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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Class Value: Love


I really can't believe how quickly this year has gone! There is only 4 1/2 days left in Year One. The last week of term is always very busy so I wanted to take this moment to say a little something. 


As the last day of Year One is coming close; it is the closing of one door and the opening of another. I want to thank each child for all the learning and memories we have shared this year. They have all grown so much; in height, confidence and their own personalities have flourished. Parents and Carers, thank you for all your continued support. 


Miss Clegg :) 



Second last week of Year One


Well done to all the children for their fantastic efforts during sports day. It was a lovely day! 


Please remember your 'empty' toilet rolls for Monday. 


PE kits will need to be returned to school on Monday for tennis and our PE lesson. 



Upcoming Events

Thursday 11th - In the morning Year 1 will be visiting their new classroom and teacher,

Friday 12th - Sports day


Monday 15th  - Wednesday 16th - Global Diversity Week.

Our country is France. We will be tasting foods, learning about French culture, landmarks and some French vocabulary. We will also be making a French food to sell after school.  

Tuesday - 16th - class reward (ice lollies)

Wednesday 17th (after school) - Global Diversity week showcase and selling of food

Thursday 18th - class party (pm)

Friday - 19th - church


I can't believe how quickly this year had flown by!


Please can your child bring in a toilet roll (empty) on Monday for their Art lesson.


Remember your sports day t-shirts for Friday!

Home Learning


Reading - please continue to read with your child.

Spelling - because, said, what, friend, people

Maths - children to practise finding 1/2 and 1/4 of amount. For example: they can be given 10 sweets and asked to find 1/2 of them. They may be given 12 stones and asked to find a 1/4.


Thank you for your continued support.

Week 5


This week we have started our new book 'Whatever next'. We have sequenced pictures and written our own captions. In Maths we have been learning how to find 1/2 and 1/4 of amounts. We have also started to find out if fractions are equal or unequal. We had a lovely time reading our books in the sunshine and letting our butterflies fly away!


Well done all the children for their class assembly. I was so proud to see them stand up in front of the whole school and read their lines.


I hope you all have a lovely week end :)

Miss Clegg




Home Learning - week 4


Well done to the children who have received their reading sticker for completing their comprehension booklet.


Please continue to read regularly with your children.

Maths - please practise dividing using practical resources. For example, can you share 12 sweets with 3 friends, can you share 6 leaves with 2 people. We have also spoken about using remainders if the amounts are not equal.


Please practise your child's lines for the class assembly.


We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

Another super week in Year One!


In English we have written reports about the first moon landing. We wrote a newspaper report about Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. We also finished our fantastic rocket artwork. In Maths we have been learning about division. We have been dividing by sharing. In History we continued to learn about Neil Armstrong. We have also been practising for sports day and our class assembly (we are so excited!)


National sports week - we took part in activities organised by Year 5 and 6, daily workouts and a football freestyle workshop. Over the week we showed resilience, perseverance and determination! It has been so much fun!


REMEMBER - please remember to bring in your child's coloured top for Wednesday. See message below.


As next week is meant to be sunny, please provide your child with a sunhat and water bottle.


I hope you all have a lovely weekend in the sunshine.

Miss Clegg :)

Presenters – school uniform

Jack J, James, Lillia, Caoimhe, Conor, Thomas


The children will wear their school uniform with the coloured t-shirt on top. Please bring in your coloured t-shirt and we will keep it at school. It does not matter if it has a pattern or logo on it.  


Toy story (red t-shirt)

Lena, Chloe, Albert, Jake


Rain, Rain, Go Away! (blue t-shirt)

Leo D, Rowan, Alice E, Jack H


Bright Lights Big City!  (green t-shirt)

Antony, Jamie G, Leo G, Clara, Issy, Blake


Home Sweet Home (white t-shirt)

Bobby, Oscar, Cole, Susan


To infinity and beyond (yellow t-shirt)

Dylan, Lily, Darcie, Jamie N, Alice P, Freya


Class photographs tomorrow! 

Class Assembly


The children have brought home their lines to practise for the class assembly.


Below are the song links for the children to practise if they wish:


We look forward to sharing it with you on Wednesday, 3rd July :) 





Home Learning - Week 3

Have fun at the Summer Fair!


Maths - practise telling the time (o'clock and half past). If you want to challenge your child please introduce quarter to and past. 

