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What we are learning this week:

 

Summer 1, Week 4

English – Snorgh and the Sailor

We are reading a fantasy story. We have been describing the Snorgh’s dream and will add our own dream ideas to extend the story.

Maths – Composition of number

We have been learning to use our knowledge of number facts to ten to help us solve equations to 20.

 

The pictures show year 1 having tennis lessons from Preston Lawn Tennis Club.

          

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember:

  • Please remember to check Ping for the school trip details.

Previous Weeks' Learning

Summer 1, Week 3

English – Snorgh and the Sailor

We are reading a fantasy story. This week we have been describing the setting of the story.

Maths – Doubling and halving

We have been learning generalisations such as ‘If you double two odd numbers you make an even number.’ We have been using Numicon to find doubles and halves.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember:

  • We have been thinking how we have changed since we were little. Talk to your children about all the important milestones in their lives like learning to walk or riding a bike. How will we change as we get older? What milestones happen later in life?

Here are year one making pinch-pot fish for the art exhibition.

   

 

Summer 1, Week 2

English – Poetry

We are continuing our learning about poetry. This week we used alliteration and wrote our own under water sea poems.

Maths – Composition of numbers

We have been learning how the teens numbers are composed of ten and a bit.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember:

  • We have been learning about climate change in a drama workshop this week. At home talk about how we can all help look after the planet by recycling and planting flowers for insects.

          


Summer 1, Week 1

English – Poetry

We are continuing our learning about poetry. This week we learned how to use alliteration. We learned some tongue twisters!

Maths – Composition of numbers

We have been learning how the teens numbers are composed of ten and a bit.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember:

  • Have a go at writing your own funny tongue twisters using alliteration.

The photos show year one's mind-maps about plants.

   

 


Spring 2, Week 7

English – Poetry

We have been exploring poems about feelings. We wrote our own poems.

Maths – Subtraction

We have been learning doubling and halving.

DT - In DT we have been making bridges.

 

  

 

 

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember:

  • Our new science topic after Easter is all about flowers and plants. If possible visit a garden centre or park with your child and try and learn some names of common flowers. Look at the parts of plants and name them.

Spring 2, Week 6

English – Poetry

We have been learning the poem ‘From a Railway Carriage’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. We looked for rhyme as well as adjectives and verbs used for impact. We performed the poem as a class.

Maths – Subtraction

We have been looking at what happens when you add to 2 to a number. We have been spotting number patterns and making generalisations. We have also been looking at happens when you add 0 to number.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember:

  • Sings of spring. Look out for signs of spring. We will be going on a spring walk in school. What signs of spring have you seen? What flowers can you spot growing? Can you name them?

These photos show our lovely Mother's Day cards we made:

 

 

 

 


Spring 2, Week 5

English – Instructions

We have been learning how to give and write instructions. We wrote instructions to make a Lego model.

Maths – Subtraction

Assessment week; we have come to the end of addition and subtraction within ten and this week we completed some assessment quizzes.

   

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember:

  • Please remember to sign up for Parent’s Evening which is in the last week of term. Sign up using school Ping.

Spring 2, Week 4

English – Instructions

We have been learning how to give and write instructions. We wrote instructions to make a jam sandwich.

Maths – Subtraction

In maths we have been solving subtraction equations within ten, including word problems.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

Science week fun ideas. Visit the British Science Week website if you would like to have a go at some of the science activities we did in school, at home! https://www.britishscienceweek.org/download-your-british-science-week-2022-taster-packs-now/ 

  


Spring 2, Week 3

English – Oi! Get off our Train 

We have been learning about endangered animals. We acted out asking to get on the train. We then wrote sentences saying why we should be allowed on the train.

Here are some year 1 children acting out a new part for 'Oi! Get of our Train:

 

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Maths – Aggregation

In maths we have been using our knowledge of number bonds to ten to subtract from ten.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • Science week is next week! Why not enter the photo competition. The theme is ‘GROWTH’.
  • Please email your pictures with your age and class to Ms Fine by March 18th.  julietfine@balfour.brighton-hove.sch.uk

Spring 2, Week 2

English – Oi! Get Off our Train

We have now read the whole story. We have added actions to help us orally retell the story and order the events. We wrote sentences in first person explaining why the animals got on the train.

