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Welcome to our Year 1 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

For more information please read our curriculum newsletter bellow:

Curriculum Newsletter Year 1

Our Year 1 Staff

Miss C Davison – Teacher

Mr R Thompson – Teaching Assistant

 

Friday 16th November 2018

In Year 1 this week we have continued to work on our Superhero topic. We were all superheroes as we came into school on Friday in non-uniform to raise money for Children in Need.

In English, we have written our versions of the story ‘How To Save A Superhero’ and there are some great examples. On Tuesday, we used our conjunction ‘and’ to join two sentences together. On Wednesday, we looked at adjectives to use them to describe Albie and The Collector from our story. On Thursday, we edited and improved our stories from Monday to make them even better. Some of us were not finished, so we completed it on Friday.

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In maths, we continued to practice quartering. We used a sharing mat and counters to support our quartering of groups of objects. All of the children had a fantastic understanding, so on Wednesday, we moved onto quartering quantities in the abstract form (numbers). On Thursday, we held our own investigation into odd and even numbers. We wanted to find out if only even numbers could be halved. Around our classroom, there were numbers hidden. We worked in pairs to halve them and we found out odd numbers cannot be halves.

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This week, it has been anti-bullying week. In Year 1, we have looked at what it takes to be a good friend. We drew around our hands and listed 5 qualities of being a good friend.

We have also been running some handwriting interventions to support our letter formation.

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In phonics, we have been learning the ‘cr’ and ‘br’ sound.

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Attendance: 92.7%

Lateness: 30 minutes

Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

 

 

Friday 9th November 2018

We have had another fun week in Year 1!

In English, we have continued to focus on our text ‘How To Save A Superhero’. On Monday, we used our role-play skills to get into character. We worked in small groups to take turns in being different characters from the text- there were some fabulous performances and all children showed brilliant knowledge of the story. On Tuesday, we sequenced the story and even included some captions to show what was happening at each stage. On Wednesday, we created our own storyboards using our own drawings. Again, we included our own captions – look at how amazing they are below! On Thursday, we practiced creating sentences using correct letter formation. We are getting a lot better at ensuring our ascending letters are tall and descending letters are correct. On Friday, we brushed up on our punctuation skills. We were given sentences with both the capital letters and the full stops missing, so we had to add them in. We are really focusing and determined on making sure our letters are all sitting on the line and formed in the correct way.

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In maths, we have introduced fractions. On Monday, we were beginning the understand that a half was one of 2 equal parts. We looked at shapes that showed halves, then shaded half of shapes. On Tuesday, we used resources such as sharing mats, cubes/counters to find a half of a group of objects. We really focused on sharing “equally”. On Wednesday, we worked practically to begin halving quantities and numbers in their abstract form. This really supported our understanding of halving and sharing equally. On Thursday, we began looking at quarters and understanding a quarter is one of 4 equal parts. We first looked at shapes that were in quarters. We really struggled with this, so on Friday, we worked practically and looked at everyday objects such as pizzas, cakes, to identify if they could be quartered.

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In science, we continued to look at materials. We looked at everyday objects and materials in their raw state. We discussed what those items were made of.

In geography, we have continued looking at our local area. This week, we have worked with our peers to describe our route from home to school. We then looked at the physical features Sunderland has.

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In phonics, Miss Davison’s group have been learning the ‘xt’ and ‘tr’ sound as well as recapping the phase 3 trigraphs.

On a Friday afternoon, we are still taking part in ‘Cosmis Yoga’. The children are getting fantastic at some of the positions and love saying “Namaste” to begin and end the session. Here are a few snap shots from our session on ‘Ruby Broom’.

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Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

Friday 2nd November 2018

Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed a well-deserved rest. It is lovely to see you all again. We are now on the countdown to Christmas!

