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.

Year 1 – Special Books

As part of the RE learning this term, Year 1 will be thinking about books which are special to individuals and to faiths. As part of this learning, please could each child bring in a book which is special to him/her, for whatever reason, and be ready to explain why it is precious to him/her. Maybe it was given  for a birthday or special occasion, maybe it was given by a family member  that he/she is particularly close to, or one that he/she really enjoyed as a young child and wanted to listen to all the time!

Please make sure that the child’s name is in the book somewhere.

Thank you very much.

Green Class celebrating the school’s fiftieth birthday

Over the past two days the children have done a variety of activities based on the school’s fiftieth birthday and also done the sorts of activities which children did in the 1960’s. They have played traditional party games and “beetle drive”, made tie-die cloths, painted flowers, designed and coloured “groovy” bubble writing and collectively drawn a “peace tree”. Today we all enjoyed going outside and playing “in and out the dusty bluebells” and “The farmer’s in his den”. We have also been practising the twist. Perhaps your children could show you their moves! Everyone looked fantastic in their 1960s clothes. When I asked the class what they thought of when they thought of green class, they all said that they thought of the people – the adults and the children. So a photograph of everyone in green class will go in the time capsule which will be buried tomorrow.


Upcycling Competition – Reminder



Just a reminder that the Upcycling Competition starts on Monday.  There is a gentle reminder below;

Can you turn old wellies, plant pots or recyclable materials into something new?  We will be displaying the entries outside in the gardening patches.  There will be 3 prizes awarded for the best entry for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  All entries to be handed in to your class teacher, Week Commencing 24th April 2017.

Many Thanks

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin


Sainsbury’s vouchers – thank you!

We have collected another 1500 over the last 2 weeks, which takes our total to just over 5000, which is already nearly as many as during the whole of last year. Please remember your vouchers this holiday and let’s see how quickly we can get to our halfway mark of 6000.

Last week in Green Class

Green Class has done some Easter-related activities over the past few days. Mrs Lyal made hot cross buns with them and the children wrote sentences saying what the different parts of the hot cross buns represent. “They don’t look like the ones you get in the shop,” said one child! They looked quite delicious. The photos show the children racing to hide tiny wooden Easter eggs for their partners to find, on their directional instructions. The Easter concert saw some lovely singing. Year 1’s rendition of “Noah’s Ark” was excellent and they showed their good understanding of dynamics by changing the volume of the verses according to the events being described. We had good fun today, working as team, remembering left and right and which months are in which season by playing parachute games. It’s great to be able to play games like “cat and mouse” as the children are safe, considerate and follow the rules very well.  It was very exciting today to see that the tree in our garden has some small leaves, as the buds uncurl to make green leaves. There are now some bulbs flowering and next term we will start planting some more plants and watch what happens. Thank you for coming in and sharing your child’s work. You are very welcome to do that any day after school. We have discussed that today is the last day of March and that tomorrow it will be April, the fourth month of the year.

I wish you all a safe and happy Easter holiday together and look forward to seeing you all again in April.



















Have a happy holiday, Purple Class.

The Spring term comes to an end after yet another busy week in Purple Class.

On Wednesday we had our Spring concert which was exceptionally well attended. The children performed beautifully and we were proud of how they have learnt their songs and how played their instruments with good timing.

Yesterday and this morning we welcomed parents and carers to our open classrooms so they could look through their children’s books and their work on displays. Thank you all of you who could come and spend some time talking to the children about their learning. They really look forward to these moments and looked so proud to show their achievements.

We will be back on the 19th April straight into our 50th Anniversary celebrations. The children have been practicing the words for our anniversary concert songs: “I’m a Believer” (The Monkees), “All you need is love” (The Beatles) and “Congratulations” (Cliff Richard), just in case you hear some old tunes being sung at home. We look forward to coming back to some festive activities and wish you and your families a happy and safe Easter holiday.

Mrs De Vynck

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).


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