Year 1 - Blue Class
Mrs Gregory, Ms Higgins, Mrs Manders

 
5th July 2019
Wow, what a scorcher!  The children did so well at sports day, showing off their skills and behaving beautifully.
This week in maths the children have been solving problems involving time.  They are beginning to understand the concept of how long a second/minute/hour is so any consolidation at home would be helpful.  It often helps to equate it with things the children are familiar with, such as “3 hours is from register until lunchtime” and  “you drank that juice in less than a minute  - less than 60 seconds.”
In English the children have been writing facts about different aspects of Indian life, and watching/writing about the Jungle Book.
Next week our maths focus will be addition and subtraction – in particular, missing number problems, eg. 9 - ? = 4. Our English focus will be the format and language used for writing a letter.
No achievers’ assembly this week, but last week’s achievers were Zach and Sam for great maths money work.
Have a great weekend!
 

21st June 2019
Giraffes have been working really hard this week learning about the work of Rudyard Kipling, including the "Just so" stories, and have written their own stories about how the cobra got his flat neck.  We had many theories, from being stamped on by an elephant to swallowing a frisbee! The children did some fantastic stories and have been focusing on using powerful adjectives to describe characters, settings and actions.

In maths we have been working on describing the position of things, giving directions and turning quarter/half/three quarter turns clockwise and anti clockwise.  They have done really well and showed good understanding through their use of the correct vocabulary.

Next week in English the children will be writing factual pieces about different aspects of life in India (celebrations, food, weather, animals).  In maths we will be revising aspects of place value, counting money and naming/describing 3D shapes.  The children will be building a cube or cuboid as part of a DT project, which will be to make a vehicle. 

We hope to see you all at the summer fair tomorrow - it promises to be a sunny day with absolutely no rain at all!  smiley 

14th June 2019
Another busy week in Giraffes! This week in maths we have been revising finding half and quarter of numbers and making and interpreting arrays.  The children have been using the language "rows" and "columns" to describe their arrays, which has proved tricky.  

Our English this week has been based on "The blue Jackal", an Indian folk tale.  The children have been retelling the story and then created their own story about a different animal that got into difficulty.  They have been practising using story language to start sentences, such as Just then, In a flash, A little while later, etc.

Next week in maths we will be focussing on the language related to describing the position of things, such as above, below, under, beneath, adjacent, to the right, to the left.  Also they will be learning how to turn themselves and objects a quarter, half, three quarters and a whole turn clockwise and anti-clockwise.  These are quite challenging concepts for some, with the related vocabulary, so anything practical that can be done at home to support this will be helpful!

Our English focus next week will the the author Rudyard Kipling, who wrote the Just so stories and the Jungle book.  The children will be writing their own story about how an animal got a particular feature. We will also be grouping animals according to whether they are birds, mammals, fish, amphibians and reptiles over the next two weeks in Science, and learning what makes an animal fall into each category.

Achievers this week:

Yuna - persevering with her maths and getting it all right!
Deacon - fantastic writing about Indian houses.

We will be walking with the children to the baptist church on Thursday morning for a special assembly, and will need a couple of helpers to join us to walk with the children. We will be leaving at 9,45 and returning by 10.30.  Please let one of us know if you are able to help.

Have a great weekend smiley

 

7th June 2019
We have begun our new topic "A passage to India" by learning some facts about India and using atlases to find surrounding countries.  The children have made rangoli patterns using collage materials and been enjoying our new role play area (an Indian restaurant). Over the next few weeks, they will be learning about different aspects of life as a child living in an Indian village and comparing it with their own. Next week they will also be writing their own story based on "The blue jackal", an Indian folk tale.

In maths we have been looking at place value - specifically finding the difference between two numbers using a number line/square and comparing and ordering 2 digit numnbers represented in a variety of ways.  Next week we will be revisiting fractions so any practical reinforcement at home would be helpful (half and quarter of a cake/pizza/apple and half and quarter of a number of objects).

We are pleased that the children are remembering to bring water bottles every day.  Please also remember to send your child to school with a named sun hat on hot days, as well as a waterproof coat for this unpredictable weather! 

Have a great weekendsmiley

 

17th May 2019
We have had another busy week with a very successful trip and the start of swimming lessons.  We have been very impressed with the children's behaviour for both.  Please can the children have their swimming kit in school all the time, in case there are any changes or an opportunity for an extra swim.

In English this week the children have been learning how to write a recount using different sentence openers, such as First, Next, After that, Finally.  They wrote excellent recounts about their trip with lots of interesting detail. 

In maths we have been looking at fractions and the children have learnt that halving a shape means splitting into two equal pieces, and quartering means splitting into 4 equal pieces. Next week we will be halving and quartering numbers using practical objects, and aiming to have some mental recall of number facts related to halving and doubling.

Achievers this week:

Heidi - Excellent work on fractions.
Jessi - super recount about her trip to Windsor Castle.

Have a great weekend smiley 

10th May 2019
This week we have been working hard recognising coins and adding different coins to find a total. They have learnt to count from the highest value coin and add the tens first, then add the 5's, 2's and 1's.  See if they can count your money at home and impress you with their skills!

We have also been working on answering questions about castles by referring to a text and finding the relevant information. They have also learnt about compound words (two words that go together to make a new word, such as teapot, sandcastle).

Next week our focus will be fractions. The children will be learning that two equal parts  (halves) and 4 equal parts (quarters) make a whole. In English our focus will be writing a recount, focussing on using a range of sentence openers (first, next, after that, a while later) and adding detail to add interest for the reader. 

The children are very excited about swimming and we have discussed rules to keep everyone safe and happy.  The children will be swimming on Wednesday and Friday mornings -I have adjusted the timings on the rota as there seemed to have been some confusion!  PE day will be Tuesdays until the end of term, so please ensure hair is tied back and earrings removed on these days.

Have a great weekendyes

3rd May 2019
This week we have been reading variety of repetitive texts or texts with a repetitive phrase.  The children have written their own repetitive texts and are very good at spotting a repetitive phrase in a story!  They have also learnt about the regular plural endings s and es and when to apply them (if the word ends in ch, sh, th, x, s or ss then es is added, eg.  dresses, foxes).

In maths we have been continuing with multiplication skills, by drawing arrays (see previous week). Next week in maths our focus will be recognising coins, counting money, understanding equivalent values, eg. 5p= 1p+2p+2p and solving money problems.

Swimming will be starting in week 4 (w/c13.5.219) and we will need lots of helpers for supervising the changing rooms.  Our swimming days will be Wednesday and Friday mornings, and PE will change back to Tuesdays.  Please ensure that long hair is tied back on these days and that children bring the relevant kit to school.  Please note the children can wear trainers (no laces please!) or plimsolls for outdoor PE, so if plimsolls are too tight and they have spare trainers, these can be worn instead.

Achievers this week:

Ethan and Ava - super writing in response to "Really Really" by Kes Gray.

Have a great (long) weekendsmiley 

26th April 2019
The children have all been telling us about their easter adventures and have worked really well this week.  In English they wrote their holiday news and we have also been sorting statements/questions and writing lots of questions using question marks. 

In maths our focus for this week and next week is multiplication and division skills.  In year One we practise lots of skills related to division and multiplication but we don't use the symbols or related vocabulary until year 2.  So this week we have been making equal/unequal groups, making/drawing sets of objects to solve problems such as "What is 4 sets of 5?" and "How many wheels would 6 bikes have?"Next week we will continue this work, as well as drawing arrays, so    000000
                                                                                                                      000000
                                                                                                                      000000    could be 3 lots of 6 or 6 lots of 3.  Also we will be describing rows and columns, so it could be 3 rows of 6, or 6 columns of 3.

Our new topic is Castles, and the children have begun their learning by sharing what they know and thinking about what they would like to learn. They have also been learning about deciduous and evergreen trees in science.

No achievers' assembly this week as it has been a short week but the whole class has been working and behaving really well.

Have a great weekendsmiley
 

29th March 2019
We have really been embracing Spring this weekby learning all about religious festivals that occur in Spring (Holi, Hanami (Japanese) and Easter).  The children have produced art work and a poster related to these festivals. Next week they will be using their poster-making skills again, as well as learning the Easter story and writing about it.

In maths this week the children have been focussing on number families and all the related addition and subtraction facts.  They have also revised the symbols and language related to addition and subtraction.  Next week's maths focus is the language of capacity and problem solving, eg.  Do taller containers always hold the most?  How can we find out?

The children have been enjoying this lovely weather and have been playing out without coats.  However they still need to bring a waterproof coat to school every day as they play outside in most weathers.

Achievers this week:

Lucy and Harry - really informative and brightly coloured posters.

Have a good weekendsmiley  

22nd March 2019
We are so proud of Giraffes for delivering such a super assembly!  They sang and acted beautifully and said all of their words so clearly. They are certainly growing up very fast smiley

This week we have been focussing on measuring in maths and the children have been measuring and comparing the length and height of objects using correct terminology.  They have measured using non standard units (bricks, paperclips, cubes) and standard units (centimetres).  In English the children have been making non-fiction books about different aspects of spring.  They have been remembering to write golden factual sentences and have included a fact box on some pages and a caption to go with their picture.

Next week in maths the focus will be on addition and subtraction - in particular, number families. This means if we know that 4 + 6 = 10, we can also work out that 10 - 4 = 6  and 10 - 6 = 4 without using objects or fingers.  We will also be revisiting the quick recall of number bonds (pairs of numbers) that make 10 and 20. 

