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Winchester's January Blog - 28/01/21

Our blog for January is a little bit different.

After the closure of the Year 1 bubble, we have all had to adapt to a new way of learning, which the children have done amazingly.

We have planned lots of exciting and engaging activities to keep learning as close to normality as possible. 




We have introduced our topic of fiction and non-fiction texts and we have identified the difference between them. We have focussed on fiction texts, in particular fairytales.

We started by looking at the language in fairytales and how we can use our imagination to make the story interesting and we continued to look at fairytales that we knew. We read the story of the Three Little Bears and discussed the characters in the story and looked at the different adjectives used in the story.

The children then innovated one of the characters in the story and created their own fairytale, which they write in 3 separate parts - the beginning, the middle and the end. We then used the new story maps to create posters, letters and invitations. 




We have built our knowledge of number bonds to twenty, by using physical objects to create a range of number combinations that are equals to 20. We applied this knowledge into the part-part-whole model and equations to identify missing numbers. We used this knowledge of number bonds to 20 and applied this to addition and subtraction questions. We used number squares, number lines, cubes, counters and household objects to support their understanding. 



In Science we have introduced our new topic of Plants. We have identified what plants need to grow and the steps we need to take to plant our own seeds. We have been looking at different plants that we might find in our gardens and compared them to wild plants. The children have enjoyed exploring looking into our new topic so far and are exciting for what else we will find out. 



We have been looking at our new topic of Coasts and we have identified the five oceans that cover most of our planet. They are 

  • the Atlantic Ocean
  • the Pacific Ocean
  • the Indian Ocean
  • the Southern Ocean
  • the Arctic Ocean


We found out that the nearest ocean to the UK is the Atlantic Ocean. It stretches from Europe to North and South America, and is the second largest of the five oceans. We have looked at the water in the oceans is constantly moving in patterns called currents. Some currents flow quickly, while some move very slowly. As the currents flow around the planet they move cold and warm water from one place to another, changing weather and temperatures all over the world. 

Here are some examples of the work that the children have sent in whilst working from home: