Year 1@Hewish 2017-18

Term 3 – Week 6

Safety Week

This week we have welcomed several visitors in to talk to us about how to keep ourselves and others safe.  The Police taught us how to use the internet safely and why it is important not to give any personal information online.   We made a net using a ball of string to show how quickly our information can be passed on to other people.

The Beach Buddies team from the RNLI reminded us how to keep safe on the beach by not wandering off, not walking into the mud,  not swimming when the red flag is flying.  They also said how important it is to apply sun screen and wear a hat.   They taught us how to keep the fish in the sea safe by taking our rubbish home with us.

We also had a visit from one of the Air Ambulance crew members and Charlie Bear.  We were amazed to hear that they rescue thousands of people every year but the helicopter cannot fly at night because they haven’t got enough money to buy the lights it needs; they cost £1,000,000.

The Fire and Rescue Service talked to us about all the different ways they help people.  They showed us inside their fire engine and used the giant hose so we could see how fast the water came out.

The children each wrote a safety leaflet to take home so that they can share all the ways to keep safe with their family and friends.   

It was lovely to see you all at the Learning Review meetings.  Please do come and ask me for anything you need to support your child’s learning at home.  I will be looking into websites/apps to see which ones are best suited to support learning at home.  I have heard good reviews about ‘Teach your monster to read’.  This is free if you use it on a computer and only costs about £4.99 to buy the app, which I believe would be money well spent.  There are different stages depending on your child’s current reading ability.

Please continue to use Sumdog at home to support your child’s maths.   Your child’s user name and password are stuck in their partnership book.

Our sounds for the first week in term 4 are: or (for), au (autumn), aw (saw) and ow (owl) and ou (shout).  Please see if you can spot any of these special friends (your child may also refer to them as digraphs) when reading with your child.

Please also practise spelling the following sight words: when, put, their, could, little and people.

Next week we will be making rain catchers and starting our new book ‘Lila and the secret of rain’.  Please could you send in an empty 2 litre plastic bottle for your child to make their own rain catcher by Thursday 22nd February?

Advance notice: On Thursday 1st March it is World Book Day and this year we will be asking the children to bring in their favourite book and dress up as a book character for the day.

Many thanks for all your support.


Term 3 – Week 5

In English this week we have been extending our vocabulary by looking for alternative adjectives to describe objects.  We started by passing ‘Fred’ around the circle and set  ourselves a target to think of more than 10 different words to describe this puppet who helps us daily with our phonics.  The adjectives ‘fluffy’ and ‘cuddly’ were very popular.  We managed to think of 12 different adjectives.  Then we learnt how to use a thesaurus to find different words that have a similar meaning.  We managed to compile a word bank of 26 words to describe Fred!

In Maths we have been learning to multiply by using groups of objects.  We have been doing a lot of practical work to visualize the multiplication sentence before recording our answers.

We have also spent time outside looking for evergreen and deciduous trees and identifying trees by studying and sketching their leaves.

In RE we have been learning about the Story of Jonah and the Whale and why this story is important for Christians.  The children came up with some very good answers: “God gives everyone a second chance”, “You can say sorry when you have been naughty and God will forgive you”,  “God doesn’t like it when you disobey him”.  The children took on the roles of the characters in the story and thought about what Jonah may have said to God when he was inside the whale.  We had some super drawings of the whale too.  Some children chose to perform the story of Jonah during their playtime outside on the pirate ship.

Next week we will be recapping the phonemes e-e (Pete), i-e (ride), u-e (huge), o-e (home) and a-e (cake).  Please can you help your child to spot these special friends in words when reading at home.   The silent e at the end of the word changes the first vowel from the sound it makes back to its name.  Please could you also help your child to learn the alphabet if they do not know it and help them to write the capital and lower case letter for each of the 26 letters in the alphabet.  Many thanks.

We will continue to learn how to spell number names to 20.  We managed to get up to ten this week so will be learning how to spell eleven to twenty next week.  If your child can already spell number names to twenty, can they practise spelling the days of the week?