In English/topic the focus next week will be spring celebrations, where the children will be learning about Passover , Holi and Easter.

Achievers this weel:

Torren and Charlotte  - excellent team work making a science poster.

Have a great weekendyes
 

15th March 2019
The children have been learning about Northern Ireland this week and have listened to and written about the legend of Finn MacCool, who had a fight with a Scottish giant resulting in the Giant's Causeway being created.  The children then wrote their own legend about how it might have been created.  Their ideas were really diverse - some theories centred around superheroes having a fight and one theory was that a mermaid named Pearl cut the hexagonal shapes with her sharp tail! 

In Maths this week we have been practising counting in 2's, 5's and 10's.  The children are becoming really good at this, and today they had a variety of forwards and backwards number sequences to solve.  The counting backwards ones were the biggest challenge!

Next Friday is our class assembly.  We have been practising hard and the children have been saying their words really well and learning the words to the songs - it promises to be a great performance!

Next week our maths focus will be using the correct language to compare length and height (taller/longer/shorter/tallest/longest/shortest).  The children will also be measuring in centimetres and sloving problems involving length and height, eg.  If one toy car is 5 cm long, what would be the length of 3 cars altogether? 

Out topic focus next week will be England and the story of St. George and the dragon. Our English focus will be non-fiction texts and the children will be making booklets about Spring, using different headings to organise the information.

Achievers this week:
The whole class for doing so well when practising for our assembly smiley

11th March 2019
Apologies for the delay in this week's update.

Last week, in topic, the children learnt all about Scotland.  The English focus was the stories of Katie Morag and the children enjoyed writing postcards, letters and character descritions using these stories as a stimulus.  We also identified what a verb is, and revised the "ed" ending to form the past tense.

Our maths focus last week was place value, in particular, comparing numbers using the symbols < >. The children learnt to look at the number of tens when comparing/ordering numbers, and where two or more numbers have the same tens, look at the ones. This week's focus will be counting in 2's, 5's and 10's and solving problems involving these.

The children did so well for our first assembly practice on Friday - most of them have practised saying their words and some even knew them off by heart. Please ensure their words are kept in their book bag even if they seem to know them by heart.

This week our topic focus is Northern Ireland and the children will be learning about the legend of Finn Maccool and how the Giant's Causeway was thought to be formed. We will also be continuing to observe our beans growing and name the different parts of plants.

Achievers last week:

Georgie and Esma - super golden sentences in their character descriptions.

Have a great week yes

1st March 2019
Happy St. David's day! smileyWe have kicked off out UK topic by learning about Wales this week and throughlyu enjoyed the Welsh cakes brought in by Meagan - many thanks! Next week our focus will be Scotland and out English focus will be the stories of Katie Morag.  The children will be describing and comparing characters and writing letters and postcards.

We  have also been learing about plants and identifying some common spring plants - see if the children can name these when out and about.  We have started our bean growing investigation but there are no signs of growth as yet.

In maths the children have been working on place value - finding one/ten more or less than a given number and representing 2 digit numbers in different ways.  Next week we will be comparing/ordering numbers and revising the symbols < and > to compare numbers, eg. 16 > ?    What could the number be?

The children have been enjoying the milder weather and although they may go out to play without coats, they still need a waterproof coat every day, as we play out in most weathers (although the short sharp showers yesterday meant we had to come inside!) Please can they also bring a named water bottle every day.

Achievers this week:

Aurelius and Meagan - super story writing.

Have a great weekendyes 

15th February 2019
Well spring is definitely in the air and long may it continue....as next half term's topic is "Let it grow"!  The children will be naming and comparing some common spring flowers, learning the name and function of different parts of plants and trees and discussing other signs of spring such as changes in weather/day length and the birth of baby animals. 

We will also be doing a separate mini-topic about the 4 countries of the UK and their capital cities, national emblem and famous landmarks. The children will be listening to music, learning songs and doing some art work related to these countries.

Achievers this week:  All of giraffes have produced some amazing writing this week, pretending to be Timothy Pope from "Shark in the dark" writing a letter to his mum.

Have a great half term break smiley

8th February 2019
The children have been working so hard this week.  In maths we have been working on place value - representing numbers to 50 and beyond in different ways, making amounts using 10's and 1's and learning how to add or subtract 10 from a number.  The children have learnt that adding and subtracting 10's means that the "ones" digit stays the same.

We have finished our Victorian topic and the children have learnt so much. For our assessment they wrote pages for an information booklet and some children made 4 or 5 pages with all of the information they have learnt!

Next week is Book Week and we have lots of exciting animal-themed activities planned:

Monday - dress up as an animal and share a fact about your animal.
Tuesday - Bring in an animal themed book (it can be factual, fiction or poetry).
Wednesday - Reading with friends in different classes.
Thursday - Everybody reading in the hall.
Friday - Teachers will read to different classes.

We also have our book fair in the hall after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The school gets a percentage of the proceeds to go towards new books for the school.  We hope to see you there smiley

Achievers this week:

Ava and Dylan - fantastic maths work.

Have a great weekendyes

1st February 2019
What an exciting week!  The children thoroughly enjoyed Victorian Day and have been able to remember lots of things that they learnt about life in a Victorian school. They will be allowed to wear their costumes again this Thursday (7th) as it will be Leopards' Victorian assembly and the whole year group can wear their costumes for this.  

Our maths focus this week has been weighing and the children have been solving practical and visual problems and weighing objects using non- standard units, eg. How many cubes will balance the apple?  Will we need more or less cubes to balance the banana?  Why is this? 

Next week's maths focus will be finding one or ten more or less than a number using dienes (tens and ones) and ordering numbers by looking at how many tens and ones they have. Our English/topic work next week will be continuing to look at life in Victorian times, particularly holidays and the seaside. The children will be making factual pages about this.

Achievers this week:

Ben and Poppy - super progress with their reading.  Well done!

Have a great weekend and stay warm!smiley

25th January
The children have been making great progress this week on learning their number bonds. Many of the children know the bonds of 10 by heart and can use their fingers to work out the tricky ones, and lots of children are able to apply this knowledge to learn the bonds of 20. We have only focussed on addition this week so when we revisit this topic they can use their knowledge to apply to subtraction, eg.     10 - ? = 2.

In English we have been looking at the features of a non-fiction text (Title, heading, picture, caption, contents page, index). Today the children made a factual page about Victorian homes including a heading, some factual sentences, a picture and a caption to go with the picture.

Next week our maths focus will be using the correct vocabulary to compare weight, investigating weighing and using non-standard measures such as cubes, paperclips to weigh different objects with the balance scales. Our English focus will be more factual writing and the poetry of Edward Lear.

Don't forget to dress up for Victorian Day on Tuesday - Mrs Gregory has lots of activities planned!

Achievers this week:

Heidi and Ralph - super, informative writing about Victorian homes.
Aurelius - getting lots of work finished in time!

Have a great weekend! yes 

18th January 2019
Our English focus this week has been reading, following and writing instructions.  The children have learnt that instructions need to be short, concise and have a bossy verb at the beginning. Today they wrote their own instructions on how to cross a road safely, following our road safety magic show, so hopefully they will show you their skills whe they are out and about!

In maths we have been using different strategies for addition and subtraction, such as number lines, jottings and adding by counting on mentally. Next week's maths focus will be revising number bonds of all numbers to 10, and using number bonds of 10 to learn number bonds of 20, eg. if 7 + 3 = 10, then 17+3 = 20.  We will aso be looking at corresponding subtraction facts, eg. if 17+3 = 20 then 20 - 3 = 17. We will be using a variety of apparatus such as tens frames, dienes and numicon in order for the children to visualise these and recall them mentally.

Achievers this week:
Alex and Zilly - Great concentration and amazing maths work.

Last week's achievers:
William - great effort with presentation
Leo- persevering with his maths work.

Have a great weekend yes

11th January 2019
This week the children have been learning about the life and work of Beatrix Potter. We have read lots of stories and written character profiles, culminating in the children creating their own character and describing its likes and dislikes. Between them they have created a hedgehog who likes drinking coca-cola, a fox who likes playing netball and a tortoise who doesn't like being tickled....and many more! They have also been learning how to use commas when making a list of their characters' likes and dislikes.

In maths the children have been learning to tell the time (o'clock and half past) and drawing hands on an empty clock face to show different times.  The children have managed very well, especially positioning the little hand correctly when it is half past. 

Next week we will be focussing on writing instructions in English and using different strategies for addition and subtraction in maths (number lines, counting on mentally from the larger number to add, jottings and using known number bonds).

Have a great weekend yes

4.1.19
Happy new year!  The children have been working hard already, writing holiday recounts using a range of sentence openers such as "First, next, after that" to avoid the overuse of "and then". In maths we have been revising 2D shape names and finding different ways of halving shapes, making sure the two pieces are exactly the same.  We have also started our new topic about Victorians, some children already having had a turn in our Victorian parlour role play area.  We have discussed how things were done before electricity, such as washing, ironing and cleaning, and found out about what Ashtead was like in Victorian times.

Next week our maths focus will be the language of time (earlier, later) and telling the time (o'clock and half past).  In English we will be looking at the books of Beatrix Potter (a Victorian author), writing character profiles and descriptions of existing and made-up characters.

Have a great weekend smiley

19th December 2018
Thank you all so much for your generous gifts and cards....we feel thoroughly spoilt!

Next half term our topic will be "When the railway came to Ashtead", focussing on different aspects of Victorian times and making comparisons to the present day.  There will be a Victorian dressing up day (date to be confirmed) towards the end of term just in case anyone wants to start thinking about a costume.

