At the start of term, Year 1 were lucky to have a Gymnastics coach come in and teach them some basic Gymnastics skills. The children learnt: how to walk and stand like a Gymnast, a range of balances and had a go at completing a forward roll. All the children enjoyed the session and are keen to continue learning Gymnastics in PE this term.

Speed Stacking

Last term, Fox Class went over to The Marsh Academy and took part in a speed stacking event.

The children learnt how to speed stack and then competed against children from local schools.

All the children had great fun and learnt some great new skills as well!

Multi-Skills Event

Just before the holidays, year 1 went over to The Marsh Academy to participate in a Multi-Sports event.

They had to complete a range of activities, testing their: jumping, running, throwing, kicking and hitting skills.

All the children had lots of fun and even got to meet the Shepway Sports Mascot!

Overall there were 12 teams competing and we were lucky enough to have a team come 3rd and 1st. Congratulations to all the children who took part!

Sports Crew Training

Earlier this term some children from year 5 and 6 went over to the Marsh Academy to train as Sports Crew members. The children looked at how to put on mini competitions during lunch times whilst developing children’s sporting skills. All the children had to plan an activity as a small group and then demonstrate and explain it to children from another school, before getting them to complete the activity and scoring them to find a winner! They discussed ways they could make the activity more challenging and less challenging for different ages and abilities.

The children are now keen to implement their new skills and will be supporting children on both KS1 and KS2 playgrounds at lunchtimes in the near future.

Keep an eye for photos of them leading these activities.

Maths Learning

Year 1 have been busy learning number bonds within 10 and number bonds to 10. To do this we have been using numicon, part, part whole and 10 frames to help us. The children were able to find different ways to make a number and are starting to write this as a number sentence using the + and = sign.

Science Week

Last week was Science week at school and the children got to take part in 2 different science investigations. The first investigation allowed the children to investigate which materials were reflective and the second investigation allowed the children to investigate what might be in a can based on how far it rolled. We discussed how we could make each test fairer and what we could do differently next time. The children enjoyed being scientists for the investigations!


Trip to Old School House

As part of our Topic ‘Toys’ we have been learning about toys from the past. We were very lucky that the Old School invited us to visit and have a look and play with the Victorian toys. The children discovered how different the toys were and how they worked. Whilst they were there, they also got to experience what it was like to go to school during the Victorian times!

RWI October meeting

Thank you so much to those parents who attended the meetings we ran today.

The powerpoint is attached below with links for the Ruth Miskin Facebook page and other websites that will help you support your child’s learning of phonics and reading.

Our first meeting is always a whistle-stop tour of how we teach phonics through RWI, we will be running more year group specific meetings and inviting you in to experience a RWI lesson for yourselves in the next term or two!

Here is a video of the speed sounds:

Here is a great video to show how to blend sounds to make words:

For those parents who are interested in our work on Cued Articulation in EYFS using an action that shows how we make the sound in our mouths


Powerpoint from the meeting this afternoon / evening:


Toys from the past

As part of our topic ‘Toys’ the children have been learning about toys from the past. We invited parents and grandparents in to share their toys from their own childhood. We had lots of fun finding out what they were called and how they worked. The children had a great afternoon and looked after all the toys well and shared with the other children, showing great friendship and kindness.

Thank you to all the parents who gave up their time and shared their old toys with the children.

Year 1 team