Maths, we have been focusing on counting and recognising numbers to 20. We started to use a tens frame to represent teen numbers. Please ask your child what each digit represents e.g. in the number 16, the 1 represents 10 and the 6 represents 6 ones.

In our curriculum time this week, we became scientists. We all took part in a material hunt around school to see how many different materials we could spot. We were amazed at how many different materials the trim trail was made out of. In PE, we have explored different rolls and continued practising our rugby skills. In R.E. the children are thinking about the question, “Who do Christians say made our world?” They have sequenced and re-told the Creation Story from Genesis, the first book in the Bible. They have thought about what Christians think God is like.

The children are becoming increasingly more independent and this is great to see. They have worked so hard in all aspects of school and I am excited to see what next week holds.

Miss Williams

10th September 2021

Wow, what a week we have had in Year 1!

The children have settled really well into their new classroom and starting their new routines. We have explored all of our new areas including sharing books in the reading area. Humphrey, our class hippo, has been looked after incredibly well by lots of children.

This week, we have begun to introduce our new learning such as morning work, Maths and Literacy. The children have really impressed me with their number knowledge and formation of different letters. We have enjoyed two PE lessons this week and the children have shown their independence when getting changed (no one has lost a piece of clothing YET!).

I am so impressed with how the children have coped this week and I know this is going to be a great year.

Miss Williams