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 Lorna Foulds

Green Class Teacher

Mrs Sancha Caramelo

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 – Week 2

Our first ‘full’ week, but all the children have continued to enjoy the various learning activities.

In Maths, we have been securing our knowledge of ‘teen’ numbers and ensuring that we are writing the numbers correctly.

In English, we have continued our theme of ‘Out and About’. This involved using our senses to experience sand and water and lots of mud! Thank you to EYFS for letting us use your Mud Kitchen. We then thought of lots of describing words to help us with our writing.

We have started our investigation of Animals in Science and looked at the Seasons in Geography. In R.E. (Religious Education) we are observing The Wonder of the World and in P.E. (Physical Education) we have been improving our ball skills outside and have enjoyed gymnastics indoors.

We look forward to meeting you at the Meet the Teacher session this Thursday 19th September at 6.30pm.

With regards,

Miss. Spencer & Mrs. Caramelo

Year 1 – First week

Welcome back to school. All the children have settled into the Year 1 routines very well. It’s been a very positive start and we have enjoyed getting to know your child.

The children have spent time getting to know their new surroundings and the more structured timetable in Year 1, although they will still enjoy less structured times everyday for this first half term.

They have also been exploring our new topic, which we have called Out and About. Thank you to all those children who have brought in postcards and home learning about their summer holidays. An outline of this half terms topics has been given to your child today along with a Home Learning grid. Please do have a look at the suggested activities with your child and hopefully you can enjoy something over the weekend. We love hearing about any activities that you do together, so please do let your child share them with us. It could be a new club they have joined, a religious festival they attended, a party they have attended or a walk in the park.

Wishing you all a restful weekend.

Thank you and happy holidays

Thank you so much for the generous end of year gifts and beautiful cards from the children.

I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching Purple class this year. The children have taught me so much and I have loved seeing them progress both academically and emotionally.

Take care of yourselves over the Summer and I look forward to seeing the children next year when they are in Year 2.

With kind regards,

Mrs. Caramelo

PS. Bug Club has been updated with the children’s reading levels, so please continue to enjoy reading over the Summer.

Move up morning

Today the current Year 1s visited their new classrooms and had a lovely morning meeting their new teachers and making new friends.They will have further opportunities to mix with their new classes during the remaining few days of the Summer term.

To finish our capacity topic, we have measured the ingredients for Gingerbread people today. The dough is going to chill over night in the fridge and tomorrow your child will come home with a special treat!

In English we have been reading a lovely story about Belle, who has met a special helpful friend, a Bee. This has been an ideal opportunity to share our worries and excitement with any journeys that we shall be experiencing over the coming weeks. Please ask your child about the story and share any anxieties they may be having.

To complete our Science topic on mini-beasts, we have been carrying out a survey with our classes; the question was, ‘which mini beast is our favourite and why?’. We shall be collating this information and creating graphs to show our data handling skills.

Finally in Art, the children have been studying a contemporary artist, David Hockney. Over the next few days, they shall be creating swimming pool pictures using wax pastels and water colour washes. The children have loved sharing their stories of learning to swim and visiting the seaside. They are getting very excited that the Summer holidays are nearly with us!

With kind regards,

Mrs. Foulds and Mrs. Caramelo.


New School Councillors – Congratulations

Huge congratulations to our new school councillors who were elected by their classmates, after reading a presentation aloud.

I look forward to working with the following children;

Leo, Ada, Lola, Mark, Seb, Neve, Sam J, Emily.

Their first task will be to welcome our new parents to our school on the 2nd July.  Followed by a sale on the playground of goodies left over from the Summer Fair.  The councillors will be in post until October.


Mrs Barwin

Summer 2, Week 3

Another busy and fun-filled week in Year 1.

For our Science topic, we have continued to observe our caterpillars growing in the classroom. We hope your child has been keeping you up to date with the changes they have already made. It has been wonderful to observe them and we have loved the enthusiasm that the children have shown towards their mini-beasts. We’ll keep you posted!

