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‘As each one does their part, we grow in love’

Autumn Term 2020

Monday 23rd November


Over the last few weeks we have learnt alternatives for /ay/, /ee/ and /igh/.The split digraphs have been particularly tricky to spot in words so we are pausing our Song of Sounds this week to recap a-e, e-e and i-e. This will give the class more exposure to these graphemes and time to embed them.


Tag words have been a great success so far. Thank you for all your support at home with this. Remember they need to read and write them. Perhaps you could try and write them using their pre cursive letters? It's a great opportunity to reinforce these letters at home. There are now quite a few children who are able to write pre cursive which is an amazing achievement. 


I hope you have heard about our new books we have been reading for English - The Queen's Hat and The Queen's Handbag. They will be inspiring our writing for the next few weeks. Watch this space!

Our WOW Wall November 2020

Monday 9th November


Today, we sent home tag words for the children to learn. These are tricky words which means they cannot be sounded out as they are not spelt phonetically. Please practise reading and writing these words everyday at home for 5-15 minutes. They are also high frequency words which means the children see and use them regularly. Inside your child's reading record, we have written the day your child will be tested. The only way we can manage this (without parent helpers) is to test 6 children a day. It would be very helpful if your child had their reading record on that day so we can change tags when necessary. 

This weeks Song of Sound:

ee - busy, busy bee

ea - beans in your dreams

e_e - perfect Pete



The children have worked really hard on their writing this week. We've been pretending to be Samuel Pepys and are writing his diary from the day of the fire. Can your child remember the three things he buried? We have started to write our first piece for our writing wall so we'll put some photos up when they are finished.

We have been using the part whole model this week in Maths and will continue to use this for adding and subtracting next week.

Part + Part = Whole


This week we have celebrated both Remembrance Day and Children in Need. We made beautiful poppies on Thursday for our classroom and today have taken part in lots of activities linked with Pudsey Bear.


Have a lovely weekend and see you on Monday.

Please ensure your child has their reading record in school on their tag word day so we can let you know how they get on.





Monday 2nd November


Welcome back! It was wonderful to see all the children today and hear about their holidays.

Now that we are into a routine, I promise to keep the website updated with information and learning.

We started our Year 1 Song of Sounds today. This week we are learning:

/ay/ May I play

/ai/ Train in the rain

/a_e/ Bake a cake

Week beginning 14th September


On Monday, the children arrived to our new role play area - a fire station! They have loved pretending to be fire fighters and saving the world. Modern Firefighters is only the beginning of our topic - next week we will be going back 400 years to the 1600s and learning about The Great Fire of London. 
This week we have introduced our Science and RE challenges. All children are expected to complete a weekly task related to the learning objectives in these subjects. This approach is completely new to the children so many of them need reminding daily to complete the activities. Eventually, the children will upload their learning to Seesaw to share with you at home. I’ll let you know when we’ve learnt how to do this, but it will be at least another few weeks! 
The children are continuing to make lots of models. As a result, we are now encouraging them to label their creations so they can be shared on the website. This, alongside giving them ownership, encourages writing in all areas of provision and allows them to apply their phonic knowledge. 
We have nearly got all our routines into place. Our next big focus is working with the children in Discovery Time to show them how to move on their own learning without continued adult support. 

See you next week.

Week beginning 7th September


I’m really pleased to share that everyone has settled into Year 1 really well. We have had lots of changes to get used to including lots of hand washing and different playtimes and lunchtimes. The children have enjoyed discovering the new classroom and have already learnt how to take pictures of their learning for their learning journals and the website. Myself and Mrs Evans have loved getting to know the children and their individual interests. As you will already know, we have heard all the children read. Books will be sent out on a Monday and collected in the following Friday. They will then be quarantined over the weekend before going home with another child. We are still assessing the children’s Maths and Phonics but we hope to complete that next week. It is very time consuming as most of it needs to be completed 1:1 but it is important to us that there is always an adult in Discovery time with the children to enhance and challenge the learning of the children.


We will be starting our new topic next week - watch this space!