Weekly Learning



This week in Year 1 we finished our RE topic learning about Rosh Hashanah. The children wrote a letter to a member of their family telling them about everything they had learnt.


In ICT we enjoyed creating our own computer game using a coding programme. The children were able to design their own background, choose characters and then write code to tell their characters what to do!


Next week we are going to be having an extra forest school session on Monday. The children will need boots but coats won’t be worn. As the weather looks like it will be hot, please ensure that the children are coming to school with water bottles and hats. Please apply sun cream at home. You may wish to send your child in with sun cream that they can then apply at lunchtime.


Year 1 have enjoyed watching a ukulele assembly performed by the Year 3’s and a singing assembly performed by Year 2. They have continued to spend time with their new Year 2 teachers and have also shown the Early Year children around the Key Stage 1 area.


Following our stay and play session last week, the children have continued to practise their watercolour mark making skills and have produced some super animal pictures.

This week in Maths we have been recapping some of the topics we have been learning about this term.  The children have done well to answer questions linked to picture graphs, addition and subtraction and mass and we have been impressed with all they have remembered.  In our new RE topic we have been learning about a special time in the Jewish calendar when Jews celebrate the start of a new year.  Year 1 loved learning some Hebrew words Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  The topic has also linked nicely to the transition and change the children have ahead of them as they move into Year 2.  In PE on Friday we learnt how to hurdle and also got a chance to play some team games using the parachute, which we all really enjoyed!  On Wednesday we also got the chance to watch the Year 6 production 'Olivia!'  The Year 1 children were a fantastic audience and thoroughly enjoyed the play.  Well done Year 6!
Please note reading books and records will be collected in next week, so that staff can get the books organised ready for September.  Also if you have any library books at home, please return them as soon as possible.  Mrs Hoaen and Miss Blackman have a list if you are unsure of what you are looking for.  Thank you.
Year One have had a busy week! They had a great morning on Wednesday at Sports Day. All of the children enjoyed working their way round the different activities and did really well in their race at the end of the morning. The sun shone and all of the children had lots of fun!
On Tuesday morning all of the children moved up to their new Year 2 classes and met their new teachers! They all came back with lots of wonderful stories to tell about their experiences. 
It was wonderful to see so many of the Year 1 children and their families at the school's open evening on Wednesday. The children enjoyed sharing their work and talking about their experiences in Year 1.
We have enjoyed learning about extreme weather and on Tuesday the children had a go at designing and making a Lego house with flood defenses! 
In Maths we have been exploring word problems. The children have been thinking about which mathematical operation they will need in order to solve a problem and have had a go at making up their own word problem. 
This week in Maths we have been teaching the children how to add three numbers.  We started by giving the children number sentences that included a number pair to 10 (eg. 7+3+9=19) and then we had a go at solving other number sentences using the make 10 strategy.  We have started our new Science topic 'Weather' this week.  The children have had the opportunity to write about their favourite weather and they impressed us with their knowledge of seasonal changes and how the world's tilt affects the climate. 
Next Tuesday we have 'Move Up' morning and the children will visiting their new Year 2 classroom.  We will also ensure the children have lots of time with their new teachers in the forthcoming weeks to help them with transition.  It is Key Stage 1 Sports Day on Wednesday morning - please ensure your child is prepared for this.  They must have PE kits, a sunhat and a water bottle.  Please apply suncream in the morning before school.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

Year 1 have had a fun filled week! On Tuesday we made our Christopher Columbus boats! The children thoroughly enjoyed cutting, gluing and sticking and they all produced some fantastic models. We waited for the weather to improve and then we took them outside and watched them float.


On Thursday we really enjoyed our time at the church learning all about Daniel. The children took part in a range of activities and all of the staff involved commented on how well they behaved and represented the school!


Although we were disappointed that Sports Day had to be postponed we were pleased to be able to fit in an extra practise during our PE lesson this week.


