My special place…

Welcome back!

It feels like we have been back for longer than 4 days as we have been so busy already. This week, we have introduced 2 lessons in a morning, a new routine for us to learn as we become more structured.

In English, we have been learning about fiction and non-fiction texts. We looked at the contents, index and glossary pages. We also ordered names in the alphabet and practiced writing days of the week.
Can you tell me the difference between fiction and non-fiction? Comment below for a dojo!

In maths, we have been looking at counting, sorting and representing numbers in different ways. We began to solve word problems today and you worked very hard!

We started our RE lessons this week, discussing special places and places that are special to us. I was really impressed with the thought that went into this and the reasoning why they are special. We had to practise answering in a full sentence using because.

‘My special place is school because I love learning’ (Henry)

‘My special place is at home because I can play with my brother and sister’ (Lukas)

‘My special place is in my bed because I can read my book’ (Shanade)

‘My special place is the yard because I get to see my horses’ (Emily)

‘My special place is Ireland because I get to see my cousins’ (Niamh)

‘My special place is my bed because it is cosy’ (Ellen)

Ask your family if they have a place that is special to them…remind them to answer in a full sentence!

Well done for another great week Matilda class!


This week, we sorted out our Nativity parts, please check book bags for details of costumes that need to be brought in my Friday 1st December please.

Key Skills: There is a new Key Skills sheet in books, please complete one activity each week from the grid. A label will be sent out for Week 6 Key Skills – you will be unable to complete this until this week.

On Monday, we have a very special performance of Pinnochio on Monday which I am looking forward to, I hope you are too.

Enjoy your weekend and remember to stay safe around any fireworks.

Miss Gedney 🙂


A new record! 

This morning you were in class, had put your bags and coats away and were in the lizard position, practising you kinetic letters within 4 minutes! This shows me you are on the ball and ready for learning! 

Can we beat that time for the rest of the week? I’m going to set a timer and see if we can improve! 

Which letter family are we practising this week? 1 dojo for a correct answer in the comments. 

Miss Gedney 

Wonderful Writing! 

This week, we have been reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We have loved reading different versions of the story, discussing their similarities and differences and retelling the story through role play and writing.  We made a story mountain with pictures to help us retell the story with a friend – you were very kind about my drawings! 

Yesterday, we had our first Independent Write, where we had to write the story by ourselves, remembering to add in full stops, capital letters, finger spaces and detail. I have been so impressed reading your stories. You have used some impressive vocabulary, presented your writing neatly and worked hard to apply your spelling of High Frequency Words into your sentences.  

Here are some examples of the fantastic standard of writing so early on in Year 1! 

I am really looking forward to sharing your hard work with your families next week at Parents Evening. You should all be so proud of yourselves! 

Well done Matilda class 🙂 

Miss Gedney 

A busy few weeks!

We have had a busy few weeks in Matilda class and I can’t believe we have nearly finished a whole half term in Year 1!

I am so impressed with how well you have settled into the routines, expectations and structure of Year 1, you have all been so mature and have got on with everything really well.

We have been very busy in the last few weeks. Here are some things we have been up to!

English: We have started looking at traditional tales, firstly with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children loved acting out the story and taking on the characters. We wrote some fantastic character descriptions of Goldilocks with some impressive vocabulary!

Maths: We have continued to develop our number sense, learning different ways to make different numbers in different representations. Last week, we got messy with paint and Numicon and began to make number bonds to 10. Keep practicing your number recognition to 100 – you are really good at it already! I’ve enjoyed seeing you progress already with your number sense.

Theme: We practiced using powder paint to mix colours carefully in preparation for our final art piece. I have noticed we have some budding artists and some children who love to wash up! We have ordered events in History and asked Mrs Fennelly some thoughtful questions about Simon de Senlis in the last 5 years. In Science, we have been learning about senses and use our sense of smell to work out what a variety of cups had in them. We could smell lemon juice, coffee, vinegar and toothpaste using our background knowledge.

PE: We’ve loved being outside in PE, exploring how our bodies move and introducing ball skills too.

Phonics: Your phonic knowledge and reading is amazing and I am so impressed with how well you’ve taken on the challenge of our first Phonics practice. You all read 40 real and pseudo words with confidence!

Well done Matilda class!

Miss Gedney