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Summer 2023

Year 1 - 7th July 2023

What another busy fortnight! Thank you to everyone who supported and spectated at this year’s sports day. The children had a lot of fun and thankfully the weather stayed dry. What a fantastic opportunity for all children to compete in sporting activities and have fun.

This week the children had a fantastic ‘moving up day’ with Miss Gray. They created some spectacular paintings inspired by Georgia O’Keffe. We look forward to welcoming you into school to view these next Thursday and Friday. Miss Gray was impressed by how the children behaved and is looking forwards to teaching them and having lots of fun in Year 2.

In English, we have been studying the book ‘The lighthouse keepers lunch’ by David and Ronda Armitage. We have sequenced the story, acted out the beginning, middle, and ending, and have nearly finished producing some fabulous diary entries. Mr Hodgson has been particularly pleased with the writing Year 1 have produced this week.

In Maths, we have been recapping time. We have carried out lots of time activities and a class favourite was seeing how many things they could do in a minute. Please continue to help your child learn to read the time. In year 1 we focus on o’clock and half past and making sure they can identify the clock hands.

The children are continuing to work so hard in all subject areas and I am so proud of their resilience and determination to succeed even though we are so close to breaking up.

10 more days to go Year 1, we can do this!

Mrs. Horsley

Year 1  - 21st June 2023

We have had a fantastic few weeks since returning from half term. The children have impressed me so much with how keen they are to try their hardest even in                                                                 

In English, we have produced some excellent published writes all about butterflies. The children have been so engaged with this unit of work and loved finding out facts about butterflies. They have worked really hard to try and incorporate as much information as possible whilst continuing to promote their neatest handwriting and all year 1 grammar requirements. Fantastic work Year 1!

We have now moved on to our next whole class text ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch.’ We are currently exploring the text and we will be building up to write a diary entrance by Mr Ginling.

In maths, we have been revisiting place value. We have been working with numbers within 100 working out how many tens and ones are in each 2-digit number. We have also been working with pictorial representations and working out which number they represent. We have continued to count in 2s, 5s, and 10s and are working hard at using our knowledge of these for our times tables. Please continue to use times tables rock stars at home, just 5 minutes a day will show huge improvements!   

In Science, we have started our final unit of work on Plants. For the past fortnight, we have been looking at the structure of plants and trees and the function of each part. We have labelled pictures and even dissembled a cress plant to see the roots, stem, and leaves.

In History this term, we will be learning all about explorers, what they do, and how they have changed the world. We will be studying some key explorers in history like Christopher Columbus and Matthew Henson.  

Finally, what a brilliant end to the week with our fantastic sports day. Thankfully the weather was good and the children could showcase their fantastic skills.


Mrs Horsley. 


Year 1 - 19th May 2023

This week, we loved watching the year 3 and 4 dress rehearsal for their Bee Musical Performance. They were amazing!

In English, we have being doing some performances of our own, acting out the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Some brilliant acting and expression were used when we performed in-front of our friends. 

We have been learning all about exclamation marks and when to use exclamation sentences. This is a difficult concept but the children have tried really hard to use exclamation marks in their writing when describing Granny (the wolf).  


In maths, we have been using language to describe positions and directions. We’ve had a very practical week getting outside directing our friends and playing games. Key vocabulary this week has been: forwards, backwards, left, right, clockwise, anti-clockwise, half turn, quarter turn. 


Thank you so much for helping with last week’s Science homework. We have been tree detectives at school this week and looked at deciduous and evergreen trees. We picked leaves and used technology to identify which tree it came from. Great detective work Year 1! 


In Geography this week, we have being comparing physical and human features in Shanghai and UK. We watched a video on what life is like in China and it seemed very busy and noisy. We discussed how our lives are similar and different to the children who live in Shanghai. 

We’ve had another busy couple of weeks in Year 1. We are looking forward to the family picnic next Friday. 

Please continue to learn your phonics sounds and do plenty of reading next week and over the half term. 


Mrs Horsley. 

Year 1 News - 5th May 2023

What a great start to Summer term. We have had a fantastic time visiting Beamish to help us with our History work we have been doing in Year 1.

We enjoyed our Transport workshop whilst we were there and we learned all about transport from over 100 years ago.

In English, we have been looking at our new visual text ‘Bubbles’. The children have produced some fabulous stories based on the text. I am so impressed with the vocabulary they are using, and conjunction to join sentences together.

In Maths, we have been learning abut the value of different coins. We have focused a lot on 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins and used these for counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. The children have then focused on understanding how many 1p coins go into different coins. 10 1p coins is the same as a 10p coin etc.

Today we have also enjoyed making crowns and biscuits to celebrate the King’s Coronation. Enjoy your Bank holiday Monday and I will see you on Tuesday.

Mrs Horsley