Maths – Number bonds

In maths we have been revisiting number bonds to ten. We have also started looking at sums that are less than, equal to and greater than 10.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • This week we went on a trip to Amberley Museum. At home talk to your children about different modes of transport and the different places you might go on them. What transport is the fastest and why?

Here are the Anteaters having fun on our trip to Amberley:

 

 


Spring 2, Week 1

English – Oi! Get Off our Train

Our new author is John Burnningham. We are learning about discovery tales. We have just started reading the book and we have been thinking about setting and characters.

Maths – Aggregation

In Maths we have been revisiting fact families. We have also been coming up with our own First-Then-Now stories to describe an amount increasing.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember:

  • In Science we are continuing to learn about animals including humans. Our focus is now on humans. We will be looking to see how we have changed since we were small.
  • Can you please bring in a baby photo for our ‘Brilliant Babies’ gallery. Many thanks.

          

 

     


Spring 1, Week 6

English:

We’re Going on a Lion Hunt’ 

We have become experts on lions! We have made information posters to show our facts in a bright and eye-catching way using labelling, subheadings and titles.

We looked closely at the teeth in these at skulls to determine if these animals were carnivore, herbivore or omnivore.

 

  

 

  

   

Maths:

First, then next stories.

In maths we have been making up our own pictorial addition stories to represent augmentation.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • Our new topic is all about the history of trains and transport. Our key text in English will be ‘Oi Get Off Our Train!’ In preparation for the topic it would be great if you can think about transport past and present.
  • Have you ever been on a train?
  • What types of transport have you travelled on?
  • Can you think of some questions you want to ask?

Spring 1, Week 5

English – We’re Going on a Lion Hunt’

We have started a new book. Our focus for the next two weeks is information texts. We are making an information poster about lions.

Maths – First, then next stories.

In maths we have been making up our own addition stories. We worked in groups and acted out the problem. For example: First there were three chicks in the nest, then one more hatched, now there are four chicks in the nest.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • How can we attract more birds into our gardens? How can we help birds?
  • See link on how to make a homemade bird feeder. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AtclnI5ABg

We took part in the Big Garden Bird Watch for the rspb.

We have been learning about animals including humans in science.

 

 

 

 

Spring 1, Week 4

English – Percy the Park Keeper 

We have come to the end of our unit on Percy the Park Keeper. This week the children have been discussing the themes used in the Percy stories and deciding which books they liked best. We made videos to share what we know about Nick Butterworth.

Maths - Subtraction

In maths we have been using partitioning to find the difference.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember:

  • Please make sure you read regularly with your child and sign their reading record.
  • Please make sure your child has their reading folder in school, with their book, every day.

Spring 1, Week 3

English – Percy the Park Keeper

We are on our third Percy the Park Keeper story; ‘The Rescue Party’. The children have been changing the story and adding their own ideas. Our focus has been on using conjunctions and adjectives or WOW words.

Maths – Aggregation

In maths we have been consolidating our learning on fact families by writing out all the number facts for a given number in a systematic way. Eg. 7= 7+0, 7=6+1, 7=5+2, 7=4+3, 7=3+4, 7=2+5, 7=1+6 7=6+1

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • In science our topic is ‘Animals including Humans’. This week we have been learning about amphibians. We made habitats for frogs. The children absolutely loved making these. See below for a list of materials if you would like to try at home. Also: see the photos on the website!

You will need:

  • A small metal tray / silver paper plate
  • Playdough or oasis to stick twigs in to be trees or bushes.
  • Small stones
  • One or two larger pebbles
  • Earth (optional)
  • A plastic frog – or make your own out of playdough / Lego.
  • Water

        

 

        


Spring 1, Week 2

English – Percy the Park Keeper

Our new author is Nick Butterworth. We read ‘After the Storm’. We used our senses to describe the park and we added wow words to make our descriptions exciting.

