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Welcome to Class 4!

In Year 1, our Teachers are Miss Baker & Mrs Stevenson. Our wonderful Teaching Asisstant is Mrs Elston.



This week the children have all taken part in 'Vocational Week'. Alongside children from all year groups, we have had the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities related to different professions. This has included Painting, exploring, ambulance service, scientist, chef, ornithologist, vet, sports and much more! It has been a super busy week! 

On Wednesday, we welcomed lots of our lovely parents. We enjoyed listening about all the different jobs that you have had, thank you!


W.C 3.7.17

This week was D.T & Geography week (thank you for all of your recyclable donations!) Year 1 focused on Antarctica; we looked at the animals that lived there and recreated the Lambert glacier (the biggest glacier in the world). Here is a little look at our masterpieces being created...



W.C 26.6.17

We began our week with an adventure to Brackenhurst. The children enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities learning about plants and habitats; luckily for us the sun was shining! A huge thank you to our parent helpers, these trips could not happen without you.Have a look at our pictures above...

In English, we received a magical wishing bean from the wise old man! Our bean could take us anywhere we wanted once we reached the top of the beanstalk...we loved using our imagination and used our neatest handwriting to change the middle of the original story.


In Maths, we have been focusing on subtraction. We have tackled number stories and missing number equations.


Letter of the week Xx


Spellings will now focus on consolidating the spelling of tricky words.


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In English this week we have been reading the story of Jack and the beanstalk.

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The children created a story map and used this to write their own story. They all included lots of detail in their writing and they were a pleasure to read.


In maths, this week we have been solving 2 and 3 step addition problems. The children are now all confident using their number lines to add to 20. We also looked at strategies to solve missing number problems, the children tried really hard with this.


Letter of the week Xx


Spellings this week and for the rest of the term will focus on tricky words.


Our Gold Book star for this week is Ethan; we think you are super!




W.C 12.6.17

The children have worked so hard  this week during Phonics Screening; we are super duper proud of all of them- well done! Thank you for your hard work at home; it really does make a difference smiley


In English this week we read 'Sam's Sunfower'


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We thought about how Sam was feeling during the story and made predictions about what might happen at the end.  We also planted our own sunflower seeds; we wrote instructions, designed pot and holders and learned about what a plant needs to grow. Here we are giving them some water...


In Maths, we revised number bonds to 20.


Our Gold Book stars for this week are Oliver and Nancy; we think you are super!


W.C 7.6.17

Welcome back! It's been a short but busy first week!

At the beginning of the week we took part in lots of SMSC activities. We discussed the general election and took part in our very own vote to decide which children should run the school for the day! 

On Thursday afternoon we were welcomed by lots of your lovely grandparents. Thank you so much to everyone who came along, we had a really fun time and hope you did too. Have a little look at what we got up to...




On Friday we celebrated 'history day'.



Our classroom was lit up by the wonderful costumes; thank you for your efforts with this. In the morning, the children enjoyed a fantastic performance of Robin Hood, by the 'Hobgoblin' theatre group. We the learned more about the story and wrote about about favourite characters. 


In Maths we have been recapping number bonds to 10. next week we will move onto bonds to 20. understanding these will really help your child as they progress through school.


Reminder: Next week Yr 1 children will complete the National Phonics Assessment.They have all worked so hard in preparation for this and we know they are going to do us proud.



What a busy last week of half term!


In English this week we have had loads of fun writing our own animal riddles. The children used a variety of vocabulary and applied their knowledge of animal facts to make their riddles very detailed.


We have been revising lots of practical maths this week; 2d and 3d shape, length, weight, time and money.


On Thursday it was sports day! The children showed their true sportsmanship and cheered each other on! Well done everyone!



There is no homework set for the half term break. 

Have a super holiday!



In English this week we have started learning all about poetry. We have read lots of animal poems and written our own. The children were fantastic at performing poetry with great expression and actions.




In maths this week, we have been shopping. We have added lots of different amounts and given change from 20p.


The children are making excellent progress with their phonics.


Letter of the week Ww


Our Gold Book stars this week are Maisie-Leigh and Maddie. Well done!


Have a lovely weekend!


Last week's information has been lost due to the transition to the brand new website, sorry for any inconvenience caused.


W.C. 2.5.17
In English this week we became bird spotters....

