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Year 1

Welcome To Year One's Class Page

The latest news, home learning, learning and events will be posted on this page.

 

Reading Books Rota:

Monday

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

Lily

Harry. B

Roman

Max

Jamieson 

Arina

 

Kaiden

Sadie

Arthur

Suri

Jeremy 

Lucy 

Eliza

Harry. H

Jaiden 

Cian 

Iris

Mariam 

Florence 

Zack

Henry

Eddie

Scarlett

Dillon 

Logan 

Jemimah 

Archie

Birthday books donated so far for reference:

Titles:

Stick Man x2

Gorilla 

Paddington 

A dress with pockets

Chocolate Cake

The bear that stared

Friday 27th January 2023

 

This week we have started exploring our new book in English 'Here comes Mr Post Mouse'. The children have loved learning about the journey of a letter and exploring the detailed imagery in the story. In maths, we have been consolidating our knowledge of o'clock and half past. We have also been learning about different amounts of time such as seconds, minutes, hours, days and months. In science, we were learning about the seasons and how they affect trees. The children explored how trees look different in the different seasons. In Geography we were learning about the difference between physical and human features of geography and the difference between a town and the countryside. Mr Town mouse and Mr country mouse helped illustrate this for them. 

 

Home learning:

 

Reading: Please continue to read 5x a week with your child and keep signing the reading record. We will be changing the books on your child’s reading day from next week. 

Maths: CGP book pg 56-57 

Spellings: Please practice the spellings your child has been sent home for the test next week. 

Please let me know if your child does not have a sheet. Sometimes they drop them coming out of school!

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Devlin :)

Friday 20th January 2023


This week has been filled with some fantastic learning. The children have loved exploring the story scaredy squirrel further and couldn’t wait to bring home a copy of their “perfect plan” to show you. They have also produced fantastic instructions of how to make the perfect friend. We have completed common exception words writing assessments this week and you will have received the results of your child was in on the day. If not we will be catching up on the children who missed it. In maths we have been focusing on Tim. O’clock and half past has been our focus at any time you can practice this with your child would be great. In music we started our new topic under the sea and in science we started our seasonal change topic. Lots of fantastic work has been produced this week and I look forward to seeing the children progress this term.

 

Home learning

Reading: Please continue to read 5x a week with your child and keep signing the reading record. We will be changing the books on your child’s reading day from next week. 

Maths: CGP book pg 58-59 Time

Spellings: Please practice the spellings your child has been sent home for the test next week. 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Devlin :)

Friday 13th January 2023

 

We have had a fantastic week exploring the story of Scaredy Squirrel finds a friend in English.  In maths, we have been doubling and halving numbers. This week we have also created moving vehicles that the children have brought home. It would be great if you could send in some pictures of the children using them! In R.E. we reintroduced the Jewish faith and have been exploring its similarities and differences to Christianity. 

 

Spelling results will be shared on Monday. Apologies for the delay I didn't have time to update the results on the spelling sheets before handing them out today.  

 

Home learning:

 

Reading: Please continue to read 5x a week with your child and keep signing the reading record. We will be changing the books on your child’s reading day from next week. 

Maths: CGP book pg 12-13

Spellings: Please practice the spellings your child has been sent home for the test next week. 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Devlin :)

Friday 6th January 2023

 

Happy new year! I hope you have all had an amazing Christmas break. It was so lovely to have the children back in today, they have enjoyed a day settling back into their class routine. We have started our new book Scaredy Squirrel and wrote sentences describing him using adjectives.  We also started a new topic of doubling and halving in maths. We also focused on recapping our phase 5 sounds in phonics and enjoyed a fun P.E lesson outside.

 

Home learning:

 

Reading: Please continue to read 5x a week with your child and keep signing the reading record. We will be changing the books on your child’s reading day from next week. It’s impossible for us to change them all on one day and continue with a normal day. We will get back to our normal routine as soon as possible.

Maths: CGP book pg 16-17

Spellings: Please practice the spellings your child has been sent home for the test next week. 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Devlin :)

 

Friday 21st December 2022

 

I would like to say a huge thank you for all my cards and gifts, I really appreciate the kind gestures. I would also like to say a huge thank you on behalf of Mrs Perry and Mrs Garland. We all wish you a wonderful healthy and happy Christmas!

