Who Are You Gonna Call?……..GERMBUSTERS!

This week we continued to think about how to keep ourselves healthy with a focus on……germs.

We shared a story and spotted the germs and decide how they could be avoided through good hygiene. We saw how quickly germs could be spread with our glitter germ experiment. All of the children then designed their own germbusting machine, thinking about the features that it would need to beat those pesky germs. What would you include?


Staying Safe Online

In a world where computers and online activity becomes more and more prevalent in our daily lives, the recognition of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, brought into focus key messages that we should be sharing with all our children to keep them safe online.

Through age appropriate videos and stories, the children were able to understand the importance of making good choices by asking parents before they play a game, before they make purchases (will this cost real money?) and before they give away personal information to strangers.

The children then created their own alien to remind them of the good advice that they had learned.

If you would like more details please visit the Safer Internet website at https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2019

Here are a few of our posters. Please continue to share the messages at home.

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Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Tuesday marked the beginning of the Year of the Pig and the children learned that it is traditional to clean your house from top to bottom in order to rid it of the bad luck of the year before and get it ready for good luck for the coming year. Red is considered a colour of good luck and the children were each very kindly treated to a traditional red envelope containing a (chocolate) coin. Thank you so much to N. and your family! We really enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year!

The Magic of Music

Yesterday the children of Year 1 were treated to a visit to Central Hall in Southampton to watch the Southern Pro Musica orchestra playing a fantastic selection of classical music. It was an absolute joy to watch the children respond to the music with smiles, clapping and dancing.

We listened to Die Fledermaus, the Can Can and the Radetsky March amongst others as well as an original story told through music called The Theatre Ghost. In between the compere performed magic tricks for us.

What a fabulous experience for all the children. One which I hope will open a love of music of all forms for the rest of their lives.

Jolly Hockey Sticks

This week we wrapped up and went outside to practise our hockey skills. The children have been learning to control the ball while dribbling and then make a push pass to pass the ball to a team mate. It may have been chilly outside but we soon warmed up and had lots of fun honing our skills.

Making Mathematical Connections

This week the children have been using their knowledge of number bonds to 10 to help them to extend their knowledge of number facts onto number bonds to 20. Developing fluency in these key facts (moving onto knowledge and understanding of times tables as the children move through school) lessens the cognitive load placed on the children when they are introduced to new concepts. You may have heard of Maths Mastery which we have adopted at school. Maths Mastery breaks teaching down into the smallest steps, exposing the structure of number and removing the mystery with the expectation that more and more children will have a deeper understanding of the connections between numbers and concepts. As a Primary Mastery Specialist this is something that I get a ‘little bit’ excited about!

So…..this week we have been looking at the knowledge that we have of bonds to 10 and understanding how they are related to bonds to 20, and even bonds within 20. For example, if I know that 5 and 2 make 7, then I know that 15 and 2 make 17 because I have added 10 to the 5.

The children have been using all kinds of equipment to prove this to themselves. Here we are being number detectives:


Please do ask if you would like to know more!

Who’s been visiting our class?


Last week we returned to our classroom to find a mysterious bag with its contents spilled all over the carpet! Who could it belong to?

The children looked at the clues on the envelopes. How lucky that we have been learning to write addresses this week! Who might be delivering letters to Goldilocks, Cinderella and Mr V Bigg? It could only be ……… The Jolly Postman.

The children pieced together the torn letters to check which one went with which envelope. Something tells me we may be writing some letters ourselves in the next few weeks.

On Friday we continued our gym lessons, thinking about the shapes that gymnasts make. The shapes are pike, straight, tuck, straddle and star. Which shapes do you think each group is making in the photos?

Icicles like goblins teeth? It must be winter!

Brrrrrrrrrrr! It may have been mild outside this week but in the classroom it was decidedly chilly as we explored the season of winter by looking for signs in the school grounds, listening to and writing our own poetry and making winter wheels that showed how the daylight changes for our everyday activities. Do you walk home from school in daylight in winter? Do you have your tea in daylight in winter?

Here are the children performing their winter poems for you. We hope you will enjoy them!


Weekly Maths Challenges

We have sent the children home with the first set of addition facts as they start their times tables journey. At the moment, all children have the orange sheet requiring them to practise adding numbers to 10, but as we progress through the challenge your child may have different facts to their friends – if you are in any doubt, please pop in and see me.

The children will be tested on these number facts on a Thursday morning and will have a new fact sheet sent home on Thursday if necessary. At the moment we will be expecting the children to get 10/10 on the questions  before we move them to the next level, although this may change. If your child does not score 10/10, they will bring the test sheet home with them so that you can see where they struggled and provide support at home. If your child successfully gets 10/10 they will be deemed to have passed that stage and will be coming home with a different coloured piece of paper with new facts to learn.

Our first test will be on Thursday 17th January, in order to give the children enough time to practise.

Thank you for your continued support with this and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to come and see me.

Wishing You A Very Happy Christmas!

So the first term of Year 1 has been completed and what a lot we have done! From churches to the Nativity, from Gruffalo Hunts to the Great Fire of London. I hope that your children can recognise the progress that they have made in the last few months.

After our nativity performances last week, the teachers of KS1 decided to treat the children to a performance of our own by acting the pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, followed by a visit from Father Christmas and a few party games.

As the year draws to a close I would like to thank you all for your support this year and in particular your generosity at the end of term. Mrs Cornwell has also asked me to extend her thanks to you.

I wish you a happy and restful Christmas and look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.