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Greater Than, Less Than - "Let it Go" parody

Lyrics: ---A parody of the song "Let it Go" from the movie Frozen.--- Alligator looks for a treat tonight But not a number to be seen He's searching for something big But he only sees a three He keeps exploring til his eyes, they spy a nine And he wonders then, "which one should be mine?"

We have been exploring the language of comparing numbers this half term, deciding which number Alligator (Chomper) would choose to eat!

Sum Dog Smarty Pants Award!

Sum Dog Smarty Pants Award! 1
Sum Dog Smarty Pants Award! 2

The results are in and the first two winners of our very first Sum Dog Smarty Pants Award are Jack with the most accurate answers and Emily with the most amount of games played! Well done!

Percy the Park Keeper's Super Scientist Challenge

Amazing Artisits Challenge


Welcome to Year 1!


Welcome to Year One. This term the children will be developing their historical skills by learning all about The Great Fire of London. We will look at materials in science and Christianity in RE. During Art we will focus on our painting and drawing skills and in computing our mouse skills eventually moving on to using basic programmes. To get a glimpse of what our daily life in Year One is like please look at our class gallery where I will regularly share photos of the things we have been up to. In order to do this I need parents to send consent forms back asap.


I love setting the children little challenges every now and then to engage and enthuse them. These challenges are optional and meant to be fun, creative and interesting, something you could do as a family and there will usually be a small reward such as merit stickers, house points, certificates or a dip in the prize box. 


If you would like to ask me something please feel free to introduce yourself (I'm gradually recognising more and more faces at the gates each day) after school or drop me an email at  As a working parent myself,  I appreciate how tricky it can be to speak to your child's teacher in person, I will always endeavor to respond to emails the same day or alternatively send me a letter or ring the school office.


Watching Alphablocks for a few minutes a day would really help your child develop their phonic skills. Each episode is around 5 minutes long, why not watch one before you read with your child, after breakfast or after school to boost the sounds they are learning in school.

Alphablocks Series 4 - Name

When A gets hiccups, she can't say her own name - but Magic E and friends sing a song to help her remember. This episode introduces the long A sound, the digraphs '-ay-', '-ai-' and '-ae-' and the words day, play, way, tail, trail, sail, game, cake, snake and name.

Blast From The Past! 

I have been reliving my youth this week through Youtube! After teaching the children the i-e sound during phonics, and the concept that magic e makes a vowel say its name, we watched an old 80's school classic, Look and Read. Mrs Brown and I shared lovely memories about how excited we were as school children when the television set was wheeled into the classroom. The children loved the clip so much they've asked me to share it.

Magic E (Look & Read)

You need me, I'm Magic E!


please find below spellings for the Spring term. Group 1 is Mrs Smith's group, Group 2 is Mrs Tough's group, Group 3 is Miss Henderson's group. 


So far we have had six children become published authors in Year One, who will be next? Please check your emails to see if you have a request from Pobble to publish your child's work, I can not put their work online without permission. If you don't have an email it means the school office doesn't have your email address on the system. Please get in touch and tell us what it is.

Globe Trotters!

Picture 1 Check out my new groovy! Thank you Theoden's Mam

Excellent Engineers Challenge

We have created and evaluated different types of axles and chassis, we've investigated different adhesives, we've even looked t a variety of materials and their properties to see which ones would be best to make a hose or a pair of ladders, now we need to get our designers hats on. The next challenge is to design a model fire engine using all the skills we've learnt. 4 merit stars are up for grabs this time!

Excellent Engineers Challenge

It's DT week in year 1 and we're thinking all about fire engines. Can your child spot the similarities ans differences between a 17th century fire engine and a modern one?

History Detectives Challenge

We have been learning about how we know all about the Great Fire of London, in particular Samuel Pepys. I have challenged the children to complete the attached fact file by doing some independent research about this famous individual and his diary. 2 merit stars are up for grabs!

History Detectives Challenge

This week we've been thinking about the poor residents and fire fighters who tried to put the Great Fire of London out. Do some research, write me some sentences about what you have discovered and win some merit stars!

Super Scientist Challenge!

Our topic this half term is all about materials. click on the link below to find a copy of our first challenge! 2 merit stars each for anyone who accepts the challenge! Good luck scientists.

Computer Whizzkids

in this section you will find links to free, safe, internet based games that will support your child's learning. We use these in class in our Cool Computing area.


Our P.E lessons will take place on Wednesday afternoons led by Mr Ashton. Mr Ashton will dismiss the children and Thursday morning led by Mr Traves. Please make sure P.E comes into school on Mondays. I am happy for kit to stay in school until half term if that makes life easier, or children can take it home on Fridays.

DOUBLES! DOUBLES! (*new* 1-10 version)

WWW.HARRYKINDERGARTENMUSIC.COM ...or find me on Teachers Pay Teachers!­­­­Kindergarten-Music HARRY KINDERGARTEN MUSIC, LLC Hip educational songs & videos for the K-2 Classroom! Song: DOUBLES! DOUBLES! (1-10 VERSION) Educational Content: Practicing "doubles" addition; This version has both the "small doubles" and the "big doubles" in one song, whereas my previous versions repeated one or the other in both verses.

Class photos 


Look under the classes tab > class galleries > Year 1 > 2018/19



Here are my top 10 story books for children in Y1. In no particular order:


1. The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson

2. Aliens love underpants - Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

3. Room on the broom - Julia Donaldson

4. The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister

5. Laura's Star - Klaus Baumgart

6. Giraffes can't dance - Giles Andreae

7. The dinosaur that pooped a planet - Tom Fletcher

8. No - Bot - Sue Hendra

9. The bravest ever bear - Allan Ahlberg

10. The Highway Rat - Julia Donaldson

PE during colder months


Children will still be doing PE outside during the colder months. As long as the playground is safe for use, the children will be doing basic games outside using a variety of equipment.


Please can you ensure that your child has suitable clothing, such as: tracksuit top and bottoms, hat and gloves.



We expect all our children to read every evening and at weekends. In Year 1, 10 minutes should be a minimum and, in addition, most children love to share books with adults, especially at bedtime. Please ensure you sign the reading log to confirm daily reading is taking place.


Some children will also have phonic sheets from taken from their recent sessions in school. These are a great way to supplement reading at home and it gives you the chance to practise sounds that we are learning currently in school.  


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