Happy New Year!

Welcome back and welcome to the Spring term in Year one! Having finally taken down all signs of Christmas in my house yesterday, I now feel the festive season is well and truly over. It was lovely to hear all the children’s news on Thursday and hopefully you have now shared with them their writing in their News Writing books which came home on Friday. Santa certainly seems to have been very kind and some very interesting visits undertaken.

So this coming week we are kicking off our Buildings topic with our KS1 Buildings afternoon on Monday. Please remember to bring in the plan for your building which was part of the homework and some materials to build it – a good way to recycle some of the boxes, wrapping paper tubes etc that are left over from Christmas. For the Geography element of our new topic we will be comparing the type of homes we live in with homes in some other countries and also making a plan of our bedroom. To help the children to do this, it would be really useful if they could bring in a photo of their home and one of their bedroom (in a named envelope by Wednesday please).

In English we will be starting a new unit of work based on the book ‘Rascally Cake’ by Jeanne Willis and Korky Paul. This is the hilarious tale of how Mr Skumskins O’Parsley makes a cake using all sorts of revolting ingredients and over the next few weeks we will be using it to teach writing a set of instructions for making their own cake. To bring the unit to life, the children will be making their own ‘Rascally sandwich’ this week which promises to be very exciting (and messy!)

In Maths we will be working on place value and understanding what each digit means in numbers to 50. We will be ordering numbers to 50 and spotting the missing numbers in sequences.

The children have settled back in really well after the break and adapted brilliantly to all doing their learning task at the same time, rather than in small groups with other children doing Enhanced activities. They are still in groups of course and always have their teacher and LSA supporting them. But we have been talking about being ‘really grown up’ in Year one in 2018 and all having a go at our learning independently.

We look forward to seeing you at the Buildings afternoon tomorrow.

On behalf of the Year 1 team

Mrs Broadbent