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Chicken fun in Year 1!

March 26, 2021 at 2:05 pm


On Monday we visited the school chickens and Mr Harris told us lots of interesting facts about them. Did you know a hen has a vent and it is where her eggs come out of? Did you know if the comb is pale and floppy it might mean that the chicken is poorly? We will be using all this information to help us write our own non-fiction books about chickens. This week we have written about the features of a chicken and their habitat.

In phonics we have revised air/ear/ure/are/oi/oy and silent letters. We are busy doing a phonic screening check and there are some phonemes that some of the children are not that confident with. We will share your child’s results at the parents’ evenings in April. Please keep practising reading and writing all the phonemes at home.


In maths we have been learning about length. We have been using the vocabulary long, longer, longest, short, shorter, shortest, taller and the same when comparing and measuring length and height.

Click on the links below to learn more about length and height.



We have also talked about how we can use a ruler to measure objects and how to make sure we use it correctly.

Can you look at the picture below and use the vocabulary you have learnt to compare objects in the garden?


In our science lesson we learnt about the life cycle of the chicken. The children had fun deciding which came first – the chicken or the egg? They then sequenced the life cycle in their chicken books.


We have used different media to create some chicken artwork ready for a new display in our classrooms. The children did some amazing art work.

New challenges…

Last weekend Mr Harris was busy working in the conservation area where Year 1 play. He created a rope swing and a plank and rope challenge. We found frogspawn in the pond too! Can you spot the frog?

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A giant egg in Year 1!

March 19, 2021 at 2:50 pm


We have had a very eggciting week!! We received a letter from somebody called Doris saying she had laid her egg in our school grounds but couldn’t remember where. She left us some clues to read and we had lots of fun following them. At the end of the hunt was a beautiful blue egg. We carried it carefully back to our room and made it a comfy nest.

We then worked hard writing lots of questions about the egg and drawing pictures of what we thought was inside it. “Is it a lizard?”  “I think it is a scaly snake.”  “I think there is a unicorn in the egg.”

The next day the egg had hatched and inside we found even more clues – blood, slimy snot, a tooth, a claw and some burnt paper. How exciting – a baby dragon called Dudley had been living in our room!! We all wrote letters to Doris and she replied.  A brilliant week of English with so much fun and learning taking place.

In phonics we have revised au/aw/or, er/ir/ur and oo/ew/ue/u-e. In our reading lesson we had fun ‘paired reading’ with a friend.


This week we have been learning to count in multiples of 2s and 5s. We have used lots of resources to help us to count forwards and backwards from different numbers.

Can you practise counting in 2s and 5s? Can you start from any number? Can you count backwards in multiples of 2 and 5?


We have continued our work about algorithms in our computing lesson. The children had to follow a very simple set of instructions to draw a crazy creature and all the pictures were very different.

They then repeated the task following more detailed instructions and this time their monsters looked similar. The children knew it was important to have precise instructions to follow.

Other Year 1 news…

Chicken Visit

We are visiting the school farm on Monday to learn more about our school chickens with Mr Harris. It is very muddy, so please can your child bring their wellington boots to school.

Hedgehog News

Great news! Spiky the hedgehog, who we found on our school field, has made a full recovery. Hopefully, Spiky will be released back at school in the next few weeks.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A super week in Year 1!

March 12, 2021 at 2:04 pm

It has been so lovely to have all the children back happy and smiling. We have had a very busy and fun week.


We have been investigating our five senses this week. We began by exploring lots of different objects and describing how they felt, smelt, looked, sounded and tasted. The children then wrote sentences using lots of super ‘right choice’ words.

In phonics we have revised oa/oe/ow/o-e and igh/ie/i-e. The children are great phonic detectives and are reading real and nonsense words with more confidence. Please keep practising at home. They were all very excited to win their prizes for working so hard!


This week we have been continuing our work on ‘Place Value’ and looking at comparing and ordering numbers up to 50. We have revisited the language greater than, less than and equal to.

We read number names and worked out some calculations before saying whether a number was greater or less than:

We looked at pictorial representations to work out what some numbers were:


We have been learning about our sense of taste. We looked carefully at our tongues and learnt about taste buds. Can your child remember how many taste buds the average person has? We then tasted different foods and decided if they were sweet, salty, bitter or sour.

We also looked at art work by the artist Esref Armagan who is blind. The children were amazed that he had created his pieces of art without sight. They were all challenged to create a piece of art wearing a blindfold and only using their sense of touch – this got quite messy!!


In our outdoor PE lesson we have been practising our hand ball skills. We have been looking at dribbling a ball around cones and practising our underarm throwing and catching skills.

In our indoor PE lesson we have started a new dance topic based on animals. This week we looked at ‘big’ moves a ‘big’ animal might make.

World Book Day

Well done to everyone who entered the World Book Day competition. There were lots of super character drawings and descriptions and it was hard to choose our winners. Well done to Maude and Janvi who were our Year 1 winners.

Other Year 1 news…

Over the next few weeks we will be exploring our school grounds and visiting the school farm. It is still very muddy, so please can you make sure that your child has a pair of wellington boots in school. They also need their PE kits in school every Tuesday and Thursday.

Finally, a reminder of the start/finish times for Year 1:

1GK – Arrive at 8.45am and finish at 3.05pm

1B – Arrive at 8.55am and finish at 3.15pm

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Welcome back Year 1!

March 5, 2021 at 11:38 am

You have all been working so hard at home and we are very proud of you. Well done!

We have lots of fun lessons and activities planned for the next three weeks. We will continue learning about our amazing bodies and exploring our five senses. Look at our new hospital and senses areas:

We will be doing lots of practical investigations based on the body in our science lessons. We will have fun with our virtual T shirt!

