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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 Tuesday 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

3/07/19 - Butterflies have been released this week. All the children saw them go! Sadly Miss Jackman and Miss Bailey have left us. Thanks for all of your support with Sports Day. We really enjoyed the day and were very proud of all of the children.


12/6/19 - Thank you for all of your support with our Phonic Screening Checks. These have now been completed and results will be sent out with the end of year school reports. We are very proud of all the children and they have all worked hard. We have started our new literacy unit about the book 'Pirates love Underpants' and in Mathematics we are learning about Place Value to 100.


05/06/19 - It has been a busy time at school. Arts week has been great fun for the children. We had a specialist dance teacher, who taught us a samba routine. We have made masks and shakers which you will see the children using during the Carnival parade tomorrow. We have been impressed with the children's designing and creating skills. The Phonics Screening Check will be carried out next week so please ensure that your children are in school and well rested. We appreciate your ongoing support and will ensure that the children enjoy the experience. Please make sure that all children have their PE kits and trainers/pumps as we are preparing for Sports Day which will be on the 28th of June. Timings to be confirmed! 


22/5/19 - This week we have two teaching students who have joined our year 1 classes. Miss Bailey is with 1A and Miss Jackman is with 1S. Phonics teaching and learning is our priority at the moment and we are pleased with the progress that the children are making. Thank you so much for supporting your children with their phonics homework. We are continuing our unit about plants and growing and our seedlings are thriving! Friday is a non-uniform day and please remember to bring a contribution for the fayre. Year 1 have been asked to bring a packet of biscuits. Thank you!


15/5/19 - This week we have enjoyed gardening and have planted our sunflower seeds. We understand how to care for them and are hopeful that they will grow! We have also been learning about the artist Vincent Van Gogh and looking at some of his famous artwork. We have been discussing which paintings we like and why. We have moved onto our 'Fractions' unit in mathematics and are learning about halves and quarters of both shapes and amounts. We have lots of problems to solve, as well.

8/5/19 - We hope that you all enjoyed the Bank holiday weekend. This week we are beginning literacy work about 'How the Tortoise got his Shell'. We are doing extra phonics and appreciate the support that you are giving us with the homework. In mathematics, we are learning about doubles and sharing equally. The next unit will be fractions. When the rain stops we will be planting our sunflowers. Thank you for helping the children to collect the kitchen roll tubes, collages materials for the meadows and the plants for our display.


1/5/19 - It has been lovely to see all the children again after the Easter holiday. They have settled in quickly and are already working hard. Our main focus this half-term will be to prepare the children for the National Phonics Screening check starting the week beginning Monday 10th June. We appreciate all your support with this and we will continue to send homework to help the children consolidate their phonic knowledge. Thank you for attending the parent/carer meetings, it has been useful to speak with you all individually. You will have received a link letter and another letter asking for some things to be brought into school. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to speak with a member of the team.


10/4/19 - We hope that you will all have a happy Easter break. This week has been such fun with our 'Inspired for Writing' project and gymnastics being taught by Miss Fitzpatrick. The children have been very excited about the mystery eggs and have completed some super writing!  We are looking forward to the Easter Bonnet parade tomorrow morning, where we will sing a couple of songs for you! The children will also have their 'Bunny Bounce' and Prize giving assembly is for invited families on Friday. Thank you for all your support - we love receiving your positive comments on our facebook posts. Thank you!


3/4/19 - Sadly this is Miss Bennett's last week with us. We will miss her as she has helped a lot and built good relationships with children and staff. We are looking forward to tomorrow's trip. Please ensure that your children wear warm outdoor trousers, gloves and hats and waterproof clothes, as well as boots or wellingtons. We cannot emphasise enough how cold and windy it can be at the castle. Our days are particularly busy at school at the moment, we are working hard on phonics and consolidating our knowledge of all the sounds. In mathematics, we are looking at early multiplication and division. Please remember to make an Easter bonnet for next Friday's parade! Thank you!


28/3/19 - The children have worked hard during this assessment week. We have been focusing on mathematics and phonics. Both classes have done some finger painting, used the iPads and enjoyed gymnastics. We are continuing our Literacy work on the story of George and the Dragon and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s in mathematics. Two words to ask your child to explain to you: algorithm and conjunctions!


20/3/19 - Please remember that tomorrow is the Year 4 Water Aid Sale so children can bring a little bit of money to buy a toy, a cake or to play a game. This is a very good cause. Yesterday we had a lovely visit from Matt Black, the poet and he was very entertaining. We have started our castle topic and are looking forward to visiting Raglan Castle at the beginning of April. Thank you to those of you who have returned forms and payments. In mathematics, we are learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. Please practise this at home! In literacy, we are looking at the story of George and the Dragon. The children already love it!


13/3/19 - Thank you so so much for all your support with our school STEM week. We have had a fantastic few days. Some of our activities have included: mixing mentos mints and diet coke (WOW), making and testing junk shoes, exploring magnets and magnetism, making marshmallow and cocktail stick houses and trying to blow them down with a hairdryer and using iPads for research and for writing algorithms. We have also been learning about measurement of length and height. The children have shown so much enthusiasm and interest and they have worked hard.  Please come to the science fair on Thursday after school - there will be a show and our year group representatives will be able to show you what we have been up to!