 

Have a lovely break!

 

Miss Devlin :)

Friday 16th December 2022

 

This week we loved having the opportunity to perform our Nativity the children were fantastic and really enjoyed performing for you. We hope you enjoyed the performances and are grateful for your support. We have been finishing off some of our topic work this week including writing a letter to a child from the Victorian times explaining what our toys are like now and completing a science quiz. We have also had lots of exciting events going on such as Christmas jumper day, the Santa run and our end-of-term service at church. Next week brings the end of term we finish at 1:10 pm on Wednesday.  

 

Home learning:

 

Reading: Please continue to read over Christmas!

Please read 5x a week with your child and keep signing the reading record.

We have given extra books for Thursday and Friday changing days to cover over the Christmas period. Monday - Wednesday groups next week please still bring in your reading books to get changed. 

 

Spelling homework:

The children are to log onto the Spelling frame and complete some spelling games. 

www.spellingframe.co.uk

username: marys9-year1

Password: pet60

 

Maths:

Optional- CGP Start of year one test pg 2-5. 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Devlin :)

 

 

 

Friday 9th December 

 

This week has been filled with lots of Nativity rehearsals, today we concluded the week with a dress rehearsal in front of the whole school. The children were amazing and are looking forward to performing for you next week! In maths, we have been focusing on subtraction and in phonics, we have been learning about split diagraphs. In History and science, we experienced amazing workshops from Thomas the Toymaker who showed us a range of toys from one hundred years ago and different materials. The children thoroughly enjoyed the workshops!

 

Next week: 

Next week we have lots on and lots to remember. 

 

Please can the children come in in P.E kits on Monday, Tuesday for the nativity.  It is much easier to get changed without lots of buttons!  On Wednesday it is Christmas jumper day please can the children wear their jumper and trainers ( they will still have P.E. so will need trainers).  On Friday can they also wear P.E kits again for their final P.E session on the week. 

 

Home learning:

 

Reading: Please continue to read 5x a week with your child and keep signing the reading record.

Maths: CGP book pg 30-31

Spellings: Please practice the spellings your child has been sent home for the test next week. 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Miss Devlin :)

Friday 2nd December 2022

 

We have had another exciting week. This week our Nativity practise has been a big focus and is starting to come together really nicely. The children are so excited for you to see it! In matsh we have been focusing on finding a part in word problems and subtraction. In computing the children explored busy things a website that makes learning fun. In Design and technology we planned our moving vehicles which we will complete next week! In science we were grouping materials. In R.E we have been reflecting on the meaning of the nativity and have started to understand the meaning of advent. To end the week the children enjoyed a fantastic disco!

 

Home learning:

 

Reading: Please continue to read 5x a week with your child and keep signing the reading record.

Maths: CGP book pg 28-29.

Spellings: Please learn the spellings your child has been sent home. Most of the spellings are ‘tricky’ words that need to be practised repeatedly and cannot be sounded out. If your child has received spellings they have previously had it is so they can secure these before we move into the next phase of common exception words.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Miss Devlin :)

Friday 25th November 2022

 

Today we had a fabulous time delivering our postcards you will hopefully receive them very shortly in the post. A huge thank you to the parent volunteers who assisted with the walk, we would not have been able to do it without your help. The children loved posting them and are eager for them to arrive! 

I will upload some photos of the trip asap. 

 

In English have been reading the story "Where's My Teddy?" and creating some story maps and missing posters. In maths, we have been exploring addition and exploring numbers up to 20. In science, we have used a Venn diagram to sort different materials. In R.E. was have explored the meaning of advent and created our own nativity scenes. In PSHE we talked about what makes a person special to them. 

 

We didn't have a trip to the library today, however, the children had the opportunity to explore the range of books in our classroom book corner. The library is closed so we have returned the children's books and we will go when it reopens. 

 

Next week  On Wednesday we will take part in the exciting Toymaker and Marvellous materials workshops and Friday is the KS1 disco after school, an exciting week ahead. 

 

Home learning:

 

Reading: Please continue to read 5x a week with your child and keep signing the reading record.

Maths: CGP book pg 26-27.