Hope you all have a very happy Christmas holiday....see you all on Thursday 3rd January 2019!smiley

30th November 2018
What a busy week! Thanks to all those who were able to help with our craft day on Wednesday.  The children had such a great learning experience, not to mention lots of fun!  Our classroom and hall are looking very festive now.

In English this week we have been writing stories to round off our traditional tales topic.  The children have also been learning about the features and language used in letter writing, and have written letters to Santa and to our helpers from Wednesday to say thank you.
Next week we will be starting our mini topic of Christmas around the world, so if any parents or grandparents have anything to share about christmas in any other countries - facts, artefacts or if you are able to come in and give a short talk you would be most welcome.

In maths we have been working on place value, looking at each digit in a teens number and knowing that the 1 means 1 ten. The children have been making and drawing teens numbers in different ways, using numicon, dienes (tens and ones) and tens frames.  We have been using the word "partitioning" which means splitting a number into tens and ones. Lots of the children are still reversing teens numbers so we will work on this again next week, as well as ordering teens numbers and finding 1 more and 1 less.

We hope to see lots of you on Sunday - preparations are underway as I am writing this!smiley

16th November 2018
Giraffes have been busy this week learning how to write the middle of a story, using a range of sentence openers (Just then, Suddenly, After that, etc). They have sequenced the events in two well-known stories and retold the beginning and middle. Next week the focus will be on endings of traditional tales, so the children will be making a collection of common story endings, then writing an alternative ending to a tale, using what they have learned.

In maths we have been counting money (1p's and 2p's, some moving on to 5p and 10p) and finding correct amounts to buy things. The children have been finding different ways to pay, so that they understand that 2p+2p is the same as 1p+1p+1p+1p. Next week's maths focus will be naming and describing the properties of some common 2D and 3D shapes.  The words we will be using will be corners and sides when talking about 2D shapes, and faces, edges and vertices (points) when talking about 3D shapes.  See if they can spot any in the house or garden.......

Have a great weekendyes

9th November 2018
Our traditional tales topic is well underway, and the children have been looking at different ways to start a story, and wrote their own story start using adjectives to describe their character and the setting.  They are excited about some of the new words they have been using, such as magnificent, stunning, mouth-watering and ghastly! See how many adjectives they can tell you at home...

In maths we have been using different methods to solve addition and subtraction problems and consolidating number bonds (pairs of numbers) that make numbers up to 10. 

We have also been looking at the properties of objects in science, and using appropriate vocabulary to describe them, such as shiny, dull, smooth, rough, hard, soft, etc.  Next week we will be looking at what things are made of (wood, metal, etc)

Next week's maths will be learning to recognise different coins, ordering them according to their value, counting money (1p's and 2p's mainly) and making amounts up to 20 p in different ways. Please allow the children to handle real money at home, so they get used to the different coins and their values. 

It was lovely to meet you all and share the children's schievements this week at parents' evening.  They have all been working so hard and making great progress.  If you have any concerns, queries or anything to share we are always available at the end of the school day to chat in person or by phone.

Have a great weekend yes

2nd November 2018
The children have all returned to school refreshed and ready to learn.  Well done to all those children who have been reading over the half term break - practise makes perfect!

This week we have started our new topic on Traditional tales.  We have been reading lots of tales and have focussed on the Little Red Hen - sequencing and retelling the story, thinking of adjectives to describe the characters and looking at the language used to start a traditional tale.  Next week we will be focussing on writing an opening sentence for a story, introducing a character or characters and a setting, eg. A long time ago three happy little pigs lived in a beautiful cottage. The cottage was on the edge of a dark, creepy forest.

We have also been describing, photographing and writing factual sentences about signs of autumn, and learning about the story of Guy Fawkes and why November 5th is celebrated.

In maths we have been using different methods to solve problems involving addition and subtraction.  We have been looking at number families to solve problems, eg. If 4 + 5 = 9, what is 9 - 5? We have used numicon to see the relationship between addition and subtraction.  Next week this will continue, with a focus on subtraction, using objects, drawings and numicon to solve subtraction problems.

Now that the weather is colder, we are pleased to see everyone coming to school with a coat.  Please ensure every item of clothing is named, including gloves, hats, etc.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the fireworks smiley

 

19th October 2018
What a busy half term!  The children made us all so proud this morning, behaving impeccably and singing so well.  Thanks to the parents who walked with the children to the church this morning - your help was much appreciated.

This week in maths the children have been sequencing days of the week and events during the day, and using language related to the passage of time, answering questions involving "before", "after", " earlier" and "later". 

In English we have continued to work on golden sentences - in particular, reading their own work to check for sense.  The children received a very exciting letter this week from Oliver (from the book "Oliver's vegetables") and have learnt the format of a letter to write their replies.

Next half term our topic will be "Traditional Tales", with a focus on story language.  We will be looking at different ways traditional tales start (Once upon a time, A long time ago, In a land far away, etc). We will also be looking at different ways to start a sentence when telling a story (next, after that, a little while later, suddenly, finally, etc.)

In maths our first topic will be addition and subtraction - using different strategies, recognising the signs and counting on/back on a number line. The children are getting really good at writing numbers to 20 correctly - see if they can show you!

The children have brought their PE kits home to be washed.  Please ensure they bring them back at the beginning of next half term, as they will need them straight away.  The PE lessons next half term will be gymnastics and dance, so if their plimsolls are getting tight, they wont need more this half term. However it is useful to include them if they stilll fit as an emergency alternative if school shoes rub or get wet!

Have a great half termsmiley

5th October 2018
This week the children have been learning number bonds (pairs of numbers) for the numbers 5-9 - see if they can show you with their fingers or some objects how we can make 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in different ways?

In English/Topic the focus has been on Louis Braille and the children have been discussing, sequencing and writing about the events of his life. They did amazingly well doing their first piece of unaided writing as a whole class - what clever children you have!  Lots were using their sounds to spell unknown words, everyone remembered finger spaces and lots remembered capital letters and full stops. They have also been practising forming capital letters and matching them to lower case ones.

Next week the maths focus will be finding the difference between two numbers using towers of cubes/objects, and solving addition and subtraction sums using different methods. We will be looking at worded problems, for example, a bus has 8 people on it and 5 get off...how many are left? The children will need to decide whether to add or subtract to solve the problem.

The children have been really good at changing their reading books, although some have been a bit over - zealous, changing books before they have been heard by an adult! We have talked about this today and they now know they only change books when they have read to an adult, so please could you remind them of this at home.

Have a great weekendsmiley

28th September 2018
The weeks are flying by!  This week we have been focussing on the sense of sight and attempting lots of activities blindfolded, to see how hard it is for blind people. We have been learning about the difference between a question and a statement, and thinking of questions to ask Mrs Penny about herself!

Our maths focus has been on addition and subtraction - understanding the symbols and associated language, and using different methods to solve simple problems (fingers, objects, number line and jottings). Next week's focus will be continuing with addition and subtraction, but focussing on number facts and number families.  For example, how many ways can we make 6?  If 4+2 makes 6, what is 6-4?

The children will be making their musical instruments that they have designed this week, so if anyone can bring in any small shoe boxes, tissue boxes, pots, etc, we would be very grateful.

Have a great weekendsmiley

21st September 2018
What a busy week we have had!  

In English/topic we have been looking at the lives of famous deaf people (Evelyn Glennie and Beethoven) and finding out how they lost their hearing and how they overcame difficulties.  The children have been writing about facts they have learnt.

In maths the children are getting very good at using the correct language to compare amounts - more than, greater than, less than, smaller than, equal to. They have also been ordering numbers and explaining why they have ordered them that way.

Next week our English focus will be sorting questions/statements, asking/writing questions and using question marks.  We will be learning about our sense of sight and finding out about Louis Braille and Stevie Wonder.

Our maths focus next week will be addition. The children will be using a variety of methods including bricks, number lines and drawings to solve addition problems. They will also be taught the vocabulary associated with addition (add, plus, count on, equals, makes).

Have a great weekendyes

13th July 2018
The children have been learning about writing letters and postcards this week, identifying the features of each of these and the style of language used. They have written letters to their new teacher, telling her about themselves, and to Sunflowers class, telling them all about what to expect in Year One! They have also written postcards from Africa and used short, concise sentences.

In maths we have been revising different strategies for addition and subtraction, including counting on/back and using facts we know, such as doubles and near doubles (if I know 6+6 =12, I know 6+7 = 13). We have been revising quick recall of number bonds of 20, and adding more than two numbers in any order, often starting with the highest number. We have also been trying hard to explain a method or way of thinking (reasoning).

Please could we have any guided reading books and bookmarks back this week, as well as any outstanding library books. 

Class swim next Tuesday will be the last swim of the year for Roses, so they won't need their kit on Thursday.

Achievers this week:

Jack G - excellent calculation and reasoning.
Phoebe - great letter writing on the computer with her left hand!

Hope to see you all later at celebration evening. You can see your child's work in Roses class and meet their new teacher in their new classroom smiley

 

29th June 2018
The children have been working hard this week and have coped very well in the heat.  We have a fan in the classroom and the children have been drinking lots, wearing their hats and spending some time in the shade at lunchtime.  Please ensure they bring a named hat and water bottle every day and wear sun cream.

In maths we have been working on time - telling the time to o'clock and half past, working out time problems involving an hour/half an hour later, sequencing events and learning months of the year. The children have learnt a song to help them to learn the months of the year....see if they can sing it to you at home!

