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WB: 08/07/24

Over the last few weeks, Year 1 have enjoyed exploring rhyming poems and thinking of our own ideas to reimagine the poem Mr Magnolia, which all came out brilliant! They then explored our local seaside Southend during their Geography lessons and have learnt about human and physical geographical features, such as one of the world’s longest piers and the beach, which they found fascinating when comparing it to their hometown of South Ockendon. Finally, the children were able to create their own smoothie during their Design & Technology classes, tasting different kinds of fruits, planning what they wanted to put in their smoothie, learning how to safely prepare the fruits and finally, tasting their delicious concoctions! They really were yummy!! 


WB: 17/06/24



Over the past two weeks, the classroom has been a energetic hub of activity as the children explored the colourful world of fruits and vegetables in their Design Technology (DT) and Science lessons. With a sense of wonder, they examined a variety of produce, from plump tomatoes and crisp carrots to juicy oranges and leafy spinach. 

Through the use of their investigation skiils, they learned that fruits are typically have seed, while vegetables consist of other plant parts, such as roots, stems, and leaves. Hands-on activities allowed the children to observe seeds in fruits like apples and cucumbers and noting their absence in vegetables like potatoes and lettuce. 

What amazing investigators they make! 


WB: 22/04/24


Since returning after a restful Easter break children in year 1 have immersed themselves in our new fantasy story 'The way back home.' Children have crafted their own versions of "The Way Back Home" embarking on an incredible journey filled with breathtaking landscapes, daring adventures, and captivating encounters with out of this world creatures. Children have focused greatly on full stops to mark a moment of suspense and the end of a sentence. Children have used capital letters at the start of their sentences and to identify proper nouns in their story. With vivid descriptions and intriguing adjectives, their stories transport readers to enchanting worlds where anything is possible.

WB: 25/03/24



The children in Year 1 have truly excelled in their learning during the Spring 2 term, demonstrating remarkable engagement, creativity, and enthusiasm across various subjects. Specifically, their exploration of weaving in art, toys from the past in history, and the concept of jobs in PSHE has been particularly impressive. 

Firstly, their exploration of weaving has showcased their ability and artistic flair. Through hands-on activities, they have learned about the complex process of weaving, from selecting materials to creating patterns. Their attention to detail and determination in mastering new techniques have been amazing, resulting in a vibrant array of woven creations that reflect their own imagination. 

Furthermore, their study of toys from the past has provided valuable insights into history of not only their parents but children from the past. By examining toys from different eras and discussing how play has evolved over time, they have developed a deeper appreciation for the ways in which toys have changed. Their curiosity and thoughtful questions have enriched class discussions, fostering a greater understanding of the connection between the past and the present. Did know playground games such as hopscotch date all the way back to the romans! 

In addition, their exploration of jobs in PSHE has encouraged self-reflection and career awareness. Through engaging activities and discussions, they have explored a wide range of professions, discussing the responsibilities and skills that are needed. Their curiosity about the world of work and aspirations for the future have been inspiring, demonstrating their readiness to explore and pursue a variety of different career paths. 


What a fantastic term we have had!  

WB: 05/02/24


Over the past two weeks, the classroom has been buzzing with excitement and curiosity as the children delved into the world of science. With eager eyes and nimble fingers, they eagerly explored various materials, embarking on a journey of discovery to uncover their unique properties. From smooth stones to bouncy balls, from feathers to metal springs, each item presented a new puzzle waiting to be solved. 

Under the guidance of Alfalfa, the children engaged in hands-on experiments, testing the materials' absorbency and buoyancy. Through these experiments, the children not only learned about the physical properties of different substances but also developed critical thinking skills and a deeper understanding of the scientific method we looked at. 


What a fantastic way to end a fantastic term! 

WB: 22/01/24


What an incredible 2 weeks year 1 have had!


In English, children have immersed in a new genre of writing, traditional tales. They have explored the story of 'The Three Little Pigs' and innovated it to create their own version. Within their writing they have continued to focus on sentence structure and composition ensuring they are using capital letters and full stops. Children have also started exploring a variety of sentence starters and have been using conjunctions in their writing to expand their ideas and add depth and imagery into their story.  

