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This half term we are introducing our new aliens every week. They are linked to our thinking skills. Here are all of the aliens we will meet throughout the half term....


What an exciting end to the week with our final achievement assembly of the year and of course football Friday! All the children played well as a team in their tournament and a lot of fun was had by all. The children have worked so hard this term and are very nearly ready for their Summer break. 3 more days to go! 


It’s important for children to rest and recharge over the summer holidays. But whether you’re taking a trip or staying home, there are lots of ways you can encourage your child to practise their reading, writing and communication skills over the long break. This will help children boost their literacy skills over the holidays, and prevent the learning loss that can happen when they’re not at school.
There are also countless opportunities to incorporate maths into the summer break. Here are some tips for parents that may prove useful:


This week has been transition week so from Monday to Thursday the children have been with Miss Taylor working hard in Year 2. In our class we have continued to think about old and new Barwick and have done some fantastic artwork highlighting the key differences in the village. We have also been completing our end of Year assessments for reading and maths and the children have blown us away with their progress. Keep working hard for this final stretch Year 1! 


On Monday this week we had a special visitor in school. Thank you very much Mr Collett for answering all of the questions that we had about Barwick in the past. The children we so enthusiastic about everything that you taught them! In English we have continued our work on the 'Snail and the Whale' and the children have been thinking about the story setting. In Maths we have been looking at right angles and position and direction. In active learning we used our position and direction skills to direct our partner through a course of cones. 


This half term we are looking at stories by the same author in English. We are studying some of Julia Donaldson's books and this week we did some fantastic writing about 'Superworm' and some drama linked to 'The Snail and the Whale'. In Maths we have been using arrays to complete division calculations, as well as problem solving with multiplication and division word problems. 




The highlight of this week for me was seeing all of the children doing their best at sports day. They were so supportive of each other and did themselves proud! In Maths this week the children worked so hard on using arrays for multiplication, in English they have been writing in the rhythmic style of Julia Donaldson from the story 'Superworm'. The week ended on a high with the start of another fantastic cultural diversity unit. The Year 1 children learnt about Trinidad and Tobago with Miss Goodison. 


Welcome back! We have had an exciting first week back meeting all of the school's new aliens that represent our thinking skills. We have talked a lot about knowing and remembering this week and met Uno. We have done some super work using the greater than and less than symbols in Maths and wrote a diary entry about Pandora's Box. We have finished the week with our pajama 'share a story' day and had a lovely time sharing our favourite stories with Year 4.


Thank you to all the parents who came in to see our spelling and journaling yesterday. It was fantastic for the children to share their work with you. In English this week we have been doing lots of writing about the royal wedding and finishing our typing for the 'We are Writers' published book. In Maths we have been looking at the properties of 3D shapes. In Science we have been identifying trees in our school grounds by looking at the different leaves. 


We hope you have a restful and enjoyable half term!



What a fantastic day we have had celebrating in preparation for tomorrow's royal wedding! I was so proud of you all in the assembly this morning, What a fantastic job you all did! Let's hope the real wedding goes as smoothly as ours did! 


We have been looking at book called 'The Queen's Hat' in English this week and have done some fantastic writing about it, as well as designing the Queen some beautiful new hats. In Maths we have been continuing our work on multiplication and division and have been solving problems. In Science we have continued to monitor the progress of our amazing bean plants. Take a look at the might be able to climb the beanstalks by next week!


What an exciting end to this week with the Tour De Yorkshire passing through our village. We had great fun watching the women's race and I know that lots of children are excited about watching the men after school. In Maths this week we have been learning about multiplication and in English we have done some fantastic reports about the Tower of London. We have continued to watch our beans shoot up in Science and have been keeping a diary of their progress. 




We have loved learning more about the royal family this week and we were especially excited about the new Prince Louis' arrival. In Maths this week we have been finding fractions of amounts in a very practical way. We have been practicing our striking skills in PE and have continued to observe our bean plants growing in Science. 



Welcome back to our final term of Year 1! We hope you all had a lovely Easter break. We have had a fantastic start to the term and even had a visit from a special royal visitor! The children have come up with loads of questions they would like to find out about the royal family. We have also planted a bean this week as part of our new Science topic and will be watching and caring for them in the coming weeks. In Maths we have been practising spelling our numbers. See if you can test us at home. 


We have come to the end of a fantastic term! What a lovely last day it has been. we have done lots of Easter craft activities and had a wonderful Easter service at church. We have been completing lots of assessments in English and Maths this week and have been amazed at the progress that the children have made. We ended the day on a high with our last multi-sports session with Mr P!


We hope that you all have a lovely Easter break! 


