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After the excitement of the very successful Arts Week, the children of Beech class have this week returned to a relatively normal week of learning…

On Monday, we were lucky enough to meet and listen to famous sculpture artist Peter Randall Page. He spoke to us about his love of art and sculpting and how he uses spirals as his inspiration; just like the shell sculpture he has kindly donated to Chagford School. We were so inspired  that we decided to create our own sculptures using clay. We also drew spirals based on Peter’s work…

In English, the children have been working hard all week with Miss Carter to write their very own set of instructions. As a result, we have written instructions about setting up a game of chess, washing our hair, playing boom ball, playing hide and seek and how to make a paper aeroplane. The children have applied the skills of using imperative verbs, time adverbials, and numbers for ordering and sequencing. A great job from everyone!

In Maths, we have continued our learning and understanding on the place value of numbers. I was so pleased to see so many children showing a secure understanding of finding 1 more and 1 less than a given number as well as comparing and order 3 different numbers. This progress has been evident in children’s books with the increase of green marks! On the left is a picture of a child’s understanding before we started the unit. The orange shows what they couldn’t do. On the right, is the same child’s work after our 3 weeks on the unit. The green now shows what they can do! Brilliant progress!

In Computing, we have continued looking at creating code by giving precise instructions. This week, we made maps and tested code to see where it took our digital devices. It was great to see so many children working together, supporting each other and helping each other ‘debug’ their code when it didn’t quite work…

Wednesday was also our Moving Up Morning. Children loved meeting their new class teacher and moving into their new class (well some of them anyway!). I am sure they are all now looking forward to next year and their learning ahead (but first, the summer holidays!!!)

Have a great weekend all.

Mr Smith, Miss Carter, and the Year 1 Team.