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When I grow up, I want to be….

What a great week we have had talking and writing about what we want to be when we grow up.  We have some very ambitious children in Year 1 with jobs ranging from an astronaut to doctor, an art teacher to archaeologist and a vet to zoologist (with a few footballers, of course!).  The week was perfectly rounded off with the children coming in dressed up on Thursday as their chosen career.  Thank you to you all for making so much effort for this.


In Maths we have been looking at a group of objects and estimating the number and also working out ‘1 more and 1 less’ than a number.


In Science we have been thinking about the various environments that animals live in – sea, land and air and sorting them appropriately.


The week has ended with Crazy Socks Day and the fabulous Christmas Fair.  What a great start to the countdown to Christmas.

Please remember to bring in a photo of your child as a baby or toddler for Tuesday.   Thank you!


Remember, remember the fifth of November!

Remember, remember the fifth of November… After all the fireworks last weekend, how could we forget?  In Literacy we have spent time planning and writing a recount of the Gunpowder Plot.  We have been trying to remember our capital letters and full stops and have used a variety of time words to add interest to our writing.


In Maths we have been exploring numbers beyond 20, writing number sentences and drawing cherry and bar models.


We have really enjoyed hearing all about the story of Alban in Place and Time.  We all agree he was a very kind to his friend!


In Art we made skeleton puppets, which can be seen dancing around the display board in Sky class.  We needed very good scissor skills as they were very fiddly.


It was a colourful change to all come to school wearing spots on Friday, in support of Children in Need.  Next Thursday (22nd), please come dressed up as something you want to be when you are older and on Friday (23rd) wear your craziest socks!  It’s going to be a busy week!



Welcome back!

Hope you had a great half term (it went too quickly, didn’t it?).  I’m sure you’ve heard the news that Mrs Boothby had baby Ivy on Tuesday.  Mum, Dad and Ivy are very happy and we send them congratulations!

In Year 1 we are back and raring to go, with so much to do before Christmas (and the countdown begins!).

In Literacy we have been hearing what you all got up to last week, when everyone planned and wrote a recount of their half term.  It was lovely to hear the children talk and write enthusiastically about what they did. In Maths we have been making equivalent values. using lots of different visual resources.  In Place and Time, the children thoroughly enjoyed hearing the story of St Alban and drawing the six main parts and in PE we have started learning an African dance which is very energetic and tired us all out.  It was great fun though and we look forward to learning more of it next week.

You should all have received your child’s individual Christmas card design order form.  Year 1’s angel’s are so cute!  Please get your order forms and money back in the yellow PTA box by Tuesday (it’s a very quick turn around).

At school we love to learn – We always wait for our turn!

What a busy week we’ve had!  In literacy we have been writing rhyming couplets about school.  This was a challenge, but we all did really well. In maths we have been working out the difference between two numbers, using lots of different resources.  We had a fantastic time walking to the Cathedral through town, and drawing the detail of the beautiful building.  We were very well-behaved and our teachers were proud of us!  Thank you to all of the adults who came along and helped.

After half term, the school will be using a new spelling programme. Spelling activities will be sent home and these will be linked to each child’s needs.

We hope you all have a great half term break, and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 6th November. 

The Cat in the Hat. How about that?

We said ‘au revoir’ to Mrs Boothby this week, wish her lots of luck and will miss her.  We hope she gets a well-deserved rest in before Baby Boothby arrives! But the work in Sky and Aqua must go on, and in Literacy we have been poets by creating rhyming ladders and reading lots of Dr Seuss stories.  In Maths we have been using the bar-model to visualise our addition and subtraction number sentences.  In Faith and Belief we have been considering how to care for our world and what the best thing about our world is.  Look out for our for our amazing, colourful Picasso style portraits.  We loved creating these and are very proud of them.  We can’t wait for our visit to the Cathedral next Tuesday to do some observational drawings.  Thank you to all the parents who have offered to help.

Amazing Adjectives!

In Literacy we have been gathering adjectives to use in creative writing. In Maths we have been representing addition and subtraction using a range of models. We enjoyed using the atlas to look at the United Kingdom and to look at flags from around the World. In Art we have been creating our own Picasso style self-portraits. We are continuing to navigate the Beebots.

Ready, Steady, Go!

In Literacy we have been using adjectives to describe. We have been using the cherry model to write addition and subtraction number sentences. We gave the Beebots a set of algorithms to follow to travel to a destination. In PE we have been using the apparatus to travel and climb.

No Ifs Or Buts!

In Maths we have been doing cherry models and writing addition number sentences. In Literacy we have been adding conjunctions to extend sentences. We have been learning the vital organ names. In PE we have been using our bodies to balance and climb using the apparatus.


5 and 5 makes me feel alive!

In literacy this week we have been writing a recount of our school trip. We used lots of time language such as ‘then’, ‘before’, ‘after’, ‘next’ and ‘in the end’ in our recounts.

In maths we have been ordering and sequencing numbers to 20 on the iPads. We have also been exploring number bonds to 10, using a range of techniques including pictures, recalling through mental arithmetic and using numicon.


What a trip!

Last week for Alban City School Book Day, we acted out our own version of ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, in order to use vocabulary influenced by our experience of stories. Instead of hunting for bears, we zoomed off to Planet Zoog in search of aliens!

Reception then travelled back in time during their visit to Celtic Harmony to see how people lived in the Iron Age. We loved seeing inside a huge roundhouse! We took part in a range of activities including creating clay faces on trees and building small rafts out of  twigs, wool and dock leaves. Thank you to our parent helpers who helped to make it a fantastic day!