Please remember that tomorrow (Thursday 30th March) is mother tongue language day and on Friday 31st March it is a teacher training day so there is no school for the children. 

The children don’t need to bring their book bags tomorrow.

Miss Fernández and myself have given the children new books today and also an additional spelling sheet to practice their bear words. We will test it the children next Friday (7th April)

Have a lovely, sunny long weekend!

Kind Regards 

Karen Hagenaars 

Number bonds

This week we are revisiting number bonds. 

Children in Year One should be able to quickly recall all number bonds to 8, 9 and 10.

For example 

1 + 9 = 10

2 + 8 = 10

3 + 7 = 10

4 + 6 = 10

5 + 5 = 10

Some ideas for practical activites at home.

10’s Concentration —  write numbers 0-10 on separate post it notes. Turn all the post it notes face down on the table. Each player turns up two cards. If they add up to 10, they get to keep them and try again. If one of the cards is a 10, they get to keep it and turn up another card. Whoever has the most cards, wins.

Dice throws- Throw two dice and tell how many more you would need to make 10.

Three dice game- Throw 3 dice and tell how many more it takes to make 20

Brilliantly descriptive writing

In our book, the lonely beast, he travels to the depth of the ocean in the search of other beasts. Instead of beasts he finds a swarm of Jellyfish! We watched the video below and the children tried to describe these fascinating creatures.

The children did an amazing job, one example was from Alex when he suggested, ‘they are glowing in the ocean like a giant fireball’. Watch the video at home and see if your child can describe them to you?

Grote Rekendag 

This year, alongside 4,000 Nederlands basis schools (Primary Schools), ISB primary will be participating in a national maths initiative called, ‘het grote rekendag’, the big maths day. This event will take place all over the Nederlands and Vlanders on Wednesday 22nd March. The children will take part in practical investigations into maths. This event is designed to promote your child’s interest in the subject. this years theme is, meten, bewegen en construeren, which translates to measuring, movement and construction. On the day of the event children should come to school displaying their own house number. This could be on a hat, t’shirt or a photograph pinned to their clothes.More information can be found at

Lego x tables 

The children started to explore the 2 x tables using lego characters today. The children rolled a 12 sided dice 🎲 

They took the number they had rolled in lego characters…. they then counted the legs. By the end of the session they could write the amount of lego people’s legs as a multiplication sum

Eg. 2 x 4 = 8

Amazing job guys! Try this at home too

General reminders

Punctuality and independence 

Please try to make sure your child is on time for school each day as if they are frequently late or absent it really does have a negative effect on their learning and readiness for lessons. Also as a school we are actively encouraging the children to become independent. Please encourage your child to think about what they need in their bag for school, reading record, books, PE kit. We would also really appreciate it if you drop your children off at the door and they bring in and hang up their own belongings. 

PE kits

Our PE days are Wednesday’s and Thursday’s. If your child does not have their full kit, including trainers/pumps with them on these days they will be unable to participate in lessons.


This week we are reviewing the ng sound. Your child should be able to identify this sound in words eg. riNG, stiNG. They should also be able to find rhyming word, eg, sing, bing, zing. It would also be amazing if they could try to write full sentences (capital letters, full stops and finger spaces) as we have been practicing this lots at home.


We have launched into our new power of reading book, The lonely beast by Chris Judge.

The book is about a lonely beast who travels the world to find friends. We are encouraging the children to write using adjectives.

For example the Lonely Beast was HUGE and SCARY.

Talk to your child about the lonely beast. How do they describe him? Can they offer suggestions to how he can make friends? Can they make predictions about what will happen in the story?


This week we are looking at odd and even numbers, counting in 2’s, counting in 5’s and counting in 10’s. 

With odd and even numbers emphasize that even numbers can be shared equally by 2 and odd numbers can not.

We have learnt that all even numbers have to end with 0,2,4,6,8

And odd numbers end in 1,3,5,7 or 9.

Say different numbers to your child, can they identify if it is odd or even? What about your own house number?

INCAS assessments 

Dear Parents 

We started the INCAS assessments today. These are carried out in a quiet, relaxed environment, individually or in very small groups.

Your child will work through a series of quizzes throughout the week. They are wearing headphones to help them to concentrate and are given plenty of rest breaks so that they can perform to the best of their ability. 

They tests are appropriate for your child’s individual ability. They do not need to practice at home for these assessments.

If you wish to know more about these assessments please see the February addition of the parents newsletter where you can find details of information sessions we will be holding where the assessments will be explained in detail. It is very useful to attend these sessions.

Kind Regards 

Karen Hagenaars