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Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Year 1 News

Summer 1 -Week 4 - 9th May 2022

Another week has flown by in Year One as it's been busy as usual. The children have had great fun exploring our programmable robots this week and did so well identifying and following simple instructions before having a go at programming a simple sequence themselves. 

In RE this week the children have been exploring their creative side when making their own paradise garden linked to our learning of Islam. 

We are looking forward to lots more arts and crafts next week when we will be participating in Art week with lots of activities linked to the upcoming Platinum Jubilee.

Summer 1 - Week 2 - 25th April 2022

It has been another fantastic week in Year One. We were so impressed with the amazing job that the children did in their assembly on Monday morning.  We hoped that this gave you a bit of an insight into how the children learn their phonics and that the information posted on Google Classroom is useful too as we prepare the children for the Phonics Screening Check that will take place in June. 

We have also been busy this week exploring the history of communication and doing lots of rolepay and writing linked to our story 'The Way Back Home'.  We were also lucky to have a Police Officer come and visit as part of our PSHE learning to talk to the children about people who help us and how to stay safe. 

 The children have settled back into the routines amazingly after the Easter break and we continue to be so proud of all their efforts. 

Summer 1 - Week 1 - 21st April 2022

Despite a very short week with only two days with the children, we have had a busy time as usual in Year One. We have been practising for our class assembly, focusing on our feelings in circle time and working hard as we creep towards the phonics screening check.

This week, we started our new topic of communication. We were very lucky to have some lovely parent volunteers (Mrs Stallard and Mrs Inger) come into class to teach us about Makaton. We know it is very important to be inclusive. Mrs Stallard works in a school where she uses Makaton to communicate with her pupils which we were so interested in. Both parent helpers were impressed by how beautifully the Year One children sat, so we are very proud teachers!

Here are some pictures of us using Makaton in action!


Spring 2 - Week 6 - 28th March 2022

We can't believe this is our last week in the Spring term. It has flown by. It is tue, 'time flies when you are having fun'. We are so proud of our wonderful Year One children. They have worked incredibly hard and have made us very happy teachers, as always.

Sadly, we say goodbye to Miss Mistry at the end of this week. Luckily, she is only moving to the school office. We know the children will miss her, but we wish her best in her new role and know she will be nipping in for story time as frequently as possible. We would like to say a huge thank you to Miss Mistry for her dedication this year. She has been a huge part of the children's Year One journey and we feel very lucky to have had her support. We will miss you!

Miss Mistry has been planning fantastic crafts for us this week, to make us feel special as we say goodbye. Please see the lovely Easter Baskets she prepared for us to make on Wednesday.


Spring 2 - Week 5 - 21st March 2022

Wow! What a week. This week, we had our first ever school trip! Due to the pandemic, the children had never been on a trip before so we were incredibly excited to take them. 

We were incredibly lucky with the weather. It was hot enough that we didn't have to wear jackets, but cool enough that we didn't have to contend with sunburn! It was lovely walking around the beautiful grounds of Wellington Country Park in the sunshine.

The children were beautifully behaved, and several visitors even came up to Miss Smart and Mrs Critchlow to comment on what lovely children she had! Well done Year One!

We spent the morning feeding animals and learning about their diets which linked to our science topic this term. The children had clearly remembered their facts about animals and impressed the Wellington staff with their knowledge of 'carnivores', 'herbivores' and 'omnivores'. A particular highlight was when the children were able to hand-feed the friendly animals. What a treat!

The children also enjoyed a walk with the dinosaurs, jumping on the huge bouncy pillow and the many adventure playgrounds. 

We wouldn't have asked for a better trip and would like to thank the INCREDIBLE parent helpers who came with us. 

We spent the morning feeding animals and learning about their diets which linked to our science topic this term.

The children had clearly remembered their facts about animals and impressed the Wellington staff with their knowledge of 'carnivores', 'herbivores' and 'omnivores'. A particular highlight was when the children were able to hand-feed the friendly animals. What a treat!

The children also enjoyed a walk with the dinosaurs, jumping on the huge bouncy pillow and the many adventure playgrounds. 

We wouldn't have asked for a better trip and would like to thank the INCREDIBLE parent helpers who came with us. 

Spring 2 - Week 4- 21st March 2022

Last week was Science Week. We had such a wonderful time.
On Friday, we became scientists all day and carried out many exciting experiments.
The children were given the opportunity to explore and create their own bubble wands. This was a particularly messy experiment, but we were so proud of the children's curiosity and hard work and determination. We saw scientists in the making!

