We have been learning about...

We have been learning about…

W/C 11.02.19

The final week of school before half term! Well done to Ellie – this week’s ‘star of the week’!

We have had a great week – we have been exploring in the woods and thinking of describing words for things we have found, we have had a map making workshop and we have written our own forest stories! Our Hundertwasser pictures are on display in the cloakroom and look amazing! Please find below a selection of photos from this week. I hope you and your children have a restful half term.


W/C 04.02.19

We have had another fun week in Y1. The last 5 weeks have gone very quickly, and we just have 1 more week left until half term – and a well-deserved rest! Our class ‘Star of the Week’ was Izaac and we were very pleased that by the end of the week that we had hit over 600 class dojos! We wonder if next half term we will be able to beat this record.

In English, we have now come to the end of our poetry unit. We have enjoyed reading a range of poetry, including learning the poem ‘Where Teachers Keep Their Pets’ off by heart! We finished the week by writing our own rhyming couplets about people and making sure we they were correctly punctuated and that we had used capital letters at the beginning and for proper nouns. However, this isn’t the end of our exploration of poetry as we will continue to read a ‘poem a day’ as a class as research has shown that the reading of poetry can help us understand the world around us and can help us with our writing.

In Maths, we have been learning about position and direction. We have learnt about quarter, half, three-quarters and full turns. We have also talked about left, right, forwards and backwards. We talked about how, if the children are unsure about their left and right, they can use their hands to help them (see below). We did lots of practical activities this week to help with position and direction, such as directing each other, and the children also learnt how position and direction also applies to objects and shapes – as well as themselves.


Left and Right Poster


In Geography, we have been becoming familiar with an atlas and we have also started to talk about learning the names of all 7 continents. We love to learn by song in Y1 and you may have heard your child singing the 7 continents song! Please find the link to the song if you would like to listen to it with your child … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6DSMZ8b3LE


Coming up this week …

We are going to be making the most our wonderful outdoor space on Tuesday and having our English lesson outside in the wooded area near the field! We are very excited about this. This experience will help us with our writing. In Maths, we are going to be doing some work on number bonds and revising what we have learnt over the last 5 weeks before moving on to a new unit of work after half term. In PSHE, we will be talking about fairness and in Science we will be learning about animals and their habitats.

W/C 28.01.2019

What an exciting week we had this week! Caitlyn was our ‘Star of the Week’ and the class have now got over 500 dojos all together!!! You may have heard your children singing the ‘Days of the Week’ and ‘Months of the Year’ songs we have been learning. Please find below the links in case you would like to listen to these with your children. By the end of Year One the children are expected to know these, and we will be working on learning them off by heart in the coming weeks.



On Monday, we continued our work on poetry and ‘Oi Frog’ and we focussed on learning about singular and plurals. We looked at different singular words and tried to work out whether they needed -s or -es added to make them plural. In Art, we were introduced to the work of ‘Hundertwasser’ and made our own pictures in the style of his work – colourful and using swirls and shapes for objects such as trees. We will be finishing the paintings next week and then they will be displayed outside our classroom. This is an example of his work below:

The snow brought lots of excitement and meant that we all had a snow day on Wednesday! The children returned to school with lots of stories of what they had been up to.

On Thursday, the children were lucky enough to have a visit from The Hawk Dance Company.

On Friday, in Maths we finished off our ‘Place Value’ unit and completed some word problems relating to counting in 2s and 5s.

Coming up next week …

We will be starting our new Maths focus of ‘Position and Direction’ and will be learning about quarter, half and three-quarter turns. In English, we will be finishing our Poetry focus and finishing the week learning about ‘Rhyming Couplets’ and writing our own. As we missed Science last week, due to the weather, we will be learning about ‘Animals and their Young’ and will see how many of the animals we can match with their babies.

w/c 21st January 2019

Another action-packed week in Year On! James was this week’s class ‘Star of the Week’ and the children continue to earn lots of dojos in class – including a whole class dojo on Friday for all writing some fabulous rhyming sentences.

