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 Foulds

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.

What a fantastic start!

It may have only been two days, but what a busy first week back in Year 1. The children came back refreshed and ready for learning.

We introduced our topic for this half-term: Let’s Play. We will be talking about toys both old and new and discussing the difference between them. We have asked the children to talk to their families about what toys they played with so we can compare with the toys they play nowadays. If you have any old toys you would like your child to share with the classroom, please send them in, carefully packaged, and we will ensure we handle them sensibly and return them home on the same day. If you have any concerns about sending them to school, we understand that some have irreplaceable sentimental value, you could send a picture instead.

In Maths we have started to learn about time and ordering events. After recapping the Months of the Year yesterday, the children drew their own timetable with events from their day at school. Next week we will start practicing telling o’clock and half-past times. We have discussed the hands of the clock during Maths Meetings previously and some children are already familiar with telling the time. To move their learning forward, you can help by asking what is the time before and after a given time, e.g. “If it’s one o’clock now, what time it’ll be in one hour?”, “We have lunch at 12 o’clock. What is the time one hour before lunch?”, etc.

Today we had PE using the apparatus and the children practiced balancing to move from one piece of equipment to another. They really enjoyed and worked well in their teams, trying alternative ways of traveling.

We are looking forward to our first full week of learning next week.

Have you all a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team


It was a very eventful week. After being snowed out of school on Monday, we returned to perform on Tuesday and Wednesday at St Luke’s Church. Both performances were very well attended and we are really proud of how well they sang and retold the Christmas story.

Today the children gathered together for our special Christmas dinner. Thank you to CHISS for helping with the organisation and set up for such a wonderful occasion. In the afternoon the bells rang for a special visitor and you will never guess who it was… Father Christmas took some time from his very busy schedule to visit the children and everyone got a present to take home.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday for our last two days of term. A reminder that school finishes earlier on Tuesday, at 1:15pm.

Festive wishes.

The Year 1 team

Trips and performances

We had another week full of different activities in Year 1. On Monday we were invited to a Christmas Trail at St Paul’s Church and both classes enjoyed a variety of activities including acting, crafts, watching movies, singing, etc. It was a great morning and they behaved beautifully during the walk and the activities.

Today the children retold the story of the first Christmas and once again impressed us with their writing skills.

The children had a dress rehearsal of their tableau to the whole school and it is sounding amazing already ~ although we are biased, so we leave it as a surprise for you all. Both performances on Tuesday and Wednesday are booking up fast so if you haven’t yet, please let the office know when you are coming as spaces are limited at St Luke’s Church.

We have noticed that a surprisingly high number of children are not bringing their library books to change. A reminder of our class library days: Purple Class ~ Wednesday / Green Class ~ Thursday. Also, please make sure your child has their reading diaries and books in their bags everyday. We ask them all to hand in their books and diaries on Mondays and Fridays, however they can be changed any day of the week if they have read at home.

Now, there’s pretty much only one week to go and it will be another busy one. Two performances and on Friday we have our Christmas lunch and perhaps a special visitor. All children can dress up in their festive clothes for the day.

Have you all a lovely weekend and fingers crossed for some snow fun!

The Year 1 Team


Practice makes it perfect

Another week of rehearsals and Year 1 is nearly ready for their first dress rehearsals. They are getting more and more confident with the words. We wonder if you’ve had the delights of their practicing at home. If you haven’t returned your childn’s costume yet, please do so by Monday.

A quick reminder that on Monday we are all walking to St Paul’s Church for a Christmas Trail. This activity is promoted by the Church itself and we are grateful that we have been invited. We are looking forward to a morning of creative activities around the Christmas theme. Please dress warmly and don’t forget to name extra winter accessories such as gloves, hats, scarves, earmuffs, etc.

We are so proud of the writing the children completed today creating a diary entry for Traction Man, We can already see how much progress they have made this term. They tried really hard today to remember their finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.

Today we had a special assembly to switch on the lights on the Christmas Tree. Some children took samples of the decorations they have been making in class to represent their classes in the tree. Thank you for the donations received to the Salvation Army. They have been placed underneath the tree and will be collected next week.

In Maths we have finished our unit on addition and subtraction within 20 and will continue to practice word problems next week.

Have you all a lovely weekend. Keep warm and keep smiling. We are nearly there. We can smell the mince pies!

The Year 1 Team

Christmas is coming!

It’s not only the shops which are getting ready for Christmas. Year 1 has been very busy  practicing our songs and our order of service for the Songs at St Lukes. We are getting really good at it but we need to learn lots of words and a variety of music.

