Barnett Wood Infant School

Year 1

Summer 1 Half Termly Overview

Week Beginning 17th July

What an amazing year we have had!

First of all, the staff in Year 1 would like to say a massive thank you for your kind words, generous gifts and good wishes. It has been a pleasure teaching your wonderful children this year.

This week we have finished all of the units for Maths, English, Science and other foundation subjects. We have written to our year 2 teachers and told them lots of facts about ourselves. We also wrote cards to the reception children outlining some of the new routines and things they will be learning next year. 

The children enjoyed practical maths this week. We counted different amounts of money, practised addition and subtraction and revised number formation.

In geography, we completed a quiz about the UK and revised the knowledge we have learnt this half term.

In music we chose a song and worked at making it a performance piece using voice and instruments.

In PSHE, we looked at changes and how they can be good or bad. We discussed how to cope with the changes we are unsure about and who we can talk to. 


So here we are, the end of the school year. The year one team would like to say a massive thank you for your support and wish you a fun filled family summer.

See you all in September x

Week Beginning 10th July

This week we received letters from our Year 2 teachers! We were so excited to have our first moving up session on Monday! We have planned and started writing our own reply letters and will visit our new classes again Wednesday next week.

In Maths this week we have revisited time, doubles, quarters and 100 squares. We practised our skills from the year. Next week we will be playing Maths games and revisiting our addition and subtraction skills. 

We have been busy making pop up cards this week in DT, ready for celebration evening, tonight. We have spent this half term learning about the different types of mechanisms and chose our favourite to make our own cards. We look forward to you seeing them later on! If you can't make it tonight, then we hope you have a lovely weekend!

Week Beginning 3rd July

In English, we completed our unit about the text Monkey See, Monkey Do, by writing our own version of the story. We remembered to use adjectives to add detail. We also completed some booklets so we could see how much we have remembered from our learning.


In Maths, we were recognising the time to the hour and a half hour on an analogue clock. It is definitely something that can be practised at home. 


In science, we went out looking at trees to see if we could identify them by their stature and their leaves. We also discussed if they were deciduous or evergreen.



Music sandwich Melody Rythm Melody

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Week Beginning 26th June

This week we have started writing our own versions of the 'Monkey See Monkey Do' stories. We spent the first half of the week planning our stories and will finish writing them next week. In Maths this week we started looking at time, we learnt the days of the week and the months of the year. Next week we will be looking at telling the time!

What a fantastic day we had today at Sports Day! Everyone was so well behaved and worked really hard at each event! Thank you for coming along to support us and well done for taking part! Have a lovely weekend!

Week beginning 19th June 

In English this week we have been further embedding our text 'Monkey See, Monkey Do', by looking at 'the power of three'. Three actions in one sentence which allow us to use emotion, greater detail and commas in a list. The children have also started planning their own version of the story by changing some details. 


In maths, we have been learning about money. Specifically, recognising coins and their value and making amounts in different ways. Next week we move on to learning about time.


In design and technology, we investigated different materials and their properties. Next week we will be investigating materials for making a celebration card.


In science, we observed the growth of our seeds and bulbs. We also learned about the parts of a plant and how they promote growth.


In music we used coloured cubes to create a melody with different pitches. We then played them on the glockenspeil. 


We hope you have a good weekend.

Week Beginning 12th June

This week we started learning our story for this half term "Monkey See Monkey Do" We have learnt the actions and looked at the power of 3 in a sentence. Next week we will be doing a whole class shared write of the story and beginning to make it our own.

In Maths this week we looked at partitioning numbers to 100 into tens and ones. Next week we be looking at money. You might want to practise recognising the coins and paying for items over the weekend at the shops!
In Science this week we were excited to plant our seeds and bulbs, we have planted lettuce and gladioli. They are already starting to grow! 

This week in Music we looked at changes in pitch and moved pipe cleaners to show how the piece of music changed.

Have a lovely weekend!

Science - Planting

Week Beginning 6.6.23

Welcome back. We hope you all had a great half-term break.

We began this last half-term of Year 1 by reviewing some of the previous phonics learning. This has been useful to consolidate the children's knowledge before the screening next week.


