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16th July 2021

This week, we have been learning about China in our literacy lessons. We have found out lots of information and facts about China and created a fact file. We have been very happy to return to school and be together again once more.

As we finished our online maths lessons earlier in the week, we completed our unit on money. The children enjoyed counting coins of varying amounts and playing different money related games.

Our first day back saw us compete in KS1 Sports Day. Y1 were amazing and everyone tried their hardest. We had some sports superstars in our running and egg & spoon races. The children also took part in a range of activities including penalty shoot out (sorry if it's too early to mention penalties!),  basketball hoops, beanbag throw and tennis bouncing. 

We spoke about the England football game and our own Sports Day. We discussed how we should be proud of ourselves and the England team - even though we didn’t win. Inspired by this week’s events, we created a wall of kindness for our football team. The children wrote lovely messages such as “Don’t give up, I’m proud of you!” And “You are still amazing even though you didn’t get the goal.”

Pupils of the Week are FN for being super resilient and creating her own sports day at home, and also FG for always trying her best in all lessons.


9th July 2021

This week, like the rest of the school, Y1 moved to online learning. We have enjoyed reading and comparing ‘The Three Little Pigs with The True Story of The Three Little Pigs’. We have written a book review for our favourite version. Later in the week, we began to read ‘Dragons in the City’. This story shares some Chinese cultural traditions as Y1 continue to learn about Asia. We have described the setting and identified verbs.

In maths, we finished of our unit on time, learning about seconds minutes and hours. The children are confident at telling the time to the hour and half past. Towards the end of the week, we have begun to learn about money and recognising the different coins and notes. 

Pupils of the week are EB and MH, both for always using the school’s 5Rs and making a fantastic effort with their online learning. Well done!


2nd July 2021

This week in Year 1, we have been reading ‘Superheroes All Sorts’.  We have thought about the everyday superheroes we have in our lives as well as creating our own superheroes with magical powers. The children have done some fantastic writing, using conjunctions to join clauses and using exciting vocabulary to write about their superheroes.

In maths, we have begun to learn about time. We started the week learning about the days of the week and months of the year, whilst putting them in order. We have learned to tell the time on an analogue clock to half past and o’clock. We can also say what one hour earlier/later will be.

In our skills for life lessons, we continue to learn about money and this week we discussed why it was important to take care of money. The children suggested different ways we could look after our money such as a piggy bank or purse. They also know that it is important to keep large amounts of money safe in a bank.

Pupils of the week are ED and IL for both doing fantastic writing in our English lessons. Well done!


25th June 2021

This week in Year 1, we have been using the short video clip ‘Adventures are the Pits’ to learn new writing skills. We have been learning about writing exclamation sentences such as ‘How exciting it was!’. We have also begun to learn about the past tense and how to change verbs to ‘ed’ suffix endings when writing in the past tense. The children have retold the story using the skills above and also using ‘and’ to join two clauses.

In Maths, we have continued to learn about place value. We have taken time to improve our number formation and placement, remembering that numbers like ninety are written as 90 not 09 or 19. We have ordered two digit numbers, explaining how we know which numbers are larger - based on their tens and ones.

In R.E we have continued to make honey cakes to support our learning about Judaism and Jewish celebrations. This week’s cooking group produced some very tasty cakes! In skills for life we have begun out unit ‘Money Matters’. This week, we have learned how you can pay for things using cash, card, contactless or even online payments. We have learned when it is appropriate to use coins for inexpensive things and card and online payments for more expensive choices.

Pupils of the week are NS for excellent writing and effort in English and JM for working hard and great participation in P.E.


18th June 2021

It has been another busy week in Year 1. We had been rehearsing  hard and then did an excellent signing performance to ‘Lovely Day’. We took part in ‘Young Voices’ the ‘Big Sing’ and hopefully we will be part of a Guinness World Record. 

We have enjoyed playing a range of maths games including dominoes and snakes and ladders. We have been taking good care of our runner beans which continue to grow really well. Y1 have enjoyed cooking with Miss Cooke and made some delicious honey cakes when learning about Judaism with Mrs Cole. 

Pupils of the week are CB for being a kind and helpful member of Y1 & doing super reading. Also, EM for being resilient and working hard to improve her reading skills.