6/3/19 - Another busy week! We are looking forward to World Book Day tomorrow and we will be learning about our key author, Dick King-Smith. Today we had a sneaky preview of the Year 5 assembly and learnt lots about Space. The book fair will be in the school hall tomorrow if you wish to make a purchase. Please do come and join us in the morning and read with your child. 


1/3/19 - This week we have welcomed Miss Bennet into year 1. She will be with us for the next 6 weeks. She is hoping to become a teacher. We have been learning about houses around the world and old fashioned artefacts as part of our Geography and History. The children have enjoyed handling and comparing them with the items we use today. In Literacy we are learning about the story of Cinderella. Thank you for all of the hard work with the project homework, the exhibition was a success and the children really enjoyed showing off what they had made. On Friday we celebrated St David's Day and talked about how we wear daffodils or leeks to commemorate St David. 


13/2/19 - The children enjoyed the activities about the Chinese New Year and loved dancing under the dragon! Today we are going to make Valentine's Cards (Shhhhh!)   In PE we have finished our unit on football skills and will be covering 'Balance and Agility' in gymnastics next half term. We will be sending PE kits home to be washed, thank you! In Mathematics, we are covering place value to 50. Please remember to complete the homework project and talk to us if you need any help. Thank you for supporting your children by reading at home - we can really see how well the children are progressing. We hope you have a lovely half-term break.

6/2/19 - Another great week in Year 1. We have been learning about adjectives and adding description to our writing to make it more interesting. Please help your child to think of some adjectives to describe the wolf and the three little pigs! Tomorrow we will be learning about Chinese New Year, singing some songs and doing some art activities.

30/1/19 - This week in Year 1 we had a visitor, Mrs Jones who she taught us about road safety.  We now understand how important it is to think, look and listen when crossing roads. We have been learning about the names and properties of 3D and 2D shapes and in literacy we have started our unit about 'The Three Little Pigs'.  We are all very sad that we will be saying 'good-bye' to our student teachers, Miss Hunt and Miss Didcott on Friday.

23/1/19 - We have had another busy week in Year 1. Miss Hunt and Miss Didcott have been working hard with the children, helping them to read and write Instructions. The children should now be able to tell you about the features of instructions. They have been preparing to make some chocolate crispy cakes on Friday. In mathematics we are working on addition and subtraction within 20 and we have started our topic on 'Houses and Homes'. In science, we have started learning about different types of materials. Don't forget our PE days are Tuesday/Thursday and the children need to wear pumps or trainers as we are developing ball skills.

16/1/19 - Happy New Year to you all! The children have come back to school happily and ready to continue their learning. Our two teaching students, Miss Hunt and Miss Didcott have started teaching their unit on Instructions. Thank you to those children who brought instructions into school. In mathematics, we are learning about place value and numbers to 20. The children are working hard, using part whole models, ten frames and number lines. In science, we are learning about 'materials', recognising and sorting. PE, will involve developing ball skills and playing lots of games. We are continuing to monitor reading, thank you for reading at home with your children. To clarify, homework will usually be sent out on a Monday to be returned on the following Monday. Class 1A will choose library books every Thursday and Class 1S every Friday. Children can only choose a new book if they have returned the previous one. Thank you.


19/12/18 - Our final week of the Autumn term has been filled with Christmas craft and activities. We have also managed to complete our mathematics unit on addition and subtraction. In literacy, the children were very involved in our work on 'Where the Wild Things are' and have rewritten the story independently. We are looking forward to sharing Christmas lunch on Thursday. In the meantime, we are busy practising our Christmas carols in preparation for 'Carols on the playground' this Friday at 2.30pm. Please aim to arrive at 2.15pm. Also remember to help your child  wear a Christmas or festive jumper on Friday, thank you!

We hope that you will all have a happy and peaceful Christmas and we wish you all the best for 2019! 


12/12/18 - What a busy week this was! We were so very proud of our Year 1 children for the way they acted and sang during our nativity, 'The Innkeeper's Breakfast'. Thank you for providing all the costumes.  The children saw the pantomime performed by Pandemonium theatre company and thoroughly enjoyed it. The party on Friday was also a great success and the children had a super time, again their behaviour was excellent! 

5/12/18 - Thank you for sending in all the costumes for our Christmas nativity. The children look beautiful and have worked hard learning their songs and acting parts. We really hope that you will enjoy watching them in the church.  More information about practical details in the church will follow in a letter on Thursday.

We are nearing the end of our unit about Rumplestiltskin and the children will be writing their independent version at the end of the week. In mathematics we are moving onto subtraction and finding the difference.

We are soon going to be enjoying making cards and calendars and other Christmas crafts.


28/11/18 - This week we have been practising for our Christmas play. We have been to the church to rehearse and we are sure that you will enjoy coming to watch the play on Monday 10th December at 1.30pm or on Tuesday 11th December at 1.30pm. Thank you to those of you who have brought costumes into school.

We are working hard in class. In literacy we are using adjectives and we are also re-writing the story of Rumplestiltskin.

In mathematics we are working on number bonds. Please help your child to learn the bonds to 10 so that they can recall them quickly!


21/11/2018 - Today we had our dress rehearsal for the KS2 children. The children performed beautifully and are looking forward to the real thing tomorrow at 9:15. Please come along and watch us!

Thank you for those who have already brought in nativity costumes.


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