Over the next few weeks we are working on producing a Year 1 newspaper! All of the children will get the opportunity to experience being reporters. At the end of the year we hope to produce our own newspaper which we will put into the library and share with other year groups. This week we have reported on forest school and the Daniel Experience.


As the weather finally starts to warm up please make sure that all of the children arrive in school with their water bottles and sunhats.

We want to say a big well done to all of the Year 1 children for each completing the Phonics Screening Check this week.   They have all worked so hard and we are very proud of them all.
This week in maths the children have continued to explore subtraction.  They have been regrouping 1 ten into 10 ones using dienes and a place value chart.  Some children have even had a go at recording this as vertical/column subtraction.  In history we have continued to learn more about the famous explorer Christopher Columbus.  Next Tuesday we will be designing and making a boat inspired by the ones used by Columbus and his crew.  Please could you and your child collect some boxes and other suitable items and bring them in on Tuesday to use.  If you find any extra items, they would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.
please note that next Wednesday is our Sports Day (weather permitting).  Key stage 1’will be on the field doing lots of different activities to earn points for their houses. We are looking forward to seeing you all there cheering them on!  On Thursday next week, Year 1 will be visiting Fairford Leys Church to find out more about the biblical character Daniel.  If you would like to walk down with us and join in at the church you are welcome.  We will be leaving soon after the children arrive at school (approximately 9am). 
This week we have begun our new History topic. We are learning all about the famous explorer Christopher Columbus! The children began the week by trying to work out who are famous explorer was. They had a number of different explorers to investigate and eliminate and finally discovered that the mystery man in the picture was Christopher Columbus!They have loved learning about his voyage and enjoyed acting out some events from his life. We will continue our History topic next week.
In Maths the children are really moving on and are now learning about column subtraction! They have been able to work with practical equipment but have also had a go at some formal recording.
We enjoyed a super PE lesson on the field on Wednesday where the children had a go at some javelin throwing. They had lots of fun seeing how far they could throw foam javelins and tennis balls!
Next week is the Phonics Screening week. Please take some time to look through the sounds and resources we have been sending home. The children have all worked extremely hard this year in phonics and we are all very proud of them and their hard work!
We have been working hard in Maths this week and have been practicing vertical addition. The children have been using diennes and a place value chart to answer questions involving regrouping (eg. 14 + 8).  The children have learnt to exchange or swap 10 ones for 1 ten.  The children also did some fabulous writing on Monday - they became authors and wrote another chapter to the well known text The Jolly Postman.  On Friday we welcomed Mrs Wertheim into Year 1.  She led a drama workshop in each class and the children got to act out different parts of the Jolly Postman story. In RE we learnt about the Jewish day of rest, Shabbat. Year 1 wrote some letters telling a friend about what they might do if they were celebrating this special day.  We hope you all have a fantastic half term and look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday 3rd June.


This week in Maths we have been exploring column addition! The children are now able to use column addition to complete simple number sentences.

In Science we have finished our topic on senses. This week we have really enjoyed exploring our senses of taste, smell and touch. The children have used words such as bitter, sweet, sour and salty to describe the different foods they tasted. We also explored different smells and the children had a go at guessing the smell – the children really enjoyed this!

In our PE lessons we have been using our sprinting skills to complete a relay race. As the weather is warming up, please make sure the children have a named sunhat and plenty of water to drink!

Homework over the next few weeks will be practicing our phonic sounds. Your child will have come home tonight with a grid and a letter that explains the phonics screening process which will be happening after half-term.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Year One team.

We hope you all enjoyed your Bank Holiday weekend.  This week in Maths we have been learning how to solve missing number sequences (eg. 12, 14, ___, 18, 20, ___).  The children can now work out the pattern in a sequence and use this to help them fill in the missing numbers. We have continued to explore our senses this week and the children had the opportunity to imagine what it would be like if we did not have our sense of sight. They had to tackle a series of challenges with their  eyes closed and decide if was easy or hard.  In ICT, we are continuing to explore coding and the children have had lots of fun on a programme called Espresso Coding.
A reminder that PE days are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this term - please ensure your child has named kit with them on these days.  Thank you.


