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Year 1 (The Penguins)

Week beginning 19.3.18 

In English this week we have combined our learning with what we have been learning in RE. We learnt all about the Easter story and why Christians believe we celebrate Easter. We found it a little bit tricky to begin with so we used drama to act out the story, which we were amazing at! We then played each scene back to help us write the story. The children have worked so hard and we are really impressed with them.

In Maths, we have revisited multiplication this week. We are all fantastic at counting in 2s, 5s and 10s now. We were so good we quickly moved on to some challenging worded questions. Some even required us to use more than one operation but we did this without a problem.

In Music, we were writing notation. I was absolutely blown away by how amazing the children are at this. They all knew what each note looked like and could write them down from listening to a tune once. We definitely have a very musical class.

Week beginning 12.3.18 

In English this week we have written a letter to Aunt Lucy so that she knows all about Paddington’s adventures. We also let her know that he had arrived back in London. We are looking forward to finding out what Paddington is going to do now he is back in London.

In Maths we have revisited division. Some of us got a little confused with this to begin with but we are now Maths Magicians and are solving division problems well. Everyone has worked hard with Maths this week and we are very proud of them.

In geography we have written our weather reports and we are beginning to record them, the children watched a real weather report and used the details to write their own. Some of the detail that the children put in was fantastic. Well done for all of their hard work.



Week beginning 5.3.18 

In English this week we have finished writing our stories all about Paddington and moved on to writing an invitation to invite all our grown-ups into school next week. We have worked really hard on our invitations and are really looking forward to next week.

In Maths we have continued to look at telling the time and solving time problems. This has been a challenge for us but we have been working very hard.

We have enjoyed our PE session with Mr Parker. We were able to go outside this week, which made our hockey session much more enjoyable.

In Geography we have continued to look at the weather and how the seasons can change the weather. We will be writing and recording our own weather reports next week. We might just find a future TV weather reporter!

Have a great weekend.



Week beginning 26.2.18 

This week we only had 2 days at school beacuse of the snow. We still managed to fit in writing the middle of our stories and in Maths we started to look at telling the time. In Geography we looked at types of weather in the UK, we decided that blizzards were not really a weather we see in the UK and then the snow came to prove us wrong.


Week beginning 19.2.18 

In English this week, we have started to write a story all about Paddington in Antarctica ready for our school story writing competition. We are really excited to be in with a chance of winning so we are trying our best to make sure our stories are amazing.

In Maths, we have looked at 3D shapes and their properties, we had great fun building a castle and then labelling all the shapes that we could see. We also moved on to telling the time and blew our grown-ups away with how fantastic we are at it.

We have enjoyed our first PE session of the term with Mr Parker. We are doing Hockey this term and we had great fun finding out how you control the ball with the hockey stick.

We have been enjoying our phonics sessions watching Mr Thorne and Geraldine the Giraffe and practicing our new sounds. You can watch Mr Thorne at home too, just type in ‘Mr Thorne does Phonics’ into YouTube.

Week Beginning 5.2.18 

Year 1 News


This week in Year 1, we have moved on to missing number problems and began to look at the inverse and what this means. The children have got on fantastically well with this and have really impressed us.

In English, we have been busy writing a recount about our trip to The Deep, these have been brilliant to read, some of the children even included the part of the day when they had to go to the toilet. We have been looking at onomatopoeia and trying to add this into our writing too.

Team 4 have won this terms stick man spelling game. This is where we have to spell our common exception words correctly so we don’t lose the stick man’s body parts. Well done to team 4! They have chosen to have popcorn and a short film as their treat for winning.

We have been busy putting together some personalised learning packs for your child to take home. These will be ready for you to use over half term.

Have a great half term holiday.



Week Beginning 29.1.18

This week, Paddington sent us some African animals and they caused quite a stir. We went for a hunt around school to search for them and picked up some clues along the way.

As a result of our excitement and inspiring context for learning, we have created some fantastic learning outcomes. In Art, we have done some fantastic African artwork and we have also written a set of instructions, including using some great bossy verbs (imperative verbs).

