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Exciting Writing - acting out The Grinch

WC 10/12/18 


English - It is exciting writing week and our focus is The Grinch where we we will be writing a character description. This week we will therefore be focusing on how to best describe the personality and appearance and how to extend and structure our sentences.


Maths - We will be revising everything we have covered this term, reviewing our learning of place value to 10 and addition and subtraction methods.


Topic - We will be look at where Paddington has visited next on his world travels and looking at the Christmas story in RE. 



Nativity Performance - very proud!!

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WC - 3/12/18 


English - We are looking at letter writing this week.  Last week in science we received a letter from Santa asking for our help fixing his sleigh, therefore, we will be learning the key features of a letter and forming a response to Santa. 


Maths - This week we will  be consoildating our knowledge of addition and subtraction from this half term. We will be doing Winter Wonderland Maths on Thursday as part of our Maths curriculum day. 


Topic - we will continue to look at toys from around the world as we follow Paddington's adventure. 


This week we will be performing our nativity to the school and parents - very exciting! We hope you all enjoy the performance. 

Badgers Update - WC 26/11/18 


English - This week we will be practising out sentence writing in preparation for our Hot Write where we will be writing our own story based on our WAGOLL. 


Maths - We are continuing our work on subtraction. This week we will be looking at subtraction by counting back on a number line, making stories and using pictures. 


Topic - We will be exploring toys from around the world in Geography. We will also be doing lots of nativity practise in preparation for our performances next week - it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 


A reminder that the children's Innkeeper costumes for the performance are due in this week ready for the dress rehearsal on 3/12/18. 

23/11/18 - Science Investigation - What material will be the strongest for Santa's sleigh?

This week we have started to learn about subtraction in Mathematics. A great way to practise is through games and the children really enjoys this one to support there learning. Give it a go at home with the link below: 

14/11/18 - Acting out Woody's emotions!

14/11/18 - Acting out Woody's emotions! 1
14/11/18 - Acting out Woody's emotions! 2

Phonics Tricky Words

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In Badgers class we love a sing song and they really help us remember new things. We had a go at singing our phase 2 and 3 tricky words to help us remember their spelling as we can't sound them out. Have a look at them at home and let the practise begin!

Phase 2 and some of Phase 3:

Phase 3:

WC 12/11/18 Update: 

English - We are using adjectives to describe Woody's personality and appearance. We will also be analysing how Woody feels at 5 key points in Toy Story. 


Maths - We are finishing our unit on addition within 10 with adding using pictures and then a recap session on all the methods we have used (number bonds, counting on, number stories, using pictures and writing number sentences). 


Topic - This week is anti-bullying week so this will be out focus. We will be think about how our behaviour can effect others, what bulling is and what it means to show respect to one another. 


We will also continue to practise our Christmas songs in preparation for the nativity. Ask your child if they can remember any and sing them to you. 


Keep up with the reading for our Christmas reading competition. It was great to see lots of children reaching their 5 reads this week. 

WAGOLL - Woody Goes to the Moon

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English - We have just started studying the film 'Toy Story'. We are studying the story and the characters so that we can create and write our own 5 part narrative. We have also looked at our WAGOLL (what a good one looks like) 'Woody Goes to the Moon'. From this story, we created a story map and even thought of actions to help us remember the story. Ask your child to see if they can use the story map and actions to tell you the story. 

8/11/18 Swimming Update

Just a reminder that if your child is in group B for swimming they will be swimming every Wednesday this half term. 

8/11/18 This week we have started our Phase 4 phonics and have started to look at at the initial consonant blends 'scr, str, spr, thr and shr'. See if you can spot these in any of your reading.

8/10/18 Geography - Continent Fun

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We received a very special letter today... we received a letter from Paddington Bear asking for our help on his world adventure. We set to work straight away learning the worlds 7 continents. To help us, we sang this very catchy song. We had a blast singing it and loved it so much we sang it again and again... and AGAIN! Ask your child about it at home and see if they can remember all 7 by singing the song.

2/10/18 - Poetry

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Today, we had an assembly in our classroom. All of year 1 learned a new poem, take a look at us in action! We were very proud of how well and quickly we learned it. Well done Badgers and Giraffes.


