Weekly Learning



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.

This week in Art the children have continued to work on their watercolour mark-making skills. They have learnt how to make a tint and a shade and then used all of their colour mixing skills to paint beautiful Elmers! 
In Maths the children have been working practically to understand subtraction. They have been able to apply their place value knowledge and have had a go at recording their workings. 
We enjoyed a story telling session on Wednesday which was delivered by the Barnabas Trust where we learnt about Christianity all over the world. 
On Thursday we welcomed a nurse into Year One. We learnt about the role of a nurse and the children loved looking at a range of equipment used by nurses. The children have enjoyed learning about how to stay safe. We will be continuing this topic next half term.
Have a happy half term and we look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 25th February. 
This week in Maths we have been solving addition and subtraction calculations and have been combining our understanding of place value and our number bonds to answer questions involving teen numbers.  The children have been using tens frames and counters to help them and have also been recording their workings in their jotters. 
We have started our Art sessions this week.  The children have set up their watercolour painting stations and have built on their mark making skills from Early Years.  We have introduced the concept of primary and secondary colours and the children have had fun colour mixing and creating colour wheels.  
On Friday we had a policeman visit us in Year 1.  He talked about his job and how policemen and women keep us safe in the community.  The children also got to ask him lots of questions and were also surprised with a sticker and gift from him!
Thank you to those parents who came to see the amazing habitats the children had done as homework.  I think you'll agree the children have worked so hard!
We hope that you have enjoyed the snow day today!
Due to school being shut today we were unable to invite the parents in to view all of the wonderful homework habitats! We will postpone this event until next Friday 8th February. 
We have had another busy week in Year 1. We have started a new topic in Art. We are learning how to use watercolour paints. The children learnt how to set up their own  paint station. Next week we will be learning about primary colours and how to mix secondary colours. 
In Maths the children have been learning about ways to record addition.  Next week we will be focusing on subtraction. 
This week we enjoyed our second church trip. Anthony made us all feel extremely welcome at Fairford Leys church and the children all learnt about how people got baptised. The children have thoroughly enjoyed our topic on baptism and have been able to ask some very thought provoking questions!
We have now begun our new Animal topic in Science. This week the children learnt about animals that live under the sea, the names of many farm animals and the life-cycle of a caterpillar. We are really looking forward to seeing their animal habit homework! We hope the hope that the children have lots of fun creating!
In Maths we have continued to compare numbers. The children have a greater understanding of tens and ones and have been able to order numbers. 
Please can you make sure that your child has suitable trainers for cross country on Mondays as the field may be muddy. 
The children have worked incredibly hard during their first full week back!  We had an exciting trip to Granville Street Church - the children loved looking round the church and finding out about baptism there.  We will continue with this learning next Tuesday when we will be visiting Fairford Leys Church. 
The children have had fun in ICT on a website called Switch Zoo, where they have been mixing animal body parts together to create a brand new, fictional animal!  Do take a look as it is a very fun website!
In Maths the children have been representing numbers to 20 in different ways.  They have been explaining how many tens and ones are in a number, as well as representing this pictorially.
Next week we begin our Science lessons and will be learning lots of new information about animals and how they are classified.  
Happy New Year! 
We hope that you all enjoyed the Christmas break. We have waved goodbye to Paddington Bear and this term our new topic is  Our Wonderful World. In Science we will be learning all about plants and animals. We have encouraged the children to bring in any topic related items such as books that we can share as a class. 
We are looking forward to our trip to the church next Tuesday afternoon where we will learn about Baptism. 
In Maths we have begun a new topic - Numbers to 20. We are learning about place value in teen numbers. 
The children had so much fun performing their KS1 Christmas Nativity to you all.  I'm sure you will agree that the children sung beautifully and did a fantastic job of getting us all in the festive spirit! 
In Maths this week we have been learning about ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd 3rd etc.) and have also been using our left and right to describe the position of something.  The children impressed us with how clearly they could talk about their practical work using the vocabulary we had learnt.  We have also taught them a trick for remembering their left and right - lay your hands palm down on a flat surface and stick your thumbs out.  The left hand will create a L which helps you to remember that it is your left!
We had our last Forest School session on Friday - the children made some clay monsters that we hid around the site for other children to find.  The children's waterproofs and wellies have been sent home, as some made need a wash!!  Year 2 will now have Forest School with Mrs Long after Christmas, so we will not need these items returned for now.



