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Welcome to Year 1!


Welcome to Year One. This term the children will be developing their historical skills by learning all about space, Neil Armstrong and other famous Astronauts. 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 an d controlling floor robots called BeeBots. 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 dojo points, 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, you can now send me a message on class dojo 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.

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Here are some of our favourite songs and videos we are are using to support our learning in class this term.

The Counting by Twos Song | Counting Songs | Scratch Garden

Go up into space as you count up by twos with a dog and a song on a crazy rocket cruise! The Counting by Twos song teaches skip counting by 2. If you are learning to count or teaching math and early years numeracy, the Counting by 2's song by Scratch Garden is the best way to get there!

Let's all do the 10 dance (number bonds of 10 song)

Come on everybody Let's all do the 10 dance. Grab your 10 partner and head out on the dance floor! A super fun and funky dance tune about the number combinations of 10. So do the 10 dance with 5 and 5, 6 and 4, 7 and 3, 10 and 0, and 8 and 2.

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.


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. Percy the Parkeeper - Nick Butterworth

9. The bravest ever bear - Allan Ahlberg

10. The Highway Rat - Julia Donaldson


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.


Another personal favourite of mine is the Cbeebies programme Numberblocks. These programmes cover lots of topics taught in Year 1, usually around 5 minutes long a great way to end a busy school day or watch before school.

Numberblocks - Blast Off! | Learn to Count

As seen on CBeebies! Watch Numberblocks full episodes on BBC iPlayer: Subscribe for more Numberblocks: Learn to count with the Numberblocks as they blast off to space in this counting adventure - plus much more number fun! We are the Numberblocks! Little blocks with big ideas, having a ton of number fun.



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. any reading is a bonus whether its on our new Oxford Reading Buddy site, a Read write Inc or Oxford Reading Tree book, a picture book or a set of flashcards. Make it work for you as a family. Consistency is the key to success.


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.  



Our P.E lessons will take place on Monday and Wednesday afternoons led by Mr Ashton and Mrs Smith. Mrs Smith will dismiss the children on Wednesday afternoons. 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.

PE during colder months


Children will still be doing the Daily Mile and some 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.


So far we have had nine 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.

The remainder of this page refers to the academic year 2018-19. Please feel free to have a look around to see the sorts of things that are posted on our class page.

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!

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


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 Autumn 1 and 2 lists below.

Globe Trotters!

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.

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


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