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Spring 2017

The children have continued to work hard in Year One this term.


The term began with a creative day based upon the story ‘The Princess’ Blankets’. Here the children used weaving and printing to capture the wonderful descriptive language used in the book.


During our ‘Staying Safe’ week we explored ways of safely using technology at home and at school. We role-played different scenarios and discussed how we would act in particular situations. We also received some excellent ‘E-safety’ posters for our competition, which the children enjoyed making.


The children have enjoyed our Topic of ‘Around the World’. We began by packing our bags and starting our travels with a visit to the airport. We role-played the airport routines and even boarded our very own Letchmore aeroplane. Our first stop was a trip to France. We explored French food and culture and compared the techniques of artists Monet and Matisse, before creating our own versions. Then we travelled to China, where we experimented with chopsticks, practised Chinese calligraphy and created our own silk paintings. Our final destination was Kenya, where we compared life in a Kenyan village to our lives in Stevenage. We tried African dancing, African drumming and painted African masks.


We have enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful homework projects created by the children about these different countries. Thank you for your continued support with this as we know it benefits your child’s progress and engagement in school.


Our Maths this term has been focused around place value and number patterns, as well as investigating weight and time. Most recently we have been learning about multiplication and division. The children have enjoyed investigating different methods of working mathematically to solve problems. We have used a range of strategies and encouraged the children to explain how they found their answer.


During our English sessions we enjoyed sharing the book ‘Meerkat Mail’, and the traditional tale ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. We started by retelling these stories with actions, before planning and writing our own versions. We also had a skills week focusing on punctuation and sentence writing.


We have been impressed by the children’s progress and maturity during this Spring term.



The Year One Team