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...we created Bird Fact files writing in super sentences.

In Maths we have been revising numbers to 100, 1 more than 1 less than etc. The progress the children have made is clear and we are so proud of them.

Phonics activities have also kept us busy this week. We are becoming blending machines! Anyone fancy a game of phonics bingo?!


Tricky words of the week- do, some

Our Gold Book stars for the week are Matthew & Freddie..we think you are super!!

W.C 24.4.17
In English we have loved learning all about lions

We read lots of facts and then used our knowledge to create our own factfile. We know that lions are mammals and their babies are called cubs. What other facts can you remember?
We also learned about animals that are endangered and what we can do to stop the animals from becoming extinct.

In Maths, we have been using the 100 square to find one more than/one less than. We also completed missing numbers.

Spellings are running slightly different this half term in preparation for the Phonics Screening Assessment. As always, if you require any further information please do not hesitate to ask.

Letter of the week- Pp
Tricky words of the week- like, so

Welcome back!!
We began our new topic this week by looking at a variety of domestic and wild animals from all around the world. Using paint and oil pastels, the children created some fabulous artwork ready for our new display.

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In English, we have been learning about exclamation marks
We know they are used when we are shouting , surprised or very excited. We have also practised how our voice might change when we see them in our reading books.

In Maths, we have been learning about 3d shapes. We used lots of different resources, such as playdoh and construction to make our own shapes. We know the names of some common 3d shapes and also about their properties.

In preparation for the phonics screening check ,spellings will be replaced by a phonics activity this half term. On Friday mornings the children will be sitting a small screening test each week rather than their usual spellings test.
This will allow the children to get used to the format of the test but also allow us to clearly see where your child needs more support.
I hope you found the information booklet that was handed out before Easter useful, if you still require more advice please come and see me.

Letter of the week- Bb
Tricky words of the week- said, have

Our topic for the Summer term is
'The land of Living Things'
We will be learning lots about a variety of animals and plants.

W.C 27.3.17

This week the children have made rice crispy nests. Yum! They then wrote instructions using imperitive verbs.

In Maths, the children worked with partners to work out a range of arithmetic questions. 

Thank you so much for the entries to the 'Boat Competition'
We had so many fantastic designs;the children used lots of scientific vocabulary talking about their boats and had such fun testing them out. 
A huge well done to Haydn who was Class 4's overall winner-your boat was unsinkable!!


The whole school had a visit from the Easter Bunny (Mrs Chambers!) today. we hope you all enjoy your chocolate treats!

There is no homework for the Easter break. A letter regarding Phonics went home with your child this week, any extra practise at home would be great!

Have a lovely Easter!

Our Gold Book stars for the week are Destiny & Miley..we think you are super!!

W.C 20.3.17

This week we visited Nottingham Castle to round up our 'Creepy Castles' topic.
The children behaved impeccably and impressed everyone with their knowledge - well done!
Thank you to our parent helpers; you make this happen!

Have a quick look at what we got up to...

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Click on the link below for the rest of our castle adventures

In English, we have been writing instructions. We used our instructions to make sandwiches for our medieval banquet. Delicious!

In Maths, we have been learning about finding 1/4 of shapes and amounts. This is tricky! We did lots of practical activities, sharing onto 4 equal groups.

Tricky word of the week- my
letter of the week- Hh

*No spellings set this week*

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Happy St Patricks Day!


In English this week we have focused on question marks
We practised asking lots of questions and spotted questions marks within texts. We then had a go at writing our own questions. At the end of the week we became detectives; someone had broken into our castle and borrowed our princess! We had to think of lots of questions to find out what had happened. It worked!! We manged to solve the clues and all is restored in Year 1!

In Science we enjoyed learning outside, investigating things that were waterproof.


In Maths, we have been learning about fractions; finding 1/2 of shapes, quantity and number. Next week we will move on to finding 1/4's.

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Tricky word of the week- are

letter of the week- Hh

Our Gold Book stars for the week are Kenny & Daisy..we think you are super!!

W.C. 6.3.17
Where is the time going? Over halfway through Year 1 and the children are really rising to the challenges and growing up before our eyes. 
We visited the chicks in school this week; we held them gently on our lap and remembered to be really quiet...they were very chirpy!

