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11th July 2016

We had some special visitors this morning from ZooLab. As part of our Journeys topic we have been learning about the rainforest. Today we had a snake, a hissing cockroach, a toad, a scorpion, millipede and an African land snail help us with our learning. We got to hold all the creatures (apart from the scorpion and toad) and learnt all about which layer we would find them on. It was great fun! 

In maths this week we will be recapping some number facts and working on our multiplication. In literacy we are continuing our work on poetry with some nonsense rhymes. On Thursday we will have Mrs Fraser in to do some more Mindfulness with us; this will be based on preparing us for our transition into Year 2. 


20th June 2016

This week we will be sending our Flat Stanley's to people all over the world. I really look forward to seeing where they are all going. Please make sure your envelope is returned by Tuesday with the correct postage on so that we can make sure they all reach their destinations. The children will be posting them themselves on Wednesday morning.

This week we are recapping halving and quartering in maths. In literacy we will continue to follow Flat Stanley in his adventures. In our Journeys topic we are learning about South America and how it is different to England. 

Remember Thursday is Sports Day. (Fingers crossed for good weather this time.)


13th June 2016

We had a fantastic Art Week last week. Thank you to everyone that came to see our exhibition on Friday.

This week we are recapping our number skills and remembering our bonds to 10 and 20 in maths, In literacy we are continuing our Journeys topic with a new book, Flat Stanley. Look out for more news about this soon...

On Thursday we have Sports Day in the morning. Remember to send your child in in their PE kit with trainers on.

On Friday we are taking part in a Den Building Day to raise money for Save the Children. This should provide plenty of writing and story opportunities for us. 

** We have the Phonics Screening Check this week.


6th June 2016

Welcome back. I hope that you all had a restful half term. This week is Art Week and our theme is British Values. We will be experimenting with lots of different art skills including painting, modelling, sculpting, scratch-boards, collage...to name a few. We might get a little bit messy so if you have an apron that you could send in that would be very helpful as we don't have a full class set. 

*If anyone has anything we can use for junk modelling then please send it in with your child for Thursday.

Don't forget to come to our Afternoon Tea to celebrate the Queen's birthday on Friday. This will be followed by an exhibition where you can see all our creations from the week. 

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!


9th May 2016

In literacy this week we will be writing our own versions of where the wild things are. In maths we are learning about length and will be investigating using standard and non-standard units of length. We continue our topic of journey's by learning about animals that live all over the world. We will be playing our recorders on Tuesday so don't forget to bring them in. 


3rd May 2016

This week we are starting to learn our Maypole dance in time for the Mayfair on 21st May. It's a bit tricky but hopefully we won't get too tangled up. We are continuing to Run to Rio daily. We do this in trainers or plimsoles and do a quick warm up before we start. In maths we are recapping multiplication using 'groups of' to find the answers (eg. 2 x 2 is the same as 2 groups of 2).

In Literacy we are having a SPaG week (spelling, punctuation and grammar). We are learning about prefixes and suffixes. 

Please remember we learn recorder on Tuesdays so make sure you bring your recorder on this day.


18th April 2016

This week in maths we are working with money again. If you have any opportunities to show some coins at home then this would be beneficial. In literacy we are reading Where The Wild Things Are. We are learning about the rainforest and will be writing our own fantasy story in a couple of weeks. In topic we are learning about the world. We have started to learn about the different continents and oceans. 


** I have attached a document outlining some phonics terms for anyone that is interested. We use these terms in class when teaching phonics. (See top of the page- Phonics Glossary.)**


11th April 2016

Welcome back. I hope that you all had a lovely Easter holiday. This week we will be starting our new topic 'Journeys'. This will be a geography based topic and we will be learning about different parts of the world. 

Please remember that we have PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All children will need a full PE kit to take part. 

We will also be continuing to learn the recorder on Tuesdays so please make sure that all recorders are in school on this day. The children are welcome to leave these at school too. 



14th March 2016

This week we are finishing off our topic about castles. We will be thinking about all that we have learned and making our information books to share the information with others. In maths we are beginning to learn about fractions. We will be halving and quartering shapes and quantities using lots of physical resources.

We will continue our recorder lessons on Tuesday.

