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Autumn 1 Update October 2019

The Reception children have continued to work really hard in their Read Write Inc this week by learning letter sounds d, t and i.  Please continue to read at least 2 - 3 times a week with your child. 


Most of us read without even thinking about it. It’s a skill we take for granted, yet one that is essential for being able to get on in life. As a child grows up, being able to read well not only enables them to discover new facts and to learn at school, but also opens them up to a world of new ideas, stories and opportunities.


The home learning work for Reception was handed out last Monday, please return it to school by Thursday this week.


The Year One children have started to embed the sounds - ay, ee and oo this week. 

Year 1 spelling homework this week has the oo sound focus this week. Please could you practise these at home before the spelling test on Thursday morning.


Year 1 have continued going over their long ladder letters – one of the four handwriting families they have to learn this year – l, i, t, u, j, y.

When practising handwriting at home, please ensure that your child makes the correct formation. Bad habits can easily form and are very tricky to get rid of!


In our number work, in Reception, we have been exploring numbers 6 - 10.


In Year 1 we have been learning how to find one more and one less from a given number up to 20. The children have also been introduced to the inequality signs, that represent greater than, lesser than and equal to.


In our more practical maths, we have been ordering bar models from greatest to smallest and vice versa. Moving onto ordering numbers from greatest to smallest.


As Artists, we have been learning about primary colours, discussing why they are called primary colours and investigating which artists mainly painted in primary colours. The children really enjoyed researching Piet Mondrian and in doing so, we discussed how is paintings made us feel before going to creating our own Piet Mondrian abstract painting and using our cutting skills to create a collage.


As Scientists, we have been identifying and labelling the body parts we can see, including discussing how the femur is largest bone in our body, as well as our wrist/hand that contains 54 bones in total alone. Please remember to keep helping your child to learn their sticky knowledge facts as well as vocabulary and meanings, they will be tested weekly.


The children and I are really looking forward to our up and coming educational visit to Alnwick Castle on Thursday 3rd October 2019. Please remember to pack a pack lunch and ensure your child has a school jumper on as well as suitable footwear.


We are so lucky to have a great many castle sites in Northumberland, in fact we have over 70 in our county!