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

Another enjoyable week in Year 1.

In Science we have been categorising animals into what they eat and learning the scientific names: Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivores. Ask your child to explain the difference to you!

Continuing our Autumn theme, we have been taking rubbings of natural things in Art and today we went on an ‘observing the seasonal changes walk’ to help us create interesting sentences.

In Maths, we have been learning how to write number sentences using the part, part, whole method. We have also learnt that this can be reversed and the answer could come first.

In Golden Time this week, we have noticed that the children are really enjoying sharing equipment and working together. True Penguin learning!

Wishing you all a restful and safe weekend.

Regards, Mrs. Haynes and Mrs. Caramelo.

Our Mud Kitchen – requests for donations

To enhance our fabulous mud kitchen, we are looking for donations of anything you think children might like to add to mud to experiment/investigate.  Possibly glitter, lentils, pasta, shells, stones….

In addition, next time you are having a clear out in your kitchens, we would be happy to accept donations of saucepans, plastic glasses/cups, chop sticks, cutlery, potato mashers, fish slices etc.

Many Thanks


Carpenters tools request for our children


As part of our focus to encourage children to write outside in addition to inside, we have purchased a wooden tool bench, with wooden tools.  We would love to enhance it with some real life tools, such as goggles, spirit levels etc.

If you have anything you think might be safe and suitable, would you please pass them to myself or Miss Lewis.

If you have plastic or wooden tools that are no longer wanted, we would gladly have those too.

Many Thanks

Eco Ambassadors first important task

This morning our newly appointed Eco Ambassadors conducted a Travel Survey before School.  They stood at the school gates to monitor;

  • anyone cutting through the car park
  • anyone scooting or cycling through school
  • parents parking on the zig zag lines
  • children walking sensibly or holding their parents hands.

We were very impressed today that nobody cut through the car park or parked on the zig zag lines.

Our Ambassadors will be discussing their findings at their next meeting.

Thank you for getting your child to school for 8:35, we do appreciate it.

Kind Regards

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

Year 1 – Week three

Another busy week.

In Maths we have been doubling and halving and in Literacy we have continued to look at trees and leaves. Today, each child wrote a poem, describing what they could see in Autumn.

We shall continue to look at Topic books and link our lessons to the changing season.

On that note, Green Class are still three helpers short. If you are able to accompany us, please let Mrs. Haynes know asap.

If you would like to support your child with their letter formation, these are the focus letters for this week: c, a, d and g.

The children have their Purple Mash log-on in their Reading Diary and have been practising using computers at school.

Year 1 have also been Scientists this week, asking questions and finding their own answers by classifying and sorting animals into groups.

We hope you have a lovely weekend, whatever the weather brings. Autumn is definitely here!


Mrs. Haynes and Mrs. Caramelo.

Sibling Photographs

Photographs for infant children with pre-school siblings and for infant children with siblings within the school.

You are welcome to have your child’s photograph taken with siblings in our school hall from 3.30pm. Parents/Carers will need to collect all children from the classrooms and bring them round via the School Office.

Welcome to Year 1

We have had a wonderful first week in Year 1.
The children have settled well into the new routines and expectations. These have included:
Meeting all the new staff.
A French taster session.
Receiving a new reading book.
Consolidating counting within 10.

We have come home with our Home Learning Books.
Our theme this half term is A Walk in the Woods, so we have been reading Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, so please ask your child about his adventures.
We look forward to seeing you all at ‘Meet the Teachers’ next Thursday 13th September at 6.30pm.
Wishing you all a relaxing and happy weekend.
Mrs. Haynes and Mrs. Caramelo

Small characters for role play request


We hope you have had a lovely Summer Holiday, it’s the last week countdown now!

We are starting to think about fun resources for our children and realise that we are low on small world role play for girls.  If you are having a clear out, would you please consider donating to Reception.  In particular, we are looking for;

  • Small little plastic characters, like fairies/princesses.
  • small characters like little boys/girls/sylvanian family/happyland/ELC characters.
  • Small animals to role play with, such as the small plastic pets from Happyland/Happy Family.

Thank you very much

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin



Year ~ Week 6 ~ Summer 2

With just one week to go, the children have been getting ready to go to Year 2. They visited their new classes and teachers on Thursday and have already started some work on their first Year 2 Topic: St Albans.

We finished off our Maths unit on measurement by making gingerbread men. We used what we learnt to measure the mass of the ingredients using weighing scales and estimated how many gingerbread men we could cut from a piece of dough. I hope you are having fun trying your own using the recipes we sent home. Green Class will get theirs on Monday. Get your spices ready!

Our last big write today was creating an imaginative story. They had great fun writing about an imaginary adventure from a special book.

Today we collected reading books and diaries in preparation for the end of term. If your child didn’t bring these today, please bring them in on Monday. On Wednesday we will be sending most of their work from this year home. They have decorated their own folders but it could be useful to send a carrier bag in to make it easier as we will also be sending the PE kits home that day.

Have a good weekend.

Mrs Haynes and Mrs De Vynck

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