This week in Geography we have continued to explore maps! The children have made a map for the Jolly Postman to follow on his rounds. They have learnt about how symbols are used to represent features on a map and they have had a go at drawing a birds-eye view map of the classroom.  


In Maths the children have been learning about the place value of 2-digit numbers. We have been using equipment to represent the 10’s and the 1’s.  We have been learning, for example that 25 has 2 tens and 5 ones.


During lunchtimes we are now enjoying playing on the field. As the weather starts to warm up, please ensure that that children have a named sunhat to wear and plenty of water to drink.

We hope you all had a good Easter.  The children have come back refreshed and have got back into the routine very quickly!  We started our new topic 'Fairytales' this week and in Geography we explored a range of maps and will link this in with the story of 'The Jolly Postman.'  There is no homework this week, but if you would like to, see if you can find any maps at home, the library or online to have a look at.  The children can then bring these in next week to share with the class.  We have begun a new unit in Maths where we are exploring numbers to 40.  We have been counting on from the tens to see what number we have and have also been practicing writing these numbers in numerals and words. 
Well done to both 1B and 1H who won the Lunchtime Award this week - this is presented to classes following the rules and displaying good behaviour outside and in the hall at lunchtime.
**Please note that PE days have changed to a Tuesday and Wednesday this term.  Also the library computer was not working last week, so books were not changed.  Hopefully we will be able to do this next week!



What a busy week we have had in Year One!

At the beginning of the week we read the end of the Easter Story. The children we able to re-tell the story in their own words and wrote some terrific sentences.


On Wednesday we enjoyed a fantastic day out at Woburn Safari Park. The children behaved very well and  enjoyed seeing so many animals! We even got to eat our lunch in a barn surrounded by chickens!


On Friday we started the day with a wonderful Easter Bonnet parade. We walked through Year 2, Early Years and Nursery. After that we had a stitching day. All of the children did a super job and learnt how to do a very neat running stitch. In the afternoon we made our Easter cards. We learnt how to do some paper weaving.


After the holidays our PE days will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. We are planning to have our first PE lesson on the first day back (Wednesday 24th April).

The Year One team wish you all a very happy Easter. 


This week in Maths we have started a new unit ‘Picture Graphs.’  The children have learnt that data can be organised into a horizontal or vertical picture graph and we can interpret the information and answer questions from it.  We made a class picture graph that showed our favourite ice cream flavours!  In RE this week, the children have begun to find out more about the Easter Story.  We are looking at the key question: Why was Jesus welcomed as a king/celebrity by the crowds on Palm Sunday?  We have looked at people who are special to us and also imagined what we would do if Jesus arrived in Aylesbury.  Many of the children decided they would host a party or lay out a red carpet to welcome him!

Thank you to all those parents that attended the Stay and Play on Thursday – 1H and 1B classrooms were full of parents and children having lots of fun and finding out more about plants!  If you couldn’t attend this time, please look out for a future dates in the Summer term.

On Wednesday, Year 1 will be heading to Woburn Safari Park where we will be spending the day visiting lots of animals.  Please send your child in with a packed lunch (preferably in a carrier bag) unless you have ordered an away day lunch from Chartwell’s.  They will also need a coat and a water bottle to take with them.  Please ensure you are here on time so that the children can get organised ahead of the coach journey. 