We also had a lovely mini-beast hunt and found some interesting creatures in the school garden. We found ladybirds, slugs, snails, spiders and even caterpillars. We collected notes of our observations by drawing pictures and writing key words.

As well as this, we made incubators for seeds by using latex gloves! We pushed cotton wool into each finger, soaked it and then planted seeds ready to germinate. We hope you are able to see your seeds grow at home!

Here are some photos of the day...

Spring 2 - Week 4 - 14th March 2022

It is Science Week at Wooden Hill School! We are so excited for our science day on Friday, and we can't wait to start our own experiements.

On Monday, we continued our learning about animals. We have already learned about carnivores, omnivores and herbivores and today we were learning about different features of animals. Did you know that Camels have eyes on the side of their heads so they can spot predators from all around?

The children particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to research their own animals, using the Ipads. It took us a little while to open the Ipads and search for different animal videos and facts but the children were incredibly resilient and are practising their computing skills all the time. Well done Year One!

After collecting their research in groups of three, the children then shared their ideas with the rest of the class in a circle time, practising their oracy skills. It was an incredibly fun, interactive lesson and we loved seeing all the children so engaged in their learning.

Spring 2 - Week 3 - 7th March 2022

We have had another busy week in Year One this week and the children continue to amaze us with their fantastic learning!  The children have been working so hard on their writing linked to our current story 'Wombat Goes Walkabout' and are busy planning their own stories linked to this - we are looking forward to reading these next week!  In Maths we have been learning to measure accurately using a ruler - maybe the children can show you some of these measuring skills at home.  The children have also loved exploring the beebots (programmable robots) and using the ipads to explore a range of fun maths activities.

Spring 2 - Week 2 - 28th February 2022

Well done for another amazing week Year One. This week was 'World Book Week' which was thoroughly enjoyed by both children and staff. We loved seeing the children's 'Shelfie Selfies' which were uploaded to Google Classroom. It has been amazing to hear about the love of reading in Year One. 

We have also loved seeing the 'extreme reading' challenge. We have seen some amazingly exciting places to read. Have a look at some of the amazing places below!

Of course, Thursday was a particular highlight for the children (and staff)! We loved seeing the amazing costumes made. The children were so enthusiastic about their book characters and it was again lovely to promote a huge love of reading.

Spring 2 - Week 1 - 22nd February 2022

We are so happy to have the children back after a stormy half-term! It has been so lovely to see them so excited about being back in school. They have remembered our rules and routines effortlessly and it is like they have never been away. Well done Year One!

On Tuesday, we started our new big question of "What is it?" based on animals. To introduce the children to the topic, they were asked to bring in their favourite animal in photo or toy form. The children were also encouraged to research some fun facts about their animal that they could share with their friends. We were amazed with their facts and their beautifully presented research. Miss Smart learned lots of new facts herself, including that monkeys can feel very poorly when they eat bananas and that huskies love avocado!

Here are some photos of the children sharing their research...




Spring 1 - Week 6 - 7th February 2022

We have had such a fun half-term in Year One. We can't believe how quickly the year is going. We hope the children are enjoying their time in Year One just as much as we are loving teaching them. We certainly get many huge smiles each day- so many we can't even count!

This week, we have had lots of fun continuing with our afternoon 'maths fluency' lessons. These lessons are short, snappy and mostly practical. We have enjoyed playing around with numbers and building our skills. We are learning to 'subitise' numbers - realising what a group of numbers is without counting them and the children are doing a fantastic job at this. It will really make their maths quicker and will benefit them as they go through Wooden Hill school. 

Here are some photos of our fluency lesson on Thursday. We were exploring numbers 1-10 looking at numbers one more and one less than a given number. We ensured to unscramble our numbers first, and then used our class instead of number blocks to represent numbers. For example, Presley was number three and Teddy was number 10!

We had to make sure to use the language of 'before' and 'after' and our sentence stem was 'I am thinking of a number it is between ___________ and ____________'. Can you have a go playing with an adult at home?


Spring 1 - Week 5 - 31st January 2022

Wow! What a busy week. We have been so pleased to see lots of children returning from isolation, ready to learn with huge similes on their faces. We are so proud of the Year One children during this strange time.

A particular highlight this week for the children was when they explored 'wheels' and 'axels' as part of their Design and Technology lessons. The children have been learning how these components of vehicles work and designing their own adaptations. On Thursday, the children will be creating their own moving vehicle and we can't wait to see their creations.

