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smileyHappy Friday


Another busy week has whizzed by in Year 1

In English: In English we started a new book called Stanley's Stick By John Hegley. We enjoyed finding our own stick and using our imaginations to say what it would be. We had fire sticks, unicorn horns, spoons, golf clubs, wands  and fishing rods. We also created our sentences using capital letters and full stops. We learned to read through our work for sense and remember finger spaces and applying phonic sounds we know. We are looking forward to hearing more of the story next week.


In Maths: We enjoyed counting one more and one less from different numbers on a number line, practically and pictorially in our Power maths text book. we also compared amounts in groups and used the language more, less, fewer most. We thought about how to group objects practically to compare amounts and see which was the biggest or smallest group.




In Science: We continue to think about animal and animal parts. We then used our ideas and skills to sort animals by their observable features, such as Fins, legs or wings. We then challenged ourselves to sort them in other ways such as small or large, fur/feathers/scales or skin and tails or no tails etc We came up with some good ideas.



In Computing:  We continued to discuss Algorithms as a series of simple instructions to be done in order. We used programmable toys called " Bee-bots" and put in the instructions to move from one part of the farm to another. We remembered the teaching point of clearing the toy after each instruction. We had much success. 



In R.E: We enjoyed hearing the " Harvest Samba" song and thinking about all the foods we can be thankful for. We learnt about Harvest  being a Christian festival to celebrate the harvesting of crops, vegetables, fruits, flowers and even fish from the oceans. We thought about farmers and people who help to bring the harvest in by hand or using machinery. We learnt about Christians going to church and sharing foods with their families and the less fortunate in our communities.



In History: We thought about how to create a simple timeline. sorted toys from the past and toys of the present. We then thought about similarities and differences. 



In Art: We linked our learning to science and the features we can see on animal photos. We looked closely at details, textures, colours and shape. We thought about how to redraft our drawings and how to improve. We then chose an animal to draw using observation in the medium of pencil. After drawing the shape outline, details and colouring carefully within the lines, we then discussed what improvements we might make.



In P.S.E: We have been discussing as class members our rights and responsibilities. We talked about what a good learning environment would be like. We discussed behaviours to be encouraged in class like : being kind, listening, respect, working hard , trying our best and taking care of property. We had a pause for thought and did some deep breathing and thoughtful moments, sharing ideas around the circle.


Homework:  This week's maths is online Sum-dog, enjoy having a go! Spelling of you word ladder and reading your newly changed books will keep those skills developing. Use the fantastic resource of bug-Club to help your reading comprehension too.


Have a fabulous, family weekend. Enjoy the new Autumn seasonwink

Please remember to have wellies and wear a waterproof coat everyday as the weather is now so changeable.


The Year 1 Team






Observational Art
Grouping to find more or less
Forest School in the style of Nils Udo


 Another busy and surprisingly hot smiley week in Year One,


It was lovely to be able to meet some of you virtually on our class zoom calls. Hopefully we've managed to answer any queries. Please feel free to email admin to arrange an appropriate time for a chat if any other questions arise.


This week we were lucky to start Forest school. Thank you to those parents who supported with this. We enjoyed creating art using natural materials in the style of Nils Udo.

In English, continued using the text, Farmer Duck, to create a story map and a postcard to Aunty Goose using time connectives e.g. first, next, then. 

In Phonics we are starting to look at the digraph sounds e.g. sh, ch and tricky words. We have are strengthening our fine motor skills in busy fingers as well as learning our capital letters in handwriting.

In Maths we have been overlearning number formation 0-10, writing this in words and digits. We are becoming more confident counting backwards from any given number.


In Science- we learned the term' habitat' and sorted animals accordingly. 

In Art, we have created self portraits in different media. 

In History we asked questions to find out about toys from the past.

In R.E we discussed the term charity and thought about ways to give our help, time and show charity to those who are less fortunate.

In computing, we are learning about giving a sequence of clear instructions  (an algorithm). Keep practicing your left and right turns- this was a challenge.surprise


Enjoy the last of the summer sunshine. See you next week!

The Year One Team


Busy Fingers

 The three Year 1 classes are: Beech (Mrs. Deans) Maple (Mrs. Boucher) and Willow (Mrs. Dyckhoff).


Hello and welcome to Year One!


Doesn't it feel good to be back at school - finally! The children are settling really well into their new classes and the new routines of the staggered starts/pick ups, lunchtimes and playtimes. It is still early days, so try not to worry if your child is finding drop offs tricky; this will get easier over time and they are very quickly settled once distracted with an activity.

Our focus has been to get to know the children in our classes and ensure the children feel safe and settled, ready to learn. Each class has developed and agreed their class rules and have had PSHE lessons, where we have introduced Jigsaw Jack to discuss these themes.


You may well have some very tired children after our first full week back at school. We've certainly been very busy!

We start every day with busy fingers to develop the children's fine motor skills.

Each class has already started teaching phonics as a whole class. The children have learned the phonemes (sounds) j, i, v, w, the tricky words, he and she and the spelling of the words the and to.


In English we have been reading the story Farmer Duck ,where the lazy farmer leaves poor Farmer Duck to do all the work.

The children have made predictions about the story plot, written labels to describe Farmer Duck and been introduced the terms noun (a thing/naming word) and verb (a doing/action word).


All children have read with their teacher and have their reading records and a book (matched to their phonic knowledge) to practice their reading at home. It may take some time for your child to re-establish the routines of daily reading. All teachers are allowing time for the children to settle, there will be plenty of opportunities to change reading levels, so please do trust us to support your child with progressing their reading.


 Each child has a new copy of the Red word ladder. In Year 1, children use these to practice the reading and spelling of the common and tricky words. This is sent home for your information, as children will not be tested on these spellings; instead teachers will be looking for the correct spellings in their class learning and in phonics. A little extra practice writing these words at home - may be useful.


In Maths, we are learning to use the Power Maths workbooks, which the children have been very excited about. They have learned to sort objects in different ways and count objects up to 10, by writing the digits and representing them using a tens frame.


Foundation subjects

History - how to find out information about the past. We learned about toys from the past (teacher's favourite toy).

Science -we've asked the question, what is science?

The children have discussed how to think and act like a scientist and have explored the skills that a scientist uses to find out information.

R.E- We have discussed how we are thankful for the natural world.

Art and D&T- the children have learned how to sketch a self portrait and create large scale collages of the characters from Farmer Duck.



Next week, is the start of Forest School, thank you to those parents who have offered to help.

Half of the class will attend in the afternoon, with the other 15 staying in school. Then they swap the following week.

Please remember to send your child in their forest school clothes in the morning.

Maple - Tuesday 15th and 22nd September

Beech- Thursday 17th and 24th September

Willow- starts on Tuesday 29th September and 6th October


 Have a relaxing weekend, ready for more fun  learning next week. We look forward to virtually meeting you in our class zoom calls.


Warmest wishes,

 The Year One Teaching Team.



Hen Collage
Farmer Duck predictions
Counting to 10 Power Maths
Writing the digits 0-9