In English the children have written information leaflets about African animals, using different headings.  We have also been looking at the past tense endings "ed" and "d" and spelling common words such as "looked", "called", "jumped" and "liked".

As the children are doing a lot of guided reading at the moment, they will not be heard reading their reading book as frequently.  We still aim to hear each child read at least once a week, but this may be during a guided reading session, rather than individually.  Please keep reading with your children at home and encourage them to discuss the story and new vocabulary.

Achievers this week:
Faith - great improvement in handwriting.
Mahi - being a fantastic reader.

Hope to see you tomorrow at the fair smiley

22nd June 2018
As part of our animal/Africa topic , the children have been listening to Tinga Tinga tales from Africa, such as "How the Zebra got its stripes". Today they have written their own tales about how the leopard got its spots....there was an awful lot of paint being spilled in the jungle! They have been working on using adjectives to describe settings and characters.

In maths we have been revising 2D and 3D shape names and properties (2D shapes have edges and corners, 3D shapes have faces, edges and vertices). We have also been investigating capacity, estimating how many scoops of sand/orbees will fill a pot, then measuring carefully. 

We have been practising our sports day races and are very excited about our novelty race! All will be revealed in 2 weeks.....

No achievers assembly this week but all of Roses wrote great stories today.

Have a good weekend smiley

15th June 2018
Our healthy eating/walk to school week has been a great sucess this week. We have been thining about the 4 main aims:

Drink plenty - we have been counting to at least 10 when having a drink to make sure we drink enough, especially after playtime and PE.

Have 5 a day - I think most children have been having more than that this week - many thanks for all the fruit contributions!

Get active - walking, scooting, skipping, cycling, running, dancing and swimming are just some of the activities we have been doing this week.

Eat Breakfast - the children really enjoyed having a healthy breakfast at school today (some had this as well as their usual breakfast!)

Many of our activities have been based on these aims this week.  We have also been learning about the stories of Paul Geraghty, consolidating place value in maths and learning about life for a child in urban Kenya and making a comparison between her life and ours. We have also been on 'safari' and founds lots of wild animals on the field!

Achievers this week:

George and Gracie S for excellent writing, comparing their life to the life of a Kenyan  child.

Please keep sending in water bottles, hats and waterproof coats every day, as we play outside in most weathers.

Have a good weekendyes

8th June 2018
Welcome back!  The children have been telling us all about their half term activities - sounds like you all had a busy time.

Our new topic is Amazing animals. In Science we will be learning the names, features and adaptations of water, land and air animals, and sorting them by what they eat and by type (mammal, bird, fish, minibeast, reptile, amphibian). We will also be learning about Africa, and focussing on the life of a school child in Kenya.  The children have already been pond dipping and insect hunting, as well as looking at a map of Africa, its surrounding seas and locating Kenya.  We discovered it is on the equator so much hotter than here!
 
In maths our focus is place value so we have been ordering numbers to 100, representing them in different ways by partitioning them (breaking them into 10's and 1's) and finding numbers that satisfy given criteria, such as "greater than 20 but less than 27". This will also be our maths focus for next week.

In English we have been looking at stories from Africa and next week our focus will be on the stories of Paul Geraghty, who is South African. We have been using story language and remembering golden sentences to write interesting story endings. We are also working on capital letters at the beginning of names, places, months and days.

Please could everyone make sure their child has their PE kit in school with well-fitting plimsolls or trainers.  Our first PE lesson started late today because 7 children were without kit!

Next week we are participating in a number of activities to promote healthy eating, drinking and exercise. Free breakfast will be served between 8.00 and 8.30 on Friday so you my drop off your child between these times.  Please sign up at the office if you wish to do this.  It may be instead of or in addition to their normal breakfast. Finally, please ride, scoot or walk to school (a walk from the community centre car park counts!)

Have a good weekend smiley

 

18th May 2018
The children and staff all look fabulous today dressed in red, white and blue. They have enjoyed showing their outfits to each other in our whole school assembly.

The children have been working hard on their fractions this week - finding half and quarter of a number or shape and using these skills to solve problems.  They have understod that each share needs to be exactly the same. Next week we will be focusing on positional language (above, below, left, right, beside, beneath, above) and turns (quarter and half, clockwise and anti-clockwise).

In English we have continued to look at stories with a repetitive phrase.  The children have retold a story in their own words, and written their own repetitive story about an enormous vegetable! We have revised story starts and different ways to start a sentence to make a story exciting (not "and then"!) We have also been practising writing names with a capital letter, and discussed how animals do not need a capital letter unless it is their actual name, eg. Peter Rabbit, Mr. Fox).

Swimming has started well and all the children have been confident and happy in the pool. Many thanks to the parents who have been helping....if you have not signed up to help yet and are able to, please do. Many hands make light work! Please could you ensure your child always has a coat in school, as it can be chilly after swimming, and we do play outside in most weathers.

Achievers this week:
Bartie and Nellie for excellent story writing with good punctuation.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the wedding!smiley

11th May 2018
Apologies....achievers this week:

Mahi - super creative writing.
Gracie S - great work all week especially in maths

11th May 2018
In English this week we have been reading lots of stories with a repetitive structure, and spotting the repetitive phrase (s). The children have written in response to "Eat your peas" and "Really, really" by Kes Gray, really using their imaginations to make their writing funny and far-fetched, in the style of the orignal story! For example...."If you eat your peas I will give you a whole zoo and as many oreos as you want!" We have also been looking at contractions (words with an apostrophe to represent missing letters) - can they spot any in their reading book?

In maths we have been working on finding half and quarter of a quanity, by drawing a picture to share between 2 or 4. Next week we will continue with this, as well as learning how to identify half and quarter of a shape.

Please keep the pictures of wild flowers coming - we will be using them towards the end of the week. Please ensure they are named (child's name and flower name please!)

Swimming starts next week....many thanks to the adults who have signed up to help already.  If you haven't and are able to, please do.  We need as much help as possible! There will be a member of staff at the changing rooms too.

Have a great weekendyes

4th May 2018
The children had a wonderful time on their trip yesterday - they had lots of fun, learnt a lot and behaved really well. Many thanks to the adult helpers who came along.

In maths this week the children have been finding totals to £1.00 with different coins (starting with the highest value when counting) and making amounts to pay for items in a shop. At home, they could count a small handful of coins or find the right coins to pay for something to consolidate their learning.
Next week we will be looking at finding half or quarter of a quantity, and using these skills to solve problems involving length, weigh and capacity. For example, a cup holds 14 cubes, how many cubes would be in half a cup full?  A piece of ribbon is 20cm long.  How long is one quarter of that?

In English the children have been learning how to write a recount of an event, and wrote excellent recounts of their Hever Castle trip.  They know that a good recount needs:  different sentence openers such as next, after that, later on, etc, as well as interesting details about the important parts (the castle) and less detail about lunch and the coach journey! Next week we will be looking at stories with a repetitive phrase and writing a story with a repetitive structure. We will also be looking at contractions (words that have an apostrophe to represent a missing letter or letters, such as don't, can't).

As part of our science, we would like the children to bring in a photo of their favourite plant/flower in their garden or found on a walk.  We will be using these photos to name, describe and compare plants so please ensure your child knows the name of their plant!

Have a good weekendsmiley

 

27th April 2018
Roses have been very busy this week learning about castles.  We have learnt lots of facts and made posters about castles, then used our poster-making skills to make a poster about a wild flower to share with a child from a reception class. They have all brought home a game they made to help them to remember the names of some wild flowers - how many can they spot over the weekend?

In maths we have continued to focus on making sets and sharing objects, and have been working hard to learn doubles to 10+10 (some have learnt doubles beyond this). Next week Year 1 will be learning how to count money to £1, make amounts and solve problems involving money, eg. I have 2 silver coins....what could my total be?

Now that the weather is getting warmer (except for today!), please ensure your child has a waterproof coat with a hood every day. We do go outside in most weathers and wet clothes can be very uncomfortable!

Achievers this week:

Noah and Lucy for excellent, colourful posters about a wild flower.

Have a great weekendyes

20th April 2018
Welcome back! What a lovely way to start the summer term, enjoying the warm weather.  We are really pleased to see so many children bringing hats and water bottles to school, and wearing sun cream. Please ensure all hats and bottles are named.

This week we have started our new topic of Castles.  The children have been sharing what they already know and what they would like to find out.  We have talked about the different people that would have lived in a castle, and why they were built.

In English we have been looking at, following and writing instructions.  The children are very good at this and all know that instructions begin with a "bossy verb"! Next week our writing focus will be information posters about wild flowers (linking with science) - maybe you could see how many different wild flowers you can spot when out and about, and find out their names.

In maths we are focussing on multiplication and division problems, using the language "groups of", "sets of", " lots of", "shared by" and "shared between".  The children have been drawing dots in pots for sharing and drawing sets for multiplication.  We are not teaching the signs for these operations at this stage, simply problem solving by drawing. We will be continuing with this next week.

Achievers this week:

Bartie - excellent maths problem solving.
Dylan - much improved effort with writing.

Well done! yes

23rd March 2018
Another week has flown by and the children have been very busy. In maths we have been consolidating measuring in centimetres and practising number bonds of 10.  We have used number bonds of 10 to help with number bonds of 20 and also looked at number families to derive subtraction facts (16+4 = 20 so 20 - 4 = 16 and 20- 16 = 4).

Out English work has been based on writing non fiction texts based on the Spring festivals of Holi, Passover and Easter.  We have also been looking at how we can add -er or -est to a root word to make a new word, eg. high, higher, highest.

