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Autumn Term

Our learning for week commencing 23rd November 


This week the children are going to be learning about subtraction. 

The children will be using different strategies to help them solve subtraction calculations.

They will use -

* The 100 squares by counting back the ones and jumping up a row when subtracting tens. 

*The children will be counting backwards on a number line to find the answer 

*adding counters for the biggest number on to a 10 frame and then taking the amount of counters off for the second number

* The children will be looking at the difference between numbers using cubes to see how many are left over or "which cube hasn't got a partner?". 

The children will be thinking about how the number gets smaller in subtraction and if they can challenge themselves to use the inverse of addition to check their answers. 


If your child is self-isolating at home, here is some of the work that we are doing at school this week.


This week we are learning about the story 'The Leopard's drum' by Jessica Souhami. 

Here is the story for you to enjoy together at home :-) 



'The Leopard's Drum' by Jessica Souhami - Mrs McCarthy

Mrs McCarthy reads The Leopard's Drum by Jessica Souhami. Osebo the leopard has a fine drum, a huge drum, a magnificent drum. All the animals covet Osebo's d...

The children are going to be using what they have remembered about the story to help them act out the story using masks of the characters. The children will be thinking about the setting and the role each character plays in the story. They will each play a character and use the repeated phrases to help them narrate the story. I wonder if you can retell the story at home? Remember to use expression! 

The author Jessica uses different adjectives when introducing the animals in the story. We will be thinking about the way the animals look and behave and thinking of different adjectives to write descriptive sentences.

Could you think of some adjectives at home? Can you include the conjunction 'and' in your sentence?  

There is lots of different speech used within the story to show what the different animals say to each other. The children are going to be writing their own speech bubbles for the different characters. 

To end the week, the children will be using the drama to help them remember the story to create a story map. The children will be including what happened at the beginning, middle and ending. They will include where it was happening and which characters were speaking in the correct order. Can you draw a story map and write a question that the animals asked? 


If your child is self-isolating at home, here is some of the work that we are doing at school this week.



We love reading together in Year 1. Here is a link for some ebooks from Oxford Owl and some phonics comics incase you would like something new to read at home. You can write a little message in your child's reading diary to let us know about your reading at home! 

Keep reading, reading and reading! 



This week we are learning about the artist Henri Rousseau. 

Below are some pictures of his artwork - enjoy :-) 

This week is all about art based about the works of

Henri Rousseau.

Henri was a French man who taught himself how to paint and how to be an artist.

He is famous for his paintings of his favourite subject...the jungle! 

He never actually saw a jungle in real life but loved to use his imagination to help him paint. He based his scenery on gardens in Paris and the animals were drawn from non-fiction books and leaflets. 

Can you research him and his art work and write your own fact file? 


Rousseau for Kids

Teaching kids about Henri Rousseau

The children are going to be exploring line, colour and texture to help them draw leaves, plants and animals that you would find in the jungle. We will be putting all the art work together to create their own piece of Henri Rousseau art. We will be using different art techniques and skills to help us complete our art work. 

We will add pictures of the children's finished masterpiece next week :-) 

If your child is self-isolating at home, here is some of the work that we are doing at school this week.


Geraldine the Giraffe learns blends

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, grammar, spelling ...

The sounds we are continuing to focus on adjacent consonants. We are going to be revising all previously learnt phonemes, digraphs and trigraphs and using them to help us read and write more challenging and longer words. We will be focusing on letter formation and segmenting and blending to help with our reading and spelling.

You could use the phase 2 and 3 flashcards and adjacent consonants to see how many different words you can build, read and write


This week you can focus on joining th, at and al. 

We are encouraging the children to make sure the letters sit smartly on the lines. 

Watch the video to see how and have a practice at home :-)


year 1 curly caterpillar letters - c,o,a,d,g,q.wmv

Still image for this video