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24th June 2022

What a fabulous week in Year 1!

A huge well done to these lovely little writers who have made up and written their own stories this week! We are SO impressed with the quality of writing, the use of punctuation and imagination. They have been a pleasure to mark.

In Maths, we have been problem solving! Colin gave us lots of different problems and we had to work out whether we needed to multiply or divide. We used pictures to represent each problem and worked out the correct answer. Later on in the week, we started to investigate money. We have looked at 1p, 2p and 5p coins. It would be great if you could show the children these coins at home so that they are able to recognise them quickly.

In Science, we were using the leaves we had collected from our Summer Walk to identify which tree they came from. We used a magnify glass to look really closely at the detail on the leaf. The children were able to describe the leaf and discuss the similarities and differences between them.

This term we are learning about how we can care for others and the world.

Last week we learnt that Christians believe that each person is valuable and unique. We talked about how we are all different from each other in lots of different ways.

We then looked at Psalm 8 and thought about what this tells us about what Jews believe. We highlighted what the psalm tells Jews about humans and the job God wants them to play in looking after the world.

This week we have learnt about a story in the Bible that teaches Christians how to love and care for one another, The Good Samaritan. We listened carefully to the story and then discussed with each other how people show care for one another.

Yesterday we had a ‘Readathon zoom summer party’! It was filled with storytelling, a quiz and we even learnt how to draw ourselves in cartoon on a horse!

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Williams & Miss Bratt

17th June 2022

What a wonderful week in this beautiful sunshine! Lots of learning outside for us and lots of sport too.

Year 1 were absolutely brilliant at their bench ball tournament on Wednesday. They represented the school brilliantly and demonstrated some excellent skills and sportsmanship- well done! A huge thank you to our parent helpers too.

In Literacy we have been practising super hard and can now tell the story of The 3 Billy Goats Gruff with actions. We are extra excited, as today we started planning our own story which we will start to write up next week.

In Maths we have begun to look at division and multiplication. We have used lots of resources to support our learning and will continue to practise these new skills in our ‘Maths on track’ sessions.  We have had our P.E. session outside this week and we are getting very excited for Sports Day. Our track lines are down so we have been doing a range of races in preparation for the big day.

In Art this week we have been exploring clay. We have learnt some different techniques for how to manipulate it and we have made our own clay animals! We plan to paint them next week.

Enjoy the sunshine over the weekend- it’s definitely time to crack those paddling pools out!

Miss Bratt & Miss Williams

10th June 2022

What a wonderful first week back! It sounds like Year 1 have had a fabulous half term and have come back to school ready to learn.

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at story writing. Our focus text is The 3 Billy Goats Gruff, which we have read and have begun to learn ourselves using actions to help us remember the words.

In Maths we have been learning to count in twos, fives and tens. We were excellent at spotting the patterns within these and we’ve enjoyed learning some songs to help us remember them. Please keep practising these at home as part of your on-going homework – thank you. We have also been learning about doubling and halving so our little mathematicians have been working super hard!

Our preparation for Sports Day has been begun. This week we have been focusing on our running skills and having a practise at the egg and spoon race. Some very focused and determined faces during our P.E. lessons this week.

In History we have been finding out about the history of the Fire Service and how it has developed over time. This linked nicely to our learning of The Great Fire of London as we were able to discuss what people back then learnt from the fire and how that’s helped to make changes today.

Fingers crossed for lots of sunshine this weekend. Have a lovely one.

Miss Williams & Miss Bratt

27th May 2022

What a busy final week of term, ending with fun in the sun for our Jubilee celebrations!

Year 1 have worked super hard this week, completing all their end of term assessments including a Big Write and some Maths quizzes! Well done all of you, we are so proud.

Year 1 wrote their own recount of what they got up to at the weekend and they were a joy to read. You all seemed to have fabulous weekends and your handwriting and spelling in these Big Writes have really impressed us.

On Thursday, we started to learn how to play tennis. We began by learning how to hold the racket and then how to control the ball using it. It was a lot trickier than we thought it would be! We finished with some competitive relay games which involved us using the new skills we had been taught.

Finally, in preparation for our Jubilee celebrations, we have been learning all about the Queen and about what a Jubilee is. We have painted some brilliant portraits of the Queen and also decorated our own crowns to wear to the party.

We hope you have a wonderful half term and we look forward to seeing you back at school for the final term of Year 1!

Miss Bratt and Miss Williams.

20th May 2022

Another busy but fun week in Year 1. We cannot believe it’s just one more week till half term!

This term the children have been really busy continuing to learn about Judaism in R.E. They have been thinking about how their day of rest differs from the Jewish day of rest, Shabbat. It was interesting to find out about how Jews prepare for Shabbat each week. Jewish children are not allowed to do any work on Shabbat even homework!

We then looked at the story of David and Goliath that is found in the Jewish and Christian Bible. We thought about what the story meant to Jews.

Next week we are continuing to learn about Chanukah and find out how Jewish people celebrate the festival of lights. We had great fun thinking up actions to the story of Chanukah.

We have been working super hard all week in Literacy to write our recount of our class trip. Next week we will be writing our own recount of what we did at the weekend as our Big Write!

In Maths we have continued to learn how to tell the time. We recapped o’clock times and we have also learnt half past times too.

In History we have continued our learning about The Great Fire of London and in Science we have been learning how to identify and name some garden plants. We had SO much fun in PE this week- we all had bright red faces by the end of the lesson! AND we had a lovely forest school session this week too.