In English, we have focused on capital letters. It is important to use them at the beginning of our sentences. Now we are super confident recognising them, using them will be easy peasy!

In Maths, we have focused on division by sharing. We used numicon and objects to secure our learning.

We have also been busy sorting materials in Science and singing songs in French. Phew!

Tricky word of the week- all
letter of the week- Mm

W.C. 21.2.17

Welcome back! 

We hope you are all rested and ready for a brand new half term.
This week has been History week. We have learned about the life of Florence Nightingale. This has had us hooked as we discovered how she became a nurse, the opposition she faced and why she is such a historical figure. We really enjoyed a class swap with Yr 5 to share our learning on Friday.

In English we have written a description about what the Scutari hospital was like...there were hairy rats and dirty beds. We compared this hospital to modern day hospitals. 

In maths, we have been counting in multiples of 2s and 5s. Numicon, playdough and objects have helped secure our understanding.

Letter of the week- Rr
Tricky word of the week- you

W.C 6.2.17 
This week we have been busy using our posh writing books. We described Snow White using adjectives and similes and included lots of detail.

In Maths, our focus has been missing number sentences and number bonds to 10. 
In the afternoons, the children used laptops to find out information about castles. We also learned how to stay safe on the internet.

We also became composers this week.... you want to be in our band?! The children loved exploring the instruments; they composed, rehearsed and performed which was music to our ears!

The children have tried so hard with their weekly spellings this half term-thank you for all of your support at home.

Tricky word of the week- was
letter of the week- Kk

There are no spellings or homework this week. 
Have a safe, happy and relaxing half term.

W.C. 30.1.17
Our story of the week was....


...Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. We began the week by acting out different scenes from the story. We the used lots of 'talk for writing' to help us write the beginning, middle and end of the classic fairytale. Most fairytales begin with 'Once upon a time'....who can remember how they normally end?

In Maths, we have been subtracting numbers using numicon, cubes, 100 squares, number lines and our mega maths brains!

In D.T we designed and then made our own shields using a variety of different to follow soon!

Letter of the week: Jj

Our Gold Book stars for the week are Lexie & Ruby...we think you are super!!

W.C 23.1.16

In English this week we have been writing our own stories for an exciting competition at school! We understand that stories need a beginning, middle and end and lots of WOW words to make the reader interested. Your ideas have been fantastic!

In Maths we have been adding single digit numbers to 2 digit numbers. We are getting really good using a 100 square to help us cross the ten barrier. We have new Maths jotters which are helping us to practice our calculations together before having a go independently.


We have designed our own shields this week; next week we are going to use our design to make them, exciting!!

W.C 16.1.17

This week we finished our Information Books about Castles. We became illustrators, as well as Authors and thought about why it is important to have accurate, detailed pictures. 

Role play helps us to learn...

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In Maths, we have been comparing and ordering numbers to 20 and beyond. We are doing lots of work with hundred squares to help us understand the value and position of different numbers.

In Science, we have been learning about trees and animals in different seasons. What happens to the trees in Autumn? When do hedgehogs hibernate?

Thank you for your donations of cardboard boxes...we are planning to turn them into this space!! 

Letter of the week: Uu

Our Gold Book stars for the week are Theo & Harry...we think you are super!!

W.C. 9.1.17
This week we have began our journey to becoming Awesome Authors! We are creating our own information booklet, which describes the features of castles. So far we have covered: moat, drawbridge & arrow slits. Who can remember what they do? What is their purpose? Our Castle role-play is also ready to go next week-exciting!
In Maths, we have been learning Place Value. We have explored a variety of resources such as numicon to help us understand that digits have different values. We are working with numbers up to 100 in Year 1, so any extra practise at home would be fab!
In Science, our focus has been on weather and seasons. We have certainly witnessed a variety of different weathers this week!

Letter of the week: Tt
Tricky words of the week: be/me

W.C. 4.1.17
Happy New Year!!
We hope you all enjoyed the festive break.

We have hit the ground running in Year 1; we have kickstarted our brand new topic 'Creepy Castles' by imagining what we might find inside. The children have thought of some super descriptions and similes and they haven't forgotten their wonderful handwriting.

In Maths we have been learning about positional language and movement. This involves left and right and whole, half, quarter and three quarter turns (homework this week consolidates this further) Some of it is quite trick so keep practising!