Maths – Aggregation

In maths we have been learning the commutative rule of addition and writing fact families, such as 2+3=5, 3+2=5 and 5=2+3 5=3+2

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • In PSHE we have been learning about different communities and our focus has been on the Gypsy Roma Traveller community. At home talk to your children about where people live and the different types of homes people live in. What questions could you ask a traveller about their home and life?

Our new topic is 'All Creatures Great and Small'. Here are our mind maps showing what we already know about animals.

         

 

      

         

 


Spring 1, Week 1

English – Percy the Park Keeper

We introduced our new book by making a mind map about all the things we know about park keepers and the sorts of jobs that might need doing in the park.

Maths – Aggregation

In maths we have been writing equations about pictures using the + and = signs.

Here are our lovely paintings in the style of Adrian Berg.

      

      

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • Please make sure you sign your child’s reading record and send back guided reading books to be changed every week. Thank you.

 


Autumn 2, Week 7

English – The Snowman

This week we have been writing letters to Santa and practicing all we have learned about sentences.

Maths – Assessment Week 

The children have been having fun with Christmas maths helping Santa count the presents.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember:

  • In PSHE we have been thinking about the message of Christmas and how we can be kind and help those less fortunate than ourselves.
  • Happy Christmas everyone!

 

   

 

Autumn 2, Week 6

English – The Snowman

This week we have been continuing with our learning on adjectives. We have been writing sentences to describe how we would feel if we made a snowman that came alive.

Maths – Assessment Week

This week we have been investigating odd and even numbers. We have used whole part models to partition odd and even numbers. We learned that all odd numbers always partition into one odd and one even number, but that is not true for even numbers which can be made from two evens or two odds numbers or an odd and an even.

  

   

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • In science we have been using a rain gauge to measure rainfall this week. See the link below on how to make your own rain gauge at home. Have fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOzdcM-YZ2U

 


Autumn 2, Week 5

English – The Snowman

This week we have been continuing with our learning on adjectives. We have been writing sentences to describe the snowman using one or two adjectives and linking them with the connective ‘and’.

Maths – Assessment Week

The children have been completing maths booklets on arithmetic, problem solving and place value so we can assess their progress as we are approaching the end of term.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • We have noticed many children are still not forming their numbers correctly. Please spend some time writing the numerals to 10. For an extra challenge, children do need to recognise and spell the numbers as words, any practice of this is also welcome.

         

 


Autumn 2, Week 4

English – The Snowman 

Our new book is ‘The Snowman’. We had a fun lesson making fake snow and playing with it! We used the snow to help us remember and explore what snow is like. We then came up with a list of adjectives to describe snow which we will use in our writing lesson.

Maths – Number sequences

 

We have been practicing saying numbers in sequence and placing them on a number line. Our challenge has been to place numbers on a blank number line.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • Have a go at making your own fake snow. Mix equal parts of baking powder and corn flour with a little water to get the right consistency.
  • Also please make sure you are learning any lines for the Christmas show. The dress rehearsal is 2nd December, all costumes must be in ASAP.
  • We are looking forward to performing for you on Friday 3rd December at 9.15am.

Autumn 2, Week 3

English – Poetry

We have put all of our English skills into to practice this week as we have been writing an autumn senses poem.

Maths – Whole and part

We have been practicing our fluency in recognising numbers quickly on a tens frame. We have been using the idea of parts to help us quickly determine amounts. For example, on a tens frame six is represented as 5 and 1 and seven as 5 and 2. We have been cementing the idea that the numbers from six to nine are comprised of five and a bit.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • Please practice any words your child has to say in the Christmas show.
  • In history we are learning about time lines and past, present and future. Can you plot some family events on a time line? For example, starting school, learning to ride a bike etc.

