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.

Green Class wc 19th June

Weather permitting, Sports Day should be next Friday 30th June. If you are coming along the Sports Day and do not have any younger siblings, either in a pushchair or not, please could you let me know. I need parent helpers to accompany each group round the activities. Many thanks.

With the very hot weather, the caterpillars very quickly became chrysalides and we have all been fascinated watching the process and wondering what is going on inside the chrysalides. The metamorphosis from caterpillar to “soup” in the chrysalis, to butterfly, is really an amazing aspect of nature.

In Maths the children have been learning about equal and unequal groups and repeatedly adding the same group (repeated addtion). You could practise this at home by, for example, adding up pairs of socks – 2,4, 6,8 – 4 groups of 2 make 8. You could write the repeated addition equation – 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 8. Or add up a row of 5p pieces of 10p pieces; or group together little bunches of 3 or 4 strawberries or grapes and say the groups and the repeated addition and write the equation. The more visual representations the children see and the more they verbalise, using precise Maths language, what they see, the better their comprehension and the more numerically fluent they will become. This mastery of Maths with ” small numbers” is essential for real confidence and comprehension at later stages.

We talked and wrote  about a drawing called “Land Ahoy” and the children loved finding and using new vocabulary – deck, grill, ventilator,etc. They wrote some excellent adventures for Syd. The picture comes from a book and next week we will read the story.

The children are getting better at Sports Day skills – running, jumping and throwing! We have lots of songs to practise for this half-term and the children’s tunefulness and ability to sing together have improved throughout the year.

Nearly all the children are six now and there are lots of wobbly teeth – it must be getting to the end of year 1! They are nearly ready for year 2: please keep up with the regular reading, spelling practise, number bonds, and topical talking and together we will prepare them for year 2.

This week in Purple Class

It’s the weekend again and the children in Purple Class have been very busy learning loads of exciting things.

They have been closely watching the metamorphosis of painted lady butterflies. They were really excited when they each transfered one delicate caterpillar into a pot with some special food. They observe them everyday and have been very careful when doing so. They were so impressed when they came back on Monday and most caterpillars had changed into chrysalides. They then watched when Mrs Hogan transfered each of the chrysalides to the inside of the net using a sticker. Now we are anxiously waiting for them to emerge as beautiful butterflies. Watch this space!

We had our first lessons on multiplication (as repeated addition) and division (as sharing) and the children are showing how much they have learnt so far and how they can apply their knowledge of doubles and halves, number bonds, part-part-whole model as well as becoming more independently with their choice of manipulatives. This week we have used cake cases, counters, straws, cubes and money to practise repeated addition. They are all really enjoying this unit. In one of our lessons they had to crack a code: which and how many of a 2-d shape can you make if you have 12 sides? They quickly solved it and moved on to find out how many variations of shapes could they make if they had 20 sides… There were many possible combinations. Below you can see that they could find out they could make either 6 squares (or rectangles) or 8 triangles. They then carried on finding out combinations of both shapes. They were so engrossed on this investigation they didn’t notice it was lunch time!

Fingers crossed for good weather next week to make our Sports Day possible on Friday. Purple Class has been practising the skills needed for the races and they are loving it. They are getting really good at getting into their groups and taking part in the races. We look forward to seeing many families joining us on Friday for an afternoon of races and fun!

Today the children took part on the St Albans celebrations by coming to school in blue and yellow. Many thanks for your kind donations.

Eid Mubarak to all celebrating the Eid al-Fitr.

See you on Monday for another fantastic week of learning adventures, especially our REAL day on Thursday: a day full of  RE, Arts and Literacy.

Have you all a cool weekend.

Mrs De Vynck


Purple Class in Kew Gardens

What a fantastic day we all had at Kew Gardens. Despite arriving slightly late due to traffic into London, we still managed to have a day packed with exciting adventures.

We had an activity ran by the Kew’s team when the children were looking for mini-beasts in the local trees and trying to identify them. They were trying to find out who had killed the fly in a picture puzzle. Then they visited a green house where they saw and talked about some carnivorous plants.

After lunch under the cool shades of a tree, we had a quick tour around the gardens. We really enjoyed the glass house with its foreign vegetation. The children talked about the plants from the different continents they have been learning (and singing) about. They were particularly surprised with the banana tree! Just opposite the glass house is the lily pad house and the children were really impressed by the size of the pads and the stunning beauty of the lilies.

Before the end of our wonderful trip, we had a stroll towards the beehive where we took our group photo.


On Friday the children will be writing their recount of today’s trip and I’m sure they will add much more detail to my short retelling.

Once again, thank you very much to all the parents who came with us and made this learning experience possible.

All I can say is that the coach sounded much quieter on our way back. Now to a well deserved rest and see you all back tomorrow.

If you want to know more about Kew Gardens attractions, please visit their website.

Mrs De Vynck ~ Purple Class

A nursery in Green Class

We have some new arrivals in Green Class…. some babies… baby caterpillars. They arrived through the post, in a cardboard box; and have been installed in their new homes. I can guarantee we will have lots of interesting fun seeing them develop. The warm weather forecast should lead to some speedy growth.  What do your children will think will happen to the caterpillars?


Green Class w/c 5th June

This week saw an interesting class conversation about democracy and voting, and a whistle-stop tour of the British “first past the post” system of general elections! We also talked about how democracy is one of  things to be proud of in British society. We will be doing our own version of this next week – w/c Monday 12th – when each class will, once again, elect their own School Councillors. We’ve had three entries from children in green class, where we will  hold our elections on Thursday, so please have any sheets of ideas in by then. The sheets can be scribed by parents but the ideas must be the children’s own.

The mixed weather brought mixed fortunes in terms of being outside, but it was sunny enough on Wednesday and Friday for us to do some sports day practice outsides – mainly running and some other races. The children loved the running and really put their heart into it.