The children have been very careful thinking of the purpose of their model  with many children selecting to create them for parents and carers or younger siblings. They thought carefully about what colours they might use, the materials they were going to select and even the strength of the model- with many children saying " I need to ensure it is strong so my little sibling can't destroy it".

Here are some pictures of the planning and building process...

Spring 1 - Week 4 - 24th January 2022

This week, the children have really enjoyed being introduced to new mathematical equipment 'Rekenreks'! Miss Smart has been really lucky to be completing a maths course to develop maths fluency, so the lucky Year One children have been completing some additional maths activities to help their learning. Both Beavers and Otters have been working hard to subitise numbers to 5, to help make their counting a lot quicker!

We can't wait to see the fantastic learning that the children show us during their afternoon practical maths time. Perhaps they will show off their learning at home too!

Spring 1 - Week 3 - 17th January 2022

What an amazing week in Year 1!

Even though we have still had a lot of children and staff unwell we have had a great week in school.  The children have worked really hard in English and, on Friday, wrote a leaflet to persuade their audience to visit a theme park they had designed.

We all had lots of chilly fun during PE when we practised our throwing and catching skills.

We are looking forward children and staff being back next week.

Spring 1 - Week 2 - 10th January 2022

Wow! We have had another very busy week in Year One. We would like to say a huge thank you to our amazing children for being so resilient and positive in quite a challenging week with staff absence. Mrs Critchlow, Mrs Andrews and Mrs Spacey have shared how brilliant you have all been and we are so proud of you! Well done Year One!

This week, we have continued to work on our place value, looking at numbers up to 20 and even beyond! The children have been working hard to explore addition and subtraction number problems and have enjoyed using a range of practical resources including; counters, diennes, numicon and number lines! We have also been hugely impressed by the quality of home learning shared by the children working from home. 

In English, the children have been continuing to explore 'persuasive leaflets' which is a very new concept for them. We have been pleased with their hard work and motivation to take on a new challenge. The children have explored new textual features such as 'snappy slogans', 'persuasion bombs' and 'final sells' and have done so with huge smiles.

On Thursday afternoon we had a really interesting time looking at the timelines and the history of transport.  We made a timeline of our own lives.  Mrs Critchlow was born such a long time ago that Beaver class nearly put her out of the door!  After talking about events in our own lives, we went onto talking about transport inventions.  We used really good language to write sentences about what we found out. We then read our sentences loudly and clearly to the rest of the class whilst they focussed on being a really good audience.

Well done for another amazing week Year One, despite its challenges! We would also like to say a huge thank you to parents and carers for your continued support and well wishes, we really appreciate it.


Thank You for a Memorable 2018 at the Littleover Lodge - Littleover Lodge

Spring 1 - Week 1 - 4th January 2022

We have been so pleased to see the children back in Year One, with huge smiles! They have settled back in to daily routine beautifully. It was a joy to see just how excited they were to return to their learning and to see their friends- though they were full of lovely stories about the holidays at home!

This week, we have introduced a new genre of writing - persuasive writing! We have explored a model text all about Australia and we are now going to be creating our own persuasive leaflet called 'Ice Planet'. On Thursday, we had an experience lesson where we explored the icy outdoors... on a freezing cold day! The children collected some wonderful words to describe the icy setting! 

Here are some photos of the children exploring the cold outdoors. It really was bitterly cold though the children wrapped up warm and smiled the whole time!

Autumn 2 - Week 7 - 13th December 2021 

This week, we have been enjoying our festive activities. It has been lovely hearing the ways in which the children celebrate over the winter period and their family traditions. We have had many lovely conversations about Christmas and why some celebrate it, and some don't. 

This week, the children particularly enjoyed making and decorating salt dough with Mrs Spacey and Miss Mistry. It was a particularly messy activity but a lot of fun!

We have also been rehearsing lots for our festive performance. The Year 1 Children sang alongside the Year 2 children acting. They have been singing their hearts out and making us very proud. Well done Year 1!

On Thursday, we had our delicious Christmas Dinner. The children had crackers and wore party hats as well as decorating their own place mats. Music was playing and children were singing as they were served by the teachers. We would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Nunn and the lunchtime controllers for being so amazing and organising the festivities, and also to our fantastic cooks for the lovely food.

