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Monday 10th February- Friday 14th February


In English we have used the Night Pirates by Peter Haris as an inspiration for writing our own pirate adventure stories with Tom as a main character.

We included time adverbials (one day, next, then, after that, at the end) to sequence our stories and we tried to remember our full stops and capital letters!


In Maths we looked at the concepts and language of comparison (heavier/lighter than, longer, taller/shorter than, nearly as heavy, etc) in various practical activities.


It was lovely to see so many of you during our Open Morning on Thursday.  We hope you enjoyed making Valentine cards with our children.


We had a great time during Feel Good Week- we spent time talking about how we can keep ourselves healthy and safe. We talked about how we can regulate our emotions if we are feeling unhappy by using the 5 point scale.  We had fun making pirate hats and telescopes as part  of the week.

We loved the fact that we wore our clothes inside out to highlight the fact that you may look ok but this may not reflect how you feel inside. We spent time role playing how we can help our friends if they feel say on the inside.



Thank you for returning the homework. The children enjoed the topic and the pirate ships were amazing.


Thank you for your continued support.


Year 1 Team

Monday 3rd February- Friday 7th February


In English we have read the Night Pirates by Peter Haris.


We have practiced our decoding skills, saying the sounds in each word and blending them. We have had great fun breaking up longer words into smaller parts e.g  helpdesk

we read the help part then  the second part and then read them together.

In Topic we wrote about life on a pirate ship and made our own treasure maps.

In number work we looked at odd and even numbers, doubling and having numbers up to 10.




Thank you for returning the homework.

The pirate ships are fantastic!


Have a lovely weekend 

Year 1 Team

Monday 27th January - Friday 31st January 


This week we have used adjectives in our poems about pirates.

We enjoyed reading Cats Sleep Anywhere by Eleanor Farjeon and  Sugarcake Sugarcake by Grace Nichols

In Maths we have explored 2D and

3D shapes. We have had great fun making shape jigsaws and 3D models.


It was great fun making rain gauges and wind socks to help with reporting the weather forecast.


Please remember to return to school the permission slips regarding  nurture time and the pirate workshop.


Thank you for your continued support.


Year 1 Team



Year 1 Pirate Workshop Letter

Monday 20th January- Friday 24th January

In number work we have looked at teen numbers and how they are made= one ten and some

15= one ten and 5 more.

We have started looking at place value tens and ones and how  10 ones can be regrouped into a (stick of ) ten.




In English we enjoyed draeing diagrams of pirates and pirate ships and completed our report writing on

What do pirates wear?

The work will be displayed in a class book.

We found out about the life of a pirate on board a ship and planned a diary entry about it.

In phonics we contiuned our work on split diagraphs and tricky words.


Remember to read with your child every day and complete the spelings.

Have a lovely weekend and thanK you for your continued support.

Year 1




Monday 13th January 2020- Friday 17th January 2020


In English this week - we have looked at  noun phrases and verbs

A  noun is a the name of a person place or thing and a verb is an action word or way of being.

Can you identify the noun phrase and verb in this sentence.

Some pirates have wooden legs.

Pirates wear long, black boots and a shiny belt.


In Maths we have looked at  teen numbers have we make them with dienes, numicon, tens frames and beads strings



In phonics we introduced the split digraphs

a-e, i-e, o-e, u-e, e-e

  make,  time, bone, cube,  evening

Take a look at the short clip about split digraphs



Our science topic is Weather and we looked at how the weather changes over the Seasons.

In our topic work on Pirates we talked about the difference between facts and legends and famous pirates.


Please remember to bring in your  reading book everyday and complete your spelling homework.


Have a lovely weekeed and thank you for your continued support

Year 1





Homework Grid Pirates - Walk the plank

Monday 6th January 2020- Friday 10th January 2020

Happy New Year

Welcome back to a  school and the Spring term.

We have set new intentions for the term to read every night at home, learn our spellings.complete our homework and continue to follow our school rules: Be kind  Be Safe Be involved.


Our new topic this term is Pirates- Walk the Plank.

In English we have been reading information books about pirates, gathering facts and learning how non fiction books are organised: contents page, index, headings, sub headings and a glossary.


In Maths we are looking at  how pairs of numbers are equivalent to each other  6+4=2+8 and number bonds to ten.



Our science topic is Weather and we will be making daily weather observations.


Phonics: we revisited wh, ph,oa,ie, ue and ew




Have a lovely weekend.

Year 1 team


Monday 16th December 2019- Friday 20th December 2019


What an exciting festive week we have had!

