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.

Sainsbury vouchers

Sainsbury’s is – sadly – not selling any more vouchers – though it’s useful to check if the store has any left when you shop. We have until 30TH JUNE to bring the vouchers in; and then we’ll need to place the order for the items in their special catalogue.

The box is looking nice and full and I hope to count all the vouchers (or see if my sons will help!) this weekend and will look forward to telling you the grand total.

In the meantime, please do double-check with the store if they have any and search purses, wallets and with relatives and friends to see if there any more to bring in to boost the total as high as possible.

Thank you very much for your continued support with the vouchers – together, you have done a great job to boost the school’s PE resources.

Green Class this week

We finished the week with games outside – hopefully the start of many PE sessions outdoors this summer. The children really enjoyed controlling the ball by rolling it and then trying to roll the ball to a partner while a third player tried to intercept it.

Maths has continued learning about numbers to 100 by comparing numbers a providing different reasons as to why one is greater or less than the other.

We have continued the learning from the Victorian day at the sea by writing a postcard including activities which people would have done about 100 years ago.

During guided reading, one-to -one reading and whole-class story time we look for the clues which tell us which expression to use when reading; and we ask the children to read all texts with cadence and intonation, re-reading some parts with more expression if need be. If you could also do the same with your children when reading at home, that would really help their development in reading.

The photos show some of the healthy plants the seeds are growing into. The children enjoy seeing what happens to them on a day-by-day basis and are starting to use the words for the different parts of the plant correctly.

It’s just over a week till the May Fair! The children have told me what wonderful cooks their parents are and what goodies you will cook for the fair! Please send any more contributions next week. Thank you. Wishing you all a happy, sunny weekend.

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A Victorian day at the seaside – afternoon

In the afternoon one class went on a train journey to reach St Albans on Sea, while the others worked at the seaside getting things ready for the visitors. The children played hook-a-duck, went to the cafe, went to the fish and chip shop, watched Punch ad Judy, played roll-a-penny, bought souvenirs and had a lovely time spending the 12d they all had in their purses. Mrs Cameron ended the afternoon a very funny – updated! – interactive Punch and Judy show, ably assisted by two year one children.

A very big thank you to all the parents who came to help. It would not be possible to run days like this without all the adults providing assistance and support to the children.

The children’s behaviour and engagement were excellent and made all the adults very proud. They played and learnt independently and safely – you can see the concentration in t their faces in the photos. We hope that you all enjoy sharing the lovely things the children have made and that they have some interesting, new knowledge about British life in the past to share with you.

Year 1 travels back to the Victorian seaside!

The children have had a fantastic morning learning about what they would have done if they were Victorian children spending a bank holiday at the seaside.  The morning was spent making the souvenirs and preparing for the visitors to the seaside who will arrive this afternoon. Some children have tried on the sorts of clothes children wore in the past – bloomers, tunic topics, mop hats and boaters. Some children have been trained in the cafe, serving sandwiches, cake and tea. They have counted out the twelve old pennies each child will have to spend this afternoon and everyone has made a train tickets – how else will they get to the seaside? They could choose between a first class ticket, which cost 3d and bought you a comfy seat and snacks, a second-class on a wooden bench which costs 2d and a third-class ticket which only costs 1d but didn’t even give you a roof!

The fun and learning will continue this afternoon when the children get on the train to go to the sea!

w/c 2nd May in Green Class

In Maths this week the children have continued to learn about the place value of numbers to 100 and have been reading two-digit numbers in numerals and words. This involves a key aspect of the current Maths curriculum and of Maths Mastery, the method we use to teach Maths at school, which is using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods of representing number. For example, the number 36 can be shown with Dienes, beadstring, Numicon, coins, straws, to name some “concrete” methods. 36 can be shown pictorially by using  a vertical line to represent a ten and a . for a one, for example, or on numberlines. Abstract ways include the numerals 36, various part-whole models and equations. I’ll post some photos of these when next in class, or you could ask your child to show you what these mean. We use the CPA representations all together in the same session, so that children manipulate, see, write and talk about all these different ways to help embed their understanding and appreciate what the abstract form 36 really means in terms of quantity.

In Geography, the children have learnt about physical and natural features of the seaside, as part of the cross-curricular learning which we shall continue on Monday, with our Victorian day at the seaside. They wrote a postcard about a fictitious visit to Wembury in Dorset.

We have focused on Games in PE this week, which on Friday afternoon which was the usual spirited, cheerful occasion. The children were confident and accurate pushing hoops and throwing and hitting balls in the hall. PE with green class is always good fun and a highlight of the week.

