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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


Welcome to Year 1's year group page. This is the page for Class 3 and 4. You will be able to find out about our learning experiences in school each week and see photos of us having fun. We have an exciting year ahead, with trips out, workshops and visitors already planned. We look forward to getting to know and working together with all Year 1 parents, to ensure the children have a fulfilling year.  

Changing Seasons

Week beginning 20.9.21


This week has seen Summer turning to Autumn and whilst we have still had some lovely weather, the children have really enjoyed hunting for signs of Autumn and using the outdoor exploration area. 

In Maths, we have been finding out if there are enough to match 2 groups-eg. gloves to hands. There has been some great teamwork when building models together and you couldn't hear a pin drop when the children were learning how to draw jungle animals from an on screen tutorial.

We hope you enjoyed the school fair after a long wait and wish you a happy weekend!

Settling in

Week beginning 13.9.21


Not only have the children been settling in, but also the stick insects that Class 4 are very excited about! See photos below of them in their habitat.

We have been sharing the story 'Tiny Little Fly' and learning what a noun is. Why not do a noun hunt around your house or out and about?

This year, in addition to our daily Maths lesson, we are trialing a program called Numbersense. This takes place for 15 minutes each day. The program aims to enable children to develop a deep understanding of how the number system works. This week we have been working on how to recognise amounts of objects up to 5 without counting. The standard arrangements on dice and dominoes have been part of this learning. It would be helpful if you could practise this at home using any objects up to 5 in these standard and random arrangements.

The children are really getting the hang of the Year 1 routines and we look forward to more learning together next week.

The Year 1 team



Normal lessons resume!

Week beginning 6.9.21


The children have settled amazingly well and have been getting used to the timetable in Year 1. They have been introduced to the Year 1 curriculum in Maths, Literacy, Phonics, Reading, PE, Science, RE and Geography. On Thursday afternoons, both classes alternate each week in Music and RHE (Relationships and Health Education). This week, Class 3 had RHE and Class 4 had Music.

On Wednesday, we had a well-being afternoon and produced artwork for the hall and painted a rock for the bottom of the drive. The focus was on the class identity. Class 3 are the Brave Butterflies and Class 4 are the Positive Peacocks.

A message from Mrs Sellers-I am looking forward to seeing how your sunflowers grew over the Summer. Please could you send a photo of you and your sunflower to the office if you would like to. The photos could then be put on this website blog.

It has been a great first full week of the year and we look forward to many more to come.

First week back!

Week beginning 2.9.21


It was lovely to greet all the children and their families on Thursday the 2nd September. Being able to open the doors to a return to normal was uplifting for all the staff in the team. We would like to say once again a big thankyou for all your support during the challenges of the last 18 months and that we look forward to working together to make Year 1 a memorable one.

We have spent the first two days introducing some of the knowledge content from what we will be teaching in more depth over the year for History, Geography and RE. We kicked it off with a 'Rio' day, learning about some of the basic facts about what Rio de Janeiro is like and having a mini carnival in the hall.

It was great to be able to be together as a year group and lots of fun was had by all parading to Brazilian music accompanied by children on drums and adults on whistles!

We hope we have sown some seeds of interest and excitement for the year to come.

Please remember that we have an open door policy and now restrictions are lifted we have message boards inside the outside doors that you can use when needed.

The Year 1 team are very excited to be able to take your children on a journey without previous challenges and we look forward to getting to know you all properly.

Welcome back !

From the team-Mrs Bright, Mrs Sellers, Ms O'Hanlon, Mrs Bucknall and Miss Creber