Spellings: Please learn the spellings your child has been sent home. Most of the spellings are ‘tricky’ words that need to be practised repeatedly and cannot be sounded out. If your child has received spellings they have previously had it is so they can secure these before we move into the next phase of common exception words.

 

Optional challenge:

To explore numbers up to twenty in words. 

 

Please can homework books be completed and handed in on Fridays so they can be marked on Friday and returned. Please let me know if you are having trouble at home with the homework. 

 

Boxes

Please bring in different size boxes and newspapers if you have any to support our design and technology project on Monday or Tuesday next week. We will be creating pull-along vehicles. 

 

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

 

Miss Devlin :)

Friday 18th November 2022

 

This week has been Anti- bullying week and the children took part in activities to encourage them to ‘reach out’ with kindness. We have also raised money for children in need, it was great to see so many many spots today!
This week we have been learning about the Nativity in R.E and started rehearsing our Nativity songs! In science we have been deepening our knowledge on materials and the difference between an object and the material it is made from. In History we have been comparing modern toys features to features of toys from the past. In maths we have been consolidating our knowledge of 3D shapes. In English we have finished off our post cards so will be arranging a trip to the post box to deliver them ASAP. Thank you for sending in stamps!.

 

Home learning:

 

Reading: Please continue to read 5x a week with your child and keep signing the reading record.

Maths: CGP pg 24-25.

Spellings: Please learn the spellings you child has been sent home. Most of the spellings are ‘tricky’ words that need practiced and cannot be sounded out. If your child has received  spellings they have previously had it is so they can secure these before we move into the next phase of common exception words.

 

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

 

Miss Devlin :)

 

Workshops -8th December 2022

 

You will have received an email with a letter attached today, informing you about the exciting workshops taking place next month. Please only refer to the first page. Another was accidentally attached on the second page.  

Incase of any confusion, we will not be taking part in the dressing for Egyptians workshop unfortunately!
 

The workshops for year one will be; Meet the Toy Maker and The Material Madness show!


 

Many thanks,

 

Miss Devlin

Year One Remembrance Wreath

Spellings- Week 2

Friday 11th November 

 

This week we have been learning about the importance of remembrance and created a wreath as a class. We presented it to the whole school whilst observing the two-minute silence today. In English this week we have been learning about nouns and creating a story map for the story Farmer Duck. The children will be creating postcards next week to post the following week. In Maths we have been practising our number formation and learning about 3D shapes. In science, we have been exploring our new topic of marvellous materials. In R.E we have had a lesson exploring Judaism. In music, the children explore pitch and tempo.

 

POSTCARDS- STAMPS

Please can you send in a 2nd class stamp. . Once they have finished their postcards in English we will be walking to the postbox to send them. If you do have more than one stamp you would like to donate we will be really grateful!

 

Home Learning:

 

Reading: Please continue to read 5x a week with your child and keep signing the reading record.

Maths: CGP shapes pg 63 and pg 65 (2D and 3D shapes).

 

Just to clarify you only have to complete the pages assigned for homework that week. The book progresses in a different order than is taught in school.  I also assign the page most like our learning in class that week. Any further questions please don't hesitate to ask. 

 

Spellings: A spelling sheet has been sent home please practice in preparation for a test in class on Friday. 

Your child has been given spellings specific to them. 

 

Next week is anti-bullying/kindness week and we will take part in lessons and activities to mark this and think about how we can play our part to stop bullying. 

Monday- Odd socks (celebrate individuality)

Friday- Spots (Children in need) 

Friday 4th October 2022

 

The children have had a fantastic start to this half term this week they have returned prepared for their learning. In English we concluded our work on Stanleys Stick and the children created their own mini book. We have also started a new book Farmer Duck. In Maths we have been using Cuisenaire rods to make 10 and have bene carrying out maths assessments. In P.E they have started their new gymnastics topic and in History we have started to look at past and present toys. Finally in Art we have completed our self-portrait clay models please see below for images. They tried incredibly hard, and they look amazing!

 

Home Learning:

 

Reading: Please continue to read 5x a week with your child and keep signing the reading record.

Maths: CGP Number Bonds to 10- Pg 20-21.  Please encourage your child to sing the song we have been learning. 

Spellings: A spelling sheet has been sent home please practice in preparation for a test in class on Friday. 

