Weekly news

Last week we had a very busy week and squeezed as much learning as possible into 5 days.

Last week in Maths we looked at Division by sharing. We used practical apparatus to solve division problems and soon mastered the concept and worked on our solving division problems independently. This week we are focusing on 2D Shapes.

In Literacy we made our own fact notes from dinosaur non-fiction books. We all learnt lots of new information from this activity. On Friday we did a Big Write where we wrote instructions on how to set up a fish tank. This week we will be continuing to look at non-fiction books and will identify key information from a non-fiction video. In our grammar work we worked on adding ‘ing’ to a verb.

Last week our Sound of the Week was ‘or’ as in shut the door. This week our sound is ‘air’ as in that’s not fair. Please practise writing words with this sound in at home.

In our topic work we sorted animals into vertebrates and invertebrates. This week we will learning about how animals have different diets and will be classifying animals as herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. We will also continue to listen to the Carnival of the Animals Music and we will be responding to the music through drawing, painting, dancing and writing, I am looking forward to this activity!

My Star of the Week is Mya for her amazing observational drawing in her artwork. She really thought about the features of her animal and included all the detail.

Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school with them on Thursdays, there are still a number of children who are coming to school without it. Please continue to keep reading at home with your children whenever possible; accessing Reading Eggs and Mathletics and practising spellings and number formation. Spellings and Maths homework were sent out in book bags tonight.

On Friday this week we will be going on our Year 1 trip to Tropical World. It was lovely to receive so many offers of volunteers on the day. I will inform parents tomorrow who I am taking.

If you need to speak to me please contact me on my email emily.chambelain@allertonceprimary.com or arrange a time to come and meet with me.

I hope that you have all had a fantastic weekend.

Miss Chamberlain

Alice in Numberland, Pancake pandemonium and singing mermaids all in a week!


We have had another great week and I can’t quite believe that I am sitting here writing at the end of another half term. Filled of pride, I have the opportunity to reflect on all of the fabulous learning that’s taken place and feel grateful to have such hard working, kind and caring children in my class.

In maths this week we have been focusing on recognising coins and notes. It has also been our whole school maths week with the theme of ‘Alice in Numberland’ which we have all really enjoyed! We have looked at doubling, halving, measuring and telling the time. After the holidays we will be focusing on multiplication and division using arrays.
In Literacy this week we all designed and created our own mermaid to put into our own story. Yesterday we planned our story clearly with a beginning, middle and end and we also considered the problem and resolution in our stories. Today the children wrote their own mermaid stories. I can’t wait to read these over the holidays. They look great! After the holidays we will start our non-fiction unit of work.

This week’s sound was ‘oo’. Please get the children to practice writing and reading words with this sound at home.

This week in Science we compared the similarities and differences between animals and humans, in particular an elephant! The children were great at this!

In history we sequenced the events of the Grace Darling Rescue Story and also completed end of topic assessments… I think it is fair to say that we have all learnt lots of new information.

Our Topic after half term is ‘Animal Kingdom’, if you see anything on your travels in the holidays that you think would be good to share please do bring it in when we return after the break.

My star this week is Melissa. I’ve been really proud of the effort she has made with her writing recently; I’ve seen masses of progress in a few short weeks and I can tell how hard she is trying. Well done Melissa and keep up this fabulous attitude! Tommy Bear was forgotten tonight and so he will look forward to joining Melissa for the week when we return.

Just a reminder for after the holidays, please make sure that children have PE kits in school for a Thursday. We still have some children who do not have PE kits in school.

Please continue to keep reading at home with your children whenever possible; accessing Reading Eggs and Mathletics and practicing spellings, counting and letter formation on the sheets which were sent home in book bags. No spellings have gone home for over the holidays but if you can practice writing numbers to 20 as words that would be great!

I hope that you all have a happy, healthy and fun packed week. I am sure everyone will have lots to share about their week when we return.

Miss Chamberlain 🙂

Another busy week..


We have had another great week in Year 1EC!

In maths this week we have been learning about 3D shapes. We have learnt their names and can now start to talk about their properties such as how many corners, faces and edges they have. Next week in maths our learning will be based around measurement. We will be using the language of measurement such as longer and shorter; comparing lengths and measuring using standard and non-standard units.

