Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 Donaldson’s homepage. Miss Williams and Mrs Wordsworth are our Class Teachers and Miss Natalie is our Teaching Assistant. Please check on the website every Friday for weekly updates but also for the weekly homework. Enjoy!



Class Updates

Friday 18th June

Thankfully the weather was (slightly) cooler this morning for our Class photographs with the class behaving beautifully for the photographer. We’re just glad we could all be together rather than present you all with a zoom call collage!

In English this week we have been continuing to brush our teeth for our Instructional Text topic with the class really extending themselves with their instructions full of describing words, bossy verbs and conjunctions with red words spelt beautifully. We also reminded ourselves of when to use plural -s and plural -es (for hissing sound nouns ending in -ch, -sh, ss, -s, – x and -z). It’s makes our day/week/month to witness both the progress the children are making and the effort they are putting into their work.

We started a new topic this week on Time beginning with days of the week (yesterday, today, tomorrow) and months of the year before moving onto o’clock and half past times. Do help them practice at home so they can perfect their time-telling skill. Mathletics this week will help with this.

We had a great session in Humanities this week making masks to role play our historic recreations of days gone by, starring Queen Elizabeth, her dad King Henry VIII and a court jester!

We can’t tell you what we did in Art this week without spoiling the surprise. Suffice to say all will be revealed at the weekend…

In RHE those in the class with younger siblings shared their experiences of helping to look after babies and what they needed. We were impressed with how much they could tell us and hope that they were this helpful at home when needed!

In RE we continued our work on the 5 Pillars of Islam learning about Salat – the 2nd Pillar – and the importance of prayer to Muslims. We went through the Salat poses and what Muslims need to do to prepare before praying.

Rehearsals continue for our show tune Bugsy Malone and Year 1 now know all of the actions and words needed. If they can continue to practice at home (particularly on playdates as they work in partners) this would help them be stage ready. We’re keeping everything crossed that they are able to show you all of their hard work in person and that there is no need to extend the current COVID guidelines even further.

A couple of parents have mentioned that they have been having difficulty logging onto Mathletics. Mr Gane – our Maths lead – has sent through the following guidance which we hope is helpful and does the job. Do let us know if you continue to experience difficulties.

Parents/carers should contact the Mathletics helpline, as it may be an issue with their internet set up at home, or iPad setting or browser or any other number of issues. On the laptops at school we find that Mathletics works best using either the Microsoft Edge or Chrome browsers. See for more details and if you experience difficulty in loading the Mathletics website at home please contact Mathletics ‘LIVE Chat Online’ help or email via

Have a lovely weekend everyone. I’m (Mrs W) off camping so have packed my waterproofs!

Miss Williams & Mrs Wordsworth

Friday 11th June

Welcome back everyone and what a lovely sunny start to the term. It’s been great to see so many children wearing hats and liberally applied with suncream to ward off the sun. Here’s a round up of what we’ve been up to in our first week back.

Maths – A short topic to start this term on position, direction and movement including whole, half, quarter and three quarter turns. Year 1 ventured outside to complete a set of movement instructions with partners. Our coding fans loved this one! We also looked at doubling numbers and learnt a new song to help us remember from old classic Sesame Street.

English – We started learning about instructional writing and what kinds of words we use in instructions – imperative (or bossy) verbs. We used this information to help us make up our own instructions on how to brush our teeth. Ask your children to tell you how to brush properly!

Science – To continue our Identifying Animals topic this term we looked at the different structures of common animals and how these body parts help them in nature. For example, a frog’s larger hind legs help it jump!

RE – This term we are learning about the five pillars of Islam and the importance of these in the Islamic faith. We began with the first pillar of Shahada and how Muslims shows commitment to their faith. We thought about what we are committed to and how we show this ourselves.

Humanities – For our new History topic on Queens we started to think about what a monarch is and where they live focusing on our three most famous queens – Elizabeth I, Victoria and Elizabeth II. Happy birthday for this weekend your Majesty!

RHE – The new topic is Growing and Changing and we began by looking at what’s inside our body naming and describing the function of organs such as the heart and intestines. The class learnt actions for the heart, stomach and intestines so do test them to see what they remember. We had great fun drawing round a class member and guessing where each organ should be placed.

Computing – We’re focusing on Coding this term using J2Code which can be accessed at home via JIT. This week we started to look at how to programme a route using the example of Space to make the rocket move from planet to planet. This can also be practiced at home trying out the different templates (- the Cinderella one is fun).

Homework – Thank you to all who remembered to bring completed homework books back into school on Monday so they can be quarantined in time (like the reading books) before being marked and sent back home. You no longer need to upload homework into JIT.

Thanks to your efforts over the holidays Year 1 are in full flow for their school show song Bugsy Malone. We are now learning the actions and this week focused on verse 1. Please remind your child to practice – especially on class playdates so they can team up together.

Next Friday 18th June we will be having class photographs taken. Please could children come into school in their winter uniforms on that day. Apparently the temperature will be less warm by then!

Year 1 Sports Day is on Wednesday 30th June with Reception children at Shepherds Bush Cricket Club. Look out for a letter from Mr Schumm via Parentmail with further details.

