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Week Beginning 14th May


This week we have been in full swing of writing our autobiographies. We have spent lots of time planning and editing them and we think they are pretty good! In maths we have been learning to share amounts. We had to read a word problem carefully and use practical equipment to help solve the answer. We then moved on to solving problems using pictures and diagrams to help us visualise the problem.

In art we have been learning about Andy Warhol and the style 'Pop Art'. We experimented with different colours to create bright and bold pieces. In P.E we have been working on our team games and all enjoyed a fun game of kick rounders. In R.E we have been thinking about how Christians and Muslims welcome a new baby into family life. We always find it interesting to learn about different beliefs and how different faiths show belonging.

Week Beginning 7th May


In maths we have been learning to find the half of both shapes and amounts. We worked hard to understand that to find half, you must split either the shape or the number into two equal parts.

In literacy we have been writing our own autobiographies concentrating on editing and improving our writing. It has been a tricky skill to learn but we are getting there!

In P.E we have been carrying on with throwing and catching - it is so nice to be outdoors in our P.E lessons now the weather is a bit better.

On Friday we had a visit from a Ricardo, an engineering team, who came to speak to us about engines, gears, tyres and what a car is made out of - this was carrying on from our Awesome Engines learning theme from last term. It was a great hands on afternoon and we learnt so much about how a car works!

Visit from Ricardo

Crash test

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Week beginning 30th April


In literacy we have been working on our plans for writing our own autobiographies. We thought about what interesting information we could include and we decided to write about our favourite foods, memorable moments and key events in our lives. We are looking forward to writing our autobiographies next week!

In maths we have been working on subtraction using a number line and even had a go at drawing our own. We also had a go at solving some maths challenges and working methodically.

In history we have learnt about the famous musical composer Bach and wrote some key information about his life.

In art we have enjoyed creating our own self portraits using Van Gogh as our inspiration. We used oil pastels and tried to use short strokes to create texture in our paintings. We think they look rather good!


Self portraits in the style of Van Gogh

Week beginning 23rd April


In maths this week we have been learning to use number lines! We have discovered that number lines are great at helping us solve addition calculations and we have even started to draw our own number lines that do not always start at zero!

In literacy we have been learning about William Caxton, a man who brought printing press to England and Tim Berners-Lee who was thought to have invented the world wide web. We looked at information about them and wrote biographies. Next week we will be writing our autobiographies.

In science we have been thinking about ways in which we keep ourselves healthy and we labelled a human body showing ways we can do this.

In P.E we had some exciting tennis coaching as well as working on our dribbling and shooting skills.

Week  beginning 16th April


We have begun the summer term with our new learning theme, 'Me, Myself and I' and we are very excited to learn lots of new things.

In maths we have learnt about coins and recognised the value of each coin. We were able to play shops and had the chance to add up different amounts of money.

In Literacy we have been learning how to use question marks and we identified sentences that needed full stops and those that needed question marks.

In R.E we have thought about belonging and we had a good discussion about what makes us individual and what makes us feel that we belong to different things. We discussed family, friends, schools, clubs and special beliefs that different people have.

In P.E we have begun to learn about attacking and defending and we worked on our ball skills.



Week beginning 26th March


This week we have been thinking about the festival of Easter and that it is a special event for Christians. We talked about the Easter story and thought carefully about the importance of religious symbols, in particular why the cross is an important symbol for Christians. In groups we worked together to retell the Easter story.


In Science we were putting our scientific skills to the test! We have been learning about scientific enquiry, asking questions, observing, identifying and classifying. Together we discussed how can we make a vehicle go faster and further? We planned a scientific investigation to test our ideas thinking carefully about what equipment we needed and how we will measure the distance travelled. We loved being scientists and testing out our ideas!


We hope you all have a happy Easter break and look forward to lots more exciting learning in the summer term.

Week beginning 19th March


This week in maths we have been learning all about counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We talked about how counting in 2s, 5s and 10s speeds up the process of counting, especially when there are lots of things to count! We looked for patterns in number sequences and then had a go at completing some missing number sequences of our own.

In Literacy we have been learning about singular and plurals and thinking carefully whether we add 's' or 'es' onto the end of nouns.

In DT we had the chance to evaluate our cars that we made last week and thought about what we would change and what worked well.

In P.E we worked on our fitness and completed laps of the upper school playground in aid of Sport Relief. Every time we completed one lap we collected a band - this helped us to keep track of the number of laps we did. We will bring home slips next week telling us how many laps we completed. We hoped to have raised lots of money for a great charity!

