Houghton Primary School

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Wrens (Y1)

Wrens Class are our Year 1 group. They are taught by Mrs Wilkinson who is assisted by Miss Furness and Mrs Williams.

Autumn Term 2018

Please click here for Wrens Autumn 2018 Newsletter/Curriculum

Week beginning 3rd December 2018

Many thanks for all the support you have given Wrens to learn poems and songs and also for sending in Christmas outfits. The children have worked incredibly hard and have been very supportive of each other which is fantastic to see. We are very proud of their achievement and look forward to sharing this with you at the performances next Monday and Tuesday. We send our very best wishes to the members of our class who won't be well enough to do this despite all the effort they have put into rehearsal.

We have been continuing our woodland theme with the story of the Last Wolf and will be looking next week, as a follow up to our owl visit, at food chains and the impact that changes in the environment  can have on wildlife. Wrens were captivated by having such a close encounter with real,live owls and have become very knowledgeable experts.We are looking forward to finishing our world map and trying out a little bit of Christmas algebra to finish off our work on adding and subtracting this term.




Week beginning 5th November 2018

Apologies for not having been in touch-hopefully we have sorted our technical issues and will now be able to update you  more regularly!

PE sessions are Monday and Friday this half-term.Thanks so much for  sending in kits. Just a quick reminder,now the weather is cooler, about  socks for anyone who might be wearing tights.Hair also need to be tied up and earrings removed or taped up.

Many thanks too for your support with reading-it does make a huge difference.We are working in class on talking in complete sentences.Listening to stories can really help with this. Sharing a story and being read to makes a nice change, especially at the end of a busy day.

We enjoyed making Bonfire bread this week and the children were quite brave at trying new flavours.We have been working hard to name the seven continents and to recognize them by their shape. We will work in the next few weeks on trying to place them on our world map and add some interesting facts so be prepared for some finding out questions!

We are also working  on spotting 2d and 3d shapes in everyday life and continuing with our Red Riding Hood story.Thanks for supporting our trip to Fineshade Woods- we have used this experience lots to learn more about woodlands and how they work.






17th September 2018

It is hard to believe that we have only just completed our third Wednesday- the children have settled so well that it feels as though they have been here for ever! 

Thank you for support with kit, water bottles and reading books - we do appreciate this. If your child does not already have wellies in school these would be useful as the weather has now turned and we will still be out and about. Just a quick reminder about our trip next Friday- details can be found on the separate letter.

We were thrilled to receive the 'Brush and Dustpan' award from Mr James for our immaculate cloakroom. We are now working very hard to keep it like this!

We have loved using our discovery of a grey dagger moth caterpillar to find out about life cycles and woodland eco-systems.We have found out lots about the leaves and fruits of different trees and have been using these to sort and count in our numeracy work.Look out for a descent of woodpeckers appearing on a noticeboard near you soon...




Week beginning September 10th 2018

Welcome back last year's Robins and a special welcome to the brand new Wrens who have just joined us at Houghton. As you will see, we have been out and about making the most of the fine weather and the last dregs of sunshine!



The children have got off to a flying start,  settling really quickly into a new classroom and different routines.

We have really enjoyed the story of Mog and Bunny and we've talked lots about our favourite toys -including my very flat teddy bear who is over half a century old.We'd be please to see any pictures of children with their special blanket, bear or bunny, however worn and well-loved.(Please don't send the actual thing as these need to stay safe at home). We'd also like  to share any other Mog  or other Judith Kerr stories if anyone has a book we could borrow.

We have been spending our time in maths sorting and counting objects and working out how many more to make 10.We have talked about how important it is to arrange objects so that they can be counted accurately. Playing board games with dice at home,playing dominoes or just sorting and counting real objects will really help the children to become faster and more confident at counting independently.

Each child should now have a reading book to bring home.This is the focus of our Home Learning this half-term as regular practise really helps improve these skills. Please sign the reading diary once the book is read. We encourage Wrens to put their own reading wallet in the box when their book is ready to be changed.

We haven't needed them yet but there is lots of space on the welly rack.Very many thanks for your support in ensuring the children have had all the things they need with them- we do appreciate your help.

The Year 1 Team









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