We now have enough helpers for the trip on May 3rd, many thanks. 

Just a reminder about Education City...all the children have a login in the front of their reading diary, and there is an activity for just about every area of the curriculum that we teach.  So next week we will be continuing with number bonds of 10 and 20 - if you type number bonds of 10 or 20 into the search window the activities will come up.  It's a great, fun way to reinforce these important skills - maybe one to think about for the Easter holidays!

Have a great weekendsmiley

9th March 2018
What an exciting book week we have had!  Starting off with a vist from the author Christian Darkin, the children have been reading, writing and evaluating poetry and using lots of adjectives this week. Dressing up day was a great success and the children are all able to list a range of adjectives.

In maths this week the children have been learning to count in 10's, 2's and 5's (5's proved the trickiest as it was new to many of them) and solving problems such as "1 banana costs 5p, how much do 4 bananas cost?"  and "How many 10p's are in 80p?" Next week our maths focus with be using the language of length and height (shorter than, longer than, taller than, the same/equal length or height) and measuring in non standard and standard measures (cm).

We are continuing with our growing topic, and naming common spring flowers.  How many can you find growing in the garden?  Or in the park?  Are they the same as the plants in our classroom? (We have daffodils, tulips, primroses, hyacinths and grape hyacinths).

Have a good weekend smiley

23rd February 2018
The children have settled back well into the school routine and have told us and written about their half term adventures.

This week we have been learning about Scotland as part of our mini topic on the UK, including reading and writing about Katie Morag and learning facts about the geography of Scotland. Next week will be the turn of Wales, as it will be St. David's day on Thursday. We have also been planting pea seeds and thinking about what they need in order to grow.

In maths we have been continuing to work on place value, knowing what each number in a 2 digit number represents and displaying numbers in different ways (tens frames, tens and units and using 10p's and 1p's). We have been learning how to add/subtract 1 or 10 mentally by adjusting the correct digit. Next week we will be comparing numbers to 50 using the symbols <  >  = ( less than, greater than, equal to) and finding the difference between two numbers.

Don't forget costumes for Friday 9th March, our dress up day for our Book Week. The theme is adjectives....here are some ideas we thought up:  sparkly, old, young, furry, shiny, spotty, beautiful, colourful, fierce, wicked, stripey, smart, elegant, scruffy....the possibilities are endless!

Have a great weekend yes

9th February
We have been very busy this week learning about even (multiples of 2) and odd numbers, counting in 2's, investigating what happens when we add even and odd numbers and looking at the last digit of a large number to tell if it is odd or even.

In English we have been working on plurals where s or es are added (es where a word ends in ch, sh, x). We have also been learning and reciting "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear - the whole of year 1 performed this to the school, each verse being read by a group of children. They did amazingly well and really enjoyed it!

Next term's main topic will be "Let it grow", where our science focus will be naming parts of trees and plants, understanding the function of each part and naming some common spring flowers. We do touch upon photosynthesis but in "Year 1" language..." the leaves catch the sunlight so the plant can make its own food." We will also be learning about the 4 countries of the UK, their capital cities and surrounding seas. PE will continue to be inside next half term so hold off buying any new plimsolls until after Easter!

Have a great week - lets hope it's a bit warmer when we return smiley

2nd February
This week we have been looking at place value in maths, and making/counting numbers to 50 using dienes (tens and ones).  We have also been learning how to add and subtract 10 or 1 using dienes, and looking at which digit changes, eg 35 + 10....the tens digit changes to a 4 so it is 45.  Some children have started to work out how to do this mentally by working out which digit needs to change!  Next week our maths focus will be odd/even and counting in 2's.

In English we have been writing information texts about Victorians, using different headings such as toys, homes, holidays, schools. Next week's focus will be poetry, including "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear.

We hope the children are confident to read their words out ready to practise our assembly on Monday - it's perfectly OK for children to read them from the card if they need to! 

Have a great weekendsmiley

Class assembly
Apologies, the date of the class assembly is Wednesday 7th February!  Please help your child to learn their words and say them clearly, and leave words in book bags ready to practise on Monday and Tuesday.

26th January 2018
What a busy week!  Our maths focus this week has been weighing - comparing the weight of objects and using corect vocabulary (heavier than, lighter than, equal) and using non standard units (cubes, paper clips, etc) to weigh. We have been doing lots of reasoning problems too, eg. if it takes 100 feathers to balance a banana, how many dominoes would it take?  Would it be more or less? Why? The children had to estimate and then find out using the scales.

In English we have been looking at non-fiction texts and how they are written and organised.  We learnt that non fiction books often have a contents page, index, headings to introduce each part of the book and sometimes diagrams and captions. The children have written factual sentences about the Great Exhibition and about homes in Victorian times. We have also been looking at the difference between a question and a statement and writing questions for each other to answer.

Don't forget to dress up for Victorian Day on Tuesday 30th January....the children will spend the whole day in a "Victorian classroom!"  Also our class assembly is at 9.15 on Tuesday 6th February.

Have a great weekend! yes

19th January 2018
The children have been working hard this week learning different methods of adding and subtracting (fingers, put number in head and count on, use a number line or do a jotting) and choosing which one they prefer to solve a problem. We have been looking at the signs + and-, paying close attention when the number sentences are mixed!

In English we have been looking at and writing instructions. The children know that instructions need to be numbered, have a bossy verb at the beginning and each new instruction needs a new line. Each instruction also needs a capital letter and full stop. We have also been spelling days of the week and learning tricks to spell the difficult ones (Wed-nes-day).

We have been looking at old and new toys as part of our topic, and using learn pads to take photos of artefacts.  

Next week our main maths topic will be weighing, and our English focus will be identifying features of a non fiction text (contents page, index, headings, diagrams, captions, blurb/synopsis) and how non fiction texts are organised.

Have a great weekend smiley

12th January 2018
Another week has flown by and the children have been working hard.  They have been learning about the life and work of Beatrix Potter and Edward Elgar, and have produced some great artwork and music/dance.  In English the children have been writing character descriptions and inventing their own Beatrix Potter- inspired character.  We have also been learning how to form the past tense by adding d or ed to the root word, eg.  liked, played. Sometimes we get caught out with words like " looked" because it sounds like a "t" on the end!

In maths the children have been very successful in telling the time to o'clock and half past, and drawing hands on clocks to match the time given.  We have also started to problem solve, with questions like "I order a pizza at half past two and it arrives an hour later....what time does it arrive?"

Next week our English focus will be information texts and instructions, and our maths focus will be addition and subtraction using objects, number lines or jottings.  We will also be practising adding a small number to a bigger number by holding the larger number in our head and count on using fingers.

Have a great weekend yes



 

5th January 2018
Happy new year and welcome back!  The children have all settled back into school happily and all seem to have grown!

We have been learning how to write a recount this week (an account of an event or day), focussing on using time connectives (First, next, after that, a little while later, etc) to avoid overuse of "and then". We have also looked at using the connective " and" to add detail, eg. I opened my presents and my favourite toy was a huge teddy bear.

In maths we have been revising 2D shape names and properties, and halving shapes.  The children know that two halves have to be the same size and shape.  We will build upon this next week when we will be working on telling the time to o' clock and half past, and extending to 1 hour/half an hour later problem solving.

We have started our new topic "Victorians", and looked at some old photos of Ashtead before the railway, and were surprised to know there used to be a fairground in the area where the station is! We have looked at some Victorian artefacts and played some Victorian games (skipping games and hopscotch). Next week we will be learning about the life of Queen Victoria and Beatrix Potter.

The rabbit rota is now in the main entrance hall if you wish to sign up for a Saturday or Sunday. No cleaning out required, just feeding/topping up water and some cuddles!

Have a good weekendsmiley

1st December 2017
What a busy week we have had!  Many thanks for everyone who helped with Christmas art and DT day - it was a great success and the children leant lots of new skills and had fun.  We have just about got all the glitter off the carpets and glue off the tables now!

As well as all the crafts, we have been writing letters to Santa, thinking about the organisational features of a letter, such as address, date, to, from and P.S. We have also been practising using connectives to make sentences more detailed.

In maths we have been practising reading, writing and ordering numbers to 20 (some children extended to 50), as well as writing them in words and recognising the number words. Next week the children will be introduced to place value, looking at the ten in a "teens" number and partitioning (splitting) numbers into tens and ones.

The children should all have brought home a letter about their costume. Please make sure items are named and brought into school in a named carrier bag on Thursday 14th December.  For angels, please no wings or halos - just a white outfit with a length of tinsel will be needed.

The list for party food is in the folder by the office - please sign up to bring something (enough for 6-8 children).

Hope to see you at the fair on Sunday, have a good weekend smiley

24th November 2017
Year 1 have had such a busy week!  In maths we have been naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes (2D shapes have sides/edges and corners, and 3D shapes have faces, edges and vertices/corners). The children have been trying hard to use the correct vocabulary to describe them. Can they spot any in the house or garden?

In English we have been continuing to work on extending sentences using connectives (and, because, but, so) and looking at endings of stories, culminating in writing an alternative ending for Goldilocks and the three bears.  Goldilocks was very lucky because in many of the endings she was forgiven and ended up eating cupcakes with the three bears! Sadly in one, she got eaten by a fox! frown

We are fully stocked with boxes now, thank you for your contributions.  We could still do with a few more toilet roll tubes please.

Don't forget the rota for feeding/cuddling the rabbits is in the main entrance hall with the other rotas.  

