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Summer 1

Class wide reward party

Every half term, the children tend to have received through good behaviour or hard work, one hundred class wide rewards. This means that the children can choose a fun activity to do one afternoon. The Giants voted on a set of activities at the beginning of the year and this term they chose to bring in board games from home.

I am a big believer in the benefits of playing board games and card games. There is a whole wealth of developmental benefits to be gained by playing board games. No only are there social skills to learn: taking turns, following rules, helping others, being a team player, empathy and so much more. There are also core subject skills to learn: number recognition, retrieving information from text, thinking logically, creative thought and so on. Most educationalists have proved the increased development of children through play. Our school is no different, so it was a fun afternoon when the children got stuck into board games and card games from home:

Can We Build It?

As Walkley Primary school is getting a new school building we have been looking at the design, materials, and method of building a building. The children then wrote a brainstorm, designing there perfect school. Although some designs contained chip shops (not the healthiest), some contained petting zoos (risk assessment nightmare!), some also contained classrooms and a staff room...


The children were able to design purposeful, functional, appealing schools for themselves and other users based on our needs

and generated, developed, modelled and communicated their ideas through talking and drawing.



The children have been selecting from and using a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting and shaping.

and selecting from and using a wide range of materials that you have kindly provided from your recycling bins. 



Through creative curriculum lessons they have been exploring and evaluating a range of buildings

and evaluating their ideas and products with each other 


Technical knowledge

This coming week we will be exploring how their models can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.

This term, one of our numeracy goals in year one has been to understand division (sharing).

In the year one curriculum this is solving one-step problems involving multiplication and division, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays with the support of the teacher.



I can share 8, 12, 16 or 20 objects into 4

Remember To:

  • take turns giving each pile one object at a time

  • check at the end that each pile has the same amount