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Weekly news October 16th 2020

We reach the end of our first half term next week and what a busy half term it's been. The children have worked very hard and are ready for a well earned break.

Please could you make sure your child has a warm coat, wellies and a change of clothes in school (all named) for next week as we are hoping to do some outdoor activities.

In Literacy we have been writing our own versions of Monkey see, Monkey Do by changing the main character and what they sell but keeping the plot the same. We've been impressed that all the Y1 children have had a go at writing independently by sounding out words to help them spell or by telling their sentence to an adult for them to write then copying this, practising their letter formation skills in the process. Perhaps they can tell you their new story.

During Maths lessons we have moved on to addition and subtraction. Year 1 have been introduced to the part-whole model and the addition symbol and have explored different ways to split groups of objects or numbers into 2 parts and record these as an addition sentence. Year 2 have been learning how addition and subtraction facts are related and writing fact families, checking their calculations and practising number bonds to 20.

In Topic lessons the children have really enjoyed sewing their glove puppets and adding features to make different animals. We will be finishing these on Monday and after a few days quarantine they will be able to bring them home next Friday. In RE the class have been busy preparing for their Harvest video ready to share with you next Friday.

Thank you for all your support this half term and we look forward to chatting to you about your child next week in our parents meetings.

Weekly news October 2nd 2020


Otters have all begun to settle well into their new class and they are slowly adjusting to the new routines and expectations of being a Year one or Year two pupil and the extra changes in place due to Covid 19. We have been very impressed at how responsible they have been at following the rules regarding bubble groups and personal hygiene. 


In Literacy we have read Oliver Jeffers' book 'Here We Are- Notes for Living on Planet Earth'. The children have participated in lots of discussions about the world they live in and expressed some really thoughtful ideas orally and in writing for how we can make the world a better place. (Pictures to follow in our class gallery.) This week we have been learning to tell the traditional story Monkey See, Monkey Do, with the children enthusiastically playing the part of the monkeys! Why not invite your child to tell you the story.


During Maths lessons we have been learning to count, read, write and represent numbers to 10 for Year one and up to 100 for Year two. We have also begun to compare numbers and use the language of greater than and less than, as well as the symbols < > =. 


In topic lessons, we have learnt about different animal groups and to sort animals according to what they eat. We have started designing our own animal glove puppets ready to start sewing these next week.