Friday, 29 November 2019

Challenge books

This week the children have started doing extra work in their "Challenge Books" 

These books are designed to encourage the children to do a little bit of extra work, if they finish the task very quickly, rather than just going to play after completing an activity.
Each time the child completes a page, they move their name up. (see photo below) Once they have completed all 4 pages I mark it and move their name up into the challenge champions area.
The following week all names go back down onto the door again. 
The work will usually be a revision of activities that we have covered in class that they should be able to do independently. Usually it will be 1 maths, 1 literacy, 1 topic and 1 art/practical.

On a Friday the children will bring  home the challenge book whether it is completed or not. You may complete it at home if you wish however, YOU DO NOT NEED TO RETURN IT TO SCHOOL. 

The children receive house points if they complete the challenges, but if they don't do any it is not a problem.  Please do not be concerned or  think that your child has not done any work if they bring home an incomplete challenge book. This is EXTRA work to do, if there is time.  Over the year more and more children want to work rather than play (or they want to earn house -points) but at the beginning they are still young and need to play. 

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Christmas Jumpers

As you are aware (from the email sent yesterday) Friday 13th December is Christmas jumper day. Further details will be sent closer to the time.

As your child's costume is a Christmas jumper/Christmas t-shirt we obviously do not expect you to provide 2 jumpers/t-shirts.  Our dress rehearsal will be on the 12th December, so your child should have the entire costume in school by then. After the rehearsal your child will put the Christmas jumper/t-shirt in his/her school bag to take home (ready to wear on Friday,) The rest of the costume will remain in school.  Please send the Christmas jumper/t-shirt back to school on Monday16th ready for the show on Tuesday 17th. 

book club

Please remember - the last day for ordering books is today

Monday, 25 November 2019

Monday 25th November


Reading – Please remember we are now changing reading books on Wednesday, not Monday. Your child will get 2 new reading books on Wednesday (if they return the previous ones.) On Monday they will only get the words for their new “Read Write Inc” book.

Library books will still be changed on Thursday.

 Phonics – air (it’s not fair)  

Your child should be able to read and attempt to spell words such as  -  stair  pair  chair  hair  fairy 


This week we will learn number bonds to 20.

For most children who know their number bonds to 10 this comes quite easily, but some will need more practice. 

If you know 7 + 3 is 10   then you should be able to work out 17 + ? = 20   and later 7 + ? =20 etc

There is no new game on the activelearn site but you can try these games.

hit the button against the clock


If your child is still unsure of number bonds that make 10 then keep working with them at home and continue to play these games on number bonds to 10 (from a few weeks ago)


bonds to 10 against clock  against the clock

Bonds to 5 6 7 or 10 bonds to 5, 6, 7 & 10


There will also be a new game on the Mangahigh site each day this week. This is the final week of the Mangahigh competition. After that the mangahigh site will no longer work.  On Friday I have put a game on 3d shapes and one on money.  We have not done 3d shapes yet this year, but they may remember some shapes from reception. We will be working on money in a few weeks time. Do not be concerned if your child struggles with some of the mangahigh games. It is designed to be used across the whole year, but as the children are enjoying it and we only have it for a limited time I am putting on as many games as I can and some are harder than others.



Topic – this week we will continue to work on the weather and the seasons. We will also find time to fit in learning some Christmas songs.

You should have received a letter advising you of your child’s costume for the show. It appears that the images are not available. Hopefully the office will resend the email with the images but below I have added the images too.  Year 1 will be the crowd. They should wear a Christmas jumper or Christmas t-shirt and a pair of trousers/jeans or a skirt.  They should also have a wooly hat and scarf (gloves – optional)   Any colour, any style - the pictures are just to give you a rough idea - anything SIMILAR is fine.

Thank you for your support.











Thursday, 21 November 2019


Today your child has a small target arrow in his folder. This is a personal objective for him/her to work towards. Each week (or possibly every 2 weeks as we get closer to Christmas) your child will be "tested" to see if he has achieved the objective. Sometimes this will be done by a game on the tablet, sometimes on a white board or sometimes a rapid recall test against the clock.
If your child achieves the target, his/her name will be moved to the next colour (see photo below)  When they each the yellow bullseye in the middle they will receive a certificate and a new target. 

Each child needs to achieve the same target correctly twice to get a certificate. The targets consist of the most important objectives in maths - writing numbers to 20 (and later to 100) counting to 20/100, counting back, basic addition & subtraction, knowing 2d & 3d shape, knowing number bonds. Much later it will include counting in 2s 5s and 10s and multiplying.  It is not a race and children may do targets in a different order to their friends. Within a week there will be some children in yellow, some in green and some on purple, so the children will be unable to see who is doing well or who is struggling.

