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.

Completed Learning Packs

Good morning again,

A few parents have asked about returning and the marking of the work that has been completed at home.

We will be unable to mark Home Learning, as a minimum of 6 – 8 pieces per child x 30 would not be feasible.  This is an opportunity for you to see how you child copes with the tasks set and then plan the next task accordingly.  Any learning you would like to share with us, you can send us photos to the class email addresses which many of you are doing.  Thank you. Perhaps your favourite piece of learning from that day (or something else fun that you did together.)

Thank you for your continued support  for your child

The Year 1 team.

Year 1 Monday 11th May.

Good Morning Year 1 and Parents,

I hope you had a lovely weekend, we did have very mixed weather didn’t we? Sun cream followed by jumpers!

After the announcement last night, please do await further information from Miss Cooper. There were lots of big ‘ifs’ and we want to make sure we do what’s best and safe for you as well as the staff.

We are now into week 8 and as it is Monday here are your spellings for this week. The practise on Purple mash is set as a new 2do.

Year 1 Summer 1 Week 4 Dictations

Year 1 Summer 1 Week 4 LSWCC

A maths and spellings challenge for today: to read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numbers and words. Make 1 to 20 number cards and one to twenty ( the words) from paper. Have a go at matching the number to the word. Play the memory game by turning all of your cards upside down and taking it in turns to pick 2 cards. If the number and word matches then you get to keep both cards. The winner is the person with the most cards at the end. Alternatively you could play snap with them.

A challenge for this week is to find a new and interesting place to read a book! Please do take a photo of this and send it to the class emails and we will see who can find the most interesting place to read!

Have a lovely day

The Year 1 team.


Year 1 – Thursday 7th May

Good morning, and what a beautiful, sunny morning it is too.

Thank you to those children who have shared their VE Day medal and crockery designs. I think we need to get prepared for a celebration now. So tomorrow, our country and the whole of main-land Europe will be celebrating 75 years since the first VE DAY was announced. I want you to imagine that you need to plan a party for VE DAY. What do you need for a party? Will you need decorations, music, food and maybe a special cake? But there is a challenge! In 1945, our country had something called RATIONING. This meant that food, clothes and even petrol was rationed so that we could have enough to share with everyone. I want you to plan the menu you will have at the party using only the food on the Ration List. See that some food was not rationed and therefore you can have as much as you like! Have fun and please, please take some photographs, or keep your VE DAY Party Planners safely in your Home Learning Books, so that we can share your ideas when we get back together in school. I attach a copy of a Food Rationing sheet for your ideas.

Planning a VE day celebration

I hope you enjoy the VE DAY celebrations on Friday and we will meet again on Monday for your next challenge. Bye for now, The Year 1 Team.


Year 1 – Wednesday 6th May.

Good Morning Year 1, well I am actually writing this on Tuesday evening as I am in school tomorrow (Wednesday) with the key worker’s children, maybe I will see some of you there!

Thank you for all your emails to keep us up to date with what you are doing. I just want to reiterate again that no matter how much, or how little you are able to do, that is great. Being positive mentally, happy and safe is much more important. Please don’t feel you have to do everything we suggest. They are just ideas.

Well it’s music Wednesday! This week is all about nature and in particular, birds. It fits in nicely with our science this week when you use your hearing sense to listen to sounds outside. Did you hear any birds? I have a little robin that often comes and sits near the glass doors where I am working on my lap top! I do hope Mr Bubbles never sees him!

Week 3 Music Year 1 Birds

The audio clip is too large to attach to a blog so hopefully this will be sent to you in another way!

Have fun

Take care

The Year 1 team.


Year 1 – Tuesday 5th May

Good morning everyone

There is a distinct nip-in-the-air this morning, but hopefully the sun will shine and we can all get out for our daily exercise.

So, today we would like you to start thinking about VE DAY. This means Victory in Europe Day, which happened 75 years ago. We will be celebrating the victory that was announced near the end of WWII on Friday. 75 years ago people had street parties  and waved flags as they were so happy that the war was nearly over and they would be free to follow their religious beliefs and customs. When the soldiers returned home, some were awarded a special VE Day Medal, which I have attached for you to see. Also, people took great pride in having a special piece of crockery to commemorate the occasion, which is another challenge today.

So today, you can either design a medal, to award to a brave soldier OR you can design a special cup to celebrate VE DAY. Do have a look at these attachments for ideas and some more facts.



