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13th March 2020

What a lovely start to this week with our Year 1 WOW assembly. Once again, I watched feeling very proud of how much the children have grown and achieved. Thank you to everyone who was able to make this event.

Following this, another very busy and productive week! We have been reading by torch light, creating crowns in forest school, finishing our Paul Klee inspired art work, learning about the UK and identifying countries within it on a map AND we got to say a final farewell to the ducklings!

In Literacy we have been learning about similes and metaphors and how to use these in poems.

In maths we have been using positional language to give directions. We used the blue-bots and made our own maps outside and gave our partner/blue-bot directions to get to the finish. This was very tricky as we had to learn our left and right and also give instructions to turn 1/4, 1/2 or full turn. It was tricky but we have had lots of fun along the way.

Have a lovely weekend ?

6th March 2020

WOW. What an amazing week here at Clearwater!

We have had SO much fun carrying out science experiments with the whole school and what a fabulous day we had yesterday for WBD. Your costumes were all fab! Check out what we made to go in our library…

Have a lovely weekend and we’ll look forward to seeing lots of you next Tuesday morning for our WOW assembly.

28th February 2020

What a fantastic first week back. I’m glad everyone had a fun-filled half term!

This week in Literacy we have begun to look at poetry. We have had fun exploring rhyme and rhythm and creating out own little rhyming couplets. Some very funny ones along the way! We have also started to read The Twits by Roald Dahl,- we have not been able to put it down- the children are loving it!!

In maths we have finished our unit of measurement, looking into weighing in grams. We have also looked at the fraction of a half- halving shapes, objects, numbers and quantities. Through this we have also touched on symmetry.

What better day to return- PANCAKE DAY! However, before we got flipping and enjoying a little treat, we learnt about the importance of this day for Christians- when Jesus travels through the desert for 40 days and nights. The following day, we also found out about ‘Ash Wednesday’ and again the importance of this for Christians.

Well done Year 1 for jumping straight back into your learning with such enthusiasm! It’s good to be back ?

A few little reminders…
Wellies in school please, ready for Forest School
Homework/spellings will be set next Monday

Have a lovely weekend.

14th February 2020

What a wonderful last week of term, filled with so many fabulous acts of kindness!

As part of acts of kindness week, Year 1 have been busy making bird feeders, love bug cards, jiggly love hearts, kindness stones and they have performed in our kindness assembly AND they have been hug monsters! I have also heard that the acts of kindness have spread beyond school and have also happened at home…a little someone took the bins out for their Mummy one day this week!

Lots of learning still crammed in between all the kindness acts too! A huge well done to all of Year 1 for another fantastic half term- very proud of you.

Have a lovely break!

7th February 2020

What a brilliant week with this lovely little bunch! So proud of their stories they have made up and now written out for their Big Writes- they are AMAZING! Well done for working SO hard on these and for using our Rubble ‘keep improving’ class power.

This week we have been measuring objects using standard units- cm’s. The children have become brilliant at measuring accurately and have enjoyed wandering around school with a ruler, measuring everything and anything.

An update on our boats- the Paper-Mache is done, they are now painted. We just need to decorate, do finishing touches and make sure they fit the given criteria. Lastly, we shall evaluate!

In science we have continued looking at the different animal groups and we have made little fact files to help others find out about animals.

One more week until a well-deserved break. Rest up, next week is a busy one!

Just a little note…
Homework will be collected in on Monday and will be reset Monday 2nd March.

31st January 2020

Another productive week in Year 1!

The children have been focusing on colour in art this term and earlier in the week, the children recreated one of the illustrations from The Snail and the Whale. They used pastels and layered different shades of blues and greens to create waves. We also used the white pastel to create a ‘foamy’ texture where the waves were about to crash in the picture. Some excellent outcomes!

In maths we have done a little bit on solving one step subtraction word problems and we have just began looking at measuring height and length. We have done this practically to begin with, using non-standard (cubes). The children really enjoyed exploring measurement with a partner and practised using the correct mathematical language to describe length and height; tall, short, long, length, height. We will continue exploring measurement next week and we will look at standard unit’s- cm and m’s.

In Literacy our story planning is coming along nicely and next week the children will write their stories in full! Looking forward to marking these!

We had lots of fun today getting messy with papier-mache and once our boats have dried, we will paint, decorate and then evaluate them.

Only 2 weeks to go and a lot of learning to cram in still. Rest up and bring on Monday morning!

Have a fab weekend!

24th January 2020

January is almost over and we are half way through this half term ALREADY! Where is the time going?!