In English, we have started our poetry focus and have loved reading the book ‘Oi Frog’. We discussed the book as a class and the children shared their thoughts on the book and whether they liked it or disliked it. They then justified their opinion using ‘because’ and explaining what they liked it (no-one disliked the story!) We learnt the mnemonic ‘Big elephants can always understand small elephants’ as a way of remembering how to spell ‘because’ as we use the word a lot in our writing, but it is tricky to spell! We also talked about the rhyming words in the book, did a matching activity and came up with our own rhyming words for different animals and ended the week by writing our own rhyming sentences.

In Maths, we have been learning about comparing numbers and have been introduced to some hungry crocodiles who like to eat the bigger numbers! We also learnt about ordering numbers from biggest to smallest and vice versa. We have also looked at some reasoning and problem-solving sentences and answered them very well.

In Science, we loved learning about the animals that can be found in the sea. We finished our Science lesson with a speedy fish experiment. We floated a cardboard fish in a bowl of water and put a blob of washing up liquid behind the fish – this then causes the fish to move across the water on its own! This is because the washing up liquid breaks the water’s ‘surface tension’. I have added the link to the experiment in case anyone would like to try this at home with their children …


Coming up next week …

We will be finishing off our place value focus in Maths and moving on to position and direction. In English, we will continue with our work on ‘Oi Frog’ and we will start to look at other poems. We will be working towards writing our own poems. In Science, we will be learning about animals and their young.

w/c 14th January 2019
Our first full week back at school since the Christmas holidays. The children have settled in very well and we have had another busy week! Tilly was our first class Star of the Week and the children have been earning lots of dojos and house points.
Thank you to everyone who came to the ‘Meet the Teacher’ session on Monday, please do not worry if you were unable to make it – I am available most days after school to chat if you have any questions.
In English, we have now finished our work on ‘The King of Tiny Things’. The children really enjoyed the book and finished the week with a fantastic piece of writing re-telling the story.
In Maths, we have been continuing our work on place value. On Wednesday, we talked about part part whole models (see below) and then made our own in the hall using hoops, skipping ropes and cubes! We also looked at some place value reasoning and problem solving.

In science, we have been learning about the life cycle of a frog and in PE, we had a ‘Fantastic Frogs’ lesson, where we explored different ways of moving like a frog over equipment.

Finally, in Art and DT, we have been making our ‘King of Tiny Things’ houses and these are looking great!

Coming up next week… we will be starting our Poetry unit in English. In Maths, we will be looking at more place value – moving on to comparing objects and numbers up to 50 and becoming familiar with the more than and less than symbols. In Science, we will be learning about animals that live in the sea and doing a fun ‘Speedy Fish’ experiment!

w/c 07th January 2019

What a busy week we had last week!

In English on Wednesday, we started to read ‘The King of Tiny Things’ and then we used drama to re-enact some of the story so far and what we think would happen next. The children really enjoyed this and were all very confident when acting in front of the class!

Later in the week, we finished the story and started to think about the main character (‘The King of Tiny Things’) and how we can describe him. Before doing this, we worked in our learning partners to describe each other using adjectives. The children were very kind about each other!

In Maths, we have been looking at numbers as numerals and words and practising writing the numbers in words. We have also looked at place value and using different objects and pictures to represent numbers and on Friday, we finished the week by practising our counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.

In PE, we danced and moved to different styles of music and in PSHE we have been talking about bullying and we read ‘The Ugly Duckling’ story.

Coming up this week…

In English, we will continue to learn about ‘The King of Tiny Things’. In Maths, we will be continuing our work on numbers and place value. In Science, we are going to start learning about living things and their environment and in Art and DT we are going to be thinking about where ‘The King of Tiny Things’ lives and making his home using a shoe box, materials and a decorated fairy door!