Finally, a big thank you to everyone for taking part in ‘Walk to School Week’. The children have been incredibly enthusiastic and have loved an extra bit of fresh air and exercise before starting their school day.

Have a lovely weekend and get ready for a fun week ahead getting ready to celebrate the Queens Jubilee.

Miss Bratt & Miss Williams

13th May 2022

What a brilliant week, made extra exciting by our school trip on Tuesday! The children had a fabulous time and they represented Clearwater amazingly.

Our class trip is now the focus in our Literacy lessons this week and next week too. We are going to write a recount of our trip and we are currently in the planning stages of this. We’ll keep you updated with how we’re getting on!

In Maths we have been learning about time and how it can be measured. We have learnt a very catchy song to help us remember the days of the week and months of the year! We have also started learning how to tell the time to the hour – so if you have a little watch at home, now is the time to start wearing it so you can practise telling the time more often!

In Art we have continued to focus on the artwork of Kandinsky and this week we have created out own abstract artwork using bright colours and lots of different shapes.

We have started some History learning where we have been finding out about The Great Fire of London. We have found out about what happened in this historical event and have begun to create a timeline of the event.

In Science we have continued our learning about Plants; focusing on ‘roots’. We have been learning how to identify and describe roots and have drawn and labelled a diagram for this too.

I cannot quite believe there are only 2 more weeks till the end of this half term! So, relax over the weekend Year 1 and get ready for another week jam-packed full of fun learning!

Miss Williams & Miss Bratt

6th May 2022

Another fabulous week in Year 1 and what beautiful weather too!

In Literacy we have been learning about suffixes (-ed, -ing, -est, -er) and the prefix -un. The children have had lots of opportunities to practice using these in their writing this week. We have also noticed a real improvement in the children’s handwriting- well done Year 1!

In Maths we have looked at subtraction and continued to look at ‘finding the difference’, which the children have become increasingly confident at. Year 1 are excellent at using what they already know to support them in more challenging learning- they’re fantastic mathematicians.

We have started learning about ‘Plants’ in Science. We began by sharing what we already know about them and what we would like to find out too. We have some curious little scientists, so there will be some investigations coming up.

Year 1 have started learning some basic First Aid. They worked well as a team to think of injuries or illnesses that could need First Aid and then reflect on what help someone might need. Year 1 showed such compassion when sharing what they might say to someone in these situations. What a kind and caring class you are.

The children had another brilliant violin lesson, a fun-filled P.E. session learning cricket skills and finally, their first Forest School session of the term in the glorious sunshine- what a week!

Have fun in the sun this weekend, Year 1. We are looking forward to our class trip next Tuesday 🙂

Miss Williams, Miss Bratt & Mrs Manns

29th April 2022

Welcome back Year 1! It’s been lovely to hear about all the fun you’ve had over the Easter holidays. You have come back full of beans and ready to learn, which is brilliant.

This week we have crammed so much learning in. In Literacy we have be learning a new spelling rule for making words plurals by adding -s and -es.

In Maths we have been using what we already know to help us in addition questions.

We had great fun in PE this week practising catching skills.

We even started violin lessons which we were very excited about. We showed excellent concentration and cannot wait for our lesson next week!

We’ve finished the week with some art. We have learnt about the artist Kandinsky and created some artwork of our own inspired by him, using pastels.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Bratt, Miss Williams & Mrs Manns

8th April 2022

Happy Easter holidays!

I wanted to reflect on all that the children have achieved this term.

In Maths this term, we started with 3D shapes. We explored a cuboid, a cube, a pyramid and a sphere. We used our knowledge of 2D shapes to help us discuss the properties and where we might see these 3D shapes in life. From here, we started our addition and subtraction unit. We partitioned and found the addition and subtraction number sentences for the numbers 7 – 20. In measurement, we investigated longer, shorter, taller and smaller. We found out who was the tallest and shortest in our class. I wonder if this will be the same at the end of the Summer term? Finally, we looked at fractions. We recognised and found a half and a quarter of shapes, objects and numbers. The children have worked incredibly hard to understand all these areas of maths.

In Literacy, we used our focus text ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson to innovate our own narrative. The children chose two characters who went on an adventure through the forest or the ocean. We absolutely loved absorbing ourselves in this text. We moved onto writing a set of instructions for our healthy sandwich. These were very successful instructions as all of the children made a healthy sandwich which was edible. This half term, we have focused on our non-fiction text ‘All about Tigers’. We discovered the features of a non-chronological report and used this to support our own writing. The children wrote some wonderful reports about different animals using facts they had found out. The children have made huge progress in writing this term using all of the taught skills.

Children in Year 1 absolutely love reading! At any opportunity you will find them in the reading corner, sharing a book with a friend or reading to themselves. We have explored lots of lovely books this term including; The Snail and the Whale, Christopher Columbus, The Magic Finger and The Twits.

Here are a few activities that the children have enjoyed this term; a Winter Walk to explore the seasons, Safer Internet Day, World Book Day, Science Week, Reading and Maths Cafés, time in the reflection room, Forest School and many, many more.

It would be wonderful if you could continue to support the children with their reading and homework during the holidays. This will mean they will be ready to rock and roll again when we come back.

Thank you for your kindness and support this term!

We hope you all have a restful and fun-filled holiday.

We cannot wait to see you all on Monday 25th April.

Miss Williams and Miss Bratt

1st April 2022

1 more week to go!

Firstly, we would like to thank those who came to our Maths Café. The children enjoyed sharing their learning with you and again the biscuits were a hit!

