Year 1 Update

It’s been a busy time in Year 1. We have continued to learn more about different modes of transport and how they have changed throughout History. In English, we have been reading the story, Mrs Armitage on Wheels and have been having great fun thinking of different vehicles she may like. This week we will be writing our own versions of the story and thinking of what changes the vehicle needs. See if your child can retell you their story?

We had great fun on World Book Day. Thank you to everyone who helped dress the children in different costumes – they all looked fab! We enjoyed creating our own book front covers in Year 1. Can you tell which books we recreated?

In maths we have been busy learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. Maybe your child can show you how far they can count?  We have also been exploring length, weight and capacity. The children have had great fun exploring this area of maths inside and outside the classroom.

Thank you for your continued support.

Year 1 Team

On the Move!

Year 1 have started their new topic full of enthusiasm. We had great fun on our school trip to Milestones last week. The children loved looking at and exploring the old vehicles and had great fun playing ‘I spy’ around the museum. Thank you to all our parent helpers who managed to support us on the day – we really appreciated it.

We will continue to learn about different modes of transport using the knowledge we found out at Milestones. In English, we have been using our trip to help us write a recount using the correct tense and some time adverbials, such as first, then, next, after that and finally.

In maths, we have been looking at numbers to 50 and practising our counting forwards and backwards. We have learning to represent these numbers in different ways and partition the numbers into tens and ones using different equipment.

Just a reminder that Thursday is World Book Day, so your child may come to school dressed as a book character if they wish.

Year 1 Team

What a busy week!

This week we have been thinking about our aspirations for the future. On Wednesday afternoon, we were joined by a fire-fighter, a vicar and a power engineer. The children had great fun learning about what their jobs entailed and then thought about what they might like to be.

On Thursday morning, we were all very excited to show our ‘Toy Museum’. The children loved having their parents, childminders and grandparents into see their learning. Thank you to all that made it – the children were buzzing all day! We also had great fun sharing our museum with our friends in the school and Year R came to visit us later in the morning.


Thank you everyone for visiting!

Year 1 Team

Year 1 learning update

We are all having fun learning about toys from the past. The children have explored how old and new toys are made and talked about the different materials. We have tested different materials to find out which would be best for a new toy. It has been great to see all the children’s own toys coming into school ready for our own toy museum next week. We will be using them this week to write our own fact files and create sketches of them. You are welcome to pop-in on Thursday 7th February between 8.30-8.45am to have a look around the children’s toy museum.

In maths, we have been learning about adding and taking away numbers within 20 and using our number bonds to 10 and 20 to help with this. Please help your child to practise these number bonds by playing games with them like, ‘Let’s make 10; I have 3 so you have …?’

The children have enjoyed the new spellings coming home each week and are excited about doing their test each Friday. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings at home.

Gentle reminder: if you haven’t already returned the Milestone trip reply slip, please return this week.

Thanks for all your support.

Year 1 Team


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

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