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.

Miss Spencer

Green Class Teacher

Mrs 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.


Dear Year 1 parents and carers, we apologise for the lack of blogging over the last few weeks.

The children have been very excited about the new topic: Let’s play. We have been looking at some old toys and comparing them to toys the children play with now. We have thought about the materials they were made from and how they were played with. Our art work has also been stimulated from toys as the children have drawn a toy, made a printing block of it and printed in the style of Andy Warhol.

In Big write we have begun looking at a new book: Traction Man which is a comic style novel. We have begun using our comic style voices and investigated noun phrases: evil pilllows / planet duvet / jet powered trainer! If any of you have any action man type dolls that are no longer played with in your house, please could you donate them to your child’s class, Also any sindy / barbie type dolls please! This is so we can act out the story and deepen the children’s understanding of the story.

For the last few weeks in maths we have begun learning to tell the time to o’clock and half past. The children are doing well with this. They have also learnt clockwise, anticlockwise, morning and evening. They have sequenced the times throughout the day but do seem to struggle with associating times to events happening. For example: breakfast is at 7 o’ clock. Next week we will be back to addition and subtraction. Please do practise quickfire addition and subtraction questions to 10.

In RE we have been learning about how different religions welcome babies into their Christian , Muslim or Hindu community. We will be comparing what is the same and different between these different religions.

The children have begun their spellings now. On a Monday the children are ‘tested’ through a dictation exercise of the spellings from the previous week. They are then introduced to 10 new words. They will write the words using look, cover, write check method each day in school. The words are also sent home for the children to practise in the same way. They also get to practise the words, (technology permitting) on purple mash. This can also be accessed from home. Extension ideas are written on the bottom of the spellings.

Have a lovely weekend

The Year 2 team.

Last few bags of reindeer food

A huge thank you for supporting Reception in the selling of reindeer food.  We have the last 10 bags available.  Please pop and see me if you would like one.  It’s £0.50 per bag.

Thank you


Reindeer Food – 3pm Wednesday 18th.

On Wednesday 18th December from 3pm, Reception will be selling reindeer food.  It will be in little pouches, selling for 50p.  We will be under the main shelter on the playground.

All Reception children will be bringing theirs home on Thursday, so this is mainly aimed at younger siblings and Year 1 and 2 children.

Many thanks for your support.

The EYFS Team

Donating rucksacks and lunchboxes


As part of our push on writing outside, if you have old rucksacks (adults or children’s) or lunch bags that you no longer need, would you please consider donating them to Reception.  The plan is to fill them with paper and pens, so that the children can write at any opportunity.

Likewise, if you have any pens/envelopes/felt tips/highlighters etc,  we would happily have them to replenish our stocks.

Many Thanks

Mrs Barwin

Year 1 Week 6

In maths this week we have recapped our understanding of place value with numbers to 20. The children have been making the numbers using dienes to deepen their understanding of teen numbers having one ten.

In RE we learnt about the Christingle, a christian celebration. Next week, on Monday,  we will be making Christingles for our service in St Luke’s on the Tuesday. Please can you send your child in with an orange on Monday. Also, your child should have come home with a thin strip of paper in their book bags yesterday which are their lines for the service. Please do help your child to learn their lines. Thank you.

Thank you for your patience with spellings. We have been discussing this as a whole staff in the school as the best way forward. We were finding that children learnt the list of words for a test but then did not use them in their every day writing. After the holidays, in the first week back,  we will be assessing the first 100 high frequency words. After that the children will be doing activities in school to learn a weekly list of words. This list will also be sent home to practise.

We look forward to seeing many of you next Tuesday for our year 1 Christingle.

Mrs Caramelo and Miss Spencer.

Old Technology please


If you have any old technology that you would like to donate to Red and Blue Class, could you please pop it in.  We want to take apart things like calculators, phones, cameras, keyboards etc.

Many Thanks

Mrs Barwin

A huge thank you

I wanted to write to say a huge thank you for the sponsorship money raised for the Athlete coming on Monday.  We have raised a brilliant £820.00.

We are now really looking forward to Kimberley’s visit and all the fun we have in store for Monday afternoon.

Many thanks for being so supportive.


Mrs Barwin

Year 1 Week 3

The children have enjoyed working with the new book in English called Halibut Jackson. They have shown empathy with the character as he is very shy and camouflages himself wherever he goes. The children did a conscious alley today where they had to think carefully and give their ideas about how the character is feeling and whether he should attend a party at the Queen’s palace at all.

Shape has been the focus in maths over the last couple of weeks. The children have named 2d and 3d shapes and learnt about their properties using the correct vocabulary: sides, edges, vertex, vertices and faces. we have made repeated patterns with 2d shapes and explained their pattern. Next week we will be learning about direction.

In science we have been learning about camouflage linked to our Halibut Jackson book. We are now learning about types of materials, their names and their properties.

PE kits will be coming home tomorrow, on Friday,to be checked over the weekend to make sure your child has the correct kit please. Please do return them on Monday as they will be needed Monday afternoon when we meet the athlete and carry out the sponsored event. Thank you for your support.

In a few weeks, the 4th December, we would like to take the children to St Paul’s church on Hatfield Road to experience Christmas through various workshops. We do need parent volunteers to walk with us for this to happen. Each class will need a minimum of 4 parents. Please let your child’s teacher know if you can accompany us.

Thank you.

Mrs Caramelo and Miss Spencer


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