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Autumn 2

Our Year One Curriculum Update will give you an overview of our learning for the half term and some ideas of how you can help at home.

Week beginning 12th December

What a super fun filled week it has been!

We’ve managed to squeeze in a surprise visit from father Christmas, played party games at our Christmas party, watched a pantomime about Robin Hood as well as completing some Christmas themed activities. What a busy way to finish the last week of term!

We’d like to say a huge thank you for the generous gifts. We never expect anything from the children but it is greatly appreciated and we are very touched that you thought of us. Have a wonderful break, look after each other and we will see you for the new term on Tuesday 3rd January.

Miss Green and Mrs Hermans


Week beginning 5th December

What a busy week it’s been in school!

In maths we have been working hard on our numbers to 20, counting backwards and forwards and placing them on a number line. In RE we have learnt about the story behind the Christian festival of Christmas.


Thank you to all the adults who were able to come and watch our performances on Wednesday and Thursday. I think you will agree that the children were amazing, with a special mention going to Percy who did not hesitate to volunteer (and learn his line) when we needed a replacement sheep at short notice! The children all enjoyed performing for you and loved the buzz of taking part in a live production 😊


Next week

Flu vaccines are on Monday.

On Wednesday, it’s Christmas dinner day and the children can come to school wearing a Christmas jumper. We will also be watching a pantomime.

On Thursday it’s Christmas party day and the children can come to school dressed in their party clothes. Please remember that they will still be playing outside during the day, so please ensure they have something warm to wear and have suitable shoes on their feet. We will provide the food and drink, prizes and will play games. If possible, please could we ask for a donation towards the cost and we will collect it on Monday morning. All food will be suitable for a vegetarian diet but if your child has any other dietary requirements, please see Miss Green on Monday morning. Many thanks for supporting us to have so many lovely things in school.


Week beginning 28th November

This week we have been continuing with our class book The Gruffalo, retelling the story using the conjunction and in our sentences. In maths we continued with solving subtraction problems including word problems. We had our last PE sessions (for the term) with the coaches this week. The children have really enjoyed themselves and the coaches are really pleased with everyone’s participation and developing skills. They could see a real improvement since September. Well done 1G!

The Christmas festivities have begun! The classroom has been decorated and our class advent calendar is ready! We have been practising hard for our Christmas performances and we look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday or Thursday next week.

Week beginning 21st November

A fantastic week of learning 1G!

In Art over the past few weeks, we have investigated patterns and shapes when drawing and learnt how to shade white areas using different techniques. We looked at paintings and sculptures by Joan Miro and used his The Nightingale’s Song at Midnight and the Morning Rain painting to create our own pictures.

The children particularly enjoyed the art activity this week, even impressing Miss Vrlec when she popped in to see them, because they were so engrossed and thoroughly enjoying what they were doing. I’m sure you will agree that the finished pictures show how determined the children were to do their very best 😊

Over the past two weeks in maths, we have been learning to add and subtract using practical objects to help us such as, pictures, ten frames, number lines or cubes. We’ve also learnt how to complete these calculations mentally, either counting on or counting back. There are some games in the folder above if you want to continue practising at home and it would be helpful if the children practised counting forwards and backwards starting from any number.


The children have enjoyed practising some Christmas songs in preparation for singing in the park with Mrs Walkden.


Have a great weekend everybody and I’ll see you on Monday,

Miss Green

Week beginning 14th November

What a super week we have all had! On Monday there was lots of bright colours and patterns in the classroom, as we all wore odd socks to school as part of National Anti-Bullying week. We have continued with this work in our Health and Wellbeing lessons (PSHE) focusing on friendships, learning how to talk to each other respectfully and how to recognise different kinds of behaviour. The children really enjoyed our discussions and role-play sessions.


In PE we are continuing with our football and games sessions and all the coaches have commented on how much the children have improved since September. Keep up the good work 1G!

Week beginning 7th November

Another super week of learning in 1G! The children have been historians this week investigating if children in the past (living in Stretford) played different games to today. The children looked at the paintings of local artist Frances Lennon to help find out the answers.


In maths we continued with our work using number bonds and the part whole model and in English we have started our new big book, Peace at Last. In Art the children have been exploring patterns, lines, shapes and space in their pictures with Mrs Hermans.


We just wanted to say thank you to everyone who was able to attend parent’s evening this week. It was lovely to chat with you and be able to show you your child’s work. We hope you are as proud of their achievements as we are.


Reminders for next week

On Monday as part of National Anti-Bullying week, the children can wear odd socks as part of their school uniform to represent their uniqueness and individuality.

Flu vaccines are on Wednesday 16th November.

On Friday, children can come to school in their own clothes wearing something yellow to celebrate Friendship Friday and we are also using this as a day to raise funds for our brilliant PFTA.

Week beginning 31st October

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely half-term break. This week we have done some super poetry work using our poem In a dark, dark wood. The children have learnt the poem off by heart and used it to make up their own poems which they performed to the class and wrote in their books. They had some fantastic ideas and worked hard on their handwriting and spelling. Well done 1G!

In maths we have been finding out the addition facts for our numbers up to 10, using a part-whole model. We have used lots of practical resources to help but some children have found this concept tricky (working out the four sums) and may need some extra practise at home. This video below will help explain what a fact family is.

Addition Fact Families (within 10)

In History this week, we found out why fireworks are used to celebrate Bonfire Night. We also talked about how to keep safe near fire and fireworks and made some posters to help us remember.

Some reminders for next week

Flu vaccines are on Tuesday 8th November.

Parents evening appointments have been sent home for those who returned the slip. Parents evening is on either Wednesday 9th or Thursday 10th November.

Individual photographs are on Thursday 10th November. As this is our PE day, please can the children wear their yellow t-shirt/ green sweater or cardigan on top and joggers/ leggings/ trainers/ pumps ready for PE on the lower half.


Many thanks,

Miss Green and Mrs Hermans