• Sarah Roberts

The Week Ahead in Challenger

Christmas Stars

They are beautiful! What a fantastic job Year 1 has done with their ingenious designs and beautifully created stars. I love the fact that they are all different and all amazing.

Pentathlon Results

Well done to Year 1 who managed a splendid 3rd place in our virtual Pentathlon, in competition with our Primary Partnership schools. They jumped, threw and ran very well and I hope they enjoyed taking part.

Christmas Production

Last week, we practised hard and started filming our songs and poems ready for the final showing in the last week of term. The children have done really well so far. Let’s keep it up – just a few more ‘takes’ to go.

Topic and Writing

Our British Isles topic is drawing to a close this week but there will still be some activities going on, including English country dancing in our indoor PE session and food tasting from different regions.

In writing this week we will be using the short film Mog’s Christmas Calamity (which you may remember from a supermarket’s Christmas advertising campaign some years ago) as our starting point. The film is actually a re-telling of the children’s book by Judith Kerr. Children will re-tell the story from the cat’s point of view.


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Our maths focus is still on Place Value within 20. Children are finding out about tens and ones (in particular ‘teen’ numbers), representing these numbers, finding one more and one less and comparing and ordering them. They apply all of these skills to solving problems.

Early nights

We are coming to the end of a tiring term and children are certainly showing signs of needing a holiday. We continue to discuss our Zones of Regulation and try to help children understand their emotions. We talk about the effect that this has on how they feel about themselves and the effect that their behaviour has on other people. Ensuring that children get enough sleep at this busy time of year will help them to self-regulate. Thanks for your support in this.