Thursday, 24 January 2019

What do you need for a poorly piggy?

Oink-ment! 😁

This week in English our text has been The Three Little Pigs. We have read different versions and compared them. The children have enjoyed joining in with the story. (They are wonderful Big Bad Wolves!) The children have thought about the main events and how to order these. 

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In Maths we are exploring how to add and take-away. We learnt how to use a number line to count on and back. We are learning how to solve missing number problems. 

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It is our Year One Maths event on Monday morning in the hall. We hope to see you there. 

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FOGG are running a film club on Friday 25th January starting at 3pm in the school hall. If your child would like to attend to watch Sing tickets cost £5 and this includes popcorn and a drink. Please see a member of staff to fill in a form.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Wk 14th January

This week in English we have had a little visitor... it was an elf! We read the story of The Elves and the Shoemaker. The children talked about the new language and vocabulary including the time words such as first, later, dawn, dusk, finally etc. 

Today we got two tiny letters. Mrs Prophet's class got a tiny letter from Eric the Elf and Mrs B's class got a tiny letter from Elsie the Elf. We have begun to write letters back to them suggesting what adventure they could have next. 

We read Mrs B's very old book of The Elves and the Shoemaker story. We liked the little hats they had on!
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Some children have begun to design their own shoes and label these. 

In maths we have been looking at Dienes blocks (tens and ones!) and ten frames. These resources are great for the children to handle and use to explore different mathematical concepts. 

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Photos please!

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In each of our classrooms we have a display board that has a map of the United Kingdom 

If you go anywhere interesting in Norwich or Norfolk (or further afield), please share some photos with us so we can add them to our UK display boards in class! These can be given to a member of staff or emailed to

Thursday, 10 January 2019

We hope your 2019 has been happy and healthy so far. The Year Ones have begun their new topic for the Spring Term: Off With Their Heads! They will be learning about castles. 

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United Kingdom Board

In each of our classrooms we have a display board that has a map of the United Kingdom 

If you were lucky enough to visit some where in the UK during the holidays please send us some photos so we can add them to our UK display boards in class! These can be given to a member of staff or emailed to

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FOGG Film Club

The Friends of Garrick Green are running a film club on Friday 25th January from 3 until 5.10. They are showing Sing. It costs £5 per child and this includes a drink and a snack. 

If you would like a letter, then do ask a member of the Year One team for a copy. 

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The children have been learning about staying safe online all year. This week we shared a book about not giving out your password to others. The children have been busy designing posters to show Mrs Dewing about our learning. We wonder if she might have a favourite one... !

We hope you are able to join us for one of our internet safety sessions. 
There are two sessions and you are welcome to attend either-

Tuesday 15th January 7 pm at Garrick Green Infant School
Thursday 24th January 9 am at Lodge Lane Infant School

 If you need another copy of the letter, please ask. 

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In Maths we have been using different resources, models and images to support us in our learning. 

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In English we have been learning about the story of Hansel and Gretel. The children worked in groups to make and follow trails outside. We had such good fun and there was lots of use of language to solve problems and negotiate. 

The children have designed and labelled their own gingerbread houses. 

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The library van will be here on Wednesday 16th January so please remember your library cards and any books that need to be returned. 

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These are the easiest ones from a past paper!

Phonics Check Words
We will be sending home some words for your child to practise reading real and nonby using their phonic knowledge (sound them out and blend them to read the word!).

Look out for these in their book bags soon. 

Thursday, 13 December 2018

What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?

A Christmas Quacker! 😃

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Welcome to the Year One blog, we are in full festive swing. In English the children have been listening to different versions of the Nativity story.  The children have been using a range of resources to help them recall and understand the main events. These include puppets, play sets, colouring and building models. They have drawn a story map to help them remember who the characters are and what order the events happened in. There is a lovely version of the Nativity story on cbeebies.