This week we have been learning about the familiar traditional tale Red Riding Hood. We have done some lovely setting descriptions, retold the story and acted it out. In Maths we have been solving word problems and we finally finished our fairytale homes in DT. Please be aware that as next week is a 4 day week spellings will be tested on Thursday next week. 



we have had a fantastic week learning all about William Shakespeare which was finished with a wonderful Shakespeare assembly this afternoon. The children can tell you about the story of a Midsummer Night's Dream as well as talking about their own dreams. We have done some work on division in Maths this week and had an exciting visit from a former Olympic athlete to teach us how to use a balance bike. We have also finally started making our Fairytale character houses that we have been planning in our DT lessons. 


We are looking forward to seeing lots of you at our Spring fair tomorrow!


Wow what a crazy time we have had with snow in the last few weeks. It hasn't stopped us from having a fantastic World book day, Learning lots about multiplication and division, as well as writing amazing character descriptions about favourite fairytale characters. 

We also did some brilliant drama activities where we pretended we were reporters interviewing the crayons on World Book Day. 


Please could all children bring in a shoe box for our DT project? If this could be in school by Wednesday 14th March that would be great. 




We have had a fantastic first week back and have been working hard on our 500 words story. It was very exciting to meet the real author Rebecca Colby and get some tips about how to write the perfect story. We have been doing lots of work on weight in Maths and have had fun with the multi-skills coach on Thursday. 



What an exciting last week of this half term! We started the week by doing lots of important work about staying safe on the internet and all children can confidently talk about how to use the internet safely. On Tuesday we had a brilliant circus skills workshop and on Wednesday a fantastic school trip to Lotherton Hall! Take a look at our photos to see how much fun we have been having. We hope you all have a lovely break over half term and look forward to and exciting new topic beginning when we come back to school. 


We are in February already...time flies when you are having fun! We have been busy learning how to use the dienes in Maths to represent 2 digit numbers this week, and in English have been pretending to be authors rewriting the story of Blue Penguin. We have also been filming for our whole school documentary. We can't wait for you to see it! 



This week we finished our fantastic non-fiction writing about penguins. We know so much about them now in preparation for our trip to Lotherton Hall soon. Please can you ensure that you have brought your child's permission slip back and paid as soon as possible so that the trip can go ahead. 


In maths this week we have been doing work on addition and subtraction using lots of different equipment. Take a look at the photos to see what we were using. 


We have also been looking at the story 'Blue Penguin' and discussed the feelings of the blue penguin being left alone because the other penguins didn't like the look of him. We discussed the importance of being inclusive regardless of gender and appearance. We also did some fantastic drama retelling of the story. 



This week we have continued to find out about Antarctica and have started to create a non-chronological report about penguins. This week we have been learning about Emperor penguins. Ask your children if they can tell you some interesting facts about them. 

In Maths we have been adding with money and revising the value of each coin. 

We will post some pictures of our amazing writing next week! 



This week we have started our exciting new topic about penguins and Antarctica. We are excited to learn more about it! 

In Maths we have been thinking about one more and one less than a number, as well as beginning to think about time. 

In English we have been looking at the difference between fiction and non fiction writing as we will be completing some non-fiction reports about penguins in the coming weeks. 

In Geography we have been locating and naming the seven continents of the world. 




We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and new year. We have had a busy first few days adjusting to our new classroom layout. The children have been very excited about having their own place at the tables! In maths we have been practicing our number bonds to 10 (and 20 for some people!) and in English we have been writing a recount about our fantastic Christmas holiday. In Science we have been learning about the ways in which animals adapt to winter. The children know all about hibernation and migration! 


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This week we have been busy with nativity rehearsals. In Maths we have continued with our work on fractions and in English we have been learning about Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas present. We did some drama to practice the repeated language from the story and thought about what Harvey might want for Christmas. In dance the children had great fun with beanbags and a parachute this week. 


It has been a spotty day today for Children in Need! In Maths this week we have been finding half of shapes and amounts. In English we went on an Autumn walk and thought about all of the things you could see, hear, feel, smell and taste in Autumn. We used this to write a poem about Autumn and they were fantastic! We also loved our dance lesson this week and had a go at dancing with scarves. 


Another week gone already! The children have been busy writing weather poems in English this week. In Maths they have been learning about shape and doing lots of exciting practical activities. We have also enjoyed another exciting week with the dance coach. Take a look at the photos and videos to see us in action. 


We have had a fantastic first week back! In maths we have continued our work on subtraction. In literacy we have been starting our poetry unit by performing poems and rhymes. Take a look at our videos below, our teachers thought we were amazing! 

We also started dance on Thursday afternoon with Hayley the dance coach. We loved using the long ribbons! 



Wow what a busy last week of term we have had! We are so pleased with how hard the children have worked this half term and we have loved learning all about Neil Armstrong and Space. To end the topic we had an assembly this morning to share what we have learnt about Neil Armstrong and Space. 

In Maths the last 2 weeks we have been working on addition and subtraction using the 'part, part, whole method in very creative ways. 
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