In Art, the children have manipulated clay to create a tile and design for their chosen mini-beast. Again, the children really enjoyed the process and have already painted them ready for display.

We have been practising hard for the different sporting activities for Sport’s Day this coming Thursday. Please ensure that your child not only has their PE kit in school, but also have the appropriate footwear for running outside.

The highlight of our week, was sharing the progress that your child has made this year during our Parent Consultations. Thank you to all the parents who came to share the learning and the effort that your child has been making during this academic year.

We are looking forward to seeing you and your families next Saturday at the CHISS Summer Fair.

Mrs. Foulds & Mrs. Caramelo.


Summer 2, Week 2

Our week began with a thought-provoking assembly by Chris from St. Luke’s Church. He spoke about what made a Hero and how we could all use our talents to be heroes in everything we do, at home or at school.

In Maths we have continued to learn about Money and have moved onto how we buy things if we haven’t got the exact money and have to work out the change necessary.

In English, we have started a lovely story about mini-beasts. On Friday the children created poems and illustrated them.

In Art and Design, the children have been experimenting with clay and creating a design of a mini beast. This has involved manipulating clay and using tools to create a desired effect.

In Geography we have been focusing on the weather and how it has changed since Winter and how it is changeable at this time of year. The children went on a weather walk and noticed the different temperatures using a thermometer from the morning to the afternoon and contrasting inside the classroom to outside. Needless-to-say, we were dodging the showers! The children have started to keep a diary of the weather. Let’s hope the temperature rises during the coming weeks.

Hoping you have all had a wonderful weekend and we look forward to another busy week ahead.

Do remember your School Councillor nomination forms if you wish to stand for election.

Mrs. Foulds & Mrs. Caramelo.


First week of Summer 2

Welcome back to our final half term in Year 1.

The week got off to a flying start with Mr. Banbridge who started teaching the children a new mini-beasts song. This involved using the Jambay drums and thinking carefully about the number of syllables in a mini-beast name, E.G. An ant has one, a spider has two, and a caterpillar has three. Maybe you would like to clap out the syllables to other mini- beasts  or animals.

In Maths we have re-visited Shape, particularly 3D shapes and identified the properties of each. We have now moved onto Money, recognising all the coins and again noticing the properties of each coin. Next week we shall be moving onto ‘giving change’ so all the practical support you can give your child will be very beneficial.

On Tuesday we had our sporting event. Thank you to the children who represented Cunningham Infant School. Photographs will follow.

In Science we introduced our mini-beast topic and the children had lots of fun sorting the creatures into different categories. They had to identify the different parts of the body, whether they had legs and how many; did they have wings and how many pairs and finally do they have antenna? This was a super way of preparing the children for our trip to the Natural History Tring  Museum on Thursday! Thank you to all the parent helpers who supported us. It was a great day of learning and fun. As well as enjoying the museum and the fantastic array of animals to observe, we enjoyed a super workshop with mini-beasts experts. They gave the children the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with mini-beasts from the pond and from the meadow, These two habitats were contrasted and the differences were explained in a fun and informative way.

On Friday, the children wrote a Recount of their day for English, sharing their own understanding of the trip. The children were encouraged to use different adjectives to describe the creatures and to use conjunctions and interesting punctuation to make their writing interesting.

I hope you have all had a restful weekend, ready for another week of learning next week.

With kind regards,

Mrs. Foulds & Mrs. Caramelo


Nature Reserve with Eco Ambassadors and School Councillors

This week, Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis met with the Eco Ambassadors and School Councillors. The children were encouraged to build nature reserves to live outside.

They scooped mud into large trays then added seeds, water pots, leaves for decoration and some logs.

We then explored our nature reserves and noticed we already had some creatures, a slug and a woodlouse. They then chose to put some water in the nature reserve for animals to drink.

The children chose where they would like the nature reserves to live so that they could be accessible for the animals and somewhere where they could keep an eye on any growth.


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