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'We are Comet Class, we are cool,

We all go to Westdale School,

Learning powers as our guide,

In our work we can take pride.

Go COMETS!'

A new year has begun. New class for the children, and a new school for Mr Hedges. Settling in has gone quite well for all of us, only a few tears in the morning (mostly mine), and everyone has chuckled, giggled and tried their best.

Our starting topic is 'Super Heroes' - please check out the attached newsletter for extra detail.

We have been exploring the book 'Supertato' and Evil Pea has been spotted in the school building. The children remain ever vigilant! We have discussed super heroes we admire, be they real (mum, dad, nan etc) or imaginary (Batman, Super girl etc) and the children have been showing us their writing skills. Lots of speaking and listening has been happening, with ideas being shared and questions being asked. We have labelled parts of 'Supertato' and 'Evil Pea' which led on nicely to labelling the human body (science).

Our maths focus has been to secure our knowledge of the numbers to 10, their numerals and word names. We have counted out various amounts to 10, compared them using words such as greatest, least, fewer, more, less etc. We have played team games to encourage the use of mathematical language and explanation. We even counted back from any given number! That was a little tough for some of us but we will keep returning to it throughout the term.

A six week break is a long time and some of us have fallen back in to old habits with our letter formation, so there will be a lot of focus on letter formation as well as numeral formation and orientation. It is vital that we get these correct at this stage so that we can share our ideas with a wider audience as we go through school. You may be asked to work with children on this first thing in the morning or even as a little home task. If you are unsure of our handwriting policy just ask a member of staff.

Across Year 1 we are providing continuous provision as best we can in the afternoons, offering the children the opportunity to self select tasks as they did in F2. Our curriculum is quite full and a year is not really enough to cover everything in depth as it is, so we do run more structured mornings. So far nobody has downed tools and demanded time to 'play' and all the children have risen to the challenge of working on a task together instead of small isolated groups. This does allow greater coverage as well as aid maturity and responsibility for learning.

Don't forget 'Meet the Teacher' this coming Thursday, where we will inform you of the Reading Dojo award scheme as well as topic over views, homework, how you can support at home etc.

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