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Week beginning 11th July 2016
 
In English we continue our unit of work on the story Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne. We will be writing our own stories based on Handa but we will be changing some of the details e.g. the animals and the fruit.

In maths we will be focusing on place value, addition and subtraction.
 
In Y1 phonics we will continue to explore alternative spellings of the 'ee', 'ai' and 'igh' phonemes. We will be applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In YR phonics...
 
The children will complete their history unit of work on the Ancient Greeks and the Olympics. They will also be painting, handwriting, taking part in circle time, guided reading and PE. Show and tell for reception children is something that you are proud of.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Looking at minibeasts in your garden or a local park/ nature area
Completing the writing jotter activity 
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books.
 

Week beginning 4th July 2016
 
On Monday this week it is push-up day where we will spend a day with our new Teacher in our new classroom.

In English we continue our unit of work on the story Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne. We will be planning our own stories based on Handa but we will be changing some of the details e.g. the animals and the fruit.

In maths we will be conducting a smarties investigation using our problem solving and data handling skills.
 
In Y1 phonics we will be exploring alternative spellings of the 'igh' phoneme (e.g. in cry and lied). We will be applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences. We will also be practising spelling the tricky words very, by, I'm and time.

In YR phonics we will be revising previously taught digraphs and trigraphs. We will also be learning strategies to read two-syllable words. We will be learning the alphabet (letter names) using games and an alphabet song. We shall also be applying our skills in reading and writing simple sentences containing CVCC and CCVC words. Our tricky words this week are
little  are  when  out one. 
 
The Reception children have their sports day on Tuesday (original date was rained off). We hope you can join us for a sports-filled afternoon.

The children will continue their history unit of work on the Ancient Greeks and the Olympics and will be making olive leaf crowns. They will also be painting, handwriting, taking part in circle time, guided reading and PE. The reception children will also continue their topic work about mini-beasts. Show and tell for reception children is something that helps keep you fit.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Looking at minibeasts in your garden or a local park/ nature area
Completing the writing jotter activity 
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books.
 

Week beginning 27th June 2016

In English we will begin a new unit of work based around the story Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne. We will be using describing words and phrases to describe objects and characters in the story.

In maths we will be having a focus on time and measuring. We will be learning to tell the time using analogue and digital clocks to the quarter hour. We will also be revising the days of the week and months of the year. We will also be measuring using non-standard units and recording our results on block graphs. 
 
In Y1 phonics we will continue to explore alternative spellings of the 'ee' phoneme (e.g. in monkey and cream) and begin looking at alternative spellings of the 'ai' phoneme (e.g. in play and weigh). We will also be applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences. We will also be practising spelling the tricky words oh, their and people.

In YR phonics we will be revising previously taught digraphs and trigraphs. We will also be learning strategies to read two-syllable words. We will be learning the alphabet (letter names) using games and an alphabet song. We shall also be applying our skills in reading and writing simple sentences containing CVCC and CCVC words. Our tricky words this week are little  are  when.  
 
The Reception children have their sports day this week. We hope you can join us for a sports-filled afternoon.

The children will begin their history unit of work on the Ancient Greeks and the Olympics, , painting, handwriting, circle time, guided reading and PE. The reception children will also continue their topic work about mini-beasts. Show and tell for reception children is to make a picture using things found outside e.g. twigs, flowers, grass (can be a photo).
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Looking at minibeasts in your garden or a local park/ nature area
Completing the writing jotter activity 
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books. The maths activity this week is called Marching Madness.
 

Week beginning 20th June 2016

In English we will be finishing out report writing work this week.  We will be finding out the answer to our big question - 'Why do elephants have big ears?'  We will be planning and writing our own reports about how elephants use their trunks. The Reception children will be writing their own stories about the adventures of The Hungry Caterpillar.

In maths we will be having a focus on multiplication this week.  We will be identifying odd and even numbers and then finding groups of 2, 5 and 10.  We will also be learning how to use the 'x' symbol in our number sentences. The Reception children will be solving addition, subtraction, doubling, halving and sharing problems about butterflies.
 
In Y1 phonics we will be exploring alternative spellings of the 'ee' phoneme (e.g. in monkey and cream). We will also be applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In YR phonics we will be revising previously taught digraphs and trigraphs. We will also be learning strategies to read two-syllable words. We will be learning the alphabet (letter names) using games and an alphabet song. We shall also be applying our skills in reading and writing simple sentences containing CVCC and CCVC words. Our tricky words this week are do when out what. We are now trying to use these correctly in our writing too.
 
We hope you can join us for our INSPIRE afternoon on Thursday this week where we will be making papier mache piggy banks! Don't forget to bring your newspaper and cardboard eggbox!

The Year 1 children have their sports day this week. We hope you can join us for a sports-filled day.

The children will complete their science unit of work looking at types of animals and this week we will be exploring herbivores and carnivores, handwriting, circle time, guided reading and PE. The reception children will continue their topic work about mini-beasts; exploring butterflies. Show and tell for reception children is an interesting fact about a minibeast.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Sharing an animal/ mini-beast information book with your child
Looking at minibeasts in your garden or a local park/ nature area
Completing the writing jotter activity 
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books. 

Week beginning 13th June 2016

In English we are continuing our report writing unit this week.  We are focusing on labelling diagrams, writing captions, using topic words, retrieving information and looking for clues in a text.  The reception children will be recording their thoughts and observations of our class caterpillars, going on bug hunts and making caterpillars with tricky words.

Our maths focus is My Money Week and we are having a money focus in class.  We will be consolidating our learning about number bonds, addition and subtraction using money as a context. The reception children will continue their work on subtraction, solving subtraction problems with minibeasts and in the outside area.

In Y1 phonics we will be revising all previously taught phonemes and alternative graphemes. We will be reading words containing these graphemes including words with consonant clusters (e.g. string and brunch) and compound words (e.g. portrait and windmill). We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In YR phonics we will be revising previously taught digraphs and trigraphs. We will also be learning strategies to read two-syllable words. We will be learning the alphabet (letter names) using games and an alphabet song. We shall also be applying our skills in reading and writing simple sentences containing CVCC and CCVC words. Our tricky words this week are
do when out what.

This week is My Money Week and we will be looking at where money comes from and how to save money. We will continue our science unit of work looking at domestic and wild animals, handwriting, circle time, guided reading and PE. The reception children will continue their topic work about mini-beasts; exploring bees, bug hunting, making homes for minibeasts, printing caterpillars and exploring their own fascinations and interests in the outdoor area. Show and tell for reception children is a favourite mini-beast (e.g. toy, drawing, picture, clothing).
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Sharing an animal/ mini-beast information book with your child
Looking at minibeasts in your garden or a local park/ nature area
Completing the writing jotter activity 
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books. 
 