11th June 2021

This week in Year 1 we have enjoyed reading the book ‘Dogs Don’t do Ballet’. The children loved hearing about Biff the dog who dreams of being a ballerina. Year 1 have produced some fantastic writing this week using lots of description. 

In maths, we have been learning to count in tens and to understand how to use a hundred square to support our learning. We have learned that if you go across a hundred square then you add one each time. If you go down one place  you will add ten and up one place will take away ten. 

This week we continued to learn about plants. Lots of us have shared our photos of our runner beans at home that we grew in a bag at school. Year 1 must have green fingers because I have seen our runner beans growing very quickly!

Pupils of the week are PD for a great attitude to learning and working hard in her maths lessons. Also to GV for wonderful writing this week using adjectives and conjunctions. Well done!



28th May 2021

This week in Year 1, we have been working on our comprehension skills. We have used our phonics skills to help us segment and blend the words in the text and the questions. We have read both fictions and non-fiction texts and now have a better understanding of how to answer comprehension questions. 

In maths, we have been learning about directions and taking turns. We have made spinners to show 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4  and full turns. We also made obstacle courses to give instructions to our partners using turns.

We’ve also had lots of fun sowing a runner bean in a bag and watching them grow. We shared some incredible projects this week about Asia and loved learning from each other. 

Pupils of the week are ... everyone, for their awesome projects! Well done all! Mrs Stewart even handed out some gold awards for some super duper projects!


21st May 2021

This week in Year 1, we have been learning more about grammar. We have learned about prefixes, suffixes, plural & singular, editing and spelling. We even finished the week with a grammar scavenger hunt and made a poster to share what we have learned.

In Maths, we completed the end of our fractions unit. This week we learned about quarters, how to quarter a shape and find a quarter of an amount. We used part whole models to help us share an amount into 4 equal groups.

At the beginning of our science unit on plants, the children shared that they wanted to know how to grow tomato plants. So this week they had the chance to do some sowing using the seeds from different fruits like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.

Pupils of the week are JG and AH for great work and effort this week.


14th May 2021

This week in Year 1, we have been reading ‘There is no dragon in this story’. We have enjoyed reading about the dragon trying to be allowed in different traditional stories such as ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We have written our own endings to the story and have come up with some very creative ideas.

In maths, we have begun our unit on fractions, this week we have learned to find half of a shape, objects and an amount - using counters to support us. We have learned that halving means having two equal parts or groups.

In science this week, we have been learning about wild flowers. The children have found lots of wild flowers such as buttercups and dandelions on the school field. In our topic lesson we have continued to find out about the UK and complete our booklets.

Pupils of the week are JB for using his 5Rs this week and CFF for doing some brilliant independent maths this week.


7th May 2021

This week in Year 1, we have been learning about poetry. We have read carefully, using our phonics to help us, a poem titled ‘Nut Tree’ by Julia Donaldson. We liked that it rhymed and was about plants. We have memorised a short stanza each to perform to the class and gone on our own nature walk to support us in writing our own poem.

In Maths, we have completed our unit on multiplication. This week we applied our skills of grouping and sharing to solve multiplication problems. We found it helpful to use counters to help us understand how many groups there are.

In our topic lesson this week we have been learning about the UK which is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We have labelled a map and begun to create booklets about the UK. 

Pupils of the week are JA for great confidence with their phonics sounds and CG for always trying their best and working hard.


30th April 2021


This week in Year 1, we have been reading non-fiction books about plants to collect research for an informative poster. We made sure our posters included, pictures, titles and factual information. 


In Maths, we have continued to learn about early multiplication. This week we have focused on arrays and doubling, use practical resources like counters to help us work this out and write repeated addition alongside it.

In Science, we have been learning about plants. We have labelled the parts of a plant using the terms ‘flower, seed, roots, stem and leaves’.  We have also learned about the function of each part.

Pupils of the week are FN for working hard across all the subjects and practicing  their  letter formation, and DT for developing their confidence with reading and being a resilient learner.


23rd April 2021

This week in Year 1, we have been learning about non-fiction books. We have learned that non-fiction books are information books and fiction books are story books. We have found out lots about different land and sea animals by reading lots of facts. We worked together in pairs to help each other segment and blend the words, using our phonics to sound out the text.

