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Friday 24th November 2023

This week in English we began reading our new class book ‘Grandad’s Island’ by Benji Davis. We spent some time looking at the items Grandad had collected in his attic and used our question hand to ask questions about them.  


In Maths we continued using the ‘part whole model’ to build on our previous learning. We explored how we can use part whole models to solve subtraction problems and then we practised writing fact families (two addition number sentences & two subtraction number sentences) to represent each model. 


In PE we continued to build on skills learnt in Hockey, passing the ball to a partner and dribbling it around the playground with control. 


We also started to design and label our very own yummy fruit kebabs that we will be eating towards the end of the term! 


Next week in English we will continue to use the story 'Grandad’s Island' to create a story map with sequencing vocabulary. 


In Maths we will be spending time reflecting on this terms learning so far and recapping key parts of our learning, 

Friday 17th November 2023 


This week in English we finished reading our class book ‘Claude in the City.’ We reached the dilemma of the story where Claude catches a robber who is attempting to steal a sculpture from an Art Gallery in London!  We learned about the main features of a newspaper article and then carefully wrote our own including headlines, illustrations and reports. 


In Maths we have continued learning about addition, using both part-part whole and bar models to understand and solve addition sums to 10.  


In History we are learning about what History is and focusing on our own history. We have explored our own personal history and have discussed and ordered key events in our lives so far. 


PE sessions this week have sadly been affected by the poor rain, but we still enjoyed a gym session where we have continued to practise holding and controlling different balances. 


Next week: 

In English we will be starting a brand new book called ‘Grandad’s Island’ written by Benji Davies. 

In Maths we will start to use our previous learning about addition to solve simple subtraction sums. 


Friday 3rd November 2023 


Welcome back Year 1!

We have settled back into school life and have been as busy as ever with brand new learning!

We have started reading our new book ‘Claude and the City’ and have used this to write descriptions of London. We finished the week by writing a postcard from Claude’s point of view, sharing some of his highlights of his trip to the city!

In Maths, we have begun partitioning numbers using a ‘part, part, whole model’. We have used cubes and counters to represent the different ways we can spilt a whole number into two different parts. We have also explored how we can put two parts back together to make a whole number.

We are continuing our topic ‘Animals including Humans’ this half term and have started to classify different animals such as mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish. Maybe you can test our knowledge at home!


In PE, we started our second gym block exploring balancing. The children found lots of different ways to balance on both hands, feet and larger parts of their body, like their tummy. This was incorporated into simple routines linked to last terms learning on travelling and making shapes.


Next week

In English we will be creating our own story map using an extract from the book 'Claude and the City'.

In Maths we will continue to build on our knowledge of using the part part whole model for solving addition and subtraction.


Friday 20th October 2023

Happy Half Term!


This week has been as busy as always in Year 1 and we have continued to shine.

In English, we ended our week by writing some fantastic poems about Autumn, we included both adjectives and verbs and then finished our poems with beautiful illustrations. 


In Maths this week we have practised our problem-solving skills and have explored grouping objects in different ways. 


We had a very special visit on Friday from our Year 6 buddies, who had written some fantastic leaflets that they were proud to share with us. Our buddies then listened to us read and gave us lots of compliments!


Miss McAdam and Mr Manning would just like to say how proud we are feeling of each and every one of you. You have settled into Year 1 so well and we look forward to all the learning that is to come. 


We hope you have a lovely half term break and we will see you back at school on Tuesday 31st of October!

Friday 6th October

We have continued to shine bright this week and have shown some fantastic learning!

In English, we have learned a poem called ‘Fire’ written by Shirley Hughes. We have learned actions to go with each line and have enjoyed performing this to each other! Next week, we are going to use this poem as inspiration for writing our own poems all about ice!

In Maths, we have been comparing numbers using the greater than, less than and equal to signs. We have compared numbers using a range of resources and have been using the stem sentences ‘____ is greater than ____,’ ‘_____ is less than ____’ and _______ is equal to _______’ to support our learning. Next week we will begin to order objects and numbers.

