Counting up to 20!

This week in Maths we have been focusing on numbers from 16 to 20, this means that we have been learning how to verbally count up to 20, identify the numbers up to 20 and then learning about each number such as what makes 20.

We started our lessons by organising numbers we already new on a number-line whilst having a new number added everyday getting higher.

4 is next! – Dolly

I can count to 12 and 13 comes next – Bodhi

After sorting the numbers onto a number-line we then worked with a partner to create the numbers on a tens frame, we did this by sharing different ways we could make each number.  we talked about how we would need 2 tens frames to create each number as one tens frame can only hold 10 counters.

10 add 8 equals 18 – Riley

Double 9 is 18 – Nova

After creating each number on our tens frame we were then tasked with finding one more and one less, we then counted how many were on our tens frame after each addition or take away.

One more than 18 is 19 – Timothy

One less than 18 is 17 – Jersey

Add one on to make one more – Jessica

Take one away to make one less – Leo



Class 1 have had a very exciting time this week, watching our caterpillars continuing to change.  We have noticed that all of our caterpillars have formed their cocoons or chrysalis which means it is almost time for our butterflies to emerge!

We have been very lucky to have some Code-a-pillars come into our classroom, as we have had these we have been learning about how to program a robot and give it directional instructions.

We all worked together to understand how the code-a-pillars would begin to move and then placed the instruction piece onto the back of the code-a-pillar.

I want it to go forward so I used the straight point – Bodhi

It made a sound with this one! – Dolly

It turns when I use the orange instruction – Hunter

We all did an amazing job at giving our code-a-pillars instructions to follow!


Class 1 have been doing a fantastic job in Maths this week as we have been learning lots of facts all about shapes!

We started by identifying different shapes from a bag, we were given hints such as; this shape has 3 sides or this shape is round.  We then had to use our detective skills to work out which shape was int he bag.

We also completed a task where we needed to feed the shape monsters the correct shapes, if we gave them the wrong shape they would become very hungry! We all worked together to identify the shapes on the board and match them to the correct shape monster.

We have also been working together to match the shapes up to the correct outline, we were able to see the outline of the shapes and match them up well! We all did an amazing job to then share facts we know about each of the shapes.

The rectangle has 2 short sides and 2 long sides – Isla

A semi-circle has 2 sides and 2 corners – Jersey

2 semi-circles make a full circle – Riley

We also created shapes using lolly sticks, first we needed to identify the shape and then recreate the shape using lolly sticks, we were all brilliant at making shapes!

Caterpillar Researchers

This week Class 1 have been learning lots about the life cycle of a butterfly, we now know that;

  1. The butterfly lays the eggs on a leaf.
  2. The caterpillar then hatches from the egg.
  3. The caterpillar eats and eats to get bigger.
  4. The caterpillar build a cocoon and stays inside for 2 weeks!
  5. After this the caterpillar nibbles a hole in the cocoon and crawls out.
  6. It is now a beautiful butterfly!

We all worked hard to order these stages on the board and then wrote a set of instruction to tell a caterpillar what it needed to do in order to grow into a caterpillar!

First hatch out of the egg. – Nova

Eat and eat to get big. – Riley

We also did some fantastic creative work in class this week, where we made our own caterpillars and butterflies out of clay.  We needed to work hard to mold the clay to the right shape so that it looked like the insect we wanted it to be.

Our classroom caterpillars have also been changing, we have been making notes and observing our caterpillars as they have already grown so much!

The Circus!

We have had a very exciting week in Class 1 as we had our themed week of Circus! We were very lucky to have a real circus performer come into our school and teach us some tricks using the equipment he brought.

We were able to try juggling with bean bags, netting, clubs and rings, we all started by trying to catch the netting one at a time and giving ourselves more the better we got.  if we felt confident we could move onto using the beanbags to try juggling, again we started by throwing one ball at a time and catching it with one hand and then moving onto more balls the more confident we felt.

Look! I can throw two nets and catch them! – Leo

I can throw a ball and catch it in my hand – Pud

We also had a try of spinning some plates on a stick, we had to work very hard to first balance the plates and then we used our stronger hand to try and spin the plates.  First we started with one plate and if we wanted to we could try with more than one!

I have 4 plates spinning – Ollie

I have a plate on this hand and another here – Maya

This week was also World Book Day and we all looked amazing for our theme surrounding The Circus! We all enjoyed reading our story Ninja Nan, the story told us about a Nan who ran away to join the circus! We then all wrote our own letters to our families telling them that we were running away to the circus to become jugglers or acrobats.

