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


Sports Day Superstars and Fruit Kebabs!

Wow! What a day we have had.

We had a fantastic sports morning where you all took part in a range of activities, showcasing your sporting talents. When I looked around, you were all having a go, giving it your all and smiling non-stop! I am so proud of each and every one of you for taking part and trying your best, well done! I had so much fun, I didn’t take any pictures!

A big well done to the Yellow Wizards for winning the morning!

This week, we have been planning and preparing to make fruit kebabs. This afternoon, we reminded ourselves of the ingredients we had chosen and the instructions we wrote in preparation for this afternoon.

You all took turns to cut some fruit (with adult supervision!) and enjoyed selecting a range of fruits to try. We included a mystery fruit – some mango, which nearly everyone tried. Even if you didn’t like it, I’m so proud of you for giving it a go. It’s always good to try new things!

You put your fruit on the kebab stick carefully and we all enjoyed eating them together. I know you enjoyed them as you were silent – amazing!

“It tastes juicy!”

“This is so yummy!’

‘Mango is my new favourite!”

“Its a bit slimy!”

“Can we have some more?”

I’ve never seen anyone eat so much fruit – you definitely had your 5 a day and deserved it after a tiring morning.

A great day all round – well done Matilda Class! Here are some photos from this afternoon.

Miss G 🙂


Well done Matilda Class! 

Mrs Chamberlain has been updating me all week on your outstanding achievements in the Phonics Screening Check this week. You can tell from her earlier blog post how proud she is of you and I can only agree! 

I am so proud of your maturity, bravery and confidence this week – I’ve been rooting for you! I knew you would do well, and you all believed in yourselves and showed Mrs Chamberlain your amazing Phonics skills so a big well done to you all! 

I’m sorry I wasn’t there to witness you all be amazing but can’t wait to see you and hear all about your week. 

Well done Matilda Class! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Miss Gedney 

Money, money, money!

This morning, I introduced you to lots of different coins and amounts of money.

You already had a brilliant knowledge of what we use money for and the value of most of the coins. We were very interested in the new pound coin! Luckily, I had an old pound and a new pound in my purse for us to compare.

We had a go at sorting money, organizing them in order of value and using the plastic and real money to play shops! There were coins everywhere!

What can you remember about money?

How much is each coin worth?

Which coin has the biggest value? Which has the least?

How many pennies are in one pound?

How many 10p’s in 50p?

Well done today – we had a fantastic Monday and a great start to the week!

Miss Gedney 🙂

Cool coders!

What a fantastic afternoon we had in Year 1!

We had the whole afternoon to explore the devices which we kindly borrowed from Year 4 and Year 6.

After a brilliant session a few weeks ago, I thought it would be a nice idea for everyone to spend time on the devices together, developing our computing and coding skills. We were lucky enough to have a Year 6 helper too – we couldn’t have done it without him!

The afternoon started off on the website on Course 1, working through our skills dragging and dropping and creating jigsaws. You were so good at this that you quickly moved onto sequencing, creating an algorithm to move the angry bird towards the pig!

Then, we moved onto Kodable, within Hour of Code

This is a brilliant website that introduces the programming basics, similar to using a Beebot, but moving the character around on a device using the correct directions.

Here are some pictures of us hard at work. You really had to use your patience and waiting skills today when we were setting up the devices – you were very mature about it all, well done!

I am extremely proud of how quickly you picked up the skills to use devices and worked hard to help each other out too, you continue to impress me Year 1!

Can you have a go at home on the websites above and teach someone your new skills? (Top tip for mums and dads, turn the sound down on Kodable – you’ll soon see why!)

You are super cool coders and computing superstars!
Well done Matilda Class 🙂

Miss Gedney 🙂

Mud Pie Maths!

In English this week we have been reading the story of ‘Wombat goes Walkabout’.

wombat goes walkabout

What animals has Wombat met so far? Which one is your favourite and why?

Some of you performed a section of the story this afternoon, I loved it! You read and acted out each character beautifully. I loved the boys original song that was performed too – you are all very creative!

In Maths we have been learning about capacity and using the words ‘full’, ’empty’, ‘half full’, ‘nearly empty’ and ‘nearly full’.

This afternoon, we used our knowledge of capacity to make Wombat’s favourite meal, mud pie!

They were very detailed and we had to follow them very carefully. We used non-standard measurements such as cups, bottles and jugs.

We worked hard as a team and took it in turns to pour, mix and stir the ingredients. Our first mud pie didn’t look too tasty but we learnt from our mistakes and the second one was fit for a very special Wombat!

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Have a great weekend Matilda Class!

Miss Gedney ?