We have had a brilliant last week of term. We have been continuing our learning about Market Harborough and have been practising the races for sports day. Sports day will be the first Wednesday back in the afternoon. Each child will be reminded of their house group indicating the colour t-shirt which they must bring in for this day. If your child is unsure please speak to your child’s class teacher and we will send a slip home with the information.

After half term, we will be continuing our Market Harbourgh topic and visiting the market. After this, we will begin our topic on plants. In maths, we will be learning about time. Any work children can do over the holiday spotting the hours and minutes would be very helpful. In Year 1, we develop our knowledge of o’clock and half past. In English, we will be looking at the story Amazing Grace.

Over the half term holiday, each child will be sent home with three books and a selection of children will be sent home with some additional phonics. Just a little reminder that in the week beginning 10th June the children will be completing the Year 1 phonics screening so please keep up with all the fantastic work you have been doing with the real and alien words.


We have had a lovely sunny week in Year 1 and have enjoyed looking at the geography of our school through marking areas on a map. We will continue to look at maps within our topic work and start to look at changes over time e.g. the addition of houses, buildings and roads. 

We have once again been revising some of our previously learned sounds and next week will be focussing on the sounds:  /ure/, /ue/ and three letter consonant blends which many of the children struggle with such as /str/ in stripe and /spl/ in splat. 

In English, we will be extending our use of adjectives in sentences, using exclamation marks and writing letters.

In maths, we are continuing our work on multiplication. We will be drawing picture representations called arrays to show our workings and talking about how many groups of something there are. For example, in 3 x 5 there are 3 groups of 5 or 5 groups of 3. 

Thank you to the parents that have already volunteered to help with the market trip. We are still looking for additional volunteers if anyone is able to help.


Despite it being the end of a really long term, we have had a brilliant week and the children have continued to work so hard. We are super proud of the children’s progress in all areas of the curriculum. At this point in Year 1 we really notice how independent the children are becoming. 

After the Easter break, we will be having a school-wide STEM week (celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). In Year 1, our focus will be the investigation of different types of seeds. As part of our investigation, we will be looking at a range of different sizes and shapes of seeds in fruit. If possible, please could your child bring in one of the following items on Monday 29th April: strawberry, apple, avocado, papaya, mango, orange, cherry, tomato, pepper, cucumber, passionfruit, peach etc. 

We have sent your child home with some phonic activities to practise over the holidays. In addition to this, we have also sent children home with several reading books as this will support our Learn-AT reading challenge. 


We have had a lovely week in Year 1 learning about the signs of Spring. The book we have shared is called, ‘Rabbit’s Spring Adventure’. It has lots of words ending with the suffixes ‘ing’ and ‘ed’. We have investigated these endings and written sentences with the words in them e.g. hopped, skipping.

In Maths, we have continued subtracting a one digit number from a two digit number and have done some missing number problems. We have also been trying to practise our number bonds to ten e.g. seven and three. There is a super free online game called ‘Hit the Button’which will really help the children with this objective. Any addtional practise on counting to one hundered would be really useful for some children.

We have continued learning about trains in our history topic lesson and the children have made their junk models. As part of our Spring mini topic, we had a lamb visit us which was really exciting.

Next week, we will be writing some Spring poetry in English and, in Maths, we are revising addition and subraction and moving onto repated addtion leading into multiplication.


This week we have had a great time learning more about our topic of trains. We have been comparing old and new trains and have begun to look at non-fiction books. This week we have been making our own trains information booklet. Our vocabulary we will be focusing on next week is: aplogise, exclude and remind.

In maths, we have moved on to subtracting within 100. To do this children need to have a secure knowledge of counting to 100, counting in 10s and counting back from any given number. Soon we will be moving on to looking at time, if you could start to encourage your child to recognise half past and o’clock on clocks at home that would really help them in the following weeks.

In phonics we will be learning the /ue/ sound as in flue spelt <ue, ew, u, u-e>.

Next week in our art lessons we will be using junk modelling to create our very own trains. Please could you send your child in with a bag of junk labelled with their name. Their junk may include any plastic, paper and cardboard. If you could send their bags in from Monday as we will be doing the lesson on Thursday. Please don’t worry if this is not possible as we will have plenty of additional materials.

