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Friendship/ Fire-fighter Week in Class 1! (Wb 6th October 2014)

This week, we have been starting our topic of ‘people who keep us safe’, which will last until the end of half term.  We started the week by thinking about fire-engines and we added our own labels to say some of the things we would find inside.  We discovered that fire-fighters need a pump, hose, a first aid kit, sirens and special cutting tools which are sometimes called ‘the Jaws of Life’!

The Year One children have also been writing instructions this week and have been trying our best to use ‘bossy’ verbs such as ‘put’, ‘walk’, ‘make’, ‘stay’, to write a set of instructions of what to do in the event of a fire.

In Reception, we have been doing some excellent role play to do with the fire-service.  Some of us decided to transform a huge cardboard box, into our own fire-engine; we drew on blue circles for sirens and wheeled out the tyres for either side so it looked real.  We also made some cup and string telephones and made 999 calls; we had to remember our address and to ask for the correct service.

One of the most exciting parts of the week was our visit from a real fireman.  We enjoyed trying on his safety clothing and we learnt that the proper name for a fire-engine is a ‘fire-appliance’.  We tested out some of our question words on him and many of us now want to become fire-fighters!  Thank you to our visitor for sparing the time to come in and also to Mrs Laws-Randall who kindly organised the visit for Class 1.

Another thing we have been doing this week is going money-mad!  We have been learning the shapes and colours of coins in England and understanding that some amounts can only be made by adding coins, (for example there is no such thing as a 3p coin but we can make 3p using other coins).

We have been trying hard to tap twice on 2p coins and 5 times on 5p coins, to understand the value of each.  We also found it really interesting that some of the smaller coins are actually worth more than some of the larger coins!

Some of us made up our own shop in the outside area to use coins in a real context and most of us can now even count in 2ps by tapping on the coin twice!  We noticed that some of the money in class was real and some was fake so some of us were very clever and used magnets to find all of the real money.

This week has also been friendship week.  Each day we have had a different focus and we have been doing lots of fun activities to help us think about positive behaviour and how to be a good friend.  One of our favourites was making ‘friendship pie’, where we mixed up ingredients to create the perfect friend.  You may have noticed ‘friendship tokens’ in our pockets or book-bags; we have earned these throughout the week each time we have been spotted being a good friend to others.

No reminders this week, just a big thank you to all for your continued support with home-learning, spellings (Yr 1) and reading at home, so far this half term!



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Class 1- WB 29th September.


In our learning this week, we have been focussing on ‘people who help us in the community’.  We started the week with a fantastic visit from Mrs Conway the dentist, who bought with her lots of activities for us.  We dressed up as dentists, sorted foods which are good for our teeth and those which were sugary and we all had the opportunity to ask lots of questions about the dentist and how to look after our teeth.  A huge thank you to Mrs Conway from sparing her time to come and visit us! We have also been thinking about the role of postmen this week.  On Tuesday we found a mysterious bag on our playground.  We worked out the clues inside, to find out that it belonged to a real postman and we wrote him letters to tell him we found it.  We have also been making our own stamps and post-boxes in our creative area!


For our maths focus, we have been thinking about shape and measuring this week.  On Monday we went on a 2D shape hunt around the schools and we learnt that the term ‘2D’ means a flat shape.  We began to learn the names of the various shapes and we counted the sides of each.  We also arranged our 2D shapes into some brilliant pictures.  We have also been using cubes and metre sticks, to measure items from around the classroom and have started to look at 3D shapes.  One of our favourite maths activities this week was learning about symmetry.  We have been designing our own symmetrical patterns using the CBBC Charlie and Lola butterfly game online; feel free to try this out at home too; it is great fun!

In our afternoons this week, we have been thinking about what Harvest is and discussing what happens at our annual Harvest festival.  We painted Harvest pictures ready to show in this year’s festival and learnt a little about how farmers need to prepare for the Harvest time. A big thank you to all who attended this year’s Harvest Festival and for all of your kind donations.





