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What we are learning this week:

 

Spring 2 Week 6

English – George Stephenson – The Train Man

This week the children have been creating their own pamphlets about George Stephenson. They have written wonderful sentences and drawn great pictures.

Maths

We have been looking at different ways of representing numbers. We use number fans, number lines, Numicon, tens frames…the list goes on!

         

We had a super webinar with Amberley and the children loved it!

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

We hope you have an egg-cellent Easter – please read with your children when you can! We look forward to seeing you all on 19th April. HAPPY EASTER!

Previous Weeks' Learning

Spring 2 Week 5

English – George Stephenson – The Train Man

This week the children have been reading a non-fiction book called ‘George Stephenson – The Train Man’ and we have been learning all about George and his love of trains!

Maths

We have been consolidating all of our Spring learning this week and the children have been sharing with their teachers, everything they know about the number to 50.

We had an amazing Science Assembly this week (see photos) – it was so exciting and so much fun!

         

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • We would love you to read with your children at home and recalling numbers to 50 – practise counting to 50 whilst in the car or when putting on your shoes in the morning!

Spring 2 Week 4

English – Oi! Get Off Our Train

This week the children have written their own ending to our story ‘Oi! Get Off Our Train” by including an endangered animal they have learnt about. The writing has been wonderful!

Maths

We have been learning to count in 2s this week – it has been so much fun!

In our History learning, the children have been finding out about Inventors and when in the past important things were invented.

In PE, we have been learning to march. It was tricky at first!

         

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • We would love you to read with your children at home and recalling numbers to 50 – practise counting to 50 whilst in the car or when putting on your shoes in the morning!

 


Spring 2 Week 3

English – Oi! Get Off Our Train

This week the children have been carrying on with their reading and writing activities related to our text “Oi! Get Off Our Train.”

Maths

We have been continuing with our number facts to 50.

We have also had a great time doing activities as part of Science Week – see photos!

     

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • We would love you to read with your children at home and recalling numbers to 50 – practise counting to 50 whilst in the car or when putting on your shoes in the morning!

Autumn 2 Week 7

English – The Snowman

This week the children have been doing loads of lovely Christmas writing such as writing to Santa and writing Christmas cards to their friends and families.

Maths 

We have been exploring 3D shape this week and we have been sorting them into groups.

          

We also had a visit from some hedgehogs called Harry and Henry – they were amazing! 

 

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • We hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas and enjoy your well-earned break.
  • We look forward to hearing all about your holidays when we see you on Tuesday 5th January.
  • Merry Christmas!
 

Autumn 2 Week 6

English – The Snowman

This week the children watched the whole of The Snowman and wrote their own sentences about the story. They have done the most wonderful writing!

Maths

We have been using greater than/less than symbols and identifying calculations which have an equal amount. The children have been doing so brilliantly with their numbers – well done Year 1!

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • Please listen to your children read and remember to return the reading books on a Thursday. Children should also bring their Reading Record on a Monday so that their teacher can see what they have read and how they are getting on with the books they have been given.

Autumn 2 Week 5

English – The Snowman

This week the children have continued to watch The Snowman and written sentences to describe the snowman and to predict what will happen at the end of the film.

Maths

We have been consolidating everything we have learnt so far this term and showing each other what it is we can do – they have done brilliantly!

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Please listen to your children sing our Christmas songs in preparation for the filming next week!

Photos: Alpaca class planted a tree!

          


Autumn 2 Week 4

English – The Snowman

This week the children have watched The Snowman and created their own ‘snow’ to use as a tool to write descriptive words. They also drew a snowy scene and thought of their own adjectives to describe their scenes.

   

Maths

We have been learning about subtraction by jumping back along a number line and finding the difference between two numbers.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Please practise counting backwards from any given number and ask them to give you an example of an adjective to describe an item in your house or something they can see whilst driving around in the car

Autumn 2 Week 3

English –Autumn Poetry

This week the children have been writing sentences about what they can see, hear, feel and smell. They have been doing brilliantly and the sentences are wonderful!

Maths

We have been learning about subtraction by building upon our ‘fact families’. So for example, 3 + 4 = 7, 4 + 3 =7, 7 - 4 = 3 and 7 - 3 = 4

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The children have been doing lots of talking around our ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ and have been sharing their ideas about what makes a good friend. They have been learning about the seasons and observing weather too. It’s been a very busy week!

          

 


 

Autumn 2 Week 2

English –Autumn Poetry

This week we have been studying more autumnal poetry and looking at autumn words. We have focused on the segmenting and blending of words and looking at rhyme.

Maths

We have been learning about subtraction using lots of images and resources to show what happens to a number when we ‘take-away.’