It has been a spooctacular week around school with our Family Learning morning on Wednesday, followed by the school disco in the afternoon. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

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This term our topic is ‘Superheroes’, so we will try to be linking all subjects to this theme where possible. In English for the next three weeks, the text we are focusing on is “How to save a superhero”. On Monday, we started off by making predictions on what we thought the book was about. On Tuesday, we discussed different emotions and linked those to how our main character Ablie feels at different stages in the text. On Thursday, we received a letter from Albie, who asked for our help. He told us 2 of his hero friends were trapped and he needed ideas for getting them out. We wrote all of our ideas down and will be sending him them. On Friday, we retold the story using actions and Miss Davison drew pictures, this is a technique called Talk 4 Writing.

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In maths, we began by recapping our number and place value knowledge. On Monday, we practiced reading and writing numbers in words and numerals to 50. We were brilliant at this, so on Tuesday, we read and wrote numbers to 100. On Wednesday, we were counting in our multiples of 10, we were fantastic at this! Some of us could even count backwards. On Thursday, we were counting in multiples of 5 and on Friday we counted in multiples of 2. We all struggled with our multiples of 5 and 2 so we will continue to practice this throughout the year.

In science, we have started to look at materials. This week we looked at different materials and their names.

In geography, we are still looking at our local area. We discussed how everyone has different addresses and we had a go at writing our own down. We need to keep learning these at home.

In phonics this week, Miss Davison’s group have been learning the ‘lf’, ‘lk’ and ‘pt’ sound. Miss Griffith’s group have been learning the ‘ai’, ‘ee’, ‘oa’ sounds.

In PSHE this week, we are still focusing on mental health. One of our new displays in class focuses on the characters from the film ‘Inside Out’. The children have all been given a photograph of themselves and can choose their emotion or feeling at any point during the day and we can discuss this. So far, the children are reaping the benefits.

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Attendance: 98.5%

Minutes Late: 35 minutes

Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

 

Friday 19th October 2018

Wow! I cannot believe the first half term of the year is done. It has been a fantastic 6 and a half weeks and the children have worked incredibly hard. I hope they all enjoy their well deserved break.

What an exciting week it has been! Finally, the evil fairy Penelope Rainbowplum returned our class dog Derek and he is back in his rightful place. On Monday, we all ventured out to look for him. We searched in the EYFS gardens, the yard, around the muga and eventually we found him just peeping out from the secret garden. We were all over the moon, even more so at the fact he had brought 2 big bags of sweets for us. On Tuesday, we put all of our writing skills to paper and wrote a letter to Miss Cassidy to tell her all about what has happened over the last 3 weeks in Year 1. On Wednesday, we practiced joining 2 sentences together using the conjunction ‘and’. On Thursday, we looked at making our letters even better by using time adverbials such as first, next, then and finally to inform Miss Cassidy of when events happened. On Friday, we have then improved our letters by adding in the time adverbials and conjunction.

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In maths this week, we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes. On Monday we looked at 2D shapes and their properties. On Tuesday, we looked at objects around the school and what 2D shapes we could see on their surface. On Wednesday, we looked at the names and properties of 3D shapes – our favourite was a sphere (which we all struggled saying and often said Sophia). On Thursday, we sorted 3D shapes by looking at their properties. We compared cylinders and cuboids and looked for shapes that were the ‘odd one out’.

We started our R.E this week and have focused on Christianity. On Monday, we started off by stating which communities we belonged to, for example, family, neighbourhood, school etc. We then discussed as a whole class what was important to us in our lives. On Tuesday, we looked at Christian artifacts and why they were important to Christians. On Thursday, we were introduced the ‘Harvest’ and explained what it was and what happened during Harvest time. On Friday, we looked at the process of harvesting crops and wrote in stages what farmers do to harvest their crops.

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In phonics this week, we have continued with our phase 4 sounds. This week Miss Davison’s group looked at ‘lt’ and ‘lp’. Miss Griffith’s group looked at ‘ng’ ‘ai’ ‘ee’.

