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Welcome to Year 1


Swan Class Duckling Class Pelican Class

Miss Yates

Mrs Smith

Mrs Baughan (1:1)

Mrs Axten

Mrs Baughan (1:1)

Mr Journeaux

Mrs Johnson

Mrs Hawkes (1:1)



Some Reminders

Please ensure that ALL your children’s clothing is named, including trousers, skirts and shirts. When the children get changed for PE it is hard for them to find the right white shirt if it is not named.

Please also ensure that the children have a named water bottle in school every day.


Check out our new 'Forest School' web page.


Week Ending 6th July

Year One thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Chatham dockyard.

All classes had a guided tour of HM Ocelot which was used as a spy submarine.

We also participated in a pirate workshop and had the opportunity to learn and sing a pirate song and wear pirate clothes.

This week we built upon what we learnt about pirates from our trip and used it to write descriptions in our Literacy.

In Science we are learning about animals and humans for this terms topic.

We had the opportunity to sort animals according to mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, insects and looked at non fiction texts.


Week Ending 22nd June

We explored another Winnie book this week called Winnie and Wilbur—The New Computer.

We created a new scene for Winnie’s cat Wilbur using adjectives.

In Numeracy we have represented numbers using dienes to partition them in to hundreds, tens and ones.

We also compared the numbers using more, less and equal.

Please continue to use Rock Star maths at home.

If you have any problems accessing it please see your class teacher.

Week Ending 8th June

The children have worked incredibly hard in preparation for the phonics screening check next week, so please revise Phase 3 and Phase 5 phonemes at home.

Next week will be the start of Halfway’s Arts Week.

The theme for Year One will be learning about art from both North and South America.

We will be creating a range of art and designs based on our theme including carnival masks, American pop art and cartoons based on Disney characters.

In Numeracy we have been using positional and directional language to describe where objects are.


Week Ending 18th May

Year One have continued to work for the Ministry of Magic this week.

We have used non-fiction features in our writing to write instructions and a fact sheet about giants.

In Maths we have focused on halving and quartering shapes and numbers as well as adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers. We have started our unit about plants in Science and we will be looking at the roles of the different parts of a plant.

Keep practising reading real/pseudo words as the phonics screening will be soon.

Week Ending 20th April

We hope that you had a wonderful Easter and didn't eat too many Easter eggs!

In Numeracy we started our topic on multiplication and division.

Please practise counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

Jack and the Beanstalk is this term’s text in Literacy. This week we have described different characters and retold the story by acting it out. Next week we will be creating story maps to help us sequence the traditional tale.

Keep reading and practising for the Phonics screening later this summer.

Please don’t forget to give your child a hat, water bottle and sun cream if needed.

Thank you.


Week Ending 23rd March

Another week has flown by.

This week you probably heard about the workshops that we had on Monday.

The children were offered three different workshops that were painting in the style of Monet, singing and writing a song in the style of David Bowie and using Van Gogh’s Sunflowers as inspiration to make a clay sunflower.

Next week in phonics we will be focusing on split diagraphs.

Please ask your child to explain these to you and hunt for these sounds in your home reading books.

Don’t forget that our Big Idea open afternoon will be Thursday.

Week Ending 12th March


In Literacy we received an email from Mr Wolfy 

(from the Little Red Riding Hood story) saying he was fed up of people thinking he was mean and cruel. He wanted our help in writing a story about him that would show him in a more positive light. Mr Wolfy attached some pictures of something that had happened to him so we were able to write the story over the week. 


In Numeracy this week we have used bucket balances to compare the weight of objects. We have used cubes to measure how heavy objects are. We have ordered objects according to their weight. 



Week Ending 9th March


 In Numeracy this week we have used words like shorter, longer, taller, shortest, longest and tallest to compare the heights and lengths of objects. We used cubes and paper clips to measure objects and lines. We looked for things that were longer and shorter then a ruler and a metre stick. We measured straws in cm using a ruler. 


In Literacy we have continued to look at the traditional tale - Little Red Riding Hood. We created a comic strip for the story. We retold the story and tried to make our writing more interesting by including adjectives. We wrote about the character we were dressed up as on Friday.  

Week Ending 23rd February


In Literacy we started to look at the traditional tale - Little Red Riding Hood. We described one of the scenes from the book and wrote character descriptions for Little Red Riding Hood. We thought about what our favourite part of the story was and drew and painted the scenes. We roleplayed the story. 


 In Numeracy this week we have used diennes to partition numbers into tens and ones and drawn the numbers. We compared numbers and ordered them. We looked at counting in 2s and 5s and practiced counting groups of objects. 

Week Ending 9th February


In Literacy we have continued to look at the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. We came up with an alternative setting for the Land of the Wild Things and described it. We drew storyboards to create a new story. The first box was getting to the new land using the transport we thought about last week. The second box was arriving on the new land. The third box was describing one adventure with the Wild Things. The last box was getting back home and being back in the room. We wrote sentences to tell the stories.  


