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Week ending 19th January

Hello! We have had an enjoyable week continuing with our topic “All Things Bright and Beautiful”.

In Phonics we have recapped ue (blue), aw (paw) and ew (grew). Some of us have practised writing and reading words with sh, th, ch, ng and oo in aswell. Year 1 have continued to practise their tricky words and we particularly focussed on he, her and me.

In Numeracy the children have been learning about doubling. We understand that doubling means twice as many…so in Numeracy, adding the same number on e.g. 3 + 3. The children have worked hard on using resources and pictures to help investigate double facts, then challenged themselves to recall the facts mentally. We are great at this up to 10 and are continuing to work hard on double facts to 20. For 2 digit numbers we used partitioning (breaking a number down into tens and ones) to find number facts we already know and use to help find more.

In Literacy the children have been rhyming all week! They have worked hard planning, prepping, writing and performing their poems about polar bears or penguins.

In Geography we used globes and atlases to recap the 7 continents of the world and began to investigate the 5 oceans. In Science the children have learnt about classification of animals. We sorted animals based on their features into birds, mammals, insects, fish, reptiles and amphibians. We had to decide what makes a fish a fish? What makes a mammal a mammal? This helped us with our classifying. This is always an enjoyable lesson so I am glad the children are very keen to continue to learn about this. In RE we used a checklist of “sacred” items and explored the church to find these.   

In Forest School we went for a walk to gather leaves and identify different kinds of trees by looking and their leaves. Thank you for all of yours that you gathered at home and brought in. We used these to name a variety of deciduous and evergreen trees. The children then linked this learning to their classification work in Topic to make leaf collages of different animals! We used the book “The Leaf Man” as inspiration.

Mr Cooke visited us on Friday before his placement begins in a couple of weeks’ time. He and Miss Blantford will be swapping for the rest of the Spring Term.

Have a fab weekend Year 1! 

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