In English, we have started a new focus. This half term we are looking at a text called 'Monkey see, monkey do'. We started by looking at emotion words and writing a short character description. We then looked at the poem by Michael Rosen called 'I am Angry' and wrote our own poem in the same style.


In maths, we have been learning about the place value of numbers from fifty to one hundred. We have been representing these numbers in different ways, counting on and back to fill in missing numbers and partitioning numbers into tens and ones.


In Geography, we have started looking at our country and the physical features of towns, cities and the countryside. We enjoyed reading the story 'The town mouse and the country mouse' and discussed the pros and cons of living in each place.


In PSHE, we started our focus on 'Changing Me'. We looked at the life cycles of familiar animals. We discussed how changes from when we were babies are good because we have different skills and can do more by ourselves.


Finally, we wish the Year 2 Maypole team a successful performance at Ashtead Village Day tomorrow. 

Have a lovely weekend and stay safe in the heat.

Week Beginning 22nd May

This week we looked at the poem 'This Enormous Turnip'. We looked for rhyming words and thought of our own rhyming couplets for our class poem. Today we read our poem aloud, can you remember your rhyming couplet?

After half term we will be looking at the story 'Monkey see, Monkey do'

In Maths this week we have been looking at position and direction. We have directed each other around the class room and followed instructions to play different games. We have been practising using the words above, below, backwards and forwards and left and right.

After half term we will be looking at Place value to 100. 

This week was our school trip to Painshill! We had such a good time! We met our guide Adam who took us on a Fairy Tale walk through the park and then followed our own trail to find buried treasure! Everyone was so well behaved and listened well. We are all so proud of you all. A big thank you to the parents who were able to come on the trip with us, we really appreciate your help.

Have a lovely half term! 

Week Beginning 15th May

It was so lovely to see the children playing on the field this week. They really enjoy the extra space and sense of adventure.

A reminder that next Wednesday is our educational visit to Painshill park. Please read the information sent out from the office just to remind yourselves about what the children need. We are hoping for fine weather as most of the day is spent outside.


In English this week we have been writing our own version of The Enormous Turnip and editing it to make simple improvements. At the end of the week, some of us read our stories from the author's chair.

In Maths, we continued learning about fractions. We were focusing on recognising and finding a quarter of shapes and quantities. We used bar models, arrays and practical sharing to creat four equal groups. We also realised that a quarter is half of a half.

In art, we continued learning about surrealism. We thoroughly enjoyed creating our clay sculptures using the designs from last week's lesson. We learned different techniques for working with the clay and we are very proud of our work.

Our first swimming lessons in Year 1 have been great! The swimming teachers are getting to know the children and have made the lessons fun. The pool was a warm, comforting 33 degrees on Wednesday. What lucky children!

We hope you all have a restful weekend and don't forget to read wink

Week Beginning 8th May

We hope you had a lovely Coronation Weekend! We started this week by looking at our Enormous Turnip story and doing a whole class 'shared write'. We thought about adjectives, similes and punctuation to use. Next week we carry on writing our own stories in detail and begin editing and illustrating. 

In our foundation subjects this week we designed our surrealist clay sculptures, next week we will be making these sculptures. In our History we looked at King Henry VIII and found out why he is famous. In Science we are still looking at Seasons and thought about how the seasons affect us. 

In Maths this week we have been looking at half. First we found half of a shape and share our toast by cutting it in half with our partner. We then looked at finding half of a number and split groups of counters in half. Next week we will move on to quarters. 

Well Done Owls for a fantastic assembly this morning about Maths! You all spoke clearly and your work was fantastic!

Finally, a massive thank you to all the parents who have escorted the Year Ones to the library and to those who have offered to support the children with swim changes. We apprieciate your help so much.


Week Beginning 1st May

We hope you all enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend. This week we have taken part in lots of celebrations for the Coronation. In our History we looked at the how the monarchy is inherited and made a family tree for King Charles. In our Art this week we looked at printing and made surrealist style pictures using different printing objects. We have also spent time decorating our Tea Towels for the Coronation. Everyone drew their design first and then copied the design on to the tea towel. We can't wait to show them to you!

In English this week we have started to plan our own versions of The Enormous Turnip story. We have changed the story plan and next week we will be continuing with our shared write, and thinking of adjectives to describe our new characters. 

