2018/19 - Autumn Term

Friday 5th October

In maths this week Beech class have been learning how to compare numbers. Oscar commented that “I like using the greater than and less than signs”. In phonics some children were delighted with themselves for “getting good at blending”. The whole class have been very interested in learning about poppies and Remembrance Day and the poppy brick project. Suki and Emily both said that “drawing and painting the bricks is the best thing we’ve done”.

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Friday 28th September

Beech class have been continuing to learn about numbers to 10. This week we have been comparing them using the language of more than, less than, fewer than, greater than and the same as. Try asking your child to compare two numbers at home using this language.

We enjoyed investigating how to make trains using different combinations of cubes. All the teams worked extremely well together to find combinations that totalled 10.

In topic we have been learning about how computer games have changed since they were invented. As well as discussing the similarities and differences between computer games now and the past, the class enjoyed playing an old fashioned computer game called pong. This is available as a free game online if they would like to play it again at home http://www.ponggame.org/

In Read Write Inc. some pupils have been learning the story We’re going on a Bear Hunt but Michael Rosen. The group enjoyed receiving a letter from the bear and going on our very own bear hunt outdoors.

Beech class are all settling really well into Year 1 and we are all looking forward to a great year’s learning ahead.

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Friday 21st September

Welcome back Year 1.

The pupils have all settled extremely well into the new routines and learning challenges of Year 1. We hope you find the following information useful but please do feel free to catch us for a quick chat on the playground in the morning or after school. We are always available to discuss any questions you have.


In Year 1 we have been enjoying studying numbers up to 10 in depth. We are following the ‘mastery approach’ to teaching maths. Instead of learning mathematical procedures by rote, we want pupils to build a deep conceptual understanding of concepts which will enable them to apply their learning in different situations. This programme aims to support all pupils to develop problem solving skills, deepen mathematical understanding and enhance their mathematical language. Overall, the purpose of this programme is to close the attainment gap so all pupils achieve in mathematics.

This week we have been deepening our understanding of one more and one less of numbers and will next move onto adding and subtracting. The photos show examples of the pupils working together to make models of numbers one more or less than each other’s.

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We will be providing more information soon on how you can help your child at home. In the meantime please encourage your child to recognise numbers without counting, for example by playing games with dice and encouraging children to say the number rolled without counting. Even better use two dice and practice counting on from the biggest number.


Your child also now has a spelling book with 6 common exception words to learn at home and school. Please provide lots of opportunities to practise these over the next week. We have taught the children how to use the Look Say Cover Write Check method. They will receive new words every fortnight. More information is printed inside the front cover of their spelling book.


We are following the Read Write Inc programme to teach English where each pupil receives structured and focussed teaching of reading and writing every day. This is in addition to handwriting, topic writing and whole class and guided reading sessions. Pupils will also continue to bring home two banded books to read at home. Please record comments in their diary. They are reminded to change their books every morning and extra sessions are timetabled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. You are of course welcome to come and help them change their book any day after school.


Our new topic is The Magic Workshop where will be learning about the history and science of toys from the past and present. So far pupils have enjoyed bringing in their own favourite toys to draw. We will next be learning about toys from the past, including old computer games. If you have any old toys then please do send them in with your child, explaining a little of their use and history to them. They can then share them with their class.

April 2021


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