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The Enchanted Woodland

Week 7 (w/c 16th December)




In maths this week, we have continued to learn about number 11-20. We consolidated our understanding of comparing numbers and used the equality symbols to write mathematical statements comparing numbers.

We have also been ordering sets of numbers from smallest to greatest and greatest to smallest, using practical resources to help us.



In our science lesson, we learnt about animals that live in British woodlands. We also began to group animals according to their type; bird, mammal, insect, amphibian, reptile and fish. We played a fun game of 'guess who?' where we had to guess the animal pinned on our backs but could only ask our partner 'yes and no' questions!


We have had another very busy term, full of learning and lots of fun.

We hope you all enjoy the festive break.

From the Year 1 teaching team

Week 6 (w/c 9th December)


This week in maths we have been thinking about our numbers from 11-20 further and have now started to find one more and one less of a given number up to 20.

For example- 'What is one more than 19?' We can answer this by using our number line and finding the next number or the number that comes after which is 20. 


Other learning this week........

We have had a busy week continuing to practise our Christmas Play ready for our performances on Wednesday and Thursday this week. We look forward to sharing this with you.


In our Jigsaw sessions we have been thinking about what we can offer a friend, such as sharing, helping or playing games together- offering friendship. 




Week 5 (w/c 2nd December)



In maths this week, we have started to learn about numbers 11-20. We have practised counting forwards and backwards, as well as reading and writing the numbers as numerals and words. We have learnt that when numbers have two digits, we can recognise that it is made up of tens and ones. For example:



In this week's topic lessons, we have been writing our own enchanted woodland today. We imagined walking through an enchanted woodland and came up with a magical creature that we might meet. We thought about an adventure that we could go on together. We started by drawing a story map of our ideas before writing our our fantastic stories!


We have also been working very hard to prepare for our year group assembly and the KS1 Christmas production next week!

Week 4 (w/c 25th November)


In maths this week we have been recognising and naming both 2D and 3D shapes. We have been thinking about which 2D shapes can also be found on the faces of 3D shapes. We will then be looking at shape in repeating patterns. 


Our shapes

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In our topic and science lesson we thought about animal habitats and why they need a home. We thought about questions such as- 'Why are animal homes different to a humans home?' 

Animal Habitats

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Other learning this week......

In PE we have continued to create a dance on a woodlands theme. Also, in RE we learnt about Eid al-Fitr. 

Week 3 (w/c 18th November)



In our maths lessons this week, we have been using our knowledge of addition and subtraction to compare number sentences. For example, 3 + 4 < 10   and     2 + 3 > 1 + 2.








In this week's science and topic lessons, we have continued to learn about trees. We considered the question "How do leaves change colour?" and looked at the way in which this happens in the autumn.


Earth Trust visit

We had a fantastic, but a little chilly, trip to the Earth Trust at Wittenham Clumps on Thursday. We consolidated our learning about the senses and seasons. We thought carefully about what season we were in and looked for signs as we walked up the steep hill and through the woods. We had the opportunity to explore the woodlands, using our senses. For example. we had an activity where we were blind-folded and our partners helped us to travel between trees. We also spent some time in the Witch's Woods, listening to a story about how an evil King was turned into a toad by a witch. We had the opportunity to explore the woodland, looking for minibeasts and pressing clay against tree bark to observe a pattern.

Week 2 (w/c 11th November)


In maths this week we have taken our learning on fact families further and found all 8 facts in a fact family. We have have had to think carefully about the position of the symbols in the number sentence and the fact we can only use the three numbers represented in the word problem. See below for an example. 

A Fact Family

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Topic and Science 

In topic lessons we have been thinking a lot about the woodlands and the types of trees there are ready for our trip next week. We have been learning about deciduous trees and evergreen tress- why not ask us what the difference is! 


We also carried out an investigation to see if all leaves are the same, we also learnt the name of the 4 parts of a leaf. 

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Forest School week 2- Maple Class

Week 1 (w/c 4th November)



We had an exciting start to our topic this week. After lunch on Monday, we entered the classroom to find a mysterious autumn trail. At the end of the trail was a letter! When we opened the letter, we discovered that it was from a fairy who has come to stay in the school grounds. The fairy invited us to look for clues in the school grounds!


In our science lesson, we learnt about the seasons and thought about how the weather is different in each season. This week we focused on the autumn.

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In Maths this week, we have learnt about subtraction. We have told stories using first, then and now. 

For example, 

First there were 4 children on the bumper car.

Then 1 child got off.

Now there are 3 children on the bumper car.


We learnt how to write corresponding number sentences for these stories - 4 - 1 = 3.


We have also learnt about fact families:

Forest School

This week, Beech class had their first exciting forest school session. We started off by finding out how to safe at forest school and put some signs on things that we thought we needed to take extra care around, like the berries on bushes and the wild mushrooms growing! We then had the opportunity to explore and look for clues of the new residents who have arrived - it looks like the fairies have moved into forest school! We found miniature campfires, washing lines, footprints and even fairy doors! We then had the opportunity to use the natural materials we found in forest school as well as clay to make things for the fairies to make their stay more comfortable. We had a variety of objects - from bowls and benches to sofas and even a television!

Maple class are looking forward to their first forest school session next Friday.