This week your child has been issued with a new reading book after the books were all re-banded. Please let us know how your child gets on.

Letter of the week: Ll
Tricky word of the week: we

W.C 12.12.16

We have been busy carrying out assessments this week, I am very proud of how hard the children have worked and the progress they have made.

We have also been busy being Christmas Elves this week. We have described Santa's workshop using our senses. We had a fun day writing letters to Santa and making our very own North Pole stamps and envelopes. We have also had a Snowman and the Snow dog day where the children carried out a variety if activities all based around the story.

The children look amazing in their Christmas jumpers.

W.C 5.12.16
WoW!!!!! The children were absolutely fantastic this week; they performed their little socks off and worked so hard to remember lines and songs. We hope you enjoyed watching your little ones as much as they enjoyed performing.

In English, we have been sequencing and retelling the Christmas Story.
In Maths, we have been learning the days of the week.

There are no spellings for this week and this week will be the last homework before the Christmas break. 

We hope you have a restful, festive weekend ready for another busy 'Christmassy' week! 

W.C 28.11.16
We have had a lovely week!
It was so lovely to see so many Grandparents on Wednesday. We loved having you in class.
Thank you also for your donations of cakes; we all had a super time at the Christmas Fayre on Thursday 

Our story of the week was:

In English, we designed our own pants, thinking about what they looked like and what they could do. We learned lots about the Queen and what she does every day. We pretended to be the Queen/King for the day and made lots of new (crazy) rules using adjectives and even similes!!!

In Maths, we have been learning to tell the time to o'clock and half past; remember to keep practising at home!

W.C. 21.11.16
Thank you for your donations of chocolate

We continued our learning based on The Gruffalo. The children designed their own 'Huffalo' this week'; their attention to detail and super imaginations had us astounded! We definitely gave the gruffalo a run for its money!

In maths we have been learning about capacity. We estimated the capacity of containers and then checked by measuring. We then moved on to measuring using ml, super!

Our Gold Book stars for the week are Jude & Ava...we think you are super!!

Tricky word of the week: revision of all previously taught tricky words

W.C. 14.11.16
Our story of the week was:

We used descriptive language to describe the Gruffalo and answered questions about the text.

In Maths, we have focused o weight. We used balances to find out which was heavier/lighter. We ordered objects by weight and began to look at standard units of measurement (Kg & g)

The rehearsals for the Nativity are well underway, we are super proud of how hard the children are working 

Letter of the week: Ee
Tricky word of the week: he
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Our story of the week was:


We loved expring the outdoors, looking for sticks and leaves to recreate Stick Man!

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We also produced some brilliant story maps, and ended the week by writing a postcard from Stick Man; he had lots to say about his adventures!
In Maths, we have been learning how to measure length, using non standard units and cms. We have been using the language longer/shorter to describe objects around the classroom. We are really enjoying working towards Bronze, Silver & Gold!

Letter of the week: Revision of previous letter family
Tricky word of the week: into

Our Gold Book stars for the week are Amelia & Betsy...we think you are super!!

W.C. 31.10.16
Welcome back to a brand new half term!!!
We kicked things off with 'History week'. We all learned about a famous, local author called D.H Lawrence; our visit to his birthplace was fantastic and we all remembered lots of things aout his life. We also learned about how life was different for D.H Lawrence at school and talked about the toys he may have may played with. What were they made out of? We also learned about the history Goose fair.
In Maths, our focus has been number formation, please keep practising at home!

Letter of the week: Gg revision
Tricky word of the week: go

W.C. 17.10.16
The last week of half term is upon us!
The children have been working so hard this week, showing their teachers how much they have learned! We are super impressed with all of them and really proud of what they achieved so far.
On Thursday we visited Colliers Wood. We had a fantastic time and spotted lots of human and physical features; can you remember what we saw? We also produced some great art work using natural materials to make faces. Have a look at our pictures below!
Have a safe and happy half term!

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W.C. 10.10.16
On Thursday, Year 1 took our first trip to the library. The children really enjoyed exploring new books together  Look out for details of our visit next half term!

In English the children had great fun trying different foods and writing about what they tasted like.

In maths we are subtraction stars! The children have used objects, pictures and numicon to support their understanding. They then moved on to using a number line to count back to find the answer.

