w/c 6th January

Happy New Year! and welcome back.

Our topic for this term is “Out of this World” and in English this week we have started to learn about the planets. The children have learned the names of the planets, labelled them and have talked about the difference between planets, moons and stars. We have used our reading skills to find information about the planets and will be using this next week. We have also learned about commas and how to use them in a list.

In maths we have been recapping addition. The children have been “counting on”. This means putting one number in your head and counting on the other number. For example, 6+4=. You would put the number 6 in your head and count on 4 to reach the answer. We have also been learning all the pairs of number that total 10 and trying to make sure we can recall them quickly. Any chance to practice these at home would be really helpful. They are: 0+10=10, 1+9=10, 2+8=10, 3+7=10, 4+6=10, 5+5=10, 6+4=10, 7+3=10, 8+2=10, 9+1=10, 10+0=10.

We have started our topic this week with a “knowledge harvest”. The children have been thinking about all the things they already know about space and what things they might like to learn more about.

w/c 2nd December

In English this week we have been busy writing our letters to Father Christmas. We were concentrating on remembering capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We also tried to remember to ask a question and use a question mark.

In Maths we have been comparing amounts using teen numbers. We have used cubes, numbers, numicon and the symbols <, > and =. We have also been thinking about all the things we have learned this term and recapped addition and subtraction.

In our topic work this week we have been making hinges for our picture frames and attaching these. The children are looking forward to bringing their finished products home but we are saving them so you can see them all on open morning first.

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Thursday 12th December – Christmas Carols from 3.30pm (FOGG will be serving refreshments from 3.00)

Friday 13th December – Christmas Jumper day

Monday 16th December – Christmas dinner and Disco 3.30-5pm

Tuesday 17th December – 9.15-11.30am Parent drop in

Wednesday 18th December – Last day of Autumn term

w/c 25th November

In English this week we have been learning about questions and ? The children have been thinking about Christmas and have practised saying and writing questions to ask Father Christmas. We have still been working on capital letters, finger spaces and full stops too.

In maths we have been learning about the numbers between 11 and 20. We have been reading and recognising the numerals and the words. The children have been finding different ways to represent the number using numicon, cubes, ten frames and counting equipment. We have started to think about splitting these numbers into ten and ones too, for example 15 is made up of 1 ten and 5 ones. Some children have been finding ways to show this by drawing the numbers.

On Friday we were lucky to have 2 very special visitors. Alison and her guide dog Buncie came to talk to the children about animals who help us. The children learned how Buncie helps Alison with tasks such as crossing the road and moving around without bumping into things. They found out that Buncie has special things to wear when she is working and how she behaves. They also found out about Buncie at home and how Alison looks after her. At the end of the session Alison took Buncie’s working harness off and the children were allowed to stroke Buncie if they wished. What a fun and interesting morning.

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Friday 6th December – Christmas fair

Thursday 12th December – Christmas Carols 3-4pm (We have been busy rehearsing!)

Friday 13th December – Christmas Jumper day

Monday 16th December – Christmas dinner and Disco 330-5pm

Tuesday 17th December – 9.15-11.30am Parent drop in

Wednesday 18th December – Last day of Autumn term!

w/c 18th November

On Monday this week we had an RE day and the children continued to learn about belonging. We learned about how Christians show they belong. We learned about Jesus being baptised and compared it to a Christian baptism today.

In English this week the children have been continuing our work about imaginary creatures. We focussed on using describing words and created a dangerous beast. The children had some great ideas and wrote some amazing descriptions.

In maths we have been learning about shapes. We named, found and drew pictures using the 2D (flat) shapes circle, square, triangle, rectangle and hexagon. We then learned the names of 3D (solid) shapes. We looked for examples of solid shapes around the school and sorted 3D shapes into different types. Please practise spotting and naming cubes, cones, cylinders, cuboids, pyramids and spheres at home. Here are some examples:

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Today we had a fantastic trip to the Playhouse to watch the “Scarecrows Wedding”. The children were amazingly well behaved and really enjoyed the afternoon, a great treat to end the week!

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Friday 29th Nov – non uniform for Plant a tree

Friday 6th Dec – Christmas Fair

Thursday 12th Dec – Christmas carols 3-4 pm

Friday 13th Dec – Christmas jumper day

Monday 16th Dec – Christmas dinner and Disco 3.30 – 5 pm

Tuesday 17th Dec – Parents open morning, 9.15 – 11.30 am

Wednesday 18th Dec – Last day of term!

w/c 11th November

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This week started with an assembly about Remembrance Day and the children all observed 1 minutes silence at 11 am. They were brilliant, all showing their respect.

In English the children have been focusing on adjectives, (describing words). We have designed and then written descriptions for our own mythical creatures. The children had an amazing time creating their own “sock puppet” creatures too!

Dragon, Chinese, Blue, Mustache, China, Cute, Adorable

In maths we have continued with subtraction and the children have been practising different types of subtraction – crossing out, using cubes to take away, fact families and writing our own subtraction sums.

