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Mrs De-Kayne is a Year 1 teacher and the Infant Phase co-ordinator

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updated 19.5.19 by sdk

Dear Parents,
This short term has flown by and we have been very excited about learning lots of facts about animals and their habitats. The last week is packed with lots of activities and we have been busy planting up our Sunflowers with some of the parent volunteers last Friday. Thank you Ladies!

The week ahead is as follows:

Language – We are currently using our research skills to find out and record facts about a variety of animals – especially those at Folly Farm. The children have been working in groups/ pairs and individually to carry out their research on the internet with support. We will continue with this until all the groups have completed the task.
As you will see we have been busy setting up the outdoor area for the children to practise some of their Literacy/Numeracy skills in the outdoor environment. The children have been totally engaged in their learning and all the staff have been very impressed with how the children are able to interact and work collaboratively to complete a variety of tasks.

Maths – We will be making animal top trumps with the children and these will then be put into the interactive Maths areas for the children to use. We have been working on Money last week and this will also continue to the end of term in our warm ups. We are looking at coin recognition and adding simple coins together.

Games – We will continue to go on the field this week to practise for Sports day which will be the first week back after half term. Please see the calendar for details!

Creative – We currently have a lovely Artist Nia Morgan working with us to produce a large piece of Art based on the ‘Rights of the Children’. The children have drafted some ideas onto paper and now she will come and work with them to produce the relief prints. We are very excited about this Art project as the work will be displayed in the hall for all to see and enjoy!

Reading will continue through out the week so please keep sending in the books and reading records so that we can listen to the children this week before the holidays and change their books.

Film night is this Thursday – consent form and money required please.

Thank you for all your support.
Mrs S DE-KAYNE/ Miss M Jones

Updated 12.5.19 by sdk

Dear All,
The children had a wonderful time at Folly Farm despite the rain! They asked a number of questions and showed a good understanding but now we shall be researching specific aspects of Animals and their habitats.

The week ahead is as follows:

Language – We have a being writing a recount of our trip and so we shall continue with this during Active learn time along with opening up our role play area outside that the children have been setting up with some support. We have also got our Mud Kitchen cleaned and back up and running. If you have any spare wooden /plastic spoons you no longer need please may we have them for our kitchen area. Later on in the week we will be using the I -pads to carry out some research on our topic of animals but looking at the different habitats.

Maths – The children have struggled with money last week – especially identifying the different coins and making different amounts and therefore we have decided to continue with money this week. Please can you go over what the different coins are and what they look like for the children to be able to work with coins from 1p up to £ 2.00. Playing shops at home is the best way with this!

Creative – We have got a lovely Artist coming in over the next few weeks working with all the children. We are producing a big piece of class art to be hung in the hall linking it to the Rights of the child. The Article we are working is in relation to Education and that every child has a right to go to school. The children have already put their own thoughts onto paper and we are excited to be part of this Arts Project.

Games – We are going to be on the field enjoying playing team sports with Jonathon this week. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school and proper footwear for safety reasons.

Thank you for your support,
Mrs S DE-KAYNE/ Miss M Jones.

Updated 6.5.19 by sdk

Dear Parents,
Hope you have all had a relaxing Bank Holiday weekend and these are the things we have got planned for the week ahead:

Language – We will be continuing with our Alliteration books about animals. The children have enjoyed writing their own books and illustrating them. Once we have been on our school trip we will be carrying out a recount of our trip and describing the animals we have seen on the day.

Maths – We are going to revisit Money as children find this a difficult concept. I know that a lot of children have been carrying out the Smarties Challenge and so I thought it was a good time to link money back into the planning. We will be looking at coins and recognising them from smallest value to the largest value. Also, we will be making amounts using different coins and seeing which are the fewest coins we can use to make certain amounts.

Reading – please remember to send your child’s reading books in every day. We do try an listen to readers as often as we can along with the RWI programme that we run daily as well.