We have had another fantastic week in Year One.
We thoroughly enjoyed watching the Year One talent show auditions on Friday afternoon. All of the children had prepared their acts really well and we were very entertained. The 2 winning acts now go through to the grand final in the last week of term!
In Maths this week we have been measuring the mass of objects. The children have been able to use lots of Maths vocabulary to say if objects are heavier or lighter. They have been using pan balances to measure the mass of objects in cubes. 
We have been so impressed with all of the children's homework journey sticks that have come into school this week. The children were all able to talk about different journeys that they have taken. 
In our Science lessons we have had a fun week planting! The children have now planted their own bean and sunflower seed. We are taking good care of them and are enjoying checking them daily! We are looking forward to welcoming all of the parents into school next Thursday afternoon for our science themed stay and play session. 
This week the school have been enjoying Science Week.  We have had lots going on in Year 1 - we started our Science topic of 'plants' and the children have set up an experiment.  We have all planted our own broad bean seed and are going to see if they start to grow.  The children have also been finding out about our chosen scientist, Jane Goodall who has spent her life learning more about primates.  On Thursday, we had a 'Silly Science' session in the hall.  A visitor came in to show us some amazing experiments - check out the photos below to see some of them in action!
In Maths we have been continuing our work on length - the children have grasped the wide range of vocabulary we have taught them and have been measuring using non-standard units (cubes, paperclips etc.)   
We have had another exciting week in Year One.
On Thursday we visited The Grange School for a multi-sport event. It was run by pupils at The Grange. We visited 10 different stations and carried out physical activities. The children enjoyed it a great deal and put in a huge amount of effort! 
On Thursday we also celebrated World Book Day. All of the children brought their favourite book to school and they were able to talk about why they enjoyed it. It was great to share our books together and talk about why we love reading. 
In Art we  finished our leaf topic. This week the children made their own printing tile and were then able to print their own leaf images. They have produced some outstanding work which we will display outside the Year One classrooms. 
This week in Maths we have been thinking about Length. The children have been very good at using the new vocabulary to describe length. Next week we will move on to measuring objects using non-standard units.

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed your half term.

This week in Maths we have been using our knowledge of addition and subtraction to solve word problems and on Thursday we begun a new unit on ‘Length.’  The children have been exploring the vocabulary tall, taller, short, shorter, high, higher.  We have been encouraging them to use these words to compare the lengths of objects around the classroom and also themselves.  We have also got a word jail on display to remind us not to use the words small and big to describe length!

In Art this week, the children have been using their skills to create a sketch and a watercolour painting of a leaf.  We will continue with this next week where the children will have a go at a print.  They will then have created a series of artwork in different media.

As a reminder, the children in Year 1 will be attending a Multi-skills PE event at The Grange School next week.  Don’t forget that lunch will be a little different and children will either have an away day lunch or a packed lunch from home instead of hot school dinners.




Next week in Science the children will be learning all about weather and seasonal changes. For homework this week we would like the children to enjoy exploring science practically. Attached there is an experiment you may wish to have a go at, or feel free to research your own weather experiment. There are lots of alternatives online. We will give the children opportunities to share their homework next week with the rest of the class.


Next week is the whole school Daniel experience at the church. Our slot is on Thursday morning. This week we read the story of Daniel and the lions to the children. In preparation for next week we would like the children to re-tell the story in their own words.

Next week is our phonics screening week. The children have all been working very hard practising their sounds. We have noticed that there are some common sounds that the children can find tricky. We have listed them on the sheet sent home. We would like the children to have a go at creating real and alien words using these sounds and record them on the sheet. 
Homework over the next few weeks will be practicing our phonic sounds. Your child will have come home tonight with a grid and a letter that explains the phonics screening process which will be happening after half-term. Please try to practice the sounds with your child daily. They need to be able to say the sounds, but also spot them within words. Please speak to a member of the year one team if you have any questions, or require any additional resources. 



This week in Science we have started a new topic exploring our 5 senses.

For homework this week we would like the children to draw a senses map. You could go on a senses walk around your house or garden or on your route to school. Think about what you can see, hear, smell, touch and even taste at different points on your route.

The children may record this homework in any way they choose. Maybe drawing a map or recording a list of the senses they used.  
This week in Maths we have been learning about Place Value. We would like the children to arrange digits from the sheet in the boxes below to make two-digit numbers as close to the targets as possible. They may use each digit once only. 



For your homework this week we would like you to make an Easter Bonnet for a parade at the end of next week.

