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Don't forget that term finishes at 1.30pm on Friday 19th July. The new academic year starts on Wednesday 4th September. We look forward to seeing you all then, have a lovely Summer holiday!

Term 2- Enchanted Woodlands

This term the children will be exploring the woodlands. Through science we will be thinking about what happens to trees and their leaves in Autumn as well as thinking about are leaves all the same? We will be thinking about who lives in the woodlands too and this may include some imaginary inhabitants as we take our journey of the woodlands down a magical route too. 

The children will also have the opportunity to use natural materials in art this term as well as completing a challenge in design and technology lessons for the woodland inhabitants.


Please do take the opportunity to explore some woods- you never know what you might find there! 

Harcourt Arboretum- This is a great place for you to explore lots of different trees outside of school.



Week 17th December

 It is  finally here! the last week of a very busy term. The children have  worked very hard and have all made progress. In Maths, we have  engaged in maths  investigations and  have been developing our problem -solving skills.


We have also enjoyed  Christmas lunch and have been  practising for our Christmas Concert on Friday.


We have  been finishing off our topic-  The Enchanted Woodland  by  creating a bridge that our fairy visitor could use to get back to fairyland.   


Have a Merry  Christmas and  a Happy New Year !  

Week 10th December

This week in Maths we have been practising subtracting numbers. We have had to think carefully that we subtract from the greater number. 


In Science we thought about the weather we have in Winter and we went outside and did some of our own observations of this.


In Topic we have been focusing on Art. We have been developing our observational drawing skills by closely looking at the object we are trying to draw- drawing this in detail and by looking closely at the shape too. 


Well done to all of Year One to for working hard on both their practises of the Christmas play and on their marvellous performances throughout the week. 

Week  3rd December


In Maths this week, we have been consolidating our understanding of facts families. We have also  recapped the rules to remember when solving facts families.  Here is an example:  




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In Art,  we have been looking at observational drawing. We took a pencil for a walk exploring shading and toning. We then  used this skill to create the first draft of a person. 


In Science, we learned about changes which happen in Autumn, especially how some trees loss their leaves and the  types of  clothes we  wear. 



Week 26th November

In Maths this week we have been comparing numbers using base ten equipment and working out one more and one less of a given number to 20. 

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In Topic this week we went on a nature walk and collected natural materials to make our very own woodland with key features, such as a path, wooded area and a seating area. We then used this later on in the week to create a woodland map highlighting these key features and added a key with symbols too. 

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In Science we looked carefully at British animals and used our classification knowledge and questioning to identify a certain animal that was hidden on our back. 

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In Science this week, we have been learning about  animals and their habitats. We  really enjoyed finding out about which animals lived in the savannah, in the pond and in our garden. 


In maths, we  have  been extending  our knowledge  of place value  to include numbers from 11 -20.  We have continued to use the ten frames to build  'teen numbers'. We have looked at how to partition  'teen numbers'  into  tens and ones using the ten frame and base  10 blocks.  Here is an example. 


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In English and Topic, we wrote a recount about our trip to the Earth Trust.  We used  time conjunctions such as, first, then , next, after and finally to sequence our  narratives. 



Week beginning 12th November

This week in maths we have been learning about both 2D and 3D shapes. We went on a shape hunt to look for shapes in everything around us and then we have thought more carefully about the properties of shapes to help us compare them. 

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This week Year One also had their fantastic school trip. We had a great time exploring the woodlands. We got to go on an adventure to the forest and we hunted for insects, had a swing on a hammock and made nests and dens. We also got to explore by the camp fire- here we made bird feeders from apples and seeds, we made hedgehogs from clay and pine cones as well as getting very dirty in the mud kitchen! We were also allowed to paint the garden walls with mud! Back at school we have now planned a recount of our trip sequencing sentences about our day. 

Week  5 November

This week in maths we have continued to look at subtraction by counting back on a number line to find the answer as well as finding the difference between two  quantities or numbers  by comparing how many there are in each group.  For example, the difference between  7 and  3 is 4. Here is a representation:  


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Why don't you let your child show you how to solve the difference between  8 and 3? 


Using a number line to count back.

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As part of a whole  school celebration themed ' Let's Celebrate', we learned about  Remembrance Day. We explored what it meant and  why we celebrate it.We used paper collage techniques to design our own poppies. We also looked at the historic meaning behind Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes. Finally, we learnt about how Hindus prepare and celebrate  Diwali. 

Week 29th October

This week in maths we have been thinking about taking away. We have been learning to do this through stories. For example- First there were 7 fish swimming in the sea, then 2 swam away, now there are 5 left. We are starting to develop this by using objects and taking counters away to work out how many are left. 

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We have had a very exciting week introducing our new topic. We found a letter from a woodland fairy and went on a hunt outside to find where she lives. We then discovered a story called Tidy and we were disappointed to find the woodlands had been turned into concrete. This helped us with our Science as we discovered that woodland animals need a good habitat to live in and so we have been thinking carefully about tree types we might find. Why not ask your child to explain to you what they know about a deciduous tree and an every green tree. 

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