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Monday 30th September

What a busy but fantastic couple of weeks 1BD have had. Last week we all had a bit of a shock when we walked into class on Monday to find that all of our toys from our Toy Museum had run away and were causing havoc around the school.

The children had a great time hunting for them all and gradually, over the week, we managed to encourage them all back to the classroom. Across the week, the children used Talk for Writing to tell a story about where the toys went and what they got up which led to them writing an independent piece of writing on Friday.

In Science, the children were set the Egg Drop Challenge. In groups, they were given a selection of materials and were asked to cushion their egg (either by wrapping it or by creating a pillow) to prevent their egg from cracking when it was dropped from a height of 1metre onto the table. Out of 5 groups, 3 eggs survived the drop but all of the groups had genius ideas for how to protect their eggs.

‚ÄčThis week, has seen a very exciting visitor arrive in Year 1. Paddington has travelled from London to ask 1BD and 1CC for help writing to his Aunt Lucy in Darkest Peru. Today, the children have thought about how Paddington might be feeling being so far away from home and discussed what was different between London and Peru. The children decided that Paddington is likely to think that London is quite strange as it is full of people and traffic and there aren’t as many trees. They have decided it is quite noisy in London due to it being so busy. However, they have assured Aunt Lucy that Paddington is fine as he is living with a lovely family and still has a good supply of marmalade!

In Maths, the Paddington theme has continued where the children have been measuring paw prints, heights of Paddington teddy bears,  how tall different pairs of wellies are and have even been measuring the heights of different jars of marmalade! Stay tuned to hear about the other Paddington themed activities that the children will be enjoying this week!

As always, if you ever need to speak to me I am on the door each morning and after school or you can write me a note in your child’s Reading Diary.

Many thanks

Mrs Dodd


Monday 9th September

We are now 4 days into our new term and already the children have amazed me with how quickly they are settling into their new routines. We are still focussing on our whole school book called “An Atlas of Imaginary Places” and have moved onto a new world where fruit and vegetables grow under water and the unreal is real. The children produced some lovely descriptive sentences about the page and have been labelling different fruit and vegetables.

During Science today I was very proud of them as it was our first lesson where we worked all afternoon as a whole class. We made predictions about whether different materials would float or sink and then carried out an investigation to check if we had been right. The children were very surprised by some of the results but were able to discuss their thoughts well.

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow (Tuesday 10th September) is Meet the Teacher where you are invited in to find out more about Year 1 and the upcoming year and on Friday we have our “Atlas of Imaginary Places” showcase after school.


Here is also an update of some key dates for the year:

Key Stage One Harvest: 17th October

Parent’s Evenings: October 22nd and 23rd, February 12th and 13th

Christmas Fair: 29th November

Sudbury Hall Educational Visit: provisionally booked 3rd December

Phonics Screening: Week commencing 8th June

Key Stage One Sports day: 18th June

Summer Fair: 26th June


As always, if you ever need to speak to me I am on the door each morning and after school or you can write me a note in your child’s Reading Diary.

Many thanks

Mrs Dodd


Wednesday 4th September

Wow! We are at the end of our very first day back at school and what a fantastic day it has been! It was wonderful to see all of the children back, full of enthusiasm and ready to learn. The transition from Reception to Year 1 can be a little daunting at first but we introduce the changes gradually and so I am sure the children will settle into their new routines quickly.

We began work today based around our whole school text called “An Atlas of Imaginary Places” and I was blown away by the butterfly writing that the children produced. We also began our Science topic of Materials where we were exploring different materials and their properties. It was wonderful to see the children so curious and eager to find out more.

Our main topic this term will be Terrific Toy Tales which will look at toys from the past, include an Educational Visit to Sudbury Hall and culminate in a Year 1 museum showcase to parents. As soon as we know the dates for these we will let you know.

I have asked the class to help me with two of the displays in class. The Proud Cloud is where the children can showcase their achievements. Please take a photograph of your child when they achieve something they are proud of and I will put this on display. For the Reading display I would love pictures of the children reading for pleasure their favourite books.

I have attached the timetable for Autumn below. Please note that PE will be taught on a Tuesday and Wednesday and Spellings will be sent home each Friday for the children to learn for the next week. New Reading books will be given out this week.

As always, I am available to speak to on the door before and after school. I hope the children are as excited as I am about the year ahead.

Mrs Dodd