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Friday 15th February 2019


This week we continued reading The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, writing our own version of the story using different animals. The children have written some Incredible pieces, even earning Head Teacher's Award stickers for their amazing descriptions! 



In Maths we have had more Marvellous Mathematicians as we explored arrays in Multiplication. This was a new concept to us but the children have embraced it really well and are enjoying the challenges that Year 1 learning continues to bring. We can now draw arrays to solve simple problems involving 2x, 5x and 10x tables. As of Term 4, the children will have a log in and password to 'Times Tables Rock Stars' so that they can practice rocking out to the songs and continue practicing their times tables! We already sing these in our Maths lessons and they're very popular with the children.


Next term we will have a new topic: The Jungle Book! We will explore plants and animals in this topic, including planting our own seeds, learning about the human body, while also looking into the famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh, and creating our own Sunflower paintings. 



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Reading Challenge - 74%

14 Leopards have read at least 3 times this week. Well done! Remember, if we can get 100% of Leopards reading 3 times a week, we can have a mini class party!


Our Pupils of the Term are... Harry and Oliver! Well done, you Superstars!


Have a fabulous half term break. We look forward to seeing you rested and ready to learn.  
Please remember we have PE on Monday and as of Term 4 everyone must come into school already dressed in PE kits. These kits must adhere to the school uniform (black shorts/joggers, white, blue or yellow top).  


Mrs Crocker and Mrs Prideaux

Friday 8th February 2019


This week we have been reading The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, looking into story openers, settings, and endings. The children made owl puppets and used them to role play their own endings, in preparation for writing their own version of the story next week.



In Maths we have introduced a new celebration wall - Marvellous Maths! The children love showing off their Incredible Writing for English so we’re continuing the celebrations into Maths too. We have been learning about position, direction and movement this week, learning how to give clear directions using clockwise and anti-clockwise, as well as accurately positioning left and right, forwards and backwards.



Our Topic of Light and Dark continued this week with exploration into light sources and reflectors, ending in an experiment to discover whether bigger light sources make bigger shadows?


Next week we will be continuing our English story, developing our musical knowledge, and beginning to multiply in 2s, 5s and 10s! You can help at home by practising the Times Tables Rock Stars songs for these multiples.



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Have a fabulous weekend, and don't forget there's a Valentine's Disco on Thursday 14th February - please see a member of FOBC if you would like to purchase a ticket. 


Mrs Crocker and Mrs Prideaux

Friday 1st February - Happy Snow Day!


This week we’ve been focusing on Poetry in English, reading different light and dark related poems, and looking at the features of poems. We made our own shadows using torches and described them with rhyming phrases to write our own Shadow Poems. The children have really enjoyed exploring shadows through English and Topic this week, particularly enjoying making Shadow Art and a Shadow Puppet Show on Thursday.


In Maths we have been developing our measuring skills, using rulers and metre sticks to accurately measure lengths and heights of objects. We were visited by some teachers from other schools this week to look at our Maths learning, and they were all blown away by how independent and confident our young Mathematicians are! Great job, Leopards!


Next week we will be exploring sources of light in Forest School, where we’ll be making our own fire and toasting marshmallows and smores! Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing in school for this activity.


Polite reminder: Please read with your child at least 3 times a week and sign their reading diary. We are checking their diaries every Friday and there is a competition running between Panther and Leopard class. The class with the most regular readers wins a prize!


We hope you’ve enjoyed the snow this week; hopefully it stays for the weekend!


Take care,

Mrs Crocker and Mrs Prideaux

Friday 11th January 2019!


We've had a great start to 2019, with the children settling back into routines, catching up with friends and eager to learn! It's as though we've never been away..! 


This term we are covering two mini-topics: Florence Nightingale and Light & Dark, respectively. We have learned a lot about Florence this week, writing about the problems she had to face and overcome in her journey to become a Historical Hero, and discussing the differences between hospitals in the 1800s and today. To celebrate her efforts and to embed our learning, we will have a WOW day where we will all be dressing up as a Nurse or Soldier (modern or historical) on Thursday 17th January. If you are a medical professional, please let us know if you would be able to come in and chat with the children about your job and maybe bring some equipment with you. 


We have also been busy in Maths, learning how to record a tally chart and using this skill to find and record different natural objects in Forest School. Next week we will be continuing our learning of fractions (finding half and quarter), being able to recognise, find and name fractions in shapes, quantities and objects. 


The weather is quite chilly at the moment and is predicted to become even more harsh, so please make sure your child has a warm coat in school every day, and wellies to change into at lunchtime. Please also make sure they have appropriate clothing for Forest School on Friday afternoons (hats and gloves are a great idea at this time of the year!) 


We will resume PE lessons on Mondays next week so please make sure your child has their named kit in school. 


Have a great weekend,

Mrs Crocker and Mrs Prideaux

Purple Power Project - Florence Nightingale / Light & Dark

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