Year one have had a few weeks of narrative writing and we have finally began to write our very own stories! They have designed their own characters and listed adjectives for them. Next week we will be writing our character and setting descriptions, as well as making story maps…another buy week!

I have been blown away with Year 1’s drawing skills which we have been developing over the last 3 weeks. We have been doing observational drawings of Christopher Columbus and the final drafts are amazing!

Our boats have been constructed in DT and next week we will move onto papier-mache…prepare to get messy!

In science we are looking at animals, pets and how to look after them. We have focused on dogs and fish and later we will make comparisons between their habitats and how to care for them. We may be having a little sausage friend coming in to test our ‘caring for animals’ learning, later this term!

Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekends.

17th January 2020

A lovely week in Year 1, despite all this rain!

Firstly, thank you for all the junk modelling materials.

Another productive week in Literacy…we have made our own story maps of ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and we are learning our own version of the story, packed with story language, character descriptions, setting descriptions, all in preparation for writing a story re-tell. Following this, the children will use everything they have learned over the last couple of weeks and to write and illustrate their own stories!

In Maths we have been building our skills of addition and learning how to put the biggest number in our head and then counting on to work out the answer. Please help your child at home become more confident in counting on (or backwards) from any given number.
I use this interactive 100 square to choose the number we start counting on from!


In art we have been exploring different tones/shades of colours, we have been practising our drawing skills of people, by looking more closely at what we are drawing; drawing what we actually see, rather than what we think we see! It was brilliant to see the children’s improvements on their second attempts.

In History we have been recapping our learning of Christopher Columbus and have begun to make timelines of his life. We have also started to discuss more deeply, about whether his ‘discoveries’ were such a good thing- some interesting opinions!

Have a fab weekend- let’s hope for less rain!

10th January 2020

Welcome back to 2020 and a very happy new year to you all!

It has been lovely hearing about everyone’s Christmas- by the sounds of it, all of Year 1 have had a fantastic break.

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at narrative writing in our literacy learning and we will be using our focus text to support this- The snail and the whale. The first skill we are cracking is using adjectives in our writing and we have practised doing this by writing character and setting descriptions.

In phonics we have been learning some new graphemes but also practising some old ones;
Ee (sheep), e-e (these), ea (cream)
Ay (play), ai (paint), a-e (game)
Oi (coin), oy (toy)
Igh (night), i-e (kite), ie (tie)
It would be brilliant if you could continue to practise these with your child at home too- thank you.

In Maths we have been learning how to tell the time at the o’clock and half past. Despite this being very tricky to learn, the children have loved it and picked it up rather quickly! We have also been learning about different ways of measuring time- days of the week, months of the year, years, use of sand timers and much more!

In art we have been exploring colour and finding out the millions of shades of one colour you can create. We have been talking about shades of colour in pieces of art work using the correct language- shade, pale, dark, light, pastel etc. We are also practising our sketching/drawing skills, which will be ongoing throughout this term.

In PE this term we are doing dance. We are focusing on animal movements to music. We will put these movements together eventually, to create a routine. It’s looking good so far!

Thank you, Year 1, for a fabulous first week back. Bring on next week.

20th December 2019

Well what a lovely final week before the Christmas holidays!

Year 1 have had lots of festive fun making Christmas cards, tree decorations, clay snowmen, snowmen biscuits and even their own snow-globes! On top of this we have had Christmas dinner, a whole school Christmas party AND two I sing pop concerts AND Year 1 wrote THE BEST Big Write letters to Santa…and the children are STILL full of beans- excited for the big man to deliver their presents in a few days’ time.

Can I just say a huge thank you to all of Year 1 for working so hard this term- I am super proud of you.

Thank you for the wonderful cards and kind gifts.

Have the most magical Christmas and I’ll look forward to seeing you in 2020!


13th December 2019

Now only 1 more week to go and then its CHRISTMAAAAS!!

Year 1 have had lots of quizzes this week but do not fear, there has still been plenty of Christmas cheer!

With some help from our lovely parent helper, we did a basic running stitch to sew our own Christmas tree decorations and they look fab!

We have learned some moulding techniques such as pinching and twisting to make our own 3D snowmen models- we will be painting these next week.

In RE we have been learning why Christmas is such a special time for Christians, which we will continue to find out about next week.

Lots of ‘I sing pop’ practise this week- the children cannot wait to perform to you next week!

Looking forward to an extra festive final week filled with Christmas parties, festive films and some crimbo crafts.

Have a lovely weekend.

6th December 2019

What a festive week we have had in year 1! The class is decorated, we have a new Christmas area and the children have done some lovely festive art work to brighten the classroom even more!

