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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

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