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Year 1 Newsletter 2020 Nov Autumn 2 Space



This week, we have spent a lot of time assessing the children without them even knowing! This helps us see where we need to support them next term, we have listened and tracked the children while reading, this is against the statements at the front of their reading diary. This is there so you can see what we look for! We did our end of block maths test and the children have improved well. We also assessed our times tables, look out for a sticker in their reading diary to say which times tables your child can recite. We also did a Hot Write, using the skills we have learnt in Literacy to write our own London information text.

We’ve also been writing about The Great Fire of London, counting in our 5’s, exploring pumpkins, making words with the digraphs we know and continuing to order numbers! I think we’re all ready for a little rest..

Remember the first day back is Space theme day and we are dressing up! Have a lovely half term.

Miss Jones, Mrs Partridge-Underwood and Mrs Bangal x


This week Year 1 have been learning how to count in 10’s and 2’s and use them in real life situations.. like counting pairs of socks! In Literacy, we have been looking at how we can improve our sentences about our families! We’ve also started to box up out own information texts about our chosen family member. In Topic we explored water colour paints and used our sketch books for the first time. We imitated an artist’s London Art work and the children LOVED it. They also created their own Great Fire of London collage. It’s been lovely to see what the children have created independently in the environment this week!

Please  continue with daily ready and using spelling shed.


Important notice about reading

A reading letter is going to be sent out on Friday to encourage children and parents to read at home. The children can earn house points if they read 4 nights in a row. We will check their reading diaries on a Monday. 

This year, as I mentioned in my phonics video, I really have noticed a dramatic decline in Year 1’s reading, I have also noticed there is a large amount of children that aren’t reading at home at all. Due to Covid, this is the biggest difference I have noticed in Year 1 and really want to support them as much as possible in school, so I am asking you to do the same at home too. Children need to be able to read to be able to write! 🙂 

Booklet to support:

Reading with your child in Year 1 (1)


8.10.20 Greater than and less than, materials & our families

In Maths this week, we have been looking at less than and greater than. I’ve got to say, I was amazed at how quick the whole class were and getting to grips with this. They amazed me! We then looked at ordering numbers smallest to biggest! In Literacy, we have been looking at information texts, we have been labelling a family member and created some beautiful simple poems about them. In History, we looked at The Great Fire of London and talked about what we might of heard, saw, smelt and felt! In Science, we carried on with materials but we made our own floating boats, we experimented on how changing our flag size might change the buoyancy. We also predicted and tested different materials for my little Lego house roof.

What a lovely week we’ve had! 🙂



Can you believe we’re in October already?

This week, we really changed things up. I’ve noticed that Year 1 are really needing a lot of active time still. So we are keeping busy with busy jobs in the environment and having time to play and explore. The children really thrived from this, however we do need to work on our tiding skills. Have a look at what we’ve been up to this week..

In Maths, we have been looking at one more and one less than a number and then identifying odd and even numbers! In Literacy, we have started to look at information texts, so if Year 1 come home letting you all about Miss Jones’ life.. you know why! In Topic we used the laptops, we learnt how to turn them on, sign in and navigate our way to the internet to research all about London.

The children have had lots of jobs to complete independently in the class room this week such as, counting bears in the water tray, finger gym on the play dough, writing tricky words in sand, playing on the laptops, drawing our own pictures of London Skyline and sorting Science materials!



It seems Miss Jones forgets to take pictures in any other lesson than Maths, so that’s my goal for next week!

As always, we’ve been so busy. Year 1 have really impressed me with the amount of different manipulatives they can use to show place value, we learnt what an abacus is this week! We then started to move on to one less and one more than a number. We have also been practising writing numbers as words.

In Literacy, the children wrote the beginning of their own stories that they innovated from Baby Mouse, we had little lost rabbits, frightened frogs and horses going missing!

In Topic, we looked at why Guy Fawkes is famous and ordered the story behind him. We also get very messy creating fire work and big bang paintings.

In Science, we searched the classrooms for different materials and discussed why certain objects are certain materials.. we realised a radiator couldn’t be made from chocolate!


Please keep up with the daily reading and practising spelling. As of next week children will get house points for using Spelling Shed and get between 8-10 out of 10 for their spellings.

18.9.20 Getting into the swing of things.. 

This week we have been busy continuing to look at place value in Maths. We explored different manipulative to represent numbers and looked at ordering numbers from the smallest to the biggest. As you can tell from their gorgeous happy faces, they really enjoyed this!

