Class 1

Week beginning 11th July 2022

Class 1 have worked hard to write their own non-chronological reports. The research they completed for their home learning made them really exciting to read because they found lots of interesting facts.

In maths year 2 have been looking at using the greater than and less than signs to compare numbers and solve problems. Year 1 have been using the words greater than, less than and equal to to compare objects and numbers.

The children were excited to attend the Summer Sports Festival at GTS. They were resilient throughout the session and worked on skills such as balance, agility and coordination.  


Week beginning 4th July 2022

The children have now written the class version of the non-chronological report. It focused on superheroes. Yesterday we planned our own texts which focused on the animals that the children have been researching for their home learning. These will be finished by the end of the week.

In maths we have spent this last week finding the capacity of containers, finding the mass of objects and measuring the height and length of objects.

We have finished painting our fruit portraits based on the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The children mixed their own paints to use and were pleased with their finished piece of work.

Week beginning 28th June 2022

This week in English we have planned the class version of our non-chronological report. The children will be writing about superheroes. This will provide them with the opportunity to practice what they have learnt before writing a non-chronological report about an animal of their choice.

In maths we have just finished learning about number bonds and have began to look at measuring capacity.  

In art the children have drawn their own portraits in the style of Giuseppe Arcimboldo and are looking forward to painting them this week.

Week beginning 20th June 2022

This last week in English year 2 have been looking at starting our sentences with the conjunction ‘when’ and using a comma to separate the two clauses. Year 1 have been writing simple sentences and focused on choosing suitable verbs.

In maths we have been working on our number bonds. We’ve looked at working out the missing numbers in bar models and whole part whole models alongside using our reasoning skills to solve problems.

The Year 1 children enjoyed naming the parts of a plant in science while year 2 did some research about what plants need to grow and survive.

Week beginning 13th June 2022

 This last week in English we have started on the imitate section of our ‘Penguins’ sequence. The children have learnt some of the text using actions to help them and they have asked some questions about what they would like to find out about penguins.

In maths year 2 have been focussing on partitioning numbers in different ways and using this to help them solve problems. Year 1 have looked at finding one more and one less than a given number and using their reasoning skills to help them solve problems.

The children enjoyed looking at the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Year 1 looked carefully and drew a selection of fruits from observation while year 2 also practiced using techniques such as hatching and stippling.

Week beginning 23rd May 2022

This week the children have been busy writing their own versions of the book ‘Traction Man is Here!’ written by Mini Grey.  

This week we have started a new maths topic which looks at additive reasoning. The children have completed the elicitation tasks independently and we will begin to look at this unit in more detail this week.

We have also been busy preparing for our Jubilee celebrations and learnt some songs ready to share with you on Friday. Alongside this the children have enjoyed drawing some portraits of the Queen ready to paint later in the week.

Week beginning 16th May 2022

This week the children have been busy writing the innovate version of ‘Traction Man is Here’. This is the story that we plan together as a class. Year 2 are more confident at writing in the present tense while year 1 have been using adjectives to make their sentences sound exciting. We aim to finish these today and the children will start to plan and write their own stories towards the end of the week.
We have finished looking at position and direction in maths. The children can identify whole, half and quarter turns and have had a go at writing directions using them.
In history last week we looked at how the Great Fire of London spread so quickly by discussing similarities and differences in the houses and the city. Each child made a model of house. We then placed all the houses together to create our own Pudding Lane. We learnt that the weather, narrow streets and wooden framed buildings all played a part in the fire spreading quickly.

Week beginning 9th May 2022

In English we have learnt what features are included in a sentence and year 1 have revised using full stops and capital letters. Year 2 have practiced writing in the present tense using the words ‘is’ and ‘are’ alongside the ing suffix. We have also revised using adjectives and noun phrases and described our very own Traction Man’s clothing!

