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Week beginning 21st May 2018


This week in Literacy we have been practising our sounds ready for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Assessment in early June.

Please continue to practise your sounds over the holiday. 

Below are a couple of examples from previous years


In Numeracy we have been practising using number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20.

To build up your child's accuracy and speed in adding and subtracting to 20 a useful site to explore is Hit The Button on the Topmarks website.


In Topic we have continued to map the progress of the Gingerbread Man around the world. We were very excited to learn that he has made friends with a lovely Gingerbread lady!

We are hoping he will visit us again before the end of term and tell us all about his adventures and where he has decided to live.

Thank you to all the grown ups who came into school on Thursday morning to share in our learning about Homes and the Gingerbread Man's Journey around the world. You were all very creative in decorating your Gingerbread men. The teachers were amazed at how many sweets you could fit on a biscuit!!! Thank you for all your lovely comments about the success of this particular topic. We have really enjoyed our learning this term.

Have a relaxing holiday.



Week beginning 14th May 2018


This week in Literacy we have been looking at texts with repetitive language such as

Brown bear, Brown bear what do you see? and Polar bear, Polar bear what do you hear?

These texts gave us the opportunity to practise using question marks too.


In Numeracy we have been developing our understanding of addition and subtraction.

We used number lines to help us count on or count back.

We have learnt that when we are adding numbers the answer will be larger and when we are subtracting numbers the answer will be smaller.

Maybe you could practise adding and subtracting to 20 at home.

How fast can you work out the answers to the following questions and do you recognise the mathematical vocabulary?



9 plus 9=

12 count on 8=


20 take away 14=

15 subtract 2=

12 minus 0 =


In Topic we had lots of fun making structures using skewers and marshmallows!

We had to make our structures strong and stable and as tall as possible!

We worked with a partner or as part of a group.

It was very hard not to eat the marshmallows!!!

We also had lots of fun making moving pictures using sliders, hinges and spinners.


We ended the week by dressing up in red, white and blue to think about the Royal Wedding that is taking place tomorrow.

We all wish Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a wonderful wedding day


Class D have won The five read challenge this week. Well done, children.


There are no spellings this week.

Instead we would like you to practise your sounds to get ready for the phonics screening in the middle of June.

A Website you might like to investigate is -


Have a lovely weekend


Marsmallow structures!

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Making my drawbridge move up and down!

Making my drawbridge move up and down! 1

Happy Wedding Day, Harry and Meghan

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Week beginning 7th May 2018


This week in Literacy we have been concentrating on punctuation, particularly the use of question marks and exclamation marks.

We have also been looking at adding s or es to words eg cats, dogs, shells, rocks, foxes, mixes, pushes etc


In Numeracy we have been developing our understanding of place value using different kinds of apparatus


In Topic we have been looking at how items such as washing machines, televisions and phones have changed over the last hundred years.  


We really enjoyed our singathon on Thursday to raise money for a new piano.

We loved singing songs throughout the day culminating in a special assembly at 2.30pm. Thank you to everyone who bought a piano key or keys.  



Picture 1 Representing numbers using tens and ones apparatus
Picture 2 Dressed as piano keys in black and white!

Week beginning 30th April 2018


This week in Literacy our writing has been centred around the traditional tales

'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'

We have been concentrating on punctuating our sentences correctly using full stops, exclamation marks and question marks.


In Numeracy we have been developing our understanding of place value using a hundred square. If you would like to further support your child with this at home please practise counting forwards and backwards to 100 eg start at 39 and count to 60 or start at 80 and count back to 59.

Please also practise reading and writing numbers to 100.


In Topic we have been finding out about different kinds of homes around the world.

Some people choose to build their homes on water, high up in trees or even in caves in the hills!

We think it would be great fun to carry your home around with you, in the form of a tent, like some people do in the world! 

We also learnt about a famous lady, Grace Darling,  who lived in a lighthouse many years ago. She was very brave and with the help of her father rescued some people who's boat had been shipwrecked.


The weather forecast looks good for the Bank Holiday.

Enjoy a lovely break.

See you all on Tuesday.



Week beginning 23rd April 2018


This week in Literacy we have been looking at the Fairy Tales Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs.

We have joined in with key phrases such as "Little pigs, Little pigs let me come in!"

We have retold the stories remembering our punctuation, spacing, handwriting and spelling of common words such as they, was, come, some, said, he, she, we, he etc.

We have so many things to remember when doing a piece of writing, but our teachers are really impressed with the progress we have made since the start of the year.


Both year 1 classes were very close to winning the reading trophy this week.

Please remember to sign your child's reading diary if they have read 5 times at home during the week.


In Numeracy we have been developing our understanding of weight. We have learnt vocabulary such as lighter than, heavier than and balance.

We began the week using non standard units to measure objects and then progressed to looking at grams and kilograms. Maybe you could do some baking at home and weigh out the ingredients.

We have also been consolidating  our understanding of money.

We can now name and recognise coins up to £2 and notes up to £10.


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In Topic we have been comparing  houses from the past with our own houses.

During one of our Art lessons we were given a piece (of a photograph) of a Tudor house and we had to draw it very carefully looking at the detail, patterns, shapes and colours.

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We also learnt about the artist Hundertwasser and really enjoyed drawing houses in his style
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This week has been very exciting for us in Year 1.

We couldn't believe it when we suddenly started to receive lots of postcards from the Gingerbread Man, who ran away from school! 

He seems to be running all around the world! He has already visited places such as Canada, USA, Malta, France, Wales and Guernsey to name just a few. 

Where could he be now?


Have a lovely weekend.

Week beginning 16th April 2018


This week in Literacy we have been retelling the story of The Gingerbread Man.

We took on the roles of different characters in the story and all joined in with 'Run, run as fast as you can you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!'

We also made some gingerbread men. We had to follow the recipe very carefully.

Mrs Ward was really looking forward to eating her gingerbread man, but overnight he ran away!!


Well done to class C who won the 5 read challenge this week.


In Numeracy we have been using money.

We have been working out the cost of buying gingerbread men eg How much would it cost to buy three gingerbread men if they cost 10p each? How much would it cost to buy 5 gingerbread men if they cost 5p each? How much would it cost to buy 8 gingerbread men if they cost 2p each?

We have also been exploring equivalence in money eg a 10p coin is the same as two 5p coins

or a 10p coin is the same as five 2p coins


In Topic we have been looking at the kinds of houses we might find in Bromley Cross such as detached, semi-detached, bungalow, flats, terraced etc


We have also been finding out about St Patrick.


Let's hope this lovely sunny weather will last over the weekend!




Picture 1 Using a painter program to draw a house
Picture 2 The Gingerbread Man who ran away from school!