Bedwell School,
Bedwell Crescent,
Herts, SG1 1NJ

01438 351198


Mrs J Moore

© Bedwell Primary
School, 2017

Class 3a (Year 1)

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  • Superhero Day
    We finished our topic with a Superhero day. We really enjoyed showing off the costumes we had made to you all. A huge thank you to everyone for coming and participating with the different superhero activities with your children - it was lovely to see so many of you and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Check here for more pictures from the day.

  • Indoor Athletics
    On the 21st March we went on a trip to the Leisure Centre to take part in an athletics festival organised by Rising Stars. We were mixed into five teams with three other schools and took part in five different activities: relay races, speed jumping, javelin, long jump and chest passing a ball. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and all behaved beautifully throughout the morning.

  • Paper Making
    Earlier in the term, we were fortunate enough to have an artist in to teach us how to make our own paper. We had great fun mixing the pulp and then squeezing out the water in the frame to make the paper - and we’re sure you’ll agree it looks pretty spectacular!

  • Dinosaurs!
    We were very lucky to have a visit from the ‘Dinosaur Man’, Graham - and we all loved it! The Infant Hall was set up with a variety of dinosaurs for us to explore, Graham shared lots of his stories about dinosaurs and we learnt lots about what they ate and how they moved. We were also shown a variety of real dinosaur fossils and learnt all about their history. We were lucky enough to hold Graham's fossilised dinosaur egg too.

  • Prickly Hay
    On Thursday 15th December we performed our Christmas production, Prickly Hay. This year our nativity was told from the view point of stable boys and their friends the shrews, and we had lots of fun learning the different songs, getting into costume and performing in front of you all. We hope you all enjoyed watching it as much as we did - it was certainly the perfect way for us to start our Christmas festivities. A special thank you to those of you that provided costumes and a big thank you to Mrs Mooney for once again designing and making our brilliant outfits.

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  • English
    This terms English text has been How Tortoise got his Shell. We have been focussing on using adjectives and time openers within our work. To help us generate some ideas we had a visit from Shorty the tortoise. We have written character and setting descriptions and made our own newspaper report retelling Tortoise's woes. We also turned the classroom into a news studio and had great fun playing the part of the reporter/interviewer and the animals we wanted to question. We also used the Ipads to record our Jungle News.

    At the end of the unit we have used the story structure to invent our own stories, thinking carefully about the structure and made story plans in preparation for writing our stories. Some of our ideas were amazing and everyone has been impressed with the imagination and variety of stories that have been written.

    How Hedgehog got his spikes
    Once upon a time there lived an extremely friendly hedgehog. He lived in a spooky wood. One day hedgehog went outside. He was cold in the cold winter. First he used leaves to get warm. After that hedgehog rolled on the mud but it came off. Finally he rolled on the berry bush. Unfortunately he rolled on the sharp thorns that he could not get out. That is what happened and that is how he got his spikes.
    by Latoya Paczkowska

    Why Giraffe has a long neck
    Once upon a time there was an animal called giraffe. The smart giraffe had a tummy ache he ate a juicy mango. He went to see the buzzing bees. Next he ate some honey. His head got stuck in the thin tree. Everyone gathered. First they pulled but he did not come out. Next in the autumn they tried . They pulled and pulled and pulled. POP! Giraffe had an extremely long neck. She can eat leaves off the top of the tree.
    by Shania Parry

  • Maths
    This term we have continued to look at our 2, 5 and 10 times table for our targets and are becoming fluent in reciting them. We have made groups of the amounts and added them together using a variety of different objects and we are now beginning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s by rote. We have also learned this term’s Learn its - 4 + 3 = 7, 5 + 3 = 8, 6 + 3 = 9 and 9 + 2 = 11.

    Other maths we have covered included adding and subtracting 1 and 2 digit numbers using different equipment to help us, and using directional and positional language when directing beebots and each other around a map and course.








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Our School Councillors:
Sienna Cook & Eli Moulton

Our Summer Term Topic:
Land Ahoy!

Next half-term, we will be looking at instructions. Our initial text will be How to Trap a Lion, which we will learn by heart, using symbols and actions, so that we can use the language and structure to support our writing. We will then be making-up our own set of instructions and comparing them with other non-fiction texts. We will also be making information books on different animals from Africa.

Linked to our topic, throughout the term we will be making-up pirate rhymes and adventures. During the afternoons, we will also continue with our Read Write Inc sessions, working in small groups with others at our level to improve our phonics, reading and spelling knowledge.

Our maths targets for the next half term will see us learning all the addition and subtraction facts possible using numbers up to 20, and using our understanding of inverses to build-up fact families (eg. if we know that 9+7=16, we also know that 16-7=9, 7=16-9, 16=7+9). We will also be investigating fractions, finding quarters of different amounts, shapes and objects and looking at other measures including weight and capacity. The number facts we will be focussing on are our next 4 doubling facts: 6+6=12, 7+7=14, 8+8=16, 9+9=18.

We will be looking at common animals especially those we will see on our trip to the zoo. We will learn to identify and name fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals, recognising the key features of each group. We will also be finding out what animals eat and classifying them using the terms carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

We will continue to look at the UK, and compare it to the continent of Africa, as that is where the pirates will be visiting. We will be investigating differences between the communities and landscapes we find here and elsewhere in the world. We will also be looking at a range of maps of the world and learning to identify where we would find the UK and Africa, and how the countries of the world can be split up into continents. In addition, we will compare the foods that we eat, the vegetables that grow locally and the animals that live in the wild.

The Arts
In DT we will be designing and making pirate hats and flags, looking at flags from around the world and creating new designs of our own. Later in the term, we will also be looking at different old maps and making treasure maps of our own, which we will try to follow.


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