Year 1

Welcome to Class 1 McNaughton. The class teacher is Mrs Foster and the teaching assistant is Miss Karen. Please check on the website every Friday for weekly updates but also for the weekly homework. Enjoy!

Class Updates

Friday 14th February

Dear parents and carers,

We’ve made it to the holidays and what a great half term it has been! With much excitement our class assembly script all about toys has been sent home this week, please practise over the half term holiday in preparation for rehearsals after half term.

In English this week we wrote lost toy stories based on Dogger. I was particularly impressed with the use of story language and the sheer amount lots of the children wrote. We have some very good story tellers on our hands! Next half term we will be reading The Enormous Turnip.

In Maths we have been working on place value and partitioning numbers to 50, for example 45 has 4 tens and 5 ones. We have also revised the spelling of numbers to 20 and some of us have also been spelling numbers to 50! As of next half term children from both Year 1 classes will be grouped for maths lessons. This whole school approach is used throughout Year 2 and KS2 maths lessons. It is beneficial as independent learners are taught by one teacher whilst less independent learners are taught by the other teacher and benefit from the support of both teaching assistants.

In Science we carried on with our topic of materials but this time the children had to investigate and question why certain objects are made with certain materials. We decided it would be very silly to have footballs made out of cardboard or tables made from cotton wool! The children then got to make their very own umbrellas (albeit for a small teddy). They had to think about what materials help make umbrellas waterproof and what shape the materials needed to be.

I hope you all have a restful half term and look forward to seeing you the week after next. Next half term we will be comparing the countryside to the city, so if you happen to find yourselves in the countryside please email photos over to me at

Mrs Foster


Friday 7th Febuary

Dear parents and carers,

The homework for this week is available here.

In English this week we have read Dogger by Shirley Hughes. We used pictures from the book to help us retell the story in small groups. We also answered comprehension questions about the story. Next week we will be writing a story about a lost toy.

In Maths we have been learning to use inverse calculations involving addition and subtraction, for example 5 + 2 = 7 so 7-2=5. We have also been learning to use these number facts to help find missing numbers such as 5 + ? = 7. To finish the unit we completed an addition and subtraction assessment which we all did very well in! Next week we will be learning to find the place value of numbers to 50.

In Humanities, we have been looking at the materials used to make toys over the years. We have identified the materials used to make old toys and new toys which has linked in really well with our science lessons on materials. We also thought about the vocabulary associated with different types of toys.

In Art we have been looking at the style of the Artist Eric Carle. We have been creating our very own ‘landscapes’ and ensuring we have a background and a foreground. We have worked really hard to keep in the style of ‘The very hungry caterpillar’. We are finishing the final piece today so be sure to pop in and have a look.

Year One children thoroughly enjoyed participating in Coding Day this week. For our unplugged activity we were set the challenge of making our own instructions (also known as algorithms to those in the know), for the popular rhyme head, shoulders, knees and toes. For our laptop based activity we logged into ‘Busy Things’ and programmed Mr Beard to move around and dancefloor and have a dance!

Next Thursday it is DT Day and this terms challenge is to explore and investigate the engineering of bridges. The children are not required to bring any materials in for this activity.

Thanks and have a great weekend,

Mrs Foster

Friday 31st January

Dear parents and carers,
Many thanks for the punctual start to mornings this week, it really helps to get all of the children ready for the school day and we appreciate your continued support. Also thanks for sending P.E. kits in on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

In English this week we have been learning to add the suffix –er to root words to change their meaning, for example ‘Old becomes older and soft becomes softer’. Then we worked in partners to use these words in sentences to describe different toys, carefully checking the sentences make sense, using capital letters and full stops in the correct places. This stood us in good stead when writing non-fiction pages about toys. Next week we will start our new unit of work based on the classic ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes.

In Maths we have been learning to subtract one-digit numbers from numbers to 20 for example 17 – 6 = . First of all we used practical apparatus to record subtraction sentences and then went onto use number lines. Next week, we will be using our addition and subtraction knowledge to find missing numbers, such as 12 – ? = 10.

