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Term 1 - Bright Lights, Big City

September 2017


Year 1 have made a fantastic start to the new school year and have been very enthusiastic in their learning about London and the Royal Family as we begin our first topic.


We have sent home some ideas for Home Learning if your child would like to share their learning with you, but please do remember that this is optional.


We welcome any work from home that is related to our topic, and the children can share this with the class, however, we do not "show and tell" other news.


In maths, we have been investigating numbers 0 - 10, as digits, quantities and number words. We have also been comparing different numbers, looking for more and less or greater and fewer. The children have really embraced a new way of working in maths - well done!


In Science, we have been thinking about humans as animals and thinking about questions that might have more than one answer.



Week beginning 25th September

This week in Maths we have been learning how adding two or more numbers gives another number. We do this by 'Making Number Bonds.' We have been thinking about the whole number and the parts. 

For example- 10 can be made from the two numbers 2 and 8; 6 and 4; 3 and 7; 1 and 9; 0 and 10; 5 and 5. 


In topic we have been looking at maps and been thinking about compass directions. We have located North, South, East and West; as well as using directional language to locate places in London. 


In Science, we let the children share their knowledge of the human body and then used life sized drawings to label all the different body parts. We did this in groups of five.  

Making Nine

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5th October 2017


This week we have been continuing to look at number bonds to 10, and exploring how our hands can help us.


In science we have been using our senses, investigating sight and sound. We have been thinking about questions like can we see everything we can hear? The children also explained which senses are associated with which part of the body.


In our topic this week,  we looked at the different kind of transport in London some of which is unique to the city. The children were really enthusiastic about this and produced some lovely writing - did you know that London has 6 airports? Or that Black Cab drivers must pass "the knowledge" before they can take passengers!



We had a great time in our martial arts taster session today...

Week beginning 9th October 2017

This week in Maths we have been learning how to add by counting on from the greater number. We have also looked at the signs that we find in an addition number sentence. 


We have been very busy in Science and Geography this week too. We explored the classroom for different textures by using our sense of touch and came up with some interesting vocabulary.

In Geography we looked at a map of Didcot and using the key we located our school and our houses too!


Science and Geography this week!

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October 18th 2017


Science was a really interesting lesson as we continued to investigate our senses, particularly smell and taste. We sniffed chocolate powder, vanilla, cinnamon, garlic and mint - lots of the children recognised the toothpaste smell! We tasted grapes, salty crisps, cheese, onion and lemon; well done to the very brave children for trying all of the flavours, and when describing the different tastes the children all used some great language.


During maths, we have been continuing to look at addition in great detail, with the children understanding different words that mean "add" and making up addition stories, again using some great mathematical language.


In our topic lessons this week, we have been preparing for our Royal Party on Friday by writing invitations.

We have also welcomed some visitors to our classes from year 2 and 3 so we could share all the things we have learnt this term. Well done to all the children that completed some home learning, this particularly impressed the older children!

Exploring our senses - smell and taste

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Exploring our senses - smell and taste 3
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Exploring our senses - smell and taste 5
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Sharing our learning with year 2

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Celebrating GEMS 1st Birthday


A big thank you to all the parents and grandparents that came to help us plant our spring bulbs to mark the school's 1st birthday on Friday 20th October.


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Year 1 Royal Garden Party


Beech and Maple class enjoyed making the end of our Bright Lights, Big City topic with our very own Royal Garden Party. We were introduced to the Queen of the school, and each child practised a bow or curtsy as they shook her hand. The children then enjoyed a drink and cake, before marching to the Band of the Royal Marines and playing some party games. Thanks to everyone for the donations that made the afternoon possible - the children had a great time!


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