International Week

Namaste! Welcome to the Year One blog.

This week at Garrick Green it has been International Week. Our focus country has been… India!


We have learnt about the geography of India and drawn and created maps.

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In art we have been exploring the technique of printing.

We have been recording the weather daily and comparing Norwich to New Delhi. (Spoiler alert: It was super hot!)

We used our maths skills to measure ingredients to make naan bread. Some children asked for the recipe to be shared so here it is:


How to make an Indian naan bread

You will need:

300g plain flour (extra to dust)

¾ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoon sugar

4 tablespoon milk

4 tablespoon plain yogurt

15g melted butter (extra to brush)




Preheat oven to highest setting.

Place a baking sheet on the top shelf to heat through.


Mix together all the dry ingredients.

Make a well in the middle and add your wet ingredients with 85-90ml of water.

Bring together with your hands into a dough.

Knead quickly until smooth.


Flour surface.

Roll out into 0.75cm thick naan breads.

Pat off excess flour.

Place onto baking sheets.

Cook for 2-4 minutes.

Brush with melted butter.

Serve hot





On Friday, we will be playing cricket and learning about a famous cricket player for our history lesson.

Huge thanks to Brawin’s Mummy and big sister for coming to talk to us about life in India and Sri Lanka. It was a fantastic talk and we all learnt so much.

In English we went outside on a hunt for lost words! We are using this book as an inspiration.

The Lost Words

We found: otter, adder, newt, kingfisher, starling, heron.
When we went back indoors we looked at images and videos of the different creatures. We went on the RSPB website and listened to the noises the birds make. We wrote ideas and questions on post-it notes. Some children did some research in the library.  We are using the lost words as inspiration for our own acrostic poems.


In maths we are continuing to work on repeated addition and starting to look at making equal sets

e.g. 3 sets of two 

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Please help your child check that their PE kit still fits and they can take it on and off independently. They will need plimsolls or trainers to wear for outdoor PE.





Friday 24th May is the last day of half term and we come back to school on Monday 3rd June for our final International week.


Wednesday 19th is our final reading event. We will send you a flyer closer to the time with more information.


We hope you have a lovely half term full of wild outdoor adventures. Do send us photos of you on your travels in the UK. We would love to add them to our boards for the last half-term.





Art Week and Quentin Blake

Welcome to this week’s Year One blog. We have had another happy, busy week doing lots of new learning. Last week was art week and we have been reading and enjoying books by… Quentin Blake! The children have been sketching and painting a range of art work inspired by Quentin Blake’s illustrations. These pieces of work will be used to form some exciting new corridor displays. (Farewell Barry the Fish with Fingers and Norman the Slug! )

'Monster Readers' mural artwork for Sidcup Library

There is lots of information about Quentin Blake here. Did you know that he has written or illustrated over 300 books?

We have written letters to Quentin Blake and are planning to send them to him, do you think will reply?


In Maths we are practising counting in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s. This is also sometimes known as “skip counting”.

We like using 100 Square Splat in class. If you have flash, then you can play online.


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We have begun to look at repeated addition before moving on to multiplication and division. It is very important that the children have time to explore these concepts using apparatus and equipment by relating it to real life experiences.

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Children need a secure understanding of repeated addition and how this relates to multiplication and division so we are using 2s, 5s and 10s to ensure the children fully understand the concepts.


In topic we have been checking on our little sunflower seedlings. Do go with your child and check how well they are growing.

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We went outside to investigate the plants in our school grounds and to see how many we could name or identify. Can your child show you the oak tree and the silver birch tree at Garrick Green?

We hope you have a lovely weekend when you get to it,

The Year One Team



This week in English we have been reading and enjoying the story of Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake.

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Some children have begun to think what adventures Mrs Armitage will have next on her new roller skates! They have been planning a simple 3 part adventure that they will write up as a simple story.

In Maths we are learning about weight and mass. The children have been investigating the weight of everyday classroom objects by using cubes and the balance scales. They are beginning to weigh objects using grams. The children had great fun trying to make models of Lego that weighed as close to 100 grams as possible.

There are some great games to play online such as:

Why not use your bathroom or kitchen scales to weigh some different objects or yourself? (Don’t use the kitchen scales for that though!)


In topic we did a “knowledge harvest” to think about what we already knew about our new topic “The Great Outdoors” and what they would like to find out or do during our learning time. Each child planted their own sunflower seed to look after. Do you know what a plant needs to survive? We would love to know if your child does some growing in the garden or in pots at home.

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Ideas for your home learning: 

  • Why not have a look at what has changed since you went out looking for signs of spring?
  • Where have the daffodils gone?
  • Can you name any trees or flowers?
  • Send us a photo of you if you go to somewhere in Norfolk or elsewhere in the UK.
  • Do some weighing or measuring at home. Why not see which of your cuddly toys weighs the most?
  • Go to the library to see if you can borrow any Quentin Blake books. You might already have some at home. If you bring one in , we will make time to share it in class.
  • See if you can write your numbers from 0-10 with correct number formation. What about to 30 or 50? or beyond?