We will also become chicken experts! We will be visiting the school farm, so please can you make sure that your child has a pair of wellington boots in school as it is very muddy still! The children will be creating their own ‘Chicken Books’.

In maths we will be continuing our work on place value. Comparing objects and numbers up to 50. Can you remember which sign means greater, less than or equal to?

We will be learning to count in steps of 2 and 5. We then move on to learning about length and height, so lots of practical fun maths!!

Our PE units are Ball Skills and Dance. We will be doing PE every Tuesday and Thursday. We will do PE outside on a Tuesday if the weather is fine. Some PE kits are still on their pegs from January – so don’t worry if you can’t find it at home!

School Rules

On Monday we will spend some time settling the children back into school through circle time and games. We will also be focusing on school expectations and routines with an emphasis on our new rules: Ready, Respectful, Kind.

See you on Monday – we can’t wait!!

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World Book Day! Friday 5th March

March 4, 2021 at 4:24 pm

When we arrived at school this morning something very strange had happened! All of our pens, pencils and crayons had quit!

We also found this letter…

Oh no! All of our pens, pencils and crayons have decided to quit! This sounds a little bit like what happened to Duncan in one of our favourite stories:

Join Mrs Galbraith at 9.15am to hear this story being read.

Don’t worry! We have come up with lots of fun World Book Day activities that we can do that don’t need us to use pens, pencils and crayons. Have a look below…

Record a book review

Do you have a favourite book? What is the title of the book? Who is the author? Who is the illustrator? What happens in the book? What is your favourite part of the book? Why do you like it? If you had to rate the book out of 5 stars how many stars would you give it?

Since we cannot use pens and pencils to write all of these ideas down why not talk your book review through with someone at home? You could also record it and send it to us via the Google form to have a look. We would love to see them!

Here is a video book review to give you some ideas…

Make a bookmark

Although we can’t use pens, pencils and crayons we can still make a bookmark using lots of other things that haven’t quit! You could use paper, paint, glue, stickers, string, wrapping paper, giftbags, ribbon, lollypop sticks, boxes, pictures from magazines or even of yourself and anything else you can find around your house. Here are some fun ideas…

Scavenger Hunt

Why not try this scavenger hunt! You could enjoy looking through any books you have at home to see if you can find any of these things. Here is the file for you to download:

Enjoy a story

1GK can join Mrs Galbraith at 1.15pm and 1B can join Mrs Broadhead at 2.00pm today on Google meet where we will be sharing the story ‘The day the crayons came home’.

Competition Time

Today is the last day to send in your entry for our World Book day competition. We would like you to tell us about your favourite story character. You could write a character description, draw and label your favourite character or even create your own character! We will choose a winner from each class. Please email your entry to your class teacher today please.

What a strange place to read a book!

We would love to see a photograph of you enjoying a book in a funny place! Maybe you could share a book on a walk or somewhere else unusual.

Here are some pictures of staff enjoying a book in an interesting place. Can you recognise any of these places? Some are at home and some are in school.

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you all on Monday!! We can’t wait!

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Remote Learning – Wednesday 3rd March

March 2, 2021 at 11:07 am

Keep up the good work! Here is what we have planned for the next two days…

  • Phonics –  Revise ee/ea/e-e/ey and g says j
  • English/Science – Continue writing your senses book
  • Maths – Representing numbers up to 50


Everyone is welcome to join in with our daily live phonics lessons at 9.15am with Mrs Broadhead on Google Meet. Here are the PowerPoint slides for Wednesday and Thursday if you would like to access them from home:

On Wednesday we are revising e-e / ee / ea / ey. They are a set of digraphs that are spelt differently, but all make the same sound. Watch this video to recap the sounds:

There is phonic detective sheet and a roll and read game to play in your pack for today. These will be dated 03.03.21 at the top.

On Thursday we will be revising when ‘g’ makes a ‘j’ sound like in the word giant. Here is a video to watch. Can you spot the g say j sound in the words?

There is a phonic detective sheet and a roll and read game in your pack for today. These will be dated 04.03.21 at the top.


Over the next few days you need to finish writing your senses book. You will need to find out some facts about the sense of touch, sight and taste. Join Mrs Kumar at 1.15pm on Wednesday for a fun activity about sight.

Sense of touch

Sense of sight

Sense of taste

When you have finished writing your book you can draw a picture on your front cover.

You could use the Google form:https://forms.gle/pSNNSy1oZq1FNXTy7 to share your book with us.

Here is a fun song to remind you of the senses:


Let’s get started with our warm up..

Now we are ready to learn how to write different numbers using our tens and ones knowledge.

Look at the next image can you write how many tens and ones you can see using your part whole model. What number does it make?

Let’s do the same with these bundles of 10 sticks. How many sticks do you have?

Can you match the correct image to the number?

Number detective work, what is missing (no looking at the answer!)

Now it is time for you to answer some questions. Please complete questions 1, 2, 3 and 4 on pages 10, 11 and 12. Join Mrs Kumar at 10.15am on Wednesday for a maths lesson.

Thursday’s lesson

Off we go…

We are working out what is 1 more and 1 less than a given number. Use your number grid to help. No peeking at the answers!

Can you work out what is 1 more than a given number?

Be careful, now we are calculating one less than a given number.

You could practise making numbers up to 50 using your unifix towers and cubes.

Now it is your turn to answer some questions in your maths booklets. Try and answer questions 2, 3 and 4 on pages 13 & 14.

World Book Day

We have received some great entries for the character description competition. Don’t forget the deadline is Friday 5th March if you would like to enter. Please email your work, photo, video etc…to your class teacher.

On the World Book Day website, there are lots of ideas and resources. On the 3rd, 4th and 5th of March, there are live events that you can enjoy from home: https://www.worldbookday.com/events/

Have a super two days and we will blog again on Friday.

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