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.



If you are able to make or donate any playdough to reception we would be very grateful. We are looking at making butterflies during Outdoor Classroom Day so would appreciate a range of colours so the children can make them colourful.


Year 1 – Week 3 of the Summer Term

Well, we still managed to fit in so much learning this week, despite having a bank holiday on Monday.

The children all looked super smart for their Class photographs, and the sun was shining. Sadly, the children have had many of their play times disrupted by rain this week. Lets hope these showers pass for them this weekend for them to run-off some of their energy.

In Mathematics we have been working with number values up to 100. The children are working hard to notice different number patterns and spot the missing number/s and can order numbers using different vocabulary: greater than, fewer than, etc. In Literacy this week the children have continued to listen-to and write some traditional stories. When writing sentences, the children have been encouraged to use adjectives and conjunctions.

Thank you to all the children for bringing in their special or favourite book this week. We had a great time sharing the books and the reason for their choices. This is linked to RE, as we are learning about sacred and holy books used in different religions. If you have a sacred book that you would be happy to share with Year 1, please do send it in with your child. We shall of course look after it, share it and send it back home on the same day. Thank you in advance.

On Friday, the children enjoyed a Make Believe workshop. I hope they have let you know how amazing the experience was! Drama, singing and dancing = fun, fun, fun!!! Also, some lucky children started performing in their own Rock Steady bands!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend; dodging the showers or singing in the rain!

Summer term – week 1

The Year 1 children came in this week refreshed and ready to learn. Thank you for sending your child back with their PE kits and many were brandishing new shoes and summer uniforms.

New Home Learning grids and spellings have been sent out this week, as well as the overview for this half term.

In Maths we have had fun predicting the mass weights of items in the classroom and comparing the weights of objects to 1kg. In English this week we had a surprise parcel delivered to the classroom (which contained our next book, The Jolly Postman) and this led very nicely into learning about the role of a Postal Worker. We have also learnt how to write an envelope and a formal letter. In Science, both Year 1 classes went on a seasonal walk around the school grounds during our lesson to spot wild flowers and observe seasonal changes to hawthorns and deciduous trees. Our new History topic is on significant explorers and the children have started to learn about Christopher Columbus and the importance of his discoveries.

In Music, we have continued to enjoy Spring time songs in preparation for our May Day Assembly which will take place next Thursday 2nd May at 2.30pm. Also next week on Wednesday, Rock Steady will be into school to given each class a taster session in music.

We hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend, despite Storm Hannah, and we look forward to more exciting learning next week.


Mrs. Foulds & Mrs. Caramelo.


Litter Picking with our Eco Ambassadors

This lunchtime, 6 of our Eco Ambassadors came outside and picked litter with us.

They looked out the front of the school, thinking where litter is most likely to be blown.

They thought it was good that we didn’t find much litter, maybe because there is a bin outside that is being well used.

They explained that we need to pick litter

  • To look after our environment
  • So that it doesn’t end up in rivers or lakes
  • So that it doesn’t hurt animals such as birds.

We will continue to litter pick, please be mindful to put rubbish in bins!

Thank you

Another busy week of learning

The children in Year 1 have enjoyed another week of learning.

Last Monday, we had an informative assembly by the NSPCC, who taught the children how to stay safe and ask for help.

On Tuesday, Year 1 enjoyed a dance workshop by Perform. There were lots of cool, hip hop moves!

As well as continuing with our Mathematical and English learning throughout the week, the highlight was on Thursday – Learn with your child day. In Year 1 we dedicated the whole day to Geography. The children used atlases, globes, maps as well as a catchy tune to learn about the world around us. Thank you to all the mums, dads and grandparents that helped their child to experience a very memorable day.

On Friday, the whole school had another treat, Rock Steady performed during our assembly.

Next week:

Monday 1st April – Easter Bonnet Parade

Thursday 4th April – Spring Concert

Friday 5th April – We finish at 1:15pm for the Easter break

The children return for the Summer term – Wednesday 24th April.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs. Foulds and Mrs. Caramelo.