 

Reading- BRONZE AWARD!

 

We had an amazing 21/27 children receive their bronze award today! Well done year one! 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Miss Devlin

Our Clay Self- Portraits

Friday 21st October 2022

 

We had a fantastic week the children have particularly loved learning about Bessie Coleman and presenting in collective worship in front of the whole school. In art, the children created their self-portraits using clay and will be painting these at the start of the next half-term. We completed our R.E topic by creating a class prayer about forgiveness and reflected on our learning. In maths, we were focusing on the number bonds to 10 and in English, we have been exploring the story of 'Stanley's Stick'. 

 

The children have made such incredible progress in the last seven weeks! They have worked really hard and deserve a well-earned break!

 

Birthdays!

We have had a few birthdays this week and have been lucky enough to have three new books donated to us in year one!

including Paddington and Gorilla! Thank you so much for the kind donation the children loved presenting them and we have loved reading them in class!

 

Home learning: 

After half-term, we will be starting to set additional homework alongside reading. The CGP books you have purchased will be going home and a sheet of spelling.  Details will be given on a Friday and the homework will be due back in on the following Friday. Reading books will be changed on the day that they are currently set for. 

 

Parents evening:

It was so lovely to meet with you all this week to discuss your child's progress. Please contact the office to arrange a meeting after half-term for those parents who were unable to make it this week. 

 

Thank you for all your support this half-term. I look forward to continuing to build a partnership to support your children throughout this year. 

 

Have a lovely half- term!

 

Miss Devlin :)

 

 

Additional messages: 

 

Just a quick apology that the children were unable to go to the library today. The Christmas card activity overrun. We will be going to the library on Monday instead. Please bring reading books to be changed Monday. 
 

Please can the Christmas cards information be filled in and returned by Monday if you wish to purchase.  
 

Many thanks. 

Friday 14th October 2022

 

We have had a lovely week this week some of our learning has included the following; In English, we have been studying the book 'Plenty of Love to Go Round' we have been looking at lists, labels and captions. I was particularly impressed with the captions the children produced today.  In Maths we have been exploring the part-whole model further. In science we have been learning our the 'hearing' and the children played a sound bingo game which they thoroughly enjoyed. On Wednesday we had the pleasure of taking part in a workshop with Watford Schools Trust about Creation the children loved creating the stages of creation in a fun and practical way. 

 

Next week

Next week we will be specifically celebrating black history month, out theme being  'Bold Women in Black History'. Each class in the school has been assigned a female figure who has made a significant impact in their field to research. Year ones significant figure is Bessie Coleman. Bessie Coleman was an early American civil aviator. She was the first African-American woman and the first Native American to hold a pilot license. 

 

A big thank you!

Thank you so much to those of you that have donated glue sticks, they really are appreciated!

Thank you also for all the junk modelling items please keep bringing them in the children love modelling! 

 

Thank you for all your support.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Devlin 

 

 

Friday 7th October 2022

 

This week we have been really settling into and securing our routine and have been busy learning lots of new things. Some of our learning included the following; In English, we finished our work on Mr Big and concluded by writing a letter. In maths, we have been looking at the part-part-whole model and exploring the number line. In science, we have been focusing on the senses this week particularly focusing on 'sight' and carried out an experiment to explore its uses. In R.E we explored the story of the 'Lost Son' and discovered what a parable is. In art, we created large-scale self-portraits and painted them using watercolours. In History, we shared their baby, toddler and now images and created their own personal timelines. In computing, we explored how we use technology and the different looked at the parts of a computer and laptop.  

 

Thank you so much for your support with reading please can you bring in your children's books every day. Especially next week as we have a volunteer reader coming in to read additionally with the children on two afternoons. It is helpful for them to read the books they are currently reading. 

 

Can I also ask for any recyclable items to be brought in for junk modelling that would be amazing!

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Miss Devlin :)

Friday 30th September 2022

 

Another successful week, the children have been working very hard. In English we have continued writing sentences based on the story of Mr Big, the children have been practising applying their phonics and using the conjunction 'and'. In maths, we have been focusing on 1 more and 1 less. In art, we have focused on different media such as watercolours, oil pastels and crayons to create different aspects of a self-portrait. We also explored different artists' work such as Henry Matisse. In PSHE we have focused on listening skills and what it means to listen well. Finally, in computing, we practised signing in independently on chrome books and have learnt what technology means. 

