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We are now fully enveloped in our sea-side topic and this week have been solving maths problems using deckchair rows and exploring beach safety before our trip to Southsea on Tuesday.

In Maths this week, we have been problem solving using our known multiplication facts and next week we will be moving onto dividing!

In English we have been continuing with our group guided reading sessions and created Seaside themed acrostic poems.

Our topic work has extended to learning about Grace Darling and identifying hazards at the beach. The children were both amused and disgusted when told about what to do if a jellyfish stings them!!

In PE the children have been creating dances based around the waves and sea creatures. The crab rave a particular favourite!

We are now gearing up for our trip to Southsea next week and the children are very excited, fingers crossed the forecast stays sunny! Please ensure that children have sensible shoes, raincoat and a hat for the day!

As always please continue to read plenty with your children at home, practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and any spelling from their sheets which were last sent home.

Thank you, as ever for your support,

from the Year 1 team.

What a wonderful half term we have had! Plenty of fun activities and we had an absolute blast with our topic 'Adventurers and Explorers'. We have applied as many cross curricular links as possible and the children all seem to have enjoyed it.


Maths -

This half term in maths we have covered capacity, mass and the children have impressed us all so much during our division unit!


English -

We've had so much fun in English this half term writing postcards from the moon, diary entries from the failed Artic expedition and a jungle adventure story. Not including our fantastic book week!


Science -

We have been designing lunchboxes for Helen Skelton (to avoid soggy sandwiches), fixing an astronauts glove and continuing our longitudinal study.


History and Geography -

We have covered lots of the key areas within these subjects during our topic work from tracking Amelia Earheart's journey across the world, creating a map and key for Steve Backshall in the jungle and ordering Ernest Shackleton's voyage on the Endurance.


DT & Art -

In DT we have designed and created a shelter for Ernest Shackleton from icing sugar and sugar cubes as well as creating clay jungle animals.


PE -

PE has seen us practising our athletic skills for Sports Day (weather permitting it'll be after Easter!) and exploring jungle dance.


After such a jam packed term we wish you an amazing and restful Easter, ready for an action packed summer term!


Thank you for your continued support,

The Year 1 team.




Hello Everyone!

Wow - what a jam packed week we've had!

We hope you had fun in the snow and didn't get too cold!!

It was so lovely to see so many of you on Family Day, we hope you had fun looking at the history of planes, air pollution and internet safety.

The Internet Safety theme has continued this week and the children have been investigating how they can keep safe on the internet and demonstrated this knowledge by making a poster.

In English we have now completed a book review of all four books we have been reading for the Hampshire Book Award ('You're Called What, Little Red Reading Hood, Spyder and The Giant who Swallowed a Clock') and ready to vote on our favourite once the time has come.

In maths we have finished our multiplication unit and are now looking at time (predominantly telling time to the hour and half an hour).

We are continuing our streamed phonics session (daily bursts of 15 minutes) as preparation for our phonics screening test in the summer.

Just a reminder that next week is our parent's evening so if you haven't already booked up a slot then please do, it would be lovely to see you and talk about the children's progress.

Next week is the last of our cricket sessions which the children have enjoyed so much. Indoor PE has seen us using the book 'Whatever Next' to create gymnastic sequences too. A gentle reminder please that children need two sets of PE Kit for their PE sessions - an indoor kit which includes shorts (when using equipment the children have to be in shorts due to health & safety) and an outdoor which includes a jumper or hoody.

We are working on the following spellings in class this week - see/dog/like/on/at/play.

We are also finishing off the next round of our spelling assessments in the next week which will be sent home by the end of next week.

Once again, thank you for all your support and as always our door is always open.

Year 1 Team



Happy New Year!

Welcome back to a new year and a new term, we've already hit the ground running and have a jam packed first week back planned.

Our new topic for the half term is 'Transport' which will allow the children to explore different modes of transport. In English the children have been trying to help the librarians by writing new transport information books. They have been identifying the features of an information book, researching their chosen mode of transport and will be writing their books later on in the week.

In maths we have been finishing our unit on fractions - ask the children if they can show you a quarter or half of something! Later on this week, we will be moving on to the next phase of our addition and subtraction planning.

This half term we are very lucky to have a cricket coach coming in on a Monday to teach our children cricket skills. This is an exciting opportunity for the children to experience the expertise of a qualified and passionate sports coach.

In handwriting we now feel like the children are ready to move onto joining up their writing so will be introducing this in the next hand-writing session. Our spellings for this week are - she, my, some, pull, says, do, today, a, were and you. We will be practising these in class over the course of the week.

As always our doors are always open if you have anything to ask.

Many thanks,

Year 1 Team



Ho Ho Ho!

So four days into December and the festive season has well and truly begun in school. As you will be aware from the letters/tickets sent out the children are working very hard rehearsing our Christmas Production 'The Very Hopeless Camel' and we look forward to seeing you at our performances (dates can be found on the newsletter).

Due to the nature of our hectic Christmas timetable at the moment we are changing the way in which we do our guided reading sessions - your child will be heard in a guided reading group once over the next two weeks. Please continue to support your child at home by using Bug Club and reading their school reading book with them.

Thank you for the money you sent in with the children for the FooBs Christmas Fair it was a real success and we hope you manage to contain your excitement and not open your presents before Christmas Day.

Many Thanks,

Year 1 Team




It was lovely to see so many of you at Family Day on Thursday. Thank you all for making the effort to come in. The tower building activity certainly bought out some competitive streaks!

