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Our Year 1 class page will be updated weekly when school reopens to all children

Please have a look at what we will be learning about this term: Y1 Spring 2021 Curriculum Map

To access your child’s home learning via the Class Dojo, please copy and paste the following link: https://home.classdojo.com/#/login?redirectTo=%2Fstory

11th December 2020

What a fabulous festive week in Year 1 😄

Firstly, a huge well done to Year 1 on their fantastic recording of their Christmas celebration. We hope you’ve enjoyed watching it on our Class Dojo.

Amongst all the Christmas craft this week, Year 1 did their second ‘Big Write’ which was particularly important as it was a letter to SANTA!! It is so clear how much the children’s writing has improved this term and I am incredibly proud of them. Smarty Party Pants and I are looking forward to reading them properly over the weekend.

This week we have really got into the festive spirit by making lots of Christmas goodies! We’ve made and written our Christmas cards, we’ve made tree decorations, snowman prints and our most favourite so far…our sock snowmen!

A little note…

  • There will be no homework next week.
  • Reading books will be collected in on Tuesday ready for the big move. Please continue to enjoy and share books you have at home.
  • Don’t forget your Christmas jumper (the rest should be uniform) on Tuesday for our Christmas party.

Looking forward to our final week of festive fun before Year 1 can have a very well-deserved rest. Have a wonderful weekend.

4th December 2020

What a festive week in Year 1! We have a new member of our class – Smarty Party Pants!! He is our class elf who seems to like sleeping in the children’s drawers! I’ve had some little helpers decorate our Christmas trees and we have been singing lots of Christmas songs.

As we have been learning about the seasons in science, we made some autumn trees in art using fruits to do printing. Some lovely colours were made and some excellent printing skills too.

We made a class ‘friendship web’ in PSHCE. We talked about what makes a good friend and then we chose someone from our class who was our friend and explained why they were a good friend. A real ‘feel good’ lesson!

In Literacy we have been learning about the conjunction ‘and’, and what a conjunction is. Ask your child and see if they can impress you! Year one have been practising this skill all we and we’re hoping to use it next week when we write our letters to Santa.

In phonics we have learnt some new sounds- ay, oy, a-e and i-e. Please practise these in your yellow phonics books. We have also practised reading and spelling these words- all, said, come, little. Please can I ask you to support your child at home with their capital letters- recognising them, naming them and writing them. We have focused on ABCD and E.

In maths we have been looking at addition and subtraction. We used a number line to help us work out simple problems. Year 1 please practise counting backwards from 20 and knowing 1 less than a given number without peeping at a number line!

Looking forward to lots more festive fun next week- don’t forget your Christmas jumpers on Tuesday!!

Have a fabulous weekend 🙂

27th November 2020

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of November and another week down in Year 1!

We have seen some really great progress in the children’s phase 3 phonics knowledge – well done Year 1! Keep up the phonics homework and remember to practise in your yellow phonics book. These will be updated next week when we will begin phase 5 graphemes. These are different graphemes (letters) that make the same phonemes (sounds) as the other digraphs the children have learnt in phase 3. So keep an eye out as they will go on the same page! Hopefully this will make more sense next Friday when the books are updated.

In literacy we have continued to learn about when we can use capital letters. We now know we use them not only at the start of a sentence but also for names, places, for I and days of the week! Keep practising writing these capital and knowing their names too.

In maths we have had a recap of our number bonds to 5. Don’t forget Year 1, you should know these key facts at rapid recall, so try and impress your family with your bonds to 5 knowledge!

In science we have been trying to get our heads around some tricky facts – why we have seasons! We watched a video to help us understand that is is because of the tilt on the earth. We will cover this again next week to help develop our understanding. We also did a super fun biscuit dunking experiment! The children were really good at thinking like scientists – making predictions and conclusions.

Finally, Year 1 have been working super hard to polish up their Christmas celebration – you really are in for a treat! We’ve been wondering where some of these Year 1’s get their dance moves from?!

If you haven’t already, enjoy getting those Christmas trees up ready for the 1st of December next week and then let the countdown to Christmas begin!

Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

20th November 2020

Wow! What a super fun week and it has been so lovely to be back with this little bunch these last 2 weeks 🙂

It has been super busy and we have been able to take lots of learning outside.

We went out on a little Geography walk to spot human and physical features. We then printed our pictures and sorted them into these two groups.

We also took a little walk to try and spot the signs of autumn – LOTS of leaves were found on the ground which is always going to be fun! Next week we will find out why we have seasons.

In R.E., Miss Moosajee told us a little about what Muslims believe and she also showed us some special Muslim symbols. A big thank you to her for some very interesting learning.

In Literacy, we have been learning about when to use capital letters. Please use your homework to practise writing your capitals and remembering the names.

In Maths, we have continued learning our number bonds to 5. Please use some of the links on our Dojo Maths event to practise these at home.