This week we were outraged when Darcie found a picture in her morning book of Mrs Moss’ office trashed! It was Smarty Party Pants!! In our outrage we wrote sentences using exclamation marks. We imaged our classroom had been trashed and what we might say.

In phonics we’ve learned some new graphemes- u-e and o-e. Please practise these with your child at home.

In maths we have moved onto partitioning 2-digit numbers, then adding multiples of 10’s. The children were ace at this- what fabulous mathematicians!

We have been looking at our wonderful world again and finding out the names of the world’s 5 oceans. We couldn’t believe the world has more water than land! We have started learning a song to help us remember the oceans names and some facts about them. We have also revisited human and physical features this week and went on a walk just outside of school with Year 2, to identify what sort of area we live in. We found that we are surrounded mostly by human features. We took pictures to remind us and discussed these back at school.

We have also been talked about our world in RE. We discussed why God rested on the 7th day of creation, why it is important to rest and how we can look after our bodies. The children had lots of talking time for this and we came up with some important and useful ideas. Year 1 have really impressed me with their discussion skills this week and they are really listening carefully to what others in their talk group are saying.

In art we have done potato printing of snowmen- we were inspired from our focus reading text- ‘The Snowman’. We made our boat mock ups using our chosen material and then carried out a simple test. We found that some materials were too heavy or absorbent, some did float but they couldn’t carry too much weight- some very interesting findings! We looked back at our predictions to see if they matched the test outcomes and then we wrote our own conclusions. Super scientists Year 1!

In between all of this, we have been cramming in some ‘I sing pop’ practise and the children are sounding fab!

Bring on 2 more weeks of festive fun!

29th November 2019

What a fun week in Year 1!

An exciting Monday kick started our week when Megan discovered an Elf door…and our suspicions were correct- Smarty Party Pants is back! So I am sure there will be lots of mischief going on in Year 1 over the next few weeks.n Literacy we have been learning the skill of how to use a question mark. This was almost unbelievably brilliant timing, as everyone wanted to write questions to the elf.

In phonics we have learned 3 new graphemes; ay, oy, a-e, …………..Please practise these with your child at home- thank you.

In maths we have built upon our addition learning and are now using a range of strategies to add different numbers. This learning will continue next week where we will be partitioning 2-digit numbers!

This week we have been exploring mixing colour to make new ones. We have learned about the primary colours and how you can mix these to make secondary colours. More art to come next week!

Some excellent discussions this week based around our learning in History- some fab historical vocab used! After our discussions, we then wrote our own fact files about Christopher Columbus.

Another wonderful Friday today with our ‘I sing pop’ practise, PE with our sports coaches followed by an afternoon decorating our classroom ready for the 1st of December! It’s almost CHRISTMAS!!

Have a festive weekend putting up those trees. See you Monday…I wonder what Smarty Party Pants gets up to over the weekend Year 1…

22nd November 2019

What a fantastic week we have had and lots going on too!

We have continued our Geography learning looking at the worlds 7 continents- we have been practising recognising world maps and naming and identifying the continents. We have learned a little song to help us remember the names of them! Soon we will begin finding out about the worlds 5 oceans…and shock…we have another song to help us remember these too!

We have had lots of discussions about how to keep safe when we are near or crossing roads and this learning has filtered into our writing this week where we have been practising the skill of using capital letters for names, places, week days and I. We loved our road safety afternoon and had lots of fun learning with Reception and Year 2.

In pairs, Year 1 used their art skills to create collages for each day of creation in the Christian creation story. The children were excellent at selecting appropriate materials to create different textures.

In maths we have continued to look at 3D shapes (cube, square based pyramid and sphere) and we have also done a bit of subtraction…but now moving onto bigger numbers! We have begun looking at how to write numerals as words- please practise with your child using the spellings from this week’s homework- thank you.

Finally, what a jam-packed Friday we had today! Not only did we have PE with our sports coaches but we also had our first ‘I sing pop’ session and it was SO much fun! What beautiful singing voices and some impressive dance moves- I think you’re in for a festive treat indeed!!

Have a lovely weekend and bring on Week 4!

15th November 2019

Week 2 down already but lots packed in for Year 1 this week.

In Literacy we have been practising using the conjunction ‘and’ in a sentence. We have been writing about Remembrance Day and the meaning of the poppy and the Hindu celebration- Diwali.

In Maths we have been magician mathematicians! We have blown up 2D shapes into 3D shapes and explored cubes, pyramids and spheres so far! We have been practising using mathematical words to talk about the shapes properties and we will continue exploring 3D shape for part of next week.