School trip to Folly Farm on Wednesday. Please note the bus will be leaving at 9 and therefore it is important that the children arrive to school on time. Packed lunches required and NO money as we will not be going into the shops due to the time restrictions on the day. School Uniform is essential as is a coat as we think the weather may not be great on that day!

Thank you for all your support,
Mrs S De-Kayne/ Miss M Jones

Updated 28.4.19 by sdk
Dear All,

Hope you have had a relaxing and restful Easter holidays? We will be starting our Summer topic linked to animals and their habitats as our over arching topic. The Summer topic is always lots of fun and we do a variety of exciting activities as a spin off from it… watch this space for all the updates weekly!

The week ahead is as follows:-

Language – We will be introducing our topic this week by playing a word game linked to animals and their facts. Children will need to find the description to a word around the room and make a list of these words and their meanings. This is a great introduction as the vocabulary is rather specific and the children may not have heard this language before.

Maths We are going to move onto basic Fractions this week looking at recording a half / quarter of some basic shapes. The children will work in groups to make a class poster on coloured paper linked to what a half looks like and what a quarter looks like. We shall be working in mixed ability groupings this week to encourage all the children to work together on a given task.

P.E. This will be on the Wednesday as normal but the children will need trainers and proper warm clothes ( Joggers and warm tops) for outdoor work on the field. We will be doing a variety of races on the field with the children in readiness for Sports day. Please look at school calendar for the dates of Year1/2 sports days! Can we please have kits in by Tuesday if possible this week.

Clubs will NOT be starting this week. A letter will be coming out to you this week if your child would like to come to Wacky Wednesday Club for Arts and crafts. IF your child has already been then we would like to give the other children who haven’t been a chance to come on this occasion.

If you have any questions please come and see us as we are their every morning to assist you.

Mrs S De- Kayne/ Miss M Jones.

Updated by sdk – 7.4.19

Dear Parents,
One more week to go and what a busy but enjoyable term this has been for us all! I am sure you are all ready for a rest as I know the children are tired and have been working very hard. The week ahead is as follows:

Language – We are going to be doing ‘Special writing’ this week. Special writing is a task the children do independently as a way of assessing their writing skills. We have been using Bossy Verbs to make chocolate crispy cakes and they will be using their knowledge to write a Recipe for us as to how to make one of these.
We will be listening to readers this week and changing their reading books for the Easter holidays. Please make sure you listen to your child read at least for 10 minutes each night to support the reading that we do in school with them.

Maths – We will be revisiting money in the context of tens and units. The children will be adding up amounts and recording the amounts. Money is a difficult concept for the children but please if during the holidays you can play shops/ cafes etc…. to keep the adding going would be very helpful.

We will be doing some Easter Arts/ Crafts with the children as I know they are all excited about the Easter holidays. We shall be sending them all home on the Friday with the children. This Friday is our Autism Awareness day so the children will be carrying out activities linked to this.

We hope that you all having a relaxing family break!

Mrs S DE-KAYNE/Miss M Jones

Updated 31.3.19 – by sdk
Dear All,
Hope you have all had a good weekend and that all the mums liked the Mothering Sunday Button holes the children made for you?

It has already been a very busy term with a variety of activities going on such as Earth day/ Water day and our skipping events. The children have worked hard and they have done some deep thinking about all these wonderful events. A big cheer for the children in Year 1.

The week ahead is as follows:-

Language – We will be writing Magic Porridge Pot recipes this week looking at using a variety of Bossy Verbs to assist us with this task. The children will be encouraged to recite the words and then apply them into their writing. By the end of the week we will be having a go at making Chocolate crispy cakes and then having a go at some special writing using these skills.

Maths – This weeks Maths is gong to involve some problem solving tasks. The children will need to carry out simple subtractions to solve the code as a way of revising subtractions again. Also, there will be some pattern work to carry out later on in the week. During Active Learn sessions the children have been give a Stem Challenge to make 3D shapes using sticks. It is a very practical task and involves thinking skills to problem solve independently!