Just a reminder that swimming is EVERY TUESDAY.  Your child will either be in group A or B. Group A are swimming this half term and group B will be swimming after half term. You will have received a letter if your child is swimming this half term. This is just a reminder to make sure that your child has their swimming kit in school ready for Tuesday as if they do not have a kit they are unable to swim. 


If you are unsure if your child is swimming this half term please do not hesitate to ask me and I can tell you. 



24/09/18 History off the Page - Toy Museum 


Year 1 have been very lucky today and had a very special visitor! Today History off the Page came to visit us and brought their you museum. We have had a fantastic day exploring and investigating different toys from the past and through time. In the afternoon we swapped roles and became toy makers ourselves. We made a range of toys and have taken these home to play with some more and show everyone our creations. Please ask your children about what we have been up to and discovered today as we have lots to tell you! Take a look at us exploring below. 


21/09/18 Creating Sock Thing

Home Learning and Reading

Today we have given all the children their home learning booklets to continue the fantastic learning they have been doing at school. All homework is based around learning we have been doing in class that week or will be doing the following week. The home learning booklet will be due back in every Tuesday and will be returned again on Wednesday after being marked. 


In addition, it is essential that your children are reading as regularly as possible. We would like all children to read 5 time a week and have this recorded in their reading records. If they do read 5 times a week they will also receive a reading raffle ticket which will be entered into a prize draw! We also each have our own racing car which will zoom along our key stage 1 reading race track. The more you read the further you will go and the children will receive a certificate when they reach 20,50,100,150,200,250 and 300 reads.  

Talk for Writing - Kippers Toy Box

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This week we have been looking at the story Kippers Toy Box. We have been using Talk for Writing where we use actions and short phrases to help us remember the story. We have become pretty good at remembering, take a look at us in action!

Welcome to Badgers!

It is hard to believe that the Summer is nearly over and it is time for Squirrels to become Badgers. I am really excited to welcome your children into Year 1 and I hope that your children are looking forward to coming back to school, catching up with their friends and learning new things.


Our topic for this term is Toys, a theme I'm sure your children already know lots about! We will be learning about the history of toys, what they are made of and we will be undertaking art and design tasks linking to toys. We have booked a special Toys Day on Monday 24th September, for which we are requesting a parental contribution, to engage your children with a hands on, practical learning experience. Please look out for a letter in your child's book bag during the first week of term.


In English we will use toy texts such as Kipper's Toy Box and the film Toy Story to stimulate our writing. We will be consolidating our ability to read, write and understand numbers to 20 in maths, using practical resources and applying our understanding to real life situations. In RE we will be finding out more about the Christian church and we will visit our local church as part of this topic.


Your child will read weekly with an adult at school, sometimes individually, especially during the first couple of weeks when we will be checking your child's book level, and at other times in a group. We will write in the reading log when we have read with your child. We will check your comments in the diaries and count your child's reads weekly, usually on a Monday. We look forward to seeing how much you have enjoyed reading with your child and to seeing their cars zoom along our reading road! They will work towards certificates for 20, 50 and 100 reads! Your child will also have daily phonics lessons and we will closely monitor your child's progress through our phonics scheme.


PE will be on Wednesday afternoon but please ensure that your child has indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times as sometimes we may need PE shoes or kit for other activities.


Homework will be handed out on Wednesdays and should be handed in on Mondays (not the first week of term). Work handed in after Monday may not be marked until the following week.Homework will be handed out on Wednesdays and should be handed in on Mondays (not the first week of term). Work handed in after Monday may not be marked until the following week.


We will ask you to supply the following items for your child this term: an old sock to make into a ‘Sock Thing’ and an old toy (theirs or yours) to help us with our non-fiction writing and to go in our class museum before half term. Watch out for notes in book bags explaining when we need these items.


I really look forward to getting to know you and your children better as the term progresses. If you have any comments, questions or concerns I am always available in the Badgers' outdoor area from 8.45 in the morning and I can chat after school when we have said good bye to the children. Please bear with us at home time as we get to know your faces and those of friends and family who pick up your child. It might take a little while for us to check that each child is going home safely with the correct person at the start of term.


Here's hoping for a sunny September and lots of fabulous learning experiences!


Miss Cockle