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Another week has flown by in Base 1! In our literacy lessons this week the year 1children have been learning about letter writing. We now know how to start and finish a letter and that if we are writing a name we must use a capital letter, even if it is the middle of a sentence!! We used this new knowledge to write as Floyd to his neighbour to apologise for getting his ladder stuck up the tree (along with everything else!). We all enjoyed reading right to the end of Stuck this week and then worked as a team to retell the story, trying to remember ALL of the things that Floyd had managed to get stuck up the tree. The reception children are working really hard in their phonics lessons and are starting to recognise the initial sounds for words in their independent activities.

In maths the year 1 children have been working on using the language of greater than, less than and equal to. They have also learnt some new mathematical symbols (<, > and =) that they can use to compare numbers in their number sentences. The children have worked really hard on some reasoning and problem solving questions this week, they know that it is important to work out exactly what the question is asking and then explain your answer. The reception children have done some fabulous counting this week. We have counted small things, big things, things that can be moved and things that can't! On Friday we conducted a survey of the classroom to find out how many windows, doors, paint pots and book boxes we have. The children are starting to recognise the numbers now and some children even had a go at writing the numbers on our survey.

In our science lesson we were learning about different materials that can be found in the world around us. We learnt that objects are all made of different materials and the children sorted the objects into groups based on their qualities. We learnt that different materials have all sorts of different qualities that that is why they are used for different things. After the children had sorted the materials into groups of the same material they went on a material hunt outside. They had to find something made out of the material they were given or a material that had a particular quality. We had a lot of fun doing this and learnt a lot about the materials in our outside area!

We have also done some planting this week, our garden is starting to fill up with some winter pansies and heather. The children were careful to look for the roots on their plants and ensure they were safely tucked into the soil. This week we have particularly enjoyed starting to prepare for our Harvest service. There are lots of songs to learn and we have come up with some excellent actions to help us remember the words!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!
Miss Pitchford

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