In the meantime, we have continued to learn about the UK and the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the world. In Science, we have been on a sensory walk to find out what we could hear, see, smell and feel in the school playground.

We have started to practice addition and subtraction of a two-digit and one one-digit numbers using the number facts the children already know. It is really important that the children practice the number bonds to all numbers up to 10. Please keep practicing these at home as well, both practically and in writing.

Traction Men is Here! We are doing a series of lessons using the book “Traction Man” by Mini Grey. The children love the story and have described the main character using lots of adjectives. Next they will plan and write a recount of a day in the life of Traction Man.

As we write, most children are enjoying the Movie Night, watching Despicable Me in Green Class, which has been organised and run by CHIS. Thank you to all the parents for volunteering to help.

Have you all a lovely weekend and see you all on Monday.

Year 1 Team


Eco Ambassadors and Switch off Fortnight

Today Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin launched Switch Off Fortnight.  We discussed with the children how they can save electricity and switch off, such as;

  • Turn off lights when they leave a room
  • Put a jumper on, before heating
  • Only play with technology for a while, then turn it off.
  • Turn off plugs – where possible
  • Don’t waste bath water
  • Turn off the taps and take shorter showers

We then selected 2 children from each class to represent the School as Eco Ambassadors, they are;

  1. Gowri and Alexander
  2. Helena and Osman
  3. Toby H and Aaliya
  4. Aiden and Tasnim
  5. Louis and Lin
  6. Khadija and Joshua

We look forward to working with them to make our school even more Eco friendly.


We have had a very busy week in year 1, doing lots of different things.

With Mrs Haynes and Mrs Hogan, we tried our ingredients for our sandwiches we will make next week.

In R.E we began the topic ’Festivals of Light’ and started by discussing about how can light makes us feel.

This half term’s topic for Geography is the countries of the United Kingdom. Yesterday we talked about England and its capital London by going on an imaginary trip around the city. Today the children wrote lovely postcards describing the landmarks we saw and talked about.

During the week we made poppy collages, which we put together as a wreath. In our assembly today we brought our class poppies in and presented them during an early Remembrance service, where we showed our respect for the fallen soldiers by giving two minutes silence.

Congratulations to our school councils for this term: Ollie and Sasha in Green Class and Caitlin and Leo in Purple Class.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Year 1 Team

Year 1 ~ Bug Club and Purple Mash

We have updated the book bands on Bug Club and added new activities on Purple Mash for all children.

The children’s login details are in their home learning books or reading diaries. If you are having problems logging on or have lost your details please let your child’s class teacher know.

Thank you,

Year 1 Team

It’s Sensational!

What a fantastic start to our second half of Autumn term. The children came back refreshed and ready to learn.

On Monday we introduced our new topic ‘It is sensational’, by naming and labeling all the main parts of the body. The children knew many difficult words such as; knuckles, spine, skull and stomach. Then on Wednesday we explored our senses in a very hands on (and feet, nose, ears and mouth) workshop.                                                                                                            

Today our ‘Big Write’ focused on describing this experience by writing sentences about all 5 senses, drawing on our activities on Wednesday.

In Maths we explored position, direction and movement. We used the beebots and created algorithms to move the beebots to given points.

In Computing we have started our new unit called ‘ We are TV chefs’ where we will film our own recipe video. This unit links with Design Technology where the children are planning and will make and evaluate a healthy sandwich. Please look at the note that has been sent home, regarding the taste test.

We are focusing on balance in PE and have loved using the apparatus today, where we were practicing jumping and landing safely.

We talked to the children about having a safe bonfire night and hope you all have a sparkling weekend.

Year 1 team.

Our fabulous first half-term

Our first half-term finished with a week packed with lovely activities and fun.

We started with a Sikh Workshop. Mr Harkirat Singh came to school on Monday and opened the day with a whole school Assembly. Afterwards he visited each classroom to talk about the Sikh way of life. In year 1 he talked about how we should be thankful for the world we live in and the children talked about ways of saying thanks and looking after all the living things and drew the things they thought need caring for in the world.

Then we perfected our songs during Music time getting ready for our double performance on Thursday. We were really proud of how they remembered the words for all the songs and especially how they performed the Year 1 song, “How many people here for dinner?”.

You may have noticed that we haven’t sent any extra tasks on their home learning books today. We understand that they all need a week of fun and family time.

It was lovely meeting you all during Parents Consultations on the last couple of days and getting to understand your children better.

We wish you all a restful and peaceful week and look forward to welcoming you back on the 30th October.

Mrs De Vynck and Mrs Foulds

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