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Autumn 1

Pick and Mix Provision

As part of our topic session in year 1, the children have the opportunity to access a range of Pick & Mix activities. These activities are aimed at helping the children consolidate their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of topic, literacy and maths focuses and skills. I love seeing how these activities and challenges develop and how the children are using them to stretch their learning.

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Picture 2 Creating our own statements
Picture 3 Working together
Picture 4 Creating a greater/less than game
Picture 5 Testing our game
Picture 6 Who wants to play?
Picture 7 This game is proving popular!
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Picture 9 Boys identifying leaves
Picture 10 This looks like a match!
Picture 11 Letter formation practise
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Picture 13 Phonic games
Picture 14 High frequency word reading and spelling
Picture 15 A spelling scribble
Picture 16 Leaf rubbing
Picture 17 Look at the details!
Picture 18 Very careful observations

The Tale of One Naughty Little Rabbit

This week our learning in literacy has taken us back outside into our school garden as we enjoyed reading a modern adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of Peter Rabbit. We have been using our knowledge of gardens to help us make predictions as to what might have happened to Mr Rabbit and where Peter might hide as he made his escape from Mr McGregor. The children came up with some wonderful ideas and were able to use powerful adjectives to paint pictures with their words. We enjoyed the opportunity to take our writing outside and loved stepping into the story to help Peter.

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Picture 20 Could Peter hide in this dark, damp bush?
Picture 21 He could hide under the flower bed.
Picture 22 Maybe Peter could hide here!
Picture 23 Is this a good hiding place, George?
Picture 24 What about behind the wooden throne?
Picture 25 Behind the bin?
Picture 26 In the bin??
Picture 27 Peter could hide under the damp bark.
Picture 28 Could he squeeze inside the tyres?
Picture 29 Is there anywhere to hide in here?
Picture 30 Maybe he could jump into the big, blue bin!
Picture 31 It looks like the boys have a good idea!

The Secret Garden

This week, the children have had the chance to explore and find out more about our very own school garden.

We started the week by creating maps of the garden and learning more about the many different varieties of plants and trees that grew there. We learnt how leaf shapes can help us to identify trees and how some trees change with the seasons. We hunted for evergreen and deciduous trees and learnt more about how to spot them.

Finally, we chose to follow the journey of a majestic oak tree as it makes its way through the four seasons and created our first observational paintings, using water colours to capture an image of the tree as summer becomes autumn - the results were fantastic!

More Maths Magic

My 1S mathematicians have been working hard again this week, using the inequality symbol, along with concrete and abstract resources, to show greater than, less than and equal to.

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Marvellous Maths

This week, we have been exploring how to represent numbers in different ways and how to find one more than a given number. We have been learning how to work in an organised and efficient way and how to use concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to prove our mathematical understanding.

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Getting to know 1S - First Week Fun & Games

It's been a busy week and I am so proud of how well everyone has coped with the transition into year 1! I've really enjoyed having the opportunity to get to know everyone and would like to thank those of you who have made it to our open classroom events - it was brilliant to have the chance to say hi and begin to get to know you all a little better.

Open Classroom: Share a Story;Maths Games and Phonics Fun!

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