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Year 1 – Aqua and Sky

Welcome to Year 1.

Our Teachers are Mrs Jennings, Mrs O’Sullivan and Miss Howes and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Redgwell and Mrs Horsewood.

  • Poetry Week

    This week in English the children have been learning the poem Wiggle Worm. The children have discussed word meanings, recited the poem, described patterns and used vocabulary gathered to write their own version of the worm poem.

    Over the next two weeks the children will be reading the story of The Naughty Bus by Jan Oke. Next week they will role play the story to support understanding of the text and then sequence the text through a storyboard. The story focuses on the journey of the bus through London and the children will design a map of London including key landmarks. Thank you for all the boxes so far for the children to design and create their own bus. There is still time to bring some in on Monday.

    In maths the children have been exploring division using vocabulary such as ‘sharing’ and ‘equal groups of’. The children have used cups and counters to practically explore sharing and moved on to grouping arrays into equal groups to solve division problems. Next week, our focus will be finding halves and quarters of amounts. Here we are practising finding our numbers to 100 during our maths fluency lesson.

    The children have really enjoyed the R.E. topic this week. They have discussed the qualities of good leaders in society and leaders in the Jewish and Christian faiths. They read the parable of the Good Samaritan and learned that Jesus as a leader used parables to explain how he wanted his followers to treat one another. The children used role play to explore the parable, to try to understand why some people didn’t help and only one man did.

    Next week’s topic is PSHE, focussing on road safety and discussing how to keep ourselves safe in general.

    In phonics we are continuing to recap over the Phase 5 sounds – soft c (making s sound), alternative pronunciations of u, ow and ie. The tricky words were ‘little, one and do’.

    Check back here for our weather forecasts next week!


  • Weather week!

    It has been great to hear how much the children have enjoyed their topic of Mary Anning over the last 2 weeks for English and History.

    This week has been Geography week. The children have been learning about seasons, different types of weather across the UK and how the weather affects us.

    Our multiplication and division topic this week in maths has focused on doubling lengths and amounts. Next week we will be learning to share and divide with concrete objects.

    Phonics this week has involved recapping on e-e, u-e, alternative spellings for i, o and the soft g sound (giant).

  • Crazy, crazy hair and PE update!

    Hi everyone,

    In maths we have been focussing on using arrays to show repeated addition in 2s, 5s and 10s.

    In English the children have really enjoyed learning about the life of Mary Anning an English fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist. They have worked on their comprehension skills and used the past tense to write a fact file about Mary Anning’s life and work.

    Mary Anning’s life and work has also been our focus in History too. The children have had the opportunity to share their knowledge about dinosaurs and fossils. They discussed and explained why Mary Anning is an important historical figure. The children also brought in books about other significant historical figures. Today the children had lots of fun creating their own fossils using clay.

    This week in phonics the children have revisited the phase 5 sounds; ey, i-e, o-e, a-e, u-e and tricky words some, come, were, there.

    They all did really well in their spelling tests this week and we would like to thank you for helping them learn them. Please check book bags for this week’s spelling list.

    PE Update: Our Monday PE lesson has changed to Friday. Next week, both classes will have their outdoor PE lesson on Tuesday. Sky Class have their indoor PE lesson on Wednesday and Aqua have their indoor PE lesson on Friday.

  • Colours and portraits

    Hello everyone!

    This week in English we used adjectives, conjunctions and speech in our writing for a story based on Superworm. This followed on from our writing about worms last week, when beginning our overarching text ‘The Street Beneath My Feet’.

    The sounds we practised in phonics this week were ew, oe and au. The tricky words we focused on were said, so, have and like.

    We hope that you were able to find the spellings book in your child’s book bag this week and practise at home. We will have a test on this set of spellings on Monday. Please ensure the green book is returned on Monday so we can add next week’s of spellings.

    We have begun to use the chromebooks for Nessy in the classroom each week. The children really enjoyed this and were keen to carry on with it at home. Please let us know if you don’t have your child’s log in.

    In maths this week we have continued with our work on setting the foundations for multiplication. This week we focused on repeated addition and understanding the language for multiplication, such as ‘lots of’ or ‘groups of’ and ‘times’. We used arrays to count in 2s and 10s using repeated addition.

    This week has been Art Week! The children have really enjoyed painting in the style of Piet Mondrian, exploring primary and secondary colours and making a self portrait.

    We now have 2 sessions of PE each week for each class. This is on every Tuesday, and the second session will be on either a Monday or a Wednesday. This week Sky Class have their session on Monday and Tuesday, and Aqua have their sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please keep their PE kits in all week.

