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.

Another busy week…

The last week was busy electing and voting for new School Councillors. Green class will be represented by Phoebe and Louis and Purple class by Joshua and Darcey. This has enhanced our understanding of British Values as we have voted and elected democratically and we have shown tolerance and understanding to other people’s opinions.

We have finished our learning on Time and finally looked at moving clockwise and anti-clock wise. We used the Bee-Bots to consolidate our learning by following instructions and orienteering around maps. This week we have moved onto number-bonds and derived facts up to 20. Please practise this with your child: E.G. 6+4=10, therefore 16+4=20, etc.

In Literacy we have started to write our own story about a Dragon with magical powers. We have been so impressed with the children’s imagination and use of interesting vocabulary.

In Computing we are being TV Chefs. This involves giving clear instructions for a recipe. The children had to give the Teachers instructions on how to prepare a sandwich. If the instructions were not given clearly, the result was rather messy and sticky! Next, the children will be writing instructions and recording their own cookery programe .

Dates for your diary:

30.1.19. – Wear Sporty clothes for £1 – Dragon Dance Workshop

4.2.19. – Parents Book Look – Classroom doors open at 3pm.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs. Foulds and Mrs. Caramelo.



Playground games – we need your help please

To keep our lunchtimes fun and safe, we are reintroducing clapping games and ring games.  If you know any, please teach them to your child.  Here are some that we are teaching the children.

Many Thanks

Mrs Barwin


Chicalo (Clapping Game)

Hi lo chickalo

Chickalo hi lo

Hi lo chickalo

Chickalo high


 A sailor went to sea (Clapping Game)

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea, to see what he could see, see, see. but all that he could see, see, see was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.

A sailor went to chop, chop, chop, to see what he could chop, chop, chop. but all that he could chop, chop, chop was the bottom of the deep blue chop, chop, chop.

A sailor went to knee, knee, knee, to see what he could knee, knee, knee, but all that he could knee, knee, knee, was the bottom of the deep blue knee, knee, knee.

A sailor went to toe, toe, toe, to see what he could toe, toe, toe but all that he could toe, toe, toe, was the bottom of the deep blue toe, toe, toe


Give me high, give me low (Clapping Game)

Gimme high, gimme low, Gimme three-in-a-row. Bunny got hit by a UFO (while playing paper, scissors, rock) Bunny got hit by a UFO (while playing paper, scissors, rock) Bunny got hit by a UFO (while playing paper, scissors, rock)


Hi, my name is Joe… (Action song)

Hi, my name is Joe and I work in a button factory, I got a wife and two kids one day, my boss says, “Joe, are you busy?” I said, “no” “Then push this button with your right hand”

Hi, my name is Joe And I work in a button factory, I got a wife and two kids one day, my boss says, “Joe, are you busy?” I said, “no.” “Then push this button with your left hand.”

Hi, my name is Joe And I work in a button factory, I got a wife and two kids one day, my boss says, “Joe, are you busy?” I said, “no.” “Then push this button with your right foot.”

Hi, my name is Joe And I work in a button factory, I got a wife and two kids one day, my boss says, “Joe, are you busy?” I said, “no.” “Then push this button with your left foot.”

Hi, my name is Joe And I work in a button factory I got a wife and two kids One day, my boss says, “Joe, are you busy?” I said, “no.” “Then push this button with your head.”

Hi, my name is Joe And I work in a button factory I got a wife and two kids One day, my boss says, “Joe, are you busy?” I said, “YES!”

Have fun and thank you

Dragon mania

The children have really enjoyed designing and making their DRAGONS. In Science we have discussed the names and properties of different materials and we will soon be experimenting with which material will be best to make a house for our dragons!

In Purple class children have enjoyed writing and presenting their School Council speeches and voting has taken place. The new class representatives will be announced during Friday’s assembly. We were so impressed with the way all the children listened to each others ideas and a particular well done to all those children that spoke so eloquently in front of their class. Green class will be conducting their vote on Thursday.

This Friday 25th January – Please note, that it is wear ‘BRIGHT COLOURS’ non-uniform day for £1 (no longer wear PJs).

Next Wednesday 30th January – Non-uniform day for Dance Workshops – Wear SPORTY CLOTHES.

A reminder for BOOK LOOK for Parents – Monday 4th February from 3pm.

We would ask you to continue to read regularly with your child and note when you have read with them in their Home Link Book. There is a very high standard of Home Learning being completed and we love to share in any outside school activities. In fact, this half term our R.E. topic is Belonging. If your child belongs to a club, religious group or enjoys an activity, please do feel free to send in photographs, trophies or uniforms to celebrate their accomplishments. Usually, Fridays are the best days for sharing.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs. Foulds & Mrs. Caramelo.

Spring term is well under way!

Welcome back – we do apologise for the delay in writing our first blog, but there have been some technical problems with WordPress.

We do hope you all had a lovely break and a happy new year to you. All the children have returned refreshed and ready to learn. We especially welcome back Mrs. Foulds to Green class, she is thoroughly looking forward to getting to know Year 1.

As we hope you have seen from our half termly overview, our topic is Let’s Play. This will include exploring Toys from the past and comparing them to the toys we play with now. We shall be welcoming History off the Page next month. A gentle reminder: If you have not paid yet, please do so as soon as possible. We shall also be developing this knowledge in our other subjects. Along side the topic, we are looking at a fiction book about a dragon! Please send in any cardboard items that you would ordinarily recycle, ready to make their own dragons in the classroom this week.

