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Weekly Update 9th May

Dear Parents,
I hope you’ve all had a great week – a four day week did seem like a luxury didn’t it!
In Literacy this week the children have read a selection of nature themed poems. They generated a (very!) long list of nature related vocabulary that could be used to write their own poem at the end of the week. During our Big Writing session, the children worked in small groups to write a class poem based on ‘Out in the dark and daylight’. Each group took a verse and created a new line using the /ee/ sound to continue the rhyming pattern. The final poem, composed by all of the children, can be found in the main section of our Year 1 webpage.
In Maths the children have been learning to add/subtract 10 and 11 from two digit numbers. However, they have amazed us with their number work, and even moved on to adding multiples of 10, as well as numbers ending with 1 unit e.g. 21, 31, 41, 51. We were particularly impressed by the number of children using mathematical vocabulary to explain their workings out. Many children find it helpful to use a hundred square (10x10 grid) to help them add/subtract – if you would like one to use at home there is an example on the main section of our class webpage.
In our Topic lessons this week we have been learning about the weather. Children discussed the impact weather can have on our daily lives, and used non-fiction books to explore cases of extreme weather. Each child chose a particular type of extreme weather to write about – these included floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes etc. It was great to hear children asking interesting questions to help further their own knowledge.
This afternoon the weather was very kind to us and allowed us to enjoy a Year 1 and 2 inter-house multi-skills event. The children loved mixing with children from Year 2 and showed fantastic team spirit. Well done to Lime who scored the most points overall!
Next week our Wonderful World topic unit will be Design and Technology based. Children will be creating their very own ‘Super Bugs!’ This weekend’s homework should hopefully get them thinking about the types of bugs and mini-beasts we have in our local environment. To make their ‘Super Bug’ each child will need their own plastic bottle (500ml). It would be most helpful if they could bring in a named bottle by Tuesday. Thank you!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend – it looks like it could be a little soggy again tomorrow… fingers crossed for a sunnier Sunday!
Miss Freeman