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This is just a reminder that information about what your child's class is doing is updated weekly on this class page. Teachers will post what is coming up, how you can help your child and suggest things that you could do at home. This is because we feel it benefits children to look at the curriculum before they are taught it and helps you know what is happening in the class before it happens rather than after it has occurred.

In the same way homework is called 'preview homework' and will focus on what the children are going to be learning about. We feel it is helpful to your child if they complete preview homework suggestions or activities. However we know that families are busy, have activities out of school etc and that this is not always possible. Therefore preview homework is optional and your child should not be penalised for not completing it and you do not need to provide an explanation to the teacher as to why it has not been done. There may be rewards and incentives for those who do complete their preview homework, but no sanctions for those who do not.

Please remember to check this page for weekly forthcoming class information and copies of preview homework posted.

Week Commencing Monday 5th February 2018


We will continue writing character descriptions this week and will be looking at Monsters, based on the story 'I Need my Monster.'

We will be looking at which monsters they might find under the bed and describing them.  It would benefit your child to watch the story with you and discuss it at home.  You could get them to describe the monsters to you, discuss the ones they like or don't and the reasons why.  You could imagine the monster that might be coming next and describe it together.


Week commencing Monday 29th January 2018


The children will continue looking at descriptions but look at describing characters.  We will look at interesting characters with wonderful features that they can describe.  It would benefit your child to discuss characters in illustrations in books that you read - what can they see / describe about their features.  If you are able to take this a step further you could probe what they know about a character from their expression or from their actions e.g 'do you think she is angry?  How do you know?' or 'why did the snake slither away quickly?' in e.g The Gruffalo as you are helping your child to consider how the character is acting and generating adjectives for feelings, such as 'he was scared The Gruffalo would eat him in snake soup!'

You could make lists of words they find or use to describe characters and ask them which they have managed to use in school too!


In maths the children are counting in 2's, 5's and 10's so any practice of this would be great.  Any oral counting forwards and backwards, counting objects, putting things in 2's etc. To really challenge your child perhaps see if they can count in twos from different starting point e.g from 12 and see how far they get.  Even more challenging might be to ask them to count in 2's from an odd number and see how they do or what they notice.  Many children find going forwards easier so see how they do counting backwards from 20, 50 or 100 in 2's, 5's and 10's.  It is often a good idea to use 0 too so they are familiar with it so start by counting from 0 and prompt them to finish at 0 when they count backwards.



Week beginning 22nd January 2018

In English we will continue to develop our descriptions of settings writing longer sentences with describing words in e.g 'the leaves in the forest were large and green'.  It would be helpful if you could get the children to describe any place or object to encourage interesting vocabulary.  Rather than just describe the object, say a flower, can they tell you about the flower - 'it is a red flower.  It has bright petals.  It smells beautiful.'

This will help them improve their setting descriptions and get into the habit of using descriptive language more easily.


In phonics the checks we have done show that the main focus for us and reading at home need to be blends - ai, ou, igh, oa for example.  Some children are really good at sounding out a word like 'boat', but are sounding out individual sounds so for example night can be coming out a nigget as they are sounding out n-i-g-h-t as individual sounds and not blending them to make 1 sound 'ight'.  In reading at home please encourage and demonstrate this blending.  Also some children are sounding out words they can read by sight.  Again, if you think your child is confident reading some words encourage them to say the whole word to you and only sound out the unfamiliar ones.


In maths we will be moving onto addition - using apparatus and adding mentally.  We will be showing the children methods of adding, such as starting with the biggest number and counting on.  We will look at some word problems where the children need to work out the sum.  It would help your child to find any opportunities to add two amounts together such as 'oh look you have 5 peas left on your plate and I've got 3.  How many is that altogether?'


Week beginning 15th January 2018


This week we will be looking at settings and talking to the children about them as places where things can happen.  We will link to our topic by imagining we have landed in an unusual and interesting place.  We will work together to make interesting words to describe the places.  We will look at how authors describe settings before trying to write some setting descriptions of our own using descriptions for the objects we can see.

It would really benefit your child if you could pick out interesting describing words in books you read with them, or find pictures of interesting places and try to describe them with interesting adjectives.

Towards the end of next week we will be using this picture to describe so why not have a go with your child now?


Picture 1

In maths we will be introducing and reinforcing number bonds starting with pairs to 10.


In spellings we will be looking at spelling patterns that appear in the recommended spelling lists for Year 1 which you can access from the attachment below.  We will also be doing a practice phonics screening.  This will take place in June for Year 1 pupils.  By looking at unusual words now we can identify any common spelling patterns that we need to teach.

Week beginning 11.12.17.

In English our book is Stickman by Julia Donaldson. It would be helpful if you could read the book to your child and talk about these words we will be using next week-Author, illustrator, rhyme, text, illustrations, discuss, describe, thoughts, ideas.

In maths we are continuing with subtraction. We will be playing subtraction games, using the numberline and recording our number sentences. Please help your child count backwards in 1's and 10's from any given number,sing rhymes like 5 currant buns, 10 fat sausages.

The children are looking forward to performing their nativity to you all! 





Week beginning 4th December 2017.


