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This week we will be: 


English- reading the text What do you do with a tail like this? We will be writing our own sentences starting with the word 'if' and using adjectives to describe the different animals in the book. 


Maths- We will begin exploring arrays and doubling up to 20.


Science- We will be going on a nature walk around the school to look for different kinds of plants. 


Geography- This week we will be finding out all about dairy farms and why the weather in Devon is great for cows and dairy farmers. 


RE- Alongside our daily collective worship we will be finding out about the Christian creation story. 



Welcome back to school after a lovely Easter break!


This term we will be learning all about plants and finding out more about where our food comes from. To find out more about our curriculum please click on the curriculum link. 


Year 1 will be taking part in forest school sessions every Thursday. Please make sure your child has some wellies or old shoes in school on this day. 


In maths we will be practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Please practise this at home as much as possible. It could be counting in 5s as you go up the stairs, putting socks away in pairs or counting how many peas on your plate! 


This term we will be practising all of the sounds we have already learnt in preperation for the phonics screening check in June. Weekly home learning sheets will continue to come home to practise and consolidate what we have learnt. 



This week we have been celebrating British Science Week. One of our reception parents came in to talk about their job as an astronomer, we learnt about space and this inspired lots of children to bring in their own models of the solar system for us to share.

The children also designed, created and tested our own parachutes which was lots of fun on a windy Friday afternoon. 


Year 1 completed their Little Red Riding Hood stories, we are really proud of the children and we can't wait to share their stories with you during parents evening. 


This week we have been exploring measuring length and height and learnt how to use rulers to accurately measure in centimeters. Next week we will be measuring mass and volume. 


Thank you to everyone who has donated cardboard boxes- next week we are making a chair for baby bear and testing it for strength and stability. 


Don't forget to keep practising the sounds and words sent home every Friday, we are noticing the children would benefit from additional practice writing the tricky words! 


You may have noticed the word 'schwa' this is included on the home learning sheets:


Schwa is the name for the most common sound in English. It is the unstressed sound that we find in many words; it makes an ‘uh’ sound, which varies according to accent. The phonemic symbol for the schwa sound is É™. Schwa can be represented in writing by all five vowels, and by a number of digraphs and trigraphs such as ‘er’, ‘ou’, ‘or’ and ‘our’.

In Year 1 we meet the schwa several times!

In Spring 2 week 3, the ‘er’ in ‘different’, the ‘o’ in ‘crocodile’, the ‘e’ in ‘celebrate’, the ‘i’ in ‘difficult’ and the ‘a’ in ‘again’ make the schwa! Once again, it all depends on accent. We teach children to read these words with the chunking method and pure sounds, and then how the word is said (in their accent) with the schwa. This is important as so many words have the schwa!

Teaching reading real words and matching them to their meaning and correct pronunciation is crucial to successful fluent reading. In this way children can read a wide range of words and we are creating both challenge and support.



Year 1 have been reading Little Red Riding Hood. We have been using adjectives to write brilliant character descriptions of Little Red and the wolf. Next week we will be writing our own Little Red Riding Hood stories and can't wait to share these with you at parents evening. 


In maths we have been learning about numbers to 50. We have been partitioning them into tens and ones, finding one more and one less and using a number line to 50. 

Here are some games you could play to practice partitioning numbers into tens and ones. 

Shark Numbers

Basketball Numbers


As part of our design technology topic we have been learning all about stability and strength. We have designed our own chair for baby bear and next week will be making it. To help us do this we would really appreciate donations of thin card, small cardboard boxes and kitchen roll tubes (please no toilet roll tubes).


Don't forget to sign up for parents evening during the week beginning 20th March, if you cannot attend these dates please let you class teacher know.  




This week we have been exploring the difference between fiction and non-fiction books. We worked together to sort the books in our class book corners, identifying the key features of each. 


We have learnt the sounds for the letters le, al, ve and c. You can practice reading words and sentences by using the home learning sheet sent home on Friday. If you do not have a copy they can be found under the Home Learning star on our year 1 page. Please continue to read regularly with your child at home and sign in the reading record each time. 



This week we have been learning about numbers between 10 and 20. We have been identifying the tens and ones, finding 1 more and 1 less and have been exploring using a number-line. We worked really hard to estimate where numbers would go on a blank number line using our knowledge of the number half way. 


It has been a pleasure to give out so many Numbots certificates during our weekly celebration assembly. The children are always really keen to tell us which level they have achieved!  If you are unable to login let your class teacher know. 



This term we are learning all about the weather. This week we have been exploring the distribution of hot and cold places in the world. We created our own planet Earth showing the equator, North Pole and South Pole.




So far this term we have created our own abstract artwork using colour and shape, explored the use of line to create patterns and have been mixing primary colours to make secondary colours. 




Happy New Year! 


It has been lovely to welcome the children back and hear all about their holidays. Your child will have changed their sharing book today and will be bringing home a new reading book next week. 


This term we will be starting lots of new learning including learning about materials, the weather and exploring drawing, painting and sculpture! You can find out more about our learning via our curriculum section of our year 1 page. 


This term we will be using the books I Love Bugs and Weather to write descriptive poetry and our very own information texts. 


PE will continue to be on a Monday and Thursday, children will need to wear PE kit on these days. 



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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