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Summer Term - Week 12 - 15 July 2021

What a fantastic Summer term we have had in Year One! Despite the restrictions that have been in place, we have still managed to have several fantastic experiences, which we hope the children will remember for years to come! From our ‘Houses and Homes’ local area walk straight after Easter to being lucky enough to have some exciting visits from a police officer and a paramedic. We have also enjoyed Seaside Day, Sports morning and a trip to the local park. The children’s positivity and enthusiasm for these experiences has been wonderful. 

Within the classroom, the children have also continued to blow us away with their hard work and this is evident in the progress they have made. We have seen huge improvements in reading and writing and an increase in confidence in Maths when working with larger numbers. 

We have focussed a lot on emotional wellbeing throughout this challenging year and we are so proud of how well the children have coped and adapted with all the obstacles this year has thrown at them. 

We would like to thank you for all your support this year and we wish you all a fantastic Summer holiday. 

Mrs Kelly, Mrs Saunders and Mrs Steel

Summer Term - Week 11 - 8 July 2021

In English this week we have been continuing our hard work looking at the story ‘Grandad’s Island’. We have been using new and interesting adjectives to describe the sea, how it looks, feels, sounds and moves. We then learnt about the prefix ‘un’ and changed word, understanding how the meaning of the words then change. We used these new words to describe how our character in the story felt at the end.  The children then had the opportunity to take part in a free writing session that they do every week, where they wrote about their experiences on sports day.

In Maths this week, the children continued to build their confidence with number, by finding the missing number. They were given numbers sentences such as 25 = ? + 14, the children were then shown how to use part whole models solve the problem. They found the whole number (25) and used objects to make this number. After they found the part they knew (14) and moved the counters down into the part section on their models. Lastly they counted the part that was left and recorded their answer. This was done using lots of practical resources. We then moved on to using number lines to explore the number sentences. Starting again at the whole and jumping back the part they knew. The children have become very confident with their numbers over the last term, closing the gaps from our lockdowns and heling to get them Year 2 ready.

This week has seen two exciting experiences; Sports day and Art week.

The children enjoyed taking part in their first sports day all as a class. They took part in a carousel of activities hurdles replay, golf, cricket catch and tennis replay. They were very enthusiastic and enjoyed competing with their friends and each Year 1 class. Each activity gave the children the opportunity to gain points to win for their class and their team. After the carousel activities the children ended with some running replays, again scoring points. The children showed amazing sportsmanship skills cheering on their friends the entire time. Well done everyone. And of course we had to end our sports day dancing to the song ‘three lions’. 

During Art week, the entire school were looking at the painting ‘Men on the Docks’ by George Bellows. Each class completed their own interpretation of this wonderful painting. In Year 1, the children created a textured painted background using different shades of blue and sand. They enjoyed mixing different blues and white to create their own sea. They then added tissue paper to create waves. We used brown, black and cream paper to recreate the offices and building in the background. Once the background was completed we then focused on using different techniques to make the boats, we used origami to make 3D paper boats and straws, sticks and card to create a different type of boat. These were all stick together to create a wonderful remake of the 1912 painting ‘Men of the docks’.

Next week all reading books will be collected on the children normal book changing day. 

The children will take part in their last Year 1 common exception words spelling test on Friday 16th July. The words are as follows…

  • put
  • push
  • pull
  • full
  • house
  • our

Summer Term - Week 10 - 1 July 2021

This week in English the children have continued their learning based on the story ‘Grandad’s island’. They have experience birds in the wild using videos and explored a range of verbs to describe the ways they move. They thoroughly enjoyed using part of the ‘Rio’ movie to help with this. We then used the verbs to create exciting sentences. We looked at using a simile to compare the colours of the rainforest to objects we know, the children had lots of wonderfully colourful ideas. Towards the end of the week we focused on using speech marks to create some dialogue in our stories and used repeating words to create effect. 

In Maths we have continued to develop the children’s confidence with numbers to 100 and have used last week’s learning of jumping ones and tens on a hundred grid square to learn to add and subtract. We have learnt to add 11 by jumping down one ten and then adding one more by jumping across. We looked at how we can add 9 by jumping down one ten and then jumping back once. Once the children understood this method we then introduced subtract using the same method but this time moving up the hundred grid square for the tens. This is a very good skills for the children to practise for Year 2 when the children will begin to use less practical resources and build on their mental maths skills.

The real highlight of the week and even the year has been our ‘seaside day’. They were all fully involved and enjoyed every single minute of the fun. They had the opportunity to play on a bouncy castle, enjoyed paddling in the water, building sandcastles, entertaining their friends with their own Punch and Judy show. As well as relaxing with a drink and magazine, making their own Jelly fish craft, taking pictures of themselves in our photobooth area and playing a few seaside games. They were wonderful the entire day and very excitable, which made for a thoroughly amazing day. The children experienced a wonderful Punch and Judy show, they were entertained with magic tricks and wonderful puppets, the children loved the puppets with huge noses. Finally they were able to buy their own ice creams or lollies from Mrs Critchlow, teaching the children using our plastic coins the value of money. All in all, it was one of the best days of the year and we are so glad we could still give the children a seaside experience in these uncertain times. Thank you to each and every one of you for your help with this.

