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 Gibbons

Green Class Teacher

Mrs De Vynck

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.

Learning outdoors

Hopefully, today is the start of more learning opportunities outside. Green class went outside to draw the “class tree” at this time of year. The children have been drawing the same tree in different seasons, to show the changes which occur over time. They are focussing on drawing only what is there, an excellent opportunity for cross-curricular learning of Science and Art (observational drawing)


We also discuss the changes in our class garden. There are not that many plants, but we can observe which flowers come through at which point in the year. We are looking forward to adding more life to our garden.

“Fortunately, Unfortunately” in Green Class…

Following John O’Leary’s visit at the beginning of the month, we now have “bound” books with  green class’s versions of the story “Fortunately, Unfortunately”. Thank you very much to Mrs Yerbury who put the books together, with the children making front covers with the title and authors on the front. They look fantastic. Below are photos of the display of the books.

The books will be on display on Thursday. We also have the prints the children made with Mrs Reed, an RE book and Easter Garden, sunflower shoots which are growing and all the thoughtful, careful work the children have done in their topic and Maths books there for you to share with your children on Thursday afternoon, from 2.30pm, or on Friday morning, from 8.30 till the start of the day. They could also show you the resources we use, including the Maths manipulatives and the new “Easy Ears” story “headsets” (purchased by the parents’ via kind donations via CHISS). And handwriting is also very popular, so you could see your child’s handwriting books and the online “teach handwriting” package we use.

A thank you also to Mrs Sarkar who comes into class to play games and do sewing with the children, enhancing the children’s learning and enabling them to do some small-group learning, which the children really enjoy and benefit from.

We hope to see lots of you on Thursday or Friday. Let’s also hope that the sunshine continues, even if the chilly wind remains.


Another busy week

We ended the week with our Red Noses on, enjoying another cheerful Cunningham Chaos. Once a half-term, the children can choose a different classroom to spend their golden time. Today they were ready to enjoy some different activities after another busy week in Year 1.

In Maths we have been measuring objects using non-standard measurements such as lolly sticks, cubes, paper clips, as well as their own hands and feet. They are learning the vocabulary to measuring and comparing length and height (the river is long ~ the bridge is tall; the table is taller than the chair, etc).

They created a Easter Garden with Mrs Lyal to re-tell the story of Easter.

After reading the book Lost and Found, by Oliver Jeffers, the children discussed what makes a good friend. Today in their writing session they produced a guide of how to be a good friend. They describing good friends as being sharing, kind, generous and good listeners, as well as being people who make them smile and talk to them when they are sad.

We have been practicing the songs for the Spring Concert and the children have been fantastic at learning the words especially as some of them are quite tricky.

We hope you have a great weekend. See you all on Monday for our last week of term.

Matchbox challenge

Thank you for the matchboxes and sponsorship money received so far. Some of you have managed to squeeze a lot of items into a tiny space! We’re not quite sure what will come jumping out at us when the boxes are opened!

If you have not quite finished getting your matchbox full, then you have a few more days this weekend to do so. So please bring any last few matchboxes in on Monday.

We will announce one winner from each year group at the Easter concert on the last Wednesday  of term (the 29th).


Sainsbury’s vouchers – one-quarter of the way there!

While the children were happily watching their films this afternoon, I counted up all the vouchers we have so far. We just are over one-quarter of the way to reaching our target of 12,210, as we have 3088 so far!

Well done everyone so far – special mention should be made of Evie in green class who comes into class clutching a handful at least twice a week. Thank you for your support so far. Please keep it up – we have till the end of June to reach our target. Buying all the Easter eggs from Sainsbury’s could bring in a fair few more vouchers to help us on our way.

Happy weekend, and happy shopping at Sainsbury’s!

Pictures from Green Class wc 13th March

The week started very differently from the way it ended! Because it was so gloriously sunny on Monday, green class planted some bulbs and seeds outside. They are all   now in green class, where the children will observe what happens to them, over time.

This week the children have been learning about doubles and halves. They used Cuisinaire to explore the relationship between them. They had to find two equal-sized rods which, together, were the same as one other rod of a different colour.

Today Mrs Yerbury came in and made an Easter garden with some of the children. Afterwards, they explained to the class the significance of the items in there, the flowers representing new life and the pot representing the cave where Christians believe Jesus’ body was laid. This will help embed the children’s understanding of the meaning of Easter for Christians, which Mrs Lyal is teaching them about on Thursdays.


This week in Year 1

This week Year 1 did the best form of Science – hands-on. The children explored their five senses through feeling, tasting, smelling, hearing and looking at a great variety of objects. They then thought of really good adjectives to describe what they’d just sensed in preparation for a poem about the senses, which they wrote today.

Purple Class has learnt about the four countries which make up the UK. They made some fantastic suggestions as to what the word “kingdom” could mean, such as the dome belonging to the king. You could talk to your child about which countries in the UK your family members come from or live in and practise saying the 4 countries which comprise the UK. We also talked a bit about the Union Jack flag, capital cities and the patron saints of each country. One of the home learning activities is to label each country in the UK correctly. Green Class will do this learning next week.

