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Our new role play!


We have had so much fun making our new role play area in the classroom! It is ready for our new Traditional Tales theme. We will be using the role play for both English and Maths activities.



Our trip to the library!

We had lots of fun for our first school trip in Year 1. We went to the library! First, we made sure we were very sensible walking in our group to the library. It was a great opportunity to look around our local area. In science we have also been looking at the different seasons so it gave us a perfect opportunity to look at the trees and how they were changing.


Once we had arrived at the library, the librarian Sue told us a very funny story! After that, we were shown all around the library. We were given the opportunity to take a book out! Lots of the children chose fiction books but some children chose non-fiction books. How exciting! It was a great afternoon out and enjoyed by all!


We are looking forward to our school pantomime trip on Thursday 10th December.



Storytelling fun!

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In English we are continuing to practise writing in sentences. We have just finished our own stories based on the story 'Rosie's Walk'. We decided to make our story even better than Rosie's Walk by changing the setting to the park. The stories were amazing and included lots of adjectives, verbs and even some special conjunctions!


We are trying really hard to remember our capital letters at the start of every sentence, our finger spaces after each word, a full stop at the end of each sentence and checking it makes sense.


Our next topic in English will be 'Traditional Tales'. We will be looking at the stories Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and The Beanstalk. We have been busy creating our new role play area in the classroom. It will be 'The Storyteller Cottage'. The children have been involved in the preparation of the role play area and we have had lots of fun creating the outside of the cottage.             


Friendship Week


This week has been 'Friendship Week'. As a class we have been thinking about the ways in which we can be a good friend. It has been a delight to hear all the lovely suggestions from the class. We made a special friendship chain in the class whilst we shared our thoughts on friendship. The whole school made big friendship circles on the playground and we set off some friendship balloons. We were happy because we watched our balloon go up into the sky and not into a tree!!!!!smiley After school, the office came to me with a special message. I was told that the balloon had been found by a Year 5 class in another school and they would be writing back to us. How exciting! We are eagerly waiting for their letters.


How to Help Your Child in Maths


A huge thank you to all the parents who braved the horrible weather to come to the 'How to help your child in maths' workshop. The night was a perfect opportunity for the Year One teachers to inform the parents about what we are learning in maths this year and how we are teaching it. Below is the attached PowerPoint that was used on the night. Please feel free to use this for your own reference. The PowerPoint will provide tips for you to help continue your child's maths learning at home.



In Maths we are continuing to work on place value. In the class we use a range of different resources and activities to do so. This week we have been practising our number lines. We have been going outside to create our own number lines on the big playground with chalk. We have had a lot of fun and have enjoyed counting from our number lines.




Art with Paul


We have had so much fun working with Paul the artist this half term. We have learnt so much and took part in lots of different activities. During Black History month we looked into the work of Sam Gilliam and created a piece of art work inspired by him. It was lots of fun and we used our new knowledge of mixing colours to create the piece. Have a look...






Here is our finished piece displayed in the hall...


Welcome to 1C

All of the children in 1C have all started the year with a positive attitude to learning. They have adapted well with the transition from Reception to Year 1 and they are enjoying their new responsibilities within the school.


We are working hard and trying our best in all of our lessons. This is already evident through the children's work and their progression within this short space of time. Mrs Ravenscroft, Miss Carmichael and I are thoroughly enjoying teaching the class and we are looking forward to the year ahead with the children in 1C.