This week’s spelling words are:

  • put
  • push
  • pull
  • full
  • house
  • our

Summer Term - Week 9 - 24 June 2021

The children have had another great week of learning.

In Maths this week, we have been learning to add and subtract 1 using a hundred grid square, learning to jump left and right, along the track. We then moved onto adding 10 and subtracting 10, learning to jump up and down the hundred grid square. We ended the week trying to bring this learning together and find the numbers that were 1 more/less and 10 more/less than any number. The aim of this is to help support the children in developing their confidence in recalling basic number facts with speed. 

In English this week, we have continued our learning based on the story Grandad’s Island. We used imaginative adjectives to describe objects we would see or hear out at sea, for example candyfloss clouds and crash went the waves. Later we explored words to describe the island and jungle that our characters found themselves in for example tangled forest and golden sand. We enjoyed our experience lesson where we imagine we were at the beach, in a jungle or near a waterfall. We enjoyed freeze frame role play activities to explore what our characters could do on the island and what animals or objects we could find.

In the afternoon’s we have been focusing on Geography. We have been looking at seaside pictures and sorting them into human features and physical features. The children have enjoyed creating posters in pairs to show all the different human features at the seaside, like lighthouses, piers, beach huts and the physical features like cliffs, hills and forest. We then looked at maps and gave each other instructions to move along the roads. The children enjoyed this very much!

Next week’s spellings (for a quiz on Friday 2nd July) are : 

  • go
  • so
  • by
  • my
  • here
  • there
  • where
  • love

Summer Term - Week 8 - 16 June 2021

In Maths this week, we have been focusing on addition and subtraction. We have been looking at finding the first number in our number sentence, then understanding the symbol and the direction we should be counting and lastly following the second number. We have used practical equipment such as Numicon, counters and bead strings as well as number lines. We continued securing our skills in drawing pictorials to help us with our number sentences which is progressing well. Lastly we ended the week focusing on word problems.

In English, we have been looking at a new story ‘Grandad’s Island’. The children have enjoyed looking at old items in Grandad’s attic and have learnt about some new objects such as a gramophone. They have been using adjectives to make their writing interesting and have been using ‘but’ to link their sentences. We have focused on prepositions and have learnt to use these within or sentence writing.

Thank you for supporting your child to learn their Common Exception (tricky) words at home. They did really well with these on our spelling quiz. 

Next week’s spellings (for a quiz on Friday 25th June) are : 

  • your 
  • they
  • be
  • he
  • me
  • she
  • we
  • no

Summer Term - Week 7 - 9 June 2021

In Maths this week, we have been focusing on subtraction.. We have learnt to begin with the larger number and take a smaller number away to find the total, recording the number sentences using the correct mathematical symbols. As always, we have been using a range of practical resources such an Numicon, multilink and tens frames to help us with this. We then practised applying our skills by solving word problems involving subtraction. 

In English, we have planned and written our own innovated versions of our story ‘The Way Back Home’. We are working really hard to write independently and improve our stamina for writing by focusing for longer periods. We have also been learning the important skill of editing this week, by reading through a text and correcting any mistakes such as missing punctuation and spelling errors. This skill will help us to be able to edit and improve our own writing in the future. 

Thank you for supporting your child to learn their Common Exception (tricky) words at home. It is so important for the children to be able to spell these words correctly and apply them in their independent writing. As the year draws to a close, we are going to have a real focus on making sure the expected Year One spellings are fully embedded prior to starting to learn a new list of spelling words in Year Two. In order for us to see which spellings the children are confident with and where there are any gaps, your child will come home with a list of words to practise at home each week and we will have a quiz in class each Friday. These word lists will be added to Spelling Shed and your child will also come home wearing a sticker with that week’s spellings. Next week’s spellings (for a quiz on Friday 18th June) are: 

  • are
  • were
  • was
  • is
  • his
  • has
  • I
  • you

Summer Term - Week 6 - 27 May 2021

The highlight of our week was a visit from PC Whiteside. In PSHE we have been learning all about people who help us, so a visit from a real police officer was a very exciting opportunity to learn first hand about this important job. We were lucky enough to try on some real police uniform, hold police equipment including handcuffs and a baton and we even had a radio conversation with another officer at the station! 

In English we have come to the end of our story unit based on ‘The Way Back Home’. We looked at using questions and how we could incorporate these into our writing, for example:

Was it a walkie talkie? 

Was it a picture of the alien? 

We have also taken part in an independent writing task based on the short animated video clip, ‘Rooted’. We used the clip as a stimulus to write our own stories, using it as an opportunity to show off all the skills we have been learning. 

In Maths, we have been focussing on addition. We have been using pictorial methods to visualise what numbers look like and we have used a range of resources such as Numicon, tens frames and counters. We have also practised addition using number lines and hundred squares to help us work with larger numbers.

Summer Term - Week 5 - 19 May 2021

We have been busy counting, singing and chanting in 2’s and 5’s this week in Maths. We looked at the pattern when counting in 2’s and 5’s and what happens to the numbers. We ordered the numbers (in 2’s and 5’s) and completed number sequences. The children used plenty of resources to help them count including numicon, bead strings, 2p and 5p coins, counters and tens frames. Perhaps you can count in 2’s and 5’s at home with your child too!