Dear parents and children,


May I thank you all for your warm welcome on my return to school.


Mrs. Parker and I have been planning and working together to create a calm environment for the children.

The children are happy and settled and are working extremely hard.  

In our topic this week, the children will be sorting animals according to carnivore, herbivore and omnivore criteria.

The children have looked at practical addition, played games and have been explaining their working out.

We continue to listen to the children read and thank you for your support by listening to your children read at home.

This week we are looking at subtraction,daily phonics and we will be making our own individual non fiction books about rain forest animals.

With Christmas just around the corner, the children are working hard in their forthcoming Christmas production.

Mrs. Parker and I are very proud of the children's progress in year 1.



Week beginning the 13th November.


My apologies for not completing the web page for a few weeks. The children and I have settled into a routine and we have welcomed Mrs Basta back into the fold too!!

Over the last couple of weeks we have continued with our rainforest studies. We have been looking at the types of plants found in the forests including those that eat insects! In maths we have been counting and getting to grips with place value- exchanging 9 ones for a ten etc. The children have worked really hard on this tricky aspect of number. In English we have been looking at stories based in rainforests such as The Mixed Up Chameleon and The Monkey Puzzle Tree.


This coming week we will be moving on to addition and subtraction in our maths. We will be looking at number bonds to 20 and the subtraction facts to go with them. In english we will continue to read stories about rainforests and the creatures that live within them. These next few weeks in topic we will be starting to find out about some of the animals found in the forests. 


Please feel free to find out about rainforest animals, explore number bonds etc with your child at home. 

Week beginning 9th October 

A lovely time was had in year 1 last week, where we started off our Monday morning with maths on the playground, sorting and writing numbers into a number line. Autumn is here and the weather was crisp and breezy, but it didn't stop us from carrying out our subtraction and having fun. The children are getting very good at number bonds now and again, a practical and fun activity helped to enforce this.


On Tuesday we had our Harvest Festival in the church, which  I am sure you will agree was lovely to be part of. The children in year 2 spoke clearly and confidently and both the year 1 and 2 classes sang beautifully. The Harvest tree, created by year 1 is complete and can be seen in the hall.


The children have been working well with their phonics and are trying really hard to apply this to their writing. With regards to their sounds and word work for this week, they will be continuing to work or recap on letter formation and sounds and words from phases 2, 3, and 4: ch, sh, th, ai, ee, or, igh, oo, ow, oi and or.

Some children will also be introduced to the phase 5 sounds: oe, au, ey, a-e and e-e.


Week commencing 2nd October

Last week was fairy tale week, when the children had great fun working together with other classes, looking for clues and trying to solve puzzles about the missing gingerbread men. In our English work we talked about lots of different characters from both familiar and unfamiliar stories and the children wrote some great character profiles. This week we are continuing with this theme, where we will be able to compare similar characters and maybe create our own, based on what we have learnt.
In our maths we worked on addition and number bonds to 10/20 and moved on to adding 2 numbers by counting on from the biggest number by popping it into our heads! We have now begun to look at subtraction and the children have also been introduced to working with a number line. Next week we will be doing some fun activities, requiring the children to physically jump up and down the line, which will enable them to have a greater understanding of addition and subtraction. We will also be moving on to number problems which involve this.
Our topic work on the rain forest continues and we will be finding out about the many different species of animals that live there. The children have shown great enthusiasm for subject and have produced some amazing oil pastel drawings.
With our Harvest Assembly coming up on Tuesday, we have been thinking about what harvest means, and will be creating a display in the hall with our thoughts for all the things that we can be thankful for.

Week Commencing 25th September

Next week in Year 1 we will be taking part in a whole school fairy tale week which will start with an exciting assembly. We will be looking at the characters of Little Red Riding Hood and Jack from Jack and the Bean Stalk and thinking of exciting ways to describe them. It would be great if at home you could talk to your child about what an adjective is! Maybe you could read some fairy tales to them too. 

In phonics the children are split into different groups. One group will be learning the following phase 5 sounds: oy, ir, ue and au. The next group will be working in phase 4 and will be practising polysyllabic words. The third group will be recapping the following sounds from phase 3: y, z, zz and qu. The final group are learning g, o, c and k. You can help at home by playing on the phonics play website. 

In maths we will be focusing on addition and subtraction to 20. We will be practising our number bonds to 10, eg 1+9, 2+8, 3+7, etc. At home it would be helpful if you could explore number bonds with your child. Use counters and arrange them in different ways to make 10. 


Week Commencing 18th September


Next week the children will be learning more about their topic of Rainforests.  They will be describing different animals, both orally and in words and we will be looking for capital letters and full stops in their sentences.

We will be looking for some really exciting vocabulary to describe their animals so it would be really helpful to try this with them.

You might hide a few pictures of a rainforest creatures, or a figures or toys you may have.  Describe one of them and see if they can guess what it is before revealing it.  Let them have a turn at describing one to you.  Look at web pages about animals they are interested in and pick out any unusual vocabulary that is used to describe them.


In maths we will continue to explore number.  Look for everyday examples when they can touch count, count on from different starting points (such as from 7 onwards) and count backwards.