Most children have started with the objective of knowing number bonds to 10 (rapid recall) 
6+?=10 etc. We have started with one that many children feel confident with to encourage them.  If your child does not yet have that one, then please work on their current target, but you can attempt number bonds to 10 aswell if you wish.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Monday 18th November


This week we will be reading the story of Mr Wolf's week and writing our own version of the story in a group.

On Thursday your child will do a piece of big writing (independent) based on the book. Using pictures (below) to help them they need to write some simple sentences such as It was hot so I went to the beach. It was snowing so I made a snowman. At home they just need to be able to SAY some simple sentences.

Phonics - or (shut the door)  poor  horse  storm  corn  sort  fork  doctor

Try to read and spell words with the or sound.  Or try saying/writing a sentence with each word.

For some reason the web site with the image of words to read/spell will not open. Try watching this video of all the set 2 sounds to read the "or" words.  the "or" sound is at 3minutes 12 seconds.

Remember - from this week onwards we will change ALL reading books (Read Write Inc & Oxford Reading Tree) on Wednesdays. Library books will still be changed on Thursdays.

Maths - this week we are practicing addition by counting on, using a number line and counting on in our head (using our fingers)
There is a new game on the active learn site.  I will continue to put games on the Mangahigh site, but there are very few games left for children of such a young age, so some of them may be more difficult or involve more reading.

Try the helicopter rescue game too to practice adding by counting on (there are various levels) Later in the week we will work on subtraction by counting back and using a number lines.

Topic - this week we will continue working on the weather.  We will record the temperature and weather every day this week. On Friday the children will bring home their weather chart to record the weather and temperature for Saturday & Sunday. If they complete it and return it to school (in the homework tray) they will be given a sticker.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Book club

Today your child has brought home a catalogue from a UK book club.  You should also have received an email from school, explaining how to purchase the books.

All purchases must be made online before the end of Thursday 28th November. School is not able to accept any money to order books.

scholastic book club

As well as purchasing great English books for your children, school receives 20% of the value of our order in "free" books for the school.

Monday, 11 November 2019

week beginning Monday 11th November


Reading – your child will have 2 new reading books today (if they have returned last week’s ones.) They will also get the words for their new “Read Write Inc” book and they will be given that book on Wednesday.

As from next week (Wed 20th November) we will change all reading books  - both “Read Write Inc” and “Oxford Reading Tree” books on Wednesdays.

Library books will still be changed on Thursday.


Phonics – ar (start the car)  

Your child should be able to read and attempt to spell words such as  -  park  shark  farm  star  party


This week we will read the story of Kipper’s Diary and work on learning the days of the week.

Try singing this song at home.  days of week song

And these these games
DAYS OF WEEK (on level 2 the first day of the week is Sunday, not Monday)



This week we will revise number bonds to 5 and to 10  (2 + ? = 5   3 + ? = 10) etc 

Your child should know some of these bonds by memory and some will also know the corresponding subtraction. If 6 + 4 = 10 then 10 – 4 = 6 etc


This week we will learn bonds to 6 and to 7. While it is not as important to learn these by memory, they should to be able to work them out using blocks/fingers or by counting on. Eg if I have 5 bananas, how many more do I need until I have 7 bananas.  

There is a new game on the active learn website ACTIVE LEARN

Try these games too

Topic – we have now finished our topic work on the body and the senses. Your child will bring home their topic work on Thursday (in their library folder)


This week we will be starting our new topic about the weather and the seasons.









Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Mangahigh Cobis Maths Challenge

Our school has signed up for the Manghigh Cobis maths challenge. See more details of the challenge here. I'm not sure if this site is in Spanish, sorry.

Your child will be given a login and password today for the manhahigh site .  
From now until the end of November your child will be able to play maths games at home and win virtual medals and points for our school. Some games are easier than others and the levels get progressively harder as you get more questions correct.

As the login is only valid for this month, please take advantage of the next few weeks and play as many games as you can.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Week beginning 4th November


You will be given new oxford reading tree books today (Monday) and this week you will be given the new Read Write Inc book n Thursday.

This week we will be reading about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot.

Phonics - oo SHORT OO   (Look at a book)
book cook hook shook

This week we will be working on Tens and Units
Eg The number 14 is made up of 1 TEN and 4 UNITS  
32 is 3 TENS and 2 UNITS
We will use the concept of tens and units to compare numbers to see which is smaller or bigger.
There is a new game on the activelearn site which is a snake eating numbers in the correct order, however the game is very hard dur to the fact it is difficult to control the snake.
Try these games too
Topic - Next week we will be starting our new topic on the weather and the seasons. But this week we will use our topic lessons to learn about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. This week we will also broaden our cultural awareness by learning about Diwali. On Friday we will have some Diwali celebrations in school.