Spelling - days of the week (We are now writing our own date and learning intentions) 



Thank you for all your support. 

As always, another very busy week in Year One. 


This week we have been writing our own explanation text on 'How to catch a planet'. In Maths we have just finished our unit on time. We learnt how to read the time to o'clock and half past. Please encourage your child to practise telling the time. In History we learnt about how space travel has changed. Did you know the first animal to go up into space was the fruit fly?! In computing we learnt about algorithms. We used the bee-bots to set instructions. We had to make sure the instructions were concise and clear otherwise the bee-bot did not reach the finish point!


On Thursday we had the BEST day at the Science Museum. In the morning we got to explore the 'Space' section of the museum. In the afternoon we had a 3D cinema experience. We went up to space and took a ride on a moon buggy! We couldn't believe it when the chairs moved and we had air sprayed at us! After that, we went to a space workshop. We had to make different parts of the space suit using different materials. We had to work out if they needed to be strong, transparent and flexible. etc. All the children demonstrated exceptional behaviour and manners. Thank you to all the parents who came with us.


Can you believe there are only 4 weeks left in Year One! We still have so much to squeeze in - sports week, global diversity week, Year One class assembly and sports day!


I hope you all had a lovely time at the fair. Well done to all the children who performed our class song. 



Home Learning


Reading - please focus on reading with expression and recognising punctuation marks.


Maths - please practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. If your child is confident with this they can move on to the 2,5 and 10 timetables.


Spelling - First, Next, Finally, After, At Last

Week 2 Summer 2 


The children have worked so hard this week during their phonics screening test. I am a very proud teacher!


In English this week we have written our own explanations on 'How to catch a star'. We have been using time conjunctions in our writing to help sequence the different ways. In Maths we have been learning about multiplication and repeated addition. We learnt that they are the same. For example: 2+2+2 = 6 is the same as 3 lots of 2.


In History we have continued our learning about Neil Armstrong (Year One love this topic). In Science we have been learning about 'humans'. Our focus this week was the eye.


I hope you all have a lovely (sunny) weekend! We are all looking forward to our trip to the Science Museum on Thursday, 20th June.


Thank you for all your support.

Miss Clegg :)

Half Term Home Learning


Please read with your child everyday. 


I have also sent home a phonics booklet. Please encourage your children to practise this daily. The children will take their phonics screening test during the second week after half term. 


Thank you for your continued support. 

Week Five

What a lovely way to end our half term. We took part in a Science workshop where we learnt about static electricity and how to make slime. We also got the chance to watch some science experiments in assembly. On Friday the children were able to take part in a range of science activities with the rest of the school. We also had our teddy bears' picnic in the lovely sunshine. 


I hope you all have a lovely and safe half-term.


Can you believe that when we return to school it is our last half term in Year One - I think it has flown by! 


Miss Clegg :) 



Please remember to send your child into school with a water bottle and hat  (especially while the sun is out!) 

I have been very busy this evening making our sandwiches for the Teddy Bear's Picnic tomorrow! Remember your bears and cuddly toys!

I have been very busy this evening making our sandwiches for the Teddy Bear's Picnic tomorrow! Remember your bears and cuddly toys!  1
I have been very busy this evening making our sandwiches for the Teddy Bear's Picnic tomorrow! Remember your bears and cuddly toys!  2

Home Learning


Spelling - we have been learning about suffixes

hunting, hunted, hunter, jumping, jumped, jumper


Comprehension - please continue to finish the comprehension book. When it is finished I will mark it and return it to the children with their reading sticker! 


Maths - to practise counting different amounts of money. Using real coins is best for this. Maybe they could pay for something in a shop?


Thank you 



Week Four


Another busy week in the life of Year One! We have finished writing our traditional tales. We will be reading them to the Reception and Nursery children on Monday. In Maths we have been making different amounts using coins. We have also been comparing and ordering amounts of money. In Science we went on a tree walk and learnt about deciduous and evergreen trees. We have loads of different trees in our school! We also learnt about different garden plants and designed Miss Clegg her own beautiful garden. 


We celebrated Watford reaching the FA Cup final with a Watford themed day! We were very lucky to have Steve Palmer come in to assembly to tell us all about his time playing for Watford, Harry the Hornet and how important resilience and determination is. We even practised our Watford chant. Fingers crossed for Saturday!