In maths, the children have been busy doing some assessments to show all of their new learning since September. They have also enjoyed doing activities in their Christmas maths busy books.

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Remember to wear your "Christmassy" jumpers tomorrow (Friday 14th) and bring your £1.

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School starts again after the holidays on January 3rd 2019.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Week beginning 19th November 2018

The Year Ones are continuing their work on Little Red Riding Hood by writing an apology letter from the Wolf to say sorry to Granny or LRRH. The children also tried to order the main events and retell the story. We are going to finish by writing our own version of this well loved traditional tale.

This week in maths we have been exploring the concept of place value. The children are learning about the value of each digit in a two digit number e.g what the 1 and 3 represent in the number 13. We have been using arrow cards to help understand that the tens are working "behind the scenes"!

In PE we have begun doing... gymnastics! We watched some clips of professional British gymnasts and were amazed by their floorwork and their moves on the apparatus.

Why not watch this clip on Newsround.

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We are off to the theatre on Friday 30th. Don't forget that there's no hot dinners that day.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Week beginning 12th November

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It's Children in Need day tomorrow: to raise money we will hold a non-uniform day (spots, fancy dress, whatever they fancy) and will charge £1.00 per child. This is optional.

This week in our topic work, the children used clay to make their own coins so they could have some treasure like the pirates! They explored different ways the clay can change shape e.g. bending, twisting, pinching, squashing. They learnt to handle tools safely and effectively to snip, cut, make marks etc.

In our English lessons, we have been using a new text. We are learning about the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood. We watched a version online: Oxbridge Baby Little Red Riding Hood and compared it with the books we have of this tale too.

We have...

  • listened to different versions
  • shared our ideas and predictions
  • acted out the story
  • made puppets to retell the main events
  • drawn WANTED posters for the wolf
  • learnt to write an exclamation sentence such as What big ears you have!

Watch out Little Red Riding Hood... There are wolves about!

In Maths we have been describing the properties of 3D shapes and spotting the faces that are 2D shapes e.g. spotting the circle face on a cone or the 6 squares on a cube.

We have been using feely bags and socks to describe the shape we can feel without being able to see it e.g. I have no curves. I have 5 faces. 2 of my faces are triangles. My other faces are rectangles. What am I?
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It was a triangular prism!

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Like this!

On Friday we are having an RE day. We are learning about belonging. e.g. what it means to belong, groups we belong to such as Garrick Green School or Rainbows or Cubs. 

Our new author for this half-term is..Oliver Jeffers
Do you know any of his books? Why not watch: How to Catch a Star

Have a lovely weekend (when you get to it!),
Mrs B & Mrs Prophet

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Week beginning 5th November

Remember, remember the fifth of November, 
Gunpowder treason and plot. 
We see no reason 
Why gunpowder treason 
Should ever be forgot! 

Guy Fawkes, guy, t'was his intent 
To blow up king and parliament. 
Three score barrels were laid below 
To prove old England's overthrow. 

By god's mercy he was catch'd 
With a darkened lantern and burning match. 
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring. 
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

And what shall we do with him? 
Burn him! 

The children have been really enjoying reading and writing firework poems. We are trying hard to use new and ambitious words to describe what we see and hear. 


We are going to use our new vocabulary to help us write our own poems later this week.

In Maths we have been do geometry! We have started looking at 3D shapes and been describing and sorting them.

It's definitely a cube!

It's made of 8 little cubes

King of cubes & cuboids!

"It's Norwich Cathedral!"

Constructing 3D shapes from 2D shapes

Investigating cubes and cuboids

Identifying and sorting 3D shapes

Ideas for your home learning...

  • do some firework pictures or paintings, describe the colours and shapes you make
  • write some onomatopoeic words that describe how fireworks sound e.g. pop, whizz, fizz, crackle 
  • find out about the wonderful festival of Diwali
  • make some models of 3D shapes using construction toys
  • use junk modelling to make a model from 3D shapes