Week beginning 11.02.19

This week in English we have been learning facts about different castles around the UK. We have been looking at them using Google Earth and by looking at different photos. For the English castle we learnt about… Norwich Castle! Have you ever been to see it? You can walk around in what would’ve been the moat even if you don’t go inside to see the museum.

Don’t forget to send us a photo of you if you visit! garrickgreenyear1@gmail.com
Let’s see how many photos we can get of you with Norwich castle in!

If you would like to find out more then there are some facts here:

If your child would like to write, please remind them to use all of their writing skills such as finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. Don’t forget to encourage your child to form their letters properly! Mrs B’s class like this: http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/skyWriter/index.html

Your child has resources in the front of their Home Learning books to help them too.

In Maths we have been finding one more or one less than a given number. Some children have been using a numberline to work with numbers up to 30. Some children have been using a hundred square with numbers up to 100. Some children are beginning to work with numbers beyond one hundred. The children need a really secure understanding of this as they are sometimes asked really tricky questions such as “17 is the number that is one less than… ” or “Teddy thinks of a number. He says that one more than his number is 25. What was Teddy’s number?”

There is a game here to play:


Playing board games or card games can be a really fun way to sneak some extra maths practise in. Mrs B’s own children like Pass the Pigs (You can use a 100 square to add up the score as you go!) and Uno. Mrs Prophet recommends Ludo and Snakes and Ladders!


In Topic the children looked at new and old objects and thought about what might’ve been used in a castle. The children have worked hard to work together to create a beautiful scene of Garrick Castle. These are nearly finished and up on display.

Don’t forget it’s non-uniform/dress in red/pink on Thursday. Please bring £1 which will help buy food for the food the food bank.


We hope you have a happy & healthy half term!
The Year One Team

11th February 2019

Wow- we can’t believe that we’re already halfway through year 2!

Over the half term break we would like the children to have a well earned rest! Please remember that it is important for them to still read regularly. Below are some challenges that your children can complete over the break…(they will get a team point for each one completed!)

  • Read 10 times
  • Write a diary entry about something exciting that has happened
  • Write a poem
  • Learn you 2, 5 and 10 times tables off by heart


This week we have been continuing to think about 3D shape in maths. We have been building castles and naming and comparing the different shapes that we have used.


In English that children amazed us with their diary entries. You should feel very proud of how hard all of the children have worked this half term!


In science we have been thinking about how liquids are measured. We know that you can use measuring spoons and jugs and that we usually measure in milliliters (ml). At home have a look at some different containers and see if you can find out how much liquid they hold. Can you put them in order from biggest to smallest? Remember not to keep the milk out of the fridge for too long!

Don’t forget you also have access to the Developing Experts website https://developingexperts.com/ If you can’t find your log in details please speak to a member of the year 2 team.


The last day of term is this Friday 15th and we return back on Monday 25th February. Please remember to send PE kits back into school!

Have a lovely break and we will see you in a week

Mrs Ellis and Mr Whitehead


Don’t forget that parents teacher interviews continue after half term.


Tuesday 26th Feb 4.00-6.00pm



Tuesday 26th Feb 4.00-6.00pm

Wednesday 27th Feb 2.00-3.30pm

Week Beginning 11.02.19

This week the story is ‘Penguin’ by Polly Dunbar. The children will act the story out and discuss the message. The message is that Penguin doesn’t always say what he is thinking. The people and animals around him don’t always understand what Penguin is thinking because he doesn’t use his words and this can cause trouble. We really encourage the children to use their words to communicate meaning so hopefully this story will help to get this message across.

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In maths we are revisiting subtraction. We will be using numicon so the children see that when they cover up one plate with another then what is left behind is the answer e.g.

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We will also use cubes to subtract practically and begin to record number sentences by drawing circles and crossing the circles out that we are taking away.

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We will continue to write sentences independently, through story scribing and dictation. We are encouraging the children to write all the sounds they can hear in a word, use finger spaces and form their letters correctly. Over half term you could get your child to write a postcard with a sentence about something they have done.


We are also continuing to work on learning our tricky words so we know them by sight – this week we are doing you and all. There is a tricky word app that is good to use by Mr Thorne – Tricky words with Gereldine the Giraffe https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/tricky-words-with-geraldine-the-giraffe/id790783394?mt=8

There are also games on education city to help with this.

Don’t forget it’s non-uniform/dress in red/pink on Thursday and you pay £1 which will help buy food for the food the food bank

Have a good half term!

4th February 2019

This week in English we have been reading the teachers diaries! We have been learning about the different features that make a good diary entry and even wrote a diary entry from the viewpoint of a dog. Woof! We have been recapping on people that lived in castles and have started to think about writing a diary entry for them.

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In maths we have been thinking about patterns with shapes, symmetry in 2D shapes and learning about 3D shapes. As part of your home learning have a look at the things around you. Which 3D shape best describes them? 

Here are some great symmetry games to plays…



This game is great for patterns…

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patternsthumbnail of 3d


In science this week we continued to look at different states of matter. We made predictions and then carried out an experiment to see how long it would take an ice cube to turn from a solid into a liquid.


We hope you have all signed up for parent teacher interviews- if not speak to the class teacher ASAP!