In Maths this week, we have been focusing on quarters. The children were able to use their prior knowledge about halves to support them. We worked out that to find one quarter you can ‘half it and then half it again’. Fractions are all around us and the children have been noticing where we may use halves and quarters in life for example; we put the class into 4 equal groups for PE.

In Literacy, we have finished our non-chronological reports about different animals. The children are really proud of what they have written and so they should be. They have been able to use all of the skills taught so far and once finished they were able to re-read their work and self-edit. We have started our Big Write this week which is a completely independent piece of writing. The children are excited to finish these to the best of their ability.

In Computing, we began to think about grouping objects based on what the objects were. We counted a small number of objects before we grouped them. This linked really well with our fractions work in Maths. We learnt that computers are not intelligent and require input from humans to perform tasks.

Finally, we had a wonderful time at Forest School. We learnt all about worms and enjoyed a warm hot chocolate. A perfect way to end the week.

Have a well-deserved rest this weekend.

Miss Williams

25th March 2022

nother fun-packed week in Year 1.

This week in maths, we have started our fractions unit. Miss Williams brought in lots of items that we had to try and put into two halves. We started with 6 pears and we worked out that if we had two equal groups there would be 3 in each group. Then, we had 2 bananas and again we worked out that we would have 1 in each group. Finally, we had 1 donut and the children told me to cut it in half as it would be fair. From this, we worked out that when finding one half the whole is divided into two equal parts. We have been using this understanding to work out 1/2 of 16. Next week, we will start to investigate quarters.

In Literacy, we have planned and started writing our non-chronological reports about an animal. We have used 3 sub- headings to help us structure our report. The children have been able to describe the features of a non-chronological report and use books to research their animal. I cannot wait to see the finished piece of writing.

Please continue to support the children with their weekly spellings as this will help them when they use them in their writing.

In Geography, we are continuing to look at the four countries of the United Kingdom. We have touched on each country having a special place called a capital city. Some of the children were able to share their experiences of visiting London, too. Today, we started to look closer to home by identifying human and physical features in our local area. The children were fantastic at being able to describe what they see on their journey to school.

Over the past two weeks in RE, the children have been learning about the Jewish prayer called the Shema that is placed inside a Mezuzah. Jews hang the Mezuzah on their doorposts because they are told to do this in the Shema. They remember the important words of the Shema whenever they walk past a Mezuzah. The first line of the Shema tells Jewish people about God. The children made a Mezuzah and thought about that the words meant in the Shema. they then went on to write their own important belief e.g. be kind to one another and look after our planet.

In PSHE, we have been discussing ‘then and now’. What couldn’t you do as a baby that you can do now? It’s wonderful to hear the children making comparisons about their academic achievements but also the comparison in them as person and how we feel different as we grow up.

Don’t forget – we have our Maths Café on Tuesday 29th March at 2.15pm. There will be refreshments on offer. It will be lovely to see if you if you can make it.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Miss Williams

18th March 2022

This week, has been all about SCIENCE and we have loved it.

British Science Week started off with Mr Allin, who is a STEM ambassador, talking to us about all of his experiences/jobs and how they link to science, technology, engineering and maths. He told us we are all engineers as we are always solving problems. Then, he set us a challenge… ‘Can you make a paper aeroplane, in 15 minutes, which will fly across the hall?’ The children showed all of our learning powers during this challenge – they were working together to make a prototype, testing it out and improving their design for their final aeroplane. We went into the hall to test our planes to see whose went the furthest and we were really surprised with the results. Miss Williams’ plane actually went backwards!

On Wednesday, we went to the Careers’ Fayre. The children were fascinated with all of the objects that they could see and touch. They asked such inquisitive questions to help them guess the job. The children did not stop talking about what they would like to do when they are older – inspired by our wonderful volunteers.

British Science Week’s theme was growth. We had discussed all of the things we could think of that grows and do you know what… there are so many things! We have decided to take part in British Science Week’s poster competition where we have shown growth in lots of different ways. The children should be so proud of these, as am I. I can’t wait to send them off.

On Friday, Ben joined us from Dyson. He was inspiring! He helped us to make a strong model that could hold a lot weight. We used cardboard, tape and lolly pop sticks to make it strong. The children discussed which shapes they could make using the lollypop sticks and which shape would be the strongest.

I cannot thank you enough for attending our Reading Café, this week. The children loved sharing their books and the biscuits with you all. Our Maths café is on Tuesday 29th March at 2.15pm – it will be great to see you there, if you can make it.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Williams

11th March 2022

Spring term – week 2 – done!

Our favourite part of the week was sharing our precious objects with the class.

This week, we have started our new unit of work in RE. The children will be learning about Judaism. The children talked about their precious objects they had at home and why they were precious to them. They then looked at objects that Jews would have in their homes. They asked lots of questions about the objects and we will be answering those questions as we work through the unit this term.

In Science, we completed an investigation called ‘Balloon Rockets’ – well, didn’t we have fun! I gave the children some string, a balloon, tape and a straw. We were trying to find out which balloon would travel the furthest along the string. We filled the balloon with 3 different amounts of air. After lots of predictions and testing. The children found out that the more air inside the balloon, the further it would travel.

In Literacy, we have been focusing on what is a sentence and using conjunctions. The children are starting to remember to use a capital letter at the beginning of their sentences and full stops at the end. However, sometimes we do forget. It would be great if you could ask the children to spot the full stops and capital letters in their reading books. This will consolidate that the words need to make sense together in order for it to be a sentence.