Letter of the week: Gg
Tricky word of the week: no


Thursday was ART DAY 
Our theme in Year 1 was 'Celebrate with Light'. We looked at different ways that light is used in celebrations and festivals. We produced some fantastic art based on Bonfires, Fireworks, Hannukah and Christmas which is proudly displayed in our the school corridor.

In English/Science, we have been learning about and using our sense of sight and our sense of touch. Our writing is really starting to take off and we are beginning to use finger spaces, capital and full stops consistently - Super Duper!

In Maths, we have been learning how to double numbers. Can you recall any doubling facts? How can our fingers help us?

Letter of the week: Dd
?Tricky word of the week: I

Our Gold Book stars for the week are Ellie & Haydn...we think you are super!!

In English, our story of the week was:

We loved joining in with the actions and chanting along to the song! The animals in the story could do lots of different things with their bodies. Our favourite was the crocodile with his wiggly hips!!
We also wrote about what we could do with our bodies; lots of us can dance, jump high and hop on one leg!

In Maths, we have been learning number bonds to 10. Knowing these number facts off by heart will really help your child as they progress throughout school.
Letter of the week: Aa
Tricky word of the week: to

W.C 16.9.16
Another busy week! 
In English, we have been learning how to write instructions. Linking with our topic, we spoke about washing our hands and brushing our teeth;we understand that instructions need to be in the correct order or things can go wrong! We created some fantastic posters using our literacy skills about how to be hygenic and keep clean.
In Maths, we have been learning about addition. We used objects, pictures and numberlines to support our learning.

Letter of the week: Cc
Tricky word of the week: the

Our Gold Book stars for the week are Aaron and Grace...we think you are super!!


Reminder: Parent meeting will be held on Tuesday 20th September at 2.45pm. We look forward to seeing you there 

W.C. 12.9.16

In English, we are getting really good at speaking and listening with a partner. We know to look at the person we are talking to and take turns to talk. We discussed our family and then all wrote descriptive sentences. We also took 'selfies' and used adjectives to describe ourselves. We are quickly turning into independent learners!
How to help at home- please continue supporting with finger spaces and correct letter formation as these are key Y1 skills.

In maths, this week we counted to 100 and completed lots of blank number tracks. We then moved onto finding 1 more and 1 less a given number.  The children were brilliant at using number lines to help them with their thinking.
How to help at home- lots of counting forwards and backwards from different points to 100. Number formation (again this will hugely help your child progress in Y1).

We kickstarted our topic 'Good to be me' by been learning all about how to keep healthy. We read the story 

and then used a variety of different vegetables to print with paint. We also discussed why washing our hands and brushing our teeth is so important.

W.C. 6.9.16
 A great first week in Year 1! The children have adjusted really well  and have enjoyed exploring their new classroom.

We have been talking and writing about our holidays and the children have done their first piece of work in their brand new books! They have also been busy painting self portraits which are pretty spectacular!

In Maths, we have been singing number rhymes to help form numbers correctly. Who can remember how these go?!

Children have also been given their first piece of homework today to be completed by next Thursday  

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 6th September.

Our new topic is...

Additional Information


  • Homework is set each Friday, to be returned by the following Thursday please. The weekly homework can be found at the bottom of the page. We hope you enjoy learning with your child .
  • In Year 1 ,the children have a spelling test which is based on the phonemes they have been learning in Phonics. A spelling list will be stuck in their spelling folder on a Friday. They will then be tested on the following Friday. Please could you help your children to practice.
  • Half termly, we will test your child on the 40 statutory National Curriculum words for Year 1 which are:


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Saturday Sunday enjoy dolphin family
think sunk pocket unfair buzz
fetch live have rocks thanks
hunted jumped freshest tried brown
cried scared came football school
theme time woke rude tree
mouth shirt dear care food


  • Reading books will be changed weekly. This will allow your child to read their book more than once; this will help develop their fluency and comprehension skills.
  • Children will participate in 2 P.E sessions a week,Tuesday and Friday.Please can you ensure that your child has appropriate kit in school.
  • Our class email is: We would LOVE to hear what you have been up to out of school! Please feel free to send in pictures and share your adventures and achievements.
  • Tuck shop is on Wednesday if your child would like to purchase a snack