14th January 2019

We’ve had a very busy first week back! The children have been working so hard and I’m really proud of them.

The week started with the children writing thank you letters to Santa and they loved sharing their favourite Christmas gifts with the class. They are also really interested in our new Pirate topic, after discovering a message in a bottle from a Pirate called Pete, who has forgotten how to be a Pirate and needs the children’s help!

After a Cold Task to set targets for this half term, the children started their ‘Writing to Entertain’ unit. They have been using their Active Reading skills this week (wondering, predicting and asking questions; drawing what is in their head when reading). They are currently enjoying reading and learning the story of Kassim & the Greedy Pirate. On Thursday they made puppets and a ‘Dirty Dog’ pirate ship. They have been retelling the story with their puppets.

In Maths we have been consolidating our subtraction skills using manipulatives or pictures and comparing number sentences. Part whole pictures and number lines have also helped us!

Ruben and Harry both visited Mrs Alford’s Hall of Fame this week because of continued hard work, positive attitude and for both encouraging other children in the class. I am blown away by both boys and very proud of them! Keep it up!

10 December 2018

In Maths this week, we have been working on subtraction and using different equipment to help us. This has included using counters, cubes, part-whole models and Base 10 (tens and ones).


Our Explorer of the Week is Harry, who is always very well-mannered and very kind to others in the class. Well done Harry, I am very proud of you.

In English we have been doing some detective work! We were given a tittle to some instructions, called ‘How to Trap a Crocodile’ and we had to predict, wonder and ask questions using clues in this title. We were then given the text chopped up and we had to put it in the correct order.

We had a fabulous morning on Friday at our Christmas Craft Morning. Thank you to parents, grandparents and carers who were able to come and visit. We had lots of fun making seasonal calendars and Christmas cards with straws.

3rd December 2018

Most of our Maths and English work this week has involved assessments. The children have been working really hard and trying their best. Whilst they haven’t been doing assessments, they’ve been working on consolidation activities.

In Topic we have been working hard rehearsing for our Christmas Production. We have also been planning our Christmas Enterprise challenge! We have decided to make Santa Sweetie Cones. We had to decide on which sweets to include in our treats and had to consider prices to help us decide. We have created some fantastic designs and are looking forward to weighing out and measuring the sweets to create our tasty treats!


Our Explorer of the Week is Molly as she has been really working hard this week and trying her best. Keep it up Molly!

26th November 2018

In Maths we have been working on subtraction. We have been making up subtraction stories using different manipulatives. We have also been counting back using numberlines or our number bonds to help us.

In English we have been writing our own, new stories. We liked the idea of a character being trapped somehow and then escaping, similar to Tiddler, so we magpied this structure and wrote complete new stories.

Our Explorer of the Week is Max as he always shows fantastic behaviour for learning and tries his best! Well done Max!

19th November 2018

We have had another busy week! The week started with Odd Socks Day, to celebrate and respect our differences for Anti-Bullying Week. Check out our photo of us in our odd socks!

In Maths we have been learning to use counting on to add and find missing numbers. We’ve been putting the largest number in our head and counting on with our fingers, numberlines or manipulatives. Some of us have even been using our number bonds to 10 to add too!

In English we have been writing expanded and noun phrases and detailed sentences to help us write Bonfire poems. We have also been exploring powerful verbs to show how fireworks move and the sounds and used these to write interesting poems too!

Our week ended with raising money for Children in Need, with the children wearing spots and non-uniform. Thank you to all for their donations!


Our Explorer of the Week is Sivanjali as she always shows fantastic behaviour for learning and tries her best! Well done Sivanjali!

12th November 2018

In this week’s English, the children have been exploring different poems and learning to use their 5 senses, along with adjectives to help describe. The children really enjoyed exploring Bonfire items such as: pumpkin soup, bonfire toffee, woollen items and leaves. They created some superb noun phrases, which they will extend next week and create their own Bonfire poems. Watch this space for finished pieces!

In Maths, the children have been exploring addition. This has included using bar models and part whole pictures and recording the related facts. We have also been comparing calculations using < > and =

In Topic, the children have been learning about the Gunfire Plot and Guy Fawkes. The children were really interested in this topic and enjoyed sequencing the pictures in the correct order and writing sentences to accompany them. In ICT, the children used 2publish to create their own Bonfire pictures, writing a caption underneath. Check out the examples!


This week’s Explorer of the Week is Jorgia. She has been trying extra hard this week, particularly in Maths. Well done Jorgia!

29th October 2018

In English this week the children have been editing and improving their stories from last week and publishing them for the wall.

In Maths, the children have been working on using part whole models and bar models to help write fact families.

On Thursday the children had a fantastic afternoon working with helpers from home. They brought in their design ideas for an ocean inspired costume or accessory, which they had done as part of a home learning project and worked with their helpers to create them. We had a fantastic array of accessories, which were all different. The children then wore their creation to perform their dances, which they had been working on in indoor PE. Great fun was had by all!

