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Week beginning 14th October 2019


This week in English we have been making sensory books, which we are really proud of.

We have been both authors and illustrators!

Homework challenge:- Make a sensory book at home.

Remember to make your book bright, colourful and interesting to the reader.

Can you include things that you can touch, hear or smell?


In Maths we have been looking at 2D shapes.

We can now recognise and name circles, squares, rectangles and triangles.

We can also describe the properties of these shapes.

Homework challenge:- Can you find any circles, squares, rectangles or triangles in your home? Where can you find these shapes?


In our International Primary Curriculum we have begun our unit called 'The Magic Toymaker'.

After our assembly on Tuesday afternoon, we went back to our classrooms and found lots of junk modelling materials such as egg boxes, cartons, yogurt pots and plastic bottles on the tables!

There was a message stuck on the white board asking for our help to invent some new toys for the Magic Toymaker!

We spent the whole afternoon designing and making toys such as pirate ships, rockets, robots, trucks and doll's houses.


We are looking forward to sharing your child's wonderful learning on the 6th and 7th November between  3.30pm and 6pm.

Please ensure you have returned your Individual Learning Meeting slip so that an appointment can be made for you to talk to your child's class teacher. Thank you.


Have a lovely half term






Week beginning 7th October 2019


This week in English our writing has been centred around the book 'Funny Bones'.

We quickly learnt that there is a lot of repetitive language in the story and so we decided to write our own stories in the same style.

We changed the setting to Eagley Infant School and thought carefully about what the skeletons might see in or around school

eg They went past a dark, dark park and up a dark, dark hill.

They opened a dark, dark gate and saw a dark, dark shed.

In the dark, dark shed was a hen called Rosie. 

Homework challenge :- Write a story about the skeletons visiting your home


In Maths we have been developing our skills subtracting using tens frames.

We have also been counting forwards and backwards in twos and tens.

Homework challenge :-Practise counting in twos to 20 and counting in tens to 100


We ended our unit on 'Super Humans' by carrying out different investigations using our senses.

We had particular fun guessing the flavour of crisps by taste alone!


Spellings this week are:-







Have a great weekend.

Week beginning 30th September 2019


This week has been English week across school.

We read the story 'Aliens love underpants' in our assembly and found out we had secret missions to complete across the whole school.

In  Reception  we made alien capes and spoke an alien language.

In year 1 we made our own collage aliens and re-enacted the story.

In year 2 we read clues and went on an underpants hunt.

We also made planet biscuits and wrote instructions about how to make them.


Thank you to everyone who attended our Year 1 phonics workshop. 

We are pleased that you found it helpful and that it has given you an insight into some of the activities that take place in our daily phonic sessions.


In Maths we have been learning about subtraction using tens frames.

We subtracted by crossing out the correct amount.

Homework challenge- Find the answers to the following questions







In our Science lessons we have been learning about our sense of smell.

We had to try and identify 5 different smells without using our sense of sight!  

As a year group we were good at identifying coffee, onion, mint and orange, but chocolate proved quite tricky! 

Next week we will be looking at our sense of touch.


Have a lovely weekend.


Week beginning  23rd September 2019


This week in English we have been looking at two books by the author Bill Martin.

First we read 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?' and then we read  'Polar Bear, Polar Bear what do you hear?

We found it easy to learn the texts because of the repetitive language.

Homework challenge - Practise writing sentences in the same style eg Yellow chick, yellow chick what can you see? I see a green frog looking at me.


In Maths we have been adding two numbers using tens frames


Homework challenge - How many different ways can you make 10 using a tens frame and 2 different coloured counters?

One example is given below


In Science  we have been learning about our 5 senses.

We began our learning by going on a sensory walk around school.

Then we looked carefully at our eyes and learnt some new vocabulary - pupil, iris, eyebrow, eyelash and eyelid.

We were amazed to see our pupils change size depending on how bright our classroom was!

We also used sounds and musical instruments to enhance the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'


Thank you to everyone who supported our coffee morning by baking cakes and coming along to support the work of the Macmillan charity.  Together we have raised in excess of £550.


Our English and Phonics Parental Engagement session for year 1 is taking place on Thursday 3rd  October from 9am to 10am.  Please could we ask you to drop off your child as usual and then wait in the school hall for the session to start.

Have a great weekend.

Week beginning 16th September


In English we have been looking at the book 'The Most Magnificent Thing' by Ashley Spires.

We didn't read the book all at once! We read it in sections and then predicted what might happen next!

We thought of what magnificent models the little girl might make, who might assist her and what materials she might use.

We wrote our descriptions in sentences, thinking about our use of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.

eg  She made a Dragon Hopper. Her Mum and Dad helped her. Her model was purple and it was made of metal. It was big and bumpy.

This week we have learnt that capital letters do not have leads.

Homework challenge :- practise writing capital letters


In Maths we have been adding two 1-digit numbers up to 10.

We can use our fingers or counters to help us work out the answers.

Homework challenge :- Find the answers to these questions 

5+5=       0+ 8=        4+3=         1+8=        9+0=        10=5+?         7= 5+?        9= ? +1


In the afternoons we have been exploring our new unit called 'Super Humans'.

We began by comparing our human bodies with Chewy the pony and Rosie the hen. We found some similarities such as the fact that we all have two eyes and ears , but we also found lots of differences such as we have skin and Rosie has feathers!

Thank you Chewy and Rosie for helping us with our science work. You were both very well behaved.

Finally we looked out our 5 senses.


Well done to the children that read 5 times this week.

Remember to get your adult to write in your Reading Diary each time you read. Thank you.


Well done to the children who got  5 spellings correct this week


Have a lovely weekend

Week beginning 9th September 2019


In English we have been looking at and discussing the 8 learning goals that are part of our IPC (International Primary Curriculum)









We wrote simple sentences to represent each of these

eg I can help ………

I am kind to ………

I can try to find out about ………

When writing our sentences we needed to remember to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We also tried very hard to keep our letters sitting on the lines.

Homework challenge :- Write a sentence about what you have done over the weekend


In Maths we have been counting, reading, writing and ordering numbers to 20.

Homework challenge :- Practise counting forwards and backwards to 20 

Practise writing numbers from 0 to 20


In the afternoons we have begun our IPC topic called 'Brainwave.'

This has been fun to learn all about the brain and how it works and things that we do every day to exercise it and keep it healthy.

We looked at lots of optical illusions, completed jigsaw puzzles with no pictures for guidance and made a pair of 3D glasses! The glasses were made out of red and blue acetate. The red lens represents 'knowledge' and the blue lens represents 'skills'

We learnt that when we put knowledge and skills together we get 'understanding'


Have a lovely weekend