Week beginning 6th June 2016

In English we will be beginning a unit of work on report writing. We will be exploring a Big Question: Why do elephants have big ears?, reading an interactive eBook, finding information and learning how to write labels and captions. We will begin to answer the Big Question this week leading to planning and writing our own reports based on a model. The Reception children will be focussing on mini-beasts and will be writing poems about butterflies using descriptive language.

In Maths we will be focusing on number and place value. We will be locating 2-digit numbers on a beaded line and 100-square; comparing and ordering 2-digit numbers up to 100 and saying a number between two numbers; identifying 10s and 1s in 2-digit numbers and solving place-value additions. The reception children will be focussing on subtraction in a minibeast theme, recording subtraction number sentences; problem solving and exploring symmetry through butterfly pictures and paintings.

In Y1 phonics we will be revising all previously taught phonemes and alternative graphemes. We will be reading words containing these graphemes including words with consonant clusters (e.g. string and brunch) and compound words (e.g. portrait and windmill). We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In YR phonics we will be revising previously taught phonemes. We will also be learning strategies to read two-syllable words such as "windmill" and "sandpit". We will also be learning the alphabet (letter names) using games and an alphabet song and applying our skills in reading and writing simple sentences containing CVCC and CCVC words. Our tricky words this week are said  have  there  little  are  they what  out.

The children will also begin a science unit of work about types of animals, handwriting, circle time, guided reading and PE. The reception children will begin their topic work about mini-beasts; making a mind map of what they already know and what they would like to find out. 
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Sharing an animal/ mini-beast information book with your child
Completing the writing jotter activity 
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books. The maths activity this week is called Bingo!


Week beginning 23rd May 2016

In English we will be writing our own animal poem and then we will be having a focus on publishing our poems in different ways.  We will be concentrating on our handwriting and presentation and we will be using ICT to publish our poems too. 

In Maths we will be focusing on money this week.  We will be revising the value of coins and notes, making totals using different coins and buying items using 2ps, 5ps and 10ps. The reception children will be focussing on adding money e.g. 5p + 2p, number formation, recognition and order.

In Y1 phonics we will be learning alternative spellings for ‘ai’ and 'c' (as in eight, make, pain, great and quick, cat, skunk). Our tricky words this week are some, come, were and who. We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In YR phonics we will be revising previously taught phonemes. We will also be focussing on all of our phase 3 tricky words and placing the correct ones into sentences. 

The children will also be discussing worship in RE, singing, making observational drawings of fruits and vegetables using pastels, focussing on tasting and making 'sensational salads' in DT, handwriting, circle time, guided reading and PE. Show and tell for YR children is to design a shield or necklace using a repeating pattern of shapes.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Exploring money and involving children in everyday money transactions
Completing the writing jotter activity 
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books. The maths activity this week is called Nimble Gnome.

Week beginning 16th May 2016

In English we will be having a poetry week this week.  We will be reading a poem called 'If I were a Hawk'.  We will be discussing how the animals and the verbs in the poem and we will be writing our own poem in a similar style.  

In Maths we will be focusing on fractions this week.  We will be finding halves and quarters of shapes and quantities. The YR children will also be focussing on addition and subtraction problem solving.

In Y1 phonics we will be learning alternative pronunciations ‘a’, 'y', 'ch' and ‘ou’ (as bacon, gym, happy, chorus, chalet, soup, would and mould). Our tricky words this week are any, laughed, because and different. We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In YR phonics we will be revising previously taught phonemes. We will also be learning strategies to read two-syllable words such as "windmill" and "sandpit". We will also be learning the alphabet (letter names) using games and an alphabet song and applying our skills in reading and writing simple sentences containing CVCC and CCVC words. Our tricky words this week are said  have  there   little  are  they.

The children will also be discussing worship in RE, singing, exploring portraits in art, handwriting, circle time, guided reading and PE. Show and tell for YR children is a home for a minibeast.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Discussing practical fractions at mealtimes e.g. half an apple, cutting a sandwich into halves and quarters
Completing the writing jotter activity 
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books. The maths activity this week is called Nimble Gnome.

Week beginning 9th May 2016

In English we will be continuing our work about Dougal the deep-sea diver this week.  We will be writing postcards and a diary entry for the mermaid and then at the end of the week we will be planning a new adventure for Dougal. The reception children will be making a mermaid using collage and writing about how they made it.

In Maths this week we will be focusing on measures.  We will be comparing capacities of containers using direct comparison.  We will also be measuring capacity using uniform non-standard units and recording results and information.  We will end the week by making and using a measuring vessel for capacity.

In Y1 phonics we will be learning alternative pronunciations for ‘ea’ and ‘er’ (as in meat/bread and hammer/herbs). We will also be revising the trigraphs 'ear' and ‘air’. Our tricky words this week are please, once, friends and eyes. We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In YR phonics  we will be revising previously taught phonemes. We will also be learning strategies to read two-syllable words such as "windmill" and "sandpit". We will also be learning the alphabet (letter names) using games and an alphabet song and applying our skills in reading and writing simple sentences containing CVCC and CCVC words. Our tricky words this week are said, have, there, little, are and they.

The children will also be discussing special places in RE, singing, exploring their senses in science, handwriting, guided reading and PE. Show and tell is a picture or a drawing of something you are good at.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Completing the writing jotter activity
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books.

Week beginning 2nd May 2016

In English this week we will be continuing our fantastic journeys theme by reading 'Dougal The Deep-Sea Diver' by Simon Bartram.  We will be exploring under the sea settings and comparing them with home.  We will also be looking at how to compose a diary entry and we will end the week by learning how to join our ideas by using the conjunction 'and'.

In Maths we will be focussing on weight.  We will be comparing the weight of different objects and then using non-standard and standard measures to weigh different objects.

In Y1 phonics we will be In Y1 phonics we will be practising previously taught alternative pronunciations and tricky words. We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In phonics reception children will be working on the trigraphs and looking at alternative sounds for example, ‘er’ and ‘ur’. We will be reading and writing sentences using our phonics knowledge and will uplevel sentences using adjectives (describing words). We are training our brains to read and write the tricky words what and one and playing tricky word bingo to consolidate our learning.

The children will also be discussing special places in RE, singing, discussing ways of managing anger, handwriting, guided reading and PE. Show and tell is a self-portrait.

You can help your child this week by:-
Completing the writing jotter activity
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books.



Monday 25th April 2016

In Maths we will be learning to add three numbers using our knowledge of doubles and pairs of numbers that make 10 to help. The reception children will be focussing on doubling numbers in a space theme.

In English we will continue our work on Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram. We will writing our own stories about the Man on the Moon. The reception children will be exploring the aliens and writing sentences about them.

