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.

Summer 2, Week 3

Another busy and fun-filled week in Year 1.

For our Science topic, we have continued to observe our caterpillars growing in the classroom. We hope your child has been keeping you up to date with the changes they have already made. It has been wonderful to observe them and we have loved the enthusiasm that the children have shown towards their mini-beasts. We’ll keep you posted!

In Art, the children have manipulated clay to create a tile and design for their chosen mini-beast. Again, the children really enjoyed the process and have already painted them ready for display.

We have been practising hard for the different sporting activities for Sport’s Day this coming Thursday. Please ensure that your child not only has their PE kit in school, but also have the appropriate footwear for running outside.

The highlight of our week, was sharing the progress that your child has made this year during our Parent Consultations. Thank you to all the parents who came to share the learning and the effort that your child has been making during this academic year.

We are looking forward to seeing you and your families next Saturday at the CHISS Summer Fair.

Mrs. Foulds & Mrs. Caramelo.


Summer 2, Week 2

Our week began with a thought-provoking assembly by Chris from St. Luke’s Church. He spoke about what made a Hero and how we could all use our talents to be heroes in everything we do, at home or at school.

In Maths we have continued to learn about Money and have moved onto how we buy things if we haven’t got the exact money and have to work out the change necessary.

In English, we have started a lovely story about mini-beasts. On Friday the children created poems and illustrated them.

In Art and Design, the children have been experimenting with clay and creating a design of a mini beast. This has involved manipulating clay and using tools to create a desired effect.

In Geography we have been focusing on the weather and how it has changed since Winter and how it is changeable at this time of year. The children went on a weather walk and noticed the different temperatures using a thermometer from the morning to the afternoon and contrasting inside the classroom to outside. Needless-to-say, we were dodging the showers! The children have started to keep a diary of the weather. Let’s hope the temperature rises during the coming weeks.

Hoping you have all had a wonderful weekend and we look forward to another busy week ahead.

Do remember your School Councillor nomination forms if you wish to stand for election.

Mrs. Foulds & Mrs. Caramelo.


First week of Summer 2

Welcome back to our final half term in Year 1.

The week got off to a flying start with Mr. Banbridge who started teaching the children a new mini-beasts song. This involved using the Jambay drums and thinking carefully about the number of syllables in a mini-beast name, E.G. An ant has one, a spider has two, and a caterpillar has three. Maybe you would like to clap out the syllables to other mini- beasts  or animals.

In Maths we have re-visited Shape, particularly 3D shapes and identified the properties of each. We have now moved onto Money, recognising all the coins and again noticing the properties of each coin. Next week we shall be moving onto ‘giving change’ so all the practical support you can give your child will be very beneficial.

On Tuesday we had our sporting event. Thank you to the children who represented Cunningham Infant School. Photographs will follow.

In Science we introduced our mini-beast topic and the children had lots of fun sorting the creatures into different categories. They had to identify the different parts of the body, whether they had legs and how many; did they have wings and how many pairs and finally do they have antenna? This was a super way of preparing the children for our trip to the Natural History Tring  Museum on Thursday! Thank you to all the parent helpers who supported us. It was a great day of learning and fun. As well as enjoying the museum and the fantastic array of animals to observe, we enjoyed a super workshop with mini-beasts experts. They gave the children the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with mini-beasts from the pond and from the meadow, These two habitats were contrasted and the differences were explained in a fun and informative way.

On Friday, the children wrote a Recount of their day for English, sharing their own understanding of the trip. The children were encouraged to use different adjectives to describe the creatures and to use conjunctions and interesting punctuation to make their writing interesting.

I hope you have all had a restful weekend, ready for another week of learning next week.

With kind regards,

Mrs. Foulds & Mrs. Caramelo


Nature Reserve with Eco Ambassadors and School Councillors

This week, Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis met with the Eco Ambassadors and School Councillors. The children were encouraged to build nature reserves to live outside.

They scooped mud into large trays then added seeds, water pots, leaves for decoration and some logs.

We then explored our nature reserves and noticed we already had some creatures, a slug and a woodlouse. They then chose to put some water in the nature reserve for animals to drink.

The children chose where they would like the nature reserves to live so that they could be accessible for the animals and somewhere where they could keep an eye on any growth.


Do you have a mini trampoline?


We are looking to get a mini trampoline/trampette so thought I would ask if any families have any they no longer use.

If you have one that you no longer need or use  and would be happy to donate to the school please could you come and talk to Miss Lewis when we come back from half term?

Many thanks

Do you have an unwanted stair gate?


We are looking to purchase a stair gate, but thought I would check first to see if anyone has one that they don’t require anymore.

If you do have one and would be willing to donate it to the school, please pop and see me.

Many Thanks

Mrs Barwin



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

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