In maths, we begun the week by recapping counting in 10s and recognising multiples of 10. We used 10p coins to help us count up to 100. We have now begun to introduce the concept of multiplication by making equal groups with objects. We are learning that 2 groups of 10 make 20. We have used counters to help us make equal groups and solve equal group problems.


In science, we continued to learn about the seasons and enjoyed a spring scavenger hunt in the sunshine. We found blossoms, daffodils and even some bird nests. Our new topic is ‘Around the World’ and we are learning about the UK to begin with, before learning about other countries.

Pupils of the week are EB for trying very hard in handwriting and being resilient in our maths lessons and FW for excellent participation and effort in maths this week.





26th March 2021

It has been another busy week of learning in Year 1! In our English lessons we have been reading ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson, we’ve acted our role plays, sequenced and retold the story. We enjoyed reading about Superworm and the Wizard Lizard!


In Maths, we have continued to learn about capacity and volume and towards the end of the week we have begun measuring weight. We’ve been working hard to understand comparison problems, using vocabulary of ‘empty and full’ to describe the volume of liquid. We’ve also enjoyed some practical measuring of weight, using balances.

We got very creative in our Science lesson, using what we know about materials and their properties to design strong bridges. Have a look at our brilliant designs! On Thursday, we had a great time learning cricket skills with the sports coaches.


Pupils of the Week are AI for using her 5Rs and being resilient & KC for excellent reading and applying her English skills.


19th March 2021


This week in year 1, we have been reading the story ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. We have been thinking of lots of wonderful adjectives to describe the dragon in the story. We have had some brilliant suggestions including ‘glittering beady eyes’, ‘fierce’ and ‘humongous’. We have also been developing our comprehension skills in class.

We have been having a fun-filled week in Maths, as we are taking part in Let’s Count Week. We have been thinking about good questions to ask the class. We found out everyone’s favourite fruit, their birthdate and the pets they own. Year 1 have also learned about tally charts and were careful bird spotters outside, to make a tally of the different birds we could see. We were lucky to spot a few Kites!

We continue to learn about different explorers in our topic, this week we compared the achievements of Matthew Henson and Felicity Aston. Two polar explorers with different struggles. We have done some great comparing work and thought hard about the equipment each explorer would have had at the time.

Pupils of the week are JA for Great resilience during assessment week and GE for making good choices at playtime & a great effort in writing.


12th March 2021

This week in Year 1 we were very excited to welcome everyone back to school and have our Y1 class complete again! In our English lessons we have been learning about speaking & listening, we have learned to ask good questions and listen carefully to our partner. We’ve also improved our speaking voices, using a loud clear voice for others to hear us well. We read the Dr Seuss book ‘Would you rather be a bullfrog?’ and enjoyed discussing which animal we would rather be.

In maths we have been using a ruler to measure length. We had a really fun lesson outside on a measuring scavenger hunt. We worked together with a partner to find all of the animals hidden in the playground and measured their length using a ruler. We remembered to always start on ‘0’ and to use the side with ‘cm’ on it.

Y1 were experimenting in science this week, we tested lots of different materials to find out if they were waterproof, transparent or opaque. What an exciting week in Year 1!

Pupils of the week are GV for fantastic work and effort in school and IP for Brilliant participation and effort in lessons.



5th March 2021

It has been another busy week in Year 1. We have been looking at poetry this week, we have learned about all different kinds of poems including acrostic, shape and performance poetry. We liked Michael Rosen’s funny performance of chocolate cake and we made our own poems about different foods.



We started a new unit this week in Maths on measuring length and height. We’ve had lots of practical lessons to measure items around the classroom and at home, we’ve been comparing how tall, short and long different objects are. 



In our science lessons we have continued to learn about ‘Materials’. This week, we used vent diagrams to sort the materials by their properties. We worked in groups and chose properties such as ‘opaque, transparent, and waterproof’ to sort objects. In class, we also did the big legal lesson learning about British Values like rules and laws.


Pupils of the week are FG for amazing writing and effort in class and AR at home for brilliant work in science and maths.