We have all had an amazing week celebrating World Book Day and The Circus!


It has been another very exciting week in Class 1 as we have been learning about the Life cycle of a Butterfly.  We started by reading a new story called “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, after reading this we then created our own story map to retell the story as a class.

We then completed some activities in our class all about The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in our Maths area we completed a task where we needed to add the correct amount of body segments to the caterpillars head.  We did this by recognising the number above its head and then used our finger dipped in paint to count out the right amount of segments.

In our reading area we used story spoons to order the story events, this also helped us to verbally retell the story to our friends.

We were also busy in our Art area where we recreated the hungry caterpillar using 3D shapes and printing them onto large pieces of paper in the shape of the caterpillar.

We have also been very lucky to have a special delivery of some real caterpillars! We are very excited to watch the caterpillars grown and turn into beautiful butterflies!

Fantastic Maths!

Class 1 have been working hard during Maths, we have been learning about addition and subtraction!

We started by completing some practical activities to add different items together, we started by rolling a dice and subitising the amount of dots on top, we then wrote this number for the start of our number sentence and then adding the addition symbol.  We then rolled a second dice, subitised the number and wrote this number next in our number sentence, we then had a number sentence such as 4 + 3 =__. We then added these numbers together and then wrote this at the end of the number sentence.

Following on from this we then started subtracting in Maths.

When we take away the number gets smaller – Timothy

We practised subtraction physically to begin with, we did this by putting beanbags out and counting the amount, we then verbalised subtracting 2.

Take 2 out to subtract 2 – Nova

We then started to write this in a number sentence, we identified that the larger number went first and we then used the subtraction symbol before putting the take away amount, we then worked out the answer by counting out how many beanbags we had left.

Who has laid an egg?

This week Class 1 were surprised to find a real egg in our classroom, nobody could understand where it had come from and why the nest had been built in lour classroom.  Attached to the egg was a special set of clues we all needed to read to try and discover what animal was inside of the egg.

I think it’s a dinosaur! – Joshua

It’s a T-Rex – AJ

I think it’s a brontosaurus – Bodhi

We read the clues carefully, when we read that it had flat teeth we all knew that this meant the dinosaur was a herbivore, which is a dinosaur that eats plants.  We then read about how it had horns, we then had a long think about the dinosaurs we know of which have horns and are herbivores.

Using our detective skills we read a Top Dinosaur book to see if it was one of the dinosaurs inside, sadly, we couldn’t find a dinosaur in the book which was being described.  So we then began to think about what other dinosaurs we knew, together we decided to research a triceratops.  After searching for the triceratops on the computer we found that this dinosaur had horns, a frill and was a herbivore!  We all then learned some super facts about a triceratops and wrote them in our books.

We also had some broken eggs in our classroom, these eggs had numbers and numicon written on them, our job was to try and put the pieces of egg back together by matching the right number to the correct numicon! We all did a fantastic job!

Dinosaurs invade Class 1!

On Tuesday morning we were all shocked to enter our classroom and see that it had been destroyed! We could not believe that someone would have been so cheeky as to make our classroom such a big mess! After having a discussion in our class we decided it might not have been a person at all, we all shared our ideas of who we thought it might be!

I think it was a  Rhino – Jersey

It was a Dinosaur! – Leo

We were surprised when a video of our classroom was found and it turned out to be a DINOSAUR that had invaded our classroom and made a huge mess!

We then created a spider diagram about what we wanted to find out about our dinosaur such as;

What type of dinosaur was it?

What did it eat?

How long ago did it live?

We have been working very hard to learn about different dinosaurs and what makes each dinosaur different.  We know that some dinosaurs are carnivores which means that they eat meat and we know that some dinosaurs are herbivores which means that eat lots of grass, leaves and trees.

A carnivore has sharp teeth! – Nova

Herbivores eat plants on the trees – Bodhi

We have had such a fantastic week learning about lots of different dinosaurs and can’t wait to see what happens next!

Maths PACT

This week we had a fantastic morning with our grown ups showing them how amazing we are in Maths!! We took part in so many fun, interactive Maths activities with our grown ups such as:

🌟 Doubling

🌟 Ordering numbers

🌟 Addition and subtraction using practical objects, lego and numicon

🌟 Number recognition

🌟 Subitising on a dice and identifying the numeral

🌟 Number formation

🌟 Board games to practise our number recognition, subitising and counting