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welcome to goldfinches' class page

Class Teacher: Mrs White

Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Mrs Donald

Goldfinches' Gallery

our learning in the spring 1 term

This half term our topic is Penguins & Polar Bears

Please see our Long Term Plans for more details of the subjects taught through our topic.

in Maths we are ...

In english we are ...


  • To know the number of hours in one day
  • To know that there are 60 minutes in one hour
  • To be able to tell the time quarter past on an analogue clock
  • To be able to tell the time quarter to on an analogue clock
  • To be able to tell the time on an analogue clock with five minute intervals
  • To be able to sequence daily events
  • To calculate durations of time in minutes
  • To calculate durations of time in minutes and hours


  • Relate halves and quarters to division
  • Identify the parts of a fraction
  • Identify half of a shape
  • Find halves, thirds and quarters of shape
  • Identify fractions of shape with different numerators
  • Identify unit fractions of quantity
  • Identify unit fractions of quantity and shape
  • Identify non unit fractions of quantity and shape
  • Identify equivalent fractions


Adding & subtracting two digit numbers (regrouping)

  • Use the Make ten strategy to add ones
  • Regroup when adding
  • Use the Make ten strategy to subtract ones
  • Regroup when subtracting
  • Solve addition and subtraction word problems
  • Use the Round and adjust strategy to add
  • Use the Round and adjust strategy to subtract
  • Add near doubles













Writing: Fiction

  • Writing stories set in the location of our topic
  • Sequencing events and clauses to create a narrative
  •  Join sentences with conjunctions and connectives

  • Varying the way sentences begin


  • Using nouns and pronouns for variety

  • Using adverbs for extra detail

  • Using subordination (when, if, that or because)

  • Using coordination (or, and, but).


Writing: Non-Fiction

  • Creating information texts on animals
  • Using topical vocabulary (linked to topic and science work)
  • Using headings and subheadings to separate information
  • Using the correct tenses
  • Writing for a range of purposes


Spelling and Grammar

  • progressing through our Rocket Spelling Challenges, spelling words correctly in dictated sentences
  • Learning spelling rules for adding suffixes to root words
  • continuing to learn different spelling strategies to help us learn new words
  • Learning about different types of sentences


  • reading non-fiction texts related to our topic
  • reading stories by Oliver Jeffers
  • enjoying our School Library and Class Reading Area
  •  reading a range of fiction books

Our Class Reader

We will be reading The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark by Jill Tomlinson.


                              Image result for the owl who was afraid of the dark


Please see below for videos to help your child's learning in these areas.

useful links

Thinking Blocks - an app designed to help embed understanding of bar models.  Image result for thinking blocks

BBC Dance Mat Typing - practise your typing skills with this great activity

KS1 BBC Bitesize Literacy - lots of fun activities to practise spelling, punctuation, grammar and much, much more

KS1 BBC Bitesize Maths - practise all areas of your maths with these exciting activities

KS1 BBC Bitesize Science - learn more about Science with this range of activities

BBC Bitesize KS1 Education - great videos looking at all areas of the curriculum, including some really useful explanations of grammatical terminology.


english videos


other videos