Please let us have pictures of your designs so that we can see your learning and we can put them on on Twitter page. Happy preparing for the VE Day 75 years celebration on Friday.

Bye for now from the Year 1 team.

Thank you year 1!

We have received this from Mrs Majid. A huge thank you to all involved. It has put big smiles on our faces and made us realise even more how much we miss you! We are glad you are keeping safe and look forward to hopefully seeing you again soon.

Thank you

The Year 1 team.

Year 1 Monday 4th May.

Good Morning Year 1 and may the Force be With You for all those star wars fans! As a family we have been trying to decide which Star Wars film to watch this evening as it it May 4th, which is the best film, so which would you watch?

We hope you all had a lovely weekend, we seem to have got some sunshine back which is lovely. I am looking forward to my daily walk later.

As it is Monday it is a new spelling week. This weeks spellings are words with ph and wh. Can you think of any more words that you could add to the list? Or, you could take each word and write it in a sentence of your own, remember to use capital letters and full stops. I have set the practise activity on Purple Mash as a 2do and here are the practise and disctation sheets.

Year 1 Summer 1 Week 3 Dictations

Year 1 Summer 1 Week 3 LSWCC

How are all your plants growing? The potatoes we planted before lockdown began have really begun to grow now. It will be exciting when we do return to see how many potatoes we have. In science we would also be thinking about our senses. We have 5 senses: sight, touch, smell, hear and taste. We will take one of these each week. Let’s begin with hearing. I would like you to find a spot inside to sit in for 5 minutes. Close your eyes and listen carefully. What sounds can you hear? If you do open your eyes can you hear the sounds just as clearly. List down the sounds you heard before you forget them. Then repeat this outside for another 5 minutes. List these sounds down too. How many different sounds did you hear? Were the sounds inside different to the sounds outside? Have fun.

Take care

The Year 1 team.

Year 1 Friday 1st May.

Wow, can you believe it is May already? We have now completed 6 weeks of lock down which means you have completed 4 weeks of home learning, what an achievement, well done!

Did any of you do yesterday’s challenge to write about a person you are proud of? We would love to see photos of this work and anything else you have done.

Today’s challenge takes us back to the traditional story challenges. So far you should have written a list of all the traditional stories you and your family can think of an then chosen your favourite one and created a story map / mountain of it. Today I would like you to pick your favourite character and ‘hot seat’ them. This is when you pretend you are the  character and you answer questions about what you did, how did you feel etcetra so you will need a member of your family to ask you those questions. Record in any way you choose what your answers were to these and other questions about your character.

Please remember to let us know today how you would like your next pack if you haven’t done so already. Would you like it emailed to you or would you prefer to pick up a printed pack from school.

Have a super and safe weekend.

The Year 1 Team.


A Blog from Herts for Learning – Supporting positive learning behaviours at home

A blog from Herts for Learning which you might find helpful and reassuring.

It has been wonderful seeing the innovative and resilient approaches taken by schools in supporting their pupils and their parents. There needs to be some serious rounds of back patting going on for all involved. Thanks to the Herculean effort from teachers, our children are continuing their education despite the circumstances we have found ourselves in.

There has also been a wonderfully overwhelming number of resources made freely available via the internet from all manner of educators, companies and celebrities ensuring that, in addition to materials provided by schools, parents, carers and home-educators can provide some fantastic learning opportunities whilst juggling other demands. In addition, all of our education teams here at HfL have been busy creating resources and blogs that can further support schools and learning.

To try to complement this array of wonderfulness, we, in the Assessment Team wondered whether some tips and ideas for making home-learning even more effective could be useful for the parents of your children – a sort of ‘pedagogy-lite’ set of blogs that could help ensure that some of the learning behaviours we have created can remain as habits while we wait for ‘normal service’ to be resumed. A lot of the work we’ve all been doing on meta-cognition, developing independence and self-efficacy, mindsets and so on can be effectively applied in the home.

So, to get the ball rolling, here are nine thoughts and ideas for helping parents to make home-learning successful:

  • Be flexible with what works best. Home-learning does not have to be exactly arranged as a school day or be as strict in the duration of each ‘lesson’ or activity. Schedule in breaks and variation to help focus. Working at home can feel far more intense than being in an energetic classroom and so it will be more challenging to stick on one task for as long as in school. Breaks and incorporating learning into other every-day activities will make it all more successful and enjoyable.


