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Badger Class Y1

Welcome to Badger class!

Welcome to Badger class, Year 1! We hope you have had a great summer and are very excited for the year ahead.

Our class teachers are Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Tainton and our teaching assistants are Mrs Balsom and Mrs West.

Welcome back and Happy New Year!


Firstly, we would all like to say a big thank you for all of our wonderful Christmas presents. We felt very touched by your kindness and we hope you had a fantastic Christmas.


Please can you make sure that every child has a water bottle with them in school everyday and their P.E kits as we are very lucky to have an extra P.E lesson with Mr Wright for the next four weeks. The children really enjoyed their first P.E session with Mr Wright and worked really hard together to solve some group challenges.


Next week we will be starting our new topic so watch this place! smiley

We have been working REALLY hard on our Christmas Nativity Concert and cannot wait to show all of you on Monday!! We hope you are going to enjoy it and be super proud!! Make sure you bring the tissues, for those proud parent moments! :-)

Throughout this week we have been busy rehearsing for our Christmas Concert. We have really enjoyed learning all of the different songs we will sing and finding out which nativity characters we will be. 


In English, we have been learning all about non-fiction texts and have had a go at writing an information text about pigs as a whole class. Next week, we will be writing our very own information texts about badgers and have enjoyed watching different videos and learning lots of interesting facts that we can include. 


We have started subtraction in maths and have been using the part part whole diagram to solve subtraction number sentences. We even had a go at 10/20 pin bowling where we wrote subtraction number sentences for the amount of pins we knocked down. We found this great fun! 

This week has been really busy. In English we have written our own versions of The Three Little Pigs, changing the main characters to our own animals. So we've had some interesting stories like, 'The three little unicorns and the big, bad horse', 'The three little spiders and the big, bad crocodile' and 'The three little badgers and the big, bad tiger'!!! We have really impressed our teachers with just how well we have remembered the key parts of the story and have used some brilliant adjectives in our re-tellings.

In Maths we have started to work on addition number sentences and have found our number bonds to 20 by partitioning objects in lots of different ways. We have also started to add together numbers to 10 and will go on to adding numbers to 20 next week.

A big thank you for all your contributions of chocolates and other goodies today, for the Christmas Fayre next Friday. We look forward to seeing you all there!!! 

This week in English we have practised writing sentences remembering our capital letters, full stops and finger spaces to retell parts of 'The Three Little Pigs'. Mrs Mitchell has been really impressed by our sentences and the fact we were able to remember SO much about the story. We also met THE BIG BAD WOLF and decided to give him a questioning session to find out just why he is SO mean. We all wrote some excellent questions (with question marks!!) to ask the wolf and he turned out to not be quite so bad and scary after all. 

I maths we have been continuing with our more than and less than work and have been ordering numbers from smallest to greatest and greatest to smallest. We also started to use the < and > symbols to compare the numbers and making crocodile mouths to munch up the biggest number.

Today was Children in need and we ran a whole mile around the school!! We tried really hard and were quite tired afterwards but we did raise lots of money!!!

Great work Badger class! 

We have had another exciting week in Badger class!! 

Today we had a phone call from the 'police' to tell us that the wolf from the Three Little Pigs story was on the lose and they needed our help! We made WANTED posters, describing the wolf so that the police would be able to find him! Our posters were SO good, that we had another phone call to say that they had helped the police to catch the wolf!! Mrs Tainton thought our descriptions of the wolf were brilliant!

We also spent time looking at lots of different materials at the beginning of the week. We sorted them and described them for Mrs Mitchell. 

In Maths we have been doing lots of work on 'more than' and 'less than' and played a really good target number game using a number line! We also worked on reading number words and using them as well as the 'real' numbers!! 

Another very busy week-well done Badger class!!


We had a really exciting start to the week as we found an animal den in the forest school area. We followed the clues (including some piggy tails, footprints, '100 Ways to Cook a Pig' cookbook AND some REAL bones) to find out who would live in a house like this? We managed to work out that it belonged to the wolf from the Three Little Pigs! Over the rest of the week in English, we have started to learn the story by making our own story maps, collaged dens and took part in a really exciting drama workshop. 

In maths, we have been practising counting forwards and backwards with numbers from 0 - 20 and have really impressed Mrs Mitchell, Mrs Tainton and Mrs Boulson by finding missing numbers in a sequence. 

Super work this week Badgers!!

This week, we have been learning how to find one more or one less than a given number. We have also started to recognise and learn number bonds to 10.  We have used unifix cubes and Numicon pieces to help us to explore different number bonds, before recording them as number sentences in our books, e.g. 2 + 8 = 10

We have have had lots of fun this week learning about Harvest Festival following our work on ‘Rosie’s Walk’. On Friday (No Pens Day), we got to make our very own tasty bread and try lots of different types of foods. We used our senses really well to describe what we could, taste, see, feel and smell.


Well done Badger Class, you have worked really hard this week!

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This week, we have continued with our 'Rosie's Walk' theme and even started to look at other farm animals.  On Monday, we were visited by two very friendly chickens! The children loved learning more about them and it was a great afternoon. We have been using our knowledge about other farm animals to write our own sentences in English and we have been learning to count in 2s during Maths. The children have all worked really hard and we have been really proud of the work that they have produced!

Rosie's walk and farm animals

Recognising numbers to 10, written as numerals and words

This week in English, we have been looking at the story 'Rosie's walk'. The children worked hard to learn the story, with some brilliant actions and they were able to sequence it correctly. We worked together in groups to think of different questions that we would like to ask Rosie and the Fox, before 'hot-seating' the characters. Well done to those children who volunteered to play the part of Rosie and the Fox, whilst the rest of the class asked them lots of interesting questions!

We have been using play-doh and joining in with 'dough-disco' to improve our fine motor skills!

Wednesday of this week was 'Roald Dahl day'. We talked about some of our favourite books and films, before reading the story of the 'Enormous Crocodile' together. The children loved using their knowledge of numbers to 20 to cut out and make different amounts of crocodile teeth. We also used different shapes to try and create our very own crocodile and even watched a short animation of the story. The children worked well independently to complete some 'Willy Wonka' sums and built towers of 'sweets', using number cards to 20 and unifix cubes. 

We really enjoyed our activities linked to Roald Dahl day!

For the children who would like a little bit of extra practise at home, here is the link to our current Wake and Shake song.


Have fun dancing!




We have had a brilliant first week back in Badger class. Everyone has settled in so well and we have been really impressed with the children for remembering all of their new table places and new groups. Throughout the week, the children have enjoyed sharing their favourite stories with each other and acting out the story of The Enormous Turnip! We have also been working hard to read, write and count  numbers from 0-20. Well done Badgers, have a lovely weekend! 

Our first week!