In Maths, we have been revisiting our understanding of halves and have been learning about how to find a quarter of a shape or a quantity. We  have really impressed all of the adults with our amazing knowledge.

The end to the week could not have been better with a fabulous trip to The Deep to further enhance our learning about the equator. We have also found out a lot of information about the weather in the North and South Poles. What a brilliant experience it has been and what a fun and engaging learning experience we have had this week.




Week Beginning 22.1.18 

Year 1 News


This week in Year 1, we have been looking at positional language and turns. We really enjoyed beginning this with a PE session to get us used to using positional language. We have got on really well with making turns and are beginning to understand what clockwise and anti-clockwise means.

In English, we have been writing a postcard to Aunt Lucy. We received Paddington’s suitcase back and discovered he had been all the way to Africa. We were very excited and have enjoyed writing to tell Aunt Lucy all about it.

We were extremely lucky to have the opportunity to meet somebody who lives in Peru. Cristina, Kiera’s Auntie, came into school to tell the children all about life in Peru. We even got to taste some fizzy pop that they have in Peru. This was a fantastic experience for the children and enabled them to clarify things they had discovered from Paddington’s first letter. The children have made some brilliant information texts to explain all about life in Peru.

We are looking forward to our trip to The Deep next week and are excited for the geography workshop they will be providing us. We are excited to learn about the weather of the world and what that means for different animals.


Week beginning 15.1.18 

Year 1 News!

This week in Year 1, we have been looking at addition on an unstructured number line.  This has been tricky just drawing a straight line with a ruler let alone making sure we have put the right numbers or drawn the correct number of hops.

In English, we have made a handwriting contract that we need to follow so that we can make sure our writing is the best it can be all the time. We have now moved on to writing poems to describe African animals. We are patiently awaiting the return of Paddington’s suitcase so we can discover where he has been since Peru.

In computing we have begun to look at algorithms and how we can programme electronic devices. We are working on creating a video to explain to other classes how to use a bee-bot.

Thank you to Piano Academy for our fabulous sessions. We are getting so much better at following a beat and rhythm and love learning new songs to apply our beat and rhythm skills.


Week Beginning 8.1.18 

Year 1 News!

This week in Year 1, we have been looking at addition and adding in multiples of 10. We are getting ready to look at the unstructured number line and practicing adding in tens and ones.

In English, we have received Paddington’s suitcase back. He has sent us some pictures and artefacts from Peru. He even sent us a flag. We have used all the information in Paddington’s letter to write an information text all about Peru. Ask your child what the main delicacy is; they were very shocked!

It has been great to get back into our PE sessions and we even had another visit from JB the dog. We have had a super full week back at school.

Week Beginning 4.1.18

We had an amazing first two days back. On Friday we had a problem solving day. Miss Short gave us a jelly baby to keep safe all day. If we managed it we got a prize and a certificate. It was extremely hard for us not to loose or eat our jelly baby.

Week Beginning 11.12.17 

Year 1 News!


This week in Year 1, we have been learning about division and sharing lots of different amounts. The children have tried really hard with this and have impressed us with their determination.


In English, we are re-writing the story ‘There’s a Snake in my School’. We made a story map to help us sequence the events and we have now begun writing the story. We have been focusing on our handwriting and making sure our writing is on the line.


We have evaluated our DT design and written about what we thought went well and what we would improve. Thank you to all that attended our DT join in session. The children absolutely loved having you come in to make their designs with them.


JB the dog has been into school again for our JB adventures PE session. This time the children imagined they were going to a firework display and created a dance. They had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoy JB coming in to work with them.

Have a super weekend! Santa will soon be here.

Week Beginning 4.12.17 

This week in Maths we have been looking at repeated addition and multiplication. We had to try hard to count in 2's 5's and 10's. This was a real challenge for some of us but we gave it our best effort. We also learnt all about Christingle and what a christinge was. We then had a go at making our own.


