Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the Year 1 Team.

The children have all settled back into school life and are getting into our new project all about toys. They have started to think about the differences between old and new toys and will be exploring more about the materials they are made from later this term. We have explored ‘What a Wonderful World’ we live in through poetry and Louis Armstrong’s song. The children enjoyed writing their own poems about their ‘Wonderful World’ and how St Mark’s is a wonderful place too.

In maths, we have been thinking about how to make the numbers to 20 in different ways and how to add two numbers by counting on from the bigger number using a number line or counters to help us. We had fun making number stories for our addition calculations too, e.g. 7+4=11; First there were 7 unicorns. Then 4 more came along. Now there are 11 unicorns.

We have enjoyed exploring the use of pencils and finding ways of making different tones and patterns from the same colour. We turned our wavy line sketching into underwater scenes using collage and glitter.

The children brought home their first spelling homework last week and were all very enthusiastic about it. Thank you for all your support in helping your children to learn the words.

Year 1 Team

Busy, busy in Year 1!

It has been a busy few weeks in Year 1. We loved singing in our Christmas play and we hope you all enjoyed watching us. Over the last couple of weeks, we have been learning about the story, The Snowman. We have explored how the main characters may have felt at different points in the story and enjoyed writing the story for the pictures.

In maths, we have been learning about 2d and 3d shapes. Maybe you could go on a shape hunt over the holidays and see what shapes you can find in all the Christmas lights?

We have loved making our penguin tiles and painting them.

Over this term, we have been thinking about service and how we could serve our community. As a year group, we decided to paint our own stones to give to people in our community. These stones represent what we are learning about at school and the children will be bringing them home to give to someone. Please do not hide them, as they are not meant to be Basing-stones but a gift to someone in the community. If your child does gift their stone and you are happy to, please take a photo of them as we would love to hear where they have gone.

Thank you for all your support this half term.

We wish you and your children a very restful and happy Christmas and New Year. See you all in 2019!

Year 1 Team

What’s going on in Year 1?

It’s been a busy time over the last couple of weeks! We are rehearsing lots for our Christmas performance and the children are looking forward to sharing it with you next week. Please remember to send in your child’s costume by this Thursday, ready for our first dress rehearsal.

We have been having great fun exploring and using clay to make animals. The children have created their own penguin tiles, ready for painting later this week.

In maths, we have been learning to represent numbers to 20 in different ways. We have been using a variety of resources like double-sided counters with tens frames and making numbers using bundles of straws and dienes.

This week we have been inferring how the characters might feel in the story The Snowman and will be learning more about this story over the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you all next week at the Christmas play.

Year 1 Team

KS1 Christmas Production

Our KS1 Production this Year is ‘Prickly Hay’. Your child will be part of the choir. Please could you help by providing their outfit. They will need to wear plain leggings or jeans/trousers and a checked shirt or plain T-shirt. They can wear a neckerchief as well if they wish.

Please bring their costume to school in a named carrier bag by Wednesday 5th December, where it will remain in school until after the performances.

Please do not hesitate to speak with any of the class teachers if there are any questions about the costumes.

Many thanks for your help.

Year 1 Team

Year 1 Update

This week we have continued with our learning about Polar animals ready to write our fact files for Santa. The children have enjoyed finding out interesting information about the animals such as a polar bear’s fur is actually transparent and a Killer Whale is also called an Orca.

In maths, we have been looking at addition and this week we have started looking at subtraction by crossing out pictures and counting back along a number line.

As this week is friendship week, we have all created our own bunting to include our interests. Each class created a friendship tree using our fingerprints and we had great fun making chains of friends out of paper!


PE Reminder: as the weather is getting colder, please could we ask that your children have a jumper and jogging bottoms for outdoor PE.

Thanks for all your support.