I look forward to seeing you at your child’s learning review meeting next week.  Thank you for your continued support at home,



Term 3 – Week 4

This term seems to be flying by.  The children have been working really hard in all areas of their learning.  Well done Year 1 crew, keep up the good work at school and at home.   It is great to see children recognize the sight words straight away when I introduce them because they have been learning them at home.  One child said, “I know that one because that is my password to get through one of my doors at home!”  What a fantastic idea to use the sight words and sounds as passwords at home, thank you.  The children need to know how to spell the number names to 20 so over the next two weeks these will be our key words to learn.  Some of the number names are easy to sound out, for example, t-e-n, however, some may prove to be a little more difficult to learn, for example, ‘one’ and ‘two’.  I would be very grateful if you could practise reading and spelling these words with your children.

Our sounds for next week are: wh (whale), ph (phone), kn (knife), tch (fetch), ew (chew).

In Maths next week we will be looking at repeated addition (2 + 2 + 2 + 2) then looking at multiplication (4 groups of 2,  4 x 2).

This week we have been learning to measure.  We started with non-standard units (multi-link cubes) to measure objects and then moved to using standard units (cm) to measure accurately.  We challenged ourselves by using metre sticks to measure how far we could throw a beanbag.   The longest distance was 14m 26cm.  We used chalk to mark the end of the metre stick before we moved it.  We learnt that there are 100 cm in one metre.


In English we have been learning to write a fact file and a diary.  On Tuesday we researched information on the computer about earthworms to find out more interesting facts to use in our fact file.  We are making a non-fiction book to give to Busy Bees so that they can learn all about earthworms and their habitat too.  On Thursday we became earthworms to get into role for writing our diary entry, ‘A day in the life of an earthworm.’  Children took it in turns to be in the hot seat and answer questions about their life as a worm.  The children then had the opportunity to write their draft diary entry on their tummies, some chose to write underneath the table so they felt like they were underground.  Their diary entries were marvelous and showed how much they now know about an earthworm.  A lot of the children wrote about how dangerous it is to be an earthworm because of all their predators and how it is only their tail that can grow back.  They also found it fascinating that worms do not have any eyes but they do have five hearts.

In PE this week we have been linking our movement to the lyrics of the song, ‘The ugly bug ball.’  The children have been very creative and each group took on the role of a different bug and came up with their own ideas to demonstrate how their bug moves.

In Art we used our measuring skills to attach the correct length of stem and petal to our sketches of flowers.  We dissected real flowers and  can now name the parts of a flower.  We then used these parts in our art.  We had seen the beautiful artwork produced by Year 2 and wanted to try it for ourselves.  The results were amazing.


Term 3 – Week 3

In English we have been reading the book ‘Yucky Worms.’   It is about a little boy who initially says, ‘You can’t be friends with a worm’, however, his Grandma proves him wrong.   Through this book we have been reminded how to use different punctuation, including question marks, exclamation marks and even speech marks.  We have also found out lots of interesting facts about worms and held some worms too.  Did you know that under a square metre of grass there are approximately 14 worms?  After a heavy shower of rain we marked out a square metre on the school field and waited patiently for about 5 minutes, then worms started popping up to get some air.  After heavy rain their tunnels flood and they need to come up for air.  We watched them go back down into the ground ‘pointy end first.’  We learnt that adult worms have a yellow ring around their middle so we counted how many of the worms were adults and how many were children.

In Maths we have had another week working on place value.  We used packs of Chewits to help us understand the tens and ones column.  There are 10 single Chewit sweets in one pack of 10.  The children were then given 5 single digit cards 2, 9, 5, 3 and 7 and asked to make the smallest and biggest 2-digit number they could.  The biggest number they made was 97 and we needed a lot of Chewits to represent this number on the whiteboard.  On Friday the children used their place value knowledge to play ‘Guess my number’ on the computers.  They used an interactive 100 square to help them.  They could only use the language of tens and ones to ask their question to guess the number, for example, ‘Does it have five tens?’ If the number the child had chosen and written down (to avoid any cheating) did not have five tens then the child asking the question could splat all of the ’50’ numbers.  The group could only ask 10 questions so their questioning became more efficient.  This is a great game to play at home to really embed place value.  The 100 square splat game can be found by googling ‘100 square splat’ (it is the first one that comes up for Primary Games). The children loved it.

In RE the children have been discussing and painting their favourite Bible story and learning why these stories are special for Christians.   Some of their favourite stories have included: Noah’s Ark, The Easter Story, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, Jonah and the Whale and the Lost Sheep.

