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Week beginning 12-6-23. This term we will be using the book "The Storm Whale" by Benji Davies. Please see the new text and story map below. If you could practise this with your child it would be greatly appreciated.

Week beginning 15-5-23. Continuing with No-bot. The children will write their own story this week based upon the same structure of No-bot. We want them to use repetition for rhythm ie "he walked and he walked and he walked". We want them to use patterns ie "Have you seen my bottom?" to each character they come across. With this in mind could you please practise with your child and think of other repetitions ie he skipped and he skipped and he skipped and other patterns.

Week beginning 2-5-23.  We are continuing to look at No-bot the Robot. What does your child like about the story?  What does your child dislike about the story?  Can you see any patterns in the story? It's easy to see the repetition pattern ie he walked and he walked and he walked, but can you spot any others?  Each time Bernard came across a different character he asked "Have you seen my bottom?"  This is a pattern too.  Could you please continue to read the story and practise the story map actions with your child.  Thank you.

In English we are looking at the book No-Bot The Robot by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. Could you help your child practise their actions for our story text and map.

Until the end of the Spring term, we are writing all about giraffes.  What do they look like?  What do they eat?  Where do they live?  We are encouraging the children to use adjectives to make their work more interesting to read.  For example:  Giraffes are tall.  Yes this is a sentence however would it be more interesting with adjectives?  For example:  Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world with yellow and brown patches on their bodies.

Could you practise some interesting sentences with your child.  Remind them that ALL sentences start with a capital letter, they MUST have finger spaces and sentences usually end with a full stop or question mark.

Week beginning 20-2-23. In English we are learning about amazing antelopes. You will find our story map and text below. Could you practise this with your child.

Week beginning 6-2-23. Keeping with the story of Handas Surprise, we are now writing our own version but changing the animals and fruits. We are using adjectives to make our writing more interesting. We are also using the conjunction "but".

Week beginning 9-1-23. We have started a new book, Handa's Surprise. It tells the story of a little girl called Handa who visits her friend and takes her a lovely surprise. Could you read the story with your child and watch as they practise the actions for the text map.

Week beginning 21-11-22. Can you remember we worked with the text "How to catch a fairy"? Well, we are continuing on our own theme of "How to catch a Troll". We started by drawing our own text map. We then listed the items we would need to catch the Troll. Now we are writing about it. Could you ask your child what their ideas were to catch the Troll. Some thought the Troll could be lured into the trap by fruit. Others thought a game or toy would be better. What other ideas can they come up with?

Week beginning 7-11-22.  This week in English we are continuing to learn why it is so important to follow instructions in the correct order.  Could you think of an activity at home that you could try at home and ask your child to give you the correct order of instructions.  For example when cleaning their teeth:


First, rinse your mouth.

Next, dry your face.

Then, take the lid off the toothpaste.

After that, brush your teeth with the toothbrush.

Finally, squeeze a little paste onto the toothbrush.


Is this the correct order?  Why would this order not work?

Week beginning 31-10-22. There was a huge surprise in store for us when we returned from our half term break. A troll had been in our classroom! We decided we would try and catch the troll and write about it. What would we need to catch a troll? Perhaps some sweets to lure him underneath a net? A hole covered in leaves that he would fall into? I'm sure you can have lots of fun with your child using their wonderful imagination to think of other ways. Also, we are following instructions. Why is it so important to follow instructions in the correct order? Could we put a cake into the oven before we have made the mixture? Could we go home before we have our coats on? Could you give your child some simple instructions for them to follow. It could be how to brush their teeth or something similar. Below is our list of what we would need to catch a fairy. Could you help your child learn the actions and words.

Week beginning 10-10-22. In English we are learning a poem. Poems help us with our memory. Some poems help us with rhythm and rhyme, although not all poems rhyme. Could you help your child to learn this poem off by heart so they can recite it to the other year 1 class.

Week beginning 3-10-22. Following on from The Enormous Turnip we are now writing our own story. Below is a copy of the teachers. First, we had to choose four characters and give them an adjective. Then we had to make our own story map. Now we are writing the story. Perhaps you could get your child to act out their own story and tell you their tale.

Week beginning 20-9-22

This week in English we are learning all about verbs.  What is a verb?  A verb is a "doing" word.  Could you say some sentences to your child and ask them which word is the verb.  Or, you could read your child a story and ask them to point to the verb. The children have been writing their own list of verbs. For example: 




I'm sure you can think of a lot more.


We have also learnt how to add 'ed' to the end of a verb to change the word from the present tense to the past tense.

I played

I looked

I pulled


Of course, we know we cannot add 'ed' to every verb, but the children will learn more about present and past tense as they progress through year 1.


We continue to read The Enormous Turnip.  How are your children getting on with their actions for the story map?  We think they are very good.

We are currently reading The Enormous Turnip. Below you will see a copy of our story map and text. Your child is learning all the actions to the map in order to help them remember the story. Could you practice with your child. We have found this is very beneficial to their learning.