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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 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 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 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!