We have been busy this week as ever with our learning. The children have been writing lots and are very proud of their progress. They have responded to a book called, ‘The Day The Crayons Came Home’ by writing thank you letters to Duncan and describing a room in the fort he made for them. They have even started to do a little bit of editing of letter formation, spellings and punctuation. This is something we will continue to develop and encourage.

Maths has been fun but challenging this week. We have developed a bit more understanding of multiplication by linking repeated addition, groups of and times sentences e.g. 2+2+2=6, 3 groups of 2 is 6, 3 x2=6. The children have been drawing arrays to show this. You can look up example images online if you want to support your child at home further.

In Phonics lessons over the next couple of weeks we are going to revise the sounds we have been learning this year.

We have been preparing for our trip next week by making some posters celebrating our lovely market. The children are all very excited. Thank you so much to all of you who have volunteered to come and help out on Tuesday.


The children have been really settled and focussed on their learning this week.In English, we have been learning about singular and plural words and using the suffixes-s and -es. We have also started reading and writing about a super book called, ‘The Day the Crayons Came Home’. Next week, the children will be writing letters from the crayons to the boy who owns them, Duncan.In Topic lessons, we have been comparing Market Harborough with a South African town called Port Elizabeth, the home town of the children we wrote letters to last week. In Maths, we have continued learning about multiplication by doing repeated addition. We are delighted with how well the children have picked up this idea.In Phonics next week we will be learning the /ue/ sound spelt (unit 21). We will send some words for the children to practise at home as well as their usual reading.We have noticed this week once again that many of our children are still struggling with scissor skills and can’t hold the scissors to cut efficiently. Any practise that they could do at home would be very helpful. If your child is left handed, they will probably need to use left handed scissors.Thank you to those of you who have kindly agreed to come and help us on the market trip. We are looking for one more person to help out. Please let the office know if you can spare the time


Another busy week has passed us by in Year 1 and a lovely one too.

We have started our new topic learning about Market Harborough. As part of this topic, we will be taking the children to visit the indoor market. A separate email will give you further details. One of the first things we will learn about is the differences and similarities between our town and one in South Africa called Port Elizabeth. With great excitement, this week the children received individual letters from children at a school in Port Elizabeth where Mrs Watkins’ daughter was lucky enough to complete a recent teaching placement. Our children have written replies which we will post back to South Africa.

In this last term, we are now expecting the children to write with increasing independence, write longer amounts, use neat handwriting and punctuate sentences with capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks when appropriate. We also are encouraging them to use their phonic knowledge to help them spell words.

In Maths, we are starting to learn about multiplication. We do this initially by taking about repeating addition e.g. 3 x 2 would be talked about as 3 lots of 2 or 2+2+2. We use practical equipment e.g. counters and straws to help us and pictorial representations as well. At home, it would be great to encourage your children to count in 2’s and 5’s and keep practising their number bonds to 20 e.g. 12 and 8, 17 and 2.

In P.E. we have been using the large apparatus in the hall to encourage different ways of travelling and balancing. The children are thoroughly enjoying these sessions.

Next week in our phonic lessons we will be learning the /air/ sound e.g. in chair. The alternative spellings for this sound are: air, are, ear, ere, eir, ayer and ayor. In your phonics pack there is a word list for you to refer to under unit 20. We are thrilled with the phonic ability of our Year 1’s. We really can’t thank you enough for all the home support you are offering. It really does make the world of difference.

Please continue to read at home as often as is possible but at least three times each week. The children have been much better this week at changing their books but some children have only changed their book once or not at all.



We have had a lovely week in Year 1 learning all about Spring.

Next week we will be continuing to look at addition and subtraction in maths. The children are growing in confidence with their addition facts, which is helping them to answer questions more fluently.

In English next week we will be having an exciting time writing letters back to children from a school in South Africa, which Mrs Watkins has very kindly arranged! We will be focusing on the -ing suffix and looking at how to form questions sentences.

Next week we will also be introducing our new topic which is Market Harborough! Over the coming weeks we will be looking at the important features of the town, aerial photographs and hopefully visiting the market.

We would like to say a big thank you to all the support you have given at home regarding phonics. We have seen a big improvement in children’s ability to read both the real and aliens words and it is lovely to see them really grow in confidence with their reading.

Please could we remind you to urge your child to change their books often at school so that they are reading a variety of books in order to help their fluency. Our aim is for them to be changing their books at least three times a week.




What super week we have had! The children thoroughly enjoyed making their train models on Monday and were very proud of the finished articles. They did some lovely writing about their models as well as writing non-fiction books all about trains. 


As part of our feedback to the children in writing lessons, we often use a technique called, ‘Whole Class Feedback’. We look at all the children’s work and then write down specific feedback points to give at the start of the following lesson e.g. what has gone well and what areas we need to work on. We might focus on a couple of tricky spellings or some missing punctuation. For some children, we give them a target to work on doing the lesson e.g. using appropriate sized finger spaces or not pressing on too hard with their pencil. At the end of the lesson, the children are invited to come and sit on the writer’s chair and show how they have worked on improving an aspect of their work. It is something that they really enjoy doing.


In Maths, we have looked at number patterns within 100 e.g. one more, one less, ten more, five more. We have also revisited partitioning tens and ones to help with addition. For example, 12 add 4 is the same as 10 add 2 add 4. We use straws to help visualise what this looks like. Next week, we are going to work again on addition and subtraction and how they are inverse operations. 


