Welcome Year 1

Hello year 1 families!

Class Anning and Earhart have had a busy few days getting to know their new classes and settle into the routines of year 1. We have been learning all about the amazing women who our classes are named after.

Mary Anning never gave up and showed determination to discover lots of new fossils.

Amelia Earhart never gave up and worked hard to achieve her dream of flying across the Atlantic.

This week we started both phonics and Maths. We have been busy recapping phase 3 sounds and learning how to group and sort numbers.

The team are busy assessing the children for phonics and reading so please bear with us for reading books. We are hoping to send a reading book home for your child by the end of next week.

PE days will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please ensure your child has a full kit which is to be left in school. The PE kit comprises of a white t-shirt, black shorts/skort/leggings and trainers for outside PE.

Any questions please ask Miss Prentice or Mrs Worthington.

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Year 1 – Finding our five a day

In DT, we have been learning about different fruit and vegetables and how to stay healthy. We made top trumps cards about low and high sugar foods, played healthy plate bingo and lots of other games to encourage us to think about what we eat. Year 1’s favourite activity this week has been the 5 a day hunt for 12 fruit and vegetables around the classroom, corridor and playground. We are hoping to have another go outside next week!

In maths we have been consolidating all of our learning with quizzes, art challenges, tangram patterns and class activities such as estimating how long it takes us to do 20 starjumps.

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Year 1 Enjoy a Violin Showcase!

Year 1 were treated to an afternoon of music making on Tuesday, when our violin teacher Mrs Bull came to visit, along with Mrs Mabin and some older pupils from across the school in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 respectively! The visiting children are all learning the violin with Mrs Bull and had come to give us a little concert! They played various songs that they had been learning during the year and talked to us about what it is like to play an instrument. Mrs Bull answered our questions about the violin and Mrs Bull and Mrs Mabin even played a duet! We had a lovely time and really enjoyed hearing some live music. If you would be interested in your child learning the violin, or another instrument (we offer lessons in piano, guitar, drums, flute, clarinet, saxophone and from September, singing), look out for the letter on MCAS which lists the contact details for each of our instrumental teachers. If they have space, they are happy to teach pupils from Year 2 upwards. Feel free to get in touch with the individual teachers if you would like to know more. It would be lovey to get some new instrumentalists up and running in September.

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Year 1 – Perfect partitioning

This week, Year 1 have been using their knowledge of tens and ones in maths to represent, partition and compare 2-digit numbers with the correct symbols. We have been very impressed with their efforts and their explanations when comparing numbers.

They also had the chance to consolidate their understanding of compass directions linked to our geography topic.

In writing lessons, we have been changing the text of ‘I love bugs!’ to ‘I love pets!’ and a few of the children in 1JM took it upon themselves to make an ‘I love teachers!’ book which made us all smile! Here is some of our warm up work on labelling bugs with different adjectives:

In PSHE lessons we have talked about life cycles of animals and humans. We thought about what has changed since we were a baby and the stages that animals go through as they develop, such as a caterpillar to a butterfly.

In science, we have been labelling the parts of a plant and the children got creative making big sugar paper plant collages, connect and lego constructions in the shape of flowers and a mini garden in the roleplay area.

In RE this half-term, our big question is about how to care for others and the world around us. We read the story of the Good Samaritan and reflected on ways that we could show kindness to others in need.

Have a great weekend!

Year 1 team

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Year 1 – Blow us away with their Storm pictures!

Year 1 have had a fantastic start to this half-term. They have given 100% effort in PE lessons on the field and in the hall, working on their fitness, running and throwing skills in preparation for Sports Day. In music, we were blown away by their ideas and artwork on a piece of music by Benjamin Britten. Have a listen to it and watch it being performed by a full orchestra here:


In English, we have started to learn our text ‘I love bugs!’ by Emma Dodd and talk about which parts of the book we liked and disliked. We then created noun phrases about different types of bugs.

In maths, we have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones, making them with Diennes and using a 100 square to find 1 more, 1 less, 10 more and 10 less than numbers. The children enjoyed a great game where they had to guess a number after reading lots of clues. Have a go on here:


In Science, we have started to compare plants and what makes them different. There were some brilliant ideas in the class about their size, colour, if they produced flowers or fruit and the type of place that you would find them such as a cactus in the desert or an oak tree in the woods.

In our online safety unit this term, we were learning how to be responsible gamers. This was all about using technology safely and having regular breaks from devices to stay healthy – one of our 10 a day strategies.

Have a lovely weekend!

Year 1 team

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Year 1 – I do like to be beside the seaside….

What an amazing day Year 1 have had at the seaside (in school)! In our seaside in the past there was a Victorian school with chalkboards and abacus, puppet shows, hobby horses, quoit throwing, wooden skittles, dressing up in Victorian outfits and a steam train. Nowadays at the seaside the children had great fun taking silly photographs, making sandcastles and shapes in the sand, playing with water, getting their feet wet, making transient beach art with mixed media, an ice-cream parlour roleplay, shell sketching and relaxing under the umbrella with a good book all about the seaside!



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Year 1 – Excellent Home Learning

We have been really impressed with some of the excellent Home Learning being handed in each week in Year 1! There have been a lot of children practising their tricky words and phonics which is fantastic and helps them with their reading. Maths and Science home learning has included some great halving and doubling as well as classifying animals.

This week, the children have tried their best with their handwriting, forming letters correctly on the line, and found one quarter of different amounts. They have also explained what they have learnt from our Victorians topic ready for our Victorian seaside day on Thursday!

Have a great weekend!

The Year 1 team

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King Charles Art

We hope you all enjoyed the recent Coronation Celebrations! Thank you all so much for having a go at creating portraits of the new King.

Children and adults submitted some excellent pieces which would definitely get the royal seal of approval! Here are just a few examples. We will be creating a gallery display in the foyer at school too. Well done everyone!

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