Year One will be parading and showing off our Bonnets to Early Years.

Your Easter Bonnet doesn’t need to be in school until Friday 5th April ready for the parade.



During British Science Week Year One looked at the famous primatologist Jane Goodall. We enjoyed finding out about all her work with chimpanzees.

For your homework this week we would like the children to either record some facts that they have remembered about Jane or do some more research.


This week in Maths we have been learning about length. For this week’s homework we would like the children to look at things around the house and compare their heights and lengths. Ask them to say which is taller/longer/shorter and higher. For example, “The stool is shorter than the table.” “The tablespoon is longer than the teaspoon.” Children could also compare more than 2 items and use the words, highest/shortest/tallest and longest. This week we have put some words in the word jail! (Words not to be used to describe length eg bigger.)

This week has been Internet Safety Week. At school the children have been learning about how to stay safe on-line. For homework this week we would like the children to think about internet safety at home. Do you have any family rules for using the internet at home? Can the children talk about what they have learnt at school this week? We hope that this homework will spark lots of useful conversations around using the internet at home. 

* 2 week homework *

In Science we have started to learn about Animals. For the next 2 weeks your homework is to make an animal’s habitat. This could be made in a shoe box / cereal box / or anything else you could find. We will display the habitats in the classrooms.

When deciding on your habitat think about the following questions.

Which animal will you choose?

Where do they live?

What do they eat?



Next Tuesday we are going on our first Year 1 trip to an Aylesbury Church. We are going to be learning about baptism.

For homework this week we would like the children to think of questions that they would like to ask the church leader. Have a go at using a question mark. 
This week we would like the children to have a go at applying their sketching skills and draw a toy from home. 
Please encourage the children to remember all that they have been learning at school. Look closely, carefully sketch the out line using an ant trail, add detail and texture. We are looking forward to seeing their pictures next week. 
For homework this week we would like to find out about your Christmas traditions.  Do you celebrate Christmas and if so what special things do you do each year with your family?  For example every year Miss Blackman enjoys making mince pies and then eating lots with cream!  You can tell us in any way you want to-draw a picture, write a sentence or use photos.



We have been finding out about Jesse Trees. Jesse Trees are a very old Christmas tradition that first started in medieval times. They are used to help tell the story of the bible through pictures from creation to the Christmas story. The name comes from Jesse who was the Father of the great Jewish king David.

We will create our own Jesse Tree in our classroom. We would like the children to choose a bible story to illustrate. Here are some suggestions:

Creation, Joseph and his coat, Moses, Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the whale, Daniel and the lions, Jesus’ birth.

This week in Maths, the children have been using their understanding of addition and subtraction to make families of number sentences.  This involves using three associated numbers to make two addition and two subtraction number sentences.  The children have learnt that they need to look carefully at where the two parts and the whole go in each.  Homework this week is for your child to make a family of number sentences using three numbers. For example, using the numbers 3, 4 and 7 you can write:



This week we have been learning about everyday materials. We have looked at different materials and properties of materials. We would like the children to make a table of natural and man-made materials. They could have a go at writing or drawing the materials.

Homework this week is to spend some time exploring maps linked to our Geography topic.  The children have learnt that we live in the UK and that London is our capital city.  We have also begun to explore Peru in South America.  You could take a look at Google Earth, street maps, tube maps or perhaps make your own.  Please spend no longer that 20 minutes on this activity and present your findings in any way you choose.

This week in Maths we have been looking at number patterns.

We have been learning about number patterns that ascend and descend.

0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7   or  7,6,5,4,3,2,1,0

We would like the children to record their own number sequence. Try to start on another number other than 1.

Challenge – Can you record a sequence that ascends or descends in 2’s?

Please spend no more than 20 minutes on this task. Happy counting!

Homework this week is to talk to an older family member and find out about the toys they used to play with.  The children can record this information in any way they choose.  We will give the children an opportunity to share their findings in class.  Please spend no more than 20 minutes on this task.