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This is just a reminder that information about what your child's class is doing is updated weekly on this class page. Teachers will post what is coming up, how you can help your child and suggest things that you could do at home. This is because we feel it benefits children to look at the curriculum before they are taught it and helps you know what is happening in the class before it happens rather than after it has occurred.

In the same way homework is called 'preview homework' and will focus on what the children are going to be learning about. We feel it is helpful to your child if they complete preview homework suggestions or activities. However we know that families are busy, have activities out of school etc and that this is not always possible. Therefore preview homework is optional and your child should not be penalised for not completing it and you do not need to provide an explanation to the teacher as to why it has not been done. There may be rewards and incentives for those who do complete their preview homework, but no sanctions for those who do not.

Please remember to check this page for weekly forthcoming class information and copies of preview homework posted.


I hope everyone enjoyed their half term break!?

The weather is looking much more promising at the moment so we will be looking to have more P.E. lessons where possible and also practice for Sports Day, so can everyone please ensure that the children have their P.E kits at school all the time.

We are practicing writing letters in English and learning about directions in Math this week. We will also be learning about the Prodigal Son and how Jesus told this particular story.

We are all very much looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday for the "come and learn with your child morning". We hope to see you then.

I just wanted to say that we are all very proud of the children’s efforts so far this term. They have been trying particularly hard with their writing and grammar and some tangible progress is being made. We are currently finishing off the stories that the children have thought about (based on the story Grendel; the cautionary tale about chocolate) and will have them written up by the end of the week.

We have been learning all about fractions and everyone seems to have a good understanding. If you could reinforce this at home it would be great. We have been learning about halves, quarters and how to divide numbers (using pictorial representations) into halves and quarters.

The children have been trying very hard to be more aware of their personal belongings and how to keep their space tidy. This was well rewarded last week as Year 1 won the tidy owl for the week!

This Friday will be R.E day at the school and there will be many fun, engaging and knowledge rich activities planned for the children.

I hope everyone enjoys their half term holidays. Let’s hope the weather stays like this!

Week commencing 14th May

I just wanted to start off by giving a polite reminder about P.E kits. Could you please make sure that a P.E kit and trainers that can be worn outdoors are at school at all times. We have our P.E lessons on a Tuesday but often will have an activity on other days, especially as the weather is so nice at the moment.

We have been making some fantastic strides in our English and the children have started putting together their very own story. The spellings sheet has gone home and we will have another test next Monday.

In Maths, we have started looking at fractions this week and have finished off our unit on measurements.

In Science, we will be making our very own Chocolate slime which I am sure will be a great (hopefully not too messy) hit!

For topic, we finished off Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the children made a comparison between their house and Charlie’s house, citing the differences.

Week commencing Monday 8th May


I hope everyone enjoyed their long-weekend and of course the gorgeous weather!

The children have clearly been working hard, revising their spellings and they have been given 8 more today. Please keep the sheets at home and, if possible, have them go through their spellings once a day for ten minutes or so.

In English, we are starting to create our own story and are currently thinking about the characters, main idea, a problem and solution within our stories. We will start to write them toward the end of the week.

For Maths, we are looking at measurements and covering longer/shorter, heavier/lighter and capacity.

In R.E we are continuing with our ‘Caring for Others’ topic and will be looking at a story about the Monkey King.

In Topic, we are finishing off Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and will be writing a letter to Willy Wonka.

Week commencing Monday 30th April

We had our first spelling test today and everyone had clearly worked hard at home. The spelling sheets that go home with the children do not need to be handed back to school. They can be kept as a revision aid for the future.

In Maths, we are going to be focusing on division this week and how to share things equally. We will also be looking at remainders and how to understand and write the number sentences.

For topic, we will continue to look at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and will be writing some character descriptions about Charlie Bucket.

In R.E we will start to look at our theme of ‘Caring for others’ where we will be taking stories that show good examples of this, from various faiths.


Week commencing Monday 23rd April 2018.


Our spelling words will be sent out today. They are in reference to our phonics sounds that we have been covering and also include some year 1 common exception words. Please check your child's book-bag as they will be placed inside :-) 


We are focusing on telling the time (to the hour and half-past), sequencing events and starting multiplication (repeated addition, grouping and doubling).


In English we are continuing with our story Grendel: A Cautionary Tale About Chocolate. The children have been working on character descriptions and we acted out a scene from the book last week, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed! 


