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This week has seen the children of Beech Class receive a special visit from Hermione. No, not Hermione from Harry Potter but Hermione the Tortoise. Erica kindly brought in her pet Tortoise for us to look at and ask questions about. This was a wonderful experience which will help us write informational texts about a range of animals.

We discovered that Hermione is 10 years old. She is a herbivore who loves to eat dandelions, lettuce, carrots, strawberries and cucumber. She is a house pet which means she gets free reign of Erica’s house, often sitting on her daughters lap to watch TV! She is cold blooded which means that in the winter she would hibernate but as she lives in the house, she doesn’t do this. We got to feel Hermione’s hard shell too. This is called an exoskeleton. Here are some fab pictures of the children, Erica and Hermione…

This week, we have begun looking at the text ‘Reptiles’. We have learnt the introduction and one page of the book, ‘Lizards’, so that we can understand how a non fiction text is written. We will use this to help us write our own text about an animal classification of our own choosing. Have a look at the text maps below and challenge your child to read it to you. Can they do all the actions for punctuation too?

In maths, we have begun looking at the place value of numbers to 50. We have used a range of resources to help us make, read, write and count these numbers. Take a look at the images below, can you see what numbers we have made? How many groups of ten in each number? How many extra ones in each number?

In Art, we completed our African Sunset Pictures. After painting the sunset last week, this week we used stencils to help cut out silhouettes of African animals. We also made trees and grass to add to our pictures. Take a look…

On Friday, it was Internet Safety Day. Children explored how we can be safe online by spreading kindness through comments made and reporting bullying. We did this through exploring ‘Interland’ an online adventure game that puts the key lessons of digital citizenship and safety into hands-on practice. If your child wants to play at home, click the link below and it will take you straight to the website:

Finally, a big thank you to all that managed to come to our class assembly on Thursday. We have all had a fantastic term learning about animals and the children loved sharing this with you.

Have a great weekend!

Mr Smith and the Year 1 team