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Weekly Update 3rd October

Dear Parents,
We’ve had another great week in Year 1 with lots of learning opportunities!
In Literacy we have enjoyed more stories by Julia Donaldson including ‘Stick Man’ and ‘The Gruffalo’. We have used the texts to help us think about time connectives and adjectives. The children used time connectives (e.g. Next, Then, Later, After that etc.) to sequence the various situations that Stick Man experienced. At the end of the week the children used adjectives to describe the character of the Gruffalo. We had some fantastic writing including sentences such as ‘The Gruffalo has rough, brown fur and a prickly back.’ It’s wonderful to see the children getting excited about using such mature elements in their writing!
In Maths this week we have been learning to tell the time to the nearest hour. The children have thought about which activities take place at o’clock times during the day e.g. lunch at 12 o’clock and bed time at 7 o’clock. To help consolidate the children’s understanding it would be helpful if you can refer to times at home whenever possible e.g. “It’s 5 o’clock so it’s tea time.” A number of the children became confident with setting/telling the time to the nearest hour by the end of the week so we were able to introduce the concept of ‘half past’.
In our Topic lessons this week we have been learning about toys (past and present). The children used adjectives to describe their favourite toys from home and were then introduced to a number of classic toys from previous decades dating back to the 1950s. They were so excited to discover that many toys from today were actually played with 30 years ago! We have spent time discussing the materials that old toys were made from (metal, wood, porcelain) and have identified similarities and differences between old and new toys using photographs and word-banks.
Next week we will begin our first unit about seasonal changes which a new addition to the National Curriculum. We are very lucky to see and experience many signs of Autumn in our grounds at Cedar Park, so we hope to embrace the opportunity for outdoor learning… if we can dodge the showers of course!
Next Friday (10th October) we hope to see many of you at our Harvest Festival assembly. The children have been working hard to learn lots of lyrics to our Harvest songs so we hope you are available to come along and enjoy some singing! A few children from each class have volunteered to speak during the assembly. If your child has brought home a speaking part to learn (small, typed strip of paper in the book-bag!) we would appreciate your support in helping them to practise using a loud clear voice. Thank you!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend,
Miss Freeman