Next week we have another busy week:

Monday we will be making biscuits and selling them after school (STEM week)

Visit to St Mary's Church (pm)

Tuesday we have an assembly and workshop from Science boffins (STEM week). 

Wednesday we will be having a Teddy Bears Picnic for our topic (Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood)

Friday - we will be having a Science day. There will be a range of different activities for the children to take part in.


I hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

Miss Clegg


Home Learning


This weekend the children have brought home a 'phonics booklet'. Please complete mat 1,2 and 3.

Spelling and Maths - writing numbers in words to twenty. The children will have a spelling test on Friday.


Thank you for all your support.

Week Three


We had a lovely start of term service at Church.


This week we have started our new English topic 'traditional tales'. We have learnt how to use and include suffix words and conjunctions in our writing. We also wrote a character profile. We have been working hard on our letter formation and re-reading our own work. We have also been challenging ourselves to use a range of punctuation and high level vocabulary. (e.g mischievous to describe Goldilocks)

In Maths we have been finding the difference between values. We then linked to this to reading statistics. We have also had to work 'systematically' to try and find all the possibilities when trying to make numbers over 20 for our robots!


Next week in Maths we will be moving on to measurement and coins. We will be learning about the value of coins, calculating coin combinations, comparing and ordering different combinations of coins and solving word problems .


In Science we learnt about the parts and functions of a plant. We are currently growing our own bean plants! Only one of them is growing (at the moment!).


I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Welcome back to the Summer Term. 


It has been lovely to hear all the exciting activities the children got up to in the holidays! Hopefully the Summer uniform brings back the sun. 


This half term we have a lot to pack in! We are starting our new topic 'Home Sweet Home'. We are learning about Stocker's Farm (Geography) and St Mary's (History). In English we will be writing our own traditional tales. In Maths we will be learning how to answer word problems. We will be using our part part whole models to help us answer these. We will also covering money and measuring. We will be continuing with our music, computing and PE lessons (hopefully in the sunshine!).


I am hoping to organise a field trip to Stocker's Farm and a visit to the church. I will keep you informed. 


Home Learning this week:

Maths - MyMaths 

Spelling- continue to practise the Y1 spelling list 

Please continue with the comprehension book. In Summer Two I will be sending out different reading comprehension sheets for the children to complete. 


Please continue to practise reading the 'alien' and 'real words'. 


Next week in Maths we will be focusing on: solving problems where the past or whole is missing.



Have a lovely weekend. 

Miss Clegg  :) 


Phonics Activity (sent home in bookbags today)

Easter Activities

Easter Activities  1
Easter Activities  2

Last week of term


(Sorry I forgot to set spelling home learning on Friday!) I hope you enjoyed the sunny weekend.


We have a very busy week this week. We are finishing off our 'Bright Lights, Big City' topic. In Maths we will be identifying the 'whole' and 'part'. We will use this to help us solve missing number problems. I was so proud of all the children today. We are now writing our own date and learning intentions (ready for Y2). 


On Tuesday (tomorrow) is our 'Learning Showcase'. This event starts at 2.30pm. It will be a great opportunity for you to see your child's learning and for them to share all their hard work with you. The Easter Egg hunt will start at 3.15pm.


On Friday the children will meet me at church for our Easter Service. The children will be picked up at 1.15pm for the Easter Holidays!


Over the Easter holidays I will be sending the children home with 5 reading books. I will also be sending some phonics practise (alien and real words). I will re-send the spellings that children are expected to know if you wish to practise these as well. 


Thank you for all your support this term. I hope you all have a lovely Easter holidays. 


Miss Clegg


Home Learning


Spelling - catch, picture, fudge, gentle, their

Comprehension - next two pages

Maths - practising making different numbers to 10 and 20.

8+2 = 10

5 + 3 +2 = 10

10 + 10 = 20

12 + 4 + 4 = 20

Children can record in their Maths Home Learning Books




Week 4

Another fantastic week in Year One. It is so lovely to see so many of you reading on Friday morning with the children.


This week we have started our English topic of 'reports'. This week we have been gathering information about different animals. We even wrote our own descriptions about our animal so we could play a 'guess who' game. We had to make sure we used lots of adjectives. If the children would like to research their animal over the weekend that would be great! In Maths we have been subtracting. We have been regrouping numbers, subtracting using the number line and using a tens frame. We have been representing these using part, part whole models (cherry diagrams).