Active learn challenges
* We are going to planting up some seeds to start preparing for our outdoor area as after Easter the scaffolding is coming down and we thought the children could get back to the outdoor area. If you are busy buying or putting in seeds now for your own gardens please could you do extras for the class as well?
* We are going to be preparing a new bog area outside in the Infant yard as part of Swansea in Bloom competition that we are entering as a school. Please support us either with time for planting or by sending in some plants for the garden.
* We are going to be designing Healthy lunch boxes this week as part of out topic on Supermarkets and getting children to look at what a healthy food plate should look like. This is a great skill for the children as I know some children only like certain foods in their boxes. It might encourage them to have a go at eating other foods moving forward.

As you can see we are going to be very busy to the end of term now!
Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs S DE-KAYNE/ Miss M Jones

Updated 24.3.19 by sdk
Dear All,
Hope you have all had a relaxing weekend and enjoyed the lovely sunny weather we are having today!
The week ahead is as follows:

Language – We are going to be doing some fruit tasting on Monday and from that introduction we will be writing Senses Poems linked to different fruits. We shall also be painting fruits during Active learn. Our role play is going to be a café and a bakery linked to supermarkets as they children voted for this last week.
Reading takes place every day please so please ensure you send in your child’s reading records each day. The children have now also been grouped into their new RWI groups and during these sessions we are doing reading/ spellings and handwriting tasks.

Maths – Last Friday we carried out an activity linked to carrying water as part of Water Aid awareness day. I thought it would be a good idea now for us to follow up with capacity and volume as part of measure. We are hoping to carry out a number of activities looking at lighter than / heavier than in relation to objects. Also, we will now be making 2D/3D shapes out of straw in our interactive Maths area.

I.T – The children are busy making shopping list food linked on I pads for the role play area and they will also be producing Menus for the café.

P.E – Jonathon will be continuing with PE in the hall on Wednesday.

Just a reminder that tickets go on sale in the office for the Quiz night this coming Friday. Please support our PTA to raise funds for the school whilst at the same time having fun. The teams will be 8 to a team and drinks and nibbles can be purchased on the night!
Thank you all for your continued support,

Mrs S DE-KAYNE/ Miss M Jones

Updated 18.3.19 by sdk
Dear All,
Our timetable this week is as below as we had to make some changes last week as Miss Jones was away.
We have sorted our RWI groups and the children have now started their reading sessions in their new groups this week. Please keep sending in the reading books every day as we will be trying to change books every day.

Thank you for all your continued support,
Mrs S DE-KAYNE/ Miss M Jones.

Updated 10.3.19 by sdk
Dear All,
Thank you to you all for coming to the parents evening and allowing us to share the work with you since the last meetings. We have had some very positive feedback about the work and how lovely the books looked… Thank you!
The week ahead is as follows :-

Science – It is Science week this week and therefore we are going to be doing some experiments linked to ‘Humpty Dumpty’. We will be wrapping hard boiled eggs in different materials and then dropping him from different height. Children will ne encouraged to discuss and make predictions as to which materials will protect the egg the best and why?

Maths – We will be continuing with the teaching of Subtraction using the Jumping Forward Method and finding the difference to solve the sum. We shall be allowing the children to use number lines to carry out this activity. We have taught this method last week and are now consolidating the learning by allowing the children to carry out independent tasks.

Language – We will be going into our new RWI groups this week along with spelling groups as discussed at the parents meetings. The children will be carrying out a number of spelling games to make it fun but we will now be embedding the Year 1 Key words and for some groups the Year 2 Key words. Please keep going over the words we shared with you at the parents meetings with your children and continue encouraging the children to read every night please even if it is just for 10 minutes.

P.E – Jonathon is back on Wednesdays to work with the Year 1 children and we will be carrying out team building games along with developing good listening skills to follow the instructions. The children enjoy working with Jonathon as he makes the activities both fun but challenging them to work together.

I would just like to say that the children were very well behaved on our trip last Thursday dressed in their favourite book characters. The staff commented on how wonderful they all looked on World Book day and how good their listening skills were in the Science Labs. We were very proud of them all as was Mrs Phillips!

