Friday, 11 October 2019

Week ending 10th October 2019

Hello Year One,

I hope you enjoyed 'The Harvest Café' today. The children were very excited and enjoyed singing their songs!
We have created a class display of our harvest experiences which you can see when you come in the class room.
This week we have been learning how to write reports as we are creating a class book to explain how to look after pets. Thank you for the photos they will make the book visual and entertaining.
Here are a couple of photos from this week when the children were working on observational drawings.



We will be continuing with report writing as we create our class book about pets. We have daily phonics sessions and handwriting three times a week. The children work on spellings on a daily basis.
We will be writing lists and working on comprehension activities.


We will be continuing with the work we started last week, by representing numbers to te/twenty in many ways and matching values to mathematical models. we will be working on counting in twos and tens and finding missing numbers in patterns.


Next week we will be looking at our senses and recognising which parts of the body are used.


We will read the story of Noah's Ark next week and focus on recounting the story. We will incorporate maths in the lesson as we are learning to count in twos.


We will be sorting old toys into categories and creating information posters about them.


The children will continue to look at the work of Lowry, as this week they will be creating a class charcoal picture as a reflection of the artist's work.


We will be focusing on co-operation next week.

I hope you have a restful and pleasant weekend.

Ms Davis and Mrs Reusch

Friday, 4 October 2019

Week ending 4th Oct 2019

Hello Year One,
We have had a fantastic week and lots of fun! On Tuesday we had a visit from 'Perform For Schools.' The children enjoyed the drama and were all involved in the action.

Today we had our visit to Christ Church for a harvest experience morning. The children had 6 different experiences ranging from 'Harvest in the Sea' to 'The Harvest Garden'. Here are some pictures from the session:


The children will be representing numbers to 10 in many ways by regrouping. They will be matching values to mathematical models and finding missing parts of a whole.

We will be creating stories using storyboards. The children will be talking to an audience about their pets. This will be followed by report writing about pets and creating lists of what pets need.

We begin to look at the human body and the children will identify and label parts of the body.

As we continue our learning about toys from the past the children will identify and sort old and new toys.

We have been looking at the work of LS Lowry and the children have begun to represent his matchstick men in their sketch books. Next week we will be creating a large representation of Lowry's work using charcoal. This will be a whole class project.

We will be reflecting on our harvest experience morning and the children will write about the meaning of harvest.

Next week's session will focus on rights and responsibilities at school.

Please ensure that your child has a PE kit in school every day. Remember to bring their reading books and reading records to school in their book bag every day. They do not need extra bags with them especially as we have limited space in our cloakroom area.

On Friday morning we are celebrating Harvest Festival at school. Our class have the 9.30-10am slot. It would be lovely to see you there. As you are donating cakes if your child have an allergy please bring something appropriate (and clearly labelled) for them to eat.

Next week we will be making a book about pets. Please send a photo of a pet in with your child on Monday if you haven't already done so. If you do not have a pet maybe you can use a photo of a pet your child would like to have.

Have a great weekend
Ms Davis and Mrs Reusch

Friday, 27 September 2019

Week ending 27th September 2019

Hello Year One,

The children are settling well and are enjoying the lessons and activities.
This week we have been recounting stories using story boards. We have daily phonics sessions and practise handwriting three times a week.
In our maths lessons the children have been learning to count various representations of the same number. They have been matching values to mathematical models and using bead strings to count.
We looked at harvest traditions around the world and focused on the meaning of 'harvest festivals.'
The children were able to describe their favourite toys and discuss the features of each one. They can establish the difference between old and new toys.
For our science topic the children grouped living things according to set criteria.

We have a very busy and exciting week coming up!

Next Week


The children will be learning to order values from the smallest to the largest and vice versa. They will be recognising mistakes in sequences and will focus on 1:1 correspondence.


We will be reading 'The Tiger Who came To Tea,' by Judith Kerr. We will be creating story maps and the children will be focusing on what they need to include in a story by planning before beginning to write. They will use story boards to retell the story and will create their own version of the story when an animal comes to their homes.
We also have a drama workshop on Tuesday as a company will be coming into school to share a story experience with us.


Next week's focus will be on the features of living things. The children will be carrying out different activities to create animals with certain features and they will be describing the features of certain living things.


We will be looking at the decades from the 1950s to the 1990s as our focus will be on the toys that were popular then.


As it is 'harvest' season we will be visiting Christ Church on Friday as a special 'harvest experience ' day has been prepared for us. The children will be taking part in six activities. They are very excited for this trip.


The children will be working in our outdoor class room as we build on teamwork skills. They will be thinking about a place at home or school where they feel safe. They will discuss what makes them feel safe and happy and why.