This week, we have started our Geography unit ‘How do we show where we live?’ We looked at the four countries of the United Kingdom and their different flags.

Next week is Science Week, we have some exciting activities to participate in. Hopefully these activities will inspire the children.

We also have our Reading Café on Tuesday at 2.15pm – refreshments will be available.

Hopefully, I will see most of you on Tuesday.

Have a good weekend.

Miss Williams


4th March 2022

We have had a great start to this new half term!

The best part of this week has to be World Book Day. We had the best time at Quedgeley Library where we made bunting about our favourite books and characters. This is displayed in the library and I am sure the children would love to show you what they created. Also, the children learnt and performed the poem ‘Animal Fair’ with actions. It was lovely to be able to snuggle down with a book.

This week, we have got straight back to it in maths by focusing on the number 17. The children have consolidated partitioning the number 17 so we have been using the part-part wholes to write addition and subtraction number sentences. This week, we have been checking our counting as sometimes we count too many and sometimes, we don’t count enough. I have asked the children to always check their answers again to make sure they have counted correctly. This will be something we will focus on in the coming weeks.

In phonics, we have been learning new graphemes for the phonemes ‘ur’, ‘oo’, ‘air’ and ‘or’. You will notice these in the children’s spellings this week. Please encourage them to sound out and blend the words when they are practising to spell them.

This week, we have focused on our school value ‘compassion’. During Forest School, the children were sharing the equipment and caring for one another when completing activities. The children always look after each other but this week in particular they have shown how compassionate they can really be.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Williams

18th February 2022

What a busy week we have had! The children have had great fun learning about healthy food and using this information to design a healthy sandwich. They had to decide what type of bread they were going to use and which fillings were going to make their sandwich healthy. The different designs were amazing and they really enjoyed making their sandwich too!

This work linked with the children’s learning in Literacy. They have been learning about writing instructions so when they had finished making their sandwich they then had to write instructions so someone else could make it. Remembering all the key features of instruction writing was tricky but everyone tried hard and the final instructions were great.

In R.E. this week the children thought carefully about the stories from the Bible that they had learnt this term and what these stories teach Christians about God. They then produced a piece of art work that showed what Christians think God is like. The children thought that Christians believed God to be creative, loving, forgiving and powerful.

I hope you all have a good rest over the half term.

11th February 2022

One more week to go!

This week, we have participated in two events ‘Safer Internet Day’ and ‘Children’s Mental Health Week 2022’. During Safer Internet Day, we discussed gaming, technology and respectful relationships online. The children were very confident when sharing which games they play on and knew exactly what to do to stay safe. Children’s Mental Health Week’s theme was growing together. We encourage the children to consider how they have grown and how they can help others grow. The children were great at thinking about ways they have changed since starting school.

In Maths, we have finally reached our last number, number 16! We have encouraged the children to use facts that they already know about other numbers such as 7 + 8 = 15 so 8 + 8 = 16. The children were able to solve word problems using all of the knowledge they have learnt. During the latter part of the week, we have started our measurement unit. We talked about what measurement and length meant and why we use it. We have explored measuring items around the classroom using the multi-link.

In Literacy, we have begun to look at instructions. The children are very good at following instructions so I knew they would be good at putting them into the correct order. Next week, we will be writing our own instructions on how to make a healthy sandwich and then putting our instructions to the test to see if we can follow them to make the sandwich.

In Science, we realised that humans are actually mammals! This week, we identified and labelled basic parts of the human body. We discussed the functions of some of our most important body parts.

In RE this week, the children learnt about the story of Jonah and the Whale. They explored how God and Jonah felt during different parts of the story. They then reflected on what the story teaches Christians about what God is like.

In PE, the children have started to learn some football skills. They have learnt how to dribble (tick-tock), trap the ball and pass to their partner. It is fantastic to see the improvement the children make from the beginning of the lesson to the end.

Another wonderful week and I wish you a restful weekend.

Miss Williams

4th February 2022

The children have been amazing and as always, we have covered so much.

Our numbers of the week this week were 14 and 15. The children are able to confidently partition and then write addition and subtraction number sentences for each number. They can consistently talk about the whole and the parts and prove their understanding. We are encouraging the children to use the mathematical vocabulary in their explanations.

In Phonics, we have continued to look at alternative pronunciations such as ‘g’ making the ‘j’ sound. We have also started to look at word endings; ‘ve’ and ‘se’. The children are fantastic at spotting these graphemes in their writing and in our subjects.

In Literacy, the children have finished writing their story. I am so, so, so proud of what they have achieved. We cannot wait to share them with you during parents’ evening. They have been able to use interesting adjectives to describe their characters and the setting, link sentences together to get a flow of the story and re-read their writing to check it make sense.

In History, we have been discussing the question ‘Is Christopher Columbus a good or bad person?’ All children were able to contribute their ideas using their prior knowledge of Columbus to support their answer. We have explored different points of view and that history is about people’s understanding of events. The children have written their own opinion about Columbus and discussed these with the class.

In Science, we sorted different animals into their groups. The children discussed why each animal was in that group.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Williams

28th January 2022

4 weeks completed! 3 weeks to go.

The best part of this week was seeing the joy on the children’s faces during our ‘Wheelie Day!’ We used this opportunity to talk about Road Safety and I was really pleased with how competent the children were at knowing how to stay safe near the road.

We have achieved so much this week. In Literacy, we have used The Snail and the Whale story to plan and begin to write our own stories. First, we looked at the structure of the story and what happens in each part. Then, we planned our own story by choosing two animal characters and an appropriate setting. We have started by writing the introduction to our own story by ‘magpieing’ ideas from each other. We have tried to include interesting adjectives in our writing.

