Author Archive: Year1

We are scientists

This week we conducted our first science experiment: does our hoods or hat prevent us from hearing the whistle at play time? We started by listening for different sounds and identifying how they help us. We then spoke about what could prevent us from hearing the whistle at playtime, such as children shouting, children running, wearing ear muffs etc. Finally we had a go at playing outside without our hoods and listening for the whistle and then with our hoods listening for the whistle. Ask your child what the outcome was…

In maths we have been looking at solving problems with our number bonds to 5. The first problem was to work out how many ways they could score 5 when playing a game of skittles. The children loved playing skittles and noting down all the different ways! 

For topic this week, and celebrating black history month, we looked at Claudia Jones who spoke about the right for equality no matter what race or gender people are in the 1950s. She started the Caribbean carnival. It is now known as the Notting hill carnival. The Children had a a go at making a carnival headdress to temper Claudia Jones.

The 3 little pigs

This week the children had a message from the Big Bad Wolf asking them to listen to the story of the 3 little pigs and let him know if it’s the pigs who are mean rather than himself! The children wrote down their opinions. It was rather split and some children believed it was the wolf who was mean whilst others thought it was the pigs! All children gave valid reasons as to why they thought the pigs/wolf was mean.

We then had a go at retelling the story, writing down the repeated phrases. The children loved dressing up and getting into character to write down what they were saying!

We’ve been using the three little pigs to help with out maths. We were using the pigs to find different ways to partition numbers to 5. We even challenged ourself to write down the numbers. Some children took that one step further and wrote a number sentence!

We are authors!

All the learning we have done around our book animalphabet has come to a brilliant end with us creating our very own book! We have worked together to create an alphabet book, each choosing animal and writing a sentence containing an adjective. We tried really hard to remember our capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Here are a few pages from our book!

This week for maths we have been learning how to partition a whole. We started by partitioning fruit and vegetables and then helped Mrs Layton’s daughter partition her birthday cupcakes. The children enjoyed finding out all the different ways they could partition the cupcakes.

Below are some images of the activities that the children have been participating during the week:

This week the children have been given ordering numbers to 20 home learning sheet. It should be completed at home and stuck in their homework book. The homework book does not need to come into school, but should stay at home.

Our first Mass

This week the children took part in their first Mass. They sat very well and joined in singing “Our God is a great big God”. They were even blessed by Mr Cunningham and Father Jeremy.

For English this week we have been looking at our book, Animalphabet. We been exploring adjectives and how they help us describe things. We have had a go at describing pictures from the book ourselves and then matched some adjectives to pictures of animals. We hope to later use some of these adjectives in our writing.


For science this week we learnt about the human body. We spoke about all the amazing things that our body does for us, such as breathing or running, and what body parts are used to do them. We then drew round each other’s body’s labelled the different parts.

This week children have been given a home learning book. The idea is the book gates at home and each week we will provide activities or sheets are to be done in the book.


Enjoy the last of the sun this weekend!


For RE this week we have been learning about God as the creator. We have been exploring what he created. As a class we drew out he created on each day.

Maths this week we have been exploring teen numbers and finding ways to make them.


Have a fabulous weekend!

Our first full week

The Year 1 children have competed their first full week. All the staff in Year 1 are impressed with how the children have adapted and quickly understood the routines in Year 1!

This week we had our first science lesson. The children have started a longitudinal study. We are looking at how the school field will change whilst they are in Year 1. They looked for animals and signs of autumn.

For maths this week we have been focusing on numbers. The children have partaken in numeral and quantity matching, one more and one less as well as number formation.

As weather got worse towards the end of the week and the children bought in coats, we noticed that many children were unable to independently put on do up their own coats. This is something that the children practised in Early Years. If your child is still struggling with this please practise as much as you can at home.

Have a lovely weekend.

From the Year One Team.

Our first days back

Hello from the Year One team!

We have had a good couple of days back and the children have settled in well. Here are some images of the children learning in their new classrooms!

The children have been showing us what they know, using their phonics to help them write what they can see in our classroom or the outdoor area.

Children have been given their new phonics books. Please set some time aside to read the books everyday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

From us all in Year One

STEM day

Today in Year One we learned how to use BeeBots. We had a go at moving like a BeeBot and following a series of commands called an algorithm. It sounds far more complicated than it really is – the trickiest part was knowing our left from right!

We created our own maps featuring London landmarks and moved a toy car around the map using the same commands as a Bee Bot would. Next, we created our own algorithms using symbols for our friends to try out. Lots of us made mistakes at first but we worked really hard to debug the code and fix the problem. 

Finally we got the BeeBots out. Once we felt confident, we took on the challenge of commanding the BeeBot to move around the room without touching any of the obstacles.

London’s Burning

Today, with the help of Mr Cunningham and his in-depth History knowledge (plus many other helping hands!), we reenacted the Great Fire of London. The children had been making model Tudor houses and this morning on the gravel car park, we assembled them to represent the narrow, tightly-packed streets of London in 1666. We lit the fire at the bakery in Pudding Lane and watched as the wind swept the flames towards St Paul’s Cathedral and beyond. Mrs Atkins threw water on the fire with a tiny ‘bucket’ but it made no difference. Finally, we cleared a section of the house to make a ‘fire-break’ and this was successful at stopping the fire from spreading further. We noticed the smells, tastes and sounds of being near a fire and thought about how awful it would have been for the people of London to be surrounded by all that ash. Hopefully your children enjoyed the event and learnt a lot too!


A visit from Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Today, we had a visit from Kelly from Hampshire and IOW Fire and Rescue Service. She spoke to us about what the service does and we joined in with a song and actions where we pretended to be Firefighters. Kelly talked to us about hazards in the home and things that we should stay away from. She taught us this rhyme with actions:

Matches and lighters, never touch

They can hurt you very much.

Kelly brought along a smoke alarm and showed us how to test it. We talked about how important it is to test our smoke alarms at home once a week. All the children were challenged to find all their smoke detectors at home.

We learnt that if the smoke alarm goes off at home we need to Get Out, Stay Out and call 999. We also talked about how important it is that the children learn their address so that they can communicate it to a safe person in the case of an emergency. The children have been given postcards to write to help them with this.

Finally, we got to see the kit that Firefighters wear to do their job.

Thank you for visiting Kelly – we loved it!