 

Home learning:

Reading at least 5x a week. Continue the fantastic reading in order to work towards the stickers and stamps. 

 

Birthday Books:

A big thank you to Henry who brought in the wonderful book 'Stick Man' for his birthday! We loved reading the story as a class and will treasure the donation. 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Miss Devlin

Friday 23rd September 2022

 

A very short but successful week this week. Some of our learning this week has included the following; In English, we have started a new book 'Mr Big' the children have been really reflecting on his feelings and emotions within the story. In PSHE we have been also focusing on emotions but on the children's emotions, the different types and reflecting on our feelings at various points in the day. In Maths we have been counting on by one and counting back within numbers to 10. In P.E we practised running skills and drills and enjoyed some team games. We also enjoyed a lovely afternoon sharing stories in the library.  

 

Next week is exciting, with lots of exciting things happening, including the Bishop coming to bless our KS1 prayer garden and our Hartest service at St Mary's Church on Thursday (more details will be sent out via the office). 

 

Home Learning:

 

Please keep up the great reading! An additional optional challenge is to write a sentence about something you have done during the weekend. 

 

*Reminder*- Baby photos

I have received most of the baby photos if you have not sent them in yet please do so ASAP. Please email them into the office if you are unable to print them. 

 

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Devlin :)

Pictures Request 

Please can your child bring in a picture from when they were a baby, a toddler and a picture of them now to support our History topic "Now and then (me)". It would be great if we could have these in by Friday, please. 

 

Many thanks, 

 

Miss Devlin 

Friday 16th September 2022

 

 

Week two has flown by, and the children have impressed me with how well they have continued to settle into their new routine. They have worked really hard some of our learning this week has included the following; in English we have finished our work on Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the children have created some great sentences. In maths, we have been counting,  representing and recognising numbers to ten. In science, we have been labelling the body and exploring our senses further. In art, we have created self-portraits and in PSHE we have been focusing on our class rules and why they are essential. 

 

It was lovely to meet some of you this week at ‘Meet the Teacher'. For those unable to make it, I have uploaded the presentation Information below.

 

Home-Learning:

 

Please keep up the fantastic reading this week. There is no compulsory additional homework, you can, however, practice writing numbers to ten as words as an optional challenge. 

 

 

Have a good weekend, 

 

Miss Devlin :)

 

READING BOOKS 

Please can reading books be brought in daily in your child's book bag as opportunities to read these with an adult will be spaced across the week.

 

Reading books will be checked and changed on the specified day (please refer to the table above or on the front of your child reading record). Please feel free to ask for the book for longer and don't feel pressure to read the whole book in one night! If they have read a few pages and not the whole book it still counts towards their 5 times a week reading tracker. 

 

* Reminder *

Meet the teacher on 14th September (tomorrow) at 2 pm. Please log on using the link you have been sent. If you have attended the previous Meet the teacher you do not need to attend however you may still find it useful. 

 

Miss Devlin :) 

Friday 9th September 2022

 

Settling into Year 1

Thank you for preparing the children so well for their return to school. It has been lovely hearing about all the fun they have had during the summer!  The children have had such a fantastic start to the year and I have been really impressed with how quickly they have settled into their new classroom. It has been wonderful starting to get to know the children and their amazing unique personalities. We have had an exciting start to the term with lots of crafts, storytelling and exploring the classroom. We have also practised our writing and Maths skills. Year 1 also attended their first church service with the whole school! They all sat beautifully and I was so proud of how well they listened throughout. 

During this week we have discussed their new routine, class rules and responsibilities. There has been plenty of time for questions and I have addressed any worries or concerns. I have also been thrilled to hear how excited they are about starting Year 1.

 

Meet the teacher

 

I will be holding a second meet the teacher meeting on zoom on the 14th of September at 2 pm.  There will be lots of time for questions at the end. 

 

Reading 

All new reading books have been handed out. A letter will be sent out to explain the new scheme. A book-changing rota will be uploaded, and the day is also written on the front of your child's reading record. If you would like to keep the books for longer please state it in the record. 

 

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact the office or catch me in person. 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Miss Devlin 

 

 

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