 ​Check out our photos from Hever Castle at the top of the page.


29th February

Thank you to everyone that came to support our class assembly. The children worked so hard and did a fantastic job.

This week is our class trip to Hever Castle (Wednesday). Please make sure your child comes to school in normal school uniform with a coat in case it rains. Please make sure they have a packed lunch, preferably in a plastic bag. 

This week we will be learning about recounts in literacy. In maths we are continuing to learn about multiplication using arrays. Our topic learning this week will focus on Anne Boleyn. 

Don't forget that it is World Book Day on Thursday too. Bring in your favourite book to share with the rest of the class. 


Class Assembly

It is our class assembly on Friday (26th). I know it is short notice but if your child has a knight/king/queen/princess costume please could they bring this is on Monday in a labelled bag. Thank you. Miss Ruddock


8th February 2016


This week we will be doing an investigation to find out why castles aren't made out of chocolate. We will be testing lots of different materials to find out what would be best to build a castle. Then we will be learning about forces and constructing our own catapults and testing them out! Finally we will be learning about chemical reactions in baking when we make our very own banquets for a royal feast! 

We look forward to seeing you on Friday at 2.45pm to show you all that we have been up to.


5th February 2016

Just a quick note:

*Confirmation of science week helpers will go home today, please check book bags. Let me know if there are any problems.



1st February 2016

In literacy this week we are learning about different types of poems such as acrostic and shape poems. We will be having a go at making some of our own. I also look forward to listening to some of the poems that the class found for homework.

In maths we will be learning about related number sentences such as inverse and number families. 

We are continuing to learn all about castles and the people who lived in them in our topic work. Last Friday you should have received the letter about our class trip to Hever Castle in March. Please return the permission slip as soon as possible. We also have a couple of spaces for parent helpers. Please let Mrs Lowe know if you may be able to come.


25th January 2016

This week we are learning about mass. We will be investigating to find things that weigh more or less than 1 kg. In literacy we are beginning some poetry starting with '10 things in a Knight's pocket'. We will learn more about knights in history and we will being use Paul Klee's 'Castle and Sun' picture to inspire our work in art this week. 

Please remember that we have our e-safety workshops for the children on Thursday and in the evening there will be a very informative presentation for the parents to help you keep your children safe online.


20th January 2016

This week we have been learning about money in maths and problem solving with money. 

In literacy we are planning for our own myths, so far we have created a setting and a fantastical beast.

We are learning a bit more about the people who live/lived in castles in history. I was really impressed by all the work that went into the castles homework this week and the children really enjoyed sharing them with the rest of the class. 

Please remember that there is an e-safety presentation for parents next Thursday evening to support you with keeping your children safe online at home. 



11th January 2016

This week we will be learning the legend of St George and the dragon and thinking about the adjectives that we could use to describe the characters. In maths we will be looking at addition again and using resources to add bigger numbers. 

We are starting our castles topic this week and will be learning about the different parts of a castle and what they are for. 

If you have any props, books or resources that you would be kind enough to lend us during our castles topic then they would be greatly received. 


6th January 2016

Happy New Year and welcome back! 

This term our topic in Year 1 is ‘Why aren’t castles made out of chocolate?’ We will be exploring castle life through the eyes of the servants as well as the Kings and Queens. Alongside this we will learn about castle structures and their features as well as investigating to find out what would really be the best material to build them out of (why would chocolate be a good/bad choice?). In literacy we will be joining St George in his quest against the dragon as well as creating our own information booklets all about castles. To support our learning we hope to go on a trip to a Castle after half-term and experience what it was really like living in a castle. 

Please remember to write in your child's reading diary every time they read at home as we are starting our new reading challenge which has a space theme! It is fantastic to see that some of Opal class are already on the Docking port!

Check out our topic web at the top of the page to see some more of the things that we will be getting up to this term.


18th December 2015

Merry Christmas everybody!

I hope that you all have a fantastic and relaxing break.

I have sent home PE kits this week, please could you check that you have your child's full kit and that there isn't anyone else's lurking in the bottom of those red bags! Please return them for the start of term. 

I really look forward to seeing you all again in January. Have a very happy New Year!