Thank you for all your support and if you have any issues in relation to Year 1, I would like to remind you that I am here as Foundation Phase Coordinator and happy to have a chat with you at anytime or speak to the class teacher.

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Miss M Jones

updated 10.2.19 by sdk

Dear All,
The week ahead is as follows:
Language – We are currently writing leaflets to encourage visitors to Swansea. We are hoping to share our work with the other children in the school during Welsh week. The children have had some lovely ideas and have presented the leaflets in a very creative way. We shall be sending some of these to China for the children visiting the school in July.

Maths We are currently teaching Time. We are doing O’clock/ Half past and to extend the children we are also teaching quarter past and quarter to. Please encourage your child at home to use the clock at key times such as bed time and waking up time etc….

Art We are currently doing some work in the style of a local artist called Ann Blades linked to our topic on the Locality. The children have enjoyed working in small groups to share ideas and to come up with their designs.

P.E. Please remember to send in P.E kits for the children to do P.E in the hall.

Thank you for all your support,
Mrs S DE-KAYNE/ Miss M Jones

Updated by sdk – 3.2.19

Dear All,
Thank you to everyone that carried out the Big Garden Bird watch and sent in the data.
The week ahead is as follows:
Language – We are going to be drafting leaflets to persuade people to visit Swansea Bay. These are then going to be sent to our Chinese pupils that are going to be visiting in July this year to show them what they can look forward to as part of our International links.

Maths – We are carrying out data handling from our bird survey and drawing block graphs to represent the data. The children have already been interpreting graph. They will also be doing that in their ICT sessions on Wednesdays with Miss Jones.

strong>P.E– The children will continue with Gymnastics with Miss Rees in the hall. They will need to have their P.E kit in school please every Wednesday. The Kit needs to be a white T shirt and black shorts. No trainers needed as they will be in the hall.

ICT – We have recently issued every child with a Hwb password and login for their personal use on HWB. Please can you teach your child how to log on at home as they will need to start logging on independently in school to save their work and they can then access it at home. Please do not reset these passwords as they need to be the same as the ones in school.

Thank you for all your continued support.
Mrs S De-Kayne/ Miss M Jones

Updated 20.1.19 – by sdk
Dear Parents,
I hope that you have all had a good weekend!
The week ahead is as follows:

Language – We are carrying on talking and describing different types of house and their characteristics in our locality. We will be introducing map making soon and we shall also be taking a walk in our area with the view to mapping out our route to school. If you are walking to school with your child please point out the shops and any other key features that might assist your child to draw out their route later on.

Maths – We are going to be looking at properties of 3D shapes this week and we shall be including vocabulary such as Edges/ Corners/ Faces/ Curved Faces etc….The children will be going on a hunt to see how many different shapes they can spot around the school and you could play the same game at home with your child for a bit of fun.

Science -We are going to be carrying out experiments on looking at materials and their properties. Linked to our school roof we are looking to see which materials would be waterproof and the children will be investigating these in small groups. They are very excited about this and so please encourage them to talk about their experiments with you at home.

P.E. There are a couple of children who have still not brought in their kits for PE. A gentle reminder it is just a plain T Shirt and black shorts for PE. No trainers are needed as the children will be in the hall doing Gymnastics up to the end of term.

We are currently listening to readers every day so please can you send in reading books ad records everyday with your child. If you can record in their books it does help us to see how they are getting on with you at home. Thank -you for all your support.
Please keep the different size boxes coming in for junk modelling including tubes etc…we cant use the plastic bottles for making houses so please do not send any plastics in.

Mrs S De – Kayne / Miss. M Jones

Updated 14.1.19 by sdk
Dear All,
The children have settled down well despite the roof being done and Thank you all for your understanding in relation to this!

Language – We are currently creating dictionaries to describe the different types of houses in our locality. eg Semi detached / detached/ bungalow etc… Please send in photos of your houses as we will soon be describing them with a view to selling them!!

Maths – I have done some revision questions on place value after the holidays and we have started subtractions. We will be putting out more challenges in the Maths area linked to taking away.

