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.

Anti Bullying Week

This week we are thinking about Anti Bullying Week, thinking about how we can make a change for the good of others.  Today we have worn odd socks to celebrate that we are all different and different is good.  We then had an Assembly to talk about “Change starts with us.”  Thinking how we can make a difference to somebody else’s day. We played the videos from the Anti Bullying Alliance, which you can watch at home, they are useful for children and adults.  We recapped what bullying is, how it is different to unkind or mean behaviour.

Yesterday we had a talk regarding Behaviour and Bullying from Karin Hutchinson for parents.  We hope you found it useful.  She shared her wealth of experience in this area, focussing on;

  • Explaining what bullying is
  • Teaching us the kindness virus for our children
  • Explaining that all behaviour is communication
  • Teaching us how to help our children to resolve their differences themselves (with our initial support)
  • How to help build our children’s resilience and self esteem
  • Protective behaviours for our children
  • Cyberbullying

Please do refer to our Behaviour Policy and Anti Bullying Policy on our website and do ask for help from any of the staff.

Many Thanks

Mrs Barwin

Sport for Champions Sponsorship


Today your child has come home with a Sponsorship form for an athlete who is visiting school on November 25th.

If you could help your child to receive sponsorship for doing circuits with Kimberley Renicks, a Judo Champion.   She won the Commonwealth gold in the Women’s 48 kg Judo event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

All children will train with Kimberley and see a demonstration, however, those children who raise the most, will have a photograph with her and there are gifts from her team too.

Mrs Hostein and I launched this exciting opportunity in Assembly today and explained that every £1 will help the athlete to train and buy the necessary kit.  Any profit then goes to our school for PE equipment!

All sponsorship forms must be completed and money handed in by the 18th November.

Thank you for supporting us with this exciting opportunity to show our children opportunities open to them, if they follow their passion.

Happy half term to you all.



Year 1 Week 8

It was lovely to meet so many of you at parent’s evening this week. We hope it was great to hear how well your children are doing in their first half term of year 1. We are super proud of how most children have settled into year 1.

Over the last few weeks we have continued with our theme of Out and About. The children have enjoyed producing leaf pictures with oil pastels and adding to the Autumn tables in the classrooms.

In maths we have been adding numbers to 10 using manipulatives and pictures. After half term we will be taking away. We have continued to practise the number bonds to 10 too and will continue to do so. The children have learnt two songs to help them with their number bonds to 10.

Have a super and safe half term break

Mrs Caramelo and Miss Spencer

Visit to the Foodbank

Today was a very exciting day for 6 children. We went to the Foodbank Warehouse in Harpenden to see what happens to all of our food donations from our Harvest Festival. We were so excited to go on the minibus with 6 children from the Junior School. We met a foodbank volunteer who explained to us what happens when we donate food. We then sorted food into crates by best before dates. Finally, we sorted all of the carrier bags, ready for the picked food to be packed into.   We had a great morning and feel really good that we made a difference by helping others.


Autumn Week 5

What a wonderful morning we all had today. The children really enjoyed walking to Highfield Park and engaging in the activities. They did bark and leaf rubbings, found their way through the maze, sketched their favourite natural scene, spotting trees and making stick people out of leaves and twigs. Lots of fun was had. A huge thank you to the mums who helped with the children’s learning and ran the activities,  as without you this trip could not have happened.

We look forward to seeing many more of you at the harvest celebrations next Thursday the 10th October. Please do sign up for your place so you don’t miss the experience. Times are 9.15am and 2.15pm.

Thank you for your continuous support


Mrs Caramelo and Miss Spencer.

Autumn 1, Week 4

It seems to have been a week that we have dodged the showers and enjoyed splashing in puddles when the sun was out. Autumn is well and truly with us. The children have enjoyed observing the changes in the weather and have been thinking of words to describe them. We then used these words to add interest to our poetry writing, based on Shirley Hughes book, Out and About.

In Maths, the children have continued to use manipulatives to secure their knowledge of numbers to 20. Please incorporate counting when you are out and about by counting trees, fallen leaves, conkers or acorns; or at home this could be when laying the table, counting the socks from the laundry pile or pieces of lego, etc.

In Geography, we have started to look at maps of our local area, in readiness for our trip to Highfield Park next week. We have been observing natural and human-made features, as well as the signage that we will see on our journey to the park. Please remember that all children need to wear school uniform, with the addition of a raincoat and possible welligtons or old shoes. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to be with us on Thursday morning, we should be back to school before 12noon.

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

Miss. Spencer & Mrs. Caramelo



Year 1 Week 3

** Please note that the letter your children bought home today about our visit to High-field Park has a conflict of dates. The visit will be taking place on Thursday 3rd October**  We are sorry for any misunderstanding.

The children are successfully continuing to adapt to life in year 1.

This week in maths we have been investigating and learning number bonds to 5, 6, 7 and 8. This will continue next week with bonds to 9 and 10. All these bonds are so very important as a foundation to the next and further stages in addition and subtraction. Knowing these bonds will really help your child when calculating with larger numbers in year 2 and above. Being able to ‘play around’ and manipulate these bonds shows a good understanding of place value too.

In writing the children have re-read the three poems from last week by Shirley Hughes and added to the vocabulary used to describe the mud, sand and water. They are then choosing one of these to write a poem about.

Animal sorting continued in science with the children learning about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. There was some great discussion as to what the different animals, including ourselves eat!

We look forward to meeting many of you this evening. If however you can’t make tonight we will put the slides on the website in due course and send home any handouts given. We are also available to talk to after school most days if you have any concerns or worries.

See you later!

Mrs Caramelo and Miss Spencer



School Councillors – Ossie our school dog training session

Today our School Councillors and some Eco Ambassadors met Gretta, Ossie’s dog trainer.  Gretta worked closely with the children to learn about signs to spot if dogs are happy or nervous/anxious.  Ossie was there, behaving impeccably, chewing a treat.

The School Councillors will now help me to deliver this training to the rest of the school.  We are going to agree School dog rules, to ensure that Ossie has as much fun in school as we do.

Thank you Councillors/Ambassadors for listening so well, I look forward to working with you on this new exciting initiative.



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

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