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Spring Term 1 - weekly updates

Friday 17th January 2020

Where did the last two weeks go? We can hardly believe that another week has flown by!

Spain class have worked exceptionally hard with an assessed piece of writing this week. The outcomes highlighted how children across the year 1 cohort are struggling with structuring sentences correctly. Next week we are going to introduce a skill called 'rainbow grammar' which we hope will support the children with this. Over the next week I will be putting a document on my webpage which will help you support writing at home as I appreciate lots of you are asking how you can support them further. 


In Maths the children have taken so well to the concept of multiplication. We have begun looking at how to count in multiples of 2 using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods. All of the children proved they could use these methods independently and we our starters will be assessing whether the children can apply these to multiples of 5s and 10s. We have also begun looking at repeated addition, although they initially found this tricky the children are beginning to recognise the relationship between the two.


Every afternoon has been busy this week! We have some budding artists on our hands. We split our page into three sections to learn how to draw to scale. We have some amazing drawings of Big Ben so keep your eyes peeled as lots of these are up on display! In Geography we went on a tour around London and looked at many famous landmarks. The children were fascinated by many of the buildings and learning why they are so popular with tourists. In RE we have begun our learning on inspirational leaders by unpicking the qualities they must have. The children thought about who was inspirational to them with most of them choosing their parents because they recognised how hard you work to provide for them. In PE we ended the week with our England dance which the children are absolutely loving! It is safe to say they are better dancers than me!!

Have a lovely weekend!


Friday 10th January 2020

Happy new year to you all. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. The children settled back in to school routines well and have worked hard with new topics.


In English we have been exploring narratives and trying to write stories using a picture stimulus. The children had some wonderful ideas but struggled to piece these together in a structured story. Next week we will be taking a step back and looking at sentence structure and how we can sequence these together to make a story.


In Maths we have started to look at doubling as part of our multiplication topic. The children really impressed all Year 1 teachers with their knowledge of doubles and how they could quickly recall these up to 10. 

In our foundation subjects we have had lots of fun learning about London. In Geography we looked at where London is and tried locating this on a map. In Art we looked at some famous landmarks and added detail using shading techniques. I have never seen children so excited over the fact we have pencils of different thickness.