26th February 2021

This week in Year 1, we have been reading the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne. We’ve enjoyed learning about new tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango - we’ve even had a little fruit tasting! We described some of the fruits as ‘sweet’ and ‘juicy’. In our English lessons we’ve been using adjectives and learning about using question marks.

We have continued to learn about place value this week, focusing on counting in 2s and 5s. We have used number squares to help us identify which numbers we say aloud when we count in 2s and 5s. We also found out that 10s numbers are included when we count both 2s and 5s! Have a look at some of the objects we used to help us count.

Year 1 have learned some tricky new worlds in our science lessons. We learned that ‘opaque’ means you can’t see through something - like a sheet of paper. ‘Transparent’ means you can see through the material - like window glass. We’ve also begun our new unit ‘Explorers’ and are looking forward to learning about different explorers including polar explorers and space explorers.

This week’s pupils of the week are CS for excellent writing and working hard online and EI for always trying her best and challenging herself! Well done both!



12th February 2021

It has been another exciting week in Year 1! We have continued to learn about instructions and written some of our own instructions on ‘How to Catch a Monster’! We remembered to include a title, you will need, method and a top tip!


In Maths, we have continued to learn about place value with tricky numbers up to 50. We have been comparing objects up to 50 using tens frames and <, > & = symbols. We have challenged ourselves by solving some tricky words problems too!

Most importantly, this week we shared our topic projects for ‘The Great Fire of London’. I was amazed with the wonderful work produced by our Y1 children! We had creative art projects, projects using technology and even role plays. Mrs Stewart was also very impressed with our projects and has enjoyed watching the videos you shared on Seesaw.

Our incredible project work, alongside being resilient learners means everyone in Year 1 is pupil of the week! Well done all!                           


5th February 2021

We’ve had a brilliant week in Year 1! We have begun our unit on instruction texts and had lots of fun looking at different kinds of instructions including crafts, recipes and science experiments. We made jam sandwiches in class and some of us at home did some very yummy baking using a recipe we looked at in school! Look at those delicious Little Cheese Scones. 

In Maths we’ve started to learn about place value understanding large numbers up to 50. We’ve used base ten and ten frames to help us count in tens and then count the left-over ones. 

Year 1 have been enjoying Skills for Life/Children’s Mental Health Week and learning how to express ourselves in different ways. We had a fashion show to show off our lovely t-shirt designs and had some fun dancing and decorating biscuits! What a great week!

Pupils of the week are CFF for a great improvement with this spelling and cutting skills and MH for outstanding work in all her lessons.


29th January 2021

This week in Year 1 we have been reading ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’, we’ve really enjoyed reading all the crayons letters to Duncan and finding out why they’re so angry! We’ve written some of our own amazing letters to Duncan from all different colour crayons. This week we’ve learned about letters, what they need to include and how to write one!

In Maths we have continued to practice our subtraction skills and developed our understanding of the relationship between adding and subtracting. We’ve used tens frames and part whole models to help us work out some challenging calculations and word problems.

We have also begun to learn about ‘Materials’ in our science lessons. Our online learners have spotted things in the home that are made of wood, plastic and metal. Sadly this week, we’re also saying goodbye to one of our Y1 children, we will miss him very much and wish him lots of luck in his new school!

Our pupils of the week are CB for his fantastic efforts in his phonics lessons and GE for some amazing English work this week and trying super hard in lessons! Well done!


22nd January 2021

This week in Year 1 we have been reading the story ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers. We’ve really enjoyed reading the story about a little boy that flies to space and gets stuck on the moon. We shared our opinions about whether the boy should stay on earth or go back to space to help the alien. We’ve also created some brilliant story maps to help us retell the story!

In Maths, we have been working on our subtraction skills using number lines and tracks, tens frames and part wholes to help us. We’ve solved some tricky word problems too! We can count back in ones and are working on counting back in bigger numbers.

We had an investigation in our science lesson, we found out whether ‘The tallest people had the biggest feet’. Our children measured their feet and others with cubes, pasta and even some frazzles! We had so many different feet to measure at home and in school that we’ve found some different results!

Pupils of the Week are KS for amazing work in English and Maths, and EB for being such a resilient online learner! Well done girls!