This week the children joined the children from year 2 to get ready for the Nativity performances. They all looked absolutely fantastic in their costumes and they have been working really hard on all of the songs. Our dress rehearsal to the rest of the school went very well and we are all looking forward to our performances next week.


In Maths we have been continuing to look at repeating patterns. This week we have been creating repeating patterns with 3-D shapes. On Friday we started to learn about ordinal numbers. The children were able to describe position using the vocabulary, before, after and between. 


This week we have also been recalling all of the pencil sketching skills we learnt earlier this year to produce some fantastic pictures of Paddington Bear. We are going to be creating a display of this art work outside the Year 1 classrooms next term.

This week in Maths we have been making and identifying patterns in shape and trying to work out if the shape, size or colour had changed.  The children have also worked hard in RE where we have been reflecting on the Christmas Story and the importance of the gifts given to Jesus.  We talked about the two very different groups of visitors that came to see baby Jesus; the poor shepherds and the very important wise men.  Both groups came with a common purpose, despite their differing backgrounds.  The children really got to grips with this concept and enjoyed seeing the grown ups turn into the characters from the story, as they did some hot-seating!  We even got to 'travel' to Bethlehem to deliver the gifts we would have given Jesus if he had been born here in Aylesbury!
Rehearsals are in full swing for the KS1 Christmas Play 'The Innkeeper's Breakfast.'  A reminder that costumes are needed by Monday next week, as we are doing a dress rehearsal to the school.  We look forward to seeing you on the 11th and 12th December.  



This week in RE the children have been learning about the Christmas story. They have been thinking about special gifts and have been able to consider gifts of service that they could offer to someone. The children have been re-telling the Christmas story and have been thinking about how different people in the story may have felt.


In Maths the children have been learning about the properties of 2-d shapes. They have had lots of fun creating their own shape pictures.


Everyone braced the cold weather and had lots of fun at forest school. The children have been continuing to turn the nature around them into beautiful autumn pictures.


Year 1 have been practising all of the songs for the Nativity and they are going to make an excellent choir! Please can we have all of the costumes in by next Friday (30.11.18).

This week, Year 1 have been continuing their work in Science on materials.  We have had lots of fun exploring with magnets and the children carried out an experiment to test for waterproof materials.  The children were then given the task of making Paddington Bear and other soft toys a waterproof coat using their chosen material.  Take a look at some of the photos of our testing!  On Friday we went out for our weekly Forest School sessions.  The children always enjoy being outdoors and exploring with their friends and have loved producing natural art this week.  



This week the children have begun a new topic in science, investigating materials. The children have been able to identify a range of materials and have started to think about their properties. They have been exploring natural and man-made materials and were able to sort them into groups. They had lots of fun thinking through ‘What if’ scenarios. What if your table was made from fabric? What if your pencil was made from chocolate?


In maths we have continued our work on subtraction. The children have been creating their own subtraction number problems.


We had a fantastic session at forest school! This week the children made a piece of artwork using natural materials.

This week the children have been working hard on learning different strategies for solving subtraction number sentences.  They have been practising counting on and back on a number line, as well as using their knowledge of part part whole to work out the answer.  The children had lots of fun in DT where we planned and wrote instructions for how to make a marmalade sandwich.  On Wednesday the children then got to put these instructions into practice and made their own tasty snack (some weren't so keen on the marmalade)!
On Friday the children went with Mrs Long for their first Forest School session.  The children visited the new on-site Forest School and got a chance to explore their surroundings.  They also discovered man made and natural materials outside, which was good preparation for our new Science topic starting next week.
Please remember to send your child in with their wellies and raincoats/all-in-ones next Friday.  Some children did not have these items and the field is getting very muddy! Thank you :)



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.