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Class Teacher’s Award

Well done to the following children who got a class teacher award this week:

Grasshopper: Tommy and Ben

Ladybird: Ethan and Adam

Cricket: Avik and Mayra

Ant: Sophie and James

The following children were awarded the year group leader award this week:

Grasshoppers: Karuniya and Zara

Ladybirds: Jude


Ants: Maitreyi and Akshat


Crickets: Anaia and Muizz

The following children were awarded the phase  leader award this week:

Ladybird: Riaz

Below is a reminder of the Avenue Values.


Pride in achievements and self confidence.

Building relationships and team work.


Mutual respect and tolerance.

This Weeks Learning


This week in Topic we have have been exploring and using language that can be used in an information leaflet. We returned to school at the beginning of the week to discover the class bear was missing! Over the next few lessons we built up a bank of adjectives to describe the bear in preparation for making an information leaflet to inform people of the lost teddy’s characteristics. We then planned our leaflets using adjectives and a drawing of the class bear. After that we wrote our leaflet using our plans to help us. Finally, we checked our work to ensure it could be read clearly and made sense. We then had a teddy bear’s picnic to celebrate the return of our class bear!


This week in Mathematics we have been focusing on subtraction within 10. We started this focus by completing practical problems using counters to represent different amounts of people on a bus. We used the reduction model to tell a story about how many people were on the bus. For example, ‘First, there were 7 people on the bus, then 2 people got off the bus, now there are 5 people left on the bus. We then extended this learning to completing subtraction problems by drawing and crossing off people on the bus and writing the equation more formally, e.g 7-2=5. We then moved on to using the reduction model to solve subtraction problems relating to other things, such as number of animals or amount of food. Again we solved these problems practically using counters first. We then moved onto more formal recording.

Teddy Bears Picnic

To celebrate the return of our class toys we had a teddy bears picnic. It was so lovely to see all of the children and their favourite toys eating lunch together. Thank you for bringing in your toys and picnic blankets! Below are some pictures of us enjoying our picnic!

The Importance of Daily Reading

Dear parents and carers,

Please ensure that your child is reading with you at home daily, for at least 10 minutes. A comment should then be made in their home/school liaison book. This comment should record any difficulties your child may have had with the words or sounds within their reading book, so that their class teacher can continue to support them with these areas of weakness. Please also give an indication of how well your child has understood the text. You can determine this by referring to the Guided Reading Questions, attached to this blog.

The skill of reading fluently and being able to comprehend what is read is an important part of any child’s development. It has a positive impact on all subjects, for example, understanding word problems in maths and fact finding in history. Your child/children are getting a lot of reading exposure in school through our class novels, phonics and guided reading sessions, but reading for at least 10 minutes a day at home can improve self-esteem and reading for pleasure is associated with better sleeping patterns. Research also shows that children who read books from a young age often gain higher results at age 16, than those who read less regularly.

Please refer to the year group reading trails for support of books we recommend that your child may enjoy reading or hearing. This should be in addition to their reading scheme book from school.

Thank you for your support and we can’t wait to see what is being read when we check the liaison books.

(Research findings taken from

Year 1 Precursive Handwriting

Dear Parents/Carers,Please find below a copy of the rhymes we are using to support children’s letter formation. We are teaching children cursive handwriting and these rhymes will support their understanding of how to form the letters.  Please encourage your child to write their letters using the examples attached. We will be sending out a hardcopy of these rhymes so do not feel that you need to print them out.
Thank you,
The Year 1 Teaching Team

Class Teacher and Year Group Leader Awards

Well done to the following children who were chosen to receive a class teacher award for demonstrating one of the Avenue Values in their classes.

Ants:  Atharv, Tegan, Elsie and Jayden

Crickets:  Peter, Enzo, Nathan and Anoushka

Grasshoppers: Joey, Alpha, Peniel and Francesco

Ladybirds: Jay, Chloe, Ruby, Luca and Lexi-Mai

Below is a reminder of our Avenue Values.


Pride in achievements and self confidence.

Building relationships and team work.


Mutual respect and tolerance.

This Week’s Learning


This week marked the first in our Toy-Tastic learning journey! We received an urgent message from one of Santa’s elves, asking for our help to build some slider toys ready for Christmas. We therefore began by investigating toys, focusing on the mechanisms used to make them work, as part of our Design and Technology (DT) topic. We discovered that toys can be made using lever or slider mechanisms and were able to sort pictures of toys into those with and without these mechanisms. This allowed us to move forward in our plans to help the elf, beginning with the design section of our DT process. We designed a slider toy which featured either a bowling ball, bird or car and labelled the resources we would need to use. Following this, we thought about our target audience: who would like to play with our toys and made our toys by following step-by-step instructions and our detailed designs. Finally, we evaluated our toys and enjoyed playing with them!


This week in our maths lessons, we have been focusing on addition within ten. We began by finding different amounts of objects and adding them together to find a total amount. This informed us that when we add two numbers together, the answer will always get bigger. Following this, Granny Smyth returned to us with a problem: she now has two trees growing in her garden and wanted to find out the total number when she added the apples from both trees. We rolled two dice to obtain the number of apples on Granny’s two trees and added them together to find a total. We were then able to put these numbers into a number sentence such as 5 apples add 3 apples is the same as 8 apples, which is 5+3=8. After that, we applied our knowledge of addition to help Bus Driver Bob, who needed our help to calculate the total number of passengers on his bus, after two groups of people got onboard. We read a number sentence such as 3+7 and used the double sided counters and ten frame bus to work out the total number of passengers.

Health and Wellbeing – Autumn 2

This half term our Health and Wellbeing focus is healthy relationships. This will focus on the relationships we have with the people around us, as well as healthy online relationships. We will therefore also talk about online safety.

We will be learning about the similarities and differences we share with our friends and family. We will also be learning about how to be safe when communicating or playing games online.

We will be teaching the following skills: to identify and respect the similarities and differences between people. To recognise when we feel unsafe online and know who to tell if we feel unhappy in these situations.