Have another lovely sunny weekend!
Mrs Wordsworth & Miss Williams

Friday 28th May

And here we are at half term and luckily the sun has finally got its hat on again! The children have made such good progress this term – we can’t believe there are only 7 weeks left in Year 1.

DT Day – We had a great DT day on Wednesday which this term was all about food. To link in with our topic on Peru we made a Peruvian quinoa salad. We learnt about all the food that grows in Peru including over 2000 types of potato! We chopped up peppers, tomatoes and mangoes, scooped out avocadoes, squeezed limes and mixed them altogether with quinoa which we can now pronounce properly. We looked at which group each food comes from and were surprised to learn that tomatoes are actually a fruit.

Maths – The class have been continuing their work on halves and quarters for their fractions topic so do continue cutting cakes and pizzas at home into these amounts to help reinforce their learning!

Science – This week we revisited all of our work on Identifying Animals this term remembering the characteristics of each animal group – fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals etc. There are some great films on BBC Bitesize to accompany this topic.

Humanities – In the last week of our rainforest topic we looked at the Yagua tribe who live in the Amazon and found out how they live, what they wear and what they eat. We were really taken by their use of blow guns to shoot poison darts when hunting animals.

RHE – Have you received a written promise from your child? This week we looked at the impact of our behaviour on others – both good and bad. We all wrote a promise to one of our friends or family to change our behaviour in some way. I promised to listen more to my husband!

Computing – This week in our work on blogs we used JIT to write our own sentences on a computer. We learnt how we can change the font, colour and size of the letters to make them look even better. These can now be approved and uploaded by our teachers once they have checked the work is suitable to share with others. Writing text online is an activity that we began during lockdown learning so children should be able to view and practice creating their writing using JIT at home too.

Homework – As requested from the first week of the new term please remember to bring completed homework books back into school on Mondays so they can be quarantined (like the reading books) before being marked and sent back home.
Your child will come home today with the lyrics to the Y1 song to learn as part of the just announced school play taking place from 13th-15th July – Bugsy Malone – one of our favourites. Please help your child to practice learning the lyrics and singing along over half term to help them with rehearsals.

Barnes Children’s Literature Festival – Tickets now available for London’s largest kids’ book party from 17th – 27th June including our class namesake Julia Donaldson making an appearance!


Have a wonderful sunny half term break!
Mrs Wordsworth & Miss Williams

Friday 21st May

One week to go until half term! Who’s ready?

Thank you to those of you who were able to support Walk to School Week. On our best day we had 24 children who walked, cycled or scooted their way to school – a great achievement!

English – We looked at the story Carolina’s Gift set in a small village in Peru with lots of Spanish words that we have already been learning with Ms Pereira. We used the story as our focus whilst practicing our capital letters and retold the story in our own words with some of us using times connectives such as ‘First’ and ‘Next’. The story can be found on the link below if you’d like to share it with your child.

Maths – This week the class were introduced to fractions finding half and a quarter of each shape before moving onto dividing up groups of objects. This would also be a useful concept to practice at home – who can divide the pizza up into quarters for example?

R.E – For our last Jewish festival of the term we learnt about Hanukkah and the significance of the menorah. We used the new words we have learnt such as ‘Torah’ and ‘Dreidel’ when playing Hanukkah bingo which got very heated!
Mr Perry (RE lead) has asked that all children try to learn the subject headings from our School Vision so this may be something you revise at home – Joy, Excellence, Relationship, Respect and Nurture.

Science – This week we looked at how animals can be grouped according to what they eat – herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We used venn diagrams to categorise animals accordingly before learning more about food chains.

Humanities – Through the story Carolina’s Gift we compared life for children living in London with the lives of children living in the Andes Mountains of Peru. We compared homes, clothing, hobbies and food. Some of us were rather disturbed to learn that roasted Guinea Pig is seen as a special meal in Peru!

RHE – We talked about the importance of support and feedback with our work. We made our own Feelings Circles displaying different emotions and talked about times we have felt like this. We all promised to ensure we encourage each other even more from now on.

Art – The class studied Vermeer’s most famous painting Girl with a Pearl Earring from the Dutch Golden Age. This was used as inspiration when creating their own masterpieces with pastels. We’ve included a few below so you can see how brilliantly they got on.

Computing – This week we learnt about blogs and created our own pictures to be uploaded onto the class internal blog. We recognised the importance of our teachers approving our work before going live to ensure it is something we can be proud of and happy to share with others. Creating pictures online is an activity that we began during lockdown learning so children should be able to view and practice creating their pictures using JIT at home too.

Homework – We’ve been asked by some parents if it is possible to complete Homework in books rather than on JIT. This method has been used during lockdown to avoid any possible contamination. After looking at this issue further, when we return from half term we can use Homework books again instead of JIT but would need books back in school on Mondays so they can be quarantined (like the reading books) before being marked and sent back home. New homework books were handed out earlier in the school year. If your child needs a new one please get in touch.

Free Half Term Science workshops – Imperial College are running free workshops for children during half term which might be of interest to you and your child. They look great!

