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WE 16.06.17

In English the children will be practising their skill. They must make sure they are using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in the correct place. They will be writing recounts, describing something they have done.


Next week in maths we will be revising our work on tens and ones, counting to 100 and beyond, ordering and writing numbers. We will also be looking at addition and subtraction again over the next couple of weeks. The Sum Dog challenge started today. Your child was given log-in details yesterday.


In Topic we will be looking at maps and direction. In science we will be investigating materials.


On Wednesday morning we will be taking part in the Year 1 Festival of Fun, along with children from other schools who will be visiting us. Your child will need a PE kit and also a drink, hat and sun cream. 


We 27.05.2017

The children were all glad to reach the end of term as it has been so hot in school this week. But I was proud of them because they carried on working hard right until the last day.


Next half term we will continue to investigate non-fiction texts. The children are getting confident at discussing the contents page, the index and glossaries. Please continue sharing non-fiction books and discussing their features. We have been looking again at adding ed and ing to the end of words when the root word remains the same. Some of the children also know the rules for dropping the e before adding ing and doubling the final letter when the middle sound is a short vowel.


In maths we are going to be looking at measures after the holiday. It would be helpful if you could talk about o'clock and half past times. If you are shopping please also talk about coins and notes and how much they are worth.


We have started looking at maps so please look at maps and plans with your child. If you visit anywhere that gives you a map over the holiday please could we have a look at it.


I hope you have a good week next week and that thei good weather continues!



We 19.05.2017

Next week we will be finding out about African animals and doing some research using non-fiction texts. If you would like to support your child it would be helpful if you could look at non-fiction books with them and discuss the contents page, index and glossary and how they differ from story books. We will be writing our own information pages. Please could your child bring one or more facts about an African animal into school next week. We can include that information in our writing.


Please continue to practise writing numbers from one to twenty in words and days of the week as well as the other spellings that are sent home.


In maths we will be looking at fractions again, learning about halves and quarters. We will include some work on doubling and halving so it would be good if children could practise recalling doubling and halving facts. We will also be investigating capacity. Any practical experience of pouring from one container to another or filling cups would be useful. Children could also look for bottles that contain a litre.


In RE we are reading stories from the Bible and next week will be reading about David and Goliath.

Week ending 12.05.17

Next week we will continue to compare life in Kenya with life in the UK. We will be learning the names of the major oceans. Please look at the continents and oceans on a map with your child. In art we will be exploring African patterns.


In English we will be writing our own traditional tales based on African stories. We are concentrating on including capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks and using adjectives and a variety of sentence starters to make our writing more interesting.


In maths we will be moving on from multiplication to division and beginning to look at the relationship between the two. Please continue helping your child to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Week ending 05.05.17


In our topic work we are continuing to find out about Africa. Next week we are going to look in more detail at the similarities and differences between life in Kenya and the UK. We are going to be doing art activities based on African fabric designs.


In English our focus will be writing extended pieces of writing. We are trying to remember to use correct punctuation and to make our sentences more interesting by including adjectives. Children are also being encouraged to say sentences aloud to check they make sense.


In maths we are continuing work on simple multiplication and division.


Week ending 28.04.17


Welcome back. I hope you enjoyed the Easter holiday. The children have come back eager to learn and are very excited about our new topic, Walk on the Wild Side. We began by identifying the continents and then focusing particularly on Africa. Next we will look at hot and cold places in the world and why places near to the poles are cold and those near the equator are hot. We will be comparing the UK with Kenya. I have asked the children to find the capital city of Kenya for next week. As they are interested in Egypt I have also suggested they find its capital. If you would like to do some activities at home it would be helpful if you looked at a map of the world or a globe and talked about the continents, and countries in Europe and Africa. As a challenge I have asked if anyone can find out why a year is 365 days long. (It's not part of the topic, but came out of the children's questions!)


In English we are working on the story Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain.This is a folk tale from Kenya. 


In maths we have started looking at multiplication as repeated adding. We will be using our knowledge of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to help us look at multiplication next week. Then we will move onto division and how the operations are related.


This term PE will be on Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays.


Week ending 31.03.17


We have been using interesting adjectives to write poems about the senses. We recited Please Mrs Butler to the rest of the school in assembly. We have been  practising adding er and est to words.


In maths we have been working with numbers to 100. We have been comparing and ordering them.


We have observed our seedlings grow in science. We have also started investigating materials.

Weekending 17.03.17


This we in English we are reading and writing non-fiction texts based on plants and growth. We are exploring the features of non-fiction texts. We have compared fiction and non-fiction texts.


In maths we are consolidating number bonds to 10 and 20 and adding 10 to numbers to 90.


We have been planting seeds and finding out about the life cycle of plants and what they need to grow.