Week Beginning 27.11.17

This week in Year 1, we have been learning about fractions and finding a half. We made pizzas to help us understand that a half is 1 of 2 equal parts. We really enjoyed this!

In English, we have written a newspaper report to let everyone know that Penelope (the snake) ate Miss Bloat (the Head Teacher) in our book ‘There’s a Snake in my School’. We have also written letters to Santa and we have given them to Mrs Crow to post so that he knows what we are hoping to get. We are so excited for Christmas!

Our Nativity is coming together perfectly and we are looking forward to performing to you next week.


Week Beginning 20.11.17 

This week in Year 1, we have continued to look at money and using our addition knowledge to make totals, this has been a little tricky at times. We have also focussed on our counting in 2’s and realising we have to add 2 each time. Next week we will begin looking at fractions.

In English, we have written our letters to Santa and put them in an envelope ready to send to him, so that we don’t miss the deadline.  We are waiting in anticipation for our replies. How exciting!

We have been practicing really hard for our nativity and are really looking forward to you coming to see it. We are going to begin with dress rehearsals next week.

We have finalised our DT animal designs and will be bringing them home for you to see today. We cannot wait for you to come to school and help us turn our designs into creations.

See you on Monday!

Week beginning 13th November 2017 

This week in Year 1 we have been rather busy. We started the week practicing hard for our class assembly. The children were amazing in the class assembly and we are very proud of them.

In English, we have created a story map to help us with our writing. We have been using the story map to talk through it so when we came to write our ending of the story we knew what to put. It has been fun making our story maps and doing actions to help us retell it.

In Maths we have moved on to looking at money. We have looked at all of the coins and the value of them. We have also begun using our addition knowledge to make totals and find totals of coins. The children have been getting on really well with this and now have a much better knowledge of what the coins are worth. That could be unlucky for parents!

We have started to design our animals ready for our ‘Learning Together event’. We are really looking forward to this and we hope you can all come.

Have a lovely weekend.

Week beginning 6th November 2017 

This week has been all about telling the time. We have used our story to find out what Miranda and Penelope does at different times of the day. We have also read all of the book in English except for the last page because Miss Short has made us make our own endings up before we get to find out what really happened. We have had great fun doing this.


In science we have been looking at the different animal groups and we had a go at trying to put the animals into the correct place before we were told anything about them.


Week beginning 31st October 2017 

Welcome back!

This week in Year 1, we have moved on to our topic ‘Happily Ever After’ and we are focusing on the book 'There’s a Snake in my School' by David Walliams.

In English, the children have listened to the story and written  posters for the missing headmistress. We have used our adjectives to describe what Miss Bloat looks like.

In Maths, we have carried on measuring in non-standard units and have begun to look at standard units such as cm and m. We had great fun measuring snakes.

The children are really excited to be learning about the gunpowder plot and why we celebrate Bonfire Night. We are trying hard to learn the rhyme for remembering the 5th of November.

We have certainly had a busy 4 days!

Week beginning 16th October 2017 

In English we have been focusing on the Story of Rama and Sita and have had a go at writing the story. We have done a super job at this and really blown Miss Short and Mrs Porter away with our effort. We had to remember to include capital letters, finger spaces and full stops, which is sometimes a little tricky!

We thoroughly enjoyed our last Football session with Mr. Parker from JB Coaching. We have learnt a variety of different skills including dribbling and keeping control of the ball.

In Maths, we have looked at shape and naming common 2D shapes, we have even made Rangoli patterns using our shapes in RE when we learnt about Diwali.

We really enjoyed our Diwali day, we made diva lamp holders and got to taste the types of food that they would have at the festival. We are certainly very busy in Year 1 and will be ready for the holiday.



Week beginning 9th October 2017 

In English, we have been looking at rhyme and identifying rhyming words and rhyming couplets in poems. We have even attempted to write our own poem all about Harvest. This has been a little tricky but we have all tried really hard.

In Maths, we have been looking at our number bonds to 10. We created a Maths story map all about Jeffrey the class Fox and Jigsaw Jack having a trip into Skegness to learn their number bonds. We have been fantastic at this and it has really helped us with our learning.



