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Week 1

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and managed to stay well! It has been lovely to have all the children back this week and hear about what they have been up to over the holidays – it certainly sounds like you have been busy!


Our new topic for this half term is called ‘Fighting Fit'.  As part of this topic, the children will learn  about the lives of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole in history, learn about ways to stay healthy in PSHE, learn about animals including humans in science and design and make a healthy snack as part of our DT unit . It is going to be a busy half term! You can see some photos of our new provision areas below – our new Doctors’ surgery and Vet role play area have certainly proved very popular!


In maths this week we have been focussing on place value in numbers up to 20 and the children have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones. Below, you can see some photos of a practical lesson where the children had to choose a number and use concrete resources to make it.


In phonics, we have learnt our first new sound from set 3 which is ‘ai – snail in the rain’. This half term, we will continue to consolidate our set 2 sounds as-well as learn a new sound from set 3 each phonics session. We have also introduced a specific grammar focussed lesson and this week we began by looking at question sentences and using question marks.

The children blew Mrs Hesketh away in our history lesson this week! The children had to work as history detectives and use the clues to see if they could work out why Florence Nightingale was famous/ a significant person. The children worked in teams and were very excited to find the clues. The way the children used and discussed the clues was incredible and they came up with some brilliant suggestions – well done year 1!


Finally, just a reminder to let us know about any allergies or sensitivities to any fruits by next week in preparation for our first DT lesson which will involve handling and tasting different fruits (see the email from the school office for more information).

Have a lovely weekend!

Provision Areas

Maths - place value to 20

Our question sentences