Week ending 10.03.17


In English we have continued to look at Handa’s Surprise. We have been describing the animals and fruit in the story. We are going to taste the exotic fruits and decide which are our favourites. We continue to work on punctuation, using adjectives and interesting sentence starters.


I maths we have been revisiting relating addition and subtraction sums to each other. We have also investigated adding doubles and near doubles and adding 10 to a given number.


In Topic we have looked at seasonal changes, thinking about plants, animals, temperature and hours of daylight. We are watching plants grow. We have been using pastels to draw daffodils and creating blossom. We have also made observational pictures of some of the fruit in Handa’s Surprise.

Week ending 03.03.17


In English we have started to look at stories set in other countries, particularly Handa’s Surprise. We have been making story maps, writing about characters’ thoughts and looking at ways to make the beginning of sentences more interesting. We did some fun activities on World Book Day and it was good to see so many parents and children and the early morning share a book session.


In maths we have been working on number bonds again and relating addition and subtraction sums to each other.


We enjoyed our visit to the church and were able to find all the different parts of a church we have been learning about in school. The children were very respectful and very interested, asking lots of good questions. We also found out about St David on the first of March. We had fun doing the pancake races and discovered the origin of Shrove Tuesday and the meaning of Lent. On Friday we had a very successful prayer day across the whole school. The children responded very sensitively to the different activities. I have been very impressed by how thoughtful the children have been.


Thank you to everyone who encouraged their child to do the Castles homework. The school is covered in wonderful creations and we are looking for more places to display them in all their glory. It was also great to have some different items like cakes and poems. I will be giving out dojo points next week for all the hard work that went into the homework.

Week ending 17.02.17


In English we have been writing our second versions of the class fairy tale, trying to improve punctuation and include more adjectives to make the writing more interesting to the reader. The children are excited to be using polishing pens to make their corrections.


In maths we have been doing more counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We have also been finding the difference between two numbers, which has been quite challenging.


In topic we investigated what people would have worn and eaten at the time castles were being built by the Normans. In RE we have been finding out more about churches, in preparation for a visit to the church after the holiday.


I hope you all have an enjoyable week next week. Don’t forget the castles homework!


Week ending 10.02.17


This week in English we created a class fairy tale. The children then did a cold write, where they retold our story with minimum help. Following this we worked on using capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks correctly in writing. The children can say where to put capital letters, but now need to use them more confidently in their own writing.


In maths we have continued to work on measuring, telling the time using o’clock and half past, measuring using centimetres and finding things heavier and lighter than a kilogram. We have also used arrow cards to show the tens and ones in numbers to 100 and make those numbers on bead strings. This involved a lot of counting in 10s.


We have been looking at materials and their properties, in relation to castles and fairy tales. We have also followed instructions to make a magic potion.


As an extra piece of homework it would be great if the children could make a model of a castle or some sort of presentation about castles. This could include a selection of photos or a poster. What they do is entirely up to them and I am not going to provide any more instructions. This is voluntary homework so children do not have to do it if they don’t want to. Please send finished products into school during the week after half term.


Thank you.



Week Ending 03.02.17


We enjoyed the visit of athlete Clare Cunningham. We all took part in a physical challenge and then Clare talked to us about her career.


In English we have continued to do work based on the story of Cinderella. There has been some lovely writing, with some children even including imaginative similes.


In maths we have been looking at measures, telling the time to o’clock and half past, using centimetres to measure length and finding things heavier and lighter than a kilogram. We have continued to count in 5s and 10s.


On Monday, instead of working on our Castles topic we found out about Chinese New Year. We have started some detailed drawings of castles, which we are going to paint.

In RE we found out more about different parts of a church.




Week Ending 27.01.17


In English this week we have been looking at the story of Cinderella. The children have made story maps, written invitations and acted out the story as well as writing about it.


In maths we have been looking at money. We are identifying coins and finding different combinations of coins to make given amounts.


In Topic we studied a day in the life of someone living in a Norman castle. We have also examined castles from a geographical point of view, thinking about why they were built in particular places. We chose our own criteria for where to build a castle based on what we thought was most important. We are investigating materials and their uses and properties.


In IT we continue to use simple Control programs and think about how to stay safe. We have also thought about Christian baptism in RE. If your child was baptised and you have any photos or artefacts we would be very interested in seeing them in school. We will of course take great care of anything you do send in.


We have changed one of our PE days and now do PE on Tuesday and Friday.

Week Ending 20.01.17


In English this week we have been looking at the traditional tale The Three Little Pigs. We have been reading the story and answering questions about it. We have retold the story and acted it out using puppets. We have also done a dictation based on the story. In drama we have started practising group performances based on fairy tales.


In maths we have been doing further work on doubling numbers, up to 10+10. We have had practical experience of adding three numbers together, seeing if we can use our knowledge of number bonds to 10 and doubles to help us.


In Topic we found out more about how Norman castles were defended and about the people who lived in them.