DT - making cars

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Week beginning 12th March


This week in Year 1 we have loved making our very own cars using materials that we brought in from home. We used cardboard boxes for the body of the car and split pins to make the wheels move. We used scissors to cut and masking tape to join materials together.

On Wednesday it was a very exciting science day at school and we carried out investigations around the theme of colour. We looked at how colours change and what happens when colours are mixed together. We rolled a piece of kitchen towel into a sausage shape, placed it into a cup and then we poured water in. We added two different food colouring drops into two separate cups, arched over the kitchen roll and observed what happened to the colours. We made predictions, tested different colours and made careful observations.

In Art we used K'nex pieces to print onto black paper - some of our designs look quite effective!

In reading this week we have been reading a range of poetry and then we performed it as a whole class. In maths we have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards.

Investigating colour

Week beginning 5th March

In maths this week we have been working hard to understand place value of two digit numbers. We used number cards to partition  the numbers and we used practical equipment to see the tens and ones.

We worked hard on using capital letters and full stops and when we write Mother's Day cards, we made sure we used them correctly, along with our best handwriting!

In science we have been exploring a variety of different toys thinking about the type of force required to make the toy move. We discovered that most toys need either a push or a pull force.

In PSHE, we have been discussing the importance of showing respect between each other as well as when we are using the internet.

Week beginning 26th February


This week we have started our brand new learning theme 'Awesome Engines'. We started to think about what we wold like to find out and what we are looking forward to over the next 5 weeks. In history we looked at a range of cars and spoke about the differences between old and new cars. We thought about the cars that were around when our grandparents were children. In DT we explored different mechanisms to make a wheel and investigated different places to put a split pin to make the wheel move easily.

On Tuesday we had a very exciting visit from the fire service. They talked to us about fire safety and we had the opportunity to look at their kit and even try some on! We learned how to 'Stop, Drop and Roll' if our clothes are on fire and how to make an escape plan in case of a fire at home.

In Literacy we have been trying really hard with our capital letters and using them for people, places, the days of the week and for 'I'. We also had a great day on Thursday as it was World Book Day. We dressed up as our favourite book character and shared our books with other children. In maths we have been working on our understanding of place value.

Picture 1 Learning Stop, Drop and Roll from the fire service
Picture 2 Mrs Green trying out the gear!
Picture 3 World Book Day fun!

Week beginning 12th February

In maths we have started to learn to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour. We all had our own small clock to work with and we were set challenges to show different times. We will keep coming back to time as it is a tricky thing to learn!

In design and technology we made our rainmakers and we used our aboriginal art that we made the previous week to make the tube of the rainmaker. Inside we put foil and rice and then made sure the ends were completely covered so the rice didn't fall out! We think they sound rather effective!

We also had a very exciting talk from Mr Hall (Alastair's dad in 1MD) all about Australia as he lived there when he was a little boy. We heard what life was like for him growing up in Australia and we were able to ask him questions. It was a fantastic way to end our 'Wombat Stew' learning theme and we look forward to starting 'Awesome Engines' after half term.

Week beginning 5th February


We have had another exciting and busy week at school. In maths we have been learning about weight and using balance scales to investigate objects that are heavier or lighter than each other. We had to give lots of reasons for our ideas, thinking about what the balance scales were showing. We have been learning to use of new vocabulary like, heavy, light, heavier, lighter and balance. In literacy we have been thinking about changing verbs into past tense by adding -ed to endings.

We have also been learning about aboriginal art and started to make our own aboriginal rain makers. On Tuesday we had a very exciting music assembly where we were taken on a tour around of the world and listened to music from different countries.

Music Assembly - listening to music from around the world!

Week beginning 29th January


This week we have been doing lots of exciting learning in Year One. 1MD performed their class assembly on Thursday and did a fantastic job. A lot of hard work and practising of lines and songs went into their class assembly. In Maths, we have been learning about ‘fact families’ and have used these to help us solve missing number questions using ten frames and Numicon. In Literacy, we have been reading a variety of information texts. We have been learning how to use the conjunction ‘and’ to join two clauses together and make our writing more detailed and interesting for the reader. We have been continuing our learning about Islam in RE and learning what Muslim people believe about Allah. We have also been continuing our learning about animals, beginning to categorise animals based on their type, for example fish, reptiles and mammals. 

