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Year 1

Welcome to our class page. Here you will find all of the exciting things that we are getting up to in Year 1. This section will have information to help you support your child and maximise learning by finding out about what is going on, including homework, curriculum details and wider learning opportunities.

Our P.E days are Monday and/or Thursday - Please can you make sure your child has a complete P.E. kit which includes trainers.

Mrs Andrews and Miss Stephens


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This week in Year 1

14/11/18 -  The last week in school has been incredibly busy but great fun. Hope for the World and Mankind week was a great opportunity to reflect on our hopes and plans for the future. Thank you for supporting the children with wearing orange. The whole school rainbow was stunning. 

Our trip to Beechenhurst was a little wet but this didn't hinder our ability to explore the forest and complete the Highway Rat trail. The children loved their picnic lunch and the opportunity to play in the activity area. 

In Mathematics, we are continuing our work on addition and number bonds. Today we introduced fact families, the children had to make 4 addition calculations using the same numbers. 

In Literacy we are about to begin our traditional tale unit on Rumpelstiltskin.

Rehearsals are going well for our class assembly, which will be next week. Thank you for the support with the costumes. If your child has not brought their costume in, please send it in this week. We hope to see family and friends at the assembly at 9:15am on Thursday 22nd November in the KS2 hall. 


07/11/18 - Please remember that tomorrow we are going on our trip to Beechenhurst. The children need to wear outdoor clothes, wellies or boots and raincoats. If they could have a carrier bag in their pocket this would be useful for the children to sit on if it is wet. We are bringing fruit, water bottles and packed lunches.

We would like to thank you for all your support during our 'Hope for mankind and the World' week. The children looked amazing in their orange clothes and we made a fantastic whole school rainbow. We have had some thought provoking assemblies and in class we have particularly been thinking about looking after our world.

Please help your child with their mathematics homework. We are learning how to use the part-whole model.

We hope you all enjoyed the half-term break. We have been very impressed with how well the children have settled back into the school routine and they are working hard!

19/10/18 - Today 1S visited the new library and we were able to share books and stories together. We were so excited to have such a lovely area to read with our friends. 


17/10/18 - This week Kerry from Cats Protection came to visit us. She talked to us about how to care for cats (this supports our Science work on Animals and humans). She brought equipment to show us and we shared a story. We are now cat experts! 

In Mathematics we have been learning about more than and less than. We have introduced the inequality and equality symbols. The children have done really well with this but if you would like to practise drawing the symbols at home that would be appreciated!

In Literacy we are writing autumn and harvest poems. The children have been learning about adjectives and rhyming words. 

Today is the first of our parents evenings and we look forward to seeing those of you who have made an appointment. 


10/10/18 - Today we had a special assembly to help us understand about our mental health and how to deal with our big feelings. We followed this with a circle time and class discussion. We drew pictures of happy places which may help to cheer us up when we are scared, sad or worried. 

This afternoon we completed our golden mile in the sunshine and we are now able to do more laps of the field more quickly. We are feeling fit and healthy!

In Science we have been thinking about our bodies and identifying parts of our skeleton! 

Thank you to everyone who is completing their homework, we have been really impressed with the standard of work.

Just a reminder that reading is our top priority at the moment and we are keeping a record of children who read at home each night. We can see the benefits of those who read regularly and share stories at home.

Keep up the good work!


3/10/18 - We have had another busy week in Year 1. The children are continuing to impress us with the way that they are following routines and are engaged with lessons.

The 'Golden Mile' is keeping us fit and providing lots of fun. So far we have completed it on the field each day! 

Thank you for continuing to read with your children at school. It would be very helpful if you could clearly state 'finished' when your child has read a whole book and this will ensure that the book is changed.

Thank you for supporting your children to work on their homework task  of creating an animal habitat. Please feel free to bring them in when they are finished but don't worry we only need them in school by Tuesday 23rd October. Please make sure they are named. Thank you!


26/09/18 - As part of Health and Fitness day we welcomed some yoga coaches and enjoyed a yoga session around the story of Moana. The children were all given the message: 'We can achieve anything we want if we try!'


20/09/18 -  As part of our animals and humans topic, 1S welcomed their new class pet 'Charlie' and her babies. Here are some photos of her first day with us. 



Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to the Autumn Term, we hope you have had a good Summer!  We are looking forward to working with your children this year.  Below you will find details of our routines and some of the work we will cover this half-term.


Book bags

Please could your child bring these into school every day. It is important that they are also practising their reading at home daily. The children will read their home reader at least once a week in school with an adult as well as reading and completing comprehension tasks in small groups with the teacher during Guided Reading sessions. Your brand new reading diaries will be coming home very soon!



P.E. will be on a Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoon. This term we are lucky to have a Multiskills coach to come and work with us. Your child will need named shorts and a T shirt plus a pair of daps or trainers to wear outdoors. These should be in a named bag that will hang on their peg in the cloakroom. These need to be in school at the start of each half-term and will be sent home for washing at the end of each half-term.



In Maths we will be concentrating on reading, writing and ordering numbers to 10. We will focus on addition and subtraction within 10. It will be very helpful if the children can have some counting practice at home, such as counting the stairs to bed, cutlery on the table, sweets in the packet. It is also very beneficial if they can automatically recall pairs of numbers that total 10, and correctly form these numbers.

Later in the term we will be looking at 3D and 2D shapes and we will be exploring measurements of length and height.



We will begin by using the text, ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and the children will be re-telling and writing their own versions. Then we will move on to focusing on our key author of the term, Beatrix Potter who wrote ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’.



Phonics will continue to happen daily, with the children recapping and revisiting previous sounds and learning new phonemes, digraphs and trigraphs.


Topic and Science                   

In Topic and Science we will be studying the unit ‘Animals including Humans. We will start by looking at ourselves and learning to name external and internal body parts. We will look at our similarities and differences. We will also learn about our five senses and how useful they are to us. We will then look at the animal kingdom by studying pets and animals native to our country and wild animals from around the world. There will also be a focus on animal habitats.

We will also look at the history of Bonfire Night and Poppy Day later in the term.



As well as reading every day the children will shortly begin to bring home weekly spellings based on the year 1 common exception words which they will need to know by the end of the year. Please practise with them until they know them off by heart, ready for testing on Mondays.

We will also be asking the children to complete half termly projects linked to the curriculum. There will be more information to follow.


Y1 Trip

We hope to return to Beechenhurst this term. This will link with our Literacy writing as well as our Science topic. More information to follow.


Water Bottles

We are in the process of ordering new water bottles for the children. This will mean that they will not need to bring their own from home. For the time being children will be using their water bottles from last year.


Please do not hesitate to ask if there is anything you need to know. After school is the best time to reach us. As the year progresses we will also be updating the Year 1 page on our website with information and photos, so keep a look out!



The Y1 Team.







19/7/18 - Well done to our Year 1's today at their prize giving ceremony. They have worked so hard this year and we are so proud of all of their progress. 


18/7/18 - We have had a lovely afternoon at our teddy bear's picnic. We ate lots of food and played lots of games together! Have a look at some of our photos below. 


13/7/18 - We had a fantastic day on Monday, despite the hot weather. Well done to all the children for taking part and thank you to the adults who came to support us. The children enjoyed being on their teams and loved receiving their stickers. Here are a few pictures from the week.  


Class 1A and 1S had a fantastic visit to Lewstone farm. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Herbert for having us and to all our other adult helpers.

We learnt about seeds and growing and also mini-beasts. It was a very hot day but such fun! 

Please enjoy the pictures below...



Thank you to Ms Fowler for coming into 1S and doing some African dancing and singing with us.  We really enjoyed getting dressed up! 

Here are some pictures from the week:


We have had a busy and exciting 'Inspired for Life' week. We are grateful to the visitors who have come into Year 1 to tell us about their jobs and hobbies. 

We have also been thinking about 'Looking after our world and recycling'.

We have made CD gardens, birdfeeders, vases and egg box oceans. We have had lots of interesting discussion which have been very thought provoking.

Thank you to all the parents and carers for providing resources which we have recycled.



We would like to thank you all so much for supporting our teaching and learning this week…

Your interest, support and contributions have really made a huge difference to the children’s learning experiences.

Thank you

The Year 1 team