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20th October 2017

We have made it! The children have had a brilliant first half term in Year 1. They have worked so hard and we can already see progress in their books. Mrs Cutler and I reviewed progress in writing and she was impressed with the children’s effort and attainment.

Maths: In Maths we have begun adding two numbers using number bonds and number lines. With the number lines we have tried to remember to put the largest number first and then count on. You can practice this at home by counting some objects into a box, for example count 6 pieces of pasta into a box and then put 3 pieces of pasta on the work surface. Then say 6+3=, don’t re-count the 6 just count on from the 6 already in the box as you put the last 3 pieces of pasta in saying 7,8,9 and then model the number sentence 6+3=9.

English: This week the children have been writing independent pieces to see how their writing is coming on. The children wrote their news on Monday and on Thursday they wrote Wanted posters about a pirate. They did well and impressed me with their sentence structure using full stops and capital letters. They are really trying to sweeps and flicks in their handwriting.

In phonics, we have continued working on the phase 3 sounds and have been applying this knowledge in our reading and writing. Over the holidays please let them play on Phonics Play phase 3 games which focus on blending and segmenting. The children wrote Captain Blackbeard’s shopping list using their sounds, they really enjoyed this activity – maybe they could write your shopping lists over the week.

RE: We listened to the story of Jonah and the Whale and recorded the story in our own way. The children made puppets, lift the flap whales, drew pictures or created scenes from the story. They really enjoyed these activities discussing happily what they were doing, talking about the story and they then explained the key messages from the story.

Unfortunately, I didn’t go to the Hive trip as I was working with Mrs Cutler, however, all members of staff said how proud they were of the children, Mr Bennet has written; On Wednesday, the children had a fantastic time on our trip to the Hive! Just being outside of school and in different surroundings was very exciting. When we arrived in Worcester, firstly, we were treated to a story from Indigo Moon. They used clever lights and projections, as well as traditional Indonesian puppets to tell us a story. It was about the creation of the rainforest and how important it is for us all to look after the forests of the world. The story had lots of funny moments, but also quite a few scary moments too, but the Year 1 children were sensible and brave throughout. Next, we went to the Hive, where we were told part of The BFG by Roald Dahl. We heard about dreams that the BFG would catch and put in jars. The children then had a go at drawing their own dreams onto little jars. The story certainly captured the children's imaginations. 

Hope you all have a wonderful week, hopefully the sun will shine and storm Brian won’t affect any of us too much! Looking forward to seeing the children (and you) when we return to school on Monday the 30th October.

Sara Welsh

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