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Welcome to Year One!



The Year 1 team

Mrs. Dolman
Mrs. Rushton
Mrs. Pitchford

How fast has this school year gone? We were just getting to know each other when suddenly we were doing our Christmas play, then a few super trips to the woods and Cosford and it was time for the Easter Bonnet parade. Four short weeks led up to May half term and we were in the final straight. Having had lots of fun preparing for sports day I do hope you can join us tomorrow afternoon. The forecast looks perfect, not too hot but dry.  So please send your child to school with their PE kit (plain white t-shirt, plain black shorts, white socks and pumps or a trainers) and a sun hat just incase of bright weather.

Important information.


Swimming lessons have recommenced for Year one on Mondays. For swimming children need a swimming costume or trunks, swimming hat and towel in a plastic bag.


P.E. Lessons will take place on Tuesday afternoons, but P.E. kits can be sent in as soon as possible and kept on pegs. The children will need black jogging trousers, a white t-shirt and pair of pumps or trainers in a drawstring bag.


Please make sure that every item is clearly labelled with your child’s name.



Homework bags will be sent home every Friday and are to be returned by the following Wednesday.  They will contain:

  • a reading book, from the Rising Stars reading scheme, for your child to read to you and talk about 
  • a reading record book, please comment on your child's reading and sign this so that the reading book can be changed
  •  a spellings sheet showing the words your child wrote last week and new words for your child to learn this week ready for the test on Tuesday morning
  • a letter sheet for your child to practise their letter formation on and draw things beginning with the correct letter on the reverse.  (These sheets will be kept and bound together to form a dictionary at the end of Year 1.)
  • we follow the Read Write Inc phonics programme and will sometimes include a sound or speed words for your child to practice at home.

This week in Year 1...

We took part in French Day.

We tried “snails”
and “frog’s legs”
and brioche, this was the favourite!
We designed a structure like the Eiffel Tower.
Then built it
using only straws
and sellotape.
Then we played boules.
Finally we sang Ferre Jacques in a round.
Previously in Year one...

Many members of the class earnt swimming certificates

Which material makes the best umbrella?

Would newspaper be good?
Or cardboard?
It was tricky to fill all the holes.
Maybe plastic would work?

Maybe fabric?

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Or maybe tin foil?

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Who got wet?

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We walked along the canal to Chasewater.

We all enjoyed a walk around our local area.

We “made” and tasted Lilly Pad stew!

We said goodbye to Rev. Dave.
The last group went to the Wolseley Centre
and spotted lots of wildlife
and heard noisy Canadian Geese.
Played on a big fish
and found a new type of goose
along with female mallards
and male mallards.
We designed parachutes
For eggs
And made them.
Mr Gleeson tested the parachutes.
All the eggs cracked
But some leaked
And some didn’t
Depending how good the parachute was.
We also labelled the parts of the tree.
And had a space race.
We made rockets and spied on year 2.
We were the USA
This is our rocket launch pad.
We had a great time showing off our rockets.
Even though Russia’s rockets were better.
Well done Year 2!

Year one met Mr. McGregor, but were so surprised they forgot to get a photo!

Year 1 and 2 enjoying World Book Day
What wonderful costumes!
We all read and told stories.
We asked characters from
Julia Donaldson’s Gruffalo
questions about why they did things
and how they felt.
We found out that the mouse tricked them all
and they were embarrassed and cross!

We found some flowers and looked at them very closely.

We went to the Wolseley Centre.

We were presented with certificates for gaining lots of house points.

We have all enjoyed walks around Chasewater.

And a swimming certificate was earned, well done!

A very special astronaut came to visit.

We thought about planning a trip to the moon.

The stars we might see.
The rocket we would need.
Or maybe one of these.
The food we would have to take.
The ice cream was the favourite!

First Forest Friday trip of the Spring term.

We sorted and counted Pom poms.
We made some Christmas paper chains.
It was great fun!
From them we hung our angels.
In science we explored our sense of taste
Eating popcorn, deciding which was sweet
And which was savoury.
We learnt about christingles
And made one each
Then we ate the marshmallows.
We got a bronze certificate.
We used our sense of touch in science.
Finding all sorts of things in the treasure box.
Some soft, some rough, some smooth.
Some of us went out to the woods.
We found lots of Autumn leaves.
We started a giant Elmer.
All making a different part.
Making him bright
And colourful.

We were thinking about what bullying is.

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Made rangoli patterns for Diwali.
Used our sense of hearing in science.
Made lots of 2d shapes in mathematics
And solved some problems.
Which shapes have we made?
Are these shapes the same?
We made sparklers with Miss Smith!

we made fruit ships to help the pirates recover from scurvy.

we made pirate ships!

Thank you to everyone who came to any of our parent/carer workshops.  We hope that you enjoyed them. We look forward to seeing you after school on Wednesday for our information evening.

we have learnt about some endangered animals and thought about ways we could help them.


We have read “The Snail and the Whale” by Julia Donaldson after finding messages left by the snail. 


We have also painted flags which will be part of an art installation at the memorial arboretum.  As well as enjoying our third parent/carer workshop.


Blackbeard left us some treasure in the treasure chest which we have used to play a sleeping pirate game in maths, working out how much treasure has gone missing.


So we have had another busy week in Year one!  Enjoy the weekend and look forward to more fun next week.

...we have, heard from Blackbeard the pirate who wanted to know if fish have fingers.  The children looked carefully at some fish and sent a reply to the pirate explaining what fish have instead of fingers.


We have also enjoyed the second of our four parent/carer workshops.  The costumes (both children's and adult's) were fantastic, well done!


Finally, today the first of the three groups from Year 1 went to the woods.  They behaved perfectly and had a very enjoyable morning, even though they did get a little wet!