In Science we learnt about poo! I spent evening make different animal poo for the children to investigate (of course it was fake!) They had to work out if they were herbivore, carnivore or omnivore poo.


Pre - learning for Maths - Next week in Maths we are going to be learning how to make different ways to total the same value (numbers 11 to 20). We will be exploring different ways to make the same total, including + and - (numbers 11 to 20)  and working on our number bonds to 20. 

Home Learning


Spelling - would, should, could, monkey, they 

Maths - Maths sheet provided. Please complete in green maths home learning book. 

Comprehension - next two pages


Thank you for your all support. 

Week 3


This week we have been sequencing, writing sentences, drawing story maps and writing our own stories based on the story 'Billy's Bucket'. In Maths we have been learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. We also spotted different patterns. We used our knowledge of counting in 10s to help us with addition number sentences. In Science we learnt about the food different animals eat (herbivores, carnivores and omnivores). We enjoyed another music lesson and had Forest School with Miss Warne. 


Today was Red Nose Day and everyone looked fantastic. Thank you for all the donations. 


It was lovely to see so many of you reading in the classroom this morning. We look forward to seeing you next week. 


Please remember to sign up for Parents Evening this weekend. I look forward to sharing your child's progress with you. 


Miss Clegg :) 


Parents/Carers are welcome into the classroom every Friday morning (8.40-9.00) to read with their children. 

Home Learning


I am trying to find out why MyMaths may not be working for some of you.


Maths - Maths sheet will be sent home. Home learning to be completed in Maths books. (This will be handed out on Monday) 

Spelling -  out, about, you, soup, shoulder

Comprehension - next two pages in the book

Another exciting week in Year One.


We have started our new class book 'Billy's Bucket'. We wrote descriptions of the animals he saw in his bucket and  learnt about adding 'e' and 'es' to make a word a plural. We also sequenced the story and created our own story maps. In Maths we have been revisiting addition. We have been using resources to help us find missing numbers and answer number sentences. In Geography we learnt all about Scotland and in Science we were describing different animals using scientific language. We also had our first music lesson over in the annex - it was great!


Our little St Mary's chicks arrived earlier on in the week. We went to visit them today as some of them had hatched!


All the children had a fantastic World Book Day. The costumes were fantastic. Well done to Freya (Horrid Henry) and Jake (Mr Happy) for winning the best dressed.


On Friday afternoon we celebrated International Women's Day. We spoke about important women figures in our lives and in society. 


Next week I am going on a little holiday (Y4 class residential) so I will see you all on Thursday.


Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Clegg :)

Home Learning


Comprehension - next two pages

Maths - MyMaths (If you are unable to access a computer/laptop/ipad/tablet at home please let me know) This week there are 3 tasks. 

Spelling - happy, Mummy, very, by, my, cry 

This is a great website to support with phonics. 

A super busy week in Year One. 


This week we have been finishing our topic on measurement in Maths. In English we have been using the book Tunnel by Antony Browne. We created our own imaginary world and wrote descriptions for the forest. In Geography we have started our new topic. We are learning about the UK. This week we learnt to identify the countries on a map and their flags. In Science we classified and sorted different animals into the correct groups. 


This week we started Forest School with Miss Warne. I am sure the children will be able to tell you all about it! We were also lucky to have Winston Nzinga visit our school. He told us stories in a fun and engaging way. We even got to have a go on the instruments. 


Have a lovely weekend. Hopefully the sun returns! 


Tomorrow Year One will have Forest School with Miss Warne. Please remember your waterproofs and wellies. 

The children will be outside in all weathers! 

Half term home learning


The children have been sent home with 4 reading books. Please ensure you are asking your child about the book they are reading. 


I have also sent home some phonics practise for you to work through. The children will need to apply their phonics knowledge to sound out the words correctly. 


Week 6 

What a busy week to end the half term! Can you believe we are half way through Year One?!


This week we finished writing our instructions on 'How to catch a rainbow'. In Maths we have been measuring and comparing different lengths and heights. In Geography we wrote a letter to Miss Warne to tell her all about Global Warming and what is happening to the polar bears. 


I hope you all enjoyed the book look on Thursday. The children have been working so hard. It is a great way to show off all their fantastic learning. 


Have a lovely half term break. 