Have a great weekendsmiley

17th November 2017
Apologies for the lack of update last week.

The children have been busy learning about and using different story starts (once upon a time, once there lived, a long time ago, etc) and sentence openers (next, suddenly, in a flash, after that, soon). They have been writing the beginning and middle of a story and next week we will be working on endings.

In maths we have been working on money skills: recognising and ordering all coins, counting amounts containing 1p's, 2p's and 5p's and making amounts using these coins.  This is something that they could practise at home - see if they can find the right coins to "pay" for things.

We have been continuing to learn about different materials and describe objects in science using scientific vocabulary (hard, soft, rough, smooth, shiny, dull, heavy, light). 

A couple of pleas.....we have very little classroom help between now and christmas. If anyone is able to help for a session or even half an hour at the beginning or end of the day, please sign up.  Thank you to those who have signed up for art/DT day -we are a little short of helpers for the morning if anyone is able to help.  The signing up sheet is in the Roses folder in the main entrance hall.

Finally, we have named our rabbits Pepper and Flopsy.  There is a weekend rota for feeding/cuddling the rabbits in the same area as the class folders if anyone would like to help. There will be no cleaning out required - just topping up food and water and giving them a cuddle!

Have a great weekend and please keep the junk modelling supplies coming!

Friday 3rd November
Welcome back!  The children have been telling us all about their half term adventures and have been working hard.  Our main topic for this half term is traditional tales and the children have been listening to a range of these.  We are building up a bank of "story language" from these books - common story starts like once upon a time, one sunny day, a long time ago, etc, and common sentence openers to avoid overusing "then," such as suddenly, after that, a few minutes later, finally, etc.  The children will be practising writing the beginning, the middle and the end of a story using some of this language, building up to writing a whole story in a few weeks' time.  We have also been using adjectives to describe characters this week, and next week we will be describing settings for stories.

In maths we are continuing with addition and subtraction, mainly within 10, and the vocabulary associated with it.  The children have been drawing objects to solve addition and subtraction problems, and learning about deriving subtraction facts from known addition facts, eg. 6+4 = 10 so   10 - 4 = 6 and 10 - 6 = 4.  Please keep practising number bonds of 10 - some children are really knowing these by heart and using them in their problem solving.

Please could you ensure you are hearing your child read at least 3 times a week - those children who are reading regularly generally make the most progress!  Don't forget to discuss the story with your child and discuss any new vocabulary - maybe they could suggest another word that means the same? If you are finding your child reluctant, please come and chat with us as we can provide some incentives.

Finally please could we have more boxes and tubes, as we will de designing and making fairy tale houses this half term.  Small shoe boxes, cereal boxes and other small boxes would be perfect.

Have a good weekend and enjoy the fireworks!

Friday 13th October
The children have been learning about their sense of taste this week, and tasting a variety of foods. They wrote sensory poems about bananas, and when they compared their writing to their first writing  in Year 1 six weeks ago, they were amazed to see the difference!

In maths the children have been solving addition problems with a missing number, eg. 6 + ___ = 10, using their fingers or cubes (some were doing this mentally as they are remembering some of their number bonds). Next week we will be ordering days of the week and events in the day, and using the vocabulary "yesterday," "tomorrow," "before" and "after, "for example, What did the boy do before he brushed his teeth?  If today is Friday, what was yesterday?

Next week we will be thinking about the sense of smell, so the children could have a think at home about the smells that they like (and don't like!)

Have a good weekendsmiley

Friday 6th October
Another busy week has flown by!  The children have been learning about Louis Braille and the Braille alphabet this week. They have also been doing some activities with blindfolds, to find out how important our sense of sight is.  In English we have been doing factual writing about Louis Braille, using golden sentences.

Our maths focus this week has been finding different ways of making numbers from 5-10, and remembering some of these number bonds by heart.  The number bonds of 10 are the ones that the children use the most in a range of contexts, so please help your child to know these by heart at home.

We will be doing our half termly reading and maths assessments next week, so your child may not read individually to an adult.  Please keep up the reading at home, and let us know if there are any problems or queries about reading.

Have a great weekend smiley

Friday 29th September
Our topic learning this week and next week is based on our senses of sight and touch. The children have been learning about Stevie Wonder, and we have talked about how guide dogs, white sticks and bumpy paving slabs help people who are blind or partially sighted. Next week we will be focussing on Louis Braille.

The children have also been learning about the difference between a question and a statement, and writing questions with question marks. They all thought of and wrote a question for Mrs. Penny, and interviewed her today!

Maths this week has been based on addition and subtraction, using cubes or fingers to complete addition and subtraction within 10 and using correct terminology. We have started to work on remembering number bonds and will be continuing next week (one of the end of year One objectives is to know all pairs of numbers that make all numbers to 10). We will particularly be focussing on number bonds of 10 , eg 6+4, 7+3, etc.

We are very short of parent helpers for the classroom - many thanks for those who have signed up so far!  Even if you have half an hour to spare, your help would be much appreciated!

Have a great weekendsmiley

Friday 22nd September
We have had a great week learning about the five senses. We have been focussing on hearing, and have learnt about Evelyn Glennie, a deaf musician, and Beethoven, who became deaf in adulthood and continued to compose music. The children have been writing factual sentences and making sure they are "golden sentences" - capital letter, full stop, finger spaces and makes sense.

In maths we have been learning about and using mathematical language  (more than, less than, fewer, greater, least, most) when comparing quantities. We have also been practising counting forwards and backwards in ones from any number to 30, and reading and writing numbers to 30.

Next week we will be focussing on the sense of sight. In English the children will be learning the difference between a question and a statement, and writing questions using question marks.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine! smiley
 

15th September 2017
Welcome to Roses!

The children are settling really well into new routines and have been working hard. They have been practising reading, writing and counting numbers to 20, in numerals and in words, and some have gone beyond 20. They have been working on finding one more and one less than a given number, sometimes using a number line for support. Some children have come home with a post it note with one or two numbers to practise writing at home.

In English we have been focussing on labelling pictures and diagrams. Can you find any information books with a labelled picture at home?

The children have enjoyed swimming this week and were delighted that Mrs. Penny joined them for a dip yesterday! Starting next week, they will have outdoor games (weather permitting) onTuesdays and dance on Fridays.  They will visit the beehive on Wednesdays to choose a new library book.

We are looking forward to meeting you on Wednesday at 7.30 for "Meet the teacher" evening, where we will be talking about Year 1 and what to expect, and we can answer any general or personal questions. 

Have a good weekend yes
 

7th July 2017
Phew! What a scorcher!  Many thanks to everyone who came along to sports day and made it such a great success.

In English this week we have been focussing on letter writing, and learning the conventions of a letter, such as address and date in the top right hand corner, to and from and P.S. We will be continuing with this next week so it might be interesting for them to see a formal letter at home to consolidate their learning.
In maths our focus has been on measuring in centimetres and metres, and weighing in grams and kilograms. At home they could order some packets and tins from heaviest to lightest, looking at how many grams each one weighs.  Next week we will be learning about capacity (millilitres and litres) and revising names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

Have a great weekend smiley

30th June 2017
The children have been busy writing information texts about Kenya this week, dazzling us with all their knowledge about our topic!  We have been comparing the weather and seasons in Ashtead and Nairobi, and discovered that their seasons are opposite to ours, as Nairobi is just below the equator (although it is fairly warm all the year round). 
In maths we have been solving multiplication and division problems, and drawing arrays (rows of dots/symbols) to solve multiplication problems. We have been using the vocabulary " lots of", "sets of" and "groups of" when multiplying, and "shared by" and "shared between" when dividing. We have also introduced the symbols for multiplying and dividing.
The children have been doing so well with their swimming and Mrs Fox has commented on how well the majority of the children have been listening to instructions.  Keep it up, Bananas!

Have a great weekend smiley
 

23rd June 2017
Another busy week on our Africa topic! The children have been listening to traditional African stories about animals, and have written their own fantastic stories about how the leopard got his spots. They have also been learning about how to group animals and what characteristics each group has (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish).
In maths we have continued working on place value and most children have a really good understanding of tens and ones, and some have extended to working with 3 digit numbers (representing them with drawings and adding 10 to a 3 digit number).
Next week the children will be participating in a djembe drum session, so earplugs at the ready!
Hope to see you at the school fair tomorrow....it looks like the weather will be perfectlaugh

16th June 2017
We have been so busy this week learning all about Kenya. The children have been learning about Paul Geraghty, an African author, and learning about the life of a Kenyan girl and comparing her life to theirs. They have also been on "safari", spotting lots of African wild animals.
In maths we have been focussing on place value, in particular adding and subtracting 10 and 1 to a number mentally by deciding which digit goes up or down. We have been adding and subtracting 10's and 1's using a number square, thinking which way to move.
Nearly everyone has had a hat and water bottle this week - well done Bananas parents!

Next week we will be looking at Rudyard Kipling's "Just so" stories and "Tinga tinga tales", so if anyone has one to share they are welcome to bring it in.

Have a great weekend and stay safe in the sun!laugh

26th May 2017
Happy holidays!! The children are certainly ready for a break, especially with this hot weather! We are very pleased to see nearly every child with a water bottle and a hat this week. Please could you ensure both are named.

The children have been listening to and reciting poetry this week, and composing their own acrostic poems (see if they can explain to you how an acrostic poem works!) In maths they have been working on remembering number bonds of all numbers up to 10 and using these to avoid counting on each time they complete an addition problem. A great website to practise this is called "Hit the button" and you can select number bonds to 10 or 20....5 minutes a day during half term would really help them to practise their mental skills.

