It’s time!

This week the children have started to learn about time. They have been taught how to read and move the clock hands to o’clock and half past.


In English the children looked at adjectives again and came up with their own adjectives to describe a toy. They then had to read their adjectives to friend to see if the friend could guess the toy. This way they were able to tell if their adjectives were good enough!

History this week we looked at sorting past and modern toys. We then explained how we know which toys are from the past or the present. We looked at the materials that they are made from and how the toy moves.

Next week
Maths – We will be looking at mass and weight next week. We start by comparing objects using light and heavy before moving on to ordering which objects are lighter and heavier. Our main exploration will be around whether the smaller objects are always the lightest.

English – Using the adjectives that the children have come up with this week, they will create a poster. The poster will be informing others to look out for the toy Cuddles.

How can I support my child at home?

Many children have started learning a new set of sounds in phonics. It is important that they see these new sounds regularly in order to confidently use them in their reading and writing. Therefore, please help your child to practise them at home.

When looking at an analogue clock ask your child if they can tell you the time. They should be able to identify o’clock and half past.


Oscar Romero

Here is our learning from Romero week:

The children designed their own cross after learning about Oscar Romero and how he had designed his own cross with his community and landscape that inspired him.

The children also learnt about the catholic teaching solidarity. That although we can live in different places and different countries, we may not look the same or have the same name. We all have a voice and we can all sing the same song to be heard and make a difference.

The children made themselves and joined hands to show we are all working together for the great good!

Magnificent microbes

This week the children have been learning about Oscar Romero, and have learnt how to live the Catholic way. We focused on solidarity. We now know that although we all come different places and do not look the same we can still work together to achieve.

The children finished their toy information sheets this week and hope to set up a toy museum in the coming weeks to show off their amazing work to others in the school.

We have been learning to partition numbers in maths, using place value grids. We spent a lot of time on this as it can be a tricky concept to understand. Please continue asking your child how many tens and ones a two digit number has at home to support their development of this skill.

The children ended the week by learning about microbes. They learnt that they are all around us and most are not harmful, however some can make us poorly. We focused on 3 main types of microbes: virus, bacteria, fungi. The children then used modelling dough to create their own microbe!


Next week:

Maths – The children will begin learning about time. They will learn about the minute hand and the hour hand. The children will learn what the clock looks like when it is o’clock.

English – We will start a new toy book this week – toys in space. They will predict what will happen in the story and infer the characters emotions when they are taken.

What can you do to help at home?

Continue to practise two digit numbers with your child at home.

When at home draw attention to clocks that you have in your house. Talk about the difference between digital and analogue clocks.

Keep reading at home. We expect you to read a minimum of 3 times a week. These are 3 separate reading occasions. Please fill in the 3 boxes in your child’s orange phonics communication book.

Please use the tricky word cards at home to remind your child of the tricky words. We are finding many children are struggling to recognise and use tricky words, particularly in their writing!

Terrific toys

The children have had a jammed packed week learning all about toys!

We started off the week by looking at the toys we have at school and thinking about the materials they are made from. We then compared to a doll that was from the past to a doll that is more modern. We spoke about the differences between the two and then wrote about the materials they were made from.

For maths we learnt how to count in 10s. Here we are placing our groups of 10 on a number and counting in tens to find out how many straws we had altogether.

The children have started to write their toy information sheet for English, they have included a heading and one paragraph to describe what the toy looks like.

Please can we remind you that if your child wants to have a key ring on their bag it MUST only be one. If the book bags have more than one key ring they start to get stuck in the trays and unfortunately key rings are breaking and children are understandably getting upset.


Next week:

Maths – For maths next week we will be looking at two digit numbers and partitioning them into tens and ones. We will start by making the numbers from numicon and denies before using a tens and ones frame to record our findings.

English – We will be continuing with our toy information piece, particularly looking at verbs.

What can you do to help at home?

As we will be using two digit numbers in maths next week please remind your child of these. It doesn’t have to be with flashcards, it could be looking for numbers on houses or the side of the bin as you go for a walk.

Please encourage your child to write at home. Remind them to use their phonics, finger spaces, full stops and capital letters. At this point in the Year we would expect children to write clear sentences which make sense.

Welcome back

A short and sweet week this week contained a walk to the field to see how it had changed since we had seen it in autumn 2 to learning the difference between fiction and non fiction texts!

The children returned full of fizz and excited about their Christmas holidays but after sharing what they were lucky to be given they got on to learning.

On the field they looked at changes, the children noticed all the leaves had fallen from the trees, the field was muddy and one child even saw a fox lurking in the bushes!

