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Every Friday is our our year group assembly, this is our celebration assembly where we get together to celebrate our learning from the week and give out certificates. 

Each week class teachers choose two superstars per class, these are awarded for showing our school values of trust, responsibility, forgiveness, kindness and respect. Children also receive certificates for reading at home so please do continue to record in the reading diary every time you read at home. 

This week we have also introduced Numbots and your child has got their own login. If you do not have one please speak to your child's class teacher. It was amazing to see so many children already engaging with this and it was great to have so many children receiving their first Numbots certificates! WELL DONE YEAR 1. 



In maths this week we have been continuing learning about addition by learning number bonds within 10 e.g. pairs of numbers which make 5,6,7,8,9 and number bonds to 10. Knowing these number facts will really help your child in all areas of maths so please practice these at home. 

Here are some links to games to play which reinforce this key learning:



We have been reading the text 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' and have created story maps and written our own bossy instructions! Next week we will be planning our own instructions. 

We have also been learning split digraphs a-e i-e o-e and u-e. Look out for the phonics sheet sent home each week with our new sounds and words. 



We are learning all about animals and this week we found out all about animal diets. We explored some 'animal poo' to find out if it belonged to a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore! 







Year 1 had a fantastic visit from Animals 2U South West. The children were able to touch and hold geckos, ferrets, millipedes and even a snake! We learnt lots of interesting facts which will help us as we start our science learning all about animals. 


In maths we are beginning to learn about addition and subtraction, we have learnt all about part whole models and have been exploring how numbers can be broken into two parts. Next week will be using the addition and equals symbol to record our learning. 


Zim Zam Zoom- to celebrate fireworks night we have been reading poetry from the book Zim, Zam, Zoom. We learnt the firework poem and performed it to our friends. We have also been writing our own verses such as with a crack and a whizz and a bim bam boom! 



We have been busy preparing for our Harvest Festival. Parents and carers are invited to join us on Thursday 20th October 10am at the church. We look forward to seeing you there and sharing our learning with you. 


Thank you to all the parents who attended the phonics workshop this week. The PowerPoint and links to the supporting videos can be found in the phonics section of our class page. You will also receive a paper copy of the grow the code grapheme chart and how to say the sounds taught in year 1. Check your child's bookbag and let your class teacher know if you do not have one. 





What a busy few weeks Year 1 have had! The children have shown real determination in all of their learning and it has been great to see them enjoying school life. 


In our English lessons we have been reading the text Oi Frog. We have enjoyed joining in with the silly rhyming sentences! We been practising writing our own sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Next week we will begin to collect more rhymes ready to write our own Oi Frog books. 

Maybe you could have a go at this at home e.g. The fox sits on a box. 


In science we have been exploring our five senses and went for a walk around school identifying things we could see, smell, touch, hear and taste. Next week we will begin to explore our senses even more through some exciting experiments. 


This week children began reading sessions and have got their first reading book. This book has been matched to their phonic stage and will be changed once a week. It is vital these are retuned on a Tuesday to ensure the next children can take home the books for the following week. Please sign/comment in the reading diary every time you read at home. 


Don't forget to name all items of clothing. We have a few jumpers with no names on them in Year 1. If you are missing any please come and ask. 



Welcome to Year 1. 


Thank you for visiting our year 1 blog. We will be using this page to update you with all of the wonderful learning we will be doing as well as any key messages and reminders. 


 In the Year 1 section of the website you will also find links to our weekly home learning and strategies to support your child at home. Each half term we will upload our curriculum map; here you will be able to find out about what we will be learning about in the next 6 weeks. 


The blog and curriculum map will be a great tool to help you talk to your child about what they have been learning at school. 


PE- children will be doing PE on a Monday and Thursday and will need to come to school in their PE kit on these days. 

School Motto

Be The Best You Can Be

Mission Statement

'And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,'Hebrews 10:24

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