In Maths this week we have reviewed arrays and counting in 2, 5 and 10. We finished the week looking at money and linking our counting skills. Next week we will be looking at finding and recognising half. 

We hope you have a lovely Coronation Weekend! See you all on Tuesday! 

Coronation Celebrations 2023

Week Beginning 24th April

What a busy week!

In English this week, we have continued to focus on the text 'The Enormous Turnip'. We have written expanded noun phrases and similes about characters in the story. We acted out the story and freeze-framed the action to see if our friends could guess which part of the story we were performing. Next week we will start to create some new characters for our own version of 'The Enormous Turnip'.



In maths, we have been counting in twos, fives, and tens. We have also focused on doubles and sorting a whole amount into equal groups. Counting backward is definitely something we could practise at home. Next week we will continue learning about division and focusing on sharing.


In Art, we have learned more about the artist Joan Miro. We created some surrealist pictures using bold colours, lines, shapes and other symbols.



Week Beginning 17th April

Welcome back, we started the week by writing our own stories about a character of our choice. On Thursday we were very surprised to find an Enormous Turnip in the classroom! Our story focus for this half term will be The Enormous Turnip! We have been learning the story, acting it out and creating our story maps. We will continue to become familiar with this story next week. 


The Enormous Turnip

In Maths this week we have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We have also been looking at equal groups and writing the repeated addition to match. Next week we will be using this knowledge to begin arrays. 


In History this half term we will be learning about Kings and Queens, we started this topic by learning the term Monarch and thinking about the rules we would have if we were a Monarch. Our Art for this half term is Miro we looked at magical realism and drew our own pictures in his style. 



This week we also started Maypole dancing, we will be learning dance until we start swimming. Everyone was very sensible and really enjoyed skipping around the Maypole. 

Spring 2 Half Termly Overview

Week Beginning 27th March

What an amazing dance performance the children gave us on Tuesday!

So many smiles and a real sense of achievement too. Thank you Mr. Rae for sharing your skills with our children. 


In English this week we have been assessing our skills in reading, writing and grammar. We have also written about our favourite learning this half term. We had to use conjunctions to join clauses in our sentences.


We have also been assessing our skills and carrying out investigations. We have compared and measured the volume and capacity of different containers. We made sure we did good measuring.


In geography, we revised our knowledge of the local area and discussed ways in which we could improve it. There were lots of brilliant suggestions.

  • improving the lighting along roads
  • more rubbish bins, so that people don't litter the area
  • filling in more of the potholes so that cars are not damaged.
  • more play areas
  • more shops that sell Pokemon cards
  • planting more flowers for wildlid


Well that was a busy half-term and now we all have a chance to rest and have fun.

We hope you are able to enjoy the Easter break.


Week Beginning 20th March

This week we finished our Paddington stories, we have made the stories in to little books of our own and taken our time to present them neatly. We shared our writing in front of the class. Everyone was very proud of their work. 


In Maths this week we have been learning about weight and mass. We started the week by looking at scales and comparing the mass of different objects. 


Next week we will be looking at capacity and volume. 


In Science this week we looked for puddles around the school. we thought about what we would like to find out about puddles and discussed how and why puddles are made. 



We are really looking forward to performing in the Dance show next week, please come along and watch on Tuesday afternoon. 

Week Beginning 13th March

This week we have started writing our Paddington stories, we have been focusing on using adjectives and similes in our sentences. We have been acting out each part of our story and next week we will be making our own Paddington books, adding illustrations. 

Thank you for sending in pictures of your homes, in our Geography this week we looked at different types of house and built our own. We also built and decorated a house for Paddington. For our Geography next week we are looking at jobs in our local area - Please send in a photo of the grown ups in your family at their place of work, for Monday. 


In Maths this week we have been measuring using rulers. We have looked at ruler skills and practised measuring lots of objects including our hands and feet! We compare the length and height of different objects. Next week we will begin looking at Mass and Volume. 


We had a very exciting Science lesson this week, investigating ice! Our lego men had been frozen, we had to think of different ways to save them from the ice trap. Everyone was very excited to see how the ie changed and made accurate predictions about what might happen to the ice. We were able to rescue our Lego people using some of the methods we thought of. Next week we will be looking at puddles!