In Maths we have been learning about money, in depth; and really considering how to make different values with different coins. Importantly, the children understand well and are good at explaining why the amount of coins is all that matters when determining how much money you actually have.

On Friday the chidren wrote about their favourite “five a day” (fruit and vegetables).We will do more learning about healthy eating, understanding that it’s important to have a balanced diet. We noticed that on the “eatwell plate” poster we have foods high in fat and sugar – biscuits, cakes, etc – are not on the plate at all, but in a corner from which you can take  few items, occasionally.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the sun this weekend. See you on Monday.


wc 16th May in Green Class

It’s been a fascinating week of Science at school. The children’s learning has been collated into books for you to look after school if you would like to; and I will make a book of photos of the week too.The children have found bugs outside and held some  – larger, more exotic ones! – which were brought to school by the bug man, who is also called Martin! The children learnt about how to look after pet animals and were thrilled to meet Nibbles, Mrs De Vynck’s sons’ hamster. They talked about wrote about frog life cycles and  made some “Who am I?” puzzles or riddles for their friends. In green class we identified which animals were the odd one out and then sorted and classified animals. The children really enjoyed being immersed in the topic most days this week and we have some lovely books to remember the day by.

We also have a talking book of the “Victorian Seaside” day which you are very welcome to come and listen to after school.

In Maths the class has really impressed me with their grasp of place value and use of it in adding together one and two-digit numbers to another two-digit number. The children used Dienes to make the numbers, to reinforce the visual aspect of Maths and as a start to being able to represent calculations in pictures (ie a line to represent ten and a . to represent one). In fact, the actual addition – of  the tens as well as the ones – came from the children’s recall of number facts to ten (see below!) Today’s learning shows how far the children have come this year and how Maths Mastery should lead to continuous, fast progress for all children.

I also reminded the children this week that they must all know all of the number bonds up to ten thoroughly, so they have instant recall of any addition to ten, The online game “Hit the button” is a great way to learn these facts and can be played at home.

The children have done very well, bringing in hats and full water bottles. Please keep it up! Wishing you all a happy half-term, at home or away.


Science Week in Purple Class

What a fantastic way to end this first half of the summer term. The children thoroughly enjoyed the Science Week and I am sure they have been giving you snapshots of what has been happenning.

Each afternoon the children went to a different classroom and did a Science activity related to animals. We also had a wow day, when Martin, the bug man, brought in different species of “mini-beasts” and the children had the opportunity to learn, talk about them and, if they wished, handle some of them. I was really impressed with how brave the children were, letting creepy crawlies walk on their clothes and even on their hair.

A glance at the various activities the children performed this week:

In Red Class they learnt and wrote about life cycle of frogs and butterflies. Miss Lewis has made and given us a lovely book with all their work.

They played a game of Guess Who (guessing the animals) in Red Class and then had to describe an animal for their partner to guess. Their careful work is also displayed on a book. Thank you, Mrs Barwin.

In Silver Class they discussed habitats and where and how different animals live. They loved building up the world map puzzle and locating each animal.

They went on a bug hunt with Gold Class and looked at the school wild life. They loved to see the little animals they found through magnifying glasses.

In Green Class they classified animals using different criteria.

Finally, in Purple Class we talked about animals as pets and how to look after them. To illustrate their learning I brought my pet hamster Nibbles and they quizzed me to make sure I was looking after her properly. Apparently I passed the test!

They have already started to apply what they have been learning during the week in today’s big write when we described and compared animals. They could give very detailed descriptions of their chosen animal and also compare with another animal of their choice.


We are producing our own book about the Science Week where we have many more photos of this week events and you will be able to look at it during our Open Evening or any day after school, if you wish.

I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Redshaw for coming regularly to help Purple Class with some sewing, gardening and in the classroom as well. Parent helpers make these very enjoyable activities possible so we appreciate your time with us. If any other parent would like to spare some time weekly to support making learning even more fun, please speak to myself or express your interest at the school’s office.

We hope you have a good break and I look forward to seeing you all back for our last half-term in Year 1. You are so nearly ready to Year 1, Purple Class, and I am so proud of all of you.

Stay cool and see you soon.

Mrs De Vynck


Empty Classroom Day

There’s lots of learning which can be done outside: Science – identifying natural features planting seeds; English – speaking in sentences and writing a list; saying instructions in preparation for writing them;  D&T – following instructions to make something useful and fun; Maths – estimating the number of daisies in a footprint. Also team-work – building a castle as a team – turn-taking, working safely and thoughtfully – standing still and carefully observing the blue flowers to count the number of bees busily collecting pollen (we counted 8 in a small area). We all had a very enjoyable, the kite-making and kite-flying clearly the favourite activities. Here are some photos of Green Class joining in safely outdoors.

Outdoor Classroom Day

The sun shone upon us today and we were able to join in Outdoor Classroom Day. We had planned a range of activities and I will let the pictures (and the children) to speak for themselves.

Both classes were split in groups and each group participated on all activities.

They each made a kite, flew it in fields and took it home. I hope you can have a go (after the rain).

They then found out how many daisies could they stand on but cutting out their footprints in card, estimating how many daisies would fit into their ‘foot’ and then counted out.

Following up from our seaside topic for this half-term, the children built sandcastles and decorated them beautifully.

Another favourite activity was the memory game. The children were fantastic at remembering which items were in the bag.

At the end of the day, they each chose a seed to plant, after guessing which plant that seed will become. Once their seeds germinate, they will be sent home so they can watch it grow.

It started to rain as soon as we came back inside to get ready to go home. We were so pleased with how involved everyone were in the activities, asking pertinent questions and really moving their learning into practice.

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