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21st September 2018

We have had a fantastic week and the children seem to really understand all the routines and they are transitioning so well from Reception. 

Maths: We have continued with Singapore maths and the children are impressing me with how well they are using the equipment to show their working. We matched objects, numbers and written words and added this to our maths display to help support our learning, for example, counting 8 objects looking at the digit 8 and the written number eight. We have been representing the objects we have counted on the ten frame. We have been comparing numbers and using the language of more than, greater than, less than, fewer than, equals to and the same as. The children found some of the language tricky so if you could practice this at home it would be very helpful.

English: This week, after sharing the story book, ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and reading factual information about rainbow fish the children drew their own rainbow fish. They have been working on sentences starting with, ‘My fish is ….’ .

In phonics, we have re-caped some of the phase 3 sounds and have looked at words which contain these sounds. The children are amazing at recalling the sounds when they see them written in isolation, however, when reading they often don’t see the sound as two letters one sound and will sound every letter in the word. For example, for shark they might sound out s-h-a-r-k rather than sh-ar-k. Please help when they are reading to point out the two letters one sound or even with, ‘air’, (h-air) three letters one sound!

RE: The children discussed how we show love to our mums and dads and the things that parents do to show love back. They recorded their ideas.

This week: The children have come home with library books. These are to share and enjoy at home. The children visit the school library every other week so don’t need to bring their book to school each day.

Have a great weekend.

Sara Welsh

14th September 2018

We have had a very busy week which has just flown by.

Maths: We have started Singapore Maths and have been introducing the children to the equipment they will use. Singapore Maths is a scheme based on the concept that – “Concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) is a highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths.” This quote was taken from Maths no Problem and there is far more information on the site if you want to read more. The methods are heavily based on demonstrating, showing and proving knowledge. There is a lot of partner work which the children really enjoy. The children have started using their Singapore Maths books and they love using them, we have been focusing on numbers to 10.

English: We have worked on understanding what a sentence. The children have written very simple sentences; “I can see a …”, linked with an underwater picture. The children have been encouraged to remember capital letters at the start of their sentence, full stops at the end, finger spaces and ‘sweeps and flicks’ handwriting. We have started handwriting practice this week beginning with the letter i and also l. We use the language, “start on the line, sweep up, pause and straight back down and flick”. We have worked on making expanded noun phrases (just describing the noun in more detail). We ended up with a, “petrifying, sharp toothed shark”, and a “squishy, jelly like octopus.”

We have checked all children’s phonic knowledge and are recapping phase 3 which was taught in Reception. At the end of this year we will have phonics screening so phonics is a very important aspect of our work in Year 1.

Art and Design: We were artists! We explored different techniques that could be achieved with paper. We looked at the artist Zoe Bradley who works with paper and the children were amazed by her work! The children then created their under the sea masterpieces.

RE: We continued our question, “What do Christians believe God is like”. We thought about God as a forgiving father by starting to look at the parable of the Lost Son.

Forest school: Mr Bennett was absent on Wednesday so I was lucky enough to do Forest School. The children were amazing, and we had a great time, we did lots of scientific discussion about weather, the seasons, the plants and animals in the environment. We thought about questions we could ask and explore over the year. Coming in waterproofs and wellies will save lots of time. Please send children with a named carrier bag containing their school shoes. The bag needs to be big enough for them to put their wellies and waterproofs in to bring home. Also, as the weather gets colder, they might need two pairs of gloves, ones that will get muddy at forest school and their normal lunchtime gloves which could come into school in bookbags or the bag with their shoes.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend Year 1. Remember photographs on Monday – so best smiles!

Sara Welsh

Our first week in Year One

9th September 2018

Hello and a very warm welcome to Year 1. I am absolutely thrilled with how well the children have settled in already. They all seem so grown up and are coming into school happy and ready to learn, we can’t ask for anything more. This blog will be updated each week with our experiences and learning in Year 1 and will also contain ideas for you to support your child’s learning at home. It would be lovely if you shared the blog with your child, in this way you will have a better idea of their school life. If they are anything like my son when asked, “What did you do at school?” I get the response, “Nothing!” Hopefully the blog might shed some light on their daily activities!


