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Can you believe it is the final half term of Year 1? It has been such a busy and exciting year still with more to squeeze in. During the course of this term we will be doing lots of work with the Year 2 team to prepare the children for September. This will include attending story, play, game and craft sessions led by their new teachers. Later in the term we will be holding an evening for parents and carers to come and meet Year 2 team.

On Thursday 7th June we will be going to Arundel Castle as part of our history learning. As you can imagine this will be a very busy day and we aim to leave as close to 9am as possible. We will open the doors to Year 1 at 8:30 to give us plenty of time to get the children ready for the coach journey. This really is a fantastic school trip and really helps the children’s understanding of castles develop so thank you for your support.

The week commencing 11th June is also Year 1 Phonics Screening week. Children will take the screening check with a teacher who is familiar to them in Year 1 on an individual basis. It looks like this below. Please use the link below for some more information on the phonics check.


Click here to view the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

In English this half term…

As usual we will be enjoying a range of texts for pleasure but this half term we will have a specific focus on non-fiction texts. We will also be learning to write a non-fiction text in the form of a non-chronological report. Some of the feature we will be learning to write include questions, title, sub headings and an opening statement to hook the reader. Here is the model we will be learning in Year 1.

The Tyrannosaurus Rex

The T-Rex was one of the most famous types of dinosaur!

How big was the T-Rex?

The T-Rex was one of the largest of the land predator dinosaurs. The T-Rex measured up to 43 feet long and weighed as much as 7.5 tons. The dinosaur is often used in movies and films such as Jurassic Park because of its size and overall fearsome image.

What did the T-Rex eat?

The T-rex ate meat from other animals and dinosaurs but some believe the T-Rex was a predator (hunted and killed it’s own food) or whether it was a scavenger (stole food from other animals).

 Interesting fact

You can see the first fossil ever found from a T-Rex in London’s National History Museum.

In Maths this half term…

We will use this half term to have a focus on some of the areas we have found trickier this year, including fractions and division. We will also have a big focus on problem solving in a range of context.

If you would like to continue supporting your child’s learning at home come and speak to a member of the Year 1 team. Here are some website to get you started. (you don’t need to subscribe to access the free games)


Home Learning Projects

Home Learning Projects

We hope you all had a lovely Easter break and you all enjoyed some family time, even though the weather was not very kind!

First, we would like to thank you for the effort that you put into your child’s home learning projects. The children were so proud to show us and the quality was amazing! Here are some of your projects….


In Maths, we are learning to find half and a quarter of a shape and number. The children have been really good at making sure the teachers share equally between either 2 or 4 people and that they have the same amount. We have cut shapes, folded them and shaded equal halves or quarters.


This half term the children are learning how to retell and write a ‘warning tale.’ We have unpicked the structure of ‘Kassim and the greedy dragon.’ Kassim was warned not to do something by his mother but he ignored her warning!

Here is our work so far.


Our topic this half term is Geography. The children are looking at cities and identifying key features of a city for example, hospitals, universities, businesses ect.

The children have so far created a passport and found out about the cities that they wanted to visit.

We have looked at the difference between a village, town, city and capital city and they know some other countries capital city names.



This half term the children have been thoroughly enjoying our topic Titanic. During this topic we have looked at art in the form of Van Gough. The children have drawn a starry night inspired background and drew and collaged a Titanic boat to stick on the top. This has created a beautiful piece of work.

We have also junk modelled as a class and in pairs.


In English we have been looking at persuasive writing. The children have been trying to persuade the teachers to buy a monster that they have created. They have been describing and ‘selling’ their own designed monster and are looking at writing their own TV advert. The children really got into it and were really persuasive!!!


In Maths we have been learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. We have solved problems involving repeated addition (multiplication) and are beginning to learn about sharing as division. The children have learnt how to share equally between two and are able to explain why we can’t share 5 between two people.

Another Busy Term

Year 1 have had a busy half term and have been working really hard! Below is some of the work the children have produced. They are developing a real determination to keep pushing themselves and a resilient attitude not to give up.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from everyone in Year 1

We hope you had a lovely Christmas break. We are so excited to be back and are looking forward to the exciting events happening this term.

We are starting the Spring term with a Science unit ‘Animals including Humans’. Children will learn about how we keep safe and stay healthy, our senses and to name and locate different body parts.

To get a head start (and move your name up on the zone board) can you list 5 potential dangers in the kitchen? How would you keep yourself safe?


In Maths this term the children will continue their learning of how to add and subtract using a variety of methods. They will develop their confidence in self selecting resources and methods to answer a range of problems. They will continue their learning of counting in 2s and be able to represent this with objects or pictures.

Year 1 Pyjama day

On Thursday, Year 1 had a pyjama day. We enjoyed milk and cookies and a bedtime story. However, the children couldn’t get to sleep because of a noisy cat, dog and horse. How peculiar!

This is the story ‘I can’t sleep’ year 1 are currently learning.

I can’t sleep!

Once upon a time there was an endearing little girl and a mischievous boy who went to stay with their Grandma.

Last thing at night, Grandma said, “Goodnight”. She gave them a soothing kiss, switched off the light and closed the door… but the children said, “It’s too noisy!”

So, Grandma said, “What you need is a curious cat.”

So, she said, “Goodnight”, gave them a soothing kiss, switched off the light, closed the door… and the cat said, “meooooow!” but the children said, “It’s too noisy!”

So, Grandma said, “What you need is a loyal dog…”

So, she said, “Goodnight”, gave them a soothing kiss, switched off the light, closed the door… and the cat said, “Meooooow!” and the dog said, “Grrrr!” but the children said, “It’s too noisy!”

So, Grandma said, “What you need is a humorous horse…”

So, she said, “Goodnight”, gave them a soothing kiss, switched off the light, closed the door… and the cat said, “Meooooow!”, the dog said, “Grrrr!” and the horse said, “Neigh!” but the children said, “It’s too noisy!”

So Grandma said, OK – and she took away the cat – “meow!” She took away the dog – “grrrr!” She took away the horse – “neigh!”

Then, she said, “Goodnight”, gave them a soothing kiss, switched off the light, closed the door… and the children fell fast asleep.

As always, if you have any questions or would like to know how you can support your child with their learning at home, please see a member of the Year 1 team.

A busy first term

What a busy term we have had in Year 1!

The children in both the Monkey Tree’s class and Willow’s class have been working so hard this term. They are settling really well into life in Year 1 and are embracing lots of new exciting challenges in their new learning groups.

In English this term the children have really enjoyed learning to retell and write stories and instructions. Their most recent writing started with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children learnt to retell the story before they changed the main character. Their stories ranged from ‘Batman and the Three Bears’ to ‘Polly and the Three Bears’. Here is some of their work.

As always, please keep up the reading at home. This has such a huge impact on the children’s progress in reading and writing. It is also an opportunity for children to earn a raffle ticket. This raffle ticket is then entered into a draw where they can win books and team points. The more reading at home the more chances to be entered for a prize!

In Maths this term the children have enjoyed learning about lots of different topics.

These include:

  • Counting and place value
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Telling the time
  • Measuring length
  • Recognising coins of different values

Here are some websites if you would like to continue supporting their learning at home.