Enjoy the weekend
Mrs Wordsworth & Miss Williams

Friday 14th May

Happy Friday everyone!

As you may have read in Mr Schumm’s recent email poor Miss Williams has been self-isolating at home having come into contact with someone who tested positive (not at school!). All her recent tests have thankfully been negative. Thank you to Miss Nat for holding the fort brilliantly earlier this week. Next week I’ll (Mrs Wordsworth) be in each day along with Miss Nat and Miss W will return next Wednesday.

English – It’s the final week of our non-fiction Rainforests topic and time for the class to write their own information texts using question marks and conjunctions like ‘so’, and ‘because’. These included some interesting facts including the fact that over half of the animals on earth live in the rainforest!

Maths – The class have been making equal groups and sharing into sets of 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. As with last week’s prep work on arrays this has been a tricky concept for the children but they’ve been working really hard and any practical work you can give them at home would help to reinforce the subject e.g. how many pairs of socks have we sorted out from the washing? How many socks altogether?

R.E – We learnt more about the Jewish festival of Sukkot this week and wrote our own invitations to celebrations taking place in our school made sukkahs! As this Thursday was both Eid and Ascension Day we also talked about how these occasions are marked and why.

Science – This week we learnt about the animal groups Fish and Amphibians. We found out that some fish are bigger than humans and that amazingly frogs start life living in water before developing lungs to allow them to breathe air! We looked at the differing life cycles of frogs and fish and found out that a fish is called a juvenile before it is fully grown!

Humanities – We learnt the difference between climate and temperature and why the weather is different in the rainforest to our country – because it is close to the equator. We used this information to role play our own weather reports!

RHE – This week we looked at learning lines – the stages we all go through when learning a new skill such as riding a bike, learning an instrument or tying our laces. We talked about the fact that although it can be hard at first we should keep on going and the importance of encouragement to help us. Many children mentioned how their siblings and parents motivate them with new skills.

Walk to School Week – w/c 17th May
The benefits of fresh air and daily exercise are well documented for keeping us all healthy in mind as well as body. The last year of lockdown has proved that walking has also been beneficial for our mental well-being. Not only is it great for us but also great for the environment.
As part of a national Walk to School Week – we are encouraging all children to walk, cycle or scoot to school with their families instead of using their cars for the whole week. We will be awarding special Walk To School house points for each child who has walked, cycled, scootered to school every day for the week. So set the alarm clock a little earlier, ditch the car and hop, skip and jump to school next week!
Mr Schumm will announce the house who has collected most Walk to School points during assembly next Friday. Your support for this initiative, if you are able, is greatly appreciated.

Scientist in Residence position
We have started advertising for a new Scientist in Residence to work at the school one day a week enthusing the children in all things science with lots of practical work. If you know anyone who may be suitable and interested please send them the link to the job advert on the LDBS website. Closing date is 31st May.

And lastly apologies for the delay in marking homework recently. Normal service now resumed!

Have a great weekend with hugs galore next week!
Mrs Wordsworth & Miss Williams

Friday 7th May

We hope you enjoyed the extended bank holiday weekend with the rain thankfully holding off. We’re just finishing off the delicious cakes that the class made today as part of MATHS DAY 2021. A great NSPCC initiative to help enthuse and inspire children in their love of numbers. The usual timetable was swept aside today to make way for all things Maths and we’ve been weighing, measuring, counting and calculating with gusto!

In English we started a new topic on non-fiction texts sticking to our beloved Rainforest theme. This week the class found out what a glossary and contents page are and made their own glossaries. If your child has any fact books at home it would be useful to look at these together during your story time and start to use the contents and glossary pages.

This week in Maths we’ve also worked on arrays (groups of objects organised into columns and rows so 5 lots of 2 for example). The class wrote the arrays as addition sums (so 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 10), and some of the class even wrote these as multiplication sums (so 5 x 2 = 10). They used the term 5 lots of 2 to draw their own arrays. This is a tricky concept so lots of practice is useful if you have the time over the weekend. Mathletics homework set this week will help reinforce learning about groups of numbers.

In R.E we learnt about the Jewish festival of Sukkot which takes place in the Autumn and commemorates the years that the Jewish people spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land and how God protected them under difficult desert conditions. The class LOVED making their own sukkahs – a hut with 3 walls and a roof made out of natural materials – which Jewish people reside in for 7 days during this time taking their meals here and praying.

For our Animals topic in Science we learnt about reptiles and birds and their characteristics. We were surprised to learn that there are some birds that can’t fly and, thanks to L, found out that some snakes have little legs! Ask your children if they can remember the five types of reptiles (turtles, tortoises, snakes, lizards and crocodiles).

Humanities – We continued with our journey into Peru with Paddington and learnt about physical features – those natural parts of a place not built by man – such as cliffs and rivers. We compared the physical features of London and Peru which look pretty different!

Hammersmith & Fulham Council are running free family learning courses which may be of interest. The full list can be found on the attachment and whilst most sessions are for children over 6 years suitable classes for Y1 include Story Sack sessions and Dad’s & Kids Gardening Sessions on Saturday mornings at Phoenix Farm in White City. I like the look of the recycled jewellery making class!