In Humanities we have been learning about toys from different eras. We were fascinated to find out that Mr Potato Head was invented in the 1950’s. We then discovered that Sindy was all the rage in the 1960’s, followed by Star Wars figures in the 1970’s. Next we were transported to the 1980’s when Nintendo and My Little Pony were major hits, finally followed by Trolls and Pogs in the 1990’s! A whistle stopped tour, I’m sure you’ll agree! Next week we will be learning to use vocabulary associated with old and new toys.

On Thursday it is Movie Night, please collect your child from the classroom for pick up.

Thanks and have a great weekend,

Mrs Foster

Friday 24th January

Happy Friday !
Dear parents and carers,

• We have had a number of cases of missing and lost PE kits. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school on a Tuesday and a Thursday and that all parts have names clearly written on them.
• A number of children have been arriving late in the morning. If you happen to be late and see the blind is down please take your child to the school office to be marked in by Miss Annora.

In English this week we have started our new unit based on information texts about toys. We read a non-fiction booklet about different toys including teddies, construction toys and dolls and answered reading comprehension questions about the text, making sure we pointed to where the information could be found for each question. We were also learning to add the suffixes –er to words to make new words for example ‘new’ becomes ‘newer’. Next week, we will be writing our own non-fiction pages about toys.

In Maths this week we have been learning to make and learn the number bonds to 20. We have used numicon, part whole models and the trusty tens frame to help us have a deeper understanding. We have been recording the number sentences in our book and we are now moving on to inverse. For example; 2+18=20, 20=18+2 ,20-2=18, 20-18=2.

In R.E., we have continued with our topic of creation and worked in partners to write questions we might like to ask God about the creation. The children came up with some great ideas including ‘Why did you make animals?’ and ‘How did you make the trees?’.

In Humanities, we have been learning about Toys and how they have changed over time. Much to the children’s delight, myself and Miss Karen showed them some of our own toys. Some found the sight of my much loved Troll from the early 1990’s a bit scary but after I explained they were all the rage when I was young, opinions slightly changed.

In Computing we have been focusing on ‘E-safety’ and we found out about a penguin called Smartie who was finding himself in some tricky situations online. The children answered associated questions throughout the story to help Smartie make the best decisions whilst on the internet. We enjoyed learning a simple safety message in the form of a song, which will be repeated on several occasions while we use the computers. It goes a bit like this :

Before you tap and click, you have to stop and think click and tell someone.

If you want to help your child feel safer online feel free to use this link below.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs Foster

Friday 17th January

Happy Friday everyone! Week two of 2020 and what a rainy one it has been. We’ve had a great week and the children are excited to relax this weekend!

To start our week, we were lucky enough to visit the toy museum at Fulham Palace. It was such a great start to the week and the children really enjoyed comparing all of the toys throughout the ages, making their own and a visit to the park!

In English, we have been working on the features of the text ‘We all went on safari’. We have unpicked the text and from this innovated it and created our very own story. Our challenge was to make sure we remembered to use capital letters for those nouns!

In our Maths lessons, we have continued counting on from different numbers and have used tens frames and part whole models to show different ways of making a number. Towards the end of the week we moved on to problem solving to help deepen our learning.

During our RE lesson, we have been learning about Gods wonderful world. We discussed the positives and negatives of human behaviour and from this discussed how WE can make a difference in looking after this beautiful world we live in.

In Art, we have been looking at landscapes! We learnt how to start with a background and then slowly build up to what is straight in front of us. We decided it would be a great idea to link in with our English theme of Safari and create a very own Tanzanian Safari landscape. We created a merge of colours for the Tanzanian sky, charcoal for the trees and birds then we carefully cut out a silhouette of an animal of our choice. We thought carefully about where we would place these and all of us were happy with our final outcome.

In Spanish, we have been learning the days of the week and putting them in the correct order.

We finished off the week with Music, Gymnastics and a visit to the life bus where we learnt about how to look after our bodies!

Please find homework on Donaldsons page

Thanks for a great week and to all of our helpers on the trip!


Mrs Foster

Friday 10th January

Happy Friday everyone! Week one of 2020 is complete!

In English, we eased ourselves back in by working on a variety of SpaG lessons, comprehensions and handwriting. We started a new story called ‘We all went on Safari’ a counting journey through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs.

