Celebrating Learning!

It has been a busy and successful week in Year 1 with lots of learning and exciting experiences taking place! Firstly we would like to say thank you to all those parents who joined us for our parent meeting. It was great to get to talk to you on a more informal basis and to hear your fantastic ideas and experiences. We will be looking at all your suggestions and queries over the next week and will let you know what we are planning to do in response via the notice board.

In English this week we have been reading a Jewish traditional folk tale called ‘It could always be worse’, focusing on developing our reading comprehension skills (such as using inference, questioning, clarifying our understanding and summarising the events).  This is the tale that Julia Donaldson’s ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ is based on, which many of the children are already familiar with. The children have loved predicting what was going to happen and joining in with the repeated phrases from the story. They have showed us that they have understood the moral or lesson of the story and can order the events that take place. Next week we will be focusing on retelling the story orally and with pictures to help them write their own version of the tale. 14.11.16 4 and 5 (3)

The children have also wowed us with their maths this week. We have been consolidating our understanding of different methods of subtraction. We have used objects, number lines and pictures to work out subtraction calculations and the children have even started to think of how to draw their own pictures or number lines to solve subtraction problems.

Our ‘Celebrations’ topic continued by investigating how Hanukkah is celebrated by Jewish families around the world today. The children have loved learning about this festival and used their understanding of Jewish religious artefacts to make their own clay menorahs. This was the first time the children have experienced sculpting with clay in school and they all did a fantastic job of using the tools to shape and form the clay as well as giving their menorah texture.

We have a very busy and exciting week ahead planned. Amongst other things, we will:


–       Retelling ‘It could always be worse’ orally, with pictures and writing it down.

–       Starting to measure length with cm and m.

–       Beginning to understand the four compass directions of North, South, West and East.

–       Learning about the four countries that make up Great Britain (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales)

–       Acting out our Christmas spectacular.

–      Investigating light, dark and how shadows are formed.