P.E. – Miss Rees will be teaching PE to both classes on a Wednesday.We need all PE kits in school please as soon as possible.

Our timetable has changed a little due to avoid congestion in the yard but we are all feeling more settled and enjoying being back in work.

Thank you for all your support,
Mrs S De-Kayne/ Miss M Jones

Updated 16.12.18 by sdk
Dear All,
Our last week before our festive holidays. It is going to be a busy week with parties for the children and lots of fun activities. We still have a few things we want to complete and that is our recount of the RSPB visit to the school last week and measuring skills.
Party boxes in school on Tuesday and party games in the afternoon.
We will be going to the Panto on Thursday from Reception- Year 2 children.
Friday is toy day but no valuable toys or electronic games please. Could all the children bring games in a carrier bag with their names clearly marked on the bag to return everything safely back to you before the holidays.

Thank you for all your support,

Mrs S DE-KAYNE/ Miss M Jones

Updated 9.12.18 by sdk

Dear All,

We wanted to Thank you all for coming to our Christmas concert last week and for all the support with the costumes etc….the children looked amazing and spoke clearly on the stage. We have only got a couple of weeks left and so we are currently finishing off all outstanding work and doing a variety of Christmas activities.  The week ahead is as follows:

Language – We are going to be doing some special writing in small groups, The writing will be a character description linked to a modelled piece of work the children have already done. They can make links with their previous learning and have a go at an independent piece of work.

Maths – We have recently done two assessments to check on the children’s understanding of what we have been teaching and therefore we will re visit some Maths vocabulary again such as more than and less than and we shall be carrying out some measuring activities using standard and non standard ways of measuring.

Welsh – We are now coming to the end of our 4 weekly carousel of activities on the Wednesday and then we shall begin to plan for the new year.

IT – The children have been learning how to send emails and we shall continue to consolidate this work. We are hoping to have a Diwali/Christmas party next Monday pm to round up our work on the Topic of Festival of lights. The children have sent Mrs Phillips and our students an email to invite them to our mini celebration.

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Miss M Jones

Updated – 2.12.18 by sdk

Dear All,

Just a reminder that it is our Dress Rehearsal this Wednesday at 2.15 pm in the hall. We shall be sending the costumes home with the children that evening for them to come back on Thursday between 5.00 – 5.15pm dressed and ready for the main concert to begin at 5.30pm. Please send all costumes in by tomorrow.

Language – We have been busy re drafting our work to place on our display boards. The children have been using pens to re draft with and have been very proud to share their work with Mrs Phillips. We shall continue to get all the work completed this week. Reading will continue as usual so please keep sending the books in with the reading records.

Maths – We will be doing an Autumn assessment with the children to assess for any gaps in their learning and making sure we go over any work the children are not sure about between now and the end of term. Please keep playing with money at home with the children especially with Christmas coming up.

IT – The children will be sending out some e-mails this week to our students that finished on Friday to invite them back for a Diwali party at the end of term as part of our topic. If you have an opportunity please show the children on your computers how e- mails work and the way to draft one.

We will now be starting our Christmas crafts ready for the children to bring things home to decorate the house with ready for Christmas holidays.

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Miss M Jones


Dear All,

Hope you all had a good weekend and ready for the busy week ahead….

Language – We are continuing to make our films linked to the Story of Rama and Sita. The children have enjoyed working in the outdoors to retell the story. The students are putting the movie together later on the week. Children have been re drafting work for display and we have been very excited to see our display boards filling up with all their lovely work.

Maths – We are carrying on with money this week. The children are making amounts to a pound and two pounds using toys that have been priced up.

ICT – The children are going to be using Pic collage to write about their Rangoli patterns and describe the pulses they have used. We are sending the Rangoli patterns home with the children as they as so proud to share them with you.

Please can we have all the costumes in by Friday the latest.