Finally, what fun we had yesterday for Road Safety Week! We had a great time riding around on our bikes and scooters but also what fantastic learning that went with this. We learnt how to cross roads safely, how to be safe when out and about on our bikes and scooters and all about the emergency services.

Have a lovely weekend and I shall see you bright and early Monday morning 🙂

13th November 2020

It has been another busy week in Year One!

In Mathematics, we have been learning about all the pairs of numbers that make 5 and the related subtraction facts. The children are trying hard to recall these number facts from memory and solve simple problems.

0+5 =5 5-0=5
1+4= 5 5-1=4
2+3= 5 5-2=3
3+2= 5 5-3=2
4+1= 5 5-4=1
5+0= 5 5-0=5

In PSHCE, the children have been learning about healthy eating. We talked about the different food groups and how they help our bodies to work properly. The children listened to a song about each of the different food groups – dairy, carbohydrates, protein, fruit and vegetables. They really enjoyed making the fruit kebabs!

On 11th November, the class joined the school in observing a minute of silence at 11 o’clock. They learnt about why people wear poppies and made a beautiful class picture of the poppy fields.

In R.E., the children learnt about Christian Symbols as part of the work on “What it means to belong to a faith community”. The children were able to talk about the symbols that they had seen in school and what they thought the symbols meant.

Have a good weekend!

6th November 2020

It has been great to see everybody back in school safe and well. We have had another busy week in Year One.

In Worship this week, the focus has been on our school value of Joy. The children thought about the people who are special to them and bring them Joy. They made that person out of pipe cleaners and as they made it. thought about being thankful for that person.

In Mathematics, the children have been learning about doubling and halving. They have used the cherry model to work out doubles and halves of numbers. In Literacy and phonics we have continued to work hard on forming our letters correctly, using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces and spelling tricky words correctly. Over the next couple of weeks we will be focusing on the ee, igh, oa, oo, th, or, ur, ow, oi and ai digraphs.

In Science, the children have been talking about the season of Autumn and were able to tell  me about their Autumn walks in the half term. I was very impressed with the super drawings of the signs of Autumn.

In R.E., the children have been thinking about what it means to belong to a community. The children were able to talk about the different communities that they belong to e.g. school, family, football clubs etc.

I hope you have a good weekend 😊


23rd October 2020

The children have been busy working hard this week and really impressed me with their scientific skills.

In science, the children have been very busy helping Milo our class monkey. He wrote to them and asked if they could make him a boat because he wanted to be able to cross the river. The children had learnt about which materials were waterproof last week when they investigated which material would be best to mend Milo’s umbrella.

After considering different materials and properties, they decided that tin foil would probably make a good boat because it is waterproof and light. After making a boat that would hold Milo, the children then tested their boats in water. Some boats floated well but unfortunately, Milo did get wet because some of the boats tipped over! Lots of discussion took place about why some of the boats sank!

I hope you have a super half term and you have the opportunity to carry out the science task that has been posted on our class dojo.

16th October 2020

I have been so impressed with the super story writing the children have produced this week. They have been retelling the story of the Gingerbread Man thinking about using their sounds to spell simple words, using capital letters and full stops and remembering that stories have a beginning, middle and end. It was lovely to see that some of the words used in our story telling had been used in their stories e.g. unfortunately and all of a sudden. Well done Year One for working hard.

In mathematics the children have been thinking about adding two numbers together. They have been using the vocabulary of part, part and whole to describe number sentences. There is a great addition game to play at https://www.topmarks.co.uk/addition/robot-addition.

In geography we have started to think about why we need maps and what they look like. The children have learnt that simple maps have a key and then they had a go at drawing a simple map of their classroom. It would be great if the children had a go at drawing a simple map of their bedroom or their journey to school.

The children have continued to think about the Creation Story in R.E. and have learnt that Christians believe that God created the world and that there are other people that do not think the world was created by God. They thought of questions that they would like to ask people with these different views.

9th October 2020

Year One have had a very busy week in literacy. They have learnt the story of the Gingerbread Man with lots of actions, I am sure the children will entertain you at home if you ask them to perform the story! During the week they have drawn a story map that is going to help them write the story next week.

In mathematics, the children have continued to learn how many tens and ones can be found in the numbers up to 30. There is a great game on ICT games that will reinforce this learning. It can be found at https://www.ictgames.com/sharkNumbers/mobile/index.html

The netball hoop has proved very popular at playtime and there are a number of children that have demonstrated great skill and managed to get the ball through the hoop. Well done Year One!

Thank you for all the contributions of food for Harvest. I do hope you have managed to see the class perform their Harvest Poem on the class Dojo.

I hope you all have a good weekend.

2nd October 2020

What a busy week we have had in Year 1 this week!

The children have really enjoyed learning the names and properties of 2D shapes. They have learnt all about circles, rectangles, squares, triangles and hexagons. It would be great if you could go on a shape hunt with your child to reinforce this learning.