In English we have continued with the story ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers. The children have written sentences using a verb to describe how the spaceship crashed into the moon and they used a simile to describe the alien. Some of the similes they thought of were ‘the alien was as green as a tiny pea’, ‘the alien was as green as a slimy frog’ and ‘the alien was as green as a bumpy crocodile’. They really enjoyed comparing the alien to other green things.

Following on from our science investigation last week, the children have designed and made a hat for the bears from ‘Peace at Last’. The children decided that the best materials to use would be plastic and cotton. They were delighted to receive a letter from Mr Bear congratulating them on their findings and asking them to design and make the bears a hat.

Summer Term - Week 4 - 13 May 2021

This week in English we have started a new unit of work based on the story ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers. We have used lots of drama techniques such as hot seating to re-enact the boy getting ready for his flight. We used role play to capture his excitement about the adventure that lay ahead. We then used storytelling to create a dark atmosphere to explore and discover more about the moon. These drama experiences will help to immerse the children in the story and support their story writing later on. 

In Maths, we have been comparing numbers up to 50 using the ‘greater than’ and ‘less than symbols’, remembering that the crocodile always eats the larger number. We have also been practicing counting in twos and fives, using equal groups of objects to help with this. It would be really useful if you could support your child with this at home, so that counting in twos and fives becomes more natural and fluent.  

In Science, we have been exploring the properties of different materials. We received a letter from Daddy Bear asking for our help to design a hat that would be soft, stretchy and waterproof. We had a lot of fun testing out a variety of materials including wood, paper, cotton wool, plastic and glass. Thinking like true innovators, we decided the best combination would be cotton wool on the inside (as it will be soft and comfortable) and plastic on the outside (as it will be waterproof and stretchy). 

Summer Term - Week 3 - 5 May 2021

We hope that you enjoyed the long bank holiday weekend. The children came back into school with plenty to tell us about their weekends!

This week, the children enjoyed planning their own version of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ in English. They planned out the 6 plot points by drawing pictures and adding simple words. The children changed the character of Little Red Riding Hood or The Big Bad Wolf in their plan, they had some very imaginative ideas for these good and bad characters from the story.

On Wednesday, we had a DT day where the children designed, made and evaluated their own home using junk modelling products. The children worked collaboratively and shared their ideas with each other. They used a range of joining skills to make their home and then used paint and material to decorate them.

In Maths this week we have been counting in 10s and comparing and ordering numbers up to 50, the children’s understanding of place value to 50 is really developing now so please try and reinforce this at home as much as possible.

The children are really enjoying learning about the ‘Great Fire of London’ at the moment in their History lessons. This week we learnt about Samuel Pepys and why he is a historic figure. Perhaps you could ask your child to explain who he is?

Summer Term - Week 2 - 30 April 2021

What a busy week we have had in Year One! We started off with ‘Wolf Day’ on Monday, linked with our class story of Little Red Riding Hood. We spent a busy morning creating clay wolves, painting wolf masks and watching videos to learn lots of interesting facts. We then spent time outdoors in the woodland area, using our props to get in role of the wolf in the story, as well as playing team games such as ‘Pig, pig, wolf’ and ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ Experience mornings such as this really help to immerse us in the story and will enhance our writing later on. 

On Wednesday we went on our local area walk. We had lots of fun putting on our fluorescent jackets and following the route on our maps. We spotted lots of different types of homes such as detached, semi-detached, flats, bungalows and terraced houses. We talked about the materials that homes are made from and how they are similar and different to each other. We enjoyed finding out where our friends live and waving to their family members who were at home. Our teachers were very proud of how well we behaved and how far we walked, without complaining of tired legs!

Summer Term - Week 1 - 21 April 2021

We have had a great start back to the new term this week and the children have enjoyed thinking about their homes and the features of them. We talked about the type of home we live in and how they are different or the same to other peoples. The children are very excited about their ‘homes walk’ next week so that they can see some of these different types of homes. 

In English this week the children have read ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and have used adjectives and a ‘who clause’ to describe her character. E.g. Little Red Riding Hood was a cheerful and friendly girl who loved to pick flowers. The children thoroughly enjoyed their experience day on Wednesday where they ventured into the school woods and imagined they were the wolf.

In Maths we have started to explore numbers up to 50. We have been recognising numbers and sequencing them. Next week, we will look more closely at place value and the value of a ten and one in a number up to 50.





Spring Term - Week 11 - 31 March 2021

This week we have had a lot of Easter fun in Year One! We have enjoyed making a selection of lovely crafts including paper plate bunnies, Easter baskets and mosaic colouring. Carrying out these creative activities allows us to express ourselves, be imaginative and problem solve. Colouring, cutting, sticking and weaving help us to practise our hand eye coordination and refine our fine motor skills, which are vital for pencil grip and handwriting. 

As well as arts and crafts, we have also continued with our PSHE focus of Friendship this week, as well as bringing together the other themes we have been focusing on over the past few weeks – ‘Respect’, ‘Looking after ourselves’ and ‘Working together’. We have spent time thinking and talking about our feelings and emotions around being back at school. 

The Year One team would like to wish you all a lovely, relaxing Easter break. Fingers crossed the good weather continues and we hope you all enjoy a little bit of chocolate!