In Phonics this week we have been learning about the /u/ sound spelt <u>, <ou> and <o>. For example, mug, should, son. Next week, we are going to move onto unit 16 which is the /s/ sound by spellings <s>, <sc>, <se>, <ss>, <c>, <ce>. We are going to give some of the children a little practise phonics test and if there are any sounds that they need to keep practising at home we will write them in their reading record. We will also be hearing individual readers to check on progress.


In Topic work next week we are going to be learning about Spring. We will go on a sensory walk around the school grounds, draw some daffodils, make some posters and write Spring poems.


In P.E. next week, we will be using the apparatus in the hall to practise moving at different heights. In ICT, we will be using the iPads.


Thank you to those of you who sent sun cream and hats into school with your child this week. When we have sunny weather, it is important to do this. We do have some shady areas of the playground but not a lot.



We have had a great start to the term in Year 1. We are continuing our topic about trains and next week would like to build our very own train from junk! Please would you be able to send you child in with a carrier bag labelled with their name full of junk modelling materials (e.g. toilet roll tubes, milk bottles and tops, cardboard boxes, wrapping and plastic bottles). Please get you child to think about what they want their train to look like and what materials would be best to make it. If you find you have surplus junk modelling materials we would appreciate this to share with other members of the year group to ensure everyone has the best opportunity to make a train they would like. We will be making our trains on Monday (16th April), so please send the materials in on or before this date.In maths we are looking at length and using vocabulary such as longer, shortest, higher and lower. We will then be going on to measuring using non-standard units e.g. how many paperclips long is the side of your book?  At the end of this week we will be sending children home with around eight phonics words to practise at home. Some of these will be real and some will be alien words. Please could you practise when reading with your child and really emphasise breaking the words into its separate sounds.

Year 1 – 23/3/18

We have had a lovely week in Year 1 to end the Spring Term. We often show examples of children’s work to the whole class to remind them of how much progress they have made since they started this academic year. Even though we are all looking forward to a little break over Easter, we are also very excited about the Summer Term and the final aspects of learning that we will cover. Our topics for the next term are: Spring, Summer, Plants and Market Harborough. We are hoping to go on a couple of trips. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to go ahead with a planned trip this term to Leicester on the train due to staff shortages at Leicester Station.

In English this week, the children have been writing descriptions of magical settings based on our book called, ‘The Magic Train Ride’. As always, we aim to secure understanding of technical aspects of writing e.g. punctuation and spelling alongside developing a ‘writer’s voice’ i.e. engaging the reader by using interesting vocabulary.

In maths, we have been learning about subtraction within 20. We have used number lines and cubes to help us visualise the process.

In phonics, we have been consolidating understanding of the /ie/ sound as in tie, blind, smile, high and why. Next term, we will be sending out some weekly phonics home learning whereby children will have words of the week to practise reading.

In ICT, we have continued to learn about simple programming using Beebots to follow our instructions.

In R.E, the children have been learning about what Easter means to Christians.

Over the Easter holidays, where possible, please continue daily reading with your child. They are all working so hard with their reading and we are so proud of them. Also, we have sent home a new set of tricky words for the children to learn to spell.

Have a super Easter break.

Kind Regards, the Year 1 Team

Year 1 – 16/3/18

We have had a busy week in Year 1 this week and have enjoyed beginning to learn about our new topic of trains. Thank you to the parents and carers of Cherry Class for coming along to support the children for their class assembly on Friday. Cherry Class had a great time doing it!

In Maths, we have been beginning to look at subtraction within 20. Most of the strategies we teach the children are really dependent on a good knowledge of place value. We are encouraging children to say how many tens and ones are in different numbers when they see them. For example, if we spot the number 16 we ask the children to verbalise that this is 1 ten and 6 ones. It would be great if children could continue to practise this at home to really build their confidence and fluency in place value.

In English, we have kicked off our train topic with a book called ‘The Magic Train Ride’. We have really focused on capital letter and full stops this week and have encouraged the children to think about what makes a sentence a sentence! We have enjoyed experimenting with different sentence lengths and are starting to use capital letters and full stops in our writing more consistently. It is really important for children to verbalise their sentences before writing them so that they have a clear understanding of where to put their full stops.

This week in phonics we have been encouraging the children to sound out unfamiliar words rather than guessing what they might be. Please could you do the same at home and continue using the resources we sent home in the pack at Parents’ Evening.

This week we have checked the children’s spelling of the tricky words and we will be sending home updated spellings for them to learn. Please could you practise these regularly at home and we will retest them shortly. We have seen lots of improvement in most of their spellings of these words and can see that the children have been working hard at home to practise these. Thank you for all your support in this!

We use show and tell at the start of Year 1 to help to develop children’s speaking and listening skills. After the Easter holiday we be focussing on sharing our work and class discussion which is even more beneficial in developing speaking and listening. If children have something special to bring in such as a certificate, photographs or a special event or work they have done at home they are still welcome them to bring them in and will endeavour to find time to celebrate the children’s achievements throughout the school day, but we won’t be doing show and tell as a regular class activity.

After the Easter holiday children will be learning about christening in RE. If your child was christened and has something memorable such as a candle or photograph from this they are welcome to bring these in so that they can be shared with the rest of the class.

Finally, a very big thank you from Year 1 and the rest of the school for the support that has been given to the book fair. The money raised will be of great benefit to the children and the school.

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