DT - Statues and joining

Week Beginning 6th March

This week we have been continuing with our Paddington stories, we went outside and experienced the snow on Wednesday and wrote some exciting settings to use in our story writing next week. We thought about how we felt in the snow and then looked at pictures of Paddington enjoying the snow! 


In Maths this week we have been looking at length and height. We started the week by comparing the length and height of different objects. We also order ourselves from shortest to tallest and used cubes to measure different classroom objects. Next week we will be using rulers to measure and looking at centimeters. 


In Science this week we carried out an experiment with ice! We really enjoyed observing the ice and predicting what might happen to it over time. We added salt to our ice, and talked about how the ice changed. Next week we will be carrying out another ice investigation!

Thank you for the Geography pictures of your homes, we will be using these on Monday, so there is still time to send in or print out your picture to share with the class. 

DT - Playground Structures

Week Beginning 27th February

This week has been Book Week! We started the week with an exciting visit from a real Author! Lauren Fennemore read us her story 'The Wonderful World was waiting' everyone enjoyed hearing about how she made the book and asking questions.

Throughout the week we have been listening to live stories read by other Authors online, including some of our favourites like The 3 Little Pigs and The Baddies! 

We also took part in Reading swaps with another class in the school. We read to each other and spent time in other classrooms. Today we had a whole school quiz! We all split into teams and answered questions together in the hall. It was lots of fun to work together. 


In Geography this week we thought about our local area and worked as a class to make a map, we looked at pictures of local landmarks and placed them on our map. 

Next week - Please could you bring in a photo of your house so we can talk about where we live. We need these photos on Monday!


As part of our Science unit for this half term we tested waterproof materials. We used water to test the different materials and worked out which material would work best to repair our umbrella. 



In Maths this week we have been working with numbers to 50, we have been revisiting our skills from this half term and practising estimating and representing numbers. Next week we will move on to length and height. 



World Book Day 2023

Week Beginning 20th February

Welcome back!

This week we had a surprise visit in the classroom! As part of our English learning we have been reading the story of Paddington Bear. We arrived in the classroom to find snowy footprints and a suitcase. 



We have been retelling the story and looking at using similes and time starters in our sentences. Next week we will continue with the story and will be adding other places in London for Paddington to visit. 


In Maths this week we have been working with numbers to 50. We have practised counting on and back and looked at counting in groups of 10, first we made groups of 10 in a 10s frame and then counted in 10s to find the total. 


This half term our foundation subjects have changed, we will be learning about structures in DT and Our Local Area in Geography. We started our DT Unit by making a strong structure using paper, we rolled the paper to make cylinders. 


Next week is Book Week and World Book Day is on Thursday, remember to come in dressed as your favourite book character on Thursday. As part of book week we will be doing lots of extra reading activities!


This week was our first dance session with Mr Rae, everyone really enjoyed dancing to the music and we are looking forward to our show at the end of this term. 


Have a lovely Weekend! Mrs Ball would like to say a big THANK YOU to Owls class for the lovely get well soon flowers heart

Spring 1 Half Termly Overview

Phonics Home Learning Spring 1

Year 1 School Trip

Just to confirm the Year 1 school trip has now been confirmed, we will be visiting Painshill Wednesday 24th May. We will speak to you nearer the time about arrangements and parent helpers. 
Thank you for your on going support 

Year 1 

Week Begining 6th February

What a great half-term this has been!

All the better for finishing off with a brilliant Victorian workshop. The children looked great in their outfits. We learned all about Syrie and Dr. Barnado and we were able to use the facts we had learned over the last few weeks too. We made seed labels in woodwork and embroidered bookmarks. We even used chalk and slate boards in our maths lesson.


In English, we created new characters for a Beatrix Potter story and wrote some great character profiles.


In maths, we spent time consolidating our addition and subtraction skills. We looked at doubles and near doubles, missing number problems and finding a difference.


Next half term, we will be starting a new topic in English. We are asking if you have any Paddington Bear items we could use in the classroom. For example, teddies, games or books.

Please name any items you allow us to borrow. Many thanks.


