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Welcome to our Year 1 blog.

Come here for weekly updates.

Week beginning 16th March 2020


The beginning of this week saw our Year 1 visit to the Motor Museum. We had a fantastic time, learned a lot and our teachers were very proud of us all, the way we showed how sensible Coten End children are.

We have also been busy bringing in our own vehicles that we made at home and having a look at how they work. 

Unfortunately, our visit from the vicar, to show us what happens in a Baptism, had to be postponed but we will re-plan this for the Summer term.

We have been been working hard on our addition, subtraction and phonics and have done some super recount writing about our visit.


Week beginning 9th March 2020


This week has been full of Science because it has been Science Week for the whole school.

In History, we have been comparing old and new cars and in our reading we have been learning about Amelia Earhart.

We have enjoyed our Sport's Relief orienteering activity and our debating has been all about whether, or not, school uniforms are a good idea!

Week beginning 2nd March 2020


This week has been full of Assembly rehearsals with 1MC performing on Thursday. 

In our wtiting, we have been thinking about questions and when to use a question mark. In Science, we have been thinking more about properties of materials and we have been working on our debating skills in PSHE, considering whether zoos should be banned. In R.E, we have looked at important symbols of belonging for Jewish and Muslim people.

Week beginning 24th February 2020


Welcome back to the second half of the Spring Term. We hope you have all had a lovely half term and managed to stay dry in the awful weather we have had.

We are back in full swing in Year 1! We have been learning lines, songs and dances for our class assemblies this half term and have been busy with our phonics.

In English, we have been busy writing holiday news and revising full stop and capital letters. In Maths, place value of digits has been a focus as we prepare to do more learning on addition and subtraction in the next few weeks. In Science, we have started thinking about properties of materials. Our RE topic is all about belonging and we have started thinking about how Christian people know they 'belong' before we move onto looking at symbols of belonging for Jewish and Muslim people.

In PSHE, debating is our topic and we have been considering different points of view in the story of Goldilocks. Did Goldilocks do the wrong thing?!

Please note the half termly project this half term is about building a vehicle - see the homework section of the website for more details. 

We think this half term will be the busiest yet!

Week beginning 3rd February 2020


Year 1 have been to Australia this week! We enjoyed meeting a range of Australian animals, completing some craft activities and even went on an imaginary flight to the other side of the world and back! We didn't forget our passports! 

In English, we have been considering conjunctions and how they fit into our sentences and we have had fun in Maths investigating capacity and volume.

Next week will be Parents' Evening so don't forget to sign up and book your slot.

Week beginning 27th January 2020


This week, we have been busy comparing Australia and Warwick. We have found things that are the same and things that are different. In our English lessons, we have been thinking about the conjunction 'and', using it to join two sentences together. We have also been thinking about the job adjectives do in a sentence. They describe the noun. In Maths we have been looking at weight and we have had fun trying to balance our weighing scales using cubes and objects from around the classroom. 

In Science, we have been thinking about the weather, with some of us trying our hand at weather forecasting. 


Week beginning 20th January 2020


This week, we have started looking at the world map in Geography, to locate the world's continents. In Maths we have been learning about measuring length and we have used cubes as well as starting to use more formal measuring equipment. We have been using words to compare length and describe lengths, such as longer and shorter.

Our Aboriginal Art work looks beautiful. We put a lot of time and effort in them and are very proud of the outcome.

In PSHE, we continue to think about keeping healthy and will be thinking about how physical activity helps our bodies.

We are working really hard in our phonics groups revising all of the sounds we have covered so far.


Week beginning 13th January 2020


In English lessons this week, we have been working on some tricky plural words and learning whether to add an 's' or an 'es' to words to make them plural. We have been enjoying more reading linked to 'Wombat Stew' and have been practising listening for information in a text to answer questions. Soon, we will be reading short pieces of text ourselves to answer questions!