Spring Term - Week 10 - 24 March 2021

In the story we have been reading for English, Emma Jane visits Sydney this week so we have been busy learning about some of the famous landmarks and animals that you may find if you visited Australia. We went on a tour bus around Australia, wrote sentences to describe Australian animals and wrote a postcard from Australia describing the landmarks. Mrs Malyon and Mrs Owen brought in a boomerang and some photos they took in Australia so we enjoyed looking at these too.

In Maths this week we have revisited adding to 30. We have used tens frames and number lines for this and have also been revising our number bonds to 10.

This week our theme has been ‘working together’ in PSHE. We enjoyed taking part in team activities during the week which included working in a team to make the tallest tower using only paper, scissors and tape. We thought about the skills we need to follow when carrying out team work such as listening to each other, following instructions, working cooperatively and taking a lead.

Spring Term - Week 9 - 17 March 2021

We have had another great week of learning in Year 1 this week.

In English the children have continued their story ‘Emma Jane’s Aeroplane’. We focused on the second city that Emma Jane visited which was Paris. The children have used adjectives to write sentences that describe the Eiffel tower. We used ‘hold a sentence’ for this and focused on using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in our writing. We also learnt about some of the food that is eaten in France and the children really enjoyed tasting some cheese, croissants and French bread which they used adjectives to describe.

In Maths this week the children have been revisiting place value to 20. We used tens frames, dienes and arrow cards to help us identify how many tens and ones were in a number. We also learnt how 0 is used as a place holder in numbers.

This week our theme has been ‘Looking after myself’ in PSHE. We discussed how we can look after ourselves and that sharing our feelings is a very important way to do this. We listened to the story ‘The Colour Monster’ and discussed the colours that represent our feelings. We then made our very own colour monsters using the colours that show how we felt.

In Geography we have been learning about where we live, why an address is important and what we have in our local area. We created our own passport and used google maps to locate our school and other places we know in Bracknell.

Spring Term - Week 8 - 10 March 2021

It has been fantastic having all of the children back with us this week, there has been a real buzz in Year One. We are incredibly proud of all the children and how well they have adjusted back to school life so quickly and effortlessly. This week our main focus has been settling the children back into school. The children have had plenty of opportunities to develop their social skills such as sharing and turn taking. We have taken part in circle times to discuss feelings and emotions and had plenty of opportunity to talk to each other and work together whilst playing and taking part in team building activities. One of our circle times was all about our attributes and what makes us so special. The children created a rainbow cloud which displays 5 words that they chose to describe themselves. Maybe you could ask them to tell you their 5 words?

In PSHE this week our theme has been ‘respect’. We learnt about what this word means and thought about ways that we can show respect to each other and ourselves.

In Maths we have been revisiting number and place value. We used games and practical equipment to support our learning in this.

In English we have started a new story called ‘Emma Jane’s Aeroplane’. We have sequenced the parts of the story and focused on the first city Emma Jane visits which is London. We have learnt about some of the famous landmarks you can see in London and have written sentences to describe these.

In Phonics we have been revising some of our set 2 sounds this week such as ‘air’, ‘ay’ and ‘ir’. The children have retained these sounds really well and it is clear that lots of them have been busy keeping up with their phonics at home!

Please continue to use the games and apps available to play at home to support your child’s learning.

Spring Term - Week 7 - 24 February 2021

This week in Maths, we have started a new unit on ‘Measure’. We have been using the mathematical language of ‘long’, ‘short’ and ‘tall’ and using this language to compare everyday objects at home and in school. We have been using nonstandard units such as blocks and paperclips to measure and compare the lengths of various objects.

In English we have been looking at a range of instructions, such as recipes and games. We have practised giving and following instructions verbally and we learnt that they need to be clear and in order to be effective. We have been identifying bossy verbs and time connectives and including them in our own set of instructions.

In Phonics, we have learnt our final Set 3 sounds – oa (goat in a boat), ew (chew the stew), ire (fire fire) ear (what can you hear?) and ure (sure it’s pure). Now that we have learnt all the Set 3 sounds, we will go on to explore some alternative graphemes and use our ‘best guess’ technique to decide which one to use when spelling.

In Art, we have been learning some new sketching and drawing techniques. After going on a nature walk and collecting a range of natural objects, we had a go at looking at the fine details and sketching them. We have been trying to create different effects with our pencils such as changing the force we use and creating different lines, dots and patterns.

Spring Term - Week 6 - 10 February 2021

The highlight of our week was definitely Dinosaur Day on Wednesday. We dressed up as dinosaurs and explorers and spent the day taking part in various dinosaur themed activities to celebrate the end of this term’s topic. Children both at home and in school had lots of fun creating skeletons and footprints, hunting for fossils in sand and water and freeing dinosaurs from ice. At various points throughout the day we met on the live stream to create crafts together, listen to stories and share our learning. It was wonderful to be able to connect with each other in this way – although physically apart, we could still enjoy this shared experience. 

In keeping with the theme of ‘Together but apart’ we have spent some time this week thinking about how we can support our school community and also the wider community. We have been busy creating hearts and other love-inspired crafts to decorate the school with for the ‘Love our school, love our community’ project. We also enjoyed baking and decorating Valentines cupcakes to help share the love. 