In Y1 phonics we will be learning alternative pronunciations for ‘ow’ and ‘ie’ (as in cow and pie). We will also be revising the digraph 'oa' and the trigraph 'igh' (as in light). Our tricky words this week are water, where, who, again, thought, through, work, mouse. We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In YR phonics we will be working on the trigraphs air, igh and ure and looking at alternative sounds for example, ‘er’ and ‘ur’. We will be reading and writing sentences using our phonics knowledge and will uplevel sentences using adjectives (describing words). We are training our brains to read and write the tricky words there and little and playing tricky word bingo to consolidate our learning.
 
The children will also continue their science topic work this week about animal body parts, making puppets, handwriting, guided reading and PE. Show and tell is to draw a farm with 4 chickens, 3 cows, 2 sheep and one farmer.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Completing the writing jotter activity
Discussing space and body parts
Practising doubling
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books - this week’s maths activity is called Marching Madness

Monday 18th April 2016

In maths we will be use number facts to add and subtract 1-digit numbers to/from 2-digit numbers and adding pairs of 1-digit numbers with totals above 10. The reception children will be working out addition and subtraction calculations with numbers to 20 in a space theme.

In English we will be  reading Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram. We will be looking at the setting of the story, building up vocabulary, and using imaginative role play to explore the characters. We will use the story structure (a day-in-the-life) to retell the stories. We will be writing character descriptions.

In Y1 phonics we will be learning alternative pronunciations for ‘g’ and ‘c’ (as in danger and ice) and u (as in music). Our tricky words this week are said, have, like, some and come. We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In phonics reception children will be working on  trigraphs. We will be reading and writing sentences using our phonics knowledge and will uplevel sentences using adjectives (describing words). We are training our brains to read and write all the tricky words like and there and playing tricky word bingo to consolidate our learning.
 
The children will also begin their science topic work this week about body parts - human and animal, handwriting, guided reading and taking part in athletics and net/wall games in PE. Show and tell is ...
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Completing the writing jotter activity
Discussing space and body parts
Practising adding and subtracting
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books - this week’s maths activity is called Balloon Pop

Monday 11th April (back to school Tuesday 12th April)

In maths we will be focussing on more and less; finding 1 more and 1 less, 10 more and 10 less than any 2-digit number; exploring patterns on the 100-square; understanding place value in 2-digit numbers and identifying 10s and 1s. The reception children will focus on 1 more and 1 less with numbers 0-20.

In English we will be  reading poems about growing up. We will be discussing the language in the poems, recreating poems with drama and writing sentences for poems.

In Y1 phonics we will be learning alternative pronunciations for ‘g’ and ‘c’ (as in danger and ice) and u (as in music). Our tricky words this week are said, have, like, some and come. We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences..

In phonics reception children will be working on the trigraphs air, igh and ure. We will be reading and writing sentences using our phonics knowledge and will uplevel sentences using adjectives (describing words). We are training our brains to read and write all the tricky words have and come and playing tricky word bingo to consolidate our learning.

The children will also be making puppets this week, handwriting, guided reading and taking part in athletics and net/wall games in PE. There is no show and tell this week.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Completing the writing jotter activity
Sewing/ threading
Counting forwards and backwards from any number
Writing 2-digit numbers e.g. You say fifty three and child writes the number 53 (five tens and 3 ones)
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books - this week’s maths activity is called Beetle Bump

Monday 21st March

In maths we will be focussing on time; days of the week; reading times on analogue and digital clocks to the o'clock and half past; relating time to familiar events in the day e.g. bedtime and timing activities to get a sense of the duration of time e.g. 1 minute and 1 hr. The Reception children will be making a clock face and measuring time in simple ways.

In English we will be we recounting a Spring walk for our 'hot task' and writing Easter acrostic poems. The Reception children will be writing Easter poems.

In Y1 phonics we will be revising split digraphs a-e (as in made) and u-e (as in cube and include) and i-e (as in slide) and e-e (as in complete). We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In YR phonics children will be recapping all previously taught digraphs and trigraphs. We will be reading and writing sentences using our phonics knowledge and will uplevel sentences using adjectives (describing words). We are training our brains to read and write all the tricky words covered so far and playing tricky word bingo to consolidate our learning.

The children will also be making lots of Easter crafts in their INSPIRE afternoon on Monday (we hope you can join us!) and throughout the week, guided reading, singing, taking part in circle time (hurt feelings) and watching a play performed by the Y3/4 children. The Y1 children will also take part in an Easter celebration at the local Church. This week's show and tell is a small toy.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Talking about and taking part in Easter celebrations
Decorating eggs
Completing the writing jotter activity
Telling the time and discussing what you different times of the day/ days of the week
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books - this week’s maths activity is called Bubble Burst

Monday 14th March 

In maths we will be focussing on addition. The Reception children will be adding and subtracting numbers to 20 using practical apparatus and completing and recording number sentences. The children will be encouraged to count on and back from the biggest number. The Year 1 children will be adding a 1-digit number by counting on from a 2-digit number; subtracting a 1-digit number by counting back.

In English we will be we will continue to focus on a non-fiction book called Who Lives Here? We will be sequencing events from a nature walk and orally rehearsing sentences in preparation for writing our own recount. We will pay particular attention to spaces, capital letters and full stops. The Reception children will be writing sentences about what they have observed on a nature walk.

In Y1 phonics we will be revising alternative graphemes au (as in Haul) and ey and split digraphs i-e (as in slide) and o-e (as in rode) and tricky words some, come, were and there. We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.Y1 spelling teaching are words with 'ing' endings e.g. jumping and switching.
 

In phonics reception children will be learning the trigraphs 'ear', 'air' and 'ure'. We will be reading and writing words and sentences using our phonics knowledge and will uplevel sentences using adjectives (describing words). We are training our brains to read and write the tricky words  said   was

We will complete our topic on Ancient Egypt by further exploring the process of mummification, exploring how materials change when heated in science, taking part in circle time, discussing feeling proud of others, learning new songs and exploring rest and rhythm in music, practising handwriting and guided reading. The reception children will continue with their new topic of work based around Spring and new life. They will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is to design an Easter egg and label it.

You can help your child this week by:-
Talking about signs of Spring and new life
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Completing the writing jotter activity
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books
This week’s maths activity is called Starfish Strike

Monday 7th March 

In maths we will be locating 2-digit numbers on a 100-square; beginning to recognise 2-digit numbers as some 10s and 1s; making 2-digit numbers using 10p and smaller coins; finding 1 more or 1 less than any number to 100; finding 10 more than any number to 90 and finding 10 less than any number to 100. The Reception children will be focussing on reading, writing, sequencing and ordering numbers to 20 and recognising that teen numbers are as a ten and some 1s.