In our reading sessions, we have been focusing on a non-fiction text all about snails. The children were able to talk about non-fiction texts that they have looked at before. During the afternoon, one child found a book about reptiles, in the reading corner, and said “this is a non-fiction book!” That is what learning is all about! We talked about different words in the text and answered questions.

This week, in maths, our number of the week is 13 (you probably guessed that already!). The children are starting to dig deeply to understand addition and subtraction. They are very quick to help me if I make a mistake. We finished the week by consolidating what we had learnt through problem solving. The children were great at finding the key information we needed to solve each problem.

In Science, we have learnt all about what animals eat. First, we talked about all of the different foods we eat to see if there were any similarities. There are 3 special groups that we have tried to remember; carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We sorted different animals into these groups.

In music, we have listened and responded to the song ‘Sparkle’. The children sang beautifully and were able to dance to the beat of the music. We thoroughly enjoy our music sessions as the children have the opportunity to explore different types of music.

In RE, the children were thinking about what they could learn from the story of The Lost Son. They then thought about a time when they were forgiven and how they felt when someone forgave them.

Have a restful weekend!

Miss Williams

21st January 2022

The love of learning has been flowing through Year One this week.

The children have been embracing their learning partners to become better learners. They ask each other questions when they are stuck, work well together to complete tasks and are kind and respectful. It is wonderful to see.

In Maths, our number of the week is 12. We have looked at 12 in lots of different ways, starting with really understanding what we mean by the ‘whole’. We have used multilink cubes to represent 12 and then partitioned it to find the parts. The visual representation has really supported the children’s understanding. In MOT sessions, we have been focusing on completing number sentences. We noticed that you can write a number sentence like this ’12 = 5 + 7′ and it still means the same thing.

In Literacy, we can now retell our focus text, The Snail and the Whale. The children are fantastic at using intonation and actions to make the story come alive. We have focused on the 3 main word classes; nouns, adjectives and verbs. We have written some interesting complex sentences using all 3 word classes whilst identifying them in other aspects of the curriculum. In phonics, we are continuing to explore alternative pronunciations.

In Science, we have identified 2 animal groups; mammals and amphibians. We understand why scientists have put animals into these groups. The children have created some brilliant discussions around why some animals have ears and some don’t. They are always so inquisitive. This week, we linked this to our PE lesson as we were discovering how amphibians move and survive.

In Computing, we are starting our new topic; ‘moving a robot’. We have started by exploring individual commands and introducing the Beebots. We will begin to understand the four directions and how these can be used to move a robot.

In RE this term, the children are learning about, “What do Christians think God is like.” They have thought about the hidden meaning in the parable The Lost Son. This week, they have been thinking about how they show love to their parents and how Christians show love to God e.g. reading the bible, praying and going to church.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Williams

14th January 2022

Welcome to the Spring term and what a week it has been!

The children have come back ready to learn which is wonderful.

In maths, we have finished our 3D shape unit by comparing the four 3D shapes; cuboid, cube, sphere and pyramid. Also, we have been trying to spot 3D shapes around the school – the children are great at this. This week, our number of the week is 11.  We have been investigating 11 in lots of different ways by using a part-part whole. We will be concentrating on finding number sentences from the part-part wholes we have created.

Our focus text for this term is ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson. We have explored this book in our reading sessions by discussing the descriptions and thinking how it makes us feel. We have encouraged the children to use words from the text to support their comprehension answers.

In literacy, we have learnt a very grown-up word called adjectives. An adjective is a describing word. Firstly, we wrote a character description about the snail using all of the adjectives we came up with as a class. We then moved on to describing the sea as that is where the whale lives. The children have worked so hard using all the taught skills in their writing including self-editing, capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. All of these activities will lead to the children writing their own narrative.

During our afternoon session, we have started all of our new topics; animals including humans, how does music make the world a better place? Worms on the move and what is an explorer. The children impressed me with their prior knowledge and we will begin to build on this next week.

In music, we focused on finding and keeping a steady beat, following simple rhythmic patterns using long, short, high and low. In PE, we explored the way that worms move. These skills be included in our final animal dance at the end of the term.

At Forest School the children have enjoyed turning ice into water by heating it up on the fire, using loppers and implementing safe practice with a fire.

Please make sure you continue to read and practise the phonics sounds with your child every week.

Miss Williams

17th December 2021

What a week! What a term!

Firstly, I would like to say a huge well done to all of the children as they have worked so hard this term. I am so proud of all that they have achieved.

This week, in DT, we have designed, made and evaluated a boat for Milo (our class monkey) to cross the canal. This has linked really well with our material topic in Science and the history of boats. We really enjoyed testing our boats to see if they could get from one side of the water to the other, if they were strong enough to hold Milo and if they were waterproof. Even though some boats weren’t successful, the children were great at evaluating their design and thinking of ways to improve it.

In Literacy, we have explored the Christmas Story. The children remembered the Christmas story really well and have re-told the story in their own words. They began to ask thought-provoking questions about how other faiths celebrate Christmas. Miss Moosajee very kindly came in and explained that she didn’t celebrate Christmas because she was a Muslim but then explained all about the festivals she celebrated.

This week has been one of my favourites. We have been in full Christmas spirit. It started with a visit from Father Christmas. He gave everyone a new book so we got comfortable and enjoyed reading them together. We thoroughly enjoyed our party day and the children looked amazing in their party clothes! We played lots of party games and the children showed off their dance moves. The children have also made some special Christmas crafts for the family to enjoy.