For maths we looked at numbers to 50 and helped to fill in the missing tiles on a snakes and ladder board to 50.

English this week we looked at the difference between fiction and non fiction texts. They children started to identify some of the features, such as a heading or a real life photograph.

We explored forces for science, looking at push pull when playing with toys.

Next week:
Topic – Terrific Toys

Maths – The children we will be learning how to count in 10s to 100. The children will begin by grouping objects in 10 and then place it above the 10 on the number line before counting in 10s.

English – We will continue to learn about non fiction texts and why they are important. The children will also be learning about the features of a non fiction text (heading, real life photographs, labels, paragraphs and questions) and being able to identify them on a page, as well as telling what they mean.

How can you help at home?

If you know your child is struggling with recognising numbers or counting reliably please practise this at home.

Find a non fiction text at home, can your child identify any of the following: heading, real life photographs, labels, paragraphs and questions.

Have a discussion about the toys you played with when you were younger. What were they made from? Can you think of any adjectives to describe what they were like? Did you have any toys that are similar to the ones your child has?

Our Christmas Nativity

This week we presented our nativity to our grown ups. After lots of practising the children pulled off a good show, we hope you enjoyed it too! Here are some pictures from the big day:

For maths we have been counting in twos. We’ve been looking at physical resources and placing them alongside a number line to count in twos.


Next week:

Maths – We will be continuing to count in twos. Please support your child with this at home, by encouraging them to count in groups of two. The best way to consolidate this skill is to count with physical objects, such as toys. You could ask, how many groups of two are there?

English – We will be having a big focus phonics next week, and ensuring children use all the phonics that we know to successfully write sentences. If you know your child is unable to confidently use their phase 2 or phase 3 sounds, these are the sounds children learnt in Year R, please make this a real focus to practise at home.


4 more school days to go until the Christmas Holidays! Monday is Christmas dinner day for KS1…

The Nativity by May Eliot

Our focus book for this week is The nativity. We had a look at the language and had a go acting some of it out, e.g. gazed, astonished, travelled etc. We noticed that they all have ed endings and reminded ourselves that this means it had already happened.

We then retold the first part of the nativity story and wrote it in our English books.


For maths we have been learning how to count in twos. We know that when we are counting in two we are counting two lots of something. We made a sock number line, ensuring we were counting in twos.

Next week:

English – We will be writing the middle part of the nativity story. Can your child tell you what happened after Mary and Joseph travelled on a donkey?

Maths – We will be continuing to explore counting in twos. We will pair this  with a number line and draw a jump of two. Please encourage your child  to count in twos at home.

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas…

This week the children have spent some time in the hall practising for our nativity. Please can you ensure that your child knows their lines.

For English we had a visit from a pirate who left us poems. She told us that she is bored of the poems she has and wants us to write her a new one. We have been learning what a poem must have and had a go at creating our very own verse!

Next week: 

Maths – to halve a number. The children will be helping the pirates with a problem: the pirates sail has broken, they have 8 bits of material to fix the sail. Half of the material is red. How many are red? The second half of the week we will be looking at the different ways the materials could be arranged to fix the sail.

English – We will be starting our learning on the nativity and thinking about the order of the Christmas story. Phonics is key for your child to be able to write correctly, so if you know your child struggles with any sounds please recap them this week!

And the practising starts!

This week, as well as a school trip and launching our stewardship project, the children have started practising for our nativity and will be coming home with parts and words to learn tonight.

This week we also came to end of our Night Pirates text and we ended on a debate as to whether all pirates are bad. The children explored this by drawing on what they thought was good and bad. We then voted and the general consensus was that all pirates are bad!

This week is road safety week. The children helped super cat with teaching children how to cross the road safely. His super cat rap was: first stop and look from side to side, then you listen and think, that is super cat’s guide! We then looked at some pictures of children wanted to cross the road and voted whether it was safe or unsafe.

Next week:

Maths – The children will be continuing to explore halving amounts as this is something, we have noticed, that the children are not overly confident with. Please practise this at home, we are sharing equal numbers between two. Explicitly ask your child what half of the amount is.

English – We are staying with our pirate topic but instead moving on to poetry. We will be reading a pirate poem, looking at the key features and then we will write our own line to create a whole class pirate poem. This week could you have a go at reading some poems to your child. Is there any poems that you like yourself and want to share with your child?

A walk to Waterlooville

Here is some information about our walk to Waterlooville on Tuesday. The children were brilliant walkers, even if we did get some tell us that they were tired! Click on the link to see our learning.

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