In Science, we were sense detectives and used our senses to solve a mystery. The children thoroughly enjoyed using their senses and finding the answers to the clues.

We have had another brilliant music session with Mrs Taylor this week too.

We are always busy in Year 1! Enjoy your weekend!



Week beginning 2nd October 2017 

In English we have had our first attempt at story writing. We are re-telling the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’. The children have been trying very hard to remember our class sentence potion (capital letters, finger spaces, full stops) and to also include conjunctions, to write on the line and to our form letters beautifully. So far, Miss Short and Mrs Porter have been very impressed!

In Maths, we have looked at how to solve worded subtraction problems. We need to remember to circle the key information in our worded problem to help us write our calculation that we need to solve. Year 1 are Maths wizards!

In History, we are learning about Queen Elizabeth 1, her cruel ways and disgusting habits; something the children have really relished hearing about!

In RE, we attended a mock Christening; some of the Year 1 pupils acted out the roles of the parents, vicar and godparents. We learned that a Christening is to welcome the baby into God’s family and that the parents and godparents promise to support the baby and teach them about God as they grow older. The class then returned back to the village hall (Year 1 classroom) for a Christening party where we all enjoyed a yummy piece of Christening cake.

Another busy week in Year 1! Enjoy some well-deserved rest over the weekend!


Week beginning 25th September 2017 

In English we have still been looking at adding verbs to our sentences. We have been doing extremely well with this and remembering what a verb is. We have focused on the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ as next week the children are going to have a go at writing the story themselves.

In Maths we have focused on finding one more and one less than any given number up to 100! This has sometimes been a little tricky but we are getting there. We have also looked at subtraction on a number line. We have really impressed Miss Short and Mrs Porter with our number line skills.

In Geography, we have learned the countries that make up the United Kingdom, and their capital cities.

In PE we are continuing to learn our football skills.

Week beginning 18th September 2017 

We have had a super week; it feels like we have been always been Year One!

In English, we have still been focusing on our nouns and adjectives but we have gone one step further and are now adding verbs to our sentences. Miss Short and Mrs Porter have been really impressed with us.

In Maths, we have moved onto solving worded addition problems, whilst using a structured number line. We have been brilliant at this!

Miss Wright came to join us for a morning this week too and she was blown away with how fantastic we are and how much we have learned in the first three weeks of Year 1.

We may say this a lot...Year One is really hectic, but we are loving the challenge!



Week beginning 11th September 2017 

Well...the second week is nearly finished already and what a busy week we have had!

In English, we have learned what a determiner is, what a noun is and what an adjective is and how to put these together to make a noun phrase. Some of our favourites were:

The beautiful girl.

The enormous elephant.

The pink bike.

In Maths, we have been continuing to practise our counting and developing our knowledge of number, by looking at place value and adding on a structured number line. We are getting very confident with this! We are Maths superstars in Year 1! Looking at our number formation is also a key focus for us.

The children have enjoyed learning some interesting and quite 'gross' facts about Queen Elizabeth 1 in History. The children commented that she had not always made good choices when she was queen.

Other areas that we have covered this week include: Phonics, Music with Mrs Taylor from the Piano Academy, internet safety in Computing, learning about the artist Piet Mondrian in Art, celebrations in RE, a visit from Mrs Sherwood from Skegness Eco Centre, our first group reading sessions in Guided Reading and we have met our new PE teacher Mr Parker for a fantastic football skills session.

We will all be looking forward to a rest this weekend! :)



Week beginning 4th September 2017 

It’s been our first week in Year One and we have been very busy with our learning. We have been practising our writing skills and we have even learnt all about conjunctions. We have looked at our numbers and have practiced counting all the way to 100 and then back down to 0. We did an experiment to find out if touching bread with dirty hands would make it go mouldy quicker to help us learn all about germs. The children loved licking their hands before touching the bread.

This term is going to be amazing and we are looking forward to it!