In English we will be we will be reading a non-fiction book called Who Lives Here?, linking the text to our own experiences. We will be using maps to recall the sequence of events and to ask questions about events in the book. We will learn about different uses for capital letters and begin to use these in our writing. The writing tasks involve composing factual sentences about animals and writing a nature diary following a model. The Reception children will be talking and writing about sequences of events e.g. a day out at the weekend.

In Y1 phonics we will be revising alternative graphemes ph (as in elephant) , ew, oe, au and ey and tricky words Mr, Mrs, have and like. We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In YR phonics children will be recapping the digraphs and learning the trigraph 'igh'. We will be reading and writing words and sentences using our phonics knowledge and will uplevel sentences using adjectives (describing words). We are training our brains to read and write the tricky words   are   all.

Y1 spelling teaching are words with 'es' plural endings e.g. foxes (noun) and switches (verb).

We will continue our topic on Ancient Egypt looking at the story of Tutankahmun and the process of mummification, exploring solids, liquids and gases in science, taking part in circle time, discussing the feelings 'proud' and 'jealous', learning new songs and exploring rest and rhythm in music, practising handwriting and guided reading. The reception children will continue with their new topic of work based around Spring and new life. They will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is something to do with Spring.

You can help your child this week by:-
Talking about signs of Spring
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Completing the writing jotter activity
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books
This week’s maths activity is called Marching Madness

Monday 29th February

In maths we will be learning doubles up to double 10 and revising pairs of numbers that make 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. We will also explore related subtraction facts and use knowledge of pairs of 10 to make pairs to 20 and solve maths word problems.

In English we will be continuing our work about traditional tales.  We will be writing our own versions of the 'Little Daisy' story. The reception children will be writing words, captions and sentences about the Little Daisy story.

In Y1 phonics we will be revising alternative graphemes er, ue, aw and wh (as in what) and tricky words people, looked, some and come. We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In YR phonics In phonics reception children will be recapping the digraphs ee, oi, or, ai and reading and writing sentences using our phonics knowledge. We are training our brains to read and write the tricky words  said  you  was.  We will be learning the alphabet (letter names) using games and an alphabet song. 

Y1 spellings this week…

We will continue our topic on Ancient Egypt through history and computing, take part in circle time, discuss important people in our lives (Mothers), learn new songs and explore rest and rhythm in music, practise handwriting and guided reading. The reception children will continue with their new topic of work based around Spring and new life. They will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is to draw and write about something you like to do at home.

You can help your child this week by:-
Talking about signs of Spring
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Complete the writing jotter activity
Explore doubles and pairs of numbers that make 5,6,7,8,9 and 10
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books
This week’s maths activity is called Bop a bird!

Monday 22nd February

In maths we will be continuing our work about counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.  This week we will be using the language of multiplication - 'groups of' and looking at the x symbol.  We will also be looking at finding fractions of shapes and reading 1/2, 1/4 and 3/4. The reception children will focus on counting in 2s and 10s and will be solving problems related to ‘sharing’.

In English we will be continuing our work about traditional tales.  We will be reading a story called 'Little Daisy'.  We will be making story maps, learning how to tell the story using actions and using role play to act out the story.  We will then be looking at speech bubbles and speech marks. The reception children will be labelling Little Daisy and writing character portraits.

In Y1 phonics we will be revising alternative graphemes ay, ou, ie, ea (as in meat) and oy and tricky words said, oh and their. We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In YR phonics we will be reading CVCC words and reading and writing sentences using our phonics knowledge. We are training our brains to read and write the tricky words    so  said  he  she  we  be   We will be learning the alphabet (letter names) using games and an alphabet song.

Y1 spellings this week are words ending in a 'v' sound e.g. live, have, love, give.

We will also begin our topic on Ancient Egypt through history and computing, take part in circle time and discussions about people who are important to us. We will be learning new songs and exploring rest and rhythm in music, taking part in handwriting and guided reading. The reception children will begin their new topic of work based around Spring and new life. They will be discussing things they already know and what they would like to find out which will form the basis for their learning this half term. They will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is to decorate their writing jotter.

You can help your child this week by:-
Talking about signs of Spring
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Practical counting in 2s, 5s and 10s
Practical fractions using the language halves and quarters
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books
This week’s maths activity is called Bingo!

Monday 8th February

In maths we are learning to say and recognise odd and even numbers; count objects in 5s and 10s and begin to say 5 lots and 10 lots; find half, quarter and three quarters of shapes; begin to know that two halves and four quarters are a whole and that two quarters is a half. The reception children continue counting in 2s and 10s and will also be exploring take away with objects on the maths mat.

In English we begin a unit of work on traditional tales. Starting with Red Riding Hood we will be reading, role-playing and retelling the story drawing on language from the story and using sequencing words. We will also be making story maps and writing the opening of the story. We will be focusing on punctuating our sentences with spaces, full stops and capital letters. The Reception children will be making storyboards of an Arctic adventure and writing sentences/ captions about the events in their stories.

In Y1 phonics we will be revising split digraphs o-e (rode), i-e (ride), a-e (bake), e-e (these) and u-e (cube). We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In YR phonics we will be working with the digraphs qu, ou, oi and ai and reading words with these. We will also be reading and writing captions using our phonics knowledge. We are training our brains to read and write the tricky words like  are  they

Y1 spellings this week are words with the tch sound e.g. watch, sketch.

We will also be learning about internet safety in computing, polystyrene tile printing of pyramids on a layered tissue paper background in art, handwriting, performing songs in music, PE and guided reading. The reception children continue their topic work exploring the Arctic and Antarctic and will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is a small toy.

You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Discussing simple fractions of shapes and numbers – halves and quarter
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books
This week’s maths activity is called Bingo!

Monday 1st February

In maths we are learning to count on and back in tens from any number and we will begin to count in 5s and 2s, recognising that multiples of 5 end in 5 and 0. We will also be estimating a number of objects within a range and counting them by grouping into 10s or 5s. The reception children will focus on counting in 2s using pairs of socks.

In English we continue our unit of work on information texts. We will further explore the features of these texts in an owl theme - headings, subheadings, facts, diagrams, photographs and captions. We will be researching owls, writing owl facts in sentences and captions and drawing and labelling diagrams. At the end of the week we will write our own information text about owls. The Reception children will be continuing their Arctic topic work writing a list of things they would take on an Arctic expedition, some children using Ipads notes.

In Y1 phonics we will be learning alternative pronunciations for ‘ea’ and ‘er’ (as in bread and hammer). Our tricky words for spelling this week are when, what and out. Our tricky words for reading this week remain as water, where, who, again, thought, through, work, mouse. We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In YR phonics we will be working with the digraphs er, oa and ar and reading words with these. We will also be writing our own captions to go with a space scene using or phonics knowledge. We're training our brains to read and write the tricky words   she   are.

