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Week beginning 4th March 2019:


This week we continued our new Me, Myself and I Learning Theme with a look at some famous people who changed the world. We compared the work of William Caxton, who first brought the printing press to England, and Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web. We discussed how life was different for each of them but how they wanted to share information more easily. We created some simple biographies, and will be continuing to look at famous historical characters over the next few weeks. 


In maths we were looking carefully at the difference between teens and tens - we used different equipment to explain how we know the difference between numbers like 18 and 81 or 14 and 41. We introduced the vocabulary of tens and ones, so if you spot a two digit number this weekend, ask us how many tens and ones are in it!


1RC performed their class assembly on Thursday and we are so proud of them all. It's 1MD's turn next week so make sure that costumes are in on Monday!

Week beginning 11th February


To end our learning theme we went on an exciting 'trip' to Australia! We checked our luggage in at the classroom airport and then boarded the aeroplane! After our in flight drinks and snacks we then landed in Australia and we were greeted by our travel guides. We visited five different locations: Bondi Beach, Ayres Rock, Great Barrier Reef, The Outback and Sydney Opera House. We had a chance to explore each location and look at different sites. We learnt some interesting information about each location - it was brilliant and such a fun way to finish our leanring theme. 


We hope you all have a lovely half term!

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Week beginning 4th February


We have been working hard in English learning about -ed endings and understanding that these words are written in what we call the 'past tense'. We had a go at writing words with -ed endings and putting them in well written sentences.


In Maths we have been using balance weighing scales and using a non standard unit of measure - multilink cubes - to find out how much objects weigh. We had to watch the scales carefully to see when each side was balanced.


We also decorated our didgeridoos this week using aboriginal dot paintings. They look rather lovely!

Week beginning 28th January


We have had a really good week learning lots of things about Australia. We have been thinking about the weather in Australia and why it is summer over there whilst we are in the middle of winter in the U.K. We looked at some pictures of children in Australia, celebrating Australia Day and they were all on the beach, playing in the sun and wearing sun hats and sun glasses. A bit to different to the things we are wearing in England at the moment!

In writing we have been planning and editing letters. We have written letters to children in Australia and have been asking them lots of questions about what life is like for them. 

In Maths we have been learning about more than, less than and equal to. We played a fun game comparing different numbers that were represented as pictures. 

In PSHE we are have been learning about how physical activity is good for us and thinking about the fun things we like to do to keep healthy. 

Week beginning 21st January


In maths we have been learning how to measure using non-standard units of measurement. We talked about what we could use to measure and we decided to use cubes of multilink. We had a challenge to measure the distance between the dingo and the other animals from the story Wombat Stew and we had to place the multilink cubes carefully so that there were no gaps in between to make sure we were measuring accurately. We also had a challenge of making a 'branch' of a tree exactly 30 cubes long. 

In Literacy we have been thinking more carefully about our sentence structure and making sure we are checking what we have written so that it makes sense. 

In science we have been learning about identifying and classifying things and this week we thought about how we could classify ourselves. We looked at height, hair colour and eye colour. 

In art we have made our super topic book covers using the technique of aboriganal dot painitng. They look rather lovely!

A busy week!

Week beginning 14th January


We have been working hard to retell and sequence the story 'Wombat Stew'. We thought carefully about the different parts of the story and decided what happened during the beginning, middle and ending of the story. We then used our skills of think it, say it, count it, write it, punctuate it and check it to write super sentences, retelling the story accurately. 

In maths we have been working more on understanding number, number bonds and addition calculations. We really enjoyed a fun 'Come and Learn' session on Thursday where we were able to show our parents how we use a ten frame to help solve addition calulcations. We also impressed them with our reasoning skills, explaing how we came to and answer. 

In PSHE we have been thinking about little acts of kindness and how we can make sure we are kind to one another both in the classroom and out on the playground. We look forward to doing some more acts of kindness with our families. 

In art we have been learning about aboriginal paintings and learning how to perfect our dots when doing our own aboriginal paintings. 