The children always bring in so many items to be introduced to the other children during Show and Tell and sadly we don’t always have time during our busy day which can be disappointing for them. We are going to start having Show and Tell time on Fridays only, once our work has been covered and on a rota system ensuring that all children have the opportunity to show their items. We’ll put names up on the outside window so you can see when it’s your child’s turn. No toys or anything too precious please! It would be great if the item could be linked to one of our term topics such as I’s fossil from Dorset or M’s photos of her mum actually at the Amazon!

Have a lovely weekend all.
Miss Williams & Mrs Wordsworth

Friday 30th April

We bid a farewell to sunny April with many days of rain forecast in May to come apparently so be prepared with raincoats and umbrellas at the ready.

And we also bid a fond farewell (for now!) to Mrs Foster who goes on maternity leave from today.

In English this week we finished off our work on We’re Roaming in the Rainforest writing our own Amazonian sentences remembering to add plural nouns, -ing words and describing words. Wonderful sentences were composed including The playful parrots are swooping down and getting breakfast and the brown, chattering monkeys are talking very loudly!

In Maths we learnt all about the difference between equal/unequal groups this week making and adding equal groups of 2s, 5s and 10s before moving onto doubles. Mathletics homework set this week will help to learn these multiplication groups.

Shanah Tovah! Fpr our RE topic we learnt about the festival of Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year – and the customs observed including eating apples dipped in honey and blowing the shofar horn up to 100 times. We thought about our own new year’s resolutions including ‘watching less TV’ and ‘being good ALL of the time’!

Science – This week in our Animals topic we learnt about mammals and were surprised to learn that although whales and dolphins live in the water they are still mammals because they breathe air and are warm-blooded. E and M brought in their animal books from home and so we now know which are the fastest and slowest mammals.

Humanities – The children have loved learning about Peru and all the wild-life living in the rainforest with the help of Paddington Bear. They particularly loved learning about the green anaconda with the help of this catchy song –

Healthy Foods is our latest topic in RHE and we learnt about the different food groups and how they help us grow and stay strong. Dairy (say cheese!), protein (showing our muscles), carbohydrates (ENERGY!) and fruit and vegetables (Hey, hey 5 a day). We drew around our hands and wrote down the ‘5 a day’ we have eaten for our display.

And speaking of food we loved reading all of the delicious looking recipes in the new St Stephens cookbook (£20, available from FOSS and worth every penny) including from Year 1 (deep breath);
M’s soda bread, M’s beetroot verrines, M’s nasi goreng, I’s noodle soup, T’s pavlova, M’s grandma’s Lithuanian crumble cake, I’s bounty cake, H’s salted chocolate blondies. What a talented bunch of chefs you are!

Enjoy the extended bank holiday weekend everyone and stay dry! We’re off to the kitchen to get cooking!

Miss Williams & Mrs Wordsworth

Friday 23rd April

Welcome back to our first Summer term blog update and Happy St Georges Day! We hope that you had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine. It’s been great seeing Year 1 back in their summer uniforms now we have the warmer weather.

We’ve been joined in Year 1 by the all-singing, all-dancing Miss Whiting who is looking after McNaughton class this term whilst Mrs Foster is on maternity leave. Welcome!

In Maths we’ve started to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and the children have really enjoyed the accompanying songs. We’ve sent the children home this weekend with their own number squares (also downloadable from the link on the homework section) which they can use to colour in the numbers in each group and look for patterns. Practice really makes perfect with times table. There are alternative songs to help with practice if you’re not a Jack Hartmann fan!

Counting in 2’s:

Counting in 5’s:

This week in English we started exploring the book We’re Roaming in the Rainforest by Laurie Krebs and Anne Wilson which takes us on a journey through the Amazon rainforest meeting lots of animals along the way such as sloths, geckos and poison-dart frogs. Through the story we looked at how to make plurals by adding an –s to the end of a word.

In RE our new topic is looking at Jewish festivals such as Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year). We talked about how all religions have special times to celebrate things that have happened in the past important for religions today. We remembered some of the religious festivals that we have celebrated and drew bunting with pictures of our favourite part of a party to form part of our new display

Our new Science topic is Identifying Animals beginning this week with common animals and pets. The class had great fun coming up with descriptions for mystery animals for others to guess. My favourites were ‘I am a chestnut colour and have a rider on my back.’ Can you guess?

Our Geography work links up nicely with our English story as we are studying rainforests focusing on the Amazon rainforest in Peru. To begin, we completed a continents World Map jigsaw colouring in the continent of South America and the UK. Next week Paddington Bear will join us on our travels!

In our Computing class we received a visit from the Beebots (floor robots) this week causing much excitement in the classroom. Year 1 turned out to be a bunch of pretty good programmers ensuring the Beebots arrived at their correct destination!

Next week, as part of our RHE work, we will have our usual annual visit from the Life Bus though sadly virtually this time. This week, in preparation, we read a story about dealing with our emotions and learnt some coping strategies, including yoga moves, to use in our times of need.