Y1 spellings this week are words with two syllables e.g. farmyard. Please practise at home ready for the spelling test on Friday.

We will also be learning about icons, menus and hyperlinks in computing, negative stencil printing in art, handwriting, exploring high and low sounds in music and guided reading. The reception children continue their topic work exploring the Arctic and Antarctic and will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is a favourite book.

You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Estimating, counting and grouping objects.
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books. Now available on Ipad and tablet.
This week’s maths activity is called Clam Collector.

Monday 25th January

In maths we are learning to name, recognise and know the properties of 3D shapes: cube, cuboid, cone, cylinder and sphere; begin to sort 3D shapes according to properties; order and name the days of the week and months of the year; recognise and name the seasons.

In English we begin a unit of work on information texts. We will explore the features of these texts - headings, subheadings, facts, diagrams, photographs and captions. The Reception children will be continuing their Arctic topic work writing about what they can see in an Arctic scene and designing a front cover for an information book about Arctic Animals.

In Y1 phonics we will be learning alternative pronunciations for ‘ow’ and ‘ie’ (as in grow and shriek). Our tricky words for spelling this week are said, one, little and do. Our tricky words for reading this week are water, where, who, again, thought, through, work, mouse. We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In Reception phonics we will be looking at the digraphs ow, oi, oo and ur and be practising segmenting sounds in words for writing. We will also be using these digraphs to write sentences. We're training our brains to read and write the tricky words    they    like 
 
Y1 spellings this week are words with ‘nk’ endings e.g. pink.

We will also be exploring sources of information in computing and how to browse websites, exploring printing in art, sharing the Hindu creation story, handwriting, exploring high and low sounds in music and guided reading. The reception children continue their topic work exploring the Arctic and Antarctic and will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is to make a house for a hibernating hedgehog.

You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Talking about 3d shapes at home and outdoors
Making models with 3d shapes.
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books - This week’s maths activity is called Reel it in.

Monday 18th January
 
In English we will be exploring fiction and non-fiction texts. We will be talking about the features of each; sorting books; asking and writing questions; reading non-fiction texts; using books to find facts. Reception children will also be using their phonics skills to label a penguin and write a sentence about a penguin.

In maths we are learning to add by putting the larger number first and counting on; spotting unit patterns; counting on from 2-digit numbers and adding a 1-digit number to a 2-digit number.

In Y1 phonics we will be learning alternative pronunciations for ‘g’ and ‘c’ (as in danger and ice) and u (as in music). Our tricky words this week are said, have, like, some and come. We will also be writing capital letters and applying our phonics skills when reading and writing sentences.

In YR phonics we will be looking at the digraphs ar, oo, or and be practising segmenting sounds in words for writing. We will also be using these digraphs to write sentences. We're training our brains to read and write the tricky words you and they.

Y1 spellings this week are words that end in ‘ck’ after a short vowel e.g. black and sack.
We will also be making a pictogram of our favourite way to travel in Geography and exploring Egypt, considering why it is important to look after our world in RE, handwriting, exploring high and low sounds in music and guided reading. The reception children will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is something cold.

You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Practical addition
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books - This week’s maths activity is called Balloon Pop.

Monday 11th January 2016

In English we continue with poetry and rhyme; exploring skipping rhymes, identifying rhyming words and creating our own rhymes based on rhyming patterns in familiar poems and stories. We will also be performing our rhymes to a real audience.
 
In maths we will be revising pairs to 5, 6, 7, 10 and doubles to double 6; deriving subtraction facts; learning that a symbol can be used for an unknown; using number facts to solve simple addition and subtraction word problems and finding pairs of numbers with a total of 8. The reception children will be ordering and sequencing numbers to 20; practising counting forwards and backwards from different numbers; exploring doubling to 6; finding pairs of numbers that make 8 and writing findings in an addition number sentence.
 
We will also begin our Geography work by finding the United Kingdom on a globe and other countries we have visited making a class collage of the Christian creation story, PE, discussing relationships, handwriting, exploring high and low sounds in music and guided reading. The reception children will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is a drawing of an animal from the Arctic/ Antarctic.
 
In Y1 phonics we will be exploring alternative pronunciation of the i and o graphemes (fill/wild and gold/sob). We will be learning to spell the tricky words - little, one, do, when, what and out.  We will be using our phonics skills when reading and writing words and sentences.

In YR phonics we will be looking at the previously taught digraphs ai, ee, oa and learning a new trigraph igh . We will also be practising segmenting sounds in words for writing. We will be training our brains to read and write the tricky words  was and my.
 
Our spelling focus words this week are words with the double letter endings - ff, ll, ss and zz. We use double letters at the ends of short words with short vowel sounds. For example: off, well, miss and buzz. 
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Counting forwards and backwards from different numbers
Looking at pictures from other countries you may have visited
Discussing animals from the Arctic/ Antarctic
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books -This week’s abacus maths activity is called Marching Madness.

Monday 4th January 2016

In English we will be focussing on poetry and rhyme; identifying rhyming words and creating our own rhymes based on rhyming patterns in familiar poems and stories.
 
In maths we will be learning to say the number one more or less and two more or less using a number line or a 100 grid; locate 2-digit numbers on a 100 grid; read, write and say 2-digit numbers and understand them as some tens and some ones. The Reception children will be counting in 10s and finding one more/ one less with numbers 1-20.
 
We will also be exploring position and direction using Beebots, exploring how objects move on different surfaces in science, considering how the world was made in RE, handwriting, exploring high and low sounds in music and guided reading. The reception children will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is a snowflake.
 
In phonics, all groups will be revisiting previously taught phonemes/ graphemes/ tricky words and applying skills in reading and writing sentences.
 
Our spelling focus words this week are words with the double letter endings - ff, ll, ss and zz. We use double letters at the ends of short words with short vowel sounds. For example: off, well, miss and buzz.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Counting and discussing numbers which are 1-2 more/less from a given number
Discussing shapes in snowflakes
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books - This week’s maths activity is called Hedgehog Hurry.

Monday 14th December 2015

In English we will be focussing on the traditional The Gingerbread Man. We will be sequencing, retelling and writing about the story. We will use our imaginations to think of an alternative ending to this well known tale.
 
In maths we will be learning about the days of the week and months of the year.  We will be ordering days and talking about things we do on certain days. We will be ordering the months of the year and talking about seasons and birthdays.
 
This week it is Christmas Party week! On Monday the Reception children will have their party and on Tuesday it is the Year One party. 

The Reception children will be performing their Christmas songs on Tuesday and Thursday and family members are welcome to join us for Stay and Play following the performance.
 
