Year 1 Blog

Welcome to the blog for our Year 1 classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.

Mrs Lindsey Haynes

Green Class Teacher

Mrs Sancha Caramelo

Purple Class Teacher

We have two year 1 classes. Children in these classes are developing their skills and building on the learning from Foundation Stage. When the children are ready, usually by October half term, the learning becomes based on the Key Stage One National Curriculum Programmes of Study. We still believe that children learn best when the ‘subjects’ are linked in a meaningful way and then basic skills are taught for a real purpose. We encourage the children to take ownership of their learning, ask questions and have a say in the planning process. We hope to motivate all children by taking account of their needs, strengths and interests and provide rich experiences and learning opportunities which will continue to excite them.


It has been National Anti-bullying week and the children have been thinking about how to show respect. We wore odd-socks on Monday to recognise that we are all different. We have also been discussing ways to show respect, such as using kind words and listening when someone else is speaking.

Next week is another busy week. We will be using photographs of any parties that you send for our History topic. We will return them at the end of the week.

We shall also be taste testing in D&T in readiness for our Fruit Pizza activity. Please see the green slip in your child’s book bag and note that there will only be fruit tasted (no dough).

Thank you for supporting Children in Need. The children all enjoyed wearing their own clothes.

Lastly, well done for those children who have started learning/using the Spellings that have been going home in their Home Learning books. I second set is available. There should also be some ‘2 Dos’ on Purple Mash.

Wishing you all a happy and safe weekend.

Mrs. Haynes and Mrs. Caramelo.



Welcome back

Our first week back has been full and fun-packed.

We have been finding out all about our bodies. This has included, naming parts of the body, signing a song about the different parts of our body (not Head, shoulders, knees and toes – ask your child to sing the song to you!) Our P.E. this half term has a dance focus and today we were grateful to Aiden’s mother for teaching us how to move our bodies elegantly.

Today, we have also respectfully marked Remembrance Day with a two minute silence at 11′ o’clock. Let us know if anyone attends a Remembrance event or watches it on the television this Sunday and they can share this with Miss. Cooper next week.

Home learning has been sent home today, along with the first lot of spellings. Please support your child with learning them and using these words when writing sentences. On the Half term overview you will see that we have requested photographs of parties. This could be birthday parties, but street parties and family celebrations would be really interesting, too. Please check your child’s book bag regularly for letters as the next few weeks will be busy with a trip, fruit tasting and Christmas events.

Wishing you all a happy and safe weekend.

Regards, Mrs. Hayes and Mrs. Caramelo.

Democracy Week

Democracy week started with a fantastic assembly led by Anthony Rowlands, a local Councillor, who taught the children the type of ways he represents the Cunningham area.

The children then held a vote to decide which clothes they were going to wear on Friday. The most votes were for ‘own clothes’. It was a democratic land-slide!

Remember that next Friday, our last day before the half term, is also a non-uniform day. Children need to bring in a £1. It’s also CHIS cake sale after school, so be prepared with cakes for Friday morning and loose change for some sweet treats after school.

Next week will also be Parent’s Consultations, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. If you haven’t already signed-up, please do so.

In Maths we have continued creating subtraction equations, but these have progressed to worded problems and the children having to create their own equations.

In Literacy, we have planned our own story about a character who is sad because they don’t have any friends. Luckily, your children are so kind , they have planned to make their friend’s happy!

Finally, Alex Sage a parent Governor joined Purple Class this week to observe their Science learning. He was amazed at their knowledge about trees and how they change with the seasons. Maybe your child will impress you this weekend with their knowledge!

Best wishes for a very happy weekend. Both Mrs. Haynes and I are attending weddings, so let’s hope the sun shines.

Mrs. Haynes & Mrs. Caramelo


Visit from Anthony Rowlands our Local Councillor

Today we had a visit from Anthony Rowlands, our local Councillor for Ashley and Cunningham Areas.  Anthony delivered an Assembly for the children, mostly focussing on the newly renovated Foxcroft Park.  Anthony asked the children, who should make decisions on what goes into a Park and they agreed on Parents, Councillors, the children and the local residents.

Anthony then asked what is a good idea to put into a park and we agreed table tennis was a good idea, but trampolines probably weren’t.

Anthony then had a questions and answers session with our School Councillors, whilst enjoying a drink and a biscuit.  Our Councillors asked some fantastic questions, such as, do you like your job and how long have you been a Councillor?

Anthony was impressed with our British Values Display and our links with Orchard Care Home.

We thank Anthony for taking the time to visit us.

The Circus came to Cunningham Infant’s today!

All the children enjoyed learning with a representative from Perform. Lots of drama and laughter was had by all.

Of course, the highlight of our week was our trip to Highfield Park. A big thank you to the parents that accompanied us.

We have learnt so much about our local area, looking at road signs, producing maps and have written a recount.

We have also sung our hearts out at Harvest Festival for two performances. It was lovely to see so many parents and careers and we hope you enjoyed it as much as the children did.

Thank you for your food donations which have been collected by a local charity.

Have a lovely restful weekend.

Mrs. Haynes & Mrs. Caramelo.



We went to the woods today!

For our Big Write today, we imagined we were visiting the woods. Using all our learning powers, we used adjectives to describe a woodland setting.

We have been creating number stories and using the term ‘equation’ in Maths. We were also finding the most ‘efficient’ way of counting on when adding two numbers. Equation and efficient were two of our Star Words this week.

In Science, we have continued to find facts about animals, asked questions and found similarities and differences.

We are really looking forward to our Highfield Walk next Wednesday. All children will need to come to school in their uniforms and footwear suitable for walking to the park. At the moment, the forecast is good, but please be prepared for autumnal weather and supply a coat. Fingers crossed it will be a fine day!

Wishing you all a happy and restful weekend.

Mrs. Haynes & Mrs. Caramelo.

Year 1

Another enjoyable week in Year 1.

In Science we have been categorising animals into what they eat and learning the scientific names: Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivores. Ask your child to explain the difference to you!

Continuing our Autumn theme, we have been taking rubbings of natural things in Art and today we went on an ‘observing the seasonal changes walk’ to help us create interesting sentences.

In Maths, we have been learning how to write number sentences using the part, part, whole method. We have also learnt that this can be reversed and the answer could come first.

In Golden Time this week, we have noticed that the children are really enjoying sharing equipment and working together. True Penguin learning!

Wishing you all a restful and safe weekend.

Regards, Mrs. Haynes and Mrs. Caramelo.

Our Mud Kitchen – requests for donations

To enhance our fabulous mud kitchen, we are looking for donations of anything you think children might like to add to mud to experiment/investigate.  Possibly glitter, lentils, pasta, shells, stones….

In addition, next time you are having a clear out in your kitchens, we would be happy to accept donations of saucepans, plastic glasses/cups, chop sticks, cutlery, potato mashers, fish slices etc.

Many Thanks


Carpenters tools request for our children


As part of our focus to encourage children to write outside in addition to inside, we have purchased a wooden tool bench, with wooden tools.  We would love to enhance it with some real life tools, such as goggles, spirit levels etc.

If you have anything you think might be safe and suitable, would you please pass them to myself or Miss Lewis.

If you have plastic or wooden tools that are no longer wanted, we would gladly have those too.

Many Thanks

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