In Literacy, we carried on looking at Baby Mouse and the children have been discussing what we like and dislike about the story. We talked about how its okay to not always like stories. We also started using adjectives and conjunctions in sentences to describe our characters!

Our Topic lessons this week have been very busy labelling the UK, looking at the similarities and differences between London and Cogenhoe and also creating our own birds eye view of the classroom.


New spellings and phonics books have been sent home. Please read daily at home and make time to practise spellings. The children have their own log ins for Spelling Shed which is an amazing resource for practising spellings.

Year 1’s first full week 

What a busy week we have had, we have been trying to get into our new Year 1 routine this week.

Monday we started the week with an amazing Art workshop. We made our own 2D metal shoes, this is for our project ‘Conquer Cogenhoe’.

In Maths, we have been looking at counting, representing numbers and using 10 frames. The children really enjoyed our carousel approach and keeping it practical. The children get a chance to work on 4 tables/activities in 2 days. Two of those activities are with an adult in a small group and 2 are working independently at another table.

In Literacy, we have started to look at our first TalkForWriting topic – Baby Mouse. We learnt the text with actions, story mapped it and then learnt some tricky words from the text. The children have been sent home with the text map. Please practise over the weekend 🙂

We started our first unit with PenPals, our new handwriting scheme. At the beginning of each lesson we have special warm ups to do, the children love it!

In our first Topic lessons, we had an introduction to London. We shared facts we already knew (I was very impressed) and talked about the famous landmarks we know. In our carousel we had a chance to sort then and now pictures of London, and discuss how we know this), practise typing key vocabulary relating to our topic and recognising capital letters, labelling London pictures and having a chance to access the classroom for choosing time. We also sat and listened to the London Symphony Orchestra!

In Science, we started our new topic ‘Materials’. We looked at naming materials and different ways we can group them. The children then had a chance to search the classroom to see what materials we could find!


Parent notices:

In Year 1, we are really trying to push independence and taking care of our own things. Please support at home and encourage children to help out with their own jobs! 🙂

When you have read with your child, please write this in their reading diaries. Reading diaries are needed every day in school, so please ensure they are kept in your child’s book bag. Children have been sent home with a separate phonics book (written in red pen in their reading diary). These books are related to the sound they are learning this week. Please take care of these new books, keep them in their book bags and bring them in every Thursday to be changed after Year 1’s spelling test.



Our first 2 days in Year 1..

Year 1 have spent their first 2 days exploring their new Year 1 classroom. We have been getting messy with paint, creative in the construction area, technical in the ICT area and calm in the book corner.

Next week, Year 1 will start their new routine of Maths, Literacy, Handwriting, Phonics and Topic lessons! 🙂

Parent information from Miss Jones:

Children have been sent home with their new reading diaries today (Friday 4th). Inside these diaries are a stage book that we feel you child should start on. Your children can change their own books after they have read the book twice, this helps with fluency and recognition.

Inside the diaries are passwords for Spelling Shed and TimesTables Rockstars. I am not expecting Year 1 to be accessing TimesTable Rockstars, but once we are are learning our 10, 5 and 2 times table it is there for them to access. However, NumBots is also on TTR website, and Year 1 can use this.

Spelling Shed is a resource we brought in last year, this is set up for your child’s own spellings that they have been set that week, and is just a  fun and engaging way to practise spellings. Their weekly spellings can be found on the current week in their diaries. Spelling tests are on Thursday – the first one will be on the 10th, we will bear in mind that this is their first test and that they haven’t had a full week, but we want to get straight into a routine. Their spellings are related to the sound they are learning in their small phonics group that week.

There are also some reading prompts, this is so you are aware of what we are looking for when reading with your child.

We have also started this year with our tricky word reading in the front of their diaries, the children will be put into groups depending on what spellings they are able to read e.g. leaf, butterfly etc.

Any questions, please ask Miss Jones 🙂


Year 1 September 2020-2021 Information

Newsletter for Autumn:

Year 1 Newsletter 2020 Sept

Home Learning Grid for Autumn 1:

London – Homework Home learning

Year 1 Spellings:

Common Exception words – Year 1

Year 1 Curriculum statements:

Band 1 Poster – Maths

Band 1 Poster – Reading & Spoken Language

Band 1 Poster – Science Band 1 Poster – Writing

Transition PowerPoint – Meet the teacher:

Meet the teacher Class presentation Year 1