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In Topic this week we have started making the picture frames we designed last week. The children have measures, marked and cut their edge pieces, then used the hot glue gun to make the pieces into a frame. We still need to attach the hinge and stand to the back but they are looking good!

Friday 22nd November – trip to playhouse to see “The Scarecrows Wedding”

Friday 6th December – Christmas Fair

Thursday 12th December – Christmas carols 3-4 pm

Friday 13th December – Christmas Jumper Day

Monday 16th December – Christmas Lunch and Christmas disco -3.30-5.00

Tuesday 17th December – Parent Drop in/Open morning 9.15-11.30

Wednesday 18th December – Last day of Term!

w/c 4th November

In English this week we have been thinking about Bonfire night. We looked at pictures of different fireworks and thought about different ways to name and describe them. We learned about lots of different colour words, like turquoise, maroon, peach, mint, azure and used these to improve our descriptions. We created a fantastic class poem about fireworks.

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In Maths we have started to learn about subtraction. We read word problems and thought about “First we know”, “then what happened” and “now there is.” for example; Bobby had 3 oranges and he gave 1 to his friend. How many oranges did he have left. “First” – he had 3 oranges. “Then” – he gave 1 away (-1). “Now” there are 2. 3-1=2

Our topic work this week was investigating photo frames to learn about how they are made. We thought about what they are made from, what shape they are and how they stand up, (hinges and stands). We designed our own picture frame and we are going to start making them next week.

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MONDAY 11th NOV – Year 1 maths event. 9 am in the hall.

TUESDAY 12th NOV – Library van.

FRIDAY 15th NOV – non uniform day for children in need.

FRIDAY 22nd NOV- trip to the playhouse.

W/c 28.10.19

Welcome back!

This week the children have been busy learning about the Caribbean. We have had a great week finding out all about these countries and comparing them to the UK.

On Monday we flew to the Caribbean to join an animal safari. We saw flamingo’s, toucan, jaguar, parrot fish, a green sea turtle and an anaconda! We learnt facts about the animals we saw and used our knowledge to write our own facts sheets.

On Tuesday we learnt about food in the Caribbean and made pineapple and banana muffins. The delicious smell floated through the whole school but we didn’t share!

Wednesday was a creative day and we made headdresses for a Caribbean carnival later in the week. We looked at work by the artist Mola, who layered coloured fabrics to create his designs. We then used paper to create our own masterpieces. A great activity to try at home too.

On Thursday we compared life in the UK and life in the Caribbean. We thought about the weather and which foods grow in each place and the different types of houses that can be found.

We ended the week in style by learning about different types of music in the Caribbean and learnt more about Salsa, Calypso and Reggae. We listened to rhythms and practised keeping a beat. Then we wore our headdresses for a party in the hall. We learned how to salsa and practised dancing to lots of salsa music. Finally we chilled out to by listening to Bob Marley and his reggae music.

We have had a fantastic week so please ask the children about the parts they enjoyed and new things they have learnt.

w/c 14th October

Wow, we’ve made it! Half term is here. The children have settled into year 1 so well and had an amazing first half term. Please enjoy a well earned holiday but don’t forget to keep reading!

This week in English the children received a letter from the 3 Bears asking lots of questions. They then wrote their own replies.

In Maths we have continued to practice adding and have also been making sure we can write numbers the correct way around.

We had an RE day on Thursday and the children were thinking all about belonging; belonging to groups like rainbows, swimming, karate, belonging to a school and a team. We looked at different badges and symbols we use to show we belong. We then thought about the symbols Christians use to show they belong. Next we designed our own badges of belonging.

In Topic we have been learning about the artist Paul Klee. The children have learnt about tinting (adding white to a colour to create different shades) and have also made salt dough fish in the style of Paul Klee’s “Golden Fishes”

Dates for your Diary


W/c 28th October is our International week. The children will learn lots about 1 country. It’s a secret until that Monday but don’t forget to ask the children which country they are learning about once we are back at school.


The Halloween disco is Tuesday 29th October 5-6.30 pm. It is £2.50 per child and is paid on the night.

w/c 7th October

First of all a huge “thank you” to all the parents, grandparents and friends who came to the Year 1 reading event this week. It was lovely to have so much support and the children really enjoyed showing you what they can do.

In addition to our reading event, this week in English the children have been reading the story of “Goldilocks and the 3 Bears” We have sequenced the story and written a letter to the Bears from Goldilocks. We are waiting for a reply as we asked lots of questions. Hopefully it will arrive next week.

In Maths we have been adding and finding the totals. We have learnt the symbols “+” and “=” and written our own number sentences. We have been using something called the “Part/Whole Model” and the children have become very confident using it.

Diary Dates.

Mrs Prophet Parent/Teacher interviews = Monday 14th Oct 4-6pm

Mrs Morgan Parent/Teacher interviews = Wednesday 16th Oct 4-6pm


The Halloween disco is Tuesday 29th October 5-6.30 pm. It is £2.50 per child and is paid on the night.


The Norse Taster is Wednesday 16th October from 1.45


Christmas cards need to be ordered on line and the form returned to school by TUESDAY 15th. Don’t forget to tick the box on the sheet to confirm you have ordered!