Have a happy and relaxing weekend.
Ms Davis

Friday, 20 September 2019

Week ending 20th September 2019

Hello Year One,

We have had a busy and exciting week. We have had several nature walks in our wildlife area and around the school grounds as we are studying animals and their habitats. the children found slugs, centipedes and even a frog!
We carried out an activity today where the children had to collect three living things, one beginning with the letter s, one with c and one with a. They worked together in teams and were successful in completing the challenge. The children are aware that they are able to look at living creatures but not touch or move them from their natural habitats.
We have been working on conservation of number in maths, story maps, phonics, spellings and handwriting for English. We carried out observational drawings of natural objects for our art lesson and have begun to create our 'Toy Museum.' If you have any old toys at home that the children could bring in, it would be greatly appreciated.
We still need photos of pets for our class book.
As we have a small space for coats and PE kits it would be greatly appreciated if the children left large bags at home. The PE kit can be left in school until you want to wash it and the books should be in reading folders not back packs. All the children need to bring to school each day is their reading folder. If they do not have a reading folder I can give them a plastic wallet.
We also supply fresh drinking water therefore the children do not need to bring bottles into school unless this is what you would personally prefer.



The children will be learning to subitise (that is recognise a number of objects by the pattern and without having to count them.) They will be counting various representations of the same number of objects and matching values to mathematical models.


We will be reading the story 'Where's My Teddy,' by Jez Alborough. The children will create a story map of the story, recount a similar story and write about their feelings when losing something special or precious.


Our focus is animals including humans. the children will be sorting living things into groups and learning the names and features of many creatures.


The children will be writing about their favourite toys this week. they will be focusing on what they are made of and how they work. We will be comparing these to toys from the past.


Our theme will be harvest traditions around the world. We will be looking at the ways people celebrate this festival.


The work of the artist Lowry will be our topic this week. We will learn about the artists history and style of work. The children will create a backwash for their Lowry paintings next week.


The children will use patterns, fabrics and colours to create a representation of themselves.

I wish you all a happy and peaceful weekend.


Monday, 9 September 2019

Welcome To Year One

Hello Year One,

It is so exciting to start the year with such a lovely class. The children are settling in well and always have lots to tell us.

As you know we are continuing with the reading system that Mrs Robinson set up for the children in Reception. The children have a huge variety of books to choose from and for the time being we will be changing books on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will be offering the children a choice of taking  two or three books, so they do not run out of reading material.

The children need to attend school with a coat, a book bag and a PE kit (which stays at school all week or until half term.) They do not need other large bags. We have limited storage space. I have provided children with plastic wallets for their books if they do not have book bags.

When the children arrive in the morning they need to take their books and reading records out of their reading bags and place them in the red tray so that we are able to change them and read with them on a regular basis. This should be followed by hanging up coats and signing in every morning (the children know how to do this).

Week Beginning 9th September 2019


We begin this half term by reading predictive texts, stories that have patterns. This week we began with The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  We will role play the story, use story stones to recreate it, make a list of the food the caterpillar ate and write our own stories with different animals and foods. The children are recognising the pattern of number and days of the week in the story.


We are working on direction. Please reinforce this at home when  appropriate. The children have learned left and right. They will be learning to turn to the left and right. They will turn in quarters, halves and three quarters.

The children are learning the ordinal numbers and how to state position. We are working on the vocabulary this entails, such as in front of, behind, above, below, to the side of etc.

We are learning to count to 100 in twos and beginning to understand fractions of a whole.


Our topic for this half term is 'toys.' We will be looking at toys from the 60's to the present day. If you or any family members have any toys at home that you could bring into school that would be fabulous. We would like to make a display of toys, old and new.


The children will be learning about healthy food and nutrition.


We are spending time getting to know each other and how we are feeling as we start the new school year.

Religious Education

I will be finding out what the children know and understand about religion. We will be talking about justice and fairness. I will be reading the Christian story of The Two Sons.

I hope I have covered everything, but please do not hesitate to come and speak with myself or Mrs Reusch if you have any questions.

Ms Davis and Mrs Reush

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Dear Year One,

We have had an amazing year together. Mrs Reusch and I are so pleased with the children's progress and so proud of everything they have achieved.

Thank you so much for all your support this year and for the very generous gifts. We feel thoroughly spoiled.

Have a super holiday and we are looking forward to seeing you in September.

Best wishes

Ms Davis and Mrs Reusch

Friday, 19 July 2019

Week ending 19th July 2019

Hello Year One,

We have had a busy week completing our projects. We worked with money again this week and the children learned how to make different amounts of money, using different coins.

We wrote adventure stories during our English lessons and completed our 'Around The World' trip by travelling to Antarctica.

The children watched the Year Six performance this morning and returned full of excitement! They thought it was a brilliant show!

We have had a fantastic year. I have enjoyed teaching the children and am very pleased with their progress and development. I know Mrs Reusch shares my thoughts.

Next Week

On Monday the staff will play a game of rounders against the Year Six children. Year One will enjoy watching the game.

On Tuesday we will be attending The Year Six Leaving Assembly. School finishes at 2pm. The ending of the day will be different because we will be part of a parade to 'send off' the children in Year Six. You will need to collect the children from the front entrance. As there will be many parents at this point I will bring the children to the bike shed. Please wait at this point for your children to come to you.

Have a lovely weekend.
Ms Davis