In Science we have been observing the results of our plant experiment to conclude what liquid is best for plants to drink.   We found out that a plant just needs plain water to thrive as this was the only rose that really opened up.  The white rose in the red food colouring had pink lines within the petals and the white rose in the blue food colouring had turned slightly blue too.  The white rose in the vinegar had a burnt stem and had not opened and the rose in the oil had gone flat.  Over the next couple of weeks we will be doing some more experiments to find out what else plants need to grow.  We have many budding scientists in Year 1.

Next week we will be recapping the following sounds:

ar (car)

ear (hear)

dge (hedge)

ow (cow)

ure (pure).

When reading with your child please ask them to look out for these special friends within words.  Thank you.

Sight words: could, should, would, all.

Term 3 – Week 2

On Monday the Year 1 crew went on a Winter walk to collect adjectives and nouns to make their own word bank to help them write a group poem about Winter.  It was a very cold day so as soon as we got out of the door the children were able to describe Winter from first hand experience, for example, “My hands are freezing cold and pink!”  We were even lucky enough to see a robin (a red, fluffy and grey robin!).  On Tuesday the children wrote their best noun phrase and added it to their group’s poem.  The group then performed the poem to the rest of the class with actions to help them remember it.

In Maths we have been looking at place value and ordering numbers to 100.  We have been trying to find 10 more and 10 less than a number by focusing on the tens column.

We have investigated what seeds and bulbs need to grow.  We planted a daffodil bulb in a clear plastic cup to watch the roots turn down to reach the water.  This happened overnight.  We made a sleeve to cover the clear plastic cup because we read that roots like to be in the dark.

We have also performed simple science experiments to find out what plants prefer to drink.  We put 5 plants in different liquids: water, red and blue food colouring, olive oil and vinegar.  We made predictions about what will happen to the plants and in particular the white flower.

In PE we have been learning to play tag rugby.  Please can you ensure your child has their PE kit in school.  They will need long trousers and long sleeves because we will continue to have PE sessions outdoors.

In next week’s phonics lessons we will be looking at more homophones (letters that make the same sound):

ee, ea, e-e, y

ow, o-e, oa

ir, er, ur

are, air

Please continue to look for these special friends when reading with your child.  Please also practise the two, five and ten times table and help your child to understand how many tens and how many ones there are in numbers to 100.

Many thanks for your support.


Term 3 – Week 1

Happy New Year!

This term’s learning theme is ‘How does your garden grow?’  The children have thought about the questions they would like to investigate: ‘How does a plant drink water?’  ‘How does a plant go to the toilet?’  ‘Why are most plants green?’  ‘How does the sun feed a flower?’  ‘Why do bees like going to flowers?’ ‘What do plants eat?’ ‘What is inside a seed?’  To start our learning theme we had a day investigating lots of different types of plants.  The children were particularly interested in the carnivorous plants, especially the Venus Fly Trap.  A fly (it was dead) was carefully placed inside the Venus Fly Trap and we watched the leaves close tightly around its meal.  We read a book called ‘Hungry Plants’ to learn about other meat-eating plants and how they trap their food.   We learnt that some plants, like the Bladderwort that live in ponds, suck up their prey as it passes beneath it and the Sundew plant has very sticky fingers so the insects get stuck and can’t escape.  Some plants are slippery and the insects fall into a well of water and drown and are then digested.  The children became these plants by using straws and raisins and honey and rice crispies (see photos below) before designing, labelling and making their own carnivorous plant.  They thought creatively about which of the traps they would use if they were a carnivorous plant and the results were fantastic.  They caught a lot of insects!

Next week we are learning about place value in Maths by ordering numbers and finding 10 more and 10 less than a number to 100.

In English we will be learning to describe and we will be writing our own poems about winter.

During phonics we will be recapping the following sounds: ay, ai and a-e, igh, i-e and ie, oi and oy, or, au and aw, ow and ou to learn that there are several ways to write the same sound.   When reading at home with your child please could you ask them to spot these special friends in words.  Thank you.

Term 2 – Week 7

The children were absolutely amazing during both Nativity performances at St. Andrew’s Church on Tuesday.   They were rightfully very proud of themselves and were buzzing for the rest of the week.

This week the children have taken it in turns to be the shopkeeper and the customer in our Christmas shop.  They have bought tinsel for the tree, carrots for the reindeer and presents for their friends.  They worked with 1p and 20p coins to add up their purchases and give change.