Mrs s De-kayne/ Miss M Jones


18.11.18- by sdk

Dear All,

Just a quick reminder that we are rapidly moving towards the Christmas concerts so please make sure you have taught your children the lines. You will see we have sent you the whole script so that you can tell your child who comes before them to help them on the night. It is always difficult to go on stage and do  the rehearsals unless the children know the lines. Thank you in advance!

The week ahead is as follows:-

Language –  Children are continuing to read the  ancient story  from India of’ Ravana the Demon King’ linked to how Diwali originated. It as a story about how good wins over evil and how it was celebrated after a great battle by lighting diva lamps. Children will continue to describe the characters from the book this week. At the same time they are busy painting 10 heads and being creative as they are going to start acting out the story to make a little movie.

Maths – We are introducing money this week. Children need to be able to investigate how to make values to 10p and 20p using different coins. Later on in the week they will be busy writing  Christmas  wish lists …….they will only have a pound/ two pounds to spend and need to start giving change. We are setting up a post office to encourage Numeracy skills. They will be making  Christmas postage stamps using teen numbers! They will also be doing physical activity every day and timing activities they can do within a minute and learning to record numbers. Please play shops at home as this is a good way using real money in a purse.

We are going to take opportunity to talk about ‘World Toilet day’tomorrow and we shall carry on with reading activities as we have been doing each week. The children are making great progress with their reading. Please support us by recording each time they read with you as we need to do this before they can change their books. The children usually can’t remember if they have read at home!

Thank you for all your support and hope that the costume list is clear and easy to source for the Christmas concert.

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Miss M Jones.


11.11.18 – by sdk

Dear All,

Hope that you have all had a good weekend despite the awful weather! Just to let you know that we have 2 student teachers with us for the next 4 weeks. We have planned the work with them and they will be delivering the lessons during these 4 weeks across Year 1. We will also be with them to provide support and guidance during these sessions. The week ahead is as follows: –

Language – We are currently teaching’The festival of Light’ linked to the Ancient story from India. Last week people all around the world celebrated Diwali and the children will be writing character descriptions linked to the story. As part of Active Learn we will be doing Mendhi patterns and painting cut out hands. The children are also setting up Siop Losin ( Sweet shop) linked to our trip from St Fagans  and we shall be working with money . The children will be buying sweets fro values 11- 20p and giving change. If you would like to play shops at home with them that would support their learning linked to money.

Maths –  We shall be continuing with ordinal numbers in the Maths challenge areas and we shall be continuing with place value. I am going to be setting up a mud kitchen this week with the children’s help so …..please if you have any old spoons of different sizes please send them in. A mud kitchen is an excellent way of teaching Numeracy across the curriculum. We shall be looking to make Diwali Sweets in the mud kitchen for a Diwali party!

The children will be carrying out a variety of activities on Friday linked to Children in need – please support us by wearing something spotty and sending in a pound for the charity.

Thank you for all your support.

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Miss M Jones.


4.11.18 – by sdk

Dear All,

We hope that you have had a relaxing half term and no doubt the children are looking forward to coming back and telling their friends all about their time off!

The term before Christmas is usually our busiest due to the concerts etc…. but we will be doing the following activities in the week ahead:-

Language – We voted at the end of last term as to what each child wanted to write about from their visit giving the children a real pupil voice in their learning from the trip. We shall be putting the children into four groups and be writing about the Key areas we visited at St Fagans. We shall also be making some time lines looking at the past and present in relation to shopping and as part of our role play areas we will be allowing the children to role play ‘Washing Days’in times gone by. So, if you have any bloomers you would like the children to wash send them in!

Maths – We will be doing place value concentrating on teen numbers which the children find the most difficult to understand and linking them to coin values – 10p / 1p. We are hoping to have the mud kitchen open as well as it is a great way of learning numeracy through the curriculum.

 P.E – Please don’t forget kits as children will be in the hall with Jonathon.

We will be allowing the children to soon choose their parts in the Christmas concert so please once the lines come out – help your child to learn them straight away so that we can make the most of the hall time. Year 1 concert is the first one this year – refer to the school calendar for dates!

Thank you for all your support and we hope we have a good second term moving ahead.

