8th - 12th November

Highlights of the week:

This week in English we have been reading ‘Emma Jane’s Aeroplane’ By Katie Haworth and Daniel Rieley. We started writing our own aeroplane adventure stories in the style of the book. We practiced making our sentences make sense by saying them out loud. This is an important skill as it stops us from getting carried away in our writing so we think about spelling and sentence structure. On our adventures we found an animal who wants to come travelling with us but on our flight something goes wrong with our plane! We have used the knowledge we have gathered about aeroplanes from our non-fiction book ‘Flying Machines’ to repair our planes and fly off back home.

If you want to know more about the story, you can watch a teacher from another school read it here:


In maths we have learnt adding two 2-digit numbers together (crossing ten), subtracting a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number (crossing ten) and subtracting 2-digit numbers from 2-digit numbers (within ten). We have been able to use these maths skills in our science experiment on Thursday. We had to find the difference between two 2-digit numbers for our experiment.

Phonics has focused on alternative spellings (‘ge’, ‘gi’ and ‘gy’) for the /j/ sound. The letters ‘e’ or ‘i’ or ‘y’ following a letter ‘g’ alert the reader to consider whether the letter ‘g’ represents the sound /j/ or /g/ in that particular word. The letters ‘e’ or ‘i’ can stand alone to represent a vowel phoneme (gem) or be part of a letter combination which represents a vowel phoneme (germ).

In science we have responded to our letter we received last week from Mr Ravioli. We conducted our experiment titled ‘Rubber Band Test’. We wanted to find out ‘Which is the stretchiest rubber band?’ We found 5 different rubber bands to compare. We thought rubber band number 5 was going to be the stretchiest because it was thicker. After conducting our experiment we found that we were correct and rubber band 5 was the stretchiest. We wrote a letter to Mr Ravioli informing him what we did and which bend we thought would be best for his car.

In history we have been reflecting on our History day and what we have learnt. We have then been organising our thoughts and developing our timeline. This has led into our research for Design and Technology as we have been looking at the development of the car more closely.

Home learning:

  • Please complete the phonics homework sheets and bring them in on Monday to be marked.
  • 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.
  • Please can you bring in a 2 x 3 egg box next week for your child. We will be using these in Design and Technology to build model cars.

We have the year 1 phonics screening check in soon, which was delayed from last year because of school closures. Please practice the copy of the phonics sheets. We will be sending you more information about this shortly.