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Contact us on our class email : paddington@summerswood.herts.sch.uk


After Christmas, in science, we shall be looking at how we have changed.  Therefore, could you send in or upload a photograph to Google Classrooms, of your child as a baby.  Our question is - how have we changed over time?



We are having our class Christmas Party on Thursday 17th December. 

We are asking for £1 donation for food.  Children can wear Christmas jumpers.  

Make sure your child's allergy information is up to date.


Week commencing 7th December, 2020

We started the week with a visit from our cheeky 'elf on the shelf' named Steve.  He has been very mischievous and getting up to all sorts in the classroom. He even has a partner in crime - mouse!


Take a look at what he's been up to.




In maths children wanted to do measuring as they always compare their pencils to see whose is the longest.

They measured and cut lengths of green paper.  Each length was 1cm shorter until they measured a 1cm piece of paper. They used maths vocabulary of 'more than' and 'less than'.  They laid them in order to make a shape. Can you guess what Christmas object they made?



Children have loved listening and using the story 'Traction Man' to write sentences using conjunctions like, and, but and because, while always remembering to add capital letters at the beginning of a sentence and full stops to end the sentence.

How did Traction Man save the Dollies?


Week Beginning 30th November:


We have been discussing what life was like on the island of Trinidad and how different it is to the UK. Pupils used a Trinidad flag as a template and added facts that they have learned from the book 'Coming to England' by Floella Benjamin.  

Ask your parents or carers what life was like for them when they were your age.  What is the same or different? Were they born in the UK or come to this country with their family, just like Floella did.  Find out as much information as you can and you can tell other pupils what you have found out when we return to school on Monday.



We have been using resources and a set of scales to find different totals of less than 10.


Our topic this week has been to look at the different features of farm animals e.g. appearance, their young, the sound they make and where they live.  Pupils have started to make an information booklet to show the facts they have found out.

Dear Parents and carers

Below, you will find documents to help your child with phonics and spellings.  Please use the documents to help your child to practise reading the sounds and spelling the words.

To further help, ask them to write a sentence that includes the word they are learning to spell e.g. the word 'today' is being learned, a sentence might be,  'Today, I went to school'. When learning to recognise the sound s, a, t, p, i, n = the following words can be made - sat, sit, sin, pin, tin, etc.

Children may know some phonic sounds from more than one phase, however, they must eventually know each sound from each phase as gaps in phonic knowledge will affect their reading and writing.

After Christmas, spellings will be issued weekly and pupils will be tested each Friday.

If you need any help with phonic sounds or spelling, contact your child's class teacher on the email above.










Week 11 (23.11. - 27.11)





In English we started working with a book by Floella Benjamin called Coming to England, which is a story of belonging and identity and a lovely depiction of her life in Trinidad as well as her family's journey and settling into the life in England. We explored and wrote about Floella's life in Trinidad and her feelings at different stages of the story. We talked about our own memories from Reception and captured them in a drawing and labels. We will continue working with this text next week. 



In Maths we further explored the language of difference - we used two different-sized towers made out of bricks and said what the difference was between the two towers - 'the difference is 2, the tall tower has 2 more bricks than the short one, the short tower has 2 bricks fewer than the tall one'. 


We looked at doubling and halving numbers up to 20 in a practical way (we used objects and drew spots on two halves of a ladybird).




Science and Topic

We learnt about farm animals - matched the animals to their young (pig/piglet, etc), we guessed different animals by the sounds they make, drew our favourite farm animal and wrote a question about our favourite animal that we would like to find the answer to. EG; Where do cows sleep? What do pigs eat?


In RE we continued looking at festivals of light - this week we learnt about Hanukkah. We decorated paper plate diva lamps.




Week 9 - 9th - 13th November 2020





We continued working with the same book as last week - Mr Big. We looked at how Mr Big's music affected everyone, who listened to it and how the other character's perceptions of Mr Big changed. He wasn't just big and scary any more -they were able to see the real Mr Big, who was friendly, fun and kind.



We practised subtraction in Maths - children enjoyed the maths game 'How many are hiding?', in which they played in pairs: one child hid a number of objects out of 10 (while the other looked away), then the child 2 worked out how many object had been taken away by counting the objects that were left.

We looked at matching different representations of numbers - in part part whole (cherry model), tens frame, bar model, bead string, objects and maths problems.






We continued looking at seasonal changes and the weather in Science.


We talked about Diwali in RE and made and decorated Diwa lamps.




Week 8  2nd - 6th November


This week in English we have been studying the book, 'Mr Big' by Ed Vere.  The pupils described Mr Big as scary, tough, frightening and like a monster because of his size.  However, as we read the story and the characters got to know Mr Big, they realised that he was really very talented, sensitive and friendly. Therefore, we don't judge a book by its cover!