In maths we move onto place value to 50, so practise counting in tens and we will be raring to go.


We wish you a restful family week filled with reading and sunshine.



Week Beginning 30th January

This week we have been reading the story of Peter Rabbit and inventing our own characters in the style of Beatrix Potter. Everyone thought of great names including Mrs Doick the Duck and Alfie the Owl! Next week we will be writing character profiles for our new characters. 


In Maths this week we have been focusing on subtraction and looking at missing numbers. We have used lots of different counting back skills to help us. Next week we will be revisiting these skills.


Thank you for your holiday photos this week, we really enjoyed comparing our holidays to Victorian holidays. 


Next week will be a shorter week as we are not in school on Monday. Please remember to come to school dressed as a Victorian child on Tuesday, ready for an exciting Victorian Day!


Have a lovely weekend!

Earth Art - Mandalas

Science - Materials Three Little Pig Houses

Victorian Day 7th February 

Dear Parents

On Tuesday 7th February we will be holding our Victorian Experience Day. The children are all very excited about what they will be wearing and we have spoken to them about different ideas. We have looked at old photographs and vintage clothing, and noticed that boys wore similar clothes to school uniform with maybe a waistcoat and flat cap. The girls often wore dark dresses and pinafores with maybe a light apron and mop cap. If you have any problems with costumes please come and speak to us, as I’m sure we will be able to help out!

Please make sure your child will be warm enough in their costume if the weather turns cooler. Normal school shoes should be worn.

We have planned an exciting day of ‘Victorian Learning’ including a Workshop run by The Drama Hut in our Victorian School and are all looking forward to it.

Thank you for your continued support.

Week beginning 23rd January

This week we have continued writing about 'Supertato' and focused on writing our own version of the story. We enjoyed creating a new villain and thinking about the mischief they could get up to.


In maths, we have been adding by counting on and by using number bonds. We also learned about doubles and near doubles and how they can help us to calculate.


In history, we found out about The Great Exhibition and walked around a virtual representation to grasp the scale of the Crystal Palace. 


Next week: 

English- We are focusing on the Peter Rabbit series of books by the victorian author, Beatrix Potter. We will be looking a different characters and the style of writing.


Maths - We will be learning more about subtraction using numbers to twenty.


History - We will be comparing a seaside visit in Victorian times to now. Please can the children bring in a photo of themselves at the beach. We will need this for Monday.


We hope you have a great weekend.

Earth Art Weaving

Week Beginning 16th January

This week we have been continuing to focus on the story of Supertato! The children have been thinking about sentences. Evil Pea had captured Supertato from the classroom, but luckily Mrs Gibbard saved the day! Today we wrote letters to Evil Pea telling him to change his ways and become Super Pea! Next week will be our last week of Supertato, we will be re-writing the story. 

In Maths this week we have been looking at numbers to 20 and focusing on ordering, and representing the numbers. You might want to practise recognising tens and ones in numbers by playing this Basket Ball game - Next week we will be looking at addition and subtraction to 20. 


In Science this week we were looking at magnets, everyone enjoyed experimenting with the different materials and moving objects with the magnets. 



Thank you for bringing in your leaves on Wednesday, we made animal pictures by cutting and positioning the leaves, we thought about the different types of leaves and learnt about Rangoli art. 

Week Beginning 9th January

We have had a good week of learning.

In maths, we have been focusing on numbers up to 20. We looked at how these numbers are made up of one ten and some more ones. We sorted representations of twenty and not twenty and found amounts that are one more or one less than a number to 20.


In English, we started a three-week module focusing on the book 'Supertato'. The children came into school on Monday and found a crime scene! There were vegetables captured and drawn on, all over the place. Who could have committed this terrible crime? Who could save the world from Evil Pea? We read the story and created a story plan of the main events. We even put actions to the story to help us remember the correct order. Today we wrote extended sentences that described Supertato's character.


In art, we continue our theme of Eart Art. This week we made sculptures with sticks and twigs found on the school field. We made some brilliant creations. See the photos below.


Next Week:

Maths - We will be focusing on using a number line to 20, ordering, estimating and comparing amounts to 20.

English - We continue our learning about the text 'Supertato' and writing using adjectives. We will also be editing sentences to improve them.


