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Week 4 in Silver class!

It has been another busy week in Silver class. Silver stars began their week with PE which they enjoyed.


We have been looking at the digraphs: ar – car, oi – coin and ow – cow as well the tricky word ‘said’. Can you practice these with your child at home.


Encourage your child to put these sounds into words, put them into a sentence and write them down. Remember to begin your sentence with a capital letter, leave finger spaces and end your sentence with a full stop


In maths it’s all about grouping and sharing. Children have been exploring the concept of counting in groups of 2s, 5s and 10s to find the total. We also looked at sharing objects into equal parts.


The children have done their lovely storyboard from the story ‘Sharing a shell’ by Julia Donaldson.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Week 4 In Bronze Class

Good Afternoon Parents & Carers,

We have had a done lots of learning in Bronze class this week. I have to say a huge well done to all the children as we have once again had the highest attendance in KS1 for the second week in a row! This week we have been continuing with our ‘under the sea’ project and our sea creatures are really beginning to take shape!

In Maths this week we have continued to look at grouping. We have also began to look at sharing. We have emphasised the importance of sharing things equally and accurately. Please practise this at home, emphasising “one for me, one for you”. We have also encouraged the children to use full sentences for example “6 shared between 2 is 3 each”. The children have completed sharing activities in Maths using a variety of resources this week and have been working together with their partner to complete the tasks.

In Phonics this week our tricky word word was ‘said’. The children have practise writing sentences containing the word ‘said’ and have verbally come up with their own sentences. Of course we have listened to the tricky word song in class too to help the children remember it. It is a new tricky word song as we have covered all previous tricky words. Please listen to the song with your child as often as possible and sing along too!

We have also recapped the ‘ar’, ‘ow’ and ‘oi’ diagraphs this week. The children have been writing some beautiful sentences!

In Literacy this week the children have been doing their own storyboards of the story ‘Sharing A Shell’ by Julia Donaldson. I have been very impressed with their work! It is so impressive that I will be putting it up on display in Bronze class!

We have began to look at the story ‘Dougal’s Deep Sea Diary’ by Simon Bartram and we will continue to focus on this story next week. Please do listen to the story with your child at home if you have a moment this weekend.

The children have continued to complete activities of their choice during their choosing time. Here are a few things that they have been up to:

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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Gold Class

The children have been working hard in all areas of their learning this week. Well done Gold Class!

In Maths

The children have continued with exploring sharing objects into two or more equal groups. In one lesson the children worked in pars, using number cards, cubes, to share among three people (the Master, the Dame and the Little Boy who lives down the lane) taking from the nursery rhyme ‘Baa, Baa, Black Sheep. After sharing the cubes (representing bags of wool), they then had to say whether each person had the same equal amount of wool or not.


In phonics the children were revisiting the sounds ‘ar’, ‘oi’, ‘ow’ and the new tricky word was ‘said’. They are always trying their best to write sentences using their phonics knowledge. Great work!

Use the videos to help your child recap their sounds and learn their tricky words. Have them practise writing the tricky words and then write a sentence using that word. Remember tricky words cannot be sounded out you have to know them by sight.

In P.E

Art Outdoors

The children began the first stage of creating their turtle (made out of an egg box) for their underwater sea creature diorama.

Have A Great Weekend GIFs | Tenor

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Our Learning In Bronze Class This Week

Good Afternoon Parents & Carers

We have been learning lots of new things this week!

In Maths this week we have been looking at grouping. We have learnt what a group is and what an unequal and equal group looks like.

In Phonics this week we have be recapping the ‘ee’, ‘or’ and ‘oo’ sounds. We have also learnt the tricky word ‘my’. Please continue to practise the sounds and tricky words with your child at home.

In Literacy we have began to look at the story ‘Sharing A Shell’ by Julia Donaldson. It is a lovely story and one we will continue to explore in more detail next week. Please have a listen to the story if you have time over the weekend.

Our story from last week (The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister) and our story in Literacy this week (Sharing A Shell) both focus on sharing. It has been lovely to see the children sharing during their choosing time. Some children even worked together as a team to complete the puzzle! Well done! Keep up the good team work!

Have a lovely weekend!

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What Have We Learnt This Week In Gold Class?


In maths the children looked at the concept of equal groups, practised counting in equal groups and adding them together, explored counting in groups of two to find the total and explored grouping objects in tens to find the total.


Our tricky word for the week was ‘my’ and the sounds that we recapped were: ee, or, oo.

Have fun with your child learning the sounds and actions that they learnt this week with the ‘Jolly Phonics Phase 3’ video.

Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.

How many tricky words can you write in one minute?

Parents/Carers, why don’t you compete with your child?

First, watch the video your child then use the 1 minute timer to see how many ‘tricky words’ you both can write.

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song Say Hello To

(Try and practise writing a few tricky words everyday).

Here’s a 1 Minute Timer.


This week we finished off looking at the story of ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and then looked at another lovely, wonderful rhyming story called ‘Sharing A Shell’ by Julia Donaldson, a story of friendship. The children had a discussion about the story, about sharing, friendship and they also talked about their favourite sea creature.