In Maths we have been continuing to work on our subtraction skills. In English we have been learning to write a recount using time connectives and past tense verbs. In Phonics we have continued to learn new Set 3 sounds – are (care and share), ur (purse for a nurse), er (a better letter), ow (brown cow) and ai (snail in the rain). In Geography we have been looking at the continent of Europe and more closely at the United Kingdom. 

The Year One teachers wish you all a very restful half term. It has been a very intense and challenging time recently so we hope you have a chance to relax and recharge your batteries!

Spring Term - Week 5 - 3 February 2021

Thank you so much to those of you who have been sharing your home learning with us, we love seeing the fantastic activities you are getting up to. This week, we were especially impressed with some of the dinosaur footprints you created. Below are some photographs of the art work handed in by Bonnie, Lilly S and Stanley. They are brilliant, well done! 

This week, we have started a new Geography topic, exploring the world we live in. We have been learning to name and locate all the continents and oceans and we had lots of fun creating a puzzle map of the world.  

In Maths, we have been continuing to work on addition and subtraction within 20. We have been using our number bonds a lot this week and we have been learning hard to them off by heart by playing games and singing songs. 

In English, we began the week by listening to the story ‘If the Dinosaurs Came Back’ by Bernard Most. We used drama techniques such as ‘freeze frames’ to act out and learn the story. We then used our imaginations to suggest different things that the dinosaurs could do if they were alive today.  We had lots of fun innovating the story, using ideas such as “If the dinosaurs came back…..”

  • They would give me a ride to school 
  • I would be able to slide down their long necks in the park. 
  • They could help me clean the windows. 

In Phonics, we have been continuing to learn our Set 3 sounds – a-e (make a cake), i-e (nice smile), o-e (phone home), u-e (huge brute) and aw (yawn at dawn). We have been working hard to read and spell words containing these new sounds and we have been practicing writing super sentences using our ‘hold a sentence’ technique.

Spring Term - Week 4 - 29 January 2021

This week, we have had great fun creating dinosaur footprints in Art. We began by drawing and painting footprint shapes onto card and then we cut them out and made a trail with them. After that we designed a different footprint on a polystyrene block before carving it out and printing with it using different coloured paints. Children both at home and in school have really enjoyed their creative learning this week and have created some fantastic art work! 

In Maths, we have been comparing and ordering numbers up to 20. As always, we have been using a range of practical resources such as diennes and cubes to represent the numbers physically. This helps us to visualise and understand the value of the numbers. 

In English, we have continued working on our ‘Dinosaur Days’ poem from last week. We innovated the original poem by coming up with our own ideas of what the dinosaurs could do on different days of the week. We had velociraptors playing recorders on Monday, stegosauruses driving race cars on Tuesday and even diplodocuses dancing a jive on Wednesday!

In Phonics, we learnt our final Set 2 sounds – igh (fly high) and ow (blow the snow) before beginning on Set 3 – ea (cup of tea) and oi (spoil the boy). We have also been working hard on our handwriting, ensuring our letters are correctly formed and sitting on the line.

Spring Term - Week 3 - 22 January 2021

This week in Maths we have started a new place value unit, looking at numbers up to 20. We have been counting and ordering teens numbers, as well as representing them using tens and ones. For example, we now understand that 13 is made up of one ten and three ones and 20 is made of two tens. We have had lots of opportunities to make and compare these numbers. 

In English we have started a new unit on Poetry, looking at the poem ‘Dinosaur Days’. We began by spotting the features of the poem and we focused on our spelling of the days of the week. We then looked at the verbs (doing words) in the poem and learnt that in the past tense many of these end in –ed (e.g. dived, chased, chewed). We have created our own plans of the poem using pictures and key words, so we are ready to write it up next week. 

In Phonics, we have continued with our Set 2 sounds – ir (whirl and twirl), ou (shout it out), oy (toy for a boy), ay (may I play) and ee (what can you see). We have been learning to blend and read words containing these sounds and we have also practised segmenting them for spelling. 

We have continued our ‘Animals’ topic this week in Science. We have focused on our senses and enjoyed exploring lots of different things we could hear, see, smell, taste and touch. We have looked and the structure of animals and discussed the similarities and differences between animals and humans.



Merry Christmas everyone

All the teachers and teaching assistants in Year 1 would like to take this opportunity to wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We have all been so impressed with how well you have all worked this year, bearing in mind the strange the year it has been. However your children have not let this stop them and they have been incredibly resilient and made huge progress this term.

We hope you all have an enjoyable Christmas and we will see you in the new year. 

Merry Christmas Year 1

Autumn Term - Week 14 - 9 December 2020

What a busy week we have had in Year One!

This week the children have planned and written a letter to Father Christmas. They thought about how they would greet Father Christmas, they used an adjective to describe the presents they asked for and thought of a question they wanted to ask Father Christmas. We were very impressed with the children’s handwriting, phonic knowledge when spelling new words and use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in their writing.

The children have been completing lots of scissor control activities this week such as making Christmas decorations and cutting out pictures for their Christmas wish collage. They have also been developing their fine motor skills by using playdoh to decorate Christmas trees and snowmen.

