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It’s been a fantastic half term for the children, who have settled well into Year 1 and new routines. The children have been able to explore their new classroom, take part in weekly assemblies and become much more independent in their activities. 

In maths, we have been securing and deepening understanding of numbers to 10 using number lines and part/whole models. In English, we have been doing lots of written work with Little Red Riding Hood. The children have especially loved our science lessons looking closely at our 5 senses and conducting experiments around this. 

We are looking forward to continuing our exciting learning in Autumn 2

Mrs Urso

October 2021


I want to start by saying how proud I am of all of the children in Class 1 and how far they have progressed this half- term! During assessment week, they all blew me away with their reading and mathematical skills and how they could apply them to their work. For this reason, the whole class received a certificate

During this half- term in Maths, we are focusing on fractions, time and money.  So far, we have looked at how to find halves of shapes and quantities and also quarters of shapes and quantities too.

In English, we have been story writing.  Our ideas have been around the story ‘The way back home’ by Oliver Jeffers. They have been attempting to use speech and similes, which is very impressive for Year 1!

Our topic in Science is Seasonal Changes. We have been reviewing the names of the four seasons and how the differ. We will be investigating how the weather changes depending on the season and what key signs we can observe during the different seasons.

In History, we have been investigating the history of transport. We have begun with the first aeroplane flight by the Wright Brothers. We will also be looking at the first steam engines too and how they are different to the trains we have now.

Keep up the hard work Class 1! Here’s to the last few weeks of Year 1!

Miss Cowley, July 2021


Welcome back for the last term of Year 1!

During this half- term in Maths, we will focus on Place Value to 100. Exploring the values of tens and ones; comparing amounts, and ordering numbers. We will then begin to look at Multiplication and Division, using our knowledge of 2s, 5s and 10s to help us.

In English, we have begun writing a non-fiction report on what would happen If Sharks Disappear. We have been examining the affects this would have on the environment and how we can all take responsibility to protect the ocean.

Our topic in Science is Plants. We have been reviewing parts of plants and identifying wild flowers. Through this topic we will examine different types of trees and sort them by examining their leaves.

In Geography, we are reviewing the seven continents and finding out about different animals and their habitats, across the globe. For instance, we have found out that Emperor Penguins largely live in Antarctica and we are all now able to identify this continent on a map.

For Design and Technology, we have started our topic of Moving Pictures. Each week we will evaluate different ways in which illustrators use moving pictures in a book; like sliders and leavers. We will then have a go at trying out these techniques for ourselves.

Miss Cowley, May 2021


This half- term, Year 1 have been getting to grips with two new subjects; History and Art.

In Art, the class have loved finding out about various artists like Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian. They used their work as an influence to create their own pieces. They have been learning about primary colours and what happens when you mix them.

In History, Year 1 have been discussing what childhood was like for our Grandparents. We have gone back into the past to find out about 1950! The class were shocked to find out that Grandma did not have an Xbox and the Television only had one channel!

In Maths, we have extended our understanding of numbers beyond 10 now to 20. We have been writing numbers as words, understanding their value as well as ordering them.

In English, we have been enjoying a new class text every week to support our writing. We have read: ‘A dark, dark, tale’, ‘Peace at Last’, ‘Poppies’ - a Remembrance tale – and lastly ‘Zog’. The class have enjoyed word collecting around the room to support their ideas and then enjoyed mark- making or writing sentences.

I am looking forward to spending the run-up to Christmas with the class and cannot wait to see how their excitement grows!

Miss Cowley

December 2020


Year 1 have been excited and eager to explore their new environment. They have been using the different areas of the indoor and outdoor space. They have been getting cosy in the book corner or getting messy in the mud kitchen- making sensational recipes.

In Science, the children have been learning about their body parts and the five senses. They have drawn and labelled body parts and are beginning to discuss the senses and their functions.

In Maths, Year 1 have been using numbers to 10. We have been counting forwards, backwards and ordering numbers. Some of the children have shown an interest in number and had a go at challenging themselves with larger numbers.

In Geography, we have been discussing our place in the world, which is West Bromwich. The class have looked at aerial maps of the local area. Some children have shown an interest in drawing maps which show their route from home to school.

In RE, the class have been learning what it means to be Christian. We have talked about holy buildings and Christians holy book- the Bible. We are beginning to understand what parables are and why they are special.

In English, we have been using the text ‘The Queen’s Hat’. Based on this, some of the class have had a go at using their sounds to write short sentences. They are beginning to use finger spaces and full stops.


Miss Cowley

October 2020