Another session the children enjoy and engage very well with is PSHE, specifically Circle Time which takes place after lunch on Wednesdays. This week they thought and talked about the comfortable feeling of pride and the uncomfortable one of jealousy and thought of some times when they felt both these emotions. We played a new game called “hedgehogs”, when everyone crouches down like hedgehogs and I silently cover one person in a blanket. The other children sit up and work out who is under the blanket.

The children wrote another poem on Friday, this time about spring. They are now familiar with the features of poetry writing and are confident in writing creatively this way. Only a few children wrote about the weather getting hotter which, sadly, is accurate for springtime currently!

The May King and Queen looked stunning on Wednesday.It’s lovely to be part of the continuation of such a time-honoured tradition. The library got overlooked on Thursday by Mrs Lyal and me – sorry – so we made a hasty visit to the library at the end of Friday. Anyone who didn’t have their books  with them on Friday can change them on Monday, if they wish to.

Thank you for doing the home learning, of which there is more evidence in books now. It’s great to see children practising spelling the “red words”. Knowing these will really help speed up their independent writing. Practising the number facts – halves and doubles this half-term – will also help them with problem-solving, and making conncections, in Maths.

It’s a big week for clothes next week in year 1! – Seaside clothes on Monday, school uniform on Tuesday – whole-class and whole-school photos – and own clothes on Friday (for CHISS contribution for the May Fair).

Please send in any upcycling entries. Green class has a fantastic bird feeder to put in the garden, but I’m having problems making a hole in the earth because the ground is so hard and dry! I will find a way next week. There is also a fantastic nestbox made from laminate flooring which is on the ground because there is no way of attaching it the metal post next the garden! They are both excellent entries: well done.

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend in spite of the chilly weather; and look forward to seeing you when we go back in time on Monday.



Purple Class ~ May Day Celebrations, Fruit Kebabs…

What a lovely start to the month of May.

Today the children performed a concert for our May Queens and Kings, when they sung some of their favourite songs from recent concerts and the year 2s danced their routine for the first time in front of an audience. “Congratulations” was a very appropriate choice of song and they finished off with “I love the flowers”.

Congratulations to Purple Class’s Queen and King, Laila and Noah.

Yesterday in D&T Mrs Lyal and the children made some fruit kebabs and learnt some cutting techniques such as the bridge grip and claw grip. They clearly enjoyed making (and eating) them and the classroom smelt delicious at the end of the day.

Just a quick reminder that a note was sent home about our History Off The Page day on Monday 8th May. If you haven’t received it yet, please have a look in your child’s bag or ask me for a copy.


This week in Green Class

In year 1 this week we continued learning about measure – you know you’re learning about measure when you can ask the questions, “How much….?” or “How many…?” whether the measure topic is length, weight, capacity, time or money. This week the children thought about, talked about and did practical tasks to do with mass, or weight. For most of the time we used non-standard units to measure, compare and contrast different weights. On Friday we felt and weighed using a kilgram weight. In green class, we couldn’t find anything in the room which was heavier than one kilo – not that would fit in the balance scales, anyway! For non-standard units, we talked about which units were useful and ones not – eg would paperclips be good to weigh with – how about marbles? Also we considered the fact that every unit must be identical. If you use big and small marbles together you’ll get unreliable weights.

On Friday the children wrote character descriptions. They used good adjectives to describe one of the three main characters in “Little Red Riding Hood”, as well as “and” or “but” to join ideas together, and tried to incorporate different forms of punctuation (eg ! or ? of ”   ” when writing what they said.)

Mrs Munsey was in class on Thursday, when the children looked at pictures of different landscapes and sorted them. The children had a good grasp of seaside, countryside and town/city. This is part of our learning about the seaside, which we will focus on on Monday 8th May.  A note will go home asking the children to come dressed in seaside-type clothes on that day, to help get into character.

We have continued looking for signs of spring, as the season really comes into its own. When we went outside the children noticed the leaves on the tree in the attached photo. I asked why the first leaves were the ones at the top of the tree. Suggestions included that the leaves there got rain and sun first. I suggested that the sunshine was what got these leaves growing first. We have discussed and watched videos of how the tilt of the earth causes the seasons, and that the primary driver for different seasons is the varying amounts of sunshine (daylight, hence “short days and long nights” or “long days and short nights”.) This is quite a tricky topic for year 1 and one we will continue to discuss.

On Friday I was totally impressed by the children’s partner work in gymnastics, when we use large apparatus. We watched a video of gymnasts mirroring each others’ routines and balances. At first, the children found it tricky to do this with their own partners. Then, when one pair successfully did the same balance on the apparatus, with one part of their body touching, the rest did different symmetrical balances really well. I’ll attach some photos.

I hope you’re all having a nice weekend and looking forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday, in May!

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