Seeds please


To develop our Science learning across the school, we are hoping to broaden the children’s knowledge and understanding of growth.

We hope to be able to show the children some common plants and vegetables as well as those they may not have seen before or have had experience growing.

If you are able to donate any seeds, be it flowers or vegetables, that we could grow across the classes, please bring them to Miss Lewis in Red Class and I will distribute them to all classes.

Many thanks

Miss Lewis

Science Week

We have thoroughly enjoyed our Science week in YEAR 1.

Starting with the incredible day at Hertwood Forest last week, where the children made dens, studied trees and generally enjoyed the great outdoors with their friends.

This week we have been observing the signs of Spring and thinking about the things a seed will need to grow.Year 1 have planted bean seeds and will be observing them. They have decided that a seed will need light, warmth and water to grow. As well as some love! We have created an experiment in the classrooms to check that our predictions are correct. We shall be checking our fair test as well as caring for our seeds over the next few weeks.

This week, we also had our author visit from Jean Willis. In Year 1, Jean Willis came to our classrooms and helped us make BOG BABIES. We shall be writing instructions on how to make them tomorrow.

Today, we had a very informative presentation about E-Safety. The children have been told how to keep safe on-line – using the Paw Patrol characters. Maybe, you could discuss how they can stay safe at home to reiterate the message of keeping all our children safe when using the internet. The children then designed E-Safety posters in class using the computers.

We also wanted to say how impressed we are with the children practising their Spellings. We are sorry for any confusion with the ‘new’ lists. These are the ‘expected’ words that all Year 1 children need to know. If your child already knows how to spell them, please ask them to write sentences using the words. Please also keep the Home Learning activities going. We love seeing what you and your child learns outside school.

With kind regards,

Mrs. Foulds & Mrs. Caramelo.


Our first whole school trip!

Today was our first whole school trip to Heartwood Forest.

It was a great day to launch Science Week next week, and luckily the weather held out for us.

Each year group enjoyed a range of activities

EYFS – a nature hunt to think about what we could hear, see, smell and touch (not taste!!) then an afternoon of activities including photos from different perspectives, building homes for Bog Baby, tree rubbings, minibeast hunts.

Y1 and 2 both had an opportunity to build dens, thinking about the best way to create a structure and working collaboratively. They then explored a wide range of activities including sketching and measuring. They made links to many aspects of the curriculum.

Thank you to all of the helpers, parents, grandparents, au pairs for giving up your day to support us, particularly outside in this weather!

Have a restful weekend

Book tasting and Heartwood Forest

World Book Day  Your children all looked AMAZING today, we have had a lot of fun talking about the different books and characters. We had a fashion show, book tasting and they have written a review about their favourite book. Thank you to the parents who came to share stories with the children.

Spelling lists Just to clarify the Common Exception words in the home learning books are an overview of the words that children need to be able to read and write at the end of year 1. It would be great if you be able to practice a few of these regularly to build their confidence. Each week a few of these words will be sent home for spelling/ handwriting practice. If your child is confident please encourage them to create a sentence including one or two of the words.

Heartwood Forest For our trip tomorrow please dress warmly as there is still a bit of a chill in the air: School jumper and any warm trousers. Having visited recently there is some mud around so wellies or sturdy shoes would be best. Please make sure your child’s packed lunch is clearly labelled. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to join us on the trip, if you are driving and meeting us there please could you arrive by 10 as we will be leaving the car park then.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and we are very excited about our trip tomorrow!

Year 1 Team



We are really looking forward to our trip to Heartwood on Friday, 8th March.

Having visited last week, before the rain, the ground underfoot was very soft and quite slippery in places. Please could we remind that although it has been dry recently, could your child wear appropriate footwear such as walking boots, wellies or old trainers.

If you have any unwanted clipboards or bulldog clips, please bring them in for us to share out for the trip. If your child has a clipboard that they would like returned after the trip, please name it clearly and hand it to your class teacher.

Thank you

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