On Thursday we also celebrated ‘Earth Day’ with an assembly from Miss Mahon. This is a great day for us all to take a moment to acknowledge how we treat this beautiful planet we are lucky enough to call home. As part of homework activity this week, we would like children to think of something they could do to help the Earth and draw/upload a picture of themselves onto JIT completing this activity. This could include:
• Going for a walk or cycle (or scoot) instead of using the car.
• Planting something in a pot for your windowsill or garden.
• Creating a recycling system at home or simply helping out with the recycling (as Year 1 did as a Life-skill during lockdown learning).
• Creating a simple bug hotel with a plastic bottle, twigs and leaves (here is a link with some ideas with adult supervision needed for cutting-out)
• Drawing around their foot on a piece of (scrap) paper and inside their drawing, listing some ways they will help the environment – stick this up somewhere you will see every day. For example ensuring the lights are turned off when they’re not being used, turning the tap off while brushing teeth or being mindful of buying less plastic wrapped items – we’re excited to see what you come up with!

Have a lovely sunny weekend all!
Miss Williams & Mrs Wordsworth

Friday 1st April

Pinch, punch first day of the month…

Happy April and happy last day of Spring term – the holidays have officially started. I told the class that we’re back at school tomorrow for an April Fool’s Day prank – you should have seen their faces!

We’ve had a lovely last week together singing Easter hymns, going on Easter egg hunts, having egg and spoon races and eating chocolate! The children created some stunning bonnets on Wednesday – it was very hard for our judges to choose the winning hats. You will be able to see pictures of the children in their creations shortly via Parentmail.

In Maths we completed our weighing topic focusing on capacity with the children working carefully to ensure not a drop was spilt whilst measuring using the terms – full, empty, half full and nearly empty. Next term we’ll be revising counting up in 2s, 5s and 10s if you want to have a practice over the holidays.

In RE we learned about the events of Easter Sunday and drew pictures from the Easter Story that really stood out for each child. To test their recollection you could ask your child what the word resurrection means.

In Science we completed our Plants topic by identifying the different parts of a plant – leaves, stem, flower, petal and roots. We learnt that roots act as an anchor to hold the plant in the ground securely and help collect water from the soil.

In Art we learnt about the artist Piet Mondrian and created our own fabulous block picture collages in primary colours inspired by his work – Trafalgar Square.

No homework over the holidays – hooray! We hope you have a wonderful break and enjoy the (slight) easing of lockdown restrictions to travel, see loved ones and relax.

Happy Easter and see you on the other side.
Miss Williams & Mrs Wordsworth

Friday 26th March

Dear parents,

The last Friday before Spring term comes to an end with our 4 day week next week! It was great to see you all (albeit virtually) at Parents Evening this week. It’s been such a short and unusual Spring term but your children have settled back into school life really well despite the circumstances.

In English we continued our work on Mr Magnolia writing our own poems with silly sentences making sure they contained –ing words and lots of ‘oo’, ‘u-e’ and ‘ew’ words. Our favourites so far are Mrs Magnolia is visiting a stinky zoo with a tiger on the loo and Mr Magnolia is feeling in a mood!

In Maths we started our mass topic and had great fun using scales to weigh objects in the classroom finding out which objects were heaviest and lightest.

In RE we learned about the events of Good Friday and the significance of the cross. We decorated our own crosses and chose words to describe why Jesus died on the cross.

In Science we found out the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees and sorted trees into the different categories on Busy Things. Test your children this weekend to see if they can remember the difference!
As part of homework this week, if your child has been growing a plant at home, please use one of the Identifying Plants observation sheets attached so they can record their findings and bring these into school on Monday.

One of the previous artists we studied in our Art classes during lockdown – Lubaina Himid (who created Carpet which we used for inspiration) – is the focus of an exhibition at Tate Modern this November. There’s an interesting short film to watch at
The whole film may be rather advanced for our Year 1’s but they may enjoy watching a short extract.

In Humanities we learnt about the work carried out on farms during the different seasons and made our own seasons wheel to reflect these activities.

RHE – This week for our Rules and Responsibilities topic we learnt about why First Aid is important and studied various scenarios thinking about what we could do to help.
We then role played what we would do in an emergency and what to say to an operator after calling 999. Fingers crossed the children never have to do this in reality… It would be useful to show your children how to call 999 on your home phone or mobile as a follow up.

Dates for the diary…
Wednesday 31st March – Please ensure your children bring in their creations for our Easter bonnet parade. We will share photos with you later next week.

Our whole school Easter service will take place virtually on Thursday, 1st April at 9.10am. Links to attend will be sent out shortly via Parentmail. If you have time over the weekend you may want to help your children practice the songs we have been learning for the Easter Service – Lord of the Dance and Colours of Day.

Lord of the Dance

Colours of Day

There is still time to donate Easter eggs and buy your raffle tickets via parentmail – all proceeds going towards Friends of the Earth charity and Year 6 final trip to Whitby.