Tuesday 12th Feb 8.30-10.00am

Wednesday 13th Feb 2.00-3.30pm

Tuesday 26th Feb 4.00-6.00pm



Wednesday 13th Feb 8.30-10.00am

Tuesday 26th Feb 4.00-6.00pm

Wednesday 27th Feb 2.00-3.30pm


Next week is Valentine’s day and  children are welcome to come to school dressed in red on Thursday 14th February.

Reception Blog 04.02.19

This week the story is ‘Cowboy Baby.’ It is set in the desert so we will compare the setting with where we live to make the children aware of similarities and differences between places.

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In maths we are revisiting adding as the children need more practice with this area. We will use numicon and blocks so that the children have a practical experience of adding. We will also introduce recording the addition number sentence.

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There are lots of addition games on education city e.g. beach holiday –https://ec1.educationcity.com/

You can also do addition practically with any objects you have at home or at tea time e.g.  I have 3 potatoes and you have 2 – how many potatoes do we have altogether?

We will continue to write independently, do story scribing and write a dictated sentence. You can practice this at home by getting your child to write a simple sentence e.g. I was in the car. You can make it more difficult depending on how your child gets on with the task. They do not have to spell everything correctly but as long as they use their phonic skills that is fine. This is to practice letter formation, using finger spaces, remembering a sentence and using full stops.

The children are continuing phonics in their groups and we will learn 2 new tricky words – she and me from Phase 3.

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Please make sure that all children have a full set of spare clothes on their pegs at school.


Have a good week!


Year 1 Blog 31.01.19

Brrrrr! What a chilly week we have had so far. Well done for wrapping up warmly every day.


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This week in English we have been working on asking and answering questions. We have learnt about what each of the six main question words mean and how they might be answered. For example a question that starts with “Who” will have an answer about a person or character.  We have begun to write our questions for characters from the tale of The  Three Little Pigs.


In Maths we have been investigating the pairs of numbers that total 5, 10 or 20. These facts are really important and,  by the end of Year 2, children need to know these with “instant recall”.


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Next week in Year 1 we will be busy doing some of our regular phonics assessments. This means that your child might not read their “teacher book” to an adult. We will make sure they have plenty of opportunities to change their books in the library.

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Don’t forget that we are still keen for photos of your child in different parts of the UK. We will be very impressed if you can get a photo with a flag or coat of arms in! So, if you go anywhere interesting in Norwich or Norfolk (or further afield), please share some photos with us so we can add them to our UK display boards in class! These can be given to a member of staff or emailed to garrickgreenyear1@gmail.com.

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Reception Blog 28.01.19

This week the story was ‘Hansel and Gretel’

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The children particularly enjoyed acting this out – especially the bit when the witch gets shoved into the oven!!

Their writing is really developing and they are becoming more independent every week. We are focussing on sounding out cvc words e.g. pot, zip, hot so that the children really focus on the sounds they can hear and write them correctly.

In maths we have introduced numicon which is a practical resource for maths. They are plastic shapes that represent numbers 1 – 10.

Image result for numiconThe children enjoyed working with them on Monday and we will continue to use them this week so that they become really familiar with the shapes of the pieces and what they represent. This is all to help with the children securing their knowledge of number.

This week the number of the week is 14

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As our talk topic this week we are discussing holidays the children have been on. This is to get the children to compare similarities and differences between home and where they go on holiday. to help with this at home you could get them to do spot the differences.

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Have a good week!

Year 2 blog 28.1.2019

This week in maths we have been recapping 2D shapes. We know that we can use words to talk about the shape of something. 2D shapes can be drawn but not picked up. We also know that some of these shapes have names such as a circle, square, rectangle (sometimes called an oblong), triangle, pentagon, hexagon and octagon. We can describe these shapes by stating whether they have curved or straight edges; saying how many edges (or sides) they have; by saying how many corners (or vertices) they have. For example a triangle has 3 straight edges(sides) and 3 corners (vertices). Can you remember how many sides a hexagon has? (Remember hex / six). Can you think of how many sides an octagon has? (Remember how many legs an octopus has!) As part of your home learning you could use different shapes to draw pictures. How many different shapes can you use?

Here’s a great video to watch…


In English this week we have been learning more about the different people that lived inside castles. We have learnt so many interesting facts and we will be using these to create our second piece of non-fiction writing this week.



In science we started to think about solids, liquids and gases . We know that the atoms in solids are really close together, the atoms in liquids are able to move around but are still close together and that the atoms in gases are really spread out. We talking about how some solids can be changed into liquids and some liquids into gases. As part of your home learning you could turn the liquid water into a solid by freezing in. Then turn it back into a liquid by warming up the atoms. If you put the kettle on the children will see the liquid turning into a gas! Here’s a great video to explain the differences…


Parent teacher interviews are coming up so please keep an eye out for the sign-up sheets. Below are the dates and times that are available. Please remember that we try to stick to 10 minutes so if you need more time please speak to the class teacher to arrange an alternative time and date- thank you.



Tuesday 12th Feb 8.30-10.00am

Wednesday 13th Feb 2.00-3.30pm

Tuesday 26th Feb 4.00-6.00pm



Wednesday 13th Feb 8.30-10.00am

Tuesday 26th Feb 4.00-6.00pm

Wednesday 27th Feb 2.00-3.30pm