As part of our PSHE, we are focusing on our children’s mental health and wellbeing. On a Friday afternoon, we will be doing some ‘Cosmic Yoga’. This gives children a chance to listen to various stories but also practice different stretches as well as learning new breathing techniques. This is done in class and a change of clothes is not needed.

Attendance: 95.2%

Minutes late: 45 minutes

Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Thursday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

 

Friday 12th October 2018

It has been another exciting and fun filled week in Year 1. The children have worked very hard once again. On Thursday we were lucky to take part as a whole school, in the ‘Run for Fun’ at Silksworth Sports Complex. It was 2 kilometres in total and we were amazing! Thank you to all of the parents that gave up their time to help us. We had so much fun!

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The saga of our missing class dog Derek continues! He still hasn’t been found or returned. So, on Monday in English we used adjectives to describe Derek and create missing posters. We are going to put some up around school to see if anyone has seen him. On Tuesday, we were practicing to write in the first person and use important pronouns such as: I, we, our, me, my. We are practicing these as we will be writing about the events of the past few weeks from our personal perspective next week. On Wednesday, we practiced adding the suffix –ed onto words to change them into the past tense. We called him ‘Uncle ed’ and he goes on the end of some root words such as searched, looked and listened. On Thursday, we practiced our capital letters again and were able to rewrite some sentences that had the capital missing at the beginning. On Friday, we practiced adding full stops to the end of sentences again. Although, we are getting better at this, it is something we need to master by the end of Year 1, so we will be practicing this regularly.

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In maths, we have been focusing on number bonds. On Monday, we used the part part whole model to find number bonds to 5. On Tuesday, we used a tens frame and counters to find number bonds to 10. We were great at this and have all grasped the use of a tens frame and are reaping the benefits! On Wednesday, we were finding number bonds to 20. We realised that if 1 tens frame equally 10, then 2 tens frames would equal 20. So, we all used 2 tens frames and counters to find number bonds to 20. Have a look at our brilliant calculations.

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A big thank you to all of you for completing our toy questionnaire for homework. We have loved reading your answers and googling some of the toys you used to play with when you were a child. In history this week, we continued to look at old toys but we looked at when they were invented/ popular and created a timeline.

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In geography, we followed an aerial view map of the school to locate different areas. We went onto the yard and walked to various places within the school grounds and tried to identify where we were on a map.

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In art, we used our family photos brought in from home and created an observational drawing of them. There were some fantastic pieces and we think you will be very proud.

In phonics, Miss Davison’s group have continued to learn phase 4 sounds. Our sounds this week were, ft, sk and lt. Miss Griffith’s group were learning, ch, sh, th.

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As part of our PSHE, we are focusing on our children’s mental health and wellbeing. On a Friday afternoon, we will be doing some ‘Cosmic Yoga’. This gives children a chance to listen to various stories but also practice different stretches as well as learning new breathing techniques. This is done in class and a change of clothes is not needed.

 

Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Thursday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

Friday 5th October 2018

Well we really have had quite an interesting week in Year 1. On Tuesday morning, we all came into the classroom to find it a complete mess! Daisy noticed she has stepped in fairy dust. We could not believe our eyes, chairs were over turned, there were pencils everywhere and the reading corner furniture was all over! We sat down and Miss Davison explained how there was a note on the whiteboard to look for a letter. We searched for it and luckily, Tyler found it. The letter said our beloved class dog Derek has been stolen by a fairy names Penelope Rainbowplum. Straight away, we rushed to write down our predictions of what had happened to him. On Wednesday, we worked in pairs on the iPads to take turns in being news reporters to make videos explaining the events that we had witnessed. On Thursday, we answered some comprehension style questions based on the letter so we were looking for lots of clues. On Friday, we managed to get some CCTV pictures but they were all in the wrong order, so we of course put them right. In our continuous provision throughout the week, we have made missing posters, detective badges and even written letters to Derek to make sure he is okay. We hope he turns up soon!