Maths has been all about our number bonds, in addition and subtraction, where it has been nice welcoming so many of our parents to our 'Come and Learn' session, where we hope you had fun and learned a lot!

In PE, we have been working on the skills needed in invasion games and in PSHE we have focused on the importance of sleep in a healthy lifestyle. Our front covers for our Theme books look amazing with the Aboriginal art designs focusing on negative space.

Week beginning 6th January 2020


Welcome back to the Spring Term of Year 1! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and that the children have come back refreshed and ready to continue their learning journey with us.

May we take this opportunity as a Year Group Team to thank you all for your hard work during the hectic last few weeks before Christmas. Whether it be helping to learn song words, supporting with the Christmas Fair, providing party clothes, reciting lines for performances or purely keeping tired little ones functioning towards the end of such a busy term, we couldn't do our bit without your continued support; so, thank you!


This week saw the start of our new Learning Theme 'Wombat Stew'. We have done some reading comprehension based on the book 'Wombat Stew' and have started to get to grips with some Aboriginal painting for our front covers of our new books.

We started phonics straight way after Christmas and will continue to revise sounds we have learned so far. 


We have our 'Come and Learn' session for Maths next Thursday (16th) and look forward to welcoming you to school for that. Don't worry if your Maths skills are a bit rusty - it's likely we all are after Christmas!

Happy New Year!

Week beginning 9th December 2019


This week, we have been having fun with adjectives when describing our very own creature: The Snuffalo! In Maths, we have been thinking about shapes and the properties of 3D shapes. 

We have enjoyed watching the Reception Christmas Nativity - it only seems a little while ago that it was us - and yet now we are fully-fledged Year 1 children!

Our Christingle celebration was on Thursday and we hope you enjoyed our wonderful singing and readings.





Week beginning 2nd December 2019


This week has seen a visit from the Guide Dogs and lots of Christingle singing and rehearsing.

In English, we have been learning about Adjectives and trying to use these in our own writing. We have been thinking about partitioning tens and ones in Maths and spelling has focused on split vowel digraphs. Our teachers are delighted that so many of us are using Spelling Shed to support our spelling.

In PSHE, we have been considering the qualities of a good friend and we have been starting to use the Chromebooks in computing. 


Note: There will not be any Achievement Assemblies now until we return to school in January.

Week beginning 25th November 2019


This week in Year 1, we have been busy starting to learn our songs for Christingle. 

In our Maths, we have been looking at our number bonds to 10 and creating a bonds to ten rainbow which was a lot of fun. Our focus book for reading activities has been 'Room on the Broom' and in English lessons we have been re-telling the story of 'The Gruffalo' through the use of our own story maps. Science has been about the different features of birds and fish and in RE we have been considering the Lords' Prayer and the idea of forgiveness. Busy, busy, busy!

Week beginning 18th November 2019


'The Snail and the Whale' has been a focus book again this week but our learning in English has been about the suffix 'ing' and about synonyms. We have also been working hard to improve our comprehension skills in Reading sessions.

In Maths, we have been counting in tens and learning more about place value and partitioning 2 digit numbers. In PSHE we are considering how our actions and choices can affect others.


 This is the 'Bridge' technique we used to cut our fruit while we were making our crumble!

Week beginning 11th November 2019


This week, our 'Come and Learn' session started the week. We have been reading  'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson. We have been working really hard on our phonics and have covered the following sounds: ir, aw, au and ew.  In RE, we are following on from the Vicar's visit last week thinking more about Christianity.

We enjoyed making our Gruffalo crumble and didn't leave much for our teachers to try! Our 'bridge' technique is coming along nicely to help us keep our fingers safe when cutting up fruit and vegetables. We will evaluate our crumble next week.


Week beginning 4th November 2019

This week we have started our topic 'Through the deep, dark wood', which is based on the Julia Donaldson Book 'The Gruffalo'.

We have enjoyed the story and other stories by Julia Donaldson.