The children also each made a Christingle and studied the meaning behind the symbols.

On Friday, Hewish and West Wick Year 1 children spent the day together at West Wick.  Each class taught the other class how to make a craft.  They then worked together to add links to make a paper chain to decorate the hall for the afternoon disco.  It was lovely to see how quickly all the children made new friends.  The children enjoyed playing outside on the trim trail and scooters before settling down to a traditional Christmas dinner together.

Our phonics sounds for next week will be oe and o-e.  We will be learning to spell the days of the week and number names one to twenty.

Thank you for continuing to read at home with your child, it is having a huge impact.  If you have any time over the holidays to practise spelling the days of the week and number names: one, two, three etc to twenty with your child that would be great.  We are continuing to learn our two, five and ten times table too and recognising numbers to 100.

Next term’s learning theme is ‘How does your garden grow?’

Many thanks for your valued support.  Happy Christmas to you all.

Term 2 – Week 6

This week we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes in Maths.  The children drew, then cut out 2D shapes to make their Christmas cards.  We had many interesting designs, Christmas trees made with triangles, squares and a pentagon star and snowmen made with circles, with a triangle for the nose.  We have been on a 3D shape hunt around the school with our clipboards too.


In English we have read the story of ‘The Stickman’ and looked at the differences between the four seasons.  We went outside and looked for sticks to make our own stick men.   We worked with a partner to tell a story about the adventures of our ‘Stickman’ through the seasons before putting pen to paper.

On Wednesday we had a PE coach in to teach us how to play handball.   To warm up we had a game of sharks and fishes.  The sharks were really fast and managed to catch all the fish in the sea before they could put a cone on their head and ‘hide under a rock’.

Thank you for all your efforts to source costumes for your child for our Nativity performance.  We are looking forward to seeing you at St. Andrew’s Church at either the 1.30pm or 6pm performance on Tuesday 12th December.   Please do not park on the driveway up to the church as this needs to be kept clear for access for emergency vehicles.  Thank you.

Next week we will be looking at how Christmas is celebrated in the UK and the history behind some of our familiar traditions.

We will be using money to buy toys in our ‘Christmas shop.’

Our sounds will be ay (play), ai (rain) and ar (park).  Our sight words will be ‘does’ and ‘goes’.

Term 2 – Week 5

We have used, and built on, our mathematical knowledge this week.  We have used different resources to help us, including bead strings, tens frames with counters, Numicon and Unifix cubes to name but a few.  The children find having a concrete way of displaying the numbers involved  helps them to work out their calculations.  At home you could use buttons, dinosaurs or any object to help represent the numbers involved in either addition or subtraction problems.  The children have learnt the composition of numbers 6 – 10.  They learnt that numbers 6 to 10 are made up of 5 ‘and a bit’.   The children represented the number 8 in several ways, using a five and three ones.  We then moved on to number bonds to 10 and played popcorn, where one child said a number from 0-10 and their partner had to jump up and say the other number of the pair to 10.   We also played grow, show and throw to help us practise our number bonds to 10.  Perhaps you could ask your child how this works and help them practise their number bonds (pairs) to 10.  Thank you for helping your child to learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.  We are practising these tables every day in school as well.

This week in English we have been making sure that the children know how to break their writing into sentences and use the correct punctuation.  We have had a fidget spinner sight word challenge where children had to write as many sight words from memory as they could before the fidget spinner stopped spinning.  They found this very exciting.

The children also wrote wonderful recounts of their trip to Weston Museum last week, mainly about the bus ride and the cheese sandwiches, but dinosaurs and fossils were mentioned too!

Next week we will be learning about the different seasons and writing our own story about Stickman.  We will also be learning about money and  2D and 3D shapes.

Our sounds for next week are: aw (yawn), au (launch), ew (chew the stew) and ue (vue).

Our sight words for next week are: could, through, your and one.

Please bring your child’s Nativity costume into school in a named carrier bag next week.  The children are working very hard to polish their performance and learn the songs.  Please could you ensure you have returned the reply slip for pick up arrangements from the church on the 12th December.   Many thanks.