In our writing we have been learning to use the conjuction 'and' to join two phrases e.g. Mr Big is scary and tough.


In maths pupils have been exploring different ways to find the difference between one digit numbers.  They have been learning to record number sentences by using a part part whole method.



In science we have begun to observe the changes in seasons and describe our environment in Autumn.  We have been describing the weather and how it changes from season to season. We shall continue to observe the different seasons during the year.



Have a safe weekend.


Year 1 Team

1P pictures, week 8

Week 7  19th - 23rd October


Our main story this half term was the ‘Gruffalo’ and in particular his favourite food – Gruffalo Crumble.  We collected items from the school grounds like, leaves, sticks, slugs, mud, worms and acorns to make our own crumble.  We also used adjectives to describe the items e.g. wet leaves, prickly sticks and slimy slugs.

To celebrate the end of term and our theme ‘Can you tell me a story, children dressed in their fairy tale costumes and had a party with plenty of dancing.


In maths we have been exploring ways to make 5. One of which is by making a ‘pentamino’. 


In science we have been exploring different types of trees for example, evergreen and deciduous.  We collected lots of leaves (and had some fun making leaf showers too!) to describe how leaves change over time.


Have a great half term, stay safe.


Year 1 Team

Week 6 (12.10. - 16.10.)


Congratulations to our Super Stars this Week - Nevaeh in 1P and Izzy in 1W! smiley


In English we continued working on instructions and using 'bossy words' (put, add, cut) .We collected some ingredients from the playground, such as conkers, acorns, sticks, flowers, stones, etc, and started writing the recipe for a delicious 'Gruffalo Crumble'.  We extended the sentences using a conjunction 'and'.



In Phonics children were introduced to 'ar', 'or' and 'ur' sounds. 


In Maths we focused on regrouping within numbers to 10. We used objects, cubes, counters to make up different numbers up to 10 and wrote number sentences matching our representations. We explored the language of addition -part, part, whole, add, plus, total, altogether, equals.




Children talked about the 'goodies' and 'baddies' in fairy tales and came up with suggestions how to make other people feel good by doing good deeds at school and outside the school (sharing, helping each other, using kind words).


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1P had our road safety remote presentation this week - we learnt how to cross the road safely.

1P pictures - week 6

Summerswood Superstars

5th - 10th October

Walk to School Week.

Children listened to an informative talk and story (via 'Teams') on the importance of the 'Green Cross Code'.  We also conducted a a survey to find out how pupils travel to school - some come by jet and helicopter!


We have been learning the sounds ee, oo and oa.

Pupils had to find words in their library books that contain the sounds. 



Phonics oo, oa, ee






1P, week 5 - great team work while building the 'Three Little Pigs' houses with Miss Haris and Mrs Fernandes!

Week beginning 28th September - 2nd October 


Hello this week we have been continuing with our book Stanley’s stick. We have been building on our learning from the previous week to develop our sentence writing using capital letters, full stops

and finger spaces. The children have made their own books based on the events from the story.




The children have been learning about more and fewer using tens frames and bead strings for support. The children have been working in pairs or small groups to make a given number on a bead string or tens frame and then add 1 more or 1 less. 


The children had  so much fun making wands this week as part of our “will you read me a story” topic based on fairytales. The children used a variety of materials to create their wands and we can’t wait to see what exciting imaginative play ideas they will develop. 


we have been revisiting our phase 2 and 3 sounds. The children have been introduced to the sounds ai, oo, ee. We have been busy practicing our handwriting and would ask the children to continue developing their letter formation at home. This can be done in a variety of ways for example writing in flour, chalk writing or using paint. 

Don’t forget 


bring a water bottle to school everyday 

reading books need to be in school everyday 

bring a coat to school 



Have a lovely weekend 

Year 1 team 

1P - Week 4

Week 3 (21.9. - 25.9.)



As the weather is getting colder now, could you make sure that your child has a jumper and a coat with them every day, please.  We keep the windows and doors open to aid ventilation. 

Can children children their water bottles with them every day, please.


Well done to our two SUPER STARS  -  Calibre in Paddington and   in Winnie! 🙂👍



Phonics/ Spellings

We are continuing to work on phase 3 phonics.  The sounds that children have learnt so far are: j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, ch, sh, th, ng.  We have practised some tricky words as well. The new sounds and tricky words are revised in weekly spellings.  Children should practise spelling at home. On Friday they will be tested on the words that they have learnt. 




Our new book this week is 'Stanley's Stick' by Neal Layton. Click on the link to listen to the story with your child: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfIuIQaOLlY

On Monday we collected some stick in our playground and used our imagination to pretend they were a 'sward, a wand, a broom, a recorder, a lasoo, and so on. We then wrote sentences about our sticks, starting with 'My stick is...' We included and adjective (a describing word) to make our sentences more interesting (big, magic, wonky...)