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Miss M Jones.


21.10.18 – by sdk

Dear All,

The last week of term is a busy one but we can all have a nice break then!

Language –  This week we are doing some personal and social activities linked to What makes a good person? It is a philosophical question and the idea is to get children to talk to each other about their views and opinions. We shall be sharing some Fables with them and getting the discussion going so that they have something to anchor their views onto. We shall record our views on post  it notes and share them with each other. Also, as a follow up from our school trip on Wednesday we shall be doing a recount of St. Fagans in relation to what we saw what we noticed etc..

Maths – This week we are re visiting estimation with the added experience of grouping the objects either into 5’s or 10’s. We shall also be working with bigger numbers 20 – 60 and getting children to use their 100 squares to record their numbers correctly. Children will also be outside practising their numbers with paint brushes/ chalks etc… on the ground using larger numbers 20-60 etc..

Reminder please that it is a packed lunch for Wednesday along with a waterproof coat and sensible shoes as it might be a wet day for our trip. We are outside for most of the day. 

Mrs S DE-Kayne/ Miss M Jones



14.10.18 -b y sdk

Dear All,

Hope you have had a good weekend despite the awful weather we have had!

The week ahead is as follows:

Language – Prior to out trip to St Fagans we are going to get the children to share their knowledge about living in the past compared to the present.  We shall use this as a starting point from where to further extend their knowledge about living in the past linked to house and homes and how school life has changed since those days.

Maths –  This week will be a stand alone problem solving week to get the children to work together and also to share strategies for solving problems. I am very keen to show the children that they can draw out answers and how to add and subtract using a drawing out skill that will be very useful moving through the school.  We will also be cutting out symmetrical leaves to make a shape tree using Autumn colours.

Science – Our class exploration areas are going to be opened up this week to allow the children to look at a variety of natural objects. I have been busy collected pine cones/ shells / leaves / twigs etc… children will be encouraged to talk about shape/ size and how the object feels using vocabulary such as rough/ smooth etc…. if you are out and about please collect and send in things with your child. Looking for unusual pebbles and stones!

If you haven’t put your name down for parents appointments please do. It is important we chat about your child to support their learning in the year ahead. 

Mrs S De-Kayne / Miss M Jones


7.10.18- by sdk

Dear All,

We have a busy week ahead…..

Language – The children will be using their debating skills as to why we should work with our friends but they will also need to look at the pros and cons of this to put both the sides of the argument forward in a speech bubble. This is all linked to work we did last week on Friendships and our Rights to have a Friend.  Children will be using their IT skills from last week to write independently about the 3 little pigs using vocabulary to describe them.

Maths –  We are looking at 2.D shapes. Children will be sequencing shapes such as squares/ circles/ triangles . We will be looking at symmetrical shapes and sorting and grouping them. Vocabulary to consolidate with the children will be straight lines shapes / curved shapes. We will be looking at shaped houses and having lots of fun linked to out Topic on families. During Maths we are also creating Fantasy Friendship Recipes and writing them on little cards to incorporate our language skills during Maths time. They also have a Beebot challenge linked to Algorithms.

P.E.  Every Thursday the children either go in the hall or out doors with Jonathon to develop team sports and working on their skills to share / work together.

Outdoor learning –  Every Friday the children will be going out to either the woodland area or gardening in our Year 1 area. Please send wellies so that all children can enjoy these outdoor experiences along with coats. One group will be indoors cooking/ baking and making things to eat.

Thank you for all your support with the reading books. We feel each week the children are making great progress with their reading.

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Miss M Jones



30.9.18 – by sdk

Dear All,

The week ahead is as follows:-

Language – We are learning to retell the story of’ The 3 little pigs’ and the children have been carrying out some adjective work on describing the wolf. We will now be focusing on them using theses to make a sentence using the I-pads and a visual cue of the wolf. We have set up a reading system now which we are constantly reviewing to ensure that the children not only read regularly but also change books. During these sessions we will be carrying activities to develop our fine motor skills as well.

