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Spring term in Class 1

Learning about the energy of light from 'The Polar Explorer'.

Creating our ozone layer images

So many different ways of learning how to code.

Computer coding                     

first construction technology               

then coding for our robots 

Learning about Light


We are learning about light and how it travels.

Maths learning in progress. Visualising cubed numbers in maths.

We have also written stories that were inspired by 'The tear thief' story.

We have been learning about Hinduism during our R.E. lessons and we have created our own hindu shrines.

Our Year 6 are loving their hoodies!

January 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

Happy New Year to you all! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and enjoyed time with your families.

Miss Archer will teach the class every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and will also teach Year 6 maths on a Thursday morning. Mrs Zoeftig will teach the class every Thursday and Friday and Rosie and Jane are the class Teaching Assistants during the week.

Literacy; we will be focusing on persuasive writing and the children will be writing their own persuasive speeches.  This is linked with the local Youth Speaks Competition, which we are hoping some of our children will enter.  We will be writing diaries based on Diary of a Wimpy Kid and we will also be writing our own information texts which will be based on our topic, The Ancient Civilisation of the Indus Valley.  Later in the term, we will be writing our own stories based on a text.

Maths; we will continue to develop our number and calculation skills and also shape, space and measure skills through a wide variety of different investigations, discussion, challenges and use of ICT.

Science; our topic this half term is Light with lots of interesting investigations to carry out.  We will then be learning about Properties of Materials in the second half of the term.

PE; the PE coaches will be teaching the children a range of skills, including badminton and dance in the first half term and tennis and gymnastics in the second half term.  Swimming lessons will take place every Friday afternoon, starting the first week back.

Art/DT; this half term we will be doing colour mixing, topic-based art and researching a famous artist.

PSHE/Philosophy; our focus is Keeping/Staying Healthy and Being Responsible.

Music; we will be learning about Indian instruments and Indian music.

French; we will be learning to describe rooms in our houses and making games.

ICT; this term we will be focusing on coding using our lego robots among other resources.


Reading - Please try to hear your child read and discuss with them what they are reading at least three times a week. This should be recorded in the homework diaries, which your child should bring to school every day.  Well done to those children who have read regularly and have had their homework diaries signed at least three times each week by an adult.  We will continue with our team point rewards and half termly certificates.  This extra reading really benefits your child and helps them with their writing and comprehension skills – please keep it up!

This term, we would like your child to record in their homework diaries any interesting and descriptive words that they come across.  We will have a vocabulary wall in the classroom to help enrich the children’s language and we have stocked up on stickers to reward those children who can wow us!

Inspirational Journals should be brought into school on the last Friday of each half term and will be shared with the class. In the past the children have brought in some amazing work that they have been very proud of and which has really inspired others, so please spend some time discussing your child’s ideas with them and helping to make it an enjoyable activity. Unfortunately, we have had to ask the children not bring in any food. However, if they do wish to cook something or bake a cake, we would love them to share their recipes, instructions and any photos or drawings of the final product.

Spellings will be given on a Tuesday and tested the following Tuesday. We ask that the children learn the spellings and also write an interesting/descriptive, correctly punctuated sentence for each of their words.  

Folens Maths should be completed at home, one test per week, and will be marked in class on Thursdays. It is very important that the children remember to bring their books in to be marked every week.

Please also practise times tables at home as these are essential for helping your child to be more confident at maths. There are many good online resources to help, such as Table Mountain and Topmarks has some great games.  In the summer term there will be a statutory times tables test for the Year 4 children. We will continue with our weekly times tables tests in class, but any extra practise at home will be hugely beneficial in helping your child to become a competent mathematician.

We thank you for your continued support in helping to make your child’s learning as positive and rewarding as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact Miss Archer or Mrs Zoeftig if you have anything you wish to discuss.

Thank you and best wishes from

Miss Archer, Mrs Zoeftig, Jane and Rosie

It has been Class 1's turn to create a display in the work area. We decided to focus on 'Hope'.

Helping in the Community

We will be continuing to take it in turns to help at the local Methodist Chapel's regular monthly hot lunches. We help to serve the meals and with the washing up. We look forward to helping and like feeling we are being useful in our community. We go three of us each month with Rosie so we will all get a chance to go throughout the year.

If you would like an enjoyable lunch please come along on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The meals are 2 courses and a tea or coffee. The price is very reasonable at present they are £5.50 per meal. If you are interested please contact Mrs Val Tape 01288331263 to book your place.