We will also be completing our history toy topic by comparing old and new toys and in computing we will be exploring coding. The Reception children will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is a small toy.
 
In phonics, all groups will be revising work done over the past half term and playing phonics games.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Discussing days of the week e.g. what they do on different days 
Discussing months of the year e.g. talking to your child about their birthday month
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books

Monday 7th December 2015

In English we will be continuing our work about stories with a familiar setting with a new story Where’s My Teddy by Jez Alborough.  We will be writing our own narratives by sequencing sentences in order. The Reception children will also be writing about this story.
 
In maths we will continue exploring money.  We will be learning to recognise, order and make amounts of money and recording our findings as number sentences.
 
The Year one children are performing their Christmas concert this week and the Reception children are looking forward to watching it on Monday.
 
We will also be exploring position and direction using ICT, handwriting, singing seasonal songs, writing in Christmas cards, making party hats, weaving card mats and guided reading. The Reception children will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is a memory of Christmas.
 
In Y1 phonics we will be learning to read new graphemes au, u-e and the new phoneme zh (as in treasure). We will be learning to read and write words containing graphemes. We will be revising reading tricky words oh, their, people, looked, Mr, Mrs, called and asked and we will also be using our memories to spell the previously taught words said, so, some, come, have, like, were and here. We will be applying our skills in sentence reading and writing.
 
Our spelling focus words this week are the colours – red, blue, green, black, white, yellow and orange
 
In reception phonics we will be revising  previously taught digraphs ar, or, er and ng and playing Christmas phonic games to help us to remember them. We will also be practising segmenting sounds in words for writing. We will be training our brains to read and write the tricky words they  she  the. 
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Discussing and using coins – involving your child when paying for items at the shops
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books -this week’s maths activity is called Starfish Strike

Monday 30th November 2015

In English we will be continuing our work about stories with a familiar setting with a new story Aaargh Spider by Lydia Monks.  We will be discussing and comparing all the stories we have enjoyed over the past two weeks and discussing our likes and dislikes and writing diary entries. Reception children will be sequencing and retelling stories, painting dragons and writing captions.
 
In maths we will be exploring money.  We will be learning to recognise, order and make amounts of money. We will be able to role-play the use of money in our Christmas Post Office. 
 
Thursday is our INSPIRE afternoon and we hop you can join us to make Christmas Angels.
 
We will also be continuing our toys topic, handwriting, singing seasonal songs and guided reading. The reception children will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is a non-breakable Christmas decoration (labelled for our class tree. Show and Tell will take place on Thursday this week.
 
In Y1 phonics we will be learning to read new graphemes au, a-e, e-e and i-e (a-e, e-e and i-e are split digraphs such as the a-e in make). We will be learning to read and write words containing these graphemes.  Our new tricky words this week are called and asked and we will also be using our memories to spell the previously taught words were and here. We will be applying our skills in sentence reading and writing with a focus on choosing the correct grapheme for spelling words.
 
Our spelling focus words this week are the numbers - fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen and nineteen.
 
In reception phonics we will be revising the previously taught digraphs ai, ee, sh, ch, oo, er and playing phonics games to help us to remember them. We will also be practising segmenting sounds in words for writing. We will be training our brains to read and write the tricky words  we  me she he.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Practising adding and subtracting
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books
 

Monday 23rd November 2015

In English we will be continuing our work about stories with a familiar setting.  We will be retelling Class Two At The Zoo for our 'cold' writing task then we will be reading a new story called Who Is Our New Teacher?  We will be thinking of our own ideas for a new teacher and writing questions to ask the dragon.  We will then be writing the diary of a dragon.
 
In maths we will be looking at addition and subtraction this week.  We will be learning how to add and subtract small numbers by counting on and back and then we will be adding 3 small numbers by looking for pairs of numbers that total 10.
 

Thursday is going to be a very busy and fun day with Christmas art activities all day.
 
We will also be continuing our history work by looking at the similarities and differences between toys from the past and toys today, handwriting, singing seasonal songs and guided reading. The reception children will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is something that keeps us warm.
 
In Y1 phonics we will be learning to read new graphemes ph, ew, oe, au and ey. We will be learning to read and write words containing these graphemes.  Our new tricky words this week are Mr and Mrs and we will also be using our memories to spell the previously taught words have and like. We will be applying our skills in sentence reading and writing with a focus on choosing the correct grapheme for spelling words.
 
Our spelling focus words this week are the numbers - eleven, twelve, thirteen and fourteen.
In reception phonics we will be learning to recognise, hear and say the phonemes ur, ow and oi. We will be learning to sound out and blend these phonemes in words, for instance c-oi-n, d-ow-n, and c-ur-d. We will be reading words with two-syllables e.g. turmip. We will also be practising segmenting sounds in words for writing. We will be training our brains to read and write the tricky word you.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Practising adding and subtracting
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books
 
Monday 16th November 2015
In Maths we will be exploring positional language - below, top, bottom, above, left and right etc., ordering objects by length and measuring using non-standard units. We will then be introduced to metre sticks and rulers and we will begin to measure objects with these tools using centimetres and metres.

In English we begin a new unit of work based on the story Class Two at the Zoo by Julia Jarman. We will be discussing the characters and events in the story and rewriting our own version of the story. The reception children will be labelling animals, ordering the events in the story by threading pictures and retelling events into the mini Ipads.
 
This week we begin our mini-topic Toys. We will be finding out what we already know about toys and things we would like to find out. We will also be thinking about being a good listener in circle time, exploring pulse in music, handwriting (long ladder family l, i, t, j, y), making paint colours darker and lighter by adding black and white and guided reading. The reception children will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is a triangle picture, pattern or object.
 
 
In Y1 phonics we will be learning to read new graphemes ur, ue, aw and wh. We will be learning to read and write words containing graphemes.  Our new tricky words this week are people and looked and we will also be using our memories to spell the previously taught words some and come. We will be applying our skills in sentence reading and writing with a focus on choosing the correct grapheme for spelling words.
 
Our spelling focus words this week are the days of the week Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
 
In Reception phonics we will be learning to recognise, hear and say the phonemes oo (oo and u), ar and or. We will be learning to sound out and blend these phonemes in words, for instance m-oo-d, b-oo-k, c-ar-d, p-ar-k and f-or-k. We will begin to read words with two-syllables e.g. farmyard. We will also be practising segmenting sounds in words for writing. We will be training our brains to read and write tricky words no and go.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Writing names of animals.
Discussing trips to the zoo/ farm and making stories up about what could happen.
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books
 
Monday 9th November 2015
In Maths we will be exploring number bonds to 5, 6, 7 and 10 and using our knowledge of these to complete addition and subtraction number problems. 