There are signs of new life in the plants at school, which is very exciting – and welcome! – and forms part of the new RE topic of “Easter” which is taught by Mrs Lyal in both classes. Talking about the plants you can see growing now would be excellent home learning One of the year 1 one objectives for Science is to know the names of common plants. Children can think that all flowers are daisies or sunflowers unless other flowers are pointed out and explained.

In Maths, the children continued to learn about adding and subtracting from 2-digit numbers by regrouping one lot of ten into ten ones and then subtracting the single-digit number. They can use Dienes proficiently to show their understanding. Next week we will move onto fractions of shapes and quantities.

The children are enjoying the sessions on the apparatus very much and they are focusing on balancing just now – balancing on small parts of the body, and becoming more adventurous. Green Class got braver and braver and did some excellent balances, such as balancing only on 2 hands either off an “A-frame”, or on one of the platforms.

The new school councillors were elected today. Well done to the children who were elected and also well done to everyone who stood. The children formulated their own ideas very well and explained them clearly to the classes.

Wishing you all a happy, relaxing weekend.

Washing Powder bags please


To help Early Years with their next topic, if you have any washing powder bags, or Satsuma nets, could you please send them to Red and Blue Class.

Many Thanks

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin


What an exciting week!

So much happened this week it is hard to compile into one single post so I’ll let some pictures speak for us.

On Monday, Mrs Munsey started a Science investigation with the children to measure rainfall and discuss about what time of the year usually sees more rain. They looked at weather forecasts and compared to our own weather chart. They have measured the rainfall a couple of times and some were surprised that despite the heavy rain the previous night not much water had been collected in the bottles outside. How could you explain that? Is there any other way we could try to be more accurate? Discuss this questions with your child. Let their inquisitive minds come up with their answers from their own observations.

Rainfall Science Investigation

During World Book Day (2nd March), it was amazing to see all children dressed up as their favourite book characters. They were really excited to see all their friends in their costumes. We had a special meeting so they could see each other’s special outfits. It was  also lovely to see all the adults who came to read with the children in the afternoon. What a special time they all had! Thank you to all mums, dads, grandparents and carers who made this day even more memorable.

World Book Day

World Book Day

Today we received John O’Leary, a book illustrator, who delivered a talk to the whole school and workshops to each class. In Year 1 the children have been creating their own version of Fortunately Unfortunately by Michael Foreman and oday they created their own pop-up books. They made different designs in Green and Purple Class and we look forward to see their finished books. Here they are in action:

In Maths we have been learning to add 3 single digit numbers by finding 10 first and I was impressed how most children could spot the numbers which make 10 very quickly. Please keep practicing the number bonds we have sent home with their home learning. It has been showing fantastic results, thank you!

The children have started to use the Paint software in Computing to draw the illustrations they are creating for Little Red Riding Hood. If you don’t have this program installed in your home computers/laptops, they can practice their drawing skills using Purple Mash.

Well, I think the children (and adults alike) need a little rest after such a busy week and we will welcome you on Monday for more fantastic learning.

Mrs De Vynck ~ Purple Class

Stormy weather

It was another exciting week in Year 1. The children talked a lot about the weather, especially by observing the effects of storm Doris on our school life. They could verify the force of the wind when one afternoon we saw the waste bin moving around in the playground and we even noticed one turned bench in the quiet area. No learning opportunity can be missed!

In Geography, the children are starting to identify and name the seven continents. They have been practising a little song: “Tell me the continents, tell me continents, tell me if you can. North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Don’t forget Australia, don’t forget Antartica. Tell me the continents, tell me the continents, tell me if you can!” They will know the tunes, if you help with the words.

This half-term we are incorporating traditional tales to our dance unit. The children have already enjoyed telling the story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears using movement to the beat of different musical instruments. During the gym/apparatus sessions we are improving our balancing skills.

“We are painters” is the title of our Computing unit for Spring 2 and we have started our project to illustrate an eBook. The children will learn to use Paint to create and change images on the computer and to insert this picture on a Word document. In groups they will illustrate the story of Little Red Riding Hood, each child in the group creating the illustration and text to one part of the story. During this unit we also look at pictures on the web, discussing the importance of using the internet safely and appropriately.

As mentioned in a previous post, we are creating our own versions of the book Fortunately, Unfortunately by Michael Foreman and in Purple Class Milo ended up on top of a coconut tree from where he was, unfortunately, pushed by a monkey but, fortunately, ended up landing… Well, let’s not spoil the surprising end. We will continue to work on our stories and will have a workshop on Friday, with a very special teaching guest, when the children will be producing pop-up books. Watch out this space.

As you will have noticed, we have returned the home learning books with a new activity grid for this half-term. Feel free to ask for the extra sheets for some of the activities as specified on the grid.

Kind request: Could you please make sure your child has a complete PE kit at school. Also, could the children also keep their reading diaries, reading books, library books and home learning books in their book bags once they have used them to be available at school every day.

We hope you are enjoying the weekend and see you all next week for more learning.


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