Have a lovely weekend.
Miss Williams & Mrs Wordsworth

Friday 19th March

Spring feels like it’s finally here this week with blossom on the trees on our daily walk to school. We hope your children have been pointing out all the plants we have been learning about!

In English we started work on a new rhyming book by Quentin Blake called Mr Magnolia with lots of ‘oo’, ‘u-e’ and ‘ew’ words. We wrote our own silly sentences with these sounds which included a lot of writing about poo!

In Maths we continued our Measuring topic using a ruler to measure objects in the classroom and working out adding and subtracting measuring problems.

In RE we read about the events of the Last Supper and looked at the famous painting by Da Vinci. We thought about what the disciples may be saying to each other when they heard Jesus tell his news.

In Science we identified different wild plants, such as a daisy, using a classification key with questions including ‘does it have white petals?’ We hope your seeds at home are growing well with your children’s love and care!

Dates for the diary…
Next Monday we are supporting Down syndrome awareness day by all wearing odd socks. To help this cause please could each child bring in a £1 donation. Thank you for your continued support.

Parents evening takes place next Wednesday and Thursday so please book your appointment, using the online booking system, if you haven’t done so already. We’ll ‘see’ you then (as they are still taking place on our screens..).

We have an extra PE lesson next Friday so please could children come to school in their PE kits on that day (as well as Tuesday and Wednesday).

Please start saving recycled materials from home that would look spiffing on the Easter bonnets that we will be sporting for our virtual Easter bonnet parade on Wednesday, 31st March. Our whole school Easter service will take place virtually on Thursday, 1st April at 9.10am.

Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Williams & Mrs Wordsworth

Friday 12th March 2021

Welcome back! It has been wonderful to have all the children back in the classroom again and they have all adjusted so well to school life after such a long time at home. Thank you to all you parents and carers out there who have kept the children going.

We hope you enjoyed seeing all the wonderful costumes for World Book Day and the Arts Week gallery sent out by Miss Bell via Parentmail earlier this week. The children made some amazingly imaginative creations. We knew Year 1 were a talented bunch and they really proved this with their fabulous work.

In English this week we have been learning to sort sentences into question and exclamation sentences such as ‘Suddenly out popped a turnip!’, and ‘Please can you help pull?’ We have also been learning to add -ed to root words to change their meaning for example pull becomes pulled. In addition to this we have been learning to add missing capital letters and full stops in sentences. We put all these skills to good use when writing our alternative stories with different vegetables and characters.

In Maths this week, we have started our new topic of length and the children have been busy measuring things with unifix cubes and anything they can lay their hands on in the classroom. The tallest item measured was Margaux at 30 cubes and the smallest was a rubber at 1 cube. Next week we start measuring with a ruler!

We hope your seeds are growing nicely at home as part of our term-long Science Plants topic. This week we have been learning to identify different garden plants and have sorted flowers and trees including poppies, tulips, daffodils, apple trees and weeping willow trees. Watch out for your child being quite the plant spotter on your way home from school.

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing mums out there!

Miss Williams & Mrs Wordsworth

Welcome Back!

Dear parents,

We hope you’ve had a restful weekend in preparation for the children’s return to school tomorrow morning. Thank you for all of the amazing work you have done with your children throughout Home Schooling, we couldn’t have done it without you.

As was the case in the Autumn Term the Year One children will be dropped off at the main gate and will walk round to their classroom. Children need to come to school with their book bags, water bottle and coats as usual. Please send any reading books and reading records issued before Christmas into school tomorrow morning ready to be changed. As was the case in the Autumn Term, reading books will be handed in on a Friday to be changed and handed out on a Monday.

The Arts Week Homework set on Friday was for the children to design a square to form a quilt about what they are looking forward to on their return to school. This is to be handed in on Monday or throughout the week. Spellings, Arithmetic and Mathletics homework will continue to be set on a Friday. Completed homework is to be uploaded into JiT as usual by the following Wednesday to be marked.

Gymnastics will continue to be on a Tuesday and PE will continue be on a Wednesday so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on those days.

We’re all really looking forward to welcoming all of the children back into school and have lots of fun activities planned and ready to go.

Tomorrow we will start the day talking about what we have done in lockdown and how we are feeling about returning to school. Then it will be all systems go with English, Maths and Humanities possibly with a touch of choosing which I’m sure will go down well with the children!

Miss Williams and Mrs Wordsworth

Spelling test - Week 2

Mrs Wordsworth reads out this week’s words for your spelling test. Good luck!

Arts Week 2021

Welcome to Arts Week and what a fun week we have in store! As you already know this year Arts Week is based on the book and artwork found in Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold.

This week we have lots of activities lined up for you to complete from staff across the whole school. All of the activities will be uploaded by Miss Bell under the Arts Week page on the school website. Activities planned by KS1 teachers can also be found in JiT. Once you’ve completed an activity upload a picture of it into JiT so your teachers can see your amazing creative work!

During each 9am Registration Zoom your class teacher will share the Arts Week page on the website and will suggest activities to do for the day, but ultimately the decision is yours. We just ask you to do at least 10 activities for the week and recommend you do around 2 a day, spacing them out throughout the week.  It might be worth looking through the activities before you come to do them as you may need specific materials, although staff have tried to plan activities using materials readily available at home. If you need to make adaptations by all means do so, for example use felt tips instead of oil pastels. At the end of each day please bring along work to share in our 3pm Catch-up Zoom so we can see your masterpieces!