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and can’t wait to see you in the New Year.

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

10th December 2021

Christmas is approaching and we are now in full Christmas spirit.

We really hope you enjoyed watching our nativity performance this week. The children loved having you there and we are so proud of the effort they put in to put on such a great performance.

This week in reading, we have been focusing on ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson. Every time we pick up a book, we read the title and try to work out what it might be about, we then find the author and illustrator and finally we read the blurb to find out more about the story. We have discussed why we enjoy this book and lots of the children love the way it rhymes as they think it sounds like a song. We have explored different vocabulary and worked out what it means.

In history, we have investigated different types of boats and explored how they have changed over time. The children were amazing at ordering the boats by the date they were made. After that, they designed a boat that they would have been made in 2021.

In R.E, the children learnt about the Muslim naming ceremony. They then thought of similarities and difference between a Christian baptism and a Muslim naming ceremony. I was really impressed with the discussion that took place.

This will be the last week for homework. We will not be sending any homework home for the Christmas holidays but please can I ask you to keep reading!

Enjoy the weekend.

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

3rd December 2021

We have had a wonderful week, this week, with our new addition, Alfred the Elf.

In Maths, we have continued to explore numbers to 100 by comparing more or less and putting the numbers in the correct order. The children love talking about the all of the numbers and showing why they know ‘34’ is ‘34’. This really helps when we were comparing which number was more and which number was less. The children were able to identify that 56 is more than 43 because 50 is larger than 40. We have been using words such as, greater, larger and smaller in our twist its, too.

In Literacy, we have learnt all about question marks. We discussed what a question was and explored different word that usually start a question such as, how, what, why and where. In our ‘Use its’, we have been writing questions to our elf, Alfred, and today he wrote a letter back to us. The children were so excited. When the children are reading, it would be great if you could give them the opportunity to spot the question marks in their books and explain why it is a question.

In our History topic, we have been finding out all about Gloucester Docks. We looked at pictures of Gloucester Docks in the past and in the present. This week, we began to put the order of events at Gloucester Docks into a timeline. The children were fascinated that there was once a lot more boats on the canal than there is now. Next week, we will be exploring different types of boats.

Thank you so much for letting the children bring in an item from when they were born. The children have been thinking about how they were welcomed into their family and how Christians welcome people into their faith community. Father Michael visited the class this week in R.E. and explained to the children how someone is baptised and how certain things that are used in a baptism service have certain meanings. He brought a portable font to school and carried out a baptism on a baby doll. The baby was called Arthur and he didn’t cry when water was poured over his head!

We have had our first dress rehearsal for our nativity this week and the children did incredibly well remembering their lines. We have a few finishing touches to make in order for our Nativity to be ready for you on Wednesday 8th December, at school.

What a brilliant start to December.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

26th November 2021

Another busy week has come to an end but what fun we have had!

In maths, we have been exploring numbers to 100, using a number line. The children used the number cards to make a real-life number line this helped us to discuss why certain numbers go in those places. We talked about how we knew that 73 was bigger than 46 because we know that 70 is bigger than 40. I loved seeing the children working together to make sure that the numbers were all in the correct place – team work!

Kasula Primary School in Tanzania is our partnership school and they have written us a letter telling us all about them and their school. In literacy, we have been working together to write a letter back. The children have thought about all of the special things about our school and some questions they would like to ask. The children are writing independently. I will share our letter when we have finished. In phonics, we have learnt that there are alternative pronunciations for some sounds such as ‘a’, ‘i’ and ‘o’. The children have loved finding new words with these sounds in them.

In PSHE, we read a book called ‘I Really Want to Shout’ by Simon Philip. This has helped us to talk about managing our emotions. The children discussed that when they feel angry they count to 10, take deep breaths and talk to their friends. We have also talked about good and bad secrets. The children helped to sort some scenarios by deciding whether it was a good secret or a bad secret. I heard some lovely surprises that the children have had or good secrets they have been part of.

Over the last couple of weeks, the children have been learning about the meaning of the stories of The Lost Coin and the Lost Sheep from the Bible. They have learnt that Christians believe that God cares for every single human being and that Christians are taught to love one another. They have then looked at Judaism, Islam and the beliefs of people with no faith to see what they believe about caring and loving one another e.g. people with no faith often believe that you should, ” treat others like you would want to be treated yourself.” The children made some super book marks to show these different beliefs.

Our nativity rehearsals are in full swing. The children have learnt their lines so well that they no longer need their words in front of them. I am so proud of them for this. We cannot wait for you to watch our nativity, at the church, on Wednesday 8th December.

Enjoy your weekend!

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

19th November 2021

This week started with our very colourful Autumn Walk. The children enjoyed trying to match the different colour leaves to the colours on their colour wheel. They were able to describe what happens in Autumn and were incredibly well behaved.

We have used our Seasons topic, in Science, to inspire our writing. In Literacy, we have revisited using capital letters for days of the week, the names of season and the pronoun I. We have written a recount about our Autumn walk by sequencing the events.  The children are continuing to write at length and are beginning to re-read their work themselves.

Maths has been very exciting this week as we have moved on to explore numbers to 100. I have chosen numbers at random and the children have continued to count from that number. They were able to do this confidently. We have also revisited counting in 10s as this has helped us to recognise the patterns in the 100 grid. The children have shown such positive attitudes to their maths this week even when they may have found it tricky. We will begin identifying numbers on a number line, next week.