 In Numeracy this week we have found one more and one less than a number. We had statements such as one more than 7 is 6 which we had to decide whether they were true or false. We ordered and compared numbers. 

Week Ending 2nd February


In Literacy we have continued to look at the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. We described one of the wild things and created and described our own wild thing. We thought about changing how Max gets to the land of the wild things and drew and painted or coloured our idea for the mode of transport. We then described what happened if Max had used them. 


 In Numeracy this week we have represented numbers on tens frames and thought about counting forwards and backwards. We have revisited partitioning and made numbers using manipulatives like numicon. We have worked out what number is being shown in a picture by counting the tens and the ones. We have written the partitioning number sentence eg. 25 = 20 + 5. 




Week Ending 26th January


 In Numeracy this week we have continued our work on addition and subtraction. We compared number sentences and matched those with the same answer. We looked at pictures of tens frames and wrote the number sentences that they showed. We compared tens frame pictures and placed a >, < or = symbol in between. We developed this further by comparing two number sentences using the symbols. 



In Literacy we have continued to looking at the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. We created a story map of the story by ordering pictures from the story. We divided the story into six key events and then drew pictures to show these on a storyboard. The following day we added sentences to the storyboard. We wrote our own versions of the story including some of the original story language. 




Week Ending 19th January


In Literacy we have been looking at the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. We described the first scene in the book trying to use a range of sentence openers and include adjectives. We wrote a character description of the main character - Max. After talking about our favourite part of the story we drew and then painted the scenes. We roleplayed the story. 


 In Numeracy this week we revisited taking away using a numberline by deciding whether completed number sentences such as 10 - 5 = 15  were true or false. We used tens frames to take away. We have been looking at how to find the missing numbers in number sentences.  

Week Ending 12th January


In Literacy we have been creative using this term's big idea - Through the Keyhole. We imagined that we had a magic key or our door became magical and transported us to a different world. We drew pictures of this world and wrote descriptive sentences. We then planned a story based on what happened when we visited this world. We wrote the story over three days with a beginning, middle and end. 



 In Numeracy this week we have used tens frames to investigate the number bonds of 10 and 20. We revisited adding using a numberline by deciding whether completed number sentences such as 10 + 5 = 51 were true or false. We solved problems involving counting on. We used the tens frames to add numbers together. 


Week Ending 5th January


 In Numeracy this week we have used a tens frame to represent different numbers. We then went on to use them to add two numbers together remembering that we could count on from 10 to work out the answer. 


In Literacy we wrote recounts describing our Christmas Holidays. We found out about New Year Resolutions and wrote our own. 

Week Ending 15th December


Our Literacy this week has been focused on instructions. On Monday we followed a set of instructions to make an angel. On Tuesday we made Rudolph biscuits and then wrote instructions for them. After making a snowman on Wednesday we then recorded how to make them. On Thursday we made hand and foot reindeers and then wrote instructions for them. On Friday we used paint and our thumb and finger prints to make robins and then wrote instructions for them. 



In Numeracy this week we have investigated the number bonds of 5, 10 or 20. We have revised adding and taking away. 

Week Ending 8th December


In Literacy and Numeracy this week we have been reviewing what we have learned over the last two terms.  

Week Ending 1st December


In Literacy this week we have been looking at Christmas poetry. We started with the traditional poem 'Twas the night before Christmas' and we performed some of the verses. We worked with a partner to create word banks of Christmas words and associated adjectives. We found out that some poems have lines that only contain two words so we wrote our own ones about Christmas. After reading an acrostic poem we used the word Christmas to create our own. 


In Numeracy we found out that numbers are made up of tens and ones. We partitioned them using manipulatives (straws or numicon). We moved out to writing the number sentence for numbers such as 16 = 10 + 6. We looked at numbers shown as tens and ones and worked out what number it was. We learned how to double and halve numbers using cubes or drawing dots on a whiteboard.  

Week Ending 24th November


We have continued to look at the story Tiddler the Storytelling Fish by Julia Donaldson in Literacy. We designed Lost Posters for Tiddler. We pretended we were Little Johnny Dory, a character from the story, and wrote diary entries of our day. We wrote fish fact files for some of the different sea creatures from the story. We created our own fish characters before writing them into stories. 


In Numeracy we have compared groups of objects using the words more than, less than or equal to. We also thought about how much greater a group of objects were. We ordered numerals and placed them onto a beaded number line. We identified the missing numbers on a number line. 

Week Ending 17th November


We have continued to look at the story Tiddler the Storytelling Fish by Julia Donaldson. We retold the story in a story telling circle. We wrote a character description for Tiddler and created story maps. We summarised the story into the beginning, middle and end in a written retelling of the story. We thought of ways to extend the story by coming up with our own tall tale for Tiddler to explain why he is late for school. 


