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.

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

History off the Page

Wow, what an amazing day of learning the Year 1 children have had today! Our day of exploring, analysing, discovering  and making was filled with fun facts about toys through the ages.The children will bring home things they have made during the afternoon session. Thank you to all the volunteers we had to support the children’s learning. We literally could not have done it without your help! This has been an amazing end to our topic this half term.

In Science this week we have taken what we have learnt about materials and designed a home to keep our dragons safe, warm and dry. The children loved investigating which materials would best suit their house and worked in groups to test out a selection of materials.

In Maths the children have started to look at place value and ordering numbers to 50 and finding out which is the greatest or smallest.

In Computing the children were TV chefs and worked in small groups to film a recipe for a jam sandwich and then they evaluated their own work.

We have really enjoyed our topics of Toys and Materials this half term and we are looking forward to our new topics for next term.

We have one more day of learning, but we want to take the opportunity to wish you all a very happy holiday and we look forward to seeing you again after the half term break.

Mrs. Foulds and Mrs.Caramelo.



E-Safety Day

During our assembly today, the children have been advised on how to keep safe on-line. Please reinforce this message at home as this is an important skill to have as responsible citizens. E-Safety Workshops will be arranged for parents in due course. We attach the website if you would like to share further information with your child:

Last week was an eventful one. This included all the children thoroughly enjoying the Chinese Dancing and Dragon workshop. Then also had a lovely Friday at school playing and learning in the snow.

Our Mathematical learning this week has been focusing on one more and one less a given number and then ten more and ten less. Do challenge your child and let them ‘challenge’ you! It’s an excellent activity to practise in the car or walking to school.

The children have started to create dragon poems and we have been amazed by their creativity.

In Science we have been carrying out experiments as to which Material would be best to make a Dragon House out of. The children can identify properties and have decided which Materials are best to use. This activity demonstrated great teamwork and cooperation.

Wishing you all a happy week.


Mrs. Foulds & Mrs. Caramelo

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