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Look here if you need a reminder:


Have a lovely bank holiday weekend.

The Year One Team



25th April 2019

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We hope you had a lovely Easter break and enjoyed some of the glorious sunshine. It is Garrick Green Science Week and the children have been extremely busy. We started the week by learning about how plants “drink” water by using capillary action!

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The children have been investigating forces by investigating the best material to make a parachute…



Today we have been working scientifically. We have been asking questions and using simple equipment to do our own tests. We learnt how salt makes water denser. The children explored how much salt was needed to make an object float.


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On Friday it is Film Club after school.

On Tuesday the Library Van will be in school.

On Monday 29th it is the Year One Maths event 2-3pm.

We will be starting this event in the school hall but please wear sensible shoes as we will be moving around! We have prepared an active activity for you to enjoy with your child(ren) so fingers crossed for good weather.


5th April 2019


This is Pantosaurus!

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The children were absolutely fantastic during our Year One lessons about Pantosaurus. They have learnt about the correct names for body parts. We talked about the people who we can trust and each children thought of lots of adults they can trust at home and at school. You’ve probably already talked to your child about things like crossing the road safely. Talking to them about staying safe from abuse is just as easy with the NSPCC PANTS rules.

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In our other lessons we have been thinking about the Easter story. We have read, watched and listened to different versions and discussed the main events. The children have reflected on why the Easter story is special to Christians. Then we looked at religious and non-religious Easter symbols to help us design Easter cards.



It has been a wonderful Spring Term and we can’t believe how quickly it has flown by! Your child has some letters in their book bag so do take a look. We hope you have a wonderful Easter break.







28th March 2019

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments and kind words about the Spring Fling. The children performed wonderfully and should be very proud of themselves.

This week in English we have been continuing our work on the story of The Frog Prince. It has been lots of fun retelling the story with the children, especially listening their adjectives to describe the poor old frog prince!

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In maths we have been doing some assessments. As well as this we have been looking at using the equals sign as a balance between two calculations.
For example 3+2=4+1 or 15-2=20-7
This gets a whole lot trickier when… a number is hidden!

In Topic we wrote up about our exciting visitor from Friday’s workshop.

Next week:

We will have the NSPCC pants lesson where the children will watch the Pantasaurus animation and we will talk about good and bad touch and explaining that what is inside their pants is private.

There is more information for parents here –


Tuesday 2nd April -Library Van will be coming to school

The Norse Taster Session is at 1.45 for those of you who returned your slips.


Friday 5th April -open classroom from 9.15 until 11.00 (Last day of term!)

21st March 2019

It has been another busy week in Year 1. The children have been really super at practising for our Spring Fling.



We have been learning poems off by heart and trying to recite them with expression. Do you have a favourite poem or rhyme?

We saw some magpies outside and Mrs B told us a rhyme about them. Some children were very excited to see some ladybirds (bishey barneybees). Sue told us a little rhyme about them too.  Do you know any rhymes or poems about animals?



We have been outside exploring weight and mass. We used a range of language to describe if different objects were heavier, lighter or balanced.



The children’s castles are coming along really well and they have worked hard to learn new DT skills to help them construct them safely.

We are all looking forward to our Historical Workshop tomorrow. Please return any outstanding slips and pay via Scopay. Thank you


If you want some ideas for your home learning…

  • re-write a traditional tale with a twist e.g. Goldilocks and the 3 elephants
  • write a thank you letter to someone
  • send a card to a family member or friend
  • write out all the pairs of numbers that total 10 or 20.


Maths Challenge:

Choose one of these symbols
<, > or =
to make the number sentences correct (Mrs B had to us a question mark because she couldn’t get a square or a circle to work… !)

10 + 2 ? 8 + 3

7 – 3 ? 8 – 4

6 + 6 ?  9 + 5




Week Beginning 11th March


We have begun to write our own poems inspired by Spring.


The children have been continuing their work on fact families.


The children have been taught how to use tools safely whilst building their own castles! This project will continue next week.


Dates for your diaries:

Friday 15th March – non-uniform in return for an Easter egg

Friday 15th March – Comic Relief bake sale after school


Monday 18th March -Year One Reading Event in the hall 2.15-2.55

Friday 22nd March- Castle Workshop- please pay via Scopay online

Thursday 21st – Tuesday 26th March- the Book Fair will be in school

Friday 29th March – Film Club (see a member of staff for a letter) 


Friday 5th April – last day of term and parent drop-in from 9.15am


With lots of germs going around school please remember to send your child in with a fresh, clean water bottle every day. Thank you.