Week beginning 22nd January 2018


This week at Coten End was Maths week!  Year 1 got off to a very exciting start with a workshop from the Problem Solving Company.  We began by looking at a variety of 2D shapes and discussed their names and properties.  Next the children were given a tangram challenge where they needed to work together as team to place their set of shapes on the floor in a certain way to recreate a picture.  During the activity, the children worked enthusiastically and collaborated brilliantly which resulted in all of the groups experiencing a high level of success!  Throughout the rest of the week, we continued our Maths learning in the classroom and were focussing on subtraction.  We learnt how to use practical equipment, including a ten frame and counters, to support our calculation skills.

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Week beginning 15th January 2018


We are in full flow of our Wombat Stew learning theme and have enjoyed creating our own aboriginal dot paintings this week. We had a variety of different Australian animal templates to use and carefully used the end of a paintbrush to paint dots around the edge of the template. We are all really pleased with them and they look really effective.

We have also been thinking more about the story of Wombat Stew and writing our own 'Koala Stew' versions, using adjectives to create imaginative descriptions.

In maths we have been learning to add single and two digit numbers to 20 using a ten frame and counters to help us. We were able to show all that we had learnt to our mums and dads who came to our 'Come and Learn' session on Thursday.

We are also busy rehearsing for our class assemblies which are coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Week beginning 8th January 2018


Our first week back after Christmas has been a busy one! We have kick started our new learning theme called 'Wombat Stew' all about Australia. We have really enjoyed reading the book Wombat Stew in Literacy. We made puppets earlier in the week to help us role play the story and think about the characteristics of each of the animals. On Friday we wrote a recount of the story of Wombat Stew using lots of adjectives. In Maths we have been learning about length and measurement. We have ordered eucalyptus branches and practised using the language shorter, shortest, taller, tallest. We then measured more Australian plants with multilink cubes and even created our own Australian plant that had to be exactly 30 cubes tall. In Geography we have been learning about where we are in the world and have learnt the names of the different continents and learnt that we live in the United Kingdom which is actually divided up into four countries!

December 2017

We have been enjoying the last few weeks on our Land Ahoy learning theme, writing pirate stories and messages in bottles. In maths we have been learning about solving word problems and thinking carefully about whether the problem is an addition or a subtraction calculation. We have also been getting stuck into all things Christmas! We have been busy learning songs for the Year 1 Christingle. We are looking forward to singing some Christmas carols as well as reciting a Christmas poem. In R.E we have been finding out about the Christmas story and thinking about why this story is so special to Christians.

Week beginning 27th November


This week we have had our Pirate Day! The children and teachers all enjoyed coming to school dressed as pirates and learning about all things pirate related! We started the ay by designing our own pirate ship using the recycled materials we had collected the previous week. We had to think carefully about our design criteria - making sure that the ship was waterproof on the bottom, would stand upright, be flexible (in case it crashed) and most importantly float. We then built our ships using a variety of materials including plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and paper for pirate flags. After break, we tested our ships to check if they floated, were waterproof, were built well and didn't fall apart. We then evaluated them against these criteria. We have also learnt about the history of pirates and the different eras in pirate history. At the very end of the day the pirate council told Miss Stephenson, Miss Cotton and Mrs Green that there was a secret parcel hidden on the lower school field. All the children and teachers went to find it to discover a treasure chest filled with pirate coins, flags and shells. Hidden within it were three envelopes which contained special certificates for the children accepting them into the pirate council! We were all very excited and had a fantastic pirate fun filled day! We have also been doing lots of other learning this week, including subtracting in maths, instruction writing in literacy and we have all been learning our Chritstingle songs lots too!

Week beginning 20th November 2017


This week we have been learning about addition in Maths. We have been using ten-frames, to help us add two one-digit numbers together. We then represented our calculation pictorially by drawing circles to represent each number and then found the total by counting on from the first number. In Literacy we have been imagining we were stranded on a desert island. We wrote a message in a bottle asking for help! In Science we have been learning about materials and thinking about what we can use to make a pirate ship that floats!

Week beginning 6th November 2017


This week in Year One we have been very busy! In maths, we have been learning about counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and learning about the patterns for each times table. We have used hundred squares and number lines to help us with our counting and we even spotted some interesting patterns on our hundred square when we shaded in each times table! In literacy, we have been learning about using interesting adjectives in our writing. We tried to use all five senses to write a descriptive piece of writing about a desert island. Our teachers were very impressed at our super writing and use of adjectives! We have also been learning about Remembrance Day and its significance. As part of a whole school art project each class has created their own 'poppy art'. In Year One we each created a tissue paper poppy which we will make into a wreath to remember those who lost their lives in the war. We have also been continuing with our knowledge of materials in science, learning about different materials you may find on a pirate ship and their properties.