In Maths, the children have continued their work on addition by adding two numbers together up to 10. They have been practising writing an accurate number sentence using the addition and equals symbols. 

Following on from our RE topic on Christianity, In DT this week the children designed, made and evaluated their own stained glass windows. They make a colourful and festive addition to the classroom.

The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning their class Christmas songs and opening their class Christmas calendar each day as we prepare and look forward to having a very festive week next week!


Autumn Term - Week 13 - 3 December 2020

In English this week we used the ideas from our plans we created last week to write our new versions of the poem ‘What is Pink?’ After some time for rehearsal, we took turns to perform our poems to our partners and some of us volunteered to perform in front of the whole class! We learnt how to use our voices in the best way when reading out loud to an audience, thinking carefully about volume, expression and pace. 

Our Maths we have continued with our systematic recording of number bonds. We used tens frames and counters to find all the different ways of making ten in order. Our next challenge will be to learn all of these number bonds by heart, for example “What goes with 4 to make 10”. This instant recall of number facts is such an important skill to master early on because it is fundamental to lots new learning later on. We have also been using our number bond knowledge to solve a variety of word problems. For example: 

Eva and Mo have 10 sweets between them. Eva has 4 sweets. How many does Mo have? 

In RE, we have been learning why advent is celebrated by Christians. We have talked about some of the different ways that it is celebrated around the world. This led us on to thinking about why and how Christmas is celebrated. To help us with this, we learnt and sequenced the events of the Christian Nativity story.

Autumn Term - Week 12 - 25 November 2020

We have been busy planning our poems in English using a ‘box it up’ style plan. The children began by thinking carefully about an object for each colour of the poem using their knowledge of nouns. They then added some more description by using a verb. Some of their fantastic ideas were 

‘Brown acorn rolling down the hill’

‘Green grass growing in the brown soil’

‘white feather soft and fluffy’

We are looking forward to reading the childrens poems when they are written out next week.

In Maths we have been continuing to look at number bonds within 10. This week we have been using a systematic approach when finding the number bonds to ensure that we don’t miss out on any.

e.g  0+6=6    1+5=6    2+4=6      3+3=6

This week the children have been learning about Christianity. They have learnt what Christians believe and looked at the features of a church. Please remember to try and visit a church whilst you are out walking as this will help the children with their learning.

We have started to practice our Christmas songs this week and we are very much looking forward to getting in the Christmas spirit next month in Year One! Please don’t forget to bring in an item for our class hampers (something red for Beaver class and something blue for Otter class).

Autumn Term - Week 11 - 19 November 2020

In English this week we have been looking at the poem ‘What is Pink?’ by Christina Rossetti. We began by identifying the features of the poem, including the rhyming words, question marks, nouns and adjectives. We talked about the colours that are used in the poem and then we went on a nature walk to find different objects to match each colour. 

Our Maths lessons have focused on fact families and number bonds within 10. One challenge was to find all the ways partition a given number, such as 9 (0 + 9, 1 + 8, 2 + 7 and so on). To help us with this, we have been using a range of practical resources such as cubes and counters, as well as pictorial representations including part-whole models and bar models. 

This week, we have taken part in Anti-bullying week. We have been considering what makes people unique and talking about our differences to be celebrated. During our PSHE lessons, we have listened to stories and taken part in various activates to help us empathise with others, understand what bullying is and what know can be done about it if it does happen.   

We ended last week with a non-uniform day for Children in Need. It was fantastic to see everyone wearing clothes that make them feel good in order to raise money for this worthy cause – from super hero costumes to party clothes and pyjamas, it was great fun! We spent time on this day reflecting on how fortunate we are and how much we have to be grateful for. The children thoroughly enjoyed making their own Pudsey Bear masks.

We would like to say a big “well done” to all the children who have been practising their tricky word trains at home. We are already seeing a huge improvement of the reading and writing of these words in class. Several children have successfully progressed to their next trains. Please note that we need to see evidence that children are consistently reading and spelling these words correctly in their work before we move them onto the next train. 

We look forward to meeting with many of you for our ‘Phonics and Reading Information Session’ on Wednesday 2nd December. Just a reminder that this will be held via Zoom and you are required to sign up on School Gateway if you wish to attend.

Autumn Term - Week 10 - 12 November 2020

This week in English we have been continuing with our learning of ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Can You See?’ We went on a nature walk on Monday to see what we could see! We found acorns, pinecones, trees, sticks, plenty of leaves and a squirrel! We used these objects to learn what a noun is and then used an adjective to describe the noun. There were some great descriptions. On Tuesday we thought about what the objects were doing and used a verb to describe this. The children then wrote out their own sentences in the style of Eric Carle. Some of their fantastic sentences were:

Children, children what do you see?

I see a smooth acorn rolling down the hill.

Children, children what do you see?

I see a fluffy feather floating in the sky.

In Maths this week the children have continued using part whole models. They have used part whole models to add numbers together and then represent these additions using number sentences. They then used this knowledge to look at addition fact families for a number. E.g. 3+4=7, 4+3=7, 7=3+4, 7=4+3.

In phonics we have been learning the trigraph ‘air’ as in ‘fair’, ‘stair’, ‘pair’ and the diagraph ‘ee’ as in ‘tree’, ‘see’, ‘been’. Some children have been continuing with their set 1 sounds and practising their blending.