14th December 2015

It's the last week before the Christmas holidays. We are writing our own Mog's Christmas Calamity stories in literacy. In maths we will be doing some Christmas maths involving addition and subtraction. 

On Tuesday we have the Christmas Carol Concert, please come and join us in the church for some festive singing. 

We have our Christmas party on Wednesday afternoon. Please remember to send in some party clothes and food for our celebration if you are able to. 

Remember that Friday is Christmas Jumper day too! 


7th December 2015

This week, everything has become very Christmassy in Opal Class. You may have heard that we had a special visit from 3 reindeer last week telling us to keep a look out for a letter from Santa.

In literacy we will begin a story writing topic based around Mog's Christmas Calamity. Next week we will be writing our own versions of the story. 

In maths we are recapping addition and subtraction. We will be exploring using different resources to support us in solving problems.


30th November 2015

It is the first week of Advent and the week of our Nativity. We look forward to seeing you all at the performances.

In Literacy we are continuing our recounts of Room on the Broom. In maths we will be learning to tell the time to o'clock, half past and quarter to/past. We will also be finishing off our Street Dance ready to film some of the performances next week.


23rd November 2015

This week we will be doing lots of rehearsals for the Nativity and learning a bit more about the Christmas story. 

In maths we are learning about time and ordering the days and months,

In literacy we are starting to write some recounts and will be thinking about the adventures that we would go on with the witch from Room on the Broom. 

Please make sure that Nativity costumes are in asap and that you have made your Nativity ticket requests.


9th November 2015

This week will be a busy week as we start our singing rehearsals for the Nativity. I hope that you all received your letter about costumes and tickets on Friday. 

We are still investigating length in maths and will be looking at standard and non-standard units to measure in.

In literacy we are learning the difference between fiction and non-fiction as we find information about the animals in Room on the Broom.


4th November 2015

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half-term. 

This week we are finishing our learning about Guy Fawkes and Bonfire night as well as making some firework crafts. We have started reading Room on the Broom in literacy and lots of learning over the next 4 weeks will be linked to this. In PE we are learning to do some Street Dance! 

I have sent out homework today (Wednesday) and this should be returned on the following Monday. 


19th October 2015

We are starting to look at poetry in class this week. We will be using our five senses to explore autumn and write poems about it. We are continuing working with money in maths and will be learning about giving change. In Science we are looking at the pumpkin and its life cycle. I have sent home a number formation booklet for the children to have a go at over half-term. I would not expect it to be completed but have suggested that the children have a go at doing a few pages when they have some spare time. This is to support them with their number formation and to avoid anymore of the 'naughty' (backwards) numbers.

Have a fantastic half-term!


12th October 2015

We are writing our own traditional tales at school this week based on Jack and the Beanstalk. In maths we are starting to learn about money. To support your children at home please share some coins with them to help their recognition. On Friday we have the Harvest Festival. It is at the Baptist Church this week and we will be performing some songs, please come and join us! 


5th October 2015

This week we have been learning all about subtraction in maths. In literacy we are starting to learn about creating our own characters and describing them. We will be acting out a play of the Gunpowder plot too. This week we have school photos on Tuesday. We are continuing to encourage the children to change their books themselves and this should take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


28th September 2015

Our beans are starting to grow very tall and we will continue to monitor them in science! In maths we are continuing to learn about addition and will be learning the number bonds to 10. In literacy we are using wow words to describe the main characters in the story like Jack and the Giant Beanstalk. 


22nd September 2015

This week we are learning about place value and addition in maths. In literacy we are beginning a topic on Jack and the Beanstalk. We will also be continuing to learn about Guy Fawkes and we will find out if his plot was successful. I have uploaded the Show and Tell rota above.


10th September 2015

In Year 1 we are beginning to get into a routine and have started learning about labels and captions for our magical potion shop. In maths we have been doing some counting and ordering numbers. We have also begun our exciting topic on the Gunpowder Plot. Please see the welcome letter and topic web below to give you more of an idea about what is in store for the rest of the term.  



Pony Sketching

Firework Crafts!

It's Halloween in Opal Class. Pumpkin seed packets, Halloween stories, Jack o'lanterns.

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