We have had a wonderful 4 days getting used to lots of new routines and members of staff. The children have been amazing and adapted really well, I think the transition week in July really helped. The children have been introduced to entering school via the main door, new pegs, groups, tables, using the big toilets, where to put water bottles etc. So many new routines to remember! They were introduced to Mrs Medlicott, our fantastic teaching assistant, and myself. Together we talked about our expectations in Year 1. We are so lucky that Mrs Bridgwater has moved up from reception with the class. She is with us every morning and out and about at lunchtimes too. Mr Bennett teaches in Year 1 on a Wednesday when I am with Mrs Cutler having assistant head time. In the morning he will be going down to Forest School and then teaching computing in addition to the normal phonics, guided reading and maths.


This week we have been very busy with our learning. Our topic is ‘Under the Sea.’ We looked at the book ‘Only one you’ in transition week and have continued to work on it this week. The children designed fish pebble; their designs were very good. They then used sharpies to create their design onto a pebble these were absolutely brilliant. I couldn’t believe how carefully the children recreated their design (I have never seen so much care and attention or children following their design so carefully, I was blown away)! Year 2 have also created fish pebbles and we are going to display then between our two classrooms.


Maths: We have done lots of counting, number rhymes and recognising numerals. The children have done some maths recording. Next week we will start Singapore maths which the children were very excited about (having a book to work in)!

English: We started with speaking and listening to holiday news. It was lovely that all the children were confident enough to tell the whole class what they had been up to over the summer. They wrote their news independently then drew the pictures of something they had done in the holidays.

RE: We began our topic of “What do Christians believe God is like” We thought about the question what do we think God is like? The children created their own piece of art to answer this question and explained what they believe God is like, we had some really thoughtful answers.

Our new baby: Last year Mrs Woodhouse brought gorgeous baby Sophie in to Year 1 every 4 weeks and we all benefited from seeing how she had grown and changed. The new Year 2’s will continue to see and observe her development this year. In Year One Mia has a beautiful new baby brother, Theo. Mia’s mummy has kindly agreed to let us adopt him as our class baby this year! She will bring baby Theo in once a month so we can see how he has grown and changes over time. Baby Theo came in to visit us on Friday morning and we talked about all the things he could and couldn’t do, we looked at his bottles and saw how much milk he can drink at a time (2oz) and saw his tiny nappy. Thank you so much for bringing Theo in to help with our science across the year and brightening up Friday morning. And thanks again to Sophie’s mummy Mrs Woodhouse for sharing you beautiful daughter last year.

PE: Mr Alexander and Mr Underhill are teaching PE to Year 1 on Thursdays. This term they will be focussing on foot co-ordination and ball skills.

If you have an questions, queries or worries, however big or small, please pop and see me.

Sorry for the lengthy blog. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend Year 1. See you on Monday!

Sara Welsh

Activity Week 2018

6 July 2018

Wow! What a hot, sunny, busy activity week we have had!

We have enjoyed a zumba session, playing rugby with the Worcester Warriors and archery. The children have enjoyed their Multi-Skills sessions with children from Ridgeway and Aston Fields. We all showed lots of courage and confidence when caving! It was lovely to see the children supporting one another. On Friday we had a wonderful time learning to bollywood dance and a lovely ride on Miss Hill's horses!

The children have learnt about the benefits of drinking water and we thought about children who don’t have enough water or don’t have access to clean water. We made posters to encourage water drinking. The children designed and made their own football kits, there were some really lovely Tardebigge ‘rainbow of opportunties’ themed kits. They learnt about a healthy diet and had a go at designing a healthy plate of food.

Thank you to everyone who came and cheered their team on Sports Day!

Next week the children will be spending the week in Year 2 with Miss Sutton and Mrs Friday for transition. I will miss them very much!

Have a fab weekend, enjoy the sunny weather. Come on England!

Sara Welsh


Well, what can I say; we have all been blown away with how brilliantly the children did with the phonics screening this week. The children were amazing. They used robot arms and remembered digraphs, trigraphs and split digraphs, blending brilliantly. You should all be proud of them. J

On Monday we had a rugby session with Jamie from Worcester Warriors and the children really enjoyed it. Jamie will be training us over the next few weeks. On Friday we had a special visitor – baby Sophie (and Mrs Woodhouse!) Sophie is now 21 weeks and we noticed lots of changes. She is much more alert, looking at us all, smiling and making lots of noises. She performed her new trick which is rolling on to her tummy and then back on to her back. It is lovely to see how she has changed and developed every month.