         

 


Autumn 2, Week 2

English – Poetry

We have been on an autumn walk to gather ideas for a senses poem. We have been listening for rhymes in poems and playing a game where we match rhyming pairs.

Maths – Whole and part

We have extended our learning of wholes and parts. This week we have been using the whole part-part model to record how numbers can be split and recombined.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • Please practice any words your child has to say in the Christmas show.
  • To support English have a chat about autumn with your child. Can you gather some ideas for our senses poem? What are the sounds, tastes, smells and sights of autumn?

Here is a picture of lanterns made by Armadillos in RE. In RE we have been learning about the importance of light as a religious symbol.

 

 

Autumn 2, Week 1

English – Poetry

We are going to be learning some poems by heart and performing them in the class. We have chosen some diverse poems about animas from around the world and in doing so we will learn about different cultures and environments.

Maths – Whole and part

In maths we are learning about the composition of numbers. We have been practicing making a whole number and splitting it into its parts. For example; 5 is the whole, it’s parts are 2 + 3 , 3 + 2, 4 + 1 and 1 + 4.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • Please reinforce correct number formation. Lots of children are writing 3, 5, 7 and 9 back to front. Extra practice is always helpful. Thank you!

         

 


Autumn 1, Week 7

English - The Three Little Pigs

In English we have been writing alternative ideas for which materials the little pigs chose to build their houses from. We are continuing to work on finger spaces, full-stops and capital letters.

Maths – We have been learning about measures and quantities. This week we have been using non-standard units to measure weight. For example, we have been using cubes to weigh objects from around the classroom. We have been estimating weight and using hefting by comparing weight by our hands.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • At home practice using comparative language. Ask: What is heavier, a banana or an apple? Use real scales to weigh ingredients for cooking. Try ordering objects by weight from heaviest to lightest.

      

      

 

Autumn 1, Week 6

English - The Three Little Pigs

In English we have been writing alternative ideas for which materials the little pigs chose to build their houses from. We are continuing to work on finger spaces, full-stops and capital letters.

Maths – We have been learning about measures and quantities. This week we have been using non-standard units to measure length. For example, we have been using cubes and our hand span to measure objects around the classroom.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • In science we have been learning about materials and their properties. We are going to be discussing the problem with plastic; especially single-use plastic. At home, take a look at what things are made from plastic around the house. How much plastic do we use? Can we use less? Which plastic can be recycled and what gets thrown away?

         

         

      

         


Autumn 1, Week 5

English – The Three Little Pigs

In English we have continued to look at the book, The Three Little Pigs. This week we have focussed on creating actions for the story to help us retell it. We have also used out science knowledge of materials to change the story, in preparation to create an alternative traditional tale.

Maths 

We have started looking at length and height. We have been comparing the sizes of different objects and using the language bigger, smaller, taller, shorter and longer.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • To watch the phonics videos that have been sent via SchoolPing.
  • To compare the length and height of objects at home, using the mathematical language.

 

 


Autumn 1, Week 4

English – The Three Little Pigs

In English started looking at a new book, The Three Little Pigs. This week we have focussed on sequencing the story and describing the appearance of the characters through labels.

Maths

We have continued looking at numbers to 100. Our focus has been counting on from a given number and also using a hundred square to work out 10 more or 10 less than a given number.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • To continue consolidating number knowledge to 100, ask questions such as ‘What number comes after 57? Or ‘Can you tell me a number that is one less than 98?’
  • Read any traditional tales you may have at home. Encourage the child to join in with any repeated refrains. E.g. 'Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down!'

 

     

 

 

Previous Weeks' Learning


Autumn 1, Week 3

English – Little Red

In English we have been writing sentences, remembering finger spaces and capital letters. We have now come to the end of our unit on ‘Little Red’ and we wrote wanted posters to catch Little Red, who, in this version of the story, could be seen as a ’baddie’.

Maths

We have been chanting numbers to 100. Our focus has been counting on from a given number and also saying a number in a range of numbers, for example; ‘Can you give me a number between 51 and 63?