Week 5 Home Learning



Maths - two challenges have been set on My Maths (2D and 3D shapes). As we have been learning about 3D shapes it would be great if you could take some pictures of every day 3D objects. Please bing them into school so we can put them on display. 

Comprehension book - next 2 pages in the book. 


I have changed a couple of the due dates for MyMaths if you would still like to complete them.


Week 5


Our weeks seem to get busier and busier in Year One!


This week in English we have become Authors and have written our own story. We have been working hard on editing our work and re-reading it to check it makes sense.  In Maths we have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. We printed the 2D shapes shown on 3D shapes. We also made our own 3D shapes using marshmallows and sticks! (We even got to eat them at the end of the day!) In Maths we have been focusing on applying our understanding to a variety of questions (e.g hidden shape activity - the children can only see a section of the shape and have to apply their shape knowledge to work out what the shape could be). In Geography we learnt about the Arctic (it has been lovely to see so many children bringing in books linked to our learning). In Science we wrote a fact file about the seasons and decorated our own four seasons tree picture. 


I have been very impressed with the children's knowledge and recall of key vocabulary. Such as; equator, hibernate and camouflage. 


This week has been children's mental health week and we learnt all about keeping healthy on the outside and the inside.


We are looking forward to sharing our progress with you at the learning showcase next Thursday.


Have a lovely weekend! Miss Clegg

Week 3 - Home Learning


Spelling - again, one, human, music, snow, elbow

Maths - Maths sheet handed out in class (please stick in Maths book so it does not get lost!) Extra = task on MyMaths

Comprehension book - next 2 pages


If you would like to make a weather bottle to bring into school to share, please see the picture below. Any water bottle can be used. Food colouring can be used to dye the colour of the water. 


Picture 1

Week 3


Snow, snow, snow!


This week we have continued to read our story 'Fortunately, Unfortunately'. We have been acting out the story and creating story maps. We have also written out the first part of the story. In Maths we have been investigating odd and even numbers. In Music we used the glockenspiel to play along to our song. In Art we continued with our hot and cold collage. During our RE lessons we have been discussing what we think God looks like and his other qualities. 


The snow was so exciting this week - we used it to help our descriptive writing. Examples of the fantastic language used were: "The snow is like a white feather", "The snow is like a bright diamond" and "The snow glistens in the moonlight". It was fantastic to use our environment to support out learning. We also used the snow in Science! We investigated the different conditions ice melts in. 


In Class Collective Worship we spoke about courage. We spoke about ways we have showed courage. We also suggested ways the Lion from the Wizard of Oz could get his courage back. 


Have a lovely weekend! 

Miss Clegg


Week 2 

Apologies for my late update!


Home learning - complete the next page in the comprehension book.

Spelling - gem, cage, made, came, city, cell

Maths - we are working on doubling and halving.

has a great doubling and halving game. I would work with numbers to 10 and numbers to 20 if you would like a challenge.


Maths Home Learning update -  I am going to be sending homework to be completed in their Maths Home Learning Books. I will also upload activities to My Maths when appropriate (this can be completed as an extra). 


Reminder: One of the PE lessons each week will be outside. Please ensure your child has a pair of tracksuit bottoms (green or black) and jumper/sports hoodie (black or green). Please be advised that trainers are more appropriate than plimsoles but are not essential.


This week we have started a new story in English (Fortunately, Unfortunately) and are continuing our weather/seasons theme in the afternoons. We have also been working on our presentation and handwriting. We have been completing challenge questions to extend our learning and using our green editing pens to check and improve our work.


Miss Clegg



Home Learning


Reading Comprehension - to complete the next 2 reading comprehensions.


Maths - My Maths tasks have been set up (number bonds to 10 and number bonds to 20)


Spelling -  where, they, this, they, child, most


Have a lovely weekend.


Week 1


Welcome back to the Spring term!


This week we have got straight into our learning! In English we have been writing descriptive pieces linked to the weather. We have also been performing weather poems and songs/rhymes. In Maths we have continued to work with numbers up to 20. We have been working on questions that show our understanding of the concepts. 

In Science we learnt about the changes across the four seasons and in Geography we learnt about the different weather patterns across England. We will be keeping a weather diary next week. 







Week 15 and 16


Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.....


What an end to the Autumn term it has been! A big well done to all the children who performed in the Nativity - it has been great to see them grow in confidence. We had a fantastic time at the Class Christmas Party and even played pin the nose on Rudolph. We have finished off the term with a Christmas lunch - we all made sure to wear our crowns!