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In maths this week, we have started learning about addition and subtraction. On Monday, we practiced adding within 10 using concrete resources (we chose the rubber animals). On Tuesday, we tried writing some addition calculations – we are going to keep practising where the equals sign goes. On Wednesday, we made up our own subtraction stories to help us get used to the concept of taking away. There were some excellent ones, Leighton said, “First there were 2, then 1 went for some pizza. Now there is 1 left.” Amelia said, “First there was 10, then 5 went for ice cream, now there are 5 left.” On Thursday, we practice writing down some calculations. On Friday, we used some of our own drawings to practice subtracting.

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In art, we used watercolours to create a self-portrait. Then, on Thursday, we created our final self-portrait using paints. Next week we are moving onto family portraits and cannot wait for that.

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We have started our history topic this week. We are learning about toys from the past and present. On Monday, we all had a play with some very old toys – they are not like ours nowadays. There was lots of discussion about how they were the same or different to toys now. We then sorted pictures of old and new toys into groups. On Thursday, we compared those using words to decide which words described each toy such as old, new, broken, and wooden.

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In phonics, we are into our phase 4 sounds and have focused on the nt and nk sound so far. We have also spent some time recapping some phase 3 trigraphs (igh, air, ear, ure) as we all struggle with these. If you can, please continue to practice them at home.

 

Attendance: 95.6%

Minutes Late: 29 minutes

Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Thursday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

 

Friday 28th September 2018

We have had such a fun week in Year 1 this week. We baked flapjacks for the MacMillan coffee afternoon, which was a fantastic event. I hope you all enjoyed it.

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In maths this week we have started our unit of measurement. On Monday, we compared objects and discussed which were the longest and shortest. On Tuesday, we looked at the height of objects and became familiar with the vocabulary ‘taller’ and shorter’. On Wednesday we chose 5 objects from around the class and ordered them from tallest to shortest. Throughout the week we have been comparing the length and height of objects even when we haven’t been in the class. Miss Griffith and I have been over the moon with how many children have stopped us outside to show us 2 objects and tell us which one was taller/shorter. On Thursday, we started to look at mass. We used balance scales to test out objects to see which was heavier or lighter. In our maths books we sorted objects into a table depending on whether they were heavy or light.

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In Literacy, this was our final week focusing on the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt.’ We have all been so engaged and it is amazing how many of us can recall the full story, along with actions! We have spent this week learning what an adjective is – to describe the bear. As well as, joining two words together using ‘and’ alongside joining two sentences together using ‘and’. We struggled with this so we will continue to practice this throughout the year. On Friday we have written our final version of the story and hope you enjoy reading some examples.

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In geography last week we drew a map of our classroom. This week we added a key to them to understand what each part of our map was.

In art we practiced our drawing skills for our self-portraits. We started off by trying to position our facial features correctly. We found it funny when our drawings sometime had their eyes in their ears or their noses on their chins. This week we have also tried using soft pastels to draw a self-portrait. We were fascinated by these and used some vibrant colours in the style of Pablo Picasso.

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In phonics we have started our phase 4 sounds. We are brilliant at these. Check out our spellings and writing below.

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Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Thursday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

Attendance: 96.7%

Minutes Late: 76 minutes

 

Friday 21st September 2018

Another well done to all of Year 1 for their hard work this week. The transition from Reception to Key Stage 1 can be quite tricky and I am amazed at how well all of the children are adjusting.

In maths this week we have continued to practice our numbers to 100. We have been counting backwards and filling in the missing numbers from sequences. This week the children have been introduced to a hundred square, they were all mesmerized see all of the numbers on one square! On Monday, we started off counting back from 20 and were all good at this. On Tuesday we moved onto counting back from 50, we found this tricky so we did a practical lesson using many different resources. On Wednesday, we tested our skills counting backwards using a hundred square from 100. On Thursday, we were using the vocabulary more and less to find one more or less of numbers up to 50. It took us sometime getting used to what the words actually meant – but when we linked it with sweets we soon nailed it! We used objects such as rubber animals and cubes to help us find one more or less then used these skills to use drawings to find this. On Friday, we were going to find one more or one less of numbers up to 100 but we still needed further practice. We continued on finding one more or one less of numbers up to 50.