We have started to look at position and direction in maths. The children will be getting to grips with using words such as half turn, quarter turn and whole turn alongside giving directions. We made a start on this yesterday and had a go at giving directions to reach certain places.

In science year 2 have planted some sunflower seeds. They were excited to see that they have started to grow over the weekend. We will be observing them to see how they change from a seed and grow into a mature plant. Year 1 have been busy identifying and naming a selection of different wild and common garden plants.


Week beginning 2nd May 2022

In English we have started the imitate section of our sequence. This means that we learn and study the text ‘Traction Man is Here’ by Mini Grey. The children have learnt actions to help them remember the words and performed the actions as a class. They have also taken certain pages from the book and written down their likes, dislikes, anything that puzzles them and any patterns that they have spotted.

We have finished looking at 2D shapes in maths and progressed to 3D shapes. Year 1 have spent some time identifying and naming a selection of shapes while year 2 have described a shape’s properties by using words such as vertices, faces and edges.

The children were excited to become bakers working in Thomas Farriner’s bakery and learnt that this is where the Great Fire of London started on 2nd September 1666.

Week beginning 25th April 2022


We have started our new English sequence which focuses on the book Traction Man is Here. The children will be writing their own adventure stories towards the end of the unit.

In Maths we have started to look at a unit on shape, so far, year 2 have started to describe the properties of 2D shapes and year 1 have been able to name some common 2D shapes. We will progress to looking at 3D shapes by the end of the week. 

Week beginning 4th April 2022

The children have finished writing their stories about The High Street and are pleased with the finished versions. Year 2 have practiced using commas in a list and apostrophes to show possession while year 1 have revised using adjectives and the conjunction ‘and’.

In Maths we have started to look at finding the difference between two numbers. Year 1 have begun to achieve this using equipment to help them while year 2 have been working with larger numbers and drawing number lines to calculate answers.

The children have enjoyed creating some collages about Neil Armstrong. We focused on using different textures and materials when collaging. For example, the children have experimented with tissue paper, tin foil, bubble wrap, cotton wool and wooden sticks.

Week beginning 21st March 2022

The children took part in a dance festival at GTS last week. When we arrived, they were all keen to participate and learnt some new street style moves.

In English we are continuing with our sequence called ‘The High Street’ we have just reached the innovate section. This means we will be planning a class version of the story and practice writing this independently before the children start their independent writing.

In RE we have started to learn about the Jewish Festival Sukkot. The children learnt that during the lead up to this festival people build temporary homes called a sukkah to remember when God freed them from slavery in Egypt. We learnt that they must have at least 3 walls which can be built from anything however, the roof must be made of things that are collected from the ground. The Jewish people then live in the sukkah for the festival. 

Week beginning 14th March 2022


The children really enjoyed Exmoor Zoo visiting Class 1 last Thursday. They brought with them a selection of animals including a tree frog, meerkat, owl and a snake. The children were keen to participate in the session and listened well. They spent some time identifying and classifying the animals into the groups (birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians).

We have looked at several different areas in English this week including the use of alliteration and using verbs. In addition to this year 2 have also learnt how to use commas when writing a list.

In maths we have spent the last week finishing our work on fractions. Year 2 children have become good at calculating thirds, halves and quarters of shapes and numbers. They can all draw diagrams or use equipment to help work out the answers and some are beginning to use mental methods to solve these. Year 1 have been doing similar tasks but have focussed on finding one quarter and one half.



Week beginning 7th March 2022

In English we have started a sequence based on a book called The High Street written by Alice Melvin. We are currently in the imitate phase which means the children spend some time learning the text. To help us do this we have used actions to remember the words and drawn some story maps.

This week in maths we have started to look at fractions. Year 1 have focussed on finding one half and one quarter while year 2 have also looked at finding thirds and three quarters.

In science our new topic is called animals including humans. Year 1 have started to sort animals into fish, birds, reptiles, mammals and amphibians while year 2 have learnt that animals have offspring which grow into adults.

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