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Mrs O'Brien's class. During the summer term 2017, we are studying...


This half term we are looking at the story of Maui and the Giant Fish in preparation for learning about New Zealand as part of Kaleidoscope. It is a fantastically fun story that has caught the children’s imaginations, no doubt because of its relationship with a certain hit film. We will focus on imitating sections of the story before innovating them with our own ideas.

The children will continue to use time adverbs, adjectives and conjunctions to enhance their sentences. Spelling remains a priority for the school and the children are starting to independently apply their phonics skills and find key vocabulary around the room. Please continue to support your children’s writing at home. It is a big help.

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The children are taught maths daily through investigations and 'CLIC' sessions (Counting, Learn-Its, It's nothing new, Calculating). By using both of these approaches the children can gain a basic understanding of numbers and number facts, as well as learning to apply their knowledge in order to solve a variety of problems in different contexts.

This term we are moving onto halving and sharing, and the children will begin to talk about division. Towards the end of the term we will be returning to addition, subtraction and multiplication and helping the children to consolidate their knowledge. We will also continue to use our doubles and number bonds on a regular basis so this knowledge is secure.



We kicked off this half term with a week of science dedicated to flowering plants and trees. The children have explored the structures and life cycles of different plants, and attempted to grow some cress. Keep your fingers crossed!

As part of Kaleidoscope we will also be investigating the various animals native to New Zealand, especially the more unique ones like the Kiwi and the Tawaki penguin.



This term the Y1 children will be having a gymnastics lesson on a Friday morning. Please can they bring a pair of shorts to leave at school so they can use the gym equipment safely.


Recent events..

The children had fun setting up for the pop up shop as well as visiting the museums in Hull.


Phonics and reading

As some parents may know it is statutory that Y1 children sit a phonics screening test which usually takes place in June. The children have been working very hard on their reading and writing of new sounds but any extra help with spellings or reading is always appreciated.

Below are some useful documents:

If you would like any further information, please see Mrs O'Brien :)

What connects us?

The aim of this term was to build towards Kaleidoscope, thinking about what makes New Zealand unique before considering what connects us. The children will look at the history of relationships between the Maori and Pakeha (European New Zealanders), from the rocky beginnings of Cook’s expedition to the modern, unified community.

Kaleidoscope will also give the children an opportunity to have fun with other Kiwi traditions, such as Hokey Pokey Ice cream, Maori art styles and even our very own Thoresby Haka! We hope that many parents will be able to join us at the Finale on Friday 26th May to share all this half term’s learning and join in with the festivities.