Week beginning 8th January


Happy New Year to you all and we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break. Thank you so much for all your kind wishes, cards and generous gifts, it was very kind of you all.  


Welcome back to an exciting new term. We have started our new learning theme 'Wombat Stew' which is all about Australia. In Geography we have learnt about the four countries that make up the U.K and we named and located the capital cities of these countries. We thought it was important to understand our country, before thinking about Australia!

In English we have read and retold the story Wombat Stew which is all about a dingo that catches a wombat. Some cunning animals make a plan to rescue and save the wombat. We worked a s a whole class and in small groups to retell and act out the story - there are certainly some budding actors in Year 1!

In Maths we have been naming and describing 3D shapes thinking about the number of faces, edges and vertices the shapes have. 


This week the children have been sent home with a list of spellings that they need to learn. This will continue every Friday, they will be given a week to learn the spellings and tested the following Friday. Please feel free to come and chat to us if you need some support with helping your child learn their weekly spellings. They will always be on the website if their little red phonics book goes missing!


Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a fun packed Spring term!

Week beginning 17th December


What a busy last week we have had! We started Moinday by finishing the Taking Care project and made sure we knew the main idea that we all have the right to feel safe all of the time. We then went over our early warning signs as well as out network of trusted grown ups. 

In R.E we have thought about how Christians celebrate Christmas and drew pictures to illustrate the special things they do. 

On Tuesday we had our very exciting theme day and we alldressed up as charcaters from Julia Donaldson books. We made Gruffalo Christmas cards, wrote a book review as well as playing some Julia Donaldson themed party games!

In between all of this we have been busy rehearsing the songs that we sang in the Christingle service. We sang Silent Night with Makaton, Hope of Heaven and On a Starry Night. We also made our own Christingles and talked about what each part represented.


The Year 1 team would like to thank you for all your support this term. We have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the children and we feel so proud of the progress that they are making. Thank you for your Christmas wishes and we hope you all ahve a relaxing and fun Christmas holiday. We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Week beginning 10th December


This week we have been busy going over lots of the maths that we have learnt all this term. We have learnt so much and we felt really pleased that we could remember lots of the learning that we had done.

We evaluated our Gruffalo crumbles that we made last week, thinking carefully about what we liked and what we would try and make better if we did it again. In our writing we have written a postcard from Stick man and we are working hard on our full stops, capital letters and finger spaces. We are evn using question marks and exclamation marks more confidently.

In PSHE, as part of the Taking Care project, we have been talking about people that they would have in their network - people who are a responsible grown ups who would listen to us. We talked about the qualities to look for in a network person and they were reminded that network people should be adults who can help them with problems they might face. Also, we discussed the importance of friends and being able to talk to their friends about things that worry them.

On Thursday we went to watch Wilde Creatures at Warwick Arts Centre. It was a very clever show with only 4 actors - they did very well indeed!

We have been busy rehearsing lots of lovely songs that we will be singing next Thursday for the Year 1 Christingle. We look forward to seeing lots of you there - it starts at 1.30pm at Castle Hill Baptist Church. 


Week beginning 3rd December


We have been learning about question marks and exclamation marks this week. We had some time to verbally ask our partner questions, then we had a go at drawing the question mark in the air using Kung-Fu punctuation. We also did this with exclamation marks - it was lots of fun. We have also been spotting question marks and exclamation marks in our guided reading story book too - Stick Man as well as writing some of our own questions and sentences that need an exclamation mark. 

In phonics we are working hard to go over some of the new sounds we have learnt as we have finished learning all the Phase 5 sounds. Keep an eye out for spellings that we will need to learn after Christmas too!

In design and technology we have been busy making Gruffalo crumble. Last week we planned our crumble thinking carefully about which fruit ingredients we would like to add. Some of us used apple and blackberry whilst others used pears and raisins. Have a look at some of the photos of us making our crumble. We all tasted them once they have been cooked and they were delicious. 