In our DT, we have been working on our safe cutting skills by trying out the 'bridge' method to cut fruit. We have also designed our crumble and look forward to making them next week.

We are working really hard on our phonics and have looked closely at the sounds 'ay', 'ea', 'ou' and 'oy' this week.

In RE, a lady called Claire came to visit from St Nicholas Church and she spoke to us about Christian signs and symbols. We did relly well on her quiz and enjoyed singing 'This little light of mine'.

Week beginning 21st October 2019


This week has been Parents' Evening. We hope you enjoyed looking at our books; we have been very busy!

We are looking forward to starting our new Learning Theme after half term which is called 'Through the deep, dark wood', where we get to read and enjoy lots of Julia Donaldson books.

Happy half term everyone!

Don't forget that Monday 4th November is an INSET day.

Week beginning 14th October 2019


This week has seen a visit from the Fire Brigade and our exciting visit to St. John's museum to support our learning about old and new toys in History. We had a lovely time, were very well behaved and learned a lot about how toys have changed over time.

In Science, we have been thinking about all of our senses and done some experimenting with all of them!

In Maths we have been learning bout 2D and 3D shapes and making wonderful pictures using different shapes.

Week beginning 7th October 2019


This week has seen lots of lovely writing in Year 1. We have been writing about our own lives in the style of an autobiography whilst still thinking about finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.

In Maths, we have been focusing on ten frames and our number bonds, looking for patterns and noticing links.

We have been thinking about old and new toys and trying to sort them, in preparation for our visit to St. John's museum next Friday. We have even been busy creating our Christmas cards! Very organised!


Week beginning 30th September


This week in Year 1 we have been busy learning our Harvest Festival songs. In Maths we have been using Numicon to help develop our understanding of the addition symbol and our number bonds. In our writing, we have been thinking about what makes a good sentence and trying to apply these ideas to our writing. Reading through what we have written has been important. We have been looking at data in Science and investigating eye colours in our class. We turned our information into a pictogram. 


Week beginning 23rd September


This week has seen lots of lovely music in Year 1. We have started to learn our Harvest songs and in curriculum music we have been dancing along to the beat of Hey You! Maths has been all about adding and subtracting and we have been presenting this neatly in our Maths books. Our writing has been about the characters in our book, 'Here we are' and we have been working hard to say our sentence and count the words before writing it down. Full stops and capital letters are very important too.

We have been thinking about how to stay healthy in science and how to stay safe on line in PSHE.

Week beginning 16th September


This week we have been busy revising '1 more' in our Maths and we have been building towers of blocks to represent different numbers. We have been working hard on our number formation. Our writing has been based around our own news and our book 'Here we are'. Our teachers are expecting a little bit more writing from us this year and there is so much to think about!  Letter formation, full stops and capital letters to name just a few!

Gymnastics in PE is great fun and we are working on our throwing and catching skills in our games lessons.

We are working towards our self portraits in Art and have worked with pastels to create effects of texture.

Week beginning 9th September


The fun continues in Year 1 this week! We have been working hard recognising and writing our numbers to 20 and drawing objects to represent these numbers. We have been doing lots of writing linked to our topic book and have studied Vincent van Gough in Art, looking closely at his work, 'Starry Night'. We are choosing people from our classes to represent us on different committees around school and some of us have helped with House Captain elections.


Please make sure our Homework books and Spelling Books are sent in on a Monday. Our spelling tests are on Mondays and our homework is marked then too.

Week beginning 2nd September 2019


Wow! What a busy first week in Year 1. We have started with some Maths learning by working on ordering numbers and number formation and in English, we have done lots of writing and started to use our book for the theme, 'Here we are'. The pictures in the book are lovely and we have tried to use them for our topic book covers. The cutting out was very tricky but we gave it our best.

We are learning the routines of Year 1 and are trying our best to concentrate for longer on our learning.

It's really busy up here in Year 1....but lots of fun too!


Homework and Spellings come out on Thursday and need to be handed back in on Monday each week.