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Weekly Update 21st March

Dear Parents,
Another very busy week for us in Year 1!
Firstly, it was lovely to spend time talking to you all at Parents’ Evening on Tuesday and Thursday. I hope you enjoyed looking through the children’s books and found my feedback valuable. It was great to hear that so many of the children enjoy home learning – I did promise to post a few helpful websites that you might like to use at home as a bit of added learning that is appealing to the children. A few of my favourites… (a mixture of Literacy and Numeracy), (a few number resources, not just times tables!) (TES, interactive games divided into a range of subjects and age groups), (select the free resources and link to the children’s section – we are currently working on Phase 5 in class). I do hope you’ll find these useful!
In Literacy this week we have finished our unit about traditional tales. The children became journalists and wrote their own newspaper articles about the strange happenings in Jack’s village… it is most unusual to for a beanstalk to appear overnight you see! I was so impressed by the mature language that some of the children used. They all thought carefully about the key points that needed to be included and worked very hard to produce a full page article.
In Maths this week we have been focusing on problem solving activities. This has been a great challenge for the children as so many of them now have a fantastic level of number knowledge and are keen to put it to good use! The next step is for them to apply what they know to various problems and puzzles.
In our topic lessons we have been sketching real life flowers – I have already seen a huge improvement in the children’s observational drawings over the past week. We have also been exploring how to create lines and shapes with oil and chalk pastels. The children have each made a petal for our class flowers which are on the display board of our outside area. They look beautiful!
On Wednesday the class took part in a forensic science workshop. They enjoyed examining a crime scene, looking for clues and gathering evidence. They worked wonderfully in teams and many of them solved the crime!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I’m looking forward to the Sport Relief evening on BBC1 – David Beckham and Del Boy… can’t be missed!
Miss Freeman