A quiet blog = A busy Seesaw!


As you may have noticed we have been a bit quiet on the blog front but that does not mean the class is quiet. We have been testing the Seesaw digital portfolio system with great success! This will in future take over for the daily achievements of the children and serve as a message port for parents.

It’s really great to see all the parental involvement and the children notice this and it inspires them to add the pieces of work that they are most proud of. In addition the children love reviewing and commenting on their friends work.

Collaborative. Creative. Connecting.

Column Addition

As the video shows above our children have been discovering (or rediscovering) different written strategies to solve problems. For 3-digit addition we looked at column addition. This strategy adds the units (ones) column, followed by the tens and finally the hundreds.

Extension: This strategy is applicable for numbers below or beyond the hundreds column!

Verbal Irony and Sarcasm

During our Power of Reading book, Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, Oliver and our mermaid Iris met some interesting Seaweed in the Sarcastic Sea. The were saying things that could be nice but their use of tone and attitude revealed them to be Verbal Irony and also Sarcasm. Cheeky Seaweed!

The children then role-played the scenes and added their own Verbal Irony examples. We has some real winners! But we also had to discuss that Sarcasm can be hurtful sometimes and thus it should be used with caution.

Have a great day! (That was not verbal irony, I really mean it, have a great day!)

Protecting our Rainforests: Palm Oil

In IPC we have learning about the great importance of our world’s Rainforests. In our last session we compiled a list of products derived from our Rainforests, and boy it was extensive!

We looked together at some examples of different products, such as food items, cosmetics, wood and medicines. We discussed the contribution of the rainforest to the products that we use in our everyday lives. Yet we also explored the issue of deforestation as a result of the production of peanut butter (See below).

The children were shocked and wondered why people would do this to our valuable rainforests? We then proceeded to create our our posters to bring the issue of Palm Oil and deforestation to life.

Check back here for our examples, coming soon!

Green Homework Bags

Hello Parents and Students,

Please from Monday September 12th, 2016 can you send in their green homework/ book bags. They should go home and come back each day. At the moment it should contain one levelled reading book, their reading diary and a library book. Please do not use it for P.E. clothes or snacks, thank you.

In addition, children’s work will periodically be sent home in this same bag. Thus, take a look to see what your child is reading and what they have been doing.



Time for Telling Time!

We are warming up the brains with some time explorations in Numeracy.

Children have been reviewing time to the hour and are exploring the half an quarter hour measurements. We have been using interactive clocks and real clocks to tell time in analogue and digital form.

Help your children tell time for their day:

  • What time is breakfast?
  • What time is school?
  • What time is school finished?
  • What time do we eat dinner?
  • What time is bedtime?


IPC: From A to B!

It’s all about travel and transport in Year 1!

Our children have completed their assessments and we are so proud of their progress. In addition we have begun a new IPC unit concerning travel and transport, From A to B.

Every day people all over the world make different types of journeys – on land, on sea and in the air. To make these journeys we have invented lots of different ways of getting from A to B. Year 1 will be investigating and exploring all that this entails.


Our buddy Beegu!

Beegu is not supposed to be on Earth. She is lost. This is a simple, bittersweet story telling a familiar tale of a child separated from her parents who struggles to cope in an unfamiliar world. It deals with themes of hope, kindness, loneliness and being an outsider. Alexis Deacon’s simple text and illustrations, with stark empty backgrounds allow the luminous Beegu to stand out. There is a childlike perspective to this touching tale.

Overall aims:

  • To explore, interpret and respond to a picture book
  • To explore narrative setting, plot and characters
  • To broaden understanding and use of appropriate vocabulary
  • To write short recounts from fictional personal experiences
  • To sequence events to write narratives

New Power of Reading Focus

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We have moved on from the The Lonely Beast to a new Power of Reading focus book and I’m sure it will be a hit!

We will be exploring the world of Bob in the entertaining and exciting book, Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram. This humorous book introduces the young reader to Bob’s routine existence, which contrasts absurdly with his exotic day job as janitor and tour guide on the moon. The parallel story is shared early on. While Bob emphatically reassures us that there is no such thing as aliens, careful scrutiny reveals these little creatures peeking out from nearly every illustration. Young readers are part of this gradually unfolding conspiracy about which Bob is oblivious.

Are aliens real? Let’s find out!