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Year 1

Week beginning 4th March 2024

Another fun filled week in Year 1!

On Thursday we had our visit from Science Zone, we had SO much fun getting messy and exploring different materials! Check out our photos of everything we got up to.

This week, we began by acting out the story of The Three Little Pigs using puppets. We even tried 'hot seating' for the first time and the children thought up some wonderful questions for the Big Bad Wolf! We have now started to write the traditional tale and we can't wait to see more of the children's wonderful writing next week.

In DT, we enjoyed exploring how to make structures strong and stable using different joining materials in preparation for when we design and build our own structures. Please keep in mind that soon we will be asking for children to collect junk modelling from home ready to create their models. They will be making their houses during the week beginning 11th March. We politely request that you ask your children what they have included in their designs to ensure that we don't end up with lots of junk modelling materials that don't get used. Thank you in advance for your support with this!



Worship theme of the week:

New Beginnings

John 10:10  “I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.”

English: We will be continuing to retell the story of The Three Little Pigs.

Maths: We will be exploring how to solve addition and subtraction problems within 20.

Phonics: Exploring the suffix 'ed' and making plurals by adding 's' and 'es'.

Science: We will be experimenting with waterproof and absorbent materials.

DT: We will be designing our houses for the Three Little Pigs to live in!

Reading: A Place Called Home - this is a non-fiction text looking at exciting and unusual homes all around the world.

Home Learning:

My Maths- New tasks have been set on My Maths for your children to complete for this half term. Please remember, these are by no means compulsory, but we would love as many children as we can to access this great resource to develop fluency in their maths learning.

Numbots-  Please continue to log in regularly and earn those coins!

Word walls- Please continue to practise with your children at home.

TwinklGo! – If you type into the search engine ‘TwinklGo’, this code RA3817 will give you some phonics games. On level 5 games, please select weeks 1-10.

Please return the children’s books and reading diaries on Monday ready for a new book to be issued to them. A reminder to please sign their diary each time they read at home. Your child can also complete the pages on the right hand side for an extra stamp! ALL Rhino reading books will be changed on a Monday. If your child is absent on a Monday we will endeavour to change their book when they are back in school.


Whilst most school dinners have been a hit with children, there are still a few who are unsure about some options (particularly jacket potatoes!) Of course, we would never let a child go hungry, but we are limited with what we can offer them. Please continue to discuss with your child if they are enjoying their lunch and amend if necessary, thank you for your support with this!

Please could you check at home to see if you have any  of our school library books in your bookshelves or hiding under beds etc! We visit the library on a Friday, so please return books to be changed each week. Thank you!

It is really important to put children’s NAMES in all their clothes, on packed lunch boxes, water bottles, coats etc- otherwise they do not go home with the correct child. If you could all check that all items are named, we would really appreciate it. 

Please could water bottles be placed into a plastic bag in their school bag to protect school reading books. All water bottles must only contain water and NOT squash please. 

Please note, our fruit at school is delivered on a Monday, but sometimes later in the day. Please could you provide your child with a snack on a Monday to avoid them getting hungry if our fruit has not been delivered. 

Key Dates: 

Wednesday 6th March- Debs Pharoah Pink (local author) visit

Thursday 7th March- World Book Day 
                                       Book Fair (held in the library until 4pm)
                                       Books at Bedtime event (6 pm)

Friday 15th March – Red Nose Day. Children may wear something red for a donation to Comic Relief

Monday 25th March – Parent consultations in the hall (3:20pm – 6:30pm). Books in classrooms 

Tuesday 26th March – Parent consultations in the hall (3:20pm – 6:00pm). Books in classrooms


Key Information:

Please wear PE kits on a Tuesday.

Addition help with reading/phonics:

If you are wondering how you can provide general support for your child at home, our advice is to hear them read as often as possible. Please do not worry if your child brings home the same book from time to time- this is to gain confidence and fluency before moving onto different sounds in other books.

We also have an excellent link to some high quality texts that you may want to consider when choosing children’s books to read or buy!

Additional Maths:

By the end of Year 1, children are expected to:

  • count forwards and backwards in ones to 100
  • be able to count in 2s, 5s and 10s
  • find one more and one less than a given number up to 100
  • recognise the value of all coins
  • know number bonds (numbers that add together) to total 10 and 20.

These are excellent skills to be practising at home, although we stress that they will be covered over the course of the school year.

Best wishes,

The Year 1 Team

Miss Pain, Mrs Allery & Mrs Stoodley