We have enjoyed doing some science in the afternoons this week. We were thinking about the question ‘Can you see colour in the dark?’. We entered a ‘dark cave’ to find this out. We thought about what we could see in the dark and then how this changed when we added a light source (a torch). Linking to our science topic of light and dark, we also enjoyed creating a chalk firework picture, exploring colours using a light source and spending time in our ‘art gallery’ role play area.

Autumn Term - Week 9 - 5 November 2020

We have had a great first week back after half term. As part of our slow transition away from an ‘Early Years’ style play-based environment, we have introduced a slightly more formal learning atmosphere during the mornings. The children are now spending more time at their tables completing focused activities, either individually or in pairs or small groups. They have embraced this change with enthusiasm and are thoroughly enjoying the new challenges they are being set. Our activities are still very practical and hands-on and we still have plenty of time for child initiated play during the afternoons, so we hope that we have achieved a successful balance between Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 ways of working.  

In English, we have been using the text ‘Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?’ by Bill Martin. We created a bank of adjectives (describing words) used in the story to describe the animals and then we included these adjectives in our own sentences. We then moved our attention to verbs (doing words) and found a selection of ‘-ing’ words that are used in the book.  

In Maths we have been using part-whole models to solve addition problems. We have been looking at a number as a ‘whole’ and then exploring how it can be made of 2 ‘parts’. We have been using different coloured cubes and counters to show this and then writing the addition number sentences using + and = symbols.

Our art topic this term is ‘colour’ and we have been using the story of Elmer to base our learning on. This week we have learnt about primary and secondary colours and how the tone of a colour can be changed by mixing. We have really enjoyed exploring colour change with paint!   

Finally, a huge well done needs to go to Finn Whitfield in Beaver Class for raising £500 for the school from his sponsored read. What an amazing effort, congratulations Finn!


Autumn Term - Week 8 - 19 October 2020

We ended last week with our ‘seaside morning’. The children thoroughly enjoyed coming into their beach themed classroom and playing in the sand, dipping their toes into the sea, fishing in the rock pool and enjoying an ice lolly whilst watching a Punch and Judy show! On Friday the children produced some amazing recount writing about their morning. 

This week we have been using our story maps to retell the story ‘The Train Ride’. The children have been working really hard on their writing and ensuring they are using finger spaces and full stops. They used the phrases from the story in their writing and even included some adjectives and verbs.

In Maths, we have been focusing on ordinal numbers and number lines. Perhaps you could have a family race at home and celebrate who came 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th?

We have based our independent learning this week around an Autumn theme. We have been on an Autumn walk around the playground and collected lots of natural objects. We have used these natural objects to make trees and hedgehogs, we have written about what we can see in Autumn and discussed the season changes we have noticed. Perhaps over half term you can continue looking for signs of Autumn?

In phonics the children are learning the ‘ar’ sound (start the car). They have been reading and spelling words such as start, car, star, sharp and park. We have continued with our handwriting practise and have now started practising number formation. Please continue with this at home.

As we come to the end of our first half term in Year One we would like thank all the parents and carers for their support as the children have completed their first half term after such a long period off school. The children have been amazing and have settled in extremely well. We are all very proud of them. Have a well-deserved rest and we look forward to seeing you all after half term!

Autumn Term - Week 7 - 12 October 2020

Our Maths focus this week has been ordering groups of objects and numbers. We have been accurately counting 3 or 4 groups of counters and ordering them from greatest to smallest or smallest to greatest. We then moved onto numbers, the children read numbers in words and digits and ordered them, explaining how they had been ordered. They began to write the order in their books and draw pictorials (circles) for each number.

We started our English lessons this week by re-reading our story ‘The train ride’. In pairs the children ordered pictures from the story and used keywords to describe what happened in each part. They then retold the story using the repeated phrases and key vocabulary, ‘that’s what I see! That’s what I see!’. The children thoroughly enjoyed our ‘experience’ lesson this week, coming to the classroom to find their own beach. They enjoyed taking part in beach themed activities and ended the morning with an ice pop and Punch and Judy show. The week then ended with the children using the pictures from the story to create their own story mountain to help them write our story next week. 

In phonics we have been learning the Set 2 digraphs oo (short) – ‘look at a book’ (took, look, book, shook). We have been blending these sounds in words for reading and practising segmenting them for spelling.

In our PSHE lesson next week, we will be discussing the NSPCC’s Underwear Rule. This is designed to teach pupils how to stay safe from sexual abuse, without giving explicit information or telling scary stories or even using the term “sexual abuse.” In the lesson, children will learn about the ‘PANTS’ acrostic, which stands for: 

· Privates are private 

· Always remember your body belongs to you 

· No means no 

· Talk about secrets that upset you 

· Speak up, someone can help 

The lesson will be delivered in a way that’s fully age-appropriate. More information about the Underwear Rule, including a short film and a parent guide can be found at


Autumn Term - Week 6 - 7 October 2020

Our Maths focus this week has been comparing two groups of objects and using the symbols < > and = to make comparisons. We have been using counters to accurately count out two groups and using the words ‘more than’, ‘less than’ and ‘equal to’ to compare them. We learnt that the crocodile always ‘eats’ the larger number and have been using this concept to help us use the symbols correctly. Our Maths learning has involved lots of pair work which we have really enjoyed! 