We also reminded ourselves how much we have learnt this year so far. Some of us were really shocked how much we have grown and it was lovely to see the children so proud of their journey in Year One so far!

In our Maths lessons, we have been counting on from 10. We used a tens frame doing this, we then moved on to problem solving which was tricky but we used our positive mind-set and teamwork.

During our RE lesson, we looked at the Creation Story. We learnt that Christians believe that God created the world in seven days, on the seventh day he rested.

In Art, we learnt about a famous artist called Vincent Van Gogh. We looked at his style of Art and a popular piece called ‘Starry Night’. We decided it would be great to have a go at our own versions. It took us such a long time which made us think deeply into how much time and effort Van Gogh put into his work.

In Humanities, we have started to look at toys from the past and present and decided we loved the toys made during 1990-2020.

We finished off the week with Music, Gymnastics and a visit to the library!

Homework Week 1

Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Foster

Friday 20th December

Dear parents and carers,
Merry Christmas everyone! We have made it and what a great Autumn Term we have had.  The time has flown by and I’m pleased to say that the children are well and truly settled into life in Year 1 and I am really looking forward to lots of exciting topics in the New Year.

Thank you so very much for the voucher and gifts, it was very kind of you all.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and wish you all the best for 2020.There is no homework for over the Christmas holidays which I’m sure will be a welcomed relief for many! Please do keep reading individual books and go on live Mathletics if you wish.  See you on Tuesday 7th January.

Mrs Foster

Friday 13th December

Dear parents and carers,

The homework for this week is available here. This is the last homework of 2019 as it will not be set over the Christmas holiday which I’m sure the children (and parents) will be delighted about! Reading books will continue to be changed next week on Monday and Thursday as usual.

It’s been a very busy week in Year One! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on stage dressed as wonderful stars for the KS1 Nativity. The children were amazing and I was blown away by their incredible singing and wonderful dancing with excellent wiggling!

In English we have been learning to add the -un prefix to words to change the meaning, for example happy becomes unhappy. In Maths we have been learning to represent numbers to 20 in different ways including drawing pictures, recording on a tens or twenties frame or on a part whole model. Some of us even went onto partition numbers into tens and ones.

In RE we have been identifying who King Herod was and comparing his characteristics with The Grinch. This lead nicely into our DT Day nativity scene boxes which we started a little earlier than other classes. First we planned our design with the materials available in mind. Then we decorated the background and floor, followed by creating the stable! We loved every minute of it!

Next week the festivities continue with the KS1 Christmas Party on Tuesday afternoon and the Christmas Church Service on Friday.

Thanks and have a great weekend,

Mrs Foster

Friday 6th December

Dear parents and carers,

The homework for this week is available here.  Please note, the sentence writing part of the homework is optional this week as DT homework has been set.  Please design your nativity scenes in preparation for DT Day next week (which is available here and can be found in book bags).  Year One will be starting DT Day on Tuesday 10th December so please send shoe boxes and materials in by Tuesday morning.

The Nativity is on Wednesday 11th December so please keep practising the songs over the weekend!   Many thanks to those who have sent costumes in already, please keep sending them in.  Our class need white tops, white leggings (with white tights underneath if preferred) and gold tinsel.

In English this week, we have been using the –s and –es suffixes for plurals and the –un prefix to change the meaning of words, for example kind becomes unkind.  Next week we will be writing ‘Beware of the Big Bad Wolf!’ posters.

In Maths this week, we have been learning to name and identify 3D shapes including spheres, cubes, cuboids, cylinders, square based pyramids.  We went onto identify the 2D  shapes found on 3D shapes, for example 1 square and 4 triangles can be found on a square-based pyramid.  We also sorted shapes according to their properties.  Next week we will be revising Place Value which will involve making and representing numbers to 20 and beyond.

In Humanities we have been learning about how cars have changed over time.  We looked at a photo of the first car and were surprised to notice that it had no roof and had three wheels instead of four!  We then found out about how cars used to be made by hand until Henry Ford developed factories to mass produce cars on a grand scale, making them cheaper to make and buy.  Next week, we will be learning about space travel!

Thanks and have a great weekend,
Mrs Foster

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Homework 24th January 2020

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