In Literacy this week we have been hooking with the traditional tale ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ On Thursday we ordered the main events of the story. Today as an independent Big Write we re-told the story. I will look forward to reading these over the weekend. They look fantastic and they are very detailed. Next week lets see if we can all remember capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in our writing!

In History this week we ordered the main events of the Great Fire of London in chronological order. The Children were great at this! Next week we will be thinking of reasons why the fire spread so quickly; sorting statements that are ‘true’ or ‘false’.

In Science this week we looked at magnetic and non magnetic objects. Next week we will be creating a feely board showing the properties of different materials. If you have any materials that you think might be good for this at home, please bring them in on Monday.

We have enjoying reading Nothing’s diary. Seeing  how he was made to feel safe and welcome at childrens houses. Again any photos would be great too! If you email them I will happily print off.  This weekend he will be staying with Mya as she did some amazing number work this afternoon.

This week’s star of the week is Savannah for her great attitude towards all of her learning. Well done Savannah, keep up the good work for Miss Chamberlain :).

Also today was this half terms Gold Book Assembly. This half term Aaliyah, Jack and Maxymilian were chosen. It was an incredibly hard decision as everyone has tried their very best!

Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school. PE is usually on a Thursday afternoon, unless there are changes to timetables. Maths home work is due in on a Tuesday and topic homework looked at on a Wednesday. The Year 1 Spelling test is on a Friday. Reading books are changed on a Thursday. Our library session is on a Tuesday so please return library books back to school on a Tuesday morning.

Please continue to keep reading at home with your children whenever possible; accessing Reading Eggs and Mathletics and practicing spellings, counting and letter formation on the sheets which were sent home in book bags.
Please continue to check out our class blog for updates and pictures of what we have been doing in year 1.The children love to receive comments on what we have been doing! I have showed the children how to write a comment on the blog this week so I should now be seeing lots of them!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me on emily.chamberlain@allertonceprimary.com or arrange a time to come and meet with me.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and keep walm as it is starting to get very cold.
Miss Chamberlain

Another week in 1EC of learning and fun


I want to say a huge thank you to all of the children and parents for helping me to settle into my new school. The school has such a happy atmosphere and I am so excited about the year ahead.

This week we have all finished our reading, writing, maths and science assessments and I was so pleased with the effort the children put into these.

We have have begun to get use to the routines of Year 1. In Maths this week we have started our independent challenge lists. The children have really enjoyed doing these whilst I have worked with small teaching groups each day. The challenge lists focus on target areas for the children and consolidating what they already know. It has been so lovely to see the children beginning to take charge of their own learning.

In Literacy this week we have started our Traditional Tales unit of work. Yesterday we heard and watched the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and then went on to order the main events of the story using pictures. The children all got very involved and acted the story out. Next week we will be learning about adjectives and will go on to use them in our sentences to write character descriptions of the troll (we have already begun to think about this…the whole class decided we would not want to meet a troll on a bridge!).

In Art we drew self portraits, using a mirror to see what we looked like. I was so impressed with the creative pieces that were produced. In Geography we have learnt about the four countries that make up the United Kingdom and located them on a map using an atlas. Next week we will go on to learn about the capital cities of these countries.

Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school each day with them especially if they are attending after school sports clubs. Our PE day is on a Thursday afternoon. Maths homework is due in on a Tuesday and Learning Logs on a Wednesday. Spellings have been sent home tonight, these will be tested next Thursday so try to get some practice done! Reading books will be changed on a Thursday, please try to read at home with your child whenever possible. Reading Eggs and Mathletics passwords were sent home with your child this week so please try to use this when possible in order to further your child’s learning.

Tommy Bear has gone home with Maxymilian this week, our Star of the Week, Maxymilian has demonstrated some amazing number work this week and has been so helpful round the classroom.

Please check our class blog regularly for news. The children would really love to receive some comments to promote further learning discussion.

Before and after school can often be quite busy so if you do not get time to see me please do not hesitate to email me to on emily.chamberlain@allertonceprimary.com or arrange a time to meet with me to discuss any queries or issues.

I hope that you all have a relaxing weekend after a busy week (we had lots of very tired children this afternoon).

Miss Chamberlain

The outdoors offers so much potential



Sorting shapes


library time