Huffing & Puffing in Bridgegate!

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Yet again, Bridgegate have completed another week and have demonstrated lots of enthusiasm towards their learning.

Continuing with the children’s current Transdiciplinary Theme, ‘How We Express Ourselves’, the children have been continuing to explore a range of traditional tales and have further explored the language and distinct characters that are commonly featured within this genre of story writing. To further your their understanding, you may wish to read a traditional tale at home, alongside your child, to spot who the hero and villain is and to discuss how it is evident based upon the character’s traits.

Similarly, it would be supportive to your child’s learning if you are able to highlight the key language and phrases within the traditional tale you are reading, such as the following story openers, repeating phrases and story endings (depending on the text of course).

Story openers: ‘Once upon a time’, ‘A long time ago’, ‘In a faraway kingdom’ and ‘Once there lived’.

Repeating phrases: Not by the hairs on my chinny, chin, chin’, ‘Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!’, ‘Little pig, little pig, let me in’, ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all’ and ‘Trip, trap, trip, trap. 

Story endings:  ‘They lived happily ever after’, ‘In the end’, ‘It wasn’t long before' and ‘After all’. 

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In addition, this week, Bridgegate have discovered how to become effective story readers by observing the skill of expressive storytelling, achieved though sequencing and physically sharing their current favourite story of the Three Little Pigs - with actions! If possible, please encourage your child to share the story with you at home (with actions) by accessing the Powerpoint of the story that is provided below. I assure you, you will not be disappointed! 

In doing so, this will effectively support your child to recall the language, phrases and structure that is used within the story and thereby enable them to work towards writing the story of the Three Little Pigs independently in the up and coming weeks.

In Maths, Bridgegate have explored the two times tables in great depth this week. All of the children have confidently recited their two times tables together within their House Teams and independently, whilst have discovered a pattern within their learning when counting in twos using a numerline and 100 square. Alongside their fantastic counting, Bridgegate have enjoyed physically grouping different toys in twos, to sequence and total a given amount. Therefore, this may be an activity you could complete at home over the weekend, using sweets, shoes or the children’s toys. 


The following games are fun, interactive activities that will also motivate your child and further their fluency in recalling the two times tables. 

Counting by 2s (YouTube/Adverts)

Splat Square

Balloon Pop (Flash)

In Spanish, Bridgegate have been learning about different family members and the following link acts as a fantastic way to continue to encourage your child to use the language and terminology they have practiced in school this week, at home through vocabulary cards, videos, songs and photos.

Spanish: Families

Have a lovely and restful weekend, 

The Year One Team.