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Congratulations on a lovely assembly Moles! Clear speaking voices, great movements and lots of confidence. Thank you to all who could attend and for the clothes you provided.

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This week we shall be ending our project on ‘Our School’. Thank you Tamsin for joining us on Tuesday; we found out about what has stayed the same at school and what has changed since the ‘very, very, very, very, very long time ago’ that you attended (to borrow your daughter’s words)!

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The children have created some beautiful sculptures in Forest School; they have been inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy and Nils-Udo. Well done!

As a part of our maths and science work we are learning the days of the week and the months of the year. Talking about what day it is today, what day it was yesterday and what day it will be tomorrow will really help us learn to order the days of the week and understand ‘yesterday’, ‘today’ and ‘tomorrow’. We have also enjoyed lots of activities linked with ‘position’, including left and right. Left and right are tricky, so any games and activities to help us recognise which is which would be great.

In literacy we have invented some exciting new stories based on ‘Bobbo Goes To School’. Reading confidence is improving. Please keep enjoying books together over the half-term holiday. When we return to school, our new Words of the Week will be ‘make’, ‘have’, ‘come’ and ‘came’. All of these words are described as having a ‘split digraph e’ which makes the vowel say its name. ‘Have’ and ‘come’ are two high frequency tricky words which do not follow the rule and which we need to learn. Our phonics focus will be split digraph e words that follow the rule.

After half-term we shall focus on dance in P.E.. This will inspire and support learning in our new project which is ‘Celebrations Around the World’. If you have any particular experience of, or expertise in, multi-cultural celebrations which you would like to share, please do be in touch. On our first Wednesday back in school, we have a workshop on Divali which should be inspirational and good fun.

Thankyou for working in close partnership with us over this first half-term. Wishing you a safe and happy week, with not too many tricks and lots of treats.

The Year 1 team.