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.

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

Week 6 in Year 1

Another fun and busy week in Year 1. We have been practicing our songs for the Harvest Concert which some children are finding challenging as there are many long words and complex rhythms. However, they are working hard on learning the lyrics and singing tunefully.

In Maths we started our unit on Shapes and were pleasantly surprised with their previous knowledge and how they are deepening what they already know. They have sorted shapes according to their properties and discussed which shapes are better for building, explaining using mathematical vocabulary.

This morning, we talked about our trip to Highfield Park and planned our writing using talk for writing. Ask the children to retell you our morning in the park using the actions we created today. Each child created their own map and started to write using it as a guide. We will continue this activity next week.

We look forward to meeting you next week during Parent Consultation evenings as well as Harvest concerts.

Have you all a autumnal weekend and we see you all on Monday for our last week of this half-term.

A few more pictures from our trip to Highfield Park:

Mrs De Vynck and Mrs Foulds

A walk in the park

What a lovely day we had today. Despite the weather forecast looking a bit grim, Year 1 walked to Highfield Park this morning for an Autumnal outdoor experience. They enjoyed different activities in their groups which included exploring the maze, looking for different trees, rubbing leaves and tree bark and making natural collages on the ground.

They made us all proud with their enthusiasm, curiosity and excellent behaviour. We will write a recount of our first trip on Friday during our big write and we are sure they will all have fantastic ideas.

Once again thank you to the parents who volunteered today. For those who couldn’t come today and would like to join us on our next walking adventure, please pencil in the 4th December on your diaries. More details to come soon!

Bits and bobs required in Early Years please


We are trying to enhance our outdoor provision. If you have any of the following, would you please donate them.

  • tin teapots
  • plastic animas
  • off cuts of carpet
  • dressing up clothes
  • hats
  • shoes
  • fairies
  • dolls and doll clothing
  • plastic flowers
  • large cable reels
  • play dough
  • malleable items
  • girls small world play
  • swatches of fabric
  • sandpaper
  • large slices of logs
  • plastic boats
  • paintbrushes
  • paint rollers
  • plants, like spider plants
  • bubble wrap

Many Thanks




A bit of drama in Year 1 ~ Week 5

Another very busy week in Year 1. In Maths we have finished our unit on addition and subtraction within 10 and the children are applying their number bonds to write and solve equations.

They have been learning to program the bee-bots and really loved using them in the classroom. They can give simple instructions and test them out on the bee-bot mats. They can experiment at home using the bee-bot app on Purple Mash.

Continuing with our Under the Sea theme, the children described sea related settings in their big write today. After that, they had a lovely drama workshop with Perform, a local performing arts company. They pretended to be divers in search of the mystery sea creature and the stolen mother pearl.

We are looking forward to our walk to Highfield Park on Wednesday. If you have yet not handed in the authorization forms, please do so asap. If your child has wellington boots, could you please send them, in a plastic bag, on Wednesday morning (clearly labelled) in case we need them. Sturdy shoes are suitable and a warm coat is essential even if the weather forecast is favorable.

Have you all a wonderful weekend.

The Year 1 team.

Dressing up clothes


If you have any dressing up clothes that your child has grown out of, would you please donate them to the EYFS.

Many Thanks


Week 4 in Year 1

We apologise for the blog break but we had a few technical problems. Now we are back and hope we can keep you updated at least weekly with what has been happening in Year 1, which is a lot!

Thank you for bringing in such a lovely collection of Autumn signs and it is wonderful to see how they can talk about these.

This week we introduced the children to the book Commotion in the Ocean, by Giles Andreae. They discussed their favourite sea creatures and today they composed a character description. They included detail and some interesting adjectives to describe their chosen animal.

In Maths we have continued to practice number bonds within 10 and introduced addition and subtraction this week. The children are using concrete objects as well as pictures to develop their understanding. They have then started to associate stories with number problems and to write equations.

We are discussing changes in children and what happens as we grow up. We have been drawing and writing about our own timelines.

In computing we have been practicing logging on the school laptops with their own logins. We started talking about algorithms and splitting instructions in really small steps, as a bee-bot can do.

On Monday we will be sending home more information about our first school trip, a visit to Highfield Park. We are really looking forward to it. Fingers crossed for good weather.

We hope you all have a great weekend.

Mrs De Vynck and Mrs Foulds


Junk Modelling Resources


Please could Red and Blue class have some donations of resources for box modelling.

These could include

  • Clean egg boxes
  • Toilet roll/Kitchen roll tubes
  • Empty bottles
  • Big and small cardboard boxes
  • Bottle tops
  • Straws

The children really enjoy making things using a variety of resources.

Thank you!

A warm welcome week in Year 1!

It was a short yet busy week in Year 1. We are really impressed with how well the children are settling in. It is a steep learning curve for them but they have shown they are well prepared for this new challenge.

Thank you to all the parents who attended Meet the Teacher last night. For those unable to come, handouts will be sent home on Monday.

This week we have focused on listening to all children read and updating their reading diaries. We have had a few Book Club (guided reading) sessions and started to pratise cursive handwriting. As it was mentioned during our meeting last night, the children practise the letters during handwriting until they feel comfortable to use the cursive script in their writing. You will be glad to know that so far it has been one of their favourite activities. Today we had our first Big Write when the children described some of the pictures of the book “Fishes” by Brian Wildsmith. The children were mesmerized by the pictures and wrote great sentences.

Next week we will be starting Read, Write, Inc. and our first Maths unit which focuses on numbers to 10.

Home Learning books were sent home today, to be returned on Wednesday, please. Please note that their Purple Mash and Bug Club logins have been amended. You can find them either stuck to their Reading Diaries (Purple Class) or to their Home Learning Books (Green Class).

Have you all a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you again on Monday.

Mrs De Vynck and Mrs Foulds ~ Year 1 Teachers

© 2014-2018 Cunningham Hill Infant School All Rights Reserved | Website by Pink Desk Studio