In English we are continuing work on instructional texts. We will be looking closely at features of instructional texts, making pizzas and writing instructions about how to make them. The reception children will be designing pizzas on a computer art programme, using their phonics knowledge to label the pizza and writing CVC words in chalk outdoors.
 
Other work this week will include making and evaluating our bridges, thinking about friendship in circle time, tapping rhythms in music, handwriting (long ladder family l, i, t, j, y), artwork using primary colours, exploring mixing primary colours (red, blue and yellow) and guided reading. The reception children will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is something yellow.
 
 
In Y1 phonics we will be learning new graphemes and alternative pronunciations for graphemes we already know as we begin our next phase of phonics learning. We will begin this week with the graphemes ay, oi, ie, ea (as in meat) and oy. We will be learning to read and write words containing these graphemes.  Our tricky words this week are oh and their. We will be applying our skills in sentence reading and writing with a focus on choosing the correct grapheme for spelling words.
 
Our spelling focus words this week are: push, pull, full, house, our.

In Reception phonics we will be learning to recognise, hear and say the phonemes ai, ee, ie and oa. We will be learning to sound out and blend the phonemes that we know in words, for instance p-ai-n, g-oa-t, sh-ee-p and p-ie. We will also be practising segmenting sounds in words for writing. We will be training our brains to read and write tricky words was and my.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Following instructions and looking at instructional texts e.g. recipes, how to play a game
Practising cursive letter  and number formation
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books
 

Monday 2nd November 2015

In Maths we will be continuing with developing our understanding of number.  We will be exploring teens numbers and looking at the place value of numbers to 100 and identifying tens and ones. Reception children will be counting 0-20 forwards and backwards, exploring teen numbers and completing addition problems.

In English we will be starting a new unit of work about instructions.  We will begin the unit by reading the story Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper and then we will be looking for imperative (or bossy) verbs in recipes.  We will go on to make our own pumpkin soup then orally rehearse the instructions and at the end of the week we will write the instructions for making the soup. The reception children will be writing words and phrases from the story on pumpkin templates, making pumpkin soup and taking part in pumpkin carving and craft activities.

Other work this week will include designing our own bridges, thinking about friendship and kindness, exploring rhythms in music, handwriting, discussing and mixing primary colours and guided reading. The reception children will also take part in their weekly show and tell where they are encouraged to talk about their own items and ask questions about what others have brought in. This week show and tell is a bonfire picture.
 
In Y1 phonics we will be revising phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs. We will be learning to read and write CVCC, CCVC and CCVCC words (e.g. lamp, bright and craft) including two syllable words containing these sounds. We will be learning to read and spell the tricky words he, be, she, we, me, was, you, they, all, my, was and her. We will be applying our skills in sentence reading and writing.
 
Our spelling focus words this week are: once, ask, friend, school and put

In Reception phonics we will be learning to recognise, hear and say the phonemes sh, ch, th and ng. We will be learning to sound out and blend the phonemes that we know in words, for instance sh-o-p, c-a-sh, th-i-n and r-i-ng. We will also be learning how to segment the sounds in words for writing. We will be learning to read and write tricky words we, me and be.
 
You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky words
Sharing books
Practising cursive letter formation
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club 

Monday 19th October 2015

This week our maths focus is Number. We will estimating amounts and exploring tens and ones in teen numbers. We will continue to explore more and less and counting in tens to 100.
 
In English we continue our poetry topic. This week our theme will be Autumn. We will be exploring the outdoor area and using our senses to generate ideas for writing poems. On Friday it is our Halloween dress up day so we will be writing recipes for witches potions.
 
Other work this week will include exploring primary colours in art, drawing simple maps, handwriting, guided reading and joining in singing confidently.
 
In Y1 phonics we will be revising digraphs ar, ow and the trigraph igh and learning to read and write words including two syllable words containing these sounds. We will be learning to read and spell the tricky words do, when, out and what. We will be applying our skills in sentence reading and writing.

Our spelling focus words this week are: love, some, come, one, here
 
In Reception phonics we will be learning to recognise, hear and say the phonemes y and z . We will be learning to sound out and blend the phonemes that we know in words, for instance j-a-m. We will also be learning how to segment the sounds in words for writing. We will be learning to read words I, and, am, in, is and the new tricky words he and she.

You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky
Exploring and discussing Autumn in the garden and local parks
Sharing books
Practising cursive letter formation
Counting objects, estimating how many, using the language of more and less in everyday situations 
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club 
 
Monday 12th October 2015

This week our maths focus is Number. We will writing, ordering and estimating numbers. We will also be exploring more and less using conkers and counting conkers by counting rows of tens.
In English we begin a week of poetry. We missed National Poetry day last week as we were on our school trip so we will begin with a light theme poem based on the story 'Can't you Sleep Little Bear' by Martin Waddell.  We will then turn our focus to weather poems. We will use our senses to write and record our thoughts and feelings about the weather. The reception children will be setting up a weather station where we can measure rainfall, track the strength and direction of the wind and record the temperature. We will write our own poems at the end of the week and publish them for display.
 
Other work this week will include exploring primary colours in art, painting and decorating diva lamps ready for a Diwali celebration, labelling the rivers we saw on our school trip on a simple map, handwriting, guided reading and joining in singing confidently.

In Y1 phonics we will be revising digraphs oi, ng and qu and the trigraph igh and learning to read and write words including two syllable words containing these sounds. We will be learning to read and spell the tricky words they, the, have and some. We will be applying our skills in sentence reading and writing.

Our spelling focus words this week are: no, go, so, by and my
 
In Reception phonics we will be learning to recognise, hear and say the phonemes j, v, w, and x. We will be learning to sound out and blend the phonemes that we know in words, for instance j-a-m. We will also be learning how to segment the sounds in words for writing. We will be learning to read the tricky words no, go, I, the and to.

You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky
Sharing books
Practising cursive letter formation
Counting objects, estimating how many, using the language of more and less in everyday situations 
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club 
 

Monday 5th October 2015

This week our maths focus is Shape. We will be exploring common 2d and 3d shapes - naming and describing them. We will be looking at shapes in the environment and making pictures and models with shapes.
 
In English we will be reading the story 'The Day the Crayons Quit' by Drew Daywalt. We will be writing letters explaining feelings, making predictions, contributing to class discussions with a focus on speaking and listening skills and writing colour list poems on paper and Ipads.
 
Other work this week will include exploring primary colours in art, exploring different religions, discussing similarities and differences between ourselves and our peers, taking photos on Ipods, handwriting, guided reading and joining in singing confidently.

We will also introduce our Rivers and Bridges in the local area unit of work and on Thursday the Year 1 children will go on a school trip to explore The River Trent and Keadby bridge, The Humber Estuary and Humber Bridge and Julian's Bower which overlooks the confluence of The River Trent and The River Ouse.  
 
