Red word challenge, Marvellous Maths, Science tomorrow!

Good evening parents!

It’s so nice to finish the school day and still be working with the sun shining rather than watching the day darken at my desk at the end of the day. I wanted to begin my thanking everyone for sending their child’s baby photos (such cute babies!), I’m really looking forward to sharing them in class tomorrow – including a special appearance from yours truly (I was a fat baby).


This week is British Science Week and the crux of this week will be carried out tomorrow. We will be creating slime together, alongside our planned Science lesson, and also smashing stereotypes around Science and what a scientist looks like. I will take loads of pics and do a blog post at the end of the day (pinkie promise).


I also wanted to congratulate the whole class of the high standard of Math work that is being achieved at the moment in Year 1. The class are really on a roll! The concepts and problem solving that the children are being introduced to and also solving with increasing independence are high challenge and the class have been up to the task! Excellent work everyone! I think a part of the success has been that the children know the routine so well: we begin with a quiz (4 questions based on stuff they’ve already learnt), then we chant something we are rote learning such as 2s, 5s, and 10s, then we will do use concrete resources to warm-up our problem solving skills or consolidate something needed for the lesson, then comes my input, then the children have a go at completing work based on the knowledge and skills I’ve shown them in the lesson (with breaks in between where they sit and listen to me go over something I’ve spotted them missing in their work).

A key part of this is the quiz because it is independent and it creates the links between new and previous learning which our brains thrive upon. A good idea might be to ask your child what their score was in the quiz each day and celebrate their achievements. I will praise a child who gets even 1 right (the first question is always very simple).

Check out some work from the kids’ books recently!


I have sent home in your child’s book bag a page of 30 ‘red’ words that they will be tested on come Friday. These are words to spell, not to read! There will be prizes for high scores or children who I can recognise have made a big improvement in spelling these tricky words.

When I teach children how to spell these words, I usually highlight the sounds we can hear in the word and the ones we have to remember. For example, in ‘you’: we can hear ‘y’, but the oo sound is replaced by the letters ou and this is something we just remember!

Have an awesome evening guys!


Mr Markham