Week beginning 30th October 2017


This week has been the first week back after half term and Year One have been very busy! We have started our new learning theme 'Land Ahoy!' and are enjoying learning about all things pirate! Thank you to everyone that came along to Come and Learn on Wednesday, we all enjoyed being able to share what learning is like in Year One and to give you the opportunity to come and work alongside your children and see what we do! We have been busy turning ourselves in pirates by painting ourselves as a pirate for our topic book covers. We have also started the 'Taking Care Project' this half term, learning about our Early Warning Signs and about feeling safe. We have all had a fantastic first week back and are looking forward to a busy half term in the lead up to Christmas - there is lots to look forward to!

Week Beginning 16th October, 2017


This week we have been learning about 2D shapes in maths and thinking about the properties of the shapes. We discussed the number of sides, corners and whether the sides of the shapes are curved or straight. In literacy have been thinking more about adjectives and using them carefully in our writing. In PSHE we have been thinking about the key to being a good friend and we also made our final observations with our beans. We were able to take them home as it is our last week of our Get, Set, Grow learning theme.


Week beginning 9th October, 2017


This week in Year 1 we have continued our learning about seasonal changes.  In Science, we made spinners that show how a tree changes throughout the year.  The children enjoyed adding different coloured leaves and blossom to depict each season.  We also thought about the seasons during our music lesson, where we chose a variety of instruments to represent sounds or weather associated with Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.  During Literacy, we learnt about instructions and practised identifying their features before having a go and writing our own set for 'How to plant a bean'.

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Week beginning 2nd October


This week we have had lots of fun in science. We looked at the results from our experiment to see which cress seeds grew the best. We also planted our own beans and will be starting to record their growth in our own bean diaries.

In DT we made our own fruit salads. We were very careful to use a cutting knife safely. We think they looked and tasted delicious. We have also been learning to use adjectives in our writing and used a variety of different adjectives when describing fairies.

Making Fruit Salad

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Week beginning 25th September, 2017


This week we have been learning all about addition and subtraction in maths. We talked about all the different maths vocabulary that can be linked to addition and subtraction, for example, total, altogether, take away and less than. We used pictures to help us calculate the answer to questions and we found it was useful to see the problem as a picture.

In literacy we have been busy planning and writing our own fairy story, similar to Jack and the Beanstalk. After discovering a magic plant in school, we designed our own magic plants and thought carefully about the features of the plant. We have tried really hard to remember to use finger spaces, capital letters and full stops in our writing.

In science we have thought about what a plant needs in order to grow. We drew our own mind maps to share our ideas. We then planted some cress seeds and changed the conditions of each pot of seeds. One pot we have put in the dark cupboard as we want to see if the cress grows without light. We will find out the results next week!


Picture 1 We discovered a magic plant in school.
Picture 2 What magical powers might it have?
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Week beginning 18th September, 2017


This week in year one, we have been working hard at becoming more independent with our learning, particularly in Maths and English.  We have been continuing to get more confident when working with numbers in a variety of ways including finding one more and one less, recognising numbers as words and even counting in 2s.  Using a range of equipment, the children learnt how to group objects in twos and then practised finding the total by counting aloud in 2s.  We discovered this was a bit tricky and required both concentration and perseverance!



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Week beginning 11th September


This week in Year One we have been very busy. We have been learning about one more and one less in Maths and doing lots of work practically, using a variety of equipment. We have also been writing in our maths books and writing one digit in each square which is quite tricky! We have been doing lots of phonics this week and have been impressing our new teachers with how much we know! We have also been doing some more learning about trees and plants in Science and have even been labelling the parts of a tree and the parts of a flower in our books. We have used our best collage skills to create our topic book covers in art. They are 'fruit faces' based on the artwork of Archimboldo and his fruit/vegetable portraits. We have also been learning how to log onto a Chromebook and what a username and a password are used for. Have a lovely weekend and see you next week!

Week beginning 4th September 2017


This week we have been finding out all about our new teachers, our new classrooms and what life is like in Year 1. We are all very excited to be back at school and we are looking forward to starting our learning theme 'Get Set Grow'. We have been learning the 4 Golden Rules and thinking about how we can be Golden Rule Superstars! In Literacy we have learnt how to use capital letters and full stops and we have written postcards to our Reception class teachers. In Maths we have been ordering numbers to 20 and some of us have even ordered numbers to 100. In P.E, we have been practising our catching skills. What a busy first week!