Year 1

Weekly Review 15/3/19

Dear Parents,

It’s been another busy week in Year 1!

In Literacy we have been having fun getting into role and acting out parts of the Beegu story which is our focus text. This is really helping the children to practise their speaking and listening skills and develop their confidence to perform in front of an audience. The children have then used their ideas to write sentences about the thoughts and feelings of different characters.  

In Maths we have been learning about arrays, which are a pictorial representation of numbers to help children eventually understand times tables. We are learning the difference between a column and a row and using our 2’s, 5’s and 10’s knowledge to help us interpret each array. We have also completed some work on doubling numbers.

In Science we have continued to learn about Materials and have been exploring their different properties. We have been learning to use words to describe them such as shiny, dull, rough, smooth, bendy, waterproof, absorbent, opaque, transparent.

In History we looked at the famous explorer Amelia Earhart and found out why she is famous. The children enjoyed learning about her adventures!

This half term in D&T we will be learning how to use a variety of tools safely in order to build a spaceship! This week we used a hand drill and sand paper.



1CD’s class assembly on Thursday 21st March at 7:50 am in the Memorial hall.


Have a fantastic weekend,

The Year 1 Team

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Weekly Review 04.03.19

Dear Parents,
It has been such a fun-filled week, this week.
In Maths we have been continuing our work on making groups of amounts and generating pictorial representations. We then moved on to writing repeated addition number sentences. This helped us practice our counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 that we learnt last week. 
In Science, our work on materials has continued and this week we all went on a hunt for different materials around the school and then made a pic-collage. Ask us at home about the materials we know. 
As you know we have been celebrating ‘Fully Booked Week’ and have been fully immersing ourselves in reading. 
We kicked off the week with a look on the balcony where we found a very mysterious looking spaceship and some peculiar yellow creatures. We had to make predictions about what had happened and then we were introduced to our new story book- Beegu. After listening to the story, we wrote sentences describing our favourite part. 
​We have been thinking and talking about Beegu’s feelings, thoughts and actions throughout the story. We are all enjoying it so far.
On Wednesday, we had some visitors from Year 6 join us for some reading. We shared our favourite books with them and then they read some wonderful stories to us too. It was a lovely experience. 
Finally, on Friday we had our super dress up day and all of the children and staff looked amazing in their alien costumes. Thank you for coming to watch us in our parade, it was great to see so many of you there. Later on in the day, we had a special assembly all about book week and we got to see the best dressed from each year group. Congratulations to the winners. 
Here are some photos from the week: 

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Weekly Review 01/03/19

Dear Parents,

Welcome back – we hope you had a lovely break and are ready for another action packed half term!

Because we all had so much fun on our holidays, in Literacy we decided to write about all of the exciting things we did. We made sure to use the past tense, include punctuation, and use our phonics to help us spell. It was a lot of fun sharing stories of our adventures last week!

In Maths we counted in 2s, 5s and 10s and thought about any patterns that might arise. We used a variety of manipulatives to represent the multiples – ask us what ‘represent’ and ‘multiples’ means, we’re really good at explaining this!

In Science we began our new topic on Materials and shared what we already know about materials, and what we would like to find out this half term.

In History we looked at the famous astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and put his life events in the correct order.

This half term in D&T we will learning how to use a variety of tools safely in order to build a spaceship! This week we used hammers and nails, and made sure to keep our fingers and eyes safe.

That’s all for this week!

Don’t forget – next week is Fully Booked week and on Friday 8th March the children will parade in their homemade alien costumes! Parents are welcome to watch the parade, which will begin at 7:50 in the long court.

Have a fantastic weekend,

The Year 1 Team

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Weekly Review 15.02.19

We can hardly believe that we are at the end of another half term and what a jam-packed few weeks it’s been!
The highlight of this week has most definitely been our trips to City Campus.
The children were fully immersed in all things African and loved every minute. We made and tasted delicious Moroccan cous -cous, learnt an African dance and created colourful masks. It was lovely to see all the children from both campuses learning together and having so much fun! 
In the classroom this week, we have been writing non-chronological reports about the African animal that we researched last week. We have been trying to extend our sentences using connectives such as and, because, so and also. Our reports are now going to be made into a class fact book about African animals! Come and have a read sometime!
In Maths, we have been learning about length and height, focusing on comparing lengths using the language tall, taller, tallest and short, shorter, shortest. 
In Topic and Science we have been reflecting on all that we have learnt this half term about Africa and sorting and grouping animals. We are amazed at how confidently the children can now talk about their learning. ​
We are really looking forward to our pyjama afternoon today and raising money for our charities. 