Term 2 – Week 4

This week we looked again at the four explorers we have studied over this term to answer our learning theme question, ‘Who is the greatest explorer?’  The children stood by a picture of the explorer that they thought was the greatest.  They then got into teams to make a presentation to the other groups about why their chosen explorer was the greatest, using persuasive language, for example, I think that, I feel that and in my opinion.   The children then wrote a persuasive piece to convince me that their explorer was the best.  Their writing was amazing.  I think the opportunity to have a debate before writing so their ideas were fresh in their minds and the fact that they had used whole sentences in their speech really helped to improve the quality of their writing, perhaps the competitive nature of the task also had something to do with it!

In Maths we have worked really hard to learn our two times table.  The children have taken it in turns to be the ‘teacher’.  Could you please continue to practise the two, five and ten times table at home.  Thank you.

On Friday we had an excellent trip to Weston Museum to learn more about fossils.  We saw a fossil of an Ichthyosaur, the first dinosaur fossil that one of our explorers, Mary Anning, found and the largest ammonite we had ever seen.

We took part in a workshop that included a fossil dig.  Once we found a fossil in the sand we had to match it to the picture and then we were told all about it.  We also compared the bones of a Titanosaurus, a T-Rex and a human skeleton.   We measured how long a T-Rex  would be – 12.4 metres – the length of the large room we were in.   The children were shown lots of fossils of different creatures and had to guess what they were.  They then had the opportunity to make their own from clay.

The children were exceptionally well behaved and showed their great listening skills.


Next week the sounds that we are revisiting are: ire (fire), ear (hear), air (fair), are (care).

Our sight words will be some, come, here, where, there.


Term 2 – Week 3

In English this week we have been adding the suffix ‘est’ and ‘er’ to root words.  We compared dinosaurs by deciding which one was the longest, shortest, tallest, smallest, highest, coldest, smoothest, strongest etc.  We finished our book about Mary Anning, ‘Bone Girl, Stone Girl’ and found out some more facts about her life.  We were surprised to read she was only 12 years old when she found the fossil of an Ichthyosaur (fish lizard) in Lyme Regis.   We learnt the tongue twister ‘She sells sea shells on the sea shore’ which was written about Mary Anning.  We used this tongue twister to practise our handwriting too, especially our formation of s, e and a.

We have been looking at the artist Andy Goldsworthy who specialises in land art.  We then collected natural objects to create our own Ichthyosaur.  The children really thought about the shapes they needed,  “this stick will make a good backbone.”

In Maths we have been jumping forwards along a number line to find the difference between numbers.  We have also had a go at solving missing number problems and explaining our reasoning.   The children are getting better at the two times table.  If you could continue to practise this at home  that would be a great help, thank you.  We have pictures of pairs of socks to help us count in twos.  We are also continuing to count forward and back from any number to any number within 100.

Thank you for your donations for Children in Need.  We had a lovely day.  The children worked together to weigh out ingredients to make cakes.  They drew a design for the top of their cake and carefully followed it using icing ‘pens’.  The children also worked together to measure the bears head to make a spotty bandage.  Their challenge was to add 50 spots to the bandage.

Next week we are going to Weston Museum on Friday.  School uniform must be worn.  However, Year 1 and Year 2 children at Hewish are able to wear their own clothes on Thursday 23rd November to raise funds for the Christmas Fair the following day.

We are going to be revisiting the following phonemes (sounds) next week:

e-e (as in theme), ir (shirt), ur (nurse), er (slower).

Thank you for all your support.





Term 2 – Week 2

Monday was very exciting because we excavated our fossils with outstanding results.


We were meant to sell our ‘fossils’ in our ‘Curiosities Shop’ but the children wanted to take them straight home to show you so we drew some fossils on rocks to sell instead!  We have been learning to subtract using a number line this week.  This came in useful when we were giving change in our shop.

We have also had a wedding this week as part of our understanding of our ‘Journey through Life’ module in RE.  The children took on the various roles, we made button holes and hats and even threw confetti.

In English we have been breaking our writing into sentences and adding the correct punctuation.  We noticed when it was appropriate to use an exclamation mark and a question mark.  On Thursday we became ‘ed’ detectives by highlighting all the ‘ed’ endings we could find from a page in our book about Mary Anning.  We then put them into sentences to describe what her dog had been doing.  We used words such as curled, turned, bounded, walked, stayed.

We have been using a disco dough gym to make our fingers stronger for writing every morning for the last couple of weeks.  I can see a difference already in the children’s writing, they are able to form smaller letters because they have more control over their movement.