Magical Maths and Mad Science have been into school to promote their clubs. Again, please sign up if you wish for your child to attend.

Dates for your diary –

25.1.19. CHISS PJ day – wear pyjamas and pay £!.

30.1.19. Chinese Dance Workshop – Wearing Sports clothes – £1

If you feel you could spare an hour or two to support Year 1 children, we would love to welcome you in the afternoons at a time that suits you. You may have a particular skill you could share, I.E. sewing, cooking, drama, playing board games, etc. Please let Mrs. Foulds or Mrs. Caramelo know.

With kind regards,

Mrs. Foulds & Mrs. Caramelo.


Looking forward to the final week…

The children have had a wonderful week, filled with Christmas cheer. The highlight being, Christmas lunch and a special visit from Father Christmas today.

Thank you for helping your child learn their lines for the Year 1 Christingle production. Most children know them very well, but please keep practising in a clear, loud voice.

Please ensure all coloured tops are in school on Monday.

Forthcoming Dates:

Monday – Dress rehearsal in school for Reception and Year 2 only.

Tuesday – Dress rehearsal at St. Lukes – Year 1  children only.

Wednesday – Christingle and Songs at St. Lukes.

Friday – own clothes day – bring a £1. Finish at 1.15pm

Hope you enjoy your weekend.


Mrs. Haynes & Mrs. Caramelo




Switch off Fortnight

We kicked the week off with an assembly to learn how to reserve energy for Switch off Fortnight. Our Eco Ambassadors attended a meeting and came back to the Year 1 children with stickers to distribute to make sure we are all aware of the things we can do to conserve energy, e.g. switching off lights in rooms when they are not needed.

In Maths, we have been working with numbers up to 20, especially teen numbers. Star Words have included: before, after, the difference between.

In Literacy, we have been writing an invitation for our Year 1 party, that will be held next Thursday 29th November at 2pm. This will be an opportunity for the children to make their fruit pizzas or fruit kebabs for our special guests. This event is closely linked to our History topic on parties and how they have changed through the ages.

As we sign-off this blog, the Year 1 children are enjoying the CHISS Movie night event!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to another busy week of learning next week.

Regards, Mrs. Haynes & Mrs. Caramelo.


It has been National Anti-bullying week and the children have been thinking about how to show respect. We wore odd-socks on Monday to recognise that we are all different. We have also been discussing ways to show respect, such as using kind words and listening when someone else is speaking.

Next week is another busy week. We will be using photographs of any parties that you send for our History topic. We will return them at the end of the week.

We shall also be taste testing in D&T in readiness for our Fruit Pizza activity. Please see the green slip in your child’s book bag and note that there will only be fruit tasted (no dough).

Thank you for supporting Children in Need. The children all enjoyed wearing their own clothes.

Lastly, well done for those children who have started learning/using the Spellings that have been going home in their Home Learning books. I second set is available. There should also be some ‘2 Dos’ on Purple Mash.

Wishing you all a happy and safe weekend.

Mrs. Haynes and Mrs. Caramelo.



Welcome back

Our first week back has been full and fun-packed.

We have been finding out all about our bodies. This has included, naming parts of the body, signing a song about the different parts of our body (not Head, shoulders, knees and toes – ask your child to sing the song to you!) Our P.E. this half term has a dance focus and today we were grateful to Aiden’s mother for teaching us how to move our bodies elegantly.

Today, we have also respectfully marked Remembrance Day with a two minute silence at 11′ o’clock. Let us know if anyone attends a Remembrance event or watches it on the television this Sunday and they can share this with Miss. Cooper next week.

Home learning has been sent home today, along with the first lot of spellings. Please support your child with learning them and using these words when writing sentences. On the Half term overview you will see that we have requested photographs of parties. This could be birthday parties, but street parties and family celebrations would be really interesting, too. Please check your child’s book bag regularly for letters as the next few weeks will be busy with a trip, fruit tasting and Christmas events.

Wishing you all a happy and safe weekend.

Regards, Mrs. Hayes and Mrs. Caramelo.

Democracy Week

Democracy week started with a fantastic assembly led by Anthony Rowlands, a local Councillor, who taught the children the type of ways he represents the Cunningham area.

The children then held a vote to decide which clothes they were going to wear on Friday. The most votes were for ‘own clothes’. It was a democratic land-slide!

Remember that next Friday, our last day before the half term, is also a non-uniform day. Children need to bring in a £1. It’s also CHIS cake sale after school, so be prepared with cakes for Friday morning and loose change for some sweet treats after school.

Next week will also be Parent’s Consultations, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. If you haven’t already signed-up, please do so.

In Maths we have continued creating subtraction equations, but these have progressed to worded problems and the children having to create their own equations.

In Literacy, we have planned our own story about a character who is sad because they don’t have any friends. Luckily, your children are so kind , they have planned to make their friend’s happy!

Finally, Alex Sage a parent Governor joined Purple Class this week to observe their Science learning. He was amazed at their knowledge about trees and how they change with the seasons. Maybe your child will impress you this weekend with their knowledge!

Best wishes for a very happy weekend. Both Mrs. Haynes and I are attending weddings, so let’s hope the sun shines.

Mrs. Haynes & Mrs. Caramelo


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