  • Step back sometimes. Leading on from this, everything else going on in the world and home, focus is likely to be harder and tempers more easily frayed. Accept where your child is on any particular day and let their learning meet them there rather than worrying about getting every last piece of ‘work’ done. Your child can still be learning if they are helping with cooking, having conversations, out on walks or through play. Every activity can be a learning activity – especially when we consider the social and emotional development that can be supported though all manner of activities and talk.


  • Talk talk talk. Speaking of talk, do lots of it. Talk supports reading and writing as well as all other subjects (since they all need language!). Exposure to different vocabulary and grammar through conversations with adults is a key part of learning. Talk can be about what is going on in the home, or on walks, or in the world, or about more abstract things involving reasoning and providing justifications (eg. What is your favourite flavour and why? Would you rather be a pirate or a dinosaur and why? Which Marvel character is most like your Grandad and why?). This can also include debate which is great for supporting language learning but also practising reasoning skills (this may actually deserve a blog in its own right). Bridging the space between conversation and reading, this time could also provide opportunity for storytelling in a lovely cosy way. If telling stories off the top of your head is a little daunting, perhaps a version of jackanory could be fun, or choosing pictures from the internet with your child as the basis for both of you making up a story that doesn’t need to be written.


  • Read dear reader. We know reading is essential. Reading enriches all other aspects of learning and school subjects and mental health, whatever the age of your child. As our children get older we tend to sit and read with them less, but this could be a great opportunity to get back into the habit of cuddling up to read or sharing a book even with teens. Using a kindle or other ebook is fine. A lot of publishing houses and ebook outlets have made accessing books for children and young people free during this period so hopefully there are plenty of options available.


  • Try not to give the answer when your child is stuck. It is tempting, I know, but it actually is better for learning if there is some ‘struggle’ or ‘working out’. These sorts of questions/approaches may be useful to support this process:
    • Ask them to talk through where they are stuck and what they can do up to the point of where they are stuck (explaining it out loud may help them realise that they can do it or apply similar thinking to this sticky bit)
    • Ask what they recognise from the question/task and what seems to be the tricky bit
    • Ask if there is something they have learned before that may help (previously taught or encountered strategies, sounds, facts from another subject etc)
    • Ask them what would be a good place to find out the answer and support them trying to find it for themselves (online or looking back at previous work they have done or in a dictionary and so on).
    • If these things aren’t successful, model for your child how you would find out the answer or the method/strategy you would take. Pause regularly and ask them to recap or get involved so that they can learn from you.


  • It is ok to not know an answer. There are plenty of things that our children will be doing that we aren’t necessarily familiar with. It is important for our children to understand that learning is an ongoing process throughout our life, so it is actually really helpful for you to say ‘I’m not sure about that, how would I be able to find out?’ and then model that finding-out with them.


  • Encourage your child to explain what they are doing. By talking through an activity, task, question, thought process or answer and explaining why they think what they think, their learning will be even further embedded. Ask them to teach you – by teaching others we deepen our understanding.


  • Checking over work. If your child is writing, ask them to read their sentences or paragraphs out loud (can do at the end, or even better, in little ‘check-stops’ as they go). In doing this, they may notice a spelling, punctuation or grammar mistake and be able to edit it. This sort of process builds a self-awareness in children as well as developing their sense of self-empowerment – that they can identify and fix things themselves.


  • Do a ‘daily roundup’. This is something that is positive for developing that self-awareness mentioned above and is beneficial for supporting mental health as well as learning.  The idea is that each evening you spend some time going round those in the household asking them for some of their ‘positives’ from the day. I like the idea of doing it as a ‘high-five’ with five things to report (but of course can be fewer – ‘take three’ perhaps – if more appropriate):
    • One thing that you learned today (could be something you didn’t know before or a skill that you learned or got better at)
    • One thing that made you curious or interested you (could be in the context of school-learning but also could be from any activity)
    • One time you were proud of yourself today (eg. trying hard at the maths question even when I was stuck, or, sharing with my sister)
    • One positive experience today when you were happy (could be as simple as eating something tasty or seeing some pretty flowers, or something bigger like spending lovely time with family or winning a game with siblings)
    • One thank you (something you would like to thank someone in, or out, of the household for, eg. thank you to Grandma for telling me a story on the video call)

Hope you found it useful.


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