We hope that you all enjoyed the fantastic singing our children did during the Christmas production Born in the Barn.  Well done to all of them!


We learnt about the first Christmas and children read and sequenced a story about Jesus’ birth.

We wrote cards to family and friends and decorated them.

In Maths we revised equality and balance – we used real objects (dinosaurs, conkers, buttons, cubes etc) to show that it does not matter what the objects in the two  groups look like or how they are arranged as long as the number is the same – the groups are equal.


We have read a few lovely Christmas stories and continued revising the phase 5 sounds that we have learnt.


Well done to the children on successfully completing the first term in Year 1.  We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

We wish you all a lovely and restful holiday break and a Happy New Year!


 Thank you for your continued support.


Year 1 team

Christmas lunch

Christmas lunch 1
Christmas lunch 2

Our festive classroom

Our festive classroom 1
Our festive classroom 2

Monday 9th December 2019- Friday 13th Decemeber 2019


Monday was baking day. We enjoyed weighing the ingredients, mixing and rolling the dough and fianlly baking the bsicuits. We read and wrote instuctions on how to bake biscuits.

In phonics we revisited phase 5 sounds from the previous week and looked at the alternative spelling for oo- ue and ew.


The new tricky words were looked, asked and called.




In Maths we have been looking at the cherry methid (whole, part, part ) to write different number sentences.

We have started to look at how = means equal to

to understand that 3+4= 2+7


We have been practising our Christmas songs and are looking forward to the Christmas performances next week.

Thank you for returning the homework and your continued support.


Monday 2nd December 2019- Thursday 6th December 2019


We had an exciting start to our week with the Toy Making Workshop on Monday!  We learnt about the history of some toys and the pull and push forces as well as the force of gravity that help operate some of them.  We played with some traditional old toys and got to make our own moving toy!


In English we finished writing about the adventures that our Super Teddies had around the school. They rescued Traction Man from a fire (not a real one!) in the hall and Turbo dog that was trapped under some books in the library.  We used lots of describing words (adjectives), conjunctions (and, because) and interesting punctuation in our writing (full stops, exclamation marks and question marks).


In phonics we are learning more new sounds at Phase 5 - we have covered 'ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir, ue' so far).

We are leaning more 'tricky' words, too (words that do not strictly follow the 'phonics rules', e.g.  'the, some, people, etc).


In Maths we introduced the language of difference and comparison (greater/smaller number, more than/fewer than, and the difference between the numbers - e.g. 'the difference between 8 and 5 cubes is 3').  We then applied our knowledge of difference in context by measuring objects of different lengths.  We used paper clips, multi link cubes, lolly sticks and other objects to measure them. 


We learnt about Advent in RE and in assembly.


Please remember that homework is due next Friday  13.12.


Thank you for your continued support.

Have a lovely weekend

Year 1

Monday 25th November 2019- Friday 29th November 2019

In Maths we enjoyed playing a game ‘How many are hiding?’ to practise subtraction. (We had 10 objects on the table. One person rolled a die and took away the same number of objects as the number showing on the die, while our partner was looking away. They then had to work out how many objects were taken by counting how many were left.) We also explored number sentences and said whether their total was greater or smaller than certain numbers.


In Science we named various materials and described their properties (bendy, stiff, shiny, hard, soft, waterproof, stretchy etc.)


We made  dreidels in our RE lesson.



Please note that children have Game On outdoors on Fridays. As it is cold outside, please make sure that children have long jogging bottoms.  If girls wear tights with their school uniform, they should bring socks for PE to wear in their trainers/plimsolls. Thank you.


We are looking forward to the Toy Making workshop on Monday!


Thank you for your continued support.

Have a lovely weekend

Year 1


Our busy teddies

Monday 18th November 2019- Friday 22nd November 2019


This week, we had a special visitor  to help us with our writing.

His name is Traction Man. Traction Man  has helped us to recognise adjectives and conjunctions.

He is helping us to write neatly on the line and form letters correctly we can't wait for our next adventure with him. To find out more about Traction Man please use the link below.



We are very excited at having started phase 5 phonics. We are now learning new tricky words. We have discovered that the ay and ai are the same sound but have a different spelling

ou is the same sound as ow

ie is the same sound as igh.

We are using this new knowledge to blend when reading words and segment when writing



During Road Safety Week, we role played how to cross the road and how to do it safely.

We drew some amazing posters about how to keep safe.


In Maths we have been loookig at how to show number sentences in different ways:

cherry method, bar model,  drawing counters, using beads and numbers lines. More information to follow.