Next half term our new topic will be about Kenya.  If any of the children have any information or artefacts from Kenya (or any African artefacts) they are welcome to bring them in and tell the class about them. Our science next half term will be naming, describing and comparing a range of animals, including fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, and putting them into groups. The children will also be learning about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

Have a happy holiday and we will look forward to seeing you in June smiley

19th May
Another week has flown by and the children have been working hard. In maths they have been doing lots of problem solving involving capacity, and learning about litres. They have also been learning how to estimate (a clever guess rather than a wild one!) then counting to see how close their estimate was. In English we have been revising story language and using adjectives to add detail, culminating in some super stories about a lazy knight, with the repetitive phrase "But the knight snored on." The children have also learnt about compound words and we are making a collection of them in our classroom.

Next week we will be focussing on poetry, so if your child has a favourite poem that they would like to share/recite, they can bring it in (or memorise it!)

Swimming is going really well and we have had lots of parent support in the changing rooms, thank you! If anyone is still able to help in the classroom as well, that would be great too (even for half an hour is helpful).

Don't forget to support our school by coming to the auction this evening - it promises to be a great night!  Have a super weekend :-)
 

11th May 2017
What an exciting week! The children were very well-behaved and learnt lots on our school trip, and enjoyed their first swimming lessons. Many thanks to those who helped and reported back that the children were very good in the pool and changing rooms.
In maths this week we have been focussing on sharing (dividing) by sharing objects and drawing "dots in pots" to find the answer to sharing problems, eg. Share 20 sweets between 5 people. We have been writing recounts in English of the trip to Hever Castle, and learning the difference between a question and a statement.
The children have been put into groups for Guided reading and each group will have at least one session in a group with a teacher over the next few weeks. During these sessions the group all have a copy of the same text and either take turns to read, or read a section to themselves. Then they discuss the text and answer questions about what they have read. The questions may be "finger" questions, eg. What colour was the witch's cloak?  What time did they get the train? where they can find the answer (direct retrivals), or they may be "head" questions, where they have to think about the whole text and think what the answer might be (inferential questions). Inferential questions might be "Why do you think he behaved like that?"  "Why do you think plants don't grow in the desert?" "What do you think might happen next?"  "Can you make up a happier ending for this story?" "Why do you think the author used the word ________?"  The book that your child has read will be sent home with a yellow bookmark to be read again at home (they may not have read the whole book during the session). Please remind your child to return the book and bookmark to the teacher once it has been read.    

Have a great weekendyes
 

5th May 2017
At last the sun is shining - let's hope it lasts at least until next week for our trip and first swimming lessons!  Thank you to all those who have signed up to help with supervising in the changing rooms....if any more mums, dads or grandparents are able to help with supervising changing or in the classrooms, the sign up sheets are in the class file in the main entrance.

In maths this week the children have been learning about halving and quartering shapes and numbers, and learning that each share must be exactly the same.  In English we have been reading more repetitive texts and using adjectives to describe settings, culminating in making two class books entitled "We're going on a dragon hunt." We have also been learning about contractions (where an apostrophe is used to represent omitted letters) such as I'm, it's, can't, don't, haven't, etc.

As the weather is still very unpredictable, please ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school at all times.  Swimming days are Wednesday and Friday so they may need a warm coat on those days, as they often take a while to warm up again after swimming! Please also encourage your child to practise dressing and undressing by themselves, as they will be required to do this on swimming days.

Have a great weekend and let's keep fingers crossed for good weather!

28 th April 2017
The children have had a busy week learning more about parts of a castle and the people who worked in them.  In English we have been reading lots of stories with a repetitive phrase and writing descriptive settings. We have also been looking at the "Daisy" books by Kes Gray and creating some persuasive and very funny speech bubbles....one in particular...."If you eat your peas you can have 100 chocolate cakes and I will make you a God and everyone will have to pray to you!"

In maths we have been revising half past and learning quarter past, and solving problems involving time, such as "I order a pizza at half past 3 and it arrives an hour later. What time does it arrive?" We have also been working out activities that might take a second, a minute or an hour.

The children have brought home some phonics homework to complete - this does not need to be handed in. Any other work that is sent home to consolidate learning can be brought in to show the teacher if your child wants to!

Have a good weekend smiley

 

22nd April 2017
Welcome back....the children have all settled back into the school routine really well and all seem to have grown over the holidays!

This week in English we have been looking at instructions and learning how to write them. They have also written a recount of a special day in the holidays using time connectives such as first, after that, a little while later.

In maths we have been practising addition and subtraction, and learning that the = sign means "equals" or "is the same as", so it can appear anywhere in a number sentence and both sides of the = need to be the same. For example 5 + 3 = ?      8 = ? + 3      5 + ? = 1 + 7.....it really got them thinking!

Just a couple of reminders...
Please could you ensure that the children have a PE kit in school at all times, with a pair of plimsolls/trainers.
Children need to bring a coat or light waterproof jacket every day, especially when swimming starts.
Please could breaktime snacks be labelled with your child's name - that way we can ensure they eat it and there are no mix ups!

Finally, as part of our science learning, the children have been identifying deciduous and evergreen trees and naming some common trees.  For optional homework they have been asked to look at some trees in their garden/route to school and identify what type of tree it is, and find out their names. They do not need to draw/write anything unless they want to!

Have a good weekendyes

24th March 2017
The children looked fantastic in their red clothes today, and we also heard some great jokes!  Many thanks for all your donations - we collected over £180 for Comic Relief.

This week in English the children have been learning about cinquain (5 lined) poems and recapping what verbs and adjectives are. In maths they have been learning about length - using the correct language to compare length and solving problems by measuring accurately in centimetres. Can they measure some objects at home with a ruler or tape measure? Maybe they could measure family members' heights?

For our dance performance next Friday could you please send the children to school dressed in bright, colourful clothing. They can stay in these clothes for the rest of the day.

Have a good weekend and enjoy the sunshinesmiley

17th March 2017
The children have been working hard this week on a non fiction booklet all about spring. They have learnt about the features of a non fiction text (title, blurb, headings, contents page, caption, diagram, photograph) and have included some of these in their booklet. In maths we have been looking at place value and the children have been partitioning numbers (splitting into 10's and 1's) and solving problems involving teen numbers such as 17 - ___ = 7   and 10 + ____ = 6.  They are also getting very good at counting in 5's!

Have a good weekend smiley

10th March 2017
You may have heard that the children have been tasting some rather unusual vegetables! We have been looking at a book called "Oliver's vegetables" where a little boy tried lots of things he thought he didn't like. Well we have lots of "Olivers" in Bananas, as every single one of them tried all the vegetables (with the lure of a sticker!) and some even discovered they liked some new things. They used lots of interesting words to describe the texture and taste, then wrote about their experiences in the form of a diary, like Oliver in the book.
In maths we have been learning about solving problems using repeated addition, eg. How much would 3 flowers cost at 10p each? The children have been drawing the objects and putting the price on them, then adding the total by counting in 2's, 10's and 5's (some have been counting in 3's too!) See if they can show you at home what they have been learning!

Have a good weekend smiley 

5th March 2017
Well didn't Bananas do a fantastic job performing in their assembly?! We were very proud of how they learnt and said their words, sang, sat beautifully and managed the microphone....they are growing up fast! Thanks for all your support in providing costumes and helping them to learn their words-they were very proud of themselves and Mrs Penny is going to let them have some extra playtime next week.

We have had great fun this week with all our book week activities, culminating in a whole school fairy tale quiz on Friday afternoon. The children were in teams of mixed age groups and we were really impressed with the co-operation between the children in each team when discussing their answers. The children have also been involved in reading swaps with other classes, a whole school big read in the hall and lots of activities based around Jack and the Beanstalk ( as we are growing beans).

In maths the children  have been learning about halving and quartering shapes and numbers. When halving or quartering numbers they have been working out the answer by drawing a picture of a pizza, cake or pancake and dividing it in 2 or 4, then sharing out the olives/cherries between the two or four sections. They find the symbols 1/2 and 1/4 difficult to remember so it's worth drawing their attention to them if they see them in their reading (recipes?) or when out and about.

24 Feb 2017
The children have been working very hard this week and seem to have recovered from their illnesses! In maths we have been looking at different strategies for addition and subtraction, and learning about number families, eg. if 2+6=8 then 8-2=6 and 8-6=2 (we call this using the inverse). We have also been recapping the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes as some children missed this learning at the end of last half term.  For our topic we have been learning about Scotland (part of our UK mini topic) and writing letters and character descritions based on the "Katie Morag" stories.  We have also been learning about some types of spring flowers (tulips, crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths).  Can the children spot these or others in their garden or in a garden centre?
 

18 Feb 2017

Hope you are all having a great half term and finally enjoying a bit of warmer weather! 

Just a bit of advance warning.....for our assembly on the 3rd March, we would like the children to come dressed in their Victorian costume, in keeping with the theme of the assembly, and also due to the fact that seven children were ill on Victorian day and didn't get to wear their costumes! Please could they bring in their school uniform to change into after the assembly, as we will be resuming our book week activities for the rest of the day. If there are any problems with costumes, please let us know.

Also please make sure your children's words for the assembly are tucked inside their reading diary in their book bags, ready to practise next week.