For topic we will be learning all about the history of chocolate and where it comes from. We did some pond dipping last week in science and we will be focusing a little more about pond life and the creatures that live there.

Week commencing 16th April


I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter Holidays!


We are starting a new topic this term and that is..Chocolate! I am sure the children will all be very familiar with the taste but we will be looking at it in a little more depth over the next few weeks :)


In Maths, we are looking at telling the time to the hour and half past the hour. We will also be covering sequencing of events and using language such as before, after, then, next etc. 


In English, we are reading the book Grendel: A Cautionary Tale About Chocolate. We will be predicting what comes next in several chapters and writing Character descriptions.


In Science we will be looking at the history of chocolate and how it is made. We will also find out where it originated from in our Geography lesson.


Starting from next Monday, we will be sending spellings home so the children can learn the words and practice before their spelling tests, which will happen every Monday.

Week commencing Monday 26th March
We are entering our final week of term before the Easter holidays! We will be doing some Easter themed activities this week including a few craft activities that the children can take home.
Our focus in Maths has been on money. We have been identifying the values of coins and combining them to make the correct sum. We have introduced change also up to the value of £1. Any activity that could reinforce this at home would be great.
In English, we have been looking at different poems and getting to grips with rhyming words. We will be trying to create our own rhyming poems too!
I wanted to say well done to everyone for participating in the Sumdog competition and we even had a few entries on the leader board!
Happy Easter everybody!

Week commencing Monday 12th March,


We will continue working steadily with our handwriting and will be

practicing the spellings of all the year 1 common exception words over

the coming weeks.  They are putting in some great effort and have all

made some fantastic progress!


In English, we have been practicing editing our work and looking at

ways to improve our writing by possibly adding in adjectives and

extending our sentences by inserting conjunctions. This week, we will

introduce Poetry and have a look at rhyming words.


For Maths, the focus this week will be on both 2d and 3d shapes. We

will explore the properties of each shape and use comparisons to

everyday objects. We have been focusing on number bonds to 10 and also

the subtraction sums accompanying them. (1 + 9 = 10 ……10 – 9 = 1) If

you could practice these at home that would be great.


For our topic, we are continuing with our Space theme. We had a

fantastic trip to the National Space Centre last week! We will be

learning about our Solar System this week and talking in greater

detail about the planets and their infrastructure.


In R.E we will be learning about Easter and why it is important to us.

In Science, the focus will be on Herbivores, Omnivores and Carnivores.



Week commencing February 26th 2018


In Maths, our focus is Subtraction and we will be exploring the related subtraction facts (0+10 =10, 10 – 10 = 0). We have been working on number bonds to 10 and 20 and also reviewing counting in multiples of 10.


In English, we will be continuing with the idea of looking at pictures as an incentive for our writing and will be extending our ideas by thinking about the characters we could include in this. Our handwriting is coming along beautifully, and I am sure that you will have noticed a difference in this yourselves.  Please keep practicing this along with number bonds.


Our topic is continuing with the theme “Come Fly With Me” but we will be focusing on space travel in particular. We have learned about the “Space Race” and will be concentrating on Neil Armstrong in preparation for our field trip to the National Space Center in Leicester on March 6th.


In Science, we discovered about nocturnal animals and how their heightened senses help them to adapt to their environment. We will be continuing exploring about the five senses this week.


In R.E. we discussed about the importance of Lent and about perseverance. We also learned about Shrove Tuesday and spoke about their favourite pancakes =)


This is a reminder that on Thursday, 1st of March, it is World Book Day and that the children are welcome to dress up as their favourite book character. If possible, they could bring along an old book, so they can participate in a book swap.

Week Commencing Monday 5th February 2018


We will continue writing character descriptions this week and will be looking at Monsters, based on the story 'I Need my Monster.'

We will be looking at which monsters they might find under the bed and describing them.  It would benefit your child to watch the story with you and discuss it at home.  You could get them to describe the monsters to you, discuss the ones they like or don't and the reasons why.  You could imagine the monster that might be coming next and describe it together.


Week commencing Monday 29th January 2018


The children will continue looking at descriptions but look at describing characters.  We will look at interesting characters with wonderful features that they can describe.  It would benefit your child to discuss characters in illustrations in books that you read - what can they see / describe about their features.  If you are able to take this a step further you could probe what they know about a character from their expression or from their actions e.g 'do you think she is angry?  How do you know?' or 'why did the snake slither away quickly?' in e.g The Gruffalo as you are helping your child to consider how the character is acting and generating adjectives for feelings, such as 'he was scared The Gruffalo would eat him in snake soup!'