In our Topic work we spoke about the differences between old and new toys.


We are looking forward to the Toy Making workshop in a couple of weeks. Please send in your permission slips for the workshop and baking day if you haven't already done so.


Thank you for your continued support.

Have a lovely weekend

Year 1


Monday 11th  November 2019- Friday 15th November 2019


We have had another busy week in Year 1.

On Monday we had a fantastic time at our dinosaur workshop. We discovered how dinosaurs hunted and defended themselves. We had great fun looking at the models, acting as dinosaurs and learning how they became extinct.


We also took part in a 2 minutes silence to remember the soldiers who died in The Great War of 1914 and to think about all the people who help us.


In English we read and wrote instructions about how to make a moving bear.  We then made the bear using paper fasteners.


In Maths we have been demonstrating our subtraction skills. We used beads and counters to help us with our work.


This week has been Anti- Bullying week and we have spent time revisit our school rules: 

Be Kind, Be safe, Be involved.

We spoke about how to be a good friend  and loved wearing our odd socks.

We thought about all the adults we could to talk if we needed help.


Thank you to everyone who has returned the baking and toy workshop permission slips.

We are looking forward to these events in the next couple of weeks.


Please return the homework on Friday 13th December.


Have a good weekend and thank you for your continued support- The year 1 team



Monday 4th November -  Thursday 7th November 2019


We enjoyed the ‘No pen day’ on Monday – we made number sentences with conkers and sticks and went on a senses walk on the school grounds and recorded what we saw, heard, smelt and felt.


In English we had Mrs Parsons tell us about her dolls – Susie, Anoushka and Rosie.  We asked her lots of questions about them and then wrote a recount about it. We wrote about what materials the dolls were made from and why they were special to Mrs Parsons.


In Maths we have been using our beads to practise adding by counting on.  We really enjoyed a Maths board game in which we added 1 or 2 to a number and raced our partners to the finish! 

In phonics we have been looking at more phase 4 consonant blends and phase 4 tricky words.

 We also looked at how Hindu's celebrate their festival of light (Diwali).  We learnt the story of Rama and Sita, and how Rama defeated evil. 


We have had a lovely time looking through the homework this week – a big thank you to the children who have continued to work so hard not only in school, but also at home. Keep up the good work! The new homework grid will go home on Monday.   


Thank you to everyone for coming to the parent consultations.  We hope you found them informative and useful.  It was lovely to discuss how well your child is doing. 


We will have our dinosaurs workshop on Monday – this will be a very valuable and exciting experience for our children.  Please bring the workshop reply slips to us on Monday morning if you have not done so already.




Year 1 Team


Monday 21st October-  Friday 25th October 2019


This week, we have continued with Harry and the Bucketful of dinosaurs. We have planned a postcard using a story map and have based our written work on  the map. Throughout the week we have been trying to remeber to say the sentence outloud, count the words, listen to each sound in the word and then write it down. We have also practised reading our postcards clearly and confidently.


In Maths we have been using our  beads, numicon, counters and cubes to make differnt totals. We have used the cherry method  and a tens frame to record our answers.


In phonics we have been looking at consonant blends - cr, bl, pl, fr, br and phase 4 tricky words.

we have been reading longer words and leanring how to break them up into syllables so they are easier to read.


We have had a lovely time looking through the homework this week – a big thank you to the children who have continued to work so hard not only in school, but also at home. Keep up the good work!


Have a lovely holiday and thank you for your continued support.


Year 1 Team



Monday 14th October - Friday 18th October 2019


This week  in English we looked at verbs and wrote sentences about what is happening in the pictures (Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs). We talked about what a sentence needs (a character/thing we are talking about, a verb - a doing or feeling word).  When we wrote our sentences, we check that they had:

a capital letter, finger spaces, a full stop (question mark, exclamation mark) and then we read them again to make sure they made sense. We also made our sentences longer by joining two shorter sentences with conjunctions 'and, but, because'.



In Maths we looked at regrouping numbers (up to 10) and we used counters, objects and cubes to make two or three groups of numbers and we started to record the numbers in number sentences (3 + 5 = 8)



In Science we looked at what dinosaurs ate when they were alive and we learned that some were herbivores, some were carnivores and some were omnivores. 


Thank you for handing in homework folders. We have been especially impressed by some amazing models we have received!

Have a lovely weekend and thank you for your continued support.

Year 1 Team

Monday 7th October - Friday 11th October 2019


This week  in English we have been reading Harry and the Bucketful of dinousaurs.