English: We have read the first few pages of ‘The Perfect Pet.’ We wrote our own page from the book, for example; What George wanted more than anything else in the whole wide world, more than chocolate, more than football, more than a bike, more than reading, was a beautiful cat. We also thought about our own perfect pet, we drew these and labelled them.

Maths: We have worked on halves and quarters this week, the children have completed worksheets for both ½ and ¼ and they have amazed us with their knowledge! We designed our own pizzas using different toppings on each half or quarter. On Friday we had a real treat in the classroom as we used pizza to visualise these fractions and then we were ‘really’ allowed to eat our own fraction of pizza!

RE: Mrs Medlicott discussed a Christian Baptism; she brought in Ethan and Katie’s outfits, photographs, candle and certificates from their Baptisms. The children thought about Bertie bear’s Baptism and what we need to arrange and organise this. The children made lists of things we need to do before the event.

Hope you have a lovely weekend. Have fun.

Sara Welsh


Ahh, it was so lovely to see the children after a week away. The only sad thing is that this is the last half-term of them being Year 1’s! I feel confident that they are ready for Year 2, they all seem to have matured and their reading, writing and maths are impressing all the adults in Year 1. They are a fabulous class.

Phonics, phonics, phonics: The phonics screening is next week so we have taken every opportunity to practice and revise all the sounds we have learnt. The children are brilliant. However, an additional practice this weekend would be fab. Please get them to do their phonic homework over the weekend. They are able to add sound buttons so can do this to identify the digraphs, trigraphs and split digraphs. In general all children can say what the phoneme is; the problem can sometimes be identifying them in the word, especially the split digraphs, where the magic e makes the vowel say its name – such as phone, cave, Pete, dive, tube. Remember these might be real or alien (nonsense words) like phobe or stribe. Occasionally the trigraphs are also missed - ure, air, igh. I know the children will make us proud next week. If you are unsure how to help, PhonicsPlay is great and there are many free games, look for phase 5.

English: The children all wrote their half term news, which was lovely to listen to, read and mark. Their writing has really improved. We have written our own lion fact file. The children researched and found information about lions. Then they wrote a variety of different sentences about lions containing the information they had independently researched.

Maths: We have completed a division unit in the Singapore Maths books. This was basically sharing groups equally, the children seemed to find this quite easy going (far easier than the multiplication) and we whizzed though it. We have begun a unit on fractions which had a couple of tricky questions, even the staff have struggled with some of them (but we got there in the end!)

Next week Mrs Medlicott will be in the classroom while I take the children to complete their phonics screening assessment. I think we will whizz through it.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and the sun shines.

Sara Welsh


The weeks seem to be speeding up and just flying by! Your children are growing up and getting more mature by the day. We have had such a lovely, busy week. The Tardebigge Trek on Monday was just beautiful, watching the children and parents and carers walking through the field of rapeseed was just wonderful. I think everybody could appreciate what a beautiful place we live and work in. The children had some lovely things to say about their local environment. Thank you to all who could make the trek.
We have worked in a different way this week and had lots of ‘round robins’ with 5 different activity/work stations which the children have visited during a day or two. These have included multiplication work on doubling and word problems, work on capacity (including lots of practical work on full, half full and empty), painting and colour mixing, writing their news, research on lions and answering our questions about Africa.
Phonics: The children have continued to practice blending and sounding out real and alien words.
Re: We have recorded some answers to our big question what makes some places sacred? Thinking about where people go to worship, what they do there, and which objects and symbols are used in acts of worship. We thought about weddings and the importance of these. We discussed Billy and Bonnies wedding from Year R and the Royal Wedding that is taking place tomorrow.
Exciting News: We had a birth announcement from Billy and Bonny Bear that they have a healthy baby boy bear, named Bertie Bear. Bonny is very tired and they have asked for our help to arrange the christening for Bertie (as the class did such a good job arranging the wedding last year!) Please could you talk to your child about their christening or naming ceremony (if they had one) and send in any photos. We need to do a little research, so we know what we need to organise! (This is part of our RE work to answer the question What does it mean to belong to a faith community?)
Have a lovely weekend. Remember our trip to the Safari park on Monday, please remember school uniform, hats and sun cream if hot waterproofs if it looks like rain.

Sara Welsh


With Monday off, this week seems to have absolutely flown. We have been really productive and got through a huge amount of work. We have a wonderful student teacher Miss Evans, who is normally in every Tuesday, but is currently with us full time until half term. The extra pair of hands definitely help get more achieved.