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • To consolidate number knowledge to 100, ask questions such as ‘What number comes after 57? Or ‘Can you tell me a number that is one less than 98?’
  • Play board games which involve counting along a number board, such as Snakes and Ladders. These are very good at supporting learning of bigger numbers and their order.

 

      


Autumn 1, Week 2

English – Little Red

This week we began our key text ‘Little Red’. It is a twist on the traditional story with a very strong female lead! We acted out part of the story and wrote a sentence to describe the wolf’s plan. Our focus has been on capital letters and finger spaces.

Maths

We have been extending our learning of number systems and counting. We have been counting in tens and thinking about how 100 squares are constructed. We have also had a first look at a Getengo chart which shows the pattern in numbers increasing by ten up into the thousands.

     

         

  • Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

In RE we are going to be thinking about harvest and how this is celebrated by different faiths and in different parts of the world. At home maybe you could have an autumn walk and pick some blackberries or notice that flowers are making seeds, such a beans, or that the wheat has been cut. At the end of summer is when we gather the food that has been growing through the year. And it is a time to be thankful for what we have.


Autumn 1, Week 1

English – Our holiday news!

This week the children have been writing a sentence about their summer holiday. We have been focusing on finger spaces, capital letters and full-stops.

Maths 

We have been counting to 100 and playing some games using the number line to twenty. We have been learning how to use ordinal numbers and line up in ordinal position.

  • Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

We are starting our science topic on materials. At home look at how different materials are used. What is your bed made from? Are all sinks ceramic? Are all windows glass? Which things are made from plastic?


Summer 2 Week 6

 

English – The Great Fire of London – Poetry

This week the children have been recapping on their knowledge of poetry and created their own actions for a part of a poem called ‘A Tiny, Burning Flame’.

Maths

We have been consolidating all of the learning we have been doing during the summer term. The children have been working so hard to learn the relationships between numbers.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • Please remember: all books to be returned to school by Friday 19th July. No more books will be sent home so please make sure all books are returned to school before we break up for the summer!

         

 

Summer 2 Week 5

English – The Great Fire of London – Newspaper Reports

This week the children have written their own newspaper report – they have been brilliant!

Maths

We have been consolidating all of the learning we have been doing during the summer term. The children have been working so hard to learn the relationships between numbers.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • We had a visit from a Firefighter this week – he helped us learn about the differences between a firefighter now compared to 1666, when the Great Fire of London happened.
  • Please remember: Sports Afternoon is on Tuesday 13th July – we can’t wait to see you all!

                    

 

Summer 2 Week 4

English – The Great Fire of London – Newspaper Reports

This week the children have been doing some drama activities about the Great Fire of London. The children pretended to be a key figure from the 1600’s and asked each other questions about the Fire.

Maths - 

We have been looking at the difference between odd and even numbers.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • The children have been learning about their bodies this week and ‘scientific’ names for the private parts of our bodies. Please ensure you talk with the children about the importance of our ‘Private Parts Staying Private’.
  • Please remember: Choosy books to be returned on Fridays and Reading books to be returned on Tuesdays.

         

 


Summer 2 Week 3

English – Toby and the Great Fire of London

This week the children have been continuing to learn about the Great Fire of London and we have written captions for pictures and learnt about the features of a newspaper.

Maths

We have been looking at numbers between 11 and 19 this week – also known as ‘Ten and a bit.’

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • The children have been learning about different types of trees! When you’re out and about at the weekend, ask the children to share with you their knowledge about trees.
  • Please remember: Choosy books to be returned on Fridays, Reading books to be returned on Tuesdays.

          

 


Summer 2 Week 2

English – Toby and the Great Fire of London

This week the children have been labelling an image to help them understand the turn of events that led to the Great Fire of London.

Maths

We have been looking at numbers between 11 and 19 this week – also known as ‘Ten and a bit.’

In RE, we learned about the story of Moses.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • The children have been learning about different types of tress! When you’re out and about at the weekend, ask the children to share with you their knowledge about trees.
  • Please remember: Choosy books to be returned on Fridays, Reading books to be returned on Tuesdays.