We are revisiting split digraphs a-e (as in cake), i-e (as in bike), o-e (as in joke) and u-e (June) next week in phonics.

We will be learning to spell sight words: when, some, was and where correctly.

Thank you for continuing to read so much at home.


Term 2 – Week 1

Welcome back.  I hope you all had a great half term.  We have had another busy week in Year 1.

In English we have been reading a book called ‘Stone Girl, Bone Girl.’ The book is based on the life of Mary Anning, who found the first dinosaur fossil in Lyme Regis.  We have been predicting what will happen next in the story and writing sentences using a range of punctuation.  We have also written sentences using the suffix ‘ing’ when describing what we can see in one of the beautiful illustrations in the book.

Next week we are going to continue breaking our writing into sentences and learning how to use the suffix ‘ed.’

In Maths we have been learning to subtract.  We have been using sentences to describe what is happening when we take away, for example, First there were 7 birds in the tree.  Then 4 flew away.  Now there are 3 birds in the tree.  This language has really helped the children understand subtraction as they can picture what is happening.   We have used counters to represent the amounts and physically taken them away and drawn circles and crossed them out to show the amount that is left.  We have also used the ‘part, part, whole’ bar model to support our learning.  On Friday, all the children were able to write subtraction sentences independently.

Please can you practise the 2 times table, 5 times table and 10 times table with your child at home and help them to recognize numbers to 100.

Next week we are going to be using money to buy fossils from our ‘Curiosities Shop’ and work out how much change we will need to give using our subtraction skills.  If you have time perhaps you could play shops at home so children become familiar with the different coins.

Our value for this term is Friendship and we have talked at length about what a good friend should be like.  The children used their suggestions to make a ‘Friend Wanted’ poster, outlining all the qualities that a good friend should have.

This term we have a specialist coach for PE on a Wednesday afternoon who will be teaching the children how to play Hand ball.  Can you please ensure all children have their PE kits in school for next week.  Many thanks.

We have learnt a lot about fossils this week.  We made our own ammonites from Plasticine, then we made some plaster of Paris and pretended this was the sediment and covered our ammonites.  It only took about 20 minutes for the plaster of Paris to go rock hard, we couldn’t believe it.  We can’t wait until next week to chip away at the ‘rock’ to find our ammonite.

Our sounds for next week are ‘kn’, ‘tious’ and ‘cious’ ‘tch’ and ‘dge’.  Our sight words are: thought, caught, bought, walk and talk.

The children are really accelerating with their reading – thank you so much for all the reading you are doing at home, it really does make all the difference.






Term 1 – Week 7

It was great to meet you all at your child’s learning review meeting this week.  I am so proud of all the children’s achievements in Year 1 this term and I am really excited about Term 2.   We are sad to be saying goodbye to Jodie and Oliver but we are excited for them as they move to their own farm in Devon and a school with a swimming pool!  This week we had a space picnic to finish our space explorer theme and the end of a very successful term 1.

Next term we will by studying a female explorer called Mary Anning and finding out what she discovered in Lyme Regis.

In our English lessons this week we have used our story plan to write our sequel to Beegu.  I was very impressed with the quality and quantity of writing.  We checked our work to see if we had used the correct punctuation, adjectives and different sentence starters.  We are also thinking carefully about our handwriting and whether we are forming the letters correctly and we are all trying to make our letters smaller.  If your child is writing at home please could I ask that you provide them with lined paper so they can practise writing on the line.  We have also been matching capital letters to lower case letters so that when the children are asked to start a new sentence with a capital letter they know what the capital equivalent looks like.  We have also been making capital letters from play dough to help us.

In Maths this week we have been using our knowledge of addition to solve number problems.  This term we have learnt our ten times table.  Next term we will be learning our two times table and five times table.  Please could you help your child practise these times tables at home.  Many thanks.

In Computing we have been learning to programme to help ‘Blue Fuzz’ get home.  The children helped each other beautifully as some of us found programming a little tricky to start.

We have also been looking at photographs of  the  seven continents at night from the International Space Station.  We could make out where the cities were because of the concentration of lights.  We have been trying to learn the names of all the continents.

In RE we learnt about believer’s baptism and how it is different to infant baptism.

Our sounds for the week after half term are: ue, oe and e-e.

Many thanks for all your support.  Have a great half term.

