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Summer 1 in The Brilliant Bonsais!


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Mixed Up Fairytales!



We are so excited for another fun-filled half term in the Brilliant Bonsais. Our new topic is called “Mixed Up Fairy Tales”. We will be learning all about our favourite fairy tales but with a twist! Please remember to use our class email address –


Thank you,

Miss Newman and Mrs Fowler



The topic books we will be focusing on the book series by Steve Smallman. The three fairy tales we will be focusing on the most over the next five weeks are; Jack and the Beanstalk, The Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs. Over the course of the year we have focused a lot on fine motor and really preparing the children to write short narratives. This half term is when we are going to begin to apply all the fantastic skills we have learnt.







Phonics and Reading

Mrs Rowe and I have been blown away about the progress of the Brilliant Bonsais and Brilliant Beeches in Spring 2. We have been so impressed with how well the children are beginning to apply their phonics and reading together, with all the children beginning to creep up the reading rainbow.

Please remember to write in your child’s reading diary every time you read with them. The children’s diaries are checked every Friday so they need to be in school then. We are really trying to encourage the children to change their own books by placing their book in the Book Change box in the morning. Please remind your child to do this, as much as we do, when they come home with the same book!





This half term we will be focusing on counting to 100, beginning to tell the time to an hour and to half past the hour and beginning to recognise some coins, before really focusing on using money in Summer 2. Again, we will be taking lots of these activities outside and using our lovely outdoor area to focus on these concepts.




will be very cross-curricular alongside our literacy topics. We will be growing beans for Jack and the Beanstalk, making porridge for Goldilocks, making a bridge for The Gingerbread Man, and making a new house for The Three Little Pigs. Alongside lots of other engaging cross-curricular and continuous provision activities, taking full use of our Year 1 outdoor area, if the weather allows!



is still on a Thursday and this half term we will be focusing on Athletics with Mr Strachan. Please ensure your child’s P.E. kit is in school from the first week back. Please be aware that we are not allowed to take your child’s earrings out so they need to be able to do this themselves or they need to be removed before the session every week.










We have worked with the Year 4's to print off a picture of a jungle animal. We have then spent time using books and Ipads to research our chosen animal. We have spent lots of time putting the information together to make a jungle animal fact file!


Take a look at some of them below:

Jungle Animal Fact Files

Alien Crash Landing!

Monster Making

Key Reminders:


  • P.E. is on a Tuesday. The uniform for P.E. is a white t-shirt and black shorts. If your child wears earrings they need to be taken out before Tuesday P.E. sessions or they will not be able to take part.
  • Please make sure that everything your child brings to school is clearly labelled with their name and year group.
  • Phonics club for selected children will begin back on Tuesday 23rd April and Wednesday 24th April 2019. The slips were signed for these children during parent's evening.
Below are some useful website to help the children keep learning at home!