We started our English lessons this week by using adjectives to make our writing more descriptive. We imagined that we were on a train going through a tunnel, just like in our class story and we thought of lots of super adjectives to describe it, including ‘gloomy’, ‘spooky’ and ‘frightening’.  We have also been learning to use ‘ing’ verbs this week to describe how the hot air balloon in the story was moving through the sky. We thought of some fantastic verbs, including ‘floating’, drifting’ and ‘gliding’. 

In phonics we have been learning the Set 2 digraphs oo (long) – ‘poo at the zoo’ (too, zoo, mood, spoon) and oo (short) – ‘look at a book’ (took, look, book, shook). We have been blending these sounds in words for reading and practising segmenting them for spelling. 

During the afternoons, we are slowly beginning to introduce some whole class lessons, alongside our independent play, starting with PSHE. Over the next few weeks we will be exploring the question “What is the same and different about us?” This will involve lots of discussion about what we like and dislike and what we are good at. We will be thinking about what makes us special and how everyone has different strengths.

Autumn Term - Week 4 - 30 September 2020

Our Maths focus this week has been finding one more and one less than a given number. We have discovered that when finding one more, the number gets bigger and when finding one less, the number gets smaller. We have been using different practical resources to help us with our learning, including Numicon and tens frames.

In English we have continued to work on our story ‘The Journey’ by June Crebbin. We focussed on the countryside setting that the train travels through and collected a bank of onomatopoeic sounds that might be heard such as ‘Moo’, ‘Woof’ and ‘Swish’. We then thought about what Molly and her Mum might have been eating for lunch on the train. We had fun tasting some different food and thinking of adjectives to describe how it tasted, including ‘sweet’, ‘juicy’ and ‘delicious’. We later used our ideas to write full sentences to add to our class story. 

In phonics we have been continuing to learn the sounds ow – blow the snow (snow, show, slow, blow) and igh – fly high (high, bright, night, flight). 

During our independent learning we have been enjoying using the role play area to get into character at the train station. We have also had a lot of fun this week working together to play games and make puzzles. This helps to develop the important skills of communication, turn taking and sharing. 

Autumn Term - Week 3 - 23 September 2020

This week we have been busy in Maths counting up to 10 and back from 10. We started counting from given numbers and talked about the patterns we noticed when counting forwards and backwards. 

In English we started our new story ‘The Journey’ by June Crebbin. We made a train in the classroom and thought about what we would see and hear on a train journey. We described what the train looked like using adjectives and we made a list of what the little girl could see on her train journey. Our role play area is now a train station and we have had lots of fun pretending we are at the train station!

In phonics we have been learning the sounds ow – blow the snow (snow, show, slow, blow) and igh – fly high (high, bright, night, flight) Please continue to practise reading and writing words at home with these sounds in. 

During our independent learning we have enjoyed making a name train, labelling pictures of a train/farmyard, threading beads to make a train, designing and writing a train ticket and fishing for letters to make words with the ‘ow’ and ‘igh’ sound in.

We have continued our handwriting practise every day and have enjoyed playing in the afternoons to develop our sharing and turn taking skills.

Autumn Term - Week 2 - 18 September 2020

We have had another super week in Year One! It is wonderful to see how quickly the children have settled into the new routines and that they have taken all the changes in their stride. 

In Phonics this week, we have been continuing to learn the set 2 sounds ‘ay’ (May I play?) and ‘ee’ (What can you see?). In order to support your child’s learning at home, please can you help them to read and write words containing these sounds. We have also been focussing a lot on blending our set 1 sounds in simple words in order to increase the children’s fluency and confidence when reading. Words you can work on at home to help with this include – jump, hand, bend, skip, gran, flop.

In English, we have been focusing on the book ‘The Heart and the Bottle’ by Oliver Jeffers. We have spent a lot of time thinking about how the character in the story is feeling and using adjectives to describe her emotions. We thought of different words that mean the same as ‘sad’ and ‘happy’ to make our writing more interesting. After creating a bank of exciting adjectives, we practised writing these in a full sentence using a capital letter, finger spaces and full stop. 

In Maths, we have been practising counting and writing numbers to 10. We have used a variety of different objects such as counters, cubes and animals to show off our counting skills. We have also been representing these numbers in different ways, for example through pictures and words.


Autumn Term - Week 1 - 10 September 2020

The children in Otter class and Beaver class have settled into Year 1 really well. It is so lovely to see them coming into their classrooms with happy and smiley faces! They have been busy learning their sounds in phonics this week and have started handwriting in the afternoons to practise forming their letters. The children will be focusing on the sounds ‘ee’ and ‘ay’ over the next week so please practise reading and spelling words with these sounds in (seen, green, play, spray) at home. We will continue to revise set one sounds at school so please also spend some time blending words which contain these sounds.

The children have done some writing linked to our story ‘Augustes and His Smile’ about what makes them feel happy. Alongside their writing, the children have been taking part in continuous provision activities and have enjoyed playing in the role play area, creating shapes with the playdough, dressing up, sand and water play, making emoji faces and creating buildings with the building blocks.