The vocabulary they have used has been amazing, see what synonyms and high level vocabulary your child can used to describe their big bad character or even their three little animals.



WB: 08/01/24

In maths, children in year 1 has been exploring measure. They have completed many experiments in relation to finding out the length of different objects, comparing volumes of containers and how much an item weighs in relation to a different object.  


Children have thoroughly enjoyed being investigators in their own learning. 


What a fantastic way to start 2024! 


WB: 28/11/23


Year 1 had an excellent 2 weeks of learning. The children studied measuring capacity, length and weight last week and mental calculations this week. We also began our non-chronological report about France which has just concluded today, writing about topics as varied as the food, landmarks, weather and other facts that we collected in our classes.  


Continuing on with the theme of France, we also studied physical and human features of France, such as the beaches of Normandy, the River Seine, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triumph just to name a few. We really enjoyed teaching such an enriching curriculum to Year 1 this year. We kick off December with learning our lines for the Christmas play and practising our singing!  

WB: 13/11/23


Year 1 have had their French day this week! They did a lot of fun activities including tasting different French food such as Brie, croissants, crepes, baguettes and grapes. They also made models of the Eiffel Tower, painted the French flag, and learnt a song about French greetings.  

Mya representing France in red, white and blue. 



WB: 30/10/23


This week, Year 1 have started a new topic in English: Poetry.   


Children have been fully immersed in being poets and how poetry is created and written. They have researched different poems and looked at the similarities and differences between them. They have noticed that not all poems have to rhyme but all poems include stanzas, imagery and descriptive adjectives.  


Using these features, the children were able to create their own poem about fireworks and bonfires. The included the 5 senses for that extra flair! 


What an amazing way to start our new term! 

WB: 09/10/23


Over the last fortnight in year 1, children have not stopped with a variety of activities in a range of subjects.  


Children have been joined by parents in a reading workshop to explore our guided reading text ‘The man who wore all his clothes’ where they experienced a range of questions and new vocabulary.  


In English the children have focused on our new text the ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ where they have been fully immersed with the food many know and love, porridge. Children investigated the way it looks, moves, and smells with an interactive porridge lesson leading for a fantastic piece of writing focusing on the use of verbs and similes in their sentences. Mrs Sillett made an appearance and may or may not have, thrown porridge all over the tables and ceiling! The children then innovated this original story to write their own version of the well-known traditional tale, leading to the magic baked bean pot, the magic salad pot and magic crisp pot coming to life.  


Additionally in science children have become sensory investigators, conducting, and completing experiments surround their sense of touch and smell. From using adjectives to describe what they have felt and guessing if they knew what was inside the box. Many found that familiar textures on their skin are a lot easier to identify than those that they do not know. This was the same for smell, many children realised many foods and scents we smell each and every day are a lot easier to distinguish from those we don’t know. Did you know that the receptors in our nose and brain lock in identifiable smells to make the identification process easier? 


WB: 25/09/23


The fun has stopped in Year 1!


Over the past two weeks the children have continued to experience a wide variety of subjects and have explored new and exciting themes within these topics.


In English, the children have travelled across the world to experience and taste the fruits of the Caribbean and they have used exciting and interesting adjectives to describe the taste, appearance and scent of the different fruits. 


Additionally in science, children have explored the different senses and have conducted experiments where they not only investigated these senses but where they began to understand the process of recording their findings in variety a of ways.  


To support their learning, the children have been learning new songs, rhymes and dances to aid their understanding and cement the key features and information they will draw upon throughout their topic. Ask you children if they can sing and perform the sentence song for you or the five senses rap? 

WB: 11/09/23


Year 1 have started the year on a high and have had a fantastic two weeks. They have been immersing and exploring a wide range of new and exciting subjects from English to history and even design and technology. The children have begun their project on the theme: creating a windmill house for a mouse. Children have already researched, designed, and begun to assemble their prototypes.