The children are always so ecstatic when we start our computing lessons. Their love of learning is infectious. This week, we learnt how to turn the laptops on, log on using a username and password and use the mouse pad to drag and drop. I have definitely spotted some eager technology enthusiasts, too.

I hope you have received the nativity letter in your child’s homework folder. This has all the relevant details about our school nativity, including your child’s lines and costume information. I have also uploaded the songs to Class Dojo should you feel you would like to listen to them at home (beware they are very catchy!) Please come and ask if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

12th November 2021

This week, we have focused on Remembrance and understanding what life was like for the soldiers. In Literacy, we have been trying to improve our sentences by using adjectives. We have been able to describe what life was like in the trenches. The children were fascinated to see that the soldiers didn’t have a roof to protect them from the rain. We are encouraging the children to use all taught skills in their writing and they are making such huge progress with this.

In Science and Art, we have explored the colours that represent each season such as, we often see orange and red in Autumn and yellow in Summer. The children have each made a colour wheel which we will use on our Autumn walk next week. They have showed such concentration when painting their colour wheels and lots of them enjoy the quiet time.

In Maths, it has been all about word problems. We wrote addition problems by combining two sets using + and =. Once we had grasped this concept, we looked at subtraction by taking away a number of objects from the whole. We found subtracting a little bit tricky. It would be great if you could revisit this with your child to reiterate when we take away, we have to start with the biggest number.

This term, the children are learning about what it means to belong to a faith community. They have been thinking about the communities that they belong to and why it is special to belong to those communities. They have looked at symbols of belonging for Christians and Muslims and thought why this was important for them. I was so impressed with how thoughtful the children’s responses were, e.g. ” The symbols remind them how to live” and “The symbols show others what religion they believe in.”

As I am sure you are aware, we have started practising the songs for our nativity which is called ‘Hooray in a Manger’. The children are really enjoying learning the songs and coming up with dance moves. We will be sending home their lines and costume letters next week. We cannot wait for you to watch our performance in December.

Have a restful weekend and thank you for your support.

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

5th November 2021

We have had a brilliant start to this half term.

In Maths, we have hit the ground running by exploring addition and subtraction within 20. We have used money, base 10 and number lines to explore this concept. The children have been helping Humphrey to solve his tricky maths problems. I am so impressed with their addition and subtraction knowledge.

Remember, remember the 5th November! This week in Literacy it has been all about bonfire night. We started by learning about Guy Fawkes and the history behind bonfire night. The children were able to write a set of rules about how to stay safe on bonfire night using all the of taught skills that they have learnt so far. Then, we read Tom’s Bonfire Night Story and the children were able to sequence the events in the correct order. I cannot wait to hear their stories, if they experience any fireworks this weekend. In Phonics, we have learnt 3 split digraphs, ‘a-e’, ‘i-e’ and ‘o-e’. The children have grasped these sounds really well and are beginning to spot them in their writing and books.

In reading, we have began looking at The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. The children were fascinated to see that this book doesn’t have any words. It has been wonderful to explore this book with the children and we have started to form our own story about the boy and the snowman’s adventures.

This term in Science, we will be investigating the seasons. The children have so much knowledge about this subject already so I am excited to build upon that. We will be exploring this further in our literacy and art in the coming weeks.

In PE, we are focusing on fundamental skills. This week, we practised balancing. We worked out which was our strongest balancing pose and strategies to staying still. These skills are key for all aspects of learning.

Have a brilliant weekend,

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

22nd October 2021

What a wonderful week we have had in Year 1. A brilliant way to end the first half term!

In maths, we have focused on using the base 10 to represent numbers to 20. We have looked at how many tens and how any ones the ‘teen’ numbers have got. Also, we used the base 10 to make a number line of numbers from 11 – 20. This will help the children as we move onto bigger numbers next term.

We have completed our first Big Write of Year 1! I am so proud of what all the children have achieved. We have been working so hard to remember The Gingerbread Man story that the children have now written the story themselves using all of the skills taught so far. A huge achievement!

In Science this week, we investigated which material would be best to take Milo (Mrs Mann’s monkey) across the canal. There was a lot of scientific enquiry taking place as the children tested brown paper, foil, and a plastic bag to see which one was waterproof enough to keep Milo dry. The children were so enthusiastic when creating their own boats, out of foil, to see if it would work across the canal (our classroom sink). The children were able to use scientific language such as waterproof, absorbent and predict.

This week, the children continued to work towards their Young Leaders Award by learning about how kindness is important when being a good leader. They listened to a Bible story about the paralysed man and how his friends took him to see Jesus. The friends showed kindness to the paralysed man because it wasn’t easy to get him through the crowds to see Jesus but they persevered so that he could be healed. The children also enjoyed learning about how Florence Nightingale was a good leader by changing the way the soldiers were cared for during the Crimean War. After half term the children will be showing you their kindness by carrying out random acts of kindness at home and at school!

We really hope you have a wonderful and relaxing half term.

Miss Williams and Mrs Manns

15th October 2021

Week 6 – Wow! Where has the time gone. A lot of tired and snotty children this week but as always, they have worked incredibly hard.

In maths this week, we have focused on rectangles, squares, circles and triangles. It was tricky to remember all of the properties of these shapes so we made up a song. I know you would love to hear it; please ask your child and I am sure they will teach you. We have had a discussion about recognising 2D shapes even when we think they are drawn the wrong way around. A 2D shape can be drawn however you like as long as the properties stay the same. In our MOT sessions, we have been finding one more and one less than a given number.