You could make lists of words they find or use to describe characters and ask them which they have managed to use in school too!


In maths the children are counting in 2's, 5's and 10's so any practice of this would be great.  Any oral counting forwards and backwards, counting objects, putting things in 2's etc. To really challenge your child perhaps see if they can count in twos from different starting point e.g from 12 and see how far they get.  Even more challenging might be to ask them to count in 2's from an odd number and see how they do or what they notice.  Many children find going forwards easier so see how they do counting backwards from 20, 50 or 100 in 2's, 5's and 10's.  It is often a good idea to use 0 too so they are familiar with it so start by counting from 0 and prompt them to finish at 0 when they count backwards.



Week beginning 22nd January 2018

In English we will continue to develop our descriptions of settings writing longer sentences with describing words in e.g 'the leaves in the forest were large and green'.  It would be helpful if you could get the children to describe any place or object to encourage interesting vocabulary.  Rather than just describe the object, say a flower, can they tell you about the flower - 'it is a red flower.  It has bright petals.  It smells beautiful.'

This will help them improve their setting descriptions and get into the habit of using descriptive language more easily.


In phonics the checks we have done show that the main focus for us and reading at home need to be blends - ai, ou, igh, oa for example.  Some children are really good at sounding out a word like 'boat', but are sounding out individual sounds so for example night can be coming out a nigget as they are sounding out n-i-g-h-t as individual sounds and not blending them to make 1 sound 'ight'.  In reading at home please encourage and demonstrate this blending.  Also some children are sounding out words they can read by sight.  Again, if you think your child is confident reading some words encourage them to say the whole word to you and only sound out the unfamiliar ones.


In maths we will be moving onto addition - using apparatus and adding mentally.  We will be showing the children methods of adding, such as starting with the biggest number and counting on.  We will look at some word problems where the children need to work out the sum.  It would help your child to find any opportunities to add two amounts together such as 'oh look you have 5 peas left on your plate and I've got 3.  How many is that altogether?'


Week beginning 15th January 2018


This week we will be looking at settings and talking to the children about them as places where things can happen.  We will link to our topic by imagining we have landed in an unusual and interesting place.  We will work together to make interesting words to describe the places.  We will look at how authors describe settings before trying to write some setting descriptions of our own using descriptions for the objects we can see.

It would really benefit your child if you could pick out interesting describing words in books you read with them, or find pictures of interesting places and try to describe them with interesting adjectives.

Towards the end of next week we will be using this picture to describe so why not have a go with your child now?


Picture 1

In maths we will be introducing and reinforcing number bonds starting with pairs to 10.


In spellings we will be looking at spelling patterns that appear in the recommended spelling lists for Year 1 which you can access from the attachment below.  We will also be doing a practice phonics screening.  This will take place in June for Year 1 pupils.  By looking at unusual words now we can identify any common spelling patterns that we need to teach.

Week beginning 11.12.17.

In English our book is Stickman by Julia Donaldson. It would be helpful if you could read the book to your child and talk about these words we will be using next week-Author, illustrator, rhyme, text, illustrations, discuss, describe, thoughts, ideas.

In maths we are continuing with subtraction. We will be playing subtraction games, using the numberline and recording our number sentences. Please help your child count backwards in 1's and 10's from any given number,sing rhymes like 5 currant buns, 10 fat sausages.

The children are looking forward to performing their nativity to you all! 





Week beginning 4th December 2017.


Dear parents and children,


May I thank you all for your warm welcome on my return to school.


Mrs. Parker and I have been planning and working together to create a calm environment for the children.

The children are happy and settled and are working extremely hard.  

In our topic this week, the children will be sorting animals according to carnivore, herbivore and omnivore criteria.

The children have looked at practical addition, played games and have been explaining their working out.

We continue to listen to the children read and thank you for your support by listening to your children read at home.

This week we are looking at subtraction,daily phonics and we will be making our own individual non fiction books about rain forest animals.

With Christmas just around the corner, the children are working hard in their forthcoming Christmas production.

Mrs. Parker and I are very proud of the children's progress in year 1.



Week beginning the 13th November.


My apologies for not completing the web page for a few weeks. The children and I have settled into a routine and we have welcomed Mrs Basta back into the fold too!!