In art we used water colours and pastels to create beautiful poppy filled landscapes. The water colours were very tricky to use but Year 1 did a super job.

After learning about Christopher Columbus, Year 1 have decided that they too would like to become little explorers! So we have designed our own boats. Before we make our boats, we thought it would be sensible to think about what material would be best to use. On Wednesday afternoon, the children designed their own boat and wrote a prediction and how they were going to test this. We are looking forward to testing our predictions next week and making a mock-up of our boats!

In RE we have started our new focus question- Who created the world?

We discussed this as a class and then explored this questions from a Christian point of view, therefore we looked at the Christian creation story. To help us remember this we have made story maps and have started to make a class collage, in pairs, of each day of creation.

Hoping for a drier week next week! Have a lovely weekend.

8th November 2019

What a lovely first week back in Year 1; including our first Year 1 class trip to Gloucester waterways museum! We had such a fun time and it really linked brilliantly to what we have been learning about in school. A huge thank you to all our parent helpers that day.

This week we have been busy learning lots of new things!

We have learned about the Hindu celebration- Diwali; the story behind the celebration and how Hindu families celebrate it.

We have learned the story of The Gunpowder Plot and why we have bonfire/fireworks night on the 5th of November.

In Geography we have started to learn the worlds 7 continents and navigate them on a map. Following this, we have started to find out about the famous explorer Christopher Columbus!

What a busy first week back with lots of learning crammed in! Looking forward to digging deeper into this learning next week!

25th October 2019

What a fabulous way to end our first half term in Year 1, with their amazing WOW assembly! Once again, I have been left feeling incredibly proud of Year 1’s confidence, maturity and enthusiasm that has grown so much already. What a lovely way to celebrate everything they have learned and achieved this term- bring on the next half! Thank you to everyone who was able to make it. Oh…and there was definitely NO CAKE afterwards ?

Alongside the assembly practise, we have been re-writing the story of the Gingerbread man, focusing on our key skills this term.

We have begun to make moving mechanism canal boat pictures in Art and DT which are coming along nicely- we will keep you updated.

We have also begun to make maps of Gloucester, including the landmarks we have already learned about.

A little note…
I have collected everyone’s homework folders in- no homework over half term! This will start back up the first week back, as well as spellings ?

Well done to our winners of our reading challenge- remember the challenge will continue next term. Please can I remind you, to be awarded a sticker, your child must have read at least 3 times from the day they change their books in the 7 days that follow. All children either change books on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

Have the most wonderful week off and I’ll look forward to seeing you recharged and ready to goooo!

18th October 2019

Only one more week to go now till we can all have a little rest; and my goodness, these Year 1’s deserve it! They have done their fist ever Year 1 Big Write (where they write completely independently) and they are AMAZING!! I am still beaming with pride! Everyone demonstrated their knowledge of the key skills we have looked at this term by applying them correctly in their writing.

In Geography this week we have continued to look at human and physical features and did some comparisons of town and countryside. We also took a closer look around the school and made our own maps! We talked about drawing from a Birdseye view and looked at examples of what this could look like. We discussed the use of a key on a map and made one as a class to use on our school maps.

We have been continuing to develop our love for reading and ventured out this week, snuggled in our coats and went to read to the trees! Yes, that’s right, the trees! The children absolutely loved it and enjoyed sharing their books with a good listening ear ?

Year 1 have been practising hard for our up coming WOW assembly next Thursday! We are looking forward to sharing our learning with you so far.

Just a little reminder that homework will be collected in on Monday as normal but no homework will be set under after half term.

Have a wonderful weekend and bring on our last week before the first half term!

11th October 2019

Where has this week gone?!

Thank you to all who were able to attend the ‘This is Year 1’ event on Wednesday. It was lovely to see you and have a little catch up. Remember, please come and see me any time after school if you have queries; no matter how big or small.

Year 1 have had great fun this week in reading; pretending to be an interviewer, interviewing ‘characters’ from The Gingerbread man! Some excellent oracy and acting from everyone!

In maths we have focused on subtraction and have used a range of resources to support in this. We have also looked and solving simple subtraction word problems; identifying the key information, writing the sum and then working out the answer using concrete objects.

With Mrs Pritlove, Year 1 have been learning strategies to calm down. They have made some relaxing glitter gloves and some squidgy stress balls!

In history we have looked at the developments of boats and made a simple timeline to show this. We have talked about what history means and are familiarising ourselves with key vocabulary and phrases such as- past, a long time ago. The children were amazed at how much has changed and how much we have now.

Only 2 weeks left of this term and we will be making the most of this! So rest up for another jam-packed week Year 1!