Have a lovely week’s holiday and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 25th February. Thank you for your continued support this half term. 
The Year 1 Team

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Weekly Review 8.2.19

We have had another great week in Year 1! We are still really enjoying learning all about Africa and the children know so many interesting facts.

This week in Literacy, we have been learning about nonfiction texts. The children can now identify the key features of nonfiction texts such as a contents page, subheadings, labels, diagrams and captions. They especially enjoyed learning facts about African animals and spent time thinking about different adjectives to describe them. Towards the end of the week, we started planning our very own piece of nonfiction writing. We chose an animal to find out lots of facts about and started planning our writing using a planning grid. Next week we will be writing these facts down to make a class fact book about African animals!

In Maths, we have been practising our addition and subtraction skills. We have been working with numbers to 20 and practising how to work out the answer to missing number calculations using different resources to help us. We have also been putting these skills into practise with some problem solving activities.

In Art, we have been thinking about the patterns on the skin of different African animals. We looked at them closely and used these observations to make our own printing blocks. We will be using these printing blocks next week when we print on to our t-shirts!

In Science, we have continued to learn about a range of animals and we learned how to classify them. We now know which animals are reptiles, mammals, birds, fish and amphibians. Test us at home!

On Thursday, we had such a wonderful day celebrating Chinese New Year. The children absolutely loved watching the lion dance and trying some delicious Chinese food at snack time.

We are really excited for next week as we will be visiting City Campus to take part in a variety of African activities!

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you next week, for the final week of term 2a.

The Year 1 Team


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Weekly Review 30.1.19

The children have continued working hard on their learning for the three days we have been at school this week.


In Literacy, the children have been busy finishing writing their own stories based on Lila and the Secret of Rain. They have made their own mini books and illustrated them too. All of the children worked so hard on them and the books are fantastic! 


In Maths, the children have been practicing their addition and subtraction skills. They have been applying this knowledge to help them find missing numbers in a number sentence.


In computing the children have been practicing their mouse skills. They have used a range of different learning games to practice their mouse control and manipulation.


We hope you enjoy an extra long weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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School closure

Dear Parents, 

As school is closed for the next few days, here are some things your children can do at home…

  • Practise telling the time to o’clock and half past 
  • Practise reading and writing tricky words such as said, have, they, like, come, some, the, was, saw, he, she, they, when, what
  • Reading their guided reading book
  • Write a sentence about your reading book
  • Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s 
  • Counting forwards and backwards to 50. 

We will see you on Monday!

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Weekly Review 25/01/19

We have had a really fun week in Year 1, this week.

We finished off our Lila and the Secret of the Rain work by making our own versions in small handmade books. We really loved becoming authors for the first time.


In Maths, were looking at numbers up to 50. We represented them using concrete resources and we continues number sequences. We are getting so confident with our place value knowledge and can explain the value of each digit. 

In Topic, we continued to learn about Africa and more specifically Nairobi. We identified features of the city and went on a photo hunt to find them. We use the photographs to create a pic-collage. We are really enjoying learning about Africa and some of us have been getting creative- making drums, necklaces and painting Savannah landscapes.  

Thank you to those who have sent in T-shirts for our Art project. If you haven’t yet, please send them in next week. 

Have a lovely weekend. 

Year 1 Team.

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Weekly Review 18/01/19

Dear Parents,

It has been another busy week in Year 1!

In Literacy, we have continued our work on Lila and the Secret of Rain. The children have sequenced the main events in their own story maps, acted out the story, and even begun writing out the story themselves!

In Maths, we have focussed on time and have tried to solve time problems, and have attempted to put the months of the year into the correct order.

The children looked at pictures of an African savannah in Geography and thought about how it might be similar, and how it might be different, to Bangkok.

In Science we even sorted animals depending on whether they were from Africa or not. Not an easy task, we can assure you!

As well as all of the learning in our subject lessons, we have also been continuing our topic through Active Learning by making African necklaces, listening to African stories and lots of other ‘Africa’ related activities! The learning never stops!

Until next week!

The Year 1 Team

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Weekly Review

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a fun and relaxing break. 
The children have come back to school full of enthusiasm and excitement which is lovely to see. 
We introduced our new topic, Africa, by watching The Lion King this week, to help the children imagine what African landscapes look like and the type of animals that live there. Then in our topic lessons we asked the children to discuss and share all that they know about Africa.
In Science, we have been looking at a range of different animals and describing their distinguishing features and how they are similar or different.
In Literacy, we have started our book for this half term, Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway and Jude Daly, and we have focused on describing the different feelings and emotions the main character, Lila, experiences throughout the text. 
We have been busy learning to tell the time to the nearest hour and half hour in Maths, so over the weekend, perhaps, you could practise this using an analogue clock or watch at home.
We are really looking forward to another busy and productive term and thank you in advance for all your support.
Have a restful weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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