Over the last couple of weeks we have continued with our rainforest studies. We have been looking at the types of plants found in the forests including those that eat insects! In maths we have been counting and getting to grips with place value- exchanging 9 ones for a ten etc. The children have worked really hard on this tricky aspect of number. In English we have been looking at stories based in rainforests such as The Mixed Up Chameleon and The Monkey Puzzle Tree.


This coming week we will be moving on to addition and subtraction in our maths. We will be looking at number bonds to 20 and the subtraction facts to go with them. In english we will continue to read stories about rainforests and the creatures that live within them. These next few weeks in topic we will be starting to find out about some of the animals found in the forests. 


Please feel free to find out about rainforest animals, explore number bonds etc with your child at home. 

Week beginning 9th October 

A lovely time was had in year 1 last week, where we started off our Monday morning with maths on the playground, sorting and writing numbers into a number line. Autumn is here and the weather was crisp and breezy, but it didn't stop us from carrying out our subtraction and having fun. The children are getting very good at number bonds now and again, a practical and fun activity helped to enforce this.


On Tuesday we had our Harvest Festival in the church, which  I am sure you will agree was lovely to be part of. The children in year 2 spoke clearly and confidently and both the year 1 and 2 classes sang beautifully. The Harvest tree, created by year 1 is complete and can be seen in the hall.


The children have been working well with their phonics and are trying really hard to apply this to their writing. With regards to their sounds and word work for this week, they will be continuing to work or recap on letter formation and sounds and words from phases 2, 3, and 4: ch, sh, th, ai, ee, or, igh, oo, ow, oi and or.

Some children will also be introduced to the phase 5 sounds: oe, au, ey, a-e and e-e.


Week commencing 2nd October

Last week was fairy tale week, when the children had great fun working together with other classes, looking for clues and trying to solve puzzles about the missing gingerbread men. In our English work we talked about lots of different characters from both familiar and unfamiliar stories and the children wrote some great character profiles. This week we are continuing with this theme, where we will be able to compare similar characters and maybe create our own, based on what we have learnt.
In our maths we worked on addition and number bonds to 10/20 and moved on to adding 2 numbers by counting on from the biggest number by popping it into our heads! We have now begun to look at subtraction and the children have also been introduced to working with a number line. Next week we will be doing some fun activities, requiring the children to physically jump up and down the line, which will enable them to have a greater understanding of addition and subtraction. We will also be moving on to number problems which involve this.
Our topic work on the rain forest continues and we will be finding out about the many different species of animals that live there. The children have shown great enthusiasm for subject and have produced some amazing oil pastel drawings.
With our Harvest Assembly coming up on Tuesday, we have been thinking about what harvest means, and will be creating a display in the hall with our thoughts for all the things that we can be thankful for.

Week Commencing 25th September

Next week in Year 1 we will be taking part in a whole school fairy tale week which will start with an exciting assembly. We will be looking at the characters of Little Red Riding Hood and Jack from Jack and the Bean Stalk and thinking of exciting ways to describe them. It would be great if at home you could talk to your child about what an adjective is! Maybe you could read some fairy tales to them too. 

In phonics the children are split into different groups. One group will be learning the following phase 5 sounds: oy, ir, ue and au. The next group will be working in phase 4 and will be practising polysyllabic words. The third group will be recapping the following sounds from phase 3: y, z, zz and qu. The final group are learning g, o, c and k. You can help at home by playing on the phonics play website. 

In maths we will be focusing on addition and subtraction to 20. We will be practising our number bonds to 10, eg 1+9, 2+8, 3+7, etc. At home it would be helpful if you could explore number bonds with your child. Use counters and arrange them in different ways to make 10. 


Week Commencing 18th September


Next week the children will be learning more about their topic of Rainforests.  They will be describing different animals, both orally and in words and we will be looking for capital letters and full stops in their sentences.

We will be looking for some really exciting vocabulary to describe their animals so it would be really helpful to try this with them.

You might hide a few pictures of a rainforest creatures, or a figures or toys you may have.  Describe one of them and see if they can guess what it is before revealing it.  Let them have a turn at describing one to you.  Look at web pages about animals they are interested in and pick out any unusual vocabulary that is used to describe them.


In maths we will continue to explore number.  Look for everyday examples when they can touch count, count on from different starting points (such as from 7 onwards) and count backwards.