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.

Year 1 Tuesday 24.3.2020

Good Morning!

So how did day 1 of home learning go?

If we were at school we would be doing phonics each morning. Ruth Miskin, the developer of Read, Write Inc is doing daily lessons on You tube. Set one sounds at 9.30 and 12.30pm. Set 2 sounds at 10.00 and 1.00pm. Set 3 sounds at 10.30 and 1.30pm. Most children will need either set 2 or set 3. They should be able to tell you which set they were working on in school. If unsure please do ask through the class emails.

An idea for maths is to make a tuck shop using some of the snacks you have at home. Label the snacks with prices to 99p. Find some coins and the children have to buy their snacks throughout the day. Very good for coin recognition and adding amounts using coins. Extend your child by asking how much change they would need too.

Take care

Miss Spencer and Mrs Caramelo.


My Money Competition Entries

Thank you to the children who have entered the My Money Competition, the entries have been sent off today.  The entries can be seen in School on the Eco Display in the Hall.  Thank you to, John in Year 1 and Jonah, Jake and Georgie in Reception.  Good luck!!

Year 1 Monday 23.3.2020

Good Morning to Green and Purple classes children and parents,

Hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoyed the sunshine whilst keeping yourselves safe.

This is a very strange and new situation we are all in. Hopefully by now you will have put together some sort of routine for the days head. If not maybe this is something you can do together today. Using calendars and timetables are very good for maths skills. Remember to include some daily form of exercise and fresh air, some down time, some non technology learning time as well as  technology learning time. Some daily maths, english, spellings and reading would be very beneficial too. But also think about practical times and if either of you are beginning to get stressed out, stop and have some down time. I (Miss Spencer) remember very well the times of trying to do homework with my daughter and thinking gees, give me a class of 30 any day over this! Have fun too, this is an uncertain time for us all.

On a Monday at school we would have been giving you your new spellings for the week. This week the words are: high, night, light, bright, right, dear, hear, beard, near and year. These words can be practised on Purple mash: Spellings, year 1, Spring 2, week 4.

This time that we are all part of is living history. It will be talked about for generations to come. Schools are closed for most, sports are cancelled, people are physically isolating on a global level. So, we would like you to keep a journal of this living history event. In your journal, record day to day events – photos, drawings, writing, newspaper clippings and activities. You could interview people, parents, grandparents (over the phone!). You will have created a a primary source of your own history to share with generations to come.

Some of green class did not get an exercise book as you were already isolating so if you would like one then please do email Miss Spencer on the email and I will try to drop one round to you over the next few days.

Take care

Miss Spencer and Mrs Caramelo




Year 1 Week 4

It was very surreal at home time today not knowing when we are going to see most of you again. Please do keep you and your families safe.

We will be blogging daily from next Monday. A few parents have been asking for advice for how best to carry out home learning. There is no straight forward answer to this question as it depends on each individual child and your family circumstances. However, trying to keep to some routine would be ideal. We have sent home the two booklets, maths and English as a start, as well as an exercise book. But please also use this opportunity for family time and practical, life skill lessons: gardening, cooking / baking, sewing and so on using whatever skills / hobbies you have. Write up what you have been doing in the book. When writing we really focus on ensuring every child is using capital letters and full stops accurately. Can they use a conjunction to extend their sentences (and, but, so, because) and of course the presentation of the handwriting. We use which is a free website that has printable sheets. Make sure you use the precursive letters or if your child is joining then cursive.

Try to include some daily exercise time too: how many times can you run around the garden in a minute? And also some down time to relax!

Every child should be able to log on to Purple mash and bug club too. If you have any problems then please do contact us.

Bug club log in is at Your child’s userbname will be the first 4 letters of their first name and the first four letters of their surname. The password is the colour of their class and the school code is pkmm.

Please do use the class email addresses if you have any queries or just to say hi!

Take care

The Year 1 team.

Staff leaving – cards and collections

Thank you all for your understanding in these uncertain times.  Obviously, under normal circumstances, we would have had a goodbye assembly for the staff leaving us at Easter and a Spring Concert, but this is unable to happen.

If you would like to drop in a card for any of the staff leaving, Mrs Fernandes, Mr Bainbridge and Mrs Harrington, I will position myself in the entrance to the school on Monday 23rd March from 2:00 – 3:00 and Monday 30th March 10:00 – 11:00.

In addition, there will be collections for the 3 named staff, so any donations can also be dropped off at the times named above.

If your child is attending school next week, as agreed with our office team, donations and cards can be passed on then.

Many Thanks for your understanding, see you soon.

Mrs Barwin

Young Money Challenge


I am still accepting entries for the Young Money Challenge, please ensure you have collected a Summary Sheet from your Class Teacher or myself, to attach to your entry.

Many thanks

Mrs Barwin

Spring 2, Week 4

The children started the week with an assembly on keeping our ‘private parts’ private. As well as discussing the importance of feeling and keeping safe, the children watched and listened to a fun song which we encourage you to watch again with your child/ren to reinforce this message again.

Also, please look up the guidance for parents:

The other important message we are enforcing at school is keeping our hands clean and away from our faces, so that we do not spread all unnecessary germs. We continue to make sure the children are washing their hands for 20 seconds before eating and after playtimes. Please make sure your child washes their hands before coming into school in the mornings.

This week in Maths, we are identifying the least and greatest number of two digit numbers, by looking at the values of the Tens and the Ones. In English we are going to be writing Diary entries as in the character of Traction Man.

The Maths and English booklets that were sent home on Friday are in preparation of school closure if this should happen. Several parents have queried the amount of work expected to be completed, for which we will send home an example Timetable this week. We will also ensure Bug Club log ins are redistributed and all children can log on.

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

The Year One Team.

Year 1 Blog

How wonderful the children looked yesterday for World Book Day! They were very excited to tell us about their characters and the books the characters were from. Some were more obvious than others! We thought more about why it is important to share stories and who we like to share stories with. There are some lovely short stories on the world book day website. Your child should have come home with a token so please do use this to get a free book.

In maths we have been learning more about the numbers to 50. What is 1 more / less and the place value of the number. The counting up to 50 has been straight forward but the counting back, a little more tricky.

We have been continuing with our topic on toys, how they differ in the past to the toys we have at present to play with. This week the children enjoyed making a thaumatrope toy from Victorian times.

Next week we will be celebrating science week as a whole school. One or two of our lessons will be science linked. If you have any cylindrical cartons, tins etc that are safe for the children to handle please can you send them in on Monday!

Have a lovely weekend

The Year 1 team.

Care Home and World Book Day


If your child has been chosen to walk to the Care Home on Thursday 5th March (you will have received a letter,) we are leaving school at 1:45, returning at 3:00.  If you were planning on coming into school to read with your child from 2:30, please let the class teacher or myself know if you would prefer your child not to go.

Kind Regards

Mrs Barwin


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.

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