Maths –  This week we will be looking at doubling numbers to 10/20 using a variety of concrete apparatus. We have been chanting double numbers during our warm ups in class and therefore if you wish to re enforce these at home please do so. Every Wednesday we have a problem solving activity for the children to develop problem solving skills.

Active Learn – Science- During these sessions the children will be carrying out a leaf investigation by collecting and looking at leaves to see what seasonal changes they are under going. These will be sequenced according to how they have degraded especially with the colours as a guidance.

Please send your child’s wellies into school and coats as they will be needed for the outdoor learning.

Thank you for all your support,

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Miss M Jones


24.9.18 – by sdk

Dear All,

Thank -you to all the parents that came to our parents meetings tonight and we hope you found it useful. The week ahead is as follows:-

Language –  Our focus this week is on writing about our rights. We shall be sharing some of the important Articles with the children and then with support encouraging to write about them. We are a Rights and Respecting School and therefore this session is important to us. Reading activities this week will include reading with the teachers/ Pencil activity is recording 3 letter words/ reading corner is open to share a book with your friends and we are also doing fine motor activities to develop our pencil grips.

Maths –  We are looking at different ways at making 5/6/7 and 8 using 2 different coloured pegs to show all the different combinations. We are also carrying out a Numicon hunt and using vocabulary  such as forwards/ backwards/ right and left using electronic cars as part of positional language.

P.E. – Thursdays will be our PE day. Please send in PE kits – white T Shirt and black shorts.

Please can everyone bring in their Wellies for outdoor learning and coats every day. The book fair is on after school each day. Please feel free to go along outside the hall and have a look at all the lovely books available to buy!

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Miss M Jones


16.9.18 – sdk

Dear Parents,

The week ahead is as follows:-

Language – We are going to start writing about our families with teacher support and the children will be beginning their Active Learn sessions this week as well which will include the outdoor activities. Reading books need to come in everyday please .

Maths – We are going to be teaching about number lines this week and creating our own in class as well as looking at estimation. We are going to start working with numbers up to 20/ 30 and we shall be using concrete apparatus such as Unifix and Numicon to support our learning.

Welsh – We have started making dictionaries about our families and drawing and labelling them and this week we shall continue with this activity and finish them off.

P.E.   Jonathon the sports coach will be working with the Year 1 ‘s this year to build team concepts within the classes and working together.

ICT – We will be working with the children in small groups to teach them how to log on and make e- dictionaries in Welsh to consolidate their Welsh vocabulary.

Please note every Friday afternoon we will be all outside with the children. Miss Jones will be doing Forest schools activities/ I shall be gardening with the children and Mrs Wood will be in the Willow circle re-telling stories and carrying out some drama work. Please send in your child’s wellies as the weather has changed.

Thank you for all your support.

Mrs De-Kayne/Miss M Jones



13.9.18 – sdk

Dear Parents,

Please note in your diaries that meet the teacher meeting and finding out how Year 1 is going to work moving forward will be held on the Monday 24th September in the Year 1 class rooms at 5pm – 6pm.  We are looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

Mrs S De-Kayne/ Miss M Jones


10.9.18 – sdk

Welcome to all of you to Year 1. The week ahead is as follows :

Language – We are currently sharing ideas about our Topic on ‘Family Albums’ this term. We are drawing our families and next week we will be writing about them during Active Learn . READING – Please send children’s books in every day as I am keen to make sure the children are heard reading as often as possible and books changed frequently. 

Maths – We have been carrying out a problem solving to make our group 100 squares and to begin to understand where numbers sit in relation to each other. We have also been carrying out Data collection on the children’s birthdays and making Pictograms.

PSD –  This week we are getting the children into routines and making them understand their responsibilities in class by creating a Classroom Charter – rules by which we can all work together as a class for the year ahead.

P.E- This will be every Thursday and we will be starting with gymnastics. Please send in P.E kits for your child fully labelled with their names.

The children are settling in very well into Year 1 and Thank you for your support in these early stages of getting the children into a routine.

Mrs De-Kayne/ Miss M Jones