In Numeracy we looked at 3D shapes in more detail. We sorted them and matched their name or description. We have practiced our counting, writing numerals and number words. 

Week Ending 10th November


Our Literacy this week has been based on the story Tiddler the Storytelling Fish by Julia Donaldson. Before reading it we predicted what we thought might happen. We described what we could see in scenes from the story. We thought about what our favourite part of the story is and why. 


In Numeracy we have found out about the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We went on a shape hunt around the school, used 2D shapes to make a picture and continued shape patterns. We sorted shapes. 

Week Ending 3rd November

On Monday we had a mysterious box in our classrooms with some clues in - a map of London with a red cross on Parliament, a feather, some soot, a picture of a King and a picture of some barrels. The letter accompanying the box suggested we thought of some questions we could ask. We found out that the mysterious box was about Guy Fawkes and we listened to the story of the Gunpowder Plot. We drew story maps of the story, wrote a letter to Lord Monteagle telling him about the plot and created Wanted Posters. We created shape poems about Guy Fawkes. 


In Numeracy we used manipulatives to work out the difference between two numbers. The following day we then used a number line. We solved missing number problems like ____ - 5 = 7 by adding the two numbers together. We solved a mixture of addition and subtraction number sentences and investigated the fact families that were associated with a picture.

Week Ending 20th October


Our work in Literacy this week has been focused on the traditional tale - The Little Red Hen.  We roleplayed the story in small groups, described the characters and a wrote a sorry letter to the Little Red Hen. We wrote a review of the story thinking of how we could summarise the story in three sentences. We got to try some different bread and wrote instructions for how to make bread. 


In Numeracy we used manipulatives to solve take away problems. We learned how to use a number line to take away and work out the answers to missing number problems like 20 - ___ = 7. We solved simple take away word problems. 

Week Ending 13th October


Our work in Literacy this week has been focused on a video clip called Bubbles ( We thought about what the girl may see under the water and made sure we used adjectives to describe. We imagined that we found magic bubbles and role played where the bubbles would take us. We wrote stories describing what would happen.  


In Numeracy we explored the number bonds of 10 again using cubes to help us write them in number sentences. We used manipulatives to solve addition problems. We learned how to use a number line to add two numbers together. We solved simple addition word problems. 


Week Ending 6th October In Literacy we have explored the story The Enormous Turnip. We role played the story in small groups and chose a character to describe. We developed our own characters to help get the turnip out and drew story maps. We retold the story. 


We created our own number bonds of 10 posters to help us remember them in Numeracy this week. We have also used cubes to investigate other number bonds. We have learned about a part whole diagram and written the number sentences to go with one. 



Week Ending 29th September


This week in Literacy we finished off looking at the Man on the Moon. We wrote recounts of Bob's day, use speech bubbles to explore what the characters in the story might be saying and made a class story map. We thought about what would could happen next to Bob - what would happen if he discovered aliens were real? We planned our sequel stories and then wrote them. 


In Numeracy we have ordered quantities, compared and ordered numbers and explored number lines. We also found out about the less than < and more than > signs and put them in between numbers. We thought about the sign as being the mouth of a crocodile that always eats the biggest number. 



Week Ending 22nd September


In Numeracy we have counted objects in a picture making sure we counted them all by marking them and we also thought about whether there was enough of an object. We explored different ways of sorting objects and talked about how objects had been sorted. We practiced using ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc). 


In Literacy this week we have continued to use The Man on the Moon book to inspire our writing. We created signs to help Bob out with his job with slogans such as "Stay together with the group because you might fall off the moon" and "Keep your spacesuit and helmet on because it is dangerous not to." We came up with our own aliens and described them using adjectives. After looking at some photographs of the moon we created a bank of words describing it thinking about all the different things we could see, hear and touch if we were there. We also thought of reasons why people should visit the moon.



Week Ending 15th September Literacy we started the week by looking at a picture from the book Man on the Moon. We asked lots of questions about him using different question words. After hearing the story we thought about what our favourite part was and explained why we liked it. On Wednesday we all took a trip to the moon pretending to be a moon tourist which was followed up on Thursday when we wrote recounts. We also thought of some other things that Bob could sell in his souvenir shop.


In Numeracy we used the vocabulary more and less to compare quantities of objects. We then went on to find out what one more and one less than a number is and record this in our books. 

Week Ending 8th September


The children have settled well into their new classes this week.


In Literacy we have looked at capital letters and did some work around this term's Big Idea: I have a dream. We thought about our dreams for Year One and what we would like to be when we are older. 


In Numeracy we practiced writing our numbers, ordered numbers, thought about what number comes next in a sequence and wrote the number words.