See you on Monday! 🍌


 

10.2.17
This week the children have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. They have been naming and describing 2D shapes (sides and corners) and 3D shapes (faces and vertices). We have also been learning about Edward Lear and his poetry, and the children have been learning "The Owl and the Pussycat". We will be performing this as part of our class assembly so please could the children practise their part, by heart if possible, along with their other words. We are asking the children to keep their words in their book bags ready to practise after half term.  In case of any confusion, our assembly theme is Famous Victorians!

After half term our new topic will be "Let it grow", exploring plants and animals and looking at the signs of spring. If the children have any story books about gardens or growing plants we would love to share them in class.

We hope you have a very happy half term and a good rest!

27.1.17
This week our maths focus has been on weighing. We have been using our hands and scales to estimate and find out the heaviest and lightest object, starting with 2 and building up the 4 objects ordered from heaviest to lightest. In English we have been learning about different punctuation (full stops, exclamation marks and question marks and using them in our writing about Victorians.

We had some visitors from Premier Sports on Thursday, who led a session of multi skills, focussing on ball skills and introducing archery! We definitely have a few budding Robin Hoods amongst us!

Have a good weekend and enjoy the disco! :-)

20.1.17
We have been learning how to write and follow instructions this week, remembering to number each instruction, put each instruction on a new line and put the bossy verb at the beginning, eg. "Put the bread on the plate." We have also continued our learning about Beatrix Potter and have read lots of her stories.

In maths we have been practising telling the time to o'clock and half past and are really quite good at this now! We have also been looking at different strategies to add 2 or 3 numbers (looking for pairs of numbers that make 10, doubles that we know, or simply putting the largest number first then counting on). We have discussed how there is not a right or wrong method - it is best to use whichever method is most comfortable and some children have been working on speeding up by trying a quicker method.

Well done to Isabel and Betty who completed the optional "ed" homework on the previous post! We have still been practising this past tense ending as it comes up a lot in our reading and writing.

Please could you keep bringing in clean yogurt pots as we need them for some activities next week.

Have a good weekend :-)

Happy New Year!
6.1.17

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a fun and restful holiday - the children have settled back really well and have been working hard this week. We have been learning about life in Victorian times (our new topic) and looking at some artefacts in our role play area.

In maths we have been learing about odd/even numbers and recognising and continuing number sequences counting on and back in 1's and 2's. The children have learnt  how to find out if a large number is odd or even by looking at the last digit so they have been using some 3 digit numbers!
Our grammar lesson this week was about the past tense and adding d or ed, and they have been given an optional challenge to find any words ending in "ed" in their books at home and bring a list to school to share with the class.

Thank you all so much for the generous Christmas gifts and vouchers - rest assured they have already been spent!

Have a good weekend :-)

16th December
Didn't they do well? We are very proud of all the children after their performance today-their singing and behaviour were excellent!

Not long to go now...please could the children bring a named carrier bag on Monday for taking home Christmas crafts and decorations? 

Have a good weekend 😄

Art and DT day
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The children had a busy day making lots of Christmas decorations for the class room. They designed their angels on Monday and started to make them on Tuesday. Lots more still to come... watch this space.


Week commencing 21st November
This week we have been looking at how traditional tales sometimes end, and writing an alternative ending to a familiar story. We have also been working hard in maths, partitioning numbers into 10's and 1's, recognising the value of each digit in a 2 digit number and ordering numbers from smallest to largest.

Many thanks to all the parents who have signed up for DT day - it promises to be a great event! Please could we have more toilet roll tubes and any clean yogurt type pots or yakult bottles?

Have a great weekend!

Week commencing 14th November
This week we have been learning about money. The children have been learning how to count money(1p's, 2p's, 5p's and 10p's), starting with the highest coin then counting the rest of the coins by doing the correct number of taps on each one. They have also been learning to make amounts by playing "shops", using a variety of coins. They would all really benefit from practising this skill at home, so if you have a few minutes you could "set up shop" and practise counting/making different amounts.

We have also been continuing our Traditional Tales topic, looking at story phrases such as after that, a little while later, next, suddenly, in a flash, etc, and using these when retelling a story.

We have learnt lots of information about different materials and have learnt words to describe objects, such as hard/soft, rough/smooth, etc. Can the children find objects made of wood, metal, plastic, metal, fabric and rock at home?

Have a good weekend smiley

October half term
Hope you are all enjoying half term and the (thankfully) dry weather! 

Our topic for next half term is Traditional tales, so we will be reading a variety of tales and learning all about story language ( sentence openers), such as once upon a time, all of a sudden, in a flash, after that, soon, meanwhile, finally. We would love the children to bring in any traditional tales from home to share in class, and we will be discussing how there are often different versions of the same story. 

We will also be learning about materials in science, using vocabulary like hard, soft, rough, smooth, shiny, dull, transparent, opaque to describe objects. The children will be learning about different materials such as wood, metal, plastic, fabric and rock, and why certain materials are used for specific purposes.

This week...
This week we have been looking at poetry and the children have written some fantastic descriptive poems about fruit and learning about adjectives. In maths we have been comparing and measuring length using non standard measures (cubes, paper clips, etc). We have also been looking at world maps and finding where we import bananas and strawberries from, and learning about the equator and the poles.

Next week we will be learning and ordering days of the week, months of the year and the seasons. We are also excited about our harvest festival - many thanks to the parents who have volunteered to walk across with the children.

Have a good weekend!

This week...
This week we have been learning about how to ask and write questions, and have been writing questions for Louis Braille and Mrs Penny! In maths we have been learning how to add a small number to a bigger number by counting forwards on a number line or by putting the big number in our head and count on using our fingers.  We are getting quite good at this!  Next week we will be writing "teen" numbers and understanding what each digit means (tens and ones/units). 

We have designed our own musical instruments after looking at existing ones and how they are played.  We will be having a making morning next Friday so will need lots of junk modelling materials (boxes, tubes, pots, etc) as well as some adult helpers!

Have a good weekend!

Help needed please!
We will be making musical instruments on the morning of Friday 7th October and would like at least 3 parent volunteers for the whole morning. If you are able to help, please let us know....no DT expertise will be needed!

This week.....
We have been learning all about our sense of hearing this week, and have done some fantastic factual writing about Beethoven and Evelyn Glennie. We have also been remembering what makes a golden sentence (capital letter, full stop, finger spaces and makes sense!) In maths we have been doing lots of counting on and back in 10's and 1's, and learning by heart the pairs of numbers (number bonds) that make 4, 5 and 6. Oh, and we have done some country dancing too!
Next week we are moving on to our sense of sight and learning about Louis Braille.
Have a great weekend!

First week back!
We have had a fun and busy first few days! We have been practising reading and writing numbers to 20 correctly (and the right way round!) and also learning to read and spell the number words (one, two, etc.) We have also done some fantastic holiday news writing and have been learning how to write some capital letters and learning when to use them.

All the children now have reading books so they should be reading at least 3 times a week at home, in addition to being heard once a week at school. If you have any concerns about reading or have a reluctant reader, as is often the case after the summer break, please come and speak to one of us at the end of the day....we have some incentives! Please could you also write in your child's diary when they have read, any comment on how they managed or enjoyed the text.

Have a great weekend!


We're looking forward to our new term in Bananas class.  We have a display of all things banana related so if the children have anything at home they would like to bring in to school to add to the display (books, small toys etc) that would be brrrrrilliant!smiley

New classes and other information
Today we found out that next year we are going to be in Pears class with Mrs Theobald and Mrs Russell. We enjoyed our first taste of being Year 2's this morning and are looking forward to our next visit next Tuesday afternoon.

Beetles will need swimming kits tomorrow (Thursday) for their normal swimming lessons and also on Monday for their class swim.  If you can help with changing on Monday (9.30-10.30) please let the class reps know. 

The children will also need their PE kits in school every day, as well as a named water bottle and hat.

New classes and other information
Today we found out that next year we are going to be in Pears class with Mrs Theobald and Mrs Russell. We enjoyed our first taste of being Year 2's this morning and are looking forward to our next visit next Tuesday afternoon.

Beetles will need swimming kits tomorrow (Thursday) for their normal swimming lessons and also on Monday for their class swim.  If you can help with changing on Monday (9.30-10.30) please let the class reps know. 

The children will also need their PE kits in school every day, as well as a named water bottle and hat.

New classes and other information
Today we found out that next year we are going to be in Pears class with Mrs Theobald and Mrs Russell. We enjoyed our first taste of being Year 2's this morning and are looking forward to our next visit next Tuesday afternoon.

Beetles will need swimming kits tomorrow (Thursday) for their normal swimming lessons and also on Monday for their class swim.  If you can help with changing on Monday (9.30-10.30) please let the class reps know. 

The children will also need their PE kits in school every day, as well as a named water bottle and hat.

Our English learning
This week we have been learning how to write a descriptive setting for a story using interesting adjectives. We have thought about settings in a snowy place, a jungle and a river bank.  Today we worked in groups to think of adjectives to describe the sights and sounds on a river bank in the story "Little elephant". We then put our ideas together and created a piece which can be seen on our Summer Term photo page.

2D and 3D shapes
We have been revising the names of some 2D and 3D shapes this week. We havc also been describing their properties using the correct words: sides and corners when describing 2D shapes, and faces, edges and vertices (corners) when describing 3D shapes.

Church assembly
On Wednesday 25th May we went to a very interesting assembly at Ashtead Baptist church. Some people who had worked in a school in India taught us how to do Indian dancing, re-create the sounds of a Delhi street and how to say hello in Hindi (Namaste - this is also how they say goodbye). Our teachers were very proud that we all behaved beautifully and we practised saying "Namaste" at afternoon registration!

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