Thank you to the parents/carers for your generous gifts. 


I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and I will see you in 2019!


P.S I have sent home some extra reading books for the Christmas holidays. If you want to keep a Christmas diary that would be great! We have also been working with numbers up to 20 and representing these in different ways. Practising addition and subtraction questions for numbers up to 20 would also be useful. (just incase you have any spare time!)


Miss Clegg


Week 14

'Tis the season to be jolly!


This week we have been working very hard on our nativity. Please remember to bring in your costumes if you haven't already (we have a dress rehearsal on Wednesday).


We had a great time watching St Mary's got talent. Well done to all the children that took part and auditioned. 


We had a fantastic time on our school trip on Friday. We got to look at, explore and talk about old and modern toys. The children were very well behaved. I am sure there would have been a few sleepy children Friday night!


Buddy the class elf has been getting up to mischief again!


Next week is a very busy week - keep updated on the school website. 

Thursday 13th December - 2.00pm/6.00pm KS1 Nativity 

Friday 14th December - Christmas jumper day and Class party!


Miss Clegg


Costumes for the Nativity

Songs for the nativity

Week 13

This weekend the home-learning is slightly different. 


1. Have fun at the Christmas Fair. 

2. Practise the songs for the Nativity (I will upload the power-point).

3. Get your Nativity outfit ready to bring in on Monday. The children know their parts and should have brought home a piece of paper with their costume information. If this was not received, I have attached the costume document.


If you have any spare decorations for our Christmas tree they would be greatly appreciated. 

I am also still on the hunt for boxes to make our moving vehicles. 


I hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

Miss Clegg


Week 12

Can you believe we have nearly finished our first term in Year One?!


This week we have been writing descriptions based around 'The Last Noo -Noo'. We have also invented our own magic tree. In Maths we have been making different amounts. We have used tens frames to show our learning. For example: 4+4=8 and so does 3+5=8. In RE we have focused on the different symbols used in marriage and in History we compared Victorian and Modern toys. 


We also finished making our clay poppies to be displayed around the school. We made Christmas cards to those who might be alone at Christmas.


I posted our letter to Father Christmas. Hopefully he will send us an elf on the shelf. We will have to wait and see!

Week 11


Time flies by when you are having fun!


This week in English we have started our new story 'The Last Noo Noo'. We have been writing conversations between characters, writing questions (using question marks) and sequencing the story. In Maths we have been working on finding the 'difference' between two numbers.

In History we learnt about different toys that were popular in different decades. We got to play with Mr potato head, cars, dolls and playdoh! It was a lot of fun!


As Christmas is round the corner we have started to practise the songs for our Nativity! Parts and costume details will be sent out next week.


St Mary's got talent! On Monday the children will be able to audition for the talent show. The audition needs to be no longer than two minutes.


I hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

Miss Clegg


I hope you all have a lovely week

Home Learning


Comprehension- next page in comprehension book

Spelling - toy, royal cold, have, like

Maths - There is a sheet in their Maths Home Learning Book (subtraction). I have also included an example of the way we have been presenting it in our books at school. 


Week 10

What a busy week! It has flown by! 

It was lovely to see you all at the parent/teacher consultations. I hope you have found the Year One booklets helpful. If you didn't receive one of these please let me know. 


A letter was sent out this week about our school trip to the toy museum. We are all very excited!


In English this week our topic has been 'rhyming couplets'. We have been exploring rhyming words. Tomorrow we will be writing our own rhyming poem about our toys moving in the night! In Maths we have been focusing on solving subtraction word problems. We have also been working on using different representations to prove our thinking. In History we explored time vocabulary and in RE we learnt about different religious symbols. 


We were also SO lucky to have the donkey sanctuary come in to speak to us. We even got to stroke the donkeys! 

Today we had a workshop on different emotions. We listened to music and created freeze frames. At the end we used bubbles as a way to be still and calm.


Reminder - if any cardboard boxes are going spare please bring them into school. 


I hope you all have a lovely and restful weekend. Miss Clegg

Home Learning


Comprehension - next page in comprehension book

Spelling - pie, out, cloud, play, said

Maths - This week I will be sending home a Maths Home Learning book for the children to complete their work in. The questions will be stuck in their book. 