Term 1 – Week 6

In Maths we have been learning our number bonds to 10 and writing addition sentences.  We found that it does not make any difference whether we write 6 + 4 = 10 or 4 + 6 = 10 because the total is the same.  We used a lot of concrete objects to help us in our challenge to find as many number bonds to 10 as we could.

In English we have been planning our sequel to the story of Beegu.  To help us get some inspiration about which other planets Beegu might explore we had a visit from Jo, a space detective, who works with Tim Peake.  Jo told us all about the planets in the Solar System.  We were given a planet and we had to get in order.  We learnt that all the planets go around the sun but the sun is not a planet it is a large star.  The stars we see in the sky are so small because they are so far away from Earth.  Jo was able to answer Oliver’s question, “Which is the largest planet?”  The answer is Jupiter.  The children had so many questions for Jo, they are all really excited about space.  We chose which planet we wanted to make.  The boys who chose Earth used the globe to help them see where the continents and oceans were.   The most exciting part of the morning was to put on the virtual reality goggles and actually blast off into space in our very own rocket.  We saw the bubbling hot sun, other stars, planets and all the controls inside the space rocket.

We have learnt a lot about Tim Peake and what it is like to live in space, for example, how astronauts wash their hair, what food they have to eat, how often they change their clothes and how they sleep.

On Thursday, we had our own infant baptism.  The children took on the roles of the Vicar, Parents and Godparents, the child being christened  was played by a doll as no one wanted to get their head wet!  The parents chose the baby’s names and we talked about the symbols that Christians have at a christening.

On Thursday we also had our first football match after a term of practising our football skills with  Andy, our FA coach.

On Friday afternoon we had great fun making and launching rocket mice into space.  First, we had to make a cone for the body of the mouse.  Then we added eyes, ears and a tail before placing the mouse on top of a plastic bottle.    When the mouse was in position we pressed the air out of the bottle which fired the mouse up into the sky.  We talked about what effect the different sized bottles had on how high the mouse went.  It was agreed that the bigger the bottle, the higher the mouse went because “there was more air in it to push it up”, Evie said.

Phonics – This week’s sounds have been ew (as in chew the stew), ire (as in fire), ear (hear with your ear), ure (sure it’s pure) and tion.

Next week’s sounds are: au (launch in August), wh (which) ie (pie, tie), y (happy, silly), and ph (phone).

I look forward to seeing you at your child’s learning review meeting next week.







Term 1 – Week 5

I have been very impressed again this week by the standard of writing, especially during our phonics lessons.  The children are using their Fred Talk fingers to find the sounds in words before they write.    We are also working hard to recognise and spell our sight words.  This week’s words have been: were, where, their, any and brother.  We have also been learning that there are several alternative ways to write the same sound, for example: er, ur, ir and ow, ou, and ai, ay, a-e and oa, ow, o-e.

In English we have been learning to break our writing up into sentences and use a variety of punctuation, including when to use a full stop and when to use a question mark.   The children each chose a question they had written to ask Beegu (they took it in turns to put on Beegu’s ears and answer a question).

In Maths we have been learning to add  two single digit numbers to find a total and to add a single digit number to a two digit number to find a total, using objects, the part, part, whole model and jumping along a number line.   We verbalised our number sentence before writing it and remembered to write just one digit in each of the squares in our maths books.   We also undertook an investigation to see how many number bonds to 10 there are.

We used our imagination to make a friend for Beegu from play dough.

In RE we looked at what symbols are associated with celebrations and the children made a comprehensive list: balloons, cards, presents, cakes, candles, party food and drew some excellent pictures and labelled them.

We also talked about how to be a good friend to Beegu and what we would do if we were being ignored and feeling lonely.

On Friday we watched real footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon.   We noticed walking on the Moon is different to how we walk on Earth and talked about gravity.  We then tried to walk as if we were on the moon (in slow motion) but we found it difficult to stay in the air when we jumped!  We learnt so many facts about Neil Armstrong that we decided to write a fact file.  See if your child can remember any.  Melissa was particularly impressed that Neil Armstrong was only 15 when he got his first pilot’s licence to fly a plane.  We also learnt that Buzz Light Year from Toy Story was named after Buzz Aldrin who went with Neil Armstrong to the moon.


