20th November 2017

In English we have started our new unit of work based on The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsberg. We have completed some active based learning including reducing the characters and working out which could be removed without changing the story. We then discussed who was the most important character, the boy or Father Christmas?

In Maths the Y2s have been looking at using concrete materials (base 10) to help them add and subtract 10s from two digit numbers. The Y1s have been using whole part diagrams to help them with subtracting. 

In Topic we have been looking at seasons. The children looked at some photos and worked out they were pictures of seasons, they then sorted the pictures into the 4 different seasons and sequenced them as they happen through the year. We also learnt about directional vocabulary and maps. We used Google Earth to look at an aerial view of our school and we then labelled the different human and physical features we could see. 

On Friday the children dressed up for Children In Need! They really enjoyed wearing spots to school, thank you for all your effort. 

13th November 2017

We have worked very hard this week, so much so, three children were in the hall of fame this week!

In maths this week we have been using our number bonds to 10 to work out our number bonds to 100. For example, if we know 6 + 4 = 10, we can work out that 60 + 40 = 100. Our understanding of 10 being 10 times bigger than 1 helped us understand this.

We have also been learning how to add and subtract ones, and how to work out 10 more and 10 less. This will help us next week when we learn to add and subtract 10s. 

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Alesha and Olivia W were in the Hall of Fame for their fabulous maths work this week, as they used their knowledge of number bonds to 10, to help them work out their number bonds to 100! They even used their number bonds knowledge to work out how many number bonds there were to 90! 

In English, we have used our descriptive sentences to produce a 3D Bonfire Poem. We have also been using interesting adjectives to describe fireworks. We used these to write a fireworks poem. 

Kenzie was also in the Hall of Fame this week for working very hard on his bonfire poem! 

6th November 2017

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This week in maths we have been continuing to use whole part diagrams to help us learn our fact families. Fact families are when the same 3 digits are used to make all the known facts  e.g.
6 + 4 = 10
4 + 6 = 10
10 - 4 = 6
10 - 6 = 4

In English we have been using all five senses (sight, taste, hearing, touch, smell) to explore bonfire items. We tasted and smelt bonfire toffee and hot dogs, we touched hats, scarves, gloves and leaves. We also watched and listened to firework videos! The children then came up with some amazing adjectives which we will use to write descriptive sentences for our bonfire poems.

In spelling we have been looking at the ’ge’ and ’dge’ spelling pattern. We noticed that if there is a short vowel sound, such as in ’edge’, then the spelling pattern is ’dge’. We also noticed that if there is a long vowel sound, such as in ’age’, then the spelling pattern is ’ge’. 
Don’t forget to practice your spellings in your Y1 Phonics/Y2 Spelling booklets!   
In topic we have been learning about the four countries and capital cities that make up the United Kingdom. We have also been looking at famous landmarks in each of these four countries. 

We are visiting the Book Fair on Wednesday 8th November. You will also be able to visit the Book Fair after school on Wednesday. 
This week we received a tremendous 23 handshakes!
Our attendance this week was 97.8%

16th October 2017

This week in English we have been learning all about poetry. The poems we have been reading have all been to do with our topic of Holidays. We have been trying to learn a poem off by heart, the poem we choose was ‘Rain coming’.

We learnt that actions help us remember the poem. Here we are acting out the poem using the actions we learnt to help us remember the words.

Jayden S was so good at reciting his poem that we went to show Mrs Alford. Mrs Alford was so impressed that Jayden used expression and actions and remembered every word that she put Jayden in this week’s Hall of Fame. Well done Jayden!

We have also been using a question quadrant to help us really understand poems. 
Can you learn your own poem at home? Maybe you could video yourself reciting it and show us in class?

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In Maths, we have been learning to count in 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s. We have learnt a new song to help us remember how to count in 3s. Ask us to show you! This video, and others, are on the KS1 area of the website, Count and Boogie! 
We have also been learning about number lines and how we can use them to learn more about numbers and find answers to number questions. 

In Topic this week Alesha’s Grandma came to tell us all about holidays in the past. She brought in some photos to show us and we asked her some questions to find out about holidays in the past. We found out that children only paddled in the sea and didn’t swim in the sea. We also found out that you could only have an ice cream when you went on holiday! 

We received 11 handshakes this week.
Our attendance was 94.5%