1st - 5th November

We have had a great first week back after our half term break.

Homework for this week -

Thank you to all of you who took photos for our ‘bank’ of images to support our learning about Botley over the next few weeks.

This week, we will be sending home a phonics worksheet to support our learning.

Highlights of the week:

Our new English unit for the next few weeks will help us learn more about formal and informal writing. We started our week reading the story of The Jolly Postman. As part of this, we looked at how a letter is structured and noticed that they have an address, a date, who the letter is to, a main part of the letter and then who it is from.

Another of our activities this week was to write a question for The Jolly Postman. We found out that a question is something you ask when you need an answer. For example:

‘How are you?’ is a question, but ‘I am fine’ is just a statement.

We did a little bit of air writing to help us write a question mark. We will keep working on this.

We moved onto learning about subtraction this week following our work on addition before the half term break.

This week in Phonics we have been looking at sounds we previously learnt in reception. It’s always useful to go back over our earlier learning as a way of refreshing our understanding and correct use of the code in our spellings. The letter groups we concentrated on were /y/ igh, or and /w/ wh.

We started our geography topic this week and began looking at compass directions. We used the Beebots to help support this learning by programming them to move around a mat making sure they didn’t bump into any trees or benches!


A mystery bag found its way into our classrooms this week. It contained an old toy and we have been wondering if it might be a part of history. This got us thinking about our local area of Botley and what it might have looked like in the past. Our teachers had found a photo of Botley before cars were invented! It was very strange to see people just walking along the busy High Street.

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Home learning:

  • Please make sure you are reading with your child at least four times a week and commenting on their reading in their reading record book.
  • Please support your child to access Numbots online. It is recommended that children play Numbots for 10 minutes a day for maximum impact.