Please note Guided Reading and Maths Key Skills sessions will continue to run throughout the week.  Mr Schumm’s History Zoom with our class will also take place at the usual time of 11am on Monday. This week he steps away from the Tudors and explores New York!

Enjoy this creative week and don’t forget World Book Character costumes for our 3pm Thursday Catch-up Zoom!

Miss Williams and Mrs Wordsworth

Friday 26th February

We made it to Friday guys – one week to go until we are all together again!

Good Work Assembly with Mr Schumm.
Who will be our stars of the week?

Life Skills
Mind your p’s and q’s! We know you are ALWAYS beautifully polite but today be extra specially so. Remember to say please and thank you, ask before leaving the table and check in to see how your family are feeling. Manners cost nothing but mean everything.

Active Time
Another Alistair challenge for you!

Watch Mrs Foster’s clip introducing today’s lesson:

Today we would like you to retell the story of The Enormous Turnip. Think back to what happens in the beginning, middle and end of the story. Make sure you use capital letters and full stops in your writing, the word and as well as words ending in –ed. Use the word bank saved in Jit to help with spellings. You can also use The Enormous Turnip themed lines saved in JiT to write up your sentences in best!

Spelling Test Clip

In Maths today we will be following on with our work on counting in 5s. Hopefully after all of yesterday’s practice, you are able to count forwards and backwards to 50. Remember you can use your skip counting in 5s number grid from yesterday to help you. Today’s video, lesson presentation and activity sheet are all saved in JiT in the Maths Folder – Week 1 – Friday.

This term’s topic is all about our Rights and Responsibilities starting with our morning routine.

You will find the accompanying sheet called Harold’s Wash and Brush Up in JIT – Foundation Subjects/RHE. Cut out the squares showing Harold’s routine and sequence them adding your own actions in the morning.

Today we are going to create some graphs using computer software! Watch Mrs Wordsworth’s film below first to find out what to do:

You will find the instructions and information that you need to fill in your graphs on JiT under Foundation Subjects/Computing.

Thursday 25th February

Life Skills
To tie in with our new science topic on Identifying Plants take a walk around your area to see how many different plants you can spot. You’ll find Spring spotting sheets in JiT under Foundation Subjects/Active and Life Skills to print off if you want some guidance.

Active Time
Try this dance from BBC Schools Radio called Roots and Shoots. The dance session starts with preparing the ground and planting seeds. This is followed with the need for water and the warmth of the sun to promote growth. This is then developed into the shoots growing upwards creating leaves and buds, as the roots spread down into the soil where they draw in the water and nutrients.

Watch Mrs Foster’s clip introducing today’s lesson:
The word pulled has been used lots in the story we have been reading this week. The root word for pulled is pull. Today we would like you to cut out the root words and match them to the words containing –ed. If you don’t have a printer choose 6 words to write down and create your own matching game!

Revision of Read Write Inc Set 2 ‘or’

Today we will be counting in 5s. Watch Miss Williams’ lesson introduction here:

Why is it useful to be able to count in 5s? What things can you count in 5s? For our first lesson on counting in 5s, we will be practising skip counting using a number grid to 50. First of all colour in all of the numbers that you say when you count in 5s and then you are ready to practise reciting them. Can you count forwards in 5s all the way to 50? Can you also count back in 5s from 50 to 0? Today’s lesson presentation and activity sheet are both saved in JiT in the Maths Folder – Week 1 – Thursday. There is also an optional challenge that I’m sure many of the children will enjoy as they have to complete mazes to help the rabbit find the carrots by counting in 5s.

New term, new Science topic on Identifying Plants. Watch Mrs Wordsworth’s introduction below:

Look at the PowerPoint attached on JIT – Foundation Subjects/Science/Spring 2/Week 1 to find out more about plants. Next, you are going to plant a seed and watch how it grows over the next few weeks. If you don’t have a suitable seed at home you can pick these up from school – we have marigolds, nasturtiums or broad beans.

The accompanying worksheets are all attached in JiT along with a Growing Seeds video. Lets see who can grow the tallest plant!

Wednesday 24th February

Life Skills
Inspired by Margaux, today we would like you to help your grown-ups clean the floors in your home. You could help out by vacuuming the rugs and carpet, sweeping the kitchen floor or maybe mopping the bathroom floor. Send us in your pictures of you being busy with your chores!

Active Time
Time for Alastair’s Wednesday workout!


Watch Mrs Foster’s clip introducing today’s lesson.

Your activity today is to answer reading comprehension questions about The Enormous Turnip. The activity can be found in Jit-Wednesday.

Revision of Read Write Inc Set 2 ‘ar’

In Maths today we will be following on with our work on counting in 2s. Hopefully, after all of yesterday’s practice, your child is able to count up to 50 in 2s using their number grid from yesterday with all the multiples of 2 coloured in. Today’s video, lesson presentation and activity sheet are all saved in JiT in the Maths Folder – Week 1 – Wednesday.

