Year 1 - Giraffes
Miss Burns, Mrs Gregory, Mrs Smith

 
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

23rd November 2018
This week Year 1 have been naming, describing and comparing 2D and 3D shapes. They have been trying hard to use the correct vocabulary to desribe their properties (sides and corners for 2D shapes, faces, edges and vertices for 3D shapes). Next week's maths focus will be place value and we will be looking at teen numbers and how they are made of a ten and some ones (some children may move onto higher numbers).

In English we have been learning how a story can end, and making a collection of common endings. We have also been practising extending short sentences by using the connectives and, but and because, and using them in our story writing. Next week the children will be consolidating their story writing skills to write their own ending to a familiar tale.

Thanks to those who have signed up to help for Art/DT day next Wednesday - we are short of a couple of helpers in the afternoon if anyone else is available.

Everyone should have received a letter about a costume for our christmas show - if not, please let us know!

The children should also have been given new bee words for reading and spelling this half term - again, if you haven't received any, please let us know.  We will be assessing the children's sight word recognition before Christmas so if we feel they need the next sheet, we will give these out before we break up.

Have a great weekendsmiley

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

14th September 2018
Welcome to giraffes class page!

The children have settled in really well and are getting used to the new routines of year 1. They are becoming so independent when working, finding what they need and organising themselves.

This week our English focus has been on labelling.  The children have labelled pictures of humans and animals, and discussed the similarities and differences as part of our "Amazing Me" topic. In maths they have been reading and writing numbers to 20 (some beyond 20), finding one more and one less and counting groups of objects accurately.

Next week we will be learning about our sense of hearing. We will be looking at and writing about the lives of famous deaf people such as Beethoven and Evelyn Glennie, and doing some sound investigations.  Next week's maths focus will be the language of maths - more than, greater than, less than, fewer than, same as, equal to.  The children will be comparing sets of objects using this language, and ordering numbers.

Thank you everyone for remembering swimming kits, water bottles and everything else they have needed so far.  There is a lot to remember!

We are reminding the children to change their reading books if they have read them, and we will soon expect them to know if they need changing, as we don't have time to go through every book bag.  Please could you tell your child if their books need to be changed, and comment in your child's diary when they have read.  They should be reading at least 3 times a week in order to make good progress - sometimes it helps to earmark which days will be reading days (when they don't have clubs, etc), and get into a good routine.  If reading time is tricky to find during the week maybe a good couple of sessions at the weekend would work better.

Have a great weekend smiley