Category Archives: Year 1

Kings, Queens and Castles

The children are really enjoying our current topic and it has been great to see how enthusiastic they are about their learning.

So far we have learnt about our Queen and what she does, considered symbols of royalty and looked at how castles were built and the defence features that they had. Thank you so much for all of your hard work with the children on their castles for homework – they look fantastic!

Last week we made our own ‘Coat of Arms’ and chose our symbols to include carefully, thinking about our position in the family (first born, second born etc), and the personality traits we have which were represented by different animals.

We are very excited about our trip to Windsor Castle tomorrow and can’t wait to see what the castle looks like in real life. We are sure this will be a fantastic day for the children and give them a real insight into what life as a royal is like. We will upload any photographs that we take onto our class webpage so keep an eye out for them.

Finally, we look forward to seeing lots of you for our class assembly next Friday morning, the 15th. Children may come home with words in their book bags, if you could help them to practice these then that would be much appreciated 😊

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Jeal

We are Engineers!

Welcome back to another busy half term. The children have made an excellent start to our ‘Engineering’ topic and last week considered the best design for an aeroplane. The children made paper aeroplanes from different materials and in different sizes to test which would be the most successful. We were so impressed with the children’s predictions and how they could explain which plane would fly the furthest and why. The children measured the distance that the plane had travelled and began to record in metres and centimetres.

In Literacy we are thinking about instruction writing. We have written sets of instructions to explain how we made our paper aeroplanes and this week we are thinking about instructions for our very own ‘Snake repellent hats’. In Maths we are focusing on subtraction and putting ‘taking away’ into practical contexts.

This week as part of our ‘Materials’ Science topic we will be conducting a survey of the school to see which is the most commonly used material. Look out for the pictures on our class page on the website later this week.

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Jeal 🙂

Wonderful writers!

This week the children have been busy writing their stories. We have been so impressed with their ideas, choices of vocabulary and handwriting; the stories are fantastic! You will be able to see how hard the children have worked on them next week at parents evening.

In maths we have continued to practice how to write addition number sentences and are getting much more confident with this.

Next week is creative week so the children have lots of exciting activities in store – more will be revealed as the week goes on!

We look forward to seeing you at parents evening and being able to share with you the fantastic start to year 1 that the children have made.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Jeal


Digging for fossils

This week we have been learning all about fossils. We found out what fossils are, how they were formed and where they might be found. We then went on to ‘dig’ for fossils in our sand tray and make models of them out of play-dough.

Next week we will be learning about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and grouping dinosaurs by what they ate.

The Magic Porridge Pot

This week the children have worked really hard on their story maps for ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ and they are now beginning to re-tell the story confidently. We will send these maps home with the children tomorrow (Monday 1st) so that they can share the story with you. It is important that the children have a good understanding of the structure of story before they begin to innovate and change the story in the coming weeks.

In Maths this week we will be ordering groups of objects and numbers. We will also be thinking about ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc) and playing some maths games which will enable the children to practice a range of mathematical skills.

We had a great time last week being nature explorers in the school grounds and using what we had found to create natural art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. We took lots of photographs of the children in action and will share these with you soon. We are still waiting for the last few permission slips for sharing photos on the website.

Just a reminder that our Maths curriculum workshop is on Tuesday 2nd October. This will provide us with the opportunity to share with you how we teach the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), the resources we use in class and give you the chance to work through some examples with your children.

Hope you have all had a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow 🙂

Another great week in Year 1

It has been another busy week in Year 1 and the children have really settled in to their new classroom. We have seen some fantastic writing this week and have been impressed by how hard the children are trying with their handwriting and phonics. In Maths we have been counting forwards and backwards and finding one more and one less.

Next week we will begin our ‘Talk for Writing’ story – The Magic Porridge Pot. We will start by learning the story altogether and creating our own story maps which the children can then share with you at home.

In Maths this week we will be comparing groups using language such as ‘equal, more/greater, less/fewer’ and ordering numbers.

Coming up on Tuesday at 2.45pm is our class welcome meeting, This will give you the opportunity to find out a little bit more about life in Year 1 and ask any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible 🙂

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Jeal

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome back to Year 1 😊

We were so impressed with how well all of the children settled so quickly this morning and how they have loved exploring their new classroom.

Thank you for helping them to choose their lunch options this morning. We will display the lunch choices on the whiteboard outside our classroom everyday so that when the children come into the classroom they can quickly complete their self-registration.

We just thought we would give you a few pieces of important information to start the term but if there is anything you would still like to know then please do ask us at drop off/pick up time.

Reading books – We would like the children to put their reading book and reading record into the basket by the cloakroom on a Monday and Friday morning so that we can change their books. We will move towards children doing this more independently by the end of the first term.

PE kits – PE will be on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Thursday’s will be outdoor PE so as the weather gets cooler you may want to pop a jumper in their PE bag.

Wellies – Please make sure that your child has wellies in school. These can go straight onto the welly racks outside our door.

Summer photos – If you have any photos from the summer holidays we would love to see them. We are making a ‘summer selfie’ board in the cloakroom area so if you could bring these in by the end of the week that would be great 😊

As I said, any other questions please do not hesitate to speak to one of us. We will be updating our ‘Learning Journey’ wall in the cloakroom area on a weekly basis so keep an eye out for what we’ve been up to!

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Jeal 😊


Creative Week and Deco Day!

Year one’s have had a very exciting week!

We spent the week learning a song in sign language that we later performed for the year four class. The children had lots of fun and we all learned lots about what it means to be inclusive.

Deco day was full of sparkles, sequences and paint! Thank you to all the parents who could come and help out! The children (and myself) loved having you there.

Next week we will be back into the swing of our regular lessons and daily routines.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Sperling

Time for Tea in Year One

Year one have had a busy week!

This week the class has started our Talk for Writing unit with “The Tiger who Came for Tea”. They worked on a story map, a tea invitation and retelling the story through play. Next week we will work on changing different elements within the story.

In maths this week the class has been using a number line to subtract. I saw some amazing effort and growth mindset as we learned how to use this tool!

Next week we will be completing a fireworks art piece to go on display for the Art Gallery, I’m looking forward to seeing all the finished work!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Sperling

Welcome Back!

Welcome back Year One!

I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable break!

We’ve had a busy week getting back into our routine. We spent some time writing about our half term break at the beginning of the week, and we also spent some time writing about Guy Fawkes before Bonfire Night. The children enjoyed telling me all about the celebrations I can expect to see this year.

In Maths we have been focusing on partitioning numbers and creating number sentences in a fact family.

We’ve spent some time creating paper chains to decorate our classroom for our new “Winter Wonderland” theme, and next week we will learn how to make paper snowflakes.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Sperling