Today we will look at the story of Noah’s ark. Watch the film below which tells the story:

Mrs Wordsworth goes through today’s work below:

There is a beautiful rendition of the hymn Amazing Grace, mentioned in Mrs Wordsworth’s lesson, on the link below:

Can you think of a time when you have shown grace to someone or been shown grace by someone yourself? For example if you forgave someone for breaking your toy? Talk about this with your grown up and bring this to our 3pm zoom.

Tuesday 23rd February

Life Skills
Curl up with a good book in a cosy place. At our afternoon Zoom you can show us and tell us all about the book you read.

Active Time
Try out your Cosmic Yoga farm animal moves!  Who can do the best horse pose?

Watch Mrs Foster’s clip introducing today’s lesson:

Today you will be sequencing pictures and sentences from the ‘The Enormous Turnip’. Can you remember the order? This activity can be found in JiT- English- Tuesday. If you don’t have a printer, draw 6 pictures from the story in the order they happened and write sentences for each picture you draw.

Revision of Read Write Inc Set 2 ‘oo’

Today we will start counting in 2s. Watch Miss Williams’ lesson introduction here:

Why is counting in 2s important? How many things can you find around your home that you can count in 2s? For our first lesson on counting in 2s, you can play ‘Whisper, Shout’ with someone at home and then you can practise skip counting using a number grid to 50. First of all colour in all of the numbers that you say when you count in 2s and then practise reciting them. Can you count forwards in 2s all the way up to 50? Today’s lesson presentation and activity sheet are both saved in JiT in the Maths Folder – Week 1 – Tuesday. There is also an optional challenge sheet to count pairs of socks and write the missing numbers on the pairs.

You may know of London based Irish artist/author Chris Haughton’s work from his wonderful books ‘Oh No George’, ‘Shh, we have a plan’ and ‘A Bit Lost.’ Make your own collage owl like the owl in Haughton’s book after watching the presentation saved on JiT under Foundation Subjects/Art/Spring 2/Week 1.

Miss Rachel goes through this week’s lesson all about Tiddalik the Frog!

Watch the link below to access the lesson itself:

Monday 22nd February

Good morning Year One, we hope you had a great half term holiday and you are ready and raring to go for Spring 2!

Alastair has another cracking assembly for you today continuing the theme of compassion:

An email has been sent out via ParentMail with details of our Zoom links.

Life Skills
What did you give up for Lent? Tell us this afternoon and also let us know your tips for resisting and not giving in to wanting  a chocolate biscuit with your cup of tea!

Active Time
Let’s start the new term with a new dance to the song Old Town Road. Time to put your cowboy hat on!

First watch Mrs Foster reading ‘The Enormous Turnip’.

Then watch Mrs Foster’s clip introducing today’s lesson:

Today we would like you to use the puppets saved in JiT to act out the story. Can you remember the beginning, middle and end of the story? Can you remember the order of the characters who pulled the turnip? Save your pictures and videos into JiT for your teachers to see!

Revision of Read Write Inc Set 2 ‘oo’

Complete The Enormous Turnip pencil control sheets saved in JiT.

In Maths today we will be ordering non-consecutive numbers between 0 and 50 from smallest to greatest and from greatest to smallest. Today’s video, lesson presentation and activity sheet are all saved in JiT in the Maths Folder – Week 1 – Monday. Your child may also find either the number grid or number line to 50 that we used before half-term helpful for today’s work. There is also an additional challenge sheet that you can complete if you want to. The super challenge on it is particularly tricky so good luck!

Mr Schumm’s lesson
Don’t forget to tune into Mr Schumm’s journey through the ages today at 11am!

Today we start our new topic – At the Farm. Mrs Wordsworth goes through the work and the presentation below.

The presentation is saved in JiT – Foundation Subjects/Humanities/Spring 2 called At the Farm looking at the different farms in the UK. Choose either worksheet 1A, B or C (saved in JiT) to draw and label pictures of each farm and/or write short descriptions. There is a word mat attached in JiT to help. Next there is an optional sorting game at the end of the worksheet pdf with cards to cut out relating to dairy, arable and livestock farms.

For more farm facts there is an optional film to watch to find out more about life on a dairy farm.

Have a lovely half term holiday!

Dear Year One Parents and Children,

Firstly we’d like to say a huge well done to the children for achieving so much over this half term, albeit a strange one. The children have put 100% effort into their work and we have been so impressed with their resilience and attitude towards their learning.  We’ve loved the funny videos and our daily Zooms with the children, which always bring a smile to our faces.

Finally, thank you parents for working so hard with your children, for uploading all of the work into JiT and ensuring your children are up and ready for our daily Zoom’s and weekly Guided Reading and Maths Key Skills sessions.  We really couldn’t have done it without you and you’re all Stars of the Term! Thanks again for your continued support.

Have a restful half term holiday and enjoy a break from the computer! We look forward to seeing you on Zoom at 9am on Monday 22nd February.

Mrs Wordsworth and Miss Williams

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