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Picture 1 Mrs Stevens - Kittiwake Class
Picture 2 Mrs Davis - Kittiwake Class
Picture 3 Mrs Overthrow - Robin Class

Welcome to Year 1!


2nd half of Spring Term 2018


The Magic Land of Three

Welcome to the second half of our Spring term, we have many more exciting learning opportunities planned to support your child. Our Topic is The Magic Land of Three where we are learning about traditional tales especially the stories with three animals.  E.g. The Three Pigs, The Three Bears and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  We have, so far, made wanted posters for Goldilocks, rewrite and retell traditional stories and working on reading skills.


During Growth Mindset Day, we had a S.T.E.M. challenge about making a seat for Humpty Dumpty and learnt how to work together with different Mr Men characters.   We have since then made some amazing houses to withstand the wolfs wrecking ball! 



In History, we have been learning about inventors and inventions.  It has been fun looking at different forms of transport and  our looking forward to working on inventing bridges next week!


In PE we are learning how to send and receive a ball and following steps to make a dance.





  • Please can you ensure that your child brings a water bottle to school every day which is filled only with water. Please do not put the bottle in book bags as they could leak and each class has a plastic box which they children can place their bottle in first thing in the morning.

  • Please can you make sure that your children do not use the outside equipment before or after school.

  • Please make sure your child has a P.E.kit in school that is clearly labelled and ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled, including coats and jumpers.



    Autumn Term 2017


    What an amazing time we’ve had in Year 1 so far! Read on to find out what we have been learning.


    Autumn term was a very busy term for us in Year 1. With all of us trying to improve our writing and number skills, it’s been hard work! We have had several Golden Moments and Star Workers for following our school rule ‘We do our best!


    We have been on two school trips! One to look at our local area with a trip down Nightingale Avenue and our history trip at ‘Milestones Museum’. It was such a lovely day learning all about toys and games.


  • In science we have been learning about different materials and their uses. We thought about which material would be best to keep our bear dry. We talk about waterproofing and talked about reasons for our choices. We have also been looking at the different seasons and how our favourite tree is changing. So far we have observed the tree change from green leaves, to brown, orange and yellow leaves, to no leaves at all!


For Christmas we had a fantastic Christmas Play called ‘Christmas around the world’. The singing was brilliant this year with awesome dancing and clear narrators stealing the show. The costumes added that extra sparkle to our Christmas event so thank you to all of the parents that found or made amazing costumes. We really appreciate your support.





Spring 1 - African Adventure.


Our African topic was absolutely fantastic!  It started off with a boom!  Kwame came from African Activities to show the children how to play the Djembe drum, paint Adinkra patterns, learn African stories and dances.  A fun day was had by all learning about Ghana and what it would be like to live there. 


In Science we learnt all about animals and humans and how they differ or are the same.  The children grouped the animals by whether they were a fish, reptile, amphibian, birds and mammals.  We also sorted them by whether they were carnivores, omnivores or herbivores.


When reading, we have been learning how to use a Guided Reading Journal to record our reading activities. We have learnt how to use a 'Tell me more' square to find information about a story we have read.


During the half term we have learnt about partitioning numbers into tens and ones and adding a one digit number to a two digit number.  We are continuing to learn how to reason and prove our answer is correct by checking it twice (like Father Christmas!).


We had a lovely Early Bird Breakfast with our parents, with parents' information about phonics and sharing our fantastic work back in the classroom.


Now we are looking forward to Spring 2 and The Magic Land of Three.