We have had such a lovely term with the Year 1 children. We have been so impressed by their hard work and positivity. It has been such a joy getting to know them and we can't wait to see them again in January. Have a lovely Christmas break Year 1, we will miss you! 

Autumn 2 - Week 6 - 6th December 2021

Well, our Christmas festivities have well and truly begun! We are busily practising songs and having dress rehearsals ready to record our performance next week. We are so proud of the children for their hard work and determination. We have 7 songs to sing alongside Year Two, with some very difficult words, and the children have been amazing!

Alongside our English and Maths lessons, we have also been completing many Christmas crafts designed by the wonderful Miss Mistry, our fantastic Year One support. The children have been amazed by her talents- have you seen the window displays in the Year One classrooms?

This week, we are also going to be creating some winter or Christmas cards for our loved ones. Please see a sneak peek of some gorgeous photos we took of the children that will be heading your way shortly...

Autumn 2 - Week 5 - 29th November 2021

We have had another fantastic week in Year One!  We are so proud of how hard the children are working on their sentence writing linked to our story of The Queens Hat.  This week we have explored alliteration and have been so impressed with the creative ideas the children have. 

In Maths we have been developing our knowledge of numbers to 20, building each number using a range of equipment and looking closely at tens and ones as well as 1 more and 1 less than a given number to 20. 

With the beginning of December upon us, many of the children excitedly told us of their calendars and some even had elf visitors at home!  The children have been busy elves themselves exploring different crafty tasks, helping us to create a fantastic winter wonderland in the classroom! 

Autumn 2 - Week 4 - 21st November 2021

We have had another lovely week in Year One. We have been incredibly busy with our learning, and have started to write three plot points in each English lesson- wow. In maths, we have been looking at number sentences and comparing number sentences using our greater than, less than and equal to symbols. It has been brilliant to see the children growing in confidence and practising their number formation.

The highlight of this week has been our KS1 'Come Snuggle Up With A Good Book' day! On Wednesday, the children came to school in their pyjamas and had a day based on celebrating reading. It was lovely to hear about each child's favourite book and explore the joy of reading together. In the morning, the children rotated around different classes, meeting KS1 teachers and learning about their favourite books. They also completed an activity in each class related to each book, using their comprehension skills.

In the afternoon, the children enjoyed building dens, snuggling up with a hot chocolate and biscuit and reading stories with their classes. Please see the photos below of our amazing day!

Autumn 2 - Week 3 - 15th November 2021

Wow! We have had such an amazing week. Undoubtedly, our highlight has to have been our experience day on Thursday. We invited the children to come in their finest dress or dress as Kings, Queens, Princesses, Knights or anyone they might find in a castle. We had some incredible costumes and it was described by the children as "THE BEST DAY EVER!"- music to Miss Smart and Mrs Critchlow's ears!

The children enjoyed viewing a tour of Buckingham Palace, participating in some royal dancing and a lot of role play, fully immersing themselves in the topic. 

On Friday, the children were introduced to their new key text 'The Queen's Hat' and this experience day allowed the children to gain prior knowledge and have an interactive, memorable experience. Please see some photos below!

Autumn Term 2 - Week 2 - 8th November 2021

Wow. What an exciting week. We have been incredibly busy. It has been so lovely seeing the children come into school with huge smiles on their faces and engage so well in their learning.

This week, a particular highlight for the children was learning to use laptops. The children found it very strange that they had to touch the keypad instead of the screen! It was certainly a fun learning experience. In our computing lesson, we looked at the artist Piet Mondrian who uses online paint tools to create digital art using rectangular shapes and primary colours. The children worked with partners to create some of their own digital art in his style. Please see the example art work below.

This week, the children have also begun learning about their local area and the history of Bracknell. The children are loving the role play area currently being a shoe shop and a special thank-you goes to Mr and Mrs Nunn for making so many lovely resources for the children to enjoy. We even have a replica shoe measure for the children to use!

We have had such an amazing week and want to say a big well done to the lovely Year One children for working so hard as always.

Autumn Term 2 Week 1- 01 November 2021

It has been a fantastic start to this half-term with the children full of enthusiasm for their learning after the half-term break. 

We've started a new story in English 'Pigs Might Fly' with some familiar characters and the children have been working hard on writing super sentences about the story. In maths, we have been adding 2 groups using a variety of methods - objects, part whole models and tens frames as well as creating addition stories using the language 'first, then and now'. 