Year 1 Team

Poles Apart

Our new topic of Poles Apart has started and the children are really enjoying learning about the different animals and climate that are found in the Poles. This week we have received a letter from Father Christmas asking for our help in finding information about the animals which live in the Poles. As part of our English, we are researching some facts and will be writing an infomation book for Father Christmas.

In maths, we have been learning about our pairs of numbers to make numbers within 10 and to 10. A great game to play at home is…


We will be building on our number bond learning by developing our knowledge of addition and subtraction over the coming weeks.

This week we have also thought about fireworks and how to stay safe. We created our own firework pictures.

Thank you for your continued support.

Year 1 Team

Year 1 Update

The children have been busy this term with our topic ‘Hungry, Hungry Animals’. We enjoyed learning about our artist of the moment, Giuseppe Arcimboldo and exploring our own way of creating a vegetable inspired piece of artwork.

We have explored our senses and been on a senses walk around school, looking for signs of autumn using our sense of sight, smell, hearing and touch. We then used this to help us write an Autumn poem. The children enjoyed using their presentation skills to decorate and present their poems.This week we will also be exploring our sense of taste when we make our vegetable kebabs. Look out for photos of us making them!

Thank you for all your continued support with reading with your child at home and helping them to learn their keywords.

Year 1 Team

Welcome back!

Wow – what an amazing start back to the new school year! The Year 1 children have all settled in well into their new classes and are learning the new routines quickly. Thank you for all your help with encouraging your children into class.

The children have started their new topic of ‘Hungry, Hungry Animals’ with learning all about The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

This week, we have enjoyed retelling the story through pictures, writing and role-play. In our Art, we have been exploring the use of paint and learning about primary and secondary colours. The children learnt to mix secondary colours through finger painting and have then painted their own butterflies and mini-beasts.


In maths, we have been practising our counting forwards and backwards. The children have been exploring the different maths resources and learning to show one more and one less than a number using these resources.

Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to our curriculum evening last week, it was lovely to see you all and answer your questions. Please see the attached power-point for the information given out and feel free to come and ask any of the Year 1 team if you have any questions. Y1 Curriculum Evening PPT

Thank you for all your support and we look forward to the following year with your fantastic children.

Year 1 Team (Mrs Carter, Miss Jamieson, Miss Hall)










Year 1 visit to Sir Hillier Gardens

What a fantastic day we all had at Hillier Gardens!

The weather was kind and the children all had a great day. We enjoyed learning about how seeds grow and finding out about how they don’t always make it into a plant. We enjoyed sweeping the long grass looking for the mini-beasts that live there. The children loved exploring the ponds and finding the different animals and insects. Many newts were found alongside dragonfly nymphs, water beetles and snails.

We also loved smelling all the different plants in the sensory garden and made our very own ‘smelly’ caterpillar to take home. The children explored Jurassic plants, enormous bamboo and walked across the wobbly bridge, making sure they didn’t fall in the swamp!

Year 1 had a fantastic day and have since enjoyed writing recounts and thank you letters all about their visit. They were all well-behaved and a credit to St Marks. They were a pleasure to take on the trip.

The Year 1 Team

Summer term update!

We hope you have all had a wonderful half term with your children and you all enjoyed the sunshine when it arrived! The children thoroughly enjoyed making their gardening bags at the end of last half term and learning about plants. Our plants learning will continue this term with our new topic of ‘Nature Detectives’, which will see us grow some of our own plants. We are all looking forward to our trip to Hillier’s Gardens in a couple of weeks, where we will get to explore many different plants from those found in our school grounds.

In English this term, we will be writing our own stories based upon the story ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ and thinking about different places that might be at the top of the beanstalk. As part of our maths, we will be continuing to practise our counting and writing of numbers accurately and talking about how we know numbers are bigger or smaller than each other.

Reminder: Please can we ask for your child’s PE kit to be in school everyday, as sometimes we need to change the day we carry out PE. Also as sports day approaches, we like to have extra practises of some of the activities.

Thank you for your continued support,

Year 1 Team

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