Friday the 10th of October will see the first of this year’s cake sales (Class 5’s turn this time).  Cakes are usually sold to the children at a price of 25p each.  Should your children wish to purchase a cake on this day, they may bring money in to do so. We ask the children bring a maximum of 50p only and that this is kept within a named envelope.


Thank you.


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WB 22nd September.

In our learning this week, we have been focussing on ‘people who help us in and around school’.  We have been lucky enough to have a visit from Mrs Stokes, who taught us all about road safety.  We enjoyed looking at her road signs and linking this to our home-learning from last week.  (Thank you to everyone for your hard work with this; I have loved looking at your photos and illustrations!)  We have also had visits from Mrs Pepper our school secretary and also Mrs Wong, our school cook.  We made some fantastic stick puppets of members of staff and have been having great fun using them to create our own puppet shows. 


We have also been doing lots of number work this week with adding 1 and 10 to numbers.  We have used mathematical language such as ‘more than’ and ‘less than’.  Some of us also began to find 1/ 10 less than a number which was very impressive! 



In RE, we have been learning about the Christian creation story.  We learnt about how God made things in 6 days and then rested on the Sunday and we said thanks for nature and the world around us.  Well done to all who have received an award in Friday work assemblies so far this half term, it is a joy to see so many of the Class One children demonstrating this half term’s value of ‘Generosity’.


Reminders/ Other:  Year One spellings will be tested each Monday.  New spellings will also go out the same day.  Thank you for ensuring your children are bringing their spelling books into school ready for this.


A big thank you also for some of the WOW slips we have received already for some of the Reception children.  These really help us to get to know your child even better and share their success from outside of school; please keep them coming!


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Old Cardboard Boxes needed...

Next week in Class 1 we will be making our own post-boxes in lessons, as we learn about the role of postmen.  If you have any cardboard boxes which you no longer need, we would greatly appreciate anything you can bring in for us!  Any tubes, plastic bottles or egg cartons etc are also always very appreciated throughout the year as we always have use for them within our 'model-making' area.

Thank you,


Miss Ingle.


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First few weeks.



A huge well done to all of Class 1 for a fantastic first few weeks! The children have amazed me with how well they have settled into the new routine and how sensible they all are; I am extremely proud of them.  We have had a jam packed first few weeks learning about 'People Who Help Us'; thank you to everyone who has offered to come in for visits/ suggested people they know, we are very grateful for your support.


This week in our learning, we have sorted pictures of those who help us and those who don’t, written ‘gift vouchers’ to our special adults to suggest ways we could help and we have even designed and labelled trophies, to show these people how much we appreciate them.  We hope you will like them when you look through our books on Monday Open session!


Our focus this week in our maths/ number work has been on recognising number and beginning to add them together.  We have been remembering to tap each object as we count it and also learning the maths karate for adding.  Our reception children have been showing off their fantastic estimating skills and the Year Ones are making fantastic progress with their Friday Big Maths Quizzes! They have been trying hard to see how many answers they can work our correctly, within 100 seconds!  Don't forget to ask your Year Ones at home what their score was this week.


In Class 1, we have been learning all about materials.  We went on a material hunt around the school and recorded the different types we spotted.  We have also been describing common materials such as metals so that next week, we can have some fun with magnets.  We are trying hard to use scientific words such as 'transparent' and 'opaque' to describe their properties.


In RE, we have been learning to say thank you for what we have.  We thought of our own thank you prayers and have been trying hard to always say thank you to others, as part of our ‘generosity’ value this half term.



Please don't forget to make sure all children have their library books inside their book bags, ready for changing each Friday.  Also, if you have any 'effort' or 'achievement' pin-badges at home, we would greatly appreciate them back as we are running a little low.


Lastly, a huge THANK YOU to all who attended the Class 1 Curriculum Evening.  It was fantastic to see so many of you there and thank you all for your positive feedback and questions...I hope you have been practising your dough disco at home!



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