I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I look forward to seeing you at the parent/teacher consultations on Monday and Wednesday.

Week 9 


Welcome back to Autumn 2!

This week has been very busy already! We have been writing captions and sentences for our book of the week - 'Penguin'. In Maths we have been learning about the language of addition and subtraction. We have also been answering word problems using the part part whole model to show our thinking. 

This week we have started 'phase 5' in phonics. At the moment we are focusing on different ways of writing the same sound.  (e.g 'ai' 'ay' 'a-e'

In History we got to play with a range of 'old' toys. In Science we did an experiment to test which material would be best for teddy's towel. We also learnt about Diwali and drew beautiful henna patterns. 


We are going to be writing to Father Christmas next week to see if he will send us an 'elf'. 







1. Do you have any of the games you/a family member used to play with as a child? If so, please could you bring it in or tell us a little bit about it so I can share with Year One.


2. In the next few weeks we are going to be making a toy car. If you have any shoe boxes, cereal boxes or any cardboard boxes please could you bring them in. 


Thank you. 

Week 8

This week was Diversity Week. We read lots of stories to help us understand how everyone is different and unique. 


In English we finished off our 'Farmer Duck' unit by writing a postcard to Auntie Goose. In Maths we have been adding numbers to 10 and 20. 


It was great to see so many of you come to the learning showcase. I am sure you are all very proud of your children's learning. I sure am! 


Half Term


Your child should have come home with 4 reading books. 

Writing - it would be great if you could keep a half term diary.

Spelling - the days of the week


I hope you all have a lovely and restful half term. 


Miss Clegg

Home Learning


Spelling - toothbrush, bedroom, armchair, farmyard, saw

Comprehension - next page in comprehension book 

Maths - record on a piece of paper how many different ways can you make ten.

e.g 1+9 = 10 

You could draw it out if you want! 


Challenge - can you use three numbers to make 10? e.g 5+1+4 = 10


Please hand in the comprehension and Maths by Wednesday.





Week 7


In English this week we have been writing instructions because farmer duck went on holiday. We also wrote a description of farmer duck. We learnt about what a noun was and went on a 'noun hunt' around the school.

In Maths we have been using Cuisenaire Rods to make different numbers. We have been singing number bonds to 10 songs. 

The children were fascinated about our learning from the past. Thomas and Jamie shared their family history with the class. It was very interesting! We also discussed about how we knew the pictures were old. 


On Wednesday we got to watch a theatre performance of Peter Pan - it was so much fun! Today we celebrated St Mary's 50th Birthday! 


I hope you all have a lovely weekend. 



This week in History we are going to be finding out about the past (Wednesday).

If you know anyone who has any unique stories to tell, pictures to show or artefacts please let me know.

It would be great to let the children share their stories with the rest of the class. 


For example: My Grandfather was a pilot in the RAF and was alive in WW2.

My Great Grandad fought in WW1 and after that he become a tailor. He went on to make suits for King George VI.

My other Grandfather was in the WW2 (he was a medic in the RAF). He then joined his father's business and went to Buckingham palace to fit the suits. 

Week 6 home learning


Maths - see hyperlink above  'Caterpillar counting' (sequencing and counting) 

Reading comprehension - next text in the book (sorry I forgot to hand them out - they will be given out on Monday) 

Spelling - pure, was, all, went, from


Please encourage your child to hand in their home learning on a Wednesday. 


Year 6 are running a home learning club on a Wednesday. If you would like your child to complete their home learning at school please let me know. If not, they will be given time to complete it on a Friday afternoon in class. 


Week 6 news

We are superstar learners in Year One. The class have worked so hard since the start of term. We are looking forward to sharing our learning with you at the 'learning showcase'. Prepare to be amazed!


This week we have started our new topic of 'narratives with repetitive language'. We are reading 'farmer duck'. Every time we read a book we look at the front picture, read the title and make predictions. We have learnt that it is okay if our prediction is wrong - it is just a guess! Please encourage your child to do this at home. 


In Maths we have continued our learning and have been consolidating our understanding of ordering and sequencing. Please encourage your child to practise writing their numbers 1-20. 


In Music we have been working on our rhythm and keeping the beat.


The weather has been so lovely this week - we managed to squeeze the daily mile in twice! We try our best to squeeze everything into our week! 


I hope you have a lovely weekend. Hopefully the sun is here to stay. 