English: We have just about finished, ‘The Lion Inside.’ We read more of the story and made three predictions for the end of the book. We wrote some dialog between the lion and the mouse with one character asking a question and so we used question marks in our writing. We also had a go at writing an interesting blurb which would make someone want to read the book. The children did really well.

Maths: We have been working on multiplying. We have done this by making equal groups and counting the amounts in each group. We have made sure our groups are fair. We have looked at ‘lots of’, so 3 lots of 5 are 15. We have practiced counting in 2, 5 and 10.

Phonics: We have undertaken another phonic screening assessment and the children really impressed us. We are reading lots of real and alien words in preparation for the phonics screening. During the screening the children can have a paper copy of the screening materials and they can write their own sound buttons on. We feel this will really benefit some children as they will be forced (by the writing it down) to identify the digraphs, trigraphs and split digraphs. We put a dot underneath single sounds. So the word ‘cat’ would be . . . one dot per sound. The word ‘with’ would be . . _ a dot for the w and i and a dash (_) for the th. ‘choin’ would be __ . a dash for ch and oi and a dot for the n. Split digraphs have a ں underneath the word to join the vowel to the ‘magic e’ that makes the vowel say its name. The children are amazing at this maybe they could teach you!

RE: The children thought about Allah having 99 names and thought of the different names we have for God. They then illustrated these.

Hope you have a super weekend. Have fun.

Sara Welsh


We have had a busy week and the children have worked hard. We had a lovely visit from Mrs Woodhouse and baby Sophie. Sophie is 15 weeks old now and just beautiful. The children noticed lots of small changes in Sophie, especially how she can hold her head up herself and likes to stand while being held! They asked Mrs Woodhouse some good questions about baby Sophie and how she is developing. She was impressed with their observations.

English: We have continued our work on, ‘The Lion Inside.’ We have read the next few pages and explored the character and appearance of the lion. The children impressed me so much with their writing about the lion that I had to fetch Miss Sutton and Mrs Friday to come and see their work and Mrs Clarkson also popped along to have a look. We also looked at exclamation marks and the children wrote exclamation words, phrases and sentences for when the lion and mouse first meet.

Maths: We have finished the chapter on number problems in maths and have also does lots of extra extension problems. The children found some of the problems quite tricky, so we will revisit them later in the year.

Phonics: We have continued recapping and revising all the sounds and alternative sounds learnt. We are reading lots of alien words in preparation for the phonics screening. The children just need to continue to spot the digraph, split digraph and trigraph in the words they are reading.

RE: We have continued with our sacred places unit of work after taking a mini break to think about Easter and what it means to us. We have looked at Islam and shared a book called, “My Muslim Faith.” The children wrote questions that they would like to ask a Muslim about their faith. These were thoughtful and demonstrated a real maturity. They thought about how a Muslim may feel when they are in the mosque. They enjoyed writing their names in Arabic

Hope you have a lovely long weekend. Fingers crossed the sun shines. Look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

Sara Welsh


Your children are just fantastic, it is making us sad how grown up they are getting as we can tell they will soon be Year 2’s (and I don’t want them to move on!) Well the African weather with our Africa topic didn’t stay around for long! What is our weather doing? We’ve gone from summer hats back to hats, gloves and scarves this week!

English: We have continued working on, ‘The Lion Inside.’ We have read the next few pages and explored the character and appearance of the mouse. The children impressed me with their character descriptions. They were adding amazing detail and descriptive language. The have started to look at the lion and have made notes on his appearance and character.

Maths: We have been doing some very tricky word problems. The children are more than able to do the actual calculations but the wording has really thrown them! We have started simple bar modelling but also found this hard-going. This is an example of the type of questions the children have been working on, “Sam makes 12 sandwiches. He gives away 9 sandwiches. How many sandwiches does Sam have left?”

Phonics: We have continued revising all the sounds. We have also looked at compounds words and two syllable words. The last page of the phonic screening test is always two syllable words. These can look quite daunting because they are long, however, if the children break them down into the two syllables they are not too tricky. Some examples are index, turnip, waiting, diving, beehive, midnight, portrait.

The children have done some amazing art work by painting the sunset over the savannah, from reds to oranges to yellows. They let their backgrounds dry before adding the silhouettes of African animals, they are really impressive and have been displayed in the Year1 corridor.

Have a great weekend, whatever the weather!

Sara Welsh

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