We have also introduced a bit more topic work this week and the children have loved being able to explore different paint tools on the Ipads as well as becoming mini scientists searching for different materials around the school and then testing out these materials to see how strong they were. The children have absolutely loved starting topic in class and have seemed to have enjoyed sharing their new knowledge with their parents/ carers. We have been so impressed by how well they have adapted to the changes so far in Year One, they have transitioned beautifully. Well done for a fantastic week Year One!

Autumn Term 1 Week 8 - 18 October 2021

This week, the children have had their first school outing! They thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Great Hollands library. A highlight of the trip for the children was donning their High Vis vests and enjoying the beautiful weather on the walk. 

We met the lovely Lisa who read us some amazing stories. We also had the opportunity for the children to explore the books, and they loved reading in some nooks and crannies in the library. 

Please have a look at some of the pictures we took of the outing. We were so proud of the children's impeccable behaviour and the huge interest they showed in different books. 


Autumn Term 1 Week 7- 14th October 2021

We've had another incredibly busy week in Year One. We are so proud of all the children as we completed our first story this week and to see the progress was simply wonderful. They have all worked so hard. We look forward to sharing these at parents evening. Prepare to be amazed!

We've enjoyed a new approach to exploring "We're going on a bear hunt" this week and had great fun with little people, water and soggy clothes when we had our meaningful moments in English.

It's been a joy to see their social skills developing with regular practice of working in groups and when free flowing around the different activities.

Thank you for letting us spend each day with your fabulous children.

Autumn Term 1 Week 6- 4th October 2021

This week, we have been keen mathematicians exploring the relationships between numbers up to 10. We have compared numbers using the greater than, less than and equal to symbols and ensured to use mathematical language to help with this.

We have also loved exploring dienes (tens and ones). Why not have a go looking at them at home with your families?

In English, we have been planning to write our own stories. We have been so impressed by how the children have adapted to a new style of learning. They have been putting their phonic knowledge to good use and writing sentences including different 'lenses'. The lenses we have looked at this week are; noticing, feeling, action verbs and dialogue. 

The children created their own 'plot point maps' as a plan for their own story. The model we used in class is 'Ruby's Worry' by Tom Percival. To adapt this model text, the children have been busily writing their own stories about a worry. We have linked this to our circle time discussions and have explained to the children through the book that worries are eased when we talk- just like when Ruby spoke to the little boy in the book, her worry disappeared!

We also used the metaphor of a worry disappearing like a balloon being let off when we talk to a friend or trusted adult. Perhaps you could use this at home too?

Below are some examples of the children's plot point maps. We are SO proud of them. Please celebrate the amazing writers we have in Year 1! 



Autumn Term 1 week 5 - 27th September 2021

Another amazing week for the Year One children. The children have been working incredibly hard on their maths skills. We have a group of brilliant mathematicians. We have been focusing on working practically, making sure we focus well to stay accurate and count numbers using one-to-one correspondence.


Autumn Term 1 Week 4 - 20th September 2021

Wow! It has been such a busy couple of weeks. We are still so proud of how the children have settled into the year. We have had so much fun, laughter and joy!

The children are really enjoying new things in both maths and English. We have been working in small groups to support each child, and it has been lovely to see their confidence grow with new concepts! 

In maths, we have been exploring place value within 10. We have been using practical resources to represent numbers, find one more and one less and work on one to one correspondence.

In English, we have been looking at the key text "A Squash and a Squeeze" exploring repetition and rhyme. The children have enjoyed participating in some role-play from the text and have impressed us with their fantastic sentences.

Year One, we are so proud of you all. Keep up the fantastic work!



Autumn Term 1 Week 3 - 14th September 2021

This week we have been focusing still on settling the children at school. The children have been being incredibly kind to their peers. We are so proud of them. We have enjoyed lots of outdoor time, focusing on wellbeing and have been getting to know the children very well.



Autumn Term 1 Week 2 - 7th September 2021

Welcome to Year One!

We have been so impressed by how well the children have transitioned into Year One. They have been independent, enthusiastic and kind. We are such lucky teachers!

This week we have enjoyed learning through play and getting to know each other.

We have really enjoyed looking at our new 'lenses' and discussing our likes and dislikes. Some amazing examples from Otter Class included “I love the sound of buzzing bees" "I love the feel of wet, mushy sand” and "I love the smell of beautiful flowers”.

We also spent a lovely time with some of our Year 6 friends who read us stories in the sunshine which we really enjoyed!

We know we are going to have a fun, action packed year, and we can't wait.

We are so proud of you, Year One!