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A BIG thank you to the parents and carers who supported Year 1 with their cooking lessons this week. 


Year 1 teachers are sending home a phonics activity pack for each child to work on during the school break. This will need to be completed with an adult but does not need to be returned to school. There is a link below to the government website where you can find past papers for the phonics screening check every year 1 child will complete in June. Please work through these papers with your child to help them develop their reading.  


We are also sending home the year 1 spelling list and have identified which spellings your child needs to learn. 


Please save as many different sized containers you can over the school holiday and give them to your child's class teacher on the Tuesday we return to school ready for our Math lessons on capacity. 


Please remember we are a healthy school please do not ask teachers to give out sweets or treats for birthdays. If you would like to send in a treat, a book for the library would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your understanding. 


Children are tested on the spellings during a weekly dictation lesson on Thursdays. Sentences containing these spellings will be read out for the children to record. 


Spellings week beginning 22/4/19:

Year 1 objective: Read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.

1. eleven

2. twelve

3. thirteen

4. fourteen

5. fifteen

6. sixteen

7. seventeen

8. eighteen

9. nineteen

10. twenty




Current Learning (WB 1.4.19)


This week the children will be introduced to a new book 'Where the Wild Things Are'. They will begin by hearing the story up until Max is in the ocean on a boat. The children will then be predicting what they think will happen next. After predicting the next scene, they will hear what really happens at the end of the story and will act this out. When the children begin their writing, their focus will be on using powerful adjectives to describe a setting.



Weight and Mass

Children will be introduced to weight and mass for the first time. They may already have some understanding of heavy and light from their own experience of carrying objects. Children will begin by holding objects and describing them using vocabulary such as heavy, light, heavier than, lighter than before using the scales to check. The children may believe that larger objects are always heavier and this misconception should be explored.


Children will then begin to use a variety of non-standard units (e.g.cubes, bricks) to measure the mass of an object. They see that when the scale is balanced, the number of non standard
units can be used to determine the mass.
E.g. One apple weighs ____ bricks.
Children may find that it is difficult to balance objects exactly using non-standard units. For example an object may be heavier than 3 bricks, but lighter than 4 bricks.


Number bond challenge update

This year the children are moving much more quickly through the number bond challenges as the time was increased from 1 minute to 3. We have decided that once the children complete the number bond challenges they will move on to times table tests. The number bond challenges progress as follows:

Number bonds 5  - 10

A combination of number bonds to 5 and 6

A combination of number bonds to 7, 8 and 9

Missing numbers for number bonds to 5 and 6

Missing numbers for number bonds 7, 8 and 9

Number bonds to 20

Number bonds to 10, 20 and 100

2 times tables

5 and 10 times tables

2, 5 and 10 times tables

3 and 4 times tables

2, 3, 4, 5, and 10 times tables

6 and 7 times tables


We hope this break down helps you and your child to prepare for each test. 

Creative Home Learning Tasks

Books Home Termly - English and Maths

"Knowing where children are at, where they need to go and how they will get there".

These are the underlying principles of our Visible Learning approach to teaching and learning at Fielding. They are important components within our assessment structure, which pupils are very much a part of.

The principles that underpin our assessment system are:

  • Every child can achieve: teachers at Fielding have the mindset, ‘What do I need to do next to enable a child in my class to achieve?’

  • Objectives from the  National Curriculum are used as the expectations for all children.

  • Pupils will make age appropriate progress from their different starting points – 12 months in 12 months, more for those who need to 'close the gap' to reach  age related expectations.

  • Teachers are experts at assessment - assessment is effectively used to ensure the correct scaffolding is built into lessons to ensure all children achieve.


How we share this information with you:

  • Books home, at least once each term your child will come home with their English and maths books, ready to share their progress with you, You will have an opportunity to make comments on this to share with your child and the class teacher.


Books will be sent home in Lower Phase on the following dates:

Autumn 2 - Friday 23rd November return books Monday 25th November

Spring 2 - Friday 29th March return books Monday 1st April

Summer 2 - Friday 28th June return books Monday 1st July

We send books home on the Friday to be looked at by adults over the weekend and require all books to be returned to school on the following Monday.

Home Learning

Top education researchers tell us that homework has minimal impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise.  We have therefore adapted our routines to reflect this. The routines for children in this year group are as follows:


  • Reading and/or talking about their reading to an adult for at least 20 minutes, 5 times a week. This will be evidenced through reading being recorded in reading records. Reading records and reading books should be coming into school daily. Reading records will be signed by teachers weekly to check regular reading is occurring.
  • Learning spelling patterns linked to age-related expectations ready for use in dictation towards the end of each week. These spellings will be posted on the year group notice board and should be practised at home. 
  • Number Bond Challenge to increase fluency so that they can be applied in other areas of maths and problem solving. Number bonds will be tested in our weekly Number Bond Challenge and then sent home. 
  • Half-termly creative home learning will be set at the start of each half term and will celebrated and fed back on during our creative home learning showcases.


Class exercise books for English and maths will be sent home once every term for you to review and celebrate your child's progress.  

Reading Challenge 

To find out more about our Reading Challenge please use the link below:


Once the children have read a book, they will need to complete one of the reading activities outlined below. This can be done in their reading planners or on a separate piece of paper. We can't wait to read the responses and they can be done more than once. Ideas for responses are:


1. Recall the main events of the story. 

2. Define the meaning of two new words you have found in the story.

3. Describe the character you could be friends with. Why?

4. List 4 things you liked about the book. 

5. Compare the book to another book you have read. 

6. Create a new title for the book based on what you have read.


The children will then be awarded certificates based on the number or reading activities they complete: 

5 books = Bronze Award

10 books = Silver Award

15 Books = Gold Award


The game below is a useful way of supporting blending. It builds on skills taught in class.


Please find a very helpful link with past papers of the Phonics Screening Check from previous years.


Times Tables Rockstars!

Times Tables Rockstars is a online programme we have introduced to encourage children to have fun with multiplication facts while improving fluency, recall and speed. Children can access it in their own time on any IOS, Android or Windows device.

What is it?

Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of  times tables practice. This programme has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 7 years in over 4500 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide.

How does it work?

Incorrect answers are always immediately corrected in front of your child so that they start to associate the correct answer to every question. The clever code behind the scenes works out which times tables facts each child is consistently taking longer to answer and then it gradually starts to present these facts more frequently until they have mastered them. It will also ask related division questions 20% of the time in order to reinforce division facts.

Is this instead of the times table challenge completed in class?

No, this is to supplement the times tables challenge, giving children a fun way to practise and challenge themselves.

Where does this fit with National Curriculum expectations?

From June 2020, all pupils at the end of year 4 in England will take an online multiplication tables check .The national curriculum specifies that pupils at this stage should be able to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12x12.

The check aims to support pupils to master multiplication skills, which are essential for future success in mathematics. It will help to identify pupils who have not yet mastered this mathematical concept, so additional support can be provided.

How do I log in?

Log in here:, use your child'd details that came home at the end of the Summer Term, lost them? Speak to your child's class teacher.

There are four game types that differ according to which times tables the questions come from and whether it's a single- or multi-player game.


We recommend playing in the Garage

In the garage, times tables are restricted to 2, 5 and 10. Roughly 1 in 5 questions are division.

Playing in the garage is designed to help pupils get faster. After a few games, the Times Table Rock Star software engine starts to work out which number facts each pupil struggles with and then begins presenting those questions more frequently.

Fielding Learning Challenge Curriculum

Specialist subjects