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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.

  • 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.

  • Just Dance!

    The highlight of this week so far is probably the DANCEATHON on Wednesday.  We had so much fun dancing to Just Dance in the hall for half an hour.  Well done to everyone!  Thank you to those of you who have brought in sponsorship money; for those still collecting the deadline in next week.

    Sky class were very disappointed to have to postpone their trip to the museum, due to the torrential wind and rain (!) but are hoping to rearrange it for next week.  Aqua are looking forward to their walk down there tomorrow morning, and sketching the artwork.

    Our maths has been very tricky this week.  We have been regrouping 2-digit numbers and continuing to ‘think 10’.  We are really starting to get the hang of it now.

    Next week is International Week.  We are looking forward to lots of fun activities including try rugby, petanque, baseball and origami.  Year 1 are focusing on is ASIA, so if anyone has anything they would like to share from this continent, please bring it in next week.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Year 1’s Marvellous Medicine!

    Lots of fun was had by all on World Book Day, on Thursday.  We had a very busy day sharing books with Year 4s, designing sweets and a chocolate factory and the highlight was creating and writing recipes for a marvellous medicine/potion.  Everyone’s costumes were fabulous and the day inspired us all to pick up and enjoy a book with others.

    Aside from that we have been following our regular timetable, and in Maths we have been working on a ‘Think 10’ strategy to help with our mental maths.  We will consolidate this learning next week.

    In Literacy we have been looking at the text of ‘The Emperor Penguin’s New Clothes’ and doing some amazing writing.

    We had a really useful talk on Road Safety on Tuesday.  Ask your child what four things they should do when they are crossing the road.  Hopefully they will tell you – STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, THINK!

    We are really looking forward to our little trip to St Albans Museum next week.  Any parent helpers available, please let us know.

    Have a lovely weekend!

  • Anyone for a jam sandwich?

    In Literacy this week we wrote instructions for making a jam sandwich.  We focused on making them very clear and easy to follow, numbering each step and using time words (first, next, then, finally, etc).  We then put our instructions to the test by following them and making and eating our own sandwich.  We all did well and they were delicious!

    This week in Maths, apart from our usual lessons, we had a ‘problem solving’ session from an outside company.  It was great fun.  We had to work as a team in small groups, with 2-D shapes and pictures to copy.  We worked really well together and had to think very hard and listen to each other.

    In Art we created our own Andy Goldsworthy nature pictures and patterns.  It was great to work with stones, shells, twigs, leaves and lentils.

    There are no spellings to learn over half term, so enjoy the break.  Have lots of fun everyone, and hopefully the sun might even shine!  See you on Monday 25th February.

  • Three cheers for Year 1’s Winter Play!

    Thank you to all of you who came to see our Winter play (photos to be added next week), ‘The Snowman at Sunset’.  Didn’t all the children do brilliantly?  Every single one of them remembered their lines and could be heard clearly.  We were very proud of them all.

    In Literacy this week, we have been pretending to be weather reporters.  We have thought about the language reporters use and have written our own weather reports.  You can see these on display outside our classrooms.  Our writing is really improving.

    In Maths we are consolidating our understanding of place value and larger numbers.  Some of us are really enjoying challenges in Maths.

    This week in Science we have carried out an experiment to test materials, to see which one we think would make the best bag for the Jolly Postman.  Next week we will think about our conclusion.

    Well done everyone who is learning their spellings each week.  Keep up the good work!

    We look forward to seeing you all at parent’s evening on Monday and Wednesday next week.

    Have a great weekend!

  • It’s all about the weather!

    A lot of our learning this week has been inspired by the weather and we are hoping for real snow to complete it!

    In Literacy we have done some amazing descriptive writing about a frightening storm.  We are trying so hard and our writing is really improving.

    In Maths we have been learning about place value in two and three digit numbers.

    In Place and Time we have been recording the temperature outside every day and comparing the temperature in different countries.

    In addition to this we have been spending lots of time preparing for our Winter play next week.   We are very excited and can’t wait for you all to see it.  Remember it is on Tuesday at 9.30a.m.  Coffee will be served in the dining room from 9a.m. and a creche is available for younger siblings.  Thank you to you all for bringing in your costumes.  See you there!

  • Amazing animal alliteration!

    This week in Literacy we have had lots of fun creating animal alliteration…  Here are some of them to give you an idea:

    “The tiger tickled Tim’s tummy!”

    “A slimy and slithery snake is singing a slithery song.”

    “Ten terrible tigers tore Tom’s teddy.”

    “The silly snake swam in the sea.”

    In Maths we have been using money and comparing and matching the value of  different coins.  We know that you can only use 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 coins.

    We are practising really hard for our Winter play and enjoying the songs.  Please help your child to learn their line and bring their costume in at the start of this week.  Thank you!

  • Another busy week!

    Another busy week of learning and fun in Year 1!

    In Literacy we have been writing letters and learning how to start and end them.  We wrote a thank you letter for a Christmas present (it’s still not too late to write your thank you letters at home, to see the children put their skills into practise!).

    In Maths we have been comparing, describing and solving practical problems for length (long, short, double, half), weight (heavy, light) and time (quicker, slower).  We have had fun measuring, weighing and seeing how fast different toy cars go.

    We enjoyed sorting materials in Science and discussing what they look and feel like and what they might be used for.

    In our Citizenship and Ethics lesson, we are talking about ‘feelings’.  This week we focused on ‘anger’ and  we came up with a long list of ways to help us calm down when we are feeling angry.  The children had some very mature, thoughtful ideas.  Let’s hope they can use them if ever the moment arises!

    Practise for our Winter Play is well underway, and hopefully you will be hearing some of the songs being sung at home.  Children’s lines and costumes will be sent home during the week.  Hope you have Tuesday 5th February in your diaries.