Gruffalo Crumble

Week beginning 26th November


Another busy for Year 1 and the children have continued getting to grips with subtraction calculations in maths. We have tackled a number of word problems where the children had to read the word problem carefully, underline the important information and then draw the problem out, crossing off the amount that was being taken away. The children soon realised they had to be very careful with their counting!


We have been reading 'Tiddler' in our guided reading sessions. We read the book carefully together and the children used their knowledge of phonics to help decode more difficult words. The story made us think about what the children should do if ever they got lost. We discussed early warning signs from the Taking Care Project and how the children should seek out  safe strangers and safe buildings.



Week beginning 19th November


We have been busy this week learning all about addition in maths. We have been trying to  counting on in our heads by holding the larger number in our head and drawing dots to help us count on the last number. We are realising that we have to be very careful when we count and check our workings carefully.

In English and science we have been labelling the features of a variety of different animals and writing sentences to describe their features. We are doing so well with our writing and our 'think it, say it, count it, write it, punctuate it, check it,' strategy is really helping us.

We have also made monkeys out of clay this week. We tried hard to use all the correct techniques such as scoring and adding extra water to make the clay stick together.

Week beginning 12th November


An exciting week for us in Year 1 as we have had our first 'come and learn' session which was all about writing. We worked with a grown up to help us retell the story of the Gruffalo. We talked about top tips for writing which included, think it, say it, count it, write it, punctuate it and check it! This helps us write super sentences!

In maths we have been thinking about number lines and working on filling in missing gaps on a number line. We have also been representing numbers in different ways using different equipment.

On Thursday we had a poppy day to remember the end of the first world war 100 years ago. We had lots of exciting activities going on including collage poppies, medal making, painting stones and making split pin poppies.



Making poppies

Week beginning 5th November


Welcome back to the start of the second half of the Autumn term. We hope you all had a really lovely half term holiday and are looking forward to another fun and busy 7 weeks.

We have started our new learning theme, 'The Smartest Author in Town' which is all about Julia Donaldson and looking at a range of books that she has written. We have started with the Gruffalo and the children have enjoyed reading it together and acting out various parts. We have also looked at The Snail and The Whale story and used this book to help learn the names of the seven continents around the world. We imagined that the whale took the snail to each of the seven continents and labelled them carefully.

In maths we have been busy learning number bonds to 10 and we have used bricks, numicon and ten frames to help us remember the number bonds.

We look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday at 2.00p.m for our first 'Come and Learn' session.

Week beginning 22nd October


Even after 8 weeks of the first half term, we are still busy working hard and learning lots of exciting new things. In maths we have learnt names of 2D shapes and used mathematical language to describe the shapes. We know that 2D shapes have corners and sides. The sides can be straight or curved.

In science we have been planning an experiment to test how we can make a car travel further. We thought carefully about what to keep the same and what things we need to change.

We have been excited to show our books to our parents as we have had parents evenings this week - our mums and dads are all very proud of us!


Have a happy and relaxing half term and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 5th November when we start our new learning theme 'The Smartest Author in Town.' Have a look at the curriculum map on the website.

Week beginning 15th October


Today we have had lots of fun making our cars! We brought in different pieces of recycling from home and used them to make the car body, the doors, wheels and any other accessories we thought our car needed. We used split pins to join the wheels to the car making sure we put a hole in the cardboard safely. We then evaluated them thinking carefully about how well the car moves, how good the shape of the wheels were and how well it all joined together.

Week beginning 8th October


This week we have been learning all about the history of the motor car. We found out about a man called Benz who was credited for the first ever car but also about a man called Henry Ford who made cars accessible to everyone. He came up with the brilliant idea of an assembly line and this changed the future of how cars were made. We found out all about Henry Ford's early life and how he never gave up on his dream.

In maths we have been learning about subtraction and have been using pictures to help us solve subtraction calculations.

We even thought about Christmas this week when we made Christmas card designs - they have come home today so that parents can place orders! We think they are rather lovely!


Have a fantastic weekend!

Week beginning 1st October


This week we have loved all things Harvest! We have been working really hard to learn some fun Harvest songs and also a Year 1 group Harvest poem. We performed them on Thursday to our parents in our annual Harvest festival.