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Speaking and Listening Activities

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find below the video for the next session for speech and language activities for your child. You and your child can watch and join in with the activities in the video to support their attention, listening and language skills.

There are no resources needed to complete the video tutorial activities. Please remember to pause the video after any questions in activities, so that your child has enough time to answer the questions. 

Early Years Speaking and Listening – Session 17

Aitana Murray
Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Love to Communicate

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Our week in Silver class!

Good afternoon to you all. I must say, it has been another great week in Silver class. We have been really engaged with our ‘under the sea’ project. Take a look at some of our hard work….

In Maths, we have been continuing our understanding and exploration of numbers within 15, consolidating our knowledge of one greater than and one fewer than. We also looked at ordinal numbers.

Why not practise this at home and ask your child what is one greater than __? and what is one fewer than __? Have your child answer using full sentences.

For Phonics this week, we recapped the sounds ‘th’ (soft and hard), ‘ng’ and ‘ai’. As well as the tricky word ‘they’

Don’t forget to please listen to the tricky word song at home this week!

For Literacy, we looked at the story “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister. We explored the meaning of the word selfish. Children were also encouraged to think about how sharing and selfishness impacts our feelings. Here are our star words: rainbow, fish, starfish, fin, shiny, shimmery. They were encouraged to use their sounds to segment to write the words.

Have a restful weekend.

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This Week’s Learning in Gold Class

Good afternoon Parents/Carers,

What have the children been learning, you may ask!


This week in maths the children have continued with looking at numbers within 15 and using mathematical vocabulary such as:

One fewer OR one less than 10 is equal to 9.

9 is equal to one fewer than or one less than 10.

One more than OR greater than 14 is equal to 15.

15 is equal to one more than or greater than 14.

Give your child a number and ask them: ‘What is one more than or greater than_?’ and ‘What is one fewer than or less than _?’ Have your child answer using a full sentence.

Also the children looked at ‘Ordinal Numbers’ which tells the exact position of an object, person or thing rather than the quantity.

Ask your child a questions to see if they can tell you the position of that person.

For example: What position is Mary in? She is in fourth position.

Ordinal Numbers | Cardinal Numbers | First Ten Ordinal Numbers


This week the children looked at the story of “The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister and talked about the message of the story (selfishness and sharing). Rainbow Fish was the most beautiful fish in the entire ocean! The other fish were amazed at his beauty and hoped he would share some of his special scales.

Read the story to your child and then ask them to describe Rainbow’s character, say how he treated the other fish and what he should have done for the little fish at the beginning of the story. Ask them how they would feel if someone was not being nice to them or refused to share something with them.


In phonics the children revisited the sounds: j, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, sh, ch and were reintroduced to the digraphs: ‘th’ (soft and hard), ‘ng’ and ‘ai’ and looked at the tricky word ‘they’ (please go over these sounds and the tricky word with your child). The children are given a few words and a sentence or sentences to write down on their whiteboard using the digraph sound they have learnt. They always try their best to write the words and the sentences independently.

Well done Gold Class!

It’s Playtime!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Our Week In Bronze Class

Good Afternoon Parents & Carers

This week we have been very engrossed in our ‘under the sea’ project for this term. This week the children have been very creative and have made their own crabs! 

As always the children have enjoyed exploring the environment this week. Some children went on a rhyming hunt, others took up the challenge to create something longer than an octopus while other children did puzzles, read stories about under the sea or practised their writing. Children are always encouraged to try lots of different things to get the most out of their learning.

We have been learning all about ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister in Literacy. We have been exploring the meaning of the word selfish and what it means to be selfish. We have also been looking at the language within the story and some new words that we may not have come across before such as ‘starfish’, ‘fin’, ‘shiny’ and ‘shimmery’. We had a go at writing some key words from the story using some of our sounds that we have learnt so far. 

In Phonics we have been revisiting the ‘th’, ‘ng’ and ‘ai’ sounds as well as the tricky word ‘they’. The children enjoyed playing tic -tac- toe using some of the tricky words we have learnt so far. See if you can have a go at playing it at home too! We have also had a Phonics competition! Each table had to work together to see how many diagraphs they could recognise in 1 minute. Well done to table 2 for getting the highest score!  The children wrote some lovely sentences this week and really focused on their letter formation.

Please do listen to the tricky word song at home this week so that the children consolidate their knowledge. 

In Maths we have been looking at one greater and one fewer. The children used cubes and teddy bears to practise. The children were encouraged to use full sentences to describe what they found e.g. one greater than 12 is 13. The children have also been introduced to estimating. We explained to the children that when we estimate we have a little guess. The children had lots of fun guessing how many bumblebees were on the flower. However, we did remind the children that once we have estimated then we need to count all of them and we need to make sure we count carefully! We also went recapped ordinal numbers and was able to talk about which teddy was first, third and fifth. See if your child can have a go at home this weekend using the picture below:

Have a lovely weekend!