What a sensational first, full week of learning the children have had in Seal class this week.

I am exceptionally proud of each and every child, not only have they adapted so well to the change in routines we have in Year 1, they have also applied themselves, giving 110% in all that they do. They have shown determination, friendship and so many more of our school values. Their behaviour has been superb and we have seen so many children reach the rocket this week because of their hard work, positivity and attitude to learnings.

In Maths this week, we have been focussing on place value. In doing so we have been looking ordering numbers to 20, writing numbers, counting and matching/writing the correct 2 digit number to the given pictures, as well as counting forwards from any given number and completing the missing numbers. We even challenged ourselves to some problem solving by spotting mistakes in others work.

In English, our focus text is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Last week we completed a lot of book talk around the text, including talk for writing and role play. This week we also sequenced the key events from the story to help us understand the story and its structure. Following on from this we began to look at sentence structure and what makes a super sentence. We began by unscrambling sentences, matched to our phonics reading levels. This helped us to understand that the words in sentences need to be in the correct order, using all the words for them to make sense. We then moved onto the importance of finger spaces. To help us with this, we again unscrambled sentences and wrote them out in our books using finger spacers to support us. We did an amazing job of this! To finish the week we looked at identifying and matching upper and lower case letters, through a carousel of activities. This will help us when we look at using capital letters for the beginning of sentences next week.

During science in Autumn 1, Year 1 spend two weeks learning about the signs of Autumn. The children were able to recall lots of prior learning and continued to build new knowledge onto this. We learnt that during autumn there are less daylight hours and that is why leaves begin to lose their leaves. We also learnt that many animals prepare for hibernation. The vocabulary used and understanding of these key words was amazing.

This week we created a 3D mindmap of our knowledge of time. The children were presented with an range of stimulus that related to time, passing of time and change (clocks, sand timers, baby clothes, photos from reception etc). From these stimuli the children discussed what changes occur over time - their ideas were amazing! Finally, were discussed how things that have already happened are in the past and in history.

Miss Bickerton-Dean and Mrs Dove