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Year 1 – Aqua and Sky

Welcome to Year 1.

Our Teachers are Mr Wanless, Mrs Carter and Mrs Garcia and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Redgwell, Mrs Bickle, Mrs Da Palma and Mrs Kumarasinghe.

  • What’s the Time Mr Wolf?

    This week in Maths we have been learning to tell the time.  We know o’clock and half past.  It is tricky to remember which hand points to the hour and which hand points to the minutes, but we are trying very hard to remember!

    In Literacy we have been using powerful adjectives to describe the characters in the story ‘Dear Dinosaur’ which is getting us in the mood for our trip next week.

    In Art we enjoyed sharing our toys and doing observational drawings of them.  We also thought about what they are made from.

    Sharing our favourite toys

    In PE we are practising for sports day.  We love the egg and spoon race and cheering on our team!

    In French we have learnt the French words for different clothes.  Ask us what they are and see if we can remember.

    We are really looking forward to our trip to Paradise Wildlife Park next Wednesday.  Please remember to bring a packed lunch and appropriate coats (depending in the unpredictable summer weather!).  Thank you.



  • Our final half term of Year 1!

    Hope you all had a lovely half term break.  The children seem refreshed and ready for their final half term of Year 1!

    In Literacy this week we have been looking at non-fiction books.  We have used the contents page and subheadings to help us to find information.

    In Maths we have been counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s up to one hundred and beyond.  We are starting to understand place value in bigger numbers.


    We had lots of fun in Music using the chime bars and bells and following rhythms and singing songs.   We also loved using the parachute as a prop for our songs about the sea and sea life.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Jazzing up junk!

    With the ‘Sustainable St Albans’ week in mind, our whole school ‘jazzed up junk’ in the last week of term (along with all our other usual lessons, of course!).  We wanted to make something that would be useful from things we would find in our recycling bin.  Year 1 made pencil pots, jewellery boxes, musical instruments, binoculars, games, money boxes and much more.

    Here are a few of our valiant efforts!

    Hope you are all having a wonderful half term.  See you next Tuesday.

  • Dinosaur hunt!

    We’re going on a dinosaur hunt

    We’re going to catch and enormous one

    What a sunny day

    We’re not terrified!

    Oh oh!  Hot volcanic lava

    Burning hot red lava

    Ouch goo ouch goo!

    This is the sort of adventure that Year 1 have been going on this week.  Everyone has worked so hard to write their own version of the story and create amazing paintings to complement their work.  Look out, they will be on display soon.  We hope that Aqua class parents enjoyed hearing about it in their sharing assembly this morning.

    Have a lovely weekend!

  • We went in a dinosaur hunt!

    This week began by exploring in the playground. We were looking for a dinosaur and came across all sorts of exciting settings – an icy cave, a hot volcano, a rocky beach, a tropical forest and a slimy nest. We thought of so many adjectives to describe all these places and are using them in our writing. Next week we are going to write our own versions of ‘We’re Going in a Dinosaur Hunt’ using Michael Rosen’s well-known  repetitive language to help us.

    In Maths we have been sharing numbers and are realising that odd numbers cannot be shared equally, and leave a remainder.

    In PE we had lots of fun practising our throwing, and we will continue this next week too.

    It has been a fun week! Have a lovely weekend.

  • We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one!

    Year 1 have had a busy first full week back at school.

    In Literacy we have GOING ON A BEAR HUNT all week.  We have loved using this familiar text to inspire our writing and practise using conjunctions and adjectives.

    In Maths we have been exploring the link between repeated addition and multiplication and are starting to understand that 2+2+2+2 is the same as 4×2.

    In Place and Time we have found out about different types of housing and written about what type of housing we live in ourselves.

    In Science we tested our hypothesis of how quickly an ice cube will melt in our hand.  We used a timer and it was very cold and wet!

    Thank you to the Sky parents who managed to come to the sharing assembly on Friday.  We hope you enjoyed seeing what we have been up to.

    Enjoy the bank Holiday weekend.

  • Welcome back!

    We hope you all had a lovely break over the Easter holidays and enjoyed the glorious weather at the end.

    The children all seemed pleased to be back at school and have enjoyed seeing their friends and getting back to their learning.   We thought that using ‘chocolate’ as the inspiration for Literacy this week would be appropriate.  We have thought of adjectives to describe it, written questions to find out more about it, and designed our own delicious chocolate.  The highlight though was listening to a poem called ‘Chocolate’ by Michael Rosen whilst holding a chocolate button in our hot hands and then licking it off!  Yum!  We have also written our own fabulous poems, some of which Sky class parents can hear at their sharing assembly on Friday.

    In Maths we have been measuring and weighing, using rulers and weighing scales.  This has involved lots of practical activities and working with partners, which has been fun.

    It’s Sky Class sharing assembly on Friday 3rd May, so hope you can join us to find out more of what we have been doing.

    Have a good  weekend!

  • Happy Easter holidays!

    We have packed in our learning in the last week of this half term and are all tired and ready for a break, but have had lots of fun along the way!


    In Maths we have been looking at the difference between two numbers, and using vocabulary such as ‘less than’ and ‘more than’.  It has been fun using different objects and comparing two groups.  We also know how to use subtraction to work out the difference between two numbers.


    In Literacy we have continued with our text ‘The Last Noo Noo’ which has been a great source of inspiration for our writing and ideas.  We have retold the story, considered different character’s viewpoints and thought about changing the ending to the story.  Some children will be sorry to move on from this text as they have enjoyed it so much.


    In Science we have tested a hypothesis about how strong a raw egg might be and were very surprised with the conclusion – very strong indeed!!  The egg eventually broke under a massive pile of books!


    We have loved our term’s work on colour in Art, and enjoyed creating our own class interpretation Concentric Circles by Kandinsky.


    The Year 1 team wish you all a lovely break.  Hope the sun shines and we don’t all eat too much chocolate!  See you on Wednesday 24th April at the usual time.

  • International Week

    What a wonderful week the whole school had last week, celebrating different cultures with a focus on sport around the world.  Year 1 were learning about the Continent of Asia and sang Chinese songs in music, made an origami fish with some Year 4 and 5 children,  created Rangoli patterns, made flags for our ending ceremony and designed a funky junky boat to float on the River Yangtze.

    We managed to fit in some Literacy too based around a lovely story called ‘Elephant Dance – A Journey to India’, which inspired some fantastic writing.

    It was  great to meet the British Para-athlete, James Arnott, and to hear about his determination to succeed and how hard he has to train.   We had lots of questions to ask him.

    We also had some fabulous workshops on baseball, try rugby and petanque,  all of which were great fun and run by lovely parents of children at school.   Thank you so much to everyone who was involved in making this week happen.



  • Colours of the Rainbow

    A lovely time was spent at St Albans Museum drawing the wonderful installation by Liz West. Year 1 behaved beautifully, all sat around admiring the colours and reflections of light on the art work. Sky class were especially pleased to go, after their visit was postponed last week due to torrential rain. It was worth the wait and both classes really enjoyed their visit.

    We are so lucky to have this amazing museum 5 minutes walk from school. Thank you to all the parent helpers who joined us.