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This week we have been working really hard on our number bonds in Maths. The 'Hit the Button' game is a great way to learn bonds to ten and twenty and we can get quite competitive with each other!

The bird feeders we made last week in Science were a great hit with the birds - w couldn't believe how quickly they were eaten!

We have been busy making bunting for Christmas decorations using a variety of skills across Year 1 including printing and cutting.

We continue to enjoy Julia Donaldson stories and are improving our comprehension skills as we listen to stories and read. 





It's been another very busy week in Year 1!

We have enjoyed looking at birds in Science and have made some lovely bird-feeders to hang in the school grounds. In our Music lessons, we have had a go at composing our own music on the Ipads using 'Loopimal'.

In Maths, we have been working hard on our number bonds to 10 and in English, we have been thinking about the suffix 'ing' and using our 'ing' words in sentences. We continue to work very hard on our Phase 3 sounds in phonics and have been practising blending our sounds together.

It is Anti-bullying week this week and our focus in PSHE is all about how our actions can affect others. In RE, we are thinking about how Christians use and respond to The Lord's Prayer, especially in the context of forgiveness.



This week we have enjoyed the story 'Monkey Puzzle' by Julia Donaldson. In Maths, we have been working hard to understand 'partitioning', which is the splitting up of a number into its tens and ones (parents - we used to all these tens and units!).

In RE lessons, we have been thinking about Christian symbols and what Christian people believe about God. This linked nicely to 'Inter-faith' week as we compared Jewish religious symbols to those of Christians. We have been thinking about how people communicate their feelings in our PSHE lessons and made some funny emoji faces to show different feelings!

We had our 2 minute silence for Remembrance Day on Wednesday. 



Welcome back to Autumn 2 everyone!

We hope you all had a nice half-term holiday and are ready for an exciting lead up to Christmas at school. 

This week, we have all enjoyed preparing our Gruffalo crumbles and learning the skills needed to safely cut the fruit. Thankfully, our crumbles didn't contain any Gruffalo and we hope you enjoy eating them at home or following the recipe sent home with them to make your own.

In Maths, we have been learning about partitioning a number into its tens and ones and in English, we have been learning about words with 'ing' endings. We have thought about the terms 'noun' and 'verb' and are beginning to understand the difference.

Below is a photograph of the 'Bridge' method we used in our cookery.




This week we have been busy learning our song for our Harvest assembly next week. We can't celebrate harvest time as we normally would by inviting parents in to share our assembly but we are having our own Year group celebrations where we are saying 'thank you' for something that is important to us. Our song is all performed through signing and not singing so we are all trying very hard to learn all of the signs.

In Maths we have been thinking bout important number bonds and have been using tens frames to help support our learning.

We are enjoying our sentence writing in English and we are getting very good at remembering our capital letters and full stops.

Everyone is looking forward to Parents' Evening which is either next week or the week after half term. 

Please make an appointment if you haven't already done so.



It's been busy, busy, busy in Year 1 this week. We have been learning about subtraction in Maths and in English we have had a focus on a lovely picture from our book, 'Here we are'.

We have been thinking about our senses in Science and in History we have been learning about old and new toys. Mrs Doncaster had a lot of the old toys that we sorted but Miss Slater didn't know what some of them were!

We are continuing with the Taking Care project in PSHE and have been revising Phase 3 phonics sounds: oa, ai, ear, air.




How to Catch a Star has been the book that we have been studying in the last two weeks in our Guided Reading Sessions. We have been considering the characters feelings at different points in the story, looking at the language the author has used and answering questions about the story while developing our retrieval skills.

In Maths, we have started some addition and we have continued to focus on accurate sentence writing in English.

In Science we have been learning about staying healthy and our senses. This links well with our PSHE which is currently The Taking Care Project and focuses on how we can keep ourselves safe. 

In Music, we have been listening to different styles of music and recognising the different instruments we can hear.



This week we have been preparing our Christmas Cards! We know it seems early but we will be bringing our designs home soon so that orders can be placed in time for them to arrive for Christmas! Please look out for them in our bags.


In Maths we have been concentrating on finding 1 less that a number and we have been using our lovely book 'Here We Are' as inspiration for our writing. In phonics, we have been learning about consonants and vowels and used this knowledge to read longer words with a consonant blend at the beginning and/or end, e.g. shrink


We have started the Taking Care Project in PSHE and will continue with this until half-term.

In music we have started to listen out for different instruments we can hear in pieces of music.




This week we have been enjoying our Art and creating our self-portraits. It has been fun deciding if we can work out who is who from the pictures!

In Maths we have been working on finding 1 more than a group of objects and we have been thinking about full stops and capital letters in English as well as our Curly Caterpillar letters in handwriting. We wondered if our Mums and Dads can form all of their letters correctly - maybe they could try and get us to check!

Spellings and homework are on the website tonight to be completed by Monday.

Another busy week in Year 1.



This week we have been working hard on counting accurately and forming our numbers correctly. In English we have been working really hard on using capital letters and full stops. This is quite tricky to remember but we will be doing lots of it over the coming weeks! In art, we have had fun mixing the primary colours and looking at work by Vincent Van Gough.

We are settling into Year 1 routines and getting to grips with all of the hard work! 

Now we all need a relaxing weekend! 

Welcome back everyone!


It has been an absolute pleasure seeing everyone return to school this week and the children have settled in brilliantly.

We have already started thinking about number formation and counting sets of objects in Maths this week and have started our phonics learning. In English we have considered nouns and added some to sentences. Our handwriting is already coming along nicely!


Next week we will be starting our PE sessions by checking ALL KIT IS NAMED.

1MC will do PE on Monday, 1CS on Tuesday and 1DW on Wednesday. 


Reading and homework will be starting in the next couple of weeks when we have all settled back into routines so please watch this space for further information regarding that.


For now, have a lovely weekend and we will see you all on Monday!

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