The science week last week went down a storm with the final assembly on Friday being the culmination of the children's hard work to earn stars for their team. The assembly also saw the crowning of 'Queen of Science week' - it was a hotly fought contest with a range of challenges (some more science based than others!) which lead to Mrs Chamberlain claiming victory over the other teachers!

We have begun streamed phonics this week and the children have been divided into groups in order to receive directed and personalised phonics teaching and tasks.

Maths this week sees the introduction of our time unit. The children are already very keen to 'have a go' at telling the time. Time in Year 1 also covers days of the week so practising the order of these (and spellings) at home would be a great help.

Towards the end of the week we will be introducing our Christmas Production to the children and allocating parts if the children want a speaking or non speaking part. Please check the newsletter for performance dates.

Thank you for the support practising the number facts for the Maths Passports we already have children who have moved through two continents because they've been working on them at home.

Please remember to use your WOW stars if there are any wow moments at home that we can celebrate in school.

Thank you,

The Year 1 Team.



Hello Everyone!

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Family Day on Thursday - if you haven't signed up then please speak to the Office.

This week is also Science Week which was launched in a special assembly on Monday, which also saw the launch of 'I'm a Teacher Get Me Out of Here'. The children are doing science each day this week and are helping to earn stars for their respective teams (Green, Blue and Red). Ask the children if they can tell you which challenges the teachers had to complete in the assembly! Science lessons this week have involved gingerbread men, camoflagued teddy bears and newspaper shoes! The children have thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck in and working in teams to solve the scientific problems they have been presented with.

Elsewhere in the curriculum the children have been looking at instructional writing and have become Little Mr and Miss Bossy by using imperative verbs!

R.E has seen the introduction of our Candlelight unit and the children have been reflecting upon candles and how they make them feel. Their discussion then progressed onto how candles are used in their lives.

As you are aware Friday is Children In Need Day, the children will be looking into how Children In Need help others as well as completing some Pudsey related activities. Children are allowed to wear their own clothes for the day for a contribution to the charity. We are also hosting a cake sale to raise money, the details of which can be found in the newsletter.

As always, thank you for the wonderful support we have been astounded with the amount of additional work and reading that has been going on at home. Have a fantastic week and see you on Thursday!

Year 1 Team


30th October 2018


Welcome back from the half term. We hope everyone had a lovely week and the children are back raring to go for the build up to Christmas!

This week we will be completing our half termly reading assessments and individually reading with all children. Some children may be moving up book bands as a result of this. Thank you for your continued support at home and reading with the children - it's clear that this support is vital in order to push the children's learning on as much as possible.

Additionally, we will be sending home the children's spelling assessments for you to use a point of reference when practising spellings at home with them.

We will also be sending maths passports home this week (the literature went home with you at parents evening) for you to practise with the children. Hopefully once they begin to mentally recall their number facts they will soon be whizzing across the world!

This week the children have had a discussion about what they would like their next topic to be. After discussion and several ideas the children have picked 'Toys' as their topic and will this week be further refining their thinking to decide exactly what they would like to learn about toys.

Finally, a little reminder about the new 'Home School Communication Book'. These are to replace the old reading records and provide a platform for you and your class teacher to talk about anything regarding your child. Please remind your child to put their book in the tray in the morning if their books have anything in.

Many thanks,

Year 1 Team.



24th January 2018


Apologies for the slower than usual updates to the Year 1 pages since the start of 2018; we would like to wish you a belated Happy New Year and provide you with an overview of the things that the children will be learning over the coming weeks.

This page will give you a summary of what the children will be learning, however weekly activities to reinforce your child's current learning can be found in the 'Home Learning' section of this website.


The children chose 'Jungles' as their topic for the first few weeks of this term and this lends itself very much to the Science, Geography and creative aspects of the curriculum.

Below is a summary of the things we will be learning about this term.



Our English learning will focus mainly on developing the children's writing skills; encouraging them to use their phonic and spelling knowledge to write independently in a creative way with tasks based around our topic. We will continue with weekly handwriting and spelling tasks and in Reading we will be developing the skills of prediction and inference, discussing different character profiles and learning about the importance of a book title. Phonics continues to be a huge focus so we will continue daily phonics sessions in order to get the children ready for the Y1 Phonics Screening in June.  

We are taking part in the Hampshire Book Award again this year. The children will be read a number of stories and will be able to vote for their favourite. This year titles include: 'The Bad Bunnies Magic Show', 'Danny McGee Drinks the Sea' and 'Tidy'.



 In maths we are learning about multiplication, doubling, halving, division and how to tell the time to half past the hour.



In Science the children will be developing their skills in working scientifically by taking part in various investigations; including one on which material would be the best to build a shelter to use in the jungle. We will be learning about different climates and the kinds of plants and animals that live in jungles, in order to continue our work on Variation and Classification.



We will begin to look in more detail at programming and writing algorithms alongside word processing skills.



Geography will focus on locating the different jungles in the world in order to develop the children's understanding of where they live in relation to other places in the world. It is important that the children can name and locate the world's Continents and Oceans.



The children have already made clay jungle animals and will be mixing their own colours and shades to paint.



The focus for PE is Gymnastics this half term alongside developing creativity in dance.



In RE the children have completed a unit of work on Special People with a focus on the Ganesh  for Hindu's. Later in the term we will explore the festivals of Holi and Easter.



We will be learning about rhythm and keeping a steady beat and we will be singing regularly in preparation for the annual singing competition.


As you can see the children will have a busy time at school with many of these things continuing into the second half of the Spring term. We will keep you updated on this page and if you have any questions or queries do not hesitate to come in and ask your child's Teacher.


Kind regards,



















Here is the link to Monster Phonics if you would like to know more!