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Year One

Class Teacher = Mrs Cooper

Teaching Assistant = Mrs Pitchford

Supporting Staff = Mrs Bangar and Mrs Wynn



Welcome to the new Year One class page! This week we have had Dinosaur day where the children have had the chance to meet Millie the Tyrannosaurus Rex! They have been exploring different types of dinosaurs, making dinosaurs with 2D shapes, Lego and painting their own Stegosaurus.

Also we have been studying the artist L.S Lowry and the children have recreated one of his most famous masterpieces.


Things we are learning:



This half term we have been reading a variety of stories. We have looked at 'Avocado Baby' and 'Not Now Bernard' and have made our own super heroes and built our own monsters. During the last couple of weeks we will be looking at the story 'Dear Mother Hubbard' and practising our letter writing skills!



We have been exploring adding and subtracting 1d numbers (to and from any number up to 20) over the last couple of weeks and will be moving on to multiplication and dividing by drawing dots and counting the total amount. The children have also been making their very own clocks with Mrs. Rushton to help them tell the time up to the nearest quarter hour.



Our topic this term is Around our School. We have been looking at where different locations are around our school and using our map reading skills to find the hidden treasure! We have also looked at different countries, continents and capital cities. Over the next few weeks, the children will be able to use simple grid reference on a map, to design their very own school playground!



Across the year, we will be looking at ‘our changing world’ (changes of the seasons, weather and the plants and animals around us).  This term we have been investigating different materials around the classroom. The lessons have been based on questions asked by the children - such as 'Why do we use different materials?' (Molly).

We will be looking at the properties of different types of material and discussing how it can be used. This week the children are experimenting to see if they can find a suitable material to trek through a jungle, so they can hunt for dinosaurs!


At the end of this half term, Mrs. Pitchford and I  will be judging best bean. A few months ago, we  sent the class home with a bean each to grow and we have had some fantastic pictures (they are so large, the children are not able to return them to school!) The prize will be given out during the last week to the winner!



This half term we have just finished off studying L.S. Lowry, as previously mentioned and now we are moving on to 'draw the teacher'. The children have had a practise run so far, with some very interesting results!


Other information:



In line with our Homework Policy, children are given a homework bag to complete every week.  Homework is sent home on Thursdays and should be returned by Tuesday each week.

Children in Year 1 have a reading book, five spellings, Learn It's (number problems they need to learn) and handwriting.

They may also receive some additional work to complete from other staff to help support their learning in school (for instance reading).


Please do not hesitate to ask the Year 1 teaching staff if you have any questions about the homework.


PE and Swimming

PE and swimming kit should be brought into school each Monday.


PE is every Thursday afternoon.  We try to have PE lessons outside as much as possible, so outdoor PE kit is needed (tracksuit bottoms and trainers/pumps). If children are unable to take part in PE lessons for any reason, a note from a parent or guardian must be given to the class teacher (Mrs Cooper) before the lesson.


Swimming is every Monday afternoon.  Your child will need a towel, a swimming kit and jewellery removed e.g. earrings. 

As with PE, if children are unable to take part in a PE lesson a note must be provided.



To help us to avoid children losing parts of their uniform, please ensure that every item of clothing is labelled clearly. Information regarding our uniforms should be available in the school office.



Links to learning websites

To help your child make the most of their learning, here are the links for some of the websites we use in school.  – website for our phonics lessons, including videos of how to say the sounds.