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Weekly Update 4

Dear Parents,
I can’t believe how quickly the weeks are passing, there’s just two weeks until the half term break!
It was lovely to meet with so many of you at Parent’s Evening this week – I am thrilled with how well the children have settled into Year 1, and it’s wonderful to see them progressing so quickly in this first half term.
In Literacy this week the children have been reading poems and stories which contain repeated phrases (The Gingerbread Man, A Squash and a Squeeze etc.) and have been thinking about where the patterned phrases occur. In our Big Writing session the children then wrote their own verse for the poem ‘Once upon a time there was a tiger…’
In Maths we have been learning to tell the time. All children can tell the time to the nearest hour, and many children challenged themselves to learn half pasts and quarter pasts! Referring to clocks at home would further enhance the children’s learning. We have also been thinking about the days of the week – every child has made their own diary of activities that they do on each day.
In our Topic lessons we have taken an RE focus, thinking about emotions and friendships. The children have listened to a number of short stories from the Bible (The Good Samaritan and Jesus and Zacchaeus) and have been trying to relate these to their own life experiences, through the ideas of kindness and forgiveness.
Next week we will be completing our Geography unit about ‘Our Local Area’. A letter was sent home in book-bags today to inform you of the details. If you would like to accompany us on the walk (we would be very grateful!) please complete the slip at the bottom of the letter and return it via your child’s book-bag. Thank you!
A number of parents (and children!) have been asking about Year 1 homework. This wasn’t put in book-bags today (my error!) but is available to download on the class page (near the curriculum news document). This has been explained to the children this afternoon. I do hope some of them are able to print off the document and complete the activity. It is based on 2D shapes, as this will be our Maths unit next week. It is important to sit with your child to complete their homework so that correct and appropriate vocabulary can be generated. Next week’s homework will be sent home as a paper copy. Thank you for your support with this.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend,
Miss Freeman