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Welcome to Year 1!


Teacher: Miss Rebecca Squires

LSA: Mrs Sue Quinn



Another busy term!


Year 1 started the Autumn term by looking at ‘The Tiger Child’, the children listened to, and watched a version of the story before ordering it, and looking at the features of a traditional tale. They enjoyed performing their favourite parts of the story in drama lessons and went on to write their own versions of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, which are excellent for saying the children are only in year 1!

Next, we explored instruction texts. The children identified different features of instruction texts, followed instructions to make yummy jam sandwiches, and then wrote their own set of instructions for an alien who was visiting Earth!

In maths, the children have continued to develop their number skills, through looking at doubling, halving and improving their recall with number bonds to 20. We spent a few weeks exploring measurement, using non-standard measures to find weight, length and capacity.

The children have started doing lemon curd more regularly, and have really impressed me and themselves with the progress they are making. The automatic recall of their number bonds to 10 is excellent!

India has inspired both our topic and our art lessons this term. The children have produced wonderful pieces of artwork with Mrs Durham based around India, such as peacocks, rangoli patterns and diva lamps. In topic, the children have explored different geographical features of India, and made comparisons with England. They have looked at the Mumbai slums, and made comparisons with other parts of India.

On Monday 3rd December, the children enjoyed an Indian Dance Workshop delivered in school by Dynamique Dance Company. The children spent an hour working on different hand positions, before putting a dance routine together. We then got together with the other group for a quick rehearsal before our audience arrived.

We look forward to furthering our knowledge of different countries as we move onto ‘Around the World’ after our Christmas break!

What a busy and brilliant first half term in Year 1!

This term in English the children have made great progress with their writing. We began the term looking at Cinderella, and worked towards writing our own version of Cinderella, using adjectives. The stories produced were brilliant, you wouldn't believe they were written by year 1 children in their first term! We then moved onto exploring different forms of poetry and produced our own acrostic poems. The children wrote fantastic poems about dragons, with some children using similes!


In Maths, the children have looked at place value and addition and subtraction. We have begun to use counting on and back to find the difference, and work out totals. The children have explored a range of different methods that they can use when attempting to answer a number sentence. Their rapid recall of the number bonds to 10 has also improved.


In Science, we began the term by looking at the weather in Autumn and conducted an investigation into the daily temperatures and average rainfall over a week. We sorted items of clothing into the four seasons and talked about different calendar events that occur in each season. After this, we began to look at ‘Everyday Materials’ and their properties. We sorted objects according to their material and tested the properties of a range of materials. Finally, we investigated the best material for Ted’s umbrella.


We enjoyed performing 'The Enormous Turnip' story during the Harvest Festival at the church. The children have thoroughly enjoyed their ‘Castles’ topic, exploring the different types of castles and the features. Our trip to Tamworth Castle was excellent, with two action packed informative workshops and the opportunity to explore the castle for ourselves.


An enjoyable topic and we can't wait to get stuck into 'India' after the half term break.


Welcome to Year 1


We are all so impressed in school with how well the children have settled into Year 1. They have adapted to the routine brilliantly, and all have such a positive attitude to their learning. In literacy, the children have been identifying the key features of different traditional tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. We ended our literacy this week with the story of Cinderella, ready to start our unit of work on this story on Monday. In Maths, we have started by looking at number and place value. The children enjoyed estimating Teddy's favourite number and becoming the teacher for an activity. They all played the teacher role very well! The children independently filled in missing numbers in a sequence and some children worked with numbers all the way up to 50 (how impressive!) We have begun our topic for this half term of 'Castles' by making our own castles and decorating shields. We are looking forward to joining up with Miss Willett and her class next week to explore castles some more!