    Next week will be History Week. We will be exploring the work of Mary Anning and we were wondering if you have any children’s books on fossils, and does anyone happen to have any fossils that they would be happy to let their child bring in to school? Also, if you have any books on significant people in History that you could lend us for the week, we would very grateful.

    Enjoy the weekend! Here are some photos from the week:

  • Worms, tunnels and mud!

    Hello everyone,

    This week has been our Science focused week. We have had whole week of afternoon lessons exploring the body and our 5 senses. We measured and compared basic body parts including hands, feet and necks. We drew around our body and labelled the basic body parts. We explored sound and how sound travels during our sound walk outside. We took part in a tasting, smelling and feeling carousel activity, where we made predictions.

    This linked to our English book for this half term, ‘The Street Beneath my Feet’. Here we explored what it might feel like to be a worm underground. We used our senses to role play being a worm through ‘tunnels’ and recorded using the adjectives to describe this.

    In Maths we have been preparing for our topic on multiplication and division by identifying equal and unequal groups using our knowledge of odd and even numbers and objects to help us.

    Phonics sounds this week involved practising ue, aw, ph, wh.

    Here are some photos!

  • Sing St Albans!

    Here is the Sing St Albans Song! It has been played on the radio!

  • Halves and quarters!

    Hi everyone,

    This week in maths we have been learning to find half and quarter of shapes. The children enjoyed folding shapes practically first, and then moving on to shading 1/2 and 1/4 of shape. Here are some fun online games linked to the learning.

    Here is a 2D shapes song:

    In English, we have continued writing about the story of Beegu. The children have been retelling their version of the story using capital letters, full stops, adjectives, conjunctions and inference.

    Science this week has involved sorting animals into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Here is a video which summarises what we covered.

    In geography this week we learned to recognise human and physical features of an area.

    Thanks again for all of your help this term. We hope you have a good Easter break and look forward to seeing you in the Summer Term.

  • Superhero Fun!

    Hi everyone,

    This week we have been reading the story of Beegu. The children explored what they know about the main character and how they might be feeling. They wrote about settings of the planet where Beegu was from, and have started to use speech for characters. We will continue with the Beegu story next week.

    In Maths the children have been working on their numbers from 1 to 100. We have practised counting forwards and backwards, and in twos, fives and tens. To explore numbers to 100 in more depth we learned about the tens and ones in any given number, and where this number would be on a blank number line or a bead string. This helped the children to be able to order and compare the sizes of these numbers using practical methods.

    In Science, the children learned about the animal kingdom and some of the animal groups. They built on their knowledge of the main characteristics of each group.

    In Faith and Belief we have been sequencing the events of the Easter Story and learning the key vocabulary around it.

    For phonics, we are recapping over our Phase 5 sounds. This week we covered ‘ay’, ‘ou’ and ‘ie’.

    The children enjoyed being superheroes for Comic Relief! Here are some pictures of our week:

  • Welcome back!

    Welcome back, everyone! Thank you very much for all of your kind wishes and gifts. We’d also like to say a big thank you for your support with the online learning.

    All of the children have settled back into school well this week, but I’m sure they’ll appreciate a rest over the weekend!

    This week we have explored statistics in maths. The children enjoyed collecting information from their classmates and recorded this with tally charts and pictograms. They were able to read and interpret their findings, such as by identifying the most, the least and finding the totals.

    In English, we recapped on the features of a sentence. We then built on our knowledge of conjunctions, including when using ‘but’, ‘and’, ‘so’ and ‘because’ in a sentence.

    The children have had lots of fun learning in their recently refurbished outdoor area (artificial grass!) and, when the sun has been shining in the afternoons this week, it has made it even more enjoyable.

    Year 1 loved recording their song with Mrs Dore this week for ‘Sing St Albans’, which will be played on Radio Verulam (dates to follow).

    We hope you have a lovely weekend. Here are some photos from our week.

  • Christmas countdown!

    Hello everyone,

    This week we have been learning to name and explore 2D and 3D shapes. We made shape monsters and nets of cubes and cuboids.

    In English we finished our work on the Jolly Christmas Postman, making inferences from the text based on what we know about the characters.

    We explored how Christians celebrate Christmas. Year 1 loved their Christmas lunch and disco this week!


    We also recorded our Christmas songs. Here is Sky Class’ Christmas performance:


    Thank you very much for all your gifts and wishes for the holidays. We hope you have a lovely break too and look forward to seeing you in the new year. Happy Christmas!