Year 1

Welcome to Year One!

In Year 1 there are 60 fabulous children with three lovely teachers: Miss Smith, Ms McGreer (Mon, Tues, Weds) and Ms Kowalska (Weds, Thurs, Fri). We have a great team of teaching assistants in Year 1: Ms Mitchell, Mrs Stuart and Ms Bush.  Between everyone in Year One we can speak  more than 15 different languages!  We work hard to be kind to each other, respecting our differences and sharing a great learning journey together – Go Year One Team! 

We have had a busy year so far: the Autumn term saw us learning about animals of different types, visiting Shepreth Wildlife Park for some hands-on experience, and writing our own animal-hunt story based on ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’.  Our maths focus was a focus on understanding and ordering numbers to 2, using lots of different resources to add and subtract.  We also made some gorgeous poppy field pictures based on the art of the French Impressionists, and took part in the Christmas Performance with a stunning rendition of ‘Celebration’ by Kool and the Gang.  Our writing included poetry and stories, and we wrote letters to Postman Sam, a friendly local postman, who kindly visited us to pick them up!

In the Spring term we learnt about toys from the past, using Traction Man as one of our core books, writing our own beach adventure for the mini-superhero!  We made our own travel game- a roll-up version of Noughts and Crosses, designing, making a mock-up and a final version in fabric.

So far this summer we have learnt about one of the first and best palaeontologists, Mary Anning, finding out just what an ichthyosaur is, an how some fossils are formed, while learning to look closely at historic artefacts.

What is it made of?  What is it like?

This final half term our topic focus is Science, starting off with some key questions about the material world around us, and moving on to learn more about the basic structure of common plants.  We will be learning about plants at first hand when we explore designing and making salads in Design & Technology.  In English we will be delving into picture books, exploring characters and settings, as well as writing our own stories.  In Maths we will be exploring position, direction and number patterns within 100, practising and developing our number fluency.  In our PSHE lessons, we will be learning about staying safe in a range of different situations, and thinking about managing change, as we move closer to leaving Year One, older and wiser and ready to shine!

General Information

In Year One we love reading and try to read as much as possible. We encourage parents to read regularly with children and to record this in their reading record book. Children are expected to change their own reading book regularly from the colour banded selection  as often as necessary, so please remember to bring your book bag every day.  Children will also bring home a school library book, which will be changed weekly.  Our usual library days are Wednesday (Scarlet) and Thursday (Crimson) but this might change if necessary.

Our PE days are Tuesday (indoor) and Friday (outdoor).  Please keep PE kits in school so we can take advantage of opportunities on other days too.  PE kit consists of: shorts, joggers, t-shirt & long-sleeved top, trainers or plimsolls and spare socks – remember to name all clothing and bag clearly!

Children should have a water bottle in school so that we stay healthy and hydrated!  This should be named and brought home daily for cleaning.

If you have any questions about school, please contact the Office by phone, email or in person, or come and find us!