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Term 1

Welcome to Year 1,


We have really enjoyed meeting all of the children and getting to know them throughout these first few exciting weeks and have been delighted with the excitement and enthusiasm the children have returned with.


For the first three weeks, we will be focussing on our ‘recovery curriculum’ that includes a variety of PSHE and well-being lessons as well as opportunities to engage and learn about growth mindset. The children will be taking part in a variety of fun and engaging activities as well as developing new skills and understanding across the curriculum. 

We will be updating our class web page regularly with photos and comments about the week's learning and any important information. Click on the overview link above to check out this term’s learning!



Reading books will be sent home by the end of this week. Every week, your child will choose a book from the class library as well as a levelled book from Oxford Reading Buddy.  Please encourage your child to read at home and feel free to ask if you need any support.  Please ensure that children bring in their books and book bags every day.


PE days are Monday and Friday

Please can children arrive at school in their PE kits on these days and they will stay in them for the whole day. Children must wear a school jumper over their kit.

Mrs Shreeves will be teaching 1 Hawthorn on Mondays and Tuesdays with Miss Howell teaching Tuesday afternoons, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Mr Marquez-Vega will be teaching Monday to Friday in 1 Willow.

Every Tuesday, Mrs Herbertson will be teaching both Year 1 classes art and Mr Germain will be teaching computing in Year 1 on Wednesday mornings.

LSAs in Year 1 are Mrs Lane and Miss Cornelius.


Thank you for your continued support

The Year 1 Team

Friday Challenge


For Geography we looked at an aerial photograph of the local area and a map of the same area.  We discussed differences and similarities between the two.  We tried to find the school and find our homes.  As an extra challenge, we even tried to retrace our way back home. 



For Maths, we looked at more than to find numbers and to compare numbers using the more than symbol. 


We each had a go at drawing monsters with different amounts of features, for example - the monster had one more than 6 arms.  It was great seeing the different types of monsters that were drawn up and we were able to share it with each other.  

We also had a chance to use the more than symbol to compare two different numbers and as a challenge we had to explain how we knew the answer.

Black History Month


As part of Black History Month, we looked at a globe to find Africa and talked about it being a continent made out of lots of countries.  We watched some videos of traditional African dancing and learned about a Harvest Dance called Dinhe which is from Zimbabwe.  


We all had a go at doing it ourselves.


Jessica – It was fun putting your foot across and back and then jumping


Preciuos – It was easy


Sudais – I liked jumping


Mardoche – I liked dancing


Juliet – I thought the music was fancy


Below is the link to the dance lesson that we followed:


Have a go!

Science - 5 Senses - Smell

For science we have been learning about our 5 senses and our challenge have tried be able to name them all.  


We focused on the sense of smell and managed to try and identify smells of certain foods and describe them.  


Jessica - It was hard to guess the onion.  I remembered the smell but I didn't know what it was.


Arthur - I liked almost all of the smells.  The only one I didn't like was the honey because it was too sweet.


Barnaby - Some of the smells were disgusting, I didn't even like the smell of honey.


Yasir - The honey was nice


Precious - It was fun



Today we went for an Autumn walk and talked about all things autumnal.  We had a chat about seasons and what occurs over the autumn season such as weather change, celebrations and how animals prepare themselves for winter.  We talked about what deciduous and evergreen trees and looked out for them from the school.