This week or early next week, children will be bringing home a sheet which shows the spellings we have tested them on. These words are those which the children should be able to spell by the end of Year 1. Please could you practise the 6 words that are on the sheet and the children will be retested at a later date.


Thank you so much for your continung support with home reading and with phonics learning at home. we are really pleased with how well the children are progressing.

In English this week, we have finished our writing based on the ‘Journey’ book. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this enchanting picture book story. Next week, we will be a looking at a book called, ‘The Magic Train Ride’. When the children write their descriptions of its travels, we will be encouraging them to use a range of interesting adjectives.

In Maths, we are contining to add numbers within a 100. It would be hugely beneficial if you could work with your child to familairise themselves with numbers to 100, counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Using a 100 number square will be a reeally good method. You could play a game adding 10 to a given numer or subtracting 10. 

In our history topic, we have been learning about new and old things in the context of toys. Next week, we will start to learn about the history of trains.

Miss Fellows, who has been working with Oak Class and has been a super temporary member of our team, is leaving today to continue her teaching studies and get ready for her final placement. We will miss her but are very thankful for all her hard work teaching Oak Class.


This week we have really been enjoying reading our Journey book in the lead up to World Bood day on Thursday and will be continuing reading this next week. The children have been deepending their understanding of the story through a range of drama and writing activities. 

In order to secure the childrens’ understanding of a rich vocabualry, we have started investigating three new words each week. The words this week have been curious, investigate and surprise. If you could encourage your child to use these words or explain them to you that would be very helpful. Next week, our focus words will be alternative, uncomfortable and notice.

In maths, we have been practising our adding within 100. To be able to do this, children will need to have a secure understanding and confidence in counting to 100. We have also been practising our place value and talking lots about how many tens and ones are in numbers e.g. 67 is made of 6 tens and 7 ones. 

In phonics we have been looking at the /l/ sound. The spellings are: l, le, ll, al, ol, el, il. Next week, we will be doing a revision of the sounds we have learnt so far. We will also be sending home a phonics pack with your child. This is to be done at your child’s own pace over the next few weeks. If your child would like to bring any completed pages back in to school with them to show that would be welcomed.

We will be starting our topic on trains next week and will begin this by looking at different toys and objects from the present day and also over different time periods in history.


It was lovely to meet with you all at Parents’ Evening. We are so grateful for all your support with home learning especially reading and phonics. We will be sending home some phonics activities for half term which are not compulsory but it might be of some benefit.

In maths, we having been learning about measurements and next week we will focus on capacity. The children will be looking at sizes of different containers and noticing whether they are full, half full, empty etc. It will involve a lot of practical learning.

In English, we have finished learning about Katie Morag. Next week, we are learning a story from Northern Ireland called Finn McCall. It is a myth about the Giant’s Causeway. In topic, we will be learning about Northern Ireland. In phonics, we are looking at alternative spellings for the /u/ sounds spelt <o>, <ou> and <u>.


The children have been delighful, as ever, this week! They have been working so hard and have shown great understanding in their maths lessons. We have been learning about 10 more than a given number (for numbers up to 100), greater than and smaller than and 10 less than. If you have time at home it would be useful if you could practise writing numbers neatly and the right way round with your child, including forming 0 correctly with the whole circle joining to avoid looking like a 6. We are still having quite a few number reversals e.g. for 3, 5, 7 and 9. 

In topic we have been learning about Scotland. We have been reading a lovely Katie Morag story and the children created some freeze frames to show different parts of the story. 

We are looking forward to chatting with you at Parents’ Evening next week. During this time, we will talk through your child’s report and agree some next steps for their learning. The report will be in your child’s book bag this evening.


The children have been learning about England as part of our topic this week. They have been finding out about important landmarks, the flag and some of our national dishes. They have also really enjoyed writing descriptive sentences about our ‘Katie in London’ story. When children are writing, we encourage them to say the sentence out loud and count of the number of words. This really helps them check that their work makes sense.

In Maths we have been learning about place value in numbers up to 100. The children are making good progress but it would really help if they could get lots of practise counting numbers to 100. 

Thank you for your continued support with home reading. Ten minutes each day or as often as possible really does make a big difference.