We hope you have a brilliant weekend.

Week Beginning 2nd January

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely break. At the beginning of the week the children wrote about their Christmas Holidays. Everyone was able to remember the features of a sentence. This week we have also looked at editing sentences and spelling tricky words. These are good skills to practise at home. Next week we will be focusing on one of the book displays in our school hall, I wonder if you can guess which story? 


In Maths this week we have been deepening our understanding of the teen numbers. We will continue with this learning next week and focus on numbers 14 to 20. You might want to practise your number skills at home with this game -


In Science this half term we will be learning about Materials. We started this unit by looking at different objects and discussing what they were made of with our partner.


Thank you for bringing in your rocks this week, we have painted them in our Art lesson, we will be placing them around the playground so keep a look out for them next week! 

Autumn 2 Half Termly Overview

Phonics Home Learning Autumn 2

Week Beginning 12th December

The Year 1 team would like to begin by saying a massive thank you for your kind wishes and gifts.

It seems impossible that we have already completed a third of the school year.


This week we have completed a 'cold write' of a story. This means the children have 30 minutes to write as much of a story as they can. We have also written letters to Father Christmas asking him lots of questions about his life and where he lives. 


In maths, we used 2d and 3d shapes to make patterns for wrapping paper. We also revised number bonds to 10 and ordering amounts.


We had lots of fun at the class parties. The staff were impressed with the children as they played the games and showed kindness and politeness to each other.


We wish you all a good Christmas and a peaceful new year. See you all in 2023.

P.S. Don't forget to bring in a rock for our art lesson.

Advent scene

Working together

Week Beginning 5th December

This week in English we have been continuing to read the 'Dear Father Christmas' story. We have written a list of what we will include in our letters to Father Christmas next week and have written the school address at the top of our page. Next week we will write and post our letters! laugh

In Maths this week we have reviewed our learning from this half term and focused on adding and subtracting 1 or 2. Next week we will be making patterned wrapping paper and number books. 

This week we made our vegetable pictures in DT, based on our designs. Everyone enjoyed eating their vegetable snack. 



Today was Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper day! We really enjoyed looking at all the lovely Christmas jumpers and everyone enjoyed their lunch!


Week beginning 28th November

What a busy week it has been!

First of all, we would like to thank the parents who were able to come and support the children during ART/DT morning. We really appreciate your help.

We also marvelled at the creative, crazy hair ideas worn by the children on Friday.


In English this week, we have focused on the text 'Dear Father Christmas' by Alan Durant. We have been recognising and ordering features of formal and informal letters, 

In Maths, we have been consolidating and assessing our knowledge of addition, subtraction and reasoning. 


In geography, we plotted routes on a map of our local area. We found alternative routes from the railway station to school depending on how we would travel.


Owls have enjoyed colouring club, this week with Mrs. Davies (photos below) and Rabbits will have a session next week.


Next week:

English - We will continue embedding the text 'Dear Father Christmas' but also review and assess the progress in the phonics, reading and grammar covered in this half term. This will inform our planning for the spring term.


Maths - We will be learning more about subtraction. Specifically, finding missing part, subtracting one-digit numbers and crossing out to find what is left.


We hope to see you all at the Christmas fair on Sunday. 

colouring club

Week Beginning 21st November

This week we have been writing our own versions of The Gingerbread Man. We added our own character and wrote the whole story over 3 days. The children were very good at remembering the repeated phrases and have really enjoyed retelling the story. 


In Maths this week we have been revisiting some of our units from this half term. We started the week with 3D shapes and made different patterns. Next we revisited our number bonds and fact family work. 


Next week is our Art and DT Morning! We are really looking forward to having lots of grown ups in to help with the activities. This week we designed our Angels, ready to make on the day. As part of our Christmas Crafts we will be making angels using some recycled materials. Please find attach the list of materials needed to make your child’s angel. Please send in this number of items in a named plastic bag for your child to use, by Wednesday 30th November. We will provide extra decorative resources.


Today Year 1 were invited to join Disco club at lunchtime. Lots of children came along and really enjoyed dancing to "It's raining Tacos!" Our last taster session will be next week. 

Week beginning 14th November

In English this week we have been reading, acting out, and writing about The Gingerbread Man.

