Gillingham Primary School

Gillingham Primary School

Friday 12th October 2018


The weeks are flying by and it’s almost half term. Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to come on our small walk with us on the 29th. As a pre-warning, please can the children all bring wellies and raincoats to school on Monday 29th October for our walk? It will be school uniform as usual but they will need wellies to change into. Watch out for ideas that you can do over half term linked to our new theme...


This week in phonics we have been learning the ea sound. We have been reading and writing words with the ea sound like beach, seat, mean, peas and read. We would love to see any writing at home that the children do using the ea sound.

In maths we introduced the symbols < > = which help us to compare numbers. We have been using the phrases “greater than” “ less than” and “equal to” to compare 2 numbers. You can easily do this at home too.

We had a great walk around the school grounds this week looking at the environment and realising how lucky we are to have such beautiful things around us. We are certain we heard minibeats scurrying around in the logpile. After the walk we made some great maps of the school grounds and added in all the features.

Have the children told you about the pirate ship games in our PE lessons? They are getting good at scrubbing the deck and earning pirate booty!

Again, let us know on Tapestry all you are doing at home, we love to see what the children have been doing. Don’t forget show and tell on a Thursday and remember to book your parents evening appointment.

Friday 28th September

Today we have been exploring our senses with the help of lemons! We have been thinking about how the lemons smell, feel, and if they make a sound. Sadly, we were unable to taste them but we could imagine what they would taste like! We also drew pictures to show what a lemon looks like whole and cut up.

Tuesday 25th September

This week we are looking at the sound /oa/ spelt with the vowel digraphs 'oa', 'ow' and 'oe'. We will also be thinking about where these sounds come in a word: beginning, middle, or end? Can you think of any words with these sounds in? We'd love to hear some of the words you can think of! 

Monday 24th September

Today, Hedgehogs and Squirrels have been counting forwards and backwards on numberlines.  We even made a numberline outside made of conkers. Numberlines help us lots in our learning because we can see patterns in numbers and use the numbers to add and subtract. Counting forwards helps us to see the numbers getting bigger and counting backwards helps us see that the numbers are getting smaller.

Why not see if you can create your own numberline to 20 at home......  send us your photos, we'd love to see them.

Year 1 have also been talking and learning about weddings as part of our memory box theme. We loved throwing confetti and learning that red is often worn at weddings for good luck. Again, we would love to see photos/items from weddings that the children can remember attending.


Wednesday 19th September

The children have been remembering what it was like to be a baby and a toddler. They each took it in turns to share their memories with the class and answered questions.

Monday 17th September

Today the children in Hedgehogs class and squirrel class have been exploring birthdays. They began with some clues in a mystery bag and guessed that all the clues were about birthdays. They have wrapped presents, held a party for the babies, played pass the parcel and written invitations. The children have had lots of fun helping the babies to unwrap their presents and reading them their birthday cards. Lots of learning and lots of fun had by all.


Wednesday 12th September 2018

Hedgehogs and Squirrels had a wonderful skipping session today  with Emily from Dan the skipping man. She said how impressed she was and we loved it! The adults joined in too.

This week in phonics we are learning the ai and oi sounds which usually appear in the middle of a word.

Thank you also for attending the parents meeting on Monday.

Miss Cross and Mrs Scammell



Thursday 6th September 2018

Hedgehogs and Squirrels have settled very quickly into Year 1 and we would like to say thank you to all the parents and carers for their support so far. This week, we are exploring the classrooms and learning routines.  They have really enjoyed our baby clinic roleplay and the shape shop!

We look forward to seeing you all after school on Monday for the parents meeting -  a creche for your children will be held in Year 2 with Mrs Walker.


Miss Cross and Mrs Scammell