In English we have been working hard on forming a sentence correctly. We have been saying a sentences out loud, trying to remember to use a capital letter at the start of the sentence, finger spaces and a full stop at the end. We then have worked hard to check our writing by reading it back to ourselves - reading what is actually there, not what we think we have written!

In maths we have been adding numbers and using partitioning to help us.

In P.E we have been working on our throwing and catching skills and in PSHE we have been thinking about how we can become responsible learners. We know that to help us learn we need to take responsibility for good looking and listening, good sitting, good thinking and also asking questions.

Week beginning 24th September


This week we have been busy rehearsing our fabulous songs that we will be singing in our Harvest Festival celebration which is next Thursday, 4th October. We look forward to seeing lots of you there! We have also been carrying on with our Awesome Engines topic, in particular thinking about how toy vehicles work. We looked at a range of different toys and decided that they could be grouped into 2 clear categories - either toys that required a push force or a pull force in order to make them work.

In our writing we have been working really hard on our capital letters and full stops and have been learning to look out for the marking signs and symbols so we know what to look for when we are making our work better.

In maths we have been counting in 2s, both forwards and backwards. When you count in 2s, we have found that it speeds up the counting process! Handy when counting pairs of objects!

Week beginning 17th September


Another busy week for us in Year 1! We have been building our strength with our fine motor skills in preparation for our handwriting lessons. We have enjoyed threading some pasta onto string, doing some 'dough disco' and using tweezers to pick up small objects as well as hand exercises. We know that doing all of this helps the muscles in our hands so that we will be able to work on our handwriting.

In maths we have been doing lots of counting and finding one more and one less of different amounts. We have also been working on correct number formation.

We have also been experimenting with split pins in design and technology as we will be needing to use these when we come to making our own vehicles. We have also enjoyed moving and travelling like a variety of different vehicles in our gymnastic lesson, thinking carefully about the direction we travel as well as different heights of our movements.

We also had a very interesting visit from a team of engineers from Ricardo. They helped us learn all about cars and how a gearbox works. We got our hands on a car tyre and thought about the materials tyres are made out of. We learnt about car suspension as well as performing crash tests of small vehicles. We loved it!

Ricardo Visit

Week beginning 10th September


Another busy week for us which started with ordering numbers in maths. We have been practising counting forwards and backwards and thinking about how we know the numbers are getting bigger and smaller. We had to convince the teachers that 'Thinking Tom' was wrong when he ordered a set of numbers incorrectly. It is quite tricky to explain our answers but we enjoyed convincing our teachers!

We have also been busy making our topic book front covers. We used pieces of K'nex to print with as they look like parts of an engine and wheels of a car. They look quite good!

In writing we have been working on our letter formation, particularly with capital letters and lower case letters. We also wrote some sentences describing our own special qualities that we have.

In our book bags should be a letter about a trip we are going on - Tuesday 9th October we are off to the British Motor Museum which will be exciting!

Week beginning 4th September


Welcome to the start of a new academic year! We have been delighted with how quickly the children have settled into new routines and they seem to already be getting into the swing of life in Year 1.


We have started our first exciting learning theme 'Awesome Engines' and the children have been thinking carefully about what they already know and what they would like to learn. In maths the children have been using their maths books, carefully learning to write one digit in one square and ordering sets of numbers from the smallest to the largest number. The children have also had a chance to show us some of their fantastic writing when they wrote sentences describing a variety of vehicles.


As well as all of this we have been discussing the school's 'Golden Rules', checking our P.E kit with some fun outdoor games and enjoying some class singing.


A couple of messages for you all:


  • All children will have come home with a new reading diary and reading book this week. Children can change their reading books as often as they need to and they will be given reminders to do this.
  • Homework was distributed yesterday. Please complete ONE activity each week and hand the homework book back into the class teacher the following Monday. It is a good idea to cross off the activity on the sheet that is completed each week.
  • Please send your child to school with a raincoat. Lots of children got caught out with the heavy rain yesterday!