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Murakami Year 1

                                          Skills Builder


For our Skills Builder project, we became fashion designers. We had to pick a theme with our team, such as fireworks, nature and the beach. All of our clothes had to link to the theme but we could design it individually. We spent an afternoon embellishing our clothes with ribbon, patches and fabric to bring our designs to life. We worked together to help each other and used our creativity skills when people were unsure of what to do. We used lots of positive and encouraging language too. We worked really hard and finished the week with a fashion show. We had to walk down the catwalk and pose at the end. We hope you like our creations! 

                                        Trip to the Library


On Monday, we took a trip up to the new Sidcup Library. When the children arrived, the librarian told us lots of information about the library and the children were able to ask lots of questions. They then had an opportunity to explore the books at the library. We then were able to borrow some books. We chose books to do with our current topic plants. We also chose a science experiment book, which looked very exciting. 

                                            World Book Day


What a great day we have had! It was lovely to see all the children's fantastic costumes. They enjoyed telling each other about the characters that they were. 

For World Book Day, we read the story 'The Baddies' by Julia Donaldson. The children then came up with their own villain.

                                         Trip to RHS Wisley


We started off our new term with an exciting trip to RHS Wisley. The children had a great time yesterday planting and finding out about lots of different plants. 

Big thank you to all the adult helpers! 😊

                                        Making Castles


As part of their history learning, the children have been finding out lots about castles. They have learnt the features of a castle and why they needed to have these features.

The children then had a brilliant time last week creating their castles. They thought about all the features they needed to include. They worked well as a team and they painted the castles carefully. We just have a few more finishing touches to do and they will be complete.

Making Castles

                                    Witches and Wizards day!

As part of our work around our book 'Rapunzel' Bethan Woollvin, we held a Witches and Wizards day. The children created their own hats at home.  I was so impressed with all of the children's wonderful hat designs. During the day, the children enjoyed making potions and creating their own potion labels. 🧙‍♀️🧙‍♂️

Witches and Wizards Day

Teacher: Miss Gayson

TAs: Mrs Hill / Mrs Selvey


Here is some key information:

Children need to bring in book bags and reading records every day.
Reading books will be changed on a Tuesday. Children will be given a stage-appropriate book and a free choice book. The books need to be returned the following Tuesday. If you would like another book over the weekend, please ask the class teacher in the morning. Please read the book more than once, to help the children with word recognition and fluency. The children will be given a book appropriate for their reading level, or will choose their own book from the Accelerated Reader library. 
Children need to be reading for at least 20 minutes each day.
PE is on a Tuesday. Children need to come to school dressed in PE kits.
Homework (English, Maths, Spellings, Number bonds (Yr 1 – after October half term)  will go out on a Wednesday and is due back on the following Monday. Homework will be uploaded onto Google Classroom and should be completed in the homework books.
Spelling and times tables test will be on Monday.
Spelling practise will take play on Spelling Shed -
Times tables will be set via Times Tables Rock Stars (
Year 1s you can practice your number bonds using hit the button (

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me smiley


- Reading books will be changed every Tuesday. They will bring home a free-choice book and a stage-appropriate book.

- The children are expected to re-read the book throughout the week to help build word recognition, fluency and comprehension.

- There may be some occasions where children are given a book they have already had, this is no problem. In fact, it helps the children to build their fluency, comprehension and word recognition to read books over and over. 

- Encourage the children to read the book more than once over the period you have the book. 

- If you have not finished the book, please let me know. It is no problem, it just helps me keep track of the books being sent home. 

- Children should be reading for 20 minutes every day. 

- Ask your child questions about the story and unfamiliar words as they are reading to ensure they understand the book. 

- We will regularly reassess the children's reading to ensure they are taking home stage-appropriate books. 

- Please listen to your child read and sign the reading record. Let me know how they have got on with the book and any words they have found difficult.

- Please read TO your child regularly in addition to listening to them read. This will enhance their language, vocabulary, imagination and enjoyment of more challenging books than they would be able to read independently.