In Literacy, we have been trying to use all of our Year 1 writing skills to describe The Gingerbread Man and where he lives. The children have written some amazing pieces of description. One child said, “I wouldn’t like to be friends with The Gingerbread Man as I would just want to eat him and that isn’t a kind thing to do to your friend.” The children are making super progress in Phonics and we thoroughly enjoy our phonics sessions. This week, we have learnt the sounds ‘au’ in words like author and ‘oe’ in words like toe.

This week in R.E. the children have been busy thinking about how Christians and others care for the world. The children had lots of super ideas e.g. recycling, planting trees, cleaning beaches and reusing toys.

This year the children will be taking part in The Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders Award. They will be learning about the qualities that make a good leader e.g. kindness, perseverance and team work. Once they have worked through these units they will take part in a community action project.

Enjoy your weekend.

Miss Williams


8th October 2021

Another busy week filled with curiosity and fun.

In maths this week, we have started to recognise and name 2D shapes. The children have got a really good understanding of the different properties of the 2D shapes. We have looked at mathematical vocabulary such as equal, sides and straight. As always, we have continued to count forwards and backwards with numbers within 20.

Do you know about the special word ‘and’? Year one do! In Literacy, we have been using the conjunction ‘and’ to join words and sentences together. One of the children said the word ‘and’ was like glue. As it is our Harvest festival this week, we have focused on writing sentences about Harvest using the conjunction ‘and’. In phonics, we have learnt 2 new phase 5 sounds, ‘wh’ in words like wheel and ‘ph’ in words like dolphin.

Science was fun this week! We conducted our first experiment to see which object would float and which object would sink. The children were asked to identify objects around the room that they thought would float. They were then able to go and test the objects to see if their prediction was correct. We have a lot of keen scientists in Year One!

In PE, we are continuing to practise our balances, jumps and rolls by putting them into a sequence. The children are just perfecting their performances and then we will film and evaluate them.

In Geography, we recapped where we live, the human and physical features and the differences between a city, town and countryside. On Thursday, we explored different types of maps. The children were fascinated at what they were able to find. Their curiosity will lead to great success!

We hope you enjoyed our Harvest song at the Harvest Festival!

Have a great weekend!

Miss Williams

1st October 2021

Wow, I cannot believe we are in our 4th week already!

This week, the children have continued to explore numbers to 20 by ordering them from smallest to greatest and then greatest to smallest. The children are really confident when working with numbers to 20 which is great! We will be moving on to 2D shapes next week.

In Literacy, we now know that a capital letter is used for names of people, names of places, the pronoun ‘I’ and days of the week. The children have written their own sentence about the activities they do on different days of the week. It is tricky to remember all the tools we need to help us in our writing, including capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. It would be great for the children to have the opportunity to write at home, too.

We already know how to identify human and physical features around us. This week, in Geography, we have been exploring the differences between a city and a village. The children were amazing at being able to sort a variety of pictures into the two categories.

In RE, the children have been learning how Christians celebrate Harvest and say thank you to God. They are looking forward to sharing their Harvest song at the school Harvest Festival.

Thank you so much for handing in the homework on time. Your continued support is invaluable.

Miss Williams

24th September 2021

This week in Year 1, we have been focusing on being ready to learn and showing respect to each other.

In maths, we have been continuing to focus on numbers to 20 and representing them on a number line. Everyday, we practise counting backwards and forwards from 20.

We know that capital letters are really important in our writing. We have been using capital letters at the start of our sentences. We will be continuing to explore this next week. Please ask your child if they can re-tell The Gingerbread Man story as we have been learning it off by heart.

During our curriculum time, we have explored our Forest School site, investigated the properties of different materials, identified physical and human features around where we live and have started to learn how Christians say thank you to God for Creation.

The children have worked so hard this week and I hope you all enjoy a restful weekend.

Miss Williams

17th September 2021

Another busy week; I am sure lots of you have had tired children, this week. This is because they are learning so much!

In Literacy, we have been practising writing sentences using capital letters and full stops. We have even been trying to think of words that have our new phonics sounds in them, e.g. ‘ay’ and ‘ou’.

In Maths, we have been focusing on counting and recognising numbers to 20. We started to use a tens frame to represent teen numbers. Please ask your child what each digit represents e.g. in the number 16, the 1 represents 10 and the 6 represents 6 ones.

In our curriculum time this week, we became scientists. We all took part in a material hunt around school to see how many different materials we could spot. We were amazed at how many different materials the trim trail was made out of. In PE, we have explored different rolls and continued practising our rugby skills. In R.E. the children are thinking about the question, “Who do Christians say made our world?” They have sequenced and re-told the Creation Story from Genesis, the first book in the Bible. They have thought about what Christians think God is like.

The children are becoming increasingly more independent and this is great to see. They have worked so hard in all aspects of school and I am excited to see what next week holds.

Miss Williams

10th September 2021

Wow, what a week we have had in Year 1!

The children have settled really well into their new classroom and starting their new routines. We have explored all of our new areas including sharing books in the reading area. Humphrey, our class hippo, has been looked after incredibly well by lots of children.

This week, we have begun to introduce our new learning such as morning work, Maths and Literacy. The children have really impressed me with their number knowledge and formation of different letters. We have enjoyed two PE lessons this week and the children have shown their independence when getting changed (no one has lost a piece of clothing YET!).

I am so impressed with how the children have coped this week and I know this is going to be a great year.

Miss Williams