We listened to different versions and discussed the differences.  We also thought about how the characters might be feeling and their actions.


In maths, we have been revising 2D and 3D shapes. We have named, sorted and created repeating patterns. We use the vocabulary of sides and vertices for 2D shapes, and edges, faces and vertices for 3D shapes. We were impressed with the knowledge the children had remembered from Reception and how they were able to link that to the new learning.


In computing, we are using Purple mash to create an e-book. We will be completing this activity over the next few weeks.


Next week:

English - We will be including our own ideas to the middle of the Gingerbread Man story by adding an animal of our choice. We will be using the repeated vocabulary from the original story.


Maths - We will continue with shape and then revisit concepts from the autumn term that need further practice. This will include finding all eight facts for a fact family systematically and increasing our fluency in number bonding within and to ten.


We wish you all a restful weekend.



Maths learning

Week Beginning 7th November

This week we continued to read the story 'The 3 Little Pigs' we acted out the alternative endings to the story and wrote our own beginning, middle and end, using the story language we have practised. Today we used our editing skills to improve our work in a teacher pen! Next week we will be looking at the story of The Gingerbread Man!

In Maths this week we have been focusing on subtraction. We looked at first, then and now stories and used a number line to solve different subtraction number sentences. Next week we will be learning about shapes. 


This week in our Science we looked for woodlice around our school and learnt about where they like to live. We built our own habitats for woodlice, next week we will be looking at different types of animals and comparing them. 


The children were all very respectful today during our 2 minutes silence for Remembrance Day. We talked about wearing poppies and why we are quiet. 


Mrs Ball and Miss Charlton apologise for not sending out some of the group reading books on Friday. We will make sure next week's books go home on the correct day. 

Week Beginning 31st October

Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Half Term. We started the week by retelling the story of The Three Little Pigs. We acted out the story and have been writing an interesting sentence for the beginning, middle and end. Next week we will be building up to write our own version of the story. 


In Maths this week we have continued to look at the part whole model and worked out the missing part. We have also looked at using the subtraction sign in a number sentence. Next week we will continue to practise our subtraction skills. 



This half term we have started our DT and Geography units, in DT we will be looking at fruit and vegetables this half term and for Geography we will be learning about our school. For more information about our learning for this half term please see our half termly overview above. 

Three Little Pigs

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This week in our English we have been looking at the story of The Three Little Pigs. The children made their own stick puppets and acted out the middle of the story.

Autumn 1 Half Termly Overview

Phonics Home Learning Year 1 Autumn 1

Week Beginning 17th October

This week we have been thinking about Harvest. On Tuesday the children walked to the church to practise our performance ready for Wednesday. We all really enjoyed singing at the church and joining in with the quiz! Thank you to the grown ups who were able to walk with us. 


In our English this week we have been thinking about recount writing and looking at different types of recounts, after our visit to the church we wrote our own recounts using the past tense. 



In Maths this week we have been continuing to look at addition and have been practising our number bonds. We have used the part whole model and the 10s frame to show that the parts make a whole and have interpreted these into a number sentence. If you would like to practise your number bonds further at home you might enjoy listening to this song -


After half term we will be learning about Traditional Tales, you may want to read some of your favourite Traditional Tales over the break and bring in the book to share with the class when we get back. In Maths we will be continuing with number bonds to 10 and starting to think about other symbols that can be used in a number sentence. 


We hope you have a great Half Term! 

Week beginning 10th October

We would like to start with a gentle reminder that the children's group reading books need to be returned on Monday morning. Thank you.


In English this week we have been using Rosie's Walk as our text. Our end piece was to write an extra location for Rosie's walk. We thought about adjectives for the main characters and the new venue. We used small world to sequence and retell the story in our own words.


In maths, we have started learning more about addition and number bonds to ten. We have also revised different part-whole models and have started writing number sentences using the symbols + and =. Some have even used playdough to show their understanding.


In science, we used our sense of smell to name different scents and in art we learnt about the artists Robert and Sonia Delaunay. Using warm and cool colours, we created a painting in their style.


Overall it has been an amazing week of learning.