 

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In Literacy, we have continued to focus on the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ but we have practiced much more writing. On Monday, we first practiced writing the correct capital letters to match the corresponding lowercase letters. Any further help at home on capital letters would be much appreciated as we sometimes got the capitals mixed up. On Tuesday, we started to use finger spaces. We used little plastic finger resources to really help us get that correct spacing. Most of us really grasped using finger spaces after every word and we will continue to practice this throughout the year as this is one of our key skills. On Wednesday, we practiced using full stops at the end of sentences – we must remember not to make our full stops look like footballs! On Thursday, we practiced writing our own sentences to match pictures from the story. On Friday, we started writing the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’.

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In science, we conducted our first investigation. We went on a sense walk around the school. We really enjoyed using our different senses around the school grounds – our favourite was touching.

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In geography, we are still focusing on our local area. On Tuesday, we practiced drawing items from around our class from an aerial view. We were brilliant at this! On Thursday, we drew an aerial view of our classroom.

This week we started our art topic. This half term in art, we are focusing on self-portraits as well as family portraits – thank you to all of the parents for sending in photographs. In our first lesson on Thursday, we looked at some artwork from artists famous for their self-portraits: Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. We discuss our favourites, likes, dislikes and the similarities and differences.

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In phonics this week we have recapped our phase 3 sounds (if you are unsure of the different phases they are available on google). We have written some great sentences and have been trying really hard with our handwriting.

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Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Thursday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

 Attendance: 92.6%  

Minutes Lates: 43 minutes

Friday 14th September 2018

Welcome to our Year 1 blog.

First of all, I want to say a huge hello and welcome! Most importantly, a massive well done to the children on their first 8 days in Year 1. Miss Griffith and I have loved getting to know everyone and hearing all about their stories from the school holidays.

During our first week we spent some time getting used to the classroom and outdoor area. In this time, Miss Griffith and I have seen some lovely drawings, not to mention the incredible performances on the outdoor stage!

In our topic lessons we were learning about strangers and the possible dangers surrounding strangers. We spoke about who were ‘safer strangers’ who we could speak to if we were separated from adults, what to do if we were lost, how to stay safe outdoors, what information we should/should not tell strangers and what to do if a stranger tried to speak to us.

 

 

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This week we have started our work on the Year 1 curriculum.

In maths we have been very busy counting forwards from 0-100 as well as reading and writing numbers to 100. We have been getting used to using base 10 to partition our numbers into tens and ones. On Thursday we worked in our groups to order numbers within 50 from biggest to smallest. We have all tried really hard writing our numbers past 20 and getting digits the correct way around which we have found tricky so we will continue to practice this in our lessons.

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In English we have been reading the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and are all thoroughly enjoying it. On Monday we started off looking at fiction and non-fiction texts. On Tuesday we went on our own bear hunt! We were hunting for clues to match each scene of the story, Miss Davison and Miss Griffith’s socks were blown off as everyone could repeat the same phrases that were used in the book!  One Wednesday we thought of our own actions and drawings to go with the story. On Thursday we sequenced the story and even tried writing words or captions to match the images.

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In science we have been learning about our bodies. We have drawn our faces and labelled the main parts and have look at the main parts of our bodies: legs, feet, arms etc. We are all amazing at this!

In geography we are focusing on our local area. We have just started looking at what an ‘aerial’ view is, we were all amazed what our school looks like from the sky. We were all really good at labelling the different parts!

In P.E we are very lucky to have Thomas from SAFC helping us with our football. On Wednesday we played different movement games and practiced simple ball control using our hands or feet.

Attendance: 92.6%

Minutes Late: 0 – keep up the good work Year 1!