In Y1 phonics we will be revising digraphs and trigraphs and learning to read and write words including two syllable words containing trigraphs - ear, air, ure and igh. We will also focus on the difference between the 'v' and 'th' phonemes. We will be learning to read and spell the tricky words was, said, you, there and do. We will be applying our skills in sentence reading and writing.

Our spelling focus words this week are: he, be, we, she and me.

In Reception phonics we will be learning to recognise, hear and say the phonemes h, b, f and l. We will be learning to sound out and blend the phonemes that we know in words, for instance p-e-g. We will be learning to read the tricky words I, no and go.

You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings/ reading and writing tricky
Sharing books
Practising cursive letter formation
Discussing shapes in the environment
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club 
 

Monday 28th September 2015

This week we continue addition as our maths focus and we will also be looking at subtraction. We will be exploring doubling, more and less, writing number sentences, using number facts to support solving addition and subtraction number problems. The focus for reception children will be practical addition and subtraction and the language used in these calculations.
 
In English we continue our unit of work on Traditional Tales. We will be using describng words to create character profiles of the troll and the three Billy Goats Gruff, thinking of questions to ask the troll and the goats and taking turns to answer the questions in role and writing about the story with a focus on using punctuation correctly. The reception children will be taking part in all the practical activities, helping the goats cross the bridge in a reading challenge and making a story setting for this story.
 
 
Other work this week will include exploring the strength of magnets and if they work through objects, sharing the story of David and Goliath and playing a game of the story, discussing things we are good at, recording our voices and taking videos using Ipods and Ipads, handwriting, guided reading and joining in singing confidently.
 
In Y1 phonics we will be revising digraphs and trigraphs and learning to read and write CCCVC words such as 'street' and 'spring' and two-syllable words like 'laptop'. We will be learning to read and spell the tricky words do, when, out and what. We will be applying our skills in sentence reading and writing.

Our spelling focus words this week are: you, your, they, there, where

In Reception phonics we will be learning to recognise, hear and say the phonemes ck, e, u and r. We will be learning to sound out and blend the phonemes that we know in words, for instance p-e-g. We will be learning to read the tricky words the, and and to.

You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings 
Reading Traditional Tales with your child and discussing the characters and events
Exploring magnets
Adding with objects and numbers
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club 

Monday 21st September 2015

This week our maths focus is addition. We will be finding pairs of numbers that make 5, 6 and 10 and recording number sentences. Reception children will be practising practical addition by adding two groups of objects.
In English we begin our unit of work on Traditional Tales. We will be reading Traditional Tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and discussing events and characters. Our activities this week focus on story language retelling. We will be acting out stories, playing stories in small world, retelling stories using actions and on Ipads, making character puppets and story maps.
 
 
Other work this week will include exploring magnets, sharing the story of Jonah and the Whale and sequencing the story, discussing feelings, handwriting, guided reading and joining in singing confidently and matching pitch.

On Friday it is European Languages Day and we have lots of language activities planned to celebrate this day. We will be taking part in French singing and dancing, playing boules, counting in French, enjoying a French breakfast of croissants and chocolate milk for snack, making a French flag and a collage snail.

In Y1 phonics we will be revising digraphs and trigraphs and learning to read and write words with two syllables such as 'sandpit' and 'chicken'. We will be learning to read and spell the tricky words were, there, little and one. We will be applying our skills in sentence reading and writing.

Our spelling focus words this week are: was, is, his, has, I.

In Reception phonics we will be learning to recognise, hear and say the phonemes g,o,c and k. We will be learning to sound out and blend the phonemes that we know in words, for instance s-i-t. We will be using the "Phonics Play"website game "Buried Treasure" to help us practise this key skill (www.phonicsplay.co.uk).

You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings 
Reading Traditional Tales with your child and discussing the characters and events
Exploring magnets
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club 

Monday 14th September 2015

This week we continue our focus on number in maths. We will be estimating and developing an understanding of place value - tens and units with numbers 0-20. We will be practising number formation.

In English we continue our lists, labels and captions unit with the book ‘Billy’s Bucket’ by Kes Gray. We will be thinking about alternative endings to the story, using describing words (adjectives) and proper nouns, capital letters, forming and writing caption and sentences and writing lists on an ipad application. The reception children will be sorting objects according to their initial sounds into buckets, reading words from a blending bucket, writing names on a fish template and making fish cookies.
 
Other work this week will include floating and sinking, sharing the story of Noah’s ark and making a boat picture and discussing feelings, handwriting, guided reading and joining in singing confidently and matching pitch.
 
In Y1 phonics we will be revising digraphs and trigraphs and learning to read and write CCVC words such as 'train' and 'float'. We will be learning to read and spell the tricky words have, like, some and come. We will be applying our skills in sentence reading and writing.
Our spelling focus words this week are of, said, says, are and were and we will continue to practise the spelling of today.

In Reception phonics we will be learning to recognise, hear and say the phonemes l,n,m and d. We will be learning to sound out and blend the phonemes that we know in words, for instance s-i-t.
You can help your child this week by:-
Practising spellings
Writing numbers
Counting with your child and exploring numbers
Finding objects that float or sink
Writing shopping lists
Logging onto activelearnprimary.co.uk and accessing abacus maths activities or bug club books to support your child’s learning
Exploring Capital letters in names in various texts

Monday 7th September 2015
This week we focusing on number in maths. We will be counting forwards and backwards, recognising numbers, ordering numbers, estimating and developing an understanding of place value - tens and units and number formation.

In English we begin our lists, labels and captions unit with the book 'Not a Stick' by Antoinette Portis. We will be ordering stories, thinking of uses for a stick, using describing words, forming and writing sentences. The reception children will be focusing on initial sounds and will also be making stick man pictures in the workshop.

Other work this week will include floating and sinking, drawing a self portrait and discussing what makes us unique, handwriting, guided reading and joining in singing confidently.

 
In Y1 phonics we will be revising digraphs and trigraphs and learning to read and write CCVC and CVCC words such as 'crib' and 'tent'. We will be learning to read and spell the tricky words she, we, me, be, said and so. We will be applying our skills in sentence reading and writing.
 
 
Reception children will be introduced to the phonemes s,a,t,n and i this week. They will also be exploring rhyming and listening for initial sounds.

You can help your child this week by:-
Counting with your child and exploring numbers
Finding objects that float or sink
Writing shopping lists
 
Thursday 3rd September 2015
 
Welcome back to school! I hope you have had a lovely summer holiday.
This week we will be settling into our new classroom, forming friendships and establishing rules and routines. We will begin our rivers and bridges theme through the Billy Goat's Gruff story. We will also be revising our english and maths skills.
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