Week Beginning 3rd October

This week we started our week by looking at the books in our book corner. We sorted the books into fiction and non-fiction, talking about the features we recognised. Our English focus this week has been non-fiction texts, we have been busy labelling! 


In Maths this week we have been learning about ordering numbers and recognising them on a number line. We have made our own number lines and focused on accurate formation. 


In Science this week we continued to learn about our senses with our sense of hearing, we looked at instruments and the different sounds they made. Next week we will be learning about our sense of smell.


Next week in English we will be reading the story Rosie's Walk and writing sentences with adjectives. In Maths we will be moving on to addition and fact families. 

Have a lovely weekend smiley

Week beginning 26th September

The weather has been kind to us this week and we have managed to access the outside area for learning. 

We have been learning to compare amounts using the vocabulary: less than / < / fewer, more / > / greater than and same/ = /equal. There has been lots of practical math and recording of the comparisons we have made between quantities.

In English, we have been learning to identify and write vertical lists. We needed to write a list of fruit for the fruit salad we made on Wednesday. We thought it was delicious.

In music, we have been learning about pulse, rhythm and pitch. There are some great singing voices in year one and we are looking forward to learning our song for the harvest festival.

We are also enjoying our PE lessons with coach Harvey.


Next week:

Maths - We will continue to compare quantities and learn to use number tracks and number lines.

English - We will be identifying fiction and non-fiction texts and learning the skill of labelling.

Science - We will be learning about the sense of hearing.

With the chillier weather of Autumn, it is important that the children have a coat in school everyday. 

Thank you and we hope you have a great weekend.


Making our fruit salad.

Outside maths

Week Beginning 19th September

This week we have continued to read Oliver's Fruit Salad for our English. We thought about what the story was about and wrote sentences, using finger space, capital letters and full stops. Next week we will be writing our own list of favourite fruit to make our own fruit salad. 

In Maths this week we have been counting and comparing sets. Next week we will be looking at the comparison symbols. 

Our Science unit for this half term is Ourselves, the children enjoyed learning all about Braille this week as part of sight. We made our names using the peg boards in Braille. Next week we will be looking at optical illusions. 

This week we started our Group Reading as part of our Little Wandle Phonics teaching. The children will bring home their group book today to enjoy at home. Please bring the book back on Monday so a new group can read it. Your child will then bring home a new book next Friday. 

Thank you for your patience and have a lovely weekend!

Week 2 - Phonics Home Learning W.B 12.9.22

Week beginning 12th September 2022

Firstly, thank you to those who attended the Meet the teacher evening. If you couldn't make it, the slide show is on this page, just below the overview.


We have had a great week of learning. 

In English, we have been using, identifying and writing adjectives. We read Oliver's fruit salad together and acted out our favourite parts. Then we thought about some adjectives to describe the pictures and used them to write some sentences. 


In maths this week, we have been recognising numbers as words, counting on and back from any number within ten. We have enjoyed learning in our outside area as we can see our friends in the other year 1 class.


In science, we have started learning about the five senses. We started with touch and had to find different textures using our hands.


Next week:

English - We continue using the text 'Oliver's Fruit salad' and will be writing about the story.

Maths - We will be comparing different amounts within ten using the vocabulary: more, less, fewer, same and equal. We will also be learning 1 more and 1 less than a given number.


We hope you have a good weekend.


Week 1 - Phonics Home Learning W.B.5.9.22

Week Beginning 5th September

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely Summer Holiday. We started the week thinking about our Holiday News. We shared our favourite part with our partner and wrote a word list to help with our writing. We really enjoyed reading our Holiday News to the class. 

In Maths this week we have been looking at sorting and counting. We have been sorting objects in different ways and counting how many are in each set. 

The children really enjoyed their fun swim today, thank you to the grown ups who were able to come and help smiley


We have given out the Year 1 Reading Records this week, please keep the Reception Reading Record at home. We changed our reading for pleasure books, we will not start group reading straight away while the children settle in to Year 1. We will let you know before we send home the group books. In the meantime please enjoy the reading for pleasure books and your own at home.


Next week we will be reading the story 'Oliver's Vegetables' and writing adjectives in our English. In Maths we will be counting on and back within 10. Please look at our Curriculum Overview for this half term, at the top of the page, for further information.