We made predictions about the story and have summarised the end of the story by writing in simple sentences.

We have looked at what an adjective is (describing words)  and what plurals are.

Can you find the adjectives in the sentence below.

The dinsoaurs have hard, scaly skin and dark beady eyes.


In Maths we have practiced ordering numbers up to 10 and finding one more and 1 less.

Have a go at the games below to consolidate your learning.




In Science we have been labelling parts of the body and the meaning of the words omnivore, herbivore and carnivore- linking to our topic work on dinosaurs.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you for your continued support

Year 1 Team




Monday 30th September - Friday 4th October 2019


This week in English we have been writing the story of We are going on a Dinosaur Hunt. We changed the middle of the story and made our own version of it on our own! We then looked at it together and thought abut

how to improve it. We used ‘the purple pen of power’

to edit our work.


In phonics we have visited the phonemes igh and ear and we practised reading

writing more tricky words – there, were, was, be, we.


Have lots of fun games to play to help with reading and writing.


In Maths we have been practising representing ‘one more’ and ‘one fewer’ pictorially, in a tens frame, using a ‘part, part, whole’ model (or a ‘cherry model’) and a bar model. We even had a go at writing number sentences with numbers up to 10.






Monday  23rd September - Friday 26th September 2019


This week in English we have been retelling the story of We are going on a Dinosaur Hunt.

To help us do this: we have been thinking of sentences, counting the number of words in each sentence and then writing each word down. We say the word, hear the sound, find it on the phonme mat and write it.

We have been looking at how to use capital letters and full stops.


In phonics we have visited the phonemes ai, oa, er, ng, oo, ow and ee.

We have been learning how to write tricky words

me, he, she, the, like, have.

Do you know why the words are tricky?


Has lots of fun games to play to help with reading and writing.


In Maths we have been practising counting out different groups of objects and matching the correct number. We have also looked at  more and fewer.

The following games will help to improve our counting skills.




Thank you for your continued support.

Have a lovely weekend.

Year 1


Monday 16th – Friday 20th September


We’ve had another lovely week in Year 1.


In Maths we worked with numbers up to 10 and represented them in different ways (objects and pictures). We learned that the quantity/number in a set does not change even if it is grouped differently.  We explored patterns in numbers through subitising (being able to say how many there are in a set without counting).

We practised this through using dice and dominoes.


In English we have looked at a story ‘We’re going on a dinosaur hunt’ (inspired by Michael Rosen’s 'We’re going on a bear hunt’ story).  We acted out parts of the story, looked for dinosaurs hidden in our playground, drew a story map and started writing the beginning of the story.


In RE we talked about how some people believe the world was created and children drew pictures of the creation story common to the Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions.

In Science we talked about living and non-living things.



Have a lovely weekend.

Year 1 Team

Monday 9th Friday -13th September 2019


The children have had another busy week.

In Maths we have been using positional language such as on, next, above, below, underneath and ordinal language 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th to line up during the day and to tidy up our classroom.

In English we have been writing labels sounding out words and using phoneme charts. We have written simple sentences about dinosaurs such as The dinosaur is big. His neck is long.

We have enjoyed playing games outside such as duck duck goose and what's the time Mr. Wolf?


Please remember to label clothes for PE.

PE is on Mondays and Fridays.

Thank you for attending the Meet the Teacher Meetings. It was great to see you all.

Please find attached the Meet the Teacher powerpoint, the topic web, homework grid and spellings.


Our school theme this year is Dare to Dream, please talk to your child about what they would like to do when they grow up. Share your aspirations and your dreams too!

Have a lovely weekend.

Year 1  Team



Tuesday 3rd- Friday 6th September 2019


Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely summer and are ready for another great year at Summerswood!


This week we have joined in with a variety of ‘Getting to know you’ activities including circle time games and sharing snack together.

We have had fun writing our names and a sentence about our favourite things. We enjoyed talking about our holidays too!

On Thursday we had great fun outside with Mrs Ebanks and Mrs Quick completeing a Maths Trail. Using natural objects we had to make the inital of name and count the number of stones/twigs used.

We enjoyed running around the playground finding objects that were taller or smaller than us.

We have also been busy at the making table- listening and shraing equioment beautifully and have been producing amazing pictures based on the work of Corine Perier.


Year 1 will be having their Game On  lesson on Fridays and  PE lesson on Mondays so please ensure PE kits are in school and that they are labelled clearly with your child's name.


 Have a lovely weekend and we  look forward to seeing you on Thursday 12th  September for our Meet the Teacher meeting.