We have had lots of fun in Geography this week where we have been exploring directional language in preparation for some map related activities. We have learned ‘left’ and ‘right’ and had lots of fun directing our partners around the playground using this language.

We have also been working hard to learn the words and actions to our whole year song ‘If I were a butterfly’. We are very excited to perform this at the Harvest festival celebrations on the 16th October!

We wish you a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday.

Friday 29th September 


What an exciting week we have had in Year 1 this week!

 In English, we have been busy adapting the original Jolly Postman story. We have introduced new fairy-tale characters and settings, where the Jolly Postman has even stopped in some places to have a cheeky cup of coffee!

In Maths this week, we have been focusing on finding one less. We have been counting back from any number up to twenty, all the way to zero. We have also been comparing different groups of objects. You might want to try some simple food games with your child as an engaging way to support this learning! Start with 10 edible items and ask your child to roll a dice to then take that many away. Who gets to eat the most?

After a busy weekend of bramble removals, we were able to start using part of the forest school area with both Year 1 and Year 5. We paired up to play team games and then learnt how to light a fire. This involved talks about safety, how to set the fire and then finally using a flint of steel to light the fire. (Well done Kyle and Toby in Year 1). We then ended our outdoor learning with a hunt for parcels which contained two marshmallows which we then got to toast on the fire!

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday.


Friday 22nd September

This week has been very exciting as we began learning in our new Phonics group! We have met our wonderful new Phonics teachers and have begun to learn new sounds and books together.

Because we have been having so much fun during Forest school on Thursdays, it has been quite tricky for adults to change reading books. In order to keep book changing consistent, we will now be changing reading books on Tuesdays and Fridays. We apologise for any books that were not changed on time this week and ensure this is a priority moving forward! Thank you for your patience and understanding.

In English we have been continued learning about ‘The Jolly postman’.

1M shared their brilliant story-telling with Squirrels class which was enjoyed by all. We also discovered hidden letters within the story this week and have used these to experiment with different styles of writing such as postcards, shopping lists and commands. We particularly enjoyed writing commands for the Big Bad Wolf!

In Maths we have been representing numbers in different ways including writing numerals, words, tens frames and Numicon.

1A got to enjoy their first outdoor learning session this week. We found lots of different minibeasts on our senses hunt linked to our Science topic ‘Animals including Humans.

We are already excited for next week where we will be map making to find treasure around school!

We hope you have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday!

Friday 15th September 2023


We have had an exciting week this week in Year 1 as it has marked the start of Forest School! 1M have been on a senses walk exploring the school site looking for Fauna and Flora that they can hear, see, touch and smell. Mr Manning even lit a fire for us!


1A are very excited for their turn next week.


In English this week, we have begun learning the story of ‘The Jolly Postman’ and have made our very own story roads to support our understanding of the story (we have a copy of this in our book bags if you would like to see!).


We have looked at repeating patterns in Maths and have practised making our own.


We have had lots of fun in P.E as well this week, as we have begun to learn the 5 basic shapes in gymnastics. Maybe you can test our knowledge at home!


Today your children have come home with their first assigned reading book. Please remember to record in your child’s reading record each time you read the book so that they can be changed regularly.


We can’t wait to start our Phonics groups next week.

Friday 8th September 2023


Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely, restful summer.



This week we have spent time getting to know your children and have enjoyed lots of fun and games through Maths challenges. In English we have shared news about our holidays and also written about it in our brand new English books!


We have also been looking at expectations in school. We have discussed our rules and class expectations including our ‘It’s Good to be Green and Zones of Regulation’.


In the afternoons we have been exploring the parable of the ‘Wise and Foolish Builder’. We have discussed what the parable means and how we can link it to our school vision and values.


We have had a very exciting Friday today where the children got to meet their Year 6 buddy and listen to the wonderful letters that the Year 6’s had written to them.  


Today your child will be bringing home their brand new reading records and a choosing book from our book corners. Please enjoy sharing these with them and enjoy the sunshine!