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Mr Hancox, Mrs Kean, Miss Pratt & Mrs Ponting

Welcome to the Year 1 class page. Look around for half termly overviews of our curriculum coverage and updates on what Year 1 have been up to recently, including details on our current learning.

Home learning for Friday 14th September 2018

As always, daily reading is our main priority for home learning in Year 1.  You can record all your reading in your child's reading record, which also contains phonics sounds and high frequency words to practise and learn.

This term's Reading Challenge has gone home today.  After positive feedback, it's similar to the format used at the end of last year.  There are 25 house points on offer for finishing the challenge, so get reading!  Click here for Year 1's recommended reads.

In maths, we've been looking at solving number sequences with missing numbers.  You can play this Number Sequence Leaves Game for extra practise.

Theme of the week: New Beginnings

This week we've also been thinking about new beginnings and fresh starts.  What things do we want to change, what to we want to stay the same, and how can we achieve what we want to achieve this year?

Year 1 Class Charters

After discussing their rights based on the Articles in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Year 1 worked together to decide which rights they wanted to include in our Class Charter.  They drew pictures to illustrate which rights they felt were most important and the Class Charter includes all of these rights, as well as how both the children and adults will ensure they are upheld.  Ask your child which rights or Articles they can remember.  The Class Charter is attached at the bottom of this page.

We have also discussed e-safety this week, and together came up with a Year 1 e-safety charter to help us stay safe when we use the internet.  A paper copy has come home this week to sign and return; it's also attached at the bottom of the page along with our class charter

P.E. Kits

We'll be doing P.E. indoors on Tuesday afternoons and outdoors on Thursday afternoons.  Please ensure any earrings are removed and your child has the correct P.E. kit to be safe and comfortable in both environments.

Seesaw Electronic Learning Journal

From time to time, we'll be using the Seesaw Electronic Learning Journal to share your child's learning with you directly. 

Seesaw is private and you'll only see work created by your child.  If you'd like to sign up, please follow these instructions:

  1. Click on this link:
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once approved, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in.

You can also access Seesaw from a computer at

Thank you for supporting your child's learning!

Week 2 - Exploring numbers, mixing paints and enormous crocodiles

We continued to look at number and place value in maths this week, with the children taking part in a variety of activities.

There were word-searches to help the children practise spelling numbers; the 'Towers Challenge' (making towers from a specific number of blocks and placing them in the right tray); and a 'Play-Doh Challenge' in which the children had to make the correct amount of crocodile teeth from Play-Doh.

We also had number sequences to solve and looked at pictorial representations of numbers.

Ask your child which maths activity they enjoyed the most this week.

In art, we continued our exploration of colour by looking at the work of Mark Rothko.

Rothko used bands and blocks of colour to create his paintings, so the children practised mixing different colours from the three primary colours and using these to create their own ‘colour field’ paintings.

The children had a wonderful time mixing the paints to make lots of different colours, then mixing those colours to make even more fabulous colours.  There was paint and water everywhere, and the classroom certainly looked like Mark Rothko’s studio by the end of the afternoon!

Ask your child which colours they created.  Or if you have some paint, try making your own ‘colour field’ paintings at home.

It was Roald Dahl day on Thursday, so we spent the week doing work around one of his best-loved stories ‘The Enormous Crocodile’.

We began by reading the story, then had a visit from the Enormous Crocodile himself!  (Who luckily turned out to be rather friendly).

After that, we wrote character descriptions, a book review, and even an alternative ending where the Enormous Crocodile gets a chance to change his ways.  We even made our own Enormous Crocodiles out of cardboard and role-played the story out in the copse.

Can your child tell you the story of ‘The Enormous Crocodile’?



The Enormous Crocodile visited the classroom - luckily, he turned out to be friendly!

Week 1 - Welcome back!

It was wonderful to welcome Year 1 back to school this week!

We got straight down to business, and in English we were talking about sentences and what makes a good sentence.

We even went outside and created our own sentences in the copse, making sure we began with a capital letter, ended with a full stop and had finger spaces between each word.

We then made up some sentences of our own, including our learning promises for the year.

Ask your child what their learning promise was for Year 1.


We began our 'Colour Chaos' unit in art by looking at the work of Piet Mondrian, an artist who used geometric patterns and blocks of colour to create his artworks.

The children viewed some of his pictures and discussed what they liked or didn't like about them.

They then made their own Mondrian-inspired collages by sticking blocks of paper in the three primary colours onto black or white backgrounds.

Ask your child what they thought about Mondrian's work.  Can they remember the three primary colours?


In maths, we've been looking at place value and doing some simple addition within 20.

We explored place value by working in pairs to throw two dice and recording which numbers we could make with the digits that came up. For example, if you rolled a 3 and a 2, you could make 32 or 23.

We then talked about  how we could tell which number was bigger or smaller by looking at home many lots of 10 and how many lots of 1 our numbers contained.

You could try this at home with two dice - maybe even have a competition to see who can throw the biggest number!


Meet the Teacher

Thank you to everybody who attended the most recent Meet the Teacher events.  One of the main topics we discussed was safeguarding and in particular the importance of keeping children safe when using the internet.  You can visit the safeguarding section of our school website by clicking here and get more information and advice on internet safety via the CEOP thinkuknow website.

Curriculum overviews can be viewed below by clicking on the attachments.

Our Awards

  • Arts Mark Gold
  • Music Mark
  • Offsted
  • RRSA Silver
  • Sports Mark