We made sure that we started our sentences with a capital letter and finished with a full stop. We will continue working with the same text next week. 





In Maths we continued working with numbers up to 10. We counted various objects (fruit, counting bears, stones, cubes, pens, pencils, etc) , we represented the number on a bead string and matched it with a numerals.

We started using 'tens frames' with counters and explored the idea that the same number can be arranged in different ways on a tens frame. 




Both tens frames show the same value - 6, although the counters are arranged in a different pattern. 





In RE we thought about the harvest festival and sang a Harvest Samba - try it at home!





In Science we continued looking at plants - we collected some leaves and used imaginary language to describe them.


We read about and looked at pictures of various castles in Topic. We talked about the features a castle has. Then we drew a castle in our books and labelled some of its parts. 


Thank you for your support.


The Year One Team smiley




Week Beginning 14th September

This week we have continued to look at the book 'Journey' by Aaron Becker. We used adjectives to describe the red boat, the huge balloon, the golden castle and the magic carpet. Pupils used a red crayon to draw what they thought they would see through the 'red door'. We had some fabulous drawings of monster trucks, unicorns and dinosaurs!


In maths this week, we have been looking at patterns and what is the same and what is different.  Pupils were given a number and asked to make patterns of that number using conkers, shells and cubes for example.  How many patterns can we make?


In science, pupils looked at the different types of plants growing in the school grounds and were learning to recognise and label parts of a plant.


As part of our topic of transport, this week, we looked at the types of transport used in the 'journey' story and asked what types of transport we use today compared with transport used in the past.


Don't forget

  • Reading books to be brought in to school on a Monday
  • Spelling will be sent home every week for a spelling test each Friday.
  • P.E. kit to be worn to school every Tuesday.


Have a safe weekend from the year 1 team.

Welcome to 1Paddington

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Welcome Year 1 Winnie the Pooh

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Week 1 (7.9. - 11.9.)


Important information

Could children bring any reading books they may have at home to school, please. 


Well done to our first two SUPER STARS this year -  Mia in Paddington and Luke in Winnie! 🙂👍


It has been fantastic to meet the children in Year 1, who have settled into both classes very well. They have enjoyed seeing all their friends again and we have enjoyed getting to know them!



We have re-visited phase 2 phonics sounds and started looking at phase 3 sounds.



In English we have started working with a beautiful book by Aaron Becker called 'Journey'.  It is a wordless book that explores the adventures of a girl through a journey of her imagination. We have talked about the journeys that we have made, listed various modes of transport, talked about what is happening in the story, how the main character feels throughout the story, we labelled the pictures and acted out the parts of the story.



In Maths we have discussed positional language (left/right, top, bottom row, first, second, third column, etc) and practised counting to 10. We will continue working with numbers up to 10 this half term.


In RE we thought about 'our wonderful world' talked about 'new beginnings' in PSHE and our feelings associated with changes. We said what makes us 'happy, sad, angry, surprised'. We wrote our feelings on the lanterns and hot air balloons, which are now displayed in our classroom!

We experimented with water and ginger bread men in Science and observed how the gingerbread men became soggy in the water until it eventually dissolved. 

We had a lot of fun making ginger bread men out of play dough.


We've had a lovely first week together!


Thank you for your support.


The Year One Team smiley





Welcome to 1 Paddington and 1 Winnie!


We had a lovely couple of days with the children, getting to know one another and familiarising ourselves with the new routines.  Children enjoyed being back at school and spending time with their friends and their new teachers. It was lovely to see their smiley faces again!

We look forward to working with you all.  Please don't forget you can get in touch with us via the class emails.


Important information


Year 1 have their PE class on Tuesday.  They will need to arrive at school in their PE kit, in which they will stay in all day.  (Long tracksuit bottoms, sweatshirt as needed). They will need to wear trainers, as the PE sessions will take place outdoors.


Thank you for your support.

Year One Team smiley



Will you read me a story?


Welcome to the magical world of fairy tales! Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad? How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat? Let’s find out more about our favourite stories, and discover some new ones.

In preparation for when your child returns to school in September, we would love you to help him/her to prepare for their project.  Reading fairy tales can sweep us away into a fantastical world. Why not visit your local library together to read lots of different versions? You could also watch children’s films on this theme and discuss the different types of characters. We’ll look at different character types, and decide whether our favourite characters are ‘goodies’ or ‘baddies’! Alternatively, you could use toys to retell favourite fairy tales.


Have a fantastic, safe summer break and we'll see you in September.


The Year 1 Team

P.S. Remember to draw your favourite nursery rhyme character and bring it to class when you return.

Below is a list of fairy tale book titles.