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7th December 2018

We have been busy this week with performance rehearsals...not long now!

English - we have recapped nouns and adjectives and completed noun phrases to describe illustrations from the book The Darkness Dark. We have also started looking at the differences between questions and statements, creating questions for the great explorers Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. 


Maths - we have continued working with money, adding  subtracting amounts, we are moving on to finding change next week. Please can children have fun on Purple Mash this week working with money, just type money in the search bar, then select 'money'. 


No spellings this week.


Have a wonderful weekend


Mrs Littlefair and the Van Gogh Team.



30th November 2018


We had a wonderfully festive day and we all looked amazing with our Christmas jumpers and accessories.


English - we have recapped nouns and adjectives and will be looking at nouns phrases and questioning next week.

Maths - we have continued to look at money, adding pounds and pence.


This week’s spellings are: value, minus, pound, pence, rocket, times and divide.


Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Littlefair and the Van Gogh Team

23rd November 2018

We've had another busy week with burying the time capsule and Mr Bean the astronaut coming to visit us. We have started to look at money and recognise the value. We also made some Christmas decorations in the style of Van Gogh Starry Nights ready for the Christmas Tree service.


Instead of spellings this week please can children look at using money. Recognise the value and adding up pounds and pence. Pictures can be uploaded to Tapestry.


 Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Littlefair and the Van Gogh Team

16th November 2018

We are enjoying our new topic ‘Great Explorers’ and researched facts about Neil Armstrong. In maths we are working on subtraction and subtraction with exchange. We practised painting in the style of Vincent Van Gogh and did our own version of Starry Nights.


Year 1 spellings - do, a Tuesday, once, Saturday


Year 2 spellings - Neil, space, Armstrong, landing, landed, year and Apollo.


Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Littlefair and the Van Gogh team.

9th November 2018

We’ve had another great week; we had an amazing day on Wednesday celebrating Diwali and completed the week by continuing our work on the WW1 centenary and Remembrance. Van Gogh class made us all very proud with how well behaved and respectful they were during the minute’s silence on Friday.

Thank you to everyone who brought in a pink donation for non-uniform day, the pink hamper is looking great.


Year 1 spellings: of, was, Monday, Tuesday, once and are.


Year 2 spellings: autumn, spring, summer, winter, said, where, some and next.


Mrs Littlefair and the Van Gogh team

2nd November 2018

We got off to a wonderful start and we were praised on the trip to House of Raja and the Hindu temple on Tuesday, with the organisation tweeting how the children were well mannered and a credit to the school.

We have been focusing on letter and number formation, encouraging the children to check their work and edit it where required. We will continue with work on Remembrance and the WW1 centenary next week and we will be looking at WW1 poems.

Year 1 spellings: We have sent home a sheet to practise spellings, this does not need returning to school. Please reinforce spellings by writing simple sentences using the words in your handwriting books. We are still on autumn term spellings and we will continue to rotate these over the next six weeks, repeating previous ones.

Year 2 spellings are: who, used, war, world, November, poppy and poppies. Please practise these in their handwriting books.

Polite notice – If your child has a book bag, (Year 1 children were given one in Reception) can they please use this for school. We have limited space for bags in our new classroom as there is no cloakroom and rucksacks are making it difficult for us to store their belongings. We’d really appreciate your support with this.


Many thanks

Mrs Littlefair and the Van Gogh Team



19th October 2018

We have had an amazing first half term; the children have work very hard and the whole Van Gogh team are extremely proud of them.


The last Forest School session for this term will be on Wednesday 31st October. Please remember to bring a change of suitable clothes.


There has been no homework set over the half-term holiday. Have a lovely time and we look forward to next half term.



12th October 2018

Forest School – there will be no Forest School on Wednesday. Children will have their final forest school session for this term the first Wednesday back after half term (31th Oct).

Spellings – we will be highlighting spellings off in reading diaries next week. We will only be looking at the spellings they have been asked to learn at home so far. For next week please revise these spellings. I am not sending home any additional words for Year 1 this week.

English - this week we have been focusing on adjectives, verbs and nouns

Maths - we have been finding 1 and 10 more or less than a number then moving on to addition.

Geography – we have had load of fun learning about the seven continents with quizzes, songs and videos. I’ve popped a few of our favourite things in the Geography folder on our class page.

This weeks spellings for Year 2 are:










Have a super weekend.

Mrs Littlefair and the Van Gogh Team



5th October 2018

English - this week we have been identifying and using verbs.

Maths - We have been looking at different ways of making ten using the ten frames, and we have been comparing number sentences and identifying number facts.

Challenge Curriculum - Children are continuing their work on India. They have been looking at the differences between England and India.

Forest School - We are loving being outside in the forest and the children have been developing some amazing independent skills. We made an amazing colour chart using leaves.


This weeks spellings are:


Year 1



















Please use the handwriting book provided. This will help with handwriting at the same time as spellings.


Mrs Littlefair and the Van Gogh team!

27th September 2018

In English this week we have been creating silly sentences focusing on who, what, when and where. We have looked at Phase 4/5 sounds in phonics and practised our letter formation.

In Maths we have been matching numerals and words, and missing numbers.

Children are really enjoying the forest school and we have been blessed with wonderful weather.

 Please have a look at the class webpage and twitter feed for photographs.

This week's spellings are: (quiz next Friday)

Year 1








Year 2










Please use the handwriting book provided. This will help with handwriting at the same time as spellings.


I have enclosed a copy for you to practise at home. You do not need to return this.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Littlefair and the Van Gogh Team

14th September 2018

We have had a great first full week in Van Gogh - enjoying Forest School, PE and much more. We will continue to go over to the Forest School every Wednesday until half term so if you haven’t already brought wellies in, please can we have them for Wednesday. Reading books have gone home this week, along with Home School diaries. Some people have already started with their spellings which is great; please practise the number stories as well.

The morning line up is going much more smoothly, however when the whistle goes can parents allow their children to line up independently.

Many thanks

Mrs Littlefair and the Van Gogh Team

7th September 2018 

We have had a fantastic few days in our new classroom and all the children have been amazing. Our topic for this half term is India; which we started with a book called Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth.

As promised we are continuing Forest School sessions in Key Stage One. Over this half term Van Gogh class will be having their Forest School sessions on Wednesday afternoons. We will be getting mucky so they can bring a change of clothes if you’d prefer, they will need trousers and a long sleeved top with wellies or sturdy footwear such as walking boots, along with a waterproof coat. Please do not go to any expense, if you have any problem with any of the clothing please come to see me at the end of the day. If you would like more information please visit the Forest School section on our website.

We are looking forward to our first full week with lots of exciting learning ahead.


Mrs Littlefair and the Van Gogh Team