A Brilliant Beamish Visit!

We have had a very busy and successful week in Year 1.

In English we continued with our Owl and Pussycat poem – lots of the children can now recite some or all of the poem! We focused on our writing this week and the children tried very hard to write sentences about the events in the poem. Lots of children are remembering to use capital letters, full stops and spaces between words. The children are trying very hard to use the sounds they know from phonics to ‘Fred Talk’ words as they write. Also they are beginning to read back their work to check it makes perfect sense. All of these steps help the children to become confident early writers.

In maths we have been investigating 2d shapes. We have discovered the number of sides and corners of each shape and whether the sides are curved or

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straight. At home, why not look out for shapes around the house? What shape is the clock? The TV? Your windows? The children’s homework reflects this learning – we think they will really enjoy counting the shapes with you at home.

The highlight of the week was of course, our visit to Beamish! The children thoroughly enjoyed their day and were enthusiastic and active learners all day! We visited the mine, the school, the church, met some pit ponies and took part in a super ‘cleaning the cottage’ workshop. It was wonderful to see the children’s prior learning come to life in this superb setting. We were delighted with the level of interest and their questioning was very interesting. The children behaved perfectly all day – well done Puffins and Penguins! Please have a look at the Year 1 Gallery to see some great photographs from the day.

We have a very busy and exciting week ahead planned. We will be:

  • Having a Victorian Day on Tuesday. We have a special visitor in school. It would be great if your child could come to school dressed as a Victorian child. (Details on the notice-board outside Y1.)
  •  Preparing for our Victorian Market which takes place on Wednesday. It would be great if your child could come to school dressed as a Victorian child again!

Don’t forget:

–       Friday next week is a teacher training day.