In Geography, the children watched the story of The Town and Country Mouse because they have been learning about the difference between towns and the countryside. I was really impressed with the super drawings the children produced.

In RE, the children were learning about how Christians say thank you to God for creation. They were great at thinking of different thank you sentences.

I hope you have a super weekend, remember to keep reading!

25th September 2020

Week 4 down and another super busy week in Year 1!

The children have been working incredibly hard on their handwriting and it is really starting to show in their Literacy lessons. Some very proud children and teachers this week.

In Maths we have continued to practise forming numerals correctly, counting on from a given number and writing addition number sentences using the correct symbols.

We enjoyed the sunshine at the beginning of the week and had fun outside playing with the Scrap-Pod. We made our own bands and we even made a swing!

In Science we have continued to explore materials and their properties and in Geography we read the story of ‘The town mouse and the country mouse’.  We discussed the similarities and differences between towns and countryside and the features of these places.

Keep up the super learning Year 1 and get ready for week 5!

Have a lovely weekend 🙂

18th September 2020

This week has flown by! The Year 1’s have been super busy this week with lots of reading, sentence writing, PE, PSHCE, RE and science! How did we squeeze it all in?!

We have been learning the importance of sneezing into a tissue and washing our hands thoroughly. We used glitter and pretended it was ‘germs’ to show how easily germs can spread. We are remembering to ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’. Some excellent learning about how we can look after our bodies. We also talked about the importance of drinking lots of water, exercising, eating healthy and having bubble baths!

In maths we have been working on ‘one more than’ and recording these as sums using the correct mathematical symbols.

In Literacy and phonics we have continued to work hard on forming our letters correctly, using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces and spelling tricky words correctly. Over the past couple of weeks we have focused on the digraphs ch, sh, ck, th, ng, nk, ai, ar. Your child has a new yellow phonics books which lives in their book bag. Please read the little label stapled to it- thank you.

Let’s hope for some sunshine over the weekend and I’ll see you bright and early Monday morning ?


11th September 2020

Well done Year 1! A brilliant first full week, jam-packed with learning.

Year 1 are coming into school so sensibly;  putting all their things away independently and in the correct place and then cracking on with their morning work.

We have been practising our letter formation this week and applying it in our simple sentence writing. If you write at home, please remember to hold your pencil correctly and don’t forget those feeder-leader lines!

In science we have started looking at materials; what a material is and identifying a material from an object. We were little scientists for the afternoon and went on a material hunt looking for plastic, metal, glass, wood and fabric.

In RE we have been finding out how Christian’s believe God made the world and what a creator would be like.

Finally, in Maths we have been focusing on counting forwards and backwards from 0-30, forming numerals correctly and how to represent numbers 0-20 using tens and ones (base tens aka the blue things!)

A little note…

New reading records have been sent home and books given out based on reading assessments carried out this week. All children’s books will be collected in on a Tuesday and then new ones given on a Thursday. This is to allow the 48 hours handover due to COVID.

Have a wonderful weekend. Recharge those batteries and get ready for another busy week, Year 1! ?

4th September 2020

Welcome back to Year 1!

What a lovely first week back we have had in Year 1! The children have settled really well into their new classroom and have loved exploring all their new toys, having their own drawer (very exciting) and catching up with all their teachers. It has been a joy to hear about what fabulous summer holidays they have all had.

This week we have been becoming familiar with our new classroom and begun to introduce our new routine. We have looked a little at our new Maths and Literacy books as well as doing a bit of painting and circle times.

Our class page will be updated weekly so please check regularly to see what we have been up to in class, key dates, requests, homework updates etc.

I just wanted to update you on a few things to ensure you and your child(ren) are prepared for Year 1. My PPA will be on a Friday morning and covered by our sports coaches, Mrs Manns and Miss Noble. Our PE sessions are therefore Friday morning and a Monday afternoon. A few little reminders… 

  • PE kits to be in school ASAP
  • Water bottles for in class (water only)
  • Uniform and PE kits to be clearly labelled
  • Book bags- children will have more books living in their book bags this year. Please ensure drinks are not put in book bags.


It is important that you read with your child(ren) as often as possible. Every day is ideal however a minimum of 3 times per week is expected. Please use your child’s reading record to record any reading; please note you can read other books from home, bed time stories and do not feel you need to write a comment every time you read with your chid(ren). Please note the importance of questioning your child(ren) when reading to check their comprehension skills and understanding of the text.

We have a reading reward system this year! If a child has read and their reading record is signed 3 times every week, each half term, those children will receive a small prize. If a child reads 3 times in a week, they will be awarded a sticker in their reading record to record this.

In school your child will read at least once a week with an adult as well as having explicit reading lessons. Your child will change their book once a week on a given day (children will not change books on the same day).

More information will be posted on here about homework towards the end of this term. If you have a queries, please do not hesitate to pop in and see me. ?

Have a lovely weekend.