                              


Summer 2 Week 1

English  Toby and the Great Fire of London

This week the children have started their new topic of Panic in Pudding Lane. We have been reading Toby and the Great Fire of London – it is a great book!

Maths

We have been looking at numbers between 11 and 19 this week – also known as ‘Ten and a bit.’

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • It has been so wonderful to have the children back in school this week. It was great to hear about all of their adventures during the half term.
  • Please remember: Choosy books to be returned on Fridays, Reading books to be returned on Tuesdays.

     

 

     

    

Previous Weeks' Learning

 


Summer 1 Week 6

English – Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

This week the children have read a wonderful book called The Commotion in the Ocean – the children have been creating their own poems about the creatures in the story.

Maths

We have been using bar models this week to represent sums to 10.

Topic

In art, we painted our clay pinch pots – it was so fun!

          

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • Last day of this half term is Friday 28th May – we will be sending home reading books for the half term holiday, so please read with your children.
  • Monday 7th June is an INSET Day, so we’ll see you on Tuesday 8th June.

Summer 1 Week 5

English – Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

This week the children have read a wonderful book called The Commotion in the Ocean – we acted out the story and the children loved it!

Maths

We have been creating our own questions when given an answer e.g. the answer is 10, what is the question? The children have been amazing at this!

Topic

We have also been looking at different types of plants and studying all the parts of the plant.

    

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • Last day of this half term is Friday 28th May – all reading books must be returned by this date.

 


Summer 1 Week 4

English – The Snorgh and the Sailor by Will Buckingham and Thomas Docherty

This week the children have been creating their own sea monsters and then writing descriptive sentences about them. The monsters have been AMAZING!

Maths

We have been looking at different ways of representing numbers to the value of 10 using different images.

Topic

We have started our new geography topic and have been learning about the 4 countries which make up the United Kingdom. The children drew their own maps of the UK on the playground.

We have also been looking at different types of plants and the names of the parts of the plant.

         

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • Please remember to return your choosy books on a Friday and return your reading books on a Tuesday!

Summer 1 Week 3

English – The Snorgh and the Sailor by Will Buckingham and Thomas Docherty

This week the children have been creating the ‘waves and sounds’ of the sea – it’s been so much fun!

Maths

We have been looking at different ways of representing numbers to the value of 10.

Topic

We have started our new geography topic and have been learning about the 4 countries which make up the United Kingdom. The children drew their own maps of the UK on the playground.

        

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • Don’t forget Pyjamarama Day on Friday 14th May!

 


Summer 1 Week 2

English – The Snorgh and the Sailor by Will Buckingham and Thomas Docherty

This week the children have been continuing to read this story and did some miming and freeze frames about dreams. The children have written some lovely sentences about the Snorgh’s adventures.

Maths

We have been looking at different ways of making 10 with different starting numbers.

Topic

We have started our new geography topic and have been learning about the 4 countries which make up the United Kingdom. In science, we have been learning about plants.

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

  • Don’t forget Number Day on Friday 7th May.
  • Choosy Tuesday books came home this week and need to be returned on Friday. New reading books will come home on Fridays and need to be returned on Tuesday each week. Please make sure your child has their reading record with them on both Fridays and Tuesdays.

        

 

Summer 1 Week 1

English – The Snorgh and the Sailor by Will Buckingham and Thomas Docherty

This week the children have been reading this story and coming up with rules for The Snorghs. The children have loved it!

Maths

We have been looking at different ways of making all numbers from 1-5.

Topic

We have started our new geography topic and have been learning about the 4 countries which make up the United Kingdom. In science, we have been learning about plants.

         

Home Learning ideas for next week/things to remember

We hope you all had a great Easter! It has been wonderful to have all of the children back in school.

  • Choosy Tuesday books came home this week and need to be returned on Friday. New reading books will come home on Fridays and need to be returned on Tuesday each week. Please make sure your child has their reading record with them on both Fridays and Tuesdays.

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!

        

 


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