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • We have started our new history topic about the history of Balfour School. The children will be finding out lots of facts about our school and learning about timelines. We have also started our PSHE topic about gender and similarities and differences – please talk with your child about how we should embrace each other’s similarities and differences.

Last Friday, we celebrated Number day – the children dressed up in the most wonderful outfits so thank you parents for all of your hard work!

          

We watched Poppies on CBeebies and then made our own watercolour poppies.

We held them up to make a poppy field.    


 

Autumn 2 Week 1

English –Autumn Poetry

This week we went on a sense walk to write down words to describe what we could see and hear now that it is Autumn.

Maths

We have been learning about addition families and different ways to make the same amount.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • We have started our new history topic about the history of Balfour School. The children will be finding out lots of facts about our school and learning about timelines. Please talk to your child about when you were born, when they were born, any other significant moments they can relate to and how that would look on a timeline of ‘now and then.’

  


Autumn 1 Week 7

English –Three Little Pigs

This week we continued with our book of Three Little Pigs and the children have been writing speech bubbles.

Maths

We have been learning about counting to 20 and identifying numbers in a sequence.

We built houses for our little pigs and tested them with a wolf (a hairdryer!)

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Please have a wonderful half term break – rest lots, sleep lots and have Halloween fun!

 


Autumn 1 Week 6

English –Three Little Pigs

This week we continued with our book of Three Little Pigs and the children have been creating their own endings to the story. They came up with brilliant ideas!

Maths

We have been learning about part-part-whole diagrams (see photos)

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Ask the children to tell you their own version of the ending of the story. Also, ask them how many different ways they can make a given number (e.g. 7 could be 7+0, 6+1, 5+2 or 4+3)

  


Autumn 1, Week 5

English –Three Little Pigs

This week we continued with our book of Three Little Pigs and the children have been learning about adjectives.

  • At home you can: Ask the children if they can tell you what an adjective is and give you some examples.

Maths

We have been learning about one more than and one less than a given number using a number line.

  • At home you can: practise writing our numbers, focusing on start and end points when writing each number.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • As part of our topic this term, we will be learning about maps and how to use a map. The children will be learning about how to use a key and they created their own maps of where the three little pigs built their houses.

The children went on a hunt around the school to see what they could find!

  

   


 
Autumn 1, Week 4

English –Three Little Pigs

This week we introduced the story of the Three Little Pigs – the children acted out the story and ordered the parts of the story using key words and sentence starters.

  • At home you can: Ask the children if they can retell you the story.

Maths

We have been learning about one more than and one less than a given number.

  • At home you can: practise writing our numbers, focusing on start and end points when writing each number.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • As part of our topic this term, we will be learning about maps and how to use a map. The children will be learning about how to use a key and will be creating their own when they draw their own map of the route the pigs take when they leave their family home and build their own homes.
  • We have been learning about magnets so please discuss with your child how magnets work and which materials magnets attach to.

Autumn 1, Week 3

English – Little Red

This week we continued to read the story of Little Red and created a story mountain of the story. We then wrote an alternative ending to the story.

  • At home you can: Ask the children if they can retell you the new version of the story.

Maths

We have been learning to count backwards and forwards from 1-10.

  • At home you can: practise writing our numbers and counting backwards and forwards from 1-10.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • As part of our topic this term, we will be learning about North, South, east and West and words related to direction and location such as up, down, left, right etc. if you can, talk through all of the words your child knows that helps them understand the location of something e.g. under a table, left at the end of the road.
  • We will also be learning about sinking and floating so please discuss objects with your children and consider their properties when thinking about whether they sink or float.

    

 


 
Autumn 1, Week 2

English – Little Red

This week we read the story of Little Red and did some hot seating which is when we pretend to be the characters and we ask them questions.

  • At home you can: Ask the children if they can retell you the story of Little Red.

Maths – Sorting

We have been counting to 10 and using the terms less than/more than when looking at different numbers.

  • At home you can: practise writing our numbers and the terms more than/less than.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

As part of our topic this term, we will be looking at maps of the Balfour area so if you have any maps at home, show the children what sorts of things we may find on a map, such as a key to identify symbols.


Autumn 1, Week 1

English - ‘Holiday News

This week our Literacy has been focused on hearing all about the wonderful things the children did over the summer holidays.

  • At home you can: Ask the children if they can remember what we did and discuss key words they may need to use when describing their holidays.

 

Maths – Sorting

We have explored different ways of sorting objects – see photos.

  • At home you can: practise sorting objects around your house.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

It would be wonderful if you would like to do some counting and reading with your children but the children have had a really busy week so please enjoy your weekend and rest before another very busy week next week