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Year 1/2 - Brackendene

This week...

The children continue to work hard each week and have enjoyed getting outside as much as possible. 


In English we looked the book 'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llenas. We explored how different colours can express different emotions we are feeling and what happens when we have certain feelings. We have been trying hard to remember to use capital letters and full stops correctly, whilst also writing on the line with clear finger spaces. Year 1 have tried hard to use their phonics to write words that they can read back.


Well done everyone on your first attempt at your spellings this week. Keep up the good work.


Children have come home with their reading books. Please ensure they read daily. It would be helpful if they could have their books in school each day in order to read with an adult. We will not be signing diaries but will check these have been signed. We will change the books every Thursday.


In Maths we have continued to look at numbers and explored one more and one less.


In Topic we have explored the differences between the fire service now and in the past and what makes them different. In art we looked at changing the tone of a colour by adding white.


Please remember that, as face-to-face communication is limited, the contact your teacher form is at the bottom of the page should you need to use it.


Wishing you all a lovely weekend,


Mrs Quickenden


Next Week...

English - We will  be watching a short video clip called 'Something Fishy' and using this as a stimulus to help us learn what an adjective is and how we can add these into our writing. 

In Guided Reading we will be exploring a poem on our senses and learning the skill of retrieval to find answers to questions.

We will also be continuing to revise phase 3 sounds. I have attached phase 2, 3, 4, and 5 flash cards below. Please feel free to print and cut these out to use at home to revise the sounds. This would really help support your children in retaining each sound. Year 1 would not have been taught phase 5 year so they only need to revise phase 2 and 3 for now.


Maths - .Year 1 and year 2 will be comparing numbers and using words like 'greater than', 'less than' and 'equal to' and using the signs to represent these words < = >


Science - We will continue our Materials topic


Topic - Children will continue to find out about 'The Great Fire of London' and discuss why it spread so quickly. In Art we will be experimenting with different brush strokes and using different tools to create a different effect.


Home Learning

Home learning is set every Friday and should be completed by the following Wednesday.


Reading - Please read daily. Books will be changed every Thursday.


Spellings - Both year 1 and year 2 will have weekly spellings they need to learn. We will be testing the children on a Thursday. The spellings are attached below and I would like them to learn week 3.


Purple Mash -Children will have come home with their log in details for purple mash. Please log in and complete the activity that has been set as a 2do - this week you need to draw 4 different emotions. We are wanting the children to get use to using the mouse to draw. It would also be helpful if you could support your child in logging in by themselves to help them in class when using purple mash.


Phonic flash card sounds attached below to revise daily/weekly



Our class' outdoor PE day is a Thursday - children should come to school on a Thursday in their PE kit. This half term we will be looking at the theme of 'running'  and will be outside as much as the weather allows, so children should be dressed warmly enough, including wearing tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt. Gloves and a hat are permitted in the winter if needed.




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Useful links to supplementary online resources:

IXL online learning -

BBC Bitesize -

Oak National Academy online learning -

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