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Year 1

Happy Harvest 


 Year 1 have enjoyed learning all about Harvest this week. They impressed us with their ability to name different vegetables from Mrs El-Hashahar's garden. They also thought about why vegetables are important and where they grow. As artists, they made observations and used paint to create detailed pictures of various vegetables. In Maths, the children learned all about ordinal numbers and had great fun exploring part whole models using fruit and vegetables!


During the afternoon sessions, the children discussed seasonal changes and commented on a selection of poems about leaves, pumpkins and acorns. They spotted trigraphs, rhyming words, repeated phrases and they answered a range of comprehension questions. As a class, they decided that they would like to learn and perform their favourite poem to a different class next Friday.  At the end of the week, the children sequenced the lines of the poem and generated some actions to accompany the words. Year 1 are keen to perform their poem, as it will display all of the skills that they have learned this week. You will just have to wait a little bit longer to find out which poem was the firm favourite!   

Year 1 - Maths - Comparing objects and quantities







This week the children have worked really hard when comparing objects and quantity.  They have used the language 'equal to', 'more', 'less', 'greater than', 'fewer' and 'less than' to compare groups of objects and quantities.  They used concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand the concept with many children able to compare numbers using pictorial representations.  Children were given lots of opportunities to practise this crucial skill and used their technical vocabulary beautifully.  Well done Year 1


Friday 1st October 2021


What a terrific week Year 1 have had! In Maths, they improved their number formation skills and recalled one more and one less than a given number.  In English, they developed their understanding of labels and facts. They created a detailed drawing of a penguin in their Art lesson and labelled the different parts of a penguin. Having watched a short video clip about penguins, they finished the week by writing some brilliant facts. In Music, the children moved in time to the pulse of a piece of music and pretended to be penguins! The children really impressed us with their coordination skills by playing different games and following a simple penguin themed dance. They enjoyed learning the 'Hey You!' rap and shared some interesting opinions about 'The Fresh Prince of Bell Air' theme song. We certainly have some budding rappers in Year 1! smiley

Friday 24th September 2021


On Wednesday, Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed their first school trip to the church. They loved the bus journey and learned about the different features of a church. They joined in with hymns, created beautiful stained glass windows and went on a treasure hunt to find angels. In Science, the children learned about the five senses and they made fantastic observations during their sensory walk. In History, the children thought about historical vocabulary and they shared their precious memories from the past. They even discovered a Viking in the school hall! Year 1 have certainly made memories this week!


Friday 17th September 2021


The children have settled really well into life in Year 1. They have adapted to the new routines in Key Stage 1 and demonstrated excellent listening skills during assembly time. In English, they have started to read ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. They used some of the illustrations to make predictions and discussed things that they have lost and found.  In History, they had great fun looking at lots of beautiful baby photographs. Year 1 played ‘Guess Who?’ with the baby photographs and discussed what they could do when they were a baby. Well done Year 1!  


Welcome to Year 1.


Key information for parents:

  • Year 1 children come into school at 8.40am and enter school through their classroom door at the back of school.
  • Year 1 leave school at 3.05pm through the same door.
  • PE takes place on Tuesday and children should come to school in their PE kit on this day. 
  • Reading books are collected on Thursdays and new books are sent home every Friday.


Miss Shanahan, Mrs El-Hashahar and Mrs Southwick-Williams look forward to seeing you in Year 1.

To contact Year 1, please use the form below.

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