Term 1 – Week 4

In Phonics we have been learning how to read and spell words containing split vowel digraphs (2 letters that are split that make one sound, for example o-e) and trigraphs (3 letters together that make one sound, for example ‘are’).  A lot of the children challenged themselves and put the words into sentences.  I particularly like the sentence below, ‘We care and we share in Year One.’  The children are also working really hard to make their writing a bit smaller.

In English we have been writing our own space stories.  We have started to use traffic light coloured cups to self-assess.  We show our red cup when we are finding the task a bit difficult and need extra support from an adult or friend, the amber cup when we are happy to have a go by ourselves and green cups when we do not need any help because we can do it independently.

We are reading the story of Beegu, an alien who has crash landed on Earth and is all alone.   We have designed, made and evaluated our very own spaceships to help Beegu return home.  I was very impressed with the amount of effort that all the children put into making their spaceships, it was a very quiet afternoon!


In Maths we have been partitioning numbers using arrow cards to find out how many tens and ones there are in numbers to 100.  We have also been learning about ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc).  We had a bean bag throwing competition and became judges to award places in the competition.

We look forward to continuing our space theme next week and learning more about Neil Armstrong and the moon landing.

Term 1 – Week 3

On Monday the Year 1 Crew hid their clay creatures in the vegetation around the school grounds for their classmates to discover.   We had great fun being explorers and finding, sketching and labelling these yet undiscovered creatures.

We have also been learning to represent the value of numbers this week.  We used bundles of 10 straws to help us with place value.

On Tuesday we enjoyed the sunshine and played some team building games that focussed on big movements on the field.


In phonics we have been looking at sounds that sound the same but are written differently, for example oi and oy, ay and a-e, ee and ea.

In English we shared our ideas with our friends before writing our own versions of The Owl and the Pussy Cat poem.


Term 1 – Week 2

The Year 1 Crew have had a very busy week.  In English we have been learning the Owl and the Pussy Cat poem and we are now able to recite the poem from memory with the help of a story map and some simple actions.  We had great fun in our pea green boats when reciting the poem to our audiences.  We then innovated the characters to make our own poem and used adjectives to describe them.

In Maths we have been solving missing number problems, learning to count backwards and working hard to find more and less than a given number.   We found finding less much more difficult than finding more, but when we cracked it, we had a great sense of achievement.

In our art and design lessons we have been using our imagination to paint our own creature that has not yet been discovered by an explorer.  We then used our painting as a template to design our creature from air-dry clay.  We chose our clay to match the colour of the creature we had painted.

We have been taught football skills by a professional coach and have also enjoyed playing team games in PE.

We joined with the Year 2 class to collect natural objects outside to make pictures of the ships that Christopher Columbus sailed in and have used musical instruments to accompany our sea shanty songs.





Term 1 – Week 1

We have had a fantastic first week in Year 1.  All of the children have settled so quickly and now bounce into the classroom in the morning.

On Tuesday we were entertained and educated by a time travelling explorer, called Pedro, who travelled the seas exploring new lands with Christopher Columbus.  We  found out that Christopher Columbus was given some fruit and vegetables that he had not seen before: pineapples, tomatoes and potatoes by a local tribe.    Christopher Columbus gave the local people a ship’s bell in return because they had not seen or heard a bell before.   Pedro taught us a dance from the time of Christopher Columbus.   We then wrote questions to send to Pedro to find out even more information about Christopher Columbus; we  remembered to use a question mark.


We have also been exploring around the school grounds and found spiders, bumble bees, slugs, blackberries and Melissa even spotted a “Cabbage White butterfly.”



    In Maths we have been learning to count and represent objects on  large sheets of wrapping paper.  Jacob found 36 whales and then drew 36 circles to represent the whales.  We placed counters on the different objects to help us remember which ones we had counted.


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We hope that you have all had a wonderful summer break and we look forward to welcoming you to the Year 1 Crew.

On Tuesday 5th September Year 1 will be welcoming a special explorer who will explain all about Christopher Columbus and his travels to launch our theme ‘Who is the greatest explorer?’  It would be great if children could come dressed as an explorer on Tuesday.   Please could you pay via Parent Pay for this session if you have not done so already.  Many thanks.

If you have any concerns please do come and discuss them with me at the end of the day or make an appointment with the office.

I am really excited about this year and look forward to getting to know you and your children during our learning journey together.

Mrs Poole, Mrs Wickens and Mrs Gray.