Thank you to everyone who was able to support the children in their designing and making.

22nd October 2018

In English this week the children have been creating text maps and puppets to help them orally rehearse their new versions of the Tiddler story. They have started to write their own versions and these will be completed and published next week.

In Maths, the children have been partitioning numbers in different ways with manipulatives. They have also been completing end of unit assessments and cold tasks for the next unit of work, Addition and Subtraction.

Why not take a look at some of our Harvest pictures, inspired by the work of Van Gogh’s Wheatfield under Crows? We added the finishing touches this week!


This week’s Explorer of the Week is Bernat. He has been so interested in our Topic of the ocean and has been keen to share his knowledge with the rest of the class, with great enthusiasm! Well done Bernat!

15th October 2018

We’ve had a very busy week.


This week’s Explorer of the Week is Alesha. She always goes the extra mile both in her work and in and around the classroom. She is extremely helpful and uses her initiative well. Well done Alesha! You set a fantastic example to the class!

The children have been designing new characters for their own versions of the Tiddler story. They have chosen different creatures such as clown fish, sting ray, sword fish, sharks or sea horses to name but a few! They have been using adjectives and the senses to describe them.

In Maths the children have been consolidating their learning from over the past few weeks and also learning to count in 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s with impressive results!

The children thoroughly enjoyed singing and talking about making Harvest Vegetable Soup for our Harvest Assembly. They sang and sat beautifully and those who spoke did so very well.

As part of our learning about Harvest, the children enjoyed looking at some of Van Gogh’s famous paintings: Wheatfield under Thunderclouds; Wheatfield with Crows and Wheatfield with Cypresses. They tried to replicate Van Gogh's style of painting by creating dashes with paint using forks.

8th October 2018


This week’s Explorer of the Week is Elsie. She always sows fantastic behaviour for learning and tries her hardest. A superb example! Well done Elsie!

In English, we have been looking at the rhyming patterns in the Tiddler story. We have also been using Rainbow Grammar to help us understand sentences and the different parts of them. We learned that all sentences have someone or something (subject – marked in green), doing something (verb -marked in orange). We also looked at all sentences need full stops or alternative punctuation and in Rainbow Grammar we mark those in red.

In Maths we have been using our understanding of Place Value to help us to mark missing numbers on a number line. We have also been playing Roll It, Make it, Expand It to explore two digit numbers and recorded the expanded number sentences.

1st October 2018

In English, we have been learning about adjectives and nouns. We have been sorting these into groups. This has helped us to describe Tiddler. We’ve also been writing a recount about our trip to The Deep.

In Maths, we have continued to work on our Place Value unit. We have been working on using <, > and = to compare numbers and objects.

In topic we have been learning about habitats and food chains. We also had lots of fun preparing vegetables and using these to make a delicious vegetable soup with Mrs Alford! She was particularly impressed with our peeling, chopping and washing up skills! We did some really careful observational drawing of different vegetables, such as onions, potatoes, parsnips and carrots.


This week’s Explorer of the Week is Alan. He has been making extra effort in class! Well done and keep it up!

24th September 2018

We have had a very busy and exciting week!

In English, we have been learning about adjectives and their place in noun phrases. We have been using expanded noun phrases to describe different settings in the Tiddler story.

In Maths, we have continued to work on our Place Value unit. We have been learning about tens and ones to partition numbers. We have been using place value charts to help us partition two digit numbers.

We had a fantastic time on Wednesday at The Deep. The children learned about different habitats in and around the ocean and which different creatures live there. They loved exploring the attraction and saw lots of different sea creatures including jellyfish, stingrays, sharks and many other different species of fish. Great fun was had by all!

On Friday, the Library Bus visited and our class was lucky enough to have the first turn in Key Stage One. The children chose different books to share with the other two classes, for the term.


This week’s Explorer of the Week is Harvey. He has been trying really hard in coming into the classroom, early in the morning. Well done Harvey!

17th September 2018

The children have enjoyed their first full week back and are well into the swing of things! They are remembering the routines of the class and working really hard.

In English, the children have been listening to and retelling the story of Tiddler by Julia Donaldson. They are enjoying the repetitive language and love joining in! They have written a straight retelling of the story, which has been used to set their first writing targets of the school year.

In Maths, we have been working on our Place Value unit. We have been practising counting and recognising numbers, using different manipulatives to represent them and thinking what each digit represents.


The children are enjoying their new topic, Commotion in the Ocean. They kicked off with looking at different riddles and using the clues to work out which sea creature was being described.

Lots of children volunteered for our class Green Champion roles, but George and Sapphire were appointed the jobs! I’m sure they will do a fantastic job!

In our class election, both James and Gaia were successful in being elected as Class Councillors! Again, they are sure to do a brilliant job!

This week’s Explorer of the Week is Gaia. She has been extremely helpful this week both for the adults in the room and helping other children in and around class and the school. Well done Gaia! What a fabulous attitude!