Miss Clegg

Week 5 home learning


Maths - I have uploaded a new task on My Maths -  'introducing number and place value' 


In order to practise ordering numbers your child can also play:


Spelling - hear, her, farmer, was, hair


I hope you all have a lovely weekend! 

Miss Clegg

Week five news


Life in Year One is always very busy! This week we have finished our unit on recounts. We wrote a recount imagining we were Eddy and lost our teddy in the woods. We have been making sure to include full stops, capital letters and finger spaces in our sentences. We are even starting to spot our phonics sounds in our words! In English we used the words 'first, next, then and at the end' to help us with our recount. If you have time at the weekend, I would love to read a recount of your child's weekend. 


In Maths we have been ordering numbers from smallest to biggest and biggest to smallest. We have also been using the vocabulary 'more than and less than'. We have been working on presenting our work in our Maths books. 


In Science we were describing the suitability of objects. For example, not using wood for an umbrella! In History we used 'chronological' language. In R.E. we have been talking about the importance of belonging. We spoke about how we belong to 'St Mary's. We even drew our school badge on the playground!


We also had an assembly from 'Mad Science' - a letter will come home in their bags next week. On Thursday we had a lovely service at church for Harvest. Thank you for all your generosity.


Thank you to all the parents who helped out with the Year One donut and cookie sale - they were delicious!

Week 4 Home Learning


Maths - Your child will come home with their MyMaths log details in their reading book. I have attached a guidance document below. Please complete the two activities set. They are based on our learning over the last two weeks.


Reading comprehension - page 4 - At the beach       (handed in by Thursday)


Spelling:  they,  look, food, park, cord               tested on Friday)

Maths Home Learing Online

Week 4 news


Another very busy week in Year one! This week in Maths we have been focusing on 'number'. We have been making different numbers using Maths resources and objects. We have also been playing games of snap to help us recognise numbers quickly.


In English we have started our 'recount' unit. We have based our learning around the book 'voices in the park'. We also went on a little walk today to help us use time vocabulary for our recount. We used 'Frist we, Then we, Next we, At last we' to help us write our recount.


In Science we have been describing the properties of different materials. In History we sequenced the story 'Dogger' as we were learning about chronological order. For example, you can't put your socks on after your shoes!


I hope you all have a lovely, sunny weekend!



Home Learning - Friday 20th  September


Reading books have been changed and will be sent home today.


Spellings for this week are:   boat, rain, tree, long, no, go

Please encourage your child to use these words in sentences. (Tested on Friday)


Reading activity: A reading comprehension book will be sent home in your child's book-bag. Please complete  page 3. (Hand in on Thursday) 


Enjoy the weekend!

I am putting any jumpers/cardigans in the lost property box outside the Year 1 and 2 classroom. Please can you ensure all jumpers/cardigans are clearly labelled. 

Week 3 News


Another very busy week at school. This week our Literacy focus has been on writing lists, captions and labels. We have learnt that all sentences need a capital letter, full stop and fingers. We have been using describing words for our labels. We also discussed how all names need a capital letter.  


In Maths we have finished our unit on positional language. At home you could practise remembering your left and right. You might want to practise 1/2, 1/4 and 3/4  turns with your child. 


In History we learnt about chronology and used our baby photos to help us! We even played a 'guess the baby' game! 





Next week in History we are thinking about 'what changes have happened in my life?"


Please can you provide your child with a baby picture by Wednesday 19th September. We will photocopy the picture for the children to use in the lesson. 


Thank you for your support.

Home Learning - Friday 14th September


Reading books will be sent home on Friday.


Spellings for this week are:   the, to, chop, chick, shed              

Please encourage your child to use these words in sentences.


Reading activity: A reading comprehension book will be sent home in your child's book-bag. Please complete 'playtime' on page 2.


Spellings will be tested on a Friday. I will also be encouraging the children to use these words and sounds in their writing. Reading activity book to be returned by Thursday.


Have a lovely weekend.




First Week News


We have had a fantastic week!


We have been settling in to Year One life! We have been writing captions in English, learning about positional language and ordinal numbers in Maths and sorting old and new objects in History.


We even had a group of owls come and visit us!


Year One Timetable (it may be subject to change)

Welcome back to Year One! I hope you all had a lovely Summer holiday!

Welcome to Year One (2018-2019)

Welcome to Year One (2018-2019) 1